Helping Haitian Children

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Cryo-Cell International. All opinions are 100% mine.

I’ve blogged before about Cryo Cell, a company that stores umbilical cord blood, which is rich with stem cells, for us in bone marrow transplants. It’s something I would have liked to have done when Lucy was born if it hadn’t been so expensive. It’s something I might look into for our next child, but that’s several years down the road.

Now, though, Cryo Cell is trying to help children in Haiti, which was recently hit by a massive earthquake. For each person that enrolls with Cyro Cell this month, the company will donate $25 to the “Save the Children: Haiti Relief Fund”. That is such an awesome thing for Cryo Cell to do, and everyone who enrolls is really helping twofold — saving stem cells that can one day possibly be used to help someone and sending money to help the children affected by the tremendous earthquakes.

I would love to enroll now and help out the Haitian children. There is not a whole lot that I can do from here in America, but donating a little bit of money I know would go a long way and would make me feel like I was actually doing something to help the earthquake victims.

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Phone Shopping

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of LG Chocolate Touch. All opinions are 100% mine.

I cannot wait to get Joe a new phone. His current phone, the LG Vu, constantly messes up when he uses it. It either drops calls or I can’t hear him while we’re talking, which is always great because he comes home and tells me he hears everything I say out of exasperation! We’ve only had the phone for two years or so, and I don’t really understand why we’re having such problems already, but it’s a good excuse to start looking for a new one.

I like the LG Chocolate Touch. It includes the Internet, access to Social Media sites (which means Joe will have no excuse to not use Facebook more often!), has a camera and video camera (a video camera is one thing I wish my phone had), and has a music player. There’s a digital editor to edit pictures and videos taken with the phone (awesome!) and the music player would allow Joe to ditch his iPod when he runs so he doesn’t have to carry so many things with him.

We have a couple of months before his contract runs out to make a decision. I’m just ready for him to have a phone that will allow him to actually complete a conversation with me!

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Romantic Getaway

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Joe had a possible business trip to Branson, Missouri, later this year. We’ve talked about me and Lucy tagging along with him and staying an extra few days for a little family vacation, but now I’m thinking that it might be fun to leave Lucy with her grandparents for a few days and make it a little romantic getaway. It’s been a while since we’ve done anything like that, and I think it would be nice, especially since time like that is far and few between now that we’re parents. I’m not sure yet what hotel Joe’s conference is at, but there are a couple of hotels in Branson that have special romantic getaway packages. The Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and the Hilton Branson Convention Center Hotel offer in-room sparkling wine or cider upon arrival; access to the hotel health club, pool and whirlpool spa; a full, in-room American breakfast; among other things. The hotels also offer a Hilton Bed and Breakfast Package.

I think this trip would be a perfect trip for the two of us. We can combine our romantic weekend with a trip to Branson, which is a city we’ve both wanted to visit. And did I mention that there’s a baseball stadium only a few hours away? Perfection!

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Tax Credits for Home Owners

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Coldwell Banker. All opinions are 100% mine.

Boy, do I wish I qualified for one of the 2010 Homebuyer Tax Credits. I don’t think there was a tax credit for new homeowners when we bought our house, and that plus the current housing market really makes me wish we had waited a couple more years. New homeowners get an $8,000 tax credit, and there’s even a tax credit this year for current homeowners. Those who have been in their current homes consecutively for 5 of the last 8 years can get a $6,500 tax credit to be used to purchase a new home. We have been in our house for two years, so we don’t fit into that category either.

I’m hoping the tax credit for current homeowners is still around when we decide to sell our house and upgrade. We are planning to do so in about three years, which would put us at the required 5-year mark. I guess it depends on how the housing market fares in the next several years, since the tax credit for current homeowners was spurred by the economy and created as a way to entice homeowners into upgrading to new homes.

I know a lot of you own your homes. Are any of you able to take advantage of either of these tax credits this year?

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The Tofurky and Gravy Soda Taste Test

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Jones Soda. All opinions are 100% mine.

Before Thanksgiving, I received a box from IZEA with a nifty turkey hat, which we had a lot of fun putting on Lucy for pictures, and a bottle of Tofurky and Gravy Jones Soda . I was pleasantly surprised to see a product sent out that is vegetarian-friendly, since they are few and far between. We saved it for Thanksgiving Day, which we thought would be the best time to break it out, and gave it a try.

It tasted just like you would think it would, which is not so good! It was very odd with a mishmash of flavors without one that really stood out. It had a bland taste and texture and really tasted like you would think the color brown would taste. My husband had to give it a try. He’s up for anything.

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Neither of us were fans. Of course, I wouldn’t expect Tofurky and Gravy flavored soda to taste good, and it is not a product we are going to buy, but it was fun to try out. I might just buy some bottles to give as gag gifts to my brother and brother-in-law. It would be fun to watch them try it as well. 🙂

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Design your own Quilt

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I love quilts. I’ve always thought that a pretty quilt would look nice on a guest bed. There are only so many options you can find pre-made, though, so when I found, I thought it would be neat to design my own quilt and see what I could come up with. There are four options for infant quilts, and a few more for regular quilts. I chose The Vineyard Quilt, which I thought was pretty, and the Vintage Reds fabric. I’ve always wanted to do a room in red, and I *love* the patterns available. This is the one I designed:

I think it’s good for a first try! Here’s a sample of one I really like in red from Quilt Creator’s Facebook page:

The prices aren’t too bad at $129 for infant quilts, from $179-$279 for regular quilts and from $199-$279 for bedspreads. I don’t think a quilt is something I would use in my bedroom, but it’s definitely something I want for our next guest room, which we’ll have when we buy our next house. Creating my own quilt online was a lot of fun, and seeing the reds in it and in other quilts that already have been made really makes me realize how much I want to do red in that room.

How about you guys? Do you use quilts in your house or do you want to? Are you going to create your own quilt? If you do, make sure you share pictures!

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