Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I Signed Up for SocialSpark!

Most of you who read my blog know that I am disabled and that I use my blog as my social outlet for friendship and information on current events. I have also been trying to use it to earn a little money since times are tough and both my husband and I are on Social Security. ('Nuff said.....).

I recently learned about different ways to monetize my blog through my friend Crystal's blog Simply Being Mommy and one of the ways she mentioned was
SocialSpark (I just found up my good friend Maria of Maria's Space has also signed up for Social Spark). This is a site where you can..... are you ready..... get paid to write on your blog about things you love!!! Can you imagine that? It is something I already do, and now I may be able to get paid for it. I was so excited that I couldn't believe it, so I went over to the site to see how to sign up and read it over again. It's true - you can get paid to write on your blog - some posts pay as little at $5 and some pay up to $100. It really depends on the advertiser and their budget, as well as your page rank and writing skills. You get paid via your PayPal account and you can even donate some of your payments to charity. There is of course a code of ethics* to follow, but I wouldn't want to be part of any social organization that wasn't ethical!

If you are interested in making some money by doing what you already love to do on your blog, head on over to SocialSpark to see what it is all about like I did, you may be pleasantly surprised, I know I was and I cannot wait to get started trying to help out my family's financial situation.

Until next time..... Lorie


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Wordless Wednesday: Resting While Walking Our "Babies"

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday.....

Don't forget to link up to the Wordless Wednesday Hub and visit the other participants.

Until next time..... Lorie

ABC Wednesday Round Six: Letter K


Welcome to ABC Wednesday Round 6. A fun project, now in it's third year! If you have something to share, be it a photograph, piece of art or poetry please post in on your blog and sign up with MckLinky.

ABC Wednesday Round 6: Letter "K" is for.....

..... Kiss

..... Kids (Alexander and Nikolaus)

..... Kitchen (the model of the style we are building)

..... Kangaroo (sculpture at the Hyatt Regency Cypress Cove)

Head on over to my friend Maria's post to see her great photos, and have a wonderful day.

Until next time..... Lorie

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Benefit Starring Comedian Maryellen Hooper

This is information for a benefit for a little boy in my community named Noah. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor in October there will be a benefit at Celebration High School with nationally known comedian Maryellen Hooper. I've seen Maryellen Hooper perform and she is hysterical! She performs regularly in Vegas and has been on the Jay Leno show numerous times.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 14th at 7:00PM at Celebration High School for this very worthy event. All money from ticket sales will go directly to Noah's family to help pay for his escalating medical costs. If you have anything you'd like to donate such as a service, gift certificate, timeshare stay, etc. it would be much appreciated. Please contact Tracey Prever directly ( about silent auction items. The high school can hold 600 people in the auditorium and we would love for that to happen.

Tickets are $20 per person and are available at the door.

To keep updated on Noah’s progress head to

About Noah…

Noah just turned 6 years old on Sept. 19, 2009. He had the coolest Lego Star Wars birthday party ever! If they had a “who can build a Lego Star Wars ship the fastest” contest…Noah would win, hands down. That’s because, “The force is very strong with this one.”

Aside from being everyone’s best friend and or husband at school, Noah finished up all his Kindergarten work in record time and was moved to the first grade class at Celebration Montessori.

When Noah’s not playing with his sister, Landin or building Star Wars Legos…he’s making his Mom and Dad laugh by saying “The darnedest things”.

On Oct. 29, 2009 Noah’s life was rudely interrupted by a Medulloblastoma, a malignant brain tumor.

Since it took enough medicine to knock out 6 grown men to put Noah to sleep for his operation…I’m thinking this disease doesn’t know who it’s up against! My money’s on Noah.


“Laughter Heals” A night of music, comedy and compassion is happening on April 14, 2010. The Celebration High School has generously donated it’s 600 seat auditorium for this amazing event. And volunteers are ready to do “Whatever we can to help Noah”.

The event starts at 7pm with a silent auction and music provided by local cover band, “Channel Z”. At 8pm the Comedy begins with Ventriloquist, Lynn Trefzger. Lynn is one of the stars of the newly released documentaries, “I’m No Dummy”. She headlines colleges, clubs and is a regular star performer on Disney’s cruise line.

Lynn shares the stage with nationally touring, award-winning headliner, Maryellen Hooper. Maryellen has been on all the late night shows including several appearances with Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show”. She’s had her own special on Comedy Central and just finished shooting her latest comedy special, “Stinky Flowers”.

All the entertainers have donated their performances for this incredibly worthy cause.

{Information taken from Celebration, FL Front Porch Community Intranet}

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nano's Second Birthday

Saturday the 27th was Nano's 2nd birthday and boy did he celebrate in style - would you expect anything else for my baby??? We were so excited to have Nano's mama, Mia (yea, we were singing that song all weekend, too) over for a sleep-over. Our friend Tyna who is the one who gave us Nano and still has Mia also brought lots of birthday presents for him and baked chicken for the doggies along with t-bone steaks for Bill and I for dinner. Tyna also brought a beautiful birthday cake - it tastes delicious and Nano & Mia love the frosting. We still have Mia at the house, she loves it here and we love having her here, we may even have her stay here forever.

The only problem we seem to have is that both Nano and Mia like to sleep with me and Bill. We have a wonderful bed set up for them on the floor of our bedroom, as you can see. It is soft and squishy (I find it comfy, myself), plus there are a few toys for them to play with if they get bored, but if you look at the other pictures, they both choose to sleep on our bed with us. It is only a queen size bed, not really even big enough for Bill & I... we're gonna need a bigger bed!

Until next time..... Lorie

Growing Old... Gracefully

A Beautiful message About Growing Old:

Damn ...

I forgot what it was.....

Until next time..... Lorie :-)

Cartoon of the Day - It's Never Too Early to Learn

This little lady is being trained just right! Look out daddy! TeeHee...

Have a great day everyone..... Until next time..... Lorie

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Saturday 9: You're My Best Friend

This meme was begun by Crazy Sam, here are her words:

"Welcome to Saturday: 9 . What we've committed to our readers is that we will post 9 questions every Saturday. Sometimes the post will have a theme, and at other times the questions will be totally unrelated. Those weeks we do "random questions," so-to-speak. We encourage you to visit other participants posts and leave a comment. Because we don't have any rules, it is your choice. We hate rules. We love
memes, however, and here is today's meme!"

Saturday 9: You're My Best Friend

1. Outside of your romantic life, do you currently have a best friend? No. My best friend passed away about a year and a half ago.

2. Regarding your future, what is the best thing you could hope for? To have my son Nikolaus home in one piece from Afghanistan, better health for myself, and to have 50 more years with Bill in our new house.

3. Have you ever helped out a friend with basic needs, like rent or food? If yes. what did you do? Not that I can think of... I have donated food to charities.

4. If they re-instituted the draft (for both genders and your were of age) would you go, or would find some way out of it? Yes if I were healthy enough. (Right now, I am not, but if I were I would go.)

5. Tell us one thing you wish you hadn't let yourself do. I have no regrets, there are things that have happened to me that were really horrible, but they have all led me to where I am now: married to the most wonderful man in the world with the two greatest kids in the world.

6. Tell us about the last time you bragged. Every day when I talk about how great my kids are and how terrific my husband is to me and how lucky I am to have them.

7. What area are you wisest in? I'm not really a master of anything... I know a little bit about a lot of things. I read a lot and have tidbits of knowledge about several things. Bill says I a "plethora of useless trivia," but that is because I beat him at Jeopardy! all the time. :-)

8. Tell us about something that happened that at the time made you "full of yourself". When I went back to college as an adult (15 years after I graduated from high school) and had at 4.97 GPA and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. My husband and kids came to the ceremony and were really proud of me and even put the announcement in the local paper with my photo. :-)

9. Has there ever been a time that you wanted to try something in the bedroom, but were afraid to ask? OK, even if I WAS afraid to ask my husband try something in the bedroom, do you actually think I would mention it HERE???

That's it for this weeks
Saturday 9. Don't forget to link your post and visit the other participants. Have a wonderful week.

Until next time..... Lorie

Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop

Hershey's has partnered with the Children's Miracle Network for over 20 years - and this year, in celebration of their Easter products being sold exclusively at Walmart - they are going to donate up to $5000 to the Children's Miracle Network with the help US - the blogging community.

Here is how we can help:

* Create a blog post with the specifics listed here.

* Hershey Company will donate $10 per each blog post to CMN, up to a total of $5000.

* One blog post per URL counts towards the donation, but you can give as many virtual Easter baskets as you want.

* The Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop will officially begin at 12 AM EST on March 18th and end at 12 PM EST on April 4th, 2010. Blog posts submitted to Hershey before or after that time period will not be counted for.

* The blog post link has to be submitted to Hershey for the donation to be counted. (Link below)

* In addition copy and paste the following text in your blog post:


- Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.
- Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.
- Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
- Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
- Leave your link at: comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
- Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
- Please note that only one blog post by each blog URL will count towards the donation

I was fortunate to receive my virtual basket from my darling friend Maria of Maria's Space. I'd like to give a basket to my friends:
~ Karen at On the Brink de la Locura
~ Alexis at Running Away? I'll Help you Pack
~ Courtney at CooCoo Courtney
~ Krystyn at Really, Are you Serious?
~ Cat at 3 Kids and Us

This is a wonderful thing that Hershey is doing and I wish you all a wonderful Easter!

Until next time..... Lorie

Friday, March 26, 2010

Can't We All Just Get Along?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we all could get along just like these two??? I think congress should take this example to heart.
Hope I made you smile this morning.... it is my goal in life! :-)

{Photo Courtesy: Cute Overload}

Until next time..... Lorie

Thursday, March 25, 2010 - Save Money on Pet Meds

Having a dog, I know how expensive his medication can get. So I was really happy to find out about this online site called PetCareRx where I can save up to 50% on Nano's flea & tick medication and his heartworm meds. They also have supplies, toys and clothing - you all know how Nano loves to dress up!
But it's not just for dogs, they have tons of things for cats, birds, and all types of pets. They also offer free shipping on orders over $35.00..... So just click on the banner below or on my right sidebar and take a look around. Hope you find something for your fur-baby!!

Pet Care RX - Frontline

Until next time..... Lorie

Love Between a Mother & Child

No matter the species, the love of a child for its mother is unmistakable. Don't forget to hug your kids today!!

Until next time..... Lorie

{Photo courtesy:}

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Cinderella Sandcastle

Welcome to Wordless Wednesday.....

This sandcastle was at the entrance of the Winn Dixie in Kissimmee on SR 535.
It's great to live so close to Walt Disney World.

Don't forget to link up to the Wordless Wednesday Hub and visit the other participants.

Until next time..... Lorie

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ruby Tuesday: Signs of Spring

Welcome to Ruby Tuesday.....

While walking Nano around the neighborhood the other day, we saw these signs of spring and I just had to take some pictures. I don't know what they are called, so if anyone knows what they are, let me know. I just loved the color and the feather-like look of the "leaves." Hope you enjoy the photos:

Don't forget to link up your Ruby Tuesday post to Work of the Poet and visit the other participants. Have a great week.

Until next time..... Lorie

Monday, March 22, 2010

Mommy and Me Monday

Mommy and Me Monday at Really, Are You Serious?

Welcome to Mommy and Me Monday begun by Krystyn at Really, Are You Serious? It is a way to showcase yourself with your babies... or as in my case my "fur-baby" {Krystyn said it was OK, she told me.} Krystyn explains that there are almost no pictures of the mommies with the kids, so this meme is meant to rectify that. Here is my submission for this week...
Saturday, March 27th is Nano's 2nd birthday so I wanted to share pictures of him then and now. Look how tiny he was, plus he had a bunch of curls and only weighed about 3 pounds.

Now he has long luxurious hair and weighs about 7 pounds, but is still mommy's little boy.

Make sure you like up your post to Krystyn's blog and head over and check out all of the other Mommy and Me Monday posts and leave them some comment love.

Until next time..... Lorie - Make Friends for Your Pet

Now those of you who know me... realize that I adore my baby, Nano. Next to Bill and my kids, he is the light of my life! I have even set him up on a couple of social networks so that he can make some friends of his own, I mean why should I be the only one having fun on my blog and Twitter. My favorite by far is and here is Nano's profile photo:

Now here is your chance to get your best friend signed up to the best social network for pets. Make Your Pet A Star on - the internet's premier social network for pets!

-Create Your Pet Page!
-Make New Friends
-Join Groups and Forums

Win a $100 Petco Gift Card when you register! See site for complete details.

Click here to register for free!

It really is a terrific way for you to connect with other pet lovers and learn about great deals on things for your furry family members. So click on the link above or on my right sidebar and have fun with the site... Nano and I do.
Until next time..... Lorie
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