Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to you from Captain Fussybuckets and Baby D!
Remember these important things:
1.  Be safe!
2.  Check your kids’ candy!
3.  Ghosts, goblins, witches, and vampires are just pretend!
and finally….
4.  Please don’t scare my kids tonight!  :oP

Now’s your chance to choose the new flavor of gum!

There’s a battle between yummy flavors going on at www.facebook.com/extragum!  Extra Dessert Delights Fan Flavorite Vote is happening now!  Click on the link, “like” them on Facebook, and then choose the flavor you want to win.  The competition is between these flavors:

Bananas Foster

Root Beer Float

Lemon Square
As I type this, root beer float is in the lead.  Which one will you vote for??  The winner will be announced on November 16, 2011!

Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win an Extra® Dessert Delights® gum prize package in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place.

Free Printables and Weekly Giveaways at Children Inspire Design!

One of my favorite sites, Children Inspire Design has just added a bunch of free, super cute coloring pages to their blog!

They’re also having a giveaway every Friday until Christmas.  Last Friday’s giveaway was this awesome print:


The giveaway ended on Monday, but the good news is…tomorrow is Friday, which means there will be a new giveaway!  I’m sure it will be something beautiful, because all of the Children Inspire Design stuff is!

Captain Fussybuckets goes to the dentist!

This morning Daddy, the Captain, and I went to the dentist for our regular cleanings.  Or maybe NOT so regular, since we hadn’t been to the dentist since….last fall, maybe.  We left Baby D home with our good friend and good thing we did, since we were gone for about 3 hours!  Yikes!  

But…the Captain did well!  Check out the pics:

He was kind of a stinker at the end of the visit.  The dental hygienist gave him a sticker and a coupon for free fries at “Old McDonald’s” and he pointed to a cool, sparkly pencil and said he wanted that, too.  I guess he thought that he had waited a LONG time to see the doctor, so he was going to get the most out of it.

OopSees Bib Shirt

Our last sponsor spotlight is for Oop-Sees Disposable Bib Shirt.  You may remember that I hosted a review & giveaway for Oop-Sees back in August?  If not, go check it out here: Oop-Sees.
I'm so happy to be able to work with Oop-Sees again!  This product really is awesome and every mom should own one (in each size!)
To sum it up, Oop-Sees bib shirts are: 
  • washable
  • non-fading
  • resuable and long-lasting
  • water-repellant (hello!  amazing!)
  • non-toxic/chemical free
  • lightweight
  • eco-friendly
  • soft texture
  • comfortable
  • pull/tear resistant
  • recyclable

Dear Lady and Chick-Fil-A,

Dear Lady with a Louis Vuitton handbag, talking on your iPhone and not facing the play area at Chick-Fil-A where your grandson is playing,
The place is a madhouse because you and other grandparents and parents aren’t watching your children.  Sure, it’s Family Night, but that doesn’t mean it’s Send Your Child Into a Closed Area and Let Them Go Crazy Night. My (almost) 3 year old wasn’t scared to be in there, but honestly, I was, so I pulled him out.  And the little girl who busted her lip because of the craziness, poor thing, I hope she didn’t have to get stitches.
Dear Chick-Fil-A,
Family Night is awesome.  My son got an awesome face painting and an alien balloon.  He loved it.  But you might want to hire some bodyguards for the play area.
Mommy Fussybuckets

WallWords.com – Sponsor Spotlight {Trick or Treat Halloween Hop}

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I'm happy to announce another sponsor in one of our Treat or Treat Halloween Hop prize packages!  (there will be two!)  
wallwords, wall words, wallwords.com
WallWords.com is a great place to find rub-on vinyl and digital transfers that can be applied to walls, windows, mirrors, or cars.  WallWords has a lot of stuff to choose from!  I really like the chalks-a-lot & dry-erase vinyl!
WallWords also has a custom tool to help create whatever you have in mind!  Check out WallWords.com and come back this weekend to enter to win!

Audio Books!

Let’s get the truth out there:  I don’t read much.  I LOVE to read, but I just never can find the time to do so.  I used to love to read in high school, when I had a bunch of free time, but now, I just don’t.  So, what about audio books?  I can listen to them on the way to the store, post office, church, etc, etc, etc.  Or I could listen to them while doing just about anything:  cleaning the house, cooking dinner, or even relaxing before bed.  
There is a WORLD of audio books out there…now to only decide on one!  The possibilities are endless, really….from Biblical books, to romance novels, to parenting how-to’s, to scary stories (which I don’t do, for the record!)

They even have children’s audio books!  But wait, the point was for ME to get to listen to an audio book, wasn’t it???

“English Idioms And Expressions For Everyone, Yes, Even You!” by Reza Mashayekhi

I was able to review the book:  "English Idioms And Expressions For Everyone, Yes, Even You!" by Reza Mashayekhi.  This book was written for foreigners and people learning English as a second language, but it is helpful for anyone who speaks English.  It is full of idioms and expressions in the English language.  Some of these I didn't know!


(Are you trying to remember what, exactly, an idiom is?)









an expression whose meaning is not predictable from the usual meanings of its constituent elements
Here are a few of my favorites from the book:
"Stick a fork in it!" which means "Something having been completed."
"Monday morning quarterback" which means "A person who finds fault and blames others AFTER everything has already been done."
"Dead presidents" meaning "cash" or "money"

This book is like a dictionary or any other reference book.  You can easily look up idioms and expressions that you may not know.  I have to point out that there are adult words and themes in this book, since it is a book about the English language.  It's not crude or bad, but this being a family blog, I should point that out in case you're thinking of, I don't know, buying this book for your 8 year old or something! :o)

The author, Reza Mashayekhi, was born and reared in Tehran, Iran. He later attended the University of Michigan, where he received a degree in aerospace engineering.


Fit Moms for Life – Dustin Maher – Sponsor Spotlight {Trick or Treat Halloween Hop}

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Dustin Maher is a personal trainer, fitness instructor, writer, motivational speaker, and writer.  He loves helping moms achieve their fitness goals and has been on TV close to 100 times and has been in many magazines, newspapers, radio shows, has over 250 YouTube videos, and over 450 articles and videos on his website.  Check out his Dustin Maher's website to learn more!