Help Donate Stamps & Brighten Someones Day

Lanette needs stamps!!!

Lanette Veres, Founder and President of Gray Matters Foundation, is a brain tumor survivor. She has made it her mission in life to support other brain tumor patients, their family and friends! Thus Gray Matters and the “tonguey turtle” were born!

Lanette, and Gray Matters, were recently featured in Card Makers magazine out reach program. She has received OVER 800 cards! Now she needs stamps to send these cards to brain tumor survivors, friends and loved ones!

I am asking you, my lovely readers to send Lanette some stamps! Times are tough, but there are others that have much bigger struggles in their life. One stamp costs $.44. A book costs $8.80. And, it’s a tax deductible donation.


You can go to the Gray Matters Foundation Donate page, scroll down to the wish list and click on the postage stamps link and have the stamps sent to the address listed.


Buy stamps and send them to…

Gray Matters Foundation
5403 W. Poinsettia
Glendale, AZ 85304

When my friend Jill‘s mom had a brain aneurysm in 2007, Lanette was at her bedside in the ICU. She’s an incredible lady! Anyhoo, go check out her amazing work and please, please, PLEASE find it in your heart to donate a book of 20 stamps for $8.80. Don’t forget that your donation is 100% tax deductible and their tax id number is listed on the website!


It was a miracle…

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Today a true miracle occurred. I was able to actually take a shower alone! Now to me that means there was nobody yelling “MOM”, knocking on the bathroom door, and most important of all my little guy wasn’t in there opening and closing the shower doors, soaking the floor and himself.

I think I was in there for at least 20 minutes. And here’s probably the second best part…. I was actually able to take the time to shave my legs. Yes, you heard me right. Shave my legs. It had been a while. Trust me it wasn’t pretty.

When you’re in a hurry and have everyone and their brother needing something from you,  just getting the shower is a miracle. All I know is for that alone, today was a good day.


On another note, sickness sucks; big time. I swear that no matter what I do, how much I clean, or how many vitamins I cram down my families throat, they get sick. And they don’t just get your run of the mill sniffles or cold. Oh no, not here. Strep, mono, fevers, pink eye, and illnesses without names are what they get. This has just not been our year.

It all started in late fall. My oldest– Caitlin– got strep throat again; for the 3rd or 4th time this year so they finally decided to take her tonsils out. Yeah, that was fun.

So the week she was to get her tonsils out, Natalie got sick. I took her to the doctor and she had mono. How in the world does an 11 yr old get mono?? I’m still pondering that one.

Okay so we get past the mono & tonsillectomy. Fast forward to Christmas Eve. The youngest– Andrew– comes down with a fever and super snotty nose. We ended up taking him to urgent care and his first prescription. All I know was he was the fussiest baby in the world. Nothing made him happy and I spend many nights sleeping on the couch holding him on my chest.

But something wasn’t right. He just didn’t seem to be getting better and after a bit of research and a call to the doctor we came the conclusion that he was having an allergic reaction to the medication. I’m happy to say that once we stopped medication #1, started #2, and a day or so passed he was back to normal. Everything was right as rain!

This is where it gets fun. The husband comes home thinking something is in his eye. I clean it out (yes I touched it & I’m pretty sure this is how I got pink eye) and make sure there’s nothing in there.  It all went downhill after this. He managed to get pink eye in both eyes and strep throat. I can honestly say that he was worse than the baby, because men don’t deal well with being sick.

And now I too have been graced with this incredible illness. Pink eye & strep throat. Thankfully, I caught the pink eye early and started taking the same eye drops as the husband and since I don’t have tonsils (thank you parents) strep isn’t that bad for me.

Oh, Caitlin is sick now too. Same as the husband which is strep but minus the tonsil so at least her throat isn’t killing her.

Something has to give. Soon. Please.


I have to say that this was a holiday season to remember. Not one of those fun ones that you remember fondly though. More like the Christmas that totally sucked.

On the upside, my house is super clean and was aired out when the weather here in Michigan hit mid-50’s in January! And now we have Andrew’s first birthday to look forward to at the end of the month!

Complete & Total Blog Neglect

I had such high hopes for the past couple of weeks… really I did! I even had a plan written out on what I was going to post each day. It was thought out and thorough. But something happened and I didn’t even get half of them done.

And now my blog is so sad.  It knows that I’ve been neglecting it. And I’m pretty sure that this is no way to get new readers or even keep the handful that I have now! Geesh.

Okay, so I’m totally blaming my job, all the meetings that I have to attend, and the endless housework that I have at home (note to self – look into getting a maid). Oh, yea. Also sleep. I really like my rest and it seems to be playing a major part in how much free time I have each day.

So once again I will make a plan! And maybe instead of daily I aim for every other day or every two day. How does that sound?

Now, my question for all you moms out there who work, take care of a family, and blog is how do you manage it all? How do you keep up with everything and still manage to have simply amazing blogs?

Let’s discuss this! Does anyone have the same issues that I do? If so, let’s come up with a plan that will help us become better bloggers!