Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to the second Secret Subject Swap. Twenty brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

My subject is  “If I was able to be invisible for a day, I would……”It was submitted by Here goes:

Oh what I wouldn’t do, *insert evil laugh*

Actually I wouldn’t want a whole day, I think I would be bored out of my mind and feel so lonely. I crave human interaction and would be miserable without it. I would want about an hour to watch my son sleep. I miss being able to watch him sleep without waking him up, he is so peaceful when he sleeps and reminds me of when he was a baby.

I would want a few moment to play tricks on my hubby while he slept and see how deep of a sleeper he really is.

While I’d like to right wrongs or whisper in people’s ears I fear I may freak them out. I know I would be freaked out. The one thing that truly scares me is the thought of ghosts and spirits. While I know my grandmother is watching over me I can’t ever catch a glimpse of her her, I would be collapse with fear.

When my son was first born, I would sit on the couch, hold him, rock him, and talk to him. He would look over my shoulder and smile. His eyes would follow something, something that wasn’t there. I KNEW it was my grandmother.  I would say aloud “I know you are there Grandma Angie, I love that you are watching over me, but please keep yourself hidden, I might freak out if I saw you.

Thankfully she always kept hidden, but I KNOW she watches over my son. I know that she is there making sure we are all okay, we are safe and loved. She is invisible but her spirit and love are all around us and in us.

Do I LOOK invisible?

then I would

Tea on Tuesday Blog Hop

The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop is hosted by Jessica at Boys Oh Boys and Haley at Team Ibrahim, with this week’s special co-host Karen at Dinosaur Superhero Mommy! The Tea on Tuesday Social Hop, is a multiple social link-up for everyone to meet new people, make new friends, and grow your audience! There are 8 social link-ups for you to join, including: Your Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, Bloglovin’, Hello Cotton, and Instagram!
There are just a few simple rules:
1. Follow the hosts, and co-host via GFC (if you can) or RSS,
Facebook, and Twitter.
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2. For every social link-up you enter, visit at least 3 others from
that link-up and follow them.
(*Note: When liking on
Facebook, you MUST do this from your personal page. It does not count
as a “like” if you like from you blog Facebook page.)

Interested in Co-hosting the Tea on Tuesday? Contact Haley at
haleyibrahim {at} gmail {dot} com.
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Secret Subject Swap

Welcome to a “Secret Subject Swap”.  Nine brave bloggers agreed to take on the challenge of being assigned a subject and interpreting it into a piece written in our own style.  Everyone involved picked a “secret subject” for someone else and was also assigned a “secret subject” to write about.  Today we are all divulging what we were assigned and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all 9 sites featuring “Secret Subject Swap” posts today.  We’ve certainly succeeded in amusing ourselves, check them all out and see if we can amuse you too!

My subject is  “My Favorite Vacation”.  It was submitted by

Here goes:

So, I decided to be silly and write a FANTASY favorite vacation with my dear friends..cue transitional dream sequence…

My two lovely, dear friends, Cathy and Kit joined me on my wonderful, fantasy vacation. We of course have TONS of money and flew first class to Napa Valley California. I always wanted to visit Napa Valley and just kick back and relax. I can’t think of a better way to drink wine and eat food than with my lovelies. Besides, with my gals we can go totally crazy and wild. I can be myself and love who they are. True friends LOVE you for who you are, and I am lucky that these two ladies let me be just that.

After a few days, we drove over to LA to catch a private showing of Jackson Rathbone play music with his buddies, The Gentle Giants. Yes, I know this is NOT realistic, but this is a fantasy, remember? Okay, so back to my vacation…Not only is Jackson Rathbone, adorable and a talented actor and musician, he is a devoted and respectful family man…which makes him even cuter. I was a perfect lady while watching them get their groove on. My girls, Cathy and Kit, will hear his music and experience his talent and become instant fans.

You should check out you tube for videos from when he was in the band 1oo Monkeys, they were a rocking band. I am so glad I got to see them once in NYC with my sister, before they all parted ways. My sister wasn’t impressed, but I was in heaven.

Then we flew off to to NYC and stayed in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria, where we got treated like royalty. We had complimentary, non-stop room service, massages, manicures, and pedicures. Oh, it was wonderful and relaxing, what a way to spend a vacation.

After we all relaxed we spent three nights in a row at Broadway plays. I have always wanted to see the following plays. Because this is my fantasy, we got to meet the cast after each play.  Aren’t fantasy, favorite vacations just wonderful?

The Lion King –

Chicago –

Rock Of Ages –

So, I hope I did a good job with my topic, I wanted it to be funny but not too silly. After you read mine, go check out the others and let them know how they did too. Maybe next time you’ll join in.

No, Dinosaur!

It’s Wednesday and time for My Life With a Dinosaur, but this time we are joining in on the
We recently did a review on Mother Daughter Book Reviews for the book Funny Farm, but Dinosaur also loves the book
I found the book and knew it was perfect for my son. Since we read books all the time, he loves to read to me now.
Sit here mommy.” Dinosaur points to the seat next to him on the couch.
I happily sit next to him as he reads to me, remembering the words on each page. I take pride, knowing that books are as important to him as they are are to me. I love that not only reads the book, but comments on the each page.At the end of the book, Dinosaur and I hug and say we love each other, just like David and his mommy.
“See mommy, I can read it too.” Dinosaur grins at me
His smile is so infectious.
“Yes my love, you read it so well. I am so proud of you.” I smile down at him and kiss his face.
He smiles again, hugs me and rubs my face. For such a wild boy,  he can be so pure and gentle.
“Okay, we play hide and seek now,” he grins at me and jumps off the couch and runs into his room.
What book(s) do you love to read with your kids? Do they read to you?

Favorite Shows and BACKPACK GIVEAWAY

I don’t let Dinosaur sit in front of the TV all day, but he has his favorite shows that he watches over and over again. Some I LOVE,
some I like and some I think are WASTES OF TIME. Sometimes I put on the shows I can’t stand just to be able to do computer work
or make meals.
Little Bill
because they are a loving family with friends from all walks of life. Little Bill is NOT whiny, just a typical kid that Dinosaur can relate to. Everyone is different and that is normal. They all love each other and are respectful and kind. There is a spiritual foundation to the show as well, that I am grateful for.
Dinosaur likes because Little Bill is just like him, a happy kid with a loving family and lots of friends.
Little Bear:
because he is an only child, like Dinosaur, and has lots of different friends and loving grandparents. Everyone is different and that is normal. They all love each other and are respectful and kind. It is okay to not to have a large family and being an only kid is perfectly normal for their family.
Dinosaur likes because Little Bear is a happy guy, who loves his friends and family, and uses his imagination.
Dora the Explorer:
Mommy likes
because Dora is interactive and gets Dinosaur to use his thinking skills.
Dinosaur likes because Dora always needs his help and thanks him for helping
Mike the Knight:
Mommy DOES NOT like
because Mike is selfish and soiled, he never learns from his mistakes or listens to his friends.
Dinosaur likes because Mike IS a knight and has knightly adventures
Wow Wow Wubzy:
Mommy DOES NOT Like
because while they do share and show friendship, it’s MINDLESS waste of time.

Dinosaur likes because it’s funny, noisy, and fast moving
Mommy DOES NOT Like because he is whiny and soiled child that is so self-centered
Dinosaur likes because it’s bright and funny
 Max and Ruby:|
Mommy DOES NOT Like because there are no guardians living with them, Ruby is too bossy and Max needs adult supervision
Dinosaur likes it’s funny and bright, and Max is always right.
What shows do your kid(s) watch, if any? Do you like them? Or do you want to throw your shoe at the TV like I do?

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Dangerous Drivers and Loving Who You Are

Time for more Friday Fun

1. What do you enjoy doing the most with your spouse? I love settling in on the couch, with popcorn and wine; and watching a side-splitting comedy. (Yes, popcorn and wine are delicious together, LOL) He doesn’t like to watch drama, horror, or suspense with me; because I will look on to see how it ends. Yes, I can read gory crime dramas, but I CAN’T watch them.

2. How do you eat your taco? From the top or from the side? I can ONLY eat it from the side, otherwise I would make an even bigger mess than I already do.

3. Have you ever shut off the basement light and ran like a fool because you knew someone was down there and would get you? After reading all the gory crime dramas that I do…YES!!!!!!! Hubby laughs at me and thinks I am a psycho, but I refuse to go down to the basement. If he wants to go down there, get caught, chained up, and buried alive, that’s his prerogative.

4. If you could change one thing about you what would it be and why? I love myself and wouldn’t change ONE thing about me. Besides, change one thing about yourself and who YOU are changes. And…if my son sees that I am unhappy about something, what is that really telling him? He came from me…so how would that make him feel and think about himself? I do wish I could find a job though, if that counts.

5. What age do you think is appropriate to have the “bird and the bees” talk with your children? I feel it depends on what my son asks me. I already talk to him about his body, how it belongs to him and ONLY him. The doctor can look at him, ONLY if mommy or daddy is in the room. He knows who is allowed to change his diaper and who isn’t. At three he already knows the basic physical differences between mommies/girls and daddies/boys. I have no problem answering any of his questions in language he can understand. Once kids feel they have gotten a straight answer, they are happy and go on with their day. I want son to know that he can ask me ANYTHING and tell me ANYTHING, this will be important as he enters pre-teen and teenage years.


Dear Producers of the movie “Cedar Rapids”,
What a hilarious movie. I never laughed so hard. I had to share it with hubby
and laughed again when he lost it too.
From a satisfied viewer.

Dear Son,
I promise to stop trying to get you to potty train. I know I stressed you out and will let
you be and decide when you are ready.
Love your understanding mommy

Dear cars who like to turn around in my driveway, speedy delivery trucks, & careless food delivery drivers
It seems like the circular driveway is empty, but YOU ARE WRONG. Not only are you are coming onto PERSONAL property, but the driveway opens to a rectangular driveway that my son runs around in and rides his bike. Your careless driving is putting my son’s life in danger. I do not appreciate you barreling around, therefore this neon-orange “children at play” triangle will keep you from either coming onto our property for u-turns or warning you to go slow for the safety of a child.
From a livid mother bear who will not hesitate to show her teeth and claws.

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Chubby Cheeks Thinks

Five Minute Friday: CHANGE

Five Minute Friday

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community..

……Often hubby will come home and see furniture moved around, cabinets rearranged, curtains replaced, or clothes sorted out. He never knows what to expect. Why? His wife loves change. Yes, I LOVE to change it up and try new things. Something inspires me and I have to try it. This is why I love decorating,
it’s perfect for someone who wants a little variety, and then when I get bored it’s the perfect time
to take it down.

 Now with a new place, I am itching to decorate for Halloween. Not being in a condo any longer I have the freedom to add more whimsy and festivities for our son. I can decorate our porch and add some details to the lawn. I know son will love the decorations and get as excited as me.

Then there is all the great fall activities we can do as the season changes. Oh boy, now that he is three years old he can have more fun helping me look for leaves. We can make collages, weather, leaf rubs, and possibly weather chimes. The possibilities are endless and the surprises will never end. Half the fun is coming up with an idea and trying it out. If it works that’s great, if it doesn’t we still had fun..…..

run washing machine if full
put away dried clothes
clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
wipe down bathrooms
vacuum living areas
declutter and organize
What’s your cleaning agenda today?

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Need a Cadbury Chocolate Bar Now

Time for more Friday Fun

1. If you could have been (could be) any profession you wanted (brains and $$$ no problem) what would it be? I always wanted to be a home decorator, but now after watching the food network, all I want to do is cook, cook, cook. 

2. How often do you clean out your car? According to my cleaning schedule once a month, but that doesn’t always happen, just ask my annoyed hubby.

3. Do you wish there was such a thing as fashion police or are you deeply relieved? fashion police? I can’t stand the fashion police. I believe in dressing how you want and what makes you comfortable. During the winter hubby would playfully tease me about my ankle cowboy boots with calf-length corduroy skirt, but I loved how I looked.

4. What’s your go to food/drink/activity when stressed?  CADBURY CHOCOLATE BARS, sure they make me sick, but sometimes you just need that guilty pleasure. Then there is always a great jack and coke to help with stress.

5. If you had twins, what would you name them? (for girls) Angelina Sophia for my grandma and Isabella Rose reminds me of Isabella Rossellini, (for boys) Anthony Joseph and Vincent Michael, (for a boy and girl) Angelina Sophia and Anthony Joseph


 Sorry in advance for the melancholy letters.

Dear School Systems, It is very disheartening to not be called in for an interview. Am I over-qualified? I am willing to take a paycut, but you wouldn’t know that because I have not been called for any interviews. From a qualified and experience teacher who needs to work

Dear President Obama, I am a good person, I follow the rules. I don’t take advantage of others or steal. Yes, I may not be perfect, but I work hard and want to earn a living. Why can’t I find a job? I can’t get a teaching job. No one will hire me out of education. What am I supposed to do?. From one of the many unemployed people in the United States.

Dear hubby, In a few weeks my BOCES money will run out and my unemployment checks will either go towards the rent or half the rent and bills. You are going to have to start giving me money each week for groceries and gas. You will have to decide to pay the bills or kick in half the money for rent. You will probably want to blame me for all of this, but know this is hard on me too. Please be kind to me when I ask for money or you have to pay a bill you don’t understand. Life Bank is important for our son if he gets sick. I can’t give that up. I have gone without so much already, so please be understanding and
kind to me.

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Chubby Cheeks Thinks

run washing machine if full, put away dried clothes, clean up disaster areas from Hurricane Dinosaur
wipe down bathroom, vacuum living areas
Clean out closets
What’s your cleaning agenda today?

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