Friday, March 20, 2009

Ultimate Blog Party 2009- Come join the fun!

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

It's time for 5 Minutes for Mom's Ultimate Blog Party (UBP ). This is my first time participating so please be patient with me as I try to figure out what I am doing ;)

For those who are visiting my little spot on the web for the first time my name is Jessie. I am a Mom to three. I have a 7-year old diva named Julia and two little sports fanatics named Joey Jr., 3yrs old and Joshua, 2 yrs old. My boy are a year and a day apart. Their birthdays were this week! We live in Brooklyn, NY with my hubby Joey who is a lifeguard! Yes, that is his full time job. He works at a pool in a luxury building in NYC. Pretty cool! Me and hubby will mark our 9th wedding anniversary in December.

If you hadn't noticed we all have J names- hence the family nickname the J-Crew ;) Right now I am a stay at home mom to the J-Crew. I used to work in publishing until having my boys back to back. Now I enjoy playing with my babies (especially on the Wii), writing, blogging and networking via the wonderful world wide web! I am also trying my hand at being a Mary Kay beauty consultant but I haven't yet got the hang of being a great sales woman, but give me some time!

If you want to find me around the web, I am on facebook, twitter and myspace. You can find the links on my sidebar!

So if you would like to join the party head on over to 5 Minutes for Mom. Grab a cup of coffee and meet all the great people participating in this event. This blog party is huge and they have tons of prizes to offer too.

Here are some of the prizes that have caught my eye:

5 — Core Fitness for Mom DVD from Moms into Fitness
Provided by: Busy Mommy
Prize details: If you are frustrated with your tummy bulge this Core DVD provides innovative techniques so you lose the mom tummy!

15 — Two winners will Win a pair of ChicBud Earphones with Swarovski Crystals
Provided by: The IE Mommy
Prize details: Earphones that fit your fashion, style and personality! Listening never looked so good! (Value $45.00)

17 — Fire polished Czech Bead Bracelet (sized to fit) and Pierced Earring Set (color based on availability)
Provided by: Jenna’s Jewels 
Prize details: Mom deserves a little pampering! Jenna’s Jewels will donate a $35 bracelet and earring gift set to one winner.
19 — $50 gift certificate to Target Stores
Provided by: Shoot-Me-Now
Prize details: Treat your kids, or even better, treat yourself! Shoot-Me-Now would like to donate a $50 Target gift card to one winner.

21 — $50 gift certificate to Target Stores
Provided by: Agoosa - Funny Name, Sound Advice
Prize details: Agoosa would like to donate a $50 Target gift card to one winner.
22 — $50 gift certificate to Target Stores
Provided by: Beginner Baby Blog
Prize details: Everyone loves a gift card! Beginner Baby Blog would like to donate a $50 Target gift card to one winner.
30 — $25 gift certificate to weeBgreen
Provided by: weeBgreen
Prize details: weeBgreen, earth-friendlier, safe products for baby, tot & more is providing 2 $25 gift certificates towards products found All products are wee tested. Mommy approved.
31 — Author-signed copy of the award-winning bilingual book We Are Girls Who Love to Run/Somos Chicas y A Nosotras Nos Encanta Correr
Provided by: Balanced Steps, LLC
Prize details: Celebrate the joy and strength of girlhood and positive self-esteem! Balanced Steps would like to donate an author-signed book (retail value $17.99).
32 — Copy of I Brake for Meltdowns (paperback)
Provided by: Da Capo Lifelong Books
Prize details: I Brake for Meltdowns offers parents an annotated listing of all the exasperating things little kids do and step-by-step advice on how to handle each situation. Da Capo Lifelong Books would like to donate a copy of this book to one lucky winner.
39 – Handmade Perpetual Birthday Calendar, Lunch Tin and 10 birthday cards (like the one shown in this post)
Provided by: Amy at Ordinarily Extraordinary
Prize details: Handmade calendar, cards and lunchbox tin valued at $40.00.
40 — Boca Beth Grande Bag
Provided by: Boca Beth LLC
Prize details: Raise a bilingual child the fun and easy way with award-winning Boca Beth CDs, DVD, language learning book, puppet and rhythm shaker! Valued at $49.99
42 — 5 kajeet phones with $5 of airtime
Provided by: kajeet
Prize details: kajeet the pay-as-you-go cell phone service for kids, created from a kid’s point of view. kajeet services include unlimited free parental controls and GPS – along with all the text, pictures, talk and games that kids want. kajeet is pay as you go with no long term contracts, no activation fees, no termination fees, and no high overage surprises.
45 – Ultra Chic Diaper Bag with matching Diaper Pocket!
Provided by: “Made by Michelle” online blogstore
Prize details: This beautiful diaper bag is very unique!  With brown pinstripe fabric, red piping, and white contrasting fabric, this bag is classy and original. Special features include two swivel hooks (one for your keys, one for Baby’s pacifier), and a matching Diaper Pocket that fits just right into a large interior pocket of the bag!  There are 5 smaller pockets as well, to keep you organized! $60 value
47 – Choice of Pink or Green Fuzzy Monkey Headphones by Justice for Girls
Provided by: Seccy Mama
Prize details: Brighten up anyone’s day with a pair of Fuzzy Monkey headphones from Justice for Girls. Works with all IPods and MP3 players!  Also can be used with portable DVD players or computers! Value $13.00
48 – No-iron no-sew clothing name labels from
Provided by:
Prize details: Self-sticking Clothing Labels that stay Put! No more ironing or sewing. Washer and dryer safe. Winner will receive a Super Pack ofStikins peel and stick name labels for clothing and items. 120 labels in 3 different sizes to label all your kid’s clothing and belongings. $40.00 value
49 – Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD and The Biggest Loser Family Cookbook: Budget Friendly Meals Your Whole Family Will Love
Provided by: Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget
Prize details: These two great tools will help you during any phase of your weight loss journey.
50 – 2  $50 gift certificates to Paperlicious
Provided by: Paperlicious - Hip Invites & Notes
Prize details: Hip invites and cool notes for bride, baby, child and carries exclusive designs for all of their invitations, stationery, and Momager Calling Cards, like their Rock Star/Hollywood themes and ferocious animal print designs. Thanks to their quality affordable products, stellar customer service and commitment to being eco-friendly and socially responsible, Paperlicious has helped get the party started for thousands of clients since 2005.
58 – Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer
Provided by: Moms Who Think
Prize details: From Amish Friendship Bread to Decadent Cheesecake and all the meals in between dessert, Moms Who Think has recipes you’ll love. We would like to donate a Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer to help make one lucky winner’s home cooking even easier.  (winner’s choice of color, $349.99 retail value)
63 – Diet books - Six winners will each receive (1) grocery tote and (1) of the following: Crack the Fat Loss Code, The Flexitarian Diet or The 1500 Calorie-a-day Cookbook
Provided by:
Prize Details: is donating a diet book and grocery tote to six winners to help them live a healthier lifestyle. Value is $16.95 - $26.95.
66 – Children’s “I’m An Author” Story Writing Kit
Provided By: Tara Brown
Details: Cherish Bound’s I’m An Author writing kit will help children write and develop beautiful stories told just by them. This prize includes an Author’s Artist Kit, 1 Giggles & Giddy-up Story Starter and a deck of Child Chat Cards. Winner will also have lifetime access to Cherish Bound’s Publishing Center. ($40 Value)
68 – $30 gift certificate to Christian Book Distributors
Provided by: A High And Noble Calling 
Prize details: A High And Noble Callingwould like to encourage you in your role as a wife, mother, and homemaker by donating one $30 Gift Certificate to Christian Book Distributors for you to enjoy.
71 – flip flops for Mom & Daughter from Top It Off
Provided by: Top It Off
Prize details:Unique accessories for moms and kids! Our newest style of flip flops are a huge hit, and we would love one lucky winner to have a pair for her and her daughter.
74 – one copy of the book: Journey to the Homeland by Hannah Stahlhut
Provided by: Wani
Prize details: This book was written by a teen for tweens. It would be a great gift or a to read as a family. The story goes something like this:  Keegan is a young orphan in a medieval land and he has a secret. He speaks to animals. Follow Keegan on his journey as he tries to evade the deadly kidnappers, survive in the wilderness and try to find safety in the homeland.

79 – $30 gift certificate to Cute Clips & More
Provided by: Cute Clips & More
Prize details: Cute Clips & More offers personalized and monogrammed gifts for every occasion. We would like to offer one winner a $30 gift certificate to our store at
80 – Crocheted Fat Bottom Bag
Provided by: Biz from Happily Thinner After
Prize Details: 1 (one) Fat Bottom Bag - Hand made (crocheted) in the color of choice and lined - value $50.
81 – $25 gift certificate to MJennings Designs, LLC
Provided by: MJennings Designs, LLC
Prize Details: Personalized name bracelets, beaded and hand stamped jewelry custom designed for you! MJennings Designs, LLC would like to donate a $25 gift certificate to one winner to be used at their online store,MJennings Designs, LLC.
82 – $50 gift certificate to Smiles Across Miles Cards
Provided by: Smiles Across Miles Cards
Prize details: Let us help you create the perfect photo card for your next special occasion!  Smiles Across Miles Cards would like to donate a $50 gift certificate for one lucky winner to use on their website
83 – Prize: $25 Gift Certificate to
Provided by: Sweet Serendipity
Prize details: Winner will receive a gift card worth $25 to be used to purchase earth friendly products.
98 — Internet password organizer & Mommy Rescue Guide Toddler Meals cookbook
Provided by: Jodifur
Prize details: One winner will receive both of these handy prizes! Internet password organizer:keep all your internet password in one place. The best way to safely and secure all your passwords online. Mommy Rescue Guide Toddler Meals cookbook:cookbook and instructions for feeding your toddler
99 — $25 gift certificate for Shutterfly
Provided by:
Prize details: $25 gift certificate for Shutterfly for photos of all those cute kids, grandkids, pets, etc.
100 — Two Coaching Sessions with Denise M. Brown
Provided by:
Prize details: Wishing for an easier day? With Denise as your coach, you can tackle your life’s current challenge. During each coaching call, you will determine your next steps that will take your toward the resolution, change or insight you want. Denise is a certified life coach, specializing in eldercare and life purpose. The value of your two free coaching calls is $150.00. For more information, please visit
101 — $178 in PR Training for Moms from PR in Your Pajamas
Provided by: Elena Verlee, PR in Your Pajamas
Prize details: An ebook called PR in Your Pajamas - Practical Publicity for the Time Strapped Mom Entrepreneur, and a media list of over 200 reporters receptive to news from mom entrepreneur companies, products and services.
103 — A Surprise Box Filled With Goodies ($50 value)
Provided by: Monkey’s Momma
Prize details: Do you like surprises? Monkey’s Momma would like to donate a Surprise Box filled with goodies customized just for the winner!
104 — $25.00 gift certificate to Glitterful Felt Stories 
Provided by: Glitterful Felt Stories Blog 
Prize Details: An Interactive Introduction to Literacy!! Custom handmade felt board stories to make storytime with your children more interactive and fun! Glitterful Felt Stories would like to donate one $25.00 Gift Certificate to be used on their main website! They are also offering a coupon for 10% off your next purchase using the coupon code 5minute! Have a Glitterful Day!!
105 — $20 gift certificate to Funky Baby Finds
Provided by: Funky Baby Finds
Prize Details:Custom handmade items for your funky kid!
106 — Melissa & Doug Role Play Dress Up Costume (prize value $50)
Provided by: Good for the Kids
Prize details: Providing the best of what is good for your kids, Good for the Kids is giving away the winner’s selection of a Melissa & Doug Role Play Dress Up Costume.
116 — One Copy of Joy’s LIFE Diet: Four Steps to Forever Thin
Provided by: It’s Come To This
Prize details: “Learn how to love tasty, healthy food while losing weight with Joy’s no-fuss, four-step diet plan” … it’s working for me:) 
118 — $25.00 Old Navy Gift Card
Provided by: Manic Mother
Prize details: Buy something fun for yourself or the little ones.
119 — 2 Life journals (one for you, one for a friend) to guide Bible reading and study
Provided by: Mom’s Toolbox
Prize details: These Life journals will guide you (and a friend) through theSOAP method of journaling your way through the Bible in a year, or whatever time frame you choose. On April 18-19 I will be cycling from Houston to Austin in the BP MS 150 to raise awareness and funds for Multiple Sclerosis. Want to support my ride or learn more about why I am riding?

So jump in to the fun and come party with me and the rest of the gals at 5 Minutes for Mom!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Happy Birthday Joey Jr.

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Today is my Joey Jr.'s birthday! He turns 3 today :)

Jr. loves sports, cars and chocolate. He likes to play baseball, pretend to box, and play Wii sports. Always jumping around and making goofy faces, he brings a lot of joy to our lives. I am so happy to have my little boy around to jump around and play with!

Happy Birthday Jr.!!!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Joshua!

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Today my little Joshua turns 2 years old! I can't believe that he is a two year old already :) On Saturday we are 
going to have a party for him, Jr.(3/18) and Joey (3/21). We did have some chocolate cake today. They loved it. My parents surprised me with the cake for the boys. After dinner me and Julia sang happy birthday to both boys and then they were in chocolate heaven. I swear Jr. ate his slice of cake in one bite. He actually managed to balance the whole piece on his spoon and he devoured it in seconds!!!

I had always wanted to have two kids so when I had Jr. in 2006 I thought I was done. I figured I had my boy and my girl and I was complete. Well God had other plans for me! A few months after having Jr. I found out I was pregnant again and that my new bundle of Joey was due on his birthday! I was going to have Irish twins!!! Well Joshua came the day before Jr.'s first birthday and on St. Patrick's Day to top it all off!!! So my boys are almost exactly a year apart. At times I want to tear all my hair out because they are active little boys but honestly I wouldn't have it any other way. They are my joys!!! Joshua has this smile that lights up the room. He is a little ham and loves to pose for the camera like his sister. I can't imagine my life without him or any of my kids!

Happy birthday Joshua! Mommy loves you!!!

Stayed tuned tomorrow for Joey Jr.'s birthday post :)

Monday, March 16, 2009

2 truths and a lie- Revealed

As part of the Daisy Chain blog tour, I am playing the 2 Truths and 1 Lie game. So today is the day that I reveal my lie!

To recap this is the list I posted:

I met my husband at the Puerto Rican Day Parade
I used to sing for my church's youth choir
I am the oldest of five kids

My lie is "I used to sing for my church's youth choir."  I am a really bad singer and was very shy when I was young. So I did not sing for the church youth choir!

I did meet my hubby at the Puerto Rican Day parade. I have posted about our meeting before. I am the oldest of 5 kids! I have 3 younger brothers and 1 younger sister.

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