Thursday, June 17, 2010

Be the Match - PLEASE Read

This is a message from my friend, Teri. Her husband & Bryan work together. On top of being an Army wife (& FRG Leader) whose husband is about to deploy again and mother of a 3 year old & 2 month old, she is now having to go through this. PLEASE consider signing up for the marrow registry. You could "Be the Match" that could save the life of Teri's dad!
If you have a blog, facebook, etc - please share & repost this!
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As most of you know, my father was diagnosed with Leukemia last year. After a year of treatment, his leukemia has progressed and he will not survive without a bone marrow transplant. We don't know how much time we have, but it does not look good. He has been in the hospital for over a week now and it does not look like he will be strong enough to go home again. My uncle, my brothers, and I have all been tested to see if we are matches, but we are not. He also does not have a match in the bone marrow bank. It is a 1 in a million shot that he will find a match, but we have to try. My mother is looking into having a drive, which would be one night locally, but I know I have a lot of friends all over the country so I am sending out a plea for help. I am not ready to lose my father.

I know it is a lot to ask, but I am hoping that some of you will be able to register with the bone marrow bank to see if you are matches for him. The test is simple. Go on line and register. They will send you a kit. Just rub the q-tip on your inner cheek and send it back. The only thing is with registering you sign a commitment to help if you are a match to someone on the transplant list. Even if you are not a match to my father, maybe you will be a match to someone elses. Donating bone marrow isn't like donating a kidney, though, it is a relatively simple procedure. We don't have much time, so if you are willing to help, visit the website below. I cannot express in words how much this means to me.

Those of you who live in MA I will keep you posted on the drive, those of you who do not, please see the e-mails below and please visit the following website:

www.bethematch.org

Please share this e-mail and this info with friends, family, church groups, etc. The organization does have government funding and until they exaust the funding for the year, it is free to register. The more people we have willing to take 2 seconds to go on line and register, the more chances we have to find a match.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart,
Teri

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Stella & Dot



I am now a "stylist" with Stella & Dot!
I am someone who said I would never work with a direct sales business. I have no problem buying from them, but I would never want to sell anything. Enter Stella & Dot! At the end of last year/beginning of this year, I was introduced to the jewelry through a friend. I LOVED it! The Berry Cocktail Ring was my favorite & Bryan got it for me for Valentine's Day. Since I received my ring, I have been considering selling the jewelry. I keep seeing new, gorgeous pieces coming out so I decided to jump in!
If you're interested in placing an order, you can do so directly through my site:
http://stelladot.com/sites/cristin

If you'd like to host a party, just let me know & I'd probably be willing to travel to you.


Here are a few of the newest pieces that have come out. I love fun, chunky rings and this gold & pearl combo is so pretty! Here is the Belle Fleur Ring, Vintage Cluster Ring and Charlotte Pearl Ring.


Stella & Dot is often featured in fashion magazines & on TV. Here is the most recent press in the July 2010 issue of Real Simple. Those are the Goa Pendant Earrings.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Jazz-min

We had another fun weekend! On Saturday morning we visited the pool on post for the first time this summer. Marlie used floaties for the first time and loved them! I didn't know how she would do with the increased independence, but she had a great time!
That evening we went to Jazz on the Lawn at Beachaven Winery here in Clarksville. Jazz was one of our favorite things to do last summer and we are so glad that it's back. It's so fun to get together with our friends, eat a picnic style dinner, listen to live music & drink some wine! When we were getting ready to go to the winery, Marlie asked where we were going and we just told her it was called Jazz. So for the rest of the night she kept referring to it as Jasmine - hence the title of this post!
The girls!



Bryan was off again yesterday so we got to have another long weekend together. Unfortunately he spent the whole morning in Nashville getting my car serviced. After M woke up from her nap we took off for some more family fun. We made our first trip of the summer to the small water park in Hopkinsville. Our neighbors met us there and we all had a great time playing in the water for the afternoon.
Of course right before I took this all the girls were sitting together so nicely!

We're back in a funny face phase...

Daddy loves his girl


We'll be going on pre-deployment leave at the end of this week so I've got a LOT to do to get ready!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake

This is one of my new favorite recipes. My friend, Amber, brought it over for our Mother's Day potluck and we all loved it.

Chicken & Spinach Pasta Bake

8 oz uncooked Rigatoni
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 (10 oz) pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast
1 (14.5 oz) can Italian style diced tomatoes
1 (8 oz) container chive & onion cream cheese (Use 2 if you want it really creamy!)
1 1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese

Prepare rigatoni according to package.
Cook onion in oil, transfer to a bowl & set aside.
Drain chopped spinach well, pressing between layers of paper towels.
Stir all ingredients into bowl with onions.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Sprinkle with mozzarella on top.
Bake at 375 for 30 minutes.
Uncover and bake 15 more minutes or until bubbly.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Flower Girl

We have been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY lately!
This past weekend consisted of wedding festivities. Our beloved babysittter, Chelsea, got married and Marlie was one of her flower girls. We had the rehearsal and dinner on Friday. Marlie did great at the rehearsal so that was encouraging for all of us. We were still unsure what would happen when the church was full of people though!
We had to be at the church by mid-afternoon on Saturday for them to take prewedding pictures. This meant we had to wake M early from her nap and most people know by now that that's a big deal for us. Aside from a shoe meltdown *minutes* before the wedding and a little chatter during the ceremony, she did a great job. We are so blessed to have known Chelsea for this past year. We could not have found a better person to care for Marlie. We will miss her a lot, but we are also so happy for her. We were honored that she wanted Marlie to be a part of her wedding day.

Chelsea gave Marlie a Disney princess dress & crown. M LOVED it!


She often insists on putting her shoes on all by herself.


The beautiful bride and cute flowergirl!


Pre-Wedding snack with the Ring Bearer, Jackson.


A rare family picture!


Cuttin' a rug!

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

SwagBucks Update

Below is my original post about SwagBucks. I have been using their search engine for a little over 2 months now and have earned $35 in Amazon gift cards!! I'll try to do updates like this on a regular basis to show how much I've earned. If you have any questions about it, I'll be glad to answer them.
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I have heard about SwagBucks often, but never looked into learning what it was. I finally did yesterday and am hooked! Once you sign up on their site, you can use their search engine (instead of Google, for example) to earn points. You can redeem the points for all types of gifts, but the most popular are definitely gift cards. I signed up about 24 hours ago and already have 81 points!
I highly recommend this easy way to earn free gift cards!

If you would like to sign up, please use my referral code below. You get 30 points just for signing up!

http://www.swagbucks.com/refer/CristinF