Monday, April 26, 2010

Waco Coupons Giveaway - And How to Use Expired Coupons!

Would you like an envelope of coupons you can use in Waco and surrounding areas (and a few coupons you can use anywhere?). It even includes a coupons for a free Frape at McDonalds! I'm giving the envelope away to one person who leaves a comment below. Make sure to leave your e-mail so I can contact you.

Winner will be chosen May 3rd using Random.org or a names picked out of a hat by one of my children (if there is no comments by then, I'll extend it). Giveaway open to residents of Waco, TX and surrounding area only (cause most of these coupons aren't good outside of Waco, Hewitt, Killeen, etc.).

Got a bunch of coupons you can't use? Got expired coupons? Join the Expires Coupon Project and send them to a military family! Military families stationed overseas can use them up to 6 months after they expire.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

What a 2 minute rainstorm brought today...

Primrose Discovery



Guess what I found in my yard?

Well, yes, I often find that cutiepie in my yard,
but I meant the flowers.

I was so excited when they came up, because Mexican Evening Primrose is my favorite Texas wildflower. And no, I didn't plant these (at least not that I can remember). When we moved into our house last May, the yard was nicely mowed, so even if these beauties had still been around, I wouldn't have known...but they are here now, in both my front and back yard! Yeah!

My first experience with these beauties was when I was working at a nursery in California. We got some of these pink pretties in, and another lady who worked there who had lived in Texas started laughing. "I can't believe they're selling these!" she said. "They're weeds in Texas."

"Some pretty weed," I thought.

But I didn't know the half of it. Not until I saw them overflowing the median on I-20, waving in the wind like a frothy pink sea. It took my breath away...even more so than the bluebonnets did, gorgeous as they are.

Wish I had a picture of that! But here are some primrose posters and postcards I found on Zazzle.

I thought this one was appropriate for this blog, with the lone California Poppy...




And here's a lovely close up...




I like how this last one shows the primrose buds. Beautiful!
Oenothera speciosa - Pink Evening Primrose Photo postcard
Oenothera speciosa - Pink Evening Primrose Photo by citrine_dreams
More Pink evening primrose Postcards

So, what's your favorite Texas or California wildflower?














Monday, April 12, 2010

Fun Game

Test your world skill! This game is fun, educational, and helps a good cause!




That's my best score yet...I've been playing a while so I had to work up to that! The best part though, is getting my kids involved. I even got a neighbor kid to play! Saw me playing and wanted to try it. When he started he couldn't even pinpoint the United States, but after several tries he could pin point where the Empire States Building, China and Australia was! How cool is that!

If you're on facebook another fun geography game is Geo Tracker. Search for it...it's worth your time!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Blog Party Time!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010


It's here! The 5 Minutes For Mom 2010 Ultimate Blog Party is here. It's a chance to meet a lot of other moms, have fun, and maybe win some prizes too. So sit down, have a piece of frog cakeand some Texifornia Vulture Breath Chili and enjoy yourself!

INTRODUCTIONS
Let me introduce myself! I'm Gale. I was born in California but moved to Texas a little over 10 years ago. I started Texifornia when I was still reeling from homesickness and culture shock! It's mainly a place for Texans in California and Californians in Texas to laugh and share our experiences--but anyone is welcome, wherever you're from!

PARTY FAVORS
There's lots of prizes at the 5 Minutes For Mom Ultimate Blog Party! Here's the ones I want to win most!
  1. A Be My Guest certificate ($250 value) for one lucky winner, (2 night stay for a family of four) at any Hilton Garden Inn from bloggin2noggin.
  2. $50 via paypal by MomDot
  3. A Box of Sees Candies being offered by Lamp Unto My Feet. Yep, that's right, SEE'S CANDIES! My favorite candy which they don't have out here in Texas! Miss See's so! She's also offering another box you can win on here blog here!
Here's my other faves: USC 17, USC 15, USC 3, USC 8, USC 60, USC 11, US58, US112, US73, US74 US87, US104, USC 9, USC 25, US88, US113, US114, US107, USC 32, US8, US88, US52, USC 44, USC 40, US37,US11, US49, US61, USC 63, US66, USC 38, US9, USC 57, USC 16, US26, US102, INTL 11, INTL 14, INTL 10, INTL 16, INTL 15, INTL 3, INTL 8

TEXAS/CALIFORNIA PARTY SPOTS

As I stumble on Ultimate Blog Party Bloggers from California and Texas, I'll add links here so my Texan and Californian readers can find some "folks" near them.

TEXANS
CALIFORNIANS
TEXIFORNIANS

PARTY GAMES
Wanna join in some fun blog party games? They're a fun lil' way to get to know each other! CONVERSATIONS
Please leave a comment and share where you come from, and where you've been! Whether you're a Texifornian or a New Yorksylvanian or Hawaiian who's never been stateside, I hope you'll join in and have fun!


Thursday, April 08, 2010

Blog Party Game: Texifornian This or That

You may have played the this or that game before. It's really simple. You just answer the last persons "This or That" and then comment with a new one. In this game, try to keep the topic of the this or that related to California or Texas.

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Blog Party Game: Something In Common

This is a fun game I made up for forums several years ago. I thought it would work great for blogs too. Here's how it works.

The first person posts three things about themself (that will be me). It can be anything from eye color to what you studied in college. The next person reads those three things, and if they happen to share that trait they copy paste it, and post two more things about themself. The next person does the same with what the last person wrote. And so on and so on.

It's a fun way to get to know each other.


Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Lego Building Contest for Mayborn Museum Tickets

The Mayborn Museum in Waco, TX is one of my favorite places to go with my kids. There is so much there to do--there's hands on science experiments, history exhibits, and lots of places for kids to dress up and pretend, from a miniature kid city, to a mock weather station. You can spend all day there and not see everything! Right now they are holding a Lego Building contest, and the prize is a ticket for up to 6 guests to the Mayborn Museum. Even if your kids don't win, they'll have fun using their imagination and ingenuity to create their entry.