Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 31, 2012

Crafting with Kids: Art Station?

Meet Stephanie! She’s a 24 year old stay at home Mom, who couldn’t ask for a better blessing than to be home with her daughter!! Their favorite things to do together is working on art projects and they enjoy sharing them with people at Crafting with Bug!! In her free time she enjoys reading and scrapbooking!! Check out all of Crafting with Kids article here!

Does your little one have a place designated for art time?

We don’t have the space unfortunately for the ‘art station’ that I would LOVE to have set up for my daughter but I do however ALWAYS have paper and crayons/markers and coloring books with-in her reach all the time.

If you have the space setting up a desk or table for them to do their projects at is a wonderful idea! First of all, your little one can now ‘do art’ whenever they feel like it! Secondly, it can somewhat contain the mess!!! Instead of crayons / markers laying all around the house they will stay near the art center making for easiesr clean-up!Continue reading

July 30, 2012

Karla’s Korner: Learning to Love Our Shadows and Imperfections

I am proud to introduce a new column to Madame Deals! I think we all need a touch point a place we can go to be inspired. Karla is my children’s teacher, a good friend, and a person with a heart of gold. I hope that her words will inspire you to do more. We are only as good as the people we surround ourselves with. It is important to listen with your heart and proceed with your eyes open. Enjoy!

Learning to Love Our Shadows and Imperfections

I have been writing a lot lately about the fact that age is settling in and I have started to notice it a lot more. I have had gray hair since I was a young girl and have never really looked at that as age related. However, I’ve noticed a few lines and wrinkles in places where there were none before and most recently have been told that I am in the beginning stages of arthritis in my left knee. When I combine these things with the ones I have always struggled with like my weight, I find myself sitting on the pity pot once in a while. Today was one of those days. While nothing was really wrong, I was just feeling a bit down and out. I tell myself that it is okay to have a bad day once in a while and that it is perfectly normal not to like everything about yourself. As I was muddling through my daily emails of devotions, quotes, and inspirational stories I came across one that hit me particularly hard causing me to have an “ah haaa!” moment. I like those; they make me think and I always learn something.Continue reading

July 30, 2012

Chutzpah: Lying

Chutzpah is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.


If you read this site you know I hate people that lie. I can’t stand it. I mean man/ woman up and get your act together and tell the truth. I recently had a fellow blogger fail to pay me for promotional services. The worst part is they were supposed to be a friend. The amount of stories they have told to avoid doing what they promised is epic. The good thing for me is I document every contract I make it really sad that I will have to pursue this but I can’t stand people who lie. I believe it is my duty to resolve the issue so they do not do this to someone else who may not have taken the time to document conversations and actually trusted the person. I do giggle because I believe in karma and this lady has some coming to her! That is the nice thing about this world that if you do good things and are a good person you usually do not have to deal with people like this.

chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or confidence, but among Yiddish speakers, it is not a compliment.

Ask a Nurse: How to Prevent Drowning Accidents

Pamela is an RN, MSN/Ed.

Pamela is a mother of 6 amazing children ages 11 to 24. She is a nurse educator and loves to travel overseas to work in medical clinics and teach health-related topics to schools and communities. She has been married to her best friend, Steve, for 29 years. She has many different interests including reading, writing (NOT arithmetic!), baking, teaching, and spending time with her family. She lives in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two youngest daughters.


Never Look Away!

How to prevent drowning accidents

When I was a child, I saved my cousin Johnny from drowning. We were in his pool splashing and playing, when I realized he had drifted into deeper water and was sinking under. I grabbed his hair and pulled him up; by that time all the adults were screaming and took over. I always felt bad about pulling him up by the hair, but when I got older my Aunt told me it didn’t matter how I did it, just that I did it was great. I ended up pulling several more kids out of the water when they were in trouble, one more as a kid and the latest one only a few years ago when I jumped in fully clothed because no one saw the child sinking and struggling!

Have you ever been to a public pool and felt you were the only one watching any of the babies and kids?  I got so stressed out watching (and rescuing) so many kids whose moms were oblivious! The last time I went to a public pool with all my kids was when I was pregnant with my sixth child, trying to watch my own kids, and rushing to help other toddlers whose parents were not paying attention! I honestly can’t stand the stress. Some say, “don’t stress, you’re only responsible for your own kids.” Well, that doesn’t work for me. When a child is having trouble and no one seems to notice, I am gonna pull that baby out!

Did you know that death by drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death for children ages 1 to 14? According to the CDC, for each child drowning death, about six children need hospitalization or emergency-department care for their near-drowning or non-fatal submersion injury.

We can’t expect lifeguards to see everyone at once, it just isn’t possible. Parents and care givers need to take responsibility for the children they care for and learn and follow safety guidelines to prevent drowning!

Here are some basic guidelines to help you:Continue reading

July 27, 2012

Fashion Friday: packing up


I love Fashion but I hate paying tons of money to look great. I believe you need two things the knowledge of what looks good on you and the skill to find it for less. I encourage you to get rid of all the items in your closet that you do not wear. They cloud up your options to make really great outfits because you can’t see your clothes! If they are in good condition sell the at a consignment store or a place like Plato’s closet, or host a clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a blast!


I love to travel. It seems that my bag is often heavier than I am. I usually look like I am traveling with three friends based on the amount of things I bring and the size of my bag. I gave myself a challenge. It was to go away for 4 days and 3 nights and only bring my purse, brief case and this tiny suitcase. I was able to accomplish my goal my husband was in such shock he kept asking where my real bag was.

This is what I did to insure I had everything I needed and nothing I didn’t need. I packed my underwear first. I can’t leave home without those what would happen if there was an accident and I had dirty underwear. Then I looked at what I was going to be doing while I was in Chicago. I had a business conference, shopping, and three nights on the town to pack for. I decided the easiest thing to do was wear dresses. I packed 5 dresses and one pair of jeans and one pair of shorts and one set of pjs. I packed two shirts, a bathing suit, and 5 pairs of shoes. I wore the largest pair of shoes on the plane. I then packed up all my make up and hair care items in a plastic bag. I rolled my clothes so they fit easier and stuck my make up stuff in plastic bags in my shoes. I made sure to pack similar color stories so my shoes matched everything as did my purse. I always bring my metallic shoes because they match everything! I made sure my dresses could go from day to evening with a change of shoes. I packed so well I didn’t even wear all of the clothes I brought and I had space to bring back a couple of items.



July 26, 2012

Summer Travel to the Big Apple

I am going to the BlogHer Conference in New York City and I’m so excited for this trip. I have been doing tons of research on what to do while I’m there. I’ve found restaurants, sightseeing tours, hotels, shops and pretty much everything you can imagine. It is a little overwhelming the number of sights to see while in New York City. I want to go to places the locals go, but I also want to visit the tourist sights.

I’ve stumbled upon some sightseeing tours while doing my research and it looks like most of the companies have numerous tours to choose from depending on which sights I want to see. They also have Hop on and Hop off tickets that let me get on and off the bus so I can walk around town and visit the local shops and venues. This seems like the best bang for my buck because I get off the bus when I want to see some of the city, then hop back on and go to the next place! I know that I want to visit the Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty and Times Square. I have a whole list of places I’d love to go on my trip, but we’ll see how many I can fit in during a few days.Continue reading

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