Saturday, February 28, 2009

February Restaurant Review

This month Matt and I tried out Avocado California Roll & Sushi in Garland at the Firewheel Towncenter.  We had some wonderful Sushi on our honeymoon and I was really craving some tonight.  My little brother had been to Avocado and said it was really good so we decided to try it out.  

We ordered edamame for an appetizer. When we ordered it, the waitress said, "You know your first order of edamame is free, right?"  We didn't, but we gladly took our free edamame. favorite.

Then we split 3 different kinds of Sushi.  The menu had a detailed description and a picture of each roll.  That really helped us make our decisions.  The pictures I posted here are from their website.   They are also the same pictures that were on the menu.  
California Roll
You can never go wrong with a California Roll.  We both loved this one!

Sun of Philadelphia 
I really wanted to like the Salmon on top, but the slimy/mushy texture was not cool, but the rest was good.  

New York, New York
This picture does not do this roll justice.  It was our favorite.  It had crab meat, avocado, cucumber and fried shrimp.  Yummy!!

3 Sushi Rolls
1 drink
$5 off coupon
Price:  $33.00

We give Avocado..........TWO THUMBS UP

If you want to check Avocado out too,  print out this coupon!

bachelor spoiler

A friend sent me a link after last weeks Bachelor. It is a "Bachelor Spoiler". I didn't go immediatley. I was planning on waiting to find out when I watched the finale on Monday, but I couldn't contain myself after what Chris Harrison said about next week. So I peaked. I was definitely shocked.

I don't regret looking, so I thought I would share it with you just incase you can't wait until Monday. But don't go there unless you want to know what happens.

fabric & flowers

If you give my mom fabric or flowers, she can do just about anything with them.  She has been helping me decorate my house since we got married.  I don't know what I would do without her.  

Take a look at what she's made....

Flower arrangement by our bathtub

Curtain in our bathroom

Flower arrangement in a box on a bookshelf in our bedroom

Cornice Board and pillows in our bedroom

Crazy Quilt Pillow on our bed

Flower arrangement on our kitchen table

Curtains in Kitchen

Detail on the curtain kitchen
Curtain on the back door 

Curtains in the living room

Detail on the living room curtains

And my favorite....a crazy quilt banner in one of our hallways

Now that we have curtains, the virtual tour of our house will be coming soon!  I just have to decorate our mantle and we will be good to go.  I can't wait to "invite" you into our home!!

Thursday, February 26, 2009

grandbaby fever

My dad called las night to check on me and see how I was feeling.  

I think he mainly called to ask me if it was morning sickness.  I think he has "Grandbaby Fever" again.  He absolutely adores Carson and can't wait to have another grandbaby.  How funny is it that my Dad has "Grandbaby Fever" before I have "Baby Fever"? I'm sure "Baby Fever" will hit this house at some point.  

But for now, there is no morning sickness in the Link home.  That won't be for a while. 

I'm off to school!!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


Last night was not that fun for me.  I was up almost all night throwing up.  At 3:00 in the morning when I realized it wasn't going to stop, I got online to put in a sub for today and threw some lesson plans together to send to my team.  I slept in until about 9am and starting feeling totally fine around noon.  I took almost a 2 hour nap after lunch, but I was still very productive around the house this afternoon and evening.  Hopefully I rested enough because my tummy is starting to feel funny again.  

I got an e-mail from our computer teacher this morning say that one of my students said "Good Morning Mrs. Poo Poo" to her.  He had apparently already given the sub lots of problems in the first 45 minutes of the day, so I'm pretty sure he spent most of the day in the office.  If I have to stay home from school another day this is probably what will happen.  

Women Tell All Recap

Sorry this is so late girls. It's been a crazy week, so I'm going to make this short and sweet.

I am definitely thinking he is going to pick Melissa. She is really growing on me. A girl that I teach with has met her, and said that she is a very down to earth girl.

Molly just gets on my nerves. She seems like she is acting on the show and her eyes are always huge and scary looking....haha!!

I am really curious to see what Chris meant by his closing statement. What is going to happen next week?

And I am totally excited that everyone loved the idea of Jillian being the next Bachelorette. I think she would be fabulous for it.

And speaking of the next Bachelorette. A girl that one of the teachers at my school used to teach with is trying out to be the next Bachelorette. Isn't that crazy? She just really wants to settle down and have a family. Does she really think that she is going to find that on T.V? I mean they are 1 out of 15 being successful. The odds aren't too good.

I'm excited to see who Jason picks next week!! Who do you think that he will pick??


If you don't, you should check this out.....

One of my friends from college is doing a giveaway on her blog.  She makes these adorable necklaces.  Go check her stuff out here and leave her a comment to enter her giveaway.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

my little helper

Thanks for helping me with the laundry this morning, Izzie!!

Monday, February 16, 2009

jason is an IDIOT

That is all I can say right now......

He is going to go down in history as the DUMBEST Bachelor ever.

I'll post more later, but I'm in shock right now.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

fine china

Yesterday we decided to take back our China that we got for our wedding.  We got 7 place settings as wedding gifts, and I wanted 12 place setting.  It was going to be way to expensive to buy 5 more place settings to finish it off, so we decided to take them back and get a full set of something a little less expensive.  

We ended up getting these from Crate & Barrel.

I think we came out pretty good.  We got a full set of 12 place settings of the Staccato dishes from Crate & Barrel plus $300, that I'm going to use that to buy fabric for curtains for our living, kitchen and bedroom!! Finally!! Yay!!

And speaking of fine china, you should check out Andy Davis' song called Fine China.  It's a good one.

happy valentine's day (late)

Matt and I had an all day celebration.  We figured since it was on a Saturday, we better take advantage of an all day celebration of this non-sense holiday!!  We had such a wonderful day!! 
We started out the morning with sleeping late, and by sleeping late we mean, sleeping until 8am! I made one of Matt's favorite breakfasts, Pigs in a Blanket, and then we exchanged Valentine's gifts.  We decided beforehand that we didn't want to do anything big.  I gave Matt some butterfingers, extra sunglasses to keep in my car, and some other random things.  He gave me The Fray CD and the David Cook CD.  (I'm glad I put that I wanted The Fray CD on my blog, but he read my mind on the David Cook CD!)

We got out of the house around 10am and didn't get home until 6ish.  
We took back a couple of things, bought my coupon box, and bought a much needed dust pan.  At Cinemark you can go to the first showtime of each movie for $5.  So we went to see Slumdog Millionaire for FREE.  We had a giftcard from Christmas.  Thanks Cinnamon!!

Sidenote: While we were in the parking lot, there was this guy just parked in the middle of the road.  He was dropping his wife off, but it was taking forever and he is was our way.  Of course, Matt honked, but I don't blame him.  We found a really close parking spot, and then we notice that the guy that we honked at found one right in front of us.  The older man got out of his car and came straight to Matt and got in his face, "You got a problem, Big Boy! You got a problem, Big Boy!"  Matt just walked off and then the man said "Kiss my A**!"  It was so bizarre.  Especially since he dropped his wife off then parked his car like 5 ft away.  After we got into the movie theater, we got scared that he might do something to our car.  Matt went outside and took a picture of his license plate, just incase.  Thank goodness for iPhones!!

So, after the movie we went to The Cheesecake Factory.  We also had a giftcard there!! Thanks Ryan, Ashley and Carson.   It was nice to have a late lunch/early dinner and beat the crowd.  We split a White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake...Yummy!!

After "lupper" we ran a few more errands and made a stop at Redbox (our 2nd favorite place to get movies other than Netflix).  We got Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist.  It wasn't awful, but I can't really recommend it to you.  

Hope you had a very Happy Valentine's Day!
Thanks sweetie for a wonderful day!  I love you!!

heaven in a bowl

Matt and I discovered heaven in a bowl tonight.....Blue Bell Banana Pudding Ice Cream. I'm not big fan of banana flavored stuff, but this ice cream ain't messing around. It tastes like the real deal. Matt loves banana pudding, so he thought this was fabulous. After eating his whole bowl, Matt asked me how fattening I thought this was. I just told him it wasn't our business. We don't want to make the ice cream feel fat!

The best part about this ice cream was that we got it on sale at Kroger for $2.99. It was a Valentine's Day only special, though. But, all Blue Bell ice cream is on sale for $3.99 for the rest of this week, and if you go here you can get $1.00 off a half gallon of Blue Bell ice cream!

So go get some Banana Pudding ice cream for $2.99 at Kroger!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

tried and true designs

My Mom has been making these adorable diaper bags for over 26 years.  

All bags are denim,  personalized and machine washable.  When we were kids and out grew carrying a diaper bag, it became our church bag.  We put crayons and coloring books in it to keep us entertained during big church!

She also makes bandana bibs, name bibs, burp clothes, tag blankies and bibs, and teacher bags. 

I have made two slideshows with some of her bag designs.   One has the girl bags and the other one has the boy bags.  These are most of the designs that she has, but not all of them.    All the pictures without names are bags that she has completed except for the name.  The fabric in the picture is what will be on the inside of the bag.  

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Diaper Bags: $30-35 (depending on design)
Teacher Bags: $40
Bandana Bibs: $10
Name Bibs: $15
Tag Bib: $15
Tag Blankie: $15
Burp cloths: $10

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Look who came to see me!

On Wednesday night Matt went and played basketball at the church with all the guys.  Ashley and Carson came over so I could help her make Carson's scrapbook.  We had so much fun playing!!  Carson makes the cutest little noises.  He is such a fun age right now.  

Then I got lucky tonight and got to see that sweet boy at my parent's house tonight too!!

He was super happy!  Lolly and Pops just gave him his Valentine's Day present.  

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

crafts & coupons

I have always loved making crafts.

And I have recently fallen in love with coupons.

I have always loved a good deal, so I'm surprised that I have just now gotten into the world of coupons.  And let me be the first to tell you that their is a "coupon world."  There are all sorts of blogs where people talk about saving with coupons and give tips.  There are websites with FREE coupons.  And recently, I got a free 4 week membership with  It was fun while it lasted, but I didn't find it necessary to keep my membership.  It really got me started saving.  Using coupons is definitely a game.  You have to find the best sale price and then use your coupon along with the sale price.  

Every Sunday afternoon I clip coupons and put them in my "not so cute" coupon holder.  (that has no labels.)  

They fall out and sometimes I don't even take the time to sort them.  I just put them in the front.  It takes a while on Sunday afternoon to get them all clipped and then sort through the ads to find the best deals, but I think it's worth it.  I save anywhere from $20-$50 dollars each week on groceries.  

I was recently reading on my old Bible Study leaders blog and saw these.  

Aren't these the cutest coupon holders ever?

They originally got the idea from here.  They bought the boxes from Macy's, and covered the dividers with scrapbook paper.    I think it is worth stealing.  

I'm going to make one.  Do you want to make one with me?  I have tons of scrapbook paper that I am trying to get rid of.  I would love to share it with you.  We could have a coupon box making party!!  

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

i saw that one coming

Bye, Bye Naomi

I'm not surprised one bit that Naomi went home last night on the Bachelor. Her family was crazy. Her mom had some funky beliefs. She said alot of contradicting statements last night.

She told her Dad that they had talked about her beliefs, and that he knew where she stood. Then in an interview she said that she wished that they had talked more about religion and her spirituality. Hmmm....

She also said that she could care less if they believe the same things. Then she said that she feels like they are so right and that when two people have the same hearts and care about the same things you can do magic. Well they obviously they would never make it because they don't have any of the same beliefs.

I'm still lovin' Jillian. She really opened up to Jason about her Mom, and that was very important. (especially since her Mom mentioned it to Jason) That really showed that she trusts him. I loved her family. They looked like they had a good time and there was no forced conversation.

I can see how Molly is the way that she is. Her family seemed to be the very country club, snobby, rich type people. I still don't like her. And her smile looks evil. Maybe that's why I dont like her.

Melissa is my second favorite. She is cute and funny and excited about Jason. I do, however find it odd that none of her friends know much about her parents, and she won't talk about her parents that much. That would be scary to move on the next level in relationship without seeing her family.

I really have no idea who is going to send home next week. It's all going to depend on the dates. I don't think he really likes one over another at this point. And I don't really think there is a front runner. We'll just have to wait and see.

I have to say that I am like Jason less and less as the show goes on. I am not excited for Deanna coming back. I really hope that the scene where they show him crying over the balcony is not over her. I never really liked her, and he should NOT take her back after what she did to him.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Germ-X & Vitamins are my Friends

Last week I heard that the elementary school down the street had 140 students out on Wednesday because of the flu.  Last year I caught everything that the kids got.  Hopefully I built up my immune system last year.  I am hoping and praying that I don't get the flu this season.  I got my flu shot. So let's hope it's the right strand and it keeps me well. 

I've been putting germ-X on me and my kiddos a hundred times day, telling them to sneeze or cough in their elbows, and I've even starting taking Vitamins.  

I had three kiddos absent today.  (Probably with the flu.) Let's cross our fingers that I don't get the crud that is going around.