Saturday Stuff

The Fourth of July is upon us…and our family celebrates it in a big way because it’s my mom’s birthday! So we will be having a big family and friends get together at my sister’s house. The weather should be mild (about 85-90 degrees…mild for a Southern California July day), and the food will be fantastic. Surrounded by family and friends…what more could anybody ask for?!!
In the meantime, I wanted to clear a couple of things up…
Yesterday, I did my regular Friday Flip Offs. I mentioned two things that got a lot of attention:
1. Our neighbor shut off our water while we were on our vacation from hell
2. The contractor we hired to repair/revamp our staircase hasn’t started yet
So here’s the deal…our neighbor was watching our dogs while we were away. Him and my hubby have not been seeing eye-to-eye on our watering habits in the backyard for years. The neighbor claims we over water because on his side of the fence, there is a lot of water that comes from our yard. We do not over water. In fact, we don’t even use as much water as the City allots us to use for landscaping! So we think he turned it off to see if it would dry up the water on his side of the fence…and that we’d never notice. I’m flipping him off again because I’m mad thinking about everything that died because of it!
As for the contractor, it has been 4 months since the flood damaged the stairs, but about 3 of the months we were fighting with the insurance company to get the money to fix it! A month ago, we hired the contractor to complete the work. He told us it would be a couple of weeks before he could start. Now he’s saying Monday…we’ll see…
I received a few awards and wanted to thank the fantastic bloggers that passed them along to me! If you don’t already know these ladies, make sure you check them out…you will be glad you did.
Thanks to Cori at Cori’s Big Mouth
Thanks to Jessica at Mommy’s Sippy Cup (check out her new blog look!)
Thanks to Mama Hen at Mama’s Little Chick
Thanks to Sippy Cup Mom at The Life of a Sippy Cup Mom and thanks to Carissa at This Little Family
Thanks to Yenta Mary at Food Floozie
And thank you to Cupcake Mommie who featured my blog on her blog, the everyday life of a Cupcake Mommie, as being noteworthy!
Now, some of my favorite blog posts that I came across this week…
Check out Leanne’s post about being creative at From Chaos Comes Happiness. And let me mention she is getting her blog design business up and running so if you’ve been thinking about having some work done, you’ll want to contact her!
Lula Lola at Lula Lola wrote a post about summer that actually made me feel, breathe, see, and love summer even more than I already do!
Brittainy at the Litany of Brittainy wrote an amazing, beautifully written post about her battles with Post Partum Depression. It’s the first account I’ve read that actually made me feel the pain and darkness of PPD. I speak from experience.
I visited Claudia at S P L I T T E R G E W I T T E R after she visited my blog. What I found in this post took my breath away and I instantly fell in love with her blog. The poem in the post will make you swoon!
Have a wonderful, long weekend…and stay safe!
And so it goes… 


  1. Maxabella says:
    Gratz on all those well deserved awards!! Happy 4th July to you and happy birthday to your mum!
  2. Sippy Cup Mom says:
    Hope you have a fantastic weekend and holiday! Happy Birthday to your Mom!
  3. Ms. Understood says:
    Wow . . . you got the mother load of awards!!! Congrats!!! I just got the A Blog with Substance award too. Sorry your neighbor was such a turd. Good luck with the contractor.
  4. The Urban Cowboy says:
    Congrats on the awards, Happy Birthday to your mother...have a great time this weekend!
  5. Pumpkin and Piglet says:
    Congrats on the awards and it sounds like it's going to be a great weekend for you guys! Happy Birthday to your Mum!

    I still think your neighbour is an idiot, what he did just wasn't fair! And I really hope your contractor turns up on Monday.
  6. My oldest son was born July 4th, too! (He'll be 31 on Sunday.) How cool is that day for a birthday, huh! Happy birthday to your mom!

    Congratulations on the awards! Neat-o! =)
  7. I'm flipping off your neighbor too - wowzers, what an a$$!

    Happy 4th, I know it's a REALLY big party in the US and couple that with your mom's bday, well - hello, celebration!! :) Enjoy!
  8. Funky Mama Bird says:
    Have a great weekend! It's my dad's birthday today, so we celebrate big as well.

    We went through THREE contractors before we found one who would actually fix our damn deck, so you may want to call someone else, just sayin. Good luck!
  9. Have a great weekend celebrating with your mom!!! contractors can be SO frustrating, I hope he decides to pull the trigger and start soon! :)
  10. Courtney says:
    Dang, girl! Racking up on those awards... CONGRATS! We've contacted a contractor about a window that leaks when we have crazy rain and he has yet to show up. I know that feeling well. Hope you have a great weekend and happy birthday to your mom.
  11. All awards going to the woman who deserves them!! Congrats and Happy Fourth!
  12. I cannot believe your neighbor turned off your water. I've never had a bad neighbor so it's hard for me to wrap my mind around a meddling one.
  13. I am so sorry all your plants died that would make me so mad! Sounds like you guys are going to have a great fourth of July! Happy Birthday to your Mom. I also awarded you the Cherry on top award! I hope you get everything sorted out with your contractor too!
  14. Claudia says:
    Thank you so much for linking my poem-post
    First had to look up what "swoon" does mean... like it :=)

    Have fun, celebrating you mom's birthday and enjoy the summer weekend!
  15. Claudia says:
    Oh - and congrats on your awards - you deserve it - your blog is amazing!
  16. Lula Lola says:
    Congrats on the awards! You deserve them!
    Thank you so much for mentioning my summer post! I appreciate it so much! Hope your neighbor at least brings you boxes of goodies from the farmers market!
  17. Have a great 4th of July week-end.
  18. Paul and Kerry says:
    congrats on all the awards! you deserve them and thensome! Have a great time with your family! I so wish that warm So Cali air would push up the coast! we MAY get to 70 tomorrow. If we are lucky.
  19. JDaniel4's Mom says:
    I really hope the contractor starts Monday. I would be so frustrated. Congrats on your awards. I have seen many of them before.

    Thanks for stopping by.
  20. I second you second flip off and raise you one more (to your neighbor).
  21. Sharlene T. says:
    Glad you cleared all that up... neighbor was wrong... contractor is STILL late... have a great Fourth and behave yourself!... Congrats on all the awards, too...

    Twitter: SolarChief
  22. forty-something chick says:
    Congrats on the awesome awards! Thanks for the links...already checked out a few and found some new blogs to read.

    Enjoy your family time this weekend, especially since it's NOT at your house!
  23. Well deserved awards girl. Enjoy the weekend with the fam.
  24. Congratulations on your many well-deserved awards!

    And that contractor? He better start on Monday or I am going to need to see a post about how you are kicking some contractor butt over there in your corner of the world.

    Happy 4th of July!
  25. Oooh I would be so mad about the neighbor. If he thinks you are using too much of your water then go over to his house and hook the hose up to water your plants.
  26. Cori Benson says:
    Holy Guacaomole that's alot of awards!! Thank you so much for the shout-out!!!

    Happy 4th and Happy Birthday to your Mom!!
  27. lisad33611 says:
    Hello! Congrats on all the awards! I'm a new follower, from the blog frog. Have a safe and happy 4th! ~Lisa
  28. Thanks so much for mentioning my blog, Natalie!!! You are the BEST!!! Happy 4th to you and yours ... and Happy Birthday to your Mom! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
  29. litanyofbritt says:
    Thanks for the shout-out, Natalie! I can't believe your neighbor! What a jerk! I'll mentally flip him off with you. (I'm doing it right now.)
  30. Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points says:
    STILL cranky on your behalf about the water situation.

    I think I shall huff up here.

    I'm really good at the huff.

    Like textbook good.

    It'll help. I'm sure of it.
  31. Organic Motherhood with Cool Whip says:
    A big congrats on all your awards and happy bday to your mom!! Hope your 4th of July was super!