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Product Review: Oneida Blue 16-Piece Reflections Dinnerware Set

By Kay on Sun, Mar 30, 2008

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Below is the review I wrote for my new plates (see previous posts here and here) on Walmart.com
Beautiful Dishes from Walmart!!, 03/27/2008
By TheMommyJournal, Houston, TX
5 out of 5
Product Attributes:
Value for price paid: 5 out of 5
Meets Expectations: 5 out of 5
Features: 5 out of 5
Durability: 4 out of 5
Appearance: 5 out of 5
I originally was looking at buying a set of dishes from Target that I was in love with. When those were discontinued before I could purchase them I looked ALL over to find another set of dishes I could love (read IKEA, Linens-n-Things, other major dept stores, etc.). Never would have thought that I would have found such beautiful dishes of such great quality at such a low price. Now, I’m even more in love with these plates than I ever was with the ones from Target AND these plates are both dishwasher and microwave safe where the other ones weren’t. 

One distinction for those who are ordering these online, the dishes are darker blue than the pictures show – which was fine with me since I prefer the darker color anyway.

I also did the Ship to Store method and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it all was. I even had a young man offer to help me take the large, heavy boxes out to my car.

Overall, GREAT experience and I’m thoroughly in love with this produce. I HIGHLY recommend!

MommyHood on YouTube

By Kay on Sat, Mar 29, 2008

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If you ever wanted to hear someone put a mommy’s day into a song, try this one! (I guarantee you’ll laugh your butt off.)

Earth Hour

By Shawn on Sat, Mar 29, 2008

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A little on the political side, but interesting nonetheless…

Earth Hour

By Kay on Sat, Mar 29, 2008

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Have you heard about Earth Hour? I just recently stumbled across the idea and have to admit that I’m very intrigued by the whole concept. It basically asks that everyone turn off their lights and any other non-essential electronics between the time of 8-9 pm in whatever time zone you live in. The idea is that we would all reduce our carbon footprint simultaneously and have a greater positive impact on the environment. Here’s a great before and after pic of Sydney, Australia (where it all started last year) and the article I read that started it all for me (click on the pic to get there). Sydney, Australia before and after Earth Hour

Earth Hour’s website has a list of suggestions of what to do for that hour in the dark. Of course, the best suggestion I heard was to get outside and SEE the stars. Especially in cities where a lot of people and companies are participating, you might ACTUALLY be able to see the glow of the Milky Way, or at least a few stars here and there. 🙂 In fact, there’s even an movement called, National Dark-Sky Week, that says that 90 percent or more of all Americans younger than 18 have never seen the glow of the Milky Way galaxy with their own eyes!

Whatever you decide to do, it’s a great opportunity to discuss environmental issues with your kiddos and to just do something ‘out of the norm’ for some family time. Have a Happy Earth Hour!!

My Dishes Saga Continued

By Kay on Sat, Mar 29, 2008

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Just figured I’d update you on my dishes saga since I bored you with the original story. 🙂

I went to Target yesterday with intent of buying my dishes – you know, the ones that I wanted, not the ones that KATE wanted… 🙂 I get there only to discover they’ve cleared out the Global Bazaar section and are bringing in patio furniture and Easter stuff in that section of the store now. Great. So, don’t panic, just go look where all the other plates are. Do they still have the ones that I want?

Target's Sharp Square Dinnerware Set

No. Of course not. So, I go home dejected. Again.

Shawn mentions the possibility of buying them online. Hope reborn! I go online and… sadly, they are ‘not available’ anymore and the serving dishes that match are on clearance. Boo. Sad again.

Since most of my ‘dishes money’ is cash, I decided to widen the search to ALL dinnerware Target and otherwise. After much searching on many sites including IKEA, Linens-n-things, other major department stores, etc and still not finding the ‘right’ ones that called my name, I went to Walmart.com expecting NOTHING of course. It IS Walmart after all. What kind of good quality, trendy dishes are going to be at Walmart?

These!!!
Oneida Blue Reflections Dinnerware Set
I can’t wait to go to Walmart and check them out in person. And maybe even BRING THEM HOME!

Don’t worry. I won’t take Kate with me this time! 🙂

Holy cow!! Great use of visuals to help explain the proposed budget cuts and their actual impact on the overall budget.


You’ll never fold tshirts the same way again!

If you ever wanted to hear someone put a mommy’s day into a song, try this one! (I guarantee you’ll laugh your butt off.)

A little on the political side, but interesting nonetheless…

Children’s Books We’ve Read

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