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Pumpkin Carving what a MESS!!!

Did you know the pumpkin guts are really, really, slippery and sticky?  I now do ….


Halloween morning I received an SOS text from my mom, bring the kids over and carve pumpkins for tonight.  I immediately thought about this equation:

Triplets + Cori + Pumpkins + Pumpkin Guts + Knives = BAD IDEA + BIG MESS

That only means one thing one big old MESS

I tried to get out it, and throw my sisters under the bus of hopes that they would jump in and carve.  No such luck.  If the pumpkins were going to be carved they were being carved by Cori & the triplets.

I may have been less then thrilled about the pending disaster, but the kids were excited and couldn’t wait to go!  So off we went…

I did everything I could to try to keep the mess down to a minimum.  Laid out newspaper all over the floor, gave them garbage bags, spoons and begged them to STAY ON THE NEWSPAPER …. and if you must go off the newspaper STAY OFF THE CARPET!  Luckily, under the newspaper was hardwood floor.  Not the end of the world, but at the same time I didn’t want to have to mop the floor.

As much as I tried, we made a huge mess – that was with only 2/3 of the triplets participating in the fun.

Instead of using the garbage, they just through the pumpkin guts on the floor – where it sat.

Shockingly! The longer the guts sit, the more likely they are to leak through the newspaper …. even like 5 sheets of newspaper!  Luckily all the guts stayed mostly within the newspaper boundaries, but there were some flyaway seeds that I found all over the carpet in the family room.

Can’t figure out how the seeds ended up on the carpet …. the kids must have been flinging the guts and seeds as they emptied their pumpkins.

After getting all the guts picked up, newspaper dumped in the garbage and seeds removed from the carpeting, did I realize pumpkin guts are slippery and sticky

I then spent the next half-hour with the Clorox wipes [yep, not below me to do a Clorox shout out!] trying to get the floor not slipper or sticky!  Kids thought it was funny.  Me not so much, because I was the one on my hands and knees!

In the end, the pumpkins got carved.  Looked good.  Little mess was made and most importantly no one got hurt (that includes myself!).  It’s always a good day for us when we can do an activity without injuring ourselves!!

Stay tuned, maybe tomorrow, for Halloween pictures!  I also have a bunch more miscellaneous pictures and posts that need to go up.  If only there was more time in the day …

Don’t forget to enter my SHUTTERFLY Giveaway of 25 FREE HOLIDAY CARDS ends on Monday, November 14th @ 12:01am, where three people will in!

I received information about Clorox’s Bleach It Away campaign and am sharing my messy moment for the chance to win prizes from The SITS Girls. To learn more about the messy moment program, check out  Sharing your story on the Clorox fan page gets you entered for the chance to win $25,000 and daily prizes, and you can grab a coupon for Clorox® Regular Bleach.

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{STICKY} Shutterfly Giveaway

Have you checked out my:

Shutterfly Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to 25 FREE Holiday Cards from Shutterfly!

Now through November 14th @ 12:01 AM EST

*CLOSED* GIVEAWAY: Win 25 FREE Holiday Cards from Shutterfly

Click HERE to see winners announced!!


Did you happen to see my review yesterday of the amazing Shutterfly Holiday Cards?  If you haven’t checked it out, CLICK HERE to see my review of Shutterfly and their products!!

Today, THREE (3) Cori’s Big Mouth readers will receive 25 FREE Holiday Cards from Shutterfly!!

Don’t forget to vote on which card you think was chosen to be the 2011 Holiday Card for my cousin’s family – see the poll at the END OF the post!!!





Which is your favorite of Cori’s Top 5 Favorite 2011 Holiday Cards?!
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My Top 5 Fav Christmas Cards from Shutterfly {and Giveaway!}

Yes, I realize Halloween isn’t even here yet and I’m already talking CHRISTMAS on my blog, but if you are like me then this post is for you!

No, I’m not writing this to brag that my Christmas shopping is done, heck I haven’t even started thinking Halloween, let alone Christmas!  I’m writing to give you a 61 day head start in sending out your Christmas Cards!

Yes, you heard me, Christmas is in 61 days!

Here’s your chance to get a jump on all the Holiday hustle and bustle and get one item checked off your list!  Shutterfly provides hundreds of awesome holiday cards that are quick & easy to design and order!

This year, I’m once again honored to be working with Shutterfly, to design and order Jaime’s family’s Christmas cards this year!  [Click HERE to see what the 2010 Christmas Card we used from Shutterfly!)  Below are my 2011 favorite Christmas card designs.

One of these is the “winner” that we chose for Jaime’s cards, the other four are the runners up … but which one is the “winner?”

Vote below for your favorite and don’t forget to pop back and see what the winner was!!

My Top 5 Christmas Favorite Cards are in alphabetical order!

Bright Holly Jolly Holiday Card

Oh Holy Night Religious Christmas Card

Top Moments Christmas Card

We Believe Christmas Card


Wonder of Wonders Christmas Card


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Did you know that in addition to their Christmas Cards, Christmas Photo Cards and Holiday Cards, Shutterfly has a ton more items that you can make out of your prized photos??  Here are some of my favorites….

Halloween cards

Photo Books

Birthday Invitations

I’ve NEVER been disappointed with the Shutterfly website or quality of their photographs and/or products.  I KNOW you will be happy to!  Now it’s YOUR chance to win a set of Holiday Cards of your very own…..

GIVEAWAY: THREE (3) Cori’s Big Mouth readers will receive 25 FREE Holiday Cards from Shutterfly!

Come back TOMORROW to enter the giveaway!
Giveaway will run from October 25 @ 12:01am -November 13 @ 11:59pm.

**AboutOne Winner**

Thank you to everyone who entered my AboutOne Giveaway!  If you didn’t win, don’t worry AboutOne offers a 17 day free trial!  The 17 days last for 17 days you check into the site, so your 17 days will stretch as long as you like them too! Click HERE to be taken to sign-up for the trial!  Trust me once you give it a try you’ll see what a wonderful program this and be signing up for a membership!!

AboutONe Winner 

Congratulations Heather! 

I’ve emailed you, and you have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen!

{Sticky} About One Review & Giveaway

Have you checked out my:

AboutOne Review & Giveaway!

Enter for a chance to win a ONE Year Membership to AboutOne!

Now through April 9th @ 11:59 PST

*CLOSED* AboutOne Review & Giveaway

Congratulations to Our Winner …. HEATHER!!

Click HERE to see the official winner being announced!


How often do you …

Go to a doctors appointment to realize, shoot I forgot the immunization records?

- or -

You head to school to register for classes and find out you need your dad’s social security number?

- or -

Your car breaks down and you need to know the last time you had it serviced?

- or -

You need Great Aunt Agnes’ address?

If you’re anything like me, IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME!  I’m constantly caught off guard in need of important information that I don’t carry in my purse!  Now let me ask you this…How often do you… have your cell phone and/or laptop with you?!  I’m sure your answer to that is ALL THE TIME!

How nice would it be to be able to pull up ONE SECURE SITE and have all this information ready and available instantly at your finger tips?!  Sounds to good to be true doesn’t it?!  Well you’re in luck…ENTER: AboutOne.


This site is amazing, on ONE SECURED site you can store:

  • Family Information: Add important information about each individual member of your family!
  • Phone Book: Keep ALL phone numbers, email addresses, birthdates, etc in one easy to access location!
  • Education: List all school, awards, degrees, etc!  Oh and you can UPLOAD actual documents and awards to keep a copy here!
  • Medical Information: List medical conditions and allergies, current medication, doctors, insurance information, etc!
  • Possessions: A spot to store household and vehicle information! 

The Official AboutOne Overview States:

When was the last time you had to search through boxes, piles of paper, or a filing cabinet for something related to your family? Whether it’s your spouse or child’s blood type, details about a recent home repair, or photos from a recent vacation, with you’ll also have all the information you need, right at your fingertips, to make informed decisions and respond quickly to an emergency.

AboutOne was designed by moms and dads for moms and dads to make managing all that household information fast, fun, and easy. With just a few clicks your information is stored with bank-level security, and all your posts can then be combined or mixed together in new ways, saving you time on everyday chores like creating family newsletters, scrapbooks, hardcover photo albums, and creating and mailing holiday cards, or completing school forms, college applications, caregiver instructions, and tax returns.’s patent-pending service takes just seconds of your time and helps you save time, save money, and be prepared.

Want to find out more? Check out the AboutOne Product Tour!

Did I mention that their site is 100% secured??!!

My personal favorite parts of AboutOne:

  • On The Go Uploads: Email any photos, documents, etc. from your phone or computer to your own AboutOne email account and it will appear on your AboutOne site!
  • User Friendly: 1,000% USER FRIENDLY!  Easy step-by-step “forms” to fill out!
  • Awesome Staff! I was overwhelmed and I put out an SOS to @AboutOne on Twitter and within minutes got a message from Beth, AboutOne’s Customer Service DIRECTOR!  Beth then offered to either call me or would set-up an online chat to walk me through the site!  This was priceless!
  • Everything in ONE Place!


This site is a MUST for any busy person!  I’m a single college student and am loving having all this information available at my fingertips.  I can only imagine how helpful it would be for parents to keep track of not only themselves but their children as well!!


So what does AboutOne cost?  Well in my opinion is it PRICELESS to be able to securely store important and valuable information, so it’s well worth the money money spent!

  • AboutOne Free Passport: FREE (17 day free trial to try all aspects of AboutOne)
  • AboutOne Monthly Plan: $5/month
  • AboutOne Yearly Plan *Best Value*: $30/year

I’m excited to announce that AboutOne is giving ONE of Cori’s Big Mouth readers a one year membership to AboutOne!

~Mandatory Entry~

You must be a Google Friend Connect Follower of Cori’s Big Mouth blog!

Go to the AboutOne website and come back leaving me a comment about what part interests you the most AND why!

~Extra Entries~

Like AboutOne on Facebook and/or Twitter. (2 Entries for Each)

Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter. (1 Entry for Each)

Subscribe to my blog via email and/or RSS Feed. (2 Entries for Each)

Tweet about this giveaway. (1 Entry per day)

“ Organize & Store your family memories & info w/ a 1yr membership to @AboutOne from @cori_shelley #win #Giveaway Ends4/9 “

Giveaway will end on April 9th at 11:59pm PST. Open to readers in the US Only. I will choose 1 winner via and the winner will be posted on my blog along with an email sent to them. The winner will have 48 hours to reply to me. If I don’t receive a response within 48 hours, I will choose another winner. **Please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win.**

* Information came from

In order to do the review I was given a 1 year membership to AboutOne.  The review I posted above is completely and entirely my own personal opinion of the product I reviewed.

~*~* Blue Eyed Blessings HairBow WINNER! *~*~

Thank you to everyone who entered the Blue Eyed Blessings Giveaway!!  We had 99 entries, that is awesome!!  For those of you who didn’t win, make sure you still check out Blue Eyed Blessings Etsy store, for great deals for Holiday gifts and stocking stuffers!! 

The winner is…..

Congratulations Ashley! 

I’ve emailed you, and you have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen! 

Don’t forget that I’m guest blogging all week over at Nurses Notes, so pop over and see what I have to say!

Happy December everyone!!

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