Sticking to a Flat Rate

Some people prefer to pay for variable rates on their utility plans, but I don’t. When you have a variable plan, the amount you use affects how much you pay. While this may be good for some people who know they will only use a small amount of a certain utility at any given time, for those of us who have much more unpredictable lifestyles, this can be a problem. I had a variable company, and had to find an Ohio gas company that offered a flat rate plan, because at times my gas bill was higher than I wanted it to be.

My parents fall on the side of people who prefer the variable plan because they use less. They can cut back a lot on their usage because they don’t do as much as someone in their early 30s. They do this with their other utilities, and there are some things that they don’t even have, because they feel they don’t need them. Continue reading

My Kids, My Inspiration

Here they are, my kids, my inspiration!  Of course, if it wasn’t for that cute little one, I wouldn’t be doing any of this.  She’s the reason I was able to become a stay at home mom.  I’m not complaining.  I mean, I kinda wanted a boy and the Chinese Calendar failed me but hey, it’s all good!  And granted there are days where I beg my husband to let me go back to work after a rotten day with the kids but I get over it and thank God they are healthy and happy!

Olive is my little beauty queen.  She’s all smiles and giggles.  All eyes and chubby cheeks.  She just observes these wild siblings of hers.  We haven’t quite figured out what she’s going to be like.  All I know is she hates a wet diaper, demands to eat, and sleeps the best in my arms.

Amaya is definitely our little “throw back”.  She’s the darkest of the kids and I swear if the Indian woman and Kevin Costner in Dances With Wolves would have needed a child actor, she could have played their kid.  She hates being in clothes, has a mind of her own, screams, yells, hollers, demands, wants, needs, and cries for attention half the day.  She loves singing and performing.  Her favorite artist hands down is Katy Perry.  We jam out everywhere in the minvan to her music.  As long as you have a mango sucker and refrain from brushing her snarly hair, you’ll have a best friend for life!

Julien is my gentle, quiet soul.  He didn’t talk until he was 3 and is a pretty reserved child.  He is all about the love of life and the love of the game baseball.  He wears his heart on his sleeve and will cry at the drop of a hat.  He’s my little emotional guy but I love that about him.  Julien’s got the biggest imagination ever, drawing pictures and comics of whatever interests him.  He’s your typical boy in the sense that if it is an electronic and can be played, he plays it and can easily get distracted but I love him.  He’s my only boy and he’s in for a world of pain once these sister’s of him get a little older.  Heck what am I saying, he’s already feeling the heat from them!

Morgan isn’t my blood daughter but she’s my daughter just the same.  Coming to live with us at the age of 6, she’s definitely one of us.  She’s OCD about cleaning like me and making sure things are just right.  A very avid reader and drawer as well.  She probably reads about 5 books a month, at least.  She’s kind of a wanderer.  Always gazing into some fantasy world that doesn’t exist to parents.  We’ve gotta snap her back to reality from time to time but other than that, she’s a good kid and a hard worker.  She’s the biggest help of them all with the little girls.  I just fear the age 13.  It’s creeping up on us!

No honey, you can’t marry daddy.

My not-so-little Amaya and I had the sweetest talk today while watching The Phantom of the Opera.  The scene where Christine is singing in a beautiful white gown, Amaya had an epiphany.  She very seriously turned to me and said, “Mommy, when I grow up, I’m gonna marry daddy.”

This is by far one of the sweetest things that has ever come out of her mouth.  Normally she’s all attitude, hollering at dad for stinking up the house.   But it took everything in my willpower to not start bawling right then and there.  She loves her daddy so much that she would want to marry him.  But when I gently told her she couldn’t marry daddy because he’s married to me, she then declared that she would marry the next best person.

“Then I’m gonna marry Du-wee-n (Julien)!”

This one surprised me.  Those two can be the most darling little creatures on earth.  But as soon as I comment on how well they are getting along, 30 seconds later I’m snapped back in to reality with the sounds of yelling, screaming, and crying.  You know, that typical sibling rivalry.

Today made me realize that one day my girls will grow up, start dating, and eventually get married.  Morgan is going to be 13 this year.  She’s closer to it than my little girls.  And pretty soon my little girls will be big and I’ll quickly wish to rewind time.

I live for moments like these.  These special talks I get to have during the middle of a lazy day, over a buttery bowl of popcorn, that I think to myself how lucky I am to be a stay at home mom.  How lucky I am to lay in bed with Amaya, greasy fingers and wild hair, and create these memories.

Lunches Around the World with Little Passports!

Kids around the world are preparing to go back to school—that means homework, new friends and … lunch? Yes, that’s right! Let’s visit different countries and see what yummy food the school kids eat every day!

France– French children enjoy a 3 or 4-course meal that is made from high-quality ingredients, and are mostly made from scratch. The children all sit in the same eating area, the cafeteria. An interesting fact is that there are no vending machines in schools, because they’re banned due to the high sugar and fat content of the treats they carry. Typical school lunches here can have a variety of dishes and ingredients, such as grilled fish, salad, red beans, seasonal vegetables, garlic sausage, fruit salads and chocolate flan (just to name a few). Another perk is that the food is served on plates and eaten with real silverware!

Japan– In Japan, the school lunch ingredients are locally sourced and almost never frozen; in addition, the schools employ nutrition experts that work with kids and teach them the importance of good eating habits. Like the children in France, Japanese kids also eat in a community-like setting with their peers, and even their teachers! The children also wear white hats and robes to serve their classmates, which teaches them teamwork and respect. You can expect to find lots of rice, vegetables, fish, soup, and meat on the plate.

South Africa– South African school meals have natural ingredients such as corn, squash, sweet potatoes, and yams. There’s also rice, soft porridge, and meat that is sprinkled in with the vegetables. A special stew is made called potjiekos (named after a potjie, a three-legged pot), which originated from Dutch settlers. The cook puts vegetables, meat, potatoes, and spices into the pot, which is heated by small amounts of wood and twigs. After cooking, the result is a delectable stew!

Colombia– Colombian school lunch ingredients usually vary from region to region, but can contain rice, potatoes, fruit, beans, meatballs, and vegetables such as corn and avocados. There’s a special vegetarian menu also available, and children from 2 to 5 years old have their food cut and portioned into smaller sizes.

We hope you enjoyed our lunch trip around the world, and perhaps found inspiration to try new foods at your own dinner table!

Church Camp!

My big kids, Morgan and Julien, would like to go to Church Camp this summer.  In order to go, I explained to them that they needed to help raise money for part of the expense.  Now I’m not expecting them to pay for much but I’d like them to understand the importance of hard work and helping to contribute.  Plus I think it’s a great introduction to missions work for them.  Currently Morgan has a dog walking job 3-4 times a week.  Julien helps her on occasion and they split what she makes.  All money they raise by doing odd jobs for people around our local village and at church will go toward camp.

Julien is interested in attending Treehouse Adventures.  ”Hang out at camp – rustic style – living in a treehouse! Help counselors make a fire to cook meals, hang out at night stargazing, and learn some wilderness skills from shelter building to reading a map and compass. Challenge yourself at the archery range, in a canoe or sailboat! Bring a friend and make some new ones and see what new things God is doing in your life!”

Morgan is interested in attending The Power of Art.  ”Throw paint, dabble in clay, and create art in a whole new way! Discover all kinds of new artistic expressions! Design masterpieces! Explore and express what new things God is doing in your life. There will be plenty of time to relax, play games with new friends and old or enjoy splashing around at the lake. Bring your creative side, get inspired and dive into the power of art!”

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Pierced Ears!

Yep, I did it.  I got my almost 5 month old’s ears pierced today.

I know there is a lot of controversy that surrounds ear piercing for girls and circumcision for boys.  You are subjecting your child to unnecessary pain for a cosmetic reason rather than a medical purpose.  Quite honestly, I totally understand another person’s choice to wait.  I’ve heard plenty of horror stories over botched circumcisions or crooked piercings.

I’m personally not afraid to make the choice to put little studs in my daughter’s ears.  I understand it’s her body and her choice but realistically speaking, I cried like a baby when I had my 2nd holes done at the age of 14.  I was happy that my mother had my first holes done when I was young.

I think it’s far easier to clean and care for a baby’s ears than a rambunctious toddler.

Could I have waited until my girls asked to have their ears pierced?  Yes, I very well could have but there’s just something about a little baby with earrings that I just adore.

So with that being said, I made the decision and had these darling little studs put in Olive’s ears.  I love them and I hope she thanks me when she’s older for piercing her ears as a baby.  And you know what?  If she decides she doesn’t want her ears pierced anymore, all she has to do is take them out and they’ll close right back up.  No harm, no foul.

Learning During Dinner

Do you sit down every night with your family for dinner?  What are some things you talk about at the dinner table?  Dinner, for us, is a way to get caught up on what happened in everyone’s day.  We share funny stories, jokes, ideas, and memories.  But today, I thought I’d introduce something different to our dinner time routine.

Today I decided, let’s learn while we have dinner together!  My big kids are at the age where I can start introducing creative ideas to our dinner routine.  So after our prayer and sharing about our day, I suggested we each pick a state and share whatever we wanted about our selection.

Each of us, minus the little kids, picked our own state we wanted to research.  Eddie picked Maine, I picked North Dakota, Morgan picked Nevada, and Julien picked New York.  There are no requirements involved.  Whatever you find interesting about your state is what you’ll report back to the family.

We all have one week to collect our findings.  The sooner you share, the sooner you can move on and pick a new state.  I’m excited to see what each person finds interesting to share.  Julien already sounds like he wants to share about paranormal activities that occur in his state.  I’m still debating on if I want to stick to the facts or focus on something completely different.

Regardless, this fun idea excites me!  I love sitting at the dinner table with my family but this makes me anxious for our next dinner together.  We are limiting ourselves to learning about one state each night so we can discuss it together.  This way we don’t get overwhelmed.  I’m going to print up a state map so we can keep track of what states we’ve learned about and what states we still need to learn about.

Once we are finished with states, Morgan suggested we pick a person to research on.  The ideas are endless!  We could pick a plant, animal, country, or creature.  I’m excited my kids are excited about this new idea!  I hope this sparks an idea for you too spice up your dinner time routine!

Fun Activities on Snow Days!

There is no school today due to a snowstorm that is expected to drop 5 to 7 inches on us.  We received our “wake up call” at 6:00 am on the dot informing us of the dreaded news.  But with snowstorms comes some fresh snow for the kids to play in, or what I like to refer to as, free babysitting!  I send the kids out at least once on a snow day to burn off some energy (twice if necessary).  If I don’t do this, all hell will break loose!  Here’s a list of some fun snow day activities to keep your kids from driving you nuts!

  • Plan an indoor picnic.
  • Build a fort in the living room or under the dining room table.
  • Paint the snow using food coloring.  Use spray bottles or squirt bottles filled with water and food coloring.
  • Assign an art project with a theme.
  • Bake goodies together.
  • Create musical instruments out of household items.  (Only for the very tolerant parent)
  • Make snow ice cream.
  • Make snow cones.
  • Look through photo albums and share stories about the pictures.
  • Go through clothes and toys to find items that can be donated.
  • Makeover with your girls – facials, manicures, pedicures, massages!
  • Video game competition with your boys!
  • Teach kids how to sew.
  • Go sledding or ice skating.
  • Look for “frozen fossils” around the yard such as pine cones and icicles.
  • Look for animal tracks in the yard.
  • Put on some music and have a dance party.
  • Turn the heat up and have a beach party.
  • Play board games.
  • Nap time or quiet time.  (My favorite!)
  • Make paper snowflakes and hang them up around the house or in the windows.
  • Shut all the curtains, make popcorn, and watch a movie.

Have any other ideas to keep the kids entertained?  Comment below!

Plumber Bums Pocket Cloth Diaper Review!


Plumber Bums began in July of 2012 when Elizabeth and her husband, Howie, decided to begin their journey of an International Adoption.  Besides creating beautiful cloth diapers, Beth, and a little help from her “craft elves”, create tons of other goods and sell them in their online stores.  All funds raised from the sale of all their “adoption wares” goes to help fund their International Adoption.

I had to contact Beth.  What she’s doing is amazing and I wanted to help share her story.  Infertility is a tough subject.  Most go through with whatever necessary to create a child, some give up, and then you have those that forge on and decide to give one of the 143 million orphaned children a home.   Elizabeth and her husband did just that and are doing whatever it take, from rummage sales to their online store, to raise the money to bring home their child from another country.

Okay so let me fill you in on this fabulous diaper!  Besides being made with love, each diaper is constructed with a PUL outer layer with an organic bamboo terry liner.  The insert I received with my fabulous neon polka dot Plumber Bum cloth diaper is a 100% cotton up-cycled t-shirt with a zorb inner layer.

I get a little nervous when it comes to cloth diapers and their fit.  Olive is so petite.  She has the same build as my hubby – tiny waist, no butt, and skinny legs.  I was so shocked at how great the fit of this diaper was on my little Olive.  No gaps, no leaks – just perfect!

Beth has many things for sale in her online store, Compassion for the Orphan and Plumber Bums on Storenvy.  You’ll find many hand crafted items such as cloth diapers, Sharkie Pads menstrual cloths, t-shirts,  laundry soap, and much more.

If you are interested in helping support Beth & Howie’s adoption journey, you can donate directly, make purchases through their online store(s), or even buy coffee!  She even accepts donated fabrics to help make all her fabulous goods!

Just Simply Baby One-Size Pocket Cloth Diaper Review

Upon receiving many questions about Just Simply Baby cloth diapers, Just Simply Baby provided me with one of their one-size pocket cloth diapers for review!  If you are just starting out with cloth diapering and are unsure if one-size pocket cloth diapers are for you, or you are an experienced cloth diapering parent looking to add a new brand to your stash, please read on and learn more about Just Simply Baby One-Size Cloth Diapers!

The Just Simply Baby One-Size Pocket Cloth Diaper we received is adorable.  I’m in love with it!  The fan designed “cute as a button” pattern is so cute.  The craftsmanship of the diaper is phenomenal.  I would recommend Just Simply Baby diapers to anyone looking for an affordable but excellent quality cloth diaper!
Not only is the diaper constructed with the double gusset feature but it also comes with two microboo inserts.  The double gusset is an additional row of  elastic at the leg of the diaper which offers an extra barrier to contain big messes aka poop explosions.  Microboo inserts are super thick, absorbent, and feature 2 layers of microfiber with 1 layer of  bamboo.
Have I mentioned how much I love one-size diapers?!  If you aren’t familiar with what a one-size diaper is, it means they feature a snap design on the front of the diaper which allows you to adjust from small to medium to large.  Just Simply Baby One-Size Cloth Diapers have snaps that adjust to fit a 7 lb newborn all the way up to a 38 lb toddler.  Not only are you already saving money by cloth diapering, you are saving even more by buying a diaper that will last you until your child shows signs that he or she is ready to potty train!
The fit and quality is great.  You can tell these diapers are constructed with great care.  The snaps, stitching, and elastic all offer a perfect fit for my Olive.  I usually run into problems by the legs since I have a skinny legged baby but not with this diaper.  It almost feels like this diaper was custom made!  The inside layer is super soft and so is the outside.  The  diaper itself isn’t bulky or intrusive.  I love it and I know Olive loves it too!
Have I mentioned the affordability of Just Simply Baby One-Size Cloth Diapers?  No longer do you have to break the bank to invest in quality cloth diapers.  You can choose between solid colors or fun prints.  You can choose to purchase your diaper without inserts, with the microboo inserts, or with a number of different types of inserts.  Solid colored diapers with 2 microboo inserts start at $11.50.  Fun print diapers with 2 microboo inserts start at $12.50.  What a steal!

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Did you know prefolds are the most commonly used diaper in the United States?  Prefolds are simple to clean, absorbent, durable, inexpensive, and offer your baby a customized fit every time.

Unlike flats, prefolds come with extra layers of fabric sewn in the center for extra absorbency.  Different quality diapers will have varying layers.  Of course, the higher the quality of prefold, the longer they will last and the better they will work.

Prefolds come in many different weights, sizes, varieties, and fabrics.   There are organic, non-organic, bleached, and unbleached.

Unbleached prefolds tend to last longer since they retain their natural oils.  They also tend to be softer and more durable because their fibers have not been chemically weakened by bleach.

Organic prefolds tend to be on the expensive side.  Organic fabrics work better with babies that tend to have more sensitive skin or are prone to rash.

If you plan to use prefolds, you will also need waterproof covers or wraps.  Depending on how you plan to use your prefolds, certain folds require diaper fasteners.  You can use pins or Snappis.  Prefolds can also be used as doublers and pocket stuffers.

Prefolds might not be for everyone.  You’ll have to do some experimenting to see if they are the right fit for your lifestyle.  It’s important to get your hands on a few different types of fabrics to really see what you are dealing with.  Some babies are more sensitive to one type over the other.  Once you get the hang of prefolds, you’ll be showing all your friends and family members how they work!


  • Birdseye Cotton
    • strongest weave
    • longest lasting, will last multiple children
  • Gauze Cotton
    • softest of all weaves
    • not as long lasting
  • Cotton Twill
    • quilted appearance – helps with absorption
    • not as strong as birdseye but softer than birdseye
  • Hemp
    • durable, more absorbent than cotton
    • naturally antimicrobial – resistant to mold & mildew
    • expensive
  • Indian Cotton
    • soft, durable, absorbent
    • fluffs up after washing
  • Terry/Flannel Cotton
    • soft, durable


  • Preemie/Newborn/Extra Small:  5-10 pounds
  • Small:  10-15 pounds
  • Medium:  15-25 pounds
  • Large:  25-35 pounds
  • Extra Large:  30+ pounds
  • 4x8x4
    • First and last number tell you how many layers are on the left and right side
    • Middle number tells you how many layers are in the center

I Strip on Fridays!

Olive’s cloth diapers, that is!  I’ll never claim to be an expert at cloth diapering.  I’m still so new at it that I’m basically Googling how to do it every time I change the kid.  But when my poor little Olive’s butt was as red as a pimento, I knew it was time to strip.

What’s so frustrating is Amaya and I spent all Tuesday night, well the length of a New Girl episode, folding and stuffing diapers.  I have been washing my diapers correctly but I guess it’s just inevitable that they will require stripping every so often.  The problem is, we have such hard water where we live.  Our house is a dust ball because of the amount of dry skin that flakes off all of us from the hardness of our water.  It’s just now that we have made the switch to cloth diapering, it’s something I knew I’d encounter.  Plus when Eddie gets upset that I washed the whites with the colors, I can blame it on the mineral deposits making them dingy!

Knowing I had to strip diapers meant a trip to Wal-Mart for some Calgon.  Not a big deal because I had a small list of stuff to get anyways.  The crappy part, I had all four kids with me.  Ahhh!  Plus going to Wal-Mart means I have to dig around the van floor for a quarter to get Amaya some candy bones.

Once I got home and had a cart full of a bunch of crap that wasn’t on my list, I went downstairs to embark on this epic journey.  Got down there and had completely forgotten I already had a tub full of soaking diapers.  Epic journey postponed momentarily.

So I go down the second time, laundry basket filled with my nicely put together stash, to begin my stripping.  I had made sure to crank up my hot water heater earlier since stripping requires super hot water.  I followed the directions on Pin Stripes and Polka Dots and away we went.  I’ve had to do a second rinse so far since there were still lots of suds.  I’ll have to wait and see how many rinses it takes to get rid of all the suds.  Either way, as long as my little Olive’s tush isn’t bright red anymore, I will be happy!  And maybe Amaya will “help” me put all the diapers back together again!  Gotta love Friday nights as a mom of four!

Chuggington Ready to Rescue DVD Giveaway!

Tomy is a toy company that fulfills children and parents dreams worldwide with popular toys. Some of their brands include; John Deere, Lamaze, Chuggington, Tomica, Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train and a few more. Here is an amazing giveaway that has not one but two prizes up for grabs for one lucky person. Will that person be you? With Christmas just a little over two months away what better way to have your little one wake up on Christmas morning to Chuggington riding the rails?

Simply Southern Couponers has teamed up with an amazing Sponsor to bring you this giveaway. To see more about Tomy read Simply Southern Couponers full review here.We’re giving one lucky viewer a chance to win their very own Chuggington StackTrack & Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue DVD. To enter continue to read the event details below.

I know when my son was growing up he was a huge train fan.  Enter to win this great DVD for the train lover in your life!

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BeKOOOL Itch Relief Patches Review & Giveaway!

BeKOOOL Itch Relief Patches are fast-acting, medicated patches that help relieve pain and itching from pesky bug bites and other skin irritations.  These little miracle patches have been life savers for us.  My 3 year old, Amaya, swells up terribly over insect bites and itches them until they bleed.  I’ve done creams and gels and find them to either not work at all, or worse, cause her more pain from the  harsh ingredients.

I’ve been able to really put BeKOOOL Itch Relief Patches to the test on myself, my daughter, and my daughter’s friend.  As soon as my daughter knew I had these in the house, she suddenly became “itchy” all over.  I, of course, did not cover her in patches but explained to her that these would help if she got a naughty mosquito bite.  Low and behold, after a busy afternoon playing with the neighbor girl outside, they both came in with mosquito bites.

Knowing that I had these awesome miracle workers in the bathroom cabinet, my daughter grabbed the box, brought it over to me, and we got to work.  I carefully peeled off the circular patch from its plastic backing and placed on each one’s bite.  Instant gratification and relief!  Goodbye messy itch creams and gels!  These patches effectively covered the mosquito bites and neither girl itched once.  They are great in the fact that they are nearly invisible once placed on the skin.  I love that each patch offers the bite protection from scratching and bleeding.  Plus, they are totally noninvasive.  I can put these on my kids and they forget they are even there!

I even used a BeKOOOL Itch Relief Patch on a bee sting I received on my finger.  It’s been YEARS since I’ve gotten stung by a bee and there was one stuck to the handle of my cloth grocery bag.  When I grabbed the handle, I felt a pain in my finger and sure enough, there was a bee sting on my finger.  I knew right away that I could use a BeKOOOL Itch Relief Patch to assist in the pain associated with bee stings.  It worked like a charm!  And even though the sting was on an awkward part of my finger, the patch stayed in place and held up well.  It’s generous size relieved the pain from all around the site of the sting, not just the wound.  I was amazed!

Enter for your chance to win the entire line of BeKOOOL® products, a year-long subscription to FamilyFun Magazine, the book, The Travel Mamas’ Guide, and a BeKOOOL tote!
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Giveaway ends 11/1/13 at 11:59 pm.

Crock-Pot Slow Cooker and Seasoning Mixes Review plus Recipe Contest!

If you haven’t fallen in love with the ease of slow cooking with your Crock-Pot, then you don’t know what you are missing!  Whether you are a busy stay at home mom or working mom, Crock-Pot Slow Cookers and Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes will guarantee a delicious dinner for you and your family at the end of your hectic day.

I am excited to try all these wonderful mixes that I received.  I’m going grocery shopping right away because as the weather turns colder, a big bowl of Hearty Beef Stew or Chili sounds delicious.

I have a large family (6 of us total) so I need a BIG crock pot.  With a 7 quart capacity, I can easily serve 9+ people.  The flat digital panel, brushed stainless steel exterior, and black accents are pleasing to the eye.  I also love the easy to use one touch digital controls.  There are 2 high and 2 low cook settings and my favorite part that NONE of the other slow cookers I have do – an automatic shift to warm setting!  Have you ever been out and about and realize OMG I think the slow cooker might be done and the food is going to go bad?!  I have!

The removable oval stoneware and glass lid are both dishwasher safe – SCORE!  I even love the included recipes.  With so many expertly blended seasoning mixes for use in slow cookers, even if you can’t cook, you can’t possibly mess these recipes up!  From slow cooker to table, you can choose from Beef Stroganoff, Original Chili, Savory Herb Chicken, Hearty Beef Stew, Savory Pot Roast, or BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mixes.  What seasoning mix sounds the most appetizing to you?  Perhaps every single one?!

I know our dinners are going to be filled with delicious, easy to make meals thanks to Crock-Pot and Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes!

The contest Grand Prize winner will win a year of free groceries worth $8,500, including a year’s supply of Crock-Pot® Seasoning Mixes. Also, he or she will be featured in product/brand marketing efforts.

Here are the contest details:
  • The entire contest will take place on
    ·         Kicked off on October 1st
    ·         Recipe submissions will be accepted through Oct. 21st
    ·         Ten semi-finalists announced on Oct. 28th. Public voting begins
    ·         Voting ends on Nov. 18th
    ·         Grand Prize winner announced on Nov. 25th. The contest judges will judge all the finalists and take into consideration public voting.   They will select the top entry for a total of three (3) potential winners based on the following criteria: (a) creativity and inspiration; (b) appearance/presentation, and (c) taste.