Wordless Wednesday


… The view from the Acropolis of the city of Athens is amazing! I loved Greece!


Passion & Paisley’s Je T’aime Necklace Winner





Congratulations Kathie! Thank you to all of you that entered!  Kathie you have 48 hours to contact me and claim your prize before another winner will be chosen. I hope that you enjoy your necklace from Passion & Paisley!! Thank you to all of you that participated! $


Wordless Wednesday


Sunset on the River Rhine %


Carters & Oshkosh are still celebrating

the fact that carters.com is turning 1~

Here is the latest deals that Carter’s [& Oshkosh] are having is save an EXTRA 20% off of your total order of $30 or more! Now that is pretty awesome considering you can get quite a bit for $30 already!! You can use this in stores on online with the online code: HAPPYBDAY


Both companies also got in some great new arrivals just in time for the start of spring! Hope you enjoy the sale, I know I will be!


ABC’s of ME

Stolen from Little Boys are made of.. Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog tails for your amusement!

{a} Age: 26 1/2

{b} Bed Size: California King .. I like my space!

{c} Chore You Hate: folding laundry (I don’t just hate it I LOATHE it)

{d} Dogs: maybe one day.. when our cats die.

{e} Essential Start To Your Day: taking a shower!

{f} Favorite Color: Yellow & Purple.. and Black

{g} Gold Or Silver: silver

{h} Height: 5'5

{i} Instruments You Play(ed): violin.. however its been years. like YEARS & the guitar.. barely.

{j} Job Title: Mom, Wife, blogger, Maid

{k} Kids: Kayden & Kodi .. and Blue (who happens to be cooking right now, and has not official name)

{l} Live: Wiesbaden, Germany – Thank you Marine Corps! :)♥

{m} Mom's Name: Theresa

{n} Nicknames: Rae, Ra, Dennie, Boom, Shell, Belle,

{o} Overnight Hospital Stays: Each one of my deliveries for the girls (09/04 & 06/08) , Heart attack so a nice week long stay in the telemetry unit (09/04)

{p} Pet Peeve: When people do not use there blinkers, when people chew like a cow, when people do not flush the toilet, when someone uses the rest of the toilet paper and does not take the time to put the new roll on the dispenser but rather leaves it on the counter! >.<

{q} Quote From A Movie: “ Why do you cry about it, saddle bags” – Name that movie!

{r} Right- Or Left-Handed: Ambidextrous, I write with my right, and do almost everything else with my left

{s} Siblings: older sister – Angela, younger brother – Uncle Poo Poo

{t} Time You Wake Up: between 5am-9am

{u} Underwear: I wear them, a thank you!

{v} Vegetables You Dislike: Tomatoes (ok technically they are fruits..) Eggplant, lima beans GROSS!

{w} What Makes You Run Late: usually one of my kids!

{x} X-Rays You've Had: pinky, and my back!

{y} Yummy Food You Make: Enchiladas!

{z} Zoo - Favorite Animal: Elephants.. naturally! Smile


Wordless Wednesday


A castle along the Rhine River


Carter’s.com is turning 1 …

In celebration of Carter’s.com turning one they are having some awesome deals on a weekly basis like this one that is now going on:



Cute creepers for only $5.00- can’t beat that price just enter the online code: HAPPYLUV or print out a store coupon from the Carter’s website!!!

I love Carter’s clothing for both of my girls and I have done a great deal of shopping for our El NiƱo on the way from carters.com because of there impeccable service! Living overseas can be a challenge when purchasing things online, so knowing you can count on a great company to ship out there products in a timely manner is such a blessing!  I ordered some sandals for my 2 1/2 year old on Friday of last week and by Monday I was already emailed a tracking number! That is pretty dang fast! I can’t say enough about Carters! So be on the look out for the next couple of weeks as I post some great deals from Carter’s.com….


Passion and Paisley Review and Giveaway


Passion & Paisley is a lovely online boutique featuring handcrafted, vintage and estate inspired jewelry.  I discovered Passion & Paisley as a suggestion from one of my friends. I was very impressed with the diversity that Passion & Paisley offers and, as a result I had made several purchases (including the picture above of the blue glass beach earrings) and fell in love with the products!!


At Passion & Paisley you can find unique handmade rings, necklaces, earrings, and more.  I have to say that Nicole has an eye for design.  She likes to spread her materials all over her design table and visualize what goes together well. Then she creates! As the designer, Nicole states she is inspired by the beauty in nature, colors and textures, femininity, and romance.  All of the pieces that are created from Passion & Paisley are a nice balance between quality and affordability! I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for that extra great look to go with their outfit.

BUY IT: If you are looking for that perfect accessory to wear, then make sure you check out Passion & Paisley. Every girl loves to have unique stylish accessories and Passion & Paisley is the one stop shop for any day or night activity!


WIN it HERE: Passion & Paisley is offering one lucky reader a piece from her JE T'AIME collection right here at Raenbows and Mud Puddles!  


One reader will receive a Je T’aime necklace a $20 value.  The Je T’aime necklace is an adorable, sterling silver plated, Eiffel tower charm hangs sweetly from 18" of simple silver chain. A tiny bow made of gunmetal sits atop the tower and adds the perfect finishing touch. Charm measures 1", and necklace closes in the back with a silver lobster clasp for ease. Feminine and romantic! 

Ways to Enter:

Mandatory Entry:  Like Passion & Paisley on Facebook leaving a comment on her wall that you have entered this giveaway!

**If the Mandatory entry is not done first all extra entries will be deleted**


Please leave a separate comment for each entry and your email address so I can contact you in the event you win. You only need to put your email address one time.

  • 1 entry if you add Raenbows and Mud Puddles button onto your blog (you need to leave your blog address)
  • 2 entries if you Like Raenbows and Mud Puddles on Facebook and leave a comment on my wall that you entered.
  • 3 entries if you blog about this giveaway on your personal blog, please leave a link to the blog entry to confirm.
  • 1 entry if you follow this blog publicly via Google Friend Connect

Contest is open to US residents 18 years and older (including APO/FPO) and closes at Midnight EST on Friday March 25, 2011. Winners will be chosen by random.org and announced no later then Sunday March 27th! Good Luck!

** No compensation was received for this post.  The review is my own and was not influenced in anyway by anyone. The sponsor: Passion & Paisley sent me no product to review at this time, this review is based off of purchases that I have made to this company. However, Passion & Paisley is providing this product free of charge as part of the giveaway to the winner.**


A quick update

So, it appears like I have abandoned ship, but that hasn’t been the case! I was on a surprise vacation to California!! My first trip to the states in over two years of living in Germany!

My husband was so kind to me and bought me a 2 week vacation to visit my family and friends back home!! It was a nice break, not necessarily a restful one, but a nice one none-the-less!

I was able to spend a great deal of time with my mother who was recently diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer and had actually began her first round of chemotherapy the day before I arrived to California! It was a complete surprise to my family and friends, as I had been saying for weeks that I was going to be going on a solo trip to London… and I kind of did. Well, if a 4 hour layover counts! Smile he he he.. I am a sneaky one! Only 2 people knew that I was coming home which made it even more exciting to see the faces of my family members and friends as I surprised them at their houses!

I am happy to report, that while I love California and enjoyed a break from my ninjas and esposo (my husband)… I was more then excited to get off the dang airplane and snuggle with them all!! And, note to readers when making a flight that is going to be at least 13 hours and you are 27 weeks pregnant… be prepared to have sausages for toes! UGH! I was so swollen and so uncomfortable!

But, I am back (with no swelling THANK YOU!!) and ready to role.. and to big we will start next week with a new giveaway from one of my favorite esty.com jewelry stores!!


Wordless Wednesday



February snow brings March flowers in Germany!


Wordless Wednesday


An unusual site to be seen in the distance from Corona., California