Believe it or not, I have managed to transfer all my previous blogs over to WordPress. Don't get me wrong, my newly acquired blog is far from perfect - but it's a start. There are many plans I have for my new journey with WordPress; however, I must have patience because there is no way I will be able to learn all of this overnight. 

Thus far, I am very happy and satisfied with my decision to switch over to WordPress. It much more complicated; therefore, when you figure it out, there is a sense of true accomplishment that comes over you. Here at Weebly they make life easy on you. It's more of a drag and drop type of interface. My blogging will desire freedom and WordPress will give it just that. So please, come visit and stay a while. Make sure you follow me - things will only get better over time.


Lovely Rita

It's official... WordPress here I come! I've started setting up my blog with WordPress. I acquired a domain, chose a host, installed WordPress and now I'm just figuring it all out. It's very fun and exciting. I'm just so anxious to see the finished product and it feels like it's taking me forever! I even went and invested in "WordPress for Dummies." It has actually helped me a lot! 
My New Best Friend.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like WordPress is going to make it easy to import all of my previous blogs from here at Weebly. I'm disappointed about this and have not given up yet. I'm hoping in later chapters of my Dummy book I will be guided through the process. I did notice on WordPress that there are certain blogging sites they have an easy import option... Weebly was not one of them. Go figure!

The thing I'm most excited and nervous about is my blog design. I have a feeling the WordPress themes are not going to be to my liking. Does anyone have any suggestions for this? Obviously, I would like to avoid spending money on doing this if at all possible. Is there a way to make it look "lovely-ish" on my own?

So excited,
Lovely Rita 

Do you need business cards? You don't necessarily have to have your own business to have business cards. You could get these business cards to promote your blog or whatever else you want to promote. Anyway, I came across a blog that teamed up with UPrinting to giveaway 500 business cards. Click the picture below to visit The Adventures of Supermom's blog and enter this awesome giveaway!
Click here to enter the giveaway!
Me! How awesome is that? There were some really precious kids in those pictures and mine won. I really wasn't sure how far we'd get. Don't get me wrong, I know my baby is extremely handsome... but he had some competition! It's great! So this is the picture that took the cake:
My handsome little man
It was such an honor to win and I think this has got to be one of the most awesome prizes! For winning, we get a gift basket full of eco-friendly goodies. Now I'm not 100% positive but Soleil Moon Frye (her blog is where I won) started a children's specialty boutique that carries eco-friendly and organic products called The Little Seed. I assume this is where the items are from. How great is that? 
Click here to visit The Little Seed's website
Thanks again for voting for me and I'm working on creating a permanent home for my blogging adventures - so Stay Tuned! 

Lovely Rita

Not Me! Monday 03/01/2010
This is my first "Not Me" Monday post. It looked fun so I thought I would try it out.... 

So today I did NOT put a sign up on my door telling the lawn mowing men to Ssshhh because there was a sleeping baby. I did not take advantage of the note even after our baby was awake by leaving it up... that I did NOT do. 

I did NOT open a box of my friends Girl Scout cookies because mine will not be in until Wednesday and I know she is not going to get them by then. After NOT opening them, I did NOT almost eat the whole box. Nope, not me.

Today I did NOT check Solei Moon Frye's blog a million time to see if my picture of my son was winning the photo contest. I did NOT do that. I was too busy to check that a million times.

On a quiet note, I did NOT order 13 boxes of Girl Scout cookies from my daughter. I did NOT do this because if I did my fiance would have a fit... I did NOT contemplate on how I was going to hide these cookies or pay for them secretly for that matter. This I would NEVER do... so no, I did NOT do this. 

I'm bad. Hopefully he still doesn't follow my blog. lol

Lovely Rita
Welcome to Not Me! Monday! This blog carnival was created by MckMama. You can head over to her blog to read what she and everyone else have not been doing this week.

A few days ago, I entered my three month old's picture into a photo contest on Solei Moon Frye's blog. He was two weeks old in the picture and sleeping in a teacup. When I submitted it you could really see it - it was big. Guess what? My picture made it into the finalists! Now I'm wishing I would've submitted the closer up picture of him in the teacup... oh well. 

Will you please go vote for his picture? All you need to do is visit the following website and leave a comment saying that you would like to vote for Rita O'Neal's picture... it's that easy! I would really appreciate it.
Thank you again!
Lovely Rita

Ahhh... here I am again. I'm back :) We've been so busy! We got down to the last days of being able to take Girl Scout cookie orders and I've been trying to help my daughter reach her goal. Her goal for actual Girl Scouts was 100 - her "over-the-top" goal was 2,000 for a laptop. She managed to sell 233 boxes. Not too bad! So after all that, I just picked up the first order of cookies. I have 143 boxes hanging out in my dining room to separate & deliver... busy, busy, busy.

Then there is the never-ending story of laundry. Just when you think you're caught up, there comes some more. I thought I was caught up a couple of days ago and now (all of a sudden) I have four loads I'm sure. We just got a new bed set so I had to wash a load of sheets today... can't wait to sleep in them!

Anyway, maybe I'll blog some more tomorrow... there are so many things I have to do running through my mind! 

Lovely Rita

I haven't blogged in a few days. I've been busy. Believe it or not, I'm still trying to figure out how to manage the house, my fiance, and children with a newborn... I'm getting there - slowly but surely. 

On Friday, we had to take my 14 year old son to Sacramento to see a Pediatric Neurologist. Everything seems fine so far. The Doc does want to do a 24 hour EEG on his brain. That means we would have to drive to Sacramento one day to pick it up and then drive back the next day to drop it off. I think we are just going to plan a day next month and maybe stay in a hotel there... and find something to do.

On Friday, after the appointment, we ate at Jimboy's. That is my fiance's favorite! It is pretty yummy; however, I didn't grow up somewhere where there was a Jimboy's - he did. So he is a little more addicted than I am. After eating, we headed to Old Sacramento and walked around. This was a frugal trip. I was proud. I only spent 78 cents! LoL. I spent that on a few pieces of saltwater taffy. We gave my son five bucks and of course he spent it on candy, mostly jawbreakers. 

My son't appointment was at 9:30 in the morning. To get there on time we had to wake up at 6:00 am!! Since the baby was born, waking up that early is insane! It's hard to go to sleep early and then I have to get up in the middle of the night to feed the little guy. I love him dearly I just forgot how tiring an itty bitty baby is. I wouldn't trade him for the world and I would do it again. We will... eventually.

In my head, I have so many ideas for this blog... I'm just not sure where to begin. I see everyone else's layouts and I love them. I wonder if the "behind the scenes" is as simply put as what we see? I feel like I could do so much more with my blog... I just need direction I suppose. 

Anyway, baby D is going to wake up any second now... so I'm going to cut this short before it becomes an unfinished thing on my mind. 

Lovely Rita

My daughter loves art. I love giveaways... put the two together and it's perfection. Pink & Posh is giving away a "Creativity Grows with The Young Artist Texture Painting Set." It sounds like an awesome kit that would be loved by many little aspiring artists out there. 

After learning of this giveaway, I visited the "Creativity for Kids" website and they have a lot of awesome products for our little ones to have fun and get creative with. I definitely think you should check them both out! 
Click to enter giveaway at Pink & Posh
Click to visit the Creativity for Kids website

I've never watched The Amazing Race before. After seeing a preview for the show, I decided to watch it because Jeff & Jordan from Big Brother 11. Keep in mind, I have never watched Big Brother until their 11th season. I never really cared for the show (because I never gave it a chance). Once we watched it, we were addicted. We LOVED Jeff & Jordan and were are very excited they are on The Amazing Race

Do you watch either Big Brother or The Amazing Race? I've came across quite a few people who are only watching The Amazing Race because of Jeff and Jordan. The producers sure were smart when they put them on the cast!


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