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Saturday, May 30, 2009

My son loves this group and with words like they share I will not stop him. It offers the music of the teens with the message of the Lord

For more great songs that others have shared or to share your own head over to the blog Signs, Miracles and Wonders

Small Talk 6

Want to join in? Go here to learn how and to view the weekly list Small Talk Six topics for 2009.

Today’s topic is “6 things that make you sick, but you eat them anyways.” You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 6 photos, 6 videos, etc .

Here they are:

1. fried eggs love them but not what they do to me

2. oatmeal cream pies not for sure why they don't like me

3. fried mushrooms believe it is the grease that makes me not feel so well

4. meatloaf love this stuff always have but eat more than a bite and oh boy

5. banana split every since I was in a banana split eating contest at age 12

6. chocolate candy bar especially twix don't know why I hate chocolate but love twix

for more small talk 6 visit the blog MomDot

giveaways on web I found this weekend

Here are some of the giveaways on the web this weekend:

Saturday 9

1. Do you mind people to show up uninvited?

2. Last person you talked to on the phone?

3. Last person on your missed call list?

4. Who calls you the most?

5. What is your favorite song about breaking up?

6. If someone sent you an unexpected gift, what would you like it to be?

7. Your classic rock station plays the top songs of all time. What is number one?

8. Do you live for today or tomorrow?

9. What movie villain scared you as a kid?

1. depends on who it is, I love company but then there are some that I never want to see
2. sister in law Amanda
3. my brother Jon
4. split between my sister in law and my daughter
5. breaking up is hard to do
6. something sweet and good to eat
7. 96 STO
8. for always
9. Jason

go here to read more Saturday 9 or fill your own in

Fathers Day Fling Day 9

The blog Blessings Abound fathers day fling prize for day 9 is a great package of Insignia™ 7.0-Megapixel Digital Camera – (Available in Pink and Blue) and the Rocketfish 2MP Autofocus Webcam from

so head over there and sign up

Friday, May 29, 2009

friday fill in

1. It's cold and _____.

2. _____ tomatoes.

3. My favorite health and beauty product is _____.

4. _____ a nice long ride.

5. Well, first of all _____.

6. _____; those were the cast of characters in a recent dream and it was _____.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____!

It's cold and rainy outside
homegrown tomatoes
My favorite and health and beauty product is skincream
the road to my daughters house is a nice long ride
well first of all it is the end of the day now and I am getting ready for bed
me, my dog, my husband, and my kids were the cast of characters in a recent dream and it was a rather good dream
and as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleep, tomorrow my plans include working outside and sunday I want to go to church and work outside a bit more

want to read others or fill your own answers in? Go here

medium maintenance individual

Thanks to Tom I found this great little quiz. Tom you are great and so much fun but bud you see I am a bit above low maintenance but not quite high maintenance. Sort of in between.

You Are Medium Maintenance

Like everyone else, you have some things you are particular about.

You're not too annoying about it, and you're able to go with the flow most of the time.

You've learned to stand your ground on what matters but also make compromises from time to time.

You have good taste. Too bad not everyone shares it.

Friday 5

1.What is the longest you’ve gone between haircuts?
2.What is the shortest hour of the day?
3.What is the longest line you’ve ever stood in?
4.Who’s your shortest adult friend?
5.Who among your current friends have you known the longest?

1. I have went for years without haircuts my mother in law always loved long hair but now that I am older want it cut about every 2 months
2. night time because they seem to go so fast
3. bathroom at any theme park LOL
4. my daughter would be or my friend Tammy who is even shorter than her
5. current friends huh I have several from highschool years and before but the one I talk to daily would be my husbands sister

Want to share your answers or see how others answer? Go check here

Friday Fave 5

Top 5 of the week is what we are to list in this meme:
  1. We attended a lovely homemade and cake party last week. We went as a family and all went quite well
  2. Last Saturday was graduation which went over quite well in fact I loved it. I am so proud of my daughter and all that she has done. I am also quite proud of the young adults that graduated with her as well
  3. Sunday was a great time as we sort of just loafed around the house and we were introduced to the newest member of the family. His name is Alex and he is the baby of on of my husband nieces
  4. Monday was memorial day and we finished off the leftovers from the weekend and had a great time. Oh how wonderful it is to have lots of family over and the leftovers you have when they are all done. I just tossed the few little bits that was left last night. It was terrific
  5. I have enjoyed this week and the great weather that we have had. We had a rain storm one night but in the summer when it does not get bad I just think of storms as being a way for God to cool it off just a bit.

Want to read others top 5 or list your own? Then head over to the blog Living to Tell the Story

Friday Fragments

Friday fragments allows us to list those little things that we have left out of our little blogging post for one reason or another
I have been avoiding my daughters bedroom for nearly a week now. I know that she will be coming home and not totally moving out for nearly a year. The problem is I miss her so badly it is not even funny. What will I do when she is not here. My little angel has graduated from highschool, will stay here a year and move on out on her own. Congratulations to her and I am her on the boat for as long as she needs me
My son, slammed his finger in a metal window yesterday. It smarted really good but was not all that bad. I did take a bit of skin and meat out of his hand. I believe we were lucky it was not worse than that. I believe that God was helping to hold that window up a bit. I have heard that people have had their hands cut off in accidents such as this
My other son who will be playing his senior year of highschool football this year brought home yet another sheet of equipment we will have to buy. Yes he does have his own money but if it is for school or sports they only pay 1/2 of the cost. Equipment is needed to keep them safe and I am happy to help out with this
School will be out in just a few more days. Oh the school year has passed so quickly and the next year will be double hard as 2 of them will graduate. One of them of course is my own son and the other my sisters child that I have raised since a tiny little baby. Oh how bitter sweet to see them grow up but also knowing that they were succesful in school.
The weather outside has been great. I hope to be able to do a bit of rumaging this weekend. I would love to find some great stuff and some items that are needed. If I do I will be sure to add that next week
Well want to add your own little tidbits or read others head over to the blog Half Past Kissin Time

Aloha Friday

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response

My question today is a little more thought provoking than many of my other questions have been.
My question for today is:
Who has been the most influential person in your life. If you don't care will you also share why

I will share with you one of the most influential and supportive individuals of my life. That person would be my dad. You see my dad would have celebrated his birthday on this Monday. He would not of asked for a cake but would of requested a pie to help him celebrate. Oh my dad was my friend, my supporter as well as the person who would bring me down to earth. I have many stories that I will be sharing with you on my blog in the next few days. Oh he was a very special person in my life and I want to share with you some of my favorite memories of him. So stayed tuned to hear more about him

For more Aloha Friday or to ask a question of your own go on over to the blog An Island Life

Focus Friday

Focus Friday

I appreciate the focus friday meme so much because it attempts to keep me on track. Believe me I need that. This next week will find me getting ready to go away with my hubby. Not for a romantic trip but one without the teens that live at home. We will be traveling to visit with my daughters family. I have no idea what she has planned for us but I will love it I am sure. Here at home I will need to get meals ready, house neat, laundry done etc... by thursday. My children are all old enought to take care of themselves the oldest being nearly 21 and the youngest will be 16 shortly. I will still have my spies here around the town to check on them though. But wish me luck as I prepare for this wonderful trip

for more focus friday or to add your own to keep you honest visit the blog Thrify and Chic mom

Carolyns Kitchen Aprons Review

Carolyn's Kitchen aprons are super adorable and so much fun. What was that I just said? Yes, I did say and apron could be fun. Yes, I am aware that an apron is meant to work in. Carolyn's Aprons are very different. They are the aprons you put on after the work is done LOL. Whether it is to sport around to serve that dinner that you worked so hard on or to just look attractive for the one you love. Carolyn's Kitchen aprons mean fun to me.

Carolyn West has created these great aprons with fun and excitement in mind. Whether you purchase it for yourself, your friend, mom, sister, aunt or another who needs a little cheery motivation Carolyn's Kitchen aprons will fit the bill just fine. The vintage years of yesterday where Beaver's mom would wear her apron and gloves to do housework of all sorts may be gone but the fun and feeling of that lifestyle is still cherished by many. Carolyn takes the appeal aspect of the homy feeling of years gone by and mixes them up to create a style that women of todays world will appreciate.

Carolyn made this statement about creating her great aprons:
"I let my imagination run, and originated the embodiment of that 40's girl in the apron and gloves, living in our ultra modern age. Suzy Homefaker slaves over a hot microwave for minutes at a time, constant hostess to all, in and around her kitchen, enticing temptress to you know who, you know where."

Let me show you a few of the great styles available in the Carolyn's Kitchen Aprons:

Want to buy one of these great looks or possibly one of the other numerous styles visit Carolyn's Kitchen Website located at

Happy Green Bee Review

Are you looking for ways that you can keep your family happy, healthy and wise? Happy Green Bee will help you succeed with this as they care about you, your family and the earth. The manner in which Happy Green Bee does this is by using organically grown material. The cotton clothing that has been used in the past for many years contains toxic residues which often results in eczema and rashes on sensitive skin. The organically grown cotton does not use the toxic chemicals and results in a pure, breathable and more natural material. The softness of yester year before so many chemicals were used has been returned and can be found in products created by Happy Green Bee.

We received 4 pair of the softest socks that you have ever seen. They were great the colors of course were great looking and reflected to me the Happy Green Bee spirit. My granddaughter loved them or seemed to say that with her precious little smile. I can't wait til she can have a conversation and tell me exactly what she thinks, or maybe there are times I really don't want to know LOL.

Happy Green Bee creates very cute products. Among the list are:

Roxanne, the creator of Happy Green Bee and true environmentalist supports the environment through the way she lives as well. Roxanne has been awarded for her actions by being granted the nonprofit organizations in support of the environment and the arts and the second, an operating foundation, owns and maintains 70,000 acres of wilderness in the North woods of Maine. Roxanne is desires to help preserve the spirit and landscape of Maine Woods. Roxanne takes a fun spirited yet very ecological outlook to creating her clothes. She wants to create safe and sustainable, soft and stretchy, super silly, simply sensational styles.

If you are interested in getting your little guy or gal new clothes then check out the Happy Green Bee website and do a little shopping. Remember you are not only getting great styles but you are also doing the right thing.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Slow Cook Swiss Steak

I love my crockpot in the summer because I can cook meals without heating the house up. Here is a great weight watcher recipe for you.

Swiss Steak

3 T flour

1 t ground mustard

1/2 t salt

1 1/2 lb beef boneless round steak (8 pieces)

2 T oil

onion, sliced

bell pepper, sliced

14.5 oz can diced tomatoes, I like seasoned (un drained)

Mix flour, mustard and salt. Coat beef with flour mixture. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Cook beef 15 minutes until brown. Place in 3 1/2 to 5 quart crock pot, and top with onion and bell pepper. Mix tomatoes ; pour over beef and vegetables. Cover and cook on low heat setting 6-10 hours.

for more great slow cook recipes visit the blog Diary of a Stay at Home Mom also check out simply delicous sunday at the blog 3 sides of Crazy also shared on the blog Organize With Sandy

Barbq Baked Beans

The blog Life as Mom is hosting the ever popular Recipe Swap and the topic is barbq recipes. I want to share one of my recipes that everyone always request. It is so easy but they all love it

Bar BQ Beans

2 large cans of pork n beans
1 bottle of barbq sauce
1 cup brown sugar or white sugar

Mix up and heat on grill or in oven til hot. That is it of course you can add in some browned bacon or hamburger

Want to see other great recipes? Check out the blog Life As Mom

Nacho Mama Tees Review and giveaway

Are you looking for some cool shirts to wear this summer? I found the perfect place to find some cool playful tees. The place I am referring to is Nacho Mama Tees. I love the variety of crazy sayings that are available on the great Nacho Mama tees. Tees are available for men, women, boys and girls. So cool that you now have a place to buy silly tees for many members of the family.

One great category of Nacho Mama tees that are available at Nacho Mama Tees is the Cheap T-shirts category. These tees are great humorous and affordable. The tee that we received from Nacho Mama had a great screen print that did not fake after 3 washings. It has quickly became one of my husbands favorite tee. The tee itself is constructed of quality material that is not thin but yet breathable. I really appreciate the fact that Nacho Mama Tees are available in such an array of sizes with such a variety of tee designs. This to me makes Nacho Mama Tees a great company to shop for tees.

Buy: You can buy Nacho Mama Tees on their website

Win: Win the Nacho Mama Tee of your choice.

To win you must go to the nacho mama website and tell me what tee you would want (this will be the tee you recieve if you win)

Extra Entries: after completing the above

  • let me know another tee that you like (2 entries)
  • follow me on blogger (2 entries)
  • follow me on twitter (2 entries)
  • subscribe to my blog (3 entries)
  • grab my button and let me know where you place it (3 entries)
  • twitter about the giveaway let me know the link (1 entry each time)
  • blog about the giveaway let me know the link (5 entries)

Contest will start now and run through June 16, 2009. Remember to include email and each entry deserves its own comment. Have fun and good luck. Contest open to all

snapp capps giveaway


Any mother should be able to tell you how messy the average soda can is. Oh the invention of small bottles for childrens use was terrific but expensive. With the Snapp Capp the messiness is taken out of drinking soda from a can and replaced with a cheaper alternative than the small expensive bottles. Finally we have a way to reclose those once open always open drink cans. The Snapp Capp is a plastic re-closable tood devised to snap onto most 12 or 16 oz aluminum cans.

Most moms will pour the soda out of the can into an unamed container and often place the remainder of it in the fridge. Now what is in that container is unknown. By snapping the Snapp Capp on the top of the can we know what is in the can and there are no questions that need to be asked. With spring coming there will be more people working, picnicing and playing outside. There is one pesky little pest that is drawn to these cans of open drink more than any other that I can think of. In this area the bees seem drawn to the glorious drink fly into the can and when you take a drink you (1) swallow the bee or (2) stung in the mouth. I know many people who this has happened to. The Snapp Capp can prevent this terrible exposure to the underside of a bee.

Snap Capps come in a 3 pack. They come in 3 different colors They will help you save money by keeping the soda for a longer period of time before going flat. They are also cheaper than the alternative soda bottle. Simply rinse and reuse to sell

Win: Win a set of 3 snapp capps. Just right for picnics, fairs or summer going. You can win a set of 3 snapp capps and all that you have to do is leave me a comment letting me know what you would do with them if you win

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday hits this time following a graduation of my daughter and before the week of promotion in Sunday School. Let me share with you how wonderful it is to teach first graders about the Lord. I love children, perhaps that is why we have so many children LOL. I love to teach children about the Lord and stories of the bible. Each year I work at bible school and during the year I also teach first grade children Sunday School. These young children are mailable with an open mind and heart. The perfect time to share with them all about the stories of the bible. I felt led to this after sitting in church many years and hearing that they needed a teacher but there was no one available to do this. I then prayed about it and waited for an answer. Finally I believe I received the answer that I should take this position. I am entering into my third year of teaching first grade Sunday School. I see no end in site and will continue to teach until I can no longer do that or the Lord seems to say that is enough now let someone else lead. I am just so thankful that I was given the opportunity to not only teach my children about the bible but that I have the opportunity to teach other children the stories of Jesus as well.

But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14)

Baby Rock Apparel Review

Baby Rock Apparel
Do you remember the hip days of yesterday? There is a special clothing company for kids that is keeping the hip style in mind. The Baby Rock Apparel company creates some of the loveliest and cutest clothes available. Some of the cutest clothes that are available on the Baby Rock Apparel website truly thrilled me. I thought they were wonderful, attractive pieces of clothing that yes I would allow my child to wear. Can you imagine the cool thoughts and fun that they will have wearing such items from the Baby Rock Apparel company.

The Baby Rock Apparel offers you a great unique choice when shopping for stylish baby clothes, trendy toddler clothing, casual boy apparel and edgy hip baby gifts and punk clothes. You can find great hoodies, newborn shoes, hats and music that are created for the trendy toddler boy and girl. Top celebrities are dressing their clothes in the punk Baby Rock Apparel.

We received this delightful tee. I loved the saying that it has on it. The tee says DRAMA QUEEN just like mommy (LOL)

Baby Rock Apparel was created in 2004 when the creators found it necessary because they were unable to find trendy clothing for infant, baby and toddler boys. Baby Rock apparel wanted to offer the consumer of baby clothing a hipper edgier look. Baby Rock Apparel can be found in over 200 boutiques in the United States, Canada and Europe. Besides caring for high fashion in a stylish manner Baby Rock Apparel cares for more than just a fashion sense but offers support to the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.

If you are looking for a great gift for that special little one in your life you can check out Baby Rock Apparel on their website. Annies Home readers can save 15% by

Sunisha Designs Review and Giveaway $50 gift certificate

Being a mother, daughter, Sunday school teacher, youth worker, and several other things leaves me desiring a nice tote bag to keep things together where I need them. The Sunisha Designs group sent me exactly what I needed. I received a tote bag that was great, durable and washable. How much better can life get? Let me tell you the Sunisha Designs bag that I received and use normally at least 3 days a week if not more allows me the room to carry all I need. The best part of the Sunisha Designs bag is that I know if something happens to get spilled on it I do not have to worry I can simply take it home and wash it off. Because it is a lovely bag made of high quality fabric I can take it anywhere I need to. My bag has just the right touch of femininity that allows me to keep my soft atmosphere but is sturdy enough to get the job done.

Manisha S. Joshi the founder of the great Sunisha Designs started her great business with the goal to create unique products that would entice the eye. In my opinion she has completed this goal just look at the lovely roses in the weekender bag above, just lovely. The Sunisha Designs were first created to replace the gift wrap that many times is tossed out. With reusable wine and gift bags the packaging could then be kept and enjoyed.
wine gift bag
diaper bags

makeup bag

CD Music Wrap

To see the rest of the great collection of Sunisha Designs bags you will have to visit the Sunisha Designs Website. Believe me they are worth the visit.

Manisha named her business Sunisha after her first name and her husbands name Sunil. Manisha has created a lovely business by using vintage fabrics, satin ribbons, blooming flowers, and hand painted images. These bags are meant to do more than help us through life they are here for our enjoyment as well. The great Sunisha Designs bags are not put together by a quick machine but they are lovingly pieced together by hand. The handwork in each bag is terrific and teams up with the artistry to help emphasize the bag holders personality, character and taste. IF you are like me and feel that anything worth doing is worth doing with style then Sunisha Designs are for you.

Manisha States that Sunisha Designs are creating an unique niche in the market and gave these reasons

1. All of our products are made right here in Jacksonville, FL, yet we can ship nationwide. You won't find a "made in China" label on our items.

2. Our products are handmade with utmost quality and care with designs you just can't find anywhere else. We don't mass produce, yet we can hand make our products to your liking in mass.

3. Our products are environmentally friendly - we've rarely been found to throw away even a scrap of fabric! And our gift wraps are reusable time and time again.

4. We offer a 30% wholesale discount to all retailers with a minimum purchase of only 20 items.

5. You can customize any of our products to your liking and go the extra mile finding the most unique accessories and embellishments. Customization at no extra cost? Only here!

6. Sip and shop at our home studio. Where else can you sip coffee, savor pastries and shop at the same time?

7. We are open at the time that best suits you. Our Home Studio is appointment-only based so that we can accommodate you into mornings, evenings, weekends or lunch - we make your time our time.

8. Our products can't be found or duplicated anywhere else, who wouldn't love that? We only carry 1-3 yards of each fabric so that you walk away with an item no one else has.

9. We are the only company that offers cards made with vintage fabrics from India. You don't even need a passport to purchase them.

10. We believe hospitality and customer relations go hand in hand. Most of our customers have turned into family join our family today!

I have great news for one of my readers. When I was sent my bag I also received a great gift for one of you. Sunisha Designs sent me a $50 gift certificate for one of you. How wonderful. Someone is going to get to go shopping and find just the perfect bag for their selves.

Win: One of Annie's Home readers will be able to win a $50 gift certificate Sunisha Designs that may either be used towards a purchase or for a purchase.

How to win:

Mandatory Entry: You must visit the Sunisha Designs Website and go shopping let me know what you would spend the $50 on if you were the winner

Extra Entries:
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  • tweet about the giveaway (1 entry each time) leave link in comment
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Contest will run from today through June 16, 2009 Good luck and remember to give yourself credit for entering contest by (1) having email in comment or on blog so that you are the lucky winner I can let you know and (2) leave a comment for each entry. Open to everyone.

Because I love the great Sunisha Design Bags I have listed this on the blog The Diaper Diaries

Great Contest out there

Here are some of the great contest I found out there

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

ABC Wednesday featuring the letter S

S is for ship. Ships hold special meaning for me. A dear friend of mine went to the navy and was stationed on a ship. A ship also is what my mother was named after. My great grandfather was a sailor and the name of the ship was Meleta.

for more ABC Wednesday visit here

Work On It

This is the place to put what I am working on:

well this week I am working on finding my nephew some summer clothes he needs them badly. I found 2 pair of shorts and a tee for him today. i need to find more though. I know that the place to go is garage sales this weekend. I will be checking them out for sure. I also want to get my summer clothes out as well as put up all winter clothes in the boys room. I know my daughters will do this for them selves but the boys need a bit of help still LOL they have become helpless and need their mom still.

That is what I am working on what are you working on? Want to see what others are working on visit the blog Organize with Sandy

Wordfilled Wednesday

“For YOU created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful I know that full well.” Psalm 139: 13-14

These words mean so much to me as i have watched my children grow and the new generation is being brought into this great world. He knew them before we ever did. He created them and then gave them to use to hold onto and love for a while. How wonderful the gift of a child is

For more Wordfilled Wednesday visit the blog The 160 Acre Woods