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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Small Talk 6

Small Talk 6 is a meme that is hosted by MomDot where we are given a topic and our job is to list 6 items.
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 flavors or types of ice cream that you love or hate” You can answer this with a list of 6 words, 6 phrases, 6 sentences, 6 paragraphs, 6 photos, 6 videos, etc

  1. mint
  2. superman
  3. strawberry cheesecake
  4. bubblegum
  5. butter pecan
  6. spumoni

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Saturday 9, July 18

1. It’s July. How has the weather been where you are?

It has been quite lovely in the 70s and 80s very unlike what it normally is

2. What is the best way for you to beat the heat?

ac or sitting in the pool

3. “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Do you buy that?

I am not so sure about that one I think I dont sweat as much in less humidity but the heat is still there

4. Do you like hot tubs or saunas?

never been in either

5. What’s the hottest you’ve ever been?

In traile 100+ degrees outside no ac in side burning up kids in tub to stay cool I believe I had heat exhaustion

6. How many times do you hit the beach in the summer?

first time this year

7. When you were a kid, what did you do in the summer?

bikes, swim, play with friends heat did not used to bother me

8. Surfing. Have you ever gotten on a surfboard? Body surf?


9. What’s your favorite summer song?

yellow polka dot bikini is the only one coming to mind

Want to play along? GO here

Many times I feel this exact way but I know God has the power to turn their hearts. I have seen this happen and I pray that it will happen again

for more songs of praise visit the blog Signs, Miracles and Wonders

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Eden Fantasies


Do Not Let Children Read This Post PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

Lets face it, it takes allot more than making good coffee and cooking great meals to keep a man happy for 20+ years. While we have never crossed the line into what others would consider risky business. We do like to spice up our sex life at times. Pleasing my man is what I like to do. Keeping him happy is what I strive for. A girl likes to feel wanted and Eden Fantasy's has some great products to do just that.

Some of the lingerie is very pretty and I love to wear it for my husband behind closed doors for just our enjoyment. It makes me look and feel good and I love it when he compliments me. Everyone loves a good massage and Eden Fantasy's have kits for the loving massages and those that others seem as crossing the line. Whatever your preference you will be able to find it at Eden Fantasies.

Now while I am afraid that some of my friends will not enjoy this post I feel that I need to be honest and the Bible does say that a man and woman should love each other. To me this means that if we enjoy gentle massages or he loves looking at me in lingerie it is our business. Perhaps your relationship between you and your man or woman could use some spicing up visit Eden Fantasies and don't be shy take a look around. They have items that the married couple looking to have some fun would love as well as those who have a personality that would go beyond belief. Somewhere in between is you and your partner and Eden Fantasies can help you to make your life a bit more vibrant.

Buy: you can order products directly off the Eden Fantasies website.

Fire Cracker Salad

Blessed with Grace

I am not sure where the name of this salad came from or who started it I only know that when you have a garden full of vegies in the south you put them to work

diced tomatos

sliced cucumbers

sliced onion

mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 part water

sugar to suit your taste

mix all Cover and let sit a few hours this is delicous

for more great recipes check out the blog Overwhelmed With Joy

Simply Delicious Sunday @ Welcome to the Krazy Kitchen

Make something monday @ Go Graham Go

Tasty Tuesday @ Balancing Beauty and Bedlam

Tempt my tummy tuesday @ Blessed With Grace

Friday Fill Ins July 17, 2009

1.Hotdogs and Chips make a quick and easy dinner.

2. Defeating Depression is the book I'm reading right now.

3. July brings back memories of My Dad

4. The fact that I love to blog was obvious.

5. They say if you tell your dreams They won't come true.

6. It's best to think it over.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to blogging and enjoying chocolate cupcakes from divies that was just delivered at my door , tomorrow my plans includeVisiting my grandbaby and Sunday, I want to Visit with Grandbaby before she leaves to go home again!

Join in the fun of Friday Fill Ins Here

Aloha Friday July 17, 2009

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 son and daughter will be traveling away to go to college. So my question has to do with that.

What is the one thing you would tell my children to be sure to take with them?

If you want to play along head over to the blog An Island Life

Food 4 Thought Friday

What is looming on your to do list right now?

Today I have to finish straightening house I have children working

What was your life like this week?

little laid back, easier than last week that's for sure

What is a fear you currently have?

of not being able to help my children achieve, of my sister with schizo getting lost not coming home or hurting herself

Midnight Snack
When is the last time you took time for yourself?

years ago I do not think that I ever really did
even as a child I cared for my siblings, then hubby and now children, hubby and sister

Recipe of the Week (instead of your recipe for life, what is it just for this week?)

I want to relax just a bit and learn that all will happen when it happens

Want to participate in Food 4 Thought? Head over to the blog Beacon of Hope

Four Food Friday

1. TheSaladCaper’s question. Give me one weird food combination which has always been your comfort food.
#2. Name a food that begins with B.
#3. Name a drink that begins with B.
#4. Share a recipe for something that calls for broccoli.

1. mustard on ritz crackers is the weirdest I can think of right now. My mom eats butter bread sandwich with tomato in middle I used to think that was wierd but not so much now

2. Butter Beans my mom loves them my hubby prefers pinto beans

3. butterscotch tea

4. I love this and found recipe for it Broccoli Cheese Soup

For more Four Food Friday go here

Fridays Fave 5

Friday's Fave Five is a meme hosted by Living To Tell The Story and is a place where we can list the top 5 events in our life.

1. This little one is learning to use certain words in just the right way. Those words would be (1) Nana, (2) Papa and (3) I love you. Oh who can say no when you hear those words? I get to see her this weekend and her momma says she is crawling everywhere. Oh My cant wait.

2. Son has papers all in for college and all is looking good there. This is a blessing to me since he did some of the footwork I am thankful that at times he has the responsibility we raised him to have.

3. Face book oh the friends old and new that I continue to make are wonderful. I love to catch up and have fun with them.

4. My husband who takes care of me whenever I need him to. I often like to stand on my own but there are those times that I just want him to take control and he does no questions asked.

5. The weather would be last top 5 because it has been really nice lately. I have been able to get out and walk as well as do other things.

List your top 5 and read others at the blog Living to Tell the Story

My Beautiful Life

Sharing pictures of a not so long ago family gathering.
see more pictures of a beautiful life @ The Inspired Room blog

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Melissa Beth Designs Review

Melissa Beth Designs are unique, stylish, for the
students and parent alike and just what you may need. Melissa Beth Designs are classy little bags that are used to hold laptops, baby equipment, supplies for school or whatever else you may need.

Melissa Beth Designs began as stylish laptop computer bags and have grown from there. Melissa Beth offers laptop totes, laptop sleeves, make-up cases and travel accessories that look great, help you keep in style while having fun and are very functional.

We received the Don't Leave Me Hangin' bag and I think it is perfect for traveling as well as my daughter who will be leaving for college. A dorm room nor hotel room has very much room for large makeup cases so the Don't Leave Me Hangin' is perfect for either location. The Don't Leave Me Hangin' has compartments for makeup, shampoo, and whatever you may need to take with you. With 5 zipper compartments of various sizes the Melissa Beth Don't Leave Me Hangin' bag is perfect. When not in use it folds back up no bigger than a pocket book and secures together with strong Velcro. I believe that my daughter will find valuable use with this great bag.

Melissa Beth Designs makes other great products as well. The Baby-Umptious Bag looks like a great bag for the little one on the go.

To find out what other great type of bags Melissa Beth Designs sells I believe I will allow you to research on your own. So head over to the Melissa Beth Designs and see what bag they have to fit your personality.

Thursday Thunks

1. Do you know anyone with heterochromia? Does it freak you out or do you think it's interesting?

dont even know what heterochromia is

2. Should a 5th face be added to Mount Rushmore? If so, who?

nope like it how it is

3. If you could live on any planet other than earth, which one would you choose and why?

like where I live now why would I want to go somewhere else

4. We're going to spend the night at a reportedly haunted location, are you going with us?

are you going to hold my hand all night?

If so, which reportedly haunted place are we going?

there are lots here in Illinois where do you want to start?

5. Did you play The Queen's Meme this week? If so, was it fair of The Queen to put Berleen in the dungeon by association with Kimber? (We all know Kimber deserved it, but Berleen?!)

sorry did not

6. What color is the towel(s) hanging in your bathroom?

blue with fishes on them

7. Tell us something funny that happened to you recently.

cant think of anything right at the time

8. We just bought you a cow. Do you kill it & grill it, feed it & milk it, or sell it?

how about I find out how old it is, if it gives milk, of course I will feed it to fatten or to use for milk

9. It's 115 degrees outside (46 degrees Celsius), are you able to go without Air Conditioning?

Im not sure

10. When you visit the zoo do you wonder which animal tastes better with a bit of butter & spices?

OMG no

11. Dog ate your homework/work papers. Does it crap out Shakespeare, quantum physics, or just crap?

it would print out financially sound poop LOL

12. We are taking you to a broadway show, what are we going to see?


13. Gunshots in your neighborhood. Pop, pop, pop. Do you go out to take a look, or hide?

neither used to them

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Great Outdoor Toy Giveaway

I have to share with all of you a wonderful giveaway that I just located. The blog Mission Mommy is hosting a giveaway for a Dora the Explorer Tricycle. This great contest is sponsored by CSN Stores All Children's Furniture This super cute and I can just imagine how much fun my granddaughter would have on it. Since I am a nice person though I thought I would share the contest information with you. In order for you to enter the contest you must visit the blog Mission Mommy and sign up before August 3, 2009

Thankful Thursday

It has been a little while since I have not participated in the weekly meme or gathering of friends as I like to refer to Thankful Thursday for a little while. That does not mean that I do not have anything to be thankful for because I believe everyday that we wake up in the morning we have something to be thankful for.

I am thankful for the wonderful weather that we have been lucky to receive in the middle of July it is normally so hot one actually wears the air. This year we have received the needed rain that we normally do not receive and we have not had the terrible heat that often haunts us in this part of the state. I am very thankful for the weather and also for the fact that I have not overheated in this old house that has poor ventilation and no central air. I have 3 window ac units and a couple of fans that help to keep us all cooled off. Even the ones that sleep up stairs where the heat always rises to have not complained as of yet.

I am thankful for the wonderful sales that were at the grocery store last time I went shopping. I bought 3 weeks full of groceries and believe it or not as we are 1/2 way through that 3rd week we are doing wonderfully. I will only need a few things to help me get through the last week of the month. YEAH!!!!!!! Thanksgiving is knowing that there is food to eat when the teens are hungry and that the groceries are lasting through a hard part of the year when everyone is home.

I am thankful that two of my children are ready to head off to college. Thankful that they received some financial aid, earned scholarships and that we are not going into great debt to send them to college. Yes!!!! I am so pleased that all is working out. Next year I will have the twins heading off to college as well. I am thankful that they are looking into where they will be going and preparing now.

I am thankful that I have children who desire to work for God. My daughter will be heading to school to study social work planning on using it in the mission field. My son is studying Gods word and praying that he finds the path that God wants for him. It is this son that has always felt that God wanted him to preach or teach his word. A third child has the desire to learn construction, which none of us have any idea of that field, so that he can help those hit with destruction or the needy.

What are you thankful for? Join the group of blogger's listing what they are thankful for this Thursday on the blog Spiritually Unequal Marriage

Win this don't get lost again

The blog MomBuzz is hosting giveaway for Nextar GPS system. I know that when we travel we occasionally get turned around. With a GPS system this would be limited and we could travel without fear. If you are like me and would love a Nextar GPS system head over to the blog MomBuzz and enter the giveaway by August 15, 2009

Boon Giveaway

There is a giveaway being hosted by Dee on the blog Two of a Kind Working On a Full House sponsored by Boon. The winner will receive a set of great bath toys. Head over to the blog Two of a Kind Working On a Full House before July 31st and enter this great giveaway.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Extra Cool Giveaway for the little one

Does your little one love outside toys? While mine is not big enough to play on any outside equipment I know that she will love to when she grows just a bit more. The blog I Love My 5 kids is hosting a wonderful giveaway. Directly from that blog here is the details of the giveaway
“ilovemy5kids is hosting a great giveaway sponsored by All Children's Furniture!
The winner will be getting a Step 2 Red Ride on Motorcycle.
This giveaway ends July 24, 2009 so don’t miss out on your opportunity for a chance to win a smashing cool ride

What we saw from the bus window

These 3 pictures were all taken from my seat on the bus. I think that they all turned out fairly nicely.

For more outdoor pictures head over to the blog A Southern Daydreamer for the meme Outdoor Wednesday
Mostly Wordless Wednesday @ Ordinary Awesome

Toys for the little ones

The blog MomStart is hosting a giveaway for munchkin wet wheels. These look quite fun and could provide hours of fun for you little ones. I can remember my kids when they would play with little cars and trucks of this nature they loved them. So if you want to enter a giveaway to win your child some Munchkin Wet Wheels of their own head over to MomStart.

Little Miss Match 4 day sale

Another great sale going on over at Little Miss Matched

Great Summer Activity

Are you looking for a great activity to do with your child this summer? I can remember one of our favorite hot day cant go outside activities was reading. Parents Magazine just posted a great list of books for children's and denotes the age that they are appropriate for. I was very impressed when I noticed that one of the first books was a book that me and my sister shared when we were younger, each of my children read and now a new generation is being introduced to. The book is about a character named Frances. To see if your favorite book is on this list visit this link

In the meantime if you have time tell me what your favorite book was as a child.

Free Hardees Biscut Holes

Free pack of biscut holes at Hardees can be yours. Simply visit this link and print out the coupon

Chance to win a pair of shoes

Everyone needs shoes but with back to school approaching it is time for the youngsters to be selecting the perfect pair of shoes to go back in. Parents often look at the list of school supplies and think here we go again. Well the blog An Optimistic Beauty is here to offer a helping hand by hosting a wonderful giveaway sponsored by the eleven shoes. One lucky person can win a pair of shoes for their youngster to head back to school in. Contest ends July 31, 2009

The little neighborhood rabbit

Wordless Wednesday can be found on the blog
5 minutes for mom

Jolly Mom

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Fancy Fortune Cookies Review and Giveaway

Fortune cookies to me used to mean one of two things. Either they would bring good luck or I simply did not want to read them because they would bring bad luck. Now all I can see thanks to Fancy Fortune Cookies they bring delicious and tasty news. Perhaps Fancy Fortune Cookies are so delicious because they are baked fresh in their personal bakery. I tasted both the small and the large Fancy Fortune Cookies and they were delicious. In fact they sent several samples of the regular size Fancy Fortune Cookies and after I had one or two my teens made quick work of them. They were gone in as fast as they could read the fortunes found inside of them.

As a small business owner one great thing to do was to join the cities better business bureau. Guess what Fancy Fortune Cookies think so highly of their great fortune cookies that they wrote their own future and joined the Better Business Bureau. Let me tell you from the time that the great Fancy Fortune Cookies are received they look delicious with no broken parts and they continue to tantalize your eyes until they touch your taste buds. They both look great and taste great. The only minor complaint that I did have is that the fortunes could have been better. That came from teens who loved the taste of the cookie but thought they could write a better fortune. If you feel the same way about fortunes and being able to write them yourself you can do just that. Fancy Fortune Cookies allow you to personalize the fortunes found inside the cookies if you wish.

On top of that if you are not pleased completely by the fortune cookies you receive from Fancy Fortune Cookies you can return them for 100% money back guarantee. Now that just talks volumes to me. A company who is ready to put their back on the line like that you know their product has to be great.

Planning that perfect party and want the flavor and or color to match? That can be done since Fancy Fortune Cookies are offered in several different flavors and colors.

I was very pleased by the Fancy Fortune Cookie company. If you want to test them out for yourself you can order them directly off the Fancy Fortune Cookie Website and they will be delivered to you by Fed Ex.

Fancy Fortune Cookies want to allow one of Annie's Home readers a chance to shop for some of their own cookies. They are offering a $50 gift card to shop on the website.

In order to win you must: Tell me what you would purchase if you was the lucky winner

Extra Entries:
  • out of the available flavors available what do you think is the one you would want to try (1 entry)
  • write me a fortune for my blog (this can be entertaining but please make them all clean) (3 entries)
  • follow my blog (3 entries)
  • follow me on twitter tell me your ID (2 entries)
  • tweet about the contest (1 entry each time remember to place link in comment)
  • blog about the contest (5 entries link in comment)

Contest starts today and runs through August 7, 2009 Remember email needs to be in comment or on blog and every entry deserves its own comment. Good Luck

Coffeemaker Cleaner

For all of you who need to clean your coffee pot and want a great non hazardous cleaning way here it is

TO clean the coffeemaker itself run 2 cups white vinegar completely through the coffee pot maker. Then follow up with a entire pot of water run through the machine.

Coffee Pot Cleaning Paste

To clean the hard to beat coffee pots make up a mixture of
1/4 c baking soda
3 T sea salt
1 t lemon juice

Mix all into a paste Rub the inside of the pot with a paste and use a skoy cloth Rinse thoroughly

To clean the inside of coffee thermos place 3-5 ice cubes inside and sprinkle with salt. Swish and rinse

Tips taken from the Joy of Cleaning book by Leslie Reichert that I won on the blog mommymandy

to find more kitchen tips visit the blog Tammy's Recipes,
Finer Things Friday @ The Finer Things In Life

What I learned this week July 14

I found out this week how out of shape I really am. I have been walking once again to not only help with my diabetes but to also get back into shape and feel better. I love those individuals who are up in age and still compete in the senior Olympics. Oh my I hope that I am in near the condition of many of those that I salute. My desire is to be able to walk in a 5K walk. I would love to be able to meet my goal. The last week I have been walking more and more and now I am walking between 2 to 8 miles a day. Slow paced but I have learned that I can do it. SO if the speed can be picked up I would love to walk in the upcoming walks for charities. If you have any tips I would love to hear them so that I can learn more.

Want to share what you learned or see what others did? Head over to the blog Musings of a Housewife

Random THoughts Tuesday July 14, 2009


These random thoughts are thoughts that I have not placed on my blog as of yet because they are so random that they could not possibly hold a post by their selves

My daughter will be home this weekend. My daughter that graduated high school has been away for nearly 2 weeks now. Oh my the stories she will be able to tell me. I always love it when my kids travel away and come home. They carry back with them stories and I am always glad to have them back in the house. However when this young lady gets home she will have to clean her room because she left in a state of devastation.

My grand baby princess will be coming for a visit on Saturday as well. Always glad to see this little one. She has once again gained new talents. She is high stepping it, next thing you know she will be walking by herself. She is also cutting more teeth. her momma is a big worry wart and worries about all the new teeth coming in.

In under 6 weeks my son will be moving out to go to college. He has visited places before but this will be the real thing. He will live in the dorms and I will not see him every day. I of course will miss him but know he is doing all he can for his education. He is bound to make us and himself happy. The goal is to become a teacher. He wants to serve in underprivileged areas. My daughter who will start college will major in social work with emphasis on missions and wants to help those in need while telling about God. How wonderful the Lord has truly blessed us.

Those are my random thoughts. Share yours or read more at the Un Mom blog

Super Cute Baby Items

I am not sure if you are aware of it or not but the blog Two of a Kind Working on a Full House is having a baby bash. If you have not checked it out you should. The new contest on their blog is for a personalized baby blanket. The sponsor of this wonderful contest is baby fabulous and the contest ends July 29th 2009.

To Do Tuesday

Well this weekend my grandbaby will be here so the house will need a good go over before she gets here. When she is here I will do nothing but visit and have a great time with Princess. Next week will see me getting ready for bible school and the adventures that wait

Not much here this week what are you doing? Head over to the blog Crazy Adventures In Parenting and create your list

Wonderful southern tees and onesies

Thanks to Jolly Mom I found a wonderful website with that sells wonderful tees and onesies with southern sayings. I love these because I live in the southern part of Illinois and many of my close friends feel as if they are southern born. The name of this company is Southern Brand and they have some terrifically cute tees and onesies. At this time the blog Jolly Mom is hosting a giveaway where the winner will recieve a shirt of their choice from Southern Brand. Contest ends July 27th, 2009

Blog Hop 3 things you did not know about me

3 things you did not know about me is the blog hop question for this week. There many tidbits that I have not shared with my readers yet and then some that I did but not to a full extent SO here are the three (3) that I choose to share.
  1. I was a young mother at the age of 16 years old and married my husband at that age as well. Now 22 years later we are all doing great and still together
  2. I graduated from highschool with 2 children in the crowd. The only one that could hear their child holler "Go Mommy"
  3. I played sports in school that included baseball, basketball, track, cross country, softball and played in the band as well as got great grades.

MckLinky Blog Hop

Monday, July 13, 2009

Monday Muse

This week to unwind I have just been loafing and trying to get my house back in order. I love my life right now could not be a bit happier. Let me share why. The reason is I have this little girl in it

List what is making you happy at Monday Muse located on the Maternal Spark blog

Skoy review and giveaway

Do I have something to share with you today. I have found the ability to use and reuse needed supplies growing. Now they have a replacement for paper towels that many people use but can never reuse. Now Skoy replaces that. What exactly is skoy? Skoy is a multi use cloth that is not only reusable but also:
100% biodegradable




and comes in a variety of colors.

Skoy was created by 2 moms who wanted to find a better, more economical., greener way to complete household chores like washing windows. Skoy is very economical as because Skoy can be used several times the economical savings from that of paper towels is actually great. For a 4 pack of skoy you will pay $5.99 and for a normal roll of paper towel in my area you are normally paying $1.50 for the cheapest. Because the skoy can be reused it can do the work of 15 rolls of paper towel. Great!!!!!!! What do you think of that kind of saving? To me it is great and I absolutely could use a savings like that in my household budget. After using the Skoy and needing to clean to prepare for another use just simply throw it in the washer and dryer and poof!!!!!! its ready to work for you again. Skoy is nontoxic as well so there is no need to worry. Yeah!!!!!! A product that is nontoxic and works hard to clean without spending allot of money. Sounds like a deal for me.

Buy: you can order Skoy you can locate a retailer near you by following this link or you can order directly off of the skoy website.

One of Annies Home lucky readers will be able to win a four (4) pack of Skoy for their self.

To enter you must first: share something about skoy product or website that caught your eye

Extra Entries:
  • follow skoy on facebook (3 entries)
  • follow my blog (3 entries)
  • subscribe to my blog feed through reader (2 entries)
  • subscribe to my blog through email (3 entries)
  • follow me on twitter let me know your ID (2 entries)
  • tweet about contest leave link in comment (1 entry per day)
  • blog about this leave link in comment (5 entries)

Contest starts now and will run through August 3, 2009 Remember email in comment or on blog and each entry deserves own comment. Good Luck

see kai run

See Kai Run is having a sale on sandals. They are allowing 25% off several pairs of their sandals. You can check them out on the see kai run website.

With summer in full swing, you'll want to take advantage of our sizzling sandal sale. You'll find select styles at 25% off. Hurry! Shop early for best selection! Don't forget that purchases of $60 or more enjoy free shipping.

shop here

Long John Silvers free stuff

On Tuesday July 14, 2009 Long John Silver’s is offering one FREE Baja Fish Taco per customer, no purchase necessary. Good dine-in, take-out or drive thru until 2:30pm details here

Happy Homemaker Monday


On My Bedside Table:
can you tell me again where my bedside table is? I think its time to clean my room again

On My TV:
nothing at this time is that not ironic I am actually watching nothing

On Menu For Tonight:
It was seafood night shrimp, fish, fries went over well

On My To Do List:
my room as I said it needs cleaned it is always last thing to be done. living room could also use a bit of spifying

New Recipe I tried Last Week:
frosted banana bars

In the Craft Basket:
nothing at this time been a bit busy

Looking Forward to:
granddaughter coming to see nana and papa this weekend

Homemaking Tip for This Week:
no matter how hopeless it looks it will all get better

At the well: behavior and how to face it

Gathering at the well a spot where we come together weekly and talk about problems that we face in our walk with Christ. I love how we can openly share without thought of anyone getting angry or otherwise detesting. This week the subject is dealing with problems as parents:

How can you react when someone tries to undermine you as a parent or encourages something with your children that you do not agree with? Do you get mad or angry like a momma bear? (I used to.) How can you better react and still stay in the Spirit?

What ways can we rebuke un-Godliness and still be loving? Maybe it is a display of an un-Godly relationship or public drinking or something else that you have taught your children displeases the Lord?

How do you react when your small child asks a family member who is doing something wrong why they do that? Do you hush the child or make excuses? Is your reaction understandable to the child and in the Spirit?

I have to say that this has happened quite often and it is not always easy to overlook. My children know what is expected and strive to please both parent and their Lord. I do not get angry easily but it does happen and when it does those that love me call it my time of soapbox. I not only talk to my teens or children about what the problem is but also to those who are allowing that problem or idea to enter my childs life. I talk, never yell, yelling does not do anything but cause more problems.

I am one of those mothers who keep my children close by so that they know to understand behavior that is not right. I have went with my children to fun places. I never try to hold them back I just go with them. If these places are acceptable then they may go by theirselves. Often though they ask that I go with them.

I did in the past hush my child then I wondered aloud why and if I was sending my child the wrong message. If I teach them one thing and then do not say anything to someone else when we notice them doing it then what message does that send. I choose to tell all those around me what I accept at correct behavior and what I do not. If my child ask questions I simply state that they have been taught not to partake in such behavior. Often the behavior that is addressed the offender will apologize or tell the child that the reason why or that there is not a real reason and that it is just a bad habit

join the discussion at the well


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This time a year the sun can do alot of damage to problem skin. TriDerma is there to help you fight the battle against skin problems. The best thing about TriDerma is that it is available at a location near you or directly off the website.
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Mellow Yellow picture of my nephews

having a bite of cake. Notice the young men in the picture they are my nephews. They both have birthdays this month. Notice the yellow spongebob shirt. These are my princes.
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Monday Crazy Questions

1. Do you have a tattoo...?? if so What and where is it??
if not do you have a secret desire to have one?

Nope do not have one do not want one have fear of needles

2. You have been offered a free botox treatment...where do you have them put it?

nowhere once again no desire, hate needles

3. Do you have a good luck charm? what is it?
Do you think it works?

No not really, used to have a rabbits foot but then the rabbit came back and got it

4. When was the last time that you said something to someone that you REALLY wished you hadn't said?

lastnight when it came back to bite me and was told to someone that should never of heard it

5. The bath water is running, the phone is ringing, the dog is barking and there is someone at the door.....what do you do?

Yell out Calgon take me away and see if it really works

6. Your best friend from high school just popped in from out of town. do you offer them a place to stay or suggest a hotel?

if they want to stay here with me and 6 teens they are more than welcome

7. Have you ever seen a ghost?

I would say yes or what I thought was a ghost

8. Someone is driving in front of you rather erratically and slowing you way you see that they are talking on a cell phone and checking themselves out in the mirror. The other lane is blocked off so you can not go around them. What do you do??

be patient and possibly honk to wake them up to what they are doing

Want to participate? Head over here

Not Me Monday

Not Me Monday is a weekly meme brought to you by the blog My Charming Kids
Are you feeling guilty for not changing your children's bedsheets for weeks on end? Feel trashy taking your trash to the curb with no bra on? Overcome with embarrassment after your child wets his pants in public? We'll don't be! Not Me! Monday was born out of my desire to admit some of my imperfection and reveal a few moments I'd rather forget. You may find it therapeutic to join in and do the same thing!

This week has not been a week of boredom. My son did not say that he could not wait to get back to school. It is not me who is so proud of this son that I bragged all day yesterday about him. I do not see my son growing up and maturing. It is not me who is wondering where my little boy has gone to. It is not me even though my son is a senior in high school that wants to bottle him and keep him small forever.

I am not also an ecstatic grandmother who has a granddaughter princess who loves to talk on the phone. It is not me and princess talking on the phone chatting away and loving to hear her say Nana and papa. No it would not be me who would have a smile on my face for the entire few minutes that I chat with princess.

It is not me who is ready to have a party because all the load of laundry is done. It is not me who last week would have hired a professional laundry person to get it all under control. Nope not me. I did not work the entire week on that laundry and was not a bit pleased when it was all done. I do not believe that it had anything to do with camp or house guest that made that laundry pile larger than it normally is.

That was my week or maybe it wasn't What is your week or what was it not? List it over at the blog My Charming Kids

Blue Monday July 13,2009

Taken recently at our church mission block party. This little girl is getting a snocone for herself. The snocone in the cup is blue and so is the ice chest that the ice is kept inside.

For more great pictures with blue head over to the Smiling Sally Blog

shared at
Love of Home
grandma ideas 

Family Labels

Family Labels are just what you need for the summer camping season as well as back to school. Family Labels can help you and your child remain organized.

The Family Labels allow you to share news with neighbors, friends, or anyone you want to know something, Family Labels allow you to show off your entire family to those that know and love you as well as those that don't. Surprise Grandma and Grandpa with stickers with them and the kids listed on the label. Family Labels allow your child to feel special by labeling their items with a picture to symbolize them as well as their name and address. Family labels even offer a chance for you to happily advertise services and business.

Whatever you use Family Labels for the best part is that Family Labels allow others to know about you. You can purchase Family Labels at their website and for a limited time all of Annie's Home readers can take a 10% discount simply by using the discount word "ANNIE".

Menu Plan Monday 7/13/09

Meal planning is coming together quite nicely this week:


granola bars, fruit

oatmeal, fruit, breakfast burrito

sausage sandwich

fruit, scrambled eggs

sausage, gravy and fruit

pancakes, syrup, fruit

breakfast at church


popcorn chicken, potato, salad, jello

sandwich, chips, fruit salad

grill cheese

sandwich, chips,


ramen noodles

hotdog, chips


fish, slaw, hush puppies, mac n cheese, cookies

subs, chips, snackcakes

shepherds pie, salad, cake

porkchop, garlic toast, greenbeans, salad, icecream

pasta, garlic toast, salad, icecream

daughter in town out to eat

horseshoes, jello

That is my menu what does yours look like? List it at the blog Im An Organized Junkie

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Free Iced Or Hot Mocha at McDonalds

Let me share with you something wonderful that is going on at McDonalds.
Between now and August 3, 2009, each Monday you can get a FREE Iced or Hot Mocha at McDonalds For the next four (4) weeks McDonalds will be offering a free hot or iced mocha to customers between 7 am to 7pm
You may want to call your local McDonalds to make sure yours is participating. After that enjoy.

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

Deep Dish Pizza Casserole

lb hamburger, browned

can chunky italian style tomato sauce

can refrigerated biscuts

6 slices mozarella cheese

1/4 c parmesan cheese

425 degree oven Mix sauce and meat.

Press biscuts in 9x13 pan Line with 3 slices of cheese Top with meat

Bake 425 degrees for 12 minutes Top with 3 pieces cheese Sprinkle with parmesan and bake 5 more minutes

Enjoy this is a great family recipe that is quick and easy to make.

Listed at the blogs:

Go Graham Go for Make Something Monday

Jolly Mom for Make Something Monday

Ann Kroker blog for Make Do Monday

Tuesdays At the Table Meme found on the blog All the Small Stuff