Monday, November 22, 2010

Are you ready for Christmas?


With the Christmas Season fast approaching it's time to think about Yule Tide Greetings. I usually go to Sam's or Walmart for my Christmas cards but have always loved the cards I get from my friend Kelly. It's because of Kelly that I started using Snapfish. They are easy to upload, easy to use and I have always loved everything I have gotten from them; from the prints to the photo books and more. They also store your photos which is great for me since I have recently lost over 2000 pictures from my external hd. You can also share the photos you have stored. I'm so excited about this years Christmas cards and can't wait to get them in. Along with making cookies and watching Frosty the Snowman, Snapfish Holiday's Christmas Cards will be my new holiday tradition. Make sure you go here to check out their Christmas cards selection.
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Thursday, July 29, 2010

How Frugal is too Frugal?

While down in Florida we went to the St Marys Aquatic Center in Ga. We love that place so much that when we lived there we had season passes. Well, if you know Fl well enough you know that afternoon thunderstorms always roll in and then roll back out but if you happen to be at the water park and it storms for an hour you can get rain checks to come back:) We had already been there since 11am but how happy were we (Donna, Kelly & I) when a storm rolled in about 4pm and we stuck it out with kids in tow.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Fun in the Florida Sun

I am happy to say Hannah's first time at the beach was with Aunt Lena. Joni tried saying no but the I live out of state thing really comes in handy:) It took her a while to get use to the water but she had no problem crawling away to chase the birds.

Grandpa & Hannah. I think he's the reason she didn't like the water at first:)


The kids had a blast in the ocean with Me-Maw & Papa.

Oh, Silly Child

I am finally back and with so much to share from our summer vacation. We have been gone for a month and a half and even though it has been bitter sweet (loving being with our families but after a while missing our own beds) it has helped knock out some of Daddy's deployment time.

The kids are really great travelers and they have learned we don't make a lot of stops, so, when we do.. You need to make the best out of them. Well, Madison made sure she did just that and went away with a lesson learned. We had stopped at Wendy's to grab some lunch and when we were leaving I heard her ask Cohen for her life vest. I quickly said, "No" it's time to get back on the road. I realize there was no real reason to say no but there wasn't any real reason for her to have it either. Well, about 10 miles down the road I heard, "Mama, I need help." As I looked back in the rear view mirror I noticed her trying to undo what I told her not to do in the first place. My instant reaction was Silly Child (I can only imagine God saying that about me when I do childish things) I told her I was driving and couldn't really help her so now she had to figure out how to get it off herself. I will admit after seeing her struggle for 30 min I did unbuckle the top latch but after that she was on her own. It didn't take too long:) it was only 170 miles (for real) when she finally got it off and she was thrilled to do so.



We left for vaction early to make it for my Niece's 1st Birthday. I can't believe how fast time has gone by. It seems like only a few months ago Joni called me while we were in the movie theater telling me she was going to start pushing and now here it is a year later and Hannah has turned 1


Happy Birthday Hannah

Thursday, June 3, 2010

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Are you a Swag Nut?


Who doesn't like Free money? Especially for something you do every day... Surfing the Internet. SwagBucks is just like Google except they pay you with digital dollars to use their search engine. The digital dollars can then be redeemed for prizes in The Swag Store. They Store has everything from Books & Magazines, Video Games, Movies & Music to Sports & Collectibles... and a ton more but my favorite prizes to get are the Gift Cards. That's right! Gift Cards! Starbucks, PayPal, I-Tunes, Pro Bass Shop, Target, SouthWest Airlines, Amazon.com and once again; much more... Yes, there are so many more to choose from. Go here to to sign up. It's totally FREE. Below I will post some FYI's and if you have any questions just ask:)

How do I earn SwagBucks? Here are just a few.

1. Using the Search engine. Once you sign up go to the Toolbar Tab and download it to your computer. It will show up just below the hyperlink so you will always have the search engine on hand. Sometimes while I sit in front of the TV at night I will type all kinds of stupid stuff in the search engine just to earn bucks and it works.

2. You can earn Bucks form taking Daily Polls. Under the Ways to Earn Tab

3. Connect to The SwagBucks Face Book Page

4. My favorite and I think the easiest way to earn bucks is by Inviting Friends under the Promote Tab. When you sign up they give you your own referring link . When you send out email invites or post it to your Face Book everyone that clicks on your link and signs up will give you bucks the more bucks they make through searching, polls, referring friends, etc... the more bucks you make. You can also Get referrals by placing a Swagbucks.com banner on your website, blog, or social network profile.
5. Every time you turn on your computer.

Here are some FYI's

1. You can only redeem Swagbucks for 2 prizes a day. Maximum 5 per month, no matter the value of the prize.

2. I like Amazon.com Gift Cards. The $5 ones require less SwagBucks then the $25 G.C.

3. They issue Gift Card codes on the 15th & 30th of every month but I think it varies if those dates fall on the weekend or a holiday.

I really like the Amazon GC. I have gotten some stuff and used my GC codes and never paid a cent. It covered the Product & Shipping. I even had .31 left over that Amazon kept and when I purchased my next item it rolled over:) I am a Happy Amazon Shopper and a Swag Nut:) just try it. I promise you won't be sorry.

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Happy Memorial Day

Sometimes it's easy to forget how Blessed we are to live in the country we do but every night at 9pm sharp I hear taps play all over post and am constantly reminded... that Freedom cost Someone their life. I pray every night for God to keep AJ safe and bring him home but for those who didn' make it back I am glad to be reminded every night of their great sacraifce.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A 2nd Language Would Be So Useful


I said in the beginning that my blog wasn't really a coupon site but more about me and my family and that includes all my short comings.. and they are many. For the most part I feel like I am a great Mom but an area I need total help in are my communication skills..Ya see, I'm a yeller. I don't like to yell it makes me feel bad but what makes me feel worse is to think my babies are use to it. Now, I don't swear and I don't fly off the handle and start beating my kids but I am a yeller. And because I come from a very loud family I am a LOUD Yeller, a Deep Loud Yeller and I know this. That is why I go around shutting all the windows when I feel the yell coming out. I wish I knew Sign Language so I could yell at them and no one would hear me. Some times I think I need Meds or wish I had them but eventually they would wear off:)

AJ has now been gone 3 months with the exception of 2 weeks when he came home after school. I can handle AJ being gone. I can handle being a single Mom but what I can't handle is when my kids are mean to one another. Mainly Madison mean to Cohen.. He'll work on something so hard and when he presents it to her she just walks away or walks past him. Never acknowledge him at all. I want to rip her head off... She isn't like that to Jack and Cohen notices she favors Jack. Why? I have no idea. What is going on? I have good kids except this 1 little thing and I can't stand it. When she hurts Cohen's feelings it sends him in a down ward spiral of, She doesn't like me. She only likes Jack. I get so frustrated. First he's very sensitive and get upset when he's feelings get hurt and that happens quite a bit. Second, (and I'm just being honest) He's crying is not cute to look at or hear...at all.

Today, after school, when she called home on her walkie talkie I told her to walk slow because the boys wanted to meet her at the end of the side walk. Cohen tried and tried and tried to get both of their scooters down to her so she could ride one home. I told him to just leave it, she'll be here soon just go down there. He said, "No Mama, Sister really likes to ride it." So I watched him as he struggled and scrapped his ankles as he tried different ways to get it to her. Once again she called and I said, "Walk Slower and make Sure you say, Thank You" before I knew it she came in the house and 2 min later he came in crying and wailing his arms around. After I got done yelling at her and sending her to her room.... and BTW she didn't even say "Thank You" I yelled at him and told him to man up and just say screw it!!! Which in hind sight is not the best I know but what do you tell a 5 year old who wears his heart on his sleeve. Siblings aren't always the most affectionate I know, but she could at least acknowledge him. He is always going above and beyond to do things for her.. After calming down I took a note pad up to her and told her to write down 20 things she likes about Cohen and when I go back up I'm going to make them sit face to face so she can read her list to him. Ugggg!!! Any suggestions??? I don't want her to be calloused to his heart or any one else's for that matter. God gives us gifts and we are to love, cultivate and take care of them. I want her to see and know the treasure in Cohen not only as her brother but a precious gift God has given our family. Any suggestions??? How do I break this cycle????

Monday, May 31, 2010

Controlling a Complaining Spirit by Glynnis Whitwer



"Now the people complained about their hardships in the hearing of the LORD, and when he heard them his anger was aroused. Then fire from the LORD burned among them and consumed some of the outskirts of the camp." Numbers 11:11 (NIV)

As we were getting ready to leave for vacation, one of my children asked for a new video game to play on the drive. Knowing all of our available funds were ear-marked for the trip, I told my child "no" and explained in a compassionate and clear reason why I would not be spending money on a video game prior to a vacation. I explained how much fun we would have and how much this fun would cost. Which, as I was sure he understood, did not leave money for buying video games.

At what I thought was a perfectly logical explanation, that same child, who should have been agreeing with me and trying to find ways to help make this wonderful vacation happen, actually got annoyed. With me. He said, with a very frustrated voice, that he never got anything he wanted. Accompanied with a heavy dramatic sigh, crossed arms and pout.

The tone of his voice, his negative words, and his dramatic body language, raised my eyebrows (I would have only raised one if I could). My back straightened and one hand rose to my hip. "Really?" I said in a low and deceptively calm voice. "You never get anything you want? On the day before we are leaving for an amazing trip that your father and I have worked hard to give you, you can actually say that you have nothing you want?"

Can I just tell you that an ungrateful spirit really is really hard for me to deal with? Especially when I know what is in store.

Sometimes I wonder if that must be how God feels when I grumble about what I don't get. Like when I went through infertility for three years before getting pregnant ... three times ... then adopting. In hindsight, God was really giving me three more years of wearing a size ten and a brain that could finish a complete thought. At that time, all I saw was emptiness.

The truth is, my child was just demonstrating a human reaction to being told "no" or "not now" by someone who knows what the future holds. Sometimes God withholds a "yes" knowing we need to be prepared to receive His goodness in His time. Other times, when we've been told "no" due to our own bad choices or those of others, God withholds a "yes" to teach us something. Or it's a permanent "no" to protect us. Whichever way, God is always working things together for the good of those who love Him.

I don't think my son ever fully understood why I said "no" to the video game. But over time, as he grew and matured, he learned to trust me more, and believe that I really loved him in spite of saying "no." Even as adults, we have trouble understanding God's ways. Sometimes we may never understand. When that happens, I choose to do a few things that help me mature as a believer. Maybe they will help you too:

1) I choose to not complain to others about God.
2) I am honest with God about how I feel, but I don't accuse Him of evil or being out to hurt me. 3) I choose to trust Him. When the doubts start to surface, I choose again to trust Him again.
4) I sing His praises. It reminds me of God's true character, which is always good.

Hearing "no" is never easy. However, as children of a loving Heavenly Father, we can learn over time to trust that He really does have something planned that we are going to love more than what we want right now. When we trust God is working behind the scenes for us, we can control a complaining spirit that threatens to steal our joy. And restore our faith in God's goodness.

Dear Lord, I know I'm often like a child when I get told "no." Help me to understand in my head and in my heart, that You truly love me, and that You are planning something good. Forgive me when I doubt You and voice those doubts in a complaining way. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Sunday, May 30, 2010


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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

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Monday, May 17, 2010

More Freebies




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Kids Summer Reading Club. Kids just need to read and log 10 books. Parents initial by each book then mail the from in, it must be post marked by October 1, 2010. Go here to print out the form and reading log.

Am I Messing Up My Kids? by Lysa TerKeurst


"'Neither this man nor his parents sinned,' said Jesus, 'but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.'" John 9:3 (NIV)

Okay, moms, let's get gut honest today. Have you ever had these thoughts tug at the corners of your mind: What have I done wrong? Am I messing up my kids?

I've had two in depth conversations this week with friends and the same theme wove throughout both conversations. Our kids sometimes struggle and when they do, often our first thought is what have I done wrong as a mother? Maybe a lot of us moms have this worry that we are somehow messing up our kids.

Certainly good can come from a healthy assessment of how we're doing in our crucial role as moms. However, when the question comes in the form of a personal assault rather than a call to action over a specific area of improvement- it's not healthy.

It's paralyzing. It's draining. It's defeating.

It's evidence of a hole in the spiritual filter of our mind.

My friend, Holly, and I have been doing something since the beginning of the year that has become an absolute delight to my day. I've been determined to fill my mind with the truth. I figure the more truth I have crowded into that tiny little space I call my mind, the more untruths will get crowded out.

So, we've been taking a book of the Bible and going through it slowly- reading one chapter a day. Then we discuss what spoke to us the most.

The other day, before my conversation with one of my friends, I read John 9. One verse jumped out at me and seemed to swirl in my thoughts constantly. John 9:3, "'Neither this man nor his parents sinned,' said Jesus, 'but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.'" The way this verse kept bumping into my conscious thoughts let me know it was crucial that I think on it- pray through it- and let it seep into some deep places needing this truth.

Later when I was talking with a friend, there were little hints of that question- "What have I done wrong as a mother?"

What a delight it was to have that verse right on the top of my mind. Like a healing balm, I soothed my friend with the truth that what her son is going through right now has nothing to do with her mistakes or even his for that matter. God is helping her son work through some fears that will eventually be a mighty display of spiritual depth in his life.

Sweet sister, have you caught yourself asking lately, "What am I doing wrong as a mother?" Maybe, some adjustments do need to made.

Or maybe, this line of thinking should be redirected with a different question- "How might God work in this situation so that His work can be displayed in my child's life or in my life?" Either way, remember this truth- you are loved by God and so is your child.

Dear Lord, help me process my motherhood journey using the filter of Your truth and nothing else. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Kids Eat Free This Weekend at Ikea!


This weekend, From Friday May 14-Sunday May 16, Ikea is hosting another one of their Kids Eat Free promotions, with lots of choices (depending, of course, on location). In some spots you'll be able to choose three kid-friendly delights to make up the free meal: meatballs, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, yogurt, cookies and chocolate milk.

Visit Ikea's Web site for more information, and to check if your closest store is participating.


 
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