Saturday, February 27, 2010

3 Little Giggles Hair Bow Winner is……..



Are you ready???

# 15

Amanda said...

I love the Ultimate dragonfly collection!



I have sent you and email, you have 48 hrs to respond…

Thanks to everyone who entered… Keep checking back new giveaways coming very SOON!!!


Rainbow Bright Cd Review & Giveaway:

I recently got the opportunity to play with a Rainbow Brite Cd that was sent to me by MomSelect.
Rainbow Bright
Do you remember Rainbow Brite when you were a child?? I remember playing with her, but couldn’t remember the names of the characters. When I gathered my girls to see this cd, they asked me who Rainbow Bright was. I told them it was a doll I once played with when I was a child, and they were excited to share that with me.

I still can’t get over the fact that all of these characters from my childhood are making such a big come back! I’m so excited to have that to share with my children.

The CD includes games, activities, and coloring pages for the kids to do. It is a great thing to pass some time on a rainy day, or when they are just bored some afternoon.

They graciously provided me with 9 more Cd’s to give away…  So on March 7th @ 10pm EST… I will pick 9 winners by
The winners will have 48 hrs to email me back, or I will chose new ones.

To Enter: Leave me a comment telling me if you watched Saturday morning cartoons as a kid, and who your favorite character was. (Mandatory to enter)
Be sure to leave me an email contact…
*The product was provided by MomSelect to do a review. The opinions are strictly mine.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Moment you have all been waiting for:


The Wanchai Ferry Dinner Kit & $25 

Gift Card to Target Winner

IS…………………. 42

Lynette said...

I follow you with Google Friend Connect.



You have 48hrs to respond to my

email, or I have to choose a new


Thanks to everyone that entered..

be sure to check back soon for more




Value Fiction Blog Tour:



This time, we got a grab bag… So until they showed up at my door, I was not aware of what i would be reading.

The first book I read was Beneath a Southern Sky by Deborah Raney. I had never read any of her books.

Book Cover Beneath the sky

It was a bit hard for me to get into this book at the beginning of it. Then it started to get more interesting for me. I really like the characters in this book. It is really about how to move on with your life after losing part of yourself.

About this book:

Her Second Husband Healed the Sorrow of a Tragic Loss.
Her First Has Just Returned from the Dead.
Which Man Has the Right to Claim Daria’s Heart?

After two years of serving as a missionary in a remote area of South America, Daria Camfield has returned to the States to mourn her husband, reportedly killed while providing medical aid to a neighboring Colombian village.

At first, Daria finds comfort only in the daughter born to her after Nate’s tragic death. As she begins to heal, she also finds a listening ear and a tender heart in her new boss, veterinarian Colson Hunter. Determined to move forward with life, Daria ignores the still small voice calling her to wait and accepts Cole’s marriage proposal. But after the wedding, Daria’s new dream life turns into a nightmare with the arrival of an unbelievable telegram: “Nathan Camfield found alive. Flying into K.C. Int’l. via Bogota…”

Now two men have the right to her daughter, her life, and her love. Will Daria return to her beloved first husband, abandoning Cole? Or will she reject Nate and choose the only man her daughter has ever called “Daddy”--a man she has come to cherish with all her heart?


About the Author:

DEBORAH RANEY is at work on her 20th novel. Her books have won the RITA Award, HOLT Medallion, National Readers' Choice Award, Silver Angel, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Her first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title. Deb and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy small-town life in Kansas. They are new empty nesters with four grown children and two grandsons, all of whom live much too far away.

You can buy a copy HERE.

The second book I got was Secrets by Robin Jones Gunn. I had never read any of her books either. I am always excited to read a new author though, cause you never know what kind of possibilities it will open up for you.

Book Cover Secrets

I was able to get into this book a bit quicker.. and I really enjoyed the storyline. I think this was my favorite of the two.

About the book:

The Glenbrooke Series

Jessica ran from her past...but can she hide from love?
Jessica Morgan wants desperately to forget the past and begin a new life. She chooses a small, peaceful town tucked away in Oregon’s Willamette Valley as the place to start over—Glenbrooke. Once there, Jessica conceals her identity from the intriguing personalities she meets—including the compassionate paramedic who desires to protect her and the jealous woman who wants nothing more than to destroy her.

Will Jessica’s deceit ruin all hope for the future? Or will she find a deeper peace that allows her to stop hiding the truth from those who love her most of all?

This heartwarming bestseller, book one in the Glenbrooke series, introduces the fascinating people of Glenbrooke in a compelling tale of romance and spiritual truth.

    About the Author:

    Robin Jones Gunn is the much-loved award-winning author of the Glenbrooke, Sisterchicks(R), Christy Miller, and Sierra Jensen series, with more than three million books sold worldwide. Robin lives with her family near Portland, Oregon.

    You can buy a copy HERE.

    *This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.


    Friday Coupon Round-up:


    After the week I have had, time has not been on my side. Therefore, unfortunately I don’t have any coupons for you this week. I will have a list back for next week.

    Instead I’m going to share with you a link to Coupon Moms Challenge video. I love watching her conquer a new challenge every week. You can even send in your own challenges for her to try. I will be starting to link up to her video’s every week.

    Happy Shopping!

    Thursday, February 25, 2010

    My brave man….


    was so good yesterday. He went in to have his Tonsils & Adenoids out, and another set of tubes put in his ears. This is the 4th set of tubes he has had put in, so really he is kinda a pro at this! This time though you could see the slight hesitation in him… he wasn’t sure what to expect from the removal of his tonsils, and adenoids.

    I was proud of him for going in with a good attitude, and being so chipper, despite the fact he was scared, and starving!

    Surgery coloring book

    The nurses were great again, they remembered us from Sage’s surgery back in September which you can read about HERE. Matter of fact as I write this, they just called to check on him. :)

    Sage was an amazing trooper too… As she had to sit and be good for 6hrs, while we waited for him to go into surgery and come out and be released. They keep them for 4hrs after surgery to make sure they wake up ok, and start to eat, or drink.

    Brave boy before having Tonsils, Adenoids out

    Hunter woke up ok, but was in a lot of pain, so to clam him down they gave him some pain meds, that made him sleep again. Once those kicked in we were able to get him to eat a popicle. Plus when he got home he ate some Jello, pudding, and ice cream. So he is already doing better than Sage in that aspect.

    Waiting for the doctor at Sage's appt 

    He is out of school for a week or so. We have all his work though, so we will have it done, and ready for his return. I’m very proud of how brave he is being… Even in pain, he does pretty good!

    Get better soon buddy!!!

    Random Snap Shots



    These are just some cute pictures… that I took of the kids, over the last month!








    Wednesday, February 24, 2010

    T-ball season start to….



    and I have a little girl that is SOOOO excited. Sage decided that she wanted something special to call her own. Therefore, we signed her up for T-ball. She is so excited! She has a pink and purple glove, and pink cleats! It is so freaking adorable!

    I hope that she has a ton of fun!

    Its a good thing she is cute, cause its another thing to add to the schedule!!!







    Tuesday, February 23, 2010

    Birthday Fun



    Spread out over a few days… we did some fun stuff for Sage’s birthday! Starting with the actually day of her Birthday.

    On her birthday we went to Build-a-bear. Where she made her special bear! Plus we went to Ruby Tuesday’s for her birthday lunch.




    Wednesday night, after her practice… We did her birthday cake, and celebration at home, with family. Excited was she excited! We had a My Little Pony Cake… and she got her presents. My Little Pony toys, and a NEW BIKE!!!



    On Saturday, we headed to go bowling with some friends, and she loved that!



    After bowling she had a sleepover with her friend. Oh what fun they had!!!!



    Monday, February 22, 2010

    Simple Woman’s Daybook:






    For Today February 15th, 2010 

    Outside my window…its so nice out! Which is a relief to what it has been lately!


    I am thinking…. What a week we had, but had so much fun!


    From my imagination….. Not much, we have so much going on between all our activities, not enough time for imaginations!

    I am thankful for…. all my time with my family!

    From the kitchen...Spaghetti, I think!

    I am wearing…. Capri’s, my pink shirt, and my flip flop croc’s.

    I am reading… A few books I’m doing for my reviews.


    I am hoping…. That things go ok for baseball season.

    I am creating…. A schedule


    I am hearing….. Sage, in her room playing with toys. Getting ready to go to the gym.

    One of my favorite things….Organization! There is a lot to be said about it!!!


    A few plans for the rest of the week….  Dance, Girl Scout Meeting, Baseball, Cub Scouts, Gym (3 days) Library,  T-ball practice, Prehaps Hunter going in for Surgery, and Cookie Booths Sales.


    A Picture I'm sharing..... Rachel all happy she got a strike while we were bowling!


    Sunday, February 21, 2010

    Baseball Begins…..



    and the schedule gets crazier!! Hunter has decided that he wants to play Baseball again this year. He loves it. I made a deal with him, that if he really wants to play and promised to try hard, and do his school work.. I would sign him up. So here we are...

    It looks to be a very promising baseball season. We have very good coaches and he could learn so much from them. I think, he is really going to improve in many areas this year.

    Here are some of the shots we have from our first few practices.




    Not to worry there will be more pictures to come!


    Friday, February 19, 2010

    Hear No Evil Blog Tour by Matthew Paul Turner:


    About the Book:
    If you’ve ever had the opening bars of a song transport you back in time or remind you of a pivotal spiritual moment, Matthew Paul Turner’s honest—and frequently hilarious—musings will strike a chord. Straightforward and amusing, Hear No Evil is Turner’s “life soundtrack,” a compilation of engaging personal stories about how music—and music’s ability to transform—has played a key role in his spiritual life.
    Groove along on his journey as young evangelical Turner attends forbidden contemporary Christian concerts, moves to “Music City” Nashville, and dreams of becoming the Michael Jackson of Christian music.
    Cosmic and compelling, keen and funny, every page is a new encounter with the people, places, and experiences that have taught the music-editor-turned-author some new things about God, forced him out of his comfort zone, and introduced him to a fresh view of grace along the way.

    About the Author:
    Matthew Paul Turner is a blogger, speaker and author of The Coffeehouse Gospel, Provocative Faith, Beatitude: Relearning Jesus, the What You Didn’t Learn from Your Parents About… series, and several other popular books. He has written for Relevant, HomeLife, Christian Single magazines and was the former editor of CCM magazine. Matthew and his wife, Jessica, live in Nashville, Tennessee. He can be found online at

    My Thoughts:
    Honestly I was not sure what to except from this book. I was not entirely sure I would like it. It was a nice read though, and I loved that it had me laughing in spots. Nothing like a good book that gets you laughing. (especially when you are in a doctors office and everyone stares at you) It is a fairly quick read as well. I was able to finish it after a couple time of waiting at appointments. I have always found music to play a big role in my life. So it was nice to hear someone else feel the same. Do you ever feel like music is talking to you?

    Buy it:
    You can purchase this book HERE
    Win it:
    I have one copy to give to one of my readers.
    Leave me a comment on who is your favorite music artist (this is mandatory to enter)

    Extra Entries:
    (leave separate comment for each one to count)

    • Follow my blog
    • Tweet about my giveaway (up to once a day) be sure to use @the3kidsandme in your tweet.

    Giveaway ends 3/2/10 @10pm EST open to US residents only… Winner will be picked by, and they will have 48hrs to respond or I pick a new winner.
    *This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

    Friday Coupon Round-up




    Hey everyone!! How is it going this week? I hope everyone has checked out the cool giveaways we have going. Been a crazy week here, so I don’t have as many coupons this week, but tried to get as many as I could!!

    Betty Crocker Coupons

    $3/off Glad Sense & Spray
    (which if you go to CVS they have them for $6 and you get $4 in ECB if you spend $12 on them)

    Hasbro Game/Toy Coupons

    Free 200 Calorie Digorino Pizza

    Free Fresco Taco from Taco Bell Reset

    $1/1 Sunkist Tuna

    Tuesday, February 16, 2010

    My baby turns 5………


    Oh where, oh where has the time gone??

    I can’t believe that it has been 5 yrs since my baby was born. Gorgeous from the moment I laid eyes on her….

    She is such an amazing child. I am so blessed to have her. (and my other kids) She just makes everyday so cheery.


    Sage wakes up with a smile on her face every morning and that is how she stays all day. Very rarely is she grumpy, or stays grumpy for long.

    A smart cookie she is… she can now tell you the alphabet, and write most of them, writes her name, knows her numbers and how to write most of them. She loves to tell stories, and listen to you read. Plays so good on her own. Asks you questions that you have to think about to answer, but loves to know the answer. Can tie her shoes all on her own. She loves to dance, sing, and just laugh!

    We are so proud of you baby girl, and are so lucky to have you!!!!

    Happy BIRTHDAY!

    Wanchai Ferry Review and Giveaway:


    Thanks to Wanchai Ferry & MyBlogSpark I was able to try the new Wanchai Ferry Dinners. Which are now available in Targets Freezer Section. What is better than having restaurant quality Chinese food without having to leave home?? They come in 4 Fabulous Flavors, Shrimp Lo Mein, Orange Chicken, Sweet & Sour Chicken, and Spicy Garlic Chicken. Another great addition, there is no MSG! I don’t know about you, but I have to be careful with MSG cause it gives me headaches. So this is a great addition for me! We tried the Orange Chicken Meal, and it was fantastic. Especially for being a quick 14 min meal, when your super busy and on the go.
    Each meal comes with comes complete… so their is no need to remember anything at the grocery store. They are done in 14 minutes, so great for a busy night… or if you are just to tired to cook homemade.
    Go here for a 1.50 off Coupon to try it. 
    Or you can Win a “Prefect Night In” Prize Pack which includes, a coupon for a free Wanchai Ferry Meal, a set of Asian Inspired bowls, chopsticks, Bamboo Placemats, flavored fortune cookies, and a $25 Gift Card to Target!!!
    To Enter: (This is MANDATORY)
    Tell me which one you think you would pick, and what your idea of a “Prefect Night In” would be.
    Extra Entries: (be sure to leave a separate comment for each entry)

    • Follow my blog

    • Add my site button

    • Follow me on Twitter

    • Tweet about my giveaway (be sure to include @the3kidsandme) this can be done once a day

    • Blog about my giveaway and leave me the link
    This Giveaway Ends Feb 26th @10pm EST
    Open to US residents only.
    *The coupon, prize pack, information and additional prize pack to give away were all given to you from Wanchai Ferry through MyBlogSpark.

    Monday, February 15, 2010

    Simple Woman’s Daybook:






    For Today February 15th, 2010 

    Outside my window…its rather chilly again. I wish the weather would make up its mind, so we could all stop getting colds.


    I am thinking…. My baby is 5 tomorrow!!! We are excited for our giveaways we have coming!


    From my imagination….. Scheduling and more scheduling! Trying to get one together for everything! Crazy Crazy couple of months coming up!

    I am thankful for…. my beautiful children!

    From the kitchen...Leftovers, I’m not home again… (beginning to be a trend)

    I am wearing….  pants, a t-shirt, a sweatshirt, and my sneakers! (shocking I know)

    I am reading… Nothing at the moment to busy!


    I am hoping…. That baseball season goes ok, and we have no major issues!

    I am creating…. Nothing much at the moment


    I am hearing….. Silence… The kid are sleeping (no school for us today) and I’m just getting everything going for the day.

    One of my favorite things….Organization! There is a lot to be said about it!!!


    A few plans for the rest of the week….  Dentist Appt, Dance, Girl Scout Meeting, Baseball, Cub Scouts, Gym (3 days) Library, Trip to Build-a-bear, T-ball practice, Sage’s Birthday!


    A Picture I'm sharing..... Hunter trying Lobster Pizza! He actually liked it.


    Hunter trying Lobster Pizza

    3 Little Giggles Hair Accessories Review & Giveaway:

    3 little giggles

    When Brandy contacted me to do a review for her, I was beyond excited. I looked over her site, and was very eager to get her product.
    About the Owner:
    I’m Brandy and I’m a mom living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania. I began 3 Little Giggles out of sheer frustration of not being able to find the perfect hair accessory for my own 3 little girls. As a mom, I take pride in my daughters’ appearance and I love them to have that “finished” look. Since I was having such a hard time finding cute and unique hair bows, I decided to start creating my own bows, clips and headbands for them. As word spread, I was approached to design and create cheering bows for our area football and wrestling cheer associations and then finally at the urging of a great friend and mentor I opened up my shop on It is keeping me busy and I love it.
    I am always coming up with new designs. I love having an outlet for my creative side and it is just the right fit for me, my family and our lifestyle. I hope you enjoy my creations, I certainly enjoy making them.

    Our Thoughts:
    She does such an amazing job. These bows are so adorable! Best part is… How many times have you wanted a bow for your daughter to match her outfit, but couldn’t find one?? She has such a wide range of colors to choose from. My girls just fell in love with them! Another great feature is that they have non-slip grips to them…I can’t tell you how many times my girls have lost a bow or pony cause they fall out. Specially with my youngest and her very fine hair! Not an issue with these!!


    Buy them here:

    Or you can Win 3 bows!!!

    3 Little Giggles as Generously offered one of my readers 3 bows of their choice!
    To Enter: (this is MANDATORY)
    Visit 3 Little Giggles Shop and tell me one that you would like to win.
    Extra Entries: (must leave a separate comment for each one, or won’t count)
    Giveaway Ends February 27th @ 10pm EST
    Open to US residents only. Winner will be picked by, and will have 48hrs to respond to my email, or I pick a new winner! Good Luck!

    *Product provided by 3 Little Giggles for review. Thank you! All opinions are mine, and mine alone.

    Sunday, February 14, 2010

    Remember starting tomorrow….



    Is our big bash of giveaways! We

    have a few days of them lined up!

    We are really excited!

    So check back tomorrow, for our

    first giveaway!

    Spread the word!

    Happy Valentine's Day!!!

    Just wanted to wish you all a very 

    Do any of you have anything big planned?? Us, no not anything to big. My hubby is working... til 5ish. So then I think we are taking the kids to dinner. We like to spend the day together, and enjoy our time. There is no school for our kids tomorrow, so we can go out and not worry about being out to late. Do you have any Traditions that you do for Valentine's Day? If so, I would love to hear them. :) 

    Saturday, February 13, 2010





    Just wanted to let you all know… that I made it through my first full week at the gym. I am very proud of myself.

    On average I have managed to do about 1.7- 2 miles on the treadmill. Then another 1-2 miles on the bike. Plus doing some leg exercises.

    I have not weighed myself, since the beginning of me going. Part of me is afraid to, so I am waiting until the end of my second week. I’ll let you know, if you are interested.

    I thank you all for your support! It has helped me so much! As well as my friend going with me everyday!

    Thanks again!!!!

    Elvis’s 75th Birthday Cd “Good Rockin Tonight” Review:


    First off, can I say WOW! Has it really been 75 yrs?? I have always listened to some of Elvis’s songs. He has some amazing hits back in the day.

    This Cd was released on the week of Elvis’s Birthday Jan 7-10th. This cd has 100 songs, on 4 Cds. Some of these songs include, Blue Moon of Kentucky, Good Rockin Tonight, That’s All Right, and so much more. The Cd’s are in chronological order of recording dates. Disc 1 (1953-1957), Disc 2 (1958-1962), Disc 3 (1963-1969), and Disc 4 (1970-1977). This is a collection fit for a king with 4 Cds- 100 songs! Every side of Elvis: the hits, rarities, deep cuts, film songs, and live recordings.



    I had the chance to listen to one of these Cd’s. I have always been a fan of some of Elvis’s Music. Its amazing to me how someone has become such a legend over time. If you like Elvis’s music, then I think you should absolutely go buy this Cd. You will not be disappointed.

    *Thanks Sony Music for supplying me with this Cd, for the review. I was not paid to write this, the opinions are completely mine.

    Bare Escentuals Blush WINNER!!!




    Congrats!!!  Comment #9 WON!

    Jennifer said...

    I follow Bare Escentuals on twitter.

    FEBRUARY 10, 2010 1:56 PM

    I have sent an email to you Jennifer, you have 48hrs to respond, or I have to choose a new winner.

    Thanks that all that entered, and remember we have some more giveaways coming up this week for Sage’s big Birthday Bash!!!

    Have a great weekend!

    Friday, February 12, 2010

    Friday Coupon Round-up:



    Hi everyone! I hope you had a great week. Mine has been busy with lots of activities, but we are trying to get back to a semi schedule here. Without further ado here is what I was able to come up with you for this week.

    $1.00 Off Special K Products

    $1.50/1 8th Continent Soy Milk

    $0.55/2 Philadelphia Cream Cheese

    New Coupons up at

    $1.00/1 Cheerio’s

    $.75/3 Contadina Products

    $1.00/4 Del Monte Products

    Go Here for several Tylenol Coupons

    Happy Saving my friends!!!



    Love & War by John & Stasi Eldredge Book Blog Tour:


    download (1)


    About the Book:

    What the Eldredge bestsellers Wild at Heart did for men, and Captivating did for women, LOVE & WAR will do for married couples everywhere. John and Stasi Eldredge have contributed the quintessential works on Christian spirituality through the experience of men and the experience of women and now they turn their focus to the incredible dynamic between those two forces.  
    With refreshing openness that will grab readers from the first page, the Eldredges candidly discuss their own marriage and the insights they’ve gained from the challenges they faced. Each talks independently to the reader about what they’ve learned, giving their guidance personal immediacy and a balance between the male and female perspectives that has been absent from all previous books on this topic.   They begin LOVE & WAR with an obvious but necessary acknowledgement:  Marriage is fabulously hard.  They advise that the sooner we get the shame and confusion off our backs, the sooner we'll find our way through.  
    LOVE & WAR shows couples how to fight for their love and happiness, calling men and women to step into the great adventure God has waiting for them together. Walking alongside John and Stasi Eldredge, every couple can discover how their individual journeys are growing into a story of meaning much greater than anything they could do or be on their own.


    About the Author:

    JOHN ELDREDGE is the founder and director of Ransomed Heart Ministries in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a fellowship devoted to helping people discover the heart of God. John is the author of numerous books, including Epic, Waking the Dead, Wild at Heart, and Desire, and coauthor of Captivating and The Sacred Romance.

    STASI ELDREDGE, who is passionate about mentoring women in finding their true identity as the beloved of Christ, has been leading women's Bible studies for years. With a bachelor of arts degree in sociology and formerly on staff with Youth for Christ, Stasi now leads the women's ministry of Ransomed….


    My thoughts:

    I found this book completely intriguing. I wasn’t really sure what to think as usually these sort of books bore me.

    This book is full of helpful information, and funny stories of their own lives. Which makes it more real, and its not just you kind of thinking.

    Absolutely a great book for you to read around Valentine’s Day. I would suggest picking up a copy!

    Buy it today!!

    **This was book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah.

    Medieval Map Trek Review:


    Hunter and I were so excited to get this review. We are both history nuts. Being only 7yrs old, he amazes me with what he wants to learn and know about it. When we got to check this out, we were eager to get started.


    This program is great! We had lots of fun with it. It includes: Accurate Maps (then & now), Historical Maps, Maps that you can print and display for any project, and lesson plans. Comes with with teachers maps with full color, and then uncolored maps for the students to fill in. The feature that I really loved?? Is that it is geared for all levels of learning, in 3 different levels, Grades 1-4, 5-8, and then 9-12!! So, once purchasing this product you can use it for years to come! What an amazing deal!

    Again here is the break down for you….. For 14.95 you get:

    • 32 Full Color Teacher Answer Maps
    • 28 Blank Outline Maps for Students
    • 4 Grid Maps
    • 2 Blank Grid Maps (2 different size grids)
    • Instructions on how to use this map
    • Lesson Plans
    • Glossary of terms

    That is 82 total pages!!!

    Quick head on over to Knowledge Quest now, and place your order!!

    Once they are able to put together all 4 different volumes they will offer a cd, as well. I can’t wait!

    Right now they offer a few different maps, and I know we are going to order the others as well. They are great, and are so easy for a child of any age to follow!

    *I was not paid for this review. It is completely of my own opinion. Thank you to Knowledge Quest for providing me with the product for this review & Mama Buzz.

    Thursday, February 11, 2010

    Blue & Gold Banquet


    This is the combination of the Birthday of the Boy Scouts, and the time when we try to have most of our big achievements done, and the boys will get their rank badges.

    I have to admit this year was a bit of a challenge for me in this area. Why?? Well, I took over as the official leader of our Den back in November. Leaving me with only 3 months to get our boys their Wolf Badges. With almost 3 weeks of that being vacation times, so we don’t meet. Talk about a challenge!! Its ok, I was up for it!

    I am proud to say that all but one of my boys managed to get their Wolf Badge at Blue and Gold on Saturday night! I was so proud of them…. They worked hard, and got it done. Now for the rest of the year until May, they will work on getting electives, and extra badges. Then around the end of May they will move up to the next rank.


    Here is what Hunter achieved this time around:
    His Wolf Badge
    Gold Arrow Point (for electives)
    7 Sliver Arrow Points (for electives)
    Bowling Belt Loop
    Nutrition Belt Loop
    Hiking Belt Loop
    Reading/Writing Belt Loop
    Leave No Trace Patch
    Outdoor Activity Award
    BSA 100 Year Patch

    He has done a really good job at staying on task, and working towards more. He is a very smart little man!

    He was pretty excited to get all his stuff, along with a few surprises. One of them was him getting a TROPHY for Design for the Pinewood Derby!

    Hunter with his Design Trophy


    Wednesday, February 10, 2010

    Check this out!!!!


    My friend is having her very first GIVEAWAY! I know, how hard it is to get people to your blog, so I’m helping her out. Head on over to Cara’s Life and enter to win!

    Do me a favor and go check her out. She is giving away Rainbow Brite Doll. How cool is it that our old favorite cartoons characters are coming back now. What little girl wouldn’t love that!



    Love Your Heart by Tim McGraw Blog Tour


    First might I just say, that I ABSOULUTELY love Tim McGraw!!!! He is an amazing singer, and when I heard that he had written a few kids books, I was beyond excited to check them out. You can read about his first book HERE.

    Tim McGraw Book

    About the book:  In this book Kaite has a hard time deciding what to do for her School Talent Show. What will she decide?? How will she surprise you with a selfless act?

    About the Author: Tim McGraw is a famous Music Artist and Songwriter. He is also a dad of three daughters, and the wife of Faith Hill. 

    Tim Douglas is a singer songwriter that graduated from Oglethorpe University and got an MBA from Georgia State University. He and his wife also have three children.

    My Thoughts:

    This book is fabulous just like the first one. I think it has an amazing story line, and I love how the pictures just pop off the page at you. My girls absolutely loved this book. It is now in our favorites. I highly recommend this book!

    Buy it:

    You can purchase it from

    or Books Christian (you can find at the top of my blog)

    * This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by: Thomas Nelson Publishers for this review."

    Monday, February 8, 2010

    Rethink What Matters



    Do you ever find yourself thinking what really matters?? I mean in the grand scheme of life, does it matter if you get that laundry folded today, or does it matter that you sat with your child and read a book?? Those are the things I certainly find myself thinking about….when I’m stressing over getting things done.

    Over at Bare Escentuals they are posting a new topic and product every Friday on “Rethink the need to find yourself”. Where you can take a short survey about what you think matters. discusses different topics and tells you the latest news, events, and products.

    To learn more about there campaign for 2010 you can read their latest press release here.


    Bare Escentuals has a wonderful line of cosmetic’s as well. Made with 100% bare minerals. In celebration of their “Rethink the need to find yourself” I’m hosting a quick giveaway here!

    Bare Escentuals Blush

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    *Bare Escentuals provided me with the product for this review and giveaway.



    Simple Woman’s Daybook:






    For Today February 8th, 2010 

    Outside my window…its kinda chilly… Only suppose to get up to the mid 60’s today i think. The wind is blowing…but a nice day.


    I am thinking…. Holy moly my baby is going to be 5 in 8 more days!!! Can it be so??


    From my imagination….. Nothing much this week. Trying to come up with an Indian themed craft for my Boyscouts. Anyone have any ideas??

    I am thankful for…. my health.

    From the kitchen...Not sure, still trying to figure that one out. I should have made something in the crockpot but I haven’t had time to come up with a Menu. UGH!

    I am wearing….  pants, t-shirt and my croc’s

    I am reading… Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman


    I am hoping…. That a few things will slow down, or things will go more smoothly.

    I am creating…. A cleaner space… Almost there. Got the cute self yesterday to help with that.


    I am hearing….. Sage counting. She is working on some Kindergarten Math.

    One of my favorite things…. Spending time with my family. We had such a nice time yesterday, and everyone got along!!


    A few plans for the rest of the week….  Dance, Girl Scout Meeting, Library, Playdate for Sage, Doctor’s appt, Cub Scouts, and Gym 3 days!


    A Picture I'm sharing..... Sage all cute in her Girl Scout Smock, helping sell cookies at Hunter’s Blue & Gold Banquet!


    Friday, February 5, 2010

    Look for it!!!!




    Coming the week of the 15th!!

    We will have some AWESOME

    giveaway's right here!!!

    Celebrating my daughter’s 5th


    It’s going to be a blast, so be sure to

    spread the word to all your friends!!!!


    Friday Coupon Round-up:



    Hey everyone! It has been a long week here at my house… Hope things are going better for the rest of you. Here is what I was able to get for you this week…

    Kotex Product Coupons

    $2/1 Ultimate Dove Deodorant

    .75/1 Goldfish Crackers

    .55/1 Pepperidge Farm Bread

    Free $10 Coupon Booklet From Eat Better America

    Muller’s Free 2010 Planner with Coupons

    Good luck, and Happy Shopping!

    Thursday, February 4, 2010

    My legs are gonna hurt tomorrow!


    After months of procrastination. I have finally done it!! I made it to the gym today and worked out. I have been trying to loose more weight since the start of the New Year, but I was really lacking the extra kick from exercise. I must tell you that does make a pretty big difference.

    I wanted to get a Wii Fit Plus or the Easy Active. But I just didn’t think I would be able to hold myself accountable enough to do it everyday! That is really the hard part isn’t it??

    Today started a new journey for me, and I hope it turns out to be a great one.. I’m sure it will have its struggles and its challenges…but with the right amount of determination you can over come anything!

    I know your all wondering how I seem to think that I am going to make it to the gym more than if I was to do it at home. Well for one, I have a workout partner… and that in itself is going to be tremendous help! I will have someone to push me to go, and to push me to do better and work longer!

    I’m excited… Today I started my first day with walking 1.7 miles on the treadmill, and then doing 1 mile on the bike. Plus a few leg exercises. Burning more than 350 calories!

    Our plan is to go every other day… so not to kill ourselves. Plus we have started a 10 week challenge at the Gym. Watch out!!! I’ll keep you updated. Thanks for the encouragement!

    Our week so far:


    I can’t seem to catch a break this week. I’m so, so sorry…that i have been MIA for almost two weeks. With all the stuff going on around here… I can’t seem to catch up.

    We made it through the Pinewood Derby. I will be posting on that shortly. Just need to find time to upload pictures. :)

    The first two days of this week were taken up with Car repair. Dropped it off Monday Morning at 8am. Sat there for 3 hrs to find out what was wrong with the AC, before they started on the rest of the stuff. I left to go to the mall (which is luckily only a mile down the road) with a friend… Had a great time, but came back at 5pm and the Car was still not DONE!!!! By this time, my daughter had already missed dance, and I was not going to make her miss Girl Scouts to, so I said I’ll be back in the morning for it.

    Left in a rush to head home to pick up my daughter and get to Girl Scouts. Phew! Thank goodness for great friends that like to help you out!

    Tuesday we went back to get the car, and it was down pouring! I had errands to get done though, so Sage and I had fun getting wet while doing that. Doctors appt after the kids got out of school and Cub Scouts, made that day go by quickly!

    Yesterday was my MIL birthday… So my youngest daughter and I took her to lunch, and run a few more errands. Then we spend the evening with family celebrating!

    Today has been a bit of a blur as well… But at least the week has flown by! I’m still waiting for a couple of packages to arrive, doesn’t look like the one I need before Saturday is going to make it. Bummer!!! Then this weekend is Blue & Gold!

    You tired yet (just reading it)???

    Monday, February 1, 2010

    Simple Woman’s Daybook:





    For Today February 1st, 2010 

    Outside my window… its still a bit dark, with a bit of a chill in the air…. but suppose to hit the mid 70’s later.


    I am thinking…. Today is going to be  a very long day. I am leaving for a car appt, in a few minutes. Then going to the mall for a bit, and when I get home, it will be time for dance, and Girl Scouts!


    From my imagination….. Some skit materials for the skit my wolves are doing at the Blue and Gold Banquet this weekend. Should be cute!

    I am thankful for…. The ability to provide for my family, even if we don’t always have a lot of money…. I love being FRUGAL!

    From the kitchen... Left that up to the husband today. I won’t be home for dinner. Lol

    I am wearing….  Shorts, and a t-shirt… and in hopes to pick a few new things at the mall today!

    I am reading… Plain Pursuit by Beth Wiseman


    I am hoping…. That my order gets here before the weekend, so I will have everything I need!

    I am creating…. More organization again. Finally got my new Laptop I have been wanting, so I am transferring stuff and getting everything situated! I LOVE it!!!


    I am hearing….. Silence, my kids are not quite up yet… Almost time to get up and get ready for school!

    One of my favorite things…. Shopping without any little kids to complain about how long you take!


    A few plans for the rest of the week…. Car Appt, Dance, Girl Scouts, Library, Doctor’s appt, Cub Scouts…Roundtable meeting, and Blue & Gold Banquet… Phew I’m exhausted just looking at it!


    A Picture I'm sharing.....  None I haven’t added my pic’s to this computer yet… Later this week, I’ll have lots of pictures to share.