Saturday, December 27, 2008

Care packages for our troops

Those that know me, know that supporting our troops is very important to me. My father retired from the Navy after twenty years, so I'm a "Navy Brat" and my (step) son is in the Air National Guard. Following is from Rhonda's blog Giggles 'N Sugar Kisses:


Operation Sugar Kisses will be launched January 2009. Each month Giggles & Sugar Kisses will send a Sugar Kiss (care package) to a soldier.
They miss home and the modern conveniences that we take for granted, so we've decided to help brighten their day.

Sugar Kisses needs monthly donations and we would like our readers to become involved. Please place our Operations Sugar Kisses button (above) on your blog and let family, friends, your church and anyone who will support our initiative know about our program. We need donations as well as the name and address of a soldier who would appreciate a Sugar Kiss. The name and address of the soldier can be sent to rhonda@gigglesnsugarkisses.com. We will build a list with the soldier's name and post of duty. Each month we will randomly select who we will receive a Sugar Kiss.

Here's a list of what our soldiers need:


  • hard candy
  • homemade cookies
  • chips/pretzels/cheese curls (snacks)
  • envelopes & writing paper
  • pens
  • deodorant
  • tooth brushes
  • tooth paste
  • foot powder
  • lotion
  • sun screen
  • chap stick
  • batteries (AA, AAA & D)
  • gum/mints
  • sports and/or automotive magazines less than 2 months old
  • disposal razors
  • white socks
  • cheese & peanut butter crackers
  • ramen/cup o noodles
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • hair brushes & combs
  • unscented baby wipes
  • toilet paper on rolls
  • packets of Kleenex
  • shower shoes
  • cans or packages of nuts
  • facial moisturizer
  • unscented lotions
  • hand sanitizer
  • paper back books.

Donations may be sent to:

Giggles & Sugar Kisses
58 Aldrin Lane
Martinsburg, WV 25403

Thank you for supporting for this worthy endeavor.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Let them have sauce-Giveaway



Unlikely Housewife
is giving away three pouches of Bertolli's Premium Pasta Sauce pouches. If you've never tried them, what are you waiting for? For those really busy nights, these are perfect! Made in a convenient microwavable pouch that protects fresh taste, these delicious, restaurant-quality sauces are ready in 90 seconds. The quick and easy preparation allows you more time to savor and enjoy – and you can use them to complement your favorite pasta or as the start of a great chicken, steak or fish dish.

But how can you take full advantage of these microwavable pouches? You'll need a microwave, of course. Which is why the giveaway also includes a GE microwave oven with the following features:

- 1.1 cu. ft. capacity, 1,100 Watts, Turntable for even cooking
- Convenience cooking controls — cooking and reheating at the touch of a button
- Auto and Time Defrost — automatically defrosts for a specified amount of time
- Timer On/Off — optional reminder signals when meals are done
- Child lock out — enables you to lock the keypad to prevent the oven from being accidentally started

To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is answer this question: what is your favorite sauce? at Unlikely Housewife- go now!

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Just a reminder of what Christmas is all about. May God Bless you as we worship the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ!


Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Casting Crowns - Peace On Earth - New Christmas Album

Ran across this at You Tube today and had to share:
I just love this group, and this video show why. They are strong in their faith and yet, still very down to earth. Enjoy!



Sunday, December 21, 2008


Once upon a time, coupons were a huge part of my life. As a single mom with two growing boys, I scrimped and saved every way I could. Earlier in the year, the Lord brought this practice back to my mind, knowing we would need to start being more frugal at the end of the year. Praise Him for preparing us ahead of time, He knows all!

Do you us coupons? If so, how do you organize them? I have mine in a large zippered pencil case, divided according to how our main grocery store is set up. (ex: frozen foods together, cereal, granola bars and breads together, etc) I also keep a running list of brands in the front for those crazy end-caps.

How would you like to win a wonderful organizer from CouponOrganizer.com? Head on over to Thrifty Thoughts and check out her review on this great product and enter a chance to win one too!
You can enter up to 6 times-6 comments equals 6 entries. Contest is open to US residents only and will end on Saturday December 27th at 5:00PM CST with winners being chosen by Random.org.

Hurry over now!

72 hour Giveaway, $25 Walgreens Gift Card



Want to Win? Head over to STL Mommy and enter now! The giveaway will end December 23rd, at 5pm, so hurry!





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You can search for the perfect gift now, and for Valentine’s (they take payments) at Ice.com. Take a browse through the Ice.com Holiday Gift Guide, The Holiday Color Guide, or you can search the main Ice.com home page to search by jewelry type, and price. Right now get 20% off (this link gets you the 20% automatically) the code is also LIFE2 just in case. There is also FREE SHIPPING on ALL orders!


Want to win a pair? Head over to An Ordinary Life and enter now!

Sunday December 21, 2008

Today I want to share the daily tip from The Generous Wife. Whether you subscribe to this or not, please take the time to pray for your spouse, your children, and all the other important people in your lives. Remember, prayer is our strongest weapon! If you are married, I also suggest you head over to the website and sign up. There is also a site for Generous Husbands! (not to mention some excellent forums that have helped me over the past seven years)





The next few days are likely to be both special and perhaps a bit stressful. You may be hoping that everyone loves their gifts, that a particular meal or gathering will be special, or that aunt Louise won't be rude to your son's girlfriend. ;)
Let's just take a moment, as a (cyber) gathering of women (there are over 15,500 of us now), and pray for each other. Pray that we can communicate the true meaning of Christmas to those around us and pray for a spirit of peace and joy over our households (or wherever we travel).


For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Then Sings My Soul - Silent Night

Flip Camcorder Giveaway at I Never Grew Up


Here's a chance to win a Flip Camcorder! Head over to I Never Grew Up.
What an awesome prize! The Flip Ultra Video Camcorder is simple, it has built in software so
youI can flip out it’s USB arm, plug it into any laptop or desktop and quickly download the videos. It only takes 3 seconds to start up so you can quickly begin recording. The other things I love about it, how portable it is! Slip it in a pocket like a cell phone and you are on our way!



Go enter HERE.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Mr.Bobbles Toddler Blanket And Pillow Giveaway


Isn't this set adorable? I wish I could have found such cute stuff when my boys were younger. I was blessed with a (former) MIL that is an accomplished seamstress, so my boys had some nicer than average stuff. {side note here moms, once your kids outgrow this stuff, if you want to keep it, store somewhere, or in something, fireproof : (

Now, run on over to Mr. Bobbles Blankets and check out the wonderful variety of items they carry and the beautiful fabric choices. Then head over to Two of a Kind, Working on a Full House for the full review and giveaway rules.

Another side note to my wonderful friend and adopted daughter overseas: If you want to join any of these, use my address for US shipping and I will pass along to you! : ) (Sorry Gidge, but you have an address here, so this is only for Moon. :p

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Then Sings My Soul -Faith Hill







Found a site for pet lovers!

I stumbled across a site for all pet lovers today, and wanted to share it will you:

The Pet Haven

If you run over by December 14, you can sign up to win a Grooming Essentials kit too!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

BIG GIVE AWAY: $500 Walmart Gift Card


A chance to win a $500 gift card! Yippee! So, who wants to play along and add a little extra jingle in your pockets this season!?


Nickelodeon and Walmart have teamed up to offer this awesome give away hosted by the ElevenMoms! Because each gets to offer a $500 gift card that means you have lots of opportunities to win (please note: you may only win once). So, after you enter here, check out the Elevenmoms site to see how you can enter other contests!

Okay, on to how you can enter here...

There are a couple of ways to get your name in the hat...

1. With entertaining around the corner (and already happening!) wants to know your FAVORITE recipe for appetizers. We've all got to make that dish to bring and she would love to add to her repertoire. So if you've got a great one, an easy one, a crowd pleaser... leave a comment here telling us how to make your favorite holiday/entertaining appetizer.

2. Follow her on twitter! She's Centsible Sawyer
And then, post a "tweet" about this give away! Spread the love... and spread the word! Then, come back here and leave a comment telling her that you twittered about this give away.

3. Subscribe to her feed (on the right side bar) and leave a comment saying you've subscribed. If you already subscribe leave a comment saying you already subscribe.

4. Blog about this give away. Then, come back here and comment and leave a link to your post!

5. Email her (her email is the top left corner) and tell her one thing you like about her blog (how is it helpful, what posts do you enjoy most) and one thing you'd like to see there (or not see there!). She wants to share more info about herself and the goings-on in the "Centsible Sawyer's" household. However, she wants this blog to be a place you can quickly come and soak up all the deals without to much clutter/extra reading. She's trying to find a balance. What would you like to know that she has not shared? She will be glad to share any info... go ahead and ask!

Okay, so that is FIVE ways you can enter!! You can enter one way... or all five ways! Just be sure to leave a separate comment each time you fulfill one of the entry requirements!

The winner of this $500 gift card will be announced on Tuesday, December 16th. So, be sure to get your entries in by Monday, December 15th at Midnight EDT!! IShe will choose the winner using random.org. Good luck!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

5 Things meme

Jenn at Frugal Upstate posted this awhile back and I ran across it again today. Since I'm too tired to post much, I'm going with it,

So for those of you who would like more about me, here you go:

5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago:

  1. Living in Independence, Missouri
  2. Working as a Customer Service Rep for GEHA
  3. Still attending holiday events with my ex in-laws
  4. Pulling my hair out on a daily basis raising two teenage boys, by myself
  5. Wondering what I ever saw in my ex

5 Things on My To-Do List Today:

  1. Dishes
  2. Catch up on emails
  3. Finish current book I'm reading
  4. Finish Sunday School lesson plan
  5. Sleep

5 Snacks I Like:

  1. Apples
  2. Yogurt
  3. Cheez-its
  4. Pretzels
  5. Pears

5 Things I Would Do if I Was a Millionaire:

  1. Fix my mom's house
  2. Stop working and volunteer at the women's shelter
  3. Travel
  4. Major updates to our house
  5. Pay for mom's knee replacements

5 Places I Have Lived:

  1. Honolulu, Hawaii
  2. Alameda, California
  3. Milton, Florida
  4. Imperial Beach, California
  5. Independence, Missouri

5 Jobs I Have Had:

  1. HiBoy's
  2. Reservation Agent for TraveLodge Reservations
  3. Encoding Clerk for Union Banker's Insurance Co.
  4. Assistant Manager for Hardee's
  5. Pharmacy Clerk

5 People I Tag:

I'm not going to tag anyone. If any of you want to play along, then consider yourself tagged, and just leave a note in the comments so we can come on by and check out your answers.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

An Etsy Christmas Contest


This contest is all about promoting mom blogs and small businesses (especially run by moms or for moms). Etsy is a site that has thousands of small shops that each sell handcrafted item.

Hop on over to Busy Mom
Here is the HUGE list of prizes. Be sure to check out each shop too, you'll find LOTS of great stuff!

An Etsy Christmas Contest

- Over $750.00 worth of prizes - 2 winners
The Sponsors:

Children
This and That - $20 gift card
Red Pajamas - Little Man's Tie ($8)
Baby Luv Gifts - Cute Custom Beanie ($15)
Baby Bears - $25 gift card
My Custom Baby Boutique - $25 gift card
Baby Goin Places - PocketChanger Diaper Changing Pad ($25)
Layla Legs - $15 gift card & free shipping
Second Story Window - $10 gift card
Inspiring Color Tie Dye - Youth pullover hoodie rainbow diagonal or swirl ($30)
Baby Peas - boy or girl cloth play blocks- set of 4 ($18)
Abby Chase Designs - Lotus Hair Flower ($13.50)
Tadpoles and Tutus - $20 gift card
Make it and Love It - onesie/bootie set of choice (14.99)
PiggyTails Boutique - Christmas tutu and snowman wand with a matching personalized bow ($26)

Jewelry
Four Dog Day - Cute Pink Key Ring ($8)
Jupita - $20 gift card
Zeba - Coin Pearl Earrings ($20)
Jodi Horgan - $25 gift card
One of a Kind Custom Jewelry - $20 gift card
Across The Pond - choice of any vintage button ring ($14)
Kerstin Hanson - $20 gift card

Bath and Body
Krug's Eco-Logic - $15 gift card
Indulgent Creations - Soy candle travel tin, soap and lotion ($16.50)
koko candles - holiday brownie cupcake candles ($25)
Dazzle Dott - $20 gift certificate

Especially for Mom
Mary Zoom - Pink Polka Dot Glam Cleaning Gloves ($10)
Maggie Sue Designs -A cup cozy and coordinating set of Tame Your Mane ponytail holders ($12)
Gaia Conceptions - "My Everything" piece (clothing, $40)
BoojiBoo - apron of winners choice (only ones in stock, $28.75)
Stones of Healing - $20 gift certificate

Yummy Treats
A Sugar Affair - $10 gift card
Cakebox Cookies - $20 gift card
A Thyme 2 B Comforted - $25 gift card
Double Dipped Sweets - $20 gift card
KE Cookies - One dozen chocolate chip cookies ($8)
AngelPie Cookies and Cakes - One dozen decorated sugar cookies ($18)
Meg's Creations - 2 pack of cookie and brownie mix ($24 including shipping)
Cookie Art by Sarah - One dozen sugar cookie snowflakes and $25 gift certificate ($53)

Paper Crafts
Paper Treasures 4 U - 2 page 12''x12'' Christmas layout ($9)
Inkspot Workshop - 1 Set of 6 Snowman Gift Enclosures 1 Set of 6 Tree Bird Gift Enclosures ($12)
Take Note - 1 set of personalized notecards ($15)
Articulations - 6 lunchbox love mini cards ($5)


Now, what are you waiting for: Go now!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Update for Moon and Gidge

hey gals!!

Just a quick note to let you know I'm still alive.
Finally started the new job on Monday, December 1.
So far, so good. The training hours are kind of yuck: 8:00am-4:30pm. Yeah, I know, most people would kill for such hours, but later works for us. Eddie is still on the 3:00pm-11:00pm shift. Hopefully, starting next week, I'll be working 12:00pm-9:00pm.

So, should you place an order with my company, I may talk to you! LOL
Can't say which one, but maybe I'll drop hints, should I ever get my emails caught up.

Love, Hugs, and Prayers!

All About Him


This One Sounds Fun!

Maria posted this all-about-hubby tag and I thought it might be fun to play along too.

So here it goes...

1. He's sitting in front of the TV, what is on the screen? The History Channel, The Discovery Channel, or CourtTV

2. You're out to eat; what kind of dressing does he get on his salad? Ranch or Ceasar

3. What's one food he doesn't like? Liver

4. You go out to the bar. What does he order? Nothing, we don't go to bars

5. Where did he go to high school? Kingman, Arizona

6. What size shoe does he wear? 7


7. If he was to collect anything, what would it be? Models, 1:18 scale

8. What is his favorite type of sandwich? Bologna Salad

9. What would he eat every day if he could? Crab

10. What is his favorite cereal? Cinnamon Life

11. What would he never wear? Corduroy

12. What is his favorite sports team? Doesn't like sports.


13. Who did he vote for? McCain/Palin


14. Who is his best friend? Me


15. What is something you do that he wishes you wouldn't do? Bending to pick things up (herniated disc)

16. How many states has he lived in? Two

17. What is his heritage? Unsure

18. You bake him a cake for his birthday; what would it be? Lemon

19. Did he play sports in high school? No

20. What could he spend hours doing? Drawing, playing computer games, or working on his models

21. What's something cool about him? He loves the Lord with all his heart and tries very hard to listen and follow God's directions each day. Also, he's taking classes to become a certified minister.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Then Sings My Soul - Mary Did You Know?






I'm sorry this is a day late. Yesterday was SO busy, we were gone from 11:00 AM until almost 10:00 PM getting things done at church for a special guest we had today, and then over to met our future daughter-in-law's parents. (well, I had met them the day A picked out the bridesmaids' dresses, but Eddie had not met them yet). We had a wonderful dinner and then watched the movie "Elf" with them, which neither Eddie or I had seen before. (what can I say, we don't get out much!) I must say, even though I'm not a huge Will Ferrell fan, it is a must see!

Anyway, as you can tell, I'm getting in the Christmas Spirit - the true spirit - that is celebrating the birth of my Lord and Savior - Jesus Christ. Every time I hear this song, tears just fall. I can't imagine what it must have been like to raise the Son of God Almighty! Please take some time to reflect the true meaning of this season. It's not gifts, it's not dinner, it's the birth of our Savior. I believe this is a time to help out those less fortunate than our selves and show the love of Christ to all.

Please click on the button below to visit more gre
at sites celebrating TSMSS



Saturday, November 29, 2008

Another chance for a $500 Walmart Gift Card!

Want yet another chance to win a $500 Gift Card to Walmart?

Enter at skimbaco lifestyle
Here is the fine print:

Nickelodeon is giving one lucky reader a $500 gift card to Walmart for your Holiday shopping.

And what makes this even Bigger and Better - you will find this same giveaway from all of the Walmart's Eleven Moms' blogs and despite the name - there are 20 of us right now, so you have 20 chances to win! You can only win one gift card, but you have several chances!

HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

1. Leave a comment with your Holiday Money Saving Tip - you are welcome to attend with the same tip you submitted before, but you do have to comment again.

2. Blog about the giveaway & your best Holiday Money Saving Tip - and comment with link to your blog post. One entry per one blog post.

3. Deadline: December 14th midnight EST. The winner will be randomly chosen from the best 20 tips (judged by me & selected panel) on December 15th, the winner has 24 hours to contact me with the address and the winner will be announced on December 17th.

My second frugal tip is: go homemade! Our budget has absolutely no wiggle room right now. I have been out of work for a month, so that's over $1600 we are short in income right now. I will be doing homemade goodies, either baked or mix jars. You can still make these really pretty by using pretty ribbons and tissue paper (saved from last year). Be sure to check thrift stores for baskets rather than the overly pricey ones you find in retail stores!


Now, what are you waiting for?? Go!!!!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Frugal Holiday Tip Contest!


Perfect contest with the perfect prize!
Hop on over to Frugal Upstate and check out the Frugal Holiday Tip Contest!



Nickelodeon and Walmart have teamed up to sponsoring a contest that will not only collect together some of the BEST holiday money saving tips on the web, they are also giving one lucky Frugal Upstate reader a $500 Walmart gift card!




To enter please click on the link embedded in the contest name above and be sure you read the rules!!

Here's my tip to save money during the holidays:

I love gift baskets, they are fun and flexible! I pick up samples and free items year round and make different baskets out of them. You can get these by signing up for newsletters, ordering them through the manufactures' websites, or in stores. I keep a "gift box' going year round with a list of items in it and who it may be good for.

If you keep a small notebook handy (in your purse or car) and you hear a loved one mention something they like or would like to have, write it down. When you run across it on sale, pick it up!

Now, head over to Frugal Upstate and join in the fun!




Aloha Friday












Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

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


Today's question:

Do you collect anything?


I collect Nativity Scenes and Snowmen for the winter season. I also collect Noah's Ark and Eeyoree throughout the year.


Please head over to An Island Life for more fun!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving





Just a brief not to wish everyone a very blessed Thanksgiving Day!














My list of things I'm very thankful for this year:


  • Jesus - without His sacrifice I would die in my sins. He provides my every need, no matter how big or small
  • A Job - yes, it has finally come through. I start training this Monday, December 1. Three weeks later than planned, but the Lord's timing is always perfect!
  • My family - each and every member. I still miss seeing my parents and my boys on a daily basis, even though it's been 7+ years. But, thanks to the telephone, I can talk with them occasionally.
  • Our church family - as I've said before we are incredibly small, but we are very loving and caring. I know that I am lifted in prayer on a daily basis, as I lift them in prayer on a daily basis. To be part of such a wonderful family is a true blessing.
  • My friends - I have more cyber friends than I've ever had true friends in my life. I've met so many wonderful people through the Internet. I know it can be used for terribly bad things, but if you are careful, there are many blessings.
  • Gidge and Moon, you let me live vicariously through you, thank you for including me in your lives.
  • My health - while life with diabetes is not fun, I could be so much worse off than I am. Thank you Jesus for helping stay as healthy as I am. I pray I always follow your lead and am able to continue to serve you for many years.
  • My husband - I've said many times, I know, and yes, he does drive me crazy at times! But, I know how fortunate I am to have a man that spoils me (literally), loves me and cares for me. Having know the exact opposite in my first marriage, I truly treasure my life now.
I'm sure there are many others, and please know this is in no specific order. (except that Jesus is first, and always will be) I pray each of you has a very blessed day, no matter where you are!

Please check out Felicia's site for a great video!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Had to share

One of the things we did in Children's Church this week was make some "turkey cookies". Keep in mind that "my" kids are four/ five year olds, but I happen to think they did a fabulous job. I showed them a picture from the recipe, this is what we ended up with:














I think they did a pretty good job, but then I'm a little biased.

We used the recipe from Pillsbury, but the kids insisted on frosting the whole cookie "cause turkeys should be brown", therefore you can't see the beaks or feet very well.

Have a very blessed Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2008


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

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


This week's question:

Do you have any pets?

We have two indoor cats. We also feed a couple of strays from the neighborhood when they come around.

For more fun, jump over to An Island Life.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thankful Thursday




I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.
~Psalm 69:30

Can you believe Thanksgiving Day is only one week away? This year as flown faster than any other I can remember. (Does that mean I'm getting old? Oh, wait, I am getting old.... )
Anyway, I probably won't post Thankful Thursday next week, as most of the USA will be celebrating with family and friends. What are your plans? We will be having dinner with the Worship Leader and her family. I'm very excited. I'm also very sad, because I won't be with my mom or my boys. I miss them SO much! Anyway, on to this week's list....

  • I am thankful that I am a child of The King. Without Jesus, my life would mean nothing. Because of His sacrifice, I am alive!
  • I am thankful for my husband. God brought him to me after many painful, lonely years. I try to remember to thank God for Eddie each day. I cannot tell you what it means to have a husband that truly loves God and myself (in that order) with all his heart.
  • I'm thankful for the Internet. Without this world wide web, I would not have met so many loving, caring, uplifting people in our world. Anytime I need uplifting, or help with Sunday School lessons, or just a smile, all I have to do it open a tab on my computer.
  • I am thankful for two of my special online friends whom let me live vicariously through them. Without Gidge and Moon, my life would be less joyful, I love you both!
Please click on the Thankful Thursday picture above to see more posts.

Merry.....

CHRISTMAS!!!

If that offends you, well, too bad! This is my blog, my space.
This is one area where I become like a mama-tiger. I'm sick of everyone thinking that Christians are the ones that need to step back, keep quiet, and give in. I will never say "Happy Holidays", "Seasons Greetings", or what ever. Now, don't get me wrong, if I know a certain person (or family) does not celebrate Christmas (for whatever reason), I will not scream Merry Christmas in their face. I will wish them "Happy Hannukah" or "Happy Kwanzaa", or just be quiet. I will also thank them if they wish me the same.

What I'm trying to say is that I respect your beliefs, but I also expect you to respect mine. This "time of year" happens to be the time Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. And, yes, I know he most likely was not born on December 25th. So what? I can not celebrate the fact that my God Jehovah sent His only Son to be born of a virgin and live a sinless life as a man, because I don't know the exact date He was born? I don't think so.

Now, off my soap box for now...
Please check out this video at Kim's spot. I hope it brings at least a smile to your face.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Just had to share

Sometimes you run across something so beautiful, you just have to share!

The Seven Wonder of the World. Please pop over to "What's That Smell?" and watch the video, you won't be sorry!


God Bless!!

Giant Giveaway!

I've been having such a ball joining in on the numerous giveaways found on the web! I only enter the ones that I either can use, or know of someone that can use the items. So far, I've been very blessed to have won four paperback books, two e-books, and some other great things! This one is worth blogging about:

Nita of Nita’s Random Thoughts is celebrating her 6th Wedding Anniversary with a Blog Contest. Check out this huge list!



Cash and Prizes:

1st Prize:
$10.00 cash from Nita’s Random Thoughts
$5.00 cash from Dramas Of My Life
1000 EC credits from Indo Contest
500 EC credits from Make Money Online
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500 EC credits from Batuananons
500 EC credits from Filipino Online Community
500 EC credits from Thomas Travel Tales
125x125 ad spot for 1 month from Bohol Paradise
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Symphony of Love Pictorial Ebook of Love Quotations {values at $6.95} from Symphony of Love

2nd Price:
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1000 EC credits from RandomDetox.com
700 EC credits from Moments Of My Life
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4th Prize:
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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Then Sings My Soul -


Today's song is one that my dear friend, Tosha, and my husband sang together quite often during Sunday morning worship. I often use this song to soothe my mind at night when I'm having a hard time falling asleep. Enjoy!

I AM COVERED OVER

I AM COVERED OVER WITH THE ROBE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT
JESUS GIVES TO ME, GIVES TO ME,
I AM COVERED OVER WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF JESUS
AND HE LIVES IN ME, LIVES IN ME,
WHAT A JOY IT IS TO KNOW MY HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES ME SO,
HE GIVES TO ME, MY JESUS,
WHEN HE LOOKS AT ME HE SEES NOT WHAT I USE TO BE, BUT
HE SEES JESUS, JESUS


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Friday, November 14, 2008

Aloha Friday


Welcome to this week’s edition of Aloha Friday.

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


This is my first time participating in Aloha Friday. I'm excited about this because I was born in Honolulu and still have a great interest in the land and their customs.

My question is:

If you are married, how did you meet your spouse? If you are not, just tell me your favorite musician.

I met Eddie online. Yep, it's true. We are one of "those" couples, and it's been the best years of my life. Oh, and my favorite group is Casting Crowns, just in case there are people out there that still don't know. LOL

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God Bless you all!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thankful Thursday


For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

~ John 3:16


Today Iris choose life -both physical and spiritual- as this week's theme. A more perfect theme (to me) could not be found after the loss of my friend on Tuesday. I tried to find another scripture to use, since Iris also used this, but, there is no more perfect verse for my thoughts today. I also choose the King James Version because that's how I quote it. (I memorized this at the age of ten. And, please, this is not the time or place for a debate on which translation one should use!)

  • I am thankful for my physical life. I have all I need, a home, a job (soon), food, water, air, car (that is paid for), and most importantly, a wonderful husband and family.
  • I am thankful that my Lord and Savior willingly suffered and died on that cross for a sinner like myself. Without this precious gift, I would die and go to hell, as I so deserve. But, because Jesus shed His blood, I've confessed my sins, and accepted his free gift believing in Him, I will join not only my friend Tosha, but many other saints some day on the streets of Heaven.
  • I can thankful to have known Tosha for the few (five) years I was able. She was a strong, loving, vibrant women who loved Jesus with all her heart.
  • I am thankful for my church family. As small as we are, we are full of love for each other and the community. I would not make it through times like this without like minded believers who understand my pain and yet joy at the same time.
  • I am thankful that I live in a country where I can voice my beliefs freely and worship my Lord when I wish. (I pray this continues in the future)
These are just a few of my thoughts today, and they have been shortened because I'm still not thinking clearly most of the time. I guess I should add that I'm thankful that I still have a few days before training begins for my new job, and by then the Lord will strengthen me.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
~ Philippians 4:13


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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Sad News

I promised an update on Tosha as soon as I had it.

I'm very sad to say that Tosha passed away this afternoon. My only hope is in the fact that I know she is with our King, and is no longer in pain or very tired. She will not wake up a vegetable, unable to care for herself or her family. This would have been unbearable for her. She is able to run, laugh, and sing her beautiful heart out. In this, I hold my hope.


Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
~1 Peter 1:3-5~


Please keep the Smith family in prayer. Her husband, Steve, and children, Whitney and Austin.

Thank you and God Bless!


Tackle it Tuesday




This is my first post for Tackle it Tuesday. I've been thinking about it for some time, and if there's something I need, it's motivation to tackle certain projects. Today I picked what is probably the easiest, yet the one project I always put off: Cleaning and organizing the bathroom cupboard.
Before:


There is one more shelf above that you cannot see, but I have a hard time reaching it. so it only has lightbulbs and such on it. The bottom shelf is what I dread. It consists of my diabetic supplies, hair care items (I have a huge supply of scrunchies, headbands, clippies, etc), and extra health care items.
After:



You can see the top shelf in this one. I was able to stand on my tip toes and place my extra shaving cream up there and still reach it. Good think hubby is a little taller than me. LOL

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God Bless!!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Prayer request

I'm posting this here, so that all who come by will be in prayer for my friend, Tosha Smith. (and thank you in advance!)

Tosha was found on her home, unconscious, after not showing up for work. No one knows how long she had been there. She was rushed to the medical center in Columbia, Missouri right away. So far, we know she's had two strokes and is in a coma. Doctors are not very optimistic at this point. However, I know God can, and does, perform miracles.

Tosha and her husband, Steve, have two children at home. She is only in her 30's and just had open heart surgery earlier this year to replace a valve. Due to her medical problems, they moved south recently to be close to family.

Please, please pray for a miracle for this young lady. Please also pray for her family.

Thank you SO much!!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Scrumptious Sunday Swap



Pumpkin Crisp

Ingredients


Preparation

Stir together first 5 ingredients.
Pour into a lightly greased 13- x 9-inch baking dish.
Sprinkle cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture;
sprinkle evenly with pecans.
Drizzle butter evenly over pecans.

Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 5 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from oven, and let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Serve warm or at room temperature with Whipped Cream, if desired.
Sprinkle with nutmeg, if desired.


This dessert is simple, yet very good! I actually leave out the pecans (because I have diverticulitis), but I'm sure the nuts only improve the taste. I also use fresh, homemade whipped cream, but use whatever you like. Best when warm, but still yummy at room temp.

Then Sings My Soul - God of Wonders














Most that know me, know that Casting Crowns is my all time favorite group. From the first time I heard one of their songs I have been hooked. Therefore, the desire to use one of their songs is always strong. But, this would not make me step out of my box and think about all the other great worship music available to us. Today I have picked "God of Wonders" performed by Third Day. (another great band!) Please sing along with me:

God of wonders beyond our galaxy
You are Holy, Holy
The universe declares your Majesty
And you are holy holy

Lord of Heaven and Earth
Lord of Heaven and Earth

Early in the morning
I will celebrate the light
When i stumble in the darkness
I will call your name by night

chorus
lord of heaven and earth
lord of heaven and earth

Hallelujah to the lord of heaven and earth (repeat 3 times)

holy......holy....holy god.....

Chorus

Precious lord reveal your love to me....
Father holy..
(background)...Lord god almighty...

The "universe" declares your majesty
"you are" holy,holy,holy,holy
Hallelujah to the lord of heaven and earth 9x


Please stop and think about the lyrics to this song today. Jehovah is truly the God of wonders!

Third Day sings


Thursday, November 6, 2008

Thankful Thursday












Sorry, I'm very late today....

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
~Psalm 100:4-5

Today, I'm thankful for:
  • I was able to talk with my mom and one sister. Both are well. Being able to spend time just talking with my family is rare, and I treasure each moment of it.
  • I was able to reach a long time friend and talk briefly on the phone with her. While we didn't have much time to talk, I learned some things she needs prayer for, and God will provide.
  • Even though the orientation for my new job has been put back for a week, I have a job to start soon, and that gives me another week of free time at home to do a few more projects.
  • I have a wonderful, loving husband that puts up with my crazy moods and loves me anyway.
  • My future daughter-in-law came over for a long talk tonight, just the two of us. It's such a blessing to be able to sit and talk with her. She's like a daughter to us already. She's smart, loving, and giving. We are blessed to have her become part of our family.
  • My husband's foster daughter is coming into town this weekend to help with some of the wedding stuff. It will be a blessing to see her and little lovebug, even for a short time.
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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Soup Swap










Meatball Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 16 oz bags frozen vegetables
  • 1 large can Veg-all
  • 3 cans Campbell's alphabet soup (not family size)
  • 1 onion
  • 5-6 med potatoes
  • 4 large beef boullion cubes
  • 4 cups water
  • s small cans tomato paste
  • 1 package frozen meatballs (or make your own)
  • additional seasonings for taste ( we use adobo)

Peel and chop onion
Peel (if you prefer no peel on) and chop potatoes into bite sized pieces
Add water, paste. seasonings, and boullion cubes to your crock pot and blend together
Add all other ingredients, stir.

Cook on low until potatoes are tender enough to eat. You can cook on high if you are in a hurry, but the texture is much better when cooked slowly.

This is a great, filling soup and makes plenty for the family. Or, in our case, lots of leftovers to can and put in the freezer!

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Scrumptious Sunday Swap








I'm sorry I don't have a picture to share. These go so fast, I never get the chance. I just made a full pan on Friday, October 31, for my hubby's birthday, and there are only two left! Since DH is not a big dessert/snack eater, that means a lot!


Ingredients

  • 1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
  • 2 1/2 cups quick-cooking oatmeal (use only quick-cooking)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (I use 3/4 cup for a sweeter crust and topping)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups preserves or 1 can pie filling (Use your favorite. Our favorite is apple pie filling sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. )
Directions
  1. Set oven to 375 degrees (oven rack to second-bottom position).
  2. Grease a 13 x 9-inch baking dish.
  3. In a large bowl combine cake mix, oatmeal, cinnamon and brown sugar; mix with a spatula or a large wooden spoon.
  4. In a small cup whisk egg with lemon juice and vanilla until combined; add to the crumb mixture along with the melted butter.
  5. Using a large wooden spoon toss to combine then use your fingers to finish the mixing.
  6. Mix until the mixture clumps together.
  7. Sprinkle a little more than half of the crumb mixture into the pan then spread out evenly pressing firmly to cover bottom.
  8. Spoon the jam carefully over the crust in the pan and spread evenly.
  9. Cover with remaining crumb mixture over top of the jam. (I crumble this evenly over the top. When using apple filling, I sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on top)
  10. Bake for 20 minutes (the top should be very light brown).
  11. Cool completely, or semi-freeze before cutting into bars (this will make cutting the bars easier)
Tip: Use sugar-free or low sugar preserves and Splenda for low calorie/low carb or diabetic friendly diets.

Another tip: If you don't care for the texture of oatmeal "flakes" in your crumb mixture, you can blend them or through them in the food processor to grind them up a bit.


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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Then Sings My Soul - Awesome God

This week I picked Awesome God. During the everyday trials of life, we can get bogged down and forget that God is in control and HE is an Awesome God!


Awesome God

When He rolls up His sleeves
He ain't just puttin' on the ritz
(our God is an awesome God)
There is thunder in His footsteps
And lightning in His fist
(our God is an awesome God)
Well, the Lord wasn't joking
When He kicked 'em out of Eden
It wasn't for no reason that He shed his blood
His return is very close and so you better be believing
that our God is an awesome God

REFRAIN
Our God(our God) is an awesome God
He reigns(He reigns) from heaven above
With wisdom(with wisdom) pow'r and love
our God is an awesome God

And when the sky was starless in the void of the night
(our God is an awesome God)
He spoke into the darkness and created the light
(our God is an awesome God)
Judgment and wrath he poured out on to Sodom
Mercy and grace He gave us at the cross
I hope that we have not too quickly forgotten that
our God is an awesome God

Refrain x3

Our God is an awesome God
Our God is an awesome God
(Our God is an awesome God)
(Our God is an awesome God)

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Awesome God

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
~Colossians 3:15-16

Is it Thursday already? I've been so busy looking for a job that I have neglected to come and post this week.

So what are you thankful for this week? My list is long, here are a few of them:

I am a child of the Living God. I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Saviour. My God loves me (and you) enough to allow me (and you) to come to Him through His son, Jesus. What joy I have in my life because of this. His love, mercy, and grace, fill my soul with joy each day. I remember when I first "really got that"....my first comment was "How can you not be excited about the love Jehovah has for each and every one of us? Doesn't it make you want to sing and dance?" Kind of like David when he danced as the Ark of the Lord was brought into the city. (2 Samuel 6)

I am thankful that I belong to such a loving, caring church. Our family is very small. But each person is filled with love and care for others. Each person has been praying for me for the past week. Each has encouraged me for the past week. Having no one else in town except my hubby and his children, they have replaced my biological family. I can count on each and every person no matter my need, and they can rely on me as well.
~Romans 1:12~
I'm eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other.

I am thankful that the Lord brought such a loving, caring man into my life. I know I've said this before, but I still thank the Lord every day for my husband, after eight years it is still a blessing to have someone who truly loves me, cares for me, and encourages me. I can't tell you the difference this makes in my life. Having been on the true opposite side of this type of life, I pray I never forget how truly blessed I am.

Last (for this blog) is I'm thankful that my Lord has provided for us! I have been offered a new job, beginning next Friday, November 7. That day will be an orientation day, and I will begin work the following Monday,November 10. Of course the pay is low, but you cannot expect to walk into another job making what it took you six years to get at another. It's full time work and it's permanent. (providing I make it the full 120 day probation.) Fairly easy. Answering incoming calls at a local call center. I believe it's mostly answering questions about products and taking orders. Pretty much up my alley. I've done the call center thing before - (1) for a government insurance company (2) a hotel reservation center. Hubby is excited because there won't be anymore lifting, stooping, and bending. Less stress on my neck/back. (for those that don't know, I have two herniated discs) I'm just excited because I have a job.

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