Friday, February 29, 2008


I just found the cutest site EVER!

peekaboo picks

Lots of great stuff!

Lots of great links!

Lots of great discounts!

Lots of great prizes as they celebrate their birthday!

And I am getting lots of great ideas!

Go enjoy!!


Tuesday, February 26, 2008


I normally would save my tips or good ideas for WFMW, but I got a special request via email yesterday which required sharing today.

Honestly, I had to read the email several times. Then I had to go check out BeCentsAble where I discovered some really great stuff!

Then I had to keep looking back over my shoulder in a "Who me?" kinda fashion because surely they had the wrong person.

But all that being said, I am so glad to have found some great new resources for saving time and money. I am honored to add my two cents!

And just for today, I will even give it to you for half-price!!

Do you coop?

Your food, your services, your kids?

We do the latter and it has been such a wonderful experience from the very beginning. Shamefully, I can't even remember how long I have been doing it. I know we have done it at least two years, but I want to say we are rounding into our third year.

Baby-sitting coops can come in all forms and sizes. My friends Jennifer and Heather and I decided to keep ours small. Although our numbers have grown a tad recently, all together we have 6 kids between the 3 families. Each month, each couple will keep all the kids for one Saturday and drop their own off for two Saturdays. As best we can, we stick to a schedule of each couple hosting the same Saturday each month. The great thing about keeping it small is that we can adjust if we need to.

It is a great deal! 5 hours with kids once a month in return for 10 hours without kids a month. We have set our hours on Saturday from 4-9 pm. Those hours leave time for things like dinner, movie, shopping, running errands, or even going back home to do much needed stuff around the house without extra helpers!

Our arrangement came easy because our families go to church together, the girls were already my friends, and we have kids similar ages. It has been so special to see how the kids have grown and changed together over these past few years!

I have loved my Saturday coop so much that I worked in another mini-coop on Wednesday mornings with another friend. Our kids are the same ages and go to the same school. We switch on Wednesday mornings and enjoy 2.5 hours of alone time when our turn arrives. True, since we live in neighboring neighborhoods, most times I simply run back home to do laundry or clean!

Baby-sitting coops can be a wonderful thing in terms of being frugal! If you are considering one, here are some things to think about:

* Start small. Begin with 2-3 families at the most and be mindful of the number of kids involved, as well as their ages. This is true whether you are doing a daytime coop or an evening coop to incorporate your husbands.

* Start close. And I don't mean distance. I think my experience has been enjoyable because I started out doing this with friends. It is not a requirement, but it may make working out any kinks easier along the way. Certainly, if you don't have friends close by, consider starting one with some parents of your children's friends from the school or neighborhood.

* Set the stage. We know that keeping the kids means feeding them, entertaining them, getting them in their pjs, and yes, I have even bathed them all after fun sweaty times in the backyard! Decide ahead of time what you want to do.

* Be flexible. Things happen, so be willing to make adjustments. Some months may require switching days or losing time altogether because of circumstances out of your control.

* Think outside the box. On your nights out, don't feel pressured to go out and spend lots of money. We have been to many $1 movies, window shopped, or simply returned home to watch rented movies or catch up with household chores.

It really is a valuable experience in so many ways!

Here is the proof~

Part of our Saturday crew with the newest member!

A little baby love!

Our big boy trio on Saturday nights!

Wednesday buddies!

Wednesday pals!

For more Tipster Tuesday contributions and lots of other great things, be sure to head over to BeCentsAble


Monday, February 25, 2008

The results you have been waiting for!

Kimmy peaked my curiosity the other day when she shared this on her site. I decided to give it a try.

The funny thing is that I did it twice just like she did. There are like 19 questions, and apparently the first time, I answered 1 too many questions with my first-born instinct. My first color ended up being BLACK! I wish I had the description, but I was so shocked when I saw it, that I deleted it and could not get it back. It is not that I don't like to be a leader nor that I don't have a get-the-job-done personality, but it was the coldness and lack of relatedness that it described. That is not me!

So I did it again, and I can live with these results!

Your true color is Green! You're green, the color of growth and vigor. Good-hearted and giving, you have a knack for finding and bringing out the best in people. Green is the most down-to-earth color in the spectrum — reliable and trustworthy. People know they can count on you to be around in times of need, since your concern for people is genuine and sincere. You take pride in being a good friend. For you, success is measured in terms of personal achievement and growth, not by status or position. Rare as emeralds, greens are wonderful, natural people. It truly is your color!

I know, it sounds too warm and gooey to be true. Yes, I have my moments of intense craziness, but this general picture is a much better one of me.

Then I got intrigued and just had to see what they had to say about being a first-born! This is the minimal version. I wasn't going to pay for extra results!

Your position as eldest child shows most strongly in your achievements. Similar to other eldest children, you are probably more successful than your peers. You likely have a good education and have achieved a great deal professionally. Being the eldest child in your family made it natural for you to go for what you wanted, often with a competitive edge. You tend to be a practical person who is fairly open to constructive feedback. You continually seek ways to accomplish your goals more efficiently.

And then this was fun! Some of the descriptions crack me up! If they could only see me this morning as I type this, I am not sure I would come across as suave and sexy!! I like how most of the descriptions are true, only at different points of my life.

What Stacey Means

You are the total package - suave, sexy, smart, and strong.

You have the whole world under your spell, and you can influence almost everyone you know.

You don't always resist your urges to crush the weak. Just remember, they don't have as much going for them as you do.

You are a seeker. You often find yourself restless - and you have a lot of questions about life.

You tend to travel often, to fairly random locations. You're most comfortable when you're far away from home.

You are quite passionate and easily tempted. Your impulses sometimes get you into trouble.

You are usually the best at everything ... you strive for perfection.

You are confident, authoritative, and aggressive.

You have the classic "Type A" personality.

You are very open. You communicate well, and you connect with other people easily.

You are a naturally creative person. Ideas just flow from your mind.

A true chameleon, you are many things at different points in your life. You are very adaptable.

You are friendly, charming, and warm. You get along with almost everyone.

You work hard not to rock the boat. Your easy going attitude brings people together.

At times, you can be a little flaky and irresponsible. But for the important things, you pull it together.

You are a free spirit, and you resent anyone who tries to fence you in.

You are unpredictable, adventurous, and always a little surprising.

You may miss out by not settling down, but you're too busy having fun to care.

Happy Monday!


Thursday, February 21, 2008


I committed to help with a few projects for church and work and am busy finishing up a few things for them today through this weekend. I would have had something ready to share for today and tomorrow, but I accidentally fell asleep with my kids last night while putting them to bed.

At 7:30!

So, that is what it takes to relieve the dark circles under my eyes!

I did wake up at 11:30 and was a little restless, but quickly read a few blogs and was snoozing again by 12 midnight.

I know my body is trying to tell me something, but I don't really have time to listen right now!

See you all Monday!


Wednesday, February 20, 2008

A Win-Win Solution!

In order to keep ticking off my Life Goals 2008, I went in search of an easy way to enter online sweepstakes this morning.

I am always reading about people that win so much stuff all the time. I wanted in on the action! What a great way to enjoy things for my family, as well as win things that I can donate, giveaway as prizes, or share with my extended family or friends!

So, what works for me at this point is.....


It has several tools you can use, but since I am new to it, I am only using the form-filler option right now. As I learn more, I will share!

If you currently use this system, I would love to hear from you. Good and bad!

That is what works for me! Head over here for more great ideas!

Happy Sweeping!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

She'll be comin' 'round that mountain

Tackle It Tuesday Meme

I am a planner and organizer by nature. And while I don't mind temporary messes, I also very much like things to have a place.

Sometimes though, I let things go to a point that I go into freeze-mode. My action plan gets frozen by the overwhelming nature of what I need to do. Silly, I know, especially when once I just get busy on the task, I get it done relatively quickly.

Case in point:

Laundry and grocery shopping are two things I just don't enjoy because there are too many steps in order for the task to be complete! Today, I will just woe-is-me about laundry

Gather, Separate, Wash, Dry, Hang (what is necesary), Fold, Iron (what is necessary), Put away.

Did I forget anything?!

I have GOT to stick to a schedule. I know it works and I really need to make it work again so I don't end up like this anymore:

The last two loads of ALL the laundry from this past week+ that needed to go through ALL the steps of the process. This is my mole hill compared to the mountain it was!

HALF of the CLEAN laundry from the previous week that I still had not folded and put away! It was so bad, that I had to run ALL of it through the "dewrinkle" cycle before I folded it.

My kitchen table during the Fold and Put away process. If you look close, you can see the top of my sweet boy's head!

My tackle started on Friday and was finished by Saturday afternoon!

My goal?

To tackle laundry 3 days a week; Sunday evening/finish Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

And either the greatest lesson I learned from all this OR a sad fact is.....

My children obviously have way too many clothes because in those two weeks, the only thing I had to go hunting for in the clean laundry piles was underwear for my son!

Happy Tackling!


Monday, February 18, 2008

Yellow diamond road sign saying, "Warning-Large Random Curve Ahead!"

Because that is what you are getting!

True, I could save a few things for next week. Or the next. But by then, it won't feel fresh, new, or cutting-edge. I want you to feel like you are right there (or been there!) with me!

* Last Wednesday, the kids and I made our weekly trek to the library. I usually go to the larger one during off-peak hours. My kids can be a little more free to roam, all the while I can see them from most locations. They pick out a few movies and books, play with the animal puppets, then I let them have some computer time while I look at magazines. This week we headed to the older branch. I like their story time but the rest of the library is, well, lacking in all areas. The kids don't mind and they always enjoy the stories and crafts.

* And lucky for me, I got to meet the mom of one of my son's classmates. You see, on my days off, you will often find me looking like a candidate for What Not To Wear. Casual mommy clothes, a baseball cap, tennis shoes or flip flops, and no make-up. While most days, I try to pull off the polished look (sometimes even on my off days, I try for a polished slacker look!), other days, I am seriously lacking! As you can guess, I was at my finest. Not to mention the 3rd child I was birthing on my upper lip in the form of a vicious cold sore! But I have to say, she was so precious and down-to-earth. She only looked away from hideous site a few times. No really, we chatted while the kids roamed and even exchanged numbers. We got a good laugh when we realized that we are both OT's!

* After the library, I bribed my kids with a special snack if they would let me run into the resale shop. All clothes are 99 cents in February! They did great and I walked out with 11 items for them. I think I will check back next week to see if anything new has arrived!

* We successfully made it through another "sweet" holiday. Of course, the kids were most excited about their school Valentine's parties last Thursday. We had decorated their boxes the Sunday before AND prepared all the cards for their classmates. My daughter enjoyed the process and my son surprised me with his unusual patience for the task. He even started each one for me by making the "L" for his name! They woke up on Heart Day to find a few surprises-a shirt for him and a headband for her.

I took him away from his cars!

Now that is a boy who loves his Momma!

She is better than chocolate!

I was so glad she liked her headband. You never know with these 6 year olds!

Is there anything better?!

Their works of art!

* I headed to the doctor on Friday because whatever I got rid of was coming back. I really thought I might have at least a slight infection I missed in my sinuses plus one of my ears was kinda achy. Nada! The PA was great and he encouraged me to keep doing what I was doing plus try a few other things. Then when I got home, my other "doctor" advised me to be on my deathbed next time I went in for an appointment so we don't eat up our HSA too soon! In hindsight, I should have waited it out a bit longer but I hate that heavy feeling in my head. The weather has been CRAZY around here, which is likely the worst culprit; warm and breezy, cold, rain, cold, etc!

* On Saturday, I worked a bit. We were supposed to drop our kids off at coop that night, but my dear friend Jenn was dealing with the merry-go-round of flu. First, her husband and son then her daughter. I am thinking she will be down for the count by Monday if she is not already! Get well soon!!

* So instead, we entertained the kids ourselves before putting them to bed so we could get our taxes out of the way. OOOOOOOO fun! The whole process with my husband cracks me up. He just wants to get it done, as simple as possible, and create minimal opportunities for us to be audited. Me? I am all about the deductions baby! We have even received money back the last few years because of the all the deductions I have worked out. And no, we are not the kind that let the government babysit our money just so we can get a big "refund" back around tax time. Anyway, we did have to pay a little bit this year due to some income increases/blessings, but it was WAY less thanks to who?!

* And finally, I am happy to report that our new Weight-Loss Warriors started last week at church and this week's weigh-ins were encouraging! I lost 1 pound! The winner lost 6 pounds and that is so exciting! There were other great losses in between!

Oh, one more thi....just kidding!


Friday, February 15, 2008

All Bloggy Love-50% OFF!

I really had fun with everyone that stopped by for a visit and to see my "new" place!

I kinda like the calmer carnival crowd from The Big Bloggy Move! The pace was nice and we could all stay longer and enjoy our time together!

The winner of my "house"-warming gift is Melissa!

You HAVE to go visit her! She has a super cute site with the most precious headers! I have already seen 2 since knowing her just one week!

Plus, she is a Texas gal and not-so-far-away neighbor!


I hope you all have a great weekend!

p.s. Yep, all Valentine stuff is 50% off in the stores. I picked up $3 worth today, but just couldn't buy anything else. I am pretty much the one who holds out until at least 75% off since I don't NEED it! Seriously, I still have 4 boxes of cards for the kids to use that I picked up last year for less than $1 each!

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Martie was kind enough to give me material for today!


How long have you been together?
It will be 9 years in March.

How long did you date?
8 months by the time we married

How old is he?
We are both 38, but he is older by 3 months exactly. Our birthdays are both on the 17th of our respective months.

Who eats more?
Probably him as long as it is "normal" food. And yes, I am quoting him! He is a meat, potatoes, and regular veggies guy. However, I am not afraid to eat! I love food!

Who said "I love you" first?
I don't remember.

Who is taller?
He is.

Who is smarter?
Now making those claims could be kinda dangerous! I am sure we each have our "smart" strengths.

"Who does the laundry?
Mostly me.

Who does the dishes?
Mostly me.

Who sleeps on the right side of the bed?
He does. It is some sorta weird requirement for him to sleep.

Who pays the bills?
Mostly him.

Who mows the lawn?
Not me!

Who cooks dinner?
That would be me!

Who is more stubborn?
He would say me. I would say both.

Who kissed who first?
Don't remember. It was probably a mutual event.

Who asked who out?
He did. At church.

Who proposed?
He did. Although I have always told him, I need a redo. He did it at my apartment as we were getting ready to leave to go meet his parents for dinner. I mean, come on, I didn't even have my lipstick on!

Who is more sensitive?
He would say me. I wouldn't disagree. I have never really considered him the sensitive type because he is one of those practical guys.

Who has more friends?
Absolutely me! He has a few loyalists, but I have him waaaay outnumbered. My friends are very important to me.

Who has more siblings?
I am the oldest of 3. He is the oldest of 2.



Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Ok everyone, I want you to take a deep breath!

I spoke several weeks ago about our family's relative health this season.


I also mentioned my potential oncoming sinus infection with no time for a doctor visit, much less getting sick in general.

So I thought I would share with everyone exactly what works for me.

The NetiPot!

Many of you know of it or already have a special relationship with it!

I first learned of it from our friend, Dr. Oz, when I caught a repeat of the show where a gal from Texas embarassed herself in front of millions of people by giving us a demonstration!

I will admit that I was faithful for a few times, feeling the difference when I did use it. However, like many desires of a busy mommy, my time with Neti got less and less even if I did feel a tad stuffy. I had wanted to be a daily user to prevent all that is evil in my sinuses, but it just did not happen.

When I started feeling bad a few weeks ago, I dusted it off and stayed faithful for almost a week.

I promise you it made all the difference! No sinus infection and a clearer head! But I still think I should use it several times a week for maintenance. And just so you will know I am all about keeping it real- It can be a little uncomfortable, especially the first few times. You might find yourself fighting the urge to come up for air from time to time. You will think your eyes are going to float out of your head if you don't do it right. And you MUST keep breathing!!

No, I won't be offering tutorials.

You can go here and paint your own mental image of what I might look like in the bathroom mirror as I become one with my Neti!

Just think of me with better hair!

Well, actually, I look nothing like that girl except I DO have better hair!

It works for me! Now head over here for more great WFMW ideas! She is hosting while the regular hostess is out of the country.


Tuesday, February 12, 2008


Today is National Pancake Day over at IHOP!

For each donation you make, you are welcome to order a free short stack of pancakes! IHOP is raising money for Children's Miracle Network in 2008 and they need our support.

And we need pancakes, right?!!

My kids love going out to eat, and I think we have conditioned them too much for it without emphasizing what a privilege it is to eat at places other than home. We really DON'T do it all the time, but probably more than we should lately.

When I mentioned yesterday that I wanted to treat them to a pancake resturant the next night for dinner, my daughter said, "But I want to go to a real resturant!".

It is not like we don't have breakfast for dinner on occasion, so I think she is just in a complaining mood!

I need to keep teaching that girl about FREE!

AND about helping others!

Won't you join us?


p.s. Just click on the link to read more and find a location near you!

Monday, February 11, 2008

Sorta like popping up out of a big cake!

The day has arrived for this....

big bloggy move2

I am excited to share my new place with each of you! Have a seat and I will get you some coffee. Cream? Sugar? I add a dose of chocolate to mine!

I really didn't go anywhere, but I hope you still like the new look! I changed my place up a bit~ painted, moved some furniture around, changed the wall decor. Just a few little things to make it feel more like me!

Of course, as a woman, I am bound to change my mind again! Don't be surprised if I rearrange some more by the time you come back!

My favorite new thing? It would be so hard to pick just one! The new colors make me feel warm and cozy. I love the added space! But most of all? I adore my new front door! A work of art, don't you think?!

While you are here, I would love to hear what you think. I am open to suggestions to make your visits more enjoyable. Is it easy on the eye? Can you find what you are looking for? Does the "furniture" work where it is at? Am I missing something?

In exchange for your lovely opinion, I am giving away one Arbonne goody bag full of fun surprises! It will be catered to my winner, so don't be shy!

When you have time, be sure to pop in over at Loud Mouth Logos and say "hi" to my personal decorators! They do such great work! You might even want to hire them yourself!

OH! And don't forget to go here to join the fun!

I really enjoyed our time together! I do hope you will come back often!


p.s. I promise to stop by your place in the next few days! I will be away most of the day and evening the next 2 days! Can't wait to see you again!

Friday, February 8, 2008

Don't miss out!

Don't forget to come back Monday for The Big Bloggy Move!

Link over from my sidebar if you want to know more details!

There will be exciting changes going on for everyone!

And prizes!!

Yah, I thought that would get your attention!



I have the privilege of knowing my next recepient personally! Our kids go to school together and this family has been a great blessing to our little school.

I wish each of you could know them in real life because they are both smart, kind, and passionate about many important things!

I only recently learned of Marnie's talents and wanted to share her story and her works with you!

You can go here to get started at her site.

You can go straight here to read her story.

Maybe one day you can hear the longer version in real life, because I promise it will give you goosebumps!

And as an added bonus, go check out Free Market Foundation. They are active with this organization and I have long loved its purpose!!

Happy Friday Fuzzies to all!

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Teaching Your Children Values- Review & Month 2

The kids and I had a great January learning about Peaceability! Of course, it is an ongoing lesson to learn about and apply, but I think we made a good start! I am so proud of them. They memorized 3 bible verses!! L uses some cute word subsitutions, but he gets the meaning of the scripture in a 3 year old kinda way! We need to work a little more to memorize the passage location, but that will come.

I included February's value, highpoints from the book, and some memory verses below.



Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the LORD your God.
Deuteronomy 12:28

* Extend respect then expect respect
* Give lots of praise & recognition
* Allow for self-correction with “do overs”

* Definitions game (act nice, talk nice, obey; define for later application)
* Role play (create age-appropriate scenarios to act out; adult can have fun being the "kid".)
* Respect chart-daily tracking (create a tally system with black marks for respectful behavior and red marks for disrespectful behavior; see if there can be more black than red marks at the end of the day/week/month.)
* “Magic” words (teach respectful words, behaviors.)
* Respect chart-who & why (create a chart with 2 columns; who we respect on one side and why we respect them on the other side.)
* Have a “respect” election (elect both good and bad behaviors or actions that deal with respect; work to make family traditions out of which ones you do and don't do.)

* Bible verses
~Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Ephesians 6:1

~Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Colossians 3:20

~Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12

~Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, and honor the king. 1 Peter 2:17

~Peter and the other apostles replied: "We must obey God rather than men! Acts 5:29

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

A E I O U-Y?

(pirate boy & princess enjoy a few bedtime books!)

As a therapist, I feared that having kids would cause me to over-analyze them. While I think my professional course was advantageous in a lot of ways (my babes had tummy time from 2 weeks on), I didn't end up being crazy worried over every little developmental stage. And I think working with kids prior to having my own really allowed me to be a more relaxed mom. Don't worry, I have definately had my worries and "mom" moments, but nothing over the top for the most part. I also think it is important to mention that I so understand how blessed we are in terms of our children being healthy physically and emotionally. They have made my job a bit easier than many of the wonderful families I serve.

I say "a bit" because they have their moments just like the rest of them and I share parenting struggles with the best of you!

All that to say, I was feeling pretty good about A's life progress before kindergarten started this year.

Then a little something called homework invaded our home. She only has school 3 days a week, so homework really isn't bad. A little math, a few fun projects, and reading. And most weeks, we only have homework 2/3 nights which involves a math worksheet and reading. Truthfully, that fits right up there with my philosophy about "homework" in general until they get much older. Hearing of kids as young as first and second grade having 1-2 hours of homework each night really bothers me.

As a parent, I fully accept my responsibilty to assist my children in learning of all kinds. However, in the younger years, I don't really see how most of their academic work can't get done at school without hours of homework as well. Well, around here, there is the little problem of the TAKS (state-wide mandatory testing at various grade levels) and ALL the time spent teaching for the test and not for learning.

So, before Christmas, I learned that A was having some trouble grasping her sight words. We worked on it, but I continued to keep it low-key. I read to her every night and she enjoyed it. During the Christmas break, I attempted to work with her on her sight words and some reading. She threw fits and I threw in the towel. I did not want to frustrate her more with my own frustrations. I wanted her to enjoy the experience.

Then, for some reason, a few days before they returned to school, I pulled out her big Dick and Jane book. You know, the one being used to decorate her room since birth! In just two days, she was hooked! She loved learning the words and loved learning to read.

Now, not all our experiences since then have been fun. And I have quickly rediscovered how completely CRAZY our language rules are!! Why in the world does it have to be so complicated?! Why can't a letter have a sound and stick to it?! Seriously, my head wants to explode some times just thinking about it! And then I have to try and explain it!

Can you believe this ridicously long post just about reading?!!

All I really wanted to say is how much I love Dick and Jane! I have always loved the look (thus her room theme!) and now I love the logic of it again! It has been fun to learn to read all over again with my daughter. I think we will be ready for my other favorite, Dr. Seuss, real soon!!


Tuesday, February 5, 2008

My property has been seized!

This is a random collection of photos I discovered on my phone.

They were taken by my children.


Sunday, February 3, 2008

DING! Time's up!

I have some closing thoughts about the carnival that I will share later this week.

Along with many others (thoughts, that is!) swirling around in my head right now!

Without fanfare, but no less excitement, I give you the winner of my prize.....


She is getting herself a new blog header and blog redesign!

And because I warned you that I can't bring myself to disappoint anyone, I give you the two runners-up.....




These gals will receive their very own Arbonne Swag Bag of Samples to enjoy!

And since I can't even keep my eyelids open with toothpicks, I leave you until I recover from the weekend!

See you Tuesday!


p.s. was my assistant in determining winners!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Circus Act!

Since my life feels like a circus right now, you have the privilege of receiving my thoughts in merry-go-round fashion!

I hope you are not prone to motion sickness!

* Friday Fuzzies will be periodic until I can my act together and organize a few posts with new people to visit!

* L recovered from his fever last week. It took about two days of come and go fever, but otherwise, no other symptoms. PTL! Seriously! Thanks for all your good thoughts!

* At work, several therapists were out sick for a few days last week. Many children have either been gone due to illness or they have graciously come to therapy and shared! We finally re-emphasized to all the parents our guidelines for children being sick and therapy.

* And yes, I felt mine own version coming on Wednesday night in nasal form. I am always fearful of the dreaded sinus infection, so I got to work Thursday morning to stop it in its tracks! I did the always-glamourous neti pot and added a little colloidal silver just for safe measure! So far, after 2 days, I still feel some pressure but I think I am on the right track to not getting full-blown sick!

* I really can't afford to be sick because I have serious business to take care of this weekend. My girls and I are headed out of town to join many other ladies from church for our Winter Ladies Retreat!! It is always planned around Canton weekend (huge indoor/outdoor flea market!) and free time is specifically planned so those that want to can head over to do a little shopping! The best girls and I are headed out a bit early today to catch some shopping on Friday afternoon before the retreat starts. Most of them are doing the cattle drive on Saturday which limits our shopping time tomorrow.

* But just so you know, we really do go to retreat and spend time wrapping ourselves in God's grace as we remember why we are here. This is always the best retreat of the year and our coordinator will start planning the day after this one is over. She always does! I will give you a post-retreat review upon my return!

* Just one more thing about shopping :) If you live in the DFW area, than you probably know of the wonderfulness of Canton! I love it and used to go much more frequently than I do now since having two kids. I am the outdoor "junk" gal. I love to look indoors at all the vendors, but my favorite part is finding great treasures outside that I can make beautiful for cheap! We are expecting decent weather which thrills me! Rain and Canton stink!

* Shopping aside :), I am totally sacrificing for God this weekend since finding out he will be performing in town Saturday night! Ok, just kidding about the sacrifice thing, but I would so love to have gone to the concert! And on another note, I am about to make this my theme song to my family!

* Ok, now about the Bloggy Giveaway-Winter 2008! I think after 5 days, I have done all I can do in hopes of winning something. There are 900+ giveaways and it wouldn't surprise me if I managed to enter at least 700+ of them!! If you look at all the giveaways/carnivals I have done since last March, I am probably 50/50 on winning something. After the dust has settled on this one, I am going to take inventory and let everyone know the results for me!

* If you were one of the 300+ people who entered my giveaway of this, wow, you have made my job of picking ONE winner very, very difficult! It always pains me to pick whether it is one winner or multiple winners. Which is exactly why I usually add more surprise prizes when I announce! I guess we will see for this time! Since I will be out of town until Sunday afternoon, feel free to enter until I get back! I will work on the winner announcement Sunday evening and it will probably be posted after 10 pm. Sorry to be vague, but I am sure being gone all weekend will find me with lots of love to give when I get back. To the family and the house!

* Now for something a little more interesting, and spicey, go here! (the post is not up yet, but it will be soon and you won't want to miss it!)

Have a wonderful weekend!