90 Days

Ninety days. Three Months. 
The entire Bible.
Can it be done?
Amy from Mom’s ToolBox, will be leading other bloggers and their readers through The Bible in 90 Days with some fabulous resources.
 Products General Bible - The Bible in 90 Days
She sent my family the materials and they are amazing. While I won’t be blogging about our journey, do to some other commitments, I wanted to tell you about this wonderful idea!
If this interests you, learn more here.


Integrity Kids (worship music for kids) sent me an awesome selection of kid’s CD’s. We’ve listened to a few and they are so good! I love the instrumentals to help my toddler sleep and the songs with Bible versus for my older kids. Go check them out! (Make sure you visit my community in the next few weeks, I’m going to be randomly choosing participants to send some Integrity Kids music to!)
Happy Sunday, y’all.

I Dare You to Tell me

Tomorrow is my birthday.
I’m  turning 37 years old.
And I didn’t feel old, until I typed those numbers.
Wow. Please pass the heating pad and ointment.
I need to announce some winners:
Before my memory fails me.
Gourmet Homemade winners: (please email me if you see your name below)
Two Sisters Shop Birthday banner/tablecloth winner:

So. I dare you to tell me…..
How old are you?

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How to Turn Three Years Old {Giveaway}

(This giveaway is now closed. Please stay tuned for the winner).
1. Get your hair did by your cousin:
2. Wear your birthday number on your shirt if you haven’t yet mastered holding up THREE fingers (this works unless your over 20, then you keep that number very quiet)
3. Hang a very pretty birthday banner, lay out a matching tablecloth (courtesy of Two Sisters Shop) & stuff a pinata with candy (pronounced by birthday girl as a Pin-Wat-A):

4. Make cupcakes with pink sprinkles:

5. Eat said cupcake dressed like Sleeping Beauty:
6. Go on an adventure (with homemade felt maps/backpacks made by yours truly):
7. Celebrate with siblings, cousins and Russians (that’s all that could fit in our house):
This balance bike we got from Eden Home (traded for advertising) has been hiding in my closet (dora decor, a la Mommy & Daddy). Since we’re celebrating today, we thought you should too!
9. Sleep with your birthday gear:
10. Share:
Would you like to win a beautiful canvas Happy Birthday banner and tablecloth like the one Two Sisters Shop sent to us to review for free? Just tell me in the comments what you love in this cute shop!

Forgiveness is a Part of My Story

I don’t know where to start in the telling of the story churning in my heart.
It’s been four years since my marriage fell into pieces. It’s been four years since God put it back together. It’s different. 
It’s better.
Four years ago, my husband confessed his private battle to me. He lay his struggle at my feet in tears and pleaded my forgiveness. 
(In honor of my 15th wedding anniversary (today!) I’m sharing our story in prayer that it will help and encourage couples to fight for their marriage. Our story is not for the faint-of-heart or for those who carry stones in their hands….click here to read the story. I’ve disabled comments here, but would love to hear from you at (in)courage).

WFMW- Easy, Monogrammed Ornaments

Christmas is only nine days away!

I wanted to do an inexpensive, classy gift for teachers and friends.
I absolutely love this idea (I’ve seen it several places, but first saw it here). The sky is the limit on colors and creativity.

Clear or frosted glass balls
Large alphabet stickers
Foil or paper shred- in the gift bag section
Christmas or coordinating ribbon
I actually got every item half price at Hobby Lobby. My gifts cost a whopping ONE DOLLAR each and less than 5 minutes to make!
Here’s how:
I will be taking a break next week to celebrate with my family, so there will NOT be WFMW on Wed., Dec. 23. But it will resume on Wed., Dec. 30.

Thank you for joining me for WFMW! {You can read the guidelines here.}

Have a Works-For-Me Wednesday tip you’d like to share? I’d love for you to join us! Please note that the links will close at 9 pm CST tonight, in order to keep away the spammers!

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  2. The Diaper Diaries (how to be on time)
  3. Smockity Frocks – Library Book Mgmt.
  4. DIY Stackable Christmas Sayings
  5. Mom Tried It (Construction site / Dollhouse)
  6. HoosierHomemade (Pez Tree)
  7. Cents to Get Debt Free
  8. Kristi_runwatch (stress – free Christmas tradition)
  9. Ruffled Drop Cloth Stockings ~ DIY
  10. FishMama (10 Necessary Books)
  11. Lynns Kit Adv (olive cheese spread)
  12. Winter Wreath Tutorial
  13. PB Inspired Photo Frame Ornament
  14. A SEXY 12 Days of Christmas!
  15. This Side of Eternity (Earning a FREE Christmas!)
  16. Jute Twine Monogram
  17. Easy Apple Cider for One (Unintended Housewife)
  18. Half – Pint House (The Gift Table)
  19. Heavenly Homemakers (Real Moms Lies and Boogers)
  20. Erin @ Closing Time (kids bedtime)
  21. How to make a FEATHER BOA WREATH and photo ribbons
  22. Decorating a tree with Mittens Sleds Roses
  23. Amanda@TrentTrib e (home remedy for cold sores)
  24. Adventure Mom Janna – Character Training
  25. Real Life : Yummy Treat for Gifts or Entertaining
  26. Myra (Fabulous Candy Cane Christmas Decoration)
  27. Holiday Heavenly Hashbrown Casserole = Delish!!
  28. Making a MAGIC Holiday Home
  29. Window Wreaths with Ribbon to Match House Trim
  30. Mandi @ Its come to this (gift wrapping)
  31. Moms in Need of Mercy (Save Hundreds on Spices!)
  32. Kate@Stolen Moments (Candy Cane Snowball Cookies)
  33. A Simple Walk (Bible in 90 Days)
  34. Garibay Soup {Mineral Makeup GIVEAWAY!!!!!}
  35. Tales of a Horvath Housewife (3 gifts)
  36. I Refuse to Recede (Make A Self Rotating Can Rack)
  37. Kari@Eating Simply (Scrimper – Savers 16 – Bean Soup)
  38. The Prudent Homemaker (Orange Cranberry Muffins)
  39. Diann @ The Thrifty Groove – $$ Saving Tips
  40. Amber : Leek and Potato Soup
  41. Frugal Christmas decor ideas (Balancing Beauty / Bedl
  42. TeriLynne @PleasingtoYou {Free Gift to all!}
  43. Pie tips and tricks (Mama Says)
  44. A frugal free Christmas tree!!
  45. Send Pacifier to Santa
  46. Whats Cooking (homemade handkerchiefs)
  47. My secret for hot hair (Amy @ MomsToolbox)
  48. Julie From Inmates (holiday storage tip)
  49. Baking Cookies Today…using Stevia in the Raw
  50. Marsha@Taste and See (Homemade Starbucks drinks)
  51. mistie (bedrest and xmas cards)
  52. Meals For New Moms! {So Wonderful So Marvelous}
  53. Gifts list
  54. Aiming4Simple (Cookie Cutters Cure Boredom)
  55. *10 Ways to Keep Christ in Christmas*
  56. Stop n Smell the Chocolates (Favorite Cookie Bars)
  57. Sandra @ A Lot of Savings (Homemade Ornaments)
  58. Kara @ Home W / Purpose (Celebrating St. Nicholas)
  59. Kingdom First Mom – Just Say No : To Instant Credit
  60. Melanies Monster Making Mood Elevator
  61. Mandy @ Pennies and Blessings – Yummies!
  62. More Teacher Gifts from MOMMIE OF 4 MUNCHKINS!
  63. Jennifer – No hooks Needed
  64. Erin @ A Full Heart – Grocery Shopping Simplified
  65. How To Set A Table
  67. Kristen @ Hope Abound : Mission Onion
  68. Little Lizard King – Alphabet Photo Name Frames DIY
  69. A Busy Mom of Two (No Slip Ponytails)
  70. Sunnymama (a make – do recipe & a baby bath)
  71. Fairion – Unschooling
  72. Holiday Decor by an amature : ) / Becky@oursweetpeas
  73. Tracey @ Girls to Grow (Christmas Shopping)
  74. Feels Like Home (candy cane swirl cheesecake)
  75. Dry vs Wet Skin Brushing (Melissa @CI)
  76. Quilted Advent Calendar (Julie Bagamary)
  77. Cop Mama – How to Make French Press Coffee
  78. REAL FOOD CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS – KellytheKitchen Kop
  79. Kim @ Justbeingamum (Arrange Christmas Cards)
  80. TidyMom (Easy Christmas Craft)
  81. TidyMom (Homemade Sugar Scrubs)
  82. Baileys Leaf (Christmas cookies / gift wrap tips)
  83. Team Hill (The BEST childrens Christmas books!)
  84. Simplified Saving (Websites That Make Life Better)
  85. Paper Glue Etc Body Scrub & Ornaments
  86. Lisa @ Sweet Sweet Reality (My Favorite Tips)
  87. SPDE Giveaway – todays the last day
  88. Reclaimed Vintage : Old Becomes New
  89. Find those Holiday Recipes in a Flash!
  90. Se7en Do Christmas Traditions
  91. Christy@frugalcr unchychristy (too many parties)
  92. Penny Raine ~ plan ahead
  93. Missy @ missysthrifty (freebies)
  94. Houstonmom (Ragu as ingredient in bread dough)
  95. Indiana Shan – FamilyMan ministries encouragement
  96. Just Mom (Candy Cane Fudge)
  1. Diapers and Hair Dye (menu planning)
  2. Hallee the Homemaker – Pondering Pennies
  3. Christy@frugalcr unchychristy (breakfastcasserole )
  4. Mommies Coffee Break (index cards)
  5. From The Trenches Of Motherhood
  6. Leslie
    @ Our Soft Spot {Easy Cranberry Ornaments}
  7. ElizabethG (Tips for Being Green)
  8. Heather@JustDoin gMyBest Help kids shop for parents
  9. Superchikk (When Your Christmas Tree Is Too Big)
  10. Jennifer (PERFECT Cmas cut – out cookies!)
  11. Shelley @ MAHM (taking a break and a Giveaway!)
  12. Heather @JustDoingMyBest Inexpensive Doll Clothes
  13. Organizing Tips 4 Moms (Set Up a Wrapping Station)
  14. Sherean – A new use for bibs!
  15. Cara (Standard American Diet To Real Food)
  16. Getting Ahead – tips for getting over a cold
  17. Taylor@Household Mgmt 101 (trash can cleaning tips
  18. Ginny @ makeadiff21 (Christmas Cards / Handprints)
  19. Taylor@Stain – Removal – 101.com (stain removal guide)
  20. Kates kitchen : Delicious Eggnog latte
  21. junkblossoms Christmas Tree
  22. Jenna @ Newlyweds
  23. Young Wife (Wrapping a Cash Present)
  24. On the Go @ Fun to Craft
  25. Johnlyn (Stop the Stress of the Holidays)
  26. Cheap and Easy Gift Wrap Ideas from Next To Heaven
  27. Easy Gingerbread Houses
  28. Tanya – Easy Christmas Flowers
  29. Brenda@Dragonfly s and Stars – – Fairy ornament
  30. Favorites and Things – EASY gift bows
  31. Mary @ Giving Up on Perfect (Christmas on a budget)
  32. pennypinchinmomm a ( gift idea for boys 8 – 12)
  33. UnfinishedMom (DIY Teacher Gifts – Ornaments)
  34. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Easier Eating Out)
  35. Melissa @ Frugal Creativity – Medication Safety
  36. Beautiful Paper Ornaments
  37. Giveaway with kids in mind (ilovemy5kids)
  38. Crazy winter hair – RHEN@ YES THEY ARE ALL MINE
  39. Kate@Modern Alternative Mama : Recovering from Colds
  40. Christine (Homemade Cookbook Gift)
  41. Learning the Frugal Life (Saving Money on Heat)
  42. Christy @ the Duncan Family
  43. Im a REAL MOM – Poop story
  44. 3 great tips for decoaring with old farm junk
  45. Mary Jo @ Covenant Homemaking (Keeping baby warm)
  46. Teacher Gift Idea (simply sara)
  47. EASY Homemade Swiffer Refills!
  48. Kayren ~ CONTROL that GIFT WRAP!
  49. Amanda (Works for me Wednesday & blogging)
  50. The Duklings at Camian Academy (Tie in the Car)
  51. PeacefulHome (wonderful lotion for dry skin)
  52. Amy @ Raising Arrows (Frugal Gift Wrapping)
  53. 3 pumpkins little – – how to freeze apples
  54. Visual Reminders
  55. Amber : Christmas Gift Switch – up
  56. Healthy Upgrades for Holiday Treats
  57. Rachel @ Trial and Error : Crazy Talk
  58. Dena at Mother Inferior – – Use a Blessing Bead Jar
  59. Condo Blues – Toy Donation
  60. Such The Spot – $5 stocking stuffer
  61. EASY GRASP BABY BLOCK : I Need Your Opinions
  62. Very Blessed Mommy (Indoor Winter Fun!)
  63. No – Sew Fleece : ruffled scarf – a really great gift!
  64. Daily Lackey : Sticky Notes
  65. EnviroBecca : Award – winning toilet helps guests!
  66. EASY HEALTHY YUMMY granola bars (Mumologic)
  67. Penny Possibilities (Reusing Candy Canes)
  68. its a boy!!
  69. Jenny @ The Zepf Life (Homemade pizza)
  70. Stephanie @ TeamBabetz (nagging doesnt work)
  71. Mommy Monster (Organization Under The Tree)
  72. Faith in the Midst of Great Loss – CarolinaMama
  73. NeverBored (easy candy treats)
  74. A BEACH COTTAGE ~ Decoration from Driftwood
  75. Anne (Easy Christmas Crafts)
  76. Sandwiched : Host a Wrapping Party!
  77. Creative2xmom (Make Ahead Appetizers)
  78. Organize & Decorate (Christmas traditions)
  79. Organize & Decorate (Christmas Traditions) correct
  80. Elena@my domestic church kids decorating card env.
  81. DIY Personalized Christmas Ornaments
  82. Basic Manicure for Me – BerryMorins Bits and Tips
  83. Blue Ridge Baby (Audiobooks for Chores)
  84. Burlap Angels from The little green bean
  85. Magazine Auto – Renewal Help – Our Crazy Boys
  86. Tina @ Mummified Times Five
  87. SabbyInSuburbia – Hydrangea Christmas Decor
  88. Queenies (The Paper Bag Christmas giveaway) 12 / 20
  89. Spell Outloud : Digital Quick – Page Albums
  90. Queen Mother Blog – Lemon cookies!
  91. Peggy @ rainberryblue (child – chosen gifts)
  92. Frugal Avon Chick (Fried Pies!)
  93. Unique Maternity Gift Ideas GIVEAWAY!!
  94. Easy Monogrammed Coasters!
  95. Prudent & Practical {Xmas Dog Treats}
  96. Lisa @ Sweet Sweet Reality (Jar Gifts)
  97. FRESH POPPY DESIGN Christmas This n Thats

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20 Meals {Giveaway}

Now closed. Winners will be announced soon.

*UPDATED* I just spoke to the founder of Homemade Gourmet about the touching comments on this giveaway. Since she blessed me with such a great array of products, I told her I wanted to give away my unopened Let’s Make Dinner Collection to a second winner AND she said she wanted to MATCH that!  So, there will be THREE winners. I’m extending this giveaway and will announce the winner on Friday.  
Anyone else’s life hectic right now?
We have minimized, reduced and cut back Christmas this year, but with 2 birthdays and an anniversary this week of Christmas, we are busy.
The last thing I want to give up is our family dinner time. I’m not worried. Why, you ask? Because I’ve been stocking up my freezer with Homemade Gourmet
A few weeks ago, I was sent a huge assortment of dinner mixes and seasonings. I wasn’t really familiar with this system, but it’s easy to learn. There are several options, but my favorite is the 4 Meals in 4 Minutes.
These handy tubs hold the spices and the easy instructions tell you how to assemble the meals:

It’s so simple, my nearly 10 year old, prepared nearly two weeks worth of meals! (Each ziplock contains 3 pounds of meat (pork, beef or chicken). You can slow cook, bake or grill. You cook all the meat, but only use half.
Step 1: put meat of your choice in a ziplock bag:
2. Pour in a can of (broth/cream of mushroom-the recipe will tell you) into the bag:
3. Add a spoonful of the included spices and zip it closed, pushing all the air out:
4. Smoosh it all together:
5. Freeze:

So easy, a 91/2 year old girl can do it!
Would you like to win 20 meals (you add the meat, canned good)??
Here’s what one winner will get:

Let’s Make Dinner Collection
Product # [40.1032AP]
One individual recipe-size mix of each of the Pantry Staples- Try them all, then stock up on the Pantry Staple size for additional savings! Includes: BLT Dip Mix, Chicken Enchilada Soup Mix, Chipotle Steakhouse Rub, Cilantro Citrus Marinade Mix, Garlic Basil Seasoning Mix, Garlic Lemon Seasoning Mix, Grandmother’s Sunday Roast Mix, Homestyle Spaghetti Sauce Mix, Italian Mozzarella Meatloaf Mix, Old Fashioned Meatloaf Mix, Kansas City Rub, Maria’s Salsa Mix, Mock Spinach Dip Mix, Southwest Seasoning, Taco Soup Mix, Tortilla Soup Mix an exclusive recipe flyer and the Great-Tasting Meals in Minutes DVD!
$ 67.50

We’ve already eaten two of the meals from the freezer and they were delicious!!
If you’d like to win this, please leave a comment. This giveaway will end Thursday.

You Can’t Say that in Church, Can You?

I think of this story every year during the Christmas season. It always puts a huge smile on my face (warning: kids say the darndest things):
Several years ago, we chose to leave full time ministry after enduring a difficult church situation. We sold our townhouse, gathered our babes and moved home, a place defined as such because it’s where family gathered to help heal our broken hearts and unfulfilled dreams.
For the first time in our 10 year marriage, my spouse wasn’t a pastor. While he searched for his identity, I searched for joy. 
We both were cloaked in relief.
A new church, new friends, a borrowed house and loving family eased the pain in our hearts. But still, my laughter was sporadic and my heart lacked joy.
That changed on The Lord’s Day during the holiday season. I went to pick up my son from the nursery. The lady in charge greeted me with a peculiar look. I gathered his bag and she said to me, “Your son told us about you.” 
I glanced at my small son, not yet 3 years old and returned with a questioning look. The other workers closed in around me and whispered. “He told us, “My Mommy does not have a ______ (insert your term for the male body part here). 
Unfortunately, we had just taught our son the correct term.
(So, you can imagine how our blank was filled).
I nearly PASSED OUT.
“Excuse me?”
She repeated it. I could see the twinkle in her eyes.
Before I could apologize for my son’s inappropriate declaration. She proceeded, “He told us, “My Mommy has fuzz.”
[Can I say that ? Whispering in microphone:::tap, tap:::is this thing still on?]
And I lost it. I laughed and I laughed. The ladies who had been holding in their own laughter, let it out. It was an explosion of hilarity. 
Because you just DON’T SAY THOSE THINGS AT CHURCH. Unless you’re two years old.
I should have been mortified (and I was a little), but even more, I was surprised at how good it felt to laugh until the tears flowed. 
I try to find a little joy in every day. Some days are easy. Others are not. 
But even in the soul-wrenching sorrows of life, we can find a silver lining.
These days, joy is a word reserved for Christmas, splashed on red ornaments and festive wreaths. But God’s Word calls  joy that comes from the Lord our very strength.
Laughter is the manifestation of joy and joy provides the strength we need to face tomorrow.
And I need all that I can find. 
Even if it comes at my own expense.
{Sincerely offered to you–with a red face–even after all these years!}
Have your kids ever said something terribly embarrassing??

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