The Shirt Every Husband Needs {Giveaway}

*Congrats to The Nabor’s Baby and MamaRa for winning! Don’t forget to take advantage of this great offer:

Union28 is offering a discount off your order using this code: U28WATF10

It’s valid from June 1st – June 20th and is good for 10% off any Union28 order.

Yesterday, I told y’all about the kind of man I married.

He’s a good man.

But I’ll be honest with you, when my husband told me what he wanted to do for his homeless friend, these words might have come out of my mouth: “Yes, go ahead and buy him colostomy bags, but DON’T GET YOURSELF KILLED. Because dinner is at 6.”

Every man needs a bossy caring wife. A woman who loves him deeply and dresses him well. Which is exactly why I’m thrilled he’s getting this shirt for Father’s Day from me:

[insert proud smile here]

The good people over at Union28 are sending me this shirt for my hubby for Father’s Day. I think he’s going to love it. I know I do. But let’s not talk about me.

Over the past year, I’ve developed a friendship with the owner(s) of Union28 and I love that they support strong marriages. They are the smart people who created the My Husband Rocks shirt that I wear every other week. I wear it even when he doesn’t. Rock.

I love the way that shirt makes him feel. I love that it makes husbands wish their wives would wear a shirt like it. I love that in a small, but tangible way, it builds my marriage.

Union28 is giving away TWO $25 gift certificates today. This giveaway ends on Friday.

PLUS, Union28 is offering a discount off your order using this code: U28WATF10

It’s valid from June 1st – June 20th and is good for 10% off any Union28 order.

Please leave a comment to be entered and tell me which shirt you like AND tell me something you love about your spouse.

The Kind of Man I Married

The third week of every month, he travels down the congested road in his salesman shoes. Every third week, he passes homeless men. They are dirty, some with signs, others aimless, but all forming a derelict community.

One day about a year ago, my husband stopped. He had extra food from an event in his company car and fed the hungry. Some months he passes out chicken biscuits, other months, tacos. He always stops to listen to their stories. He isn’t sent by some church or fulfilling some ministry, there aren’t accolades or attention for his unseen acts.  He saw a need.

Late last week, the third week of the month, he called me. One of the homeless men he’d been helping had a medical need and was in pathetic shape. Please read it in his words…..

He says he’s just doing what feels right to him. But to me, he’s amazing.

Because that’s the kind of man I married.

Links I Love:

  • I Dance Revolution-I think this is an adorable idea to learn something new and get into shape. Too bad, I can’t. Dance.
  • I thought these two posts about blogging about blogging were interesting from Stephanie and Amanda.

Please note:Next week’s WFMW (Wed. June 2nd) will be the annual themed summer edition: “Mom, I’m Bored!” Share your best tip for keeping kids occupied in the summer

DIFOP: Using Pillow Cases to Dress the Poor

[The deadline for me to receive items for the Do-It-For-Others NICU project for Hailey’s Hope is Monday. Thanks to all who were involved in this special project. At last count there have been more than FIFTY preemie outfits mailed in!]

I am SO excited to tell you about our newest project that will actually be for June and July: pillow case dresses for little girls in Africa!


One of my readers suggested this project and directed me to Little Dresses for Africa. This is a wonderful non-profit organization that is providing simple, sweet dresses for children in Central Africa, hit hard by the AIDS epidemic. Many of these children are orphans cared for by sibling and sometimes clothes are a luxury.  This organization also holds classes during the dress distribution to educate the kids on sanitation, nutrition and family skills.

I was a little worried about the sewing part of this project because I want these DIFO projects to be easy enough for whole families to get involved. And every time I attempt sewing, I break a needle or I trip on something (that last part is probably totally unrelated). So, I asked Twitter for help. I was simply overwhelmed with the response of 15 seamstresses who are donating their time and skill to create dresses from the pillowcases we collect in June!

Our goal: ONE-HUNDRED dresses!!

A special thanks to the seamstresses:

Sweetie Berry, MollyFulton, My Blessed Life, Joy in the Journey, Mommy Daily Vent, robinvisbal, Amy_G, Parris Ponderings, Smock Lady, My Soul Reflects, One Stitch Rachel, Signing Charity, Little Miss Random, Troop Petrie, Shouting for HaOur Life Upstaestate, Beth Sew Anyhow, Cheerios UnderFoot, Angie.


We need 100+ new or lightly used pillowcases!!


Items you can send for this project:

  • New or gently used pillow cases
  • Double bias tape
  • 1/2 inch elastic
  • thread
  • air tight vacuum space bags
  • money to help with shipping (I will be dividing supplies and shipping to seamstresses. I will also provide them with a postage-paid envelope to mail completed dresses to the organization).

If you sew and would like to complete your own pillow case dress(es), please send them to the address below. If you can make your own dresses, please note that you DO NOT have to use actual pillow cases, elastic, bias tape, etc. Make them in your own unique way and they WILL be sent to Africa! Here is the dress pattern that the organization suggests.

You can mail these items to:

We are THAT family

8000 Research Forest Dr. Ste. 115-110

Spring, TX 77382

Please ONLY leave a comment if you are able to contribute in some way (every little bit counts!)

WFMW: Organize a Blog Calendar

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Like the new WFMW button? You can get one here.

I live by my calendar. If it’s not written down, it doesn’t happen. (And that’s not because we are super busy, it’s because I’m super forgetful!)

I started a habit when I first started blogging, I keep an ongoing list of blog post ideas in a word document. Whenever I have a thought for a future post, I jot it down. These little notes don’t always become posts, but sometimes they do.

I also keep a calendar of future posts. Since I regularly schedule giveaways, I like to plan for them. Since I write most of my posts ahead of time, I plug them into dates on my calendar about two weeks out. If a timely posts happens, I just move it in ahead of what I’ve already written. I put the numbers 1-5 (for Mon-Fri) and I fill in the blanks.  I know I’ll have WFMW on Wed and usually a giveaway on Tuesday.
Whenever I actually write the post, I change to color of the type, so I know it’s ready in my queue. I erase each post after it’s been published and usually have three weeks or so planned out.
This works for me and keeps me off the computer when I need to be with my family!
**Updated to Add** Next Wed., June 2 will be a themed edition: “Mom, I’m Bored” Share your best tip for keeping your child busy in the summer!

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  1. TidyMom {How to Measure Sticky}
  2. 10 To Know Before Kids (Eco-Novice)
  3. its come 2 this (organizing school projects)
  4. De-cluttering for travel (Amy @ MomsTravelTales)
  5. FishMama (Death Star Birthday Cake)
  6. Christian Frugal Mama (Allergies)
  7. Lynns Recipe Adventures- food allergies and family
  8. Lynns Kitchen Adventures- cookie scoop
  9. HoosierHomemade{DadsRock Giveaway Bash}
  10. so much shouting/laughter: eczema relief +giveaway
  11. Muses of Megret – Choosing paint colors
  12. Raising Arrows {Leaving Good Books Laying Around}
  13. Making juice. . . . Easier! @ Moneyless Mommas
  14. So Nurturing BABY WRAP GIVEAWAY-Smockity Frocks
  15. How to Make a Blog Button (BloggingWithAmy. com)
  16. Delighting In His Richness — God-centered birth
  17. Parenting Miracles (Green Cleaning)
  18. Jenny 867-5309 (Pressure Cooker Recipes)
  19. GettingFreedom (CUTTING COSTS)
  20. Robyn – Branding with a Favicon
  21. The Diaper Diaries (Weight Loss Tip)
  22. Coffee with Me (Best of WFMW!!!)
  23. How to Easily Record Your Youth in 15 Posts
  24. P90X & Positive Peer Pressure (Joy @ Five Js)
  25. My Cleaning/Learning System!(The Mommy On the Bus)
  26. Bake at 350 {homemade COOKIE teacher gifts}
  27. No Sew outdoor pillow at TheRustedChain
  28. Julie From Inmates (Ice Cream Cake)
  29. Frugal Frontier (Best WP Plugins for Mom Bloggers)
  30. Homemade Tastebud Squealin Lemonade Recipe!
  31. Cardamoms Pod (Roast Your Own Coffee)
  32. Marsha @ Taste and See(boredom busters part 2)
  33. How to Subscribe to an RSS Feed for Part of a Blog
  34. Coffee with Me (Saving Calendars)
  35. MainlineMom – Connecting With Your Childs Heart
  36. Evernote: A Place for Everything
  37. A Call to Higher Places – Help? Sinus Problems!
  38. Chasing Purple Dreams (Studio Organisation)
  39. Suzanne (Grocery Planning)
  40. New To Mom – Ziplist Recipe Organizer
  41. LESLIE – staying motivated to exercise daily!
  42. The Cooking Trinity @ Best Thing Since Slice Bread
  43. Penny Raine
  44. Drippy Swim Suit Solution! {Jolanthe}
  45. Get the scoop on a company while job hunting
  46. Why You Should Start a Garden @ KingdomFirstMom
  47. Simply Sweet Home (au gratin potatoes)
  48. {{{Blog Frog}}} Overcoming my fear
  49. Brass Chandelier ReDo!!!
  50. Alison @ Under Big Oak Tree (hubs cooking dinner)
  51. Making you home like a B&B (Holiday-Haven)
  52. Tucked into Him (Laundry Trick!)
  53. Homemade Baby Wipes!
  54. Alison @ My Vintage Kitchen (Homemade BBQ sauce)
  55. (Favorite Things and a GIVEAWAY!!!) @ MarytheKay
  56. Games for Teen Parties? Help! (Amy @ MomsToolbox)
  57. Loving My Domestic Life-COOKIE BAKING TIP
  58. Grateful for Grace (BPA free, great kid bowls)
  59. Top Ten Natural Ways to HELP Control Allergies
  60. Potty Training Post-Its @ Mommieof4Munchkins
  61. simple ganache @ frugalcrunchychristy
  62. Ideas for Cereal!Frugality in the Hudson Valley
  63. Unique and special Travel Journal
  64. GROCERY CART CHALLENGE (ways to reuse dryer sheets
  65. Creative “GREEN” Wedding Gift Idea (Kitchen Stew)
  66. Mrs. Wright Gone Wrong (How to wash less dishes!)
  67. The Calmness of Scripture (Evening Routine)
  68. Saving Time on your eBay listings/Selling Sisters
  69. Freezer Cooking? Me? @ Creative2xmom
  70. Cooler makeover @ HoH
  71. automatic/sensor flushers
  72. Super Mario Bros Birthday Party
  73. Ottoman Remix Part 2
  74. Baby Shoe Bouquet Tutorial by Barbara Jean
  75. Penguin Party
  76. Organizing the Car for Summer
  77. Honey Wheat Bread Making Tutorial
  78. Generic vs Name Brand Diapers @ Alicias Homemaking
  79. Special ingredients for recipes (Tammys Recipes)
  80. Be Thou a Knight (Outdoor Lanterns)
  81. Mary Anns House (no computer day)
  82. Launder Correctly to Save Your Wardrobe- Frugality
  83. Sandra(Switched-On Schoolhouse curriculum)
  84. Annie Kate(Great Educational Resource for Littles)
  85. Training Happy Hearts (sensory activities resource
  86. The Easiest Chalkboard Paint Project Ever!
  87. How to Ease Morning Sickness (Feels Like Home)
  88. Mari (Swagbucks)
  89. Patrice @ Lemon Tree Empty Frame Solution
  90. Gretchen @ EOL (My 2010 Garden)
  91. Frugal Creativity (Toasted Coconut Ice Cream)
  92. Thriving in Small Places @ Feminine Adventures
  93. Double-Duty: Maxi-Pads Work for Me!
  94. Shelley @ MAHM (Simplifying to-do lists)
  95. Playing with my kids (Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet)
  96. pennypinchinmomma(using the clothesline)
  97. Dog Tip/Giveaway/Double Fudge Banana Muffins
  98. Container and Bag Gardening
  99. how to make mini charms
  101. Jaime @ Like a Bubbling Brook {Day with the Kids}
  102. How to organize bills and paperwork in 15 minutes
  103. Flip Flop Wreath – Homemade Mamas
  104. Homemade Bleach Scrub – Homemade Mamas
  105. How to Save on All of Your Groceries
  106. Carol @ simple_catholic (Simple Sausage Dinner)
  107. Jeni @ Peace & Carrots (Picasa photo editing)
  108. Erin @ LTC-Ugly Lamp Revamp
  109. Frugal Follies – Things I buy, but shouldnt
  110. Emergency Preparedness – 72 hour kits (NeverBored)
  111. Home Again (Trina @ Joy And Contentment)
  112. Little Girls Room Makeover
  113. Macaroni Improv Tip + Hub Writing Contest Info
  114. Good Morning blueberry cake – always requested!
  115. aDoRaBlE toddler boy room with a tutorial
  116. Come in. . . Its PLAY time!
  117. Magic Potion
  118. Hello Therepeutic
  119. Dry Erase Board Mistake @ This Abode
  120. PinKaLiciouS party favor tutorial
  121. Feeding Four – Removing Cat Pee Smell & *GIVEAWAY*
  1. Tiered Terracotta Planter! Easy!
  2. KLee- Mom to Mom Mentoring
  3. Family Stamping FOOD (How to FREEZE cooked RICE)
  4. Wades World (Cure For Hiccups)
  5. Michelle- Saving money w/ coupons
  6. Jessica- spending cash
  7. How to use MANDOLINE for Homemade Potato CHIPS
  8. Sandra- Organic mentoring for you &your church
  9. Tricked Out Bus T-Shirt w/ acrylic paint!
  10. “Hope Grows” Quilt
  11. Quick Yummy Snack @ What A World
  12. Memorizing Scripture
  13. Ginny @ makeadiff21 (Getting Healthy)
  14. Once A Month Mom – Make at Home Rotisserie Chicken
  15. Growly Bug Extraction @ A Multitude of Mercies
  16. Small Chair Dressed Up
  17. Mum In Bloom (Memorial Day Weekend Menu Plan)
  18. Sweet as Cherry Pie
  19. Brandi (Candy Chores)
  20. easy fathers day craft @ silly eagle books
  21. SusanG Komen Team and Hanes Giveaway
  22. Add some Bling to your Table
  23. Saving Money on Groceries @ Mom Times Two
  24. Fun Activity for Children when Mommys Busy
  25. First Birthday Party Ideas
  26. Real Food Healthy Living (Homemade Trail Mix)
  27. Wonder and Will-sensory fun in a freecycle sandbox
  28. Painted countertops
  29. Ribbon clip holder
  30. Let art activities be spontaneous! SleepyPendoodle
  31. Losing weight
  32. 3D Flowers in a Frame
  33. Meal your PICKY Eaters will LOVE
  34. Simply Practical (homemade snacks)
  35. Finding your own (almost) Garden of Eden at home!
  36. Never be late!
  37. Beautiful Kitchen and Master Bedroom
  38. The $2 dollar, 2 minute necklace
  39. Makeover Carrot Cake!
  41. Bottle Cap Jewelry
  43. Jcrew knock off necklace by love stitched via CA
  44. 10 Things Every Kitchen Needs @ Recipes for Moms
  45. Cracker Barrels Hash Brown Casserole Recipe
  46. ElizabethG (60-second health tips)
  47. Rohal Call. . . Uses for coffee filters
  48. Hummingbird Homemaking (Building UP Your Family)
  49. Heavenly Cream Filled Strawberries
  50. Recipe for quinoa, chard & feta
  51. Mom Shoes
  52. Homemade Onion Rings
  53. Lindas Lunacy Herb Drawer
  54. Easy Peasy Birthday Banner
  55. Fairion – Ice Cream Maker
  56. Homemade Fruitcups
  57. Recipe Card Birthday Calendar
  58. I made. . . MONEY @ My Dear Trash
  59. TMI-Vinegar Rinse @ Gracious Homestead
  60. Should I Tithe While Getting Out of Debt?
  61. ADORKABLE: : : Natural Facial Cleansing
  62. Molly Green @ Econobusters (Resting)
  63. Tutorial~Beachy Decor Ball
  64. Chandelier – $1 store
  65. How to Reuse Net Produce Bags
  66. Tip for Dog Owners – A Young Wifes Tale
  67. SMOOTH Mondays
  68. American Girl Doll Skirt -Tanya
  69. Better Peanut Butter
  70. Come check out this 30 desk MAKEOVER!
  71. My Daily Round: labeling machine
  72. Jenny @ Just Jennifer
  73. Eden @ Mothers Who Know (Scheduling Blog Posts)
  74. Veggie (Easy Ice Cream Maker)
  75. Can we eat to starve cancer?(con-tain-it)
  76. The Modern Day Mom – Storing Cut Sewing Patterns
  77. EnviroBecca: save money on plastic food bags
  78. Saved Quarter – Treating Upset Tummies Cheap
  79. Cutting hair at home. Amy @ thecircusmcgurkus. com
  80. Barb @ The Forever Neighbor ~ Family Time
  81. Crystal & Co- Sleep and Twins Do Co-Exist (How To)
  82. ??Homemade Bread Pans?? from Keepin The Castle
  83. Intentional Summer: 15 Summer Idea Posts
  84. Honey, Does This Blog Make Me Look Fat?
  85. Ready for fun summer bags! @ beautiful craziness
  86. Emily @ Live Renewed (Decreasing Household Waste)
  87. Kate @ Modern Alternative Mama (Cloth Diapers)
  88. Lori @ Enjoy the Process (paint cans)
  89. ACTIVITY MOM – ABC mat ideas
  90. Hooded Towel, Washies, and Giveaway @ WhimsiKel
  91. A Slob Comes Clean-Kids Bathroom Cleaning Checklis
  92. Odd Mom (How to comfort a child with a hurt mouth)
  93. How to Crack Hotwire. com
  94. Repurposing Mismatched Holey Socks @ DigiCrumbs
  95. Brisket in the Crock Pot
  96. Many2Knit4 (Large-Scale Laundry)
  97. Wow! 100. . . @ the Homemaker
  98. My Frugal Lifestyle ~ Duct Tape Sports T-Shirt ~
  99. More Grief – More Gardening
  100. Crazy Homeschool Mama~I am a bit OCD
  101. Sad last day with a Kinder teacher
  102. Becca – (kids staying at dinner table)
  103. Earning money through LEGITIMATE Mystery Shopping!
  104. cute gift ideas with gumballs!
  105. girly birthday cake
  106. Help!
  107. Fabric Folding and Storage Tutorial for Pennies!
  108. GroovieMom – Get kids in the bed-making habit
  109. A-B-C-D-E-F-CHEESE! – Lorena Bee
  111. SOFTENING BROWN SUGAR- a little bit of everything
  112. Aint She Crazy! How to Roll Silverware
  113. *No Time 4 A Quiet Time-Tips For Squeezing Them In
  114. Tips for Meditating On Gods Word @ GoodMorningGirl
  115. Kelli @ SustainingCreativity (BrainQuest)
  116. Mary Jo @ Covenant Homemaking (1st Tri. survival)
  117. Moneywise Moms – Connect with Other Bloggers
  118. Homemade Salmon Cakes
  119. 12 Summertime Times for Moms
  120. How to learn just about anything for free
  121. Mitten Keeper made Bib Clip (a must have for moms)
  122. This linky list is now closed.

Modern Art that Makes My Heart Stop {Giveaway}

*Updated with Winner* Congratulations to EmmieBee! You won! Everyone else, please don’t forget that Modern Bird Designs is offering a 15% discount code WEARETHATFAMILY to expire June 3rd.
Africa changed me.
I know it sounds trite and overused, but it’s true. It’s not just a slogan or a great t-shirt logo, it’s my mantra.
I don’t feel the same on the inside in little ways-like mindless shopping and even in bigger areas like faith and the future.
I don’t ever want to forget being there: the faces I met, the smells of the city, the feeling of God coming near.
I have a beaded giraffe on my keychain that a Compassion child made. I have a bowl on my kitchen counter that I bought in the market. I have a hole in my heart from the piece I left in Africa.
When Modern Bird Designs asked me if they could make me a piece of art, I knew I wanted a part of my Africa journey on my wall:

Instead of choosing a picture of a child we already sponsor, I chose to capture Paris, a child needing a sponsor.
Isn’t it amazing??

This is hanging in my house as a constant reminder to be her voice:

And a lucky reader will win one too today! Modern Bird Studios is generously offering one reader a 12″ x 12″ custom piece (valued at $215)!

How it works:
Each work is a one-of-a-kind, original studio piece created with a combination of digital, hand, and painting processes on an Oak composite. We take your photograph, and break it down into a two-color image, which results in abstract shapes that make up the form. We then choose two contrasting colors to create the painting. The result is a marriage between technology and traditional painting to create a totally hip urban-style art piece that enriches your home.

To enter, tell me what you would capture and hang on your wall. Your comment is your entry.
You can also follow Modern Bird Designs on Twitter and joining our Facebook page!
*Open to the lower 48 states
*15% discount code WEARETHATFAMILY to expire ONE week after the contest ends
*Previous contest winners are not eligible to enter.
This giveaway ends on Thursday.

My Daughter has a Bucket List

My 10 year old daughter is a deep thinker and I’m pretty sure she’s smarter than me (but let’s keep that between us).
At dinner the other night, she said, “Mom, I’ve been thinking about my bucket list.”
Me: “Do you know what a bucket list is?”
Daughter: “Of course! It’s a list of things I want to do before I die.”
I grabbed a piece of paper because I had a feeling this was going to be good:
I love it when I’m right.
  1. Travel to every continent in the world (good one).
  2. Win a sweepstakes of some sort (I mentally added that one to my own list).
  3. Live in Africa for a year (this one both delighted me and made me teary).
  4. Get fake nails (because she wants to tap them on a table-oh, I love age ten!)
  5. Drink a bottle of MetroMint Water.
I laughed at the last one because she’s been asking me for four weeks to buy her a bottle of this expensive (nearly $2) specialty water her teacher is always raving about.
After dinner and a quick trip to the store:
“Refreshing…like drinking a Peppermint Patty” -in the words of 10 year old.
Check that one off the list.

How about you? Tell me something on your list.