Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rainbow Goodness

I had a wonderful request for a Princess Cape (not a Superhero Cape :) from my 5 yr old daughter!  It was a pretty tall order that involved a rainbow, a bird, people, and some sparkly jewels...oh and it had to be orange.  Move over pink!  Orange is one of her new favorite colors!  Although I had some other projects at the top of my list that I was really eager to start, my heart melted so of course this one took priority!  :)  I was able to do a sneaky trip with her to the fabric store that involved a candy reward, and the design process began!  I finished it pretty quick, but it took me forever to get out and buy velcro.  Pictures soon!

Friday, July 15, 2011

This post has no super clever title! :)

I was in Target tonight.
MYSELF!  Now that doesn't happen too often, but it was GREAT!
I've been sort of trapped in the house all week with 2 sick kids, so it was much needed!  And you know what was pretty stinkin' awesome...I was greeted by a Target employee when I walked in the store who noticed I was alone...without my kids.  Funny, but I did not recognize her.  (And I'm in there a LOT!)  She noticed me though, and mentioned that she NEVER sees me without my kids.  I bumped into her a little later in the little girls section and she told me that whenever the kids and I come in the store, she never cringes like she does with most other kids and that they are very well-behaved.  Oh yeah!  I'll just leave it at that!  I kept thinking of this song:

Sometimes you wanna go
where everybody knows your na-a-ame
and they're always glad you ca-a-ame...

Ha ha!  I'll have to admit...made me feel kind of a weird kind of way.  You see sometimes when you're a Mom, you kind of just feel like you're just another face in the crowd...and a lot of the time you're just kid # so-and-so's Mom.  But someone actually noticed me!  Little ol' me!  I guess I can conclude 2 things:

# 1  People actually notice that I'm a person apart from my kiddos.  He he!  :)
# 2  People actually notice me (or you, or anyone for that matter!  Yikes!) and my habits, etc.  So be careful out there!  Always be aware of your surroundings!  Most of the time we don't know when someone's watching us.

I am just being funny here, but I really do meet a lot of people who talk to me and I really don't know where I know them from.  Sometimes they'll mention that they saw me somewhere or we met at a store or church...ever happen to you?  I always feel so bad, don't you?  So I guess the real scary part is people see me out places...AND...I wonder what I was doing at the time?  Was I nice to them?  Was I having a good day or a bad day...was I patient with my kids...was I representing Christ well?  It makes me feel like a celebrity sometimes!  I guess when you call yourself a Christian, you are a celebrity of some sort.  No, really!  Ever heard of God?  Yeah?  His son, Jesus?  Uh-huh.  I actually know them!  No, really!  We're related.  God is my Father!  He's really famous!  Like World-wide!  So that makes me somewhat of a celebrity, right?  You following?  :)  Makes me think of this song:

I always feel like
somebody's watchin' mee-eeeee

I'm being funny again, but seriously I really don't want to give Him a bad name since I kind of represent Him.  I'm sure I have plenty of times (we won't talk about the grocery store this week...well, okay...I confess...the apology I gave to the rude lady when my daughter ripped the fake leaf off the display and threw it in the wasn't sincere...I asked God for forgiveness though! :)  But I really really do want to attract people to Christ, not give Him a bad name.  One thing I've learned is that anytime someone professes to be a Christian, people really start watching them.  We're all going to make mistakes, but I really don't want to cause anyone to turn away from God because of my actions or the lifestyle I lead.  Their eternity is at stake.  Lord, please help me be a sweet fragrance that attracts others to you!

"But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ's triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume." - 2 Corinthians 2:14

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mott's for Tots!

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Did you know...
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  • 40% less sugar than 100% apple juice
  • Delicious taste!
  • No artificial sweeteners
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Tuesday, July 5, 2011


I have been on a mission lately to be more conscious of how I'm spending our money.

I am a homemaker, and while I thoroughly enjoy staying home with my children and consider it a privilege, it's sometimes tough in a one income household.  Although it is very much a blessing that what my husband makes is the equivalent of what a lot of two income households make combined, we all need to practice the art of patience and contentment for the things we want in life!  We have been slammed with medical bills over the last few months, which is part of why I began my mission.

Before purchases I now try to assess whether it is a need vs a want.  This has been especially hard for my kids.  I think they believe that money grows on trees!

My husband makes sure they never want for anything!  I can't say I'm totally innocent either!  However, it has made our family outings, ice cream trips, movie nights, etc. much more special and appreciated by them.  It's not as expected now.  We can find a lesson in everything, so we can all benefit from this new mission I'm on!  I'm actually starting to enjoy it now!  I feel as if I'm throwing money away if I don't first look for a coupon or deal.  I love the challenge and I love the look on my husbands face when I score a deal.  He really seems to appreciate my effort!  Now this is coming from the girl who LOVES Target and is in there shopping at least twice a week.
  I should say this was the girl though, because I have developed new habits!  I have become UNSTOPPABLE in my mission to save our family money!  Speaking of unstoppable, I am very excited to mention that I've been given the opportunity to review a new product that is only available in select stores right now!
I'm so EXCITED!!!  I just got it in the mail and it is a free FULL-SIZE sample!  I can't wait to use it and share my review with you soon!