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Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash--- Review and Giveaway! UPDATED!!!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!! THE WINNER, MIDLIFEMOM, HAS BEEN EMAILED! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!!!!!
As a Purex insider, I was delighted to receive a bottle of Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash in the mail to try.




It arrived at the perfect time. With the temperatures here reaching below zero for weeks on end, this winter has been torture on my skin. With our heat being on ALL THE TIME, my skin has become SO dry. It is not funny. I am not one to really like a lot of lotions, so what is a girl to do? Use a body wash with lotion it it! 

I will say I was skeptical at first. Could this body wash really help my dry itchy skin? 

Well I was intrigued to give it a try. 




According to the packaging: NEW Dial® Vitamin Boost Body Wash gives your skin a daily boost of vitamins. The advanced formula contains a moisturizing Vitamin Complex, which helps draw moisture directly to your skin leaving your skin feeling so healthy and soft, people can't help but notice! 

The Dial Vitamin Boost Body Wash w…

My Weekly Goals

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Inspired by Crystal Paine's new book "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life " , I have decided to start making a list of 10 weekly goals that I hope to accomplish this week. Each week I hope to post a listing of my goals for the week in the categories of: marriage, mothering, personal, blogging and homemaking.
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FIRST LET'S RECAP LAST WEEK:
MARRIAGE GOALS:
Write a love note to Bill on nights he works lateDate night with Bill
MOTHERING GOALS:
Read a book to the kids each night, at least 5 times this week.Let kids "play" on computer at least 2 times.-- NO, but we did let the kids play on the Wii several days.
HOMEMAKING GOALS:
Catch up and stay on top of laundry--IN PROGRESSDisinfect toys downstairs in living room
PERSONAL GOALS:
Eat at …

Things on my mind....

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I have a bunch of random thoughts in my head today....life is full of chaos right now....

Today is day 3 of Rebecca missing school. She has had a fever since Sunday. This morning her temperature was back to normal, but will have to watch her today to see if she can go back to school tomorrow. Benjamin is walking and getting into EVERYTHING that he is not supposed to. He loves to be chased around the house and tickled. It is amazing at how much Jacob is growing up. I took him to sign him up for Pre-K in the fall and since then I have noticed how much his communication skills have increased.I am thankful that my hubby went and got chocolate for me last night. I have been feeling very stressed. Finally, it has warmed up a bit outside. Last night I went out at 10 to help Bill bring in a few groceries and only had on a long sleeve top and jeans and I was not cold. We are supposed to have thunderstorms tomorrow though :( I am thinking about trying to find a full time job. I am so tired of l…

My Weekly Goals

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Inspired by Crystal Paine's new book "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life " , I have decided to start making a list of 10 weekly goals that I hope to accomplish this week. Each week I hope to post a listing of my goals for the week in the categories of: marriage, mothering, personal, blogging and homemaking.
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FIRST LET'S RECAP LAST WEEK:

My goals for last week were:

MARRIAGE GOALS:
Date night with Bill we ordered in food Thursday night and just had alone time after the kids were in bedWrite a love note to Bill each night he works lateMOTHERING GOALS: Read a book to each child before bed, at least 5 days this weekSign Rebecca up for Spring softball leagueMake Valentine's brownies for Rebecca's class party on FridayHOMEMAKING GOALS…

Valentine's Day recap

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I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day. 
As for me....we kind of spread out the celebration. On Thursday afternoon, my hubby came home from work and told me that he wanted to take care of dinner for the kids that night and that he wanted to order in food for him and I. I had a long day at work planned, and I had to take Jacob to a pre-k roundup that night so I was all for him dealing with dinner. So, he ordered in yummy Mexican food for us and we had a lovely dinner and then cuddled on the couch watching the Olympics. 
Yesterday, on Valentine's Day.....

I sent in homemade heart brownies for Rebecca's class party. 
I also took some into my work in-service meeting. 


I set out Bill's gift and card.



I got beautiful flowers and a nutty card from my hubby! 


And I surprised the kids with treats after dinner.  Benjamin especially loved his cookie! 



All in all it was a good Valentine's Day.  Wish I could have spent more of the actual day with my hubby,  but between his wo…

Pirates, Mess Detectives, and a Superhero (book review)

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Book description: 


In this 3 in 1 bind-up of VeggieTales I Can Reads, Junior learns that even pirates have to go to school, the town of Bumblyburg takes an angry mud bath, and Larry forgets to listen … again! Young readers follow their favorite Veggie friends in easy-to-read stories that help teach early reading skills as well as sound morals and Bible-based life lessons. Books included in this title include: Pirate in TrainingLarryBoy and the MudslingersListen Up, Larry
My thoughts: 

I was excited to be able to review this book, as I have been looking for new books that my sons would like. I will say that I was not disappointed in this collection of stories. Pirates, Mess Detectives, and a Superhero / VeggieTales / I Can Read! (I Can Read! / Big Idea Books / VeggieTales) is a collection of 3 different " I Can Read" books that are level 1. They are perfect for the beginning reader. I love how each story teaches a quick lesson to kids while engaging them in funny stories with th…

The cold can go away....

Seriously, this cold weather can go away any time now. Really.

Woke up to negative degrees again today (-9 F when it was time to take Rebecca to school this morning). Bill had to take our neighbor to work this morning (she works at the same school Rebecca attends), as her Tahoe wouldn't start. (Her hubby is out of town and her son works overnight so was not home). Am hoping that Bill's car starts later. He has been driving the van because of the amount of snow that is on the ground.

This is the winter that just is awful with cold and snow. We have already had close to 50 inches of snow when you add everything up. That is way above normal for us. And the temperatures are stuck at below zero. So NOT normal. I got our gas bill yesterday....:( Everyone's bills are high so I shouldn't complain, but I hate to pay a high bill like it was. I should be grateful that we have a roof over our head, food in the house, warm clothes and okay heat in our house. That is a lot more than…

Praying for Boys (book review)

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FROM THE BACK COVER: 

What Are Your Biggest Concerns for Your Son?
Instead of trying harder to change your boy's behavior or worrying about his future, enjoy the peace that comes when you pray specific prayers for him straight from the Bible. This encouraging book helps you target your prayers on what your son needs most--from patience and self-control to having a pure heart and making wise decisions.


Today you can start giving whatever concerns you have to God and
- learn to fight for your son's heart in prayer
- look at raising boys as a gift
- see how even quick prayers make a difference
- understand boys' deepest struggles, no matter their age
- rest in knowing that God is the only One who can change your son's heart

Written for moms but great for dads (and grandparents) too, this easy-to-use book is filled with uplifting stories and biblical wisdom that will equip you on your journey to raising a godly man.

Includes a 21-Day Prayer Guide for Small Groups, in Person or Onlin…

Raising Boys by Design: What the Bible and Brain Science Reveal About What Your Son Needs to Thrive (book review)

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Book description: 

Your son was created for great things, but he needs your help to appreciate his unique male design and to grow into the strong, loving man God created him to be.

Packed with doable strategies and eye-opening examples of what’s really going on inside a boy’s brain,Raising Boys by Design offers a practical blueprint to help you build a HERO—one who values Honor, Enterprise, Responsibility, and Originality. Among other things, you’ll learn how to help your son:


• strengthen his character, resilience, and self-discipline
• nurture genuine compassion and empathy
• process words and emotions in ways that fit his brain chemistry
• succeed in school and hone crucial life skills
• develop a healthy perspective of sexuality
• avoid the pitfalls of media and technology
• embark on a lifelong adventure of faith

This unique resource combines the latest research in brain science with timeless truths from the Bible to reveal the deepest needs shared by every boy of faith while also leading …

My Weekly Goals

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Inspired by Crystal Paine's new book "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life " , I have decided to start making a list of 10 weekly goals that I hope to accomplish this week. Each week I hope to post a listing of my goals for the week in the categories of: marriage, mothering, personal, blogging and homemaking.
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FIRST LET'S RECAP LAST WEEK:

My goals for last week were:

MARRIAGE GOALS:  Leave a love note for Bill on nights he works late  did this 3 times! Figure out what to get Bill for Valentine's Day  bought on Saturday! MOTHERING GOALS: Read a book to each child before bed each nightClean out toys in living room and bring play kitchen down for kids to play withHOMEMAKING GOALS: Clean out file box for 2013 and begin filing for 2014File …

Knowledge Fair and Rebecca's lion

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Last night, we headed out to Rebecca's school to see what projects all the kids had done for the school's annual knowledge fair. Something Rebecca was so looking forward too! It was all she wanted to talk about all week.

What is a "Knowledge Fair?" you ask.


Well think science fair, but with all grades involved. At my daughter's school, Kindergarten through 4 grades do a science report on varying topics depending on the class,  5th grade does an economics project and 6-8th grades do a science project (complete with boards, presentations, and judging from local high school and college teachers to see who if anyone goes on to the district science fair). All of these projects (minus the actual experiments) are completed in school only with no parent help on reports or project boards. Then on Knowledge Fair night, the kids all present their projects to their parents and the community.

This year, the first grade did animal reports. They had to research an animal. They …

Yesterday's Snow Day

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Yesterday, due to the 7 inches of snow that fell the night before, Rebecca's school was closed and so I didn't have to go to work. We ended up with a snow day! (Which if you are counting makes day #6, so we will have to make this one up on President's Day....)

The roads were AWFUL yesterday morning. It took Dear Hubby 45 minutes to get to work; a drive that normally takes him 5 minutes. The roads had not been plowed and there was snow, then a layer of ice, then more snow. He said it was treacherous.

The kids and I didn't have to go anywhere, so we hunkered down to stay home and have fun. I did have Rebecca do some school work in the morning (spelling word review, reading her reading book and her religion book, etc.) Then, the morning consisted of the kids playing, watching cartoons, and coloring in their new coloring books that I had picked up the day before at the Dollar Tree.

After lunch, we had fun outside in the snow. Everyone went outside and we all played in the …

Notes from a Blue Bike: The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World (book review)

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BOOK DESCRIPTION: Life is chaotic. But you can choose to live it differently.It doesn't always feel like it, but we do have the freedom to live life differently than what's "normal." The popular blogger—founder of the nationally recognized Simple Mom family of online resources—tells the story of her family’s ongoing quest to live more simply, fully, and intentionally. Part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide, Notes from a Blue Bike takes you from a hillside in Bosnia to a Turkish high-rise to a congested Austin suburb to a small town in Oregon. It chronicles toddler spats, schooling dilemmas, and dinnertime drama as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, automobile, and blue cruiser bike. Entertaining, thoughtful, and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic—Notes from a Blue Bikeinvites you to pay attention to who you are and what your family needs and then make some choices.
MY THOUGHTS:
WOW. WOW. WOW. That was my first re…

My Weekly Goals

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Inspired by Crystal Paine's new book "Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life " , I have decided to start making a list of 10 weekly goals that I hope to accomplish this week. Each week I hope to post a listing of my goals for the week in the categories of: marriage, mothering, personal, blogging and homemaking.
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FIRST LET'S RECAP LAST WEEK:

My goals for last week were:

MARRIAGE GOALS: Leave Bill at least one love note on our whiteboard on nights that he works late.Make a list of possible date night ideas for the future.MOTHERING GOALS: Read at least one book to each child before bed each night Sign Jacob up for YMCA Spring Soccer (need to do this before Friday as the price jumps another $20 on Friday)HOMEMAKING GOALS: Clean out file box from…

February Challenge time!

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Looking back at my goals for the year, they were basically divided into 2 categories---personal and financial for the family. Since January's challenge was focused on finances, I have decided that February's challenge will focused on personal. Well this month, I am still going to be looking at ways to work on our financial picture. I am also going to be focusing more on ME.

In January, we gave up fast food as a family for the month as part of the challenge. Well Hubby and I are going to re-introduce eating out this month. Last month, I lost 5.4 lbs. And I know that this is because we gave up on eating out. Well with the reintroduction of eating out, something has to give if I want to keep losing weight.

This brings me to the February challenge for myself:




My goal is to do some form of exercise for at least 15 minutes every day in February beginning today! 15 minutes is a short enough time that there can be NO EXCUSES! This will lend itself to my goal of losing 40 lbs this year…