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A Beauty So Rare by Tamera Alexander book trailer

So excited to start reading a new book tonight...


Think this might interest you...here is an excerpt....

A Beauty So Rare by Bethany House Publishers

Not enough hours in the day

There never seems to be enough hours in the days these days. Winter is keeping its cold grip and spring seems so far away even though the calender said Spring started last week. Uggg....

I have so much that I need to do and really no real energy to get it done. Today I need to clean the desk area, spring clean the boys' room, and list some things on facebook sell wall.

I am off work this week due to spring break so going to try to get some things done.

Trip to the zoo

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Last Saturday, after we got up, Bill and I discovered something that is amazing in our house. Bill had the day completely off from work and I had not plans either. We had the whole day to spend as a family. We could have spent the day doing laundry and household chores, but we quickly decided that we wanted to do something out of the house as a family. We threw around a couple of ideas, but none really seemed to fit. Until we came to the idea of taking the kids to the zoo. The Columbus Zoo is about an hour from our house. After checking ticket prices online, I discovered that through Monday their admission was 1/2 price! And Benjamin was still free as he won't turn 2 until April 2.. Score! So, instead of costing us $60 to get in, it only cost us $25.

We had a lovely day...it was chilly to start out, but then the winds died down and the sun came out and it was gorgeous. I think the kids had a blast.

When we parked, we were greeted by a ton of sea gulls. Why there are sea gulls in O…

Sunday Night Chit Chat with new questions!

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HAPPY SUNDAY!!!  And since it is Sunday, it is time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla! I was excited to see that Carla has some new questions this week...should make things a little more fun. :) 
So here goes:


DIAL GIVEAWAY WINNERS!!!

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The winner of the Dial Body Wash Coupons has been emailed. Congrats "midlifemom".

The winners of the Dial Hand Soap coupons are: Lena and Bkittie! 

Winners have until Tuesday to respond to their email or a new winner will be picked! 

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 3

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I have decided to follow along with Money Saving Mom on her 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home series, starting today. I have been feeling like we have way too much stuff and this will be the perfect opportunity to declutter and NOT be overwhelmed. Each day, she lists assignments that will help you to organize your home and not be overwhelmed. So I have decided to join in.....




Today's assignments were:




Get dressed in something that makes you feel great


Sit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.


Complete your morning routine {if you don’t have a morning routine, take some time to create one today! Read my How to Develop a Routine That Works–And Stick With It series for step-by-step help.}


Set the timer for 15 minutes and do a quick-clean of your bedroom


Clean out your freezer.


Find 7 items to get rid of today. 

So, how did I do??
I got dressed in a pair of black dress pants, black…

Reminder: 2 Giveaways ending this FRIDAY!

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Just a friendly reminder that I have 2 giveaways ending this Friday on the blog....
DIAL DEEP CLEANSING HAND SOAP COUPON GIVEAWAY
DIAL VITAMIN BOOST BODY WASH COUPON GIVEAWAY
GO ENTER TO WIN (MUST ENTER ON ORIGINAL POST TO WIN)!! GOOD LUCK!!!

Lent and Me

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Today is Ash Wednesday, which for Catholics and many other Christians, marks the beginning of Lent-- the time of sacrifice and preparation heading to Easter Sunday. It is a tradition in the Catholic Church to give something up for Lent. We do this to help mirror the great Sacrifice that Jesus gave for all of us.

Because we are Catholics, we give things up for Lent.

As a family, we are giving up fast food. After not having it all of the month of January, with our no-spend month, we went way overboard with it in February. It was just too easy to do and to make excuses to get it. So we are giving up fast food as a family. The kids understand and are on board with it.

Something else that I will be doing for the family is not buying any more snack foods for Lent. We have plenty of snacks for the kids in our pantry, so I will let them eat those. This does not include snacks like fruit. This is snacks like goldfish crackers, cookies, etc. I want to use up what we have. I am hoping to have a…

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 2

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I have decided to follow along with Money Saving Mom on her 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home series, starting today. I have been feeling like we have way too much stuff and this will be the perfect opportunity to declutter and NOT be overwhelmed. Each day, she lists assignments that will help you to organize your home and not be overwhelmed. So I have decided to join in.....



Today's assignments were:

Get dressed in something that makes you feel greatSit down with a cup of coffee or tea, refer to your list of weekly goals, and make a list of no more than 5-7 specific things you want to accomplish today.Complete your morning routine {if you don’t have a morning routine, take some time to create one today! Read my How to Develop a Routine That Works–And Stick With It series for step-by-step help.}Set the timer for 15 minutes and do a quick-clean of your kitchen: wash the dishes/load the dishwasher, clear off the countertops, and, if you have time, wipe down the countertops and the out…

Dial Deep Cleansing hand soaps: review and A QUICK GIVEAWAY! UPDATED!!!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THE WINNERS ARE: LENA AND BKITTIE!!! YOU BOTH HAVE BEEN EMAILED!!

I received more happy mail in the mail the other day! As a Purex Insider, I was the lucky recipient of a box of 2 new Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps to try out! 




The New Dial Deep Cleansing Hand Soaps are the latest Dial Brand hand soap bringing luxury to your hand washing experience. These premium soaps feature vibrant scents, a gentle micro scrubber formula that smooths and moisturizes the skin, and a completely new design that adds personal style to your home. 




I received: Dial Water Blossoms Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soap and Dial Yellow Raspberry and Black Sugar Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soap

My Oh My do these soaps smell wonderful! For me, I have to have a good smelling soap or I won't use a certain brand. Well the new Dial Deep Moisturizing Hand Soaps fit the bill. They are not overwhelming in their smell....they are just right. Personally, I think that the Dial Yellow…

The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers

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DESCRIPTION:

Children love the soothing sound of rhyme! And now they can enjoy ten classic Bible stories retold in delightful read-aloud rhyme in The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers. From the story of creation ("In the beginning God made the light. The light was for day. The dark was for night.") to the resurrection of Jesus ("All his friends were happy then. Jesus was alive again!"), this is the perfect choice for parents who want to introduce their toddlers to the Word of God. Newly updated illustrations and classic stories told in vivid verse make this padded cover board book a sure favorite that will entertain young ones and teach them biblical lessons that last a lifetime.

MY THOUGHTS: 

I LOVED this Bible version. I have been looking for a fun Bible for Benjamin, who will be 2 in April. He loves to be read to, but he is still at the age where paper books are not strong enough to withstand the hand of a 23 month old. Enter The Rhyme Bible Storybook for Toddlers…

4 Weeks to a More Organized Home: Day 1

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I have decided to follow along with Money Saving Mom on her 4 Weeks to a More Organized Home series, starting today. I have been feeling like we have way too much stuff and this will be the perfect opportunity to declutter and NOT be overwhelmed.


Each day, she lists assignments that will help you to organize your home and not be overwhelmed.
Today's assignments were:

Get dressed in something that makes you feel greatSit down with a cup of coffee or tea and make a list of 5-10 goals for this week.Complete your morning routine {if you don’t have a morning routine, take some time to create one today! Read my How to Develop a Routine That Works–And Stick With It series for step-by-step help.}quickly pick up the main living areas of your home.Clean out your purse and/or diaper bag.Find 7 items to get rid of today. Throw them out, stick them in a donate or garage sale box, give them to a friend who can use them, or list them on Craigslist or eBay.

So, how did I do?? I got dressed in a pa…

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 weekPlan a fun activity for Friday when Rebecca is off from school.
HOMEMAKING GOALS:
Catch up and stay on top of laundryMop upstairs and downstairs
PERSONAL GOALS:
Eat at least one fruit/veggie with each mealCome up with exercise plan 
BLOG GOALS:
Writ…