July 23, 2014

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 Happy Wednesday!  It is so gray and cold here today… I really would like... 


I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!  We went to church, Matt grilled... 


 My life is crazy right now – typical five kids, spring crazy.  I have 4... 


We are HOME together as a FAMILY!  God is good.  I am so relieved for us to be... 


As I visit Ukraine for our adoption, we have been exploring various food places.... 

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Sometimes we need an afternoon snack that is a little more than a granola bar.  I... 

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Chocolate is my BFF.  I love trying new recipes with that lovely ingredient. A friend... 

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Friends, I have made my share of Chicken Salad over the years.  My family and I... 


Need a last minute 4th of July treat?  These are super easy and the kids LOVE them! Take... 

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The summer heat has hit us hard in the midwest.  After our super cold winter I don’t... 

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Accountability – here we go…  I mentioned in my Isagenix Review last week that I would keep you updated on my progress.  I am on day 10 now.  I am starting my second two day cleanse.  I’m not feeling quite as excited about this one as the first one, but I know I can make it through because I did it last time! After my first cleanse... [Read more of this review]

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It’s back to school clothes shopping time! School starts tomorrow for my little preschooler and Friday (Friday?!? Strange…) for my 3rd, 5th & 8th graders. Generally speaking I mostly shop for my 13 year old boy, and my 4 year old girl. Then the 11 & 8 year old boys end up with the hand-me-downs. (I know… not too exciting)... [Read more of this review]


Disclosure:  I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Polly Pocket. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Our summer has been strange – weather wise.  Last summer it was so so hot, and this summer has been cool and rainy.  Yesterday on our cool... [Read more of this review]


I have been doing some spring cleaning. So much more to do! But baby steps are happening. We are having our annual multi-family garage sale this week, so it is always nice to remove the clutter! I believe I have 14+ bins full of stuff this year. It’s amazing how fast things accumulate with 6 people living in the home! The more I clean and... [Read more of this review]


What little girl does not love to get her fingernails painted?  My little girly LOVES it…  However she also bites her nails… so I am reluctant to place chemical laden polish on her little fingers that end up in her mouth.  When I heard about “Piggy Paint” I was super excited!  A product that gives me peace of mind, and also... [Read more of this review]

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I went grocery shopping yesterday.  Feeding two adults, two teenage boys, two pre-teen boys, and a 5 1/2 year old girl is not cheap.  As our family has grown, I have learned how to feed my family on a budget (and a crazy schedule). When I was in Ukraine, bored one day, I started pouring out all my tips and tricks of shopping and cooking on a budget... [Read more of this review]


 Seriously?  Please tell me this is not happening again… Yes, it is beatiful…  but I am about ready to be done with snow!  We just got spoiled the last couple of years I think.  Thankfully it is a holiday so the kids do not have ANOTHER snow day…  I think we have 5 already  (not sure, lost count). At any rate, we are... [Read more of this review]


Ouch…   It is so frustrating to me when I miss an opportunity.  The other day my husband wanted a specific item from Amazon.  I told him I would order, but then forgot.  The next morning I went to order, and guess what…  It was $15 more!  UGH…  Missed Opportunity.  (He did warn me it was a good price and to hurry… oops!)... [Read more of this review]


I hope you are having a great week!  I feel like fall is just flying by!  I can’t believe it is already almost Thanksgiving!  (of course I couldn’t believe it was almost Halloween a few weeks ago!)  It has been busy around here with the fire, and fundraising, and kids and work and… the list goes on.  I am it is the same for most... [Read more of this review]


When I started planning this “fire” sale, I really had no idea we would have a real fire to deal with…  Wow it has been an interesting last couple of weeks! It has been one thing after another at our house.  Did I mention the engine in our Suburban died a couple days ago?  (5 years to the day when we purchased it – new)  UGH... [Read more of this review]

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This is a sponsored post. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating. Are you passionate and concerned about the quality, health, safety, production or marketing of our food? There’s an exclusive online community run by Communispace on behalf of Ketchum where you can share your thoughts and opinions with major companies in... [Read more of this review]


Hi friends!  If you happen to love chicken and your slow cooker (my current life saver with our crazy schedule) then you need this brand new ebook just released from Susanne – “The Hillbilly Housewife”  She claims it is her best product so far, and I tend to agree.  Less than $3, and you have more than an entire month of chicken... [Read more of this review]


As of right now… here are some freebies for you.  Remember these deals sometimes expire FAST!  If something is gone, I am sorry.  Also, I have not had a chance to preview these – wanted to get them out ASAP, so no guarantees on how good they are… but for free, you don’t have anything to lose.  Read More →


Gluten Free Friends, I just heard about a new magazine – “Living Without” “Living Without magazine offers you thoughtful articles and columns that cater to concerned parents, intelligent consumers, and those who wish to take control of their dietary intake. If you’re overwhelmed with the thought of learning a new style... [Read more of this review]


  Does your budget need a boost? I know mine does!  The Living On A Dime Extravaganza e-book package can help turn it around! Learn to Save for the Things you Really Want or Need. This e-book set includes 12 money saving Living On A Dime e-books to save you money and make your life easier by helping you fix the leak in your pocketbook! You can... [Read more of this review]

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