Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I heart Pottery Barn

Have you been to the pottery barn web site? I could stay there for hours just "window" shopping. I'm sure if I had the get up and go there are a few things on there I think I could copy too.
Oh how I wish and pray for warm weather so I will feel like doing something other than sitting under a blanket staring at the tv.
Here are a few things I'd like to try and copy...when it warms up!

How hard can this be?

29.99 for 2 bottles...Ummm o I can do better than that.

antique pickling jars. I can't make these but I sure want them!

We have an old gate and this would look good in my sunroom...I can do this!

looks easy to me

I'm so going hunting when it warms up!

This will be going on my porch this spring. It would look nice hanging or sitting on a table. I have mason jars and wire I just need sand.

source for all the pictures

Just sharing my "window" shopping with yall. Hope you all have a great night and a better tomorrow....stay warm!

Ocean Nasal Spray WINNER!

 I went to random.org and got my winner for the Ocean nasal spray package. I couldn't figure out how to copy paste the pic so yall will have to trust me. I have Kel's computer and it's different than mine....of course mine is a dinosaur.

Random.org picked #2
Which is...

Tiffany Christie said...I follow you on twitter

Congratulations Tiffany! I appreciate all who entered and Tiffany you will be getting an email.soon.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cast of Characters by Max Lucado book review

Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849921554
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849921551
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches

Product Description

Some of the most powerful stories from the Bible will come alive for today's readers through these
inspiring selections from the writings of Max Lucado. Max provides a compelling look at the most
high-impact moments in the biblical narrative, drawn from his previous 20+ years of writing.
At the end of each chapter will be study guide questions so the reader can go deeper into this
Extraordinary stories are told about the following characters:
Mary, Peter, Matthew, Joseph, Nicodemus, Woman at the Well, David, Esther, Job, The
Samaritan Woman, John, Rich Young Man.
And more

Joseph - Joseph's Prayer; Matthew - Friends of Flops; Woman Who Washed Jesus' Feet - The 7:47 Principle; Mephibosheth - The Privilege of Paupers; Samaritan Woman - Two Tombstones; Mary, Martha, and Lazarus - Your Place in God's Band; Abigail - Barbaric Behavior; Paralyzed Man - Bright Lights on Dark Nights; John - I Can Turn Your Tradegy into Triumph; Paul - Hidden Heroes; Two Criminals - I Will Let You Choose; Moses - The Voice from the Mop Bucket; Joseph - When Crickets Make You Cranky; David - Facing Your Giants; Esther - Touching the King's Heart; Job - Where Man Covers His Mouth; Nicodemus - The Most Famous Conversion in the Bible; Jairus - The Sparkle from Eternity; Rich Young Ruler - The Affluent Poor; Sarah, Peter, and Paul - The Kingdom of the Absurd; Lazarus - The Final Witness; Peter - The Gospel of the Second Chance; Conclusion - Cast of Characters; Notes; Sources

My Review

We have read about the people in the bible so many times and I know at least in my opinion they are and surely always had been extraordinary people. Max Lucado shows us in this book the ways that God has used ordinary people to do extraordinary things.

Mr Lucado places these stories from the bible in modern day situations that we can better understand.

The book makes you think about the things we can glean from reading about the stories and how God put these people in situations where even as today we can relate. It has a section for discussions after each chapter so it would also be great for a group bible study.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Monday, January 17, 2011

Ten Thoughts Tuesday

*i just love how this flower turned out*

1. I'm afraid these 10 thoughts may be all downers. That's how my life has been for a couple weeks now.

2. I do have blessings! I appreciate every one of them.

3. Its either been cold and /or wet for what seems like forever. Been like this all over the US if the news is correct. I'm sure this is one reason I have the blues.

4. I miss Daisy so very bad. I try not to think about it but there's reminders every where. I dread coming home because she isn't there at the door twisting into a pretzel because she's so happy I'm home.

5. I see dog food at walmart and think for a second that I need to get some

6. Whew.... Ok I have to get away from that subject.

7. I have 7 pkgs to mail tomorrow. All books and I don't have one to read...hoping one comes in mail tomorrow.

8. I'm STILL sick...2 weeks and counting.

9. I think I've lost some blog friends.... :(

10. Pickle juice... Its what I'm craving tonight. I'm going to be all swolled up tomorrow.

*swolled IS a word*
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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Have you ever tried scented oils?

When I was blogging at Multiply I met Sousonne and although I don't blog there any more we are still friends on facebook.She is a sweet lady and one of the people I would love to meet IRL one day.

Sousonne has the fabulous oils that she sells.Her website Forest of Light has all the info but here's a bit from it.-
We have found a wonderful supplier who has their own labs and has created oil fragrances that were "INSPIRED BY" designer type fragrances out on the market. They also provide us with essential oils like lemon base, lavender, tea tree, etc, and imported oils from around the world like Arabian Rose, Indian, Tunisian, Egyptian and Arabian Sandalwood, African Dewberry. These oils are high quality, Grade A oils, and have an unlimited shelf life as long as you keep them out of the sunlight, and away from a lot of heat.
At this time, we're offering dram-sized bottles for a very low price, so that you will be able to afford to experience these wonderful scents at a fraction of the cost of "designer fragrances", which, by the way all contain alcohol and have shelf lives (expiration dates, required by the government!). Our oils are pure, and contain NO alcohol or water. They are very concentrated, and a couple of little drops is all you need for the entire day. Yes...a little goes a long way!
Legally, (SEE DISCLAIMERS BELOW), we aren't allowed to say that our "inspired by" fragrances are "exactly" like the trademark designer type versions on the market....and to some who revel in buying only designer, perhaps they aren't...it will have to be up to you to decide. I can only tell you that from what I havepersonally compared and what others with whom I've share, who have originals, have found when they've compared, they're pretty darned close!
Of course our imported oils are superb, exotic and unique in their own ways. Some of my customers even purchase a variety of fragrances, and then mixed their own combination into a bottle. A good vanilla with a touch of lavender is wonderful....other imported fragrances, like one of the rose oils, mixed with one of the musks is amazing too. You can actually create your own signature scent! (LOL..just make sure you take notes when you're making it!)

She sent me 2 bottles of oil and some small examples. The bottles were Tunisian Jasmine and Tunisian Amber. They smell wonderful! I love amber scents and this one stays with you and it really does only take a small amount. I put just a dab on both sides of my neck and I could still smell it when I got ready to take my shower that night after wearing it all day!

You can also use the oils in your bath water, a few drops in an oil diffuser and if you make soap or candles you can use it in those too.

Not only do the oils smells yummy they are very affordable. 
At this time with the exception of a few, most of these dram bottles will be sold for $4.50 + $1.50 shipping and if you would like to try before you buy you can get 
samples that  will consist of FOUR one inch glass sample vials with about 5 drops of oil in each. You choose which four you want to experience. The vials have a plastic stopper with a little built in wand for application. The cost of one order of 4 samples is $2.50. This price includes the shipping. 

SEE! Very affordable and they last a very long time.

So go visit Forest of Light and check out all the oils she has available...I'm sure you will find several you would like to try.

If you do purchase some please let me know what you think and tell Sousonne I sent you!
Have you tried scented oils before?

Saturday, January 15, 2011

I LOVE CSN stores!

My computer has been sick for a while. I've had it since 2004 and the night Britt and i got married in 2006 a storm hit and killed it so I hope to be shopping for a new one soon and I plan on getting a laptop. Of course if I get a laptop I want a laptop messenger bag and I've been checking them out at CSN stores! They have hundreds to choose from and this is the one I'm loving.

Isn't it so cute!!

CSN has everything you could be looking for so get over there and check out a few things...If your like me you will be there for a while!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

My heart hurts so bad.

Last night my Daisy passed away. She was 10 yrs old and I'm going to miss her so very bad.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

Applied Labels

I recently got to review the dishwasher and machine washable labels from appliedlabels.com. I got the personalized ones and put Drex's name and his mamas phone number on them. Since he has started daycare they have really come in handy. He has to have his name on his bottles,blankets and everything he takes to daycare basically. 

Mine are really simple but they have the cutest icons to add to the labels if you wish and theres enough room after your letters.

I highly recommend this product and will continue to use applied labels.

From the appliedlabels.com site_
Applied LabelsTM ~ our flagship and most popular product.  Extremely tough and ultra versatile, they're perfect for labeling everything from bottles, sippies and shoes to school supplies, gadgets, summer camp gear and all those little things that go to early childcare centers.  Available with and without icons or with a second line of custom print.  Great for grown-ups too! 
Ultra Durable & Dishwasher-Safe
Permanent Adhesive & Ink 
High Resolution & Perfectly Sized: 1.5" x 0.5"

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Ocean Nasal Spray *review and giveaway*

I get to do another review and giveaway for Ocean Spray! I was so glad about it to with this being cold and flu season. Drex has been really snotty and as young as he is the dr just wants us to use the saline drops and Ocean Spray for kids is getting a lot of use. We just lie him down and squeeze some in his nose and he raises his eyebrows and starts chewing...I'm not going to lie, he hates it! BUT... it helps him breathe so much easier when we use the booger sucker to clean his nose out after using the Ocean Spray.

Yesterday it snowed all day here...we almost never get snow like this. Normally its freezing rain also known as ICE! On top of that I am sick with the crud as my mama calls it. My nose is either running constantly or super dry after I take my medicine so I have had the chance to use the Ocean Spray Sinus Irrigation.

  • For general moisturizing during dry climates and cold temperatures, and while spending time in enclosed spaces (e.g., air travel, office buildings, etc.)
  • To relieve allergy, cold & flu symptoms in a safe, non-medicated manner
  • To help relieve congestion by thinning mucus
  • To return moisture caused by drug-induced dryness
  • To help reduce nosebleeds from dryness
  • To moisturize and irrigate membranes following nasal surgery
  • To relieve dryness associated with oxygen treatments and CPAP machines for sleep apnea
This helped me so much! I recommend Ocean Spray for all your nose needs! LOL!

Ocean Spray can be found in most of your local stores.

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One of my readers will win the Ocean Spray for kids, Ocean Spray sinus irrigation and Ocean Spray premium saline nasal spray.

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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Within My Heart by Tamera Alexander book review

Product Description
Widow Rachel Boyd struggles to keep her ranch afloat and provide for her two young sons, though some days it feels as though her efforts are sabotaged at every turn. When her cattle come down with disease and her sons' lives are endangered, she must turn to Rand Brookston, Timber Ridge's physician and reluctant veterinarian. While Rachel appreciates his help, she squelches any feelings she might have for Rand--her own father was a doctor and his patients always took priority over his family. Rachel refuses to repeat the mistakes her mother made. But when she's courted by a wealthy client of the local resort, she faces a choice: self-sufficiency and security or the risk inherent in the deepest of loves.
About the Author
Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Franklin, Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two college-age children and a silky terrier named Jack.
My Review
I have never read Tamera Alexanders book before reading Within My Heart and even though this was book 3 in the Timber Ridge Reflections I had no problem knowing what was going on or feeling like I missed something.
There were several times while reading the book I found myself wiping the tears away. This book is about giving forgiveness, learning to trust and second chances in love.
I plan on going to the library and reading the first two books in the series and recommend this book highly.

Thanks to Bethany House for the opportunity to review this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Tandem by Tracey Bateman book review

  • Pub. Date: October 2010
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • ISBN-13: 9780307457172
  • ISBN: 0307457176
Six months ago, brutal murders shook the small Ozark town--murders that stopped after a house fire reportedly claimed the killer's life. Lauryn McBride's family auction house has taken responsibility for the estate sale of one of the victims--the enigmatic Markus Chisom. Submerging herself in Chisom's beautiful but strange world, Lauryn welcomes the reprieve from watching Alzheimer's steal her father from her, piece by piece. She soon realizes that centuries-old secrets tie Abbey Hills to the Chisom estate and a mysterious evil will do anything to make sure those secrets stay hidden. Even the man who grew up loving her may not be able to protect Lauryn from the danger. 

When Amede Dastillon receives an unexpected package from Abbey Hills, she hopes it might be the key in tracking down her beloved sister, long estranged from her family. Visiting Abbey Hills seems the logical next step in her search, but Amede is unusually affected by the town, and when mutilated carcasses begin turning up again in the small community, the local law enforcement isn't sure if they are confronting a familiar evil or a new terror. 

Two women brought together by questions that seem to have no answers. Can they overcome the loss and darkness threatening to devour them--or will their own demons condemn them to an emotional wasteland? 

My Review
I'm a big fan of vampire books...even before the Twilight books got huge. While this was not the type of vampire book I'm use to reading I enjoyed it. I read it in two nights and would have finished it the first night had I not been up to many hours!
Bateman has a way with bringing her characters to life for you, it doesn't take me any time to know who I like and don't like with her characters.
I'm not sure I understand the "Christian" part of the book but other than that I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to friends.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, blogging for books for this review.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Ramblings...Does it make me a terrible person?

I'm off work today and Drex stayed all night since his mama and daddy have to work late. Poor lil guy had to sleep in his swing because his sinuses are draining and if he lies flat he coughs constantly. Right now he's sleeping in the floor propped up on pillows.

As some of you know the man I call dad is actually my stepdad. He is a wonderful man and if people don't know that he's not my brothers and my real dad its because we are his and he loves us as his.
I say that so you will understand what I say next.
My aunt who is the sister of my "real" dad facebooked me the other day to let me know he had a heart attack and his kidneys failed. He was moved to a larger hospital. And he has 3 blockages and kidneys are working at 52 % now. He lives in a small town in LA and I haven't talked to him in years. My mom and him got divorced when I was 10 and for a while he was in and out of our lives but then he just quit coming around. He has grandkids he has never met. When my girls were small and he lived in my town I took them to meet him and he would come in and out of their life for a very short time. That's not what I wanted for them and quit taking them to his house where it all felt awkward anyway.
I hate that he's sick and has these problems but I feel bad because I don't feel bad in the way you would think I should. I talked to my oldest brother and he said he felt the same way. My youngest probably doesn't even have a lot of memories of him,he was 5 when they divorced.

Am I wrong? Does it make me a terrible person for feeling this way?

My aunt gave me his room number and I just don't have the want to to even call him.

I hope and pray all turns out ok for him. I know his wife and kids from her are probably with him. To be honest my life before I was 10 seems like a book I read long long ago.
We were really close back then but it seems like it was so easy for him to just throw us away.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

HOG ball!! SUGAR bowl

WOooooooHOoooooo!! The Hogs are playing Ohio tonight in the Super Bowl!!
PIG Soooooooie!!!!

A lady in the stands was holding a sign that said-
"It takes a MALLET to crush a buckeye!"

So true!! Come on Ryan Mallet show them how its done!
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Monday, January 3, 2011

Meet Me on Monday

Today I'm linking with Java at

Click the button and let us know what you think.

Todays questions are-
1.  Do you have any New Year's resolutions?
2.  What food item are you craving right now?
3.  When is your birthday?
4.  What were you doing an hour ago?
5.  Last thing you cooked?

1. I stopped doing the resolutions a few years ago. I try to make goals but I'm not to good at those either....at least I wasn't in 2010. Maybe I can do better this year.

2. SWEETS! I hate it too. I'm not a sweet eater....unless it's my dads chocolate pie but lately that's all I want...not good
....not good at all!

3.My birthday is August 4th....good people were born in August.

4.An hour ago I was working. Cleaning a house and then came back home. To cold to run the streets today.

5.Last night I cooked buttery garlicy vegetable pasta and it turned out pretty good if I do say so myself. Lots of butter = YUMMY!

Saturday, January 1, 2011

What I want for the New Year

Maybe that should read... WHAT do I want for the New Year?

I know some things I want, like-
*a closer walk with God
*family always near and enjoying one another.
*a healthy happy grandson
*good health....for all

The thing I don't know about is my job.
I've had my house cleaning business for almost 9 years. Since Nov. I lost a house to their finances, to the 95 year old being randy, to one moving out of state and knocked 2 down from once a week to every 2 weeks.
Its starting to hurt me financially. I'm not sure if its losing the work or Christmas actually.
My dilemma is I've been wondering if this is all I wanna do.
Or do I want to do something else???

Working for myself is sometimes good and sometimes not so good.

*I make my own hours
*No boss
*Easy to rearrange jobs if I have an appt or just need off.
*Half days
*being able to see Drex most days and spend some one on one time at least once and usually several times a week.

*Being my boss (I'm hard on me)
*This darn AS and fibro (although the activity probably helps)
*Driving a lot to different area every day
*gas prices

I'm sure I had other reasons I can't think of right now...so the question remains-
Do I want to do something different or get a few new houses and keep doing what I'm doing now?

......I don't know.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
Prov 3.5-6
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