Another Shoe Giveaway! WINNER ANNOUNCED!

Congratulations Madeline B.! You are the winner of my super cute Reeboks! E-mail me and I’ll get your shoes on their way to you soon! Woohoo! ____ So there is one more pair of shoes from my Famous Footwear bonanza at Blissdom ’12 that won’t be spending time on my feet because they are just a […]

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Blissdom Beginnings…

First, I’m going to break one of the rules I remember from a particularly helpful workshop at Blissdom (taught by Tsh Oxenrider) by writing several multi-sentence paragraphs in a row, unbroken by any pictures (okay, maybe I’ll add some pictures in between paragraphs after all.) I reserve the right to break the rules! (I feel […]

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Just a peek…

I barely have enough brain cells to scrape together right now to create a post at all, let alone a coherent one. Soon I will be able to post a little bit more about my Blissdom experience. Basically, I was really, really busy and had a wonderful time, met some wonderful people (some that I […]

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The Mall

When we lived in Canada, we used to go to the mall just in order to get out of the house when it was too cold to go anywhere else. Since moving back home to California, we have only set foot in a mall about maybe 10 times (not including strip malls that include things […]

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Olliver's Travels

Before my husband left for his orientation in Phoenix with Food for the Hungry, we decided that we wanted a fun way for Daddy to share with the kids where in the world he was and what he did throughout his time. While his travels won’t necessarily be far and wide just yet, he will […]

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Self-Challenges

I have mentioned it a few times but I probably need to mention it again because if I don’t mention it now then nothing happens and I go on with life as usual and that’s very sad. So I should mention it now. And I think I will. Yes, I am! Have I mentioned how […]

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My dream?

Okay, so one dream is already going to happen. I am going to Blissdom and I’m so excited. Yes, I’m excited because I get to, for the first time (ever? really? ever?) yes… ever, go away by myself and be part of something so awesome that I know some of my bloggy friends have so […]

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Big stuff…

To say the last few years have been a whirlwind would be an understatement. We moved away from Canada where we had made our home for the previous seven years. We went into the felt uncertainty that sometimes seems to define what we call “walking by faith and not by sight.” As I type we […]

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New Look… and other items

I finally managed to update my WordPress version (through fear and trembling and an hour long live chat with my web-host support).  I also decided to try out another look.  I may go back or change things around yet again.  I don’t have the color or font options I’d like for the sidebar but I’m […]

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How beautiful…

Everyone needs to see this. As English speaking Christians we have completely lost the wonder and amazement of being able to read God’s word in our own language. We have copies of it everywhere… Lord, that I might treasure your word as these people do. My husband and I wept as we watched this and […]

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A Labor of Love

Tonight during our advent reading we read about Mary. The reading pointed out that she was really the very first Christian. Kiss the Son She was the first one that believed, the first to call Him Savior, her savior Jesus, she received, was Emmanuel inside her. The Holy Spirit wrought in Mary salvation’s only hope […]

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Wall Decor….

This is an unsolicited product review. We have had many blank walls in our house.  Large barren, naked, tan walls staring at us and screaming for some kind of clothing.  I’m surprised they haven’t taken to sewing fig leaves together for themselves.  If there was a fig tree in the vicinity our walls may have […]

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Can I just say…

that I am dadgum proud of this girl? Seriously. That’s my boss that was just mentioned by TIME Magazine.  Dang.  Really.  I feel stinkin’ proud and I can’t even feign to hide it.

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Happy birthday Pioneer Woman…

I’m betting most of you are Pioneer Woman fans… For her birthday, because she is one of my favorite people on the internet and she’s a great boss and just a kind and generous person who gives to so many, I wanted to do something special for her so I made her a giant digital […]

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My accent?

My Mom says I have a Canadian accent now but this thingamabobber doesn’t agree.  How, if you score almost all the way to the right edge of The West, do they put you as a “midlander?”  I don’t think they have a spot for Californians who’ve lived in Texas for 6 years and Canada for […]

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WordPress Goodies…

I don’t know how many of you use WordPress as your blog platform but I just had to pass on a great link full of helpful tips.  There is so much more that I know I could do with my blog if I just would spend a little more time learning the ropes.  I am […]

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Intermission…

I’m not up to posting a lot lately. Please be entertained by my friend Weird Al in the mean time… Sorry I couldn’t embed them all. They have embed disabled on most of them. :^( Stuck in the Drive Thru White and Nerdy One More Minute I’m Fat Amish Paradise

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Math Made Fun

What? We have to make it fun? Isn’t it fun all by itself? Unfortunately I never thought so. Hopefully my kids have a different perspective. We try to make it as fun as possible whenever we can. Over the last two days my oldest son and I have been working on a video that will […]

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Check it out…

Adobe has just recently unveiled a free online photo editor ala Picasa… But it’s Adobe (you know, those wonderful folks who bring us Photoshop!)… it must therefore be the best!  You get up to 2 gB of free photo storage.  You’ll have to check it out and tell us what you think about it. Adobe […]

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Maybe you've noticed…

I’ve been very unbloggy lately. Don’t worry. Don’t give up on me. I go through dry spells like this every couple weeks or months. It usually means something around the house is cleaner than it usually is or I’m doing something like reading something other than the internet. (Please note: I am not reading it […]

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Bloggy Giveaway…

I’m jumpin’ on the bandwagon at the behest of this lady. She’s so sweet like that. Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer, a lady whom I have a special place in my heart for because firstly, she is an outspoken and fun Mom and a member of the same denomination my husband is ordained in, […]

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Round Robin Photo Challenge

I had never seen this challenge until early last week and I decided to join up with the Round Robin Photo Challenge, at least for today. Mostly because I really like trains. The challenge for today was as follows: “our very first challenge of the year is “Railroads!” Trains take us here, trains take us […]

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Fun Monday!

Hello all you Fun Mondayers! This weeks Fun Monday is hosted by the lovely Lisa from Lisa’s Chaos. She has requested to meet all our pets. Ladies always come first so I’ll first introduce you to Chewbacca. Yes, Chewbacca is a girl. She’s named Chewbacca The boys had two names that they went back and […]

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Contest!

A Cowboy’s Wife is having a contest on her food blog! You can win a Hamilton Beach® Stand Mixer and she’ll ship anywhere so everyone is eligible! The Prize: The winner will receive a brand new Hamilton Beach 4.5-qt. Eclectrics Stand Mixer, Pineapple Yellow!! About the mixer: From Hamilton Beach’s “Eclectrics” line, this all-metal stand […]

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It's Back to School Day…

It’s nose to the grindstone day. It’s get back to “normal” day. It’s happy pleasant everyone loves each other day. It’s back to the joy and heart-pounding thrill of learning day. It’s pain and suffering because my brain hurts day. It’s thank God for some structure again day. And so what if I’m still in […]

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Surprise!!! New Years Giveaway!!

Happy New Years Eve y’all! Hey, I did almost 6 years in Texas. I’m allowed to say y’all still right? Several months back I was the lucky winner of a Mod*Mom giveaway for a Kaboost, the most intelligently designed booster EVER! We love it. Currently it is underneath the toddler chair that my two year […]

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I am so dang proud…

Okay, I’ve been plugging my blog-buddy Ree since the day she started her now wildly popular blog pretty much. I was laughing as I commented on her blog today that I’ve always called her “my buddy Ree” on my blog when sending people over there but now, I feel like a lame bandwagon jumper and […]

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Momtrepreneur Spotlight!

Momtreprewhatawho? If you are thinking, “What the fuzzy-wig is this lady talking about? She must really like making up new words.” Well, you’d be right. As far as I know, I did make up this word. If you heard the word Momtrepreneur before last March, well then I suppose it’s possible that someone else got […]

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Hmm… I'm thinkin'

I’m thinkin’ that I’m glad I don’t have to cook a turkey this year. As for us, the kids are all still sick. I’m starting to think it’s a permanent condition. In the meantime, I’m still allowed to laugh right? These commercials did my soul good. Nan

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Oh dear…

It appears as though I need to upgrade to Pro today! (With my photobucket history, I am actually considering it! Sheesh!) Sorry about all the ugly banners. I will try to fix as many as I can but I don’t have time to fix them all. In other news, several of my internet buddies out […]

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More Contest WINNERS!

Here are the winner’s for Friday’s three contests! If you are one of these winners please contact me via e-mail (using the “e-mail me” button up under my profile on the left sidebar). In the e-mail subject line please specify which contest you won. In the body of your e-mail please include your first and […]

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CONTEST #8 Country Scents

I am going to just get right down to business this morning. I cannot wait to get some of my hands on some of the awesome soaps created by Lori at Country Scents. One of the things I love about Country Scents is the names of the soaps. They are all so creative and they […]

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CONTEST #7 Barefoot Home Essentials

Here’s a new twist to get us just slightly off of the soap track for a minute. How about clean and all natural, household cleaners? “Clean cleaners” you ask? What’s cleaner than clean? How about non-toxic healthy cleaners? (pay close attention to the details at the end of this contest as they are different from […]

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CONTEST #6 Ginger's Garden

The reality is that most of my readers are mothers. Most are probably young mothers. Young mothers with little time to savor a bath or soak in an hour of silence or indulge in a rose petal bath more than once in a decade. The fact is that many of us are lucky to get […]

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CONTEST #5 Amber's Soap Scentsations

Hmmm… are you tired of ogling handcrafted soaps yet? I didn’t think so. :^D I’m not. I now have the pleasure to direct you to the very tender hearted Amber of Amber’s Soap Scentsations. Amber, like Amy at The Foil Hat, is also a fellow homeschooler. These homeschoolers… I tell ya… just good squeaky clean […]

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CONTEST #3: Old Red Barn Co.

Oh, you are going to be excited about this one girls! Dana of the Old Red Barn Co. is another awesome momtrepreneur who is blessing the world with a positively pleasing selection of soaps. Old Red Barn Co. just emulates a down home, all natural feel, by its name and by its inviting website. I […]

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CONTEST #2: Sudz N Bubbles

Lately I have had terrible cravings for sweets. I don’t know what it is. I try to fight the cravings to the best of my abilities but sometimes I do just dive right in and sin boldly. Just Saturday I made a whole glorious chocolate cake just for a small girls get together. You’ll be […]

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CONTEST #1: The Foil Hat Soaps

If you want someone to thank for inspiring me to do this week of giveaways you would have to go here and meet Amy, the woman behind The Foil Hat, Inc., home of some of the yummiest ever soaps, scrubs and lotions. Not only will you fall in love with her soaps but you will […]

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Thas and thit

Mod*Mom Stroller Giveaway (this looks like an awesome stroller… pity I have no need for it!) Mod*Mom Whole Foods Market Giveaways Design Mom offers sweet discounts to some of her fav places End of Summer Blogabration YOWZA! That’s a lot of prizes! And Goodness Gracious… an entire Giveaway blog! You may want to add this […]

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Get Ready Y'all!

Need I say more? Feel free to nab that button up there and spread the word on your blog! (Or you can copy the smaller one below for your sidebar.) If you or someone you know is a “soaper” and wants to be involved, drop me an e-mail in the next week and I’ll get […]

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Contest Watch!

Make sure to go over to Ree’s place today and throw a title in for her photo naming contest. The prize is freakin’ awesome and I really want it, so feel free to NOT enter! **** Go hit Design Mom and leave a comment on this post to win an adorable and practical storage solution. […]

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NEW WINNERS!!!

I’m sorry (for them) that I did not hear from four of my first string winners! Unfortunately, it is important that we wrap things up with Apronpalooza! and get these aprons into their new homes! If you were a first string winner who did not respond, lose not hope, there will be more giveaways on […]

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Another palooza??

Okay, so I have absolutely loved the result of Apronpalooza! I love it that I have been able to send business to some small manufacturers and online entrepreneurs! So I am definitely going to do it again… And I’ll tell you right now it will be in August and it will be FUN! You are […]

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Apronpalooza! FINAL CONTEST: One of Mine

When this week of apron giveaways kicked off word spread quickly amongst a corridor of the online crafting community and before long I had more apron makers than I knew what to do with! It was a good problem! Here’s where low expectations will get you into trouble though… for some reason I had no […]

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Apronpalooza! CONTEST #16: Made by Tess

You wanna know what? I fell asleep last night thinking about aprons and apron makers and freaking out about forgetting an apron maker I had committed to because of not having my second brain (my computer) with me to tell me who all was on my list. Fortunately I did actually fall asleep (eventually) and […]

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Apronpalooza! CONTEST #10: Simple Things

Well, I have to say that Randi at I have to Say and more recently at her craft shop, Simple Things, is an incredibly industrious woman. I can practically hear her sewing machine humming away, all the way from here… and I’m in Canada! She is putting out some deliciously fantastic creations and I can’t […]

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Apronpalooza! CONTEST #9: Modern June

Oh girls… so we are half way through Apronpalooza! but I guarantee you, we’ve only just begun! You are going to positively do backflips for the aprons (among other things) that Kelly at Modern June creates! Her style is fun, classic, sassy and bright! People… this woman has an eye for fashion. This woman is […]

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Apronpalooza! CONTEST #8: Apron Memories

I know, from reading some of your comments, how much you all are really getting into the “apron thing” and how some of the vintage styles really hold a special nostalgia for you of times spent with your Mom watching her cook, or times spent with your Grandmother. Aprons are by nature, I really think, […]

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Apronpalooza! CONTEST #6: Darlybird

I give you the fresh and fantastic Darlybird. Another Momtrepreneur leaving her mark on the world! I love it! Born from a love for fresh design that doesn’t break the bank, Darlybird is the brainchild of a stay-at-home mom slash creative-guru-wannabe who decided to take a risk and have fun at the same time. I […]

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Apronpalooza! CONTEST #5: Apronique

Are you getting tired of oogling aprons yet? I thought not! Me neither. There are still SO many more adorable aprons that you will see, and have a chance to win, this week so keep coming back… I promise you’ll see more tempting apron fashions than you ever could have conceived of! Apronique, as the […]

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Apronpalooza! CONTEST #4: Carolyn's Kitchen

Yesterday was so much fun! I love the fact that so many of you seem to have caught the apron fever that I somehow contracted a couple of weeks ago. It’s extremely contagious isn’t it? From my communication with the sponsors of yesterday’s contests I can tell you assuredly how much they appreciate the feedback […]

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Apronpalooza! CONTEST #3: Layla Grace

Well, when I stumbled upon Layla Grace for the first time I was captivated by the elegant charm that fairly emanates from their Internet presence. Not only is this a company run by Momtrepreneurs, a group of people that I hold particularly dear, they have something that can only be described as class. On top […]

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Apronpalooza! CONTEST #1: Jessie Steele

My first apron contest is hosted by Jessie Steele Aprons. The aprons made by Jessie Steele are not only practical, they are simply beautiful! When I first started perusing the apron world online Jessie Steele aprons were the ones that immediately stood out to me. I could gush and gush about how adorable these aprons […]

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Tomorrow the fun begins!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, the fun begins tomorrow! Are you ready? That was a rhetorical question because I can hear you beating on my laptop screen and smushing your noses up against it like you would at the Grand opening of some sort of craft or chocolate or small kitchen appliance store. I will try […]

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Some Basic Contest Rules

Hi Everyone! I just wanted to get these basic rules out here today before the week gets underway. I know I said I’d get them up on Sunday but Sundays around here tend to be a bit hectic and I never know just when I will get a minute to sit down and type without […]

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Next week will be an APRONPALOOZA!

UPDATE: The contests are going up 3 times daily now! Go to my main page to see the latest contest! UPDATE: SEE HERE FOR THE LIST OF SPONSORS AND LINKS TO THEIR SITES! I don’t know exactly why but I’ve recently become enamored with all of the adorable aprons that I have seen popping up […]

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7 + 1 (random) things about me…

Well, OCmom tagged me for 7 random things about me and The Tutor tagged me for 8 things, I decided I’d better write a post today involving strange and inane facts about myself numbering either 7 or 8. So here are 7 + 1 things about me that you probably never wanted to know and […]

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Free Bandages!

Okay 5 Minutes for Mom is hosting a giveaway for 45 boxes of Nexcare bandages. Initially I thought this was sort of a strange giveaway but good grief… I have 4 boys 7 years old and under. I NEED THIS PRIZE! LOL! Go check it out and sign up to win! And if you do […]

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I'm happy to report…

Current Netflix users ARE eligible for this prize! :^D (sorry for not having all my information in order earlier!) And again, so sorry for a confusing contest! LOL! I promise promise promise that I will make future contests and giveaways (and there will be at least one more) less complex! I’m new at this part […]

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6 Months of free Netflix Contest!

ANOTHER EDIT!: Okay! (Laughing at myself) I was getting so few responses this morning that I thought perhaps the number of questions was too overwhelming! LOL! So I cut out the last three. How about this… I will repost the last three questions but no “points” will be taken away as long as you try […]

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I Like Movies

Because I like movies and because Netflix is a really cool company who likes giving stuff away, I am the lucky woman who gets to award 5 of my readers with a 6 months free trial of Netflix service! I’m incredibly jealous of whoever wins because Netflix isn’t quite yet available in Canada and boy… […]

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I'm never one to toot my own horn….

When my husband first tried to cajole and convince me that I would love blogging, I teasingly mocked him, saying that blogs are only for people who like to hear themselves talk. Just for people who like to toot their own horns. Little did I know how quickly I would become one such individual. Are […]

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Spotlight Sunday!

I decided to join in on Spotlight Sunday started by my bluddy (a term coined by Robin) which is short for blog buddy, anyways Spotlight Sunday was started by Toni a couple of weeks ago so I’m joining in today! Today I’m sending you over to Karmyn’s blog, Dreaming What Ifs. Karmyn is just funny. […]

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Giveaway Notice!!

Can I just say that I love how the blogosphere has exploded with contests and giveaways and promotions?! It has made an already fun place even more fun! Mod*Mom is once AGAIN hosting a killer giveaway! Especially if you have a flair for modern interior design, you will not want to miss this! Nan

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Contest and Giveaways Blurb!

If you have forgotten, re-remind yourself that all this week Design Mom is hosting AWESOME Mother’s Day giveaways all week long! You will want to participate, I guarantee it! ***** Next, don’t forget to head on over to This Next and enter their Mother’s Day contest for an iPod Nano! ***** Don’t forget about this […]

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Most idiots probably already know this…

But I didn’t. If you are planning on handling these: Wear a pair of these: Or you will end up like this: But the awesome Pico De Gallo was worth it!**************************************** In other news, my favorite blogger, who you’ve heard of a couple hundred times from me, is giving away a Nikon D70 camera tomorrow […]

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Blogalicious tips!

If any of you are lucky enough to own Photoshop in any form, but maybe haven’t figured out all that you can do with it, check out this tutorial at Design Mom and find out how to make your own custom header. I’m itching to be able to do such things myself but I am […]

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Meme Time

Lauren @ Baseballs and Bows tagged me with a meme entitled SEVEN RANDOM THINGS. So here they are in no particular order: 1. I am a transplanted Californian, now living in Canada.2. I met my husband 2 weeks after graduating high school.3. The only surgical procedure I’ve ever had had to be done twice because […]

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More Momtrepreneurs?

I am hoping to make regular posts spotlighting Momtrepreneurs. What is a Momtrepreneur? A Momtrepreneur is a word I made up (as far as I know) that means; a woman who simultaneously does the mom thing, (I’m particularly in awe when they do the at home mom thing), while at the same time running their […]

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Mark your calendars people!!

If you have been here for any amount of time you already know that Ree at Confessions of a Pioneer Woman is my all time favorite blogger. She quickly becomes just about every body’s favorite blogger once they get their boo-hineys over there and read her stuff, see her photography and find that they have […]

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Random List

What I’m reading:What I’m listening to: and What task I just completed (sort of): What subject I am teaching right now: What is happening outside my window today: What is making me smile today: Nan

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Contest Alert!

I think everyone probably already knows about this one but I am compelled to pass the word anyways! But you will especially want to click on THESE GIANT RED LETTERS because you will find out rather quickly how to be entered to win an Apple iPod Nano! Now I know by the time I write […]

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More Giveaways!

Check out Mod*Mom’s Mother’s Day Giveaway! The entry “fee” requires only that you go and oogle some very cute products at Give Simple and tell (in Mod*Mom’s comments) which one is your favorite! The only trouble I had was trying to pick my favorite! The Deadline for this one is Midnight on May 13th!And once […]

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Stranger than Fiction

You MUST watch this movie. You must. It has a very Truman Showesque feel about it. But it’s better. So much better. It is, quite honestly, my new favorite movie and I literally just finished watching it about 10 seconds ago. Can you picture Will Ferrell in a semi-serious role? He pulled it off. Swimmingly. […]

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Overt Yumminess…

Do you want to oogle some overt yumminess? (C’mon. I’m talking about food here, people! Get your minds out of the gutter!) Check out Lindsey’s recipe blog and be inspired. Be amazed. Get suddenly and inexplicably hungry. I try to keep all of my favorite recipe blogs and websites in the sidebar of my own […]

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My blog is like butter.

It doesn’t mind being spread around. So if you like Life is Like a Lunchbox and you want to share the love, you can have your very own sidebar button. I’m in a very buttony mood which has prompted me to beg, borrow and try to create buttons of some of the blogs I love […]

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My Charmed Life

A couple of weeks ago Design Mom hosted one of her random giveaways and the prize was a $50 gift card at My Charmed Life. Well, I didn’t win. While my husband “has a tendency to win things,” I am pretty much the losingest loser that ever existed. I can’t remember ever winning anything in […]

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And Now Presenting…..

(…Drumroll please…) The soon to be coveted, the soon to be sought after, the soon to be proudly worn in a sidebar near you, the soon to be awarded… The very prestigious and highly acclaimed… award. Does your blog or a blog that you read religiously deserve this award? After all, it’s a MAJOR award […]

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Ooh, Pick me! Pick me!

I blog like an addict anyways. It’s an abnormal day when I don’t blog. I think I wouldn’t so much mind being paid to blog, especially if I get to blog only and entirely about what I want to blog about which I am already doing completely free of charge. Why on earth wouldn’t a […]

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This message is brought to you by…

Another Annoying Blogging Award(It’s a MAJOR award!) Are you getting tired of blog awards yet? I know I’m starting to see enough of them that they are beginning to be about as pesky as SPAM and yet they are the sort of SPAM that you openly call junk mail and secretly stash away into your […]

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