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Operation Summer Happenings

School is out and summer break is in full swing at our house. But, I’m not letting the princess and 3 jesters off the summer hook that easy. I have a couple of “school” directed activities for them to take part in. One of them is to sign them up for a summer reading program. There are 2 that I would like for them to be a part of.

  • Barnes and Noble has a great one for kids. They need to read 8 books of their choice, once finished they can choose a free book that is listed on the B&N book list.
  • Our local library has 3 programs to be a part of. Each one for kids, teens and adults. The kids record the books they have read on an activity log and they will receive prizes once turned in. Teens have the chance to win a NOOK e-reader. Adults have to write-up a short review of the book they read and will be entered to win a prize.

I plan on carving out 30 minutes each day for them to read.

I bought the princess and 3 jesters a composition book for them to use as journals. They will have free writing time, where they can write whatever they want. Other days I will give them a topic for them to write about. I will also give them a scripture verse and they will have to write what it means to them. They can also use the journal to draw a picture of whatever they choose. We will have 30 minutes of journaling time each day as well.

We have other summer happenings planned which includes, snow cones, sprinklers, picnics, park time, sidewalk chalk, swimming, etc. (hopefully we will dismiss an ER visit this summer!)  We also have a long drive to Colorado in July planned, I will write more about that another time.

What fun-filled activities do you have planned for this summer?


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I’m about to burst.

I’ve been having waves of emotions hit me left and right these past few days from various situations that are currently in this season of my life.

I don’t know what I’ll burst into or out of. But, it’s there. On the verge.

The bursting could be….







the bubble from my gum 

It may even  just be my pants from all of the leftover Easter candy that I’ve been inhaling!

Either way, whichever one it is; I’m going to burst.



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It’s Just Another Site

I am sure you’ve heard of Pinterest, right? If not, then you’re either still in Winter hibernation or just in denial. I love this site because it helps me figure out meal plans, crafts for the kids, how I want to organize/clean/decorate my house and play dress up in my virtual closet. Fun and fancy, right?! But, now, I’ve been lingering at similar sites.

This first one is foodgawker. Where you can find bajillions of recipes in every category you can imagine. We all need to eat, right?

Second; craftgawker. Where you can explore and excel in the possibilities of becoming the craftiest person ever!

Third; dwellinggawker. Need to spice up the bedroom? Add some flare to your kitchen? This site will help you get fabulous ideas that you want to decorate your house.

And finally, if you are planning your wedding or a wedding, or maybe you want to renew your vows with you beloved. This site is for you! Weddinggawker

You’re welcome.

Whatever you find at each of these sites you can always pin them to your boards on Pinterest.

P.S. Gawker means; to gape or stare stupidly. Well, yeah…..

So, get on gaping!

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Make Every Day Count – Giveaway

Click to Close (Make Every Day Count - Teen Edition by Max Lucado)

I really enjoy the writings of Max Lucado. And I am thrilled to be able to share with you a book he has written for pre-teens and teens. Make Every Day Count has easy to read, easy to grasp chapters on how to handle various days that you or your teen encounter.

  • Gratitude
  • Peace
  • Faith
  • Grace

These are examples that Max writes about in the book to help pre-teens and teens guide them on how to choose and make each day count for the better during their stress, guilty, drained days.

I really like how Max adds stories and scripture with the chapters as well. He also added a study guide with questions at the end of the book that your pre-teen or teen can do themselves or in a study group.

I am very thankful to Tommy Nelson for allowing me to give away 1 copy!

If you would like to have a copy of Make Every Day Count, please leave me a comment and let me know;

What advice do you give to your pre-teen/teen before they start his/her day?

This contest will end on Friday March 16, 12:00 p.m 

Contest is over! 



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Gettin’ my bloggin’ on

This week in Nashville, the Opryland Hotel has held the Blissdom conference. I was able to go last-minute because of my Twitter friend @anne54304, she could not make it down to Nashville and offered her ticket FREE to the first person to respond. So, I was the first person! However, due to the last-minute of me being able to go, the husband was not able to take off work to stay with the kids while I went to the workshops. Friends did offer to help watch the kids, but, I felt guilty transporting them from one place to another all day.

As I am bummed about not attending the workshops throughout the day, I am able to attend all the nightly activities, which has been more fun than I expected it to be! I have made new friends, met friends that I follow on Twitter and meeting the friends that inspire me through their blog.

This conference has really encouraged me to be consistent with my blogging, directed me on what kind of Blogger I would like to become and has shown me that I CAN do it while balancing the loads of 4 kids, housewife duties and daily unexpected occurences!

Next year I will make sure I attend Blissdom each day, every day and learn more about the realms of being a “mommy blogger”.


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