Sunday, May 30, 2010

Weekend Fun!

Our weekend has been fabulous!!!  Here's a recap of Saturday and Sunday...

Late Saturday afternoon we loaded into my parent's suburban and headed to Garden Valley Golf Resort for a "twilight" round of golf.  Daddy and Brad played while the kids, my mom, and I rode in the cart.  Of course on several holes, the kids got to putt around a little bit.  It was one of the most relaxing evenings we've spent in a long time!  I can't wait to go again!!!

Mallory and Jack waiting for the carts to be loaded.  Jack immediately took to the wheel!  HA!

Nana, Mallory, and Papa

Me and Jack

Our family of four!

Me and Jack - walking to the green for the 1st time
The scenery was breathtaking!

Big Jack (my Daddy) and Little Jack - I just love this picture!!

Jack and Nana

Mallory getting some time to putt.

Papa, Mallory, and Brad - what a trio this is!!!  Aren't they precious?!

Me, Jack, and Brad

Jack getting his turn to putt.

We need to work on the form, but otherwise he's pretty good!  :-)

The fabulous foursome!  Oh, what fun they had!

Mallory and Jack running back to the carts.  He is definitely her little shadow!

Jack started to wind down as it got later.

He just laid down so sweetly.

He was one tired baby boy!

We ended the night with pizza and cokes.  SUCH FUN!  I just love long summer days spent like this!!!

On Sunday, we went to church as always, then headed to Josh and Amy's house (my brother and SIL) that night.  Josh had set up several water toy stations for the kids in their backyard. 

Jack got to play in Mallory's sprayground for the 1st time.  It took him quite awhile to get used to the water, but he eventually got in and played.  But, he hated the water getting in his face!

Jack LOVED putting the balls in this sprinkler... it would shoot the balls into the air!

Mallory loved this baby pool the most - she is such a "girly girl"!!

Grant and Mallory

Josh also had water guns for the kids to shoot at each other.  You can see how much fun that was!

Amy and Macy ("CiCi" as Jack calls her!)

Josh and Jack

Grant had a ball diving into the water!  He was a hoot!!!

Jack screamed when Grant dove in!  They were having so much fun!

Micah LOVED the water guns!!!

And here's Scarlett!

Josh grilled out some DELICIOUS burgers and made homemade ice cream that was out of this world!!  We ended the night with a long walk around the neighborhood.  I just love family times like this.  It's wonderful when we can all get together. These are special times and memories I will treasure forever.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

Enjoy this powerful praise and worship song!  This has become one of my all-time favorites!!!
Revelation Song by Kari Jobe

 Click over to Signs, Miracles, and Wonders and listen to all the other great songs that have been linked there.  You will be blessed.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Mega Swagbucks Day! Earn $$$ with your blog!!!

 Today is Mega Swagbucks Day!! For those of you with a Swagbucks account, don't forget to do all of your internet searches with Swagbucks today!!

For those of you who aren't familiar with Swagbucks, let me introduce you to an amazing internet search tool!!!

When you search the internet, you usually "google" something, right? Well, instead of using Google, use SWAGBUCKS. Swagbucks is actually powered by Google. Swagbucks will reward you with points as you search. You can turn around and redeem those points for cash, products, or gift cards!!! I especially like receiving the cash deposited directly into my paypay account, but there are tons of prizes that can be bought with your swagbucks. It's so amazing that you can actually earn money, prizes, or gift cards for something you already do - searching the internet!!!

I downloaded the swagbucks toolbar for my internet homepage so it's right there and available whenever I need to do a search. It also keeps a running total of the points I've won so I know exactly how much I have.  As I type this post, I have earned 2511 swagbucks.  But, I have already spent 1400 on cash and prizes.  It's amazing how quickly the points add up!

I use Swagbucks every single time I go to an internet site. Even if I know the site address, I still use Swagbucks to get there. I'll enter the site name, let Swagbucks find it for me, and then click on the site. I'll earn Swagbucks and still end up where I want to be!

Another awesome part about Swagbucks is their referral program. That's what I'm doing here today. If anyone clicks the link below and signs up for Swagbucks, I will receive the same points they receive (up to 1000). So, I'd REALLY appreciate it if you'd sign up with this link so we can both earn points! Then, you can do the same thing and build your referrals! You'll invite your friends to follow you in the referral program and YOU can start receiving THEIR points! It's a win-win situation! This has truly been the BEST money maker I have tried since beginning my blog almost 2 years ago. And, it is my policy NOT to endorse something that I do not use myself.

Click the box below to sign up and start earning money TODAY for something you already do!!

Search & Win

If you have any questions, please let me know. I'd be happy to help out any way I can.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Win a Pillow Pet for you and 10 of your friends!!!

With such an amazing response to my recent Pillow Pet giveaway, I couldn't wait to share this exciting news with you!!!  Check out this press release and find out how you can win a Pillow Pet for you and ten of your friends!!!

All Pillow Pets™ plush folding stuffed animals love an adventure! This summer, show us the fun you and your favorite Pillow Pets™ plush folding stuffed animals are having on vacation, at camp, in your backyard – wherever!

All you need to do is post a video on the video-sharing website of your choice, send us the link at, and watch to see if you are randomly selected to win the Pillow Pets™ plush folding stuffed animal of your choice, plus one each for up to ten friends! Videos will be accepted between May 24 and July 31, 2010.

One winner will be chosen at random every three weeks between May 31 and August 22, 2010, and will be notified via e-mail. CJ Products, LLC, the official creator and marketer of Pillow Pets™ plush folding stuffed animals, is the contest’s sponsor. A full list of program guidelines may be found at

Read the full story here:

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I need advice. To sell or not to sell? That is the question.

I need some advice.  As a stay-at-home-mom, the funds in our one-income household can run a little tight most months.  To help bring in some extra income, I work from home and do some billing for my dad's insurance company.  This is HUGE for us and is such a blessing to have a consistent extra income.  But, even though I bring in that amount, there's always a need for a little extra cash. 

God has blessed me with the ability to create.  I can sew, craft, and make all kinds of things.  So, lately I've been thinking that maybe I need to begin selling some of the things I make.  I've sold some things to friends here and there, but never really opened it up for the public. That's where you come in.  Can you help me decide if these are things people would actually purchase?  I've heard that ETSY is a good place to sell handmade items, but I don't know anything about it.  Anybody know any good ways to market things like this and get started?  Take a look at these pictures and let me know what you like and what you think would sell in an ETSY store (or wherever!).  I'd really appreciate all the help I can get!!!

Cross Plaques - many different options available

Pillowcase dresses
Custom Hairbows

Ruffled Outfits


Picture Frames


Custom Bows

I also make custom pillows with decorative trims, but can't find my pictures of any of them.

Anyway, you get the idea of what I like to do.  Got any suggestions for me?  PLEASE HELP!!!  :-)

The Wholesale Costume Club Review and Giveaway - 2 Winners!!!

Have you ever seen a more beautiful little angel?!?!

I received this Pink Angel Girls costume from The Wholesale Costume Club.  Isn't it gorgeous!?!?

The Wholesale Costume Club sells wholesale costumes at the guaranteed lowest Internet prices.  They are the only costume website on the internet that lets you purchase Halloween costumes at the wholesale club member prices or non-member prices that are below the lowest retail prices you'll find on any online costume store. They have a huge variety of adult costumes, girls costumes, boys costumes, costumes for infants and toddlers, and even costumes for dogs!!  And the savings are incredible!  Check out these comparisons...

Some of the costume categories include...
TV and Movie
Super Heroes
Police/Fire Fighter
Era Costumes from the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s
...and so much more!!!

The Wholesale Costume Club is the perfect place for schools, churches, and other organizations and groups to purchase costumes!  It's a great place to buy costumes on a tight budget.  Another great bonus to buying costumes from The Wholesale Costume Club is there is no minimum order!  So individuals get to pay the same low prices you would expect to get through bulk or group discount offers.

When we received the costume in the mail, Mallory couldn't wait to put it on!!  I was amazed at the quality of this costume and the attention to detail!  The gorgeous pink gown includes a headband and wings at no extra cost. The dress has a soft velvet torso and a sheer pink skirt that is lined with pink satin and flows elegantly to the floor.  It has beautiful marabou and tinsel trim that borders the hemline and neckline, plus it's trimmed the enitre way around the wings. The sheer pink sleeves also have marabou-trimmed cuffs that match the rest of the dress.  The headband has a halo made from the same material.

It took us a little time to figure out how to put on the wings. I was having Mallory put them on upside down, so they looked more like butterfly wings. I couldn't figure out why they weren't staying in place like they should. When I finally looked at the picture that came with the costume, I realized my mistake and helped Mallory put them on right-side-up! Other than that, there was no assembly required and getting in and out of the dress was simple. 

Thanks to The Wholesale Costume Club, two (YES, 2!!) lucky readers will receive a FREE SITE MEMBERSHIP to The Wholesale Costume Club.

Here's how to enter:

Mandatory Entry:  Visit The Wholesale Costume Club.  Then come back here and leave a comment telling me your favorite costume.  (Make sure you leave your email address, or have it visible in your profile, so I can contact you if you win.)

For 1 Extra Entry:  Become a public follower of my blog via Google Friends Connect and leave an additional comment telling me you are.  If you're already a follower, just leave a comment and tell me that you are.
This giveaway will end Friday, June 4th at 9:00pm CST. The winner will be chosen via and will be notified through email as well as announced on this blog. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email or another winner will be chosen.

Good luck!!!

***Disclaimer - I received this product for review purposes only. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced in any way.***

Pillow Pet Winner!

What an exciting giveaway this was!!!  205 valid entries!!!  I really appreciate all of you who entered and hope you'll come back regularly.  I have really enjoyed getting to know you... I always love your comments! Whether on a giveaway entry or on one of my other posts, I enjoy hearing what you have to say!!  I have several more great giveaways in the works... so, come back later today for my next big giveaway!!!

Now... for the winner of the Pillow Pet.....

Alisha D said...
I love the bear or the lion!

Alisha, I have emailed you!

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