Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Bible Premiere & Giveaway


The Bible Series premiering on History Channel March 3rd 2013 Sundays at 8PM!

From Executive Producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett comes The Bible — an epic 10-part miniseries retelling stories from the Scriptures for a whole new generation. Breathtaking in scope and scale, The Bible features powerful performances, exotic locales and dazzling visual effects that breathe spectacular life into the dramatic tales of faith and courage from Genesis through Revelation. This historic television event is sure to entertain and inspire the whole family! Where will YOU be 3.3.13?


The Bible is a living text and each person interprets it differently at different points in their life. I am interested to see how the History Channel has interpreted The Bible. I am also interested in their accuracy and their relevance for today. If you were helping create this series, what aspects of The Bible would you want to put emphasis on and how would you go about recreating it in film? In preparation, the History Channel has come up with a nifty little Blog App for your pre-premiere viewing pleasure. Check it out and then complete the rafflecopter form below for your chance to WIN a $15.00 Walmart Gift Card!


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Have a wonderful evening dear followers!






Disclaimer: Please note that I was not compensated in any way through this post or giveaway. The History Channel provided me with the materials to complete the post and giveaway to help promote The Bible Series.

Monday, February 25, 2013

He said YES!

It may not be surprising that my husband affectionately calls me "Ellie Mae" from the Beverly Hillbillies when I bring up wanting to add a new addition to the farm. My adventures in poultry raising has been...interesting. Rural King is my worst enemy in the spring, as they faithfully have the cutest day old chicks, ducklings, and goslings, every year. Don't get me started on auctions, I brought home a calf in the back of my dear sweet husband's van once, as well.

So, when I admit that I have been researching goats for a while now, this will probably not be surprising as well. I am really interested in making goat's milk soaps, especially after purchasing some online. I became even more intrigued as I learned about raw milk benefits for my girls.

Well, a couple days ago, I decided to bring up goats to my husband, again. You see, this isn't the first time we have discussed it, last year's adventures at the Petting Zoo really brought the idea to the forefront of my mind. As we get closer and closer to finishing the house, I feel like it is something we need to do, for our family. Maybe I caught him on an off day, because my husband said yes and he even is making suggestions on where to put their pasture and shelter!

I have decided that I want to start with a pair of Dwarf Nigerian does for milking and as pets. I chose this breed for their ability to produce a nice amount of milk for their size and because I think that they will be small and docile enough that the girls can enjoy them as well.

So, I am in the planning process, trying to decide on pasture/shelter size (alloting for babies in the future) that won't put too much strain on our budget.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Have a wonderful day dear followers!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Freebie Fridays 2/22/2013

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!


This week's Freebie is a set of Fry Boxes.
They make great Party Favors! Easy and fun to make!
Fill them with candy, chocolate covered pretzels, chalk, crayons, or anything else you can think of!


Available free until February 25, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

Free online tutorial can be found here: http://www.mymemories.com/craftables/frybox

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!  

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!
Have  a wonderful day dear followers!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Freebie Friday 2/15/2013

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!


This week's Freebie is a set of Fry Boxes.
They make great Party Favors! Easy and fun to make!
Fill them with candy, chocolate covered pretzels, chalk, crayons, or anything else you can think of!


Available free until February 25, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

Free online tutorial can be found here: http://www.mymemories.com/craftables/frybox
What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!  

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!
 
Have  a wonderful day dear followers!
 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Blues

I have never really been "into" Valentine's Day. Growing up my Mom would always get us something special and it was nice, but I never really had too many high expectations, even after I married my husband. This morning didn't exactly get me all that excited about the day, if anything I kind of dreaded it.
I woke up to the sound of the girls running around the living room, then I heard it. The worse phrase ever, "Mommy, Sissy pooped on the floor, Mommy Sissy pooped on my bed,"
I jolted up stairs thoughts racing through my head, "Please don't sit on the couch, please don't sit on the couch."
The girls came running up to me with grins on their faces, Little Sister completely naked. "Mommy Sissy pooped on my bed."
I went into their room to find a pile on the floor, thank God it they don't have carpet and it misses the rug, and streaks of poop all over Big Sisters bed. I turned and grabbed Little Sister and took her to the bathroom to clean up. Afterwards, I stripped Big Sister's bed and cleaned up the mess on the floor.
"Wonderful, great start to Valentine's Day." I thought in my head.
The rest of the morning did go rather smoothly and after we went to the Library, I had a brilliant idea! We could meet Daddy for lunch! I stopped into the Dollar Store and bought a couple roses for the girls to give him. He was glowing as the girls gave him the Valentines that they had made at the Library and Big Sister handed him the roses. Score one point for Mama, it was awesome. We ate at the mall, the girls rode the carousel, and then I took them to play in the play zone at the mall. Overall, a pretty awesome Valentine's Day, one that I will remember for a long time, especially the look on Daddy's Face!
I hope you all had a Blessed Valentine's Day!

Good night dear followers,

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

February 2013 Blog Hop

a mom blog community!

Join Me Over at BloggyMoms! I meant to add the January Blog Hop in January, but I must have forgotten. Anyways, jump on over and check out the AMAZING blogs they have listed, written by MOMS! I'm listed at #207 and there are many more below my post as well, so there is a plethora of blogs to choose from and read!

I have already taken an interest in several today! Here are a few I selected to read, just because of their interesting title:
#92 You Are The Roots - Cute blog! And oh my the food this little boy eats, amazing, very talented mama!
#144 The Chicken Chick - I have followed this blog for a while but wanted to throw it in anyways, she has GREAT tips on rasing chickens!
#170My Craftily Ever After - She had me at "Craft," anything to do with crafts immediately peeks my interest. I love her simple but cute blog design. It was easy to navigate and I love all the pictures she includes in her posts!
#294 Growing Kids Ministry - GREAT resource for teaching kids about God! Love it! And there are some funny things throw in as well!
#344 Painting With Picasso - So touching! Great gift of words! I am truly in awe.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mommy Brain Strikes Again

Mommy Brain: The condition by which a woman looses the ability to achieve or remember every day events or actions and somehow does incredibly silly things instead. Symptoms may include but are not limited to putting a non refrigerated item in the refridgerator like her keys, going to the cabinet and pulling out the wrong item for a task then going back to replace the item only to question the entire reason for opening the cabinet again even though the wrong item is still in her other hand, or freaking out because she lost something only to find it exactly where it is supposed to be or in an incredibly rediculous location. The onset of this condition is often the result of pregancy and intensified by the delievery of the baby. No cure currently exsists, symptoms may intesify or decrease over time but that time is unknown at this time.Treatment: rest and relaxation. Good luck with that one, especially after the baby is born.

That being said, enjoy my freak out of the night...

I decided to throw the blankets and sheets in the washer tonight, from the master bed. I separated them and decided to throw the blankets in first. Well, I wasn't paying attention and as I was putting a clean fitted sheet on the bed I realized that I couldn't remeber where I put the remote. My first thought, surely I flipped it off the bed, right? Wrong. Not on the floor or under the bed. My husband sleeps with the tv on, I had to find that remote!

Oh No!

 I ran to the washer and proceeded to pull two soaking wet king size blankets out of the washer. Do you know how heavy and award 2 soaking wet king size blanket are, to pull out of a top loader? Much heavier and awkward pushing them back in after rumaging through them and finding nothing, that's for sure. Phew! That was a close one. Now where could it be... I looked around the washer thinking maybe it fell before I put the blankets in. Then I remebered the sheets, again I rumaged through desperatly. Which, by the way was tremendously easier than extracting and replacing the two soaking wet king size blankets.

The clouds parted and behold the remote was tucked into a corner of the fitted sheet, Score!

And no one but you dear followers have to know that I almost drowned the poor helpless remote. This secret is safe with you, right?

Have a nice night dear followers!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Holly Daze: Underachiever Extraordinaire (Life Well Blogged)

Lately, I've found myself reading a lot. During my Middle School years, I used to read all the time, but then as I became intrenched in High School activities my zeal for reading somewhat faded. Well, I guess that zeal is back because I feel the need, the need, to read. (Yes, I am totally cheesy and heard Tom Cruise's voice from Top Gun in my head as I wrote that.) I've kind of been out of the loop for so long that I have had to kind of pick randomly and see what I like and don't like as an adult. I like to read a variety books, but what I really love are blogs. They have a sense of realness and I can relate to a lot of what is written. Do I believe EVERYTHING I read? No. Does it give me sense that I'm not alone and that some of my antics as a wife/mother are... "normal"... sure.

Recently, I was asked to review a book called Holly Daze: Underachiever Extraordinaire from the series Life Well Blogged by Abbey Fatica and Monica Merrill Mylet. This book is a compilation of blog articles and just one book in the trilogy that takes you into the lives of several bloggers from all walks of life. I love the diversity in the book. Each of the bloggers is unique and special and it pours out from every page.

Growing up I always wondered what the holidays were like for other families. Did everyone do things they way we did? If I could be a fly on their wall, what would I see? Holly Daze: Underachiever Extraordinaire takes you through the four seasons and gives you a glimpse of what life in like during the holidays in different homes. As you will quickly figure out, the holidays are packed with the good, the bad, and the hilarious!

 A couple of my favorite stories from Holly Daze: Underachiever Extraordinaire include one from Thanksgiving and Christmas. An Offer He Can Not Refuse, Maybe, We'll See by Lauren Gallagher from the blog Filing Jointly...Finally got my side splitting. Evidently, Lauren's significant other is not too fond of Christmas. She cleverly uses the 'Twas The Night Before Christmas theme to approach the issue and gives her sweetie a alternative that you won't want to miss. It also helps that there is a photo included at the end, I was chuckling until I got to the photo, I lost it at the photo.

Another one of my favorites was How Could Christmas be Christmas Without a Santa Pig? by Michelle from the blog The Hubby Diaries. She has several cute stories in the Holly Daze: Underachiever Extraordinaire book, but this one is my favorite! If you are like me, you are thinking, "What is a Santa Pig?" Michelle takes you through her husbands obsession over a light up pig on a restaurant near where they live. Her tolerance and love for her husband is clear until the end, which you will love. (There is a picture at the end of this one too, hehe)

As with anything there is both the good and... the bad. The downside to Holly Daze: Underachiever Extraordinaire is that a good majority of the stories have curse words in them. They were edited to have a * through the words, so if your "Little Reader" in the family picks it up, they may not have clue what it is supposed to be, so that is nice. Or when you see the * you can just skip over the word entirely.

Overall, I thought that it was a cute book with entertaining and funny stories that show that your "average" family have not so "average" happenings during the holidays. 

My Rating: B+ $$
Click here to see what My Rating means! 
Cost: $2.99 for Kindle or Nook Versions or $9.99 for paperback. A portion of the proceeds will be donated directly to the Superstorm Sandy relief efforts.
Where to Buy: Amazon.com 

Check out the other two books in the trilogy: No Laughing Allowed, To Bliss and Back
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Have a wonderful evening dear followers!

Friday, February 08, 2013

Freebie Friday 2/8/2013

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!

This week's Freebie is a set of Fairy Dress Boxes. 


Available free until February 11, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

Free online tutorial can be found here: http://www.mymemories.com/craftables/fairy

What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!  

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Have a wonderful evening dear followers!

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Sesame Street Takes Over Indy in March!

Yes you read that right! Sesame Street is taking over Indianapolis in March! Two special events are coming our way and your child won't want to miss out!

Sesame Street Live FUN DAY - Saturday March 2, 2013 1:00PM at Macy's Castleton Square 2nd Floor Kid's Department
ANY $50.00 Children's purchase receives a free pair of tickets to Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music for Friday, March 22 – 24 Old National Centre Murat Theatre



Show details:
Children and toddlers everywhere will be able to experience a musical journey.  Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover ‘instruments’ they never knew existed…rubber duckies, trash can lids and even cookie jars. Elmo and friends teach children that everyone can make and enjoy beautiful music together

There are two performances each day starting on Friday, March 22 – 24. Sunny Seats are available and include VIP seating and a Meet & Greet with two Sesame Street Live characters before the show! 
Tickets on sale now at the Old National Centre Box Office and through Ticketmaster.

For more information on Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music, visit www.oldnationalcentre.com.

Enjoy the show dear followers!
 

Monday, February 04, 2013

Big Sister's Big Progress

I was going through my past posts and realized it has been almost a WHOLE year since I gave an update on Big Sister's Speech Therapy progress! I feel so horrible, I had wanted to document it on the blog, but have failed miserably. I guess I will give you the "quick" version. If you want to know where we left off, you can read the last post, here. Or you can read the complete series by going here.

We continued home visits with the Speech Therapist until Big Sister turned 3 years old, which was in June 2012. The program she was in only went until 3 years old and then they transferred her to the school system. I was thoroughly impressed with Big Sister's progress and her therapist was just AMAZING. I couldn't have ask for more from them and Big Sister learned more than I could even have imagined.

Big Sister's first day of "School"

There was a break from the end of her home Therapy sessions until the beginning of her sessions at our local Elementary School in September. The new Therapy is 30 minutes once a week instead of one hour once a week. The School would provide transportation, but I decided to opt out because I just don't think she is old enough to be riding on a bus. So, every week, once a week, I drive her to school and then take Little Sister to a store in town, while we wait for Big Sister's session to end. Her therapy is one on one with the Speech Therapist and not in a classroom full of kids, which I like.

One morning when we were pulling into the parking lot at the school, Big Sister blurted out "My friends! I get to play with my friends." My heart sank, she was looking out her window at all the children playing on the playground. It made me so sad to have to tell her "No, we are going to go see your teacher." It was at that point when I realized she knew what friends are and that she wanted to have friends. So, that night I searched the internet trying to find local places to take her where there would be kids her age. I found that our local library had a Toddler Story Time and that it has just started the previous week. I went in and asked about the Toddler Story Time and they allowed us to join in the next week. Big Sister, Little Sister, and I both thoroughly enjoy our time at the library and it has even given me an excuse to make time to read for me again. I would encourage all Moms to look into the programs at your local library, you never know what amazing FREE programs are available in your area!

Playing with the block table at the library.
 Between School and Toddler Story Time, Big Sister has made GREAT progress. She is now saying 5-7 word sentences that I can actually understand. She still has issues at times where she will drop the end of a word when she rushes, but her teacher is working on that. I am always amazed at what comes out of her mouth as well as relieved that I can understand her and communicate with her better. Her speech improvements have even helped Little Sister's speech as well. I am always amazed at how many words she picks up from her Big Sister. Little Sister will actually say 3-4 word sentences already.

Kids are just amazing! Which skill did you love to watch your little one achieve the most?

Have a wonderful day dear followers!

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Freebie Friday 2/1/2013

Each week I bring you a lovely Freebie from MyMemories, a company that has created an awesome Digital Scrapbook Software called My Memories Suite v4! If you've never heard of or used My Memories Suite v4, you are missing out! No worries, however, you can download a trial version on their website!

This week's Freebie is a set of Fairy Dress Boxes. 

I have been wondering what to do for Little Sister's birthday, it's coming up in February,  and this week's Freebie may be exactly what I need as inspiration. Since I am a little LATE on my Freebie, I am going to give you 2 Freebies!




Available free until February 11, 2013. However, you can still purchase this design kit from MyMemories! To find this kit, click on Craftable Templates on the right hand side of the MyMemories website. If you don't have a MyMemories account you will need to sign up in order to download the Craftables. Don't worry, accounts are always FREE!

Free online tutorial can be found here: http://www.mymemories.com/craftables/fairy


What's My Memories Suite? Click here to read my review of the Digital Scrapbook Software. Don't have My Memories Suite? Go MyMemories.com to buy the software and start scrapping!  

USE CODE: STMMMS86739 at checkout to get $10.00 OFF the software!

Have a wonderful evening dear followers!

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