Saturday, November 30, 2013

Working on the Christmas Card...

In years past I would of already had my Christmas Card out, being delivered today or even yesterday to most of my friends and family.
But, alas, not this year.  And that is okay, because we have a plan.  We know what the kids will wear and I think we have narrowed down a location.  Getting all the kids in the same place at the same time has been an  issue.  Especially since Nana has the 3 middles at the annual Cuz Buzz this weekend!  (Big Woo Hoo)  And then is the ever pressing issue of where to order the Christmas Cards from.   And the winner is? has beautiful cards and there are quite a few I can't decide between.  They also have this awesome silhouettes that allow you to pick out different shapes for your cards.

The contenders?

The cherry merry with the awesome lace effect around the edges- love it!  Not sure about saying Be Merry- kind of wild and crazy for this conservative fam.  But, may be just what we need.

And this conversation bubble card is adorable.  Thinking about the captions I would choose.  Maybe "Hey, I am eating solids!"  for the baby or "My last year in elementary school!" for Lauren?

And this one just takes my breath away- the aquarelle.  I love the watercolor look of it, but not sure about aqua- they have a couple other colors to choose from for the background.

What do you think?  Which one should I choose?  What are you doing about Christmas cards this year?

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*Although the opinions above are all my own, I was offered product in order to review.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Campus Book Rental

I was telling my oldest the other day about when she was little and how I was so stressed around this time of year.  I was going to college, had a thesis due and felt guilty for not decorating for Christmas. She of course, didn't remember.  But, I found myself feeling bad for all those going to college.  It is hard work.  And expensive.  Then I received an email reminding me of a company that wants to help college students and others.

Campus Book Rentals is a great company that:
-lets you save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-gives you free shipping both ways
-allows you to highlight in the textbooks
-has flexible renting periods
-donates to Operation Smile with each textbook rented

And now they have a new company that allows students to rent their own textbooks!  You can earn 2-4x more money compared to what you would make through buyback options!
Rent Back helps you rent your books again and again and reach a broader group of people than if you rented on your own.

Now I realize this company might not help all of us that are not attending college, but pass it on to someone you know who might be experiencing the expensive cost of college and books!
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**The opinions above are my own, but I need to disclose I was compensated for this post.

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Sometimes it is hard facing the facts.
Thank God I have a teenager and a tween to let me know and to remind me...
I am old.
Not picking out nursing home old, but I don't have instagram old.
So, I was waiting to get an iphone and while you can get an iphone pretty cheap with a plan, I just can't see paying so much extra money for a data plan. 
The outcome?
I will spend a little more time with my "dumb" phone instead of getting a "smart" phone.  Afterall, I am home and really don't need a phone with internet.  Do I?
So, I figured no instagram for me.
Then I was looking for interesting ways to punish my kids.  (Yes, this is a long story of how I got instagram)  I started taking Jack's ipod away.  It was working!  He started behaving to make sure he could earn it back.  Then it dawned on me- I can use instagram on his ipod!  Since he had lost it for a whole week, I changed his password and downloaded instagram!!!
Now the problem is when he gets it back.
Am I a little too eager to punish him?
In the meantime, I have been enjoying instagram.  Are you on?  Follow me here.
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Life Today

I am here.
Around, just really busy.
I have suddenly found myself in a different season of life.
Obviously still here with young kids, but there was a time when I went to a friends house or had some ladies here, but very rarely now.
I am quiet, which is kind of a funny thing to say if you knew me in real life and those of you who do, probably get it.
I take care of the kids, the baby, babysit and when the kids leave the house for school in the morning, I clean, plan meals, food shop and wait for phone calls from the school for my little guy having a rough time with kindergarten- a whole other story for a different day.

Our little girl is 5 months and she:
  • rolls over
  • giggles
  • is just under 16 pounds
  • loves her siblings

And of course, we adore her.  She hasn't had any "real" food yet.  Just nursing.  and nursing.  and some more nursing.  But, that is okay.  Even when it is 2 in the morning and then sometimes again at 4, it will stop all too soon.  My babies will be done.
And sometimes that is a tough thing to swallow.  It is hard to think about when it is just her and me late at night.  But, when it is all of us around the kitchen table and it is crazy, 5 seems like more than enough.
Who knows what God has in store?
Maybe foster kids that need a good home when all my kids are grown?
And one day the biggest blessing- grandchildren.

But, I digress...

In the meantime, I am where I need to be.  And I am so thankful to be home, to take care of these kids.  And to keep working on being a good parent to them.

And since I started this post weeks ago and the baby is now almost 6 months, I will press the publish button.  Another blogger I read wrote, "The more kids I have, the less I blog."
I am so there.
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