>I’m only doing this for good karma…


This, here, is Liz and she likes to give stuff away for free.  I like to get stuff for free.  A match made in heaven. Only one problem…

So, as much as I love the author of Staying Home and Staying Sane, I really don’t want to tell you about her current giveaway.  I’m a tad bit competitive.  I never win anything and right now I stand to lose a really cute eco-friendly set of books for my 2yo, AH.  I get an extra entry for blogging about the goods and I’m not giving up until I get something for free.

CUTE, right? She’s got her book bag all set for the win.

Anyway, back to the books…

Love these colors! 

So Sweet.

For this giveaway, Liz at Staying Home and Staying Sane has partnered with Little Green Books By Simon and Schuster and there are going to be MULTIPLE WINNERS! 

Of course, this excites me.   Because, should you steal my thunder and go enter yourself for this bundle of awesomeness, there’s still a chance for me, ahem, my daughter to win! *cue evil laughter*   And nobody likes to win more than me, except for maybe Charlie Sheen, but that’s another post. 

There will be a grand prize winner (to win all 4 books reviewed by Liz) and then four other winners (each winning one of the reviewed selections).

While I really don’t want to share this little nugget of giveaway greatness, I’m hoping that doing so will send some good karma my way, thus, bringing home the goods for me, um, my kid!

Good luck, y’all!

All is fair in love & war,

>What I’m Diggin’ Wednesday Blog Hop

>Here’s a little peek at what I’m diggin’ today…

Two nights in a row, my 2 yr old has gone to sleep early, in her own bed without screaming and pleading to lay down in our bed.  I’m giddy like a kid on Christmas Eve over this!  Only I can’t scream of my joy from the roof tops because that would wake her up and ruin the moment.

Three letters: D.V.R.

This mama doesn’t get to watch live television.  Without DVR, I might not be able to keep up with the most crucial current events, like who got booted off Dancing With The Stars or the latest mobster fallout on General Hospital. Now, if only there were a time machine that could create the time for me to actually catch up on my 50 bazillion recordings.

This song.

Last week was a hot mess. I had a grueling week at work plus a 2 yr old with strep throat. Pulled in two separate directions and feeling really unsuccessful in both arenas. I felt like I was trying to do so much with so little time and energy. I was exhausted, emotional, snippy, and my attitude sucked. Monday, on the way home from a terrible day at work, I heard this song on the radio. And I cried. And cried. I’d heard it before but it seemed to speak to me in a different way this week.  Too often, I forget to seek God when I’m needing Him most.

Now on to the Q & A portion of this hop:
1. What is your biggest pet peeve?
This week it’s people who have a God complex at work.  I mean, it’s JUST work.  Do I take it seriously? Yes.  So serious that I’m willing to treat other’s as second class citizens because my task manager is more cruicial that yours? NO. Get over yourselves, people.

2. One pantry staple that your family could not live without?
Wheat bread.  I wish I had something more exotic or fancy shmancy sounding, like, couscous or ginger root extract.  But I don’t.

3. Favorite piece of clothing….you know the one….the one that you wear at least once a week?
My American Eagle boyfriend capris.  They are the most comfy pare of jeans I own.  They’re fashionably tattered and a little too big, so as to not make the muffin top overfloweth.

4. Favorite scripture or mantra that you tell yourself when the going gets tough?
 Proverbs 3:5-6. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

5. Most hated household chore?
Dishes.  I hate them so much I married a man who would do them for me.  Gosh, I love him.

What are you diggin’? Link up with Staying Home and Staying Sane’s
What I’m Diggin’ Wednesday and tell all about it.

Can you dig it?

>Weekend Without Words

>This is what my weekend looked like…**

We found this sweet puppy wandering in our front yard…unfortunately, we eventually found his owner, too.
AH had her 1st sleepover (my nephew).  She’s reading him a bedtime story.
Painted by AH
For Mother’s Day, I got flowers that won’t die…unless I kill them, which is likely. 
Gardening is on my bucket list.  Starting small, obviously.
I’m not someone you’d say had a green thumb so we’ll see how long these babies survive.
Maybe if they all wilt and die, I can just blame it on her. 
Right after this was taken (in our swing), she looked at me and smiled and said, “Mommy, I like thwinging.”

This classy snapshot was taken in our front yard–where all diaper clad babies in plastic pools should be, of course.

**I would like to point out that The Husband had a birthday this past weekend and it went so uncelebrated this year that I didn’t even take a picture of him on his birthday.  I’m a super wife, honest. 
Happy blogging,

>For my mother…

>Today is the day of the year that Hallmark makes millions on tear-jerking cards that let our mothers know we love and appreciate them. Yet a card and a gift are hardly enough for the woman who raised you. There simply aren’t enough gifts to compensate for that kind of sacrifice and dedication.

This beautiful woman is my mom.

I look back on my childhood and all the things I learned from her that I hope to pass on to my own children.

The list is long but I have a few favorites:

1. Love God; love your neighbor, love life.

2. Stand up for what is right, even if that means standing alone.

3. Anything in life worth having is worth working for.

4. If you’re blessed with what you need, give back to someone who isn’t.

5. Say please, thank you, and I’m sorry.

6. Be accountable; no one can make you do/or not do anything.

7. Know what you stand for, because if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.

8. Every cloud has a silver lining; you just have to look for it.

9. Be grateful for what you have and where you are in life because there’s always someone worse off than you and they’d love to walk a mile in your shoes.

10. Your personal integrity is the one thing no one can take from you; the only way to lose it is to give it away.

My mother is such an amazing woman. She hasn’t had an easy life yet she still holds on to this optimism and incredible heart for people. She’s strong but still compassionate. I grew up knowing that my mother would always be there for me, no matter what. She didn’t pretend to be perfect and didn’t expect us to be either. And she loves my siblings and me more than words can say.

This year is the first Mother’s Day my mom will spend without her own mother. And I know there are probably things she wishes she could tell my grandmother if she were still alive. So, I write this in hopes that my mom will know how much she means to me and how thankful I am for her and all she has taught me by example.

Happy Mother’s Day,

>BOTM for April : Please read

>Yes, I know it’s now May and I’m behind on my Blog of The Month selection for the month of April.

Better late than never, right? Drum roll, please…

I selected this month’s featured blog, Mom:101 because I love reading it regularly, it makes me laugh, it’s brilliantly written and because the author, Liz, asked for help.

Her brother’s neice has an undiagnosed illness and is requiring a pretty pricy bone marrow procedure. I am blessed to have all my children be healthy and happy right now but I can relate to that worry in your heart and ache in your gut when your child is unexplainably sick and you don’t know what to do to other than pray.

If you can spare prayers, well wishes, or a monetary donation, PLEASE visit this blog page and do so.

P.S. You can also find Mom:101 on Twitter

Thanks for reading,