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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Support Anna as she supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Every year the Clayton County Head Start supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their mission of finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. They teach the children about riding-toy safety as well as give them an opportunity to support a worthy cause.

St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance and no child is denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. Now that’s a good cause to support.

Anna’s goal for this year’s St. Jude Trike-A-Thon is just $100. It would be great if she can meet – or exceed! – her goal. Will you take a moment to sponsor Anna for a worthy cause? It’s easy to do. Just go to her Ways to Help page on the St. Jude site.

Thank you so much for taking the time to support Anna and St. Jude.


Decorate with custom address plaques

If you own a home then you probably like to make sure that the outside of your home, including the yard, etc., looks good especially now that Spring has arrived and the Summer season is beginning. There are lots of ways to get your home looking spiffy. You can add outdoor furniture, garden gnomes, a trellis, solar lights or custom address plaques.

Wouldn’t it be great for your house number to not only stand out from the rest, but to also be unique? Getting that done only takes a moment – all you have to do is click over to Just Address Plaques. The wide variety of classy plaques that they sell make me wish that I was still living in my home. I would have loved shopping in the personalized address plaques section and picking out something that is unique and representative of my personality and style. Although I didn’t like spend that much time in the yard, I did like ensuring that everything looked nice.

Take a moment and check out the residential address plaques. Maybe you’ll see something that appeals to you to spice up the outside of your home. There’s also the added benefit of making your neighbors jealous. ;-)


Monday, April 23, 2012

‘God Gave Us Love’ {children’s book review}

As siblings tend to do, my children have mastered the art of arguments, dissention and sarcasm toward each other. One day, not too long ago, I became so fed up with the bickering between the middle girls that I made the 7 year old write a paragraph about why she loves her sister and I had the 4 year old draw a picture of something she loves to do with her sister. I talked (loudly!) to them for at least 20 minutes about what they would do without their sister and how they should treat those close to them… I even made them say “I love you” to each other when coming and going. I included their brother on that one.

god gave us love - anna pic 2It worked for a bit, but I know there has to be a better way (or at least more ways) to handle this. So when I saw the opportunity to review “God Gave Us Love,” a children’s book by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant, I immediately requested a copy to share with my children.

In this sweet, softly and beautifully illustrated book, Little Cub has trouble understanding love. She gets upset with her siblings as well as her animal friends preventing her and her grandpa from catching fish. To help her understand the different types of love, Grandpa explains to her that God gives us all types of love and how good that is.

god gave us love - anna picWe’ve had the book for about a week and I’ve read it to my children twice. Each time they’ve listened closely and intently gazed at the illustrations. I’ve allowed them to absorb what they’re hearing and make their silly little comments to make each other laugh as well as ask questions if they want. I think each time we read the story the children will take in the message of God’s love and how we should treat others. Little Cub is easy for children, especially those with siblings, to relate to.

imageGod Gave Us Love” is one of the books in the “God Gave Us” series, which is geared toward children ages 2 to 6. Even older children will enjoy the book and its message; my son, who is 8, was happy to read the book as well.

It’s definitely a book I’m glad to add to my children’s personal library.

Read more about Lisa Tawn Bergren and other books she’s authored.


Disclosure: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of this review. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete disclosure policy.


Deals on designer bedding

One of the best things about shopping online is finding great deals. It’s so much easier to do a search for the item I’m looking for than to drive from store to store, going in and out in search of the right product for the right price. One of the things I need right now is king-sized sheets for my California king bed, which I love!

image Not any old sheets will do either so that means it’s a must to find a fabulous deal. When I learned about Swanky Outlet I had to take a peek at the New Bedding Arrivals. Even though the colors in my bedroom are chocolate brown and red I don’t know if I can pass up the Sky Blue California King 425-thread count deep pocket sheet set I saw. It’s a designer, sateen sheet set that I think would feel marvelous against my skin. Priced at $100, I think that’s a pretty good deal ($60 off the original price).

The Swanky Outlet had some Castlewood Manor Bedding in 800-thread count, but the gold – which was what was left – was all sold out. I would have loved getting my hands on that set in chocolate.

In addition to the regular outlet deals, there are also Swanky Outlet Coupon Specials available. Right now you can get an extra 25 percent off bedding and decorative pillows, but you have to hurry before all the deals are snapped up.

I’m down for some deals on bedding… What about you?


Perfect pick me up… for me & my hair

There are two small things – among many – that make me happy. Getting mail and winning/getting something for free. For more than a week the postman has not liked me. I’m sure that’s the reason I haven’t gotten any good mail. I always receive a much-anticipated magazine, a cool catalog, a free sample or something I’ve ordered. That so.has.not.happened lately.

Today, as I dealt with some emotions that threatened to bring me down and caused tears to trickle down my face, I didn’t expect anything too exciting to happen. I figured there wouldn’t be anything exciting in the mail and I wasn’t expecting anything. So when I heard a knock on the door I couldn’t fathom who it may be.

When I glanced through the peephole I was surprised to see one of my favorite people in the world: the UPS man. He’s been to my apartment so much, and I’ve stalked him quite frequently, that I know his name, notice him on the streets of my city and have even played Words With Friends with him. Sometimes he even stops – with a toot – for me to come out and say hello. Even though I had the phone pressed against my ear and I still smiled when I opened the door.

image He handed me a nice size box that was a bit heavy. I looked at the return address, but didn’t recognize the name. I opened the box and pulled out the entire line of Beautiful Textures. Initially, I couldn’t remember if I had entered a contest or received the products to review. I clicked around until I remembered that SimplyNaturalLanea had announced the giveaway on her YouTube channel. I had entered through her channel and Your Beautiful Hair Facebook page. (There are giveaways still going on so go and check it out.)

There are enough products in the prize package to share the Curly to Straight Flat Iron Silkener with my oldest daughter and still have plenty length for us three girls here at home. We definitely plow through products quickly. That’s what happens with three heads of beautiful natural hair. Imagine what it was like when Amber was still living at home.

An-t-way, I plan on using the products tonight because my ‘do is due some TLC and I want to share the results with you via a review. If I don’t get to do that be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook to see what I think about how the product worked for my hair.

Have you had any pleasant surprises lately?

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