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Life is good, I take it for granted too often. I have a fabulous, supportive husband and a beautiful son who is always teaching me the simplicity of life. My day is made when samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Thrifty Puzzle Wall Art



I love our new wall art in the guest bedroom!  It's something meaningful since our family put these puzzles together and they are shots taken from Maine.  These cost us under $15 each for the puzzle, glue, and trim.  Amazon.com often has puzzles for 50% off, puzzle glue is about $5 at Walmart, and the trim was around $3 at Lowe's.  


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Become a Norwex Consultant for Free during the month of March


A couple months ago I had the chance to review my first Norwex cleaning cloth.  I LOVED it and it's still my favorite cleaning cloth.  This month only, Norwex is offering you a chance to become a Norwex consultant for *free.   If you've been thinking about becoming a Norwex consultant, this is a great month to give it a try!  Consultants are able to set their own hours, have a flexible schedule, earn 35% commissions along with monthly incentives all while supporting an eco-friendly lifestyle!

To learn more about this opportunity or to sign up, click here.

*There is a $9.99 shipping and handling charge for the basic kit.  You will also need to submit $2,000 of sales in your first 90 days or you will be charged $200 for the kit.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Our new favorite children's book and meeting Kevin Hawke

I have an addiction to children's books.  I would go broke if I bought all the books that I wanted to.  We were recently in a tourist gift shop and I came across the book "The Wicked Big Toddlah".  I knew it was a winner and went home and bought it off Ebay because I'm cheap like that.  After reading it to Bradley the first time, it became our new favorite.  We read it daily and sometimes twice a day.  The story is a lot of fun and the illustrations are fabulous!  I never heard of Kevin Hawkes before reading this book.  But I'm a huge fan now and will begin building a new collection of his books!

A week after we bought The Wicked Big Toddlah, my local library announced that Kevin Hawkes would be coming to read to the children at story time.  I couldn't believe it!  To say I was star struck is an understatement.  I loved having the opportunity to meet Kevin and he's a great storyteller!  The kids and even adults such as myself were mesmerized with his storytelling abilities.  Bradley was able to get his copy of The Wicked Big Toddlah signed by Kevin.  I'll be wrapping that book in bubble wrap so nothing happens to it.

Be sure to check out some of Kevin's other books he has authored and/or illustrated.  You can out the titles here.






Monday, March 2, 2015

Our Weekend Recap

My favorite day this weekend was Saturday.  Not only did we complete a couple projects around the house, we woke up super early to see the sunrise at The Portland Head Light and we had friends over for dinner and games.  Saturday was a full day so we pretty much crashed after church on Sunday!

It was a whopping 0 degrees.  Poor Bradley only lasted long enough to snap this picture and he was back in the warm car.

Can this be any more picture perfect?

I LOVED this part of watching the sun peek up.

God is an awesome Creator!

If I hadn't of felt like I was getting frostbite, I would have stayed there for hours.

This is Bradley's first time seeing a sunrise.

He loved watching the sun "wake up".
 
I love all the rock art creations at Fort Williams.  There seems to be a new creation each month.

We were shopping at Lowes at 7 am!  We pretty much had the store to ourselves.

The guest bathroom finally has a normal mirror and lighting.  I forgot to take the before picture but it was a hideous, rusty, old attached light/medicine cabinet.


Lunch at Panera Bread after church on Sunday makes for happy smiles!

Sunday night Lincoln Log and train time.  You can tell we all took great afternoon naps with the crazy hair shots.

I loved the normalcy of this weekend!  I loved having friends over for dinner and building our friendships!  I loved worshiping God with my church family on Sunday morning!  I loved the simple and lazy Sunday afternoon with Mike and Bradley!  The South Carolina homesickness is slowly disappearing and Maine is beginning to feel more and more like home sweet home.

Menu Week of March 2-6

Can I just say I'm so glad it's March?!?!  I'm ready to say goodbye to soups and say hello to salads with fresh veggies!  I know I'm probably ahead of myself since I'm now living in Maine, but I'm really tired of soup.  I find myself dreaming of outdoor dinners and BBQ parties with friends!  Unfortunately the reality is that it will probably be another two months before that can happen.  So on to this week's menu....

Breakfast
Loaded omelets & yogurt
Banana Bread
Homemade Granola Bars 
Cheesy Scrambled Eggs & Sausage
English Muffin Egg Sandwich

Lunch
Homemade Veggie Pizza
Mac & Cheese
Sloppy Joes
Mixed Green Salad
Leftovers

Supper
Beef & Bean Enchiladas
Supper at Small Group
Chicken & Rice Casserole
Cheeseburgers & Homemade French Fries
Leftovers

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fun Friday Review & Giveaway - All New Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash


Check out this new Miracle Oil body wash from Dial.  It's infused with Marula oil to make your skin beautifully soft.  Your skin will feel clean, luxurious, and smooth thanks to Dial's latest and greatest body wash.

I love the generous amount of suds this body wash makes.  The more suds you have the cleaner you feel, right?  This body wash does have a higher perfume smell, so if you have a sensitive nose, it's probably not for you.


Would you like a chance to win your own bottle?  Enter the giveaway below.  Three Winners will be chosen on Friday, March 13th.


**Disclosure - The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash in exchange for a product review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Miss Brenda and the Loveladies Book Review


Wow!  What an inspiring book!  I seriously could not put this book down.  Miss Brenda and the Loveladies is a true story of Brenda Spahn's journey from rags to riches to redemption.  Brenda Spahn saw hope for ex-con women.  She gave up her dreams to change their lives.

 Brenda did a fantastic job writing about her journey.  I became a part of her life through this book.  The LoveLadies became like sisters to me.  I laughed and cried with Brenda.  I rooted for Brenda and I hurt when her dreams were being threatened.  This book touched my heart.

One of my favorite chapters was chapter 12 where she breaks down The Lord's Prayer beautifully and simple for the Loveladies to understand.

Our Father in Heaven
"You are recognizing God as your Father"
Hallowed be Your name
"God, You're so awesome, You're so great."
Your Kingdom come
"This is the most important part.  You're praying for the Lord to use you as His kingdom on earth.  Make him Lord of your life, just like He is in Heaven."
Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven
"This is what we want to happen.  We can make requests to God, but we have to trust in His will.  We have to trust that God knows what is best for us, even if it might not seem that way at times."
Give us this day our daily bread
"Many people think this is just about food, but it isn't.  You're asking for your needs to be met, whatever they are."
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
"This is where it really gets important and really hard.  At times this seems impossible.  You're asking God to forgive your sins to the same degree as you forgive those who sin against you.  So if you don't forgive someone the whole way, you're asking God to forgive you only part of the way too.  You're asking to be forgiven to the same measure as you forgive others."
And do no lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one
"Help us to not sin."
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever
"You are the greatest.  I love you."

 Reading about Brenda's dedication to these women is inspiring.  It encourages me to get outside my comfortable life and help others.  It reminds me not to judge, we have no idea what people are going through.  It confirms that you can fight for your dreams.  

The LoveLady Center is the largest and most successful nonprofit transitional center for women in the country.  It services 450 women and children every day, providing substance abuse counseling, drug rehabilitation, meals, childcare, career counseling, job training, job placement, and continued education courses to women working to establish successful lives outside of prison walls.

You can learn more about The LoveLady Center by clicking here.

**Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a book review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.