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Truthful Thursdays #TT

 

Truthful Thursdays

Where I will share my truths as a Mother & Stepmother.

My truths for today.

  1. Hello! It has been a very emotional past two weeks. Sadly the last couple of weeks have not been easy, we had a death in the family. My heart still breaks for my aunt and uncle as they lost their son and my cousins too, as they lost their little brother. I hope all the memories will bring them comfort and God will bring them the strength they need to carry on. For the first time I had to really explain death to the girls, and deal with all that comes with that process first hand. Just the other day I heard Caydence and Sadie talking about it and Cay said to Sadie, “Did you know after you die you either get a big box or you can be turned into lashes?” We tried the best we could to explain it to Caydence but she is just not really grasping it fully, which is okay because she is only 4. Caydence went to the funeral with the family as she didn’t have preschool that day and Sadie I let go to school because her poor little heart is just to emotional when it comes to death. The last time death came up was when Elsa and Ana’s parent’s died and she cried every night for a week thinking of all the people she could lose. Everyday since the funeral Caydence has told me that she misses her cousin. She asks to go visit my aunt and uncle (his parents) everyday, it’s so sweet, but I just don’t want her upsetting them or asking a million questions. She has met this side of my family every so often at a few birthdays, but we have only just started seeing them more often, now that we live in my hometown. This site was helpful for me.  death-quotes-photos-for-facebook-4-b1c16cf1
  2. I am a behind on giveaways, but I am trying my best to get caught up! And I will announce winner’s ASAP!
  3. I have an update on Rey and I. We are on really good terms right now, we have both been going to Church. I am convinced now that is what has been missing in our lives. We will soon be on the right path and I am so happy! The kids and I have finished another Lemony Snicket book over the phone and we hope to start the next one soon which reminds me I need to go to savers and find the next one best place to buy books on the cheap! We are going to meet up with Rey and the older kids for Thanksgiving. We are all so excited and can’t wait!

These are my truths of the week, I hope you share yours!

Have a great weekend!

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Wordless Wednesday with Linky #WW

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Thankful for sweet memories this week.

Last Weeks:

Veteran’s Day, Church and Grandma’s, Baking, My little Cutie, and my businesses (Scentsy and Chloe + Isabel).

Halloween 2014

Another week in the books.

Our week in Pictures: A field trip to Bulldog Bowl, an assembly, and fun.

I love my extra hobbies

Big Week

Our first week in New Mexico.

Our drive in the mountains.

No matter what, we will always have our memories and our bonds that hold us together, forever.

Pick our Halloween Costume

Football Practice, these two are my day, and park fun.

Rained out and a peek at Cay’s Frozen Party!

A Birthday and Playtime

Back to School

Another peek at our 1st Family Vacation!

A peek at our 1st Family Vacation!

4th of July Weekend

C+I Merchie Meet-Up

Summer

Sadie’s is 5

Summer Time Fun-Splash Pad

Not so Happy

Zoo Fun

Mother’s Day

El Paso Zoo

Vegas!

Dessert Easter

Our Lady of the Sierras

More Family Fun

Flag Football

Girl’s Movie Night

Just Us

My Little Girls

My Love

Target

Family Fun

Ezzie’s First

Night..Night

My Baby Playing

Too Cool

Places we have lived

Snack Time

Wiped Out

My Baby

Deserving Dad

Messiest Room Ever

Blue in the Face

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Every Guy in Your Life! #HolidayGiftGuideBloggers100

Having trouble finding the perfect gift for the man in your life?  Holidays are supposed to be fun - but finding that perfect gift for your father, brother, boyfriend or husband can be overwhelming at times. Our 100 PR Friendly Blogger’s Best Picks 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Hope you find something for that special man in your life!
The SportsTek Lightwear 4 is 1 built-to-last! Sturdy construction offers easy press buttons and easily adjustable modes that will bump up the lighting power quickly and easily. This will be a gift for all guys – so grab a few or one for everyone on your list !



 

Give deep therapeutic Golf Ball Massage while comfortably protecting your hand and controlling the ball. Also great to use on yourself or a partner.Massaging your partner is wonderful, but let’s face it, your hands can get tired! The SPAball Kaddy allows the person doing the massaging to be able to apply deep pressure, without having to work as hard.



Each of our screen protectors is crafted from intelliGLASS™, our most advanced protection yet.  intelliGLASS™ is crafted from hardened glass that offers better than steel scratch protection, an oil and smudge resident outer coating, and advanced silicone adhesion that eliminates bubbles and permanent residue.The result is unmatched protection with out losing clarity or touchscreen sensitivity.  


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With Key Holder and Bonus. Guaranteed Best Choice for Comfortable, Non-slip Workout Protection for Your Apple Phone. Lightweight, Water Resistant, Washable Pro-athlete Quality for Jogging, Gym, Fitness and Workouts



A Grill Master’s Secret Weapon For Grilling & Cooking For Perfect Steak, Chicken And More From My Stunning Abode TM. Pre programmed settings for beef, pork, chicken, lamb and turkey deliver foolproof grilling every time.

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La Bella Baskets #HolidayGiftGuideBloggers100

 Our wonderful PR Friendly, Holiday Gift Guide 100+ Bloggers think that La Bella Baskets has something everyone will love this Holiday Season – we just can not keep it to ourselves. I hope you all are enjoying these post!  

La Bella Baskets gift selection offers beautiful gifts for special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, baby showers, wedding/romance and special holidays. For sensitive occasions, our sympathy and get well baskets can convey your deepest sentiments.

La Bella Baskets, gift selection offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for something for the chocolate, coffee, or fine cheese lover in your life, or seeking a tasteful gift for a business or corporate function, you’ll find what you’re looking for with our baskets. Our gifts are the perfect idea for any occasion. We have over 400 gifts and they are always changing with the season’s and holiday’s. Our basket store is full of gifts for women, men, teens, children and infants. Our Fall gifts are currently in the store and the Christmas gifts will be out very soon.

 
La Bella also offers a personalized gift store with 600 gifts to choose from. We have personalized keepsakes for your family and friends. From wine and beer glasses to picture frames, jewelry and candles. Personalized gifts for women, men, teens, children and infants. Come back to the personalized gift store often as the gifts here change with the season’s and holiday’s as well.

Check out this incredible Wonderland Tower of Goodies – Perfect for anyone on your holiday shopping list. This delightful silver and red snowflake tower evokes a winter wonderland and is a great way to wish someone Happy Holidays this season. Each silver box holds a different sweet treat, including peppermint crunch bites, chocolate covered pretzels, mint chip malt balls, Ghirardelli assorted chocolate squares, chocolate chip cookies and red green and white jelly beans. Ho, ho, ho!


Meet Julie  / La Bella Baskets Consultant……
Julie  resides in Georgia with her wonderful husband and terrific son. We have lived here for 24 years. Even though I’m from the Midwest I now call Georgia my home. Julie has been a consultant with La Bella Baskets since 2012 and can help you find the perfect gift for anyone on your list.

 

La Bella Baskets
Contact Julie at:  joyfulgiftsbyjulie@gmail.com
You can also follow her Blog Joyful Gifts to learn more !
 
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Huge Thanksgiving Round-up

Huge Thanksgiving Round-up

Hello it’s been a while since I have written a post other than a review or giveaway post and feel a bit behind in Thanksgiving decor, crafts, and foods. Here is what I have been looking at and hope if you are as behind as me this Thanksgiving it will help you out! I am wishing you a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving with your family.

thanksgiving3I am in love with these Indian corn decor ideas! The wreath comes from the Stone Gable Blog.
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 Honey We’re Home really makes this look so easy and so beautiful!

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Moritz Fine Designs has linked to all these easy diy decor ideas you can get done quickly!
thanksgiving10  This centerpiece idea comes from Country Living and I just love it! I know the kids would love to help collect the stick and we could reuse and old can then add dollar store flower in beautiful fall colors! thanksgiving13 The Frugal Homemaker has an awesome collection of banner to decor for a fun and festive holiday.


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Bombshell Bling has gathered up a great collection of easy printable to pop into a frame for the holiday! 
thanksgiving14 I love this from the Brassy Apple she even has a picture of her own.

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These fun ideas for kids treats come from the Girls Life Blog
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I love these they are so cute and easy! From wonderful ivillage.com.

thanksgiving7 Fun crafts from Classy Clutter to keep the little ones busy while the great meal is cooking.

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Our Goodwin Journey has this fun activity we did last year and the kids just loved it.

Hope you found something to add to your Thanksgiving festivities. If you have a great ideas please share in the comments below! I would love to hear your family traditions.

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Pamper the women in your life with Unique Gifts for Women #HolidayGiftGuideBloggers100

Finding the perfect gift for those ladies in your life does not have to be hard.  Surprise your mother, aunt, sister, or even your best friend with one of these  ideas from our 100 PR Friendly Blogger’s Best Picks 2014 Holiday Gift Guide.


Rossina Julissa has a perfect gift … Exotic Argan Oil Texture Hair Paste 

 It is light when applied, but gives great texture and you can easily get that funky spiked look or the slick sophisticated style you want. This amazing smelling, easy to use, light weight, semi matte finish paste, that’s non-greasy with medium hold. 

So go out with your head held high, knowing you look great and that others will think so too. One warning – just be prepared for those compliments you will get. 

Click HERE to Shop Now



Has Tons of Gifts for every budget ! 
For over 10 years Beauty Care Choices has taken pride in helping shoppers locate products that they once found in a salon and now can’t locate the item because the salon moved or they moved or the salon is no longer carrying the products or numerous other reasons.  

So many brands, and Gifts for Hair, Skin, Cosmetics, Nails, Tools, Travel. 

Oridel’s LIQUID GEM™ Regenerating Face Oil uses the healing processes of natural botanicals to bring your skin a warm dewy glow that seems to shine from within. Just one pump from this bottle can significantly soothe your skin, and especially skin damaged by the application of drying retinol treatments or other medications. 

Yet it is light and refreshing, does not feel oily or heavy, and has been specifically formulated to have a pleasing aroma that won’t overpower the senses.

Shop Oridel’s atwww.oridel.com

Under $30

Bootights and Darby’s from traditional hosiery. Designed to be worn with boots, they have an actual performance sock attached. Brilliant, right? It’s the sock that make your feet feel incredibly comfy in your boots all day long. 

It’s the sock that protects against snags and runs, making them more durable so they last longer. It’s the sock that makes your life a little easier. It’s one less thing to think about. No more scrounging around for the right socks to layer over your thin tights. It’s all-in-one.

Shop Now at: www.bootights.com

Simply the best planners— we make student planners, family planners for  mom planners, and leather planners to help you with time management and work-life balance! Great planning tools and stylish planner calendars for every stage of your life.

Shop Now at: www.timemine.com

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

This the Hottest gift EVERY Woman wants this year in her stocking ! Great for Teens too !
Our Personal Consultant Michelle McGrath is here to help you get this gift in time for that perfect gift . Plus they have many more gift ideas for you too ! 

Beauty by Earth has you covered with these three incredible gifts. No marketing ploys, no gimmicks – NATURAL BEAUTY. Beauty By Earth takes great care to ensure that all products meet rigorous organic standards and are validated by the appropriate seal as indicated all of our product packaging.  Click Here to Shop




New Moms will love this  its luxery and unlike any other. Boho Mama Breastfeeding Wrap“- Luxurious, organic, multi-functional nursing cover. With a touch of spandex for comfort and shape, this stylish multi-purpose garment is for the woman who cares what she wears and cares what she chooses to touch the skin of her precious baby. The Boho Mama Breastfeeding Wrap drapes beautifully across and around your body, whether you are pregnant, breastfeeding or just feel like wearing it. The lightweight, breathable fabric allows you and your baby to stay cool and look cool.  Shop Now Here

Come Check our Holiday Gift Guide 
We Have Something for EVERYONE ! 

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Enter to win a Holly Clegg Cookbook #HolidayGiftGuideBloggers100

Holly is known as the “Queen of Quick” has used this motto to guide her through the creation of her trim&.TERRIFIC® cookbook series, which has sold over one million books! Gold Recipient of prestigious Mom’s Choice Award. Award-Winner in General Cookbook’ category of 2012, sponsored by USA Best Book Awards, with USA Book News.

Holly, has been featured on TV, Print, Online and also Holly’s Phone App: Mobile Rush Hour Recipes: with recipes, shopping lists, photos, serving suggestions and nutritional information. Read more about Holly here.

Ends 11-28-14
SHOP ON HOLLYCLEGG.COM AND SAVE 25% ON ALL COOKBOOKS
WITH PROMO CODE HOLIDAY2014
Grab your copy today at: www.hollyclegg.com
Disclaimer: This Blog is not responsible for winner selection or shipping of any prize of this promotion. Visit our HGG for more information: http://ndam.weebly.com
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Crio Brü – Great Gift for the “Foodies who love Gourmet! #HolidayGiftGuide100Bloggers


Our wonderful PR Friendly, Holiday Gift Guide 100+ Bloggers are narrowing down the best holiday gift choices for men, women, kids, coworkers, home and office. With the best of the best this year for you. 

When it comes to picking the best holiday gifts for the food lovers, it can be daunting with so many things to select from. Or perhaps trying to find that perfect gift for your boss or coworker. We have you covered with Crio Brü. So much to select from! 

 WHAT IS CRIO BRÜ?

Crio Brü is brewed drink made from 100% cacao beans (also known as cocoa beans), roasted to perfection. Named after the most prized of cacao beans, the Criollo, Crio Brü will astound your taste buds with its complex chocolaty flavors and subtle aromas which come right from the cacao bean itself! It is 100% natural and 100% pure.
Crio Brü is the ultimate superfood. It is low in calories and contains no sugar, no fat, no dairy, no sodium, no cholesterol and practically no caffeine, yet is extremely high in antioxidants, theobromine and a host of other vitamins and minerals.
Crio Brü is both a new drink and an ancient one. Ka’kao was an everyday drink of the kings and peoples of the great Incas, Mayans, Olmecs and Aztecs for hundreds of years, but was changed when the Old World met the New. The incredible health properties of cacao are currently lost in the process of making modern chocolate, but with Crio Brü, they are preserved.
They have a Variety of flavors to choose from, including gift sets and baskets. Check out this fantastic gift set for only $39.99.  Would make a Great Boss, Co-Worker or Gift for any foodie on your gift list. Visit them today at: www.criobru.com and grab that perfect gift, shipped to your door in time for the holidays
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Bear On The Chair® – The Year round good behavior buddy for every child! #HolidayGiftGuide100Bloggers

When it comes to picking the best holiday gifts for kids, it can be daunting with so many things to select from. Our wonderful PR Friendly, Holiday Gift Guide 100+ Bloggers are narrowing down those choices to the best of the best this year for you. 


Bear On The Chair® $29.99
Parenting  is filled with challenges and decisions around every corner that could have a profound impact on your child. Having tools and options to make parenting more effective is something that can enhance a child’s happiness and quality of life during critical stages of development. One of our most satisfying experiences with positive parenting has been with the creation of Bear on the Chair by our daughter Symonne.
Parents have found our bear very useful in their ability to motivate their children to brush their teeth, eat vegetables, and follow instructions when they are given. There is something the child finds extremely comforting in communicating with the soft and responsive bear. Parents and children alike really appreciate the story that comes with the bear, which sets an energetic tone for how positive  reinforcement will be used. The story gives the child a sense of imagination and wonder that assists in the usefulness of Bear on the Chair and positive parenting. Children are amazed to see their very own adoption certificate and are thrilled to have a new cuddly and friendly behavior buddy in the house.
Parents and teachers have shared how easy it was to see how having help in motivating children can be more effective and more enjoyable for parents and assists in the child learning empathy and making positive improvements in their behavior.
Bear on the Chair offers a chance to give toddlers positive reinforcementreduce tantrums, and give parents something to feel confident and positive about in the home. Bear on the Chair can help children with Autism and ASD by offering an outlet for communication and expression that is comforting and reassuring.
One Lucky Person is going to win a 
Bear On The Chair®
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AmishToyBox.com 6 Car Large Wooden Train Set Review and Giveaway 11/21-12/5

 I was sent this toy in return for my honest and truthful opinion. 

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Welcome to the Holiday HOHOHO Hop!

Now is your chance to seek out some awesome prizes for those on your Christmas list, but you better hurry, the hop ends on December 5! Make sure to stop by The Review Wire for the Grand Prize, an Erin Condren Life Planner! Use it as a nutrition/exercise log, newborn sleep & peep record, work meetings & appointments, academic & social planner, keepsake journal or as a scrapbook…the possibilities are endless!

Amishtoybox.com Review and Giveaway   The AmishToyBox.com is an online shop selling Hand-Crafted Toys, Games, and Doll Furniture – all built to last by Amish Craftsmen. Larry Kauffman, was born and raised in Amish country and respects the simple way of life, honesty, and integrity the Amish give to all they do and decided to being that to children’s toys. They generously sent me the 6-Car Large Wooden Train Set to review for my little guy Ezra for my Holiday Gift Guide. I have to say this is the best toy wooden toy I have ever seen-ya’ll I am serious this toy is flawless! It is a nice good quality hard wood, all the pieces move and work, the paint is perfect! This toy look like a million bucks! I received my order in a very timely manner via the USPS and it was in great condition.

train reivew  The top foam and bottom foam boards are custom made to fit the train in between them-that is how much care and attention they take with their packaging.

train reivew 1Each piece is a work of art, all handcrafted and made with love. Each piece is just flawless! This truly does make the perfect gift for that special boy in your life. They will have hours of fun connecting it, finding things like rocks and sticks to load on it, and pulling it around.

Be sure to check out the AmishToyBox.com for their Thanksgiving Shipping Special!! Happening now through November 27th! Amishtoybox Sale

**Giveaway Details**

Date: Nov. 21st, 2014 – Dec. 5th at 11:59 PM EST

Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Prize: 1 winner gets a 6-car large train set

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