$15 WalMart Gift Card Giveaway

Are you ready for some FREE WalMart Money?

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be broke in January, simply because the holidays have wiped out my extra spending money!!  

 I have teamed up with The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island to bring you a HUGE new Blog Hop!   For my part in the Blog Hop Giveaway , I have a $15 WalMart Gift Card!!

It is super simple to Enter to Win, all you have to do is fill out the form below.

 

 

Do you know what a Blog Hop is?    If not, let me give you a brief explanation…..below you will see a bunch of links to other blogs.   Each one has a giveaway going on, and all you have to do to increase your odds of winning is to start entering!!

Once you have entered my Walmart Gift Card Giveaway above,  grab a cuddly blanket and your favorite drink (coffee, wine, hot cocoa) and sit down to enter some of the other fantastic giveaways going on!!  There are over 100  Blogs participating in this event!!    One of the biggest ones of the  year, so DON’T MISS OUT!!

Have you ever participated in a Blog Hop before?  

What is the funnest or best thing you have won?     Let me know in comments below.

Good luck and have fun!!!

BLOG HOP LINKS

Aicok Mini Travel Garment Steamer

I have owned a couple of different steamers over the years and I always have the same problem with them, they drip.    I use a fabric streamer for a couple of different reasons.   I am a little different than most people as I use a fabric steamer for more than what it is designed to do  I also do custom cakes, and when I decorate a cake, I often will want the fondant to be shiny looking.  In order to achieve that look, I use a fabric steamer.    The key to using one is that it can not leak in any way, or it will ruin the fondant and all that hard work I just did on a custom cake is useless!!

One of the first things I noticed about this fabric steamer by Aicok  is that it fits really nicely in my hand. If you are going to be steaming something, you want it to be comfortable to hold.   I have had other models that had a tank attached to it and it was just a pain in the rear end to use. I was always worried about tipping it over.    I don’t have that worry with this model, as it is extremely easy to use.   You simply fill up the handle with water from your tap, to the line that says it is full. The one downfall about this model is that it doesn’t hold a lot of water, which means you will be refilling it often if you have to do a large piece of material.     

 

I absolutely hate ironing , and would much rather pull out a fabric steamer and use it to get the wrinkles out of my clothes.   I have to be honest, I am the world’s worst about pulling clothes out of the dryer when they are done.  I usually tend to forget they are in there and then by the time I pull them out, I have clothes that are wrinkled.  UGH   So the best solution for me is to have a nice little fabric steamer like this on hand!!   I can pull it out, fill it up, plug it in and be using this all in less than 10 minutes!!   That is the one thing that I really liked about this one.   I have used it recently to steam my son’s dress shirts and a couple of shirts that I own.  The material that I used it on so far has mainly been cotton and polyester blends.    I was able to get the wrinkles out of them in about 15 minutes or so.   

You will find that this set comes with a brush. a bag to store it in and  a glove to wear to protect your hand from the heat

I can easily store this back in the box it comes in or in the convenient little storage bag.   I personally have thrown the box away and just put it in the little storage bag and tuck it under my bathroom sink.    I don’t do a lot of traveling, but the other great thing about this steamer is I could easily pack it away in my suitcase when I do travel and take it with me.  It would be perfect for somebody who does a lot of traveling and has to worry about how to keep their clothes wrinkle free.  

You can click here and purchase one for yourself!!   Or maybe you know somebody who travels a lot and need to get them the perfect gift!    The price that is set on this right now, is very reasonable!  
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Crystal Salt Lamp Giveaway

Don’t miss out on your chance to win this Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp!!

Himalayan Salt is one of the precious and purest gifts of nature.   The Elora emits negative ions increase the flow of oxygen to the brain; protect against germs in the air; increase work productivity and creativity; improve bone strength; sleep better & wake refreshed; soothe allergies

How cool would this look in your living room or on your nightstand by the bed?

 


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A Levoit Hand Carved Natural Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp! ($120 RV)

The Elora Salt Lamp is amazing! The Levoit website states that “Each lamp emits ions that counter-balance electromagnetic radiation caused by your household appliances, reducing physical fatigue, stress and sluggishness. This natural ionization pulls harmful contaminants and allergens out of the air so you can breathe easier and enjoy more restful sleep.” How can that be anything, but good?!
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$10 Amazon Gift Card Blog Hop

Could you use some extra spending money?

I have teamed up with Savings in Seconds to bring you this fantastic Blog Hop!!    My part of the hop is a $10 Amazon Gift card, all you have to do to win is ENTER below!!    This is our way of saying ” Cheers to 2017″!!   What  a great way to enter into January!!

Enter to win a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Ends 1/31/17!!!

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While you are here, grab your favorite snuggly blanket, curl up with your favorite drink (wine, coffee, cocoa) and enter some of the other giveaways going on!!   We have made it easy for you , as they are all here in one location!!


 

Gymboree and Crazy 8 Sale!!!

Gymboree and Crazy 8 has some INSANE sales going on right now!!   You will find all your kids sizes from Newborn to Size 12!!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THESE BARGAINS!!!

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Are you ready for spring?  I know it is still cold outside, but Spring is right around the corner!!     Gymboree has some fantastic sales going on right now to help you start getting the kids ready!!  For every $50 you spend , you will SAVE $25!!   PERFECT TIME TO STOCK UP!!  

Click here to start saving today! Gymboree Sale On Now!

Hurry though, as this is only good through 1/22!!

 

PLUS , check out the other sale going on, you will save  anywhere from 30-70% off!!  Just click here to see what they have on sale!! Gymboree Sale On Now!

I saved the best news for last!!  

 Crazy 8 is also offering up to 80% off EVERYTHING !!!  

Be sure to use the code “CHILLY”  for an extra 15% off your ENTIRE PURCHASE!!

Crazy 8 Sale On Now!

T-SHIRTS for as low as $2.55 and DRESSES for as low as $5.10!!

FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75!!

Chicken Enchiladas

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Chicken Enchiladas

This is a favorite in my household.   I have basically made this recipe up myself, based on what my family likes.   I originally came up with the recipe, when I didn’t have much in the house and had some chicken breasts to make dinner for a family of 5.  I had to have 3 chicken breasts stretch to feed the whole family that night, and the ingredients that are in it , are what I had in the cupboard that day.

2-3 Chicken Breasts

1 Large can of Red Enchilada Sauce (any brand)

1 can of diced Green Chiles

1 can of diced Olives ( or a regular size can of whole olives, that you cut up.    If you do this, only use half the can)

Several cups Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese

1/2 Large Onion, diced finely

8-10 Flour Tortillas

Salt and Pepper to taste

Start with the chicken breasts and boil them until they are cooked through.

My Word, Blog Challenge

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I was challenged to choose a word that reflects me for 2017.  This is something that I will draw on when I am stressed or just need a break.    I had to do a lot of soul searching on this one.   The 1st thing that came to mind was Family.   Honestly, I knew it went deeper than that, so I took a little while longer and realized my true word is FOCUS.

Let me explain a little bit why I chose Focus as my word and not Family.  I think that in 2016 I was just surviving the year.   We had so many issues hit our family, that I felt most of the time as if I was just making it through, “getting by”.   My family really is my life, and Focus plays into my love and care of my Family.   This past year, my Focus has been on raising my 2 granddaughters, making sure that they are healthy both physically and emotionally.  focus-distraction

My focus this next year will also be on my children, which is nothing new, as that is how I have lived my life since the 1st day I became a mom.  I have always said I am a mom before I am anything else in life.   I love my children with all of my heart and I focus on them completely.  

I say all of that to state that while my Focus is still and will always be my Family, I plan on putting more Focus on my marriage this next year.   Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with my marriage, I just want to be sure that it gets as much love and attention as it deserves.  You see I have been married to my best friend for 20 years and I am so blessed to get to be his wife!!  I think I am like a lot of woman and I put more Focus on the kids, than the marriage.  That really tends to happen after so many years of marriage, but in the end I want my husband to know how important he is to me!!   I know a lot of woman feel that way, and yet they won’t ever admit it themselves, not to mention to anybody else.   In the end, your children are a bi product of your marriage, so the emphasis or focus should be on your marriage first.  

My Focus this year will be on praying more and growing in a deeper relationship with my Savior.  I think I have become a little lax in spending time in this area, so I will be intentionally changing some things on a daily basis.

My focus this year will also be on my granddaughters and being the best Nana that I can be.  The 2 that live in my home,  to give them unconditional love and help to raise them to be strong young woman.   My youngest granddaughter, to spoil her as much as her mommy and daddy will allow.  I have a new grandchild on the way, and I am sure that one will be just as spoiled.   I see lots of Focus on all the grand babies this next year!!

blog-web-socilal-productA huge focus this year will be going into this blog and reaching a larger audience and following.  I plan on growing in my skills as an influencer and blogger both this next year.   I have not paid much attention to this blog prior to the past 6 months or so.  My goal is to Focus on monetizing my blog, and finding new and exciting subjects to write about.   I am excited about the Focus that I will be putting into my blog this year!!

My goal in general is to just stay Focused, and in the moment this year.   I am so blessed and thankful to have all my children doing well right now.   My husband is amazing and we are doing great.   I just want to stay Focused on all of them and on life in general, and not let it just pass me by!!

 
Now that you have heard my word of the year, I am curious…..has this inspired you to come up with your own “word” for 2017?    What would it be?   Let me know in comments below as I love hearing from my followers!!

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Back to School, Winter Break is Over!

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What do you do when your kids go back to school?    My big debate all day has been should I get up and do some housework that has been neglected while the girls were home, or be lazy and catch up on some TV shows?     Want to guess what won out?     Lets just say that the housework will be there tomorrow!!   

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It is super quiet in my house today.   The kids have gone back to school and it is just my hubby, myself and our oldest daughter (until she goes to work anyway).  I can actually watch a program on TV and not have to turn the volume up so loud it deafens the neighbors.  

 

The hardest part about kids being off on breaks, is the getting them back into a regular routine.  I am a firm believer in trying to keep their bedtimes semi normal, so we don’t have such a huge battle when school starts back.   However, even with the best of intentions, somehow they end up staying up so much later than I intend for them to.  

 

 Mommy had some extra days off as well, so the girls got to spend some extra , quality time with their mom during this past Christmas break.   Mom works 2nd shift, so she only sees them on the weekends.   Most of the time , she only gets Saturday night and Sunday with them, as they are at the other grandpa’s house from Friday until Saturday evening.  So my battle came in when they were all in the bedroom hanging out, playing XBox or watching NetFlix, do I really put them to bed, when they don’t have to get up in the morning?   Most nights, the answer to that questions was No, let them hang out.   After all, they are only this age once, and they miss being with their mom.   Besides I know they are still making up for lost time.  (details on that in another post, another day)

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Now that school is back in session, we will be getting back to the normal routine of homework, school activities, etc.   I have to admit although the house is quiet today, I miss my girls!!     They are what keep their Papa and I young!    They are so busy with activities while in school, I always feel like we are on break with them.

 

The one thing that I did think about this morning as they went back to school, was that means that SoftBall season is right around the corner!!  Woo hoo!!  My all time favorite time of the year!!   All my kids have played ball at some point in their lives, and I love going to the games!  

What do you do when your kids go back to school?   Do you have a lazy day and just lay around the house  like I did today?  Or take advantage of the fact that you don’t have kids around and get all that extra housework done that you put off while they were home?    I would love to hear from you in the comments below!winter-break-back-to-school-2

We Walked Away!

accident-truck-before-accidentToday has had a lot of mixed emotions for me. Jan 3rd 2015 was a day that will always live in my memory as the day that God showed up and protected my family.    (I apologize in advance for the length of this post, but there is really no way to shorten it.  This is a hard one to put get written down, as I relived it as I wrote it)

My best friend of almost 20 years,  Diane, was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in May of the year prior.  When she was diagnosed , I immediately made a trip to her house.   My husband stayed for a day or so, and then traveled home by himself.   He knew that I needed to be there with her while she went through her first treatments.   I stayed for several weeks and then came home.   Yet, I hadn’t been home long when I felt that I needed to go back.   That was basically how I spent the rest of 2014.   I would be home for a couple weeks and then head back to Cincinnati to be with Diane and her family.   Honestly, I was at her home more than I was at my own that year.  I have to say here how AMAZING my own family was during this time!!   My husband stayed home and took care of the house, our daughter and son, and most days our 2 grandchildren.  He never once complained or asked me to stay home.  He is truly the one that God created just for me!!  I am so blessed to be able to say I am his wife!!

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At any rate, a couple weeks before Thanksgiving while I was in Cincinnati at Diane’s, she took a turn for the worse and we had to take her to the hospital.  She ended up in ICU , and we were worried that she would even see Thanksgiving.  Thankfully, they were able to send her home on Thanksgiving day.  She came home with Hospice care at that point.   Even though I had never been away from my family for Thanksgiving, there was no way that I could leave her.   I stayed with her and the family until right before Christmas.  because she had started to do better, I felt that I could go home and spend it with my family.   However, as soon as Christmas was over and the decorations put away, I knew I had to go back to Ohio.  

We left the house that morning, gassed up and headed out.   We had brought our Boston Terrier with us on this trip as we often did, she loved to go “bye-bye”.   She was chilling in the backseat on her little “thrown” of pillows we had made up for her.   We had made this trip more times than I can remember since the day she was diagnosed.   This particular day, my hubby was driving me up to drop me off so I could spend a couple of weeks with her.     I have had 3 neck surgeries and traveling is extremely uncomfortable for me. I was hurting pretty bad that day, , so i had taken some of my medicine and decided I would try to lay my seat back and get comfortable.  Maybe I could actually fall asleep for the rest of the trip.  So I put a pillow behind my head, grabbed a blanket (it was January, had been raining and was really cold outside) and snuggled under the blanket with my eyes closed.  I apparently had fallen asleep because I woke up to a HUGE BANG sound!!  It scared the heck out of me.  The rest of this went kind of in slow motion for me.  

I remember looking over at my husband and asking what that was.  He had a panicked look on his face.  The look that was on his face , caused me to have sheer panic rise up, I knew we were in trouble!!!     By this time, I don’t know if he told me it was a tire issue or I just knew it, but I knew it wasn’t good.   I immediately started praying  It was one of those moments, where you’re not really praying, I just kept saying the name , Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.  That was all I could murmur at the time.   I couldn’t think enough to pray.    We were on I-75 near Lexington, KY going about 80 mph.  We were in my husbands pride and joy, his beautiful blue Dodge Ram Truck.   The truck started going sideways towards the embankment, and I remember seeing a solid rock wall.

The rest of this I will tell  you based on what my husband told me afterwards.  He started cranking the steering wheel hard, doing his best to straighten out the truck.  When he realized that wasn’t going to happen, all he could do was try to hit that wall from my side of the truck, instead of head on.   Praise God he is the driver that he is!!   I am here to tell you that there were angels that surrounded our vehicle at that point.   Because, he managed to get the truck positioned so that it would hit that solid rock wall at 80 mph from the side instead of head on.  If we would have hit it head on, let’s just say , I would not be here writing this blog post.  accident-truck

At any rate, we hit the wall and rolled at least once and landed on the roof of the truck, upside down on the side of the hwy.   I was accident-truck-againsuspended by my seat belt, hanging upside down.   I know I blacked out for a few seconds, but when I came to I couldn’t see my husband.  I was seriously disoriented and couldn’t figure out where the dash of the truck was, or where the driver’s seat was supposed to be.  It is a crazy feeling when you are hanging upside down like that in a vehicle that has just flipped.  .  I called for him for what seemed like 15 minutes, but in reality was probably only a couple of minutes.  In that couple of minutes time period, I thought he was dead.  He wasn’t answering me….dead silence!!   I later found out, that he had the wind knocked out of him and couldn’t answer me.   I can’t explain to you the emotions I went through in that few minutes time.   When he finally answered me, of course I kept asking him if he was ok and he was asking me are you ok?   Neither one of us really knew if we were, as we were both still in shock as to what had just happened.     My next thought was where was our baby, Sheba, the Boston Terrier?    

sheba-againBy this time, people had seen the accident and stopped and were coming up to the truck.  They had originally told me to try and get out.  There was no possible way I could, although I did try for a minute. I kept asking them to find our dog and to check on my husband.   They managed to get him out of the truck, but I had to wait for the ambulance to get there.   I will cut this short and say that it basically took them another 40 minutes to get me out.   Remember I stated earlier that I have had 3 neck surgeries…well the EMT workers, myself and my husband were all concerned that I had done some serious damage and were extremely cautious in how they moved me.  The did eventually get me out, on a stretcher and we were both taken to the closest trauma center.  I won’t go into the awful treatment we received at that hospital, except to say, I wouldn’t take my dog to that place!!   Speaking of our dog, a wonderful stranger that had stopped to help us, had found her.  Praise God she had run up the embankment and NOT into that hwy and she was perfectly, 100% ok!!    They took her to a local animal shelter and we were able to pick her up the next day.   

Here is even more proof that God was protecting us that day.  If I hadn’t laid my seat back, been basically asleep with medicine in my body and had a blanket over me, I more than likely wouldn’t have walked away from this accident.  I include a picture here, where you can see the passenger side of the truck.  The roof of the truck was laying on the dash   Had my seat been in upright position it would have more than likely snapped my neck.   The blanket protected me from being more cut up than I was, and the medicine in my body, had me relaxed enough that upon impact, my body didn’t tense up as much as it would have had I not have taken it.  I am so thankful that I usually sleep through our road trips!!accident-truck-3

Here is a part of the story that I think most people can relate to.  When we had got to the hospital and they had finished checking us, X Rays, MRI’s etc.   The nurses were asking if they could contact somebody for us.   Keep in mind we are 4 hours from home and another 45 minutes to an hour from my best friends house.   Due to the fact that all my numbers are stored in my phone,  I didn’t know anybody’s phone number!!  Let that be a lesson, commit to memory SOMEBODY’S phone number!!!

Let me tell you another way that God showed up that day.  A friend of the family of Diane’s, was driving past when we had that wreck and took a picture of a truck that had overturned on I-75, not knowing at the time it was us.   They actually sent it to Diane’s daughter. accident-truck-5 (when you see the picture, keep in mind that embankment is solid rock)

When we didn’t arrive on time, my best friend’s daughter started calling the State  Police and Hwy Patrol, and found out there had been a wreck on I-75 at about the time we would have been going through there.  They in turn called the hospital we were at, and found out we were there.   They contacted our oldest daughter and she immediately headed to Kentucky.   She walked in that hospital room in record time.  She told me later on that she was in the car and headed that way, before she even found out what had happened.  All she knew was that mom and dad were in the hospital and had been in a wreck.   I am so thankful, that our son who was 15 at the time was on vacation with a friend, or he would have been in the backseat that day.     Here is the best part about that wreck, although my husband’s beautiful blue truck was totaled, he and I walked away from that accident!!    By all rights, we shouldn’t have lived through that one.  I am still amazed as I look back on that day that we are here.     My husband had some broken ribs, and I had some pretty bad cuts, but for the most part we were ok!!!   It is humbling to say the least to go through something like that, and it makes you look at life completely different!   You tend to not take things for granted and are thankful for each and every day you have with your kids and family.   If you have read this post to the end, I encourage you to tell your loved ones how much you care for them.  Don’t let your kids leave the house without saying, I love you.    You never know, life can change in an instant and you won’t get that chance to say it.  


Sadly, as I sit here and write this blog post, my best friend has passed away.  She lost her battle with cancer pm July 29th,  2015.  I am still so thankful that I spent as much time in Ohio as I did!!   After we got out of the hospital that day, we continued on our trip to her house.   Now granted, because he and I were in so much pain, we didn’t stay but an hour or so and then we headed back to the house.    My kids were having FITS that we didn’t go straight home, but my thought process was darn it….I was going to finish my initial goal, which was go see my best friend!!   I mean why else did we make the trip to begin with?   Once we came home and healed, it took me another month before I was able to go back to see her, but I did and continued to do so until she lost her battle.  diane-and-i-dec-2014