Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Day of School 2014

Another school year has started.  I'll admit that I dread this day each year.  After having them home with me all summer, I always want to try homeschooling, but I know it'll never happen.  I know it's just me having a hard time letting go...the first few days (or weeks) without them feels kinda lonely.  They actually really enjoy school and seeing their friends each day and that makes it all easier.

 The kiddos annual pictures or 'mug shots' as I started calling them this year. ;-)

 The nerves were still there this year even after spreading 'Jitter Glitter' on their heads last night.  Morgan wouldn't let go of my hand as we entered the school... but it may have been because it was so hectic there too.  When we got into the classroom, she seemed better.
 Blake actually seemed a little more nervous this year than ever before.  The nerves only seemed to hit when we got into the classroom though...he was leaving me to go say 'Hi' to friends when we were standing outside the school. :-)

 So, I decided to take a look back through the years at the kids' first days of school....not sure why, because it started the waterworks flowing.  My kiddos are just so gosh darn cute!  ;-)


Friday, August 29, 2014

Life of Crime Giveaway! (9/7)

*Disclosure:  The following was provided to me to share with my readers in promotion of Life of Crime.  I was not compensated in any way.



 
About Life of Crime:

When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in Life of Crime, a dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey, Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the outrageously eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.
Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

See it in theaters August 29th!


GIVEAWAY!:One lucky reader will win a $15 Fandango Gift Card!!

To enter to win watch the trailer and tell me what you think about the movie. Please be sure to leave your e-mail address with the comment, so I can contact you if you're the winner.

Each household is only eligible to win $15 Fandango Gift Card via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Open to U.S. residents 18 years and older. Giveaway will end Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen shortly after and contacted via e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise I will have to choose a new winner.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Joys of Having Children...and Chickens...

Background info:  We have free-range chickens, which means our chickens roam our yard.  With 19 hens and 3 roosters, we basically can't go outside without one of us stepping in a chicken 'land mine'.

The story:
On the eve of Blake's 7th birthday, I was in house thinking about what I'd say about Blake at this point in his life.  The word that came to mind to describe him was 'compassionate'.  As I'm thinking about all the ways Blake shows compassion, Morgan comes in from outside, very upset, and this is what followed:

Me: "What's wrong Morgan?"
Morgan: "Blake is MEAN. He stepped in chicken poo and tried to wipe it off on me."
Me: Grinning to myself at how ironic it was that my thoughts just totally contradicted Blake's current actions, I respond: "That is mean, Morgan...and gross!"

*Blake then makes his way into the house and sits on a step between the kitchen and the landing.  Morgan makes the same accusation again at his appearance...

Blake: Clearly upset that Morgan called him out. "I did not!  I was just wiping the chicken poop off my shoe!"
Morgan: Annoyed "On ME!"
Blake: No response, but I catch a grin just before he hides his face.


Blake is still my sweet, compassionate, 7 year-old little boy.  But he is also a little brother to a big sister and, at times, the sweetness has to go out the window for a good laugh. ;-)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Orkin Fact or Fake Blog App and GIVEAWAY! (9/3)

*Disclosure: The following information was provided to me in promotion of Orkin LLC. I will be provided with the same items as in the giveaway in exchange for this post.
“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”
“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”
“Ants can survive underwater.”
You’ve heard the myths about bugs before. Do you know what’s fact and what’s fake?
Take Orkin’s Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake™ Quiz to test your knowledge, and be sure to watch every clip for the scoop on these infamous bug myths.
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GIVEAWAY!:
One lucky reader will win the Back-to-School Scientific Prize Pack, which includes:
- Clip-on Fisheye Lens (iPhone, Galaxy, Android compatible)
- Orkin On-the-Go Drink Tumbler
- Orkin Drawstring Bag
- Orkin “Field Notes” Notebook w/ Pen

 
To enter to win tell me your results of the Scientific Fact or Scientific Fake Quiz. Please be sure to leave your e-mail address with the comment, so I can contact you if you're the winner.

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Open to U.S. residents 18 years and older. Giveaway will end Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen shortly after and contacted via e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise I will have to choose a new winner.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

First Things First Family Prize Pack GIVEAWAY! (8/17)

*Disclosure:  The following information was provided to me in promotion of First Things First.  All opinions are my own.  I will be provided with a small compensation in exchange for this post.

First Things First (FTF) is an award winning not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
FTF is a resource that collaborates with and is supported by a broad cross-section of community organizations, groups and individuals.
FTF accomplishes it mission through meaningful media messaging and skill building classes.
Did you know?:
• 24 million children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.
• Only 30% of divorces are due to infidelity, addiction or abuse, 70% of divorces are due to couples feeling disconnected.
• Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates, compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.
• Fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth all the way through adulthood.
FTF created the following video to help promoting husbands and wives dating through their marriage:


I've always heard how important it is to date your spouse.  I remember a sermon I heard once where the pastor and his wife went out on a date every Friday night and thought how great that was!  As much as I would like to go out on a date each week, life gets busy and honestly it just doesn't happen.  We're lucky if we go once a month, but we do find time to spend quality time together on a regular basis...and it always feels good to reconnect.  I think it's important for parents to spend time on their relationship for, not only their own well-being, but the well-being of the whole family.

GIVEAWAY!

Congratulations to comment #7, Debby!

One lucky reader will win a First Things First Family Prize Pack!:
*His and Hers Moonpie T-shirts (2 Large T-shirts)
*2 Boxes of single-decker Moonpies

To enter to win tell me what you think of the above video.  Please be sure to leave your e-mail address with the comment, so I can contact you if you're the winner.

Each household is only eligible to win 1 First Things First Family Prize Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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Open to U.S. residents 18 years and older. Giveaway will end Sunday, Agust 17th, 2014 at 11:59 EST. Winner will be chosen shortly after and contacted via e-mail. The winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise I will have to choose a new winner.