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A Heart For Home: February 2010

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Endless Gifts

Daily I'm surrounded by wonderful gifts from God, yet many times I choose to see the disappointments instead of the blessings.

Today I choose to be a cheerful recipient, a joy finder, a gift counter.

#34. A new glass canister to house our whole wheat flour. (Purchased with some money from my birthday ~ Thanks Grand-daddy & Maw)


#35. Bananas. Bunches and bunches of bananas awaiting their fate as part of a peanut butter and banana wrap or a green smoothie.

#36. The ability and resources to eat healthy foods.

#37. Favorite movies from my childhood for a rainy day.

#38. A blessed time of worship for our family yesterday.

#39. Deep talks that help us focus on God.

#40. A wonderful deal on Muir Glen Organic soup.

#41. Tomato soup and grilled cheese quesadillas made on homemade whole wheat tortillas.

#42. A new coloring book for Emahry.

#43. My kitchen helpers.


#44. Sleeping five hours straight!

#45. Fresh smelling laundry.

#46. Stacks of clean clothes waiting to be put away.

#47. Music that teaches little voices to be raised in praise.

#48. Books. Scattered on the floor, lining the shelf or stacked on the couch.


#49. Sibling love.


#50. Songs that encourage me in my role as a mom.


Please leave a comment telling us what you are thankful for today.


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Also Contributed To: Gratituesday, Things I Love Thursday, Finer Things Friday

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Endless Gifts

Daily I'm surrounded by wonderful gifts from God, yet many times I choose to see the disappointments instead of the blessings.

Today I choose to be a cheerful recipient, a joy finder, a gift counter.

#14. Packages in the mail.

#15. An ADORABLE cupcake hat from Tara at Lefty Loops.

#16. The joy this hat brought to Emahry.



#17. Lightly falling snow that melts by the afternoon.

#18. Clean laundry without harsh chemicals for Eliya's sensitive skin.

#19. Gentle kisses from Emahry & Jonathan for Baby.

#20. A husband who loves being involved.

#21. Tiny diapers that are frugal and convenient.

#22. A cuddly teddy.


#23. Baby carriers that make chores and errands with three under three so much easier.

#24. A wonderful minivan that fits all of our family and the stuff we seem to so easily accumulate. So what if the automatic lock is broken on one door.

#25. Our new blog layout is finished (for now).

#26. Comments from our readers. (hint, hint ~ we love comments and when you share helpful links)

#27. A little boy falling asleep in my arms at naptime and on his own at night.

#28. Tiny toes.


#29. Soft pillows.

#30. Sharing warm blankets with my best friend.

#31. Fighting for more blankets in the middle on the night.

#32. Waking to familiar sounds and the faces of those I love most.

#33. Beginning a new day, a fresh start, a clean slate.

What are you thankful for today?


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Contributed To: Things I Love Thursday, Finer Things Friday, Gratituesday

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

NaturOli Soap Nuts Review PLUS 50% OFF Liquid Soap Nuts Detergent

It's amazing how God supplies everything we need within his beautiful creation!

Our family has been using soap nuts to clean our laundry for almost a year now and we continue to be amazed at how this simple dried shell can so effectively clean all of our messes. Soap nuts are a wonderfully natural way to clean laundry.

Soap nuts grow on trees and do not contain any harmful chemicals or additives. Soap nuts are the dried shells from the soapberry. These shells contain a substance called saponin that produces a soaping effect. Saponin is a 100% natural alternative to chemical laundry detergents. Soap nuts also contain a natural fabric softener.

Soap nuts have been used for centuries throughout the world as laundry cleaners, body soap, and for everyday household cleaning. They are 100% natural, chemical-free, frangrance-free, biodegradable and hypoallergenic. The cost per load when using soap nuts is also very low.

To use soap nuts in the wash you simply place the dried shells in a small bag and toss it into the wash machine with your dirty laundry. As the soap nuts are aggitated in the washer the Saponin is released and circulates to clean you laundry. There are very little to no suds produced by soap nuts, but you can be sure that they are working when your clothes come out smelling completely clean. Soap nuts are also absolutely ideal for High Effeciency (HE) and all front loading washers.

You can reuse a handful of nuts for 5 or more loads, depending on water temperature. Once you are finished with the soap nuts they can then be added to your compost. Most soap nut orders come with a reusable muslin bag which you use to place the nuts in and then throw in the washer.

Because soap nut leave behind no residue or harsh chemicals they are a perfect choice for washing clothes for little ones or anyone with sensitive skin. We use soap nuts for all of our laundry and love the fact that we are protecting our skin from irritation while also choosing an evironmentally friendly method of washing our clothes.

Soap nuts can also be used to make safe and natural cleaners for general household use, windows & glass, dishwashers, hands, jewelry, steam cleaning carpets, pets and shampoo.

We have tried soap nuts from a few different companies. In particular Maggie's Soap Nuts and NaturOli. We cannot even compare these two companies. Maggie’s are packaged overseas and arrived all sticky inside of a plastic bag, with some broken nuts. On the other hand, NaturOli’s are carefully inspected and packaged in the States without the use of plastic and are completely dried making them much nicer to handle. NaturOli's soap nuts are also more reasonably priced.

The NaturOli brand of soap nuts are the best priced soap nuts we have found. If you buy it in larger quantities ($48.85 for 640 loads), you are spending around $0.076 per load! You can also purchase NaturOli's soap nuts in smaller quantities, which will be around $0.12 per load. As an added bonus you are able to save additional money since there is no need for dryer sheets or fabric softeners.

From our experience, NaturOli's soap nut are definitely the most natural and frugal laundry detergent option on the market.
How about you? What frugal or natural products do you use to clean your laundry or home? We'd love to hear your ideas and suggestions.

Also, have you ever tried soap nuts? Which brands? What has your experience been?

Keep an eye out for our review of NaturOli’s liquid soap nut detergent, called EXTREME 18X Soap Nuts Liquid Concentrate, in the next week or so.

EXTREME 18X has just won its second “Green Dot Award” for the "unprecedented reduction of the carbon footprint, toxic chemicals and waste products created by the manufacture, packaging and transport of detergent products."

To celebrate this award, NaturOli is offering all EXTREME 18x liquid detergent at 50% off the retail price! With this sale you can purchase the 3 pack of EXTREME 18X for only $30.75. This package also comes with 3 soap nuts sample packs, giving you a total of over 300 loads of laundry. That's less than $0.11 per load for a completely natural and safe detergent.

This is a great time to try it or stock up. Head over to NaturOli and check out the remarkable savings here.

This celebration sale ends March 1, 2010.

Contributed to: Works for Me Wednesday & Frugal Friday

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Review & Giveaway: Booger Butts {closed}

As we approached the birth of our newest little bundle of joy we realized that we were seriously lacking in our size small AIO diapers.

We love the convenience of AIO diapers for when we're away from home, but only had a few in our diaper stash.

We were very happy when Anne, creative mastermind behind Booger Butts, agreed to send us a small AIO diaper and two mama pads to review.

Anne works full time as a Chicago hotel chef, but loves to relax and unwind after work by sewing items for her shop.

"Booger Butts Diapers consist of baby flannel outside layer, PUL (polyurethane Laminate) sandwiched layer and a baby-flannel layer close to the skin. The sewn inner liner is made from layers of terry cloth. The legs and back have elastic and the closures are touch tape (velcro). The diaper also includes laundry tabs. These will ensure that the diaper will not stick to everything in the washer/dryer."

These AIO diapers are very reasonably priced at $7.25 (XS, S, M) and $8.25 (L). You can also upgrade your diaper to a Zorb inner layer for an additional $1.

I had never heard of Zorb, but Anne sent me some information along with a small scrap so that I could see what was on the inside of our new AIO. The fabric itself looks and feels similar to felt.

"Zorb contains only tangled fibers from bamboo/cotton/viscose and poly micro fiber, the same fibers found in virtually every AIO diaper on the market - nothing else. Zorb had non-allergenic fibers that are durable and easy to sanit
ize. Zorb is manufactured in the USA and Canada in modern facilities that are safe and friendly for workers and the environment."

To get the same absorbency, as two layers of Zorb, you would need:

- 8 layers of flannel
- 6 layers of French terry

- 5 layers of cotton fleece, or
- 4 layers of sherpa


Therefore, the Zorb inner layer provides a lot of absorbency while helping to keep the diaper trim.

We love the look and feel of this Booger Butts AIO diaper. We've been very please with its construction and absorbency. We have had very little leaking around the legs, which I'm sure will completely disappear as Eliya grows into the diaper a little more. (The size small is actually for babies around the 10 pound mark and Eliya is only weighing in at about 7 pounds so far.)

We would recommend Booger Butts' AIO diapers for anyone who is looking for quality and affordability in cloth diapering.

I have also been very pleased with the mama pads that Anne sent me to try out. For those who may not know, mama pads are simply washable and reusable menstrual pads. By using mama pads you can reduce the cost of buying expensive feminine products every month while also reducing the amount of waste you contribute to our landfills. An added bonus is that cloth mama pads don't contain the potentially harmful chemicals of their disposable counterparts.

Booger Butts mama pads are 12 inches long by 3.5 wide and designed for medium to heavy flow. I used these pads within a week of having Eliya and they worked wonderfully. The top fabric is cotton with a Zorb inner layer and PUL backing. Booger Butts mama pads have snap closures.

I was a little unsure of how the mama pads would stay put without an adhesive strip, but the shape and snap closures help to keep them in place nicely. The inner Zorb layer also provides great absorbency while keeping the pads thinner than many disposables I've tried in the past.

Booger Butts also carries wet bags, wipes, diaper inserts, and cloth diaper fabric.

Here are some more of our favorite things from Booger Butts. Simply click on each picture to view the listing or browse through the entire shop.




Buy It:
You can purchase your own AIO Diaper or mama pads by visiting Booger Butts. If you make a purchase, please let Anne know that you found out about the shop at A Heart For Home.

Win It:
Booger Butts is offering one of our readers a custom AIO diaper (subject to material availability).

To Enter This Giveaway:

Mandatory
1. Unfortunately, Anne has had to temporarily close her shop. Please, leave a comment telling us who this AIO diaper would be used for.

Head over to Booger Butts website to view their fabric choices. Then come back here and leave a comment telling us which fabric you'd love to see in an AIO diaper for your little one.



Make sure you leave an email address with each entry if it is not posted in your profile. (If we don't have your email address we will have to choose a new winner.)

For additional entries you may do any (or all) of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. If you complete one of the following that is worth more than one entry, please leave the corresponding number of comments so your extra entries will be counted!

For ONE Additional Entry EACH

2. Tell us how you found out about this giveaway (1 entry)

3. Sign up HERE to receive email notification when Anne reopens her Etsy shop. (1 entry)

Head over to Booger Butts Etsy shop and "Heart" the shop (mark them as a favorite shop) (1 entry)


4. Leave a comment telling us which (non-AIO) item in Anne's shop is your favorite (1 entry)



5. Follow our blog publicly through Google Friend or subscribe using a reader (1 entry)

6. Follow us through Twitter ~ leave your twitter ID in your comment (1 entry)

7. Tweet about this giveaway ~ leave the URL to your tweet & include @heart4home & #Giveaway. (1 entry) Feel free to use this tweet: Win an custom AIO diaper from Booger Butts @heart4home #Giveaway http://tinyurl.com/ydzeqjq (Ends 3/9) Please RT

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8. Place our blog button on your blog (copy the code from the box in our far right sidebar) ~ leave the URL & let us know where we can find it (2 entries)

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10. Post about and link to this giveaway on your blog ~ leave the Permalink to your post (3 entries)

The giveaway will end Tuesday, March 9th at 11:59 Midnight EST. We will pick the winner through random.org. The winner will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected.

Make sure you leave a way for us to contact you.

Photo Credit: Booger Butts & A Heart for Home

(While the AIO diaper and mama pads were provided to A Heart for Home for review, no other compensation was given. All remarks are the personal and honest opinions of A Heart for Home)

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Celebrate with Joy book Winner!

Congratulations to Monica from A Penny for Your Thoughts, you've won a copy of Sondra Burnett's book Celebrate with Joy.

Thanks to all who entered! You can order your own copy of Celebrate with Joy: Transform Your Christmas Season here.

Not Me! Monday

Disclaimer:
In case you are unfamiliar with Not Me! Monday, and to avoid any misunderstandings of the following, please know that everything below that I "did not do" was, if fact, done by me. You see, "Not Me! Monday was born out of a desire to admit some of [our] imperfections and reveal a few moments [we'd] rather forget." Thanks for understanding.

This past week I did call my midwives' office to reschedule my 7-10 day postpardum visit. There was no way I was taking all three little ones with me by myself. I also did jump at the opportunity for an appointment that same day bacause I knew Tim would be able to watch the two oldest so the baby and I could go to the appointment by ourselves.



However, I did not forget to think about the fact that an appoinment that afternoon would mean no time to shower before going. I also did not forget that at the time I had not shaved my legs since my last prenatal appointment almost three weeks prior. No, not me! First, I would never be that scatterbrained and second, I would never go that long without shaving my legs. I always shave my legs whenever I shower, which of course I have time and energy to do every day.



I also did not feel embarrassed when I showed up for my appointment and discovered I would be seen by one of the student nurses, no not me. She of course is a pretty, early twenty-something girl who I'm sure showers everyday and always has cleanly shaven legs. But I wouldn't worry about that, not me. I'm too self confident to let her shaven legs and daily showered body make me feel uncomfortable about mine.



Head over to MckMama's Not Me! Monday to see what everyone else has not been doing this past week.

Before you go, why don't you leave me a comment letting me know I'm not alone when it comes to having faults as a wife and mom. Thanks!

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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Our Change of Game Plan

Leading up to the birth of our newest addition, Eliya, when people discovered that we would soon have three children under the age of three we were generally met with two responses ~ blank stares and the inevitable, "You'll have your hands full."

However, one person told Tim that when the baby was born we would have to change our defense strategy from man-to-man defense to zone defense.

Considering that all I know about these terms come from the two years I played JV basketball in high school, I decided a refresher was in order.
Man-to-Man Defense
–noun Sports.
a method of defense in team sports, esp. in basketball and football, in which each member of the defensive team is designatedto guard a particular member of the offensive team.

Zone Defense
–noun Sports.
a method of defense, esp. in basketball and football, in which each member of the defensive team guards a specified portion of the playing area.
(definitions from dictionary.com)
This has actually been a great analogy to our new life as the parents of three children.

No longer can we simply "divide and conquer" by distributing responsibility for one child to each parent. Since we are now outnumbered by our children, our tactics must change.

However, I hate saying that we are on zone defense, since defense implies that we are only reacting to our children instead of actively leading them. So instead of zone defense I'm saying we are on zone offense. I know it doesn't match the sports analogy, but I'd like to think that for the most part Tim and I are in charge of the kids and not the other way around, although some days it sure does feel like it.

So, with our new zone defense offense we train and instruct the children based on relative location or specific guidelines. Thankfully, when Tim is home we are all together for the most part. However, when the children need different things from us instead of, "Can you please help Emahry clean up while I take Jonathan to the potty?" it's now "Can you watch the girls, while I brush Jonathan's teeth?" or "Would you mind taking the two oldest to the playground, so I can lay down with the baby?"

This new approach has been working well for us. Since Eliya was born, Tim has decided to fully take on the responsibility of getting up at night with the two older children. This allows me to worry only about the baby and to get a little more rest. Tim's initiative and strong desire to be involved with our children has been such a blessing to me and has helped to make the transition to a family of five much smoother for all of us.

Now if only I could grow an extra arm (or two) so that I could manage as well when he is not at home :)

What are some ways that your family helps distribute responsibility so that no one person is overwhelmed or gets burned out?

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Endless Gifts

Daily I'm surrounded by wonderful gifts from God, yet many days I choose to see the disappointments instead of the blessings.

Today I choose to be a cheerful recipient, a joy finder, a gift counter.

#1. That my husband, Tim, is strong enough to make tough decisions and lead our family through difficult times...

...but gentle enough to rock and cuddle a newborn and read countless books to our children.


#2. The safe and healthy birth of our newest addition, Eliya.

#3. My wonderful birth coach, Tim. I couldn't have done it without you, honey.

#4. A midwife and nurse who helped make the experience almost enjoyable.

#5. Having my sister nearby to watch Emahry and Jonathan while I was in labor.

#6. Being able to return home, to my family and my own bed, only six hours after Eliya was born.

#7. Friends who passed on a car seat their little girl had outgrown so we didn't have to purchase one.

#8. Delicious taco soup and a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies delivered by a friend.

#9. A beautiful and cozy knit snuggle sack made by our neighbor.

#10. Children who adore their baby sister.

#11. Capturing a yawn.


#12. Tim getting up with Jonathan throughout the night, without complaint, so I can get a little more rest.

#13. The view from my pillow after a much needed nap.



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Also Contributed To: Gratituesday, Things I Love Thursday, Finer Things Friday

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Three's Company

Our
"Three Under Three"

Any advice from seasoned pros? If so, please stop lurking and leave us a comment☺

Head over to 5 Minutes for Mom for more Wordless Wednesday posts.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Scandeez Review & Giveaway {closed}

Modern design for kids with a Scandinavian flair perfectly describes Connie's Etsy shop, Scandeez. This shop is a treasure chest of beautiful and unique items for babies and children.

Connie has been crafting since she was a little girl. Her mother actually taught her to knit, crochet, and embroider when Connie was only 4 years old! Connie also loves color and using natural fibers and fabrics.

I was first drawn to Scandeez by Connie's adorable leather baby moccasins. I was absolutely delighted when Connie agreed to have her baby moks featured on A Heart for Home.

Because all of Scandeez's baby moks are absolutely beautiful, I asked Connie to just surprise us with a gender neutral pair of moks for Jonathan. Needless to say, I was excited to open the package when it arrived. We definitely were not disappointed.

Inside the professional quality packaging were an adorable pair of gray leather elephant moks. The first thing I did was smell the little slippers. Oh, the smell of genuine leather.

These moks are made from super soft leather. They have an elasticized top for a comfy fit and to make it more difficult for babies to kick them off. In fact, it took Jonathan quite a while to figure out how to take these off by himself.

Jonathan likes his new moks and I've even caught Emahry trying to squeeze into them on quite a few occassions. She likes to call them Jonathan's elephant shoes. The leather soles make them great for babies and toddlers developing feet and give a good amount of grip when walking on slippery floors. The detailed stitching of the sole design makes these a truely unique and eye catching addition to any outfit.

Scandeez's leather moks are available in a wide variety of colors and designs and come in sizes newborn to 24 months.

Scandeez also carries a vast assortment of other quality handmade items for babies and children, such as burp cloth and onesie sets, adorable tops, blankies and bibs, wet bags, fun and functional pants, and more.

Here are some more of our favorite things from Scandeez. Simply click on each picture to view the listing or browse through the entire shop.




Buy It:
You can purchase your own leather moks for your little one by visiting Scandeez. If you make a purchase, please let Connie know that you found out about the shop at A Heart For Home.

Win It:
Scandeez is offering one of our readers a pair of moks of their choice (subject to availability).

To Enter This Giveaway:

Mandatory
1. Head over to Scandeez and browse through the baby moks. Then come back here and leave a comment telling us which pair of moks you might choose if you win.

Make sure you leave an email address with each entry if it is not posted in your profile.
(If we don't have your email address we will have to choose a new winner.)

For additional entries you may do any (or all) of the following. Please leave a separate comment for each entry. If you complete one of the following that is worth more than one entry, please leave the corresponding number of comments so your extra entries will be counted!

For ONE Additional Entry EACH

2. Tell us how you found out about this giveaway (1 entry)

3. "Heart" Scandeez on Etsy (1 entry) ~ mark as a favorite shop

4. Leave a comment telling us which (non-mok) item in Connie's shop is your favorite (1 entry)



5. Follow our blog publicly through Google Friend or subscribe using a reader (1 entry)

6. Follow us through Twitter ~ leave your twitter ID in your comment (1 entry)

7. Tweet about this giveaway ~ leave the URL to your tweet & include @heart4home & #Giveaway. (1 entry) Feel free to use this tweet: Win an adorable Pair of Leather Baby Moks from Scandeez @heart4home #Giveaway http://tinyurl.com/yh9lxyk (Ends 3/3) Please RT

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10. Post about and link to this giveaway on your blog ~ leave the Permalink to your post (3 entries)

Giveaway will end at 11:59 EST on March 3rd, 2010. Open to US residents only. Winners will be chosen using a random number generator. Winners will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond before I choose a new winner.

Make sure you leave a way for us to contact you.

Photo Credit: Scandeez & A Heart for Home

(While the Leather Moks were provided to A Heart for Home for review, no other compensation was given. All remarks are the personal and honest opinions of A Heart for Home)

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The Pink Zebra Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Linzi, you've won a custom pair of baby or toddler slippers from The Pink Zebra. (Please, check your email for a note from us.)

Thanks to all who entered and be sure to visit The Pink Zebra for lots of great products for babies and kids at affordable prices!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Eco-Friendly & Frugal Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Kitchen Stewardship who has won a set of Dirty Dipes Butt Wipes from Eco-Friendly & Frugal. (Please, check your email for a note from us shortly.)

Thanks to all who entered and be sure to check out Eco-Friendly & Frugal's shop for green products for baby and home.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Our Newest Addition

We may be a little more scarce than usual for a little while.

We've been busy going from this...



...to this...



For those who read my Not Me! Monday post, I didn't actually try any of the methods of inducing that I read. Thankfully, this was all in God's perfect timing ☺

As a side note, in the first photo I was actually already in labor. I asked Tim to get the camera out of the truck and take a picture because I realized I didn't have any later pregnancy photos.

We'll get more photos and at least a condensed birth story posted sometime this coming week...hopefully.

Introducing...
Eliya Rose

Born February 9th, 2010
At 8:45 AM
5 pounds 14 ounces
19 1/2 inches long


We are all home and tired, but doing well. Please, keep our family in your prayers as we adjust to life with our newest blessing. Thank you!

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Monday, February 8, 2010

Not Me! Monday

Disclaimer:
In case you are unfamiliar with Not Me! Monday, and to avoid any misunderstandings of the following, please know that everything below that I "did not do" was, if fact, done by me. You see, Not Me! Monday was born out of a desire to admit some of our imperfections and reveal a few moments we'd rather forget. Thanks for understanding.

This past week I did not resort to sounding just like my mother by responding to Emahry's constant questioning of "why?" by telling her, "because I said so." I would never say that, no not me!

I also did not browse the Internet for natural ways to induce labor because I am so ready to have this baby. I would never do that, not me. I am way too patient and believe too much in my body's own timing to try to hurry along the inevitable.

Finally, I did not stay in bed almost an extra hour this morning and let Tim make and feed the kids breakfast before he had to go and do school work all day long. No, not me, I'm way too thoughtful and value my husband's time too much to let him do that.


Head over to MckMama's Not Me! Monday to see what everyone else has not been doing this past week.

Before you go, why don't you leave me a comment letting me know I'm not alone when it comes to having faults as a wife and mom. Thanks!

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Wonderful Children's Book Giveaway

Kristin, from Bits and Pieces from My Life, is giving away a hardback copy of Charles Dickens and Friends by Marcia Williams.
This book is written in comic-book style with sepia-toned illustations and features five Dickens' classics: Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities, David Copperfield, and A Christmas Carol.

It's recommended for elementary-aged children.

I almost hate to tell you about this giveaway because I really want to win, but I also want to encourage Kristin for all the hard work she does and the godly example she is to so many.

If you stop by to enter, please spend a few minutes browsing through her blog. It would be exceptionally nice if you commented on some other posts :)

Also, be sure to enter our Celebrate with Joy book giveaway. This is the perfect time to reflect on this past Christmas and begin planning changes for this coming year. Sondra's ideas are sure to help you prepare for a more Christ centered celebration.

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Gourmet Drizzle Popcorn ~ A Valentine's Day Treat

From the Archives:

I thought with Valentine's Day quickly approaching, that this would be the perfect time to share this wonderful recipe with you again.

You could even make this delicious popcorn more festive by experimenting with red and pink candies, sprinkles, etc.

If you've ever been fortunate enough to try Dale and Thomas' Drizzlecorn than you know how delicious it is. We normally are given some around the holidays, but go without the rest of the year because it is so expensive.

Well, for Valentine's Day, I decided to make Tim some peanut butter, white chocolate, toffee drizzle popcorn. It was a huge success! We've actually made it a couple of times since and it never lasts very long :)

Gourmet Drizzle Popcorn is so easy to make and is very easy to customize according to your favorite flavors.

Here are just a few examples to get your ideas flowing and your mouth watering:



Chocolate Praline (melted chocolate chips, crushed candied pecans),

White Chocolate Almond (melted white chocolate, slivered or chopped almonds),

Double Peanut Butter Crunch (melted peanut butter chips, crushed or chopped peanuts),

Heath Bar (melted chocolate chips, toffee bits),

Double Chocolate Delight (melted dark chocolate chips, melted milk chocolate chips),

Chocolate Butterscotch (melted chocolate chips, melted butterscotch chips),

Night and Day (melted dark chocolate chips, melted white chocolate chips),

Marvelous Mint (melted Andes mints),

Caramel Pecan (melted caramel, chopped pecans)

Here's our recipe for Gourmet Drizzle Popcorn.

We love this popcorn. In fact, this is what our batch of drizzle popcorn normally looks like by the time it's ready to be stored. :)


Contributed to: Finer Things Friday, Frugal Friday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Works for Me Wednesday, Ultimate Recipe Swap: Valentine's Day Treats

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