May 21, 2011

Brief Update

Well, it's been a busy week of unpacking, cleaning, and doing that over and over.  I think it's funny that I'm focusing on Mothering this month since it's been a great test during this transition in our life, to be patient and gracious and not consumed with the move.  I was happy to have a tea party this afternoon with my little girls and mom and sis-in-law.  =)  
I realized during this move I forgot all about SSMT on the 15th.  So I am skipping this two week new verse and I'm going to try and just review the previous 9 memory verses.  Did you pick a new verse?
Sorry I haven't posted before and after pics...I completely forgot to snap some before we loaded down the house with boxes.  So hopefully I'll be done unpacking and organizing by the middle-end of next week and I can get you some pretty pictures!!  
Thanks for being excited with us as we make some pretty big transitions, and patient with my blogging for the next few weeks!  

May 9, 2011

"I Know What's Causing That" & BIG NEWS!

It's good enough to mention again.  Here is a great article written by a good friend of mine, Zach Neese, on parenting.  I know we've been blessed as the recipients to celebrate Mother's Day this month, but I also want to focus a little bit on mothering as well.  So enjoy reading, or re-reading this great article, "I know what's causing that."

Also, Big News....We are moving into our new house this week!  So I will be mostly unpacking and organizing our life into our first "real" home all week!  I can't wait to share the before and after pics with you next week!  But here is one Sneak Peak of our Kitchen (my husband and his crew are truly amazing at what they do)!

BEFORE Kitchen

BEFORE Kitchen 2


Ooo La La!  More to come....

May 6, 2011

FREE and Discounted Deals (for Mother's Day)!

Thank you to Frugal Coupon Living for this list of Mother's Day Deals: (straight from her sight)


Free Mother’s Day Events:
Lakeshore Learning – Make a  Mother’s Day Purse from 11 AM to 3 PM. More detail HERE.
Lowe’s – Make a Heart Flower Vase at 10 AM. Sign up now.
Home Depot – Make a Tulip Planter from 9 AM to Noon.Sign up now.
JoAnn Crafts – Make a garden stake from 11 AM to 1 PM. More detail HERE.
IKEA - FREE Breakfast. More detail HERE.
Free and Discounted Restaurant Deals:
Medieval Times – Moms get a FREE Flower and FREE attendance when you purchase a full paid admission. Dates include Friday May 6, Saturday May 7 and Sunday May 8. More details HERE.
TCBY – FREE Yogurt for Mom. Choose White Chocolate Mousse, Stawberry or limited time offer Watermelon Sorbet served in a cup or cone. More details HERE.
Fleming’s Steak House – Mom gets a $25 Gift Card to enjoy on a future occasion when she attends Brunch or Dinner on Mother’s Day. More details HERE.
Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant - Mom gets a $20 Gift Card to enjoy on a future occasion when she attends May 6, 7 or 8. More details HERE.
Champps Restaurant – Moms get a FREE reloadable $10/$25 cards when they dine May 6, 7 or 8. Card is good  every month through April 2012. More details HERE.
Kona Grill - Get a FREE Red Velvet Cupcake for Mom on Mother’s Day with Purchase. Offer expires May 8. More details HERE.
Souper Salad – B1G1 Lunch or Dinner Buffet printable coupon.
Texas de Brazil - $25 off your purchase with 2 guests or $50 off your purchase with 5 guests on May 8. More details and coupon HERE.
Einstein Bagels – FREE Mug for mom when you pre-order a Bagel Bucket. Pick up for the bucket is May 7 or 8. More detailsHEREB1G1 Panini. More details and coupon HERE. FREE fresh baked treat when you buy a drink HERE.
Mimi’s Cafe – FREE Ghirardelli chocolate and caramel bar for Mom wen she dines in and spend $10+. Offer good May 8 form 4 p.m. to close. More details HERE.
Caribou Coffee – B1G1 Coffee. More details and printable coupon HERE.
Blockbuster Kiosk Rental - Rent 2, get 1 with code WELOVEMOM. Expires May 8. Find a Blockbuster location near you.
Denny’s - Free Pancake Puppies Sundae when you send mom a card on Facebook. More details HERE.
Great American Cookie Company -Get 6 FREE Cookies or $2 off when you buy a 16 Inch or Larger Cookie Cake. Offer expires May 8. More details and coupon HERE.
Ruby Tuesday Coupon – FREE Red Velvet Gourmet Cupcake for Mom on May 8. More details HERE.
Tumbleweed Coupon – FREE Yellow Rose for mom and Kids Eat FREE on May 8. More details and coupon HERE.
O’Charleys - 20% off your purchase on May 8 from 9 AM  to  11 AM. More details and coupon HERE.
First Watch - FREE box of chocolates with your purchase of mom’s entree on May 8. More details HERE.
McCormick and Schmicks - FREE Chocolate Truffle Trio for Mom’s on on May 6, 7 or 8. More details HERE.
Don’t forget the Mother’s Day 2011 Deals on Frugal Coupon Living. Also pick up aFREE Printable Mother’s Day Coupon Booklet.

May 5, 2011

Love Yourself...Mothers!

I am reposting this from Valentines, just a few months back.  Hopefully all you mothers, grandmothers, mothers-to-be, and everyone with a mother has someone to show them a little love this weekend, but just in case, here are a few ways you can pamper yourself and get ready for this summer-sandal season.

This whole month we are talking about LOVE, but now it is time to make a little (time) for yourself.  You can try and do all these (and other) sweet treats for yourself in one day, or throughout the week.  Just make some time for yourself, be pampered, sit by a fire, read a book, sing a song, get childcare to make sure it happens if you need to! 
Start off your morning with a warm shower.  But before you get started grab a glass of vinegar.  After you shampoo your hair, give it a nice cleanse by slowly pouring the vinegar from scalp to ends.  Let soak for a few minutes as you soap up.  Then rinse the vinegar out and put a few drops of jojoba oil or deep hair conditioner into your hands and massage from scalp to ends as well.  The more time you can leave in the better, whether that is five minutes while you shave and then exfoliate your feet, or if you're going to be in the house all day - just put your hair up and wash out the oil before bed.
Use a moisturizer or sunless tanner after the shower for a smooth, softness or glow.  Then, if you have a minute, clip and trim your nails and toenails.
Make yourself a nice hot cup of coffee or tea (for those of us who can't stand to drink coffee), and take a few minutes throughout your day to read a little out of a book you love (something that doesn't get you all worked up like say the newspaper), or do some deep-breathing techniques.  If you can afford it and can get away, schedule a massage or professional pedicure on your way home from work to really add to the sweetness.
Before you head to bed, wash out any hair conditioner/oil that may be left.  If you haven't had the chance to get a mani/pedi already, you can give yourself a really nice at home manicure/pedicure (2 minute, 5 minute, or 35 minute)!  Now before bed, lather your feet (and hands if you wish) with some really thick lotion (i.e., Kiss My Face Almost Butter) and slip into some soft, plush socks for the night (even though I hate sleeping with socks on, I try to do this every once in awhile).  You will wake up feeling so pampered (and soft)! 
Take time for yourself, because you are worth it!  

May 2, 2011

May: Oh Mother.

Mother.  I think of a lot of things when I see that word.  Especially as I've aged, married, acquired two mothers now and become one myself, times three.  First I think nurturer.  I was blessed to grow up with a mother who cared and nurtured me and my siblings.  She had the best way of waking us up, a soft rub on the back for who-knows-how-long until we finally peeped open our eyelids.  Mother.  Kind, stern, familiar, funny, loving, giving, trusting, praying, helping... Right now I see that word and I think about one Mother's Day growing up.  I was asked to say something about my mother in front of my church.  So I took Proverbs 31 and turned it into a rhyme, printed it out, framed it and with shaking hands and knees I attempted to read it in front of everyone.  I don't remember much else, except that I was pretty proud of my framed poem which I gifted to my mother afterwards.  It hung on my childhood-home wall until my parents moved here to Texas just a few short years ago.
Mother.  A wedding, barefoot on the beach.  A husband.  A new life.  A new momma.  I watched enough movies (and spoke with enough friends), to fear the "Mother-In-Law."  I was so scared I would marry a man who had a controlling, "Monster-in-law"-type mother, who wouldn't want me around her or her son.  Thankfully, I was blessed with TWO wonderful mothers, one by birth and one by marriage.  Mother-in-law.  Sweet, Funny, Full of Laughter and Stories, Memories by Campfires, Shopping Attempts Together (she's a shopper, I'm - not so much).  I have been married almost 6 years, and I felt like I was a daughter to my mother and father-in-law from before my wedding day.  Never any awkwardness, fear, or worry with my family.  That's exactly what we are: family.
Mother-to-be.  My oh my, that brings back memories three fold.  I haven't had the easiest pregnancies.  They start off with so much sickness, that it kind of overshadows a lot of the whole 9 months.  But as that subsides around 14 weeks, and I get used to keeping food in my tummy...then I have beautiful thoughts of Becoming a Mommy!  Little bump, Tiny kicks, Dreaming/praying/name-picking, Pictures of my growing family, Support from loved ones.  Then there are some other thoughts: Indigestion, Heartburn, Swollen feet, Fainting at Walmart (only once, with my third baby - but that would be hard to forget), Drinking goopy sugary drink (for the glucose test), Lots of poking, prodding, and peeing.
But now Mother applies to me.  I am a mother of three.  I am their nurturer, protector..."mommy."  Oh my, how life changes, and quickly too!  Hopefully I can be as a good of a mother to my little princesses as I have had from birth, marriage, and spiritually.  I have a lot to strive towards, but some great examples to follow.  Thank you.
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