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Freebie - Got a Latte Do Today Printable

There is just something about printables that many moms and business owners love. If you are always on the look out for to-do lists, you just have to see this one. You’ll find it especially cute if latte is on the top of your favorites list. Cindy,over at SkipToMyLou, shares a unique to-do list that you can print and even turn into a refrigerator magnet.

Thought of the Day - 4/17/10

When someone shares something of value with you, and you benefit from it, you have a moral obligation to share it with others.
~~ Chinese Proverb ~~

Freebie - One Year Subscription

"FREE one year subscription to EContent Magazine. EContent is a valuable industry resource that focuses exclusively on content. Content is the engine that drives commerce, collaboration, and community. EContent covers the people, products, and services that make content happen. Regular subscription is $119 annually" but you may sign up for a FREE subscription here.  
EContent magazine is a print magazine that focuses exclusively on content, in particular, digital content. Here are some of the topics that they cover:

  • News and analysis of what's happening in the content industry (product announcements, technology trends, metrics, etc.).
  • Feature articles covering the latest trends and issues.
  • Content creation, acquisition, organization, and distribution.
Submit a request and they'll tell you right away if you will be receiving a subscription.

Thought of the Day - 4/16/10

Half the things you worry about will never happen, and the other half are gonna happen anyway.

Freebie - Cloud Nine Handmade Body Lotion

If you’ve been fighting cold weather and dry skin, it’s time to pamper yourself. Like most people, you would probably rather have that natural glow to your skin. When that is just not happening, you can use natural ingredients to help you along. To do that, you may want to pick up a sample of Cloud Nine’s Handmade Body Lotion.

Embrace Life

This is the best seatbelt advocacy commercial I have EVER seen!

Thought of the Day - 4/15/10

Remember, you're stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and braver than you believe.

Thought of the Day - 4/14/10

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going, so be patient.

Ambient Sounds

YouTube has a variety of relaxing and soothing ambient sounds that can help you block outside noises. There are a variety of ambient sounds to choose from.  Check it out here and here.

Works really simple, just go to YouTube, search for "ambient relaxing sounds," adjust volume and relax. No need to signup for anything.

Freebie - HotPrints

HotPrints aims to offer FREE print and FREE shipping for everyone for all our products. We love print so much that we want to bring the love of sharing prints with everyone for FREE.

Is Your Child Safe at School?

Bullying in school is on the rise. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that one in four students is bullied by another student or group of students. Bullying can take many forms: from malicious teasing, name-calling, making threats, spreading rumors, sending nasty notes or text messages, to pushing, shoving, and fighting.

If your child is a victim, join forces with his teacher, school administrators, and other parents to raise awareness and put at stop to the abuse. Talk to your child about what’s happening, how he feels about it, and let him know you’re in his corner.

Why is the USA Bankrupt?

Why is the USA bankrupt?  I have been doing some research about this topic (in my spare time -- Ha ha ha).  I hope you find this article informative.

You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much?  You'll change your mind after you read this.

I have included the URL's for verification of all the following facts.

1.  $11 billion to $22 billion is spent on Wwelfare that is given to illegal aliens each year by state governments.  $90 billion dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
2.  $2.2 billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.
3.  $2.5 billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

4.  $12 billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English.
5.  $17 billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

6.  $3 million Dollars a day is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.  30% percent of all federal prison inmates are illegal aliens.

8.  $200 billion dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

9.   The National Policy Institute estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.


I wrote this article in response to a false report that is floating around the Internet.

I support legal immigration. If you come over here the" right" way to become a citizen of the United States I’m okay with that.  When you just storm across our borders, then you are an invader, and I'm not okay with that.

Where I've Been

Thought of the Day - 4/13/10

When you heal. When you let grow. When you cry out to surrender. When you love show others Christ's love.

Thought of the Day - 4/12/10

People seldom do what they believe in. They do what is convenient, then repent.
~~ Bob Dylan ~~

The Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Shamefully, I'm really late for the party.  However, I have good excuses.  Instead of taking the time to introduce myself (yes, I'm breaking the rules) I'm going to introduce my two wonderful children:  Cameron and Cassandra.

I will admit one thing . . .  I hate Mondays.  I have always hated Mondays.  Now I know why.

Last Monday, my daughter woke from a two-hour nap (we didn't sleep most of the night because she was complaining of stomach pain and she was throwing up) screaming and doubled over in pain.  She pointed to her right side of her abdomen and that got me worried enough that we went to the local hospital.  We spent 8 hours waiting to be seen and getting tests (CAT scan, x-rays, and ultrasound) done.  The doctor sad it could be appendicitis but she has a cyst.  We were then transferred to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh by ambulance.  After some time in the emergency room there, they admitted her because of the cyst.  The cyst was a dermoid cyst and they would need to operate the next day.  Dermoid cysts don't usually occur in girls as young as 8, like my daughter, but usually of women of child bearing age.  It turns out the cyst was partially "human" and it was determined that it was her sibling.  While removing the cyst from her right ovary the doctors discovered that there was no right ovary and that part of the fallopian tube was rotted & dead.  As they remove the cyst and part of the fallopian tube, a tumor was found.  What started as a laproscopic surgery has now moved to a surgery similar to a hysterectomy.  They didn't want to break the cyst or tumor while they were within my daughter so the tiny incision in her belly button has now moved to a 5 inch incision closer to the pubic area. 

Thanks by the grace of God, my daughter is healing nicely.

Today, my son woke up screaming and crying.  He said his foot hurt.  Yesterday while at a friend's Easter Egg Hunt (having it the week after Easter saves a LOT of money), my son had a major fit and ran head first into a tree.  Somehow is head is fine (go figure) but his foot got twisted when he fell from the blow to the head; hence, the broken foot.  We spent 3 hours at the hospital getting x-rays done and being fitted with partial cast & crutches.  Tomorrow we see an orthopedic specialist. 

I'm not getting out of bed next Monday.  Unless someone gives me chocolate.  :)

As you can see, I need a break from the every day shenanigans, from the shroud of being a single mother.  I am ready to party.

My Blogs
My Shared Blogs
Descriptions of Blogs

365 Days of Christmas
I want that special feeling to last all year long and that is the inspiration for this blog. I believe in Santa and the Christmas spirit. I love the excitement of decorating and the anticipation of waiting for Santa to arrive. I love the kinder hearts of people who are more generous and more forgiving during this time of year. I love the dazzle of the lights and the twinkle in the children's eyes. I love the merriment of parties and friendships. I love Christmas.

365 Days of Memories
365 Days of Memories is about cherishing our family and loved ones and getting those memories on paper. 365 Days of Memories is all about scrapbooking but also about wonderful friends. Scrapbooking is the focus but other paper crafts, journaling, and altered art will be shared as well.

365 Days of Organization
Get organized now! So much stuff, so little room. Stuff you need, such as food and toiletries. Stuff you collect, such as cookbooks and figurines. Stuff that seems to multiply overnight, such as bills and recyclables. Fortunately, there are plenty of solutions to help you store your stuff. Check out the blog for ideas, concepts, and tips to get you organized. YOU can get organized now!

365 Days of Photos
Follow my life via photographs . . . the good, the bad, the ugly, the ordinary, and the extraordinary . . . photographs of little things and important things . . . photographs of people important to me, photographs of my life.

All Things Cherished
I share my daily living and struggles as a single mother. I share a part of me and my family. I share my children, motherhood, being single in my 40s, Christianity, fibromyalgia & other health issues, advocacy, my passions, my hobbies, my love of reading, and my love of Christmas. I share what all is cherished in my life.

Cherished Memories
CHERISHED MEMORIES is about CHERISHing our family and loved ones and getting those MEMORIES on paper. CHERISHED MEMORIES is all about scrapbooking and paper crafting. CHERISHED MEMORIES is about loving family and wonderful friends. We also learn new and re-visit old techniques, share layouts, cards, and more.

Cherished Treasures
Our trash is your treasure! Come check out our online rummage sale. Jewelry, appliances, books, and so much more.

Free Music
Contemporary Christian Music by Alan Free.

There are a few other blogs too but I won't mention them here.

My Facebook profile can be found here.

Prizes will be announced throughout this week.  I apologize for not being better prepared.

Life or Living

Would you rather have a life or a living?

Mother Teresa lived her life in a little room and with a vow of poverty yet impacted millions of lives.  My friend, Wendy, went to Haiti to rescue restaveks (child slaves).  My girlfriend, Jennifer, donates a huge chunk of her time to Beaded Hope, an organization that employs women affected by AIDS in South Africa by selling their jewelry and returning the profits to their AIDS Hospice.

Each one of these women, and so many more, are making a life by giving. They give their time, their energy, and their lives to make others' lives better.

Personally, I think this is a great girlfriend lesson. It's not about how much money our paycheck says or the title on our business card . . . what matters is what we give.

Thought of the Day - 4/11/10

Presence is so much more appreciated than presents!

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