Things Don’t Always Go As We Plan…

As I write this post I have a smile on my face. Had you come to my house a few days ago you would have seen a different me. You see, I was letting the little things get to me. I was forgetting that God's already got my life all mapped out for me (and my family) and His plan is so much better than any I could ever come up with. I have peace now in knowing that our maker has a plan for me and that he only wants what's best for us. And so we are waiting (again)... Let me explain. Some of you already know this, but for those that don't I'll give a little detail. My husband decided to take a new job at another company (after 15 years at his current company). It was a big risk for us, but we really felt like this was the direction God wanted us to go in. With this new job we were going to have to relocate to a neighboring state (but within driving distance of home, not far at all). We were  nervous, but pretty excited. Within only a few days of accepting the position we had someone that … [Read more...]

Rewarding My Kids With Frosty’s From Wendy’s and Helping Children in Need of Adoption

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I have fond memories of going to Wendy's® as a child for a Frosty treat. This was one of my favorite treats as a child and I must admit that I still love going to Wendy's® for a Frosty as an adult! I have been trying to come up with creative rewards for my boys. We are homeschooling this year and I'm going to be totally honest when I say, sometimes we really just need to get out of the house! Not only do my boys need a reward, but Mom does too! Now, I'm all for the pizza program they do in schools to reward children for reading, but we have added to that! I'm not just rewarding the reading, but we are rewarding other academic achievements as well and we are doing it with Frosty Coupons! Did you know that in 1990, Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's®, accepted President George H.W. Bush's invitation to be the spokesperson for a national adoption campaign? Just two years later, Dave established The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption® as a non-profit public charity with one primary … [Read more...]

Have You Entered Bare Snacks #DaretoBare Contest For a Chance to Win a Trip to Hawaii?

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*We want to thank Bare Snacks™ for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are our own. Have you entered the Bare Snacks™ #DaretoBare Contest? What are you waiting for? You have from now through September 28th to get your entries in! It's so simple to enter and you may just be a lucky WINNER! What's in it for you? The first 500 entries will receive a FREE bag of Bare! But wait, it gets better... The Grand Prize Winner will receive a FREE Trip to HAWAII!!!! Entering is super simple! Go to the Bare Snacks Facebook page <—-Click the words “Bare Snacks Facebook” Next, you will go to the #daretobare contest at the top of the page. The link I gave you above should take you right there, but just in case it doesn’t, that’s where you’ll go. Follow simple directions and upload a photo or video and share a simple truth about yourself that reveals the good, the funny, the honest and the real (Something like we shared above! It's true, I really do steal his photo!) Then … [Read more...]

Let Me Get This Straight…

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*We received complimentary product from SheSpeaks/Aveda. We only give honest reviews and all opinions expressed are our own. I'm talking about my hair! All of my life I have had this in-between hair. It's not super curly, but it's not straight. It has always driven me crazy! My mother has pretty straight hair and my sisters have pretty curly hair, but mine is just blah---sort of wavy when it wants to be, limp and frizzy. I don't have super thick hair like my younger sister or perfect coloring like my other sister, but I do have hair, so I should be happy, right? I recently tested out Aveda Naturally Straight products. Let me just tell you a little about the products before I go any further. Aveda Smooth Infusion™ Naturally Straight is a lightweight styling creme that progressively loosens curls every time you style. The product is made from naturally derived plant fibers that invisibly attach to your hair to loosen curl and help lock in straightness. (Pretty awesome, … [Read more...]

Protecting Kids From Dangers Online

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Thanks RossBackup for sponsoring this post. More kids are using computers and the internet today than ever before. Oftentimes we forget about all of the risks that come with allowing our children unmonitored access to the world wide web. It's not called world-wide by coincidence. There really are influencers all across the world that are just lurking out in cyber space waiting for the right moment. Kids are gullible and easy for hackers to get to. We could simply shield our children from these unseen attackers, but that approach rarely works. Some parents prefer to completely block internet access at home in order to rid the problem, but one day their children will eventually go to a friend's house or someplace where they will be able to access the internet. The best option would be to educate your child and introduce them properly to safe internet use. We have compiled a list of ways that you can protect your children better without "Shielding" them.    1)      Know which … [Read more...]

It’s Important to Protect Against Security Breach #ad

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Thanks to LifeLock for sponsoring this post. All opinions expressed are our own. We've fixed up and sold quite a few homes. As a matter of fact, remodeling homes is something our family quite enjoys. It's a great way for us to spend time together and we are pretty happy to be teaching our children the trade. With that being said...we spend a lot of time at home improvement stores. When I first heard about the security breach at Home Depot I was pretty alarmed. Thankfully we hadn't been to a Home Depot recently, but the thought of having my personal data breached sure is scary. Home Depot said that the payment breach exposed 56 million credit and debit cards! That's a huge reach and something I definitely don't want to have to worry about! For those that aren't sure what exactly a data breach is... A data breach occurs when confidential information like your Social Security Number, credit card number or other important info is exposed or taken by unauthorized people. The new … [Read more...]

Won’t You Wait With Us?

Hello, my name is Mandee and I have anxiety. It's not you, it's me...really. I've battled with anxiety for most of my life. I can remember as a child not being able to sleep because I had a test the following day. I could have studied all week for that test and knew the answers backward and forward and I still stressed about the test taking part. You see, I'm not very good with change. I like things to be normal and comfortable. I like to know exactly what to expect. Life has a way at throwing curve balls at us all. It seems at times when you are most comfortable, that's when you have to start dodging those balls. I've been wanting to tell you all about the balls we have been dodging, however I wasn't ready...until today. You see, my husband had been at his job for the past 15 years. He loved his job and the people he worked with had become family, we were comfortable. We all know that God likes to take us out of our comfort zones, but to be honest what He was about to do was … [Read more...]

Football Season is Here and That Means it’s Tailgating Time! #SamsClubTailGating #sp

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Thank you to Sam’s Club for sponsoring today’s post and helping me get ready for tailgating this Football Season. When you live in a house full of males you know the exact day that football season starts. My house has suddenly turned into a LOUD cheering match. Who am I kidding, my house is always LOUD! We love entertaining, and while I don't much care which team is winning, I do love to watch my boys cheer on their favorite teams during our tailgating parties! Speaking of Tailgating... You might call me a little frugal (you have to be when you have a family as big as ours), but I'm always trying to get the most for our money, especially when we are entertaining and will need a large amount. I love that you can buy things in bulk and at low cost at Sam's Club. I also love that you can get all of your tailgating essentials at Sam's Club. Check out our family's favorite Sam's Club Tailgating Essentials... You can't have a tailgating party without a tv large enough for everyone … [Read more...]