October 2008

(*Added on 11/6  – After you have read about the contest, please go to my home page to see the current question and info on prizes.  From there you can scroll down and see pics of the prizes and other info.  Just click on Real World Martha or Home at the top…thanks.)

Here are the details regarding my month long November contest : “Tis Better To Give Than To Receive

Each day I will feature a product.  Most of the products are handmade which I LOVE to support.  Then, at the end of that week I will pick a winner for that weeks prizes.  You will win the entire weeks features.  Isn’t that GREAT?

To win:

Each week will have it’s own question.  You will need to answer the question in the comments (any day) and post/link my contest on your blogPlease leave me your link that directly shows the post/link for my contest on your blog.  And remember there is only one entry per day.

Here’s the breakdown:

Week 1

Question for Week 1 – Tell me something that you do/done, individually or as a family, that really shows it is better to give than to receive.  Do you give food to the food bank every month?  Have you adopted a “grandma or grandpa”?  Tell me about it.

November 1st – Julesmaeclothing/ Hairband

November 2nd – Key of Kellie/ Key Chain

November 3rd- Izznit /Fabric Grocery Bag

November 4th – Knitsational / Little Notebook

November 5th –  Donna Smalin Kuper /Book

November 6th – Nancomfortfoods

November 7th – Crunchy Clean/ Non-Toxic Detergent

November 8th – Sweetgracieforme – Whipped Body Butter

Drawing will be held for all these items on November 9th

Week 2

Question for Week 2 – Has you done a random act of kindness in the last year or has someone done one for you?  Please share about it in the comments and don’t forget to link the contest on your blog.

November 9th – BethMane10 /Holiday Tags

November 10th – Zadyball

November 11th – Under Her Charm / Necklace

November 12th – Brainscan / Coffee

November 13th – Laurenmc18/ Magnet Set and 20% for any customer that orders that mentions this contest and my blog

November 14th – Gifts of Creation/ Set of Notecards

November 15th – Marianne Richmond / Book

The winner for this weeks prizes will be drawn on November 16th

Week 3

Question for Week 3 – Since this is my Birthday week tell me something that you have done on someone else’s birthday that was really special.  Did you make a cake when you usually buy one?  Or what about making a scrapbook for 6 months?

November 16th – Elly Nelly / Wall Graphic

November 17th –  Tricia Goyer / Books Generation NeXt Marriage and A Valley of Betrayal

November 18th –  The Golden Goat / Hair Soap

November 19th – Busy Little Elf / Playdough Kit

November 20th – The Simple Wife / Book

November 21st – Smart Mom Jewelery / Pendant/Bangle Set

November 22nd – Boyfrog/ Bath Salts

The winner will be drawn on November 23rd

Week 4

Question for Week 4 – What ThanksGIVING traditions do you have?  Does your family do something special that gives to others for this Holiday? 

November 23rd – Tate’s Bake Shop / Cookie Gift Pack

November 24th – Chris Sligh CD 

November 25th – Discovery Denim / Little Heroes Cape

November 26th – Hickchicks Soap Barn/  Soap and matching lotion bar

November 29th – Karen Hossink /Book

Drawing will be on November 30th

Whew!!!!  How about that?  Are you ready to get some presents for yourself or to give as gifts?  I am so excited so let’s the word out!!!

Have a Giving Day!


What is brown and “sticky”?


Have a “Funny” Day!

Actually, I am not!  What am I talking about?  Well it’s BIG!!!  Are you sure you are ready?

Ok, I warned you!

For the ENTIRE MONTH OF NOVEMBER I will be hosting a contest.  There will be more prizes than you will know what to do with.  Each week, during the month, I will showcase some wonderful products.  At the end of the week you will have a chance to win all of the ones from that week!!!  Can you believe it?

Here is a glimpse of what’s to come:


Fabric Grocery Bag


Soaps and Lotions

Non-Toxic Detergent

Body Butter

Books !!!!!



Wall Graphics

Kids Items

Holiday Items




I can’t wait.

This contest will be “Tis Better To Give Than Receive”.  It’s my birthday month, Thanksgiving, and the start of the entire Holiday season.  I thought what better way to showcase it by giving away terrific items.  So make sure to come by and be ready to let me know what ways you give back this season.

And just think, if you win you will have a huge dent done in your holiday shopping list 🙂

Have a “Giving” Day

Debbie aka The Real World Martha

Did you collect anything as a child?  I did.  I collected several things in fact. 

Cabbage Patch Dolls



Beanies (mid-adult)

And More 🙂

Well can you believe I have saved a lot of this?  I have.  Since hubby has had a reduction in income I decided to pull it out and sell some of it.

If you are a collector, check it out on my EBAY


And be sure to tell me in the comments what you collect or have collected.

Have a “Collecting” Day!

Well what I meant to say was Dog Food Bag Purse, I guess.

You just have to see this.  Over at the Soujourner she made a purse from a dog food bag.  It’s terrific!

Here’s the link:  http://burganfamily.blogspot.com/2008/10/my-kids-thought-i-was-crazy.html

and a pic (there are more pics and the story over on the blog so be sure to go to the link above):

Isn’t this great?  So creative!!

Have a “Reduced, Reused, or Recycled” Day!

Debbie 🙂

We have a small 1970’s tent trailer that we camp in.  It works for us, but it has a lot of work that needs to be done.  We do little bits at a time and have replaced some things in it. 

Recently we took the trailer camping.  We had showers at the campsite, but no place to put our towels.  I asked hubby if we could get some of those adhesive hooks for our towels.

He said “Those are like a dollar a piece”. 

Ok, so there are four of us that’s a wopping $4.  I know we have been hit by the economy (losing about a third of our income) but still $4?

Last night, hubby proudly shows his deal.  He found a package of two on clearance at the autoparts store.  Two for 68 cents!  And the oil for our car was on sale.  He was a “happy camper”!

I have taught him well.  🙂

Have a “Frugal” Day!

Do you get nervous when you here the saying “Don’t sweat the small stuff”? Does it make you worry about your worrying?  🙂

I am working on a project for Christmas and it has required remembering many fine details.  I realized that while worrying and “sweating the small stuff” can be “bad” for you, I have realized an upside to this personality trait- attention to small details.  While I do worry about things that I have no control over, I also can be on top of little things that others may leave behind like someones favorite cookie or what happened on the playground when they were 12 that made them really sad even to this day. 

This attention to details enables me to have a high sensitivity to others (most times). I can usually tell when people are struggling or feeling down.   On top of details like paying bills. 🙂  And I also believe it enables me to care for others as I am thinking “worrying” about the poor, children who have no home, animals that are in shelters, safety of our neighborhood, the education of my children, etc.

While I am not God, I am his hands and feet, and I believe God has made me to think about lots of things.  Is it good to let this go too far?  Of course not. We are told not to worry in the Bible. But I do believe that God equips each person gifts, and I may never be that carefree nothing ever bothers me kind of person.   I may just be someone who God can use to care about lots of details, but I have to ask for His guidance to keep the reigns on it.

So if you are one that “sweats the small stuff” don’t forget to keep your priorities straight AND realize God has made you unique and you may just be called to use those gifts.

Have a “Detail-Oriented” Day!

Debbie 🙂

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