This past weekend I had a party for friends to come and bring items they wanted to trade (no not children) for a swapping party.  It was a smaller turnout but I had a great time and got some great goodies.  Even though we were different sizes we all had different size clothing to trade.  Some people have lost or gained weight and need to get rid of things.  We also traded home decor, lotions/soaps (new), books/magazines, games/toys, etc!

I can’t tell you how much fun it was and plus I got about 15-30 items for FREE!  I love that!

So gather your friends over and start swapping!  Plus you have people to tell give you opinions on how things look.

Have a “Reuse” Day!


When I first started this contest I wanted to pick products that I believed in such as: homemade, enviornmentaly safe, mom made, belief centered, etc.  I picked some dream products and Tate’s was one of them.  I never thought I could Tate’s Bake Shop as I thought they would have too many requests and I would just be a drop in the water.  Well they pulled through and went above and beyond for me!!! 

Tate’s not only is offering a Cookie Gift Pack for the winner, but they sent me a whole one as well to sample!!!!  Can you believe it?  I enjoyed my sample, as did my family!  YUMMY!!!  There is a reason they get so much press!  And you can see it here (we are talking Rachel Ray, Newsweek, The Washington Post, ETC) http://tatesbakeshop.com/store/TatesBakeShopPublicity.asp?s=6e46Yc105595&

From my taste buds, these are quality ingredient cookies.  They tasted wonderful and held up longer than anticipated.  When most cookies last a couple of days, and then don’t taste fresh, these taste the same and I don’t know how!  Although, you usually don’t have them around very long!

Whoever wins these is going to have a tasty treat!!!!

They also have a recipe of the month on their website and you can order their products there as well.


To the winner goes a Cookie Gift Pack:

Three 7-oz. boxes, one each of chocolate chip, white chocolate macadamia nut, and oatmeal raisin. Approximately 14 cookies in each 7-oz. box.

What a perfect way to entertain over the holidays!

Have a “Cookielicious” Day!

But I don’t think she’s very simple.  She is a respected blogger, an accomplished author, speaker, crafter, a wife, and a Mom.  And I am sure that’s just the tip of the iceburg.  I don’t remember how I found her blog but have loved going there for great info, mom journal entries, and biblical posts (and to look at her cute charm braclet..I LOVE charm braclets!).

Since today is my actual birthday I couldn’t be happier than to introduce her, if you don’t already know her.  You can find her blog below and a bio from her hubby.  Isn’t that great?  Proverbs 31!



Joanne’s Biography,
by her husband Toben Heim

When it comes to Joanne I am biased. After all, we have spent literally half of our lives together. Having met and dated in high school and married during our junior year of college, we have spent a lot of time together and I have known Joanne through a lot of different seasons and circumstances of life.

Some of those seasons include:

Joanne as a beautiful, smart, hard-working high school student who took a lot of AP classes and held down a part-time job at a Christian bookstore after school.

Joanne as a college student, working on two majors, helping to pay her tuition by working as a graphic designer.

Joanne as a publicist and copywriter for a publishing company, and later becoming an editor and author of a number of really good books (including her latest, Living Simply).

Joanne as a young mom, looking after two little ones and still making the time to keep a home that was always open to anyone needing a good friend and a good meal.

But this season is the best—Joanne is living out the fullness of her gifting. She is a Girl Scout leader, a Bible study leader, and a student of Scripture. She continues to develop as a writer and is an avid blogger. She is a crafty girl, spending hours in her “mad workshop” sewing and knitting and making all sorts of cool things. She is a great cook and gracious hostess.

But more than what she does, there is who she is: a great friend to her friends, a loving daughter to her parents, a doting aunt to her niece and nephew, a caring and thoughtful sister, a devoted and committed mother, and a loving and supportive wife. Of course if you already know Joanne, you know exactly what I’m talking about.


Reading, knitting, writing, decorating, collecting antique treasures, ballet

Now you want to get one of her books don’t you?  She is going to give away her book Living Simply and one of her small homemade Zippy’s.


and here is a picture of her small sippy purses:


Here’s how to win:

1) Answer the question below in my comments.  One entry is all I need.  You DO NOT need to comment everyday to be eligible…just once. 

2) POST about my contest on your blog (but not your answer to my question-I am looking for links to my contest for others to participate too).  I will need the direct link on my blog showing the post on your site. 

3) That’s it!!!!  Just wait to see if you are a winner of a week’s bounty of prizes.  Isn’t the EASY????

 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?

Have a “Simple” Day!

Do you have one of those days where only comfort food will do?  You need to check out Nanas Comfort Foods over at ETSY: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6150180

nanascomfortfoods’s Profile
I retired from my day job for many reasons, but one reason was to spend more time with my grandchildren. I began to stir up spices to create great tasting dips. Many times my grandchildren, Alexsis, Drew and Ashtyn were in the kitchen with me when I conducted my experiments, so I thought it was perfect to name my business Nana’s Comfort Foods!!! I have had great success at craft fairs for the past year and in May branched out to become licenced by the State to sell in retail businesses.

So the winner of my contest will get a dip mix from Nana along with all the prizes for this week.  YUMMY!

 Garlic Lover's Ranch Dip/ Dressing Mix

To win:

You will need to answer the question in the comments 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.

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.

Here are the prizes so far for this week:

The One-Minute Organizer Plain & Simple Cover      Itty Bitty NoteBooks (Pack 2)

Reusable Amy Butler Temple Garland Fabric Grocery bag         Pink and White Floral Key Fob

Flower Velour Hairband     Garlic Lover's Ranch Dip/ Dressing Mix

How about that?  Can you believe it?  And there is more to come.  Blessed winner if you ask me!!!!!

Have a “Diplishous” Day!

Can you believe the Olympics is wrapping up?  I guess the fix will have to last until the Summer Olympics.

So until the next Olympics here’s what you can do until then:

1) Start training now.  You never know you might just be the next gold medal Olympian in the high jump!

2) Invite your friends over to talk about the Olympics so it never ends.

3) Wear Olympic sponsored clothing all the time.

4) Make your reservations for England.

5) TiVo it so you can keep watching it over and over.

6) Watch Pre-Olympic Competition and pretend they are as excited as they would be in the Olympics.

7) Install a Beach Volleyball court in your backyard.

8 ) See if you can find a used water towel from one of the divers on EBay.

9) Hang pictures of all the Olympians in your home.

10) Call all the medalists and invite them over for dinner.

Have a “Closing” Day!

I wrote these down awhile back but don’t remember where it came from.  If you know please feel free to put it in the comments.

  1. Skee Ball Tournament
  2. Summer Scrapbook (or do an event book)
  3. Grow a Plant
  4. Ride a Tandem Bike
  5. Play a Card Game
  6. Pick some Flowers (press in a book)
  7. Blow Bubbles
  8. Buy Funny Sunglasses and where them out
  9. Fly a Kite
  10. Research a Topic Online
  11. Go Backyard Camping
  12. Finish a Book
  13. Water Fight
  14. Volunteer
  15. Catch Bugs
  16. Start a Collection
  17. Play Tag (Maybe in the Rain)
  18. Go to a Free event in your community
  19. Pick up litter (with gloves)
  20. Sponge Football
  21. Picnic
  22. Keep a Journal or Diary
  23. Make Homemade Gifts for the Holidays Coming Up 🙂
  24. Miniature Golf
  25. Develop a new Talent
  26. Make Slushies             

   Sinister Slushies Photo

Recipe and Picture found here – http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/sinister-slushies-recipe.htm 

Now print this list off and check them as you go.  Finish them all and no one will be saying they are bored this summer.  Well I can’t guarantee that but they will have fun along with being bored too 🙂

Have a “Productive” Summer!

Is everyone familiar with RedBox?  If not, it’s a great way to rent movies on the cheap.  Go here to find a location near you: http://www.redbox.com/home.aspx

Rent a movie for $1 a night. Return the movie at any Redbox location.  Many new movie rentals to choose from.

if you haven’t done this and like to rent movies this is a great and cheap way to go.  And if you give them your email address they will give you a promo code for the first rental for FREE!!!!!
Have a “Action/Comedy/Romantic/Drama” Day!

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