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For those of you  familiar with this blog you may know that I value volunteering.  So I wanted to share some ideas for this Valentine’s Day:

Singles and Married with no Children – Babysit for those that have young children

Married with Young Children – Help the Single Parents

Married with Older Children – Why not go to a Retirement Home or Widow/Widower

Whatever stage of life you are in see if there is a way to reach out to those around you.  Send a card or flowers to someone, take them out to eat, offer to babysit, send a single mom for a facial, bake a cake for a neighbor, throw a party for kids in a homeless shelter.  Ask around.  There are lots of people in need right now.  I bet it won’t be hard to find out who to help.  And you know what, you will have a heart full of flowers instead of a vase 🙂

Have a “Helping” Day!

I am 38; is that when your mid-life crisis begins? 

Ok, actually I haven’t done anything drastic, but I have noticed a change in my thinking lately.  My oldest is going to be 13 this year.  My hubby turns 40.  We will celebrate our 15th year wedding anniversary. 

As my children grow, as well as other events, I start to realize just how important it is to enjoy the “Season of Life” I am in.  Kids coming over to play, cooking meals for a family, even being busy.  I say that not to encourage busyness but to enjoy being able to go around like crazy and burning a few calories while doing so. 

If this is 38, who knows what I am going to be doing in the next few years as the Seasons begin to change.

What season of life are you in?  Are you enjoying it?

Have a “Seasoned” Day!

My “Little One”, who is in 2nd grade, wrote this, and I just have to share it.  I must warn you; it’s super cute!  And also not up for publication.  This is copyrighted!

ANTS

I like Ants.

Ants crawl on my pants.

Ants are fun.

Ants can run.

I like to play with ants.

Sometimes I see them dance.

Doesn’t that make you just want to squeeze the stuffing’s out of him?

Have a “Poetic” Day!

Isn’t that a cute name? Knitsational is a fun ETSY shop with lots of different products.  Here is her info:

Bio
Hi, I am a 28 year old wife and mother of two beautiful daughters. I have been knitting since I was 13 but didn’t really dive in till about three years ago and I’ve been knitting pretty much non-stop since then. My husband and children dread hearing me say “Just let me finish this row”.
But occasionally I do put down my needles to work with something else. I am happy as long as I am creating! Find out more about me at http://knitsational.typepad.com

 

And what do we have for the prize?  What about these cute little notebooks?

Itty Bitty NoteBooks (Pack 2)

Are these prizes great or what?  I wish I could win!!!!

If you don’t happen to win this, go check them out and buy some of her wonderful handmade goods.  What  a terrific Christmas gift!  Here’s her site:  http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5508397 

Ok, so do you want to win these?  Of course you do.  You must answer this question in the comments and post about my contest on your blog (link).  If you win, you will win all this weeks prizes!!!  Any questions, let me know.

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.

Don’t forget to link my contest and visit Knitsational!

Have a “Knitsational” Day!

Well I am glad you asked!

Izznit is a ETSY shop that I found that has some great products.

Izznit

All things handmade with Love!

 

The prize that is being offered is a Fabric Grocery Bag.  I love them!!  It’s great to look cute and feel good about not throwing away so many bags, right?

Here is one of her cute bags:

Reusable Amy Butler Temple Garland Fabric Grocery bag

The winner for this weeks contest will have winners choice of bag.  Now this is something you won’t forget to take to the store with you.

So how do you win this plus all this weeks prizes?  You just need to answer this question in the comments and post my contest on your blog (any link with the contest in it is fine).

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.

And don’t forget to check out Izznit’s ETSY shop here : http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5677437

Have a “Stylish-Izznit” Day!

For those of you who are new, I am having a month long contest.  Please see the below link for details.

https://realworldmartha.wordpress.com/2008/10/31/contest-alert-2/

Today I am featuring ETSY SHOP: keyfobkellie’s

 http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5696792

keyfobkellie’s Profile
Bio
Hi! My name is Kellie I live in Spring Texas which is outside Houston, TX.I love ribbon! I love creating things with ribbon!
My keyfobs are all made with ribbon and I have over 300 styles of ribbon so if you need it I probably have it or would love to find it for you!I accept Google Checkout and RME if you prefer to pay that way put in a message to seller that you would like Google checkout or RME and I will send you an invoice.

Because I love to shop I have lots of supplies that I do not use and sell for next to nothing in my supply shop
debeading.etsy.com

I love to paint pottery so I have a pottery shop
potteryprincess.etsy.com for all of your one of a kind unique hand painted keepsakes.

And beadheaddesigns.etsy.com for my unique one of a kind jewelry pieces!

For the winner you will receive a Key Fob

Here is a picture-

Pink and White Floral Key Fob

Isn’t that great?

Now don’t you wanna win that, plus the other prizes this week?  Of course so here’s what you need to do:

Answer this question in the comments:

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.

And have a link to mmy contest on your blog.

Have a “Fob”ulous Day!

(*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!

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