seasons


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!

I just have to update on our event yesterday. We went to clean out one on the classrooms at our church. Well after finding many old food and other items I went to pick up a piece of pipe cleaner. Guess what? It moved!!!!!!!!! It was a centipede!!!!!! I screamed my head off! I can still feel it grabbing onto my finger. YUCK!!! I am not sure I will recover!!!

Today we went to the local Senior Center to help with their Christmas Party. Everyone was really nice. We didn’t do as much as I hoped as most people were listening to the music and not as much talking with them, but it was a good event. And they wanted to give my kids money. So all the money that they got will go to other events this week.

Have a “Un-Creepy” Day! (Did I mention EWWWWWW!)

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

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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!

CONTEST INFO***(added 11/16) This contest started on November 1st so you will have to go to my home page for this weeks question.  Please go to my home page to see where the contest is at as this is a month long contest with weekly drawings.  Just click on Real World Martha at the top or home.*******

Today I am starting my month long contest “TIS BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE”. 

This month is my birthday month, Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas season (after Thanksgiving, k?).  What better way to celebrate this wonderful month by focusing on others.  And that will be the way to win as well.

These are not daily prizes but a weekly giveaway.  That’s right, you will win the entire weeks prizes that have been featured!  Isn’t that AWESOME?

To enter this weeks prizes you must answer the question in the comments and leave a link about the contest on your blog.

This weeks question: 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 remember only one entry a day!

Prize 1 /Week 1

Here’s just one of the prizes for this week from Julesmaeclothing

Flower Velour Headband 

Flower Velour Hairband

 “Made from a brown vintage men’s necktie overlaid with a soft green velvety ribbon. Hand embroidered details include floral embellishments and edge stitching in a salmon pink. Lined with a soft pink floral print cotton. Guaranteed a one of a kind Jules Mae Original.”

Isn’t that the cutest thing?

About Jules:
I’m just a girl who grew up in the sleepy countryside just outside of Vancouver, BC

I studied Fine Arts in Halifax, and there I discovered my love of embroidery. There seemed something so beautiful to me about this painstaking process of committing a design to a surface. My plight was to “draw quickly” with this slow process as though I were jotting down quick sketches or “memo notes”. On my daily transit to and from school I would sit and embroider on carefully chosen rescued fabrics. I still have those projects tucked away and they inspire me forward.

I’ve sewn for as long as I can remember, or at least as long as my mother would let me have-at her sewing machine. She instilled in me such a respect for the female form and how it is expressed in garments. She was an amazing woman, and is dearly missed. Now I’ve had to grow up into my own right as a dressmaker. To be honest, I wish she was around for consultation!

Fashion is about the ego. I made a decision a while back that this venture can’t be about ego, not in it’s vision, anyway. (We all know ego is difficult to evade.) There is no point in me chasing this dream if it’s only about ego. My commitment is to finding eco-friendly and socially responsible ways to get involved in making a difference in both local and international communities; in people’s lives. It’s a lofty goal, but a worthy one. I’m still working out all the logistics, and if anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear from you at julie(at)julesmae(dot)com.

Here is all her info:

www.julesmae.com

and her ETSY Shop

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5252543

Be sure to check out all her fun stuff and don’t forget to leave your comment for a chance to win this adorable headband.

Have a “Cute” 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:

Headbands

Fabric Grocery Bag

KeyChains

Soaps and Lotions

Non-Toxic Detergent

Body Butter

Books !!!!!

CD

Jewelery

Wall Graphics

Kids Items

Holiday Items

Coffee

Cookies!

ETC, ETC, ETC!!!!

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

Today is my 1st year blogging anniversary.  I have really enjoyed meeting so many wonderful people and getting a chance to just to get some of this stuff out of my head. 🙂

I would like to share 5 goals for this next year:

  • Get a customized page/website.
  • See if I need to focus on the direction of the blog a little more.?.?.?
  • Learn more about the technical side of blogging
  • Discover ways to advertise on my blog
  • Finally, have as much fun as I am but keep a budget of time on it

So, if you have any words of wisdom in any of these areas, I would appreciate your comment as a blogiversary present.  Now, you wouldn’t withhold a present on my anniversary would you?  🙂

Two more things I have to add:

– Happy Fall, for those fortunate enough to actually have a fall.  Last night, during the weather, the weather person said, and I quote, “We are continuing to cool off.  The change of season is upon us.  Today the high for Phoenix was 101.  Currently it’s 93 degrees (at 9:55 pm).”  Also in the forecast was temps 102 and 103..yippee!!!  And to top it off they had the little fall leaves on today for the 7 day forecast.  I think I will get my jacket out.  It is feeling a bit nippy outside.

– As some of you are aware we are doing some work on our house.  In the process, we have a rocking chair that I am waiting to put elsewhere.  So it’s just kind of hanging around, in a very ackward place, in our family room.  My oldest has been enjoying it there so I asked him if he realized it is not going to be there for long.    In his interior design mode he said “WHAT?”  Given the fact that I think it’s very obvious it doesn’t belong I thought everyone was on the same page.  Guess not.

Have a “Helpful” Day!

Debbie aka The Real World Martha(S)

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