Monday, November 29, 2010

Ebates

Okay, so I found a site that seems to-good-to be true, but so far I can’t find anything wrong with it. I checked out a few e-pinion and money saving blogs and haven’t found any real negatives about it so I thought I would pass it along.

Ebates is an online cash back shopping site. Ebates pays members cash back every time they shop online as well as provide them with the best coupons and deals online.

It’s very simple to use. You log in to Ebates, type in the store you want to shop at, they give you the most up to date coupon codes for that store as well as a link to click on to get to the website. If you click on their link, you will be brought to the website, all of your purchases will begin earning you cash back (different stores offer different percentages). The key is going through Ebates to get to the online store you are shopping at, but that’s all you have to do!!

Snapfish (which I use for ALL my picture needs) offers a 13% ebate, Barnes and Noble 8% and most of the other stores I use (Kohls, Toys R Us, JCPenney, etc) offer an average of 4% back.

So far (from my Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases) I’ve earned $8.36. Ebates pays you in either check or through paypal, every quarter (after accumulating $5.00).

As an extra incentive (not that there needs to be one!) they offer a 5$ sign-up bonus. All you have to do is sign up and you will receive $5!! This is an excellent program, ecspecially if you already do some online shopping. Why not get paid for shopping?

They do have a referral program, so if you are interested in signing up and using your Ebates account please click on one of the links in this post so that I receive a $5 bonus too!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Alexism: You Have a Problem

IMG_0098_bw Alexa has a habit of claiming farts that aren’t hers. This morning Tim was getting Audrey dressed and she (Audrey) farted. Tim says to me “So far this morning I have already been farted on by both of my girls” (meaning Alexa and Audrey).

Lexie said “Excuse Me”

Tim “Audrey farted, not Lexie”

Lexa: “No Lexie farted.”

Me: “Lexie, why do you say you fart when you didn’t?”

Tim: “Lexie, you have a problem.”

Lexie: “No, you have a problem!!”

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Treytonism: On Sunday Take a Rest

image While baking Treyton and I were listening to Go-Fish’s 10 Commnandment Boogie. One of the lines in the song is “on Sunday take a rest”

Treyton: You can’t rest on Sunday!! That’s football, right mom?

~Sigh~

Tim, this is your fault!!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Treytonism:

One day last week I wasn’t feeling all that well and said “I’m just feeling a little light headed.”

Treyton: “That’s because you’re getting a new light bulb!”

~~~~~

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Book Review: Hatteras Girl

image Hatteras Girl written by Alice Wisler

Book Description (from amazon):

There are two things twenty-nine-year-old Jackie Donovan asks God for: an honest, wonderful man to marry, and to own a bed-and-breakfast in the Outer Banks region. In the meantime, Jackie works for Lighthouse Views magazine, writing articles about other local business owners, and intrepidly goes on the blind dates set up by her well-meaning but oh-so-clueless relatives. There's one specific property Jackie dreams of purchasing: the Bailey Place, a fabulous old home where Jackie spent many happy childhood afternoons, a place that has now fallen into disrepair because of its outrageous price tag. When Jackie meets handsome Davis Erickson, who holds the key to the Bailey Place, Jackie is sure God has answered both her prayers. But as Jackie learns some disturbing details about Davis's past, she begins to question her own motivation. Will she risk her long-held dreams to find out the truth?

Book Review:

This book is written in the first-person present tense, which is not a style of writing that I enjoy reading at all. I have yet to read a book written in this style that I have enjoyed. While the story-line was good, and the characters easy to like, I struggled to get through the book.

The storyline started pretty slow, but picked up slightly as you got through it. I found the slow place and numerous characters involved in the story line a little hard to follow. Not the easiest read.

On a positive note, it was a clean-cut love story, with solid main characters. It’s nice to know those are out there, and the more options we have the better, right?

Disclosure: I was given a complementary copy of this book from Bethany House for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions expressed are my own.

Book Review: A Rush of Wings

image A Rush of Wings written by Kristen Heitzmann

Book Description:

Though her panic is real, Noelle St. Claire is uncertain what danger she is fleeing. Fragmented images and slivers of memory have driven her to abandon her wealthy, sheltered life in New York for the hope of a haven-remote and safe.

Noelle's arrival at the Rocky Mountain horse ranch owned by Rick Spencer and his brother Morgan causes more than a little stir. Beautiful, vulnerable, yet strangely secretive, Noelle is an enigma the two contrasting brothers seek to unlock. But as their attentions breach the wall she hides behind, the past becomes a menacing threat from which Noelle can no longer hide.

Book Review:

This is the second Heitzmann book that I have read and reviewed. And I enjoyed this book as much as I enjoyed the first.

A story about trauma, pain and spiritual healing this story shows a real depth of characters who become each others strengths and weaknesses. The main character, Noelle though financially wealthy, has a very damaged and painful past which she does her best to hide from by running from the only family she knows, her dad and fiance. Meeting two brother who are of course opposites, each plays a part in helping Noelle begin to tear down the walls around her heart, this causes an obvious tension between the brothers; but an even greater threat to Noelle’s mental stability.

This book is one of those books you just can’t put down. (I read it in one day!) Heitzmann does an excellent job of portraying the characters in such a way as to connect the reader to each of them at different levels and points of the story.

A fun, easy read. I highly recommend.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany Publishers for the purpose of my review. The opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Swagbucks

SwagBucks10 Swagbucks is a search engine that randomly pays you in swagbucks for doing searches. You are then able to redeem your swagbucks for prices.

My favorite is the $5 amazon gift card, because I shop there the most. It is worth 450 swagbucks. But, there are hundreds of other options though.

The search engine is backed by google and ask.com so even though you are rewarded for doing searches there, you are still getting good results.

I have received no junk mail or pressure from swagbucks, all I did was sign up and start searching.

If you haven't signed up yet sign up here and you will get started with 30 swagbucks. I honestly would not recommend swagbucks this much or this often if I didn't love what they were about! Check it out and see what I am talking about!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Commitments & Action

I’ve been slowly making my way through Purpose Driven Life (I started it in January but took 8 months off after Audrey was born :)) But as usual, the Lord has perfect timing, however unorganized it may seem, and He has been using this book to really speak to me, now, right where I am at, confirming a number of things He has already laid on my heart.

I just started the section called “Becoming Like Christ”.

Today' (Chapter 23) was on “How We Grow” and I read this:

Nothing shapes your life more than the commitments you choose to make…. Many are afraid to commit to anything and just drift through life. Others make half-hearted commitments to competing values, which leads to frustration and mediocrity. Others make a full commitment to worldly goals, such as becoming wealthy or famous, and end up disappointed and bitter. Every choice has eternal consequences, so you have better choose wisely.

So what is it that you are committed to?

Most of us have the best of intentions and have committed ourselves to good-intentioned, but worldly goals and desires. In my life God has been working on up-rooting some areas and ideas, and even thought processes that I have committed to that have managed to get in they way and distract me from the commitments HE wants me to have.

It’s been a painful process but He is beginning to prune back the branches and I am seeing new commitments, and new sprouts beginning to take their place.

Warren used Philippians 2:12-13 to further explain his thought which says “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Notice, that there are two parts to this verse. “our part” and “God’s part”. Warren is quick to clarify that this verse is not about “how to be saved but how to grow. It does not say work for your salvation…” It says work out – like you work out your physical body to keep it in shape and make it stronger (this is not the same thing as getting a body). It involves setting a goal, making time and using energy to achieve that goal.

Change first takes place in our mind and thoughts, this we know. Without this change in our hearts and mind, by and through Christ alone, our actions and deeds are pointless. But just a change in our heart and mind is not enough either. They work hand-in-hand. As God begins to transform us, and penetrate our hearts and lives with His Word and Holy Spirit, our actions need to begin to align with what it is we believe.

So the question begs to be asked, how are you working out your salvation? What do your commitments reveal to you as far as where your heart is? What actions are you taking, with fear and trembling to put what you know into action?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

October 2010: At A Glimpse

I have not been able to devote the time that I like to on keeping the blog updating on all the changes that seem to take place daily in our home.

So once again, here is a catch-all kind, randomly written  post for the month of October.

Audrey – Will be turning 8 months old this month!! BananasI can’t believe I’m even typing that. She has no teeth yet, which has been a blessing, making the whole breastfeeding thing a breeze. I stopped nursing Alexa completely at 9 months, so by this point with Alexa we were down to twice a day. IMG_0002She did start solids at the beginning of the month, it was hit or miss until the middle of the month, and now she is eating solids every night. First Time Sitting UpAlso in the last month she started sitting up. She didn’t really like it at first, but she’s finally starting to get the hang of it. Sitting for several minutes at a time. Sitting Up take TwoJust this week she’s started actually jumping in her johnny jumper…. and loving it!! The older two, really enjoy playing with her. Nap TimeAlexa – is hitting a very fun and challenging age. She is copying Treyton a lot more, some of her cutest sayings “yeah bebay!” and “That’s what I’m talking about”

Princess Tea

She is all girl, for sure, loving to have tea parties and princess time, but also has a very rugged tough side too. She gets super excited whenever she sees anything having to do with or related to Spiderman.  She loves to wrestle, but only in moderation, once the boys reach an excessive level, she’s quick to get out. Princess LexaShe loves to sing, just this week she started singing “Jesus Loves Me” after church, a song we didn’t even realize she knew. Putting on her underwear aloneShe talks very well for her age (I think), but comes off as shy to people she just meets. Big SmilesHer absolute FAVORITE thing to do right now is to take mommy, daddy or Aunty Skye’s phone and listen to songs on them. She will ask over-and-over-and-over again to listen to her favorite song “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. Painting

Treyton – is really maturing right now. September was a rather rough month for him, behaviorally, but after some intense discipleship and training he’s not only improved but matured to a new level. He is a huge helper, in fact I don’t know what I would do without him most days. Horsey RideLexa and Treyton recently started doing “horsey rides” which is the most adorable thing to watch. They love each other so much and are the best of friends, I love watching them horse around. Treyton is so loving with Lexie, not playing too rough, but not letting her get too big for her britches either!! Playing AroundThis past week he ended up with two ear aches which was sad to see. The first one happened while I happened to be visiting my parents (2 hours away) alone. We were getting ready to eat dinner when he started complaining within 15 minutes he was curled up on the couch crying. He had to drive the entire way home alone in the back seat, unable to sleep and in an extreme amount of pain. Luckily after making a homeopathic ear remedy he woke up the next morning with no pain. Friday, after playing outside (again), his other ear started bothering him. This one lasted well through the night, causing him to be unable to sleep, we made it through the night… barely, but by the morning his ear was better. Bible LoverHis sweet heart continues to humble me. Just last week, while driving in the car we started talking about when he would move out, I told him that it would be a while. He said “You know what I’m going to miss when I move out?”

“What?” I asked

“Cuddling, I’m going to miss cuddling with you.”

….melt my heart…..

Proud Treyton

Tim & I – are doing great. We actually connected with a family on our street that has a 13 year old daughter that loves to babysit! Just tonight I had her over, while Tim was at his Bible study so I could get a little break. I ended up getting 2 loads of laundry folded, Tim’s closet cleaned out and a week worth of lesson plans done. Very exciting!

Tim, Treyton and I were able to make it to the Make a Difference Tour with Toby Mac, Third Day, Max Lucado and Michael W. Smith. We went with Tim’s siblings and some friends. It was a great concert, Treyton loved seeing Toby Mac and “bammin out” to “Boomin Out the Stereo” song :)

We are loving church, and are finally starting to connect and form some relationships. God is doing some amazing things in our family and marriage, and while it is “stretching” it is a great thing. We are constantly reminded of our dependence on him, a great place to be. 

Friday, November 5, 2010

CSN Review: Long Over-Due Purchase

It took me a while to finally commit to purchasing my most recent review item for CSN. Okay, I’ll be honest, it took me a long while…. 7 years in fact.

This was something we’ve used nearly every day since we got married, sometimes more than once a day.

We’ve looked at several different kinds of them in the past, but were never able to fully commit to one. I had researched all different kinds, but never really knew which kind was best for us  and wasn’t willing to put too much money towards it, so we went on using what we had. And though the ones we had were cheap and mismatched people didn’t seem to notice, or if they did, no one ever said anything about it.

But all that’s in the past now!

Can you guess what it is I’m talking about?

I’ll give you one more hint…. it’s something in the kitchen!!

That’s right!! A cookware set!!

Because of CSNs gracious opportunity we purchased our very own, BRAND NEW, matching Rachel Ray cookware set.

image We went with her stainless steel set…. the one with the orange handles (Treyton was thrilled with the color choice), and so far we have LOVED them!! We have used stainless steel in the past, but they did not compare to this set.

I was a little concerned about stuff sticking and having to wash the pans, but it has not been a problem.

These pans are great, they’re not only pretty but durable, sturdy and easy to clean. And best of all, they are reasonably priced.

So on behalf of our family, we are proud to announce that, though they were long-over-due, our cookware set is complete, and resting well beneath our stove in the comfort of their very own oven drawer.