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When We Last Spoke Review

February 17, 2017 By · No Comments

When We Last Spoke

I grew up in a time where family was right next door. Wait, not entirely they were a town away but we visited almost weekly, we got to know each crazy relative and their special-ness to our beloved family.  I don’t know how I would’ve felt if I’d ever been abandoned by a parent and left with my lovely family. I couldn’t imagine the pain, the hurt, the unwanted feeling….rejection.  To be dropped off and your own dad on his way to the Vietnam War, such a traumatic event of loss upon loss. Thankfully they had grandparents that loved them.

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About When We Last Spoke (from the back cover):

“Humor, heartbreak, and triumph are served with whipped cream and lots of local nuts in this heartwarming tale of family, friendship, and forgiveness in Fireside, Texas.

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Valentine’s Day Sensory Activities

February 13, 2017 By · No Comments


It’s a little late but I bet you’d love to have a little Valentine’s Day fun with your child/children today. Check out this list of 20 fun, Valentine’s Day Sensory Activities you can do with them.

1. Valentine Pasta Sensory Bin by Life Over C’s
2. Valentines Sensory Bin and Easy Heart Craft by Jefferson Parish Parent
3. Spinning Top Sensory Valentine by Lemon Lime Adventures
4. Valentine Rice Sensory Bin by Things to Share and Remember.
5. Valentine Sensory Bin by Fantastic Fun and Learning.
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Garden Lites Muffins: Delicious Muffins without Mom Guilt

February 10, 2017 By · No Comments

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I’ve been leaning towards eating healthier for a while now, not everyone is completely on board and when that happens you know how hard that can be. It doesn’t matter if it is spouse, friends/co-workers or your kids. When there is resistance it is hard to fight and stay on track. My goal right now is to start with the young ones. Why? My girls already love to eat healthy, they just tend to eat sweets when allowed. I found a new snack idea that the kids love and I feel great about. Rich in veggies too……They are….. Garden Lites Muffins!

Garden Lites Packaging

I end up snacking during the day and so does Nicoli.  Instead of giving him some junk I can now give him a chocolate muffin without guilt. Why? Simply because Garden Lites have mixed up veggies into their muffins. We got two different ones to try out: Chocolate Muffins (made with fresh zucchimi & carrots) and Banana Chocolate Chip muffins (made with fresh zucchini and bananas). Nicoli will never know the difference. Truth is as long as I start him early he will always love zucchini muffins/cupcakes. Isabella once tried them at a Farmer’s Market and has loved them since.

Garden Lites Muffins

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Kari Jobe’s Newest CD “The Garden” Will Speak To You

February 8, 2017 By · 9 Comments

Disclosure: I was sent this wonderful CD for review purposes and one is being provided for one lucky reader. 

“The Garden” CD

I couldn’t wait to hear Kari Jobe’s Newest CD “The Garden” I had previously heard some of her songs (I am Not Alone) and loved them so I knew this wouldn’t be any different. Her voice is soft but it reaches into your soul and speaks to you on so many different levels. I’ve been a bit lost lately so having this on while reading the bible has really seemed to put my spirit at ease. Don’t ask me what it is but it just helps me clear my mind.

About Kari Jobe:

“Grammy nominated Kari Jobe is the premiere female worship leader in Christian music. Coming off her last live album, Majestic, which featured the worship anthem “Forever” and radio hit “I Am Not Alone,” Kari Jobe has returned to the studio to record her new album, The Garden, full of brand new worship anthems for the church and for personal reflection. Finding inspiration from life’s joys and hardships, Kari leans into the firm foundation of Christ through it all.”

Songs from “The Garden” that’ll Reach Your Soul

On the CD there are 14 individual songs that just fit perfectly. It doesn’t matter your mood or the season of life you are in, each one can strike a cord in a different way. For me it was The Garden. To me the words were just reaching through vines inside me and tearing apart all the weeds that have been building up. The words were definitely needed for me, even if she didn’t specifically write it to me, it did feel like it. I needed to see that deep inside I am still there and that God is just waiting around the corner.

Heal Our Souls, Hear Our Prayers

“Heal Our Land” was the next song that would reach my heart. So many of us are going through something and if we aren’t currently we know someone that is. Many of us lose faith and others simply do not know that there is hope. I recently came into contact with someone that didn’t believe she could be loved by God because things in her past. I remember all too well how that felt. I was simply a little girl that was being told by everyone I was a horrible child and that after putting my own mother behind bars that no one would love me and was even asked how I could still go on living. Let me tell you, as the words in this song go “Lord will you hear our cry,” because so many people need to know there is hope and that you really are there. “That every heart will know” that no matter what is going on you are there and you DO love all of them.

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How to Cope: When Older Sibling Joins the Military and Moves Away

February 2, 2017 By · No Comments

I was a military child for my entire childhood. We moved to one base and stayed there. I’d never moved state to state or out of country like many of my friends had experienced. I definitely knew the securities of living on base, how you could walk absolutely anywhere without being afraid of kidnappings, etc. It wasn’t until high school that we would learn what living off-base was like (minus the few times we’d visit our biological mother or relatives) I was the oldest child, I never experienced what it was like to have a sibling move away. I would have no clue of this until many, many years later.

I married a Marine, which meant I finally moved away, but I was the oldest and our ties were severed before leaving home. So there was no writing letters home, etc. I wouldn’t even talk with my family for over 2 years. Fast forward to 19 years later and we have five children. Our oldest already graduated high school, he has a job and was going to college…when he wasn’t at work/college he was home playing video games. Extremely close to all his siblings. After school his younger brother would immediately tell him about his day and any girls he thought was pretty or share a secret of something funny that happened that day. His younger sister would tell him all about something she learned from STEM or Science class. Nicoli would keep him busy any time at home, whether it was chatting up a story, reading a book or helping him play video games.

One day he informed me he was thinking about joining the military. I must admit pride came inside me, I came from a long line of men/women in the military. To me this was nothing unusual, the only difference was the tight-knit family and how I would make everyone feel okay with him moving away. I knew all along he’d move away, whether he joined the military, went off to college (not in town), moved out on his own or got married. Below is a few tips on how to cope when a sibling moves away and joins the military.

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