product reviews.

I have a few things that are rockin’ my  world right now.

I’m of the mindset that my house is my family’s kingdom. It’s my favorite place to be.  I’m a bit of a homebody, if you didn’t know that.  I love our home more than anywhere.

A home is a sanctuary. It’s a blessing to us and we should love it, repsect it, keep it clean and enjoy it daily.  I’m ALWAYS on the hunt for products that make my life as a mom easier, and taking care of my house more exciting and fun.

My top three right now are the following…..


Numero Uno:

Swiffer Sweep Vac.

I love this.  I really do.

We have a dog that sheds light, blonde hair and it accumulates hourly.  I need something quick that can pick up dog hair and dust, when I don’t have 30 minutes to mop (but when I do, I use BONA).  It “swiffers” and vacuums at the same time! Honestly, its great.



Mrs. Meyers “Iowa Pine” Cleaning Products

Just in time for the holidays, Mrs. Meyers comes out with a great new scent.  I love Mrs. Meyers products and frequently give them as gifts (as you can find them at TARGET and Cost Plus, for a very reasonable price).  Everytime I use them, I smile.  Great packaging, great scent.


Last, but not least:

The Farm Chicks in the Kitchen

My friend Mary got me this cookbook for my birthday.  I absolutely love it.  I’m sure it has something to do with the fact these two ladies LOVE a good flea market….a good dinner….and good friends.  The recipes are wonderful, the mini-craft projects are adorable and the blog is on my RSS feed FOR SURE.

So, there you go.

What product makes your life easier/more fun/exciting?



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i present…

Our garden gnome.  Seriously…’s so cute, I just can’t even stand it.

In all her glory! (most pictures were taken with my phone.  my apologies).




We spent an evening at BOO IN THE ZOO–a “merry, not scary” event at our local zoo.  And had a very fabulous time!



On the train with mommy and daddy:




Checking out the animals and pumpkins:



Gnomes on pandas:


It was great fun.


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she’s got alot to say.

I could watch the last 5 seconds over and over all day.


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Monday Prayer Requests

Anonymous: I noticed a lump in my left breast about 2 weeks ago, and today I had my doctor check it out.  He believes it is nothing serious but he still wants me to have diagnostic testing done asap to determine what the lump might be.  I go in on Thursday morning – pray that the doctors/technicians have wisdom about what they see, and that hopefully it is nothing.  If it is something I pray for wisdom on how to proceed in further diagnosing what the lump might be. UPDATE: I had a mammogram AND an ultrasound of my left breast and everything came back negative!  Even more, there was NO SIGN of a lump in any of the films or on the ultrasound machine, even though both me and my OB felt a definite lump just 2 days ago.  I’m sure there is a perfectly good medical explanation for this, but I don’t care – I believe it was the prayer of your many readers that brought this situation about.  Thank you to everyone for praying!!!”

Jenn: Please pray for Daniel’s grandfather. He was admitted in to the hospital with pneumonia this morning. He has been sick on and off for a while now — pray that he doesn’t have to stay in the hospital long and that he makes a full recovery. Thanks!!!

Anonymous: I am really bummed out lately and feel totally blah. :o( It is all attributed to my weight. I haven’t been doing all that great at the losing part. I seriously feel like a “diet failure”. :o( I need strength to fight the urge to eat when I please and to work out hard to get this darn weight off.

Lizette: I’m a 26 yr old preschool teacher who has always felt as if i was born to raise a family. last year i was diagnosed with cervical cancer and had a radical hysterectomy last month. All hopes of me having my own children were crushed. Two weeks after the surgery, my fiance ended our engagement. Just this morning I found out I have stage 3 lung cancer and i’m considered untreatable. I’ll be learning my prognosis within the next few days. I’m not really sure what my prayer request is at this point. I’m having a very hard time seeing what God’s plan is through all this. I guess i’m asking for peace and not to lose faith through this as this all unfolds. I thought I always knew what my purpose was and now i’m just not sure. Please keep my request anonymous if at all possible, i would appreciate it very much. UPDATE: I’m sad to say my updates arent very good. As of last month my prognosis is 12-14 months. I’m considered untreatable at this point. Thank you again for all of your concerns and prayers, its appreciated more than you know.

Kat:Being able to get everything done for the curriculum, my first deadline is comnig up (we are giving the teachers Dec and Jan at a teachers meeting in a few weeks) and I already feel the pressure/anxiety building. Please pray that I let God lead in guide me in time management and what HEwants me to include.

Holly: God provided a $1500 anonymous gift from our church.  And my Chris took over the bills (he is so much more detail oriented for numbers than I am!).  We are now on Microsoft Money with a budget and God provided MARGIN!  Praise Him!  Praise Him!

Mandy: I was put on limited bed rest at the end of september for some issues with my pregnancy. It was really a blessing in disguise, because I needed the rest and needed the time with my kids. Anyways- because of the issues, we were due to induce at 38 weeks. which would have been Oct 7th. the first weekend of October I got sick with the H1N1 flu and am now hospitalized. so I was sick and in the hospital for my first induction date. then, they let me go home and we rescheduled- but two days after being home, I got pneumonia and ended up back in the hospital. So I was in the hospital at 39 weeks too and my dr didn’t want to induce because my body just wasn’t ready to handle labor. Sooo.. I finally got to come home last weekend and i’m doing sooo much better. going on day 4 feeling human again! But now, here I am, 40 weeks, entirely too uncomfortable, emotionally a wreck and waiting for baby. we were going to induce today, but my dr called friday night and said she just didn’t feel right about it. my other prego issues seemed to have fallen to the wayside because according to monitors, the baby seems to be doing fine. My doctor said that it just wasn’t very safe to make me go through labor when my lungs weren’t ready. She is a very conservative doctor, and even though i feel better, she still won’t do it. I really am okay with that- but i’m just so worn out. I wake up a little bit more ‘down in the dumps’ each morning when i realize that my contractions stopped during the night. I’m starting to take my frustration out on my kids and husband. I repent, apologize and then do it again. I don’t know what my problem is! I know that God has perfect timing, and I know this won’t last forever… my head KNOWS all these things- but my heart is having a hard time believing. so anyways, I would appreciate your prayer that the baby would come soon and that there would be no complications and that he would be healthy and that I would continue to be believing God for His perfect will and yielding to HIM in all that do. I would also appreciate prayer for my wacked up emotions- so that I can continue to be the mom  and wife that God wants me to be during this time. UPDATE:  A healthy, baby boy was born!  Praise the Lord!

Stacy: Please pray for Danny’s dad who found out he has a “bad kidney”.  During a regular CT of his chest a mass was found on his kidney.  He has undergone several CT’s and he has an MRI today.  The doctors are almost 100% positive that it is malignant.  Please pray for my husband and all his siblings for comfort during this tough time.  Most of all, please pray for his dad, who is going through such a scary time right now.  Please pray for wisdom for his doctors that they perform the right procedures and make the correct diagnosis.  If it is cancer, please pray that that’s the only spot and that it hasn’t metastasized.  Thank you.

Amy: sking for prayer for the delivery of my second baby girl. Feeling a bit anxious about it because the doctor is wanting me to induce due to some symptoms I’ve been experiencing however my desire is to wait until my little one shows signs of being more ready to arrive despite my due date. Also, hoping the symptoms I’ve been experiencing don’t get worse, if they do get worse it could lead to an emergency induction which I don’t want. And lastly praying that I’ll feel more at peace about what the transition will be like for my 2 year old daughter and the adjustments of having a new baby/sibling. UPDATE: A beautiful baby girl was born in God’s perfect timing this past week!

Amber: my girlfriend is still struggling with her decision to leave her husband. she has so many people telling her to stay but she is really afraid for her life and I hope that you all will lift her up in prayer.  her faith has been shaken. please pray for strength and courage as well as the ability to see God’s love for her and that He wraps His arms around her in love.

  • My dad’s diabetes seems to be affecting his overall health more and more, just pray that there is a better medicine he can be put on or that there will be relief where there is pain.
  • my career/job situation. I havent’ heard anything back regarding my two interviews and am just praying for Gods’ wisdom in this situation, there are a lot of factors that go into but I am opening my heart to whatever opportunity the Lord has in store for me.
  • both of our grandmothers are going through chemotherapy. mine has just completed her treatment and the results look good but it has slowed her down a great deal and due to her age she has experienced certain complications. please pray for strenght, patience and courage for her. His grandmother is still undergoing both chemo and radiation and is in MAJOR denial about her situation. please pray for peace and clarity for her as well.
  • please lift up our entire family as several members are out of work or are on the verge of losing their jobs. please pray that they are able to find replacement work or that God will provide a way when they need it the most.
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    Happy Weekend to you….

    I won’t be posting this weekend, but hope you enjoy this time of the year, the smells of the season and the hope in each of our hearts, during the wonderful time that is Fall.

    Enjoy each day.


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    Prayer Reminder

    Don’t forget to send in your prayer requests for Monday’s post.  There have been some amazing updates to the weekly submissions.  God is good!!

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    Christmas on the brain.


    This picture has nothing to do with the following post….I just like vintage advertisements, don’t you?


    I have the Christmas bug.  Don’t get all frantic, you Thanksgiving-lovers.  I don’t shift all my focus completely…but I do allow for some festive planning and that includes homemade Christmas gifts.  I’m hoping to make almost all of my Christmas gifts this year, or at least assemble them and make them unique and one of a kind!  I love the idea of handmade gifts and some of my favorite gifts of all time are those that someone especially made for me.  Aren’t those the best?

    This morning at our MOMS group, we made magnet boards and bottle-cap magnets.  I chose to make a specifically Christmas-themed board and magnets.  And surprise, surprise….they are vintage images.  Cute, huh?:



    What I want to know is this….

    Are you crafting any gifts this holiday season and if so…what?

    Do you have a favorite craft you make each year or a link you can share so we can all see?

    I would love to know your crafting secrets!!!


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