Tuesday, November 25, 2014

#TuesdayTen: I am So Thankful!

I have so much in my life to be thankful for. I could probably make a list that was ten pages long and I'd still leave things out. I decided to go with broad categories so I could like Ten Things I'm Thankful For:

  1. The family I was born into: My mom and dad. My two brothers. Various aunts, uncles, and cousins
  2. The family I married into: My in laws are the people who caused Ken to be the man he is and for that I am grateful.
  3. The family I created: A husband and wife and three kiddos. It's not exactly what I had imagined, but it makes me happy and keeps me on my toes.
  4. My friends: I'm very fortunate that I've got great friends who always have my back. Friends who tell it like it is and put up with me doing the same. Friends who can get after my kids one minute and scop them up for hugs the next.
  5. My health: I do not take it for granted. I may get the sniffles on occasion, but that's about it.
  6. My job: I ask myself every day how I stumbled in to this position with the people that I work with. My job offers me challenges and routines as well as a schedule flexible enough to allow me to still be a mom.
  7. My kids' schools and teachers: They are the best! They really love their students and work hard to bring out the best in them
  8. My blog and blog readers (that means you!): I have this great creative outlet that has brought me friendships from all over the place! Plus I bring in a little income for my family and get some neat things to try out as well.
  9. Books and the ability to read them: I've loved getting lost in books since I was four years old. I hope I never stop being able to dive into the pages of a good book and just get lost for a while.
  10. The freedoms I don't even notice that I have: People complain about our country, but they forget that they are fortunate to be able to do so. I am lucky to have been born here in this time and place and to have the freedoms that so many around the world just don't have.

What are you thankful for? Leave a list on the comments or link up your own thankfulness post (doesn't have to be ten items).

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    Sunday, November 23, 2014

    Need Some Help Surviving the Holidays?

    Ahhh, the holidays! Those wonderful days when we get together with family, laugh together, and sit around enjoying each other's company. Siblings who have gotten along since birth, inlaws whose lives have intersected flawlessly, and nary a black sheep to be seen. It's like a non-stop love-fest from November through January. Unless you live in the real world, of course!
    In the real world, family get togethers are often rife with arguments, sarcasm, and passive-aggressive digs. I spend Thanksgiving with my inlaws and I'm sad that I don't get to see my family. My kids are excited to see their cousin...until they aren't and they've gotten tired of each other. I take a trip over Christmas to the house I grew up in, and I miss spending time with my husband and his family. The holidays are never as easy or idyllic as I always imagine they will be.
    That's why I'm glad I had a chance to read Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays. If you are looking for tips on how to set the perfect table or color-coordindate your heirloom tree decorations with your handmade table runner, please look somewhere else. On the other hand, if you're still embarassed about dropping the turkey minutes before it was due on the table or you often find yourself yearning for a seat at the kids' table, this book may just be what you are looking for.
    There are stories covering Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah. There are recipes you can use to impress your inlaws. Do you need a (tongue in cheek) step-by-step guide for hosting a holiday meal? Try Amy Hunter's "Preparing to Host Thanksgiving Dinner...With Children." Are your kids jealous of all the Christmas lights in your neighborhood? Try Deborah Goldstein's "Hanukkah Wins." If all else fails, I think you'll enjoy Kathryn Leehane's "Dysfunctional Family Drinking Game" to get you through that long weekend when you're stuck inside with more people than you'd care to be with.
    At the very least, I am so very glad to know that I am not alone in the love-hate relationship I have with family get togethers. My kids aren't the only ones who turn into uncontrollable monsters as soon as the holiday clothes are on and the camera has been set up. Every family has its issues when getting together and I've got a whole book full of friends I can settle on the couch and commiserate with this week.
    Scary Mommy's Guide to Surviving the Holidays is available now for $2.99. I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for reviewing it. You'll want to get your copy downloaded before you head out of town!

    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Saving Money with Food Lion and the MVP Coupon Hub {Giveaway}

    If you love saving money on the things you do every day, then you will *love* this giveaway from Food Lion! Everyone who reads will save money and four lucky readers will win $25 Food Lion gift cards.

    Thursday, November 20, 2014

    Yalmeh Super Youth Eye Cream {Review}

    For as long as I can remember I have had dark circles under my eyes. While they do get worse when I'm tired, they're never gone when I'm fully rested. I've always assumed they were hereditary and that there was nothing I could do about them. I have tried various creams and lotions that promised to get rid of them, but I've never noticed much difference, and the price was never worth it to keep going.

    Recently, I was given a sample of YALMEH Super Youth Eye Cream to try. I have been using it for about six weeks. I use it every morning, and on the nights that I remember. It smells nice, goes on smoothly and has not irritated my skin at all. I'm not sure how much of a difference it has made in the circles under my eyes, but I'll let you be the judge.

    Please note that I have only used a tiny portion of the jar I was given. I will continue to use it because I like it, and I will update again when the jar is gone.
    Do you have dark circles? What have you tried to get rid of them?

    I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I use affiliate links in this blog. If you click through and buy something, I will receive a small commission. Your purchase price is never affected.
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