Saturday, November 29, 2008

Souper Saturday - White Turkey Chili

By request, I am planning to host the Souper Saturday Carnival each Saturday through the colder months.

I am not big on rules, but if you want to read more details go HERE.

Basically, link anything that says:
"Soups On! " in your house.
Easy would be good, too. ;)

This week, since we baked a huge turkey and we have so much left over, I am going with the turkey theme.

White Turkey Chili.
It is favorite and one of my MIL's favorites.

Here you go,

White Turkey Chili

  • 2 Cups of turkey breast (you can use ground white turkey breast if you don't have any leftover - just cook it up with the next 3 ingredients and then add remaining ingredients)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion - chopped
  • 2 -4 oz cans of chopped green chilies
  • 2 -15 oz cans of white cannellini beans(white kidney beans. great northern beans work, too) - drained and rinsed
  • 1 -10 oz box of frozen white corn
  • 2 -15 oz cans of reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cloves fresh chopped garlic or 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
Additions after soup is cooked:
  • Chopped fresh Cilantro to taste
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • White cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese to taste
  • Sour Cream
  • Tortilla chips
You will need at least a 4 quart stock pot.
Heat turkey with onion and chilies in the olive oil until onion is turning clear.
Add remaining ingredients.
Bring to boil.
Reduce to simmer for at least 30 minutes. I let it simmer longer to infuse the flavors better - about 2 hours.

Add any of the above additions to jazz up the flavor. Especially the cilantro. Serve with the tortilla chips or over cooked rice even. Yum!

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Friday, November 28, 2008

Turkey Pot Pie with calories to spare!

I was just thinking about how much food I have consumed in the last day or so.

I was also just thinking about how a month on Weight Watchers would not hurt one little bit.
Then I clicked on A Box of Chocolates and saw this carnival that Mel is hosting.

So, I am joining in. (Although, I think it is a little more than 5 points. )

And giving you something to do with the turkey leftovers!

Turkey Pot Pie - maybe 6 points.

12 oz. cooked white meat turkey
16 oz frozen mixed veges: carrots, green beans, corn
10 3/4 oz canned cream of fat free cream of Mushroom Soup
1/4 cup canned chicken broth
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
2 rolls of reduced fat crescent roll dough (okay, I know this is what the recipe calls for, but c'mon - I used more which raised the points a bit - and this is why I hate to diet)

Preheat oven to 375
Heat turkey with frozen veges, mushroom soup and broth. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until hot - about 4 minutes. Add thyme.

Spoon mixture into a deep 9 inch pie plate. Cute each crescent roll to form 2 triangles. Arrange triangles over the mixture and bake for about 5 minutes. Reduce oven temp to 325 and bake for 15 more minutes or until rolls are a deep golden brown. Cut into 4 pieces and serve.

Yield 1 3/4-2 cups per serving.

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Deckin' the Bloggy Halls

Oh, look at my new Christmas header!

Jo-Lynne is just like Santa's little elf up there in Philly. I woke up this morning and she had installed it and even the new signature to match during the holidays!

I had a hard time deciding on a Christmas header because I am pretty tied into a theme with the Dandelions. But she did a great job finding the right colors and keeping it light and fun which is what I wanted.

Look how the circles on the stocking match the ones on the background! cool, huh?

Thanks Jo-Lynne for always making my blog look so festive and fun!

Okay, so does this mean I have to start decorating my house?

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Warm Cozy Slippers

Something on my feet right now. Got me to thinking about this...

The 50,000 Pairs in 50 Days Challenge

Have you donated, yet?
$5 = 2 pairs of shoes.
Go. Now.

Happy Thanksgiving!


This is the first year in a long time we have not been with extended family. Each year we have many members of both our families at our home or we travel out of town to their homes. It is always such a festive time.

This past year has been sort of crazy for our little family of four. Without going into detail, I can say we have been stretched and changed. It has definitely been a year of growth.

Looking back, even through the difficulties, I can honestly say it has only been full of God's amazing blessings.

So, we decided this year to take the time off at Thanksgiving to just spend together- at home.

I must admit that while I miss the joyful chaos of cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents it is also nice to just nestle in with my sweet family.

So, we are baking a small turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing and even carrot souffle! (my Favorite)
Playing our new Wii and catching up on some Scrapbooking. It is even warm enough to do a little yard work.

I am so thankful for this husband and two kids. Thankful for our parents, brothers and sisters in law and all the cutie pie nieces and nephews.

Thankful for this life.

I hope your day is full of blessings!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

November Rose - Wordless Wednesday

This was taken a week ago before our first frost. I miss it now. I already can't wait for Spring!

For more Wordless Wednesday go to 5 Minutes for Mom or Wordless Wednesday

Monday, November 24, 2008

Monday Monday

I don't normally love Mondays because I get overwhelmed as I look at my calendar.

But I am so excited to see that my calendar is not that full this week! And we have days off at the end of the week. And we are not going anywhere!

Not that I don't love the extended family and all. I am just happy for a little break right now.

So, the Mr. Linky, Souper Saturday went well. I was very excited that people linked up and by request, I will be posting it weekly through the Winter. I might do different themes or something to mix it up.

I have another button and carnival I want to do on Fridays. Finally Friday. Basically, each week, I like to wrap up my week or tell what is happening over the weekend. I would love to hear your plans, too! We'll see how it goes.

Here are some great links I found this morning.

Bring On The Turkey at Queen B - love this video!
Shades of Fall at Dreams are Free - my good friend is taking some amazing photos you have to check out daily.

Okay, Happy Monday everyone - Make it a great week!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Sunday Word - My Destiny

Come near to God and He will come near to you. - James 4:8 NIV

Lord, give me a vision for my life and a strong sense of purpose.
I put my identity in You and my destiny in Your hands.
Stormie Omartian

Amen to that.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Hubby!

I was looking through my photos to find the perfect picture of Hubby. I found many, but love this one of him and Bubby about 3 years ago. It is the best picture to show how he loves.

He often reminds us that adults are supposed to have 11 hugs a day for good emotional health. I think he just likes the attention.

That's okay. We like giving it to him.

Happy Birthday! You absolutely rock.

Souper Saturday - Texas Stew

Okay, so I did promise to introduce my new buttons this week. Here's one of them!

So cute, huh? Thanks Jo-Lynne!
Be sure to grab it for your post and link back to me.

The reason for this button?

I love making soup. It is such a great meal in the Fall and Winter and my family loves it!

My plan is to share some of my favorite recipes with you and hope you will play along and share some of yours with me.

If you have a favorite recipe that is not soup, please share that, too!

Today, I am re-posting one that is a family fave. I hope you will enjoy it, too.

And don't forget to play along! Because I am not sure what I will do if nobody links up! Here is how you do that...

Just grab the button for your post, post your recipe, sign up with Mr. Linky there at the bottom of the post, link back to my blog and leave me a comment if you have a chance.

I will try to do this at least one Saturday a month - maybe every other.

So, here it is - the easiest stew you might ever make!

Texas Stew (From Easy Weeknight Favorites - Southern Living)

8 servings

2 lbs beef cut into 1 inch pieces
1 (14 1/2 oz.) can of Mexican style stewed tomatoes - undrained
( I use regular stewed tomatoes so it is not so spicy)
1 can condensed beef broth - undiluted
1 (8 oz.) jar of mild to medium salsa picante sauce
1 (10 oz.) package of frozen corn
2 carrots, scraped and sliced
1 medium onion - chopped
2 garlic cloves - minced
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 t. salt
1/3 Cup of water
1/4 Cup of all-purpose flour

Saute meat until it browns. Then combine the next 10 ingredients in a 4-5 quart pot or crock pot. Cover and cook on high until starts to boil - reduce to low for up to 10 hours (note to Saladmaster customers: Saute your meat, add next 10 ingredients, Cover, heat to medium until the vapo-valve clicks. Reduce to low for about 2-4 hours. You will save yourself lots of time, but you can also leave it cooking all day.)

Combine water and flour - bring soup back to a boil and stir into soup until thickened. Serve.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Merry Go Round

Well, it has turned out to be too crazy of a week to get my new buttons up and Mr. Linky is not working right this week, so that will be delayed.

I am pushing the envelope in getting my reviews up but plan to have them up by Sunday sometime.

I am speaking briefly (very briefly) this weekend in front of about 150 at my church. I am a little freaked out about that.

Having Thanksgiving dinner with my small group tonight and have to make a couple dishes.

Volunteering in my son's class in the morning.

I was out every single night this week and have not been able to work out once because of various meetings and appointments.

Ahhh! Calgon take me away. I cannot wait for the holiday weekend and this merry go round to just stop for a couple days.

All in all, everything I am doing is fun, enjoyable and a blessing in my life. It just all is happening at once this week.

So, what's going on with you? Has the craziness of the holiday season descended upon you, yet?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Coupon Game

Do you all play the coupon game? You know, where you clip and save and run around town getting double and triple savings on food that is on sale?

I do this a bit. Not as much as some, but every once in awhile I save big time!

Like today.

Have. To. Share.

We have CVS drug store's on every corner.

You too?

What is it with these drug stores on every corner anyway? We have like 7 in our small town.
Oh, I digress.

So, they had Duracell batteries on sale. Well, with Christmas coming up and electronics galore we go through some batteries.

I know - use the rechargeable ones.

I use both.

Anyway, they had Duracell batteries on sale.
I had 5.75 worth of coupons.
I bought $20.97 worth of batteries. One pack even came with some free ear buds.

I used my coupons which brought the total to $15.22.
And if you spend $20 on Duracell batteries this week you get $15.00 in Extra Care Bucks back!

Which is basically cash in my pocket to buy prescriptions, shampoo, deodorant, razors and all that stuff.

So, I paid 22 cents for about 24 Duracell batteries. Oh, oh and 8 of them were Digital Batteries!

Cool, huh? That is practically free!

Okay, yeah - it's the little thing in life that make me happy.

Family Photo - Wordless Wednesday

Check out this preview photo of my family on my friend's photo blog! Ours if the first picture. I can't wait to see more!

For more WW go to 5 Minutes for Mom

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Official Tattletale

Well, B got her first job as Class President today.

She received an official yellow sticky pad.

When she sees someone acting out of line, she is to write their name on a page of the pad and stick it on her teacher's desk.

Basically, she is the official tattletale of the class.

Hubby said, "Well, it's a good thing they already voted for you because I don't think you'll be making many friends now!"

Apparently all to be done undercover. Umm'Kay.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Baby Girl!

8 years ago today you came into this world.

You blessed us with your bright blue eyes and even brighter smile.

Love had a new definition now.

My baby girl.

The one who teaches me something new and valuable every single day.

You made my heart grow.

You delight me daily with how smart you are.

You humble me with your sweet wide heart, your love for people and your love for God.

Happy Birthday to my first born! You are such a gift.

Holiday Gift Guide

I know that some of you are probably all finished with your holiday shopping, but for those of us that are not, I have a fantastic resource for you!

Jo-Lynne of Musings of a Housewife has worked tirelessly to put together this gift guide. She has it sooo completely organized and has some really unique gift ideas to help make your shopping easy. You may not even have to leave your desk chair!

Just click on that button at the top of the post and she will explain it much better than I can even try. You. Must. Go. Now. :)

Oh, and there are giveaways to be won! Okay.
Go now. Have fun!!!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Josh Hamilton and company

I had the privilege of attending a concert at my very own church last night of longtime Christian group Philips, Craig and Dean. They are working with Josh Hamilton to help kickoff his new Triple Play Ministries.

Josh Hamilton of the Texas Rangers. Have you heard his story? If not, where have you been? Remember The Home Run Derby from this summer?

We need more heroes like this.

He has a new book out if you want to read more about him. I got 3 signed copies last night!!!! Hmmm, I wonder who the lucky 3 will be to get those for Christmas?

He spoke with PC&D and our pastor, gave away tons of Rangers autographed baseballs, t-shirts, caps, posters, etc. He is very cool and fun-loving. His wife and kids are absolutely precious.

He is speaking again at church tomorrow and I can't wait to hear from him again.

The concert was great. They play great worship music.

They have a new album. And oh my, those guys are funny! I did not know they were all Senior Pastors of their own churches and are back there each weekend to preach. Wow - busy guys.

Anyway, here is their song, Saved the Day with Josh up to bat.

Friday, November 14, 2008

I See The Future

The future of the next week or so.

Well, it's only 8 am here and I just finished putting Batman "tattoos" all over Bubby's arms. He seems pretty inspired to get to school now and show his friends his new ink. It's really such a simple thing but makes him very happy.

Speaking of simple, let us talk about something not so simple. Mr. Linky and FeedFlare. For me anyway.

For some of you, this may be simple. I am just technically challenged and learn best by trial and error, so I have been playing around a bit with them. Of course, this all happens in between putting tats on my kids and feeding them. Basically, I cannot read or understand all this computer code stuff in my templates and am terrified I will mess it all up somehow.

I do have some fun new things to introduce this next week, though (if I can figure out Mr. Linky). Jo-Lynne made me some new buttons so I can host some carnivals! Oh, they are soooooo completely cute.

So, I'm excited about that aaannnnddd, she just might be (okay she is) decorating my blog for Christmas. Yay! So, I am kind of already decorating for Christmas - just not my actual house. I can't bring myself to do that until Thanksgiving is over. Even if it is late this year.

I've got a couple reviews coming up also on some great kids books: a series for the younger ones and one for older girsls/tweens that B just finished.

Speaking of B, she is turning 8 on Monday.

Her birthday list is just a little huge including both a Nintendo DS, an iPod and new bike. No, she is absolutely not getting all of those things.

But we are not having a big party this year. $100 can buy a party or go toward the DS. Doing both is not really a good choice right now. Especially with Christmas right around the corner. You should see her Christmas list and no she is not getting everything on that either.

Anyway, this is the first in her young 8 years of life that we are not having an actual birthday party. We will still have a family celebration this weekend, though!

Oh, have you donated to the 50,000 shoes in 50 days, yet? Just $5 will buy TWO people shoes. People without even one pair of shoes for what you probably forgot is stuffed in the pocket of your jeans. Anyway, it's a great cause and easy to do. I plan on donating each week. Go here to join me! And yes, I will be talking about this until the goal is reached. :)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Just the Beginning

July 2006

I found this photo and just thought of how it really is only the beginning of the time they will spend on the golf course.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

I Feel The Love!

Oh, I am just sooo not worthy of this award. I mean in the blog and writing sense.

BUT I am soooo excited that I was nominated! At least one of you appreciates my parenting skills! Now, if I can just convince my kids. Just kidding, of course.

Aw, I am just honored, y'all! Who was it? Tell me, tell me, tell me! You filled my heart today!

Just being included with the other bloggers that were nominated is extremely flattering.

So, if you have time it would be so very cool for you to go vote at this site for my blog. The contest ends November 30. I don't expect to really win because there are sooo many incredible parenting blogs, but it would be fun to have your votes! Click this button below!

You have blessed me today. Really, you have.

First Dog?

I am a dog LOVER.

But I am seriously undecided on this being the new First Dog for Obama's girls. They need a fuzzy, soft, furry dog.

I am thinking a mutt is really the most "American" choice. Of course, Obama is all about changing things up, so it might be the right choice for them. With the allergy thing I can understand. We have the same problem.

So do what we did, GET A MALTESE! They are hypo-allergenic with HAIR.

Just try to train it not to pee in the oval office. They like oriental rugs for some reason.

Just my thoughts...

Spoiled Much? Wordless Wednesday

The funniest thing about this photo is that Hubby says he does not really like the dog. Um, yeah, right.

For more WW shots go to 5 Minutes for Mom

Spicy Sour Salty Sweet and Tagged!

I also just discovered another friend from high school's blog.

I have been connecting with her on Facebook and she loves to cook.

This is her blog Spicy Sour Salty Sweet. Go there now, but come back! Isn't it cute? There are some great recipes on there! Hubby will love that shrimp one.

She tagged me for this meme.

THE RULES:*** Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog.***Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.*** Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their name as well as links to their blog.*** Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Okay, so new random things about me....hmmm.

1. I love snow days. I like the unexpectedness (is that a word?) of being able to cancel the days events, hang out with the fam, have a fire and drink hot chocolate. We just don't get very many of these in North Carolina.

2. I love love love my dog. Buddy - he is a Maltese and sits right on my lap as I blog, answer emails, Facebook, Twitter. He follows me everywhere, sleeps right on my pillow and is incredibly soft. Maltese are great dogs: One of the oldest breeds around, don't shed and are considered hyp0-allergenic. They are not the easiest to train, though. Good thing he is as cute as he can be.

3. I have hazel eyes. They turn very green when I am angry. Weird, but true. Not that I get angry. Much.

4. I secretly wish I was a dancer - like ballroom dancing. I hope to get Hubby to take lessons one day with me.

5. I kinda like constructive criticism. Except from Hubby. :)

6. I cried at High School Musical 3.

7. I like to get all dressed up. I love to be made up, hair done, nails manicured, but you are more likely to find me completely the opposite. And I am totally okay with that.

Okay, I am going to tag my RLF blogs, but would love for you to join in, too!
Dreams Are Free
Fill My Cup
Journey On
Running My Race
The Princess Papers
3 Little Heels
Ethiopia Vaz

Dreams Are Free

Yeah, another innocent person now joins the addiction called blogging.

Check out my good friend's new blog, Dreams Are Free.

It's gonna be a good one!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008


I started this post this past Saturday - finished this morning.

Whew - I just got back from a great exercise class at my gym called Go Wild! It was wild indeed! It was in the gymnasium of my gym and at least 150-200 people in the class and a DJ.

Not like a DJ who introduces the Electric Slide at a wedding, but a real DJ like that girl who is "good friends" with Lindsey Lohan.

I like the Electric Slide. I'm just sayin'.

Anyway, about 7 different instructors took turns with various routines involving my favorite workout of choice, kickboxing, and some body conditioning.

All of the other instructors were in the audience getting everyone pumped up and motivated.

By the time it was all said and done, the room was just excited. The vibe was energetic and fun.

As they all stood on stage and finished our cool down with us, I strongly desired to be one of them. They looked like they were having a great time and were probably a good team. Or it might have been the endorphins.

Now in order for me to be an exercise instructor, I would have to stop eating Halloween candy in copious amounts, might need to get some sort of training or education and maybe have started all of this few years before I turned 38.

Before you send me emails, saying "You can do it!", let me say this. It's not that I couldn't do it IF I were really passionate about exercise and health. But the reality is, I am not as passionate as what it would most likely take for me to attain that goal of being an amazing exercise instructor. I like exercise a lot. I like to stay healthy. But it's not like I think about teaching kickboxing all the time or have this burning desire to lead a step class.

So, why today? Why did I find myself thinking it would be so cool to be one of them now?

Well, this is what I think. I do that sometimes. Stick with me, though.

One of Maslow's hierarchy of needs is love/belonging.

Oh yeah, I am about to be all psychological on you here on the ole' blog. I looked this up on the Internet, so it must be true. No really, I remember studying this in middle school. So, that's why it must be true.

I get so side tracked - sorry.

So, Maslow's theory on this is:

Humans need to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance, whether it comes
from a large social group, such as clubs, office culture, church groups
professional organizations, sports teams,
gangs("Safety in
"), or small social connections (family members, intimate
partners, mentors, close colleagues, confidants)

Speaking of middle school - how important is it to belong to a group then? Wow, that can be a rough time trying to find out where you belong. I can tell you that by high school, I wanted to be a part of a certain group so badly, that I made many bad decisions just to belong.

So, I think that's it. That is what I saw that made me momentarily want to be a part of their group. I saw a community. A group. A club. A gang of people that wanted to kill me with exercise. And they were cool and fun!

Well, I not going to be a part of that exercise instructor community. I can talk with them, I even can be friends with the one who has a daughter in my daughter's class. But I don't think they will be inviting me to come to a staff meeting or lead a class anytime soon.

In the last couple years being in community has become even more important to me as I had kids. I like being a part of a group of moms that have children the same age. We can share in our successes and struggles. I joined MOPS for 5 years to have that community. It was vital to me not becoming a complete mess of a mother. If you are a new mom and are lonely at home -find yourself a MOPS or MOMS group today. They say that stay-at-home moms are some of the loneliest groups of women around and plays a huge factor in post-partum depression.

Since I have left MOPS, I have become a part of not one, not even two, but three other groups. One is a couples group, one is a women's group at my church and the other is a women's book club in my neighborhood. They are like food to my soul. The love and fun from the people in these groups absolutely get me through life.

So what makes a group successful?

Well, high on the list is another one of Maslow's needs - -safety.

For me, I must feel safe in a group to share my life. I am an extravert and I process my feelings by speaking them. If I did not trust the people in any one of my groups, I would not be in them.

Personally, I think it is important to establish this up front.

Fun - the people I hang out with must be fun and not take themselves or others too seriously. In my couples group there is not much that is off limits that we talk about it - our poor kids, the stories we share about them. We were laughing so hard last week, I was crying.

A common goal: One of my groups reads all kinds of books, comes together to share the details of that book, dessert, wine or coffee and a night out of the house.

The other two groups I am in study the bible, share in meals, serve our community and take care of each other when needed.

I have said this before on this blog and really do believe this is true whether you are more of an introverted shy person or a put it all out there extravert.

People were not created to be alone. I recently heard a guy at a conference say, God himself is community - three in one.

We often start reading the bible at the fall of man, but what about starting it where he creates man and then creates a helpmate so man would not be alone. Everything was good that God created - but he said this one thing, "It is not good for man to be alone."

Just look at blogging. Here is another community all in itself. Every morning, I wake up and check Twitter and Facebook - all to be connected to other people. I don't even know most of these people! But I sure like being connected to them.

How are you connected? What does community look like to you? I would love to know.

I know you are out there. My stats tell me my readership is up, but you are not commenting. I really really would love to "know" you!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Virtual Shoe Shopping

The 50,000 Pairs in 50 Days Challenge

"It's time to give poverty a swift kick with 50,000 pairs of shoes!"

Yep, that's right. That's the big secret! A group of bloggers are teaming up with Soles4Souls to give away 50,000 pairs of shoes in 50 days! You can be a part of this, too!

50, 000 pairs of shoes in 50 days to people who have never had a pair of shoes or do not have shoes now!

Nashville, TN -- November 7, 2008 -- Soles4Souls, the international
charity dedicated to providing free footwear to those in desperate need, has
announced plans to launch a new fundraising website, The charity is challenging bloggers and social media users to raise funds for 50,000 pairs of new shoes in 50 days.

A few months ago, my daughter came home with a school project. It was to find a closet full of shoes, separate them into groups, count them and graph them. She chose our coat closet that had a basket full of shoes we run around in outside.
Black shoes alone = 8 pairs.
Tennis shoes = 6.
Flip Flops =7.
There was more, but I will spare you the details. Just right there in one basket were over 25 pairs of shoes and didn't even include our own personal closets.
I remember thinking at the time, "we have so much."

Fast forward another month to our local Clothing Swap and I stood over the most massive amount of shoes I have ever seen in one place. People were just giving away shoes to others in our community. Hundreds and hundreds of shoes.
I said to a friend, "Nobody on this earth should be without shoes. We have enough shoes just here to outfit a small country."

"It is estimated that Americans have 1.5 billion pairs of unworn shoes
lying in their closets while over 300 million children around the world have
never owned a pair of shoes. This is an opportunity to "Step Up" and to help
Soles4Souls with their mission of "Changing the World, One Pair at a Time"
with "One Click at A Time."

Then about a week and a half ago, our Compassion child, Fabrizzo sent a new photo. A photo of himself with his new tennis shoes on that he bought with the birthday money we sent him.

Finally, a call out on Anne Jackson's blog to join in something that would be HUGE. All I had to do to be a part of it was just say yes. I almost ignored the post, but something told me to say yes.

So, I said yes, she emailed me the information about the 50,000 shoe challenge and here we are. Sometimes a message just needs to come in various ways before I finally get the hint!

Finally, now my crazy shoe buying habit can actually be a good thing!

So, how can you help?
Oh, I am glad you asked.

Donating is easy and takes just a click and a couple of minutes. It requires no shipping, no wrapping and no trips to the post office.

The monetary donation is small with $5.00 buying two pairs of new shoes. Anyone can click and give, and all donations are tax-deductible.


A TRIP: After 50,000 pairs have been donated, one person (with a guest of their choosing) will be selected at random to deliver the shoes they purchased to someone in need on one of Soles4Souls' trips to Mexico! Oh, viva la Mexico!

"Can you imagine what it would be like to personally give
someone their very first pair of shoes?! We look forward to connecting the
tangibility of handing someone a pair of shoes with the virtual world of the
Internet," said Soles4Souls Founder and CEO, Wayne Elsey

Okay, folks. That is the big secret. You can help. I have already donated my $5 for two pairs of shoes. Won't you join me? It's just $5 to us, but it could mean the world to someone else.

Also, please help to get the word out. Blog about it, Join the Facebook group and talk about it on your Facebook and MySpace pages, Twitter it and email it to your friends.

Go to here to 50,000Shoes and donate now.


Saturday, November 8, 2008



Okay, so on Monday, I will reveal a big secret. Well, me and about 150 other bloggers.

I will need your help. Every single reader - all 5 of you. Oh, I really love the 5 of you, my bloggy friends.

Anyway, it is very cool - you will want to help.

I might have been inspired by a local event and a very cool writer and blogger.

I just can't tell you until Monday, though. Come back!

Oh and I have weekend homework for you! Just observe how many pairs of shoes you and your family have. Recently, my B had to seperate all the shoes in our coat closet for a project - more on Monday!

See you then! I am very exxxxciiiiiited!

Oh, and if you want to get in on this secret there is still time. Just go here and email Anne.

A Few Of My Favorite Things

I just wanted to share a few of my faves right now.

Swan Creek Soy Candles - LOVE these candles so much. They come in the coolest little pots, are made from soy and smell deeeeliiiicious.
They even sprinkle cinnamon on top. Here is their blog.

iTunes and - I really enjoy music and both of these sites help to feed my little addiction. If I could just find my lost iPod. American Airlines? You out there? Have you found it, yet?

Your Music sells all of it's CD's for 6.99. Yes, I still buys CDs. I do download some music, but still prefer the actual CD.

My friend makes the most awesome jewelry. I have several of her pieces and can tell you that she is one of the most special women I know. Presence Jewelry

Every single time I wear the cross necklace someone stops me to find out where I got it.

And just in time for Christmas, she makes this amazing pin/necklaces shaped like Christmas trees.

Okay, that's all I got today. Happy Weekend!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Money for your Old Christmas Lights

Saw this on Twitter tonight.

Take your old Christmas lights into Home Depot this weekend and for each strand (up to 5) they will give you a $3 coupon to use toward the much more green LED lights.

Read more about it HERE!

Count me in - the lights last longer, don't have moving parts, shine brighter and are better for the environment. PLUS, Home Depot disposes of my old ones. Sounds like a good deal to me!

How'd You Do That?

Okay, this is pretty cool - YouTube video of my cousin's 15 year old son.

He is an awesome juggler, made this video and I wanted to just share it with you!

He is really good!

Here is his website: Juggler Tony Pezzo

This is what my cousin (Proud Mom) says,

"Tony Pezzo is a 15 year old juggler. He is interested in creating
videos that display his love and passion for juggling. It is important
to him that his juggling be technically challenging as well as creative and entertaining. The video is a compilation of him juggling rings, balls
and clubs. The video is made up of clips that segue way from one scene
to another with lively music playing in the background."

Compassion Bloggers in the Dominican Republic

Are you following the Compassion Bloggers in the Dominican Republic right now? Are you aware of the bloggers in the Dominican Republic right now?

Compassion International has a team of bloggers there just like they did in Uganda last year.

Here is a list of bloggers (you know some of them!) and some of their most recent posts at the Trip Blog .

This story impacted me today: Read Melanie's story of meeting her sponsored child HERE on her blog Big Mama and HERE on Brian Seay's blog.

What a great reminder of how our letters to our Compassion children give them HOPE! That we can actually be a link to dreams of a better life just by our encouragement and love. We write our child often - we need to write him more. We rejoice to receive his pictures and drawings. He is growing up and I would not want to miss it! This link to his picture is old. The latest photo he sent has him in his new tennis shoes that he bought with the extra money we sent him for his birthday! He is smiling! Oh, the joy! I will post that later this week.

Have you ever thought of sponsoring a Compassion child? You could help fill not only a child, but that child's entire family with a ray of hope. You are God's answer to hope in this world. You, me - all of us.

I encourage you to go Compassion International to learn more about sponsoring a child. You will be so blessed - I promise you!

Do you have any questions about Compassion? I would be happy to answer what I can based on my personal experience with this amazing organization.

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