Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My First #Winner

This is for the Amazon $15 gift card. The winner was chosen by rafflecopter.

Congratulations to ~ Wanda C

I will be emailing you shortly.

Don't forget, the January Giveaway is already live. Be sure to check it out and watch for other giveaways.

2014 Birthday Club #birthday #cards #signup

So, I'd love to organize a birthday club for 2014. I know, it's really last minute. But if you're interested, please let me know. We'll do US only for now. However, if you are interested and you're a US resident willing to send to someone in another country, let me know. Also, if you're in another country and would like to be involved, let me know as well. Since this is my first year with this, I;m hoping it will grow. Also, be watching ~ as I'll be running a Christmas on as well.

Anyway, you're commitment? You tell me. Options are as follows:
1) Birthday card to 5 people
2) Birthday card to 10 people
3) Birthday card to all who sign up

Then I'll work out the details. Also, if there are more options, based on sign ups, I'll let everyone know.

Please use the linky list below to sign up. I'll be organizing and sending the details soon.

#Homeschool Step- By Step #1

Now I know I won't manage to hit on absolutely everything, but since a friend of mine is just beginning her homeschool journey, I'm going to give it a try and share as much information (and trial and error) as I can right here on the blog.

First: Know your state rules and laws. Also be sure to clarify if it's based on days or hours of study as a main. As a homeschooling parent, you must be well-informed and well-researched. There are some that pick (especially in some states) at homeschooling parents. You don't want to miss any information that you need to know.

For Arizona, there are two acceptable schedules: 5 day and 4 day school weeks (believe it or not, we even have some public schools using the 4 day school week).

In Arizona, they recommend 180 days for a 5 day schedule and 144 for a 4 day schedule. However, the ultimate "stick to" is the hours of study. 

In my state, the break downs are as follows (for hours needed per school year)
Grade K - 360
Grades 1-3 - 712
Grades 4-6 - 890
Grades 7-8 - 1068
Grades 9-12 - 720

So make sure you check with your state...be sure you're getting your hours in and accurately documenting them. (I'll be sharing some of the ways I'll be documenting in later posts.) Some states require more documentation than others. Even if your state (like AZ) doesn't require a ton of paperwork, it's always in your best interest to do it. Have that complete record on the off chance that you'll one day need it.

Are you new to homeschooling? Start planning early. It's better to grab things you may not need than to get in the pattern of your homeschooling schedule and find that you don't have it.

By the way, you'll be able to find all the step by step posts for this series by clicking on the label "Homeschool Step By Step" 

Finally, is there a topic or concern you'd like to see addressed here? Please let me know. If I don't have the answer, I'll contact others and research until I find it.

#Sewing #Crafts

I am searching for some neat pajama patterns for the kids. I think I'm going to try making my own this week. I just have to figure out how to determine how much fabric I need. I don't want to piece them together. I love my pajamas and I'd live in them if I could. So, I was thinking, with the cold winters, it would be wonderful to have a large supply of really warm pajamas.

A thought - I have thought about quilt pajamas. How do you think they would look? I was thinking of piecing it together and then lining it and then adding backing. But, I do wonder if it would look to awkward. Although, they'd probably be warm.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Latch Hook #LatchHook #Crafts

While I'm on the locations hunt and where to shop ~~ anyone have any great locations for picking these up? They're really expensive where I am and since they seem to get partially done and then set aside (lol), I figure I should be cost conscience. Plus, I'd really like to build up my latch hook supplies.

Cross Stitch #CrossStitch #crafts

I really do need to add to my supply. DMC floss shopping is on the list as well as picking up some more needles. Anyone have favorite places for cross stitch shopping? It's been so long since I have. I'd also love to do it mostly online, if possible.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Homeschool Curriculum ( #homeschool #curriculum ) ~What are you looking for?

I've been working for a few years on developing my own home school curriculum. You know? The one where what you piece from here and there and the concepts you wish something would include are all rolled into one book/lapbook/study guide/etc that you create. :D

So, right now, I am asking if there's anything anyone is truly searching for. If so, and it's in my "knowledge reach," I'm happy to make sure it's included where it fits in.

Curriculum being worked on are grades K-12. My oldest will be graduating in a couple of years and she's decided that she really was offered a better education at home.

Again, if there's a grade level, topic, subject, etc that you'd love to see first, please let me know. As it will take me some time to get all the information and all my notebooks and binders of what worked for me ready to be shared.

#Craft #Gifts ~ Do you do them?

Do you make handmade gifts for people at holidays (or birthdays)? How well do they go over? Who do you decide to give them to (considering the time and effort placed into them)?

I'd love to hear who's on your craft gift list for 2014 and what you're planning on giving them.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Homeschool: Book It Program ( #homeschool #BookIt #@PizzaHut #reading )

Each year Pizza Hut has opened their Book It program to encourage homeschooled children to read more. While I believe reading should be a large part of any educational program (home or away), a little extra rewards never hurt for encouraging.

Please note this is only open for K-6 (as of Sept 1, of that current year -- so the upcoming school year) 

Keep your eyes open for sign ups. I'll try to as well, so I can get it posted here for everyone when it's time for the new year (2014-2015)

#Beading #Crafts

I know I have quite a large number of beading supplies in one of my bins. I just often wonder where to get the creativity for them from. I see some that are so beautiful.

I don't know that I've purchased any beading books, but I believe I may have picked up a magazine or two. So, once again, this week will be seeing progress in organizing and locating what I have. Then deciding on if I have to place things on a list to get picked up.

What are you beading this week?

Friday, December 27, 2013

#Homeschool: Worried About Transcripts For Your High School Student?

First, I want everyone to know I was not asked, nor paid for this share. I came across it and thought it was a wonderful idea.

HSLDA has a High School Transcript Service. (HERE) Evidently, with this, in addition to your own records, you can enter records into their "system" and have a transcript formed for you, complete with GPA , etc.

#Sewing #Crafts

I haven't sewn much in ages. I used to love to make things. So, now it's happening that I'd like to start making things again. I think, when done correctly, the clothing and household items look a lot better than store bought items.

I believe I only have several patterns. And, I have a few fabrics (if I remember correctly) that could be used for sewing projects rather than quilting projects.

I've noticed there are now so many people making their own sewing patterns on Etsy. Maybe this will be the year I get back to sewing.

Where are your favorite places to get sewing fabrics and patterns? Are you working on any projects this week?

Thursday, December 26, 2013

#Family #Friendly #Facebook Pages? Like for Like Group

I wanted to try to build likes on family friendly facebook pages. I don't use my main profile, only my like page, so I have to decide not to use a group for it, but to create an actual like page for it. So, if you have a family friendly page on facebook, and you'd like to team up and work together to increase following (likes), then please join me HERE

Join My #Newsletter ~ #crafts #homeschool #food #recipes #DIY #homedecor and more

I'm working on a newsletter {monthly~at least that's the plan}, except for the giveaway newsletter which goes out each time there is a new giveaway to enter. You can join to get only what you want to hear about HERE.

As time passes, there will be special newsletter only extras, giveaways, secrets, tips, and more.

Do you want your #recipe featured

I would love to start a recipe feature. Do you have a favorite recipe that you'd like to share? If so, email to: HealingHarvest.ColorsOfTheWind@gmail.com Please use the subject line: Recipe (name of item) (food type: desert, soup, etc) -- please also list any credits that need to be listed with the recipe. I'd love to feature one a week ~ 52 per year. At the end of the year, I'd love to feature a top 10 with the top viewed recipes.

#organize your #quilting #crafts

Well, I've already done some quilting chatter on the blog. So, I'd love for any thoughts on anything I've already posted on it (you can easily find the posts by selecting "Quilt" from the top navigation bar).

Needless to say - with Christmas-, all I've been doing is some online searching and window shopping. This week I need to organize the fabric and other items I need and sort my pattern books. I have so many quilting items, I'm not sure I'll get that all accomplished this week. But we'll see. It may carry over into next week's planning. I'm almost tempted to sort through it all after I move and work on some new patterns of my own.

What are you doing now that Christmas is over? Anyone out hitting those post-holiday sales today?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

I have a very busy day ahead as I'm sure everyone else does as well. I hope everyone is enjoying their holiday and that today is safe and happy for everyone. Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

#Book #Review: The Night Before Christmas #Children

Summary from GoodReads: With over 600,000 copies sold, Jan Brett's New York Times bestselling edition of Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem celebrates its tenth anniversary with a note from Jan and an exquisitely redesigned jacket with red foil trim, making this a delectable holiday treat.
A new generation of readers will find Jan’s visual interpretation of this favorite poem, set in a snowy New England village, both familiar, as St. Nick visits a Victorian family, and surprising, with Jan’s addition of two stowaway elves from the North Pole.

My Review: My kids love this book. We read it at least twice a week together the entire month of December. Even my teens grab their blankets and a cup of hot chocolate and cuddle around the tree to hear it being read. The illustrations in this version are absolutely wonderful. There's even a glitter type substance {I call it that because it doesn't come off like glitter does--so no mess} on certain pages to make the snow sparkle, ornaments sparkle, etc.

The quality of the book {which is something I rarely mention} is fantastic. The pages are thick and perfect for reading over and over.

This was a wonderful updated illustration on a wonderful classic.

Homemade: Infused Water ~ Take a little #summer along for the #winter

Got this from Witch's Academy. Sounds yummy to me! 

Infused waters.
Here are the benefits to help with detoxification, energy, and hydration. Put as much fruit in water as you like and let the water sit for at least 30 minutes before drinking (1) Green tea, mint, lime-fat burning, digestion, headaches, congestion and breath freshener. (2) Strawberry,kiwi-cardiovascular health, immune system protection, blood sugar regulation, digestion (3) Cucumber, lime, lemon- water weight management, bloating, appetite control, hydration, digestion (4) Lemon, lime, orange- digestion vitamin C, immune defense, heartburn, (drink this one at room temperature)

Do not keep longer than 48 hours - you can put more water using the same fruit, but discard after 48 hours.

Though pricey this time of year, you can still find some fruits and citrus to place in these. It just gives you a little bit of summer while you're watching the snow fall outside your window.

Latch Hook ~ Does anyone even do it anymore? #LatchHook #crafts

Although I haven't purchased a lot of latch hook over the last few years, it seems to not be as popular in the craft stores (Micheal's and such). It seems that if you're looking for kits or patterns, you're better trying to shop for them online.

This week is again more organizing. I'm going to go through my craft supplies and see what kind of latch hook items I have and what I might want to pick up.

Do you have a favorite place to get your latch hook items?

What are you making this week?

Monday, December 23, 2013

Misguided Ideas

With winter in full swing (although mild), I see my project list still piled high. All those well-meaning projects I thought would be complete in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You know what?

They're pretty much all still sitting. I've missed even one gift that I thought I'd have done with time to spare. I always seem to start off with such force, that I'm ahead on a deadline ~ then something happens. lol

Some have patterns made or purchased for them, others have been pinned together, others have patterns but I can't quite decide on the fabric...and so on it goes.

What I have realized is the following:

1) There will never be enough hours in the day
2) No one will just let me design...there is a job to do, there are kids, there is a home to care for
3) I will not save money by making my own pajamas, quilts, grocery bags, and so on (I had started to save money but find I spend far more in making my own)
4) No one is going to appreciate the time I put into making that homemade birthday...Christmas...anniversary (etc) bundle which contained: a quilt, a throw, 2 pillowcases, 2 to 3 throw pillows and matching winter pajamas
5) No one is going to appreciate that homemade gift basket either. Filled with (all homemade): soaps, lotions, cough medicine, cough drops, laundry soap, fabric softener, suckers, candy, dish soap, bath oils, shampoo and so on

So, why do I do it?

I suppose, one day, I hope that my kids will pick up something I've made for them and finally realize all the love that was placed into it...just for them. As to the gift-giving...I'm beginning to change my idea on it. A few have suggested I do samples and then start my own mini online sales for such items. I just don't know. Most would have to stay as local sales and who really has the time to try to pound the pavement to find people that would purchase homemade items over store bought...when these have to be made and are, at times, at an expense that is above what they would get in the store?


So, speak up, if you like, and tell us all about your current crafting frustrations.

#Felt #Crafts

I just came upon this adorable post from Diary of a Quilter. I admit, I've eyed felt, but, you know, with so many crafts already being done and so many projects on my lists, I've never really thought much of it.

In her post, she directs her idea to All Sorts pattern (free) for a scotty dog. How cute are they? So, now I'm considering yet another time consuming project (lol).

Who else does felt projects? Have a favorite place for patterns and/or materials?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

#Book #Review ~ Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a #Homeschool #Curriculum from Preschool Through High School

Blurb ~

Book Description

November 14, 2000
Finally, homeschoolers have a comprehensive guide to designing a homeschool curriculum, from one of the country's foremost homeschooling experts. , Rebecca Rupp presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school. Based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade structure, Home Learning Year by Year features:

The integral subjects to be covered within each grade
Standards for knowledge that should be acquired by your child at each level
Recommended books to use as texts for every subject
Guidelines for the importance of each topic: which knowledge is essential and which is best for more expansive study based on your child's personal interests
Suggestions for how to sensitively approach less academic subjects, such as sex education and physical fitness

From the Inside Flap

Finally, homeschoolers have a comprehensive guide to designing a homeschool curriculum, from one of the country's foremost homeschooling experts. , Rebecca Rupp presents a structured plan to ensure that your children will learn what they need to know when they need to know it, from preschool through high school. Based on the traditional pre-K through 12th-grade structure, Home Learning Year by Year features:The integral subjects to be covered within each grade
Standards for knowledge that should be acquired by your child at each level
Recommended books to use as texts for every subject
Guidelines for the importance of each topic: which knowledge is essential and which is best for more expansive study based on your child's personal interests
Suggestions for how to sensitively approach less academic subjects, such as sex education and physical fitness

About the Author

Rebecca Rupp, Ph.D., has homeschooled her three sons for more than ten years. The author of The Complete Home Learning SourcebookGetting Started on Home Learning, and Committed to Memory: How We Remember and Why We Forget, Rupp writes a monthly column for Home Education Magazine and produces and hosts a local homeschool television program. She lives in Shaftsbury, Vermont.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; 1 edition (November 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609805851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609805855

My Review:
When I started homeschooling, my older children had already survived several years of private schools. Except my youngest. Being that he was going into kindergarten, I knew how important it was to make sure I did everything right. If not, the basics wouldn't be there to be built upon as he learned.

I was looking for something that outlines what every child should know. Of course, we have added to the basic "need to know" concepts because of personal preferences, but this book was fabulous.

This isn't one of those books that have to be read page by page, front to back. This is brilliantly written so that you can find what you need, read it and move on. Absolutely great reference and everything was easy to find. (Tip: I use colored paperclips on the side of the page to help mark important pages that I may want to reference more than once or twice. I color code the clips for the grade level the information pertains to since I have multiple children homeschooling.)

Not only were there core requirements on what concepts should be mastered at each grade level - there were also suggestions on books and teaching tools to assist in meeting those goals.

Online Stock Up Staples (What's in your pantry?)

Ok, so maybe they aren't 100% considered staples, but in getting back to basics, one of the first things I want to do is start gaining some items that I know I can't produce myself. So, tonight, while chatting on yahoo messenger with a friend, I went on a search.

Imagine the time I can save if I can reasonably order certain items to be delivered to my home.

My first mission was for oats. I came across THIS recipe for crock pot oatmeal and it reminds me of years ago and living with my grandparents. Grandma still did things the old fashioned way (we never even owned a microwave or had cable). How great would it be to get this on and serve up a hot meal, easily, on some mornings?

In searching and trying to hunt the best prices for steel cut oats, I ran acrossTHIS. It's about $1.14 per pound with shipping under $5. You can also get a bulk deal, if you can buy at least 4, your cost per pound goes down to around $1.08. THIS one was more expensive (also with shipping under $5)...they average to about $1.39 a pound (for the record, I'm not including shipping prices in that estimate). Although more expensive, if you're looking for more "practical" packaging, THIS can be an option, though more costly. 

One of the biggest things for me is practical storage. Needless to say, I don't have a whole lot of storage space at this moment, but I'm working on it. And, will no doubt, have to get it figured out rather quickly. I do have the advantage of three refrigerators with top freezers. Still, for a family with four growing children, it's still not nearly enough.

So, I came across THESE cut little bowls while looking at other variations. I decided on these because they have lids. Snacks, puddings, yogurt, etc -- can be placed in these cute little glass bowls, lids placed on and tossed in the fridge for an easy snack. And, another perk? They're reusable. ☺ (psst: these are also microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe -- I don't own a dishwasher, but it's still a nice fact for some readers.) Anyway, I've decided I need these in several different sizes.

My next mission was to find wheat grain. That was because I'd found THISrecipe for homemade Cream of Wheat. 

So, I did find THIS. You get 50 Pounds for $50.99 (slightly over $1 a pound)and shipping is under $5. You also get a better price for the larger buy quantities (bringing it to under $1 a pound). It says it's also great for long term storage. There's also THIS one. It's a little more expensive UNLESS you take advantage of their subscribe and save. So, that allows it to be under $1 a pound. This is also available for free shipping. One other that I looked at was THIS one. It's in smaller packaging, also has a discount when you subscribe and can get free shipping. 

Two other staples that seem to be pretty important to money saving are cornstarch and powdered milk.  They're also used in THIS super great recipe for cream soup.

On cornstarch, you can get 50 pounds for about $24 HERE. I didn't look into shipping costs as I'm still trying to get my bulk orders in line (and figuring out the best storage methods). I did notice that for cornstarch, you really need to determine what type you're looking for. I've found pricing as high as $120 for 50 pounds. 

Powdered milk can also be pricey. So, again, I'd suggest determining what kind you want. It's as high (from what I found anyway)....$202 for 50 pounds. Unfortunately, when it comes to this, I didn't find any prices that I was really jumping for joy over. Maybe it's because everything so far has been around $1 a pound. HERE you can get 9.75 pounds for $52.85. This works out to about $5.42 a pound. Also, it is currently on sale, so this price will, at some point, bump up to around $75. Also, if you're looking for a larger size, THIS one is 28.8 pounds for $159.45 (also on sale and will go up, at some point, to about $262).  This breaks down to $5.54 per pound (actually more expensive than the smaller package mentioned previously). 

On a side note: You can get a 50 pound bag of flour HERE for around $1 a pound (I don't know about where you are, but that's a lot less than I can get it for out here). 

Know of a better deal on any of these products? Please feel free to tell me. 

#Canvas #Crafts

I have so many canvas pattern books. I love to shop for them (Ebay's also great for huge lots of them) and then I get them, look through them, decide what I'd like to make and what I could do with them. Once I sit them down after that, it seems I don't manage to get back to them.

I've been told that I could turn crafting into a business (think of all the finished product craft places on Etsy), but how do you part with something that you spend so much time creating?

Anyone sell their completed projects? How did you decide to? Does it bother you to see them leave?

I guess my canvas goal for the week is to at least sort through my canvas project books. Then maybe start deciding on a project I can start next week or the following week.

What's everyone else working on?

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Want to be a #Guest at #HealingHarvest ?

I would love to make Monday's a guest blog day. Your post can be about anything craft, cooking, family, DIY related. Have a topic idea? Just ask -- we'll see if it will work.

For details and/or to select your date, please email me at: HealingHarvest.ColorsOfTheWind@gmail.com

#Crochet #Crafts

Anyone else buried in partially started but never finished crochet projects? I have a rather large number of them started, and now, I would guess, I'm going to have a difficult time matching yard colors. I'll have to search online.

I love to made afghans. I do have a ton of pattern books that I've looked at when I got them and not picked up since.

This week's goal is to organize the pattern books and afghans I have started. Then hopefully move on to also sorting my yarn. If not, the yarn and deciding on a project to start will be next week. It's almost a have to with the new home. I really want my craft area to be manageable. Especially since I started a blanket that was to be an xmas gift this year and it's not even 1/4 of the way finished ~ a year later :|

What's everyone working on this week?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Cross Stitch #CrossStitch #crafts

It's been awhile since I've picked up any cross stitch. I did purchases some cloth several years ago and it's remained wrapped up and safe in a huge craft box. I do have several cross stitch books and other pattern pamphlets or whatever you want to call them. I also have picked up a few issues over the last few years of the magazine.

I suppose this week is searching to see if I have everything I need to even cross stitch anymore. And to create a list of items I may need to pick up.

What are you working on?


So, I have homeschooled for a large number of years. Once the kiddos reach a certain age, I allow them to make the choice ~ Do they continue their education at home or do they go to school outside of our home? I wasn't going to touch on this on the blog, however, a personal friend of mine that is local has asked me to share it somewhere where she can easily reference it. Blogs are just that ~ kind of an online journal where we can track our thoughts.

So, for those interested, I'll be having some homeschol stuff appear here as well :-)

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Grandma's Scrapbasket #quilting

Here's another interesting site. Grandma's Scrapbasket has a lot of great looking fabric as well as several quilter's club options. What I found was really neat about this site, if you scroll to the bottom of the quilter's club link, you'll see there's an option for $30 a year. Each month you get ten 4X4 swatches so that you can see and feel them. You also get the newsletter (which you can sign up for without the swatch option as well.

Fat Quarter Shop #quilting

Since the goodies are baking away in the oven and the kids are happy wit their first gifts of the season, I am taking a little moment to do some craft searches.

For those that quilt, have you been there? Fat Quarter Shop is like the Toys R Us of fabric. I've shopped in tons of other places and ran across this site completely by accident last night. I can't even begin to tell you how many bundles I looked at and made a mental note on what I'd like to do with them. I also placed notifications on a lot of "coming soon" items.

Has anyone tried any of the quilter's monthly clubs? They sound like fun, but they aren't exactly cheap. So, I'd love to know anyone's experience with them. And how did you decide which to choose?

Any experience on the block of the month clubs?

Merry Christmas!

#Quilter #Quotes

A few of my favorites that I've picked up over the years. Do you have a favorite?

Good friends are like Quilts. They age with you, yet never lose their warmth.
Blessed are the children of the piecemakers for they shall inherit the quilts!
Friends are like fabric - you can never have enough!
A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars.
I love quilting and have plenty of material witnesses.
In the crazy quilt of life, I'm glad you're in my block of friends.
Old quilters never die, they just go to pieces.
Quilters affect eternity; they can never tell where their influence stops.

and my favorite ~~
       Our lives are like quilts - bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love

Monday, December 16, 2013

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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Giveaway ~ $15 Amazon Gift Card

I recently made a purchase on Amazon, it included a snail mail gift card for $15. So, I've decided to give it away here. Since my Christmas shopping is complete, I don't order from Amazon often. :-)

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About My Blog ~ I'm always looking for kid friendly products. I'll be featuring reviews of many children and teen items during 2014. I'm moving into a brand new home and taking nothing with me. I'll be sharing my purchasing expenses, trial and error, decorating tips and finds and more throughout the year. I'm all about a happy family and home. My goal is to share my experiences with my readers. You'll find reviews, DIY Projects, baking from scratch, cooking from scratch, recipes, decorating, crafts, and so much more here. Also in 2014, I'll be opening my own shop (soaps, candles, cleaning supplies and more).

About Me ~ I've been a stay at home mom for over 10 years. I love my children, my home, and searching out the inner peace that being a mom and homemaker allows for. Previously, I home schooled (including to one special needs child). I love crafts, DIY, home products, natural items, and so one. I seem to always be finding something new to try out or some new adventure to lead everyone on. (My latest is Christmas 2014: (1) My children will all hand make personal gifts for one another ~ Gifts from the Heart (2) My children (and hopefully the school they go to) will be lead by me in creating at least TWO Christmas cards each for soldiers.)

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Sponsored Posts - $10-$50

Additional Review Policy Information ~

  • I abide by FTP policy
  • Reviews are always free of charge as long as materials for product(s) are provided to me free of charge (full size items, shipping paid by sender).
  •  Please let me know if you wish a certain date for your review. Otherwise, please allow up to 4 weeks for your review to be posted.
  • Reviews are always promoted on all of my social networks.
Giveaway Policy ~
  • I will do giveaways without doing a review of the product.
  • Giveaways will run 2 weeks.
  • If you would like giveaway options to include a specific facebook, twitter or pinterest account, please be sure to let me know.
  • I will provide winner details to you, please do NOT ship me the winner's product(s).
  • Giveaways are always promoted on all of my social networks.


This policy is valid from 15 December 2013

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Monthly #Giveaway ~ January

I'm going to do a monthly giveaway for 2014. This first one will run a bit longer for several reasons~

  • I wanted to hurry and start so I wouldn't forget
  • It is the very first one
  • I don't have much of a social media presence yet, so I wanted to be able to get at least a few entries.
How it will work~
  • Each month I will start a giveaway post like this one
  • On regular months, it will begin on the 1st of the month (January 2014 is the exception).
  • It will end the last date of each month
  • Winner will be announced on the 1st of the following month in the post with the new giveaway
In order to enter ~
  • You must agree that your entry will be verified. If not done properly, it will be removed from the rafflecopter
  • You must be a resident of the UNITED STATES
  • P.O. Boxes are OK
  • You must respond to your winning email within 72 hours or a new winner will be selected.
  • You must like surprise craft kits
From me~
  • The information you share will not be shared or sold by me to anyone. Your twitter, facebook, email, snail mail and so on are completely private and will not be shared.
  • Once I get your response to your winning email, your package will go out within 3 days.
  • All giveaways will be crafty.
  • All giveaways will be craft kits
Kits may be from any of the following~
  • Whimsey Box
  • Lullubee
  • Annie's
  • Craftaholics Anonymous 
  • ArtSnacks
  • QuiltyBox
  • and others

As always....the kit will be a surprise. :-)

To enter, please use the rafflecopter below.
a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Beginning of a New Journey - Losing #Faith and Gaining it Back ( Please note this post has #religious content)

As I had mentioned (maybe it was on Twitter), 2014 is going to bring a lot of changes to my family. After years of "doing my own thing" I am finally ready to begin my journey back to church. It's been a long road.

It's difficult to lose your faith. It's easy to say "I'm don't believe in anything I can't see." It's even harder to have nothing to base your hopes on. No greater power than yourself.

I lost my faith when I was 16. Several times I've almost journeyed back. Each time, it wasn't more than a thought that lasted a week or two. I was comfortable, I suppose. It's hard to break old habits. My new home is very close to a church. I decided I should take it for a sign. (I know, it may or may not have been, but to me, it was the world's way of telling me, I'd been gone too long from something I used to enjoy.)

When I was younger it was ~ Church every Sunday morning and night, Church every Wednesday night. Then there was Quizzing when I became 12. We used to compete with other churches on various question from the Bible. Then there was also Vacation Bible School each summer. It was something I always looked forward to.

My children have never attended.

I've not pointed them to or from the church at this point. I've told them it needed to be their choice ~ their journey ~ when they were old enough to make the decision. Yes, I suppose I am going back on my word, as I am going to be asking them to come with me. At least for a couple of months. Once they've given it a chance, I imagine it's their choice then.

I grew up in a different church setting than the one I am about to discover. But I am looking forward to it. I tell my children everything happens for a reason ~ I've always blamed Karma. It's time I took my own phrase a little more seriously.

~~Journey posts will be about our spiritual journey. if you are offended or do not care for the topic, please skip over it. There will continue to be a lot of other content here over 2014.~~

Site Changes

You'll notice a new template and the sidebars have drastically decreased. Items that were there are now linked in the top navigation bar. This just keeps the site looking a little neater.

Keep in mind that not all items in the top navigation and drop menus have been linked as not everything is here yet.

I'm hoping the changes make the site a little easier to navigate so that no one is stuck browsing topics that don't interest them.

It's Never too Early - 2014 Christmas for the Kids #Christmas #ChristmasIdeas #Parenting #Family #Kids

To my children's horror, I came up with an idea this morning that I am setting in motion as of January 1, 2014.

During January, they each have to come up with a personal gift idea for each of their sister(s) and brother(s). Three gifts per child to give out on Christmas morning. Yes, this isn't unusual...


This coming year, these items will be handmade by each child. I'll purchase needed supplies and assist as needed, but I want them to each thing of a gift ~from the heart~ to give to their siblings.

They have 12 months to come up with their ideas, get me a supply list, work on it, and deliver it under the tree. I want my children to grow closer this year. I hope this is a step in the right direction.

What do you do to keep your children close?

Friday, December 13, 2013


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