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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What a Busy Month and Excuse the Mess

It's been crazy. Every year I say I'm going to be organized at the holidays and every year from the week of Halloween until New Year's I chase my tail. I've once again told myself  "Next year will be different. I''ll have time to be online to share projects, recipes, and other stuff." So, we'll see what happens.

On the mess ~ I apologize. A friend convinced me I needed something other than a plain old blogger template. So, now comes the time of trying to link things and get it all to function as it's meant to. Thanks for understanding. I am definitely not computer tech material.

On the move I talked about ages ago ~ Well, it does seem like ages to me. We've finally found the perfect house (almost perfect anyway) and get keys January 1. That means next year will start off with a new home. So, it should be a great year as I'm organizing, getting new stuff and creating new projects and recipes from my new galley kitchen that I can't wait to share.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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