Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I decided I would nap when the boys did, so I went up to my bedroom and lay down. It felt good to lie down and rest my body! I woke up to Joshua talking (quite loudly in his room). Brought him downstairs and played with him for awhile. Then I decided to check the mail. There were a few boxes (no fluff), but vitamins for the littles and a box from Oregon, sent by my sister Marla. I knew exactly what it was. I couldn’t wait to open it. My sister had informed me that our mom had given her a sweatshirt that belonged to my dad, and my sister claimed that it smelled like him. I asked her to send it to me, and she did. It was carefully placed in a Ziploc bag in order to preserve the scent. I opened the bag and inhaled through my nostrils as deeply as I could. Searching for the scent that came rushing over me… the scent of my dad! Tears filled my eyes as I buried my face in the sweatshirt.
After a few minutes of sobbing, I gathered myself and became very thankful; thankful that I had received such a priceless gift. Thankful that I was able to capture a moment in which I felt I was in my daddy’s arms once again! Memories flooded my mind and I was overwhelmed. Overwhelmed in knowing what an awesome father I had. Thankful that he had spent so much time with me, had taught me right from wrong, and in my opinion did the very best he ever could have when it came to raising us kids.
Thank you Dadzola!
I am glad I had ‘one of those days’ today. It paved the road, prepared my heart to receive that very special blessing!
I hope you all will take a moment today to realize your special blessings. What special blessings you are to your children. Realize how powerful your presence is in their lives. How impressionable they are, and how awesome the footprint is that you are leaving on their hearts.
Take a moment to slow down, and embrace every moment. Sure, we spend a lot of time going through the motions… feeding, cleaning up messes, changing diapers and all those mundane things that parenthood brings. But we also have those everyday moments that bring great impact in the lives of our littles. Embrace those moments, cherish those times and find joy in everything you do!
Monday, September 27, 2010
Congratulations to kidbooks4u!
I have e-mailed the winner, and they have 48 hours to respond, or I will choose another!
Thanks for entering!
Don't forget to enter my Econobum cloth diaper giveaway while you're here!
Friday, September 24, 2010
Econobum diapers are a great cloth diaper for someone who is thinking about making the switch to cloth diapers, but is a bit hesitant. It is also a very good choice for parents that already cloth diaper and are living on a budget. Why do I suggest Econobum cloth diapers?
They are VERY affordable, they are a one size diaper (which means they will fit most babies from birth to potty training). I love one sized cloth diapers (I must admit I only own 1 Econobum diaper and the rest of my stash is made up of Fuzzi Bunz... Shhhh don't tell) ;)
You can read more about the Econobum HERE!
You can purchase this diaper directly from the Cotton Babies website found HERE! Cotton Babies offers free economy shipping and they also have colored Econobums (moonbeam, ribbit or zinnia).
I purchased a white Econobum cloth diaper from Amazon, and paid $9.95 and also received free shipping. (Amazon has currently given me a free trial of Amazon Prime, and I am taking full advantage of that)!
Amazon also has a great FREE membership for us parents, called Amazon MOM. Being a member of Amazon Mom will give you 30% off select diapers and wipes and more. You can read about all the benefits of this program HERE! Details on how to sign up can be found HERE!
One lucky person will win a brand new white Econobum diaper cover and prefold!
Be sure to include your e-mail address in each comment, so I can contact you if you win!
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Giveaway will end Friday, October 8th at 12 midnight Eastern Time. Winner will be chosen via random.org. Winner will be posted on the blog, and notified by e-mail. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.
Good luck and have fun!!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Monday, September 13, 2010
"ERGO's newest baby carrier is the Performance. It's 1/3 lighter than the standard ERGO and has Cool Max mesh lining on the inside of the body for a more breathable, cooler babywearing experience."
Giveaway ends on September 30th!!
Sunday, September 12, 2010
One lucky winner will receive a Mary Kay Sun Travel Set, which includes a travel case, 2 travel sized bottles (for shampoo/conditioner), 1 fl. oz. bottle of After-Sun replenishing gel, 1 fl. oz. bottle of SPF 30 Sunscreen, and .09 oz. "Beach Bronze" lip gloss!!
The winner will also receive a 1 fl. oz. bottle of Mary Kay Timewise day solution with SPF 25!
Ways to enter:
*Mandatory entry*Follow me via Google Friend Connect, if you already do, let me know-3 entries
Post (or blog about) this giveaway on Facebook (leave the link)-3 entries
Giveaway is open to all U.S. residents and will end on Monday, September 27th, and winner will be drawn using random.org.
Winner will be e-mailed, and will have 48 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen.
Thanks and good luck!
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Secondly, I am looking forward to sharing my views and experiences with living a frugal and green life, and how you can have loads of fun while doing so! I am especially excited about sharing with you my addiction to cloth diapering!
About a year ago, my best friend Barb started a blog titled The Forever Neighbor. She has been a great friend to me and is part of the reason I have decided to create this blog. (Thanks Barbarina)!!
Without further ado, please let me introduce myself.
I was born in Portland Oregon, and grew up in a small Oregon town called Cornelius. I have two brothers, a sister and am the baby! A few years after graduating from high school (1996, I know, that was a long time ago), and attending Portland Community College for awhile, I joined the Army! I served a total of 5 years in the Army as a Military Police officer and spent the first 2 years of my 5 year tour in Germany, where I met my husband Troy. He was also in the Army and he proudly serves today. After being stationed in Germany for 2 years, I was sent to Fort Lewis, Washington. It was during my time at Fort Lewis that I reconnected with Troy and we were married. He was stationed at Fort Sill in Oklahoma, when we were married and a few months after our wedding, I joined him there. It was in Oklahoma that I made the transition from soldier to Army wife. I have been a proud Army wife since December, 2002.
In 2007 the Army sent us to Fort Meade, MD, which is where we are today. Since we have been married, we have been through 6 deployments to Iraq, which causes somewhat of a strain on a marriage (which is a whole other post in itself). By the Grace of God, we have endured and are still learning about one another and loving each other unconditionally.
In February of 2008 we were blessed with the arrival of our first son, Aaron. Until this point, our family consisted of a dog named Kassey, a cat named Rocky, and a beta fish. Adding a baby to the mix certainly changed things!
November of 2008 was the most difficult time in my life ever. In January of that same year, my father Max found out he had pancreatic cancer. As I type this, I am almost overcome by emotion. The love and joy that fills my heart as I think back on my life, and remember how I sat rocking my newborn baby in my arms while learning that my dad had cancer. God, in His perfect grace, had given me such a sweet little life in a time filled with such pain and death. On November 5, 2008, my father lost his battle to cancer. I miss him very much, and think of him daily. I have peace knowing that He is in the eternal presence of God! 23 months after the birth of Aaron, we welcomed our son Joshua into our family. Both boys are such blessings to me and fill me with such continual joy!
This journey I am on has been challenging at times and extremely difficult. From where I stand today I can honestly say that God has been faithful and has NEVER forsaken me, or turned his back on me, and for that I am thankful.
Now a bit about my cloth diapering addiction! I had used disposable diapers on my first son Aaron for the first year of his life. Then I won some Fuzzi Bunz diapers from a blog giveaway. After trying out these diapers I was hooked!! My Aaron looked so stinkin’ cute in his bright blue dipes. I had to have more! I researched all the different kinds of cloth diapers and I made the decision to stick with Fuzzi Bunz, simply because I was familiar with them and knew how well they worked. So I made the switch. I free cycled all of my disposables and started using cloth (which I found out is referred to as “fluff” by cloth diaper lovers across the nation).
This pretty much sums it up (for now)!
I hope you will find the time to read some of my posts (if not all of them), and will feel free to join in on the discussions!
I will be hosting a giveaway to celebrate the birth of this blog and I hope you will join in the fun…
Thanks for reading!!