I have a confession. I read my first eBook! Yay me!
I also confess I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Madness Miracles Millions
I could not have picked a better book.
This book made me laugh and cry, while at the same time offering hope and the gift to dream again.
Madness Miracles Millions, is a must read.
You will “Be inspired, encouraged and motivated.” says Debbie Macomber #1 New York Times Best selling Author.
Madness Miracles Millions begins with a man having a life changing accident. Many with similar experiences might give up on themselves or give up on life in general. Not Larry Semprevivio, this accident and many other stumbling blocks don’t slow him down but are instead used to fuel his fire.
I learned so many lessons from this book, enjoyably.
Patience, Love, Hard Work, Diligence, Bravery, and the list goes on.
I admire the Semprevivo’s ability to get back on their feet and shake it off.
They have inspired me to be a better wife, mother, friend and all around person.
I love that when Joseph was little his mom thought he was doing something wrong, even though it appeared he was being naughty, he was being good. The discovery Joseph made at that moment ultimately made Joseph a millionaire.
There are tons of surprises, especially in Chapter 11.
(I did not see that one coming!)
What a MIRACLE! That after such incredible daunting challenges the Semprevivios are MILLIONARES!
I am going to get a hard copy because I know I will read this book over and over, like Ms. Debbie Macomber mentioned for inspiration, encouragement & motivation!
I don’t want to reveal all the fabulous secrets in this book, but if what I have written thus far has not peeked your interest maybe this photograph will!!
To get your copy of Madness Miracles Millions, and read for yourself how the Semprevivos turned the American Dream into a reality visit their website
Also be sure to visit
I hope you take the opportunity to read this book,
it is truly life changing!
I could not put it down!
Until next time,
*Disclosure – I was given a free e-book copy of Madness Miracles Millions to review. All comments however are my own.Read More
WE LOVE MR.SKETCH MARKERS!
Even my Mr.Wonderful confessed that Mr.Sketch were his favorite in school!
He was adorable as he admitted
whenever he had the choice, he always chose Mr. Sketch!
There is something magical about coloring with markers that do not reek of icky chemical smell,
but instead smell of delicious fruit and other fun fragrances.
During the holidays Mr.Sketch had some
super fun holiday scents.
Sugar Plum, Chimney, Santa’s Cookies, Gingerbread,
Christmas Tree & Peppermint!
I think Santa’s Cookies was a favorite!
We hope that this is the beginning of a new tradition, lots of different new scents during the holiday season!
My Monkeys & Me had a blast creating everything from
Letters to Santa, to thank you notes, New Year’s Resolutions to Masterpieces.
Something about this wintry season made making millions of Olafs a favorite pastime!
Since we were totally tickled that smiley 360 & Mr.Sketch shared there goodies with us,
we thought we’d share of our masterpieces with you!
This was a Monkey Made Photo Shoot! Each Monkey picked what pictures they wanted and did all the photos themselves. I thought they did a fantastic job. They’ve seen me enough and admittedly they do their own photo shoots too!
I just have to share one last photo that I took!
I am super excited to announce there will be Mr.Sketch Markers in the next Big Prize Box!!!
Thank you Smiley 360!
Thank you Mr.Sketch!
We love you and your markers!
Until next time,
Once the holiday season hit, time just flew by. I am not sure where all the time went! We had parties, concerts, all the usual, but we blinked and it was over.
Then it seems like it takes forever to get back on track. Last week was the monkeys first week back, so I spent several days trying to do what I didn’t get to do while they were home! I am not sure what the weather is like where you are, but here it is freezing cold. So cold the other day our pipes froze. Yep, it’s hard to get motivated when you don’t have running water. I love running water. True confession when the weather is this cold, high of 8 degrees with terribly ridiculous negative degree wind chills, I just want to curl up with a good book and ignore the rest of the world and read.
However I have resisted the temptation (okay not completely). I have been slightly productive.
I have been working on some fun projects that I can’t wait to share!
One I am most pleased with is my 2015 Blog Planner. I did it all by myself, well with the help of some amazing ladies and their ETSY shops.
So starting next week I will start sharing my projects, thoughts, reviews and more.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the products we have been reviewing.
Scott’s Tubeless Toilet Paper
Kleenex Lotion and Anti-Viral Tissues
Sweet & Low
Mr. Sketch Markers
Just to name a few!
I am also totally tickled to share with you my Book of the Month REVIEW!
January’s Book is ……….
Madness, Miracles, Millions
by Joseph Semprevivo and Larry Semprevivo
I am looking forward to 2015, and wishing everyone the best year ever!
Until next time,
We made a favorite treat in our home – chocolate chip cookies! This was a super special treat, because each chocolaty morsel was filled with peanut butter! Pure genius! Nestle Toll House magically made these morsels in such a way the peanut butter does not escape. When we removed our freshly baked cookies from the oven there was absolutely no evidence each morsel was stuffed with peanut butter! The exciting news is there are 4 flavors! You can choose between Caramel, cherry, mint & peanut butter! The possibilities are endless!!
Our BzzAgent box was stuffed full of goodies! Coupons, Delightfuls, recipes & the coolest measuring cups ever! They have been super helpful in our home because the measuring spoons are in the handle! How awesome is that to have all your measuring cups and spoons in one set!
Here are 3 monkeys enjoying their spoils!
My Monkey & Me Thank Yous!
Thank you so much Nestle Toll House,
your Delightfuls are simply that DELIGHTFUL!
Thank You BZZAgent for this incredible opportunity!
We are truly grateful.
DISCLOSURE – We were given this box of goodies to sample and voice our opinion by BZZAgent.
However are opinions are all are own!
Until next time,
I was super excited to get this e-mail with 30 Exclusive Discounts from Little Dippers & even more excited when Little Dippers said I can share them with you!
Keep checking codes may be good for more than one day!
Until next time,
I am so excited to share with My Monkey & Me Readers a little preview to a future review!!
POCKET PROTEIN KIDZ is option for parents when lean meats, cheeses or yogurt just isn’t an option. You can choose the protein snacks on the market now that are loaded with fats and sugars or POCKET PROTEIN KIDZ.
Pocket Protein KIDZ is 7 grams of a proprietary blend of hydrolyzed collagen protein and whey protein isolate. Made with apple juice, it has less than 4 grams of sugar and no artificial colors or sweeteners. Best part, it is fat, gluten, lactose and nut free. All our ingredients are GMO free. And it never needs refrigeration!
It is so convenient to slip into a backpack, lunch box or gym bag for those long days of school and after school activities.
Perhaps most important for parents’ piece of mind, we also went the extra step to adhere to all the same FDA oversights and regulations as milk or juice. Parents can be confident we are safe for their children.
It gets even better! I can’ t wait to share this SUPER EXCITING news with my readers!! Pocket Protein KIDZ is offering a Sweepstakes that started at midnight, November 20th. Now My Monkey & Me Readers can Buy One – Give One & Be Entered to Win a $500 Visa Gift Card in time for holiday shopping! Everyone who contributes or pre-orders to the campaign will be entered to win a $500 Visa Gift Card in time for Holiday shopping*. See official rules at http://pocketprotein.com/
I am so excited and can’t wait to try this amazing much needed product!
Until next time,
I was totally tickled to receive Purex’s new Purex Crystals Aromatherapy – Energy! It smells divine!
Funny story our Fed Ex guy left our box on a stump in the backyard. It rained. My husband brought the box inside round 4pm. I guess it was outside for a couple hours because the box was soaked. This was not the funny part of the story. The funny part is this box attracted millions, possibly zillions of roly polies. They either loved the sent or needed more energy! My box was covered with them. I should of given them a roly poly photo shoot! Instead I quickly confiscated all the Purex goodies out of the box, (thankfully nothing was harmed), and quickly had my monkeys evict the Armadillidiidae family out of my home. I am sure you already new this a family of roly polies is in fact called a Armadillidiidae, okay I confess I looked it up . Grandma & grandpas, mommy and daddies, and little baby roly polies everywhere!
So once they were evicted I started sniffin’! I have to say this product smells divine. I think I shall sprinkle my Energy Crystals everywhere!
It just so happened that I was planning an activity for the ladies of our church. The theme was Pamper You and Pamper Your Home. We ultimately decided this was too much for one evening and broke this into two separate parties!
A treat since she was my assistant!
Then I hosted a Pamper Your Home Night.
This was so much fun! I can not remember the last time I laughed so hard!
The main focus was teaching everyone how to make their own cleaning supplies. Okay I know that sounds more informative than hilarious! What I decided to as was make things a little more exciting! Have you ever heard of the game Minute to Win It! This was so easy, cheap, and hilarious!
We first divided into teams & I let them pick their names!
We played some official Minute to Win It games and I made up a couple!
I had my friend put the Minute to Win It you tubes on a flashdrive. I had the official timer countdown and everything.
Here’s he clips we used!
We started off with Defying Gravity because as a mom we all know Defying Gravity is a must!
We also played Junk in The Trunk! Because sometimes we should just get rid of our JUNK!
Sticky Situation is something moms deal with all the time!
We played MAD DOG, because being a mom sometimes you just want to growl!
Lastly we played moving on up, because we learned how to make our own laundry soap, homemade cleaners, & other cleaning tips so we felt like we were indeed moving on up!
Some games I came up with were.
Sock match up.
Fitted Sheet Folding.
Company’s coming – Quick Tidy!
Here’s my table with all my supplies! Most of which I got for $1 @ Dollar Tree! I went to www.dollartree.com and was able to find everything I needed for only $1!!
Can you spot the Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Energy on my supply table?
I gave prizes to the wining team – cleaning supplies.
Then we had a drawing and someone walked away with their very own bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy Energy!!!!!
The NEW Purex Crystals Aromatherapy scent infusions, and stimulate your life with peaceful bliss and boundless spirit with these soothing aromas!
Who doesn’t want that?!!!
I love, love, love the description of Energy’s Scent……
Infuse & refresh your laundry with stimulating notes of sparkling floral citrus blended with essential oils to uplift your spirits.
I keep my bottle @ my desk so I can indulge often!
Some other uses besides perfecting your laundry might be sneaking some in stinky sneakers or other odor horrifying places.
I might attach some somehow to Ms.Romantic. Do all teenagers lack energy? Maybe I could figure a way to place some in a locket to help give her some Umph!
Thank you so much Purex, my nose thanks you too!
Until Next Time,
p.s. We had so much fun @ this party. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. I saved all my stuff and we used these same games for Mr.Idealistic’s 1st grade Halloween Party! I sent the e-mail with all the clips to his teacher and we played them on the Promethean Board. We had just as much fun if not more!
This proves this game is perfect for all ages!
I have been working behind the scenes to bring My Monkeys & Me readers tons of goodies.
Here’s a sneak peek!
I am totally tickled to be able to review these products and share goodies with My Monkeys & Me Readers!!
I am also totally tickled to be so social!
Social media updates –
My Monkeys & Me -drumroll please has….
Over 225 Facebook Fans!
Over 190 Twitter Follwers!
Over 460 Pinterest Followers!
I love getting to meet new friends all over the world! Love it, Love it, LOVE IT!
The book I am currently Reading is Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline.
I am not a fan of TV, but confess I am seriously addicted to Shark Tank, enough so I may have to go see a doctor!
My Monkey are amazing me everyday!
Ms. Romantic tried out for the school play and got a part! She also loves Concert Choir and being an assistant to the elementary art teacher!
Ms. Bookworm just said the band teacher made everyone move to new seating assignments and she was made the FIRST chair French Horn. She was also asked by our librarian to read for the 2015-16 Mark Twain Awards. She had to read 21 books between the middle of September & December 1st. She’s already finished!!!
Mr. Idealist is enjoying first grade and got chosen by his teacher to be the first Student of the Quarter. He received a rock star t-shirt and a Chik-Fil-A card which he was thrilled over!
Ms. Independent is loving mommy time and mommy school. We are trying to cherish every moment and learn lots!
My life has honestly been kinda crazy lately. It’s hard to remember if I’m coming or going. I work hard and long and find myself dosing off if I sit still for too long. I also am chronic worrier which I am trying to overcome. I find it comical that the two popular songs we can’t seem to get out of our head are “Let It Go” and ” I Just Want Shake, Shake, Shake” We sing these repeatedly!
So I have come up with a new way to do my blog, and I am totally tickled! So stay tuned!
Wishing you Love & Happiness,
In a recent Romantic Weekend Getaway for Mr.Wonderful & me in Historic St.Charles, look what I found!!!
Raising four monkeys makes it hard to get away! Mr.Wonderful and I had stumbled on this rare occasion a couple of weeks ago.
I could have spent the whole weekend we were in St.Charles romantically strolling aimlessly around Historic St.Charles, but alas we had places we had to be. Friday afternoon we had roughly two hours to eat and sight see/ explore. The first store that really captured my attention was Poppy’s Amish Cupboard.
I was in heaven or so it seemed.
Delicious jams and jellies, scrumptious Amish concoctions , and Amish made furniture enveloped me!
Then, just when I thought it could not get any better, my eyes beheld these! I knew I needed one (okay wanted one). So I asked if I could think it over and come back when I knew what I wanted our sign to say.
Here is my pralines and cream.
Then we went back and ordered our sign. Can you believe they are only $25?!!
When Dave Sontheimer (Poppys Amish Cupboard owner) found out where we lived he couldn’t wait to add that to our sign! I was totally tickled at how amazing our sign turned out.
I asked Dave if I could take pictures for my blog, and he said he would love that and asked me if he could take pictures for his website!
Here’s the link to his website Poppy’s Amish Cupboard!
These would make a fantastic Christmas Gift not to mention all the other goodies Poppy’s sells, like Amish lotions, soaps, and fruit butters.
I have more to share on our trip to St.Charles, but Poppy’s couldn’t wait.
Until next time,
I know as moms we work hard and sometimes are even harder on ourselves. So wash a load dishes, start a load of laundry and take a Time Out.
Seeing Hilary at TOFW is definitely one of my favorite things. I love her version.
So in honor of TOFW I thought I would start Time Out Tuesdays.
I will post a quote, a video or some other special break from everyday life.
I just saw this video that I have to share for this weeks Time Out Tuesday.
Since this is the first Time Out Tuesday and I shared some of my favorite Hilary videos I thought I’d close out this weeks Time Out Tuesday with her first song, one of my absolute favorite. He Hears Me. Hilary has a way of singing the songs that our written on our hearts. This song holds a special place in my heart. To remember he does hear me, when I am crying in the night. Just the simple reminder that he does hear me is enough.
Be sure to check out Hilary’s Website.
Until next time,
The other day Ms.Independent and I were at a restaurant. This was kind of a mommy and daughter date, with story time, lunch and errands. So as we were enjoying our lunch she says, “I gotta go potty!” In the process she is curious how this automatic potty works. (We live out in the sticks and don’t get out much!) I briefly explain how it works not going into a whole lot of details, and her response was…
I am scooping up some chocolate chip cookie dough my hubby bought, when the Idealist asks me,
On another occasion, I say you are growing up into a young man. He says, “When I get bigger I’m gonna be a father.” So I reply, “How many kids are you going to have?”
I was having a rough Sunday morning keeping MS.Independent quiet and from being a wiggle worm. In a moment of desperation I finally called her by name and said,
“You need to be reverent Heavenly Father is watching.”
“and Santa Claus.”
The Idealist says with out skipping a beat.
It was this same Sunday that the Reader makes this suggestion.
“They need to add seat belts to these chairs!” She exasperatedly exclaimed.
Everyday is not easy cheesy. Motherhood has its challenges. Some days we laugh and sometimes we cry, and sometimes those are tears of joy. This being said I love when they make me laugh and bring joy into our home.
What funny things have your children said. I ‘d love to hear them. Leave me a comment.
Until next time,
They are the winners of the Coconut Water Refreshing Body Wash from DIAL. YAY!
I have been LUCKY too!
I’ve won some super fun goodies from 2 of my favorite blogs and had to share!
First I won a power bar, from one of my favorite blogs.
I love, love, love this blog. Denise shares all things St.Louis and has lots of kid friendly ideas. I enjoy following her blog, it especially helps with planing trips to St.Louis!!
Another blog I love, love, love to read is Heather’s blog
Heather blogs about writing, life, love, parenting and everything in between. She always has fun and very informative posts! She recently became involved with Shakeology. I was so excited when I won her Shakeology giveaway.
Simple but powerful.
The shaker is FANTASTIC! I have not tried all the flavors but I of course got into the chocolate 1st. It was yummylicious! I made a chocolate, peanut butter one and can not believe these could help control my weight! It was scrumptious!!
Have you ever been lucky enough to win a cool prize?
Leave me a comment I’d love to hear from you.
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Our family loves going to the movies. With six of us that rarely happens except when the movie theater offers FREE MOVIES! Who can pass up FREE Movies! We have seen lots of FREE movies and created such fun memories.There is something magical about a movie theater and a bucket of popcorn. Which my kids sometimes treat me to popcorn! YAY. Movie theaters are posting their FREE or discounted (sometimes thy are $1) all over. Just do an internet search for free movies in theaters in your area or check your local theaters web page. Here is the schedule for the FREE FALL MOVIES in our neighborhood!
So are you ready for your special offer! Purex has given My Monkeys and Me a super special offer!
Plus there is still time to win a bottle of Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash.
To see how to enter
Until next time,
Yay ! I got mail!
I was Totally Tickled to receive my COCONUT WATER Refreshing Mango Hydrating Body Wash in the mail!
I love, love, love it.
Being a mom of 4 I don’t do a lot of fancy. I was totally giggling when my friend and I where talking about shampoos. We both used Pretty Princess Strawberry!
With 4 kids nothing is sacred.
Taking a shower (would love time for bath, but would probably fall asleep!) is so enjoyable when the body wash of choice is Coconut Water with refreshing mango. One sniff takes me away to a tropical paradise. Warm sand between my toes, a gentle breeze, nothing but cerulean blue water as far as the eye can see. Then I snap out of it and realize I must protect it from…..
The teenager that will use the entire bottle and when questioned simply say what, or you want me to smell nice don’t you.
The 10 year old that might use it for a science experiment or art project, maybe both.
The little kids who in 5 seconds or less will have a fabulous bubble bath and I a empty bottle.
So I have taken to hiding my bottle of Coconut Water refreshing mango wash.
Tonight after a long, hot day I needed to shower before work and snatched up my bottle saying, “You’re coming with me.”
Yes parenting does weird things to you. One day I hope to have my own loo, by then they may have all grown up and moved away. Then maybe I will be able to take a shower and step out of the tub to a closed bathroom door. Until then my chances are slim, 99.9% of the time the doors open. I have pretty much given up.
This being said I would not change being a mom, I love it.
The good news is 3 of my lucky mymonkeysandme.com readers will win their very own bottle. They may choose to do with it whatever their hearts desire. Share or be stingy like me and dream of tropical vacations!!
Here’s what Dial has to say!
Experience the Ultra Fresh Hydration of New Coconut Water Refreshing Mango Body Wash!
Introducing NEW Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash, the newest member of the Dial Coconut Water family. Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango is the first of it’s kind to contain coconut water and refreshing mango for clean, healthy hydrated skin. Let the fresh hints of green coconut and topical mango whisk you away to distant island shores without even leaving the shower!
Coconut water is known to be rich in antioxidants and electrolytes that help provide replenishing hydration. Mango is full of nutrients and adds a touch of tropical freshness.
Okay here’s how to win.
Share this post on Twitter, Pinterest, or Facebook.
Follow mymonkeysandme.com on Twitter, Pinterest or Facebook.
Follow mymonkeysandme.com on Bloglovin’.
Subscribe to mymonkeysandme.com
Or leave me a comment telling me why you would like to try NEW Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash.
Contest Ends 9/1/14
Until next time,
The Dial brand provided me with a sample of Dial Coconut Water Refreshing Mango body wash in exchange for theis product review. However, all the opinons expressed here are my own.
If you didn’t win this time, don’t worry!
My Monkeys and Me will have a lot more giveaways!Read More
On special occasions I always let the honoree pick what’s for dinner. I think Chinese Chicken may be the most requested! Traditionally we serve Chinese Chicken on Christmas eve. My Mr. requested Chinese Chicken for Father’s Day and his Birthday dinner. (Everyone gets a special birthday dinner where they get to pick the menu. Most of the time it’s okay. Once we had chicken noodle soup and french fries – not mixed together of course!)
I took several recipes and created what we call Chinese Chicken. Chinese chicken is definitely yummylicious!
One thing I have started doing for certain recipes is just serving the vegetables raw. I cut them up and place them in their own little bowl and then everyone can pick and choose! For Chinese Chicken I usually chop up carrots, onions, and green peppers, plus I always serve the pineapple. I almost always prefer pineapple tidbits. I think the vegetables are so yummy raw and the color so much more vibrant and fresh!
So here is my recipe for a mymonkeysandme.com FAVORITE!
Today is my sweet hubby’s BIRTHDAY!
So if you know him please flood him with FUN BIRTHDAY WISHES!
I hope you have a fantastic day!
I hope you have the best birthday ever!
So until I decide , I decided to share my experience with Spellbinders!
I was totally tickled to get my SPELLBINDERS CELEBRATION COLLECTION Kit in the mail! Who does’t love getting fun packages in the mail?
Everyday is the perfect day for a Celebration!
The opportunity for a Celebration is at your finger tips with this complete collection of paper, inks, stamps, dies, and embellishments.Creating a heartfelt greeting or event has never been easier!
Inspired by his passion for paper crafts, event hosting; and handmade greetings, Richard Garay designed the line to help paper crafters and hostesses achieve beautiful results every time. Everything is coordinated, so this cheerful, bright and exciting collection makes creating a celebration not only easy but fun.
A super cute card & a super cute gift bag!
I had a blast! Everything was included, instructions were simple, I used every thing so clean up was super easy too!!
I also love the little baggies hey came in! They keep all my supplies in order, and protect the finished project. With 4 monkeys we need all the protection we can get from jelly, markers, okay sticky and crafty fingers in general!
Look how close mine came to the project sheet!
Anytime, Anywhere! I was at work!
I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Spellbinders Celebrations Collection!
The colors are so bright and cheerful!
Everything is coordinated to work perfectly together to create one of a kind masterpieces!
Be sure to visit their website because the possibilities are endless & the prices are incredibly affordable!
Now for the super exciting part of this post!
Spellbinder’s has given me a set of stamps to give away to one LUCKY My Monkeys & Me Reader!
So how can you WIN?
Just leave me a comment on this post telling me what do you celebrate & how!
If you’d like more entries check out Spellbinders and let me know what you think!
Winner will be randomly drawn and announced on Monday, August 18th!
As always thanks for reading My Monkeys & Me!
Until next time,
DISCLOSURE – “The Spellbinders brand provided me with a sample of Spellbinders Celebra’tions Collection in exchange for a product review. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.
Being a Purex Insider definitely has lots and lots of perks! One of these incredibly fantastic perks is a heads up when new promotional contests are taking place.
That being said I am proud to announce Purex’s current contest. Between now and July 23rd Purex will be choosing 10 LUCKY WINNERS to WIN a YEAR’S SUPPLY of Purex’s Fels-Naptha laundry soap.
Before I tell you any more about this promotion I must confess my love for the aroma of this soap. We purchase 10 or so bars at a time so that we can make our own laundry soap. I usually store it on the shelf that leads to my basement. Often I walk by and say to myself what is that delicious smell, only to realize it is my stash of Fels-Naptha! I finally decided to bless my whole home and stash bars in inconspicuous places. My nose often thanks me because, this soap smells so YUMMY!
Since 1894, Purex Fels-Naptha laundry bar has been working overtime to remove greasy, oily stains, perspiration, and ring-around-the-collar. To celebrate we’ll be giving away a year’s supply each day from July 14 – 23.
So be sure to enter by clicking on the picture or enter here @ http://go.purex.com/sV6R
Sometimes I have hard times. I struggle with this and that. I sometimes get the attack of the why mes or the poor mes. I wonder at times what have I done to be in this predicament. I confess I sometimes complain, or dare I even say I whine. If only ..blah, blah, blah were so my life would be perfect.
The other day when I was murmuring because of my husband’s work schedule, this thought came to me. Quit complaining & start praying. If someone else has said this before me please know I am not trying to steal your glory. At that moment it felt as if I had been hit with a ton of bricks. Quit complaining about this or that, instead start praying. Get down on my knees and plead with the heavens above. Let them know I know I am weak and struggling. Plead for guidance and strength. In doing so I will not learn the answers to the Universe or my Creator’s complete plan for me, however I will in fact be comforted, because he is waiting to hold my hand and help lead the way. In complaining I am only making myself more miserable. I do not have to face this world alone. As stubborn and strong willed as I tend to be, I find comfort in knowing help is available if I am humble enough to ask for it.
So a new goal for me is to quit complaining & start praying.
Summer is quickly approaching. My monkeys are counting down with only a day and a half left. Usually they attend summer school, not because they need it, but to give them more opportunities to learn. Also in the past it has been a fun social experience, because the many private schools where we live do not offer summer school, so they get to attend the public school. This has meant new faces which equals new friends.
This year they said, “We don’t want to go to summer school this year.”
I said, “okay.”
It seems like it hogs up the summer, by the time it is over the summer is gone.
I am a firm believer they should not be vegetables all summer long.
So what do I do with them?
Then I remembered our teacher store carries the Summer Bridge Books.
Watch this clip to see more….
Here are some more details.
Summer Bridge Activities Workbooks®PreK – Grade 8You may be thinking that ‘workbooks’ sound an awful lot like work, especially during summer break. How will you motivate your child to do math when it’s hot and sunny? We’ve made it easy. Each 160-page book is bursting with:
In just 15 minutes a day—or about the time they have to wait between eating lunch and jumping back in the pool—kids can keep their brains sharp all summer long!
These books are perfect for our family. We are bridging to 1st grade & 5th grade. Too bad they don’t offer freshman to sophomore. I love Carson-Dellosa Publishing they offer an incredible amount of cute functional products which make learning way more enjoyable. I know they will make our summer way more enjoyable with summer reading lists, science projects & stickers, whoooooo hooooooooo.
I highly recommend these books. This is just me sharing, I am not being compensated in any way by Carson- Dellosa.
Hope this helps you have a enjoyable, educational Summer!
Until next time,
These were taken in 2006 at one of our favorite places, Grant’s Farm in St.Louis.
It is funny to see how much siblings look alike at certain ages.
For example this picture of Ostrich looks exactly like Flamingo.
Ostrich is finishing up 4th grade and excited about entering 5th grade next year.
These were taken when our family had only 2 monkeys instead of 4. It’s amazing how fast each day goes by. That is why I am trying to make the most of each day and cherish it.
We also cherish Grant’s Farm.
It’s free, and filled with fun.
Elephant shows, camels and feeding baby goats. I just was looking at their website and it seems like they have added fun things like camel rides and Clydesdale tours. We love the Clydesdales!
This year is their 60th anniversary and they have lots of celebrating planned for the whole season.
Enjoy each moment.
Until next time,
A little over 10 years ago I broke my wrist. Even though I was pinned back together over a decade later I still find simple tasks difficult. One task in particular is opening a can with a can opener. This is very frustrating to admit that I struggle with something as simple as opening a soup can.
So my story begins. Our family was snowed in. One Friday this past December, instead of attending our church’s Christmas party we were stranded at home. I began to make dinner. Feeling a little sorry for myself because everyone was enjoying a movie and I was being held hostage by kitchen, I opened the soup can. For months previous I felt I should ask my sweet hubby for an electric can opener. I chickened out every time. I didn’t want to spend the money.
I opened the can and of course the lid did not come completely detached from the actual can. I tugged and tugged and shall we say the next is history.
My hubby has super glued me back together before, but this time was different, he wouldn’t touch it.
We were snowed in.
After over an hour of phone calls we had a plan. A dear friend of ours drove out to our home and rescued us. We then drove through blizzard conditions, dropped off our buddy at his home and in his truck headed to the ER.
I’ve been cut before. The problem with this particular cut was that no matter how hard I tried I could not straighten it out!!
To make a long story short the ER doc did not want to touch it.
This happened on a Friday night and so the ER doc set me up with a specialist on Tuesday.
Here I am trying to fill out paper work which was not easy!
One of the many stylish outfits my poor finger had to endure!
So finally on Thursday doc number 3 said he could operate and put a pin in on Friday.
Shortly after Christmas our whole family went to the doctor to see the unveil of my poor finger after it’ s surgery, and needless to say we heard lots of ewwwwsss. Our little flamingo would not let me old her especially with that hand FOREVER!
I’ll have to admit it was kinda creepy.
Yep that’s a pin sticking out of my finger.
I placed a penny besides the pin just so you could see it’s size!
So when you tell our kids a bazillion times be careful I don’t want you to hurt yourself, remember it actually can happen. I have told my kids this and ironically I am the bozo that sliced my finger open! I would rather it did not happen at all, but since it did I’d always rather it be me than them. Except for the looking like a bozo part.
Until next time,
Always be careful,
This is a holiday where children honor their mothers.
So do you want to know how to have the perfect Mother’s day?
Tip #1 – Set your expectations really low and then you won’t be disappointed.
Chances are your children have not been saving their pennies from the measly allowance you give them to send you on an all expense spa vacation weekend in the Bahamas. Especially when they know for a fact their pennies won’t be enough for them to go too, so you will undoubtedly leave them behind.
Another fact is especially if your children are little, and in school they have been working very hard creating masterpieces made of love for you. The time, energy, devotion, and love that went into that poem, or flower pot, or framed photo, that is priceless. When they come home barely able to contain themselves because they are proud of their accomplishment and shower you with love and homemade gifts, to me that is enough. That is what being a mom is all about.
If there is more it’s just a bonus. Lucky you.
Tip #2 If you feel the need for more, request it and keep it simple.
A dear friend told me once she just requests a nap & dinner made by someone else.
This is what I usually do to. I make sure dinner is something simple, something to toss in the crock pot and that won’t fail. I tend to plead for a day off from helping with clean up as well. I am good with paper plates, especially if it mean’s I can sit back and kick up my feet!
If there is something I really would like for example a Yonanas I leave hints. I sometimes say things like , “For Mother’s day I would really like a Yonanas.” “Or if you’d like to get me something I’d like a Yonanas.” Lastly, if dad asks, “I would like a Yonanas for Mother’s Day.’
If you have enough stuff, kindly acts of service are always nice.
Tip #3 Don’t expect dad to purchase the moon and more for you on Mother’s Day.
Instead of being hurt or frustrated because he didn’t buy you a new diamond ring or give you keys to a candy apple red Mustang Convertible, make sure he remembers his mom. Be ecstatic when he helps the kids in the kitchen (news flash if he’s doing it you aren’t, go hide and take a nap). Remember boys and girls are different, they look at things differently. If there is something or someway you want your Mother’s Day to be, you have to tell them specifically. Be patient and enjoy the day.
If you feel they ruined your big special day, and all you do is moan and groan, what makes you think they will want to celebrate next year, especially after they at attempted to make you happy. Praise them for any and all effort.
Finally Tip #4
Tip #4 Relax and enjoy the day.
You deserve it. Do what you love, and love the ones your with!
Wishing you the best MOTHER’S Day EVER!
Saturday Show & Tell.
Sherry Bingaman is a dear friend of mine.
I met Sherry when she was the principal for my monkey’s school.
She has since retired. I am happy for her and the opportunity she has to do what she loves,
but miss her dearly.
Everyone loved her as a principal,
and I know you’ll love her designs.
Plus as a fun bonus she shared her artistic daughters websites as well.
Be sure to check them out as well as Sherry’s Etsy Shop!
P.O. 232 Vienna, Mo. 65582
My love of making and selling my textile work goes back to my childhood.
When I was nine years old, my mother received eight free sewing lessons with the purchase of her new sewing machine. Since she was already an expert seamstress, Mom let me have the lessons instead. Aprons were the first things I learned to make. A little nine year old going around our neighborhood selling her cross stitched gingham aprons must have been hard to resist, because I sold as many as I could make! I trace my passion for making and selling textiles to these first sales. My parents were artists, and I grew up surrounded by the materials and inspirations involved in their paintings and commercial art. I was especially fascinated with the paper doll books they made, and I designed and sewed dresses for my own dolls.
My love of fabrics continued to grow, and in 1967 I entered Iowa State University as a textile major. After my very first weaving class I changed my major to applied art with an emphasis in weaving and have ever since been obsessed with everything textiles. I met my husband, Jim, while we were both students at ISU. After graduation and Jim’s 3 year stint in the Navy, we returned to my home town of Kenosha, Wisconsin. Here is where I started participating in art fairs in the communities between Milwaukee and Chicago. This area was rich with shows, and I had some inspiring initial success participating in various shows including The Old Town Show in Chicago and Lakefront Festival of the Arts in Milwaukee. Jim encouraged me and soon quit his job to work with me. We continued to make our living as designer/weavers for 15 years, having two artistic daughters along the way –
In 1980 we moved to rural Missouri to be centrally located and more accessible to shows all over the country and to experience “country living” on a bluff overlooking the beautiful Gasconade River near the small rural town of Vienna, Missouri. Jim and I were the featured fiber artists in the very first Best of Missouri Hands publication in 1986. During those 15 years, we sold our hand woven designs in shows throughout the country and in shops and galleries in Japan and Canada. By 1994, I had earned my art education certification and began teaching art K-12 at the local school (college costs were lurking in the near future) and also continued with our weaving business. Jim worked shows on his own for several more years while his interest in computers developed into a passion and new career. I taught for 13 years while continuing with shows in the summer. My passion for weaving expanded into the world of dyeing, both my yarns and now fabrics. My one-of-a-kind colors are my signature. Silk is my favorite material, both silk yarns and fibers and silk fabric for my scarves. Dyeing silk yields wonderful subtle color blending very reminiscent of a watercolor painting. I love the unpredictability of my dye process—no two pieces are ever the same.
My main sources of inspiration are ethnic textiles, especially those from Mexico and Central America. I have traveled to Mexico many times and treasure the rugs and embroidered textiles I collected there. The colors and textures from these cultures continue to excite and inspire me. I was an elementary principal for six years and retired June 2013. I plan to continue to do fairs and sell my work through shows and my ETSY shop that I opened in 2006. I am very excited to begin the “next chapter” and continue exploring my love of textiles and color! I hope you enjoyed Sherry’s Showcase.
If you have something you would like to share for Show & Tell Saturday be sure to e-mail me @ email@example.com.
While shopping this past weekend I couldn’t help but notice winter clearances.
Especially winter clothing clearances!
I found a pair of boys size 10-12 sleeper pants
marked down to $5
and when we checked out they were only $3!!!
I got pajamas for all 4 monkeys for under $20!
Guess who’s hiding them for CHRISTMAS!!
That is a top goal this year, to think of Christmas all year round and be prepared.
We love to give our monkeys pajamas for Christmas,
and I can pretty much guarantee they won’t be $3 this winter.
I am starting my list and checking it twice!
When do you get ready for Christmas?
What was your favorite bargain?
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April’s Page Turner pick is Sink Reflections by Marla Cilley.
This past winter seemed like it would never end. Fingers crossed, spring is finally here.
This is the perfect book to tackle the annual spring clean of any home,
and start routines so that the annual spring clean is a thing of the past!
Friends had mentioned in casual conversation, some lady known as the “Flylady”.
I was somewhat intrigued, but quite a bit skeptical.
Flies are gross icky bugs.
I do not like flies and honestly was at first put off by anyone who would call themselves the “Flylady”.
After sometime I learned the Flylady is actually a fly fisher woman and the FLY is an acronym for
After pondering this I thought of me and the friends I’ve known. We love our spouses, our kids, our friends, our family, our home and the dog.
Yet how often do we shout out, I love ME!
This book is a must have for any home.
The Flylady breaks everything down into simple, easy to follow baby steps.
HERE’S WHAT AMAZON.COM HAS TO SAY…
Fly Out of CHAOS (Can’t Have Anyone Over Syndrome)Into Order-One BabyStep at a TimeWith her special blend of housecleaning tips, humor, and musings about daily life, Marla Cilley, a.k.a. The FlyLady, shows you how to manage clutter and chaos and get your home-and your life-in order. Drawn from the lessons and tools used in her popular mentoring program, the FlyLady system helps you create doable housekeeping routines and break down overwhelming chores into manageable missions that will restore peace to your home-and your psyche. Soon you’ll be able to greet guests without fear, find your keys, locate your kids, and, most of all, learn how to FLY: Finally Love Yourself.
Some of my favorite chapters are
Sink Reflections is a wonderful resource book for any home, I refer to it often.
I love it & I know you will too.
Until next time,
I was totally tickled when I saw this post from my sister in law!
I think these are super cute!!
Just had to share. Enjoy!
I found this darling pattern in a magazine I love called Quilt-it…today. In the March/April 2014 issue. I couldn’t stop at one, so I made three – all from my stash. Pat myself on the back! The chicks are so cute but I discovered I don’t sew very round circles…haha. Brownie had to make her own chick. It is the blue floral chick being held by the center hen. She is very proud of it and shows everyone who comes over. See the cute hen legs peeking out from under the hens? I plopped my hens and chicks here because you can see another sign of spring in the back ground…my daffodils are sooooo close to popping out!
Such a cheerful little brood! I really enjoyed this project because I got to learn a new embroidery stitch, the colors are so bright and uplifting and it was quick and easy. Instead of doing a satin stitch for the chick eyes, the girls and I voted for little glass beads. The beaks are made of felt. Such a great combo of mediums in one project! Don’t you just love the way the hen’s wings wrap so lovingly around the chicks…so motherly. Give your own little chicks a big squeeze – spread some cheer!
Happy Almost Spring!
Until next time,
p.s. If you have something you would like to share on Show & Tell Saturday be sure to e-mail me @ firstname.lastname@example.orgRead More
I participated in a campaign for Seventh Generation.
Moms are naturally protectors. It’s what we do. Part of our job description is making sure our babies are safe. We hold their hands in a busy parking lots, help them safely cross the street, and make sure their little tummies are stuffed with nutritious meals. In our efforts we spend an exorbitant amount of time making sure our homes are a safe haven. We scrub, we mop, we launder, and we disinfect. This however may not be the best thing. Here is why.
The Toxic Substance Control Act or the TSCA was passed in 1976, and unlike other major environmental laws, has never been updated. As it currently stands , TSCA is a broken law. As a result, tens of thousands of potentially harmful chemicals continue to be used in the marketplace since the 1970’s without proper testing and without disclosure by the companies that make them.
Why does his effect you?
Scientists have linked exposure to toxic chemicals to many health risks such as:
So please take a few seconds of your day and join the Freedom Fighters!
Their goal is 100,000 signatures by April 30th, 2014.
It’s fast & it’s EASY!
What better company to sign up with than SEVENTH GENERATION!
Seventh Generation believes in making products healthy solutions for the air, surfaces, fabrics, pets & people within your home- and for the community & environment outside of it.
How awesome is that?
They are a pioneer in corporate responsibility, and want products that make a difference – from their development through to their production, purchase, use, and disposal.
Seventh Generation is always evaluating how to reduce their environmental impact, increase performance and safety, and create a more sustainable supply chain.
Seventh generation also feels it is their responsibility to set a course for a more mindful way of doing business, where companies act as partners with other stakeholders to create a brighter future for the whole planet!
Doesn’t that make you want to rush over to www.Amazon.com and purchase in bulk, that’s what we do.
Seventh Genertation has worked for 25 years toward creating healthy homes by delivering plant derived products using bio-based ingredients!
That just wants me to give them a big hug!!
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Help Seventh Generation Reach THEIR GOAL!
We don’t feel comfortable using these untested chemicals around our FAMILIES, especially our kiddos.
There are big risks that accompany untested materials to clean your TOYS, SHEETS, KITCHEN COUNTERS, DISHES, ETC.
We need to feel confident!!!
There is hope! Seventh Generation is working to push a reform on TSCA which would have all of these chemicals studied, evaluated, and tested.
So rush on over to
and sign the petition, so they can present to
Congress on April 30, 2014!
For more information from an excellent resource be sure to checkout …..
Until next time,
Was this news shocking to you?
Do you see some things in your home that might make you think twice before using?Read More