Mom Life, My Life, parenting

Proud to Be An American?

Proud to Be an American?-2

Are You Proud to be an American?

This last weekend my heart broke when I heard the news reports stating that the National Football League players had decided to kneel for the National Anthem rather than stand with their hands over their hearts. This comes after America is choosing to remove history from our country with the removal of statues of some of the great men who fought so very hard to protect our country. This comes as we become a divided nation wondering if whites and blacks are treated fairly and equally or if we simply oppress black people. This week I have come to these conclusions: 1. We stand as respect, to honor, and to remember. 2. We have monuments to remember moments and to learn from the past. This is so we don’t commit the same mistakes. And 3. We are only a nation as divided as we choose to be.

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Wandering Wednesday

WanderingWednesday #3 Link Up

Wandering Wednesday-2

Just Wandering by to say, “HEY! It’s Link Up Day!”

I can’t believe we started this Link Up Party 3 weeks ago! I have loved reading posts and discovering new bloggers! What about you?

Before we start this party we get to announce last week’s favorite Post!

This week’s Featured Post is:

Waiting Outside The Door, from This Lost Mama. This Lost Mama loved to get lost in everyday moments of life. She is a stay at home mom to one child. She loves to write, make and eat delicious food, and loves to watch movies.

Check out her post! I loved how real and authentic it was!

So without Further ado Let’s Party!

Click here to Wander with us through some great Posts! (Add your link below)

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My Life, parenting

How to Recognize Staph Infection

To someone who has not seen staph infection before it can be extremely difficult to recognize it. I know I did not recognize it for a few days. The more we know about staph infection the easier it is to get it treated quicker. 

Is that a Zit?

I have come to the conclusion that I am the worst mom in the world. It all started last weekend when Chase deemed he had a Chigger bite on his face. I told him to not scratch it and we all moved on with our day. Sunday was busy going to church and getting a million things done. By Sunday night I noticed my son’s chin from across the room, “Was that a big giant zit?”

I told him to come here so I could look at it…It certainly looked like a zit. I told him it was gross, it needed to be popped and that he really needed to clean better because what almost 11-year-old has zits?! 

I made him lie down so I could squeeze it… Have I told you I have a love for popping zits yet?

I gave it a good squeeze and the most disgusting pus came out… The more I squeezed the more puss came out, and Chase kept screaming because he’s a tad sensitive. I realized we were going to have to come back to this….


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Divorce, My Life, remarriage, Step Families

10 Things I Wish Someone Would Have Told Me Before Blending a Family

10 Things I Wish I Would Have Been Told Before Blending a Family (social)

When Ty and I got married 4 ½ years ago we knew we were fighting an uphill battle. We had been told that blending a family would be difficult, but we never realized how difficult. There are 10 things I wish someone would have told us to prepare us for the new adventure we were embarking on!

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Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday LinkUp! #2

Wandering Wednesday-2It’s Hump Day, so you know what that means…. Time for another Wandering Wednesday!

Thanks so much for joining us last week on Wandering Wednesday! We are excited that you are back again to share with our readers home and family tips, craft ideas, recipes, and more!

But first, we want to share with you last week’s favorite Post!

This week’s Featured Post is:

When Your Child Wanders, from Choosing Wisdom. Lori from Choosing Wisdom is a wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.  She is a lover of learning, and often found devouring a book or writing. She enjoys biking and traveling with her husband as well as spending time with her grandson. Her adult kids are optional 🙂

Check out her post! I could relate to so much of it!

So without Further ado Let’s Party!

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Kids, Mom Life, parenting

30 Things Every Mom Should Tell Her Sons

As we get closer to Colby and Chase’s birthdays I start to realize that the years are flying by all too quickly. I remember bringing them both home from the hospital and the joy they brought into my life. I also remember the hopes and dreams I had for each one of them when they were little. Over the years, my hopes and dreams have not gone away, but have changed a bit. Throughout the years I have realized there are certain things we need to teach and tell our sons before it is too late and they are gone. These are the 30 Things Every Mom Should Tell her Sons.

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Wandering Wednesday

Wandering Wednesday #1

For My Awesome Readers!

I have brought you Quite the Party! Each Wednesday some of the best bloggers will be joining us bringing us all kinds of home and family tips, craft ideas, and recipes! So scroll below to find all kinds of things that may interest you,  and enjoy the party! If you have a favorite post comment in the comment section; it may become our featured post next week!

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Marriage, married life, My Life, relationship skills, Uncategorized

Surviving Home Improvement!

heaven help me

Two months before my husband and I got married we bought a fixer-upper in the perfect neighborhood in the city we were living in. We knew he had two months to fix it up and get it to our standard of liveable before we combined households and moved in. I never realized  how difficult it was to survive Home Improvement projects with a spouse! 

This house was disgusting when we bought it; it needed a whole new paint job because of booger stained walls, it needed new carpet because of fecal matter from pets, it smelt like a zoo had been living there for years, the tile floors needed to be stripped down because the previous owners tried a DIY project that obviously went bad, the cabinets were caked with 3 inches of grease, the countertops had lost its grout because of poor maintenance, and the backyard was unfinished. Sadly, this house was only 5 years old and had sustained this much damage and abuse. They always say buy the worst house in the best neighborhood, well we did!

Looking back, we were so ill prepared for what we were going to take on as a “happily engaged” couple. We had set a budget and had an idea of what we needed to do, but that was about it. We were blindly heading into this project having never worked on a project together before, never really talked about decorating, or desires.

I recall our first “discussion” about the house when I realized that renovating a house with anyone, especially my fiance might have been the worst thing I ever decided to do!  One night, we were talking about paint colors and painting when I suggested that we paint the house a few different colors (not all in the same room) to give the house some character. I also suggested we paint the house a nice warm color that was not tan because at that time everyone’s house was tan. The look that was shot across the room for suggesting something other than tan was priceless! He then followed it up  with, “What do you mean a different color, we are painting it tan.”

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