Monday, January 31, 2011

Meet Me On Monday


1.  What do you put on your hot dog?
Hot Dogs....YUCK!  I don't eat hot dogs, they are gross!!!!

2.  Do you play Sudoku?
I have tried, but I am just not smart enough!  I get so frustrated!

3.  What is your favorite vegetable?
Carrots right out the garden....hmmmm.  Pull it up, wipe it on the grass and crunch away.  

4.  Do you color your hair?
Not yet.   I have had my daughter "touch up" the gray's in the front.  I am getting close to giving in.  I thought I would NEVER color, but longer gray hair is just "witchy" looking

5.  What is your favorite brand of clothing?
Cheap! haha

Thanks again, Java, for coming up with some interesting questions!

Now you can link up with us below:

Saturday, January 29, 2011

When Death Becomes Birth

I just received news that my sweet sister-in-law's father died this morning.  

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When Death Becomes Birth

by Max Lucado
You, as all God’s children, live one final breath from your own funeral. Which, from God’s perspective, is nothing to grieve. He responds to these grave facts with this great news: “The day you die is better than the day you are born” (Eccles. 7:1). Now there is a twist. Heaven enjoys a maternity-ward reaction to funerals. Angels watch body burials the same way grandparents monitor delivery-room doors. “He’ll be coming through any minute!” They can’t wait to see the new arrival. While we’re driving hearses and wearing black, they’re hanging pink and blue streamers and passing out cigars. We don’t grieve when babies enter the world. The hosts of heaven don’t weep when we leave it.
Oh, but many of us weep at the thought of death. Do you? Do you dread your death?
Is your fear of dying robbing your joy of living? Jesus came to “deliver those who have lived all their lives as slaves to the fear of dying” (Heb. 2:15).
If Scripture boasted a list of the famous dead, Lazarus would be near the top. He lived in Bethany, a sleepy hamlet that sat a short walk from Jerusalem. Jesus spent a lot of time there. Maybe he liked the kitchen of Martha or the devotion of Mary. One thing is for sure: he considered Lazarus a friend. News of Lazarus’s death prompts Jesus to say, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but now I will go and wake him up” (John 11:11).
And now, four days after the funeral, Jesus has come calling. Literally calling, “Lazarus, come out!” Can we try to picture Lazarus as he hears those words? Heaven-sent Lazarus. Heaven-happy Lazarus. Four days into his measureless days. By now he’s forming fast friendships with other saints. King David shows him the harps. Moses invites him over for tea and manna. Elijah and Elisha take him for a spin in the fiery chariot. Daniel has promised him a lion of a Bible story. He’s on his way to hear it when a voice booms through the celestial city.
“Lazarus, come out!”
Everybody knows that voice. No one wonders, Who was that? Angels stop. Hosts of holy-city dwellers turn toward the boy from Bethany, and someone says, “Looks like you’re going back for another tour of duty.”
Lazarus doesn’t question the call. Perfect understanding comes with a heavenly passport. He doesn’t object. But had he done so, who could have faulted him? His heavenly body knows no fever. His future no fear. He indwells a city that is void of padlocks, prisons, and Prozac. With sin and death nonexistent, preachers, doctors, and lawyers are free to worship. Would anyone blame Lazarus for saying, “Do I have to go back?”
But he doesn’t second-guess the command. Nor does anyone else. Return trips have been frequent of late. The daughter of the synagogue ruler. The boy from Nain. Now Lazarus from Bethany. Lazarus turns toward the rarely used exit door. The very one, I suppose, Jesus used some thirty earth years earlier. With a wave and within a wink, he’s reunited with his body and waking up on a cold slab in a wall-hewn grave. The rock to the entrance has been moved, and Lazarus attempts to do the same. Mummy-wrapped, he stiffly sits up and walks out of the tomb with the grace of Frankenstein’s monster.
People stare and wonder.
We read and may ask, “Why did Jesus let him die only to call him back?”
To show who runs the show. To trump the cemetery card. To display the unsquashable strength of the One who danced the Watusi on the neck of the devil, who stood face to clammy face with death and declared, “You call that a dead end? I call it an escalator.”
“Lazarus, come out!”
Those words, incidentally, were only a warmup for the big day. He’s preparing a worldwide grave evacuation. “Joe, come out!” “Maria, come out!” “Giuseppe, come out!” “Jacob, come out!” Grave after grave will empty. What happened to Lazarus will happen to us. Only our spirit-body reunion will occur in heaven, not Bethany Memorial Cemetery.
God Came Near Deluxe EditionWhen this happens—when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die—then at last the Scriptures will come true:
“Death is swallowed up in victory. 
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?” 
(1 Cor. 15:54–55)
With Christ as your friend and heaven as your home, the day of death becomes sweeter than the day of birth.
Come Thirsty
Copyright (Thomas Nelson, 2004) Max Lucado

ShaToBu Review and Giveaway

This giveaway is now closed

congratulations, Liz!

Exactly WHAT is a ShaToBu

A new drink, perhaps? 

Maybe a delicacy from the orient? 

A newly recorded outrageous rap song? 

Could it be an invention to scare your kids into listening to you? 

Lest you think I've gotten involved in some crazy cult or something, ShaToBu stands for



"ShaToBu - The Workout You Wear - is the revolutionary shaper that helps women shape, tone and burn more calories during everyday activities.
The benefits go beyond ordinary shapewear - ShaToBu instantly gives a sleeker silhouette, but women can also see and feel a difference in their bodies with regular use over time. By incorporating resistance bands right into the garment, muscles work a little harder and more calories are burned during daily activities.
ShaToBu helps women fit a workout into their normal day, while looking and feeling great."  (quoted from the website)

Yea, that's what I thought too when I first read about this.  Can it be true?  No more sit ups, leg lifts, crunches?  I've got to give it a try :) 

I ordered a high waist to knee ShaToBu because I have a bit of flab that starts right above my waist and goes all the way down to my knees....yea, gross!  Anyone who knows me is probably laughing.  I am very petite!  I'm sure you're thinking, right, all that flab....BUT clothing hides a lot of that blubber.  Even the smallest people have unwanted, unsightly fat.  Maybe I don't have as much as you do, but I still don't like what I DO have!  

After trying to figure out which was the front and back, pulling, stretching and sucking it all in, I finally squeezed myself into it. It was tight....very tight. I continue to dress into my low rider jeans and a form fitting shirt. The same ones I wore the day before that every time I looked in the mirror I thought, "this is not very flattering".  But this time, a much nicer shape was visible.  No more humps and bumps.  

I wore my ShaToBu all day.  Most days I am not very active, but this was my errands day.  So I did quite a bit of walking, standing and moving around.  I did notice I had to put a bit more effort into my movements.  I was also conscious of how I was walking and tended to tighten my tummy and stand straighter.  All very good benefits.  If that is what it takes to tone, then I'd say that it would work well over time.  

BUT I can't comment on how much toning would occur with daily use over time because I have not worn it again since.  Because of the tightness, especially around the top band, I haven't worn it again.  By the end of the day, I was just too uncomfortable.  I wonder if one size bigger would make a difference.

If I've piqued your interest and you want to give this a try, you can buy one here
enter this giveaway to win a ShaToBu of your choice.  I would like the winner to write a review for my blog after they have tried it.  

Here's how to enter:

1.  Follow For One Another via GFC or networked blogs and comment that you did/are
2.  Follow ShaToBu on Twitter OR Facebook OR sign up for their newsletter.  You MUST do at least one, then comment which one.

1.  Follow For One Another on Twitter
2.  Enter another giveaway on For One Another and comment which one
3.  Comment how you try to stay in shape
4.  Share about ShaToBu on Facebook or Twitter or both (bottom page link on their website) 

Winner will randomly be chosen on February 15, 2011 with and notified via email.  If no response within 48 hours, then an alternate winner will be chosen.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Answer to How Smart Are You?

The answer you've been waiting for from last week's question
Is an opossum and possum the same animal?

Opossum's and Possum's are both Marsupials but are different animals.  Opossum's live in North America, have a bare tail and belong to the Didelphimorpha family.  While Possum's live in Australia, have a furry tail and belong to the family Phalangeridae. 
Now you have a little bit of useless  information to share!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

JustPaperRoses winner!





Reading the Bible in a Year Challenge

I purchased this Bible at my bi-yearly visit to Christian Book Distributors warehouse sale in November 2010 with the intent of reading through the Bible in 2011.  
I think I need some accountability as I am a week behind.  Not bad you say....well, not really.  I had to spend an hour the other morning to catch up.  My idea is to read daily...not just read for the sake of "staying on schedule".  
Thus this post.  Maybe if I lay it all out here, then I'll feel like I have someone to hold me accountable....

For the week of January 23 - 29 here is my schedule:

23/Sunday:       Genesis 27:1-28:9; Genesis 36:1-43; 1 Chronicles 1:35-54
24/Monday:      Genesis 28:10-30:43
25/Tuesday:     Genesis 31:1-35:32 
26/Wednesday: Genesis 33:1-35:29; 1 Chronicles 2:1-2
27/Thursday:    Genesis 37:1-39:23
28/Friday:        Genesis 40:1-41:57
29/Saturday:    Genesis  42:1-44:34

This is where I have to start as this is the week I am behind....maybe I should just get off the computer and go read :)


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

A lesson from history

I would never say that I wish I lived in Colonial times.  I like my modern conveniences, thank you very much.  I am NOT interested in living without electricity or running water again...yes, I said again.  I did live that way 27 years ago for a few years.  I survived, but I really don't want to do it again.  I enjoy my dishwasher, central vac, washer/dryer, laptop with wireless internet, telephone, and van.  I do NOT want to be without any of them.
I am not a great cook, gardener, seamstress, knitter, soap maker, etc, etc.  I like having a microwave, refrigerator, thrift stores where I can buy my clothes cheaply, Walmart that provides all the other necessarys!

Having confessed all that, I do wish family life was as simple as it was back then.  Families stayed together. Children respected their parents (at least outwardly).  Grandparents were revered.

During my daughter's history lesson today I was reminded of how I want my family life to be and how far I've allowed it to stray.  There was a page where she was asked to determine if the statement pertained to a colonial or modern family.  As we read through, it was quite obvious which was which.
  1. practiced sitting down together for meals
  2. sitting down together for meals seldom practiced
  3. more leisure time for personal pleasure
  4. less leisure time for personal pleasure
  5. family time spent together doing projects, reading the Bible and teaching skills
  6. doing things together as a family seldom practiced
  7.  father provides stable leadership, mother supports husband's leadership, children respectfully follow parental guidance
  8. father absent from family or fails to provide stable leadership, mother not supportive of father or must assume family leadership, children often disrespectful and want "rights" without responsibilities
  9. Sunday viewed as just another day
  10. Sunday set aside for worshiping God and rest from work
  11.  values of love, respect, honor, responsibility, honesty taught
  12. values of self-centeredness, irresponsibility and disrespect for authority often learned from poor role models
  13. parenting skills passed down from one generation to the next
  14. positive parenting skills often unknown or not practiced
  15. mothers work at home giving families a sense of security
  16. mothers work outside the home, children's needs often unmet
  17. old age often no respected; responsibility for care of older parents given to others
  18. old age respected; responsibility for aging parents taken on by the family
  19. unstable, fragmented families---single parent home common place
  20. stable, close-knit families--two parent families are typical
How does your family compare to the above?  There are a few areas in my home that could use some work.  Yes, I can have a "colonial" family life even with all the modern conveniences.  I think I just have to make it happen....give it some thought and effort.  Stop being lazy, because the end result is well worth it!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Meet Me On Monday

It is that time again....the time I share some useless interesting, fabulous and tantalizing,  tidbits about ME!!!!  

Thanks to Java for coming up with these weekly questions ;)  You too can link up with us below.

1.  What is your favorite kind of fudge?
2.  Is there snow outside your window?
3.  What is your favorite meal of the day?
4.  Do you text on your cell phone?
5.  Waffles or pancakes?

I know you're dying to know my answers to these here goes:

What is your favorite kind of fudge?

I don't like is waaaaay to sweet for me

Is there snow outside your window?

Does a bear poop in the woods?  Not only is there a couple feet of snow, but it is also -20 degrees out there.  I'll be staying inside, thank you!

What is your favorite meal of the day?

I'd have to say nibbling while I make supper....I don't eat breakfast, usually just have a salad for lunch, therefore, by the time I am making the supper meal I am so hungry that I nibble, nibble, nibble the whole time!

Do you text on your cell phone?
I can't even text while walking, sitting or standing.... because I live in nowhere's ville, I don't even have texting on my phone....sad, yes, I know :(

Waffles or pancakes?  
Definitely waffles..  I love the crunch!

True Treasures Review

Where is the place you go to ‘get away from it all”.  That place that you KNOW no one would dare to follow and intrude?  My place is the bathroom (not very exciting, I know), but it is my place of solitude. But I like to have a few items with me….a hot bath, cool drink of water, a light snack and a good read.   I had all but the good read….what to use to complete this wonderful getaway! 

(rewind 20 years)
I remember when I first began home education.  I just HAD to have that magazine to tell me what to do.  How else was I to know what this thing called homeschooling is supposed to look like?  As the hard days turned into harder weeks, rolling into “what have I gotten myself into” months…I was so discouraged.  MY home school looked NOTHING, not even close, to what those “perfect” families did in THAT magazine!  I began to honestly open up to others to find out what I was doing wrong.  Come to find out, those perfect little families don’t exist!  The articles I read were about days that happen….oh, when Venus lines up correctly with Mars! Everyone I talked with had very similar difficulties I did.  WHEW!  I’m not a total screw up!
I got rid of those “this is what a day should look like” magazine and vowed to NEVER pick one up again.

(back to present)
So I'm checking my email and I open up one from a group called Gabby Moms  looking for mom bloggers to "gab" about a mom's life!  I like to gab about my kids, home schooling, home making, marriage and all!  I love to blog, review items....
Sounds nice, fun…sure why not?  

Then I get this beautiful magazine wrapped in a pretty bow called True Treasures to review
…..OH. NOOOOO….my palms start to sweat, my mouth goes dry, my stomach gets queasy and I feel a migraine coming on...... A magazine with a frilly bow?…are you kidding me?  Not another one of THOSE magazines!  But because I already said I would do this, I WILL do this. 

 Ready?….  (not really)

hot bath (check)
cool drink (check)
light snack (check)
good read…???? 

Ok, ok, I’ll take True Treasures into my place of solitude.

AHHH….so relaxing

Wait a minute…..  

As I read it seems that these ladies have been peeking in on my life!   I could have written most every one of them!  From the very first one by Mrs. Lorrie Flem about how God is continually molding us into his image to the very last by Cindy Rushton where she confesses about a life that takes control because of busyness.  As I turn the pages (and into a prune) I mumble, “uh-huh, oh-yea, been there, done/said that, wish I did that better” and on and on.  These ladies write reality.  They don’t paint this perfect picture of  their lives, but open up with honesty and vunerability that is rare.  I was actually encouraged, instead of feeling like I had totally missed the boat….

What I liked the most is that each article describes what life “should/could” be, but doesn’t leave you wondering “how?”.  Whether it be home making, parenting, marriage, home schooling, you are given practical ways to improve.  To be all that you can be (no, it’s not the army ) 

So what is True Treasures?
It is a compilation of the “best of the best” from 10 years of TEACH magazine.
Are you now asking:  "What is TEACH magazine?"  
Click on over to their website: to find out.

You can purchase True Treasures here.  Use this coupon code GabbyMoms to receive $4.00 off the purchase price until May 31, 2011.  This would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift (hint, hint, wink, wink)

I've just read some other Gabby Mom reviews of True Treasures and two are offering a giveaway!  If you'd like a chance to win True Treasures click here and another here.

Did you know that TEACH stands for : To Encourage And Challenge Homemakers?  I had never read anything from TEACH before True Treasures….I would say that they have succeeded in fulfilling their name!  

At the beginning of 2011 TEACH magazine has changed it's name to Eternal Encouragement.

I received this product for honest review from TEACH Magazine as a part of The Gabby Moms blogging program.  All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Friday, January 21, 2011







(go check out her blog)

She chose a Dave Ramsey book called
Financial Peace Revisited

Thanks, Pam, and all my followers, for helping me to reach this milestone!  

Now onto 1000 ;)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Save the Date book review & giveaway

This was such a fun book. Even though it was very predictable, it was enjoyable!   The verbal banter between the two main characters, Alex & Lucy was charming, just made me love the both of them.  The supporting characters added their own "spice"!
This is a story of forgiveness, unsuspecting love, and finding worth in life, to name just a few themes throughout.  
I was not disappointed as I turned page after page, all in one sitting!  I will definitely be picking up more by Jenny B. Jones.

Somehow I ended up with 2 of these someone will also be able to read this fun book.

Only one way to enter:  
Leave a comment telling me the book you are currently reading.
If there is no email contact left in comment...comment will be deleted! 
I have changed my "policy" due to Holly's comment.  If I can't contact you and you are the winner...then I will just pick another winner!

I will randomly pick a winner on February 4, 2011

*I received  2 complimentary copies of this book from BookSneeze in return for an honest review.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Funky Monkey Snacks Review & Giveaway

First the FACTS from Funky Monkey website:

Funky Monkey Snacks are a line of freeze-dried fruit that are 100% natural, 100% real fruit, and 100% delicious – with 3 servings of fruit in each 1oz bag!  Our “fruit that crunches” provides the ultimate snack, fusing the great taste, smell, and nutritional goodness of fresh fruit with the crunch and convenience of conventional snacks.

Here are some additional Funky Monkey highlights:
•             Funky Monkey Snacks have no added colors, flavors, sugars, or preservatives
•             Our special, proprietary manufacturing process provides for a crunchier texture vs.              conventional freeze-drying techniques
•             We use full slices and pieces (not dices) of delicious, fresh fruit
•             Funky Monkey is made in Brazil (not China!) using tropical fruits at the peak of freshness
•             Our products are gluten-free, certified Kosher, and certified non-GMO
•             One of our 7 flavors, Purple Funk, also includes a├žai, a berry from the Amazon that is viewed as the newest super food

Interested?  I was when I heard about a freeze-dried, crunchy fruit!  I was sent a sampler pack.  The kids and I sat down and went from one bag to another "taste-testing".  It was a little weird to "crunch" a banana that had a hint of a cinnamon flavor :0...but it was fact, I 'd say it was my favorite. The kids chose Carnaval Mix as their favorite.  

Funky Monkey's website is fun!  They have a page called Looney Lab where you can design your own flavor or an activity page to play a game!  So after you're done munching, or even while you are munching, head on over to the web page for some fun!

I think you all should give this snack a try.  It's easy to grab on the run and healthy too!

Funky Monkey will send one winner a sampler pack to taste test for yourself.  To enter you MUST do both of the following:
1.  Be a follower of For One Another (if you already follow via GFC, please follow on networked blogs)
2.  Like Funky Monkey on Facebook and leave a comment there that you found them on For One Another and which flavor you'd like to try.  (they often offer giveaways and contests here)

1.  Follow Funky Monkey on Twitter
2.  Follow For One Another on Twitter
3.  Visit Funky Monkey's blog and make a relevant comment, post link here
4.  Sign up for Funky Monkey's newsletter to receive coupons and contest info
5.  Tweet this giveaway and comment that you did
6.  Enter another giveaway on For One Another (if there is one!)

Winner will be chosen by on February 1, 2011 and notified via email contact info left in comment.  Winner will have 48 hours to respond before an alternate winner will be chosen.