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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday Quotes

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He isn't here!  He is risen from the dead, just as He said would happen. ~Matthew 28:6 NLT

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Apparoo App of the Week!


Trying to find great apps for moms or kids can be hard with so many available. That's why I've partnered with Apparoo - the app discovery service for busy moms. Each week I'll be sharing the 'Apparoo App of the Week' with you. Very often they've negotiated to bring you great paid apps at heavily discounted rates and sometimes even free.



This week's app is the very cool Tic Toc Time.  It is an award winning app that teaches kids to tell time, is normally $3.99. Download it here now for just $.99!


From a kid’s perspective, time is a bizarre concept: there are 60 seconds and 60 minutes, but 12 hours... unless there are 24! And phrases like ‘a quarter til’ and ‘half past’ that we take for granted just seem to make their brains melt. Tic Toc Time takes a holistic approach to teaching time; a family of beavers leads a progression of fun games that first explain using a compass and the movement of the sun and shadows before logically arriving at both digital and analog time-telling. A good time is guaranteed for all! You can get it here now!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

spring in my neck of the woods


This is what we woke up to this morning.  Now I am trying to explain to the kiddos why there is snow on the ground when it was close to 80 on Monday and we were in t-shirts and shorts.  It isn't an easy thing to explain...especially when they are 5 & 3.  

I'm thinking a movie/reading day is in order.  Maybe with some cookie making in there as well.

Is winter over where you are?  It has to be close, right?!

Monday, April 14, 2014

state of the garden


It is amazing what a few days of sun and warmth will do!  This past weekend we had a beautiful day on Saturday and it allowed us the chance to get outside and start the spring clean up.  It seems like it is so late this year.  I think in the past few years I have raked out my gardens in March, but here we are, mid-April, and we are just getting started.

I noticed that the tops of my garlic were coming out, so Jack and I removed the straw from the garlic bed.  I'm not sure how it will do.  Some of it looks healthy, some of it looks like it is dying.  It has been an odd winter, with a lot of rain recently, so I am hoping that a few warm days help to dry out the soil a bit, and then maybe the garlic will turn green...or maybe this will not be a good garlic year!

All of irises and day lilies are starting to sprout up from the ground as well.  It is amazing to see how much growth happens in such a short time.  And since I really don't need to do anything with these flowers sans rake out the garden beds, they are the best types of flowers for me to have!

I still have plans to plant peas.  I thought maybe this weekend I would get to it, unfortunately our outside list is a lot longer than our days are still.  So today, with highs in the 70's (eek!), I hope to get outside with the kids to do some planting.  But, with such warm weather it might end up being a lot of playing and going to the park.

What is going on in your garden?  Are you behind on outside projects like we are?  Is there ever a time you catch up?!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Blinkbuggy feature

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Blinkbuggy. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.


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I have to say that I love taking pictures of my kids.  What mama doesn't?  Homeschooling requires a lot of documenting of the kids and what they are doing, not to mention entering the interesting world of team sports, so we end up with a lot of pictures.  The problem that I have is organizing them.

It seems like it may have been easier with film than all of these new digital cameras.  Yes, I can take better pictures now, but instead of the one or two to choose from, I easily take 70-80 for each event.  When Emma started soccer in the fall, I was taking pictures non-stop.  In fact I think I have her entire first game on my camera card.  I have tried to organize the pictures, and have used a few of the various digital photo organizers that are available online.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been satisfied with them.  It seems to take forever to upload the pictures and then try to organize them...let’s just say I run out of time quickly.

I was so excited to hear about BlinkbuggyBlinkbuggy makes it easy and fun to collect and connect all of life’s most important moments.  You are able to easily upload photos on the go, right from your phone, using their very cool app.  You can add memories, and quotes to each of the pictures, organize them into different photo albums, and then share them right online, or print out amazing photo books as keepsakes.  I also like that you can make the photos private or public.  You don’t have to put everything out there, but you are able to make some of it available to others. 

I really like that it shows up like a scrapbook.  Adding memories; and then having the ability to add the pictures with additional comments on the individual pictures makes making a scrapbook so much easier.  I am still trying to make a baby book for my oldest…who will be 6…in a month.   You are also able to import pictures from Instagram, Facebook, or Google. 


Blinkbuggy is celebrating spring with a Spring Fling Giveaway!  Anyone who registers for Blinkbuggy during the month of April will be entered to win one of three FREE 20 page Blinkbuggy Memory Books. I have to say that I love taking pictures of my kids.  What mama doesn't?  Homeschooling requires a lot of documenting of the kids and what they are doing, not to mention entering the interesting world of team sports, so we end up with a lot of pictures.  The problem that I have is organizing them.

It seems like it may have been easier with film than all of these new digital cameras.  Yes, I can take better pictures now, but instead of the one or two to choose from, I easily take 70-80 for each event.  When Emma started soccer in the fall, I was taking pictures non-stop.  In fact I think I have her entire first game on my camera card.  I have tried to organize the pictures, and have used a few of the various digital photo organizers that are available online.  Unfortunately, I haven’t been satisfied with them.  It seems to take forever to upload the pictures and then try to organize them...let’s just 

Blinkbuggy was also the Apparoo App of the Week this week, so I hope you head over to download it!

Have you tried Blinkbuggy before?  How do you organize all of your pictures?

Hawthorne by Sarah Ballance and a giveaway!

Hawthorne

Hawthorne by Sarah Ballance After a terrifying encounter with the unexplained, it takes ten years and the news of her grandmother’s passing for Emma Grace Hawthorne to return to her childhood home. She seeks peace in saying a proper goodbye, but what she finds is an old love, a sordid family history, and a wrong only she can right. Living in the shadow of Hawthorne Manor, Noah Garrett has never forgotten about Emma Grace. In a house full of secrets, his search for missing documents reveals a truth that can cost him everything. What he finds gave Emma the freedom to walk away from the mansion, her heart free and clear, but at what price to Noah?  

  Praise for Hawthorne "This is a marvelous ghost story. The mystery, the suspense, the eeriness - all collaborate to weave a spell-binding tale . . . The story seamlessly flows to a shocking ending that is utterly brilliant." -- Coffee Time Romance "When I finished it, honestly, all I could do was sit there - a little awestruck." -- Kick Back & Review

Hawthorne will be FREE on Amazon from April 10th to 14th

Excerpt from Hawthorne

Noah closed in on the convertible, giving the nearby grounds a cursory look. The lawn was meticulous, the beds overflowing with sprays of purple garden phlox which trailed around the bend in the road and disappeared. A riot of white and rust-red irises backed the smaller purple flowers, their leaves deep green and glossy. Overhead, Spanish moss swayed only occasionally atop a maze of live oak, more likely a result of a passing swarm of insects than an actual air current. The land was still. If there were tourists snapping photos of the historic plantation — or doing anything else — he didn't see them. But someone had been there. The car was certainly real, even if that too-familiar scream had been a figment of his imagination. Wasn’t it always? Resigned to another night alone with his memories, Noah pivoted. And found himself nose to nose with Emma Grace. Astounded, he opened his mouth, then closed it. He wanted to reach for her, but his arms refused the notion; they hung uselessly by his sides, the effort futile. His mouth wasn't much on cooperation, either. Finally, he found his tongue. "Em—" Her expression cut him off. Green eyes wide, skin pale, her small frame shaking, she spoke. "I saw her, Noah. She's back." The words, nearly soundless, seemed to catch in the thick air. Lingering. Threatening. And ripping the heart from his chest.

sarah

Author Sarah Ballance Sarah and her husband of what he calls “many long, long years” live on the mid-Atlantic coast with their six young children, all of whom are perfectly adorable when they’re asleep. She never dreamed of becoming an author, but as a homeschooling mom, she often jokes she writes fiction because if she wants anyone to listen to her, she has to make them up. (As it turns out, her characters aren’t much better than the kids). When not buried under piles of laundry, she may be found adrift in the Atlantic (preferably on a boat) or seeking that ever-elusive perfect writing spot where not even the kids can find her. She loves creating unforgettable stories while putting her characters through an unkind amount of torture—a hobby that has nothing to do with living with six children. (Really.) Though she adores nail-biting mystery and edge-of-your-seat thrillers, Sarah writes in many genres including contemporary and ghostly paranormal romance.


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Apparoo App of the Week!


Trying to find great apps for moms or kids can be hard with so many available. That's why I've partnered with Apparoo - the app discovery service for busy moms. Each week I'll be sharing the 'Apparoo App of the Week' with you. Very often they've negotiated to bring you great paid apps at heavily discounted rates and sometimes even free.


I am really excited to introduce this week's app - Blinkbuggy


How do we always find time to post super-adorable kid pictures on Facebook, but somehow never get that long-planned baby book done? Well, guilt-trip no more. Blinkbuggy is an online baby book that puts all your photos, milestones and funny stories in one place – and it’s as easy as a status update. You can keep it completely private, link to social media (it can even grab the photos you’ve already posted), or share with whomever you choose – great for grandparents! These precious years will disappear faster than that photo you posted last month, so don’t spend another moment procrastinating. Create an enduring – and endearing – album with Blinkbuggy online and in print!  Download it here.

Stay tuned in the next couple of days where I do a full review of Blinkbuggy!

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