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giveaway hopHere in the East, temperatures have definitely taken a dip.  It seems that normally our weather turns cold on October 31st.  You know, just in time for the kids to freeze while they’re out trick-or-treating!  But this year we were spared for a little while, which I’m grateful for.

The first day of winter is December 21st, so get ready wherever you live!  Being stuck inside gives you more time to enter giveaway hops, right?  So grab a cup of hot chocolate, bundle up and enjoy the Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop sponsored by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It. Read more….


Drop In On The December 2 Remember Giveaway Hop!

December to Remember giveaway hopThanksgiving feasts and the craziness of Black Friday are now over and we’re all starting to feel the time crunch to be ready for Christmas.  At this time of year most of us could use some help in purchasing all of the gifts or extra holiday items we would like to buy.

To hopefully provide some of you with a little help, I’ve teamed up with Anderson’s Angels, This Mamas Life, The More The MerrierWoven by Words and over 20 other wonderful bloggers to bring you another great giveaway event!  Each blog has gathered a prize package of $25 or more for the December 2 Remember Giveaway Event! [click to continue…]


hearing loss
For the last year and a half I have lived with increased ringing in my ears (tinnitus).  I first noticed it after flying and thought it would rectify itself, but time went on and it didn’t get better but grew worse.  I still didn’t go to the doctor and get it checked.  You know how it is, we’re always ripping and tearing about putting ourselves last much of the time.

Over the course of the last several months, I started noticing I couldn’t hear as well either.  I first noticed it with the television.  I kept asking my husband if he could hear it and when he said yes, I would ask him to turn it up anyway because I couldn’t.  When I was driving my grandchildren Read more….


giveaway hop
I’m one of those ladies that refuses to start putting up any Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving.  So now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, our Christmas tree is up.  Plus my little Christmas village is twinkling away and my fairy garden is decked out for Christmas.  Not a lot, but we’re on our way!

The passing of Thanksgiving also means that Christmas shopping season is in full swing!  And just in time, the This OR That Giveaway Hop, sponsored by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It, is here to offer you a chance at lots of super holiday giveaways. Read more….


easy dessert recipe

This easy dessert recipe is so quick to make, yet it tastes so good!  You’ll find yourself reaching for the ingredients again and again.  And with all of those beautiful red cherries, I think Cherry Delight is the perfect festive holiday dessert!

The holidays have snuck up on me this year.  Until a few days ago, I hadn’t even given a menu a second thought.  In past years, I’ve tried too hard to make a big dinner, turned down help when offered and ended up stressed out in the kitchen.  I’ve decided I’m not doing that this year.

Here are some of my thoughts on keeping it simple:

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husbandI recently saw somewhere that Saturday is International Men’s Day.  I started thinking about my husband when I saw that and how blessed I am to have him in my life.

Our marriage of 33 years has certainly not been without its ups and downs.  I won’t elaborate on them here, but trust me, we have had our share.  Good times and bad times are a certainty in any marriage.  Surviving them depends upon your commitment to one another.  And we have commitment on our side.

This is written as a thank you note Read more….


Stocking stufferI love Christmas stockings!  I think in a way they are my favorite part of gift giving and receiving.  It’s just so much fun to pull item after item out of that festively decorated stocking.  The bad part…. all of the added stocking stuffer expense!

I’ve joined up with the The Mommy Island, The Kids Did It and lots of other great blogs to bring you the Super Stocking Stuffer Giveaway Hop!  Our goal is to bring some relief to your wallet by offering lots of giveaways to enter and prizes to win. Read more….


travel tips
I’m still a little shocked by this, but I recently won a one week stay in a beach house in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina!  When I say beach house, I mean approximately 25 yards from the beach.  So, of course we invited family, meaning adult children and their families.  Our daughter and her family living in California couldn’t make the trip, but our two sons and their families that live close by were very excited to go along.  Which meant all staying together in one beach house would be 6 adults and 4 children, ages 9 months, 2, 4 and 6 years. Read more….


Turkey Day Giveaway Hop

Where did October go; does anyone know?  I seem to have misplaced it!  Do you feel that way to?

Whether we’re ready or not, November has arrived which means the holidays are just around the corner.  I have to say I’m not ready, I need more time!  But how does that saying go, “time waits for no one”?  So true, so we might as well Read more….


Skyline Drive

One of the things I think many of us enjoy most about fall is the color of the changing leaves and there isn’t anywhere better to see those colors than on Skyline Drive.

Skyline Drive winds it’s way along the crest of the Blue Ridge Mountains for approximately 105 miles in Virginia. The Blue Ridge Parkway is its neighbor to the south.   It begins in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Cherokee, North Carolina and ends where it greets Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park near Rockfish Gap, Virginia. Read more….