Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Supporting Shagbark

I am deviating from my normal subjects in order to share a different kind of project with you.

My sister is currently living and working at Shagbark Farm in Missouri (link goes to Shagbark's blog, where there are lots of cute animal pictures and more informative ramblings). Shagbark's mission is to "establish a sustainable, sacred, primitive homestead in northeast Missouri."

To learn more and/or donate, simply go to They have quite a few unique, handmade "prizes" depending on how much you are able to contribute. This is a worthy cause, and all donations will go a long way to helping this small farm be totally self-sustaining and "off-the-grid." Any amount is accepted :) Thanks for considering.

And lastly, a short update from Joan Shagbark:
"We’ve still got just under $12,00 to gather to reach our goal to make all these dreams come true. help us make more gardens! tell your herb loving friends and fruit tree loving friends to share the love and offer us some support. anyone who grows any of their own food (or wishes they did) might be willing to share a few words, links, or dollars for our cause. every bit of help counts. thank you, thank you, thank you. you are changing our world."

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Flourish Giveaway winner!

I hosted a Flourish giveaway  last week, and the winner has been chosen.




Lacie will receive a package full of Flourish products worth over $25 total!
Congratulations, my friend!

If you didn't win, you can still go online and shop anytime.
My personal website is: 
The online store is open 24-7. Check out my facebook page to see if there are any special deals going on right now. You could also schedule a party with me, so that you can see some fun Flourish products in person and watch how they work. If you don't live in NC, I can organize an online party for you - just ask!

The best thing you can do for me? It's simple: Tell your friends about Flourish! It's a new company with awesome, innovative products, but so many parents don't know about it yet. Be the trendsetter, and spread the word.

Thank you for your support :)

Friday, April 12, 2013

Flourish Giveaway!

Have you heard of Flourish? No, you haven't? Well, I'll tell you a little bit about it.
Flourish is a unique small-business-based company that sells products invented by moms, for moms, to make moms jobs easier! It's a brand-new company that got started with three moms in October 2012.

They have products to help keep kids safe, like this Parking Pal magnet. Simply stick it on the side of your vehicle. Kids place their hand onto the magnets hand, and they stay put. No more running loose in parking lots! It gives them a little bit of independence in the parking lot and keeps them safe so that you can load/unload the car. We have one on our van and it's worked really well for my 2 and 4 year old.

Check out the Monkey Gripster that kids can hold on to. It will attach to your purse, diaper bag, stroller or belt. There are so many different ways to use it! It also comes with it's own drawstring carrying bag, and a board book all about how to stay safe with the Monkey Gripster in different places and situations. No more wandering preschoolers at the mall :)

Another great product is this chalk mat set.
It comes in several different prints and includes a small chalk holder (no more broken chalk sticks!). The "butter chalk" is dust-free - no sneezing or smeary messes from the chalk dust. It also comes in a table runner size - perfect for playdates, parties, or coloring time. Plus it makes it super-easy to label your food during holiday meals.

Another one of my favorite products is the Aqueduck. It comes in 3 different colors (blue, pink, and gray). It also comes with a ducky temporary tattoo! It's a nifty little invention that helps kids reach the water - no more lifting heavy toddlers or squishing their little tummies on the edge of the sink. Now that we use Aqueduck, my kids actually LOVE to wash their hands!

You can read more about the Aqueduck's creator, Susanna Lee, on her webpage:

Want to win something from Flourish? 
Well, here is your chance!

Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Flourish Giveaway ends at midnight on Friday April 19th, so you have a few days to share this giveaway with family and friends. (Also, don't forget to do your taxes. :)

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sick / Homeschool giveaway

I have been battling a nasty version of the flu this weekend. Yesterday afternoon, I was so weak and dehydrated that I actually fainted. I'd been sitting on the porch, watching the kids run around in the front yard, waiting for a friend to take them to the playground. Just sitting there in the sunshine was all I could manage to do at that point. I waved goodbye to the kids, stood up to go inside, and just collapsed.
It was really only for a few moments, but I was really disoriented. I am SO THANKFUL that my friend Emily was there to help me get back into the house, thankful that I didn't get hurt when I fell down on the wooden deck, and thankful that my kids didn't see this little episode.

Thank the Lord for close friends who can help out in my time of need!!!

Another mom-blogger homeschooling friend of mine is running two different giveaways here: One is for Draw and Write through History, the other is from Draw Write Now. Go enter quickly, they end at midnight tonight!