Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Boy does the time go by, but don't fear starting January 1st you will be seeing daily updates from me. I have been very busy this year and had to pair down a few things so that I can fit in more of what I love to do which is blogging, and making some money online.

I blog every day, but do it way more often over at Gather where I get paid to write but decided I will give it a go, and try to keep up with my other blogs too. What better time to do it then with a brand new year. There are so many people out there that think 2012 will be the end of the world, but that is to be seen. As long as I am here on Earth, and I have internet access I will be reporting from our life right here in Marksville.

I hope you will be looking forward to my new updates come the new year and will join in finding out more about our family. Until then Marksville wishes you Happy Holidays.

Monday, June 13, 2011

My blog winnings

Ok I have been putting it off, and low and behold I need to get it done before anymore builds up. I have won a few blogs and want to give credit to those who I won from so here goes.

Way back in March on the blog A New Beginning, I won a coupon for a free 28oz bottle of Purex Complete Crystals.

In April I won Dove's Pomegranate & Lemon Verbeana Deodorant on Reviews She Rote.

In May I won the New Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream, from Lori's Blog Reviews and more. I don't have a picture as I have already passed it on to someone in need of it.
and also the Scott's Liquid Gold Spring cleaning survival kit from Marsha's Spot .

My most recent win was the Win a clothing item from Kiki's Fashions! that I won off of a gather post but she has a blog over at Dnbuster's Place. I don't have a picture of this yet because it hasn't come yet, but will be sure to post when it gets here.

I thought I could never win anything and my friends on gather, and blogspot have taught me that I am a very lucky person indeed. My kids get excited everytime a package comes in the mail wondering if I won something, or if I am trying a item for a company or if maybe it is a freebie, knowing that some times there are treats for them really helps out with the excitement of course but as long as I can have fun, provide a little extra something for the family. I am here to blog, blog away. Make sure you check out my site as well at Pam's place to win a give a way, to stay up to date on the latest offerings from my freinds and if you have a give a way you would like me to spread the news about just message me with the details and link and I will be sure to get to it.

Happy Blogging everyone and good luck to everyone who enters contests.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BzzAgent Covergirl 50th Anniversary Campaign

I am a BzzAgent and I would like to introduce the Covergirl 50th Anniversary Campaign which you can find by clicking on the above inbedded line.

Here you can take part and maybe even win a prize. Good luck and have fun.

BzzAgent Maybelline Super Stay 24 2-step color kit came in.

I had a surprise when I got home today. I don't know how I didn't know but I was chosen for the BzzAgen Maybelline Super STay 24 2-step color kit, and it came today. I recieved the BzzGuide, and 4 samples of the the New Maybelling SuperStaty 24 2-step Lipcolor although they look like fullsize ones to me in Timeless Rose, Wear on Wildberry, Everlasting Wine, and Forever Chestnut.

I alreay put on the Timeless Rose, so I could give it try right away. I don't wear lipstick for one reason you have to reapply tons of times and it always wears off on anything you eat, kiss, or put to your mouth, so lets see if this stuff will live up to its name. So far I have kissed my husband, eaten a muffin, while drinking some hot tea, and it is still staying strong. I still have a long day ahead of me so we will see how it holds up over the rest of my day.

I hope you will keep up with my updates as I will be sharing some digital coupons later on.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Dorothy's first hair cut

Dorothy is a little over 3 years old and went in for her first hair cut. She wants her ears pierced too which I thought we might have gotten a few weeks ago but we didn't go where they did ears, so that will have to wait.

She was so cute, they put her up on a nice high chair, put the smock on, sprayed her hair, combed, cut, and she was done. We got before, during , and after pictures. I can't wait to put them up on my gather site.

She is just growing up so fast. She is fully potty trained which went really fast and well. We were a little late doing her potty thing but when we did do it, it was so easy. I try to do it when there isn't a lot going on and wanted her done before she started school. That didn't happen but soon after starting her teachers told me she was much better at the whole bathroom thing then some of the older kids and asked if I was ready to try. I said lets do it and it was like overnight she was done. She had been staying dry overnight for a long time probably almost a year, and was taking her clothes on and off on her own. I just think that her being possibly our last chid that we held her back in this big step.

I am very blessed to have my little amazing Dorothy.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Last Friday of the First Month of 2011

I was up early this morning helping the kids get ready for school. Once they were out the door I laid back down and took a bit of a nap till I had to get up, which wasn't all that long. See today was my Dorothy's family day at school. It is the one day of the month where the parents are invited in, although we can show up any time, it is just a set date so for those who would like to come can also hang with other parents and get to know one another. These are one of my favorite activities, making friends.

When I was ready to go I put on my gloves, grabbed my keys, and my card so I could stop and get milk on the way home. Soon as I opened the door I noticed that my van was covered with snow, and ice. Unlocked the van, started the engine, fished around for the scrapper, brush combo, and comenced clearing the windshield off while the heat from the inside of the van joined in helping. Once cleared hopped in and would only be a few minutes late for me, but really you can come in any time. I just like to be the first there and the last to leave.

Found a parking spot, hurried to the front of the school to be greeted by one of my favorite people greeters. Her name happens to be the same as mine and is in our family through marriage on both sides actually. Strange but true, well she just loves my keyrings (they have my name on them). So of course I show her the new one my husband got for me as a gift, and she reminds me to tell my husband the next time make sure he picks her one up too. We chat a little about how the kids are doing, how my Samantha is coming along, and then it is time for me to get upstairs and join in with all the fun.

When I first get to the classroom I look right away for the sign in sheet for the volunteers, I didn't see one so I saught out the teacher who had forgotten to put one out. There were parents already milling around and doing some acivities so I got to sign first, then passing it onto the next parent, or daughter in this case. Samantha takes time out of her schedule to be there for Dorothy on the family days. Dennise has only been able to come to one, Dennis 2, me everyone of them. I do have to mention you get points for being a volunteer for just about anything and it also helps out with funding for the classroom.

This month they had a winter theme, so they had ice fishing (a silver mat of sorts with magnetic fish on it with poles made out of pencils, string, and magnets to catch the fish with, Polor Bear or Penguin craft, Dorothy chose the Polar Bear, then making mittens in which Samantha had to make one too, never too old to have fun with arts and crafts I say. They also had a water table with the water dyed blue, and of course the Riff books were there for the kids to pick out. The smiles on the kids when they get to pick a book out to keep for their very own is always a blessing to see.

As always I had some wonderful conversation with parents and teachers, time flew by and it was time for first Samantha to get to her testing and for me to head home. I said my good byes, giving Dorothy a big wet one on her forehead, then off to get some milk before returning home for the day.

Samantha had a friend coming over, which ended up getting home before her so Dennis and I chatted, getting to know each other, and making them feel welcome. Samantha got home a short time later, walked Princess, introduced Princess to her friend. It was love at first site but of course for Saint Bernards that comes naturally anyways. Her friend stayed till a while after the kids got home from school, and I started writing my tow blogs for here.

What I got accomplished today was being with my daughter at Family Day, meeting a friend of Samantha's, talking to freinds and teachers, and a load of dishes, so it is time for me to get some clothes folded and think about dinner. I hear the kids playing a game of Candy Lane, I am in for the next game I think we are playing chutes and ladders. Thank you for stopping by today and hope to blog here more often.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

She Speaks Select Harvest kit #3 and my winners.

I was asked by to try out Campbell's Select Harvest Soups. We picked out 4 different varieties. We tried Caramelized French Onion which tasted like a French Onion soup minus the bread and melted cheese, The Chicken with Egg Noddles which my daughter loved, the Minestone which was quite good, but lacked a bit of flavor, then there was the Light Maryland-Style Crab which no one liked, it was too fishy. Our cats and dog would not even eat it. I also had to explain in a video how I maintain a balanced lifestyle. To this I wrote:

I maintain a balanced lifestyle by mixing work with pleasure, I work very hard to provide a loving home for my family, making sure most of their meals are healthy and full of flavor. I also know as a mother that is you don't take time for yourself you can't take care of your family. During ME time I use warm baths, reading, and meditating which often includes prayer to round out my day. We also take time as a family to have a little fun from time to time. We enjoy watching movies together, laughing, and spending time together, be it just a day out shopping, or visiting friends or family. I hope everyone in your family enjoys trying Campbell's Select Harvest soups as much as our family did.

I decided with my two left over coupons I would send them to two of the sweetest friends I have here on Gather who have helped me out in so many ways. I do wish to give more to others as I do more kits, and trials for companies but this is my first so if you would like to see the winners please follow me over to One Mothers Account of daily life.

Now that you are here my winners are going to each recieve a coupon to try Campbell's Healthy Harvest Soups for free, and I will also throw in a potluck of other coupons from my stash that they might like to redeem. Drum roll please.

Congratulations to

Marsha S.
for being winners. Thank you for all of the help you girls have given me and good luck to all of my other friends on blogspot and gather, you might be my next winner.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Always being a Mother

My son called today from New York City. I was wondering if he made it down there with all the ice, luckily he had taken a train so he made it there safe and sound. Some of you know that my son is a practicing Magician he is quite well known in these parts but is just starting to spread out of our county. He is attending a convention today and will be returning sometime tomorrow. He called to ask if I wanted anything, what a sweetie. I told him if something said mommy all over it (something that screams my name) then pick me up something. I told him to be careful, guard his money, and call me when he gets home. He said yes mom to all of the above, and our conversation was over. I have to tell you I am a country girl through and through and just the thought of him in the Big Apple is more then I can handle, but also know that my son needs to spread his wings if he is ever going to make it in the entertainment business.

A mother who cares and loves her children never stops wondering if her children are warm, fed, happy, sheltered, or safe. I am sure I could ramble off a never ending list to fill a whole page and still not be done, with what a mother does for her children. My Mother did teach me that you have to prepare them for the real world that they will have to live in someday, and in doing that they will be prepared to face what ever life gives them, be it good or bad, and still have a smile on their face at the end of the day, knowing that they had the knowledge to do it on their own. We as mothers will not always be here to pick up the pieces for our children but we can leave behind the knowledge we have to them so that they have all the building blocks to put it together with their own little twist on it.

As a child I asked my mother, "mommy will you always be here for me" . She answered Pam I will always be in your heart but someday I will have to leave this earth and until then it is my job to make sure that I leave you with the smarts to take care of yourself one day without my help. Believe me some days are really rough with out her, but when I take a minute to think about her I am almost always ready to go on with life, with renewed strength. With the things I am not sure about I pull from the knowledge she left me and wing it from there, putting my own little twist on things. I know I have made and will make mistakes but who doesn't. No one is perfect, not one.

In leaving you today I leave you with the knowledge that what you do today to prepare your children for tomorrow will make a big difference on how they see the world, treat people, respond to trials and tribulations, and survive the unthinkable. As a parent what you instill in your child is not full proof. I have seen really good kids come from really bad parents, demented grown ups come from well to do I did everything perfect parents, along with really smart people from some who didn't know if they were coming or going, so don't take it personally when your child acts in a way that you know had nothing to do with how you raised them. It takes you raising them, then they have to make choices with what you gave them, put it with what they want to do, making a whole new person who thinks, acts, and moves through the world with their own little twist on life.

Leaving you today with always being a Mother in Marksville.