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Personalized Table Cloths and Runners

My friend, Kelly, is a stay at home, homeschooling mom who just started a brand new business venture, called Words by Kelly.

Words by Kelly

She had the brilliant idea to take words, phrases, or scripture and draw those words in different fonts to create a cool effect on a table cloth or runner. She has made cloths and runners as holiday themed, favorite TV show or movie quotes, family memories, or mostly scripture. Really, the possibilities are endless! Each one can be customized for the receiver, which is the fun part.

Personalized table runner

We had a ball coming up with what we wanted on our runner. We included quotes from Shakespeare, Elf, It’s a Wonderful Life, Bible verses and popular sayings. We had the year we married put in the center along with all our names.

We absolutely LOVE our runner!

Wouldn’t this be a great gift for Mother’s Day? You could order one with all the grandkids’ names for your mother or mother-in-law, or you could order one for yourself. Have everyone in the family choose the quotes and scriptures. It will be a unique gift that will always be cherished!

Find out about sizes and prices and how to order a customizable table cloth or runner here.

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On Teens

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Right this moment, I am the mom of exactly four teenagers, plus four kids, ten and under.

I’m here to tell you, friends, parenting isn’t for cowards.

I don’t have all the answers. I don’t even know all the questions, but one thing is sure. There’s always an adventure ahead. Yes, I like to call them adventures. It sounds so much more, well, adventurous than “struggles” or “problems,” don’t you think?

Just so you know, sometimes my teens do things that really disappoint me. Heck, sometimes I do things that really disappoint me. I usually don’t choose to write about those things here. Not so you will think I’m perfect or I have the perfect family, but for the sake of preserving the privacy and dignity of those needing and receiving mercy and grace for their mistakes.

Having said that, I have a story to tell all you moms who wonder if your kids will ever do what’s right when you’re not there to remind them, “Say thank you,” “Mind your manners,” “Be nice,” and so on.

As I was running errands recently, I ran into a lady from church and she said, “I need to tell you something about your son.”

Now, if you’re like me and if you’ve been a mom very long, you know that what follows this kind of statement could go either way.

So my heart skipped a beat, and I held my breath and said a silent prayer that it wouldn’t be something a) costly to repair, or b) illegal.

She said, “We were at the movie theater while he was working and an elderly man fell. Jackson was the first person to get to him and help him up. He cleaned up the mess and got him a fresh drink. I was so impressed!”

SHEW! A good report is always so welcome and such a relief.

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Take heart, mamas! All your loving and training and discipline and encouragement matters. That same kid who is breaking windows, and getting into fistfights, and apologizing (at your insistence) to little old ladies will grow up and make you proud!

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A Few of My Favorite Things

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Here are a few of my favorite things right now.

Cameron 15

This girl is definitely one of my favorites! She is 15 years old today. I wish everyone had a girl like my Cameron. She loves only 2 things: People and Life.

Breakfast StationsThese breakfast stations are GENIUS! Kids can get their own healthy breakfast from a stash of already prepared options.

Pack 1 includes:

  •  yogurt filled crepes
  • oatmeal muffins
  • energy balls
  • instant oatmeal packs
  • gluten-free cereal
  • pumpkin chocolate chip granola bars
  • breakfast burritos

Pack 2 includes:

  • pancake muffins
  • mini quiche
  • croissant breakfast sandwiches
  • smoothie packs
  • french toast sticks

Get your breakfast station here.

essential oils rack

I ordered this wire rack from Amazon to hold all my essential oils, and I am in love! It has plenty of rom to hold all my favorite essential oils, plus extra space to hold all the oils I would love to try but haven’t got yet. (Fortunately, I am earning points every month to get FREE oils, so it will be simple to fill it up!)

This is the third time I’ll be using DriversEd.com for teaching one of my teens to drive. If you know someone who needs a parent taught drivers’ ed. course, pass this along to them so they will get 40% off!

schoolhouse rock

This anniversary edition Schoolhouse Rock, of one of my favorite memories from childhood tv, is on sale for only $9.99!

Emelyn ballet

Here’s another favorite. This girl has waited her “whole life” and is finally taking ballet lessons. It makes me smile to watch her.

What are your favorite things right now?

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I heard from a few of you that you wanted to take advantage of the terrific sale at Build a Menu and get a full year of printable menus, recipes, and shopping lists (with approximate prices) for only $35, but you couldn’t get the coupon code to work.

Thankfully, the kind gals who run the site heard the frustration and answered with a SWEET deal for you!

They are extending the sale for ONLY 3 DAYS, plus throwing in a bonus!

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Anyone who signed up for the one year subscription during the sale, and anyone who signs up now, will also get “Cooking With Kids,” the 12 week eCourse specifically designed to give kids experience in the kitchen. This 12 week, 129 page course includes hands on activities, videos, customized worksheets, and even quizzes, plus 10 kid-friendly recipes with step by step instructions and photos! This course regularly sells for $14.95, but you will get it totally FREE only until Wednesday at midnight!


You now have until Wednesday, Feb. 4 at midnight to take advantage of this great deal! Sign up with Build a Menu today, and get a full year of menu planning, PLUS the Cooking With Kids ebook bonus for only $35!

Use the code “JOIN435″ at checkout to get the special price and the free bonus ebook.

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A Day in the Life of a Preschooler

A day in the life of a preschooler

  • Wake and notice no one else is up yet.
  • Put on Winnie the Pooh costume. Leave pajamas on floor.
  • Go into kitchen to see what’s cookin’.
  • Open silverware drawer for no reason. Hang on it. Leave it open.
  • Take single bite out of apple. Note that it wasn’t as juicy as expected. Put apple back in fruit bowl.
  • Change into last year’s Easter dress. Leave Pooh costume on dining room table.
  • Hug kitty cat. Wonder if kitty cats can pop if squeezed very firmly.
  • Drop kitty and lick scratches kitty left on arm.
  • Wander into bathroom and “help” Mommy peel the stickers off the giant bandaids she keeps under the sink.
  • Change into gymnastics suit with leggings and snow boots. Try 12 times to throw Easter dress onto ceiling fan. Leave dress on floor.
  • Undress big sister’s American Girl doll.
  • Hear big sister coming. Drop doll and scram.
  • Disregard repeated signals from very full bladder that it needs to be emptied.
  • Pee in pants.
  • Strip naked. Leave wet clothes in pile on floor.
  • Painstakingly and carefully write name on bedroom wall from right to left in all caps. Remind self to deny writing name on bedroom wall.
  • Remember nudity is frowned upon. Put on swimsuit and tutu.
  • Go back to kitchen for more to eat.
  • Dump Lucky Charms on floor. Scoop handful from floor into bowl. Leave remaining Lucky Charms on floor. Leave bowl on fireplace.
  • Decide eggs would be “healFier” for breakfast than cereal. Go outside to collect eggs.
  • Get distracted by need to chase chickens.
  • Remember egg mission and try to ride tricycle up steps to hen house.
  • Ditch tricycle and go inside on foot. Hold edge of tutu with one hand and put eggs in with the other.
  • Trip while going down steps.
  • Smear smashed eggs off tutu while crying.
  • Spot one egg on ground that didn’t break open. Wipe tears with dirty hands and retrieve egg. Only 3 cracks!
  • Go inside and see that the numbers on the microwave clock say “7:02.” Time to wake Mama!
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Build a Menu {HUGE SALE}


Have you heard of Build a Menu? Or as I like to refer to it, BAM! 

I am so excited because I just signed up this week and I’m thinking this is going to revolutionize my chicken spaghetti/stir fry/Mexican mess/pot roast rotation all to pieces.

Here’s Build a Menu works:

Step 1. Choose your store.

Step 2: Choose from the large catalogue recipes (or add your own).

Step 3: Print your recipes and shopping list.


Could it be any simpler??? (It’s available as an app for your smart phone too!) And you’ll be able to see a running total of the approximate cost of your shopping trip as you are adding recipes. Of course, you’ll cross off any items you already have in your pantry.

And the best part? Build a Menu has enough recipes that they run on a 4 month cycle without repeating! That means your family won’t be stuck in the boring spaghetti/stir fry/Mexican mess/pot roast cycle! (I mean, as if anyone would ever be that uninspired in your meal planning. Psh.)


And THROUGH THIS WEEK ONLY you can have access to one full year of Build a Menu for only $35! That is less than one dollar a week to have your meal planning, recipes, and shopping lists HANDED TO YOU, with the approximate price included!

For about 67 CENTS a week, you can take the stress out of meal planning. Build a Menu helps you plan a variety meals with hundreds of recipes at your fingertips and gives you a print out of your shopping list. No more repeating the very same meals from week to week. No more getting to the store and not remembering what ingredients you need!

HURRY! This special offer ends on Saturday, Jan 31!

Use the code BAM35JAN1 at checkout to get a 12 month membership for only $35!



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