Sunday, September 30, 2012

Meet Kuzco

I haven't blogged in a couple of weeks, I think.  It seems like a long time.  So much has been happening here, both good and bad.  But I don't want to focus on the bad.  Suffice it to say, it's been pretty dang depressing.  So,  here's something happy!

Meet Kuzco!
He's a little stubborn right now.  Understatement.    But, we can fix that!

Kuzco is my son's FFA project for the next four months. (He named him; I didn't.)

 He got his market goat six days ago.  Our district does a kind of lottery system.  They bring in enough goats for every student that wants to show one plus a few extras.  The students draw numbers, and that is the order in which they get to go in the arena and select their goat.  My son was number 27 out of 35, not where I wish he could have been.  There were only 12 goats left when it was his turn.  We had studied information about how to select a goat, but when you only have 12 to choose from instead of 30, you kind of get what you get.  But, that being said, he can make this a great show goat if he works at it.

We have never had a goat in our life.  He lives at the district barn, and my son has to go up there at least twice a day every day.  I knew he would have to feed him twice a day, but I had no idea what else went into raising a goat successfully.  Feeding, cleaning, yes.  But also bathing, shearing, de-worming, trimming their hooves, exercising, and teaching the goat the showmanship aspects of the project.  My son is very enthusiastic  right now.  I sure hope it lasts! Last year's rabbit project didn't go so well, so I'm hoping for a more favorable outcome this year.  Wish us luck! 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Win Big with Kmart Layaway

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kmart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Kmart_Logo_B&W.jpg (3 documents, 3 total pages)When I was a little girl, one of the biggest events of any shopping season, whether back-to-school or holiday, was using Kmart layaway.  It was great because we couldn't always afford the expenses all at one time, but with layaway, you can spread the payments out over time.  We ended up with some great things this way.  One of my favorite childhood gifts was a pair of roller skates from Kmart.

Guess what?  Kmart still has layaway, and it'sfree layaway!  With the season of giving just around the corner, I plan to take advantage of it.  To coincide with the holiday shopping season, they have launchedKmart's Big Layaway Giveaway.  They will be giving away great prizes.  There is one winner at EVERY store EVERY week until November 17, 2012.  Visit a participating Kmart store for official rules, or click here.

A few weeks ago, I started shopping for holiday giftsBLG_Logo_Horizontal.jpg (3 documents, 3 total pages)Photobucket I was eyeing this Canon cameraKmart Free Layaway Grid 09_12.jpgWalmart and Best Buy don't have layaway, so I wasn't able to get it that day.  Now, I can go to Kmart and put it on layaway. Photobucket  I'd also love to get this Archos tablet for one of my kids.  They have everything... clothes, shoes, makeup, gifts, electronics, games, you name it.  And maybe I will even win a big prize!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Do you believe in the power of prayer?  I always have, and I hope that faith doesn't fail me now because my family needs some serious prayer regarding a personal matter with one of my kids.  Would you please pray for my family?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Thursday Thirteen

Humans are able to detect thousands of different smells due to odor-detecting patches in our nasal passages. Studies show that pleasant fragrances, those that evoke positive memories, can affect your mood. Here are thirteen “smells” that I consider pleasant, in no particular order.

1. Lavender Chamomile from the Sleep line from Bath and Body Works
2. Clinique Happy Heart
3. Strawberry Rhubarb candles by PartyLite
4. Home Sweet Home fragrance from Scentsy
5. Beauty by Elizabethe Arden (sadly discontinued)
6. Cucumber Melon, any type, any company
7. Sweet Pea from Bath and Body Works
8. Cedar Patchouli candles by PartyLite
9. Chocolate Cake (not a scent, but the actual cake while it’s baking and when it’s ready to eat)
10. Bread Baking at Subway
11. Juniper Breeze from Bath and Body Works
12. Old Spice Swagger body spray or deodorant
13. Stargazer Lillies

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Always Remember

I will never forget where I was, how I felt, and what I was thinking when those twin towers fell 11 years ago.  I wrote about it here and here.


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