September 23, 2014

Do you set limits on what you can do?

I'm sure we are all guilty of it sometimes.  We look at something and say to ourselves.."there is no way I can do that."  I know I have more then a time or two.  I see what someone else has done and I admire it but then tell myself that it's so great that they could do that but don't get in my mind that I could do something like that.  No way...after all  I am me...right?


Have you ever heard of Erik Weihenmayer?  Have you seen this commercial?



Let me tell you a little about Erik  and how he does not allow his "limitations" to define himself.  Did you know Erik is the only blind adventurer to climb to the seven highest summits in the world? I can't imagine that.  I can't imagine climbing a mountain and not being able to see where I was going and trusting others that they will prevent me from being hurt. My family loves the outdoors.  I have done things that take a lot of courage and determination but can't compare it to what Erick does.  I have ran races when others told me I couldn't and gone places that others said I was crazy to do.

What's Erik's next goal...To kayak the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River! I know from experience that is a crazy unforgiving challenge ahead of him. Erik and fellow blind adventurer, Lonnie Bedwell, will be the first blind adventurers to attempt this enormous feat. This expedition serves to inspire people to not limit themselves, eliminate barriers in their lives and live life to its fullest

 Nature Valley has partnered up with Erik Weihenmayer to encourage people to shed a barrier and get out there. The “No Barriers Grand Canyon Expedition” is a 21-day, 277 mile journey through some of the world’s most challenging whitewater terrain in the Colorado River. Erik Weihenmayer will be supported by an experienced paddling team, and joined by accomplished kayaker and Navy veteran Lonnie Bedwell. Together, Erik and Lonnie will demonstrate the power of harnessing inner strength to overcome challenging barriers. Preparation for the Expedition has been extensive, with both Weihenmayer and Bedwell spending the last several years training and developing innovative systems for kayaking rapids with support from high-tech radios and verbal commands from river guides. The trip will begin on September 7 at Lees Ferry, nine miles south of the Arizona-Utah border. Erik and his team expect to complete the expedition on or around September 28 at Pearce Ferry, which marks the boundary between Lake Mead and the Grand Canyon.


Follow along with Erik's journey through tumbler @ http://naturevalley.tumblr.com/tagged/nobarriers

Nature Valley is a company that finds inspiration from the beauty of nature and the way people connect with nature – whether that’s from a fearless adventure like those undertaken by Weihenmayer or an everyday hike.  You can join Nature Valley and Weihenmayer in the goal of encouraging one million people to live a No Barriers Life by visiting their site and taking the pledge today!   Take the PLEDGE today!!



 

September 22, 2014

The 21st GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast!

God’s Growing Garden

The 21st GREAT BLOG TRAIN was a blast! - We all safely reached our destination: DISNEYLAND, CALIFORNIA. It was a wonderful trip with 42 boxcars!! We (the Engineers) would like to thank all of you for travelling with us and we hope that you all had a wonderful time!

The Giveaway Winner is: K.C.
(I have contacted the winner by email)
Congrats!!!



W   A   N   T   E   D  :

The Great Blog Train by Angie Ouellette-Tower for godsgrowinggarden.com photo BlogTrainDestination_zps2925d251.jpg


(Being a "Destination Cohost" means that you get to pick our next destination!!  It also means that you will post The Great Blog Train on your blog on the first Wednesday of whatever month you will be cohosting (1 different cohost per month).  We (the engineers or hosts) will provide you with the html code for the blog hop & for the Giveaway - all you will have to do is add into that post some information on the destination that you picked (like population, known for, location etc - basic family friendly facts) and add a few pictures.  Also, if you cohost we ask that you promote it on your social 
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We are now featuring the top 3 Boxcars!  (These are the links that received the most clicks)
Easy No Bake Granola Bars by Heidi's Wanderings

Verses for When You Need Acceptance by Faithful Feat



Please join us for the OCTOBER Great Blog Train
on October 1st, 2014!





September 19, 2014

Take the guilt out of your shopping

I think the biggest challenge for me when shopping was being able to find adorable things at the right price.  Most of the time I would feel guilty after clothes shopping for myself because being a mom of four it's not my main goal to make sure that I am happy...I know there are a lot of people who would say take care of yourself first but I actually love taking care of them.

Now, I want to introduce you to something that I just learned about that I think I might be hooked on.  Have you heard to Fashion Project?  It's not a paid membership group, it's not you get a box in the mail group and it's not even one of those monthly clubs that you have 5 days to turn down picks or you get charged its an amazing site that put's name brand fashions in front of you at amazing prices.  I bought a Kate Spade wallet for $21. You read that right and I did NOT leave off any zeros.  Also a pretty cool thing about my purchase some money went to charity...and I know exactly how much and where it went.  So if I am very persnickety about what groups I want to help I know that I have picked good ones.

Okay...do I have your attention?  Here's how it works.

Fashion Project collects donations which is completely free for the donor and they actually get a tax write off for it.  Fashion Project then process all the amazing finds and then treats each one to it's own photo shoot.  Once processed, some donated items will appear in their online, curated boutique. Their private-sale prices deliver amazing savings to  members and every great find means valuable support for a cause. Under each item will tell you where the donated money will go and exactly how much that charity will receive.  Now please don't think these items aren't as awesome as if you had paid that over priced tag at a department store and then ate PBJ sandwiches for a month to pay for it .....my new wallet looked just as perfect as if it was brand new.

Don't believe me go check them out for yourself.  There is no cost to "join" and you never have to purchase anything or give any credit card information until you have fallen in love with something and are ready to give it a new home.

 Shop with PURPOSE!    Ready to join??  Click HERE 

Charity of this month is 
CancerFree KIDS

CancerFree KIDS intends to support research by raising funds in a myriad of ways and to make a real difference in the research community. We also actively advocate for additional funding on a national level for pediatric cancer research.

So what do you think about buying something knowing it's going to help someone else out?  Do you know what the stores you shop at do with their charity money...or if they even give back?

September 17, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday - Come link up!!



               Welcome to the 34th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 


25 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway


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Last week we had  417 awesome linkups!   

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Featured Bloggers


15 Fun DIY Fall Pumpkin Crafts






Halloween Rice Crispy Cake



Peach Almond Bread

Peach Almond Bread | Cooking with a Wallflower






5 Simple Pleasures of Being Married . . . and 5 Joys of Being Divorced!     by 



Tutorial: a cute bucket hat

a toddler hat tutorial


Football Meatloaf Recipe

Try these fun, easy, and yummy Football shaped meatloafs. Perfect for a tailgate party or football party.



animal friends-free amigurumi pattern

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DIY Patio Water Wall




PANKO AND PARMESAN-CRUSTED BAKED EGGPLANT from Take A Bite Out of boca

panko parmesan crusted baked eggplant



Project 10 Pan

Project 10 Pan


The longing ache of a mama’s heart




Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Truffles


Transform your photos with these PicMonkey tips





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September 12, 2014

Growth chart wall stickers for growth and enjoyment!


This is a sponsored post on behalf of My Wall Decals

Growth chart wall stickers are not just interesting to look at, but I really get to know lot more from them, when I find that most of them are designed in such a manner that they ‘actually’
measure the growth of a child from the ground. In fact, they can be installed by the bedside wall also, but I feel that the growth chart cannot be used in the true sense until and unless they are
installed on the sides of the wall, in such a point, where the child can actually stand beside it and measure the height.

Growth chart wall stickers and removable wall decals definitely have certain special features. Julia, my cousin, has recently felt the need to buy good quality growth rate measuring wall stickers for her 3 year old child, as this has been suggested to her, by the child specialist. I visit her house every weekend, and I really get fascinated by the whole new range of growth chart stickers flaunting and highlighting the walls of her child’s room:

• The field-markers are put at accurate places. They are colorful arrows, or asterisk or star
signs.

• White or light blue wall colors, including azure and cobalt blue are ideal for the
installation of the growth chart wall stickers which have a stenciled look and decoration.
These stickers are easily removable, but they are the most suitable for the kids’ room
only. After all, why would we, the parents require a tree growth chart in our rooms?

• The growth chart wall stickers which have playing instruments like balls, nets, golf it
pictures, and also the prints of cycles, are good for the growth of the children, as playing
with these accessories can be fun activity. Some online and offline companies also give
attractive gifts like super strong ball practice nets, or small goldfishes along with the
growth chart printed wall papers.

• The best thing about the growth chart wall murals, or the wall decals is that, most of them
are washable, and the growth markers can be uninstalled from one position, and then they
can be re-installed in other positions, depending on the needs and requirement.

Varieties of growth chart wall stickers:

Growth chart wall stickers can be available in the following varieties. However, if we want,
we can also order our special designs, or we can combine football game charts, zoo charts,
growth chart wall stickers with giraffe, and other animals, and we can also paint half of the wall,
and paste the growth chart wall decals on the other half. This will create a combination effect
altogether.


• Playing football and net volleyball with growth chart wall stickers.

• The ice-hockey or golf designed growth chart to bring out the sportsman spirit and
vitality in the young children.

• The peel-off and re-usable growth charts with detachable markers are one of the most
favorites with the pediatricians and they can engage the little children in numerous
interactive moments by searching all the information on website about the growth chart
wall stickers.

• Animated cartoon characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse growth wall charts and wall
decals are very popular with all those children who are fond of cartoon characters, and even my child is not an exception.

• Stories from the famous film and the book, The Lion King, also has characters in the
form of the papa lion, the mummy lion, and the cute little cubs which gradually grow in
height, and this can also be used as a part of the wild animal growth chart wall sticker, or
wall decal for living room or drawing room, or play houses and nursery schools.

• Racing cars and racing bikes are a perennial favorite of all the children, and if these cars
and racing bikes are printed in red and black and white all over the growth walls, then the
children, especially boys will be very happy and excited. This is a personal experience,
as my son is just four years old, and he dreams of racing cars and bikes all the time. He
measures his height every month by standing near the growth chart wall stickers, as he
wants to grow in height very fast. That shall give him the license to drive cars.

Friends, teddy bears, fairy tale climbers in light shades, and fruit and vegetables in dark,
contrasting shades can also be used as lines on a growth chart. They are beautiful, and the
children can learn genuine facts from these wall stickers.

September 10, 2014

GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear update

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf GoodNites* TRU-FIT*


About a month ago I told you I had the great privilege of testing out and seeing what I thought about GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear.   While I really like the GoodNites® company and feel very confident about the quality products they put out I wanted to keep an open mind since this was one that I had no previous experience with.

In case you didn't read the previous post let me catch you up on the features of  GoodNites* TRU-FIT*  Underwear.  They are machine-washable and are real underwear with disposable, absorbent insert that help keep sheets and PJs dry all night. They can be bought at your local Wal-Mart and come in sizes S/M and L/XL with colors and patterns for each size and are made for both boys and girls.  One great thing I found out while using them was that you can buy the starter pack and then buy the extra inserts as you need them. I know that might seem like something I should have picked up on right away but to be honest with you I didn't.  I just kind of had it in my mind I had to buy new packs of underwear each time...yeah I know silly me right!  But when you have the stress of trying to make sure your child feels comfortable and independent when it comes to bed wetting sometimes even the most obvious of things can seems hard....thankfully GoodNites® knows that and had me covered!

Sine Bedwetting is a fairly common condition that a child cannot control or be trained out of your main goal as a parent is to help your child to feel in control and relaxed.   When they wake up in the middle of the night wet or have a great nights sleep but are in wet sheets it's not a productive step in
that direction.   GoodNites* TRU-FIT* Underwear was a perfect match for us because my son was able to place the absorbent pad right inside of the underwear and put on his pajamas like normal.  It was even better because he likes just to wear bottoms and it was so discreet you would have never known he had them on.  Then when he woke up in the morning he placed it in the trash and was ready for the day.  The underwear was a good match because its just that...underwear and with him being older it fit with his age.  It was so simple and because it was super effective it meant dry sheets.  He even mentioned how his skin was dry in the morning and he didn't feel like he had an smell to him and if you are a parent of a child who struggles with bed wetting you know exactly what I mean.

Would I buy  GoodNites* TRU-FIT*Underwear again...YES!!  I am thrilled to have the as part of our night time routine and I know that they will work great for you as well. 

Do you have more questions or want to be part of a great discussion where other parents who are working alongside their child to make bed wetting less stressful?  I want to invite you to be part of the  GoodNites #TRUFITWALMARTTwitter Party on Wednesday, September 24 between 8:00am – 9:00am PST/ 11:00am – 12:00pm EST.  Mark your calendars and I will see you there!!


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September 9, 2014

Wake Up Wednesday "Linky"



               Welcome to the 33th week of 

 Wake Up Wednesday "Linky" 

24 Blogs  -  1 Party
 Giveaway


We are so excited to have you all party with us.
Thank you so much to all those who participate in our party.
Last week we had  376 awesome linkups!   

 Wake Up and be happy, get excited and have fun with us! 
We want to be inspired, entertained, laugh and have a good time!

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This weeks 
Featured Bloggers

Peach Melba Ice Cream from Pink Recipe Box

Peach Melba Homemade Ice Cream Recipe | www.pinkrecipebox.com
 I’m currently suffering through the hottest month of the year when my desk fan becomes next to useless no matter how high I turn it up. Homemade ice cream recipes to the rescue!

Princess Anna Crochet Hat

Princess Anna inspired crochet hat with pattern»Over The Apple Tree
This Disney's Frozen, Princess Anna inspired crochet hat is easy to make and is a great gift for the holidays or a Frozen birthday!

Joanna's Andalusian Zucchini Tortilla
from What's On The List
Spanish-tortilla
Are you curious like me where the zucchini is?

August 2014 Favorites!

August was pretty good product wise for me. I have a decent amount of favorites to share 
with you all, so here we go!


from Upstate Ramblings
Snickers Pretzel Mix #Chocolate4theWin #shop
Football season is just about underway!  Whether it is a club, college, high school or professional teams are practicing and getting ready for another exciting season.  My family loves to watch football. Of course football also means snacks, so to go along with our first game of the season I created this portable SNICKERS Pretzel Snack with cute little football bags.


Mommy Club
from Married Filing Jointly
Speaking of being a mommy...it is simply not a job you can understand until you are a mommy.


How to Make Elderberry Extract
from Little Owl Crunchy Momma
It's incredibly easy, and super delicious. I use it to help make my elderberry syrup last longer (recipe coming soon). It's also delicious to add to cider in the fall and winter. Mmmmm. Delicious.


Glittery Fall Leaf Earrings

Glittery Fall Leaf Earrings by Crafty Journal
Create a fun pair of glittery fall leaf earrings to dress up for autumn.


Bourbon Maple Sweet Potato Recipe

from  eat pray {read} love
These Bourbon Maple Sweet Potatoes are sure to be a hit at your next dinner! Creamy potatoes with a crunchy pecan topping and just the right amount of sweetness!
I had these delicious Bourbon-Maple sweet potatoes as one of my sides. Ben doesn’t normally like sweet potatoes (which is one reason I ordered them!- kidding!) but he inhaled these babies. I decided to try to recreate the sweet potato recipe for our Thanksgiving meal and they were pretty spot-on.


Blairsden Mansion Tour: Part 2
from Ms. Toody Goo Shoes
52-Room Mansion Tour: You've got to see this house to believe it! Ms.Toody Goo Shoes
In case you missed Part 1,  I'm taking you on the mother of all house tours...
at Blairsden Mansion, in Peapack-Gladstone NJ.which was the site of a
Designer Showhouse fundraiser, back in May.


Watermelon Slush

from  4 Sons 'R' Us
Watermelon Slush
This frosty treat makes a refreshing ending to any summer meal. Simply scoop the slushy mixture into bowls or tall glasses and enjoy a refreshing dessert, all while still getting that melon flavor fix, albeit without all the dripping. Add a splash of vodka for an even sweeter summer adult beverage.


Painted Furniture

How to Paint Furniture
Finally, we found a dresser that fit out needs. It wasn’t too over-scale, had 9 drawers, and was only $100.


Pumpkin Butter

Pumpkin Butter // Budget Girl --- 13 Days of Pumpkin is back! This year, we're getting started with this decadent pumpkin butter recipe. Perfect on some toasted pumpkin yeast bread. :) #pumpkin #fall #autumn #butter #food #recipes #cooking
I was going to come up with a simple crock pot recipe, and then I found this decadent pumpkin butter recipe from I Bake, He Shoots. I tried it, loved it, and now…it’s the one I’m going to recommend. (Well, that’s an easy first day, isn’t it?)

Classic Cherry Pie

from Born to Bake Forever
cherry pie 2
Ever since I was five, my mother and I have always made this Classic Cherry Pie for special occasions or just dessert. I’ve never lost my taste for cherries…or dessert. This recipe has been a family favorite for years. A simple recipe easy to make for busy days. 

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