Need A Christmas Gift For A Pre-Schooler?

If you are looking for a great gift to give your pre-schooler for Christmas, I highly recommend Cranium Hullabaloo by Hasbro.  My son, Wyatt, absolutely LOVES this game and has been playing it every day since I got it for him. It keeps him occupied for at least an hour every time he plays it! Not only is he having fun and getting exercise, he is also learning about colors, shapes and animals.

Check it out on Amazon if you don't feel like braving the holiday masses at the stores!


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Day 3 – your favorite television program

Ok, this post has taken me a while simply because I really don't like TV that much.  I have a very hard time watching any of the junk that is on there.

So, after much deliberation, I chose American Pickers.  When it's not a re-run. 


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How To Get A Man To Get A Job Part 1

So, J.T. and I have been together for almost 2 years. In all that time, I have worked consistently while he had a job for approximately one week.  He quit that job when he 'sprained his ankle' and has not had one since. That was way back in the beginning, like within the first few months of our relationship. 

So, now I am at my limit. I work, my daughter works, (notice it's the women) and he doesn't.  I'm frustrated, angry and resentful. It is time for action!

My first step in getting J.T. to work was setting him up with my step-dad in his landscaping business.  That was maybe 2 months into the relationship, possibly even earlier.  Now, my dad is not the easiest person to work for, but how many people who work really LOVE their bosses and like working?  Not many. You just do what you have to do in order to pay the bills, right?  At this job, he had rides to and from work, got taken out to lunch, etc. He had some down time on the job, but hey, who cares when you actually have one.

Needless to say, it didn't work out for a couple reasons.  He didn't go to work a few times, he got paid but never helped with OUR house... he spent it or 'lent' it to members of his family. He'd take the money, go get wasted and we would fight, then he would be too embarrassed and uncomfortable to go work with my dad.  So, that was the end of that.  I mean, really ... the end.. He hasn't done any type of work since.

In May, we moved to Georgia.  JT claimed that he would find a job right away and that he would take over the bills, etc.  So, we set out to find him a job.  I took him to the temp agencies, to maybe two interviews, but he didn't get a job.  See, he only filled out applications for carpet factories and construction, which are highly competitive and need a strong work history.  He doesn't have that. For some reason, he believes he should make much more than minimum wage, that he is WORTH much more than minimum wage... But, if you look at his half-blank application, no boss will ever think that. If you have no work history by the time you are 31 years old, you don't look all that good on paper, that's for sure.

Maybe he should have aimed a little lower, for like a dish-washing job?  I mean, hey... I would take it. If I had bills to pay and that was the only job I could get, I would take it in a heart-beat. Some money is better than NO money, right?

Not to JT.  So, by the end of June, we were really in bad shape.  No money coming in at all, barely making it, almost ready to be thrown out and live in the van.  I gave up and went out and put my own applications in. And within a couple weeks, I had a job. (Imagine that)

Originally, it was only for two days a week.  I didn't care!  It was $50 more per week in our pocket than we had at the moment!  And due to a chance turn of events, within a month, it was full time. Whoohoo!  Making minimum wage - GREAT!

Did I get the first job I applied for? Nope. I had quite a few apps out there, had one horrible interview but didn't give up. I just did what I had to do. 

I'm not bragging about anything, I'm just making a point.  What is it with these guys who just absolutely refuse to work?? If they spent as much time pursuing a job as they do concocting excuses, they would all be millionaires!

So, my first attempts at getting JT to work were failures. Now I have to come up with some more ideas. Since I have the only vehicle and he doesn't have a drivers license, I would have to be able to transport him. That means it would have to be a night job. (His argument for this will be that he takes care of Wyatt during the day) BUT, I worked night shift for years and was a single mom to four kids at the time, with a baby at home. And I did it!

I will breech this subject carefully today and see how it goes.  (I almost cringe at the thought)

Any ideas on how to get this man to WORK?? All would be appreciated!


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30 Days Of Me - Day Two

My favorite movie...

Ok, so deep down, I guess I am a romantic..

My favorite movie is... The Notebook.


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30 Days of Me Day One

I keep coming across these 'About Me' memes, so thought I would hook up viea Mommy To Three Monkeys blog post!

Day 1:
My favorite song is What Love Can Be by Kingdom Come. It's an oldie but still my favorite after all these years:

If you decide to play, too.  Let me know.  I’d love to know all these mundane things about you, too!

Day 1 – your favorite song
Day 2 – your favorite movie
Day 3 – your favorite television program
Day 4 – your favorite book
Day 5 – your favorite quote
Day 6 – 20 of my favorite things
Day 7 – a photo that makes you happy
Day 8 – a photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 9 – a photo you took
Day 10 – a photo taken over 10 years ago of you
Day 11 – a photo of you recently
Day 12 – something you are OCD about
Day 13 – a fictional book
Day 14 – a non-fictional book
Day 15 – your dream house
Day 16 – a song that makes you cry (or nearly)
Day 17 – an art piece (drawing, sculpture, painting, etc)
Day 18 – your wedding/future wedding/past wedding
Day 19 – a talent of yours
Day 20 – a hobby of yours
Day 21 – a recipe
Day 22 – a website
Day 23 – a youtube video
Day 24 – where I live
Day 25 – your day, in great detail
Day 26 – your week, in great detail
Day 27 – my worst habit
Day 28 – what’s in my handbag/purse
Day 29 – hopes,dreams, plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 – a dream for the future beyond the next year

Feel free to link up any or all of your 30 Day’s of Me posts here!  I’m only going to keep this one, main linky for all of your posts.  If you would like, feel free to grab the code and put the linky on your own blog (see the linky, it says “get the code”), then your readers can find all the fun posts, too.  I can’t wait to read all about you!


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Help The Homeless And Others In Need!

Recently while blog hopping, I came across a blog owned by my new friend Lavonda.  You can visit at: .

Now, she had posted that she was involved with Warm Up America Foundation, making crocheted, knitted or quilted rectangles to be sewn together to make blankets for people in need. And she put out the call to action to join her in this endeavor.  Needless to say, I have! 

I learned to crochet as a child and have loved it ever since my mom showed me the basic single stitch.  I always end up giving away what I make anyway, so this is another way to 'share the love'. 

I would like to invite you all to check out Lavonda's Blog and read through her posts about Warm Up America and our group of crafters. If you would like to join us, please submit a comment while there, or while here and let us know!

Have a wonderful day!

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Today's Thoughts & Things

Outside my window… cold, overcast, thunder…I love it!
I am thinking… about how to fit in everything I need to do today.
I am thankful for… friends that stick with you, family that loves you and a cup of hot coffee
I am wearing… not dressed for my day yet, still in my warm jammies
I am remembering… ways in which God has come through for me.
I am going… to pick up Beth from work later.
I am currently reading… Outlive Your Life by Max Lucado
I am hoping… that my leg is feeling better by tomorrow!
On my mind… bills, work, family...
Noticing that… I haven't eaten yet today! I'm starving!
From the kitchen… coffee, tea, sub
Around the house… must clean my room today and finish up the laundry
One of my favorite things~ Listening to the rain when you have nowhere to go in it!

From my picture journal…


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Mom Blog Monday!

The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom
Are you a Mommy blogger? Do you blog about your kids? Do you blog about great things for Mommies? Do you wanna meet other Mom Bloggers?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then Link Up!

This blog hop is hosted by Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not-So-Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom , and Luxury Living Frugal Style!


All we ask is that you follow Sippy Cups and Cloth Bums, The Not- So- Secret Confessions of a First Time Mom, and Luxury Living Frugal Style.We are the first three on the linky!Then follow spot #4 which is the featured blog! Be sure to leave us a comment so we can follow you back!

We would LOVE it if you'd grab our button and put it somewhere on your blog or in a blog post! This would help us spread the word. However, you aren't required to.

You can follow as many or as few blogs as you'd like.

Each week one lucky blogger that links up will be chosen to be the featured blog.

This week's Featured Blog is.....
Laura from Baby Bunkins
( #4!)


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