Bethlehem Books Giveaway #2016HGG

Give The Gift Of Learning With Bethlehem Books

Fall is here and that means that life will be slowing down a bit and we can all sit back and enjoy some reading! Don’t you just love diving into a great book and getting lost for a while? I sure do!

Bethlehem Books is a great place to find books for the whole family to enjoy. They have regular books and audio books. Books are my favorite things to give as gifts and I am so excited to be part of this giveaways. One lucky person is going to win Five Free Bethlehem Books of your choice plus 5 free audio downloads of Bethlehem Books from! [Read more…]

Saying Good-bye to a Season

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(Photo Credit: High 5 Photography)

Why is it that endings are usually sad? I mean, with the exception of cellulite, bad company, or acne, good-bye’s don’t usually feel good. They often leave me with a sense of longing or sorrow. Leaving a house for the last time, saying good-bye to a long distance friend after a visit, reflecting on another year that has passed in my children’s lives on their birthdays…though I have great joy in Christ and I long for little when it comes to material possessions, I really struggle with the finality of things that end. [Read more…]

Delicious Pumpkin Recipes

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It’s September!!!

You know what that means? It means that we can finally start to prepare for cooler nights, bon fires, and everything pumpkin! If you are like me, you get a little too excited for hoodies, boots and pumpkin spiced lattes!

We gathered a few of our favorite pumpkin recipes from some of our friends to share with you.

We hope you enjoy! [Read more…]

Should I Homeschool? Things to Think About

Should I Homeschool My Children?

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As much as I love homeschooling, I realize it is not for everyone. Some people have no desire to homeschool and feel that either the public or private school their kids attend is the best route for their family. That’s great! We all have to do what we believe is best for our families. But, I truly believe homeschooling is for just about everyone who has been given a desire to do it. I’ve heard so many people tell me they wish they could homeschool too, but they have anywhere from one to a myriad of reasons why they just can’t do it. I think much of that is because the prospect is overwhelming – trust me, I know. I’ve been there! We were all newbies at one time or another, and we all had many of the same fears and reservations. If you’ve had homeschooling on your heart but think you can’t do it, let me help put some of those fears to rest for you. [Read more…]

If You are Buried in Laundry, Keep Reading…

Are You Buried in Laundry?


Do you feel like your laundry pile has taken on a life of it’s own, and you are forever buried in laundry? Like it has grown so large that one day you’ll walk into your laundry room to find that it has become it’s own lifeforce with plans to take over your house? Read on, my friend…this used to be my fate as well! But, I have found a system that works. I know it seems too good to be true, but it really isn’t!

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New Technology Slashes Electricity Bills for Texans


We are always looking for ways that we can save money around here. I have a large family (there are 9 of us) and I’m always happy when I am given a tip that can help me save money, especially when it’s something so simple. That is why I’m sharing this tip with our readers today.


If you live in a deregulated market in Texas (and millions do), there is a new technology company that is helping people save 40-60% off their energy bills.


First, take just a few minutes and use this savings calculator to learn what you could be paying based on your usage. Energy Ogre is a one-of-a-kind technology company. The technology scours the current offers in Texas and finds the best deal for you. Homeowners, apartment renters, business owners are all saving some SERIOUS money.

Important Note: Energy Ogre is NOT an energy provider and the company doesn’t get paid by any energy provider for preferential treatment. They only find the best deal for the end consumer. They are a highly rated company with 5.0 reviews.

After using the calculator and learning how much you can save, you have the option to pay Energy Ogre $10 a month to become your “administrative assistant” and make changes on your behalf. This takes the hassle out of dealing with your energy providers and you just sit back and save big money!


Check out what the press is saying about Energy Ogre!

Here are a just a few of the reviews that you can read on Energy Ogre’s Facebook Page.

Alisha: “My bill got up to almost $200 a month in the summer in a small one-bedroom apartment. Now my bill has never been even close to $50 a month. I am so happy and thankful for this company who helped me save some much needed money for other bills!”

Bernie: “Went with Energy Ogre 3 months ago, previously w/TXU for years @ .095 / KWH – bills ran anywhere from $160 – $300 – first three months w/ Energy Ogre – bills were Sept – $49, Oct.- $59, and Nov.-$57 – and we’re an all electric house.”

Adam: “Energy Ogre is the best! I got out of a contract with an early termination fee and still saved lots of money!”

Houston Business Journal: “Houston-based Energy Ogre’s focus is on electricity but at its heart, this is a technology company that uses analytics to find a rate that fits their clients’ demand profile.”

Kathy: “Got my first bill after signing up with Ogre and my bill dropped from the high $200s to $85! I was in shock .. but very happy!”

The personnel behind Energy Ogre have been involved with the Texas electricity markets since well before they deregulated in 2002. This group has built power plants, scheduled fuel and electricity and even owned and managed Retail Electricity Providers in the recent past. In 2013 they decided to create Energy Ogre to help end use customers fully unlock the benefits of the deregulated electricity markets.

Get Them Checked- Take Care of Your Body

This post is sponsored by Berardi Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery.

Get Them Checked-Take Care of Your Body

It’s no lie, most people aren’t comfortable talking about their body parts, especially their breasts, however it is something we should all take the time to learn more about. You don’t have to scream it in the streets or anything, but please take some time to better inform yourself about breast cancer and other conditions that can affect the breasts.

Today we wanted to take a moment to share some things that are often misunderstood about the breasts.

It is very important that you take the time to do self-exams on your breasts at home. You can do this while in the shower, and it really only takes a couple of minutes (if that). If you do notice changes in your breasts you should make an appointment with your physician to have them looked at.

Do not panic if one day you notice changes in your breast. It is not uncommon for women to develop lumps or changes in their breasts as they age, however you should always have these checked out for peace of mind and to make sure it is nothing serious.

Many people believe that breast implants can raise your risk for cancer, however according to research, women with breast implants are at no greater risk of getting breast cancer.  With that being said, standard mammograms don’t always work as well on women who have breast implants, so additional X-rays are sometimes needed to more fully examine breast tissue. If you are considering plastic surgery, be sure to view the best plastic surgeon for the most advanced and safest options in breast augmentation.

And of course, get those mammograms done. The US Preventative Service Task Force recommends that women over the age of 50 have mammograms performed every 2 years for preventative measures.

If you or a loved one are affected by breast cancer and you need a mastectomy, you have a choice to rebuild the shape of the breast by having breast reconstruction performed. With modern-day medical options, breast reconstruction is a great option for those interested in keeping the breasts. If you’re considering breast reconstruction, opt for a top breast reconstruction plastic surgeon in Scottsdale.

We hope that you have found this article helpful and that you will take the time to check your breasts and speak with your doctor if you have any changes arise.

Be a Kenny

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    This week we lost a very special person.
    Monday our very close friend called my husband to tell us that her father-in-law had passed away an hour earlier while hunting in the woods with some of the people he loved most in this world. My stomach was in knots while my eyes filled with tears. My initial response was to ask, “Are they sure he didn’t make it?” He had a heart attack while out hunting. I didn’t want to have to tell my children. This loss hurt. It was going to hurt them as well.
    I thought of his wife, his three children and their spouses, and of course his pride and joy, his nine grandchildren. This family is the epitome of what family should look like. They encourage one another, they support one another, and most of all they truly love one another. Myself and my family have been lucky enough to experience that same kind of family love and acceptance from them. Many years ago, our family was blessed

    with their friendship that quickly turned into feeling like family. I clearly understood that the death of the patriarch meant pain and sadness for them that would be difficult to even put into words. Kenny was a man who drew you into conversations and left you feeling better about your day.
    Kenny had a sincere way about himself whenever he spoke to people.
    Kenny had the gift of intentionality.
    He was intentional in his life and that will never leave those of us that were lucky enough to know him personally. He could see a need and quietly fill that need as others around him rushed to complete their schedules. He saw people and he loved them, genuinely. And as I watched people show up for his viewing in droves, I was reminded just how much those intentional moments in his life affected so many. It felt as though
    an entire town showed up to pay respects and mourn with his sweet family. Hundreds and hundreds of people waited two plus hours to spend just a few minutes with Kenny’s immediate family and share how much he and his family meant to them. That in itself is a testament to who Kenny was in life.
    Here is what I learned from Kenny
    Be intentional…don’t just show up and make an appearance. Engage. Notice. Act.
    Be like Jesus in the mundane moments of life cause that’s where you win hearts for Jesus.
    Smile, it is infectious.
    Decide how you want people to remember you and treat them as such. People tend to forget details as the years pass by, but they ALWAYS remember how you made them feel.
    Love your family despite their own shortcomings and your own. Have a short memory for acts of wrong done towards you and a long supply of grace, cause at some point you’re gonna need some.
    Go to church and don’t be a “last pew sitter.” You know what I mean, the person who sneaks in last minute to sit in the back row and leaves as soon as the last “Amen” is spoken on Sunday mornings. Find somewhere you can help at church, your presence will influence others.
  • Pray. Pray daily and pray out loud in front of others. People will know that you are a safe haven for love and help when you are willing to pray for others so freely.
    Invite others in. People are lonely, hurting, and sad. Be the light in their life and invite them to the things that you are involved in, even family gatherings.
    Laugh and share laughable moments. Laughter is a great tool to make others feel like they matter to you. And it is contagious!
    Be generous. When it is time to donate to help others, do it. And if money is too tight, then donate your time. You will quickly learn just how much bigger the world is past your own nose.
    Make time for others. Your legacy is being written in the hearts of those who know you.
    I am so thankful for the years that myself and my family were blessed to share with Kenny and experience all the things that made Kenny, Kenny. The most important aspect of having the privilege of being part of his life was learning how to be a person full of kindness, sincerity, and love. So, go out in the world and try one, two or all of these points….go out and be a Kenny!
    The world needs more Kenny’s!