lucky winner–me!

Apparently I am on a winning streak. 

Last week I was informed that I had won a $100 gift certificate to babies r us.  My first thought was “yah right”.  But low and behold, a few days later, it arrives on my doorstep!  This really couldn’t have come at a better time because I have one baby shower and 3 kids birthday parties that we will be attending this month.  That’s a lot of presents!  So basically all of my friends really are getting stuff for free. 

So how did I win you ask?  I somehow got my name involved in a consumer report type of business directly interested in mommy stuff, or rather baby stuff.  I simply filled out a quick online survey about pack and plays and *BAM* I became $100 richer.  I actually won the raffle.

Now last night I opened up some mail and discovered that I had won again!  This time however I won a pretty awesome cheese grater and several gourmet bags of hot cocoa.  And really, who doesn’t love hot cocoa?  Most people only won one or the other, but not me!  I won both!

But that’s not even the coolest part.  This cooking club said that they were giving out selected memberships to their club.  Normally I would totally pass at this “incredible offer”.  However, in the fine print my membership fee is literally $1 a month.  Well now I’m intrigued.  What goes on in this cooking club?  Well many cooking utensil manufactures are giving away their products to be tested in regular people’s kitchens just to see if they like it.  Best part?  I get to keep ALL of the freebies they send me just to try. 

Do I like bread?  What carb lover doesn’t?  Well they could send me a bread making machine. 
How about a free selection of spices?
Or a free set of utensils?

YES PLEASE!

With all this winning in my life right now I think I need to book a trip to vegas.  Maybe I should check my email first to see if I have won a free flight or hotel room.

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a better mood

It has been quite the ride this year.  I feel like I have literally been sick all.freak’n.year.  This time the plague had a name.  It’s name is bronchitis.  First it hit my baby girl like a rock to the head.  She got hit hard.  But once memorial weekend came her body began to do an uphill climb and I finally was able to see my normal sweet girl that I love.  She was finally getting better.  What a number this did to my heart!

And of course, I couldn’t go without catching her sickness.  Its impossible when you are literally wiping her snotty nose and she has an affinity of coughing right into your face.  But man have I been down for the count!  Drained, sleep deprived, barely able to catch a breath, and generally in a bad mood.  And even though I still have a cough and can’t quite take a deep breath without trouble, I am much better and therefore in a better mood.

And something else has put me in a terrific mood.  Some missionaries at our church are about to venture to Thailand for a while (several years they are expecting) and one of their goals is to reach the women of Thailand.  Specifically the young ladies who are forced into prostitution due to the cultural demands that they support their entire families.  One of the ways they are trying to help is creating jobs for these ladies as alternatives to this degrading and deplorable occupation.  They are partnering up with a jewelry designer and have created a beautiful necklace that they are currently giving away.

Go to Bel Kai Designs and simply make a comment to be entered to win this beautiful and meaningful necklace.  Please leave a comment here letting me know that you entered!

Image of Fear to Freedom Necklace

Update:  I forgot to mention that if you want to simply purchase this “good cause” jewelry, go HERE.  It’s selling at a reasonable price of $36.