Might Not Know…

A couple of weeks ago, I was tagged by my wonderful new co-host, Victoria from Giveaways 4 Mom, in a ten things you might not know post, which you can read here! Things have been a bit crazy for the last couple of weeks, doing more baking and a couple of projects, which has kept me busy.

So I welcome you to get to know me as I offer some things you might not know about me!

My Ten Questions from Victoria!

1. What made you want to start blogging?

I started blogging, almost 3 years ago, to share a new journey as a SAHM mom and homeschooler. Maybe making a few dollars here and there, would be a bonus.

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Photo Courtesy of http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/

2. What are your top five blogs to read and why?

I have lots of faves, mostly because my likes can really be all over the place. I might check out homeschooling resources, or looking for a project, something yummy to fix, or just want to relax for a good read.

3. Which blogs do you stop by every week?

Generally I am running behind on my visits, I have an email file, that I am working on getting through.

4. What is the best thing about being a blogger?

Oh the friends for sure! I have met so many amazing people, in the last 3 years.

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Photo Courtesy of http://www.someecards.com/

5. What do you do for fun?

I love to read, listen to music, hang with the kids, or go for drives with the hubby.

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Photo Courtesy of http://www.quotesvalley.com/

6. What is the best thing you experienced as a blogger?

Being blessed to have met some of those amazing blogger friends.

7. Did you ever see yourself being a blogger? Why or why not?

Not until I left a job of 18 1/2 years. Honestly I truly loved the job that I had, but I could not handle the management any longer.

8. What is one thing you dislike about being a blogger?

That I always run out of time! If day to day things get crazy, it puts me behind on posting and reading and commenting.

9. What is your favorite blog post?

I think, for this, I am going to have to go with my Corntassle Cottage posts, since those are mostly about things happening in daily life.

To read more about Corntassle Cottage, please click the image!

To read more about Corntassle Cottage, please click the image!

10. What is one thing that you have never revealed on your blog about yourself?

I can’t honestly think of anything, with the exception of my political views…and since I can’t say anything real positive about that, I will just keep it at that.

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I hope that you have enjoyed this little bit about me of things that you might not know! Thanks so much to Victoria for tagging me and now to share the fun…Here are 10 amazing bloggers that I tag and 10 questions for them to answer!

Tamara – Tamara Camera
Echo – The Mad Mommy
Jenessa – Mothering In Real Life
Bernadyn – B is 4…
Tiffany – The Mrs. Tee
Rea – Blissful Snapshots
Lisa – The Golden Spoons
Rabia – The Lieber Family
Tia – Becomin Neurotic
Janine – Confessions of a Mommyaholic

1. If your life were made into a movie, what would the title be?
2. Who would you want to play you?
3. Is your blog going the way you thought it would, when you started blogging? Why or why not?
4. What changes would you like to make or have made to your blog?
5. As the year quickly goes by, do you have any fun or celebrations planned in the coming months?
6. Now that many of our kiddos have gone back to school, how do you feel about the coming school year?
7. What achievements do you hope to see for them, during this school year?
8. Do you or have you ever played a musical instrument?
9. What is your favorite activity to do with your kiddos?
10. What is your favorite way to spend your alone time?

Alright ladies, tag you’re it! I look forward to reading things that I might not know about you!

Comeback or Not! #TuesdayTen

Never having been a fashionable or trendy person, there might be a thing or two from my past that I might like to see comeback…or not!

Welcome to another fun and fabulous week of #TuesdayTen, hosted by a couple of great bloggers Lisa from Golden Spoons and Rabia from The Leiber Family, this week I offer my top ten list of fashion trends that I might or might not like to come back!

The Golden Spoons

First and foremost, I must say that, “I am an 80’s baby!” LOL! While I was actually born in the early 70’s, by the time the 80’s hit, I was just starting to see and pay attention to the world around me. A whole lot of growing occurred during that 10 year span, and a whole lot of trends and fashions came along with it.

So…here is my list of 10 with a few that I would welcome…and a few, not so much!

1. Okay…to top off my list with one that I would love to come back…the mullet!

In honor of Rowdy Roddy Piper's recent passing, sporting a mullet, in John Carpenter's They Live! Courtesy of EW.com

In honor of Rowdy Roddy Piper’s recent passing, sporting a mullet, in John Carpenter’s They Live!
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Yes, trust me, I have heard all of the wisecracks…and to this day, my children will still tease me for the bad ass mullet that I once sported with pride…and still would, if not for the stupid jokes! LOL!

Senior Pic...sportin a mullet!

Senior Pic…sportin a mullet!

I seriously loved my mullet! Not that it had anything to do with “business in front and party in the back”…it was just so much easier to deal with! Getting ready was a breeze, shower, comb, and done!

2. MTV…please, where did you go…we had such a long and loving relationship for so many years! I would spend hours trying to catch the hunks of my youth, being broadcast into my living room each and every day. While the “Video Killed The Radio Star”, you brought me a world I had never known. Watching the British Invasion take storm, the Big Hair Bands with their Aqua Net and eyeliner, to Headbanger’s Ball rounding out our weekend together.

I Want My MTV!

I Want My MTV!

3. Huaraches…I absolutely loved huaraches! They were so comfortable to wear and I would love to see these come back on the shelves!



4. Ripped Jean and Concert Tee pre-grunge look…Oh yes, I was notorious for my ripped up blue jeans and any kind of concert tee shirt, whether is was a school day or time to go out with friends! I even had a pair of black, high-heeled, slouch boots that I wore to complete the ensemble!

Def Leppard was totally cool!

Def Leppard was totally cool!

5. Roach Clip Hair Feathers, Finger-less gloves, and big earings…Now while none of this is anything that I would have any real desire to wear now, mostly because I am not into accessories at 42! But they were so much fun to wear, back in the day. Big earrings were a part of every ensemble and rarely the same, and the feathers were just a fun addition. Lace finger-less gloves were definitely part of a homecoming outfit!

6. Dance and Aerobic Wear…Oh no way! I have always been what I would call a “Healthy Girl” and that stuff leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination! I mean seriously, I don’t want to have all of my nooks and crannies on display, nobody needs to see that!

7. Leg Warmers…thankfully I do not have any pictures of me wearing these items…though I hate to admit that I did indeed have a pink pair, that I wore from time to time. What can I say, I was in grade school! LOL!

8. Parachute pants…no thanks! I am not a fan of clothing that makes noise when you move! At my age, there is enough of me that makes noise…I don’t want my clothes to let you know I am coming!


9. Blue Eye Makeup…Yep, I am guilty as charged! LOL! China Blue Eye Shadow and the occasional blue lashes and liner! Holy Toledo, what was I thinking!?! Now I rarely wear make up at all!

10. Neon…Even though I am really a dark colors kind of girl, at least in the clothes department, I didn’t mind some of those bright and flashy colors! The Neon pinks, purples, and blues were great, but the oranges, yellows, and greens could be a bit much sometimes.



The 80’s for me, was a time to grow and learn who I was. Hours spent listening to music, watching videos, or hanging out with friends added to the nostalgia that I still feel when one of those old songs reaches my ears today. But some of those trends were fun and they could comeback or not for others!

What trends would you like to see comeback…or not?

I Wish I Knew!

Today, I am again taking part in this week’s Finish the Sentence Friday, hosted by Kristi from Finding Ninee, with the prompt, “I Wish I Knew!” There are so many things I wish I knew then, what I know now.

Finish the Sentence Friday on Finding Ninee

When I was a teenager, I thought that my troubles were the greatest and most traumatic ever. Little did I know that my troubles would change and grow as different life experiences hit. But what I was experiencing then, was nothing compared to some of the challenges that I would face in a lifetime. All of the ups and downs that would mold me into the wife, mom, and woman that I have become.

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Photo courtesy of livethrucrises.com

Boy do I wish I knew then, what I know now, I would make better financial decisions and not have to file bankruptcy. I would have saved and stocked away the money that my dad left me and made wiser decisions with it. I would have skipped the credit cards and stupid spending and purchases. I would have made sure that there was money saved, for a rainy day and whatever else that was required.

I always knew that I wanted to be a mom, but I wish I knew then, what I know now, and how hard and completely rewarding! Divorces and growing pains, mistakes and achievements, happiness and sadness made the road difficult at times. I wish I knew then what I know now about how close and blessed I would be in those three children, who have my heart.

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Photo Courtesy of newsm.quickmeme.com

Definitely, I wish I knew then, what I know now, that the turbulent relationship that I had with my mom, wouldn’t really be resolved, but I would become resigned. I learned, after she passed that she was who she was, and it was her own insecurities that made her that way, through a lot of soul searching and discovery.

In some ways, I wish I knew then, what I know now, but again, I am proud of the woman that I have become. Though a little more money, would be very nice.

What do you wish you knew?

Why Are They So Loud?!?!

I often wonder “Why are they so loud”, the children that is! Do they not know how to speak with a whisper? Must I constantly tell them to “Shhh”!


Today I am joining in for the One Word Blog Link Up hosted by Lisa from Golden Spoons, Janine from Confessions of a Mommyaholic, and Marcia from Blogitudes! These amazing ladies provide two words each week, you choose one, write a post, and link it up. It is that easy! So this week’s words were Whisper and Shatter, and I am choosing “Whisper”.

My children and I spend much time talking, about this that and everything else. Normally, when they come in to chat, their dad is often in bed. And their voices are loud, and they tend to stand in the doorway directly across from our bedroom! I am constantly telling them to whisper and not be so loud!



If we are out at a store, often conversation turns a bit crazy, and when they should whisper they don’t. Speaking loudly, you know that their voice just carried at least 3 aisles over, and overheard by all in that vicinity! Why must I constantly say, “Shhh”! Only to be looked at quizzically as though I have the problem!

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Image Courtesy of thequotepedia.com

Why, when I have a headache, must they come in, talking as if they were outside in the middle of nowhere! I don’t understand why it is so hard to learn to whisper, and the appropriate times to do so.


I have been blessed with three amazing children, and only the oldest has learned the art of whispering, at almost 22. Children, why are they so loud, about all that they do? I often times wish that there was a volume button.

I love them with all of my heart, but why are they so loud? Why can’t they learn to whisper?

Turn It Up Tuesdays 97!

Turn up the fun and come on in and join another amazing week with Turn It Up Tuesdays 97!

Time to turn it up…and party with us at Turn It Up Tuesday! It’s our 97th week, which means we’re only a few short weeks away from the 100th week here at Turn It Up Tuesday! We’d love to thank each and every one of you for partying with us week after week! Keep stopping by, linking up, and sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!


Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!

Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this link party the best that it could be!


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Here are the Featured posts from last week!


Free chose Increase Your Website Traffic with Social Media from Blog-Rite. “Promoting my blog is key and know the how and when to promoting my content is just as important.”

Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) also chose this post. “Great tips for using social media to promote your blog posts! Check it out and learn the who, what, when, where, why, and how.”


Free chose 6 Tips to Increase Page Views with Simple Blog Changes from Amanda Unfolded. “Increasing my page views is something I strive to do every day.”


Dawn chose A Lightning McQueen birthday cake from Living on Grace. “My son loves Lightening McQueen, and when he saw this post all i got from him was “Can i have that for my birthday???” His birthday is in November LOL”

Kelly also chose this post. “My son is turning 3 in December and is absolutely obsessed with Lightning McQueen! This cake has given me some inspiration for what to make for his birthday – I love this.”


Dawn chose Minion Fan or Fanatic? 10 Wild Minion Crafts for Adults from The Jenny Evolution. “Minions….. What can I say….. EVERYONE loves minions……enough said”

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Amy chose Smore Ice Cream Pops from Lou Lou Girls. “With it being the summer time, I am obsessed with s’mores. So I love coming across different variations of s’mores recipes. I can’t wait to try this one!”


Amy chose How to Get Kids to Clean Their Rooms from Parental Journey. “I picked this post because it’s been a challenge getting my son to clean up after himself, I love the tips and suggestions in this post to help establish more of a routine so that I’m not always the one that need to nag him to do it.”


Kelly chose Free Reading Reward Charts from Life Over C’s. “As a Librarian by day, I am a big believer in teaching children the importance of reading when they are young. Literacy rates have declined over the years and this is a great incentive for children to want to read.”


Elaine chose Bacon, Cranberry and Pecan Salad recipe from Summer Scraps. “A wonderful blend of my favorite ingredients.”


Elaine chose Mango Chutney Chicken from Suburble. “I love mango chutney and I rarely find recipes that have it as an ingredient.”


Stacey chose No Bake Chocolate Energy Bites from Krystal’s Kitsch. “These look amazing and all of the ingredients are fully stocked in my kitchen! I love finding quick and easy snacks for the kids, especially if they are no bake, since I don’t like using my oven in the summer. I can’t wait to give these a try! Thanks for sharing!”


Stacey chose 50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes from One Little Project at a Time. “Last winter I bought the ice cream maker to go with my Kitchen Aid mixer and have yet to make any ice cream this summer. I look forward to trying out a few of these recipes. Thank you for sharing!”


Cute teddy bear in pink pyjama resting in the bed

Cute teddy bear in pink pyjama resting in the bed

Kori chose Get A Toddler To Sleep Through The Night from Practical Mommy. “I chose this one because I have a toddler who will not sleep through the night… we’re looking for solutions and this post helped.”


Kori chose Processed Food Alternatives for Super Busy People from our very own Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess. “I chose this one because we’re trying to eat healthier and one way to do that is by reducing the amount of processed food we eat. I can’t eat too much of it anyway because I get migraines, so this post is definitely useful.”


Tina chose How to Fold Napkins Into Pinwheels from AttaGirl Says. “Beautiful pinwheels .I love it!Learn how to fold your pinwheel napkins and impress. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.”


Tina chose Patriotic Desserts for the 4th of July from Organized Island. “I love this nutella cupcakes.Easy and so tasty.I adore Nutella recipes.Thanks for sharing this tasty idea with us.”


Mari chose 55+ Grilling Recipes from Top Bloggers from Juggling Act Mama. “Loved Ang’s grilling share so many choices sure to find something that suits everyone. I love grilling it’s quick and easy and helps with healthy choices.”


Mari chose Simple Nutella Cupcakes from Organized Island. “Raquel’s Nutella treat looked so yummy and I just bought a jar at home so look forward to trying this treat!”


Tiffany chose Originality & Uniqueness in Your Branded Elements from our very own Tenns from Bliss & Faith. “In this post Tenns from Bliss and Faith touches on how important it is to stay original in your branding and how that can ultimately lead to your success in a world where so many try to be just like everyone else.”


Tiffany chose 13 Things You Miss When You Become a Mommy from Fun Money Mom. “OMGosh Lisa has seriously been in my head with each of these points. As a Mom you give up a lot but I think you don’t realize how much…I mean I haven’t had a warm meal in years!”

Kimberly (Being a Wordsmith) also chose this post. “Lisa hits the nail on the head with her ‘hilarious but true’ list of things mothers can no longer do. I only have one child and I could completely relate to all 13 things!”


Sarah chose Sew a Kiss the Frog Bean Bag Toss and Learning Game from Sew Travel Inspired. “such a fun, unique, & creative way to engage with your children, in numerous ways.”


Sarah chose Repainted Welcome Mat from Love My Big Happy Family. “I like working with hana (melting beads) and feel this is the perfect summer camper craft that kids would love to make and customize. My girls would love to have this on their backpacks showing how much they love camping.”


Karren chose Snickers Ice Cream Sandwich Cake from Three Kids and a Fish.


Karren chose Get Your Grill On – 35 Yummy Grilling Recipes from Pink Heels Pink Truck.


Anuja chose Avocado + Mint Smoothie from View From the Fridge.


Anuja chose Golden Stenciled Bedroom Wall from Albion Gould.


Natasha chose Stop, and calm the f*#k down from Life, Kids, and a Glass of Red. “Love. This. Post! It is so important for us as parents to take a step back and calm down. And this post explains it all – it’s almost like Emma was reading my mind!”


The post with the most views is 10 Sure Signs That You Are A Mom from our very own Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith.

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50+ Best Ice Cream Recipes from One Little Project at a Time


Get Your Grill On – 35 Yummy Grilling Recipes from Pink Heels Pink Truck

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I Didn’t Listen!

Today, I am taking part in this week’s Finish the Sentence Friday, hosted by Kristi from Finding Ninee, with the prompt “I didn’t listen to anybody’s advice when”…and personally, I am glad that I didn’t listen!

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Courtesy of ecards

I met my first husband, when I was 15 years old, and we were together through my remaining High School years. We had planned on getting married at some point after I graduated, but nothing was specifically set in stone. That is until his parents planned on moving out of state, which made us decide to do it before they left. They planned on giving us the mobile home that they had, so we would have a place to start out married life, as a wedding gift. But my family all told me that the marriage would never last, and I should not do it.


Well we did get married and no it didn’t last, but I am still glad that I didn’t listen! Even though the marriage broke up, I don’t consider it a mistake. I learned a lot from the marriage and consequently from the divorce. But more importantly than any of that, I was blessed with a beautiful baby boy out of that 5 year marriage.


That beautiful little boy, was absolutely heaven sent! He is my best friend, confidant, and he has always been a huge source of support for me and I him. He helped me take care of my mom, when she lived with us, no matter the task he was there. Whether it was just staying with her, helping with changing her diapers, giving medicine, or taking a plate of food. He would throw in a pizza to help me get dinner for his brother and sister, or made sure they were doing homework, or helping them get their baths, if I was busy doing something else. He has always had my back and I his.


Because I didn’t listen, I am also blessed with a set of grandparents for my two youngest, in my exes parents. My parents are both deceased as are my current hubby’s parents, so they are the only surrogate grandparents that my two youngest have. They send birthday cards and Christmas gifts, which to me is beautiful and something that they didn’t have to take on, but it is a blessing that they wanted to do that. I feel blessed with the relationship that I have with them.

Kids on Easter Sunday!

Kids on Easter Sunday!

So no I didn’t listen to anybody’s advice when I got married the first time, and I am glad that I didn’t listen!

Pretend to Save My Sanity! #1Word

Being able to pretend is a priority some days, I pretend to save my sanity, at least. Kids bickering and chores to accomplish, homeschooling and daily living, lead to stress and some days are more stressful than others. Luckily for me, I have always had an active imagination, sometimes a bit too much so, allowing me to be quite the daydreamer.


Today I am joining in for the One Word Blog Link Up hosted by Lisa from Golden Spoons, Janine from Confessions of a Mommyaholic, and Marcia from Blogitudes! These amazing ladies provide two words each week, you choose one, write a post, and link it up. It is that easy! So this week’s words were Pretend and After, and I am choosing “Pretend”.

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. EDGAR ALLAN POE, "Eleonora" Photo Courtesy of notable-quotes.com

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
EDGAR ALLAN POE, “Eleonora” Photo Courtesy of notable-quotes.com

When the kids are bickering, grouching, or whining about something, I pretend they are duct taped to the wall…including their mouths. I would of course make sure they had an airway! It helps me pretend to save my sanity, just visualizing them duct taped to the wall, and makes me chuckle! Of course, my children would likely enjoy it…especially if they could speak! My mom used to say to me, when I was being obstinate…”You would argue with God if given the chance!” Now I must admit that this was true of me, but I met my match…my hubby and my three beloved monsters! Karma at work!

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Sometimes, when the bills get a little stressful and money is tight, I make sure to pretend that I have won a Publisher’s Clearing House sweepstakes…the big one! Hey a girl can dream right!?! I will be able to pay off my house, and tear it down! Do a re-build from the ground up, huge basement, open concept, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, ranch style house, complete with a massive deck, huge 2 car garage and a pool! We will be able to travel to all of the places we have dreamed of seeing, and maybe even buy a small motor home. D-man would have to have a new car, and maybe even pay his rent for him for a year, or just a nice bit to add to his savings. Savings accounts would be a must for the little ones, too. Oh this dream could go on forever! It helps me pretend to save my sanity!

Being able to pretend and use my imagination, has always been a coping mechanism for me. Some days it works and other days I just pretend to save my sanity!