Love, Juliebug: April 2014
Thinking about the work I'm having done at the dentist tomorrow. Not excited. This is what happens when you avoid something necessary for a LONG time.

Reading the Bible. I've been trying to really make time for it. Other than that, I haven't been reading too much. BUT, I have a Kindle Fire HD coming in the mail so that should change soon.

Listening to Matthew West. Have you heard this man's music? Seriously, I saw him in concert recently at our church and was floored. I was floored not just because of his music but for his obvious heart for God.

Watching lots of Frozen. I actually like it but the songs really and truly get stuck in my brain. FOREVER.

Thankful for Celebrate Recovery. Regardless of any stigma attached to it, this program is NOT for just the "big issues" whatever those may be. Honestly, anything that is a struggle for you personally can be helped by this program.

A Mama Collective


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You may have noticed I haven't been on the computer as much lately. This is why.


This is Banjo. He's a shelter dog. A hound mix puppy at 6 months old. Our cat thinks he is a pain. Isn't he adorable? He has stolen our hearts very quickly. We got him on Wednesday April 23rd. 
He had been adopted before and returned. What floors me are the reasons why.

"Doesn't do well on a leash"

"Doesn't do well in the car."


"Don't recommend with cats or children."

 

Um, yeah. I'm fairly certain those reasons don't fly. As for the reasons about him being untrainable...they had him for less than a month. We've had him for 3.5 days and he is already well on his way to being house-trained. It's called persistence. Honestly, I truly believe they weren't consistent with him and kept him in his crate for most of the day. He's a sweetie and yes, he nips but he is six months old. He will learn. 


He's a member of the family already.


I don't understand why our daughter, who is not even six yet has had three teeth fall out. Three! Her first was before she was even five. So far she has lost her bottom two front teeth and one top front tooth. Take a peek. Why is she growing up so quickly?!


She lost this one after wiggling it all day long. It has been wiggly for a while but it would always firm up again. This time she actually pulled it out! I'm so proud as I was never as brave. 
Shutterfly is offering 101 free prints through April 22, 2014 using the Code: LOVE101. I love when they offer this deal and have actually remembered to use it this time! 101 photos are coming my way. 

It's sad that someone who loves photos as much as I do has very few current prints on hand. So, this will definitely remedy that problem. Enjoy all the pictures of your little ones hunting down those Easter eggs or whatever else you have in mind.

By the way, I have not been paid in anyway to promote this deal. I just thought ya'll would love it!

Days like these are precious to me. Abby woke up and begged us to go downstairs to find out what the Easter Bunny had brought her. After 15 minutes of pleading I realized that there would be no more sleep for this Mommy and we went downstairs. The basket the "Easter Bunny" had put on the coffee table was no longer there. Mommy was confused in her tired state and couldn't figure out what had happened until I saw Daddy's face. His mischievous face. After a few moments of Abby searching the room, he said "When I was little the Easter Bunny left a basket for us on the front porch." She ran to the front door and gasped in delight.




The Easter Bunny brought some fun items this year. A chocolate bunny, a straw cup, a headband, pencils, sparkle crayons, a ladybug magnifying glass, peeps, jellybellies, and a little Lego's friends play pouch. Abby was thrilled.

After all the easter basket excitement, it was time to get ready for church. Here is the adorable Abigail in her Easter outfit. She LOVED it. 




On Easter at our church they have kids older than 3 in the service with their parents. This always proves stressful but honestly, this year wasn't so bad. She loved the music and clapped her little heart out. I will admit that at some point during the sermon/drama scenes I plied her with a drawing program on my cell phone to keep the peace. Ahem. Don't judge me! It works.

Then we came home, with a balloon in tow, to begin lunch/dinner. Oh yum. I have to confess that I didn't once take photos of the cooking process or even the finished meal. What is wrong with me?! We had a close friend over to enjoy the meal with us and then spent the time until Abby's bedtime hanging out by the firepit talking and making smores. 


One word: heaven. I hope your Easter was wonderful as well!

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. of Columbia, Mo. recalling around 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners’ packages.

According to the USDA, the product labels are incorrect, as they do not reflect the ingredients associated with the pasteurized cheese in the cheese.

The products were formulated with milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The following products are subject to recall:

16 oz. packages –individual consumer packages– of “Classic Wieners Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” date and product code “044700000632”

Cases of 16 oz. packages –distributed to retailers– of “Classic Cheese Dogs Made with Turkey & Chicken, Pork Added, and Pasteurized Cheese Product” with “USE BY 16 Jun 2014” date and case code “00447000005300”

The products were produced on March 2-3, 2014, and bear the establishment number “Est. 537H” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were distributed to Kraft distribution centers and in retail stores nationwide.

The problem was discovered by a consumer who notified the company on April 18, 2014. The company contacted the USDA the following day regarding the issue.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Kraft Consumer Relations at (855) 688-4386.


This Easter has been a really reflective time for me. More than usual. Being a Christian means this time is when I remember Jesus dying on the cross and being raised from the dead for the sin of man. All sin. My sin. It's really hard to comprehend sometimes. 


This Easter is even more special to me because Abigail is getting so grown up. She's been going to a Christian Preschool so she is starting to understand so much more about who Jesus is. In fact, she told me the other day that she had asked Jesus into her heart. I tend to think that five year old's couldn't possibly understand things of this nature but she is very adamant. She can tell us who Jesus is, what he did on the cross, and why. Who am I to argue with her about it? All I can do is support her and I do.

I am truly blessed in so many ways.
Happy Easter to you all.
I think there's no doubt that kids love stuffed animals. My daughter especially loves Build-A-Bear because you can personalize your animal and see it created before you. I've noticed over the years they have been more and more creative with their choices. As far as the adorable My Little Ponies below...my five (and a half) year old would flip out! Read more about them below and enter to win a gift card!

 
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Have you shopped at Crazy 8 yet? I love their clothes. They are related to Gymboree. I've never left there without finding something adorable! And, the best part is they have great prices.
Currently, they are having a crazy sale. Buy One Get One for $0.88 at Crazy 8! 

 

Imagine all the savings! Click on the banner above to shop.

This promotion only applies to regular priced items and ends on 4/24/14.

So, get a move on if you want to take advantage of this deal for some awesome Spring clothes for those kiddos in your life! 

It's almost Easter and we are always on the lookout for a fun way to teach our kiddo about the real meaning of Easter. So, when my friend invited us over to make Resurrection Rolls, I was excited! There are many recipes floating around but regardless of which you use, they are super easy to make and leave a definite impression on kids. Here is the [printable recipe] and the ingredients you need to make them.

Four ingredients, could it be any easier? I think not. It's educational and yummy to boot! First, take one of the crescent rolls and lay it out. Share the truth of how Jesus was placed into the tomb (crescent rolls) after the crucifixion.


Dip the marshmallow in melted butter so all sides are coated. Explain how they prepared his body by putting oil and herbs on him. The melted butter represents the oil.


Next, roll the marshmallow in cinnamon sugar to coat. The cinnamon sugar represents the herbs.


Lay the marshmallow on the crescent roll dough at the bottom of the triangle. 



Roll the dough around the marshmallow making sure the seams are sealed and no marshmallow is exposed. As you wrap the marshmallow,explain how this represents the wrapping of Jesus’s body after His death.


Put them all in a muffin tin that has been greased (this pan had been used for a precious batch). Then, pop them in the oven for 12-15 minutes. Be careful. The marshmallow can spill out so protect your oven if you are so inclined.


Let them cool in the pan for a moment (they are like molten lava - super hot!) and then take them out. Finally, after waiting three long day (or about 12-15 minutes for a child), explain that death could not hold Him in the grave and He is alive. 


Try not to eat them all. Have one. Okay, maybe two.


The marshmallow melts and the crescent roll puffs up, BUT is empty!!


It brings up lots of interesting conversation from "Jesus is a marshmallow?" (symbolism is hard to grasp) to  my friend's little girl saying "Jesus's friends rubbed him with oil and spices and the put him in a liiiiitttle 'toon.' And then we put him in the oven and He rose. And we ate him." Haha, kids are cute. 


The tomb is empty! He is risen. Matthew 28:1-8



Arby's - Free Snack Size Curly Fry

Bruegger's Bagels - From April 12 through 15, customers can get a bag of 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese in various flavors for $10.40.

Boston Market - On April 15, Boston Market is offering two half-chicken individual meals for $10.40. The meals include half a rotisserie chicken, a choice of two sides, and cornbread.

Papa Murphy's - You can get a large pepperoni pizza for just $5 and forget about rustling up dinner for the day.

Office Depot - Looking to shred all those important tax documents? Office Depot will shred up to five pounds of paper for free until April 29th if you bring in this coupon.

Pinkberry - From now until April 20, Pinkberry customers can bring in proof of purchase from the day before and get half-off an equivalent froyo.

McDonald's - In keeping with its Tax Day tradition, McDonald’s is offering free small coffee during breakfast hours on April 15.

Hard Rock Cafe - You can sing for supper at Hard Rock Café on Tax Day. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on April 15, the restaurant chain will give away a free burger, sandwich or salad to anyone who will stand up and sing in front of the other diners in the restaurant.
Schlotzsky's - Get a free small Original sandwich with purchase of a 32 oz fountain drink and chips.

Great American Cookies - Stop by participating locations at Great American Cookies on April 15 for a free chocolate chip cookie!

California Tortilla: Get a free queso and chips by saying the password "Taxes Shmaxes" at checkout.

Sonic: Get 50% off all drinks and slushes

Mimi's Cafe: Buy any breakfast or dinner entrée, get a second entrée for free with THIS coupon.

Note: Make sure you check that your local store is honoring these deals. I've heard that not all locations do so.


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In this day and age, when our children are exposed to media and technology at every moment, you want to make sure you make the best decisions in what they are exposed to.  Right now, over 3.5 million children around the globe are playing a Kid's Academy App!  My own children included!  

Some of our most favorite Kid's Academy apps are The 3 Little Pigs & The Big Bad Wolf123 Tracing and my personal favorite - the Montessori Workbook.  Your family can play the Montessori Workbook for FREE from iTunes

[printable recipe]

1 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1 cup chopped apple

Glaze:
•2 cups powdered sugar
•1 1/2 tablespoons milk

Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, cinnamon. Stir in milk and egg until just combined. Fold in apple. Pour oil into skillet so that it is approximately 1 1/2 deep. Heat oil on high. Oil is ready when a little dough thrown in floats to top. Carefully add dough to oil in heaping teaspoons. Cook until brown, about 2 minutes, then flip. Cook another 1-2 minutes, until both sides are browned. Transfer briefly to paper towels to absorb excess oil, then transfer to cooling rack. Make glaze by stirring milk and powdered sugar together in a small bowl. Drizzle over apple fritters. Wait approximately 3 minutes for glaze to harden, then flip fritters and drizzle glaze over the other side. Best served warm.
Note: I'm not sure where the original recipe came from so if you know, please share!

I think all of us can say we don't spend money the way we should. We want more and more things. I know I struggle with this. Below is a wonderful graphic to help give you tips on spending smart!

How to Spend SmartPresented by SpendSmart
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Warmer weather is quickly approaching, but not as quickly as your kids grew out of last year's clothes! It's time to start stocking up on this season's styles for spring. Luckily, Crazy 8 is offering 20% off markdowns so your kids can get everything they need (and some they don't!) without cleaning out your wallet. That's up to 60% off! The sale starts Friday (4/11) for a limited time, so hurry before it's gone! 

It's Spring everywhere, well except in Wyoming where it's expected to be 38 this weekend, and the temps are heating up! So, it's a perfect time to buy your littles some new fun Spring clothes. For one day only you can get this awesome deal! 30% off entire purchase + 20% with code BONUS20 at Gymboree Oh yeah! 

Gymboree has fashionable and high quality clothes for your kiddos from sizes newborn to 12. Take a look at some of the adorable clothes in their new spring lines.


Miss ModBig Wave

Mommy's Shooting StarPurr-fect for a Twirl
Butterfly BabyPlaytime with Friends

Aren't they adorable?! So, definitely head on over to the website to get your deals. Offer valid today, April 9th, 2014, ONLY. Click here to go to their page ----> 30% off entire purchase + 20% with code BONUS20 at Gymboree 

There are affiliate links in this post. Thanks for helping me get some change to buy these adorable clothes for our kiddo! ;)

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