Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rustic Farmhouse Decor from Amazon

We've lived in our farm house for 4 years now.  The previous people didn't like the farm house look, so they painted more modern colors.  Needless to say, modern colors just don't look right in a farmhouse!  My living room, dining room, and hallway were terra cotta and yellow, which is totally not my style.  We've slowly been turning the old farmhouse back into a farmhouse.  When I saw slowly, I do mean slowly.  I can't wait to share photos, but it's not quite there yet.  Until then, enjoy some of these amazing rustic farmhouse finds.

Rustic farmhouse decor

Rustic Farmhouse Decor from Amazon

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Cotton Linen Square Decorative Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover (Compass), 18"x 18"

Decors Square Decorative Throw Pillow Case Cushion Cover Rustic Deer Buck Burlap Throw Pillows 18 X 18 Two Sides Printed

BarnwoodUSA Rustic Reclaimed Wood Shelves Open Box

Mini Mason Jar Night Light in Rustic Brown Metal Color

Mini Rustic Wood Signs - Seek Adventure, Create, I Love You, Explore, Dream, Inspire

Old Rustic Window Barnwood Frames - Not For Pictures

Rustic Primitive Milk Can Vase Container with Barn Star Country Home Decor

Wall26 - Canvas Prints Wall Art - Artistic Abstract Dandelion on Vintage Wood Background - 12" x 18"

Custom Cut Decor Customized Monogram Rustic Tin Letters

What's your favorite rustic farmhouse decor item?
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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Why Doesn’t Anyone Talk About How Amazing Tweens Are Today?

It seems like when people talk about the younger generation, they only have negative things to say.  I'm an active volunteer with several youth organizations, and I can say that these kids are pretty awesome.  They have opportunities that my generation never had.  They literally have the entire world's knowledge in their pockets.  The kids that I work with are polite, well read, and a lot of fun to be around.  I may be a little biased, but I think my tween son is pretty awesome too.   Now he has a pretty awesome snack to keep him fueled all day, too.

Caleb is 10 now. His struggles in life started five weeks in to my pregnancy when I was told that we'd lost him.  Thankfully, several doctors and their ultrasounds were wrong.  I went in to preterm labor that was stopped with bedrest and medication.  We almost lost him during birth, too.  I thought we were safe once he was born, but he was hospitalized with RSV at four weeks old and had an apnea in the hospital.

I'd like to say the next few years were uneventful, but they weren't.  Although he didn't have any major medical problems, he was an active and ornery child.  He was the one who kept my on my toes by moving furniture, jumping from high places, and swinging from the ceiling fan.

When Caleb was eight-years-old, he was diagnosed with autism.

In the last two years, we've secured the support that he needs to lead a successful life.  Thanks to countless hours of therapy, his wonderful therapists, and a large support network, I have no doubts he will reach his goals in life.

Caleb wants to be an astronaut when he grows up.  While I'm not thrilled about sending my baby to space--even if my baby is over 18 by then--I do believe that he will reach his goal if he sets his mind to it.

One of the things that makes Caleb so amazing is his big heart.  He loves animals.  He has a Siamese mix cat named Chloe that he plays with and takes good care of.

While I still get to sneak in a few snuggles if I sit on couch in the evening, my baby boy is growing up.  He still plays with action figures and loves watching cartoons, but I see glimpses of a young man, especially when he's eating.

It's hard to believe that our days of sippy cups and carrying cups of snacks are over, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't need a snack to get him through the day.  I started buying him Yoplait Go Big.  They are the perfect size for a snack for a growing boy both at home and on the go.

He likes the rip and grip because it's easy for him to open without using scissors, and the pouch is easy to hold with one hand.  I like that I can get them at Walmart in the yogurt section on my weekly shopping trip.  I also love that they don't have high fructose corn syrup or colors from artificial sources.

Go Big challenged me to write a letter to my tween.  Here's an excerpt from my letter.

Dear Caleb,
You've been a fighter since day 1.  You fought to stay alive, and now you fight to fit in in a world that doesn't make sense.  You're determined, and you never give up.  You have a unique journey to trek before you become an adult, but I'll be beside you every step of the way.

Do you have an amazing tween?  Tell me about him or her in the comments and be sure to visit Yoplait Go Big for more inforatation!

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Send a Letter of Hope to Show You CARE

I am lucky because I grew up in a time where women could be anything they wanted to be.  I got a free education in a public school and went on to private college thanks to merit-based scholarships and some student loans.  When I had kids, they started in our local public school, but for many reasons, they now learn at home.  My kids have a safe environment in which to learn, and they don't have to worry about anything except learning.

My daughter, Dakota, is 9 and in the fourth grade.  She loves to read, and she loves to learn.  She doesn't have any barriers to her education, and she has the full support of her parents.  Not all girls around the world are so lucky.  This is where CARE helps.  CARE is a global organization that fights poverty by empowering women and girls.  One way they empower women is by giving them more access to an education.

Meet Mary.  Mary is 15-years-old and lives in Nairobi, Kenya.  Her parents aren't available, so Mary and her three siblings live with their grandmother.  Mary wants to be a journalist when she grows up.  She works hard in school to meet her goal, but she often lacks the money for food and school fees for an education.

By contrast, Dakota never has to worry about food.  Although we don't have school fees, Dakota always has the fees for ballet, community theater, karate, and ju jitsu.

I like school because...

Mary says, "It will make me reach my goal."

Dakota says, "It is fun!"

To be successful I will...

Mary says, "try my best to work hard."

Dakota says, "work hard in school."

My biggest challenges...

Mary says, "Sometimes I lack school fees."

Dakota says, "staying focused."

Education inspires me to...

Mary says, "To be a hard-working journalist."

Dakota says, "do my best!"

Dakota and Mary are similar in that they both want to work hard in school and have a good job later in life.  Where they differ is in their obstacles.  Mary lacks the money for an education.  Dakota lacks the motivation because she, thankfully, doesn't understand that education is a luxury to some girls in other parts of the world.

You can help by sending a letter of hope or encouragement through CARE to students in developing countries.  These letters will help students get through those rough days, and with the help of CARE, hopefully graduate to end the cycle of poverty.

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