Thankful Challenge – Day 19

Today I am thankful for those who give their support to loved ones even they don’t fully understand it all. 

I was so moved today reading words from friends who understood some of the struggles I have been going through. I wish I could share them but they are just so dear and personal. (((Lori))) I needed them so badly and I had no idea.

I also found myself tickled over my husband being creative in his support for my #NaNoWriMo writing.

Thanks to support….

Made it to 30,000 words tonight ‪#‎NaNoWriMo‬ and I ended up in tears for the situation my poor characters are in. I hate this story but I love that at least it isn’t as dull as I feared. Just 11 more days and hopefully 20,000 more words to make it up to these characters at least. 

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I have been dealing with chronic pain, home issues, holiday worries, work piled high, and trying to please everyone. I do so love to be helpful and live to please. I love when people are clear on their needs as it helps so much and it lets me know what I am doing is what they actually need. Still, I am not going to tell you I am not overwhelmed. Why is National Novel Writing Month in November again?

Of course technology issues are all the more maddening this month!

It didn’t even warn me! This is ‪#‎NaNoWriMo‬ time! Evil stinky beast program update from between king yetis hairy cold butt crack! Did I mention the heater to the main part of the house died today and it is 20 degrees tonight?

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Who has time for that? My dear beloved blog needs updates for wordpress and plugins too but I am too scared to do them right now. At least it is not forced at this point. Too often with updates things go all crazy and I can’t afford my blog to go down or end up having to spend weeks on fixes again.

I also don’t have time to be sick!

Everything can fall apart though as long as I know I have support. I think everyone should have that feeling to be thankful for.

Bright side: The kids seem all better! Oh their dear hearts I am so thankful they are well! 

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Thankful Challenge – Day 18

 

How often do you move in the military?

How often one moves in the military really depends on the branch and the job the service member has. For us we moved bases 9 times in 16 years and lived in over a dozen houses. This military family life has sent us all over the country it seems. I can no longer even recall all the street addresses for the places we have lived. In some ways it is a blessing! The kids have seen many parts of the country. Of course there are the hardships but this post isn’t about those. 

 I am thankful that I have gotten to see so much of our country.

At this rate I think it would be a great time to plan a trip to see the rest of the states! We have seen over half of them! The kids would love it. I think living in so many places and taking trips might be why the kids all life geography so much. In some ways homeschooling and military family life go really well together. Geography I think is one of those ways.

What I would give for the military to send us to Alaska. I so badly want to go and most everyone who knows me, knows this. It is a dream I had for a while now. Alas, my husbands job isn’t one that is available through the military for a spot in Alaska. So I wait for retirement. Like many other couples in the military we have an agreement, I follow his military career around and then he will follow mine. I can write anywhere so Alaska will be my goal!

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Is LG OLED from Best Buy on your wish list too?

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 I admit it, my family is full of great geeks and one of the things we love happens to be new technology and yes, we try to get it as soon as we can because life is short and new discoveries are exhilarating. We are so lucky to live in a time where new technology […]

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Skiing Safety Tips for Kids

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Whether your child is learning to ski for the first time this year or if they are a seasoned skier who puts most others on the mountain to shame, it is important to take measures to ensure their safety. Some assume that only new skiers are at risk for injury, but quite often, experienced kids […]

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#NaNoWriMo – Stumbling around in the Dark!

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     For the Love of National Novel Writing Month I have gotten to the point of asking myself why I do this year after year. I never edit the novels I do finish the month with and the years I fail are hard on the heart. I find I have to remind myself of […]

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Reason #192 Why We Choose to Homeschool – Corporate America Parenting

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In this HuffPost piece “Are we Raising A Generation of Helpless Kids” Generation Y and iY are portrayed as helpless and entitled kids raised by helicopter parents who all started down this path thanks to poison tylenol in the early 80′s. Or so says Tim Elmore. The whole thing to me seemed rather base and something written […]

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Making Family Game Night Fun with The Haywire Group

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If you know this not so little crunchy you know that we are gamers and love family game night together. Even if you are not gamers, spending time with your family can be fun, especially if you have the right game to shake things up, get people laughing and enjoying themselves. The Haywire Group has […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 10

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 Renting with Back Yard Chickens Being military means we move around a lot with little choice about the area we are moving to. Many military families choose to live on the military posts for the perks, such as possible cheaper cost of living, added security, proximity to work, short commute, community, and more. One of […]

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A Oubly Holiday Giveaway

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 One thing I know for certain is that Oubly.com helps to make Holidays, Stationary, Events, and Business, personalized! They have beautifully designed items to help you express yourself and your intent on paper, be it holiday cards or Business Cards. Oubly wants to help you this holiday season and is offering Free Shipping on Orders over $49 […]

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Thankful Challenge — Day 9

Today I am Thankful for ALL THE WORDS! I am part of a group I rather like on facebook but has a rather narrow view I fear of what is respectful. It seems what is meant is that one needs to respect one belief system but not the others. One of the rule is no […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 8

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 I am so thankful to be able to homeschool my children! Today I had the displeasure to hear from a public school teacher who reported on how many of the retired teachers she talks to believe all of societies ills are because of attachment parenting. She talked about her 3 year old and how difficult […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 7

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Today, I am specially thankful for my “job” as a blogger! This is what mail has looked like a few times around here….. piled high in m room waiting to be opened and sorted and photographed and so much more. It is part of life a product reviewer and I love it. It is though […]

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Review: Verilux 10K Natural Spectrum Energy Lamp

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    Get Back to Being You 1) Beat the “Winter Blues” & the Effects of Seasonal Change 2) Improve Mood, Energy, Focus & Productivity 3) Customize a Program that Fits Your Goals, Body & Lifestyle When I first saw and read about the Verilux light I knew this was something I wanted to review. […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 6

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Today I am Thankful Smiles and Public Playgrounds! It is November that means #NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and for my children they know this means that we try to get them out to different playgrounds throughout the month to play and explore and give Mommy some time to write her Novel for the month. […]

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#Giveaway – Football Fans

Disclaimer:One or more products below were provided for free. However the review is my honest opinion. This post may include affiliate links. Mom Are We There Yet Has this awesome sports giveaway! Great for any sports fan in your life and perfect with the holidays around the corner. Ultimate Sports Giveaway One winner will receive […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 5

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I live in a country that allows me to not agree with you! I am thankful! I try not to post much on my blog about political things. We all have views and lets be honest, no one is asking me on my blog what political views I hold. They are e-mailing me to ask […]

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No, I do not like Day Light Saving time ending!

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   Why must we have Day Light Saving Time? Day light Saving Time (often confused with Day Light Savings Time, no S on the end of Saving) ended November 2nd. It all started Germany in 1916 thanks to an idea  George Vernon Hudson proposed in 1895. There have been many reasons for this but in modern times […]

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How to Choose the Right Type of Accommodation for Your Next Trip

Guest Post -  When planning a trip, one of the most important things you will need to determine is where you will be staying. Whether you opt for a resort, a hotel, a bed and breakfast, or even a rental apartment, each of these options come with their own set of pros and cons. Therefore, […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 4

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Today I am Thankful For Love that Makes Me Cry   And my sister!     And my husband!   During our mini-vacation this past weekend we all exchanged gifts during my Mothers Alliday celebrations. Yes, I do mean Alliday, look at yesterdays thankful post for more information on this fabulousness. (hush you grammar demons, […]

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Helping Teens Explore The Job Market

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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. - Confucius Being a Mother often it seems that the focus is education and enrichment and the idea of jobs and work fall on the child in their teen years. While children are often asked what they want to […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 3

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   Today I am Thankful For My Creative Mother If you know my Mother at all then you must know that she is one of the most creative women on the planet. She has the gift of turning common things into magical moments and art. There are different parts to my Mother of course, but […]

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Awesome Food At The Shed

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 The Shed – Review One of the things I wanted to be sure to do while on our Mini vacation this Halloween weekend was to eat at The Shed while down here in Mississippi. Not only has this place been raved about online but it also had it’s own show on the food network. The […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 2

Thankful for Adventures We are traveling this weekend! We do this often as a military family as family tends to be far away. I can’t recall a vacation in these 16 years were we went some place just to explore and not to go see family or friends far away. As I think about it […]

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Thankful Challenge – Day 1

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Thankful for my Children and Family I like the trend the last few years of people sharing the things they are thankful for. So often we are busy rushing around and we share our hardships and being thankful is something we are not too mindful of. Even if we are mindful, sharing our gratitude in […]

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Did you know it is National Cat Day?

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  #nationalcatday My family now belongs to not one but two fluffy felines. They of course rule the house in their own ways. One, our very old kitty, often ignores everything and everyone unless she is out of food, wants to go outside, or demands to be worshiped and petted. She was born outside in […]

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Down Syndrome – Spencer’s Journey

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Guest Post brought to you by a dear friend of my sisters. ~~~~~~~ He was just 12 weeks gestation when my Dr told me the Harmony test showed a positive result for Trisomy 21.  I was confused, mad, I thought I had done something wrong.  I had no idea what to expect for the rest […]

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Cute Halloween Crafts with Young Children

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Guest Post by my Sister Ashley R. I have been seeing all these awesome fall crafting ideas and I think to myself “that looks so cool I wish my little one was old enough to do these himself”. This fall though I decided to make fall decorations with him, and I must say they turned out […]

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Premium Plus Probiotic Review + Flash Giveaway

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Premium Plus Probiotic #premiumplus MightySupp’s Premium Plus Probiotic is designed to provide premium quality ingredients for maximum daily support. The optimum blend of four highly effective bacteria will help keep your digestive system in prime condition. This product says it will: Replenishes good bacteria Helps maintain your immune system Assists with weight loss Reduces bloating […]

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Review and Giveaway – Neato Cell Phone Skins – Ends Nov 6th

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www.neato.com Neato Skins is a customizable system for cell phones to help users like me get the design we want and be able to change things up without spending a fortune on different cell phone cases. For $19.95 you get their starter kit, a clear case, 5 skin sheets, a test sheet, instructions, and the […]

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Review – Monthly Learning Box – kidableadventures.com

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  kidableadventures.com This company as sweet enough to send us a box to review! We received the Little Thinker Box This monthly subscription box is specially for little thinkers who are entering Prek or Kinder. Perfect for my 4 year old daughter. Of course we can’t ever seem to do anything with just one child, […]

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