Wednesday, September 10, 2014

and so it begins

20 years ago I started taking karate at my local community college.  I was signing up for my first semester in college and I need a PE credit.  Karate was the only one that interested me.  I really enjoyed it and even advanced to a green belt.

Fast forward 20 years, 12 children, a mostly sedentary lifestyle, and some plus pounds later to last week.

I started karate again.  Yay me.

I was so seriously sore the next day and twice that the second day.

Last night was my second class.

Oh.  My.  There are no words to describe the feelings in my legs when I go up or down steps.  I am so thankful I don't live in a two story house. lol

I dread tomorrow.  The second day is the worst.


Until next time...


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

we have to eat what?!

 How to get your kids to eat their veggies?

Serve this with it.

Whole tilapia.  Yum.  I think I'm the only one who ate a significant amount of it. lol

Even my 3 year old said it was "disgusting".  Actually, it was pretty good.  Just drizzled some olive oil in the pan, threw the fish in it, and baked for a while.  Served with rice and stir-fry veggies.

Until next time...


Monday, July 7, 2014

giveaway winner!!

I loved reading about your 4th of July memories.  

 Photo: Happy Independence Day!


My favorite 4th of July was probably one I remember as a teen.  Growing up the big thing to do on the 4th was attending the 4th of July Rodeo in Wright City, OK (a town close to my grandparents).  This particular one my younger aunt and I were allowed to walk around the carnival by ourselves.  We had so much fun.  After riding the rides we wanted, we went to watch the rodeo.  We made sure to get to the rodeo in time for the bull-riding (our favorite part).  The big finale at the end of the rodeo was the fireworks with the last one being an American flag lit up in the arena.  It was a great night. :)

And now announcing the winner....drum roll please...




and the winner is.................Kathleen W. !!!!  Congratulations!

If you still are partial to the lavender I will send you that one.  If not, let me know the scent you want.

Thank you all for entering.  Keep checking back, I may just have another giveaway up my sleeve soon. :)

Until next time... JenT

Sunday, July 6, 2014

birthday (again)

Well, it's about that time around our house...yep another birthday. :)

This one is for one of our little princesses...she turned 7 on July 3rd.  (yes, I'm late in posting)

 (She was happier than she looked, we just didn't get a good picture of her with the balloons).

She likes princesses and playing with her sisters and brothers.

She picked a pink and purple birthday cake and her oldest sister obliged.

She likes Frozen and I know a lady that crochets loveys, soooo....

 (Anna and Elsa loveys)

 All of our little kids love the loveys we have (we also have Merida and Rapunzel from the same lady).  If you are looking for a lovey for your little one visit her etsy shop Lucy's Loops05.  She does some amazing work.

And that's all. :)

Until next time...


Sunday, June 29, 2014

giveaway: homemade soap!

I am having a giveaway!!

 cold processed scented homemade soap vanilla lavender rose sea mist ocean breeze

I can't remember the last time I had a giveaway of my very own on here.  The last few times I've talked about giveaways, they've been from another blog.

But this time it's my very own giveaway...of my very own soap...that I made on my very own.


You pick the scent you want and I'll send you a bar of homemade soap.  It is made of natural oils, water, sodium hydroxide (lye), scents, and colors.

Here are the scents I have available:

Saddle Up (a leather-like scent)
Lavender Touch
Sugar Cookie (vanilla)
Very Berry (strawberry)
Rose Petals
Sea Mist (ocean scent)
Date Night (chanel)
Tropical Paradise (coconut)

To enter this giveaway, you only have to comment below and tell me your favorite Independence Day memory. 

That's it!

Yes, I know - so simple.  No rafflecopter...just me, a bowl, names, and someone picking a winner. (So be sure and leave your name and a way to contact you such as an email address).

This giveaway will last all week long.  I will pick a winner next Sunday, July 6th and announce it Monday the 7th.

So - comment away!!

Also - I have these soaps available on my etsy shop for purchase.  So you don't have to wait and take a chance on winning.  You can have some now!  Just go here and choose what you want.

Until next time...


Thursday, June 26, 2014


Today is the first day of the Applachian Home Educators Conference right here in my town of Pigeon Forge, TN.

I am so looking forward to this.  I'm volunteering tonight at the registration table, so if you come by be sure and find me and say hi.

I've been looking over the schedule of speaker and found a couple of ladies I am so eager to listen to.  I hope I get the chance.

If you are close to east TN (Pigeon Forge), I hope you take the time to come out to the conference.  If you are already registered to attend and are already here - you made a good choice. :)

Appalachian Home Educators Conference

Until next time...


Saturday, June 21, 2014

teachable moments

I wonder how many teachable moments I've missed in my children's lifetime?  Too many to want to recall right now I suppose.  But starting from now, I want to look for those moments.  It's not Sunday School/church once or twice a week that they'll remember, but those spur of the moment lessons that happen in daily life.

For example I remember the promise from God through the rainbow from my Mama telling me about it one day after it rained and we saw a rainbow in the sky.  I don't remember learning about it from Sunday School first (although I did hear the story many times after that).  But I remember Mama telling me about it first.  I was able to share that with two of my daughters one day when they went with my husband and I on some errands.  We, too, saw a rainbow and I asked them if they knew the significance and the story behind it.  They did. :)

I had another teachable moment today.  My 5 year old son was told to help his older sister clean off the table.  He was given the specific job of bringing the condiments back to the kitchen.  He turned and looked at his sister and asked what she was going to do.  I immediately thought of that passage in John where Peter asked Jesus what John was going to do, after Jesus commanded Peter to feed His sheep.  I explained to him that we don't need to be looking at what others are supposed to do; but we are to focus on our job.  We should do what we are supposed to do without worrying about others and their work.  I told him the story too, in a short basic way that hopefully his 5 year old mind comprehended.  He didn't need a sermon with verse references and an alliterated outline; he just needed a simple story and a way to connect it with what he had done.  Here's hoping it will stick. :)

Until next time...