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...


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

giveaway over at the Duggars' blog


The is giving away Scripture Talk Bible memory dvds.

If you want to be entered into the giveaway, go there now!

Good luck!

Until next time...


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

looking ahead...homeschool conference

Appalachian Home Educators Conference

It's that time of year's out!!  (Actually for us it's not - we go year around).

But most people are out for the summer.  Now I realize that some homeschool moms are glad to see the last of books until fall.  But some of you I know are crazy about anything school.  I've got the solution...the Appalachian Home Educators Conference! 

If  you look to your right you'll find a link to take you to the website.  I encourage you to check it out.  Not only is it taking place in my town (yay!!!), it just happens to be Pigeon Forge (can you say vacation?!) with tons of fun things to do (plus discounts if you are attending the conference!), and they have something that sounds like fun right at the conference - an outdoor adventure tent (find it under the activities tab)!  I know my kids will be going. 

So how about it?  Start your summer off by vacationing in one of the funnest places in the eastern U.S - PLUS - get your curriculum for next year and you don't have to even think about it all summer long.

Until next time...