Friday, September 12, 2014

Don't judge me by my cute shoes



As I sit in a doctor's office, I can't help but notice all of these other ladies' cute shoes. 

Some are wedges, some are flats, some are tattered. 

And then I think "I wonder if those are indicative of who they are. Who I am?" 

And then I think...probably not. 

The lady to my left is bald. 
The lady in front of me has her hubby with her. She looks like a baby herself. Very obviously having her first. So cute. So young. So much ahead. 

Today, my prayers are consumed with Mason as he continues to try up find his place, and balancing life, studies, and just college in general.  I find myself praying more. 
Yet, I have a friend with her daughter at college. She's struggling too. With chemo. And adding treatments to her schedule. 
And another friend, well...she never got to pray for her son in college. He died too soon. 

All 3 of our struggles are real. We all wear cute shoes. 

Scott's been working out of town. A lot. 
No. 
Like A.L.O.T!!
It changes the dynamics of our at-home life. And makes my role a little more challenging. 
But I have another friend, her hubby is unemployed. Not by choice. 
And another, hers is stationed overseas.  Defending our country. 
And another, she will never kiss him goodnight again. He died too soon. 
And another, he decided the grass was greener. 

All of our struggles are real. 
We all wear cute shoes. 

As much as I want to be a runner, I'm just not. 
Not right now. I'm a walker. And until they figure out what's going on. I'm just gonna be a walker. Period. But I'm thankful for the walking. 
I have a friend training for a marathon, and getting the miles in are hard. But she wants it. Bad. I love seeing her posts as she train. She presses on. Days are hard. Miles are long. 
And another friend that some days is just thankful to get out of bed. Walking is certainly not even an option. 

All of our struggles are real. 
We all wear cute shoes. 

So as I sit here consumed with my own life, I try not to discount the struggles of my friends. 
Your marriage, your work situation, your cancer, your pregnancy, your miscarriage, your divorce, or your dreadful migraine. 

All of our struggles are real. In our own lives. 

But I guess it's important that we notice when our sister is hurting. Better yet, that we just check in and say hi. She shouldn't have to ask. Just know that I care. I'm an ear, if you feel like sharing.  
Even if she has on cute shoes, in disguise. 

I won't judge you by your cute shoes, if you don't judge me by mine.
Deal?! 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

New music from Train

So....I just received the award "Best Mom EVER!"

Ok, ok. There was no trophy, no OSCAR, no TV show host to present it to me...but Chap squeezed me like I was a big husky football player, and exclaimed it in the kitchen.

that counts for something, right?

Ok....so, the new album from Train: Bulletproof Picasso will be released later this month, and I got my hands on a fresh copy, BEFORE it hit the stores.

That's like a gold mine, to my musically inclined child.

So, he says mom..." does it have Angel in Blue jeans"
me: "yes"
him: "does it have give it all"
me: "yes"
him: "mom, don't tease"


I mean, had I known this would hold so much value, I really could've gotten some work done outta the kid, first :)

So, we gave it a listen, and it does NOT disappoint!

I am already a fan of Train, but this, just keeps it going!

We've already loaded on the ipod, the iphone and the laptop. The kid is in Train heaven!!!

You can pre-order a copy here:
  * iTunes: http://smarturl.it/bulletproofpicasso
  * Amazon: http://smarturl.it/bulletproofpicassoAM






I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own. 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Fiber One Streusel Bars

Ok, so, I was sent a fun little care package from Fiber One, with a few new products, that are now available at Publix.

My boys had a good time doing the taste test with the cookies.
The Chocolate Chunk won the "quickest to disappear"  :)

http://www.fiberone.com/products/cookies/soft-baked-cookies-chocolate-chunk

So, then we tried the Streusel Bars.
Hey, no kidding. These things are good!

I like the Strawberry just fine, but I like the Blueberry, even better!
Pick up a box of these. They are good!

http://www.fiberone.com/products/brownies-and-bars/streusel-bar---blueberry


Visit www.everydaysaver.com/F1NewItems to clip and print your coupons. Coupons available while supplies last.

Save $0.75 off one Fiber One Streusel Bar
Save $0.75 off one Fiber Soft-Baked Cookies
And make sure to check out all the Fiber One Options, available at Publix®.


For more info, check out the Ready Plan Save site, before your next trip to Publix®.



And, let me know if you try them! I would be interested to see which one is your fave!




“Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.”

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Open Hands. Overflowing Hearts.

Have you "liked" this page?

If not, will you?

Seriously. A child's life depends on it!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Food -not love - makes the world go 'round

Food.

Right now, it's a word that has a different meaning than before.

I can truly empathize with people that have dietary restrictions, or severe allergies, or any sort of limitations.

It's a constant thought, yet a constant avoidance.

Everything revolves around food.
Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas, birthday, friendly get together, lunch meetings.

Food.

What can I eat there? What have I already had today?

If I've had 2 things, then I've reached my limit.

Or, what is later today, that I might want to "eat" (and I use that term lightly) at that event.

Example: If I had oatmeal for breakfast, and my beloved blueberry muffin (just 1. heaven forbid 2.) for lunch, then I can't have dinner.
So, if I'm going to be away from home, or in a social setting and pretend to try to find something comfortable, then I can't eat lunch or breakfast, so I have to go with a protein shake or a spoonful of peanut butter for one of these.

It's ridiculous.

It's a mind game.

It's wearing me out.

In conclusion, I had the muffin for breakfast, red grapes and a bite of turkey for lunch, so it's me and Jif for dinner!

Cheers :)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Funny isn't always strong

It truly was a sad day in our pop-culture world, as the news began to break with the death of Robin Williams.


I have to think it will be one of those "I remember where I was when I heard the news" kind of moments in my life.

He was Mork. He was Oh Captain, My Captain, he was Mrs. Doubtfire, he was my favorite Genie, my Popeye, he was my Goooooood Morning Vietnammmmm!

He was so many funny roles in my life.

No, I didn't know him.
Yes, I still grieve the loss.

No, he didn't know me.
Yes, he still has a place of memories in my heart.

But, you know what struck me this morning, as I woke, and truly, it was the first thing on my mind...obviously, he had no idea.

His laughter filled so many with joy.
His comedic role took a hurt away from so many.

But, obviously he struggled inside himself.

Depression and suicide are both so very real.
And it hurts my heart to know that there is a place so dark, that you can't escape, and see the joy and smile that you put on someone else's face.

Not even for a brief moment.
For that moment...there was nothing happy enough, nothing strong enough, nothing funny enough.

It's truly so heartbreaking.

And, if I am honest with myself, I know I've been there. Maybe not *that* deep. Or maybe not *that* low. And truly, not *that* dark.

But I've been there. Somedays, it would seem easier to setup camp there.

You just never know what someone else is battling, struggling with, or thinking about.

Kind words are important.
Checking on your friends is important.
Not dismissing other people, is important.
Sharing the love of Jesus is important.

Smiles don't always equal happiness.
Public appearances don't always equal joy.
You can buy a lot of "things" but you can't buy enough to fill an empty, dark space.
Kindness is important.



Funny isn't always strong.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Big G breakfast at Publix

 
In my quest to try a few new things, I was THRILLED when I received a box full of new General Mills products to take for a test drive!
 
The new Gluten Free Chex Oatmeal made me happy.
 
I know. Oatmeal? Made me happy?
Yes...yes it did!!!
 
 
 

   
Looking to take advantage of the summer season by kicking off a smarter eating routine? Let General Mills and Big G cereals help with two new tasty breakfast options – Cheerios Protein and Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal!

Available in two delicious flavors – Oats & Honey and Cinnamon Almond – new Cheerios Protein offers your family that long-lasting energy needed to start your day with a taste and crunch your family will love.

New Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal is the perfect way to get your day started! With flavors such as Apple Cinnamon, Maple Brown Sugar and Original there are a variety of ways to enjoy a warm gluten free breakfast. There are no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Like Chex cereal it’s made with simple ingredients and made for you.

Cheerios Boxes

Look for great savings on these Big G items starting July 26 at Publix!

In-Store Savings


Offers available in-store from 7/26 – 8/15, available at Publix. Look for more details in the Back to School grocery flyer.

Save $2 off crayons, markers, pens or pencils when you buy any 1 Chex Gluten Free Oatmeal.
Save $2 when you buy any 1 Cheerios 10.9oz or larger AND any 1 100% Florida Orange Juice 59oz or larger. This sale includes both new flavors of Cheerios Protein.
Printable Coupons

Visit www.ReadyPlanSave.com to clip and print your coupons. Available while supplies last.

July: $1/2 Select Cheerios
August: $1/2 Cheerios Franchise
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“Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by General Mills through Platefull Co-Op.”

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