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How to make your resolution stick

1 Jan

Millions of Americans are going to make New Year’s resolutions today. It is no secret that very few of them will stick to their resolution in the first month. Would you like to ensure lasting change as you set your goals for the coming year?

Here are some strategies that will give you the secret edge:

Keep a positive attitude
Be specific about your goals
Be realistic about your goals
Put your resolution in writing
Develop a plan of action
Reward yourself for progress

Happy New Year!

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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Man Up, Eat Up

15 Dec

Man Up, Eat Up: Beer. Bacon. Good.
Beer and bacon for breakfast? Oh yes, say the manly men. And some women too! With craft brewing at an all-time high, and the never-ending popularity of bacon, why not combine the two? This recipe for Mancakes covers all your basic manly food groups: beer, bacon, and pancakes. It’s the best way to serve up dude food for breakfast.

Beer and Bacon Mancakes

Prep Time: 55 Minutes
Start to Finish: 1 Hour 10 Minutes
Makes: 6 Mancakes

What you will need:

1/2 lb bacon (8 slices)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 cups Original Bisquick® mix
1 cup of your favorite regular or nonalcoholic beer
2 eggs

What you will need to do:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with foil. Place wire rack on top of cookie sheet. Arrange bacon in single layer on top of rack. Bake 10 minutes.

2. Sprinkle bacon with half the brown sugar. Bake 10 minutes longer. Turn bacon over; sprinkle with remaining brown sugar. Bake 10 to 15 minutes longer or until golden brown. Remove from rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes. Crumble bacon into small pieces; set aside.

3. Heat griddle or skillet over medium-high heat or electric griddle to 375°F; grease with vegetable oil or shortening.

4. In medium bowl, beat Bisquick mix, beer and eggs with whisk until blended. If batter is too thick, add additional beer until desired consistency. Stir in bacon. Pour by 1/2 cupfuls onto hot griddle. Cook until edges are dry. Turn; cook until golden brown.

Click here for the Printable Mancake Recipe




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Thanksgiving & Praise Day 16

16 Nov

I am Thankful for

Pajama Days!

Surrender – Vineyard Music



I’m giving You my heart, all that is within
I lay it all down, for the sake of You my King

I’m giving You my dreams, laying down my rights
I’m giving up my pride, for the promise of new life*

And I surrender all to You, all to You
And I surrender all to You, all to You

I’m singing You this song, I’m waiting at the cross
All the world holds dear, I count it all as loss

For the sake of knowing You, for the glory of Your name
To know the lasting joy, even sharing in Your pain

And I surrender it all to you, all to You

What I Wore

29 Sep

Wow! This week flew by fast. I feel as tho I just posted my What I Wore. Well the saying goes Time Fly’s by when you are having fun! I am having fun.. just being a mommy and wife, Life is just Good!

Today I am linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore. Please join in the fun. It is just a great way to hold yourself accountable from staying in your pj’s (everyday) or just jumping into your sweats. Since I have started this series I have found the cutest clothes in my closet.

the pleated poppy blog


Great little day that Wednesday was. Attended my oldest son’s Open House at his Elementary school. His Father came with his new wife and surprisingly it was not uncomfortable this time. Which is fabulous because my son was so happy that we were all there!  Afterwords Malachi & I had a date at Ben & Jerry’s.  Just the 2 of us, we had sooooo much fun.  I am so glad that I got the opportunity to spend some one on one time with him.

Black Sweater, Brittany's Dress, Levi Jeans & Cute lil Starppy Sandals from the Goodwill


Thursday I took my Lily to Preschool Park and had a blast! Preschool park is an indoor fun place for children 0-5 in our church’s gym each Thursday morning.. Several Mommies come for fellowship & coffee and Children come to play with all sorts of toys. Click here to view pictures of Lily exploring, watching and playing.

Nike Sweatshirt from Fred Meyers, White Tee from Target, & Plaid Pants from Walmart


Friday I stayed busy around the house and caught up on some writings. Including my latest on 24/7 Moms More Than a Name

Long Maroon & Cream Sweater from the Goodwill & Levi Jeans


Saturday I hung out with Malachi and took him grocery shopping while Chad, Lily & Mason went to go pick up Brittany & Collin at their Moms.  That afternoon I started roasting my very first chicken (click here to see this on Facebook) and then we headed over to the park for some fun in the sun, that actually graced us with its presence that day. ( I actually got to change into a short sleeve shirt!)

L/S Striped Shirt that I got somewhere, Blue Jean Skirt from the Goodwill & Leggies from Target


Busy day with Church, lunch and then off to the airport to pick up my Mom!  After I picked her up she took me out to eat. What a wonderful time we had, I missed her. She was in Illinois visiting my Grandma.

Black Top from The Bon Marche (before it was Macy's) Pink skirt that I purchased many many years ago, & black capri leggings from Target

I am including Brittany in today’s what I wore because she is wearing my dress! We had a great girls night Saturday night filled with laughter, fun, & our tradition of a foot soak and chat in the tub.  We started watching The Princess and the Frog until we were distracted with playing dress up. She found a love for my dresses, I let her put on my wedding dress!  She even helped me put together the outfit I wore this Sunday.

My Black Dress I purchased at Salvation Army


I was exhausted ( the Giggle of the Day was perfect for today & how I felt) .. so I took a pajama day! Since I am keeping it real I thought I would even share 🙂

Tobmac sweatshirt from his concert at OCC, black shirt and favorite green pajama bottoms


I spent most of the day taking care of my sweet Lily who has a runny nose and cough. I missed TLC (which is a bummer I actually did my homework and I wrote a prayer that this bible study inspired me to ) this morning but I did get out of the house after school and took the boys to the YMCA. While they were busy with there Sports mix activity I grabbed a cup of coffee and read my new Jill Savage book, Creating the Moms Group You’ve Been Looking For. I spoke with Patti from the church this morning and I will be meeting with her this weekend to put together my Mom’s Life Group. I am so very excited to be putting this together. So I  kept busy with planning this new adventure God is taking me on.
After the Y we came home for dinner with my Mom and Brother. What a great evening full of laughter it was!

Black Sweater, Grey Shirt and Black Pants (Comfy for Snuggling on the couch)

So there it is .. what I wore! What did ya think? Did I do okay? I took a picture everyday. I think about it each morning as I carefully select my clothes. I feel like I did in high school making sure I wear the right thing..lol. I hope you are having as much fun as I am!

Blessings & Giggles until next time!

Mommy & Writer

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Lego Letters from Mom

13 Sep

Malachi & Mason have been busy building with Lego‘s the last couple of days creating bridges, trucks, cars & more with help from Chad & Uncle Forrest.

So when it was time to change the sheets & write a letter to the boys I decided to create it with Lego’s.

I Luv M&M (Malachi & Mason)

Lego’s are great, Did you know you can get a free subscription to Lego Club Magazine for your kids?

It is a real magazine full of word scrambles, Lego building how to’s, comics, drawing challenges, mazes and more. Subscribe online at http://www.legoclub.com. There is a direct link on the main page entitled Free Lego Club Magazine.

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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fifty things to do by 50

11 Sep

( in no particular order)

Publish a book

Watch all 5 children graduate from high school

Visit all islands of Hawaii

Go on a family mission trip

Complete the Komen 3 Day Walk for the Cure

Learn to Scuba Dive
Write a post on each chapter of the Books of the Bible (66 65 to go! Genesis)

Watch the fireworks on 4th of July at the Statue of Liberty

Celebrate our 5th, 10th & 15th Wedding Anniversary

Attend my 20th & 30th High School Reunion
Learn to Sail

Speak at a Conference

Celebrate my 40th & 50th Birthday with grace

Take the entire family to Disneyland

Tour Hershey’s Chocolate Factory

Write a complete childhood story

Complete all Beth Moore’s Bible Studies

Scrapbook – Paper & Digitally ( Photos w/ pictures) each child’s life from birth to 18 (step-children beginning in 2005)

Take a train across the United States

Visit the larger Lighthouses on the West & East Coast

Take a Photography class & obtain a good camera

Publish a book for children

Publish an article in a larger newspaper & magazine

Visit & Tour Mall of America

Visit Niagara Falls

Write & publish a Simple & Scrumptious Cookbook

Celebrate my 1st (September 23rd 2010), 5th, 10th & 15th Blog Aversary on Soccer Mom in Giggle Town

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Go to a show on Broadway

Visit Las Vegas

Celebrate New Years Eve at Time Square

Obtain a passport

Witness all 5 children be baptized in church

Celebrate each child’s acceptance of Jesus as their Lord & Savior of their lives

Attend a Weekend to Remember w/ my husband

Learn to play the piano well

Learn to play the acoustic guitar

Write a song

Sing a Song during offertory

Share my testimony to my church family

Take Ballroom Dance lessons w/ Chad

Take Malachi to a Nascar event

Take Brittany to a major Ballet Production

Take Mason to a Large Motocross Event

Take Collin to see a game in the World Series

Take Lily to _________________________(filled in once she has big dreams)

Assist Chad with his dream to enter a car race (legally)

Learn to garden

Maintain, grow & develop my friendship with Tanja

Take a Cruise

Maintain a regular scheduled podcast program for moms

Mommy Says, Daddy Says

6 Sep

What is your favorite physical possession & why?

Mommy says,

my computer for it allows me to complete my writing and share it with others.

Daddy says,

my car because it is fast and loud

You say?

Blessings & Giggles to you & yours,

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