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Returning a Gift – Wordless Wednesday

Have you ever tried to surprise someone? It takes a lot of work and secrecy, even then plans can be thwarted. We successfully surprised our 14 year old daughter three weeks ago with the gift of a Palomino horse (she’s a quarter horse), on the condition that we’d keep her if she passed the vet’s pre-purchase exam. Sandy is an 18 year old Quarter horse, give or take according to the vet’s look at her teeth.

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Over a week ago the vet did a pre-purchase exam and could not pass Sandy based on some lameness issues. The issues are fixable but would cost money and could cost us a good horse if she went completely lame. :( We were hoping for an easy keeper since Blaze his a hard keeper.

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adjective, lam·er, lam·est.
1.
crippled or physically disabled, especially in the foot or leg so as to limp or walk with difficulty.
2.
impaired or disabled through defect or injury: a lame arm.
3.
weak; inadequate; unsatisfactory; clumsy: a lame excuse.
4.
Slang. out of touch with modern fads or trends; unsophisticated.
verb (used with object), lamed, lam·ing.
5.
to make lame or defective.

We had hoped to keep Sandy for a good long time and let her get her weight up on our yummy pasture. Her stables do not have access to pasture. The horses live in their stalls.

So we say good-bye to Sandy tomorrow evening when her owner comes to pick her up. We had her here on a trial basis. Kind of sad to see her go. Our daughter is handling it like a champ and we are proud of her.

It is hard as a parent to successfully surprise your child with a gift she’s wanted since she was nine and then to have to turn around and return the gift.

Have you ever had to return a much wanted gift?

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Week #22 Saturday Top Five Laughs

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Can’t believe another week has come and gone already! But it’s time for Saturday top Five Laughs with Mel over at The Mommyhood Chronicles for week #22 (for us) in our Saturday Top Five Laughs of the week.

5. This one happened when we went mini golfing a few weeks ago. I only remembered it when I posted the photo yesterday. Mini golfing as a large family is hilarious! Especially when half our children had never mini golfed before. They start out by hitting the ball like it’s a puck in a hockey game and you know what happens then! The children loved it and can’t wait to go back. Next time though, we want to go when the go-carts are open!

4. Lokie is fun to watch, though this week I haven’t had much time, but the children have. He even climbed the manure pile only to roll down it, lay there and wait for his mother to fawn over him!

3. I told O to plant shelling peas at the end of the rows already planted, meaning the last bed, but she planted them at the end of the tomato beds after the tomatoes. Tomatoes and peas cannot be planted together because of the negative affect one will have on the other. Another Amelia Bedilia moment in which she took me quite literally. I also think she didn’t hear part of my instructions because she was heading down the hallway to the door.

2. Jr. and JAG (our 10 year old) were running around outside. JAG was doing this super hero run and paused with his arms in a pumping motion. What does Jr. do? The same thing. Too cute!

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1. We went to the park yesterday afternoon after the children worked hard planting in the garden. They wanted to take Padfoot, our dog, so I let them. Well, we forgot to bring him a water dish so he got to use a Dixie cup like the rest of us!

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Just Go Girl

This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network and Just Go Girl.

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When I was younger I was very active. I played intramural floor hockey during lunch breaks in high school as well as on our school’s soccer, basketball and volleyball teams. In Bible college, I did aerobics, basketball, volleyball, touch football and walked an hour almost every day! Enter childbearing years and parenthood….and my activity slowed down not only due to busyness but due to changes my body went through having my children. If you know what I mean, and if you don’t I’ll have to spell it out for you. Athletic leakage or urinary leakage. Yep, that’s probably more information than you wanted to know about me, isn’t it?

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The JustGo Pad™ is a cool teardrop shaped pad (patent pending). Available exclusively at JustGoGirl.com and may be purchased in packs of 10 ($8) or as a membership at the following levels:

Committed: 10 pads, $8 per month; for women who work out two to three times per week

Dedicated: 20 pads, $14 per month; for women who work out five times each week

Obsessed: 30 pads, $18 per month; for women who work out every day

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My original thought when I saw the design was, “It’s going to give me a wedgie.” Just being honest! However, I am happy to report that I was surprised it did not. They worked well and seemingly better than the mini pads I currently use because of the wider coverage at the top.

Do you or someone you know experience athletic leakage? Visit Just Go Girl and order free samples today!

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Viactiv Build Strong Bones Together: Yours and Hers

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received two full-sized canisters of Viactiv® Calcium Soft Chews and a picture frame for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

Our family is constantly working on our diet, as well as finding ways to remain healthy. This spring in addition to trying to walk daily, we have been taking a calcium supplement to build strong bones. Did you know that almost 70% of women, on average, are calcium deficient? And 86% of teen girls are not getting enough calcium each day? We were surprised to learn this. We have three teen girls and since 95% of their bone building occurs by age 20 we want them to get enough calcium. Viactiv Soft Chews provide 100% of the daily recommended of calcium, plus vitamins D3 and K.

Viactiv Soft Chews are the #1 doctor recommended calcium supplement chew. The recommended amount of calcium for a girl 9-18 years old is 1300 milligrams (mg), compared to only 1000 mg women 19-50 years require. My daughters and I have been taking Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews for well over a month. They are easy to take and taste really good. No need to struggle swallowing a massive ugly tasting pill. Viactiv Soft Chews come in two yummy flavors: Milk Chocolate and Caramel. The girls and I are admittedly chocolate lovers so we all prefer the Milk Chocolate but you won’t see any of us complain about the Caramel!

When we do not get enough calcium the deficiency causes our bodies to begin taking it from our bones. Calcium deficiency causes osteoporosis. Not only is calcium important for bone health but it strengthens our teeth and helps our muscles and nerves function the way they were intended.

Walking is a great weight-bearing exercise which helps build and maintain bone density.

We just bought more Viactiv at Walgreens and got them for free since we had enough rewards points accumulated! Viactiv is also available at Rite Aid, CVS, Target, Walmart and Drugstore.com

You can learn more about Viactiv Soft Chews on their Facebook page or www.Viactiv.com

Which delicious flavor of Viactiv® Calcium Soft Chew would you choose – Milk Chocolate or Caramel?

Get the latest information on Viactiv® Calcium Soft Chews at www.viactiv.com. #ViactivYoursandHers

This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation that contains affiliate links. I received two full-sized canisters of Viactiv® Calcium Soft Chews and a picture frame for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.

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Matilda Jane Review and Giveaway

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If you are looking for different styles for you and your girls and don’t want to head to the store.  Matilda Jane Clothing is for you!  They sell their clothing line through hosted “Trunk Shows”.

Each year they release 2 collections in the Spring and Fall.  There are currently over 500 “Trunk Keepers” throughout the US & Canada.  Once you found a host, you can either attend a showing or have your own in home show!  You can also become a “Jane” to host your own shows!

Check out what they sent to us!  My daughter received  an adorable dress from their called “Roller Coaster Tiered Dress

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Made of 69% cotton, 28% nylon, & 3% spandex, you need to wash this dress in cold water and lay it on a flat surface to dry.

This dress is perfect for an active child in the summertime and very fun.  My daughter loves the colorful tiers. There are butterflies, bikes, flowers, shoes and bird on this adorable dress.  It is topped off with little yellow ruffled sleeves.

Click here and fill out the form to find your nearest  “Jane” for Matilda Jane Clothing!


Matilda Jane Giveaway

Would you like to give Matilda Jane a try? Enter to win a $50 Gift Card to Matilda Jane below! Ends 5/2!

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Matilda Jane Clothing Review & Giveaway

 

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If you are looking for different styles for you and your girls and don’t want to head to the store.  Matilda Jane Clothing is for you!  They sell their clothing line through hosted “Trunk Shows”.

Each year they release two collections in the Spring and Fall.  There are currently over 500 “Trunk Keepers” throughout the US & Canada.  Once you have found a host, you can either attend a showing or have your own in home show!  You can also become a “Jane” to host your own shows!

Matilda Jane Clothing Review

Check out what they sent to us!  My daughter received 3 pieces from the “Paint by Numbers” collection.

The yellow shirt she has is called Biscuit Tee on is very soft with the matching Gallery Leggings.  These pants are just up her alley!

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In the next picture she is wearing the Turtledove Knot Top.

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Each of them come in a beautiful bag! We haven’t had time to wear them much or get them washed to see how they come out so if I remember I’ll try to update this post at a later date with that information.

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Click Here and fill out the form to find your nearest  “Jane” for Matilda Jane Clothing!

 


Matilda Jane Clothing Giveaway

Enter to win a $50 Matilda Jane Clothing gift card! Ends 12/27 at 12:00am!

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Dear Granddaughter: Life Lessons from your Grandmother

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Dear Granddaughter: Life Lessons from Your Grandmother


The holidays are a time for families to unite ~ and for children to feel the closeness of a strong familial bond. It is also the perfect time for grandparents to impart their years of wisdom onto their beloved grandchildren.

 

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In Dear Grandmother, author Judy Smith (a grandmother of four herself) shares her heartfelt insights with the grandparents of the world. She reminds young women everywhere just how special their grandmothers really are.

 

“Grandmothers come in all forms,” says Smith. “But every grandmother is full of valuable wisdom.  She can tell you the secrets of nourishing your soul, falling in and out of love, living with dignity and grace, and most importantly – enjoying the journey. Listen closely to your grandmother when she speaks and hold on to each pearl, for therein lies tremendous truth and wisdom.”

 

About the Author:

 

Judy Smith is a proud grandmother of four. She enjoys teaching her grandchildren the value of wisdom from their elders. While she is a young grandmother, she believes today’s younger generations are missing out on old-fashioned values and life lessons. She is also the co-author of the book Business Mojo: Achieving Success Through Mystical Exploration.

 

OUR REVIEW:

Although I am not a grandmother, I LOVED this book. My grandmother died a week before I received this book to review. Receiving this book was like getting a hug from my grandmother, letting me know everything was going to be all right. I must say the timing to review this was amazing! In any event, this is a wonderful book for granddaughters and grandmothers alike. I would not say it is for younger granddaughters … yet older ones that can take the knowledge within and let it seep into their core. Likewise grandmothers can take heart to the advice within the pages and choose to impart the knowledge to their own granddaughters or take the words and use them as an inspiration for crafting their own knowledge to impart!

This was truly a wonderful inspiring text…so much love and knowledge within the pages of the book. The book is also laden with wonderful pictures to accompany the text… very moving.

You can purchase Dear Granddaughter: Life Lessons from Your Grandmother or your local bookstore.

Fell free to take a look inside Dear Granddaughter: Life Lessons from Your Grandmother on Amazon.

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Bitty Baby American Girl – It’s a Great Gift!

My daughter just started to get into American Girl dolls.  Now she’s obsessed!  I’m having a hard time spending so much money when my daughter is only 5.  She still tends to be still a little “rough” on her babies.  Well, my problem has been solved with Bitty Baby American Girl!  They are less expensive and geared toward little girls.

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Bitty Babies are 15” in length and her body is soft.  Her head, arms, & legs are a smooth vinyl.  Each Bitty Baby is dressed in an adorable outfit, cloth diaper, book, and “Sparkly Wishing Star”.

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I can’t wait to see the look on my daughters face when she opens her Bitty Baby American Girl on Christmas!  You can order yours today on the American Girl Website.

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Piggy Paint Review

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I, like most Moms, am always looking for healthier options for my daughter.  I always thought there wouldn’t be a replacement for “regular” nail polish.  Well, I’m happy to share Piggy Paint with you!  This is a Non-toxic, almost odorless, hypoallergenic, and eco & kid friendly. 

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Piggy Paint is water-based, dries quickly and is safe to use during pregnancy! Piggy Paint suggests using a blow drier on your nails for about a minute for maximum chip resistance.

Let’s talk colors! Piggy Paint has over 30 colors!  They also have their own specially formulated nail polish remover and nail stickers!  They have great sets for holiday or any occasion!  Piggy Paint even has nail polish for your favorite pup!  

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My daughter and I had a great time with Piggy Paint. She was happy to be a big girl and I was happy it was safe for her! 

Piggy Paint is great for Birthday gifts and don’t forget the Holidays are coming!!

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Click here for your stocking stuffers or stop by your local Walmart!!  Don’t forget to visit Piggy Paint on Facebook, they sometimes have giveaways! 

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3 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids from Mega Bloks

Faith and Family Reviews received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

I don’t know about you but I have been thinking about Christmas lately and the fact that I have nothing bought. Edit: Now I do as I was able to find a few items this week!. We usually keep gift giving simple. It’s cheaper that way. We like to get the children something fun, practical or something they need.

Mega Bloks has some neat toys and we received three for review. I thought they’d make great Christmas gift ideas for kids!

3 Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids from Mega Bloks

1. Mega Bloks Skylanders Giants

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The Mega Bloks Skylanders Giants is for 5 and up but our five year old found it difficult and needed help. He loves it. I just do not think he has the perseverance to sit there and do it. There’s 294 pieces! Every time someone built it for him, our three year old would knock it over or destroy it. Yes, he’s a little booger and no we did not do a very good job of staying on top of teaching him NOT to do that to his brother. Parent fail. :( I can admit it.

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This Skylanders Giant is called Arkeyan Robot King.

2. Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Style Pet Shop

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Mega Bloks Barbie Build ‘n Style Pet Shop is loved by all our children ages 13 and down! It’s recommended for ages 4 and up. Our children all love animals and people figures to play with. Thankfully our seven year old is quite good at sharing!

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The Barbie Build ‘n Style Pet Shop comes in a box that has a convenient handle (not shown in my photos), so its 94 pieces can easily be stored back inside the box. Our box is a little beat up and I don’t think my daughter stores her pet shop in it. I think she kept the box for the sake of keeping it and keeps her Barbie Build ‘n Style Pet Shop set up on her kiddie table in her room.

Barbie is missing an arm and her head. Again our three year old was blamed for that mishap. I’m seeing a trend here, aren’t you?

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3. Hot Wheels Cars

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Our two older boys got the Hot Wheels Cars. They come with a little zip cord that enables the cars to zoom around on the floor or table and the boys to have races with their Hot Wheels Cars. This is our ten year old playing with his car. Our oldest son claims our three year old toddled off with his car and can’t find it. :( I’m sure as soon as I post this, it’ll turn up.

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These Mega Bloks toys are definitely great Christmas gift ideas for kids!

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