GIVEAWAY:  The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted

GIVEAWAY: The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted

I always try to give away a fun marriage book for Valentine’s Day.  And this year, I’ve chosen “The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted” by Gary Chapman (yes, THE Gary Chapman from “The Five Love Languages”) So, if you want to win a copy of the book, enter a comment here before FRIDAY, February 22nd and you’ll be entered to win! I loved how this book made simple tips and suggestions to build a stronger marriage (like a “tune-up”) without assuming the author knew everything that happens in every marriage.  It was refreshing and interesting and even funny at some points.  Definitely worth the read. MORE INFO: Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted You can picture the perfect marriage in your mind, but re-creating it in reality doesn’t come easy. Trusted counselor and relationship expert Dr. Gary Chapman reasons that the most sought-after ingredient in any marriage is true oneness. In The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted, he presents expert wisdom and common sense methods to establishing that true unity on emotional and practical levels. Discover the wit and insight that makes his worldwide presentations and marriage conferences so popular. Are you trying to change your spouse? Do you know what it means to really love someone? Do...
The Mom’s Quintessential Guide to Valentine’s Day

The Mom’s Quintessential Guide to Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is this week.  Yes.  This week.  Which means that if you want to avoid a repeat of last year’s fall-asleep-while-watching-Parenthood celebration, you have some prepping to do.  I have some tips to get you through. Quick!  Make plans Google “most romantic restaurants in town” and quickly call each one to see if you can get a reservation.  Hang up the phone and silently chastise the crazy people who had the foresight to make reservations for Valentine’s Day in November. Decide You’ll Figure Out the What Later Focus your energy on finding a babysitter.  Even if you end up spending your romantic evening at Luby’s, at least you’ll be at Luby’s sans kids.  Send a quick text to all of the high-schoolers you know, only to find out that all of them have plans.  Apparently with boyfriends who had the foresight to make reservations in November. Decide that Your Husband Probably Planned Something What are you getting all worked up about?  If your babysitter’s sixteen-year-old boyfriend remembered to plan something for Valentine’s Day, certainly your husband of ten years remembered. Binge Eat Candy Hearts Of course, if your husband planned something, you’d probably better get him a romantic gift to show that you remembered him, too.  Raid your kid’s stash of candy hearts as you realize that it’s too late to order something from Bridgestone.  Nothing like the taste of chalky sugar to calm a girl’s nerves. Go Shopping Load the kids into the car and head to the mall and spend two hours bribing them with Auntie Anne’s pretzels while you search for the perfect gift.  The...
Pintastic Christmas Day 10:  Christmas Tree Eggs & Toast

Pintastic Christmas Day 10: Christmas Tree Eggs & Toast

I made these for breakfast this morning, supermom that I am.  My kids LOVED them… they love fried eggs and toast as it is so adding the Christmas touch was superfun. What to do: Use a small cookie cutter to cut out Christmas shapes in your toast. Melt butter in a pan.  Put toast in. Crack eggs over hole, add salt and pepper. Wait 2-3 minutes, flip.  Christmas shape will be showing! Cook until egg is cooked to your liking....
Pintastic Christmas Day 9:  Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Bread

Pintastic Christmas Day 9: Grandma’s Cranberry Orange Bread

This bread totally reminds me of Christmases when I was a kid.  My grandma always made a few loaves of it and we had it at tea time with spicy Good Earth tea.  And so that’s how my kids and I shared it yesterday… and it was so delicious. What you need: 2 cups flour 1 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/4 cup butter 1 egg zest from 1 orange juice from 2 oranges (about 3/4 cup) 2 cups chopped fresh cranberries What to do: Mix dry ingredients. Whisk together egg, orange juice and zest. Mix together wet and dry ingredients. Fold in melted butter and cranberries. Pour into a buttered loaf pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-60 minutes. Slice and eat warm with hot...
Pintastic Christmas Day 8:  Homemade Gift Tags

Pintastic Christmas Day 8: Homemade Gift Tags

This year, I’m having my kids make our gift tags… aren’t they so cute?  Okay, so I did get a few that were slightly tacky (see here) but for the most part, they are really adorable. What you need: Blank gift cards (we got ours at Hobby Lobby) Ribbon Stickers Gold or silver markers What to do: Just put out the supplies and let your kids have at...
Pintastic Christmas Day 7:  Peppermint Affogatos

Pintastic Christmas Day 7: Peppermint Affogatos

Those of you who know me know that we eat VERY VERY healthy at our house.  Okay, so, sort of healthy.  I do try to serve healthy meals but I’m not above the occasional dessert.  And, when it comes to Peppermint Affogatos, I’m not above the more-than-occasional dessert. What you need: Peppermint ice cream Hot cocoa mugs What to do: Scoop ice cream into mugs Make hot chocolate according to directions. Pour hot cocoa over ice cream...
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