Have a Dollar Store Summer !!

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Summer time is a great time for kids and is looked forward to all year. But maybe not such a great time for parents. Are you dreading that first “Mom, I’m bored” that usually comes way before we, as parents, are ready to hear it. 

So, how can parents keep kids entertained, active and out of trouble for an entire summer? And most of us aren’t rolling in money so how can we keep the cost of summer fun to a reasonable level? It might be challenging but with a little planning ahead you might be in for the best summer ever !!!

Ta – Da.  Enter the Dollar Store !!!!!  Most communities have some type of Dollar Store and it can be a life saver for families that are trying to provide fun but not break the bank. So lets go shopping !!!!! I’ve listed 5 items that you will want to pick up to give you all the summer fun you will need. (I have no connection with any Dollar Stores – just a happy shopper there.)

Balloons – How about a good old water balloon fight on a hot summer day ??!!?? Kids love water so this will be a hit but don’t stop there.

How fun would it be to play baseball with balloons and pool noodles? Much harder to get that home run with balloons !!!

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Facing My Demon – Again !!!!










Tom and I love the Portland, Oregon area. We had, maybe, 3 or 4 days last winter of cold weather. The trees are lush with many, many vibrant shades of green. Our backyard burst with flowers a full 1 1/2 to 2 months before my flower bed would came to life in Indiana. I love the fact that my daughter can pop over for lunch or that we can celebrate all the family milestones, big and small, with get togethers. The church that we attend is awesome – alive, friendly, giving, reaching out to others, and feeds our soul.

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Life is very good.


It wasn’t always so. I had many years that I walked around in pain and loss. Much grace from God, prayers, and hard work later I felt like I was on top of my game. The past was finally, well, in the past.




tea cups WBI came face to face with my past. Last weekend, Tom and I attended an event. Tom was in a business meeting but the ladies enjoyed a tea while the men talked business. It was really lovely. The tables were set with creamy ivory linen table cloths with real flowers. Ornate Victorian china and fluted teapots adorned the tables. The soft pinks, yellows, and blues of the china melted into a soft and warm atmosphere. Lemon curd, clotted cream, scones, finger sandwiches, sweet delicacies were passed by kind women servers.


And then it happened. 

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Need to Know First Aid for Families With Kids !!


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I was so blessed when my daughter was growing up. There weren’t too many scary moments when I really needed to know first aid. We did have our share of stitches, ear aches, bronchitis, swallowed pennies, and even a broken finger from volleyball and a couple stubbed toes (that were probably broken) but nothing serious. For a while we lived in the country about 20 minutes away from the hospital but God was so very good to us and watched over my precious little girl.

But even through God keeps us in His care – I think it is very wise that every family know some basic first aid.

I know that keeping your children safe is your top priority. Parents want to protect their children from all potential dangers and will take steps to make their home as safe an environment as possible. Unfortunately, despite one’s best efforts, accidents may still happen. The National Safety Council cites injuries as the leading cause of childhood death. Of the accidents that cause these injuries, half occur in the home. When they do, parents will need to be prepared to take the necessary action. Understanding basic first aid and how to apply it according to the injury and age of the child is critical and can save the life of their child.

One of the first way to prevent an accident from happening is to put some basic safeguardschild with plug WB in place inside your home. Electric outlets should be covered. Kids are curious and will stick anything in an outlet just because. Poisons, chemicals and other toxic items should be stored in a locked cabinet. Medicine should be kept where children can’t reach them – not in a purse or cabinet. There are great kits that provide all kinds of protection with latches, outlet plugs, etc. at a very reasonable cost – Dreambaby No Tools No Screws Safety Kit – 35 Pieces In the effort to prevent fires and burns, matches and lighters should also be kept away from little curious hands. A working carbon dioxide and fire monitor need to be in place. A list of emergency phone numbers (Poison Control Center, Doctors office, fire and ambulance #’s) should be kept where they can be easily accessed.

A first aid kit is a necessary thing to have on hand – this one is well stocked and comes in a study bag that can be picked up and placed in the car while traveling –Coleman Expedition First Aid Kit (205-Piece), Red Better yet, order two – one for the car and one for the house. And how about making this a shower gift for the mom to be !!!!

There’s nothing scarier than seeing your child severely sick or injured. Here are some basic topics that you need to know to keep your precious little ones safe.

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Summer Time and the Living is Easy – Ice Cream Cake !!!!

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This post was chosen as favorite at AskLatisha 

Latisha said – “This easy ice cream, makes me think of summer and it makes my mouth water. I am definitely trying this for summer.”    Thanks Latisha for the feature and hope you do try this fabulous – quick and easy recipe !!!



The days are getting warmer in Portland, Oregon. We’ve had a few days pretty close to 80 degrees. I always grumble and complain when we change to Daylight Savings Time but it pays off in the long sweet summer twilight evenings. Summer is coming fast, and with it the heat of the season. Portlanders are gearing up for the 2015 Grand Floral Parade on June the 6th.. Here are some pictures from past parades I thought you might enjoy.

The float "Preserving Paradise" sponsored by Dole, awarded top honors as the Sweepstakes award winner, is seen in the 123rd Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)



And there are several holidays coming up – Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, not to mention all the family get togethers !! We love to celebrate all things family – birthdays, recitals, just getting together for no reason. And as a person who likes to cook, my thoughts turn to “what can I take ” to all those upcoming events. I like to cook but I’m all for the quick and easy too. But there is one requirement – the recipe must be sumptuous !!! And I think the recipe today fits the bill and then some. Cool and creamy for hot summer parties sounds like a winner. 

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