Saturday, February 8, 2014

Join Purex in Supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation Plus Giveaway

To honor the millions of children whose clothes Purex is helping to keep bright and clean every year, they are teaming up with Make-A-Wish to bring bright wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Purex brand will pay $.05 per bottle to Make-A-Wish for the first 4,000,000 bottles of 75 oz liquid detergent sold between February 1 and February 28.  That will be increased to $.10 for every bottle above the 4 million.

Purex brand will pay $0.08 per bottle to Make-A-Wish for the first 620,000 bottles of Classic and Ultra fabric softeners in Mountain Breeze and Sweet Lavender sold between February 1 and February 28.  This will increase to $0.10 per bottle above the 620,000.

Be sure to stock up on Purex laundry detergent and fabric softener during the month of February to help in the effort to support Make-A-Wish.
For more information visit

A little more info about Make-A-Wish:
They are bases in Phoenix, Arizona and is one of the world's leading children's charities.  Make-A-Wish serves children in every community in the United States and it's territories.   With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000 volunteers, they grant a wish somewhere in the country every 38 minutes!
Make-A-Wish has granted more than 226,000 wishes since it's inception in 1980; more than 14,000 in 2013 alone.
Visit them at

Purex Mountain Breeze scent has been a long time favorite of mine.  It's what my mom bought when I was growing up!

I'm pleased to be able to offer a giveaway where 2 winners will each win a free coupon to get their own bottle of Purex Mountain Breeze scented laundry detergent.
Just enter using the rafflecopter form below.

Disclosure: Purex laundry detergent provided me with the Purex coupons in exchange for sharing the Purex Make-A-Wish campaign. However, all opinions are my own.

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Friday, February 7, 2014

Frugal Friday With Marsha -Part 5 Lean Body Fat Wallet Chapter 10

Excerpt from:
Lean Body Fat Wallet
Discover the Powerful Connection to Help You
Lose Weight, Dump Debt, and Save Money
By Danna Demetre and Ellie Kay
(Thomas Nelson – Dec. 10, 2013)

Part 1: Frugal Friday With Marsha--Lean Body Fat Wallet Chapter 10 Raising Fit and Frugal Kids Part 1

Part 2:
Frugal Friday with Marsha --Lean Body Fat Wallet Chapter 10 Part 2

Part 3: Frugal Friday with Marsha --Lean Body Fat Wallet Chapter 10 Part 3

Part 4: Frugal Friday With Marsha--Part 4 Lean Body Fat Wallet--Chapter 10 Health

(pgs. 191-194)
The Top Five Nutritional Roadblocks
for Young Children
Before you get too concerned about fine-tuning your child’s diet, be sure you are addressing the top five nutritional roadblocks for young children.

Train your children from an early age to quench thirst with water. When juice is given, dilute it with water and limit it to six ounces per day. Rather than juice, whole fruits will provide fiber that slows the release of fruit sugar into the bloodstream.

Hydrogenated fats, found in most margarine and processed foods, are known to limit nerve transmission and ultimately lead to cardiovascular disease. Pay attention to how many foods your family regularly eats that come in bags and boxes, because that is where you will find most of your troublesome foods. Try to increase both snack and mealtime foods that are found in the perimeter of your grocery store in the produce, dairy, and meat/poultry/fish sections. These are the foods that are closest to the way God made them originally!

Children are naturally drawn to sweet tastes, so we need to be selective and wise as to just how much sugar they are ingesting. As noted above, using sweet flavors creatively and in combination with healthy foods is ideal. Too many parents think it is normal to provide candy, cookies, or treats to their children every day. If that is your habit, it will be theirs as well. We all enjoy a little sweet indulgence, and if kept to very small amounts, most children and adults don’t suffer negative results. But if dessert or candy is a daily part of your routine, it may grow into a bigger problem for your child later. In addition to being very high in sugar, soda is also high in phosphoric acid (bad for the bones) as well as tin and aluminum. However, offering your child diet sodas as an alternative is even scarier since non-caloric sweeteners such as NutraSweet have been shown to potentially cross the delicate blood-brain barrier and possibly impact cognitive function.2 Consider one soda a week as a healthy compromise for older children who are likely to be exposed to sugary drinks sometimes on a daily basis. Most people don’t realize that a moderate sugary treat can actually diminish immunity (by impacting white blood cell production) for several hours after ingestion.

Read the labels on your bread, cereal, and cracker packages. Look for good sources of fiber with listings of whole grains and minimal preservatives. For bread, try to find two to four grams of fiber per slice. For cereals, aim for four to six grams per serving. On the subject of cereal: do not cave in! Most children’s cereals are so low in fiber and high in sugar that it is like starting your child’s day with a bag of M&Ms. Buy one favorite sugary, sweet cereal and let your child have a small bowl once a week as dessert!

Good sources of protein at breakfast and lunch are essential for high energy and diminished sweet cravings (this goes for you also, parents). Eggs, protein shakes, and peanut butter on whole wheat toast are all great sources of protein that will get the whole family off to a healthy start. The protein you plan for dinner is less important than what you serve for breakfast and lunch. Get creative and find fun and healthy ways to increase protein early in the day. Nuts, string cheese, and chicken strips are great choices.

Taking Responsibility with Grace
It is essential that as parents we realize we are laying health and wealth foundations for our children that will impact them for a lifetime. If we get lazy and follow the path of least resistance by caving in every time they ask us to buy something or letting them eat unhealthy treats, they will inherit poor attitudes and habits that will impact their physical and financial wellness for decades. On the other hand, we don’t have to be overly legalistic either. Find the balance between excellent choices and intentional indulgences that celebrate a sustainable lifestyle your children can live with long term.

Healthy Messages to Grow Healthy Kids
What words do you use that influence how your kids think about food, money, and living a healthy and responsible lifestyle? Words have great power. Most of us can easily recite some of the negative messages we heard over and over as a child that haunt us for a lifetime if we don’t learn and practice techniques to erase and replace those statements. Many adults lament being told things like, “You’ll never amount to anything,” “You aren’t smart enough to go to college,” “You are lazy,” “You are messy,” and “You are unreliable.” As we’ve already learned, we believe what we are told and what we tell ourselves most often. So the words you choose to use with your children (in every area of their lives) matter.
As you determine to help your children grow healthy habits, choose to become mindful of the way you speak about spending, saving, eating, and exercise. By intentionally choosing specific statements that build up your child’s positive attitude, to instill strong messages that can serve them well for a lifetime.
Here are a few examples of strong, positive self-talk messages you may want to try at home:
• We are a family that plans ahead and chooses where we will spend our money intentionally so we can meet our bigger goals, such as vacations, college funds, and a better home for everyone to enjoy.
• Your allowance allows you to practice three uses of money that are all important: saving, giving, and spending.
• We choose to eat healthy foods that help us grow strong because our bodies work best when they are given the best fuel possible.
• We eat “ fun foods” in small amounts because too much makes us feel tired and is bad for our bodies.

1. Quoted in What Every Child Needs by Elisa Morgan and Carol Kuy Kendall (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1997), 122.
2. Joseph M. Mercola, D.O., "Aspertame: Safety Approved in 90 Nations, but Damages the Brain,” September 26, 2012,

Stayed tuned next Friday as we start to look at Chapter 7:  Fat Cell Fat Sales

Disclosure: These book excerpts were sent to me to share with my audience by Nelson books. I was not compensated for sharing these other that receiving a copy of the book for review. Posts do contain my affiliate links.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Squidoo Hopping 2/6/14

Seems I have a full blown case of the the flu.  I should be looking up lenses about the flu, I might find some hints to help me feel better.   Actually my doctor has called me in a prescription for one of the z-paks.

Aside from being sick, I did actually build a new lens this week.  Lenslet I guess they are called.  It's on Green Eggs and Ham.  I will put it in the linky.  There is another book I want to do...Runaway Bunny, that Ruthi aka abitosunshine has as one of her suggested books to review.   I haven't had a chance to look on my children's book shelf to see if I still have the book.

How has your week been with squidoo?
I hope to see lots of links added this week.  Keep me busy!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WIP Wednesday--Sewing While Sick

omg....I woke up Monday morning with a terrible headache.  As the day progressed I felt worse and worse.  I had brought my Brother into the living room to work on the Goodnight Irene blocks.
Once I finished those on Monday evening I traded machines and brought in my Bernetta with the walking foot.

First things first, here is a picture of my 92 log cabin blocks that I am working on.  I have the second round on and have them squared up.
A baby wipes container holds them nicely for now.

Next up is the 2 rows of the Goodnight Irene quilt with Terry's Treasures sew along.  See the button on the right for more information.
Now we come to my applique bunny quilt.   I intended to just get the 3rd row on.  But, since we were getting snowed in, and I didn't feel well, I just kept going.  I even started sewing down the binding after taking this picture.  I am really disappointed in how small this is.   I have worked on getting the bunnies done for many months.  It's barely big enough for a baby, possibly a toddler!
I may finish sewing down the binding today.  Right now I'm typing in bed.  I'm feeling pretty rough and have no clue what is wrong with me.

As a reminder here is my UFO and NewFO list for Joanie's Trendy Quilts challenge.  You can also see more information on this to the right.

Log Cabin quilt
2 Log Cabin wall hangings
Rectangle quilt
2 rectangle table runners
challenge wall hanging
GoodNight Irene quilt/wall hanging
Quilt for sewing club at church
Applique Bunnies quilt
 (Finished) Penny Patch Quilt 
Yo-Yo Table runner

Sunflower table runner and matching placemats
Spiderweb quilt
Easter wall hanging
Cat wall hanging
Christmas bags (total of at least 25)
Hexagon table topper.

I am linking up with the following blogs, but also with Terry's Treasures as well.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedWIPs on Wednesdays


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Creating Celebration Quilts by Cyndi Souder---Review

Creating Celebration Quilts--Your Guide to Making Memory Quilts is by Cyndi Souder and published by Schiffer.
ISBN 978-0-7643-4350-6

The first thing that I want to say is that this is a guide book. The book shows many ideas for memory quilts but does not include the patterns for making them.

The book is divided in 3 sections. Section 1 teaches you how to use a celebration quilts worksheet to map out what you want on your memory quilt etc.
There are lots of examples.
There is a reproducible worksheet to use over and over.
There are 5 examples of quilts and their planning using the worksheet.

Section 2 starts out talking about your toolbox? What is your toolbox? It's many things....all of your experiences pertaining to art and sewing....DVD's you've watched, classes you have taken, any sewing at all that you have done, even finger painting in Kindergarten.

The items in section 2 will add to your toolbox. Subjects include taming the difficult, using photographs, quilting tips, hanging sleeves, and all about labels.

The book ends with Section 3. Section 3 has 10 pages of a gallery of Celebration Quilts and the story behind each one.

I belong to the Heart of Kansas Quilt Guild here in Hutchinson, KS.
I took Creating Celebration Quilts to our last meeting and had several of the ladies take a look at it. Some asked that I not mention their name in my post, so I will just put all comments in quotes.

"This isn't too bad."
"I love the idea of teaching how to use the worksheet and then how to make labels."
"I like the variety of beginner to advanced in the examples"
"It's handy how they show the layout for planning."
"There are good ideas in the book, but I like to see measurements and step by step patterns in the books that I purchase."
"Good ideas and modern."
"Some of the patterns in the examples are really neat ones, and you can figure out how to make them on your own if you would like a quilt like that."
"I agree with the other lady that I do like a book that shows the patterns."

Disclosure: I rec'd a copy of Creating Celebration Quilts from the publisher for the purpose of my review. I was not compensated in any way and all opinions are my own. Post does contain my affiliate links.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Funny Saint Patrick's Day T-Shirts!

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

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Saint Patrick's Day Shirts offers hilarious saint patty tees for all tastes.  Their tees are printed on the highest quality softest cotton.  Available in Women's (slightly form fitting) or Men's Standard Fit. Shirt hems may vary depending on style chosen.
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They also offer t-shirts in sizes for children.  The whole family can be in on the fun!

Below is a picture of my daughter's boyfriend wearing the shirt that I picked out from the website:
Here are just some of the other ones that I like from the website:

The t-shirt that I received is a high quality, soft cotton.  My daughter's boyfriend had to laugh as he could name several of his friends that would also love one just like it.

Hop on over and pick out your own funny St. Patrick's Day t-shirts today  :)

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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