ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Accepted…

I know you are probably sick of seeing all of the ice bucket challenge videos by now, but I had to get this documented on the blog.  If you know me at all, you know that I don’t do well with anything cold. I walk around most of the summer in a sweater.  Seriously.  I just freeze all the time.  The thought of having ice water poured on my head was NOT something that I planned on doing.  Then I was challenged by my two sweet friends Melanie and Jenni.  After that, I knew I had to do it.  Plus the fact that my daughter was reminding me every five minutes that I wasn’t getting out of it.  ;-)  As you can see in the pictures, she was QUITE excited about the whole thing!  I thought it was COLD!!!  There really was ice in there.  Most of it melted because I kept delaying it because I was so afraid of the cold water.  Yes, I am a wimp!  I admit it!

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I totally hate how I sound on videos or anything recorded, but I did it. It was for a good cause.  I challenged my three kids Logan, Noah and Kendall, as well as my two friends Shawn and Jennifer.  We chose to make our donation to the Gleason Initiative Foundation. They work directly to help ALS patients who are suffering with the disease.

Of course, Miss Kendall was right on my heels to do her challenge.  I video taped while Logan did the pouring of the bucket!  I couldn’t believe she didn’t scream or anything.

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Still waiting on the boys to do theirs.  Logan has been working all week so he hasn’t had time.  Noah currently has a cold so he is waiting until he feels just a bit better before he freezes.

OH, and please excuse my deck. We had the chairs stacked up before a nasty storm that was coming through to keep them from blowing everywhere.  We have the hammock all rolled up to take out to the trash because it’s faded and needs replaced. We really need to have the whole deck redone.  So many of the boards are warped and it just isn’t a highest quality job in the first place. I am dreaming of doing this. While I am dreaming, I would love a living room like this along with the gorgeous view too.  I sure hope my spot in heaven resembles something like that!  Anyway… I don’t think we will be getting our deck redone until we get these three kiddos through college so for now I make due with what I have.  I would like to get a sofa and chair set to go out there though.  There is a lot more deck than what you see here so we have plenty of room.  Sorry, got off topic there.  I love daydreaming though.  :-)  Have a great day!

Guess who turned 50…

We have been keeping ourselves quite busy around here with back to school and all the other normal hoopla that goes on. Last week we celebrated someone’s big 5-0 birthday. He is a very laid back guy who doesn’t like much attention brought to himself. He never asks for any gifts or anything special on his birthday.  He knows that drives me CRAZY so he tries to come up with something!

We started off the day with sleeping in and then heading to Huey’s restaurant for lunch.  Unfortunately, Logan was working.  Boo!
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After lunch we ran errands to pick up a couple things and then headed to Ben & Jerry’s for dessert.  He has an obsession with their Pistachio ice cream!  They didn’t have any in the case to eat in store, but we did grab a pint to take home from the freezer!

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I have an affection for donuts and we have this place in Memphis that is suppose to be famous for them.  We had never been, so we decided to stop and pick some up for breakfast the next morning.  I have to tell you that I had just started a low carb diet a few days before so I didn’t eat ice cream or donuts.  In the end, they all decided that while the donuts were good, they all preferred the ones from our local shop in our little town.

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We celebrated with my parents at Outback for dinner.  It was delicious as always.  Sadly, I didn’t get a picture though. Another birthday down and documented.  Next is my birthday in September! :-)

School Supply Organization…

Hey friends!  I am here to share my school supply organization with you.  I actually did something similar a few years ago on our laundry room door, but it was too far away from the main areas that we do homework. Therefore, it didn’t work as well as I would have liked.  This time, I put it on our entryway closet door which happens to sit right in the middle of our dining room and family room which is where the kids do their homework! It is perfect now and everyone knows where to go when they need something to complete an assignment.

All you need is an over the door shoe organizer.  This was under $10 at Walmart.  Super cheap and easy.

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Here are some close ups so you can see how I organized everything. Not rocket science but I LOVE good organization!

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I also found out that we are pretty stocked up on certain supplies so I definitely don’t need to pick up any more highlighters or pens.

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I somehow managed to miss photographing a close up of the pen row but you can see it in that picture at the top.  Lots and lots of pens! ;-)

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Don’t colorful sharpies just make you happy??!!  They do me.  You can certainly never have too many black sharpies laying around either.   I always joke with Eric that the way to my heart is through stationery.  I LOVE colored pens and lots of different kinds of paper.  Oh, but the paper has to be sssmmmoooooootttthhhh to write on.   Remind me not to go buying fifty rolls of tape this Christmas.  Apparently I went a little crazy buying it last  year!

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Somehow all of the blue and green Crayola markers have disappeared. Very weird.  Oh, and the angels were singing around here when I found the stapler!!  We actually have several but haven’t been able to locate any of them.  Now let’s hope they keep this one where it belongs so it doesn’t disappear again!

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Like I said, super easy but it keeps everything centrally located and easy for everyone to find what they need.   I love being able to see what we do need to buy and what we don’t!!

Shop From Home with Walmart.com and P&G. #Giveaway

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I don’t know about you guys but this time of year is always super busy!  Back to school activities and preparations always have me feeling like a chicken with its head cut off. One thing that has made life easier for me this year is that I did a lot of shopping online. Guess what I loved most? Ordering my favorite everyday products online from Walmart.com and having them delivered straight to my front door.  No need to go out and fight the crowds.  That my friends is AWESOME!

Online ordering with Walmart is super easy too.  You can do it from your computer…

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Or from the app on your smart phone…

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I have to make a confession… I can be a big pretty brand snob.  I have some favorite products that I just can’t depart with no matter how much I might save on something. A lot of my regular favorite products are from P&G. Needless to say, some of them made their way into my Walmart order. Like the Charmin toilet tissue, Tide laundry detergent and Swiffer Duster refills.  Can’t live without that stuff.   What I love about Walmart is that have just about everything you need.  I was running out of my favorite eye shadow so I threw one of those in my online cart.  I picked up a new concealer that I had heard rave reviews about.  Like I mentioned it was back to school time too so I picked up some Ziploc Snack Bags and some new fun pens for the kids to write with.

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When you go into your cart, you can choose to have the items sent straight to your home or you can opt to have them shipped directly to your nearest Walmart for you to pick up. Either way, it’s super easy.  I loved having them delivered to my front door so I didn’t have to mess with going into the store.  You could even order a bunch of necessities for your upcoming vacation and have them delivered straight to the condo or rental location where you will be staying.  How convenient is that!!  We will be doing that on our next trip rather than loading down the car with supplies before we leave home.

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Another great bonus, spend $50 or more and get FREE shipping.  I don’t know about you, but I never have a problem filling my Walmart cart with $50 worth of stuff.  They have everything and everyday low prices!  Walmart.com offers several different payment options, including the option to Pay with Cash.  This is great if you prefer not to use a credit card online.

After you place your order, you can log in to your account at any time to check on the processing of your order.  Once your items ship, you will see these “Track This Item” buttons which has links that will let you check on your package.  I ordered my items the afternoon of August 6th and part of them arrived just two days later on the 8th.  Then the rest arrived the following day on the 9th.  You can’t beat that!

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The only negative thing I can say about the experience is that my Ziploc bags arrived crushed.  They were shipping in a plain white envelope with no packing or padding. Needless to say, they took a beating through the shipping process.

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Now these aren’t gifts or anything so it wasn’t a huge deal, but it was still kind of annoying.

I LOVE shopping online with Walmart.com and think that you will too.  I would love to give one lucky winner a $25 Walmart gift card so you can try it yourself (or spend it in your local Walmart if you prefer).

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**Disclosure:  The Walmart gift cards and information have been provided by P&G. However, all opinions expressed here are my own.**