Monday, May 30, 2016


Doing some shopping this Memorial Day?  Here is a list of that I have compiled for you.  Hope you all enjoy your day!  

I was also sitting here thinking that I could blog on and on about all the great deals that are going on, because of Memorial Day, but it just didn't feel right. I happen to have the privilege of living right across the road from my small town's local cemetery. The flags are waving gaily in the breeze, and it just looks so serene and peaceful. There are older people buried there, young infants (how heartbreaking for those parents), young adults, middle aged people, and those who died in wars. Each grave tells a story; it just isn't always printed on the stone. I look at the dates and calculate how old the person was when he/she died, and I have also learned that dates are very meaningful. A lot of people passing away during the same time frame can signify an outbreak of some kind (like flu) or war. There are a lot of military personnel from our small town who died in the line of duty. As they lie there, day after day, year after year, I am especially reminded of their service during the days leading up to Memorial Day, because the cemetery staff raise all of the flags and also put small flags on the military tombstones. Regardless of how each of us feel about war, we should never forget those who died. Because of their actions, we still have our freedoms today.

"Oh, say does that Star Spangled Banner yet Wave? O'er the Land of the Free, and the Home of the Brave."

My thanks go out to all who are currently serving our country; May the Lord be by your side always!!

A. Marie

Monday, May 16, 2016


I love these Cozi Finds and Freebies that I read about over on COZI/Real Simple.  I already filled out the form to get my sample of Fiber Choice Flavor Drops.  *Hint:  When you fill out the form, you must say that you use fiber daily. Otherwise, the survey won't let you continue.  
Today's Find: May 16, 2016 

Free Samples Available! Grab these free health and wellness products from Target before they're gone! Just answer a few survey questions to see if you qualify. Fiber Choice Flavor Drops & Advil Film-Coated Tablets.  

This is only a partial list of their samples.  Head on over to COZI Finds and see all that you can sign up for.  And It's FREE!!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Liquid Amazon Subscribe & Save

I love finding great deals with Amazon's Subscribe and Save!!  This is a terrific price for a 3-Pack of Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Liquid Hand Soap, Rhubarb,12.5 Fluid Ounce.  There are other scents to choose from, including Honeysuckle and son just happens to love the Rhubarb scent!  :)

**Note, if you order the Lemon Verbena scent, there is a 20% coupon applied to first delivery of this subscription.  Nice!!

Amazon's prices fluctuate, so snag this deal while you can!  

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Flowers, Chocolate, Jewelry. Those items spell one thing to me. Money. It's nice to be acknowledged and appreciated on Mother's Day, but I always hate for my offspring to dole out cash for material items.  Yes, it is sweet that they are thinking of me, but you know what? The BEST gifts are those that come from the heart.  

My favorite Mother's Day gifts from my kiddos have been the ones that they made themselves.  When my two were little, they'd color me pictures, pick flowers from the yard (yes, even dandelions, LOL) that I would put in a vase and admire, or even make me a snack to eat for breakfast: I say snack, because one year it was peanut butter crackers.  But those were the BEST peanut butter crackers I ever ate!  :)

This year, instead of focusing on what you can buy your Mom, think outside the box.  Write her a little note and let her know how much you appreciate her. Call her on the phone and ask her about her day, instead of the other way around.  If she lives nearby, take her a plate of homemade cookies and include a framed pic of the two of you that she can display on her table.  Better yet, attach a magnet to the back of it and she can hang it on her fridge!  Is Mom a gardener or enjoys flowers?  Instead of spending big bucks at the florist, visit your local greenhouse and pick up some pretty potted flowers (or herbs).  It only takes a little bit of time and creativity to make an inexpensive gift that Mom will surely love.  Check out these creative ideas to wrap potted plants.

Love using essential oils?  There are many ways to make inexpensive gifts using those oils.  One of my favorites is to make a linen spritzer.  It's so easy to make and so appreciated as a gift, especially if you make one that uses essential oils that are calming and relaxing.  And we all know that if there is one thing that Mom's crave, it is peace, quiet, and calm!  :)

Momma's R&R Linen Spray

1 Cup water
1 tablespoon inexpensive vodka
40 drops of Lavender essential oil
8 oz spray bottle

To use, just shake & spray!

You can even mix and match to create your own one-of-a-kind blend! For example, use Lavender&Geranium, Lavender&Rose, Lavender&Sage....the possibilities are endless. Wrap a bit of twine or a piece of lace around the neck of the bottle, attach a little card and voilĂ ...beautiful, handmade gift!

I have a Organic Carrier Oil Giveaway going on right now over at my other blog! There are eight days left to enter!!  Be sure to head over HERE and get in on the action!!!  :)