life

Bountiful Blessings

I’ve always dreamed of owning a farm. Acreage, chickens, goats, a bountiful vegetable garden, a beautiful flower garden. But alas, I only have 1/4 acre, and it’s mostly shade.

I’ve had echinacea and mint growing for years but I’ve been too busy to try to harvest them. I never knew what to do either. But this year I decided to do it. I cut a few echinacea and a bunch of mint. And now I have them hanging up in my house to dry. I’m really excited for the end result! Can we say mint tea? Yes please! 😄.

We have a small chicken farm here. 20 chickens. They’re fun. The kids love them. I love the fresh eggs we get every day! If you’ve never had farm fresh eggs, you’re really missing out. They’re so much better than store bought eggs!

And the berries!! I’m so excited about these berries! We’ve always had black raspberries but this is the first year for red raspberries. A bird much have dropped a seed because they just randomly sprouted up in the back yard! There was an invasive vibe growing back there, along with other weeds. I’ve worked hard to remove all the weeds to really give this berry bush a chance to thrive, and it has! There’s easily 100+ berries growing and I couldn’t be more delighted! It’s a small reminder to me that God will provide and give you all the desires of your heart. 💜

Do you have a farm or garden? I’d love to hear about it!

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Summer is for s’mores

Summertime is officially here! And summertime calls for s’mores.

I’ve got a lot of hungry mouths to feed this summer and it’s not always idea to make a fire outside. Let’s be honest, it’s hot! 90 degrees and 90% humidity is NOT s’mores weather!

I decided to treat the kids to indoor s’mores this week. They were delicious! Ooey and gooey just like on a campfire!

It’s also berry season around here! A mysterious raspberry bush has been growing in the back yard and no one knows how it got there! I think a bird must have dropped a seed. Who knows! All I know is now we have several red raspberry plants growing! I couldn’t be happier! My children all love raspberries. They could eat them everyday but they’re so expensive. We have black raspberries, those have been around for years. But the red ones are new! I’m delighted to be able to just go in the back and pick some for them! They’re absolutely delicious too!

Happy summer everyone!

Events, family

Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series

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The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall presents free summer fun for children with the Barker Park Kids’ Summer Series. This year they are launching into SPACE! to explore everything from music to crafts!

Join them for an out-of-this world Space Carnival! Make a UFO at our craft station, dance to the space themed playlist, and snap a picture in the photo booth, complete with planet and star props. Face painting, games, books, and so much more – join them for this exciting kick-off to the series!

The Hall is also partnering with a local charity group, Troy Street Soldiers. Every Thursday night in Barker Park, they share a free meal for anyone in need, and distribute food, household goods, and clothing. The Hall will be requesting and collecting donations of children’s books, clothing, and food to help assist their program.

The Hall will present a new performer or activity in Barker Park, located on the corner of 3rd and State Streets in downtown Troy, every Thursday at 11 AM, starting July 11 through August 29!

For more information on The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, check out their website at http://www.troymusichall.org 

Giveaways

The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway Contest

The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway Contest

ENTER TO WIN

Vacation Myrtle Beach is Giving Away an Oceanfront Condo, valued at nearly $100,000 (or $50,000 CASH, winner’s choice)!!! One lucky winner will own this condo (this is not a timeshare).

Win this beautiful Oceanfront Condo and Change Your Life! Vacation Myrtle Beach, one of the largest providers of family vacation accommodations in Myrtle Beach, SC, is pleased to announce the launch of The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway contest, which features the grand prize of a furnished oceanfront condo at The Caravelle Resort located in Myrtle Beach, SC, valued at nearly $100,000 (or $50,000 CASH, winner’s choice)!!! One lucky winner will own this condo (this is not a timeshare). Other lucky winners will receive a 7-night stay or a 3-night stay at one of Vacation Myrtle Beach’s oceanfront properties.

The newly renovated, oceanfront efficiency condo offers room for up to four guests and includes a fully-equipped kitchen. In addition to its prime Myrtle Beach location, the resort provides convenient access to all of the area’s major attractions, restaurants, and things to do. Families and couples enjoy a wide variety of on-site amenities including an indoor pool, a block-long poolscape complete with a large pool, whirlpool, lazy river, kiddie lazy river, kids’ pool, poolside bar, and plenty of relaxing deck options. In addition to everything you need for fun in the sun, the resort offers an array of dining options as well as an opportunity for rejuvenation and relaxation at its on-site spa.

The Great Myrtle Beach Condo Giveaway sweepstakes is now open for entries.

To enter or for Official Rules and more information about Vacation Myrtle Beach properties and deals, please here:https://woobox.com/hsfeoo?source=usfam

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Baby number 4

We are 4 weeks away from baby number 4! I can hardly believe it! These 36 weeks have flown by. And it still feels like there’s so much to do. Baby boy has most everything he needs. I’m still on the hunt for a changing table but I believe it will come when it comes.

Miss Liz got a new table for her bedroom! She loves to have tea parties and play with all her friends. It’s so cute too! It’s from the new Pillowfort Line from Target. It’s great quality, sturdy, and super adorable.

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Hope everyone is doing well! God bless.

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Snow day!

We finally got some snow here in NY! My children, my husband, and myself love snow! We’re snow people. I think one of the things that really brings my husband and myself together is snow. I love how quiet it gets when it snows. You can almost hear a pin drop outside! I love the way the snow looks on the trees, I love how it looks it on the ground. It’s just so beautiful, and Christmas just isn’t the same without snow.

My children love playing in the snow. They love making snowmen, snow angels, snow forts, having snow ball fights. And I love the joy snow brings my children.

Has it snowed where you live yet? Let me know in the comments! I would love to know the weather where you’re at!

And if you haven’t yet, check out my giveaway post below! Thanks to everyone who has entered so far. I’ll be picking a winner soon!

Blessings to all. ❤️

Giveaways

Christmas Traditions – Giveaway

UPDATE – Giveaway closed. Sarah Anne is the randomly selected winner! Congratulations, Sarah!

There’s nothing I don’t love about Christmas! I look forward to it all year. The food, the tree, the songs, the movies, the cartoons, the lights – I love the lights! There are so many great traditions enjoyed this time of year.

My favorite tradition is one that was started when I was a child. My mother has always loved Hallmark. She collects the ornaments and enjoys seeing all the new ornaments released each year. So, ever since I was little, my father has bought my mother a new ornament. Her Christmas tree is filled with Hallmark every year! She makes it so beautiful. As I grew up, I decided to carry on the tradition. Now each year, I buy my mother a new Hallmark ornament.

And today I’m giving a Hallmark ornament and a beautiful wall sign away to one of my readers!

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Simply comment below to be entered. Let me know what your Christmas traditions are! For a bonus entry, followed me on twitter. Comment below with your twitter name so I can verify you follow me!

I joined up with The Review Wire and several other fabulous bloggers for the Holiday HoHoHo Giveaway Hop to offer some great prizes this holiday season! After entering my giveaway, check out the other blogs to see what they have up for grabs!

These giveaways will all end on December 15th.

Good luck and Merry Christmas!