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Our 30th Wedding Anniversary in Branson!

Hey neighbors! We made it!  And today is actually our anniversary!  I just have to tell you a little about our trip.  We left at 5:30 Saturday morning.  We did a quick Hardees drive thru for breakfast and continued on our way.  Now, I want you to know that I LOVE to stop at yard sales and often can't.  So, on the way to Branson, my husband and I stopped at some yard sales.  Not alot, but we managed to fit a few in!  And yes, we did buy a couple of thing! We had lunch in Springfield at Longhorn.  I will be doing a separate post on this, but I will let you know, they are one of my favorite restaurants.  Our server was great!  I also gave my husband a special gift there, but, that is another post.  Are you getting curious yet?  You will have to stop in again! We arrived at the hotel around 5:00 pm.  After checking in, we decided to relax a little bit and we had our leftovers from lunch for dinner.  Still the best! Sunday we decided to attend a church nearby and we w

Coldstone in Branson MO

Hey neighbors! My posts for this are definitely not going to be in order.  We are having a GREAT time here in Branson for our 30th wedding anniversary, AND I found out that Branson is celebrating 100 years!  Anyway, I have loads of information to share with you!  We arrived here Saturday evening and have done a little exploring, some relaxing, and definitely some eating!  One of the places I want to share with you is the Coldstone in Branson.  It is only a short distance from our hotel, so we purchased our favorites and brought them back to our room to eat. Now, first off, I have to admit, I broke my diet for this.  I mean Chocolate ice cream with Reese's Peanut Butter Cups is just about tops!  My children LOVE Coldstone also, but they missed out this trip!  My husband chose the Peanut Butter Cup Perfection Signature Creation!  Oh.. they were soooo good.  The employees in this store were both pleasant and efficient.  The young man who made mine even entertains a bit b

Zane Education

Hey Neighbors! Here is a really good site for homeschoolers!  It is the Zane Education  website.  We have a subscription to the site and it has LOADS of material on there for you to use.  My daughter, who loves history, has enjoyed watching several of the history videos on there.  We will be incorporating more into the school year. As everyone knows, my youngest daughter LOVES history!  So, not only is this great for school, but she has been watching some videos on her own.  And enjoying it!  I am sure she is going to benefit from Zane Education. DO you have a visual learner?  I have one and this is perfect!  Please check out their page on Visual Learning, here .  After viewing the videos, there are quizzes for your child to take based on what they have learned.  Zane covers just about every subject you can think of, with 260 curriculum topics. Art Biology Geography Health History Library Skills Literature Mathematics Music Religious Studies Science Social Scien

AstroBrights is Perfect for School Crafts!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Astrobrights Papers by Neenah Paper for SocialSpark . All opinions are 100% mine.   Hello Neighbors! How are all my Neighbors?  It has been really nice here these past few days.  It has been pretty cool outside, and is supposed to stay that way for a few days.  Have any of you heard of  AstroBrights papers ?  I hadn't before, but this has all changed now!  AstroBrights comes in 23 different bright colors to make sure your ideas get attention.  They are the perfect paper for home, school, and office projects.  That is what makes AstroBrights so unique and different.  You can use for them for brochures, flyers, invitations, etc.  We would probably use these a lot on our Craft Nights.  Perfect for Scrapbooking, and making homemade cards.  Great family time! Make sure you enter the "Give a Brighter Year" Sweepstakes.  You can win school supplies (valued at $30,000) for the school of yo

Life And Life Insurance

How many of you have life insurance? How many of you would like to have life insurance but don't think you can afford it? Well, if you already have it but might want to change over to a cheaper policy rate, this company might be for you. Or, if you don't have any and have been searching for the best rate there is, you might want to check it out too:) Term Life Insurance Rate Company does almost all your work for you. This company works to give you the best rate and they do all the searching through several insurance companies to make sure you get exactly what you need. There is a form you fill out where you can get an instant life insurance quote so you have an idea of what you are looking at. The form isn't that hard to fill out and then viola! Your part of the hard work is done. Sure you have to arrange payment but otherwise, they do the work of finding the right insurance policy for you and your family. So, if you are looking for a good insurance policy rate, check

Lovable Labels Back to School!

Hey neighbors! Is anyone thinking back to school plans yet?  Are you buying supplies, curriculum, or clothing?  How about a great way to label your child's belongings.   Lovable Labels has all your labeling needs under control.  They carry labels for books, lunch boxes, clothing, even shoes!  And they have many designs and styles to choose from.  We received their Back to School Pack!  It is filled with over 165 labels! My daughter is going to be labeling everything!  I know she will be using some to label her books!  She loves to read and has a huge collection of books.  And of course she will be labeling her favorite clothing.  She also received 2 cute bag tags, so she can "label" her backpack. Since we are doing a major overhaul of their bookshelves, we will be labeling some books with these stickers.  We are also going through clothes, toys, and shoes.  One big bag already to get rid of and 2 large bins of books.  Yeah! Lovable Labels are durable

Mastering Essential Math Skills

Hi Neighbors! How are you all doing this week?  My son has been working on our latest curriculum up for review, Math Essentials .  The actual books we received are, Mastering Essential Math Skills, Book 2 ($33.95) along with the Problem Solving.  He did it more as a refresher course over the summer.  The Mastering Essential Math Skills is not just another math book, it is a system of learning.  Each day has five key parts.  Step one is the Review Exercises.  After they have spent enough time on reviewing, they move on to the Speed Drills.  Next is the Helpful Hints, where the student receives a tip or hint on how to solve the problems.  After reading the hint, the student moves on to the new material for the day.  This is followed up with one word problem.  To complete a daily section should take approx. 20 minutes. The Mastering Essential math Skills Book Two is designed for Middle Grades and High School.  the Problem Solving workbook covers Graphs, Whole Numbers, Fracti

Mouth Man

Hello Neighbors! How is everyone?  I have another fantastic product to share with my neighbors.   MOUTH MAN !  Mouth Man is the Original in Animated Apparel!  we chose the bear!  Remember, bears are my mom's favorites! You could have quite a bit of fun if several people had one! Here is how Mouth Man got started... " The Concept......   One day, on a short break from touring, Ross was visiting friends in Arizona, sipping coffee and "just hanging out" ... as his friend's kids were tearing around the house doing something they referred to as the "JAWS"... According to Ross, the kids were running through the house in a single line..arms crossed one over the other , elbows  splayed out in front, and opening and closing in a chopping fashion... and making monster noises.   He thought it was cute, and didnt think much else of it.....  until another day...  some 20 years later, when that very memory just arbitrarily "popped" into his head... 

30th Wedding Anniversary!

Hey Neighbors! I want to update you a little early.  Starting Saturday the 28th, I will be gone for a few days for our 30th Wedding Anniversary.  My husband and I are going to Branson, MO.  But don't worry I didn't forget about you!  My daughter will fill in a little bit, and of course I will post a few updates!  there will even be a couple of Branson related giveaways!  So keep an eye out. After we return, I will be posting about our new deck out back and our porch out front!  I think you will enjoy this one! Please continue stopping in, even though I am gone.  Thank you for all your support!

Hear Builder by Super Duper Publications

Hello Neighbors! My daughter has soooo enjoyed this one from Super Duper Publications !  It is called Hear Builder Auditory Memory .  This is a program on a CD that has 5 activities that will help children with their auditory memory, closure, and comprehension skills.  In the program your child becomes a Recall Agent and help save Memory Town from the wacky plans of Dr. Forgetsit. Here are the 5 essential listening activities in HearBuilder Auditory Memory: Memory for Numbers (3-7 digits) Memory for Words (3-5 words) Memory for Details (1-4 details) Auditory Closure (sentence completion) Memory for WH information (2-3 sentences/2-4 questions) You might be wondering, what is WH information, I did at first.  It is Who, What, When and Where. With this program you can monitor the progress of 4 children.  I also like that there are different levels of difficulty.  You can choose Play All, Beginner, Intermediate, advanced, or Expert.  Along with the ability to print pr

Beat the Heat of Summer with Carmex!

Hey neighbors! Carmex sent me this really neat Beach Bag along with six of their Carmex Sticks with SPF 15.  One of which is their new Pomegranate flavor.  Just what I needed to beat chapped lips this summer.  I don't know how you are, but I have a tendency to wait until my lips are chapped before I think of applying any protection.  And to think I grew up in Florida! Anyway, I received this brilliant, yellow beach bag with a small zippered change purse with one each of Original, Cherry, Strawberry, Vanilla, Lime Twist and Pomegranate.  Each of the Carmex sticks are made with an ultra-moisturizing formula and SPF 15 Water Resistant Sunscreen.  I love it!  I think I will take the tote with me on our next trip!  And of course I will carry the Carmex sticks in my purse. I LOVE the Carmex sticks.  Not only do they come in great flavors, they work!  I can tell the difference when I am wearing Carmex.  My favorite has always been Cherry, but there are none that I dislike.  Th

Southern Belle Costume!

Hey neighbors! My daughter loves nothing better than playing dress-up.  Some days she changes in and out of costumes almost all day long.  And of course each costume requires different accessories and even accents!  I was really excited when .  She loves having tea parties and wearing very frilly, lacy costumes.  Anyway when I saw the Blossom Southern Belle Dress I knew she would be overjoyed!  Not to mention it is in her favorite colors! Opening the package. Getting ready! She has had so much fun since this came in.  I didn't even let her know about it until it arrived.  This is the Blossom Southern Belle Adult Costume ($59.99) from  Now she just needs the gloves and matching parasol.  She spent the day flitting around the patio! Included with the costume: The Southern Belle Adult Costume includes a darlin’ violet dress featuring a light pink underskirt, matching corset belt and a large hat featuring ruffle trim and sheer ribbon wr