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Macy's Friends and Family Event is Back (25% off coupon)  

Posted by: Meredith

I posted about Macy's Friend's and Family sale event in November, and guess what... It's back!
I was given the opportunity to share this sales event with you and the coupon to save 25% while you shop. Macy’s Biggest Savings event just got Bigger! From Wednesday, April 29-Monday, May 4, 2009, Macy’s will be sharing their Friends and Family employee discount for 6 incredible days of savings and shopping!

Be sure to check out Macy's for great deals for Mother's Day and Swimsuit season, both of which are just around the corner!

Grab the coupon HERE!



Passing it along...  

Posted by: Meredith

I found this on Soxy Deb's blog, who took it from Lisa's blog, and now I am passing it on to you. I agree so much with this.

It's a Proposed Revised Preamble to the Constitution

"We the sensible people of the United States, in an attempt to help everyone get along, restore some semblance of justice, avoid more riots, keep our nation safe, promote positive behavior, and secure the blessings of debt-free liberty to ourselves and our great-great-great-grandchildren, hereby try one more time to ordain and establish some common sense guidelines for the terminally whiny, guilt ridden, delusional, and other liberal bed-wetters. We hold these truths to be self evident: that a whole lot of people are confused by the Bill of Rights and are so dim they require a Bill of NON-Rights."

ARTICLE I: You do not have the right to a new car, big screen TV, or any other form of wealth. More power to you if you can legally acquire them, but no one is guaranteeing anything.

ARTICLE II: You do not have the right to never be offended. This country is based on freedom, and that means freedom for everyone -- not just you! You may leave the room, turn the channel, express a different opinion, etc; but the world is full of idiots, and probably always will be.

ARTICLE III: You do not have the right to be free from harm. If you stick a screwdriver in your eye, learn to be more careful; do not expect the tool manufacturer to make you and all your relatives independently wealthy.

ARTICLE IV: You do not have the right to free food and housing. Americans are the most charitable people to be found, and will gladly help anyone in need, but we are quickly growing weary of subsidizing generation after generation of professional couch potatoes who achieve nothing more than the creation of another generation of professional couch potatoes ..

ARTICLE V: You do not have the right to free health care. That would be nice, but from the looks of public housing, we're just not interested in public health care.

ARTICLE VI: You do not have the right to physically harm other people. If you kidnap, rape, intentionally maim, or kill someone, don't be surprised if the rest of us want to see you fry in the electric chair or lethal injection.

ARTICLE VII: You do not have the right to the possessions of others. If you rob, cheat, or coerce away the goods or services of other citizens, don't be surprised if the rest of us get together and lock you away in a place where you still won't have the right to a big screen color TV or a life of leisure.

ARTICLE VIII: You do not have the right to a job. All of us sure want you to have a job, and will gladly help you along in hard times, but we expect you to take advantage of the opportunities of education and vocational training laid before you to make yourself useful.

ARTICLE IX: You do not have the right to happiness. Being an American means that you have the right to PURSUE happiness, which by the way, is a lot easier if you are unencumbered by an over abundance of idiotic laws created by those of you who were confused by the Bill of Rights.

ARTICLE X: This is an English speaking country. We don't care where you are from, English is our language. Learn it or go back to wherever you came from!

ARTICLE XI: You do not have the right to change our country's history or heritage. This country was founded on the belief in one true God. And yet, you are given the freedom to believe in any religion, any faith, or no faith at all; with no fear of persecution. The phrase IN GOD WE TRUST is part of our heritage and history, and if you are uncomfortable with it, TOUGH!

Can I get an AMEN?!?! (*steps down from soapbox)

Pass it along if you agree. It's time society had an attitude adjustment for the sake of our great nation.


Writer's Workshop: 400 Bones  

Posted by: Meredith

How excited am I??? Mama Kat just gave me $400 to spend on any ONE thing I want! I can't wait to go shopping.

If I had $400 to spend any way I please, and my husband could not object to me spending the money, I would buy a laser grip for my new S & W 38. The one I want is less than $400 so Mama Kat would be getting some change back.

I heard a story while in a gun shop about a woman who lived in a very expensive neighborhood in the area and her husband had just purchased a gun for her to use for personal protection while he was out of town on business. The night she got the gun, her husband was not at home, and she was sitting in her living room reading the owner's manual of her new weapon. A few minutes later the lady heard someone break into her house and he was approaching the room she was in.

This woman had never used a gun before, and it was not even loaded, but she turned on the laser that was built into the grip, pointed it at the intruder, and when he saw the red dot on his chest he ran. When the cops showed up they found the intruders shoe, which he lost while jumping a fence to get away.

I have been amazed at how often home are getting broken into in this area, while people are in the house. This has been happening during the day or night and at an alarming rate. I want to be able to protect my home and family in the best possible manner, and if a little red dot would help, then that's what I want. I would like to say that if my husband were home and someone broke into our house, he would be the one facing the intruder, but I know that is not true. I think I have convinced Hubbs that should that happen, I will be the one to take matters into my own hands, one because I can be a mean SOB when pushed, and the law is easier on women thank men in that situation. Plus it would be fun to use at the range.

So, my spending spree would be not just for fun, but also for practical purposes. If you are not a fan of guns in the home, please don't judge.



Posted by: Meredith

The tools to a great education...

Too bad this stuff doesn't come in Diet. Sierra Mist - Cranberry Splash

Ooh I bet it would make a great vodka mixer too... Friday, where are you ?


The Grayson Rose  

Posted by: Meredith

My favorite local radio station is the home town station for a nationally syndicated radio show, The Matt and Ramona Show, that is probably the best radio show in the US. Matt and Ramona have been working together since 2000 and they are just a great team. I have been listening to the show for as long as I can remember. Listening to Matt and Ramona everyday you really get to know who these two people are in real life.

Recently, Matt, of the Matt and Ramona show, and his wife Amy had to experience a tragic event that I cannot even begin to imagine. Matt and his wife lost their second baby girl when Amy was 35 weeks pregnant.

I remember driving to school after work one day listening to the show. I wondered where Matt was and why everyone else on the show seemed so somber. Then, between stories, Ramona told the audience why Matt was not in the studio that day, and that he would not be back for a while. He and his wife needed time to grieve the loss of their baby girl, Grayson.

I broke down in tears driving down I-77 at the news. What an awful thing for anyone to have to go through. I thought of how I would feel if one day my baby, B., was not here anymore, and that is something I would not wish upon anyone. It breaks my heart just thinking about it now.

This post is not meant to be a downer. I wanted to share with you all the Grayson Rose, and what it means, how it will help, and how you can get one. This post is not sponsored by anyone, and I was not asked to share this information, I think it is something you all will be interested in.

The Grayson Rose, pictured above, is available from Ashdown Roses and proceeds will be supporting March of Dimes.
"From the fields of the French nursery Delbard comes this outstanding shrub
bearing dark velvet-red blooms all season long. The plant grows upright, is well
foliated and very disease resistant. Delbard has been growing and breeder roses
for over 70 years and we are delighted they have allowed this rose to be called
The Grayson Rose in support of this great cause."
The Grayson rose is available for $18.95, and this year 40% of the proceeds will go to March of Dimes. When 1 in 8 babies are born too soon and March of Dimes is working so hard to help these children live healthy lives, there could not have been a better organization to benefit from this rose.
Ashdown Roses will be shipping this rose in September, which should be the proper time to plant in most areas. While on the Matt and Ramona Show, Paul Zimmerman said the rose could also be shipped at another time should September not be appropriate in your area. And for those of you who do not have a garden, or do not own your home, this rose can be planted in a container, so you could take it with you if you move.
This rose would make a great Mother's Day gift, or Father's Day gift to a father who loves to garden, a birthday gift, or just as a reminder that you care to a family who may have been affected by a premature birth.
I am happy to share this information with you because it is a great cause, I have grown to love Matt and Ramona and their entire cast, and this tragedy affected them all, and the Grayson Rose is just a beautiful rose.



Posted by: Meredith

I spent the week before my daughter's June wedding running last-minute trips to the caterer, florist, tuxedo shop, and the church about forty miles away. As happy as I was that Patsy was marrying a good Christian young man, I felt laden with responsibilities as I watched my budget dwindle . .

So many details, so many bills, and so little time. My son Jack was away at college, but he said he would be there to walk his younger sister down the aisle, taking the place of his dad who had died a few years before. He teased Patsy, saying he'd wanted to give her away since she was about three years old!

To save money, I gathered blossoms from several friends who had large magnolia trees. Their luscious, creamy-white blooms and slick green leaves would make beautiful arrangements against the rich dark wood inside the church. After the rehearsal dinner the night before the wedding, we banked the podium area and choir loft with magnolias. As we left just before midnight, I felt tired but satisfied this would be the best wedding any bride had ever had!

The music, the ceremony, the reception - and especially the flowers - would be remembered for years. The big day arrived - the busiest day of my life - and while her bridesmaids helped Patsy to dress, her fiance Tim walked with me to the sanctuary to do a final check....

When we opened the door and felt a rush of hot air, I almost fainted; and then I saw them - all the beautiful white flowers were black. Funeral black. An electrical storm during the night had knocked out the air conditioning system, and on that hot summer day, the flowers had wilted and died. I panicked, knowing I didn't have time to drive back to our hometown, gather more flowers, and return in time for the wedding. Tim turned to me, 'Edna, can you get more flowers? I'll throw away these dead ones and put fresh flowers in these arrangements.' I mumbled, 'Sure,' as he be-bopped down the hall to put on his cuff links.

Alone in the large sanctuary, I looked up at the dark wooden beams in the arched ceiling. 'Lord,' I prayed, 'please help me. I don't know anyone in this town. Help me find someone willing to give me flowers - in a hurry!'

I scurried out praying for four things: the blessing of white magnolias, courage to find them in an unfamiliar yard, safety from any dog that may bite my leg, and a nice person who would not get out a shotgun when I asked to cut his tree to shreds. As I left the church, I saw magnolia trees in the distance. I approached a house....No dog in sight. I knocked on the door and an older man answered. So far so good . .No shotgun.. When I stated my plea the man beamed, 'I'd be happy to!' He climbed a stepladder and cut large boughs and handed them down to me. Minutes later, as I lifted the last armload into my car trunk, I said, 'Sir, you've made the mother of a bride happy today.' 'No, Ma'am,' he said. 'You don't understand what's happening here.' 'What?' I asked.

'You see, my wife of sixty-seven years died on Monday.. On Tuesday I received friends at the funeral home, and on Wednesday . . . He paused. I saw tears welling up in his eyes. 'On Wednesday I buried her.' He! looked away.. 'On Thursday most of my out-of-town relatives went back home, and on Friday - yesterday - my children left.' I nodded. 'This morning,' he continued, 'I was sitting in my den crying out loud. I miss her so much. For the last sixteen years, as her health got worse, she needed me. But now nobody needs me. This morning I cried, 'Who needs an eighty-six-year-old wore-out man? Nobody!' I began to cry louder. 'Nobody needs me!' About that time, you knocked, and said, 'Sir, I need you.'

I stood with my mouth open. He asked, 'Are you an angel? The way the light shone around your head into my dark living room...' I assured him I was no angel. He smiled. 'Do you know what I was thinking when I handed you those magnolias?' 'No.' 'I decided I'm needed. My flowers are needed. Why, I might have a flower ministry! I could give them to everyone! Some caskets at the funeral home have no flowers. People need flowers at times like that and I have lots of them. They're all over the backyard! I can give them to hospitals, churches - all sorts of places. You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to serve the Lord until the day He calls me home!'

I drove back to the church, filled with wonder. On Patsy's wedding day, if anyone had asked me to encourage someone who was hurting, I would have said, 'Forget it! It's my only daughter's wedding, for goodness' sake! There is no way I can minister to anyone today.' But God found a way. Through dead flowers. 'Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.' If you have missed knowing me, you have missed nothing.

If you have missed some of my emails, you may have missed a laugh. But, if you have missed knowing my LORD and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST, you have missed everything in the world.

This was in an email from a friend and thought it was such a lovely story that I needed to share. I hope it brings some brightness to your day. Thanks Roxi!


All Star  

Posted by: Meredith

As a mom to a 3 year old, I am always looking for ways to get him involved with the computer. I think the way technology is changing so fast and becoming such a major part of life, kids need to be introduced to it at an early age.

In looking for fun, yet safe, websites for me and my son to visit, I have realized it is hard to find a really great kid site. I was recently asked to review the new website and was very pleased with what I found.

Here is a little information from the About Us page of the website:

About Us
The All Star Buddies world was created by two moms
who share a passion for sports, fitness and leading a healthy lifestyle.
As their children grew more interested in spending time on the Internet, they
realized that there was a noticeable gap online between websites that were
created for entertainment and those developed for education. They set out to
find a way to seamlessly weave important learning into the fun and adventures
that their kids were having online. And so All Star Buddies was born.
sports lovers, they chose the sports theme because it offered the opportunity to
speak to kids using real game concepts and ideas in an imaginative and virtual
way. The sports theme also allowed them to incorporate important lessons such as
problem solving, teamwork, good sportsmanship, fitness and good nutrition
throughout the games and adventures so that kids would be exposed to these
messages while playing. Other concepts like taking care of the environment and
the importance of staying active and playing real sports are important to the
All Star Buddies team and can also be found throughout Varsity

Our Mission
Our mission is to provide a safe,
entertaining and educational virtual world for kids 6+. All Star Buddies takes
you on a virtual adventure throughout the town of Varsity Heights.
This magical sports town offers endless games and activities while teaching important
lessons such as good sportsmanship, teamwork and the importance of leading a
healthy and active life.
We built this website and virtual world to bring
kids of all ages and skill levels together on an equal playing field to have
fun, compete and socialize. In Varsity Heights, every kid can be an all star and
everyone is part of a winning team.

This website is easy to navigate, with bright colors and cool caracters.
This is 'CHIP', my favorite character.

Your child will love this website and so will you. Go check it out and see how much fun there is to be had, from games online to printable coloring pages, this site is a fun place for your child to play on the internet, while meeting other kids their age and being safe at the same time.

Happy Monday to all,

How Sweet is This?  

Posted by: Meredith

I found this on my big brother's, girlfriend's myspace page as a comment that he left for her. He is not one to be a lovey-dovey guy, so this fits him perfectly. Here is a picture of him.

If you can't read what it says, here it is:

I wish the zombie apocalypse would happen,
because I think I could make it.
And I think I could save you.
Maybe we could find a cure and save the world,
or maybe we'd just fall in love.

How sweet is that? I don't know any girl that wouldn't love for her man to tell her that.


ps: He doesn't know I am posting this, I hope he doesn't read my blog.

I want to introduce a NEW BLOGGER!  

Posted by: Meredith

My mother-in-law has just set up a blog! Judy Has Hats is her outlet to bring her amazing handmade hats to the world. As far as I know the main posts will be the 'Featured Hat of the Day' posts. The first one is up now, featuring a hat that I fell in love with. Unfortunately, when she was in town visiting for a bit about a month ago, the hat was still back up north in her house. To my surprise, the day before she left to go home she showed up at the house with a hat that looks almost exactly the same. I was so excited.

Of course, now, here in NC we are going through our Moody season, days of 70-80 degrees followed by days of 40 degree weather. So I don't know if I will have a chance to wear the hat this year.

Anyway, the reason I am posting this is because I need the help of all my loyal followers to spread the word about my mother-in-laws site. These hats are totally amazing, and warm, and super cute. My son has 4 of them. It's too cute, everytime she is at the house visiting Little B. and he see a color of yarn that he likes, he just has to have a new hat, and of course, loving grandma that she is makes it for him.

Thanks in advance for spreading the news for me.