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Monday, May 30, 2016

First Day Of Camp - #Music Everywhere - Please Slow Down + MOVE!

Today is the kids first day of +Pine Cove  Camp in the city.
I'm so very excited for them. They are super excited.

I got up and made them lunches.

We have five days of clothing laid out for the camp days, to make life easier.

And it's from 8:45am to 4pm.

Not a boarding camp, but day camp.

As a mom, I'm more comfortable with the day camp.

I know they'll have a super awesome time and I can't wait to hear all about their days!




So all I want is for them to grow up and have a blessed and thriving life.
And all I want is for them to slow down.

I love hanging out with them and love them as I'm capable.


Slow Down

Nichole Nordeman

from the album The Unmaking
Buy on Amazon | iTunes

Here's to you
You were pink or blue
And everything I wanted 
Here's to you
Never sleeping through
From midnight till the morning
Had to crawl before you walked
Before you ran
Before I knew it
You were trying to free your fingers from my hand
‘Cause you could it on your own now
Somehow

Slow down
Won't you stay here a minute more
I know you want to walk through the door
But it's all too fast
Let's make it last a little while
I pointed to the sky and now you wanna fly
I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am
But do you think you can somehow
Slow down

Here's to you
Every missing tooth
Every bedtime story
Here's to Barbie cars, light saber wars
Sleeping in on Sunday
Had to crawl 
Before you walked
Before you ran
Before I knew it 
You were teaching me 
The only thing love can
Hold hands through it
When it's scary, you've got me

Please don't roll your eyes at me
I know I'm embarrassing 
But someday you'll understand
You'll hold a little hand
Ask them if they can …

I am your biggest fan
I hope you know I am 
But do you think you can 
Somehow
Slow down






Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know

Honorary Co-host: 

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 



And slow down and thank our military heroes.
Slow down and plant a tree for them.
Slow down and send up a prayer for them.

Happy Memorial Day y'all 

I know your heart been broke again 
I know your prayers ain't been answered yet
I know you're feeling like you got nothing left
Well, lift your head, it ain't over yet, ain't over yet so
Move, keep walkin'
Soldier keep movin' on
Move, keep walkin' until the mornin' comes 
Move, keep walkin'
Soldier keep movin' on
And lift your head, it ain't over yet, ain't over yet



Aloha

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Father's Day $100 Best Buy Gift Card #Giveaway

Another Father's Day without knowing my father.
Maybe it's not meant to be.
I wish it, but I don't think much about it as I did as a child.

My mother said he walked away.

Did you grow up with your father? 
What did you enjoy most about your relationship? 

What would you gift him for Father's Day? 







Welcome to the Father's Day $100 Best Buy Giveaway!

Enter below for your chance to win $100 to Best Buy! Winner may choose an eGift Card delivered via email or a physical gift card delivered via snail mail.

Giveaway begins on 5/29/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 6/18/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US only (void where prohibited.) I will email the winner on Father's Day; The winner will have 24 hours to claim or I will redraw. Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner's List here.


Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. Holly of Southern Mom Loves will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Chick-Fil-A DIY Snack On The Go - Endless Upcycle Possibilities #ChickFilAMomsDIY

It's quite a story how I came to fall in love with Chick-Fil-A, but I can say, it began with a taste and a 'Ooh there are so many eats to catch up on!"

Anyway, I am now on their panel and I love it!

We are challenged to a DIY.

Am I ever good with those? Not really...or maybe I'm great :)

The challenge:

Chick-Fil-A has a new salad. It's called the Spicy Southwest Salad. I could have tried it a long time ago, but I was mourning my Cobb salad which was my favorite meal item from Chick-Fil-A.



And I was afraid of spicy anything :)

But I received a coupon for Mother's day and so I definitely had to venture out of my comfort zone and did order and try the Spicy Southwest Salad.
Even my kids enjoyed it! And they don't do spicy!
Now I"ll have to make this my favorite salad!

But that's not the challenge :D

The challenge is that instead of throwing away those cool containers, why not upcycle them?

I've thought of that sooo many times, but lazy won!

Anyway, I will now upcycle instead of throwing out.  I usually upcycle the utensils though.


Challenge: Upcycle the Chick-Fil-A salad containers. 

I've been doing that.

It's fun.

I can throw food into these containers quickly and run out the door.  And I mean 'throw.' I usually don't have time to make it neat to take photos. It's just slam, bam and out the door running and hoping the thing doesn't fall out of my hand while trying to navigate the doors!



I usually use ziploc bags :)

For this feature, I chose my fruit snacks. Usually there's yogurt poured out in the middle for dipping.

Or sometimes it's chips and dip.

Or sandwiches, or leftover red beans and rice.

You get the ideas.

 

But the kids have to eat! Because they can get quite hangry if not fed!
And for some reason they always have some excuse about not eating the awful school lunches. I think we need a change somewhere again.

I'm either eating a late lunch while picking the kids up, or taking them a snack to eat on the way home because they are always ravenous after school.

So after using the salad containers, wash and dry them and then use them for whatever meets your needs.

I promise that you can even plant flowers or herbs in them. Really, the possibilities are endless!



So I did that!

Because I"m your everyday kinda hero :)








Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Teen Titans Go DVD #Giveaway

I had to watch this show and then allow my kids to watch it. They bugged me to watch it for ages! I just didn't have the time to pay it the attention and give the go ahead.

Now they love to watch it.

Enter below for your chance to win.  And tell me, do your kids love Teen Titans Go?

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The teens, in their ordinary lives, deal with the everyday issues of adolescence that include such important things as having staring contests to determine who does the laundry and going on a series of quests to construct the perfect sandwich. But, of course, the heroes still fight crime in Jump City when the need arises. Whatever the situation, they're always ready for an adventure -- inside the house or out of it.

"Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is delighted to release of Teen Titans Go!: Eat. Dance. Punch! Season 3 Part 1 on DVD," said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family, Animation & Partner Brands Marketing. "Fans can get excited about yet another installment of the ever-popular Teen Titans Go! animated series."

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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The Silent Sounds of Chaos by Kristina Circelli

 I have so many books I need to read.

What are you reading this summer?


TheSilentSoundsofChaosBookTourTSSOCEbookAmazon (1) A silent call for help began the friendship between two children. A bond unlike any other kept them together. Finn was just a kid when he first heard Snow’s voice inside his head, two children in need of a friend and finding one in mysterious strangers. Never meeting in person, the pair grows up as opposites – Finn the boy who loves to get in trouble and works for the toughest drug lord in town, Snow the good, sheltered girl who wants to be a doctor. The bond built upon a strange ability to hear each other’s thoughts is threatened when Snow is abducted, her screams for help consuming Finn’s mind until they disappear completely, submerging him in a terrifying silence he’s never known before. Now it’s up to Finn to save her, led only by Snow’s sporadic thoughts as she floats in and out of consciousness. But the search for Snow leads him to a truth he isn’t prepared to face, a truth that has the power to unravel his entire world. The people he thought he knew, the life he thought he’d made, the best friend he thought he could protect – all point toward a brutal reality should he fail. And as Finn struggles to find Snow before she slips away, he must fight to keep that reality out, lest he let the chaos in. Purchase Amazon- http://amzn.to/1WBOF84 iBooks: http://apple.co/1TAUpNy Smashwords: http://bit.ly/1PSOdd2 B&N: http://bit.ly/1Sa9ssi

Meet the author:

kristina-2Night owl, Dorito lover, and quiet eccentric – Kristina Circelli is the author of several fiction novels, including The Helping Hands series, The Whisper Legacy, The Never, and The Sour Orange Derby. Her latest series, The Whisper Legacy, features Beyond the Western Sun. This book is what all fantasy adventures must strive to be: a complex, intricate examination of human emotion set within the context of worlds known only in our imagination. Melding fantasy and legend in an epic quest, this series signals the arrival of Kristina Circelli as a master storyteller and an important voice in Native American literature.

A descendent of the Cherokee nation and niece of a Cherokee elder, Circelli holds both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in English from the University of North Florida, where she teaches creative writing. She also heads Red Road Editing, a full-service editing company for independent authors and commercial clients. She currently resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, Seth, and cats, Lord Finnegin the Fierce and Mr. Malachi the Mighty.

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The Silent Sounds of Chaos 

Every book has a pivotal moment when something – or someone – changes. A decision is made, an

action takes place, certain words are spoken … any number of potential moments that turns a novel

toward its conclusion.


I want to share that pivotal moment for “The Silent Sounds of Chaos” with you. It is the moment

when Finn makes the decision that transforms who he is, into who he will be. Finn is just a teenager in the excerpt below, the only positive influence in his life being the girl who speaks to him in thought alone,

the girl he’s never met in person but has spoken to telepathically since he was seven years old.

Snow keeps Finn out of trouble. She inspires him to be better, to do better. But, eventually, her

friendship isn’t enough, and he makes the decision to enter a certain club and speak with a certain man – a decision that will change the course of his life.

-- --

The sun had long since lowered by the time Finn finally reached his destination. Hands in his

pockets to ward off the chill in the evening air, he stared from the corner at the nondescript building lit up by a single light in the parking lot and flashing neon bulbs coming from inside. He’d only seen the outside of the club during the day, never at night, never quite able to tell exactly what lay in wait for him inside.


He’d snuck out of the house before dinner, hitching a ride until he could make the rest of his way

across town on foot. Finn knew he would be in trouble later, but didn’t care. This was the moment he’d been planning for years, ever since he’d decided to grow up and get what he wanted out of life. The day he’d no longer be the boy hiding in the closet, but the bad-ass he was meant to be.

The following years had been filled with preparation. He’d exercised, got in fights so people knew
not to mess with him, listened to talk on the streets for names he needed to know, even stole alcohol and cigarettes when he could so he didn’t look like a rookie if it was offered when he walked into the club.

For a fleeting moment, Finn wondered what Snow would think of him, standing on the street corner
surrounded by run-down homes and trash lining the gutters, with only neon lights guiding him to an
uncertain future. He could easily see her doing something good, something boring, while he was about to walk into the darkest part of his town. But then he decided he didn’t care.

He was thirteen now, old enough to make up his own mind. He was doing this, and he was doing this
now.


FINN WANNA PLAY DOLLS?

Snow’s outburst startled him back onto the curb just as he’d started crossing the street. Heart
thumping – part caught off-guard by his friend, part nervous about what he was about to do – Finn
allowed himself a moment to reply only because it had been a while since they last spoke.

The conversation nearly unnerved him. It was so innocent, her thoughts filled with so much joy and
her replies so playful, Snow actually listening when he gave her a brief recap of his life. If only she could have been there with him, next to him, guiding him to a path where they could always be friends.

What are you doing?

The question rang loud and clear in his head. Remembering where he was, who was and wasn’t by
his side, Finn took a moment to decide how he wanted to answer it. He didn’t want to say anything at all, because he’d made a promise to himself a long time ago never to lie to his only real friend, so instead he quickly said, Don’t worry about it, I was just asking, and ended the conversation.

Alone in his thoughts now, he pushed Snow’s subconscious to the back of his own and forced
himself to hold his head high. Across the street awaited his destination, beckoning to him, inviting him in from the cold. Normally Finn loved the winter air and all the brilliant white snow that came with it – winter made everyone even, didn’t care who it fell upon, who it froze; in the dead of winter, no one was tougher than nature – but tonight he wanted nothing more than to give in to the lure of warmth.

He continue the trek to the club, until he was facing the back door. Club Infinity was one of the more
popular hangouts in town even though it was never promoted around town like other companies, but
everyone knew the place for what it was. There was a reason the club was one of the few businesses in the area that managed to stay open for any length of time. Drugs, gambling, women. Taking care of the competition so no other name except Infinity was spoken. Paying off cops and city officials to look the other way. As far as Finn knew, there was no limit.

And now he was ready to make a profit, too.

Finn squared his shoulders and knocked hard on reinforced steel, a demand to be answered. When
the door opened he had to force himself not to take a step back. In front of him stood a tall, bald man with bulging muscles so large he barely fit in the doorway, glaring down at him behind a pair of dark
sunglasses that hid his eyes, but not his scowl.

“What do you want?”

Finn made sure his face matched the man’s expression as he replied, “I wanna see Joe.”

The man scoffed. “Ain’t nobody sees Joe ‘less Joe wants to be seen. You know you can’t come in
here, kid.” He made to close the door, but Finn slammed a hand on the hard metal. Though he wasn’t
strong enough to actually stop the man, he did succeed in catching his attention.

“I know who you are, Chix. And I know Joe is here. So, Chix, I wanna see Joe and you ain’t gonna

stop me.”

The man paused and finally took a good, long look at the teenager in front of him. “You wearin’

Joe’s old jacket?”

Finn adjusted the leather jacket, which was still too big, and nodded. He got that question a lot
because of the red infinity symbol stitched at the right shoulder. He always assumed it was the club’s
logo, especially since other people knew it as Joe’s, though the symbol was nowhere to be found on the club’s sign or building. “He gave it to me. Said to come see him when I was ready.”

Chix grinned at that, revealing two rows of crooked white teeth. “Did he now? Come on in then, kid.

Let’s see what good old Joe has to say about that.”

Breathing deep, Finn stepped out of the cold and into the black hole of Infinity. Instantly he was
swallowed in a world of red – red lights, red walls, red chair just inside the back door. As he followed the large man down the hall, he felt Snow pricking at the corners of his mind, trying to find out what he was doing, but he pushed her back.

She didn’t need to know about this.





Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Monday, May 16, 2016

So I Will Wait For You Mondays #Music - 4Ms

The weekend was most busy.
Spent all day cleaning on Saturday.
Worked at church Sunday morning.  Then it was baptism and picnic from noon to 2pm. And choir practice from 2-3:30pm.

Definitely not much resting time. But all necessary things.

Now to begin the week again with music, school, and the to-dos .

Hope y'all had a good weekend.







Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know

Honorary Co-host: 

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 

Aloha


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Father's Day Lugz Run Classic Men's Shoes #Giveaway

I've never bought my father a gift. But that's because I have never met him.
I am not crying now.  Maybe another day.
I can see how 'less' my life really is by not having a strong father influence.

Anyway, I"m not sure what I'd get him if I knew him. Perhaps just a photo frame of his daughter.

What would you get your father as a gift? 

Father's Day Lugz Run Classic Men's Shoes Giveaway

Welcome To The Father's Day Lugz Run Classic Men's Shoes Giveaway!

Host: Michigan Saving and More

Sponsor: Lugz

1 Winner
5/16 – 6/12

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Lugz

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Run Classic

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The Men’s Run Classic is a classic sneaker that provides a stylish athletic look perfect for every man. This sneaker features perforated detail on the upper, and a padded tongue and collar and cushioned memory foam insole for added support and comfort.

DETAILS:

Durabrush upper
Padded tongue & collar
Cushioned memory foam sock liner
Perforated detail on the upper
Signature Lugz hardware

See review HERE.

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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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