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Monday, June 20, 2016

Summertime #Music For Monday 4Ms - Camp Is Over

Camp is over. I jumped in at the last minute because my daughter wanted to hang out with one of her friends from church and it seems that was the only way.

Then I realize, I should have thought more about it. Not a regret, but more of jumping in without thinking carefully.
They did have a great time though.

And it was so good to sleep in Saturday and have no schedule.

Sunday I volunteered at our church to help with the young children. Ahh those little blessings.
It was Father's Day. They made a plant, with dirt and all.


Welcome again to Monday. I love Mondays. A Great day to be alive! Such a blessing.

Our Spotlight Dancer for this week is “Tiffany Maytum” her theme is “Songs about the Summer”  Thank you to our Spotlight Dancer.








Welcome to today's music.  Five years and going strong!  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
Our “SPOTLIGHT DANCER” gets the PRIVILEGE of picking the THEME for the following week that we have a theme.  EVERY OTHER WEEK we have a FREEBIE!

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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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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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Top 7 Laundry Tips To Help #ProtectClothesYouLove

I have to work hard doing the laundry for our family. And y'all know it's never-ending.  So I find a balance of getting it done so that I won't become frustrated.

Laundry is like tax right?

Laundry is so much more than just getting things clean. It's so important to use products that will protect your clothing and other items.  As a family with one income, we need to be able to keep our clothes looking new for much longer and also be able to wear them!

I love when I can smell the fresh clean scent in my laundered clothing, bedding, and towels, days or weeks after they are done.

For instance, it feels so very good when you have taken a bath and get ready to dry off and your towel feels so very smooth and smells so lovely! What is the first thing you do?

Bury your face into it right?  LOVE IT!

And honestly, I've been using a very cheap brand when getting a fabric softener conflict with my grocery budget.

However, over the past week, I got the chance to try out the Downy Fabric Conditioner and our whole family loves it!


Just opening the bottle and I am delighted by the smell! When I add it to the rinse cycle, I get so excited because I can't wait to smell the clothing while moving them over to the dryer.  Trust me, even that is a good experience with this lovely smell!

When I remove the laundry from the dryer, I almost want to fold it all.

I'm teaching the kids to fold their own laundry, so I had to keep strong on that count.  But the Downy Fabric Conditioner definitely knows how to condition and gives me hope for our clothing keeping for much longer through all the washes!
There's a list that I share with them each time we do laundry. I hope it will help them as they get older and have to take care of their own family.

JamericanSpice

The favorite thing to wash is my daughter's sweater. She loves to wear this top. She had picked it out since she saw it at the store and loved it. It's really soft.  Downy Fabric Conditioner will help to keep it's color going strong, gives it a yummy smell, and make it feels even softer for her as she cuddles into it.  She squeals when it's clean!



The smell is also not over-powering, which is very good for my allergies. I would not want to dissolve into a sneezing fest.

You really have to try the Downy fabric Conditioner, at least once! It's easy to find at Walmart! I shop at Walmart all the time because it's agreeable with my budget and I can get most of what our family needs for our household.
They do have very comparable prices and great deals and even cash back if you so desire!

And if you love black clothing like I do, then you definitely need to protect them!

In the meantime, I'm enjoying care from this fabric softener for our family laundry.




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Do you use fabric softener? Which one works best for you? 
Do you have another laundry tip to share? 


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Opinions are mine and other fact from brand site.


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, June 12, 2016

Dear Younger Me - #Music For The 4Ms Soul

Dear younger me:

You won't die.

You will not end up homeless on the streets like you believed.

You won't have to go into prostitution to survive, like you thought

You are not really alone

You will have a family to love

You will understand a possible feel love one day

You will be loved.

There is hope for your life.

Dear Younger me.......


Don't we all wish we could write to ourselves so we can have this buffer as we travel to the future?
Maybe.



But this songs does a nice summing up of some of life.

Enjoy and welcome to Monday's Music Moves Me.

Have a blessed week!



Dear Younger Me

MercyMe

from the album Welcome To The New
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Dear younger me
Where do I start
If I could tell you everything that I have learned so far
Then you could be
One step ahead
Of all the painful memories still running through my head
I wonder how many different things would be
Dear younger me

Dear younger me
I cannot decide
Do I give some speech about how to get the most out of your life
Or do I go deep
And try to change
The choices that you'll make ‘cause they're choices that made me
Even though I love this crazy life
Sometimes I wish it was a smoother ride
Dear younger me

If I knew then what I know now
Condemnation would've had no power
My joy my pain would've never been my worth
If I knew then what I know now
Would've not been hard to figure out
What I would've changed if I had heard

Dear younger me
It's not your fault
You were never meant to carry this beyond the cross
Dear younger me

You are holy
You are righteous
You are one of the redeemed
Set apart
A brand new heart
You are free indeed

Every mountain every valley
Through each heartache you will see
Every moment brings you closer
To who you were meant to be
Dear younger me





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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Heroes Comes In All Shapes And Sizes - Unlikely Heroes

"A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."

Judges - the history of God's people as they settle

The five rulers were left there to test the Israelites to see if they would obey the Lord's command that he had given to their ancestors

Judges 3:1-6
1. To test - to show us what we are like. 
2. To Teach - to train us to trust the Lord

All our struggles are there to test us, to see how we trust God, to see how we respond to life. 

Testing is not for God's benefit. It's for us. 
God already knows us fully. 
It's for us to see ourselves and decide how to choose to grow or die. 
All these troubles in your life, God can wipe them out in a jiffy, but that's not the point. 
He leaves it there to test you, to see what you are like, and teach you to live by faith to trust God. 



The cycles of Judges = The cycle of grace

Othniel - a hero with abilities
Judges 3:7-11

1. He came from a great family of faith. 
Anytime he is mentioned. He is always linked to great family of faith. A strong Christian heritage, not just talk, but seeing faith modeled. A home dedicated to God. 

2. He was a proven leader. 
3. He gave his life back to the Lord
When ask to share your faith story, you can be an Othniel. Where you have been taught and carried within a family of faith. He used his life to serve God and even though he wasn't into drugs or crime, doesn't mean he doesn't have a great story. 
He was blessed to be able to have a life of faith and using his life for glory. 
The person who had to turn from darkness and have their story isn't having a better story. Just their story of faith. 


Ehud - A hero with disabilities

Some are heroes because of what they have, some because of what they don't have. 

Judges 3:12-30

1. He had an embarrassing limitation. 
Fat Left - handed man
In the culture (Middle East) of that time, it was insulting to use the left hand. To wave, or shake hands or write with the left hand was insulting. It was considered the pooping hand, the wiping hand. 
Yet this is the guy God uses for his glory. 
God does this thing all the time. 
We live in a righted handed world with lefthanded people. 

2. He trust God and not his weakness

3. He let God use his weakness for powerful results

God can use an Othniel or Ehud, if they just give him what they have. 
Give God your gifts. 

It doesn't matter if you are introverted or extroverted, whomever you are, God can use you to be part of the story that turns out heroicly . 

We don't need to be great for God. Just allow Him to be Great in Us. 

God wants to be the hero of my day. 

Thankful 


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, June 10, 2016

BIG #PampersSavings This Sunday - Scissors Out Y'all! #Ad

I know moms need all the help they can get while taking care of their babies.

This coupon that is coming on Sunday is worth sharing!

Pampers is now offering amazing money-saving opportunities for parents with little ones, so that you can get the same great diapers .

Pampers is offering big savings in this Sunday’s paper. Get your scissors out because there will a high value coupon offering for Pampers Diapers and Pampers Training Pants.

There will be a coupon offer for $3 off two bags or one box of any Pampers Diapers or Pampers Training Pants.


Here’s how to save:
Keep an eye out for this Sunday’s newspaper (June 12, 2016) for an insert from P&G with these Pampers coupon offerings. Use these coupons at any mass, discount or grocery stores where baby care products are sold.

All Pampers Diapers and Pants are included in this particular offer, except trial/travel sized diaper packs. Pampers Diapers and Pants include Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Cruisers, Pampers Baby Dry, Pampers Easy Ups, Pampers Under Jams, and Pampers Splashers.

For more than 50 years, parents have trusted Pampers to care for their babies. Pampers offers a complete range of diapers, wipes and training pants designed to provide protection and comfort for every stage of baby’s development.


Help make the potty training process easier and more affordable with this high-value coupon.  Here’s how to save:

  • You can clip the Pampers Easy Ups coupon at: http://www.coupons.com/brands/pampers-coupons/
  • You will need to open a coupons.com account if you do not already have one
  • Then you can print, shop, and save – and keep an eye out for more Pampers coupons in the future! 
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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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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

And Up She Grows + 100 Top Family Blogs

My daughter is 9.
She has changed so much.
She now has begun to wear my shoes and clothes......*should I freak out?*

She is quite the beauty and always loud, and fun and just alive.

I love her dearly.

I pray for her always.

Happy Birthday my sweet girl.

Jamericanspice

She usually wants me to take her out of school. I say no. Why? I get time to prepare for her birthday without being hindered by her.

After all, I do want to surprise her :)

JamericanSpice

She said she enjoyed her birthday.

I picked her up from school at half day. She was so glad, because he was hoping not to be in school on that very day, not just because of her birthday, but because all the kids had to sit on a slab outside in the hot sun because, once again, they had recess taken away because some kids weren't behaving as robots.

JamericanSpice

I took her to the movies. We watched zootopia. She picked.
We enjoyed it. Just hanging out together.

Jamericanspice

Because they are all into Pokemon these days, I asked Albertsons t make her a Pokemon cake.
She loved her cake. And it really tasted good.

JamericanSpice

All in all, she had a good birthday even though I could not throw her a party.

Jamericanspice



And I want to give a big thank you to Cascia Talbert for adding me to her list of  100 Top Family Blogs! That is so cool! I really appreciate being thought of. 
It's definitely family and I've been taken away from blogging to be with family most of the time. I keep wondering how y'all bloggers do it by being there all the time and also with your family. 

Visit Cascia at Healthy Moms Magazine and check out all the great information she shares! 


Happy many years my sweet girl.



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b2d Wordless Wednesday  

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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