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6/28/16

Stress Free Shopping Online That Helps You #AvoidTheOops

As a parent, I definitely need to plan ahead to #AvoidTheOops that could happen in my family routines!

Even though I've visited Walmart.com, so many times, I did not think of doing my grocery shopping there and having it delivered or simple drop by and picking up my products at the store.  Talk about being slow on the up thinking!

During this #AvoidTheOops project, I did just that. I ordered online and had them delivered to the store and went to pick up my purchases.  I have NEVER been in and out of Walmart so quickly!
I will have to make amends with my lifestyle in regards to shopping. I wont purchase fruits and veggies this way, but all other products will be on the list. And I hope my life will be a lot less stressful!

Walmart has teamed up with P&G to make it easy for families to shop to avoid those “oops” moments. I sure do not like that feeling in my gut when I get caught off guard, say without a toilet paper roll at hand :)


Save time and money with your shopping options
When you have a trunk full of groceries and a toddler attached to your hip, it can be tough carrying in those large, often bulky items that keep your hands full. But most shoppers don’t realize they have the option of shopping for the same great household essentials at Walmart’s everyday low prices on Walmart.com. And by doing so, they’ll also save time so they can enjoy more of that summer sunshine.

Have you been using any online shopping services to deliver to your home? Or site to store pick up?


Visit www.AvoidTheOops.com and shop for your everyday essentials from any of the following categories!


In the kitchen, I always need help with cleaning up. As a matter a fact, when my kitchen is clean and things put away, I feel quite accomplished. Can you relate? Trust me, I take photos of my sink :)
 The Bounty Basic Big Roll Paper Towel is great for easy clean up, and sometimes quick snacks for the kids. Less dishes to wash :)

Bounty Basic Big Roll Select-a-Size Print Paper Towels, 95 sheets, 6 rolls

The Mr Clean Multi-Surfaces Liquid Cleaner With Febreze is perfect for my cleaning movements throughout the kitchen and the rest of the house.  Sometimes I need easy clean and each week, I need deep cleaning.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads, 8 count

I love the smell and that it actually works.

Mr. Clean Multi-Surfaces Liquid Cleaner With Febreze Freshness Meadows And Rain Scent, 40 fl oz


I'm always doing laundry. I don't even have a routine anymore. I just find a full basket and get going. I don't mind doing laundry, just the folding.  And I love when our laundry is clean and smelling fresh and sometimes with a bit of fragrance. The Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent works great for our family. It doesn't give me the sneezies, so I can enjoy the smell of our laundry when it's all done.

Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent, Original, 64 Loads 100 fl oz

It's Summer time and while I do have a Summer team list for my kids, I know that I have to also be prepared to #AvoidTheOops when it comes to their electronics. They do get to have digital time after all chores are done. I made it easy enough to understand which means I will have to come through on my end to ensure that all the electronics are ready to be used. The  Duracell Coppertop AA Household Batteries brings the power for long hours of play time, or even for flashlights while they read in forts or sheet tents.

Duracell Coppertop AA Household Batteries, 24 Count

Speaking of chores, the kids love using the Dawn Platinum Erasing Dishwashing Foam and the Mr Clean Magic Eraser Cleaning Pads for their kitchen duties.
I can see Mr Cleaning helping with some messy shoes too!

After a long day of work and being sweaty in this very humid and boiling LA summer, grabbing a cold one with the Olay  Ultra Moisture Body Wash With Shea Butter is amazing! It's a great feeling to be able to have a nice shower and get to relaxing with the family in a clean home.

Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Shea Butter, 16 oz, (Pack of 2)

Of course at bed time, my kids have learned the importance of dental health requires daily discipline. Using the Crest Proealth Multi-Protection Refreshing Clean Mint Flavor Mouthwash after brushing is just perfect for our family. Of course sometimes the kids want their cute little kiddie mouthwash, and I don't mind, but other times they just grab the family bottle.

Crest Pro-Health Multi-Protection Refreshing Clean Mint Flavor Mouthwash, 33.8 fl oz, 2 count

I love that I have the option to shop online for my home essentials and make it easier to #AvoidTheOops!


Starting a load of laundry only to realize the bottle is empty, reaching for a paper towel and finding an empty roll—we’ve all been there

What Oops moment caught you off guard lately? Or share a tip with me on how you avoid the oops in your family? 



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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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6/27/16

You Are Loved - #Music And Calm Mixed Together

This week needs to be a relaxing week. It's the time when I can be as high and as low and in the regular dose of pain.

I hope it will be relaxing. I plan to not have anything scheduled.

Now let's play the music loud. It's like medicine to the soul.



The kids and I are still enjoying Summer so far.

And I"m so excited to continue with our bible study.

If you want to join us, that would be awesome.
No sign ups or money involved!



Today is a FREEBIE - So come hang with us!


You Are Loved

Stars Go Dim

from the album Stars Go Dim
Buy on Amazon | iTunes

We hide pain in the weirdest places
Broken souls with smiling faces
Fighting for surrender
For now and the after
Just look around and you'll see that people
Are scared to say how they really feel, oh
We all need a little honesty

You are loved
If your heart's in a thousand pieces
If you're lost and you're far from reason
Just look up, know you are loved
Just look up, and know you are loved
When it feels like somethings missing
If it hurts but you can't find healing
Just look up, know you are loved
Just look up, know you are loved. ooh

We're not made to be superheroes,
Photoshopped, all size zeroes
We're a light not expected
But not quite perfected yet.
Look up see the sun is shining
There's hope on a new horizon
Calling you, calling...

You dont have to prove yourself
Dont try to be someone else



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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6/20/16

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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6/16/16

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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Enjoy the fresh, floral scent that's been in homes for generations. Ultra Downy has seven benefits in every drop and is formulated to keep clothes exceptionally soft and fresh with less static, less wrinkles, less pills and fuzz, less color fade, and stretching. With just one cap you can also protect your clothes keeping them looking newer longer.

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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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Hashtag: #ProtectClothesYouLove
Twitter: @Downy, @Walmart
Facebook: @Downy, @Walmart
Walmart Link To Purchase


This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/P&G. I received a bottle of Downy fabric Conditioner to facilitate this review. 
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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6/12/16

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
Buy on Amazon | iTunes
 Play sample
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



Dear Younger Me - #Music For The 4Ms Soul ~ JamericanSpice:

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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