Cleaning and Organizing

Deep Clean the Kitchen with Me

Deep Clean the Kitchen with MeDeep Clean the Kitchen with Me

Spring is coming, so come and Deep Clean the Kitchen with Me.  I am coming to the part of my life that I don’t know if I’m washing or hanging out.  So much has gone on since last November, I can’t keep anything straight.  A couple of days ago, I decided I was going to touch every part of my house.

My goal is to see what needs to be painted, fixed, organized, and cleaned.  Can’t stop.  Won’t stop.  Until I am done.  I am determined.  Totally in control.  #notincontrol #wildlyoutofcontrol #muststop #OCDrunningwild  I can and will do this.

Needs to be Fixed

My vent needs to be replaced.  That and the ductwork needs to be fixed.  As I was cleaning the kitchen, I kept hearing a meow.  I thought it was Karen but she was nowhere in sight.  As I looked around, my kitten Lonnie, was in the floor vent.  I have no idea how she got there, but I took out the vent and fished her out.

Also, I want to get a new trashcan.  I hope a larger one with a lid.  There is no good place to put a trashcan in my kitchen.  I currently have it by the window, but it is too small and I just want something nicer.  There is a board that goes under my cabinet that needs to be put up.  Another that is up but needs to be nailed down.

We bought new windows for the house and they didn’t put the kitchen window up correctly.  That is on the to-do list.  Painting the laundry room door.  I would like to redo the decorations in the kitchen.  Sadly, I have no clue how to decorate.  One drawer needs to be fixed.  The trim needs to be repainted.  There is a light fixture that needs to be fixed.

I would love to sit down and catalog my recipes.  This is something I want to do for my kids.  Also, it is nice to organize and find things I haven’t cooked in a while.  It is a goal to write a cookbook.  My other mom has asked me for a long time.  I get it started and then stop.

Detailed Deep Cleaning

These are the things I do when I deep clean.  First, I wash the big window, inside and out.  I get some compressed air to get the corners of the windows.  They can be nasty.  My garbage can is right there, so I take that opportunity to clean the outside and inside of it.  Then, I go ahead and wipe down the walls, the baseboards, and the door to the laundry room.  Next, my vent is there, so I get the vacuum and suck out all the dirt from the vent.  Also, I extract the kitten that is crawling up inside the house.  This time, I noticed dirt, on the floor, underneath the vent.  I get that all cleaned up.  Last, I clean out the china cabinet and dust it.

From there, I move to the pantry.  I clean the door.  Then, I take everything out.  What is still good and we won’t eat, I put in a box to donate to a blessings box.  Throw away what needs to be thrown away.  Then, I organize what is left.  Wipe all the shelves down and put it all back.  My rolling island is there, so I cleaned it off and wiped it all down.

Moving on Over

From there, I get to the fridge.  I clean the floor and the vent on the bottom of the fridge.  Then, I pull everything out.  Combine what I can and throw away what I need too.  I take all the shelves out and clean each one.  Then, put it all back.  Next, I get in the freezer.  My icecubes fall on the bottom, so I have to get all of those out.  Then, I organize what is in there.  Oh, when I do my pantry and freezer/fridge, I write things down.  Later I will use that list to meal plan.

I clean off the top of the fridge.  Then, I put baking soda/water together.  Just enough water to make a paste.  I rub that on the rust spots and let it sit while I move to the drawers.  I only have 3 drawers, so it isn’t an issue.  Take everything out, wipe everything down, use a toothpick to get out the little crumbs.  Oh, I throw away the nasty dishrags, if needed.  Then put everything back.

Once that is done, I wipe down my fridge.  The baking soda leaves a film on the fridge but it DOES get the rust stains off.  It is quite amazing.  I bought some stainless steel spray.  Once I spray that on and wipe it off, the residue from the baking soda comes off.  I do that for all of my appliances.

Cabinets, Dishwasher, and So Forth

I clean out all of my cabinets, reorganize, and wipe them all down.  This time, I threw away all of Hunter’s old cups.  He doesn’t need them and they were nasty.  I unloaded the dishwasher and ran an empty load.  I sprinkle in some baking soda.  Then, I add vinegar to the rinse cycle.  That cleans the inside of my dishwasher.

Once that is all done, I take a butter knife and run it along the edges of my sink.  Sometimes, I will fill the sink up with bleach water and let it sit.  Drain and wipe.  Looks so shiny when it is clean.  Also, gets the smell out of the pipes.  I will wipe down the backsplash and the counters.

Then, I will run Martin (my robot vacuum).  Other than him getting stuck under the fridge, it is pretty darn good.  He can run while I wipe the barstools down.  The very last thing I do is either mop with a regular mop or I run Irene.  She is my robot vacuum cleaner.  I love them.

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Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Birthdays, Bathrooms

Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Birthdays, BathroomsBaby Shower, Bridal Shower, Birthdays, Bathrooms

Can I just say that I can sometimes overwhelm even myself?  Well, I do.  More times than not, I get myself into more things than I should.  So, now I’m in the middle of a Baby Shower, Bridal Shower, Birthdays, Bathrooms.  In between November and the end of March, and (of course) the holidays, there is a lot happening.  We have about 12 birthdays and anniversaries.  Then there is my first grandbaby that will make her appearance.  Now, we have to slap in a baby shower, bridal shower, and a 5-day hospital stay and you have my life in a nutshell.  All birthdays went very well.

Baby Shower

With that being said, a baby shower is a must.  Due to covid restrictions, we did a virtual baby shower at my house.  My sister came and my kids.  We ate, she opened gifts, and we had fun.  She got a ton of stuff for Charleigh Mae and they are very thankful.

It is so surreal to see your daughter pregnant with her first daughter.  She is so beautiful.  This pregnancy has not been easy for her.  She has struggled with all-day sickness, loss of appetite, and all the other fun things that happen.  Yet, she has handled it beautifully.

She is going to be such an amazing little mama.  I can’t even contain my excitement.  Who would have ever thought I’d be excited to be a grandmother.  Honestly, who ever thought I was mature enough to be a grandmother.  Yet, here I am.

Bridal Shower

We had scheduled the shower for a week before the wedding.  I just couldn’t get it all done in such a squashed amount of time.  Sadly, Alyssa got really sick before the shower.  We knew she didn’t have covid19, so we assumed it was a bug or the flu.  Since we weren’t sure, we decided to postpone it.  If it was a stomach bug, Arkie could have gotten it and there are a lot of immunosuppressed people in our lives.

Arkie never got sick, but other things ended up happening.  We had a hospital stay (Hunter) and a snowstorm because that is just how things roll.  It got pushed back to the day before the wedding.  We were trying to get a date that his mom could be there, but due to the storm, it just didn’t happen.

It got done and they had a good time. We were all tired but the kids seemed to enjoy opening their gifts.  Luckily, we got great pictures that I will send to his mom.


That was something as well.  It seems nothing wanted to go smoothly.  This snowstorm just threw a wrench into all the things.  His family was not able to travel to the rehearsal because they got more snow than we did.  I hated that for them.

We were able to get in and get a lot of decorations done.  Most of the people who were in the wedding was able to come.  I’m so glad there is a trial run because that’s when I got all of my squalling out.  Those songs she picked.  Geez.  I was crying, my mom, the girls…it was a cry fest.

We ordered pizza and just came back to the house to eat.  After eating, they opened gifts.  Then, we cooked for the wedding.  It was a long and crazy night.  After all that was done, we snuggled for a good long time.  Sigh, that girl has my heart.

Bathroom Remodel

To add to our fun, we decided to do a remodel on our bathroom.  A few years ago, my boys got into a scuffle and things happened.  One boy aggrevated another boy.  Then, the other boy pushed the one boy.  That boy’s butt went through my wall.

I have not used that bathroom in a long time because I get so mad that all I see is his full butt print.  There are 2 cheeks and a crack.  I bought stuff to redo it, my way, because we weren’t getting it done any other way.  Bart stepped in and did some work.  Then, he made some phone calls.

Once that happened, all the things happened.  We now have a new shower, the toilet was already fairly new, bought new flooring.  Our friend ordered new closet doors.  The next big thing is to get the sinks out, new ones bought, and installation.

Go Big or Go Home

So, all this stuff, at my house, happened with a torn up bathroom.  That and a front closet FULL of Charleigh Mae’s gifts, a corner in the living room FULL of Alyssa’s gifts, and birthday presents.  Upstairs was full of wedding stuff.  I mean, there is stuff every where and I haven’t known which way is up and which way is down.

Honestly, I wouldn’t know how to do something 1/2 way.  I have got to do it all they way and then add a little spice.  It’s what dreams are made of.

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Family Update February 2021

Family Update February 2021Family Update February 2021

Here is our BUSY Family Update February 2021.  For the shortest month of the year, it *feels* like this month lasted 428 years.  So.  Very.  Busy.  That meme cracks me up.  I’m not sure if it is my guardian angel, my mama, sister, or therapist.  Maybe all of them do that when I tell them something new.  Tis my life.


Still, Job Corp is not open.  I believe, to date, one has opened, so that is progress.  Right?  Noah got accepted into MSU and got his financial aid going.  He is figuring things out, so I don’t have to.  We’ve decided that Hunter will have his therapies at school.  Virtual therapy is STUPID.  It is seriously the dumbest thing ever.  He will only be at the school for an hour and a half.  Physical therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech will all be done weekly.  Maybe we will see some progress.

As for the boys, Jude is doing well.  He is learning to take his time.  The school gives him the ability to redo his assignments, but not tests or quizzes. He is learning to ask questions and study.  It has been a journey.  Daniel is struggling.  With FASD, it is hard.  Teachers “see” one thing (virtually), yet life is another.  We are going to take him 2x a week for tutoring.  After much back and forth, we adjusted his 504.  Praying that is going to help.


There have been lots of birthdays this month.  Grayce, Hunter, Alyssa, Mimi, daddy, and several nephews have celebrated.  Also, we had a wedding shower for Alyssa on Hunter’s birthday.  That is one way to crunch it all in.  Originally, we had a separate day to do their share. Sadly, Alyssa got the flu or a stomach bug.  She was pretty pitiful.  We were not certain what she had, so we canceled until the 19th.  That would be one day before her wedding.

The rehearsal didn’t quite go as planned because there was a major snow/ice moment.  We considered postponing the wedding.  It was touch and go.  Alyssa was a wreck.  Arkie was a rock on the outside, still unsure of what lies beneath.  We got that done, without Arkie’s family.  Sadly, they got more snow than we did and just couldn’t make the trip.  I know that was a hard decision for them to make.

Once home, we did their shower.  Luckily, both my moms were here.  Hannah and Savannah were here.  Once the parents left, we started cooking.  We were all so tired but got it done.  Then, my girl came and snuggled with me until about 2 am.  Sigh.  Worth it all for that moment.


All in all, we got it done.  My daughter was breathtaking.  Simply breathtaking.  Arkie.  I tied his tie and saw this sweetness in his eyes.  He really is a sweet boy.  Change is just hard.  Alyssa.  Stunning.  His family was able to come home.  The sun was shining.  Her pictures will be so beautiful with her flowers and the snow.

My mom knocked it out of the park with her flowers, doors, and all the things she creates.  She is brilliant.  My other mom was so helpful.  I’m so thankful my aunt was able to come.  The boys kicked in and helped clean up.  The food was good, the company was good.  Alyssa was so full of joy.  Arkie was so excited about his apple pies.


Big Daddy was diagnosed with diabetes.  He has lost a lot of weight and his sugar levels are really good.  My plantar fasciitis sucks pond water.  That is in my right foot.  In my left foot, I’ve lost feeling in a couple of toes and the top of my foot.  It is due to a bone spur.  Eventually, when I lose feeling in more toes, we’ll address it.  My essential tremors have calmed down as have my psoriasis.

We have some upcoming appointments with Daniel to have him assessed for autism.  Honestly, we have always suspected it but as he gets older, things become more prominent.  Also, we have some upcoming appointments for Jude.  We are hoping to get some help with his FND.  Hunter had a massive treatment that I will address in another post.  So, stay tuned.

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Review and Giveaway Church People

Review and Giveaway Church PeopleReview and Giveaway Church People Movie

This is a Review and Giveaway Church People Movie.  Please like or comment on this blog or any of my social media links.  Must enter by March 16th for me to submit your information.  I will be randomly drawing a winner for a free digital copy of this movie.  Please respond to me, if you win, so I can get the information to the “powers that be.”  Thank you!

About Church People

Weary from the showiness and materialism that has overtaken his ministry efforts, Guy (Ramsey) goes on a journey to get back in touch with the heart of ministry and be a real role model to his youth group kids. He makes the difficult decision to cut short his speaking tour managed by his money-focused agent (Faison) after realizing that his reputation has become more fame-based than Gospel-driven.
But when Guy attempts to return to regular youth ministry, he is thrust into the throes of dissuading the youth group from performing a strange and potentially blasphemous stunt for the upcoming Easter service, starring a young, zealous new believer, Blaise. In attempting to manage his youth group while navigating an unexpected love interest in the Senior Pastor’s daughter (Cahill) and being a new father to his grown daughter (Manfredi), Guy ultimately rediscovers and puts on a powerful presentation of why we all need to put our hope in Jesus and not in ourselves.


“WWJD”…what about “What Has Jesus Already Done.”  Powerful statement.  “God loves the mess we are right now.”  “God’s love is bigger than our mess.”  Stephen Baldwin’s character, Chad, wow.  Thought-provoking.  Joey Fatone is hysterical.  You can definitely tell which are trained and which are not.  Reminds me of Faith Like Potatoes and Fly Wheel.  Great movies if you can get past some of the actors.  Excellent message.  Music is great.  The scenery is great.

Is it sad that I, personally know, 2 pastors that are just like the megachurch pastor in this movie?  So into the next big thing.  Lying to kids, parents, and whoever watches them online.  Congregations buying them vehicles that cost more than my first house.  Once I saw the person behind the pulpit, I knew that they were not all they claimed to be.  So many people being misled.
Slightly idealistic about adoption and finding that long-lost father.  Once found, it all seems perfect.  That can be very triggering to children who come from hard places.  This is what they dream of and this movie fits the bill.  I know that it is probably mute and most people do not understand.  As an adoptive mom, I get it.  As good as this movie is, I will probably not let my younger adopted kids watch this.  It could be very triggering for them.  That makes me sad, though I do see the point.

Rediscovering Your Passion

This is a Christian comedy about the megachurch mega-production subculture and getting back to the simplicity of the Gospel.  It stars Christian comedian Thor Ramsey, Hallmark Channel’s Erin Cahill, Stephen Baldwin, Donald Faison, and NSYNC’s Joey Fatone.
This movie is a powerful message about rediscovering your passion for Christ and learning to surrender what you hold dearest, all told in a redemptively humorous way.  We could all use a good laugh right now, and Church People is a movie your whole family can LOL to!


Church People Trailer

Website for Church People

Press Release


“CHURCH PEOPLE was a complete surprise for me. I had no expectations whatsoever, and I was totally
shocked when I absolutely loved the movie. I was inspired. I laughed, and then I laughed some more.
Thor Ramsey was phenomenal and his performance brought light to the dark times many of us have
been going through. I can’t recommend this movie more. As a matter of fact, if you’re going, buy me a
ticket and I’ll go see it again with you.

Chuck and I have always believed that Christian film needs to elevate it’s game. That it needs to be
great. It needs to be fruit that if you lay it at the altar, God would be pleased. I believe that CHURCH
PEOPLE has accomplished this. No higher compliment could I give this movie than to say for 90 minutes
I was able to get away from the world, and was the better for it. Christopher Shaw’s directing work in
CHURCH PEOPLE showed passion and love not only for the material but for the cause of Christ. As
filmmakers, Chuck and I we’re inspired by it.”

– Cary Solomon & Chuck Konzelman (Writers & Directors of God’s Not Dead and Unplanned)
“I loved CHURCH PEOPLE! It made me laugh out loud but more importantly, it has a message that
leaves a true impact in your soul.. a perfect watch for this Easter season. If you are seeking something
fun to do with the whole family, make plans to see this movie!”

– Jenn Gotzon (Actress & Producer of “The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland”)

Disclosure: Many thanks to Collide Distribution for providing this product/product information for review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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“True Beauty”

Do You think that a California girl is supposed to have curls and wear a jean size 3?
All the curves in all the right places, spray tanned faces like on TV?
And we read in the gospel of Vogue that we’re all supposed to dress and move and be
Visions of perfection
Such a misconception
‘Cause the real connection is deeper than the eye can see

This reminds me of a post that I wrote about the little squares of life.  We do use social media to compare ourselves to others.  Anyone can control what they specifically present to the world.  What you don’t see is the chaos behind the phone and in the background.


What’s inside of you
What’s inside of me
The hands that made the moon and the stars
The mountains and the seas
Made you wonderful, beautiful, marvelously
Let the whole world see your
True beauty

Aw, Psalm 139, about how God created us.  If you haven’t read it, you should!

World Versus Truth

Don’t know much about Dolce and Gabbana
Seems like a lot of drama to me
And you can keep all your red high heels
And open-toed shoes – I’m good in my bare feet
Lets get down to the nitty gritty
Enough sex and the city
What about purity?
Skin is just the surface
The passion and the purpose that’s burning down inside us
Is really what we need to see

Purity is a rarity these days.  How sad is that?  It is such a slippery slope when you fall in “lust” with someone else.  Even if that someone is your forever.  Everyone can fall prey to their emotions.  It is natural.  We just need to be wise, be held accountable, and don’t be alone with the opposite sex.  Saves a whole lot of hurt, even if you are engaged!


What’s inside of you
What’s inside of me
The hands that made the moon and the stars
The mountains and the seas
Made you wonderful, beautiful, marvelously
Let the whole world see your
True beauty

Love and Peace

Doesn’t come in a bottle, doesn’t come in a box
You can’t spray it on, you can’t wash it off
You can’t nip and tuck, you can’t sew it up
So don’t waste your time
It’s the love in your heart, the peace in your soul
The hope in your smile lets the whole world know
This little light – you gotta let it shine

Love in your heart, peace, hope, smile, and shine is so important.  This is can also be so hard to accomplish.  As a person, that deals with mental illness, it can be really hard.  This is just something that we all need to work on.  I need to put sticky notes up that remind me of these things.

True Beauty from Within the Ashes

This song, True Beauty, is one that I have not heard in years.  When this album came out, I bought it.  Listened to it faithfully.  Then, life happened and over the years, things get misplaced.  I was working on my “Worship” playlist that I listen to often from Youtube.  Shackles is a song that I love and that was what I was looking for.  Then, I found the album.

Thought that since I am working on my blog and feeling the urge to write, I would listen to it.  I heard this song and it felt like warm water was poured over me.  It speaks to me on a completely different level than it did way back when she released this song.

Events of Today

As I was ministering to a heartbroken young lady, today, we talked about beauty from ashes.  This is in Isaiah 61:3.  It is one of my favorite verses.  Her voice has been stifled for so long.  From the abuse that she experienced to what is to come, she has been silenced.  In her eyes, broken.

We talked about how the Lord has a purpose for all that went on and is going on.  One day, she was going to find the strength to use her story to help others.  She would, indeed, hold the hand of another and walk them through the ashes to help them find their beauty.


I hope that you find encouragement that you are not alone.  You are loved beyond measure.  Regardless of your past, current, or future circumstances, God loves you RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE!  You have to do nothing to gain His love.  Also, you can do nothing to lose His love.  He loves you yesterday, today, tomorrow, and every day till He calls you home.

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Review and Giveaway Cubekins Children Show


Review and Giveaway Cubekins Children ShowReview and Giveaway Cubekins Children Show

This is a Review and Giveaway Cubekins Children Show.  Please like or comment on this blog or any of my social media links.  Must enter by March 10th for me to submit your information.  I will be randomly drawing a winner.  Please respond to me, if you win, so I can get the information to the “powers that be.”  Thank you!

Well, first off, I just about choked on my fruit snack when I saw the Cubekin framed photo of Jesus.  Their little eyes remind me of those stuffed animals that were so popular years ago.  Furby is the name, I think.  There are some educational things that they talk about. Also, teaching aspects of responsibilities.  I enjoyed the cartoon feature of the scenery.  The colors are engaging as well.


Cubekins is a wholesome, small-town tale of a rambunctious, seven-year-old boy named Kip exploring his ever-changing world while learning more about his never-changing God.

this is a new Christian “Faith-based” Show for Kids, like Veggie Tales set in Mayberry.  It is fun, family-friendly, and faith-based content for children ages 3-8!  The best thing, for me, is it is created by two homeschool dads and their families.

You can buy/rent Cubekins Ep. 01 Invasion of the Cubecumbers on the Cubekins website (or other available streaming platforms).  Also, check out exclusive member content.  There are coloring books, bonus videos, and more.  You can view this by becoming a fan member at!


By going to Dove, you will see this review (and others) that are family-friendly.  “Cubekins is a great kids show—children will be entertained while learning morals from a Christian perspective. Parents need not worry about negativity or inappropriate themes. When looking for a wholesome way to teach and occupy their children, parents can trust Cubekins to fulfill those needs.”


A link to watch/stream our 22-minute Cubekins Pilot and Bonus Songs Content
A digital download of our “Kip Loves God” coloring book.
A digital download of our full color “Kip Loves God” Reader.
Access to our Members Only section of the Cubekins website
Access to future Membership perks

Press Releases/Media Hits

Dove Article


Faith Talk Live

PaxTV Livestream

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Faith Talk Live

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Review and Giveaway Cubekins Children Show

Disclosure:  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post

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Review and Giveaway Dolphin Island Movie

Review and Giveaway Dolphin Island Movie

Review and Giveaway Dolphin Island Movie

This is a Review and Giveaway Dolphin Island Movie.  Please like or comment on this blog or any of my social media links.  Must enter by March 14th for me to submit your information.  I will be randomly drawing a winner.  Please respond to me, if you win, so I can get the information to the “powers that be.”  Thank you!


No language.  There is no violence.  There is a sleazy lawyer in it.  It does have some deep themes.  Themes such as loss, grief, decent, theft, lying.  Also, this girl’s parents die in a water accident trying to save a dolphin.  The 2 sets of grandparents are both wanting custody.  This movie, I would consider, is PG due to the deep themes involved.  It is not for children under 10 years old.

All About Dolphin Island

This is a fun, colorful adventure for the whole family to enjoy!  There is a FREE downloadable Family Discussion Guide to spark meaningful conversations.  These are can be conversations about courage, forgiveness, and/or faith.  It is a heartwarming of love and accountability, entertaining for the whole family.

This movie has been awarded Winner of Best Feature Film at the Christian Film Festival 2021.  Also, it is Dove approved for all ages!  You can purchase Dolphin Island after its on-demand release.  This release will be on Tuesday, March 2nd.  Then, you can watch from the comfort of your own home!  You can also buy links by clicking on THIS LINK.


Other Accolades

Kids First says: “5 out of 5 stars.”  Also, “Recommended for ages 7-18, plus adults.  It is family-friendly and highlights the importance of family.

The Dove Foundation states that it is “a heartwarming tale of love and accountability will be entertaining for the whole family.”

Disclosure: Many thanks to Entertainment Squad for providing this product/product information for review.  Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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Family Update January 2021

Family Update January 2021

Family Update January 2021

I believe it is time for a large Family Update January 2021.  SO much has gone on with everyone in my house.  I am physically, mentally, and emotionally exhausted.  Honestly, I do not remember the last time *I* deep cleaned my house.  Sleep is not my friend, my emotions are on edge, and I have gained weight.  Also chopped my hair off, but that is a different story.


We started off the year with no school.  Really, no different for us because we were already doing virtual school.  This involved getting Daniel enrolled in high school.  He was coming off of being gone for several weeks and we had to enroll him.  There was a lot of togetherness.  We were all pretty much sick of each other.  Let’s be honest, we’ve been sick of each other since Covid19 and quarantine began.

We had the baby shower for Charleigh.  Again, not what we wanted but what is necessary due to the pandemic.

Counseling Continued and Began for Some

I continued on with counseling through January.  Honestly, it is nice to talk to someone but still frustrating.  I want to see more results, heal more, resolve more.  The boys also started counseling.  Honestly, the jury is still out on it.  They are with the same group as I am, but 2 different fellows.  We shall see how this pans out.  I hope it is successful.  We have goals.  There has been on revelation type opinion that we are further seeking out.


Again, it has not been the best experience.  I know the teachers are doing their best, but it is so hard for the students who struggle with special needs.  It’s almost like they are just continuing to ignore and let these kids fall through the cracks.  Just get by.

The kids do get the opportunity to retake homework and such to better their grades.  Yet, one of my kids needs more.  He struggles but no one sees it because he can work really hard and make passing grades.  The invisible disease of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, possible autism, and a host of all the other things make education hard.

I am not impressed with the level of care the administration has for my son.  They said that there is nothing really that they can do and I find that disturbing.  Hunter is doing well, for the most part

Technical School and College

Job Corp is still not open, so we are in limbo.  The county that this particular school is in has to go “orange” in order to open.  College is going well for my son.  In the fall, he will begin going to Murray State.  He will start his junior year.  Where did the time go?


It’s been a hard month OMS-wise.  The shaking is pretty significant in his hands.  His behavior is hard.  Schoolwise, he is doing really well.  Jude had one seizure this month.  We did up his meds for epilepsy.  He has not had any more Non-Epileptic Seizures.  The Functional Neurological Disorder stuff is a work in progress.  Daniel is transitioning home fairly well.  It has been an adjustment with him being home.


Bart is okay.  Work is a struggle.  Covid19 sucks.  Bug and Ben are well.  Baby is doing great!  I’m so excited to meet her.  Alyssa and Arkie are engaged.  So, there’s that.  G … life as it happens.  Noah is good, busy, but good.  I pretty much gave the update on the younger boys.

For me, I’m tired.  Old.  Tired.  Trying to find time for self-care.  This level of parenting is so different.  It isn’t physically exhausting as much.  For me, it is mentally and emotionally exhausting.  I just want to be and do all the things for all the kids.  Sadly, I can’t.

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Review and Giveaway Rank Card Game

Review and Giveaway Rank Card Game

Review and Giveaway Rank Card Game

I have never been able to have a review or a giveaway for a card game.  We are completely stoked over here!  With that being said, here is the Review and Giveaway Rank Card Game.  You can purchase this game from Storyastic Website.  You can put in the code BRANDICRUM for an additional 20% off!

Card Packs in this Game

Included in this game:  Everyday Life, Adulting, and Leisure Time.  Also included are the scorecards.

The expansion packs can be bought at the above website for $15 each.  They include Risky Business, Sports and Outdoors, MORE Adulting, MORE Everyday Life, MORE Leisure Activity.  Also, Culture Vulture, Faith Pack, Girls Night Out, Relationship Goals, Guys Night Out, and Make my Own.

Included in this giveaway is a sneak peak of a full round of Storyastic’s new game, Brandish.

Here is what 3 of my many kids said about this game.  There was a lot of giggling going on.  I am anxious for the rest of my kids to get here so we can all play this game.

Sav (18):  Really fun but even better when you when 3 times in a row.  5/5 stars


Jude (14):  It is fun and entertaining.  5/5 stars


D (16):  It is interesting and fun to learn things about other people.  4.5/5 stars


The Rank Game is the game about you and your people—your likes and dislikes. It’s a card-based game that gamifies how well you know your family and friends. The ranker ranks four items, and the guessers guess how you’ve ranked those items to achieve points.


From founders Chip and Dana Brown

You’ve probably seen statistics or news stories about how technology, screen time, advertising, and social media are eroding our ability to simply be together face to face. You’ve probably even experienced this first hand in your own life. Even when we want to quit tech and spend more having real experiences in authentic relationships, it’s kind of hard to do. It’s awkward. The truth is, all of us need at least a little bit of help to succeed at this. That’s why we made THE RANK GAME.

THE RANK GAME is easy to play at home, on long car trips, on the beach, at a restaurant or bar…ANYWHERE! The game quickly gets us off our phones and TALKING with one another in eye-to-eye, real-world gameplay. So, we get to know each other better.

THE RANK GAME is a really fun way to learn more about the people we feel we know already (friends and family) and also is outstanding as a way to make for great conversation and “break the ice” at social gatherings and even work. Oh, and also, it’s competitive, fun and really funny!


Kickstarter funded in 48 hrs
Toy Fair 2020 favorite pick


Product category: game
Title: The Rank Game (by Storyastic)
Campaign focus: game giveaway promotion with affiliate partnership
Release: limited availability nationwide; available in select independent retailers


You can like this post or any of my other social media posts in order to be eligible to win.  If you win this giveaway, you will receive:

  • The Rank Game
  • 1 winner per participating blogger.
  • Only US-based and Canadian-based winners are eligible due to shipping limitations.

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To Care for Others, First Care for Yourself


We are all walking our own paths, and the road to healing isn’t always easy. One thing we all need to remember is that in order to help others, we must first ensure that we are maintaining our own light and keeping ourselves mentally sound. In other words, To Care for Others, First Care for Yourself.  Here are some tips for keeping your mental energy in the right spectrum and walking the path of healing as we move into 2021:

Heal your mind.

Mental health and self-care practices are two sides of the same coin. There are numerous studies and research that indicate the connection between self-care and mental health. Self-care is the act of increasing self-awareness, which includes mental processes. Practicing self-care can then help you recognize your own emotional patterns. This means that when you become more self-aware, you can avoid the things that make you feel bad, and recognize the things that make you feel more relaxed or calm so you seek those things out.

Another way to take that step toward healing your mind is to assess your goals and how you can accomplish them. Focusing on the end result of your mental health journey can be helpful, especially if you break the journey into smaller steps that you can surmount bit by bit.

Heal your sleep.

Sleep is a huge part of your physical health, but it can help you maintain a mental balance, as well, so striving to get a full cycle of sleep every night should be included in your self-care routine.

Cultivating a space that is conducive to good, quality rest is an important part of creating a healthy sleep schedule. You should transform your bedroom into a sleep-inducing space by using comfortable sheets and pillows, avoiding light disruption, and keeping the noise down. In addition, starting a pre-sleep routine (e.g., having nighttime tea, reading a book, dimming the lights, etc.) can help signal your body that it’s time to rest.

Heal your body.

Mental and physical health has been shown to be inextricably linked. Eating healthy foods as part of a well-balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, and exercising are all ways to get your physical health in the right place — and they all provide a key component of mental health, as well. Practicing good eating habits and a regular daily exercise regimen is part of self-care.

Heal your home.

An integral part of self-care is the maintenance of the environment around you. Creating a sanctuary out of your home is essential to finding inner peace and re-calibrating, even when the world seems unwelcoming.

Creating a positive atmosphere at home is an important step in the healing process. Decluttering, cleaning, and letting fresh air into your home can help you create the kind of sanctuary that will go a long way toward getting your mental energy in the right place.

There is a connection between clutter and the stress hormone cortisol. In other words, when your space is too messy, negative thoughts can spike. So keeping your space clean and clutter-free contributes to the positive vibes you need.

Heal your connections.

Staying in touch with the people you love most is also a form of self-care, and that’s especially true for families. Spending quality time with family members strengthens bonds and helps keep you connected, even when it takes place virtually. The biggest part of maintaining close connections comes from making friends and family a priority and putting time and energy into those relationships.

Focus on you to focus on others.

Use these healing tips to put greater emphasis on self-care and your own mental health journey. Once you are healthy and whole, you can turn your attention to others who may need help in this area.

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