Flashback Friday 2005

in , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, January 27, 2012
* 2/27/1-  Update: I am pulling the picture of my girls off this post as it has been receiving traffic from forgeign sites that I don't feel comfortable about. *

I received an invitation to join a new blog hop called Flashback Friday. I've been wanting to add more weekly themed posts so this was right on time.   I hope you will join in the fun and travel back down memory lane with us.

Meet Ms. T ( in blue) age 5 and 3/4 yrs. and Ms. M ( in pink) just one month shy of 3 yrs.  Ah, the sweet sisterly love, the joy of the candy and turning ones tongue a new and improved color. Sharing licks and seats and smiles.
 I wonder if I handed them a ring pop today if they would share like this? Maybe but doubtful!  That's why we have camera's and memories right?

Happy Flashback Friday everyone! Want to join us? Stop by Melissa's Blog and add your link.

Taking my chances

in , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, January 25, 2012
I love entering sweepstakes and contests. Something about the chance of winning draws me in. Just this week I've entered an American Girl Doll contest, a $ 50  gift card for Bed, Bath & Beyond, a $100 Amazon gift card and two book sweeps. I'm feeling lucky!

 Not only do I love entering contests, I love sharing them as well and have plans to offer many chances to enter and win on My WAHM Plan. So when one of my affiliates ask me to share this sweepstakes, I happily agreed. 

 Join the American Family community and be entered in $50,000 cash sweepstakes!
 Entering here to win also means joining the American Family community! See your name on Who's Doing What, cash in points for cool stuff, save your favorite recipes or games, and lots more.

Yep, it's just that easy. Fill out a form and you will be entered to win! Enter HERE.

Let me be totally upfront: this is an affiliate link so I will be compensated from folks entering. I'm talking enough to buy a coffee or two. Now, if you win by reading this post and taking your chances... maybe you will buy me a coffee or two. Good luck!

Are you currently hosting a contest on your blog? Please let me know in the comment section below and I'll stop by and enter. Only family friendly stuff and USA sweeps please. Thanks!

Springtime Countdown!

in , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, January 20, 2012
Lilacs ( My favorite) source

With only 59 days left of winter, I will concede that we here in middle Tennessee have enjoyed a nice, mild winter. I sincerely hope it’s steady as she goes until we all welcome spring once again. 
My girls on the other hand feel short changed by the lack of snow days, having only gotten 1 so far this year. We never get lots of snow anyway; it’s the ice that shuts us down in hilly middle Tennessee. So as much as I try to make my kids happy, there’s no way I’m wishing for any type of white stuff! I just nod my head sympathetically and keep my mouth shut and daydream of spring…
 I have so much planned for my gardens and porches and yard this year. This will be the year I re-do the front flower beds, re-paint the front porch, plant wildflowers at our pond and Honeysuckle along the back fence.  
This is the year that I will divide my Irises and make an “official herb garden” so I don’t keep bringing in my pots, vowing to keep them alive all winter, only to be disappointed when I have to dry and save instead.
 This is the year I make peace with the willful rose bush I inherited when we bought this place. Hey, if it can live throw all the cutting and digging up I’ve done to it, it has earned my respect and a pretty trellis too.
This is the year I will help Ms. T and Ms. M have flower beds all to themselves. They’ve wanted one, but can’t seem to agree on the spot; or worse, they want the same spot but can’t agree on the type of garden it should be. We’ve got 5 acres here, I just bet with some patience and ingenuity we can all figure this out.
Yep, those are my big plans for spring. How about you? Do you love digging in the dirt?
What are your favorite things to grow? Flowers, herbs, veggies, fruit?
Please enjoy my Spring Countdown Widget I've installed at the right. If you would like one, please visit: http://www.mycountdown.org/ .

I signed, Will you?

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, January 18, 2012

When I logged on to Google to check emails this morning and saw the big black box covering the Google icon, I immediately signed the petition to oppose SOPA & PIPA.

 From Google "Millions of Americans oppose SOPA and PIPA because these bills would censor the Internet and slow economic growth in the U.S. "

To learn more, and to sign the petition if you feel so led: Go to https://www.google.com/landing/takeaction/

Thank you!

Wordless Wednesday

in , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Buck Stopped Here

Growth Spurts

in , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, January 09, 2012


Laughter and family harmony was the key to my weekend and I hope, dear readers, you were able to enjoy some quality time with your loved ones as well. 
It was yesterday afternoon, while playing track-ball in the backward with my girls, that I finally, very quietly turned the page and mentally let go of my little girls.  I’d been putting this milestone off.  Doing my best Scarlet O’Hara “I’ll think about that tomorrow” …
but while watching my girls yesterday, a voice inside my head said “Linda, you are the Mom of an almost teen and a tween, embrace it”!
Babies they are not, little girls they are not…. young ladies with opinions and ideas and ever evolving bodies… oh, yeah! Ms. T turns 13 in March, and my baby, my Ms. M, turns 9 this month.
Sigh. Smile. Take mental snapshot. Welcome the next chapter with all its growth spurts.  
Growth spurts are all around me in this new-year.  I’m a Mom is my late 40’s now, raising two beautiful, well rounded daughters. I'm evolving right along with them. It's pretty amazing. There’s a subtle shift, a maturity that I would have never imagined 10 years ago!
My husband’s business is evolving and will take us down new and (we pray) prosperous roads.
My blog is evolving too. I’m in the process of updating my URL on all sorts of sites. I had 82 link backs to www.mywahmplan.blogspot.com. Now, according to Alexa.com, I have zero. I guess that’s a step backward, but changing my URL was well worth it! I’m hoping for a growth spurt here by spring.  
Because I listed my blog with Technorati first a year and a half ago, I’ve started there. They need me to claim my new URL so, here’s your code Technorati: QVD724TBSGYW.
Have you listed your blog with Technorati yet? How about Alexa? I receive visits from both, so I suggest you check them out.  They could help your blog have a growth spurt too!
Have a great week!

Wordless Wednesday

in , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Ms. M's Zhu-Zhu pet was fun for her and our kitty!

Tuesday and My Plan

in , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Tuesday, January 03, 2012
Happy New Year!

I had a wonderful time ringing in the New Year at home with my sweet husband and kids. We played Uno, snacked, laughed and before we knew it, midnight was here.   

How did you ring in the New Year? Did you make any resolutions? I used to make resolutions, but found I respond better and reach my goals more often when I make weekly & monthly action plans.

I’ve got big plans for My WAHM Plan, which is now officially a dot.com!
 I’ll keep the focus on home, sharing some of my DIY projects both inside and out.  I’ll share books and recipes, home office tips, the trials and triumphs of raising daughters and of course Reviews!

Here’s what I’m working on this week:

Finish boxing up holiday decorations. It’s a balmy 32 degrees here today, so the outside stuff can wait.
Clip coupons for the week and plan lunches for the girls returning to school on Thursday.
Change shower liners, wash shower curtains TODAY! (I have been putting this one off for a week).
Vacuum once all boxes are outta here.

Finish closing out year on Quick books.
Order hubby’s business cards after getting final approval for re-designed cards.  
Look into Google business listing.
Organize files on desktop, print out any drawings and file with correct job.
Upload new pictures for website.

De-clutter side bar.
Make a list of sites I love and review business affiliations & share with my readers.
Visit and comment on at least 5 new blogs.
Visit my blog buddies and comment.
Post at least once more this week.

Read one more chapter of Harry Potter book and discuss with Ms. T.
Read one more chapter of Edison’s Gold and discuss with Ms. M.
Take girls to the Dollar store for calendars. (The ones’ they got for Christmas are too small).
Play Uno, Sorry, or Spider wick Chronicles this afternoon.
Make loomed Potholders with Ms. M & Ms. T.
Make sure their backpacks are truly cleaned out before they go back to school.
Get them to bed early tonight to ease them back on school schedule.

So, that's my plan for this week. What's on your agenda?