CuteKid Free Gallery Contest

in , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, November 02, 2011
It's November, one of my favorite months with all the cooking and baking and holiday prepping, but before we launch into full Holiday-ness, I wanted to let you know of a great contest .

 Enter those adorable Halloween Photos from now through Nov. 15, 2011.

 Send your friends & family the link you'll receive in an email once your photo is entered into the contest so they can vote for your cutie. The photo that receives the most votes wins a $500 Shopping Spree from Totsy, and 4 additional random photos will win great prizes. Go Enter today and good luck!

Please stop back by and share your link with us! Some readers may not have photos to enter, so they can vote for yours!

This post contains an affiliate link and I may receive compensation depending on readers participation.

Happy Halloween

in , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, October 31, 2011
Here's wishing you and yours a very healthy, safe and :

Happy Halloween
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Please be sure to watch out for all the littlest Ones who get excited and forget to watch out for us!

Trick or Treat
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Remember to enjoy the magic of this day through your kids eyes, before you know it they will be too big to hang out with you!

Are you aware?

in , by Linda A Kinsman, Thursday, October 27, 2011

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If you ask most women, they would quickly say that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Thanks to the Susan B. Koman Foundation and it's pink army, we see pink everywhere in October and immediately know those wearing or showing their pink are proud supporters.

But did you know that October is also National Thank your Pastor Month?
 No?  Don't feel bad. Neither did I until I read my dear blogging buddy Donna Perugini 's post.
Donna is an Children's Book Author, so I've come to enjoy her posts full of wisdom and wit.

After reading her post, it got me thinking:

How many other causes are represented in October?

Here's what I found:

1. National Dental Hygiene Month

2.National Disability Employment Awareness

3. World Mental Health Day, October 10th-

4.  World Food Day, October 16th

5. Stop America's Violence Everywhere Today,  October10

6. Spinal Health Month

7.National Vegetarian Awareness Month

8.National Primary Care Week, (3rd week)

9. National Health Education Week,October 15 - 19

10.National Spina Bifida Awareness Month

11.National Family Sexuality Education Month/Let's Talk

12.National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

13. National Chiropractic Month

14. National Child Health Day, October 1,

15.National Celiac Disease Awareness Month

16. Mammography Day, National (3rd Friday)

17. Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15-October 15

18.  National Cybersecurity month

19.  National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation
October 22, 2011

20.  National Pizza Month,

Seems there are alot of worthy causes that need our attention to make this world a better place. Even # 20, because if we all support our small, local pizza places we are helping!

10/28/11 Update:

I love it when a blog post starts conversations! I will keep adding to this list from your comments, so thank you and please add a cause if you know of one not listed!

21. The Domestic Violence Awareness Month:

Monday and My Plan

in , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Monday, October 24, 2011

I'll be the first to admit: my posts have been a bit angst ridden lately. Sort of wishy-washy, what should I do, searching for purpose, all over the place dribble.

Yeah, harsh I know, but necessary dear reader, because if I'm sick of it; I know you are.

No longer willing to be the Debbie Downer, I have properly licked my wounds, gave myself a good mental shake and resolved to no longer be buffeted around the blogosphere like some poor helpless ninny.
Somewhere along the way, I drank the "Make Money Blogging" Kool-Aid and this stopped being fun.

I like fun; so here's my plan.

1. Stop Whining.

2. Count my blessings. They are plentiful.

3. Quit Sweating the small stuff.

4. Wholesale delete all money/social media/pro's emails and feeds. They are my kryptonite.

5. Keep doing product reviews. I still think they are fun!

6. Hang out with like minded bloggers.

7. Stop trying to do it all.

8. Write what I know. Followers and money will come if they are meant to.

9. Visit every blog on my readers list, if it's not a good match or of interest to me. Stop following.

10. Invite all my followers to do the same. If you are here and don't wish to read about and talk about all things hearth and home, raising tweens, running a small home based business while being happily married, please feel free to stop following me.

Simple. Action. Plan.

To those who actually read this blog and comment: Thank you! You are a rarity in this blogging community. And if I should find myself without many like you over the course of the next few days or weeks, so be it. I  rather enjoy knowing where I stand and with whom.

Happy Monday.

Blissfully Domestic

in , , , , , , by Linda A Kinsman, Thursday, October 13, 2011

All week I been busy with all things domestic. And it has felt so good to be in the moment;
in the zone as the pros's call it'; where your hands are busy and your mind is free to ponder and review at a much slower pace.  Multi-tasking isn't an option and we all need the down time ladies ( and gent's if your are reading this post).

I thought I'd shake things up a bit and tell you what I have accomplished this week.

Monday- Laundry and lots of it. I had done some consignment sale shopping on Friday
and needed to launder all those finds, plus the normal loads from the weekend.

Question- Do you ever get done with your laundry where all baskets are empty?I don't and I'm just not going to beat myself up about it!

I started sorting our closets and rotating our wardrobes for fall.
I also ironed several fall pieces. I don't mind ironing one bit, I actually rather enjoy it.
It soothes, especially on a dreary day. It also calls to mind memories of my Mom and Grandma ironing 
in the kitchen, which is probably why I iron there as well, with my radio turned on low, just like them.

Question: Do you iron, and if so, do you enjoy the task?

Tuesday- The girls had the day off from school due to parent-teacher conference day. Both girls were sent home with forms indicating no conferences were needed unless I requested one, which I didn't because I am in contact with their teachers and both girls are doing great scholastically. Not boasting, just complementing them. 
We spent the day together, playing Mario, visiting the library and grabbing lunch. Oh and laughing, alot!

Ah, yes, this is why I do what I do.. for them and family.


Question: When was the last time you belly laughed with your kids, hubby or friends? Try it, you will look and feel better!

Wednesday- I baked! I finally got the- much requested- first of the season- Apple Pie done! I love making apple pies, or any kind of pie really, but there is something so delicious about Apple pies.
 The house smells heavenly for hours afterwards and my family could not wait for dessert. I almost hated moving on to the cupcakes I baked next fearing the smells would intermix and be icky sweet, but no; my daughters assured me that it still smelled awesome as they counted the cupcakes and agreed on how many
they would get after we sent in the dozen requested for Ms. T's class reward day. I also sorted my magazines for recycling and/or sharing.
I always keep my Better Homes and Gardens, which is my favorite magazine! My big magazine basket on the mantle is full, even with the culling of lesser magazines, so I think it's time for a new plan on what gets saved and what gets shared.

Question: What is your favorite magazine?

Thursday- Today I will be scrubbing bathrooms and floors. We have 3 full baths and I have to deep clean, it's part of my DNA handed down from the afore-mentioned Mom and Grandma, so I feel no guilt in placing clean bathrooms as my headliner for the day.
It's my least favorite task of all. I'd rather wash mini-blinds and windows! Which are on my radar.  The floor scrubbing I don't mind, but I do wish it wasn't raining so I could hang my rugs outside to dry.


Question: How do you rank cleaning baths on a scale from 1 to 10 with 1 being love and 10 being hate?

Friday-  I'll take a stab at cleaning out the foyer closet. It looks like a mini-shoe store exploded in there. Now that we are in the midst of Indian summer, we have sandals, flip flops and slides vying for space with boots, Sperry's and sneakers. I have to push and shove to shut the door. A clear sign that I must take up this challenge! I won't even delve into the upper shelf where I store the hats, gloves and mittens, nope, I am picking my battles wisely so I'll have time to properly primp and arrive at my youngest daughters class fall party fresh as a daisy on time! ( which means 20 minutes early to help set up) and full of happiness!

Question:  Why must schools schedule all parties at the same time and in the afternoon when the kids are frazzled? We won't mention the adults here, that's got the makings of a great blog post later on.

So that's my week of domestic bliss, well almost bliss if I could do away with the bathrooms but that is highly unlikely isn't it?

I hope you'll take a minute to answer a question or two. Remember to laugh with your loved ones and pick one task and dive in!

Settling In

in , by Linda A Kinsman, Friday, October 07, 2011
I love Fall! It is as simple and complete as that! Fall to me is a perfect time to settle in and prepare for the season ahead, just like all the furry critters scampering around on our property.

Fall Mums

Now that I've weathered the frustrating growth that all blogs must go through and settled on a clear and true course, I will happily share with you all the thing's near and dear to my homemakers heart.

 Like my new tag line says, I will be: Putting the focus on home on my daily adventures in Wahmdom.

Ah, it feels so good to be settled and have a clear action plan! I should have known better than to stray to far a-field from what I know and love.

I wish you all a very happy day, a blessed weekend and because I've been too busy until now to say it:


Fall by daughter
Painted by my 8 yr. old Ms. M.

P.S. LinkWithin assures me that my old posts will stop being shared once Googlebots visit my site again. I apologize for the outdated links.

Wordless Wednesday

in , , by Linda A Kinsman, Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Not exactly wordless I know, but I wanted to share this poem with you.  I very carefully extracted this from one of my magazines a few years back and scanned it in so I could share it with my friends. Today I thought I'd share it with my new friends: you.   My readers who have been lifting me up and helping me out lately, so read this poem and know I am thinking of you!

Ode To Women

If indeed it's a race
Then the chicks do the most
It isn't a brag
Or an estrogen boast
It's women who've led me
With big open hearts
If not for their love
I'd have failed at the start
And it's not just the mothers
I speak of them all
It's a woman there first when somebody falls!

The multi of tasking
That's easy to tease
I dare a great man
to try it all, PLEASE!
So this is my shout out
My rallying cry
To women all over
I hold you up high
And though there are others
Who think this poem strange
It's the women who plant
The root of big change.

Author: Jamie Lee Curtis