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Win For Wednesday

Great Gobs of Giveaways

Great Gobs of Giveaways

Another winning Wednesday here, just sharing some of the awesome- but less widely publicized- giveaways I find on the wonderful worldwide web. I love entering contests, although until the past several weeks I have rarely won anything. By rarely, I mean practically never, ever, ever. Just since Christmas Eve, though, I’ve won several awesome giveaways!!! One was a $20 boutique gift card! Another was a giveaway for the After Saga I featured here recently! Another was Christmas Eve and a higher entry giveaway for a huge prize package for our baby valued at over $1,200!! Another is a precious children’s book I featured here previously! More recently, I won a $25 Publix gift card, a craft kit, and a gluten free snack box! I’m not sharing to brag, but it tells you that people really do win! I think this baby in my tummy is my lucky charm, y’all! ;) The giveaways I share here are not giveaways with hundreds of thousands of entries, so you actually have a decent chance to win something. Who doesn’t want to win free stuff?

Enter to win one of $500 Paypal cash prizes! (Ends 3/26)

http://gvwy.io/841g4fx

Enter this great contest to win a Tula Baby Carrier! (Ends 3/22)

http://is.gd/eOIAwP

Enter to win this HUGE giveaway for kids!! (Ends 3/16)

http://is.gd/K2sJbG

Try to win three months of free A2ME preschool kits! (Ends 3/5)

http://gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2015/02/a2me-preschool-spotlight-giveaway.html

Enter to win a Little Tikes Jr. Jump ‘N’ Slide Bouncer! (Ends 3/9)

http://is.gd/3xyipG

Enter to win a $120 Jord gift certificate! (Ends 3/17)

http://gvwy.io/bo1g5ka

Enter this Baby BeeHaven See N Store Giveaway! (Ends 3/9)

http://mamasmiths.com/2015/02/baby-beehaven-see-n-store-giveaway.html

Try to win a Zero Shock Leash and a Chest Plate Harness from EZY Dog! (Ends 3/12)

http://mamasmiths.com/2015/02/ezydog-harness-leash-giveaway.html

Enter to win an amber teething necklace! (Ends 3/17)

http://www.nannytomommy.com/2015/03/toogli-amberteethingnecklace-review.html

Try to win $30 worth of Lilla Rose goodies! (Ends 3/17)

http://ourmoderndayfairytale.blogspot.com/2015/03/lilla-rose-your-pot-of-gold-at-end-of.html

Any bloggers or small businesses with current family friendly giveaways are welcome to post links to one or two of those giveaways with a brief description in the comments section. If you have an upcoming giveaway you would like to be featured, please contact me via my Facebook page with details. There are a few open giveaways remaining from last week, including a DVD, book and $500 Paypal cash prize, so head on over there for more chances to win some awesome prizes: http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2015/02/25/wednesday-is-for-winning/ This will continue to be a weekly feature here on Penny Pinching Peach if there is consistent interest, so give a shout if you like this idea and let me know if you entered any contests! Oh, and definitely come back and let me know if you win something, please!!!


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More Than a Mom

Before being a mommy, with one of my hiking buddies.

Before being a mommy, with one of my hiking buddies.

Sometimes I find it hard to remember that I was ever more than just a mom. It’s difficult to believe that once my primary identity was merely “Keisha, a human”, rather than my first identifier being the fact that I am obviously the mother of the two beautiful munchkins who are pretty much always with me everywhere I go and the growing bump showing baby number three coming along. I don’t remember the last time I was remembered for being myself, but everywhere we go regularly people remember my friendly little people. I love being Mommy…but sometimes I desperately need to remember that I am more than that.

Once I had a job that I was proud of, with flexible hours conducive to being a full time mommy when the time came (and continued to work- taking them with me- for the first three years) and had worked very hard to make that a secure long term career plan. I had to step away from it in order to make the parenting decision I could be comfortable with under extenuating circumstances I can’t go into publicly. I went from being a wife, mother, and shipping manager/motivator in the family business to being a full fledged stay at home mom & wife. Even knowing it was the right decision, I went through a huge depression. I still struggle with the fact that I “just” take care of my family.

Being at home with little ones day in and day out is both rewarding and soul numbing. I forget I am anything other than a mother. I forget I’m capable of anything other than being a sibling referee, snot wiper, bottom cleaner, story teller, homeschool teacher, art director, entertainer, dish washer, laundress, chef, chauffeur and all the other little things that make up the day of a homeschooling parent of a tribe of small children. What else is there in the world? I don’t remember sometimes, since I’m alone in this little world of children so much of the time.

I always dreamed of being a mommy. I love living that dream- with or without income in my own right- but sometimes I want to remember there’s more to me than that.

Being silly, before I became a mom or lost my own mom.

Being silly, before I became a mom or lost my own mom.

I am artistic. I can do a lot more than just quick sketches for my children to color, but I forget that sometimes because I just don’t take the time out of being Mommy to do draw anything that interests me without involving my babies. I love to hike and wander through nature, but it’s so much hassle to try to haul my children along by myself that I don’t bother, and my husband is so infernally busy with the job of providing for the family and being everything to everyone that he rarely takes time for that type of outing. I’m good at selling anything I’m enthusiastic about, but haven’t been able to focus beyond the munchkins enough to find something I am passionate about to sell to help pay for our little family’s needs. I haven’t finished a book that wasn’t colorfully illustrated for the joy of children in a few years now, where I used to read extremely long novels on an almost daily basis. Until I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter, I went to the gym three times a week, because I loved it. Haven’t stepped foot in one in over 5 years now. I could go on, but I’ve forgotten too much. Really! ;)

Mommies, it’s okay to forget for awhile what made you unique and happy as an individual before you became a parent. I know that I do. Sometimes I forget who I am underneath it all so much that it starts feeling soul numbing, though, and I have to do something- however so small- to remind myself of the things I loved and was good at before. When it starts to get to you, take time to try to remember. If you’re like me, you just plain can’t do anything major. That’s okay. What do I do?

Well, I blog, for one thing. It reminds me I’m able to continue to form sentences and thoughts without anyone’s input other than what flows from this crazy place inside of my brains. :) It’s amazing how much that helps.

I draw, even if it’s just a quick card to brighten someone’s day. Sometimes I even throw some calligraphy on there.

Walking in the woods with Mommy

Walking in the woods with Mommy

I take my kids on a walk in the woods. I may not be able to go for miles on a trail somewhere, but I can certainly circle my own woods, watching the take in the beauty of nature that I find so peaceful as an individual and treasure even more as a mother.

I read a few online articles or a magazine to satisfy my inner bookworm until the day that I can voraciously consume literature once more.

I crazy dance around my living room or do stretches to feed my inner gym rat. I need to move it, move it….even if I’m tripping over crazy short people in the process. :)

In short….I remember. I remember what I love and who I am that has absolutely nothing with the beauty of motherhood and the demands of tiny amazing beings who call me Mommy. I seriously stink at remembering, but sometimes I pause and remember all those little things that make me just plain ME. I am a much better mom when I take a few minutes to do that.

How do you remind yourself that you are more than a mom?

Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game


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The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

If your kids are like mine, they love to play games together. However, it’s really hard to find a game that is fun for my very smart five year old, while being simple enough for my determinedly independent two year old to do with little to no assistance. Educational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game is one of those rare amazing finds! They received this as a gift from a sweet friend of mine a few months ago, and they still play with it at least a couple of days a week. If you’ve been around little ones much, you know that this means this game is awesome if it’s surviving and still enjoyed regularly after that long!

If your child is old enough to know his colors well, or has an honest older sibling who can assist them nicely, you can let them sit at the table and play while you putter around the house getting things done. Since I initially helped them learn to play and they completely got the hang of it, which took about three or four games in all, they have rarely needed my assistance for anything except occasionally reminding Bambam to take turns when it’s not his turn. If you’re a mom, you know how valuable games and toys that encourage independent play can be for both you and your children. If you’re not, trust me when I say both parents and children will be happy with you for this gift for that very reason! ;)

Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Playing

Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Playing

Every piece of this game has proven to be sturdy enough to withstand the normal treatment of a little boy who earned every ounce of his nickname, Bambam, with all of that playing time. Both of my kiddos love their Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel game enough to willingly clean up and keep from losing the cutesy squirrel pinchers and numerous multi-colored acorns. The adorable tree shaped box is even much sturdier than the average game, so it’s still completely intact, as well. The only thing I would add is that if you have little ones who still put things in their mouths, please keep this game and it’s pieces safely away from that child, since the colorful acorns would be really tempting to taste and choke on. This should be common sense, but I felt I had to say it as a responsible parent of itty bitty folks. :)

I definitely recommend buying this game! I’m not being compensated for this review, just recommending and sharing a great product I think other families would love as much as we do, but I would be thrilled if you would purchase it through one of my Amazon affiliate links in this post, above and below. It costs you nothing, but it gives me a small commission to help take care of these cute little rascals. :)

Educational Insights The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game


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Wednesday is for Winning!

Great Gobs of Giveaways

Great Gobs of Giveaways

Another winning Wednesday here, just sharing some of the awesome- but less widely publicized- giveaways I find on the wonderful worldwide web. I love entering contests, although until the past several weeks I have rarely won anything. By rarely, I mean practically never, ever, ever. Just since Christmas Eve, though, I’ve won several awesome giveaways!!! One was a $20 boutique gift card! Another was a giveaway for the After Saga I featured here recently! Another was Christmas Eve and a higher entry giveaway for a huge prize package for our baby valued at over $1,200!! Another is a precious children’s book I featured here previously! More recently, I won a $25 Publix gift card, a craft kit, and a gluten free snack box! I’m not sharing to brag, but it tells you that people really do win! I think this baby in my tummy is my lucky charm, y’all! ;) The giveaways I share here are not giveaways with hundreds of thousands of entries, so you actually have a decent chance to win something. Who doesn’t want to win free stuff? ;)

Try to win a really- I do mean REALLY- big prize pack for foodies! (Ends 2/26)

https://gleam.io/zcPSl-xkCQ2Q?l=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.weespring.com%2Fwin%2Ffoodiegiveaway

Enter to win a copy of the book for busy moms called The Fringe Hours! (Ends 2/26)

http://www.sarahefrazer.com/2015/02/the-fringe-hours-review-and-giveaway/

Try to win a copy of Petite Feet 2, a dance DVD for little ones! (Ends 3/19)

https://gleam.io/G3hjP-xkCQ2Q

Try to win the book about controlling your words called Keep It Shut! (Ends 2/26)

http://mtfw.net/stick-stones-day-made-son-cry/

Enter to win a two colored tutu and matching fairy wand! (Ends 2/27)

http://www.managingahome.com/2015/02/tutu-pairing-handmade-giveaway.html

Enter to win a $25 Appreciation Certification to Family Christian Store! (Ends 3/1)

http://www.tracesoffaith.com/blog/2015/02/the-action-study-bible-a-book-review.html

Try to win one of THREE $500 Paypal cash prizes from this huge giveaway! (Ends 3/17)

http://www.managingahome.com/2015/02/luck-of-irish-giveaway.html

Enter to win the kids book Rodeo Red (Twitter only)! (Ends 3/6)

http://bighairandbooks.blogspot.com/2015/02/picture-book-review-rodeo-red.html

Any bloggers or small businesses with current family friendly giveaways are welcome to post links to one or two of those giveaways with a brief description in the comments section. If you have an upcoming giveaway you would like to be featured, please contact me via my Facebook page with details. There are a few open giveaways remaining from last week, so head on over there for more chances to win some awesome prizes: http://pennypinchingpeach.com/2015/02/18/winning-wednesday-again-2/ This will continue to be a weekly feature here on Penny Pinching Peach if there is consistent interest, so give a shout if you like this idea and let me know if you entered any contests! Oh, and definitely come back and let me know if you win something, please!!!

Just me. My little girl took this photo. :)


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Liebster Award!

Just me. My little girl took this photo. :)

Just me. My little girl took this photo. :)

A sweet friend and amazing blogger nominated me for the Liebster Award! :) Although I’m over the limit for followers, I’m still happy to participate. :) Please check out her wonderful blog here: https://kbailey373.wordpress.com/

Now, for my part, here are my answers to the questions I was asked for my nomination:

1.If you could be something today, something to make you proud, what would you be?

The best mommy for my children and to be able to successfully contribute financially to our family in a more significant way. I don’t do big dreams anymore.

2.Why you started blogging?

I had to quit working in what I thought would be my lifelong career. I was depressed and my mind was slowly melting in mommyland madness from a lack of an intellectual outlet. I have always loved to write and share frugal tips and recipes and crafty things, and had a couple of people suggest I start blogging. It snowballed from there.

3.What would make you happy?

Peace.

4.What is one thing you can’t live without at the moment?

My children. For real! They drive me batty sometimes, but they are my biggest reason for getting up every morning and moseying my way through every day.

5.The book or the movie?

It varies.

Poochy Play Pals

Poochy Play Pals

6.Do you have pets? if no, pick one would you would like to have

Yep! I have a dog named Ducky, two cats  named Xena and Sambo and two chickens named Millie and Dory. What do I want? Wellllll…I’d like to eventually get more chickens, another puppy (maybe next spring), fill an aquarium with fishies, raise rabbits and who knows what else?

7.Share your favorite blog and describe in 3 words why?

Wow, that is a toughie! Let’s say…ummm…okay, so I can’t pick! Pfffft!!

8.Describe yourself in 3 words.

Nurturing, strong, boring.

9.Mountain or sea/ocean?

Both, y’all, both!!! ;)

10.What you do to relax?

I hide and eat chocolate. LOL!!! A hot shower when my husband is home to actually watch the crazy little cute people we produced, so I don’t have to rush and worry about what destruction they are wrecking on my house and themselves while I try to get clean. Before kids, reading and writing and drawing and long QUIET walks were added in there. Quiet….as a toddler hangs from my neck hollering for his sister who is trying to work on kindergarten next to me to bow to him, “King Bambam”. Really, it’s happening. LOL

11.Favorite scent/perfume

To wear? Vanilla and fruity scents. In general? Baking cookies, babies, cinnamon, vanilla.

Put these rules in your post.
Inform the bloggers you have nominated.

Ok, the Rules:

Thank the person who has nominated you and link their blog in in your post.
Answer the questions above.
Nominate 5-11 blogger, who have less than 200 followers (or more if you don’t check, like me. LOL).
Make a new list with 11 questions.

My nominees, in no particular order:

https://catchingcrawfish.wordpress.com

http://survivingtoddlerhood.com

http://threeboysandamom.org

https://ashleysdevotions.wordpress.com

http://www.myreallifemoments.com

http://twitchetts.blogspot.com

http://www.multiples-mom.com

http://www.terri-grothe.com

Here are my questions for the nominees. If you don’t have time to answer, that’s okay. I love y’all, anyway! ;)

•What inspires your blogs?
•What is your favorite way to save?
•If you could spend your weekend any way you wanted, what would you do?
•Do you have any pets?
•Which beauty item can you not live without?
•What is your favorite place to shop, online or offline?
•What’s your favorite meal?
•What two words best describes your personality?
•What is your favorite way to treat yourself?
•Do you have any hidden talents?
•What would you like to be remembered for?

Under the Arbor


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Happy Anniversary to Us!!!

Under the Arbor

Under the Arbor

Today we have been married for 6 years. It feels like so very much longer, honestly.

Holding Hands On Our  Wedding Day

Holding Hands On Our Wedding Day

So much has happened since we’ve been together, that it feels like forever in the true sense of both sides of for better or for worst. Together we have been through losses of loved ones and jobs, births, major health scares, educational advancements, a miscarriage, and many other changes- good, bad and just plain different. Here’s looking forward to a lifetime of riding the crazy ups and downs of the rollercoaster of life, still together!

Happy anniversary, hubby! I love you more! ;)

Easy Mexican Bean Salad


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Easy Mexican Bean Salad

I love to cook, but don’t always have a lot of time to spend on making dinner. This super simple Easy Mexican Bean Salad is ready in a snap, healthy, delicious, kid friendly, and cheap enough for the penny pinching people among us! I mean, this is a meal I felt great about feeding to my family, but literally spent  less than 15 minutes int he kitchen preparing from the time I opened the fridge to get out things to start chopping! Who needs more meals like this? I know I do!!! :) Keep reading for the how-to of this yummy meal!

Easy Mexican Bean Salad

Easy Mexican Bean Salad

Ingredients? You can choose your own! This time I use canned black beans (two cans seasoned with cumin, garlic powder and chili powder to taste should be about right for a family of four), avocado, tomato, cilantro, onion, cheese and sour cream. You can also use ground beef, venison, turkey, pork and chicken, shredded chicken or beef, pre-cooked dried beans of any kind you like, other types of canned beans, lettuce, green pepper, jalapenos, olives, fresh spinach, green onion, corn, sprouts and a variety of other things that sound appealing and reside in your kitchen at any given moment. The beauty of this meal is that it is so flexible to your individual tastes, pantry, dietary needs, and budget without being a hassle to throw together something different for everyone.

Give everyone a bowl, spoon in a healthy helping of your protein(s) of choice, then let them pile on their own choices from the rest of your ingredients you have set out for your family! My kids absolutely adore getting to pick all of their own toppings for their bowls of beans! It makes the battle of the belly filling non-existent, because most kiddos love to eat things they help prepare. Even my five year old, who is currently waging battle over half of her meals even when she likes them, didn’t give me a bit of trouble when she realized she was in control of all of her ingredients other than the beans she was piling them all onto! Since she chose it, she worked to make it herself and she is doggone proud of her own work in pretty much every instance…no arguments for the prissier side of my table. Bambam loves making his own selections, but he has a lifelong love affair with food, so if he ever protests a meal….well, the child is sick. ;)

If you pack lunches a lot, like I do for my hubby, this container is amazing for being able to carry leftovers to work or school for a healthy lunch without making a big soggy mess. Stay Fit Deluxe Salad Kit, EZ Freeze

Are there any toppings I didn’t think of that you think would be the bomb diggety on this easy Mexican bean salad? What do you think you’d like on yours? Are you hungry yet?? :)

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Little Boy Approved!

Little Boy Approved!

Little Girl Approved!

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