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I need your help! (& a giveaway winner!!)

11 Jul

Sooooo…… I’m sorry I didn’t post the winner last night or earlier today. I’ve been swamped with many many things going on, hence the lack of blogging lately. Traveling has gotten me all off routine, between laundry and packing/unpacking. Now I’m starting to get busy planning for next school year as well. Anyways……Thanks to all who listened to Erin Elisabeth Aubrey’s music! If you didn’t get to at least hear it, go back to HERE and check it out. She is a gem! I really think that many of you would resonate with her style and talent.

Okay, the winner of the CD giveaway was comment #3, Deanne Boswell!!

CONGRATULATIONS DeAnne on winning!!! I’ll get the CD to you this week.

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Alrighty: I need some help from y’all! I’m having a hard time focusing on issues and ideas to blog about lately. I think I’m just so busy right now with so many things going on and using up my brain cells, I cannot focus. So, help me out! Leave a comment below (or on Facebook) and tell me what you want me to write about! Maybe it’s homeschooling questions or information, maybe a crafty idea, a decorative idea, a follow-up to something I’ve shared previously, a kid concern. Whatever it is, let me know and hopefully it’ll give me some juice these next few weeks until things settle back down.

I love y’all! I hope and pray you’re having a wonderful summer!!

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Great Giveaway! Win a CD from Erin Aubrey!

7 Jul

While we were in Tennessee a few weeks ago, I had the privilege to meet Erin Elizabeth Aubrey. She was leading worship for the week of camp at Appalachian Christian Camp that we were a part of and I fell in love with her, her style, and her voice. I wanted to share this with you guys because I think you’ll like her, especially if you like music that has a different sound than mainstream pop. She has a sound that is much like Ella Fitzgerald and Norah Jones.  So, today I’m giving away one of Erin’s CD’s titled, “All These Ours.” But first, I want you to meet Erin and see a little bit about this sweet girl!

 How long have you been singing?
I’m pretty sure I started singing before I even started talking.  I was in the church kids choir by age 3 and singing into the mic even when there were no designated solos 🙂  
 What is your favorite thing about making music?  
My favorite thing about making music is that moment after a show when a girl comes up to me and says, “I can tell by your music that we’ve been through the same thing.  We should do lunch sometime and talk about it.”  To know that people can listen to my music and know that they aren’t alone, that makes it all so worthwhile.  I love the magic that words possess, and I love the art of stringing them together in a way that can speak to another human being.  
 What are the artists that inspire you?
My favorite artist is Ingrid Michaelson, but I am also very inspired by Norah Jones, Billie Holliday, Ella Fitzgerald, Feist, and Zooey Deschannel.
 What’s a fun, little known fact about you?  
Fun Fact: At night and on the weekends, I play shows all around Nashville.  But during the day, I am a preschool teacher at a Montessori school!  I am in charge of activities and love to make up songs and dances for the kids!
 You can go HERE and listen to a sample of Erin’s music. Then come back and leave a comment below to WIN a CD of your own. You can enter up to three times by (1) liking “Erin Elisabeth Aubrey” on Facebook, (2) liking “Mommy Needs Coffee” on Facebook, or (3) subscribing to “Mommy Needs Coffee” (check the right hand side). Leave a comment for each thing you do! I’ll select the winner by random on Sunday, July 10th at 10pm.

gardening, prayer, New York, and a giveaway

21 Jun

It’s going to be a hot one here today! Heat indexes in the 105-110. Ye-ow!! So we have  playdate scheduled with some friends to help occupy the littles. Hopefully we’ll find some water play in there somewhere too to keep cool!

A few random happenings/thoughts today:

Our garden: So we are year two into gardening. Up until this point, I was that person who kills everything living. But last year we did okay considering it was our first year and this year is going okay as well. I enjoy gardening and enjoy eating what we grow even more! It’s such a great experience for the littles as they tend to it, learn about it, and eat from it. This year we’re growing tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, melons, onions, strawberries, and watermelons. My tomatoes aren’t doing well, but our watermelons are taking over everything! They’re growing so quickly too that you can almost see them growing if you stand by and watch! There are so many life lessons you can learn from being in the garden.

Prayer: My heart is burdened for struggles that many around me are having. Battles with illness, miscarriage, life changes, struggles with their children, church transitions and changes, and the list goes on. Don’t the needs of those around you just leave you weary sometimes? I am glad I can call on the One who listens and is always there. Some days I just feel I need more quiet in my life to really focus on prayer and time with Him.

New York: In 9 days we’re travelling to New York for a family reunion and some time in the city. I’ve never been and am really excited to bring the kids and see everything. We have planned to ride on the Staten Island ferry, go on the subway, visit Times Square, Ground Zero, and Central Park. What great ideas do you have to share about going to New York? Sites to see with kids? Things to avoid? Hints, tips, tricks? Bring it on!

Giveaway: I’m really excited about a great giveaway I have coming up at the end of the week. It’s something unique, but something that I love and really think you’re going to like as well. I’ll be introducing you to a really special gal too. And I KNOW we can get more people to enter than those that entered the last giveaway. So once it’s up, pass it on to your friends, leve a comment – you never know – you could be the winner (although you probably are one who thinks you never win anything!). 🙂

Enjoy the first day of summer! We’re working hard on our summer lists and trying to keep the littles from being bored.

Mama bird’s nest giveaway winner!

11 Jun

I wanted to be sure that I announced the winner of the Mama Bird’s Nest pendant or ring before we left tomorrow morning to go to Tennessee.

The winner (as determined by random number generator at random.org) is……

Teresa Zeller!! 

Her comment: “I have 2 little blessings in my nest, so far. Always have the baby bug so who knows if our nest will grow?!?! I liked Mommy needs Coffee on FB!”

CONGRATULATIONS Teresa on winning!! Please e-mail me your preference of ring or pendent and I’m assuming you want those 2 sweet eggs in your nest.

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This upcoming week we’ll be in Tennessee where my husband will be speaking for a week to a camp of Junior HIgh students. Please pray with me that hearts are open to hear God’s message and that Satan is bound from that place this week. I’m expectant on what God is going to do through this week of camp, the leaders, and the teens. I’m praying for revival in their schools, communities, and homes as a result of this week at camp. So please pray with me this week if you think of it!

I’m looking forward to getting back to where we went to college and to be in some of God’s most beautiful creation of the mountains. I’m excited to hear His voice speak to me this week as well as I enjoy His presence in His creation.

I hope you have a wonderful week! I may check back in at some point, but for the most part I’m unplugging until Friday.

xo,

Michelle

oooh….. a pretty giveaway for you AND a way you can help someone in need!

9 Jun

I told you yesterday that I had a fun giveaway in store for you and here it is! I met my sweet friend Melody a few years ago when our husbands were both in youth ministry together. She is one of those beautiful people who is just as pretty inside as she is outside. She’s a great wife, mother to her two precious little boys, awesome homemaker, and very crafty. You’ll also love her heartfelt posts on “Ramblings of a Lovesick Mommy.” Recently, her creative side has her making and selling beautiful mama bird’s nest pendants and rings in her Etsy store. They look darling tied on a piece of twine for a necklace or on your finger as a ring.

This giveaway is for a mama bird’s nest pendant or ring – your choice. You also get to choose how many eggs you want in your sweet bird’s nest. The necklace is made from beautiful freshwater pearls carefully wrapped in wire. So pretty!! 

To be entered for a chance to win a pendant or ring of your own you MUST comment below saying how many sweet birdies are in YOUR nest or in the nest of that favorite Mama in your life AND do at least one of the following:

(1) “liking” Mommy Needs Coffee on Facebook

(2) subscribing to Mommy Needs Coffee by e-mail (see right hand side)

(3) “liking” Ramblings of a Lovesick Mommy on Facebook.

For each of those that you do, leave a separate comment below saying you did it. You can enter a total of 3 times for a chance to win! 

The giveaway will close at 10 pm on Saturday, June 11th. 

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Onto a totally different subject:

Jessi over at Naptime Diaries has a plea and challenge offering to live out James 1:27 and to care for those without homes – orphans. As the church, as His children who’ve been adopted into His family, there is no getting around the fact that it’s our job to take care of them.

A good friend of Jessi’s is the Ladds, a family trying to adopt. The Ladds, have been in the process of adopting from Ethiopia for  two and a half years. During that time they have prayed, sacrificed, waited, prayed, cried, and waited some more for the Lord to move their adoption forward and now they get to go Sunday and bring their legally adopted son home from Ethiopia! Still they are in the home stretch of fundraising and only need approximately $3,500 more to pay all the expenses to adopt A.

So in order to be a blessing to them – a portion of all Naptime Diaries blog/shop profits are going to his adoption, but she has a special promotion going on right now for each person that buys this James 1:27 print. 100% of the profits from the sale of this print will go directly to the Ladds to pay their final expenses.

Go check out her shop and see if you might help bring this sweet babe home to his forever family. 

make your monday happy with this motherload giveaway!

2 May

Happy Monday everyone! We started the week off here with baby girl, Harper with a fever and acting quite puny. We had a play date this morning that she suffered through for the boys’ sake, but is now resting in bed, giving me free arms for a moment or two. Hopefully your Monday is starting off better!

If not, maybe this will cheer you up:

Jessi over at Naptime Diaries is having a HUGE Mother’s Day Motherload GIVEAWAY! And I mean huge! There are 15 great prizes for 15 wonderful women to win! All you have to do is go over to Naptime Diaries and leave a comment there about a Mom/mother-figure who has been an encouragement to you. You can enter many other times too for various other reasons. So RUN, CHECK IT OUT, the giveaway ends Thursday 5/5 at 5pm. 

I made this cute necklace that’s up for grabs in the giveaway. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!! 

Hoping your Monday has been full of blessings and joy! 

giveaway winner!

21 Apr

Okay, if you’re anything like me, I love to know if I won something. I am *that* person who will refresh and refresh and refresh after a giveaway has closed to see if they announce the winner. Of course, I rarely win too. But anyway….I was putting my littles to bed and figured out the winner of the giveaway from Naptime Diaries.

CONGRATULATIONS to Elizabeth! You have won any choice of print from Jessi’s shop! 

Elizabeth, please send me your e-mail and we’ll get it arranged and sent to you.

Thank you everyone who entered. I know it was a blessing to Jessi and it was to me as well to see the people that read this blog.