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Shhh...Dont Tell My Kids! I Still Believe in Santa

I do. I still believe in Santa.
Ok, ok...maybe not in the jolly Ole St. Nick delivering presents with his reindeer driven sleigh. I believe in the Christmas Spirit. I believe in the miracles of the season. I believe in the goodness of people's hearts. I believe in everlasting love.

I know it's hard to see the Christmas spirit in all the hustle and bustle this time of year. There are longer lines at the checkouts, sold out toys, and don't even get me started on the traffic delays!
But there is so much wonder to see if you look carefully, and listen with your heart!
I see kids eyes light up at getting that first glimpse of Santa at a Christmas parade.
I can see the cardinals coming in my backyard relishing in the seeds I left out for them.
I can hear my children sing along when a favorite Christmas carol plays on the radio.
I can smell the wonderful aroma of baking cookies, as we gather the icing and sprinkles to decorate.
I feel the warmth of the fire burning bright in the fi…

5 Amazing Ways to Raise Thankful Children

If you are a Mom, then you know how hard it is to get our children to count their blessings. It is a daily struggle and I'm right there with you! We all want to spoil our precious ones with love and affection, but not raise spoiled children, right? 
With Thanksgiving being here, I thought I would share some effective ways for children to learn to be grateful and have a thankful heart that will last thru their adulthood.
Show them your thankful heart. Children learn by example, as we know. If they are hearing you say, Thank you, often, it will become just a natural thing for them to say.At snack time, I ask them to name something or someone that they are thankful for. It doesn't have to be full of sentiment and gushy feelings, just whatever THEY are thankful for. The words pizza and recess come up a lot! And that's ok! And while we enjoy snacks or even later in the day, I ask them why they are thankful for whatever it was they chose. This gets them thinking about the why an…

9 (Free!) Fall Family Activities To Enjoy Right Now

It's Fall, Y'all! Oh yeah, I went there. I am confident enough to use an outdated overly used phrase. But, hey, I'm from the South, and it is Fall...Y'all!  Finally​, my favorite season is upon us. I love everything about it! The seasonal colors, cool breezes, crisp leaves on the ground, and less mosquitoes! There are so many reasons to love Fall! Of course, with the start of this majestic season, also, comes school expenses, fall wardrobe purchases, football games, school fundraisers, fall festivals, Halloween carnivals, etc! Everytime I turn around I am spending more money, which I don't have a lot to begin with. So, how can you spend quality time with the kids without spending major dollars? Let me tell you a few of my secrets! Just try a few of these and pretty soon your kids (and you) will be loving this season and discovering the amazing bounty that Fall has to offer! All without spending a dime! So, get out and enjoy it!
Take a walk!
Simple, I know. Don'…

Insanely Easy (and cheap) HALLOWEEN Costumes

Halloween costumes can be quite expensive! Wow, have you been shopping for one yet?! As a mom with a very tight budget, I am always on the lookout for an easier and cheaper option! Halloween is a blast for the kids and they can celebrate it in style without breaking your wallet! Here are a few ideas to save some change for all those glorious bake sales that are springing up this time of year.










Pirate:
White T-shirt
Red or black vest
Red sash
Red bandana
Play foam sword
Solo cup
Play hook

This was fun to create! I painted stripes onto a plain white T-shirt (actually, I stole that white T-shirt from his Daddy's drawer! Shhhh, don't tell!) Next, I found some black girls Capri pants and a man's reversible muscle t on a summer clearance rack. As you can see, I cut up the pants and the bottom of the white shirt to look ragged. I cut a vest out of the reversible men's shirt! All that was left was a red bandana around his head (which he refused to wear!), A sash made easily using the le…

47 Things About Me on My Birthday

Well, today I am 47 years old! Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining! I do have many regrets but each mistake or regret brought me to who I am today. And I kinda like who I am!

So, who am I? Well, in honor of my glorious birthday, I decided to tell you some things that you may or may not know about me. 47 things to be exact! So, let me introduce myself!

1. My name is Shannon Dewease and I live in South Mississippi, however, I was born in Louisiana. So, I suppose you could say I was born a Cajun and raised redneck!


2. I have 2 beautifully well mannered, quiet, and very mindful children. Just kidding, although they are beautiful, they are joyfully loud, highly creative, and hyper as all get out! Seriously, I don't need a daily workout. I just chase them all day.

3. I was raised by a single Mom, whom I love so very deeply. She struggled but managed to raise three kids without us even knowing that she was struggling. She was, also, strong enough to know when to ask for help. So…

Fighting Cancer

In today's world, most everyone knows of a person suffering from cancer. It may be a loved one, a close friend, or just someone you know at church or from your kids school. The closer they are to you, the harder that initial punch is to the gut.  For me, the hardest punch came from my sister. She said "I have stage four breast cancer." I thought my heart was going to break. Then I said, "Well, let's start fighting".
And fight she did. She underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. For a year and a half, it was a constant battle for her. Just to muster enough energy for the therapy appointments, living on popsicles because that was all she could keep down, trying to keep up her spirits and keep smiling...when all she wanted was for life to feel normal again.  Her life was forever changed. She had to find her new "normal".
But she made it. She had beat it. She had won and life was getting better. Then, it returned. This time in he…

American Discord...Just a Southern Girl's Thoughts on the Virginia Shooting

After watching the horrible events unfold this morning, I can no longer be silent. I am not one to publicly debate politics or religion, and this post is about neither. Our country has been in discord for quite some time and seemingly, only getting worse. Now, you can blame Obama for that, or Trump, or Republicans, or Democrats, or global warming, or gay rights, or any number of hot political issues right now.

However, in my opinion, the blame can not be shouldered by an individual or a cause alone. But the blame should not be our focus here. The focus should be a solution to this discord.

Surprise Visit from a Newfound Friend

At our little house, our backyard consists of some beautifully wooded land. Someone with a lot of forethought cut out a few different trails that we have been exploring since we moved here. My kids, husband, and I love to walk these trails, particularly during Fall or Spring when the colors are changing so wonderfully!there is always something new to see or find at every turn. But this one particular day, something found us!

Our Welcome to Summer Party

Every year the last day of school before summer vacation is a busy one for me. But it is, also, one of the best days. We celebrate it like a holiday, doesn't everyone? After all, this is the kids favorite day, after birthdays and Christmas right? Summer vacation should be celebrated! And it is so easy to do. With just a little bit of work and planning on my end, the bright smiles and excitement of my kids as they get off the bus makes it all worth it!
As soon as the kids leave for school my preparations start. Each year varies a little on the activities but here is the general breakdown of what I do and what you can do, too!

1. Make a banner. This is simple to do but it is the first thing the kids see as the bus drives up. Many years ago, I lucked up at a garage sale and found an almost full huge roll of plain brown craft paper. I have used it now for 7 years (talk about a great investment)! But you can use just a dollar roll of wrapping paper just as well. It needs to be long en…

Perceptions

"You need to discipline better!" "She is too smart to act like that."  "Her bad behavior and angry attitude is a choice." "A good spanking will cure that." "If he can't sit still, he doesn't need to be here." "What's wrong with him?"
These are just a few of the many phrases that I have heard through the years.  I've heard them in school, from teachers, at church, from friends, extended family, and from total strangers. And yes, they cut to my core. I hurt for my children and fear what words they may face in the future.  If people can say these things to my face, what are they saying behind my back?
I have two beautiful children both with their own special needs or disabilities. However, in my house, we call them their super powers.  Oh yeah, that's right. We celebrate their differences.  We focus on what can be done, what can be improved upon, and we persevere. 
But this article is about perceptions.  …