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My New Years Resolutions Top 5 Fails

It's that time of year again. New Years... a time of renewal, another chance, a fresh start. And the time for those darn New Year Resolutions! Yep, I use to think and ponder, and come up with the best lists possible to improve upon and reach those higher goals for the upcoming new year. I USED to do it. After years of setting unachievable goals, I gave up. Yes, I know, I'm a quitter and a failure.
But here's why I quit setting these ridiculous ideals that never seemed to pan out! I present to you, a countdown of my top 5 resolution fails!

Twas the Night After Christmas

So, a couple of nights after Christmas, I suddenly realized that I had been watching TV uninterrupted for over an hour. And it wasn't Sesame Street or SpongeBob! Now, this is an unheard of event in my house! It was a big deal!

I was so inspired by this rate occurrence, that I started writing about it. And here is what I came up with! I think most Mamas can relate. Hope you enjoy it!


Twas the night after Christmas and all through the South Not a single kid was crying or fighting, not one opened their mouth.

All of their gifts were scattered across the room and the floor,  The room that was so clean and so bright not hours before.

Before the chaos, the frantic hurry, or the joy Of finding the one, the only, that just perfect special toy.

Yes, the special toy that turns little woes into merriment That special toy that the oh, so smart Santa sent.

The toy that turns frown into smiles and stops that annoying whine The toy that allows Mama a moment to herself and that glorious glass of…

The Ultimate One-Stop Shop, 49 Antique & Flea Market

You can find flea markets scattered all over the South. Some are warehouse size, some small, some cater to antiques only, some to homemade goods and resale items. But the one I revisited recently caters to everyone and has everything! All under one roof!

Right here just south of Hattiesburg, MS, stands the 49 Antique & Flea Market. Now this is your ultimate one-stop shop where you can find something for everyone (including yourself!) on your list!

The market has been a fixture here for years, and hosts a multitude of various vendors, over 200!

It is located at 19 Dewitt Carter Rd, directly across from Paul B. Johnson State Park on HWY 49. Nearby is Camp Shelby and a little further south would be our beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. 
Open hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 9am - 5pm. Plan on spending a couple of hours, so you can see and visit with all the wonderful vendors on site! And don't worry if you get hungry or need some coffee, there is a cafe inside (I'…

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'…