Archive | June, 2013

Tropical Traditions-FREE SHIPPING TODAY (6/23)

24 Jun

When I started learning more about the benefits of cooking with coconut oil, I was eager to try it! However, my hubby doesn’t like the taste of coconut oil, so my attempts to “sneak it in” to our food failed. He quickly recognized my sneakiness and wasn’t as excited as I was about coconut oil.

Photo of Expeller-Pressed Coconut Oil - Certified Organic from Tropical Traditions. Expeller-Pressed coconut oil is a healthy cooking oil with a mild taste.

However, a friend told me about expeller-pressed coconut oil, which has the benefits of coconut oil without the coconut flavor. I ordered our first jar from Tropical Traditions a couple of years ago, and we’ve been using it ever since! Expeller-pressed coconut oil is “hubby approved.”

Interested in trying some coconut oil or other goodies from Tropical Traditions, today’s a great day for it! Tropical Traditions has FREE SHIPPING today (Monday, June 24) through MIDNIGHT ($16 minimum order). Use code 131766.

Click here to read more about the differences in coconut oils. Here are some articles about coconut oil benefits–here and here. There is a great archive of coconut recipes on Tropical Traditions website, too.

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Just keepin’ it real…

22 Jun

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I’m always tryin’ to keep it real here @ Suzanne Shares. I think it’s easy to read blogs and think that those writing have it all together. This is an easy assumption when we see only snapshots of others’ lives rather than real-time, video footage. 🙂 And, I think we, as women, put undue pressure on each other (without realizing it) when we act like we have it all together; we assume all women have it all together and must be losers because we don’t. By doing so, we miss out on opportunities to share with women and others as to how God has met us in the midst of our chaos, “not-all-together life.” I actually just had this conversation earlier in the week with a college friend battling through postpartum depression. We had both shown our scars to one another; we were encouraged & the Lord was glorified. (Sorry, I digress…) So, along those lines, here’s a snapshot into how I spent my Saturday.

What are those piles of pictures and envelopes you ask? Well, those are Christmas cards that we received 6 months ago (it’s half way to Christmas people!!! how is that possible?!?!?) and have been sitting on my desk in our bedroom. I saved these particular cards so that I could update addresses for my “Christmas Card List” Excel spreadsheet (which is a GREAT way to keep up with addresses, btw.) I spent this afternoon entering the addresses in my Excel file. Yup, that’s right! Nothing like completing a task 6 months later (and I may or may not have let dust collect on top of them for the past 6 months. I digress….)

So, here’s to keepin’ it real! And here’s a quote from one of my spiritual heroes, Elisabeth Elliot, in her book, The Shaping of a Christian Family: How My Parents Nurtured My Faith, which I just finished & highly recommend (YAY for summer reading!!). May this encourage us Mommas (and Dads, if you’re reading!) today as we walk through life with the majority of our days spent on ordinary things. The Lord is in the ordinary things. May we see Him in them, glorify Him through them.

“Ordinary work, which is what most of us do most of the time, is ordained by God every bit as much as the extraordinary. All work done for God is spiritual work and therefore not merely duty but a holy privilege.” (Elisabeth Elliot)

Summer is for…Sonic (Half Price Shakes ALL DAY today!)

20 Jun

Nothing reminds me of summer like SONIC! Summer is…most definitely for Sonic, particularly Happy Hour (daily from 2-4pm) for half price drinks and slushes! I have many fond memories of summertime trips to Sonic (and most definitely parking on the COOL side of the drive-in!), ordering a lime slush and gallivanting around town in my parents’ mini van. Yes, all kids should have to drive a mini van upon receiving their driver’s license. This, people, is a rite of passage–16 year olds driving mini vans. Come on, you know you did!

2013 is the Summer of Shakes @ Sonic! They have 25 different flavors to celebrate (Peanut Butter and Bacon, anyone?), and all milkshakes are half price after 8pm. My parents treated my boys and me to half price milkshakes last week, and that is their new request when we go to Sonic. “Can we have milkshakes, Mommy? No, kiddos, that’s your special treat when you’re with Mimi and Pop.” (Whew! Hope that’s okay to tell them, Mom and Dad!)

Good news, also, from Sonic TODAY–Thursday, June 20–milkshakes are half price all day!! So, if you’d like to try one of the 25 different flavors for breakfast (Go for the Peanut Butter and Bacon! That sounds breakfast-y, right?), lunch and dinner, go for it. You’ll only pay half price…all day. Wahoo! Thank you, Sonic!

And, if you live in an area that does not have a Sonic (like my BFF who just  moved to a new town and sadly has one 16 miles from her home. SNIFF, SNIFF!), I’m soooooooooooo sorry! I’m crying right now for you! I would start a personal petition to Sonic’s Headquarters. Sonic Drive-In for ALL!

Happy Half-Price Milkshake Day!

Summer reading=LOL

18 Jun

As a part of our oldest sons’ homeschool day, they read daily to me or quietly to themselves. For the past 2 years, we’ve used the Sonlight readers, which have all been a sheer delight. We’re continuing on with our sons’ routine of reading daily even during the summer months…because we LOVE summer reading!

Yesterday was one of those magical “reading” moments that brought me utter joy, a moment that I burned into my memory that I’ll revisit for a lifetime. It was our oldest son’s turn to read, and the next book in his Sonlight readers for this year was Amelia Bedelia. I remembered the laughable, hilarious adventures of Amelia Bedelia from my own childhood reading adventures. As son #1 began reading the book, my other 2 sons and I surrounded him, each of us wiggling and craning our necks wildly in order to see the illustrations. And, then….it happened. Full-out belly laughter and guffawing commenced. The 4 of us were so hysterical that son #1 could hardly read the words. As Amelia Bedelia “dressed” the chicken in clothing and “dusted” the furniture with make up, our laughter was uncontrollable. This mommy’s heart was euphoric and blissful (and my sides were sore!).

I love the shared experience of reading a book together. Nothing compares to family bonding over a good book; it’s a tradition that I fight for in our family. As we woke up this morning and milled around the house today, we enjoyed more giggles today over Amelia Bedelia “trimming” the steak and “drawing” the drapes. So, if you’re looking for a great way to bond as a family this summer, take the summer reading challenge and dive together into a good book (all of the cool kids are doing it!). Any of the Amelia Bedelia books will be a great place to start.

Visit my previous post for a great book list of quality children’s literature (grades K-8) or buy my favorite ‘book list’ book,  Honey for a Child’s Heart.

Happy reading!

Summer is for…Summer Reading (Book List: grades K-8)

6 Jun

It’s been quiet here at Suzanne Shares for several weeks. Yes, I’m still alive! 🙂 In the last 4 weeks we’ve gone on vacation (I’ll be writing more about this soon!), finished school, swim lessons, and enjoying some much needed R&R after a busy school year. It’s been nice to have some respite with no agenda and some quality time with the family. 🙂

Periodically this summer, I’m going to post some of my favorite things about SUMMER! This first post is about one of my favorite, favorite, FAVORITE things about summer–SUMMER READING! Summer Reading is yet another tradition in the Mosley home. Today, I took my boys to register for Summer Reading at the library. They were so excited to get home, read books and mark off the circles on their reading chart. Of course, they are ecstatic that they can earn prizes as they mark off the circles on the chart. As a parent, I’m ecstatic that they are reading, journeying to worlds unknown, engaging their minds, and being shaped by the stories read. (Can you tell that I’m a bookworm?!?!?) Check with your local library for more information about their Summer Reading program. Your kiddos will LOVE it! The best part about Summer Reading is that it’s FREE!

I found this reading list for grades Kindergarten-8th grade last summer via one of my favorite blogs, “Between Two Worlds.” The list is from Calvary Classical School, a classical Christian school in Hampton, Virginia. If you’re looking for some quality literature to put before your child or to read to your child this summer, this list is a great one!

Also, Honey for a Child’s Heart, is one of my favorite, favorite, favorite books! Gladys Hunt has done a marvelous job of assembling rich, quality, you-won’t-want-to-put-the-book-down book lists for children. I was thankful to stumble upon this book! It came into our lives at a time when I was ready to turn in our library cards! My boys were choosing books at the library that were boring, poorly written, and often quite lacking. I was beginning to hate reading to my boys, which grieved me. This book resulted in a 180 in our home. Hunt introduced us to authors like Lois Lenski, Bill Peet, Leo Lionni and Robert McCloskey. The joy of reading together returned; thank you Gladys Hunt! This is another excellent resource if you’re looking for book list for summer reading. Better yet, buy the Honey for a Child’s Heart: Kindle edition (half the price!) and take it with you to the library to track down some wonderful books for summer reading!

Where do you find quality literature for your kiddos?!?! Please comment and share! I’m always looking for new books!

Happy reading!