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I am so excited about this giveaway. I have planned for you, people. Last time I just jumped in (late) with a little pre-owned somethin’ of my own, but THIS time I am authorized to pick 4 t-shirt winners from my new favorite kind and fashionable t-shirt company.

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I first became familiar with B*Kindwear when Shannon featured them on Bloggy Giveaways last summer. I remember being impressed with their story, especially since the previous Spring, I had been surprised to learn that classic “mean girl” behavior (you know, “I won’t be your friend if you/unless you…”) is now being exhibited in kindergarten. It’s one thing to teach your own children who share your own values to be kind to each other. But how do you equip a five-year-old to deal with exclusivity and peer pressure?

I don’t want to get too high up onto my soapbox, but I was impressed with B*Kindwear for putting a positive message back into the marketplace.

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Last fall, I bought sparkly camo t-shirts for my daughter and myself. And I recently purchased one for an upcoming birthday party. So won’t you please join in the revolution, and help bring kindness back into fashion — one t-shirt at a time?

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B*Kindwear is generously offering to ship 4 winners the t-shirt of their choice. And they are offering $2.00 off any purchase during this giveaway if you mention bloginmyeye in the comments section of their order form.

To win, visit their website and choose your favorite shirt. Then come back here and leave me a comment telling me which one it is. I’ll close comments Friday, Feb. 1 at midnight, and draw 4 winners on Saturday. B*Kindwear has (kindly) agreed to ship to U.S. and International addresses.

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~Eph. 4:32

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Exhibits C & D

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S. has been very interested in my dry goods lately. He routinely plays with “his” rice, but he’s also delved into “my” salt, flour, and sugar in the last month or so.

So yesterday, I moved them all to the top shelf. I suppose it will save me time in the long run. At least he’s somewhat helpful with the cleanup now.

This time it was sugar, which prompted a long discussion about how the ants would come if we didn’t clean it all up — just like they found Max’s ice pop in his pocket in Max’s ABC, a book we have really been enjoying lately. Our favorite part is when Ruby tries to kill the ants in the bathtub by pouring bath salts in, but the bath salts only turn the ants pink and purple.

It was a very sensory focused day yesterday, as you can see.

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I should just know now when we get out the (washable) paint that it’s going to involve the front door. S. always starts out on paper, but once he fills it up, the smooth, cold, white siren-song of the front door just beckons him like ants to sugar. It’s a metal front door and suprisingly easy to clean off, so though we often discuss how paint is only for paper, I guess I haven’t made enough of an impression yet.

I’m actually O.K. with messes as long as they are reversible and the messees help me clean them up. That’s how most 3 year-olds seem to enjoy passing the time. I can’t wait til warmer temps come and these messes can be made OUTside.

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Exhibit A

This is what usually happens when I try to upload pictures during the daylight hours.

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Take MY picture, Mommy!

Exhibit B

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Now it’s MY turn to take a picture.

I know you wouldn’t want me to stare at a screen instead of that sweet little face.

Snuck out to Walgreen’s & CVS after dinner tonight to score free make-up and free chocolate! Wahoo! Now, it’s time for the best cheap date night ever — a movie at home after the kids are in bed. Now showing: National Treasure. I’m off to stare at another sweet face.

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Word

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For the LORD your God moves about in your camp to protect you and to deliver your enemies to you. Your camp must be holy, so that he will not see among you anything indecent and turn away from you.
~Deut. 23:14

Thought I’d share a little jewel from my current Bible study, Beth Moore’s newly revised A Woman’s Heart : God’s dwelling place.

Does this mean I should stop blogging about gangster’s diaper? (which one could define as the space in between where a traditional diaper stops and a modern waistband starts). Note to self:  Next get rich quick scheme — low-rise Huggies for 3 year olds. Credit Anna for naming rights to the HuggieZ.

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Stuff

OK, OK, here’s another sniglet for ya:

Gangster’s diaper — n. I haven’t crafted the official definition yet, but I know my son has it. As in, S. has gangster’s diaper today; his pants are really ridin’ low.

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I thought I would share the photo of our new Advent calendar. I bought it on sale after Christmas at Amazon. There were some great after Christmas deals on Amazon. Who knew? I don’t know why that should come as a surprise, but thanks to Mir at Want Not for educating and encouraging me. Apparently, Amazon also has a sale every Friday that makes Mir very happy.

I got the calendar for about 50% off because they were selling a refurbished one that had some slight damage to the frame. The kids were fascinated with unwrapping each little magnetic piece and sticking it on, so I know we’ll have a great time next year. And I love the little hidey doors that I can stick additional surprises in.

In other bargain shopping goodness, got free deodorant for my man today at CVS and free Purell at Walgreen’s. Oh, yes, I am becoming a regular Proverbs 31 woman. Tomorrow I’m off to Meijer with more coupons; and I might even stop in at Lowe’s for my free houseplant.

Anyone want to take a crack (ha!) at defining gangster’s diaper? Leave me a comment below.

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New vocabulary

Anyone remember Sniglets?

dinkle ~ n. A dimple that transforms into a wrinkle at middle age.

fleasco ~ n. A flea infestation that goes terribly awry (as if one could ever go well!). flea + fiasco = fleasco. 

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We have several post-Christmas birthdays in this household, so we’ve been caught up in the celebratin’ for awhile here. I hope to be back in the swing of things soon.

Every time I even think about composing a blog post at the computer, a child ‘o mine wants to use the computer; and they are both becoming quite accomplished at computing these days. I guess I’ll have to start conserving energy to blog at the end of the day (or get a laptop so I can hide in the bathroom and blog; you know who you are *ahem*).

Not to mention that I’ve been caught up reading you guys again. I am so enjoying my new frugal reads; I’ve been learning so much. My favorites are over there on my sidebar if you want to go exploring. But here are some helpful annotations of just a few:

Money Saving Mom – is the ultimate primer on couponing and deal hunting at CVS, Walgreens, and Target. She is amazing.

Freebies for Mom – always has something interesting to list. She collaborates with Amy at MomAdvice to do Freebie Fridays, which I have been reading just about as long as I’ve been blogging. It is so much fun to get free stuff in the mailbox.

Bargain Shopper Lady – Thanks to Cindy @ Still His Girl for suggesting this one when I solicited your advice for your favorite frugal sites. I am now the proud owner of the lowest priced warmest fuzzy Crocs in bloggity-ville.

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And thanks to Gayle, I am now ready to make my own laundry soap. I’ve collected all the ingredients. I’m just waiting for the cat to use up the rest of the kitty litter, so I can have the bucket to store my suds in!

Other random things rattling around in my brain:

Can a male masseuse really give a woman a professional massage without enjoying it a little too much?

What was Mary really like?

(Ouch. I know. The juxtaposition. It hurts me too.)

I have had the time to negotiate a really cool giveaway for Shannon’s next Bloggy Giveaway’s carnival, so be sure to come back here on January 28 to check out the kindness. (No late start with a book I already own for me this time!) I’m so excited!

And speaking of books, I would love to clear out my 2007 reading list by annotating it as its own page, so I can have a clean slate for 2008. Jeanne did this with her movies, and I loved it.

It would really help me out if you guys could only post the good stuff. (No pressure) (Kidding!)

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