Southwestern Pasta Salad

The warm weather has begun and you know what that means… barbecues! If you love pasta salads, you’ll want to add this one to your menu. It’s simple and feeds a lot.

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Struggles of a Mom

Recently I watched the movie, “Moms’ Night Out.” Have you ever seen it?  The movie is about main character Allyson, a stay at home mom of three, who desperately needs a night out with her friends to “unplug” from her daily life and distractions.  A planned night of fun turned into a night of disaster and is nothing what she had hoped for.  Although Allyson and her two friends lead very different lives, a common thread is shared by the three. Continue reading

He Gave His Son

I never experienced pain like I did the day our daughter died.  It was completely unexpected and rocked our world to the core.  I felt as if my heart was ripped out of my chest and I didn’t know how I could go on.  I love each of my children with every part of me, even the one I hadn’t held in my arms.  I never imagined I would experience something like this.

As I sit here and prepare for this weekend’s Easter service, I am reminded of something. God willingly gave up His son. He sent His son to Earth to die, for our sins, for me. I know the level of pain I felt when we lost Bella, unexpectedly, without warning.  I can’t imagine the pain God must have felt when He gave His one and only son. He sacrificed His life so that we may be saved and have eternal life. He knew the death that He would endure. The torture and pain He would experience.  How hard it must have been for Him to deny His son’s request to take that burden away.

I don’t know that I could willingly sacrifice one of my children.  I love them more than words could describe.  But to know that God’s love for me is greater than that, is unimaginable.  My daughter, Bella, and His son, Jesus, dancing on streets of gold together, waiting for my arrival, is a vision so sweet and makes Easter that much more special to me.

Chicken Cacciatore

One of my favorite Italian dishes is Chicken Cacciatore. It’s cheap, easy and delicious! When my husband and I first moved in together we were always broke so I made this dish quite often.  Let’s just say he forbid me to make it for a while LOL.  It’s safe now for me to make it on occasion. I still enjoy it every time!

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Coupon Savings March 29 – April 4, 2015

This week I ventured to several stores, CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Dollar General and Family Dollar. I also tried Dollar General’s digital coupons for the first time. These deals are good through Saturday April 4, 2015. My total retail cost was $102.85 and my OOP (out-of-pocket) was $35.54.  That’s a 65% savings!

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