I just can’t think of a catchy title for this one

Honestly, I don’t have too many unusual online shopping places. I do ebay and amazon, of course. I used to do all of my shopping online. But for the past few years, I haven’t done much shopping online or off. But I love to look.

I love looking at etsy and Indie Collective.

And I’ve been itching to try Amazon Groceries. Their prices are good and you can get free shipping.

Vermont Country Store is fun, because you can find so many things that you probably didn’t even know they still made…

The Freecycle Network

I’m probably the last person to join, but have you checked out your local freecycle? I joined the local group yesterday and am excited about getting started.

Don’t know what it is? It’s a group of people who want to find new homes for their old things, other than the landfill. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to be able to give my things to someone who I knew could use it and appreciate it. You can also list items that you are looking for.

From their site:

The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 4,226 groups with 4,332,000 members across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer (them’s good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box. Have fun!

If you haven’t already, check out your local freecycle.

Go… NOW!

Go read this post at my brother’s blog and be blessed.

And for a beautiful description for the reason he’s named his blog as he did, read this post.

(Don’t be afraid… he doesn’t bite!)

Play Nicely

yee doggy! My wrist is sore from clicking on over 300 (!!!) giveaways!!

I’ve had so many plans for blog posts – all weekend I had several ideas. And now, well, I’ve forgotten them all as I’ve gotten caught up in visions of free goodies!

Instead, I’ll go ahead and posts some links to some interesting things I’ve come across recently. Any of these topics could be a post on their own, but I wouldn’t do them justice… I know, it’s a cop-out, but they are some good ones. And you’d thank me if you knew the nonsense waiting to spew forth from my keyboard otherwise…

I’m not trying to be inflammatory with the links that follow. Just call me informative. (But feel free to let me know your thoughts on any of them)

~Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed is a movie by Ben Stein; due out in February 2008.
A quote from the site explaining the premise of the movie:

In a scientific world gone mad, EXPELLED: No Intelligence Allowed is the controversial documentary that will chronicle Ben Stein’s confrontation with the Neo-Darwinian machine, exposing widespread suppression and entrenched discrimination in his heroic quest to bring back freedom in our institutions, laboratories and most importantly, in our classrooms, with the help of the world’s top scientists, educators and thinkers.

Coming to theaters in early 2008, EXPELLED promises to be the most controversial film of the year (think Fahrenheit 9/11 and An Inconvenient Truth).

~I don’t usually catch 20/20, but last week I did and caught this interesting nugget of information from John Stossel in his “Give Me a Break Segment”. It’s a bit on Global Warming. It is subtitled “Challenging Conventional Views on Global Warming.” Read the transcript here and view the video at youtube here*.

UPDATED to add this link to Angela Hunt’s blog. She wrote a brief post on the global warming issue and posted part of a transcript from a CNN interview with one of the co-Nobel Peace Prize winners this year (you know, the one that Al Gore also managed to be awarded…)

~I love this reminder of how quickly our children grow up, written by the children’s minister at my church. Steve does an awesome job with the kids at our church and reaching out to the kids in the community.

Feel free to discuss. But keep it civil and clean!

~(Additionally – I am so late to the party over at The Domestic Diva’s* blog, but she is giving away a Pink Dyson. The contest ends tomorrow! So hurry and enter. And when you win, plug your ears so you won’t hear me crying… I mean, jumping up and down in total excitement and joy for you! okay… crying…)

*Updated: Link no longer active/available

I hear Billy Joel playing in the background

First off, y’all are so sweet. I feel so silly when I get to thinking about stuff like stats and subscriptions. But y’all are sweet and true enough to remind me to just be me. ~thanks

(Now I’ve got that Billy Joel song swirling around in my head. “Don’t go changin’ to try to please me… I love you just the way you are!”

Okay, gag, I can’t carry a tune in writing either.)

Moving forward.

My home (except for Declan and me) has turned into another coughing, snotty nose fest. Seamus had it first, then Sean, then Abbie and briefly, Quinn.

We made it through the entire summer without crazy illnesses. But now we are back to the germ-fests…

I have mentioned Abigael’s coughing fits before. I’m still convinced it has to do something with the whooping cough she had 3 years ago. She is dealing with one tonight. They get so bad, that even though she has no other symptoms, she has to miss school. Nothing will stop them. Sean prayed over her back in May, and literally, she had no coughing spells from May until this weekend. For her, that was huge!

So I am awake, and listening to my sweet girl coughing, unable to sleep. It is such a hard thing for a mother to not be able to take suffering (slight as it may be) away from her child.

This illness also coincided with the opening of deer hunting season in Tennessee. Sean was determined to be out there in the field. So, imagine his dismay when he came down with a cold. He is not one to take medicine. But this weekend he took more meds than I have witnessed him take combined during the entire 10 years of our marriage.

And so our hunter made it out to the woods all weekend and even tonight. We are looking forward to some backstraps and “deer steaks”. He has been seeing some nice deer, but has been unable to get a good shot. Seeing the deer is a great improvement over last year. He was spoiled by his Wisconsin hunting. Up there, the deer practically jump out at you. For Sean, hunting in Tennessee has been like learning to hunt all over again.

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I was catching up on some blog reading tonight and Meredith at Like Merchant Ships has done it again. I love her tips for frugal living. Her home is so lovely and she has the most interesting tips for living beautifully with out paying beautifully.

My mom is wanting to do something with her kitchen cabinets. And when I saw Meredith’s tip, I knew I had to pass it on to my mom. But then I thought maybe some of you are wanting to brighten your cabinets. If so, go check out this post at Meredith’s. If you decide to do it, be sure to post before and after photos!

*updated to add: 5 Minutes for Mom has 2 great giveaways going on now.
They are giving away a PINK Dyson! and a WD Passport Portable Hard Drive.
If you win either, remember how much you all claimed to love me!! ;0)