#PayItForward Back to School Challenge




I was honored to have been chosen to join this year’s Back to School challenge.  Campus Book Rentals supplied 85 Bloggers with $25 each to fill a backpack full of supplies and donate it to a child.  What a blessing this is and I love being apart of it.   I live in a small rural town without many places to shop but I managed to fill a backpack and make a child very happy.

Here is what I bought:


1 Backpack $2.79

2 1″ Black Binders  B1G1 $2.99

5 Papermate Mech Pencils .29 each

3 Papermate Blue Pens .29 each

2 Papermate Black Pens .29

6 Folders with prongs .29

1 Crayola Colored Pencils 1.99

4 Packs of  Lined Notebook paper .69

1 Plastic Protractor .19

1 Wooden Ruler .19


1 Crayola Markers $1.97

1 Crayola Crayons .75

3 Glue Sticks .75


My daughter joined in on packing the backpack and got really excited that she was helping too.   Have you donated school supplies to pay it forward if so I would love to hear about it.

This awesome Pay It Forward Event was sponsored by Campus Book Rentals

About our sponsor:

Campus Book Rentals is a company that offers students up to 90% off their textbooks! It not only allows students to save money, it helps students make money by providing services for students to rent out their textbooks to other students. Campus Book Rentals has been around since 2007, and continues to help
students live a more affordable life. Campus Book Rentals is proud to sponsor such an amazing pay it forward event!


**Disclaimer  There was not other compensation for this post just the $25 to  pay it forward to a child.


SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide Team Up



SANUS and Safe Kids Worldwide have joined together to bring awareness to injuries caused by flat screen TV’s.  Due to increasing size and new ultra thin designs, today’s flat panel TVs can easily tip over when bumped or pulled, toppling off of furniture and causing injury or even death.

A 2011 US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on flat panel TV safety revealed:

· A child is killed every three weeks from an unsecured TV

· Every 45 minutes a child visits an emergency room due to a TV tip-over related injury

· Between 2000 and 2011, 215 fatalities have resulted from TV tip-over

· An estimated 17,000 people each year, the majority of which are children, are treated for injuries from TV tip-overs

· Reported cases have increased almost 25% from 2006 to 2010, and over the last 10 years, injuries have increased by 31%


SANUS TV Mounting Tips:

· Easy 1, 2, 3 installation with a wall template to ensure even placement

Online video walkthrough of simple installation available at any time

No additional tools necessary – all required installation hardware is included in package

Live customer support available 6 days a week

Below please find a link to a SANUS TV Safety Video:

*Disclosure* I was provided with TV mount to secure my TV in exchange for this post. Regardless the information is important and I wanted our readers to know about it.

My First Blog Post

TrashCan Writing Prompt

Every week I say I am going to do the writing prompt.  Every week it gets pushes farther down the list until we arrive at another week.  I’m doing this week’s!!  Wanna join me?  You can find the prompt and link up over at the Trash Can Bloggers website!


This week’s prompt is:

Finish this sentence…..

“My first blog post was about___________________ .


My first blog post was a thank you to our awesome designer.  She manged to take only email and make this site exactly how it was in my head.  Now my dream site might not be your dream site but it was mine at the time.  She did an awesome job.  Over the past few months my dream has slowly changed and I realize it is time for TGASC to get a makeover. What will it be?  How will it look?  Who knows God hasn’t filled in the blanks yet.  Be on the look out though. Changes are a comin’!

How To Grow a Pineapple or Try to Anyway!


 How to Grow a Pineapple

I have a confession! I love, love, love fresh pineapple. I never tried fresh pineapple until I became an adult (sad but true) but I adore it now. I got to thinking about growing carrot tops one day and thought I bet you can grow pineapple, sure enough you can!

How To Grow A Pineapple

Start with a good Pineapple!  Does not matter what the top looks like.  You will use the top but you will also want to eat the pineapple so make sure it’s good!  Start by twisting the top off of it.  Don’t worry you won’t break it.  Just give it a few good twists and it will pop right off!

How To Grow A Pinapple


The next step is to start pealing down the leaves. As you peal them down you will start to see little roots.  I hope you can  see them out in the picture.  Peal until you do not see any more roots.  I pealed about an inch up my steam before I ran out of roots.   Gently loosen the roots, they will be stuck to the steam.  Once you have pealed and loosened you are ready for the next step.

You’ve figured out how to grow a Pineapple

How TO Grow A Pineapple

Next you want a small to medium pot and some potting soil.  Dig  a hole in the soil and plant your Pineapple Stem and add your water.  Now you have planted your very own Pineapple and you are ready for the final step.

How To Grow a Pineapple

Finally you can enjoy the sweet rewards of your Pineapple.  This is what life is all about!  You just gotta love it!

How to Grow a Pineapple


Here’s my plant about a week out.  Part of your plant will turn brown and die, that’s ok it’s supposed to do that.  If you look real close right in the middle you will see I have a new stem popping up.  Wonder how long it will take for my new Pineapple to grow?

Topic How to Grow a Pineapple

Be Your own BOSS!


I love love love being a work at home mom even on the days when it’s like a whirl wind here!  I wouldn’t trade it for the world.  If you are looking to work from home make sure you check out stella &dot

Now is the perfect time to launch your own business and join Stella & Dot’s growing team of Stylists! Stella & Dot creates flexible, work from home business opportunities for entrepreneurial women. Create the success you deserve. To find out more information visitwww.stelladot.com/stylist. Get started today!

For My Mommy


I thought this year instead of sending a card I would do something a little different!   I want in some way to honor you and all that you do.  So many times you have stepped in to fix my mistakes, regardless of how big they were.  I thank God for you because I know my Mommy can make anything better.  I am a better mother because you are my mom.  Thank you for everything you do!!  I Luv Ewe!




Mother's Day

 A Mother’s Love


There are times when only a mother’s love

Can understand our tears,

Can soothe our disappoints

And calm all of our fears.

There are times when only a mother’s love

Can share the joy we feel

When something we’ve dreamed about

Quite suddenly is real.


There are times when only a mother’s faith

Can help us on life’s way

And inspire in us the confidence

We need from day to day.


For a mother’s heart and a mother’s faith

And a mother’s steadfast love

Were fashioned by the angels

And sent from God above.


–Author Unknown

Mother's Day

Check out the Free Mini-Courses on Craftsy

Online Quilting Class

Did you know that Craftsy offers free Mini Courses?  I love learning new things and although I don’t consider myself craft by any means I do like to try.

The next 2 free Craftsy mini-courses I’m going to take are:
1. Sewing Machine 911
2. Modern Buttercream (cause it’s soooooo good)

Check out all of the other free Craftsy mini-courses by clicking here.


There are several to choose from.  Are you crafty? What courses would you take?

From the Pastor's Desk 4/7

Pastor's Desk

This past week I was asked to come be witness at the swearing in of a Judge.

The Person that was sworn into office, is my prayer partner. I told him a little over a year ago that he could do so much from where God was getting him positioned for. He looked at me like I was crazy. Sometimes even I think I am …kinda, but time and time again God has shown Himself so very faithful to what he wants to do through us.

I knew and shared with him that he would do so much. Even if he thought he was limited in what was possible. With Christ so much more would and could happen.

Phillipians 4:13 
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

No matter what you are going through or where you are in this life.


Pastor Anthony A. Hollar