FREE Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

*Update* Shortly after posting this the company put up a notice that due to higher traffic than anticipated they are out of stock and the offer is dead. 😦

If you have never ordered from Tropical Traditions before, you can request a free 16 oz jar of Organic Gold Label Virgin Coconut oil! Plus free shipping!

I use coconut oil to make these delicious homemade granola bars, so I was pretty excited about this freebie. Hurry, the offer is only good through April 29th. I just ordered mine and it was quite simple. I did not even have to enter any credit card or payment information. Just a heads up, the sight was running quite slowly, probably due to high traffic from all us deal seekers! 🙂

Thanks, MoneySavingMom!


Hudson’s Two Year Pictures

Last week I took Hudson to get his two year pictures taken. Usually I get them taken right near their birthday, but it has seemed that since his birthday he has always had some bump, bruise or cut on his face. Such a boy! 🙂 But it was well worth the wait, his pictures were adorable! He was the perfect little model, doing everything the photographer asked and holding every pose she put him in. She said he was the best two year old she had ever photographed! That’s my boy! 🙂

You can go here to view his portraits. Enter APRIL JONES as the customer name.

A Week of Fun

This week Adam was away at the T4G conference Monday-Thursday. I knew I would pine away something terrible for him while he was away, so I begged my mom to come up and keep us company while he was gone. We did miss him, but we kept busy and had a fun week with my family here. And Adam was blessed, encouraged, and spiritually recharged while at the conference.

We went to the museum, did lots of shopping, played at the park and of course took lots of pictures! And best of all late Thursday night Adam came home. We sure did miss him!

Here are a few pictures from our week.

A Good Read

This article was a good read, and a great reminder to share in my children’s joy of life.

Freezer Cooking Day Results

My feet are tired, but my freezer is full! I had a great time today cooking with my sister and am very pleased with all that we accomplished in about four and a half hours.

We made Layered Enchilada Bake x3, 28 Brown Bag Burritos, 4 lbs of Sloppy Joe’s, Chicken Tetrazzini x3, Saucy Parmesan Chicken x3, Tuna Noodle Casserole x3 and Apple Cobbler x4.

And all this with two  little boys running around! 🙂

This is what I made yesterday:

Homemade spaghetti sauce, croutons, and taco seasoning.

My family is coming to visit this next week, so I am looking forward to taking advantage of some of the prep work for meals being done already. Less time cooking means more time for family fun! 🙂

Thanks to MoneySavingMom and LifeasMOM for all the inspiration!

Freezer Cooking Day

This afternoon I will be doing another freezer cooking day. This time my sister, Katie, will be joining me. I am looking forward to having my freezer restocked with delicous ready-made meals again!

Yesterday I made up a batch of homemade spaghetti sauce, croutons, and homemade taco seasoning. Today our plan is to make  Layered Enchilada Bake, Brown Bag Burritos, Sloppy Joe’s, Chicken Tetrazzini, Saucy Parmesan Chicken, Tuna Noodle Casserole, and Apple Cobbler.

Be sure to check back later to see how we did! If you have been doing freezer cooking please leave a comment and let me know what you do!

Can an old dog learn new tricks?

Adam and I desire that our boys be well-rounded and well taught on many subjects. One area  we plan to encourage them to apply themselves  and work to be accomplished in is  music. Next year the plan is for Isaac to start taking piano lessons, and then in the years ahead we would like him to try his hand at several other instruments.

As parents this is something we felt we should lead by example. I played the piano as a child and teenager…but after getting married and having little time or access to a piano much of what I learned has fallen back to some long-lost place in my mind. 🙂 Adam can play a bit on the guitar and also played the trumpet some in highschool. So though we have some music background we do not feel as though we have truly applied ourselves or accomplished ourselves in the area of music.

Thus the insane idea. We have decided to take up a new instrument. Adam is now the proud owner of a viola, and I of a violin. Yep. We bought them so we would be totally committed. Oh dear. What in the world was I thinking? !


Later today we are meeting with the lady who will be teaching us. Big gulp. I am actually pretty excited about learning to play the violin, but I know it’s going to be a big challenge. Especially at this point in my life.

Without a doubt, I need the Lord’s help with this new endeavor! But we are looking forward to when we  will be able to use these instruments to minister at church and in other areas.

Now, if I could just snap my fingers and make it sound as pretty as it looks….

FREE 8×10 at Walgreens

Today only, you can get a free 8×10 photo at Walgreens. You can order online and selct to pick up in store for no extra charge. Head over here to get yours!

He is Risen!