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10 on the 10th: Fun Stuff I’m Loving That I Want to Share With You

It’s the 10th day of the month which means it’s time for 10 on the 10th with Meredith! This month I wanted to share 10 things that I’m loving that I think you might love, too!

1. Mer just Tweeted about a neat summer reading program that I want to do with my kids this summer.

Barnes and Noble has a Summer Reading program that allows your child to earn a free book when he or she reads eight books. You can get more information and download a Passport to Summer Reading here.

2. Speaking of books, how about a free audio book download?!

You can download The Hole in Our Gospel by Rich Stearns free at this month. Use the coupon code MAY2010. This book just won the Christian Book of the Year award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. Rich Stearns is the president of World Vision. The book is about his struggle to obey God and His command to fight poverty and injustice in the world. This book is on my “Want to Read” list so I downloaded it this morning in the hopes that maybe I can at least listen to it in the car until I have time to read the book.

3.  Happy Hour at Starbucks!

Participating Starbucks stores are offering half-price Frappuccinos from 3 until 5 p.m. until May 16th! Perfect for my every-afternoon-at-4-crash-and-burn feeling!

4. Speaking of  cold coffee beverages, K brought me a McCafe’ Caramel Frappe’ this weekend and may I just say, YUM!

And less expensive than a regular-price Frappucino, for sure!

5. Fake toenails.

I know, I know, but just listen to me. Last week at ballet I commented on my friend’s cute pedicure. I couldn’t believe me when she told me she bought them at Walgreens and glued them on her toes! But she did! So the next time I was in Walgreen’s I bought a box and tried them myself.  I was imagining those thick chunks of plastic that I used to superglue on my fingernails back in the 80s. These were surprisingly comfortable and they actually stayed on my toes! Several friends complimented me on my pedicure. I’m not one of those girls who can resist telling when I find a good bargain (You like my shirt? It was $3 at Walmart!), so of course I told my friends they were fake nails. And now I’m telling you.

I don’t think I’d wear them for weeks at a time but they’re great for special occasions when you want your toes to look cute but you don’t have the time or extra cash to spend on a pedicure!

6. Laura Geller’s Spackle (Under Makeup Primer)

This was in the Swag Bag I received at QVC’s Beauty Bash. I love it! It makes my makeup go on more smoothly and I’ve noticed that my makeup stays on longer without needing a touchup.

7. Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Natural Mascara

This is the only non-waterproof mascara I’ve ever used that didn’t make me look like a raccoon within hours of applying it. And it makes my lashes look especially long! Plus I have to give Tarte props (do people give props anymore?) for the cutest mascara container EVER!

8.  Tree Frog Creations!!

I’m from the South. We monogram things. It’s just what we do. My friend Renae has an Etsy store with the cutest little personalized whatever-you-wants! And I won a personalized  bag from her store last week. Now I just have to decide which one I want!

9. Friday Night Lights! The new season has FINALLY started!!

Coach Taylor, how I’ve missed you! I just know that your wife Tami and I would be BFFs!!

10. MercyMe’s newest CD!

I think the song “Move” is worth the price of the CD. Love. It.

Wait! I know I have 10 things on my list already, but I just thought of one more. The 3rd DVD in the What’s in the Bible series just went on sale.

I’m hopefully going to buy it at Lifeway this afternoon. This one covers Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Since I’ve stalled in my read-through-the-Bible program right smack dab in the middle of Deuteronomy, I’m hoping that Buck Denver and his friends can give me a push start to make it through the rest of the book! I can’t wait to see how Clive and Ian handle all the clean and unclean laws!

Go to to see more Lists of 10. I always enjoy seeing what creative list ideas others have. I hope the rest of your 10th is sTENsational, TENriffic, and enterTENing. And I promise I’ll try to never make up adjectives using the word “ten” again. It’s just too inTENse.



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10 on the 10th: Random Stories With Pictorial Accompaniment Edition

I always want to participate in Mer’s monthly 10 on the 10th Carnival, but every month the 10th day sneaks up on me. Not today!  Well, actually it did sneak up on me again because I wasn’t planning on writing a blog post today, but I really hate to miss a good party. My lack of preparedness will be evident when you read this post of Random Stories with Pictorial Accompaniment.

1. So guess who I saw in the mall parking lot yesterday?

That’s the question and picture I asked my friends on Twitter and the responses were funnier than the event itself. Mer said:

Nope, Mer. That isn’t Trace Adkins, but thanks for playing!

Gretchen tweeted that she didn’t know who he was either but that she liked my necklace. Thanks, Gretchen! My mom made it for me!

So who is he? Why, he’s Billy the Exterminator! He’s been featured on the TV show Dirty Jobs and now his own show on A&E!  I’ve never seen it, but apparently lots of people like it. My uncle does, which is why I posed for a picture with Billy. He was extremely gracious. So much so that I’ve TiVo’d an episode of his show. Who knows? I may become one of his newest fans!

2. We gave the kids Bibles with their names on them for Easter. Someone may be vying for Vanna’s job when she decides to quit turning letters. Or perhaps she’s auditioning to be an Old Navy mannequin.

3. This kid’s art teacher submitted a piece of his work to an area-wide wildlife art competition:

This was his first time to enter anything into a contest.

And he won 2nd place in his age division! His work was on display at a museum and then at Bass Pro Shop. We’re so proud!!

Yep. Some of us crossed right over from proud into something I’m not quite sure how to describe!

4. While we were at the Bass Pro Shop, we had to look out for snakes….:

5.  …..and for alligators.

6. Uh, oh. Looks like we waited too late to call Billy the Exterminator to help these two:

7. This kid is keeping the tooth fairy in business:

8. Speaking of that kid, I’m so glad we have other boys close to his age in our little neighborhood circle. For some reason, everywhere else we’ve lived he’s been the odd man out. The kids his age are always girls (which worked well for his sister) and the boys are always younger or older (which worked well for his brother).  Here, we have kids just his size.  On second thought, I hope he’s not running with a motley crew. This group looks dangerous.

9.  When he’s not flashing AWANA gang signs with his friends or pulling out his teeth, that kid can be found helping his dad build stuff on the weekends. Today they put together a coat rack:

Here they are with the finished product:

10. The kid I was telling you about who won a prize in the art competition? Well, he’s on another weekend retreat with a group from church. I’m not as freaked out this time as I was in the fall, but I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t been thinking about him every minute since he left yesterday.  Several of my friends went to be chaperones this time and one of my friends just texted me a couple of pictures.

He’s fearless, that one! Can’t wait to hear all of his fun stories tomorrow evening.

Speaking of tomorrow evening, it has taken me so long to download the pictures for this post that I’m surprised we aren’t there yet. Thanks for stopping by. I still have one more thing I want to write about Me, Myself, and Bob. I want to see how many posts I can write that include Phil Vischer’s name before he issues an actual restraining order. Nah, I’m kidding. Truly, I want to write out the truths I learned so that I can come back and read them when I start living like I’ve forgotten. So it’s really a post for my own benefit, but you’re welcome to come back and read it if you want. You’re welcome at my fire anytime. (Friends for life if you can identify the source of that quote!)

Thanks, Mer, for hosting another 10 on the 10th!!


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10 on the (10+5)th


I hate to be late. I used to have a bad habit of being late but I’ve worked extremely hard the last few years to do a better job at being punctual and for the most part, I’m a reformed latester. And yet I couldn’t get my act together this month to be on time for Meredith’s monthly 10 on the 10th party. However, comma, I hate to miss a party so I hope everyone hasn’t gone home yet.

I haven’t had much time to blog lately so I thought that this month I’d tell you Ten Things I’ve Been Doing Other Than Writing Stuff for This Blog:

1. Going on field trips.

I promised to tell you about the day of “doughnuts” and “ducks” that were brought to us by the letter “K.” My youngest two are learning phonograms in kindergarten and last week they learned “K” which says “kuh” as in Krispy Kreme. To celebrate the learning of the phonogram “K” both kindergarten classes took a field trip to Krispy Kreme to see how doughnuts are made. You know what’s crazy? Taking 20-something kindergarten kids to Krispy Kreme to see how doughnuts are made. They were excited and loud. And then we gave them sugar. But it was fun.

Here we are getting ready to go on our big sugar-coated adventure. These pictures weren’t posed. Sometimes they really, truly like each other.


I feel funny about including the pictures of the kids’ classmates without their parents’ permission so I’m not going to post many more pictures from the day. How about this one of my two and some kid from the Witness Protection Program? (Guess who loves Oh, look! The hot light is on!


After we had doughnuts, we went to the duck pond, which has nothing to do with the phonogram “K” but is an excellent place to run off excess sugar stores. Here’s a picture of a wild-haired cowgirl:


And here’s her trusty sidekick, the he-man mountain climber:


2. Cooking.

It has been crazy rainy here. The dark, dreary days make me want to stay home and nest. We like to eat good food in the nest, so I’ve been cooking and trying new recipes. Sus posted this recipe for Black Bean & Pork chili several months ago. Apparently I’m the only person who hadn’t tried it yet. Someone around Twitter was singing its praises last week so I decided it was time to give it a try. I posted the recipe in the SnoodleSnacks blog if you haven’t already copied it from Carpoolqueen’s. I have a hard time finding crockpot recipes that I truly love, which is a shame because the crockpot makes life easier. This, however, is a crockpot recipe that I will definitely be making again. It’s a great cooler weather meal.

3. Baking.

I made two batches of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins yesterday. Meredith shared the link to this recipe last fall.  But beware, several Tweeps have reported pumpkin shortages in their area. Hopefully you’re safe wherever you are. These are easy to make and great to share. I sent a few to the kids’ teachers today. Parent-teacher conferences and report cards are next week, so let the buttering up begin!

4. Nesting.

Since we’ve had to spend more time inside, I’ve wanted the inside to be a fun place to be. I’ve been rearranging and adding some decorating touches here and there. I’m embarrassed to say that big chunk of  our house still look like we just moved here. It’s very difficult to be enthusiastic about making a house into a home when you move frequently, but I know that it’s important for my family and me to live in a house that feels like we belong. So I’m fighting through the “don’t wannas” to put our mark on this place. I haven’t made a lot of progress but every little bit helps.

5. Adding family members.

Meet Colonel.


That was his name when we got him but we like it so we’re keeping it…and him.

6.  Finding books written by people I know.

I saw this in Book-A-Million today and had to send Meredith this picture:


This is the book her husband wrote. It’s a published book in a real bookstore! How cool is that? In case you can’t read the title, the name of the book is Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas. Her husband’s name is John Blase. If you want a chance to win this book along with other cool prizes, John is doing weekly giveaways on his blog, The Dirty Shame.

7. Babysitting.

The lady who normally keeps one of my best friend’s baby has been sick. I’m very sorry that she’s been ill, but I’m very happy that I got to spend a couple of days with this cuddle muffin:

IMG_0479Could you die from the preciousness? And he’s the best baby. It almost makes me want to think about…..Let’s not even go there, okay?

8. Being present.

This blog is fun. I still marvel on a daily basis at the incredible, real-life friendships that have developed through my computer. I have friends that I’ve met here who are so precious to me that I have to remind myself that we’ve never met. What started as random comments here and there have, in some cases, morphed into actual friendships. We text, email, and talk on the phone, and have become important parts of each other’s lives. I also have friendships outside of this computer. I’ve had the opportunity over the past couple of weeks to have lunch with some girlfriends and spent time sharing my heart and listening to my friends’ hearts. I am so blessed to have such incredible women in my life, both inside my computer and out.

I’ve also tried to be more conscious of the time I spend with my family: with my husband and children, with my brother and parents. Every minute is precious and I don’t want to miss anything because I was busy trying to get a blog post written.

9. Talking to God.

My heart is heavy. I have friends who are hurting tonight. Over the past few weeks, several friends have shared prayer requests with me. I never want to take lightly the opportunity to intercede for someone in prayer. If I say I’ll pray for them, I want to be disciplined enough to be a woman of my word. That takes time and effort on my part, but I think that if I call myself a friend, the least I can do is stand in the gap when my friends need prayer.  My heart is also heavy for my family’s concerns. Does anyone else find that sometimes it’s easier to pray for others than it is for yourself?

10. Listening to God.

In the past few weeks, even months, God has been reshaping my faith. My time with Him, although painful at time, has become so very precious. I don’t want to miss one thing that He has to say to me. That means I have to be still and listen. I have to take time to be in His presence….And for the first time in a long time, I honestly want to spend more and more time with Him. I don’t know what He’s doing, but I know He’s working and I want to be available and ready for what He has for me.

So that’s what’s been happening outside the walls of Snoodlings. Sorry this was so long, but I’ve been saving up words. I have plenty to say, but just not as much time to say it. Speaking of time, it’s flying so I should go. As always, thank you, Meredith, for hostessing another month of 10 on the 10th!


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Let’s kiss and make up…..or just make up!




My friend from college that I wish I’d known better back then  has started a fun bloggy game where she posts TEN things on the TENTH of each month. At the time she announced it, I wasn’t sure if I was going to play because I haven’t been in a very bloggy place lately. But since then, I’ve decided that this blog adds a sense of normalcy to my life that I have been sorely missing. Plus I hate to think that everyone else will be having fun with Alice (That’s our family version of “having fun without us.” I’ll tell you the whole story later, but if you don’t stop interrupting me we’ll never get to the end of this post and we all have things to do today. I have to bring snacks to small group tonight. What would be good to bring? Seriously! Stop getting me off track!).

So without (much) further ado, I proudly present…..


I don’t know that I would absolutely be categorized as a girly girl, but I really do enjoy makeup. I am, after all, a card carrying Southern girl. However, I don’t even wear it every day. In fact, I’m glad you can’t see me right this instant. You would find this post quite ironic, I think.


   1.  SEPHORA! I love this store. Some of my friends prefer Ulta, but I love me some    Sephora!  I prefer the free-standing Sephoras to the Sephora, Jr. stores they have in some  J.C. Penney stores.  The Sephora I visit now doesn’t have the friendliest staff so I try to  know what I want to look at before I go there. I love that they keep up with how much I  spend (Because I’m a Beauty Insider, don’t you know. Don’t get excited. It’s a free service  that they offer to everyone.) and after you’ve spent a set amount of money there you get a  free sample. I LOVE free samples!! And I love that they gave me a cute  cupcake flavored scented body wash for my birthday. They really shouldn’t have! I love  having so many different brands of stuff all in one place. Let’s go to Sephora, people!!


shu-uemura-curler2. Shu Uemura eyelash curler

    For years I’ve seen this eyelash curler in different magazines. For my birthday last year I decided to give myself this and Tweezerman tweezers (more on those later). My dear sweet baby brother has my eyelashes. I don’t mean they look like mine. I mean he has the ones that I’m certain were supposed to be mine. So he walks around with naturally long, thick, curly lashes and I use this. Life lesson? Life’s not fair. Acknowledge and move on.




blinc-kiss-me-mascara3. Blinc Mascara by Kiss Me

    It’s weird to me that my mascara says “Kiss Me” but I guess “Look at Me” sounded a little needy. Anyway, for years I’ve suffered with raccoon eye disease. I have dark circles to start with (Thanks again, heredity!) that were always compounded by the layer of mascara that always ended up under my eyes. It would have been great if I were going for a football player look, but I am so far away from being athletic that I could never pull it off. Instead I always looked like haggard stayed-too-long-at-the-party girl. I tried everything. I’m convinced that some of my eye wrinkles are from constantly rubbing mascara from under my eyes. My friends were sick of my standard question: “Do I have stuff under my eyes?” That is until I found this mascara! It actually forms little tubes around your lashes. It’s important to know that because when you take it off, it looks like your actual eyelashes are coming out which can cause a slight freakage at first…or so I’ve heard. Anyway, this mascara ROCKETH!


tweezerman_mini_slant_tweezers_large24. The Tweezerman Tweezers.

This is the other gift I bought myself for my birthday last year. They are really great tweezers when you know where they are. Mine have been missing for several months. If you’ve seen them, please send them home.  








bulgari_omnia65ml_lrg1 4. Omnia perfume by Bulgari

I have several unused bottles of perfume that I never finished. I liked them at first but got tired of them after awhile. This is the first perfume that I ever used until the bottle was empty and I’m now on my second bottle. 





309587_fpxtif5. Amazing Grace and Pure Grace by Philosophy

I bought these as sample bottles at Sephora. I like the sample sizes because I can make makeup and perfume last a LONG time. These are great everyday fragrances because they are light and smell very clean. I love the names Philosophy gives its products. Last time I was in Sephora I was given a sample of Hope in a Jar moisturizer. It was good, but I think next time I need to try When Hope Is Not Enough (is that the best name ever?!)





143138_fpxtif6. High Intensity Hand Cream by bliss

Again, I buy the sample size of this at Sephora because it isn’t cheap. I like that it truly moisturizes without making my hands feel greasy.












camille2  7. Camille Beckman Glycerine Rosewater

    My mom gave this to me and it’s one of my very favorite lotions. I love the way the glycerine makes my skin feel. It has a very, light rose scent. To me, it smells very southern. Side note: When I was in high school I wore  a foundation simply because the saleslady told me that it was the foundation Vivian Leigh wore when she played Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With the Wind. Yeah, I’m the sucker you can see coming a mile away. Anyway, I also love the name Camille. We almost named the Princess Diva Camille. It was between that and Bubbles. No, really! But again, that’s another story for another day!

m5y1251   8. Longwear lipstick

    I put my makeup on once and it needs to last for the rest of the day. Despite my love of makeup, I really don’t spend a   lot of time on self-maintenance. I like the longwear lipsticks because I need for my lipstick to stay on from the time I    put  it on until I’m finished for the day. I’m currently looking for a new shade of lipstick.  Right now I’ve noticed  that everyone on TV seems to be wearing just a shade darker than their natural lips. It’s not really a nude look, but a healthy, baby lips color. I wish I could find it in a longwear lipstick.


      9. Hot Mama blush by The Balm

    I’d love to tell you that I love this just because it’s a great product. It is, but I think the main thing I love about it is the cool retro compact and the name. Who doesn’t want to be a Hot Mama?

questionmark_blog10. The Next Great Product

Oh, the possibilities! I know that somewhere in Sephora is the perfect moisturizer that erases all signs of aging, the most flawless concealer that makes dark circles vanish, and the best shade of lipstick ever.  I know that somewhere someone has a product to make my lips fuller, my eyes brighter, my hair shinier, and my nose smaller. It will make my teeth like perfect white Chiclets. It will fold and put away my laundry and cook our meals. It will make me abetter wife and mother and citizen. I just have to find it. 😉

Yeah, this post was completely shallow and of no lasting significance. But I have to tell you, it was a lot of fun!


UPDATE: I can’t believe I left this one out!

moroccan-oil   My hairdresser (or are you supposed to say “stylist” now? Hairdresser sounds outdated) used this and I fell in love with it. I mainly love the smell but it makes your hair shiny and it makes your hair dry faster, too! I bought the small bottle because you only need the tiniest amount.


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