Saturday, January 10, 2009

Do we still trust in God? giveaway list

Do we still trust in God?
It happened with such subtlety that we scarcely noticed. Americans as employees, employers, and conservative stewards bought into a financial system disguised as our future security. This system, on which so many banked now lies in a virtual heap with grave questions regarding its recovery. It has showed its vulnerability and fleeting worth. It is a stark reminder that there is only one in whom we can trust. There is no safety in anything but God alone—in every area of our lives—including our futures, our jobs, and our retirements.

Today’s economic news seems nothing but bad heaped upon bad. Sales are down. Gas prices are up. Businesses are closing. Just this week, a major hospital in my town laid off 150 workers–mostly nurses who in the past felt very secure in their line of work. While many experts staunchly avoid the R-word (recession) to describe our present time, others have skipped right over this lesser evil to say we are headed for nothing short of a Depression. The stock market looks bleak and many bemoan great losses from their investment portfolios. Retirees are rightfully concerned. Those close to retirement are frightened and discouraged and working people across the country have retreated into a depressed economic state.

Our federal bills, emblazoned with “In God We Trust,” attest so boldly a God this nation has largely forgotten in its finances. The money motto testifies of a time when our founding fathers really did rely on God. They were building a new nation from nothing and recognized the blessing of sustenance. Today, complacency has replaced conviction and pension plans have quietly but surely usurped our trust in God as Provider. The enemy works stealthily and in secret and it seems he has found some semblance of success as Americans blanch in the aftermath of a tanking financial market. Christians, in particular, should take note as what they had become convinced was secure loses hold.

With hearts open to Him, we sing, “I Surrender All.” But do we really? In times like these, the kaleidoscope turns and we are shifted to a new and uncomfortable place where we must examine whether or not we have, in fact, surrendered all.

A Litmus Test
If you have lost your job or significant investment income, compare your general feelings of security from before the loss to now. On a scale of one to ten (ten being very secure), rank how you felt when your job or investments seemed safe. What was your general outlook on your future, your retirement, and your comfort level in life? Did your paycheck or monthly statements bring a sense of peace?

Next, rank how you feel now (with one being very insecure). In the absence of a job or a large fund, do you feel slightly adrift or unsure?

A large variation between the two scales may indicate an area where God can do some repair. Being so identified with our livelihood, no matter how great or small, that we flail without the assurance of it points to modern day idol worship. God told us to have no other gods before him. Our pensions, stocks and jobs are not our assurance—He is. One who got this right was a friend who invests in various ventures and funds. When asked how he was doing in light of the economy, he replied, “I’m doing great. My money is not.” He clearly exhibited a separation from earthly wealth, that money or lack of it, would not alter who he was or his God-calling.

If it Never Comes Again
When financial markets fall, most expect that with time they will recover. Analysts tell Americans to hold tight and wait out the slide. Christian, let me ask, what if the market never recovers? If you have held a semblance of peace because retirement is still years away or you have a secure job, it could be argued that submission to God as provider is not yet complete.

Until we are prepared to give every earthly possession over to Him and still find peace, joy, and grace, without worry, through His son, Jesus Christ, we are not acknowledging Him as Jehovah-Jireh. It’s a tall order but one He gently admonishes us toward in Matthew 6:34. Jesus said not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Just prior to that, he tells us to seek first the kingdom of God and…all these things shall be added. He has our needs close to His heart and if we do our part, He will do His.

Many of us will struggle as we define these things that are added. God’s definition surely differs from ours. Most Americans trust in over-abundant provision when viewed in the global scope. Countless millions live with great joy and provision in what we would consider squalor. Could we, if pressed, continue to live and trust God in those conditions? Of course! Would it be comfortable? Most likely not. But He promised that our needs would be met.

Security Redefined
If and when the financial markets recover, we, as Christians, need to reevaluate our participation in them. Beth Moore, renowned author of many bible studies once said, “There is nothing more dangerous than friendly captivity. ” Why? Because it never remains friendly. Has the nation’s financial system lulled us into trusting it over our God? In 1 Timothy 6:17 he said, “Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.” His word is clear. Nothing is certain, and he makes a point to name our riches specifically. No job, no pension plan, no 401k, nor any investment will reap the return of your trust in God.

Does this mean Christians should avoid investments in our country’s financial markets altogether? Of course not. It simply casts God’s spotlight upon our hearts and questions the understanding that all treasure on earth, no matter how carefully built and stored, is temporal. We can live with or without it through our trust in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Let God work his gentle correction today and let’s return to believing, with all our being, that it is “In God We Trust.”
borrowed from:::christianpf

Betty R~Simply Southern

"Hunting Paradise in God ,GrandKids,Fireflys and Whipporwills!"
baby be blessed dolls please take a moment to go by and visit here!It will inspire you.It is not a giveaway or contest..It does remind us of the best freebie in the world!!!Gods love for us...salvation

lynnettekraft-win a baby be blessed doll!




Free Kodak Prints-Giveaways .Hurry!

Came across some more giveaways i wanted to share.Please take a moment to comment and let me know u came by.Doesn't take but a second to say hello.I know by the tracks your coming by,say hi,i'll return the love...

God Bless Us All.

Betty R.~Simply Southern
Hunting Paradise in God ,GrandKids,Fireflys and Whipporwills!

New Kodak Product offers This is only for new get 75 free 4x6 prints.You must pay shipping but this is still a great deal!!!!hurry must order by jan 31st!
Just went by onestopboyshop-enter here
in on a giveaway she has going on...I like the name!Because I am grateful to our military GIVEAWAY!I’d like to take a minute in this new year to thank our military. The men and women that make up our armed forces are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters. They’re risking themselves for one of the most selfless things a person can do. They’re protecting our country and the freedoms that we enjoy.The winner will get to take their pick of one of these Camouflage items in my store!
is that not cool? hurry on over!
One Stop Boy Shop

make sure you bookmark her and return!The clothes are great and at a good price!!!!
cmarchuska is offering one lucky readerof the funky monkey a christine dress. You'll enjoy it!

funky monkey-enter here

Tiny Tag Designs would like to offer one of my lucky readers a 2 tag personalized necklace! A $54 value!ends jan 16th

Koola Koalas Kids Company Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive:
~Mokopuna - Bloomers Ruby
~Mokopuna - Beanie Ruby
~Mokopuna - Booties Ruby
From Koola Koalas Kids Company!
How to win : You need to click and visit koolakoalas then come back and leave a comment and tell me what your favorite item is! Want another entry? Blog about this giveaway and leave a post that you did and where. You can also subscribe to my blog or be a follower or grab my button for additional entries. Winner will be picked using Contest will end January 16, 2009 9:00 PM EST.

Frugal Mommy Of 2 girls--enter to win here!

Softress Review And Giveaway
SoftBaby is:

Gentle and effective for relieving baby dry skin and infant eczema.
A natural baby oil with no fragrances or essential oils–safe for the youngest babies
she is so impressed with them that she want to give her readers as much of a chance to win these products as they can get. Working with Softress she have been offered 4 products, 2 SoftHands and 2 SoftBaby, to give away to her readers. So for this giveaway there will be 4 winners! Two for each product. See rules to enter:
thedirtytshirt-enter now

life starring ellie and eve has several contest going on right now!
Eric Carle
-Melaleuca Products
-Tooth Tunes
-Wipes Case, Paci Clip & Shoes

-Pocket Mirror and Magnets

-Carry You Stroller Accessory


TODAY she IS posting the first of her VALENTINE'S DAY GIVEAWAYS......GO PEOPLE GO!!!! ;)
HAPPY PANDA GIVEAWAY!!!- lifestarringellieandeve-WIN PANDA!
mommymattersblog a lucky commenter will receive this just for leaving a comment there!
Beth Moore Praying God's Word Devotional Journal..hurry!

win this!!!
The Swayze Bad Ass Pack

The Beast T-Shirt
The Beast Hat
The Beast Jacket
Point Break DVD
Road House DVD
The Swayze Kind Love Pack

The Beast T-Shirt
The Beast Hat
The Beast Jacket
Ghost DVD
Dirty Dancing DVD
ends in a few days! hurry
evolvingmommy has a giveaway in progress!
Okay so in honor of the new year, getting organized and giving you the motivation to send some mail to the people you love, MagnetStreet Baby has generously offered to give 3 of my lucky readers 100 personalized address labels and seals! Whew, That's a lot of mail! enter above ends jan 15th!

summertime and a glass of lemonade along with Midnight Blue Studios have a sweet contest for you!
One winner will have the choice of a pair of earrings, handcrafted from silver and polished stone, or a set of four notecards with the image of their choice! The winner will get to choose the earrings or the image (excluding limited editions) that they would like from those currently available in the Midnight Blue Studios etsy shop website.
Summertime and a Glass of Lemonade
contest ends jan 22nd!

ALSO~~~~~~~~ HAS FOR US A BEAUTIFUL WOODEN BOWL FROM..The Wood Shop! ends jan 18th
itsnotthebandihateitstheirfans win 1) A pair of passes to the show at The Horseshoe Tavern on January 17th
2) A copy of the Dinosaur Bones' debut EP
3) A few ultra-cool collectable Dinosaur Bones pins
4) A limited edition show poster
ends jan 15th

bloodofthemuse has several tempting contest up!!! win The Glister!!!!while you are there check out the other contest,you can win hotter than hell,city of refuge and more!These are some awesome reads!!!!!
about refuge~~~two very different families, one black and one white--as they are uprooted from New Orleans to Houston and Chicago, and as they slowly find a way to piece their lives back together in the wake of the disaster. Gripping, compulsively readable, full of unforgettable characters, City of Refuge is sure to be one of the most talked-about books of the year.

popwreckoning win this..The Prize Pack includes:
01. Season one of “Flight of the Conchords” on DVD
02. An FOTC notebook
03. An FOTC guitar pick
04. An FOTC poster and FOTC postcards
ends jan 20th
jettyandellasmama-enter here oh i want this!! ;)
enter to win! This month will be for a handmade earthenware necklace. The winner gets to pick which necklace they prefer. Both are handmade by me out of earthenware clay and hand-carved stamps. After the bisque firing they are stained with an underglaze and then multiple coats of translucent glaze is applied. The turquoise cross is 18" and the pendant is about 1" with a red glass accent bead. The OM symbol pendant is 2" in diameter and 18" cord.

rockinmama two bottles of Clinical Therapy to giveaway to one lucky reader..giveaway ends jan 23rd.
rockinmama has 5 copies of the great polar bear adventure to giveaway!!!! ends jan 23rd...
Rockin Mama
make sure while you are enter these as well from ROCKINMAMA!!!!!
3 lucky readers will win a copy of Closing the Ring-ENDS JAN 23RD!

pledge giveaway!
and this one closes tonight so HURRY!!!!!!!
Win a copy of Zenses Ocean and Rainforest DS games from Rockin’ Mama



Dr. gave me two days off, Got to have giveaways!

Morning all,
I am starting my own giveaways from this blog here next month,kicking off with clothing i stay tuned for that..If you are not following do that,on twitter as well.Will earn extra entries!!!!

Well i broke down and went to Dr. last night finally.We did chest xrays and a breathing treatment.The pneumonia i feared was not there,nor fluid in the lungs but did have wheezing and irritation.He prescribed zpac and some steroids to bring down the swelling and inflammation.Then gave me a slip for 2 days off.I'm like Doc,I am already at work part time at home also!) .He said i am not to do nothing at all for 2 days ..either in the bed or setting around.Drink lots of fluids and eat as good as i can.If no better by Monday i am to go back to my dr.WELL....That gives me a excuse to sit in here and type,type,type.. ;)
I laugh about it but i am having some serious issues with my chest,breathing,esophagus, etc...Not sure what's wrong but it don't feel good.
Rain moving back in today and cooler weather starts tomorrow night.Suppose to be the coldest days we have had yet by the end of the week.They are venturing to say ,a very small possibility of snow by next Friday!We shall see that would be a rarity here in south central Alabama.
Don't let your guard down on the economy people.We here in America have a tendency to become sliders after we hear something over and over...Let's watch it close and be careful what you spend on.Please...Stay out of debt as much as you can and if you don't HAVE to have it..well maybe it can wait till a better time..If you do have a little extra(you will not need for a while) there are some good investments out there.A lot of stocks are very low right now.With some good advise and wise decisions,you may make some good returns in the long run!We had Lot's of new millionaires come out of the depression for this very reason..But at the same time a lot of people went broke..SO WISE AND PRAYERFUL DECISIONS...OK????

I know you are looking for contest /giveaways so here you go.
AND PLEASE....i know by the traffic you are coming by ,reading and entering the contest.Please take time to say hello.The more comments,the bigger the prizes in coming months.Sponsors look at this.I take time to comment on the blogs i visit.Do that for me please.Some of these giveaways i post,i am not entering,i post them for you,hoping you may want to enter and to introduce you to new blogs.So please take just a moment to say hi!!!!It is quick i promise and i will return the favor to you...If you have a giveaway,let me know ..i will gladly add ....
Also i want to change the look..any ideas??

have a great day!!!!
Betty R~Simply Southern
"Hunting Paradise in God ,GrandKids,Fireflys and Whipporwills!"


Win it: ModMum has generously offered ONE Jolly Mom reader the chance of winning a sling! Winner chooses pattern.ENDS JAN 18TH!
soothie ranch-win the teething bling set
Win It: Thanks to the generosity of Smart Mom Jewelry 5 (no, that's not a typo - 5!) of my lucky readers will win their very own Teething Bling gift set! So that as many people as possible can experience their very own Bling, If I draw a duplicate name, I will redraw for a unique winner. How can you enter? click above!ends jan 23
++While you are there,please don't miss this!Win a poncho,in size 2,for your little one..i entered ,would love to win it for summer or charlize mae!!!soothie ranch-win a poncho! ends jan 23rd!
Win It: I adore the convenience of my Kiddopotamus Trios Tote 3 in 1 Organizer, and thanks to the generosity of Organically Hatched, my readers now have the chance to win one as well! How can you enter? ends jan 23rd!

soothie ranch loves her readers!win this bath set!
The oh-so-generous mompreneurs at Spa Time Baby want to give one of my readers their very own CozyCare Cape, CozyCare Cloth, and CozyCare Cap! That's right, you get one of each in the pattern of your choice! jan 23rd!

other contest on site!!!
jack and lily shoes
Long Sleeve T-Shirt and Pair of Pants in their choice of size!(jan 18th(
feistyfrugalandfabulous win tinybigs Do you have a baby with droopy drawers? Are there pants tucked away that are not being used because you can't stand to see them falling down on your baby? Would you like to win your very own TinyBigs in the design of your choice? ends jan16th
enter her LemonHead contest here as well,you will win:
3 bandeez (1 from each size category on the site)
3 clipeez (color and style of the winner's choice)

feistyfrugalandfabulous lemonhead giveaway!

whie you are there enter these giveaways also!!!
Cricket & Monkey Review and Giveaway~jan 14th
ShooShoos Review & Giveaway=jan 12th
WALL TALK is giving 1 lucky reader their choice of any WALL TALK quote! jan 15th
EarthLust - Review & Giveaway

Controlling Chaos-win a sling HAS SEVERAL contest up and running.make sure you go by and enter some!Contest will end January 18/2008 at 10pm==Would you like carry your child in style? Rockin' Baby would like to give the "Across The Universe" sling to one lucky winner!!!
controllingchaos-win Win It: A Soldier's Flowers would like to send one of my readers a $20 Gift Certificate to their store!!
My Organized Chaos WIN IT: Lisa Leonard Designs would like to give one My Organized Chaos reader a $50 Gift certificate to use in her store! jan 14th

somethingsnappee 2 lucky readers will win 2 bottles EACH of Country Bob's All Purpose Sauce.ends jan 19th
somethingsnappee One lucky reader will win TWO bottles of Intensive Rescue™ Clinical Therapy™ Lotion in your choice of scented or unscented

Friday, January 9, 2009

Friday's Ramblings ~Giveaways!

Good morning readers!Looking forward to the wekend? Be a kinda quiet one for me i think.Jeff is working days this weekend,so until after 9 pm,he is at work.Zack going over to his moms,boys are at their mom's,so i think i may have a ''me '' weekend..;)
I said maybe,it isn't here still have not gotten over this ''flu''.3 weeks now!ARRGGG..Seems like everything is getting harder and harder to shake off.I am enjoying getting older for the most part,but health issues want to bum me out sometimes.I am checking into some natural herbs to detoxify.Any of you doing this?If so i would like to hear how this has /or has not helped you and any ideas....

Got you a tip on recycling!!!!

You’re probably throwing away a source of all the little dishwashing scrubbies you’d ever need. Heather Solos of home-ec101 suggests today’s tip: Rescue the netted plastic bags which usually hold the onions you bring home from the store. Remove the metal staple (and maybe add a rubber band to hold it all together), and you’re set. Since the bags aren’t marked for recycling, you’ve kept a bit of plastic out of the landfill — and saved money, too.

BETTY r~Simply Southern
Hunting Paradise in God ,GrandKids,Fireflys and Whipporwills! you belong to twitter?If not sign up is simple and quick and lots of fun.(by the way you can use it to enter contest for extra entries and see when a new one is posted! my user name is southernways..follow me,i'll follow u back.!)

One lucky winner will receive a cute set of deer doilies (10 pcs/set) and deer tags from dallasshaw's Etsy shop. ends jan 16th
couponprincessgoesblogging Fast Fixin giveaway 5 winners!
sandierpastures win 1 shirt from Resist Today - ends January 13, 2009
Just take a look at the contest going on right now!hurry and enter!
Kids Lunch Box Cards & Bonus Giveaway(ends jan 15th~
Slimpressions Shapewear & Bonus Giveaway!
Tumbalina Every Day Gift Card Tin Giveaway!

dont forgt this coming up as well!
Mom Fuse VDay Gift Guide & Giveaways
nursemommy07 has a contest now from Edible Baby! They offer clothes either in traditional cotton or in organic cotton! Edible Baby is such a cute idea and really offer cute, unique baby items and bigger kid items too! These are just too cute! ends 1-16
Nurse Mommy
Fly High Joy would like to offer one of my lucky readers an adult shirt of their choice. Please head on over to their site and tell me which shirt
Tara Burner-giveaway enter here win Glimpse Skin Care!this is great..This week a 4 piece skin care kit is being given away, compliments of Joanne Ott.

Visit to see the products you’re going to be entered to win.

This 4 product kit has a retail value of $200 and includes cleaner, toner, serum and moisturizer. The company boasts that it’s Introducing The World’s First Performance Based, 100% Clean & Green Topical Skin Nutrition Line.
The kit that is being given away is for dry to normal skin; however,they also have products for normal to combination to oily.

100% safe and toxic free, good for all skin types and ages.

This is the first to market product using mangosteen infused oil, and a patent pending BioActive3 Complex, which is a natural anti-inflammatory, is anti-aging and a natural antioxidant.

For best use we recommend all four products be used daily.
The kits contain all four, however individual products will be available for sale later this month.

everything up close-(enter here) has a lawers clothing giveaway!One winner will receive a $25 gift certificate for Layers Clothing.

Layers Clothing is a fun clothing company that strives to make comfortable, fashionable yet modest clothing at reasonable prices. Most of the clothing sold by Layers Clothing is very versatile and can be mixed, matched, and layered with a wide variety of different pieces. “Layer’s style is humble but edgy, sweet but sassy.” Layers Clothing’s current Winter 2008 Collections possesses many dresses, long and short sleeved shirts, cardigans, and skirts. In addition to their Winter collection, you can also find several basic pieces, which are sold year round.
everythingupclose-enter jewelry giveaway here Natural Beauty Jewelry is a stunning online jewelry store that sells jewelry that could easily be mistaken as pieces of art. Bethany Piermantier (owner of Natural Beauty Jewelry) started her store when she decided to combine her passion for working with her hands and her love of gemstones, beautiful items, and jewelry design. Natural Beauty Jewelry features a lovely variety of bracelets, earrings, and necklaces made from silver, gemstones, or both.The winner of this giveaway will receive a beautiful Amethyst, Peridot and Citrine Lariat Necklace from Natural Beauty Jewelry
Welcome to our first GIVEAWAY of 2009!GIVEAWAY: $75 gift certificate to use at Babies Showers By Mail to one lucky winner!

This one is a good one for all those baby showers that are piling up on your calendar already. In my neck of the woods, 2009 sure seems like one massive baby havin’ year! Make gift shopping for the new baby and new mama easy with Babies Showers By Mail!
Sevendogsandababy has have five copies of American Teen to give away to her readers!
Seven Dogs and a Baby
while you are there also ENTER TO WIN THESE!!!
1>she has three copies of Beethoven's Big Break to give away to her readers!
2>three copies of Eagle Eye to give away jan 30
3>one copy of Kung Fu Panda : Legendary Warriors for the DS (ends jan 30(
4>copy of Bratz Kidz to give away for the DS!jan 30
5>three copies of Ghost Town to give away to my readers.jan 30
The Funky Monkey Hoohobbers is offering one lucky reader a Moses Basket! You get to choose your fabric style too! These are sooooooooo cute!!!HURRY.

1>KP Creations is offering TWO lucky winners a pair of your choice OF SOCKS from their Etsy shop
3>Casbah Kitten is offering TWO lucky readers 1 CAT toy each! You choose!
4.own an Izzy On the Go Bag in their fabulous monkey print, a matching blanket and bib? Lucky's your chance!
5 < All Star Buddies would like to offer TWO lucky readers a Set of 7 All Star Buddies Plush Toys!
littlewindowshoppe-giveaway-click here
Win It: Dress-up Drawer Superhero Cape .This giveaway ends on Thursday, January 15th
One lucky Window Shoppe Reader will win your own custom-made superhero cape!
twoofakindworkingonafullhouse has a super contest going on now!
win a popatot! These are great for the little ones!contest ends jan 31st!


twoofakindworkingonafullhouse win a slanket!!!!contest ends feb 1st!

A Passion For Pendants by HotWyre Jewelry is giving one of my readers their own Custom Photo Pendant!!!!ends jan 31st!

thenotsoblog.blogspot-click to win here! is on bday bash -day 3!
First, Photogreetings has generously donated a customized birthday invitation design (any gender or age) for your child! Her designs are adorable!
Second, Blackbird Letterpress has donated this awesome Sweet Cake Birthday Flag to spruce up your party decorations!
And finally, what party is complete without a PINATA?!?
The Not-So-Blog

funky monkey!snack contest ends jan 10th!!
Want to try some of Snacktrition's healthy products? Now you can! Snacktrition is giving away 5 bags of each of their products to one lucky reader.
while u are there,enter this one too!
funky monkey-star kids giveaway! Here is your chance to win a Snack & Play Travel Tray of your own!

The Soothie Ranch: 2 Weeks of Giveaways!

Marina at Baby Boomba has generously offered our readers the chance to win a Button Style Chocolate Organic Hideout! How can you win?
The Soothie Ranch=click here!
The Soothie Ranch

The soothie ranch-win a poncho!
Win: beleaf has generously donated a Galaxy (blue) Bath tee, size 6 (ARV $29) for one lucky winner at sage and savvy!ends jan 10
Andrea's Review Blog">mommainflipflops2 she has 1 New Native Baby Organic Cotton Baby Carrier to give to One Momma In Flip Flops2 reader. This is a size medium in the zebra twill. ends jan 14th!
Andrea's Review Blog

savinsome win corel painter 4!!!!! i sooooooooo want this!


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thursday Blog #2 -bloggville contest/giveaways!

Ready for the giveaway link tonight?Great..also...Did you hear?Goody's is closing all 20 stores in alabama(not sure about elsewhere)so if you have one nearby,keep an eye out for deals.Just spend wisely!!!!If you don't need it(not just want it) don't buy it.I have a big feeling you will need all the money you can save here pretty quick to get through this mess we are in economically.Hubby said our local grocery/meat market had an idea box up today.They were taking ideas on how to keep the store open!!!! We only have 2 grocery stores in Florala,this is the one we find better deals in i am afraid... ;( i do hope it survives!!! we need it....

Join in on some contest....OH!!!!! and please look back 1 blog and sign the petition to save handcrafted items and this also means second hand stores as well!!will also spill right into garage sales and places like ebay!!!Please people take this law seriously and lets all stand together..We can fight this!!!!while there is still time.I ask you please to take a moment and do this....

May God bless us all again,
Betty R.~Simply Southern
Hunting Paradise in God ,GrandKids,Fireflys and Whipporwills!

click on my twitter button on the side and join me there!


momstakeonthings has a Vaseline Clinical Therapy giveaway in progress! ends jan 18th!
seline® Intensive Therapy Clinical Therapy™ lotion is a prescription-strength lotion that is available without a prescription. It provides 60% more moisture than a prescription lotion, and is not greasy, watered down or too thick. Clinical Therapy is available as both lightly fragranced and unfragranced, and works to help reduce itching caused by dry skin, and to even heal extremely dry skin.

Clinical Therapy locks in moisture on your skin and enhances its ability to heal itself. With regular use, the lotion will keep working for you, even if you miss a day.

mom of 3 check this out!ends 1-14 mabels labels giveaway!
Well, courtesy of The Giveaway Connection, she has an opportunity for one of you to be able to try out Mabel’s Labels as well! I have a Camp/School Pack, which is a $34.00 value and consists of 15 Sticky Labels, 40 Iron-Ons or 50 Tag Mates™, 8 Shoe Labels, and 2 Bag Tags, to give away. The labels are dishwasher/microwave-safe and UV resistant, and the clothing labels are laundry safe. hurry now,these are really cool to have with kids!
Tell Me A Story Review And Giveaway ~The stories are from far and wide:

The Tortoise and the Magic Drum is a Nigerian tale
The Poet and the Dragon is a Chinese tale
Kerplunk is an Australian tale
The Elephants Reward is an East Indian tale
The Talking Cat is a French Canadian tale
Coyote’s Gift is a Native American tale
The Cricket’s Song is a Guatemalan tale
This giveaway will run through midnight on January 16
thedirtytshirt-click now


honestech VHS to DVD Deluxe 3.0 is a revolutionary software that allows the easy and simple production of DVD/CD movies. Videotapes can deteriorate over time. Deteriorated videos will have color bleed, white specks, and other distortions. Don’t risk this happening to your home video collection! WIN IT!!!!This giveaway will run through midnight on January 16,
Happy Green Bee Review and Giveaway -Ends- 1/18 barefoot-mommy-click here
YOU should buy Organic,
Happy Green Bee has offered one BarefootMommies reader a chance to win a pair of tights of their own!


Barefoot Mommy Spa Time Baby Giveaway 1/18 these great ladies want to give one to a Barefoot Mommy!
You get a CozyCare Cape, Cap & Cloth of the YOUR choice for your giveaway
barefoot-mommy Eleven Review and Giveaway -Ends- 1/17 --these shoes are sooooooooo cute!shoes are available in whole sizes 9-3, perfect for toddlers through early school age kids (ages 3-8). sponsor is Eleven

Another great contest from barefoot mommy!!enter here
SuziHomemaker Review and Giveaway,win a 30 dollar gc -Ends- 1/17

thanks to suzihomemaker

Save small businesses from CPSIA – Call to Action

We need your vote again at!

How: Vote here,Simple .Just leave a comment.

When: Now!

Thank you so much for your support of the Handmade Toy Alliance. Our membership numbers continue to grow and we have been receiving many positive press responses. We have issued letters to the Consumer Protection Safety Commission, responding to the agencies requests for comments on the CPSIA. Many of us have contacted our Congress People, hoping for their support in changing the law.

Currently, we are in the running to have our issue presented to President-elect Obama, but we need your help to make this happen. Please vote to save small businesses from the

The Handmade Toy Alliance remains grateful to all of you, your trust in our products and your ability to work with us to make a positive change in this legislation.


Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Alabama Severe Weather~Giveaways 4 Tuesday

Severe weather moving in again for us today.Chance of thunderstorms,hail and isolated tornado's.AAAHHH Alabama in the winter
I need to make a Dr.'s app. today for sometime this week .I just cant shake this ''cold'' for 3 weeks now!It is in my chest and one of my lungs was making a small noise last night.I do hope i have not gotten pneumonia!
Jeff went back to work last night,the co. has been shut down since DEC. 15th for the holidays.Three weeks just too long without a regular paycheck.But not complaining too bad,they do still have a job.My nephew was laid off(electrician)yesterday indefinitely.He is worried,they have the 6 month old and he is only 18.A new job will be hard to come by for him.
Stay safe today ,maybe not get on the roads unless you must if your a

have a great day and remember to right click on giveaway links to remain on page...

Betty R.~Simply Southern

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Hunting Paradise in God ,GrandKids,Fireflys and Whipporwills!
January 10th
At pbandpickles you have a chance to win your own Blue Lapiz Teething Bling Pendent.Baby Steals has been generous enough to sponsor the giveaway of a Teething Bling Pendant from Smart Mom.
Head over to 3kidsandus and enter their contest.LittleMissMatched has provided a special treat for not one, but TWO of their readers. Two readers will get to pick out their very own 3-pack of funkalicous miss-matched socks for their baby or toddler.

pbandpickles is giving you a chance to win an activewear piece from Slim Perfect. ends jan 11th
pbandpickles you can also have a chance to win a $35 Gift Certificate to Bubele Boutique !end's jan 7th

more added tonight!!!!!!!!!!! got to go see the grandbabies...;)

betty r~simply southern


Monday, January 5, 2009

Giving Back~jessica and Libby's giveaway

Hello Readers!
I wanted to share a giveaway found with you and it was deserving of it's own post i AND Libby's veggies have teamed up with a super new years contest!
Libby’s Vegetables has provided a very generous giveaway for her readers.
Up for grabs? A $300 Grocery Shopping Spree! Now, remember, this is all in the spirit of giving back, right?

So, with that $300, the winner will get to keep $150 for themselves and then shop for a local food pantry, soup kitchen, or other worthy organization in their local community with the other $150.

This is a great thing! Helping out several people/organizations at once.I would really love to win this..
My choice is not an organization,pantry or soup kitchen.I hope i am not disqualified for this.My choice is for some forgotten people.Or at least i am sure they feel that way sometimes.
These dear ladies no longer have a choice,,they no longer can help themselves at all,yet are full of faith and hope.

We live in a small rural community where there are several elderly people who are struggling so bad ,it is just not right.These people worked hard all their lives and when they retired since it was factory work,they now live on $400.00-500.00 a month!As we all know this is not enough for anything.Several people chip in and help ,do what they can,but i know for a fact they do without most of the food they need or would like to have.It is a battle between staying warm,getting meds and trying to get something to eat.The only way they even have a home is because they have lived here all their lives and homes are paid for.Sad to be in your 80's and 90's ,not able to work anymore and no help because you have a home!These are the one's i would share this with.It would be a blessing to me to be able to give them some groceries and a blessing to them to receive...

Thank you Jessica and Libby's for a chance to help not only my family,but these as well...

Betty R.~Simply Southern

Want to Enter Some Blogger Giveaway's?

It's Monday readers,

School starts back again tomorrow,i know most are still have the 16 in school here at home.Billy's in 1st grade but his mom takes care of him.Stormy weather moving back in tomorrow for us here in south central Alabama with colder air coming in behind it.We have been in the 70's for most of December so only sporadic cold spells do we see.My hubby would love snow but that as well is a rarity.He is Michigan born,been here about 13 years.He loves the winter,i love spring..Already starting to plan our garden this year.I want it larger and i learned a few more things last year i will not make the mistake of this year.Plant farther apart,plant all greens later on,more beans,prepare for the deer early on,a fence around sweet potato's..lots of also am planning o get a LARGE canner.I will be canning more veggies and meats.Anyone with some ides on that i welcome.I have not tried canning meats and,,,,,,,i am all open...I know this will help save money and time for my family later on.I think if we all prepare for a hard year,we will be much better off..Then if by chance all get better economically quicker,we are good to go anyway and have saved some money and learned some new things...I will also make more jams and jellies.I have collected a large amount of jars and pick them up every chance i get. A lot of people have them around that will just give them to you as well i also find them at thrift stores and christian mission shops..Make sure you sign up for the contest and giveaways i post.They are fun and you can win some very useful things for you and your family!Leave me a comment let me know you came by.When my comments start growing i will be having my own giveaways for my readers as well..SO COMMENT AWAY!
thanks guys for coming by....remember to right click on links to remain here(until i can figure out what is wrong with the html here)..thanks and God bless

Betty R~Simply Southern

PS...look me up on twitter! southernways!!!! follow me,i'll return the luv1!

””, a wonderful company, is offering one BarefootMommies reader a chance to win their OWN Award Winning Rocking Horse!
It is a $49.00 Value!These are very cute as well..I am entering maybe win summer,charlie or rj one..enter here,>>>>>>>.
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Bonggafinds has all the contest below to on each link to go there!
enter to win a hardbound copy of Ralphina, The Roly-Poly-ENDS JAN 17TH
win elementary school set: from the Bailey School Kids Jr. series, entitled "Reindeer DO wear Striped Underwear"ends jan 15th
a copy of The Biggest, Best Snowman (value $5.99
Where is Baby's Belly Button, by Karen Katz (value: $5.99)jan 12th


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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Sunday Giveaways Roundup

Here You Go Readers!!!Win Some Goodies..please take a moment and let me know you came by..i'll return the comment luv!
I am spotlighting some etsy contest here!Etsy is great..they showcase some awesome creations from some wonderful artisians acr

Betty R~Simply Southern-

''Hunting Paradise in God ,GrandKids,Fireflys and Whipporwills!''

soapdeli is giving away a
Bar of Lavender and Vanilla Soap ($5 value)

End Date: 01/04
Enter for chance to win a throw blanket from; Prize Value 40

End Date: Ends 1/04
enter all these while there!
1 wins earrings (Ends 1/8)
1 wins $15 gift certificate (Ends 1/10)
tinahdee --win a New Year's resolution bracelet it has a $30 value!

deadline is 01/05
Each winner will be able to choose one necklace from the following list: Spring landscape stained glass necklace, Pink Glass and Crystal choker, Aqua bouquet necklace, Clear glass heart necklace, Gold fairy necklace, Big yellow heart necklace or Chained heart necklace

Ends 1/05


Everything Up Close

$20 Gift Certificate from Krug's Eco-Logic

Erin of Krug's Eco-Logic makes big, fragrant bars of soap and a variety of other bath and body products, like moisturizer and bath salts. Now she is sponsoring a wonderful giveaway. One lucky winner will receive a $20 gift certificate for Krug's Eco-Logic's online shop.
ends 1-5-09
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learning-by-living.blogspot free homeschooling ebook-ends tomorrow

has a Puddle Jumper Giveaway!! ((((these sre just toooooo cute!!)
Win It! on January 3, 2009
((((((((i want to win these for the grand!perfect size too..))))
from site::::
One of my favorite websites to visit daily is Baby Steals! They have the BEST deals on very high quality baby products! And they’re having me giveaway a pair of Puddle Jumper shoes! I’m totally in love with these!! I have a size 14 (9-12 months) in Black - Yellow Two-Tone puddle jumpers to giveaway to one lucky reader! Contest ends on January 6th 2009 @ midnight central time, I’ll be closing comments then!!
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Prize: win a Boon Bug Pod
Ends: January 5th
boon, the leaders in innovative and affordable products for kids has generously offered Mom Fuse readers a chance to win the new Bug Pod!

The newest member of the Boon family, Bug Pod joins the Frog Pod to help with children’s bath time clean-up, providing a drainable scoop for collecting and rinsing toys and a wall-mounted base for storing bath products. Attaches to the bathtub wall with either super-strong adhesive strips or screws.
Mom Fuse VDay Gift Guide & Giveaways
mom fuse!!!win this The VTech LS5145 (priced at $149.95) has all the bells and whistles you could ever need! It even has the ability to sync with your cell phone using bluetooth connectivity!ends jan 6th
thistle dew farm nice site!
bosssanders win this Prize today!: Mrs. Goodbee (the talking dollhouse) this is a beautiful doll house for any little girl in your life,,make sure and run by today! not too mention it is a really cool blog!
Mrs. Goodbee (the talking dollhouse) has these little buttons all throughout her, and when pushed they each do different things. I really have no clue what she’d say if kid brother (or sister) wrecks into her with a dump truck, but I’m sure whatever it is would be a slight scolding in a very polite way. I do know, however, that the doorbell rings and Mrs. Goodbee welcomes you inside, the toilet flushes, the refrigerator opens and Mrs. Goodbee encourages you to eat your fruits and vegetables…and she even has a turkey and a pie in the oven (Um, when can *I* move in?).

The compactly folded-up house (PERFECT for stowing away under a bed or in a closet when not in use) looks like this (from one side) when you fold it out…


is kicking off the new year with another fabulous giveaway! GirlyGirlBags is generously giving away a beautiful handbag from her etsy shop. I love the fabric she uses!
Who? This giveaway is open to everyone- bloggers and non-bloggers, U.S. or non U.S. residents. The more the merrier!

Win a beautiful Mod Avocado Handbag by GirlyGirlBags-ends Sunday, January 18th

Designs by Vanessa

Have you been by Eye 4 Style lately? if not go by and see what's new.While you are there u may want to enter to win this.


itisnaptime has a Skin MD Review and Giveaway right now!The first of several contest coming up very soon.So make sure you subscribe to stay up to date!The wonderful people at Skin MD have sent me an extra bottle to give to one of their lucky readers. It is a 4 oz. bottle at retails for around $25.

head over and enter!ends Saturday January 17th.


In the mood for a good book? head over to skrishnas book! the book giveaway for Brenda Janowitz' Scot on the Rocks and Jack With a Twist ends tonight at midnight, so if you haven't yet entered you still have a little time.
I just love this blog name, 5dollardinners ! they have up for grabs a $25.00 cg!
thriftyandchicmom has this nice contest up for the little girl in your life! Itsy Bitsy Bracelets is generously offering one Thrifty & Chic Mom reader a bracelet in the sugar n spice color combo. To enter right click on link above!
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barefoot-mommy is having a Warm Whiskers Review and Giveaway -Ends- 1/16 ..what is warm whiskers you ask?
Warm Whiskers is a company dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals by providing a product line that promotes relaxation, stress and tension relief, and comfort for the body and soul. We not only pride ourselves on the quality and functionality of our products, but also on providing exceptional customer service.

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If you are looking for an unforgettably unique gift that soothes both body *and* spirit, your search is over!The wonderful people at Warm Whiskers is letting one BarefootMommies reader win one Body Pillow! ends jan 16th
get it now..enter below-remember to right click!
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let me tell you a little about the device first.
Identification Devices is something that an EMT, or hospital can stick into their computers and get all your information they may need. What medications you're on, what you're allergic to, What kind of disability you may have.
You can even give it to your DR if you forget what kind of medications you're on...Which we tend to do often! lol
This little device holds ALL needed information///sound like something you need??? then go by and order one..BUT FIRST ,GO HERE AND ENTER BAREFOOT MOMMAS CONTEST TO WIN ONE!!!
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also while there enter for the Barefoot Mommy
CozyCare Cape, Cap & Cloth of the YOUR choice from spatimebaby.
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The End Of Second Hand Kid's Clothes and Toys? National Bankruptcy Day

Happy LOrd's Day Readers,
I have been watching this for several weeks now and it is looking like this could actually happen if we do not stand together on this.Alot of people are,join in please..Not much more time before it goes into effect.There are some hidden ajenda's here,it must be stopped...please read and act on this!!!!!!(please right click on links to stay here on page ..))))leave me a comment with your thoughts on this...
betty~simply southern

Barring a reprieve, regulations set to take effect next month [Feb. 10] could force thousands of clothing retailers and thrift stores to throw away trunkloads of children's clothing."
Read the rest of the L.A.Times article, "New safety rules for children's clothes have stores in a fit"

And this from San Francisco's KCBS: Thrift Stores: New Child Product Safety Laws Too Costly

And this response from The Simple Dollar.
I'm stunned. On one hand, there's no doubt about the need to protect children. On the other, the economic effect this act will have on families who depend on thrift and consignment stores to clothe their children is unmeasurable. And yet smoking cigarettes around kids is perfectly legal as are so many other activities and products that we identified as health hazards years ago.

Find links press coverage and resources for taking action at the Handmade Toy Alliance website and a wealth of information on taking action at I Heart Handmade (This Crafty Mom)sHE HAS ALL THE INFO HERE -PETITION,EMAIL ADDYS,TELE #'S..PLEASE GO BY AND STAND UP AGAINST. THIS.... Spread the word. And by all means, post about this issue on your blog, if you have one. Maybe we can prevent "National Bankruptcy Day" from happening.

Make no mistake. CPSIA was necessary in principle and has noble intentions, keeping our children safe and holding companies accountable for importing toxic toys. We all demand safety for our children and this is the intent of CPSIA; specifically to ensure safe levels of lead and phthalates in all products manufactured for children under the age of 12. Unfortunately this legislation lacks common sense, is ambiguous and fails to take into account the handmade industry.

What you see is not what you get with CPSIA. There is no distinction between big, small, or even micro one-person businesses. Whether it’s a large-scale manufacturer importing apparel to be sold in big box stores, or a work-at-home mom (WAHM) selling customs on ebay, the legislation applies the same to all.

Unit testing will be required on finished products, regardless if the components are natural materials or if you have documentation from a vendor stating that buttons, for example, are certified lead-free. As it stands, H.R. 4040 fails to recognize that textile products are inherently lead-free. Why then is an organic cotton shirt being tested for lead exactly?

Unit testing is extremely cost prohibitive to small business, but worse, it is unnecessary. In fact, it is completely redundant if the components that comprise the whole have already been tested and due diligence can prove they meet the guidelines.

To put a real dollar amount to testing one of my products, I solicited a lab quote. I was told it was $75 to test for lead per garment component and each substrate. Coated or painted items such as buttons are $100. So my Little Red Riding Hood Shirt, a 100% cotton knit shirt with an appliqué made from 7 cotton fabrics and 2 buttons eyes would cost $625 to test for lead. Flammability testing is also required and is either $50 for a certificate per component stating it meets weight code or $100 for actual testing. So add another $400-$800 for a grand total of $1,025-$1425. in testing costs for a shirt that retails for $40. If the shirt is offered in another colorway, the same testing is required despite the fact that the same fabrics are used throughout...

rEADERS THIS IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL STILL STOP...a lot of people depend on this for their livlihood and being able to clothe their kids anymore,Even if you think this will not effect you,help the one's it will.....

And readers i have to put my 2 cents in on this...In all other times,hard times,there has almost always been something that people could do to make an ''honest dime'' to live on.Wheather it be selling metals,yard sales,handcrafts,etc..It does seem to me now that the federal gov. is doing everything in it's power to stamp out those options..WHY is this? They are trying to make it illegal to do anything they are not in control of..SO NO WAY FOR YOU TO MAKE MONEY TO SAVE YOUR FAMILY ON THE SIDE..We are not talking thousands here..maybe just enough to get your kid some milk or diapers...All the prices on things are going up(expecially food and kids items,have u not noticed?) and ways to make a dime are being extinguished.America this is something we can stop...come on ..please....This is for real.We can not continue to look through a rose colored glass at reality..IT IS NOT ROSY ANYMORE......getting less and less every day.

May God grant us the knowledge and lead us in the way we should go....

Betty R~Simply Southern
Hunting Paradise in God,Grand Kids,Whipporwills and Fireflys.