Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas Everyone


Be Safe!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

$250 Target Gift Card Giveaway



Head on over to  Coffee on the Patio to enter to win this $250 Target gift card!
This ends on December 19th so hurry up... Time is flying by now!
Good luck and let me know if you win!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bag Lady's Ramblings: Giveaway! - Ed Hardy Camo Laptop Backpack

Bag Lady's Ramblings: Giveaway! - Ed Hardy Camo Laptop Backpack: "Hi y'all! We're excited to let you know that we're giving away this gray and green tiger Ed Hardy camouflage laptop backpack. Valued at $4..."

Monday, November 29, 2010

CSN Winner

world4art.com - Orkut scraps, graphic and comments
World4art.com - Orkut Scraps, Graphics, & Comments




True Random Number Generator



Min:    1
   Max:  104

Result:

86
 
Who said:
November 24, 2010 5:58 PM

abby said... 86

I follow you on twitter: uberabby2



(email is in blogger profile)



entry 2

Saturday, November 27, 2010

CSN Giveaway over at The Eclectic Reader

This CSN Giveaway is for an $80 gift code! It ends on 11/30 so head on over now!
Click HERE.

Monday, November 22, 2010

$55 CSN Giveaway...Just in time for Christmas



Does your child have so many books they never fit into their bookbags?
For the past 2 years my son has used luggage as his bookbag!
He is so forgetful, he has enough room to bring all his books home.
No excuses that he forgot his book!
CSN has bunches and bunches of  children's luggage. If you have kids,
you must check it out!

They have from cute duffel bags:


 To children's overnighter bags:



They have over 200 different websites, that you can shop at! Plus if you find it cheaper somewhere else, the can match that price~

There is a "seen it for less" line right beside the price...If you have seen it for a better price they will match it!


 CSN Stores has offered to give one CJCMOMMY's Stuff reader a

$55.00 promo code. That means that you can get something you want! You have

the option of getting something for under $55.00 (remember, if you don't want to have

to put any money to it, get one that says free shipping) or if you find something

you really want and it is over $55.00 add the money to it!

 

They have all sorts of payment options...


American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa

Google Checkout

PayPal

eBillme – Shop and pay cash with online banking

Personal Checks, Cashier's Checks, and Money Orders


They are backed by the Better Business Bureau.



Ok... On with the giveaway!



Mandatory entry:


Visit CSN Stores come back and tell me in a comment what you would buy.

 

Extra entries:


Remember to leave a comment for each entry.

(each entry gets a separate comment)



Follow me in Google friends…2 entries


Subscribe to my email…2 entries


Tell me how you found me? 1 entry


Grab my button and tell me where to find it. 5 entries


Follow me on Twitter.. Leave me your Twitter ID. 2 entries

REMEMBER to leave your EMAIL address with each entry.

~I must know how to contact you if you win~

 
This giveaway will end November 28th at Midnight EST.
A winner will be picked using Random.org.
I will email the winner and post it on this site. The winner will have 48 hours
to respond. If no response, I will pick another winner.

I was not compensated in any way from CSN Stores. All opinions are my own.






Sunday, November 21, 2010

Are you in any of these cities?

MA, CT, RI or New York City?

Enter now for a $600. Sears Shopping Spree~

I just came across this giveaway that ends tonight at 11:59.

Over at Bargain Babe~

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hey! Low entry CSN Giveaway!


Head over to Chick on the Cheap to enter this giveaway.
It ends on November 22nd.

Do you have any pets?

This is such a smart idea!

The Giveaway Blog Hop for Pets will be taking place November 18 – 25, 2010, and it’s a themed giveaway blog hop for pet products ONLY! You’ll see links to giveaways across the web that feature great prizes for your pets or for use in pet homes.


If you love to enter giveaways, you can “hop” to all of the blogs on this list from 11/18-11/25 ONLY and enter all the pet giveaways!



I always do a stocking for my baby girl, Buttercup. I am going to try to win some great stuff for her and her sissy's!
 
Check it out when you get a chance. I only wish I felt a little more like entering the giveaways!
 
 



 
Happy Hopping!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

To funny to pass up!

A 54-year-old woman had a heart attack and was taken to the hospital.

While on the operating table she had a near death experience.. Seeing God, she asked "Is my time up?"

God said, "No, you have another 43 years, 2 months and 8 days to live."

Upon recovery, the woman decided to stay in the hospital and have a face-lift, liposuction, breast implants and a tummy tuck.

She even had someone come in and change her hair color and brighten her teeth! Since she had so much more time to live, she figured she might as well make the most of it. After her last operation, she was released from the hospital. While crossing the street on her way home, she was killed by an ambulance.

Arriving in front of God, she demanded, "I thought you said I had another 43 years? Why didn't you pull me from out of the path of the ambulance?"


God replied: " I didn't recognize you."



$65. CSN Giveaway at This D*mn House


Thanks to Penny Pinching Pixie I saw this giveaway and wanted to share the glory
with my readers... Yeah, I really thought about not, that way I could have a better chance
at winning! But hey, you would tell me, right?
Anyway, head over now and enter as it ends tomorrow at 11:59 PM Central Time.
Good Luck to ya!

Friday, November 5, 2010

$75 CSN giveaway at What Andie Wears

There is a $75 CSN giveaway going on over at
This giveaway ends on November 8th.
Check it out!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

What is going on with Riley?

November 2, 2010 @ 2:50

No Step! Counts dropping

What is going on? Riley’s WBC is dropping further which has bothered the NY doctors and want to wait to see what is going on. This is surprising at this point. Her WBC remains low enough to put her at risk of infection and fever. So we stayed in NY with hopes of better blood counts today. For some reason her WBC counts are lower than last week and there are some risks with the infusion we didn‘t know about so we are postponing this treatment until her WBC improves (maybe next week).

With her blood counts low, we hung out in the Ronald McDonald house (RMH), but couldn’t get on to the internet in our room until today. For wireless access you have to sign up and give them your email - problem with logic there - how do most get the password on email without internet? Thankfully we have our blackberry but still didn’t get the email until today.

We have stayed at the 2nd oldest RMH and now the current largest RMH. We miss the little cozy RMH in Chicago. This one has 82 rooms and all are cancer patients, but all rooms have TV’s and bathrooms so no one has to share much common space. Maybe the design was to reduce infection potential but seems more like a hotel than the RMH we were used to in Chicago. Anyway, we had a good day of rest.

Right now looking for a way back home tomorrow. Think we’ll go take a walk and learn a little more about this city.

We pray for quick recovery of her WBC’s so she can proceed with this treatment and protection from illness/fever during her recovery.

We have waited before and we must wait now. We will always wait on His plan.

Monday, November 1, 2010

CSN Giveaway over at Bring on the Lloyds

I found this $65 CSN giveaway over at
Head on over and enter as it ends 11/4


~Update on Riley~

Please keep Riley and her Family in your prayers~

Posted 5 minutes ago  11/1/2010


Riley’s CT scan on Friday showed slight decrease in size of the tumor on the right with further cavitation (tumor cells dying) and the tumor on the left stayed same size but “was almost completely gone due to cavitation.



We give praise for the results although we would love to the words again “all clear.” We prayed for what was needed for His plan to be evident on the scans.



So discussion with doctors at home and NY, we would proceed with the WBC infusion Monday if Riley’s blood counts were recovered well enough from chemo. Surprisingly, Riley’s blood counts hadn’t improved much in a week and was lower than NY had wanted. Finally it was decided, that they may be able to still proceed so we are taking the leap to be in NY today in hopes to start therapy. We will meet with researchers after some more blood tests and decide.



We are on the edge of what we hope is a miracle. A miracle for Riley could lead to a miracle for others too. We open ourselves to His will and pray we will do what is necessary. We pray for her continued recovery from chemo, her cancer to respond miraculously to this new therapy, avoidance of side effects and His glory to be evident to all. Safe travels for us and peace for the kids while we are gone.



Thanks for the prayers and those who are helping while we are gone.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Operation Purple Giveaway: Win $250 American Express Card and Operation Purple Gift Pack!


The Prizes

This week’s giveaway is all about patriotism, Veteran’s Day and family togetherness. The Operation Purple prize pack includes: a $250 American Express gift card and an Operation Purple gift pack, which includes an Operation Purple backpack complete with t-shirt, hat, water bottle, and “Kids Serve Too!” wristband.

Monday, October 25, 2010

THE JOHNS FAMILY: Win It Wednesday: Paula Deen Giveaway & Review

THE JOHNS FAMILY: Win It Wednesday: Paula Deen Giveaway & Review: "If you haven't heard of the Southern chef, Paula Deen, you are in for a treat. This woman is as southern as they come and cooks like all gr..."

Sunday, October 24, 2010

And the winner is......

I really want to thank everyone for entering my giveaway!
I enjoy being able to give back!

~Now on to the winner~


True Random Number Generator

Min:      1

Max:     164

Result:   109

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October 22, 2010 2:57 PM

shirley said... 109

Follow GFC #2

supergrand2009@yahoo.com

I have emailed you Shirley check your email!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

New Blogger has a Giveaway

I came across this givaway and wanted to let everyone know about it.  The site is called Bag Lady's Rambling. It looks like this is her first post. She has a very pretty tote bag as her giveaway.



This giveaway ends on 10/31
If you have time check out her store at


If you are looking for a backpack, diaper bag,
messenger bag, tote bag, or wallet...
She has them!
Plus
~FREE shipping on all USA orders ~

~Don't forget to enter her giveaway here~

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Are you a Frito Lay Fan?



I joined around the first of October. Would you believe they have already sent me a gift?
I received a Frito-Lay red reusable shopping bag, an Eco-friendly water bottle, a chip clip, 3 large bags of chips (Sun Chips, Lightly salted potato chips and Tostitos) and a coupon for another free bag!
Ask me what I have had out of it? My son has taken over the water bottle, him and my mom got into the Tostitos and Sun Chips and 1/2 the bag of the potato chips are gone! Now, my son love all of them but for some reason I think when they come in the mail as a package like they did they must taste much better! You would think I have never bought anything for him.
Here is some information they sent in the package:

Did You Know?

They start with fresh, farm-grown ingredients, making many of their chips with just three simple ingredients: Potatoes or Corn, all natural Oils & Salt.

They were the first major food company to remove partially hydrogenated oils from their cooking oil way back in 2003. That means their chips have 0 grams trans fat because they use all natural oils such as corn oil & sunflower oil.

Most of their chips contain less salt than you think!
Get this...
A 1 0z. serving of Lay's Classic potato chips has about the same amount of sodium as a slice of white bread.

They offer a Lightly Salted line of chips -- available in Lay's & Ruffles potato chips  & Fritos corn chips, which contain 50 percent less sodium than their regular line.

They have also started using all-natural seasonings to flavor some of their potato chips.

Many varieties of their chips provide whole grains like Tostitos snacks,
which contain 8 grams of  whole grain corn per serving, and SunChips,
which brings 18 grams of whole grain per serving!
SunChips are also a good source of fiber!
(I wonder how much fiber CJ got out of that whole bag he ate over the weekend)

If you haven't already join their Fan Club!
Just click on the I love Frito Lay button, enter the info & you are on your way!

~CSN GIVEAWAY~



CSN contacted me and asked if I wanted to do another review/giveaway...
Well I jumped at the chance.

 I started looking around (again) and ended up finding these
 
 nesting tables  they have.  CSN has anything you could want.

 I have gotten a few things from them and
 
 they are very fast in getting your order to you.

CSN Stores has offered to give one CJCMOMMY's Stuff reader a $20.00 promo code.

That means that you can get something you want! 
You have the option of getting something for under $20.00
(remember, if you don't want to have to put any money to it, get one that says free shipping)
or if you find something you really want and it is over $20.00 just add the money to it!
They have all kinds of payment options... 

American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa

Google Checkout

 PayPal 

eBillme – Shop and pay cash with online banking.

Personal Checks, Cashier's Checks, and Money Orders

 And they are backed by the Better Business Bureau!

Ok... On with the giveaway!

Mandatory entry:
*Visit CSN Stores come back and tell me in a comment what you would buy.

Extra entries:
Remember to leave a comment for each entry.
(each entry gets a separate comment)
*Follow me in Google friends…Give yourself 2 entries
(you must make your profile public)

*Subscribe to my email…Give yourself 2 entries
*Tell me how you found me? Give yourself 1 entry
*Grab my button and tell me where to find it. Give yourself 5 entries
*Follow me on Twitter.. Leave me your Twitter ID. Give yourself 2 entries

REMEMBER to leave your EMAIL address with each entry.

~I must know how to contact you if you win~
  
This giveaway will end October 23, 2010 at Midnight EST.
I will contact the winner by email and will put a post on this blog.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond or I will have to pick another winner!
~Good Luck~
I was not compensated in any way from CSN Stores. All opinions are my own.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Newest Update on Riley

Persistent in Prayer


Posted 20 hours ago

Riley started chemo this past Monday. She was able to continue going to school and then after school each afternoon she went to the hospital for chemo. Once again we are so thankful for God’s protection. She has been without side effect thus far. She will have her last chemo dose tomorrow afternoon. Right now the plan is to repeat her CT scan on Friday 10-29, allow her counts to start recovering, and then head to NY to start immunotherapy. We pray God will keep her free from fevers, infection, and low platelets as her blood counts drop and recover from this chemo course.



We are blessed to have many who have persisted in prayer with us throughout this course. Our Gospel this weekend (Luke 18:1-8) reminded us to never give up in prayer, to be faithful to God that He will answer our prayers, and that His answer will be just for the faithful. We feel this Gospel and homily on the persistence of prayer was a lesson that could have been taken from God’s story of Riley this past 4 ½ years. We have been joined by many (family, close friends, acquaintances, and complete strangers) who have been praying diligently with us for years. We are very thankful for all of these prayers, but God is even more pleased. He rejoices in the masses calling His name in prayer because it is through prayer that we are transformed to holiness and awakened to His constant presence. Riley prays for His presence to be known by all.



We want to thank everyone for all the cards that have been sent to Riley. The support is overwhelming however we want to make sure that everyone knows that her request was never a Make-A-Wish. It was a humble request for cards over a year ago and we do not want to misrepresent Make-A-Wish as they granted us a perfect trip to Disney in 2008. We are very grateful for all the prayers and cards from all over the world - Riley enjoys seeing the many very special cards, but please make sure if you are sending a card or requesting cards to be sent that it is for the right reason. We love sharing God’s story of Riley, but we want the story to be accurate so please feel free to pass on her carepages or caringbridge site information.



As we thank you for your prayers and support we ask you also to pray for a friend. Some of you may remember praying for Dustan in the past. He was diagnosed with a Wilm’s tumor in 2000. In the fall of 2007 he had relapsed for 2nd time and he underwent stem cell transplant. He had complications following his transplant that put him near death several times, however miraculously he survived and was cancer free until scans this past Friday revealed reoccurrence in his kidney bed and his spine. Please pray with us for Dustan and his family.



As we thank you for your prayers we hold on tight to Romans 12:12 - Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer.



Persistent in Prayer, Kirk and Kelly



Please also remember this Friday October 22nd is the 2nd annual Kick Childhood cancer event. Please read below and join us in an evening of fun. THANKS! We look forward to seeing you all there.



Due to weather conditions, the Kick Childhood Cancer Event was postponed until Friday, October 22nd. The ECU Pirates will go up against conference foe UTEP at 7:00 p.m. on that day.



The Kick Childhood Cancer event will start with registration for the 1-mile fun walk at 4:00 p.m. The walk will start at 5:00 p.m., followed by a kids' field day with PeeDee, ECU cheerleaders, and ECU student-athletes. The pink jersey auction will start at 5:30 p.m. The ECU pirates, their coaches and trainer will wear official Nike pink jerseys during their match-up against UTEP. Fans can bid on the jerseys during the game. The starting bid is $20 and bids can be placed in $5 increments. The bidding will end at the close of halftime. At the end of the game, winning bidders will be awarded their jersey by the player or coach who wore the jersey during the game. We hope you will join us on October 22nd for this great event.



To pre-register for the 1-mile fun walk, please visit the following link: http://www.ecupirates.com/sports/w-soccer/spec-rel/092110aac.html



We would appreciate your spreading the word about this change in plans. We are so excited about this event and hope it will be a great opportunity for us to raise awareness of childhood cancer to the community and to celebrate with our Riley's Army family.



Thank you and please feel free to call (252.355.6940) or e-mail me with any questions.

Friday, October 15, 2010

~Breast Cancer Symptoms~

Different people have different warning signs for breast cancer. Some people do not have any signs or symptoms at all. A person may find out they have breast cancer after a routine mammogram.



~Some warning signs of breast cancer are~



New lump in the breast or underarm (armpit).

Thickening or swelling of part of the breast.

Irritation or dimpling of breast skin.

Redness or flaky skin in the nipple area or the breast.

Pulling in of the nipple or pain in the nipple area.

Nipple discharge other than breast milk, including blood.

Any change in the size or the shape of the breast.

Pain in any area of the breast.

Keep in mind that some of these warning signs can happen with other conditions that are not cancer.



If you have any signs that worry you, be sure to see your doctor right away



Source: CDC
and
Liz Steele, RN, BSN
Health Promotions Nursing Coordinator
Pitt County Public Health Center

Friday, October 8, 2010

~Newest update on Riley~ Relieved, encouraged, and thankful!

Posted 1 hour ago

We were relieved to find out that this new chemo did more then just cause Riley’s hair to fall out. Scans were not able to detect 4 out of 6 of Riley’s tumors and the remaining 2 tumors have decreased in size. Currently Riley is left with a 12 mm mass in her right lower lung and a 3 mm mass in her left upper lung. We are happy with this improvement which has occurred in only 2 ½ weeks. Our Dr here will be contacting the Drs in NY to see if we should repeat this chemo regimen again before starting immunotherapy, since Riley tolerated it so well and the tumors responded with such a significant decrease in size. We will still need to move forward with the immunotherapy even if scans eventually show complete resolution of disease with chemo, because we know this chemo tends to get response, but it will not get children to cure. However, we are now encouraged to think that immunotherapy may have a better chance of working since Riley’s tumor burden has been decreased with chemo.



We appreciate all your support and prayers and we are thankful that God has given us a result that is encouraging. We needed this positive result to help calm the anxiety and stress that we have felt over the last couple days. Having Riley loose her hair has made our reality visible and obvious again. Although Riley was happy to loose her hair, it has created stress in us and the other children.



I was bathing the children Saturday night and Ella said, “I sure hope this treatment works for Riley because if it doesn’t you know what will happen…” I then said, “I sure hope it works too.” And Riley responded quickly, “Well, either way it will be good.” When I asked Riley what she meant she replied, “Well, Isn’t Heaven good?” Hello, what was I thinking? My, “Yes, but…“ would probably get me into trouble. I try to hand this situation over to God daily, but Riley‘s statement challenges me to hand it over more fully and eagerly. Boy, do I have a lot to work on! I just have to remember that we are here today because this is exactly where God needs us to be to do His work. Sometimes it is in our weakness that His work is best displayed. I pray that God will help us all lay down our stress and anxiety, so that we can do the work He calls us to do. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.



Relieved, encouraged, and thankful for His power,

Kirk and Kelly

Thursday, October 7, 2010

~ 3rd Annual Blogs Against Breast Cancer ~

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means it’s time for DietsInReview.com’s third annual Blogs Against Breast Cancer donation drive. During the month of October, when you publish this “My Blog Cares” badge on your blog or website, we’ll make a $5 donation to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Our fundraising goal is $500*, and this year, VML, a digital marketing agency, has generously agreed to match that amount. For each $5 donation you help us contribute to NBCF, VML will donate $5. So you can help us raise $10 for breast cancer simply by placing this badge on your blog. It’s a win-win-win-win… you get the idea!

Click on the pink ribbon and help underserved women get life – saving mammograms.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Have you seen this yet?

Become a Frito-Lay Fan

Register to hear more from Frito-Lay!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

~Bless his heart~

I Love This Kid!

He is so Special!


I wouldn't trade him for nothing!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Stay Calm!! Kingdom Hearts PSP giveaway!


~Oh my goodness~
If my son knew about this giveaway he would be asking EVERY day,
several times a day... Did we win, yet?
So I think it is a good thing that he does not subscribe to my blog!
Tricia over at Night Owl Mama has an AWESOME giveaway going on.
I don't know how she came across this one but I sure wish I could come
across one like this.
She has the opportunity for 5... yes 5 of her readers to win a
~PSP Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep Giveaway Bundle~

Here is what is in the bundle:


A retail copy of the KINGDOM HEARTS BBS game
A sheet of Disney/Kingdom Hearts character magnets
A set of Disney/Kingdom Hearts character postcards
a set of 2 Disney/Kingdom Hearts mini posters

My son would love to get his hands on one of these!
So head on over to Night Owl Mama's site and enter.
(if you don't have a child and want to make one REAL happy
enter it for CJ)
She has many ways to enter and it will stay open until October 15, 2010.
Good Luck to you!

Sunday, September 19, 2010

And The Winner Is...

Glitter Graphics


Congratulations Glitter Graphics

First I want to thank everyone who entered this contest!
I love free stuff! As a single mom it is my chance to get
stuff that I wouldn't normally get.


~SO... THANK YOU EVERYONE~



And the winner is:


True Random Number Generator
Min: 1
Max: 142
Result: 52
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September 15, 2010 9:41 AM

#52 Belle said...


I would get a new coffee maker for my daughter, she needs it!belledun at gmail dot com
I am emailing you now!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Newest update on Riley


Please pray for this strong amazing family!


When I give updates on Riley I copy directly from her carepage. This is the information directly from her parents, Kirk & Kelly Philpot.




His Plans
Posted 11 hours ago
Almost 7 weeks have passed since we found out that Riley’s cancer returned. Waiting and trying to be patient for the right path for Riley. Some days have passed easily and others have dragged along unable to forget about what she may be facing. All the kids have been enjoying school and enjoyed soccer practice last weekend.
The weeks since scans showing the cancer growing and spreading have been the same, but hard knowing that as well as she appears, her cancer continues to grow.
So as we waited for any news, we found some peace when we were able to let some of “it” go because even if you could pray 24 hours daily you can’t make Him change His plans. Trusting that His plan is the only right plan. We prayed for the path to be so clear that there would be no mistaking it and for angels to block our path if it wasn’t right.
We received word the FDA approved the immunotherapy Friday (Using Riley and Ella’s WBC’s to attack a specific marker on her tumors). They reviewed her scans and called Tuesday to let us know the surgeon in NY did not want to do surgery but they could give her infusions anyway. We questioned not doing surgery since it was in their original plan to reduce the amount of cancer the WBC’s would have to fight. They left the decision to us to proceed with surgery here if we wanted and have the infusion done later in NY. So last night we prayed and prayed for the answer. We told Riley she might be facing surgery again and asked that she pray for the best answer. Our surgeons here are reviewing her scans tomorrow.
When she got up today, I asked if she had prayed and she answered “Yes.” Impatiently I asked if she had an answer and she replied “Not yet, He has a lot of other people all over the world to take care of you know.” In her perfect patience, she went off to school.
So how shocked are we when doctors in NY called back today just before noon and said they don’t want to wait for her to have surgery and to be in NY at 7:30 am tomorrow for tests and to have the first infusion! Now that is clear and He must have sent an army of angels to block our other paths.
So pray for safe travel through the night. Of course the best news would be that no cancer is found on tests tomorrow, but we accept His will and are following the path as quickly as we can. Pray for the infusion of WBC’s to attack all the cancer and show His mighty power.
We will likely be headed back to NC on Friday, but Riley will need to go to NY each week for infusions. Tentative plans for scans again in 3 weeks and surgery then based on the results.
We travel tonight, on this path, amazed at His mighty power and His plan. Rejoice in Him.
Kirk & Kelly
And for those who want to know about cards, we are blessed by all the cards we have received (at least 40,000 in the past year). We have some friends currently helping us get through the mail. We have learned to accept that no matter how her simple request turned into something more (and not entirely true in the emails)it is still His plan to draw people to her story (and His story). Riley enjoys each card as she realizes it reprents prayer. All that we ask is that people understand the truth behind the request. We don't want people with great intentions being mislead. And if your wondering, the world recored was 33 million cards and we wouldn't even want to think about thhat (and Guinness doesn't allow that record attempt anymore when they realized how out of hand it became.)

Saturday, September 11, 2010

CSN Giveaway



CSN contacted me and asked if I wanted to do another review/giveaway...
Well I jumped at the chance. I started looking around (again) and ended up finding this coffee table they have. CSN has anything you could want. I have gotten a few things from them and they are very fast in getting your order to you.


I have always wanted one of these:






CSN Stores has offered to give one CJCMOMMY's Stuff reader a $35.00 promo code.

That means that you can get something you want!


You have the option of getting something for under $35.00

(remember, if you don't want to have

to put any money to it, get one that says free shipping
)

or if you find something you really want and it is over $35.00 add the money to it!


They have all kinds of payment options...



American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa

Google Checkout

PayPal

eBillme – Shop and pay cash with online banking.

Personal Checks, Cashier's Checks, and Money Orders




And they are backed by the Better Business Bureau!








Ok... On with the giveaway!

Mandatory entry:


Visit CSN Stores come back and tell me in a comment what you would buy.


Extra entries:


Remember to leave a comment for each entry.
(each entry gets a separate comment)




Follow me in Google friends…2 entries


(you must make your profile public)


Subscribe to my email…2 entries


Tell me how you found me? 1 entry


Grab my button and tell me where to find it. 5 entries


Follow me on Twitter.. Leave me your Twitter ID. 2 entries





REMEMBER to leave your EMAIL address with each entry.


~I must know how to contact you if you win~


This giveaway will end September 18th at Midnight EST.
I was not compensated in any way from CSN Stores. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Latest information on Riley Philpot

For those of you who have been following me I wanted you to be updated too...

Posted 8 hours ago
Our days have been passing quickly and thankfully Riley continues to feel good. The kids have started back to school which has added additional stress to our household. Earlier bedtimes, hectic mornings, and busy afternoons are hampering our ability to play, relax, and just enjoy the kids, but on the other hand we are thrilled to still be in the normal routines of life despite our not so normal situation. What a balancing act of trying to act normal to fit in, yet being unable to ignore the facts that are staring us in the face so we can best prepare ourselves, our family, and our relationships for what may be the hardest time of our lives. In preparing our relationships we have many to consider and several that are crucial to preserve. So we pray that God will remain visible to us and that we are able to continue raising our hands to Him in praise and thanksgiving for the wonderful things He will craft from this situation.

We tried to update a couple of times, but our hearts ached so much that we would have only caused pain in others. We know others hurt with us, and spilling out our pain and sadness would not have helped anyone.

As others move on, the odd circumstances of our life are magnified. Thoughts of anything else are difficult for us as our minds are flooded with emotion but oddly many at the same time - hope, sadness, belief, doubt, anger, joy. We are overwhelmed as we cannot stop what is happening and it often seems unreal. We wish it were not real, however we don’t know His plan or what is to come, so we yield to His plan knowing that only He can master all the details to get us where we need to be for all of eternity.

Many try to encourage us with “don’t give up hope”. You do not need to fear us giving up hope, yet I think there are two types of hope. Hope for Life here and Hope for Life eternal. We do struggle to keep hope for “here” strong, but our hope for eternity is our anchor to Him. The latter is the type that was given by Christ and can never be taken away. We don’t want to bypass our hope for life here nor do we want to jump straight to our hope for eternity since Riley is still feeling well and we still hope for her to be healed here on earth. Even though Hope Eternal will sustain us for our life here, it doesn’t protect us from heartache. We don’t fear for our loved ones that will go home to Him, but fear the pain of living here without them.

So we pray for peace and for acceptance of His will. We pray for peace for you also. Riley’s concerns so deeply affect many and create some of the same feelings we have in others. We hope you too can work toward letting go of your hurt, fear or anger. Let Him help you so you can help us and others and we will pray for the same.

Riley had a follow up scan done Wednesday which showed that tumor in the right lung has grown significantly and 3 new tumors are now confirmed. We were not medically surprised yet we were disappointed to see such a drastic change in such a short period of time. Riley was not surprised either to hear that her disease had progressed. She told us weeks ago she felt there would be nothing to do and then again nothing to do, however she followed with, “Then when my cancer is gone you and Dad will write about it on carepages and show His mighty power!” Our hearts hope too, but how? We pray His mighty power will be very clear for us all to see.

For Riley, medically there is very little that is proven to “help” and nothing left that can cure her. Our efforts for quantity could rob us of quality. Who do we make our choices for - Riley, ourselves or God? The way is not yet clear, but we must do what is best for Him, then Riley, and finally ourselves. We hope a choice exists that can please us all.

The only option we seem to be pursuing right now is the possibility of immunotherapy, yet that is unproven and even untested in a Wilm’s patient. Seems right up there with something God might like us to try since it has been so perfectly laid out for only Riley! As for the immunotherapy (a targeted White Blood Cell line against the protein expressed on Riley’s tumor) the physician in NY has submitted a petition to the FDA to ask for approval to use Ella’s white blood cell line for Riley. It is unusual to have a sibling with such a close immunity that this could even be possible, but Riley and Ella are nearly identical matches. I hold out hope that they match for a reason and that God doesn’t make mistakes. If the FDA approves the trial, Riley may need to face another lung surgery in hopes to remove as much cancer as possible to give the immunotherapy the best chance to work. So that puts us right back to our concern of causing her more problems than benefit as now she would be facing open lung surgery on both sides if that is even possible based on her latest CT scan.

So we give it up to God and His mighty power to decide our path. We ask that you pray for the way to be clear and to accomplish His will. We hope to hear the FDA’s response in the next week. Please pray that this path opens up smoothly if it is the Will of God.

We hold on to God and we continue to hope, yet we are very sad and hope His peace can help us face our reality. On the other hand Riley remains steady and calm. We thank Him for her peace. We rejoice in Him that she can enjoy each day unaffected by the surrounding world and her own concerns. Spending time with her can bring such peace that we don’t want her to leave us - I can only imagine how great it will feel to be with Him someday.

In closing, we hope God’s story of Riley will be yet another amazing story about the perfect Love of God.

John 9:1-3. As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”

Only He knows how He plans to ultimately show his work, but we trust everything has happened for that purpose and hope we can do all He expects of us as her thankful parents here on earth.

Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer. Romans 12:12. We are persevering in prayer and we are thankful for all who pray with us. We are blessed to have a pastor from New Hope Free Will Baptist Church in Clayton NC who has felt called to organize an event allowing many churches and believers to come together and pray for and with Riley on Saturday Sept 4th at 11 am. If anyone wants to join us in prayer please feel free to join us on Saturday at New Hope Free Will Baptist Church 700 Stallings St in Clayton, NC 27520. From what we hear there may be several free will bikers coming in from Greenville SC. So hop on your Harley or jump in your minivan to join us if you can.

Holding our hands up to Him, Kirk & Kelly
Riley's Army

Friday, August 20, 2010

Winner of the Kroger Add Up The Savings Giveaway Is...

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August 17, 2010 8:50 PM

Angel Jacklyn said... 114
Hello! I plan on purchasing Cottonelle Wipes, Cottonelle Ultra Double Torliet Paper, Yoplait Light & Delights Yogurt, Betty Crocker Potatoe Buds Mashed Potatoes, Gold Metal Flour as well as Betty Crocker Chocolate Chip & Blueberry Muffins among other things! kytah00@yahoo.com

I want to say a BIG

THANK YOU

to all who entered!
Keep your eyes open, hopefully we will have another giveaway soon!
Angel Jacklyn, I have sent you a winner's email and you have 48 hours to respond!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thank You Bake Me A Wish Gourmet Cakes!

I Picked...

Good things come in small packages! Our moist & fudgy brownie cake is topped with mouth-watering chocolate chip-cinnamon-oat streusel and ribbons of dark chocolate glaze, in a size just right for the individual.
Go check it out and DROOL
Thank you again Bake Me A Wish Gourmet Cakes
and
A BIG
THANK YOU
to all the Wonderful people that commented for me!

~2 Great Giveaways to check out~

ClipperGirl is having 2 great giveaway with low entries.
So I thought I would let you in on them.
They both end on August 29th!
(I think I may need to enter the Bath & Body one, she is giving 2 of these away)




Friday, August 13, 2010

~Kroger Add Up The Savings Giveaway~


As summer winds down, it´s time to start picking up new supplies for the upcoming school year.

While you´re out and about, be sure to stop at your local Kroger Family of Stores (which includes Kroger, Ralph´s, King Soopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith´s, Fry´s, QFC, Baker´s, Owen´s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Pay Less Super Markets and Scott´s Food & Pharmacy) to take advantage of their "Add Up the Savings" Event and stock up on your favorite General Mills & Kimberly Clark brands.
From August 8 through August 21, when you buy 8 participating items from any Kroger store, you´ll receive $4 off of your purchase. Some of the great participating brands include: Cheerios, Yoplait Yogurt, Pillsbury Cookies & Biscuits, Kleenex, Huggies, Betty Crocker Brownies, Cottonelle, and Lucky Charms.

In addition to these great savings, be sure to take advantage of the special Bonus Box Tops Offers and get a jumpstart on helping the participating school of your choice this year.
(If you don't have a school, you can always use Emmanuel Christian School, Washington NC)


All you have to do, if you haven´t already, is register at www.RewardYourSchool.com. Once you register, you will automatically receive 5 Bonus Box Tops just for signing up! You will also receive custom offers for Bonus Box Tops for purchasing participating products.




These great offers are:

Buy any 4 Box Tops products and get 10 Bonus Box Tops


Buy any 8 Box Tops products and get 25 Bonus Box Tops


The offers you select will then load onto your Kroger Shopper Card to be redeemed once you purchase the items. It´s extra easy because there´s no clipping! Just remember to scan your Kroger Shopper Card and the Bonus Box Tops will automatically go straight the participating school of your choice.


~Now on to the giveaway~

The wonderful people over at MyBlogSpark, General Mills & Kimberly Clark

are giving one of my readers...

A $25 Gift Card to Kroger Family of Stores...

Remember to leave an email address with each entry!!

Mandatory entry:
Tell me at least 4 of the participating items you plan to purchase to receive $4 off during the `Add up the Savings Event´ at the Kroger Family of Stores.


Extra entries:

Remember to leave a comment for each entry.
(each entry gets a separate comment)

Follow me in Google friends…2 entries


Subscribe to my email…2 entries


Tell me how you found me? 1 entry


Grab my button and tell me where to find it. 5 entries


Follow me on Twitter.. Leave me your Twitter ID. 2 entries
This giveaway will end on ... lets see... My Birthday!
August 19, 2010 at 11:59 pm!
I will use Random.org to pick a winner!
I will notify the winner by email & will post it on my blog.
The winner will have 48 hours to email me!
Remember:
Leave your email address with every entry/comment so I can let you know if you won!
I did receive a $25.00 Kroger Family of stores gift card.
The Kroger Family of Stores gift card, information, and giveaway were all provided by The Kroger Family of Stores, General Mills, and Kimberly Clark through MyBlogSpark.
Thanks Kroger & MyBlogSpark!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

~Livin & Lovin Giveaway~


Livin & Lovin




And now for an exciting giveaway!
Master Lock has generously donated several backpacks full of back-to-school goodies including two Master Lock locks, a $100 Target gift, and more!! I will be receiving a loaded backpack as well. I can't wait to try out the locks! They look fantastic and very modern!

~Head over to~


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

~New and Improved Clipper Girl's Site~

My friend Barbara over at Clipper Girl's Savings Spot has opened up
her new and improved website.
I am sure she would love for you to visit!
Clipper Girl's Savings Spot... The spot that saves you time & money!
Rumor has it she has some giveaways to post!

5 MINUTE CHOCOLATE MUG CAKE



I haven't tried this yet, but you can bet I will!
Let me know if you have tried it and if it was good!





4 tablespoons flour
4 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1 egg
3 tablespoons milk
3 tablespoons oil
3 tablespoons mini chocolate chips (optional)
A small splash of vanilla extract
1 large coffee mug (MicroSafe)

Add dry ingredients to mug, and mix well. Add the egg and mix thoroughly.
Pour in the milk and oil and mix well.
Add the chocolate chips (if using) and vanilla extract, and mix again.
Put your mug in the microwave and cook for 3 minutes at 1000 watts.
The cake will rise over the top of the mug, but don't be alarmed!
Allow to cool a little, and tip out onto a plate if desired.
EAT ! (this can serve 2 if you want to feel slightly more virtuous).

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Prayers Needed for Riley and her Family


Please keep the Philpot Faily in your prayers. Here is the latest information I have received. This is taken from the www.carepages.com for Riley Philpot.


A New Journey


Posted 1 day ago


We praise God for his presence AND our hearts are aching.


I was going to say “for His presence BUT our …” but the above statement says it better for me. Nothing that we have heard changes the fact that He is with us, and how we feel does not change how great He is. So we are thankful and sad.
As many would have expected with our delay in updating, we have gotten news that has taken us time to process. Riley’s cancer has returned in her right lung and likely in her left lung as well.

We knew the moment the doctor called us out of Riley’s room to “talk” with us. The blunt facts are that we have already tried everything for Riley that could have cured her. There is no treatment that can achieve a cure. The initial recommendation by the doctor was to remove the nodule in the right lung. “But why?” could not be answered, especially when the cancer has returned so quickly and that we are facing the probability that it has already spread to the left lung.
What do we want to do? This is what our heart must decide. We can’t medically have what we really want. We met with another oncologist about a treatment plan. She agrees that we have done everything possible that could have cured Riley. Surgery, a new chemo regimen and/or experimental treatments are treatment options. None of the options discussed would provide a lasting effect and would have side effects even if considered “very well tolerated.” Another treatment option is to wait for a while to make a decision knowing that no further treatment may be the best for Riley and our family.

We had planned a crazy road trip to see family after our expected good news. We wanted to return home after the news was not what we wanted, but Riley and the kids wanted to continue with our drive. So now we rest in Iowa with plans to travel back home over the next week, stopping and visiting folks along the way.

We will be able to share more later, but we must find the best option for Riley and our family. Right now we have to rest. God is with us today as much as He was before we heard the news. Riley feels great. She and all the kids know the news and are aware of its meaning. They are all handling it in their own way. Riley and we are admittedly scared, but hopefully we can better understand her fears as the days move on.We continue to praise God and give Him all the glory for He alone can make good out of this not so good situation.
In our weakness we allow Him to hold on tight to us,


Kirk and Kelly


Romans 12:12 "Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and perservere in prayer."