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~

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October 22, 2010 2:57 PM

shirley said... 109

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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!
~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 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


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:

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
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’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!