Saturday, December 31, 2011—Be Heard. Be Happy.

I haven't had a chance to try anything yet but this looks like it could be fun!—Be Heard. Be Happy.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry CHRISTmas to everyone!

I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
Be safe!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

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Julie said... 13

Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal thanks:)

November 22, 2011 2:47 PM

Thank you to all that entered. I wish I could give the prize to everyone!
I have contacted the winner and she will have 48 hours to respond or another winner
will be picked!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011


Monday, November 21, 2011

Jenn Blogs Stuff is having a giveaway too

Jenn is having a $25 Kroger Gift Card giveaway too!
How about showing her some love~
Click HERE to enter!
Her giveaway ends 11/24/11.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

3 givaways going on over at Penny Pinching Pixie

Penny Pinching Pixie has 3 giveaways going on right now!

~Check em out~

$25 Kroger Gift Card givaway


Purchase any four participating General Mills products* that your family knows and loves and Kroger will reward you for your purchases. It’s that simple! Head to your local Kroger to take advantage of this great offer:

From November 13th through November 26th, with the purchase of any four participating General Mills products, you will either receive free milk (up to $3; limit of 2) or to receive $3 off your shopping order**

Look for some of your favorite participating General Mills products like Cheerios, Pillsbury Ready to Bake Cookies, Nature Valley Bars and Fiber One Bars

Promotion varies in different locations. Please be sure to check your local Kroger Co. Family of Stores for specific deals and offers which include Kroger, Ralphs, King Scoopers, City Market, Dillons, Smith’s, Fry’s, QFC, Baker’s, Owen’s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, Food4Less, Fred Meyer, Pay Less Supermarkets and Scott’s Food & Pharmacy

What’s better than being rewarded for buying your favorite products from your favorite store?
Visit for more information and great ways to save and be sure to check out the Kroger Facebook page to join the conversation and share which General Mills products you’d like to stock up on during the promotion.

*Excludes General Mills meal and baking products including; Betty Crocker, Old El Paso, Progresso, Hamburger Helper, Macaroni Grill, Wanchai Ferry, Yoplait

**Promotion varies based on store location; check your local Kroger store for details (Cash Offer: Mid South, Delta, Mid Atlantic, SW Louisiana stores, Central Missouri stores and Dillons Missouri stores)
You can go to the Kroger website HERE
The Kroger Facebook page HERE
Or the Kroger Twitter page HERE
One lucky CJCMommy's Stuff reader will win a $25. Kroger Card
(good at any of the Kroger. Co Family of Stores)
All you have to do is tell me in a comment 
(don't forget to leave me your email address so I can let you know if you win)
What is your favorite General Mills product? 

“Disclosure: The Kroger gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by Kroger and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.”
This giveaway will end November 26, 2011 at 11:59pm.
I will pick a winner using and will email the winner
and post the winner on my blog.
Good luck to you all and happy entering!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Update on the Philpot family

Patiently Waiting

Posted 7 hours ago

It has been so long since we have updated that I don't even know how to start. We are living and enjoying our days, yet we miss Riley everyday in everything. Five months have passed and some days are now easier, but others are still extremely difficult. Paul has been missing her more recently which is difficult to watch. Ella gets quiet at times, but copes with singing and artwork. Ashlyn still likes to talk about Riley all the time. Kirk and I feel we are doing well, but we have little to compare and few to reference. We are forever changed in a way that makes it difficult to fit into this broken world because we see and know how truly broken and imperfect it is. We can recognize many ways in which the devil uses our world to distract us from Him and His Love. This world is broken because I am broken-we are all broken. Too much focus on things that truly don't matter. We struggle to hold our tongue, but feel God has called us to remind others of Him. Being reminded of Him can make this world less broken and we look forward to the day it is made perfect in Him.

Our human brokenness was brought to my attention by Ashlyn a few months ago when we were laying down to go to bed. Ashlyn started telling me that she was afraid she might accidentally say "no" to God. I tried to reassure her that she wouldn't, but she kept on. She was afraid she might not recognize Him and that she would accidentally say "no". Again I tried to reassure her, but she was persistent and after repeating her concern about accidentally saying "no" several times she finally blurted out with tears rolling down her face, "I think there's no chance. I think I'm going to end up in hell." As a mother my heart sank and I prayed I would be able to say what was necessary for her to know the forgiveness, mercy, and love of Our Lord. So I took a deep breath and I said, "Ashlyn you know how much mommy loves you, and you know how if you don't listen to me I keep repeating myself until you hear me. And when you "accidentally" do something wrong doesn't mommy forgive you and try to help you to do it better next time? Well God loves you more than mommy can even imagine loving you and He will not let you "accidentally" say no to Him. He will keep coming back to you until you hear Him. And when you accidentally do something wrong He will forgive you and help you to do it better next time." Not many people are called to have that kind of talk with their 5 year old, but then again not many 5 year olds, yet alone adults, even recognize their sinful human nature. But this conversation sparked me to think about God's patience with us and the persistence of the Holy Spirit trying to open our hearts and minds, so we can come to know Him and His perfect love.

God use opportunities every day to try to open our hearts and minds to Him and to support us in this broken world. One way He has uplifted us and reminded us of His love over the past few months is through the ECU women's soccer team. This great group of girls are special to Riley and they have become even more special to us over this soccer season. As we watch them play, we can see Riley’s spirit on the field with them. The wonderful thing about noticing Riley's spirit is that you can't notice her spirit and not notice His. You can't speak of her and not speak of Him. Tonight we are excited to be traveling to Memphis to watch them play in the conference USA tournament and we pray the girls use all the gifts God has so perfectly given them to play well. We would love to see them win all 3 games this week, but we know it is so much bigger than who wins or loses on the field - it's about God winning in each of our hearts and minds because He has already won the Game for us - He has already overcome this broken world and for this I am most thankful! In Him lies my perfect Hope!

Thursday God arranged a special appointment and I was blessed to meet the parents of a young 7 year old girl (Lydia) who was delivered into Heaven the day prior. Her parents faith, also lying in Him and His gift and promise of eternity, was obvious during our conversation. The next day we were called letting us know that Riley’s bronze grave marker with etched photos had been installed. When we went out to see Riley’s grave marker, amazingly we found that Lydia;s earth cloths were buried just diagonal to Riley’s. It pleased my heart to know a little bit about her and her love for God. Riley and Lydia;s souls seem very similar-both, I’m sure, pleasing to Our Father.

We thank you for all your continued prayers for our family as they continue to uplift us and we ask for you to pray for Lydia’s family as she has 2 younger siblings who are missing her also. And finally please pray for the ECU soccer team-that they may feel His presence on the field this week and that they may play the game of soccer well, having fun and giving Him all the Glory!

Patiently waiting, Kirk and Kelly

Sunday, October 16, 2011

~We have a winner~

First I want to thank everyone for your comments!
I wish I could have given the prize to everyone!

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Luke Skywalker

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Monday, October 10, 2011

~ Tiny Prints Holiday Review ~

I was excited when Tiny Prints asked me to participate in their
 Holiday 2011 Christmas Card Blog Campaign!
There are tons of different cards to choose from.
I really like this one, it is called The Winter Showcase.
It looks so soft, warm and inviting!
You can click on the picture or HERE and it will take you to this card.

To check out more of their cards click HERE for their Christmas section.
Like I said there are tons to choose from!

Friday, October 7, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What are the symptoms of breast cancer?

When breast cancer starts out, it is too small to feel and does not cause signs and symptoms. As it grows, however, breast cancer can cause changes in how the breast looks or feels. Symptoms may include—

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.

Source: CDC

Information taken by:
Liz Steele, RN, BSN

Health Promotions Nursing Coordinator

Pitt County Public Health Center

201 Government Circle

Greenville NC 27834

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

~General Mills~Star Wars~Walmart Gift Card Giveaway~

Calling all Star Wars™ fans! Now you can take the Star Wars adventures to new heights by bringing home STAR WARS THE COMPLETE SAGA on Blu-ray Disc September 16th. Relive the unforgettable moments and experience the spectacular adventure of STAR WARS The Complete Saga in a way only
Blu-ray can deliver.

This incredible collection unites all six Episodes together for the first time in stunning high definition with the purest digital sound in the galaxy. With over 40 hours of thrilling special features, including all-new content created exclusively for this release, you can journey deeper into the Star Wars universe and discover more than ever before. Feel the Force of STAR WARS The Complete Saga on Blu-ray this September!

In honor of the release, select General Mills Big G cereals have a limited edition Star Wars good versus evil image on their packaging, which when combined creates a full panoramic poster.

Exclusively at Walmart, look for specially marked boxes of Big G cereals, including Honey Nut Cheerios®, Cinnamon Toast Crunch®, and Lucky Charms®. Collect all three to create a Star Wars panoramic poster showcasing your favorite characters, like Darth Vadar™, Luke Skywalker™, Han Solo™, Princess Leia™ and more.

Marking the first time ever that the full Saga is available in one complete collection, the 9-disc STAR WARS: THE COMPLETE SAGA will be available on Blu-ray September 16th, courtesy of Lucasfilm Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

May the force be with you as you check out these Star Wars boxes at your local Walmart for a limited time only!

Find more information about Big G cereals at

Find out more information about Star Wars The Complete Saga at

MyBlogSpark and General Mills is giving one CJCMOMMY's Stuff reader the following prize pack!

One box of each of the following cereals to form their own Star Wars panoramic poster:

Honey Nut Cheerios

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Lucky Charms

$25 Walmart gift card

~Now on for the giveaway~

I am going to make this easy..  Only one comment per person and
make sure you put your email address in with your comment.

Tell me:  Who is your favorite Star Wars character?

Here is mine...

I think Jar Jar Binks is a whoot!

That's it!

This giveaway will end on October 15, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST.

I will draw a winner on October 16th.
I will email the winner and post it here.

Good Luck...

"Disclosure: The cereal, gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by
General Mills through MyBlogSpark."

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

~3 Count them 3 Great giveaways over at Penny Pinching Pixie~

Penny Pinching Pixie has 3 giveaways going on right now. Check them out!
All end on October 2, 2011.
~1st one~ My Memories Suite Scrapbook Software v2 Review and Giveaway!
Click HERE for this one.

~2nd One~

$25.  Gift Card
Click HERE for this one!

 ~3rd one~

~The Prize~

3 lucky Winners will receive $25 in gift certificates from Del Monte.

Click HERE for this one!

Good Luck to you!

Thanks Penny Pinching Pixie!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

~Show Some Love~

Peace, Love and Savings is having a giveaway.
I just by chance ran across her page. She only has 28 followers.
She is giving away this great set!
A Redken Intra Force Gift Set!! (Includes Shampoo, Toner, and Condition) It is over a $55 value.
Click HERE to go to her giveaway!
She will choose a random winner on Monday 9/26 at 12 EST.
Good Luck!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Time Heals?

Posted 14 hours ago

As the days go by and time elapses since Riley’s death we seem to desire her smile and presence among us even more. The passing of time means the longer it has been since we embraced her, kissed her, and touched her. I don’t think time heals. If anything it makes the miss even greater and the desire to have her physically present even stronger.

This does not mean we are not healing.

We know that God heals; the support of family and friends heals; helping others heals; raising, loving and living with our other 3 children heals; studying His word and learning to trust in His promises heals; and that ultimately it is LOVE that truly heals.

1 Corinthians 13

The Excellence of Love

1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails; but if there are gifts of prophecy, they will be done away; if there are tongues, they will cease; if there is knowledge, it will be done away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Perhaps the adversities of this life are designed to help us grow to love fuller and teach us how to be loved better - preparing us for our ultimate destination which is to be in the perfect and complete love of God in heaven. Riley, is now, exactly where God designed her to be, and every day as we learn to love better we get one step closer to our final reward. So if we allow the adversities of this life to grow us in love then maybe time does heal.

I guess what we are saying is that we hurt, we miss Riley greatly, and that every day is a challenge, but by they Grace of God and through His perfect love we survive and He will gradually grow us again to thrive in this life until we have the pleasure to be called home.

We are thankful for those who have been called to love and support us over the past few months. We realize it is difficult especially when it requires those who support us to hurt with us. So we thank those of you who have been willing to love us. We are also thankful that God continues to use us to help others. It is through helping others that we are reminded of our countless and daily blessings that flow from Him. And we are especially thankful for His continued presence, perfect love, and ultimate control.

We were reminded again this weekend of His perfect control of even the smallest things in our life. We have been blessed to be able to follow the ECU soccer team closely

this year. Many of the players are special to us and we have "adopted" one as our own, so we have been traveling to away games as if our child were on the team-because we feel she is. Riley is a part of so many on that field that it is difficult for us not to feel her presence. With that being said, we left Friday afternoon to drive to Charlotte for 2 away games this weekend. Since we are from Greenville, we forget that traffic sometimes needs to be calculated into travel time. We thought we had plenty of time with a 1 hour cushion, but 1 hour can quickly be eaten up in Triangle traffic. Then we also managed to hit traffic and construction in Greensboro. Despite using all the electronic gifts God has given us we were still sadly very late. We knew we would never make it on time to the game and then I saw lightning in the distance. I pulled up the weather report showing a 30% chance of rain/lightning and I told Kirk I was praying for a lightning delay. He of course told me there was no way that would happen. Then 15 minutes later Kimmy texted us saying that the game was being delayed for lightning. Wouldn't you know the team took the field for warm ups 1 hour after the game was schedule to start and just as we arrived. We were reminded how God controls even the smallest details of our lives. And don't you know if He has a handle on the small things He is definitely orchestrating the big things too! So we are reminded to trust in His plan and control even if it is not according to our desire.

Please pray with us for other families who have experienced loss, but especially for Amber and Lizzie's families as they are both local and struggling with the loss of a child this past week. We pray for their peace and for God's love to surround them so they may start to heal also.

Healing through love, Kirk and Kelly

Tuesday, August 23, 2011 Giveaway over at Penny Pinching Pixie!

Penny Pinching Pixie is having a great giveaway from
Head on over and enter. It is a gift certificate for $100. to
Trust me, I looked around, I could sure find some stuff I would get if I won.
Click Here to enter!
Hurry it ends 8/25!
Thanks Penny Pinching Pixie for such a great giveaway!

Friday, August 19, 2011

~ I Won ~ I Won ~ I Won~

~Yay Me~

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

~Penny Pinching Pixie $25 Sam's Club Giveaway~

Sam's Club Box Tops For Education and Giveaway!
 Ends 8/7 11:59pm over at Penny Pinching Pixie!

~The Prize~

$25 Sam's Club Gift Card

Click HERE to enter!
~Good Luck~

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Please help support Emmanuel Christian School

Please help support Emmanuel Christian School. Easy to do. click on the picture above. Go to My school, sign up key 27889 zip code find Emmanuel Christian then hit support & confirm. Thanks! We need all the support we can get!

~How hot is it?~

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Y Generation... Sorry, Could not pass this one up!

People born before 1946 were called

The Silent and powerful generation..

People born between 1946 and 1964 are called

The Baby Boomers.

People born between 1965 and 1979 are called
Generation X.

And people born between 1980 and 2010 are called

Generation Y.

Why do we call the last group Generation Y?

Y should I get a job?

Y should I leave home and find my own place?

Y should I get a car when I can borrow yours?

Y should I clean my room?

Y should I wash and iron my own clothes?

Y should I buy any food?

Monday, July 18, 2011

~Update from the Philpot family~

Worst NIghtmare?

Posted 2 days ago

Over the past month we have had some beautiful reminders of Riley, but nothing seems to top how God allowed Riley to touch Kirk on Father’s Day. While we were in church on Father’s Day I was able to remember my Father, tell him how I loved him and it was beautiful to be able to talk to my dad without him becoming emotional over Riley’s situation. It was almost liberating, since the only emotion I could feel was that of excitement for my dad as he is experiencing the glory of God with Riley. But this thought also made me feel saddened for Kirk as he would experience his first Father’s day without Riley. I prayed that God would allow Riley to touch Kirk in a very special way on Father’s day. God surely answered my prayer even before I prayed it because on the way home from church Kirk received a phone call from Kimmy. Some of you may know Kimmy - she is a rising senior on the ECU soccer team. She has loved Riley and our family over the past few years. She has also encouraged many to support us and our efforts to help others with Riley’s Army. She has entertained and played with our four children often and since Riley’s death she has become a special friend to Paul, Ella, and Ashlyn. Shortly after Riley’s funeral we told Paul we were adopting Kimmy as another big sister and his question was, “When is she moving in?” With this being said, Kimmy called to wish Kirk a Happy Father’s Day. She told us she remembered on Saturday that she would need to call Kirk on Father’s Day. She then explained to us that her father had died when she was Paul’s age and she was very close to him. On Saturday night when she went to sleep she had a very vivid dream and Riley came to her and said, “I’ll wish your dad a Happy Father’s Day for you, if you will wish my dad a Happy Father’s Day for me!” So Kimmy’s Father’s Day call was extra, extra special to Kirk.

Over the past 3 weeks we have been trying to transition back to work which has been difficult, but also good as God reminds us daily He still has work for us to do here on earth for Him. However good God is, this past week has been especially challenging for our family. Although we know Riley is in a great place with God, we can’t help but miss her. We went to Bush Gardens with the other kids this past weekend and it just wasn’t the same without Riley’s vibrant energy. On Sunday evening the kids went to vacation Bible school with some friends. We did well checking in, but when Ashlyn realized she was going to be in a class by herself she melted. She simply did not want to be “without a family member”. The volunteers were kind to allow her to move up to be with Ella and this seemed to correct the problem. Ashlyn’s statement that she did not want to be without a family member has been used by all 3 children regularly these past few weeks. Although others grieve with us and try hard to support us, it is somehow comforting to be surrounded by our own immediate family. We together are experiencing the loss of Riley who brightened our lives day to day and at times even minute to minute. She was and still is a focal point and constant presence of love for our family, but her physical absence, at times, is haunting. With each other we know the extent of loss we are feeling right now without even speaking it to one another-somehow this is comforting. So as much as Ashlyn didn’t want to be in Bible school without family-we too had difficulty returning to work on Monday without family surrounding us.

With love from some special supports, prayer, and the grace of God our pain gradually eased to tolerable by the end of the week. We feel comforted by those surrounding us who are able to talk about Riley with us. It is comforting to us because it is very difficult to talk about Riley without God being a part of the conversation. It is in speaking of Riley and leaning on God that we will gradually be healed.

We were blessed by friends who came on Friday afternoon to entertain the kids. Paul loved the individual attention since he misses that so much from Riley. While the kids played we were able to go and order pictures from a photo sitting done just 2 weeks before Riley passed. Seeing the beauty of our 4 children together in pictures is and always will be overwhelming for us, and we are thankful that God has blessed us with so many perfect pictures that will help us keep our memory of Riley alive.

Of course nothing will keep Riley alive more than our other 3 children. They are who they are because of the gifts they received from Riley-her acceptance, her love, her faith, her example of dying, and her spirit and presence even into death.

The other day I felt like Riley spoke right through Paul. I was feeding the kids lunch and as usual Ashlyn was talking about Riley. She always says how very sad she is that Riley had to die, and how she doesn’t understand why she had to die, and how she wishes Riley was still here. Recently Ashlyn has been having some nightmares and so on this particular day she said that her worst nightmare was that Riley died. I responded by saying that I was sad Riley had died also, but I was so glad God had given us 3 other children to love and that my worst nightmare would be if they all went to Heaven and I was left here. Well, Paul just jumped right in and made me feel like the stupid one when he said, “My worst nightmare is the “H” word”! He was speaking of “hell“. And then he added that his second worst nightmare would be if he had to stay alive on earth forever. Clearly Paul pointed out the TRUE worst nightmare - our denial and absence of God and the inability to obtain presence with Him in Heaven. With this lesson we are so thankful we are not experiencing the worst nightmare and we pray that others who knew Riley will not experience the "worst nightmare" either. John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Thankful for God’s constant presence in our lives, Kirk and Kelly

Sunday, July 17, 2011

~5 Tips from the Betty 10: Red Hot Summer Trends~

Pie Lovin’: This has been declared the “Year of the Pie” and we are seeing creative takes on pies everywhere. These Mini S’mores Hand Pies take everything we love about s’mores – crunchy graham crackers, melty chocolate, ooey-gooey marshmallows – and put it into a handheld pie pocket that delivers a perfect taste of summer.

DIY Idea: Create a sweet tabletop sensation by repurposing a pie dish into a multi-wick candle. Set short wicks in a circular formation in the pie dish and pour candle wax into the dish, infusing your candle with your favorite scent and colors.

Spice It Up: Bold and big flavors are all the rage. Fresh Sriracha Refrigerator Pickles add a new twist to classic refrigerator pickles with a hot, Thai-inspired sauce that spices up your garden bounty – no canning equipment required!

DIY Idea: Tap into one of the summer’s biggest fashion trends and turn up the heat by creating a bold statement necklace using colorful beaded trim and ribbon.

Move Over, Meat: With vegetarian (and flexitarian) eating gaining popularity, more and more people are seeking meatless options that don’t skimp on flavor. The MONSTER Veggie Burger is loaded with fresh vegetables and tasty chickpeas and moves veggies from the side to the center of the plate.

DIY Idea: Use your garden go-to’s to create place cards for your dinner parties by cutting veggies in half and hollowing out the insides. Cut out paper tags, scribble your guests’ names and slice an opening on top of vegetable to hold name tag.

Backyard Green Grocer: More people than ever are “shopping” in their own backyard gardens – or the local farmer’s market – to create flavorful summer dishes full of their favorite veggies. Green Garden Fries are made from fresh garden veggies, oven fried and served with a lemony Greek yogurt dipping sauce.

DIY Idea: After you plant your garden, cut out the vivid images of produce and flowers on seed packets and d├ęcoupage them to plain note cards, creating cute collages.

Switch Up The ‘Wich: Sandwiches are the ultimate comfort food – from old favorites like PB&J and grilled cheese to new obsessions like Korean tacos. The Mediterranean-inspired Greek Grilled Cheese Taco reinvents the familiar grilled cheese sandwich in taco form, with grilled Greek halloumi cheese and fresh veggies and herbs stuffed in a flour tortilla for a portable, fun new take on the sandwich.

DIY Idea: Combine the food and fun factor this season and serve your sandwiches on a playful platter - the flying disk. Line disks with a colorful bandana and arrange sandwiches neatly.

To find more of the Betty 10: Red Hot Summer Trends, like Mai Tai Tiki Pops, Lemon-Ginger Icebox Cookie Cupcakes, Fruity Fro-Yo Fun Bars, Grillside Guacamole and Beer Snow Cones, and for great DIY ideas by Erica Domesek, visit

I received these details from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark.

And the winner is...

I really want to thank everyone who entered my giveaway!
I was so excited that I got 133 coments. That means 133 people entered!
This was the first time I didn't do all the "extra" entries. I had read on a blog that
most people don't enter entries if you have to do all kinds of stuff. So I decided to check it
out on this giveaway. I think I had a really good turn out!
I wish I could give everyone something. But I can only give one and that one is:

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Elena said... 40

I plan to purchase Honey Nut Cheerios.

I have sent you an email.

July 11, 2011 6:52 PM 

Friday, July 15, 2011

~Don't forget~

Don't forget to enter the $25 Walmart gift card giveaway!
Tomorrow is the last day to enter. Don't put it off any longer!
Click HERE to enter!
Tell your friends! Share the love!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New blogger giveaway

Show some love to Cummis Life!
She has the Honey Nut Cheerios giveaway going on HERE.
Go show her some love. This givaway ends 7/26/11
She also has the Purex Complete giveaway going on HERE.
This one ends on 7/15/11.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

$25 Walmart Gift Card giveaway ~~~CLOSED~~~

Is there anywhere else to shop other than Walmart?
I remember when the first "SuperCenter"came out in our area. My mom and I thought "That is crazy, who would want to buy clothes and food at the same time?" "I would not want to have my clothes laid up on the check out and have them get messed up by something" Yep... That was a long time ago!
Now I don't know of anywhere else we go!

Whether you’re shopping for a summer BBQ or gearing up for back-to-school, Walmart makes it easier for you to find everything for every list. And while you stock up on your family’s favorites, don’t forget you can earn cash for the participating school of your choice with Box Tops for Education products.

Starting in mid July, head over to your local Walmart to find up to 70 participating products that each have 4 Box Tops!

Shop at Walmart to purchase products from your family’s favorite brands such as Nature Valley, Cheerios, and Yoplait, and earn more cash for the upcoming new school year!

To learn more about the Box Tops for Education program and how you can help contribute to your school visit or click HERE.

I love Box Tops For Education!
Those little things can add up!

MyBlogSpark and General Mills is giving one CJCMOMMY's Stuff reader a $25. gift card.

~This is what you have to do to enter this giveaway~

Tell me:

 Which Box Tops items from General Mills do you plan to purchase?
Please leave one comment and make sure you have your email address in your comment.

That's it! Do that and you will be entered.
This giveaway will end on July 16, 2011 at 11:59 pm EST.
I will draw a winner on July 17th. I will email the winner and post it here.
Good Luck...

The information and $25 gift card to Walmart has been provided by Walmart
and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Disappointed with Best Buy

I am very disappointed. I was under the impression that when you purchase the extended warranty if something happened to the item if it could not be fixed you would receive a new one.

Monday I took my son’s DSI XL in. It would not go to the main screen. Told him that an error occurred. Yesterday I picked it up. It was not the one he had it was refurbished. We charged it up and when he turned it on… OH, he is 12! It said F--K you people! It also had pictures of this other kid and family stuff. Only 2 obscene. I was shocked that Geek Squad didn’t delete everything that was on there.
Now I did call the manager of the Best Buy that this happened and she stated they would
order a new one and call me when it came in. I could delete any thing that was on the one I picked up.
She also stated that Geek Squad was supposed to have everything deleted. ( I was scared to death
what else might have been on there. There was 72 pictures. All I could think of is CJ seeing someone
doing the dirty or something!) Well, we will see how this all works out. I did delete everything.
I suppose that they really didn't need to order a different on. But by that time it was the principal of it all!
Bottom line is...
If you get anything refurbished, CHECK it before giving it to your child!

Monday, June 27, 2011

What's a normal resting heart rate?

For an adult, a normal resting heart rate ranges from 60 to 100 beats a minute. For a well-trained athlete, a normal resting heart rate may be closer to 40 beats a minute. For healthy adults, a lower heart rate at rest generally implies more efficient heart function and better cardiovascular fitness.

To measure your heart rate, simply check your pulse. With your palm facing upward, place two fingers on the thumb side of your wrist — or place your index and third fingers on your neck to the side of your windpipe.

When you feel your pulse, count the number of beats in 10 seconds. Time yourself with a timer or the second hand on a clock or watch. Multiply this number by 6 to determine how many times your heart beats in one minute.

Keep in mind that many factors can influence heart rate, including:

Activity level

Fitness level

Air temperature

Body position (standing up or lying down, for example)


Body size

Medication use

Although there's a wide range of normal, an unusually high or low heart rate may indicate an underlying problem. Consult your doctor if your resting heart rate is consistently above 100 beats a minute (tachycardia) or below 60 beats a minute (bradycardia) — especially if you have other signs or symptoms, such as fainting, dizziness or shortness of breath.

Source: from Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., Mayo clinic

Friday, June 24, 2011

What is on the other side?

A sick man turned to his doctor as he was preparing to

Leave the examination room and said,

'Doctor, I am afraid to die.

Tell me what lies on the other side.'

Very quietly, the doctor said, 'I don't know.'

'You don't know? You're, a Christian man,

and don't know what's on the other side?'

The doctor was holding the handle of the door;

On the other side came a sound of scratching and whining,

And as he opened the door, a dog sprang into the room

And leaped on him with an eager show of gladness.

Turning to the patient, the doctor said,

'Did you notice my dog?

He's never been in this room before.

He didn't know what was inside.

He knew nothing except that his master was here,

And when the door opened, he sprang in without fear.

I know little of what is on the other side of death,

But I do know one thing...

I know my Master is there and that is enough.'

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day Everyone!

Happy Father's Day Everyone!
Coming from a single mom that is the Mom & Dad!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

From the Philpot Family via

Happy Birthday

Posted 6 hours ago

As you can imagine, a lot has happened since our last update. The passing of both Riley and her grandfather on the same day was actually a blessing, but the travel along with back to back funerals really delayed our ability to start healing. We arrived home late last Thursday and our new reality has started to sink in. This has been a very hard update to write and may be even harder to read as we try to share our thoughts.

Today is 3 weeks since Riley died and it is also her 11th birthday. The past few weeks are a blur, but at the same time certain things seem so clear as if it all just all happened. We are trying to figure out what our new “normal” is as we deal with normal grief. The children have done well, but there are periods of real pain and struggle. Ashlyn at 5 has been a great spokesperson for our emotions and thoughts. She states everything very matter of fact: I wish Riley was here when I lost my first tooth; This is our first trip without Riley and I miss her; We all miss her and we ALL want attention; Riley’s things did not make her special-it was Riley who was so special; Riley won’t be coming with us to bible school today; and the list goes on and on as she forces us to talk about Riley and our feelings. Paul, at times, seems normal then at other times we can see that he is lost without his best friend. He is wanting to be with us more and he doesn’t even want us to run quick errands without him. Ella and Ashlyn have been playing a lot together, but when things don’t go just right Ella will get irritable fast. We believe this is all normal and we continue to reassure them with the One True Hope that is greater than this world.

We had been planning to update the carepage for a week or more prior to Riley’s passing but we just hadn’t found the energy to describe what was happening in our home. Riley had begun to be symptomatic with her tumor. She would get short of breath easily with any physical activity and she would have coughing spells that would make us pray for her relief. At times she would have trouble sleeping due to the cough. We had been trying to work and be “normal” but thankfully 10 days before she died, we decided it was time to let her stay home so she could be more comfortable. And we stayed home with her for the week prior to her passing. Riley would never complain that she felt poorly, but she did modify her activity and started entertaining herself with more sedentary activities. With modification of activity and a small amount of medicine to take the cough away Riley seemed to be doing much better. We almost felt silly for staying home with her, but thankfully we both felt greedy and we stayed home with her any way.

We often checked how she was doing and always got her typical sweet “fine” or “good” response. As usual we would ask if anything bothered or scared her and her response was always “No.” Then on the Saturday before she passed, for the first time in her five year journey she admitted she was scared. When asked, Riley shared she was scared of cancer and when Kelly asked what scared her about cancer she said, “Because I might have to go to heaven.” She said she was scared to go to heaven because she didn’t know what it was like because she had never been there before. So that night we began reading about heaven and we started the story “Heaven is for Real”. The only thing about leaving us that was upsetting to Riley was that we would miss her. This was the only thing that ever made her cry. Monday, I felt the need to let Riley know that whatever happened along our journey it was not her fault in anyway. She had done more than we could have ever asked and whatever the outcome it was in God’s plan. She said “okay.” And after expressing her fears, she seemed to rest better at night.

I returned to work some the final week, but found it most difficult to focus. Riley would let us know if we could run a quick errand and she even let us go to Ashlyn’s preschool graduation Tuesday before she died. Rachel from the Collide Christian service group from ECU sat with Riley while we were at Ashlyn‘s graduation. Apparently while we were gone she spoke with Rachel about heaven. Later that day Rachel told a mentor that she felt as if she was on hallowed ground while she spoke with Riley of heaven. After graduation Riley wanted us home with her. She loved on us while we watched Ashlyn‘s graduation and laughed at some skiing video with my parents who came in town to celebrate Ella‘s 7th birthday.

That night she had a serious conversation about Jesus with Kelly. She wanted to know why the Jews thought that Jesus was just a prophet and not the Messiah. She ask what sin they thought Jesus had done to make Him just a prophet. She said all the prophets sinned and she proceeded to tell each prophet‘s sin, but then she did not know how the Jews could think Jesus was just a prophet because He never sinned. He always did what God asked of Him. Well, as common for Riley, this question was too deep for us to be able to give an answer so we just left it to ponder for the night. I guess we will be pondering it for a lot longer than a night and Riley I’m sure got her answer the next day.

Wed morning she told me I could go to work. My parents were visiting and Riley enjoyed their company - especially snuggling with PopPop. Even with my parents present she would not allow Kelly to run even the smallest errand. I called to check on her during lunch that day as I wanted to come home to be with her, but since all was well I felt it would be silly to come home. It was less than 10 minutes after my call that Kelly phoned back to let me know Riley had died.

Riley’s passing was so quick and unexpected that day. She had been resting well at night and had even more energy for the last few days. That afternoon she was watching movies and cuddling on the couch with PopPop. She was waiting to have her pizza put on a plate for lunch when she got up from the couch without a word and walked to the kitchen. PopPop very calmly called, “Kelly I think she wants you,“ but neither seemed to be in any distress. She walked around the living room and Kelly came out of the kitchen. Arms raised and Kelly said “Just relax, you‘re okay” as she picked her up into her arms. When Riley was to Kelly’s chest, she went limp and Kelly knew before she was even able sit down that Riley had died. In our medical experience we haven’t heard of a passing like Riley’s. The images haunted Kelly for days as she felt helpless because she couldn’t do anything to help and she felt that Riley must have been walking to her for help. I wasn’t home for her last moments, but I have told Kelly I feel differently and that she wasn’t walking to Kelly - she was walking to Jesus. Riley was able to walk far enough to reach her mother’s arms before leaving this world for her Father’s arms.

After she passed, we rocked her and sang songs. She appeared to just be asleep in our arms. It seemed odd, but the only prayer that I could sing at the time was Riley’s favorite for everything “God Our Father, God our Father, We Thank You, We Thank You, For Our Many Blessings, For Our Many Blessings, Amen. Amen.” After the neighbors got the kids from school and we broke the news to them, we laid her in her room. I struggled with why I wasn’t home when she passed, but later I realized it was to be able to comfort Paul when he was upset about not being around when Riley died. When we asked the kids if they had any questions, Ashlyn broke the tension with her 5 year old honesty, “Who gets Riley’s Ipad?” We said we could share her Ipad and that nothing would happen to her stuff until we all agreed on it. She was relieved, but then anxiously asked “Does anyone know her Ipad’s passcode?”

Our priest came to bless her body. We were surprised by how many came to see her at the house. So many were shocked as they had just seen her a few days prior acting “normal“ and even swimming for a bit in the pool. Paul had a very difficult time and didn’t want us to take Riley from the home. He wanted us to wait 3 days to see if she would rise again. He wanted to know if it was possible, and of course it would be possible for God, but we tried to explain to Paul that there was a difference from those raised from the dead in the bible. Lazarus nor Jesus were in Heaven when they were raised from the dead, but since Jesus’s resurrection and promise that we would be in heaven with Him, we could not even bear to think that Riley would want to return to this world from heaven to suffer again.

As we were talking with Paul, came the shocking call that Kelly’s dad was also passing. Kelly’s family had gone to the nursing home to break the news of Riley’s death and when they arrived he was already in distress and having trouble breathing. The nursing home wasn’t even aware he was in trouble. The family in town was able to be with him and he was able to talk to the others by phone. Grandpa Mark had been ill for the past couple of months (since Riley’s last lung surgery), and although many medical problems were found, nothing explained his trouble breathing or his sudden death. Kelly finds peace that her Dad didn’t pass alone because they had gone to him to tell him the news of Riley.

In Grandpa Mark’s last few minutes, he began to sing “A Bushel and a Peck” in the middle of the song. He said, “It’s Mom and Riley’s song.” Grandma Marge had always sung that to Riley before Marge died 3 years ago. (When Kelly had gone home to spend the last few weeks with her mother and we told Riley that Marge was going to die, her only response was “Who is going to sing me “A Bushel and a Peck” anymore?” We videoed Marge singing the song before she was too weak and Riley enjoyed the video.) Kelly’s sister then asked if he was ready to go with Riley and Mom. With his last word, he replied “Yes” and died soon after.

After many visited, the funeral home came for Riley‘s “earth clothes“. With our children and others around, we asked that they come in a van and not bring in the stretcher so as not to upset the kids. We met Chris from the funeral home and he shared that he had wanted to take care of Riley when he had gotten the call earlier in the day. He wasn’t supposed to be working that late, but he waited until we called to come take care of her. He had never met her, but his wife had cared for Riley in the hospital a few years ago and he remembered. His wife died suddenly in Nov. 2009 of a pulmonary embolism after work one night. Chris told us he wanted to care for Riley like his wife had care for her before. I carried her out of the house and walking to the van I told Chris that I would hand her to him and then we would walk away and what ever they needed to do was fine. He so graciously offered to cradle her in his arms for the drive to the funeral home. I could not think of a more beautiful gesture at a time like that.

That night was hard especially for Paul. I think Paul was the one most in denial that his sister and best friend was getting sicker. He cried inconsolably and finally fell asleep from exhaustion. The morning she died, Riley said she decided what she wanted for her birthday. She asked for the kids to make her something from Accidental Artist (paint your own pottery shop). We decided to go make her gifts the day after she died with hopes to have them ready to be given to her by her visitation. Amazingly, the store had planned to call us to come as a way to heal as a family and we came in so quickly they hadn’t even had the chance to call.

We all decorated a box that we filled with hugs and kisses. Ashlyn made a cat to represent sparkles; Ella made a dog to represent Sunrise; Paul made a turtle (the animal he collects). We talked about Riley, the things she liked, her favorite colors and it was truly a healing experience. Paul’s was so good he said “It’s so good she won’t even believe I made it.” The other special thing was that Riley had gone to Accidental Artist for a birthday party the weekend prior and she painted a cute little dragon. When we got home after painting I opened Riley’s dragon and Paul thought it was just beautiful. I asked if he would like it and he said, “yes”. We are certain Riley would have loved to have given it to him herself, but this last gift from her was extra special and Paul cuddled up on the couch with it and he quickly fell asleep that night. Later, on the night of her visitation we placed her gifts in the “cradle” with her.

The next few days were a whirlwind of activity. The newspaper and television stations were calling for interviews. All publications did a wonderful job and didn’t dilute our family’s faith for the reporting. How weird it was to be doing interviews after Riley’s death. I didn’t think “normal” people did this after a loved one died, but we know Riley wasn’t normal. Telling her story for others to hear was the beginning of healing for us.

Riley’s service was absolutely perfect for her. Both the visitation and the service were at the church. She was beautiful in the “cradle” (our kids term for the casket). She looked just as she was lying on her bed. We insisted on not having the traditional positioning (staring straight up) and Riley was turned slightly to her side as if she were sleeping. Pink flowers and her favorite pink pillow were part of the decorations.

Her visitation was long and we are sorry if you came and weren’t able to stay to visit. We found visiting with the kids and friends who came to be helpful for us and for those who visited.

The burial service was just what she would have picked. The casket in a catholic service is covered with a “Pall”. The pall is white to symbolize the white clothes worn during baptism, and the joyful triumph over death brought about by the Resurrection. The pall will often be decorated with a cross signifying the sovereignty of Christ's triumph over sin and death on the cross. Riley’s Pall was decorated with a purple and pink stained glass cross made by Kelly’s sisters.

Father Michael gave a moving homily that told of one of the last Riley moments about faith. On trips to NY we saw many signs about the coming of the end of the world on May 21st. To many the rapture seemed silly, but the ending of this world and our family being together seemed like a peaceful plan. God only knows when and how, but we still hope we all get there someday. Kelly was speaking to Paul a couple of weeks before the supposed end of the world and she asked him “If Jesus were to come tomorrow and say come with me - what would you say?” He replied “Well, I don’t want to die, so I would say no.” Riley stormed in from the other room and proceeded to let him know how wrong he was. “You don’t say no to God because if you say no to God just so you can live here longer you will be dead forever. If you say no to God then you will go to hell and you will be dead forever.” Paul at that time then changed his answer to “Most certainly”. Obviously Riley knew her answer in advance. If we all could be so sure - always.

Her graveside service was beautiful too. Ms. Lucille Gorham, a sweet little African American lady who is the matriarch of our church, was with us as we laid Riley to rest. Long story short, we were visiting St. Gabriel’s church the week before Riley’s birth and we went again 3 days after Riley was born. We hadn’t met Ms. Lucile before Riley’s birth, but she greeted us at the door of the church, took Riley in her arms and then proceeded to pass her around the tiny church for all to hold. She told the church to look upon Riley as she was the future of the church. We never left St. Gabriel’s after that day. Ms. Lucille shared a final message at her grave. She said Riley had lived a life that taught us all so much. Jesus’ final call to come home and she excitedly said yes with her arms raised up. Ms. Lucille also said Riley helped show we were all one big family in Jesus just waiting to share eternal happiness with Him.

The final moment at the grave, we announced we would be lowering Riley’s “earth clothes” to their final resting place and many stayed with us. As they began lowering her, Kelly noticed and said “She’s slipping.” The third time she said “She’s slipping” the funeral workers realized and stopped the belts lowering Riley’s “cradle” but it was too late. Her metal casket slipped off the belt and flipped 180 degrees and landed with a huge boom face down in the grave. Everyone was shocked. As someone said today, that only happens in movies because “It never happens.” Chris (funeral director mentioned above) was in the grave faster than anyone could imagine. He was so upset, we thought he might cry. We felt bad because we knew he had cared for her in ways above and beyond and this was not his fault. As Chris was standing in the grave Kelly said, “Yeah, it’s not the first time she has been dropped. I dropped her when she was six weeks old and I was bawling then, but I am not bawling now. I remember calling my sister crying when I dropped her when she was six weeks old and she said, ‘If that’s the worst thing that happens to her you’ll be just fine.‘ And we’re just fine.“ This statement set a new stage of calm and then our nephew Chase climbed in the grave with Chris and amazingly the two lifted the casket and flipped it over in just one motion. (Remember - small hole, heavy casket and only 2 to lift it). We all stepped away and Chris checked to make sure everything was okay. He said not a thing had been disrupted and none of the Accidental artist figurines broke. When we got to the car, the girls were laughing at what had happened. They said “Riley just got tired of waiting. It was taking so long, so she just jumped in on her own.” Only folks that know Riley would know that to be so true and only Riley could take one of the most tearful moments and turn it upside down - literally. Remember, she said she didn’t want us to cry or miss her. We thank Wilkerson’s Funeral Home for their wonderful care of Riley and us.

Today is Riley’s 11th birthday. We will visit her grave and bring her a few balloons. We will order her grave marker and celebrate the day God blessed us.

Always and Forever,

Kirk & Kelly

We have many more stories to share, but will close today with 2 final writings. The first is “Riley’s Song” which we wrote and finished when she was 2 weeks old. We used to sing the song frequently to calm her when she was little. We actually sang her song to her the night before she passed. The next piece “Riley Is” is a poem written by our friend Amy Ellis the night Riley died.

Riley’s Song

Riley, Riley you’re the one,

You make my world so much fun.

Riley, Riley you’re a doll,

You truly have blessed us all.

Riley, Riley you’re so sweet,

Where’d you get those great big feet.

Riley, Riley with so much hair,

For a Philpot that is rare.

Riley, Riley with big blue eyes,

I love to sing you lullabies.

Riley, Riley the love I felt,

Your smile alone can make me melt.

Riley, Riley sent from above,

You remind us of God’s perfect love.

Riley Is

Riley is all rainbows and rejoicing;

She is warmth and wisdom and wonder,

Winds that play chimes and carry wishes.

Riley is all butterflies and becoming;

She is in His arms and in the moment,

A twinkle in the sky or in a loved one’s eye.

Riley is all dandelion dust and dancing;

She is excellence and earthiness.

Rare places of loveliness and no limits.

Riley is all tee shirts and timeless truth;

She is freckles and fun and family,

Fairies and fairness, and the faith of a child.

Riley is all pinks and purples and peace;

She is purity, pinwheels, proper perspective,

The pauses we take to pray or to play.

Riley is all glow sticks and gratitude;

She is gentleness, generosity and goodness,

Lips laced with “Great game!” and grape jelly.

Riley is all cozy quilts and compassion;

She is curiosity and candy and cleverness,

Close communion with angels and animals.

Riley is all abstract art and amazing grace;

She is acceptance, adventure and assurance.

Arms that reach out – and reach up.

Riley is all sandcastles and celebration;

She is strength and selflessness and soul,

And story – our story and His story.

Riley is all heroes and humility;

She is hope and hard kicks and holy kisses,

Hands held high to praise – and to point us.

Riley is all birthdays and being;

She is our present.

And she is present.

Riley is.