Reflection and Exultation

For the past several Lenten seasons, I have given up social media. I took myself off of Facebook and Twitter and that was that. It was a good thing to do but this year I felt like it wasn’t enough. Yes, I had more time to do other things than piddle away on those websites but I was also replacing those websites with others to piddle away my time on. I was also missing out on many family photos and updates that are posted regularly on Facebook.

So this year I resolved to do something different and I did. I didn’t give anything up instead I made a resolution to get things done. Every afternoon when C would go to her room for “quiet time,” I would focus on something around the house that I had been procrastinating on and instead do it and be done with it. Some of things I did were: organize paperwork, go through the girls clothes and remove the sizes that no longer fit, call for a pickup of donated items to St. Vincent de Paul and fill up a bag to Moxie Jean to sell the girls’ “gently-used” clothes.

I felt so good when I did something that had just been waiting to get done. I would dedicate an hour to do these tasks and before I knew it, the time was up and my task was done or nearly done. Having this new way of thinking hasn’t stopped now that Lent is over and the Easter season is here. Rather it just continues on. For you see, once you start seeing all that you can do when you just say “Get ‘er done,” it. just. gets. done.

Easter 2013

Easter 2013


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Ever since J and I got married back in July of 1999, we have spent Thanksgiving with his folks in Southern Illinois. This year was different. His folks decided to visit J’s 94-year-young grandmother over the Thanksgiving holiday in South Carolina. So for the first time in 14 years we were home.

In our town there is an annual Turkey Trot through the downtown area on Thanksgiving morning. This 5K is held in memory of a man that worked at my high school at the same time I was there. The money raised for the “race” goes toward scholarships for high school students of character. As they state on their website: “The Bonfield Express Foundation is a fast-growing local charity working to build character and community commitment in high school students.”In the back of my mind I have always thought that it would fun to participate in this event. I think I also thought this because I knew I probably would never get a chance.

So, the chance arrived. I then looked at the weather reports. When I saw that it was supposed to be in the 50s and probably the 40s for that morning (the race is at 8:30) I began to think more seriously about it. I told J what I was thinking. His initial response was “You are going to be totally beat for the rest of the day.” I told him that I wouldn’t run the whole way and that I have walked in many 5Ks in the past. I would be fine. So I took the plunge and signed up.

On the Sunday prior to the race, I decided I better go buy some actual exercise pants since I had been walking/minimal jogging in my jeans up to this point. So after purchasing some good ole Target pants, I tried them out around the neighborhood. With the help of my fitbit I tried to go as close to the distance set for Thursday. I even tried to run most of it. This was a first for me. I took the plunge and was proud of myself for running longer than I had previously while taking periodic walking breaks. I was home in about 45 minutes and did about three miles.

The day of the race arrives. A beautiful sunny brisk day. J and the girls come with me to cheer me on. We arrive at the event and meet 6,000 of my closest friends. Wow. Biggest race turnout yet. I attempt to get in front of the walkers. I decide I am going to try to run this thing as long as I am able. J and the girls go off to the coffee shop and plan on meeting me at the finish line. The national anthem is sung. All 6,000 voices are silenced. Then the race began.

I am proud to say that I ran and I kept running. Didn’t even stop to get a drink of water or a donut (as some kind homeowner was passing out!) My jogging speed may have been the same as a fast walker but … I was running! It was so neat to see people coming out of their houses, banging their pots and pans and clapping/cheering us on. My end time was 43:41. Not too shabby.

One last thing. Remember how J said I was going to be all tired afterwards? Guess who was the tired one on Friday and had to take a nap and all? I’ll just say it wasn’t me.

Tis a ‘Treat’ to be Remembered

Everyone loves receiving mail, especially when it isn’t bills! The girls get such a simple thrill when something comes in the mail with their name on it. With the craziness of life it is sometimes hard to remember our loved ones special days and so we deprive them of this little joy as well.

That may seem a bit too harshly stated, but I do believe that with the advent of social media (I’m looking at you, Facebook) we think that just because we acknowledged someone’s birthday via a post to their ‘wall,’ we are good to go. Our work here is done, etc. Well it doesn’t have to be that way and Treat can help.

What is Treat?

Treat is Shutterfly’s exciting new greeting card brand that makes it easy for people to create and send one-of-a-kind greeting cards. Treat cards are perfect for holidays, birthdays, congrats, thank yous and every occasion in between. It’s crazy fun. It’s super easy. And it’s totally personal.

Do you have a special someone in your life that would love to receive a card in the mail? Treat will help you personalize and tailor that special card to make it just your own. And since it is a Shutterfly brand you can be certain that you can include your pictures on the card as well.

Want to give Treat a try? For FREE? Of course you do! Just check out their many selections and pick out a card and make it your own. Then enter the code TREATBLOGR in the coupon code box. This coupon is only good today, November 19th and tomorrow, November 20th, so go there now before you forget!

Think of the smile, think of the love..


I was provided with free cards from Treat for this post, but the opinions expressed within are completely my own. 

Shutterfly Thanks the Troops (and so can you!)

I was asked by Shutterfly to share with you something neat that they are currently doing over on their Facebook page. Right now, in honor of Veteran’s Day this upcoming Sunday, Shutterfly will send a customized card on your behalf (and at no cost to you) to a person currently serving in the military. They are attempting to send a card to every single one of these dedicated people. Won’t you do your part?

It really is simple and doesn’t take more than five minutes of your time. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Shutterfly’s facebook page and “Like” them if you haven’t already.
  2. Click on this link or the link found on their fan page under the post “Thank the Troops.”
  3. Pick out your card (below is a sample of the four choices) and personalize it however you want. You can even add a photo if you wish.
  4. Click send and Shutterfly does the rest!

My brother-in-law and his family are currently proudly serving our country. Words can not express how appreciative I am for their sacrifices for our safety. Sending a card is a small way of paying back that ever-lasting debt of gratitude.

This is a sponsored post by Shutterfly but all statements are mine.


Election Reflection

Yesterday was an interesting day. Not only was it Election Day it was also the 28th anniversary of my dad’s death. Back on that day in 1984, when he passed away, it was also an election day. He was a staunch Democrat so the joke was made after he passed that Bob didn’t want another four years of Reagan. He had a wicked sense of humor so he would have appreciated that one. I think it is fitting that on this particular anniversary we elected our first African-American president to a second term. My dad certainly would have voted for him. It makes me happy when I reflect on the things that would have made him happy.  So that helped to make the day brighter.

Another bright point of the day was seeing how excited and interested Miss M was in the electoral process. I always try to take the girls with me to vote but this time, Miss M. was especially interested in what the ballot said and what I was marking. I had promised the girls stickers from the voting place prior to going there. Unfortunately they were all out by the time we arrived (around 4:30pm). C was especially disappointed but we decided to make our own stickers at home and wait till Daddy got home to borrow his since he voted at 6am. This satisfied them. M enjoyed looking at the map and seeing all the different states turn different colors. I relished in her enthusiasm – even if it was partly a ploy to stay up a bit later than usual! M kept asking when we would know who was voted the next president. Both J and I told her that it won’t be decided until after she went to bed and maybe not even until after we went to bed as well. We were right. Although many networks declared Obama victorious by 10pm central time, no speeches were given until 1am!

When M woke up this morning, her first question was Is Obama still president? I told her I think so but that it wasn’t definite when I went to bed at 11pm. So we went downstairs and checked the computer. Some funny quotes from the girls as they looked on and saw the new final map with all states colored in except Florida: Miss M seeing Florida not colored in “Wonder why Florida didn’t vote. Maybe their people fell asleep counting votes.” and C upon recognizing her state on the map “There’s our state, Illinois, a blue state!”

I love being able to share this with my daughters. We are so blessed to live in the times we do with so many freedoms. I can hope through my example of civic duty I will enstill in them (as my parents did in me) the blessings and power that comes from using your right to vote.


After a summer hiatus, I have shaken things up in my little corner of the internets. For one, we have a name change – Queen of the Snots as opposed to the former Queen of the Snot Princesses. As my girls are getting older, I saw them liking less and less the “princess” label. I want this space to be one where I not only document their growth but mine as well. Hence the name “Queen of the Snots.” While my girls can be “snots” some times, there is also many snotty moments in my life where I am also the snot. So as my tagline suggests, I might as well own it and relish it.
I hope to post more regularly to this space than I have had been doing on the one. I now own the domain name and have it on wordpress (as opposed to formerly on blogger). With that being said, I have more invested in this and I am committed to making it a place that hopefully will be worthwhile for you to stop by and leave a comment every once in a while.

Since this is a new space, I ask that you RESUBSCRIBE via RSS feed if you had already done so on the previous site. This will ensure that you will be up to date with the latest posts. It looks like if you were an email subscriber previously than it will still work on this new site.  Let me know if this is also true for RSS subscribers.

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Thank you!


The best week ever by Miss M

Last week was the best week ever!  Because I got to drink soda, go in a hot tub with bubbles, and I got to jump in the pool, which was fun.  I went to a Children’s Museum in Indianapolis that had Barbie and Dora and it also had where you could visit like a world and you could like also see dinosaurs.  I also got to eat pizza with chocolate milk.  And I got to go to another children’s museum in Louisville.  I like the dancing thing that played a song “I like Julia” and you had to do the steps along with it.  And I went to South Carolina State Museum that had an old school house and you got to go on a choo choo train.  They also talked about slavery, which means you had to work for people very hard and you didn’t get paid or anything.  They also had a fun part where you could climb a treehouse and see stuffed animals there.

That’s it. 

[Dictated to AEK by Miss M- age 6 1/2]

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The Name

So why is this blog called “Queen of the Snot Princesses?” The reason is simple. Miss M loves all things “princess” and Baby C seems to always have a runny or rather “snotty” nose. Thus the name “snot princesses.” It is not because I think my girls are snotty. Far from it. They just have a tendency to be full of snot more times than not. I guess they get this lovely genetic trait from their mother. The Queen.

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