You’re Invited to a Virtual Holiday Party!

December 1st, also known as Cyber Monday ALL DAY!

Wherever you are!

Because we have some fantastic Holday Gift Guides to share with you and some fabulous Giveaways to tell you about!

Hosted by Katja Presnal, of, and yours truly! Link up your giveaways and gift guides and let us help spread the word!

To end the party properly, Katja and myself, along with our fabulous co-hosts, will be party-ing it up on Twitter at 7pm – 9pm EST. Please join us for Christmas talk, money saving tips, decorating ideas, and GIVEAWAYS GALORE!

Make sure you use the hashtag #gifts for all your holiday related tweets tomorrow night, and follow @KatjaPresnal, @ClassyMommy, @DealSeekingMom and @YoungMommy (that’s me!) to join in on the fun.

Grab the button below if you would like to help spread the word.

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Rachel says "thank you!"

Yesterday was the first day Rachel was able to get herself ready since her accident, and she looked great! She did fairly well with a full house and lots of noisy kiddos, but was still in a lot of pain. She wanted to express her gratitude to all of you who showed her such kindness…

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For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass, so fresh, so sweet;
For song of bird, and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear or see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee!

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

I truly have so much for which to be thankful.

I am thankful for my God and the blessings He has given me in my wonderful and hard working husband, my spunky and energetic kiddos, my wonderful family, my fun and and caring friends… YOU!

I am thankful that I am free to worship, free to speak, free to live and sing and dance!

I am thankful for the rain, the cool breeze, and the roof over our heads, comfy clothes to keep us warm, and good food.

I am thankful for laughter, for joy, for innocence and good times.

Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving Day!!

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Secret to Great Hair Revealed

Do you want in on the secret?

As one of Walmart’s ElevenMoms, I get special privileges… One being that I get to tell you what the Secret to Great Hair products are, even before Stacy London gets to reveal the secret!

Before I let you in on the secret, would you like to see what I thought of the hair care products?

That was in Bentonville, when the ElevenMoms visited Walmart. We were all sent samples of this hair care line after returning home, but what we didn’t know, at the time, was that we got to find out the “secret” before Stacy London reveals it to all….

On Monday I received a lock box. I did not receive the key to this box, nor the code to open it, until Thursday. Torture!

I finally received my login info and a special site address, later in the week, where I punched in my info to receive my code to unlock my box. Inside the box was the secret revealed, along with a note that said:


Thanks for being a part of our secret hair care program!
As a way of showing our appreciation, we’ve included a Pantene Pro-V system designed specifically for your hair needs. The back of this card includes a guide to using your Pantene Pro-V system.

Enjoy the journey to healthier hair.


Jody Johnson and Lindsay Briggs

And the Secret to great hair is….. Ready?

Pantene Pro-V!!!

Rachel’s Story

Rachel was discharged from the hospital this evening, and as I type this, is at home relaxing on her couch, snug as a bug! We thank you for joining us all in prayer, and are grateful to the Lord for her speedy recovery. She is by no means completely healed, but has been given medication to help with the pain, the nausea, and the dizziness. She is nervous and relieved all at the same time… Nervous to be so far from doctors, should she need them, but relieved to have had a hot bath and snug at home.

Julia’s drawing of the accident

There were a few witnesses of her fall who didn’t see the whole incident, but were the only ones speaking up over the weekend. Just last night we heard the full story, and Rachel asked me to clear the air… It does not bode well with her to know that people think that she tripped and fell because she was drunk.

Following is the real story, according to several people who saw the entire thing… A story confirmed by Rachel as truth.

She, our brothers, and a group of friends were all walking home after having a few drinks. Rachel was certainly not drunk… She was walking with her good friend, arms wrapped around each other when a new guy friend came up from behind and swung Rachel around to face him, lifting her up in his arms. He then tripped over the curb, dropping her to the ground and falling after her. Rachel did not have time to react, not knowing she would hit the ground head first. Her friend did not have time to prevent her fall.


When you lift Rachel up in prayer, will you pray for her friends and our brothers, as well? Everyone involved feels horrible, each wishing they could have done something to prevent this accident. Rachel is asking why this had to happen to her and, understandably, feels very confused by it all. Her full recovery will take much time, but the effects of this incident will last forever.