Thursday, July 28, 2011

Blog Sale - Crafty Goodness For Sale!

I am getting rid of some crafty goodness so I can get some new mojo going!
All items listed are used unless otherwise noted.
I can send pictures.
Stamps have staining but they have been cleaned with Stazon cleaner - so no ink should transfer.
All prices include shipping.
I will accept paypal or cash.
 (item will not ship until cash received)

Either leave a note or send me an email to

Stampin' Up! Big Shot Mini Milk Carton Plate (used once) - $10
Stampin' Up! Big Shot Circle Scallop (used once) - $7
Stmapin' Up! Big Shot CIrcles Scallop #2 - $7
Stampin' Up! Extra Large Ornament Punch (new in package) $12
Stampin' Up! Stampin' Spots - Brights - $5
Stampin' Up! Stampin' Spots - Regals - $5
Stampin' Up! Stampin' Spots - Rich Regals - $5
Creative Vision "Make A Wish" Clear Stamp Set (heavy stazon staining) - $2
Creative Vision "Hooked On Fishing" Clear Stamp Set (red staining) - $2
Recollections "Its My Party" Clear Stamp Set (new in package) - $4
Stampin' Up! "Eat Cake" Wood Mounted Stamp Set  (great condition) - $10
Stampin' Up! "Whimsical Words" Clear Stamps Set - $7
Stampabilities "Holiday Headlines" Wood Mounted Stamps (in tin) $7
Stampin' Up! "Event Full" Rubber Mounted Retired Hostess Stamp Set (great condition) - $10
Stampin' Up! "Butterfly Accent" Single Wood Mounted Stamp (used once) - $5
Stampin' Up! "Dasher" Single Wood Mounted Stamp  (new in package) - $5
Recollections "Zoo-liciouis" Clear Stamp Set (new in package) - $4
House Mouse Gruffles "Bedtime Story" - $5
House Mouse Happy Hoppers "Baby Itty Bit: - $5
House Mouse Happy Hoppers "Sleepy Head" - $5
Stampendous Changito "Champion Pool Guy" - $5
Stampendous Changito "Changito's Love Balloon" - $5
Stampendous "Block Art Birdie Love" (new) - $5
Stampendous "Friendship Recipe" - $5
Riley Moose with Tractor - $5
Riley Moose in Easter Egg Shell - $5
Cuttlebug Folders - $2 (please email)
Bella Stamps - $5 (please email)
Nesties - Circles - $10

I think these are pretty fair deals!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

August Is Coming!

August is coming - what are you going to do for a monthly challenge?
Why not join me! You can win loot!

She the post right before this one!

~ ALSO ~

For those getting on the exercise bandwagon - please check out my girl Donna Adams - she has a giveaway!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

August Challenge Has Been Decided!

So I have decided what my first monthly challenge will be:

Give Away One Thing A Day

Now this is not give someone your junk - this is give away something that someone needs that you have, you don't use it but it is still good for someone else, or it might be painful but you need to get rid of it.

A meal, a card, a shirt, a baking dish, an ear to someone who needs you at that moment and you normally wouldn't listen to them (not that you don't like them),  give away your seat for someone who needs it, etc.

The stuff we collect in life sometimes had a meaning for a moment, or never really did, and we still have it.  I plan to go through my things and make a pile of "Give Away" and "Throw Away" and I expect to be done with these piles at the end of the month or shortly after!  I am not going to plan anything, and I am going to try and make it a "in this moment this person needs what I have " type of thing.

I encourage you all to join me!  Please leave comments and post what you have done as I will do the same!
If you email me at I will keep you in the loop of updates and fun ideas and extra challenges!  Those who officially sign up with the email will be entered into a prize at the end of the month (it will be new and not recycled - he he!) as long as you have done all 31 days of giving.

To be officially signed up:
2 - blog, facebook, twitter, or email me about your daily give aways

(Follow my blog if you want, friend me on facebook - Molly Donohue Ritterbeck, or follow me on Twitter - MissMollyDR to stay up to date with me!)

That is it! Will You Join?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What About A Challenge?

Not going to lie - my mojo is basically gone.
It has been this way and I can't get it back right now.
I think I need to do change gears for just a bit.

So I am thinking about challenging myself with a couple back to back monthly challenges!
Some of the ideas I have are:
One Random Acts of Kindness A Day
Make on Christmas Card A Day
Pray For a Specific person A Day
Fitness Challenge of some sort
One Scrapbook Layout A Day
Give Away One Thing A Day
Take A New Picture A Day
Drink A New Kind of Wine A Day

You get where I am going here.
What kind of challenges have you done in the past or want to do?
All ideas are welcome!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Prayer Requests

My family
New Life Praise Church Family
Pastor Josh - passion, patience, wisdom in the scriptures
Brooke Dickinson - eye surgery (Age 5)
Nemec Family
Carden Family
Koby Donohue
Moira - finances/job
Chicky-Chic - anxiety of kids being away

Have one to add? Leave a comment and it will be added to next week's list!

Please take a moment and also check out the page titled Letters of Love on my Blog (under blog title).
Do you have someone who needs a letter of encouragement? Send us some info and we will take care of them!  We are also starting to send cards to those who are in nursing homes and get no mail.  Please let us know if we can help!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Simplicity Saturday - Finances

This past year has been a struggle for us financially.
Nick had a transmission that went out and had to be replaced TWICE.
A "friend" bounced a hefty check on me and also bounced out of town herself.
Pay is still short of what I left at John Deere.
Daycare is over half my current paycheck and there are still bills to pay.
I am not asking for sympathy as I know a lot of people are in my position. I am not going to let it defeat me either - I am going to win this battle!

I have found some new found ways to make money with auctions on Facebook (see post HERE for more details) - not much, but every little bit helps!

You got something that you don't want anymore? Someone out there does. Trust me on that one. I sold a bottle of Christmas Noel Vanilla lotion (smells just like the regular vanilla that sells for $10.50) for $10 including shipping that was $2 - really??  They saved $0.50 and I made $8 on a gift I didn't need or every use.  Kids clothes that would sell at Once Upon A Child, or consignment shops wouldn't take - sold them in
"lots" as they were still in great condition.  Trust me - get a shipping quote first so you don't lose on that - but there is someone who will want it - even if you have to relist it.

I love to read, but hate to actually pay for books. is a website you list what books you have, someone wants it - you send it at your cost to the. In return you get a book you want sent to you at the sender's cost.  This is totally worth it for me as our library sucks and sending a book via USPS (media mail is cheaper) is cheaper than driving to base.

Dave Ramsey
Check him out.
Totally worth it. I will be debt free within 2 years with his plan. It doesn't take much - just discipline.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Fitness Friday -

I found my new favorite tool to use to help me know how far I am running!

It pulls up maps of your neighborhood, or parks, or streets or whatever so you can figure out what you are accomplishing during your morning route.
One thing I will advise - be careful where you click - I thought I was doing so good on my run to find out I clicked about three times to many giving myself an extra 3/4 of a mile. OOPPS!  Yeah that kind of killed my motivation for a week or so.  I am back though and my friend Petra and I are doing great!

As for food....I have found myself in a love hate relationship with food!
I find that I am always hungry but hate having to always eat.
Mornings are coffee, some oatmeal, lunch of a salad with sunflower seeds, and dinner is a meat of some sort with vegetables. I am really lacking in the morning and afternoon snack department.  I know I need to drink more water and less soda too.  I love my soda though.

What are your ideas?
What types of good for you snacks do you have in the morning/afternoon?
What do you drink instead of soda?
Please note I would like ideas that taste good - please :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thankful Thursday

Abby requested pink, bright, happy, butterflies and lots of girly stuff. 
I am so thankful that my kid is not afraid to be herself!.
Each morning when she gets dressed she cries over the outfit she wants to wear. I always try to pick out something first and give her the option that matches. 
Her option usually involves horizontal stripes in rainbow colors with plaid carpi's in contrasting colors.
She doesn't care if things look odd to us - they look good to her.
I pick my battles and the clothes are not one of them. 
My husband at times gets irritated - but as I tell him - she is expressing herself (which is as loud as her color choices), and I don't want to kill that.

I am thankful she is as loud as the box for her hair "pretties" she asked me to make.