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Hello everyone. Happy Holidays to you all. This was such a blessed time with family and friends. It’s the most wonderful time of year. People genuinely seem more caring, loving, and thoughtful. I also understand that for some, this time of year brings great sadness because of the lost of their loved ones. My heart goes out to those, as I know all to well the ache that resides in your heart out of missing someone who has left this life. A co-worker was having a serious emotional blow, as she had just lost her Mom three months ago. All week, I saw a sadness in her eyes and when she finally did breakdown, I was right there. I believe God wanted me by her side at that moment because I happened to be the only other co-worker that had lost a mother. I walked, talked, laughed, cried, and prayed with my co-worker. It was very emotional and healing. I thank God for giving me the strength to be there for someone else and for allowing her to release what she’d been holding in all week. Lord knows, I miss my mother in ways I cant even express, but I also know, it has gotten easier to deal with over the years. I always imagine my mom’s radiant smile watching my kids opening presents on Christmas morning. I find comfort in that.

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I was on a mission this season to really expound on the true meaning of Christmas to my kids, and I feel extremely good about that. I’ve had these chats with all my kids over the years, but I drilled it hard this time. The four year old was the most challenging to convey the message to. I’m telling her their is no Santa and her classmates have told her differently. I didn’t want her to go back and ruin it for them because that’s not my place. I told her, Santa doesn’t visit us, maybe he does visit your friends but God blesses Mommy so that she is able to buy you nice presents. I think she got it. I told her all about the birth of Jesus, his parents, the manger, and the sacrifice he made so that we could live. She said, “and now he’s in the sky right Mommy”? “Because he died for you and me right Mommy”? Ah ha! Don’t underestimate small children. They listen, and soak up knowledge like a sponge and they remember. They watch us and they mimic our actions, and learn our behavior. Her concepts are a little fuzzy, but still her understanding is brilliant for a four year old. I keep quizzing her periodically and for the most part, she is on point.

The birth of Jesus is the most important contribution known to man. When I think about it, I always get overwhelmed and my heart leaps for the birth of Christ. To be born so that I could live. So that I could be saved. I can never articulate my true feelings about this, because the feelings are too great for words. All day long, I just said out loud, Happy Birthday Jesus! Thanking God for his son. My pastor preached an awesome message on Christmas morning.

I ate a little more than I should have over the past few days. It’s alright though, because I feel fine about it. We went to visit a few different family members, and the food was great. Day #2 and I look like I should move away from the table. After I’ve had my fill, now I’m sick of eating it, I’ve had enough! Lol..

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We were truly blessed this holiday season. I received some nice gifts. Very loving and thoughtful gifts. My kids were triple blessed. I love watching their faces light up with excitement while ripping their gifts apart. I love receiving, but also enjoy giving. My four year old ended up with six coats.

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That’s right six really nice coats. I was very happy, but also knew she didn’t need six coats. Two were purchased by me, and the other four were gifts. I thought, this is a great time to teach her the value of giving to someone else. She was all for it, and picked out a coat and a recipient right away. My son also ended up with three coats. I’m telling you, we were blessed! When your blessed, you have to bless someone else. So, I figure it’s the perfect time for a giveaway. I’ve already given away one coat, and still have two size 5 girls coats both are fitting a little too snug, and one size 10/12 boys coat that is too small for my son.. Their are no rules, or no follow guidelines for this giveaway, I just feel compelled to share our blessings. I don’t have gift receipts and have no clue where the coats were purchased so return options are out. If any of you, my readers know anyone in need, direct them here. Just tell me the coat you want and whoever does that first will have it. It’s that simple. I will leave my email address at the end of this post so that the winner can give me their contact info, and I will mail the coat through united states postal service within 10 days.

Here are the coats up for grabs. Aren’t they adorable?

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Here are a few pics I snapped of the kids throughout the last few days. I took not one outfit picture of myself. It’s been so much excitement going on for the past few days, I honestly forgot.

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She had a ball on her new scooter and looks fashionably cute in here dinosaur helmet(walmart)

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20111227-164531.jpg she loves this pillow pet, a gift from great-gma.

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I hope everyone had a wonderful and blessed holiday. So tell me, Did you get any good gifts?

Peace and blessings,
Dee
cheapandfabmom@gmail.com

Hello all.
I’m sorry, I’m late in announcing the winner of the Old Navy gift card. I have been swamped, busy, and tired. I just wanted to do this quick post to announce the winner. CONGRATULATIONS TO CINDY A.
you were randomly selected and you are the winner. Please contact me so we can discuss how to claim your prize. I have sent the you an email to the address you signed up with. Thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Stay tuned in the future for more fabulous exciting giveaways! Congrats again to you Cindy!

Peace and Blessings
Dee

Happy Blog-aversary to me!!!
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A month ago today, I officially started my blog. Even though it’s only been a month, I am so excited about all the things I’ve posted, the life my writing has taken, and the awesome responses I’ve had from you dear readers. I appreciate everyone who has braved it away with me as I have not specifically defined my blog, but have instead let the blog lead me. You have sat through my discoveries, my rambling, my me-isms and you have not complained. 🙂 You have been reading, and looking, and commenting and subscribing and I appreciate you. In honor of my one month blog-aversary, I am happy to announce my first give away! Yay!!! The contest will be really simple, and I hope you will enjoy it. The prize is a $50 Old Navy gift card.

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Old Navy gift cards are great as they can be used online or in stores. And wouldn’t you know it would be there just in time for the holidays. Winning! Lol..
So please enter, encourage your friends to enter, and good luck to you.
Contest rules are as followed:
1.Must be a U.S. Resident
2.Follow my blog/sign up through email
3. Comment on any post of your choosing other than this one with the keywords: Cheap but Fabulous
Contest Begins Saturday November 19th and ends Monday November 27th 9pm EST

That’s it. Simple and rewarding. Help me celebrate and enter to win a $$$50 Old Navy gift card.

Thanks again for all your support! Peace and blessings!
Dee
aka CheapFabMom

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