Tuesday, October 17, 2017

2fer Tuesday.

2 MUST TRY ITEMS:


I almost couldn't believe my own eyes when I saw these at the grocery store the other day.


They are HEAVENLY and you have GOT to pick some up and try them for yourself.  Fall baking {without all the hassle} at it's finest! 


Yum-a-lish!

We had taco salads last night for dinner and I picked this up at the store to try.

It did not disappoint.

It's got JUST the right amount of KICK for me. 
{Which you should know...is not muchπŸ˜‚}

2 FUNNIES:


YESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!
We had one growing up and you better believe we have one now!


Alright.  Fess up.
WHO EATS THIS AND ENJOYS THIS??

Yesterday when I was minding my own business, ordering our Boar's head sliced turkey {because seriously...Boar's Head is WAY better than every other deli meat}



Monday, October 16, 2017

This Weekend + A WINNER!!!

* Most of Friday morning was spent working on Etsy orders.
Can you even believe that Christmas prep is already in FULL swing?!?

* The kids were completely bored to tears by lunch time {is it time to send them back to school yet?πŸ˜‚} and so we headed out for lunch.


We went to one of our VERY FAVORITE Chandler joints.


Their lunch specials are the bomb and their calzones are SO big that I always get to take half home for leftovers the next day.



* Much to my kids' dismay, we stopped at Goodwill afterwards.  

Fun Fact: My kids don't love GW nearly as much as I do.😩
Ok....they hate it.


The Halloween masks at GW always skeeve me out.
Regardless...my kids ALWAYS put them on.
{Fingers crossed he doesn't get sick this week, now!}

* Friday night the kiddos had friends over which meant we did our usual caffeine run with everyone.


* Donuts on Saturday morning.


* Grocery shopping afterwards.


I forgot how much I LOATHE being at the grocery store on a Saturday.

Also: see that bag of frozen rolls in my cart?
They're Sister Schuberts and they're pretty much THE BEST!

* Saturday night the boys had a Halloween party to go to.
My sweet friend Dacie came by to help with Carson's BOXER ZOMBIE make-up...



* While the boys were partying it up - - we went and visited my sweet dad who was in the hospital...once again.


He gets the craziest blocked bowels and becomes horribly sick with them.  Luckily, this time he was just in for one night  and now he's back at home on the mend!!πŸ‘

* Churchey-church on Sunday followed by a 3 hour nap!
{ScoRe!}

* Sunday night we went over to our dear friends' house for dinner.
My sweet friend Chanda whipped up quite the feast for my {few days late} birthday dinner. 
{Note: I like to celebrate my bday all...month...long...πŸ˜†}


Steak, homemade bread, my VERY FAVORITE mac n' cheese ever, steamed broccoli and.....


....THIS TO DIE FOR Reese's Chocolate cake!!!!

You guys!!!!
It was AH-MAZZZZING!!!

So fun to relax with them and enjoy the evening.

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Friday I randomly drew a winner for my


Congrats to Margaret Eichmann of South Dakota!!!!

I can't wait to finish up my box this week and ship it off to you!

I'll be sure to post pics for everyone else of everything I'm including in this goody box!!

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On tap for this week:

* The kiddies go BACK to SCHOOL!!!
I'm ready.
I think they're ready.
Regardles...did I say...I'm ready?!?
πŸ˜‚

* Our ANNUAL Coombs Halloween Party this weekend.
Cannot WAIT to share all of the details!


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

My BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE to YOU!

My 3rd Birthday Party
I still vividly remember this cake. Is that weird?

It's official.
I'm the big 3-9.

Some....would be freaking out that they only have ONE year left in their 30s......

Me? Not so much.

I felt this same way when I was 29.

I really don't mind that I turn 40 next year because I have SO much around me in life to be proud of and lots to be thankful for and I'm just #grateful to wake up everyday with my sweet family.

Which got me thinking - - - 

What do I want to ACCOMPLISH this last year in my 30s?

Is there a way that I can make a difference this year?

I've thought about it a lot, really.

I love a good goal and so I'm setting one this year starting TODAY.

This goal though, isn't just a personal goal, it includes my family - - who really is my everything.

Let me back up....

Last year...our family of 5 made it a goal to work with a homeless organization here in Chandler, AZ once a week.  We chose Wednesday nights because that was the only night during the week where we didn't have something already on our calendar.

Our family grew to LOVE these sweet people.
We ate dinner with them, talked about their day with them and really formed a special frienship with some of them.

We found ourselves praying for them each night....that they'd be able to get themselves back on their feet someday.


We faithfully did this EVERY Wednesday night for one year.

Sometimes....my kids didn't want to go.
Sometimes.....Joe and I had a zillion other things that we needed to do instead.

Regardless.....we went.  
Each.  Week.

And guess what?

Our lives were BLESSED beyond measure.

Sometimes, we'd leave thinking to ourselves....did we even make a difference tonight? And realistically...sometimes we may not have.  But....

Our lives were BLESSED beyond measure.

As a family....we grew.

Our love for others grew and our tolerances for people 'different' than us grew ten fold.

I will cherish that year for the rest of my life.

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Now...as the new school year began this past July for our children...our schedules changed once again, as well.

Sadly, Wednesday nights were not open for us anymore and we had to say goodbye to our routine of helping the homeless each week.

My kids seem BUSIER than ever this year, as I'm sure most of you can relate.  

But...I still CRAVE the family time we spent together DOING SERVICE.

Which is where my CHALLENGE to YOU...my lovely blog readers...comes in! 

Will you join me in this? 

Starting THIS month...my family is going to render SOME TYPE of service for others ONCE A MONTH until next October when I turn 40. 

Why once a month?

Because it's a stretch for us .... but not impossible.

Why as a FAMILY? 
Can't I do something by myself when my kids are at school?

Yes...of course you most certainly can.
Someday I'll blog about what I've chosen to do once a week for service while Joe is at work and my kids are at school.

BUT.....

I want THIS particular BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE of mine
 TO YOU to include the WHOLE FAMILY. 

For me: that's my husband plus 2 sons and 1 daughter. 

If you're empty nesters? Then it might just be you and your spouse.

If you're single? - - then it might be just you and that's AOK! But some months...ask a friend to join you! 
The more the merrier.

Because:

A) There are strength in numbers. 

B) When you render service AS A FAMILY....your WHOLE FAMILY is blessed.  And living in today's world when there is so much craziness going on....I think ALL of our families could use the extra blessings. Right?

{Plus - - I've seen the good that comes from doing FAMILY SERVICE personally in my own life, just from last year alone.}  

And lastly....

C) I believe that TEACHING our children HOW TO SERVE is one of the MOST IMPORTANT things that we can do as parents.  

I vividly remember watching my parents SERVE OTHERS from the time I was just a toddler - - probably 3 years old - - in that above pic. 

Because of their love of service - - I now how have a love of service.  


And I really have my fingers crossed that this ripple effect will continue on down into my own childrens hearts.

For my family? We are choosing to do something DIFFERENT each month.  And we will most likely be finding these ideas of service through the Just Serve website.

If you've never checked it out - - you should.
You simply enter in your zipcode and a HUGE selection of service needs right in your very own area pop up!

Do I think that some months....this is going to be hard for us?
You bet your buns I do.
Life gets busy.

But I also think that when service is extra hard...we are extra blessed.

My mother raised us with the quote:

"Service never comes at a convenient time."

And man....is that true! 

So will you join us?
In my BIRTHDAY CHALLENGE?

I sure hope so.  
Service can bless the world.
And boy does our world need blessing right now.

Do me a favor.

If you and your family are willing to take on this year long challenge - - will you please post your name and where you're from in my comments section?  

Also - - if you blog or use social media and would like to share your family's experiences throughout the year - - will you please use #MarciCoombs39 for me?

There is power in sharing our experiences with others.  
And maybe JUST MAYBE...your experiences will ignite the light in someone else to start serving.

"Unless we lose ourselves in service to others, there is little purpose to our own lives."

-President Thomas S. Monson

Breakfast out on my birthday this year with my parents and kids {and sister taking the pic}.