Tuesday, May 31, 2011

CUTE Father's Day Cards ONLY $.99 from Tiny Prints!

If you haven’t gotten your dad/husband/grandpa a card yet for Father’s Day, I have a great deal for you.  Check out these adorable Father’s Day cards from Tiny Prints for only $.99.  Just head on over to Tiny Prints and use the promo code GC99 at checkout to snag personalized Father’s Day Greeting Cards for just 99¢ each! Plus, you’ll snag FREE shipping for all greeting card orders when you select send it to me first or mail it directly to your recipient for only the price of a stamp (44¢).  Do it today!  (thanks Mommyluvs2save blog)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Kokomo Strawberry Festival - June 2

Annual Kokomo Strawberry Festival, from 11am - 3pm on Main Street in downtown Kokomo.  Amish-made strawberry shortcake ($5), live music, children's activities, etc. 

Fore more info, call #765-457-5301.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Weekly Wednesday Words - Leigh McLeroy Encourages & Refreshes

 My former Sunday School teacher & friend, Leigh McLeroy, is a prolific author & inspires me with her "Wednesday Words".  In addition to writing books & being on a speaking circuit, she writes a weekly email/blog called Wednesday Words, which you can sign up for (for free - CLICK HERE to sign up) and have emailed right to your inbox.  I wish you could all meet Leigh like I have, and you would hear her sweet, kind & gentle voice in all of her posts, but without even knowing her you can and will be blessed by her weekly email.  She is so REAL and every week reminds me just of what I need to hear... funny how the Lord works like that!  I encourage you to sign up and be encouraged by her.  See this week's email below.   - Kristi

Of grackles and grace 

May 25, 2011 

grackleA sleek, golden-eyed blackbird scurried in front of my car as I pulled into the drive, hustling out of harm's way with iridescent wings flapping furiously.  We "missed" each other, but not by much. "Why don't you fly, you silly old thing?" I wondered. Flying would be so much simpler and more efficient than the awkward, evasive movement he employed. I mean, the bird had a pair of shimmering wings for a reason!

He reminded me of me.

Of the bluster and "flapping about" I do on a rather regular basis to try and keep safe from the threat of sin and live a life worthy of Christ. As if I could do that for myself!

"Morality," said C. S. Lewis,  "is a mountain which we cannot climb by our own efforts; and if we could we should only perish in the ice and unbreathable air of the summit, lacking those wings with which the rest of the journey has to be accomplished. For it is from there that the real ascent begins. The ropes and axes are "done away" and the rest is a matter of flying."

My grackle-friend was made to fly...to be gracefully airborne, not nervously earth-bound. He had within him the stuff he needed to ride the cool lift of a current of air. So it's easy for me to see (and to say) that he should have been using it.  

But it's harder to understand that in the same way, I have what I need to live the Christ-life in the person and power of Christ himself. Yet instead of relying on him to get me where I long to go, I pull out the "ropes and axes" of self-effort as if to drag myself along to glory by the agonizing, ugly inch. 

When, oh when, will I learn for good that the grace that saved me is the grace that sustains me, and will indeed become the very "grace that leads me home." 

 Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? Have you suffered so much for nothing--if it really was for nothing? Does God give you his spirit and work miracles among you because you observe the law, or because you believe what you heard? (Galatians 3-5 NIV)

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Help Clean-Up Downtown & Historic Marion - June 4

My husband teases me because I'm always an advocate for "clean-up" days (my solution to most problems when we drive through small communities!).  We did these in the town I grew up in, and they were GREAT community events - a chance to take pride in your city, to bond as a community & instill positive values in your kids! 

The Downtown & Historic Marion Neighborhood Association is hosting a clean-up day on Saturday, June 4.  The clean-up event is 8:30 - noon (rain or shine!), and volunteers are needed to clean, paint & more.  They're asking people to pre-register if possible so they know how many to expect.  For more info & to register contact operations@mainstreetmarion.com or #662-1192.  They'll also take registrations at 8am the day of the event at the Centrum Mall (428 S. Washington St). 

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Old Navy $1 Flip Flops - Saturday, May 21

Many of you know that each summer Old Navy offers a 1-day sale on their flip flops - $1/pair.  That day is this Saturday, May 21, from 7am - 9pm.  I don't want to promote the ridiculousness that this sale can be, which is obsessive buying for the sake of buying, but I do want to bring it to your attention in case you need a pair of flip flops for the summer.  I warn you, if you haven't been to this sale before, people are are little crazy about it, and just about every single pair of flip flops in the store sells out on this day (usually within an hour or two), so go early if you're looking for this deal. 

Limit 5 per customer. In-Store only. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Midwest Coffee Roasters - OPEN!

Midwest Coffee Roasters had their soft opening last weekend, and they are open!  I stopped by tonight to check them out and the place looks amazing - they've done a fantastic job with it!  They will be open all day this Thurs & Fri, starting at 8am and going until (maybe 9pm)???  Their hours are not set until their grand opening, which they're hoping is the beginning of June. 

If you don't know about Midwest Coffee Roasting Company, they are a local roaster, and have been in the process of opening up a coffee shop/retail spot in Marion on Spencer right near the Bypass.  It looks like a little white house, and if the sign in the window says OPEN, you should stop in!  They feature organic coffee & baked goods with no artificial colors/sweeteners/flavors or hydrogenated oils.  They have free Wi-Fi, and will have a moms/toddler room with a gate for moms to meet for a cup of coffee/play date.  This place is JUST what Marion needs, and I'm super excited about it.  I think when you see it you'll love it too! 

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Free REDBOX Rental - Today only (5/12)

If you're a movie fan, listen up!   Today, May 12, redbox & friends are making one free movie rental FREE! "Like" redbox on Facebook and you'll get a promo code good for a free, one-night DVD rental, valid only on 5/12.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Free Ice Cream Cone at Haagen-Dazs today (5/10) from 4pm-8pm

For those of you lucky enough to live near a Haagen-Dazs, stop in today from 4pm- 8pm for a free cone- any flavor!  Click HERE to find a location near you! 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Give Blood - SAVE a life & Get a FREE Picnic Meal from Marsh

Give blood this month at the South Bend Medical Foundation (in the basement of the ACC Building across from the hospital) and in addition to SAVING A LIFE you'll get a coupon for a FREE picnic lunch box from Marsh North, which is good thru June 7.

The picnic lunch box inclues 4 pieces of chicken, 1/2lb potato salad, 1/2lb baked beans, 4 Hawaiian Rolls, 2 cookies, 2 waters & mints.  Stop by and spend a few minutes giving blood, then go pick up your picnic lunch & head to Matter Park for a picnic! 

The Blood Bank Hours are:
Monday & Tuesday 11am - 7pm
Wednesday 9am - 3pm
Thursday & Friday 8am - 4:30pm

Call #765.662.4630 to book an appointment OR you can just go as a walk-in.

Friday, May 6, 2011

March for Babies Walk - Saturday, May 7 at Matter Park

I posted about this a few weeks ago, but wanted to remind everyone that the March for Babies Walk is Saturday, May 7 at Matter Park.  Registration is at 8am, the walk starts at 9am.  It is a 6 mile walk. 

For more info click HERE and select Grant County. 

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Starbucks Happy Hour Special - 1/2 off Frappuccino blended beverages (5/6 - 5/15)

May 6 - 15th

Happy Hour at Starbucks from 3pm - 5pm- all Frappuccino blended beverages are half off!  Now, if the sun will just come out, we can all grab a frappuccino & head to the park with our kids!  :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Main Street Marion's First Friday Festivals - staring this week!

Have you been to these "First Friday" events in downtown Marion yet?  I've heard of them, but have yet to go to one due to either always being out of town, or just totally forgetting about them until the day after!  I'm determined to get to them this summer, starting with the first one of the season this Friday!

Main Street Marion’s First Friday - starting this Fri 5/6/1, from 6pm - 9pm in downtown Marion

Hosted by Main Street Marion, featuring live entertainment, food, children’s activities, clowns, crafts.  Join the fun at the Riverfront District.  Contact Main Street Marion for additional information at 765-662-1192.

These events last all summer long - the first Friday of every month, May through September.  They're supposed to be a lot of fun - vendors/organizations from all over the area.  Should be a fun community event - hope to see you there!