Tired legs

Last year, I took part in a campaign through my other blog, Homemaker’s Challenge, called Rethink Varicose Veins. I was quite interested to learn more about this as my Honey has some varicose veins that are cause for concern.

The varicose veins started out small. They’ve grown over the years and gotten to be more pronounced.

What I learned was that the tired legs feeling that he has, the protruding veins, and all of that is not going to simply go away on its own. He has worked out at the gym faithfully for 4 years, and has lost a good amount of weight. But, being in shape does not mean no varicose veins, as evidenced by an Olympic athlete, Summer Sanders, dealing with the same thing.

I visited the Rethink Varicose Veins site and found the closest doctor to us, Dr. Bailey in Florence, AL.

Our first visit was just a matter of meeting with Dr. Bailey and having him look at my hubby’s legs. One leg is definitely worse than the other. We didn’t think the second leg was that much of a concern. Dr. Bailey thought differently. He said that the “better” leg was bad and the worse leg was one of the worst cases he has seen. Ouch!

Rethink Varicose Veins from Our Abundant Blessings

The next step was to go in for an ultrasound graphing of his veins. This was done in his office and took all of 20 minutes. They now have a map of the veins and know what areas they will be targeting when they perform the vein ablastment.
Our next appointment is next month, and we will know more then about when this surgery will take place. Dr. Bailey has assured us that he will revolutionize my hubby’s life. That the tired and feeling like they weigh 100 pounds sensation will be gone. I sure hope so. This will make a huge difference in his life.

I will post a follow up after our next appointment.

If you deal with varicose veins, have you checked out the Rethink Varicose Veins site? There is a self-assessment test there for you to take.

Get organized for the new school year!

Get organized for the new school year gift basket giveaway from Our Abundant Blessings



Ahhh, a new school year. Such promise ahead as we seek to instruct and educate our children another year. And, we get to buy school supplies! I admit it, I am an office and school supply junkie.

I’d like to offer a gift basket giveaway filled with my favorite organizing items.¬†

Here goes, my get organized for the new school year gift basket giveaway:

KJV Waterproof Bible, New Testament with Psalms & Proverbs

6 month subscription to Build A Menu

Well Planned Day Planner

Well Planned Day Wall Calendar

ARC Notebook (my all-time favorite notebooks!)

Washi Tape to decorate those notebook and planning pages

2 pack of Sharpie black markers (can one ever have enough Sharpies?!)

Pentel Energel Pens (extra fine and fine points) (seriously LOVE these pens!)

BIC Mechanical Pencil

Pack of stickers

Enter here, then head over to the other gift basket giveaways going on as part of the iHomeschool Network!

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Gift Basket Giveaways 2014!Gift Basket Giveaways 2014!


(1) STEM {Science, Technology, Engineering, Math} Gift Basket from Amy
(2) Hands On Science Basket from Colleen
(3) Second-Third Grade Back to Homeschool Giveaway from Heidi
(4) Back To School Sensory Resources Basket from Nicole


(5) Foreign Language Learning from Selena
(6) Toddler Fun Basket from Dianna
(7) Apologia Basket from Stephanie
(8) Tot School Supplies Basket from Kara


(9) Middle School Science Basket from Megan
(10?Nature Discovery Gift Basket from Amy
(11) The Ultimate Back-to-School Giveaway from Sallie
(12) Explorer’s Basket from Tina


(13) Back to School Gift Basket from Janine
(14) Back to School Homeschooler’s Art & More Basket from Renee
(15) Classically Charlotte Gift Basket from Lara
(16) Learn to Knit and Crochet Giveaway Basket from Aadel


(17) Let Freedom Ring ~ A Back to School Patriotic Giveaway from Eva
(18) Geography Learning Tools Basket from Heather
(19) Back To School with Financial Peace Giveaway from Amy
(20) High School American Literature and Research Writing Curriculum from Vicki


(21) Five Homeschool Essentials Giveaway from Sam
(22) Getting organized for the new year from Laurie
(23) American History Basket from Karyn
(24) Nature Study Bag from Alicia


(25) Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Basket from Cindy
(26) Mom’s Favorite Things from MacKenzie
(27) Pampering Mama basket from Shannen

4 Easy-to-Make Greek Foods

4 easy to make Greek foods from Our Abundant Blessings
At the end of our Co-Op school year, we hosted an International Dinner. Our family chose Greece for our country.

I’d like to share with you the recipes we made to share to celebrate our chosen country!

We served four easy-to-make Greek Foods:

Keftedes with Tzatziki Sauce, served on Pita Bread

Homemade Spanakopita

Greek Almond Butter Cookies

Homemade Baklava

We had such fun making these recipes and sharing them with our friends!
I hope you enjoy them as well!

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