May This Year’s National Bike Month Bring Remembrance And Gratitude

National Bike Month

For bike lovers around the country, May is the time of the year that commemorates the greats of the bicycling world and aims at educating the public about the green nature of biking in general. This , sees the global promotion of a special event that will inculcate feelings of gratitude and remembrance in onlookers and participants. Each … [Read more...]

Empowering Women Together

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I'm thrilled to share how Walmart is Empowering Women all over the world and how you can help support them!  It's really simple.  Walmart.com has dedicated a space on their website where you can buy products made from women-based businesses from around the world.   They are starting with over 200 products from nine countries, including the … [Read more...]

History Channel, The Bible TV Series

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I am super excited about this 10-episode series because I am wanting to learn so much more about the Bible.  I currently read Truett's little Bible stories since I have very little knowledge of the history of the Bible. I'm learning a lot though and I think it would be fun to watch a series of it.    OMG, this music video trailer looks amazing and … [Read more...]

Hey Clueless Moms, Get Your Gamer Questions Answered!

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I love video games.  I play with my teen son, with my kindergartener, and both of them at the same time.  Since I am an active gamer, I probably know more about video games than the average mom.   If a game comes up in a conversation, I repeatedly hear the other mom say something to the effect of, "I've never heard of it. I don't know anything … [Read more...]

2012 Reflections

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Seriously, has 2012 already came and went?  Good grief, where does the time go?  Oh wait, I know...senior graduation, football games, surgery centers, church, fundraisers, doctor offices, banks, cookouts, grocery shopping.....I guess you get the idea.   This is gonna be a fairly long post so I'll just get to what I want to share. January -  Ah, … [Read more...]

Gifts Under $10

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I've noticed that people today feel like they have to spend a lot or make their gift look big in hopes of pleasing the give-e.  Since we buy a large portion of gifts from Walmart, we pay close attention to items other than electronics and toys, like apparel.  Here are a few gift ideas for $10 or less that I found while shopping at my … [Read more...]

Please Answer 8 Feedback Questions About Me and My Blog

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Every year (except last year), I've asked you for your feedback & ideas about what you liked, didn't like and how to improve acowboyswife.com The year+ I took to put some distance between me and blogging, definitely affected my site in many ways. Merging mywoodenspoon.com into acowboyswife.com was a big leap for me because I knew it would … [Read more...]

Bluebird Followup

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If you recall, I shared that we'd be trying out the American Express Bluebird Debit Card with our son.  Bluebird is a checking/debit alternative loaded with features, not fees.  You've probably seen the blue displays in your walmart stores as you walk in.  Ours are by the registers.  Anyways, I'm happy to report that Toby's spending was curved, … [Read more...]

Layaway Reminder – Pick Up Your Layway Y’all!

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I wanted to remind you that layaways at Walmart must be paid for and picked up by December 14th!!  You'll also get your $5 refundable fee back via Walmart gift card once you've paid out.  I know a few folks who took advantage of layaway and would hate for anyone to forget about theirs. I know a gal who has done that before...but I won't say her … [Read more...]

Black Friday Sales at Walmart for 2012

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There are 3 different events this year at Walmart for Black Friday;  in-store specials at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, followed by its big electronics event at 10 p.m. and a weekend full of savings starting at 5 a.m. on Friday, November 23.   I'll outline each event, along with my favorite picks that I hope to purchase this holiday season.  Maybe my … [Read more...]

Banana Pudding Photo Retake

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I made my grandma's banana pudding for our monthly WOW meetup (women of worship) and thought it was time to update the main photo on the original recipe.  I just wanted to share the new photo I took and also let you know that I reformatted the recipe so that you can easily print it!  This is always a huge favorite during Thanksgiving and … [Read more...]

Gift Guide Roundup – Truett’s Toy Picks

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Toy buying can be quite a task can't it?  Sometimes it's hard to find the 'good toys' that your child will continue to play with, that will last longer than 3 months.  Having a 19, 16, and 6 year old, we have definitely gone through our share of toys over the years but I'm hoping that I can make your toy shopping much easier this holiday season … [Read more...]

12 Days of Giving

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I have found that giving can be one of the most rewarding experiences you can have.   I personally love anonymous giving.   There was a time when I didn't think about it much, but then one time remembered how excited my grandma was when someone left an envelope of money in her mailbox.   She truly needed it and was beyond grateful for it.   I have … [Read more...]

Being a First Time Voter

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Over the years, I've never really cared enough about politics to give a darn.  For some reason this year, I was very interested and thought it was time I register to vote.   There have been so many things that I've learned in the last 6 months, some good, some irritating, but it's been an interesting process for me. THE GOOD The debates have … [Read more...]

He is Captain America

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Truett has been waiting for his Halloween costume for weeks now.  When I first asked him what he wanted to be, he immediately said Captain America and has never changed his mind.  He spent an entire day in his costume, saving the ranch from fires and dangerous bears because he's not just some 6 year old ranch kid, he IS Captain … [Read more...]

Golden Spark Campaign Could Win Your Community a $50,000 Donation

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I mentioned earlier how you can help fight hunger through the Backpack program, and today I'm sharing how you can help choose where funding goes to help fight hunger through the Golden Spark Campaign. I don't know if you know this but Walmart has made huge donations to the Fighting Hunger cause.  Through the campaign, they've given 594 … [Read more...]

A Cowboy’s Wife On the Outside; Foodie, Tech Nerd, and Overachiever Mom On the Inside

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Let me begin by sayin' HOWDY!  If you're reading this through your reader or email, then you've got to click-thru and check out the new blog makeover that A Cowboy's Wife got.  Over the past 3 days, the merge, of My Wooden Spoon and A Cowboy's Wife, has been taking place.  And let me tell ya folks, it's perfect.  It's a 100% reflection of who I am … [Read more...]

Backpack Programs Helping to Feed America

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I have stated countless times how important it is to help end child hunger and what it means to me.  In our early years, we have sent our kids off to their grandparents because we knew we wouldn't have the money to buy food for the month.  It was awful and makes a parent feel like a complete failure and inadequate as a parent.  There are so many … [Read more...]

Our Top 5 Toy Picks

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With the holidays around the corner and layaway in full force, I thought I'd round up mine and Truett's favorite toys.  Truett is 5, turning 6 September 25th, to give you an idea of his age group. His most favorite toy is the 6 Lane Hot Wheel Raceway.   He plays with this all the time and loves to see which car will when.  He also loves the … [Read more...]

Tailgating in Texas

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When football is as big as it is in Texas, you gotta know how to tailgate!   And don't worry if you're not actually gonna be at a game to tailgate. You can still tailgate in your own backyard.  Some necessary items for tailgating include: GRILL  - You gotta have something to cook on.  Portable grills are great or a big ol' grill for the yard … [Read more...]

Did the Cowboys Just Beat the Superbowl Champs While I Ate Dip? #gametime

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BOOYAH GIANTS!!!!  Me and my husband have been waiting for the season opener, for what seems like forever, and of course, it had to be our Dallas Cowboys opening up against the superbowl champs.   Since we also play fantasy football, we were really keeping our eye on Dez Bryant who didn't get near as much play but still scored us a solid 9 points. … [Read more...]

Speck, Ashley, and Snow White

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Oh man, the amount of cats we have is ridiculous.   They were here before we came to this ranch and well, their family has since grown.   We have one male who is very wild.  In fact, I don't think I've ever seen him, only my husband.  We have 3 females and of course, they all got bred at once.  I had to find homes for these cuties and since they … [Read more...]

8 Ways to Save Money with Bonus Tip

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We could all stand to save a few bucks, right?  I know I can.  With school season in bloom and Christmas around the bend, I thought I'd share a few ways to save some money. GAS–Getting the best price on a gallon of gas isn't the only way to save big at the pump.  Make sure your ride has inflated tires, clean oil, good spark plugs, and a clean … [Read more...]

Earn Cash for Your School with Box Tops!

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I love that our school participates in various programs to help earn money for the kids and school.  Walmart is making it super easy for you to earn cash for your school with Box Tops.   I know that I'm seeing specially marked packages everywhere in Walmart with Box Top codes and it's all products that we normally buy anyways.  Walmart has even … [Read more...]

School Supplies List Made Easy

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It's only a month until the new school year begins, which means school clothes and school supplies.  This year, Walmart has created a useful tool where teachers and parents can team up to make school supplies shopping easier.  Classrooms by Walmart is sorta like a gift registry. The teachers create the lists and parents buy what's needed.  You have … [Read more...]

Saddle Up Saturday and a Dude Ranch Sweepstakes!

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YEEEHAAW! My father-in-law is sooo gonna appreciate the extended block to Saddle Up Saturday!   Bonanza, and The Big Valley...come on now y'all, you know you wanna watch. And with a chance of some John Wayne in there, you just can't beat that! My boys are HUGE fans of Bonanza. They watched that all the time when they were little and I still … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Gifts for Under $15 at Walmart

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Father's day is right around the corner and that means finding that special gift!  I thought it would be fun to round up some gifts that are easy on the pocketbook but will bring a smile to that special Dad. These are items that I think my husband would like as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwFmi4p6IEg First up is a Armitron All … [Read more...]