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What are YOU obsessed with? Let’s see, there are many things that I can think of when I type that word:

God
My Husband 
Our Family
Living Healthy/Essential Oils
Disney
Work
Making my bed (Totally OCD)
TJ Maxx (being honest)
Praying

#Obsessed. My kids would say addicted, and then Cayden (our 7 year old) would pipe in “you aren’t supposed to be addicted to something” That’s right son, you aren’t. But what about being #obsessed?

In my list above I am very honest, there are materialistic things I think are just as cool as sliced bread! But when we take out those things, those things that won’t matter when we are all called to the Heavens. When the trumpet sounds, will I be lifted to the nearest TJ Maxx? Will I be judged on how many times my family & I visited Disney World? Or will I be thankful that I was #obsessed with living a life that is pleasing to God?

Priority, #obsessed lists are A MUST in our house. They have to be, there is just too many people and too much to do and too much work to be done to not have a revolving to-do list with a priority scale. How does my scale rank, well let me just show you:

God
My Husband
My Children
Work
Hobbies & Interests/Friendships

Knowing I am being silently scrutinized by y’all out there for listing my husband before my children, let me quickly tell you- that is the way it is and will always be. God gave me my spouse for a lifetime, and I am to honor and respect him as the head of our household and my leader. Hitting the back button to our story, many of you know that my husband recently became a stay-at-home Dad/helper to me with our family business. So does that make me the bread winner of our house? No way Jose! Because everything that I do, I do it with the help of my husband so without him there would be nothing. He is the one God intended for me to marry to come together and make our lives a whole. One day, a LONG LONG LONG LONG (LONG) time from now, our kids will grow up. It will just be Nick & I all alone. If I chose to pick our kids over him while raising them, what would happen to our relationship? When the kids all grew up and left, what would it be like?

The no-expert at marriage I am, that is the one thing I am certain makes a good marriage. Our partnership. Our loyalty to one another.  I am #obsessed with my husband, and I will be until the end of our days.

Link to Article on Blogher

Link to Article on Blogher

I recently read an article about Mommy Clicks (or cliques, but I am from South Alabama and I spell it the RIGHT way). You know- those groups of moms that do everything together? Playdates, lunch dates, pedicure dates, vacations as a family together, pre-planned activities as a group for the next 3 years? The cool crowd of moms, where the husbands were all friends and you each would take turns carpooling your kids to your preschool each week. In the article, the woman was longing to be a part of one, going as far as to seek them out on online groups and trying several out before picking one, talk about being #obsessed!? Some moms searching for these groups refer to the process as “dating” each other, casual convos turn into lunch dates that, if they go successfully, turn into an invite to the next group outing and WHALA you.are.in!

In thinking of this, and marveling for a second in the glamorous thought of life (really more just help of having someone carpool for you) I took a glance at my priority, #obsessed list again:

God
My Husband
My Children
Work
Hobbies & Interests/Friendships

Ouch. Those women wouldn’t want me in the group if they realized they came in 5th-really 6th- down the line. The fact is, that isn’t a priority to me. To some of you, you are thinking that your Mommy Click is your one of your #obsessed and something that’s irreplaceable to you. It is all in the person, and all in the #obsessed list. Some of my friends know me, know where they fall on my list, and I happen to fall in about the same place on theirs. We understand our priorities and that every 3 weeks weeks when we finally get around to texting to make sure one another is still kicking, there is no need to ask why we haven’t spoken or done lunch or had a playdate. We get it. We are friends, but our #obsessed lists are full of our families and our faith.

Funny how those lists change as you start to grow older, have children, have more children, then have more children (what can I say, we REALLY understood God when He said “Be Fruitful and Multiply”). Your #obsessed items start falling into the place that God wanted them all along, and suddenly that blog post hobby that you needed to write really loved falls second to reading with your kids or spending time in prayer that night.

I can still remember to this day the first time I read Proverbs 31:10. It was NOT as a teenager, even though now I wish it would have been. It was as I laid my 1 month old son down to sleep wondering how in the world my life was going to look tomorrow. With my bed calling my name, it was going to be a short nap for me because the 12am feeding would come soon. But instead I flipped on the iPad and saw that day’s bible lesson on my app (no clue which app it was back then, I am a bit of an app floosey)

Proverbs 31:10
Who can find a good wife? For she is worth far more than rubies that make one rich.
11 The heart of her husband trusts in her, and he will never stop getting good things.

12 She does him good and not bad all the days of her life.
13 She looks for wool and flax, and works with willing hands.
14 She is like ships that trade. She brings her food from far away.
15 She rises while it is still night and makes food for all those in her house. She gives work for the young women to do.
16 She gives careful thought to a field and buys it. She plants grape-vines from what she has earned.
17 She makes herself ready with strength, and makes her arms strong.
18 She sees that what she has earned is good. Her lamp does not go out at night.
19 She puts her hands to the wheel to make cloth.
20 She opens her hand to the poor, and holds out her hands to those in need.
21 She is not afraid of the snow for those in her house, for all of them are dressed in red.
22 She makes coverings for herself. Her clothes are linen cloth and purple.
23 Her husband is known in the gates, when he sits among the leaders of the land.
24 She makes linen clothes and sells them. She brings belts to those who trade.
25 Her clothes are strength and honor. She is full of joy about the future.
26 She opens her mouth with wisdom. The teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27 She looks well to the ways of those in her house, and does not eat the bread of doing nothing.
28 Her children rise up and honor her. Her husband does also, and he praises her, saying:
29 “Many daughters have done well, but you have done better than all of them.”
30 Pleasing ways lie and beauty comes to nothing, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
31 Give her the fruit of her hands, and let her works praise her in the gates.

That night I vowed to live each day of my life remembering that THAT is the woman God has called me to be. Maybe not the making my own clothes and selling them at the market part, but all the other stuff it says.

{Who can find a good wife? For she is worth far more than rubies that make one rich}

{She is clothed in strength and dignity, and laughs without fear of the future}

{Her children honor her and her husband sings her praises}

{A woman who fears the Lord will be praised}

Have I been perfect each day since then? Heck to the no! Have I tried to be that woman? Heck to the yes! But we are all sinners. We will all have faults. We will all fall down in life. We will all spend WAY TOO MUCH MONEY AT TJ MAXX! But it’s that guilty feeling you get when you spend WAY TOO MUCH MONEY AT TJ MAXX that you could’ve instead given that money to your church, donated to mission work, or helped a homeless person rather than stretch your maxinista muscles and redecorate your living room in one HGTV worthy overhaul. That feeling that you get when you’ve done wrong and you know better, that feeling mean you are trying! You are human! You are a Christian! You are #obsessed with our Lord Jesus Christ and that #obsessed line item comes before any other.

This article has been several weeks in the making, and came together really odd for me typing it all out. But when things come out odd to me, that usually means that’s the way God wanted them. See, God knows my heart. He knows how OCD and #obsessed I am about writing in a format that makes sense to me and flows PERFECTLY PRETTY. But not everything God wants us to say is perfect and pretty, he just wants us to be #obsessed with Him and His word and what He has laid on our hearts to share.

So what is your priority, #obsessed list? Don’t leave me hanging on this tree by myself, join the conversation at the ESM Facebook page or in the comments below. Heck- share this post and use the #obsessed to share your list on your wall! You never know which of your friends on your list may need to read this today.

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Rough Day Giveaway {GRAB BAG WINNER}

Y’all! It has been one rough day! So to make things lighter we held a quick “lunch break giveaway” on the EasternShoreMom.com Facebook page. If you aren’t following us on there, you aren’t one of the cool kids. Kidding, but really you aren’t. 

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With the giveaway I posted the above photo of some of my favorite oils to ease headaches, because it is only mid-day and I have a big honker of one! If you haven’t tried Young Living oils, you aren’t one of the cool kids either. Kidding, but seriously you need to try them! Last night we ended our gift card deal but since today has been such a rough day for me, I am extending it. I have 2 gift cards left to giveaway so hurry up and grab yours, this is too good of a deal to miss!

The WINNER of our Facebook Giveaway of a grab bag of some of my favorite oils for stressful, headache filled days is…

Congrats, Girl!

Congrats, Girl!

Now hurry, join the cool kids crowd & check out our Facebook page & order these oils! I promise to you now, you will THANK ME 1 WEEK INTO IT! Excuse me while I go apply peppermint & valor to my throbbing head and smile while everyone around me tries to figure out where that strong peppermint smell is coming from… Ha!

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Winner Winner Chicken Dinner {$25 VISA Giveaway Winner}

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Congrats to our winner! Stay tuned, we have plenty more giveaways going on the ESM Facebook Page throughout the next few weeks as we transition our website.

You may notice that we are looking a little different these days, and it will change a lot over the next few weeks! We are trying out new looks to suite the new and improved ESM, so excuse our mess and pardon our progress during construction. I promise you will LOVE the end result!

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Make Money From Your Inbox!

We haven’t posted about Inbox Dollars in a while. It is one of the best survey companies out there! I’ve had several ESM readers tell me about this program and how they have made money just by opening the e-mails in their inbox. With Inbox Dollars you make money by opening the emails they send you. Sometimes they ask you to take a survey or sometimes you simply have to read the email to earn money!

Tip: Open a new “deal” e-mail account so you can have it seperate from your personal emails.

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Disclaimer: While the article above is the opinion of EasternShoreMom.com, this is a paid opportunity. By participating in the above ad, you are directly supporting EasternShoreMom.com. Thank you!

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Try Manilla for FREE!

I wanted to tell you guys about a new free online service and mobile app called Manilla, which helps consumers (US!) simplify the management of all their accounts, ranging from utility and credit card bills, financial accounts, travel rewards programs, daily deal coupons (think: Groupon, Eversave, and Living Social) and magazine subscriptions.

With just one username and password, users can get instant access to all of their accounts (including those of family members) and can see when bills are due, daily deal coupons or magazine subscriptions are expiring, and more. Not only does Manilla help users avoid late fees and repair their credit ratings by providing custom alerts so users know when bills are due, but it also reduces paper clutter in homes by providing secure storage of electronic statements.

Manilla helps:
· Potentially avoid late fees and/or fixing your credit score
· Manage all your family’s accounts
· How to avoid expired daily deal coupons
· Tools that help you de-clutter and go paperless
· Personal finance apps

You can check out Manilla for FREE HERE!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Manilla.

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FREE Weekend Activities

There are some great FREE activities to do this weekend with the family – Tracy has a great list for us for this week for our Frugal Family Fun post :)

Head here to see all the FREE weekend activities for us this weekend!  Can you believe it’s NOVEMBER already?!

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