Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Opportunity with Q & A Link

A week or so ago I mentioned an opportunity that could help you make money called Empower Network.  Well I just got a new link that I wanted to share with you that may help answer some of your questions and it also has videos and testimonies that you can check out that tell you more about it.  So check it out.  This is for REAL. You could have $ in your bank account before Christmas to do all the shopping you need to do. Wouldn't that be awesome!?!

Empower Network Q & A Link  You need to check this out.  I have seen tons of people making tons of $ doing this, and I'm building my business too.  My sponsor, Tony Rush, for the month of October, has made over $100,000.  This is for the month, not in total since he started! He started in November of last year and was able to do all his families Christmas shopping that year on Empower Network commissions. And now he's making  over $100,000 a month.
Come join my team and get all the information on how you can do this too.  You get step by step instructions on exactly what to do.

So what are you waiting for?  Check out that link and get started for only $25. You owe it to yourself to do this.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Winter Predictions

I was talking to my Dad yesterday on the phone and I asked him if he had heard anything about what this winter was suppose to be like this year.  He said no that he hadn't heard anything yet, but one of his friends told him that the persimmon seed this year is showing a spoon.  I asked Daddy if he put much faith in the seed and he told me no but we would just have to wait and see.

For those of you not familiar with the persimmon seed prediction, basically it works like this.  You take a persimmon seed and hold it between a pair of needle nose pliers and then slice the seed in half.  If the kernel is spoon-shaped it means lots of heavy wet snow; if the kernel is fork shaped it means  powdery light snow and a mild winter, if the kernel is knife shaped it means ice and bitter icy cutting winds. Here's an image I pulled off of Google to give you an example of a spoon shape in a seed.

The link I used was just one I came across on google images but I noticed she had a recipe for persimmon bread that some of you might want to try so I just copied the link for you as well.

Any of you checked out a wooly worm lately? I haven't seen any yet. What do you think this winter will be like and do you trust any folklore predictions?  I have noticed that there have been a LOT of acorn and hickory nuts on the ground this year...maybe nature is preparing for lots of snow...I hope so :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


This is my favorite time of the year.  I LOVE fall! I love how beautiful the leaves are and the cooler temperatures.  I love the smell of leaves burning and the sight of people getting ready for the winter season by gathering wood for heating their homes.  I love seeing piles of leaves in people's yards that children have been jumping in and I love flannel and jeans and cozy sweaters. I just love it all.

Lately, my morning walks have become so beautiful.  I just had to share my view from this morning.

Unfortunately, the pictures don't the real sight justice. This is truly a beautiful view.

What's your favorite season? Or, do you enjoy each season as it comes and really don't have a favorite?

Monday, October 22, 2012

Just Curious

Just wondering, who has started Christmas shopping?  Do you shop throughout the year or are you a last minute shopper, or maybe somewhere in between and you wait until the fall weather to get you into the feel of Christmas?

We tend to be last minute shoppers and every year we tell ourselves that next year we will start earlier.

How about you?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Busy Day

Been a busy day today and haven't been around much to blog.  Started out this morning heading to the bank to take care of some business, then off to get gas for the van.  Got home in time to make breakfast then head out again to take Josiah to drum lessons.  During his drum lessons I head to Walmart for the hour because there's no need to head home just in time to turn around and head out again to pick him up.  Then back home in time to make lunch, serve lunch, then get the little kids down for nap and the older kids doing their chores (ok, I confess, I did take a little nap too). After nap I come to the computer to take care of some business and get the kids to do some school work that they didn't do this morning because I was gone. Now I'm getting ready to prepare supper just in time to head out on another errand for Kaitlyn. She has to have a mandatory bike check in order to ride her bike on an outing through Cades Cove with her AHG troop to earn her biking badge. Then back home again tonight to settle down a bit.

So that's a quick run through of my day.  Most days it's not like this and I don't just go,go,go.  But today has been one of those days.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Awesome Opportunity

Hi everyone, I have to tell you about this awesome opportunity I have come across. I have a friend I have known since high school and he is my sponsor.  He has made over $300,000 doing this in less than a year.  He's real and truly wants to see others make money, too.

If you are looking for a way to help your family become financially free then you owe it to yourself to check this out.  Trust me, it's not a scam or scheme.  It's real and regular people are making lots of money doing this.  It's not complicated.  You get step by step instructions on how to do everything necessary and put tons of money in your bank account too.

The great thing is that it only costs $25 to get started.

Wouldn't it be great to have a stress-free Christmas? You can. Yes, money can come to you that quickly.

For those of you who know me, you know I would not lead you astray.  This is real. Just check it out.

Friday, October 12, 2012


For those of you who have been looking and waiting for our vlog, I just want to say sorry. After two days of video taping our days and Christiana working hard on editing everything together, we can't get our vlog to upload on YouTube. Something is going on and our video us swaying for some reason. So until we can work out the kinks we will just have to hold off on the vlog. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Starting a Youtube Vlog

Since starting this blog I have noticed that I get more views and responses to pictures and videos. So, starting tomorrow morning you will be able to go to Youtube and find my vlog (video blog) under the name merlimom. It will be a daily video of the things we do throughout our day.

Special thanks to my daughter, Christiana, who will be editing and posting these vlogs (she loves doing that kind of stuff).

I will still post here in the blog as well, just wanted you to know about this new adventure we are starting. Check us out tomorrow and feel free to reply and leave messages.  Tell others whom you think may be encouraged or blessed by our vlog as well. Thanks.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday's Tip - Homemade Potpourri

Whenever you peel an orange, instead of throwing away the peel, toss it in a little saucepan with some water, cloves and cinnamon.  Turn your burner on low and soon your home will smell so good. The neat thing is that it didn't cost anything extra, just what you already had in your cabinets.  Enjoy!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Weekend in NC

I had a great time in NC this weekend.  I went to launch my Mom in her Arbonne business, but while there I got the chance to see friends I haven't seen in years, catch up with family and just spend a fun time with my Mom.

 The Cheek Family.  
Dear friends I hadn't seen in years.

 Sarah and I

 Me and Mama

 My Granma York.

Four generations.

I decided to take Joshua with me to make things easier on everyone at home.  He did awesome.  He had so much fun and was a great riding buddy.

 Joshua helping his cousin Naomi with the Wii.

Cousins- Naomi, Makenzie and Joshua

It was really nice to see everyone but it's always nice to be home with everyone again.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Growing Arbonne

Today I am heading out to NC to launch my Mom in her Arbonne business.  I'm so excited for her and all the opportunities that will come her way.

It's awesome to be part of a business that truly can change your future for the good.

If you are interested in working with Arbonne or just want to learn more about it, let me know.  I'd love to take some time to tell you about this wonderful company.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


On my phone I have a Christmas countdown and every morning when I wake up I have a note greeting me that tells me how many days until Christmas. For those of you who don't know, there are only 81 days until Christmas.  It's crazy, I know.  I mean, where did the year go?

I went into Walmart about a week or so ago and went into the garden section and sure enough there were Christmas trees and ladies working in the aisles setting up the many rows of Christmas decor. This is what greeted me as I came into the garden section.

Seems like Christmas arrives earlier and earlier every year.  My Daddy always told me, "Don't wish your life away, the older you get the faster it goes."  Now I know what he meant. Just reminds me to make the most of everyday and not take any day for granted.

How about you? Does each year seem to pass more quickly than the year before? Are you even thinking about Christmas yet? (Well, before this post anyways ;)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Getting Better

Well, this flu is just about over in our house.  It's amazing how long it sticks around.  Joshua got sick yesterday and had a slightly rough night, but seems to only have cold symptoms today.  I tell you, nothing really slows that little guy down.  Now it's just the point of everyone getting their energy back.  Kyle and I are still the only ones who have not gotten sick and I pray it stays that way.

Thanks everyone who has prayed for our family.  I'm so thankful it's almost over.

Monday, October 1, 2012

The Flu

For those of you who know us, you know that we have been fighting the flu bug here in the Merli household. It seems to have hit everyone except the two littlest and me (we are praying it doesn't spread to us).  With everyone else being sick I've been the runner.  My duties have been chasing the little guys and trying to keep them out of trouble, fixing food, getting drinks, keeping up with everyone's medications and trying to keep everyone comfortable.

My poor house has been neglected and today is the first day in about 5 days that I have had the energy to start getting it back in order.  It will take more than a day to accomplish this, but I am so thankful that I have the energy to get started. I must say, it's looking a little better already :)

Thankfully, I believe everyone is on the down side of this flu and hopefully soon our home will be back to normal.  I pray your home has not been affected by this flu and if so, I pray for a quick recovery for everyone.