Sunday, May 31, 2009

ANOTHER BLOGGER IN THE HOUSE!

My little girl is blogging!

She has seen me get so excited about the coupon deals on my other blog and asked me if she could have her own blog. She is almost 10, and I was quite surprised at first and then the idea was growing on me. She wants to write about her day and show pictures of the few fruits she is growing in the yard this year and she has a bunch of creative ideas, so I said YES, but I wanted to help:) I went to blogger.com and read that you can have a blog that needs an invitation from the author to be invited and read the site. I was really happy about that, because I really try to stay safe on the internet.

So she has already wrote 2 posts today and it is fun to watch her explore and be creative, I think it is going to be helpful to keep up the basic writing and grammar tools she has learned this year.

I can't believe time is going so fast and I have a mini blogger in the house. How about any of you, do you have kids that write on a blog?

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

THOUGHTS ON TLC'S FAMILY SHOW

I know the big buzz in celebrities and show biz is Jon and Kate plus 8, and I know they have their fair share of negative tabloids lately. I have to admit I did enjoy the show when it first came out. I admire big families and I was curious as to how a household of so many children functions. In the recent problems their family has endured saddens me. I watched Fox News last night and a viewer called in and said it best, she said "the show was great when it started, it has turned into a business and for the sake of your family and children, it should be time to pull the plug on the show". Amen to that!

Now I am not here to judge a mother of 8 children when I only have 3, however as soon as your family is exploited in a way that is harmful to them or yourself, I feel the children and your marriage should be first priority.

I'm not a big fan of t.v, however I tend to enjoy a few programs on TLC, Discovery Health Channel and Fox News. You just can't miss the previews for the recent season premier on this show. I think it is sad, and I pray for them. Maybe TLC should not just be thinking about the money they are making on a family who is falling apart, and pull the plug on this show. It makes me reconsider the programs I do enjoy on TLC.

When a family show starts to have the family fall apart and be exploited, I think it is time to end.

Monday, May 25, 2009

MEMORIAL DAY

Happy Memorial Day to all. Let us all take time to reflect upon the many soldiers who have or are fighting for our freedom. I have not done this as of yet, but the next time I see a soldier in uniform how about saying THANKS.
God Bless them for serving our country.

Friday, May 22, 2009

GREAT TREAT FOR HOT DAY!!

Wish my camera was working and charged right now (saving up for a new one, cash of course) as I/We are enjoying a frugal snack that is oh so good.

Ran out of ice cream cones, so I open the freezer and remember a favorite childhood treat of mine........ice cream sandwiches on waffles. This is so good, you just simply toast your waffle and scoop some ice cream on it and cut it in half like a sandwich.

Added bonus= last week when all those Kellogs Eggos were on sale with $1.00 off coupons floating all around the internet, I stocked up on alot of waffles!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

CAR PAID FOR IN CASH!!!!!

So for the last 15 years or so, (I can't believe I've been driving that long...), I have always leased vehicles. I have had a new car every 2-3 years which had it's benefits, but at the end of the term, your left with nothing and on to the next lease. This has become a waste of money in my opinion and the fact that our credit is not so pretty right now, we decided to buy!!

The fact that hubby knows quite a bit about cars does help, but we are now the proud owners of a "new to us" vehicle. It is an awesome feeling to know it is ours, we do not owe anybody for it, I can only imagine that feeling when a home is paid in full!
(WE ARE GOING TO CALL THE DAVE RAMSEY SHOW ONE DAY AND SHOUT OUT THAT WE ARE DEBT FREE!!)

So I have to admit I was a bit nervous of a used car, but that has all changed with the peace of mind that it is OURS. My kids LOVE it! I just recently had a Dodge Ram, so there was not alot of room, this Suburban we just bought however has 3 rows, and lots of elbow room for the kids.

Pictures will be coming soon....I'm learning all there is to know on my camera and downloading to the computer:)

Friday, May 15, 2009

FRUGAL FAMILY FUN 9-12

Today was field day at school, so I was inspired to start planning some fun summer activities for the kids. A great tip I picked up a few years ago was to ask each kid what they would like to do in the summer, I then wrote out their ideas and my own and I put them in a summer picnic basket. Every time we needed ideas for fun, we picked something out of the basket. Anyhow, back to the frugal fun..........

9. Host your own "field day" with ribbons and all. If you are lucky enough to have more neighbor kids or friend you could invite over, the more the merrier! Plan an obstacle course in your own backyard, include jumproping, races, water balloon toss...etc..

10. Speaking of water balloon toss, what summer would not be complete without a water balloon or squirt gun fight. This is a great way to cool off, and even the little ones have fun tossing water in and out of the bucket!

11. Turn the sprinkler on, or slip n slide... I picked up a sprinkler that spouts water out of a huge ball last summer, so we are excited to get that going this summer.

12. Have your kids wash the car, complete with wiping the inside out and washing the outside! I really need my car cleaned up by summer, as I normally do not get to it much in the winter months, so I really enjoy a clean inside car all summer.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

BAKING AND FAITH??????

I started a cake decorating class, last night was my first night to bake a cake, frost it and make several tubs of frosting to practice borders and flowers for the next class.
Needless to say I am a better cook than baker, and had my share of mishaps in the kitchen. I really screwed up the main frosting because I did not mix everything well before I added the dry ingredients, so I try to fix it by adding this and that, only to realize that baking is very precise, the whole first bowl of frosting had to be pitched:( I beg hubby to run to Kroger as it is 10:00p.m. and I have so much more to do, and he makes a late night run for some confectioners sugar!

Through this whole ordeal I am thinking how similar our faith can be to baking a cake. You can't just pray a little here and there and show up to church a little here and there, and you can't just model joy, love , contentment here and there. You should be praying constantly and the holy spirit will fill you with all these good things all of the time. Luckily you can "fix it" by repenting your sins and asking for forgiveness. So I guess there are some similarities, Thank Goodness we can make mistakes and not be "thrown out" because our consistency is not good.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

COMING UP ON 1 YEAR................

Well we are nearing the 1 year mark since our finances took a tumble and we decided we could no longer afford our home. We have been working on trying to reduce the interest rate and get out of an interest only loan.

Reflecting back over the year, I can see changes that I am really excited about. We are still working on trying to "fix" the house mess, how successful that will be......I don't honestly know. Throughout this last year I have overcome my biggest fear......losing my house. Sure I don't want to have to lose it, but if it happens I know my family and I will be alright. There is a sense of peace about it now a year later than there was last summer. I am fully confident the Lord will carry us through this one, and what we have personally learned in the process could not have been taught otherwise. My husband and I pray daily about being led to the right opportunities, and when you hand over your worries to the Lord, nothing seems to big to tackle.

We have such a great family, friend and church family supporting and praying for us, and that means alot.

We will continue to pray for guidance and answers to these issues. I will continue to be patient and trusting. I will give updates as I hear and know more.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

The past 2 weeks I have been reading "mom" books...A Mother's Touch by Elise Arndt and The Power Of A Positive Mom by Karol Ladd.

Im always inspired by books like these. These author's , also mothers themselves have much insight and knowledge about Godly parenting.

With Mother's Day here I reflect on all the moms who have touched my life and are inspirational. My own mother of course and my mother in law and also other women who have been placed in my life. I can think of a few of my favorite "bloggy mom" sites and some special friends in my life that have a certain knack with parenting. I gain wisdom and tips from all these moms who put themselves out there, including the fabulous authors above.

Happy Mothers Day to all and thanks for all the positive info.

Friday, May 8, 2009

THERE ARE NO PERFECT MOMS!

This is another poem I just read from a local christian speaker Elise Arndt. I had the privledge to hear her speak at a woman's group at my church a few years ago. What a great reminder to all mom's when we feel less than perfect.

There Are No Perfect Moms

Lord I feel so undeserving of the children you have placed in my care. The responsibilty of raising them for You is both awesome and overwhelming.

I desire to be a "perfect mom", only to realize that my actions and reactions to the circumstances around me are anything but perfect.

Remind me that there are no perfect moms- only forgiven ones- and despite my inadequacies and failures, You can still use me.

Let my arms be your arms of comfort, my heart express your heart of compassion, and my voice be your mouthpiece of encouragement as I speak Your words of love to my children.

Use my faith, as little as it seems, to point them to You, the only Perfect Parent

Thursday, May 7, 2009

REMIND ME LORD

With Mother's Day quickly approaching I thought it would be appropriate to take some time to focus on Mom's!

I have a small pocket book A Mother's Touch by Elise Arndt, that I picked up years ago at our church function. It is filled with helpful tips about parenting and becoming a Godly mom.

Here is a poem by her that I often reflect upon.



Remind Me Lord
Remind me Lord, That the time I have with my children is so short and that each and every day with them is a precious gift.

Remind Me
In the midst of the mundane tasks that I am shaping a character for you.

Remind Me
In times of busyness to stop and make a memory,to listen not just with my ears, but with my eyes, and observe not only with my eyes but with my heart.

Remind Me
That there are no re-runs, no second chances with my children. If I have lost today, it is gone forever. Let me live in the present and not in the future.

Remind Me
That you are there in the midst of my failures. That when I am weak You are strong,And that your strength is made perfect in weakness.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

FRUGAL FAMILY FUN 5-8

A few days earlier I started a series on FREE or almost FREE fun to do with the kids. I am feeling spring in the air and looking forward to all the fun and relaxing days that summer brings. My kids are off this week, and it reminds me of the joys of summer, with no schedules and less structure, we all need that from time to time.
Here are some more idea's...

5. Take advantage of the FREE classes that big stores have available. Lowes and Home Depot have Saturday morning FREE workshops, usually bird houses or some type of wood craft that is great for dad's to do with the kids. This week don't forget to take advantage of Michaels craft store FREEBIES for mom, they have workshops all week. This is great for the kids to make a special gift for mom or grandma.

6. Check out all the area's school yards to play on all the different playgrounds. Sometimes when we are in a new city or area the kids get excited to try out a new play structure.

7. Go on a bike ride. This is an obvious one, but such fun for everyone.

8. Paint the house. Not literally, give your kids a bucket of water and a paintbrush. If you have a brick house this is really cool, because it actually looks like they are painting the house. My kids like to see how much they can "paint" until it dries up from the sun.

KITCHEN TIP TUESDAY

I found a very helpful blog the other day, Tammy's Recipes. I mean who does not need new ideas in the kitchen every now and then. I know I get in ruts where it seems like I am cooking the same meals and then I forget the last time I cooked something.

She has a Kitchen Tip Tuesday, where you write in kitchen tips. So today I am going to participate!

As I mentioned above, I dislike getting into a rut in the kitchen for meals. My tip is pretty simple, yet I have to admit I sometimes do not apply it:)

I write a list of meals that my family likes. I have 30 or so meals that I know on the top of my head. So when I am at the grocery store, if those items are on sale, I pick them up and make that particular dish. Pretty simple right. I keep it in my wallet, so that there is no way I can forget it on the way out to the store.

Added tip = I only make those meals on my list that coincide with the store sales for added savings.

www.tammysrecipes.com

Monday, May 4, 2009

SCHOOLS OUT ALL WEEK!!!!

Due to one unconfirmed case of the swine flu, our school district is closed all week. So we are planning a fun relaxed week. When the weather starts to get nicer and it stays light out until later, it is hard to get the bath/bedtime routine going so early on school nights. I am excited about a mini vacation as the kids are as well.

We have to remember to wash, wash , wash hands regularly. The school district said a fever of as little as 100.5, chills, sore throat and coughing should be of concern. The first thing they are looking for is a fever of 100.5, then they rule out all other symptoms.

We should remember to pray for the families with a diagnosed case, as it can be quite scary I imagine. Again remember to wash hands thoroughly. Hope the weather stays nice all wek:)

Friday, May 1, 2009

FRUGAL FAMILY FUN- 1-4

I'm so excited with the weather we are having today.I know it has been spring since March 20, but we get tricked and teased here in Michigan. It is either 80 out or 40, there seems to be no in between, and we have had lots of rain lately. Today is mid 60's, sun shining perfect weather.

This time of year gets me thinking about all the fun stuff there is to do outside after being cooped up all winter. We are on a spending freeze as we are saving up all our extra money for our housing crisis. Anyhow there are so many ways to have fun with the kids that involve no cost or very low cost.

I thought it would be fun to do another series, as I enjoyed the Fruits Of The Spirits. So with the weather warming up and summer quickly approaching I'm going to start Frugal Family Fun. I did not always realise you did not have to spend money at movies or shopping or your favorite family fun center. So it is my hope to share with other families the fun free stuff I have learned over the last several years.


1. Free Family Movie night in the park. Our community has a park that play FREE movies on certain Friday nights in the park. You just bring the kids and some blankets and popcorn of course and enjoy a movie on the big screen under the stars. The kids get really excited about this one because it is dark and they get to stay up later than usual. Check with your local Parks and Rec center or another city or town close to your town.

2. Summer Reading Program at the library. Again our Community Library has a FREE summer program where the kids read books to earn prizes and they also host FREE craft hours on Tuesdays for the kids. It is a nice break at 1:00p.m to come in from the sun and enjoy crafts in the cool air condition. Check with your town or another town near you. (Have I mentioned I love my small town:)

3. Have a garage sale, or shop them. We typically have 1 sale a year and the kids sell lemonade and cookies. They spend hours preparing the stand and decorating, and then they sell for a little while:) and get excited when they get a sale. Last year my girls along with the neighbors were selling for a certain charity.
Another favorite is going to garage sales. Thursday is normally day 1, so we head out early for the best finds. I will typically have the girls bring their own change and buy some small things they like. It is fun to anticipate treasures and helps them both with their math skills.

4. Go on an Exploration walk. I will write out a list of things for the kids to find...pine cone, yellow flower:), stone..etc. We bring bags and a list and head out for a walk. They have a great time doing this and it is nice to see them help each other out in finding what the other child needs.