Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
Well, today is President's Day and therefore my husband and kiddos were home. We'd had a pretty chill weekend, so we decided it would be fun to go out and do something as a family. We toyed with the Children's Museum or a movie. The weather was beautiful outside, so we really wanted to do something outdoors. We decided on a park close to downtown. It is beautiful there...even this time of year when everything is pretty much dead. There are tons of animals to be seen and even some to feed!
Posted by Jen at 7:09 PM
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Rachel Anne at Home Sanctuary brings to mind something that I've known about for a while, but haven't thought about in a while. Gary Chapman has written several books on the love languages. You can see her blog on the subject here.
Here are the languages:
Quality Time: focused attention, sharing, talking, shared activities
Gift-Giving: visual symbols of love
Physical Touch and Affection: hugs, pats, hand-holding, etc.
Words of Affirmation: verbal appreciation, encouragement
Acts of Service: serving in a sacrificial way
Each one of us has our own love language, that is...the types of things that make us feel loved. Most of the time we show love to other in the way that we feel loved. For example, I have a friend who loves to give gifts. She shows her love to her family and friends by giving gifts....as expensive as she can afford. she also loves to receive gifts. Her love language is definitely gift-giving. Me? I'm not so big on gifts. Quality time is my big thing. A second language for me is Acts of Service. But I love spending time with those I love! Real quality time! Take this
30 second quiz to figure out the love languages of those you love!
Monday, February 11, 2008
I am joining in with Larua at orgjunkie.com and participating in Menu Plan Monday. I'll post my weekly menu here. For a peek at other's menus, check out her blog here.
Grits & Toast
etc., etc., etc.....
Waffles on the weekend! :)
Sandwiches for the kiddos
Spaghettios for the kiddos
Leftovers for mom & dad most days
Potato, Ham & Cheese Soup, breadsticks
Pork Chops w/ cider vinegar glaze, couscous, cold veggies & ranch
Apricot Chicken, green salad
Appetizer Night (got some lil smokies on sale :))
Chicken Helper, corn muffins, peas
Leftover Night :)
I usually pack lunch for the kids to take to school, so I usually have plenty of pack-friendly foods for them.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
A comment from Jamie led me to her blog and to this Frugal Friday idea. Homemade pizza! I really don't like to deal with dough. It gets everywhere and you end up all sticky, no matter how much flour you use. The thing about the recipe that Jamie linked to (actually from Crystal's blog) that caught my eye was that it didn't have to rise! I thought that I would try it out tonight since Mike & the kids have a slumber party on Saturdays (isn't that sweet? he started it when the kids were toddlers-real little- to give me a break, and it stuck) and we always eat pizza for dinner that night. The kids were so excited to help me make the pizza. We don't do many things from scratch around here, can you tell? That is beginning to change, though I hope. I decided we'd make 2 pizzas. Taylor insisted that we knead one of them by hand (I was all for using the kitchen aid mixer to do the work) so we did one her way and one my way. I had never used the kitchen aid for dough before and used the mixing attachment at first. I kept wondering why it wasn't looking right, then remembered the dough hook attachment. That worked much better. After we were done preparing both doughs, we all agreed that from now on we'll use the machine!
So in yesterday's post about using things you have around the house, I mentioned that I'd like to start doing one (can be) small thing each day that is a one-time thing, or doesn't need to be done everyday. Yesterday my thing was to hang up a cute plate that I had gotten from Goodwill last week. I went for my pre-op appointment with the ENT to a different office than I had previously seen him in. And guess what? There is a Goodwill on the corner! Talk about serindipity! After my appointment, I had to check it out. I kept it simple, and picked up the aforementioned plate. It was the perfect thing to put over the stove in my kitchen. My walls are an apple green and this plate would look great there. I was right....see? It had a TJ Maxx sticker on the back for $14.99 and I paid $1.75! Sweet!
My daughter (age 8) wanted to see my blog today, since I've started taking pictures of all kinds of stuff. I told her about my plate project. She asked what my project was for today (I hadn't done one yet). That's OK cause it will only take a few minutes. So I grabbed the seat cover and small rug that technically belong in my downstairs bathroom, but have really been "living" in my upstairs hallway waiting to be taken downstairs for weeks now. Seriously that is ridiculous admitting this to y'all. But in the spirit of before and afters which I love to see, I recorded it for blog posterity. And there you have it. It's pretty sad, cause when my son went to use the restroom, he said, "Mom! I love the decorations in here!" I really should have done that sooner. But that is what these small projects are all about. Getting that stuff done. Not putting it off for another day.
When I looked at the pictures, I realized that I should have emptied the trash can and neatly rolled up the toilet paper on the roll before taking the pictures. Oh well. And this downstairs bathroom is on my big projects list to do realllllly soon. I already have paint to use and everything. That teal color paint and border were there when we moved in 2 years ago and we started tearing pieces of the border off to encourage us to just do this project. It hardly even counts as a big project, really. Only compared to my small everyday "projects".
Annnnnnd - I want to finish telling you what I found at the Goodwill that day. I didn't take a picture of it (maybe I'll edit this post with a picture later), but a BRAND NEW Kitchen Aid attachment - in the box and all the pieces inside were wrapped in light brown paper. Seriously never used. And gues what???? Only $4. 25. Can you believe it? I can't. If I didn't have a Kitchen Aid mixer I would have bought it and resold it for a profit. A tip I learned from Merideth's blog is that whenever she goes to thrift stores or yard sales, she picks up something that will be resold for a profit that will cover the cost of her purchases that day. BRILLIANT!
Friday, February 8, 2008
I have decided that it would be fun to participate in a weekly event at BiblicalWomanhood called Frugal Fridays. On Fridays I will try to post a frual idea and also include a link to the hosting site so you can check out even more ideas!
So here goes...since I've been spending a lot of time online while I've been recovering from my sinus surgery, I have really been inspired to use what I have. There are so many times that I feel like my house needs a change, so I want to go out and purchase something new to get that "new feeling" in a part of my home. Even when I go to the Goodwill or yard sales I am spending money that I usually don't need to spend. Currently, I have a ton of decorative and organizing stuff that I've purchased on previous outings that need to be "done". I have paint for walls and furniture that I"ve picked up from the oops section, I have frames from yard and estate sales that need to filled with lovely pictures and hung on walls, I have organizers from sales and/or leftover from previous projects that can be put to a new use in organizing a space in my home, I have fabric that is just begging me to make something beautiful out of it, and many more things in my garage and decorating closet.
Use what you have! Repurpose, repaint, reuse, recycle, or just get to the projects you have bought the materials for and JUST DO IT! You'll be so glad you did! Some of you may not have this problem like I do, but I know that there are some of you who are like me in this respect. I have a new goal of doing one thing in my home that I don't have to do tomorrow. Dishes, laundry, picking up, straigtening, bathrooms, floors, etc. have to be done everyday. But each day I want to do a project (it can be fairly small) that will make me happy. Hanging something up, organizing a drawer, etc. I'll keep you guys posted on my projects too!
Sunday, February 3, 2008
I have once again been bitten by the coupon/cheap/free food bug! There was once upon a time a few years ago when my Kroger would occasionally have triple coupon weeks. In those glory days, I had quite a stash of coupons and would stock up on multiples of those items. I was building my stockpile! I had friends and family saving me their newspaper coupon inserts, and would even dig in the public recycle bin to score some more of those precious coupons.
Well, when my Kroger stopped having those triple coupon weeks, I thought that the whole couponing wagon had become useless. I had also become quite burnt out. I didn't start small like many coupon experts suggest, but jumped in 100% right away. I had so many coupons that I started off using a big binder right away. I've taken a break and recovered from that burn out and I'M BACK!
I have found some great websites detailing finds that you will not believe. First, I got lost reading Crystal's blog. I was so excited and started to look at my local cvs and other store ads. I decided to subscribe to the paper again. Then later that night, I found Hot Coupon World. Oh my goodness!!!!!! I hit the motherlode!
Now it is Sunday and I have my first newspaper, thus the ever-important coupons! I have several CVS deals worked out and seperated by transaction in seperate evelopes. I also have made a grocery list and menu according to the weekly specials found here and here. Keep in mind y'all, I just found Crystal's blog on Friday. Yes....I mean like two days ago! Good thing I have a lot of time on my hands right now or I might be neglecting important stuff.
Tomorrow I will post my frugal menu (all food according to sales and coupons) and when I go shopping I will enlighten y'all with the juicy details of my deals...and pictures if you wish! :)
Posted by Jen at 9:16 PM
Friday, February 1, 2008
I am recooperating from my sinus surgery which went well yesterday. It is giving me a lot of time to play on the internet and I have discovered some INCREDIBLY inspiring blogs. For now, I have to plan to work on these projects for when I'm feeling better, but I want to share Lara's blog with you. She is the Organizing Junkie and I have gotten some great ideas from her site. She details the PROCESS of organizing here. I can't wait to orgainze my entire house! There are only a few places in my home that are already the way I want them, so I have plenty left to do!
I also think that I'll start adding my menu to my blog as I've seen on some others like this. So look out for those menus on Mondays!
As I have fun exploring blogs on the laptop while in bed, I will share some links that really inspire me!