Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
For the perfect amount of muffin batter in your muffin cups, use an ice cream scoop to dole out the batter. I was quite skeptical, but I tried this and it worked perfectly and filled the cup about 2/3 full, with no messy drips on the sides. I was so impressed!
For more kitchen tips, check out Tammy's Recipes!
Tuesday- Tex-Mex Rollups with Rice and Refried Beans
Wednesday- Meatloaf and baked fries
Thursday- dinner with friends, make salad and dessert
Friday- Fiesta Chicken Pasta with Corn and Salad
Saturday- Chicken and Rice, Zesty Green Beans
Sunday- Cheesy Chicken Soup (double batch for next week too) and Bread
The menu is based on one bag of groceries, which should cost about $37 for this week of meals based on what I usually buy (turkey instead of beef, generic brands instead of Kraft). The Cheesy Chicken Soup is a large batch and isn't part of the Kraft one bag, but is part of the $37 budget.
Here's a link to Kraft's One Bag= 5 Dinners.
Check out more menu plans at Orgjunkie!
Friday, October 26, 2007
I wanted a cheaper and better solution after paying for things that didn't work, so I did some searching on the internet for a cheaper way to carry my baby. And I found it!
I love this wrap. I really, really love this wrap. I can wear Isabella in it all day without back or shoulder pain. In fact, when we went to the fair this weekend she rode in it the entire time (and slept through most of it!). As soon as I put her into it she falls asleep and when she wakes up she is happy. I have fallen in love with babywearing!
This wrap is so great because it evenly distributes the weight across the whole torso instead of just the shoulder area. It's so much more comfortable than anything I've used. I just can't say enough about it! :)
Here is the tutorial on how to make a no-sew wrap.
Here is how to wrap the material to make a sling.
Thank you to the Mamatoto Project for all the wonderful information on babywearing!
Not only does this sling work for me, it also serves as a frugal way to carry my baby!
*In this picture she was laughing and cooing at the fair.
Thursday, October 25, 2007
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"Sometimes we must rest from gathering information just as the Israelites rested from gathering wood on the Sabbath," writes Kevin Miller in Surviving Information Overload. Miller recommends taking an "info-techno Sabbath," a 24-hour period when we turn off the cell phone, leave the PDA in the drawer, and stay away from the computer.
"One of the most basic biblical insights," says theologian J.I. Packer, "is that whatever controls and shapes one's life is in effect the god one worships." For many of us, the one true god to whom we give our devotion is the deity known as IT: information technology.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Walgreen’s deals I did this week:
Excedrin $6 ($3 coupon)
Genteal Eye Drops 7 ($3 coupon)
Maalox $5 ($1 coupon)
Gerber Baby 2 @ $1 each
$20 - $7 coupons= $13 out of pocket- $12 register rewards= $1 for all.
$2.99 Mail in Rebate Excedrin= $1.99 profit
I used the $12 register rewards to purchase the free after rebate Pepcid, Beano, Garnier Conditioner, and toothpaste.
Altogether, I spent $15.28 tonight and will get back $18.14 back on a gift card for rebates, plus an additional $2.99 for the Excedrin rebate.
Tylenol Deal- 3 $5 coupons 8.69 x3 -$15- $4 off $20
Get back $10 ECBs= $2.93 profit
Gas x or Maalox 2.89- $1.00 coupon (get back $3 ECB's)
*$5 ECBs on alkaseltzer Buy 2 at $4.99 each, Use $3 and $0.75 coupons= $1.25 cost
*$5 ECBs when you buy $10 of Energizer Alkaline Batteries AA, AAA 8 pk., C, D 4 pk.,
Buy 2 at $5.29, Use 2 $1/1 coupons, Spend $8.58 plus tax (Get $5 ECB back makes it $3.58)
Herbal Essences 2/$6 (get $2 back ECBs)
.69 Three musketeers
$5 off 30
Buy 2 products at $4.49, Use 2 $2/1 coupons= $.49
3.00 Campbells soups -.50 coupon= 2.50
The cheapest Revlon my store had was $4.49, so I ended up paying .50 instead of making it. I also had to buy wipes because we suddenly ran out, so that cost $3.99, then I filled in with my favorite soup so I could get the extra $2.00 off. I lost a small coupon somewhere in the store, then the cashier forgot to ring up my batteries and I couldn't see it on the display before I paid, so it messed my checking out order up, but I figured it out thankfully before I left. I could have had a bit more savings had those things not happened.
All in all, I went in with $20.29 in ECB's, and left with $15 in ECBs, and paid $2.23 out of pocket. So my total "spent" was $7.52, 50 more cents than the unexpected purchases of soup and wipes plus their tax. Not bad, $.50 for all the rest of it. Oh, and then if I get my Tylenol rebate of $5, I will have made $4.50.
I wonder how my family will like Tylenol and Alkaseltzer for stocking stuffers? ;)
We made our CVS run last night and finished up at Walgreen's tonight. Pictures soon to come... :)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Oh, and a few more cake decorating tips I learned- don't freehand Larry the Cucumber ;) and don't decorate at night when you have an earache and two out of your three children are crying. Taking care of toddlers and babies with green-icing hands just doesn't work! :) And, no matter how awful you think it looks, if your 4 year old loves it, you've done your job.
Check out more kitchen tips over at Tammy's Recipes!
Monday, October 22, 2007
We were given box seats as well, so we got to go up into the box and sit in comfortable chairs and were served drinks and snacks. I could really get used to that kind of treatment! :) I told my husband I am going to want to meet the band and sit in box seats for every concert now!
With Casting Crowns (not all of them)
Here is one of Leeland's most popular songs:
And Casting Crowns:
We have one birthday left on Tuesday, but for the most part we are out of the super busy days. It is so much fun to have events and dinners, but with three little ones who thrive on routine it feels good to be home too.
I have so much to post- concert, fair and birthday pictures. I felt like I should be writing a lot last week with so much going on, but I didn't get to, so I hope to catch up soon! :)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
After the early haircut, I drove back for lunch and a doctor's appointment. I had a quick lunch at my favorite McAlister's with my hubby then we drove over to the doctor's office. Everything checked out there :)
We dropped by hubby's office to show off our cute little girl for the first time ;) and then I got to go shopping. By this point we were all quite tired, but it was still fun. I picked out a few things I had been wanting. I even got a beautiful plate that I just really liked. I figure if I have to seriously start my diet now I should at least enjoy looking at the plate! :)
My mom came up and took us to eat at On the Border, which was so good! Ahhh...the last good (as in tasty and fattening) meal for a while...
We were all pooped after that and I actually came home and went to bed before 12!
But the excitement has yet to end... Tuesday my hubby won backstage passes and box seats to see Casting Crowns, Leeland, and John Waller! I was so excited, I got to hear him on the radio, and he won tickets. It's going to be great! So we are off for another busy night...
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
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When we buy bread now, we buy a couple of loaves and store them in the freezer until they're ready to eat. After they thaw, we store them in the refrigerator instead of leaving them in the bread box. A loaf of bread lasts us two weeks now, and we don't have to throw any out due to spoilage.
Check out more kitchen tips at Tammy's Recipes!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Click on the 3rd link that says mighty.small.sample.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Tylenol is offering $5 off their products (any Tylenol, Motrin, PediaCare, Benadryl, Sudafed, St. Joseph, or Imodium products) due to the recent recall of children's medicines. You can print 2 coupons, or call the number listed and get them sent to you in the mail. $5 off makes some of their products totally free!Check out more frugal finds and tips at Crystal's blog.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
This introductory chapter discusses deception- the origins of deception and the deception we fall prey to today. The author talks about the strategy of deception that Satan uses- He first approached the woman, she writes, so we as women are particularly prone to fall prey to Satan's deception (1 Tim. 2:14). Sometimes, she says, Satan himself deceives us as in the Garden of Eden, and sometimes he uses other instruments such as leaders to deceive us.
I loved this quote:
Walk into almost any Christian bookstore, leaf through many Christian periodicals, tune in to many religious radio and television broadcasts, listen to many popular Christian mental health professionals, and you will find respected "Christians" who are deceiving their followers. .... Their teachings help people justify anger ("healthy expression of your true feelings"); selfishness ("You've got to place boundaries between you and demanding people"); irresponsibility ("You are dysfunctional because you have been deeply wounded by others"); and infidelity ("You are free to divorce your mate and marry someone else; God is the God of the second chance").
Sadly, most people-even Christians- have unthinkingly exposed themselves to so much deception that they do not even realize they are being deceived. That is the very nature of deception- it blinds us to the fact that we have been deceived.
She then outlines the progression from deception to bondage:
1. Listen to a lie- Eve fell prey to Satan because she listened to him. She dwelt on his words and engaged in conversation with him about the lie.
I think this is one area we don't focus on enough- we are constantly confronted with lies about ourselves and our culture. For instance, the idea that women are supposed to "do" something- whether it be have a career or a great ministry of some kind other than their families is promoted even among Christians. Being a wife and mother is said to be just another role we take on, and it should not be the only thing we do in this life. I was told just the other day by a Christian friend that women were not created to be helpmeets to their husbands, that God intends something much greater than that for women's lives.
I loved this statement DeMoss made- "The world's deceptive way of thinking comes to us through so many avenues- television, magazines, movies, music, friends, malls, and catalogs to name a few. A steady diet of these worldly influences will shape our view of what is valuable, what is beautiful, and what is important in life."
If we are around "Christian" friends who believe and live these lies, and we soak up our time with worldly media, we are placing ourselves in very dangerous territory. When we listen to the lies, especially from those we consider trustworthy people and sources, we are setting ourselves up for the next step in the progression: believing the lie.
2. Believe the lie. After listening and discussing them, Eve believed the lies Satan told her, which lead to the next step: acting on the lie.
3. Act on the lie. "Beliefs produce behavior...What we believe will be seen in how we live." Eve believed the fruit would give her knowledge, so she acted on her belief and took a bite.
I thought this statement was so profound:
"Every area of bondage in our lives can be traced back to a lie." I know in my own life, when I am obsessed with something like being the perfect size or weight or look, I am in bondage, and it can be traced back to the lie that "I am not perfect the way God made me."
DeMoss then lets us in on how we can move from bondage to freedom:
1. Identify the areas of bondage or sinful behavior.
2. Identify the lies at the root of that bondage or behavior.
3. Replace the lie(s) with the Truth (of God's Word).
This chapter essentially set up the next section in the book. She covers in future chapters the lies that women believe about God, themselves, sin, priorities, marriage, children, emotions, and circumstances, and the verses in God's Word that shed truth on these pervasive lies.
Stay tuned for the next installment in the review of Lies Women Believe: And the Truth That Sets Them Free by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.
Last week at CVS they had Covergirl on sale, and I had a coupon for buy one get one free, so I took a chance and bought Covergirl Trublend foundation and Trublend shimmery blush (pictured at right) as well as an eyeshadow for under $4 total (regular prices totaled $18 for all). I tried them all and LOVE them. The foundation wears as well as Clinique and even matches my skin better. The shimmery blush looks natural as well! I paid 10% of the price, and saved $38 or more. If you are looking for a good substitute for department store makeup, I would check out Covergirl Trublend.
Check out what works for others at Rocks in My Dryer.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
And as we grill for the last few times before the weather turns cold, may the memories of those last juicy hamburgers will keep us warm 'til spring....
Check out more kitchen tips over at Tammy's Recipes.
It's just so much fun. Check out more deals over at Money Saving Mom!
Monday, October 08, 2007
Here's our menu for this week:
Monday- Baked Herb Chicken with Rice (this one is new- I am excited to try it!)
Tuesday- Baked Potatoes with Queso and Chicken (we still have potatoes left from our low cost dinner party to cook)
Wednesday- Beef Enchiladas and Rice
Thursday- Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, Italian Green beans
Friday- Pizza Night
Saturday- out with family
Sunday- Homemade Chicken Nuggets with homemade potato fries
Check out more menus over at Menu Plan Monday!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
I found a great frugal dinner party idea last week over at Wisebread.com, where Myscha posted on Potato Ideas that Pop. One of her 11 uses for potatoes was hosting a cheap dinner party by baking potatoes for the main course and having your friends bring their favorite toppings such as chili, cheese, mexican toppings, italian toppings, or whatever appeals to them. You as the host can bake about 20 potatoes in the oven at once, and serve a meat topping such as chicken or beef.
I was so excited about this idea that we bought a 15 lb sack of baking potatoes at Sam's. It seemed a bit high at $7, but there were 15 or more huge potatoes, which would be about .46 each, which is far cheaper than our local Walmart for baking potatoes. We had company over and served chicken and queso, sour cream, and butter (we supplied everything), which brought our total meal to .86 per person. We used regular priced ingredients and chicken breasts, so if each one was on sale, it would be much cheaper. It was fun, inexpensive, and allowed our guest to make his food to his liking rather than being served a food he might not prefer.
Check out more frugal living tips at Biblical Womanhood!
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
I received this question in response to my post earlier this week:
I do not mean this at all disrespectfully, am really curious - do you think God himself wrote the Bible? I have always wondered about people who took the Scriptures literally - isn't it an interpretation by man? Am interested to hear your thoughts.
I started a response as a comment but it turned into a post itself... :)
Great question! I do believe that God Himself wrote the Bible, and used man as his writing utensil or outlet. I believe that God spoke to each writer and gave Him the exact words He wanted to be in the Scripture. The men who wrote the Bible did not give their own interpretation, but only wrote what God told them to write. I believe this because of these verses (NKJV):
2 Peter 1:20
20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The word "inspiration" literally means God-breathed. God has His "breath" on all Scripture. He is responsible for each word and has given us the Bible for all those reasons listed in the verse above.
I Cor 2:13 These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Again, Paul is saying that it is not from man's wisdom or interpretation.
15 And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said, 16 “Men and brethren, this Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus;
Here Peter actually says that the Holy Spirit spoke by the mouth of David, referring to Ps. 41:9: "Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me."
2 Samuel 2:1-3
Now these are the last words of David.
Thus says David the son of Jesse;
Thus says the man raised up on high,
The anointed of the God of Jacob,
And the sweet psalmist of Israel:
2 “The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me,
And His word was on my tongue.
3 The God of Israel said,
The Rock of Israel spoke to me:
‘He who rules over men must be just,
Ruling in the fear of God.
Here David himself says that the Spirit of the Lord spoke by him and His Word was on David's tongue.
If I feel that one Scripture is inaccurate, written for that culture and wasn't God's Word intended for me, then I am doubting what God says in 1 Tim. 3:16 about all Scripture being inspired by God, and the verse in 2 Peter that no Scripture is of private interpretation. Now I don't believe three verses in the Bible. It could easily become a slippery slope; one where it would be easy to pick and choose what Scripture I think was written for me today.
I do believe the Scripture is written by God through man- fully true and complete and means what it says word for word.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
My question is how do you get a 2 year old to sit still and quiet for 1 hour? We want to bring our middle one into church with us but know he would want to talk and run around. What do you do to train them to be still and quiet without interrupting church? Any tips or tricks you can share with this novice mama :) ?
Not only is the coffee maker a time saver (it takes about 10 minutes total), it also saves energy because it doesn't sit heating on the stove top for 20 minutes. We use 12 cups of water to 3 tea bags and use 1 cup of sugar then mix it together and add about 6 more cups of cold water. We love our iced tea!
Monday, October 01, 2007
Here is our menu for the week (a bit late in the day! I just got finished with my couponing/lists):
Monday- Easy Tuna Noodle Casserole, garlic toast, green beans
Tuesday- Sour cream ck enchiladas, black beans, rice
Wednesday- dinner out with husband's family
Thursday- Baked breaded chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
Friday- Pizza night
Saturday- Grilled chicken, baked potatoes, green beans
Sunday- black beans with rice and corn
Breakfasts- oatmeal, bananas, biscuits, eggs
Lunches- turkey sandwiches, pb &j, ramen noodles, leftovers (hahaha! like we have any), baked potatoes with queso, grilled ck sandwiches
I am still training for my 5k run in November. I am on week 3 now, and I am feeling pretty good about the race. I may take an hour to run it but I will finish! Hubby is training with me off and on, but I am sure he doesn't even need to train. He is so much taller than me that he can just walk at my running speed! (I like how much taller he is than me though, I can wear any heel I want and I won't even come close to his height :)
I am feeling more and more in shape since I started a couple of weeks ago. Back in my younger days, I used to be able to run 3 miles without stopping so I am hoping I will be in shape enough to do it November 17th. Right now I am at 1.5 miles in 21 minutes (1/2 walking, 1/2 running). Not so great, but I am sure I will get better over the next 7 weeks.