Sunday, January 29, 2012
Friday, January 27, 2012
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
The information you all have been waiting for...how do you win a prize. it will be pretty simple for you and I plan to leave it open for one week before I pick the final 3 prize winners.
Step 1: look through my whole first year of blogging.
Step 2: find your favorite story and post a comment as to why it is your favorite.
Step 3: sign up as a follower of this blog over on the right of the page. If you are already signed up as a follower congratulations you are 1 step ahead.
I'm looking forward to see what posts are your favorites.
Now for the most fun part...PRIZES!!
I will be giving away 3 gifts in total random order (cause that's how I roll)
one will be knife gift set. that's right. A Rada paring knife and cutting mat along with the sharpener so that you always have a sharp knife handy in the kitchen.
Another will be the wonderful cookbook I wrote about several weeks back. The one from my friends church, some of the best food you will ever cook.
And the last one is a gift card from one of my favorite favorite stores...that's right. Hobby Lobby $25
I wish you all luck and next Wednesday February 1st I will collect all the names and put them in a basket and draw out 3 winners. (it's super high tech around here)
Thanks again to all of you for taking time out of your day to read my crazy random thoughts, it is so much fun.
I love you all have a great day!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Now I know we haven't been hit with a bad winter (yet) but the air has been terribly dry and my skin is really suffering all dry and itchy. My hands have gotten so bad that they were starting to crack and bleed around my cuticles. So I made this scrub last night before taking my shower. Here is what I did:
Mix 1/3 cup of each in a bowl
Regular white sugar
2 TBS vanilla extract (to make it smell awesome)
After all mixed together well I put mine into a jar (we have tons of empties left from making jelly this last summer) took it to the shower with me while standing in the shower so there wouldn't be a mess in the bathroom floor scrubbed it all over my arms and legs and paid special attention to my hands.
At first I was thinking "oh no this is not good. It felt thick and oily (olive oil does that ya know) I was sure it wouldn't work. I continued with my shower (washing like normal) and got out to dry off...guess what my skin felt AMAZING!! It worked and I didn't have to spend tons of money on some high priced store bought product. I had everything I needed right there in my kitchen cabinets.
I love it and will be making more to have on hand for the rest of our dry winter because even though it's almost February we are no where near the end of winter here in Oklahoma.
Get in the kitchen and mix some up today...then come back here and let me know what you think.
Thanks for reading, have a great day. :)
ps. Giveaway instructions coming your way tomorrow so come back & see what you need to do to get your name in the drawing.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
|The basic starter set|
Saturday, January 21, 2012
|Brittnie, DaLaney, Valorie & MaKyla|
Our girls fight just like sisters, but the love they have for each other is unconditional. We got to see this first hand when the little ones had a huge fight with a bunch of horrible things they said to one another. My thought was well they are getting big enough now that they need to figure it out for them selves, or we can sit them down together and let them talk it out with the parents in the room. But that wasn't needed. The next time they were together they took care of it themselves.
girl 1-I'm sorry I said those things
girl 2-Yea, me too I'm sorry
girl 1-We're good?
girl 2-Yep we're good.
and that is how it was handled, no parents needed to get involved or anything it was fixed just like that. We as grown ups could learn so much from the children in our lives.
The oldest girls don't ever seem to fuss with each other like that, I believe it is because they are both such laid back, relaxed people that nothing they do ever causes conflict between them. Now I am sure as they get older and go different ways things will come between them(school, boys, work, kids) but I am also sure that no matter what it is they will be like Stephanee and I, they will find their way back to the way it was.
Even though they don't all belong to me, I love all these girls the same and it brings a smile to my face when one of them (that don't actually belong to me) calls me mom. These are some of the best kids anyone could ask for and every day they are growing into such beautiful young ladies.
Thanks to Stephanee for taking them out to take a few photos. There were lots of good ones, but the one above was my favorite.
Thanks for reading, have a great day.
ps. it's almost giveaway time :)
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Anyway back to the BLOG-A-VERSARY I have been trying to figure out how I am going to do it, but I would like to have a give-a-way. Yep I want to give you a chance to win something. I am still having a problem with what exactly to give away but Ill get there. I keep thinking about all the things I love and the things I think others would love as well, but all the things I love not many of my friends like...for example,
spending time with family(come on I
living in the country
making my own butter
See the list is long and I cant really decide what all of you would enjoy as a prize
My first thought was a cookbook(may still use that), a gift card to my favorite restaurant, a gift card to Hobby Lobby, a gift card to Jo-Ann's Fabric, a quilt or a scarf by TammyC
I hate making decisions... I have a couple more days before I have to nail something down so I am going to ponder (& work on a quilt or scarf just in case) and maybe before too long I will have come up with something to share with 3 lucky readers.
Keep checking back to see how you go about getting your name in the drawing.
Have a great weekend!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
So at Christmas I was having a hard time finding just the right gift for Stephanee. I don't know why it was so difficult, but I couldn't find anything I thought she would enjoy. So I went to texting her:
me-what do you want for Christmas?
me-there has to be something you want
me-it's 3 days til Christmas there is no way I can make a quilt by then
steph-but you could start one
Ok so she had me there. So for Christmas 2011 Stephanee is getting a handmade "tammyc" quilt.
I let her pick the pattern (hoping she would pick something easy, it's been a while) and we went to the store and bought all the fabric needed to complete this task.
It is all cut and ready to sew. She is even helping me with her gift. She pressed all the fabric after washing it. I done the cutting and she is putting the colors in the order she likes them best.
Maybe before the end of January she will have a Christmas gift.
What importance is this in my goal to be more fugal well I didn't spend unnecessary money on a gift that wouldn't be loved...and in the process of getting all my things out to start her quilt I found lots of things I had started and not finished, and that goes back to using what you have instead of buying more. I have some projects to work on and when finished I am going to try and sell them for some extra cash for the family. And this has really sparked my desire to return to quilting. So a big thank you to Stephanee for asking me to do this for her.
I'll post a picture for you when I'm done.
Have a great evening
Thursday, January 12, 2012
I don't feel like i have been very frugal this last week with all the trips to the hospital and the added cost of medication for momma. Anyway, we have been doing well at keeping up with where we spend our money and using what we have in the freezer instead of running to the store everyday for something for dinner.
Another thing we tried and it really seemed to work (don't laugh) I made home made fire starting logs. Yep I know it sounds silly but really, with the cooler weather (and snow last night) we use lots of the store bought ones. they are not cheap either.
|I bet you have this around the house|
|the jelly soaks into the tube & lint|
|I store them here|
Reduce, reuse, recycle, re purpose. I am loving this way of thinking. If you have great ideas to share please do. I would love to try them in our family.
Also, I am still thinking of ways to introduce a give-a-way for my blog-a-versary, so keep checking back.
Have a great day.
Monday, January 9, 2012
|My momma & daddy|
I am extremely grateful for the men who showed up at my house that had the training, equipment & medication needed to get control of the situation in a timely manner. I know that some people get too caught up in the whole who's boundary line, who's service area, who's district and my thoughts on that are if that is what you are worried about most then maybe you ought to hang it up and call it quits, because from where I sit today, it isn't about all that. its about taking care of the patient no matter what service area they live in they should be your priority not who gets there first. because what does it matter if you get there first. if you are not trained to care for their needs when you get there.
My mom is doing well for now, they told us that at this point there isn't a lot that they can do for her except give her lots more medication to keep her heart in check and we have a lot of work ahead of us with keeping her on her meds, she is very hard headed when it comes to taking medicine or buying it. I think she is starting to understand how important it is. This has been a pretty hard wake up call for us all but sometimes it takes something bad to make you understand how important it all is.
I thank all my friends and family for all the prayers, phone calls, texts & visits. It means so much to us all. but most of all I thank God she is still with us today.
Friday, January 6, 2012
I have always thought it meant doing without the fun things in life. But I found a blog called frugally sustainable and this lady is teaching me more about being frugal than I ever thought i needed to know.
Just today I read that:
"Living frugally does not require that we put off all material possessions and live in abject poverty. In fact it’s quite the opposite. Frugality means we are to embrace and enjoy what we have!"
Well now. I think we can do this whole frugal living thing, we already have so very much stuff. there is no reason we shouldn't be using it. So on this website she has issued a challenge "23 day living frugal challenge"
and every day she is giving us a challenge so here I go...both feet not turning back. if nothing else it will help me save a little money for the next 23 days right. anyway, maybe it will be fun and I can get the kids and Stephen on board with this plan and we will be a whole different family.
Day 1 challenge was:
Redefining frugality...I think I got that part, I cant wait to get into the full swing of this thing
~sharing with one another
~living life in balance
~finding happiness in the way things are
~being a good steward of our time, money, earth, energy, and possessions .
~nothing wasted or unused
~being a tight wad
~being bored because you are staying home on a Friday night
~just getting by
Keep checking back, I don't know that I will post everyday of the challenge, but I will post often. come see what it has in store for us. :) it might just work or you'll get a good laugh. either way someone wins right
oh and one more thing, my one year blog-a-versary is coming up, I am planning a give away. look for how to enter in the next week or so.
Have a great weekend
Monday, January 2, 2012
Anyway maybe this one will work for us all.
The new year. 2012 Wow. I am getting so old, I don't ever recall thinking this far in to the future when I was a kid except maybe when I watched movies with flying cars and hoovering skate boards and such thinking it would be neat to have a flying car. but here we are still living a pretty normal life without all that stuff.
I chuckle a little when I think of all the things I enjoy, these things certainly don't "fit" the year 2012 as the movie writers would write it. Because I don't want a flying car, I think it would be fun to ride a horse everywhere or have a covered wagon for when it was raining or cold. I like planting a garden and raising pigs, cows and chickens to keep me from buying a good part of my family's food from the grocery store. I like pouring cream into the butter churn and making my own butter because it tastes so much better than that vegetable oil mess you buy in the bowl, I like playing out in the yard or sitting around reading books rather than being tethered to the TV by a video game. I have made the comment to Stephen (and on this blog) that maybe I was born in the wrong year. but then the reality of it is, if I HAD to live like that I would be wishing for something different. But that doesn't stop me from wanting to adopt the less is more attitude. If I could get Stephen and the girls on board with me, well life would be sweet.
I don't usually make "new years resolutions" generally I hate them, but this year is a little different. I want to live more frugally (is that a real word) anyway. yea, i want to be happy with what I have, not have the constant need to spend money i haven't earned to buy things i don't need to impress people i don't care about. That isn't what life is about and I am tired of living like that. I want simplicity. simple enough right? well this year we are going to find out if i can do it. So here on my blog, I am putting it out there (accountability), my goals. so when the end of this year comes you can ask me, "well how did you do?" We did not get this crazy overnight so it will take some time to turn it all around. Baby steps and faith! I don't know if I will reach all my goals, but I am going to try. and that is truly all I can do.
1. Spend less
2. Save more
3. Downsize everything (and I mean everything)
4. Organize my home and everything in it.
5. Live contently with what we have(resist the urge to buy more crap).
Now keep in mind that I did say Stephen and the girls haven't really heard my plan just yet so when I set them down and let them in on the plan they may just squash it like a pesty bug. But I hope that I can paint in their minds how stress free living like that will be and that alone should help my cause.
So wish me luck with my plan for the new year and check back here often as I am sure I will have lots of crazy stories that will come of it all.
As for you I hope that you do all you can to have the best year yet. Happy 2012 everyone.