Thursday, December 02, 2010

Nutrimill Grain Mill Giveaway!

I am really excited about a giveaway over at Happily Domestic's blog. Between now and Dec 16th, you can go over there and enter to win a Nutrimill Grain Mill!!! I have an older K-Tec, which is going strong at this point. But I have oggled the Nutrimill from a distance and love so many of it's features. When you hop over to enter the giveaway, you can read more about the mill, as well as watch a video of it doing its business. You can enter by following this link, or clicking on the graphic on my sidebar.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

True Woman '10

Okay, maybe I am a bit late in posting about my time at the conference, but I wanted to post about it anyway. And to share some exciting news for all those who didn't make it, or even for those who did.

I had an amazing time. I was encouraged, convicted of my own sin and challenged to seek the Lord in a deeper way in my everyday life. I was blessed to sit at the feet of many godly, radical women who are totally sold out to Christ and who are not afraid to speak the truth of God's word. I was very encouraged to see the nearly 4,000 women who attended the conference. I felt a bit like Elijah, seeing all the ones that the Lord had reserved for Himself who had not bowed the knee to Baal. In the weeks that have followed the conference, I have had the words of all who spoke following me around and echoing in my ears.

The exciting news is that they have made ALL the True Woman conferences available online, to listen to for FREE! Or you can read the transcript. Video is not up yet but will be soon. Everything is also available for purchase. Click here to go to the messages.

Friday, October 08, 2010

Let Your Work be Your Worship?

This is an awesome post from a mom I respect very much over at "Passionate Homemaking." I encourage you to read and chew this one up. That's what I am doing today....

Let Your Work be Your Worship

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Great Video!

Here is a really awesome video. This is the development of a baby like you have never seen it before. Watching it, I am just in awe of how amazingly accurate God's design is. When you see a human, you don't see a cosmic accident, you see a person made and fashioned by God. And it is a true miracle that each one of us is here.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Random Trivia

Portland Oregon from the east. By User:Fcb981Image via Wikipedia
I thought I would do something a bit different in this post. Recently, a reader of my blog sent me an email with some questions and I thought it would be fun to share a few here.

Where were you born?
I was born in Vancouver, WA. My parents moved 20 times before I was 10, (no, not military...), which included moving to OK, ID, a few places in OR and WA, AK, and back to OR/WA. We lived in the same house in Portland, OR for 7 1/2 years and then packed up and moved to OK again when I was almost 15. When I was 21, I met my husband and after we married, I moved to TX and have been here for 9 1/2 years now, the longest I have ever lived in one place. =D

-Have you always lived out in the country?
I have not always lived in the country, in fact, I did most of my growing up in town. When we lived in Portland, we had an 80x100ft lot. When we moved to OK for the second time, we rented houses that were usually still in town, but out a bit. We had chickens, sheep, turkeys, etc there. But even when I was in town, I was a country girl stuck in the city. =) Now we live 15 miles from the nearest grocery store. That was definitely an adjustment, but I have learned how to manage it very well now. I do a lot of my shopping online, which saves me a ton of time and gas and usually money as well.    

Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Melbourne Zo...Image via Wikipedia What kinds of things does your family enjoy doing?
We tend to be homebodies as well, and I personally think that while a family is young, this is really good. We do like to go hiking and camping, swimming, picnicking, enjoy flea markets, shopping in junk stores, etc. We haven't been to the zoo in a while, but enjoy that as well. We have done museums, etc when we are traveling. I think anywhere with water is a big hit with our folks. =) We like going to parks and swinging, etc, esp when we have spent a good portion of the day shopping! =P At home, my kids are outside a lot in warm weather, we enjoy gardening, working with our animals, etc. The front yard is an ever changing place for play, where shovels are the tool of choice along with sticks and hammers! =D In the house, cooking, cleaning, coloring, play-dough, imaginative play, (dolls, animals, blocks, etc), puzzles, tent building, scissors and tape can turn anything into you name it! I am really looking forward to getting our kitchen finished. I want to involve the kids more in the kitchen than I have been able to in the last few years. They have been able to do some, but it has been limited.

What randomness can you share about your family? Leave me a comment or leave a link to your blog post sharing your random trivia! 


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Friday, September 24, 2010

Get Free (or nearly free) Household Items!

Like I have said before, I love getting good deals and passing them on. Today I had one passed on to me, and so I would like to pass it on to those reading my blog!

I follow, "Surviving the Stores" on facebook, and today she posted a deal where you could get 2 bamboo cutting boards for free! Well, by the time I got in to get mine, the free ones were gone, but I got 2 bamboo cutting boards that I personally liked even better for $1.95 shipped!!!

The deal I got is now gone, but there are more deals coming up. Here is how to get in on it.

Go to Ones Kings Lane and sign up for free. Just basic sign up info... You will get a $15 credit to your account, just for signing up.

If you shop the sales and find an item you like for $7-$10, you will end up getting it for free or almost free when you checkout. Your credit will apply toward the shipping charges.

Tomorrow there will be a sale starting on some atisan cheeses! I am hoping to snag a deal on that...

If you snag a deal, I would love to hear about what you got! Leave me a comment telling about your awesome deal!
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Monday, September 20, 2010


flour (wheat + white), baking soda, baking pow...Image by alifayre via Flickr
I am finally having a little room to breathe in the kitchen project. Up to this point, so much of my input/research etc. has been needed, almost constantly. But the past week or so, I have not had to be "on site" quite as much. This has allowed me the luxury of giving our meals more attention.
So, I gave them some attention. It has been slim pickin's at times around here with mom busy with other stuff.

Several years ago, I borrowed a book from a friend titled, "Make-A-Mix Cookery" by Karine Eliason, Nevada Harward and Madeline Westover I now own my own copy and have wanted to get to a place that I could really start using it. I found that place last week.

I made the Quick Mix, Roll Mix and Muffin Mix listed in the book. In no time flat, I had cranked out biscuits, rolls, muffins, cookies, and even a cake from these 3 mixes. (Although, not all at the same time.) I love the ability to make things fast for my family without any additives, preservatives, etc.

Here is the recipe for the Quick Mix:

8 1/2 C. flour (I used white whole wheat flour)
1 T. baking powder
1T. salt
2t cream of tartar
1 t. baking soda
1 1/2 non-fat dry milk

2 1/4 shortening (I used Palm Shortening)

Mix all the dry ingredients, then cut in the shortening until it resembles cornmeal in texture.

Here is one recipe to use the quick mix for:

Never-Fail Rolled Biscuts

3 C. Quick Mix
2/3 milk or water

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Combine ingredients and let sit for 5 min. Knead about 15 times and roll out on floured board to 1/2" thickness. Cut with biscuit cutter. Bake 10 to 12 min until golden brown. Makes 12 large biscuits.

These were very good and fast to do. I doubled the recipe for Quick Mix to give me more time between having to mix up the mix. My whole family has been enjoying these mixes, or at least they are enjoying the products made from them. =) Maybe your family will enjoy them as well.

 If you have a favorite mix/recipe to share, leave me a comment or leave a link to your blogpost with the recipe!

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

True Woman '10 Only 29 Days Til Ft Worth!

Wow. Only 29 days left until I leave for the True Woman '10 conference in Ft. Worth. I can't believe the time has flown by so fast. I am really getting excited about going. I am looking forward to the encouragement of being with women of God from all over the country, and I am looking forward to a time of God ministering to and challenging me.
For those who may not have heard of True Woman '10, here are two videos to give you an idea of what it will be like....

I encourage any woman who can to attend this conference. There is a True Woman '10 about to take place in Indianapolis Sept 24-25. The one I am attending in Ft. Worth will be held Oct 14-16.
I have a group code that anyone reading this is free to use for the Ft. Worth conference. The code is FFCF. Using this code when you register online or by phone will give you a $20 discount if you use the code by Sept 29.
To register, go to or call 1-800-569-5959.
If you are going to the conference, leave me a comment! I would love to meet you!
Just in case you are wondering, I do not get anything from someone using this code. I am just sharing this for whoever wants to go and doesn't have a group. For every 10 tickets sold using this code, I will get one free, but I will just give those away. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Who's Business Is It, Anyway?

I am taking a bit of time-out on my kitchen project posts to have a bit of a rant.

I was talking to a friend the other day about things going on in her life and in the life of some of her family. She was sharing how they were dealing with a tough situation but getting through it. She made the comment that many people had made rude comments about the decisions they were making. "Oh, I just can't believe you are considering that!"

I think so many people don't realize how rude they are when they hand out life advice. Now, just to be clear here, I think there is a time for speaking the truth to a friend when they are in an immoral situation, or headed for real trouble. Gently, and clearly. (Not that I have always been the best at that....=P) A true friend speaks the truth and sticks by their friend no matter what, even in the dirty stuff.

The situation my friend was dealing with was sensitive. But there were no immoral actions to be reprimanded for. The descions being made were just not the descions that everyone else thought they should make. And yet, people act like it is a moral issue.

Like I said above, I think a lot of people just don't realize how rude and hurtful those type of advice/comments are. Everything from pushy advice on how many kids you shouldn't have, or, when are you going to have some kids, to what color you should or shouldn't paint your kitchen, or what type of hairstyle you should have, etc, etc, etc. People just seem to say what they think and think they can figure out in an instant all kinds of important life decisions for you. Amazing talent.

I think, rather, I am sure that I have been guilty of this same transgression. I have lots of opinions on how people could edit and rearrange their lives. Plenty of times I think I am right about it, too. =D But really, whose business is it? Do I answer to God for them? NO. This is something I am personally working on, to not be too apt to hand out free life-consultant advice.

Being asked is different. If asked, if you are really asking, then some freely given advice/info/opinion is appropriate. I have some friends who I am close enough with that know they can speak into my life. And they don't have to ask me every time they do. I appreciate those friends, immensely. If I am asked, I will share what I see/my opinion with a friend.

Okay, done with the rant. We hope you enjoyed this Monday's edition of Opinions With Nichola. We now resume your usual programming. =D

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pictures of the Kitchen Project

Here are some pictures of the project so far....
My kitchen before, (in real life, no cleaning up before the pic, as you can see!) The counters to the right of the sink/dishwasher are actually folding tables....

Before view of the stove area
 Beginning of the demolition
 Keilah taking sheetrock off the wall
Out comes the sink!
Heave, ho!
In between this picture and the previous picture, a lot happened, as you can see! Wiring, insulation, plumbing, etc. Here we are starting the frames of the cabinets.
 Planning out the corner sink...
Brothers working on things.
Keilah securing the floor of the cabinet bases.
Travis spends a lot of time holding his ears!
Lots of cuts and lots of figuring!
Face frames going on...
Face frame ready to be installed...
...perfect fit!

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Thursday, September 09, 2010

Kitchen Remodel

The roasting spit in this European medieval ki...Image via Wikipedia
I have been bouncing around and excited for about a month now, but haven’t taken time to write about it.  I think most of my facebook friends know, but for the blog friends who don’t know…..we are finally remodeling our kitchen! Or maybe I should say, re-creating our kitchen.
This has been a long time coming, and while it has not been an easy wait, I am really thankful for how God has worked in the wait. If we had built the kitchen we had wanted to build 4 ½ years ago, it just wouldn’t have been the best plan, or even close. We have changed, grown in our understanding of the hows and whys of kitchen design, (although we are by no means experts…) and though the kitchen we would have built would have been okay, it would have had so many shortcomings compared to the one we are building now.
So, here we are at last. Creating our dream kitchen.

In the interim, we have read books, made endless sketches, thought we had the design down, but when we set up mock counters to test it for a few days, found flaws that didn't show up on paper. I have rearranged my kitchen umpteen times for different reasons, and each time learned something new.
In our priorities for the kitchen, there are a few things that have been at the forefront of our list from the beginning. I’d like to share a few here.
  • Function. Our first priority has been it has to work, and we shouldn’t have to work extra hard to make it work. If the kitchen doesn’t function well in everyday life, expanding to meet the needs of a large group as well as handle the needs of everyday family life, it becomes more of an obstacle to the flow of things than an asset. We all have chores, but if daily stuff is a chore when it shouldn’t be, something isn’t functioning right. Stuff that doesn’t function well costs you, either time, money or both. Same in the kitchen.

  • Simplicity. Sometimes the simple things work the best. Take a tour of kitchens, modern as well as those in older homes, and you can find tons of anti-simple examples. Like, when you have to clear the counter before you can open the doors of the appliance garage, or the cupboard door. Or have to unload the pan cupboard every time you need a pan at the back of the cupboard. I’m sure many could tell their tale of simple tasks that took too much time to get done due to a design flaw.
  • Doable. I have had some BIG ideas during this kitchen thing. Everything from skylights, bay windows, two dishwashers and huge sinks to extension tables, detachable islands, (and could we figure out a way to still have electricity and plumbing on the part we move?), waterfalls and herb gardens right in the kitchen. Some of my big ideas are in my new kitchen design. Many aren’t. Function and Simplicity ruled out many of them, but budget, and plain limitations of the site we are building in ruled out the rest. (Can’t do a skylight through the attic we have, just won’t work structurally…) 
  • Efficient. Efficiency is where Funtion and Simplity meet and join together with your efforts to cause your work to go well. I may be in danger of becoming a nut in the area of efficiency. It is becoming a passion in everything I do. I haven’t arrived at the level of efficiency that I strive for, but I am excited about learning things that help me to be more efficient in everyday doings. Our kitchen design has been constantly examined using the test of efficiency. This includes the use of space and planning for the least amount of wasted space as well as planning for the easiest access to the tools used in everyday tasks.
These are some of the top factors we have tried to take into consideration as we have planned our kitchen. I could write more about each factor, and maybe I will at some point. For now, we will see how it all comes out. The cabinets are being installed as I type. =)

Here are a few resources to check out if you are interested in learning more about practical kitchen design.  These books have greatly influenced us in our design process. There are tons of books out there on kitchen design. These are just the books we had and would recommend them highly.
The Motion-Minded Kitchen
Remodeling a Kitchen: Taunton's Build Like a Pro: Expert Advice from Start to Finish
The Complete Guide to Kitchen Design With Cooking in Mind 

Here is a page with some videos featuring Don Silvers talking about kitchen design...
Don Silvers Media Links

I will post pictures of our project so far soon...
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Sunday, August 08, 2010

What Kind Of Fruit?

"Honey, wake up. Can you help me pick peaches this morning while it is cool?"

A short time later I was in the orchard, enjoying the peaceful surroundings. As I picked, I had a few thoughts that I decided to share here.

I kept thinking as I was picking, what kind of fruit do people find hanging on me when they get close? Does it look good on one side but  has a rotten spot starting on the other? Is is old and swiveled up from hanging too long? Are there scars and bug-bites? Is it holding firm, or about to drop off and fall to the ground? Is it too small?

People come to my tree all day long. Hungry people, tired people, fussy people. People who need something from me. As I was picking, I pondered, what kind of fruit do I hand out? If they catch me at a busy moment, do I hand them something that they have to pick out the good and leave the bad? Or do they consistently find good fruit, just right to meet their needs. Do I bear fruit that they delight to partake of or fruit that leaves much to be desired?

Of course, the only way to bear good fruit is to stay attached to the Vine, the only One who can produce anything good in me.

John 15:4-5  Abide zin me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.  5 I am the vine; ayou are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bbears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

As you read the rest of this passage, it is made clear how we can do nothing apart from the Vine.

I have another busy day ahead, and feel inadequate to meet all the needs. My tree feels a little bare right now. =) But thankfully, as I am faithful to abide in Him, He will be faithful to supply all I need to bear much fruit.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Wiping Up After Jesus

Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk.Image by radarxlove via Flickr
"Mommy, wadter. Wadter, Mommy."
"Mommy, poo, poo. Toilet."
"Mommy, I'm hungry."
"I don't have any pants, Mommy. I need you to find me some pants."

All day at my house I am fielding demands for my attention. Trying to anticipate needs ahead of time, and being covered with still more.

And then there are all those accidents. Spilled milk, food dropped at meal time, potty accidents, water on the counter after washing hands, sticky messes, etc.

I don't have time for it. I have things I am doing, esp right now. It is peach season at my house. This is the time of year that I am meeting myself coming, always waaaay more to do than I can do and people demanding my attention constantly. Uh, you need water. Okay, hold on, I'll get it.

It can be easy to get snappy and short with so many demands on my time. But I was pondering this early this morning. Why do these things seem like such a bother? Would it seem like such an imposition is someone important was here and they were the ones needing something? What if they spilled their milk? Would I huff about it? If they needed laundry done so they would have clothes to wear, would I see it as a bother, or an honor?

Jesus said that if you have done it unto the least of these, you have done it to Him. I have some of the "least of these" walking around in my house everyday. Some of them are not even 3ft tall yet. Some can't talk well. Yet, through them, Jesus is walking around in my house everyday. The question is, do I see Him? Or do I just see another bottom that needs wiped, a mess that needs cleaned up and laundry that needs washed?

I am praying that today I will see Jesus around me. In the little mess-makers running all over my house. That I will see beyond the messes and needs, the demands on my time. I want to joyfully serve my family, seeing their needs and meeting them, just as if I was serving my Jesus.

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy[c] angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40
And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
44 “Then they also will answer Him,[d] saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do
it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matt 25:31-46

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Free Soap

Go here to request 5 free bars of soap from

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

FREE Lamplighter Theatre Audio Drama

I don't know how long this will be availible, but this is something you won't want to miss.

At our house, we just love audio drama. Paws and Tales, The Pond, Adventures in Odyssey, Down Gilead Lane, Jonathan Park are a few of the shows we like to listen to. (Many of these can be heard on We also love to listen to audio books, old radio drama, etc. This past year, we have been really enjoying Lamplighter Theatre.

Lamplighter Theatre has some amazing audio dramas, all based on old books, which they have reprinted and have available as well. These are not only entertaining stories, but very deep, challenging and character building. Go here to look at their player and check some out for yourself.

Right now, Lamplighter is offering the complete audio drama, "A Peep Behind the Scenes" for free. You can listen to the whole program or download it here. This is something for all ages, old and young, although, I will say the for the very young, it may be good for mom or dad to listen first and decide if their little one is ready.

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Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Good Message Today...

I really enjoyed this message today. Nancy talks about relationships and how healthy relationships can really be a help to us as believers, and how God has given us each other in our walk. Listen and be encouraged in how to be a good friend and what to look for in those you listen to.
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Saturday, April 03, 2010

Barn Raising

Here are a few recent pics of doings on the farm. Hopefully I will get more up later...

 Day 1 of the barn raising...

Up in the loft...

The crew... =)

Friday, March 05, 2010

Needs Camping Suggestions...

Brazos Bend State ParkImage by Old Shoe Woman via Flickr
What is your vote? Where should we go camping? Where is your favorite place to camp? We need a place to camp before our goats start kidding. Better be soon!
Leave me a comment and tell me where you think we should go camping. =)
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Sunday, February 21, 2010


I am having some big thoughts this afternoon, and thought I would jot them down here so I can read them later.

I have been fretting and worrying over things lately. Trying to get ahead, trying too hard to figure things out. Stressed when I can't see around the corner.

Why? Cause I am a silly human who can't see God's plans and I think it is all up to me. Sometimes I don't see that that is what I am doing, but it is nonetheless.

Today I am thinking about this. Praying about it. And I think I am getting somewhere with it.

God knows where I am. He knows everything I need. When I have a need, in any area of my life, including lack of faith, I need to talk to Him. Not beg like a four-year old who will fuss if they don't get what they want. Not fixated on the need that needs taken care of, but looking to Him to fully take care of ALL my needs.

And then, do my business. No fretting, dropping everything else til I figure out how I am going get my needs taken care of. God knows where I am at. He WILL take care of me. I just need to rest and trust in Him. That is not easy to do in the midst of my Need, whatever it is. But today as I am pondering this, I am seeing again that I must rest in the storm. I must continue on in my work that He has called me to while I wait for Him to take care of my needs.

My prayer is that I will really get this down deep inside of me. I want this to be such a part of the way I do things that my first thought is to trust God, not worry and fret.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Retracing Old Paths...

Have you ever had the experience of hearing a message, reading a book, etc, and having one of those life changing moments that you point back to that spot over the years and say, "That shaped me. I am here at this spot today because of that message, that book...."

Last night David and I re-listened to one of those messages. As I listened, my heart rejoiced. One of the hardest times of my life had been ahead of me as I had listened before, though I didn't know it. The Lord, in His mercy, provided me with what I needed to get through that time well ahead of time. I also heard things in that message that I don't remember hearing before. I have changed so much since then. I understood much more of what he was talking about this time around.

 If you would like to listen, click here.

If you listen, I would love to hear your thoughts.

"May the Lamb of God receive the reward of His suffering!"

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Cool Cards At Snapily!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Shh! Don't Tell David....

I feel pretty safe posting this here since David doesn't usually read my blog or facebook. I wouldn't risk it, only I thought y'all might like to know about the deal I got so you can jump in before Valentine's.

Cheryl & Co has a $10 off coupon, NO minimum order! You can get cookies, chocolate, whatever. Some items qualify for free shipping.

But it gets better.

Go through the website and you can get 5% back on your order. Plus, you get $5 credited to your account if you are a new member at ShopAtHome, just for signing up! (If you have never used before, just signing up will save you time and money. I am about to get a $20 check from purchases I have made through their site over the last few months. I didn't have to buy anything special, I just shopped at sites I would normally shop at, but just went through the site first to get a percent of my purchases back.)

Don't tell David, but I got him the Harry London Chocolate Collection. With the coupon, TENFORFREE, I got $10 off and free shipping, and 5% cash back at I also got to write a decent sized message to be included with the gift. (Space to write what you really want to say was a nice surprise...)

Check it out if you need a gift for your honey, or your best friend, or the blogger who told you about it...=D

Thanks to Money Saving Mom for letting me know about this!

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Guest Post By Yours Truly...

Just thought I would let my readers here know that I was invited to make a guest post on the Surviving the Stores blog on the subject of homemade laundry soap. If you are interested, you can check my post out here. Follow Rachel as she shows you how to save money and time as you survive the stores in style! (You can also follow her on Facebook!)

New Moms and Grandparents! Take Note...

I follow the Bragging Mommy, a great blog about great products. Today reading their feed, I just went, "Uh, yeah...!" when I read just a bit about this one.

The Itzbeen Baby Care Timer is something that would make a great new mom gift or would be great for a mom with a few kiddos and a new baby. As a mom, I can see that this little device would be awesome! One less thing on the brain for a new mom is always a plus. =) Designed by parents, everything is covered.

Right now you can hop over to the Bragging Mommy and enter to win an Itzbeen! They are actually giving away 2 of them Click Here to enter!
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Monday, January 25, 2010

Jakin's Birthday Cake...

Yes, I am showing off. I made Jakin a cake for his birthday. When asked what he wanted, he was thoughtful for a minute, then said, "Dinosaurs, dinosaur tracks, and...snakes."

I wasn't sure how to proceed, but after a trip to the bedroom and mixing some ground cinnamon with the frosting and piping it on....I was pleased.

The effect was even better when we relit the candles at night for round 2 of the birthday cake... (and yes, we sang "Happy Birthday" again....

Just had to show y'all....
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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Time Leeches...

My toolsImage by Lars K. Jensen via Flickr

After reading this post over at Erin's Blog, I was elated to find that someone has made a free Firefox pluggin to help me mind myself.

I have often wished that there was a way to keep track of time while on the computer, a way to set some limits on where and how I spend my time online. An online timer, so to speak.

Thankfully, there is a help for fellow time-wasters who want to make a simple change. LeechBlock is a simple add-on for Firefox that is awesome for kids or adults to help manage time. I love this add-on. You simply tell Leech where you want to limit your time during the day. It can be as simple as limiting Facebook to 5 hrs a day instead of 10, or only allowing yourself, (or kids) to visit certain sites at certain times of the day.

So, a great tool to keep you accountable to yourself, or your kids accountable, install LeechBlock.

What will you DO with all that time you find?
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