Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another DIY craft

I painted the frames and my daughter glued on the buttons.  Very easy and didn't take much time at all!  
We might be making more of these!

Friday, November 25, 2011

DIY Christmas decorations

An uncle of mine contacted me the other day needing office decorating ideas for Christmas.  So, I offered to help him out and came up with some easy and cheap decorations.These decorations needed to be light in order to ship and cheap for our budget. 

First my daughter and I made these snowmen for his desk: 

And, then I decided to make a wreath with cardboard and tissue paper. 
This is what it looked like when I first began working on it:

Finished product:
This wreath took some time!  I'm taking a break...
Any other DIY ideas for Christmas?

Book Review: Dug Down Deep by Joshua Harris

This is a book that focuses on the basics of Christianity.  Joshua Harris defines doctrine, orthodoxy and many other terms that can become a deep topic in many circles whether you believe in God or not.  The point of this book is to dig down deep and truly know what you believe in,  to truly connect with God.

I had a hard time getting into this book.  I'm not sure if it's because I've read a wide variety of books lately, but it didn't grab me and took me a long time to read. It's an easy read, just took me a long time to make it a priority to sit down and finish.  I like to read and enjoy books that challenge me spiritually, but felt this book was lacking something.

I'd love to write more about this book, but it isn't one I'd purchase myself.  And, if I did purchase it I would've been disappointed.

 I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review

Playing catch up once again....

Many of you reading know that I had surgery a couple weeks ago.  It was minor surgery removing a cyst from my big toe and shaving off some of the bone.  I say minor because it wasn't removing a limb(s) or open heart surgery, both of which are a reality for my family members.

Toward the end of my time recovering and wearing the oh most stylish surgical shoe, the weather decided it was time to snow.  My 3 year old loves sledding and I had to figure out a way to be outside without getting my incision wet.  Here's the pics of the bag over my foot:
I'm now on my way back to a normal life wearing normal shoes and getting back into my workouts.

During my recovery, we had fun cracking open a coconut:

Saturday, November 19, 2011

I most likely won't have any new posts for a couple more days.  My computer is in the shop being fixed...

When I have my computer back I'll post about the coconut my daughter and I had fun splitting open.  And, I'll post pictures of wearing a bag over my foot to go play in the snow so I wouldn't get my incision wet. 

And, soon enough I'll be back into the swing of things wearing normal shoes and working out.  I'm pretty excited!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Free Christmas Cards

Everyone likes to get something for free, right?!!! I ordered a total of 25 free cards today, which included free shipping!

I stumbled upon this with all the hours I've been sitting and elevating my foot:


1. Head to My Publisher and create an account.
2. Select the “Holiday Cards”
in the left hand menu.
3. Go through the steps of creating your cards.
4. In the Order Screen, change the order # to 10!
5. Just use coupon code HAPPY10FREE at checkout and click VERIFY CODE. Do not select a payment method since your total will be $0.00.
6. Your order total will be $0.00!
7. Place your order.


TO GET 5 MORE CARDS (You can repeat these steps if you have multiple email addresses you can use. So you could really finish ordering as many as you need with this part.)
1.  Click here to enter your email address to get your exclusive coupon code.
2.  Copy your coupon code down then create your greeting cards.
3. Enter quantity of 5 and the code at checkout.
4. Do not select a payment method since your total will be $0.00.
5. Place your order.

 This info from: My free product samples

 **I'm not sure how long this deal will last, but I wanted to pass it on...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Creative T-shirt ideas

Since I've been on the couch this week, I've been  looking for new and creative ideas to change my wardrobe, but not spend too much money.  I shop clearance racks and hit some good bargains recently.  So, with a couple of those t-shirts, I'd like to add some accessories...

For those of you who want to join me in revamping a current wardrobe, here's a link to check out: DIY tshirts
I personally want to try this v-neck cardigan.  I'll soon be hunting for some fun buttons!
Which looks are your favorite?  If you make one of these, please email me your pictures.  I want to see how creative everyone can be.

Other things: Surgery went well.  I've been so thankful for all the meals I put in the freezer last week.  We are enjoying the chicken enchiladas for lunch that were leftover from last night.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Busy week....

I'm having minor foot surgery on Monday.  Since, I have no idea how much pain I'll be in I've been frantically cooking meals for our freezer. I LOVE having things in the freezer on days I don't want to cook, but I have extra for next week.

This is what I have so far: alfredo sauce (chicken is already cooked too), spaghetti sauce, beef barley soup, chicken enchiladas, and a beef casserole.

Since I'm a fan of these yogurt smoothies by yoplait, I decided to try making my own to save money.  I used Dannon light and fit vanilla yogurt and froze it in ice cube trays.  Once they were frozen I put 4 frozen cubes in a sandwich size zip lock bag, 1/2 cup blueberries, and 3/4 cup strawberries. I used 2 ice cube trays, so I was able to make 7 of these.  I'll let you know how they are once I blend one for myself.
All of this hard work to make sure I stay on track and eat healthy(especially since my activity level will be drastically lowered)!  It is cold here, so drinking a smoothie isn't the most pleasant idea.  However, I'll probably drink tea right after. 

On to other things:

If I lived in the Seattle area, I'd totally apply to volunteer as a brooks model to get free brooks stuff:

Active bands giveaway on:

Still using the Duggar family laundry detergent and still liking it.  I still have lots left and we are saving money by using it!

Have any of you tried these cheat foods? If you have, please let  me know which ones are your favorites.

If you want to read Heaven is for Real, email me.  You might just get a free book!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Having internet issues this week, and I'm preparing things for surgery next week. All that to say, not a lot of time to post anything!

I did try the tomato soup recipe with the changes I wrote about in this recipe post.  My parents liked it, but after having the soup with whipping cream we(me and the hubby) decided we'd splurge every now and then to be able to have it the way we like!

I'll try to post more after surgery because I'm supposed to be resting...we'll see how that goes as a stay at home mom!