Monthly Archives: April 2010

Frugal Friday – Cutting out Household Costs

There are SO many things we can do to cut costs around the home.  I’m going to share a few I found from a great article…and you can head on over here to read the full article!!

1. Bundle your services.  If you get cable and internet, see if you can put them together and save that way.  You can do this with auto and home insurance too.  Heck, you can do it buying on ebay!  Most places online combine shipping to save you as well.

2. Get rid of the extras.  Do you really need the call-waiting?  Personally, I HATE call waiting, so I definitely opt out of that one.  What about the unlimited long distance? If you’ve got a cell phone, you shouldn’t need long distance on your home phone.  Or you could get a limited plan and save a little each month.

3. Go through and update subscriptions.  Are you getting a newspaper that you don’t read anymore?  Do you have more magazines coming in the mail than you have time to read?  Are you all caught up on that book/movie club membership?  Cancel the stuff you’re not using!

Let me ‘splain something…

The other day when I was volunteering at Munchkin’s school, I wore my hair in pigtails.  Nothing wrong with that, I thought.  But then a 1st grader walked up to me and said, “You REALLY love pigtails, don’t you?”  I didn’t know what she meant by that, but I just confirmed that yes, I did.

Walking home I remembered something that had happened about 2 months ago at church.  One of the ladies there said to me, “Wow, you REALLY love ponytails, don’t you?  That’s all you wear.”  After that week, I made a special effort to actually DO my hair and not wear ponytails, but only to church!

All right…ya wanna know why I pull my hair back so much and don’t wear it down and cute?  Here’s why:

This is my hair after showering. 

Do you know how long it takes to de-poof this head of hair?  HOURS if I’m gonna iron it out.  So my friends, that is why I don’t do my hair as often as some think I should.  Pony tails and pigtails RULE.

Thoughtful Thursday – The Beauty of the Written Word

“Read in order to live.”  

- Henry Fielding
“To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
-Victor Hugo
“There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world.  Love of books is the best of all.”
- Jacqueline Kennedy
“A capacity and taste for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.”
-Abraham Lincoln
“The more you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

-Dr. Seuss

Past Post – This is OUR Time!

*This is a post I wrote about a year ago…I still feel it applies, so here it is again:
I’ve felt some stirrings for quite a while now, and I’ve decided I can’t wait any longer to share.
I have felt very strongly that these troubling economic times are our golden opportunity for greatness.
I believe that this is the chance we need to show what kind of people we truly are. Do we really mean it when we say we’d give the shirt off our back to help another? How many of us really mean it when we say, “what’s mine is yours”, or “anything I can do to
help, anything you need”? We are facing a time that is scary. We all personally know people who have been laid off, or who are struggling, now more than ever, to make ends meet. This is our chance to not only survive the times, but to DO WELL IN THEM!!! It won’t happen, however, if we don’t work together. It simply cannot.
In my ward, I teach a frugal/self reliant living class, and we’ve heavily emphasized
this point. We’ve talked about the importance of using the resources we have
available to us RIGHT NOW, instead of always searching for different resources that are not available this very minute.
WE are our best resources! WE are all we need! For example:
*My neighbor has two huge cherry trees. Every year she calls me up and MANY others in the neighborhood to share in the adundance.
*Last year when I received over 50 lbs of apples from my grandfathers’ trees, I
made applesauce, pie filling, apple syrup, etc and shared with my neighbors.
*When a friend found that my son needed a sports trampoline for part of his
sensory therapy, she brought me over an old one she was no longer using.
*I used all of our green tomatoes that didn’t ripen before the cold came and made “almost raspberry jam” (It’s good, I swear!) I then let everyone I knew about the recipe, so their tomatoes wouldn’t go to waste.
*This year, we are sharing a couple of grow boxes in our yard with a neighbor who’d like to try gardening this year, but doesn’t have a lot of time to start.
*We are planning a “clothing, toy, household stuff” swap for our neighborhood in June.
*We’ve been blessed with whole new wardrobes for everyone in my family, with the exception of my poor husband:-) SO many people have handed us down clothing that no longer fits them, that we can use. We have, in turn, passed on items that we’ve outgrown to others.
The point I’m trying to make with all these examples is this: this economic turndown is not the end of the world. Yes, money is tighter for most, if not all of us. Yes, we’re gonna have to get creative to save money. But when we put our minds, talents, and resources together, we really can have it all, and MORE! Because when we are working together, we are not only blessed in things temporal and physical. We feel a unique and beautiful sense of unity, of oneness, of togetherness.
You wanna be self-reliant? Look in the mirror. There is your solution. YOU be the resource you know you can be for others. YOU are the change you seek. And OTHERS will be a resource to you. Don’t let these times get ya down. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to become a truly generous, kind, GREAT person!!!

Do a Good Deed – Volunteer At Your Childs’ School

This one really couldn’t be much easier….if you have school-aged children, make an effort to help at that school.

This can mean different things for different people.  For some, simply joining the PTA and making that one-time donation is about all that you can handle time-wise…but it does, of course, cost money (Here the membership fee was $5 per parent).

For others, time is an easier way to help out.  You can join your schools’ community council.  You can offer to come into your child’s classroom once a week, once a month, or once a year to help out.  Teachers LOVE having parents help out on Halloween, during class parties, and more.  You can volunteer for as little as an hour at a time.

A lot of teachers, particularly the younger grades, probably have items you can take home and do if you can’t commit to a specific time.  I was recently given a small stack of paper with pictures on it by my daughter’s teacher.  She asked me to cut out the pictures and return them.

See?  Easy as pie!!  I did it in my spare time.

An added bonus:  the younger the kids, the cooler they think you are.  Seriously, are you lame like me and care what your 1st grader’s friends think of you?  Go volunteer in the classroom, and they’ll all love you.  It’s a great Bucket Filler!

 (photo credit)

Hunter’s Moon Book Review

You know a book is good when you read it in 2 days flat because you CANNOT put it down.

Hunter’s Moon by Don Hoesel is a story about a man, CJ, who left home 17 years ago, and is just now coming back.   From facing his ex-girlfriend, to confronting old tragedies kept secret, to working with an old friend, to dealing with an ugly divorce, CJ deals with a full plate, all while trying to improve his situation, not only spiritually, but emotionally as well. He has to face the reality he’s been avoiding, and it’s time to finally make things right. His family, however, disagrees, and will do just about anything to keep the truth hidden. 

This book was a page turner…and very well written!  There is a spiritual insight that is immersed very subtly, but effectively.  It makes you think, provokes a wide variety of emotion, and is entertaining at the same time.   Likeable characters, characters that I find myself able to relate to, are scattered throughout, and that only makes their stories more compelling. 

This is a book that I’ll readily give 5 stars to, and recommend.  This is another book that is an enjoyable, entertaining, and still appropriate read!

*I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review.  I was provided the book by Baker Publishing Group, Bethany House Division, free of charge so that I could read and review.  These are opinions are mine and mine only!

The Results Are In…

So, I had my scope done today.  The results are in, it’s official:  I have an ulcer.

Oh, wait…that’s not right.

I have THREE ulcers!

Cool huh?  I know it’s not really cool, but bear with me, I’m still a little drugged up and feeling happy and loopy.  And knowing that I have not one, but three ulcers, makes me feel pretty justified in spending the money to go to the doctor. 

Does anyone do that?  Feel guilty about going to the doc and thinking they’re wasting the family income?  I do.  And so I feel better about that $50 copay I just paid, knowing that there really, TRULY is something going on, and it’s not me just being a wimp.  Kind of me being a wimp, but not 100% wimp-dom.

Now I’m just waiting on the results of another test to determine if the ulcer is bacteria-caused, or something else.  I’m betting something else, but we’ll see!  Either way, it’s SO nice to know for sure and have it out of the way.  Now to treat the sucker. 

My Munchkin is so cute.  She told her teacher today that her mom was in the hospital because of a hole in the stomach.  Her poor teacher was really worried about me lol. I’ll have to ease her mind when I go in to volunteer tomorrow.

Okay, I realize I’m rambling.  Gotta love sedation.  You wanna know something funny?  I asked the nurse about the sedation, and she said they call it the Michael Jackson juice.  It was kinda funny.  And when I woke up, I couldn’t stop laughing.  They said people are usually out of it when they wake up, but not filled with laughter.  So I don’t know what happened there.

Okay, really.  I’m done.  Unless you want me to post a picture of the ulcers?  I got a copy! ha ha, just kidding I won’t do that.

Cleaning for a Reason

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