Monthly Archives: June 2010

Thoughtful Thursday


“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”

“I do not pray for success; I ask for faithfulness.”

“We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness.  God is the friend of silence.  See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence.  We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

(photo courtesy)

I’m a mean, mean mom 3 comments


My 7-year old, Munchkin keeps telling me she is part cat, and meows all the time. It drives me nuts, so I told her I’m taking her to the vet tomorrow to get looked at and taken care of. I thought she knew I was joking until she burst into tears and said “I don’t want an operation so I can’t have kittens!”

 (By the way, I promised her we wouldn’t go to the vet as long as she doesn’t start growing a tail and/or fur.)


Versatile Blog Award 5 comments

Well, cool beans, I was recently awarded with the Versatile Blogger Award!  I’m a total sucker for these awards too, in case you don’t remember from last time.:-)
Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to Natalie A. for this honor.  It really, truly, made my day to receive this award, I will accept it very happily and gratefully!!!  By the way, if you like giveaways, be sure to head on over to her blog, as it is chock FULL of awesome giveaways.:-)
Here are the rules for this award: 
  1. Thank the person who gave you this award. 
  2. Share 7 things about yourself. 
  3. Pass the award along to 15 bloggers who you have recently discovered and who you think are fantastic! 
  4. Contact the bloggers you’ve picked and let them know about the award. 
7 Things About Me:
  1. I don’t like granola, but when I start eating it I have a hard time stopping.  It’s so weird tasting and dry, but there’s something in there that makes me want more.  I try to eat granola for breakfast most days, and I dread it, but come breakfast time, I have to keep myself from over eating!
  2. I desperately want to own my own business.  I’ve started up small businesses here and there SO many times!  I still remember fun nights with my newlywed husband making homemade candles.  I remember signing up for photography classes so I could make it a profession.  I sold on ebay for years.  I loved, LOVED having a house to fix up, rent and then sell!  My latest and greatest scheme will be coming soon, I’m sure.
  3. I love gardening.  I’m not good at it, but I enjoy it.  It’s like a therapy.  Just today I tortured myself and fertilized the whole thing with fish poop.  My entire backyard smells now…:-)
  4. I LOVE kool-aid.  It’s the perfect summer drink!
  5. I spend probably 30 minutes every night picking at my bed…I can’t stand feeling anything except smooth on it.  Before going to bed, I’ll rip all the blankets and pillows off and feel the entire bed with my hands to make sure I don’t feel dirt, crumbs, dust, or whatever.  I’ll pick at the lint UNDER the sheet on the mattress sometimes, because I can’t sleep with the slightest bit of lump!  As for big lumps like clothes piled on the bed, no problem!
  6. I love to can.  When I got a pressure canner for my birthday a year ago, I bawled like a baby.  I don’t think I’ve ever cried over a gift before.  My lil’ brother thought I was nuts, I’m sure. 
  7. Music is the way to my heart.  ‘Nuff said.  I LOVE MUSIC.
And now, the 15 blogs I have chosen to honor with the award:
  • Service Soapbox – This is actually a group of bloggers who have formed this group, and they’re all about performing local services to those in need! 
  • My Kids Eye View – This site is chock-full of frugal activities going on around the valley to keep your kids busy! (Salt Lake City)
  • Eat From Your Pantry – so many frugal recipes that taste WONDERFUL!
  • Love That Max – a blog about kids with special needs…the mom who writes this blog is amazing…
  • Tidbits from the Tremaynes – creative, funny, talented!!!  This blog is sure to put a smile on your face.
  • Speaking on the Spectrum – if you know someone with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, this blog is for you…all the latest news relating to Autism and those who suffer from it.
  • Party Perfect – Planning a party?  This is seriously the only blog you need.  I think there may be millions of ideas on here!
  • Lisa’s Gluten Free Advice – so much information if you have to eat a special diet.  The author really puts her heart into this blog.
  • Icy Violets – I’m a food blog sucker…and this one just happens to rock!  Her recipes are delectable and inspiring, and….YUMMY!
  • Dede’s Crafty Kids – this is my girl’s blog, but I swear I’m not picking it because of that.  This is a blog for kids, written by a kid.  My 7-year old daughter creates projects and then posts about them.  There are so many cute crafts on there! 
  • One Cheap Chick – matter of fact, to the point, this blog is a wealth of information regarding frugal living….she’s also my source for any recalls that come up. 
  • Favorite Family Recipes – I’ve made half a dozen recipes from this blog, and I’ve not ONCE been disappointed! 
  • Ink Dots – The gal who writes this blog also writes historical Christian fiction!  
  • The Thrifty Nifty Crafter – so many fun crafts for women to do!  And very thrifty, as the name promises:-)
  •  Everyday Living – from a stay at home dad comes weight loss tips with a dose of humor as he helps us get through the journey of every day living!

Congratulations to all those who won this fabulous award!:-)  And thank you again to  Natalie A. for passing it on to me.

    Treasure Hunts…a perfect summer activity! 2 comments

     My daughter loves, LOVES treasure hunts.  And she loves doing them when friends come over.  In fact, she’s known for them.  We had a gal over today and the very first thing she said to me was “can we do a treasure hunt?”  I was able to say yes because I’d prepared it the night before, but it isn’t always the case!

    So….if you need something to do, treasure hunts are easy and cheap fun!  I decided that since we do so many, I need to keep copies of my clues so I don’t have to continually keep making new ones.  I’ll share them here so you can use them yourself! (My daughter is 7 and her friend is 6, so these are for around that age, but hopefully it will give you some ideas.)  Some of the clues are complete nonsense, others not so much.  I just tried to make them rhyme lol.
    Here ya go:
    •  It’s time for a treasure hunt, yippee!! The first clue is under a tree.       
    • You got that quick, good for you! The next clue is in a cup that’s blue. 
    • You are so cute, you little ham! The next clue is right near the jam.           
    • You are so quick!  Zoom, zoom. Now go to the room with a broom. 
    • Way to go, and way to think! The next clue is by a sink.               
    • You’re growing fast, like a tree.  Next clue is where you might see a bee. (in my flower bed)
    • You must have a super power! Now go and find the flour.            
    • That’s great.  Give yourself a pat.  The next clue is under a mat. 
    • You’re so cute!  Are you a bug?  Find a clue under a rug.          
    • You’re doing great…but still gotta go!  Go to the place with playdough. 
    • You getting tired?  You need a drink?  Get one in the room that’s pink.  (I put a drink for each of them in that room, just so they could have a break and a snack.)        
    • You guys can really cook!  Next clue is in a book. (a book in my room)
    • Wow, you’re both the best!   Now go to where Munchkin gets dressed.            
    • You’re doing good, no need to hide.  Next clue is under the slide. 
    • You’re the fastest I’ve ever seen!   Now search on the trampoline.             
    • Awesome job; you’re almost done! Go to a place that needs a lot of sun. (garden)
    • One clue left, will you find it? It’s on a place that you will sit.
    • Quickly now, quiet as a mouse.  Find the clue in the big playhouse.
    • You did so well; you’re really sweet.  Come to the living room to find your treat!      
    *Enjoy! If you’ve got any cute rhyme ideas, please share. I don’t want to always use ONLY these:-)

    Oh, and PS.  They did some water color too.  It’s the only picture I have from the playdate!

    Hearts Awakening book review

    I recently read the book, Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr.

    Set in the mid 1800’s in Pennsylvania, this is a story of two very different people in desperate situations, working together to solve both of their problems, albeit in quite an un- traditional way. Life has left few choices for Elvira Kilmer.  Her hopes for marriage and a family have long since passed her by.  She needs work.  And Jackson Smith needs a housekeeper.

    I enjoyed this book.  It was a real feel-good story; a story about the beauty within.  A bit predictable, but still entertaining and fun.  Elvira’s character was sweet, and sad, and I felt my heart go out to her.  As I’ve said before, I LOVE a book that is “appropriate”.  I appreciated being able to read without worrying about foul language or sexual scenes.  I’m giving this book 4 stars.

    *I received no monetary compensation for my opinion.  I was provided the book free of charge by Bethany House Publishing.  My opinions are mine, and mine alone.