Saturday, December 31, 2011
12 - Get back to blogging regularly!! I think my problem is that I dont' know where I fit in. I homeschool. I am Christian. I love to cook. I'm a mom. I love to read. I love to write. I LOVE fashion. I am single and dating. I am plus-sized. I try to be a couponer & frugal. So it just feels so unfocused and tangential and all over the place - so I wonder, where would I fit in? But I decided just to blog what I want, how I want - and hopefully someone will get something out of it!!
11 - I really want to get my FLYLADY group up and running again. My friends (these a-ma-zing women) who I really admire and I used to meet several times a year and keep in touch daily via FB or Yahoo group. We still talk but it's not the same FlyLady support as it used to be. No better time of year. This "life challenge" also includes FOLLOWING FlyLady - getting organized, menu planning, etc.
10 - Eat more healthfully (more veggies, less crap) Drink less pop, much less fast food
09- Move more!
08- Do something NEW! Join a book club, take a class - do something to become more sociable.
07- Become better at my job. I learn new things all the time - now I want to be more organized with paperwork, more meticulous, more professional, etc.
06- Read a minimum of 52 books this year. To some of you that sounds like nothing! But for me it is a good challenge number, seeing as I read 40-some books last year & felt like I didn't read very much.
05- Get to know more people from my church. 1700+ members and I know a handful by name. I'm very shy to say the least, but getting into church activities & small groups should mend this!
04- Make Jennah (my oldest) feel special (she is the best 15 year old ever - & due to her perfect grades and sweet countenance, she gets overlooked somewhat as my attention is demanded by the other two)
03- Make homeschooling more fun for Em (she is doing an online accredited homeschool program now & while she is doing well, she's definitely not excited about it - so this is something I need to work on for the rest of the year)
02- Become more involved in Bible Studies (*see #1)
01- I've been doing the Beth Moore Bible study on the book of James. It has been so remarkably incredible and not only have I been touched by the teachings, but by the people in my study group as well. I haven't been as active in the group as I should have been - but their support through the study has been amazing. One of the biggest themes in the book of James is that of WORKS. Faith without works is useless. 2012 will be a year of WORKS.
I'm sure I forgot something important! :) I always do.....
Happy New Year!
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
I LOVE my life. I have incredible children. An amazing family and extended family. Wonderful friends. And so many Internet friends who bring such joy, wisdom, and community into my life. Right now it's just the job that overshadows everything.
So ........ my hours were cut, yet again. I will make just enough to survive on, barely. And I am ok with that. There are people all over the world that quantify the word "enough" with a temporary structure for a home, one change of clothing, water they have to walk a mile for and boil before drinking, and a burlap sack of rice. My "enough" is a kingdom compared to this. And I try never, ever to forget that.
Anyway - so why am I complaining on my blog? LOL!!! I just want to do an about-face and make this blog more about how to do more with less. How to make people and situations more important and "things" less important.
I also intend to really utilize those drug store bargains and grocery coupon near-freebies work for me in a tangible way. I am going to pick and choose those that will give my family the most bang for my buck!
This week the only thing I'm doing is the Rite Aid Pantene deal. 2/7 and there is a 2 dollar +up reward making them 2/5 and there was a coupon in Sunday's paper for 3 dollars off - which will make Pantene 1 dollar per bottle. I have +up rewards from last week to pay for the 2 bucks.
I spent most of my life being in the throng of shoppers on Black Friday. The past ten years or so whipping out my credit card on Cyber Monday. Was it hard not to do it this year? I won't lie - yeah - a little bit. But not enough to matter :)
Thursday, November 24, 2011
My hours have been cut at work recently, and I know that Christmas morning my family won't see as many presents under the tree as they did the past few years. But for each gift that is left on the store shelf, I plan to exchange with a few traditions. Baking together. Making Christmas ornaments. Reading aloud of "A Christmas Carol".
The special man in my life (Mr. Military) is in Afghanistan right now, and will be for the next year. Knowing that technology enables me to hear from him more frequently than women did in the past who were privy to only letters also makes me thankful. Knowing that he is thinking of me and that I can give him any source of comfort in his current situation, makes me humble.
My children are all remarkable human beings. Jennah has a brilliant mind and a compassionate heart. Jacob is full of humor and mischief, yet finds simple ways to show me his love. Emily is steadfast and true, dependable and gentle.
My family is crazy and dysfunctional (in the best way!) but loyal and loving. When it comes down to it, there is nothing we would not do for one another. I'm proud to be a part of it.
My friends are hard-working, respectful, dependable confidants. They bring me laughter, love, and a further sense of stability in life.
I have no place in my life to complain, not even for one bitter, thoughtless moment. I am blessed beyond measure and God has seen fit to give me this life.
Psalm 136:1 1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Rite Aid - 1st Trip
1 pair of ear buds (asked for by my daughter) 5 dollars (receive 5 dollars back in +up rewards)
2 bottles of Revlon Top Speed nail polish (for myself!) 6 dollars (receive 4 back in +up)
2 Dove deoderants (a necessity with 3 girls) 4 dollars (receive 2 back in +up)
2 Wet N Wild 9-piece Little Luxuries nail polish (Christmas gifts) 6 dollars (receive 4 +up)
1st trip: Out of pocket cost: $21 dollars - receive back in +up $17.50
Rite Aid - 2nd Trip
1.99 for 18-pack of Scunci bands (Stocking stuffers) (get 1.99 in +up)
1.50 for 2 Hot Wheels (stocking stuffer for my nephew) (get .50 +up)
5.00 for 2 Secret deoderant (get 3 in +up)
Fuzzy socks 4/2 (stocking stuffers)
2/3 throws (always need more blankets!)
3/2 VO5 shampoo & conditioner (get 1 +up)
Out of pocket - ZERO (pay with +ups) and receive back 6.50 +ups for next week
Walgreen - 1st Trip
2 Secret Body Splashes (ss for girls) 7.50 (get 550 back)
Revlon lip gloss (for me!) 4.99 (get 4 back)
Covergirl Wetslicks (ss for girl) 3.99 (get 2)
Out of pocket cost: 16.50 & get 11.50 back in rewards
Walgreen - 2nd Trip
Walgreen pain reliever PM .99 cents w/ coupon x2 = 1.98 (I use these)
32-count eyeshadow kid (Gift for daughter) 2.99
Tuf paper towels x2 w/ coupon = .78 cents
Oral B toothbrush 1.50 (get 1.50 back)
Cottonell bath tissue 12-pack 3.24 (with WG coupon & .75 manu q)
2/3 Scunci hair bands (more ss) (get 3 in rewards)
Out of pocket 75 cents! Rewards for next week $4.50
So for $37.50 I will have:
6 small Christmas gifts
12 stocking stuffers
2 bottles of nail polish and a Revlon lip gloss for myself
4 sticks of deoderant
12 rolls of toilet paper
2 bottles of pain reliever PM
3 bottles of shampoo/conditioner
and another 11 in rewards to spend next week :)
I know I am not the best shopper and definitely not a coupon queen - I am sure that many others will show better deals and spend nearly nothing - but I am happy with what I can do with what I have!!
Sunday, September 18, 2011
SUNDAY: Today I am going to make a pot of soup. There is a chill in the air that none of us can deny and it always makes me crave soup!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I've been really fearful lately. I've been saturating my thoughts and actions with the rapidly spinning whirlwind of my emotions. I worry about my finances. I worry about how my children are growing up. I worry that the man in my life doesn't truly love me. I worry that my health may fail. I worry about my parents. I worry about not knowing. I worry that I worry too much. I worry that I will have a breakdown.
But I am a strong woman. I sometimes forget that. I am strong because my foundation is the Lord. He is my strength, my help, my calm in any storm. He is what holds me up when I am falling apart. If God is for me, who can be against me? What can I NOT get past?
I am also re-reading the book of John. It seems to be the absolute best place to start reading the Bible. After that I am going to re-read the book of Acts. My church is in the middle of a big move. They purchased a building, but before they can move in, they are currently utilizing the local high school. Reading Acts, seeing how the first churches were "built" - well, it just feels timely!
I feel a little lost right now - but I know where to look in order to find my way again. The Lord is steadfast and will never let me down. He is always good.
There is nothing worse than not knowing (i.e. feeling insecure or unstable) to get my emotions to defeat me. I feel like I"m currently in a battle with my emotions. They are trying to overrun me.
One thing I heard today on a Joyce Meyer CD really made me think. I am paraphrasing: It's not what you do when you are at church that shows what type of Christian you are - but what you do when you are all alone. She said to tell yourself 20 times a day: God is right here with me! He sees what I am doing right now! I put something away in the wrong spot at the grocery store today because I was too lazy to walk back to the right place. I looked around to make sure no one was watching before I slid it on the shelf. But you know what? God was watching. HE knew what I did.
Sorry I am rambling. I have so much going on in this battlefield I call my mind.
I've been thinking about death a lot lately. My grandmother passed away 2 months ago, my Dad wrote his will, all of the tornadoes, tsunamis, and tornadoes.... It makes me realize how delicate life is.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
These were found in the comments here:
PointsPlus™ Value: 1
Preparation Time: 10 min
Cooking Time: 12 min
Level of Difficulty: Easy
1 1/2 cup(s) Egg Beaters Southwestern, refrigerated
1/4 cup(s) onion(s)
3 serving(s) John Morrell canadian bacon
1/2 cup(s) low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup(s) spinach
Wilt spinach in boiling water for 3-5 minutes. Drain and squeeze excess water out with paper towels.
Mix together all ingredients and pour into 12 greased muffin cups.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes or until center is firm.
Notes: Spray muffin pan really well – Pam for Baking works best. Let muffins cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing.
No-Cook Asian Peanut Sauce
Makes 6 servings
PointsPlus™ value | 2 per serving
* 1/4 cup creamy natural peanut butter*
* 3 Tbsp reduced-sodium vegetable broth
* 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
* 1 Tbsp rice vinegar
* 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
* 1 Tbsp minced peeled fresh ginger
* 2 tsp toasted sesame oil
* 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
* 1 tsp hot red pepper sauce, such as Tabasco sauce
* 1/2 tsp sugar
* Whisk all the ingredients together in a medium bowl until smooth and creamy. To store, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days; whisk before using again.
Serving size: 2 tablespoons
Asian Lettuce Wraps
Sorry, I don’t have actual measurments for this, as I didn’t follow a recipe, but here goes:
About 16 onz lean ground turkey
2 cloves of garlic
1 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1 shallot – finely chopped
1 large carrot – jullienned
1 cup bagged coleslaw
1 cup -ish chopped fresh mushrooms
one large handful of chopped cilantro
3 Tbsp hoisin sauce
1/2 tsp chinese 5 spice powder
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 head of bibb lettuce
Spritz a non stick pan with some olive oil. Cook the garlic, ginger and shallot until soft. Add the ground turkey. Cook until browned. Add carrots, mushrooms and coleslaw and cook until wilted. Add hoisin, 5 spice powder, soy sauce, cilantro and sesame oil. Heat through.
Serve in lettuce leaves.
So I start and stop. Start and stop. Start and stop. I don’t know if I’m a failure because I keeping giving up or determined because I keep coming back.
I have gained back 5 or 6 pounds since February. I could beat myself up over it or I could just accept it and move on. There have been so many changes in my life
in t his short period of time that I’m surprised that I can even keep up, let alone get back on track. But I’m ready. Most definitely ready.
The place where I work had a monumental event happen in March and 31 people out of 40 people were let go. Praise God I am still there; however, they are
filing for bankruptcy and hoping to carry on – but my job is still in a very precarious position. So that is super stressful.
I’m also in a long-distance relationship and having a whole lot of trouble keeping negative thoughts out of my head. If he misses a phone call or doesn’t
text me with the same amount of exuberance I text him with – all of a sudden my mind is telling me he is cheating, that he doesn’t love me, that I don’t
deserve him, etc. etc. Even though I know he’s a good Christian man, my gut is just telling me there is something wrong. Whether it is because I am very
insecure due to a lifetime of being overweight, or if there is something more to it than that – I just don’t know yet. So my emotions are just going wild.
So lately I have been immersing myself in the Word and in Bible study. I am reading Joyce Meyer’s “Battlefield of the Mind” and she just has a way of
making me understand the Bible. I have also been reading (on my Nook, which I love) “Made to Crave”, which is about turning to God instead of food
when you are depressed, sad, celebrating, etc.
Anyway – I joined a 90-day challenge through my church, which starts the first week of June. I really need the added help because I am really struggling.
I’m sorry I keep disappearing and coming back. I hope to stick around for good this time.
Friday, April 29, 2011
Welcome to Menu Plan Monday, hosted by the Org Junkie! Here is my menu for the week:
I really and truly want this bag from handbag heaven:
I think the reason why I want this is because of a post I read of Case's yesterday - where she paired a bubblegum pink tank with a gray shrug and pink flower-broach. Really cute.
I also want a pair of wedges - but I have "weak ankles" - aka I've sprained them each about ten times and broken the left one twice. HOWEVER - that doesn't make me not want cute shoes.
I most definitely want to try out a couple of the looks from Fab Finds Under $50's May Inspiratrion Calendar!
I also want some espadrilles, lettuce-edged tanks, a new maxi dress, and some black summery shoes with a flower on top - something like these and these pink ones are cute too!
So these are a few of my favorite (coveted) things - what are yours?
By the way - the only thing I will be adding to my wardrobe this week is 2 lettuce-edged tanks from Fashion Bug - IF I can use my coupon that is ;)
*Edited to add: I did go to Fashion Bug! I got a black tank top with small sequins all over the front, a black pj top with cherries on it (already have pj pants) a purple lace and lettuce-edged tank top, and a black and white tank top - used my coupon plus b1g150% off - total? 37 dollars!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
I turned 41 last week. I've made a whole lot of changes in the past year! There are still a lot more that I need to make.
My best friend in the world came to visit me about 10 days ago. We had a great time just doing fun girly things. Made me realize how much I miss spending time with my girlfriends! I will most definitely be accepting invitations now instead of always turning them down. My bestest and I went to downtown Detroit for an authentic Greek dinner with a couple of my other close friends and my sister, then hit the casino. (Not my scene - but an adventure and fun nonetheless!) We went to a mall I've never been to and a store I have never gone to before that I adore (Torrid). Went to an indoor trade center, several restaurants, and out to a bar with an old friend. I miss her bunches!
Last week my Sweetheart and I spent several days together over my birthday. He spoiled me rotten. What a guy. *sigh* He has a way of making me laugh with just a look. He makes me feel loved, cared for, and even (gasp!) beautiful. He's breaking down walls - I'm tellin ya! There are still a few remaining, but I know those will be gone with time as well. I love this man more than I can express in words.
Anyway - on to the nitty gritty for the rest of the week!
Tuesday: Roast chicken, rice pilaf, steamed veggies & green salad
Wednesday: Priya's Chicken Vindaloo over rice with a side of green beans
Friday: Having a "girls night" with my daughters - so I'm thinking we will have something fun, like tacos, fresh veggies and dip.
My TA DO list for the rest of the week: