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Budget Saving Tips

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Tips for saving $$$

Make a monthly menu plan.  This is huge, make a list of all ingredients needed, check and see what you have in your home already.  Make a list of the items you do need.  It will blow you mind how much this cuts down on the grocery bill
 
Shop loss leader items
 
Stock up on sales
 
Make your own laundry soap and cleaning products (super easy and cheap!!!)
 
Cook and debone your own chicken breasts in a crock pot.  Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery and whatever herbs you like and make great health stock at the same time
 
Prepare your own mixes: spices, biscuit/Bisquick, muffins, cookie dough, marinara sauce
 
Parboil potatoes, peel and shred then freeze for hash browns
 
Blanch/freeze diced vegetables once a month for economical, fast and healthier options when cooking
 
Buy meats on last sale date, big savings
 
Buy cheese in bulk store, grate in food processor and freeze (much cheaper and healthier than buying pre-shredded)
 
Share a membership to a warehouse store with a friend.  Every membership has two access cards.  Split the cost and reap the savings
Make it a practice to double your recipes and put 1/2 of each in the freezer for another day
 
Get together with some friends and each of you make a few of the same recipe and then swap them out so everyone takes home a few new dishes to try
 
Shred zucchini in the summer and fall months, bag and freeze for making breads, muffins and cakes with in the winter and spring.  Do the same for bananas as the start to brown for same purpose
 
Got picky eaters, cook vegetables and them puree them with the some of the liquid cooked with and pour into ice cube trays. 
 
 
Once froze, place in freezer storage bag.  Add to recipes and your loved ones will be none the wiser but will receive the nutritional value
 
Take chicken broth from cooking chicken in crock pot and place in ice cube trays.  Once froze place in storage bag/container.  You will always have broth at the ready that is health and very low in sodium but high in flavor
 
Make your own baby food, cook fruits, veggies, meals and desserts.  Puree in blender then freezer in ice cube trays.  Store in plastic bags.  Defrost as needed.  Not only is this a cheaper option, your child is developing a taste for the foods your family eats
 
Cook big batches of rice and place in containers and freeze.  You can pull it out and thaw before usage.  A great time saver.  DOES NOT WORK WELL FOR PASTA
 
Precook hamburger with onions, garlic and peppers, then freeze in serving size baggies/containers for quick usage
 
Grow your own vegetables/herbs either in a garden or in containers
 
Turn the heat down when not at home or at night
 
Sign-up for daily updates on free or reduced e-books (if you are a Kindle app reader)
 
Use a crock pot, microwave or grill to cook as much as possible
 
Dry clothes outside on a clothes line whenever weather permits 
 
Your oven and dryer are your two largest electricity consumers  as far as appliances go

 Websites that I frequent or follow, many cover multiple areas listed below:

Recipes/Cooking

http://www.budget101.com

http://www.grocery101.com

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

wwwfavfamilyrecipes.com

http://www.chocolatechocolateandmore.com

http://www.myrecipemagic.com

 

Frugal Living/Make Your Own

http://www.budget101.com

http://www.theprariehomestead.com

http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com

http://www.thethriftycouple.com

http://www.thehumbledhomemaker.com

http://www.staceymakescents.com

http://www.passionatepennypincher.com

 

Christian Living/Wife/Mom Stuff

http://www.timewarpwife.com

http://www.thehumbledhomemaker.com

http://www.unveiledwife.com

http://www.club31women.com

http://www.homewiththeboys.net

http://www.mobsociety.com

http://www.thebettermom.com

 

Free Educational/Homeschool Stuff

http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com

http://www.smartappsforkids.com

 

Christian E-books

http://www.gospelbooks.com

http://www.vesselproject.com

http://www.christianbook.com/page/ebooks/free-ebooks?view_all=1

 

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Blessings, Marilyn

We Still Do

We Still Do (2)Today is the day I pledged my life to a dashing young military man with a tender heart, wicked quick wit, beautiful eyes that talk to you and amazing legs :).  The future was bright and clear.  We were young, innocent and naive’.

Here we are 29 years later. Those roads were not always bright and clear.  There have many twists and turns:  nearly loosing Brett in a military accident a few months after we married, military life, loosing our first child in miscarriage, being blessed with the our first son, stresses the nearly tore us apart, Brett’s return to college, finally coming home to our roots, having two more  boys, learning to and still having to navigate in the disability world in order to help one of our sons, trying to find jobs with stability, benefits and pay, w e moved a number of times before finally settling in and planting roots.  All in all, normal life stuff.

We have been blessed with three wonderful young men.  It has been rewarding to watch our boys grow and become young men who love and follow Christ.  Our lives have been enriched with family, both genetic and spiritual, as well as friends.  The Lord has provided work that my husband loves and excels at.  He topped that sundae off with a rich hot fudge, known as an amazing boss and friend for my husband.  I have been blessed to spend the majority of our years at home being a wife and mom, which is my joy.  We have an amazing local body of believers to serve in, to love and to be loved by.

God has been so very good to us, so much more than we deserve.  We truly would not be celebrating this day, this anniversary without Christ being the center of our home.  He is the glue that has held us together in both the good and the difficult times.

I can assure you, I got the better deal.  I am however, very thankful for Mac’s patience, his faithfulness, his leadership and his love.

A number of years ago, we received these words from Family Life Today.  I want this said about us:

We Still Do 
Is there anything more beautiful than a young boy and girl clasping clean hands and pure hearts at the doorway of marriage? Yes!!
An even more beautiful spectacle is an old man and woman finishing together on the same path were their journey began.  Their hands are gnarled, but still clasped.  Their faces are seamed, but still radiant.  Their hearts are worn, but still devoted.  Yes, more beautiful than young love is old love.
 
On the back side:
  • How can we truly embrace, enjoy and preserve such a holy, awesome promise as our marriage covenant?
  • Realize our marriage is a reflection of the character of God and not the convenience of our culture.
  • Accept our spouse as a gift from God and as part of His good plan for us.
  • Build an enduring legacy that lasts for generations.
  • Repent of our lax attitudes toward divorce
  • Go the distance!!
                   Pray together every day as a couple
                   Solidify our vows by signing a marriage covenant
                   Help others keep their covenants
                   Do what we promised in our vows

Food for Thought on Marriage

This morning, after getting the kids off to school, running a couple of errands and a brief meeting I came home and opened up my email.  In it was this blog entry from Lisa Jacobson at Club 31 Women.  It is geared to younger brides than I but it spoke to me as well.

Just like Scripture, there are always new truths to be revealed and times of reflection and evaluation are needed.

It both encouraged me and convicted me in my relationship with my husband.  I never want to settle for the status quo.  I want our relationship to continue to grow and thrive.

Do you have someone who will pray over your marriage with you?  A friend who will hold you accountable for how you pursue not only your husband but your walk with Christ?  I pray you do.  If not, start asking the Lord to send you that someone.

Here are Lisa’s words:

25 Tips I Want to Share with Younger Wives
1.    Hold hands whenever you can. We do and always have. We’ll clasp hands when sitting next to each other on the couch, while we’re driving along in the car, and when we’re out walking. A simple connecting that goes a long way.
2.    Pray for him every day. Faithfully. What better gift than to offer up a prayer for him? Ask God to bless him, protect him, and work in his life.
3.    Look for the many ways to love on him. Small gifts and thoughtful gestures. Those little things that say, I love you and I’m thinking of you.
4.    Make friends with people who’ll encourage your marriage. Surround yourself with those who will support and pray for you both as you grow together.
5.    And avoid those who pull against you. If they were friends, I’d ditch them altogether. It’s harder with extended family members, but I’d dodge those as much as possible too.
6.    Go to the Word of God for the best marriage counseling. You can get good advice from others, but there’s no replacing the loving, powerful Truth to be found in Scripture.
7.    Cultivate your friendship. Marriage isn’t merely a business deal.
8.    Never give up on each other. People go through difficult seasons and we get to persevere through them. Don’t let go.
9.    Confess your sins to one another. Doesn’t help to smooth it over; instead repent and ask forgiveness. (Jas. 5:16)
10.   And then forgive freely. (Col. 3:13)
11.    Be patient with him. Love is long-suffering, remember? (I Cor. 13:4)
12.   Show him respect. It’s in the Bible. And it’s what he needs (Col. 3:18).
13.   Leave off with the complaining. It only drags the both of you down (Phil. 2:14).
14.   Focus on those things which are true, pure, and lovely. (Phil. 4:8)
15.   Speak kindly to him. Gracious words are sweet to the soul (Prov. 16:24).
16.   Let the little irritations go. Is it really worth bothering about? Probably not.
17.   Keep the home fires burning. Intimacy is still important. Yes, even long after the honeymoon.
18.   Stand by your man. You’ll probably find loyalty toward the top of his list.
19.   Make loving him your priority. Over your job, your friends, your extended family. Even over your children.
20.   Give him – and yourself – room to grow. I know that we’re not done growing yet and I’m guessing you two aren’t either.
21.   Express appreciation for the man that he is. Be an encouraging voice in that otherwise thankless world he lives in.
22.   Protect your marriage. Value your relationship for the treasure that it really is.
23.   Never leave off with kissing. No matter how old you grow. My husband’s 80-year-old parents still kiss each other goodbye – on the lips!
24.   Decide you’re going to stick together. With God’s help, you’re going to stay together throughout the years. (Mark 10:9)
25.   Put on love. Above all things. (Col. 3:14)
May you be blessed with a truly beautiful marriage!
In His grace,
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Role Models and Opening Day :)

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I am so excited, today is officially the opening day of the 2014 season for the St. Louis Cardinals.  To top the day off, my favorite Cardinal, pitcher Adam Wainwright gets the start.

I love Adam for the fierce competitor that he is, his work ethic is amazing.  He is one of the leaders of the Cardinal Clubhouse.  I love to watch Adam pitch and strike batters out and swing his bat in awesome offence.🙂

But my favorite things about Adam are off the field.  Adam is a great husband and father to his little girls.  He and his family are very generous with their time, talents and the money God has blessed them with, from feeding the hungry in the communities/states they live, to helping obtain fresh and clean water that is safe to use in third world countries to the orphanage they are a part of building in Haiti.  Check out his charity’s website: http://www.wainosworld.com

My favorite attribute about Adam though is his heart that has been transformed by a personal friendship with Jesus Christ.  It is why he does what does and is who he is.  He is a life that has been transformed by a relationship with the Living God.  I love how vibrant Adam is about his sharing his faith.  Adam’s number one priority is his relationship with his Savior, his family, then his passion for baseball.

Adam is only one of numerous St. Louis Cardinal players, coaches and organizational leadership who have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  You can see the difference this makes in their team mentality, the mentor ship of young players from older ones, the closeness this clubhouse shares as well as their involvement in giving back to their community and humanity as a whole.

Our middle son and I are started following the Cardinals when one of our favorite players was traded to them.  Since then we have fallen in love with St. Louis and it’s deep roots and love for baseball and it’s history.  

We also appreciate the strong men of faith on the team and in their organization.  A cool book our son and I read entitled “Intentional Walk, The Faith That Drives The Saint Louis Cardinals”  It was a very good read.  (Available on Kindle.) 

In a world were so many athletes and celebrities are the last ones you want your children to look up to, we appreciate have men of substance and value who continually point the honor and glory to their Heavenly Father.  Men who are humble and gracious.  Men who desire to be a godly example, to be the spiritual leader in their homes and communities.  

Thanks to Adam and the boys for being a godly role models.  We in this home deeply appreciate it.

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