Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
So after I made that shop, I asked God how to promote it and He told me to make a Facebook page. Okie Dokie Lord- done.
Then as I was getting dressed to leave to run errands for the day He told me to wear the Proverbs 3:5 pendant I have for sale in my shop. Okie Dokie Lord- done.
About an hour or so later I get this notification from my ETSY store and the subject line is : Proverbs 3:5 Pendant. Out of all the stuff I am selling in my shop, THAT one pendant is the subject line (You can't make this God stuff up!). That lady asked if it was possible to order more than one pendant at a time.
She ordered 16 pendants.
Is God amazing or what??
I know God has big plans for this- I just need to follow His lead. :) Oh and if you don't mind too much, please look on the left side column of this blog and LIKE my Facebook page. I need 50 people and then I can get a custom link for it. Thanks and have a great week!
Ok, back to our regularly scheduled blogging- Here are some words from my Pastor.
Fill the Earth
Read: John 2:1-12
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"- II Corinthians 5:17
You have heard the saying, if life gives you lemons make lemonade. This concept makes sense so what about changing lemons to wine. Still a possibility but what about changing water into wine. This idea is altering nothing into something. This is God's invention of changing empty to full. We can wish for impossibilities and pray for an eternal answer.
We are to trust with patience and strength and know that God knows all of our needs. His answer is not contingent on you. The direction your life will turn will be at the Lord's discretion and good judgment. Either your choice in the matter will fulfill God's intent or delay God's will.
One particular day Mary asked Jesus for a basic need of wine for the wedding feast. She did not give explanation or a long justification of her necessity. She simply stated the conflict and difficulty and then just waited. She knew she was starting with nothing but depended on Jesus and believed her God would fill all the empty spaces and satisfy the needs of the people more than she imagined.
The more you follow after God's Love with praying and trusting and anticipation of God's will in your life the sooner you can be like Mary and live a life filled and centered on completeness through the Lord. Like Mary, you can become a vessel ready for what seems beyond your reach.
Friday, January 14, 2011
How I got $500 In Xbox Video Game System + 5 Games For FREE And MORE Stuff Too!! Get 70 FREE SWAGBUCKS Just For Joining!
Join Swagbucks Now and enter code: CouponsNGames or Hip2SaveGames (you may need to type it in — its also cAsE sEnSaTiVe) and you’ll start yourself off with 70 FREE Swag Bucks… thats a bonus 40 Swagbucks! I have no idea when they will end this promo so don't wait or you may lose out on this great offer!
For Christmas I got an XBox 360 game console and these games FREE:
Call Of Duty Black Ops
Lego Indiana Jones
Madden Football 10
Most of those games retail for $60.00. The X box game console alone retails for $199.99 so all of this would have cost over $500 with tax and shipping. I paid NOTHING.
I used my Swagbucks that I have stockpiled to buy the console first, then when I bought the console during one of Amazon's 'Lightning Deals' they were running during Christmas I also received a $60.00 video game credit. Just so happened they started running another deal and had Black ops for 50% off as well as Halo. Can you say 2 free video games that would have cost $60 plus tax at a store? It gets better.. when I 'bought' those 2 games I received $20.00 more in video game credit so I used that and more Swagbucks to 'buy' the other games which gave me another $10 in video game credit. How awesome is THAT??? There is no tax charged on Amazon.com and if you spend over $25.00 the shipping is free too.
I also used more Swagbucks to get these things FREE:
2 car chargers for our Ipod Touches
1 car charger for my son's Nintendo DSI
The Blind Side DVD
An extra controller for the X box
$25.00 I Tunes card
I am not kidding when I tell you how easy Swagbucks is to use. All I do is use their search engine and at times you get rewarded with various Swagbucks. Look at this one:
I win 1 Swag Buck a day by simply answering a question on their Daily Polls + I visit their ‘NOSO’ page, click ‘Start Earning’, ‘Skip’ or say ‘No’ to all offers and you’ll score 1 Swagbuck. If you download their toolbar you’ll earn 1 Swagbuck and also view the Trusted Surveys page and you’ll earn another 1 Swagbucks! There are offeres all over their page that get you free Swagbucks- you can view videos, look through some other offers and get a few here and there for NOTHING but a few minutes of your time. The surveys pay pretty well too!
During the day they usually release free codes that I try to post here (the alert for a free code, not the actual code because that is against the rules)
What is Swagbucks? It is a search engine where you earn bucks for redeeming FREE codes, doing searches, answering daily poll questions, referring friends, etc. to earn rewards such as gift cards and much more.
Even though Amazon.com has just about everything for sale, you can also buy a ton of other gift cards from their site. Check it out:
Buca di Beppo
Build A Bear
Carrabba’s Italian Grill
El Pollo Loco
Jack in the Box
Justice/ Limited Too
Legal Sea Foods
Lord & Taylor
Max & Erma’s
Regal Entertainment Group
Rock Bottom Restaurants
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
The Cheesecake Factory
The Home Depot
Now can you guys see why I love this Swagbucks thing so much? What an awesome tool to have in your frugal arsenal! I currently have another $100 in Amazon Gift Certificates available to use now but I think I will save them until there is something that I need or find a great deal on.
Click the SIGN UP on the widget below to join now and enter code: CouponsNGames or Hip2SaveGames (you may need to type it in — its also cAsE sEnSaTiVe) and you’ll start yourself off with 70 FREE Swag Bucks… thats a bonus 40 Swagbucks!
Thursday, January 13, 2011
In reality, grocery shopping is one of the best activities to see how frugal you are. Here are some of my best tips on saving money when grocery shopping. You will notice that I really do not mention coupons at all. Coupons are great when you have them and I would (and do) use them in addition to what is outlined below. Relying on coupons alone will not net you the kind of savings that I get.
I hope that these tips above have given you some ideas to get you started to be the kind of shopper that the markets don't like. It's fun being a rebel. LOL
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Envy is a resentful desire to have another’s superior possessions, achievements, or qualities.
I can admit it- there are times when I get green with envy and this little guy shows up.
Monday, January 10, 2011
Ok so my truck has been in need of tires for a month or so now. I have been looking for deals and comparing prices everywhere. Finally the day comes when I decide that the tires are bordering on being 'unsafe' so I know that I have to pull the trigger and buy some.
We call around again and get a whole different set of prices- for the same tires. Now I'm getting really aggravated. We finally go into America's Tires because they say that they will beat any price we can find. Okie dokie. When we get in they try the upsell on everything of course then give us a final price. 'Is that the BEST price you can do..?" "Yep that is ma'm" . Not happy with that answer my husband decides to make a quick phone call to another tire dealer in the area. One of the many that we have already called mind you. Wouldn't you know that their price came down $30.00 since we were already at a different tire place??? So- my husband mentions this fact to the current tire place that we are in and all of a sudden their 'Best price' magically came down that same $30.00. *sigh* What a racket! Now I realize that they just make up their prices as they go along because 90% of the time, people will just accept the first quoted price and pay the money. Those are the people who keep those places in business- DON'T BE ONE OF THEM!`
Also- another biggie... when looking for prices ALWAYS tell them that you want a price OUT THE DOOR INSTALLED WITH TAX. That is another trick they use. 'Oh you want those put on your car too? You didn't say that!' Good Lord... some people's kids, I tell ya!
Anyways, moral of this story as with everything else on my blog- Don't ever pay full price for anything!
Have a great Monday!
Sunday, January 9, 2011
What a great way to start the year out, hey?
Have a blessed Sunday everybody!
Saturday, January 8, 2011
A recipe for Amish bread for the bread machine may be pretty ironic, but it’s also pretty tasty!
How many of you know an Amish person with a bread machine, let alone electricity?? LOL
Anyways... I came across this recipe and I thought it looked great, Amish label aside. ;)
A bread machine is a kitchen appliance that when used regularly can help save money. The problem is that too many bread machines are collecting dust in a cupboard, where they’re taking up valuable space instead of doing what they’re supposed to be doing. So, get them out and fire them up! Besides, the smell of fresh bread is wonderful on cold, winter days. Here’s a simple, no-fail bread machine recipe adapted from old Amish Friendship Bread recipes:
2 3/4 C. flour
1/4 C. vegetable oil
1 tsp. bread machine yeast
1/4 C. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 C. + 2 Tbsp. warm water
For this recipe, set your bread machine settings to light crust. Makes a 1 1/2 lb. loaf. Enjoy!
Friday, January 7, 2011
My whole life I have been interested in gardening. Matter of fact I have had some sort of garden for as long as I have had a patch of dirt to call my own. Now, I am not that great at it, but there have been some years that I have been thrilled with the results.
Way back in the day I came across the book above. I was hooked. How easy the concept was! From then on that is the only way that I gardened. The biggest garden that I ever had was when I had eight 4 x 12 beds. Talk about a dream garden! Unfortunately in my current space I can only have several smaller 4 x 4 raised beds, but believe it or not there is a lot I can grow in that space.
Over the coming months I will (hopefully) be documenting my garden adventure with pictures and lots of helpful information. I can only pray that this year yields a better harvest than last year. For some reason nothing but the swiss chard took off. From what I hear many people had crappy years last year so here is hoping that this year will make up for it. If you happen to come across that book at a library or yard sale I highly suggest snagging it. This method of gardening is frugal and eliminates about 80% of the hard work that traditional gardening requires.
If the idea interests you at all, feel free to read the exerpt below and follow along as I begin my 2011 veggie garden adventure. :)
Planting and maintaining a productive garden doesn't have to be a "long row to hoe." In fact, chances are you'll never need a row, and you might as well retire the hoe. For so many of us now, it has become a thing of the past.
For these and other reasons we can thank Mel Barthomew. For gardeners the world over, the 1981 publication of his first book "Square Foot Gardening" changed the way we look at home vegetable gardening, stripping away many of the old uneccesary limitations we imposed on ourselves.
Up until then, for many gardeners, the kitchen garden had to look a certain way, and it had to be cared for in the prescribed manners. "Square Foot Gardening" (SFG) changed all of that. It made things simpler, cheaper, less damaging to our local environments and, in some cases, made the impossible possible.
1. The most obvious advantage, as indicated in the name, is this method's ability to produce the same amount of vegetables in less space. Far less space. In fact, you should harvest the same amount of vegetables in only 20% of the space you formerly used!
2. Less space also means less water-- roughly 10% of what might haved been used for the same plants in a conventional garden planted in rows. No expensive hoses or other watering equipment is necessary.
3. Maintaining the smaller space is far simpler, and there's no longer any need to walk in the growing areas. Paths are easily made, with or without additional materials. When using a raised garden bed, the squares can be elevated to make them accessible to gardeners in wheelchairs.
4. Finding sufficient sunlight in a partially shaded courtyard or patio is much easier with the SFG method, particularly if raised garden beds are used. Also, a raised garden bed may be brought indoors when necessary.
5. The separation of raised-bed garden boxes into well-defined growing areas makes crop rotation an easier process.
.......More to come as we draw closer to Spring. Stay tuned!!!
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Being down for the count these last few weeks has made a lot of time for watching TV. All I can say is thank goodness for the vast amount of video tapes and DVD's that we have accumulated from yard sales as they have allowed us a huge variety of things to pass the time with. Our favorites are the old time shows like I Love Lucy, Andy Griffith, the Brady Bunch, etc. We managed to get whole boxed sets of these shows for next to nothing.
The cool thing about this is that my son has gotten to know these shows just like we did when we were kids. He is now hooked. LOL What I really like is the chance to show him how things were way back when. You know when people were valued way more than stuff? When society was not as insane as it is now; - when GOD was allowed everywhere;- and where there was not something profane or sexual everywhere you looked. People were way more polite and kids were respectful. My how times have changed, hey? My son actually asked me why people were not like that anymore and it was tough to come up with an answer that he could understand.
How do you tell a kid that with kids raising kids that it's not possible to teach manners and respect that were never learned in the first place? That when you get rid of God that that allows a lot of bad stuff to take over and seem 'normal' in life ? That it really was easy to be happy without having everything that the TV says that you have to have to be important, popular, cool, etc.?
It wasn't easy but I did my best. I told him that is why we don't have the latest and greatest everything. That the stuff that we do have I do my very best to get for the least amount of money I can so that I can afford to stay home with him and keep him out of daycare. I told him that's why people always say to us how well mannered and polite a child he is. He didn't get it then, but now he sees that's how everybody used to be and now it's a surprise when people see a well mannered respectful child. He was kind of sad that things have changed and said how nice it would be if people were still like that.
I have to say that I agree with him.
Excuse me now while I go load another episode of The Andy Griffith Show on the VCR.
P.S. Thank you for all of the well wishes and prayers because finally today I woke up feeling human for the first time in a very long time. I promise to take it easy and not over do it. ;)
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Setting Guidelines To Get Organized
How many pots and pans actually fit on your stove at the same time?
How many clear vases can be filled with flowers at one time?
How many (if any) ugly pens you got for free do you need?
How many T-shirts do you need to save for your next paint job?
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Well as luck would have it none of us were getting better and I could tell the coughs were starting to move into our chests so off to the Dr. we went. Actually off to Urgent Care we went complete with new (crappy) insurance thanks to the new health care law. I could not believe it when first off we had to travel about 18 miles to get to an Urgent Care that took our new insurance. Then we had to fork over $35 EACH as our new co-pays. It used 10 minutes drive and a $20.00 co-pay. Oh did I mention that now we have to pay 20% as they only pay 80%? On my old insurance everything was covered. I know some insurance is better than no insurance but to get this crappy insurance we had to pay 35% more in premiums this year.
Of course Murphy's Law had to kick in because wouldn't you know the first day the new insurance goes into effect, we have to use it? *sigh* This has never happened. So, here we are back home some 4 hours later and $135 poorer. :(
For those of you without insurance, I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but for our family this sucks.
Anyways, we all have prescriptions for antibiotics and the usual 'drink lots of fluids and rest' advice so I believe that is what I will now go do.
Hopefully the meds will kick in so that I can feel up to blogging for you guys again soon.
Hope everybody stays well.