Monday, January 12, 2015

Cozy Up With A Good Book

Love Without Limits: A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All was a great book for any young person who is trying to figure out what is coming next in life. Nick and his wife Kanae talk about dating, engagement, marriage, and parenting. They go through all of those phases and tell their story and then give lessons they learned.

I have to admit, I got to the marriage part of the book and about started to scan. I really needed the parenting part though, so I am glad I didn't start skimming. I love how raw Nick and Kanae were about these times in their lives. I felt like I could totally relate to Kanae. Some of the things she struggles with as a mom, I am right there with her.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of Love Without Limits: A Remarkable Story of True Love Conquering All.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Half of a Year!

Weight: 15 pounds give or take a few ounces

Sleep: The last few nights have been rough, but overall you have been a pretty good sleeper. You know when you get zipped up in your sleep sack that it is time to sleep and most of the time you are just fine with that. 

Social: You have started to babble sounds. Mama, Dad, and BlahBlah are sounds that you are making.
You have some separation anxiety, especially if you are sleepy or hungry. 

Likes: You like to chew on anything and everything. 
You have really started splashing in your baths.
You like to be naked.

Dislikes: You don't like being sick. Of course no one else really liked that either. 

Firsts & Milestones: You are starting to sit by yourself a few seconds at a time. Not very stable for very long. 

First Christmas! You really just wanted to put the whole present in your mouth.

 These last two are you sick and snugly Mommy was glad for a few snuggles.

Friday, January 2, 2015

January Mortgage Update

Breakdown of Extra Money

  • Selling $136
  • Rebate $5.29
  • Sell Books- $41.64
  • Selling cds- $18.43 I used decluttr
  • Change- $15


Since our update in December, we have been able to pay $640 from our principle. Giving us a total of $3,943 for our 2nd year so far. $2,957 to go before next July in order to hit our goal of 6 grand this year. 

I stocked up a decent amount in December as far as groceries go, so I am hoping to buy just the essentials at the grocery store this month and use what I save to help with the mortgage. 

We are $57 away from our next $1,000 mark. I really wanted to walk back into the bank and just pay that amount so that we could mark off the next block on our visual countdown. I didn't, but we will get to that soon! 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Cozy Up for a Few Good Books


Honestly, Visible Threat is, in my opinion, the best fiction book that I have read for a while. I love when a book has adventure and suspense. My husband would laugh at me when I would fill him in on this book. I had to keep him up to date!

This book was written by a previous law enforcement officer. The story involves trying to catch people who are involved in human trafficking. I know this problem is very real, but I have not been very informed about how everything works. The insight of what these women who are trafficked are told and what they have to endure. Eye opening for sure.

I also thought that the spiritual aspect of book was very well written. I appreciate when a fiction book has the ability to challenge spiritually.

Thanks to Tyndale for a chance to review Visible Threat.


The Patmos Deception had two story lines in the book that eventually merged. The one story line drew me in, while the other made me want to skip over those chapters. Once the stories merged, I was more interested in the book as a whole.

Once again this book contained a situation that needed to be solved. The one researcher knew a lot of Biblical information about the times of Paul that was included in the book. Kinda neat to think about places that you can still visit and how they played in the Bible.

Thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to review The Patmos Deception.


What a challenge Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy was to me. I started reading this book shortly after Esther was born, so it took me a little while to get through the book. One of these days I want to read this book again when I have more time to read through and meditate on the book.

Just think about all the times that you don't choose to show gratitude. I am so guilty of this lack. I know even now as I reflect on this book, I know I need to work in this area. 

Thanks to Moody for allowing me to be challenged by Choosing Gratitude: Your Journey to Joy.


I really like the book The 5 Love Languages. When I heard that there was a book A Perfect Pet for Peyton that would be a good lesson for little kids about the love languages, I had to check out the book.

My almost 6 month old and I read this book. She thumped her little feet the whole way through, but we had to read the book over 3 three settings because it was long. I would be curious what a child in about the 3rd grade would think of this book. 

I think it is great for kids to think about different ways that they can show love to others and then to analyze how they can show love to those who are close to them. This book is one that I will be tucking away for future years!

Thanks to Moody for a chance to review A Perfect Pet for Peyton.

The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag was another great book to read with my daughter. I am sure that some day there will be pride that comes into her little life. This book will be a great one to pull out and read with her.

I like that the new Berentain Bear books aren't as long as the older ones. I didn't really like to read these books when I was little because they were so long, but now I thoroughly enjoy the shorter length.

The Berenstain Bears and the Biggest Brag came in exchange for an honest review from Book Look Bloggers.

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Few Fun Reads

I really liked the fact that The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers is a board book. I can easily give the book to Esther without worrying that the pages will be torn out of the book.I also like that the stories in this book aren't the same stories that are in every other story book. We got to read the story of Esther for the first time together.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of The Sweetest Story Bible for Toddlers.


I really like that the patterns in Gramma Nancy's Animal Hats (and Booties, Too!) came from Nancy making hats for babies who were born to the sailors on her son-in-law's boat. All the animals in the book are super cute. I love that she does little gloves and booties for the animals as well.

Not a huge fan of the fact that parts of the animals are hot glued on the face, but I think that this could be adapted to being sewn on the face. I do love that they are 3-d.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for Gramma Nancy's Animal Hats (and Booties, Too!).

Monday, December 8, 2014

Esther is 5 Months

Weight: Between 14 and 15 pounds

Sleep: You have gone through this phase of thinking that cat naps are the only way to go. 40 minute naps make for a tired momma. The past few days you have been doing better at length, so hoping we have crossed a bridge.

You do great at night. A few nights, you have slept from 8 to 4:30. 

Social: You love to talk and have us put our hand over your mouth to change the sound. This was your new thing that intrigued you this month.

Likes: You have become very observant. You will watch anything and everything. 

You like being upright.

You like to fly through the air.

Laughing at yourself in the mirror. Best. Laugh. Ever.

Dislikes: You don't like being put down for a nap. 

Firsts & Milestones: You rolled from your belly to back one time for daddy. Mommy only saw the results and then you would not roll again. Still haven't rolled again for mommy!

You discovered that your keys are a good toy. You like to make a lot of noise with them.

 It feels like forever since this post, but you can check out her growth from 4 months.

Goals: Week of December 8th

Part of me likes putting more goals online. The transparency of putting my goals out there gives me a little more motivation to keep going. 

My husband was so helpful in taking care of our daughter while I plugged away at getting a calendar made. Really it just took time, so it was nice to be able to focus on getting the task done.  

Last Week's Goals

1. Make Esther a hat- I made her one and it is too big. Gonna try again this week!

2. Host a Book Fair

3. Make Esther's Photo Recognition Book- still need a few pics

4. Get pictures for calendar- I even ordered the calendar!

5. Finish reading To Everything a Seasonyou can see my review here 

6. Post about burp rags- posted finally!

7. Organize Freezer

8. Decorate

9. Take family pics

10. Read about selling on amazon- Read about half of this blog. Want to finish reading this week.

This Week's Goals

1. Make Esther a hat

2. Make Esther's Photo Recognition Book

3. Finish Christmas shopping

4. Make Christmas tree topper

5. Cut Moby Wraps

6. Go through and move gift tub

7. Clean out my sewing drawers

8. Watch a free redbox movie with my husband

9. Move my china cupboard from Grandma's house

10. Read about selling on amazon

Hope you all have a great week!
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