Monday, October 20, 2014

Goals: Week of October 20th

I really focused this week on getting little projects done. Most of the projects took me less than 30 minutes, but let me tell ya, they felt good to finally get them knocked out. 

Can you believe that October is almost over and there is only 2 months and 5 days until Christmas? Where has this year gone?

Last weeks goals

1. I have a list of little projects that need done. Plus those projects just sitting on my coffee table and dining room table. 

2. Redo ads on blog

3. Find a permanent place for 10 things in the spare bedroom

4. List 5 things on eBay.

This weeks goals

1. Transfer old budget numbers to the new budget.

2. Paint one little patch on our shed.

3. Get garden ready for winter. Our neighbor got us manure. Need to get that spread and some compost taken over. 

4. Make another sleep sack for Miss Esther.

5. Move 10 things from the spare bedroom.

6. Redo ads on blog.

Recent Posts

My review of the book The Legend of the Candy Cane.

What I have been learning recently.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

The Legend of the Candy Cane


If you are not familiar with The Legend of the Candy Cane, then I highly suggest you check out at least the legend for this Christmas.

The pictures in this book are great. Click one one of the links and head over to amazon to check out some of the pictures.

The story is great as well. Points right back to Christ, the reason we celebrate Christmas. I love that the book always points to Christ's death on the cross as a means for getting to heaven.

This book is recommended for ages 4-8, but little Esther sat through the whole thing. I know, that could change in a few months. The pages are a board book, so I will look forward to reading this book again come Christmas with Esther!

Thanks to BookLook bloggers for allowing me to review The Legend of the Candy Cane.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lord I Believe, Help My Unbelief

I have been thinking a lot about faith recently. I know that I have a lot to learn about faith.

My faith needs strengthened. My faith is not strong enough that I would be wiling to sacrifice my only child as an act of obedience to God. I am encouraged to know that Abraham took many steps of faith before he got to that major act of faith. He had been relying on God for years.

I am also intrigued that Abraham honestly thought that God would raise Isaac from the dead. 

"Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure." Hebrews 11:19

What would make him think that God would raise Isaac because a resurrection had not happened before? Faith. 

I have had this song going through my head over the last week or so. This is my prayer. 

"If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself."
2 Timothy 2:13

Monday, October 13, 2014

Goals: Week of October 13th

Ever have one of those weeks where you feel like your wheels are spinning all week, but then you get to the end of the week and you have no clue what you have done. Pretty sure that was me this last week. My goals show this as well! 

We did have a great day to get away as a family this last Saturday. I love my little family and spending time with them!

Last weeks goals

1. List 5 things on eBay- My phone would not let me list things. I tried on 2 days and then just gave up!

2. Make a Bump Book from my pregnancy pictures- I changed my mind. I think I will make a bigger book later in the year.

3. Redo ads on blog

4. Make breakfast burritos

5. Make budget for the next year

This weeks goals

1. I have a list of little projects that need done. Plus those projects just sitting on my coffee table and dining room table. 

2. Redo ads on blog

3. Find a permanent place for 10 things in the spare bedroom

4. List 5 things on eBay.

Recent Posts

Snap by Groupon. Are you using this app yet?

Esther is now 3 months

Some recent books that I reviewed. Got me a little excited for Christmas!

Now off to convince my daughter to take a longer nap than 30 minutes!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy 3 Months, Miss Esther!


You have started being more responsive and active. You like to play with others and like when others move your body.

Weight: 12 pounds

Sleep: You are going through a phase where you want to fight sleep. You fall asleep well when you know you are suppose to be sleeping, but when you get extra tired you like to scream.
Social: Daddy and I heard the first laugh out of you. We just looked at each other like was that really a laugh. You are cooing and smiling a lot still. Diet: Only breast milk. 
Likes: You love to swing in your swing. 
You like to look at yourself in the mirror. So cute when you smile and coo at yourself.
You like to be bounced up and down.
You like to laugh with others. 
Dislikes: You still hate baths. 
You do not like riding in the car at night. 
Firsts & Milestones
Your first laugh.
You had your first time being sick this month. Made a long few days in our household.
You discovered your feet. 
You hands have really started to hit things. You aren't sure what they are doing yet, but they have been very active!
You can check out how much as changed since Esther's two month update.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Step by Step Guide to Snap by Groupon

Can I just say that I love saving money on milk and produce? Snap by Groupon will allow me to save money on both of those things. 

Some things I like about the app are that you can use the app at any store, you don't have to verify your purchases other than the receipt, you can use the app on your computer without a smartphone, you can combine with other apps like Ibotta and Checkout51, and you can combine with coupons. 

If you sign up through my link, I will make $1. I would encourage you to sign up through the link and then invite your friends to sign up through your link!

 1. Check out to see what offers are available.

2. Buy the items and click on the snap receipt button. 

3. Take a picture of the receipt.

4. Select offers on the receipt. Some offers you can use more than once. If you look at the picture below, I could have bought several cleaners in order to get more than one offer. I could have gone higher than even the 141.

5. Hit claim and the amount will be added to the account.

Sign up and get started saving money!

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Getting Ready for Christmas Reading

The Christmas Story for Children 

I saw this book and got excited for Christmas. The book may be a little long for Esther, but she did contently listen almost to the end. I really enjoyed how clearly the Christmas story was presented in this book.

The story didn't just stop with Jesus being born, but went on to Jesus starting His ministry. I think this book will be a great book to read yearly before Christmas. I am excited to get to introduce Miss Esther to her first Christmas!

I am not the biggest fan of the illustrations in this book. Most pages are ok, but there are a few pages that would be kinda scary to a little one.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of The Christmas Story for Children.

This book is divided into different sections including being transformed, living under grace, and overcoming anger, anxiety, depression, and losses.

I like that every chapter starts with a passage that you can look up in your Bible. Then you are giving what Anderson has to say about the passage. You re then given questions to think about and write down your answers. Great book to be able to use in your daily devotions.

Thanks to Bethany House for allowing me to review Renewing Your Mind: Become More Like Christ.

The Natural Pregnancy Book

Nope, not implying anything on this book!

I think this book would be a great resource for a first time pregnant lady. The book does talk about different things that will happen during pregnancy and when you will experience them.

My favorite part of the book is where it lists different things you may experience during pregnancy, for example, constipation, itching, and morning sickness. Then they list out some natural things that you can do in order to try to get relief.

Thanks to Blooging for Books for the copy of The Natural Pregnancy Book.
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