Friday, May 22, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

Brave Queen Esther was a fun book to read with Esther. I loved all the pictures that were in the book. The story line was also interesting. The book kept my little one's attention, but yet told the story well.

There were a few things that bothered me, that seems to be a theme with kid's books, part of the story was not Biblically accurate. For example, Haman was arrested and not killed.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a copy of Brave Queen Esther.

When originally given the opportunity to review this book, I was thinking it was by Dr. Kevin Lehman, When I dug it out to start reading, I realized that it wasn't. Despite that fact, I was not dissapointed!

More Than Just the Talk: Becoming Your Kids' Go-To Person About Sex was an excellent book. While I know this topic is not one I will have to deal with for a few years, it was good for me to think about how we will broach the subject. Jonathan talks a lot about how this is not a one time talk, but a conversation that needs to be throughout years. Questions to the child are huge.

I hadn't realized how accessible not appropriate matter is. Grand Theft Auto. Oh my! I never realized that gamers find a prostitute, choose the kind of sex you have with her, then kill her. I didn't realize how graphic. Yikes! And that is just the start.

This book will definitely get kept for future reference.

 Thank you to Bethany House for this book in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

I have to admit that I would be more interested in Infuse: Oil, Spirit, Water if I drank. I don't, but was still intrigued by the book.

I loved all the pictures in the book. Makes me want to infuse water all the time just so that I can have pretty jars full of water! Simple recipes that look like a lot of fun!

I never really thought about the need to muddle, or smash, the fruit when you put it in water. Makes a whole lot of sense to get the flavor out.

One of the infused waters that I thought was interesting has grapefruit, jalapenos, and agave. This mixture sounded interesting to me. Not sure I would be a fan with the jalapenos in the water, but might have to try some grapefruit water.

Thanks to Blogging For Books for a copy of Infuse: Oil, Spirit, Water.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

God Sometimes Blesses in Unique Ways

If you follow along at all on my blog, you know that we are trying to pay off our mortgage. Sometimes the pay off is slower going than others, and sometimes I feel like we are making progress. Although, I would really like the mortgage to be gone tomorrow. :)

A little while ago, I entered a giveaway over at The Sensible Mom. I usually enter giveaways and never get anything, but this time I won! And the giveaway is so practical. Twenty four packs of Big Ritz Crackers! So helpful for the grocery budget! 

You may be thinking, won't all those crackers go bad before you eat them. Well, my mom suggested putting some in the freezer, so that I did.

I pulled the crackers out and Esther consumed four crackers right away. I think she would have kept going, if I would have let her. Not thinking we will have a hard time eating them all! 

Recently, I have been really working on focusing on the positive. Isn't it so easy to focus on the negative? What is something positive that has happened in your life recently?

And just because I think Esther is super cute, here she is enjoying her Ritz!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

10 months have flown

I tried sticking the 10 month sticker on Esther, but she kept pulling it off!

Weight: 18.5 pounds

Likes: You love to wave, to be outside and sit in the grass, to be around mommy and daddy.

Dislikes: You don't like to be held by others if mommy and daddy are in the room.

Firsts & Milestones: You got your first tooth this month. You love to brush that tooth. 

You have figured out how to drink out a straw and love your sippy cup now.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Cozy Up With Some Good Books

I really wanted to sit down and read a book the other day. I really just wanted to sit down and read a fiction book, but I didn't have any here to read. So, I picked up the top book on my non fiction pile to start reading. Couldn't have been a more appropriate book to read at the time.

In one of the first chapters of The Set-Apart Woman: God's Invitation to Sacred Living, Leslie talks about making the things of God our first priority. Not going to the tv, or my guilty one- facebook, to fill out time. She said when she spends her free time focusing on God, her life is far more fulfilling.

I was really challenged by that discipline and have been trying to read a chapter in a non fiction book each day before picking up a fiction book.

Leslie's challenges were very convicting and she wove Scripture throughout the book. I was definitely blessed by having the chance to review this book.

Thanks to Tyndale House for allowing me to review The Set-Apart Woman: God's Invitation to Sacred Living in exchange for an honest review.

The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book is a book that I ordered not thinking that it would prove to be that valuable. Boy, was I wrong!

Thankfully, with Esther, my mom made most of her purees last summer. I did make carrots and I remember cooking them forever. There is a chart in this book that says exactly how long you need to steam your fruits and veggies before pureeing them. How handy would that have been when I kept bugging my mom that my carrots were still too hard!

Esther is now eating mostly finger foods, but there is a section in this book about those as well. Creamy Fruit Roll Ups look really good to me!

I love all the variety of recipes that are in this book.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for a copy of The Amazing Make-Ahead Baby Food Book in exchange for an honest review.

Because I haven't had any fiction books to review, I decided to get Remnants: Season of Fire Remnants: Season of Fire and give it a read.

This book kinda had a sci-fi twist to it.Took me a while to get into it because I hadn't read the first book in the series.

There is a battle of good and evil. Interesting book, but not one that I am gushing over.

Thanks to Book Look Bloggers for a copy of Remnants: Season of Fire Remnants: Season of Fire.

Friday, May 1, 2015

May Mortgage Update

Breakdown of Extra Money
  • $2- Pattern Sales on Craftsy 
  • $44- Sales on eBay
  • $17.18- Selling books

Since our update in April, we have been able to pay $331 from our principle. Giving us a total of $5,485 for our year so far. $515 to go before July in order to hit our goal of 6 grand this year. 

I have $200 more to put on the principle sitting at our house. Now to make it to the bank! Guess that will just have to make it on next months! Getting so close!

Scott and I were just talking last night about how once we pay off the house, we are going to start buying fresh roasted coffee again. Gotta have some kind of motivation, right!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cozy Up with Some Good Books

Henry Hodges Needs a Friend was quite a cute book. Henry needs a friend, and his parents help him to find one. I love that they go to the pound to find a dog. My husband and I had a good time searching many local pounds for out dog. I think it would be fun someday to take my daughter to the pound just to visit the dogs.

The pictures in this book are adorable. I will look forward to reading this book many more times to my daughter!

 Thanks to BookLook Bloggers Henry Hodges Needs a Friend.

My mom was talking to me a while ago about people who cook a lot in a pressure cooker. I have to admit that this made me a little curious. When I saw, The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book: 500 Easy Recipes for Every Machine, Both Stovetop and Electric was available to review, I wanted to check it out.

What impressed me about this book is how fast you can cook a meal in a pressure cooker. No waiting all day for the meal to get done.

What I didn't like is that I need a special pan to use these recipes. Yes, I did already know that! I did wish that there were pictures in this book. I like being able to see a picture of a recipe that I am thinking about making.

Thanks to Blogging for Books The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book: 500 Easy Recipes for Every Machine, Both Stovetop and Electric.
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