Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grocery Savings!!

Our local grocery store had great sales going on this week, so even though I've already done my once a month grocery shopping trip, I took advantage of some of the great deals.
I ended up paying $95.53 for everything I bought and since my day got crazy and I was doing good just to get all of it put away, let alone get a picture of it all, I'm just going to type out what all I got.
1 box of Kleenex-.75
18 count eggs-2.33
3 gallons milk-2.98 each
5 bags of frozen peas-1.00 each
3 containers of whipped topping-1.00 each
2 jars of applesauce-1.76 (I thought this would be great for when Sweetie Pie starts eating foods in the next couple of months)
sandwich bags-1.06
Folgers coffee-8.99
4 boxes of Cheerios-2.50 each
2 ketchup's-1.00 each
2 boxes of oatmeal packets-2.09 each
3 boxes of Life-2.09 each
1 box of Kix-2.00
coffee creamer-4.12
2 big boxes cherry jello-1.40 each
1 box lasagna noodles-2.28
4 boxes vanilla pudding mix-.88 each
around 16 lbs. of chicken thighs-17.35 total (it was 1.00 a pound!!)
Some of these items were not on sale, but were things we needed so I bought them anyway, but most of them were sale items that I was stocking up on because they were such a good deal!
And to top it all off, our local grocery store has a gas card reward program with our local CO-OP and I bought gas for $1.61 a gallon!!!! Woo-hoo!!!
Nothing like a great day of SAVINGS!!!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Great Time-Saving tip for Sam's shoppers!

So I did my once a month shopping trip last week (yes, it was in the middle of the month and yes, we had been out of milk for almost 4 days...crisis in our house!) Anyway, I need to go into more detail how doing the bulk of our grocery shopping, once a month is working out for us. That shall be for another day, though.
Back to this trip. We got our Sam's savings book in the mail a few weeks ago and before I went shopping I was looking through it to see if any of the deal were on things we needed. While looking in there I saw they had this thing called Club Pick-up. I remembered that a friend from church said that she had used it when picking up a business order and kind of explained how it worked. From her story, I just kind of assumed this was only something they did with business memberships, but from the booklet it looked like it didn't matter-if you had a membership, you could do it. I was intrigued and decided to try it. You have to go online to their website, create an account and then pick your store. Then you simply create a shopping list (which they will save for you for future orders) and put the items in your cart. At the end you can choose to pay online or at pickup. You also choose a time and day to pickup. I ended up not being able to go the day I choose, but they say they keep the order for two days after your pickup date, so it was not a problem. When I got there I simply gave them my name and they went to get my things. My husband had ended up needing something that I had not put on my order and they had no problem with me going to get it and adding it to my total. So they brought out the cart filled with my items, I paid and was on my way to fill up my car with my goodies! It did take a bit longer for them to bring my items than I expected, but it was still probably within the 10 minute range. So much better than dragging my baby, in his car seat and my 5 year old the whole way through the store with that HUGE cart and all the HUGE items! (I am only 5'3 and a tiny little gal after all)
I completely recommend the  Club Pick-up if you know what items you need and have a day in advance to put your order in. It's just so stinking handy!!!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014

Well here we are on the last day of 2014...
I can hardly believe that it is already going to be 2015. I still clearly remember all the hype about Y2K in 2000, it seems like not that long ago that I married the most amazing man in 2007 and seems like just yesterday that I had my first son in 2009.
We've had some great years, we've had some tough years, we've also had some years of change.
Well 2014 had a lot of all of those. Going into 2014, we had some of the best news we could have heard in years, we were expecting again!!! Then a couple of months later we got some of the worst news, my mom was sick with cancer. In April, we said our last goodbye to my mom. In May, my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. In June, the foster girls we had had for a year, went home to their mom. In July, my sister had surgery for her cancer. In August, we had the baby we had waited 3 years for! In November, my sister finished her last round of chemo. In December, my sister had her last surgery and we were able to take a nice, relaxing vacation to Mexico! Our first son turned FIVE just two days before Christmas!
This year has been filled with emotion.
There have been good days, there have been bad days.
There have been the absolute saddest days and the absolute happiest days!
Its just like any other year. There is always happiness and sorrow, but it was so much more pronounced this year.
In about 4 months, I went from mourning the passing of my mom to being completely and overwhelmingly joyed at the birth of our second son!
I haven't been around on this blog much this year.
Between all the goings on, I just didn't feel like I had much to offer here.
I popped in to tell you basically the same story I'm telling you now, but I'm going to try better in 2015.
I don't know if I have much to offer still, but I do know God has taught me many lessons and it appears that 2015 is going to start in much the same way.
God's doing a work in my life and hopefully, in some way, it will come out in my words and will help someone, somewhere.
Goodbye 2014, time has flown and on some days it crawled, I've had much sorrow, but also the greatest joy within your 365 days and now it's time to move into a new year with all new experiences awaiting!
But at the end of the day you can just call me B-L-E-S-S-E-D!!

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!

Just wanting to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!
Be sure as you are opening the gifts today, to remember the best gift, we as Christians will ever receive. The gift of eternal life!!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thirty things I'm thankful for

Since this is Thanksgiving week, I have decided to make a list of 30 things I'm thankful for. (Thirty, because there's 30 days in November)
So in no particular order here they are...
1. I'm thankful for God's saving grace
2. I'm thankful that God brought an amazing man into my life to be my husband
3. Thankful for Pumpkin being the helpful, caring little boy that made me a Momma
4. Thankful for our little Sweetie Pie that we waited 3 years for
5. Thankful for a home that isn't fancy by any means, but keeps us warm, dry and protected
6. Thankful for cabinets and freezers full of food
7. Thankful for closets that always have clothes to keep us warm
8. Thankful that we are blessed enough to have vehicles that aren't brand new, but get us where we need to go
9. Thankful for hand-me-downs. I still can count the number of clothes we've bought Pumpkin on both hands, I think.
10. Thankful for the modern day conveniences that make my Mommy life a whole lot easier (washer, dryer, dishwasher, stove and oven, etc.)
11. I'm thankful for disposable diapers! (If you have a baby, you know why ;) haha)
12. Thankful for a healthy pregnancy and smooth delivery with Sweetie Pie
13. I'm thankful for health in general-for my husband, myself, Pumpkin and Sweetie Pie
14. I'm thankful for family and friends to get through the tough times the beginning of this year
15. I'm thankful that I've had the opportunity to talk to a couple women and hopefully "help" in their journey through infertility issues and miscarriages
16. I'm thankful that my husband works hard for his family to provide the things we need and some of the things we want :)
17. Thankful for a husband who is an amazing Daddy to our boys. You know how they say you fall more in love with your husband once you see him with your children? Yep, it's true!
18. Thankful for the opportunity to stay home with my job. ever.
19. Thankful for little pleasures like coffee drinks, chocolate and ice cream!
20. Thankful to have the chance to watch another sleeping baby once I lay him down for bed
21. Thankful for an almost five year old that still gives the best hugs
22. I'm thankful that I've gotten to experience the love you feel for a human being you just met right after birth...twice!
23. I'm thankful I've gotten to witness the growing brotherly love between my 3 month old and 4 year old
24. Thankful for the ability to travel-when we want, where we want
25. I'm thankful for God's amazing creation all around us-Kansas sunsets are exhibit A ;)
26. Thankful that I've watched my son go from not knowing his letters to being able to write his first and last name without help
27. For the numerous ways I see my husband in my little boys-yes both of them
28. Thankful for that moment right after Sweetie Pie was born when my husband looked at me with a look of complete calm and said "I could have almost cried when he was healthy" -after struggling for so long to have him, the amount of worry until he was here was CRAZY
29. Although it was the hardest thing ever, thankful for being able to be with my Mom while she was sick and being able to tell her good-bye before she passed away
30. For the times when we pray as a family and I hear my husband's prayers for our boys as they grow up and the sweet little prayers of a child.
Be Thankful and have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Once a Month Grocery Shopping 1

Well, today I did my first once a month grocery shopping trip!!
I didn't come home with quite as much stuff as I imagined, but that has somewhat to do with the fact that I had sort of stocked up last month for the hunters we had come at the end of last month. Anyway, I had a fair amount of stuff left over from that. Also, I didn't need to buy any meat because we still have some beef from a cow we bought a while back and deer meat from the deer my husband shot last year. I also still have some chicken I got on sale a while ago and some from Sam's that is a good deal.
There were several items in the pantry that I needed for meals this month that I already had from before. So all in all, I already had quite a bit of stuff. To off set that though I did need some odds and ends for the house, such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, some other paper goods and things like that.
So here is the picture of my major grocery stock up for the month!
Not pictured are 5 more gallons of milk and 4 loaves of bread, they had all already found their way into the freezer as soon as we got home.
In case you are wondering how on earth we drink 6 gallons of milk before it goes bad, we don't. I always freeze milk anyway, since I never know if I will be going to town when we need it or not.
Now for the grand total for this shopping trip: $191.68. I shopped at Sam's for the milk, laundry detergent, cheerios, flour, noodles, mozzarella cheese and granola bars.
I got everything else at Wal-Mart.
That comes out to $47.92 a week for groceries for this month. Now I will probably run into a few things I will still need along the way, but this realistically should mostly get us through the month!
I forgot to mention, we have been eating a lot of potatoes, since we still have a BUNCH from our garden and I still have corn that we froze from our garden and some other frozen vegetables that I had gotten for the above mentioned hunters.
Other months might not come out quite as cheaply since I had quite a bit of stuff on hand already, but I'm excited to see how this comes out.
I did have 5 coupons that I used at Wal-Mart, but I think they were all worth $.50 so that was not a huge savings, but worth it all the same. 
So here is to seeing how the once a month grocery shopping works out for us!!! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Real Meaning of halloween

I have posted this post every year since I've wrote it, I believe, but every time Halloween comes around, I just can not say nothing. So here it is again.

It's such an innocent holiday right? I mean the kids dress up as their favorite character and are more than happy to go around getting loads of candy. But where did the skeletons, evil, demonic faces and ghosts come from? Is it just a silly coincidence that they are used as decorations for halloween?
No, they come from the superstitious beginnings of halloween.
It started as the ancient Celtic festival called Samhain. The Celts celebrated their new year on November 1st, as it was the end of summer and the time of harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter; which was a time that was associated with death. They believed that on October 31 the worlds of the living and the dead crossed. The souls of the dead were believed to return to their homes in hopes of food and shelter, if these were not provided the evil spirits were believed to cast spells on those who did not give them what they wanted. The spirits caused crop damage and were thought to be able to make predictions of the future.
To celebrate the event, they would build bonfires and burn crops and make animal sacrifices to the Celtic deities. They would also dress up in costumes made of animal heads and skins and then try to predict each others futures.
It was widely believed that at death, the good spirits took the good people to paradise, but the wicked men were banished to the unseen world. These spirits were known to haunt the living and in order to exorcise these spirits, people had to offer them food and shelter during the night and if they were satisfied they would leave you alone, but if not they would cast a spell on you.
Today, Satanism and Witchcraft say this is the day that Satan comes to fellowship with his followers.
In 609 A.D. the Catholic feast of All Martyrs Day was established in the Western church and later included all saints as well as martyrs. It was celebrated on November 1. By the 9th Century Christian influence would spread into the Celtic lands and the church called November 2nd All Souls Day, to honor the dead.  The All Saints Day celebration was called All-hallows or All-hallowmas and October 31st began to be called All-hallows Eve, which eventually turned into Halloween. It appears that the church was trying to replace the evil Celtic festival with a church-sanctioned holiday, but without making the pagans drop their evil practices and accept Christianity, it just made it easier to miss the real meaning of halloween.
Did you know that Jack o' Lanterns were used to ward off evil spirits? That was their intended purpose.  To read the whole story, go here.
"Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
- I Peter 5:8
"reject every kind of evil."
- I Thessalonians 5:22
"Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead."
- Deuteronomy 18:10

This year, my oldest son is 4. Every store we go into has some kind of nasty, evil looking costumes, decorations or something along those lines. I don't want him seeing that junk, so I have been reminded over and over again how seemingly no one thinks about what Halloween really stands for. I hope you take this post as a jump start to thinking about how you and your family want to treat Halloween.
I know that this post is likely to not be very popular. It will likely step on toes and it is often a subject that people are totally for or against. I am simply hoping that through this post, that you will do some research of your own and see what the Bible has to say about such subjects. Then let God give you the conviction for how you are to treat halloween.