Friday, January 25, 2013

Saving Money on Cleaning Products :Kitchen Cleaner

I'm sure most of you know I'm all about saving money. A year ago this past fall, I started couponing (it kind of fell by the wayside this past summer and now I'm getting back into it). Even with coupons, I couldn't get what I felt were good prices on cleaning products. So I started looking at other ways to save on them.
Today I'm going to share with you what my first move for saving money on cleaning products was.
One day while shopping for some kitchen cleaner, I was getting more and more depressed at the price, even with coupons and then noticed a bottle of Pine-sol. It was a big bottle that needed diluted and was still less than all the ready to use products. The wheels in my mind started turning and I realized I could make several bottles of cleaner from this one and save A LOT of money on cleaners. So that has become my kitchen cleaner (it is an all-purpose cleaner, but it seems to do the job beautifully). I bought that bottle of Pine-sol I'm guessing about a year ago and I've probably only used about a quarter of it!
(I'm not sure if there are other brands or even store brands of Pine-sol, I just use this because it was all that was at the store I was shopping at.)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Thinking about Modesty

Modesty. I don't know what goes through your head when you hear that word, but I know my thoughts have changed throughout the years. When I was a teen, I thought it was an old-fashioned word that my parents used to try to get me to wear some not always cool things and to limit my wardrobe choices. My parents probably weren't the strictest, but I didn't push the limits too far either, in my opinion. But after being a married woman and now a mother of a energetic 3 year old, my views have changed. There is nothing worse than sitting in church wearing a skirt that's not too short when your standing and if you are careful when you are sitting, but then having your son climb all over you and soon your sitting there too worried about what might be hanging out to worry about what your child is doing!!! {this may or may not have happened to me -wink-}
 So this summer, I bought this amazing maxi dress and fell in LOVE! It is from . I just wear a tank underneath and it is GREAT because I don't have to worry about what might be popping out the bottom or the top! (venus has many not so modest outfits, but if you look around there are some good finds and you can adapt some of them if needed.)
Pinned Image 
 That maxi dress started my obsession with maxi dresses/skirts.
Then just after Christmas I found a plain black strapless maxi dress at Old Navy on clearance and bought it and just wear a shirt over it so that it is basically a skirt. It works perfectly! Now I'm looking to find/make more maxi skirts and dresses...they just may become a staple for me! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. It's like wearing comfy pants, but it's a skirt!
"Likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works." - 1 Timothy 2:9-10

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Hope for the Hopeless

As some of you may know, I had a miscarriage this past summer. (I wrote about it here.) I feel as if God has really helped me move past that low point in my life, even though there are times that I still feel sad. This Christmas was harder than I expected. In November, we happily welcomed a couple of new babies into our church and a couple of our other friends are anxiously awaiting the arrival of their babies. Just for the record, I am completely happy for all of these people...I mean after all, they are doing just what I wish I were doing.
Nevertheless, over Christmas it seemed that there was no end in sight to babies. We visited my husband's family, where there were several cousin's who just had babies in the past 6 months; so we got to see them for the first time. Then there was the constant talk of friends of our family's who just found out they were pregnant or just found out what there were having. My sister-in-law's sister-in-law (now that sounds confusing!) had actually just found out she was having twins! (child number 6 and 7 for them) All of this in the midst of me thinking/hoping that I was pregnant in both December AND January (I was a few days late both times).
In the back of my mind, I had hoped that God would give us a Christmas miracle. How amazing would that be? Just short of 2 years of trying to get pregnant and then being able to get pregnant right around Christmas?!
But this was not God's plan...and so I started getting a little down. I know God is the only way I'm getting through this time (and the support of my awesome husband), but at times my hope starts to wane. I often don't want to get my hopes up, just to have them dashed again. Then I was doing a Bible study over Christmas and this was the memory verse that went along with it:
"May the God of HOPE fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit."-Romans 15:13
(emphasis added by me)
HOPE...THE GOD OF HOPE. Because of God I have HOPE. Through God, I can have Joy, Peace and Hope. God gives me HOPE through the Holy Spirit, but I have to be careful to not let Satan sneak in and tell me that I don't have HOPE like my friends who are pregnant or like the people who are snuggling their new little babes. I have to trust in God's plan for my life and take the HOPE that He's given me to get through each trail that I face in my life.
So if you're having a down time just remember, "trust in Him, so that you may overflow with HOPE"!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Happy New Year!

So I'm finally back! We had a great Christmas spent with family and spent a little over two weeks visiting my husband's family. It was good to spend some time with them and for Pumpkin to get to see his Grandpa and Grandma who he only sees a few times a year.
Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great New Year and I plan on getting into more of a schedule soon. (this whole having been gone for 2 weeks thing, has gotten me all messed up) So we'll see you all soon!