Monday, November 30, 2009
We tend to shop on Black Friday EVENING after all the crazies (and awesome sales) are done for the day. I'm just not a huge fan of shopping. It's nice if I have money to spend and I like giving gifts, but I just never know what to get everyone. I'll walk around stores aimlessly analyzing everything I pick up...then I'll put it down, buy something else, and wish I would have bought the first thing. It's just too much stress for me.
I also feel like most of my family can buy what they want themselves in better quality than I can buy. Does that make sense??
Last rambling...greeting cards. I hate them. I like receiving them when they're from someone who can truly express themselves with one. There are some people who search for that perfect card when they can't find the words to say and I think that's awesome for sure... In fact, I have one from a friend on my fridge because I know it has meaning behind it...and it makes me laugh.
That said, I think they're a big fat waste of money. $4 for a CARD??? I usually make Hannah color a picture and write Happy Birthday on the bottom. Most of them get thrown in the garbage! Cards serve purpose, but it annoys me that people feel and obligation to purchase cards that 9 times out of 10 will get tossed. If I have to buy a card for whatever reason - it's a 99 cent card and I'll write something sentimental in it if I'm so inclined. It's a waste of money and paper...so make one :)
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Saturday, November 28, 2009
I added some chopped orange and yellow bell peppers
I used ground turkey instead of beef
I used mini shells instead o elbows
I used worcestershire instead of soy sauce and
Omitted the celery leaves
It is very simple and delicious. Find it here.
Friday, November 27, 2009
We wanted to have some fun with Hannah yesterday so I took one of the ideas from yesterday's blog. We made a Thanksgiving Tree! I drew a tree with marker and Hannah painted it. Then we drew leaves and wrote for what we are thankful on them. We cut the leaves out and glued them to the tree. What a fun project!
We were going to go to my sister and brother-in-law's house for dinner but little Vinny got sick. Luckily, they have delivery services there and brought us over a delicious dinner! Thanks Mike and Shari!!
As for today, we'll probably do some shopping later. The basement is calling me! It needs cleaned. I have plans to put MORE down there to make room for Hannah's new toys!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
1. Create a Thanksgiving Tree - Begin by drawing or using construction paper to create a bare tree. Now cut leaves from your construction paper, use yellows, oranges, greens and browns. As family members come in the door, give each of them one or more leaves and ask them to write on it what they are thankful for. Collect the leaves in a bag. At the end of the evening, a designated person(s) can read the leaves and then attach them to the tree with glue. Hang up your Thanksgiving Tree for all to see. Have the tree laminated or framed, and it can become a wonderful keepsake. It can also be used as part of the décor for next year’s Thanksgiving celebration.
2. Patriotism - Remembering that Thanksgiving originally celebrated the creation of a new government, Thanksgiving is a great time to express patriotism. Whether one agrees with war or not, one great tradition would be to come together to make “Thank You” cards for the troops serving overseas. To prepare, have lots of construction paper, rubber/craft stamps, glue, scissors, glitter, stencils and other artistic items on hand. Family members of all ages will enjoy this project.
3. Thoughts of Thanks - Put together a bag of thoughts or expressions. These might be something like - my family, my home, what I’m most thankful for, my favorite things, etc. Each family member pulls a thought or expression and expounds on that thought. For example, if someone pulls “my family”, they can then express what they are most thankful for about their family. This activity can make for a wonderful time of sentiment.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
So head on over to A Heart In Progress for detailed instructions on how to ruin pumpkin seeds...twice!
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Little Hannah Banana is sick :( BOO!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
The first video is of Hannah astonishing me reading a book she's never seen before. I knew she was picking up on things, but it's just so weird to hear her READ.
The second is our youth staff video we just completed for Nexus. It's good for a laugh if you've already seen Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me. You should click the link and watch it right on YouTube thought because for some reason my blog is cutting off the right side of the video.
So, stay healthy emotionally today. Do something fun with your kids or something to boost your own spirits
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
A lot of it is because Hannah insists on bringing toys in the car. She comes with me to work most days, so we have bags of toys, lunch bags, book bags, work bags, coupons, wrappers, coats, shoes, and GARBAGE. I'm awful at keeping the car clean! I just can't carry everything in with me when I'm coming in the house and I'm too exhausted to make two trips.
Because I need to have my car inspected, I need to clean the inside out...because if I do, the dealership will wash and vacuum my car.
So, my tip to you today is to get your car cleaned out! Tests have been done to show that dashboards are NASTY breeding grounds for bacteria...and moms with small children have the germiest cars!
Keep a shopping bag in your car for garbage and a container of wipes to clean up messes. This will help keep junk to a minimum. We all know it's impossible to keep the car clean all the time, but small things like a bag for toys can help just a bit!
Monday, November 16, 2009
I don't know if it's the nice weather, the vacation I'm looking forward to, or being debt free.
I just want to buy gifts!!
I like to stay somewhat inexpensive, but still give cool gifts. I feel like I can never do both though.
I think I might make some homemade granola for Hannah's teachers and put it in pretty tins. What do you think about that? I LOVE homemade granola!
If you have kids in school and feel like you want to do something but not break the bank, stay simple and practical.
Most teachers prefer gift cards according to a poll in Parent's Magazine.
So, here are some ideas for you that DO NOT involve candles or lotion!
A small gift card to Starbucks/Bookstore/Coffee Shop/Holcombs etc (it could even be $5 or $10 with a nice note attached)
A little movie basket with a couple movie tickets/popcorn/candy
You could go in with other moms and pitch in for a larger gift card to a restaurant or a massage.
Make baked goods! Even opt for something along the healthier side - like granola or bran muffins.
Make a little recipe book of your favorite appetizer, entree, dessert, finger food, dip...etc.
Any other ideas?
Stay practical when you go inexpensive. People appreciate something they can USE over something that looks like it came from the dollar bin.
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
These pictures show him installing the insulation. He got almost all of it done that day. He has one small part to do and then he'll begin getting the wood up there for the floor. We're noticing a draft coming from where the door is, so we're going to probably have to get a $100 cover to put up there to block it out.
Here's the attic door that Lee and Matt put in. No more crawl space in the closet. The original insulation was white, disgusting and falling apart (almost nonexistent) as it is as old as the house, which was built in 1947.
Look at the pink fluffiness of the new stuff. If it didn't destroy the human body, I'd love to make an insulation snow angel! Ok, that's weird, but it still looks awesome! More pictures when it's done :)
Thursday, November 12, 2009
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
- Nectarines – 97.3% of nectarines sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Celery – 94.5% of celery sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Pears – 94.4% of pears sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Peaches – 93.7% of peaches sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Apples – 91% of apples sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Cherries – 91% of cherries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Strawberries – 90% of strawberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Imported Grapes – 86% of imported grapes (i.e. Chile) sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Spinach – 83.4% of spinach sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Potatoes – 79.3% of potatoes sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Bell Peppers – 68% of bell peppers sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Red Raspberries – 59% of red raspberries sampled were found to contain pesticides.
- Corn (However, almost all corn is genetically modified)
- Sweet Peas
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
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