Tuesday, February 17, 2015

A Valentine Fail (Sort of)

Saturday morning I was up early setting the table to show my family a little Valentine love.
The hearts scattered on the table were scripture about love. They were part of the craft for sunday school. 
Megan filled a cute faux milk jar with these cute M&M's for me.
Here is is where the fail (sort of) comes in .  I made these muffins. As you can tell they look nothing like the muffins I originally made. I still can't figure out what I did wrong. The hope was that they would taste better then they looked. Nope. Chuck, bless his heart, said they aren't that bad. Yeah right! I had to choke down my bite. Chuck saved the day by pulling out the waffle maker and getting busy. In the end all was well. :)
Megan received an apron that I had gotten for free with a gift card that I received in the mail and then we put money in her bag. Can you tell she was excited!?  
She is a frugal girl and had just used the last of an Amaz*n gift card she received for her birthday. (Back in July) She had been asking how she could add more to her account (really our account) so at the last minute we decided to do this for her. I am so glad we did as her reaction was great!

It is nice to take the time to make my family feel a little extra love. My hope is that they feel the love I have for them everyday. 

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, February 09, 2015

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

Even though we haven't had much snow there are still those dreary days of winter. I picked up a bouquet of sunshine while at Aldi. Amazing how this little bit of summer can lift my spirits.
It feels like forever since I have been to my little home on the web. I started a new inhaler last week for my bronchitis and it has helped tremendously. I still have a cough, but it is better. My energy level is returning. Thank goodness!
We were invited to a homeschool skating party. Megan hit the rink with no problem. I even completed a lap or two. Wow! it has been a long time since I have been on skates!
We are trying hard to eat better.
The Game of Life was a Christmas gift for Megan. It is a fun game!
As always I am looking for ways to save on groceries.
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

A Little Organizing

I have lost a little steam with my projects as I am battling bronchitis. I am still working just a little slower. This week I finished painting the inside of another cabinet. Since everything was out it was time to do some organizing. I finally got all of my spices in their new containers. 
Oh! What a difference these make! 
Things were literally falling off of this shelf. (Sorry I forgot the before picture.) I didn't get rid of anything and am amazed at the amount of space in there. I keep going back to take a peek! :)
Putting all of the pudding and gelatin in a container made a huge difference. Before they were all stacked and I can't tell you how many times they were knocked over. 
The top shelf stayed the same. The jars were wiped down and filled up. 
I am delighted with how this turned out. It just might be my one of my favorite organizing projects!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Another One Down

It is almost the end of January so I need to step up the progress of my indoor projects.
A coat of primer.
Two coats of white paint on the shelves and inside the cabinet.
Once I let the paint set up for a couple of days I added shelf paper and then it was time to load it up. I had already purged the cabinet so it was just a matter of moving a couple of things to a new spot.
I enjoy how bright and fresh the white makes the inside of the cabinet. Marking this off the list.. yay! Now it is on to another cabinet.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Aww... Saturday!

After a difficult week I was happy to wake up early Saturday morning feeling refreshed. I was the only one up bright and early. I opened the front blinds to the dark world and then went into the kitchen to start breakfast. I am not a morning person naturally, but when I am up and moving I love the early morning.
Megan joined me while I was mixing up a coffee cake. I was happy to see she was feeling refreshed also. She was upset Friday when I told her we weren't going to dinner with friends. Then we had to tell her it was due to the passing of Grandma Barbara. Friday evening she was tired and grumpy. Death is a lot for a child to process. Really it is sometimes a lot for an adult to process.

Then it was time to putter around the house. Chuck worked on Megan's room.
A couple load of laundry were done.
In between loads I started working on my kitchen cabinets again.
While all of this was going on Megan happily played in the living room.
From time to time I sat down and played along with her.

At the end of the day we felt like it was a productive day. The ceiling is almost installed, laundry was complete and I had a project or two well under way.

The kitchen was tidy after dinner, family devotions were done, and we were ready to play a game and have some wind down time.
A productive, relaxing kind of day. Aww... Saturday... just the kind of day we needed!

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Laundry Recipes

After this post I had several request for my recipes.

Laundry Soap - this is my original recipe.  Since then I have found that Zote works better for me then Fels Naptha.  I will sometimes add a color safe bleach to this in the summer. We are gardener and have an active 8 year old so there is more dirt and grass stains in the summer.

Stain Remover - the original recipe calls for baking soda. I found that it clogged they line in the sprayer so I have opted to leave it out. It still works well for me.

I couldn't find the link for the fabric softener.  It is 8 cups of warm water, 3 cups of white vinegar and 2 cups of hair conditioner.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Joy in the Ordinary

Look around, really look around and you will find joy... joy in the everyday... joy in the ordinary things.

It has been a chocolate kind of week. Grandma Barbara (Chuck's step-grandmother) had a heart attack Tuesday afternoon. The left side of her heart is dead and the right side has severe blockage. She doesn't want surgery, which is good, because at 91 the doctors said it wasn't likely she would survive. She is moving into hospise care and they are trying to manage her pain. She is a strong women who was still active and living on her own. It is difficult to see her suffer. We are praying that her pain can be controlled and they she will not linger and suffer. So like I said a chocolate kind of week.
Monday afternoon I helped Megan make a blanket for her favorite stuffed dinosaur.
The sun was shinning the first part of the week. It certainly lifts my spirit when the sun is shinning. 
I have been working on projects for Megan's room. I am in love with this color. It looks a little more blue in the picture then it is. It is more of a turquoise color in real life.
Megan had a it hurts to swallow kind of sore throat last week. My dad picked up her school work and we had school at home in our pajamas. I could get use to that!  
I received new dished for Christmas and then another set from my parents for my birthday. I loved my other dishes, but they weren't holding up well with young children. So many bowls had been broken or chipped that was becoming a problem. It is back to good ol'Corelle!
I think the dainty design is super pretty.

Sometimes life is rough. I find in those moments it more important to find joy in the ordinary.

May your day be filled with joy and contentment!