Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. Proverbs 31:30

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Do It Yourself: Bagels

Thank goodness for leap day this year...had it not been I don't think I would've had time to complete my February DIY project! Anyway....today I made homemade Bagels! I found this recipe to use (she does an excellent job in telling you STEP BY STEP directions so I'm not going to reword everything here. Go to her site if you want to know the recipe.  We had these for afternoon snack today. I know, these aren't really an afternoon snack type, but I thought, why not!! I enjoyed one with my homemade Knoephla soup.


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Wordless Wednesday: Running Free

#2 has found a love for running free...this usually happens while getting dressed for bedtime...she thinks it's hilarious to run away from me while she's naked. We laugh together about it!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Walgreens Deals

There are a couple GREAT deals at Walgreens this week. Since the price of gas just jumped like 40 cents I'm limiting my trips...so I'll do this when I drop #1 off at school and am already out and about.

Glade Coupons
There are some great new Glade Coupons available this morning on Coupons.com which will make for a HOT deal at Walgreens this week!

Glade Coupons
Save $2 on any 1 Glade Expressions Air Freshener Kit
Save $1.50/1 Glade Expressions Oil Diffuser
Walgreens has the Glade Expressions Air Freshener Kit on sale for $3.49 this week and you get a $1.50 Register Reward when you buy 1.

Glade Expressions Fragrance Kit, $3.49
$2/1 Glade Expressions Coupon
Pay $1.49 and get $1.50 in Register Rewards
FREE after Coupon and RR!

Thanks, Passion for Savings.









Breathe Right Strips, 2 ct, retail for $0.99 at Walgreens. These are hard to find, so you'll have to really look at your store! Use your $1.50 off coupon and get them for free!  
It’s also been reported that Breathe Right, 2 ct strips are ringing up at $0.69, even though the tag says $0.99. Either way, they’re free!
Make sure to take a copy of Walgreens’ coupon policy as this coupon exceeds the price of the item and will need to be adjusted down.
Breathe Right Strips, 2 count $0.69-$0.99, Sale and Regular Price
Use $1.50/1 Breathe Right Product, 12ct or smaller from RP 1/29 (exp 3/15)
Final Price: FREE
Thanks, The Krazy Coupon Lady

What's the Hurry?

I was driving #1 to preschool one day and I was about half way to school when I noticed a blue vehicle behind me, pretty close...now I've lived in Minneapolis, Chicago, and St. Louis, so I've had my fair share of ugly drivers who follow WAY TOO CLOSE. I was driving on a 4 lane road, and the lane next to me was free and open. This vehicle was persistent in following me on my rear to the point had I braked really fast, they probably would've hit me! Thank goodness it wasn't snowing or icy out...that would've been bad. Now I wasn't going super slow...but I've decided a way to save money on gas is to drive a bit slower than the speed limit (like 2-3 miles below...not 5 or 10!). It works. I got 25 more miles this last time than the previous' when I filled up with gas...so maybe Pastor drives the speed limit for more than just "safety"....I've always been the one to speed and go faster, but I've realized that I don't need to do that, 3 extra minutes isn't worth it.

Anyway, back to this blue vehicle...he ran red lights behind me, and kept right behind me. Now I was thinking, did I do something wrong? Do I know this person, what in the world is this person's purpose in following me so close? This person had all the chance to pass me and get back into this lane, since the other lane wasn't even filled with cars. What is this person's point? I kept on going, never slowing down or going faster. Just when this person thought they were going to get past me, they realized I was turning at the same place...you should've seen the look on persons face (through my rear-few mirror of course) he was like WHAT IN THE WORLD. Now I was giggling inside, but also incredibly frustrated. This person wasn't going to the same place as me, and if they were I probably would've said something about them following me close, but thankfully I didn't have to.


What is the hurry? Why do people need to follow people really close...now I understand a few circumstances, your in labor, your having a heart attack, but that's about it.

I've learned its ok to slow down in life, not just in driving. Enjoy the little things. Cherish the moments because life goes way to fast!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Book Review: Head Trip by Jack Eadon

 I recently was given the opportunity to review Head Trip: One Case of Super Twins by Jack Eadon. This book sounded appealing to me because it was on a "controversial" topic, somewhat. This book is one of seven books "Where the 7 Deadly Sins Come to Life", interesting in that I'm a Christian!

This book is the first in the series of "deadly sins". The sin of Envy. The story is set between 1948 and 1968. We read about the "Super Twins" for the first twenty years of their life. Super Twins is what Jack Eadon describes as superfetation where a second embryo becomes implanted in the uterus after one has already been implanted...yes this is where the book is controversial. The mother chose to have both babies, super twins, but one was really 4 weeks in growth behind the other. Marcus was the first born, but he was the preemie. Roger was the second born and the full term child.

From the very beginning of the book Roger considered Marcus to be an "intruder". This theme continues all throughout the book. Roger isn't the best at everything, while things seem to come fairly simple to Marcus and he succeeds at a lot. Roger gets very angry at this, developing "envy" in his brother. There are times when Roger hits or trips his brother (which I see as sibling rivalry, but then again, I'm not a parent of twins). These instances continue throughout the book.

Marcus, because he was a preemie, has to have some surgeries to "fix" things that weren't fully developed in the womb. Eadon is very descriptive at this, and it was somewhat disturbing to me at times and awkward to read. When Marcus has to have a tumor removed in his brain in his teenage years, Roger takes advantage of this time when Marcus will not be the "best" at everything and steals his girlfriend, sleeps with her, lies to his brother, lies to his parents, and starts going down a very bad slope...Roger eventually plans to do something horrible, I'll let you read to find out. It's a very engaging plot line, I do have to say!

If I'd have to rate this book giving it movie ratings for the words used in the book I'd rate it an R. It had swear words in it, which I don't really enjoy reading, and it was really graphic. It was hard read through some of the chapters because of this. I did find this story interesting because Eadon related the brothers "experiences" to Jacob and Esau in Genesis 25...which provoked me to re-read that chapter in the bible. In Genesis 25:23 it says "The LORD said to her,   “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” I think Eadon compared Marcus and Roger very similar to this verse in the bible.

If you're into new age and suspense books you'd probably enjoy this book. It just isn't the type of book I'm used to reading.


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Here you can find out more about Jack Eadon.

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I received this book free for my review and was compensated for the review, but all the opinions are solely my own.

Moments to Remember: Sucker Sharing

#1 has a lot of candy from his Valentine's Party at preschool and he asked to have a sucker one afternoon. I allowed it. Then, #2 came running up to him, and he asked do you want some. She said yes. He shared. ALL on his own. This happened a lot during the sucker eating time. I'm so proud of my children for sharing all on their own!



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Read Across America

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."


While I'm not "in a school" this year, I still like to "take part" in some great moments in literacy. Literacy is so important for your children. We started reading to #1 and #2 BEFORE they were even born, no wonder both kids LOVE books! This week is Read Across America week. It's a part of NEA’s national reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!

So this week we'll be making sure we do our daily reading of 15 minutes (if not more) accompanied by various Dr. Seuss crafts! Tune in Friday to see what we will have accomplished by the end of the week! Why Dr. Seuss you ask? "Dr. Seuss epitomizes a love of children and learning. Also, his use of rhyme makes his books an effective tool for teaching young children the basic skills they need to be successful. When we celebrate Dr. Seuss and reading, we send a clear message to America's children that reading is fun and important (source)."


Its OK for Kids to Participate in Worship


When I was a kid I felt like I had to be quiet in church, couldn't make a sound. Thus I didn't really participate. It was a bit later when my mom (who was the Sunday School Music Director) told me it was OK to sing...I had to be TOLD it was ok, because it was stressed so much to me when I was wee little that I needed to be quiet and sit still.

Yes, it is important for kids to be IN worship with you. I don't believe in "kids church" and "adult's church" meaning having Sunday School the SAME TIME as church...it is some of the churches way of getting parents in the door when children go to Sunday school. I think we went to a church or two like this while we were in seminary. Anyway, at our church its recommended that you "transition" your 3 year old to worship with you, so by 4, they are sitting with you in church. I'm slowly working on that with #1, but #2 wants to do EVERYTHING #1 does, so its hard by myself....just ask some congregation members about 3 weeks ago #2 "escaped" and ran up to Pastor at the end of service...thankfully everyone thought it was "cute".

Anyway, true reason for the post. This past Sunday in church we went to our "late" service which is a contemporary service with drums, guitars and singers. #1 LOVES to play the drums. So he LOVES this church service, we usually switch services every other Sunday. So while the drums started playing for the opening song today, #1 leaned over to me in church and politely asked "can I dance on the chairs". Hey, at least he asked! I responded "no, but you can dance in the aisle. I'm sure the people behind us thought it was funny and cute. I think its great. He WANTS to be in worship. I think there is nothing wrong with sharing your joy and love for Jesus while dancing. He did great.

My kids usually go to the nursery during the sermon right now, #1 will join me shortly we're working our way "out" of the nursery for him. After the sermon there was communion and so I went to get the kids. They both listen very well and do very well. Its a BIT hard because Pastor gives us communion and sometimes this is the first time the kids have "seen" him all day, since he leaves before they get up in the morning on Sundays. We've worked around that. My next problem is #2 and communion. She wants to participate SOOO badly. She puts her little hand out and asks for the bread and she almost knocked some wine cups out of the wine tray today! She's so eager. What I do to let both of the kids do is take a wine cup (either mine, or another that's already been set down) and put the communion cup in the little holders for the wine cups.

Singing. This is something kids are great at. It's ok if they don't know the right words, long as they aren't shouting at the top of their lungs. Both my kids love to hold a hymnal or a bulletin and sing the songs or "pretend" they are singing. They feel they are part of worship. That is whats important to me.

"Praying". While Pastor prays #2 talks too. I think its her way of praying too. Children love to imitate! Its ok that kids talk in church, someone once told me, its just the way they talk back to the pastor!

Both of the kids love music. At the ending song in worship this Sunday #2 starting noticing people were raising their hands, so she decided to too! She was Praising God and she didn't really even know it. She was just being observant and doing what people around her were doing. Gave me goosebumps.

Our church does a special benediction, which I LOVE. It goes like this. Pastor: The Lord Bless You, the Lord Keep You, The Lord look upon you with favor and grant you peace. People: And the people took the blessing (as we're holding our arms wide open), and held it in their hearts (bring our hands to our hearts). Both my kids LOVE doing this. They know what they're doing. Holding Jesus in their hearts, as #1 tells me.

So, your child can participate in worship in little ways. Don't feel ashamed if your child makes a peep, its OK!

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Coupon Commercial

JcPenny has a new marketing strategy. I haven't been there since they changed their "no coupon" policy so I can't say its better or worse, but this commercial just cracks me up!!

Sunday Coupon Savings!

I LOVE DOUBLERS!!! I don't typically go shopping on Sunday, only when there is doublers and great deals! This shopping was done at Albertsons using doublers and Catalinas from a previous shopping trip. This was a great savings day for our family and the ONLY groceries we're buying this week! 

 3 PB GM Cereal -$1.75 - doubled $1/1
1 Lucky Charms Cereal $1.75 doubled $1 Cat
2 Nilla Waffers (kids love these...) 3.39 doubled 2-$1/1
1 gallon Choc Milk used FREE catalina, so paid .29 (cat was only 4.50)
4 Steamfresh veggies BIG bags $2.50 doubled 2-$1/1
4 Dole Salad in ad coupon .77/ea
8 bananas 1.46
4 bananas .86 - was supposed to be FREE with nilla waffer purchase but she only did .50 just realized it...boo
2 Tomatoes 1.17
1 apple.56
4 pears1.49
10 Michelina's Gourmet Meals (easy lunches for kids). sale 10/$5 doubled 2-$1/5 (.10 each)
Bought for a friend out of town:
6 Albertsons Mac and Cheese .39/ea
6 Chicken broth .39/ea
Total OOP was 9.50 (good considering the produce itself was $5!)


Total WITHOUT coupons would've been $71.28...so a 87% saving!

What were your coupon savings this week?

Resurrection Cookies

 I want to share with you something you can do with your children during this season of lent...or even Easter Sunday!

I've never heard of these until just recently when I was reading a Christian parenting magazine and it had suggested doing these with your child, making the cookies the evening before Easter. I know I'm going to be doing this with #1 and #2...it will probably become a new tradition in our family!

To make the cookies, you will need:

  • 1 ziplock bag
  • a hammer
  • 1 cup whole pecans (or chocolate chips if you have a nut allergy)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • tape
  • Bible

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 300°. Do NOT skip this very first (VERY IMPORTANT) step!

2. Begin following the chart below. Read the scriptures to the child and discuss each part of making the cookies and how it relates to the Resurrection.

Cookie Instructions Biblical Correlation & Explanation Corresponding Bible Verses
Place pecans in ziplock bag and let the child beat them with a hammer. Jesus was arrested and beaten by the Roman soldiers.
John 19:1-3
Let the child smell the vinegar and put it into the mixing bowl. When Jesus was thirsty on the cross, the soldiers gave him vinegar to drink.
John 19:28-30
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Jesus gave His life to give life to us.
John 10:10-11
Sprinkle salt into the child’s hand and let them taste it. Brush remaining salt into bowl. Salty tears were shed by Jesus’ followers.
Luke 23:27
Add sugar to the bowl. The “sweet” part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us! He wants us to know and belong to Him.
Psalms 34:8
John 3:16
Beat ingredients on high speed for 15 minutes or until stiff peaks form. White represents our sins being cleansed by Jesus.
Isaiah 1:18
John 3:1-3
Fold in beaten nuts and drop teaspoon sizes of the mixture onto a cookie sheet covered with wax paper. The mounds represent the rocky tomb where Jesus’ body was laid.
Matthew 27:57-60
Place cookie sheet in oven and turn it OFF!!! Give the child a piece of tape to seal the oven door. Jesus was placed in His tomb and it was sealed.
Matthew 27:65-66
Go to bed. (Explain that they may be sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.) Jesus’ followers were sad and in despair when His tomb was sealed.
John 16:20,22
On Resurrection morning, open the oven and eat cookies, taking notice of the cracked surface and that the cookies are hollow. On the first Resurrection, Jesus’ followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty.
Matthew 28:1-9

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Thankful Cross Project

While I've been searching to find activities to do with the kids to talk about Lent and Easter I thought we'd work with crosses...I thought about various things we could do and decided to keep it simple. Since #1 LOVES to cut paper right now, we decided to find things in magazines that we were thankful we had (some of them it was a stretch) and then used our Modge Podge. Both kids found joy in looking through the magazines.

 #1 cut carefully at times, then not so carefully at other times.
 #2 just enjoyed tearing the paper
 After cutting out all our pictures, we put modge podge on the cross, then put our pictures on, and we did one more layer of glue on top, just to be sure!
Here are two finished products, both of which are #1s, the one of the left is one he did completely on his own, the one on the right is with guidance from me.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Girls Night

We had a girls night a couple weeks ago. We made coasters with our homemade modge podge. It was a wonderful evening with girls, crafts and good conversations! My friend Kristin hosted it at her house. We used regular white tiles from Home-Depot (16 cents a piece), the modge podge and craft paper or pictures. It was a great craft for almost until $3 (for a set of 4 coasters)! Here is a snapshot of our evening!

You'll need a set of coasters....

Craft paper & modge podge

My friend Kristin working on her amazing coasters. 

Another example of someones coasters

Our whole group, minus Kristin who's taking the picture. I'm in the red! 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

FREE Redbox Codes

Why not treat yourself and your family to a free movie rental this weekend?  Here’s a list of free Redbox rental codes so that you can make it happen!  Be sure to look at the locations each code can be used, since some codes are area-specific.  Remember that each code can only be used once per credit card and that some codes may be regional.
  • RENTONME
  • DVDONME
  • WALGREENS (Only at Walgreens)
  • DVDATMAC (Only at McDonalds)
  • REDBOX (First time rental code)
  • DRIVEIN (Only at Sonic)
  • DVDATWAG (Only at Walgreens)
  • BREAKROOM
If your a part of the Redbox text club they also send you ONE free DVD rental a month. Pastor and I are both a part of the club, and we typically get the free movie on the same day (which just so happened to be TODAY), but hey, two free movies a month is a great deal!


Thanks, The Krazy Coupon Lady

Jelly Beans

This is the one BIG prolonged project the kids and I are going to be doing for lent. It may shed light on how we're waiting for Christ.

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, we set out a glass jar #1 and #2, and gave each of them a coloring sheet to color with the jellybean prayer taped to it. Pastor and I talked about a behavior to go with each jelly bean color. Each day the kids can earn a jellybean of any color they followed through on.  They can not eat the jellybeans until Easter. The kids can not earn white jellybeans, as these represent the Grace of Christ, which is a gift not earned ourselves.  On Easter morning, the kids will wake up to find their jars filled up where they were still empty (lacking) with white jellybeans (Christ's grace) 

This is how we're doing each color. Reminder #1 is three and #2 is eighteen months. 
  • Red is for the blood He gave (each morning we're choosing something to sacrifice that day to earn the red jellybean...might not watch TV, might give up playing with a toy, etc.)
     
  • Green is for the grass He made (green jellybeans were earned for good deeds.  It was a good dead to provide shade for Jesus with the palm)
     
  • Yellow is for the sun so bright (yellow jellybeans were earned for sharing God's light through kindness to others, ie sharing toys, not fighting)
     
  • Orange is for the edge of night (orange jellybeans were earned for listening behavior during bedtime routine ie. prayer time and night time bible story)
     
  • Black/Blue is for the sins we made (these were earned for going to bed good. using blue as kids don't eat the black ones)
     
  • White is for the grace HE gave. (these we could not earn as mentioned above)
     
  • Purple is for His hour of sorrow (we earned these through apologizing to anyone we hurt with our words or deeds that day)
     
  • Pink is for our new tomorrow (pink jellybeans were earned when we forgave those who apologized to us for hurtful behavior)
Pastor just pointed out that each child could get 240 jellybeans over this period...we're just keeping it SIMPLE and doing ONE color a day....we'll eat them over time, AFTER Easter!


 #1 coloring his Jelly Bean Prayer, #2 was tired, I found this out when she literally THREW her crayons at me.
 Look, I used the DIY Modge Podge, again! We used quart size applesauce jars, but I think these are going to be WAY too big...because they will be only HALF full, which then means they'll get HALF more white jelly beans (well we're going to do the butter popcorn ones for white...because those are a favorite). Oh well. It'll be a good VISUAL lesson I think!
 The "Jesus" one is for #2 and the words explaining what each jelly bean is for is for #1, on the cover I also put what "we're" aiming for, for jelly beans, because you know I'd forget 25 days in!
 Day 1, well, afternoon 1. The blue and orange for bedtime (note I could not find PURPLE Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, so we're using the Dr. Pepper ones...closest thing I could find to purple, without buying a whole extra bag!)
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