Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Reusing Jars

I once heard this quote in regards to using reusable bags: "it's not much but it's something I can do." In a world where we hear so much about recycling, our carbon footprint, poor air quality, and the landfills filling up, etc. I find it difficult to not do anything. I am, however, not "green" by any means but along with the reusable bags at the grocery store, reusing glass jars is the little part that I can contribute.

Here is part of one shelf that I have full of empty jars. All different shapes & sizes. Anyone need some?
Just let me know!

Here are some of the jars I'm currently reusing. I keep them with my baking stuff and they have things  that I've emptied out of bags into them- croutons, dried cranberries, nuts, chocolate chips, etc.
Besides food storage (I'm sure you've all heard of the dangers of certain plastics), there are many other great uses for jars- I gave my kids Valentine's in them this year. I made one into a snow globe as a way of giving a gift card (like this: They can also be used for cookies in a jar type gifts, as vases, to drink out of, as candle holders, to make your own candles in. The possibilities are endless!

Do you reuse your glass jars? What for?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Something Fun For Today

I started a post about some thoughts and feelings I'm having right now but decided that's way too heavy for this Monday morning! Last week was a rough one and I'm thinking starting this week lamenting over that is not a good idea. I'm looking forward to a GREAT week, with lots of fun things in store, and maybe even a baby. So, lets start the week with a fun blog post!

Yes, it's very possible I could be having a baby any day now. I'm 37 1/2 weeks pregnant... only 17 days until my due date! I was 8 days early with Aidan, who I went into labor with naturally and was induced 11 days early with Connor. I have a very strong feeling that Emmett will make his appearance sometime yet this month.

I found this super cute idea on Pinterest for making a keepsake out of baby shower cards and it was so easy to do, I thought I'd share (would also be great for wedding cards- in fact, that might be what the original one I saw was for.)

Basically, you just hole punch the cards then add rings to hold them together. I contemplated using ribbon but thought that would be harder to feed through the holes and also more difficult to flip through the cards. It would certainly be prettier, though!

Then, you can flip through the cards like a book.

And I have written on the back of the cards the gift that came with it. This makes writing thank yous and reminiscing later very easy.

I've been working on another baby project that is finally complete. I just have to get my wonderful husband to hang them on the wall and then I'll take pics and share. Quite possibly one of my very favorite projects ever and I'm so excited!!!

Well, that fun blog post did me some good. I hope it did for you, too. Have a great week and try to focus on going forward and not what's happened in the past. Unless, of course, it's to learn from it so that going forward can be all that much better!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Cookbook or Internet?

Last night, I was trying to plan our menu for the next week and a half and we have some random ingredients that I'd like to use up. I started to grab for a cookbook but then decided that it would be much quicker to do an internet search for "recipe using canned yams." (Don't ask. It's actually a cute story, maybe I'll do a post about it someday...)

And this got me wondering, as I often do, how many people actually use cookbooks anymore. I would love to say that I do but I don't. It's really so convenient to just search on the internet. Especially when dealing with specific ingredients. Yet, I can't seem to bring myself to get rid of my cookbooks.

The one cookbook I do love is the one I made myself, it's full of recipes that our family LOVES (the striped binder on the end). It is full of tried and loved recipes!

Inside the front cover of my regular cookbooks, I write favorite recipes and the page they're found on. That way, I don't have to go digging too far if I am looking for a specific recipe. What I need to do is take those recipes and type them out and put them in my binder.

Then again, when you're as good of a cook as me, who needs a cookbook? HA! Just kidding. But, I did whip up a dinner last night out of some random things in our fridge and it turned out pretty good so I thought I'd share. When we don't know what to make for dinner and we want something fast and easy, we usually go for chicken and rice casserole, made up of cooked cubed chicken, a cup or two of rice, and whatever else we can find to throw in it. Last night, we added some cream cheese, veggie dip, salsa, and shredded cheese.

Dan said he was good until I put in the veggie dip then he wasn't so sure but he ended up liking it. It was pretty spicy and full of flavor!

Whether you're a cookbook or internet fan, happy cooking! And don't be afraid to experiment a little. Sometimes it turns out and sometimes it turns into takeout but it's always fun!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Shepherding Our Children

The hard drive crashed in the desktop yesterday so after figuring out what would be the best route to take, Hubs decided to buy a new desktop. He's been busy setting that up tonight and I was bored so I decided to read more of "Shepherding a child's heart" by Tedd Tripp. I started it a while ago when I was working out at the gym but haven't read it in a while.

What I read tonight rocked my world.

It's not new scripture to me. And probably not new to you, either.

Ephesians 6:1-3 says "Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, which is the first commandment with a promise: that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

But the way it was explained, expanded on is something that I've never really given much consideration before. First off, I have to say it's not about US, the parents. Sure, I am aware that my children are supposed to honor and obey me. It's not about laying down the law and demanding honor and obedience.

Why are our children to honor and obey us? Because it pleases God. I know this and I tell it to my kids but that's just surface level. Tripp takes it a step further. WHY is it important to please God? Because raising kids who honor and obey their parents is about their relationship with God. By honoring and obeying us, they are kept under God's covering, within his covenant blessing- he promised that if they honor their father and mother, theat it will go well for them and they will enjoy long life on earth.

Our children need to honor and obey us because it benefits THEM. It is for their sake, not our own, that we need to require honor and obedience.

In addition, our children need to know that obedience is a response to God; we are made for God, we have a duty to Him, we OWE him obedience. Our children will never submit to us if they don't understand this. They need to see living in terms of bringing glory to God.

It's so easy when we're instructing our kids to tell them do this, don't do that. And to remind them that the Bible commands them to obey their parents. But what about the promise? Oh, there's a promise! A wonderful promise that we should not be neglecting to teach our children.

I'd like to add another verse to this. Ephesians 6:4 says "Fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord." What do you suppose we do when we make honor and obedience about us? Provoke them to wrath. That's exactly what it does to them. How frustrating it must be to them to be told do this, don't do that. But to not know WHY.

Eye opening and heart breaking yet encouraging and inspiring. I am going to try, and I encourage you to do the same if you're not already, to remember the promise when we instruct our children. To remember it's not about us, it's about them and their relationship with God. I think this is going to be revolutionary in our parenting and in our kids' relationships with God.


Friday, April 5, 2013

It's Been a While!

I can't believe how long it's been since I've done a new blog post. And so much has happened! I feel like such a slacker.

Truth is, at 35 weeks pregnant, all I have time or energy for is kids, maybe a little cleaning, and sleep! I have been out of prenatal vitamins and therefore have been forgetting my iron also. But, I got a refill on my prenatals and have been taking them and my iron consistently for a couple of days now and I'm hoping that makes a difference in my energy levels. Some day soon, nesting should kick in, right? I actually feel like I WANT to do a lot right now, just don't have the energy and the kids are home for spring break so maybe next week... I feel like I need to get on top of things and stay there so that I don't get even more behind when I'm in the hospital!

My mother-in-law's side of the family threw a fabulous shower for me last week. Such a great group of ladies, fun games, delicious food, and whoa- what a blessing of gifts! Somehow, they managed to pick three of my favorite foods without me even telling them- doesn't it look wonderful?!

I have one more project to do in Emmett's room but my girlfriend came over last week and helped me hang these fun things above the changing area:

And the crib is all ready, just needs a baby!

See that pillow on the right? My super sewer of an aunt made that for me. I'm thrilled with how it matches the rest of the decor!!! I will post pics of my last, and probably favorite project soon. Hopefully it turns out. It might be a tad beyond my abilities :)

The other big thing that happened is I had a birthday. Phew. Half way to 70. Here is a pic of me at 35 years old and 35 weeks pregnant.

I hope everyone is enjoying the sunshine and spring break!