Posts tagged thrifty mama
Posts tagged thrifty mama
I love a good yard sale. The thrill of what may be there and that treasure just begging for a good home with me! I get a little charge of adrenaline when I see the sign. “Hmmm,” I say. Could this be the best yard sale ever? “Yes, it could be.” I pull my car over. Temptation sometimes gets the better of me, and I am walking out with a armload of stuff, and my wallet is 10$, 20$ or more lighter.
As you can imagine, not every yard sale has what I need, or (gasp) what I want. Sometimes, it’s just junk or worse it is really great junk that I really don’t need or can’t afford. The end result is clutter and my family’s finances spent unwisely. My plumber-man would completely agree.
I am prone to be tempted, wander, gawk, and buy. Sadly, if I need it or not. Truth is garage sales for me can equal temptation and wandering away from God. I know this about myself, and I carefully have to keep myself in check, for example a set budget, purpose, and appropriated time. But more often than not, I just don’t go.
Deciphering temptation is difficult. Sometimes it’s best just to run from it. Timothy 2:22 tells us, “ Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” For me, I keep driving and don’t stop. I do not put my self smack-dab-in-the-middle of temptation. Same holds true to other temptations whether that be food, people, or anything that leads you away from the Lord. Bottom line, it is temptation.
Romans 6:17 states “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.” If you find yourself at a cross roads, veered off your path, or completely lost, no matter how many steps you take away from God, it only takes one step to get back to righteousness, to obedience, to Him. Just One.
We may wander when something catches our eye and tempts us off our path with the Lord, but obedience brings us back to God. He is there waiting for us to choose righteousness, faith, love, and peace. He is waiting for us, one step away, to turn away from sin and captivity.
“Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” Proverbs 31:11
I have been wanting to write a catch up post for a while. There are a million little things that I have been wanting to share with you. Really, a million. Well, okay, maybe not a million but quite a few.
First, many of you know P31Wife was at the Sisters’ Show last weekend. We had a wonderful turnout, and I got to hang with a group of insanely creative, Godly women. Seriously, I am their biggest fan and #1 groupie! Here is a pic of all of us (minus my mama-homey Ashley who came after work.) At the end of our show there was some trading going on between us girls. Let’s just say I am thrilled to be able to know such crafty mamas. Thank you Sisters, Emily and Monica, for inviting me at your show. I cannot wait for the Fall Sisters’ Show!
My family is on day 76 today with our Reading Promise! It has really transformed our little family. Each of us love our time reading and our time with the heroes and heroines of the books we share. So far, there is a family wide consensus that Ramona needs a spanking, and she does not need a boyfriend (wahoo). And, Junie B reigns as our family favorite. I will be sharing our completed list when we reach our goal of 100 days.
I have done a couple Pinterest projects that I love. I did this to my Laundry Room, and I love it. Since I have a toddler, I left the three bottom shelves free of cleaners just in case he manages to get the child proof door handle open that he is not tall enough to reach. Yes, you can never be too careful.
I made these for this little super reader. They are Sight Word Legos. She is in Kindergarten and reading like crazy. She already knows all Sight Words. She amazes me. She was a little frustrated at first because she couldn’t find what she was looking for, so I added a few extra articles, nouns, and verbs. This Lego set came from a thrift store for a whopping 2$. This was a great project. It keeps her hands and mind busy. My second grader loves it too.
I have lost 27 pounds on my Weight Watcher journey since I started January 2nd of this year. I am super happy and excited with how God has changed my life. I am healthier and happier. Here are my before and after photos. Sorry for the goofy cell phone pic in advance. (And, I have no idea why the pic is so much smaller.) If you want to read my first post about my Weight Loss Journey go here. There is more to come on this subject, much more.
Finally, Lent is over and our 40 Bags in 40 Days project is over. One of the awesome ladies I did this project with had this to say, “
Teacher Sock Love
One of my favorite things to do is bring my kids’ teachers a little love. This Valentine’s Day I made these sock jars for them. (My inspiration came from here. Thanks Kerin, from Stamps, Paper, Glitter for the inspiration and sharing your work.)
Here is what you need:
Here is how I did it:
I filled the jars up with candy. I placed the socks over the lid and a piece of curling ribbon over the socks. Then, I threaded the ring over the socks and ribbon and secured it on to the jar. Next, I pulled the ribbon up and tied a knot. Finally, I placed a curling ribbon around the socks to bunch them up like a flower and tied a bow. It is really easy. The directions make it seem complicated. It is not.
For the card, I simply wrote a message that said “Dear Valentine, you knock our socks off! Happy Valentine’s Day. Love, Us.” The cards were simple notecards that you would normaly use for thank yous or anything. They were less than 5$ at Walmart.
On the cards, I put paper clips that are bookmarks. They are adorable, super easy to make, and they loved them. I made some for you too. Come back for a chance to win a dozen, some for you and maybe to share with a friend.
The great thing about this simple and inexpensive gift is that you could change it up for any type of holiday or occassion. Who doesn’t love cute socks and a little bit of love?! I also included our awesome postal worker, Cubscout Leader, and that wonderful bus driver who brings my children home safely every day. I love to give love that doesnt break the bank. My plumberman does too.
Mostly, I heart teachers!
See you later for the giveaway!
“She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.” Proverbs 31:13
Here are the easy-peasy directions for the Valentine:
Here is my Pinterest inspiration for the one I made. The banner is super cute across the front too.
The whole project, since I had the frames, scrapbook paper, and ribbon, cost about 40 cents (just to print the pictures). If you had to buy the rest, you could still do 2 frames easily for less than 5$. My plumber-man loves that. One for a friend and one for you, oh-how-I love that!
Happy Crafting, my friends.
“She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands,” Proverbs 31:13
This is an easy peasy no sew project. Well at least that is how I did it. You could sew it, and here is the pinterest link and inspiration for my project.
It took my daughter (5) (and a little help from me with a glue gun) about a half hour to do. Maybe less. It was really easy. Here is how we did it:
She was thrilled. She loved that she did it herself, and wants to make them as brithday gifts. You could get these at the Dollar Store. This one I chose from Khol’s and it was 50% off when I bought it. The plumber will like that. Plus for any of you non-crafters out there…(yep, I am talking to you VDWer)…you don’t have to be “crafty” to do it. How about you? What have you found on Pinterest that you just have to make?
The Plumber’s 31 Wife
“Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her” Proverbs 31:28.