Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Today's topic is hair. What a topic for me. I love my hair. I love to style it all different ways, it's fun and my hubby loves my hair, too. I have had it short several times over the years, but always end up growing it back out. I keep layers cut in it so it's very versatile. I have some natural wave, so I'm able to wear it curly if I use curl spray and scrunch it, that's a very quick fix for me after I have showered, so that happens fairly often.
This pic is when my hair was shorter and darker, but you get the point of the curliness.
I also wear my hair straight fairly often. I usually just let it dry by itself or do a quick blow dry and then run the flat iron through it. If I do that then I had some volume at the crown. I'm no fan of flat hair. If I'm just hanging around the house I may not add the volume, I might just brush it out, but because of the layers it still looks like it has a style.I don't know why that pic is so tiny, but it is. I couldn't make it any bigger.
I also like to curl my hair. I do this with a curling iron and it takes me about 15 minutes from start to finish. I usually do that for date night or if I'm getting dressed up or sometimes just because I want to. My husband likes BIG hair, so this really suits his fancy.I also do the occasional ponytail or pull just the sides back in a clip or put my bangs back in a bobby pins with some volume. If I'm going out and wear a ponytail I'll add some volume at the crown then put it up and let my bangs sweep to the side. If I'm wearing a ponytail at home I put it all back.
As you can see from the pics my hair is colored. It has been MANY colors over the years. I love coloring it. I would change the color more often if I could, but it seems I've settled into the blonde. My husband really likes it, it doesn't require much maintenance (I only have to have it done every 2-3 months) and it hides my gray really well. I have a gray streak in my bangs (thanks DAD!) and when I was doing the darker colors I had to color it every 3-4 weeks. Not fun, but at 33 I refuse to look like a skunk. I started coloring it when I was 14, why in the world would I stop now. LOL
So that's the lowdown on my hair. I think most days it looks pretty feminine and like I've done something to it. I do not ever spend more than 15-20 minutes on it and most of the time it's much less time than that.
Hop on over to The Family Revised to read what others have to say about their hair.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
I've been wanting to get in on this for a while now. Seems I was not thinking of it until Saturdays. Glad my friend Pam at www.trooppetrie.blogspot.com got in on the fun today and that served as a reminder for me to try it out. You should too!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
P.S. I have recently seen that Wilton and Pampered Chef have something very similar.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
1 box sugar free lime jello
1/4 C. boiling water
2 - 8 oz. containers light lime yogurt
8 oz. fat free cool whip
1 - 9" low fat graham cracker crust
Dissolve jello in boiling water. Cool slightly
Stir in yogurt.
Fold in cool whip.Pour into crust and chill.
Cut into 8 slices. 3 points per slice.
Pretty stinkin' easy. You can also make many other flavors, just match your jello to your yogurt. Lots of possibilities there (peach, lemon, strawberry, strawberry-banana, raspberry, etc.)
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
2c. strawberries sliced
2c. vanilla fat free yogurt (can use plain)
1 box fat free sugar free instant pudding mix (small box) [I prefer using white chocolate flavored, but you can use vanilla or strawberry]
2 c. fat free cool whip
Place strawberries in the bottom of an 8x8 casserole dish. Stir pudding mix into yogurt and spread mixture over strawberries, then spread cool whip over the top.
Serves 8 (1 WW point per serving)
Monday, March 22, 2010
BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP
2 [10 ounce] cans chunk chicken, drained
Spread cream cheese on the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish. Combine chicken, dressing and wing sauce and spread over cream cheese. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top and bake at 350* until cheese is melting (the chicken mixture will probably be bubbling around the edges).
I have made this twice and we LOVE it! The other night I was "winging it" and just using what we had. I had one block of cream cheese, 4 small cans of chicken and very little hot wing sauce. So, I used a smaller dish and just had a thicker layer of chicken. I also added vinegar, hot sauce and salt to make up for my lack of enough wing sauce. It was FABULOUS! I do think you could probably leave out the two cheeses for a lighter version and it would still be really good. We ate it with tortilla chips, but you could use crackers, etc.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
When I have time I'll try to find the recipe that was similar to what I did.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Venison cube steak cooked on the George Foreman grill with homemade (sort of) steak sauce
Garlic rosemary dice potatoes
Steamed Broccoli with cheddar cheese
and last but certainly not least,
Your mouth is watering, isn't it???
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Monday, March 15, 2010
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Sunday, March 14, 2010
If you are contemplating divorce and have children, do ALL that you can to work it out! See a good Christian counselor, die to yourself and be willing to put in a ton of work, effort and love even if your spouse is not doing the same. Trust the Father's plan for marriage. Be the husband/wife He has called you to be, regardless of who your spouse is being and trust Him to do a great work in your marriage. I promise it is possible!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
If money were no object I would have the Pampered Chef version and honestly that will probably be one of my freebie or discounted items when I host another party. I especially want their mini-loaf pan.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
As I said before we are eating out of the freezer and pantry. So, today I decided chilli would be the easiest thing to take with us. I don't have bell pepper or onion, so I had to be a little more creative. I ended up using 1 lg. can of tomatos, one can of rotel, three cans of dark red kidney beans, 1 can of green chillis, 2 packets of chilli seasoning and some minced dried onions. I also had ground beef already browned in the freezer. So it literally took me 5 minutes or less to combine all of the ingredients in the crockpot and turn it on. In my book, you can't beat that!
Monday, March 8, 2010
Yes, you saw that correctly the first child shares a birthday with my daughters. I found it intriguing that two of my searches led me to him. We'll see.........
Also, a group of bloggers are in Kenya now learning about an area that Compassion helps. You can read about what they are experiencing HERE.
We've had a lot of expenses lately, most of which I should have planned for, I just did not think about them. Since the first of the year we've had to buy dance recital dresses, pay for Mason to play baseball, I totally messed up the house payment (I was way too tired for multi-tasking and trying to understand a new banking system and GOOFED), the girls birthday and weekend getaway and a bunch of other junk. So, it seems that we are finding ourself in a position that requires being REALLY careful with our money, or more like we aren't spending any. Thanks to Mr. Dave Ramsey we have some savings, but we are trying not to touch it. We're not broke or poor (compared to most of the rest of the world we are truly wealthy), but we just need to be careful. And guess what.......I'm so THANKFUL that we are in this position. We've been living like a bunch of spoiled brats, not thinking about where our money is going or being careful enough with it so we could be generous in areas and this has brought me back to a place of frugality. I used to be so frugal and I loved it. It was so fun to save money. It sort of felt like beating the system and it impresses my hubby and I LOVE that! So this week I've found myself being self-controlled (go figure, guess I needed some work on those fruits) and creative and it's FUN! So what have I been doing.
~Yesterday I went to 2 stores and bought NOTHING! I didn't need anything anyway, so why do I feel compelled to buy something just because it's a good deal????
~We went to my Mom's for lunch (we actually do that most Sunday's so it wasn't very creative, but it did save me money) and we ended up staying for supper too. It was such a relaxing day and I didn't have to feed my family once. Mom had a TON of leftovers from my brother's birthday dinner, so we all ate those and we just had corn dogs for supper (None of us were very hungry after lunch anyway).
~Today I finally made homemade laundry detergent. I've had the ingredients for ages, but didn't have a 5 gallon bucket to make it in. I finally found a 2 gallon recipe. I didn't have a 2-gallon bucket either, but I did have a few old laundry jugs that we'd been saving (okay, okay they were just here because we'd all been to lazy to get them in the garbage). I made the detergent in a lg. pot on the stove and then poured it into the bottles. It will have to set up overnight before we can use it, but we still have a little store bought left. HERE'S where I found the recipe. I think I'll be getting more ideas from her site as well. I have read that this is fine for HE washers.
~I also found 2 bottles of half used fabric softener, so I diluted those with water. When I was a teen and lived with my uncle he did that all the time and it still worked great. I've read about another way that the Duggars do it (which you can find HERE), but I think my kids might make too big a mess with it their way so we'll stick to this for now.
We'll be eating out of the freezer and cabinets for a while, but honestly we should have been doing that anyway. To be truthful we will financially be back to normal in a few days, but I'm praying I'll get back into my old frugal habits and stay there. I have lots of ideas on how to put some extra money to good use, so we are gonna be busy working to make those ideas become reality. This is gonna be fun!
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Saturday, March 6, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
1. What's your guilty pleasure?
I'm trying to think what that would be. I'm sure there is one.......Probably just eating sweets when my kids aren't around so I don't have to share. That's awful, I know, but I'm thinking most Mom's do this.
2. What is your favorite TV series?
I really don't watch a ton of TV. Most of what I watch is what my kids or my hubby likes. Right now though, I love The Biggest Loser.
3. Can you speak any foreign languages?
No. I can count in spanish and Korean and I know the sign language alphabet and several signs. I hope to finish learning sign language some day.
4. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
I'd be ashamed to even count! I know I have 4 pairs of tennis shoes (2 pr. are old and I wear those when I might be getting dirtly) and too many pairs of dress shoes and WAY too many pairs of flip flops and boy am I ready for flip flop weather!
5. What's your favorite kind of M&M's...peanut, almond, straight up regular, etc.?
I really like peanut m&m's, but hands down my favorite are peanut butter. I actually potty trained all of my children using those!
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
~Shop sales and begin couponing
~Make out two weeks worth of menus and grocery list based off of what is available from sales and couponing
~Pre-cooking as much as possible
~Making healthy, easy to prepare choices
So far I'm shopping sales, doing a tiny bit of pre-cooking and attempting to make healthier easy to prepare choices. The only pre-cooking I've done so fare is ground beef. When I buy it I'm going ahead and cooking all of it, seperating it into ziploc bags and placing it in the freezer. I plan to cook up some chicken, shred it and freeze it as well. Those or some of the simple pre-cooking plans, but the girls and I have bigger plans along those lines as well. So thankful they are interested in helping in the kitchen. It takes a lot of the load off of me and helps them learn to do these things for their own families.
I got some fabulous deals this weekend at the grocery stores in a nearby town. I spent about $100 and bought a BUNCH of breakfast foods, meats and veggies. Speaking of veggies.....One of the stores that I went to had Birds Eye Steamfresh veggies for less than 90 cents. I am in love. They are so YUMMY and EASY! I'm definitely sold and will be buying lots of these everytime I see them on sale.
On the simple healthy meal front I have realized that for me it's easier to provide a meat and veggies. Last night I cooked pork chops (I got lean sirloin pork chops for 99 cents per lb.), broccoli w/cheese (This was the Birds Eye, it took 5 min. in the microwave then I sprinkled just a bit of cheddar over it and stuck it in the oven for a min. or two to melt the cheese) and mashed potatoes (I found country crock potatoes on clearance at the local store for 99 cents). Supper was finished in less than 20 minutes and I only spent about $4 on the entire meal. Tonight we had sirloin beef roast (got it on sale for $1.99 per lb.) potatoes ($1.88 for 8 lbs.) and green beans (These were the Birds Eye as well, they took 6 min. in the microwave). I cooked the roast and potatoes in the crock pot all day. The skin of the potatoes is said to house many of the nutrients an no one here minds eating it, so I just laid the potatoes on the cutting board and quickly quartered, then diced them. I probably had 10 minutes of prep in this entire meal. It was very yummy and super cheap. I think I spent about $7, but we have enough leftovers for a full meal. So that makes that meal come to about $3.50 per night.
I'm sure I'm not gonna find those veggies on sale like that all the time, so I think I'm gonna invest in Pampered Chefs micro-steamer, it's actually pretty inexpensive and I could just put frozen veggies in there and have the same result.
One other goal is to eat more green veggies. Honestly this is hardest for me, but I'm getting much better. So far we are all eating salad, broccoli, green beans, brussel sprouts, turnip greens (I tolerate those), everyone but me will eat green peas and I hope to try to feed them all asparagus really soon.
What do all of you do that makes meal time easy?