Monday, March 31, 2014

10 Goals For This Week

Eli insisted I take a picture of this rock last week.  I'm hoping to spend lots of time enjoying the little things this week.
I think Spring is finally here, maybe?  Dare I hope such a thing since it did snow last week?  Here are a few of the things I hope to accomplish this week:

Family/Marriage/Mothering Goals
1.  Let Elijah choose one activity to do with me each afternoon.
2.  Attend Flower Buds with Elijah.
3.  Graduate from Financial Peace University.

Homemaking Goals
4.  Turn Eli's torn pants into shorts.
5.  Begin making plans for Easter.
6.  Plant lettuce seeds in the landscaping.

Personal Goals
7.  Try to go to bed by 11 pm each evening.
8.  Finish reading Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full: Gospel Meditations for Busy Moms
9.  Spend time outside everyday enjoying the small things.

Ministry Goals
10.  Make a meal for a family in our church.

What goals do you have for this week?

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Amber's Bridal Shower

Simple DIY Decor Katelyn & I made for the shower.  
Guess what, guess what?  I'm getting another sister since my brother is getting married in May.  This afternoon I threw my first bridal shower in her honor.  It was a lot of work but also a tons of fun.  I am so thankful that we were able to bless our soon to be sister in this way.

We kept the decorations fairly simple.  My sister Katelyn & I made the chevron banner (the wedding date) using my Cricut.  (We copied a banner that I found on pintrest that was similar.)  I painted an 11 x 14 flat canvas with two coats of purple.  Then I attached the F that I purchased at Michael's.  I had originally planned on using my cricut and just cutting vinyl but I really enjoyed the 3D effect.

The beautiful bride with her homemade pin. 
I decided to make a pin for Amber using a pre-made burlap pin.  (I attended a baby shower in February and totally copied the idea here.)  I cut out 2 frames and stamped the word "bride" on it.  Then I attached 6 strips of ribbon to the back.  This was easy and turned out nice.

The Front Door
Thankfully I was able to borrow many decorations from a friend who had the same wedding color scheme.  For the door we attached a bouquet of silk flowers to a bunch of leftover tulle with ribbon.  I'm always kind of timid when approaching a stranger's house for the first time for a shower.  I wanted to have something that screamed "bridal shower" on the door so guests knew they were at the right home.
The beautiful toilet paper brides.  
We enjoyed playing the clothespin game (no one could cross their legs or say the bride's name), a word scramble, and toilet paper bridal fashion show.

Pictured from left to right are Myself, Evangeline, the beautiful bride Amber, my sister Rebekah, and my sister Katelyn.  
Evangeline's first bridal shower.  She is so excited to be getting another aunt!  

Dessert Table
For desserts we served muffin cookies (cookies cooked in a muffin tin), lemon cupcakes, vanilla cupcakes, and brownies.  For drinks we served sweet tea (of course), pineapple punch, and water.  We drank from mason jars and I did purchase striped paper straws.
Both the lace tablecloth and purple underlay were borrowed.  The table runner is just purple fabric that I folded since I ran out of time to make an actual table runner.  
We tried to keep the food simple and served: chicken salad, pimento cheese, rolls, croissants, a cheese ball, cheese tray, veggie tray, and fruit tray.

Cupcake Wedding Dress in Progress
After seeing a similar cupcake wedding dress on pintrest I knew I wanted to try my hand at it.  I was pleased with how it turned out.   

The beautiful bride who is soon to be a Foutch in less than two months. 
 I am so glad that we were able to celebrate Amber's upcoming marriage with family and a few of her close friends.  What a treat to welcome someone else into our family.  Amber is such a sweetheart!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Frugal Things I Did Last Week: Birthday Edition

The birthday cupcakes my baby sister (she's 13) made for me.

Last week was my birthday!  I am now the same age that my grandmother has claimed to be ever since I can remember.  :)  My husband bought me a lovely necklace from an unnamed jewelry store.  Although some would say this isn't frugal it really meant a lot to me.  He paid cash for it out of his fun money and negotiated a nice discount.  The necklace means even more knowing that he negotiated for it and used his fun (blow) money.  The happy hubby also bought me a beautiful bouquet of flowers which I happily arranged myself.  (It's crazy to pay $50 on a bouquet of flowers just because they are already cut at different heights.)  We went out to lunch where I received a free meal.  My mom then made dinner for me and I saw everyone of my five siblings & my soon to be sister-in-law.  What a treat!

We were gifted tickets to a hockey game.  This was my first time I have ever attended a hockey game and it was so much fun.  Even Evangeline had a blast!  

Eli had lots of fun playing on the playground this past week. 

I had an accident last week and dropped a large can of pineapple juice on my foot.  Unfortunately I had a nice cut on my foot and thought there was a good chance that it was broken.  Instead of going to the ER or an Urgent Care I called an orthopedic doctor who had an x-ray machine at his office.  This saved lots of money and I did not risk myself or Evangeline catching anything else at the hospital.  They were able to see me the same day and fortunately it was not broken!  I have to wear a bootie for two weeks but then I should be fine.

I stopped at Michael's to pick up some supplies to make decorations for an upcoming bridal shower that I am throwing.  I found a couple of things on clearance and used a coupon for everything else.  I am saving the receipts and plan on returning anything that we do not use.

My sister and I made a cute banner using cardstock and my cricut for the upcoming bridal shower.  I also borrowed two purple tablecloths from someone for the shower.  

We were given a coffee table and 3 rugs.  Our home has only hardwood and tile so I LOVE rugs!  Two of the rugs will be used in the basement.  One is at the foot of the guest bed and the other is a runner for the hall downstairs.  We have wanted to purchase a large rug for our living room for the past two years but it has always been at the bottom of our priority list.  Thankfully one of the rugs we received was a nice large green braided Ethan Allen rug.  The rug is in the shape of a circle and completely different from what I would have picked out but I really like it.  I think it is here to stay so I may try to find some fabric to match and finally sew curtains.
The broccoli salad that I made last week.

I babysat my cousin one day and my uncle insisted on paying me for it.  We will be putting the money towards my hospital bills from having Evangeline.  I don't know if I mentioned it before but I was able to negotiate a really nice discount with the hospital.  Now I can't wait to get them paid off!

I made kefir.

I also cooked the best vegetarian Red Pepper Soup with Quinoa.  I'll have to share it sometime.  I try to make at least one batch of soup per week even during the summer.

After a church dinner I wiped the remaining cake off of a cardboard cake board (what do you call those things) in order to reuse it for the shower that I am throwing next weekend.  I usually just cut a piece of cardboard and cover it with foil but this cake board was really pretty and would look nice at a bridal shower.  I also washed a large pan that was going to be thrown away.  I am planning on using it to start sweet potato plants.

What frugal things did you do last week? 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Evangeline Grace 5 Months Update

Our sweet Evangeline sporting her new Arkansas shirt.

Every month when Evangeline hits another monthly milestone I am amazed at how quickly time passes.  She is such a bundle of joy and brings so much delight to our home.  She weighs 18 lbs 11 oz.  I don't know how long she is but she is getting tall.  

We continue to delight in a "chubby cherub" and let me tell you I absolutely love each and every roll.  Evangeline has learned to roll over both ways and will be crawling before we know it. 

Eva's favorite thing to do is to play with her brother.  He continues to shower her with kisses and plays with her all the time.  One of Eva's favorite things to do is to play in her Johnny Jump Up.  She bounces up and down like crazy with the biggest smile on her face.  Sometimes I place the Jump Up in Eli's doorway so she can watch him and jump up and down at the same time.

Eva has also started sitting in the Bumbo seat which she loves.  We even took it with us to Sunday School last week.  (I teach the senior adult ladies' class and Eva comes with me.)  Eva has been a little bit of a distraction lately but I think the ladies enjoy having her in our class.

Her eyes are definitely brown now.  It has been so neat to watch them change colors over the past couple months.  In our family only Evangeline and Brandon have brown eyes.

Evangeline already shares a special bond with her daddy.  
Whenever Daddy walks in the room Eva's face lights up with joy and she kicks her legs like crazy.  It is one of the sweetest things ever!  I think in our family we have all adjusted to having another one among us.  I can't even begin to fathom life without the littlest Emerson.

As the weather begins to warm we have enjoyed more family activities.  We continue to enjoy long walks along the creek together.  I recently started wearing Eva in a back carry with the Ergo.  Back carries are one of my favorite ways to wear a baby.  It is wonderful to be able to keep her close to me while at the same time enjoying a walk with the family, cleaning my home, or cooking dinner.

Eva and I dropped off a cooler filled with breast milk to be donated at our local milk depot.    
Evangeline and I are both really enjoying our nursing relationship as it continues to thrive.  It's always nice when you pass the stage in breastfeeding when you can honestly say that breastfeeding is easy.  (It wasn't easy for us at first and I would encourage anyone to seek help from a lactation consultant.)  I love the above picture which shows Eva sharing some of her milk with other babies who desperately need it.  (I donate milk to the Indiana Mother's Milk Bank.)

This really is such a fun age.  Whenever you smile at Eva she smiles back.  Things just seem so uncomplicated with Evangeline right now.  All she needs right now is warm milk in her belly, a clean diaper, a few clothes on her back, and a family to love her.

We are all really looking forward to spring and I can't wait to watch Eva explore more outside.  I've never gardened with a baby as young as Evangeline.  Do you have any suggestions?

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Frugal Things I Did Last Week

Be sure to notice the impressive pile of sticks Eli picked up all by himself.  

Last week almost felt like spring break for me since my good friend Sarah and her husband were in town.  They live about 5 hours away so this was a real treat.  Here are a few of the frugal things I did last week:
  • I rode along with my friends to Columbus to have dinner with a sweet college friend.  She was so hospitable and even made dinner for us.  I had a wonderful time and am so thankful for her kindness.  
  • We went to the zoo last week using our zoo pass.  The weather was beautiful and we had a lovely time.  My friend Sarah, her husband, her dad, and her 5 year old nephew all went with us.  Eli had a blast playing with Sarah's nephew at the zoo.  I didn't have any bread to make sandwiches with so I made some quick muffins.  Bread would have taken too long.  I packed muffins along with salads.  
  • The weather has been crazy here: shorts weather one day and snowing the next.  On the warm days we have really enjoyed going on family walks along our road.  My favorite part is throwing sticks into the creek with Eli.  We throw them in on one side and then watch the current take them down the creek on the other side.  
  • I finished sewing some curtains for a friend of my aunt.  I plan on putting the extra money in our vacation fund.
  • I received a free travel size shampoo and conditioner in the mail.  I always keep travel size bottles of toiletries in my gym bag and I also use them on trips.  
The Ricotta Frittata I made Saturday morning. 
  • I enjoyed watching a little PBS Saturday morning: P. Allen Smith and Lidia's Italy.  (We do not have cable tv.)  We had all of the ingredients on hand so I made Lidia's Ricotta Frittata for lunch.  Elijah has really enjoyed watching food shows and then making the same food.  
  • I turned in all of our tax information to my favorite CPA (my dad).  This included 14 typed pages of itemized health deductions, and other deductions related to my husband's occupation.  My goal is to write off every single item that we legally can.  
  • My sister and I built the float bed system and started tons of seeds.  Where we live I expect the last frost to come in about 8 weeks so it is time to get serious about garden planning!  Planting our own seeds saves tons of money.  It is also a frugal way to experiment with new varieties.  
  • I attended a free class on planting a spring garden at our local extension office.  I am hoping to build a raised bed (or two) to use in planting a spring garden.  
  • I stopped at a consignment sale that came to our town for a week.  It was lots of fun and I picked up a couple of items for both kids. 
What frugal things did you do last week? 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Our Trip to The Hermitage & Franklin, TN

Brandon standing in front of The Hermitage.
 Two weeks ago we headed to Nashville to meet up with Brandon's parents.  Elijah spent 5 days staying with his Nina & Poppy Steve in Arkansas so he was not with us during our trip to The Hermitage.  Eva travels best in the morning so we planned on starting out early in the day.  We would end up arriving early to Franklin and knew that we would have a couple of hours to kill.  Brandon asked me what I would like to do and I knew exactly what I wanted to do.  I have wanted to stop at The Hermitage (the home of Andrew Jackson) for years.  I love history (I majored in biology & history in college) and Brandon minored in history while in college.  I am thankful that we can share our love of history and exploring together.   
Evangeline & I had a lovely time walking around the grounds.  (I was a little disappointed about all of the construction.)
 I am also related to Andrew Jackson on my dad's side of the family.  I think Andrew Jackson was kind of a jerk as a president and I would much rather be related to someone else but that's just the way it is.  The Hermitage was beautiful and I really enjoyed our visit.  I found it fascinating to think about gliding my hand down the same staircase or gazing upon the exact same wallpaper that adorned the house during the time our 7th president resided here.  Unfortunately we were not allowed to take photographs inside so you will just have to take my word for it or visit it for yourself one day.  If you do decide to visit here is a coupon.

The back view of the house which is just as pretty as the front.
It was interesting to learn that Andrew Jackson was well known for his hospitality.  Many famous men have stayed in his home.  I think if I lived here I would just spend all day sitting on one of the 2nd story porches.  I have to wonder if any of Jackson's children ever fell off of them.
We were not allowed to take photographs inside the actual house.  This picture was taken inside a slave's cabin. 

Another view of the slave cabin.  I think it was called Alfred's Cabin.
If you do visit know that you will probably want to allow 2-4 hours.  I think we stayed about 3 hours but we could have easily stayed longer.  I think there are more walking trails along a creek which we did not explore.  (The weather turned a little chilly.)  There are also picnic tables on the grounds where you could have lunch.  We did not take Eli with us since he was with his grandparents at the time but I would take him with us next time.  I wouldn't say it is overly kid friendly but we are pretty adventurous when it comes to taking our kids places.  (Our philosophy is kind of have kids will travel.)
The grave.

Walking around the gardens and listening to the audio recordings.  
 I would imagine that the gardens are breathtaking in the summer.  I am so thankful that we finally had a chance to visit.  The Hermitage is one of the largest and most visited presidential homes.  It boasts 1,120 acres and each year 180,000 people visit.
Eva fought taking a nap for most of our trip.  
I really enjoyed adding a fun stop on our way to Franklin, TN (just outside of Nashville).  We then enjoyed a wonderful couple of days visiting with Brandon's side of the family who live in Arkansas and Georgia.  I didn't take anymore pictures the rest of our trip (mommy brain) but we did have a wonderful time visiting the Nashville Zoo and Pinkerton Park in Franklin.  It is always a treat to spend time with family.  

Saturday, March 15, 2014

January & February Reads

Things have been so busy at our home that I completely forgot to share books that I read in January so I am including them here.  

So Long, Insecurity: You've Been a Bad Friend to Us by Beth Moore: I picked up this audio book before I went on my road trip in February.  Honestly before listening to this book I would not have thought that I had any insecurities.  I definitely learned throughout this book that EVERYONE has some type of insecurities even myself.  What a wonderful thing to remember that God is bigger than even our biggest insecurity.

Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters by Rachel Stafford:  This book was probably the most disappointing book that I have read this year.  When I picked up this audio book from our library I was so excited. This looks like the perfect book for me in my current season of life.  I need to accomplish a certain number of chores each day while at the same time I want to really live in the moment as I enjoy my children to the fullest.  Unfortunately in my opinion this book was entirely too wordy.  I believe that the author has a great message but I just don't think her message merits an entire book.  The first chapter was pretty good but then the book just keeps repeating itself.  I actually disliked this book so much that I only listened to half of it which is huge for me.  (I love completion.)  It could have gotten better in the end but I just couldn't stand it anymore.  I should probably note here that I do heartily agree with the message of the book.  Personally my husband and I do not own smart phones- our phones cannot even access the Internet because we really want to limit our time utilizing them in order to give more time to what really matters-relationships.

Minding Molly by Leslie Gould:  This was such a sweet Amish fiction book and a delightful read.  I even found myself staying up past bedtime to squeeze in an extra chapter or two.  ;)  I really enjoyed reading about Molly as she struggles to help save her family's farm while at the same time resisting her mother's plan for her to marry her neighbor.  Reading about Molly's flower business even inspired me to grow more flowers this year.  Yesterday my sister and I started seeds in our float bed and I easily planted over 100!  Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own.

Found in Him: The Joy of the Incarnation and Our Union with Christ by Elyse Fitzpatrick: Out of all the books I have read the past two months, this book has definitely had the most impact.  Don't let the long title scare you because this book is awesome!  Although I have a master of divinity degree and have spent countless hours studying the incarnation (Christ becoming a human) this book has helped me to grasp the incarnation in a totally new way.  It's one of those books that you do not want to breeze right through (even though it is that good).  This is a book to savour.  One that you want to read slowly, highlight, and journal or think through the questions at the end of the book.  A book that you will find yourself telling others about.  (I think I have talked about at least twice in my Sunday School class.)  I read one chapter most mornings and then pondered it throughout my day.  The questions at the end of the chapter are excellent.  I did think through them but I did not journal them (that would be preferable I think).  If you are looking for a book to learn more about Christ read this book.  I think this would also be an excellent book for a women's bible study.  Please note that I did receive a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own.

Learning a Loving Way of Life :This La Leche League (breastfeeding support group) book is a collection of the best articles published in LLL's magazine in the 70's and 80's.  Of course this book is old: actually it was written before I was even born.  The information and advice given throughout the book is timeless and I enjoyed it immensely.  It's neat to think that my mother might have read the same book while I was a young breastfed baby.

The Week-by-Week Vegetable Gardener's Handbook: Make the Most of Your Growing Season by Ron Kujawski & Jennifer Kujawski:  When it comes to gardening timing can be everything.  This book provides a week by week to do list of what you should be planting or doing in relation to your garden.  I have raised my own garden for the past 2 years and have tried to figure out my own schedule but it is so much work!  I should have found this book years ago.  This book calculates everything based on your zone's last frost date so everyone can utilize this book. It also includes space for notes for 3 years.  This book is definitely at the top of my amazon wish list and I hope to purchase it soon!

What books did you read last month?  Do you have any recommendations?  

Friday, March 14, 2014

Frugal Things I Did Last Week

The back view of The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson's home) which we visited last week. 
Last week was so much fun!  We were blessed to spend two nights in Nashville with family.  Eli spent 5 days in Arkansas staying alone for the first time with Nina & Poppy Steve.  He had such a wonderful time but oh my did we ever miss him!  
Here are a few of the frugal things we did last week:
  • We packed a cooler full of drinks for our trip.  (I under estimated how much we would drink and we ran out the 2nd day.)  After buying 1 drink in a vending machine ($2 can you believe it?) we stopped by a grocery to purchase more for our return trip.  We also packed lunch meat, cheese, and bread to make sandwiches on the way there and on the way back.  On the way back I felt led to give our food away to a homeless man along the side of the road so we actually did end up eating out.  I'm glad that we had the food in our car and were able to bless someone else.  :)  
  • We had a wonderful time visiting The Hermitage in Nashville last week and even used a coupon on admission.  It always pays to search for coupons before you visit!  
  • I did not go to the grocery at all last week which was good because we really needed to use grocery money for gas to Nashville.  I'm still hoping to move towards grocery shopping only 2-3 times a month so this was a small victory to skip a whole week!  

I sewed a Microwavable Potato Bag for my mother-in-law's birthday using material I had on hand.  If you want to make something similar you MUST use only cotton batting.  (Next time I would make the flap portion longer.)

  • I cooked a chicken and made homemade chicken broth.  I used some to make soup and froze the rest.  
  • I made homemade kefir.  
  • I started seeds using the Hydrofarm CK64050 Germination Station with Heat Mat from amazon.   I also purchased a grow light from Walmart.  I've never started seeds indoors so this is an experiment for me.  We usually start seeds in a heated, floating, water bed.  
The reusable grocery bag I made for my sister-in-law's birthday. 
  • Our trip to Nashville was a fun time to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday, sister-in-law's birthday and my birthday which are all the same week.  How fun is that?  I made my sister-in-law a reusable grocery bag using Butterick Pattern B5338 .  (There are lots of free patterns online or pinterest but I already had this pattern.)  I used fabric and notions that I had originally purchased to make an apron.  It is always great to use material that I have on hand.   
  • We were able to receive half price admission to the Nashville Zoo because we are zoo members at another zoo.  I think our entire family had a great time at the zoo.  The weather was wonderful! 
  • We took the kids to two different parks while we were in Franklin and they all had a blast!  Pinkerton was my favorite!  
  • The hubby and I went to the dentist and had our teeth cleaned.  No cavities-hooray!  I always consider going to the dentist for check-ups as frugal because it saves money to take care of your teeth regardless of whether you have dental insurance or not.  It's also just plain smart.  
What frugal things did you do last week?  

Monday, March 3, 2014

10 Goals For This Week

Even Spiderman needs to wear a pull-up some nights! 
We are enjoying lots of snow while Elijah is on his first overnight trip to Arkansas to stay with Nina and Poppy Steve.  We are missing him like crazy and I can't wait for him to come home. 

Last Week's Goals:
Family/Marriage/Mothering Goals
1.  Go on a date with the hubby to the University of Kentucky/University of Arkansas game.  WohooThis was so much fun!!!  
2.  Take a nap or rest 3 afternoons this week for at least an hour. 
3.  Read 3 chapters of Summer of the Calves to Elijah.

Homemaking Goals
4.  Deliver all tax paperwork to our CPA. -I'm going to just stay up really late one night this week to make this happen. 
5.  Order garden seeds from Berlin Seeds.
6.  Spend an afternoon cleaning and de-cluttering in the basement. It feels so good to check this one off my list! 

Personal Goals
7.  Finish sewing curtains for a friend of a friend.
8.  Finish reading Found in Him by Elyse Fitzpatrick.  This book is wonderful!

Ministry Goals
9.  Attend a visitation this week.  Organize and help prepare a meal for after the funeral.
10.  Prepare and teach my Sunday School lesson.  We are using The Gospel Project and I love it!

This Week's Goals: 
Family/Marriage/Mothering Goals
1.  Enjoy an at home date night with the hubby. 
2.  Enjoy a weekend get away with extended family. 
3.  Spend extra one on one time with Evangeline while Elijah is in Arkansas.

Homemaking Goals
4.  Deliver all tax paperwork to my favorite CPA (my Dad). 
5.  Sew a birthday present for my sister-in-law's birthday.
6.  Sew a birthday present for my mother-in-law.
Personal Goals
7.  Hang out with a friend one afternoon.  
8.  Continue eating healthy and primarily following Trim Healthy Mama.  (I will be giving myself a little leeway when we go on our trip.)  
Ministry Goals
9.  Make a meal for a family in our church who recently lost their father. 
10.  Prepare my Sunday School lesson on the Passover. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Frugal Things I Did Last Week

Evangeline is modeling a hair-bow that I made last week. 
I hope you all had a wonderful frugal week.  Here are some of the frugal things we did last week: 

I made two hair-bows for Evangeline to clip onto a headband.  I am so pleased with how they turned out.  I purchased the alligator clips at Sally's Beauty Supply but you can purchase these Double Prong Metal Alligator Clips on amazon.  I am hoping to make a couple more this upcoming week.

I was unhappy about my recent experience using Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers so I wrote Kimberly-Clark a letter sharing my specific concerns.  (They leaked everywhere and ruined 3 outfits.)  I was very pleased with their customer service.  They mailed me a letter of apology and a prepaid debit card for the full purchase amount of the diapers.

I took home leftover salad from a church meal.  We have been enjoying it all week.  I also made stir fry using the leftover vegetables from a veggie tray.

I cut my handsome husband's hair.  I also trimmed his beard.

My father-in-law removed a couple of skin tags for me saving me hundreds of dollars and a trip to the dermatologist.

I continued making homemade kefir this past week everyday.

I was de-cluttering my dresser and found a bunch of money I had stashed away.  I will add this to our vacation fund.

Brandon and I went out in celebration of our dating anniversary (6 years)!  Our first date was actually on Leap Day.  We used a gift card to eat at Red Lobster.  We used a coupon for a free appetizer-lobster pizza.  (Does anyone have the recipe to make it?  It can't be that difficult.)  Then we went to the cheap movies $3/ticket and saw Saving Mr. Banks.  It was cute and clean!  Eva went with us and was wonderful.

We stopped by Joann's and picked up a couple of McCall's patterns which were on sale for $1.40 each.

A friend from church gave us free tickets to the University of Kentucky/University of Arkansas game.  We had a wonderful time at the game.  Hubby is an Arkansas fan so it was really special.  His parents even came up for the game and went with us.

I took soil samples from our garden and landscaping to have tested for free at our local extension office.  Hopefully I can drop off these samples this upcoming week.

What frugal things did you do last week?