Friday, May 16, 2014

Frugal Things I Did Last Week

Evangeline and I before heading to the Mother/Daughter Tea Party at church.  
Our super busy month of May has begun!  In our family we are celebrating two graduations, my brother's wedding, mother's day, and attending a conference.  Let the fun begin!  Here are a few of the things we did to save money last week:

Evangeline and I attended a Ladies Tea Party at our church.  I helped by making and sending all of the invitations.  I designed the invitations using the program Print Shop (gift from my mother-in-law).  In order to save money on postage the invitations were designed as postcards.  :)  All of the ladies from our church pitched in and made different food items so we did not need to charge a fee for the tea.  I made Vanilla Biscotti Cookies and Egg Salad Sandwiches.  They were both easy to make.  My sister, mother, and grandmother all attended the tea party.  They even had a hat contest where I wore a hat that belonged to my great grandmother.  I think every woman in attendance had a lovely time.  It was extra special having my own daughter Evangeline attending.

I also made mother's day gifts for my mother, mother-in-law, and grandmothers.  I haven't passed them all out yet so I will share about them next week. ;)

I harvested loose leaf lettuce that I had planted in a pot on the front porch.  I just wish now that I had planted more.

I received free magazines and a sample of coffee in the mail.

The happy hubby was kind enough to stop at a yard sale this past week while we were driving.  We purchased a shirt for Eli, a toy for Eva, and a $5 exersaucer!  I was SO excited to find this.  Eva has really been enjoying this and I anticipate that we will find it useful this summer.

We all went to the zoo and took along my youngest sister.  It was lots of fun and we were able to use our zoo pass which also has a free guest on it.

I actually went shopping with my mom and sister this past weekend.  (My mother needed to buy a dress for my brother's wedding.)  My mother bought me a skirt while we were out that I absolutely love.

The bouquet of flowers we left on a neighbor's porch on May Day.  

I also wanted to share something fun that our family did to celebrate May Day.  We made the bouquet in the picture above and placed it in a glass mason jar.  I used the ring to attach ribbon to the jar.  We walked to a neighbor's house as a family.  Then Elijah and Brandon quietly placed the flowers on the door knob and RAN!  We hid for about five minutes but the neighbors weren't home.  Eli still thought it was just the coolest thing ever.  :)  Eventually our neighbor did call to see if we were the guilty party.  This was such a fun memory that I hope to make it a tradition in our family.  What a great way to welcome the month of May and bless a friend!

What frugal things did you do last week?  Have you planted any vegetables or flowers yet?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

April Reads

Is Forgiveness Really Free by Michael Jensen:  The happy hubby picked this book up at a conference and I must say that it has been a real gem.  I absolutely love the practical size of this book.  It is easy to throw in my purse or diaper bag when I head out running errands.  I can also easily hold it in one hand while feeding the baby.  :)  The words inside the book are poignant and just wonderful.  It is amazing that so much is packed into such a tiny book.  I highly recommend this book especially if you are someone with limited time or interest in reading.

My Child Won't Eat!: How to Enjoy Mealtimes Without Worry by Carlos Gonzalez: Eva just turned six months old which means that we are just now thinking about introducing solid foods.  This book really made me think differently about the eating habits of young children.  A great book to borrow but I doubt I would want to own it.

The ABC Herbal: A Simplified Guide to Natural Health Care for Children by Steven Horne: Although the back cover of this book mentions that the book will teach the reader simple methods to make and apply herbal preparations, there really isn't much step by step instruction.  I was really disappointed in this book.  I really thought that there would be examples of exactly which supplements to give your children at different stages of life or during the different seasons of the year.  The book is centered around the three principles of activation, building, and cleansing.  I am interested in the idea of tinctracts but this book really leaves the reader hanging.  There are no specific examples of how to make specific preparations.

Living Simple, Free & Happy by Cristin Frank: I picked up this book at my local library.  The subtitle is: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt and Waste.  This book really did motivate me in my pursuit of a simpler home.  There are many examples of diy projects throughout the book that I found very inspiring despite the fact that I am not one bit handy!

Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life by Sarah Jakes: This book was a HUGE disappointment.  I was interested in reading this book because I thought it would be interesting to read about the life of a pastor's daughter who was a teenage mother.  Most of the book chronicles why she made certain bad life choices and how her parents fixed things.  This book was filled with drama, drama, drama.  Frankly I can't believe someone actually published this book.  It has to be one of the worst Christian books I have ever read.  At the end of this book I was saddened.  Saddened because the author spends the majority of the time trying to promote her father T.D. Jakes' ministry instead of speaking about the great glory of God.  This book shouldn't really be considered a "Christian" book because she does NOT point the reader to Christ in any way shape or form.  Please note that I did receive a free copy from Bethany House in exchange for this honest review.

The Last Bride by Beverly Lewis: The other day a friend just happened to ask me if I had ever read any of Lewis' books.  Here's a small confession for you...I have read every single book she has ever written!  I have loved almost every single one of them.  The Last Bride was no exception.  It was a little different from a regular Amish fiction book.  This book included other insights into Amish culture including genetics and the danger that secrets can play.  Overall a lovely, light read that is perfect for reading stretched out on a nice big blanket under the sun.  Please note that I did receive a free copy from Bethany House in exchange for this review.

What books did you read last month?  Any suggestions for me?  I am looking forward to lots of time to read in the next few weeks while we are traveling.