Friday, April 30, 2010

Fablously Fun Friday!

Okay ladies I have really been debating on whether or not to do this but I think it will be really fun. I have been working with my three year old on pre-school activities, we don't qualify for pre-school and can't afford it so I am going to have to get her through until school starts for kinder in a year. Yes she will be going to a school outside of my house right now I am hoping to get her into a charter school we have here it is fabulous but we have to be of kinder age first. Anyway, I don't know about you ladies but I am always trying to find activities to do and ones that aren't expensive and so I thought we will start a swap. This will be very fun. We will do an activity swap I am also considering a kind of pen pal swap later as well. I am going to put the requirements down and if you are intersted leave a comment so I can get your info.

All of the activities will be sent to me that way I know exactly who participated, so if you don't send something you won't get anything back. We will all create or put together 5 activites and snd them to me and then when they are all in I will redistribute them and send them back out and you will get five new activities for you and your child to enjoy. This will be so fun we have done this one before and my daughter had a blast with the stuff we got. so put your thinking caps on and get to getting.

Also ladies if you want to share this on your blog to invite more people to join in please do so, just make sure you link back here and make sure that they follow me that way I can know they are a really wanting to do this I want to keep up with everyone! Thanks ladies oh yes also the deadline to sign up by will be the end of next week. Thanks

Fabulous Fridays!

Well today is a good day! Isn't ladies, the sun or clouds came up again today (depending where you are at). The clock is still ticking, our kids are still a little crazy but all fun. Life is good. I am taking a new look on things trying to be more positive and not so down. I have always been a down person, probably because I was told a lot you could do better even though you got an A you could have gotten an A+ and many things like that. I have been realizing that even though we say I am not going to parent my kids this way or that way what ever it may be. I have found I am just like my parents, to harsh, expect way to much (I think we should expect their potiential not have over expectations) and over react.

I have two beautiful children a three and two year old, my older is extremely intelligent, her favorite word to use right now is agitate. She is extrememly over active as well and can't sit still to save anyones life. Sometimes it just drives me nuts but I am working on not getting so nuts. Then there is my little two year old who copies everything his sister does and says everything she says although he has no idea what it means.

My goal for the next couple of months is not only about training my children but training myself to stay calm and to teach them that they will do what they are told when I am talking in a calm voice because that is all they will get out of me I am not going to raise my voice at them to get them to do what is right.

Now ladies on the weightloss front I did very well the week my husband and I had a blowout, I was so distraught about the things that had happened I didn't have much appitite and when I was mad I was running like crazy trying to get rid of my anger and so I lost 10 pounds in like 5 days but we all knw that wasn't reall weight loss so after going ou of town making some bad choices I am back at sqaure one although I have lost 2 pounds from eating healthy and excersising I know I will have more next week!

Have a great weekend ladies and I will see you again Monday!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

I think I am back ladies!

Okay so I think I am finally back in motion again. How is everyone? It has been a really rough week or so. I have had many ups and downs with my health and marriage. Things I never in my wildest dreams I would have imagined to happen. I thank all of you ladies who are here to read. I am up and going again and will be posting more regularly now. Also the laundry detergent giveaway will end at the end of the week so lets get to commenting. Thanks so much ladies!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fabulous Friday's!

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 5:10

 Well sorry ladies for being so MIA for a couple of days it has been crazy here. Well I am back and starting a new segment it is called Fabulous Fridays! This is my weight loss segment for the week or what I will call my getting healthy segment. Before you quit reading know that I am not saying we all need to be super skinny but if we are eating ourself, (or doing any other harmful things) to an early death then I feel like we will have to answer for that. So that being said I would love for you to join me as I go into a new season of life.
First, ladies know that I will post some before pictures soon because even though I am extremely embarrassed I need to see it myself to know what I have done to myself. I have always battled staying at a healthy size I usually weighed 120 I am 5'2" so not bad I wore size 8 or 10 and Iwas good until one wonderful day I found out I was having a little pink blessing. I was really sick during my pregnancy so I didn't gain a ton of weight 25 pounds total so not bad and after having the baby and going home I weighed 132 so I thought it wasn't bad my tummy had a little pooch which I hated but I got a beautiful little girl in return what could be better. Well 10 months later we found out we were having a little blue blessing and so I never really quit eating for two, well 19 months after my 1st had my second and we were so happy I did the same thing this go around really sick gained 30 lbs weighed 170 came home and weighed 135 no big deal but I never stopped eating for two. Yes also I am an emotional eater and have gone through many crazy times this past year so I ate a lot so I am here before you at 168lbs and would one day in the near future like to be back to 125 I would be really healthy. Also I am wanting to train to run a Marathon at the end of the year so I got that going for me. So ladies jump right in and join me in the race to get healthy for us and our children.
I will post before pictures soon and Every friday I am going to weigh in and let you know how my week went! Have fun doing this ladies put on some praise music and get your body Moving for the Lord.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tremendous Tuesdays!

Spring Cleaning with Ordinary Inspiraions!

Okay ladys, lets do something tremendous today. That is something huge. Maybe you clean way to much, well lets take an extra hour to play with the kids. Maybe, your house is never tidy lets try to do that before our husband gets home, maybe your huge thing is something fun today a trip to the library or zoo. Be creative and have fun it doesn't have to cost anything to do something tremendous just do it. We are going to the library today. That is always a fun adventure. Leave a comment and let us all know what you are doing today! Have a great day everyone!

This is my upstairs Linen Closet! I only keep Blankets and sheet sets and extra paper towels and tissue. Well it isn't terrible but it could deffinantly be better and it always drives me nuts.

Here is everything Itook out and this will not be going back in. the large stacks are baby blankets. There are two space bags and I will finish filling them and then flatten and they will be sliding under my bed.

The mostly finished closet, I am trying to containerize when possible so  had an empty plastic basket lying around so I labeled it pillowcases and that is the only thing in there. Also on that shelf are sheets for the larger beds. The shelf above has the kids blankets and a couple fleece blankets.Also in the middle are all the sheets for my son toddler bed.The bottom shelf has my toddler bed covers that keep things dry. It seems so empty now but the empty shelf in the middle is going to house our games I have to move them there. I also opted to move tissue and papertowels downstairs.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Manic Monday!

My people will live in peaceful dwelling places, in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest. Isaiah 32:18

Manic, well I think we use this word a lot but maybe don't mean it well I do mean it. Manic is defined as frenzied: affected with or marked by frenzy or mania uncontrolled by reason. Well that just sums up my Mondays, usually we are recooping from the weekend and also I am trying to make a plan of what I need to get done for the week. My plan is always to big and I am so ADD when I clean house that I feel like nothing gets done sometimes. I chose the verse above because the Lord has told us to be at peace and our homes should be peaceful and I bet many of you that have one or more children know that is hard to accomplish so on Mondays will be a little time to come here and look at some pictures that make me think and feel peaceful. This week the pictures are some I took of my kids and they just make me feel happy! Have a great Monday everyone!

Blog Party!!

Do you love to party? Well I do, There is a huge party over Here at the ultimate blog party. If you are new to reading my blog, welcome and I will tell you a little about me and why I am blogging.

My name is Amber and I am a SAHM mom of two beautiful children. I have a three year old daughter, and a two year old son. They are so great and I love them so much. I am a christian and trying to raise my children to be christian men and women. My wonderful husband works extremely hard so that I can be a stay at home mom. I am trying to take small steps to living a little greener and more frugal. I make my own laundry detergent. I have a small garden this year. I try to dry our clothes outside in the summer. I am cooking more from scratch now and not from a box. Also I started blogging as sort of an outlet for me but it has become a wonderful time o putting my thoughts out there and trying to post things that maybe would help another mom who struggles with the same things. You will never find me bashing any other blogs or moms who blog I feel like that is so mean and I think as moms we need to stick together and build each other up. I hope you enjoy reading my blog and jump in and participate. Thanks to all of my readers! Amber

The June Clever Series! With Give Away!

Okay I am starting a new series and depending on how my schedule goes this may take a couple of weeks to completely finish  but I will get there. I am calling it the June Cleaver Series. This is why... I always pictured when I got married and had a family that I would be a SAHM and everything would be tidy always, beds made, laundry done, children sweet and respectful all the time. Well I got the stay at home mom thing right but everything else has seemed like a whirlwind since our first was born in July of 2006. It seems like my days are full and there is never enough hours in the day to get everything done. This is where this series was born from I have been reading a lot about organizing ways of organizing and such so I think I have finally found some things that will work for us so over the next couple of weeks I am going to work on getting everything in our house organized from closets to drawers to papers. This is where I will post about it. If you want to join in with me that will be great. All you have to do is post a comment about what you are organizing and a little about how you did it did you have to go buy bins at the store or did you have baskets and such around the house you were able to use What ever works for you and most importantly your budget. Let us know. The Prize is some yummy smelling homemade laundry detergent.

Okay today I am starting in my bedroom and bathroom. They are a crazy mess and since they are upstairs they are the last thing I clean-up I want to make sure the downstairs in clean but I can just close the door to our bedroom. Well not anymore I am going to find a place for everythin.

I am embarrassed to show this but I have to be an honest person with you so you will know the improvement we are having. Here are the pictures.
My bathroom counter and floor sorry I forgot to turn the picture.

The bedroom floor, mostly blakets that need to be washed they take for ever to dry so I always wait till the last minute to wash and dry them.

They giant pile of laundry that needs to be hung in the closet.
Okay  am off for the day to get some stuff done and play with the kids. I will post after pictures once everything has a home. Happy reading and don't forget to post a comment for the giveaway!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Two New Yummy Snacks!!

Firs is Honey Graham Crackers, this one I have to thank Laura at Heavenly Homemakers for. I will have a link at the end of this most delicious rant to her recipe. I love all of her recipe's and so I was searching for an easy snack, our budget it tight right now and I was looking for something I could make with what I had in my pantry. Man did I hit the jackpot with this. I found th recipe saturday afternoon and by that night we had a batch. My kids wanted to eat all of them right away but I told them we had to save some for some of the other days of this week. The picture above is my second batch I am making tonight. Yes I realize it is 11:45 but I am a night owl. Well these are easy and delicious so check out the recipe Here. I give this a 10star rating.

No Peanut Butter Granola Bars or Squares

Okay well while searching the web for granola bar recipes I found tons but most of them had a lot of peanut butter as their glue. I finally came across one or two without so I took a little from here and a little from there and made some sweet treat ones, as soon as I get a chance to get some dried fruit I will make some healthy treat ones as well. This is my first time making them so I am not going to post the recipe until I taste them I would hate t give you an aweful recipe. These have mini chocolate chips an marshmallow in them.

Also I thought I would add why I needed a peanut free one, my littlest squirt has a horrible peanut allergy.