March 29, 2008
Juicy Juice Freebie & Coupon

Register with Juicy Juice (they are part of the Very Best Kids network) and receive a free Juicy Juice Sippy Cup, plus there is a $1.00 off coupon, which you should be able to print twice. Even my teenage boys love juice!


Free Swingline Stapler

I've seen this around the web -- but just passed it by -- decided to try today and its still working. Take this simple survey from Swingline and they've promised to send you a free Swingline Optima desk stapler ($20 value) in return for your time!

Thanks for Freebies Friday for this deal. I've seen it numerous other places as well.


March 28, 2008
The Frugal Journey Begins ...
fru·gal –adjective
1. economical in use or expenditure; prudently saving or sparing; not wasteful: a frugal manager.
2. entailing little expense; requiring few resources; meager; scanty: a frugal meal.

We have begun a frugal journey this year in an attempt to live more simply, have no debt (outside our mortgage -- but hopefully not one of those either!), have a 3 to 6 month emergency fund in place and a substantial retirement savings plan. Hindsight is a wonderful thing -- too bad you can't get it ahead of time! We have been looking closely at Dave Ramsey -- and have been on a much stricter budget. Things are working -- and while we don't have a set time planned out (perhaps we should?) to be out of debt -- we are taking one baby step at a time. Baby steps are good for any road to success!! We do have a retirement savings already in place -- so for Dave Ramsey's steps we are working a little out of order -- we do prefer not to stop the retirement deductions in lieu of getting out of debt faster. We both feel we need to do whatever we need to do to accomplish that though .... so I will probably work a second job this summer a couple of nights a week that will be earmarked directly for debt reduction. The boys will probably have jobs as well -- so I may as well do something constructive. We are currently working on decluttering and finding things for resale. We have entirely too much stuff!!

I have come across many wonderful resources and thought I would start sharing them here -- and perhaps some of the new ways we are doing things. I enjoy getting free samples and really free anything -- but lately, if I am not going to use it I don't really even want it entering our house!

I found a great blog today -- Budget Helps -- also a great share on there today for Quaker Oats Products. I love granola bars, and oatmeal cookies but am not crazy about plain cooked oatmeal. (grin)
This is what she received in her package from Quaker Oats -- three full boxes of product: Cinnamon Sugar & Oats Morning Minis, Simple Harvest Dark Chocolate Chunk Granola Bars, and 90 Calorie Dark Chocolate Cherry Chewy Granola Bars. Also included were two $1.00 off any one box of Quaker Snack Bars.

You wanna join now too, don'tcha? Well CLICK HERE and sign up. Remember to check the 'Quaker Moms Care' box at the bottom of the form.

Thanks to Budget Helps for this great find! Lots of other great samples and coupons on there as well.

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March 27, 2008
Thankful Thursday -- Breath
It's been a long while since I have posted a Thankful Thursday list ... I entered Iris's giveaway last week ... and it is refreshing to remember our blessings.
First and foremost I am thankful for my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ -- His ultimate sacrifices on our behalf. I'm thankful He is the judge of mankind and not fellow humans.

We had a Bible Study last night about teaching Bible Studies and helping to win lost souls to the Lord ... its so true that new babes in Christ need to be discipled -- I am thankful that the Lord sent a good family to help us in that regard -- I don't think we would have continued on with the care and nurturing they bestowed upon us. I do think that there are people who are not so new in the Lord that need nurturing and acceptance too -- people can do so much damage in their own personal quest to remain "righteous" -- its really a scary thought to be responsible for the damage to a soul.
... I'm thankful for my husband ... for working hard to support our family -- I'm sure he doesn't want to work all those hours -- but sometimes you just need to! I'm thankful he is willing to do whatever it takes in that regard. I believe the Lord blesses that! He's also great about making the bed each weekday morning, washing dishes and vacuuming!
... I'm thankful for my children -- the Lord blessed us with these -- we can do many things over (actually in regards to everything) but God has a special mission in life for each of them, and I am anxious to see what the Lord is going to do!
... I'm thankful that Spring is on the horizon, we had a teeny tiny taste of it and then it hid again! I've been able to walk a few days -- I seriously miss that! Although no baby goats yet ...
And as always, I am thankful for this community of bloggers who are an encouragement to me. Please be sure to visit Sting my Heart for more Thankful Thursday praises!


March 25, 2008
Around the Web ....
I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter ... I made homemade (baked in the oven) macaroni and cheese for the first time ever! I don't care for it personally, I prefer Kraft!

There is just a wealth of information and good reading on the web ... (and not so good too!) here's a couple of good finds. Spring seems to be hiding in Kansas this week ... it was 23 degrees yesterday morning!





March 20, 2008
Spring has arrived!

Photo credit.

It is beautiful OUT-- and so far I have spent the day INside doing some Spring Cleaning and clearing out stuff. I am off today (work tomorrow!) and slept in until 7am -- then walked and prayed. I'm hoping the weather continues -- it can stay just like it is -- I want to enjoy Spring for as long as we enjoyed Winter!! Have a wonderful Sunshiney day!


March 19, 2008
69 Words ...
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March 15, 2008
Stuck Goats ...
Its cold again today in Kansas ... the saying "If you don't like the weather in Kansas, just wait a few minutes .." Is so very true.

Enjoyed the Spring Food Fair -- lots of interesting foods that I did NOT try -- Pavlova made by the Australians was yummy, as well as Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Maple Leaf Sugar Cookies from our Canadians. I need to get the sugar cookie recipe -- they were huge and fat and still super soft. Most of the officers and their families are just super nice.

As promised a couple of photos of a goat stuck in the hay feeder -- I think this one is Frosty. (sigh) They would have to push their head pretty hard through the squares to get their horns through -- (shaking my head) And they keep doing it!

Enjoy your Saturday -- I hope in your corner of the world, the sun is shining bright!

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March 14, 2008
Alive and Kicking!
We are all alive and kicking -- its been a while since last posting. (Seems to be the norm around here lately!) Time is always short -- and perhaps Kansas might start to see some Spring weather. Once the weather changes, I start walking again -- I missed that -- I usually skip out starting the end of January through most of March or so, because its just too cold. I need to get back on the band wagon again.

My poor hub has this horrid flu -- it said he felt better this morning, but he sure didn't sound better. My co-worker moved to her new job this week, and they were talking about waiting until July to get a replacement! Uh, hello we have a new 77 person class coming in June. I can handle everything except their in-processing. Should be interesting.

I've been struggling a little with my arm -- I went to the doctor this week, and he is concerned enough to want to do surgery again. Its just so tight and not getting any straighter -- so I go back in 6 weeks and we will decide. I don't relish the thought, but it has to get better than this! Then he even talked about removing the implant in a year or so ... ???

One of our mama goats is not doing well -- something is wrong with her feet so she is stalled with another. I think if she wasn't going to be a mama, hub would have put her down already. She may have 2 or 3 babies in there and that would be a major loss, not to mention, very, very sad.
Please drop a prayer heavenward for her -- God cares about them too!

I have to work this evening, at the Spring Food Fair. All the internationals bring a dish with cultural significance. Some I will not try -- I like to snow what I am eating! Glass noodles are yummy, as well as a dessert from Norway. It was at the Fall Food Fair and it was so good. Sadly the family they made it have already graduated and gone back home. I really just want a salad. I have been craving it lately -- I bought a big bag at Costco and put it in the mudroom fridge and it FROZE. What a waste -- so salad ingredients are on the grocery list for this weekend.

Here's some around the house photos, we just had snow, so it wasn't too long ago.

This is one of Mini's hanging out spots -- on top of the love seat close to the outside world.
(She also hangs out on the big chair (ON TOP -- LIKE A CAT!) So she can see out the french doors. She makes sure none of the cats get into the trash barrels. Its funny, but it is so true!

Spotting something moving out there! One day she was going a little nutso and there was an opossum out there, it was bigger than her. She was so NOT going out. Boy, did she raise a fuss.

That's Billy, always checking out if I have some snack for him. Some of the girls in the back ground. Frosty is the one on the back right. You can see her short ear where it froze off when she was a newborn kid and born in the winter.

I thought I put the photos of the goat stuck in the hay feeder but I must have missed them. I had to take photos so you can see how very stuck they get! I'll be sure and add them the next time. Here is some of the guineas -- we have 8 left! After some deaths and some killings by a dumb dog! They always go back to the pen at night -- but much prefer the light on. Their light bulb was out so they starting hanging out in the rafters of the barn, that was so NOT working (ugh ... a mess!) I made hub change the bulb last night -- sick or not. As soon as he turned it on -- they hopped into their pen. It was even still pretty light out. We want to raise some more from eggs, but they can be kind of mean to new guys. 6 of them gang up on what my hub calls "the rejects". They follow the other 6 during their wandering buts ALWAYS at a safe distance. Remember how tiny they were? They are pretty big now and ugly!! LOL!

Hopefully Spring is on the horizon, I need to remember to start my veggie plants!!! TTYS!