Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ways I Saved Money Last Week

The number one way I saved money this week was by ordering my groceries online at Sam's Club and then picking them up without browsing the aisles. I couldn't believe how much I saved by not throwing ANY impulse items in the cart. I simply made a list of items need  meals

I used swagbucks.com to order my chicken and goat feed as well as cat food. Then I went into town to pick it up. By doing so I earned 100 swagbucks and that adds up to $5 Amazon gift cards. I do this twice a month.

I used my swagbucks gift card that I already earned to purchase a Plant Therapy lemon essential oil.

New to Swagbucks? It's a site where you answer surveys, watch tv clips and shop thru that earns you gift cards to some of your favorite stores! Sign up here!

I used the Amazon gift card that I earned from Mypoints.com...a program similar to Swagbucks... to buy a bottle of garlic supplements that my family takes. Totally free this time!

I turned in 5 dollars worth of Shop Your Way points for a $5 Kmart gift card and bought a Rubbermaid storage bin that I had been needing.

I used my Groupon app to purchase a $20 Dominos gift card for only $10...not a super healthy lunch but the kids like it and it gave us all a treat. Combined with a deal they had running, we all had plenty to eat.

One of my favorite stores ,Walmart ,had bagged salads on sale for 59 cents! As long as we eat it within the next week it will be fresh and yummy. I predict a lot of side salads over the next few days :)

                         

That was the run down on my savings/  earnings this past week. How was yours? Share in the comments below.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Keepers at Home?

I found this blog post from Our Highest Calling and thought it was exactly how I believe. Please visit her blog for other fantastic posts. She wrote all of this...no credit to me.

One may think that the bible remains silent on the role of a woman. Has the bible really been listen or are we just not listening or have an ear to listen.
While reading a blog post recently the author quoted a verse from the bible that was quite literally shocking to me. After reading and researching for myself, I came to the inevitable conclusion…”you can’t get any clearer than that!”
I’m sure you’re waiting with baited breath to hear what the verse is…
Titus chapter 2 in my bible has the heading ” Sound Doctrine for Excellence of Character,” and it is in these verses that the statement in question lies. It is interesting that this chapter would have this heading as we are also reminded that character is the only thing that we can bring to heaven.
Verse 3-4 carries an admonition to older women for the example they should set for younger women…
The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
I read this and then looked up what the word keepers at home meant in the original greek.
Here is what it said…
“caring for the house, working at home, keeping a home and taking care of household affairs, domestic”
If that isn’t clear then I don’t know what is.
This is evident in the proverbs 31 woman, who is an example of a true Godly woman. Take some time to read proverbs 31 asking God for discernment and I’m sure you will see that she also was a keeper at home.
Now the part that really gets me is the last few works of the texts which says… that the word of god be not blasphemed.
Blasphemed according to the Greek translation means
“to be evil spoken of, reviled, railed at”
What does this mean? Does it mean that when I am not a keeper at home, when I don’t teach the younger women to be keepers at home, I am allowing the word of God to be evil spoken of….
This is exactly what it says….
Shocking isn’t it…. especially when we live in a world or women working outside of the home. What example are we setting? what example are we following?



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Deals and Giveaways

I found some great deals for you and a few giveaways...I love giveaways!
I have won almost 500 of them! Everything from $1000 to a tv to dvds to a barbie doll. Pizza, clothes, expensive handbags, cookies and baking mixes. Books, tablecloths and a Dyson vacuum. And more.
So yes, I still enter giveaways.

Here is a giveaway for a 5 quart cast iron covered skillet

Win aromatherapy jewelry!

Follow my twitter feed to learn about lots of new giveaways every day!




 I also search for the best deal and I will share them with you.

Viva Naturals Organic Cocoa powder
Half price! From $21 to $10 for a pound.
And why organic?  Because the chemicals sprayed onto the cacoa plant are cancer causing and are a neurotoxin. As well as possibly an endocrine disrupter. As a matter of fact, 169 countries have banned lindane ...except for ours of course . :(

Aura Cacia Essential Oils Discovery Kit

$5 off from $24 to $19 plus clip the digital coupon listed next to the price and save an additional $2. Only $17 for lavendar, tea tree, eucalyptus and peppermint. Read how I use these particular oils here


Ok, a few deals and giveaways to get you started. What great ones have you found?

Thursday, July 6, 2017

What I Do with Essential Oils


When essential oils came onto the scene I was like a lot of you...hesitant to "waste my money".  Figuring this New Age alternative would fall by the wayside, sort of like bell bottoms and love beads. 
But having always envisioned myself as a flower child, when essential oils picked up speed in my circles, I knew I had to give these babies a try! 
I also chose to search the Bible on the subject and found essential oils mentioned something like 200 times! 

Verses like these:


 Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail.  They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary.  Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.  Ezekiel 47:12 (KJV)


And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.  Mark 6:13 (KJV)

Now I love essential oils! I don't know everything that's for sure and I am not brand loyal but I have picked up a few helpful things in my few years of using them.

I rub eucalyptus oil blended with coconut oil on my chest if I get congested. Think Vicks Vapor Rub :)

Lavendar and tea tree are excellent for helping heal rashes and minor skin irritations. Plus you can apply them without a carrier oil so you can easily pop one in your bag and use it while you are out if need be. Bonus tip...lavender is very soothing for children (of all ages!)

Both peppermint and lavender work well on headaches - just a few sniffs will do. I also like to rub a drop of lavender on each temple for added relief.

Speaking of peppermint.....nothing works better for motion sickness or other types of stomachaches. I like using a roll on bottle blend of peppermint and coconut oil to make it easy for my kids to apply themselves.

Lemon and orange are both mood lifters hence why I use them in my diffuser all the time!
You can also use lemon ...and tea tree ( which is great antibacterial)...in your household cleaners too. I mix up a spray bottle of 1/2 water and 1/2 vinegar with several drops of either ..or both!..and I have a nontoxic all purpose cleaner.

As some of you know I have lupus and some days just call out for some pain relief.  I mix up a combo of coconut oil, rosemary, peppermint and lemongrass essential oils and rub it on and I swear..in 10 minutes..I have relief.

Tea tree works great on all sorts of bug bites. Just ask my husband! If there are 200 people in a room and one mosquito...he will be the one bitten!

There are a lot more uses for essential oils ....more so than I can list here.! If I can answer any questions please ask or check into some great books like this one

   
                              

Comment below if you use essential oils and what your favorites are!

I am not a medical professional. ...just a mom and wife trying to keep her family healthy

Monday, July 3, 2017

June Savings/Earnings

Last night's supper of cabbage rolls yielded enough leftover burger to make tacos tonight. Yay for leftovers!
We had egg salad sandwiches for lunch and homemade chocolate chip cookies for dessert today.

I wrote about saving money with smartphone apps earlier. This is a total of what I did with them this month.
Ibotta.....$20.56 check mailed to me

Swagbucks....$10 Amazon gift card

Savings Catcher....$20 Walmart gift card

Checkout 51...$8.27 towards a check mailed to me

Cricket Cellphone Rewards....$5 Walmart gift card

Hollar...used a $7 credit I had for referrals and bought a ceramic loaf pan with free shipping.

Inbox Dollars...$10. Check mailed to me

ShopYourWay...$8 in points that I combined with clearance and got a $27 curtain rod...which I needed for my new bedroom...for only $3.

ShopAtHome...$4.75 ( letting that sit for awhile)

About $93, just for buying what I always do.

Used my 10% off flyer on chicken and goat feed this morning...that neighborhood program Tractor Supply has is great! I saved a few bucks today and got a free hat!

I had fun yesterday...spending the $10 gift card Kohls sent me for my birthday! I chose beautiful turquoise bath  towels...on sale 3 for $10. Perfect for my soon to be remodeled bathroom!

There...that is a recap of my apps etc earning for the month of June. Did you like reading about it? Did you learn anything? Did you sign up for anything? Yes I am an affiliate and I do benefit from your signups but I only recommend what I love.

Share your apps earnings in the comments below!

                   Hubby and son at Tractor Supply

Friday, June 30, 2017

Being a Creative Homemaker

My goal in life is to be a good God-honoring homemaker. To create a home from a house. To be a life-giver to my family.
I do that by staying home,tending to their needs, as I feel God says to do in His Word.

Titus 2:5King James Version (KJV)

To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Study out the phrase keepers at home.
No where in the Bible does it tell a woman to seek a job outside their home...but it does tell a man.

Anyway....
My desire to be a good homemaker sometimes, a lot of times, requires some creativity. The funds are not there, someone gets sick, he works late, the car breaks down....any number of  things.

What do you do if the funds are not there? Get creative and cheerfully make do with what you have. Come up with a new way with of using an old "thing".  Smile and change it up!  Easy?  No! But a standard we should all try to meet. 

Someone gets sick? What is the true focus of our homemaking? Taking care of our family. So drop the dinner plans ( a frozen pizza can be a great supper!) and get out some herbs and take care of your ill loved one.   I remember , during an illness I had as a child, playing The Land of Counterpane with my mom on my handmade quilt.
I also remember the thick milkshakes she made for me when I got tonsillitis for the fourth time. My mom was always there for me, not reworking a work schedule so she could tend to my doctor's appointments but there to play with and comfort me because she was ever present. 

And no..I didn't grow up rich. Nor am I now. Truthfully we could use the paycheck I would bring in but I am home tending to my family. Which means so much more than vacuuming or doing dishes. How sad if you think that is all  a keeper at home does is chores.

I do a few things to bring in a little money....this month, using rebates and doing surveys, I brought in $60. Not much next to hubby's paycheck but who would turn it down? 

All this to say...sometimes I need to be creative in order to be the keeper at home I feel God calls me to be. Whether with money, time, or resources. 

Is this a journey you feel God has laid out and you plan to follow?  Would you like to learn ways to help you along this path?  Ideas on saving money and providing a home for your family? Do you have ideas to share?

I would love it if you joined me.

3 of my 7 blessings acting silly

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Recipes of All Kinds...Plus a Goat!

This is the quiche I have been making a lot lately. I switch out the bacon and use beef sausage or turkey ham...we don't eat pork...and add mushrooms and green peppers.  Kids gobble it up.

My new favorite bread recipe...so quick and easy!
                     



My kids are addicted to these brownies!

  Oh, meet the newest member if the family...say Hi Alice.
               
Alice is an Alpine and should give us a gallon a day. So glad to be back at goats!

We also welcomed 3 new kittens to the fold.


Today's diffuser blend is one of my favorites...orange and peppermint. You'll notice that I am not brand loyal. Now orange is one of my favorite oranges because it smells most like fresh oranges and Plant Therapy is my favorite peppermint just because it isn't 'candy smelling' but rather real mint.
What do you all diffuse? Favorite brand of  oils?


                   

Well..I gotta go move Alice so I will catch ya on the flip side. ...of next week lol


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