This is the Backwards edition of WFMW, where I get to post a question and you can answer. Please stop by Rocks In My Dryer, for more Q & A’s.
With the prices of everything going up at the grocery store, everyone I know is trying to stretch their dollars and food. Milk is hovering at around $4.00 a gallon again, and it pains me to pay that much for it. So I was reading about powdered milk, and you can get a large box of it fairly cheap. I’ve never tried it before, so I’d like any advice at all. Thanks!
We’re only on day 4 of summer vacation here, and I’ve already questioned myself on why I was in such a hurry for it to arrive. For some strange reason my oldest two kids think they need to be entertained every waking hour they’re up. “What are we gonna do today?” “What are we gonna do now?” These questions are a common phrase. Followed by “what’s for lunch?” Don’t even think about a sandwich or bowl of soup, because that’s not what they want. It seems that whatever I offer, it’s not the right choice for them.
I have found a few things that are helping me keep my sanity, so I’m sharing them with you and everyone over at Rocks In My Dryer.
For my pre-teen daughter, the lifesaver has been texting on her new cell phone (spoiled rotten brat touch phone). Also instant messaging on the computer. It’s all about communicating with friends!
My oldest son is in basketball camp right after lunch, and then he’s been keeping busy with daddy at work.
Then there’s the water balloon fights. If you were to walk up our front sidewalk right now, you’d see many brightly colored balloons lying around. We’ve had lots of fun inventing new games with them.
We also spend time swimming, and making art with sidewalk chalk. Those are things that everyone has fun with.
Today everyone was bored and the house was a mess, so I initiated the 20 minute tidy. I set the timer and told them we had 20 minutes to pick up and put things away. The only one who whined about it was Zach, and he quit once we had a talk about the attitude. He even mopped the kitchen floor without being asked, and after the timer went off! I’ll do that one again. Hope you find something that works for you, and you have an enjoyable summer with the kids.
I’m back from bloggy hiatus just in time for another edition of WFMW by Rocks In My Dryer. I wanted to share with you my excitement for “urban gardening.” This is also known as container gardening, but I just love to think of myself as an urban gardener! This will work for you if you lack the space for a large garden, don’t want to till up your land, or your husband is testing your gardening abilities before he wants to prep the land for you. (Mine is the latter. I’m showing him though)
I have an old tractor tire in the back yard that the previous owner had planted flowers in. I broke up the soil and filled it in with potting soil and fertilizer, then planted a couple of tomato plants, peppers and a cucumber. There’s also a watermelon in the middle. Then I have a tomoato plant that I bought in a large container that is meant to stay. I have 3 lettuce bowls/planters in the front of the house, growing romaine, red leaf lettuce, spinach and parsley. We have had salads with dinner twice now, and leftover lettuce in the fridge for another. I have spinach that needs to be cut now, and the new lettuce is growing in!!! I am so excited to not have to buy the expensive bagged salads now!! In doing a little research, I found that lettuce is very hardy and grows well like this. I have 4 big planters left to fill with soil and a couple more cucumber and zucchini plants when payday rolls around.
The tire and planters are also not easy for rabbits to get to since they are elevated.
If you’re like me and want to grow your own food, I suggest you try this. It’s fun and easy! The weeds are not taking over any of it, and I’m seeing fruits of my labor!
This weeks edition is a little different. I’m supposed to share what Doesn’t work for me. I’m feeling lousy right now, so my list might include some whining. My apologies.
What doesn’t work for me..
1. My homemade pizza dough never rises. Could it be that I am just too impatient to wait for it to rise? Maybe. Or maybe I just like trying to stretch it to enormous lengths without making holes in it!
2. My husband going out of town for business and leaving me to single parent our 3 kids. Why does he get to have great dinners out while we eat cereal and frozen chicken nuggets?
3. Transferring my photos from my digital camera card to the computer. It’s not hard at all, but I just can’t seem to stay on top of it.
4. Overcommitting myself. It doesn’t work for me to say yes to so many things at the same time.
5. Jason Castro’s hair.
6. Much to my dismay, clipping coupons does not work for me. I have a stack waiting to be clipped right now.
7. Relying on my kids to pick up after themselves. Is it really too much to ask?
8. Losing weight and exercising. I’m personally not comfortable with my weight, but I think my body is. It keeps going back to it’s comfortable weight. Could it be the chocolate addiction?
9. Not having a meal plan doesn’t work for me. If I don’t have one, I’ll start thinking about what’s for dinner around 5 pm, or when someone asks me that question…” what’s for dinner”?
10. This ear infection doesn’t work for me. The ringing is driving me crazy and I can’t even think.
If you’ve made it this far, Thanks! For more insightful ideas, please visit Rocks In My Dryer.
We have a new Christian book store in town, and I’ve spent some time perusing the aisles. I was actually glad to see a few chairs provided for people just like me! I’ve been known to lose track of time in book stores while sitting on my knees checking out the bottom row of books.
I digress! Anyway, I’m always looking for a good devotional or book to read to my kids that they can follow, and that tells the story of salvation. Well, I’ve found it, and I’m gonna share it with you. The Jesus Storybook Bible, written by Sally Lloyd-Jones is awesome! The stories are short and factual, the photos are bright and vivid, and it is easy to follow. It is for ages 4 to 8, but even my older kids love to hear the stories. My 4 year old is enthralled by it, and wants me to read more and more.
This hardbound book by Zonderkidz is well worth the money, and it works for me when it comes to teaching my kids the story of Jesus. Head on over to Rocks in my Dryer for more tips!
I have a quick and easy smoothie recipe that your kids will love, and they’ll be getting fruits and veggies to boot! It’s simple and delicious for breakfast, lunch, or a snack. It’s also a great filler if you’re trying to watch your weight. (I just keep watching mine go up!)
You’ll need Vanilla light Soy Milk-1 or 2 cups
Pure organic carrot juice-1 cup
Handful of blueberries
Handful of red grapes
2Tbs. ground flax seed
1 to 2 Tbs. cinnamon
1 Scoop Vanilla protein powder
Combine above ingredients in blender and blend to your desired consistency. You can’t taste the carrot juice at all. It’s filled with antioxidants that are good for you, and the cinnamon is supposed to be an appetite suppressant. The apple gives you fiber, so don’t skip it. It makes enough for breakfast and lunch, so I just usually keep the blender in the fridge for easier access. I hope you enjoy it, it works for me! For more WFMW tips, check out Rocks In My Dryer.
It’s repeat week over at Rocks In My Dryer, and since I don’t have many to choose from, I thought I’d share a new one. My daughter swells up terribly when she gets a mosquito bite. If it bites her on the cheek, you can pretty much bet that her eyes are gonna swell shut. I’m always looking for something safe to spray or rub on, but with all the concern about DEET in the past few years, I’ve been worried about the choices. We’ve got a lot of standing water around here, so the little buggers will surely be swarming. A friend of mine told me to put some Listerine in a spray bottle and spray it around the area of the yard we plan to be in. I mentioned it to another friend, and she said she’s done it and it actually killed the little guys! So, Listerine is a frugal mosquito spray. Who woulda thought that?
Go visit Shannon for some great tips on what works for others. What works for me today is reusing water bottles. I have a 32 oz. sport bottle that I refill throughout the day. It’s easy for me to monitor how much I’m taking in, and I’m trying to do my part for the future of our world. Did you know that plastic bottles are recycled, but the caps aren’t? Yep, the caps are discarded, and often times end up in the oceans. From that point, they wind up in the stomachs of seals or birds, who eventually die from malnutrition because their stomach is full. From the green standpoint, if the average person drank 8 ounces of bottled water a day, it would take 1.5 million barrels of oil annually to satisfy America’s demand for bottled water. (Plastic is derived from petroleum.) If this oil were converted to gasoline, the total could fuel five hundred thousand station wagons for a coast to coast trip. Considering the price of a gallon of gas right now, I think I can reuse my water bottles! Try it and see if it works for you.
It’s another episode of Works for me Wednesday over at Rocks In My Dryer. Hop on over there after you’re done here and check out all the great tips.
Digital Scrapbooking is what works for me today. As you may know, I’m a consultant for Creative Memories. I love, love, love to scrapbook. Sometimes I just need to throw one together quickly, and lack the creativity that I need. So I do a digital scrapbook by uploading my pictures, and dragging and dropping, cutting and pasting, and voila! The end product is a sturdy hard bound book. I made one for my son’s third birthday and he loves to look at it. It only took me around 2 hours to do! I then made one for my oldest sons racing last year, documenting his race for the championship. I actually made 4, and gave three as gifts, and plan to use the other one to show prospective sponsors for him. It’s fast, fun, easy, and cheap. Just visit my website at www.mycmsite.com/jenteike and click on Digital Scrapbooks to learn more about it.
Yes, I’m trying to help you preserve your memories while having fun, and make a little extra money for me. I’m really sorry if this offends you. Please forgive me.
It’s the backwards edition over at Rocks In My Dryer, and that means instead of me racking my brain to come up with what works for me, I get to ask you the questions. You then leave me a comment and share all your expertise with me. For more pleas of help, visit Rocks In My Dryer.
I can’t decide what I need more, so I’ll ask all of them. The first is about coupon clipping. I’ve been trying to stay on top of the coupons, but they are overwhelming me. Do you clip every coupon and file them away, or keep the coupons in the fliers and carry those around with you? I read somewhere about keeping the coupons in a binder, stored in baseball card sleeves, but after only one month of clipping it is so full. How do you categorize them? I feel like a crazy person standing in the aisle looking for that one coupon I know I have for something that wasn’t advertised on sale, but it is. I don’t think the binder is working for me, but don’t know what would either. Please Help…
The second thing is a spiritual question. God is placing something on my heart, and it is so not me. He’s asking me to step out in faith. What are your thoughts on teaching young girls about purity, and purity pledges? At what age do you think this is appropriate to begin? I read in a magazine a while back about a family that started a purity ball, where the dads and daughters attend together and sign a pledge of purity. The dad makes a commitment to help his daughter with that pledge. My daughter will be 12 in couple of months, and the naive mom in me wishes that is too young. The “in the know” mom tells me I need to open my eyes. The world is changing, and not for the better in this area. Things are going on in middle schools that shock me. So this question may make you think, but please do comment and let me know your thoughts.
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