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100th Day of Kindergarten

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Today is Rebecca's 100th Day of Kindergarten.

Technically it is supposed to be her 101st day but because of a snow/ice day Monday, it is the 100th day.

For her 100th day, her class is celebrating by bringing in 100 day projects and by dressing up like a 100 year old.

Rebecca took her 100 sticker poster in yesterday....



And today she went to school dressed as a 100 year old woman might dress:

She wore a hot pink velour track suit with a nicer white shirt underneath. Red, white and blue pearls, a gold brooch on her shirt, and I added baby powder to her hair to make it grey and she wore it pulled back in a bun!




I think this was a cute idea! And it will make for a funny memory!

Did your child celebrate 100 days of school?

January Low Spend and Decluttering Challenge: FINAL UPDATE!

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January is the month where I feel like I get a start over in redoing our finances and also a redo of our house, when I get rid of excess and feel the urge to declutter. So I was so excited to see that the lovely Carla over at My 1/2 Dozen Daily was hosting a January Decluttering and No/Low Spend Challenge. I have decided to join in! Here is update #4 otherwise known as THE FINAL UPDATE:
It is hard to believe that the January challenge is over. It was a month of learning. It was a month of decluttering. It was a month of spending less, or at least being more conscious about my spending. It was a month of mini challenges. So how did I do:

On our mini challenges:

Week 1 we focused on making do and decluttering stuff from our house. I blogged about my success here.

Week 2, we focused on bringing in extra money and cleaning out your junk drawer. I blogged about my success here.

Week 3, we focused on giving in some way and decluttering a closet. I blogged about my success here.

This past we…

Ear Infection

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Oh boy. I thought we were over the sickness.

But I was wrong.

This is sickness #4987 that we have had since Dec. 1.

It started Saturday morning. I woke up with a horrible headache and body aches. Hubby got the kids up and took care of them until he had to go to work at 1. I laid on the couch and cuddled with Jacob and fell asleep. When Bill got home I took my temp...102 and I was achy all over. Off to bed with me. I spent most of Saturday and Sunday until about 2pm in bed with headache and fever.

Sunday morning at some point my fever broke and my headache finally went away. I felt a little better and almost back to normal.....for a few hours.....

Sunday night I started feeling achy in my neck and shoulders. I went to bed early feeling icky.

About 10 pm Sunday night my right ear started throbbing. I took Tylenol and it didn't help. Hubby asked me if I wanted to go the ER. I said not in the icy weather we were having. I googled home remedies. They suggested using heated washclo…

Parents on Facebook

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The day has finally come.

My in-laws have joined facebook.

They said they would never, but I got a friend request from my father in law on Tuesday. Hubby got one too, but he did not accept it as of yet.

I figure it is a way for them to keep up with pictures of the grandkids.

This should be interesting.

Are you friends with your parents or inlaws on facebook?

Collin Raye in Concert

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On Saturday night, I had the opportunity to go see Collin Raye in concert with my mom. He was performing in the town that I live in at a theater that was less than a mile from my house J Typically we have to drive to Columbus or farther to see any good concerts. But not Saturday night.


We were given free tickets to go through the school that both my mom and I work at. (If we would have had to bought tickets, they were only $25 a piece which is still quite low for a concert).



He performed with only two backup musicians (a pianoist and a violinist). Let me tell you….the concert was AWESOME!!!


My mom and I actually saw him in concert about 10 years ago or so and he is still great. His songs are amazing! I had a great time with my mom too! It was a great night!

Have you been to any great concerts lately?

Toy bins as Tents

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The other day I had to laugh at my kiddos as they were pretending to have a campout in our living room using their cloth toy bins as their “tents.” Rebecca and Jacob would put a pillow in the bin, lay down on the pillow, their head in the “tent” and then cover up with one of the throw blankets.



Then they would get up, take their tent go look for wild animals and "pitch" their tents in a different location in our house. They also would read bedtime stories in their tents.



At one point Rebecca even had a guard dog on top of her tent to keep out the animals.



It was too funny!

Do your kids ever play make believe with something for hours on end?

January Low Spend and Decluttering Challenge: Update #3

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January is the month where I feel like I get a start over in redoing our finances and also a redo of our house, when I get rid of excess and feel the urge to declutter. So I was so excited to see that the lovely Carla over at My 1/2 Dozen Daily was hosting a January Decluttering and No/Low Spend Challenge. I have decided to join in! Here is update #3: My MAIN goals for this January challenge:
- Financial goals: Spend no more than $320 on food for the month. (This averages out to $80 a week). I need to get our grocery budget down as this past 2 months we have been averaging $130 a week for our family due to illnesses and holidays. Over the last week I spent $154.00. If you remember I had $154.97 left for the month. So now I only have $0.97 left!  OOOPS!!!! I will say this, I have a menu plan in place for the rest of the month. I only have to get milk this weekend and that should do it for food for the month. I went over as I stocked up on snacks for the kids and I had to buy a bunch …

Printcopia Canvas Winner!

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Sorry this is so late in getting posted. Have been extremely busy and stressed at home! But, drum roll please.....here is the winner of the Printcopia canvas print as decided by random.org. Susan DeVauxJanuary 14, 2013 at 9:11 PM
A nice family portrait from our vacation to France last year! Thank you :)

suzanneedevaux@yahoo.com

-Susan DeVaux
Susan you have been emailed! You have 48 hours to respond! Thanks everyone for entering!

January Low Spend and Decluttering Challenge: Update #2

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January is the month where I feel like I get a start over in redoing our finances and also a redo of our house, when I get rid of excess and feel the urge to declutter. So I was so excited to see that the lovely Carla over at My 1/2 Dozen Daily was hosting a January Decluttering and No/Low Spend Challenge. I have decided to join in! Here is update #2: My MAIN goals for this January challenge:
- Financial goals: Spend no more than $320 on food for the month. (This averages out to $80 a week). I need to get our grocery budget down as this past 2 months we have been averaging $130 a week for our family due to illnesses and holidays. This weekend I shopped for 2 weeks, as I am trying a new system of grocery shopping.  I spent $106.95. As of Monday night, I have spent  a total of $165.03 on groceries for the month...so right on track if I just get milk, bread and fresh stuff this weekend ($154.97 left). I am definitely doing better on this than I thought. Spend no more than $150 on hous…

Sunday Night Chit Chat

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Time once again for Sunday Night Chit-Chat...hosted by our friend Carla! To play along simply start your post with a photo or quote... Copy and paste the starters and link up to Carla so she and others can visit you and see what you've been up to!
SO HERE GOES:
 What are you.....
Reading? Nothing right now. I am hoping to get to the library this week to grab a book or two and I have a couple books I am waiting to receive in the mail that I am to review.
Watching? Football playoffs. Listening to? The TV is on. It is raining outside. The kids are playing. Cooking/Baking Actually didn't cook anything today. Went to breakfast with my parents and then Bill made the kids' dinner for them.
Happy you accomplished this week?  Got the junk drawer cleaned out, got 2 large trash bags of kids clothes and a box of kids clothes out the door (gave to my brother for his children). Stuck with my menu plan for the most part. Looking forward to next week? I am thinking of trying to set up a n…

Decluttering the junk drawer and junk shelf

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This week, sweet Carla has challenged those of us who are taking part in her January No/Low Spend and Decluttering Challenge, to attack our junk drawers as our mini declutter challenge of the week. Specifically, the challenge says: " Declutter your junk drawer and post before & after photos!! " For this decluttering assignment I actually decided to not only clean out my junk drawer in my kitchen, but also to clean off 2 shelves next to my computer that are used in the same purpose of the junk drawer. So here is my before of my kitchen junk drawer: Here is the after....much better looking. I threw out a bunch of stuff. Took the tools back to the toolbox and found 2 little strainers and a can top to donate! The stuff that you would stick in a junk drawer...odds and ends from the mail, excess papers, etc. also tend to pile up near our computer, so I also decided to tackle that project as well. Here is the before of the two shelves: And the after....I was able to file p…

The kids have been having fun....

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......playing in the snow!

On Sunday, Bill took Jacob and Rebecca outside to play in the snow and to see if they could build a snowman. We have had a lot of snow on the ground for a couple weeks now, but it wasn't good packing snow. On Sunday it was a little warmer so the snow became great packing snow.

I wasn't able to get any pictures of them actually making the snowman, as I was getting Benjamin ready for his nap, but I was able to bring them a snow man kit that I had found while decluttering my closet/room project for this month!







They had a blast and it warms my heart to see them having so much fun with their dad!

Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall (a review)

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During Christmas time, my personal preference for reading material is anything that is Christmas or holidays related. So I was quite excited to read Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall. I am a big fan of Miss Woodsmall's novels and knew that this would be a good read.
Christmas in Apple Ridge is actually comprised of 3 novellas...."The Sound of Sleigh Bells," "The Christmas Singing," and a new novella-  "The Dawn of Christmas."


From the back cover:
The Sound of Sleigh Bells
Beth Hertzler is unable to let go of a past tragedy, but when she discovers a large, intricately carved scene of Amish children playing in the snow, something deep inside Beth’s soul responds. Determined that her niece meet the gifted artist, her aunt tracks him down, but it’s not that simple – will Jonah be able to offer Beth the sleigh ride she’s always dreamed of and a second chance at real love?

The Christmas Singing
Mattie thought her childhood sweetheart adored…

Decluttering the Video/Game closet

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One of Carla's mini decluttering challenges over the last week was :Decluttering Goal Week One: What "thing" clutters up your home the most? Is it clothes? Toys? Books/magazines? Kitchen Stuff? Knick-Knacks? Find a way to get rid of some of these items! Be sure to snap a pic of your declutter! In our house it is "STUFF"...toys, videos, books, extra stuff.....just STUFF....so I decided to start on a small project and declutter some of the stuff. My project was the closet that I believe is supposed to be used as a pantry but is not in the kitchen so we use it for storage. It is off the downstairs half bath. We keep our board games, playdoh toys, puzzles, VHS, craft stuff and miscellaneous stuff in there. It was a disaster! You could not open the door without fearing "STUFF" would fall out on you. HERE ARE THE BEFORE PICTURES: (this was after I took out an art easel, and 2 bags of stuff that had been shoved in there)   On the shelves on the right, th…

January Low Spend and Decluttering Challenge: Update #1

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January is the month where I feel like I get a start over in redoing our finances and also a redo of our house, when I get rid of excess and feel the urge to declutter. So I was so excited to see that the lovely Carla over at My 1/2 Dozen Daily was hosting a January Decluttering and No/Low Spend Challenge. I have decided to join in! Here is update #1: My MAIN goals for this January challenge:
- Financial goals: Spend no more than $320 on food for the month. (This averages out to $80 a week). I need to get our grocery budget down as this past 2 months we have been averaging $130 a week for our family due to illnesses and holidays. As of Saturday night, I have spent $58.08 on groceries for the week...so right on track ($261.92 left) Spend no more than $150 on household items (diapers, wipes, toilet paper, Tide, dish detergent and trash bags) As of Saturday night, I have spent $17.03 on diapers. This number will go up tomorrow as I have to go out and get wipes, toilet paper, Tide and d…

5 Question Friday

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It has been a while since I have participated in 5 Question Friday hosted by "My Little Life"...I thought it would be fun to join in again today. So here goes....



1. Have you set any goals/resolutions for 2013?
2013 is a year that I haven't set goals or resolutions for the whole year. That is a change from in the past. Instead there are things that I want to work toward---paying down debt, decluttering, getting healthier, but instead of making lofty goals for the year I am going to work on a couple of things each month and make monthly goals instead. This month I am working on a no/low spend challenge and a decluttering challenge.


2. Have you made any travel/vacation plans for 2013?
I wish. But no. Last year after our little vacation to Kentucky we realized that we need to wait a few more years to take a real vacation when the kids are older and can appreciate it more. It was rough taking an infant, a 2 year old and a 5 year old on vacation. We will probably do some day t…

Printcopia Canvas Prints (and a giveaway)

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I don't know about where you live, but here the temperature was 0 degrees this morning! It was COLD! There is about 8 inches of snow on the ground and it is just freezing. Definitely a winter wonderland.

Now, don't get me wrong I love the snow at Christmastime,  but come January 1, I am ready for it to be gone and for warm weather to be back (which will happen maybe in April). That is why when Printcopia contacted me and offered to send me a free 8x10 canvas print of my choice in exchange for a review I agreed. I immediately knew which photo I wanted to use. I was so excited to have the opportunity to bring a little sunshine into our home decor thanks to Printcopia!


Printcopia offers canvas prints made with non-toxic, eco-friendly inks and which are made in the U.S.A. The canvas prints are so easy to make and the possibilities are endless. (Their sister companies also offer car magnets, vinyl banners, and lawn signs.)

I knew right away what photo I wanted to use for my canvas…