Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Yes, I am still around.

Yes, life gets crazy.  Here are some photos I would like to share.

Can you believe how much she has grown???  She is now 11.  


Friday, May 29, 2015

Slobbering love affair.

Ok, I have to admit that I have a slobbering love affair with Nutella.  I had to give up peanut butter since I am fighting leaky gut.  I put off trying Nutella.  I don't like Hazelnut coffee or Hazelnut creamers. I didn't think I would like it.  My Rooster gave me strawberries and Nutella.  I was hooked.  Yes, I actually ate like three bananas with it on them yesterday.  I was thinking all the wonder things that it would taste good on.  Like 'nilla wafers.  OOOps, I can't have 'nilla wafers.  Darn.

I have also found that I now have an aversion to bread.  I just can't eat it.  I tried gluten free bread.  I can't do it.  I had some like corn bread and it wasn't too bad.  Especially in baked potato soup. 

What is the hardest thing for you to get use to on a new diet/lifestyle?  What has been easy?  What tastes good to you that didn't before?

Have a wonderful day.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

My review of "The One" by Ryan & Amanda Leak

I received this book from Bloggingforbooks for an honest review.

I wanted to love this book.  I really did.  I love stories about marriages that are great.  But this book didn't hold my interest.  I was very disappointed.  I just couldn't connect with it.  It seemed like too much of the story was about the wedding.  The wedding really is a small part of a marriage.  I am not sure if it was a generational thing.  I just didn't like this book.  I am very happy for Ryan & Amanda.  But I give this book a big miss.

My Rooster and I will be married 18 years in August.  We eloped on a Monday morning.  Our marriage has had ups and downs.  I like to think that we have an awesome marriage.  But we spent so little time on the wedding part. 

What was your wedding day like?  


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Movie Characters in real life.

Meet Meggie.  She is one of my SIL's rescues.  I call her Dobby the House Elf.  We aren't sure what she is.  She is one of the sweetest dogs on the planet.  She was sitting on the couch holding (ok, chewing) one of my socks.  I yelled, "Dobby has clothes."  My Rooster and Bri went crazy laughing.  Next to her is one of the mini doxies.  I think it Scout.  I call him Jimmy Durante.  He has a big snout.  He is a sweetie too.

Friday, April 24, 2015

My review of The World Needs More Love Letters

I received this book free from bloggingforbooks for my honest review.

Here is my review on

Love this book.  Even though it is not really a book.  It contains pages of stationary that can be folded and mailed.  Very cute idea. 

I think it would be a great gift for a child going off to college, cute and quirky notes to put into lunches, overnight bags, or gifts. 

Being one page, I think people would be more apt to write.

Love this book.   You really must check it out.

Friday, April 17, 2015

A few frugal tips.

I have been going thru Amazon looking for great free books.  If you go to where it says best sellers in the Kindle department, you can pick top 100 free ebooks.  Love it.

I am sharing a few of my frugal tips.

Here are my some of my favorite frugal tips.  I hope these help you out.

1. Cut cable.  We have an HD antenna.  We get all the local channels plus PBS, ION, Escape, and Grit.  We get cable and internet at my SIL's house when we dog sit on Mondays and Fridays.  It makes it a treat.

2. Which leads me to number two.  I use internet at the library or my SIL's.  Keeps me from wasting time surfing the net.

3. Clearance areas.  I love Kroger's and Target for this especially.  I can sometimes get milk at Kroger's for 1.49 per gallon.  I even got a bag of scallops for 3.00.

4. Kroger Shhh brand tea.  I give like 1.09 for 100 bags.
5. Know what places have kids eat free nights.
6. Get rid of stuff and quit buying stuff to put stuff in.  LOL

7. Cut my husband's hair.

8. The 99cent store.  I have bought Udi's bread for 99cents, it sells for around 7.99 in the health food store.  You can find tons of Gluten-free items.  Lots of organic items also.  I really like the 99cent version of Lubiderm lotion.  I put a few drops of eo into the bottle to scent it as I wish.  Most personal care items sold here are made in the USA.

9. The library.  Books, movies, cds, etc.  Plus we can buy books cheaply at the libraries book sale area.  My best tip here also is when I check out, I renew as many times as I can.  That way I have the items longer and it cuts out late fees.

10. Always grocery shopping after eating something.  Never shop hungry.

11. I like to get free ebooks and magazines at Amazon.  I hate to pay magazine subscription prices.  Especially since it is almost completely full of advertisements.

12. Grow as many veggies, herbs, and fruit as you can.

13. I like to buy clothes at Second hand shops, Salvation Army, or Goodwill.

14. I try to carry larger bills.  I hesitate before breaking a 20.00.  I think it is just a mind thing.

15. Make sure you have coupons with you, they won't help you if you don't have them.

16. I like to give gift cards as gifts.  Diary Queen, Starbucks, Panera.  Something people can use everyday.  It is nice to get a Starbucks for free.

17. Make your own cleaning supplies.

18. Use old clothes for rags.

19. Use powder laundry soap to clean your tub.  I get mine at the dollar store.  Leaves it shiny and rinses clean.

20. I try store brands.  Or shop at Aldi's.

21. I use a Credit Union instead of a bank.  I get free checking.

22. I get the reward cards at Walgreens, Krogers, etc.   Some discount or rebate is better than none.  It helps to get fuel points too.

23. We do date night at home.  Watch a movie, talk, or eat a fancy dessert that we make at home.

24. Take advantage of Ladies Day at the oil change place.  You get a discount.

25. Tax free weekend here in Texas.  It covers school supplies and such.

26. Make sure that you put your ceiling fan the right direction for the season.  Winter it should be clockwise and summer should be counter-clockwise. 

27. We two fans to circulate air thru the apartment.  I notice that the air conditioner doesn't run as much.

Ok, that is what I can think of now.  What are some of your tips?

Have a great day.

Remember to enter my giveaway for a mother's devotional book.  Send me an email or comment with your email address.  The drawing will be held on May 1st.


Friday, April 10, 2015

My Review of Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood by Melissa B. Kruger

I was given a copy of this from for my honest review.

This is an Eleven week Devotional Bible Study for women of all seasons of motherhood.

I really enjoyed this book.  It has great bite sized pieces of study for each day.

It was well written.  I would recommend this book to any women in any season of motherhood.  Great book!

Read my review here:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Give Away!!!

I have two copies of this book to giveaway.

I will draw two names on May 1st.  Leave your name and email in the comment section of this blog.  If someone leaves a comment and tells me they found this giveaway on your blog or comment, I will give you an extra chance.

The review will be up on my site soon.

Good Luck!

Friday, March 20, 2015

My review of The Paleo Chef by Pete Evans

I received this book free of charge for my honest review from Blogging for books.  Here is the link to my review on the site.

This is a very good cookbook for Paleo cooking.  It doesn't call for weird ingredients. (if you already cook Paleo)  The recipes are easy to follow.

There are good recipes for everyday items like sweet pie dough (p210), Fermented Ketchup (p206), or beef/chicken/vegetable/fish stock (p202).

There are great recipes for your sweet tooth like Strawberry Bliss Balls (p183), Mark Sisson's Chocolate Bark (p180).

From Tuna to Chicken to Veggies.

The only down side to this book for me is it isn't as family friendly as some of the other Paleo books.  It is more for an Adult taste.  I think it will be a neat date night dinner.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Our Valentine's Day will be full of pink frosted cupcakes (gluten free of course), dinner in, and movie night for all three of us.

I love owls and my Rooster got me a owl movie to watch for Valentine's Day.

So we are all watching this.  I warned him if it is sad and makes me cry, I get to hit him.  LOL  I hate sad movies.  I am a BIG SAP and cry at stuff.   My SIL sent me a box of tissues with Disney's Beauty and the Beast.  That is how bad I am.

Bri is busy finishing up her Valentine's.  She would give on to everyone on the planet if I would like her.

God Bless and have a wonderful weekend.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Great Find!

I found one of the best money saver places.  It is the 99cent store.

My haul included gluten free foods, lotions, soaps, etc

I even found organic unrefined sugar 2/99 (1 lbs bags)

I got a small bottle of fabric softener to leave at my SIL's house.  I gave 99 cents for it.  It states 15 loads.  I know that I have done more than 15 loads and still have about half a bottle.  There are people in the house with sensitive skin and there is no reaction.

For $20.25, I brought home five bags of stuff.   From tea, sugar, rice cakes, Liberty Orchards "Sparklers" (candy) to soaps and lotion. 

I think I know where I am going to stock up with my tax return money.

Here is a link to their web site.

Have a wonderful day.