Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
OK, so I was saying... It's amazing how things pile up, this here, that there...and it's clutter turned into a big messy pile of "I don't know what to do...let's buy some plastic storage bins, label it and hide it in the closet (or cabinet or under the bed)." - you know what I'm saying!
Friday, February 12, 2010
I try to save my plastic baggies, tin foil and plastic wrap - wash and reuse! I purchased (several years ago) a hanging baggie dryer and I love it! I actually need two, since sometimes I don't get around to washing my baggies everyday. I will save them up for a week or two weeks sometimes and have a baggie washing marathon day! Then I have to hang some by clothes pins because I've run out of room.
Labels: frugal fridays
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
You have got to check this out - I have been laughing since I stumbled upon this site...
Monday, February 8, 2010
I just stumbled upon this site:
It is a fabulous Christian parenting resource. I highly recommend you checking it out!
It includes articles on a multitude of child rearing topics including:
- tying heartstrings
- character training
- preventive parenting
Labels: child training
I did not work hard this weekend at getting my daycare reopened and spent $ grocery shopping only to not have my parent drop their kid off (or call) today, and I most certainly did not wake up at 5:30am in anticipating and feel super tired today!
I certainly did not decide to give in to my almost 4 year old and sew numbers on his t-shirts so that he'd wear more than 2 articles of clothing hanging in his closet.
I would never feed my kids fruit, cheese sticks and mini pretzels with peanut butter for lunch, no I would never feed snacky food to my kids for a lunch time meal!
I absolutely did not go off my budget this week and buy 3, YES - 3, coffees this week. Seriously, I couldn't have purchased 2 bags of coffee for the same price!
I am not seriously considering purchasing a package of disposable diapers so I can attend a women's retreat (and bring my twins with)...
Peanut Butter on a spoon and Chocolate Chips were not my evening snack, nope.
Labels: not me monday
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Today was our all generation class at Church. It is always enjoyable, and the children get to participate, we are usually split into groups with a mix of adults and children. Today Bill had our table discuss the following passage and then draw it out on paper for illustrational purposes. I really enjoyed today's passage (and enjoy reading it in the New Living Translation):
follow the advice of the wicked,
or stand around with sinners,
or join in with mockers.
2 But they delight in the law of the Lord,
meditating on it day and night.
3 They are like trees planted along the riverbank,
bearing fruit each season.
Their leaves never wither,
and they prosper in all they do. 4 But not the wicked!
They are like worthless chaff, scattered by the wind.
5 They will be condemned at the time of judgment.
Sinners will have no place among the godly.
6 For the Lord watches over the path of the godly,
but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.
Friday, February 5, 2010
BABIES ARE BORN PRE-POLLUTED WITH 100’s OF TOXIC CHEMICALS.
OUR BROKEN TOXICS LAW IS FAILING THEM.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CHANGE THAT.EWG tested the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborn babies and found nearly 300 chemicals, including BPA, fire retardants, lead, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pesticides that were banned more than 30 years ago.
Speak up for change. Our kids deserve it.
The Kid-Safe Chemicals Act would require that all chemicals be proven safe for children before they can be sold. But lawmakers in Washington need to know that you want them to reform our broken toxics law.
Please sign this petition to demand that Congress take action to make chemicals in consumer products kid-safe.
Stop Genetically Engineered Alfalfa and Protect Organic Food!
Speak Out on Genetically Engineered Alfalfa
In 2006, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) sued the Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its illegal approval of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) Roundup Ready alfalfa. USDA failed to conduct an environmental impact statement (EIS) before deregulating the crop. An EIS is a rigorous analysis of the potential significant impacts of a federal decision. The federal courts sided with CFS and banned GE alfalfa until the USDA fully analyzed the impacts of the GE plant on the environment, farmers, and the public in an EIS. They released a draft EIS on December 14, 2009. Draft EIS
It appears USDA again intends to deregulate GE alfalfa without any limitations or protections for farmers, consumers or the environment. In the new EIS, the USDA has completely dismissed the fact that GE contamination will threaten export and domestic markets and organic meat and dairy products. And, incredibly, USDA is claiming that there is no evidence that consumers care about GE contamination of organic. We know that's not true.
Your Participation is Critical! Take Action by February 16
A 60-day comment period is now open until February 16, 2010. This is the first time the USDA has done this analysis for any GE crop, so the final decision will have broad implications for all GE crops. The failure of the agency to address the impacts of GE alfalfa will have far-reaching consequences for farmers and organic consumers. Let's not be Monsanto's guinea pigs!
Learn more and get talking points on our website. Then take action at the Center for Food Safety, or submit comments online to the USDA directly.
After you write, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where to Take Action:
Submit comments via the Center for Food Safety Action Center tool. If you have time to write an original response, you can also submit your comments directly to the USDA.
By Mail: A written letter is very powerful. Mail your comments to:
Docket No. APHIS-2007-0044
Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8
4700 River Road Unit 118
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
For top-loading machines: Use 1 cup of the soap mixture per load.
For front-loading machines: Use 1/2 cup per load.
Monday, February 1, 2010
I have decided to participate in the 28 Day Organizing Challenge hosted by I'm An Organizing Junkie.
Here's some of my (gulp, embarasing) before pictures... So that you too can be inspired to do something about your space!
A lot of you know that we have an arctic entryway and then you enter into our livingroom, diningroom, kitchen area. There is a lot of stuff that our family has and it seems that the arctic entryway is a dumping ground as well as where we enter into the house from the arctic entryway. Plus, I am storing things under my dining room benches and above my fridge which drives me nuts! I really do prefer having NO clutter but with 4 kids I've let things go and it's a big stresser for me, so this is for me so I can feel less stress by the end of the month...
I'll be posting preview pictures of some re-organizing we've started later this week... Thanks for stoping by!
Labels: 28 days of organizing challenge
For the month of January my 'One Small Change' that I chose was to hang a load of laundry each day. See post here. And I am reporting that although I did not accomplish to do this EVERY day, I did manage to EVERY OTHER DAY, except for a three-day stint when our water was turned off during the day from 8am to 5pm each day, so I was forced to play catch-up with my laundry because of someone's pipes freezing in the park! However, with that being said, I certainly did learn how to gather water and use water sparingly for 3 days straight! And this spring I will have Mike install a rain barrel so that I'm not stressed about having enough water when it gets turned off for the day...
OK, so, for February's Challenge...I will continue to work on my DAILY laundry hanging challenge from January. PLUS I will now start using cloth only in the kitchen AND cloth wipes for my twins' diaper changes! I already use cloth diapers, so you'd think this would be a no-brainer, but it's taken a lot for me to get to the point of using washable wipes...Lots of prayers needed on this one! I have on and off tried to limit the amount of paper towels used in the kitchen and the amount of commercial diaper wipes by making my own, but will now forgo paper all together! I will remove what paper I do have in the kitchen and in the diaper basket and use cloth only!
Labels: one small change