Thursday, October 20, 2011

Fall Break 2011

What's the worst thing about Fall Break?  The first day back to work:-(  Camping we went at the Kentucky Horsepark and we loved it.  We had great sites that were close to the bathhouse and the wonderful playground.  The kids loved the playground, especially Braelyn, who spent more time there than at the campsite.  We also had great food and spent the long weekend with great friends. 

We visited Bi-Water farm in Georgetown on Friday, Autumnfest is in full swing and the pumpkins were galore.  The corn maze was much fun until Haylie went back in by herself and kind of got lost.  I think her dad was freaking out just a little;-) 

We are back to work and school and life goes on as usual.  Stacey and I have been really busy with our Initials, inc. parties and ordered lots of cute stuff.  We have two recruits and are really excited about what this oppurtunity can bring to this area.

Something I recently saw that I am loving and truly believe......I would rather walk with God in the dark than go alone in the light.


Thursday, October 6, 2011

How did it go?

Our first two parties went really well!!  And we got more bookings so we are so excited that this could end up doing really well for us!  I mean, who doesn't want extra income for their families, and it's fun so how can you beat it?  If anyone wants to check it out, go to

In other news, my 5 yr old LOVES school which was a big worry that God took care of for me, just like He always does!  My 1 yr old started walking....(wow!) and my sweet 2 yr old makes us laugh every day, you just never know what he is going to do.  There is never a dull moment around my house!

And what could be better knowing these two little superheroes are on my side!! 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Back on track...

Ummm, yes it has been awhile!!  Life gets so busy and so many things to do.  It has been a great summer and my oldest is back to school, she is in 5th grade this year and it's her last year of elementary school.  She is growing so fast and becoming such a wonderful young lady.

We took several camping trips this summer, some with friends and some just my little happy family.  We stayed at some local state parks here in Kentucky and also visted Tennessee.  It is getting cooler here so camping weather is almost over, I don't enjoy winter at all:-(  We have one more trip planned in October, we will be staying at the KY Horsepark and visting the nearby pumpkin patch one of those days.  I am sure we will purchase a few pumpkins and probably a funnel cake!  Yum.

Stacey and I have also signed up with Initials, Inc.  This is a great new business that was recently featured in Women's Day magazine.  It is an in home party sales business that features: purses, bags, totes, buckets, wallets, and lots of other items that can be personalized for free.  We are very excited about this oppurtunity and will be holding our first two parties this week!!  Wish Us Luck. 


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Frugal Organizing Tips

It was late at night and I was in bed doing one of my favorite things.....listening to a podcast!  Haha, I know what some of you were thinking!  The podcast I was listening to was What Really Matters with Vicky and Jen and they were sharing some great organizing tips.  Some of them I had heard before but while they are fresh on my mind I thought I would share with you.

I don't know how many times I have looked at those pretty velvet jewelry organizers and been oh so tempted to buy them, thank goodness I never did.  Hello ice cube trays!  Who cares if there not fancy and velvet, no one is going to see them besides you and another great thing about the trays is they are stackable so it's a great space saver.  Another great tip is shoeboxes, these are great to use as drawer dividers especially for things like your delicates.  Do you need a drawer organizer for a narrow space, how about a velveeta carton?  I'll have to admit I have gotten pretty bad about throwing away all those sour cream and butter containers with lids just because I didn't have the space to store them, but the possibilities with them are endless, so those days are over.  They are perfect to send leftovers home or for arts and craft projects with the kids, one of the girls had the great idea that she always freezes water in a few of hers and she always has blocks of ice for the cooler.

I saw on another blog where you could turn diaper boxes into really pretty fabric lined bins as well as formula containers into really nice pencil holders or whatever.  I am currently saving all of mine, however I have not one crafty bone in my body, so I will be sure and let you know how those turn out!  What are some of your frugal organizing tips, I'm sure there are tons that I would have never even thought about out there, so I can't wait to read about them!


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ah, yes, the swap party.....

I am very excited about my first swap party on Saturday.  I just think this is the greatest idea ever, and I hope I find enough people that are interested to keep it going....I have several theme ideas.  Mine will be a little different than the one that Stephanie went to....I just don't like the clothes pin idea.  At mine, we are going to draw numbers each round, so lucky #1 gets to "shop" first, and so on.  Stephanie suggested we re-draw each round, so if you were last in the first round, you wouldn't be last every round.  This is definitely something that may have to be tweaked as we go along....there could be anywhere from 2 people to 50, and my house isn't very big, so we will see.  I will fill everyone in next week on how it goes.  Do you do anything with your friends to recycle/reuse the things you already have but don't use woman's junk is another woman's treasure!  Have a great Thursday and spend some time with your kids!

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Blogs and the internet are full of recipes for homeade laundry detergent, my thought at first was what's with all the hype it's just detergent, we use this stuff everyday and is on sale every week at one store or another.  So I decided to take on the challenge and was I surprised at how easy and inexpensive this task was.  The detergent also works just as well, if not better, than any store bought detergent I have ever used.  My 9 year old daughter loves to help in the kitchen so she jumped in which made it even more enjoyable for me.  The three ingredents are Fels-Naptha laundry bar soap, Washing Soda, and Borax.  I have to admit that I had never heard of Fels-Naptah or washing soda.  The washing soda and Borax were very easy to find in the laundry isle.  The Fels-Naptah laundry soap did take a little more effort to find but is very inexpensive.  Following is the recipe that I used.  One batch makes about 2 gallons of detergent and the cost per batch is about $1.  I do have an HE front load washer and I use the same amount that I would normally use. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose.

1/3 bar Fels-Naptha laundry soap
1/2 cup Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1/2 cup Borax
Empty laundry containers for storage
Bucket for mixing

Grate soap and add to 6 cups of water on stove top until soap dissolves, add washing soda and borax until dissolved.  Pour 4 cups hot water into bucket, then add soap mixture.  Stir, then add 1 gallon plus 6 cups additional water.  Stir, then transfer to containers.  Let sit 24 hours to thicken and gel.  Stir or shake container before each use.


Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Swap Party

So, I attended my first swap party over the weekend and decided to post information and maybe get some other ideas.  When I was first invited I thought it was a good idea, although not as excited as my co-writer Stacey, who has already scheduled a swap party of her own.  The whole idea is to take things you want to get rid of and swap for other things that people bring.  The way you get the items you want is a little tricky because others may want the same items.  At this paticular party you brought 5 items that you wanted to "swap" and you got 5 clothes pins with your name on them to put on 5 items you would like to have.  You could put one pin on each item you wanted or put several pins on an item your really wanted to make you chances of getting that item greater.  There was everything imaginable at the party, purses, jackets, jewelry, pictures, dishes, books, toys, gadgets of all sorts....somewhat too broad in my opinion.  I like to idea of the "swap" but not the process, I ended up bringing most of my original items home and not really getting anything I truly wanted or really needed.

Stacey has decided to host an "On the Go" swap party, with a little input from me;-)  We will bring purses, wallets, bags, totes etc.  Stacey also plans to have future theme parties.  So, any ideas of having a more successful "swap" would be appreciated.