On the Mend!

January 30, 2012 § 1 Comment

So we’ve had 2 cases of bronchitis, one case of pharyngitis, one ear infection, three fevers, two sinus infections, four coughs, four runny noses, and whatever else you can think of in this house in the last week! It has not been the most pleasant of weeks. Now that three out of the four family members are on antibiotics, we are on the mend!

I’m ready for spring! I’d like to see leaves on my trees, and my beautiful cherry trees bloom. I’d love to take the kids outside where they can hang out and run around and get dirty to their little hearts content! I’m ready to stop seeing dreary gray outside. I’m ready to make some more jam, plan a garden, can some veggies, and be a general, all around good housewife! Why I can’t do that in winter, I don’t know. It just feels harder. There’s no motivation in winter for anything.

Although… it’s time to start planning DS2’s birthday party! There’s motivation!


Laundry Detergent!

January 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Yes, I am one of those “weirdos” who makes their own laundry detergent. It saves us ridiculous amounts of money, and it really works. So why not? It even gets my husband’s nasty work clothes clean, and my 11 month old’s dirty cloth diapers. With no issue. The only thing I miss is the beautiful perfumey scent that you get from store bought laundry detergent. Am I going to pay 10x more though, to get that scent? Uh… no. My mom has been asking me to post my recipe so here I go:

1 cup borax

1 cup washing soda

1 cup baking soda

1 bar of ivory soap, grated finely


Mix together, and voila! Laundry detergent.


For fabric softener, I’ve received a few tips from friends. You can use vinegar instead of softener in the wash. If you use fabric softener sheets and would prefer to continue that, you can cut a sponge in half and dip it in diluted fabric softener and throw that in your dryer.



And On it Goes

January 23, 2012 § 5 Comments

I’ve become a Pinterest freak. I admit it. BUT I have gained valuable recipes, ideas, and insights from the site. It’s not all a time waster. One of things I discovered was a list of what My Father is to me. It has 18 different personality traits, with scriptures to go along with. I wrote this all down in my everything notebook (a really wonderful red moleskine), and each day I plan to do a different study on the different traits. Yesterday I did “He Loves Me”, and oddly enough, the listing did not have “God is love” as the verse. I added it.

I heard a minister say yesterday (listening with my DH off of an app on his phone) that you can’t know the will of God until you know the Word of God, and until you know who God is. So I’m taking some time to learn who God is. Yesterday he was (and still is) love, today he “Cares for Me”, and it is taken from Matthew 6:26 – which talks about birds being taken care of, and how much more does God love you?

I’m looking forward, at the end of 18 days, to have a clearer picture of who God is, and how he responds to me. Because he never changes. God is always the same. If he loved me when the Bible was written, He still loves me. If he cared for me when He put it in His Word, then He still cares for me.

When I know who He is, and how He responds to me, then I will have a clearer understanding of what His will is. I’m so glad we have a direction manual. Without the Word, we would be so lost.
















































The Dreaded Budget

January 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

So my wonderful DH and I have been working on our family budget. There is going to potentially be a large income loss hitting us in the next month or two, so we knew it was extremely important to get the budget sorted out WITHOUT this income source as soon as possible.  So we sat down with DH’s old “Financial Peace University” course that he took, by Dave Ramsey. The program is awesome, and it really works. But it’s hard. It’s a lot of work. And it requires you to pre-spend all of your money. Down to the penny.

So we have a budget. While it’s really nice to see the bills paid, it’s really hard to see no money left over. Even though some of the money is allocated towards savings or debt repayment, it’s hard to know that there will be literally $0 when payday arrives again. It has been suggested that perhaps I should get a little job just to have a little spending money.  And perhaps that is the right answer. I guess we’ll see how a month or so goes on the strict budget, and go from there!

But praise God that we have enough money for the bills! The important thing is that bills are paid, kids are fed, cupboards are full, and laundry is still being done. Praise God for our Jehovah Jireh – our provider! It’s so important to remember in these moments that God is our source, not DH’s job. The job is one way that God provides for our needs. And he has so clearly reminded us over and over again that He will provide for all of our needs, according to His riches and glory in Christ Jesus! My God has the funds, and He’ll give them to me! I just have to let him. 😉

Decide. Commit. Succeed.

January 12, 2012 § 1 Comment

First of all… it is exactly one month until my tiny, precious baby boy turns 1! How can that possibly be?

So here I am. 12 days into 2012. And I’m struggling already. Isn’t that the way it goes? I’m having a hard time putting down the unimportant things and focusing on my kids. While I strive to make myself more organized, they are being ignored. Obviously their needs are being met: they are fed, they have clean clothes on, toys to play with, etc. But here I am, making schedules, prayer sheets, task lists… all to better my future and theirs, but they are being ignored.

It’s a vicious circle, isn’t it? I suppose that’s why life is called “the rat race”. It feels like it sometimes! In an effort to make life better, you make it worse in the present.

I sometimes look at those mothers (the ones that are probably fictitious but feel like reality) who have seemingly perfect homes that are always tidy, their children are well behaved and the mothers are never short with them, their husbands may or may not pitch in but their entire existence just seems to be well laid out and perfect. And I wonder, why am I not one of those people? Why is it that on any given day, it looks like a bomb went off in EVERY SINGLE ROOM of my house? Why do I feel like I’m always short with my kids and never patient and kind? Why do I feel like I can’t ever accomplish any of the tasks that I want to complete in a day?

Because I’m a normal human being. There might be a select few of those mothers out there who seemingly have perfection. But they are not the norm. They are not the every day mother. They are the exception to the rule. I think the rule is what I am. I’d be nuts to think that my kids will never drive me up a wall, or that my house will always look like perfection. If it sometimes looks decent, I’m good with that. If I get more good time than negative time with my kids, I’m good. If there is any sort of dinner on the table, it’s been a success.

In the meantime… I will continue to make my charts and lists and put them into a binder. I will continue to try and organize myself so that there is even more positive time with my kids, as well as my husband. Perhaps in the future dinner will be more creative, and the house will be tidy more often. All I can do is try harder.

“I can do ALL things, through Christ who gives me strength”. I can. I will.

“Decide, Commit, Succeed”. This is the motto of our P90X. I find that it is applicable to far more in life than just a workout routine.

Protein Bars

January 11, 2012 § 1 Comment


I made protein bars yesterday, a recipe I got from Pinterest. Now of course, I can’t find it again. But I did have to do a conversion, because it was all very “British” in grams. It took some work, because I do not have a kitchen scale. But here’s the recipe! I’d post a picture, but mine do not look pretty. They taste good though! Enjoy!


Protein Bars
Rolled Oats 100 grams 1.1 cups
Peanut Butter 100 grams 6.2 tbsp
Whey Protein 200 grams 5 scoops
Honey 20 grams 4.2 tsp
Milk 150 ml
Raisins 30 g
Mix the dry ingredients together, melt the peanut butter with milk and honey in the microwave for a minute and mix with the dry ingredients.

Roll the dough into a ball. Place it in a lined baking tray or pan of about 9″ x 9″ (20cm x 20cm).

Flatten the dough evenly and let it set in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours. Cut into 10 bars.

A New Day

January 10, 2012 § Leave a comment


DH and I did our second day of P90X yesterday. Ow. Plyometrics. I want to burn plyometrics. Who wants to do a “squat jack”? Really. I did NOT make it through the entire first workout. DH really pushed me to try and stay on my feet until the end and do SOMETHING. So I did. I had sweat pouring off of my ponytail. I don’t sweat like that… mostly because I don’t work out like that. 2012 is a year for something new for me, though! My goal is to be able to put the kids in the stroller and go for a run. A run while pushing approximately 85 lbs of baby and stroller.

I have to go to Costco this morning and load up on the food items that we are going through like crazy. Eggs, cottage cheese, yogurt, chocolate milk, etc, are all running out fast. As well as Greek salad items, tuna, and proteins. I under-anticipated the amount we would be eating. I’m actually not eating that much – my caloric intake isn’t that terribly high. But since DH works a job during the day that is extremely physical, he’s on the 3000 calorie diet, plus he has added approximately an additional 750 calories. So DH is eating nearly 4000 calories every day. Most of which are proteins.

Contrary to what this post looks like, this blog is not going to entirely focus on P90X. I’m sure as we get into a bit and figure it out, it’s not going to dominate life as much as it is now. We’ll get the hang of the food and eating, and it won’t be such a challenge to handle it all.

I made cottage cheese pancakes, with a recipe from my Beachbody coach. The recipe sounded far better than it tastes… it doesn’t taste awful, but it’s seriously lacking in the yummy department. I also made my own protein bars yesterday. DH says they taste like Christmas fudge, so I guess that’s a good thing!

Tonight is arms and shoulders. We’ll see how that goes.

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