It’s hard to believe it has been two years since the helicopter was shot down in Wardak province, Afghanistan killing 31 U.S. troops. Of the Navy SEALS that were killed 15 were members of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, also known as SEAL Team Six. A long time family friend Chris Campbell was one of those killed.
Chris’ request was that if anything happened to him in combat, that his family wouldn’t focus on his loss. His wish was that people would focus on wounded troops. Chris requested that 100,000 people donate $1 to Wounded Warriors to help our wounded troops that have given so much for their country. Chris’ family and friends are dedicated to seeing his request fulfilled.
August 5, 2013
We just moved into our house about seven months ago. It has been a continual process to get everything like we would like for it to be and to find a place for all of our stuff. Some days it seems like we will never be completely settled. But then comes the satisfaction of seeing little projects completed and watching everything come together.
One of our recent easy projects was hanging up some wire door shelving. Ok, there was no “we” in this project. Hubby hung the shelving without my help. ;) I’m pretty sure we didn’t buy this shelving. I think it was something that we had in our garage waiting to be used. If we had purchased it, we might have bought a piece big enough for the entire door.
After my hubby hung the shelving, I wondered what I would use it for. I could put spices on it, but then again, I like my spices being in the cabinet next to the stove.
I looked around a bit in our cabinets and then decided I would try out our medicines on these shelves. We have our medicine shoved in a corner cabinet of the kitchen. It is functional, but I keep looking in that cabinet and trying to figure out how I could better organize it. I’ve thought about using $1 clear plastic shoeboxes and small plastic bins. I just couldn’t come up with a solution. I figured I could put them on these door shelves and if I didn’t like it, I could always move the medicine back in the kitchen cabinet.
Here is the before picture. As you can see, everything is in one big dark corner cabinet. There are kids’ medicines, some pain meds, and prescriptions. I couldn’t stand this cabinet.
And here is the after picture. I was concerned about the bottles falling through the bigger openings on the sides but that hasn’t been a problem. I put all of the kids’ medicines on one shelf. I put more frequently used meds on the bottom – paid meds, prescriptions, antacids, etc and put the less used items on top.
So far I am liking this new organizing system! I know that everything can’t be done at once. Finding systems that work and getting settled into a home take time. I’ll try to be content as we journey through this process.
How do you store your medicines?
August 3, 2013
If you have a Hobby Lobby, be sure to stop by to see if they have any of their spring and summer clearance items left. We were in there yesterday to purchase some wreath making materials and found a few deals.
First up is this enormous wall hanging. I saw the $13 price tag and did a double take. The original price was $130! I immediately texted a picture to my cousin to see if she wanted it for her apartment. The wall hanging measures approximately 5’6″.
After I saw this deal, I spent some time rummaging through a bunch of random things. It didn’t look like there was anything worth having, but I managed to find some tattoos for my classroom prize box and also some temporary hair color for this year’s crazy hair day. I’m sure my son will be happy to boast green hair. I got the tattoos (36 pk) for 30 cents and the hair color for 80 cents.
August 1, 2013
I had six brown bananas sitting on the counter in the fruit bowl. That is not a normal occurrence in our home but last week was busy. We had a weekend marriage conference at church and my parents had the kids. Hubby and I enjoyed some date time and so no one was here to eat the bananas.
I try to never let bananas go to waste. I usually make banana bread with them.
This weekend I saw Christy’s banana bread recipe on her website, Southern Plate. I have no trouble trying something new so I decided to do so.
I used the six bananas to make a double batch of muffins. I ended up freezing 28 muffins for later use. These will come in handy for breakfasts or snacks.
Please overlook this horrible picture. I was in a hurry to put these into the freezer and did not realize how bad the picture looked until later. And why does the meatloaf look yellow? I have no idea.
My family enjoys eating meatloaf but there is a part of it that I do not like — I do not like touching the raw meat. It is so cold and when you mix all of those ingredients together it feels slimy. Yuck!
A few years ago when ground beef went on sale, I decided that I would premix some meatloaf and put it into freezer containers. If I remember correctly, I premixed five meatloaves. A few days before I needed one I simply placed the container in the refrigerator to thaw. Then I slid the meatloaf from the freezer container into my meatloaf pan. It made such a huge difference in meal time preparation.
Unfortunately, my summer is almost over. Soon I will be busy working late, grading papers, working on lesson plans, etc and taking care of my family.
Recently, I remembered how easy it was to have the meatloaf premixed and so I have been looking for a good deal on ground beef. Food Lion had their ground chuck on sale this week for $2.49/lb so I picked up about 8 pounds.
Due to an unexpected eye doctor’s appointment today (there was a cancellation and we got a call to fill in) I wasn’t able to patty up all of the meatloaves but I did two of them. I have a usual meatloaf recipe that I use but decided I would search the internet for a different once. I decided to try Paula Deen’s barbeque meatloaf recipe. I ended up using a little over 2 lbs of meat so I just kind of guesstimated how much of each ingredient to use. Most of the recipes I make are just to use as a guide anyway.
I have some more ground beef in the refrigerator that needs to be used this evening so I will probably patty up a few more tonight.
It is nice knowing that I have banana muffins and meatloaf prepared in the freezer. I hope to prepare a few more freezer meals before school starts back.
What is your favorite freezer meal to prepare?
August 1, 2013
Just saw this on the Wisk facebook page. Right now you can get a $1 off printable coupon. Simply click on their facebook page and then on the coupons tab at the top.
Wisk is one of my favorite detergents for treating stains.
Enjoy the savings!
July 31, 2013
Here are this month’s favorite reads. Some of them keep appearing each month. You might also want to check our June’s favorite reads.
6. Dayspring Customer Appreciate Sale (expires today, July 31)
Which articles are your favorites?
July 31, 2013
A few months ago, my mom decided to give me my grandmother’s old pie pan. She knows how much I like vintage, antique, and unique items. I set the pie pan in my china hutch until I could decide how to display it.
I decided I wanted to hang the pie pan on my wall and soon discovered that it would be difficult to find an easy solution. I looked at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. I looked at those plate wall hangers. I didn’t like the brass ones. I didn’t like the black ones. I didn’t want a colored hanger to take away from the look of the pie pan.
After much thought, I remembered that I had an assortment of 3M Command products that I won at Blogher two years ago. I looked through the products and found the picture hanging strips. They look sort of like a plastic velcro but unlike velcro, they have the 3M removable strips. To me, this means that I could hang the pie pan without worrying about damaging my walls or damaging my grandmother’s antique pie pan. There really was an easy solution to my dilemma.
3M Command strips are great for college dorms, renters, or anyone that doesn’t want to damage their walls. It’s an easy solution to hanging pictures. 3M also has many other affordable hooks and hangers to match your décor.
I was searching on their website today and found a printable coupon. Enjoy!
Have you tried the picture hanging strips?
July 31, 2013
My kids crack me up sometimes. I never know what they’ll do next. My son has always had a gift for building things. He creates all sorts of cars, buildings, and things with his Legos. He enjoys using the recycling and making it into something.
Last week when we were visiting family, he took some of their recycling to make himself a robot costume. I thought it was very creative.
July 30, 2013
Sam’s Club is hosting an Open House this weekend, August 2-4. Everyone is invited and everyone gets in for free.
Non-members need to go to the customer service desk to get their shopping pass. There will not be an extra charge on purchases made. Save even more if your state is offering a tax free weekend.
Sam’s Club is sure to be super busy with shoppers purchasing back-to-school clothing and electronics. Be patient and have fun saving!
Thanks to Money Saving Mom for the tip!
July 28, 2013
While talking to my mom tonight she told me to check my yogurt. She said she was watching Dr. Oz recently and he said that yogurt companies have been using bugs to color their yogurt red. WHAT? Say that again. It’s called carmine.
I opened my refrigerator. I checked my cherry yogurt. No carmine. I checked my blueberry yogurt. No carmine. Whew! I told my mom I didn’t have any carmine. I got off of the phone with her and kept looking in my refrigerator. I found a strawberry banana yogurt. Oh goodness . . . colored with carmine!
After this discovery, I did a little reading online. According to the Huffington Post, Dannon is under fire for using carmine. What about Yoplait? That’s where I found the carmine in my fridge.
I’ve heard of people eating bugs. They’re low in fat and high in protein. But shouldn’t I know if I’m eating bugs? Instead of saying “colored with carmine” it should state “colored with insects”. Did they not think this would come out? It seems like they are really hurting their integrity here.
I know I should spend more time reading labels. I am a busy working wife and mother. I just figured if I were buying a popular name brand like Yoplait or Dannon I would be getting something trustworthy. And why would yogurt with fruit in it need to have some sort of food coloring anyway?
Cracked.com reports that if you’ve eaten anything red recently then there’s a strong chance it was made with carmine, which by the way, is ground up insects. It’s also important to know that these insects may not labeled as carmine.
“Carmine can also be identified on food labels as Crimson Lake, Cochineal, Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470 or E120. We mention that because we’re guessing you’ll want to check for it in the future after reading this.”
If any of this interests you then check out this article from Cracked.com, 5 Horrifying Food Additives You’ve Probably Eaten Today.