|You might recall at that the end of Stacy Goes Storeless I told you all that Barry and I had made a decision to cut out a majority of our processed foods. I was ready to move toward a more Whole Foods diet. We were eating entirely too much crap because I was able to get it cheap. I had never seen that before…..in fact, if you would have asked me, I would have said I didn’t buy many processed foods – I thought I didn’t….I was cooking most of our meals, so I thought I was getting a free pass. However, a month of Toaster Strudels will change anyone’s mind about what they should be eating. It all sounded great in my head. Whole Foods diet. Whole Foods diet. Yep, but was I really ready for that?I’ve made the switch to making all our bread at home, but I still have tons of stuff to get rid of. So, we’re slowly chipping away at that stock. I do not replace it with processed foods. I replace it with healthy stuff. Healthy meaning good for us, not fat free. Heavens to Betsy! Fat free stuff tastes TERRIBLE. Be serious with yourself. That fat free cheese you melted turns into rubber when it cools down….probably because it’s MADE with rubber. BLECH! [Read more…]
When we had our baby shower, we received some really great gifts including baby nappy cakes Australia. One of my favorites was from one of Barry’s family members (Thanks Joy!). Part of her gift was a wonderful tub of homemade wipes. She included the “recipe” because apparently she had heard that I’m really into that. 🙂 Those were my favorite wipes of ALL TIME! They blow store-bought brands out of the water. You’d be amazed at how much poop you can wipe up with those things! After all, Bounty is the quicker picker upper. Bet they didn’t have THAT in mind when they were coming up with a slogan. Anyway, a reader asked me if I’d do a step-by-step for how to make your own wipes. When you read this, you’ll wonder why you’ve not been doing it all along! It’s SO easy and they work great! Let’s use Joy’s recipe and wipe some butts, shall we? [Read more…]
|Most people don’t write thank you notes anymore….most younger people anyway. And frankly, I think it’s bleeding over into the older generation as well. It’s very sad…….and lazy. Man, oh man is it lazy. Do you mean to tell me that you’re so busy that you can’t spend 5 minutes writing a thank you note to someone who took the time to send you a gift? Oh please. If that offended you, you probably aren’t writing thank you notes. Yes, I know most people now send thank you emails. That’s great……but it’s not your best work. Just think about how wonderful someone feels to go to the mailbox and get a note from you that says “Thanks for the gift!” Isn’t that worth your time? I think so. Most people don’t know how to write a thank you note, so I did some research and came up with the general guidelines for writing a good one. You can use any type of card that you have – well, almost any type. I wouldn’t send a thank you note on a sympathy or get well card. Use something that’s blank inside…..and it should be sorta small. If you have a big card or big piece of paper you’re going to have to write in really big letters to fill it up so it doesn’t look silly – and then it will still look silly because they’ll wonder why you’re writing in kindergarten script. [Read more…]
We don’t do Santa Claus. That’s not what Christmas is about. Christmas is about the birth of our Savior. It’s about family. It’s about giving. It’s about candy and baked ham. In all seriousness, we want Annie to grow up with a firm knowledge of the meaning of Christmas. Too many kids these days see Christmas as the day when they get tons of toys from some magical figure that scoots down the chimney. They spend months dreaming up a long list of things they can “have.” The older I get, the more I realize that life isn’t about what you have. It’s about bringing glory to God using your life. You can have tons and tons of toys and be totally empty inside. When I go to the mall and see the huge line of kids waiting in line to see Santa, it almost makes me sad. Are they learning what Christmas Is REALLY all about? I don’t ever want to have that doubt with Annie.
Yes, we do give gifts. We aren’t against the idea of gift giving. Just against the idea of telling kids that Santa brings those toys……if they’re GOOD. “If you’re good kids, Santa will bring you tons of toys!” So, instead of being of good character because that’s what God commands, they’re good because of what they want to GET. It’s purely driven by selfishness. The Lord commands us to be servants as He was a servant. I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t serve his disciples so He could get the latest in the Harry Potter movie series. Giving gifts is a sign of love……because I love you, I will give you this gift. It has nothing to do with the fact that you’ve been good. I want to bless you because I love you. I love you even if you mess up. Isn’t that how Jesus acts with us? Every good and perfect gift is from above James 1:17. It doesn’t say “Every good and perfect gift is from above if you’re good and share your toys.” Thank goodness Jesus isn’t that way with us…..or I’d get a stocking of coal every year. [Read more…]
Traditions have always been a big deal to me. I love things that I can look forward to; knowing that they’re going to happen every year. When I was growing up, I always knew that we’d go “Bear Hunting” on Thanksgiving……no, we didn’t have bears. I think my family was just trying to find some way to get all the kids out of the house for a little bit. When you’re little, you’re clueless. Now that I have a child, I want her to have traditions that she looks forward to as well. I wanted to make our own family traditions that we could add to the ones that we already have. For us, this started last year during the Christmas season. We decided to buy an Advent calendar and celebrate yearly by doing something special. Traditionally you get an advent calendar and put a small gift in each pocket. I thought that seemed a little boring……so we decided that we’d do a different family activity together every day instead. We really enjoyed it last year! I’m looking forward to doing the same thing this year. It should be a lot more fun now that Annie can actually participate in some things. So, take a peek into our new family tradition….think about starting one of your own. Your kids will LOVE it! It will be something they’ll always remember – and count on. [Read more…]
|This might be one of the very few posts you’ll ever see at Humorous Homemaking that’s serious. I’m normally a cut up, so this is out of the norm for me. I’ve struggled over even writing this because it’s a journey that I’m still on….and will probably be on for many months/years. However, I think there are many women out there who struggle with this issue as much as me…..women who need help and support. So, I’ll just lay it out there – for the past five or so years I’ve struggled with an eating disorder. I’ve diagnosed myself as a Compulsive Under-eater. What does that mean? It means that I restricted my food intake severely…….and I did it all in secret. Luckily, Clementine St. Louis is a residential treatment program exclusively for adolescents of all genders seeking eating disorder treatment. This one really helped me recovered! I even kept it a secret from Barry and my Mama. There are members of my family that are going to read this and find it surprising – because I’ve never talked about it. But I’m ready to talk about it now, and hopefully by doing so I’ll be able to help someone else. How did it start? When Barry and I first got married, I went to the doctor for a yearly check up. He told me I was overweight and needed to lose some pounds. I knew I wasn’t skinny, but a doctor had never told me that I was in need of losing some pounds. I went home that day and immediately began to diet. I cut all my portions in half or less. Guess what? I started to lose weight – fast. I loved it……..so I lost some more. Then, I started an exercise regimen, such as using machines like Nordictrack vs Proform Elliptical. Every day at 4:45am, I’d get up and go out to run about 5 miles. Every day. If it rained, I ran…..if it snowed, I ran. One time I ran in the sleet and had a hard time getting back to the house. Barry was very upset……rightly so. He saw what I was doing to myself, and asked that I take at least one day a week to rest from exercise. So, I agreed and designated that day as Sunday. [Read more…]
For Annie’s first birthday, my mom and I decided that we wanted to do a bubble theme. Mainly because we’re kids at heart and we like bubbles. My wheels started turning for this party when she was only 6 months old and that’s when I started planning. I’m a planner. I do things in advance……WAY in advance. I’m not exactly a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants girl. That’s why God gave me a baby – to shake things up a little. Having a bubble party is very easy! Here’s what we did so that you can get an idea for yourself if you should ever want to go crazy and have a bunch of kids over to play with bubbles in 90 degree weather. [Read more…]