Wednesday, August 16, 2017

~A Peek Into Our Weeks~

Here is a photo of Steven and Justin in front of his favorite restaurant, Fazolies.  The one in our town closed, so we drove an hour away so that he could eat there.  He thought it was well worth the drive!

While we were in the city, I had to stop in the Yankee Candle store.  I enjoyed seeing and smelling all of the candles.  I was very good and did not purchase one, because my candle storage is at full capacity at the moment.  LOL

We also toured the space museum the Cosmosphere.  It had been a while since we had gone, and it was such a nice afternoon.  The girls were with my parents, so Steven and I spent some one on one time with our little Justin.
While we were at the Cosmosphere, we saw the movie Wonder Woman.  I am a Wonder woman fan, but it was even better than I thought it might be.  It took place in the time of World War One.  
Here is Lauren holding her 2nd cousin Reese, while visiting my parents.  What a precious baby.
Here is a photo that Megan said I could share of her new hair cut.  I love it so much!!! 

Here are Megan, and Lauren with their cousin's Pearl and Skylinn.  Steven's entire family came to visit us the other day.  It was so nice for everyone to get together.  The girls and Pearl really enjoyed visiting.
Here are Steven and the children playing a game out back.  Justin just loved playing with all the children.  Steven sure enjoyed himself as well, and got a bit of a work out.  LOL
Here is Addie Bell and Steven holding Skylinn.  It was so nice having a house full of wonderful children.
Speaking of wonderful children, here is the photo my sister Lori sent me this morning.  It is my darling little niece Lilah,  using some of the stickers I gave to her.  She said "Aunt Juli will be so happy."  (She was right)
I just looked at the last time I posted on my blog, and I truly did not realize how long it had been.  The last week the children and I have been pretty busy, getting everything ready for the first day of school.  (Which was today.)  Even though I feel blessed that they attend good schools,  I'm always just a little sad when they go back.  Silly, but I miss having them home with me.  However, I will get used to the quiet.  I hope everyone is doing well and having a good week.  This summer has flown by for our little family.  Thank you for visiting my little space.  Hugs.  Juli

Friday, July 28, 2017

~The Keeper Of Home Series: Thrifty Goals~

I have a goal, to learn to be more thrifty.  To be a good steward with the resources God has entrusted me with.  To many, I live a very simple life that is frugal in some respects.  However, I know that I need to be more conscious of how I use resources such as money, food, electricity, and household goods.  We live in a time, where people spend every dime they get.  To me this is not good for anyone.  It is not good to never tell your children, no that is not in our budget.  We should teach our children to not waste their resources, and to learn to appreciate the little things, so they don't feel they always must spend money to have fun.  Above is a photo from The Walton's TV show's kitchen.  I have always loved that show.  Watching shows such as the Walton's and Little House on the Prairie, inspire me.  I believe it is important what we put into our minds and hearts.  Things such as TV, movies, books and the people we surround ourselves with do matter.  It is my desire to make sure I am giving my spirit good examples of family life and frugality.  Back not too long ago, people lived very different than many do today.  They didn't always buy the latest greatest things, they saved money, they used what they purchased, and didn't waste as much.   By reading and watching shows about the past, it helps me to put living a thrifty life in the front of my mind and heart.  

I love this photo from the Walton's.  The mother and daughter are enjoying a chat with a cup of hot tea.  My girls enjoy getting Starbucks now and then, but truly, I think doing that too often is just a waste of money.  We can make coffee and tea at home that is very good, and does not cost $5.00 or more a cup!  When my husband and I eat out, we almost always drink water, unless the drink comes with the meal.  I like doing this not just to save money, but because it is better for you.  I do have a little soda now and then, but I drink it from a small cup and only once in a while.  I like to say it is what we do 90% of the time that counts.  I also think just spending time with our family and friends is a blessing, and time that truly means so much.  Time is the greatest gift we can give each other.  The moments we share are what make our lives special.  My cousin Teri, just did a post on her blog about front porch sitting.  I love how she values the simple things in life.  If you would like to see her blog, it is at this address.   
We just had lunch today with some friends who are a wonderful inspiration to me.  They live a very frugal life and don't waste their resources.  They travel and enjoy their life and one another.    Surrounding ourselves with people who inspire us can help us to reach our goals, what ever they may be.  
One of my favorite things in shows such as Little House or the Walton's was when they would go to town and go to the store.  They would not impulse buy, but rather go with a list and get only what they needed.  I am not saying that I don't ever want to spend money, just that I want to be conscious of what I spend our money on.  Asking myself first, is it a need or a want, is it in our budget, is it good quality, is this an impulse buy, or something I have planned to purchase.  Just putting these sorts of questions in the front of my mind is helping me to reach my goal of being more thrifty.  

Another thing I hope to be thrifty with is my time.  This is one reason I like to use my planner, and make my daily lists.  Time is valuable and we should consider budgeting our time, just as we budget our money.  Well, I hope everyone has a nice weekend.  I have been enjoying some cozy home time, but I am missing my girls.  (They are staying a couple of weeks with my parents.)   Thanks for stopping by my little space.  Hugs to you.  Juli

Saturday, July 22, 2017

~A Peek Into Our Weeks~

We celebrated Megan's 14th birthday!  Words can not describe how much joy Megan brings to our family.  She is spunky, full of energy and always makes life fun.  
We also celebrated Tristyn's 21st birthday!  My sweet boy has grown into a wonderful young man.  He is such a well rounded person, and truly just an amazing young man.  We went to eat at his favorite restaurant.  Then he and Kaylee went to see the new Spider man movie.  We all love him so very much.
Lauren went to space camp and they got to go to Houston, Texas.  She had a very nice time, and made some new friends!  
We went to the mall and Justin wanted to take a photo.  I love my little fella so very much.  Sometimes I am just in awe at what a gift my children are to my life.

Megan and I spent a day shopping down town.  We ran in to her friend Stephanie.  It was so sweet, Megan purchased her sister two candy sticks and a marble in a vintage toy shop!
While we were in the vintage toy shop, I saw these plates that my siblings and I had as children.  It was so fun to see!
Here is a photo of Lauren and Justin watching Steven set off fire works in the back yard from the 4th of July.  After, we sat in our back yard and watched the city's fire work show, and we ate our traditional ice cream cones.  
Here is Megan with two of her friends before going into cheer practice the other day.
We had a family movie night and we watched the new Smurfs movie.   It was actually really good, and if you are a Smurfs fan, you should check it out!
Tristyn and I took a selfie when I brought him lunch at his work the other day.  
This is on my refrigerator in our place of honor.  Both Lauren and Megan made the high honor roll last year.  I am so very proud of them!  I think sports and outside activities are great, and help to make a person well rounded, but I think the most important part of going to school is the academic part.  That is the part that can take them far in life.  
I've been burning my Summer Scoop candle in our living room.  I love the picture on this one!  
Justin and I were at Walmart and he wanted to look at the fish.  I thought they were pretty, so I snapped a photo.
Steven spent hours on a very hot day to put up a new trampoline for the children the other day.  They are so happy to have a trampoline once again.  This one came with stakes to keep it from blowing away in a storm. 
Megan got her driver's license!  We have gone driving almost every day since she got it! 

 Our family has been very busy this summer, but we have had a lot of fun so far.  Lauren and Megan went to stay with their grandparents for a couple of weeks, so life will be much slower paced.  When my parents came to pick the girls up, they brought me a picture I had purchased in Lawrence, that would not fit in our car.  I love it!!!  Well, I hope you enjoyed the peek into our weeks.  Have a wonderful weekend.  Hugs.  Juli

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

~The Keeper Of Home Series: A Few of My Favorite Tips~

One of my favorite tips in my laundry room, is using a little bin that I keep beside the dryer to store my Shout and other laundry items I use.  It helps things to look neat and tidy and gives them a home.  I also like to decorate my laundry room, because this makes doing laundry a more pleasant experience.  One last tip, is to leave your washing machine open when not in use.  This allows it to stay fresh and dry and keeps it from getting musty.  
Another one of my favorite tips is to keep my magnets and lists on the side of my refrigerator, instead of the front.  I do display special items on the front of my refrigerator from time to time.  This gives my kitchen a cleaner look, in my opinion. 

This is something I just did about a week ago.  I purchased bins from the Dollar Tree to use in my Freezer and Refrigerator.   I have a place to store them when I don't need to use a certain bin, and plan to wash them before I store them.  However, most of them I do plan to use often.  My freezer will most likely be the one that I change up the most.  I love the bin on the top of my refrigerator.  I use it to keep disposable bottles of water, that would not be able to fit up their if they were upright.  I did label that bin.  I also have a small bin on the top of my fridge for items that need we need to eat soon.  There is currently one slice of pizza and two nectarines in that little bin.  My dollar tree did not carry enough of the aqua bins for me to use those, so I chose a pretty spring green.  I originally wanted them for my freezer to get rid of so many boxes with a few of this or that left inside.  Those kind of items clutter your freezer.  

These are one of my favorite things.  They help help my children to easily choose to drink more water.  (My girls at least)  They are reusable water bottles that I hand wash after each use and refill daily.  They are BPA free, which I look for in my water bottles.  I found these on Wish.  I think they are from Japan, and they cost $2.00 for each bottle with shipping.  I thought that was pretty good!  

Here is one of my favorite tips...  When hanging pants, always make sure the seam that sticks out (shown in the first photo) is on the inside of the hanger.  This means it will not show when you hang your pants, and you get a clean line with all of your pants when you look into your closet.  I love this!!!

Consider Upcycling bottles that you like.  Here is what I do.  I love the Mrs. Meyer's dish soap, however I just don't love the smell of the counter spray.  It is just too strong for my taste.  I love the Green Works Multi-surface cleaner, and have used it for years.  However the bottle is so large, I don't like it out on my counter top.  So, I upcycle my Mrs. Meyer's spray bottle to put my Green clean inside.  This way I can have the small bottle I like and the cleaner that I like!  
Here is the cleaner I use, It is called Green Works.  LOL...I always call it Green Clean.

Here is a great tip that I use to deep clean my microwave.  You add one cup Vinegar and one cup water and mix.  Cut half a lemon into slices and place in bowl.
Next place inside your microwave and put in on for 5 minutes.  This will create a deep cleaning steam inside of your microwave.  I first clean my microwave with soapy water and my green cleaner, before I do this deep clean.  I should warn you that this process does make your microwave smell like vinegar for a few days.  I only do this a couple of times a year, but I do think it is a good thing.  I should mention, with your other half of lemon, it is nice to use it to put down your garbage disposal to deep clean it.  I just drop it in, run water and turn it on for about a minute.  
This is something new I am trying out in my planner.  I put a Weekly Routine, with things I want to do for any given day.  I don't write everything I do daily in this list, just things such as doing a facial, or working on a blog or YouTube video.  
I will use this list each evening when I make my To Do List for the next day.  This will help me to incorporate certain tasks into my week.  I am liking it so far.  

Now that the 4th of July is over, I have been thinking of Christmas in July.  I have a little Christmas candle out, and am playing a Christmas tree, fireplace from Amazon Prime on my TV.  My girls really did not want for me to put up our little Christmas tree, so I will have to wait for the real deal to do that.  LOL  

I hope that you may find some of these little tips to be of use in your homes.  I hope you all have a nice and cozy week.  Thanks for stopping by my little space.  Hugs to you.  Juli