Archive for May, 2011

Not sure how many of you noticed my new page on my site, but if not here is the link – Roundabout Murfreesboro. My page is about all the things you can do with your family this summer in our city and surrounding areas. If you are not from Murfreesboro, then I have a great Link Up for you. This Link Up is for all of us that are not taking a vacation, but are staying at home this summer. Savvy families all over the country are entering the Era of Staycations! Staycations are mini vacations in or close to the area you live. Many cities have plenty of attractions that are free or inexpensive and center around family fun. Although, you can look at it as more than that, it can be used for homeschooling field trips, a list of what to do for when out of town family visits, and most posts are about things that can be done this winter when cabin fever sets in. Listed below are a great many other bloggers that participated in the Staycation Link Up. There are over 75 other cities to choose from.

~if you are from the Murfreesboro area check out my link, Roundabout Murfreesboro and enter the giveaway for 4 local attractions.

 

The Staycation Link Up 2011

New England

Connecticut – Parenting Miracles
Boston, Massachusetts – ‎ Maven of Savin’
Manchester, New Hampshire – Common Sense with Money
Western Maine – Bubblegum and Lollipops

Mid-Atlantic

Erie, Pennsylvania – Growing Kids Ministry
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania – Somewhat Crunchy
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – Family Balance Sheet
Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York – Coupons, Deals and More
New Jersey – Oh! Diane

Midwest

Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Indoor Garden Musings
Mansfield, Ohio – Live the Adventure
Cincinnati, Ohio – Savings Lifestyle~Cincinnati
Mount Vernon, Ohio – Living Better One Day at a Time
Dayton, Ohio – Savings Lifestyle~Dayton
Grand Rapids, Michigan – Kitchen Stewardship
Metro Detroit, Michigan – “Cents”able Momma
Oakland County, Michigan – Bargain Shopper Mom
Warren, Michigan – Saving Dollars and Sense
Grand Forks, North Dakota – Frugal Front Porch
Indianapolis, Indiana – Bargain Briana
South Bend, Indiana – Excuse The Mess
Kansas City, Kansas/Missouri – Kansas City Mamas
St. Louis, Missouri – The Pickledpigsfeet
Branson, Missouri – Getting Freedom from Debt
Springfield, Missouri – I Think I Can
Rochester, Minnesota – Everyday Notions
York, Nebraska – Heavenly Homemakers
Omaha, Nebraska – Mom Endeavours
Madison, Wisconsin – Many Little Blessings
Oshkosh, Wisconsin – A Little Bit of This and That
Chicago, Illinois – Chicagoland Homeschool Network
Champaign, Illinois – Chambanamoms
Black Hills, South Dakota – Little House on the Prairie Living

South Central

Checotah, Oklahoma – Blessed With One Income
Tulsa, Oklahoma – Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures
Gadsden, Alabama – Aint Mimi
Dallas, Texas – Funky Faith Girl
Dallas, Texas – Grocery Shop For FREE
East Dallas, Texas – Surviving The Stores
Fort Worth, Texas – Smockity Frocks
Austin, Texas – Stetted
Houston, Texas – Moms Travel Tales
McKinney, Texas – Wisdom Begun
East Texas – The Full Pantry
Murfreesboro, Tennessee – Life in a Barn
Nashville, Tennessee – The Country Chic Cottage
Mobile, Alabama – A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
Birmingham, Alabama – iGoBOGO
Brunswick & the Golden Isles, Georgia – Teri Lynne Underwood
Alpharetta, Georgia – Cuponeando
Atlanta, Georgia – See Jamie Blog
Augusta, Georgia – Hyperactive Lu
Athens, Georgia and Mississippi – Tractors and Tire Swings
Little Rock, Arkansas – It’s Real Life

South Atlantic

Brunswick & the Golden Isles, Georgia, Teri Lynne Underwood
Ft. Bragg, North Carolina – Military Wives Saving
Charlotte, North Carolina – The Carolina Clipper
Charleston, South Carolina – The Tween & Me
Greensboro, North Carolina – Mrs. Happy Homemaker
Jacksonville, Florida – Saving The Family Money
Adventurez In Child Rearing
Orlando, Florida – Orlando’s Best Deals
Virginia Beach, Virginia – The Singley Fam Blog
Richmond, Virginia – Daily Dwelling
Hampton Roads, Virginia – A Home Made by Kiki
Charlottesville, Virginia – How to Have it All
Blackwater Falls State Park/Davis, West Virginia – Holy Spirit Led Homeschooling
Treasure Coast, Florida – The Cardamom’s Pod
Saint Augustine, Florida – Jypsie Visions
Lake Norman, North Carolina – Stretching Pennies Saving Dollars
Washington, DC – The WiC Project
Baltimore, Maryland – The Happy Housewife

Mountain

Tucson, Arizona – Saving with Pam
Phoenix, Arizona – Sara Wellensiek
Albuquerque, New Mexico – The Chou Life
Kalispell, Montana – Our Family Adventures
Salt Lake City, Utah – Just the 2 of Us
Thermopolis, Wyoming – The McDonald Family
Denver, Colorado – Denver Bargains
Colorado Springs, Colorado – Colorado Springs Bargains

Pacific

San Diego, California – Life As Mom
Yosemite National Park, California -Handbook of Nature Study
Seattle, Washington – Queen Bee Coupons & Savings
Whidbey Island, Washington – Manning the Homefront
Olympia, Washington The Coupon Savant
Portland, Oregon – Frugal Living NW
Willamette Valley, Oregon – An Oregon Cottage

Frugal Vacation Tips

Vacation or Stay-cation: Eating without Busting the Budget – Eat at Home

Good Morning all. I am craving donuts, but I have stopped eating sugar. Please pray for me. :)

Scripture

Matthew Chapter 22:32 – …He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living.

Observation

Do not worry or overthink heaven. God says it will be far beyond our greatest expectations, that is all we need to know. Think more on our relationship with God while we are on this earth. Think of obeying him and be used by him to the fullest and greatest. Do for Him, you, friends, family, and strangers everyday that you are on this earth.

Application

In every generation and culture people think of the ever after. Once we are a child of God, we know that there is no need to worry about what happens after we pass on. Now, we need to ask God to use us for the here and now, to help with the harvest. Like the verse says, “God is a god of the Living”, lets be his hands and feet and speak to the living.

Prayer

Lord, I ask to be used for your work. In asking Lord, I have a worry of confrontation and speaking to others, please Lord give me the words and the peace to do these things for you. Lord, help me to not get downtrodden if rejected or slandered, but to know that it is my job to help with invitations and leave the rest to you.

Amen.

There are so many great teachings in this chapter; such as – faith, how do your live your life (for God or the world), obeying His Word, etc,… I recommend that you read this chapter for yourself and see what God wants to share with your heart. God, has really laid on my heart my children and their walk and how I am affecting that walk as their mother. What I say and do and allow them to watch and read. Every piece of information that goes into their sweet precious hearts and minds. We as mothers and fathers are their guides and God specifically says, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these”. How often do we hinder our children and not realize it?

Scripture

Matthew Chapter 21:16 – “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, “From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.” (if you go to Psalms Chapter 8:2, you will see what Jesus is referring to)

Observation

He has ordained praise! Wow, Am I teaching and giving my children the opportunities and subject matter to praise God? God is not just a Sunday guy, He is an everyday in everything God. Turn off the TV, there are hundreds of amazing and powerful stories in His word that are so much better than anything Hollywood can produce, and God’s word is real and true.

Application

Before bed, my son asked me who God was and how big is he? (he is four yrs old) We have talked about this before, but this was the first time we actually started talking about the plan of salvation. Mommies heart wept and jumped for joy. I want more times like this with my children and it is up to me to make them. I challenge myself and ask God in prayer that I make it a daily routine, so much that it is natural conversation to talk about and read God’s word with my kids.

Prayer

Lord, I thank you for my sweet children, but I feel that I have been lacking in showing them the way to you. Lord, they know who you are, but just knowing who you are is not enough. I don’t want it to be enough. I want my children to love, adore, praise, live, obey, and breathe you. I want their lips to praise you. Lord, help me, give me the passion and wisdom to be your instrument to show my children your will and your way. I love you Lord, and I humbly ask your forgiveness for allowing so many obstacles into our house, that take away from your teachings. Please open my heart and the heart of my family, so that we may together clear these obstacles, with contentment and joy to be rid of them.

Amen.

Ingredients

4 cups sand
2 cups cornflower
1 cup water

sand + cornflower + water = moon sand.

Good Morning.

Scripture

Matthew Chapter 20:16 – “So the last will be first, and the first will be last”.

Observation

These words are repeated over many times in God’s word. They are repeated quite a few times in the book of Matthew alone. That should tell me how very important they are. I struggled out of my own stubbornness what to write about this morning and everytime I prayed about it and said Lord, “What message is for me in this chapter”, he brought me back to this verse. I would argue with him and say, but what else is their to say, it stands alone, I can’t write anything. Hello, knock knock knock! It does not need to be explained, it does not need to be observed. Sometimes, we just need to be reminded. Humble thyself and serve.

Application

Humble thyself and serve.

Prayer

Lord, by grace and grace alone are we able to come to you. Lord, open my heart so that I can be your humble servant. Give me the strength to be your servant and to remember that you will always be with me.

Amen.

My dear Geek Adonis asked what I wanted for Mother’s Day! He gave me everything I wanted and more. He started out my day with some oh so yummy Lemon Blueberry Pancakes and BACON! (cause if you do not know yet, I have an affinity for bacon) I am afraid I do not have a picture of the pancakes, but I can give you the recipe to try. The sweetness of the blueberries and maple syrup together with the tangyness of the lemon was just sublime.

Lemon Blueberry Pancakes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup Cake Flour
1 Tablespoon (additional) Cake Flour
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon (heaping) Baking Powder
3 Tablespoons Sugar
1 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk (more if needed)
1 Whole Lemon (more if needed)
1 Whole Large Egg
1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
2 Tablespoons Butter, Melted
Zest from 1 Lemon
1 cup Heaping Blueberries
Extra Butter
Maple or Pancake Syrup

Preparation Instructions

Heat heavy skillet or grill over medium low heat. In a medium bowl, mix flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix evaporated milk, juice of 1 lemon (more if lemon isn’t very juicy), and lemon zest. Allow to sit for five minutes, then add egg,
vanilla, and melted butter. Mix to combine.
Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients. Stir gently to combine. Splash in more evaporated milk if mixture is overly thick. Stir in blueberries. Again, check to make sure mixture isn’t overly thick.
Melt butter in heated skillet. Drop batter by 1/4 cup measures and fry pancakes on both sides until golden.
Serve with softened butter and warm syrup.

Get ready to lick your plate!

Next,

We went to Stones River National Battlefield and spent the day picnicking and frolicking. It was an absolutely gorgeous sunny day outside and we found a perfect place to lay out our blanket under some huge sweetgum trees.

We enjoyed a yummy lunch of salami, cheeses, olives, nuts, salad, pimiento cheese sandwiches, pretzels w/ mustard, and a small smorgasboard of drinks.

After our picnic…

We threw gliders, and…

sisters stood at the ready to throw gliders at us unbeknownst to us…

no worries though the glider plummeted and all brothers got to stand proud that day. After the small dog fight, we…

rested and came in and refilled with root beer and ginger ale. (Notice, mommy and young smiley all the while have been resting on the blanket). Refreshed, we are off to climb…

cannons, and…

rocks. As with all picnic’s there were an abundance of bugs…

including cicada exoskeleton’s. Meanwhile, back at the blanket…

Geek Adonis and Smiley called Nana to wish her Happy Mother’s Day too! After a glorious day at the battlefield Daddy decided we all needed one more treat.

Oh my, I must tell you this is one of my favorites places to go now! If you have never been to a Sweet CeCe’s I am so so sorry. They have a variety of frozen yogurts that you first choose from and then, you get to pick from crazy topping like captain crunch and gum balls to chunks of cheese cake or fresh strawberries. Oh, and speaking of the gum balls, that was one of the topping Miss Sugar Plum Fairy chose, so be careful of this happening …

This was the end of my perfect Mother’s Day! My sweet husband gave me just the experience with my family that I wanted. Thank you my love! I hope all of you other mamas out there had a wonderful mother’s day as well.

Laur you are our winner! Yay! I will be sending you an email and letting you know the details. Thank you everyone for entering our May giveaway. If you didn’t win this one, no worries. Kelli has some more wonderful pieces on her Etsy site for very affordable prices. Please visit her @ She sells sea shells lady.

And, do not forget to visit Kelli on her blog and follow her and her families adventures. You can visit her blog here – Adventurez in Child’Rearing’.

Good Morning all! I have missed quite a few days of our bible study lately. I apologize and hope you will stay with me. God reminded me this morning that my calling and most important thing to do at this time in my life was my family and being a mom. I worried because I have not been blogging much this past week, but I have been spending time with family which is much more important than being on the computer.

Scripture

Matthew Chapter 19:14 – Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Observation

As a parent and a mom, I have a huge responsibility to my children. Not to be a stumbling block to them. To guide and protect them. My life is a testimony to my children. My children see me day in and day out, all day long. When it comes down to it, they probably know me better than anyone, they copy my mannerisms, attitudes, words, and expressions. Are they learning God’s will and way of life through me?

Application

Live my life being obedient to God’s will and his Word. See the fruit of this life in my children. How completely awesome is it to know that your children love and adore our heavenly Father?

Prayer

Lord and Heavenly Father I want to thank you for the three blessed children that you have given me care of. Lord I want them to love, adore, and obey you. I know that this can be done through you. So, I ask Lord that you give me what I need to be the parent that they need to live a life for you.

Amen.