Monday, November 17, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday - 11/17/14


For more Happy Homemaker Monday please visit Sandra at Diary of a SAHM .

I hope you are all having a wonderful Monday. My hubby took a day off today so we are just hanging out at home. He is working in the garage. I went to the grocery store this morning...by myself! All weekend we have been getting things done. Actually, we have been organizing the house for about a month now. It feels so wonderful to get rid of things we don't use or no longer need. Now, to plan a yard sale in the Spring. 

The Weather Outside Is:::
It is rainy and cloudy here today. The weather is actually about 70 degrees outside though. Tomorrow the high is 35 degrees. We will take this 70 degree day any way we can get it. Winter is on the way!

On The Breakfast Plate This Morning:::
Cheerios with a huge cup of coffee. My husband brought the coffee to me in bed. I was up at 4am with a fussy baby and I am tired. 

As I Look Outside My Window:::
It looks really cold but it's not too bad. Very cloudy. The leaves are so beautiful in the fall. Oranges, reds, browns, greens, and yellows. 

Right Now I Am:::
Listening to the baby scream my name to get out of bed. He must take a nap though. LOL! I am also watching a little TV and relaxing on this rainy day. 

As I Look Around The House:::
It is semi-neat. A small pile of clothes is on the couch (someone dropped some used ones off for my boys). Dishes are in the sink but they will get done soon. A few groceries still need to be put in the pantry. No laundry to do...Hubby did it this morning!!

On Today's To Do List:::
Laundry- done by my Hubby
Dishes- piled up from this morning
Homeschool Planning- I gave the boys the day off since daddy is home
Snuggles with my family- going to do that after I am done here

Currently Reading:::
Still reading the Mitford Series by Jan Karon. I think I am on book 6 or 7. Haha. I love this series. I am also reading lots of Thanksgiving living books to my children. We are enjoying this wonderful time of year. 

On The TV Today:::
Honestly, not too much. I am just flipping channels. Looking at Food Network and HGTV. 

On The Menu This Week:::
Monday- Fried eggs, bacon, fried potatoes, and buttermilk biscuits
Tuesday- Eggroll in a bowl (THM recipe)
Wednesday- Ranch chicken, mac and cheese, fire roasted corn
Thursday- Pizza
Friday- ??
Saturday- ??

What I Am Creating At The Moment:::
Nada. LOL! I haven't had time lately for creating anything. Maybe soon. 

New Recipe I Want To Try:::
Anything from Diary of a SAHM's blog. LOL! Her recipes always sounds so wonderful!!

Favorite Photo From The Camera:::




Prayers, Inspirational Quotes, Or Devotions:::



Blessings,


Kristy 

365 Moments Of Peace For A Woman's Heart Devotional {Review}


I love a good devotional book. They are so helpful in getting the word of God into my heart each day in a short time frame. I have three little boys who need my constant attention and my time is precious. But, making time for God is not optional for me. It is a necessity for my daily walk with the Lord. 365 Moments Of Peace For A Woman's Heart is such a sweet book. I really enjoyed the layout and the devotions could be done in five minutes per day.

Being a busy mother to three little boys is a tough job. It can be very hurried and scattered. Having moments of peace is an absolute must. The book is very attractive (as you can see above). It is hard bound and has a built in ribbon book mark so you don't lose your spot. Each day is also labeled with the date (i.e. November 17). The months are also separated into sections so you can easily find the right day.

Each of the days have a bible verse that coincides with the devotion or story for that day. There is also a prayer,quotes on some pages, and a closing bible verse. At $17.99, it is a great buy. I highly recommend this devotional for a busy mom, wife, or woman. It doesn't take much time to read these sweet stories and inspirational writings. God is worth it and so is your heart.


Blessings,


Kristy

This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishers for review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.  

Saturday, November 15, 2014

God's Great Creation {Review}



I homeschool all three of my boys. Right now we are in the throes of teaching my oldest son to read. I have many "I Can Read!" books. God's Great Creation is a level 2 reader. We are not quite there yet but I wanted to opportunity to review this book for myself. It is based on the Adventure Bible (the #1 bible for kids).

My two older children loved the story. It is very accurate and on a child's level of comprehension. The pictures are beautifully illustrated by David Miles. I love leveled readers for my boys. My older son (6, Bear) was able to sound out a few of the words. Eventually, he will be able read it all by himself. What a wonderful day that will be. It was an easy read. I loved watching my children's faces as I read the story using silly voices.

My four year old son (Monkey) loved the pictures. Since he has no interest in trying to read at this point, he is very visual. I truly enjoyed reading God's Great Creation to my children and plan to utilize it in our homeschool through out the year.

I recommend this book to all homeschool families, parents of children learning to read, and grandparents of young children. It would make the perfect stocking stuffer this Christmas.

Blessings,


Kristy

This book was given to me by Book Look Bloggers for review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. 

Inside The Test Kitchen {Review}



I will admit that I have a "small" obsession with cookbooks. So, whenever I get to opportunity to review one, I jump on board. Tyler Florence has written a new cookbook called Inside The Test Kitchen. It is filled with 120 recipes that have been tried and refined in the test kitchen to see what works best. He gives tips and tricks that worked for each recipe and gives you advice on what didn't work.

The book itself is hard cover and large. It also has a strap to keep it closed. The front cover is simple and not too fussy, which I like. It's laid out almost like a notebook. Some of the pictures are labeled with a "hand written" style of font which made me feel like Tyler Florence was actually right there with me.

I truly loved the layout of this cookbook. The recipes were easy to follow. The only problem I have with it is the ingredients and level of difficulty for some of the recipes. For instance, there will be over 20 ingredients for one meal. I have a family of five with no time for 20 ingredient meals. Haha. I say that jokingly.

I enjoyed reading through this cookbook and do plan to make a few of the meals. I love the fact that he tells you what worked for him and what didn't work. For example, there is a section about hamburgers. Tyler Florence used several different cuts of meat to try out his recipe. He gives you his final thoughts on how each cut made the hamburger taste, etc.

Some of the chapters include:

Cheese
Eggs
Baking
Chicken
Pasta
Pork Chops
Potatoes
Barbecue

My favorite chapter was the pasta, of course. My favorite food. I loved the recipe for one pan lasagna. Anything I can make in one pan is a winner in my book.

In case you don't know who Tyler Florence is, here is some info about him:

"TYLER FLORENCE is a Food Network star, author of twelve books, product designer, and the chef-owner of Wayfare Tavern in San Francisco and El Paseo in Mill Valley, California. He also produces wines under his California Crush label, and will open the Tyler Florence Test Kitchen, a culinary laboratory, think tank, and event space, in late 2014. He lives in California with his family."

I recommend this cookbook to those who LOVE to cook and experiment with different foods. For me, personally, it was a bit much for a medium sized family on a small budget. I will be making some of the meals in this book on occasion though. Especially, the pasta and burgers. 

Blessings,


Kristy

I received this book from Blogging For Books for this review. All opinions stated here are solely my own.  

Friday, November 14, 2014

"The Only Way To Have A Friend Is To Be One"


Ralph Waldo Emerson had it right. If you want a friend, you must first be a friend. I have learned this to be the truth in my own life.

I have a few friends. Well, more like one friend (who makes time for me) and family. If I do not make time for them, how can I expect them to make time for me? Being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) makes it very difficult to have many friends.

The only time I am away from my children is if I have a doctor's appointment (and sometimes they are there with me too). I also homeschool so I do not have the luxury of "doing lunch" with my friends and family. The weekends are usually eaten up with family time.

The truth is, it's hard to make time for others. My family comes first. If they have need then I have to sacrifice my own time for them. I am a wife and a mother to three little boys (who are very needy). I must make time for myself and my friends.

It's hard to find a babysitter for all three of my children. My husband will keep them anytime I ask but I always feel bad asking him because he works so hard during the week. So, when I do get all of my ducks in a row, it is rare and special.

I cherish my friendships very much. So, in order to keep those friendships alive I schedule time for those I love. About once a month (or more like every 6-8 weeks lately) I meet my BFF for brunch. We chat and drink coffee and laugh. It is so wonderful to see her and talk to her. She will never truly know how much she means to me.

It also goes the other way though. If you have a friend who is a SAHM, please make time for her. I can tell you that she never gets time to unwind. She is always on duty. Always awake (even when you think she's sleeping). Always making decisions.

She knows you are busy with your life and working and family. She knows the sacrifices you make every single day. She also makes sacrifices such as having a social life.

Remember your friends. Take them into consideration. Never be so busy that you can't make time for them. Friendships are one of life's most beautiful blessings. It is something that is in your control. YOU get to choose your friends. You didn't get to choose the family you grew up in. But, you do have a choice about who you want as your friend.

Having a true friend is very special. Having someone you can count on in the good times and in the bad times is the most wonderful thing in the world. Make time for the people that matter to you. Be a friend. You never know what it might mean to someone. Time is something that we can't make more of. That's why it means the most.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Small Talk {Review}



My children have tons of questions every single day. Questions about life, God, family, homeschooling, etc. Amy Julia Becker has three children who ask a lot of questions too. She wrote a book called Small Talk and she discusses these questions from her kids. It's funny how raising kids is totally different than I ever imagined it. I thought I would be teaching them things like how to love, live, and laugh. But, they are the ones teaching me how to love unconditionally, live like there's no tomorrow, and laugh at things that are silly.

Amy Julia Becker has been writing for a long time. She writes about motherhood, children, and special needs. One of her children has down syndrome. I love her perspective from this child because it is so innocent and sweet. Every day her children make her think harder about life. They prompt her to think deeper about life's circumstances and situations.

About the author:

"Amy Julia Becker writes about faith, family, and disability for Parents.com, the New York Times Motherlode blog, TheAtlantic.com, The Huffington Post parents page, Christianity Today, The Christian century, and numerous other publications. Her first book, A Good and Perfect Gift: Faith, Expectations, and a Little Girl Named Penny, was named one of the Top Ten Religion Books of 2011 by Publishers Weekly. Amy Julia lives in western Connecticut with her husband and three children."

I really enjoyed the sweet, funny stories from Small Talk. The author is very personable and tells the stories exactly how they happened. She is real and honest. Most of all she has deepened her relationship with her children as well as God. Through the discussions with her children she has re-examined her own relationships and come out better for it.

I loved this book and it helped me to gain wisdom in my own mothering and relationship with my children. Their curiosity is not a burden but an opportunity to teach, love, and gain insight into my own life. I recommend this book to all mothers or mothers-to-be.

Please visit these sites for more info on the author and the book:



Amy’s Website: http://amyjuliabecker.com

Follow her on Twitter here!

Check out her Facebook page here!

Blessings,


Kristy

"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post."

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Homemade Home {Review}



I absolutely LOVE books about DIY projects and home decor for cheap. A Beautiful Mess Happy Homemade Home is just that. From the creators of A Beautiful Mess, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman bring us this wonderful book filled with small projects that can spruce up any home on a budget. There are many projects ranging from painting to crafting. The step are easy to follow and have lots of pictures. 

I really enjoyed the pictures because it made me feel at home. The ladies did such a wonderful job making the reader feel welcome. Another little surprise in this book were the recipes. If you have read my blog ever, you know that I have a small obsession with cook books (okay, a big obsession). As Elsie and Emma go through each room and project they added  small recipes here and there that the reader would enjoy. I love the chocolate chip cookies....mmmm. 

They even added birthday party ideas, cookie decorating, organization ideas, sewing projects, and so much more. My MIL looked through it briefly and she was very pleased with it. She said she loves the pictures and that the projects were very easy and laid out for you. 

Here is a picture of Elsie and Emma. I think they are adorable!



Here is more info on the book:

"Step inside the world of Elsie and Emma, the sisters behind the d├ęcor blog A Beautiful Mess.  With tiny budgets and a crafty, can-do attitude, they overhauled each room in their first homes with DIY projects using family photos, vibrant fabrics, flea-market finds, and affordable furniture. Now, you can learn how to paint, craft, and decorate your way to a happy, bright space with distinct personality. In the same upbeat spirit and modern style found on their blog, you’ll find fresh, all-new projects including:

• An inspired geometric-pattern coffee table made of balsa wood
• A hand-lettered statement wall featuring your favorite quote
• A quick and easy electrical tape update for your refrigerator
• A set of beautifully designed serving dishes
And more! 

Packed with bonus styling tips from hanging the perfect gallery wall to making mismatched furniture work, Happy Handmade Home is design inspiration for personalizing your own space."

Please visit their blog A Beautiful Mess. It is such a sweet website with many more treasures to be found. 


Blessings,


Kristy

*This book was given to me by Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*