Quick Kitchen Tip: Crock Pot Liners

Hi everyone! I have discovered something incredible for cooking with Crock Pots/Slow Cookers recently and I wanted to share it with you: Crock Pot Liners. I use my Crock Pot literally at least twice a week and the idea of not having to clean it out each time is immensely appealing to me.

Last Christmas, I received a new Crock Pot from Jason and along with it he also gave me a case, not just a box, but a CASE of Crock Pot liners! So I learned how to use them and I was very impressed with how well they work! You can read more about them here: Crock Pot Liners   (Please note: This is a page where you can purchase them, but I have no association with this company and my blog does not benefit from you viewing or purchasing.)

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Happy New Year! My 2018 Word of the Year

Hi everyone. It’s been awhile since I’ve posted on the blog. My goal for right now is to post at least one to two times a week, so we’ll see how that goes. I have a lot that I want to share with you all, but I’m still trying to figure out how to balance it all. I’m homeschooling all 4 of my kids in regular school grades now and I’m preparing for my oldest to begin High School next year, so that along with the holidays and craft events has taken over my life. Now that the holidays are over, things are hopefully settling down as we are settling back into our school day routines.

I wanted to wish you a Happy New Year and to share with you my Word for the Year. For the past about 5 years, I have prayed for God to give me a Word to focus my life on for the coming year. Most of the time, the word just pops into my head and I know without a doubt this is the one. I usually have great peace about it and it typically applies to how I’m feeling at the time.

My Word for 2018 is BELIEVE. I want to challenge myself to this year to use this word in several areas of my life. First, I want to Believe that God is working in my life and working all things together for my good. The Bible clearly says that when we ask and BELIEVE, then things will happen. We can ask for things all day long, but things aren’t going to happen until we start to believe in what we’re asking for and believe that God is going to answer. I want to believe more in His word as I work to spend more time reading my Bible and memorizing scriptures.

Second, I want to learn to believe in myself that I am capable of doing so much more than I ever imagined. In my 41 years, I have been through so many different situations (like I’m sure everyone else has too) that have molded me and made me who I am today. I want to believe that God will be my strength as I go through trials and hard times as well as the good times. As with all of us, God is still working on me and I don’t believe He will ever be completely finished with me until He calls me home. I want to be the clay for Him to make me what He wants me to be and I can’t do that if I don’t believe I am worthy of His time and love.

Last, I want to believe in myself as being a good wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to all those around me. I want to make a difference in this world and I can’t do that if I don’t believe in myself.

So those are just a few thoughts from my heart this afternoon. What are your desires for this new year? Do you have a Word for the year? What is your focus this year on bettering yourself?

Blessings to all,



Merry Christmas!!!

Hi everyone! The past two months, I haven’t been on the blog really at all. Life has just been crazy for me and I needed to focus on my family and homeschool. I’m hoping to start posting more regularly after the holidays are over. I have a lot of things I want to share with you, but as some of you may know running a blog can be very time consuming!

I just wanted to take a minute and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!! I hope that you have a joyous Christmas and New Years with your loved ones as you celebrate! May God bless you and keep you.

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!!


Trying something new…Essential Oil Diffuser

Hi everyone! I decided a few weeks ago to purchase an Essential Oil Diffuser for our school room to see if it would help us any. I had heard a lot of other homeschoolers talk about them and figured I’d give it a try. In the past, we’ve used Lavender oil for calming and so I thought it may help our school days to be more peaceful.

I didn’t do a whole lot of research, I just looked on Amazon and chose one that was in my price range, was a good seller and had a lot of good reviews. I chose this one:  URPOWER 2nd Version Essential Oil Diffuser.


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Dollars & Sense, Tip #10: Halloween Costumes on a Budget


It’s been awhile since my last Dollars & Sense post, so I figured it was about time! With Halloween coming up in just a few weeks, I thought I would share with you how we save money on costumes. Halloween costumes really don’t have to cost a fortune. When I was growing up, we mostly made our costumes from items around the house. We hardly ever got to go out a buy a brand new costume! Dressing up for Halloween can totally be done without spending a ton of money. We already have to buy candy, so we shouldn’t have to stress over paying for costumes as well right?

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What you need to know before adopting a kitten

Back in April we decided to take the plunge and adopt a kitten. This is our first time being pet owners, aside from a short time we had a dog for a few months a long time ago. That experience was too overwhelming and we didn’t have him for very long. Since this was all new to us, we tried looking for advice on what we would need and what to expect when adopting a kitten.

We went to an animal rescue organization and ended up adopting not one but two kittens! They were so small and they were sisters and we wanted them to have each other. We had also heard that it’s better to have two so they can keep each other company.

So we carried home Lucy and Ethel. That was back in April. We’ve had them for 4 months now and we’ve learned a lot along the way. I thought I would share with you some tips for what to expect when adopting a kitten.


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Dollars & Sense, Tip #9: How I Save Money on Books


Anyone who knows me knows that one thing I am passionate about is books. I LOVE BOOKS!!! I have always loved to read and have always enjoyed reading to my children, probably more than they enjoy it! Especially with homeschooling, books are essential.

Over the years I have learned a little about how to find books for less money. I hardly ever pay full retail price for a book and if I do, you know it must be an extra special book!

I thought that for Dollars & Sense Tip #9 I would share with you my tips on how I find books for less money.

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