Dollars & Sense Tip #11: Birthdays on a Budget

 

I have a new Dollars & Sense topic for you today! (Finally!!) February is a huge Birthday/Holiday month in our house. Daddy’s birthday and Popstar and Flash’s birthdays are in February, plus there is Valentine’s Day AND my mom’s birthday! Shew! February can sometimes break the bank, if we’re not prepared for it!

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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,

Amy

 

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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Encouragement for raising a “Strong-Willed Son”

I love my two boys very dearly and I’m so thankful that God gave them to me. But, there are days when they wear me very thin. Both of my boys are extremely strong-willed and over the years they have pushed me almost over the edge and definitely on my knees! I have read lots of parenting books and have often sought advice from other parents on issues that I have.

I came across this article from a blog that I follow called Homeschool-Your-Boys.com. The article is called 8 Tips for Parenting a Strong-Willed Son. My ears perk up automatically when I hear Strong-Willed and Son together in a sentence! I read this article and it was such an encouragement to me that I wanted to pass it along and share it with you. I know there is someone else out there who is also raising some Strong-Willed Sons (or daughters!) and this may inspire and motivate you.

What I mostly gleaned from reading this was that it made me feel like I’m not alone, I’m not the only mom who has this daily battle with a strong-willed child. Also the 8 tips were very helpful to me and I felt like I could use this advice and try some of the practical ideas that she writes about.

Here is the link to the article:  8 Tips for Parenting a Strong-Willed Son by Homeschool-Your-Boys.com

I hope this article will encourage you as much as it did me. This is a wonderful blog and if you are homeschooling boys, I highly recommend you to sign up for her newsletter.

Blessings,

Reflections

18 years ago this morning Jason and I were visiting my grandparents in Maryland for a Memorial Day vacation. We were woken up at 5am by my grandfather and after that, my life was forever changed. The events of that day have had the largest impact on my life than anything I’ve ever been through (aside from becoming a mother!).

 

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #7: Mother’s Day…Inexpensive ideas to celebrate Mom

 

Hi everyone! Since Mother’s Day is coming up soon, I thought I would share some ideas for celebrating our moms without spending a fortune. I love Mother’s Day and the whole idea of having a special day for mothers. They are such important people in our lives. If not for the love of our mothers, where would we be? I know I’m tremendously thankful for my own mother. She has been a constant rock in my life and as I’ve become an adult and had children of my own, I finally truly realize all that she has done for  me. I would not be where I am today without her love and care. I’m sure all of you feel the same way about your own mothers.

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Dollars & Sense, Tip #6: Easter Baskets don’t have to cost a fortune!

 

Growing up, we looked forward to Easter morning all year long. My mom always went all out for our baskets and it was so exciting to wake up and find them on the kitchen table over flowing with goodies! Now that I’m a mom, I LOVE filling Easter Baskets for my kids! It is so much fun and I love seeing their faces when they open all the surprises! As with Christmas, we always try to keep the main focus of the holiday on the true meaning, Jesus, but I love having this time that my kids look forward to each year the same as I did when I was young.

I know that Easter is getting pretty close and a lot of people already have their kids’ Easter Baskets ready, but I wanted to share with you how we pack our kids’ baskets. When you are filling up 4 Easter Baskets, it can really get expensive! But it doesn’t have to be.

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Time for a little change…

Hi everyone! Sometimes change is scary, but other times it’s exciting. Recently I have experienced a very small change, but still noteworthy.

My hair was getting so long and thick that I was getting very tired of it. So I decided it was time for a hair cut! Some of you who know me know that I typically grow my hair out for about two years and then have it cut to donate to Locks of Love.

In case you don’t know, this is a wonderful organization that takes hair donations from people and creates wigs for kids who have cancer and lose their hair.

I fell in love with this idea years ago and this will be my 5th time donating my hair to them. I love the idea that they can take something as simple as my hair and completely change a child’s life. I just think it’s an amazing thing to do for kids.

So here are a few pictures I thought I would share… (I had 10 inches cut off!)

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