Handling Money

Welcome to series #3 Handling Money

When my kids became teenagers, it seemed like they were always asking for money for one reason or another. They needed money for a school dance or there was this cute shirt they just had to have. They had no concept of the value of a dollar.

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Schools were teaching our kids to read and write, and about science and history. Heck, they were even teaching them to cook and sew and woodworking, but nothing was being done to teach them about handling money.

Kids are graduating high school and even college without knowing how to keep a balanced checkbook. There should be a money management class that starts with a set amount of money in an account ( only on paper of coarse) and for the entire semester, the student is responsible for managing that money. They can be given a checkbook, debit card, and credit card and it is their responsibility to make ends meet without going into debt and over budget.

I know that when my kids used to ask for something and I would say that I didn’t have any money their response was always the same ” just write a check” and today it is ” just use your credit card”.

The Capt. and I decided that we were going to take matters into our own hands and teach the kids money management.

We said that we would give the kids $50.00 a month ( that was in the 90’s) BUT, they were responsible for buying their own school lunches, special shampoos and conditioners, and paying their own way into things like school dances or movies, etc. We sat down with them and helped them come up with a budget and if they followed that budget, at the end of the month, they would have money left over to buy that cute shirt or even better yet, to put into savings. If they didn’t follow the budget, they would either be brown bagging it or going hungry until the next pay day.

They quickly learned the value of money, and it was great to see them wanting so badly to buy something, but then realizing that they will be short at the end of the month, deciding they didn’t need it after all. The Capt. would always say “ask yourself, do you want it or do you need it”.

Money management is one of the most valuable tools you can give to your kids.
If they are good at handling their money, they are less likely to be buried in debt and over spend. They will be less stressed and more confident adults.

What does the Bible say about money?

Romans 13:7-8 Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.

Ecclesiastes 5:5 Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Luke 14: 28-30 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29 For if he lays the foundation and is not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.’

Life is challenging enough when you are first starting out so let’s give our kids a good foundation to step out into the world on!

If you did not read why I decided to start this series, you can find it here
Series 1 Child of God
Series 2 Problem Solving

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Happy Memorial Day!

I am going to keep this short today. I am sure that everyone has someone in the family or knows of someone that has given their life for our country and our liberty.

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Photo complements of Vintage Holiday Crafts

My cousin’s daughter was killed in Iraq in 2005. She was in the Air Force, and she was the first female airman casualty in Iraq. You can read her story here.

So today, I would like to just pause and give thanks to all of our brave men and women of the armed forces and to remember those who gave all so that we may live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.

THANK YOU!

Veg-All Casserole

This recipe came from my younger sister.

This is one of those dishes that you can take to a pot luck or cook out and not only will you come home with an empty dish but everyone will ask you for the recipe.

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Veg-All Casserole

1 cup chopped celery
1/4 cup chopped onions
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup mayonnaise
2 cans Veg-All, drained
I stick butter, melted
1 stack ritz crackers, crushed

Lightly butter dish and set aside.
Mix vegetables with cheese, onion, celery and mayonnaise. Pour into dish. Mix crackers with butter and sprinkle on top of the mixture.
Bake for 35 min. at 350 or until top is browned.

( it is important to use the Veg-All brand, other canned mixed vegetables just don’t taste the same in this recipe)

This is a delicious side dish but it can be a main meal with the addition of some chicken.

For my Bible Study pot luck, I cut up some chicken breast and browned it in some olive oil and minced garlic and added it to the mixture. It was awesome!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and be safe!

Problem Solving

Welcome to series #2 – Problem Solving

As parents, it is our job to teach our children to be responsible.
Let’s face it, our goal is to give them the skills they are going to need to succeed on their own.

One of the most valuable skills we can teach them is problem solving.

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They are going to be faced with challenging situations in all aspects of their lives, whether it be at work or at home. They need the necessary skills to make the right decisions.

We should be giving our kids choices and allowing them to make the decisions for themselves. By doing this, we are building their confidence and growing their self esteem.

We should teach them that before they make their decision, they should check all of the facts and weigh the consequences.

They need to know that is ok to ask for advise or entertain new ideas.

What does the Bible say about problem solving?

Proverbs gives us some guidelines to solving problems:

Proverbs 3:5 says to trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.

And it says in Proverbs 18:13 that he who answers before listening– that is his folly and his shame.

Proverbs 18:15 tells us that the heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out.

In conclusion, the number one thing we should teach our kids about problem solving is to seek guidance with the Lord.

James 1:5 says that if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.

Our kids need to know that God is waiting to help us with our problems and concerns.

Why should they lose sleep over such things when they can lift it up to God, who never sleeps!

If you did not read why I decided to start this series, you can find it here.

Series 1 Child of God

Things Pinned on Pinterest

Usually when I get on Pinterst, it is to look at all of the things people that I am following have pinned. Well this morning I decided to check out my boards. I have been on Pinterest for a while now and I have quite a few boards and some have lots in them.

I am reminded of my bookmarks, I have umpteen folders holding tons of websites and I have never gone back to 98% of them. I didn’t want that to happen with my Pinterst stuff, so I have told myself that I am going to make it a point to view my boards monthly. I think that the more I check out my boards, the more chances I have of actually doing some of the projects or trying out that new recipe.

So I thought it would be fun today to show you a few of the things that I have pinned that I would like to make.

And hopefully I will be posting a completed project or delicious dish from some of them in the near future.

Cute As A Button Flag

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High Heel Cup Cake

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Jello Cookies

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Text In Letter

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Glitter Sandals

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Lasagna Cups

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Denim Placemats

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Monogramed Hand Sanitizer

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This gives me a great idea. I think as I go through my boards each month, I will post a few of my favorites. That will help remind me to check my boards and I get to share some great stuff with everyone.
Now that’s a win win!

Linking up with
pinning at A Night Owl Blog

A Simple Way To Stretch Your Shoes

We are taking a family cruise in January, I will be referring to it a lot between now and then, and I want to make some glittered shoes to take. I searched the Goodwill and thrift stores, looking for the perfect shoe. I want something that I can wear with dresses, but I don’t want a real high heel because there is a lot of walking involved and I want to be comfortable. I also want a little flat ballerina style shoe that can be either dressy or casual.

I finally found these two pairs of shoes when I was with my sister, at her Goodwill and I think they are going to be perfect.

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There is one problem though, the red shoes are very narrow and I can barely fit my big fat wide feet in them. Aren’t they cute, I almost want to wear them just like they are.

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I did a google search on how to stretch shoes and to my surprise, I found this ridiculously easy method. Are you ready for this? Drum roll please…
You freeze them. Yes that’s right, you freeze them!

This is what I used:

Vinegar and ammonia
Paper towels
Ziplock baggies
Rubber bands
Water

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The first thing that I did was to mix some vinegar and ammonia with water and cleaned the inside of the shoe real good.

Then I filled a baggie no more than half full of water. Squeeze all of the air out of it and make sure it is sealed good. Now comes the fun part, shove the baggie into the shoe, making sure to get it as far into the toe as you can. I wanted to make sure that the baggie didn’t flop around, so I put a rubber band around the shoe to help hold it in place.

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OK, now go put your shoes in the freezer over night. When the water freezes it will expand and stretch out the shoe. Who’d a thunk it?

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This is what it will look like when it is frozen.
Hopefully you will get lucky enough to be able to just pull the frozen baggie out. If not, you will have to wait until it thaws enough to loosen up and come out.

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The last step, and most difficult for me, is to put your foot into the frozen shoe and wear it around a while until it forms to your foot. I put a slipper sock on for two reasons. First, because the shoe is freaking freezin’, and secondly, I wanted to make sure that it stretched out enough.

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Depending on how tight the shoe is, you may have to repeat this process a few times to get the fit you want. I only had to freeze the right shoe once but I had to do it twice for the left shoe.

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Now, what color glitter should I use on them?
(or more importantly, when am I going to put some tanning lotion on those legs?)

Linking up to:
Monday

Market yourself Monday at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Monday link up party at Making The World Cuter
Metamorphis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
It’s So very creative at It’s So Very Cheri
Made by you Mondays at Skip To My Lou
A marvelous mess at Marvelously Messy
Newbie Mondays at Debbiedoos

Tuesday

Topsy Turvy Tuesday at I’m Topsy Turvy
Get your craft on at Today’s Creative Blog
Take a look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts
Show me what ya got at Not Just A Housewife
Turning the daunting into do-able at Project Queen
A Bowl Full Of Lemons
Catch as catch can T My Repurposed Life

Wednesday

Look what I made at Creations by Kara
Lil Luna link party at Lil Luna

Thursday

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage (Wed night)
Hookin up party at House of Hepworths (Wed night)
Get your brag on at Gluesticks
Dog gone dirty craftin at Rhinestone Beagle
piece of cake T Quality Cheap Home

Friday

Frugal Friday at Shabby Nest (Thur night)
Friday flair at Whipperberry
Fridays feature at Cookie Nut
Friday fun party at Craftionary
Freedom Fridays at My Turn (For Us)

Saturday

What’s shaken at Shaken Together

Child of God

Welcome to the first series in Are you preparing your child for the real world?.

Raising a child is one of the most rewarding things you can do. But I also think it is one of the most difficult things you will ever do.

I always hear people say ( and I must confess, I have even said it a few times myself) ” kids don’t come with instruction books”. That is not entirely true. The Bible gives us explicit instructions on how to raise our kids.

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The first thing we are to do, is to set a good example for our kids:
In Titus 2:6-7 it says to encourage the young men to be self-controlled. In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity and dignity.

* To do this they need to see us having a relationship with the Lord. They need to see us doing our daily devotions, reading our Bibles, and praying often. They need to know that we do not make any plans for Sunday until after church services.

* They need to know that we love our spouses. We need to show love and respect to each other. We should not argue in front of the kids and we should never talk about the other parent in a negative way.

* They need to know how to treat others. We need to always treat others kindly. We should be patient, forgiving and loving towards others. We need to be practicing the Golden Rule, Matthew 7:12 says in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

We are also instructed to teach our children about God:
We need to make sure that our kids know the Lord! We should be teaching them how to pray. We should be teaching them the Bible stories and encouraging them to memorize Bible verses.
Deuteronomy 11:18-19 tells us to fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

And Proverbs 22:6 says to train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

The Bible also tells us that we need to correct and discipline our kids:
Discipline is teaching a child how to behave and letting them know what is expected of them. We learn in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.

And we see in Proverbs 27:19 that you are to disipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul.

We have to be very careful in the way we teach and discipline and the Bible gives us guidelines for that. Ephesians 6:4 says fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
And Colossians 3:21 warns us, fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

And lastly but certainly not the least, the Bible tells us to love our children:
To really love our kids is to nurture them, teach them, and tell them that we love them. But be careful not to mistake loving your child for indulging them.

Titus 2:4 Encourages us to train the younger women to love their husbands and children.

If we can show others love and kindness, it will reflect on our children. They will not only feel loved but give love.
I just love ( no pun intended ) 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter.

Verse 4 tells us that Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
And verse 13 teaches us that now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Remember, children are a blessing from God, so let’s raise them up to be a Child of God.

We can find instructions in the Bible to help us deal with all of the issues involved in raising kids. Here is a link to Raising Olives. She has a wonderful article about a training Bible. Check out her blog and she tells you how you can get one of these Bibles.

If you did not read why I decided to start this series, you can find it here.

Have a blessed day!

I Was Featured!

For any new blogger, the first time you are featured, it is a big deal and I am no exception! I am excited and want to thank The Project Queen for hosting I Turned the Daunting into Do-able Tuesdays and for choosing to feature my post about Pillow beds. Please go over and check out her blog and stay for a while and visit some of the links that fellow bloggers have posted.

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Mom’s Recipes

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

I spent the day at my parent’s place. In the past we have tried to take our Mother out to eat but it is just way to crowded. One year we were excited because we were able to get a 1:30 reservation at this very nice upscale restaurant but when we got there, we realized that we weren’t the only ones with a 1:30 reservation and it was almost 3:00 before we were seated.

This year we got several buckets of chicken with all of the sides and free chocolate cakes and ate down by the pool at my parent’s complex. We all agreed it was a wonderful, stress free time and the food was delicious.

On the way to my parent’s house, my sister and I were talking about some of my Mom’s delicious recipes and she suggested that I share them on my blog. I loved the idea so here’s to Mom ( raised glass) with her super easy, super delicious punch recipe:

1 pkg. Cherry Kool-Aid
1 cup sugar
1 big can of Pineapple Juice
1 2 liter bottle of Sprite

Empty the Kool-Aid into a big pitcher. Add the cup of sugar and just enough hot water to dissolve the sugar (about 1 cup)

Then stir in the whole can of pineapple juice.

Add enough Sprite to fill up the pitcher and stir well.

Here is a picture of Mom and I on Easter, drinking her punch of coarse!

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I hesitated to post this picture because I don’t look my best, (I had been working for weeks leading up to that day and it shows), but then I had to tell myself ” this isn’t about you, it is about Mom’s punch!”. And since Mom looks gorgeous holding her glass of punch, I knew I had to get past myself and post it.

Now, back to the punch, just be warned that this goes very fast and if you want any left over, you need to make a bigger batch.

A Simple Makeover With A Big Impact

TGIF everyone. I am so thankful it is Friday, it has been a long week for me.

Today I want to share a simple project with you that I had been wanting to do for a long time. This project involves something that is already functional but a bit worn out and lacking the wow factor. It is amazing what a difference a few minor changes can make!

Okay, so you all know my little guy Marley right?

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It is so very hard to say NO to that face!

Anyway, this project involves Marley’s personal space in the kitchen/dining room area. I told you, on the tour of my humble abode, that we made this area from the wasted space in the back of a cabinet when we did our kitchen redo. You can check it out here.

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The Capt. even put in a sliding bottom to make it easier to clean and store the dog food bin.

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I mixed several different color paints together to get a pretty minty green color. After cleaning the bottom really good, I applied 2 coats of paint.

I had an unused tension rod hanging around and scraps of material left over from covering the dining room chairs and kitchen window ruffle, so I made a matching ruffle to dress up the open space.
There was just enough space in between the counter top and the opening to put a vinyl decal. I ordered this one from Bloomiville on Etsy.

Check out the finished product…

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This is what the view used to look like as you entered the area.

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And this is what it looks like now.

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I am lovin’ the new look. Check out who else likes it!

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Well, have a good weekend and Happy Mother’s Day to all of you mamas out there!

I’m linking to:
Monday

Market yourself Monday at Sumo’s Sweet Stuff
Monday link up party at Making The World Cuter
Metamorphis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
It’s So very creative at It’s So Very Cheri
Made by you Mondays at Skip To My Lou
A marvelous mess at Marvelously Messy
Newbie Mondays at Debbiedoos

Tuesday

Topsy Turvy Tuesday at I’m Topsy Turvy
Get your craft on at Today’s Creative Blog
Take a look Tuesday at Sugar Bee Crafts
Sew cute Tuesday at The Creative Boutique
Show me what ya got at Not Just A Housewife
Turning the daunting into do-able at Project Queen
A Bowl Full Of Lemons

Wednesday

Look what I made at Creations by Kara
Lil Luna link party at Lil Luna
Hoos got talent at Night Owl Crafting

Thursday

Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage (Wed night)
Hookin up party at House of Hepworths (Wed night)
Get your brag on at Gluesticks
Dog gone dirty craftin at Rhinestone Beagle
piece of cake T Quality Cheap Home
Friday

Frugal Friday at Shabby Nest (Thur night)
Friday flair at Whipperberry
Fridays feature at Cookie Nut
Friday fun party at Craftionary
Freedom Fridays T My Turn (For Us)
Catch as catch can at My Repurposed Life

Saturday

What’s shaken at Shaken Together