Dollar Stretcher Tips for April 23, 2015

Dollar Stretcher Tips for April 23, 2015

Fido's Bath After washing our dog, we always rinse him off with a bucket of warm water that includes a cup of vinegar. The vinegar removes any soap residue, and the smell disappears after just a few minutes. Our poodle used to be very uncomfortable after a bath. Now she's a contented pooch! Camile A/C Runoff Living where it's humid, our air conditioner removes a lot of moisture from the air. The runoff was staining our front sidewalk. I solved the problem by putting a potted plant under the drain. This year, I think I'm going to extend the plastic pipe to a nearby flowerbed. It'll be like … [Read more...]

When Calls the Heart Season 2 Review and DVD Giveaway


So years ago, about 30 (eeep!) my mother purchased this set of Christian Fiction for my older sister to read. It was written by Janette Oke and it was my first foray into the genre Christian Fiction. I don't remember how much my sister enjoyed those books oh so long ago but I loved them! And so much I flew through the series and went back for more. Fast forward 30 years and Janette Oke's books are being made into family friendly movies. The latest one is the When Calls the Heart Series and Season 2 premiers this week on April 25th. First the back story about the series: The series … [Read more...]

Cleaning and Organizing Your MasterBedroom

Tidying theMaster Bedroom

Last week at 34 Weeks of Clean our challenge was to clean and organize our Master Bedrooms. I did accomplish this but, I'm sorry, didn't post about it until now. First a Tour of My Master Bedroom It is a soothing, serene space with pretty colors and relaxing tones. The bed is the focal point and it's where I did the most in this room. My husband works long and hard so I created an ubber comfy bed for him to rest his head (I added a feather bed and lots of pillows). There is not much around the room to be cluttery (is that a word?). We have two dressers, a standing valet for my … [Read more...]

Joelle from Homeschooling for His Glory

Jolle Homeschoolingfor His Glory

Today I'm visiting with Joelle from Homeschooling for His Glory and getting her to share all the ins and outs of her homeschool days. Pull up a chair and join us... Kemi: Hi Joelle can you tell us a little bit about your children's ages and grades? Joelle: I homeschool 2 boys (11 and 9). They are both lego lovers, one is very sportive and the other one is a dreamer. They have been homeschooled from the beginning. They  are now in grade 4 and grade 6. One is a lover of History and Science, the other of Languages and Science. One is very tidy and meticulous, the other is, well, let's say … [Read more...]

20% Off Label Daddy Labels Use on Summer Camp Belongings

Save 20% on Label Daddy labels! Label Daddy is the number one solution for labeling your belongings! Remember to label all clothing, sports equipment, electronics, and other personal belongings your kids bring to school, camp, sports leagues, day care, vacation, and other places. Label Daddy isn't just for clothing! You can even add labels to your garbage cans in case they go rolling down the hill and you have to find which one is yours later on (been there, done that). Label Daddy labels keeps items from getting lost or mixed up with others. These labels are super durable … [Read more...]

Just in Time for Mother’s Day the 2015 Ultimate Ebook Bundle

Dear Homemaker, Are things a little less than ideal at home? I hear you. Sometimes I look around my house and wonder how things got so out of hand. When I was a little girl, I dreamed about getting married, becoming a mommy, and having my own home all neat and tidy. I imagined a home that was more than just 4 walls, a roof, and a mortgage. I wanted to make a special place that was a sweet mix: a school, a playground, a refuge, a nurturing station a boo-boo “fix it” station, a “you can do it” pep rally, and a safe place for personal expression, sharing and … [Read more...]

Menu Planning Monday for April 20, 2015


Happy Monday! I trust your weekend went well and you're ready to face a new week with fresh new foods to serve your family. Last week we got busy in the garden and my husband ended filling in on one of my cook days. He does a nice job in the kitchen and I'm always happy when he wants to cook. He made chicken and potatoes with green beans and it was delicious! This momma was happy! This week is nothing spectacular but I am going to try a dish with the leftover pork we had last week. In watching a new cooking show I was inspired by an Asian comfort dish to try a version of my own. I don't … [Read more...]

Veri Soda Review and Giveaway


Every once in a while you want to indulge in something that is NOT on your eating plan. But then you may feel horrible after your indulgence. You may have set your self back or maybe the indulgence caused a reaction you're not happy about dealing with. Well I have a lot of things on my version of such a list but this review is about pop. I have never been much of a pop drinker but for the occasional pizza or hamburger it seems to go well in hand. I was recently sent several 4 packs of Veri Soda to try. Veri Soda Facts Veri Soda is an organic, low calorie, soft drink that … [Read more...]

A Heart’s Obsession Book 2 of A Journey of the Heart by Colleen Coble


Can a woman held captive by her family make it back to the one man she knows she can trust? Find out in book two, A Heart's Obsession, of Colleen Coble's Journey of the Heart series. When Sarah Montgomery’s father succumbs to his long illness, Sarah is faced with a life-altering choice: submit to her brother’s will and marry the deceptive Ben Croftner . . . or escape through the dangerous American West to reclaim the heart of her beloved Rand Campbell at Fort Laramie, Wyoming. That's the synopsis describing Book 2 of Colleen's new series celebrating her brother's memory. My Thoughts When … [Read more...]

Stretching Your Dollar Tips for April 16, 2014


  Travel Help I travel for business and need to look nice for meetings, etc. One item that I always pack is a hair straightener. Not only does it keep my hair looking good, but I also can use it as a mini-iron to touch up blouses and small wrinkles. Dianne Lawn Mower Maintenance Every spring, I spend a few minutes to prepare my mower for the summer ahead. I sharpen the blade, replace the spark plug and air filter, and change the oil. I've had the same mower for years, and with a little bit of attention, it's never let me down! Dereck Furniture Divots I like to … [Read more...]

Storing a Surplus of Bell Peppers

Then putting it top down (the top you just cut off) start slicing off the sides.

I use bell peppers in my meals several times a week so I like to always have them on hand. Bell Peppers last longer than lettuce in the refrigerator but still they don't last indefinitely so when they go on sale at my grocery store and I stock up I need to have a way to keep them on hand. Storing Bell Peppers in the Freezer My main way of keeping a stash of Bell Peppers is in the freezer. Unlike other vegetables you don't have to blanch (put in a pot of boiling water for a few minutes) Bell Peppers before freezing. To prepare peppers for freezing Cut off the top of the pepper … [Read more...]