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Monday, March 9, 2015

Great Things I learned from my Mom! (RIP)

April 26th, 2012
I've been thinking about writing this post for a while, but just don't feel like I have enough memories to make it long enough. My mom passed away 11 years and 1 month ago. I never fully grieved my losing her and today like any day I could probably list all the things I've needed her to teach me rather that remember what she has. But I'm going to start this post just like I did the one for Dad and hope to be able to add to it often.

~She taught me to speak to children like they were adults. They understand and they learn to speak properly, earlier and more accurately.~

~She taught me how to make the most amazing macaroni salad, although the recipe has since been lost.~

~She taught me how to hang clothes on a clothes line and how to do laundry.~

~She taught me how to bake.~

November 19th, 2012
~She taught me how to crochet.~

~She taught me how to do embroidery.~

~She inspired me to learn to sew.~

~She taught me how to iron, which is vital to sewing.~

March 9th, 2015

~She taught me to never do less than a full load of laundry. Although, doing a smaller load allows you to save water, it still uses the same amount of electricity. Always wash full loads whenever possible.~

Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day!

Recently, I was at a party where a friend visiting from London asked what Labor Day was a holiday for, I was stumped. Maybe it was the feeling of being on the spot, but I couldn't think of the answer. I mean, the thought of laboring or working came to mind but for some reason I thought that was too easy, that couldn't be it.

So for anyone out there that is wondering why we celebrate Labor Day, check out this article from Wikipedia.

Originally posted on September 5th, 2011.

Monday, July 22, 2013

{How to Balance Your Checkbook}

This morning I went to balance my checkbook and as I scrolled down my e-statement, I realized that it no longer has the reconciliation table at the end. You can't print it to reconcile (aka balance) your checkbook. So as I struggled to remember what it says and what order things go in I thought I'd write a post on how you balance your checkbook.

The first thing you need to do is pick a quite time with as few distractions/interruptions as possible. This can be rather challenging but if you don't it will take you much longer.

Next, gather the things you'll need:

  • Your checkbook register
  • The statement
  • Pencil and Eraser
  • Calculator
  • Something to drink
Take your statement, find the ending balance and transfer it to your reconciliation form or write it at the top of your page. Then go down your statement and one by one put a check mark by them in your checkbook register. Here, you are checking to make sure that the amount and the vendor match, that they didn't charge you more than you thought (this will sometimes happen if you add a tip at the end or if you or they transpose numbers). After you have checked off all matching items, use the form (below), or make two columns one for the withdrawals/payments and one for deposits/credits. Put items in there corresponding columns and then find the sum of each column. After you've done this, subtract your withdrawals/deposits from your deposits/credits. Then add your ending balance to the total from deposits minus withdrawals. This total is your current balance, it should match what your checkbook register says. It will not always match what your bank says your balance is, especially if you use your account a lot. 

Here's an example:

Click the Image below for a {free} form you can save or print (no download required):

{Font}: Everytime I Miss You downloaded from: kevin {&} amanda

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Natural Mothering E-book Bundle!

Looking for some natural mothering information. Look no further, check out this awesome e-book bundle! 

Click here to visit The Natural Mothering E-Book Bundle.

~This collection provides passionate, intelligent, and practical information to equip mothers to make informed decisions along their parenting journey and provide them with the resources they need to raise their children joyfully and naturally.~

Topics include:
~herbal remedies for children
~non-toxic beauty care for moms and children
~dealing with cavities and remineralizing teeth
~childbirth & breastfeeding
~a non-biased guide to thinking through the contentious topic of vaccines
~nutrition for babies, toddlers, children, and in the prenatal period
~diapering and pottying options
~dealing with trauma and depression
~teaching children manners, how to cook, and caring for others
~meal ideas & homemaking helps for busy moms
~attachment parenting

Authors include a number of well-known bloggers, holistic health care professionals, and fertility experts - including Pinky McKay ICBLC, Ramiel Nagel, Gabriela Rosa ND, Wardeh Harmon, Natalie Kringoudis, and Will and Susan Revak of 

Click here to visit The Natural Mothering E-Book Bundle.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Just Say No to Honey Boo Boo

I am not a fan of Honey Boo Boo. I don't think that beauty queen scene has anything good to impart to youngsters. And its just plain annoying. So today's cartoon on the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists site was perfect. Enjoy!

Terry Wise
Ratland Ink Press
Apr 3, 2013

Sunday, March 31, 2013

No SPAM Please!

Dear Anonymous Spam Commenter,
   Please stop leaving random, spam comments on my blog. Just because I don't post all the time doesn't mean its not still active and that I don't moderate the comments. Your comments don't get posted without approval so no one has seen any of your comments or wierd links. Your wasting your time and mine. Please stop. Thank you!

Anyone else out there have this problem? Do you have a solution?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Christmas Bazaar at Vineyard Christian Fellowship

This weekend I'm participating in my first ever Craft Bazaar at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship! There will be Live Music, Warm Food, and Beautiful Handmade Gifts from over 60 vendors.

November 16th, 2012 12pm-8pm
November 17th, 2012 9am-4pm

Vineyard Christian Fellowship
4950 N. Bradley Ln.
Garden City, ID 83714

There will be over 60 vendors offering a wide variety of handmade items including crocheting, photography, woodwork, scrapbooking  jewelry, home decor and so much more! There will be live music and delicious food available both days.

{Copied almost identically from the Vineyard Christian Fellowship Invitation card: created by Kim Collingham}

I'm bringing cute little crocheted owls! Hope you'll come and enjoy the festivities with us!

Update (11/18/2012): The bazaar was a lot of fun. We had moderate traffic. I think it was too hard to compete with a Boise state game weekend. I sold one owl and use a few others to trade for things around the bazaar that I wanted to buy. Looking forward to new crochet projects and planning different things for next year.