Thursday, February 28, 2008

Scattergories Fun

I found this at "Gabi's World" from Shannon and thought it looked like fun.

"SCATTERGORIES" ...It's harder than it looks! Copy and paste into your blog and try it!

**Use the 1st letter of your name to answer each of the following--they have to be real places, names, things ...nothing made up! You CAN'T use your name for the boy/girl name question.

What is your name................Bev
4 Letter word........................Book
Vehicle....................................BMW (my favorite since age 15!)
Boy Name..............................Bradley (name we will name our son)
Girl Name..............................Brianna (name I want to name our next girl!)
Something you wear.............Belt
Something found in a bathroom.......Brush
Reason for being late............Busy
Cartoon Character................Barney (that is all I could think of)
Something you shout............BooYOW =0
Body part...............................Booty (hehe)
Word to describe you...........Bookworm

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Huckabee on SNL

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Page 123

I saw this over at Katy's blog: The Country Blossom

Turn to page 123 of the nearest book, go to the fifth sentence and post the next three!

Then tag five more people. (although I didn't do this part)

I got my sentences from "E.M. Bounds on Prayer" by E.M. Bounds:

Paul prayed day and night. It took time from very important interests for Daniel to pray three times a day. David's morning, noon, and night praying were doubtless on many occasions very protracted.

So there you have it! What a motivation to pray!

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Monday, February 25, 2008

Our Homeschool Decision

We have been searching and praying for about a full year now on our choice of schooling for our daughter. We have finally reached our decision and will be homeschooling our daughter! There are great FREE homeschool programs in our state, that supply ALL the textbooks, which is a blessing. It is a public online school and the curriculum is actually more advanced than what they get in regular public schools.

We still aren't sure which homeschool program we will use but it seems to be leaning towards using the K12 program.

One concern I had is this, my daughter is 4 years old and seems to be ahead from what I can tell. I have already been teaching her how to write letters, colors, shapes, etc. However every homeschool program I have looked into so far, says the child must be 5 years old before Sept. 1st. Well her birthday is just 1 month after that would mean she would have to wait till she is almost 6 before starting Kindergarten!

Does anyone know of a way I can have her start this coming school year, since she will be just 1 month away from turning 5? Please reply with any information, thanks! ; )

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The Winner Is............

I put the entries on paper and folded them and put them in a bag........mixed them and my daughter picked one out (with her eyes closed lol) and picked the winner.............


WTG Jessica on winning the $15 Starbuck's Gift Card, I will email you but you must also respond to claim the prize!

Thanks for all who participated in this giveaway!

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

1 Year Blogoversary Giveaway

**********Giveaway HAS ENDED******************

Welcome to my celebration of my 1 year Blogoversary! I'm doing a giveaway and everyone can enter. However, I do reserve the right to not enter you, if you got here by googling or searching for "giveaways".

Looking at the poll, the majority voted for a Gift Card. So that is what you are getting! I'm giving away........a $15 Starbuck's Gift Card!!

One lucky winner will get a $15 Starbuck's gift card. Now some of you don't know I've given up coffee (I have!) but I still go to Starbuck's for Chai tea latte's (they are sooooo good!) and other items. They have food, desserts, tea, coffee and more. So hope everyone likes the choice I picked!

TO ENTER: Simply leave a comment to this post and it must include your first name and email address that I can contact you when you have won.

ENDS: The giveaway ends on Sunday night (24th) at 1159pm PST. It is a short giveaway, so hurry up and enter!

Only open in the US, or if you are military, to APO addresses.

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1 Year Blogoversary!

Hey everyone! Today is the day....I have been blogging on this blog for 1 year! WOOHOO! Join me in the celebration! I have posted 218 posts on this blog, actually more, but I deleted some lol.

I will be doing a Giveaway and will post details about it this afternoon, be sure to vote in the poll on the right as to what you would like to win!

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Friday, February 22, 2008

Giveaway Poll

**Update: Poll is over and gone!

PLEASE vote in the poll on the right, labeled "Giveaway" as to what I should giveaway tomorrow. I have a few items in my mind but trying to make a decision. You can also choose more than one.

If you pick "other" please leave a comment to this post explaining further, thanks! The poll ends tomorrow.

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A Good Wife

This has been floating around the internet for a few years and some say it came from a 1950's textbook, others claim it was from Canada. Wherever it is from, it has gotten a lot of controversy! From women scoffing at it and criticizing it, to men commenting "I WISH" my wife treated me that way, etc.

The sad thing is.....this IS a good example of what a GOOD WIFE should be and do. Not every detail of it is what I think should be done but for the most part it is. Scripture was added thanks to Bible Believer's and I have added my own "inserts" to some of the items.

1. Get your work done. Plan tasks with an eye on the clock. Finish or interrupt them an hour before your husband is expected home. Your anguished cry "are you home already?" is not exactly a warm welcome.

"She...worketh willingly with her hands." ~ Proverbs 31:13

Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal on time. This is a way of letting him know you have been thinking of him and are concerned for his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospects of a good meal are part of the warm welcome needed. (my insert - would you like to work for 8 hours a day and come home to no food? Come on WOMEN get in that kitchen and whip him up something good to eat and have it hot and ready when he comes home!)

"...She bringeth her food from afar. She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens." ~ Proverbs 31:14,15

Prepare yourself. Take 15 min. to rest so that you will be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up (my insert - you don't need to "paint" your face, you are fine the way you are!), put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking. He has just been with a lot of work weary people. Be a little gay and a little more interesting. His boring day may need a lift.

"She maketh herself covering of tapestry; he clothing is silk and purple. Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come." ~ Proverbs 31:22,25

4. Clear away the children. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives, then run a dust cloth over the tables. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order and it will give you a lift too.

"She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." ~ Proverbs 31:27

Prepare the children. Take just a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces if they are small, comb their hair and if necessary change their clothes. They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.

"Her children arise up, and call her blessed..." Proverbs 31:28

Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate noise of washer dryer, dishwasher, vacuum. Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

"And that ye study to be quiet..." ~ I Thessalonians 4:11

Be happy to see him. Greet him with a smile and act glad to see him. (my insert - Let him know he is wanted, loved, and appreciated for what he does! A man needs this!! He wants admiration, you should give it to him or he may go elsewhere to meet these needs.)

"...Her husband also, and he praiseth her." ~ Proverbs 31:28

Some dont's, don't greet him with a problem or complaint. Don't complain if he's late for dinner. Count this minor compared with what he might have gone through during the day. (my insert - a good way to drive away your husband is to greet him each day he comes home with a list of to-do's and complaints. He will dread coming through that door! What we do, is when my husband comes home I scream "Daddy's HOME!!!!!!" Then me and my daughter race to the door to greet him, hug him and kiss him! He says he looks forward to that moment of walking through the door!)

"The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her..." ~ Proverbs 31:11

9. Make him feel comfortable. Have him lean back into a comfortable chair or suggest he lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him. Arrange his pillows and offer to massage his neck and shoulders and take off his shoes. Speak in a soft, soothing, pleasant voice. Allow him to relax to unwind. (my insert - he has worked and slayed dragons so to speak for you to stay home and raise the children! Let him have his moment of solitude and relaxation, he has faced the "world" all day and wants to come home to some peace and quiet!)

"Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all." ~ Proverbs 31:29

Listen to him. You may have a dozen things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first.

"She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness." ~ Proverbs 31:26

Make the evening his. Never complain if he does not take you out to dinner or to other places of entertainment. Instead try to understand his world of strain and pressure, his need to be home and relax. (my insert - a Godly husband and wife will work together to make sure BOTH parties are happy, this includes nights when husband is tired to put aside your wants and stay home and then also nights when you want to go out, he agrees and takes you. You should prefer one another)

"Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates." ~ Proverbs 31:31

The goal, try to make your home a place of peace and order where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit. (my insert - it should be his "castle")

"She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life." ~ Proverbs 31:12

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

2 Days Countdown till Blogoversary!

The new template made it just in time! I hope you all like it, thanks to the designer Lara......she worked with me and I love the new template! Check out her website here:

It is just 2 days until we celebrate my 1 year Blogoversary for Christian Homekeeper! There will be a giveaway, but you will have to come back here on Saturday to see what it is and how to sign up!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Your Life Preaches ALL Week

Study universal holiness of life. Your whole
usefulness depends on this, for your sermons
last but an hour or two—your life preaches all
the week. If Satan can only make a covetous
minister a lover of praise, of pleasure, of good
eating—he has ruined his ministry.

Give yourself to prayer, and get your texts, your
thoughts, your words from God. In great measure,
according to the purity and perfections of the
instrument, will be success.

It is not great talents God blesses, so much
as great likeness to Jesus. A holy minister is
an awesome weapon in the hand of God.

Robert Murray M'Cheyne, 1813—1843

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"...what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness"
2 Peter 3:11

Holiness is a very comprehensive word, and expresses
a state of mind and conduct that includes many things.

Holiness is the work of the Spirit in our sanctification.

Holiness is the fruit of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Holiness is the operation of the new nature, which
we receive in regeneration.

Holiness may be viewed in various aspects, according
to the different objects to which it relates.

Toward God, holiness is . . .
supreme love;
delight in His moral character;
submission to His will;
obedience to His commands;
zeal for His cause;
seeking of His glory.

Toward Christ, holiness is . . .
a conformity to His example,
imbibing His spirit.

Toward man, holiness is . . .

Toward sin, holiness is a hatred of all iniquity,
a tender conscience easily wounded by little sins,
and scrupulously avoiding them; together with a
laborious, painful, self-denying, mortification of
all the known corruptions of our heart.

Toward self, holiness is . . .
the control of our fleshly appetites;
the eradication of our pride;
the mortification of our selfishness.

Toward divine things in general, holiness is . . .
spirituality of mind,
the habitual current of godly thought,
godly affections flowing through the soul.

And, toward the objects of the unseen world,
holiness is heavenly-mindedness, a turning away
from things seen and temporal, to things unseen
and eternal.

Oh, what a word is holiness! How much does
it comprehend! How little is it understood, and
how much less is it practiced!

J.A. James - 1846

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The Secret to Developing an Attitude of Gratitude

Let the past go, and be thankful you were able to survive it.

Let the present be, and be thankful you were able to endure it.

And let the future come, being thankful that you walk with a God that will give you the strength you will need to get through it.

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Monday, February 18, 2008

10 Marks of a Flesh Pleaser

The signs of a flesh-pleaser or sensualist are these:
  1. When a man in his desire to please his appetite, does not do it with a view to a higher end, that is to say to the preparing himself for the service of God; but does it only for the delight itself. (Of course no one does every action consciously with a view to the service of God. Nevertheless, the general manner or habit of a life spent in the service of God is absent for the flesh-pleaser.)
  2. When he looks more eagerly and industriously after the prosperity of his body than of his soul.
  3. When he will not refrain from his pleasures, when God forbids them, or when they hurt his soul, or when the necessities of his soul call him away from them. But he must have his delight whatever it costs him, and is so set upon it, that he cannot deny it to himself.
  4. When the pleasures of his flesh exceed his delights in God, and his holy word and ways, and the expectations of endless pleasure. And this not only in the passion, but in the estimation, choice, and action. When he had rather be at a play, or feast, or other entertainment, or getting good bargains or profits in the world, than to live in the life of faith and love, which would be a holy and heavenly way of living.
  5. When men set their minds to scheme and study to make provision for the pleasures of the flesh; and this is first and sweetest in their thoughts.
  6. When they had rather talk, or hear, or read of fleshly pleasures, than of spiritual and heavenly delights.
  7. When they love the company of merry sensualists, better than the communion of saints, in which they may be exercised in the praises of their Maker.
  8. When they consider that the best place to live and work is where they have the pleasure of the flesh. They would rather be where they have things easy, and lack nothing for the body, rather than where they have far better help and provision for the soul, though the flesh be pinched for it.
  9. When he will be more eager to spend money to please his flesh than to please God.
  10. When he will believe or like no doctrine but "easy-believism," and hate mortification as too strict "legalism." By these, and similar signs, sensuality may easily be known; indeed, by the main bent of the life.
by Richard Baxter 1615-1691

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Christian Homekeeper Blog Feed

My blog feed for this blog has also changed, so please update your readers or if you got this message in your reader, it most likely updated itself!

Go here and choose your feed reader:

I'm just using this template for a while until my custom template is finished, although I do like this one!! ; )

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Frugal Addict Blog Feed Changed

For those of you who were subscribed to my financial blog, The Frugal Addict, please update your blog feed! Since installing my new template, the feed address was changed and did not work properly and I still have not figured out why.

However, you can now update your readers or whatever service you use to read blog feed by clicking this link and then choosing whatever blog reader service you use:

You can also do it manually if you use Google Reader. Simply go to your Google Reader and then add subscription and enter the link above to subscribe to my blog feed for The Frugal Addict.


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Blogoversary Coming Up!

I've almost been blogging for 1 year on this address (been blogging much longer than that back when it was called "journaling" LOL). On February 23, which is in 8 days.......I will celebrate the 1 year Blogoversary for!

I hope my new template for this blog will be done by then, and also I will be doing a giveaway if all goes as planned! So stay tuned and sorry I've been missing in action lately......I've been busy posting away daily over at my Weight loss blog:

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Much Activity but Little Fruit

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:5

It's possible for us to labor in the Lord (1 Cor. 15:58). It's also possible for us to labor in the flesh. We can become so wrapped up and entangled in all of our activities that we run to and fro in the energy of the flesh. We seemingly are accomplishing much, but in the eyes of God we are accomplishing nothing.

We can get so wrapped up in "serving the Lord" that we forget the Lord we are serving (Luke 10:38-42). We need to STOP and BE STILL before our God (Ps. 46:10), remembering the sobering words of our Saviour: "without Me ye can do NOTHING" (John 15:5). Out of resting and abiding in the Lord flows service for the Lord.

It is impossible to please the Lord in the flesh (Rom. 8:8), and it is a shame for the believer to walk in the flesh because "ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you" (Rom. 8:9). Except the Lord build the house (Ps. 127:1), all of our labor is vanity. We need to be careful that we count fruit as God does. A fruitful day to us may be quite unfruitful as God sees it. There's coming a day when we will discover how God counts fruit: "every man's work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire" (1 Cor. 3:13).

Do we include God in all our activities or do we leave Him out? Is He in all our thoughts? Do we include Him in our plans (cf. James 4:13-17)? How great is the sin of independence manifested by the attitude of heart that says, "Who needs God?" (Ps. 2:3)! HOW great is the man who has learned to be dependent and who fears doing anything if the Lord is not in it!

God has told us what He desires and demands with respect to our relationship with Himself: "for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you" (1 Th. 5:16-18).

Let's test ourselves:

  • Is my daily walk characterized by an attitude of constant rejoicing regardless of circumstances (verse 16)?
  • Do I enjoy a God-consciousness and a God-awareness and a God-dependence throughout the day (verse 17)?
  • Do I manifest a thankful spirit regardless of what state I am in (verse 18)?

As we honor and acknowledge Christ in all our ways (Prov. 3:5-6; Col. 1:18), we can have the joy and confidence that comes from knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord! May we be sitting in His presence (Luke 10:39), standing upon His Word (1 Cor. 16:13), walking in His holiness (1 Pet. 1:14-16) and running in His service (1 Cor. 15:58), all for His glory, now and forevermore, AMEN!

Taken from Middletown Church with permission

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Frugal Addict New Template UP!

The designer finished my new template for The Frugal Addict! Go here to see:

I've also started the series of posts there about increasing your credit score. I will be showing you step by step HOW to increase yours.

I also invented a new recipe and put it on my recipe blog (it is only 2 points a serving!), you can check it here:

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Friday, February 8, 2008

One Race only Churches?

I never really thought much about growing up in my dad's Baptist church and how it was all white UNTIL I came to New Testament Christian Churches and found that almost all the churches consist of multi-racial congregations. Then I began to look at the churches around the US and how you have the "white" churches and then the "black" churches and then now the Asian as well and on and on. Why are we segregated in our worship? We meaning the rest of you all lol.

My church is NOT segregated and it is, as our motto says: "A Church of ALL Nations". It is the love that brings all races together to be able to worship in one accord. Wake up people.......there will not be a segregated Heaven! There will be no prejudice people, in other words haters, in Heaven!

Even in our small NTCC church when I lived in Alaska, it consisted of roughly 12 faithful members at the time......consisting of whites, blacks, puerto ricans and asian! Then when I came to the NTCC I now attend, which runs roughly was full of so many nationalities that I can't even think of them all to post here lol. We all worship together and love one another.

SO WHY??? WHY are the majority of Christian churches in the US segregated? Is your church all white or all black, etc? If so, why?

I remember someone telling me in the South that is the way it is, but I have you to know that we have NTCC churches there that have BOTH blacks and whites in them! So don't use the "it's the south thing" card on me, it won't work! LOL

Another interesting thing I came across was Barack Obama's church. He attends Chicago's Trinity Church of Christ. Sounds innocent enough but look what is on their website describing who they are:

Trinity United Church of Christ

About Us

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

What about white people? Are they not allowed?

Now imagine this if you will.....what if there was an "all white" church that had statements like that on their website, can't you hear the cries of RACISM RACISM!? It would go something like this (just replacing the word "black" in the above church with "white")

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly White and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the White religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an White people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a White worship service and ministries which address the White Community.

NOW COME ON PEOPLE!!!!! You would see that on the 11'oclock news in no time! However, this black church can do it and get by with it? What is the difference? There is NO difference.....having respect of persons goes both ways. So that says a lot about Obama huh? Well a real Christian would not believe in Democrats views anyway on abortion and homosexuality, the "Liberal" (Christian only in name) supports those views. if you are attending one of these all white or all black or all whatever churches, stop and ask yourself WHY the church is full of only one race. I have seen some other "Holiness" churches out in the US and I had wondered many times how they seem right and we agree Biblically and I had asked God in prayer one time, is there anything wrong about them? The thought immediately entered my mind of how they are all white, almost ALL of them! I still wonder why they it like they exclude black people and other races? Hmph........well Praise God that I found a church that doesn't and its spreading the same message all throughout the world.......LOVE!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Personal Meme

Steve at He and I, tagged me for a meme. I have never done one of this, but here goes.

Here are the rules for this meme:

  1. Link to the person that tagged you.
  2. Post the rules on your blog.
  3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
  4. Tag six random people at the end of your post by linking to their blogs.
  5. Let each random person know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their website. (I didn't do this I just listed the names below! It is up to you if you want to do the meme)

So here are my 6 Things, Habits and/or Quirks about Me:

  1. I'm an extreme Multi-tasker, that is how I operate best
  2. I'm a night owl
  3. You can normally find me typing away writing at my laptop downing coffee. Writing is so much a part of me that without it I wouldn't know who I was.
  4. I have a bad habit of biting my nails. I don't even realize I'm doing it most of the time. I have thought of getting some fake nails but afraid I would bite those too lol
  5. I was chosen Airmen of my Squadron, elected President of the Airmen's Council while in the Air Force and they nicknamed me "Airman of the Millenium" LOL =0
  6. Most don't know this about me (except my hubby)....I used to drag race. I was the only female and we did it on a major road at night lol. Shhh don't tell nobody!! hehe I actually would LOVE to do it again, legally of course now being a Christian lol

I have tagged these people:

  1. British Lady
  2. Deby
  3. Chica
  4. Sharon
  5. Trish
  6. Katy

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Bev's Ramen Extraordinaire

  • 3 packages of Ramen broken up
  • 1 packet of Ramen seasoning (save the other 2 for another meal)
  • 4 cups water
  • 15oz tomato sauce
  • 2 6oz cans tuna; drained
  • 1/2 t Parsley
  • 1/2 t Marjoram
  • 1t Mrs Dash Tomato, basil and garlic
  • 2 Laughing Cow Herb and Garlic cheese wedges (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pour 4 cups of water into a medium sized pot and bring to a boil. Add the 3 packages of Ramen with 1 packet of seasoning. Reduce heat to medium high, cook only for 2-3 minutes and then drain and return to pot and set aside.

In a saucepan, combine tomato sauce, tuna and seasonings and cheese and bring to a light boil and then reduce to medium low, stir often and if needed use a whisk to separate cheese.

Pour sauce into pot with Ramen and stir and serve!

Makes about 8 servings.

When your budget is very tight, you can leave out the cheese and tuna for a really cheap meal for your family. I serve this Ramen meal with buttered toast and we normally only eat it when money is REALLY tight, like this month lol.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

February Brings New Things

I have a lot of new things to tell you all! I'm getting new looks for a few of my blogs and have more videos coming in the future, and lots of updates. Here is a list of what is coming:

  1. New templates for this blog, my recipe blog and the Frugal Addict blog
  2. Videos on ways we save money, how to's in the kitchen and more
  3. Blogoversary is coming up this month and there will be a giveaway!! =0

So lot of new things and I'm still working on the frugal ww's recipes, although that will be most likely next month when I get to that.

You can see one of my new templates already up on my recipe blog here.

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