Sunday, July 24, 2016

Simple Sunday

                                    
                                              May your day be Blessed

Saturday, July 23, 2016

When Friday Leads To Saturday

On an occasional Friday night you might find me over at 
Amanda Jean's blog for Finish It Friday.  (click here

I enjoy a peaceful evening with a glass of wine sitting at my computer and getting inspiration from the usual over 100 links displaying gorgeous quilts.  

This morning I was inspired to gather a few fabrics together  and join some of the Pink Saturday Parties . . . 
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My goal was to take these more modern themes and combine with more traditional and vintage fabrics . . . 

Each block is different. I tried not to use the same fabric twice. 
But I am sure eventually I will.  
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                        Some fabrics are barely pink 

I sewed up a few blocks . . . 
Pink Quilt blocks:

Here is one  of the fabrics I pulled out and couldn't talk myself into cutting up . . .
                            
I just can't seem to cut this fabric!  Silly I know.   Maybe someday.

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I sewed a few more blocks and then I remembered about the monthly challenge over at So Scrappy and decided to step out of my comfort zone . . . 
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The challenge was to combine pink and lime green.  Still a work in progress.  We'll see how this one turns out!

This is another one of those projects that I am clueless what I'll do with it.  

There's always the option of a gift, a charity quilt or even maybe letting my mom sell at a craft sale.  

I'm still in a Pink mood so back to the sewing machine for me! 

                       Enjoy your weekend!

Linking with  Scrap Happy Pink Saturday , Pink Saturday

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Brad Stine Comic-DVD Review

                                           God's Comic
                                         
About the DVD (provided by FishFlix)
Join Christian comedian or “God’s Comic” Brad Stine for 70 minutes of laughs as he studies the world and brings his own unique comedic insights straight to you. Stine has a unique blend of stand-up comedy with just a tinge of preaching and lecturing that will have you laughing out loud but also contemplating your own actions and life. Dedicated to more than just making you laugh, Brad Stine gets serious in moments to challenge you in your faith and your own personal beliefs. He is a man sold out to God and has chosen to use a unique platform to communicate his message: comedy!

Filmed before a small, intimate audience, Brad runs through his routine, showcasing some of his most hilarious routines to date including “Small Town”, “G-O-D”, “O Is for Our Fault”, “Texting and Cell Phones” and “Holiday of Extortion”. Similar in style to other Christian comedians like Tim Hawkins and Mark Gungor, Brad Stine is a hilarious comedian well-versed in the art of making your sides split. In a culture that generally downplays faith and God, Brad Stine helps to bring to light some of the undeniable truths of our Lord and Savior while also making you laugh at some of the oddities of our modern culture.
For more about Brad Stine visit FishFlix here
And what I thought . . . 
I'm a little undecided about how I felt about the DVD.  To me it was a little long.  But there is good in bad in that.  You can actually turn it off if you want and do something else so that is good.  
It is good clean family fun.  Small children will be lost but high schoolers would enjoy.  In fact there is a 16 year old in the audience that is actually part of the entire show. 
This is the part that I'm uncertain about.  I guess it really wasn't what I expected having seen other comics in large venues.  
I kind of had the feeling of a comedy club.  Very small intimate group.   
Again that is neither good or bad.  Just a thought.  
Overall I'd recommend this video.  It would make a great family Christmas present.  I'll probably purchase for my son and his family. 
I wish I could say it was great.  I have to say it was good.  And worthy of a watch. 

I received a complimentary copy from FishFlix in exchange for my honest opinion. 

This DVD is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and 
CBC .  This review is posted at all the above retailers.





Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wordless Wednesday

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          Linking with:  Outdoor Wednesday, Wordless Wednesday, Create With Joy,
 Imaging Wordless Wednesday, Camera Critters, Eileen's Camera Critters, Share Your Cup,
The Art of Homemaking

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Parenting Book Review--52 Ways to Connect

                                                  
About the book (provided by Barbour Books). . . 
In 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid, author Jonathan McKee offers just the help you need to have meaningful interaction with your kids instead of always overreacting to their unhealthy consumption of technology and media. In a world where over 80 percent of 12- to 17-year-olds now own a smartphone, parents are searching for ways to pry their kids’ eyes from their devices and engage them in real, face-to-face conversation. Mckee--drawing from his 20-plus years of experience working with teenagers, studying youth culture, and raising three teens of his own--provides an abundant supply of useful tips and creative ideas to help you bond with the Smartphone Generation.

What I thought . . . 
Superb 5 Stars! I just can't say enough good things about this little book.  And it is little.  But it is packed with valuable information for parents!  I wish every parent could have the and would take the opportunity to read this book.  Between it's 188 pages (including Engaging questions at the end)  this author shares worthy advice for all parents.  

Even though I am a grand parent I found the book very easy to read and interesting.  
The chapters are short and easily read in just a few minutes.  I'm a reader that likes short chapters in this kind of book.  It's easy to pick up and read a few pages and then go on about other activities.  A great read for the parent while waiting on a child at soccer or some other activity.   

I'll be purchasing copies for kids for Christmas!

This book has received endorsements from authors like Doug Fields and Jim Burns and others.

I am thankful that I was introduced to Jonathan McKee and his work by Barbour Books. 
You can visit his website for more information.  

I received a complimentary copy of 52 Ways To Connect  Barbour Books in exchange for my honest opinion.  

This review is post and is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and CBC (click the bold type for a direct link)
This review is posted at MyReadingJourneys.blogspot.com and at GoodReads and is linked at
The Art of Homemaking, Share Your Cup and Create Joy.  


Monday, July 18, 2016

Blue Monday Christmas In July



Traditionally at Christmas time I share a post all about Blue Christmas . . . 
Here's a repost did you know it is only 22 weeks till Christmas?
                                Vintage Christmas Card: Old-Fashioned Indented Ornaments - Blue/Silver Highlight:                       
                            I love Vintage don't you?  
                       een vermoeide kerstman na een lange nacht eindelijk heerlijk slapen. mooi plaatje.:
Of course being a Santa collector I loved this one.  
It is available as a puzzle hereThis artists work is amazing.  I'm glad someone pinned it so I could find it!


                              
                              Holiday Cocktail Library for the Festive House Bar - Blue Sparkling Star Cocktail, just one of over 30 recipes.:
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I love festive looking cocktails.  The post here has 30 different 
cocktails.  
printable winter subway art:

Fun free pintable Subway art.  Click here.
Red Velvet Cake Truffles.    The original like did not work for me. This is a good link which explains the steps involved.:
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Oh my goodness.  I need to make these!
           Image detail for -Blue Christmas decorations look great on a white , silver, blue or ...:
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This post shared 37 photos.  All Blue!
                               

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                  Gorgeous.  The Atlanta holiday walk. 
  
                          
Christmas is all about Merry and Bright.  This year Christmas falls on Sunday and we are planning a big event at the boys prison unit where we serve!  I'll be sharing plans between now and them. 

There are 48 boys that will be there at Christmas and away from family.  

Linking today with  Blue Monday.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Simple Sunday

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                         Have A Good Day

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wordless Critters

Enjoy!

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Linking with Eileen's Critters, Camera Critters, Wordless Wednesday and Create with Joy

Wordless Critters

Enjoy!

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Linking with Eileen's Critters, Camera Critters, Wordless Wednesday and Create with Joy

Friday, July 15, 2016

Frugal Friday--Savings At Fast Food Chains

I had the best cheap lunch yesterday and I want to share!  The Cowboy and I ate for $3.85!  This is what we ate . . . 
                                           
           We got 3 each for a nice filling and Frugal lunch!

A couple of weeks ago I realized what good deals they have at Taco Beuno . . . 

I happened by on a Tuesday.  Ordered at the drive thru and when clerk told me how much I was surprised to find out it was on sale. 
The regular price is $4.99.   So I got a bargain and didn't expect it.

The gentleman at the window suggested I sign up online for even better specials and now I get emails with offers! 

I think it's cool because you don't have to have the actual coupon. 
No worrying about mailers and clipping them and then using on the right day.  

We've done that waaaaay toooo many times!   I check my email everyday anyway so if there is a special offered and I'm planning on grabbing lunch out then I'm happy to go where I can spend less!

The Cowboy told me that Taco Casa offers Taco Tuesday . . . 


So I began to wonder where else can I eat for less?
Here are a couple of KFC's specials . . . 

Monday, Chicken Pot Pie Combo. Includes Pot Pie and Medium Drink for $3.99.

Wednesday, Extra Crispy™ Tenders Combo. Includes 3 Extra Crispy™ Tenders, Individual Side and Medium Drink for $3.99.
At least you can get some veggie's if you choose these.  

So where else can I get a good lunch deal?

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BOSTON MARKET VIP CLUB

Join the Boston Market VIP Club today and get $3 off your next purchase of $10 or more. To join the Boston Market VIP Club, simply enter your contact information and birthday.
                            
       And they give you cake for your Birthday!  Sign me up!

Schlotzsky's  has a V.I.P program.  This is the App.  The site wasn't working so I couldn't check out the current deals. 

I know your thinking not so healthy.  I should be eating like this . . .

                                          
But I figure if I stick to the taco's, veggies instead of potatoes with my chicken I can still indulge in that cake at Boston Market.   

There are just those days that I am in between jobs and have to stop some place to pick up food so I can manage the afternoon.  

And being as Frugal as I can makes me feel a little better!

So how about you.  Do you have to stop for fast food some days?

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Are You A BlogLovin' Blogger?

There were days not so long ago that it was sooo much easier to blog . . .
                                       
                                             At least I think so!  
Now a days there's a lot to think about.  And frankly it's a little 
overwhelming sometime . . . 

                                   
Not long ago in the near distant past you could write a post.  Link to a party and a whole bunch of people would visit you and leave a comment and even become a follower of your blog.  
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It was simple and easy to do.  Just a click.  And it was easy to visit and follow other bloggers.  

It's not so simple anymore. In some ways it is with the options to follow via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest you can grow your audience.    

There are other ways too one of them is Bloglovin.    It's simple to sign up.  Some of the benefits of Bloglovin are:
It allows readers to easily follow along with your posts.
It allows you to see which of your posts are the most popular. 
It helps new blog readers find your blog.

Do you use Bloglovin' to follow along with your favorite blogs?          How have you utilized this site for your own blog?




Thrifty Thursday--Sharing Parties

I've had a Thrifty week.  I love finding things for my home at awesome prices.  Don't you? 
                              
We went thrift shopping on Monday and I got this . . . 
                                   
I knew I really paid too much for it but I wanted it! HeHe.  
It was marked $50.00 FINAL but it was nicely framed (although I didn't care for the frame). 
                                      
The clerk (who is a volunteer) said "Oh do you have a Victorian house?"  I replied "No."  She was a little confused why I would be buying a print and I didn't have a Victorian house.  (I think that's another whole post topic.)  I smiled and thanked her. 
                                          
When I got home I looked it up and found it sells print only at the artists gallery for $55.00.  It was still a good deal but not a real bargain.  
                                  
And speaking of post topics.   I have a post planned to share this...

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The house I grew up in.  We drove by a few weeks ago.  It was so cute the way the new owners have changed it up!  More photo's to come soon and a few thoughts and happy memories. 

      Have you visited the house you grew up in?

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Linking with Share Your Cup, The Art Of Homemaking, Idea Box Thursday,  Show and Share,
Katherine's Favorite Things.