Wednesday, January 30, 2013

More planning

     I found this great site online where you can order wholesale flowers.  I thought to myself, "What a great idea."  I mean hey, I'm crafty and creative.  I can make my own arrangements and a few bouquets for me and the girls. :)  So then, I sat down and did more crunching of the numbers for our full reception celebration.  Everything (including getting cute bottles and Izzes, and jars for breads and cakes for the favors, wedding gown, suits, etc) comes to a total under $3,000.  I'm pretty proud of myself. :)

     Here is Blooms by the Box.
     Idea behind the favors of bread/ cake in a jar.

     I'm very excited about this!  AND as a bonus, my tax refund will cover almost all of this. :) This is THE year!! Trip to Europe AND this celebration.  I love my husband and our little family!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Time to BIKE!

     Since Dall was being helpful, Daddy took Dall out and got a new "big kid" bike (with training wheels).  He is LOVIN the bike.  He always wants me to put his helmet on him and go outside.  His helmet is HUGE!! He has the Woolfenden big head.  The helmet is for a 6-10 year old and it fits his 3 year old head. haha  He is getting use to pedalling UP hills.  Sometimes, he doesn't do too well.  I'm glad he's happy tho. Here's a picture (poor kid wasn't ready for it LOL). 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Our sealing/ wedding reception is now in the EARLY stages of planning.  We decided to skip the wedding registry since we already are married and (let's face it) we have all our household items.  In lieu of the registry, we will be gladlyr accepting donations.  They will all go towards the reception (food, venue, flowers and favors).  We want to have it Here.  Any and ALL donations are greatly and graciously appreciated. Thank you all for loving us.

Tomorrow is the start of a four day weekend. YAY!! We're going to have some fun. I hope you will too.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Buzz Lightyear

In light of Dall having a wonderful OBSESSION over Buzz Lightyear, I decided to make a scarf.  I first got this yarn to make stars for his birthday party. 

Here is the listing on Etsy for the scarf. It's wonderful and warm. :)Here is the scarf
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Friday, January 11, 2013

Food Storage

     Recently, I have been researching about food storage.  We bought some good bulk items (like rice) off Amazon.  Some good staple items such as flour, bean, and (of course) canned foods can be bought at Wal-Mart, Costco and your other favorite local stores. 
     Today we got out order from North Bay Trading Company.  I ordered a "few" freeze- dried items: Strawberries, kiwis, bananas, mushrooms, broccoli, and cherries.  Another company that I like is Shelf Reliance.  I have even bought some Honeyville Farms freeze dried products off Amazon. Some of the prices are cheaper on one OR the other sites.  There usually are some kind of monthly sales on North Bay, as well.  I usually just pick the site that is cheapest one for the item I am looking to buy.  For the strawberries and such I got today, the cheaper site was North Bay. 
     The good thing about freeze dried food is that it can last in storage for 20 years.  Also, it keeps more nutrients in the food than air dried (or dehydrated) food. It is a bit more expensive than the air dried food as well.
     I try to buy some food storage every month.  A good thing about being in the military is that our commissary has great case lot sales.  We stock up on canned veggies, instant potatoes, and bottled water.
     Another thing we do is to actually USE some of our food storage.  There is no point in storing food that you are not use to eating regularly.  We eat our freeze- dried grapes and bananas a lot. :) They are good from the container.  We have used the zucchini as well. I suggest food storage for EVERYONE.  And start today! You never know when you will need it: emergency weather wise, economy wise, job loss, etc.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Candle Making and Reusing

We have been fortunate to have enough to eat.  We have finished off some pizza sauce, salsa and some alfredo sauce.  That means we had some empty jars laying around. 

A few months ago, I saw a pin on pinterest about making candles for $2 each.  It was using canning jars (8oz) and simply putting in a wick and melting some soy wax (bought in bulk) and there you have it.  So, after making those, I had a ton of wax and wicks left. 

These freshly emptied jars were turned into candles.  These we will use in case of emergency power outages or camping. 

Unfortunately the milk carton fell on the ground and busted.  Those larger canning jars came in handy to hold the milk. :)
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Thursday, January 3, 2013


     We are getting organized for our Summer trip to Europe.  I'm so glad we have been saving because, man, it is pricy.  I'm also glad that we have three friends that live there (in England and Germany).  We can have somewhere to stay for a good chunk of the trip.  I'm so excited!!  My mom will be going with us as well!  Dall and I want to see Auntie Rachel.  She is going to show us real castles and take us to the beach.  We will go on real trains too.  It's going to be a lot of fun.  I'm not sure what fun things we will be going to see in Germany.  We have some time to figure things out tho.