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Frugal tip of the week...

I am starting a "frugal tip of the week." These will post on Mondays. I'm posting one today to get started. :) I'm a very frugal person and wanted to share some tips. I believe as a helpmeet to our husbands, it's our responsibility to help stretch the dollar they earn and to be good stewards of what God has given. If you earn the dollar as a wife, then it's still a good idea to learn to stretch that, too. :)

TIP #1Homemade Laundry Soap

The laundry soap I make comes out to about $1.50 a month. Pretty good! It works great and you can pick the scent. Here's the recipe I use. You will need a 2 gallon bucket.

1/2 bar of felsnaptha or ivory (felsnaptha is a great stain fighter. I find mine at Amish stores or Kroger)
1/2 c washing soda (not baking soda)
1/2c borax
fragrance
water

Grate the soap. (I use my food processor to shred it) Put into sauce pan. Add 6 cups of water. (That's 1 1/2 mason jars full) Heat on low/medium until soap melts. Make sure it…

No jury duty...

They excused me from jury duty due to the fact I homeschool our son and he would miss all this week. :) I'm soooo glad! I have so much to do rather than sit in that room. School, cleaning, sewing, etc. Now I can do it! Yeah! What a relief. :)

Jury Duty...

Ugh. I have jury duty starting tomorrow. I'm dreading it in a way. I'd rather be home doing my normal routine. I have to go to the grocery store tomorrow and I won't be able to do it until I get home from jury duty. Maybe they won't need me. :) That would be great.

I've got some sewing to do this week. Hopefully I will have time to get it done even with jury duty. I'm waiting for the weather to warm back up. It actually snowed here this morning and I'm not sure I liked that! lol. My body is wanting spring! I like to see all the new flowers coming up and the buds on the trees starting to form. Hanging out clothes on the line again excites me. Ya I know. I'm weird. lol. I just love hanging out laundry though. Well, I need to get ready for evening church. Hope everyone's day was blessed!

Raising Chickens...

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We decided to raise chickens this year for eggs. This is our first time doing it. I'm pretty excited about it. I've wanted to do it since I was a kid. Here they are at a couple days old. The cute little fuzzy butts. lol. We have Jersey White Giants, Barred Rocks, Black Sex Links, and Buff Orpingtons. When you first get them they need to have a heat lamp that heats an area in the brooder to about 95 degrees. You decrease this every week by 5 degrees. Once they feather out completely around six weeks they can go in the coop. This green bin was our first brooder until they got bigger.



The need chick starter until they are ready to lay and then they will need laying feed. They are so fun to play with! You can feed them their feed from your hand and it tickles a lot! Hunter loves it! (Me too) My husband had to build them another brooder because they were outgrowing this one. Here they are around 2 weeks old. What a difference a couple weeks make!

This is the new broo…

What we want...

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What we want is not always best. What we want is not always what we want, but what others want for us. I've been doing a lot of praying lately about what I want. There was a part of me that thought God was wanting me to wear pants now. I got sorta excited because I wanted to fit in with the rest of my friends and wear pants like them too. I even approached my husband about it. He was apprehensive at first, but said if I wanted to wear pants, I had to have a mentor first. He didn't want me to fall back into how I was before when I wore pants. He wanted someone to keep me accountable. Well, I wasn't too keen on the whole mentor thing. And the person I asked wasn't too sure about it either. It is a big responsibility and they weren't sure they were ready for it. I decided to pray about it some more. I felt like God was wanting me to grow more and with pants I would really have to keep myself in check. I thought that's what he wanted. But, with more p…