How To Get New Clothes Inexpensively: Clothes Swap!

Here’s part of the clothes swap group (sorry it’s blurry!) - we are missing a few!
Here comes Janelle from Comfy In The Kitchen with her bag of clothes!
Each girl chose a section of the room to display their clothes.
Clare from Peak 313 Fitness scored my Easter 2009 dress!  It fits!  Hooray!
Look what I found!  Gorgeous!
Becky has on a new t-shirt, necklace and shoes (plus an arm full!)
Here’s what I wore to church on Sunday – my brand new blue shirt and new necklace – free! (the skirt is from a resale shop – so this is a $6 outfit minus the boots – which are Payless!)  Everytime my friend Kelly wore this shirt I admired it – now it’s mine!  Thanks Kelly!
I got some serious accessories! This matching new scarf, purse and earrings – JACKPOT!!
These are fun!  Some more accessories -  purse, shoes and necklace!  I did not take pictures of everything – but I had about 7 more shirts, 2 skirts, some flip flops and more!
Does your closet need a spring cleaning – clean it out and encourage your friends to do it too! Then invite them over for a swap!  We had SO much fun and lots of laughter!
We finished all our swapping out with 2 Chocolate Chip Pies that I made – but of course – they were Janelle’s recipe!  It was SO fast, easy and delicious - you gotta try this recipe sometime!
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How I Tie My Scarf – Vlog

If you want to spice up your Christmas outfit, hit Walmart for a $5 scarf, put on a plain shirt and tie your scarf like this! Voila! You look festive with a whole new outfit and it was only $5!

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I am linked to Raising Homemakers , Kelly’s Korner and Works For Me Wednesday at WeAreThatFamily.com

Back-To-School Organization Tips and Link-Up

Are you ready for school to start? It’s time to get organized!

If you Follow Me On Facebook, then you know that I have been working on a new school schedule. It starts with me rising at 5am – ugh! But it seems to be the only way to get it all done. I will post my schedule after I’ve lived it and tweaked it a bit.

But today I want to share some organizational tips from a friend I’ve known since high school (pictured on the right is Erin and her lovely family!). I want to invite other bloggers to link up any organizational posts they have below. If you do not blog – feel free to write in the comment box any good tips you have.

I’m looking to learn something here! Organization of stuff is not my forte.

Here’s Erin’s tips:

1) Cups – I was finding that some days there would be 10 kid cups in the dishwasher after one day at home. I bought cheap (3/ $1 at Flower Factory) stretchy bracelets, and the kids use those to label their cups. We have extras for friends/cousins. This way each kid uses one cup for water all day. Less to wash, and less mess!

2) Back of doors. I think the backs of our doors are great places to hide things and to keep organized. There are 3 pictures from doors in my home.

a. The backpacks/lunchbox are on the inside of our basement door. I bought heavy duty 3M adhesive hooks. They have been hanging for 2 years w/ no problem. This may not work as well with very heavy backpacks, but it’s great for the lunchboxes, dance shoes bag, etc.

b. Costume jewelry is inside my closet door on a horizontal towel rack. Bracelets hang from plastic baby toy links. Works perfectly- no tangles, full view of everything, and in the same space where I dress.

c. Hairbows are inside my daughter’s bedroom door. The flowers are attached to small 3M adhesive hooks. I hung strips of 1 inch grossgrain ribbon from the flowers and clip all of her hair bows to the ribbon.

Aren’t those great!!! Now join me below in the link-up. There are no rules…link-up any post new or old below that has to do with getting organized. You do not have to link back to me. If you are not a blogger, share in the comment section below any tips you have. I simply want to have a good resource of organizational ideas.
Honestly, this is one of my weakest areas and my husband wishes I improved in this area. I am good at making schedules and keeping them, I am good at waking early, exercising, having a consistent quiet time, keeping a blogging schedule, homeschool schedule, loving on my man and reading the Bible to my kids BUT when it comes to managing stuff – well lets just say my closets are SCARY lol! Helpppppppp!

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Thrifty Thursday: Homemade Crayons

For those of us surviving cabin fever in the northern chill, this is a cheap and easy craft for your little ones to do!

Take all the crayons you have that are worn out and have your children peel the paper off of the crayons. (This is great because it should keep your children busy for a long time while you get work done or read a good book – like your Bible!)

Once the crayons are all peeled, get out your metal cookie cutters (if you don’t have these on hand you will need to purchase them – but they are usually quite cheap).

Break the crayons into pieces (the children should enjoy this part!) and pile them according to color (again another time consumer!)

Then put wax paper on a cookie sheet and foil around the cookie cutters (if you don’t use the foil the crayons won’t stay in the cookie cutters.)

Place the cookie sheet in a 300 degree oven for 8-10 minutes, or until melted, and then place them in a freezer to cool (or in our case, out on the back porch!). The crayons should separate from the cookie cutter just enough that you can pop them out easily!

Now give the children time to color with their brand new homemade crayons and enjoy their new works of art!

Though I have very few crafty bones in my body, Genesis 1:26 says God made man in his own image. We see in God’s creation the ultimate artistic display. I believe that this is why we find such joy as women when we create a beautiful scrapbook page, a sweet smelling dessert, a new set of curtains, or a bouquet of flowers. God has placed in our hearts a desire to be like him and create. As your children create with their hands, remind them of who the ultimate creator is. Remind them to create for God’s glory.

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*I found this fun craft over at : Me and Lu

Thrifty Thursday: How to Make a 2009 Time Capsule

Are you looking for a way to make this New Year’s Eve meaningful and memorable? Here is a cheap and easy way to bring the family together for a time of reflection on 2009. Every year on New Year’s Eve our extended family gets together for sauerkraut, cabbage rolls, games and the making of a time capsule! Then we toast in the New Year with sparkling grape juice! This is our family tradition!

Here’s how to make a time capsule:

First get a container – mine is simply a Quaker Oats can cleaned out. Then we decorate the outside of the can by covering it with white paper and allowing the children to draw pictures. Then we mark the can clearly with the date.

Before the party, I remind everyone to bring something for the time capsule. Every child from newborn up through the oldest grandparent comes prepared. Then we sit in a circle and we simply pass the can around and put something inside that represents what God did in the year 2009.

Over the years I have put in ultrasound photos, a Binky my daughter had just given up, a ruler representing growth in my life, verses and many more things. Some others have put in poems, verses, letters to the family, the deed to their house that was paid off that year, photos of children they were ministering to, a rubber ball representing the ups and downs of the year and countless business cards have gone in. The children have put in footballs, awards, school photos and sports photos.

As the capsule is going around, I write down what each person puts into the capsule and what it meant – so we do not forget the significance when we open it someday. Then I seal it with packaging tape and store it in a bin in the attic.

This year after we seal the 2009 time capsule we will open 2003′s capsule. I can’t wait to remember the great joys of the past and the faithfulness of God as he brought us through past trials. This is always a meaningful moment of sharing and thus far I have not done this without tears! Every year my soul is touched!

So if you want to start a meaningful tradition with your family, try a time capsule as a way to remember God’s hand in your life and to draw your family closer together.

Walk with the King into a Happy New Year!