Thursday, April 28, 2011

Good Neighbors Candle Giveaway

My friend Becky just recently opened an Etsy shop to sell her wonderful candles.  You can visit the shop here.

Her friend Melissa is having a giveaway on her blog here.

check it out.  Becky is wonderful when it comes to making beautiful candles. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

Vacation, couponing, food storage and Alzheimer's

I know that the above title of my post is a bit ,well in a word strange, but hopefully as I go throughout this post it will become more clear.

The above topics are ones that have been on my mind recently.  I will take them one by one.

Vacation.  Hannah and I just returned on Thursday from a trip out to visit my parents in Indiana.  Yes we were there during all the severe weather that they were having (there was a confirmed tornado about 30 minutes away), flooding and storms, some of which actually sounded like explosion with the thunder, shook the whole house.  But despite that we had a nice relaxing time visiting with my Mom and Dad and going up to see my brother and his family (I cannot believe that my nephew is 18 and graduating).  I didn't do much reading but I did get alot of crocheting done,(I made 6 dish clothes and started a baby blanket).

Couponing.   Being inspired by Extreme Couponing on TLC.  I have been trying to use coupons as best I can to our advantage.  I average between 40 and 60 percent saving per trip so I consider that a success.  And no I do not plan on having enough toilet paper for seven years.  I have started a small stockpile and when I get a good deal I will add to it and donate extra when I can.  I do not believe in going into a store and wiping out their entire stock and leaving nothing for anyone else.  Which brings me to the next topic.

Food Storage.  After seeing what happened in Japan after the earthquake and seeing how the economy is going and how much gas is my husband and I have decided to set up a food storage system just so we can be a little prepared in an emergency.  After looking online it seems that the Mormons have a system where they buy a certain amount of food each week or grocery trip so that they are stocked up for awhile and then they rotate their supply so things do not go bad.  Although I am not a Mormon this sounds like a good idea to me.  I do rely on God for our needs but I think part of that is using the resources and brains that God has given us to help ourselves. 

Last but certainly not least Alzheimer's.  While we were out in Indiana, my Dad visited a neurologist and the doctor feels that he is exhibiting the signs of the early stages of this disease.  He put my Dad on a medication that will slow the progress ,hopefully, but as of now as you may well know there is no cure.  Ironically, I was reading an article in the waiting room about Alzheimer's.  I will be researching more for myself and maybe to help my parents if I can. 

So hopefully by now the title of this post will make a bit more sense.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Movie Monday - With Six You Get Eggroll

My Husband and I watched this yesterday.  It was really cute.  There was alot in this movie that would have been taken the wrong way if it was made today.  I love the end of the movie. 

These two widowers fall in love and try to merge their two families.  Of course it doesn't seem to be working.  The two older kids hate the whole idea. 

Not as good as the original Yours, Mine and Ours but still a good movie.  

Friday, April 8, 2011

Book Review Friday

Highlights from books reviewed at A Room without Books is Empty

clicking on Book cover leads to Amazon page,  cl;icking on title leads to review.

Book Spotlight
Lilly's Wedding Quilt (A Patch of Heaven Novel)
Lily's Wedding Quilt by Kelly Long

Book Spotlight
Heart of Ice (A Triple Threat Novel)
Heart of Ice by Lis Wiehl

First Chapter Peak
Get Healthy, for Heaven's Sake
Get Healthy for Heaven's Sake by Lisa Morrone

Review of
The Caregiver: Families of Honor, Book One
The Caregiver by Shelley Shepard Gray

Review of
Invasion (A C.H.A.O.S. Novel)
Invasion by Jon S. Lewis

Review and Giveaway
Beside Still Waters: A Big Sky Novel
Beside Still Waters by Tricia Goyer 

Book Spotlight
Plain Proposal (A Daughters of the Promise Novel)
Plain Proposal by Beth Wiseman

Happy Reading!!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Movie Monday - The Social Network (spoilers)

I watched this movie over the weekend.  I really don't know why it got all the hype that it did.  It was an ok movie. 

I use Facebook.  I think that it is a great way to keep in touch with family and friends.  I use to be addicted to the games but now not so much.  I don't update my status every day.  I do have my blog posts automatically posted.  I check it about twice a day.  I was interested in learning abit more about the people who crated Facebook. 

What I discovered was Mark Zuckerberg was a genius with little social skills.  Alright the movie was fictionalized but I am sure there is more than a little bit of truth in it.  Mark in the movie was a totally jerk.  His girlfriend broke up with him so he goes back to his dorm and trashes her on line.  His best friend helps him with the algorithm for Facebook and puts up the start up money and Mark turns on him. 

This is not a great advertizement for Harvard as there are brothers in the movie that are total jerks also but hesititate to sue Mark becasue they are Harvard gentlemen (their behavior was totally ungentlemanly).

Money is nice but at what cost.  Mark loses his only friend all over money.  The last scene is truly heartbreaking.  It shows Mark after the lawsuits, sitting at the table of his lawyers and opening Facebook and requesting to befriend his ex girlfriend and then sitting back and refreshing the screen over and over. 

I would recommend seeing it.  Check out the review on PluggedIn  here.  Just not sure if it lives up to all the hype.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Praise and Worship Sunday - Praise You in this Storm - Casting Crowns

There is alot that is going on in my personal life right now that I may share in the future.  but for now this song is one that really has been helping me through this time. 

Friday, April 1, 2011

Book review Review Friday

Friday's I spotlight some of the books I reviewed on my book blog A Room without Books is Empty.

Clicking on the cover will lead you to the amazon page for that book.  Clicking on the link will lead you to the review.

Attack at the Arena (AIO Imagination Station Books)
The Imagination Station: Attack at the Arena by Marianne Hering and Paul McCusker

The Tea Party Goes to Washington
The Tea Party goes to Washington by Rand Paul

Praying God's Word: Breaking Free from Spiritual Strongholds
Praying God's word by Beth Moore (audio book)

Happy Reading!!