Category Archives: fun

Weekly Savings Plan- Saving for the Holiday Season

Well around last year at Christmas time, I was laid off from my job, as any other holiday, money was tight, but now it was even tighter.  Well I saw this thing on Pinterest that people kept pinning about you say so much per week and stash it away and you’ll have $1,378 by the end of the 52 weeks.

savings-plan Well I started doing it the first week of January and it’s amazing.  We don’t even realize the money is transferred out of our account each week now and we have quite a bit for savings this year.  We have more then enough for our 2 children for Christmas this year, and hopefully all the other things that come with the holidays.  I think I’ll keep doing this next year and just keep the extra in there, maybe we can use it for a vacation fund or fun money.  We just had a separate bank account and I just setup a weekly debit amount to transfer to the other account.  I had to manually go in there and do each week, but it was SO worth it.  Did you do this? Let me know how your liking it!! I also had some responses on my Facebook about this about people started in the middle of the year, so the bigger amounts weren’t coming out right before Christmas.  Or starting backwards and doing the bigger amounts now and lower ones later in the year.  Either way, still comes up to the same thing, SAVINGS!!

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Crunchy Kosher Dill Pickles- Canning Recipe

So this year, we planted a garden and I planted regular cucumbers and pickling cucumbers.  We love pickles and my aunt was always making awesome pickles so I thought, I should be able to do this.  She sent me her recipe she used, and I found one online and this is what I cam up with!  I canned them 3 weeks ago and we just opened up a jar, YUMMY!  They taste great!

I found this recipe on the website Mama Economics and they are GREAT!

Crunchy Kosher Dill Pickles
Author: Jennifer Williams
Recipe type: Canning
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 7 quart jars
Ingredients
  • 7 wide mouth jars with lids and rings
  • fresh or dried dill
  • cucumbers washed
  • 7 cloves of garlic
  • 7 hot peppers (optional)
  • 8½ cups water
  • 2¼ white vinegar
  • ½ cup pickling salt
Instructions
  1. Wash jars
  2. Fill stock pot about ¼ cup of water set on burner and turn to high heat
  3. In medium saucepan fill ⅓ way with water set on burner and turn to high heat, bring almost to a boil, remove from burner and put lids in saucepan
  4. In a large pot bring water, vinegar, and salt to a boil
  5. Put garlic, dill, and cut peppers in jars ( I use kitchen shears to cut my peppers)
  6. Load cukes into jars tightly until you reach the neck of the jars
  7. Pour brine into jars, leaving ½ inch head space
  8. Add lid and ring to each jar and tighten
  9. Place jars into canner making sure water is JUST to the necks of the jars
  10. Bring water to ALMOST a boil, about 15 minutes
  11. Remove jars from canner, set on towel turned upside down
  12. Cover jars with a towel until cool
  13. Once cool, check for seal, label, and store in a cool dark location
  14. Pickles are ready to eat immediately, store in fridge once jars are opened

Here are some pictures to go along with the process:

Clean jars before canning

Clean jars before canning

Boiling lids

Boiling lids

Chop up your cucumbers whatever way you desire.  This time I sliced them, next time I'm gonna do some hamburger style slices.

Chop up your cucumbers whatever way you desire. This time I sliced them, next time I’m gonna do some hamburger style slices.

Dill and Garlic

Dill and Garlic

Jars filled with dill and garlic.  This is where I added a few hot peppers to a couple jars to see what they'd taste like.  You can also add red pepper flakes.

Jars filled with dill and garlic. This is where I added a few hot peppers to a couple jars to see what they’d taste like. You can also add red pepper flakes.

Fill jars with cucumbers.

Fill jars with cucumbers.

Pour the brine into the jars.

Pour the brine into the jars.

Jars closed and ready to boil so they can get their seal.

Jars closed and ready to boil so they can get their seal.

Boiling in the stockpot, waiting for them to seal.  Boil for about 15 mins.

Boiling in the stockpot, waiting for them to seal. Boil for about 15 mins.

Make sure you check the seals, no popped tops.  Store in a cool place for a couple weeks then enjoy!

Make sure you check the seals, no popped tops. Store in a cool place for a couple weeks then enjoy!

Up close shot after they were boiled and sealed.  They are now in the basement on a shelf.

Up close shot after they were boiled and sealed. They are now in the basement on a shelf.

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Teachers- Save Money at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores this weekend!


Teachers save 25% on all in-store purchases August 10 and 11 at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores nationwide. 

Jo-Ann is hosting a Teacher Appreciation Days savings event August 10 and 11!

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Teachers will receive 25 percent off all purchases throughout the weekend at Jo-Ann stores nationwide. And the best part is no coupon is needed! Simply present your current teacher identification and state-issued photo identification upon checkout.

To find the nearest Jo-Ann location, click on the link below.

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Memorial Day Weekend

Summer is officially here and we started it off by heading to the lake house.  The weather could of been warmer but the boy’s done seem to care!
 Caden had fun fishing, he’s been talking about it since last year!
Brody played baseball with the kids next door.
Bring on SUMMER!!!  We can’t wait to go on our annual family camping trips, this year to Lake Charlevoix (Boyne City) and Ludington, MI.  
What kind of fun summer trips do you take as a family?

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House Party NERF Super Soaker Block Party

So I’m not sure if you’ve heard about the website
 But it’s pretty awesome.  We’ve won a few of these parties in the past and they are ALWAYS a good time.  You sign up to win on their website and if your selected, they give you the things you need to have a party.  Well I signed up for the Nerf Super Soaker Block Party and I WON! 🙂
I got all these amazing products to have our party this weekend.  My boys are going to be so excited and to be able to play with friends is gonna be even better!  What a perfect end of the school year party to have!  Go Apply and see what you can win! I know I’m gonna keep applying, we love to HOUSE PARTY!

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Beach Tote

Who isn’t ready for the beach?? I AM!!  I also just got an awesome new vendor that I can get these {SUPER CUTE} beach bags from!!!  Polka dots are so fun and these bags are perfect for the beach or the pool!!!
You can get them personalized if you’d like with either your name, last name or initials!!
Hot Pink and Polka Dots {HOT}!!!!

Have any questions? Email me! 

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Slime? Flubber? Let’s make it!

My oldest son made this before at summer camp and when he saw I had the Borax out the other day making my homemade laundry soap, he’s like “Mom, can we make slime?” Sure!  We had to find some glue in the house but we found a bottle I had got super cheap with coupons when school started so we made green slime!

Materials

  • Elmer’s white glue or Elmer’s school glue gel
  • Borax (find in the laundry detergent aisle of the store)
  • Water
  • Two bowls
  • Food coloring (optional)

What to do:

  1. In one bowl mix 1/2 cup (4 oz) glue and 1/2 cup water. 
  2. In the other bowl, mix 1 teaspoon borax with 1 cup water until the borax is dissolved.
  3. Add the glue mixture to the borax solution, stirring slowly.
  4. The slime will begin to form immediately; stir as much as you can, then dig in and knead it with your hands until it gets less sticky. (No one makes slime without getting a little messy!) Don’t worry about any leftover water in the bowl; just pour it out. 
  5. Put the slime in a plastic bag and add a few drops of food coloring.  Squish it around in the bag and it will magically turn colors! (Brody chose green) 

What’s happening?
The glue has an ingredient called polyvinyl acetate, which is a liquid polymer. The borax links the polyvinyl acetate molecules to each other, creating one large, flexible polymer. This kind of slime will get stiffer and more like putty the more you play with it.
Store it in a plastic bag in the fridge, to keep it from growing mold.

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Project 365, Day 21

We had a blast today playing at Zehnder’s Splash Village!  It’s not quite as big as previous water parks that we have been to, but for the price of buy one ticket, get one free, it was fun!!  Caden was going down the big water slide all by himself, that kid is FEARLESS!!  He even got in trouble at one point because he went down head first….oopps!

It was FREEZING outside thought! Temperatures were almost freezing with wind chill below freezing!! Good day to stay inside to be warm!

Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for taking us!

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