Kids in the Kitchen Making Homemade Popsicles

Kids in the Kitchen Making Homemade Popsicles

This summer I kept seeing recipes for homemade popsicles, but I didn’t have a popsicle mold. Well, the other day I ran into Michael’s to get some glass bottles for my bathroom decor that I knew were on clearance. Of course when I am in the clearance aisle, there is no grab and go! I had to look around too. I noticed they also had a ton of popsicle molds on clearance also, and decided to get one. When I checked my receipt, I saw they had rung up for…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #32

Family Joy Blog Link-up #32

Well, we had a great first week with the new party rules! Thank you so much to all of you that increased your interactions, and left us comments! We greatly appreciated it. Looking forward to more participation in the future! I hope everyone has been having successful back-to-school days with their families. My husband is “back to school” as well on Monday for what we hope is his last year of college! Check out my recent post about the 6 month FREE trial of Amazon Student Prime that college students can…

Amazon Student Prime Advantages

Amazon Student Prime Advantages

I’m sure a lot of people know about Amazon Prime membership already. It’s convenient to able to order various items and receive free two-day shipping. However, for some of us, the cost of Prime membership may not always fit with our finances. Last January, I was tickled to find out my husband could qualify for Amazon Student Prime.  *This post contains affiliate links.  I may receive compensation if you choose to click on these links. See full Disclosures/Policies. The conditions are that the person be enrolled in college and have an…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #31

Family Joy Blog Link-up #31

Family Joy Blog Link-up is having some changes this week! We had to say good-bye to one of our party hosts from Don’t Call Me Supermom. We wish Rachel the best in her future endeavors. However, we would love to invite some of you to join us as a host! Family Joy Blog Link-up prefers posts that are family-friendly, recipe-related, DIY, or other similar topics. Does this sound like the type of niche you are interested in? If so, great! Drop me a line in the comments, and let me…

Freezing Tomatoes To Simplify Sauce Making

Freezing Tomatoes To Simplify Sauce Making

Sometimes the simplest of ideas can be the most efficient. Did you know that freezing tomatoes may make canning tomato sauce easier for you? I didn’t, not until some people in my life shared this great tip with me. I find that it can actually benefit me in three ways.  The end of summer is a very busy gardening season. There are often multiple crops that come to maturity together. Corn, green beans, peaches, and tomatoes often are amoung those that ripen as the same time. It’s a lot of…

Chicken Egg Excitement At Our House

Chicken Egg Excitement At Our House

Woo hoo! Celebrate! We got our first chicken egg today! This is definitely cause for excitement for any backyard chicken owner! This morning I went out, and peeked in the nest boxes. I was proud to see our first little brown egg! We have been getting a bit impatient with the girls, thinking it’s time to see a little something happening around here. I have been stating that our chickens must be dysfunctional the last couple weeks.  And I have been analyzing them, looking for signs that indicate they might…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #30

Family Joy Blog Link-up #30

Gather round everyone and bring your posts to the link-up party! School is starting next week for us, and maybe for some of you as well. Bring your family-friendly stories of how you are finishing up your summer, or maybe some back-to-school tips for all of us. Some lunch box ideas might be helpful. 🙂 I plan to do preschool at home with my second child. Is there any curriculum that someone would recommend for that?  Fall sports are starting soon too. We have one child playing soccer this fall….

Give A Child A Shoebox This Christmas

Give A Child A Shoebox This Christmas

Sometimes in America, we forget how fortunate and blessed we really are. One of our pastors at church reminded us again of this fact recently. He said that if you have $10,000 net worth, then you belong to the 3% most wealthy in the world! So in actuality, if this applies to you, than you are quite rich, regardless of whether you live from paycheck to paycheck trying to pay the bills. It’s easy to compare ourselves to others, and think we don’t have much.  But probably most of us…

Choosing the Best Pet Care Option When You Travel

Choosing the Best Pet Care Option When You Travel

When planning a trip or vacation, one question that always comes up for us is about our pets. Who will care for them while we are gone? Pet care is a valid concern that affects anyone that owns an animal. It’s not always easy or fun to try to find someone to watch your pets and care for them.  Of course the least expensive, and most convenient option is if family or friends are willing to watch them for the nice, low price of FREE.  Sometimes we have been able…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #29

Family Joy Blog Link-up #29

It’s time for another Family Joy Blog Link-up! This week has been super busy for my family. Anyone who preserves produce and fruit will understand I’m sure. It’s the time of year when lots of garden stuff is ready, and it can’t just wait! Our garden needed alot of attention after being gone for a week on vacation. This week, I’ve canned beans, salsa, and froze sweet corn. I’ve also got peaches laying out on newspaper to ripen.  I bought those and some corn. I also chopped peppers, and pulled…