Monthly Archives: December 2013

24 days until Christmas: Holiday Light Show {Opening Day}

Tonight was the opening day for our town’s annual holiday light show in the park. Anthony and I bundled up the girls and took them tonight as a surprise. I wish we’d remembered the camera, darn it! The girls had no idea what we were doing, so as soon as we drove up to the Winter Wonderland, they were excited!

Nature's Coastal Holiday Brookings Oregon
Nature’s Coastal Holiday Brookings Oregon

It was lightly drizzling and there is a fun new to us feature this year. They were giving out 3D glasses that made each light display appear to be made of colored snow flakes when you wore the glasses! How much fun is that? The admission was only $1 for adults and kids over the age of 12, making this a frugal and fun adventure we’re likely to enjoy again and again. (I’ll make sure to take my camera next time!)

What fun, frugal holiday activities are going on in your neck of the woods? Care to share? Let us know in the comments!


Glasgow Flapjacks

I am definitely going to be trying this out this week! Anthony’s half Scottish, half Puerto Rican. We usually eat a more caribbean fare, but this looks like a delicious way to celebrate his mother’s side of the family! I bet our girls will just gobble this up, too.



They tastiest and most amazing Flapjcks I’ve ever eaten, just in Glasgow, this delightful Scottish town. Have you never been to Glasgow so I recommend you go there. One can not but love the city and the people there. I love that town!
These Flapjacks I dedicated to Glasgow.So simple, so wonderful and not so dangerous for the figure. 😉

200 g of honey
100g sugar
100g brown sugar
200g butter
400 g of oat flakes
2 tsp vanilla
½ tsp cinnamon
100g total of sunflower seeds, raisins, chopped apricots, coconut
Take a saucepan and add the butter, honey, sugar. Heat until everything is mixed up. Mix in remaining ingredients. Stir well. Take a form 20×30 cm and dress with greaseproof paper. Place the dough in there and flatten it carefully so it is even. Bake at 175 degrees for 15-20 minutes. Cut while still warm into bite sized…

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Thankful For: Outlook

Recently I got into a pretty heated argument with someone close to me. We were discussing differences in opinion over something fairly significant, and this person asked me how I was able to continue doing something (a chore) that I absolutely hated doing. Many people close to me know that I am an avid couponer. I can sniff out a deal a mile away and then pair it with a coupon, coming home with a cart of groceries practically free! It would seem to those closest to me that I love what I do with coupons. Yes, while I love the savings, I absolutely hate the process of couponing. I do! But I do it anyway, with a good attitude about it because it benefits my family in ways I’d never expected it to. (Like recently purchasing $30 worth of grass fed, grain free organic cow’s milk for a mere $5 with coupons for a total of 84% off!)

The secret to doing things you hate is your outlook on life!

Some time ago, I heard a great story about an older man who was placed into an assisted living home by his estranged children. As the nurse showed him around his room, he kept interrupting her, saying “I love it!” The nurse, startled by his enthusiastic reaction asked him what he meant by that. He’d hardly seen the room, and it was, frankly, bare bones. It was not her idea of a lovely home. He responded emphatically “It’s a state of mind. I decided to love it before I even got here. It’s beautiful now that I see it and I absolutely love it!”

He’d already decided before he got there. I love that. He knew it was something he couldn’t change and so he chose to change himself in order to adapt and thrive. This is something I’ve had to do in more areas than simply couponing. I don’t particularly enjoy disciplining my kids at times, nor do I enjoy mopping floors, washing dishes, running errands, or paying bills, but what I have decided is that I love to do it! I love to do it because it benefits my family, it betters my own life, and on the way to completing these tasks, I honor the Lord and magnify His goodness with my attitude. When I save 84% on organic (gold) milk for my family and do so with a smile, I’m building healthy bodies, using my God-given resources wisely, and am witnessing to others through my actions. When I mop up the gooey mess I just accidentally dropped on the floor, I model responsible behavior for my kids and teach them that cleaning up after ourselves benefits the whole team. When I do this without complaint, I model working in everything as though I am working for the Lord and I would not honor the Lord by complaining while completing a task He has asked me to do. 

Your kids are watching you. What is your outlook on life?
Your kids are watching you. What is your outlook on life?

I am thankful that God has opened my eyes to the importance of a positive outlook in life, and that He has grown me into a woman who can complete the chores I like least.  I take no glory for myself, but offer it all up to Him on this day.

25 Days Until Christmas: Gift of Health

I couldn’t resist it! The sales were too great this weekend, and I had to go to my all-time favorite store for one stop shopping. I had to go to Fred Meyer! It wasn’t my fault. We were out of milk, oregano and eggs. I got a killer deal on the oregano and Organic Valley milk, but forgot the eggs. Oh well! The girls and I still had a blast! 

We found a bit more than we’d bargained for, which was perfectly fine with me since we’ve embarked on a mission to live a healthier lifestyle. We gave ourselves some Christmas presents early. We found beautiful oregano







German red garlic

German red garlic
German red garlic

and flowering kale plants to grow in our green house. The girls were especially excited about the beautiful kale because it’s not only a flower, but it’s edible, too! 

flowering kale
Flowering Kale

We enjoyed walking around the store and looking at all the fun holiday decorations on sale, but didn’t purchase anything because we’ve already decorated our home and are content with the way it looks. We’ll get a tree closer to Christmas because we’re in a rental home and don’t want the needles to make a mess in the carpet or cause damage to it. Basically, we’re a frugal bunch that can enjoy the fun without bringing home things we don’t need. I’m really proud of the girls for not asking for things they didn’t need and for seeing the value in plants they can eat! They’ve really enjoyed helping me grow tomatoes, pumpkins, and sunflowers this year and I know they’ll enjoy cultivating these new plants, especially since they’ll get to eat them!

What gifts are you giving to your family this year? Are you giving any distinct gifts of health? What kinds? And finally, do you grow any of your own food? Let me know in the comments!

26 Days Until Christmas: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!!

Thanksgiving was really fun! We spent the entire day at my parent’s house. (We are so blessed to live less than an hour away from my parents!) Before we started the Thanksgiving festivities, we had to partake in the family tradition of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade on TV. Since we don’t allow a television set in our house, we had to watch it at my parent’s house. (We’d managed fine when we were in Seattle, because we just went to the day after Thanksgiving parade outside Macy’s in Seattle.) My grandma Verla started the tradition of watching the parade when I was very young, and it’s something that has always been fun and meaningful to me. As usual, Macy’s did not disappoint and put on a good show this year! I was especially excited to see the Goo Goo Dolls on the Lindt float!

Goo Goo Dolls and chocolate. Does it get any better than this? I think not.
Goo Goo Dolls and chocolate. Does it get any better than this? I think not.


I also really enjoyed Joan Jett, Debby Ryan, Gavin Degraw, Jimmy Fallon and the cast of Sesame Street. I can’t for the life of me figure out how the Cirque de Soleil crew kept from knocking into each other and getting tangled up! What a great show they put on! We were all very impressed.

After the parade, we focused on making dinner and were not disappointed by the effort put into making all that delicious food! We’re all anticipating Christmas and enjoying our time together. What about your family? Any fun Thanksgiving traditions? Let me know in the comments!



27 Days Until Christmas: Elf and Turkey

First of all, I’m sorry the following few posts are late. Our internet was out at our house, so there was little I could do to update the blog, other than continue doing the behind the scenes stuff, like celebrating the season and enjoying my family. I hope you enjoy what we did as much as we enjoyed it!


The day before Thanksgiving was pretty busy! Anthony was off work, but we made time to enjoy each other and to prepare for Thanksgiving. As a family, we cooked a majority of the foods together, played games and watched one of my favorite Christmas movies, Elf. It was Theresa and Chelsea’s first time watching this movie, and they thoroughly enjoyed it! In fact, they giggled and hooted loudly throughout the entire film.The next morning, they started quoting the movie.

Greatest movie ever made

Throne of Lies

While we didn’t make a craft, and the day was a busy one, the bottom line is that we still thoroughly enjoyed each other’s company and we celebrated the gift of each other’s company. It was a fun day to remember.

How about you? What fun holiday movie does your family enjoy? Have you seen Elf? What are some of your favorite quotes?