Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The History of Aprons


I found this circulating the internet this week.  I don't know who wrote it, but I found it very interesting and wanted to share with you.  I have about 4 aprons.  Three were gifts, and one I won in a giveaway.  I wear them always for cooking, sometimes for cleaning.

I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..

And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER:

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool. Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I don't think I ever caught anything from an apron - but love


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Monday, December 8, 2014

Garden Landscaping and Maintenance


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If you are fed up with the neglected space of your garden in your property and have finally decided to make something out of it, then you are on the right track. Gardens can be a truly amazing addition to any home, offer a place for rest and enjoyment for the entire family and guests. A home is a reflection of one’s ability to make a place beautiful and welcoming.

 A garden can be used for many things, all of which require dedication to the project, as well as solid ideas on what you want to do. Best starting point is to acquire the service of garden waste clearance. This will allow you to see the space as it should be, a cleaned and ready for improvement part of your property that is ready to make your dreams come true.

After the clearance, you will have to think what exactly it is you want done. Some people value a nice gathering around a barbeque with friends, while others prefer to grow their own plants. Many are used to the cool presence of a large pool, or a garden Jacuzzi tub. It is important to consult with your family to determine what they would like as well and work from there.

Consider what additions your garden will need. The most professional clearance company will open the space for you to refill with whatever you like. If you want to have a vegetable garden, perhaps you should save some space for a greenhouse. A lot of plants require such conditions in order to grow and provide you with good produce. Is there enough space in your garden to put a gazebo? With marvelous design and decoration, it can become the best place for relaxation and recreation and also a nice location for an outdoor party. Gardens make beautiful playgrounds, so if you have children, they will be thankful for any swings and climbers you put there. Just make sure they are safe and easy to maintain. Dedicate a place for a barbeque, if this is what you are after.

Before you build anything in your garden, consider the budget you are ready to spare. Some projects are costly, with added maintenance costs that are not for everyone. Be realistic about this. It is better to start a small project and finish it, rather than start something you will abandon soon. Consult with an expert if you have to, as they can offer valuable expertise and ideas on how to design your space and what to include.

Garden clearance is only the start. What follows next is entirely up to you and your desire. Carefully consider what your options are when it comes to gardens in order to make a truly amazing project come to life in your own backyard.

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

New Modest Winter Skirt Arrivals & Where I've Been

Hello Dears,

I hope you all have been well and have been enjoying this wonderful time of year.  We sure have.  I wanted to let you know that New Creation Apparel has many new beautiful, modest skirts that just arrived in time for the holidays!  Here are some examples below:

Double Ruched Dark Gray


Cord Adventure


Ruched Front

There are more pretty skirts available than just these, and also some pretty slips to add an extra layer of modesty and warmth.  My favorites are the Cord Adventure and the Double Ruched Dark Gray. Soon Blessed Homemaking and New Creation Apparel will be partnering to bring you a skirt giveaway, so stay tuned!

Also, I have not blogged much recently because I've been working on this:


I have much more done than this, but I don't want to show more just in case the person this is a gift for reads my blog.  I don't think they do, but you never know.  This is a portrait commission, and you can purchase one from me if you like, here at my Etsy shop.  They make a great gift!

I hope to be back soon.  Love to you all.

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Deals for Homemakers~Shop at Home

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Stay home from the shopping craziness today!  I know I am--I don't think I'd ever want to venture out in the craziness that is Black Friday.  Thankfully, we can get deals right from the comfort of our home.  The first deal I want to make you aware of--perfect for the homemaker--is for aprons.

Flirty aprons

is having an amazing sale now through 12/3 for 50% off plus free shipping.
Here is the deal.  Just click on the link and enter the code.
Black Friday deal: 50% Off + Free Shipping with code BLACKFLIRTY50 GOOD Black Friday through 12/3 

Deborah & Co.

is also having a great Black Friday sale.
Save 20% off the entire store with the code: BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout!
Save 30% off their fleece lined leggings and all full length layering shells.
The entire Little Deborah section is 20% off with the code, so stock up on Princess Play Dresses, Books and Media for your girls!
This sale is good November 28th-December 1st!  Click on the banner below to be taken to the sale.

 

Day Spring is also having a Black Friday sale.

Early Black Friday Markdown Items

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving 2014



Here's wishing you all a joyous Thanksgiving.  I hope it is surrounded by family and filled with thoughts and prayers of thankfulness to God.  Let us remember to do this every day--give thanks to the One Who has given us everything.

Many blessings to you, dear readers!  And I am thankful for each one of you.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Meal Plan


I've finally decided on our Thanksgiving Day Meal Plan.  It might not seem like much of a feast to some, but it is for us, and all I can afford.  I've gotten the shopping done, and today I will need to begin preparing dishes.

Most of the recipes are coming from the internet, so you can try them out too with the included links if you like.  Our dishes will be thus:

I have to admit that most of these are new recipes to us, but I like a change every now and then.  I think they will turn out well, and we are looking forward to the "feast".  The girls want to help me with the meal preparations.  We will a lovely time at home, and on Thanksgiving will open our Thankful Box.  We will also hopefully listen to some Thanksgiving stories from Character Concepts.

How about you?  What are you making for Thanksgiving this year?

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Young Ladies Journal 1881


The children and I were watching a Little House on the Prairie episode the other day, and I noticed that the teacher was reading from a magazine, or what would look more like a newsletter or newspaper today.  It was called the Young Ladies Journal.  I thought I'd look it up on the internet to see if I could find anything.  Thankfully, I did! 

I found some pages from the Young Ladies Journal 1881 [fashion and fancy-work pages], which you can look at on the computer or download to keep.  There are recipes, clothing descriptions, short stories, articles of advice, poems, and lovely, lovely illustrations.

I will be looking for more and will tell you if I find any more online copies.  Please let me know also if you find any.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

76 Free Things to Do with Kids

 

With the holidays approaching, 76 Free Things to Do with Kids: A Real Mom's Guide, is a great resource to have to keep your children occupied.  From now until Sunday, it's available for free on Amazon.

Here is the description:

Keep your kids busy all year long with these 76 fun activities without busting your budget!

76 Free Things to Do with Kids has lots of frugal favorites along with a few free resources that you might not have heard about before.

Each activity has a quick description, a list of supplies to grab from around the house, and links to helpful free resources.

Then turn these fun ideas into reality.

76 Free Things to Do with Kids includes access to printable activity cards. Put them in a jar and let your kids draw one of the activities every week or every day during their summer or winter break.

The activities include indoor and outdoor activities, those to do at home and around the community, some that are educational and others that are just plain fun!

76 Free Things to Do with Kids makes it easy to be the fun (and frugal) super mom that is inside us all.

Stop spending your precious time browsing Pinterest for great kid activities! Instead, start making memories with your little ones right away, and do it all without breaking the bank.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Painting and Choosing Colors for Your Bedroom



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Are you contemplating changing the colour of your bedroom? A bedroom should represent a peaceful and relaxing area of the house as after all it is where you sleep and need to regain energy for the next day. When opting to decorate your bedroom you need to consider colour. It has to be calming and relaxing colour that will help you wind down at the end of the day. Today there is a wide range of colours in various shades to choose from. Most DIY stores have a good choice of paints and also plenty of ideas to copy. The main concern for a bedroom is to choose a nice and warm colour that leaves a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Make sure you paint a colour that is warm and tranquil. It is a good idea to have your accessories in a matching or contrasting colour. Make sure your lighting is also serene.

If you want more inspiration then take a look at the internet and Google ideas and easy ways to renovate you bedroom with paint. If you are not an expert do your research, it isn’t hard today to get hold of ideas and inspiration from others. If you don’t have enough money to hire an interior do it yourself, there are plenty of resources available to help in this type of work. Though it may not look as superior as using the experts it will sure enough look good and you can be proud you did it yourself. You can get hold of materials such as women and home and living magazines or read books on design and home improvements.

There is a lot of material around to give you tips and ideas to suit your home and lifestyle and budget. Do your home work before rushing into it. If you do your research you will find out how to get the best effect for a price within your means.


Painting is the fast and easy way of giving a face-lift to your bedroom. It is relatively simple to do as long as the walls are in good condition. Even if they are not you could invest in having a builder re plaster them and they will be great to paint for years. Painting is a fast and easy way on sprucing up your home anywhere. In the bedroom you need to be a little more thoughtful as you don’t want lively and vibrant colours overpowering the place.

Painting is easier than other ways of decorating. No more of the grueling scraping and the difficult task of wallpapering, paint can be changed in an instant relatively quickly. The choice is vast nowadays and with a little amount of preparation will be an easy solution to instantly improving the appearance of your room.

Make sure you get prepared with the right materials. Buy the adequate amount of paint and if you are not sure get advice from where you buy it from. Measure your room and ask for a precise calculation from where you buy the paint. You will need protective sheets to cover the furniture and carpets to protect form spillages.


Prepare the walls and other areas that need painting correctly. Often they just need sanding down Invest in good quality brushes, and rollers and trays to do the job. They can be used again and again if washed properly and stored in a dry place. Other techniques such as paint pads are also an option. Most hard ware stores will help offer advice on what suits you the best when painting your bedroom.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Get Money Back from Walmart


I always price match when I shop at Walmart.  The process is long, going through all the store ads for several different stores.  But I find it is well worth it.  The people in line behind me usually seem surprised when I tell the cashier a lower price for many of our items.  (And sometimes, they might not like to wait for all the price-matching).  A homemaker must save where she can.

I just learned of a new way to save at Walmart, and it is called Savings Catcher.  Walmart will give you back money on a reward card if you purchased something at Walmart that was available for a lower price at a different store.  You simply go here, enter a couple of pieces of information from your receipt, and you'll find out if you get any money back.  The receipts need to be from the last 7 days, and you can enter a maximum of 7 receipts per week.

I hope this tip helps you a lot!

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