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Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 10:00 AM
I think I may have found the most lucrative deal ever. Talk about being thrifty...sifting through all those emails is finally going to pay off. I know some of you have gotten invitations in the mail for prayer shawls and healing water, but this one will pretty much take care of all our needs for the rest of our lives. Here's the email:
I have a profitable business proposal in my bank, that i want to transact
with you for investment purpose. I am seeking your partnership/assistance
in this business transaction to transfer the below fund to your country.
The amount of money involved in this transaction is US$16,100,000.00. If
you are interested get back at me with the listed information below for
Phone No: _____
Bank & #: _____
Mr. Kuo Jiann-Jonga
Wow! I hit reply faster than a speeding bullet. Here I've been pining away for bargains and sifting through hundreds of coupons and all I needed was to get hooked up with Mr. Jiann-Jonga.
Okay, so obviously you've been jipped of a thrifty tip this week. It's because the one coming next week is so gigantically huge that I've got to start working on it now! So keep couponing, hit Children's Place for their $2.99 and $3.99 sales--ask if you need coupons, and tune in next week for a gigantic Thrifty Thursday!
Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 9:00 AM
Many of you awesomely participated in the
Blue Monday Challenge.
I had planned to participate on Monday. I had grand plans of encouraging others...with sugar, chocolate, and such.
God had other plans for my day. I'll have to admit, when the curve ball hit, I wasn't exactly thrilled. God was asking me to do something that I don't think I'm good at doing. I love to bake, and I love all things happy. This wasn't baking, and it wasn't so happy. In fact, this was tough. People were hurting, and God was putting it in my lap to help them. I couldn't help them with sugar or chocolate, either. The only things that would be of any help were the Word of God and the working of the Holy Spirit. I was scared I was going to screw up. I was scared I was going to give them the wrong answer. Thankfully, Cody was home. God has given that man an incredible passion for helping people, for knowing the Word of God, and for using God's Word to help people. He helped me respond in love with Biblical truths. There was no spreading of cheer with sugar, but there was a joyful resolve that God's Word had gone out and we'd prayed for the Holy Spirit to work.
Yesterday, I began reviewing my lessons for my small group of ladies at church. Can you believe what God had in there? Here it is:
2 Peter 1:3 (He) has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness.
God seems to specialize in putting us in positions where we must rely on His work in us. I often recognize God's leading specifically because He calls me to do something I am afraid to do. I'm learning that when God wants to show Himself in living color, He works through us. He purposefully puts us in a place where we will have to depend on him to accomplish the task at hand, therefore seeing His greatness and turning our worship more fully toward Himself.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus so we can do good things He planned for us long ago.
And there it was: the reason for Monday. God was showing Himself in living color to us. He did work in the situation through the power of His Word and the Holy Spirit and glory was brought to Him for His loving kindness, His forgiveness, and His power to change lives.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
I hesitated to post this because I know you, my loving and caring friends, will be full of sympathy for my day going askew and getting rough. Don't be. It's what God had planned all along. Despite my plans to do easy, fun things that seemed like the way to encourage others, God had deeper, harder things for me to work through. No, I didn't love the situation at all, but because of it, I spent more time in prayer, grasped more what it means to truly trust God in all things, and watched as He worked, in spite of my insecurities, in someone's life.
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Tip #10: Skip the gym membership, grab a good exercise dvd, and work out!
This is a frugal tip that is working great for our family--it might not be the right fit for everyone!
I have worked out at Curves and at the YMCA, but found both places presented a challenge after having kids. Curves stopped having childcare because of dropping membership. The YMCA daycare was great, but my boys picked up everyone's germs. Not so good for their little asthmatic lungs at the time! Plus, both places added a chunky $30-$40 a month to our budget.
Recently, two of my oober get-fit friends introduced me to some amazing but still doable workout dvd's.
Here's my favorite one so far:
If you happened to sign up for Swagbucks last week...which you should click here if you haven't yet...you can use your earned amazon.com giftcards for workout dvd's which start at just $6!
The start of a new year is a great time to get back on track with exercising, in case you've fallen off the work-out wagon like me!
Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 9:30 AM
Several months ago, I was in the kitchen with a friend of a friend who was preparing us an oober organic, healthy lunch. As a wannabe, trying to appear organic and healthful myself, I suavely leaned over to one salad and said, "Oh, is that the grain QUINN--NOAH?"
She gave me the weirdest look out of the corner of her eye, and replied, "Do you mean Keen-wah?" Yeah...I am so not cool somtimes. She was very gracious and explained how she had prepared the delicious salad.
Ever since that day, I have been obsessed with quinoa...learning about it, buying it, cooking it, finding new recipes... Quinoa is actually nutty grain from South America. It's an excellent source of nutrition. To check out all the facts on it, click here! I made this quinoa recipe for the leadership retreat this past weekend and it got rave reviews! Give it a try!
Black Bean and Corn Quinoa
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
1 cup uncooked quinoa
2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
1 heaping teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup frozen corn kernels
2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute until lightly browned.
Mix quinoa into the saucepan and cover with vegetable broth. Season with cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.
Stir frozen corn into the saucepan, and continue to simmer about 5 minutes until heated through. Mix in the black beans and cilantro.
*I kept this in a little crock pot. It's best to add the cilantro at the last minute so it doesn't get wilty.
My favorite way to serve this is with Black Corn and Flaxseed Tortilla Chips from Target. It's also good served alone as a main dish!
This weekend, Cody and I went to a Leadership Retreat with a bunch of super cool cats from Willow Creek. I am daily humbled to be apart of such an amazing ministry. God is doing awesome things in lives of people at The Creek!
Tonight, my mind is full of great things God is teaching me and showing me, but I think it'd be easiest for you to read and listen for yourself!
Check out this post on Haiti...
It's perfectly worded and grounded in the Word. Pray for Haiti and the ministry going on there!
Read this awesome eye-opening article...
It's put into words something Cody and I have been passionate about since we had children and began praying for their salvation.
Listen to this challenging message...
It'll challenge your evangelism and give you a taste of the excellence we hear every week! Seriously, if live even a reasonable distance at all from West Des Moines, you need to be at Willow Creek! (Yes, a shameless plug! While I'm at it...the music is pretty swell, too! Must be that handsome guy with the guitar...)
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Tip #9: Look for easy online ways to earn cash or prizes.
As a stay-at-home mom, my opportunities to make easy extra fun money are sort of scarce. I've found a couple of reliable, online sites that don't require a lot of time and have pretty good rewards. (Not like BIG bucks rewards...just a little extra fun money here and there.)
The first site is Swagbucks. This site is a "search and win" site. After you sign up, you can use their toolbar for searches just like you would on google. The fun part is that Swagbucks are awarded periodically as you search the web. There's no rhyme or reason for if and when you'll win, but it's fun to see those dollars pop up on your search! The Swagbucks can be traded in for great gift certficates to places like amazon.com and Target. If you want to sign up, click here.
The next site is called Inbox Dollars. They send paid emails a few times a day. They also have surveys and other cash offers that come periodically. Once you have earned $30.00, you can request to have a check sent. I'll be getting my first check from them in a few weeks, and I'm excited to use it for a fun Date Night!
Do you have any secret money making sites? Let us know!
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My TOP 10 REASONS for loving snow days
...and why I won't mind making them up in June:
10. I don't have to bundle up the boys to take Cloe to school.
(It's so much easier to get them in the car and buckled when it's not freezing outside!)
9. We all get to sleep in!
(Thank you Daylight Saving Time for keeping it a little darker in the morning!)
8. Everyone loves to cuddle in the morning when it's a snow day!
(It's like they've got an instinct to just relax!)
7. On a snow day, it's perfectly acceptable to hang out in pajamas all.day.long.
(Any other day, this would be considered pretty stinkin' lazy!)
6. Painting toilet paper tubes and turning them into race cars is super fun!
Posted by The Sneaky Mommy at 9:00 AM