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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Marriage Challenge Week 6

I feel like such a bad blogger friend.
Please forgive me.

It's so bad this is this many days late.

This week's challenge is to find any occasion to hold hands with your spouse. If you are driving in the car or lying in bed or sitting on the couch to watch TV, make it a point to hold hands. This lets your spouse know that you still crave his or her touch, plus it might bring back a little feeling of when you were dating!

How did last week's challenge go for you? Let me know. And, if you have a blog, grab my button and follow along. Let me know too so I can show you some love!

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Running...

...on behind, I know! Oops!

MHR for last week is this: Friday night we were in a fender-bender, and hubby kept his cool and his head centered on his shoulders.

I, however, was a little more spastic.

Keep tuned for Marriage Challenge. I'll try to get it up later today.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Frugal Finds:Amazon.com

I own a Kindle. It saves me a bundle because I'm not buying books new any more. I get them free (I only buy the free ones!) from Amazon.com.

But, you can download a version of the books for your computer.

Right now, Sheet Music: Uncovering the Secrets of Sexual Intimacy in Marriage by Dr. Kevin Leman is offered free from the Kindle Bestsellers section.

I have read this book, and let me tell you, it's REALLY good. Why not get it if it's free?!

Click here to get it free! I don't know how long this will be offered, so hurry up!

If you are doing the Marriage Challenge, this is even better!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Marriage Challenge Week 5

Wow! 5 weeks in already! I can't believe it.

I hope you each have used your manners this past week, and if it's not a household habit, that it is on the way to becoming one. I actually asked Mike if I say "please" and "thank you" enough to make him aware of how much I appreciate him. If you're not sure, just ask your spouse, and allow him or her to know that you will listen to what they say without becoming upset.

Now, on to this week's challenge. It's more of a communication thing (if you can't tell, I like working on communication...).

I read big girls don't whine: Getting On with the Great Life God Intends by Jan Silvious a while back. I picked it up at a yard sale for dirt cheap. I was flipping through it tonight and I came across a little blurb called a Big Girl Truth. It said that our husbands (or wives, if you're a guy reading this) can't know what we're thinking. We must speak it out loud. I know for a fact that I sometimes become frustrated with Mike when I'm trying to say something and he's just not understanding. In my head, I'm saying things perfectly clear, but he just can't know what's in my head. Just like I don't know what's in his. Then, I think back and realize that I could have stated something more clearly.

So, this week, try really hard to say exactly what's on your mind. No mincing words. Speak clearly and concisely. Let him (or her) know exactly what you're thinking to avoid any confusion.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Mike Rocks, Boi!

This week Mike rocks. He decided to take me fabric shopping for a special baby gift I'm making!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Homemade Comforts celebrates 1 year today!

Happy Birthday all!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Marriage Challenge Week 4

How did your note last week go?

I got one of my own! I wanted to take a picture to show you all, but I just didn't get around to it.

Anyway, on to this week's challenge.

We spend so much time teaching our children to say "Please" and "Thank You" but how often do we model that behavior to them with our spouses. I am a firm believer that you must both lead and teach by example. So, take some time this week, and really listen to how you speak to your spouse. Do you use your manners? Listen to how often you actually use "Please" and "Thank You" and if you find you don't use them enough, try to infuse them into everyday. This helps to be more generous and also teaches our children manners, especially with the person who means the very most to us.

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Hubby Rocks!

Last week, I had hubby lower the crib because Norah kept pulling herself up on it. She's such a big girl now, but she was too high for the crib to avoid falling out. So, I've been having issues lowering her into it. She hates going that far away. Plus, the fact that she would only tolerate being held while she was sick, she became used to being held while she slept. I was so tired of having a crying baby who wouldn't let me put her down at all, that I was sleep-deprived and at my wit's end. Mike took her for a while and rocked her and sang to her and tried to calm her down so I could have just a half hour without a baby in my arms.

Thanks so much hunny! You're the best!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Draft Stopper Sew Down

I live in an older home. That being said, I have a lot of drafts that come in from under the doors. I have 5 doors that lead outside. 2 doors are VERY drafty. The other 3 are pretty tight. But the 2 doors that are drafty might as well have my hard earned dollars flowing right out from underneath them.

So, I decided to make draft stoppers. This was a very easy project.

You will need 1 yard of fabric (I bought 1 yard of 2 types of fabric to coordinate in 2 different rooms), a 10 pound bag of cat litter (or rice or beans, just try to avoid stuffing), a sewing machine, and a yard stick.

NOTE: There is a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
NOTE: The reason for 2 tubes is to prevent the kitty litter dust from coming out.

First, measure the bottom of your door.
Then, unfold your fabric and fold it the long way, selvage to selvage, then fold over again, keeping the selvages together and on the bottom.
Line up the selvages on a cutting mat, or use your yardstick to keep a straight line, cut off the selvages.
Cut 2 strips of fabric, one 5 inches wide and the other 6 inches wide.
Cut the excess fabric off. For example: I have a 30 inch door, I need only 31 inches of fabric. My fabric is 36 inches long. I had to remove 5 inches from the strips.
Take the first strip and fold in half length-wise with the right sides together.
Close one end on the sewing machine.
Close the fabric on the long edges, creating a tube.
Trim the corners of the closed end.
Turn the tube right side out using the yardstick for help.
Repeat the previous 5 steps with the second strip of fabric.
Fill the tube with the litter (or other filler) and remember to shake down the filler as you are filling. Fill the tube to 1 inch less than the length you need.
Go back to the machine and cut off the excess, leaving 1 inch of fabric more than the filler. Fold the fabric in on itself, then in on itself again.
Close the end of the tube with the machine.
Put this tube in the second tube with the end you have just closed first.
Leave 1 inch of fabric past the tube and trim the rest.
Fold the fabric in on itself, then in on itself again.
Close the tube on your machine.
Place against your door and feel the difference!

That's it! I made 2 within 1 hour. In fact, it took me longer to make this post than it did for me to make the draft stopper!

Let's break down the cost.

With 2 yards of fabric, I can make 6 draft stoppers.

2 yards of fabric on discount from Walmart @ $1.50/yard = $3
1 bag of kitty litter (10 lbs) = $1.83
Total: $4.83 for 6 draft stoppers

$4.83/6=$0.81 each!