Netflix My New Addiction

Hello, good morning, & happy Monday. I honestly had every intention on bringing you a book review this weekend but I got caught up in Netflix. If you have ever seen the commercial where a wife goes away & comes back to find her husband & his friend haven’t moved, that was me. Netflix gives you recommendations on what to watch next, which is a horrible thing to do to someone who has a “to-do list” that can cover continents. Regardless I got a couple of things done but my review was not one of them!!! Sorry. However, I definitely recommend a Netflix subscription, it is definitely worth the money.

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Newsboy Crochet Hat Pattern by The Double Stitch Twins (review)

First I must start by saying I love the Double Stitch Twins. Now that pattern was a no go for me. I really like my work to look finished & professional but that hat looked homemade (not handmade). The brim was the problem for me. It is flimsy & it looks homely. I plan to remake the hat but put my own spin on the brim. Again I want to say and can’t stress enough that I LOVE the Double Stitch Twins. I have made many projects using their creative patterns and I think this one is the first one to disappoint me. I will post a picture of the hat once I defrost. It has been freezing in the Washington DC area. I have patterns and yarn galore and I plan to write reviews as I complete them. I hope you enjoy my reviews. God bless and happy hooking!

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Scripture Sunday

I haven’t blogged since Thursday but I have missed it.  I wanted to log everyday this year but I missed my target already.  Today I want to blog about bible scriptures.  My scripture comes from Matthew 19.  I read the entire verse but would like to focus on one specifically.  Matthew 19:24.  This verse speaks of it being easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle then a rich man to get into heaven.  Often times this verse is taken to mean rich financially.  I interpret this scripture differently.  I come from a home that believes in God but still lives of the world.  I believe that rich is to be rich of the world.  By this I mean that when you fail to give up worldly things that go against God’s will to satisfy your desires of the world.  This can be any number of things and I believe that they we all have done this.  Fornication, drunkenness, etc. are all worldly things that some people fail to give up when they make the decision to follow God.  These are “riches” of the world.  Things that we enjoy but are not of God.  I believe that free will is the best and worst thing that Christians have and can make or break their relationship with God.  Often I hear people say he knows my heart but I ask is that enough.  Most people mean well and want to do well but it is the discipline of a Christian that truly projects them over all else.  I have surrounded myself with people that I hope to one day emulate when it comes to relationships with God.  When I see how calm they are in situations I hope to achieve that one day in my life.  When I see how patient they are when things are not coming together exactly as they plan, I hope to emulate that as well.  I have come a long way from who I use to be and with no regrets.  The old me is still inside but the discipline I am learning and the power to be powerless is something that I learn everyday.  I realize that there are people and things that I can’t change.  I will never be able to get people to see things through my eyes and I can only make a best effort then give it over to God.  I don’t have the riches of the world (or the riches of finance for that matter) but I have a relationship with God that satisfies me more everyday.  I have accepted that I am a passenger and not a driver and my life has been happier since that day.  I am human and I fall short of His glory more often then I care to admit but I admit these things to Him and repent and know that He always forgives me.  I am currently reading a Christian based booked called “Overcoming Relationship Regret: Finding a Healthy Love Understanding Your Patterns Moving Beyond Sexual Mistakes” by Dick Purnell with Christina Holder.  I plan on doing a review of this book once I have completed it and I don’t use this book to substitute from reading God’s word daily (my spiritual vitamin),  So far I am enjoying the book as I hope that you have enjoyed my post.  God bless and have a good week.  Another blog coming tomorrow..

Budget Basics

This is to be my year to become debt free accept for my mortgage.  I reviewed my spending habits last year and realized that I spend an astronomical amount of money eating out.  I am a single parent of three and I have two adopted daughters as well.  I use to be really good about menu planning and such but last year I just wasn’t motivated.  I realized that we had so much more when I was disciplined.  So this year I made a point to cook every night and try to stay away from eating out.  I watched a television show where a woman was making lasagna and substituted ground beef with fat meat to stretch it.  In this same television show she cooked the lasagna in the dishwasher.  I am always looking for ways to save money but that is too extreme for my tastes.  Plus it just doesn’t seem healthy to serve fat meat as a substitute for beef.  With basketball, football, wrestling, bible study, etc. it is easy to resort to fast food to ensure everyone eats.  However, this grocery trip I picked up some quick foods like nuggets and fish sticks.  So tonight when I wasn’t able to complete my dinner in a timely matter chicken nuggets and raviolis to the rescue.  I still fixed my meat so I have a head-start on dinner tomorrow.  I even made some chocolate cupcakes for dessert.  I am confident if I stick to the no fast food rule I can save money in 2014.  If anyone has any tips on how to cut down grocery bills I am all for it.  I currently use coupons for a majority of my grocery items and I shop for reduced meats in my local grocery store.  I know that planning is key and I am motivated this year to plan my meals and grocery trips to save money.  I will share my menu plans in a future blog in case they will be helpful to others trying to save money in the kitchen.

Family Traditions

Today marks the beginning of another year.  Every year around this time I reflect on years past and think of resolutions that I plan to accomplish in the coming year.  This year was different.  I thought back to when I was a child and would bring in each New Year with my great-grandmother.  We’d watch the ball drop and I’d have a sip of champagne and pray with her.  The following day dinner was always the same greens, black-eyed peas and chitterlings.  This menu was to ensure that everyone had good luck and wealth in the coming year.  My grandmother died in 1996 and I can’t recall ever making or having this traditional meal since.  Every year my uncle would cook chitterlings for Christmas and I’d freeze mine in order to have them for the New Year but I never completed the meal that ensured good luck and wealth.  This year my uncle had a heart attack right after Christmas and I prayed for his recovery.  He has had a triple bypass surgery and this heart attack really scared us.  So instead of depending on him to make the chitterlings today I made my great-grandmother’s signature New Years meal.  I cooked greens, black-eyed peas, and chitterlings.  My kids loved the meal and although I never knew the meaning I decided to look it up.  The greens represent money, the black-eyed peas represent spiritual sight, and the chitterlings are for pigs that move forward when they eat.  I explained this to my children as they ate but did not explain that the idea of this meal came from my great-grandmother.  I am hoping that this year marks the beginning of an old tradition and that my children to will appreciate the wisdom instilled in me by my great-grandmother.  So I come into 2014 without resolutions but with knowledge.  My only desire is to remain happy in 2014..  I hope that with this I can just be a better person everyday and not just seek that at the beginning of a new year.  Blessings and Miracles to everyone in 2014..