Monday, November 28, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
We still have some KITTEN KUDDLING going on around the Gaertegang Homestead! This is last call for some (or all) of these little cuties to find new homes. (I'll even deliver them if need be.) Staying here is not an option! The mama's are going to get de-mommyfied....it's a word trust me on this. If you yourself or you know someone who'd love these little furry mouse catchers please send me a message quickly.
Last week I pulled out my last stash of frozen rhubarb to try out a new recipe!! I don't know for sure where I got this recipe (torn from a magazine) but I'm thinking the ALL YOU magazine. It was SOOOOOOOOOOO incredible, yummy and delicious it made me sad we didn't have anymore rhubarb to make it again!!
Congrats to Carra......she is the winner of the THREE FELT SETS for FREE from Betty Lukens!
Monday, November 21, 2011
I've decided to host a HOME party featuring Uppercase Living products! Have you heard of them? I has heard of them, but never saw a catalog until just a week ago.
They offer all kinds of beautiful sayings....but if you can't find just what you want you, or you have a special family saying you can create your own! They also sell re-positional items! How fun is that! The sayings that are not re-positional can simply be removed using a hair dryer, and do not damage the walls. Here are a couple inspiring pictures of the things they offer.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
It's official, I have a FB page! Just one more way you all can keep in touch with what is going on around The Gaertegang Homestead! So just take a gander over to the left of your screen...click...and "friend me"! It would be so encouraging to me if you all just flooded me with requests.....talk to you soon!
Monday, November 14, 2011
I've been following Laura over at Heavenly Homemakers for a least 2 years...maybe more. She wrote a really great post today and I wanted to pass it along to you all as well! Below are her words....which I agree with whole-heartily, except I do like coffee....and I only cook a fraction of things from stratch compared to her! I hope your encouraged like I was after reading it!
I do not get up before dawn each morning. Instead, I sleep until my body is well rested, and then I get out of bed. (It’s a novel idea – you should try it. I call it my “we’re often up late and if I don’t get enough sleep I get sick so this is how I avoid coming down with pneumonia strategy”.) For a long time, I’ve struggled with the way my “sleeping in” looks to others. If I’m just getting out of bed at 7:45 am, might some think I am being lazy? Maybe, although, if you’re feeling brave, ask my husband if I’m lazy. He’s likely to ask you how long you’ve got so that he can give you a detailed run-down of what my days look like. ;)
The real question should be, do you or your uncle or your neighbor’s cousin’s dog really care what time I get up in the morning? Do I really think there are people sitting at their desk or at their kitchen table drinking coffee, pondering what time Laura gets up each morning? If I think that people are actually doing this, how self-focused am I anyway?
Do you ever worry about stuff like this? Are there decisions you’ve made in your life that you feel good about, or are even convicted about, yet you worry about what others might think of your decision?
For instance, I love schooling my kids at home and grinding flour to make our bread and baked goods from scratch. I feel called by God to do these things for my family. But I promise that I don’t sit at my kitchen table drinking coffee, pondering the fact that you might send your kids to school, buy white bread from the store or hand your kids a Twinkie for an afternoon snack. You know why I’m not pondering your choices over a cup of coffee? Because I trust that you are living your life the way you feel God is calling you to live. And also because I don’t like coffee.
The question is then, are we all walking around judging each other, or are we all just walking around thinking that everyone else is judging? Do we look at what others are doing and feel “less than” because we aren’t doing what they seem to be doing? If so, by whose standard are we living and by whose criteria are we making choices?
If we’re spending time worrying about what others think of us, it seems to me that we’re wasting a lot of God-given time that could be used in a much more productive way for the Kingdom.
I am working to believe that it really doesn’t matter what others think about the way I live my life. What matters in my life is that I am following God’s calling for me according to scripture. What matters is that I am listening to what He is asking me to do, serving the people He puts in my path to serve, and honoring Him in my choices and actions.
By whose standard are you living?
Saturday, November 12, 2011
For over 30 years Betty Lukens, Inc. has been manufacturing quality felt visuals.
Best known for our Through the Bible Felt Sets, which continue to be shipped and used all around the world, is a valuable teaching resource. With over 600 figures and objects, this is the most complete Bible felt set available. Our focus is on providing an interactive teaching tool that helps parents, grandparents, teachers and missionaries bring the Bible to life. Bright and colorful Bible stories in felt are eye catching and appealing to captivate an audience. The Bible story manual with over 180 stories is a wonderful guide and teaching resource. The Through the Bible in Felt manual covers both the Old and New Testament which allows for a strong foundation in Biblical teachings and principles.
Our Learning Fun with Felt line includes over 30 sets to inspire children's creativity. With the moveable pieces and personal-sized play boards, they can engage in imaginative play by arranging and rearranging the pre-cut felt pieces over and over again. Each time they create new and exciting stories as they experience the fun and magic of felt and leaves a lasting impression.
With this information in mind, I ordered the Princess Dress-Up for Julia and for Zach Days of the Dinosaur.
I liked the idea of kids getting to use their imagination, it's comes with a background board, all the pieces from these set are pre-cut, and it comes with a handy storage case!
7. The Gaertegang Homestead is now on FB! Click "Add as Friend" and give yourself 2 more entries!
Friday, November 11, 2011
Each year in November & December, a local roller skating rink has a skating party for all the homeschoolers in the area. We get to skate for two hours in the afternoon for $4 each (free if you want to just watch). It's great fun the kids have such a BLAST!! Julia got to skate for the first time this year. She was so excited, but realized it wasn't as easy as it looks. After skating nearly the entire two hours, she was tired but had FUN!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I was at the Dollar Tree bout three weeks ago and decided to pick up a few packs of sticky foams to help keep Miss Julia occupied throughout our school morning. I found a cowboy pack, Halloween pack, and one for Christmas. A little to my surprise the boys were just as thrilled as Julia! I thought I would share you their creations and inspire you to spend $3 at the Dollar Store which for my household included at least and hour of entertainment......and we have tons left to make more creations later! I love cheap but fun ideas for the kids to show their imagination and creativity!
Join me tomorrow for a Review/Giveaway from Betty Lukins, and tell your friends to stop by and enter as well!
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
I've been making my own homemade powder laundry detergent for over a year now...maybe longer I really can't remember. I liked the idea that I could make my own for a fraction of the cost of a leading detergent, yet I could get the same cleaning power. The powder version is very quick to make and only requires purchasing three ingredients. I've always had in my head that the liquid version would require so much more time....and it seemed scary, I worried I would mess it all up! I'm laughing now as I type this because it seriously couldn't be further from the truth. The liquid version that still only requires the same three ingredients...4 if you include water...took only about 5 extra minutes! Want to know the recipe and the steps to take to make your own? It's really is easy peasy...give it a try.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
Friday, November 4, 2011
The weekend is in sight and so I'm wrapping up Day 4, 5, 6 all in one post! If you want to play catch up, you can go here.