Monday, November 29, 2010

KitchenAid Giveaway from 3 Kids and Us!

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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Yummy Breakfast Recipes that warm your heart and home...

Crispy Hashbrown Casserole
20-oz pkg frozen shredded hashbrowns, thawed
3/4 c margarine melted and divided
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/2 chopped onion
10 3/4oz can cream of chicken soup
2 c sour cream
2 c shredded cheddar cheese
2 c crushed corn flakes
Combine potatoes, 1/2 cup margarine, salt, pepper, onion, soup, sour cream and cheese together; mix well. Spread into a lightly buttered 13"x9" baking pan and set aside. Toss remaining margarine and corn flakes together and sprinkle on top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45mins.
Serves 10-12 and goes great with bacon and eggs!
Ham & Cheese Cups
2 c self rising flour
1/2 t baking soda
1/2 c mayonnaise
1 c milk
1/2 c diced cooked ham
1/2 c shredded cheddar cheese
Combine flour and baking soda together and set aside. Mix remaining ingredients together and add to flour mixture. Fill greased muffin tins 2/3 full and bake at 425 degrees for 16-18 minutes. Makes 12
Overnight Raisin-nut Oatmeal
1/4 c brown sugar
1 t melted butter
1/4 t salt
1/2 t cinnamon
1 c quick cooking oats
1 c apple, peeled and minced
1/2 c raisins
1/2 c chopped nuts
4- 1/2 c milk
Place all ingredients into a greased slow cooker and mix well. Set on low heat overnight, about 8-9hrs and spoon into bowls to serve!
Serves 4

Blue Jean Book Bag

Crystal Miller

This is a pretty easy sewing project. It is a cute book bag made from an old pair of blue jeans. You can see a picture of the finished project here:

What you will need:

A pair of old jeans A cotton belt (instructions to make one follow) or a silk type scarf would work too

Step #1 Take a pair of jeans and zip up the front of them and turn them inside out. With a tape measure, measure about 3 inches down from the crotch and make a mark. Using a ruler draw a line across the leg at that mark. Do the same for the other leg. Now cut the legs off at the line.

Step #2 Now fold the jeans matching the side seams. This would be just as if you were going to sew a pleat in them down the front and back. Sew each leg closed 1 inch from the cut edge. Trim the seam to about a ½ inch.

Step #3 Turn the jeans right side out now and you have a little bag! Now you can thread a scarf or cotton belt through the loops and tie or sew the “handles” together. You can also decorate the outside pockets with lace or a hanky in the pocket. Do any decorating or creating on your bag to make it truly yours!

Cotton Belt (for Blue Jean Book Bag)

What you will need:

Cotton fabric of your choice, length of fabric to be your choice

Step #1 After you determine how long you want your handle to be cut out a strip of fabric that is this long, plus about 2 inches for hem. If you need to you can cut out shorter strips and then sew them together. Your strips will need to be 4 inches wide x “your determined length”.

Step #2 Now take your strip of fabric and iron it half the longest direction. On the short ends of the strip fold them up so the finished belt will not have any raw edges.

Step #3 After you iron it open it up and fold each side of the strip to meet the center of the crease left by the iron. Now refold this in the center and iron the strip again.

Step #4 Sew the strip closed. You now have a long belt to thread through the belt loops of your book bag. You can sew the ends closed by overlapping them about 2 inches and sewing them together.

Copyright: Crystal Miller, 2005

About the Author:

Crystal Miller ( is

A mother of 8 children and enjoys her God given role as wife, homemaker and mother! She has a homemaking and country Living web site called The Family Homestead <> and has a free monthly newsletter called Homestead Happenings. You will find sign up information on her website.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Saving Money in the Kitchen by Crystal Miller

Saving Money in the Kitchen

Crystal Miller

Over the past few months I have watched the prices in the grocery store climb higher. This has made me have to stop and reevaluate our current eating and spending habits and see where I can trim the budget. I thought I would share a few of the tips that I have been incorporating into our budget.

First off years ago I started keeping a price book. I checked the prices at the different stores I shop to see who had the better price on napkins, pasta, hamburger, milk, eggs, etc.. Soon I had this price list memorized pretty well. I knew what store had the best price on which items. The only thing to remember is to recheck this list periodically. One of the first things I did was to re-check these prices to make sure they were still a good deal and not take them for granted. Another thing I have been doing is to stop buying or buy less of very expensive items. When I saw mozzarella cheese rise higher and higher, we took a break from pizza and lasagna. This was the same with the cheddar cheese although I did not see it jump as high as the mozzarella cheese. So with the cheddar I looked at how much we had been using and determined to use half this amount. I simply did not make as many meals with cheddar cheese in them as I had and I cautiously used the cheese on other meals. I watched butter climb to over $2.50 per pound at Costco and this was the least expensive price I could find. We don’t eat margarine so instead I limited our butter use to a certain amount per week and we stopped baking foods that called for butter. We also used things like cream cheese on our toast or pancakes instead of butter. Olive oil was also about half the price (per pound) as butter. So when I did bake I would choose things like cakes and quick breads that used oil, or muffins that did not require any fat in them.

As meat prices have climbed I have been serving more soups, breads, beans and whole grains. I usually will serve a couple of bean based meals a week and this has increased to more. My meals are basic and simple and the ingredients inexpensive. I think of the meat in the meal as flavoring, not the main component of the meal. I can make a pot of chili bean soup with 1 pound of hamburger in it and that will feed my family dinner one night and the leftovers will be lunch the next day. I stretch my meals by using my meat in sauces and gravies that are served over brown rice or whole wheat pasta. This also stretches the meat, adds great flavor and served with the whole grains makes a satisfying meal.

I also have tried to determine how much I want to spend per day to feed my family. I have then worked to find out how much each meal is costing us. For instance the chili bean soup served with a pan of cornbread will cost me about $5. Not bad for feeding a family of my size. I also have breakfast meals and lunch meals to consider for my daily cost. In the end I have some meals that are under budget and I have meals that sometimes are over budget. It becomes a matter of working towards an average cost. But I know the more low cost meals I serve in a month the better the average costs will be.

Finally remember to be conscious and be aware. Don’t just throw items into the shopping cart. Buy your foods with a plan. Know what you are spending each week, know what items are costing you and be prepared to make changes in the way you cook and the foods you buy.

Here are a couple of my low cost recipes that help out the monthly food budget at our house!

Crystal’s Chili Bean Soup Crystal Miller

Heat 2 T. oil in large soup pot.

Chop up and add:

1 onion

1/2 a green pepper, optional

Cook until the onion is soft.

Then add:

3 cups small red beans

12 cups water

1 Tablespoon salt

Bring to boil, cover and simmer for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Stir

occasionally. After beans are soft add:

1 Tablespoon chili powder (more if you like it spicy.. less

if you don’t!)

1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies (this brand of

tomatoes is usually found with the other tomatoes at your

local grocery store)


Crystal Miller

1 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour

¾ cup finely ground cornmeal or corn flour (I grind my own

to a coarse corn flour)

2 T fructose or Sucanat or sugar

2 t baking powder

½ t salt

1 cup milk or buttermilk

¼ cup olive oil

1 egg

Heat oven to 400. Grease or spray an 8 or 9 inch pan. Mix

milk, oil and egg until well blended. In separate bowl mix

dry ingredients and add to liquid and stir until moistened.

Pour batter into pan and bake 20 to 25 minutes or until

golden brown. I double this recipe and bake in a 9x13 pan

for 25 minutes (need to check, it could 30minutes).

Copyright: Crystal Miller, 2005

About the Author:

Crystal Miller ( ) is

a mother of 8 children and enjoys her God given role as

wife, homemaker and mother! She has a homemaking and

country living web site called The Family Homestead

http://www.thefamilyhomestead/. <> com and has a free monthly

newsletter called Homestead Happenings. You will find

sign up information on her website.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Win your own Silhouette from Blue Cricket Designs Blog!!!!

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That's right my dears! Your eyes do not deceive you! The generous folks from Silhouette are here to make a crafters dream come true!

About a month ago I had a very magical delivery day! A beautiful new toys was dropped on my doorstep and ever since then I've been discovering more and more reasons why I love my new Silhouette!

I have always wanted a craft cutting machine but the expense of all the cartridges always scared me away! Silhouette is different then other craft cutters and works with your PC! Digital images are already included and others can be bought individually from their online store! So no more expensive cartridges that are full of designs but you only like a small percentage of them! This way allows you to pay for only what you want! And guess what....they giveaway free design downloads every week!

Remember my Lunch Time Love Notes project? The silhouette made making those sweet little notes so simple and easy!

And I fell in love with the idea of making my own stencils! Once again the Silhouette made it all possible!

There are endless things this little machine can do and the best part is that it's only limited to your imagination! Scrapbookers aren't the only ones who can have fun! I for one am not a scrapbooker but I still get plenty of use and have endless ideas on what I want to create next!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Freebie - Ebook full of School Time recipes! from One Frugal Foodie

One Frugal Foodie is offering a free ebook called “Smart School Time Recipes.” It is full of wonderful whole foods recipes for you and your kids!

The recipes are kid-friendly (and adult-friendly!), easy, and delicious. The chapters include:

  • Morning Muffin Mania
  • Sensational Smoothies
  • Easy Freezin’ Waffles, Pancakes, and French Toast
  • More Smart Starts
  • Dips, Fillings, and Spreads
  • Soups and Stews
  • Salad-Style
  • More Lunchbox Love
  • Sweet Snackin’
  • Craving Cookies
  • Essential Extras

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Busy Busy Busy.....

It has been so busy around here lately! Doctors visits for all 5 kids, including trips to the dentist and eye doctor for 3 of them as well. Still busy working on the addition and hoping to have it done this weekend!!! Me and my husband will FINALLY have a bedroom down stairs, which means room switches for almost everyone. My oldest daughter will move into our old room, and finally have a room of her own, the two oldest boys will stay in their room but will finally be getting it re done! And my two littlest ones will move into their own NEW room downstairs next to mine and my husbands new room! We have beautiful teak wood flooring, a dark moss/olive green colored walls and one wall will be faux brick that goes wonderfully with the green on the walls. On that wall will be a fake fireplace, with the fake logs that look like they are burning, and the rest of the room with be done in a somewhat Rustic French Country theme......large plaid prints, large florals, and solids!!! I am SO excited!

Please today is the 1st of September which means it is what I consider FALL!!!!!! My FAVORITE time of year and I will be sharing tons and tons of FRUGAL decorating ideas very soon!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

14 years of Marriage today....

Yep, today! Hard to believe that 14yrs ago today me and my husband were married. We were married at the lake where we first met, under a Gazebo :) I didn't wear a fancy dress, I didn't even have a dress actually! I had on a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, and so did he! I didn't have a bouquet of flowers either, just our love! His mom, brother, aunt, and cousin were there along with our oldest son Matthew who was 2 days shy of being a month old. Who would have known that when I walked up to Matt at that lake in March of 1995 that we would spend the rest of our lives together! Never before had I walked up to a boy and talked to him first, and at 14 I certaintly didn't know it was my destiny, but it was, it had already been written by the hand of God long before I was born :) So today I give thanks to God, and to my wonderful husband for the last 14 years of marriage.

I don't have any secrets of how to make marriage work, it is full of compassion, compromise, caring, forgiveness, understanding, love, even anger at times. But somehow it all seems to work out :) I can say that at times I look back our road was bumpy and at times it seemed as though we were on totally different roads, but in the end those roads merged back together and smoothed out along the way. I am sure there will be more times where there are bumps in our way, big or small, and we will get over those too. Just takes a little work, compromise, love and understanding!

We now have 5 wonderful children, and hope to have more ;) And I hope that we have another great 14+ yrs.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Sharing an article by Crystal Miller on Time Management....

Time Management
By Crystal Miller

My husband said to me the other day, "I wish there were 26

Hours in our day, then I could get everything accomplished!"

I had to laugh because I myself had those thoughts; if we

Just had more time we could accomplish much more or at the

Very least we could actually get enough sleep! ~smile~.

Well since we have no chance to increase the hours in our

Day we have to evaluate the time we have and how well we are

Using it. We need to ask ourselves, are we being the best

Steward possible of our time? Are we valuing our hours as a

Vital resource and using them as wisely as possible?

With the 24 hours that we do have in a day we know that many

Of those hours are already claimed. We need to sleep, eat,

Shower, relax, spend time with family and husband etc. After

These hours are subtracted what we have left is what we have

To work with each day.

To make the most out of each day begin to view your time

Differently. More time won't suddenly appear but being

Conscious of how our time is used during the day will help

Us to streamline and make better decision. I will share a

Few of my time management tips that I use and maybe it will

Help you in your goal towards better time management!

Become more efficient with your time. Take time to examine

How you do things and your methods and see if they can be

Altered to be time friendly. Can you do more than one thing

At one time? Can you combine trips and have only one or two

Days out of the house a week to run errands? Cook a double

Portion of a meal and freeze one for another day, wipe down

Your bathroom sink and counters at the same time in the

Morning that you are getting yourself dressed.

Train your children to help you. In the long run this will

Be one of the biggest time management helps to you. By the

Time my children are 10 to 12 years old they are completely

Responsible for their own rooms, their laundry, their sheets

And they have regularly assigned chores to do each day. Keep

Everyone on a routine and hold them accountable for their

Daily jobs. Do your chores at the same time as they are

Working to help increase moral and make sure everyone is

Staying focused. Don't forget to turn on some music while

You work! It does add to the enjoyment of what you are


Be aware of things that rob your time. Over commitment to

Outside responsibilities is a biggie! Keep a list of some of

The more important goals you have and refer to this when you

Are asked to participate in something. It may be a simple

Reminder to you of your priorities and it will allow you to

see if a commitment made will be in keeping with these


The telephone is another time robber. I don't have a message

Machine. The reason I don't have one is basically I don't

Have enough time to spend calling people back. If someone

Needs me they will have to spend the time calling me and

Catching me at home. Plus there is always email! Obviously

That method won't work for everyone but it works well for

Me. Unplugging the phone is another way to not allow time on

The phone to take up too much of your day.

Yet another time robber is too many activities for your

Children. I once had a key chain that referred to mom as the

"taxi driver". After awhile I got rid of this key chain.

~smile~ I did not want to be a taxi driver for my children.

I decided it was more important to help them learn to be

Content with more time at home.

Routines are my best time management tool. A routine helps

Keep your day on track. If you want to learn to manage your

Time effectively then a routine is a critical key to being

Able to follow through with your daily tasks. There is a

Difference between a strict schedule and a routine. A

Routine is a set daily habit of accomplishing your household

Tasks. Plan your daily routines to work for you. Don't

Compare how someone else manages their day. Work to find

What will accommodate your life.

Have a minimum amount that must get done daily and train

Your children to know what this expectation is. My children

Know that before anyone goes to bed the dishes are to be

done, the floors are swept, vacuumed and washed (that may be

more than most people would do but living in the country

with a houseful of kids means that our floors require a lot

of attention), the bathroom is wiped down and in order,

laundry is going each day, the clutter is picked up.

One last thought on managing your time is to be reasonable

about how much can be accomplished in your life. Keep your

priorities in order and remember that neither you nor I are

super-moms! We are just women with a heart for our mission

in life to love and care for our families. Don't take on

more than you can handle, don't expect more from yourself

than is reasonable. Work on those priorities that have the

greatest importance in your life. There may be another time

and season for other things you may desire to do or


Obviously time management is a proactive work! The day will

go by no matter what. The question to ask ourselves is; did

we use the time as well as we should have? Is there room for

improvement in the way we use our time? Are my expectations

on myself to high for my season in life? Keep your

priorities straight and make changes to your routine to help

you use your time as wisely as possible.

Copyright: Crystal Miller, 2005

About the Author:

Crystal Miller ( is

a mother of 8 children and enjoys her God given role as

wife, homemaker and mother! She has a homemaking and country

living web site called The Family Homestead

and has a free

monthly newsletter called Homestead Happenings. You will

find sign up information on her website.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Homeschooling......are you ready yet?

For any of you who said no well I can join the crowd! This was a sort of last minute decision and I will be home schooling my 3 oldest children, DS 14 9th grade, DD 12 7th grade and DS 8 3rd grade! Plus I will have DD 2yrs old and DS 8mths old to contend with as well! I am super excited and have been fluttering around like a busy bee joining groups, finding sites, scouring ebay for books etc! I feel so blessed to be able to finally do this :)

Will post more later as I am getting dinner on the table, the guys had a late fishing trip :)

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Marriage.....I had to share something I read today!


When I got home that night as my wife served dinner, I held her hand and said, I've got something to tell you. She sat down and ate quietly. Again I observed the hurt in her eyes.

Suddenly I didn't know how to open my mouth. But I had to let her know what I was thinking. I want a divorce. I raised the topic calmly.

She didn't seem to be annoyed by my words, instead she asked me softly, why?

I avoided her question. This made her angry. She threw away the chopsticks and shouted at me, you are not a man! That night, we didn't talk to each other. She was weeping. I knew she wanted to find out what had happened to our marriage. But I could hardly give her a satisfactory answer; she had lost my heart to Jane. I didn't love her anymore. I just pitied her!

With a deep sense of guilt, I drafted a divorce agreement which stated that she could own our house, our car, and 30% stake of my company.

She glanced at it and then tore it into pieces. The woman who had spent ten years of her life with me had become a stranger. I felt sorry for her wasted time, resources and energy but I could not take back what I had said for I loved Jane so dearly. Finally she cried loudly in front of me, which was what I had expected to see. To me her cry was actually a kind of release. The idea of divorce which had obsessed me for several weeks seemed to be firmer and clearer now.

The next day, I came back home very late and found her writing something at the table. I didn't have supper but went straight to sleep and fell asleep very fast because I was tired after an eventful day with Jane.

When I woke up, she was still there at the table writing. I just did not care so I turned over and was asleep again.

In the morning she presented her divorce conditions: she didn't want anything from me, but needed a month's notice before the divorce. She requested that in that one month we both struggle to live as normal a life as possible. Her reasons were simple: our son had his exams in a month's time and she didn't want to disrupt him with our broken marriage.

This was agreeable to me. But she had something more, she asked me to recall how I had carried her into out bridal room on our wedding day.

She requested that every day for the month's duration I carry her out of our bedroom to the front door ever morning. I thought she was going crazy. Just to make our last days together bearable I accepted her odd request.

I told Jane about my wife's divorce conditions. . She laughed loudly and thought it was absurd. No matter what tricks she applies, she has to face the divorce, she said scornfully.

My wife and I hadn't had any body contact since my divorce intention was explicitly expressed. So when I carried her out on the first day, we both appeared clumsy. Our son clapped behind us, daddy is holding mommy in his arms. His words brought me a sense of pain. From the bedroom to the sitting room, then to the door, I walked over ten meters with her in my arms. She closed her eyes and said softly; don't tell our son about the divorce. I nodded, feeling somewhat upset. I put her down outside
The door. She went to wait for the bus to work. I drove alone to the office.

On the second day, both of us acted much more easily. She leaned on my chest. I could smell the fragrance of her blouse. I realized that I hadn't looked at this woman carefully for a long time. I realized she was not young any more. There were fine wrinkles on her face, her hair was graying! Our marriage had taken its toll on her. For a minute I wondered what I had done to her.

On the fourth day, when I lifted her up, I felt a sense of intimacy returning. This was the woman who had given ten years of her life to me.

On the fifth and sixth day, I realized that our sense of intimacy was growing again. I didn't tell Jane about this. It became easier to carry her as the month slipped by. Perhaps the everyday workout made me stronger.

She was choosing what to wear one morning. She tried on quite a few dresses but could not find a suitable one. Then she sighed, all my dresses have grown bigger. I suddenly realized that she had grown so thin, that was the reason why I could carry her more easily.

Suddenly it hit me... She had buried so much pain and bitterness in her heart. Subconsciously I reached out and touched her head.

Our son came in at the moment and said, Dad, it's time to carry mom out. To him, seeing his father carrying his mother out had become an essential part of his life. My wife gestured to our son to come closer and hugged him tightly. I turned my face away because I was afraid I might change my mind at this last minute. I then held her in my arms, walking from the bedroom, through the sitting room, to the hallway. Her hand surrounded my neck softly and naturally. I held her body tightly; it was just like our wedding day.

But her much lighter weight made me sad. On the last day, when I held her in my arms I could hardly move a step. Our son had gone to school. I held her tightly and said, I hadn't noticed that our life lacked intimacy.

I drove to office.... jumped out of the car swiftly without locking the door. I was afraid any delay would make me change my mind...I walked upstairs. Jane opened the door and I said to her, Sorry, Jane, I do not want the divorce anymore.

She looked at me, astonished, and then touched my forehead. Do you have a fever? She said. I moved her hand off my head. Sorry, Jane, I said, I won't divorce. My marriage life was boring probably because she and I didn't value the details of our lives, not because we didn't love each other anymore. Now I realize that since I carried her into my home on our wedding day I am supposed to hold her until death do us apart.

Jane seemed to suddenly wake up. She gave me a loud slap and then slammed the door and burst into tears. I walked downstairs and drove away.

At the floral shop on the way, I ordered a bouquet of flowers for my wife. The salesgirl asked me what to write on the card. I smiled and wrote, I'll carry you out every morning until death do us apart.

That evening I arrived home, flowers in my hands, a smile on my face, I run up stairs, only to find my wife in the bed - dead.
My wife had been fighting CANCER for months and I was so busy with Jane to even notice. She knew that she would die soon and she wanted to save me from the whatever negative reaction from our son, in case we pushed thru with the divorce.-- At least, in the eyes of our son--- I'm a loving husband....

The small details of your lives are what really matter in a relationship. It is not the mansion, the car, property, the money in the bank. These create an environment conducive for happiness but cannot give happiness in themselves. So find time to be your spouse's friend and do those little things for each other that build intimacy. Do have a real happy marriage!

If you don't share this, nothing will happen to you.

If you do, you just might save a marriage.
Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.


So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. Matthew 19:6

Monday, July 26, 2010

Children and allowances..... Yes or No?

As a mom I often hear my kids talking about how other children get allowances. My children how ever do NOT get one, so that leads to the question of should children get an allowance or not?

My oldest 3 children are 8, 12, and 14 so they do like to have money to spend as all kids do. But I have noticed that they don't want to do anything to get that money! They have been given chores and told if they want allowance then they have to do those items in order to get "paid". But then I thought why should they get paid for doing things that they should already be doing? I mean the children should help the parents around the house right? This is something that me and my husband struggle with and probably always will seeing as how my youngest children at just 2yrs and the other is 7mths old :) I did recieve an allowance when I was growing up, $2.50 a wk, and let me tell you I earned every penny! I dusted, ironed, did dishes every night, swept the floors, mopped floors, and also during the summer I got up early, 6am, and helped pick and can etc everything we grew in our large garden! So boy did I ever earn my $2.50!

I however do not think children should get paid for watching tv, playing video games, or hanging out with their friends, which is all my kids seem to want to do now a days. I live in a small town, population approx 6,000, and the other childrens habits have definitely rubbed off onto my children. Before we moved in town my kids had no problem doing their "chores", now all I hear is how so and so doesn't have to do chores and they get $20 a week.

So I figured out my reasons of why my kids don't and probably won't get an allowance

1. giving 3 children even $5 a week would be a stretch to our budget

2. They don't do anything to earn an allowance

3. They waste money when they do get even $1 (on silly things like noise making putty!)

4. They will never learn "work ethic"

SO with all of that said I am going to work on a chore chart and assign prices to each chore and then proceed to hand them their chore folders that will contain chores for each day. If they feel the need to earn money after working for it then the chore chart will be there for them :)

With a note to let them know that they will only be paid if the "job" is done all of the way. Not by sweeping the floor and pushing all of the trash into a corner, because that job is NOT done!

Hopefully this will work...... time will tell :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Back from my "new baby" break :)

Well I am FINALLY back.... I took 7mths off to bond and spend time with the new baby and to help my little Miss Emma adjust to having a little baby around the house :)
We recently returned home from a trip to NC, where I am from, and my how times change.... but more on that later :)

I plan on doing alot of new things here on my that I finally have the time. My poor little blog page has been so neglected so its time to devote some time to it daily from now on!
I hope everyones summer is going well! Today is my oldest sons birthday, he is 14 so I am off to spend the day with him :)