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Make Your Own Resurrection Eggs April 5, 2009

Filed under: Catholic,DS, The Younger,Family,Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 2:29 am
Spiritual Sundays is hosted here.  With Easter approaching I thought I would share this idea for those who wish to share the good word with their children or grandchildren.
If I can’t find something like these locally at a good price, I will make my own using a saved an egg carton and  a dozen plastic eggs saved from previous years. 
We Are That Family  made a list of 12 items that are in the Resurrection Story and this is what they used:
1. A picture of a donkey (Jesus triumphal entry)
2. Palm leaf from our front yard
3. A cup (from the Last Supper) We used a small lid to a water bottle
4. A flower (representing the Garden where Jesus prayed)
5. Some coins (Judas’ betrayal)
6. A piece of leather (symbolizing the whip) 
7. A thorn (crown of thorns)
8. A paper cross
9. A dice (represent the soldiers who gambled for his clothes)
10. A nail (crucifixion)
11. A rock (to cover the tomb)
12. An empty egg (to remember the empty tomb!)
H/T to We Are That Family
We will hide these eggs for our son along with his other eggs and then gather together to open the special eggs and read the story. 
From  I found a similar idea with scripture reference to be written on a small piece of paper that would work well also
Egg #1:

Message — Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people waved palm branches.
Passage — Matthew 21:1-11
Item — Piece of palm branch. Another option for those of you with extra leggo parts or plastic novelty beads would be to place a small plastic leaf in the egg

Egg #2:

Message — Mary poured expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet.
Passage — John 12:2-8
Item — Small perfume sample or cloth with perfume or a piece of cotton with cologne on it

Egg #3:

Message — Jesus shared the Last Supper with His disciples.
Passage — Matthew 26:17-19
Item – a piece of Chex cereal; or take clay and make a small bread-like shape

Egg #4:

Message — Judas betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.
Passage — Matthew 27:3
Item — 3 dimes or plastic “silver” money

Egg #5:

Message — Jesus carried His own cross.
Passage — John 19:17
Item – toothpicks or Popsicle stick cut and glued in a cross form; or, a small plastic cross from a Christmas ornament or necklace.

Egg #6:

Message — Soldiers placed a crown of thorns on Jesus’ head.
Passage — John 19:2
Item — Small thorny branch, or a large thorn all by itself.

Egg #7:

Message — Soldiers parted Jesus’ garments and cast lots for His coat.
Passage — John 19:23
Item — Swatch of burlap and a nail. I’ve also seen miniature dice used for this one.

Egg #8:

Message — Jesus was nailed to a cross and pierced in His side.
Passage — John 19:18,37 & John 20:25-29
Item — A nail

Egg #9:

Message — They gave Jesus vinegar mixed with gall on a sponge to drink.
Passage — Matthew 27:34
Item — A small sponge

Egg #10:

Message — Spices to prepare Jesus for burial.
Passage — John 19:40
Item — 7 or 8 whole cloves, or other whole spices

Egg #11:

Message — The stone covering Jesus’ tomb was rolled away.
Passage — John 20:1
Item — A small rock

Egg #12:

Message — The napkin around Jesus’ head was lying separately from His linen clothers. He was not there. He has risen!
Passage — John 20:6-7
Item — A scrap of linen-type fabric


Homemade Laundry & Dishwasher Soap April 3, 2009

Filed under: Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 4:47 pm

I am considering trying the homemade laundry soap and dishwasher soap.  I found the above link at Frugal Fridays.  When I do it, I’ll post back on how it went.


Raising Olives told me about her post on the same subject – she uses regular soap!


Frugal Friday, the Easter Basket April 1, 2009

Filed under: Blog Parties,Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 9:50 am

Life as Mom hosts Frugal Fridays, you should check her out.  Lots of great ideas to stretch the ole budget. 

We have four boys, around age 8 they all came to realize that cash is always good.  In fact that phrase makes it onto every gift request list they made over the years! 

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 Instead of spending a lot of money on candy they don’t need and isn’t good for them or on trinkets they don’t need and are a waste of money, we fill our old plastic eggs that we got from a community Easter egg hunt years ago with coins.  For the amount of money we would spend on enough candy to make a nice hunt for the kids, we get a lot of nickels and load those free eggs up.  We are happy and the kids are happy. This has been an ongoing tradition for years.  In fact we are down to the last child at home and you can bet that he is counting on some Easter coins to put in his savings for a DSI from Nintendo.


A Great Post on the Benefits of Being Frugal March 30, 2009

Filed under: Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 7:05 pm

can be found here:

Go check it out and let me know what you think!


The Answer I Was Looking For! October 14, 2008

Filed under: Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 9:30 am

If you have ketoris pilarus (spelling?)  This answers my question.  I’ve got this stuff upstairs right now for my feet.  Nothing else I have tried has worked on these bumps on my arms.  I will try this!  Yeah!  Thanks to Blissfully Domestic blog on style.

Budget-friendly route: Use a mixture of coarse salt (sea salt or kosher) and plain sugar to scrub, then twice a day apply FootSmart NightTime Heel Treatment Cream $7.99 at Footsmart – it’s got alpha-hydroxy acids and urea. Plus, it works great on your feet too!

Be patient; it will take time to get rid of KP, but if you’re diligent you’ll win the battle. And once you do, you’ll need to do regular maintenance to make sure it doesn’t come back.

Finn exfoliates regularly to keep her skin silky smooth. To keep her writing skills silky smooth, she has a blog.


Stainless steel and glass July 30, 2008

Filed under: Family,Frugal Ideas,Household,Organization — alwayswithme @ 3:02 pm
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I have found a few stainless steel glasses that are working for me.  I got them a WalMart.  I don’t know who makes them but they have a plastic surround that you can hold on to so the glass isn’t too cold or hot.  I got the last two they had; hopefully they will get more.  I also found one at Goodwill.

I’m still on the using glass jars kick.  I’ve purchased a few large glass jars with screw on lids at WalMart to keep our cereal and crackers in.  I’m trying to get away from having all these boxes around with varying amounts of food in them and being more in control of when my cardboard recycling amounts are created. 

I think I just realized I’m trying to control what I can control – babysteps.  Perhaps if I can control the small things I can get control of some of my larger issues.  I am finding that it is what works for me.


Cleaning With Rubbing Alcohol June 25, 2008

Filed under: Frugal Ideas,Household — alwayswithme @ 10:30 pm

Rethinking June 20, 2008

Filed under: Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 2:48 pm

I really got caught up in the CVS rewards card thing and started trying to make money or spend next to nothing.  I’ll admit that I loved having those EBS and handing those to the clerks instead of cash but I did not like that I was buying things just to buy them to make money to buy other things.  I was becoming a nervous wreck about the whole thing; so I’ve decided to stop.  I am going back to my normal way of shopping which is buying only what we need, using the coupons that print off as I need the and using any other coupons I might have.  When I get the $10.00 off $50.00 coupons I am going to continue to use those if I have a birthday or gift giving situation come up as that definitely helps but only if the things we really need get me to the $50.00 limit. 

I don’t know when the next seasonal EBS come out but it should be soon.  I should be getting around $15.00 I think so that will be nice.  I think I’m going to see if I can buy a CVS gift card with that so I don’t lose track of expiration dates.  I’m trying to uncomplicate my life.


Homemaker Barbi June 1, 2008

Filed under: Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 4:00 pm

Homemaker Barbi is a blog I read from time to time.  She has some good frugal ideas, some good links to freebies and other interesting things.  She posted today I believe an entry about walking around your home to see what frugal things you are currently doing to give yourself some credit for it and I think also to spur your mind in what other frugal things could I be doing.

1.  I remember most times to take my green bags to the stores – I am loving doing this.  I hated those plastic bags and I am amazed at how much trash I am no longer bringing into the house.

2.  I am using recycled glass jars for storing leftovers in, drinking water in etc.  Plastic is being as banished from this house as can be.

3.  We are moving from subscribing to the paper version to the E-version.  This means no more paper for the school recycling container but it also means no clutter in the house while we are waiting to finish reading the paper and no clippings from saved pages of the newspaper (gonna have to enter things in my calendar right at the moment I see them).

4.  I accepted friends offer of some gladious blubs to plant along the south side of our home.

5.  I am staying home more and not shopping just to get out of the house. 


CVS Today May 22, 2008

Filed under: Family,Frugal Ideas — alwayswithme @ 9:48 pm

Okay, I spent out of pocket $43.13 but I saved $29.10 in coupons and ECB’s and I earned $18.97 in ECB’s that I can use for my next trip.  I’m still not a supersaver but I am a saver.  I also got my Father’s Day cards and a wedding card purchased in advance which I am so so so bad about. 

I’m not thrilled about the money spent but I am satisfied because I got things we needed and will use.