From the Mind of Mesilla

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Don’t Mess With Texas February 17, 2011

Filed under: Miscellaneous — mesillam @ 12:21 pm

I wasn’t born in Texas, but I’ve lived here for 2/3 of my life and all of my family is from Texas, so I consider myself a Texan.  I know we are an arrogant bunch, but there is just so much to love about this state.  I loved this video when I saw it in an ad during the Super Bowl, but when I watched the whole three minute video, I loved it even more.  Enjoy.

 

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A List February 10, 2011

Filed under: Books,Little Man,Miscellaneous — mesillam @ 9:19 pm

I have a couple little things to write about, but no long blog topics in mind, so here is a random list of things in my head.

 

1.  I have been doing P90X for 18 days.  Today I had to do the yoga workout.  I hate it.  For once in my life, I actually don’t mind working out, but I dread Thursdays when I have to do their yoga.  I was looking forward to that one because I have done yoga in the past and really enjoyed it.  I don’t hate the whole thing, just the first 45 minutes.  After that, they get into the balance poses and stretching, which I love, but the first 45 minutes are torture.  “Sun Salutation”, you are dead to me.  The other day’s workouts are great.  The stretching one is glorious.  It is optional, but I always do it because it feels so good.  The cardio and weight dvds are great, too.  I enjoy the kenpo workout, but I look ridiculous.  I should never take up karate.  I don’t have a menacing bone in my body.  But it is working!

 

2.  Hubby’s mom got Little Man this ball on Saturday.  It is such a fun toy.  It has buttons all over it that you can press and they make noise and have lights and they also get pressed when the ball is rolled.  It also has a motor inside that will make it move around on its own.  I did not know that when we got it and the first time Little Man played with it and it started going on its own, it kind of freaked me out!  It is fun, though, and Little Man really likes it.  He is really starting to interact with toys now.  He will reach for anything and  bangs on things with buttons until they make noise.  He has a soft puppy-blanket-“lovey” thing that my mom got him for Christmas and had his name put on it.  I started giving it to him when he would go down for a nap right after the first of the year.  Until recently, it would be somewhere in the crib when I got him up from a nap.  This week, every time I get him, he is holding on to it, even if I don’t give it to him.  He finds it in his crib and holds on to it while he sleeps.  It is so sweet.  The other day, I heard him wake up from a nap, but wasn’t fussy, so I let him play for a little bit before getting him.  I peeked at him and he was using the puppy to play peek-a-boo with himself!  It may be the cutest thing I have ever seen.  He loves peek-a-boo these days, but I didn’t know it was just as much fun solo!  He also really likes his, exersaucerbouncer and bath tub toys these days.  It is so fun to watch him learning and interacting with his environment so much now.

 

3.  I am just starting my books for February.  In December, CBD had an awesome sale with tons of books for 99 cents!  I got Little Man several and got a bunch for myself. Four of the books I got were from the series “The New Mom’s Guide”.  So, for my reading goal this month, I am going to read at least two of them.  They aren’t very long, so I may read all of them.  We’ll see.  They probably would have been more helpful when I was pregnant or right after he was born, but I’m sure they will still be helpful.  I’ll let you know.

 

 

 

 

Little Man is getting wiggly and it is bath time, so I’m going to cut this short!

 

Blogroll January 9, 2011

Filed under: Miscellaneous — mesillam @ 11:17 pm

I love to read blogs. Some of them are almost like soap operas, but it’s real life!  They are also a great source of encouragement and have great tips.  In case you are looking for some new blogs to read (I figure if you read mine, you might read or want to read others) here are some of my favorites in alphabetical order by blog title.  I’m not playing favorites!  (It seems like a lot, but most of them don’t post every day, so I don’t spend that much time every day reading blogs.)

Before the Morning She is the mommy of Jonah, who has Epidermolysis Bullosa.  I started reading her blog right after he was born and it has been so much fun watching Jonah grow over these past few years.

Big Mama A Texas Christian mommy, but her focus is not usually on her kid, although she does share some hilarious stories about her.  She writes a fashion column every Friday and other great posts almost every day so there is always something new.

Bring the Rain Angie is a pretty well know blogger.  I think she started her blog when she was pregnant and given a fatal diagnosis for her unborn daughter Audrey. She has now become a speaker and author.

A Faithful Mommy This is the blog of a sweet girl I spent a summer working with.  She now has two adorable kids and gives great book recommendations, activities to do with kids and other tips for Christian mommies.

The Herrin Family This is my cousin’s wife’s blog.  She is an awesome photographer and they have an adorable little boy a little older than Little Man.  You have to check out the pictures at towards the end of her post from when her son was 5 months old.

Homeschooling in Kerrville Another Christian mommy blogger (do you see a theme here?).  She homeschooles her five kids and writes awesome posts about Christian living.  She also writes a great cloth diapering blog.  AllAboutClothDiapers.com

Kelly’s Korner I started reading Kelly’s blog when her daughter was in the NICU.  She is pregnant with her second little girl and seems to have the sweetest personality.  (I won an electric can opener on her blog in December!)

A Kenyan-Texan Family This is one of my roommates from college and mommy to Nate.  She is married to a man from Kenya and right now is doing a series of posts on cross-cultural marriage.  Even though mine is not, it is fascinating for me to read about it.

Life as a Baylor Girl See, I don’t just read mommy blogs!  This is my sister C’s blog.  She did got her undergrad and graduate degrees from Baylor and just got a job there.  She is just starting up her blog again after taking a break after grad school.

MckMama This is a very popular  mommy blogger.  She  is a great photographer, loves color and has five kids including miracle baby Stellan and her newest addition, Lachlan, who is exactly a month younger than Little Man.

My Little Corner of the World This is one of my favorite people in the whole entire world.  She was my roommate for three semesters in college and is still one of my best friends.

To Bring Him Glory This woman lost her 8  month old daughter, weeks later found out she was pregnant with and when she was seven months pregnant, found out her husband had a brain tumor.  She has an amazing faith and is expecting  baby number 3!

What’s Mine is Yours I also went to college with Bethany, who has two adorable kids and is a fantastic decorator.  Her husband posts recipes and helpful “Cooking with Paul” videos.  In his tomato sauce video, he shows an awesome way to chop an onion.

Words from the Wise This is written by another sweet college friend (I love that the internet let’s me keep up with all these old friends!).  She has a cute baby boy and her family just moved to work with a new church plant.

I am super super sorry if you have a blog that I read that is not on the list.  It is highly possible that I missed one of my very favorite blogs, so please do not take it’s omission from this list as a slight.  I have a lot on my list in Google Reader and could have easily accidentally skipped it when I was typing this list.  There are also some that I read when they post links on Facebook and if they aren’t in my Google Reader, I definitely don’t have them in this list.  Also if you have or read a blog that you would like to share, please leave a comment with the link.  I am always looking for great new blogs to read.

 

New Blog Title!

Filed under: Miscellaneous — mesillam @ 4:55 pm

So I finally came up with a title for my blog that I can live with, I think.  This is now “From the Mind of Mesilla”.  I have had that nickname for as long as I can remember.  So, since I am tired of “Insert Creative Blog Title Here”, I’m going with this one.

 

In which I show off my mad couponing skills January 3, 2011

Filed under: Miscellaneous — mesillam @ 12:51 am

I am new to using coupons.  My sister, M, is a fantastic couponer.  (WordPress says couponing and couponer aren’t words, but I’m going to pretend that they are.) When I decided not to go back to work after Little Man was born, I decided that I should do what I could to lower our expenses.  I was visiting M and she taught me how to shop with coupons.  It doesn’t sound like something that needs to be taught, but there is much more to it than just clipping a few coupons when you go to the grocery store.  (You can of course do that and save a little, but you can save A LOT if you take a little more time and learn the tricks.)  Where I live, we have one grocery store that doubles coupons, but they are a smaller store and don’t stock a lot of brands.  Also, their prices tend to be higher than my regular grocery store, HEB, and certainly higher than Walmart.  So, I shop there some, if I have the right coupons, but not a lot.  That is one thing that prevents me from saving as much on groceries than other good couponers.  Where I really save is at the drug stores.

 

If you have a Rite Aid, I’m jealous.  They have awesome deals, so if you have one, definitely look into their deals.  In my little town, we have CVS and Walgreens.  Before couponing, I rarely shopped at CVS.  Their prices are much higher than the other stores, but now that I am watching the sales, I have done very well shopping there.  For instance, tonight, I spent $3.93 and saved $38.95.  Plus, I have $12 in Extra Care Bucks (ECBs) I can use like cash on a future trip.  The trick at CVS is to combine the items they are offering with ECBs and coupons.  For instance, the Reach toothbrushes were on sale for $3 each and if you spent more than $10 on Reach toothbrushes, you got $5 back in ECBs.  I used two buy one get one free (B1G1) coupons and two $1 off coupons.  So, for 4 toothbrushes, that should have been $12, I spent $4 (I’ll tell you later how I spent less than $4 out of pocket) and got $5 in ECBs.  So, I actually made money (in the form of ECBs) by buying toothbrushes.  Once you start couponing, you will never pay for toothbrushes or toothpaste again.

Another other deal I did was buying Revlon nail files and clippers, I got $7 ECBs and only spent $6.70 on them, so I made 30 cents (before tax, after tax I spent about .25 on them.  I wanted to get two clippers which would have been 30 cents cheaper than the files, but they only had one set and I needed files, anyway).  Lastly, the olive oil, usually $8.50, was B1G1 plus I had two $1 off coupons (when items are B1G1, you can use coupons on the free items!), so I got both for $6.50.  All of these deals are good through 1/8, so if you have good coupons, you can do them, too!

So, with just the coupons and sales, I would have spent $17.20, plus tax, but I had more!  I got an e-mail from CVS with a coupon to get $5 off when you spend $25 (They use the total before coupons.).  Then I had $8.50 in ECBs from a previous shopping trip.  In our state, you only pay sales tax on the after sale and coupon prices, even ECBs, so I save on the taxes by using coupons, etc., too!  So that is the long version of how I spent $3.93  and saved $38.95. (Plus $12 got ECBs for next time!)

 

I didn’t do nearly as well at Walgreens today.  I spent $17.32 and saved $22.31, plus I got $11 in Register Rewards (Walgreen’s version of ECBs).  I consider it a success if I save more than 50%, but one of my coupons wasn’t scanning right, so they wouldn’t let me use it and that cost me $5 (I still made $2 on that item, but I was expecting to make $7 on it after RR).  I got a package of diapers, three cans of tomato sauce, three lip glosses, deodorant, medicine and a newspaper (for the coupons!).

There are several websites I use when I start to make my shopping lists.  The best is Southern Savers.  You can even check off the items in her posts to make shopping lists, which is helpful.  I also like Money Saving Mom.  Both blogs post deals all day for lots of stores.  They can both teach you a lot more about couponing than I can.  They are masters.  After I check their sites, I go to the ads from the newspaper for each store.  Sometimes there are variations or I notice something in the add that I didn’t see online.  Then I look to see if I have coupons I can combine with the sales and ECBs or RRs.  I’m still figuring some things out, but I’m having a great time saving as I learn!

 

Merry Christmas December 24, 2010

Filed under: Churchy Posts,Little Man,Miscellaneous — mesillam @ 3:33 pm

We are having a wonderful Christmas season!  We got to visit extended family last weekend and had a great time.  I am so blessed to have so many fun and loving aunts, uncles and cousins.  Even though I don’t see them as much as I would like, I love that with family, you can just pick up like you saw them yesterday.  I am so glad that Little Man has cousins  and I hope they will be close as they grow up.  He has another one due pretty soon!  I pray that your family is blessed this Christmas and that we can all remember the reason for the season.  As thankful as I am for family, I am the most thankful that my Savior chose to come to this earth to save us.  I love that He chose to come in such as sweet way, as a baby, and amid the fun, food and family (and presents!), I am taking time to remember the best present of all!

Merry Christmas!

 

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O Christmas Tree and other decorations December 10, 2010

Filed under: Miscellaneous — mesillam @ 10:50 am

I love decorating for Christmas.  I am NOT at all a designer and most of the “art” in our home is family pictures, but I enjoy pulling out the Christmas things each year.  I usually have the same decorations that I put in the same places year after year, but this year, I added a few new pieces.  I found a couple Pier 1 gift cards from our wedding four years ago and did some free shopping.  Here are a few snapshots of our home this Christmas.

The Front Porch(I took this picture a week ago and the poinsettias are almost dead and the star fell down.  The star will go back up, but the poinsettias probably won’t.)

The tree

I love our tree for several reasons.  Most of the ornaments have special memories attached to them.  They are from vacations and events and they are fun to remember.  A lot of our ornaments and the tree skirt were made by Hubby’s grandmother.  They are so neat and I’m glad we get to remember her in this way.StockingsI cried when I put up the stockings this year because there are three now!  We are a family!  We did sort of have three stockings last year.  Hubby got a tiny stocking (I think it was a gift card holder) and glued a peanut to the top of it because we called the baby “Peanut” before he was born.  It was really sweet.  Now that stocking is in Little Man’s room.

Santa FishThe fish and bear live on the shelf year round, but the fish gets festive this time of year.  I think he’s trying to get the attention of the lady with the wreath who only shows up at Christmas.  :-)

Card treeIt is hard to see it in the picture, but the wire tree is one of my Pier 1 finds.  They showed it with pictures on it, but I am going to put the Christmas cards we receive on it.

This my favorite Christmas decoration.  My mom started giving me parts of the set several years ago.  Each year, she would give me another part as a Christmas present and now I have all of them.  I love this Nativity set more than any other because Mary is holding baby Jesus.  I know she laid him in a manger, but as a new mommy, I would bet that Jesus spent plenty of time in Mary’s arms, too.  There is something about the sweet, motherly way she is holding Him that is at the same time very worshipful that really touches me.  I put this up in our entry way and it is a wonderful reminder of the real reason for the season.