Saturday, January 24, 2015

January Update on my Big Crazy Fru-Gal Resolution for 2015!

Well it's almost been a month since I started my big, crazy Fru-Gal resolution for 2015, to not spend any money on clothing for our family of 5 for the entire year! I wanted to give you a little update as to how things were progressing:

- I've succeeded in not buying any clothing this month, and this resolution has certainly simplified my life as I can now simply ignore the great deals that marketers are constantly promoting in my inbox and on deal blogs. I'm not tempted to buy anything new because I know I've resolved not to.

- Five different families have given us clothes this month for our little boys! FIVE! Though friends often give us hand-me-downs, five families in less than two weeks certainly is quite rare and, to me, was a sweet way of God saying, "I will provide." I love purposefully trusting in Him to meet our needs instead of taking manners into our own hands, as is so easy to do. He is always faithful and good.

- Also, we've had family give us some new clothing items as gifts for the kids! Our daughter also received some new clothes for her birthday at the beginning of the month.

- We were able to give away two boxes of outgrown kid clothes to a couple different families as well!

I'm looking forward to seeing how God provides next month! It's not too late for you to join me in the challenge or find another area in your financial life to trust the Lord with. I'd love to hear your resolutions, too!

Whoever trusts in his riches will fall,
but the righteous will flourish like a green leaf. Proverbs 11:28

Monday, January 5, 2015

Kid-friendly immune boosting tea using Thieves essential oil

It's cold and flu season and it seems like the crud is everywhere this winter! With three little kids, including an 8 week old, and a hubby with asthma, I'm being extra cautious to keep us healthy and flu-free (plus I'm praying like crazy for the Lord's protection).

If you don't own a bottle of Thieves essential oil, go get one now! This stuff is amazing and works time after time to fight off a bug or keep us from catching one in the first place. It's an essential oil sold by the Young Living brand (i.e. very high quality oil) and contains a blend of Clove, Lemon, Rosemary, Cinnamon and Eucalyptus therapeutic grade essential oils. It's really the only oil I use currently, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

If our family is feeling under the weather, I'll diffuse a few drops of this oil in our home to purify the air and help boost everyone's immunity. If my kids are going out in public, I'll put a drop of it on a cotton ball and rub it on the soles of their feet. And, after inspiration from a friend, I've concocted a really yummy fruit tea for the whole family that uses one drop of Thieves, lemon juice, and fruit tea of your choice (besides, my kids wanted juice and we were out, so this was a frugal, healthier replacement).

Simply brew a fruit tea of your choice (I used two bags of Celestial Seasonings Wild Berry Zinger and filled up my tea pot with water). Pour your brewed tea into a pitcher and add as much lemon juice as you'd like and add sugar to taste (you can also use honey or another sweetener of choice since sugar isn't a good immunity booster). Add ice if you're wanting a cold drink, like my kids prefer. Add one drop of Thieves (this stuff is powerful) and stir. Pour into mugs and enjoy the goodness!

Please remember to not ingest any essential oil that is not a high quality, pure oil like the Young Living brand. Do your research for proper use before ingesting any kind of essential oil.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

My big, crazy Fru-Gal resolution for 2015!

I don't usually do New Year's resolutions, but this year I'm changing that with my big, crazy Fru-Gal resolution for 2015! This next year, my goal/resolve is to not spend any money on clothing for our entire family of 5... zip, zero, zilch! How crazy is that?

Well, I'm excited to try... and I've managed to stockpile enough clothing for the kids over the past year from either good deals, gifts, generous hand-me-downs from friends, or garage sales that I think it is very doable! Jesse and I also received some updates to our wardrobes this Christmas, so I think we can manage a year also.

 If we do need items, I'm going to try to purchase these with giftcards or get them for free in some manner (i.e. coupon codes, ShopYourWay checks, Craigslist, Freecycle, hand-me-downs, gifts from family, etc...).

I'll keep you posted on my progress as the year goes by... I'm eager to see how the Lord will provide for our family as we rely on Him; He always does in such sweet, Fatherly ways.

Want to join me? Perhaps you can't foresee yourself spending nothing on clothes all year, but rather finding ways to reduce your yearly clothing spending!

We have so much here in America... I'm looking forward to freeing up time and money from clothes shopping to exert towards other aims (such as homeschooling my kids and keeping what we already own clean and nice) and being able to give more! 

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Joyful 2015

May your 2015 be filled with the love and joy of Christ, may you know Him more fully, rejoicing in His sufferings, and may all the promises of God be "Yes!" in Him in your life. From our family to yours, Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Disney Princesses Rags to Riches Set for $19 at Walmart!

I came across this really great deal on Disney Princesses Rags to Riches doll set on the Walmart website for only $19 right now! It includes 3 dolls and 9 outfits! Choose ship to store for free in store pick up.