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Finally got the pics up!  When I bake, I usually like to make it from scratch. But, we all know how much time that can take!  So, I am so happy when I have an excuse to make it from the box 🙂 

My excuse is when it is FREE!  I clip cake and cookie mix coupons and save them until they go on sale at our grocery store. For example: Duncan Hines is usually 1.98 for a box of cake mix.  I find a coupon for .35 cents off.  Also, my grocery store doubles coupons up to .50 cents and triples up to .35 cents.  I wait…and wait until it is on sale for $1.00. When it goes on sale, I take my coupon and get it FREE!  YEAH!

 1.98 cake mix

-1.00 sale

-1.05 /.35 cent coupon tripled

=.05 they owe me for giving me the cake mix!

= One stress free, easy, cheap…. but oh so memorable way to teach the kids about the the full circle of the liturgical year. 

By celebrating the Annunciation, this feast day forecasts the blessed event of Christmas, and illustrates how the liturgical year is an endless circle of days. 

Why am I boring you with such a close up of the cake? Funny thing, I couldn’t bring myself to buy the maraschino cherries for this recipe. (they can be expensive little things!)  But, it doesn’t look right to me with out them. So I faked my family out by using left over lonely red jelly beans….lol I smooshed them and spread it out a bit and put them on after the cakes cooled. I must say, they don’t look bad!


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I stumbled upon this blog while reading comments on Dawn’s blog….So happy I did!  I am going to enter today! We haven’t been able to squeeze enough out of our budget to afford to add a foreign language to our curriculum yet.  So, what else can you do….enter a contest.  Say a prayer for me to win! 

Rosetta Stone has been the #1 foreign language curriculum among homeschoolers for a while — next week they are unleashing a brand new curriculum, and you can WIN the *all new* Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3… FOR FREE! 

This is a $219 program (and believe me it’s worth every penny!) and the winner gets to pick from any of these 14 languages: Spanish (Spain or Latin America), English (American or British), Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Irish, Hebrew, or Russian.

This will also include a headset with microphone, and students will participate in lifelike conversations and actually produce language to advance through the program.  Rosetta Stone still incorporates listening, reading and writing as well, in addition to speaking.  Many homeschoolers requested grammar and vocabulary exercises, and with Rosetta Stone Homeschool Version 3, they’re included!  For parents, the new Parent Administrative Tools are integrated into the program and allow parents to easily enroll students in any of 12 predetermined lesson plans, monitor student progress, and view and print reports. 

To win this most excellent program — in the language of your choice — copy these (blue) paragraphs and post it in (or as) your next blog post — then to enter the contest, go to the original contest page HERE: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/JenIG/501132/  and leave a comment with the link showing where you blogged about it.  And please make sure the link works to get back to the original contest page when you post it.  And good luck!  The winner will be picked randomly on March 26, and will be notified thru the link they left to their blog pg.   And if you have more than one blog, you can post them and enter those separately for more chances to win.   Yay for free stuff!

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He does….lol…really!   Here is how.  I don’t really have any girlfriends to hang out with, or shop with.  Honestly, some women would never shop where I shop..lol    I go to thrift stores for clothes…only on 50% off days….lol   It’s is not ideal, but this is the life God has given me and it has taught me not to care much about outward appearances and to just get what is needed not necessarily wanted.  

But, Before I go shopping…I pray.  I pray that God helps me to find what my family truly needs, and to be frugal and spend my husband’s money wisely.  It sounds silly, but I imagine Mary on one side and Jesus on the other…just hanging out with me. 

A few weeks ago, I found 3 skirts for me and 5 dresses for my daughter on 50% off day at the thrift store, all for $17.00  wahooo!   Yippeeee! (me doing a happy dance)

Then last weekend, I saw a garage sale with a children’s art easel on the lawn…I thought, hmmmm, I don’t have more than $3.00 to spare.  But something told me just to check it out.  The Easel was $3.00  yippee!  But, even better….they had books and videos!!!!  Then I heard the woman say something that every woman on a budget longs to hear….I mean it is music to my ears….(when she said it’s like I heard harp music and some hi pitch voice singing….LAAAAA!!!!  as if to hear the sound as you’d see heaven’s gates opening!)    She said….”I am just desperate to get rid of the books and videos….everything you see is 25 cents each!!!”   I started showering her with thanks, and how I thought how generous this was because I was a home schooling mom and how this helps so much.  She then said “oh, well then here, take this too…you can have it for free, I’d rather give it to someone who will really use it.”  She showed me a box of probably 15-20 of her college text books that she had a few years ago.  She was going to school  to get a teaching degree but didn’t finish.  She GAVE them to me!  So cool! Here are some pics…

garage sale books

The books……

school house rock

Oh how I love these!….$1.25 (.25 each)

art easel

The easel for the kids( with a white board and chalk board)  $3.00

paper cubbies

filing cubes, great for craft paper and all the paper organizing that comes with homeschooling!  $2.00 (needs cleaning but otherwise in good shape)

hardy boys

Books for Builder $1.00 (.25 each)

All this and some other misc. books…total cost $10.00 (ran home to get $7.00 from hubby) What a blessing!  And you probably thaught I was kidding when I said God shops with me….lol   He can find some really great bargains when I follow his lead!  I wouldn’t have stopped if I hadn’t seen the easel.  I would have turned away if the easel was more than $3.00, She would’t have offered the box of text books if I hadn’t showered her with gratitude and told her I homeschooled. Everything was in line and according to his will, and thank goodness I must have co-operated fully by showing gratitude to her. 

 Thank you to my Lord for bestowing blessings on me and my family!

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