Thursday, July 26, 2012

Just Plain Nora Book Review

A few months ago I ran across a blog referring to a great new Christian book series for children and one of the books in the series was called Just Plain Nora. Right away I knew that we would be interested.  I have a little girl names Nora and she is always vying for my attention. I love trying to show her attention in good ways because I end up giving her too much negative attention. She is the worst wiggle worm but I am learning to deal with this in positive ways. I think that most of all she just likes to touch and hug and feel special like a princess.
This book by Jennifer Hutchins focuses on what it was like for a girl of around 10 to grow up in a frontier family and feel that she was considered ordinary and plain and even insignificant. The story was a joy to read with my older girl Zoi who is 8 and even my sons Zeke and Zeb appreciated the time spent reading this tale.
The author has a background in education/language development and has taught oral and written language since 1996 and home schools her two daughters. I love it when I can read something to my children that has their hearts in mind as home schoolers on this journey life.

To can find the book here,
Just Plain Nora
and on Kindle here,
Just Plain Nora

Do you like children's pioneer books like this? Have you ever read this book?

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Feeling Green

We have been feeling green all weekend and now we are going into this week with little ones being sick to their stomachs and Mom as well but at least I'm not throwing up. I know ya'll were probably looking for a post about green living but NO I was just letting ya'll know that we are sick all but four of us anyway; Lonnie, Zach, Zeke and Zeb. Lonnie is at work so that leaves me three kids that are really well. Please keep us in your prayers. I have some doing laundry and others the dishes and of course I have to get up from time to time and clean up the messes. Its nice having a few that are well and hearing the little voices that are well and happy.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

DIY Plastic, Easy Cleaning Aquarium

I just love my new fish tank! I saw this really cool No Clean Aquarium online and I wanted one really bad but couldn't afford one so I paid really close attention to the design and made a plastic recreation of one for myself.

To make your own plastic fish tank you will need:

1 pineapple container or deli container
Some colorful rocks or river rocks
A small freshwater fish or two
A small lid
Flexible straw
Packing tape

Cut a small roundish hole in the side of your container at the top edge of the container below the rim. Take your lid and lay it upside down on the floor of the aquarium right  in the center. Cover with the stones you have chosen and place your straw into the edge of your lid. If you need to trim the bottom of your straw to fit better. Feed the straw through the whole and secure around the straw with clear packing tape. Trim the straw on the out side and make sure it is facing down like a spout.  Now fill your tank with filter water until right under the straw at the top. Take your fish and plop them in. Yeah you have a self cleaning fish tank. Everytime you want to clean your tank just pur in about a cup or so of water and pull up another cup beside the straw that is hangin out the whole and watch the yucky stuff come out. I just made mine so it is much like an experiment.

Have you ever tried anything like this? Do you think mine will work in the long run?

Update on Fish tank:

To clean the sides of the tank just get a little tooth brush and scrub the sides and the straw. This will keep the algae down. Then pour about a quart of water in, little by little,  to remove the mess that comes up from stirring up the rocks on the bottom and the algae from the sides. I have three small guppies in the tank and they are happy enough to have birthed a baby while in this tank. I may have to move the baby if it turns out to be a larger guppy but for now it is fun to watch the baby grow.

Has anyone tried my idea?

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Monday, July 16, 2012

How To Become a More Super Mom

I have been reviewing a vitamin that I have heard a lot about over the years and always wanted to try. Super Mom Tabs are not just your run of the mill multi-vitamin. They are loaded with great energy boosters like Spirulina,Chlorella, Barley Grass, Alfalfa Juice Concentrate, Green Tea Extract, Milk Thistle extract and many more great ingredients.

So far, I have noticed a marked increase on energy because when I don't take them and then later remember them there is an increase in energy. I would suggest that you take one in the morning and another in the afternoon or night because you are more likely to see a better result than just taking both in the morning.

At you will find only quality products and recipes for healthy living. I also like the fact that this company is ran by a Christian family.

How about you? Have you ever tried the Super Mom Tabs or any of their other products? What was your experience?

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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Help Me Out

I have been liking to punch my little icon pictures on the google follower list and go from there to your listed web site and check out your blogs. I know that you can get all sorts of readers and all, but I like to do it this way because everyone who follows Feeding Nine On A Dime is important to me and I want to make sure that I always read your posts. If you are one of my followers please check your google profile and see if you have your web site listed. If not, please go in and correct that so that it is easy to click on. This would help me out tremendously. I think others would benefit from this as well, not just me. Thanks!


Thursday, July 12, 2012

How to Avoid Large Amounts of Dishes and Still Eat At Home

I have been trying to work on my house and work on my health and work on my computer and in the middle of all of that work is sandwiched a whole lot of dishes.

Do your dishes ever get stacked up this bad?
While I and my husband are trying really hard to instill in our children the initiative to clean (and it is working to some degree) I have discovered some ways to avoid plates.  I hate always spending my money on paper plates; therefore I have opted for some picnic and recycle type solutions.

#1. Pizza Boxes - cut into shapes to form plates

#2. Card board boxes of all types (mac and cheese, cereal)

#3. The news paper spread out over the table.

#4. Plastic Grocery Bags one for each person tied in a knot to form a disposable plate or fused to form a more durable plate and cut to size. (the later was Zach's idea:)

#5. Plastic lids that you have no use for. I have tons of plastic or rubber lids that I have no other use for so we often grab some of these and eat on the top side and that works just like a plate. Although you do have to wash these if you want to repeat this in the future but it really makes things stretch if you already have a load of dishes in the dishwasher and don't want to stop them.

Do you know of any other clever ways to decrease the dishes without going out to eat?

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Monday, July 9, 2012

How To Make A Paper Crown and Tiara in 5 Simple Steps

I like this project because it was simple and easy. It also provided a way for my oldest girl Zoi to practice her sewing skills.

#1. Grab a piece of colored paper and a marker and draw the front part of your tiara or crown on half of the paper.

#2. Draw the back part of the crown on the other half of the paper.

#3. Dray your jewels and designs. (some of our designs in the pictures were photo shopped at photo

#4. Cut out your design

#5. Sew up one side of the crown or you could also tape, glue or staple. Then measure the head of your royal citizen and sew the other side. We used a fancy stitch for fun. These didn't last long but if you really wanted to maybe you could use a better paper than we did.





Nora, the inspiration for this project. My little PRINCESS!
Have you ever made these at home?

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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Homemade Lacto-fermented Honey Dijon Mustard!

Happy 4th of July to ya'll out there in blog land. We just had some tasty hot dogs and sausage dogs served with homemade mustard and homemade lacto-fermented ketchup. We served them on a table set with news paper pages for each place mat/plate. I didn't want to spend all of my 4th cleaning more dishes. I just loved how it brought inside a feeling of picnic since the outside is super hot where we live. The guys and Zoi were outside this morning working on beautifying the yard so they were ready to stay indoors.

Homemade Honey Dijon Mustard
(warning this stuff is hot!)

1/2 cup of powdered mustard
3 table spoons of dill or more if it is fresh
3 table spoons of whey
3 table spoons of honey
1 tsp. of sea salt

Mix up all of the ingredients and set on the counter top to ferment for a day then transfer it to your refrigerator. Spoon on your condiment or transfer to a squeeze bottle.

Have you tried making your own mustard?

This recipe was a little too spicy so I added a little regular yellow mustard from the store. Please comment and let me know if you could suggest anything else I could add to it to lessen the heat.

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