As I read your post just now

I couldn’t help but cheer right along with you! I know every marriage takes both parties to keep things going and am glad to hear you are working on getting your business pumped up too. I am excited for both of you as you each learn new habits and learn to work together.

I am trying, too, to find new ways to get my income up for my coaster business. I am looking at taking an ad out in a relatively new local magazine that is more upscale in content and design. I believe it reaches the market I am trying to reach … middle to upper income earners who have some disposable income to spend on custom gifts. My goal is to get a call in to the advertising department for rates. Dh told me last night that a lady in his Rotary club works there. I said, “Let me see if I can find her name listed at the front.” (Where the list the editor, ad exec, sales exec. etc.) I found it and guess what? She is the Advertising Director.

One thing that is a confirmation for me to use this magazine, depending on rates of course, is two articles I just read. One is about a local band of 3 young men who are all Christians and are working full time jobs and trying to make a go of the band. I know one from the local Chick-fil-a. The other article was highlighting a local pastor from an island in the Caribbean, I believe, who is now living in our area. He furthered his education within an hour of here and stayed in this area to minister. Awesome stories, both of them.

Okay, now that I’ve put that out there, I need to put a date on that task/goal. My goal is to talk to the Advertising Director that dh knows by Monday and have a rate sheet in my hand so I can make a decision about ad space. Alright, every one, hold me to this and ask me if I’ve done it!

Have you ever canned in this kind of jar?

One day I noticed that Classico (brand) spaghetti sauce is bottled in 16-24 oz, stamped right on it, MASON jars, regular mouth.

So I should be able to pressure can in those, correct?

Normally I’d file it away under good to know, since Classico is so expensive. But this week they are on sale for $1.67. A case of 12 will run me $20, which when considering a case of pint canning jars runs me close to $10 (yeah, I don’t live in canning country), and a case of quarts is closer to $13, $20 for jars I can can in, plus spaghetti sauce seems like a pretty good deal.

yes?

I’m guilty I guess

I have a 3yo and an 18 mo; Little boy gets up early so we usually go downstairs and hang out on the couch and play on the iPad. I am consistently amazed at how FAST he “gets” the apps in terms of vocabulary, numbers, matching games, etc.

Little girl is older so gets it even more — she grew up with Mickey Mouse and Elmo on the iPad and is smart as a whip.

At one point I even contemplated getting another iPad so the kids would each have one to play with but realized it’s better if they learn to take turns and share. iPad apps have come a long way IMO.

Trust me though they still play with pens and paper and glue sticks and bubbles, blah, blah, blah. The iPad is just another tool in their educational arsenal.

I am a “buy what you can afford” person when it comes to gifts for people – children and adults

A simply lived life doesn’t have to ban electronics in my opinion. The fact that we’re all communicating on line gives testament to the fact that we are all computer literate, why not have and encourage the same for our children? A 10 year old computer will still work, but it will be slower and less efficient, but if that is what you can afford, sobeit. But if you can afford a newer model and keep it for 10 years that would be my choice. Thus my feelings about cell phones for teens – I bought the latest model for my daughter and it served her well for a few years because I recognize that teens would rather text than talk – it is the nature of the beast that is a teenager in this day and age. I don’t see it detracting from conversation or creativity for a teen. You generally have to prod them all with a million questions to get them to “talk” to you, with or without a cell phone.

Now if you can’t afford a cell phone, or have to make payments on it (like ATT just announced they were going to give the option of doing), that is an entirely different conversation. Definitely live within your means.

I don’t recall reading a book on simplicity

But here’s an idea that jumped into my mind. Dealing with your debt-ridden friends/acquaintances who think that you’re depriving yourself because you don’t buy every single doo-dad that hits the market…

Living with less, mindful shopping and finding satisifaction with what you already own is a major part of Simple Living. I agree with you though, our society very much needs to hear that happiness can come from having less stuff.

I think I may also put some focus on how we, as a society, tend to program our kids to want stuff. I am seriously concerned by the number of little kids I see holding IPads, smart phones etc.. in the stroller while mom does her shopping. Kids bribed with trips to the toy store if they behave etc…

Absolutely

Mo’ joe, mo’ betta. Be sure to add lots of cream and sugar for the full effect. I once got to talking with a fellow tea enthusiast, and we talked awhile about our favorite types of tea. But then she said “but you know, at the end of the day, the flavor of tea doesn’t actually matter. After all it’s really just a vehicle for caffeine and sugar. The flavor is just a nice touch.” Alrighty then. I guess she’s got her priorities figured out. I’ll hang onto the notion that flavor is a tad more important than that. But maybe not by much.