ch-ch-ch-changes….

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. vs. 26

Change. That’s what’s happening around this blog. I exciting have good news…..

Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman is getting a domain! Yep, it is getting ready to be http://www.becomingaproverbs31woman.com.

Also, I will be getting a host, switching from wordpress.com to wordpress.org, and getting a whole new look! (This may seem like a foreign language to you. If so, don’t worry. I explain in laymen terms below).

By the way, ask we speak, I am listening to David Bowie’s song Changes. I find it suiting. It really has nothing to do with blogging; however, it’s getting me pumped. Wanna listen? Check it out.

Anyway, off of the side note now.

So what does this mean for you as a reader? Well, you will soon see a lot of changes. Obviously. You may check out the blog one day, and it look totally under construction. That means it is. However, once it’s finished, hopefully you will love it! There will be more features, and it will be more customized. It hopefully will be easier for you to navigate. Please keep checking back. Don’t stop checking. It will be done soon, I promise.

I am thankful for my readers, and I hope to be hearing from you all about the changes soon! Thanks for making this possible.

Feel free to ask questions/give me feedback about this :)

 

 

What to do if you have 5 minutes?

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. vs. 27

What do you do if you have 5 minutes? Take a nap? (you wish!) Sit there and wait on the next scheduled event to begin? Waste time? Do nothing?

Well, in a 5 minute time period, you can actually get a lot done!  Do you ever look at your to-do list and think, “Gosh, I have so many emails to respond to, phone calls to make, things that need to be cleaned, clothes that need to be put away, meals to be planned, and I still have to go to work/school all day!”

Yep, that’s pretty much an every day thought for me.

Over the years I have developed a level of productivity that helps me “get stuff done” in just a little bit of time. If you respond to all of those emails and do all of those residual tasks at once, it could take up to an hour. And you may not have that kind of time in a day. And if you do, it’s whenever you come home after a long day and simply to kick your shoes off and prop your feet up. So the solution is this: Use 5 minutes to do one/two of those small tasks. Not all of these are “not fun” tasks either. Read on, and you shall see!

Side note: The way you can keep a straightened/clean home is through prevention. Whenever you see something that needs to be picked up, just do it. Most of the time it takes less than a minute.

Another side note: If you do these small tasks around the house and at your office during your 5 minute breaks, whenever you have a big project, paper, or etc.. you have to complete, you won’t feel the need to clean up before you can begin. Trust me, I know how that feels too…I often feel like I have to have a clean home before I can type a paper. Well, guess what? That means I am procrastinating from the task at hand. Yes, I am being generally productive but really avoiding the my goal that I set out to accomplish in the first place. While it may be helpful to get it clean so you can focus, I have learned that not every task will always get done. So if you use the 5 minutes you have here and there to get these small tasks done, it will hopefully eliminate some of those tendencies to want to clean while needing to do something else, since it’s already done! 

So here are some tasks that you can do if you have 5 minutes at any point in your day:

1. Unload the dishwasher

2. Grab the windex (or your homemade cleaning remedy…click here to learn more about home remedy products) and wipe down your bathroom sink. I’m sure it needs it.

3. Make a phone call. Not to your long distant Aunt of course…give her a little more time in your day.

4. Respond to a few emails.

5. Start the washer or dryer.

6. Sweep your floor. You’d be surprised what’s on it.

7. Straighten your office desk.

8. Wipe down the inside of your car. You know it’s been a while since that interior has been free of dust.

9. Read a blog post. Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman is good one to check out ;)

10. Watch a funny youtube video. Preferably about cute kittens. Hey, not everything has to be productive, right? And everyone could use a little pick-me-up during the day.

11. Go through your mail. Sort it. Throw away your bills….just kidding.

12. Take out the trash.

13. Send an encouraging text to a friend! Taking time to build relationships with others is just as important as checking stuff off of your to-do list.

15. Throw dinner in the crock pot.

16. Make your bed.

17. Read the Bible. I like to get on Bible Gateway and look up the verse of the day and think on that for a bit.

18. Sit down. Yes, you are allowed to do that. While this post seems all about productivity, sometimes simplicity allows for more productivity. And sometimes rest is just way more important than completing your tasks.

What are some of the tasks you are able to accomplish if you have 5 minutes? 

* This is part of the Cozy Home Scenes link party.

And the $100 gift card goes to…

*drum roll*……

more “drum roll* please…..

Emily Ward!

Congratulations! 

You can get yourself a new straightener, hair products, extensions, or anything else on their site!

For those of you reading for the first time, a week ago I posted a giveaway for $100 gift card to this company called Nu.Me. They sell hair products and the like. This gift certificate was actually donated to this blog by my good friend, Dria.

I do giveaways quite often. So keep checking back! Also, if you have something from your company, a handmade item, or anything really that you would like to donate to the blog, let me know! I will link you and possibly even feature your blog (if you have one), if you donate something. If you would like to donate something, please contact me via email: sarah.beth89@hotmail.com.

The next giveaway is coming up soon! Be on the lookout.

Have a good day readers!

flavored water.

Honor her for all that her hands have done,  and let her works bring her praise at the city gate. vs. 31

Spring is right around the corner. Which means…summer is soon! Well, soon enough. By the way, I LOVE warm weather. This is one of the best times of the year. Recently, I have been wanting to drink summertime drinks. You know…. smoothies, flavored water, lemonades, etc…

I found something on Pinterest that inspired me. Nancy Creative posted about a dozen different recipes for flavored water. I decided to make the lemon, lime, and orange water.

I wanted a neat-looking pitcher to put it in…so I went to the Thift Shop and found one…

Doesn’t it look refreshing?!

Here are some other flavored water recipes you can try…

Frozen Fruit Water

apple chunks, grapes, berries

Citrus Cucumber Water

lemon, lime, orange, cucumber

Orange-Mint Water

oranges and mint leaves

What are some of your favorite summertime drinks?

* This is part of the Somewhat Simple link party.

kitchen staples @ a blossoming life.

Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come. vs. 25

Today I am a guest blogger at  Amy’s place…A Blossoming Life. She is not only my blogging partner but also friend and bridesmaid. She likes to create new things and make homemade masterpieces. So please, check out this post I wrote for her blog: Kitchen Staples.

Also, the giveaway is still happening until Sunday night. If you don’t know what I am referring to, check out my post $100 gift card giveaway!

A final note: My hometown, Harrisburg, Illinois, was hit really hard by a tornado. It is currently a disaster area. Please pray for me and all the families who a lost loved one and for anyone that was left without  a home due to the storm. God is still sovereign.

$100 gift card giveaway!

Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. vs. 30

Today is one EXCITING day at the Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman blog!

A few post ago, I announced the winner of the homemade soap giveaway. To see that, check it out here. In that post, I told my readers/fellow bloggers that if anyone had something they wanted to donate for a giveaway to contact me. I had two people who donated something!

The first giveaway that I am doing is…”drum roll please*…..

A $100 gift card!!!!!!!!!

Dria Mitchell, one of my readers, is subscribed to a hair company called NuMe. To learn more about this company, check it out here. Basically, they sell hair products and styling tools.  Since Dria is a shopper with their company, they often send her baskets full of products. This past month they sent her this $100 gift card and instead of using it for herself she wanted to donate it to this blog…what a gal! Dria, by the way, is one fashionable, classy lady. To follow her on Pinterest, click here.

So this $100 gift card will be given away to one reader. In about a week, I will be announcing the winner. You could use this gift card for anything from a straightener to shampoo/conditioner to hair extensions. So this is what you have to do to be entered into the giveaway: (if you have already done some of these steps, just do the ones you have not already).

1. Leave a comment on this post with your name, email (so I can contact you if you win), and what post you like on this blog.

2. “Like” Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman on facebook.

3. Subscribe to Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman via email or RSS on the right side of the blog.

So, let’s do this! Enter now.

rise and shine casserole.

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. vs. 11

Rise and shine readers! Today I’m going to share with you a recipe that is great whenever you open up your cupboard on Saturday morning and think, “Oh my gosh, I need to go grocery shopping because I don’t have anything to eat this morning!” (or evening if breakfast for dinner tickles your fancy).

There won’t be as many step-by-step photos with this recipe because it’s really about utilizing the food you have (whatever that may be) and making it into a delicious casserole.

Here are some important ingredients:

-Milk

-Eggs

-Bread

-Cheese

-Salt/Pepper

(most people normally have these in their home on any typical day).

Here are some extra ingredients that will make this even more tasty:

-Cooked bacon

-Green peppers

-Mushrooms

-Onions

-Ham

-Sausage

-Basil, Rosemary, Thyme

-Brocolli

-Corn

Here are the basics to make this casserole: (I halved all of this so it would save me some ingredients).

(for a 13 X 9 casserole dish)

1. Oven should be on 350 degrees.

2. 6-10 eggs beaten

3. 6 slices of bread in cubes

4.  2-3 cups cheese (I used cheddar).

5. 2 cups milk

5. dashes of salt/pepper

* Mix all of these ingredients together. Add more cheese for the top. Cook in the oven for about 50 minutes.  Serve and enjoy!

Nothing special really. Just a mixture of foods that taste good together. The Mister really liked this meal.

*This is part of the Homestead Barn Hop.

*This is part of Fingerprints on the Fridge link party.

 

menu planning and store sales.

 She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night. vs. 18

A couple of weeks ago, I talked about the importance of menu planning and how beneficial it can be for you and/or your family. To see that, check it out here. Well, I recently have been trying to improve the way I do menu planning.

Planning meals is a great way to be organized and save money; however, if you use it to try a lot of new recipes with all of these ingredients that you don’t have/are expensive, then your grocery bill sky rockets..and you wonder: “How did that happen?!”

A couple of days ago, I shared a website with you all about how to find recipes using whatever is already in your pantry, fridge, and freezer. It was called “What’s in your fridge?” This was a challenge to utilize what food you already have and plan your menus around that.

Well, today I want to talk about how to plan your menu based off store sales. This is another money-saving tip with your grocery bill. Before making your menu, get an inventory of what you have in your home, as mentioned before. THEN find out what your local grocery stores have on sale that week. After that, decide what’s for dinner in the upcoming week.

Here are ways to find your local store sales:

1. Store fliers/weekly ads.

These can be found online, in newspapers, or in the store.

Here are the links to find the grocery stores’ fliers  that may be in your area:

Aldi

CVS

Dierbergs

Dollar General

Dominicks

Jewel Osco

Kroger

Meijer

Save-A-Lot

Schnucks

ShopRite

Target

Walgreens

Walmart

2. Sign up for emails through Money Saving Mom

This is a great resource and a little bit more convenient than the first option. Money Saving Mom allows you to go to her store deals link and sign up for any local store sales. Then every week, she will send them to your inbox. It’s that easy!

3. Talk to others. 

If you have friends who are also wanting to stay on a budget, get a system where you each share sales, coupon, etc with each other. My mom calls me frequently just to tell me that blueberries are on sale at one store or pork loins are $1.99 a lb at another store.

What to do next?

Once you know what stores have sales, plan your meals.

For example:

At Kroger this week, Ragu Pasta Sauce is on sale for $1.49. At Aldi, Happy Farms Shredded Cheese is on sale for $1.79.

I already have ground beef, spaghetti noodles, onions, eggs, diced tomatoes, parsley, salt, and pepper at home.

So I can purchase the sauce and mozzarella cheese on sale and buy cottage cheese regular price (or look online for a coupon).

Then I have all the ingredients I need for Lasagna Casserole from Money Saving Mom.

Also, for lunch, I can plan to eat cottage cheese 2 days that next week and find another recipe where I use mozzarella cheese for another dinner that week.

See how that works? It saves you more money rather than just picking out  a recipe that looks good and having to buy most of the ingredients in that recipe.

Use what you have in your home, shop the sales, AND go to multiple stores. Go where the deals are!

You may say, “Well, doesn’t it use more gas whenever you go to multiple stores?” Yes, but if they are all within just a few minutes within one another, it is more cost effective to shop at different stores (wherever the deals are) rather than stay at one place in fear of using a little bit of gas.

What are ways you are able to save a couple of bucks on your grocery bill? 

Remember: It’s about spending less so you can give/save more.

* This is part of the Somewhat Simple link party.

monkey bread.

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household… vs. 15a

A few nights ago I decided to make baked bananas for my two roommates. Well, I had just bought a bag of bananas. They were neon green in color. They weren’t quite ripe enough. But I thought, surely if I bake them, they will still taste okay. Basically, I was too impatient to wait a few days because I really wanted to eat bananas with honey and cinnamon on top THAT INSTANT. Let’s just say: bad idea. Whenever I went to peel it, the peeling looked like a corn stalk. Still yet I thought: it probably doesn’t taste that bad. One bite into it changed my mind about that too.

At this point, my two roommates and I could practically taste sweet goodness in our mouth. We all three had been so excited to eat a little dessert that night. So, I thought…what should we make instead?

As I shared with you in my post yesterday, there’s this website called My Fridge Food. You can here about how awesome it is here.

Anyway, we put in the items that we had in our pantry, freezer, and refrigerator and then narrowed it down to “dessert.”

Monkey bread came up…and we had all of the ingredients! Sounds like it was meant to be.

So monkey bread is what we made.

I would definitely recommend making this. For 3 reasons: It takes very little ingredients, it is really really delicious, and it seems like you spent hours on it when really it was about 30 minutes.

Here are the ingredients…

Step 1: Cut the biscuits in half (if they are small) or in quarter pieces (if they are big).

Step 2: Mold the pieces in little balls and roll them in a sugar/cinnamon mixture. (about 1/2 cup sugar with a few dashes of cinnamon).

Step 3:  Form balls into pan (a bundt pan is best, but we didn’t have one) to create the bread. Then pour a boiling mixture of butter and brown sugar  (about 1/2 cup butter and a couple tablespoons of brown sugar) over the bread.

Step 4:  Smash the balls together so they aren’t so uniform looking.

Step 5: Bake on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (or until brown) and let cool before you dig in. It should look something like this…

Serve and enjoy!

* This is part of the Blue Cricket Design link party.