Friday, May 18, 2018

SAMSUNG S9 Camera Photo Bomb


My husband and I are not ones to jump on the latest models of cell phones, we usually keep our phones til they die.......but when I saw friends and family with smart phones that have 2 cameras on them to give the focus and blurry background look I fell in love with the photos! My husband was so sweet to buy me the Samsung S9 that has the dual camera feature for Mother's Day!)


The pictures are insanely vibrant and I have also had fun with the time lapse feature




And slow motion feature!




Of course I needed to take a 
Selfie with my Gently led sisters t shirt I won from the Gently Led sisters YouTube channel. By the way it's a fantastic youtube channel to encourage Christian mothers; you should definitely check it out =).

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Homeschool Hustles: Thrift Shopping to Resell on Ebay

About 10 months ago I was inspired by my friend Karen Rodriguez to give Ebay another try for reselling. I had sold on ebay in the past and didn't think it was that profitable after the fees, shipping and handling so I had just sold everything locally through Craigslist or Offerup. Local sales are great for bulk baby and kids clothing, toys, games and furniture. The one thing that is plentiful at thrift stores but very hard to sell in a local market unless in large lots is adult clothing.


Ebay is very different though people are used to typing in what size, color and type of garment they are looking for and willing to even pay for shipping.  The children and I and sometimes Chris began shopping at the Goodwill Outlet several times a week for the specific purpose of finding items to sell for a profit.

Our Goodwill Outlet is only 10 minutes away and conveniently located next to Aldi, Walmart and the Farm Park so I am always over there anyway. The cost for clothing there is $1.39 per pound. The household items and toys are all $.59 per pound. With those prices most shirts are around $.70 and pants about $1.50 so even selling for $10 or so will turn a $7-8 profit.




I do charge shipping to the buyer.  I weigh the package from home with a food scale and print the label right from our printer. I stick the item in a polymailer, then I just stick it in the mailbox and wait for the mailman to pick it up each day =). In the last few months I have scaled back my shopping greatly and have only gone a few times each month instead of a few times each week. My sales earn us play money for impromtu trips to chick fil a and such, allow us to be more generous in gift giving,  and we have even used the extra money for unexpected car repairs that would have otherwise had to go on a credit card. It has been an overall fun and rewarding experience for the whole family.  The hardest part is photographing, measuring and listing everthing especially with alot of littles who apparently want to get listed on Ebay..lol.


There are tons of videos on YouTube if you want to learn more =).

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Eight is Great! Baby #8 Due Aug. 2018

Phew, I made it past the half way point of pregnancy and will be 23 weeks this Wednesday!!! The official due date is August 29, 2018. I can't believe this will be our 8th baby!




 Naomi still very much feels like a baby to me even though she is walking, talking, drinking from a sippy cup, fighting with siblings etc....lol. She still comes to bed to nurse most nights and takes small drinks throughout the day. I am hoping to wean her in the next few weeks!


We are not going to find out the gender again; it made labor more exciting last time not knowing! All the kids except Rachel are hoping for a baby brother because Naomi is so sassy to her brothers. Rachel says we need more girls because there are too many boys! I don't care either way, I'l take a snuggly baby boy or girl to cuddle =).

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Young Living Savvy Minerals Make up Review


I haven't owned make up in years but kept seeing all of my essential oil using friends ranting and raving about the new make up line from Young Living Essential Oils. I had some essential rewards points saved up from being a monthly order subscriber where I get 25% of every order placed back as points and decided to spend them on the make up!  This way if I hated the make up and never wore it I atleast didn't spend money out of pocket on it..lol.
I ordered all the lightest colors to get the most natural look possile and didn't get eyeliner either. It is really lightweight and shimmery. It only takes about 10 minutes to put it on and even my husband who hates make up says it doesn't look bad...lol. At 20 weeks pregnant I should be glowing already but a girl can use some help these days so I am very happy with this all natural make up line =)

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Logan Bus

So we have been loooooonnnngg overdue for a vehicle upgrade. We had our Honda Odyssey minivan since we had only 1 baby and it only had 5,000 miles on it.   We finally let go of it after driving it for 11 years, putting 277,000 miles on it, sliding doors stuck and falling off......we got a whopping $600 trade in for it ...lol.
My husband traded it in for a little Honda Civic hatchback to drive him back and forth to work. For the rest of us we get to ride around in style with this 2015 Nissan NV 3500 12 Passenger van!

We hated to get a car payment as we haven't had one in 8 years since paying off the Honda, but there was no way the Odyssey was going to work much longer with baby #8 on the way! I was a little nervous driving it the first couple weeks as it sits up so high it appears you are driving over the lines and you can hardly see anything out the back window with the high seats and headrests. I am much more comfortable driving it now almost 2 months into buying it, but still have a time getting out of tight parking lots. I am very thankful to have a vehicle that fits our ever growing family. I would have never in a million years dreamed I would become one of those moms with her own little bus...lol =).
 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Little Arrows

Trying to get all 7 of our children to look at the camera..........this is what life can be like sometimes as a mom of many to littles......you think you have everything figured out, everyone is dressed and ready and all standing in the right spot.....but they all still have their own little wondering minds! It's tough work trying to get everyone pointed in the direction you want them and and we are working very hard at it so when the time comes we will be able to shoot them out all pointing straight to the service of our Lord Jesus Christ =).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mother's Day 2017

 We kind of last minute decided to drive up the road for Mother's Day this year to see our moms! Even though we live 2.5-3 hours away from our families, I hate driving with a breast fed baby who is used to being carried around and nursed on demand. We managed to get up the road and endured all the screaming from little Naomi!
 I know it means alot to our moms to see their grandchildren on Mother's day so that made the drive all worth it! We got to see Chris' parents and his sweet Granny who is 2 feet shorter than Chris so he had to bend done to take the picture...lol.
 Mother daughter selfie.
My mom is just so sweet and almost started crying when Joshua came and gave her a hug. Joshua is really picky with who he shows any affection to so it meant alot to my mom that he would give her a hug.
My mom is such a giver, she just cannot see her grandchildren without giving them something, so after we ate at my favorite childhood restraint Abis Azteca. She begged to take them to McDonald's across the street to get them ice cream cones and cookies.


So everyone had a fun day except Naomi who had a day full of tears!