Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Time Off

Hey There Friends,
                 I just wanted you to know I have taken some time off from blogging due to too many family obligations to which my husband and kids need most of my time. I am definitely thinking about what to blog about next as I go about my I am looking forward to getting back with you all VERY soon!!!!
Big Hugs and Carry On!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Easy Peasy Weekly Recipe #12

It's Wednesday!

Time for this week's installment of Christie's Easy Peasy Weekly Recipes!

Whole Chicken Fryers 
Veggies: Sweet Onions, Frozen Baby Carrots (so they don't get too mushy, Potatoes and 1 inch chopped Celery
Chicken Seasoning of Choice (we used Monterey Chicken on one and the other just a generic chicken seasoning)
Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste 
Preheat oven at 375 degrees. Quarter the 2 onions and place at the bottom of the pan.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Etsy Friday Favorites #2

Here are this week's picks!
Apparel: I am REALLY debating purchasing this dress for myself... it looks soooo comfy and gorgeous at the same time. Ladies - 'The little Black Dress' - Linen Mix - You Pick the Size - Junior, Adult or Plus size Boutique Mia by CXV makes this CUSTOM for every single lady. So cool!
Accessory: Chunky Turquoise Quartz Watch Bracelet I love this...the minute I saw it I fell in love. It is brought to you by SLDesignsHBJ 
For the Home: Unity Sand Ceremony Frame with Engraving in White Such a neat smart and a GREAT keepsake of your marriage ceremony for your home to display. This would be especially sweet for a beach wedding where it is virtually impossible to keep a candle lit. There are a few more options for this idea here.
Let me know what you think and please consider purchasing these handmade items at Etsy!!!!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Easy Peasy Weekly Recipe #11

It's Wednesday!
Time for this week's installment of Christie's Easy Peasy Weekly Recipes!
15 lbs whole bone-in ham
1 lb brown sugar
1/2 cup yellow mustard

Friday, October 05, 2012

Etsy Friday Favorites #1

Welcome to the first ever Etsy Friday!

Like my previous post says, I am addicted to window shopping at Etsy. I have on occasion purchased, but I tell you, daily I'm on the site...I just cannot help myself. There is a plethora of neat handmade products on the site that truly keep me in awe. Because of this addiction, I thought I would share my finds... I think it will be a fun addition to my blog.

I will list three different areas in which I will pick a product or shoppe to highlight: ApparelAccessory and For The are this week's picks.

1. Apparel:
Charming Necessities LLC's Boho Mauve Line....This is an entire line of GORGEOUS vintage style clothing for our girly girls! I have to admit, I didn't pick this one. My 5 yr old did. Maili has an eye for the things she likes AND she likes PINK! She wants the entire outfit that is pictured in the Fall Knot Dress pictures. Here is the link to the entire line.... Enjoy! Charming Necessities LLC's Boho Mauve Line

Thursday, October 04, 2012


Because I am ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED with Starting tomorrow I am going to start something called "Etsy Friday Favorites" and weekly post my finds that I just LOVE. I mostly window shop, well...because I cannot afford to buy EVERYTHING I love on there... But, I thought it would be fun. You can respond to my posts and if there are any Esty things you find that you JUST HAVE TO share... you can do that too.  I especially like the idea of supporting other mom's who put love into every piece they make by hand on Etsy... I am really excited about it!

PS: If you have an Etsy store you'd like me to check out to consider... let me know!

Funny Story

My kids truly crack me up here is the newest Funny Story!
So, this morning we are all getting ready for school. Braden my 5 yr old Kindergartner was laying on the couch, he didn't want to eat breakfast and said his belly hurt. Well, after asking what was going on/wrong he says this "I don't want to go to school because the kids in my class are going to think I'm not complete."
 Oh Lordy Me!!!! He is the oldest child in his class and the first in his class to loose THE first tooth...He didn't want to be the odd man out.
Needless to say, he went to

Braden lost his first tooth 10/03/12

Thrifty Thursdays #10!

I found two ones this week that seem to be really good deals.
Tilly's is offering an Extra 50% off Accessories. Discount appears in cart. Shipping is free. Offer valid through October 8.

American Eagle - 40% off clearance + Additional 15% off

I know AE's sales are very common. Nonetheless, it never hurts to post these as the prices are dirt cheap for a fairly good quality product and designs.

Add item to cart to see price after 40% discount
Use promo code 24726521 to get an additional 15%

If you buy any pair of AE jeans, you can use the code 47645011 to get 20% instead of the 15%

Shipping is free if you are a Shoprunner member of course or if you purchase over $100. $7 flat-rate otherwise.
If you have an active deal you have found this week, feel free to comment below.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Easy Peasy Weekly Recipe #10

It's Wednesday!

Time for this week's installment of Christie's Easy Peasy Weekly Recipes!


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thrifty Thursdays #9!


Land's End is having a 30% off fall sale. I have found two working promotional codes that you can use. They will work on all items on the site, but I suggest using it on the sale items that are already marked down considerably (up to 65%). This can be a GREAT time to stock up on those school uniforms or even backpacks for next school year (put them up in the closet for next year.)

Here are the promotional codes I have found:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Easy Peasy Weekly Recipe #9

It's Wednesday!

Time for this week's installment of Christie's Easy Peasy Weekly Recipes!

 Easy Peasy Clam Chowder

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

30-Day Husband Encouragement Challenge

Do you want to become a biblical wife/future wife?
Beginning this week I will be joining my sister who is starting a 30 Day Husband Challenge that she found at
Click on the pic below to go to my sister's blog to find out how you can join us!

My sister also made a Facebook Group so we can get together, share stories, encourage other women, discuss issues, ask questions, and learn from others what they are doing to love their husbands/future husbands in the way God has called each of us to do.!/groups/encouragingourhusbands/ 
I would love to hear if you decide to join us...comment below!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Parent Essay Homework

For Nathan's Advanced Language Arts class, his teacher Ms. Boyer assigned us parents homework. We had to write an essay about Nathan. This is the essay I wrote.

A Million Words or Less about Our Son
Nathan Barker

                Nathan Joshua is our second born. He has an older brother Jason (13), a younger brother Braden (5) and the baby of the family is his sister Maili (4). Because of this fact, it has taken me some time to complete this assignment for you and I do apologize.

                Let me first start off by saying, in the short time that was allotted at Open House, I can tell Nathan is going to really enjoy learning in your class. Your spirit and love of teaching was very apparent and was quite refreshing. I cannot wait to see all this year has in store for Nathan in your class.

Nathan is what you would call “the typical boy.” He loves sports, football the most, yet recently has enjoyed is daily long bike rides with his father and his basketball spars with his neighborhood friends as well.  He has a terrific throwing arm when he throws the football with Dad in the yard and has in the past played tackle football for our local Pop Warner Football Team.

                He loves a challenge. Yet, he has problems completing the mundane things of life, such as chores and things he likes to call “boring.” Sometimes with his school work, I have to make him focus to complete it. When he does complete his work he is so excited to show how well he did. He is people pleaser. He loves positive feedback and enjoys lots of praise for any work he has done. He often asks when doing a new chore, “Am I doing good Mom?”  He especially likes to organize things. I cannot tell you the countless times he has organized the Xbox game drawer in our family room’s entertainment center.

                Due to having an older brother who has special needs, Nathan has been inherently deemed “The Talker” of the family. See, Jason is only 14 months older and didn’t speak true words until he was over 3 years of age and because of this Jason and Nathan made their own language; their pediatrician at the time said it was like the twin to twin communication you hear of. Nathan would translate to us all of Jason’s needs and wants when us, as his parents, couldn’t understand. Because of this Nathan at home talks and talks and talks some more. In public though, if he is in an uncomfortable position he has been known to completely shut down and not utter a single word out of his mouth.

                Nathan is a very caring child. He truly wants for others to do well and I am really honored as his mother that he is constantly concerned about my feelings. He has told me before that “it makes my day when you have a good day Mom.” Because of this though, he cares too much what others think about him. He worries a lot about his clothing and shoes being sociably acceptable. When he was little at the age of five he would say “they’re all going to laugh at me” if I picked something he didn’t want to wear to school. Of course my reaction was, “who are these people? And why would they laugh at you? You are five years old.” Still to this day it takes much effort on his behalf to pick the clothes he wants to wear to school the night before. It can be very frustrating as his mother when bedtime has ticked by and thirty minutes of his sleep time has been depleted because of it.

                I can truly go on and on forever about Nathan, but I won’t bore you with countless hours of a mother gloating about her son. In conclusion, Nathan our son is a bright light in our lives. He brings us love, excitement, some frustration and much joy. To say we are grateful every day that he is a part of our family, is an understatement. We feel very blessed that God has given us the honor to call Nathan, son.

Essay written by: Christie Barker (Nathan’s mother)

With input from: John Barker (Nathan’s father)

Thrifty Thursdays #8!

Bealls Florida 50% off Bra Event

Kind of self-explanatory. But, I have a few more details to add. With the code: SAVE10 you can save $10 off orders more than $50. Also, if you get your order in tonight, you will get $5 flat rate shipping and there is no minimum needed for your order.
Something additional, if you feel you are wearing the wrong bra size you can go to Bealls and have your *ladies* fitted. Click here to find participating locations.
If you have an active deal you have found this week, feel free to comment below.

Happy Thrifty Thursday Ya'll!!!!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Easy Peasy Weekly Recipe #8

It's Wednesday!

Time for this week's installment of Christie's Easy Peasy Weekly Recipes!
A little side note before the recipe: Debbi is a friend of mine since I was in 8th grade. We have grown up with each other and through the years she has become much more than a friend, she is like a sister to me. And in fact she married my husband and I, so she holds a very sweet spot in my heart. With all that being said, I am very proud to have Debbi be a guest recipe submitter for today.
 Debbi's Entry: Easy Chicken Stroganoff

Friday, September 07, 2012

Thrifty Thursdays #7!

On Friday
 (I had a busy day yesterday... but I found this AWESOME DEAL I needed to share!) is offering a 20-Page 8x8 Shutterfly Photo Book for Free when you apply coupon code SUMMERBOOK at checkout. Shipping is $8. Offer ends 9/12/2012. So get to work ladies!!!
Instructions to get deal!
  1. Click Here
  2. Click "Get Started"
  3. Select "8x8 Photo Book"
  4. Follow the prompts to create your book
  5. At checkout, apply coupon code SUMMERBOOK
  6. Total should be $0 + $8 S/H = $8

If you have an active deal you have found this week, feel free to comment below.

Happy Thrifty Thursday on Friday Ya'll!!!!


Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Easy Peasy Weekly Recipe #7

It's Wednesday!

Time for this week's installment of Christie's Easy Peasy Weekly Recipes!
Picture taken from Google images as an example   


 Lemon Butter and Parmesan Baked Asparagus  

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Sorry Guys!

Sorry I haven't posted in a while... I have been dealing with an injured little girl. 
This picture was taken of Maili on our way to the doctor's office.


Maili bit the side of the inside of her mouth which caused her mouth to have a dime sized canker sore to form where the injury took place. Then her entire mouth and throat swelled because of it. I have had on the average 1-2 hours a night sleep per night from Tuesday on because of it. She has woken up over and over again through the night because of the pain. I brought her to the doctor and the pediatrician doesn't think she ruptured her tonsils or throat area, THANK GOD! Lots of liquids, because she hasn't been able to eat much and as much rest has a 4 year old will give. She seems to be on the mend. She FINALLY ate something with substance yesterday and today. It will take her some time though. Hopefully she can return to school Tuesday.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thrifty Thursdays #6!

The Great Trade-In Event
Starting tomorrow, Toys R Us and Babies R Us are having a Great Trade-In Event. This is a fun promotion where you can trade-in used items (car seats, strollers, high chairs, bouncers) and get a discount on new items in return!

For each item you trade in, you’ll get a coupon for 25% off the purchase of a new baby item. The new product must in a participating category and from select manufacturers – Baby Trend, Chicco, Evenflo, Graco or S1 By Safety 1st.

The coupon is valid the day of the trade-in only, so have something in mind and read reviews before you head to the store.

The event is running starting Friday 8/24 through 9/16 and you can see all of the details here.

If you have an active deal you have found this week, feel free to comment below.

Happy Thrifty Thursday Ya'll!!!!


Friday, August 17, 2012

10 Ways to be a Happier Mom

My sister posted this on Facebook and I thought I would share it. It was found at:

holy experience

Ways to be a Happier Mom

1. Life is not an emergency.
Life’s a gift.
Just. Slow. Down.

2. Now is not a forever grace but amazing grace.
Do whatever it takes to wake to wonder right here.

3. Sometimes the slowest way is the fastest way to joy.
Make time today, even a moment, to read Scripture and memorize it.
Without the lens of His Word, the world warps.
{Slowest=fastest to joy}

4. Laughter is the cheapest, holiest medicine.
Preschoolers laugh 300 times a day. Aim for double that. Tickle someone, (yourself!), if necessary. This is good!

5. Motherhood is a hallowed place because children aren’t commonplace.
Co-laboring over the sculpting of souls is a sacred vocation, a humbling privilege.
Never forget.

6. Homemaking is about making a home, not about making perfection.
A perfect home is an authentic, creative, animated space where Peace and Christ and Beauty are embraced.
{Perfect does not equate to immaculate.}

7. A pail with a pinhole loses as much as the pail pushed right over.
A minute dawdled here, a minute scrolling here — they can add up to your life. Write down your intentions for the day and prayerfully ive the intentions and spend your life well by paying attention to the moments — which pays thanks to God.
A whole life can be lost in minutes wasted, small moments missed.

8. Believe it: I have all I need for today.
The needs of our day are great but our God is greater and we call Him Providence because we believe: He is the One who always provides.
{And when God provides, He should be praised, and if God always provides, shouldn’t praise always be on the lips?}

9. Slow. Children at play.
The hurry hurts the kids.
Time’s this priceless currency and only the slow spend it wise enough to be rich.
If we had to actually buy our time, would we spend it more wisely — spend it more slowly?
{God’s Word never says Hurry Up. God words only whisper: Wake Up.}

10. Love is patient.
Parenting’s this gentle way of bending over in humility to help the scraped child up because we intimately know it takes a lifetime to learn how to walk with Him.
Patience. Love always begins with patience and patience is a willingness to suffer.

The art of really celebrating life isn’t about getting it right – but about receiving Grace.
The sinners and the sick, the broken, the discouraged, the wounded and burdened — we are the ones who get to celebrate grace!
Regardless of the mess of your life, if Christ is Lord of your life, than we are the celebrants out dancing in a wild rain of grace — because when it’s all done and finished, all is well and Christ already said it was finished.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Thrifty Thursdays #5!

This week's thrifty find is something very yummy!!!!

Cold Stone Creamery Coupon
Buy Any One Creation Get One Free

Cold Stone Creamery has Buy Any One Creation and Get One (of equal or lesser value) Free with this Printable Coupon Offer is valid through August 30, 2012

Must print out. Coupon not accepted on smartphones.

Valid for Like it(Small), Love it(Regular), or Gotta have it(Large) sizes only.
Served in a cup with up to 4 mix-ins.
Waffle cups and extra mix-ins available for additional charge.
1 per customer per visit

Click HERE to find a Cold Stone Creamery near you!

Let me know if it works for you!

If you have an active deal you have found this week, feel free to comment below.

Happy Thrifty Thursday Ya'll!!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Bumbo Baby Seats get seat belts

4M Bumbos recalled due to risk of babies falling out!

Author: By Aaron Smith

Four million Bumbo Baby Seats are being recalled due to the risk of babies falling out of them, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on Wednesday.

But this doesn't mean that parents have to ship the seats back or throw them away. The company is encouraging consumers to order a repair kit that contains a restraint belt for the seat, available for free.

"Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free repair kit, which includes: a restraint belt with a warning label, installation instructions, safe use instructions and a new warning sticker," said the CPSC. "The belt should always be used when a child is placed in the seat."

Easy Peasy Weekly Recipe #6

It's Wednesday!

Time for this week's installment of Christie's Easy Peasy Weekly Recipes!

This one I am stealing from my Dad and his wife Corey. They make these for our family when they come down to Florida from Connecticut for their annual visit. It is super easy and if you make it with lower fat options, much healthier too.

Photo taken from Google Images as an example of what they look like.

Graham Cracker Ice Cream Sandwiches

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Thrifty Thursdays #4!

50% off any pizza at menu price when you order online at
Expires August 12, 2012 enter the code 50OFF during checkout to receive offer.
Offer valid in U.S. only, except AK and HI. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Not sure if you have to log onto Facebook and follow the link.

Let me know if it works for you!

If you have an active deal you have found this week, feel free to comment below.

Happy Thrifty Thursday Ya'll!!!!

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Easy Peasy Weekly Recipe #5

(Sorry I haven't blogged in a few days, been having some vehicle issues and trying to prepare for the kids to start school which is beginning for one of the four tomorrow and the rest of them in a few weeks.)

It's Wednesday!

Time for this week's installment of Christie's Easy Peasy Weekly Recipes!
Want to make one of these at home? This is soooo dang easy!!!!

Fruit and Yogurt Parfaits!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Thrifty Thursdays #3!

This weeks is one that I am using myself! Got some school shoe shopping to while on my hunt for a deal for my big boys this is what I found.

So here's how it works you can either visit online or in-store doesn't matter. The only thing is... this weekend, at least in Florida, it is Tax Free Weekend (on school related items which includes clothes and shoes) AND you do have to pay for shipping if you do it online. I am actually waiting until the weekend to purchase the shoes we need in-store.

The deal is Buy One Get One 1/2 off then the additional 15-20% off depending on if you are a Rewards Member or not. It is free to be a Rewards it is worth filling out the info online to become one. Plus they will send you coupons quartly as well as for every purchase you earn money back to use on future purchases.

Click on the link to become a Rewards Member. If you plan on being like me and shop this can print a coupon for the 15-20% off to use in-store on the website. It is located under the "Search" area on the page.
This deal is valid until 8/11/2012.

There is a way to reserve your shoe choices online to an in-store location if you are a Rewards Member....I'm still trying to figure that out though.

Let me know if you have an active deal you have found this week, feel free to comment below.

Happy Thrifty Thursday Ya'll!!!!