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.