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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Basic Dinner Rolls Video Tutorial


Hi guys! I am so excited to have another video tutorial for you all today. Today's video is a how to for my basic dinner rolls. These are a family favorite and happen to be one of the first things I learned to make with my bread maker. They make a great addition to any meal and are great for little hands to help with. If you like this video, make sure to subscribe to my Youtube Channel, so you don't miss out on any of the fun!

Thanks for all your support and for laughing right along with me as I make these video tutorials with my little read heads. They definitely make the video making process a fun one:)

Find more video tutorials and thrift store hauls from me HERE

XO Danielle

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Around Here...

Blissful and Domestic  Creating Beautiful on Less

Blissful and Domestic  Creating Beautiful on Less

Blissful and Domestic  Creating Beautiful on Less

Blissful and Domestic  Creating Beautiful on Less

Blissful and Domestic  Creating Beautiful on Less

Blissful and Domestic  Creating Beautiful on Less

Blissful and Domestic  Creating Beautiful on Less

Blissful and Domestic  Creating Beautiful on Less

Blissful and Domestic  Creating Beautiful on Less

Blissful and Domestic  Creating Beautiful on Less

Around here we have been having fun and staying busy with swimming, homeschool co-op, trying new recipes, and taking breaks from our day to get a little hands on learning. Hubby also pulled up all of our wood flooring. I know gasp! It was absolutely beautiful, but not very practical. After a year and a half of this mama having a bit of anxiety (I am a neat freak) at not being able to completely clean the floor, that sweet hubby of mine pulled up all the wood and painted the plywood underneath. We used paint we already had on hand, so the project has only cost $10 so far (for wood putty). We are using the old flooring to make planters (pictured above). I can't wait to share the finished results of our projects when we're done.

I have also been working like a mad women on that book of mine. My December 1 deadline is approaching too quickly for my liking. I am digging in and trying to write as much as I can every.single.day. I want this book to be able to help so many. I can't wait to get it out to all you lovelies!

In between writing I have been taking breaks for fun with the red heads. We ventured out to Krispy Kreme this past weekend for free doughnuts. Yum! All we had to do was dress like a pirate. MY kids were totally down with that. It seemed like many of you were too! I loved seeing all your posts on Facebook and Instagram. Too fun!

Oh and before I forget..... I am also starting a budgeting class this Sunday...woot woot! For all you in the Henderson area that would like to join, you can find the details on Facebook. I am so excited to start offering classes through my ward. These classes are free and are a way for me to share on provident living.

That is pretty much all for us right now. I am hoping to get a few posts scheduled for this week between all the madness.

How's was your weekend?

XO Danielle

In the picture of Miss Priss writing in her workbook, it is a cursive copybook I printed from LDS Notebooking for free. I printed mine in cursive and on The Family Proclamation. My kids are loving it and I love including the gospel in our everyday learning. 

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Day in the Life of Bethany...


A Day in the Life of Bethany...
Good Morning Lovelies! Today you are invited to spend a day in the life of her.

You know that gal who you might think has it all together. The mama who seems to do it all. Well guess what? She doesn't. Let's fight those lies. This new series is an effort to get rid of the "super mom"  image that we all make for ourselves in our heads. It is a time to inspire one another even more. We do not have to always have it together to be good moms, wives, and women in sisterhood!

I have invited some wonderful women to share their story with us and to be real with y'all. They will share their struggles, their victories, their frustrations, their joys, and everything in between. It may not be glamorous, but it is real and real is absolutely beautiful 

Come walk a bit in the shoes of another....

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Hey y’all! I am Bethany Dumas. I am wife to Joseph, momma to Jonathan, Josiah, Chloe and Gideon. I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and am now transplanted in Birmingham, Alabama where my husband and I have lived all our married life. When I was little, I went through stages of interest in certain professions but always wanted to be a mom. I am now a Stay at Home and Homeschooling mom, supporting my husband by saving money where I can. In addition to his (more than full time) job, he serves as worship leader in our church, Grace Community, and I serve alongside him as much as I am able.

A Day in the Life of Bethany...
The day I chose was our last day of summer vacation. It seems as school draws near we are all holding onto our last few days of “freedom” from routine and schedule, honestly, it is probably more me than the kids. We’re invited to swim today and we’re planning to have friends over for dinner this evening.
This day starts as most of my days begin with my “alarm” sounding, “Mama, Mama” through the monitor. This alarm has no snooze button, it continues and gets louder if I try to ignore it. My two year old, Gideon, wakes me up at about 7:30 today. My feet barely hit the floor as he is running into my room, apparently his brother (6) and sister (4) helped him escape from the crib and his first request is milk. This is his best “milk, please, mommy” face.

A Day in the Life of Bethany...
So I stumble to the kitchen to get him some milk and some coffee for myself. I get him the milk and find 10 things to do half way before I remember the coffee. Start the coffee maker, while trying to finish those 10 things, not doing so well. I am not a morning person, I never have been, but as “mom” I don’t have much of a choice.
Finally got my coffee, it is ½ decaf and ½ regular, I am currently trying to kick the caffeine, but I love the taste of creamer with a little coffee.

A Day in the Life of Bethany...
My three older kids, can fix their own breakfast, so after I get Gideon squared away, I make my peanut butter toast. I am hypoglycemic, so the peanut butter really helps me balance my blood sugar. This is the point every day I have to make a decision; this decision always affects the rest of my day. While I eat my breakfast I have two choices: to read and study the Bible or to watch Netflix. Today my Bible Study wins and I am sure I have y’all to thank for that, partially. You provided some accountability for me knowing I was going to write it down and let you read it. This saddens me a little, I wish that it wasn’t such a hard choice for me, but that is a battle I am still fighting. So I put the phone down and open my Bible to Mark chapter 2, continuing in my study.

A Day in the Life of Bethany...
I am always glad when I choose time in God’s Word, it is refreshing to my soul, refocusing my day.
Shortly after that my phone’s text alert goes off and I find a text from my sweet hubby. It is nice to know he is thinking of me even when he is busy with work demands.
It is almost 9 and I really wanted to leave by 10 to go swimming. One thing I know about swimming for 4 hours is that we are all tired when we finish. So with that in mind, I get dinner prepped and ready to go in the oven for our dinner tonight. I have recently started a move toward organic foods, especially in meat and milk. On tonight’s menu is baked ziti, salad and rolls. Organic cooking requires a little more thought, but we have found it to be well worth the effort.

A Day in the Life of Bethany...
Jonathan (8), Josiah (6), and Chloe (4) all have chores they are responsible for around our house. We have lots of conversations about being helpful to the family; whether it be attitudes or actions. We have two main questions we ask, Does it honor God? and Is it helpful to our family? That is how I go about motivating them to get things in order for our evening. They have been tasked with cleaning up the playroom/ entertainment/ music room today. It takes longer than it should, but they are playing, cleaning and enjoying each other. It did get done before we left.

A Day in the Life of Bethany...
We had a great afternoon swimming; they are getting more independent these days. I love watching the kids master new tasks; being a witness to them learning is one of my favorite parts of being their mom. 
Swimming wears them out, but my three oldest have given up naps, so we opt for a pallet on the floor and a movie for the afternoon. I’ll use this time to finish cleaning and preparing for our guests, all while the little one is napping. I even had enough time this afternoon to throw the swim stuff in the laundry; it usually sits around for a while. While gathering the towels I notice something I forgot about earlier. While at the pool, my littlest had a #2 in his reusable swim diaper today, so I still have the poop to deal with and oh my the smell is enough to knock me out. I tried to hold my breath the entire time!

A Day in the Life of Bethany...
We enjoyed our dinner and play time with friends. No boy or girl was seriously injured during the evening. Our friends have two boys and we have three so there is always a lot of “fighting”. Chloe got into the action tonight and here she is matching her brother. She is a good sport and we have found dress up to be something all our kids love to play. Their imaginations are really something!
Our friends are gone and bed time is now upon us. There is usually some wrangling that happens to get everyone into their jamies, pottied and into bed. Daddy loves to help with bedtime; his “help” sometimes drags out bedtime. But, the faster they get ready the more he’ll be able to read. (I sometimes just want to throw them in bed and be done with the day, but I have learned it is a special for both the kids and my husband.) They are currently half way through “Farmer Boy”, in The Little House on the Prairie Series. I use this time to relax after the long day, then I join them for prayer and its lights out for them! Tonight is Friday so I will have a little extra time with my hubby since he won’t be getting up before 5:00 tomorrow for work. We always try to save at least an hour for just us each night. It is important time for us to talk through the day. My man and I are a team and his help and prayers for us are what keep me balanced.

A Day in the Life of Bethany...
Tonight I am going to bed before I turn into a pumpkin, but just barely. There is always more laundry for tomorrow. I get told a lot that time goes by so fast, too fast. So when things seem crazy, I am struggling with my temper and I could use at least three more mes with a couple extra arms, I try to remember that “The days are long but the years are short.”
Thanks for spending the day with me!
Blessings,
Bethany
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Thank you so much Bethany for sharing a little bit 
about you and your sweet family.
 
Find more A Day in The Life of Her HERE 

If you would like to be a part of the "A Day in The Life of Her" series,
shoot me an email. I'd love to have you!

blissful_and_domestic@yahoo.com

XO Danielle
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Homeschool Diaries: Why Gina Does It...


 Homeschool Diaries: Why Gina Does It...

Hello my name is Gina and my husband and I home school our 2 children. A little background information about us. In August we celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary. This November we will be together 23 years. We both come from Christian homes and are Christians ourselves. We were married 7 ½ years before we had our son and then 10 years later we had our daughter so it definitely was like starting over. Our children are great together even with the age difference.

Homeschool Diaries: Why Gina Does It...

When we talked about having kids it was always questionable if we would send them to public school. I had seen how my nieces and nephew were doing with my sister and brother-in-law home schooling so it was definitely something we wanted to do. We did and didn’t choose home schooling as a way to protect our children from things, but in a way we did. Let me explain that wasn’t our whole motive for doing it. Yes, we did choose it in a way to protect, but it was also to give them in our opinion the best opportunity to learn. We had just seen too much in our opinion in the public school that we didn’t like so when our oldest was school age we decided to home school him. Through the earlier years it was pretty easy, pick a curriculum, do the work and that was that, but as our son got older I switched curriculums and when we tried to go back to the one we had used he had some challenges. I realized by talking to other mom’s that you cannot condemn yourself, this is really a learning experience. I then started to do some research and found out that our son was more of a visual learner…..light bulb moment. He loves computers and being able to see to visually see his lessons and examples has helped him tremendously not to mention it makes learning more fun so to fix the problem we found a curriculum that was visual with a teaching DVD/workbook and computer based curriculum. This has worked well and has led us to another one where now he likes to do his school work, which makes it a lot easier to learn because you at least enjoy the teaching process. With the curriculum challenges that I listed above that is why I love home schooling. What works for one child may not always work for another one. With home schooling we can tweak it to where it helps our son learn and enjoy school. We have been able to make it so our son enjoys school more. Now I am not saying that he is so eager to jump up and get started on his school work every morning, but finding something that he likes does help to make it easier to learn.

Homeschool Diaries: Why Gina Does It...


I love the freedom that home schooling offers to us. My husband works second shift and so for us one of the big reasons is their dad gets to see them everyday, but I love the fact that yes we can control our environment and mix and match our children’s curriculum to what fits them instead of one size fits all curriculum, which it doesn‘t. I love the time that I do spend with our son and daughter. Being able to be home and seeing them when they get something that has been a challenge to them and the sparkle in their eyes when they get it is totally priceless. Our daughter is just now 4 (will be 5 in November) so we are just starting preschool with her. So I am sure that will bring its own growing moments with it. 

Homeschool Diaries: Why Gina Does It... 

Something that I also think is important with home schooling is that you as a mom get involved with other moms so you have women who are also going through the same challenges you are. I have a great group of ladies that I am involved with who are there for me. I can share my challenges with and they are there to listen, but yet hopefully I am also able to be there for them. We also do things to bring our children together so they can also be around other kids.

-Gina

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Thank you for sharing your story Gina!
XO Danielle


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