Fabric Shower Curtain Liner~Money Saving Tip

by adustyframe ~ July 28th, 2014

Several years ago, I got tired of vinyl shower curtain liners.

They are cold and gross when you’re in the shower and then I’m sorry but I do not scrub those things—into the trash they go!

They are really inexpensive to buy but I just got tired of it.

I purchased a white fabric shower curtain and have been using it for a liner for years. I’ve been using it for at least 8 years?

At first, I balked at the $15.00 price tag but through the years, I’ve been so happy I purchased it.

If it gets gross, I just put it in the washer with hot water and some bleach. I don’t really use bleach for anything else around here but some things just ask for bleach!

I’m pretty sure there are lots of years of life left in my liner so I’m pretty sure it’s saving us money!


Penny Wise Windy City Neighbors~Dave & Neta Jackson~ Book Review

by adustyframe ~ July 24th, 2014



About the Book:

Penny Wise introduces us to yet another family in “the neighborhood”—the Jaspers, busy with demanding jobs, busy with church, busy volunteering, parents of three active teenagers, juggling sometimes crazy schedules. All good things. Until all those “good things” feed into a series of crises that affects the whole family. Something’s gotta change!

The third in the Windy City Neighbors series, Penny Wise is a contemporary peek at an urban family wrestling with the spiritual and practical challenges of real life. The series employs the innovating storytelling technique of “parallel novels,” each with its own drama and story arc, but whose characters’ lives become intertwined with their neighbors and affect one another. Welcome to Beecham Street—a typical, isolated American neighborhood that is beginning to come out of its shell . . . for better or worse.


My thoughts:

I have been a huge fan of Dave & Neta Jackson’s books since the original Yada Yada Sisters series. I have to admit that I was a little wary about these spin off books but they’ve been good. I like to learn a little more about supporting characters in the original series. The spin off series also allow us a glimpse of the favorite characters from the Yada Yada series once in awhile.

I’ve really enjoyed all of them. This one however took me until 80% into the book (reading on my Kindle) before I felt like any sort of story was coming together and it was interesting. It REALLY pains me to say that but it’s the truth.

Most of the book was about how busy Michelle Jasper is–in incredible detail…….

I actually felt stressed out reading about how stressed out she was and it was a repetitive part of the story–over and over about every busy detail of her life. Ugghh….

There were also several details of she and her husband’s intimate life which just felt odd and out of place and not the usual Dave & Neta Jackson books that I’ve come to love. Yes, I happen to be a married woman that enjoys that part of married life but I just don’t want to read details that should be private in my Christian novel. It was jarring to me because I’ve read almost every one of their books and didn’t have this complaint before.

In other books, they talk about being in love…..have a little loving “sassy” talk one in awhile but this just felt like too much.

Also, at the end of the book Michelle’s husband was “pi**ed” about something. I actually stopped the book to check that I hadn’t misunderstood who the authors were. Is that the worst word in the world? No, but it was just so out of place for this series of books and I was disappointed.

The end of the book was good and interesting and had good points and truths but like I said the first 80% of the book was a little bit story and a lot of minute details of a busy woman’s life.

I just didn’t love this book and that makes me sad because I really do love these authors and their books. And now you know I give honest reviews!

If you’d like to read other reviews you can check out the other reviews at Litfuse Publicity.

About the Authors:


Dave and Neta Jackson are award-winning authors living in the Chicago area where their parallel novels from the Yada Yada House of Hope and Harry Bentley series are set. As a husband/wife writing team, Dave and Neta Jackson are enthusiastic about books, kids, walking with God, gospel music, and each other! Together they are the authors or coauthors of over 100 books. Learn more about them at their website.



I received a free e-book copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


How Have You Seen God At Work In Your Life Lately?

by adustyframe ~ July 21st, 2014

Yesterday, at church, a missionary who grew up in the church shared about their ministry.

One of the pastor’s asked her during question time, “How have you seen God at work in your life lately?”

I like that question and I like that he asked that right away before people got into the things like, “What is the weather like?” etc.


I’ve been thinking about this today.

How have I seen God at work in my life lately?

*Trusting Him with James going far away for camp in a few days.

*Encouraging me to love people who are very hard to love.

*Helping me to see little things 100 times a day that are blessings.

*Bringing songs or Scripture to mind when I’m discouraged.


What about you? How have you seen God at work in your life lately?



by adustyframe ~ July 17th, 2014

The other day on Facebook a friend asked, “So, what resources are available in our state for children of incarcerated parents?”

I hesitated.

Should I say anything?

I could say a lot…….

Instead, I just said, “So, have you heard about Angel Tree?”

Angel Tree is a wonderful resource and I’m always happy to share about it and let people know.

But providing a long list of resources? Well…..that would say something about me wouldn’t it? (For the record, I don’t have a long list of resources specific to our state.)

I’m careful who I just tell everything.

This person works in the prison system, which makes me even more reluctant to say anything. But her question also made me thankful that there are people in the system who care and want to find ways to support families.

People like her are much needed!



How Fast Is One Year?

by adustyframe ~ July 14th, 2014

Lee and I were discussing the baby’s upcoming birthday last week. We both exclaimed about how very quickly this year has passed.

Then I said, “Isn’t it funny how fast that year went but when we faced a year while you were “away” it seemed never ending.”

Interesting isn’t it how quickly or slowly a year passes depending on what it is you’re facing?



It turned out!

by adustyframe ~ July 10th, 2014


I made this from a Pinterest idea for the Fourth of July! I think it turned out great.

None of it was left after the party, so I guess everyone else agreed.

I bought red, white, and blue candy melts. Red, white and blue sprinkles and a bag of M&M’s. James and I had to pick out the red and blue ones ;).


A Tender Spot

by adustyframe ~ July 7th, 2014

Whenever I hear a sermon, story, devotion, etc about suffering or trials it hits a soft spot in me.

Yesterday’s sermon at church was about suffering and trials. One quote I wrote down is this.

“God often uses our suffering and things that are painful and difficult for us to impact the lives of others for the glory of God.”

The pastor shared that God redeems difficult situations by allowing us to support those who walk a similar path after we do.

He shared an illustration that of course hit home with me.


He said students who take piano lessons often want to quit when the things they are learning become difficult or require much repetition. The students who succeed are those who have in mind the end result of their lessons. Those who know that they will be able to play beautifully and use their talents in the future, don’t quit because it’s hard.

I’m so thankful I didn’t quit piano lessons when I was young. I’m also thankful I didn’t quit when things in our life became difficult.

Did I stumble? yes! Get exhausted? yes! Go back to how life used to be? of course!

But thankfully God sustained us. I think one thing was key in surviving our trial and the pastor mentioned this yesterday.

Seek God’s perspective in the matter. How does He want to use me? What does He want me to learn or see in this?

So many times, I still feel like I’d like to erase this from our past and just go back to “la la land” where I didn’t know so many things about people, life, prison….

Today, I saw a graphic on Facebook that said, “God does not delete our past. He redeems it.” That’s what I need to remember!

Oh and the sermon was based on 2 Corinthians 4:7-18!


Fourth Of July

by adustyframe ~ July 3rd, 2014



What are your plans for the holiday?

We plan to go to the parade and fireworks. James bought some fireworks that we will shoot off at our friend’s house on Saturday.

We may go to a potluck hosted by friends in my Sunday School class.

Otherwise, it will be a little low key since Lee is on the road.

I’m thinking of making this for the potluck just because it looks neat.

Check out my Americana Pinterest board for some other things that I just enjoy looking at –décor, inspiration, recipes….I was going to share which pin on that board is my favorite but I can’t….I love them all!

I made this for a party in May and used marshmallows instead of pretzels and it turned out cute!

I’ve also made this flag cake before and it’s not too hard actually. It impresses people too which is just a bonus!

Ok, so let me know what you’re up to and share any Americana links you are loving right now.


Natural Allergy Treatment~Update

by adustyframe ~ June 30th, 2014

Earlier this spring, I posted my plan for relieving my nasty Spring allergy symptoms naturally.

I’m happy to report that I made it through allergy season without popping any over the counter allergy tablets. While I know there are some considered safe for nursing, I wanted to see if I could survive without them.

Typically, my allergies are so bad in the Spring blooming season. My ears itch way inside. My throat itches. My eyes itch and bulge out they’re so irritated. My nose runs constantly. I sneeze constantly.


My plan was in this post.

I do think a little bit of everything contributed to the success but I do feel that the nettles made the biggest difference! If you’re an allergy sufferer give the nettles a try for sure and possibly utilize the other ideas!


10 Things On My Mind

by adustyframe ~ June 25th, 2014


1. I’m borrowing my friend’s children to go strawberry picking tomorrow. I’m not picking–they are! I’m going to watch the baby and supervise. HA! I LOVE having farm fresh strawberries in the freezer to use all year long.

The baby just tried strawberries the other day. He already loves blueberries and added strawberries to his “I love it” list.

2. I bought some kale at Trader Joes and want to try kale chips. I will eat them but I’ll also offer them to the baby. I’ve made them twice before bombed both times. I’m not sure why I feel inspired to try again!

3. James is getting so big. It’s bittersweet to see your little guy become a big guy right before your eyes. I’m getting so many comments about how grown up he is and how he’s changing. He is also a good looking guy. Girls started calling him the other day! GRRR….long story but Mom put a stop to that one. However, I know that soon he’ll be making so many changes in his life and girls will be one of them……I’m not ready for this.

4. I need to get homeschool planned for this fall.

5. The baby is just so sweet. I love everything about him and thank the Lord for him many times a day. I look at him and wonder how did we get such a cute, funny, precious little guy? We’re so blessed!

6. Today, Lee said he may not be home for the 4th! WHAT?! I’m trying to think what we will do to make the day special and feeling a little bummed. Then I thought, “HELLO! He wasn’t home for ANYTHING for years. Buck up, Buttercup.” :)

7. I NEED to get back to my TTapp. I’ve been slacking on the exercise. After baby was born, my hips were really bad. I mean REALLY bad. I could barely walk even in the house. So, I didn’t get in any exercise. My chiropractor has them mostly back to normal and I need to get rid of this baby/Csection belly. (!!!!)

8. I’m not sure my garden is going to make it. We’ve had a lot of rain since I planted it and it’s been swamped a couple times. We’ll see what happens.

9. I get some of the best book suggestions from Lisa’s book reviews. The Marrying of Chani Kauffman sounds really good!

10. For some strange reason, I get giddy when I’m on my blog feed on Wednesday and realize that it’s Amy’s Notebook day. I just love her notebook and even if I don’t need many of the links, I just enjoy looking at it!

So, what’s on your mind?