Sassy2Savvy

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Scarecrow Crunch September 20, 2012

Filed under: S2S Recipes — sassy2savvy @ 10:37 AM

ScArEcrOw CrUncH

The fall time always brings fresh aromas of sweet treats to ones house. Well I know in our home, when the heat dies down the stove and oven come on. This recipe I am about to share is a no cook, just throw a bunch of stuff together in a jar type of recipe. Your kids will love it and it makes a great after school snack.

A Great Fall Treat

Ingredients:

pretzels (Waffle or sticks)

Peanuts or sunflower seeds (we used peanuts)

Honey Nut Cheerios and or Reese’s Cocoa Puffs

Cheese Its or Fish crackers

Caramel Popcorn (I used fiddle-faddle)

Dried fruits (raisins or crazins)

Optional Sweet Additives: (Pick a few)

Candy corn (gives it fall color)

Mini chocolate chips

Reese’s pieces (also adds great fall color)

Directions:

Place all ingredients in a bowl and stir and mix together, sometimes I use a large ziplock bag so that I can add ingredients and shake together. Kids love doing the mixing part.

I make a big batch up and place half of it in a tightly sealed zip lock bag and the other half in a large jar. My scarecrow crunch is great to eat but used as a fall decoration in my kitchen. Decorate your large jar with a fall like ribbon. The colors from the snack and ribbon give it a great fall look. Add the fun name “Scarecrow Crunch” to the outside with a chalk board sticker or scrap piece of paper!

Gift Idea:

Put in small mason jars, tie with a ribbon and put a label on it for a nice fall gift for a teacher or friend. Will do this as it gets closer to Halloween!!

Love:

The Andersen’s

 

 

 

 

 

Fall is coming, Fall is coming! September 19, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 10:44 AM

Fall is Coming, Fall is Coming!!

How I love this time of year! Its time to start sharing some ways this family prepares for the fall season. I just decorated my house, made some fall treats for the kids, and am preparing some fall meals. Tonight, we are having potato soup in the crock-pot (its under the recipes section and it is sure to be a family favorite).  What are ways that you and your family prepare? Would love to hear of any traditions you par-take in and any recipes you want to share.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sassy2savvy will take these next eight weeks and dedicate it to bringing in the fall season. The blog will be over-taken with ideas, recipes, projects and more. I hope you enjoy these next few weeks as I take you into our home and share my favorite time of year.

Liz

 

Daily Devotion

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 9:33 AM

I Need, I Want, and I Have to do!

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”

Philippians 2:3

What a week it has been and it is only Wednesday my friends. I have found myself in a “poor me” state of mind and anything that possibly could get on my nerves this week, has succeeded. Have you ever had that type of week? Maybe this week has been tough for you as well.

Last night while laying in bed I had time to reflect on my reasoning for such a “poor me” attitude. I had to ask myself a couple of questions. Was this attitude warranted? Was this attitude helpful to my family and was I really getting anywhere by feeling sorry for myself? It is funny how God grabs our attention when our focus becomes on ourselves and not on him or his purpose for our lives.

Friends, when I look back over my last month I have noticed a pattern. I have become so self-absorbed and seeking all my needs, that I have not noticed anyone elses. I have gotten stuck in the mental rut of the I needs, I wants,  and the I have to-dos that I have been oblivious to others. I have not stopped much to think of what a friend may need, or how I have made my husband feel lately.  Its funny, I find that when I am serving others with the “right” heart then that is when I am truly my happiest. Now wonder I am feeling quite “dumpy”!

Our lives are temporary here on earth, all of this could be gone tomorrow. What really matters is the relationships we build, the time we take to serve, and the love we have to share. Sometimes, it can be as easy as a perspective change to change our attitude. I heard someone once say, ” a person will not remember what you say, they will always remember how you made them feel”. I bet if you and I were to hug our kids, share lunch with a friend, and or call a family member to see how they were, our bad attitude and self-pity would soon disappear.

So for the rest of the week, I will get out of my mental rut and transition my focus off of myself and look to God for ways I can serve and love others! Have a great week friends and smile, it could be contagious.

Liz

 

Button Monogram September 11, 2012

Filed under: S2S Crafts,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 9:58 AM

Button Monogram

Many friends have expressed interest in a Button Monogram I did for my daughter’s room. It is a fun and easy craft, older kids would even enjoy making their own. I hope you like this as much as my daughter and I do.

Supplies:

– 12×12 scrapbooking paper (We used a card stock weight with heavy glitter)

– Button of choice

– Sticky tack glue/crafting glue

– Letter template (can be made from computer font)

– 12×12 Shadow Box (Got it from Micheals pretty cheap)

Directions:

Step One: Cut out letter template and glue to scrapbooking paper.

Step Two: Start glueing buttons on making sure to over lap your template so it does not show. The buttons will need to be layered in order to fill in the template. We have three layers of buttons. Dont be afraid to use a lot of glue, it will dry clear and you want your buttons to stay on (Note: Use different size buttons to give dimension).

Step Three: Once glued, let it sit for 24 hours to dry. Once dry, stand up and make sure all buttons are secure.

Finishing Tough: Put into shadow box style frame.

I told you it was simple and pretty easy. I have had so many compliments on this piece we did. Enjoy and happy crafting!!

Liz

 

Running a Tired Race

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 9:17 AM

Running a Tired Race

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still”

Exodus 14:14

This past Saturday I competed in my second Tough Mudder race in Maryland. For those of you that are not aware of what the Tough Mudder is; it is a long race (about 10-12 miles) through mud and obstacles that consist of ice, water, fire, and even electric shock. The race is extremely fun, however it can be quite tiring.

Well running the race I had a lot of time to reflect and pray. The praying was more asking God for strength and help to finish this race. The reflection came from a conversation I had days prior to the race. A few friends and I were talking about how life sometimes can seem like a tiring race, always trying to push through obstacles, so we can see what is on the other side.

My race this past weekend was full of obstacles which consisted of jumping over very high walls, climbing up hay bails stacked five high, jumping into a cargo container full of ice (34 degrees) and getting to the other side before I froze. However, I would be lying if I told you I did it all by myself. This race is based on team work, your entire team helps one another get though the obstacles. If I tried some of these alone, I would fail or not complete each obstacle.

Isn’t God on our team? However so many of us try to run this race of life, filled with so many obstacles alone. We fight through our walls, our hay stacks, only to find that we hit the wall or fall off the hay stack when we do it alone. I think sometimes God sits there and wonders why we run into the same wall over and over again without getting on our knees and simply asking for help. God is just waiting for us to be still, to be fed up enough hitting the same wall that we yell out “I can’t do this alone.”

Many of us know this, but how many times do we still try and try by our own will and not His will. I am so guilty of this. I start my day with a list of things to do. I get the kids ready for school, I clean the house, go grocery shopping,  work on PTA stuff, and look over my soccer mom priorities. By the time my daughter gets home, I can be frazzled and even sometimes just in a foul mood. Do you ever have those days? Those are the days that I feel like I just am running into walls and falling of the obstacles. It is days like these that I never once stopped and asked God to be on my team.

When I start my day with God on my team I usually wake up and read my bible and have my quite time. I don’t feel so alone or over whelmed. I feel like I have more time in the day and what stressed me yesterday does not seem so important today. It’s funny how easy that is to say but how hard it is to do. Friend I challenge you to get in some quite time each morning. In my quite time I read Gods word and talk to God in preparation for the day and then I set out on my day, never alone and with a mighty God ready to help throw me over that wall.

Have a blessed day!!!

Liz

 

Invited to the party September 6, 2012

Filed under: Daily Devotion,Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 10:58 AM

Invited to the Party

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

                                        Matthew 25:36

Have you ever had that “awe ha” moment. The moment you realize something and it slaps you so hard that it almost takes your breath away. Well I just celebrated my 30th birthday and actually that in itself was not that “awe ha” moment. I am comfortable in my skin and with my age so that part did not bother me. However it was another moment relating to my birthday that grabbed my heart. It was not until I was sitting in church that God in a quite moment between worship grabbed my attention. I felt him say “You call me father and friend, you call upon me in the time of need, I am with you daily, but I was not invited to your party.” At that moment all I could say with a deer in the head like look was, “God you are so right and I am so embarrassed and sorry.”

See friends, I did not know about my party as it was a wonderful surprise thrown for me from my amazing husband who had help from my parents and one of my best friends. With all my friends being present (both believers and non-believers) I had the opportunity and honor to invite my Jesus to celebrate with us and I did not. We did not say grace before we ate the great food prepared. I even gave a speech and thanked everyone for coming and for the gift of their friendship, but I didn’t even acknowledge my heavenly father. What was I thinking?

I had such a huge opportunity to witness through my actions but was to caught up in the moment. I had the opportunity to share what is most important to me through my everyday actions and did not take it. What really grabbed my attention, was that I had the opportunity to make my walk match my talk and I FAILED. However, I love my God and I believe in his grace and mercy and I know just like a best friend forgives, so does my amazing Heavenly Father. How many times do we forget to invite God into our daily actions? It does not matter if it is a birthday party, graduation, dinner with friends, God  wants to be invited and should be invited.

Reflect today on how many times you might have forgotten to invite God to your party. I am sure once you reflect on this you will engrave a mental note that says, God will be my first guest of choice at EVERY party. I know that image has been in the forefront of my mind all week. I challenge you and will pray that you will invite God to every event. This week I have gotten up each morning and verbally said “God I invite you to be apart of my day” and friends what a great few days it has been.

Until Next Time,

Liz

 

Demands of Deployment (A spouses story) July 16, 2012

Filed under: S2S Coffee Hour,Sassy2Savvy Blog — sassy2savvy @ 4:01 PM

Deployment day comes and it’s time to say goodbye. You dress the kids up in their best outfits and head out to the pier where you wave goodbye, wiping the tears from your eye only to stay as strong as possible for the little ones. One might think that this would be the hardest day but a military spouse might disagree. The hardest days are the ones where the air conditioning goes out, one of the kids busts out their two front teeth, and you realize you have a flat tire all in the same day. These days are the challenging ones. The day you wave goodbye is actually a relief because you can finally start counting down the days to homecoming. The stress and anxiety that was built the last couple of weeks while preparing for deployment is released when your service member pulls away.

As a proud military wife of three deployments, I have learned the importance of being prepared while your service member deploys. It is the service member’s responsibility to stay focused on the mission and the spouse’s responsibility to carry on the duties and everyday rigamarole of home life.

It is important as a military spouse to first tell yourself that not everything will go how you want it to. It is important to admit to yourself that “you are not perfect and will make mistakes” during deployment. For example, this last deployment my family experienced, I was so overwhelmed with unloading the groceries from the car that I left my youngest inside (only for a few minutes, before I realized she was missing). I cried for a week to think that I could have left a child in the car and not realized it, but then I had to let go of the guilt and make some adjustments to make sure it never happened again, as I still had four more months of deployment left.

Each challenge will make you a little stronger and build that much more character. Here are just a few things one can do as a military spouse to help with the demands of deployment.

  • Get Busy. It’s important to still have a life even though a part of the family is missing. Keeping normalcy is important for the kids but staying busy is also important for the spouse’s health. Make a list of to-dos that you might want to accomplish before the deployment is over. For example, this last deployment I had a goal to participate in a “Tough Mudder,” which is a mud and obstacle race. It took training and focus but, before I knew it, my race was approaching and the deployment was more than halfway over. Make sure to get the kids involved in planning a schedule so they too will have something to look forward to or work towards.
  • Split up the deployment into four quarters and plan a trip or event for each quarter. For example, the first quarter my family took a camping trip over Memorial Day weekend with other families. The kids had something to look forward to and this caused a distraction as to how many days were left until dad came home. The second quarter, grandparents came to visit and we planned events around town to share with our company, and again had a blast while more time passed us by.
  • Find Support. As a military spouse, support is so important. Creating a good support system can either make  or break a deployment. Many people are willing to help if you just let them. It is important to admit we cannot do everything alone. For example, when my mother had a heart attack, it was friends that stepped up and watched my girls so I could tend to my mom. It was friends that invited me and my girls on family outings and got us out of our house. Having other adults to talk to and relate with is important. Finding support can be as easy as making a phone call to support groups for military spouses. Also great places to seek out are churches, book clubs, and play groups. I found most of my support through church friends and my daughter’s soccer team.
  • Get Involved. All services have some form of F.R.G (Family Readiness Group). This group keeps you up-to-date with everything that has to do with your service member. This group will plan events and social outings, send out monthly email updates as to how your service member’s unit is doing, and provide support in times of emergency at home. I attended most monthly meetings and was informed of all the latest news.
  • Take Time to Grow. There are a lot of times when being a spouse, parent, or friend take up all of our time, and days or even a few minutes of quiet time is scarce. I know as a mom of two energetic girls and wife to a military husband, I don’t always get time to sit and reflect on me. Deployments are great for focusing on “me time”. I read new books, watch movies that I wanted to watch (of course when the kids went to bed) and spent time reflecting on what I liked or might want to change about myself. Keeping in mind that deployments are stressful and can be quite a load on one’s shoulders, it’s very important to have quiet moments to reflect.
  • Keep Your Service Member Close. Make sure to always keep your service member close. You can do this through taking family pictures before deployment and then posting current up-to-date pictures in the house. Prepare boxes to send to your service member. My girls loved that they could prepare a box for dad and then decorate the outside (send a box at least once a month). Stay in touch through email, even if your service member can’t write as much as you might hope. Writing to them creates the reality that they are still there and a part of your life.

Being a military spouse takes a special person. It takes dedication and selflessness. It is nights and days alone, being a single parent, while also paying the bills, mending boo-boos, and helping with homework. It means being both mommy and daddy, even on the days that you are just too tired. Getting though deployment is an accomplishment to be proud of. When you become a military spouse you do not get a manual that tells you how to feel, how to act, or what to do. However, being a military spouse comes with honor, humbleness, and complete pride in the cause you are serving and supporting.

 

Refreshed and Renewed July 12, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — sassy2savvy @ 10:32 PM

There are some things in our life that we can not control and the last two months have been quite crazy in our household. Many of you have noticed that Sassy2Savvy has not been updated in some time and I have had many requests to get back to work. I did not plan to take time off however due to unforeseen emergency surgery I had to put the blog on the back burner. Once I became healthy again, I had a lot to catch up on within my family. Once you add in kids going on summer break, family vacations and camps time just slips away.

I have learned a few life lessons these last few weeks…

Lesson 1: Never take your health for granted.

I had to have my tonsils out. I have had strep throat almost 20 times in four years. This surgery was way over due and the recovery was rough. Our health is so important and we are only given one body, some things we can control and others we can’t. I had almost four weeks of down time to really embrace how important overall health is to our family unit.

Lesson 2: My kids need to know I value their interests.

My oldest plays soccer and this summer our soccer schedule seems to be packed with practice and many tournaments including nationals in Knoxville, which the girls took 2nd place. It was an accident leaving my computer at home for the 8 days we were in Knoxville, but an important lesson that sometimes we just need to put everything down and focus on what really matters to our children. My daughter loved that I was on the sidelines with no other agenda cheering her on. Our kids treasure the time we can give that is uninterrupted. Sometimes we forget that their interests are just as important as our interests. I loved putting the computer down and sitting on the soccer field cheering.

Lesson 3: Being a mom is a full time job.

I never knew how much I valued my job as Mom. Having my tonsils out was a huge deal. It took me away from my duties as mom and made me rely on others. Four weeks was quite a long time to take sick leave, and to tell you the truth the hardest thing to do was to let go of my title for a few weeks and let others in to take my place. I have a new found appreciation of being a mom. I love cookie dinner, organizing my house and planning outings with my family, though certain days are harder than others, I am blessed to be able to have a family.

Sometimes we need a little down time to appreciate what we have. I am excited to be back writing my blog and I have a few new ideas to share. Writing is my passion and I think we all have a story to tell.

 

 

 

Veggie Pizza (even my kids love it) May 7, 2012

Filed under: S2S Recipes — sassy2savvy @ 4:45 PM

Veggie Pizza

Here is a great recipe that will have your kids eating their veggies and enjoying it. My kids love this recipe. Also it is family friendly recipe that kids can help with.

Before the last layer of cheese.

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough (I use Pillsbury)

Italian Seasoning

Garlic Cloves or Fresh Jar Garlic

Olive Oil

Roma Tomatoes (2)

Onion (Purple or Yellow)

Green Bell Pepper

Mushrooms

Mozzarella Cheese (1pound bag)

Italian Blend Cheese

Optional: Green or yellow Squash

Optional: Artichoke Hearts

Optional: Black Olives

1.)     Roll out dough on stone (I use a rectangle  stone)

2.)    Spread olive oil to cover pizza dough  (Just as you would if using sauce)

3.)    Next sprinkle Italian seasoning generously over olive oil

4.)    Add fresh garlic to dough (I use about 2 Tablespoons)

5.)    Then spread one layer of mozzarella cheese over pizza dough

6.)    Layer your veggies (no order, just throw them on there)

7.)    Sprinkle Italian seasoning  over veggies

8.)    Cover in remaining cheese (Both Mozzarella and Italian Blend)

9.)    Place in oven on 400 degrees for 22 min.

ENJOY!!!

 

Designer Plastic Bag Holder May 4, 2012

Filed under: S2S Crafts — sassy2savvy @ 11:15 AM

Happy Earth Day Friends

A great friend of mine showed me this awesome craft and I thought I would share it with you. I made mine in about an hour’s time. I have to say with Earth Day just a few days ago, this craft is all about recycling and reusing, while organizing at the same time. Let’s get started.

Designer Shopping Bag Holder:

Supplies:

Scrapbook Paper (12×12)

Solid Paper for Tag

Modge Podge (I used Matte finish)

Paint brush or sponge

Letter stickers or Silhouette machine

One large cleaning wipes container

Glue (Crafting glue)

1.)     Taking your Lysol wipes container, peel stickers off to just a clean white finish.

2.)    Measure and cut your paper to fit around the container accordingly, your paper will not fit all the way around but if you are using a 12×12 piece of scrap paper, then you will have enough to cut one small strip to fit the space that is not covered.

3.)    Using crafting glue, glue your paper to container, pulling tightly so that there are very little or no wrinkles. You will want to glue a small strip of paper first to container then wrap the remaining big piece of measured paper around the container.

4.)    Now that you have it all covered in the paper, take a solid color paper and scrapbooking stickers, create a tag.

5.)    Place tag to the front of container using crafting glue.

6.)    Once it is glued then you can start applying your Modge Podge to the outside of the container. This will paint on white, but will dry clear! I did three thick coats.

7.)    Open the top of the container and remove plastic pieces that hold in wipe. There should be a hole now that allows you to pull your plastic bag through.

8.)    Place plastic shopping bags in container. Mine hold 25+ bags.

Enjoy your new designer bag holder. I love mine!!! You will get lots of compliments from guests when you pull out your plastic bags. Happy Earth Day Friends and Happy Crafting.

 

 
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