Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Photography 101

I really enjoy being a mom of five and a pastor's wife. But recently my husband has made me realize I don't have anything/hobby to call my own. So knowing I enjoyed photography and we could use some good shots for church he signed me up for a photography class. I am on week 3 of 5 and really enjoying it. It is more fun then I even thought it would be. I have realized that this just maybe my hobby and maybe one day I can even earn some money doing it. So photography has been added to my list of to-do's in my life. Check out my new website: Amanda G. Bell Photography



Monday, December 16, 2013

Smoothie Time

    My husband and I have had a few people share with us their love for smoothies in the morning. So over the last few months we have been trying (sometimes time gets in the way) to have smoothies for breakfast. I have never followed any recipes. I just use frozen fruits and I sneak some fresh veggies in with juice. I wanted to share some of my blends because they really do make you feel better, taste good and have more energy through the day. Its amazing how easy it can be done. You can put as little or as much of the below ingredients into your smoothie. It usually never comes out icky. Below is just the last two I have made. If you don't have Bok Choy or Kale you can use spinach leaves.

Bok Choy Smoothie
-Frozen Strawberries
-Frozen Mixed Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
-1/2 banana
-2 Bok Choy leaves
-Small Cucumber
-Cran Grape Juice
-Cranberry Juice

Kale Smoothie
-Frozen Strawberries
-Orange Juice

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Every week I get so excited to go to Walmart!! Yes it is true!! I love to go to Walmart, especially now that they do Buy 1 Get 1 Free items from competitors. The best part is you get the items at Walmart's price! With a family of 7 you can see how this is very exciting for me to have the opportunity to save. I wanted to show off my last shopping trip.

I don't have time to coupon unfortunately but I save the coupons from the newspaper and if I have a coupon I use it, if I don't no worries. It is so stress free and only takes me 15 to 30 minutes a week to get ready for my shopping trip.

I paid only $88 and some change for all these items. I used $8.00 in coupons and I saved $102.00 total on this shopping trip. The best part about it was I got BOGO's from Winn Dixie and Publix all in one place and its all items I will use. I am such a happy camper. In my pictures the items on the stove were not BOGO. They were full price. So I think I did really well considering I paid full price for those items and still only paid a total of $88 (and change).

Window Frames

There have been a lot of crafts on Pinterest that involve old window frames that you can make into new pictures for your home. They are all very cute! My mom happened to buy me one for an early Christmas present. So we worked together to make a cute project for my dinning room. I wish I could show you a picture of it hanging up in my dining room but my husband reminded me of the dangers of lead on old window frames. So we got a lead test kit from Lowes and my window tested positive for lead paint. With a baby and four kids in the house I felt like it was not safe for me to try and fix the lead paint problem myself. So my wonderful Dad said he would take the frame and scrape all the lead paint off and repaint it for me. I recommend that if you want to do this project make sure you check for lead paint first! Kits are $10.00 for two test strips. Its super easy and only takes 30 seconds to perform. Check out my pictures of before and after.

Here is the before:

Here is the After: (Sorry the picture isn't the best because of the background but you get the idea)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Coming Up Short

I have been trying to come up with something interesting to blog about. I have definitely come up short. My week has been busy but mainly with taking care of my almost 4 month old who is currently sleeping on my lap. I did try a new oven top cleaner technique that I came up with myself. I poured baking soda on it then scrubbed it with a lemon cut in half. It bubbled and cleaned better then chemical cleaning but fell short of the oven cleaner I used previously on my blog (see cleaning section on my blog for a good oven cleaner) or try baking soda and lemon for yourself!

I also organized my linen closet and gave away a lot of items to our local boys and girls club thrift store.  Which I should have took pictures because you should have seen how full and unorganized our closet was.

I made a new goal for my family. Since we are a family of 7 I have made it everyone's priority to make sure our kitchen is always spotless. I am going to try it for a month and then hopefully as a family we will be able to have a clean and organized kitchen. Then next month I hope to add the dining room. So far we are two days into project keep kitchen clean and I am really impressed!

My only problem seems to be lately that my baby will not swing in his swings. We have two right now, a portable one that is low to the ground and lays down the second is more of a traditional swing. The first one he tolerated when he was a newborn but doesn't care about it anymore he will just cry when I put him in it. The second swing we just were giving Sunday and he does the same thing. Sometimes he cries right when I set him down other times he will cry after 5 minutes. I am not giving up yet before I have to give away my swings.

Hopefully next week I will have something mucho due interesting to write about.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Baby Books!

My latest project has been Christmas gifts for my kids. I just recently received some baby pictures of them from their aunt and uncle. After having Joseph I realized how important these pictures are for them and myself. It makes us more a family. I have decided to make them all baby books. It's going to be a surprise they don't even know that I have their photos. I am so excited!

Sunday, September 15, 2013


It has been a long time since I have blogged. I believe the last time I blogged was in January. A lot has happened since then. The biggest thing is little Mr. Joseph he is our newest addition to the family and it was not easy getting him here. I was on bed rest for four months because of a short cervix. They put a cerclage in at 20 weeks and put me on a strict bed rest. Thankfully by the last month a lot of my restrictions were taken away and by week 37 I was up and doing stuff again. Unfortunately Joseph did not want to cooperate and he decided to stay breech instead of moving around. At 39 weeks I had a c-section after the doctors determined he probably was not going to flip. When they got to him they discovered the cord wrapped loosely around his neck twice. So as I said before it was no easy task getting him here. He is now three months old and such a delight.

Another change in my life is my oldest daughter being homeschooled this year. So far it is working out really well she is doing good and is a great help around the house also.

My kids are all growing up so fast, they started 7th, 5th, 3rd, and 1st grade this year.where does the time go.

Since I have rediscovered my blogging I hope I can work on some DIY tips and cooking again I really do miss that. I have been doing a ton of new baking recipes and would love to share them.