Home Improvement – Gutting The Bathroom


We knew when we got this house, that tons of home renovations were needed.  While we aren't super 'handy', we aren't scared to try tackling projects.  With that said, there are something you just need to hire someone to do.  One of them?  Plumbing.  Before I get to that though, let me tell you about how we got to that point.... Our first home … [Read more...]

Bleachable Moment – Getting That Stubborn Coffee Stain Out!

clorox bleachable moment

We have a house full of coffee drinkers around here and one of the things that chaps my hide is the stained coffee cups.  If it was just us who drank out of them, I guess it's one thing but if someone were to come over and want a cup of coffee, I'd have cups that look like they've never been cleaned!  Embarrassing!  Thankfully, with a tiny bit of … [Read more...]

Bissell Deep Cleaner Premier Review


Over time, carpet tends to feel matted and look dingy. Vacuuming removes dirt and debris but as time wears on, the carpet gradually loses its shine and finish. When we moved in this house, the carpets were pretty bad so in order for our carpets to look decent, we have to deep clean them regularly.   The Bissell Deep Cleaner Premier is a carpet … [Read more...]

Mrs. Meyer Cleaned My Home

mrs. meyers

One of the things I love about kids going back to school, is being able to clean my home and it actually staying clean longer.  Funny how that is huh?  Well for two weeks, I've been letting Mrs. Meyer clean my home.  Okay, not actually a person came and cleaned my home.  I'll be honest, I hadn't ever heard of Mrs. Meyer's cleaning products before … [Read more...]

Truett’s Room


I already shared some of the projects I did for Truett's room with the huge DIY Magnetic Chalkboard and today I'm sharing his room with some furniture pieces added. The first thing I did was go through his room and toss everything that was broken.   Because I needed to maximize space, especially since he didn't even have a dresser, I prowled for … [Read more...]

Entertaining with Southern Living at HOME Decor


Have you noticed some of the platters I've been using in my photos? They are from Southern Living at HOME.  I have to say, I was quite surprised by the beauty and quality of these pieces.  I've never had much for entertaining purposes and while these can be used anytime, I enjoy bringing them out for my photos or when company is over. You'll be … [Read more...]

2yr All You Subscription for $17.99

All You Magazine

That's approximately $.75 an issue!   What a huge savings people and I have to tell ya, I've become addicted to the All You magazine!  And no, I'm not just saying that because I was in it either.  Not only does it have a HUGE amount of coupons in it, it's full of money saving ideas and ways to live better without the cost. Some of April's hot … [Read more...]

Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook TSV at QVC


Today only, you can get Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook for $16.58! It's QVC's Today Special Value and only lasts one day at that price. NOT a member? Signing up is EASY! If you do, you'll get a $10 credit! (for new members only) Let me know if you sign up for the first time! Would love to welcome you to the QVC family:)  If you want to know … [Read more...]

Paula Deen’s The Deen Family Cookbook TSV at QVC

Today only, you can get Paula Deen's The Deen Family Cookbook for $16.58! It's QVC's Today Special Value and only lasts one day at that price. NOT a member? Signing up is EASY! If you do, you'll get a $10 credit! (for new members only) Let me know if you sign up for the first time! Would love to welcome you to the QVC family:)  If you want to know … [Read more...]

Taste of Home Talks Casseroles and Includes My Shrimp Stroganoff Dish!


Remember my Shrimp Stroganoff Casserole? Well, it's in the April issue of Taste of Home! I found out a while back that it was going to be in there and was so excited! I was told it had been made in several of the Taste of Home testing kitchens and they were giving it thumbs up all around, which made me feel very good. Casseroles really are … [Read more...]

Must Have Staples to Add Flavor and Cut Costs


You might be surprised to know that there was a time when we had to send our kids off to their grandparent's due to lack of food and money.  It was hard and I never want to revisit that time again but it did teach me something.  It taught me to stock up on the most important & most eaten things and everything else comes after.  It also taught … [Read more...]

Addressing the Reader Feedback from Survey


Well, I must say that I should have put on my big girl panties before reading the feedback.  I knew there was going to be criticism and all but geez.  There were a lot of great compliments too and I appreciate all of it, just wasn't quite prepared to hear some of it I guess.  I know that this is MY blog and it needs to make me happy first but since … [Read more...]

Hot Coupons – Diet Dr. Pepper, Kellogg's, Dannon, Quaker Oats and more!

There are some hot new coupons to print and some others that are still available. Many of these reach their print limit in a hurry so be fast and get what you want before they're gone. Some that I see right now are: ~$1/2 Kellogg's Frosted Flakes ~$1/1 Quaker Oats Granola Bars ~$.75/1 6-pack of Dannon ~Buy 1 get 1 free of Welch's … [Read more...]

Meet Amy from Mom Advice


Amy has a wonderful site, MomAdvice.com, that includes everything from reviews to wonderful, inexpensive recipes. She's a stay at home mom, like myself, and also happens to be one of the Eleven Moms.  Not only is she a super nice person, she truly does a lot for people and her Big Give during the holidays was a HUGE success.  She was able to bring … [Read more...]

Gel Pro Chef’s Mat


This give is part of the Bloggy Giveaways!  Go check it out for hundreds of other giveaways.  (starts at 8am CST). The gel comfort technology in the Gel Pro Chef’s Mat alleviates nagging foot & back pain, so that you can enjoy your time standing there cooking, or washing dishes! I love it. I had this in my holiday gift guide and it was a … [Read more...]

Fast Freebies

For updates on the Peanut Butter Recall 2009, check out the FDA. I've been super busy guys but I did come across a couple of freebies for you.  I've been adding coupons to my binder daily and getting ready to go on my first shopping spree with those coupons!  In the meantime, get your freebies!!  Oh, and don't forget, on my cowboy blog, I'll be … [Read more...]

A Very Basic Coupon Binder


If that's what you want to call it. I basically just took a folder, some plastic sheets, paper, and tape to create this one. I figure it will be my temp to get by until I truly learn the world of couponing! And to keep with the true spirit of the term frugal, I only used supplies I had around my house. I didn't go and buy anything new which is … [Read more...]

FREE Eat Better in America Coupons!

Just thought I'd share these coupons, $10 worth to help you eat better in America! It also has healthy eating tips and healthy recipes!  Just trying to be frugal ya know! And if you know of any coupons or anything, check out my personal blog for a frugal idea/tip roundup! You can link your own post or just a link to a great steal or coupon! … [Read more...]

Thalia in New York City

I was in NYC the last few days and had the chance to eat at a much fancier restaurant, that is normally available to me, called Thalia. Now many of you have probably eaten at places like this many times but I have not so even ordering the food was an issue for me.  I didn't know what this was or that but with the help of my blogging friends, I was … [Read more...]

Mixin’ It Up with My Wooden Spoon


So if you don't already know, I have my own Blog Talk Radio show called Mixin' it up with My Wooden Spoon, on the Eleven Moms channel. No, I haven't done a show yet because frankly, I'm a little skeered!  I'll be scheduling one soon enough though and hope that you guys all listen in when I do have one so that I don't look like a total loser … [Read more...]

Grocery Shopping Tips to Save Time and Money

Something I have decided to implement this New Year is a more frugal way of living. And in my journey to become frugal, I plan to share my tips that I've learned and try,  on to you! I think with the economy like it is right now, it would be in ALL of our best interest to find ways to save money. With that said........ Coupons and … [Read more...]

Help Me Makeover My Bathroom in a Frugal Fashion!


This is our bathroom and it just got a new tub!  I have not done anything in here and need your help!  I want to make it over in a WESTERN/COWBOY/COWGIRL theme and in a frugal manner since I am trying to be more frugal in 2009! As you can see, it needs tons of TLC so please help me make it over!  All suggestions are welcome from paint to curtains … [Read more...]

A Look Back at My Wooden Spoon’s 2008 Journey


This blog has come a really long ways and I am so proud of it.  I've worked really hard on improving things with the content, readership, and photos.  2008 has been a great ride and I can't wait to see what 2009 has in store! JANUARY Flour Tortillas Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Icing Pineapple Upside Down Cake FEBRUARY Bacon Wrapped … [Read more...]

A Fruity Family Tradition with Health Benefits

Fruit Basket

Along with the holidays comes an abundance of sugary sweets and I don't know about you but I've had enough.  I'm sure I gained a whopping 10lbs at the least after this Holiday's feast and will be glad to get back to normal food. One foodie family tradition I do welcome is the basket full of fruit courtesy of my parents.  They do this every year … [Read more...]

*GASP* She’s Talking Faith


I can just see my family & friends rolling their eyes at this post but that is exactly why I'm writing it. To prove that I'm at least trying to find faith. So, it was suggested by some friends of mine that I give "The Case for Christ" a read. A book about a journalist who absolutely didn't believe in Jesus, etc and set out to investigate … [Read more...]