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January 2012 Issue #005

Welcome to this month's issue.

  1. Birthdays
  2. Embracing Change
  3. New Baby?
  4. Frugal Tip of the month
  5. Coffee Creamer Fridge Cake


"And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." - Abraham Lincoln

I celebrated my birthday in January. Wow, how the years are flying!

It was just the other day that I danced in front of my mother's oven - twirling round and round in my wide multi-coloured skirt - 8 years old and full of dreams for the future.

Now I have a 6-year old!

Where have all the years gone?

This year I plan to enjoy my kids more and be less impatient, to relax more and worry less and to stop sweating the small stuff.


Our financial situation once again changed, so this year I will continue to home school my boys.

It was a HUGE challenge for me in the beginning but after much prayer (and also after taking a natural anti-anxiety supplement and cutting my caffeine intake - who knew?), I have been able to bring my anxiety under control - in fact it is completely gone.

Gone is that "depressed", lethargic feelings I woke up with each morning.

Cleaning my house, working from home and home schooling my two boys is no longer an issue -

I do it happily, energetically and with zest.

God truly answered my prayers!

He not only helped relieve my stress/anxiety about home schooling but revealed to me that caffeine played a major role by worsening it.

So far my kids and I are really enjoying our time together and I pray God will continue to help me be the best I can be for my children.

Someone once said "in the winds of change you find your true direction".

God only knows where this year will take us. I don't know what the future holds but I do know who holds the future.


You can have a baby on a tight budget.

Babies can potentially cost a lot of money but in reality they don't need much.

There are various different ways you can include baby in your budget ; for example:

In the first few years, all babies really need is your love, nourishment, protection and warmth - all of these are affordable and attainable.


To make minced meat or a stew go further, add soya mince, brown lentils or beans to your dish.


[For when you have friends over for tea on your birthday ;-)]


  • 1 Packet (200g) tennis biscuits
  • 100ml (3.5 fl oz) melted butter
  • 250ml (1 cup) coffee creamer
  • 1 cup boiled water
  • 125ml (4.2 fl oz) lemon juice
  • 1 tin of condensed milk
  1. Spray non-stick food spray on a pie dish or rub the inside thoroughly with soft margarine.
  2. Crush the tennis biscuits in a food processor and combine with melted butter. Spread evenly in the pie dish.
  3. Mix the coffee creamer and boiled water together, add the lemon juice and condensed milk and beat mixture until it slightly thickens.
  4. Pour it over the biscuit crust and cool mixture until it sets.


"See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Redeeming the time, because the days are evil." Ephesians 5 verses 15 & 16

Victorious 4 Today

Happy Frugal Living everyone!

Ray xx

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