Thursday, July 2, 2015

Aprons on Sale in July!

I wear an apron a lot--mostly in the kitchen while I'm cooking.  I have some pretty ones and not so pretty ones.  My great aunt sewed one for me that is really nice and feminine.

If you're in need of a new apron, there's a great sale at Flirty Aprons during the month of July.  You can get 25% off and free shipping with code COOLOFF25 on any purchase the entire month of July
Note:  I think some of their aprons are ridiculous, but they do have some very pretty ones, plus matching ones for daughters too. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

My Blessings Bless Me



I am so thankful for my sweet little darlings.  In this world that has gone crazy, has abandoned God and His Word, I still have my children to look after.  I can still make them a sweet and happy home.  And we can still read our Bibles and pray, and I can teach them about the Lord.

I wanted to share with you what they did for my birthday a few months ago.  They had been plotting and planning ever since Christmas, how to bless me on my birthday.  A couple of days before my birthday, I spent most of the day in my room, per their request, so they could make preparations for their big surprise.


In the evening, one of my daughters took me outside for a bit so the others could make some preparations.  I came in to such a lovely site of a prettily decorated entryway with some sheets hung for curtains, streamers with ribbons, and balloons.  They brought in our little children's table and two chairs--one for me and one for my youngest.  I was to once again be treated to a home-cooked meal and a special dinner theater (they did this for me as well at Christmas time).

My eldest daughter worked hard in the kitchen all day making the very special dishes that were all Mexican food. The tortillas were, of course, homemade too.  Oh, it was very good!  She even made up a menu.  All the other children ate earlier, so I could enjoy my dinner all too myself, not getting up to serve everyone.

My birthday menu

After my youngest and I ate, we were treated to a special play the children had made up--about a mommy and her children.  It was really sweet and humorous too.  While we watched, we got to enjoy the homemade desserts!  It was all so lovely.  There was just a huge mess to clean up the next day!

On my birthday, we spent time together.  My two eldest treated me to a beauty parlor (at home), where they did my nails, hair, and soaked my feet.  Then I was taken out to lunch (on our back porch) by my little boy.  I also got to open all the sweet little homemade gifts from them.


Cherished of God made me a birthday cake (and forgot to add the sugar).  It still tasted okay though--I think because she added the sugar to the frosting.  The cake purposefully says, "HappY" on it, because she started the tradition last year with my birthday cake when her grandpa tried to help her with the frosting and made a big blob come out, which turned into a huge Y with no frosting left for "Birthday"!

Cherished of God also made me this sweet (and funny) sign for my birthday.  I think some of the statistics may be a little off--I think I've given more baths :)


I am so blessed to have such sweet children.  I really am.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Finding Use for Your Old Furniture



Guest Post by Ella

If you have decided that your house needs some furniture clearance that is a wonderful idea. Not only will you find more space for improvement, but also refresh the look of your home and feel better about it. Before you get down to this job, however, there is one very important thing you have to decide - what to do with your old furniture, which you no longer have need of.

There are few things you should definitely consider for your discarded furniture. It is simply wrong to have dome domestic clearance service just haul it away to a landfill when there are other options for it. Consider the fact that even though you have no need of this furniture, someone else might find it useful! Here are few possibilities for you to consider:

  • Charity - one of the most humane things you can do is donate your old furniture to a charity organization. There are certainly few of those around you can consider. What makes this option so great is that your furniture will be used by someone else who wouldn’t normally be able to purchase it. You are doing good not only by provide clearance to your home, but also providing for those in need. Some charity organizations may even provide a van and people who can come at your door and take the furniture, so that is one more benefit you should keep in mind.
  • Give away to students - if you live nearby student residences and campus, you can definitely consider giving away the furniture to students. Not all residences come equipped with everything, so it is definitely a good thing to donate the furniture to students who will surely find good use of it. Rents are high enough for them already, so if you do this good you will surely find people who will be thankful you had furniture removals.



  • Pass to family and friends - if the furniture you are clearing from your home is not in terrible shape and can still be used, you can consider giving it away to family or friends. You can save them some money by providing them with a piece of interior they need and can use. Furniture can easily be re-upholstered to fit any interior theme so it is definitely worth it to ask around.
  • Rummage sale - this is another good option that you should keep in mind. Rummage sales are usually held at local schools and churches. Their goal is to raise money for a charity, which is what makes them so great. You will feel good contributing to a great cause, and all you will likely be asked to do is haul your furniture there. This is a great option to consider when your furniture removal is mostly focused on a single piece, which does not warrant a garage sale on its own.

These 4 options you have for your old furniture are definitely worth considering. You will do a lot of good to someone if you consider them, instead of just dumping your old furniture.




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Monday, June 22, 2015

Savor Moments--Improve Your Photography Skills

 
One of the thoughts that creeps into my mind frequently is, “Why couldn’t I capture that moment in time perfectly?” That beautiful sunset witnessed from our back yard. My child’s first belly laugh. The expression of joy on my daughter's face at her birthday party. I don’t want to forget any of it.
It’s SO important to savor it all… to relish those moments. But you know what’s equally important, if you ask me? To be able to look back and relish those moments all over again. A month from now. A year from now. Fifty years from now.

And that’s where photographs come in. These days, it’s so easy to get snap-happy at a moment’s notice: we just reach into our purses for our smartphones or miniscule cameras and start clicking away at anything and everything.

The problem is… it’s so easy for those photos to come out badly! You think you’ve taken a wonderful picture of your beautiful boy standing by himself for the first time, but actually you’ve managed to capture the moment when he falls down and starts wailing! You think you’ve snapped a stunning image of a horse galloping along the beach, but actually it’s just a dark blob against an overexposed background. You think you’ve achieved the perfect shot of your wonderful parents laughing together on their anniversary, but you take a look and you’ve managed to capture… a blur.
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Friday, June 19, 2015

How I Got Rid of My Headaches and Migraines


I have long suffered from horrible headaches and migraines.  Can you relate?  Today I am sharing at Raising Homemakers how I don't suffer from them any more!  Please join me.
 
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Free Photography Lessons!

I enjoy photography so much!  I love to take pictures of God's creation and of course my children.  I love to be out in the evening when the sun is setting and see and capture the different "paintings" God paints in the sky at every sunset.  I was blessed to be able to take a couple of years of photography in high school.  Some of my daughters really enjoy photography too and want to learn more about it!  The above picture is a recent photograph one of my daughters took.



If you have an interest in photography, then you should be happy to know about a couple of freebies!  The first is for the beginning photographer--a FREE Photo Composition Guide.  This guide will help you take pictures that make you look like a Pro while telling your family's story in memorable ways. This free guide is for you... even if you're new to photography... or if you think you stink at taking photos... even if you don't love social media...and even if your only camera is your phone!​



The second freebie is for the intermediate or pro photographer.  This one is a Free Mastering Lightroom's Develop Module eBook.  In this ebook, pro Andrew Gibson shares his actual step-by-step workflow for streamlining post-processing.

I hope you enjoy these freebies and have a blessed day! 

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

To Young Mothers

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A pastor of the 1800s named John Angell James spent months preaching on the importance of womanhood.  These sermons are contained in the book Female Piety , which I have long had on my bookshelf.  One of the chapters in the book is entitled "To Young Mothers" and you may find it encouraging and thought-provoking, as I have.

His summary of a mother's purpose is in this quote:

"And now, to sum up all, consider--
A mother's charge--an immortal creature.
A mother's duty--to train him up for God, heaven and eternity.
A mother's dignity--to educate the family of the Almighty Creator of
             the universe.
A mother's difficulty--to raise a fallen sinful creature to holiness and
             virtue.
A mother's encouragement--the promise of Divine grace to assist her in
              her momentous duties.
A mother's relief--to bear the burden of her cares to God in prayer.
A mother's hope--to meet her child in glory everlasting, and spend
             eternal ages of delight with him before the throne of God and
             the Lamb."


As we go through our days, we must remember that we are taking our child(ren) somewhere.  We must make sure it is to Jesus!  We can begin today to set a course for Jesus.  Let us ask the Lord to create a renewed sense of purpose and direction in our lives.  Ask Him to lead you to a deep enjoyment of Jesus and allow your life to glorify God in all things.  May He use our affection for Jesus to make a deep impression on our children, that their hearts may be shaped by His divine purpose.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

The Little Couple

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For a few evenings in a row, right around dinner time, we have observed the sweetest little quail couple traveling through our yard.  It seemed as though they were going for their evening stroll together.  We would first notice them when they hopped up unto the wall outside our kitchen window.  Then they would hop up onto the neighbor's roof and walk around on it for a little while.  Then they would fly onto our roof.  The "gentleman" led, and the "lady" followed.  We mused that perhaps he went ahead to look out for danger and make sure the way was safe.  It was really sweet.  I wish I had been able to get a photograph of them, but I was not.  We have not seen them for the last couple of nights, which is too bad.  Hopefully the coyotes didn't get them.

I also purchased a hummingbird feeder at the store this past week. I had been wanting to for so long and finally "splurged" on an inexpensive one.  We had been seeing a hummingbird flying around ours and our neighbor's houses recently.  We made our own sugar solution for the hummingbirds at home that does not have red food dye or other harmful ingredients that those store-bought versions have.  We have yet to see any hummingbirds drink, but hopefully we will soon.  I really enjoy bird watching, and it reminds me how the Bible teaches us that the Lord cares even for the sparrows.

Have a blessed day ♥


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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Let Us Walk Worthy

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When we hear of men living in sin and yet claiming to be Christians, we are disgusted with their pretenses--but we are not deceived by their professions.

In the same manner, we care little for those who are orthodox Christians in creed--if it is clear that they are heterodox in life. He who believes the truth, should himself be true. How can we expect others to receive our religion--if it leaves us foul, false, malicious, and selfish?

We sicken at the sight of a dirty dish, and refuse even good food when it is placed thereon. So pure and holy is the doctrine of the cross, that . . .
he who hears it aright will have his ear cleansed,
he who believes it will have his mind and heart purged,
he who preaches it should have his tongue purified.

Woe unto that man who brings reproach upon the gospel by an unholy walk and life!

Lord, evermore make us vessels fit for your own use, and then fill us with the pure juice of the grapes of sound doctrine and wholesome instruction. Do not allow us to be such foul cups as to be only fit for the wine of Sodom!

~Charles Spurgeon,

Flowers from a Puritan's Garden

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Make Your Own Deodorant

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Summer is fast approaching and soon it will be hot!  Have you ever made your own deodorant?  We have been making ours for awhile because the chemicals in the store bought ones are just awful!  We use a recipe that calls for shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, and some other ingredients.  It has to be melted on the stove top and goes nicely in deodorant tubes, so it looks just like the deodorant they sell at the store (except ours is a pretty cream color instead of white).

I just found a simpler recipe that I might want to try sometime, but I'm not sure if it would work in the deodorant tubes.  We are almost out of all our "butters", but I have most of the other ingredients.

The recipe goes like this:

Ingredients:

You can find the rest of this recipe and more variations of this recipe here.
 
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