Thursday, July 28, 2016

Teach Your Children to Pray

Praying Child and Dog, 1941

 It was a few years ago that I read J. C. Ryle's book, Duties of Parents.  In it, J. C. Ryle admonished parents to teach their children to pray.  Please join me at Raising Homemakers today for the rest of my post!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Great Training for Homemakers

How have you all been?  I'm sorry for my absence.  We have been so terribly busy and have had so much going on.  That's just the way it is sometimes, I guess.  I am so thankful when things quiet down more, and we can have relaxing time at home.  Things can get out of control pretty quickly when we are not home to take care of our homes!

Now, I wanted to share something with you!

Have you ever wanted to be taken along by a more experienced woman (or women) who are skilled at homemaking and have a lot of experience?  I know I have.  I did not receive that training when I was younger and so I've had to learn things on my own.  That is definitely not the easy way!  But unfortunately, it seems to be the case with many women in our times.

Thankfully we have help in books or even online videos to help us learn a new skill.  Sometimes it is hard and frustrating to weed through what's available to find what is useful.  That's why I wanted to share with you a very exciting new resource called My Homemaking Mentor.


My Homemaking Mentor is a brand new online training academy for Christian Homemakers.  Signing up will give you access to 10 full courses, 8 instructors, and more than 50 video based lessons all about homemaking.  I am so excited for this and believe it will be a huge help to so many of us!  You really must hurry and sign up now though, because the price is about to go up after today (I am so sorry for not getting this out to you sooner).   And what's best, is your one-time purchase gives you lifetime access!  Go ahead and check out the link and see what the excitement is about.  I pray this blesses you so much!

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Memory Making in the Summer

Boys Sitting on Porch Holding Sparklers, with US Flag in Back, During Independence Day Celebration

Our country's Independence Day will soon be here, so how will you celebrate with your family?  We hope to go to a couple of parades this coming week, and we also plan to watch some fireworks displays that we can see from our neighborhood.  We have watched the fireworks like this for many years!  No driving and no paying for entertainment--my favorite!

Besides the fun though, I also want my children to understand what this holiday is about. Please join me at Raising Homemakers today to see how we can make this holiday truly meaningful for our families!

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Monday, June 27, 2016

How to Care of Your Home and Family Naturally

 
It's been many years since I started taking care of my family and home in a natural way.  I first became interested in "being my family's doctor" when the doctors would have no answers when I took my children in for problems.  I began researching ways to help my children myself.  So, I changed our meals to very natural ones, and eventually I began learning about herbs and then essential oils.  Having this knowledge has been immensely helpful!  I am glad that the Lord has provided all natural medicine for our families.  (Of course, this is not to say that we will never need a doctor, but there are a lot of things we can do ourselves!)

Also, when I became more aware of the harmful chemicals in our cleaning and personal care products, I started replacing our store-bought items with homemade ones.  Essential oils are great for this!

But when it comes to essential oils and herbs, where do you get the information?  Or, more specifically, what information is right?  Where do you start?  It can be really overwhelming, I know.  There is so much information out there that it can be hard to navigate.  Also with essential oils, there are people spreading incomplete, or even false information because they don't have the proper training.  It's important to know how to use essential oils safely.

All of this is why I want to make sure you know about a great source of information to educate yourself about herbs and essential oils.  It is the The Herbs & Essential Oils Super Bundle 2016, and the last day to get it is today!  I'm sorry that I was unable to tell you about this sooner, but please get it before the end of the day if you have any interest in this at all!

Here is a list of what is  included, and their values (the bundle costs way less than this!):
  • 101 Essential Oil Blends for Topical & Aromatic Use by Rachel Zupke of Mason Jar Values ($7.99)
  • 5 Multi-Use Herbs (And What to Do with Them) by Sarah Josey of Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary & Clinic ($17.00)
  • Best Herbs & Essential Oils For Labor & Delivery-Audio Class & Transcript by Jenni Wilson of Natural Oil Mom ($19.95)
  • Cold & Flu Season: Are You Ready? by Carol Little   ($9.99)
  • Common Sense Home Remedies Book #1 – Head, Throat & Chest by Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Home ($2.99)
  • Common Sense Home Remedies Book #1 – Skin Troubles by Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Home ($2.99)
  • Common Sense Home Remedies Book #1 – Tummy Troubles by Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Home ($2.99)
  • DIY Lavender Creations by Stacy Karen of A Delightful Home ($5.99)
  • Essential Oils Planner by Amy Bayliss of AmyBayliss.com ($5.95)
  • Essential Oils: Separating Truth from Myth by Kristen Smith of Smithspirations ($9.95)
  • Essential Oils: The Herbalist’s Toolkit by Amber Meyers of Herbal Academy of New England ($4.99)
  • Handbook of Home Remedies by Wellness Mama ($24.00)
  • Herbs & Oils: Beyond the Basics by Jessie Hawkins of Vintage Remedies ($197.00)
  • Homegrown Healing, from Seed to Apothecary by Chris Dalziel of Joybilee Farm ($9.97)
  • How to Create Healing Herbal Baths by Kami McBride of Living Awareness ($19.99)
  • Mama and Baby Herbal Wisdom by Kate Tietje of Modern Alternative Mama ($7.95)
  • Safe EO Labels – Set A by Lea Harris of Using EOs Safely ($19.99)
  • The Essential Oils Course by Edie Wadsworth of Living Life in Grace ($39.00)
  • Using Essential Oils Safely & Effectively by Natalie Vickery of The Family Herbalist ($12.50)
  • Wholistic Vitality: Healing Foods for the Whole Family by Dr. Karen Lee of DrKarenSLee.com ($9.99)
Go here to learn more and get your bundle:



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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Fun with Cleaning

Woman Dusting
This might seem like a sort of silly post to you, but I thought I would share some of the little delights of cleaning I got today.

I was going through my bedroom this afternoon, cleaning things out and getting rid of things I didn't need, when I found a free sample of a Swiffer Duster that I had gotten some time ago.  I forget how I had gotten it, but there it was, in a yellow envelope, still fresh and new in its packaging.  I had actually been looking at this very item at the store earlier this week, thinking how it might help to clean our blinds that always collect a lot of dust and dirt, but decided to forgo the added expense.

We live in an area with a lot of sand, and it seems that no matter how we dust, we are always met with a new layer of dust the moment we turn around!  It is rather discouraging, and I suspect that if I could have the vents cleaned, it might cut down on our dust problem.

Anyway, enter the fluffy, Swiffer Duster.  I opened its package, and put the duster on the handle it came with, and set to "work".  I put work in quotations, because it was actually quite fun!  Having this fluffy duster on the end of a stick made dusting quite easy and enjoyable.  I could easily dust the walls, the door frames, the furniture, the bookshelves...everything.  And instead of having to run repeatedly outside to shake off a dust cloth, all that dust stuck nicely to the Swiffer Duster, which I just threw away when I was done.  I could much more easily dust things with this nice little duster than I could with my usual dust cloth.  I have also tried ostrich feather dusters and lambs wool dusters.  I like this duster much better though for how easy it is to use and for how the dust really sticks to it.

(I am not getting paid for sharing this with you--I just really liked it!)

So, I may just pick up some of these some time, if I can.  There were some in the Great Value brand--I wonder how well those work?  Please share in the comments if you've ever used them, and/or what your favorite cleaning tool(s) are.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Practical Tips for Maintaining Your Garden with a Minimal Budget

Woman Gardening

Guest Post by Ella

If you really want to have a nice and stunning gardening space without putting excessive efforts into it, then you will need to work on doing more than simply making your curb appeal matter again. Maintenance will be one extremely important part of the job, so you will need to work on doing this on a regular basis. This should take some organizing but in the long run you will need to be aware of the smaller details of the job as well. You can find some really good landscaping companies out there that will give you a way to do this professionally without any damage. What kind of approach would be necessary is up to you, but you won’t have to deal with garden maintenance and lawn care alone.

Working together with a landscaping company should give you an edge you can use if you want to tie things together with greater success. You can do a lot of good that way since you won’t have to possess gardening tools or the knowledge to use them at all. Having a good lawnmower of your own can let you work on lawn care, not to mention with a string trimmer you will have a lot better chances to deal with the finer details of the job. You may not have the time to deal with this, but on the other hand you can work with a reliable landscaping company to make the efforts less of a problem.

Illustration of Woman Gardening in Backyard

If you have stopped your attempts at using complex designs for your landscaping work, then you will have to look toward ways you can use the more simple solutions in a creative way. Landscaping should make your place look even better, but the projects you want to work on will need to be maintained just as much as any other things out there. Look toward small projects you can use to implement into your daily routines and ideas. Gazebos, additional plant spaces around your garden and more will be a good addition. A company would let you see new ways and ideas you can handle this in a more creative way.

Once figure this out you will you should focus on trimming, mowing and more when you work on the gardening areas. Assuming you have the time to work on this you should make it happen on a monthly basis. It should be one simple solution to work on this every so often, as it will allow you to pull things off quite safely and without having to worry about your garden growing out of control when you’re not looking.

To make sure you have done your research into landscaping and gardening you will need to look at multiple companies on the market that offer the services you need. Look for the more specialized type of gardening services if you need them, just make sure you choose a company that has been on the market long enough to make things matter.

Read more gardening related tips on: Gardeners Hillingdon Ltd.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

The Beauty of a Changing Sky

I don't know about you, but I love to watch the sky and the sunsets.  I think we have some of the most beautiful sunsets here.  It makes me think of how wonderful our Creator is, to create and "paint" such majestic beauty in the sky every evening.

I wanted to share some of our sunset pictures with you.  These are all from the same evening, last July.  At times, half the sky was brilliant blue, while the other half was fire-y orange.  I would love to enjoy the sunset every evening, but sometimes other things get in the way.

I hope you will take a moment to enjoy these pictures and also to enjoy your own sunsets, wherever you are.  Enjoying the outdoors and God's creation can help you to feel peaceful and put your mind at ease, and give you a much-needed rest from the busyness of life.

God is an amazing artist and wonderful creator!














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Monday, June 6, 2016

6 Household Items You Did Not Know You Could Reuse



Guest Post by Ella

Do you have a junk collection that you are planning to throw away? Don't do it just yet. What may seem like an item worthy only for rubbish removal may be reused. There are many household items that you own that have the potential to made into something new, so do not be so fast with that junk removal plan. Hold off the junk disposal for now and first think about what you can use and what you cannot. Use your imagination above everything else – as Einstein said, all imagination is but a future invention.

That old basket that you have sitting around could be a recycling box. It would look nicer than an old plastic container too. It may even be used in the garage to store outdoor toys or garden tools.

Do you have broken dishes? Don't throw them out for waste removal. You could make a pretty craft or a new tabletop with the broken pieces. The mosaic look would be unique and creative!
 

Old toothbrushes can be used to clean those hard to reach places, such as the corners and edges of a bathtub or under a facet.

A vintage suitcase can be reused to make a coffee table or stack a few of them in the corner for decoration. They could be used for storage there too.

Empty tissue boxes can be reused to store plastic bags or to store random items in your desk drawer. They would also make a great trash can for in the car.


Old glass jars and containers can be reused to store craft supplies, buttons, candy, cotton balls, homemade salad dressing or another recipe. They look nice too. The possibilities are endless here. You can store almost anything in glass containers.

There are many other things in your home you can reuse too. Just look around at what you have and see what you can come up with. Don't just throw it out because you think it's already served its purpose. Before you toss something out with the rubbish, research repurposing ideas to see what it could be. It will save you money too.

The imagination can be a powerful force in such events and you should use it and apply it to get the best results. You want to use all the items that would otherwise go for rubbish removal, or at least do some proper waste recycling. The main point is to make sure everything is in use and that nothing will go to the landfill. There it will only pollute and harm the environment – and nobody wants that. So apply the imagination and help the planet while helping yourself.

More helpful and practical tips find at: wasteremovalislington.co.uk


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Friday, June 3, 2016

The Shut In

Sleeping Girl

 I have been sick all week with the flu, and have been The Shut In.   I don't want my children to get sick, so I've been mostly staying in my room!  Thankfully, I have older girls who can cook, take care of the younger ones, and bring me things.  This is a blessing for sure!  I remember when I was a mother of only little ones, and my feeling unwell meant me getting up anyways, and sometimes resting on the couch, keeping an eye on the little ones. Sometimes they would get to watch a video so I could take a little nap there on the couch.

My girls have been taking care of me, and doing okay with the house.  Sadly, it is not in the state it would be if I was out there checking up on them!  But hopefully I will be all better soon and will be back at being Mommy.  I do miss my children very much.  They say "Hi" at my doorway and blow kisses, and they still say their prayers with me at my door every night.  My younger ones have been upset that they have not been able to hug me, but I do not want them to get this!

I have been praying every day that they would not get sick from me, and so far, the Lord has spared them.  I am so very thankful.  I have had a few that have felt the beginnings of sickness come upon them--a funny feeling in their throat.  And I will let you in on what I do when that happens.  I give them up to 3 doses of Aconitum Napellus 200 at the first sign of sickness.  This is a completely natural medicine, and many times this is enough to stop the sickness in its tracks before it progresses, or shorten the duration or severity of it.  With homeopathic medicine, you stop giving the remedy as soon as there is improvement.  Some of them also like to make a drink out of water, raw apple cider vinegar, and raw honey.  As for me, my fever, fatigue, chills, and body aches are gone.  However, my throat is still bothering me quite a bit.  Hopefully I will be all better soon.

Even though I don't enjoy being sick, I know the Lord has allowed this for me.  I have been able to use this time to rest, catch up on some paperwork, and other quiet tasks in my room.  I am also so thankful that this week was not one of our big shopping trip weeks!  Thankfully, we have had enough of what we need here at home, so I haven't had to go out.

I hope you all are well, and appreciate your prayers ♥

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

A Christian Mother's Life

Mother and Baby

Expecting mother, now with child great,
Thy gentle Shepherd with great kindness waits,
Thy faltering steps to settle in safe ways,
Thy every need supplying all thy days.

Learning mother, bending oh so low;
With heart that joy and sorrow overflows;
God gives to thee a work most hard and sweet,
Guiding little hearts and tiny feet. 

The Sick Child

Weary mother, by the sickbed sore,
Contemplating joys all gone before;
The Lord thy strength and helper still will be,
When life becomes so very dear to thee.

Worried mother of the wayward one,
Whether it be thy daughter or thy son,
The Lord great wisdom to thy need will give,
To teach them now for Jesus Christ to live. 

Boy Praying with His Mother

Careworn mother let God's joy and love,
Flood thy soul with blessings from above;
So as thy days thy strength from Him shall be,
With everlasting arms sustaining thee.

Praying mother on thy well-worn knees,
Thy faithfulness down through the years now sees,
Thy children raised upon the word of God,
Walking safe in paths the saints have trod.

By Mary Van Nattan
April 2004


2Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the
unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first
in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother
Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.


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