Monday, September 26, 2016

Take Charge of Your Family's Health (Last Day)


Do you ever feel overwhelmed by healthy living? 

 
It’s not that you don’t understand or agree with why it matters. You’re sold on the merits of eating whole foods, raising healthier kids, avoiding toxins and chemicals, getting fit, and using alternative remedies.

But sometimes it’s a whole lot easier to say than to actually do, right? Believe me, I’ve had the same struggles and questions as you. What on earth do you eat (and especially, what do you feed your kids)? How do you afford to buy healthier products? And where do you find the time to make and do all this stuff?

I know what it’s like to feel that healthy living shouldn’t be this hard, and it shouldn’t have to cost so much, either! Don’t you ever wish someone would just tell you exactly what you need to know and how to make these changes for less?

Because when you have the right info and tools at your fingertips, it all comes together so much more easily.

You know what to cook for your family. You’re more confident in choosing natural alternatives. You find ways to save money without comprising on what’s important to you.

You learn to replace store-bought products with DIY options that actually work and are easy to make. You feel better (and even look better, too). Healthy living becomes less stressful and more enjoyable.
That’s why Stephanie and her team have put together the popular Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle for the fifth year in a row (hurray!). They’re amazed at how many families are saying “yes!” to their health (over 64,000 and counting!) and taking them up on this super short opportunity to get a complete library of natural living resources for one teeny tiny price.



You sort of need to see it to believe it, but the package includes 83 digital products and it’s worth over $2,400!
  • For the cost of a small bag of groceries, you’ll get a complete healthy living library to help you:
  • prepare whole and delicious real food
  • get the toxins out of your house for good
  • understand and use natural remedies
  • breathe new life into your exercise habits
  • learn about important women’s health issues
  • raise exceptionally healthy kids in an unhealthy world
  • plus learn about gardening & homesteading, meal planning, weight loss and so much more!
Plus, it comes with over $250 worth of bonus offers including:
1. Bloom Naturals – $15 gift certificate toward any product ($15 value)
2. Perfect Supplements – $15 gift certificate toward any Perfect Brand product ($15 value)
3. TriLight Health – $15 off select TriLight products ($15 value)
4. MadeOn Skin Care – FREE BeeCool Muscle Balm Stick and Natural Lip Balm Combo (value $15.25)
5. The Maca Team – FREE Organic Gelatinized Yellow Maca Powder, 8 oz. ($15.44 value)
6. Primal Life Organics – FREE 1-ounce jar of Dirty Mouth Toothpowder ($15.97 value)
7. Get Kombucha – FREE 2-week supply (15 ml) of Kombucha Pro: Liquid Probiotics (value $29.99) AND/OR a FREE 1-ounce bag of 8. Get Kombucha’s Custom Organic Kombucha Tea Blend (value $15.99)
9. Orglamix – FREE Mineral Eye Shadow Trio ($18 value)
10. Experience Life – 4 FREE digital guides (value $29.99)
11. Grove Co. – FREE Mrs. Meyer’s 64 Load Laundry Detergent, Mrs. Meyer’s Fabric Softener, 60 Day VIP Trial, and FREE shipping with a $20 minimum purchase for new customers ($32.66 value); FREE 1-year VIP Membership ($39.95 value) for existing customers
12. Meal Garden – 6 months of Meal Garden FREE (value $35.70)
Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, they’re able to give you access to over $2,400 worth of high-quality eBooks, eCourses and printables for a whopping 98% off!

Here’s how it works:

Visit their website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click the green “Buy now!” button to go through their simple and secure 3-step checkout process.
You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus offers.
Use their Getting Started Guide to pick the topic you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just six days! After Monday night, September 26th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

It’s even backed by a full money-back happiness guarantee, so you can make sure it’s right for you.
No one should have to put off a healthier lifestyle because it costs too much or they can’t get the help they need.

Our family has felt so much better by making changes to the way we eat, the products we use, and how we take care of ourselves. It’s made all the difference in the world and I want the same for you.
Get what you need for your healthy lifestyle. Learn more or get your bundle HERE.

(Psst… the bundle goes away at 11:59pm Eastern on Monday, September 26th, so don’t wait!)

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Shining Lights

1940s Portrait Woman Mother Holding Girl Daughter Smiling
"There is in this world no function more important than that of being charming, to shed joy around to cast light upon dark days, to be the golden thread of our destiny and the very spirit of grace and harmony.  Is not this to render a service?"

~Victor Hugo
As women, we have an important job to do--to shed joy around those in our lives and cast light upon dark days.  There are so many women these days who are not light-bringers, dispelling darkness, but instead are contributing to the darkness of our world.  Instead, we should be feminine and sweet, bringing joy and light to those in our lives.  We must not be self-centered, but focused on our Lord, our families, and our home, and shedding joy to those we meet.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Last Day to End Your Overspending on Groceries



Today is the last day to register for the fall 2016 Grocery Budget Makeover!  This course is really great!  Erin Chase from $5 Dinners cut her grocery bill in half using a combination of strategic grocery shopping, meal planning & couponing methods. And she is now on a mission to help you cut your grocery spending in half with her one-of-a-kind 10-Week Grocery Budget Makeover course. She has pulled all her years of savvy grocery planning and shopping into a step-by-step program that will flip turn upside-down the way you grocery shop...forever!

Erin says,
"In this Grocery Budget Makeover, you'll take a deep dive into the whys, hows, whats and what nots of grocery shopping.

I (Erin) will guide you through the process of falling in love with grocery shopping (yes, even those who despise it!).

I'll talk you through your current grocery planning process and help you identify ways to streamline things to save time before you go to the store, and money when it's time to checkout.

Then I'll walk you through the grocery store and point out all the pitfalls and marketing traps (including the traps you put yourself in!)

I'll also teach you the importance of shopping at multiple stores, how to rock the sales cycles, using technology in the grocery store and more!"
She also covers meal planning and couponing!  Don't wait to sign up!  Today is the last day, and sticking to our grocery budget is an important part of homemaking.  Go here to register!


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Friday, September 2, 2016

Educating Our Children is Our Responsibility

Illustration of a Mother and Children Reading by Jessie Willcox Smith

There are some parents who believe homeschooling is just an option for Christian parents.  Ever since I had my first child, the Lord has laid on my heart otherwise.  I felt the Lord drawing me to teach my children at home--that this was His best and His desire for His children.  If you do not think so, I encourage you to pray and search the Scriptures, and consider these well made points by Israel Wayne:

"Every passage in Scripture that talks about education is directed to parents. No one else in the Bible is ever commanded to teach children other than parents (and in a supplementary role, grandparents). While the Bible doesn't expressly forbid anyone else from teaching our children (in a supplementary role), the Bible does lay down these ground-rules:
1. All education must begin with the fear of the Lord (which is the beginning of wisdom). (Proverbs 9:10)

2. It must avoid the counsel of the ungodly, the way of sinners and the seat of the mocker, but instead provide a context where the child can meditate on the law of the Lord day and night. (Psalm 1:1-1)

3. It must not be instructing children in learning the ideology of the heathen. (Jeremiah 10:2a, Ephesians 5:11, Colossians 2:8)

4. We are expressly forbidden to partner with unbelievers in the education of our children. (2 Corinthians 6:13-18)

5. Any education that does not begin with faith in God, and declare His is a sin and cannot please God. (Romans 14:23b, Hebrews 11:6)

6. Any education that does not acknowledge Jesus Christ as the Creator of everything that exists, the visible things and the invisible things, will not be acknowledged by Christ, but instead are denounced by Him. (John 1:3, Colossians 1:16, Matthew 10:32-33)

7. We are expressly forbidden to put our children in an environment where they have a sinful peer culture. (Proverbs 13:20, 1 Corinthians 15:33)"

~ Israel Wayne

Hopefully these Scriptures will clarify the Lord's will for your children's education, if you had any doubt.  And for us parents who are already homeschooling, this is a great encouragement and reminder of why we are doing what we are doing!  Don't give up, even on the harder days.  In due season, we will reap, if we faint not.

 

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Beauty for Mothers and Daughters



 Have you ever complained about one of your physical features in front of your daughter?  For instance, have you ever said, "My hair looks horrible", "I'm fat", "I'm getting wrinkles", or maybe even, "I'm not pretty"?   Please join me today at Raising Homemakers, where I share with you why you really should stop that!


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Woman's Influence

Man and Woman Costume 1806

Women have a lot of power.
God gave us the ability to influence.
What a honor and what a responsibility.
Women have always helped keep things in check.
They've always held the standard a little high.
It used to be that men would clean their language up when a lady walked in.
The standard of behavior went up when ladies and children were present.
Women were respected.
What's happened?
When did it change?
It changed when we changed.
When as women we stopped respecting the position God gave us and lowered our standards.
Men no longer care how they talk around a woman because she no longer cares about how she talks.
This seems like a small thing, like it really couldn't matter that much but it does.
Women are light bearers, we bring a goodness into the world that is uniquely feminine.
Men in the past have respected that and were created to defend it but we've blown out our lights and have left the men with nothing to defend and no reason to be more.
Be the kind of woman that brings light and goodness where ever she goes, don't sell yourself out, you are worth more, our men and our children deserve more.
Don't be petty, don't be a drama queen, don't gossip and back stab.
Let's grow up and be women, the world is in dire need of grown, mature women who know how to act.

~Kelly Gray

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Saturated Fats are Good for You

Butter

"The demonized saturated fats--which Americans are trying to avoid---are not the cause of our modern diseases. In fact, they play many important roles in the body chemistry:
  • Saturated fatty acids constitute at least 50% of the cell membranes, giving them necessary stiffness and integrity so they can function properly.
  • They play a vital role in the health of our bones. For calcium to be effectively incorporated into the skeletal structure, at least 50% of the dietary fats should be saturated. They lower Lp(a), a substance in the blood that indicates proneness to heart disease. 
  • They protect the liver from alcohol and other toxins, such as Tylenol.
  • They enhance the immune system.
  • They are needed for the proper utilization of essential fatty acids. Elongated omega-3 fatty acids are better retained in the tissues when the diet is rich in saturated fats.
  • Saturated 18-carbon stearic acid and 16-carbon palmitic acid are the preferred foods for the heart, which is why the fat around the heart muscle is highly saturated. The heart draws on this reserve of fat in times of stress.
  • Short- and medium-chain saturated fatty acids have important antimicrobial properties. They protect us against harmful microorganisms in the digestive tract."
~Nourishing Traditions

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Lovely Days at Home

Studying Children  

I so much enjoy being at home.  With some of my older children, there seem to be more days that we are away from home for various reason.  I do not have them in a bunch of extracurricular activities, but still, there is always so much going on with shopping, Bible studies, appointments, and other things.  Being away so much doesn't leave enough time for house keeping, and I miss it so--the quiet, peaceful days at home with my children.

We have started our new school year, and are enjoying our new curriculum, which I will have to share with you about some time.  One day a week, we have a day that is devoted to art lessons, piano lessons (which I teach), and character studies.  The children also catch up on any school work they got behind in and make any corrections to their work that they still need to make.  Today we had such a day, and were quickly reminded how badly I need to get the piano tuned!  Hopefully and prayerfully soon.  One of my daughters is learning violin, but she is still interested in piano too, for which I am grateful.  Soon, I will need to get some higher level books for her to learn from.  I am praying I will be able to do that.

I think it is important that my children get to enjoy art--making things by hand.  This year, one of my children is going to be studying watercolor, one will be studying drawing horses, one will have her own drawing course, two others will be using the same art book for children, and another will have her own art lessons for her age to go through.  (The littlest one also has a book of art to enjoy).  Child of Truth's art book included projects that are a bit out of the ordinary, and some that are ordinary for art.  For instance, today, we made butter.  We put some good quality cream in a mason jar and shook it up for about twenty minutes until a nice ball of butter formed.  Most of the other children took turns shaking the jar too.  It was lots of fun and our first time making butter.

What a sweet blessing it is to be home with your children, loving and learning together ♥

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

We Must Pray

Girl Praying

"Bibles read without prayer; sermons heard without prayer; marriages contracted without prayer; journeys undertaken without prayer; residences chosen without prayer; friendships formed without prayer; the daily act of prayer itself hurried over, or gone through without heart: these are the kind of downward steps by which many a Christian descends to a condition of spiritual palsy, or reaches the point where God allows them to have a tremendous fall."
--J.C. Ryle

How we must not neglect to pray.  How can we neglect to pray and seek our Heavenly Father's counsel?  We need Him for all of life.  We need to seek His will in whatever we do.  Let us not forget to pray.


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Errors in the USDA Food Pyramid

Passion for Cooking I


"Unfortunately, several dangerous errors are built into the edifice of the USDA Food Pyramid. First, the new guidelines imply that everyone can eat the same foods in the same proportions and be healthy. According the recommendations, grains should be the basis of our diet; but many people do very poorly on grains. Others have a low tolerance for dairy products. These intolerances are due to a number of factors, including ethnic background and genetic inheritance. Secondly the guidelines perpetuate the myth that fats, carbohydrates and proteins have equal nutritional properties no matter how much or how little they are processed. The experts make no distinction between whole grains & refined, between foods grown organically and those grown with pesticides and commercial fertilizers, between unprocessed dairy products from pasture-fed cows and pasteurized dairy products from confined animals raised on processed feed, between fresh and rancid fats, between traditional fresh fruits and vegetables and those that have been irradiated or genetically altered, between range-fed meats and those from animals raised in crowded pens; between natural and battery-produced eggs; in short, between the traditional foods that nourished our ancestors and newfangled products now dominating the modern marketplace."

~Sally Fallon in Nourishing Traditions

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