Monday, August 18, 2014

How to Save Money on Groceries (No Coupons Required)

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you probably know that I like to feed my family healthfully.  I feel like eating foods that were made by God and not in a laboratory are what will give us the best health in life and make us best able to serve Him.  But this can get expensive!  Especially with the price of food going up, it gets harder a
nd harder to stay within budget.  Even if you don't have any certain diet restrictions when you're shopping, I imagine it can be hard to not spend too much money.

That's why I am SO excited to learn about Grocery Savings Made Simple.  It is a course that is going to be starting on September 2, 2014.  This is the only time this year the course will be available, and it runs for four weeks.  Here is a little bit about this course from the mom who created it, Shannon Brown:
  • It guides moms through setting up a sustainable grocery savings system that works for their unique families' nutrition needs, including real food, gluten free, etc.
  • Requires no coupons, store circulars, or weekly meal planning, so it continues working even during the busiest seasons of life.
  • This is the system I have personally used to save thousands on my grocery budget even during the most difficult year of my life, so I know it works! 
Those points are just amazing to me!  No coupons, store circulars, or meal planning needed?  And it works for real food?  I am definitely interested.  The way I currently shop requires those four things (though there aren't many coupons for real food).  I am excited to learn how to save money even without those things.

Here is the best news.  From now until August 26, 2014, this course is on sale.  It normally costs $37, but the sale price is...Pay What You Can.  Yes, you read that right.  So I am definitely signing up and wanted to share with you, as I thought it might help you.  You can go here to read more about Grocery Savings Made Simple and/or register.  While the sale price lasts until 8/26, registration for this year's course will not close until 8/31.

I hope this course is a blessing to you.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Outdoor Adventures

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Oftentimes when my children are doing their schoolwork for the day, they like to go outside for their studies.  They enjoy sitting outside in the garden under our tree in the backyard, enjoying God's great, big creation while they read about it in their books.  They know if they get too distracted, they will have to come in, but usually they do fine.

Today was such a day when some of them were doing their schoolwork outside.  Cherished of God burst into the house through the back door, exclaiming to me, "Come and see!  Come and see!" all the while bouncing up and down.  I hopped up from my spot on the couch to follow her on her "adventure", and of course, all the other children followed too.

She pointed up into our tree while telling me in a hushed voice that there was a woodpecker up there.  We have never seen a woodpecker around here.  It looked a lot like the woodpecker in the above picture, though I wasn't able to get a picture myself.  Cherished is hoping it will build a nest up in our tree, but we'll see.  We got to see it pecking at the tree--bobbing its head up and down--and hear the interesting noise it made.  It flew into the neighbor's tree and did the same thing, but all the girls are hoping it likes our yard better.

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This morning Cherished also got to harvest her very first zucchini from our garden.  This is the first year we've had a garden, and the zucchini was so beautiful!  It was almost completely free of any brown spots!  She waited until it was almost 9 inches to harvest it, but from her reading, it was best to not let it grow much bigger or it would become bitter.  I did get a picture of that and hopefully will get to post that soon.  Shining Light was very fond of the zucchini and wanted to carry it around.  She even held it like a baby and sang it a lullaby.

Later in the afternoon, Guided by Faith caught two baby lizards.  We had a big, old pickle jar that I let her keep them in for a while.  They love watching God's creatures, and that makes this Mama's heart happy.

This evening Cherished and Creative asked me if they could stay up a little late because the night sky was so clear.  They wanted to look at the beautiful stars through the binoculars.  I have had those for many years, before they were even born, and I said sure.  They said they spotted the Big Dipper and Beetlejuice, which Cherished tells me is the biggest star in Orion's Belt.

It was a busy day, but it's always better when we can enjoy God's beautiful creation.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lilla Rose Now Shipping Worldwide


I have great news~~Lilla Rose will now be shipping internationally.  If you are a reader outside the United States and have been wanting to purchase a pretty Lilla Rose Flexi-Clip or other item, you can now have it shipped to you, starting at only $6.95.  Lilla Rose is now also accepting Paypal payments.

The Lilly Rose Opportunity, Parties, and Have One On Us are still available for U.S. residents only.

The above picture is of Lilla Rose's Flexi-of-the-Month.  Do you like it?

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

Tip to Save Money on Amazon

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I was just alerted to a site where you can track the price history of any given product on Amazon before you checkout.  Apparently Amazon prices can fluctuate as many as nine times a day on some days.  The website is The Tracktor.  When you go to the site, you can obtain a price history of a product on Amazon by entering a product name, ASIN, or Amazon URL and click GO.  It seems like a really helpful tool.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Hurry! Beautiful Skirts Sale Ending!


Blessed Homemaking's long time sponsor, New Creation Apparel is having a skirt sale!  I love wearing skirts.  Don't you?  They make you feel more feminine and lovely.  New Creation Apparel normally has great prices, but they're made even better by this sale!  Thanks for supporting our sponsor.

  • Enjoy summer styles in elegant white or cheerful and bright
  •  New Arrivals 15% off  - excluding maternity and silk slips
  • Sale ends August 8, 2014
  • Don't forget to check their Clearance for real bargains



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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Homemaking is Hard Work (Re-Post)

I'm over at Raising Homemakers today, sharing a post I wrote a while ago.  I hope you enjoy it!

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Simple Bedroom Decoration Tips


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 Our bedrooms are a place where we spend large amounts of time, whether sleeping or relaxing but unless they promote a certain feeling and emotion, they will not be as much fun to hang out in or relax. Decorations play a serious part in any household, but the bedroom holds a special place in a home. The following tips will give you more details you can use for decorations of said room in a simple, yet useful way:

·    Using a great number of pillows can not only create a comfortable bedroom, but also use their patterns to create a unique look. Geometric patterns, floral designs and prints can all become a part of the decoration efforts.

·    You can also have a great deal of fun with some artwork of your own to adorn your bedroom. Whether its a nice, graphic quilt that covers a wall made by you or simply extra pretty bed linens or something else that fits the overall mood of the room.

·    Another thing you must keep in mind is how you can use patterns to your advantage when you're doing the decorating. You can for example work a nice-looking printed bedspread, something floral or botanical in nature which makes it perfect for spring and summertime, allowing you to cover more of the surfaces there with something thematic for the season in question.

·    Accent pieces and prints can be of great help when you're working in the bedroom in terms of decorations. Whether its just a lampshade or a small statuette, the overall effect can be great if combined with something else that works on incorporating a certain theme.

·    You should also focus your efforts on the walls of the bedroom, as they need to cover a good bit of the room as well. You can combine them with some interesting nightstands or even lamps that have adjustable angles attached to the walls. This will free up floor space, which is very useful in smaller bedrooms.

·    One thing you must always keep in mind is that your bedroom must closely mirror and reveal the great parts of your personality, something that shows your inner world. This can be done by making sure its decorated and painted in your favorite colors as well as decorated in motifs that fit your personal ideas.

·    Another thing you should not forget is to make your bedroom as comfy as possible. This will make it much more fun for snuggling, sleep and overall rest and relaxation. After all, you should make sure you have a nice and soft bedroom, unless you're a fan of more spartan accommodations. You want snug, soft pillows and soft, warm covers. You know you do, so indulge yourself.

·    Make sure you choose a good focal point for your bedroom, as it will make it that much better when adorned with one. Whether its the bed or something else that makes the room more colorful or rich, the main thing is to ensure it attracts the attention right away. It could even be a piece of art that complements the overall theme of the bedroom.

·    You should make sure you have a good scale difference between the different aspects of your bedroom. A huge four-poster bed might be something you feel you'd love, but if it takes up far too much of your room, then you will need to think of a different solution. Sometimes a smaller or more simple type of furniture in a bedroom can pay off a lot better than it otherwise would.

·    You also need to consider lighting in a more practical manner. A good wall lamp with a switch close by will eliminate the need of putting too many things on your nightstand. Put a multi-watt bulb on it and you will have an easier time manipulating the light levels to your whim. Its practical and much more flexible as a solution.

·    If you want to make your room colorful, but not yet completely saturated with colors, then you can just use a few accent pieces here and there, such as accessories and pieces of art to make it better. It requires little effort while also allowing changes if need be.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Two Free Ebooks~109 Sermons and Other Works by J.C. Ryle & The Substance of the Christian Religion

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I like books from long ago.  They seem to be more
untouched by modern ideas and waywardness...though of course we know false teachers did exist hundreds of years ago.

Monergism.com has 2 free ebooks today (and I am not sure for how much longer)...They are

The Substance of the Christian Religion by William Ames and 109 Sermons and Other Works by J.C. Ryle.  J.C. Ryle is one of my favorite authors, but I am not very familiar with William Ames.

From Monergism.com:

"J.C. Ryle was a prolific writer, vigorous preacher, faithful pastor, husband of three wives, [widowed three times: Matilda died in 1847, Jessie died in 1860, Henrietta died in 1889] and the father to five children [one with Matilta and four with Jessie]. He was thoroughly evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising in his Biblical principles. Today’s pastor can learn several lessons from Ryle. .First, Ryle’s life reminds pastors to attend to their family duties. He also reminds Christians that sometimes it is necessary to swim against the tide. Ryle was a passionate Evangelical at a time when Evangelical theology was not popular in the Anglican church. During his lifetime, Ryle contended with John Henry Newman’s Tractarian Movement, and the growing infiltration of liberal German theology. He did so with unflinching loyalty to the first principles of Scripture — justification by faith alone, substitutionary atonement, the doctrine of the Trinity, and the importance of preaching.In 1880, after 38 years in Pastoral ministry in rural England, at age 64, he became the first Anglican bishop of Liverpool. He retired in 1900 at age 83 and died later the same year at the age of 84."

You may download this ebook here and The Substance of the Christian Religion here.


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Thursday, July 3, 2014

What Are Essential Oils?

Balsam Root and Lupines Among Pacific Ponderosa Pine, Rowena, Oregon, USA

Are you familiar with what essential oils actually are?  Essential oils are the life blood of plants. The next time you drive by a field of fresh peppermint or hike through a pine forest, breathe deeply—you’re experiencing the soul-soothing power of essential oils. But essential oils are more than nice scents; these powerful plant extracts are your path to lifelong wellness.

 
Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation, but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful and effective than dry herbs, delivering quick and effective results. Any time you hold a bottle of powerful essential oils, you are holding the pure essence of health-promoting botanicals that can be diffused, inhaled, applied topically, incorporated into massage, or taken internally. 
Essential oils are the very smallest molecules of the plants. They are different than what we'd call "herbs".

Essential oils are not easy to extract. In fact, it takes someone years to learn the art of distillation.  The distillation process is different for different plants. They should be taken to, and held at different temperatures, for different lengths of time to get the best quality oil.

Every living thing has a frequency at which it operates. When something is dead, it has no frequencies. Essential oils have frequencies, which mean they are beneficial to our body because they may raise our frequency to normal when we are ill.


Are you familiar with the purity of essential oils?  Purity of essential oils is huge deal. Because all plants produce differently based on the seeds, planting time, harvest time, weather, etc. you will have variables from year to year.  But it's also important that plants are grown and harvested in correct locations to produce the purest oil.  After growing plants for essential oils, then we have to harvest and distill them---another very complicated process. It takes many years to become good at this!

For quality purposes, I only use Young Living essential oils.  I have not mentioned them on my site before because I wanted to use them for awhile to see how they worked for our family.  I have been very pleased, and we have been enjoying the benefits of Young Living essential oils for nearly three years now.

YES. Brands do matter because of the purity aspect. The growth of the plant, the distillation, the soil it was grown in--literally hundreds of variables effect the final product. 


How can you tell if essential oils are pure?  One way to tell is by the smell if it's been extended with alcohol or a rancid fatty oil.    Putting the essential oil on paper is also a great way to check if it is not a blend which would have fatty oils in it.  The pure oils will not leave any mark on the paper, while adulterated oils leave greasy marks on the paper.

I hope to be sharing more with you about how we use essential oils in our family.  You may purchase Young Living essential oils here(To get a 24 percent discount on essential oils, sign up as a wholesale member.  It's kind of like joining a warehouse club like Costco or Sam's Club, except it's even better because you get product along with your membership price!)
 
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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

FREE eBook--Jesus the Evangelist

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Until the end of July, Reformation Trust is giving away the ebook edition of Richard Phillips’ Jesus the Evangelist: Learning to Share the Gospel from the Book of John.

Rev. Richard D. Phillips explores the early chapters of the Gospel of John to discover principles you can use for Christian outreach that were modeled by witnesses for Jesus and by Jesus Himself. Phillips examines the ministry of John the Baptist and the calling of the first of Jesus’ disciples. This book also includes an appendix that looks at the relationship between God’s sovereignty and evangelism.
“Phillips’ study of John 1, 3, and 4 takes us beyond clever techniques to biblical faithfulness, and beyond entertaining communication to sound theology in evangelism. He does a masterful job of helping us learn from God’s Word principles for evangelism, the theology of the gospel, and Jesus’ own practice in evangelism.”
—Rev. Thabiti Anyabwile
“Evangelism is not an afterthought in the Christian life. It is how God has ordained to glorify Himself in the salvation of sinners. Rev. Phillips explains this by showing how Jesus is both the evangel and the Great Evangelist. In the process, he challenges both apathy and superficiality in the great work of making disciples. I highly recommend this book!”
—Dr. Thomas K. Ascol
Available in July as a Free Download


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