Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What is a Lady?

The Lady Clare, 1900


“To me, a lady is not frilly, flouncy, flippant, frivolous and fluff-brained, but she is gentle, she is gracious, she is godly and she is giving. You and I have the gift of femininity... the more womanly we are, the more manly men will be and the more God is glorified. Be women, be only women, be real women in obedience to God.” 
~ Elisabeth Elliot


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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Yummy Way to Have Coffee

Grinding Coffee

I like to buy my coffee organic (to avoid unnecessary pesticides).  I don't drink it every day, but it sure is enjoyable.  Walmart sells a couple of different brands that carry an organic version that I have seen--Yuban and Sam's Club.  They are not too expensive.  When I put the ground coffee in the filter, I also sprinkle some cinnamon on top.  Cinnamon has loads of health benefits.  Sprinkling it in with the coffee grounds will flavor the coffee without having chunks of cinnamon in your coffee cup.  I also add Coconut Oil to my cup of coffee, which gives a slight coconut flavor with lots of health benefits too.  (It also moisturizes your lips *smile*).  Some day soon, I might try some with cream or maybe some almond milk

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Monday, March 24, 2014

A Free Resource for Your Family's Health

Have you ever felt overwhelmed when it comes to making the best choices for your family?

The Nourished Living Summit brings together 69 natural health, wellness, and parenting professionals who are dedicated to helping parents care for their family naturally. These experts know that this parenting gig is not easy and as such are arming you with the information you need to either begin, continue, or expand your journey as a natural-minded parent.

Nourished Living Summit

The Nourished Living Summit is a FREE online event that launches March 24, 2014.

It won't be like those other Summits, the ones were you have 24 hours to listen to 10 presentations. No - The Nourished Living Summit wants to arm you with as much information as you can absorb via an improved Summit model. A model where you will have time on your side so you can take advantage of all the incredible information these speakers are handing you. The Nourished Living Summit is showcasing 62 presentations divided into 8 thematic tracks including:
  • Pre-Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Health and Development for Children Ages 0-18
  • Natural Health and Wellness for the Whole Family
  • Care and Nurturing For Mothers
  • Education for Natural Minded Parents
Beginning March 24th, you will have 48 hours to listen to 3-5 presentations. Each track is divided over the course of two 48 hour periods. Presentations will stream live Monday-Saturday with Sundays off. The Summit ends on April 29th.

You MUST be registered in order to listen to the presentations. You can register on the home page of the official Nourished Living Summit website.

Want to learn more about the Nourished Living Summit lineup? Check it out!

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What are you waiting for? Go register for the Nourished Living Summit!!!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What's Important in Parenting

A Young Girl Reading

“A true Christian must not be a slave to what’s currently ‘in-fashion,’ if he wants to train his child for heaven. He must not be content to teach them and instruct them in certain ways, merely because it is customary, or to allow them to read books of a questionable sort, merely because everybody else reads them, or to let them form bad habits, merely because they are the habits of the day. He must train with an eye to his children’s souls.

He must not be ashamed to hear his training called odd and strange. What if it is? The time is short—the customs of this world are passing away. He that has trained his children for heaven, rather than for the earth—for God, rather than for man—he is the parent that will be called wise in the end.”


-J.C. Ryle, The Duties of Parents: Raising Children with Christ

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Winner of ABC Say It With Me!

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A winner has been randomly selected for the DVD ABC Say It With Me!  The winner is...

Gillian

Congratulations, Gillian!  Thank you to all who entered, and if you did not win, you can pick up your copy of ABC Say It With Me or any of the other excellent Moore DVD's here.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Domestic Artist

Design for a Bathroom, from "Interieurs Modernes," Published Paris, 1900

“The ideal domestic worker is an artist, and her creation is her home. The artist takes what materials he has and manipulates them, but the goal is not just to create something interesting, but to express a vision of love and beauty. Even Michelangelo worked with the most banal of materials and ordinary techniques.

All was imbued with imagination and vision. It may seem ridiculous to compare a humble home filled with love and simple beauty to the Sistine Chapel. But, they are the same in that they are both works of artistry and express first and foremost the human soul.”


-Laura Wood

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Professional Homemaking for Only $7

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I am always on the lookout for tools to help me be a better homemaker.  Managing a home is a full-time job, and one that often calls for a higher level of commitment and dedication than any career. This week's bundle offers the resources that every homemaker needs to get things done. Discover tools for simplifying your life, organizing your day, showing hospitality to those around you and more. Whether you're looking to climb Mount Laundry, declutter the toy room or organize your storage area, this bundle is for you!

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GTD for Homemakers by Mystie Winckler
GTD is an acronym referring to David Allen’s books and system, Getting Things Done. And if anybody needs to get things done, it’s mothers managing a home. GTD for Homemakers shows home managers how to streamline routines, alleviate stress, and increase productivity. GTD for Homemakers is all about putting into place effective habits so that the routine administrative details of life do not cause undo stress and we, as mothers, can peacefully and intentionally make good choices about what to do without feeling like we have a million details pulling us in a million directions at once. GTD for Homemakers will help you reclaim calm self-control and self-possession, so that you can fulfill your roles and responsibilities to the best of your ability.

31 Days to a Heart of Hospitality by Edie Wadsworth
In her hospitality manifesto, Edie shares the role that her faith plays in hospitality and leads you into more meaningful relationships with all the people in your life, not just your occasional guests! She shares the secrets she's learned about welcoming people into her life, after many years and much trial and error, as well as a few of her favorite recipes and loads of photos. This is hospitality, on purpose. On the practical side, this ebook explores everything from how to set up a baking center in your kitchen to how to set up your guest spaces, and even some tips on what to wear to be a well-appointed hostess.

Sweet Life Organizer by Laura Smith
This is not your mother’s organizer. Forget drab and boring! Part of having a sweet life is feeling inspired, motivated, and excited for the challenges ahead. Why expect anything less from the one thing designed to keep you on track? The Sweet Life Organizer is your all-in-one, everything-in-its-place planner to help you plan ahead, identify your top goals, develop rock-solid habits and have more fun!

{The Busy Mom's Guide} Taming the Laundry Monster by Angi Schneider
If you are regularly overwhelmed and frustrated with laundry, there's hope. Maybe your family has changed and your system needs to change with it. Or maybe you are looking at too many online photos of magazine quality laundry rooms and you have a skewed sense of what "laundry" is all about. Whatever the reason for your frustration, this book will help you think through your schedule and systems and develop a plan that is unique for your unique family.

101 Ways to Simplify Your Life by Laura Aridgides
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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Video You Will WANT Your Children to Watch!

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I am not big on letting my children watch videos.  I am picky about what I allow them to watch.  A big reason for this is that I know they will repeat what they've heard (and sometimes seen), and they'll replay it in their heads, over and over.  There are not a whole lot of decent videos out there, in my opinion.  I also don't like them sitting around mindlessly tuned out to something on the screen.

BUT...I have found an exception.  I have found a video I will let my children watch over and over!  (Read through this post to see how you can win your very own copy of this video!)

This video is the latest DVD from Moore Family Films--ABC Say It With Me.  I really, really enjoyed this video, and I was so glad that the Moores sent it to me to review.  My children, even though I limit their video-watching time, still like to request to watch a video more often than I'd like.  And boy, were they thrilled when I told them I had a new video from The Moores to watch.  They excitedly sat down in front of the TV to watch ABC Say It With Me.



This video is a blessing.  We see the Moore family again, with all of their sweet children.  This video will help your children to memorize Scripture--what an important thing to have our children do!  Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.” As parents, it’s important to teach our children both to memorize God’s Word and to be “doers” of the Word by obeying it.

In this film, a KJV verse is taught for each letter of the Bible. The verse is repeated several times while a scene is shown that illustrates something related to the Bible verse to be memorized, while children are reminded to "Say it with me". The illustrative scene helps to teach good character to your children. For example, the "C" memory verse is "Children obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Ephesians 6:1" We see a group of children outside playing a game. The mama calls them in to eat, and instead of complaining and whining to stay out longer, the children get up to go inside, while we hear a cheerful reminder to obey quickly.

Some other examples from the video are:

In “B” a brother remembers to be kind by sharing with his little sister.
In “D” children are encouraged to pick up their toys without complaining.
In “H” children honor their parents through loving acts of thoughtfulness.
In “T” a 13 year-old brother takes time to read the Bible to his younger siblings.
In "Y" a young lady and her family are the "light of the world" to a harried restaurant waiter!

This video is not loud or obnoxious--it has pleasant music and sound affects, and farm animals!  (You can't go wrong with that!)  I enjoy watching it with my children, and it even helps me to memorize Scripture!  Would you rather have your children repeating some nonsense or not-so-good stuff, or repeating Scripture? I know what I prefer!  And I think it will bless the Lord to hear our little ones going around reciting His Word.

So, this video is on my, "Yes, you can watch that!" list.  It is on the top!  It helps them to hide God's Word in their hearts in a cheerful, upbeat way and gives them good examples of loving one another and also shows pleasant family life.

You can watch some samples here!

A: All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray



M: My Little Children...

 

You can either go here to purchase your own copy of ABC Say It With Me, or you can enter to win your very own copy through the Rafflecopter form below!  You have until March 13, 2014 to enter--and don't forget to share this with your friends so they can enter too (thank you!)

Make sure you follow the directions on the Rafflecopter form.  You MUST visit Moore Family Films, look at their other videos, and leave a comment here telling me which other video you would like to have.  If you do not do this, you will be disqualified from winning.  You may also do other things to gain additional entries, as listed on the Rafflecopter form. All entries will be checked and verified.

You can see my other reviews of some Moore Family Films here:

Children Are a Blessing 
It Is Your Life

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Mother: Guardian of Time


We all have been given a special gift as mothers.  You have just as much as I do.  None of us have more than the other.  What is it?  I bet you can guess.  Follow me over to Raising Homemakers today where I wrote a special post about it!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday Night Funny

Children Laughing

You know, there are some things as a mother and homemaker that you just have to laugh at.  Tonight, one of those times happened--those times when you just have to laugh.

My little daughter--three years old--had a tummy ache and asked me for some charcoal. I went to make her some, and she followed me out to the kitchen.  After I made it for her, she was standing at the kitchen table, making funny faces at me with her black mouth.  The charcoal was in a small container, so I reminded her not to let go of the spoon.  In a few minutes I was busy doing something--I think drying a load of laundry.  Well, I only had my eyes off of her briefly, when I heard a *splat* on the kitchen floor.  I turned around to find her standing there, with deep, black charcoal splatted all across the kitchen floor, on her feet, on her pajamas, on the table legs and wall.  She had forgotten my instructions and let go of the spoon in the container.  This was just shortly after I discovered that our dishwasher had stopped working.

I sighed and half-chuckled, and wondered where to start to clean up the mess.  She assured me, "Mama, I didn't try to."  I told her, "I know, Sweetie."

My twelve year old came out to see what had happened.  She giggled and attempted to briefly wipe the kitchen floor with her feet and some paper towels.  Then she got black on her own feet and had to clean them off.  The three year told me she had to go to the bathroom.  Sometimes with a three year old, that can be an emergency, so I hurried to clean her feet.  Then out came three other girls to inquire.  Two of the oldest helped rush Three Year Old to the bathroom, feet now clean.  The middle child stayed to help me wipe down the messy kitchen (my twelve year old had gone back to bed), until she got tired.  I cleaned up the rest of the mess, just thankful to have some helpers.

It was a mess.  But it's funny now.  I would rather have messes and children than no children at all!

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