Friday, July 31, 2015

Homemaking How-To's

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There are many women these days that come into homemaking without the knowledge of how to do it.  Please join me at Raising Homemakers today, where I show you my tips to learn how to be a more efficient homemaker!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DOs And Donts Of DIY Bathroom Renovation

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A bathroom needs to be functional and practical, but also beautifully designed, having in mind that it is, among others, a place to relax. Mistakes made at the beginning of the renovation process will leave you with uncomfortable bathroom space for years. It is necessary to pay enough attention to the design of bathroom space, fitting details and storage space.

Make a plan

Before the renovation starts, it is important to make a plan in order to avoid the problems that renovation entails. The complete process of renovation can last anywhere from 10 to 14 days, so you will have to take the time off from your work and to adapt to usage of the other bathroom in your home, especially if your family is big.

Don’t buy inadequate furniture

The bathroom is a place where in a short period of time the temperature and humidity can significantly change. Therefore, it is important to use materials that are designed and manufactured to meet these requirements: water-resistant and pressed materials, properly treated wood, waterproof sealants, glass with appropriate characteristics, floor tiles that are not slippery.

Bathroom  

Provide enough light and ventilation

In order to make your bathroom look bigger, make the window bigger, if you have one. The more natural light you have the bigger your bathroom will look. If you are not able to make the window bigger or there isn’t one; use artificial lighting and match the colours to imitate the natural light.

Choose the shower curtains wisely

The shower curtain visually reduces the space. To avoid this problem you can replace the shower curtain with a transparent glass shower. If this is not possible, a clear shower curtain will have less effect in reducing the space. Check out some more design ideas here.

Do sit in the bathtub before you buy it

Bigger is not always better. A bathtub length of 150 cm is quite sufficient for most people. It offers plenty of space to stretch out and to enjoy. Evaluate the slope for the back and support for the neck. A two-person bathtub needs to have slopes on both sides, and the tap should be in the middle. If you have enough room only for a small bathtub, buy as deep as you can find.

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Don’t forget the storage space

You would not want to run from the shower to the closet in the other room just to get the towel. Bathroom furniture like closets and shelves allow you to store your towels, cosmetics, scented candles and even plants, easily. Beside this, bathroom furniture can be very decorative.

Consider water consumption

Bathrooms consume more water than any other room in the house; you should consider reducing the water usage, which will have a positive effect on your budget.

Showers with a smaller shower head often spend a lot less water than those with a bigger one. One of the biggest consumers of water in the household is the toilet. Older toilet models use up to 10 litres per flush. Today there are new models with two buttons, for lower and higher consumption. These systems deliver significant savings in water consumption.

Don’t overestimate yourself


If upon reading this, the task seems a bit daunting to do it yourself, you can seek advice from Sydney-based bathroom renovation experts. Consulting the architect or interior designer, prior to renovating the bathroom can be useful. They will help you with adequate positioning of sanitary facilities, bathroom furniture and other equipment.

Bathroom renovation is a slightly demanding task, but you shouldn’t be afraid of it if you have any previous experience in DIY projects. Sure, it might take you a bit more time if you decide to DIY, but as long as you plan ahead and evaluate your skills, there shouldn’t be any problems along the way.


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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Immanuel's Land

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What can be more delightful for the weary pilgrim who is hastening to his heavenly mansion, than to meditate on the unspeakable wonders of his future home beyond the skies? There is much of Immanuel's Land to engage our hearts in sacred contemplation, even while we sojourn and toil in this world as strangers and pilgrims.

Heaven is the most cheering and attractive occupation to which we may set our hearts. Yet I wonder why many of us fail to avail ourselves of the enjoyment and spiritual strength afforded in such a holy pursuit.

Could it be that the allurements of the world keep us from recognizing how near we are to the unseen, supernatural, and eternal state? Instead of dwelling on the glorious world to come--do we focus on the mere momentary pleasures of time? We do well to examine ourselves, with judgment day honesty, that we may check the affections of our heart.

It is the influence of the future heavenly realities exercised in our hearts and lives, which gives vitality and beauty to our religion. It reveals genuine piety, as our aim is in contrast to the passing pleasures of this fleeting earth. It affords light along the path of life's dark trials, and points to the realms of bliss, where there shall be no more tears, and sorrow is banished forevermore!

The glorious rest that remains for our earth wearied souls;
the sweet consolation of the redeemed in glory;
the unending fellowship of that precious society of saints;
the incalculable riches laid up in store for us to receive on that glorious day
--are all facets of Immanuel's Land, that we might set an adoring eye towards the one object of our affections, Christ Jesus our Lord!

Let us, therefore, 'set our affections on things above' and fix our hearts steadfastly upon the heavenly joys and glory of Immanuel's Land!
 



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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



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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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Do you love capturing special moments or God's creation in pictures?  Or perhaps you are a more advanced photographer?  Don't forget that there are three different digital photography bundles on sale right now.  You can find the different levels here.

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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.
If you can relate, I have good news for you! My friends Ryan and Steph at Ultimate Bundles have put together an incredible product to help with your photography woes. It’s called The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition), and it contains a curated collection of ebooks and video training guides to help you become a better photographer.



All the resources have been provided by professional, world-renowned photographers who are experts in teaching others – even complete beginners. You won’t need to switch up to a more expensive camera to make full use of the bundle (even if you just use your iPhone for photographs), and you don’t need to neglect your family for weeks upon weeks of training! You can learn everything in little chunks – whenever you have a spare moment.

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There’s even better news! Everything in the bundle has a combined total value of $555, but for this week only, The Ultimate Bundles Team is selling the entire bundle for just $37 – a discount of more than 90%! What’s more, they’re also throwing in a FREE copy of FX Photo Studio Pro software from MacPhun (which provides stunning filters and photography effects) worth $29.99!

Click here to buy The Ultimate Digital Photography Bundle (Beginner’s Edition) for just $37.

No blurriness, no exposure nightmares, no bad angles. Just perfect, happy memories!

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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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