Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Make Your Own Deodorant

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Summer is fast approaching and soon it will be hot!  Have you ever made your own deodorant?  We have been making ours for awhile because the chemicals in the store bought ones are just awful!  We use a recipe that calls for shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter, and some other ingredients.  It has to be melted on the stove top and goes nicely in deodorant tubes, so it looks just like the deodorant they sell at the store (except ours is a pretty cream color instead of white).

I just found a simpler recipe that I might want to try sometime, but I'm not sure if it would work in the deodorant tubes.  We are almost out of all our "butters", but I have most of the other ingredients.

The recipe goes like this:

Ingredients:

You can find the rest of this recipe and more variations of this recipe here.
 
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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sacred Motherhood

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"In the Old Testament, we see women do desperate things for a child (sharing husbands, stealing children)...undignified things which only a desperate person would do. While this method was neither right nor God-honoring, the instinct was natural and God-given: motherhood is an innate, instinctive, sacred gift from God. It wasn't just a matter of ranking or work, either. Children were seen as gifts----today's standard of treasures/ gold. Fathers with many children were rightly considered wealthy and the barren woman was shamed. Today, society (including the professing church) encourages women of all ages to close their wombs and to seek after the treasures of "education," "careers," and self-empowerment and satisfaction of any kind. They are told that they can have it and balance it all. They are discouraged from allowing motherhood to get in the way of their pursuits, whatever they may be---money, even ministry. Child-bearing age is limited to a tiny, unnatural window and it is a wonder why marriages are lacking...middle-aged women are duped into the lie that pseudo-masculinity surpasses being a female, and consequently sterilize themselves. With the exception of some circles, we don't see a wide age-range of expecting mothers anymore, swapping homemaking tips because home truly is their domain. Instead, we see dissatisfaction. Dear women, there is nothing more precious than a bouncing baby, beautifully formed, created to depend upon you. They are blessings, whatever your age, whatever your circumstance. And loving them, teaching them, raising them for the glory of God is incomparable. Our eyes are blinded...we say we are poor or irresponsible when we endeavor to receive all of God's blessings, but rich when their value is undermined for material pursuits. Dear Christian woman, may the Holy Spirit soften our hearts and give the courage to see with His eyes..."

~Whitney Ann Dotson

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Free Gardening Webinar~Last Day

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Last year we had our first garden--just a small one, but we got some vegetables out of it!  We have started another one this year that will hopefully be productive.  My eldest especially loves gardening and takes care of our compost and loves to see the new plants springing up and to care for the garden.

Today is the last day that you can watch the free gardening webinar from Born to Grow.  I have not had a chance to watch it yet, but I hope I can squeeze it in sometime today!  Here is the link to watch the video: http://launch.borntogrow.net/gardening-webinar-may-7/webinar-live/

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Get a Grocery Budget Makeover

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I'm so sorry I didn't tell you about this earlier, but today is your last chance to enroll in this course!  Would you like to learn how to end overspending on groceries, once and for all?  I sure would!  With rising food prices, I keep going over our grocery budget lately.  I definitely need some help in this area, so I can't wait for this course to start!

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 13-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!

Each week, Erin will email you with videos to watch, worksheets, free resources to use that week, plus fun tips and tricks and of course, a weekly challenge.

Here’s the very basic outline of the course and what she’ll be talking about:

Week 1 – Setting the Table
Week 2 – Family Pow-Wow
Week 3 – The Art of the Creating a Shopping List
Week 4 – A 5 Dinner Meal Plan, not the $5 Dinner Meal Plan (Maybe)
Week 5 – Outsmarting Yourself, and Someone Else Too
Week 6 – Stockpiling for Normal People (Not for Hoarders)
Week 7 – Meal Planning 201
Week 8 – Stretching Your Coupon-Buck As Far As You Can
Week 9 – Hopping (And a Deep Breath)
Week 10 – Time Saving Kitchen & Cooking Hacks
Week 11 – How to Score Freebies Every Week
Week 12 – My Mantras Become Your Mantras
Week 13 – That’s a Wrap, Now Report Your Savings!

If...

…you think you need a little help and guidance in any one (or two or three or nine) of these areas, then I would highly recommend that you join in the makeover fun!  Hurry, registration ends tonight, May 18, 2015 at 11:59pm EST!

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Friday, May 15, 2015

It is Enough

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Washing the dishes.
Doing the laundry.
Giving little ones baths.
Reading stories to your children.
Listening to the 100th "Why" question for the day.
Cleaning up the 5th spill of the morning.
Sharing with your children how they are sinners in need of Christ.
Cleaning the grubby, dirty bathrooms.
Comforting a hurt child who is in tears.
Going through a homeschool lesson until he gets it.
Putting away the school books to try again tomorrow.
Cooking 3 meals every day, for the same sweet little faces.
Cleaning up the mess...again.

It is enough.
It is enough!

I see so many women today who question if all these things (and more) that we do and even attempt to do at home are enough.  They are feeling the pressure to do more, be more--be more than a wife and mother and homemaker.

But we should feel secure...secure in our calling to be homemakers.  To be at home, keeping our homes--keeping them safe and secure, beautiful with love and beautiful with laughter.  Filled with grace and peace and joy.

Set your desires on these things of home--of the Christian home!  We are raising the future of America, and it is important--this work we have to do.  And it is enough.

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day, Freebie, & Special Offer

 Painting Name: Mother and Daughter

There is, somehow, a wonderful power about a mother’s voice, when she talks to her children about Jesus and his love, which stamps itself upon the heart, and the heart is a far better place for the custody of truth than ever the brain can become.

~Spurgeon

Happy Mother's Day, dear mothers. May you have a blessed day enjoying the sweet Child-Blessings God has given you. What a gift it is from the Lord to be a mother of children, to raise them for His glory and His purposes. To teach them about Jesus.

I wanted to tell you about a couple of things of interest.

This weekend only, you can watch Children are a Blessing for free! We have this DVD and really enjoy watching it. I think it will bless you. It is available to watch for free until Monday at 10pm EST. The DVD is on sale right now for only $10.

Also, Motivated Moms is having a Mother's Day weekend sale that ends Monday, May 11th. In case you didn't know, Motivated Moms provides a wonderful daily to-do list all set up for you, so you don't even have to think about what chores you need to do!
  • All 2015 ebooks are $5 (regularly $8) - no coupon needed! 
  • Apps are 99¢ (regularly $1.99)
  • Year subscriptions for the apps are $4.99 (regularly $7.99)
I hope these things will bless you.  Remember, even if you feel all your time and sacrifice is invisible, God sees all that you do.  And He loves you and Your precious children. ♥

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Friday, May 1, 2015

How to Have Family Bible Study



In our home, we each have our own quiet time in The Word and prayer when we get up in the morning.  But we also have a time together in The Word in the evenings.  I truly believe a daily family Bible time is so important. Please join me at Raising Homemakers today as I share how our family has Bible time together.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Importance of Having Your Garden as Clean as Possible


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Your garden is something that you take extreme pride and joy in and something that is always part of your maintenance schedule, just like the rest of your house would be. Garden cleaning and maintenance is something that is not only important but imperative because we use our gardens all year around, in different ways. In the winter time, we may use it for storage of furniture and although it is covered up, our garden is the perfect place to keep it. In the summer, we often sit outside in our gardens and invite friends and family for BBQ’s. Gardening is something that not everyone likes to do, and you may not be one of those people for whatever reason. You may simply just not like the idea of things like lawn mowing or leaf cleaning, because they are tedious and take up a lot of time, right down to suffering with allergies such as hay fever and dust, which render you incapable of being able to do so. A lot of allergy sufferers often put off gardening work, simply because the thought of looking like you have a full blown cold in the height of summer just to have a garden tidy up is something that not many people want to actually endure. 
 
Due to the fact that your garden is home to small animals, especially things like little birds and squirrels, it is always smart to keep your place clean. In your garden, or perhaps your neighbour’s garden, you may find fruit trees growing such as pears, plums and apples and whilst they may look perfect and beautiful when it comes down to just seeing them, as soon as the season turns and it starts getting a bit colder, the fruit will start to fall off the trees and create a huge mess. This sadly attracts rodents, like rats and other not so clean animals that are a potential health hazard to yourself and of course, those who live around you. A lot of people will hire gardeners for this, because with modern day lifestyles so hectic and busy, we don’t always have the time even on the weekends to be able to do everything we want to, much less doing the gardening outside!


Garden cleaning, especially when it comes down to the summer; should be done at least once a month. This ensures that everything on the ground is absolutely clean and nothing can be a stickler when it comes to disease. A clean garden free of any rotting fruit or surplus furniture is a joy to see, as it is a representation of a healthy and clean mind, something that many of us want. How many times do we actually just stick things into our gardens, without really realizing what is happening? We’re clogging up the space that something else could fill, like fresh air or a beautiful new garden ornament that would make the place look better!

A clean garden is something that when we see it, especially after it has been properly

looked after and landscaped; is something we are proud of. It is all too often and easy to forget what your garden looks like, however regular maintenance will help ensure that you are always reminded of Nature’s Beauty!
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Monday, April 27, 2015

Attention All Homemakers!

 
You only have HOURS left to get the homemaking bundle!  Don't you love learning more about homemaking?  I do!  I am so excited for this bundle, but it's almost gone.

You might not know this… but the Ultimate Bundles have a funny quirk.

Here it is: Some people worry that we just recycle the same books over and over again. It’s an easy mistake to make. But the truth is every collection is fresh, new, and just right for you.

Would you like to stretch your dollars further, make a quick, delicious dinner, or help your child feel better faster? Then, these eBooks and eCourse are perfect for you:

Become a Frugalista: Have you ever seen a beautiful dress in the store and thought, “Who are they kidding?!.” This ebook will give you all the core personal finance skills you need to give your family the very best… on a limited budget. There’s no need to do without. Once you have a few simple money management skills, you can create the life of your dreams on a shoestring budget.

Easy, Oven-Free Dinners: Are you tired of being stuck in the house waiting for dinner to finally pop out of the oven? Are you ready to break free from tired old recipes that bore you to tears? This ebook will show you how to make healthy dinners, faster, easier and completely oven free!

Natural Remedies for Parents: Do you want to soothe and heal simple aches and pains with all natural remedies? Aches, pains, boo-boos and stomach aches can all be managed quicker and easier, with common household items that you probably already own. Plus, they make the whole house smell nice and reduce the chances of germs spreading through the whole family. A double win!

– Plus, 96 other ebooks and courses to guide, inspire and encourage you.

But in just 24 hours, this sale will end.

[CLICK HERE to see everything that’s included in the Homemaking Ultimate Bundle.]

Want to join in the fun? Your time is now! At midnight tonight, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle disappears.

(Only $29.97 and 100% guaranteed.)

… Here’s that link again:



Best wishes and happy homemaking!

♥ Blessed Homemaking

P.S. I can’t wait to hear about your success with the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! Remember, you can email me anytime at blessedhomemaking@gmail.com

Here’s what LeeAnn said about the last bundle: “The bundle is filled with incredible content and financially is a steal! The bonuses are like icing on the cake and are always so much fun to redeem. I’ve also been introduced to new authors and fabulous companies that line up with my values. Thank you for providing such a wonderful product!” -LeeAnn T.
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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Too Many Books in the Bundle?

Blooming Books

Have you ever taken your family out for a buffet dinner… and then been disappointed when you couldn’t eat every single morsel on display?

Of course not!

Sure. There’s that first, breath-taking moment when you see and hear and smell the amazing meal spread before you… and you think, “Where will I even start?”

But that’s the thing… because you do start… with something.

Maybe it’s a tender flakey biscuit, or a piece of delicious roast beef, or maybe you’re like me and start with a piece of pie (mmm, pumpkin or chocolate mousse ☺)?

So relax, enjoy, and start anywhere you like. Come back to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle “buffet” as many times as you like. It’s all here for you.

I Cannot Live Without Books Thomas Jefferson


Here’s just a taste of what’s inside:

Project Organize Your Entire Life – Is your house slowly being taken over by clutter? Do you stare at that pile of papers on the kitchen counter and wonder how the piles seem to multiply overnight? This ebook will show you how to get organized and stay organized with simple systems that are easy to manage and grow with your family.

Simply Clean Home – Is it time to get your house back on track? Keeping a clean home doesn’t have to be complicated or a struggle. And your house certainly doesn’t have to look like the cover photo of a magazine all the time! This ebook will teach you how to develop simple cleaning routines that support your life.

The Steady Mom’s Freedom Guide – Are you looking for a life-affirming way to relax, let go of stress, and be the best mom you can be? This ebook will teach you all the cool tips and tricks that successful moms use to strike a balance between steadiness and blissful freedom, so that you can enjoy your parenting journey (and inspire your children to become their best).

– Plus, 96 other eBooks and courses to guide, inspire and encourage you. I cannot wait to dive in!

[CLICK HERE to see everything that’s included in the Homemaking Ultimate Bundle.]
For a short time, the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle… a complete library of 76 carefully selected eBooks, 6 online courses, 1 audio download, 2 online conferences and 14 printable packs designed to help you nurture the beauty and productivity in your home and family relationships… is only $29.97. (Retail value: $984.74)

That’s only 30 cents per book! (100% satisfaction guaranteed.)

But time is running out! The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle will only be available from 8:00 a.m. EST on Monday, April 20 until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, April 27.

[CLICK HERE to see it now.]

Best wishes and happy homemaking!

~Blessed Homemaking

P.S. Look at the other happy customers who purchased last year’s Ultimate Homemaking Bundle! Here’s what Soccy said: “What a wonderful blessing to have purchased the bundle. The bonus offers alone are worth the price of the bundle. So many of my favorite bloggers contributed and I was able to find new bloggers who share my interests and offer useful advice and recipes.” – Soccy R.
 




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