Thursday, November 20, 2014

Young Ladies Journal 1881


The children and I were watching a Little House on the Prairie episode the other day, and I noticed that the teacher was reading from a magazine, or what would look more like a newsletter or newspaper today.  It was called the Young Ladies Journal.  I thought I'd look it up on the internet to see if I could find anything.  Thankfully, I did! 

I found some pages from the Young Ladies Journal 1881 [fashion and fancy-work pages], which you can look at on the computer or download to keep.  There are recipes, clothing descriptions, short stories, articles of advice, poems, and lovely, lovely illustrations.

I will be looking for more and will tell you if I find any more online copies.  Please let me know also if you find any.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

76 Free Things to Do with Kids

 

With the holidays approaching, 76 Free Things to Do with Kids: A Real Mom's Guide, is a great resource to have to keep your children occupied.  From now until Sunday, it's available for free on Amazon.

Here is the description:

Keep your kids busy all year long with these 76 fun activities without busting your budget!

76 Free Things to Do with Kids has lots of frugal favorites along with a few free resources that you might not have heard about before.

Each activity has a quick description, a list of supplies to grab from around the house, and links to helpful free resources.

Then turn these fun ideas into reality.

76 Free Things to Do with Kids includes access to printable activity cards. Put them in a jar and let your kids draw one of the activities every week or every day during their summer or winter break.

The activities include indoor and outdoor activities, those to do at home and around the community, some that are educational and others that are just plain fun!

76 Free Things to Do with Kids makes it easy to be the fun (and frugal) super mom that is inside us all.

Stop spending your precious time browsing Pinterest for great kid activities! Instead, start making memories with your little ones right away, and do it all without breaking the bank.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Painting and Choosing Colors for Your Bedroom



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Are you contemplating changing the colour of your bedroom? A bedroom should represent a peaceful and relaxing area of the house as after all it is where you sleep and need to regain energy for the next day. When opting to decorate your bedroom you need to consider colour. It has to be calming and relaxing colour that will help you wind down at the end of the day. Today there is a wide range of colours in various shades to choose from. Most DIY stores have a good choice of paints and also plenty of ideas to copy. The main concern for a bedroom is to choose a nice and warm colour that leaves a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. Make sure you paint a colour that is warm and tranquil. It is a good idea to have your accessories in a matching or contrasting colour. Make sure your lighting is also serene.

If you want more inspiration then take a look at the internet and Google ideas and easy ways to renovate you bedroom with paint. If you are not an expert do your research, it isn’t hard today to get hold of ideas and inspiration from others. If you don’t have enough money to hire an interior do it yourself, there are plenty of resources available to help in this type of work. Though it may not look as superior as using the experts it will sure enough look good and you can be proud you did it yourself. You can get hold of materials such as women and home and living magazines or read books on design and home improvements.

There is a lot of material around to give you tips and ideas to suit your home and lifestyle and budget. Do your home work before rushing into it. If you do your research you will find out how to get the best effect for a price within your means.


Painting is the fast and easy way of giving a face-lift to your bedroom. It is relatively simple to do as long as the walls are in good condition. Even if they are not you could invest in having a builder re plaster them and they will be great to paint for years. Painting is a fast and easy way on sprucing up your home anywhere. In the bedroom you need to be a little more thoughtful as you don’t want lively and vibrant colours overpowering the place.

Painting is easier than other ways of decorating. No more of the grueling scraping and the difficult task of wallpapering, paint can be changed in an instant relatively quickly. The choice is vast nowadays and with a little amount of preparation will be an easy solution to instantly improving the appearance of your room.

Make sure you get prepared with the right materials. Buy the adequate amount of paint and if you are not sure get advice from where you buy it from. Measure your room and ask for a precise calculation from where you buy the paint. You will need protective sheets to cover the furniture and carpets to protect form spillages.


Prepare the walls and other areas that need painting correctly. Often they just need sanding down Invest in good quality brushes, and rollers and trays to do the job. They can be used again and again if washed properly and stored in a dry place. Other techniques such as paint pads are also an option. Most hard ware stores will help offer advice on what suits you the best when painting your bedroom.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Get Money Back from Walmart


I always price match when I shop at Walmart.  The process is long, going through all the store ads for several different stores.  But I find it is well worth it.  The people in line behind me usually seem surprised when I tell the cashier a lower price for many of our items.  (And sometimes, they might not like to wait for all the price-matching).  A homemaker must save where she can.

I just learned of a new way to save at Walmart, and it is called Savings Catcher.  Walmart will give you back money on a reward card if you purchased something at Walmart that was available for a lower price at a different store.  You simply go here, enter a couple of pieces of information from your receipt, and you'll find out if you get any money back.  The receipts need to be from the last 7 days, and you can enter a maximum of 7 receipts per week.

I hope this tip helps you a lot!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Beautiful Modest Skirts on Sale



New Creation Apparel is having a Colorful Fall Sale on select skirts.  I have several skirts from them and love them.  They are also one of our sponsors here, so I hope you'll support them!  They have great customer service, great prices, and great modest skirts.

New Creation Apparel "proudly retails modest clothing for women. Our long skirts and modest maternity fashions are tailored in classic and feminine styles from carefully selected fabrics for lasting wearing pleasure." newCreation was founded from a desire to provide affordable, classic and comfortable clothing for women without lengthy hours of shopping disappointments. Their suppliers, mostly small, family-run businesses, work closely with them and provide exceptional creativity and workmanship.

If you love colorful skirts, you will love these skirts that are on sale now for only $29.95.  The modest skirts on sale include Classic Aubergine, Caribbean Sea, Classic Denim, Cotton Candy Pink, Classic Persimmon, and Cinnabar Red.

Classic Aubergine
Caribbean Sea

Classic Denim
Cotton Candy Pink
Classic Persimmon
Cinnabar Red

New Creation Apparel also has a wide selection of maternity skirts (and other skirts) that are not on sale also.  I have both maternity skirts and regular skirts from them, and they've lasted for several years.  The prices are really affordable, and the skirts would make a lovely addition to your wardrobe. I hope you will go check them out!

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Monday, November 10, 2014

What I'm Reading & Last Day for Christian Library

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I really enjoy books.  My whole family does.  Every little reader here always has their nose in a book, at least once a day when they have some free time.  I thought I'd share with you what we're currently reading....


The Reformation Study Bible: English Standard Version
I normally read the KJV or Geneva Bible, but this is the version that my Bible study uses.  It has lots of helpful study notes and information.


Thirty Days in Psalm 37 (Bible Study for Busy Mamas)
I'm going through hard things right now and have for much of my life, so I picked this study to go through.  I'm learning (and being reminded) a lot, about not fretting about evildoers, and how the Lord takes care of the righteous.  What's also wonderful about this study (and the other Bible Studies for Busy Mamas) is that each chapter for you has a section on how to include your children in the study.  You can do this while you're having your own study or at a different time.  I do my part of the study on my own in the mornings, and do the children's with them in the evenings.  They like that they can actively participate, and the instructions really have them listening to the Psalm and learning.


 Making Your Home a Haven
I can't remember exactly how I stumbled upon this gem of a book, but I'm really enjoying it so far.  It has all kinds of strategies to get your home in order, and the author starts with the importance of having a daily quiet time with the Lord and gives an excellent explanation of what has worked for her.  She gives not only strategies, but also real examples from her life, which keep the book interesting and applicable.  The author also values mothers at home, which is always a plus.



For my time with the children in the evening, I am also going through Character Concepts for Preschoolers (that's the Mom's Guide) and the children's book that goes along with it, Crossroads of Character: Learning to Make Wise Choices.  We also have the CDs and flashcards that go along with this series from Character Concepts.  I actually won them in a giveaway several years ago, and we are finally going through them.  The children really enjoy the stories--even my older ones.  The character studies from Character Concepts can be used for more than just the suggested ages, which works wonderfully when you have children of different ages.



From the library, I picked up almost all of the Little House on the Prairie books for my children. Even my non-readers like looking at the books for their few illustrations, and to "be like big sisters", I'm sure.

There are various other books that I pick up to read a little bit here and there, but I am trying to be consistent and read these through before I really get into any other ones.  What are you reading right now?  Please share in the comments.

Don't forget about all of the books and other resources available in the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle.  Today is the last day to get it!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Fill Your Hearth and Heart with Prayer-Filled Love and Joy


I enjoy reading old books. Books from people that lived before me and had more wisdom than I. Classics. I like the old paths.  Join me at Raising Homemakers today for the rest of this post ♥


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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

For Christian Men & Women


Who among us doesn’t want to lead a life worth emulating?

With great children, a loving marriage, and a closer, faith-filled walk with the Lord. But for many of us, making that a reality is big challenge!

Balancing life’s priorities can seem a bit overwhelming at times. The pressures of work for men, the need for finances, the demands of parenting and the resulting strain on marriage can leave us weathered, weary and wondering what really works in life?

That’s where the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle comes in. Ultimate-Bundles.com called in some best selling authors, leading experts and top business professionals to address the most common challenges faced by families and individuals today – all from a solid, Biblical foundation.
For the ridiculously low price of just $34.95 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of over $1,140 that addresses these issues with stunning clarity and practical application.



For the family…


The bundle contains 10 wonderful books focused on incredibly inventive ways you can craft the marriage you signed on for. To complement that subject, they added 8 more books focused on parenting and passing on your faith to your kids. That wouldn’t be complete without books just for kids so they also included 8 children’s books that parents can read with their children. To close out the content for family life, the highly praised Singing Bible MP3 version was added (a $25 value all by itself). It actually teaches children the story of the Bible not just random stories.


For your husband's (or son's) professional life…


You will find John Muratori and Michael Pink’s six -hour Christian Wealth Building course ($77 value) which was complemented with Bob Lotich’s 31-day devotional Managing Money God’s Way. There are a total of 14 business related books and courses including Zig Ziglar’s powerful Born To Win course (that Seth Godin and Dave Ramsey rave about), Dr. James B. Richards, Wired For Success – Programmed For Failure and Untold Secrets for Creating Wealth by Brig Hart and John Beehner. You’ll even find one of the best selling Christian business books of all time, The Bible Incorporated – In Your Life, Job & Business.


To ignite your faith…


Rounding out the package, Bridge Logos and Moody Press made a series of classic Christian literature available from generals of the faith like Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, A.W. Pink, E.M. Bounds, Calvin, Wesley, Edwards and more who wrote about grace, prayer, faith and an overcoming life.

In addition to these wonderful classics, the Ultimate Bundles team snagged 12 heart-stirring devotionals from authors like A.W. Tozer and Nancy Leigh DeMoss that speak to matters of faith that are sure to inspire. Let’s not forget Gary Chapman’s Extraordinary Grace or Ray Comfort’s Way of the Master for sharing your faith with others. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, don’t miss Philip Cameron’s, They Call Me Dad, the story of one man’s fight to save orphans from human trafficking.

So as you can see, the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle is an extraordinary value.


But it still gets better…

The Ultimate Bundles team asked several sponsors to step up to the plate and with no strings attached, provide meaningful BONUS GIFTS. One of the first to step up was Dayspring Greeting Cards who offered a choice of heart-warming gift card packages to choose from.  Another, is a downloadable DVD workout series for getting in shape and maintaining health. With a retail value of $62.99 it includes a Biblical study guide for stewarding your health. Bonus gifts alone have a total retail value of over $160


So now you know…

For as little as $34.95 you can receive over $1,140 worth of valuable eBooks and eCourses that address the issues of life most of us face at one time or another, from a profoundly Biblical worldview. The BONUS GIFTS alone are worth more than four times the price of the bundle! So, if you want to ignite your faith, strengthen your family and help your professional life, there’s no better place to start! All the hard work has been done for you…

The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, November 10th.

But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 18,500 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day guarantee: you have a full month to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s life, you’ll get your money back in full!


Here’s what you need to know about the sale:


When? 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

What? 75 eBooks plus eCourses and more, PLUS over $160 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth over $1,140, and it’s yours for as little as $34.95. Sweet deal, right?

When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.
Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of included resources.


Business & Personal Finance


Christian Classics Series


Christian Living


Devotional Life


For Children


Inspirational Novels


Married Life


Parenting


Reaching the Lost


Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

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