Do you write handwritten Christmas cards and mail them? If so, I admire you. I have a long standing reputation for writing cards and not getting them to the mailbox. They are addressed and stamped, but somehow I just don't get them to the mailbox! One time I found baby shower thank you notes when my son was almost one-year-old.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
About four months ago, I found a lump in my breast. I didn't think much of it because I was thirty-two, but I have a friend who was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer at thirty-five. I finally decided I should get it checked out, so two months later, while in Hawaii, I called and told my OB Office that I found a lump. That is a really quick way to get an appointment by the way.
I felt at peace until the day of my appointment. I started to panic and was irritable. I was expecting that my OB would be able to tell me that day that the lump was not a problem. He didn't. He felt I should get it checked out with a mammogram and an ultrasound.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
When my sister was getting married, my mom was making an adjustment to her dress and she pricked her finger. A little bit of blood trickled onto my sister's wedding dress. My mom was panicking!! Then she remembered a CRAZY tip she recently came across. If you get blood on clothes, the person whose blood it is [their] saliva will remove the blood. So, she spit on the dress :) Yes, you heard it right here.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Yes, this is me with Tara Costa from the Biggest Loser Season 7!! I have watched every season. Yes, I am addicted. Sometimes I sit there with a snack, and sometimes I work out with them. But, either way, my favorite contestant ever is Tara. No, we are not close friends, although she does look like she is, right? We met at the airport this past summer.
Monday, March 11, 2013
This is the tale of three thrifted jackets! I love how they complete so many outfits and cover up so many things you may want to hide :) The striped dress is from Gap. To the left: necklace from The Town Peddler (antique mall). All three of these blazers were found at Value World and I don't think I spent more than $2 on any of them. What is your favorite thrift store to shop at?
Saturday, January 26, 2013
OK, so just to clear things up, I don't really believe in a Zombie Apocalypse. I just thought it would catch your attention... did it? I have however, watched my fill of zombie movies and TV shows set on a post apocalyptic planet earth. In light of all the talk about being prepared, having a plan in place for when disaster strikes, I've been asking myself, are we prepared? Check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for her list of items to stock your pantry with (pictured to the left)
Saturday, January 19, 2013
If you felt like deciding who was going to get the crying baby was a unique problem for you, here is proof it has been going on for at least 63 years. Norman Rockwell captured this age old problem. Who is going to get up and help that little tike. It makes me tired just looking at it, and I thought you may enjoy it, too!!
Courtesy of Grandma and Grandpa Farlow's Attic :)
Monday, January 7, 2013
Get organized in 2013! The free printable calendar pictured on the left can be found here: The Harmonized House.
I came across a really good list of organizational homeschooling tips the other day at The Well Trained Mind. Tip #8 stood out in particular to me.
What’s the difference between a schedule and a routine? A schedule is generally a timed plan; routines are regular, habitual procedures. Programs and systems that use schedules to get people organized can be wonderful things, and I’ve included some links to popular ones below. If you’ve tried to implement a schedule into your homeschool and found that it didn’t seem to fit with what you were trying to do, try and develop some routines. They don’t have to be done in the same order, or even at the same time each day, but you might set some general guidelines (before breakfast, before lunch, etc.). Experiment with a school routine. Are there things your children can do on their own? Make up a list, and get them in the habit of doing what they can on their own before they come to you. This may take some time to develop, but just as with other worthy habits (diligence, punctuality, etc.), the benefit will be that it will save time in the future.
What about you? Do you have a particular schedule that you adhere to on a daily basis, or do routines work better for your family? I am definitely more of a routine person myself, but sometimes a schedule is what I need to stay on track!
Find lots of free organizational printables at I Heart Organizing
Our friend, Melissa, over at Red Fly Creations
offers a great printable home organizing notebook!
Friday, January 4, 2013
I can imagine that we have all experienced situations where a friend or family member is going through something tough. While we definitely do not want to come across like we have all the answers or have it all together ourselves, we also do not want to ever believe that unless we have experienced the identical situation we cannot offer any encouragement.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
It's that time of year again... time to look back and reflect on everything that happened in 2012 and look forward to all that will come in 2013. We made it through 2012 (despite the Mayan's predictions), only God knows the plan for this coming year. It's exciting for Julia and me as we enter into a new year, and close in on our 1 year blogging anniversary (I began in January and Julia joined in April)!
Friday, December 28, 2012
Here is a collection of weekly link-ups we participate in. If you are new to blogging, link-ups are great because they are free advertising for your blog! They are also a great way to find cool new projects and ideas, or connect with others in the blogging community. You may be interested in joining in on one of these. *Remember to use good blogging etiquette: follow each site's linking rules, thank the host, leave comments, visit other linkers, and spread the love!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Do you have any enemies? I don't like to believe I do. But, ya know what we all can admit to having in our lives? People we just don't like. People that get under our skin, that rub us the wrong way, that we don't agree with or we'd rather just avoid. These people can be siblings, parents, friends from church, neighbors or coworkers. With the holiday season upon us, maybe these are the people you're stuck spending extra time with...
Monday, December 10, 2012
I found this amazing free app, MyFitnessPal. I have recently been struggling with thinking about my weight a lot. I want to fit well in my clothes, but then I get comfortable. Then I feel badly when I try on my clothes and I can't wear them without showcasing a muffin top.
MyFitnessPal allows you to weigh in each morning, track your calories throughout the day, log your water intake, and detail your excersize. Here's what I love, love, love about the calories tracker. You can scan the barcode on your food and it will pop up with all of the nutrition facts including vitamins, fiber, etc. I find scanning to be very fun.
I also realized how little water I actually drink. When trying to lose or maintain weight, working with facts is so much better than what we think we ate or drank. Pop is a total killer, but it really puts it in perspective for you.
Monday, November 19, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
The Gospel Coalition:
As Americans, it's often helpful to be reminded that the epicenter of Christ's kingdom is not located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And the purposes of God have never been thwarted at the hands of men---a streak that's not about to end on November 6. Such a recognition isn't quietism or escapism---just biblical Christianity.
So pay your taxes, choose your candidate, and cast your vote (politics does matter, after all), but do so as one whose trust is anchored in another world. As citizens of "a better country" (Heb. 11:16; cf. Phil. 3:20), we the people of the risen King await "new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells" (2 Pet. 3:13).
Whatever comes of our quadrennial sojourn to the ballot box, we can rest in the sovereign goodness of a Father who sits enthroned in the heavens and, with majesty and mystery, does whatever he pleases.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
I found this article on Christianity About.com by Mary Farichild. I also found a video that shows a perspective from a former witch. She was saved after she had practiced witchcraft. After reviewing this information, I really have a lot to think about.
Friday, October 26, 2012
FlyLady.net is a great resource if you are looking to clean your house and don't know where to start!! She has an idea everyday, and a weekly/monthly plan. In this video, I will show you my favorite concept of hers.
The song that seemed appropriate: "Working In a Coal Mine". Cleaning may not be quite that bad, but let's just say it's not my favorite :)
Another great resource for picking where to start is at this link RedflyCreations.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
With iPads, tablets, larger hard drives, etc, the desire to have your movies in an mp4 format has grown. The problem is that you have already paid for your movie and don't want to either buy it again or have Wal Mart convert it for $2. I will show you how to convert it for free on your own.
I am one of the least "techie" people you could know. If I can do it, you can do it!!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Mmmmmm. That's all I've got to say. I pinned this picture on Pinterest a while back and just recently remembered to give it a try. Upon checking out the actual recipe found at this link, I discovered it to be a bit too complicated for my taste. This is not the "tube biscuit" recipe most people will be familiar with, but a made from scratch version. Here is what I came up with, combining the made from scratch version with the traditional tube biscuit recipe. It's super easy and super addicting!