Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Why I Became a New Fan of Pinterest

This is a continuation of an article about Evernote.  To read that article, click here.

I started reading about Pinterest a couple of months ago. I visited the site, and initially wasn't too excited about it. It looked like visual overload to me. Kinda like looking at the community bulletin board at the library: a collection of mishmash that looks like a random mosaic. I don't know about you, but it wearies my mind to think about looking at each item. That's what Pinterest reminded me of.



However, I read that a number of people LOVED it, so I requested an invite to use it.  Later I read about how you can put a "pin it" in your bookmark toolbar. I put one in half-heartedly. A few days ago, I tried it, and was instantly wowed.



I don't recall which article was, but I hit "pin it" on my bookmark toolbar. Up came a new popup window showing all of the pictures on that page.  Below is a screen shot of when I hit Pin It for a blog post telling about how to make slime.





I selected a picture, and clicked on Pin It. Another popup allowed me to write a caption for the picture and put the pinned photo into a board (category).



Later when I viewed the board, I clicked the picture that I had pinned, and it took me back to that article!  This is the one thing that I didn't know about Pinterest.  I just thought it allowed people to collect pictures of interesting things.



I immediately saw the advantage of using Pinterest over Evernote for items that contain photos.  Rather than use up a limited amount of space allowed on Evernote, I can pin it to Pinterest which uses very little space since it's essentially a link to the original article and picture.  (Note:  I just read that there is a limit to how many pins and boards you can have, but I do not know what that limit is.  I also read that a quick way to tag things you like is to "like" the pin rather than "repin" it.  You can later go to your profile page and categorize the pins that you liked.)  I do still like to use Evernote for text-based information (such as recipes).

For you fellow iDevice users, there is now a free Pinterest app!

For bloggers, you can possibly increase traffic to your blog by pinning a few pictures from your posts.  Use caution as it goes against Pinterest etiquette to overuse this strategy.

If you would like an invitation to try out Pinterest, please email me at mrsavakinsey@gmail.com
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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Recipe Review: Crispy Chicken

I read about this recipe, Crispy Chicken, on my friend Valerie's blog.  Unfortunately, on the day I made it, I didn't have all of the ingredients, so I had to "make do" with what I had.









The original recipe calls for:
1 1/2 cups crisp rice cereal, coarsely crushed
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves.

I did not have any crisp rice cereal, so my version shouldn't even be called Crispy Chicken!  I used corn flakes instead.  Corny Chicken?  Flaky Chicken?  Hmm....sounds more like a description for the sleep-deprived mother.

I also did not have any poultry seasoning, but Valerie had posted a link which said that the following could be substituted:  Make your own by combining equal amounts of the following dried herbs: rosemary, oregano, sage, ginger, marjoram, thyme.  I did not have all of these herbs, so I used what I had and added a couple more of our family favorites.

So, my variation of the recipe used the following ingredients:
1-1/2 cups corn flakes
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/4 tsp marjoram
1/4 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup butter (unsalted), melted
4 boneless/skinless chicken breast halves


The technique was the same:
In a shallow bowl, mix together the corn flakes, herbs, and flour.  Put the melted butter in another bowl.  Dip the chicken into the butter, then roll into the corn flake mixture.  Place into a greased (I used Pam spray) baking dish.  Drizzle with the remaining better.  Bake 20-25 minutes, uncovered, at 400 degrees F or until juices run clear.


The Final Verdict:  Robert LOVED it!  He made me write out my version of this recipe so that I can make it again.  I still want to try the original version, too, though.

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Evernote App for the Mac, iDevice, and Windows

I am always interested in finding new ways to organize my life and be more productive.  One person who I think is amazing at accomplishing a lot of great things is Cary Schmidt.  He is one of the assistant pastors at Lancaster Baptist Church in Lancaster, California.  He has a great blog that is well worth reading and has written articles on time management.  I was particularly interested in an article he wrote about iPad, iPhone, Apps, and Ideas....

In this article, he listed a number of apps that he uses on his iDevices.  I want to share one of the apps which is called Evernote.  Evernote is an app that allows you to record information that you want to keep for reference, categorize them in "notebooks," and access from either your computer (Mac or PC) or your iDevice via the Evernote app.


Evernote is quite easy to use.  You can import pictures from your phone or your computer.  You can copy text and photos from websites, or you can simply type in information.

I have not fully organized it as well as I would like.  You'll notice that my Miscellaneous notebook contains the most items (besides Recipes).

One way that I like to use Evernote is to save information from the blogs that I read.  When I read the blogs that I follow on Google Reader, I "star" the articles I want to keep for further action (either to respond to, to read more indepth, to save information, or to put in my Blog Post Roundup posts).  When I have time, or when I make time by staying up late, I go back to the starred items.  When I find information that I want to save in Evernote, I will do a quick copy, and then click on the elephant at the top of my screen and click on Paste to Evernote.  A new window will pop up, allowing me to put it in the notebook I want, change the title, and save it.  Actually, it's automatically saved; I just close the window.


Evernote does have some disadvantages.  The main disadvantage is that there is a monthly limit on how much you can store.  If I let my starred items on Google Reader pile up and go on a "review starred items" marathon, I can quickly begin to use up the monthly allotment.  I have never used it up, but I can see where it can be easy to do so.  I do, however, have a solution for this problem, and that is to use Pinterest.  I will write an article about Pinterest which will be posted on Wednesday.

Click here to read about Pinterest.
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Friday, August 26, 2011

Doctored-Up Store-Bought Pizza

I love pepperoni!  I also love pizza!  In my opinion, you can't have too much pepperoni on a pizza.  All too often, there is not nearly enough pepperoni on a store-bought pizza.



A year or two ago, I started doctoring up my store-bought pizzas.  Of course, I add more pepperoni, and I also add a new must-have ingredient, Italian Seasoning.

 (Don't you just love the milk glass spice jar? Upcoming post on this great find....stay tuned!)


When I first tried it, my husband really raved about it (especially adding the Italian Seasoning), so now I do it every time.


As Gracie would say, "Mmmmmmm!"

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Balance and Discipline -- August 26, 2011



Sunday, August 21st:  Although in general I have a pretty good memory, it doesn't always extend to what happened the past week!  For that reason, I'm writing a mini-update a little early so I can tell about my weekend.
On Friday, I was able to get up early and get a few things done before I had to wake up Gracie and go for an appointment to help a church friend with her new toy (a negative and slide scanner).  When we got back home, I was able to get some shopping and housework done.  My husband had invited a couple from church over for supper on Saturday.  I was able to get the house "company-ready" by the time they arrived.  We had a great visit!  24 hours+ later, the house is still in pretty good shape. Usually by this time, it's pretty trashed between all the stuff that we drag out and leave around.  Monday is not a fun day due to having to clean up.  I'm trying to take care of messes soon after they happen, or in the case of my daughter's books, put them away before time to go night-night.

My pastor, Jack Bachman, (Calvary Baptist Church, Memphis, TN) preached a great sermon tonight about "To Compare or Not to Compare? That is the Question!"  I wanted to share some highlights because I think it could be of help to us. It certainly was to me.
To Compare or NOT to Compare? That is the Question!
Three Ways to NOT Compare:
1.  Do not compare yourself to the weak. (Romans 12:3)
In other words, do not compare yourself to someone else by saying "At least I don't _____ like that person!" This produces pride, complacency, apathy, laziness.  You are acting like a vulture circling around seeing prey to devour.

2.  Do not compare yourself with the strength of someone else. (Psalm 139)
This produces:
-discontentment with God (Psalm 139:14)
Thank God for how He made you!
-discouragement with self (low self-esteem which really is another form of pride)
-disdain with others (envying, jealousies, wrath)
The Bible says to "rejoice with them that rejoice"

3.  Do not compare yourself to someone else of another purpose.
In the Bible, we are likened to members of a body.  This would be like the hand comparing itself to the foot.  Each have different purposes and should not be compared.
In the same way, we are not made to do what others are made to do.
Some examples would be a husband comparing his wife to his mother, comparing your spouse to a coworker, comparing one child to another child.

Three Ways to DO Compare:
1.  Do compare you with what you were.  (I Cor. 6:9-11)
Don't forget where you came from.
Ask yourself:  Has there been any progress?  Are you heading in the right direction?
Pay attention and perform checkups regularly.  The longer you go in the wrong direction, the longer it takes to get back.
Be careful to look for any signs of backsliding or drifting away from God.

2.  Do compare yourself with what you could be. (Eph. 4:14-15)
"grow up in all things"  Set Spiritual goals for yourself.
It is too easy to grow stagnant.

3.  Do compare yourself with Jesus Christ (Eph 4:11-13)
How are you in your pursuit of Christ?

In his introduction, Bro. Bachman made the following (paraphrased) statements:  "God does not sit in Heaven comparing you to other people.  God compares you to your potential."

Points 2 and 3 of Three Ways to DO compare are the ones that I felt like related to Balance and Discipline.  My purpose in starting it was to provide a means of accountability for myself and a means of motivation to improve.  There are so many areas in which I need to improve.  It's all too easy to read about some amazing bloggers who seem to single-handedly take on the world very efficiently and with little trouble.  I try not to compare myself to them, though I do want to become better at what I try to do.  I do like the statement "God compares you to your potential."  It gives me pause to think, "Am I living up to my potential?  Is there something else I can do that would help me?  Is what I'm doing now related to living up to my potential?"

Friday, August 26, 2011:  All in all, this has been a pretty good week.  I've gotten a lot done in the way of errands, projects, mending, laundry, and keeping up with the house -- despite Gracie keeping an odd nap schedule this week.  I've been getting a good amount of extra Bible in by playing the audio Bible in the car.  In all honesty, I'm behind on my Bible reading for the year (church-wide reading schedule), and I hope to catch up with help from the audio Bible.  I was able to get up earlier than usual most days.  Tuesday was an exception because I stayed up TOO LATE on Monday night.

How about you? How did you fare this week?  Link up to the Linky Thingy below.
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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Blog Post Roundup (8/25/11)

Yeehaw! Here's the latest Blog Post Roundup!

How to Use Google Reader in Real Format -- This allows you to use Google Reader for your blog reading and be able to see the whole web page!

Free Water! --  My friend Valerie posts about their church giving out free ice water and the opportunity to get free Living Water at the Watermelon Festival in their town.

Adding a "Like" Box to Your Site -- The directions didn't exactly work for me, but I did find where I could do it.

How We Keep Our Marriage Fresh -- Fun and practical ideas.


Questions to Ask When Criticized -- Pastor Paul Chappel shares some questions to ask when you or your loved ones are being criticized.

Say "Hey!" If You Love Andy -- A missionary friend of mine visits the real Mayberry with her family.


Lesson Learned From the Sneetches -- Using books to teach character lessons. Oh, and Mom learns a few things as well!

We Are "Uninsured" and We Like it That Way -- I can also recommend Samaritan Ministries.  My former pastor has used it for a number of years.

5 Things Every Homeschool Mom Should Carry in Her Purse -- Please note:  Bible verses are not KJB.


The Child Who Delights in Another's Discipline -- My pastor mentioned this negative negative situation that exists among adults as well tonight in church while teaching about the Proud.

How to Insert a PDF into a Post or Page -- This is for WordPress users.  I googled and found the following for Blogspot users:  Embed PDF File into Post

Honoring Our Husbands -- My friend Lori writes about a particular trend in women speaking about their husbands.

5 Highly Effective Habits Homemakers Have To Keep A Clean House -- I liked the OHIO method.

A Girl's First Domestic Domain -- Training your daughter how to keep a clean room.

Create a Custom Facebook Username -- I'm pretty certain that your page has to have a minimum number of people liking it before it becomes eligible.

Quote of the Week:


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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Book Review: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy LessonsI have been curious about this book after having read about other bloggers using it with their children.  What really caught my attention was when a lady said she was starting it with her two-year-old daughter!  I happened to find it at the library when I was perusing the section for Parents and Teachers.  I decided to bring it home and take a look at it.

First of all let me say I don't know a thing about teaching a child how to read.  My major in college was Science Education (with emphasis in Physics and Chemistry) for secondary school.  I have next-to-no training in teaching young children.  I did teach in my church's Christian school for three years and received on-the-job training, but I did not teach any of them reading. Secondly, I was not formally taught how to read.  My mother, from my earliest of memories, read books to me every night before going to bed.  From the time I could sit up, she had books available for me to play and read.  Basically, I taught myself how to read when I was five years old.  Most likely, though, because I did attend kindergarten at my church (before kindergarten was instituted in Mississippi's public schools), I probably did have exposure to phonics which would've helped me to figure out how to read.  I just remember that my favorite book was Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss.  I remember being placed in the advanced reading group in first grade, along with other friends who also attended the same kindergarten with me.  I have always loved reading, and I attribute that to my mother who exposed me to a lot of books and encouraged me to read.  She bought many books for me and my brothers; I have had a lifelong tendency to collect books (thought I am trying to go all digital now with few exceptions).

Even though I know next-to-nothing about teaching reading, I've always been a strong supporter of phonics-based reading programs.  It just makes sense to me.  Sight reading is a waste of brain cells and energy.

I am hoping to teach my daughter to read before she starts school.  We will most likely be sending her to our church's Christian school, but I will be working with her in the meantime.  After having read the introductory pages which includes narratives regarding their philosophy of reading education and looking over the lessons, I have decided that I will be purchasing this book to use with Gracie when she is a little older.

Included in their introductory chapters are reasons for why traditional reading methods do not work.  They also state that any child who has an IQ above 70, of four years of age or older, can learn to read well with this program.  They say that we need to get rid of labels put on children, that they are a deterrent to a child's success.  I find this very encouraging.  I've worked with a number of children who have struggled with their schoolwork, and I wonder if they have a stumbling block in their mind because of labels being applied to them.  Wouldn't it be wonderful if children could have no clue that they have certain labels (ADHD, learning disabled, etc.) and could just learn to read and read well?!  I've always believed that, to a large degree, I could learn anything I wanted to simply by researching on my own.  I do believe that there is a place for formal education (whether it be homeschooling or private schooling or even public schooling).  Teaching is so much more than imparting knowledge and skills....but that's another topic for another day!

This program goes from step zero of teaching vital pre-reading skills with gradual step-by-step changes towards learning to read.  The first lessons all deal with learning the sounds of certain letters and combining sounds of different letters.  They use an altered orthography (which just means some of the written letters look funny) to help with consistency. Although a couple of words are read in the first few lessons, but reading words doesn't really begin until Lesson 9.  It may seem slow, methodical, and rather tedious, but research has shown that this method works!

One thing that they stress about the program is that the key is good communication.  There must be good communication from the teacher to the child and from the child to the teacher.  In every lesson there are explicit directions for the teacher to follow as well as helps for how to correct the child when he responds wrongly. 

All in all, I'm very impressed with the book and am excited about using it in the future.  If any of you use this book or will use this book, I would love to hear your comments.

UPDATE:  Here is a post from the mother of a 4-1/2 year old girl:  Reading Lessons
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This Week at the Library -- August 22, 2011

Gracie has been keeping a crazy nap schedule this week.  On Monday, she slept for almost three hours!  She woke up a little before 3:00, and I decided to go ahead and make a run to the library since I had a book on hold that I wanted to pick up.  I made it home just minutes before my husband which gave me just enough time to start supper before he came in.  On a side note, I have never seen Gracie run so fast and squeal "Dada!" with such over-the-top glee when she saw her Daddy pull up in his truck!  Love it!

I love how the library gives me a receipt that shows all of the books I've checked out.  It's a great way to refer to type out this list rather than gather them all up.  Some I do have to get and look at so I can make sure I put the correct Amazon link.

Gracie's Books:

Animals to Count by B. Wildsmith  Please note that the Amazon link is for the Spanish edition.  I couldn't find the English edition.
This type of artwork is not my favorite.  Each page has a different animal, the number of which corresponds to the number printed on that page.











Zoo Friends by K. R. Knight
This book shows wonderful, engaging pictures of real animals.  Each page spread has a flap for the baby to lift and see another picture.  The text is comprised of fun rhyming poems being said by the animals.  Great book!







Alphabet House by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
I like this book.  A family of rabbits live in the alphabet house.  Each page focuses on a different letter and shows the rabbits with items that begin with that letter.  The illustrations look like colored paper cut out into shapes.










Buzzy Bee board book
This is a fun little book that shows Buzzy Bee "writing" each number (1-5) as he flies about.  There is a rhyme for each number.










That's Not My Teddy
This is a "touchy-feely" book with different textures glued into the pages.  I have not yet read this one with Gracie.  I think she will like it.












Quack! Quack! by Susan Baum
This book shows different animals and tells what sounds they make.  The animals are made with slick shiny paper.  I have not yet read this with Gracie, but I think she will like it.  She really likes making animal sounds.









Baby's Colors by Neil Ricklen
The book I have has a different cover than the one shown in the Amazon link.
This book is a fun book that shows live babies dressed up in particular colors with objects of the same color and a background of the same color.  Gracie seems to like it.






Leon Minds His Manners (Selling for $55!!  That's crazy!)
This book is similar to the Elly book from last week.  Same illustrator, and same type of story that exemplifies a character quality.  Each picture has a cutout that shows an item on the next page.  Gracie likes to poke her fingers through the holes.







Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
This is a silly, but fun book.  I have not yet read this to Gracie, so I don't know how she likes it.











My Books:

The Bridge of Peace: an Ada's House Novel (Book #2) by Cindy Woodsmall
I mentioned a few days ago that I will be reviewing The Harvest of Grace which is Book #3 of this series.  I have already read the first book, not long after it came out, but I've not read any since then.  Since I'm rather OCD about reading series in order, I decided to read Book #2 before reading Book #3.  The only reason why I'm not reading Book #1 to refresh my memory is because most of my books are boxed up in the shed and there's no way possible I can get to them at this time.  (For those who don't know, we're in the last stages of completing our garage that we began building last October.)

I'm sure this is a great book.  Cindy Woodsmall is a great writer.  I have been well impressed with every book that she's written.

Photoshop Elements 9: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
I got this book so that I could see what Photoshop Elements is capable of and if it would suit my needs for editing images.  We are window shopping for a new camera (either the Nikon D5100 or the D7000).  I really don't want to pay for big-daddy Photoshop if Elements will do what I need it to.  (If anyone has any opinions, I'd love to hear them.)
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Monday, August 22, 2011

My Home = Fit to be Featured in a Magazine?

Have you ever thought about what kind of magazine would feature your home? Maybe Better Homes and Gardens or Country Living? If you're like me, you're thinking, "Umm, yeah, right!"

I tend to look at the perfectly-arranged display of trendy furniture and oh-so-vogue accessories, and think, "Do people really live like that?" I know that 95% of the featured photos have been worked over and staged just-so by professional decorators and photographers. After all, they're getting paid to produce something to support the accompanying article.

I read a number of blogs, some of which focus on organizing the home (one of my interests). I'm amused by some of the blog writers (one in particular) who use the same exact photos of her picture-perfect rooms over and over in her posts. I guess it's easier to do that than to restage another shot.

All of us, as keepers of our homes, desire (though maybe not openly or even consciously) to have a lovely, home, and even would love to know what it's like to have a magazine-worthy home.

Instead, we may have some of the following hindrances....


A lovely leather bench that has the top removed and toys and paraphernalia piled within...
But that's OK, because it means that God has blessed us with material things that we can use, love, and enjoy!

Shoes in odd places all over the house due to the shoe-loving girly girl...
 But that's OK, because it means that God provides us with our needs!


A dining room table that almost never stays clear of projects, receipts, purses (both Mama and daughter's), and other sundry items...
But that's OK, because it means that we are busy and industrious rather than lazy and unproductive (OK, well, most of the time!).


Artwork that probably is not in style but is loved nonetheless for happy memories of the grandmother who originally owned it...
But that's OK, because "the memory of the just is blessed."

Mismatched furniture in the living room...
But that's OK, because it means that we are able to be comfortable and enjoy our company together.


Overflowing food and cooking stuff in the small kitchen that also doubles as the laundry room...
But that's OK, because it means again that God has showered many blessings of abundance upon us, and we do not struggle for our daily living as others do.


Books stacked in all sorts of places...
But that's OK, because it means a sound academic foundation is being laid for our daughter.


A towel in front of the water cooler to help catch the spills of a zealous toddler....
But that's OK, because we have a servant in training who takes pleasure in getting water for Mama and Daddy.

Mending laying in wait (and wait, and wait, and wait) on the sewing machine...
But that's OK, because it means that God has given the skills to do it so that we do not have to pay someone else or waste otherwise good clothing.

Best of all, we have not a house, but a HOME.  I love this Amish proverb that I recently read:  Love, peace and happiness in the home are infinitely more than honor, fame and wealth.

Just as a funny, I read this cartoon blog post that goes along with my post:  A REAL House Tour with Amber of  C***** Pictures

[Just as a warning, you may find some objectional content/language should you decide to look at her blog further.  She does seem to capture life with toddlers quite well, though!]
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

How to Add a "View Mobile" Link to Your Blogger Website

If you'll notice, I have added a new link on my menu bar that will allow mobile phone users to view my site in the Mobile version that Blogger has available.  I really like how the mobile version looks on my phone and it's MUCH easier to navigate and view.  I don't get to see all the extra stuff in the sidebar, but I can always click on the View Web Version that's at the bottom of the home page.

Here are a few examples:


Left to Right:  My blog in regular Web View, my blog in Mobile View, my blog in Mobile View scrolled down so you can see how it lists the articles, a particular post in Mobile View


Left to Right:  My friend Valerie's blog (The Bishop's Wife) in regular Web View, Valerie's blog in Mobile View (I think the print is small due to the header graphic), One of Valerie's posts in Mobile View.

How to Add a "View Mobile" Link to Your Blogger Website

While in the Blogger Dashboard, I clicked on Edit Pages.  I then clicked on New Page.  I titled it View Mobile.

I kept it simple, typing in only "Click here to view this site on your mobile device."  I put a link for the words Click here.  The link is comprised of the URL for my blog followed by the characters /?m=1

http://21stcenturykeeperathome.blogspot.com/?m=1

I do not know if the same procedure will work for WordPress or other websites, but I do know it works for Blogger sites.


If you would like to add a link to your website and have no way of trying it out, email me with the link to your homepage, and I will try it out on my phone.

Here is an even easier option:  Change your settings!


Go to Settings, Click on Email & Mobile,  Change Show mobile template to Yes.  Done.  Now, you don't even need the View Mobile Link.  However, I'll keep mine for "just in case" someone needs it.


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Friday, August 19, 2011

Recommended: Christian Womanhood magazine


Latest Update (1/26/13): Christian Womanhood magazine is now being published by Roundup Ministries (The Walker Family).  It is available in digital form only for $10 per year.  I have seen the sample issue, and it is excellent!  I will be (re-)subscribing soon and look forward to continuing to read this wonderful magazine.


Latest Update (10/25/12):  Unfortunately, Christian Womanhood has sent out its last issue and will no longer be publishing.  If you have a subscription, please go to this link.






I've been a subscriber to the Christian Womanhood magazine for over ten years.  It is my most favorite magazine.  When it comes in the mailbox, I (usually) make a point of reading it cover to cover the same day.

Mrs. Cindy Schaap (former editor), pastor's wife of the First Baptist Church of Hammond, IN,  became the editor after founding editor Mrs. Marlene Evans went to Heaven about eleven years ago.  She did a great job with the magazine and made a lot of improvements, making it modern and fresh while staying true to their mission of "Teaching Women Biblical Principles."

There are a variety of different articles:  Christian living, For Mothers, For Wives, Soulwinning stories, recipes, funny children anecdotes, and For Teen Girls, just to name a few.  There's something for each member of the family to enjoy!

Outdated Information: The subscription has gone up in price ($29.95 a year), but they have added several pages to each issue.  The cost is well worth the wisdom gleaned from its pages.  I have kept all of the issues since 2004, so that I can refer back to them.  I have given subscriptions as gifts to people -- and they have actually renewed before I had a chance to renew for them!
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Balance and Discipline -- August 19, 2011

Well, this week was a dud as far as my goals went.  I began getting sick on Friday of last week, was sick all weekend, and did not feel next to normal until Wednesday.  I missed church, which I hate to do.  Robert was really good about looking after Gracie (He took her to church so that I could get some much-needed rest.) and looked after me as well.

I did get caught up on my magazine reading.  My office desk is now a mess, but I hope to rectify that very soon.

Oh, and I also cleaned out the refrigerator, throwing out a trashcan full of expired foods.  The fridge is better organized now.  I plan on making Thursday evenings "Clean out and reorganize the fridge" day.  Our garbage pickup is on Fridays, so it's a good day for it.  Maybe then we'll be better able to use up the foods we have.  One thing that irked me was that I bought a family size package of sliced cheese.  I've discovered that Gracie likes it, and I know Robert likes it for his sandwiches.  Earlier this week, I'd looked in the drawer where I keep the cheese and couldn't find any.  OF COURSE, when I opened up that drawer as I was putting away groceries, I immediately saw some sliced cheese (a regular sized package) that I'd bought a couple of weeks ago.  Where it came from, I don't know!

I'm keeping the same goals for this next week:  Get up early (6 AM), Complete Morning and Evening Routines, and Work on the Catch-All Room.

How did you do?  Link up in the Linky Party below.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Blog Post Roundup (8/18/11)

I'm going to give y'all a few links to posts that I've read that I think are worth the time to read.  (Basically I'm going through the posts that I've starred in Google Reader.)

First Day of School Survival Kit for Teachers

Books and Your Family's Spiritual Health

Griffin Launches $49 iOS-Controlled Helicopter -- This looks really cool!  I'm thinking about getting this for my husband for Christmas (Shhhh!).  The video is worth watching even if you're not interested in getting the toy.

Creating A Facebook Page & Syncing Your Page With Twitter {tutorial} -- Please note that part of the directions didn't work for me, but I was able to figure it out.

Top 10 Swap and Save Services -- I have not tried any of these yet, but they look interesting.

It's Never Too Early to Start Homeschooling -- great post about starting with your babies and toddlers.

It's Here!  The Kitchen Cabinet Tour -- This is one of those posts that inspire me somewhat and baffle me somewhat because it's like a dream that can't possibly be reality.


Bloggertunity (free e-Book) -- How to start up a blog and get it going.

Learn the Days of Creation -- I'm not sure what age this is for.  Free resource available.

Teaching Our Children What is More Important Than Modesty 

Your Child's Spiritual Markers

The Duggar Family's Personal Picasa Photo Web Album



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I received my review copy of The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall today!  I'll be reviewing it for Blogging for Books here in the near future.  Stay tuned!
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