Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Hoo Are you?

Here's a little bit about me... what are you answers, let's see what we all have in common :)!

NightOwlCrafting

1. What is your favorite magazine?
Better Homes & Gardens, Prevention, All You

2. What color are your eyes?
Brown

3. Do you go to the dentist on a regular 6 month schedule, or do you put it off?
I do not :(

4. Do you use anything to make your house smell good?
Candles {apple pie, pumpkin spice}

5. Do you have any pets?
One Beagle named Minnie
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Sleeping Tips

In this vlog I share some reasons I think sleep is important and ways to help you if your struggling with sleep. Do you think getting plenty of sleep each night is important? Do you struggle with sleeping? What are some things that help you sleep?





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Monday, March 28, 2011

Unwasted Homemaking Party #13


Unwasted Homemaking Linkup #13 is here! Thanks for stopping by to see some great homemaking ideas from fellow bloggers! The following pictures/links are from last week. Also, a not so easy thing to say... if you are linking up you MUST USE MY LINK BACK TO ME. I really dread saying it but, I'm working super hard to grow this linky party so my readers can have tons of homemaking tips so I really need you to use my button! Thanks!





Checklist for a Thorough Spring Cleaning

Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...

Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.

Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.
Link to your specific post and not your website domain.


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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Commercial Throwbacks {Rice Krispies}

I received quite a few responses to last week's Commercial Throwbacks {Mr. Clean} so here are two throwback Rice Krispies Commercials. Some people may not think the 80's is much of a throwback but, I wasn't old enough to remember the second commercial! The music does remind me of my beloved childhood show Care Bears !

1950's


1980's
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Friday, March 25, 2011

Funny Fridays {Manslater}

LOVE this! Too funny! Do you want one of these for your husband? I think after 6 years my husband understands what I'm saying without me even saying it, but this still would be helpful if it was real!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

25 Randomness about me


25 Randomness about me...

1. I love Jesus and I'm seeking a Gospel centered life.
2. I've been married to the hubs for 4 {almost 5} years.
3. The hubs and I are in the process of adopting two children.
4. I have a beagle named 'Minnie.'
5. I always look for a good deal when shopping.
6. I take my coffee with creamer.
7. I can't stand the taste of pop.
8. Since I've been married I've lived away from my fam.
9. ESV Study Bible is my fav.
10. I have one older brother who's given me an awesome sis-n-law.
11. The day after Thanksgiving you can find me at Wal-Mart (at 3a.m.)
12. I rarely text messaging (this would be diff. if my hubs got text messaging).
13. My hubs made me an awesome craft/office in the basement (away from everything).
14. I'm almost always behind in the Laundry.
15. I have tons of cookbooks and love trying new recipes.
16. All of my music is purchased via iTunes.
17. My fav. music is Christian hip-hop (LeCrae, FLame, Trip Lee)
18. I'm a Mac User
19. I have a cricut expression machine I use for most of my crafts.
20. I have a cricut cake I'm learning how to use.
21. My hubs calls me by my middle name, 'Carol.'
22. I enjoy going to bed and breakfasts.
23. I want tons of children.
24. I enjoy reading but, dont make enough time for it.
25. In college I took piano classes but, havent played since :/

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Meet DWYH bloggers

If you're a follower of DWYH and you have a blog please link up. I want to make sure I visit your blog and say hello! Also, I want to begin featuring/blog swapping with readers of Don't Waste your Homemaking. Please link-up your 'about me' page or some post that tells a little about yourself. I look forward to visiting your blog and finding new blogs to read!

The only Requirement is to be a follower of Don't Waste your Homemaking. Please only link up if you subscribe via RSS feed, follow by e-mail, 'like' on facebook, follow via Twitter or a google follower. {only one of the above is required}

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Ultimate Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

I'm joining the 'Ultimate Blog Party' to meet new bloggers and hopefully gain new readers. You can go to UBP and see tons of bloggers who have linked their blog up, there are tons of categories to choose from!

If your coming to my site for the first time you can read about what this blog is about and about me. My goal for this blog is to encourage ladies to glorify God through their homemaking. I write devotional thoughts, share books/music I'm enjoying, give recipes, organizational ideas, craft tutorials and try to spark family traditions in your life. Hope you enjoy Don't Waste your Homemaking!
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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Commercial Throwbacks

Just for fun check out these 1950's Mr. Clean commercials!





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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Featured Button

If you've been featured on my site please feel free to add my 'featured at Don't Waste your Homemaking 'button on the right side of my page.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Articles about Dangers of Facebook


Good can come from facebook. One beneficial factor with facebook for me is that I'm able to keep in touch with family for free. I come from a big family and I live away from my family so it helps me to keep in touch. There are more reasons that facebook is helpful but for me that is the biggest. Along with the 'good' of this social network we have learned many dangers that lure under the surface. I'm read several posts on this very thing so instead of trying to reinvent the wheel I'll just share some helpful links.

Why Facebook (and your church) May Be Making You Sad. Dr. Russell Moore

Spring Cleaning your Facebook Account Courtney from Women Living Well


7 Things to Stop Doing Now on Facebook Lake Hills Community Church


What are you thoughts on facebook? Do you use facebook or not? What are your reason to use or not to use it?
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Unwasted Homemaking Party #12






Unwasted Homemaking Linkup #12 is here! Thanks for stopping by to see some great homemaking ideas from fellow bloggers! The following pictures/links are from last week. Also, a not so easy thing to say... if you are linking up you MUST USE MY LINK BACK TO ME. I really dread saying it but, I'm working super hard to grow this linky party so my readers can have tons of homemaking tips so I really need you to use my button! Thanks!





Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...

Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.

Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.
Link to your specific post and not your website domain.


Linkup as many posts as you want! No Limit!



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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Is your home making you sick?

This is a bit of a longer video {7 minutes} but, I think it's worth your time. NBC took a family who were having several health issues and had a team of professionals go into their home to see if their health issues could be linked to an unhealthy home.



What's your thoughts about this video? It's a little overwhelming to me because I don't know how to check a lot of these things in my own home, I do however want to do what I can to keep my house clean and up to par. Oh, and I'm not sure if I'm ready to give up my scented candles!

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Friday, March 18, 2011

Japan's Devastation: Overwhelmed or Indifferent?

What's your reaction been to the devastation Japan has felt this past week? Overwhelmed or indifferent? It's easy to either turn the news off because we feel overwhelmed by the possibility of helping or to also tune out due to having the 'out of sight, out of mind' syndrome. Here are a few things we can do in our homes in order to help Japan.

Make ourselves and our kids aware of the situation. I've found a few videos that have slideshow pictures of the destruction in Japan. These pictures also include faces which my children and I need to see. We need to be struck with the reality that although we will be enjoying a beautiful sunny day in our small Kentucky home, around the globe people have lost everything.



Pray. We can remind our children to pray for the missionaries in Japan that God would give them strength to trust that He is good and He will turn this for their good. Strength also to not be inward focused at such a desperate time but to reach out to others and share
the hope of Christ. Pray for those who have yet to be changed by the Gospel, that they will be moved to self-examination and that Christians will be placed with them to give comfort and love as Christ did.



Give. I know it's scary to give money to help places who have such a vast need, we often wonder if our money will ever reach the places it's supposed to go. We can give to well known christian organizations who can be trusted to not only deliver our money to the biggest needs in Japan but to also share the Gospel. Samaritan's Purse is a Christian mission that I trust.



What ways are you trying to help your family not overlook the needs of Japan?


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Funny Fridays

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is here and I thought I would share some simple ways I will try to make today special for my kids! I found several of these tips from Feels like Home. Along with sharing the true story of St. Patrick I like to do 'green' things to remind them that today we honor God for His goodness in working through St. Patrick many years ago and pray that God would be known throughout beautiful Ireland today.







Celtic Music {via Pandora} will be playing throughout my home today. Honestly, this isn't something special for today, I usually play Celtic Music because it's so beautiful!








Green Milk.
I snuck into the kitchen this morning and
added some green food color to the
milk before placing the cereal in it!
Big Boy {age 6} didn't think it was that
cool {he doesn't like eating breakfast and I made him at least have one bite this morning} Little Girl LOVE IT!





Green Food. For their lunches/snacks I packed 'green' foods such as green jello and put food coloring in their water bottles! For dinner we will be having broccoli/salad for sides and I plan to make a green 3 leaf clover cake.








Green Bath.Tonight the kids might take a green bath. No, I don't have a green bathtub and my
kids aren't this small but I might add a few drops of food coloring to their water.



3 Leaf Clover.
At dinner time I plan to display 3 leaf clovers and explain
{again} how St. Patrick used this to explain the Trinity.





Check out Feels like Home, she has 10 ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with a Preschooler!
What ways to you celebrate this day? How do you teach your kids about the 'real' St.Patrick?

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Brief History of St. Patrick


Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's my first Vlog, hope you enjoy!
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Are you this 'green'?



I was blog hopping today and ran into Cottage on the Hill who posted this video.

Watch this video.... seriously? This is crazy! I don't think I'll ever go this green but, I love how simply, clean and organized her home looks! What are you thoughts about this video? Are you this green?
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Lecrae interview


Christianity Today just released an interview with Christian Hip-Hop artist Lecrae. Here's a small part of the article.

"What unifies all of these projects that you have your hands in?" {Christianity Today}

"More than anything, a biblical worldview. I'm a person who lives from the lens of Christianity, laying down different aspects of my life to serve who I worship; my music points to whom I worship. My trips overseas point to whom I worship. What I do with my local city points to whom I worship. That's true for everybody—whether it's Jesus or whether it's money, your music is going to point to whom you worship." {Lecrae}

Read the entire interview, it's short and very edifying!

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Family Worship {part 1}




Family worship seems to be a lost discipleship in Christian homes in America. Why is this?

1. We're extremely busy. Many families function on the fast track. I know for ours my son gets home after 4 p.m. {legally we can't homeschool him} and we have about 4 hours until bed. Prior to bed he has to complete his homework, eat dinner, shower, get ready for bed and have time to play and burn energy. That's a lot to do in four hours! Other families have to throw practices and games in the mix.

2. It's difficult to start. If family worship isn't built into your daily routine such as eating dinner and brushing your teeth then of course it's hard to default to having family worship. Just like anything new it's hard to set a pattern or a habit of anything in the beginning.

3. Overwhelmed by options. There are numerous devotionals we could use or so many songs to choose from, so many that you may feel overwhelmed. You may not know what to begin with.

4. Waiting for the initiation of your husband. Some wives long to have family worship but, their husbands have a hard time with leading the family in worship.

5. Children don't want to be apart of family worship. Some children simply won't sit still or would find this boring so families don't force family worship on their little {or big} kids.

Next week I plan to combat these 5 reasons which may be keeping you from family worship. Can you think of any more reasons the 'American Christian' home has lost this important worship? Do you struggle with any of the five I mentioned?


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Hoo Are you?

NightOwlCrafting

1. What are a couple of your favorite green foods?
Broccoli, Spinach, Romaine Lettuce

2. Do you decorate for St. Patrick's Day?
I didn't this year but, I want to next year

3. Do you have Irish in you?
Not sure :/

4. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?
This is my first year with kids but I plan to do some special 'green things' with their foods and of course wear green! I'm teaching them about the true story of St. Patrick and how he used the 3 leaf clover to explain the Trinity!

What are your answers?

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Chalkboard Paint Ideas

As I mentioned before I REALLY like Chalkboard paint! There are so many things you can do with it, here are a few examples:


Do you use Chalkboard Paint?

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Monday, March 14, 2011

Unwasted Homemaking Party #11




Unwasted Homemaking Linkup #11 is here! Thanks for stopping by to see some great homemaking ideas from fellow bloggers! The following pictures/links are from last week. Also, a not so easy thing to say... if you are linking up you MUST USE MY LINK BACK TO ME. I really dread saying it but, I'm working super hard to grow this linky party so my readers can have tons of homemaking tips so I really need you to use my button! Thanks!







Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...

Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.

Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.
Link to your specific post and not your website domain.


Linkup as many posts as you want! No Limit!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Funny Fridays

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Watters' Story

Meet the Watters. Listen to their amazing story of learning and teaching God's Sovereignty which would ultimately lay the needed foundation for the difficult trial of their young daughter being diagnosed with cancer. In the midst of this seemingly tragedy you can also see God moving them to adoption.

The Watters' Story from Children Desiring God on Vimeo.


For further reading and the original story of the Watters' Story go to Children Desiring God.
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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thoughts on Food: Cutting by on Sugar

I have shared my food journal and several reasons why limiting your child’s sugar intake is important. If you want to limit sugar intake there are a few helpful things to smooth over the process.

1 Lead by example. Your kids will not want to be eating healthier if you are still eating lots of sugar.


2 Educate them. Explain to your kids the health effects that sugar has on their body {now and long term}. Teach them the benefits of healthy foods.

3. Cut back slowly. Don’t get overly excited and purge your entire kitchen of sugary foods in one week. Begin by making changes such as switching their cereal to Cheerios with bananas and Splenda in it. Instead of letting them have five cookies for dessert limit it to two. Take their Juice drinks and fill the cup half full with juice and half with water.

4. Allow your kids to help you. If your kids are anti-fruits and veggies then let them go to the market with you. Let them see all of the fresh foods and even let them bag it up. At home, let the kids help wash cut up the healthy snacks. They will enjoy the fruits of your labor.

5. Be creative with healthy food. Smear peanut butter on celery and add some raisins and you will get ‘ants on a log.’ Get a variety of colorful fruit and arrange it in a rainbow before presenting it to kids.

6. Use alternatives. Do your kids love ice-cream? So do mine! Run by the ice-cream section and get something with low sugar or sugar free {Kroger has tons of options}. At Kroger they are now selling Pillsbury sugar free cake-mixes, frosting and brownie mixes!

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Unwasted Homemaking Party #10




Unwasted Homemaking Linkup #10 is here, just in time to start on Monday. Sorry about posting late, it's been a busy 'sick' week at my house and my husband treated me out today. Thanks for stopping by to see some great homemaking ideas from fellow bloggers! The first picture/link shared is from last week the second picture/link is from party #7, I'm refeaturing it because the link was wrong last week. Also, a not so easy thing to say... if you are linking up you MUST USE MY LINK BACK TO ME. I really dread saying it but, I'm working super hard to grow this linky party so my readers can have tons of homemaking tips so I really need you to use my button! Thanks!


Bookshelf Makeover

Door Wreath


Get ready to party {Homemaker's style}. If your a blogger...

Please copy the code under the 'Unwasted Homemaking Linkup Party' to the right of this post and place it somewhere on your blog. {I want to make sure we continue to grow this party :)} IF NOT I will have to deleted your link! I hate to do this but, I put alot of effort into making this party grow and if anyone links they need to use my button.

Keep it related to Homemaking... which only excludes a few things. Any recipe, family tradition, devotional on homemaking/mothering, cleaning tip, craft etc.
Link to your specific post and not your website domain.


Linkup as many posts as you want! No Limit!


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Saturday, March 5, 2011

It's Grace



Meet a follower of DWYH, It's Grace. Her title just about sums up the reason I adore her blog, 'It's Grace- A little Lucy, a little Proverbs 31 and a lot of grace'!

The lovely gal behind It's Grace is Erin ,a lovely wife and mother of two who gives time to ministering through her blog.


Here are some of my favorite posts from this blog:
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Friday, March 4, 2011

Funny Fridays

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fighter Verse App



If you have an iPhone/iPod/iPad you need to purchase this $1.99 app! It's the 'Fighter Verses' App. If your not familiar with John Piper's fighter verses they are a set of scripture verses that his church goes through each year. You have a scripture set {one or two verses} every week to memorize. This is an excellent way to keep yourself on track for hiding God's Word in your heart and meditating on scripture throughout the day.

The App has some neat features:
1. Fill in the blank Quiz of scripture your memorizing
2. Organized Sets for the next five years {tells you what to memorize each week and has
specific dates}
3. Reads the scripture to you
4. Commentary {Calvin, Matthew Henry and a few others}


{
Android app is avaliable}

Love this App! I have used several other apps to help memorize scripture but, this is my favorite, by far!



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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Thoughts on Food #2: Kid's Sugar Intake



When the little kids moved in they were on a NO Sugar diet. What does that mean... NO SUGAR at all! Did this bother me... not in the least? I've shared why I don't eat sugar and I've always claimed to my husband that I want to be strict with our kids sugar intake because I {and therefore my kids} have a high risk of diabetes.

Why it's a good thing to limit your kid’s sugar intake:

1) Research I've found has shown how kids diagnosed with ADD ADHD etc. who were taken off their medication didn't show the symptoms once refined sugars were reduced in their diet. {I'm not against meds good grief I would have to throw out my Tylenol and I definitely need those sometimes. However, IF the issue could be solved by eating a certain way, {and sometimes it can} why not :)!?

2) Sugar doesn't increase energy {only for a short time} it actually zaps it! Hasn’t everyone seen this, and isn’t this the running joke after a class party or Halloween? Yes, the kids will have a strong bout of energy {also at this time unable to focus on anything} but, it is not long lived and the child will soon become easily irritated and frustrated.

3) Sugar depletes your immune system. I can't quote this because I heard it on a health show... but, if you drink a can of soda it will deplete your immune system for 6 hours!

4) It's easy to substitute. Splenda can be switched spoonful by spoonful {it measures the same}. However, you do need to be careful how many artificial sweeteners you are allowing into your body as well {another post, another time).

5) Large amounts of sugar = obesity in children which = diseases/sickness.

6) According to American Heart Association, "Excessive consumption of sugars has been linked with several metabolic abnormalities and adverse healthy conditions, as well as shortfalls of essential nutrients."

Do you limit your kid's intake of sugar? Have you noticed a difference in your kids when they have excessive amounts of sugar?


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