Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Obviously I am the only person on this earth with the fear of leaving behind fingerprints! I have searched for information on this subject for several years. I have never committed any crime so fear of getting caught is not the issue. I fear people retrieving my prints and using them for... something? I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Justice Studies and Criminal Justice I understand about fingerprint.
I admit I do have several OCD tendencies. I have admitted it here on my blog as well, well I kinda make fun of it. As I was doing research on this and I realized I have always been like this.
Actually, I think it began with a traumatic event in 2004. A man had been stalking me, I had gotten a restraining order on him but he still persisted. He continued to break into my home on a daily basis, unscrew light bulbs outside, sawed bolts off the windows I had bolted shut, unlocked windows and went through our dirty laundry on a regular basis.
One day I came home for lunch from work and discovered him crawling across my kitchen floor. Yes, scared the living crap out of me! I screamed bloody murder and called the police from in the front yard. He crawled out a back window and I saw him running through the back yard. He tried to jump over the fence but stopped when I screamed at him. He begged and pleaded for me not to call the police (I was on the phone with them at the time). He stripped off the surgical gloves he was wearing, tucked them behind the fence post, and sat criss-cross-applesauce on the ground begging for me to let him go.
When the officer arrived and cuffed this man I told him about the gloves. That officer made me SWEAR to never ever ever drop that restraining order ever - the officer said that that man would eventually kill me. After all what kind of man would wear surgical gloves when breaking into a home if he did not plan on some kind of bodily harm. Especially since his fingerprints were all over the house already since this man was my estranged husband of 17 years whom I had been trying to divorce, with whom I share four children.
Why didn't I think of this before? That HAS to be it. I used to LOVE wrapping presents. I lacked one art history class in college to minor in art and fingerprints are all over art. It never bothered me before. I sure am not going to let "him" win out by me continuing with this fear. So I am deciding right here and now....this phobia is over! Right now. Now that I know what caused this fear I can control it right?
Lord Jesus give me strength to not allow fear to have control over me.
2 Timothy 1:7- For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Psalm 56:3-4 - When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Top Right - Adhesive tile spruces up storage areas (Family Handyman)
Bottom Left - Use magnets and a Corian mounting strip (Family Handyman)
Bottom Right - Hy-dit Toilet Plunger Storage Cabinet (Remodelista)
Very cool ideas!
AUTHORS: Shanti Feldman and Robert Lewis
PUBLISHER: BH Publishing Group
My Thoughts: I am a working mother with six children at home. I try to attain somewhat of a balance.
The authors provide a visual illustration of the concepts discussed. They summarize the lessons in a "Wise Steps" box, and they fill the book with sections that invite the reader to journal his own thoughts according to a certain topic.
The authors explain their concept of the purpose of a woman in three categories: our purpose as humans (Core Callings), our purpose as women (Feminine Callings), and our purpose as unique individuals (Personal Callings). Each of these categories is further dissected, with the Core Callings, Leave and Cleave, Be Fruitful and Multiply (I NAILED this category with my six kids), and Subdue and Rule.
The Five Faith Steps the authors have drawn on are:
Understanding our core callings. Who are we as human beings? As women? As individuals? What does the Bible tell us about these various roles?
Living from the inside out. Making decisions based on our core callings and beliefs, rather than pressures from our culture.
Recognizing that our current season of life is just that — a season — and learning how to structure our priorities and life to please God in that season while preparing for upcoming seasons.
Exercising wisdom in our interactions with men. Yes, we are women, but our relationships with men — boyfriends and husbands in particular — will deeply affect every area of our lives and it is crucial that we apply godly wisdom to these relationships.
Using our individual gifts and passions to serve God and live life in a way that is truly fulfilling.
I recommend this book.
This book is not a quick read, you will want to ponder each chapter and see how it applies to your life. If you would like to read a Session One for free click here and go to the Life Ready Session Sampler.
Whether a stay-at-home mom or an airplane-hopping executive, a student or a senior adult, most women need a contemporary, encouraging vision for what it means to be a godly, biblically-guided female in the twenty-first century. A biblical woman takes God's Word seriously not just at church but also in the everyday walk of life.
In The Life Ready Woman, best-selling author Shaunti Feldhahn helps readers take five faith steps drawn from the Bible that will help to define the best life possible. Each one is easy to understand, but requires bold faith to activate. The reward is being ready for the deeper life that God has planned.
Participants in The Life Ready Woman video series who desire to go deeper are encouraged to complete optional homework provided in the study, using The Life Ready Woman book.
I have received an extra copy of this book from LitFuse for a giveaway copy!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Product Description: Not sure how to approach the “big talk” with your child about drugs? Introducing your complete crash course: “Talk to Your Kids About Drugs: The Video Guide” – a fun, interactive, fact and resource-filled Vook that combines text and how-to video, guiding you through the process of discussing drugs with your child. Download it now!
Product Description: In Loon Lake, Wisconsin, a woman is murdered, her body discovered under a bridge. But Lew Ferris, chief of police, has his mind on another case—a local woman claims she’s being stalked. Is the woman, a former nun with possible psychological problems, imagining it, or is someone really terrorizing her? The latest Loon Lake mystery, like its predecessors, depends on its characters to propel readers through the story: Lew, Doc Osborne, likable Ray Pradt (who, in this book, is angling for a part on a new reality TV show about ice fishermen), and the newcomers, alleged stalker victim Patience Schumacher and her husband, Charles Mason. The nice thing about the book is that fans of the series will enjoy reuniting with some old friends, and newcomers can jump right in and have a great time. Mysteries set in small midwestern towns (Mary Logue’s Claire Watkins novels and William Kent Kreuger’s Cork O’Connor series, among others) have become a definite trend. Recommend Houston to fans of this thriving subgenre. --David Pitt
I downloaded it!
And, for those suspense loving teens....
We Are the Monsters
Product Description: While cruising a dark country road late one Saturday night, five high school friends accidentally kill an old drunk. Hiding the body is easy. Lying about what happened is even easier. But lies have a way of breeding Monsters in Springdale, Kansas, and the Monsters have come to play.
"Here’s the truth about growing up in a small town: you tell lies to survive.
I worked at a grocery store during high school, part time on the evenings and weekends. I saw plenty of strange things there: avocados stuffed in a barrel of fresh popcorn left to rot, a coworker who punched holes in the caps of beer bottles with an awl, pies marked “Verda’s own home-baked” which came frozen on pallets with the Sunday dairy truck. I found a body in the trash bin once, but nobody can prove who put it there. No one can prove it was there.
There were too many bodies for a town the size of Springdale. The name of the town is a lie, but the bodies aren’t. All of them. When you find a body lying with the outdated yogurt, wilted lettuce, and cardboard boxes, you make up stories to cope. You can’t process a body in the grocery store trash bin. A trick of the light, you say. The way the shadows fell across certain bits of debris like the coat hanger beast in a little boy’s bedroom. That head of lettuce, there, in the corner, looks like a human hand.
Bodies are bodies.
Dead is dead.
And lies are lies."
Monday, July 25, 2011
|Image Credit: Giangrandi Gourmet|
- Use olive oil to remove make-up and condition your facial skin at the same time. Add a few drops of oil to the corner of a washcloth, cotton swab or a Q-tip.
- I like to rub a nickle size drop all over my face in a circular motion then hold a wet, warm washcloth over my entire face to give my face and neck a massage and steam bath.
- Olive oil is terrific at getting off mascara. My eyelashes have grown so much stronger and thicker it honestly is unbelievable.
- Since I began using olive oil in my beauty regimen I no longer have the need for moisturizer anymore!
- Do you want shiny hair? Olive oil makes a great hair conditioner. Apply to clean hair and wrap in a warmed towel, sit for 20 minutes, then rinse well. If you have curly hair like me that is prone to frizz, olive oil may tame your unruly locks. Just rub a few drops between your palms and smooth over those frizzy spots. Just as good as Frizz ease and so much cheaper. Olive oil also helps with split ends and dandruff.
- Keep nails and cuticles healthy by applying olive oil. Dip nails in olive oil and allow to penetrate. The oil will hydrate both your cuticles and nails. If it is cold outside put on a pair of soft white gloves before going to sleep and let that olive oil work all night.
- Add a couple of drops of olive oil to your bath water for total skin softening.
- Rub olive oil into dried and cracked feet every evening then cover with socks before going to bed. You will have soft, younger-looking feet with skin ready for those perfect sandals! Don’t forget your elbows too!
- Reduce chapped lips by rubbing in a little olive oil before going out in colder weather.
- Use a paste of olive oil and salt or sugar as a body scrub. You can’t get more natural that that. Exfoliate the green way.
- Men can enjoy the benefits of olive oil too – Use instead of shaving cream and it will soften the whiskers and allow for a very close shave and soft, sexy skin afterwards.
Friday, July 22, 2011
I was typing up some review posts the other night and the youngest (5) of our six comes up to me and asks why I "do that". I told her that I like to tell other people about things that I like. She pulls up a chair and crawls up and says, "Mommy, you like me. Put me on there." ..... Hugs and cuddles took over. Okay, come on, sweeeeet!
I buy these bags at Sam's Club. They cost ($9.95 per box of 150) so they are a good deal but most of all-- THEY WORK!!! No tearing, no drooping!
Disclaimer: I was not provided this item for review purposes. This items is something I feel confident about and choose to purchase for my own family of eight!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
Here is the recipe. It takes me about fifteen minutes from start to finish and costs about $2.00 in supplies for each batch (180 top loader- 640 front loader)
1 Fels-Naptha soap bar
1 Cup Arm and Hammer Super Washing Soda (Not baking soda)
1 Cup Borax
AUTHORS: Peter Abrahams
ILLUSTRATOR: Frank Morrison
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
My Thoughts: This is a sporting children’s book for ages 3-8 is an adorable picture book describing Thumby, a nervous little rookie, and his first try at Baseball. Delightfully illustrated this story sneaks in some baseball tips for your young baseball player. This is a great book for a parent reading to a child considering exploring baseball.
Publisher's Synopsis: It's opening day at the ballpark, and Thumby Duckling is nervous. He hopes it won't be one, two, three strikes, he's out! Trailing by three in the bottom of the ninth, the Webbies are counting on Thumby to save the day. Can Thumby shake his jitters and show his team that he's a star player?
From Peter Abrahams and Frank Morrison comes the story of one duck's quest to make it in the big leagues
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
AUTHORS: FINE COOKING MAGAZINE
PUBLISHER: THE TAUNTON PRESS
PUBLISH DATE: 11/09/2010
Publisher's Synopsis: Ever wonder how to cut lemon wedges so they won't squirt you in the eye? Or what to do with those overgrown zucchinis from the garden? How to save that bread that just won't rise? In How to Squeeze a Lemon, home cooks and chefs alike will find a delightful and nearly endless source of cooking information reference. The follow-up to the IACP-award winning, How to Break an Egg, the wonderfully informative and entertaining How to Squeeze a Lemon is chock full of more than 1,000 fresh tips, kitchen-tested techniques, and smart substitutions that bedevil cooks every day, and all from the readers, contributors, and editors of Fine Cooking, one of America's favorite cooking magazines.
This book is filled with enough tips to assure that you will find one to solve most every kitchen dilemma. The book has seven sections covering: kitchen gear, fruits/vegetables, meat/fish/poultry, techniques, the pantry, wine/beer, and what to do when things go wrong.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Title: Quick-Fix Southern: Homemade Hospitality in 30 Minutes or Less
Author: Rebecca Lang
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publishers Synopsis: In Quick-Fix Southern, Rebecca Lang, cookbook author and contributing editor for Southern Living magazine, promises homemade hospitality--Southern style--in 30 minutes or less. Lang dishes up 115 recipes grouped in 10 themes ranging from Rise and Shine breakfasts to Sipping on the Screened Porch beverages, Girls' Night In party pleasers, and Southern Sweets desserts. In addition to photography, the book features cooking and preparation time for the effortless recipes.
The ultimate goal of Quick-Fix Southern is to present novice and experienced cooks with authentic homemade dishes reflective of New South cuisine that are delicious, fast, and easy to prepare. From Three Cheese Grits, Peach Yogurt Parfait, and Spiked Lemonade and Lime Mint Juleps to Fried Green Tomatoes and Roasted Tomatoes and Parmesan Grits, Benne Seed Sugar Cookies, and Lazy Girl Berry Cobbler, the delectable flavor combinations offered up inside Quick-Fix Southern transition to any setting. So, whether you're cooking up a side for a church potluck or preparing a main course for Sunday dinner or a Sunday spent at a sporting tailgate, Quick-Fix Southern promises to be your go-to guide for every occasion.
Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this e-galley for review purposes, free of charge, from NetGalley ! No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. This Review is my honest opinion.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Battleships and Submarines - Divide the group into two teams. Each team has a “base” against the wall of the pool, opposite each other. The battleship team comes off the wall and taunts the submarines into chasing them. The submarines push off when ready, swimming underwater and try to touch/tag the battleships before the battleships reach base. If the sub is successful, the battleship switches sides and the sub gets a free walk/swim back. If the sub is unsuccessful, the sub must swim back to its side. However, if the sub has to come up for air and the battleship splashes the sub, then the sub switches sides! The point of the game is to try and get everyone on your team.
Belly Flop Contest - Kinda self explanatory! Get your contestants, find a prize for the winner, and have the audience judge by applause, according to: Judge on 3 categories: Form/Creativity, Pain and Air
Bumper Boats - Have about 5-6 sturdy tubes – “Bumper Boats” - for as many players as you have in the pool. This is like Bumper Cars at a fair or carnival, only in water. Tell the kids to kick off the sides of the pool and try to knock as many people off their “boat” as possible. Last one floating wins.
Crocodile Hunter - Get a big inflatable croc and choose 3 volunteers who will each have 60 seconds, by themselves to do the best show of croc wrestling in the pool. Give points for creativity, death rolls, etc.
Gator - Have one person designated as the “gator.” He or she treads water in the DEEP END of the pool while all other participants are standing on the side. The leader will then yell “gator!” and at that point, the players standing on the side of the pool have 30 seconds to successfully jump in, swim to the other side of the pool, and get out without being tagged by the gator. Anyone who is tagged in the first round has to join ranks with the “gator” and try to tag the swimmers in the next round. The game goes until there is only one person who has not been tagged.
Author: Dave Early
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.
My Thoughts: I enjoyed this book. Dave Earley bases his “14 Secrets” from the Bible’s book of Proverbs. From “Concentrate on Wisdom” to “Help Them Experience God for Themselves,” these principles will help every parent learn use scriptures of the Book of Proverbs to raising successful children. Each Secret has a “A Look in the Mirror” section at the end to allow readers to do a self-evaluation on how the reader is currently applying the biblical examples of parenting as taught in the Book of Proverbs.
The section that most applied to me was “The Four Perils of Folly”. I have been been researching how to help my children overcome a poor example of foolishness that was present in my former marriage. Mr. Early spoke directly to my heart regarding this area and I believe it accurately describes foolishness and the ramifications of parenting with “folly” and then offers ways to overcome it.
The author continuously quotes scripture from Proverbs to keep his teaching scripture based. I highly recommend this book for newer Christians and especially parents that love application of scripture.
Publishers Synopsis: The Bible’s book of Proverbs says a wise son makes a father glad (10:1)—and author Dave Earley drew many of his 14 Secrets to Better Parenting from the beloved book of wisdom.From “Focus on Training” to “When You Have No Other Option, Keep Praying!”, these principles will help readers create the kind of home environment conducive to raising successful children. Author of the popular “21 Most” series, Earley says, “When our children were born over twenty years ago, I researched what the Bible had to say about parenting and made a list of principles. I considered writing my findings up as a book, but refrained from getting it published until our children were grown and I could see how the principles worked. Guess what? They work!”
Friday, July 8, 2011
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Author: Rachel Carter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My Thoughts: Fashioned by Faith is a Christian living book about modesty and true beauty. Written by Rachel Lee Carter, an international model, Fashion of Faith discusses how to dress modestly in order to portray the right image to others. Rachel Carter modeled for famous designers, and took her stand early in her career that she would not model lingerie, alcohol, cigarettes and immodest clothing.
Each chapter begins with a short section entitled "he says" which gives a boy's point of view about modesty. Then, the chapter details such topics as Fashioned by Freedom, by Forgiveness, by Favor, by Faithfulness, to be Feminine, for a Frame, to Bear Fruit, to Follow Through, and Forever. At the conclusion of each chapter there are Bible Verses and questions to answer. At the back of the book, there's also a quick-to-do 45-day Bible study on the same topics.
Fashioned by Faith is a valuable resource for every teenage girl, every mom, or any woman should read. We need to teach girls that you don't have to dress a certain way to feel beautiful.
Publishers Synopsis: Everyone knows that we live in a "skin-is-in" society, heavily driven by media and immodesty. So how does a young Christian woman reconcile a fashionable wardrobe with maintaining her integrity?
Written by international professional model Rachel Lee Carter,Fashioned by Faith offers a cutting-edge approach to the concept of beauty with a Biblical foundation that will attract moms and daughters alike. Readers will love hearing about Carter's exciting story as she leads them on an engaging study that touches on a huge felt need for young women: real beauty has nothing to do with looks.
Offering three valuable perspectives-teen boys, a professional model, and God's Word-Carter explains her standards of modesty in a way that will make readers acquire a specific understanding of the author's wardrobe choices and the impact those choices can make on others. Readers will also learn to season their self-image with daily quiet time with God. A tour of Scripture will reveal the value of heart issues like modesty and why they're important to God.
Never compromising her sense of style or her faith, every young lady can discover what it means to be Fashioned by Faith. Moms and girls will love this book!
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
1 box of Jiffy Cornbread mix
desired amount of Cajun seasoning
desired amount of salt
Dip thawed chicken strips into flour mixture then an eggwash (eggs, milk, salt (and dash of hot sauce if so inclined) then back into the flour mixture.
Flash fry at medium high on a burner then place on a wire rack on a cookie sheet and finish cooking in the oven at 350 for about 25 minutes. I have to double this for my tribe! I always cook five pounds at a time too. It comes out crunchy and tender as can be. Serve with honey mustard salad dressing,of course.