Shaun Groves has an amazing picture for you to see on his Blog about the “Average American”.
Take a minute today and check it out HERE.
Building your home to overflow with the Lord's Blessings
18 Apr 2012 Leave a Comment
in Global Mindfulness, Healthy Living, Homeschooling, Kids, Motherhood, Weight Loss Tags: affiliates, global mindfulness, Healthy Eating, Kristin Welch, Olympics, Parenting, parenting ideas, recycling, The Daniel Plan, unit studies
Here are some of the gems from the Internet that I have found this week….
Yahoo! : 15 Ways to Reduce Consumption of Single Use Plastic (Quick and simple ideas for reducing your use of consumer plastic)
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21 Dec 2011 Leave a Comment
The holidays are always a difficult time to shift in to “greener” living. There are so many traditions that are tied to consumerism that it can be difficult to make new habits and traditions. Here are a few quick, easy ideas to green your Christmas …
1. RECYCLE, RECYCLE, RECYCLE!
Here are some of the items that our local recycling department takes during the holidays:
Live Christmas trees (remove ornaments, lights and tinsel)
chip board (paper roll tubes, cereal boxes, toy packaging, etc)
SBS board (shirt boxes, toy packaging, etc.);
wrapping paper (no bows or foil)
Google your local recycling/solid waste service and find out what you can recycle in your area.
2. SHOP GOODWILL!
If you still need that last minute stocking stuffer or gift, try checking out your local Goodwill. This is the time of year when donations are up because folks are cleaning out and getting ready for the tax season. You can find some great stuff at a bargain price. You not only save money, but you also reduce demand for new products, which require more resources to produce and stock on store shelves.
3. PLAN FOR NEXT YEAR!
Now that we are starting to get in the final days before Christmas, you can start thinking about next Christmas.
Will you be changing or adding decorations? If so, think ahead to shop after Christmas sales. Save money and buy something that’s already been made. Even just buying wrapping paper and decorations at the after Christmas sales allows you to buy things that are already produced, instead of creating demand for brand new items.
How will you go greener next year? What is one step that you want to try to make next year to make your holidays just as special, without wasting and hurting the environment or others on the planet? Write your next step down and then slip it in to your 2012 calendar for November. You’ll have plenty of time to make it happen with that little step of preparation.
On my list is cloth bags from the Container store that I hope to pick up at post-Christmas price.
Please share your ideas in the comments for this year or something that you want to try next year.
28 Oct 2011 Leave a Comment
Recently, I went to get my watch battery replaced. At the kiosk in the mall, this service costs $10. On a whim, I decided to ask if I could just buy the battery that I needed.
For a mere $6, I went home with an Energizer watch battery. I pulled out my hubby’s small flat screwdriver, popped off the back and placed the new battery inside. In less than 5 minutes, I had a working watch and saved $4 in the process.
Now, you may scoff at saving $4.00. If you think of it, though, I saved 40% off for doing it myself, which makes it quite a deal.
In perspective, listen to what you could do with the $4.00 you save …
A cup of milk seems so simple, but its essential nutrients like protein and calcium are vital to poor children fighting malnutrition. That’s the reason we provide milk and other nutritious items to many schools, orphanages, and hospitals in poverty-stricken countries. A gift of $4 can provide a week’s worth of milk, so we can help a needy child grow “in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Luke 2:52).
War, disaster, or illness can be so traumatic for children that they sometimes stop speaking or withdraw from human contact. To comfort these little ones, Ruth Bell Graham came up with the idea for our Operation Christmas Child teams to hand out toy lambs that would play the sweet melody of ‘Jesus Loves Me’. For $4, this cuddly lamb will reassure a hurting child of the Good Shepherd’s love and care.
These are gifts from this year’s Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Catalog.
Makes you want to go change your own watch battery doesn’t it!
So that you can change the world …
WikiHow’s How-To-Guide for watch repair
22 Jun 2011 Leave a Comment
If you’ve been reading my Blog this year, you might remember that in March, we did a big clean out of our master closet. It’s been absolutely wonderful to walk in each day and take a deep breath. If you missed it, HERE is the Project Simplify post.
Well, things have changed again.
We’ve decided to make a family closet where all of the clothes are together. Hubby, Mom, Emily and Logan all have their items in one place. Reed still has his clothes in his room. Funny enough, he could have joined the rest of us. There was plenty of room.
You might be asking “Why?”
I’m a big fan of large families. One day, I hope to guide a bunch of my own. Until then, though, I find that large families have so much to teach the rest of us. Those folks have got so many parts of life down to a science. Because they have to.
It seems that there are quite a few large families that share one big closet. Probably the most famous is the Duggars. (If you don’t know, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have 19 kids) Just for fun, you have to check it out …
What is in our family closet?
Here is what my “small” family of 5 has gained by using a family closet:
So here’s a pic of our new closet.
It definitely works for me!!
Check out other great tips on Works-for-Me-Wednesdays at We are THAT family.