Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent; Powdered and Liquid

I posted a recipe back in 2007 about homemade dishwasher detergent, but can't seem to find the post!  Either I accidentally deleted it or missed it while searching.  Anyway - I had shared the powdered version of dishwasher detergent that has been around for years:

Equal parts of Borax and Baking soda; Combine; Use 1-2 T per load

I used it for a while but I've never been a big fan of powdered detergent, so I just bought some cheap store-bought liquid dishwasher detergent and have been using that.  Until it dawned on me that I could easily make a paste by adding water to the borax/baking soda powder.  (yes, I know that should be common sense, but it seemed to have escaped me until recently lol). 

So, to get homemade liquid dishwasher detergent, simply add water until you get the consistency you want!  I use 2-3 T of the liquid per load.

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Super Frugal April Challenge

My husband and I have been doing some talking and decided to up our "frugalness" a notch this coming month! I'm calling it the Super Frugal April Challenge. We have been living off $80 a month in groceries for a long time, some months spending more if we wanted but mostly we have stuck to it. This month, we want to not only stick to the grocery budget strictly but also we are not going to be going out to eat, getting fast food, stopping for a candy bar or soda and no coffee shops either. Every single expenditure will be scrutinized and neither of us will spend anything without the other's knowledge and approval that it is necessary.

We shook on it and only if I get very sick or have to go in the hospital again, will we bend the rules. I believe I will not spend the whole $80 this month because we have so much I can make from scratch in our pantry that I may only need a few dollars for fresh veggies and fruits.

I did promise my daughter a specific toy if she did her chores all March and got a sticker for each day on her chore chart. So she will get that but that is it and don't feel sorry for her, she doesn't lack in toys! ; )

Why are we doing this you might say? Well for starters, it isn't because we "have" to do it. God has chosen to bless us financially and instead of buying luxury cars and 'living it up', we have chosen to use it wisely and save and make our money grow. A lot of it has gone to our medical bills, of which is growing with the numerous bills this past month. We don't want to take years paying off medical bills! We would rather sacrifice now to rid ourselves of them and get the debt off of us! Instead of letting these new bills derail our future financial plans, we have decided to do this Super Frugal April Challenge and save as many pennies as we can.

It is quite humorous the comments and emails I have received since coming public with my $80 a month grocery budget. The criticisms range from "you are not getting all your nutrients" (which is in no way true!) to "living on one income doesn't work and if I would get a job, I wouldn't have to eat so frugally", etc. You get the just! I laugh because that just isn't the case. If we wanted to spend $1,000 a month on groceries WE COULD! Instead, we CHOOSE to save, pay off medical bills and live frugally.

People don't know how to sacrifice for what they want anymore. We live in a "give me, give me" and "I have to have it NOW" society. Rather, then take principles from the Word of God of owing no man and putting your money to work for you (making it grow), they squander what they have and pile up massive amounts of debt to fulfill their covetousness. They live above their means and they grope and complain that they never have anything and how much debt they are in. These type of people usually don't pay their tithes either or if they do, they do it grudgingly and end up blaming the church for stealing their money and in that they PROVE that they never really gave that money to God in their hearts. For if they had, they wouldn't complain about it being gone now would they?? I suppose once they get tired of the hamster wheel, they will get off and start to have some real financial progress in their lives.

All that being said, I take a quote from Dave Ramsey in what we have chosen to do in our lives and that is to:

Live like no one else, so one day we can live like no one else!


Related: Drunk with Consumerism

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Great Depression Cooking

I saw a few news stories on Clara, a 93 year old woman who lived through the Great Depression.  She started sharing with the world on youtube the meals they ate and how they made them during the Depression.  She even tells stories of the hardships they went through then in the videos.  I watched them all just about and wanted to share with you all in case you hadn't heard about them.

My husband and I are doing something for April and I will be posting about in the next few days.  I was glad to have found these recipes just in time as well! I will tell more later, in the meantime, enjoy the videos!  She has become pretty popular lately and appeared on CBS, ABC and several news articles.





You can see the rest of the recipes on youtube here:  http://www.youtube.com/user/DepressionCooking

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Free Printable April 2009 Calendar

Once again, this month's calendar after saving it, made the date background green but luckily May's will not have that from what I can tell. Many people used last month's calendar even with the green, so I assume it will be useful again. Enjoy!

April 2009 Calendar

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New Stove!



I never thought I would actually get excited over an appliance but after living the past 2 years with an old stove from the 90's, I got excited today because we got a new stove! The old stove only had one large burner and then 3 of the small ones, so if I was making soap and cooking a soup, I had to put one on the small burner and it would wobble and take forever to heat lol. Then the old stove had no oven light and sometimes one of the burners wouldn't work and sometimes the oven would take longer then usual to bake something, like my bread and it was frustrating!

The new stove came today and it has an oven light, it is self-cleaning, even has a window (which our old one did not have any of these) and it has 2 large burners. It also has the touch-pad function for the settings and built in clock and timer. We rent the home we live in, so it was up to the landlord to replace it or fix the old one and I'm so glad they chose to replace it!

The landlord told me he and his wife went to choose the stove and she wanted to get the all white one but he said no, let it have some color to it. I'm so glad he spoke up because I love that it has black and it really fits better! It goes great with the black tiles along the countertop walls! I would prefer all black appliances but we don't have a say, however, I'm happy with what they chose nevertheless!

Yes, I got excited over a stove today - *gasp*! I can't wait to cook dinner tonight!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Voice of Common Sense Speaks

A voice of common sense in another part of the world stands up to government! What Daniel Hannan said was so true, you can't borrow your way out of debt! May more men like this step up to the plate in our world.


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Monday, March 23, 2009

What Part of Spring Are You?

I found out about this quiz from seeing it over at Sunflower Faith, here is mine:



You Are Blooming Flowers





You are an optimistic person by nature. In even the darkest times, you are hopeful about the future.

You feel truly blessed in life and can sometimes be overwhelmed with emotions.



You have an artist's eye. You are always looking for beauty in the mundane.

You have a good sense of aesthetics, especially when it comes to shapes and color.



Click on the above link to take the quiz! Let me know what you are if you take it! :)

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24 Hours

There is one thing that we all have in common - we all have 24 hours given to us in a day. Some people use that time and do so much in that 24 hours and others do so little and waste their time. What does the Bible say about our time and how we are to use it?

Ephesians 5:16

"Redeeming the time, because the days are evil."

Redeeming - to make wise and sacred use of every opportunity for doing good, so that zeal and well doing are as it were the purchase money by which we make the time our own.

We should make WISE use of our time! I hear people all the time tell me they are too busy to do this or that and how much they have to do everyday. Yet, when I ask what they did.......they come up with a blank....why? Because they are doing things that aren't really worthy of their time! So what is worthy of our time?

  1. God -time spent with God is wise and useful time!
  2. Family - as women we are called to love our husbands and teach our children!
  3. Others - if you don't have time for others, what kind of life are you living? A selfish one? To build a relationship with someone, you spend TIME with them. If you really love someone, you will not be so upset that you had to spend TIME to help them when they needed you!
  4. Self - contrary to some, we should spend some time on ourselves. If we are not taking care of our selves, how can we help others and take care of our families? It is when we let self take over completely and don't give time to the above, that our priorities get warped
There are some people who are so busy they have no time for God and they have no time for others. They are living a life unto themselves and they don't even realize they are getting no where in their 'busy-ness'.

If you don't have time to read your Bible and pray every day, spending that precious time with God each time then you have your priorities wrong! Let's look at Jesus' visit with Martha and Mary:

Luke 10:38-41

"Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her."

Martha was just so busy that she didn't have time for Jesus. She even got mad at Mary because Mary was not helping her. Yet, in reality, Mary was using her time wiser then Martha was. Mary was where it was really at - at Jesus' feet! Notice it said that Martha was cumbered about and careful and troubled about many things. Just what do those words mean?

Cumbered - to be driven about mentally, to be distracted; to be over-occupied, too busy, about a thing
Careful and troubled - anxious; troubled in mind; troubled with cares; disturbed

Martha was too busy and didn't realize she was not doing what was "needful", but Mary knew what was needful! How about we become busy with needful and useful things?

Just what is your life really full of and what are you really "busy" with? Stop and think about it and make a list of what you fill your life with each day and does it include God and others or just your own selfish agenda. If God is not first in your life and the top of your priority list then you need to change that. Then on the flip-side, some think they are doing God's will and so busy for the Kingdom of God but they actually forget the King!

You need to have goals and a purpose to your life instead of just running around being busy and not accomplishing anything! Set some goals! Have a purpose to your day and your life! Quit running around spending time accomplishing nothing and doing things that are unfruitful. End your day feeling like you actually redeemed the time and used your 24 hours wisely.

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Thoughts from Sunday Morning Service

What a service this morning!  The choir sang a song about a psalm and it was wonderful and for those that weren't there, I'm going to share the Psalm where the verses for the song came from:

Psalm 3:1-3

"Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me.
 Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.
 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head

It was such an uplifting song!  Then Pastor preached a message entitled "Straighten Up" and spoke about the woman with the spirit of infirmity eighteen years.  He explained the "spirit of infirmity" in detail.  It got me to thinking of what I was saying in my last post towards the end about that I don't have time to pity myself.  Yes, it would be easy for anyone when they are sick or struck with a disease or cancer to walk around feeling sorry for themselves but that isn't how it should be!  Someone had told me that they struggled with wanting to be sick and they asked me to pray for them.  It was honorable that this friend had even confessed it and made it known that she knew she struggled with this.  Some people struggle with it, though they never face themselves - they live in denial.  I believe that God is going to deliver this friend from that feeling because she wants deliverance!

Here is the text from which he brought the message:

Luke 13:11-13

"And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
 And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God" 

He went into detail about straight and tied in how the road to Heaven is narrow and straight.  He also spoke on how we relate mean men with being crooked.  God's way is very narrow.......it is very straight!  When Jesus comes on the scene, he straightens us out if we let him! 

Then going on with the woman being healed, she was made straight!  She was no longer bent over, but Jesus had loosed her from her infirmity that satan had her bound in!  Let's look at what the ruler of the synagogue said in response to Jesus healing this woman:

Luke 13:14

"And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day."

He got angry at Jesus because he healed on the sabbath day.  How dare he heal someone on the Lord's day is basically what this man was saying to Jesus.  So how did Jesus reply?  Oh I'm sure it was with soft spoken, very gentle and kind words right?  Oh wait......did Jesus respond and label the ruler of the synagogue for what he really was?

Luke 13:15-16

"The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?
 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day" 

Jesus called the ruler of the synagogue a hypocrite! That really goes along with what I was saying in the last post about how some people have misconceptions about WWJD.  There are times to be quiet and have mercy but then there are times when you must be bold and tell it like it is!  Jesus wasn't one to back down to even the ruler of the synagogue.

God spoke to my heart about a lot of things in my life this morning that I need to work on and like Pastor said, he isn't perfect and there is a lot he has to work on too!  There has never been a time in my life that I have had it all together and reached perfection, I'm still a work in progress and so thankful that God loves me enough to deal with my heart and show me just where I need to fix something!

I just wanted to share with you all about this morning's service, it was a blessing!

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Misconceptions of WWJD and Bearing Your Cross

While I was in the hospital, I got so many things and can't wait to write about them, this devotional being one of them! Common misconceptions abound, satan loves confusion and its time to squash some of his confusions with truth from God's Word! What are misconceptions? A misconception is a false or mistaken view, idea, or belief.

A phrase that so many people are familiar with is WWJD or What Would Jesus Do? People have used this simple phrase for many things and one of them being using it in an accusatory fashion as if you were doing something that Jesus wouldn't do. Let me explain.....some say that you should not get angry at anything, or that you should not say anything bad about governmental leaders, such as the President. However, they seem to have forgotten that Jesus himself had some choice words of the leaders of his day! He labeled evil for evil! If a man's works are evil then he is evil. If he does the works of satan, he is of satan! It is that simple......you represent your true Master by your actions. And on being angry.......well, God himself is angry at the wicked EVERY day! (Psalm 7:11) Actually, true Christians HATE sin and even the garment spotted by sin! We are like our Father. Seeing that our laws allow the murder of babies is something that I get angry at and I KNOW God hates it and is angry at the evil people that bring it about.

Would Jesus ever say anything bad about someone or label them in public? Yes he would! Even Paul labeled people that left God and the Bible warns us to stay away from the likes of them! I like this one verse that Jesus told the Pharisees to tell Herod:

Luke 13:32

"......Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected."

WHOA! Did Jesus just call Herod a fox?? Yep, he sure 'nuff did! What did fox mean? Let's look at the word as it was used:

Fox - a fox; a sly and crafty man

Looking even further when we check the definitions of sly and crafty we see it as a whole that a fox is a man who is deceitfully cunning, one that conceals and is full of tricks.

Jesus wasn't someone who refused to label the "haters" or evil men! He told it like it was and didn't back down until it was His time to be quiet. While he carried out his ministry, he was bold and definitely did not resemble this mamby-pamby pious Jesus that some like to paint Him as. He was bold......he was straight to the point! When people say you aren't acting like Jesus because you may call someone out that is evil, just what Jesus are they referring to? Actually you are being like Jesus! There is a time to be bold and time to be quiet and we use the wisdom God gives us to differentiate between the two. When it came Jesus' time, he opened not his mouth and let the Will of God be fulfilled but until then, he boldly proclaimed the truth and called out evil doers and even whipped some people out of the temple and turned over their tables! It was his fierceness of righteous indignation (zeal) that drove them out! He knew what time it was that day......it was not a time to be quiet lol.

John 2:14-16

"And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:
And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables;
And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise."

Just what does it mean to bold? Have you ever really looked it up in its true meaning from the scriptures or do you just think you know what it means? Let's look it up as it was written in several places in the New Testament:

Bold - to use freedom in speaking; free spoken; to speak freely; to grow confident, have boldness, show assurance, assume a bold bearing

Mixing bold with confident we get this meaning from Webster's: standing out in assured and certain conviction

For some they seem to never have that time of boldness but rather are full of shame and embarrassment to even stand up for their God or His Word. What does God think of these type of people? In Mark 8:38 and Luke 9:26, it tells us that whoever is ashamed of God and His Word, He will be ashamed of YOU when he returns! We are rather admonished by Paul to do what?

2 Timothy 1:8

"Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God."

Paul tells us to not be ashamed but rather be a partaker of what? The afflictions of the gospel! The gospel comes with afflictions (to suffer hardships). Also we are told that we WILL suffer persecution as well. What is persecution?

Persecution - to harass or punish in a manner designed to injure, grieve, or afflict ; specifically : to cause to suffer because of belief 2: to annoy with persistent or urgent approaches (as attacks, pleas, or importunities)

Have you ever experienced any of the above in the definition of persecution because of Christ? I have! Just having a website of truths from the Bible opens you up to that. But I won't back down or let it shut me up! It just 'comes with the territory' of standing up for God and His Word in a sinful world! Rejoice when others revile you! Get excited when things come your way because God will work it for your good somehow! I found it so odd that the nurses in the hospital wondered why I was so happy, even though I was so sick. My response is I don't have time to pity myself! I force my mind to see ahead and to see just how God is going to work this to my good because God doesn't lie! I look for the positive in the situation - hey I lost some weight! I lost more in 1 week being sick then I did the past year lol.


It's high time that people STOP COMPLAINING about the cross they have to bear! Stop complaining that your cross is too heavy or its too hard! Did you hear Jesus saying this while he carried his cross and went all the way to Calvary? Are you bearing a greater burden then what he did; the sins of the world?? NO! So shut up! Bear your cross, quit being ashamed and trying to be a men pleaser and be bold and stand for something for once in your life!

I know people who claim to be a Christian, yet when they get around family and friends, and start getting asked about their faith and convictions or why they do this and why they do that........they clam up and say "uh I don't know, that's just what the Pastor said to do". When will you find out for YOURSELF what the Bible says? When will you be bold and not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ?

The misconceptions abound and there will never be a lack of them for satan is the author of confusion and his job isn't over yet. Will you listen to the lies of the devil or will you search God's word for the truth? Next time you hear someone ask WWJD......you might just have to tell them straight from God's word just what Jesus would do! Instead of getting down and wondering 'why me' when bad things come your way - why don't you shock satan and started Praising God for the trial? Why don't you rejoice that God counts you able to bear it? Get up and shake off the self pity and bear your cross with joy!

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Liquid Hand Soap Tutorial Video

I finally got around to doing the video on the liquid hand soap.

You can find the recipe and printable of the recipe here:
http://www.christianhomekeeping.com/2008/08/liquid-hand-soap.html



Remember you can do this with Dove, Olay or any other face soap and make your own liquid face soap too! It only costs us $1 a year for this hand soap.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Feeling Better :)

I'm actually sitting up, feeling dizzy, but still sitting up lol. =0 I'm at home now and recovering. I still have swelled neck with sore throat and another issue (not going to put that on my blog!) but I feel a WHOLE lot better then this past week. I seriously can not believe its been a whole week! I've been in a bed since Monday, at home and then at the hospital and now home again. It feels very weird to not be in bed right now but for the first time I'm on the couch! Let me tell you - you start to REALLY appreciate life in all aspects after being bed ridden lol.

They thought I had C-Diff, which is a deadly bacteria. I had all the symptoms (literally all) but luckily the results finally came back negative. However until then, everyone had to suit up before they came in the room! Talk about feeling like you are some strange creature when everyone is afraid to touch you!

Lots of details but turns out I had Viral Gastroenteritis on top of my ulcer and it re-activated my shingles area with neuralgia pain. I had built up to an overdose level of acetaminophen in my blood to the point the doctor said I was just a few grams away from liver failure and death so they could no longer give me any pain killers and definitely not acetaminophen. I still can not take any, I have to let my liver recover. If my liver had not been healed......can you imagine what this overdose would have done to me? I probably would not be here today. Luckily it was like I had a brand new liver and it is ok and hopefully I will have no lifelong damage from the toxic levels.

Other then the virus, they believe I have Crohn's disease, so I'm going in for testing for that soon. I've read about that because I wasn't too sure what it was and I really do NOT want to have that but both doctors agreed that is most likely what I have and what has caused problems for me over the years and could be the cause of my weak immune system (although I've suffered from that since childhood). We will find out I guess and go from there! I believe if I do have it, God could heal that too!

Good news is I lost a whopping 8 pounds this week! Actually I lost more than that before they put IV's in me (7 bags) lol. But right now I'm 8 pounds smaller and my face is slimmer lol.......hey gotta see the good out of all this somehow! ; ) Not the way I wanted to lose weight but the doctor told me I have to anyway.

Thank you so much for all the emails and comments and prayers! I really do appreciate each one of you and the CARE and concern that you have for me, even though some not having even met me in real life. What a support network huh?

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Extended Absence

Hello dear readers! I've been in the hospital with what we thought was the flu but they say they still do not know what I have yet. A lot of different things going on and not going to go into to great detail on here.

I'm not sure when I will return to blogging, if I feel up to I may write something while I'm in here.......its pretty boring in here but luckily they had wifi lol. =0

Please keep me in your prayers! Thanks!

**Update: Out of hospital now, recovering at home, due for tests as soon as they can get me in. They thought I had C-Diff, but finally the results came back negative. I will blog more later.

Bev

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Vision for Souls

A missionary preached tonight and I was deeply moved by his sermon. He told about the Philippines and shared stories of the sacrifices some church members there make to reach people, etc. It brought tears to my eyes and at altar call I just let it all out, crying out to God, feeling so convicted by taking for granted what we have in America and letting it lead to a "bed of ease" sometimes.

To hear a story of a brother in the Philippines and how he used money to drive people to church instead of eat because he thought it was more important........WOW! How backwards we have in it the land of the "free". I've heard complainers and murmurers about how much gas money it takes to get people to church and you can tell these people aren't lacking for food lol. YET this man in the Philippines counted the souls of men and women MORE important than food! That should bring us to our knees and awaken the Vision for souls!

Proverbs 29:18
Where there is no vision, the people perish

The call of God was burning inside tonight and how I long for the day we can return to Seminary and finish up! I can't wait......I get excited at just the thought and then going out into the work where God has called us! The whole reason I'm doing a book of my blog is because my future plans do not include this blog. I don't see that I would even had time for it. Then again, I don't know, so I guess we will see how it is when that time comes! However, when I envision my future after we finish Seminary, I don't see this blog or my weight loss blog. Right now, I feel like I have all this time and nothing to do LOL. Now don't get me wrong......I have a lot to do around the house and homeschool my daughter but as far as work for God, doing this blog and hopefully helping others and being a voice crying in the wilderness is all I feel that I can do, besides soul winning (which is EVERY Christian's calling).

God, help me keep this renewed Vision for Souls on my mind from this day forth! When I'm in the grocery store, mall, or just going through the drive-thru - let my light shine before men and women and always take the opportunity to invite that soul to church! I may not have been here today (both physically and spiritually/saved), if it wasn't for my (now husband) inviting me to church in the Air Force dorms in Anchorage, Alaska! I was a 19 year old girl on her way to hell and in desperate need of a Saviour. GOD sent someone by my way to invite me to church! It was my husband's life that won me to God!

I hope we can all stir it up inside of us and keep the Vision for Souls alive and fresh in our hearts and minds and realize that we don't need to get caught up in the cares of this life, but keep our minds on eternity!

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

$100 Worth of Groceries for 25 cents!

Now that's some serious savings! ;)



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48-Hour Giveaway Winner Is..........

The 48-hour giveaway has ended and the winner of the 49-piece Vidal Sasson Hair Tool Set was drawn out of a bowl by my beloved husband.

The winner is:

Amy Fichtner

Congrats Amy! : ) Please contact me at: christianhomekeeper (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize and provide shipping information.

Thanks to all who entered and I 'may' do a giveaway soon on my Skinny Skirts weight loss website for my email subscribers over there!

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Growing Long Hair Challenge Update #3

Growing Long Hair ChallengeNot much to update this week with my hair. I didn't use any heat on my hair this week and have been letting it air dry with the Garnier Fructis Leave-in conditioner. I missed this week's coconut oil treatment but may do it tonight because my ends look pretty dry.

Sunflower Faith talked about using Olive Oil in her hair and I have tried this a few times before. It does work but I find its more expensive then the coconut oil. I would imagine they work the same. Anyone else use a different oil than coconut? I've heard of using jojoba oil and mayonnaise...though mayonnaise simply works for the fact that it has oil in it! ; ) I guess if you want to slather your hair with mayo, go ahead......I tried it before and didn't like the result.




We had a "hair party" today and I got permission to share some photos of this Sister's hair...it is beautiful!!



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Thursday, March 5, 2009

Spring Cleaning Week 1 Check-In

This week I'm doing my Master Bathroom and below is a detailed list:

  • Clean skylight, ceiling, light fixtures
  • Wash walls, doors, framing
  • Baseboards, floors
  • Clean tub and crevices (deep clean)
  • Wash shower curtain
  • Toilet
  • Shelving
  • Towel/hand towel bars
  • Mirrors, sink, counter
  • Empty out cabinets and clean inside and then organize
  • Clean outside of cabinets and wash knobs

You can join in on the Spring Cleaning here.  It is from now until April 30th and there is a prize! ; )

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

48-Hour Giveaway for Email Subscribers


I'm giving away a 49-piece Vidal Sasson Hair Tool set. Here is what it includes:
  • Nylon Pin Cushion Paddle Brush
  • Nylon Pin Tunnel Vent Round Brush
  • Tunnel Vent Brush
  • Folding Stand Mirror
  • Volumizing Comb
  • Brooch with 1 Satin Ribbon
  • 2 Large Ponytailers
  • 2 Contour Clips
  • 24 Bobby Pin Slides
  • 12 Thick No Metal Crimper Braided Elastic Ponytailers
  • Claw Clips

You have only 48 hours to enter this giveaway! Open to US and Canadian residents (Canadian residents - shipping of the product may take longer).

Now here are the rules of the giveaway. To be entered you MUST sign up on the right-hand sidebar box by entering your email address. Then you MUST leave a comment to this post with your name. After you have done both of these, you will be entered into the giveaway.

If you are already an email subscriber, simply leave a comment with your name to this post to be entered. If you aren't receiving email updates but did put your email in the box, that means you have not "verified" your email. After signing up in the box, you do the verification code and then they send you an email and you must verify that also by clicking on the link.

To receive 2 entries into the giveaway: Blog about this giveaway and then post your link in the comment section of this post.

Giveaway ends Friday night at 11:59pm. Winner will be announced Saturday.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, winner is here.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

If I Were the Devil by Paul Harvey

If I were the Devil:


I would gain control of the most powerful nation in the world;


I would delude their minds into thinking that they had come from man's effort, instead of God's blessings;

I would promote an attitude of loving things and using people, instead of the other way around;

I would dupe entire states into relying on gambling for their state revenue;

I would convince people that character is not an issue when it comes to leadership;

I would make it legal to take the life of unborn babies;

I would make it socially acceptable to take one's own life, and invent machines to make it convenient;

I would cheapen human life as much as possible so that the life of animals are valued more than human beings;

I would take God out of the schools, where even the mention of His name was grounds for a law suit;

I would come up with drugs that sedate the mind and target the young, and I would get sports heroes to advertise them;

I would get control of the media, so that every night I could pollute the mind of every family member for my agenda;

I would attack the family, the backbone of any nation.

I would make divorce acceptable and easy, even fashionable. If the family crumbles, so does the nation;

I would compel people to express their most depraved fantasies on canvas and movie screens, and I would call it art;

I would convince the world that people are born homosexuals, and that there lifestyles should be accepted and marveled;

I would convince the people that right and wrong are determined by a few who call themselves authorities and refer to their agenda as politically correct;

I would persuade people that the church is irrelevant and out of date, and the Bible is for the naive;

I would dull the minds of Christians, and make them believe that prayer is not important, and that faithfulness and obedience are good enough to get by;


Hmmm...I guess I would leave things pretty much the way they are."

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Repealing the Right to Not Perform Abortions

President Obama intends to repeal a Bush administration rule that has become a flash point in the debate over a doctor's right not to perform abortions. Read More.

Quote from the article:
"I will do nothing against my conscience in the practice of medicine ever regardless of what any law is at any time, " Sen. Tom Coburn told FOX News. "And I can tell you that there are a lot of physicians that feel exactly that same way across the country."

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Twitter Take 2


I really, really like Twitter and stopped using it a while back because some people that "followed" me had unsavory photos of themselves as their profile photo, so I would delete them. However, I've contacted Twitter and 'maybe' they will work a feature that will allow me to 'hide' my followers, so that way their photos do not show up at all on my page!

Either way......its a tool I want to use for my blog as you can see in my right sidebar! I don't always want to do a post for updates or upcoming posts/giveaways, etc, so now I can just twitter that and you will see either on my twitter page or on the right sidebar.

Let's see how this goes......Twitter Take 2!


P.S. I think I'm in love with the Twitter bird, maybe that is part of my fascination with it? hehe =0

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Growing Hair Long Challenge Update #2

Growing Long Hair Challenge

Here is my update #2:

My hair is now at 39 inches, with 13 inches of new growth. Since January 4th's post, my hair has grown 1 inch! If it stays at this rate, I could have 7 inches of new growth by year's end. That would put me close to what it was at its longest; 50 inches in 2005 before my perms.

I've been doing more coconut oil treatments and it has helped me not lose so much of my permed portion in breakage. I did a post on the treatments with photos and you can find that here.


To join the challenge, just click on the photo above and it will take you to the post to sign up! Happy growing!


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From the Mailbag; Perms

Q.  Are you against getting perms?

No, I'm not if your motives are honest. If your motives are to shorten your hair with a perm, how can you be right? You might as well cut it if you are just perming it to make it short! If you are getting a perm because its easier to fix your hair and your motives are pure, then why would that be wrong? I know several Godly women that get perms and I assume their motives are honest. I'm sure there are some that do it with the wrong motive and God knows their heart. That is between them and God.

However, my husband saw all the hair I lost with the past 2 perms and so he said THAT IS IT! He wants me to have long hair and well since my hair was getting SHORTER with the perms (I lost 20 inches!), the reasoning was to stop getting them so my hair can stay long.

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Drip, Drip, Drip

“Drip. Drip. Drip. Drip.”

The faucet was leaking again! Every time I tried to read or think or sleep, all I could hear was that awful dripping. I always felt a flush of anger, as I had to jump up and attempt to shut up the noise. I would put a washcloth in the sink where the water would land hoping this would quite the noise. I would tighten the faucet handles, but nothing worked. I could always hear it no matter what I did to remedy the problem.

“Drip…Drip…Drip.” If it was quite bothersome to me, I may have even gone to a different room to read where I could not heart it, although I really longed to sit in my chair which I remembered to be my comfortable and peaceful place.

No remedy could be found, until one day we replaced the entire faucet. Now it is silent and I do enjoy it so. Most of the time I forget how irritating it was. But sometimes I stop and remember and am grateful for its silence.

I believe God used that dripping faucet to teach me something very important. God speaks to us all in different ways. Because I am sensitive to noises, God used this sensitivity to teach me.

Proverbs 19:13 tells us:

“….the contentions of a wife are a continual dropping”

When I am quarrelsome or “nag” my husband, I am like a constant dripping! Do I want to be like that old leaky faucet that always stirred bad feeling in me? Just when I wanted to relax in my chair; my safe haven, to read or nap, that dripping invaded my space.

Is it possible that a wife who nags her husband invades his peace everyday? A man’s home is his safe haven from the outside world. It should be a place where he comes after a hard day’s work. He knows he is free to be himself, to kick off his shoes, to relax, to just enjoy the peace of his home. He knows that it is a place of unconditional love and respect, or does he?

“Don’t leave your shoes there!”

“When will you fix this? I’ve asked you five times!”

“Do you think you could help me with the housework? I have to do everything myself!”

“How long are you going to read that paper?”

Does this sound familiar? Even if it does not, there are most likely other words used that seem accusatory or insulting as these do.

Just as I tried to fix that faucet with the washcloth or by tightening the handles, the husband may try his own tactics to remedy the problem. If nothing works and he still hears the “dripping”, he may decide to go somewhere that he can’t hear it.

Not only does the Word of God tell us that a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping, it tells what is better than living with one.

Proverbs 21:9

“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.”

Proverbs 21:19

“It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.”

The dripping faucet certainly could not fix itself. But when we replaced it, it was made “new” and did not drip any longer. In that same way, Jesus can change the wife and make her “new”. He will change her to see more clearly and have different priorities and give her love in her heart.


by Julie Ryan

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