Friday, July 31, 2009

Moclips, Washington; Pacific Coast

I had started up my old travel blog but then decided I didn't want the work of transferring the photos from this blog to that one - so its on hold and just going to keep sharing the photos here for now. These are photos of the coast up past Seabrook in an area called Moclips, WA.



I added a new category for travel photos and videos, simply click "travel" under categories or go here.

I also added past photos of Ocean Shores to the slideshow: http://www.christianhomekeeping.com/2009/07/ocean-shores-washington.html

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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Ocean Shores, Washington

I promised my daughter we would go to the ocean this Summer several times. I had yet to go even once and it is almost the end of July. So today, I said you know what - let's just go! So we did and we had a blast. We also escaped the heat because at the ocean it was cool breezes and around 80. We flew a kite, played in the sand, ran in the ocean and back out again lol - and just relaxed. It was refreshing!




Update: I added photos from previous trips to Ocean Shores to this slideshow.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Free Home Management Printables

I made these tonight, feel free to print and use for your personal use if you would like. The first few are cover pages for your home management binder and then you will see a few cleaning checklists - which are mine that I use to give you an idea on how to make your own. I put them in page protectors and use a dry erase marker to check off what I completed. Using the dry erase markers saves you ink and paper because you only have to print your cleaning checklists once! I also put the cover pages and other items in page protectors so they last longer as well. Enjoy!

Free Printable Home Management Notebook Pages

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Housewife

There was a housewife I once knew
Who had so much work that she wanted to do.
She had eight loads of laundry to wash and to dry,
Five beds to make and groceries to buy.
Library books three years overdue,
She thought, "Go to the library? No, let's go to the zoo."
"Hurray!" cried her children. But, alas, they stayed home.
The eight loads of laundry had all the clothes that they owned.
She had dishes from dinner the night before
And gum to scrape off the kitchen floor.
And just as she knelt to scrape up the gum,
She thought about popcorn and she wanted some.
So she got out the popper; it was full of rice.
And she thought to herself, "It would be nice
To get out the pictures of my wedding dress,"
But she couldn't find them because of the mess
In her living room where she kept a shelf
Full of books on how to improve herself.
So she picked out a book and she sat and she read.
And she thought to herself, "I'll take a nap instead."
So she stretched and she yawned and flopped into bed.
Then she remembered something her husband had said.
So she got out the iron and she looked for his shirt
Which had fallen into a pile of dirt
She had swept in a corner a few days before
And she had stopped because someone had knocked at the door.
Then she sighed, "Oh dear!" and she moaned, "Poor me!"
And she grabbed a sack of taco chips and turned on the TV.
And she watched all the game shows.
And she watched Love of Life.
And she dreamed of becoming the perfect wife!



~From Sidetracked Home Executives

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Saturday, July 25, 2009

New Design

I liked this template and trying it out but now I'm not so sure. I don't like the "continue reading" feature. What do you all think of the design? Should I go back to my old one or keep this one? Input wanted!

I missed my old template so bad that I switched back!  I think it is because it is a template that I took time out to design and its really colorful.  Thank you for voicing the feedback. 

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Giant Tree in Hoh Rainforest

On our trip to the Hoh Rainforest last Summer, we came across this giant tree on the ground and as you will see - it was worthy of a video!



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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Before & After Homeschool Bookshelf

The shelf at one time was organized but I let it go for way too long!  I finally conquered it and I didn't get to get a before picture at the beginning, just took one after I had already cleared off a shelf - but I took pictures of the stuff on the floor and table to hopefully give you a better view of how much stuff it was!  A lot went in the trash, recycling or my daughter's room.

 
I took some baskets that I had our medicine and supplements in and used those instead for the shelf. I also took pencils, markers, pens, stamps, crayons, scissors, chalk and on and on and put them in those cheap 50 cent containers that you can see through and readily find what you need.  I also have excess supplies when she runs out and I put those on the top shelf. *Click the image to enlarge and see what each shelf holds*



Last year I got a lot of school supplies for 5 cents - YES 5 cents!  Almost all in this photo was from that sale, some were 10-50 cents.  Here are photos of those and we still have them this year, so she doesn't need much for Kindergarten!


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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Attire of a Harlot or a Christian?

 Proverbs 7:10-11

"And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.  She is loud and stubborn;"

Jesus said you can tell what a tree is by the fruit it bears; by looking at it and seeing it for yourself.  Solomon, one of the wisest men to ever live - could tell the type of woman by her clothing/attire.  It isn't any different today.  You see so much nakedness even going to the store, you can't get away from it. It is expected from sinners but how about the women who dress like harlots and call themselves Christians? 

Do you wear the attire of a harlot?  Are you exposing your nakedness to the world in hopes some man will lust after your cleavage line?  Do you wear pants so you can show off your shape and rear end to excite lust in men or in the hopes you will get "checked out"?  You aren't a Christian........your heart is wicked and deceitful.  There is no shamefacedness about you but rather showfacedness!  You are showy, flaunty, saucy and as Solomon called the woman with the attire of the harlot - you are loud and stubborn. The outside of you; your attire; is a reflection of your heart!  As the saying goes, clean the inside of the cup and the outside will become clean also. 


Get saved and you will cover up!  You won't have to worry about the desire to show yourself off - it can't be in you with Christ living inside!  You will rather be shy towards men and wanting them to NOT lust after you.  You will not want to cause your Brother in Christ to stumble in sin by lusting after you.  Rather, you will have modesty and an attitude of shamefacedness.  You will have no desire to paint your eyelids to draw attention to them.

Proverbs 6:25
"Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids."

You will reserve yourself completely for your husband and only he will see your treasures.

What about the attire of the Christian?  It will suit your gender - feminine and distinct from a man because being like a man for a woman is an abomination to God.  The only one wanting you to not look like a woman is satan!  He wants you to look like a man because he loves to blur the lines and pervert God's creation.  The Christian woman doesn't paint her face like Jezebel or a harlot and Hollywood.  She knows she is beautifully and wonderfully made by her Creator and needs not to paint over his magnificent artwork!  She has no desire to cut off her glory or change its color to one God did not give her.  She keeps herself from vanity.

This is a scenario that has happened to me many times since becoming a Christian but NEVER happened as a sinner.  Just recently at Wal-mart, a man stopped us and said "You all look like you must be Christians".  Here was my husband in a shirt and pants - not dressed up, just casual.  The man assumed that because of my skirt and feminine modest appearance. This is only one of many times this has happened.  Growing up as a good ole' preacher's daughter in my tight jeans and tank top, I never once had someone say I looked like a Christian.

Would you dress like you do right now in the presence of Jesus?  Would you be ok with your cleavage exposed and tight pants or mini skirts and shorts in the presence of the Almighty God?  Are you like half of the people I knew back home and believe every woman should wear a dress to church but outside of church it doesn't matter?  My parents told me that is out of respect to God for a woman to wear a dress in the house of the Lord.  I always thought....."So we don't respect him the other 90% of our week?"  =0

I hope to provoke other women to start looking like your gender for crying out loud!!!  Anyone else tired of mistaking a woman for a man??  Just what is it...........it looks like a man, dresses like a man.....  My husband and I saw a man yesterday in a skirt and long hair.  Most people would think that is sick but you know what!?  He could say as one guy in my school did years ago "When the women give us our pants back, I will give them their skirt"!  I saw this quote on Candy's Blog Sidebar:

"I’m very fond of men. I Think they’re wonderful creatures. I love them dearly. But I don’t want to look like one. When women gave up their long skirts, they made a grave error." ~T. Tudor

If you don't want to be mistaken for a harlot, its time you stopped wearing her clothes!  ; )  As the preacher said in the sermon on Ladies' dress - notify others and take down your for sale sign in the window!!

If Solomon was looking out his window and saw you, who would he say you had the attire of?

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Monday, July 20, 2009

United States of America Pledge of Allegiance

Since some need a refresher course on the United States code, I'm posting the pledge of allegiance and also the proper personal rendering in reverence to this great nation that is under the Almighty God!

The Pledge:
"I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

Should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.

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I Want My Country Back



I saw this video clip and admired the stand that this woman took.  I noticed some people didn't even put their hand on their heart or say the words.  I served this country and there are those currently serving who would be highly offended that the people they are fighting for won't even give due allegiance to the flag of our great nation UNDER GOD. 


I first saw this from Bluegrass Pundit.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Motherhood Introduction

This is a short introduction to the new series I'm starting on Motherhood.

This isn't a popular topic in today's society for the modern woman. She could do without this role and would rather have wealth, success in worldly avenues and supposed equality with man in the workplace. She is out for numero uno and how dare a role of raising children come in the way of her wants and desires. And even if it does, she refuses to raise them herself or let them interfere with her life and her pursuits. She will go so far as to murder them before they even have the chance of being birthed, give them away, or if she does go through with the birth and keeps them, she will find some way to dump them on another while she continues with "her" life.

For the Godly woman it is a much different story! Not only does she pray for her womb to be blessed by the Creator, she will be in much sorrow if she finds she is barren. She grieves for children, a desire that God put within her. She couldn't imagine life without her blessings - children. She loves to teach them and nurture them each day. She is fulfilled by her role of Motherhood and her children praise her. She wouldn't even dream of working and leaving her precious babies to someone else's raising - if she had to because she was without a husband or he was disabled - she would grieve and long for the day she can once again be with her children.

Oh what a difference between the "modern" woman and the Godly woman.

Motherhood is the season of a woman's life where she raises her child or children. They will eventually grow to the age they will leave her care but they will always be her 'babies'. God put within women a special caring, nurturing, emotion filled persona to fulfill the role of a Mother. He made the woman's body to be most fertile in her early life and common sense would tell you that would be the time to conceive. You can have children even beyond this fertile period but complications and disabilities in the child are at an increased risk. Doth not even nature itself tell us the prime time to have our children? lol I believe God can give a woman children at any age, he can do anything! We all know of Sarah but that was in the age where man lived longer and seemed to age slower than our time.

In this series I will be using some quotes from a few authors supported by the Bible. We will be using the Bible's clear direction on what God views about Motherhood. It will be examples from the Old and New Testaments that will show us the right, positively indisputable truth about the matter.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Office/Exercise Room Redo

It has been one of the busiest weeks I've had in a while but I got so much accomplished, why stop now!?  ; )  We cleared out our sheds and cleaned, we have a HUGE pile of stuff, boxes, etc to take to the dump since I've offered it for free but a lot still remains and I'm done with the stuff.  It has been through 2 yard sales and a lot of it I've had since Alaska and HELLO that was over 3 years ago lol.  Then of course my huge magazine collection will get recyled soon.

I did a redo on our office/exercise room tonight.  I made the decision to remove all of my daughter's toys and put them in her room (somehow lol) so I can actually get to my treadmill.  After a few hours, I got it done.  My treadmill is all set up ready for me to just get on it and walk, which I plan to tomorrow.



I moved my desk to a different area - the area where my daughter's toys USED to be.  It fit nicely between the door and the closet door.


I bought a cute little drawer cart from Wal-mart for $25.  I put it together today and here is a pic of it:

I really love it and am using it for all my office/home management things.  It goes along with the colors I wanted - black, hot pink, lime and yellow.  I'm not going to get too decorative in this office/exercise room because it will one day be the next child's room. I bought this hot pink file box at Wal-mart on clearance a month or so ago for $7 and then some file folders in designs/colors I was looking for as well.  I like how I can transport it from the office to the kitchen table if need be and its lightweight.

Still so much I want to get done in the house, a woman's work is never done!  I've pulled some really late nights this week but still am not caught up.  I figured it was time to rest for a bit and then fold laundry later!  Just wanted to share.......it feel so good to not only get rid of stuff that I don't love, get rid of junk - but also to get things that I DO LOVE and get organized for better productivity in my home.  We are managers of our homes as women - so whatever to make my home run smoother! ; )  I may have some before/afters coming up if time permits.

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Growing Hair Long Challenge Update #4

Growing Long Hair Challenge

It's been a while since I  updated and reason being I didn't think my hair has grown but I was wrong.  I measured it today for the first time since March and it has grown 3 inches but I also lost inches from my old (2) perms breaking off.  My new growth is now 16 inches and the rest is permed and total length is 38 inches.  If my estimates are right, I lost 4 inches to breakage and grew 3 inches.  So the growth is growing quickly but my damaged permed portion is also breaking quickly as expected.  This year I have grown 5 inches of silky healthy straight hair - at this rate by the end of December the new growth should reach around 4 more inches for a total of 20 inches of new growth since my last perm!  That's also with being very sick this year from Feb-April.  Still not back to where I was before the perms at 50 inches but we are getting there! 

I've been doing my hair differently - which I don't like doing because I'm using heat on my new growth, but is it worth it?  It only takes a few strands from my top to curl and then scrunch with hair spray to get this look making my hair look curly and match the bottom.  Then today I washed my hair with clarifying shampoo to remove all this buildup and hairspray and going to wear it sleek and straight with the ends curled tonight. 


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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Quotes from Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?"

"However brilliant an action, it should not be esteemed great unless the result of a great motive."

"Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it."

"Few are agreeable in conversation, because each thinks more of what he intends to say than of what others are saying, and listens no more when he himself has a chance to speak."

"It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible."

"Jealousy feeds upon suspicion, and it turns into fury or it ends as soon as we pass from suspicion to certainty."

"No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong."

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Twitter

I have been using Twitter and really like it for my blog updates on my sidebar.

http://twitter.com/Homekeeper



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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Homemade Dishwashing Soap Coming Soon!

I've been experimenting for a while now and I've finally found a way to make homemade dish soap for hand washed dishes and pots/pans.  I'm working out the portions - will do a video and recipe soon! 

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Monthly Energy Costs

Here are the results of the poll for Summer monthly energy costs:

$0-35
2 (9%)
$35-45
0 (0%)
$45-60
1 (4%)
$60-80
1 (4%)
$80 and above
17 (80%)

We can see that the majority spends $80 a month during the Summer months on energy costs. Of course this wasn't based on whether you live in an apartment or house or even square footage. What I was trying to get a view of was if most people spent $80 or more.

We have 1400 square foot home and our energy costs are at the most - $60 a month. It used to be higher when we lived in a smaller, 700sq foot, 2 bedroom apartment believe it or not! I have found many things to do to save electricity and also moving into a place that is very well lit, saves on having to use the lights during the day! Here some things that we do to save on energy costs:

  • Switch your light bulbs to the new energy saving bulbs. We did this a long time ago and noticed the difference in energy costs!
  • Don't use lights during the day. We have skylights and they really do light up the house! I have 2 in my kitchen and never have to use the lights during the day (except the stove light). We then have one in our bathroom and once again, we don't have to use the lights in there during the day.
  • Hang your clothes to dry. I hang my delicates/dress clothes on my shower rod. You can hang your towels, linens, and other clothes outside to dry if you wish. I do use the dryer for those because our landlord will not allow a clothes line attached to the storage buildings and I haven't bought the free standing one yet.
  • Don't run the dishwasher unless its full. I only run my dishwasher 3-4 times a week, sometimes not even that much. I wait until its full before starting a wash most of the time. You can keep one side of the sink half full of hot water and soap to wash dishes throughout the day. I find that it stays warm for several hours if you start it with very hot water. Constantly filling up your sink - washing dishes and then draining it and doing it all over again all day will use more hot water, which will use more energy for your water heater. Also, cold water can wash not too dirty dishes. If you are worried about germs from not using hot scolding water to wash your dishes, then simply add a cap full of Clorox to your dishwater in the sink. Also, run the dishwasher at night when energy is cheaper - same goes for the washer/dryer although I don't practice that I know it would save us even more if I did! ;)
  • Unplug chargers and electronics when not in use. Even if you are not charging your phone, ipod, etc - the charging unit still draws some sort of energy from the outlet.
  • This is for the winter months - we keep our thermostat set at 66. 65 is the optimal sleeping temperature, so keeping it on 66 is what we have found works for us and saves energy than when we used to keep it at 69.
  • In the Winter do your baking/oven use in the mornings to warm the house up and then in the Summer do it in the evenings.
That is all I could think of right now, my memory may remind me of more later on and I will add them.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

July 2009 Free Printable Calendar

This month's theme is Motherhood, since I'm going to be doing a series on it.  Enjoy!

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Update

We had a vacation and I will be sharing the photos of that when time permits but I wanted to give an update about all that is going on and what is ahead.

I was going to publish my book at the end of June but decided I had so much more I wanted to add to it - from how we save money on energy costs, to some others posts I have on my mind - that I wanted to wait a few more months.  I guess I could always do 2 books but I want it to a complete large volume of my devotionals, cleaning recipes, frugal living, etc.

I'm finishing up a post about how we save on energy costs, the July calendar, photos from our vacation and a series on Motherhood that I want to start.

I've been very busy doing things outside in the yard, simplifying our home, organizing and also continuing decorating - so all that besides daily homekeeping tasks, cooking and playing with my daughter have taken up my time lately!

I have a lot of questions that pour in almost daily about the Homemade laundry detergent, homemade hand soap and so on - so I'm going to work on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) to direct people to because the emails are becoming time consuming and interfering with my daily tasks.  I believe the FAQ's will answer most questions. Until I get that FAQ don't hesitate if you really need an answer for one of the how-to's.......but after I get the FAQ done, I will most likely ask you to read them first and if you don't get your answer then email me. 

We picked another 5 pounds of cherries - so we now have about 10 pounds!

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