Sunday, March 9, 2014

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

10 Christmas Activities That Will Bring Your Family Joy

With the busy holiday season coming up, it can get so hectic sometimes, we may find ourselves feeling overwhelmed, tired and detached from our own family while trying to prepare for the hustle and bustle of Christmas.  


In our home, we try to keep things very simple.  I can't say that it was always simple, because there was a time for many years, I was so overwhelmed during the holidays, that I just did not enjoy seeing November roll around on the calendar.  I stretched myself too far making plans and promises that were nearly possible to keep - and stay sane, that is.  
I'm thankful God began working on my heart about 8 Christmases ago, reminding me what the true meaning of Christmas is all about, teaching me that it isn't about how many gifts are under the tree, or how expensive those gifts were.  He showed me the real joy of Christmas time in celebrating the birth of our Lord Jesus and reverencing that special time in honor of Him.  We still give gifts to our children, and, until this very moment as I type this, I hadn't even thought about deciding many years ago to only give our kids three gifts each at Christmas.  Three Wisemen brought three gifts to Christ in the manger.  I smile just thinking about that, and I don't believe it is coincidence either.  

After the change in my own heart, I started to see the importance of our little family and spending quality time together.  I learned that it was alright to prioritize my time and saying "no" to a lot of extra activities outside our home was alright.  It's how I was able to find so much joy in the season instead of feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge.  I'm not advising anyone to not try to help others in need, participate in church activities or attend friends or family get-togethers, I'm just saying to make sure you allow time for yourself and your family first.  :)

I'm sharing 10 Christmas activities that I'm sure will bring your family joy this holiday season, plus a free printable list and Nativity coloring page.
Try them all, or pick a few and plan one or two activities a week throughout the month of December.
 If you'd like to print this list, here's the link:





Make this Christmas one that is as stress free as possible and centers around the true meaning of this season - The birth of Christ!

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Raising Mighty Arrows 3rd Annual Christmas Market

I'm so excited to share this with you today!  I'm typing this from my iPod, so I'll keep it short and sweet!
 
Heather,  from Raising Mighty Arrows  is having her 3rd annual Christmas Market starting today!  
 
 
The Christmas Market event is a place where you can link up your family friendly home-based business, product, or book.
Hop over to Raising Mighty Arrows and link up today!

Raising Mighty Arrows 3rd Annual Christmas Market

 I'm offering 10% off at the checkout in my shop using code RAISINGARROWS.


If you have a small family-friendly business, go link up at Raising Mighty Arrows, OR, if you're looking for some presents for the holidays, you might just find some nice Christmas gifts from the comfort of your own home!
 
 
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

DIY Cold Remedy Recipe


 I've shared this before over at Life on our Mountain, but since cold and flu season is upon us once again, I thought I'd share it this season for anyone who may be suffering from a stuffy congested nose and would like a wee bit of relief without taking over the counter medication.  
*This is a strong concoction, it is not intended for little ones.  Use at your own risk.  Store in refrigerator.
 
 
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Marissa's Cheap DIY Homemade Laundry Detergent

We all enjoy that feeling that comes with knowing you've saved your family money.  Laundry detergent is one of the more expensive household necessities that we all have to spend money on.  It's impossible to keep a home without having clean clothing, right?  
Today, I'd like to share my cheap, homemade laundry detergent recipe.  When I say cheap, I don't mean the quality of the detergent isn't up to par, I mean it's cheap to make - considering you can wash around 300 loads of laundry for less than $25.00.  That's about $.08 per load!
I've tried several soap recipes that only use 2 - 3 ingredients, including the liquid version and hands down, I have found this recipe to be the best!  Give it a try, I think you may never switch back to that expensive store bought detergent once you see how much money you save using this homemade laundry soap!  Be sure to read to the end of this post, I have included a printable recipe that you are welcome to print to keep.

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Here's what you'll need:




First, assemble your equipment.  You'll need a couple air-tight storage containers, a large clean bucket, a cheese grater, a large bowl to grate the soap bars into, a big wooden spoon for mixing, eye protection and a dusk mask for the mixing part.  Mixing the powders can create a 'smoke' like cloud, so be sure to protect your eyes and lungs!  I found my plastic 19 cup containers from The Dollar General Store for $4 each.  I chose plastic containers over glass containers, it just made more sense to me to use plastic, but feel free to use any container you'd like.  *Tip - Remove the soap bars from the packages about a week before you plan on making your detergent, store in a dry place.  It gives the soap time to dry out, which means it will be easier to grate. 

Grate the Zote bars using the smaller side of the cheese grater.  Grating it to a fine consistency will ensure that it dissolves easier in your washer. 

See the difference in the soap grated on the larger side of the cheese grater? 


After you're finished grating the soap bars, begin mixing your detergent by adding one cup of each ingredient at a time in a large, clean bucket, then mix thoroughly.  Keep layering the ingredients until you've incorporated all the ingredients together.  Don't forget your goggles and mask!  I'm speaking from experience, the first time I mixed this recipe, I ended up with my eyes burning, powder in my contacts and a dry, hacking cough from the 'smoke' clouds that can happen if you dump all the ingredients in at one time.
After mixing it all well, transfer your detergent into your storage containers.  You will notice how nice it smells.  It has a very fresh, clean scent that isn't too overpowering.

Save the scoop that is included in your OxiClean canister, it just happens to be a 2 tablespoon scoop!  


Now, I guess you're wondering by now how well does this stuff work?  It has worked very well for me!
They're white again!
I wish I had thought to take a 'before' photo of these undershirts.  I'm embarrassed to admit, they both had ring-around-the-collar.  I've had these for a couple years, and wear and wash them often, I've even bleached them trying to get them white.  I hated to part with them, because I haven't found them in the store since I bought them.  They are a very modest undershirt in a low-neck-shirt kind of world. 

 
 
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