Swagbucks Birthday

Well, I may have misunderstood the e-mail I received from Swagbucks about birthday codes, because they didn’t send me one today. I’ve e-mailed to check on it. But, if you are already a Swagbucks member, you’ll find special birthday codes all over the web today. They’ll give clues on the Swagbucks facebook page for ways you can find the codes today. Then enter them on your Swagbucks page to get credit. 

Not a member? Check my post from last week for how you can sign up for points. Today is the last day of the birthday bash, so I’ll be back to normal trash to treasure blogging tomorrow. Whew!


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Three Super-Simple Kick Start Living Your Dreams

Yesterday, I shared a review of a book by Kathi Lipp called The Me Project. Today, I have a guest post from Kathi on how to kick start your own dreams. After you read the article, please take time to comment below on your own dreams. What would you love to do? What’s keeping you from doing it?
Three Super-Simple Kick Start Living Your Dreams – 
In the Next 15 Minutes
by Kathi Lipp
Is there a dream that God has given you, but you are waiting until the kids are grown and you have money in the bank before you get started?
You may not be able to enroll in a month long pastry making class or take a week off of work to get started on your novel, but today you can take three little baby steps to making your dream a day-to-day reality.
1.      Go Public with It
It’s a little scary to tell the world what you want to do when you grow up—but this is one little step could get you closer to living your dream than almost any other. Plus—it takes very little time and you don’t have to raid your kid’s college fund to make it happen.
When you gather up all your courage and tell your best friend, “I want to learn how to paint,” suddenly she remembers an old art book she has laying around she would love to give you, or her friend from church who teaches art classes. The people you know and love want to be a resource. Give them the privilege of being a part of making your dream happen.
2.      Join an Online Group
This is one of the simplest—and cheapest—ways to start exploring your passion. Find out who else is talking about restoring antiques and listen to their conversation. Start by Googling your interest along with the term “online groups.” You will be amazed with the number of people who want to talk about the proper way to care for 1950’s lunchboxes as much as you do.
3.      Don’t be Afraid to Pray
I remember the first time I put an offer in on a house—I wanted it more than I had wanted almost anything else in my life. While I knew that I had dozens of other people praying on my behalf, I was too scared to pray.
I didn’t want God to tell me no. I was afraid to pray until my co-worker Kim asked me (in a loving, kind way), why I didn’t believe that God wanted His best for me. Don’t be afraid to pray—as with anything amazing in my life, the path is never what I expected, but it has always been obvious that God’s hand has been on it the whole way.
The name of one reader who comments will be entered into the gift basket drawing on March 4.

The Me Project – A Review

I just finished reading The Me Project: 21 Days to Living the Life You’ve Always Wanted and I wanted to tell you about the book and about a fun giveaway from the author. I’ll admit, at first, I wasn’t sure about the title, since I don’t think women need to hear more “it’s all about me” philosophy. However, that isn’t what this is about at all, so don’t let the title fool you like it did me. Kathi Lipp has a of “project” books such as The Husband Project and The Marriage Project. This book is titled to fit in with that series.

This book is about taking that thing you’ve always wanted to do and turning it into reality. Kathi has 21 days of projects in the book that will help you to look at your life purpose and figure out the practical steps to fulfilling it.

The book includes room for readers to write their responses to questions related to each daily project as well as room in the back for tracking all 21 days. Kathi shares anecdotes from her own life throughout the book which makes it personal and helps the reader feel she has an ally. She also emphasizes the need to find an accountability partner and each chapter ends with a few reports from others who have completed the daily project.

I enjoyed the tone of the book and I think it’s a great tool for taking a life inventory and seeking God for new direction. Many readers will enjoy the idea of Kathi’s 50/50 journal. She keeps a journal of 50 things she’d like to do in the next 50 years, sort of like a bucket list, but with specific steps for achieving each thing. Using the 21-day “Me Project”, a reader can take one item from that list and work through the steps to implementation.

Kathi has a warm writing voice and a style that has broad appeal. She’s real about her flaws and mistakes and doesn’t pretend to have it all together. That goes a long way with readers who have their own flaws and struggles.

Note: I received a free review copy of this book for review purposes from KCW Communications.

About Kathi

Kathi Lipp is a busy conference and retreat speaker, currently speaking each year to thousands of women throughout the United States. She is the author of The Husband Project and The Marriage Project, serves as food writer for Nickelodeon, and has had articles published in several magazines, including Today’s Christian Woman and Discipleship Journal. Kathi and her husband, Roger, live in California and are the parents of four teenagers and young adults. For more information visit her website: www.kathilipp.com
 Grand Prize Giveaway:
Deluxe Starbucks Coffee Gift Basket

  • Three 2.5-oz. bags of Starbucks coffee
      (Sumatra, House Blend, and French Roast)
  • Tazo black tea
  • Starbucks marshmallow cocoa
  • Almond roca buttercrunch toffee cookies
  • White chocolate and raspberry cookies
  • 2 Starbucks mugs
  • Keepsake black bamboo basket
  • Almond roca
$62 value

To get your name in the first round of the drawing, leave a comment on this post or on the post tomorrow (A guest article from Kathi 2/25). Then, on March 4, I’ll send the name of one reader to the final drawing for the grand prize. Comments must be left on the blog here at www.faithcreativitylife.com and not via e-mail.
Remember, your comments also qualify you for my monthly drawing.

Fun iPod Touch App for Readers

If you’re a regular Faith Creativity Life follower, you know that I post quite a few book reviews and today I discovered a fun app for my new iTouch. By the way, I got said iPod by cashing in points on my visa card and points from Swagbucks on Amazon gift cards so that I could get it free. (see below for more info about Swagbucks)
If you haven’t checked out Goodreads, I suggest you do. It’s a site where you can meet other readers, review books, and track your own books. If you have an iPhone or an iPod Touch, they have an app that allows you to scan the barcode on the back of a book and automatically add the book to your virtual bookshelf.
Now, I have to admit, I’m in love with just scanning stuff because the technology blows me away. So, I may or may not have books on my bookshelf that I scanned just for the fun of it. But, it’s also a really cool way to track your reading and your wish list. I just scanned in the books I received in the mail for review.
Let’s imagine you are in the library and you see a book you just have to buy. You can scan the bar code on the back and add it to your Goodreads list to look it up later online for purchase. You’ll just need to have access to wireless to take advantage of this feature, but my library has free wifi. 
If you sign up for a Goodreads account, be sure to add me as a friend – Michelle Rayburn – and check out my reviews.
Happy scanning!

Don’t forget – comments on any February blog post yet your name entered into the drawing for a free book.

*Swagbucks is a points reward system where users earn reward points by using the search engine, shopping through sponsors, completing surveys, shopping with coupons and more. Right now, if you use this special code at sign-up, you’ll get 50 instant bonus points 3rdBirthday116 Sign up for Swagbucks

Swagbucks Extra

Swagbucks is having a birthday, and they’ve given me permission to share several special codes just for my readers. I’m a T2T bargain hunter and I also love a good freebie, so I just had to share.
Swagbucks is a great way to get reward points to earn gift cards and prizes just for using their search engine and taking advantage of special offers that give points. Plus, they give out codes almost daily in the blog, on their facebook site and in their code widget. In honor of their 3rd birthday celebration, they are remodeling the site and giving out some great codes. The big birthday celebration is on Monday, Feb. 28 and I’ll be posting a special code for free Swagbucks points on that day. But in the meantime, if you aren’t already signed up for Swagbucks, right now, you can get 50 bonus swagbucks at registration when you enter this code: 3rdBirthday116 . You’ll need to copy and paste that code into the box on the registration page. The code expires on Feb. 28.
Sign up and start earning today with any of the orangy colored links in this post or by clicking the banner below. And again, be sure to watch for the special birthday code coming in a few days for those are already members.
Search & Win

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Transformation Tuesday- Reader Idea

Deb from Deborah Jean’s Dandelion House Home Arts has done some cute transformation projects. Check out this sweet magazine rack turned planter.

Thanks for giving me permission to share your project Deb. Didn’t she take great photos?
She has other transformations too, like her furniture makeover.


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Friend Friday

It’s Friend Friday and I hope you had a great week. It’s also my day to add a hodgepodge of notes…
Once again, you have an opportunity to link up your blog. We live and learn by our mistakes, and trial and error. And, I discovered with me last Friend Friday, that when you ask for friendly spam, you get a HEAP of unfriendly spam. Sigh. So, I’m trying a new link tool called Simply Linked. Just make sure you link to a specific post and not just the general domain name of your blog. There are no rules, other than that I request no spam, meaning pure advertisements for products or links to items you have for sale on etsy. Other than that, I’d love to see your blog for inspiration, humor, craft projects, and of course your fab trash to treasure projects!
I’ve also made a change to comments for the blog. I can no longer allow anonymous comments due to a high volume of spam. So, you’ll just need to make sure you use your free Google ID, or one of the other sources listed when you comment. Thanks for understanding!
If you’re a swagbucks saver, watch for a special code that I’ll be posting in next week’s Friend Friday post. If you haven’t signed up yet, I’ll have a little incentive for you in that post too!
Search & Win
Well, that’s about all folks! Have a fabulous weekend. Don’t forget your link below.

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World, Stop Spinning…Please!

Do you ever wish the world would slow down a little? I remember going on carnival rides when I was a kid and I was so relieved when the ride started to slow down a little. This week, I feel like the ride keeps speeding up on me and I never get that reprieve that comes with knowing it’s going to slow soon.

I was late on two bills this week simply because I didn’t have time to sit down and grab the bill box and pay them. That drives me crazy because I hate being late! And It seems like lately, I add more items to my to-do list than I take off every day. It’s made it difficult to stir up any creativity when I need it. Last week, it took me way longer than normal to write an article that was due, simply because I just couldn’t come up with the words.

But, despite my growing to-do list, I have forced myself to carve out time to renew and refresh. Last week, Friday, I was out of state for the day accompanying my son to a scholarship day at my alma mater where he’s applied. Saturday, I knew I should be catching up at home, but I took off a couple of hours to attend an art show in a nearby town.

Until the world stops spinning, I’ve learned to seek creative ways to cope with the motion of the ride. 

What do you do to unwind? Do you make time for it even when you’re overwhelmed with busyness? Leave your comments below and get your name in the February drawing

A few people have said they’ve had trouble leaving comments. I checked and all of the settings are okay. Just be sure that you select an ID or you use “Anonymous” in the drop-down box for “Comment As” or your comments won’t go through. 

What Would You Do Wednesday- Double

I’ve been swamped with normal life and haven’t been able to keep up on the blog as much as I’d like to. This means, I haven’t done a What Would You Do Wednesday (WWYD) feature in a long time! Today, I’ll make up for it with a double…two items that have me stumped. 

The first is a gift I received from Christmas from a dear friend. It was filled with bit sized chocolates and candy, and now, I’m looking for some ways I might be able to use it in my home. I can think of a few, but I know my wonderful readers will have even better ones!

I’m not even sure what it would be called exactly. It stands 14 inches tall with the glass stopper in place, so it seems large for a decanter of some sort, but is that what it is?  It’s beautiful. So what would you do with it?

The other WWYD feature comes from a T2T reader. She picked up a heap of these scraps of wood from a local manufacturer and sent some to me. They are around 4 inches long and some have holes in them whereas others are just dowels. She wants to know if there is any use for them other than for woodstove kindling.

 Looks like there were going to be handles for something. 

Leave your comments below and tell me what you would do with these. I’ll pick a winning idea next week. No prize, but I’ll gladly link to your blog if you’re the winner.


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