Everyday Life & Practical Tips

Celebrate the Little Things – It Brings Great Happiness

Sometimes, little things make me immensely happy. The other day, when I was freezing corn from the garden, I started cutting the kernels off the cobs with a big knife, but then I remembered a tool I had found at a yard sale earlier in the summer. I found a corn cob cutter slicer stripper knife (yah, I know it has a crazy long name) for 25 cents at a garage sale. This was the best 25 cents I’ve ever spent. within 15 minutes, I had a big pail of blanched corn off the cob. The cutter is designed to […]

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Freezer Meals- Does it Work?

Today’s everyday idea focuses on meal planning. Money Saving Mom has regular posts about “freezer cooking” where she makes up several meals worth of something all at once. Have you ever tried this? And did it save you time? I’m curious, because I’ve seen the posts and I’m considering it. Money Saving Mom has pages of info about how she does it, plus she has a bunch of recipes. The busier my schedule gets, the more I’ve realized I need to come up with a better system for meal planning. I know I can’t afford to buy pre-packaged foods. And […]

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Reclaiming Your Computer Time

For today’s practical, everyday idea, I’d like to tell you about some free software I’ve been trying out for the past few weeks. If you have trouble managing your online time, you might be interested in this software. It’s also great for helping kids manage their productivity while using the internet. Rescue Time is free time management software that shows you how you spend your time & provides tools to help you be more productive. I found it when I decided to search for something that would alert me, like a boss, when I spend too much time on something […]

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Life in An Estrogen Free Zone

I’m in the second week of the Beth Moore group Bible study on the book of Esther and it’s all about being a woman. Last night, during our group discussion the topic turned towards raising girls in our society and it got me thinking. That’s because I live in a virtually estrogen free zone, except for that which I supply. Life with three boys/men can get a little lopsided. But as I thought more, I realized that although I’m not raising a daughter, I am raising someone’s husband and someone’s father. My boys will grow up to leave home (hopefully!!), […]

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Swagbucks- A Practical Way to Earn Internet Cash

I Love Swagbucks! I’ll admit, I was a bit skeptical when I first heard of Swagbucks. In fact, I ignored the information for a long time. But recently, I received another invitation to join and I decided to check it out. Turns out, it really does work! I joined just a month ago and I’ve already earned enough points to cash in for $15 in Amazon gift cards. Considering I’m earning those points by doing something I already do on the web, shopping and searching, I think it’s super. And this week, they’ve added even more ways to earn points. […]

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Considering Our Creator

When I Consider Have you ever wondered why the earth wasn’t square and plain like a big box? What if it was more like a giant racquetball court or a gymnasium? Just six boring walls. Imagine a flat and two-dimensional world with little color or variety. No flowers. No trees. No hills or mountains. Could it have been this way? Sure. God could have created anything he wanted. But that isn’t what he did. Sunset at Denver International Airport Instead, he created geography that blows my mind. I’ve flown over the Rocky Mountains at sunset and driven to the top […]

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10 Ways to Be Prepared to Waste Time

Over the past few days, I’ve had several opportunities to waste time. No, I’m not talking about the mindless wasting of time vegging in front of the television. I’m talking about those moments when I’m waiting for someone else. Sometimes it’s a waiting room, and other times it’s when we’re on hold on the telephone. Sometimes I have just 10 minutes between my piano students, which isn’t enough time to start a big project. When I prepare for wasted time, it doesn’t feel as wasted. If you’re looking for practical ways that you can be prepared to waste time constructively, […]

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Your Money God’s Way

Do you need help with your finances from a Biblical perspective? When I began reading “Your Money God’s Way,” I thought it was about time that someone who had been through bad financial decisions and made it out of the pit wrote a book. It seems that so many financial books are written by people who haven’t really been through the experience of their clients. My one concern however, is that author Amie Streater hasn’t been free from her past spending habits for all that long and she’s only been in the financial counseling ministry for four years. Still, her […]

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Fall Window Cleaning Tips

It’s Everyday Tuesday. Well, there are 10 minutes left in Tuesday, so if I type fast, today’s post still counts for Tuesday. I’ve been assigned to do a fall cleaning on a section of windows at my church this week, and so I was researching the best way to clean a window.  Now, you’re probably saying, “Duh! Windex and a roll of paper towels!”  But that seems to leave a lot of streaks and it goes through a lot of paper towels. I once worked for a cleaning service that used crumpled newspaper to dry the windows, so I thought […]

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Edit Your Own Photos and Save $$

For this Tuesday’s everyday idea, I’d like to encourage you to save money and explore home photography. With today’s cameras and the free editing programs available on the internet and via free software, almost anyone can be a better-than-average photographer. I recently read a statistic from a photographer that said the average senior high student spends between $700 and $1200 on senior pictures. I almost choked on the number. For many students, that’s how much they’d spend on their first car, and I know my sons would rather have wheels that an airbrushed photo on the wall. So, with my […]

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