Everyday Life & Practical Tips

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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Everyday Living-Indoor Kid Fun

It’s been hot where I live, and it’s unbearably humid. The heat and humidity also contribute to conditions that make the weather unpredictable and a thunder storm can move in at any time. This also means it has been a summer of moms desperate for some way to occupy their kids without spending tons of cash. Most days, it’s been too hot to be outside, or too rainy to tolerate. If you don’t live anywhere near a pool or a lake and you have children or grandchildren who have whined, “I’m bored,” in the last few days, here is some […]

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Everday Ideas

For this week’s Tuesday everyday idea, I’d like to introduce you to a magazine that I enjoy. Real Simple magazine features easy everyday ideas in every issue, reader feedback, coupons, decorating and food features, and lots more. You’ll find many helpful ideas on the Real Simple website too. Each month, the magazine features ideas from readers and it just so happens that this month, one of my ideas was chosen for the magazine. You’ll find a link to the online version of my response at this link. The “Your Words” feature for this month asked if you had a free […]

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What’s Eating You?

I’m not exactly sure when it fell, but when I awoke on Easter Sunday, there was a large tree on our storage shed. Perhaps it had fallen during the night. Or maybe it had been while we were visiting family the day before. The stump caught my attention first. Three feet of jagged wood pointed skyward where the tall shade tree used to stand. I did a double take and assessed the scene. Like a tall man on a sofa too small for his stature, the bulk of the tree rested partially on the shed roof with the rest spilling […]

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Lightning, God’s Fireworks Display

The other night, we had quite the lightning show in the sky. As the storm rolled in, my son and I stood on the porch watching the flashes and streaks in the sky. It was amazing! I got out my camera and shot over 50 pictures, but the flashes were so fast that I was able to capture only three streaks of lightning.  It was like watching the fireworks on the 4th of July, but these weren’t set off with a torch on a heap of gunpowder. These were natural. Unpredictable, Powerful. It reminded me that God’s power isn’t defined […]

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Faux Finished Faith?

This past week, I tackled a big project on my to-do list and refinished several pieces of furniture with a faux finish. Using paints and glaze, I turned dated pine cabinets into something that looks, well, older. Sounds weird, huh? My “update” was rather ironic, but I love furniture that looks weathered and aged. See the makeover project here. My cabinets had a dramatic change. I hope it looks like vintage furniture aged to perfection. But I know you aren’t fooled. Underneath, it is still cheap pine furniture. It’s a fake (faux) version of the real thing. And guess what? […]

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Where is the Boss? And Why Isn’t She Fired Yet?

Administrative Meltdown If somebody would put away these papers on my desk, my office would be much easier to work in. If somebody would answer the phone and respond to e-mails, I’d have more time for what I need to do. If somebody would pay my bills and update my day-planner, I’d feel much more on top of things. Unfortunately, I’m the somebody who does these things. Have you ever felt like you were the victim of your own administrative problems? Some days, I feel like this. Cartoon by Dave Walker. Find more cartoons you can freely re-use on your […]

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The House that Cleans Itself

Spring Cleaning Help Does your house clean itself? Mine doesn’t. I hate cleaning house. Well, it isn’t that I really hate the actual cleaning part, but I hate that it gets dirty again so quickly. For example, recently I spent a good part of a day cleaning, doing laundry, and baking. Then my two boys arrived home from school along with three teen boy friends. Within thirty minutes, there were shoes by the back door, crumbs on the floor and the Better Homes and Gardens scene was over. Worse than keeping a house clean is keeping it organized. I consider […]

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Do You Have a Clutter Problem?

Breaking the Clutter Habit If you had thirty minutes notice for unexpected company, how ready would your home be?  Would you have to conceal an embarrassing amount of clutter? I’m familiar with the mad clutter dash. I sweep the papers from the dining table into a laundry basket and stash it in any of four or five hiding places I would rather not reveal to my readers just in case any of you might be future house guests of mine.  Several days later when it’s time to pay the electric bill, I spread all the papers back out on the […]

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Everyday Life- Includes H1N1

My goal on Faith Creativity Life is to talk about the things that affect us in all areas of life. One of my “dots” is my bachelor of science in nursing, so sometimes I put on my nurse hat. I care about health issues and how they affect the people around me. Since this is one of those everyday life dots that affects so many of us right now, I wanted to pass along to you a note that I wrote this week for my facebook friends. It deviates from my usual posts, but right now, this message matters more […]

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