Our Summer Schedule and a Summer Kit Giveaway!

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Yesterday, I shared our family’s summer theme verse, Colossians 3:17.  It fits well with our summer schedule, now getting underway . . . at the end of June! This summer, we are following a hybrid of two summer schedule ideas.  I am using the model we implemented two summers ago from FlyLady; our camp is simply called Wiley Family Camp.  We use camp terms like kapers (for chores), mess hall (for the kitchen/dining area), and bunks (for beds). FlyLady uses[Read more]

Friday Reflections: A Fun, Frugal Birthday Party and Our Summer Theme Verse

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s what has been going on in my world this week. Is it really the end of June?  I feel like I’m just starting to get my bearings with the summer schedule, and one-third of summer has already passed!  I am realizing that I can’t put off summer until I get this or that out of the way.  Busy weeks with camps and birthday parties and work coming due are all part of[Read more]

8 Ways to Make Money from Home, Part 4

This is the last in a four-part series on making money from home.  If you are just joining us, please head back and read parts one, two, and three.  Today, we are deviating a bit from work “at home” to work outside the home that may accommodate the family schedule. 7.  Some jobs are kid-friendly, meaning you can do them with your children in tow.  Options like newspaper delivery, school bus driver, and mystery shopper all come to mind.  I[Read more]

8 Ways to Make Money from Home, Part 3

Welcome back to our four-part series on how to make money from home.  In week one, we explored the idea of time as a commodity and different online sales opportunities.  Last week, we took a look at rummage sales and online survey sites.  Today, we will delve into the myriad services one can provide from the comfort of one’s home and the pros and cons of home sales shows (through companies like Pampered Chef). 5.  Sell a service.  Immediately, I[Read more]

God’s Covenant and Call for Our Lives

This morning, I had a rich experience of worship that began at the gym as I read a chapter from R.C. Sproul’s book, The Promises of God: Discovering the One Who Keeps His Word, while walking on the treadmill.  He spoke of the covenant of redemption agreed upon by the Trinity before the world came into existence and of Jesus’ active and passive obedience in fulfilling that covenant.  Here is an excerpt: We believe there was a covenant made among[Read more]

Friday Reflections: A Closer Look at My Life

When I’m not blogging, life is happening.  Here’s some of what’s been going on in my world this week: School’s Out  It was the first, full week off school for my two boys.  Since public schools in our area only got out today, I let this be a freebie week.  I have a summer schedule written down, but I set it aside so we could putz around, go to Goodwill, play at the park, and enjoy the warm weather, which[Read more]

8 Ways to Make Money from Home, Part 2

This is the second in a four-part series running each Thursday in June.   Last Thursday, we looked at using our time wisely to conserve and generate income, as well as selling items on-line.  Today, we are exploring the pros and cons of rummage sales and on-line survey sites. 3.  Holding a rummage sale.  Ahhh, rummage sales.  I love going to them, and I love the idea of having them.  But, in reality, neither ultimately does me much good.  Oh[Read more]

8 Ways to Make Money from Home, Part 1

For those of us that are not in a position to make money outside of the home, I have compiled a list- by no means comprehensive- to add a little extra income to the budget by working from home.  Each Thursday in June, I will cover two of the eight ideas.  Today, we will talk about time as a commodity and on-line sales. 1.  “Time is money.” Sometimes, making money is an abstract concept.  My husband says I am making[Read more]

Four Steps to a Successful Tomorrow

Day after day after day.  They all seem to roll together, like endless, crashing waves upon the surface of our lives.  How do we live with intention when we don’t take time to reflect on the past and prepare for the future?  What went right?  What was left undone?  What am I trying to do with my life?  How do I make it happen?  Today, as we wrap up our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients, let’s put some steps in[Read more]

Three Steps to Healthy Eating

Welcome back to our series on Life’s Essential Ingredients.  We have covered Workouts and Worship, Homeschooling, and Writing 500 Words Daily.  Today, we are looking at how to plan and prepare healthy meals.5. Plan and Prepare Healthy Meals. Two years ago, I watched the documentary “Forks Over Knives,” and it has forever changed the way I view food. Immediately, I gave up meat, dairy and sugar.  It was a hard week, but I was determined never to go back to[Read more]