Top 10 Posts from 2013

6
Jan
2014

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Welcome to a new week wonderful ladies!  Is it just me or is everyone looking forward to getting back to a routine?  Oh my goodness…this Christmas break was so long for me!

I thought it would be fun to highlight the 10 Top Posts from 2013, especially since we have a lot of new moms who have discovered The Confident Mom – woo-hoo!  I love that everyone is excited to begin their New Year with a laid out plan to help organize their home management tasks with the Weekly Household Planner.  So far the free household planner has been downloaded over 30,000.  That makes my heart smile big, even with all the technical issues – thank you for your grace!

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1.  Breaking Free from Depression – Naturally

 

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2.  DIY  *Good For You* Body Wash

 

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3.  Four Tips to Better Consistency

 

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4.  Weekly Household Quick Tip – Creating Routines

 

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5.  Answer the Call to Serve

 

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6.  Four Things I Learned from My Dad

 

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7.  The Christian Homemakers Guide

 

 

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8.  My Struggle with Sin

 

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9.  You’re a Good Dog Riley – We Will Miss You!

 

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10.  20 Ways to Take Care of Mom

 

Gain More by Losing the Excess

31
Dec
2013

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I told you that today I was going to talk about taking better care of your body, and like I said yesterday….. it’s not all about losing weight.  Although it seems like that is on almost everyone’s New Years list, I have a real problem with so much focus being on “how much you weigh” and I want to share with you how you might consider changing a few things on how you nurture your body with regard to food choices and having a plan.

A few months ago I shared how I was rather fed up with my body.  I had been struggling with a few extra pounds and just felt out of energy and frustrated.  I know you can relate!  We all experience this at different times.

I was fortunate enough to run across this 30 day PALEO challenge and decided it was time to jump in.  I got a girlfriend of mine onboard to join me, as we both had read how Paleo can really benefit those who struggle to fight different autoimmune conditions, as well as many other benefits.  I did the 30 days, lost 8 pounds and was very happy.   It began a larger journey for me – really thinking more consciously about the food I was putting in my body as well as my family.

If you are looking to make some changes for the New Year, I suggest to make small changes so they can last.  When we try to overhaul in a BIG way, we often fail.  We lose momentum and get discouraged.  I don’t want that for you.

Get a Plan

One of the things that can be hard with changing habits is just developing new habits to take the place of the old ones!  With regard to eating….this is key.  If you know you would like to eat healthier to feel better or to lose some weight, then you have to have a plan.  I hate coming up with my own plans, I can’t wing it.  I just want to be told what to do, what to eat and what exercise to fit into my daily schedule.  One of the things that worked so well for me was following the 30 day Paleo Challenge and then switching to the eMeals Paleo Meal plan – I didn’t have to think about making it all work!

If you are unfamiliar with eMeals they are a site that will give you a weeks menu plan, complete with recipes, grocery shopping list – all done for you.  You can print the information out or have it on their great APP – which is really handy to access anywhere.

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They just released a new 500 calorie meal plan, perfect if you are looking to simply reduce calorie intake.  This meal plan includes a grocery list itemized by section of the store, 7 healthy main dish recipes and sides, and is a simple tool to help you get organized and lose weight in 2014! You can choose to get this meal plan for a family or for 1-2. Each recipe and meal as a whole is broken down with a calorie count to help you track and measure your goals. It’s never been easier – they do all the work for you!  You can join now, and enjoy any plan for 15% off using the code DINNER through January.  You can also change your meal plan too!

Stay Focused

As with any goal you truly have to be focused and committed.  If you are looking to change your eating habits, then make that the focus.  If you can add in some movement each day – do that.  If it is too much to do at the beginning then stick with one area.  If you try to do too much at once, then you will get overwhelmed and quite.  I hear this over and over again from moms…..and I know I struggle with it myself.

So if changing your eating is goal #1, focus there.   If getting your body moving is goal #1, focus there.  Do not stretch yourself thin ladies….have grace with yourself and be realistic.

Each Day is New

This is a biggie – we will fail – every single one of us – we will cheat, eat something we shouldn’t have, but life goes on.  You need to stay committed and realize that each day is new and you do not need to hold onto the mistake you made yesterday.  Begin each day new and feel the power that can come from that.  Give yourself lots of grace, encourage yourself with motivation when you are successful.  Find a buddy who you can share both your success and failures with along the way.  It was such a relief when I could share with my friend that I had cheated and “fell off the wagon” when we were trying to be on the strict 30 day Paleo challenge.

Find Your Weakness

Okay, we all have them – chocolate, salty foods, crunchy things – those items that just call our names when we know we cannot have them!  For me, it is salty chips.  They are my downfall….but you know, if I allow myself to have 4-5 chips when I crave them, I can let the craving go.  It isn’t sitting there haunting me every time I walk into the kitchen.  

What is your weakness?  Maybe this is a bigger issue for you?  If it is, I encourage you to participate in this online book study over at Proverbs 31 ministries where they will be studying Lisa Terkeursts’ ”Made to Crave“.  This might be just the study you need to be set free from issues related to food.

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I pray that whatever your goal is for the New Year that you find encouragement to succeed.  Find a plan, follow a plan and be good to your body.  No one is perfect….so remember that.  Each day is new, so capture the joy in knowing that!

Become a Frugalista — On sale $.99

20
Dec
2013

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My book, Become a Frugalista – Money -Saving Secrets for the Frugal Family Manager  available on kindle is discounted today through Sunday.  If you do not have a copy yet, you will want to get it today – as it is the lowest price!  .  Did you know you can easily gift a kindle book to a friend too?  All you need is their email address!   What a great gift for only $.99 – I’m sure they will appreciate all the money saving tips they will get!

Become a Frugalista — Money-Saving Secrets for the Frugal Family Manager has 30 chapters that are chock full of ways to get more for your hard-earned dollar and do more with your family for less money.

Throughout these 30 chapters, I cover the following topics:

  • Keeping a budget and earning extra money
  • Saving money on entertainment, eating out, and travel
  • Saving money on cooking and grocery shopping
  • Saving money on household expenses
  • Extra saving secrets (additional tips, tricks, and secrets)

Tips, techniques, and systems you’ll learn during your journey to become a frugalista include:

  • How to earn free money
  • Selling items online for extra cash
  • Taking advantage of credit card cash-back programs
  • Purchasing and utilizing gift cards
  • Getting more bang for your buck
  • Double and triple dipping to save more faster
  • Saving money on family vacations
  • Effectively saving with coupons
  • How club memberships can save you money
  • How to save money on health-related items/prescriptions
  • Utilizing websites that can save you money, including links to several sites I personally use or suggest looking into
  • How to cut back on things you must have
  • And many more!

In Become a Frugalista — Money-Saving Secrets for the Frugal Family Manager, I share how these money-saving secrets supported me during my time as a single mother and how they are helping me see one of my long-time dreams come true today. Saving money is never easy, but these techniques worked for me and I believe they can help anyone that puts their mind to becoming a frugalista!

Hop over and get your copy or gift a copy to a friend today!

Don’t have a Kindle – don’t’ worry.  You can download an APP to read on any device!

21 Ways to Use Lavender Oil in Your Home

3
Sep
2013


You discovered the healing power of Lavender oil yesterday – it is amazing stuff.  If you are thinking of venturing into the world of essential oils, Lavender is by far the first oil you should get and begin using.  Obviously it can be used effectively to heal and treat cuts and burns – you got a front row seat on that one!

I do get a lot of questions from those who really want to incorporate oils in their home, both on my facebook page as well as via email.  It can be overwhelming for sure.  I felt that way when I stepped outside my comfort zone of what I knew, which was using prescription and over the counter medication to ‘treat’ my symptoms.  Now, I can treat but also prevent them from even coming about.  My goal is to help make that transition a bit easier for you so you can feel comfortable using essential oils and experience the benefits.

Here is how we use Lavender oil in our home, maybe a few uses will spark your interest too! [Read more...]

Healing Power of Lavender Oil

2
Sep
2013


The use of Lavender oil in your home in nearly endless.  In my opinion, if I could only have one oil to use in my home I would chose a high quality, therapeutic, all-natural Lavender oil.   I would not be without it now!

If you’ve never used essential oils, you’re missing out on a true source of health and wellness for everything in your home, from the people you love, pets who love you to the cleaning supplies you need.

Lavender is a universal oil that has traditionally been known to balance the body and work wherever there is a need.  Not only does it relax, but it adapts to imbalances in the body and can also boost stamina and energy when the body is lacking.  Love using it in Bath Salts!  Lavender is like your fall back oil, when in doubt just dab with Lavender!  It is truly a beginners oil. [Read more...]