Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baking With Kids!

Love Baking

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Faith and Knowledge

In an attempt to understand Christianity better, I began studying my religion’s Jewish roots.  The results surprised me.  Instead of finding answers, I found more questions-- I knew so little!.  Below are just a few of the surprises I came across.  Before I divulge my answers, I thought I’d invite readers to try a hand.  Opinions and research are all welcome.  What do you think:
Is the Old Testament the Jewish ‘Bible’?
Who/what is ha Satan?

According to Jewish faith who tempts man?

Who/what was Lucifer?  From what language is the word derived?

How could both Satan and Jesus be the Morning Star?

What is the Valley of Hinnom (Hinnom Valley)?  How does it relate to Jesus’ time?
What is Gehanna (Gehinnom)?

Are Hades and Hell the same place?

Did Israel believe in eternal punishment?

Did Jesus believe in original sin? 

Does the New Testament contain any political/satirical references?

What is the canon? 

When were the books of the Bible compiled as one? And how were the books chosen? How many books are in the Bible?

Have any questions to add?  Let me know in the comment section.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wake Up and Smell the Sexting, Parents! by Kristen Thompson-Riley

If everyone on this planet had the same interests and same capabilities our progress would be very limited. It is our differences that provide value.  It is our interests that provide the drive.

Know anyone driven by a hobby?  Someone who spends their evening tinkering in the garage? Or the weekend chasing deals at flea markets?

What about you? What's your passion?  If you don't know what drives you, it's time to find out.  If you already know what you love, find out how you can make money doing it.  In the next few days I'll be adding posts to help you find a career niche.

Determine Your Passion
Step One: Start with a "Passion" List
-What hobbies/activities really get you excited?
-Write down all the things you enjoy doing on your free time
-Write down all the things you wish you could do or have always wanted to do
-Write down the "activities" you would do if you had a free weekend all to yourself.  (Note the word activity.  Sleeping does not count!)
-Try this link for hobby ideas

Step Two: Evaluate your Passion List
-Circle any repetitive or similar answers
-Put these items in order by preference or enjoyment level
-Consider your top choices.   These should reflect your current interests.  If you don't feel comfortable with the results, search the web for more ideas.
-Whittle down your Passion List to the top five, or better yet, the top two favorites.
-But DON'T delete your other entries.  Dream jobs often combine several passions and hobbies.

Step Three: Consider what you currently think your dream job would be
-What do you think your job dream is and why?
-If you need some dream job ideas check out tomorrow's Career blog

Step Four: Evaluate your dream jobs (try to choose less than four jobs)
-How do your dream jobs match any of the favorites on your passion list?
-Did you choose your dream jobs for the money potential?  Did you choose them because you've heard others describe them as exciting?   Or did you select these jobs because they truly fit your interest level?   Remember, just because someone else has found the "perfect" job, doesn't mean you'll find it perfect for you.
-If you feel any of these dream jobs fit your personality add them to your Passion List

Step Five:  Consider your Passion List for a few days
-Add or remove any items you feel is necessary, or change the order of the top listings
-If you haven't already done so, whittle your list down to the top two

Step Six: Determining your skills
-Make a list of all the skills you have (include hands-on learning, actual training, education and experience) that relates to your Passion List
-Make a list of all the skills you have that relate to business or could be considered useful.   Examples include: sales experience, organizational skills, people skills, writing, seminar training, phone skills.   Also consider any additional skills you are good at, particularly if you enjoy them.  Examples include: bargain shopping, internet research, texting skills, etc.

Step Seven: Creative Thinking
-This step is the most critical and the most exciting part of the whole process.   If you're ready for this stage check out Creative Thinking in the Career section.


Amazing & Affordable Prom Dresses by Susie Jackson

I love this dress!


Reprinted with permission
I have a teen who has longed for the day she attends a prom or dance. She thinks that is going to be the it moment of her life! She is excited about formal dresses! She can't get enough of looking at them and dreaming. I can't blame her they are fun to look at but a lot of times when I see the price I gasp with disbelief in shock.

You know what I mean moms?! But recently, she saw with me the
DressFirst.com web site and fell in love. As a mom I have always since she was young, taught her how to be a lady and be modest. I love the dresses they provide at DressFirst.com because they are so pretty yet cover up! These dresses are dreamy and they offer a grand selection! I think one reason girls love dresses like this and long for the events they can wear them to is because it makes them for one night feel like a true princess. But we know they all truly are anyways! Right moms!

Now what's great about these
prom dresses is that you can wear them to other events besides the prom. You can wear them for formals,dances,balls or other special events. They even offer wedding,cocktail,bridesmaid & evening gowns. They provide discount prom dresses for any budget. Right now for a limited time they are even offering free shipping, now how can you beat that. The web site is easy to use and understand. Now I am not afraid of the price when my teen finds her prom dress when that day comes! Here below of some samples of some of my personal favorites. Aren't they gorgeous dresses! I love the colors and cuts. Simple & elegant. They do offer more flashy if that is your flare too! 

Visit Susie at her blog: Homemaker-Mom.Blog.  Susie reviews products with her 'Homemaker Seal Of Approval'. She also shares frugal tips and her homemaking journey.
Please note, views/photos in this article were made available by the guest blogger.   The owner of
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  Please contact Renew if you believe any violations (including copyright) have occurred. 


The Season of Romance Wasteland by Sherry Daniels

7-year-old: “Mom, what is sex?”

Mom (thinking back through the last seven years, and finally, shrugging): “I have NO idea.”

By Sherry Daniels, Ascend Counseling

Do any of these confessions sound familiar?

‘I can’t remember the last time we went on a date.’  
‘My husband and I seem more like roommates than a married couple.’
 ‘When I look at our bed, I don’t think ‘sex’, I think ‘how many more hours left before my head hits that pillow.’”

So here you are, with newly found time and energy, wondering how to reignite the spark you and your husband shared in the beginning.   Awesome!   Now what? 

PLAY TOGETHER:  Literally.  Go out and have fun!  What were some of your favorite activities when you were dating?  Perhaps:

v  Snow skiing, sledding

v  Hiking nature trails

v  Visiting flea markets

v  Bike rides

v  Competitive sports

v  People watching, bird watching

v  Fishing

v  Fly kites

v  Explore a city you haven’t been to

v  Go bowling, dancing, roller skating, golf

v  Go on a picnic

You get the idea. Couples tend to get so serious about the business of being grown-ups that they forget to play together.  Make a list together and plan weekly dates.  (Even if getting out on a date is difficult, you can still make connection dates in your own home by committing to a time with each other.   Turn off the phones and TV, grab your favorite beverage, find a quiet spot and let the kids know that they cannot interrupt unless it requires speed-dialing 9-1-1.) For more dating ideas, see 58 Years.

PEN HIM IN: Make a date for sex--no cancellations, no excuses.  This may sound a little anti-romantic but the planning and anticipation is actually very romantic and very exciting.      Give your husband little reminders that you are looking forward to your date.   

v  Sext him

v  Leave love notes

v  Take a selfie (self-photo) for him only

v  Send him flowers

v  Start a love story, adding a paragraph and passing it back and forth

NO WORRIES:  Please don’t let insecurity about post-baby changes in your body keep you from intimacy.  Over and over again, I hear the same refrain from men: Sensuality and sexuality have nothing to do with the perfect body.  Looking sexy comes from within, an aura of desire, confidence and making your partner feel like the sexy one.     Want to feel more sensual/make your partner feel sexy? 

v  Flirt (flit your hair, bat an eye, whisper in his ear)

v  Wear something sexy

v  Wear nothing at all

v  Dance for him

v  Play truth or dare

v  Go parking

v  30 second kisses and hugs

v  Massages, foot rubs

v  Feed each other, make a rule you can’t feed yourself.  Try it in bed.

v  Act out a fantasy

START OVER:  When we are young, sex is great with little or no thought, but as we age, sex changes.  This is a two way street because men’s testosterone level begins to drop starting in their early 30’s.    The changes can become a great equalizer as men naturally take more time in the bedroom.  So talk about sex from a fresh perspective.  Be silly.   Be sexy.  Be wild.  Experiment.

GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER ALL OVER AGAIN:  I know, we are parents.  Parents talk about kids.   And money.  And job security.  And household chores.   But is that really all there is to life?  (If you’re stilling trying to answer this question, the correct answer is a definitive: no!)   When was the last time you really gave each other time to hear your deepest stressors, longings and dreams?  Having an intimate conversation—now, that’s romantic.     Topic ideas:

v  Newest fantasy

v  Bucket list

v  Strangest dream

v  Dream vacation

v  Answer this: I never… (or) I always wanted to….

v  Describe a perfect day

v  What do you like most/least about yourself

v  A powerful childhood memory

v  Deepest worries/greatest satisfaction

v  Secret ambitions


Sherry Daniels is a Licensed Professional Counselor providing individual, couples and family therapy since 1994.  She serves a broad spectrum of clients at her private practice in Fenton, Michigan.    Her passion is working with couples and families.   She states: "It is possible to repair the problems that develop in a relationship. I break each problem into solvable steps. I help you sharpen the skills you have and develop the tools you need for a loving, enduring relationship."
     Sherry is an interactive, solution-focused therapist.   Her approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges.   She integrates methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client with an attitude of compassion and understanding.
She actively updates her skills and knowledge base with ongoing training including John Gottman Relationship Training.     Ascend Counseling Services

Monday, January 13, 2014

Essential Oils--The Top Five from "Oily Mom" aka Patti Dolan

Hello!   I am Patti Dolan, a busy mom of two boys, happily married to a wonderful husband.  I am a registered nurse and a Christian yoga instructor. I'm known as the "Oily Mom" because I'm also a  Young Living Essential Oils Independent Distributor. 

Essential oils are the essence from plants, flowers, trees, roots and seeds. Used since Biblical times, they're known for their life-enhancing, healing properties. 

I am going to share with you my FIVE favorite oils that I use for my family --these five oils have literally replace my medicine cabinet!

#1! Peppermint: I use this topically, to cool fevers (placed on temples, nape of neck, and feet). We also drink a drop of peppermint in a glass of water to relieve tummy aches!

#2! Thieves:  This is a blend of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary.  My boys have this rubbed on their feet every night at bedtime for immunity protection.  We diffuse Thieves in our house in the winter and also add it to our water.  There is also a huge line of Thieves household cleaning products and personal care items (such as toothpaste).

#3!  Lavender:  I begin diffusing  lavender an hour before bedtime in each of our bedrooms to promote a relaxing environment for sleep.  (LOVE the diffuser, because it will turn off a few hours later on its own after we are all in dreamland.)  Lavender provides itch-relief from bug bites and if applied quickly, can help keep a burn from blistering.

#4!  Lemon:  Each morning, before I put anything else in my system, I drink a large glass of water with 1 or 2 drops of lemon.  Why?  Our bodies are generally acidic.   This drop of lemon in water helps alkalinize our body.  Research has shown that cancer cells can develop and grow more rapidly in an acidic environment.

#5!  Panaway:  This is a blend of wintergreen, helichrysum, clove and peppermint.  I use this for everyday muscle aches, pains, or headaches.  Soothing and cooling - Love, Love, Love it!!!
Well, these are my favorites in a nutshell. There are literally hundreds more available. 
From time to time Patti receives a $20 voucher.  If you're interested or you'd like more information on essential oils and Young Living, email Patti: at dpsad95@gmail.com. Check out her Facebook page.
(Please note, the publisher of this blog receives no compensation from this product.)

God Bless!!!


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

What New Year's Eve Meant To Me

While everyone else was partying, singing and pretending they were going to make improvements come the New Year, I was far too lame. 
For whatever reason, New Year's Eve hasn't been a favorite holiday since my twenties.   I'm not terribly interested in waking up with a hangover, nor driving on streets after midnight.   Loud and half-naked rock stars annoy me.  So do overcrowded (and overpriced) bars.  Again, I'm lame.
I prefer having my kids with me anyway. And so far, they're not quite ready to ditch me on New Year's yet.   So, I thought I'd own up to what I was really thinking on New Year's Eve during the countdown.
Finally, bedtime!

58 years

In remembrance of my parents 1st Heavenly Anniversary, I decided to make a list of all the great date nights my husband and I should plan.    

Then I decided to ditch the dream date list for activities we might actually get around to.   Not only are these ideas affordable, they also provide a lot more intimacy than any loud night on the town.   In fact, if I can remember WAYYYY back to our first year together (when we were both incredibly romantic and incredibly poor), the best dates we had were the simple ones.    Here are some of my ideas:

Got Ideas?   Add them below.

Feeling Emotional? Show it!

Dr. Lauri Nummenmaa,
Aalto University School of Science


As an emotional person, I found the following article "Study Finds Emotions Can Be Mapped to the Body" (by @ Shannon Firth), fascinating.
The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences, was conducted by Finnish researchers in an attempt to determine if emotions cause universal physical reactions.  (A simplistic example: Do most people feel "butterflies in their stomach" when they are nervous?)
The study included 701 participants.   Using words, stories, movies, and expressions to illicit emotions, the participants were then asked to highlight their physical sensations on two human -shaped silhouettes. (Note: the sensations were based on a participants' "perceived physical reaction" and were not monitored or confirmed medically.) One silhouette was to be used to depict increasing sensations, the other to depict decreasing sensations.   Body parts colored red indicated the most intense sensations, yellow were strong, blue meant dulled sensations, black equated to absent sensation.  
Emotions Mapped:


Visit Emotions Mapped to see the results.
Find Actual Study Here
Feeling Emotional?   Click here for Middle-Stage Mom's version: