Friday, January 23, 2015

Home Management Binder for 2015


Last year I thought I started off on the right foot but I was too overwhelmed and not very organized.  I was using something that wasn't working for me.  I started researching again and found something that was fun to put together and helped me feel more organized than I have felt in years.  Here's a little video of my Home Management Binder: 

 


If you want to "copy" my idea, go right ahead.  It's not really my idea, but I added a lot of stuff that is "me."  Here are the links to the posts that contain all the printables that I have put in my binder.  Enjoy!


Links:
*Organizing Home Life- a tutorial on the blog showed how to make a notebook
*52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge- Home Storage Solutions 101
*52 Week Money Challenge- This is my personal schedule that I made going from $52 -$1 by December)

Other:  
*Pulling Yourself Together- Clean Mama (I don't see it available at the moment)
*I Used to be so Organized- The Confident Mom

Daily Planner from Homemaker's Friend

I also use this Daily Planner from Homemaker's Friend.  This is my first time using it and I saw it recommended by Club 31 Woman and Christin Slade.

And I'm still using the Mind Organization for Moms Program that I started in May 2014.

All of these combined is making for my year to start off much more smoothly and keep organized.  I hope you can find some things that will work for you!

Blessings, Shonda
 
 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp Book Review


Clutter Free by Kathi Lipp is a unique look at the reasons behind clutter that is in your home. There are 4 parts to the book.  First, uncovering the costs of clutter helps the reader understand why your home is cluttered and the joy of living small with freedom.  "Quite simply, every piece of clutter I give away gets me closer to the life I am designed to live.  One of peace.  One of freedom." (p. 35)  In part two, why we buy stuff, Kathi shares how feelings of fear, shame and guilt burden us and cause us to make those poor decisions over and over, yet she gives some practical solutions to help you shift your thinking so you can make better choices for the future.  The largest section of the book is part three, why we keep our stuff.  Kathi gets deep down to the root of why stuff is still in our homes and guides the reader to think critically about this big problem that haunts us wherever we look in our homes.  Here are some of the common excuses: but someone gave it to me, I need this "just in case," I'll put it here for now, and but I spent so much money on it.  These truly bog us down, but the solution comes in part four where Kathi gives a doable plan in a practical way to get rid of our stuff!

This book is one of the best books that has helped me actually get rid of stuff that has been lurking in my home for years!  Kathi gives some very humorous, but true examples of how clutter can overtake your life.  She asks great questions and really got me thinking about why I keep decluttering the same things over and over.  I expected to have a step by step process as I've seen in other books about how to declutter each room, but Kathi gave me so many more tools that has helped me give up things that I've been hanging on to for emotional and psychological reasons.  I feel like I have been drowning in clutter and the past few weeks I've taken out bags of garbage that I keep for "just in case."  I've recycled so much paper and packed up several boxes for Goodwill.  And I feel great!!  The heart behind her book is not just to get rid of clutter, but to enjoy what you already have.  I just made a list of what is most important to me and clutter is not on there.  I'm ready to strip this house and make it a place of peace and freedom.  How about you?

Join Kathi's 21 Day Clutter Free Challenge
Check out the Clutter Free Facebook page.
Listen to Kathi's podcast on So Here's the Thing- Let's be Clutter Free in 2015!


*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Friday, January 9, 2015

Under the Silk Hibiscus by Alice J. Wisler Book Review

 
 

Under the Silk Hibiscus (Historical Fiction) by Alice J. Wisler is novel set at the start of WWII after Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and all Japanese-Americans were  relocated to internment camps for the duration of the war.  Heart Mountain, Wyoming is where Nathan and his family are sent to from California.  The father was taken away to a different camp and was only able to send a few letters to his family.  Nathan Mori was the middle son, a teenager,  who was devoted to his pregnant mother, protected his younger brother, battled back and forth with his testy aunt Kazuko and wondered why his older brother could charm all the girls.  But Nathan was the most responsible and when his mother died after delivering her daughter, Nathan felt that he was the one who should care for the family in the absence of his father.  The prized heirloom, a watch hidden in the silk hibiscus in his mother's suitcase, is stolen and Nathan is distraught.  He goes to great lengths to find it and get it back which lands him in the interment camp prison.  Nathan wants truth and justice and instead he is fighting to stay alive and protect his family. His one bright hope is Lucy who has the voice of an angel, but she leaves camp without a goodbye and when Nathan's family returns to San Jose he longs to find her once again. 

This story was full of raw and quiet emotion.  It is told from the perspective of teenage boy who longs to be the strong anchor for his family, but continues to be discouraged when he fails in keeping the family heirloom safe.  When his family returns to San Jose and his father comes back nothing is the same.  Nathan works hard to provide for the family and many surprising gifts are given to him along the journey.  This is story of loss, betrayal, hope, freedom and love.  It gives a grim look at the time in history when Japanese-Americans were treated poorly and left with nothing.  Alice writes with heart and gives her characters depth and she also shares a real portrayal of what a family might have experienced at that time. 

Visit Alice J. Wisler's blog and read the first chapter in Under the Silk Hibiscus.

*I received a complimentary copy of the pdf of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rumors of War DVD Review



Rumors of War follows a young journalist who refuses to get the "chip" that people in the End Times are embedding in their skin.  She begins to see how all prophecies she has been studying are coming true.  She is on the run but leaves behind a journal that is picked up by an agent for the One World Government  years later who ends up realizing the Truth and joins others who are following the Truth. 
 
This movie was a series of flashbacks between Roxy, the young journalist, and Agent Shaw of the One World Government who finds her journal years later.  The events and characters seem real and scary!  It was a little hard to follow the flashbacks, but it was interesting to see how some of the characters changed their beliefs from the beginning to the end of the movie.
 
*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.*
 
Press Release:
In the post apocalyptic future, Agent Shaw (Ben Davies, Courageous) works for the only surviving government working to bring order to a world full of decay and violence.  Shaw offers little mercy to those that would stand in the way of the government’s edict, that everyone submit to an implanted chip that tracks their movements and purchases.    He is certain that those “zealots” that would put their belief in God ahead of the beliefs of society, could lead the world back on the road toward destruction.   The zealots need to be eliminated.   But his faith was challenged when he found a small book in the rubble near one of the “rebel” encampments- the diary of young college student named Roxy (Jennifer Cooper), who was at the epicentre  of the chip’s creation years before.  She was a young aspiring journalism major whose life took a dark turn when she began researching Mr. Zurn (Eric Roberts, The Dark Knight), the man behind this implanted chip. 

 
Rumors of Wars is a a suspenseful, action packed film that centers around two converging stories- the “last days” of our present and the final days of our future.  Written and Directed by Paul Tomborello, and starring Ben Davies, Jennifer Cooper, and Eric Roberts, the DVD comes to stores November 11th.  For more information or to see the trailer go to rumorsofwarsmovie.com.
 
 
*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.*

When Calls the Heart- Rules of Engagement DVD Review

 
 
 


When Calls the Heart: Rules of Engagement DVD is a show stopper with some unexpected twists and turns.  As Jack returns to Coal Valley, he is greeted not only by Elizabeth, but by his former fiancĂ©e who arrives via stagecoach and drapes herself on Jack who is taken by surprise.  Elizabeth is dumbfounded and feels awkward and foolish around Jack and Rosemary.    As Jack tries to balance the two women that are in his life, he also continues to investigate the mine explosion.  Bill Avery, a former Mountie,  is hired to come in and make a thorough search of the area to make a case against the owner.  He enlists Abigail's help and they begin a close friendship as well.  Elizabeth is given an opportunity to pursue a more lucrative position, but feels torn for her feelings for Jack and the job that she has come to love.  Things heat up between for Jack as he decides between Rosemary and Elizabeth and the owner of the mine takes bold steps to prevent any further investigation into the explosion.  Who will Jack choose and will the town be able to be settled and move forward with hope from this mine disaster?
 
I was very intrigued with the new characters that came into this movie.  I felt that Elizabeth handled herself very well despite the charming Miss Rosemary who seemed to have a sharp tongue and prideful demeanor.  Jack seemed to know what his heart was telling him, but couldn't find a way to please both women.  It was also fun to see Abigail enjoy company with a man who also became a hero to her.  This movie had some great moments and a special surprise at the end!   

*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for review.   All opinions are my own.*

Monday, December 1, 2014

Homemaking 201 DVD Review (and SALE!)


 

Homemaking 201 is the next in the series of DVD's for homemakers from Family Vision Films.  Jennifer Ross and her family have a very welcoming home and a refreshing perspective of motherhood as being a servant of God.  Bible verses, quotes, poems and articles of encouragement are shared throughout the hour of this film.  I love the many ways that Jennifer not only ministers to her family, but also teaches and trains in the process.  She shares many ideas for saving money by making baby wipes, homemade dryer sheets, organizing recipes and creating a homemaking binder.   She sets up many simple resources that allow her day to go smoothly like a hospitality basket, chore chart, homeschool baskets and maintaining home tools like vacuums.  She shares some easy recipes and shows how to properly wear an apron (the "uniform" for a homemaker).  My favorite part was seeing how a focused and unfocused day is like.  I identified in both areas and I know that a mother who is focused pleases the Lord in her daily life.  This DVD gives instruction and vision for a homemaker who seeks to glorify the Lord.   You will be blessed and encouraged to be a more focused and humble homemaker as well as gain some valuable skills and tips for your motherhood journey. 


For more information on:
*Homemaking 201
*Joyful Aprons- handmade by Jennifer


Be sure to order this week (by December 5) to get the SALE for the Homemaking 201 and 101 DVD's.  These would make great gifts for a new mother, sister, or friend.



If you enjoyed Homemaking 101 from Jennifer Ross and her family, you are in for a treat.  Homemaking 201 is here! Join Jennifer and her large family as they share more!
 
In this video we cover:Homemaking 201 DVD cover
  • Ministering to your family
  • Household maintenance
  • Homemade products
  • Preparing for guests
  • Organization
  • Chores and projects for children
  • Cleaning outside your home
  • Adjusting any apron for a perfect fit
  • An unfocused day vs. a focused day
  • Easy dinner recipe
  • Creating a Homemaking Binder
  • Home decorating
  • and more!
     
    Homemaking 201 on SALE for $12.95
    Homemaking 101 on SALE for $10.95
     
    SALE ends December 5!
    Click HERE to order!
     
    *I am an affiliate for this company.  Thank you for your support.*

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Homemaking 201 is finally here and on SALE!!


 
If you enjoyed Homemaking 101 from Jennifer Ross and her family, you are in for a treat.  Homemaking 201 is here! Join Jennifer and her large family as they share more!
 
In this video we cover:Homemaking 201 DVD cover
  • Ministering to your family
  • Household maintenance
  • Homemade products
  • Preparing for guests
  • Organization
  • Chores and projects for children
  • Cleaning outside your home
  • Adjusting any apron for a perfect fit
  • An unfocused day vs. a focused day
  • Easy dinner recipe
  • Creating a Homemaking Binder
  • Home decorating
  • and more!


    Order before November 28 to get the sale price of $12.95.  Homemaking 101 is also on sale too!

    Click HERE to order!