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When my hubby saw me reading I Dare You to Change he groaned and said, “Oh NO! You’re reading a self help book??!!” I had to laugh because when I opened the package and saw Pastor Bill’s smiling face and finger pointing at me I wondered if maybe I was about to read one. I’m not much one for fluffy, feel goody, “oh you’re such a wonderful person–Yey you” type of books.
Thankfully I Dare You to Change is not a self help book–it’s so much more! As KJ 52 says, “I’ve got Jesus–I don’t need Dr. Phil!” that’s what this book made me think of. I would describe it as Max Lucado meets John Maxwell. It follows the story of Gideon but brings it to life and makes it applicable to our life today–I think that was my very favorite aspect of the book. I loved re-hearing the story from beginning to end and realizing that once again God chose “the least” that humanity had to offer and made it His very best. I also always love realizing how flawed and messed up the people in the Bible are-as weird as that might sound. To me that assures us of it’s truth–if it were a work of fiction all the heroes and “mighty men of God” would be just that–not people who sin, defeat sin, then fall back into sin again. It shows me that there is hope for everyone of us! I also love that the plan of salvation is clearly and accurately represented in the book.
The book is also filled with great leadership ideas, quotes, and plans. It encourages you to really make the changes you need to in your life–no matter what area those changes might be in. I found it to be inspiring and challenging. Although there aren’t any huge changes I feel that I need to make in my life there are many smaller areas that need tackling–like my path to lose my baby weight. This book helped me remember that it’s the little steps daily that add up to the big ones.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone–in fact I already did at the Women’s Bible Study I go to and am planning on loaning my copy to a friend there after I talk my hubby into reading it-once I convince him it’s not a self help book 😉
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I’m so excited about Christmas shopping for Amber this year now that she’s actually old enough to get really excited about Christmas. Every morning when she’s comes out in to the front room she yells, “Momma! Momma a Christmas tree!!! It’s beautiful is it!!” It’s so cute, lol 😀
So I’ve been seeing Melissa and Doug toys everywhere around here and loved how they looked 😀 (I really wanted to do a review of them too but they only work with the mega big bloggers–boo, lol–I would hold that against them but their stuff looks really awesome so I guess I won’t) I get My Litter emails (one of only 2 blogs I email subscribe too–looooooove her stuff!!!!) and she mentioned that Amazon had them for 1/2 off yesterday–woo hoo! This is what I got Amber:
I’m so excited! 😀 Also with Amazon Mom I get free 2 day shipping!!! If you haven’t signed up for that yet–do it now!! You get a few free months of Amazon Prime (that’s where you get the free 2 day shipping) and it’s totally free and catch free to sign up. I’ve been using it tons! Plus you get all kinds of good discounts on baby stuff when you sign up. Yesterday I was able to get 2 big packs of Huggies overnight diapers for $15! 🙂
I normally don’t share the deals I find but I was thinking that since I love it when other bloggers do I should probably start sharing how I save lotsa bucks too 😀 Would you like more posts from me on frugal living and good deals??? I don’t want to waste my time or yours but if you’d find them useful I’d be happy to share my tips and tricks!
In addition to loving all the wonderful decorations of Christmas I also love all of the wonderful stories it brings! The past few years I’ve been slowly buying my old favorites along with new favorites to add to our collection for Amber & Tyler. Little Star will definitely fall into the second category! It is the story about the Star of Bethlehem I love how it shows that even little “insignificant” people (or stars) can make a huge difference and change the world (something any child will instantly relate to) I love the way it is almost a type of Christ in how the little star ends up sacrificing himself for others but will always live on. I actually gave it as a present to my brother for his daughter for Christmas and he told me later that it made him tear up! It was a very touching, sweet story that I know my children will enjoy many times over in the years to come!!
Be sure to read the Amazon Reviews as well–so far it has 4 stars and 138 reviews!
I love this little article! We have several reusable bags that I let Amber play with and help to haul around our stuff in–my favorite line is the compulsive pack mule–boy do I feel like one of those every day! Haha!
One of the unexpected joys of motherhood is becoming a professional obsessive/compulsive pack mule. While admittedly good training for weightlifting and marathon running this is very much an optional experience. The fact is that the little bundle of joy doesn’t have to be a little bundle of NASA-like logistics as well. Help is at hand. The humble green shopping bags have thousands of uses.
The shopping bag, humanity’s second best friend
The first thing anyone noticed when the green bags came on the market was that they tended to accumulate around the home. Whole rooms could disappear. It was then noticed that they’re actually even more useful for organizing than they are for shopping.
Everything, eventually, winds up in a little green bag. People may eventually decide to reduce risk in the property market and live in them, but until that happens, they’re the best thing to happen to storage and managing moves since carry handles. The bags provide good insulation, they’re light, and they’re good shock absorbers in cars.
Freezer bags are particularly good for electronics and anything temperature sensitive. Baby food can be kept under control, and the freezer bags zip up for good hygiene, as well. (Spraying some fresh smelling disinfectant in a freezer bag is a good deodorizer. May not suppress everything that needs suppressing, but what does?)
A subspecies of the green bags are the new types of promotional bags, similar in construction to the little green bags, but often bigger. These bags are able to carry those interestingly bulky and entirely uncontrollable monstrosities that babies seem to acquire. They can work as blanket bags, spares bags, and carry some of Mum’s stuff as well.
If you’re at the toddler stage, the extra clothes, shoes, mobile laundry and excavation stuff can also be accommodated in bags. This is a godsend, removing the “unpack everything every time something happens” effect and even allowing space in back seats and car boots. It also counteracts both the need and the desire to clean the entire surrounding area when you unload the car.
Toys can also be stored efficiently, and your own treasure hunts can be cut down by several hours a day. Teddy, the plastic duck and that strange creature which is now the favorite playmate don’t go missing in action, and the related noise levels drop by several hundred decibels.
Organizing the bags
The bags are easy to use as a working system:
• Green bags: Anything dry, keeps everything separate and you just tie the handles.
• Freezer bags: Great for wet things, and good for quarantining those various events after you’ve cleaned up.
• Promotional bags: Very good for bulky things, and good as toy bags, because they look nice and baby doesn’t lose sight of where Teddy went.
• Wine bags: These very useful bags are relatives of have little pockets and sleeves, and if you’re good with a needle, you can create a good place to carry smaller items, and keep all those little extras organized.
Another good idea- If your partner starts calling you a “bag lady”, they can be thrown accurately.