Thursday, April 24, 2014

Moms, You Can Change the World, One Child at a Time




My neighbor and I were chatting once about the world we live in and he was quite discouraged by the state of our society. I replied that I was doing my part by raising kids who, Lord-willing, will make a difference and he just shook his head and said it was too late.

My response? I politely said, "Don't tell me that. It's never too late." ;)


I am pouring my life into each child that God entrusts to my care, and by His grace and with His help, those children will grow up to be world changers.

World changers don't have to conquer the known world, they just impact the world they live in simply by loving and serving others.
 
As Moms, we have, perhaps, the greatest influence over our children's hearts than anyone else.

Because of that, we need to be committed to giving our children the life-giving truth of God's Word. It takes precedence over every other thing we will ever teach our kids.

It does not need to be to the neglect of other areas of our lives, but look at it this way: Spending time in God's Word with your children ought to be the bookends to every day.

The truths we share from God's Word set our children on the right path in the morning and are what our children meditate on as they lay their head on their pillow each night.

Strive to start your day with God and your children.

It doesn't have to be at 5 a.m. and it doesn't have to be an hour long. It could be as simple as you sharing with your children what God has taught you through your time one on one with Him.

Then, at the end of the day, gather the family together for a few minutes before bed and let your husband encourage your family through prayer and Bible reading.

I understand that this may not be a strength for him and if he isn't willing to lead, there is no reason you can't. Maybe you'll be pleasantly surprised and see him start to lead this time with the family.

Can I tell you a secret?

We're new to this. As a family, we've been working on this over the last several months and it has been a tremendous blessing! My only regret is that we didn't do this years ago.

If you don't know where to start, I will tell you that I love using Apologia's Worldview Series in the mornings with our kids. I only use the main book and haven't bothered with the notebooks. There are natural segments in each chapter that give great starting points. I cannot say enough about this series!

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But honestly, even if you just read a Psalm or Proverb a day with your kids before bed, that is great! God's Word always accomplishes what He sets it out to do!

And remember, I'm praying for you Moms. I really am! We have the opportunity to influence souls in such unique ways. You can be the Game Changer.


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As a contributing author (my book in this bundle is a devotional for during pregnancy) I do make money for each bundle I sell. That being said, I want my readers to know that a portion of the profits from this sale will go towards a Crisis Pregnancy Center. The rest of the money will help make ends meet for our family.



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Purposeful Homemaking received one or more products mentioned in this post at no cost in order to conduct a thorough and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Additionally, this post may contain affiliate links for which I will earn compensation should you choose to make a purchase. I am disclosing this information in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Thank you for your support of Purposeful Homemaking.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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As a contributing author, (my book in this bundle is a devotional for during pregnancy) I do make money for each bundle I sell. That being said, I want my readers to know that a portion of the profits from this sale will go towards a Crisis Pregnancy Center. The rest of the money will help make ends meet for our family. :)

Additionally God impressed upon me to donate a copy to any crisis pregnancy center that wants one. (If you know of one, please let me know.) After this bundle sale, my book will be available on Amazon for $3.99 and all proceeds will benefit a crisis pregnancy center. Thank you not only for your personal support, but also for supporting women in difficult pregnancies.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Plant Based Easter Egg Dyes



The kids love decorating Easter eggs every year but this year I saw an idea in the Family Fun Magazine for plant based dyes and knew I had to try it.

It was pretty easy to do and I was able to use some of the leftovers for one of our family's favorite recipes, Cabbage "Un"rolls from Keep Crockin’: A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook.


Here's what you do...

Step 1: Hard boil your eggs

Place eggs in a pan of cold water. Bring to a boil and then let them simmer for 15 minutes. Drain the hot water and run cold water over the eggs for 2 minutes.

Step 2: Make Your Dyes (see below)

Here are your options: Blue from purple cabbage, yellow from turmeric, orange from yellow onion skins, pink from beets and green when you do an egg in yellow and then blue.

Step 3: Soak the eggs until you reach the desired color

Step 4: Remove eggs from dye and place on a wire rack to dry


How to Make the Dyes:

Yellow:

Add 6 T of turmeric and 1 T white vinegar to 4 cups of hot water and stir until dissolved.



Blue:

Place one head of purple cabbage in 4 cups of boiling water. Stir in 1 T of white vinegar and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove the cabbage with a slotted spoon.



Orange:

Add the skins of 6 yellow onions to 3 c. boiling water. Stir in 1 T of white vinegar and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain the peels. For this color I saved my onions skins over a few days prior to dyeing the eggs.

Pink:

Place 4-6 beets in 4 cups of boiling water and add 1 T of white vinegar. Simmer for 25 minutes. Remove the beets with a slotted spoon.

Green:

The old mix some yellow with blue trick! Just place an egg that's been dyed yellow into the blue dye for a bit and you'll get green. :)



I've seen lots of other ideas out there too for natural dyes. What are some that you have tried?

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Online Proofreading Program

Grammarly is a unique online proofreading program that gives a whole new meaning to the term "Grammar Police". Simply insert a paragraph (or more) of text that you need proofread and let Grammarly do all of the work.
 
I recently submitted a portion of my soon-to-be-released ebook, Topical Devotions for Pregnancy into Grammarly and it quickly pointed out some areas that needed to be worked on--and that was after I proofread it numerous of times. You can see in the picture below that I had "4 Critical Writing Issues." Yikes!
 
 
 
I can see how a program like this would be beneficial to students  (and bloggers) of all ages to help them fine tune their writing assignments. If you are interested, there is a free 7 Day Trial to check out the program.
 
Be sure to use Grammarly for online proofreading because punctuation saves lives! :)
 

 
 
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Upcycling Old Crayons

 
 

Written by Charissa, Contributing Writer

My mom says that I can pinch a penny ‘til it squeals. I’ve always taken this as quite a compliment! But my frugality is not just about saving money, I just really hate wasting things. If I paid for it, stored it, cared for it, used it and enjoyed it, I’ll keep it until it just will not be able to function anymore.

I won’t run out and buy another food processor because the new one on the market can also fold my socks (do I really need a sock folder?). I also won’t buy an electric version of something when I already own the mechanical version of that same thing, nor will I throw away scraps of paper, twist ties, bread bags, Pringles cans or broken crayons. I like to repurpose these little odd ball items, or just give them some attention so that they can find new life in our home.

Much of homemaking is about stewardship. From the twist ties to the souls of my children, I’ve got a lot to manage and the Lord expects me to manage it all in a manner worthy of a servant to the King.


“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much,” seems menial to consider the scraps, but it’s my calling to be faithful in all that I’m given. Joseph was a prisoner and then he was second to no one but Pharaoh all because of his faithful service to the Lord worked out through his diligent service and stewardship.

So, how did I tie in our lesson about Joseph being a good steward to us being good stewards with what we have around our house? Let me introduce...

Molten Crayon Madness

Today, we tackled the crayon bin. Here is a fun, hands on, kid friendly project that my son and I worked on. First we sorted out the crayons that were still in good shape and moved them out of harm’s way.

Then we unwrapped all the remaining snapped crayons and broke them up into bitty pieces, between ¼ inch and 1 inch in length. I used a mini-muffin tin and I’m sure there are other low temp baking pans or trays that would work as well.

We dropped out broken crayon bits into the muffin cups and tried to fill them completely. We made some with similar color schemes, putting blues and greens in one cup, but sometimes we mixed completely clashing colors in the same cup, giving us a variety of crayon pucks in the end.


I also thought it would be fun to stick a dime or two in the batch to make these discs a bit more interesting to my 6 year old boy. He’s not much of a colorer so I thought I’d give him a bit of incentive, not to mention it had a more “sciency” feel this way. BUT it’s also a good reminder of how we were good stewards of what God gave us and that He rewards those that are faithful with little.

Once we had cannibalized all of the crayons, we heated the oven to 225 degrees F and baked them for about 25 minutes, at this point, they became beautiful molten wax, just starting to swirl in the heat.

I pulled them from the oven, let them cool and within 15-20 minutes they were firm enough to pop out of the pan. I did not have to prep the pan in any way. When the wax cools completely, it will contract from the side of the pan and with very little coaxing, pop right out of the well.

My boy was as pleased as Picasso with the results and colored more this afternoon than he has in the last 2 months! And now we have an object lesson about stewardship, starting with Joseph’s many colored coat, and ending with multicolored crayons with a reward hidden inside. Have fun!
 

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About Charissa Ragsdale

Charissa lives in the creative chaos of photography, crochet, cooking, crafting, natural birth advocacy, blogging, homeschooling, gardening, window shopping and since she loves trying out new stuff, it's a sure thing that the list will grow longer in time.

Though there is much joy and fruit in all of this, it comes with it's own Madness and Charissa knows that to get through it, she must depend on the Grace and Mercy of a Creator God whose Love knows no bounds.

Charissa is journaling all of the Madness on her blog Mad Mad me and her hope is that through sharing and showing the work of her hands and the joys and trials of her heart, others will be encouraged to embrace the Beautiful Chaos that comes with Family and learning to Love and Create.
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