I LOVE SUPERNANNY!

Supernanny

Supernanny (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love that REALITY show SUPERNANNY with Jo Frost. I tell you I never tire watching the many different episodes. Most times the problems are that the children are acting out and the parents are having the wrong responses. It is so amazing to see the transformation of the families after Jo has been to the homes where both the children and parents are out of control.

I love that she is helping families with their young and showing the parents what they are doing wrong and giving real answers and solutions on how to handle difficult situations within the home.

It is so amazing to see how even the smallest child can disrupt the whole family and take over and run off the happiness of the entire family if you let them. I love how she is so straight forward and gets to the root of the problem and how they are solved so quickly by the simple application of rules and a timeout area.

I am very much against scolding, beating or spanking children out of anger, so that’s why I always recommend this show to anyone I know who is having problems with their kids so they could get a few tips when they are at their wits end with their children.

Photo taken in 1967 or 1968. The mother was on...

Photo taken in 1967 or 1968. The mother was one of the children of my next-door neighbors in Kabala. As is customary there, she had come home to stay with her parents for an extended period during her pregnancy and while her child was still an infant. She asked me to take a few pictures of her child and get prints for her next time I was in Freetown (which I did). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is no reason to spank a small child whatsoever in my book. All it does is make the child feel terrible and the parent feel better for the moment.

So instead I believe its so much better to use your brains instead of brawn or bullying to correct a small child. I only wish this show was around when my little ones were at home because I could have used some of those tips, it sure would have been so helpful.

I like to call her the children whisperer! LOL!

If you watch closely some of Jo’s tips are even good for teaching you how to deal with bad behavior of grownups, you know the ones who can act like children at times! LOL!

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…fathers (parents) do not irritate or provoke your children to anger (do not exasperate them to resentment/ don’t be hard on your children)

but rear them (tenderly) in the training and discipline and the counsel and admonition of the Lord (raise them properly). Ephesians 6:4 

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English: Supernanny, Jo Frost(R), at the Child...

English: Supernanny, Jo Frost(R), at the Children’s Museum in Easton, Easton, Massachusetts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Here’s a few episodes to view on YouTube:

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good feelings

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Good feeling for others are like ointments that heal wounds and re-establish friendship and relationships.Good feelings are generated in the mind, are transmitted through your attitude and are reflected in your eyes and smile. Smiling opens the heart and a glance can make miracles happen.

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happy hormones

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We all know and remember a smiley person – someone whose heart seems to radiate through their teeth. And when they do, notice how it’s almost impossible not to smile back…unless you are feeling very, very grumpy! So if you don’t feel a smile coming on – why not do it anyway. Not only does it transform your inner chemical production and create ‘happy hormones’, but when people are on the end of your smile, they smile back (well most do). And if you really don’t genuinely feel like smiling at life, the universe and everybody – fake it until you make it!

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India’s Got Talent/Junoon Show on Ek Veer Ki Ardass Veera: Have An Amazing Weekend Everyone!

I thought I should pop in for a sec to wish everyone has a wonderful upcoming weekend and to speak my mind on one of my favorite soaps.

Oh wow do I have so much to say about my Hindi soaps right about now. Especially about Ek Veer Ki Ardaas Veera this week. I am so in love with Ranvijay (Shivin Narang) and Gunjan (Farnaz Shetty) right now. Especially with all that great singing going on with that “India’s Got Talent” show/ “Junoon” show they have going on.

Ranvijay is singing his little heart out and I am lovin every second of it. Of course he has haters who don’t want him to win of course but too bad for them because Ranvi is Hot! You know this is always the case sometimes when you are a threat to others, they know he is talented enough to beat everyone there.

But I also have to mention that I think it’s about time for Nihal Singh (Kapil Nirmal) and Ratan’s (Sneha Wagh) relationship to start heating up a bit, don’t ya think. All I say everyday now is when! when! when are these two wonderful amazing people going to get back involved again. Where’s the romance? Especially because Nihal is looking so good and he is back in his role of caring for Veera (Digangana Suryavanshi) and Ranvijay once again. This man is the most amazing doting step dad on cable TV right now. He is so good at helping that adorable family once again. His devotion to them is so amazing. But I will save all the rest I have to say on these two for later on in another upcoming post.

Anyway I am shouting out to Ranvijay that I adore him! He is so cute with that guitar and all. Ranvijay I hope you WIN!

So have a great weekend everyone……love ya!

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The Indian Expo- A Few of my Fave Things

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Anything to do with India I am so in love with. Love this post!

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Trinidad and Tobago is known as a ‘melting pot’ where many different creeds and races are mixed up to form our beautiful, multicultural society. Divali, is soon coming up and there’s always an expo where people from India come to share their trade and you have the opportunity to experience and buy amazing and incredibly amazing detailed items- from clothes to little trinkets.

Tonight I went and I couldn’t help but share some pictures with you in case you’d like to see something from a different culture.

Bangles [aka bracelets] are a key part of Indian fashion. These are bigger, clunkier ones but the ones below are the smaller mostly worn ones which I prefer.

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Loving these pink and gold ones!

These are Indian clothes and I love the jeweled detailing on them as well as the beautiful colours they come in. Of course, me being me, I’m drawn to the white…

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FORGIVENESS AND LOVE IS FOR YOUR OWN BENEFIT, IT IS 100% FOR YOU!

English: Rose മലയാളം: പനിനീര്‍പ്പൂവ്‍

English: Rose മലയാളം: പനിനീര്‍പ്പൂവ്‍ (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently I had the opportunity to grow a little bit more in reference to the meaning of love and forgiveness, BECAUSE there have been several people in my life that have abused me both mentally and physically and it was done while I was a helpless child and a young girl growing up and somewhat continued on into adulthood.

But lately I find that each step I take in getting closer and closer in my relationship with God, his love is permeating and growing so much more in my life, heart and soul. God is truly so amazing!

When I think about all the years of struggle and all the questions I had for God like why did he allow the abuse to happen to me and why is he allowing it to continue on into adulthood. I would not get any clear answers, but God’s love was real, as he would comfort me and speak to my heart and soul through his word.

So I tried so hard to not allow bitterness to grow within my heart for the cowardly acts done by these bullies and so kept a healthy distance from them in order to protect myself and a growing dislike for them within my heart toward them.

I never did lash out and back at them, even though I could have and probably would have if it were not for having God to pray to, lean on and talk to about all the pain brewing within my heart.

English: Women with Broken Heart

English: Women with Broken Heart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I tell you my heart was so broken and I was wounded for a very long, long time. I struggled with trying to forgive and love the ones who hurt me and wanted to continue to harm me, but I just could not bring myself to do it, especially since they were still doing little things to instigate others against me and continued to try to harm me even from a distance.

But I thank God because most times I would go to my secret closet and cry out to God about it all and so I’d work with God on my behalf, gradually getting healing in my soul in little and big ways, by the washing of God’s word.

I’d read healing scriptures, pray and release on it all. So gradually and over time I’d finally come to a place of being in total surrender to God, wanting nothing more than his total will for my life.

I think by God moving us out here in the country, close to nature has allowed me to be blessed enough to sit in the quietness and stillness so that I began to hear that still small voice of God much clearer and in a different way.

So I humbled myself before God as he began to speak to the recesses of my heart through various means and ways and brought me to a place to take the necessary steps to learning forgiveness and love. All the while God has been with me, holding me, loving me, holding my hand.

So finally I made it to the place where I could reach out and let my abusers and offenders all know I forgive them and I love them. And that action alone was the catalyst that has finally set me free!

So all of that pain and hurt stemming from their hurtful and mean spirited actions no longer dwells deep inside of my soul anymore. Finally I found that I could hold conversations with a few of them with no animosity in my heart towards them. All I could say is how amazing it is when you learn how to truly forgive and love from deep within your heart holding nothing back.

"Forgiveness 7" by Carlos Latuff.

“Forgiveness 7″ by Carlos Latuff. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But what I found to be so sad and strange is that if you speak to these same individuals today they still feel as if they did nothing wrong. They have hardened their hearts and continue to live a lie and feel no remorse for the wrong they did to me, there seems to be no real repentance on their part. They are continuing with their foolishness and to tell the truth it is I who now feels so sorry for them, because all they are doing is allowing wickedness to continue to rule, grow and fester within their hearts and souls which is to their own demise. Holding onto bitterness, grudges and un-forgiveness in the heart is a no, no to God.

And so just as in the bible when Pharaoh hardened his heart each time Moses came to him with a demand from God (and the bible says that God hardened Pharaoh’s heart.) The real issue at hand was that Moses was being tested and needed to work on his anger issues. LOL! God was looking for and giving Moses the opportunity to have a correct response (a godly response) not a natural (worldly or his own way) response.

So I believe that the continued negative behavior of these people is yet an opportunity for me to flex my spiritual muscles! LOL! To grow even more in the Lord. This is opportunity for me to allow more fruit in my life and to see exactly what Christ-like character trait God wants to grow in me.

"Forgiveness 5" by Carlos Latuff.

“Forgiveness 5″ by Carlos Latuff. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another truth for me is that it really is for my own benefit and walk with God that I learn and practice forgiveness and love towards my brothers, sisters, friends, neighbors, strangers and enemies. And that it needs to be done and checked in me on a regular basis to keep my own soul clear, free and right with God. The bible says we aught to examine ourselves.

I tell you it feels so good when I forgive and love those who have done harm, offended, done mean things and hurt me. It feels better than I ever could imagine it would be.

So no, I do not regret forgiving them and loving them. But I do feel sorry that in spite of my clear efforts to restore a right relationship with them, they have decided to continue on the wrong path, not realizing that karma is not going to be as kind as they think.

It is within my hope and prayers that they will come into the knowledge and love of Christ in their lives one day soon and way before it’s too late.

God Wants Me To Forgive Them!?! DVD Cover

God Wants Me To Forgive Them!?! DVD Cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Love and forgiveness! These two words hold a lot of meaning. These two words sets souls free just like me.

The bible says when you don’t forgive your brother you open your soul up to be tormented by the enemies of your soul. These “tormentors” are physical and mental illnesses, anger, fears, lust, perversion, self rejection, bad habits, doubts, anxieties, lack of love, lack of trust, wrong thoughts, inferiority, no peace, having no spiritual focus and depression.

I have to admit that I have been no angel all of my life, and I am guilty of doing wrong, taking a wrong path and hurting others in the past which was unintentional or done out of my own bleeding hurt and pain filled broken heart.

You know the saying “hurt people, hurt people.”

And so for that I have repented and truly am sorry and so I search my heart, try to go back to my past allowing God to search deep within my heart and bring to my remembrance the people I have hurt or wronged so that I could go back and make amends and seek forgiveness to the best of my ability. It is the right thing to do when you are trying to “walk the walk” and not just “talk the talk.”

We all human beings mess up, make mistakes and hurt each other sometimes. So the willingness to have a forgiving heart is important. Forgiveness and love walk hand and hand.

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Love heart uidaodjsdsew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So I have learned that the soul is the seat of the mind, will and emotions and it is really up to each individual to make themselves right with God and man, it’s also important to clear the record of those who have offended, wronged, abused or hurt you.

Yes, it’s hard and scary to do because of pride, arrogance and the sin nature within. But if you really want to surrender your life to God it’s a step by step process that must be undertaken only with God’s help of course. It’s OK to confess when you are wrong. Its a path for the brave and the humble.

So God wants and requires these things. For me it’s the only and best way to live, learning to forgive ones self and others is the best way to get forgiveness and love from a forgiving and loving God.

So for me walking this path is so amazing and it allows God to love others right through me.

"Forgiveness 6" by Carlos Latuff.

“Forgiveness 6″ by Carlos Latuff. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We don’t need affirmation from the people who harmed us in order to learn how to forgive them. And even if they choose to never speak to you again in your entire lifetime. It’s ok, because it does not take away from your ability to still forgive them anyway. Because forgiveness is not about them but it’s about your own willingness, spiritual walk and growth. So we can go ahead on and lower our expectations about them.

It’s all about you loving, forgiving and giving to a higher degree.

JOYFUL & FREE, THAT’S ME!

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Then the angry king sent the man to the torture chamber until he had paid every last penny due. So shall my heavenly Father do to you if you refuse to truly forgive your brothers.

Matthew 18: 34-35 (TLB)

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And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:12-15 (NIV)

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Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

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When you forgive, you release

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-FORGIVENESS- Anyone can hold a grudge, but it takes a person with character to forgive. When you forgive, you release yourself from a painful burden. Forgiveness doesn’t mean what happened was OK, and it doesn’t mean that person should still be welcome in your life. It just means you have made peace with the pain, and are ready to let it go.

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(I also found this amazing website below with a few words of encouragement and scripture on forgiveness.)

http://ipost.christianpost.com/news/12-encouraging-bible-verses-on-forgiving-others-10770/

http://ipost.christianpost.com/news/12-biblical-quotes-about-forgiveness-and-10-reasons-to-forgive-14959/

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English: Graphic on forgiveness (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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PREPPING & HOMESTEADING: Week # (5) Of My Saving Ways

Closeup of a pink rose in full bloom.

Closeup of a pink rose in full bloom. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I do declare! I love and enjoy everything about Prepping and Homesteading. It is so much fun! One day I am sure that I will be happy to have my life and preps just the way I desire.

But in the meantime……..

As we are striving to get there, here I go once more sharing just a few simple ways we are saving or planning to save, thanks to the knowledge gained from prepping and homesteading shows on TV, websites, books and magazines. I don’t think I would be thinking anywhere on these terms if I did not steal so many ideas from the prepping and homesteading community in general in all of my saving ways. There are so many smart people out there too who know how to save in so many ways. So I welcome any ideas anyone has out there. Please feel free to comment, I’d love to add more ways to my list. LOL! So here I go again!

1. ~~Saving On Everyday Items:

Fabric Softener

2.~~ Save On Groceries:

Snacks and Beverages

3. ~~Save On Electricity:

Washing Light Garments By Hand

4. ~~Save On Gas:

Making A Tent To Stay Warm and Quilt Making

5. ~~Save on Water

Bird Baths

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1. Everyday Items:

Laundry equipment within a room

Laundry equipment within a room (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fabric Softener Use

We now save on fabric softener use by using vinegar in the rinse cycle or using homemade fabric softener sheets for the dryer.

1. pouring one (1) cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle (no worries the vinegar smell dissipates in the dryer) and

2. by making my own dryer sheets by pouring two (2) tablespoons of liquid fabric softener on two (2) cotton wash cloths or one (1) large old flannel pillow case. It’s good for many, many cycles. I use them until I can no longer smell or feel the softness of the softener on the clothes.

I have to tell you that I purchased one large bottle of my favorite fabric softener at the beginning of this year and I am still using the same bottle and still have more than over half a bottle left.

This is amazing!

Where has these ideas been all of my life. My family used to run thru fabric softener like crazy before we started using this trick, we used to pour 1 to 2 cups into the rinse cycle of each wash. It was a real waste of money too. Now for pennies I can use the same fabric softener soaked wash cloths for weeks and weeks of drying or pour vinegar in the rinse cycle. Sometimes I do both or alternate.

2. Groceries

A fully-mechanical snack vending machine

A fully-mechanical snack vending machine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Snacks and Beverages:

We often buy our snacks and beverages in the grocery stores only when there is a sale. So that’s when I stock up on bags and boxes of snacks we know we love for sure.

But then there are times we like to make our own and that’s a cool way to get to save. So we like to make homemade potato chips, pretzels, peanut butter, sour pickles, all kinds of cookies, trail mixes, ice creams, microwave pop corn or stove top popcorn, iced coffees, sweet iced teas, various kinds of cakes and breakfast muffins sometimes.

English: Plateful of Christmas Cookies

English: Plateful of Christmas Cookies (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I cannot tell you how much cheaper it is when we make our own when we are sitting around the house on the weekends. Even using one box of cake mix is so much cheaper then buying a ready made cake from the grocery store. Sometimes the cake mixes are on sale for less then a dollar too. So we are already in the habit of buying “everything we need” in bulk and as cheaply as possible without skimping on quality as well. So that even includes us buying packs of chewing gum, chocolates and hard candies in bulk and store them in the deep freezer.

So we prefer to buy the stores generic no-name brands of popcorn kernels, generic tea and coffee in bulk too. So with this we get to experiment and try to create and make most of our own snacks a little bit healthier then store brought snacks.

Cookies:

So whenever we bake cookies we always mix up an extra few batches to freeze, wrap the mix in wax paper and baggies, so all that’s needed is to do next go-round is to slightly thaw the dough, slice and toss cookies in the oven to bake for a few minutes then munch away!

Popcorn

Popcorn (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Popcorn:

We also save on making our own microwave popcorn by using the brown paper bags we already have stocked up on by filling one or two of the bags with a cup of the generic popcorn, roll the bag closed and put it in the micro or we use the stove top stainless steel popcorn popper in which we pour coconut oil in the popper, cook then drizzle some more coconut oil on top of the popcorn in a huge bowl when its done on movie night.

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Iskaffe (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Iced Coffee, Iced Sweet Tea and Soft Drinks:

As far as the sweet iced coffee and iced tea, we have so many thermoses on hand that I have purchased over the years, so all that’s required is to add the ice. We carry with us large thermoses or jars full of iced drinks in the cars and we like to keep two pitchers in the fridge of both to sip on thru out the day. I just dread stopping in the stores to buy iced coffee or iced tea spending money I could keep in my own pocketbook. Also there is good old “koolaid” to drink and we always find a sale going on for packs and packs of it. We jazz it up by adding some fresh lemons and limes to a pitcher full.

We recently picked up the soda machine by Soda Stream or to tell the truth we got it for free with the use of coupons (Hooray for coupons.) So it’s really great with making plain or flavored seltzers, soda’s and fizzy drinks. The best part I like is that it saves on picking up and having to store so many bottles in the house. So there are so many, many ways to save on snacks for kids and adults alike. We are like big kids in our house when it comes to snacking. LOL!

3. Electricity

Washing Light Garments By Hand

Sometimes I never have to use the washing machine….. because I like to wash out whatever I wear each night by hand in the bathroom sink or small basin. Especially since a lot of my clothing is made of very soft and comfy fabric. It is so easy to just let a few items soak in soapy water for a few minutes then to lightly scrub the cloth item between your hands or use a small sized wash board, then rinse, then add a tiny bit of fabric softener to a third rinse or a little essential oils or perfume, soaking once more, then hang the item on a hanger to dry on a line in the bathroom. Iron it the next day or so and put it away for the next times use.

Or what can be even better is to buy a hand held swivel washer for light dedicates instead of running the delicate cycle in the washing machine in which it does not make since to run an entire wash for a few items. So it can save on water use and the electric bill. One of my older sisters taught me how to do this very well. Especially if you only have one or two items that need washing right away between washing machine use. Even sometimes I forget to put an item or two in the wash and I need it the next day so I will hand wash it sometimes or just leave it till next time.

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English: Open air museum Kulturen in Lund ( Sweden ). Rural life: Canopy bed. Deutsch: Freilichtmuseum Kulturen in Lund ( Schweden ). Bäuerliches Leben: Himmelbett. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. Save On Gas Heat

Making A Tent To Stay Warm

I learned to cover up our canopy bed with warm insulated curtains or soft light blankets to keep us warm on really very cold winter nights. And it really does work. You can use some very pretty fabric too. And of course don’t forget to cover the top of the canopy too. So I guess if you don’t have a canopy bed then a tent could still be made somehow to fit over a bed, sort of  like this one on the left. It’s quite interesting too.

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Quilt (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

and Quilt Making

I like that there is a woman’s quilting bee in my area and so I stop in sometimes to learn how to quilt. Quilting is an amazing skill to have because you can never have enough warm covering for beds in the winter. Especially when you have overnight guests.

Also one of my friends told me that her mother never tossed old clothing because she would use the old clothes to cut in pieces to make some beautiful amazing quilts.

So these ladies at the quilting bee in my area told me that they used to grow their own cotton, pick it, gather it to use for batting (batting-goes between the two outer fabrics) to make their quilts. So I never thought of it that way and so found their stories so, so amazing. It’s so strange sometimes because you never really know what all goes into making things sometimes.

So it is my goal in life is to make from one to twenty quilts to have for myself and then a few for family and friends. It’s a huge goal since it takes a long time to make just one quilt.

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5. Save on Water

A Crimson Rosella in a bird bath Canberra, Aus...

A Crimson Rosella in a bird bath Canberra, Australia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bird Baths:

Taking daily showers each morning is a must for us, but on the weekends sometimes and at night we like to take bird baths (fill sink or basin with soapy very warm water to wash yourself) especially on the weekends when we have no plans to go anywhere special.

It is really refreshing believe it or not. We fill the basin or sink up twice. Once with soapy water to bathe then once more with clear water to rinse all of the soap off.

So doing this at night or even every other night and on the occasional weekend saves on the water bill a great deal. You would be amazed at how much money is saved by the end of the year. If you add up the gallons and gallons of water saved it could be amazing. So a bird bath here and there could save in the long run.

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SAVING ON GREETING CARDS AND POST CARDS

….and one other way we save is….. I never, never, NO NEVER LOL! ever buy an individual card in the stores unless I see a box set on sale. Most times I buy card stock in the craft store to make a quick and easy card or I use cards I’ve ordered that are really very cute by the way, box sets sold on the web. Some sets have a spiritual theme to them that I prefer and some come with mixed greetings. I feel I save so much because one greeting card in the store can cost from $2 to $5 dollars. That is so crazy right! I can buy a box set for $10 dollars filled with cards of various sizes. The 99 cent stores have some box sets too. And I like that I can always embellish a box set of cards to make them more interesting.

Also post cards are under rated. They are very useful to write a quick note and uses less postage.

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Isn’t this is an excellent way to cover a canopy bed like this one in the picture below……it’s really attractive right!

So that’s it from me till next time….. Have a great weekend everyone!

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English: A canopy bed seen in a restoration house in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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The Happiest People

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OMG! As a happy person, this is the best yet of describing the main features of a happy individual. I say AMEN to this….. Amazing!

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Most people assume the happiest people are the ones who have the most of everything! But in reality, the happiest people are the ones who make the most out of everything they have.

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IT’S LABOR DAY 2014, SO HAVE A GREAT ONE!

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Happy Labor Day Everyone!

 

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Close the gap

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This post is so amazing and lifts my heart.

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close the gapCome close to God, and God will come close to you. (James 4:8, NLT)

Think about this question for a moment:

Where would you be if God had not been by your side?

  • God is with you

God is with you. As a matter of fact, He is closer than anything you could ever think of. I have known this since I was a little boy that a Christian can’t be lonely because God is always with His children.

  • He never takes His eyes off you

Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. (Psalm 127:3 NLT)

God gave you to your parents as a gift, a gift that He never takes His eyes off. That was why David said that even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close. (Psalm 27:10 NLT). He loves you and cares…

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