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Nov 20, 2014 by

Today the theme is turkeys! Of course!

The Grateful Turkey
Wonderful idea! sunshineandhurricanes.com

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Thanksgiving Turkey Treats for Kids
These are pretty cute! A Heart Full of Love

Thanksgiving Turkey Treat Cups

Thanksgiving Turkey Card
Who wouldn’t like to get one of these? The Pin Junkie

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Book Review -Welcome to Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong

Nov 18, 2014 by

Welcome to Last Chance (A Place to Call Home)

I spotted this book at the library where the cover picture and description on the back drew me in. I knew I would enjoy this book as soon as I saw it and found that once I started reading it I couldn’t put it down. In no time I was thoroughly immersed in the wonderful little town and lives of the residents of Last Chance.

This is book #1 in A Place to Call Home Series. This is Cathleen Armstrong’s debut novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you like Christian romance, this is a great book for you.

I especially loved the main character, Lainie whose character is very well developed and seems so real. All of the characters in the story are really lovable and seemed like family. Lainie is running away from her controlling, drug dealing boyfriend, and ends up in Last Chance. On her way into town the signs read: “Last Chance for Food -22 miles,” “Last Chance for Gas -10 Miles,” “Last Chance for Rest -Exit Now,” “Welcome to Last Chance… Your Last Chance for the Good Life.” This all makes her want to run the other way, but she finds she has no choice since it’s very late at night and her car is dying right on the edge of town so she is stuck there. The friendly people take her right in and are really getting to her -she just can’t understand them. Life in the small town of Last Chance is a real culture shock for Lainie. The people are too warm and friendly.

There was something about Lainie that really drew me in. She really is a sweet girl just looking for a good life. She is so candid and child like and has had to fend for herself for so long. She really is a hurting person looking for more out of life, but has been in survival mode for so long that she doesn’t even realize it. I just love getting into a book like this and getting to know such a wonderful character. -It’s a way of looking into other people’s hearts and how God works in their lives.

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Nov 13, 2014 by

Today the theme is chairs! Enjoy!

French-Canadian Chair Makeover
Ohh la la! The Heathered Nest

French canadian chair make over

How to Re-Upholster a Chair Seat
A lot of great instructions and pictures here! Cape of Dreams

re-upholster chairs

Secondhand Treasures # 5
Incredible potential with these chairs! Our Secondhand House

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6 Ways to Get More Motivated About Decluttering

Nov 8, 2014 by

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In our world of an overabundance of stuff and a lack of time, clutter can creep up on us so quickly. Clutter has become a huge problem for so many of us. It robs us of time, money, peace and order, it adds stress to our life, it can even harm our health and relationships. I hope to share a few simple strategies that can help to defeat some of the clutter in your life.

We moved a year and a half ago. We homeschool and have a large family, we’ve been renovating since we moved in, and I started a part time business that needs a lot of storage space. Some of us, not naming anyone ;) are packrats. There is no lack of clutter in our house. I am really living in this battle field! Despite all of this, when people visit they comment on how clean and organized our home is -go figure! I don’t take much credit for the cleaning part -my husband really shines here, but I have been working hard at organizing and decluttering.

Realistic Goals

The goal is not to have a perfectly ordered home or to impress everyone. The goals for me are to have a comfortable order in our home, to not feel buried in stuff, to have time and energy for worthwhile activities with my family, to have some empty spaces on shelves, in cupboards, etc., that putting away an item won’t be a big ordeal (moving 5 or 6 things out of the way first or trying to stuff a clean stack of towels into an overfull linen closet -you get the picture!) Examine your goals. What will make your home more comfortable? Why do you want less clutter?

Think Small Victories

Set small goals so you will feel victorious not defeated. If you look at the whole house as one big project, you will never start. But if you have a goal such as bring one box or bag of stuff to the thrift store each week, it’s quite doable. I’ve been tackling the paper clutter with a vengeance at the rate of 20 papers a day. When I’m done I check off a box on my list and feel great. Surprisingly it’s getting harder and harder to find wayward papers. I’ve been digging into boxes and sending piles of paper to recycling and filing old stuff where it belongs. It’s changing my mindset and spilling over into other areas of our home.

Break It Down and Make Lists

As I mentioned above, it feels great to check something off your list. Hide your list from others so it will not become a source of outside pressure to accomplish the things on your list. Be as specific about each small task as you can.

For example: “Declutter the bathroom” might look more like:
1. Cut up old towels for rags.
2. Throw out expired products.
3. Declutter under the sink.
4. Organize under the sink.
5. Declutter the medecine cabinet.
6. Organize the medecine cabinet.
7. Declutter the linen cupboard.
8. Organize the linen cupboard.
9. Declutter drawers. Or perhaps drawer #1, drawer #2, etc. if you have several of them.
10. Get rid of unneccessary bathroom furniture.
And so on…

You can write a list for each room, closet, shelving system, etc. If you check off one thing on your list each day, it won’t take tons of time or energy and you will see progress in a short time. Imagine how much you can get done in just 30 days with lists like these! This is more of a marathon and maintenance system.

The last thing you want to do is pull every item out of every nook and cranny in your bathroom at the same time and then feel overwhelmed. This is a great way to develop a hatred for decluttering. Instead, pull out all the items from drawer #1 for example, deal with them and reorganize the drawer. Then you are done for the day and can enjoy checking it off your list! If you are like me, you will be so proud of your accomplishment that you will keep peeking into the drawer just to see how nice and orderly it looks!

Set The Mood: Good Lighting and Peppy Music

When you are at work on decluttering set an atmosphere that energizes you. Good bright lights and happy music will help you work fast and efficiently. It will lift your mood and give you energy.

Set Time Limits

If you set a timer for half an hour or whatever manageable amount of time you want, you will probably find that it will be easier to start since you won’t feel like you’re diving into the deep end. You can finish your half hour and then get on with other things you like doing better. You may even find that you will be looking forward to your decluttering sessions since you will be feeling that you are accomplishing something and seeing the fruits.

Snowball Strategy

Just like paying off debts from smallest to largest, you can declutter from the smallest mess to the largest one. Write a list of all your most annoying cluttered areas. Rank them from smallest to largest. Tackle the smallest one first and then work your way through the list in order, breaking each area down with specific lists. I firmly believe that breaking the whole huge concept of decluttering your house down into small bites will enable you to accomplish more than you ever dreamed possible!

Experiment and Find Your Groove

Try these strategies and tweek them to fit your own style and preferences. Make it your own project and your own doable goals. I hope I’ve given you some great tools to get started. Decluttering can bring such peace to your life and can become such a freeing habit for you!

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Nov 6, 2014 by

Today I am featuring some pretty stuff! Enjoy!

White-Gray Vintage Vignette
Martinel

White-grey vignette

The Sweater Chair
Providence Hill

sweater chair

How I Made an Incredible Piece of Artwork for $5
Decorating with Less

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Oct 30, 2014 by

13 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Gorgeous
This is such an exquisite post! eliza ellis

13 ways to make your home smell gorgeous

Make Money Posting DIY Guides
This was very interesting! Live Randomly Simple

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Decorative Notepad Holder
I thought these little notebooks were really pretty too! Creatively Renewed

Squash-Note-Pad-Folder

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6 Great Health Benefits of Turmeric

Oct 29, 2014 by

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Turmeric is a yellow culinary spice derived from the rhizome of the curcuma longa plant. It is a main ingredient in Indian curry and is a relative of ginger.

Statistics indicate that the population of India has a much lower incidence of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and arthritis than in the Western world. this is probably because of the extensive use of turmeric in Indian cooking.

The main health promoting compound in turmeric is believed to be curcumin. This compound is the yellow pigment which gives turmeric its rich yellow color.

There are many great health benefits with this wonder spice, and I will share 6 in particular.

1. Powerful Anti-inflammatory

Turmeric has proven very useful in reducing inflammation involved in illnesses such as arthritis, joint inflammation, muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as many others. As a matter of fact, turmeric contains healing properties just as effective as some modern anti-inflammatory medications without any negative side effects.

2. Heart Health

Turmeric helps lower bad cholesterol and prevent plaque build up so it helps against heart disease. It also helps to lower blood pressure.

3. Powerful Antioxidant

This amazing spice is a powerful antioxidant helping to neutralize free radicals. It also helps boost the body’s natural antioxidant activity. Because of this and its anti-inflammatory properties, it is very beneficial to the liver.

4. Anti-bacterial and Antiseptic

Turmeric is shown to be a good support to the immune system and an aide to healing with its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Some people even like to use it topically in a paste for skin ailments such as pimple breakouts.

5. Cancer Fighting

Many animal studies show that turmeric is showing great promise in the reduction of both the size and number of various cancerous tumors.

6. Uplifting Your Mood

Some studies show that turmeric may have a positive effect on the production of mood enhancing chemicals such as serotonin, noradrenalin, and dopamine and may help reverse some of the negative effects of chronic stress.

Turmeric is a great addition to a healthy eating and exercise program. This wonder spice is very tasty added to numerous dishes. You can sprinkle some in your stir fry, add some to your legumes, meat or eggs, or add a bit to yogurt for a tasty vegetable dip. This spice is very versatile and easy to use in many different ways. I especially like it sprinkled lightly on my pasta. It is recommended to eat turmeric or curry with a bit of black pepper as it helps with your body’s absorption of curcumin.

A Few Cautions

Turmeric is not recommended for people with gallstones as it may aggravate this condition. It also has blood thinning properties so it should be used with caution if you are taking blood thinning medication. High doses of turmeric in animals have shown to sometimes cause liver problems. As with any other health food, it should be part of a varied and healthy diet.

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