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Growth Spurts – Another Annoying Kid Habit

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Finding Simplicity as a SAHM by Adrina PalmerMy son goes to a charter school and has to wear khaki’s and a polo shirt. His uniform had about two inches of growth room in the legs and about the same in the waist and arms. He’s thirteen, so he grew. Overnight. First his legs grew along with his waist. He had to shimmy into his pants one weekday morning. I saw all of his socks and they were not even close to white. Boys are nasty. 

A week later, he grew another inch. The next morning the sleeves on his long sleeve polo shirts looked long enough for a four-year-old and not even close to long enough for a teen. Then his feet grew this weekend he went from a size 8 1/2 in mens to a size 9 in mens. His feet are bigger than mine. So are his hands. He has a few inches on my height too. I knew this would happen someday but why did it need to happen so fast? Time, the real speeding bullet. 

My problem with my son’s growth spurt is less about his inevitable aging, but more a practical issue. I wasn’t ready. Usually, I keep a Rubbermaid container full of clothes in the next size waiting or the inescapable development. As boys get older though, fewer clothes get passed down from friends or family members and I was not prepared. I thought he still had room for a jump in size but I was wrong. Here are some tips to help you avoid being caught off guard. 


  1. Walk past the boys and mens clothes section in Walmart. Often you can find some pants on sale, some tee-shirts, and even jackets. When there is a sale, grab a couple of items cheap a size bigger. 


  1. Use birthdays as an excuse to shop for your boy. No, boys don’t want clothes for their birthday but a new PlayStation game wrapped in a sweater is a good idea. Buy a size up. 


  1. Shop the thrift stores. Second-hand stores carry a ton of mens clothes but not near as many men shop at thrift stores as women. Stock up on some clothing in each size and put it in the Rubbermaid container I forgot!


  1. Do you have a friend with a son a year or two older than yours? Ask for hand-me-downs. Most moms are happy to get rid of anything that is no longer useful and taking up space. Or anything she has to clean! Maybe you have another child who is older than one of her and you can swap clothing. 

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It Was An Apple Fritter Kind Of Week

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Have you ever had a week where everything went exactly as planned? Neither have I. Every week I start out believing this week is going to be different from all the other weeks of my life. If this has ever occurred, I cannot recall it.

Take last week, please! I start every week about the same. I meticulously prepare my weekly to-do-list. This is not to be confused with the Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage’s honey-do-list. Her list, and I learned this by experience, takes precedence over every other list in the world.

My weekly to-do-list is a very important part of my week. I chronicle everything needing accomplished during the week along with appointments with people that I need to see. With the religious ferocity of the Pharisee, I follow this list throughout the week and dutifully check off each item as it is completed. Then, Saturday evening I can look back with a great deal of satisfaction and see what I have accomplished.

Unfortunately, I can also look back on my list and see what I have not accomplished this week. With a deep sigh, I carry these items over to next week’s to-do-list. Just between you and me, some items I have carried over for 36 consecutive weeks. By this time, I usually drop the whole notion and get on with my life.

My philosophy is, if you aim at nothing; you will hit it every time. I’m not exactly sure what that means, but what I take away from it is simply that if I do not aim to do something I probably never will do it.

I live day by day by this weekly to-do-list. If it were not for this marvelous tool, I would never get anything done during the week. It is my great joy late Saturday night to work out the following week’s to-do-list.

Sometimes my wife will look at me, sigh and say, “You’re not working on your to-do-list, are you?” Then she says something that actually irritates me. Not everything she says irritates me, but this one does. “You know, if you would spend as much time actually doing those things as you spend planning to do them you might actually get something done during the week.”

I developed this to-do-list so I would not have to keep trying to remember what I was supposed to do during the week. They keep me free to think more creatively about things that need that kind of attention. All I had to do was consult my to-do-list and find out what needed to be done. After all, I don’t want to tax my brain too much. Who do you think I am? The government?

Then last week it happened. Something I had feared for many a year. Read More→

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Health as Designed – FREE online masterclass!

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In a culture where food is available at the snap of a finger and majority of processed foods are overloaded with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients, it’s no wonder why our health is being negatively impacted at an alarming rate! The good news is we have the power to make changes not only in our lives but in the lives around us.

I’m so excited to bring to you an event that will empower you to make a difference!

It’s a FREE online masterclass starting on January 7th – January 10th 2019, providing you with some insightful information and strategies that can be implemented as soon as you hear the first interview.

My hope is that you’ll be encouraged to live a healthier lifestyle for you and your family, naturally!

I hope you’ll be ready to take action as I was.

Health as Designed Masterclass Series
Join Lisette Campbell and guest speakers as we gain insight and strategies for life-changing tools to help manage healthy blood sugar.

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by Chris Carroll

For many direct sellers, January brings that terrible fear regarding the growth of our direct sales business. Many of us want to grow our business and make a big impact on sales as well as income in the coming year.

January also bring that dreaded business planning back into focus. Yes, you should have been doing it all along, but now is the perfect time to start planning and making small changes in your business that over the year will bring you big impact.

If you simply make a weekly, monthly & yearly plan for your business and focus on adding one customer a week and/or one recruit a month, you will see your business grow by leaps and bounds in the coming year. One customer a week is 52 new customers. If you are in a direct sales business, you know those dollars will add up, especially if those customers remain loyal and place a lot of re orders with you.

One recruit a month can also add quite a bit to your income. That is 12 new team members. What will that do to your income level? If your team members also follow your plan, will they also be adding members? You bet. How can that impact your income? In a big way! Read More→


Merry Christmas!!

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Putting First Things First

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by Nancy Twigg

If ever there was a woman who lost control of her priorities, it was Martha, whose story is recorded in Luke 10. Poor Martha. Too bad she will forever be remembered as the one who was more concerned about making dinner than making Jesus feel welcome in her home!

What separates Martha from her sister Mary is that Martha did not order her time by her priorities. She may have sincerely thought that welcoming Jesus was most important, but her behavior did not reflect that. It’s as if she had a choice of visiting with Jesus or vacuuming, and she chose the vacuum. It’s not that Mary didn’t help out with the chores. I believe she did—perhaps she did the dishes before Jesus arrived. But once Jesus set foot in their home, Mary dropped the busy work in favor of what really mattered—spending quality time with her Lord.

Jesus’ response to Martha is just as applicable to us as it was to her: “Martha, Martha! You are worried and upset about so many things, but only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best, and it will not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41, 42, CEV).

Let’s be honest. Don’t we all make Martha’s mistake? We mean well. We want to help out in our children’s school and be active in our communities and do our part at church. As with Martha’s cooking and cleaning, there’s nothing inherently wrong with any of these activities. The problem is when they become a hindrance and keep us from doing what really matters—spending quality time with our Lord and the people He puts in our path.

Learning to live our priorities actually encompasses all three parts of the Clarity Principle found in Hebrews 12:1-2. Getting rid of extraneous obligations and expectations is one of the ways we “throw off everything that hinders.” Not letting the trivial supersede the vital is an example of how we “run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” And ordering our lives around what God wants is part of how we “fix our eyes on Jesus.” Read More→

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Perks Of Being A Nurse

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When it comes to finishing work and deciding what you want to do with your life, one of the things which can be a huge draw is the idea of working within the medical industry. You don’t have to be a doctor or a surgeon to make it in the medical industry and in fact, you can be just as successful working as a mental health practitioner, a nurse or a physical therapist.

So why is being a nurse the best of these options? Well, there are so many amazing perks and opportunities for you when working as a nurse, and the job role itself is a huge draw… and here’s why.


Job Security

The beauty about choosing a career as a medical professional in any capacity is the fact that you are needed in the world. Everyone needs someone to look after them when they fall ill, and nursing is a job role which can never go out of style and will never run its course. You will always find people who need you and want your expertise, which means that you will never have to worry about not being able to find a job during your life.


Job Opportunities

As with job security, another benefit of being a nurse is the fact that you have plenty of opportunities open to you the moment you step out of your degree or course. There a lots of different places who hire nurses for their own needs and it isn’t just in hospitals. You could work as a mobile nurse, in a nursing home, a school or a doctor’s office. There are lots of places who will welcome you with open arms.



Being a nurse is just as diverse as being a doctor. The term nurse is an umbrella term for anyone who spends their time looking after patients and making sure they are happy and healthy. You could be working at the end of life in palliative care, as a midwife nurse looking after newborn babies, or in the emergency room on call for those who are rushed into A&E after an injury. There are so many different areas you can go into and this means that you never have to feel bored with your job role because there are always more options out there for you.


Flexibility Of Hours

When you decide to become a nurse and spend your life treating others and making them feel great, one of the benefits that you can enjoy for yourself is the flexibility of your hours each week. You can be a nurse and work around the commitments you gave at home in a breeze which makes it an incredibly family friendly job role to pursue. If you have kids to look after or certain things in your life to work on, you can fit your hours around it for the most convenient job role you can possibly have.


Career Flexibility

As well as being flexible with the hours you are able to work each month during the year, you can also have more flexibility in your career as a whole when you become a nurse. There is no rule which says you need to stay where you are for the entirety of your life and you can be transferred around to another hospital in the country whenever you want. You can even become a mobile nurse which means that you will spend a lot of your time travelling to and from different areas of the world and this is ideal for those of you who aren’t ready to settle down and have a family at this stage in your life.


Great Pay

When you step into a career in the medical industry you can guarantee that the wage you are able to earn will be great and will increase year upon year throughout your life. As you work your wag up the ladder in the nursing industry you can stand to earn a lucrative wage which is only what you deserve after the time and effort you spend studying and saving the lives of people around you. Medical professionals deserve great pay for the work they do, and you can really benefit from this this year.


Opportunity To Travel

As we briefly touched on above, when you become a nurse there are many different opportunities available to you and many different opportunities to travel around the world. For example you could become a nurse for a cruise ship and travel the seas looking after passengers from all walks of life. You could be a nurse for trains or planes and spend your working career traveling the corners of the earth… and you can see and experience so many amazing things.


Ability To Learn

If you enjoy learning new skills and putting yourself to the test throughout life, nursing could be a really wonderful job role for you to do. You will be able to work your way up from an online msn fnp program to a master degree and as you work in your career you can specialise in certain areas and study courses to make your way up to the top rankings in the field. The opportunity to learn and develop both personally and professionally is exactly what you need for a successful career.


Pride And Happiness

When you think about the many perks and benefits of working as a nurse, there is one particular perk which blows everything else out of the water and which is the single biggest privilege of them all: you can help people. Being someone who cares for people and looks after them to keep them happy and healthy is the single biggest draw of becoming a nurse. You will begin to see the patients you treat as friends and family and as you nurse them back to health you can enjoy the pride of being responsible for another person’s wellbeing. It is a feeling like no other and is definitely a great reason to try you hand at nursing this year.

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The Complete Guide To Becoming A Nurse

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nurses_tote__31782.1354915757.1280.1280Nursing is one of the most rewarding careers there is and there are so many great reasons to get into it. You can work flexible hours, no 2 days are ever going to be the same and you can make a real difference to people’s lives. Even though it’s a very tough job and it can be incredibly demanding at times, it’s still the perfect career for somebody that wants to give something back. If you think that nursing might be right for you, here is everything you need to know about getting qualified and finding a job.

Get Qualified

Before you do anything else, you need to get the necessary qualifications that all nurses need. You’ve got a few different options here; if you’re entering education for the first time then you can do a bachelor’s degree in nursing which takes around 4 years to complete. If you’ve already got a bachelor’s degree in a related area then you don’t need to go back into full-time education, you can do an msn degree online instead. This is a good option for people that want to change career later in life because you don’t need to bear the financial burden of going back into education, just complete the course in your own time from home.

Once you’ve got the relevant degree, you then need to take some more exams before you’re fully registered as a nurse. After you graduate, you’ll need to get in touch with the National Council of State Boards of Nursing to apply for your NCLEX-RN exam. The exam is taken on a computer and usually consists of around 120 questions which you need to complete in six hours. The things that you learn during your degree will prepare you for this exam. If you don’t manage to pass it (70-75 percent is the usual pass rate) then you’ll have to wait 45 days before you’re eligible to take it again.

Get A License

Now that you’ve got all of the qualifications that you need to be a nurse, you need to get a license to practice. The process varies from state to state and certain places will require extra steps so make sure you get in touch with your local authority to see what you need to do. Most of the time, you’ll have to do a background check before getting your license.

Find A Job

After getting your license, you’ll finally be able to start looking for nursing jobs. Working in a hospital is the obvious choice but there are other options. You should be able to land a job in a hospital fairly easily because nurses are in high demand. But you could also consider working in a nursing home, or for a company that provides home care. The hours are often better in those kinds of jobs than they are in a hospital which is a much more demanding environment.

Once you’ve got your first job, you can start to learn new skills as you work and even seek more education and training to help you progress to more senior positions.

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Leading When You’re Wrong

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leadwhenwrongBrad Washburn, Do the Dad Thing bloggerHere’s one of the famous quotes and jokes from my Dad:

“I don’t make mistakes.  Except for that one time that I thought I made a mistake . . .  but it turned out that I didn’t . . . so that was actually a mistake.”

That’s the point when my sister, my mom, and I would groan.

Unlike my Dad, I DO make mistakes.  I made a big one a few months ago.  It was my job to handle the tithe portion of our budget.  Every month I take our tithe amount from the budget and PayPal donate it.  It’s not a big job.  I usually just set an alarm in my calendar, then on the designated day, send some $$ through PayPal.

But, I did some reformatting of my email, and, then reinstalling of my e-mail management program . . .  and lost my handy little calendar reminder.

You readers might have great capacities for memory, but I would actually lose my head if it wasn’t attached.  So, you can see where this is going:  Three months I forgot to send out the tithe.

Doesn’t sound like a big deal yet?  But you have to understand, the Washburns aren’t sitting on piles of dough.  My work in ministry and writing doesn’t put us on the Fortune list, and my wife’s steady (thank God for steady) job doesn’t either.  So that designated tithe money sitting in the account . . . got spent.

Yes, yes, the fact that I can’t tell you from our budget where that money was spent is probably also my fault.  I’m lumping it all into the same screw up.

But the point of this article is that I still had to lead even though I screwed up.  And being a good Christian Dad leader means that we tithe.  So that sacrifice of our first fruits of paychecks was still required.  But yet we had spent the money.

. . . and that’s when the fight started.

Actually it wasn’t much of a fight.  All my wife’s accusations of me mishandling funds and calendar were true.  But that fact that the Washburns had to come up with 3 months of tithe, because of my screw up . . .  Yes there was some ‘heated discussion.’

My fellow Dads, this is where I can’t emphasize enough that it’s really tough to lead, to ask your family to ‘dig deep’ and sacrifice, when we ourselves are to blame.  But there is NO WHERE in Scripture that says we quit leading just because we made a mistake.  We are men, and heads of family and marriage whether we are perfect or not.  So my only ‘take away points’ are ones that I’ve learned the hard way:

Admit it.  Take responsibility when you are wrong.  In this situation the resulting fight would have went on a LOT longer if I was unnecessarily trying to defend myself.  This is a great thing for our kids to see also; taking responsibility in a mature way.

  1. Remember that as Christians and Dads we are not alone.  God is with us.  Just like He promised the Israelites in Deuteronomy 31:6 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
  2. Remember that as Christians and Dads our family is “our people” — when Solomon prays for “wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Chronicles 1:10), he’s not just talking about the nation of Israel; he’s’ talking about families like ours.  Your people are yours and you are not alone — even if they complain.  Yes, even if they complain a LOT
  3. The Bible is pretty clear that being a Christian and a Dad is going to be tough.  The Devil’s schemes are against us (Eph 6:10), and we are encouraged to not be weary of doing good (Gal 6:9) — why would we need such encouragement if God didn’t know that it was going to be hard?
  4. You will come out of it and it will be better.  Yes, we finally paid the tithe I had missed.  We are still surviving, and, as my waistline is showing, no one has starved to death.  In fact, we all noticed some unexplained blessings that made the extra financial amount easier to handle during the last several months.  I can honestly say it was an example to my wife, and to me, of how God has a Master Plan.

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