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May
27

Celebrating Memorial Day

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I have never been able to think of the day as one of mourning; I have never quite been able to feel that half-masted flags were appropriate on Decoration Day. I have rather felt that the flag should be at the peak, because those whose dying we commemorate rejoiced in seeing it where their valor placed it. We honor them in a joyous, thankful, triumphant commemoration of what they did.

– Benjamin Harrison

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May
20

3 Crucial Online Safety Habits to Teach Your Kids

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As a loving and devoted mom, it goes without saying that you want your kids to be as safe as possible, 24/7/365. But as they begin doing more activities on their own, with less supervision from you, you’re left feeling like you are constantly walking on a tightrope. You’re balancing your kids’ budding independence with your desire to make sure they are okay.

A classic example of this tightrope act is when your kids are on the internet. While you understand that they need and want to go online to research school assignments, to watch videos on YouTube, shows on Netflix and play online games, you also know there are many dangers that can pop up when surfing the web.

In order to be sure your kids stay as safe as possible when they are online, teach them the following habits:

Be Very Careful When Purchasing a Game or Add-Ons

Many video games can be purchased online and then played on either a computer, handheld device or on a game system. Although there are plenty of reputable sites like Steam that sell games, there could be fake websites that claim to offer games but really just want to get a hold of your account info.

To avoid having your credit card number fall into cybercriminals’ hands, let your kids know that you have to approve all online game purchases and in-game add-ons. It is not enough for them to call out “Hey Mom, I need to borrow your debit card to buy a game for $10 and I’ll pay you back out of my allowance.” Have your tweens show you the game they want to buy and make sure it is from a reputable site; while you are at it, teach them that if they see a pop-up ad about buying a game, they should avoid these offers like the plague.

You should also keep a sharp eye on your bank and credit card statements and watch for charges that you don’t recognize. As a backup, it’s wise to invest in an ID theft protection plan. This way, if your kids accidentally purchase a game from a bogus site, you will be immediately alerted about any fraudulent activity on your account.

Never Reveal Personal Information Online

Internet access comes with a number of risks including online predators. These creeps are well aware of which apps and websites tweens and teens like to use, and may pose as a peer who is lonely and looking for new friends. To help your kids avoid these unsavory individuals, tell them that not everyone they encounter online is who they claim to be, and that sharing any type of personal information like your address, their phone number or what school they go to is strictly forbidden. You can also look into getting parental control software like Qustodio that can block access to certain sites and show you who your kiddos are communicating with online.

Teach Them to Post Only What They Would Want Grandma to See

As your kids get older and start using social media sites like Instagram and Snapchat, they may be encouraged by the enthusiastic responses they get to the photos of your family dog to post and share more and more pics and info. Sit down with your kids and show them how easily you can find information about total strangers on a social media site, either by following people you don’t know on Instagram or checking out random pages on Facebook. Make it a rule that your teens must keep their social media pages private and to be very careful about what they post. Despite vigilance, it is still possible for your kids’ pics and posts to get into the wrong hands, according to experts at GCFGlobal. Advise them that they should only put something online that they would be proud for their Grandma to see.

Don’t Worry Mom, You’ve Got This

Hopefully, all of your kids’ experiences online will be positive. But it’s also important to teach them about the risks without completely scaring them. With a solid combo of some firm rules about internet use, combined with an identity theft program and some parental controls, you can feel better about your kids being online and their safety.

 

 

 

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Feb
14

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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Jan
16

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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Jan
08

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.

Sign up at www.healthasdesigned.com

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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→

Dec
24

Merry Christmas!!

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Dec
10

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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Nov
22

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Aug
29

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.

 

Variety

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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