Sunday, March 27, 2011
Today in our women's class at church, Relief Society, we talked about the principle of "consecration." Our lesson was based on a talk given by D. Todd Christofferson in the October 2010 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In his talk he said,
"To consecrate is to set apart or dedicate something as sacred, devoted to holy purposes. True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives—that is, our time and choices—to God’s purposes. In so doing, we permit Him to raise us to our highest destiny."
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Sunday, March 20, 2011
- Choose a medium that's right for you. I used to use books, but now that my life is so hectic I find it better to journal on the computer. I use LDS Journal, a free site that allows you to keep your journal through their secure server (which is great because if your computer crashes it's still safe and sound), add photos to journal entries, automatically get e-mail reminders to write in your journal, and get your journal printed into an affordable high-quality hardbound book. It's awesome! I love it!
- If you do use a standard journal, include a photo of yourself at the beginning of the book. It's fun to see how you change over the years.
- Every once in awhile, do an entry where you just write down your daily schedule. Wouldn't you like to know what your mother's daily schedule was like when you were a young child and she was raising you? It's those little things that provide such insight into your life that will be invaluable for future generations.
- Just write. Whatever's on your mind, just get it out there. If your mind goes blank when you sit down, then keep a pen and paper handy throughout the day and make notes of things to write about- funny things that happen, etc. Pretend that your journal is your best friend and you're going to call her at the end of the day. What will you talk about?
- Don't stress about it. At this point in my life, I'm only writing about once a month, and while I'd like it to be more, I'm not stressing. (you get more here on my blog than my journal does!
Thursday, March 17, 2011
- Extra clothing- If you don't keep much extra clothing, this is a great thing to get cheap at thrift stores. Ladies, if you're still growing your family, be sure to include pants with an expandable waistband. (Tip- store clothing in an extra pillowcase. This will keep it organized and can serve as a pillow in emergencies)
- Small towel and/or washcloth
- Basic toiletries- I actually keep a toiletry kit stocked with travel-sized versions of products I normally use, extra toothpaste and a toothbrush. Whenever I travel I just toss this in my suitcase, then I refill it when I come home and keep it near my emergency kit so that I can easily pack it if I have to evacuate.
- First Aid supplies- even just band-aids and some pain medication will work. At least it's something!
- Plastic bags
- Pen and paper
- Contact Info- List of family members' names, phone numbers, and photos, plus an agreed-upon emergency action plan (meeting locations, etc.).
- Tissues- just put a few in a plastic ziplock bag.
- Toilet paper- individually wrapped roll, if you have it
- Matches- put these in a plastic ziplock bag also
- Water- fill a water bottle with tap water and store it. If possible, store enough for 1 gallon per person per day, but even if you only have one bottle in an evacuation kit, that's still something!
- Food- granola bars, canned food, etc. While these are not necessarily ideal, they are still something!
- Baby Wipes- I just heard one of the guys on one of the professional emergency response crews on CNN saying that baby wipes are one thing they never leave home without.
- Flashlight- You might not have an extra, but you can get these at the dollar store and they're essential.
- Backpack or bag- You will need some kind of portable container to hold all of your emergency supplies. While a backpack is ideal, even a cardboard box or grocery bag(s) will do.
- Shoes- In case of a sudden evacuation, you might not have a chance to change shoes or even put on shoes. Find an old pair of sneakers or maybe a pair of hiking boots you don't wear often- just something sturdy and comfortable- and stuff a pair of socks in the toe and use the shoelaces to tie them to your emergency kit. If you need them in the meantime, you can still access them easily.
- Grab-and-Go List- If you are fortunate to have more than a moment's notice of an evacuation, you may have time to grab a few sentimental/useful items along with your emergency kit. Go around your house and make a list of items- photos, computer, kids' special lovies, journals, important documents, etc.- that you would want to take with you if evacuated. When possible, try to keep these items grouped together for easy packing. Decide now what kind of container you will use to pack them- maybe a container currently being used for winter clothes or a cardboard box- making these decisions now will save you panic and chaos later on!
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
It has been awhile since I've posted about couponing, but I've had several friends who have expressed interest in the subject recently so I thought it might be helpful to just give you a brief tutorial on how I do it and how you can get started. I'll keep it simple and easy to follow so that you can feel confident enough to give it a try!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I am linking up with Keeping It Simple's Motivate Me Monday the Shabby Chic Cottage's Transformation Thursday, DIY By Design's "Swing into Spring" (see button below), How Sweet the Sound's Pink Saturday and So You Think You're Crafty's I'm Crafty Party this week! Check out those blogs for more fantastic crafty ideas!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
It's tax return time again and we just recently got ours which brought us to 81% of our 6-month emergency fund. Yay! To celebrate, I decided to scratch my shopping itch and hit the Goodwill Outlet to see what kinds of goodies I could find. So now just pretend that you're a friend who has come over to visit me and I'm saying, "Hey! Check out what I bought today!!"
And isn't this little apple charm on the end of the ribbon bookmark just so fun? I can imagine giving this book with some freshly picked apples in the fall. :-)
And here are a few more sweet books! I have always wanted to read "The Five People You Meet in Heaven", and then that little red book on top is a book of Love Poems (LOVE IT!) and those two books underneath it are little pocket-sized hardbound copies of Great Expectations and Portrait of a Lady. And the pages are trimmed in gold. They were just so pretty I had to have them. Speaking of things that were so pretty I had to have them....