Staying Organized in the Age of Distractions

We have never been so productive, so busy, and at the same time so distracted.  Throughout history there have always been issues that have prevented us from doing what we set out to do.  But it’s never been as hard as it is today.  technology has its benefits and rewards, but it also has its drawbacks.

This free 11-page ebook will cover topics, such as pinpointing areas where you are distracted, making realistic goals, creating a plan of action, planning menus, to do lists, and more.  Click on the cover image for the free download.

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Baby Steps to a Tidy Closet

Keeping our homes reasonably clutter-free seems to be a major challenge for many of us. I honestly believe that it is because we have too much. If I am constantly buying more bins or storage containers, maybe the problem is that I need to get rid of some of the extras, not buy more things to contain them.

I want to share my closet organizing project that I recently finished.  I didn’t do all of this in one day. I deliberately paced myself, because I have a tendency to tie into work like this until I’m exhausted and discouraged.

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My Sunday Cooking Adventure

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I decided to do our grocery shopping on the way home from church. This would get it out of the way and we wouldn’t have to run out through the week.

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Are Your “Limiting Beliefs” Blocking Your Goals?

Most people, at some time in their lives, have what we call “limiting beliefs.” These are conscious or subconscious ideas that can stop us from achieving our goals if we let them. Sometimes these beliefs are instilled in us in childhood, and sometimes we create the ourselves.

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Cozy Winter Cookie Recipes

(BPT) – When you think of favorite winter dishes, what comes to mind? Do hearty soups and bold coffee seem like the best sources of warmth to sustain you through winter’s chill? For dishes that create comfort and warmth, don’t rule out one of the most-loved American flavors: peanut butter. Peanut butter adds flavor and flare to many dishes, from baked treats to main courses and everything in between.

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Peanutty Pie Crust Clusters

(BPT) – “Sweets for the sweet” will always be appropriate for Valentine’s Day, but what if your sweetheart isn’t a fan of boxed chocolates? Or perhaps you want to give an extra special gift by making it homemade? Baking a treat for your loved one is a great way to give a personal – and cost-effective – gift this year.

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Valentine’s Day Cookie Recipes

(Family Features) Treat family, friends and co-workers to something they will all love this Valentine’s Day by making easy and impressive cookies. Start with your favorite roll-out cookie recipe or simply dress up store-bought ones by adding some simple details with icing.

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Making Dessert with Your Slow Cooker

Did you know you can cook desserts in your slow cooker? You can even make desserts that are typically baked, like layered bars. Here are some tips and recipes for making dessert with your slow cooker.

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How to Remodel Your Bathroom on a Limited Budget

If you have been aching to remodel your bathroom but do not have an exorbitant amount of money, there is no need to fret. You can still remodel your bathroom within the confines of a limited budget.

Remodeling your bathroom does not have to involve extensive work and expensive budgets along with top-rate construction workers and architects. Here are a few simple and inexpensive ways to create a new bathroom look without breaking the bathroom budget.

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7 Tips for Overcoming Social Fears

Did you know that most people on Earth say that they have social anxieties? It’s right up there with public speaking as one of the biggest fears. Social fears are one of the most common issues that a lot of people face or claim to face. It may be worse for some than for others, but social fear is a pretty universal issue. For most of us it started in our teenage years. We either learned to cope with it, or it manifested into something worse.

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Old Fashioned Valentine Ladies – Free Printable Cards and Tags

Here are two beautiful, old fashioned ladies taken from vintage Tuckdb.org.  Each slide contains a 4″ by 6″ card front and a 3″ by 5″ tag.  Click to enlarge image to print.  These are for personal use.

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Darling Old Fashioned Valentine Girls – Collage Sheets – Free Printable

These adorable little girls are from Tuckdb.org postcards from 1913.  The checked background is from Trina Clark Walker at Digiscrapkits.com.   The ten cards are on two collage sheets.  These are free printables for your personal use.  Just click on the images to enlarge and print.  They would be cute for Valentine scrapbooks or other paper crafts.

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The Importance of Prayer – Bible Study

This is a 20-question Bible study on the importance of prayer.  It is adapted from Bible Readings for the Home Circle, copyright 1920.  This is in the public domain, so you may use it however you wish.  After the Bible study answers, I have made 4 free printable Scripture cards on prayer.  They measure 5″ by 3″, the size of a postcard.

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Praying the Scriptures for Your Children and Teens

I found this excellent video of an interview with Jodie Berndt on Cbn.com.  It is encouraging, especially if you might be going through a rough time with your children.

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Flavored Hot Chocolate Recipes for Cold Weather

(Family Features) As a kid, the winter season was always a special time of year filled with snow days, ice-skating, favorite movies and fun board games. Bringing back carefree moments from winters past can be as easy as gathering together family and friends for game night and sipping your favorite wintertime drink – hot chocolate.

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