Back to School Bites

(Family Features) When it comes to packing lunches and after school snacks for your little ones, it’s easy to get into a rut. But by making a few delicious and convenient choices in the grocery store, you can break away from the same old sandwich routine and serve up nibbles and noshes your kids will love.

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Classroom Success Begins with Breakfast

(Family Features) Dairy and breakfast go hand in hand. With so many types of milk, cheeses and yogurts available, it’s easy to find breakfast combinations that set the curve for success as the kids head back to school this fall.

Nutritious dairy foods give kids an essential boost

Fruit Salsa Yogurt Parfait
Fruity Splash Smoothie

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Friday Round-Up

I thought I would try a different kind of post today.  This is a “round-up” of some things I found interesting around the web.  Here is what’s included:

  • Sloppy Joe macaroni and cheese recipe
  • Your Worth is Beyond Measure article from Holley Gerth
  • Free Victorian journal cards
  • God sees everything – coming boldly to Him
  • Why do Teenagers Rebel?  Thoughts from a 19-year-old who DIDN’T
  • 5 Minutes to Make a Difference

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Bible Verse Posters – More Free Printables

I have been taking a “brain break,” and doing what I consider fun, which is playing with graphics.  I have had these posters sitting on my computer for a while, and there’s no sense in that.  They are based on the song “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and Matthew 10:29-30.  The graphics are all by Trina Clark, and the fonts are Picmonkey.  The cute star frames were created by

They are for your personal use only.  Click on each image to enlarge, right click and “save as image.”  Thank you, and I hope you enjoy them!

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A Couple of Freebies

I made a couple of card fronts today for anyone who wishes to have them.  There is a get well card and a happy birthday card.  The graphics are by Trina Clark and the fonts are by Picmonkey.  They are for personal use only.  Just click on each image to get full size.  Then right click and “save image as.”  They would be best printed on cardstock or heavy paper.  Write your personal message on the back.  Thank you!


Happy Birthday Owl wishing-well-get-well

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7 Day Declutter and Organize

I’ve been on a mission to declutter my house, and I like the ideas on this website! I’m such a “list” oriented person, I may even write down the 10 things I get rid of every day, just so I’ll have a visual of my progress.

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The Bride’s First Luncheon – 1905

I thought this was so pretty! (It seems to be taking a few seconds to load.)

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Family-Friendly Carpet and Tile that Work for Your Home

(StatePoint) Your home’s flooring matters. Not only can it affect property value, but it’s also a fundamental element of design and style. With so many choices available, it can be difficult choosing what’s right for your family and home.

Here are some guidelines that can help you make smart decisions that meet your budget and lifestyle.

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Strawberry and Watermelon Salad

(Family Features) Summer is peak strawberry season and the perfect time to enjoy one of America’s favorite fruits.

While available year-round, California strawberries are most plentiful from May through August with the state producing nearly 90 percent of strawberries grown in the entire country. Not only are strawberries delicious, these pretty red gems also offer many health benefits. In fact, eating just eight medium size strawberries a day may improve heart and brain health, lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of some cancers.

Bring home the sweetness of California strawberries

Summer Loving Strawberry & Watermelon Salad

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National Day of Prayer Sermon by Anne Graham Lotz

This is a wake-up call to all of us!  Anne Graham Lotz, Billy Graham’s daughter, gave this address for the 2014 National Day of Prayer.

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Living By The Word

By Dr. Ephraim John Udofia

The word of God doesn’t contain life, it’s life. The very life of God is in his word. The Bible says that, “He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Psalms 107: 20, KJV). In a world such as ours, it’s becoming very important that the just have to live by faith-living by the word of God. It’s the hearing of the word and repetitive hearing the word of God that ignites faith in our hearts to act.

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4th of July Dessert Recipes from Betty Crocker

This is not an affiliate post, I just happen to be on Betty Crocker’s email list. If you need some last-minute 4th of July dessert ideas, here are a lot of them! Just click on each image for the complete recipe and directions.  Enjoy!

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Foil Pack Recipes

I like foil pack meals. These recipes are for the grill, but I think they could be easily adapted to the oven, also.

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Manage Mealtime Mayhem

By Sue Becker

Several years ago I saw a sign that said “I have a kitchen because it came with the house” in a client’s home. It’s a relief to know there’s at least one other person besides me who doesn’t like to cook. After all, with the huge number of cooking shows on TV, cooking magazines staring at me in the grocery store, and specialty spice shops and olive oil stores popping up all over, I can’t help but think that everyone except me loves to cook (and is good at it as well). I do love to eat, however, so I’ve done all I can to make meal planning as painless as possible. Whether you’re the cook in your home or are lucky enough to be the beneficiary of someone else’s cooking, enjoy these tips to make mealtimes less stressful.

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Simple Home Organization Techniques For Everyone

By Brenda Williams

Organizing the home space may seem difficult when the spaces are encompassed with clutter that continues to grow – week after week. Simple tips can be used for all homeowners to maintain a clear space. Imagine being able to find what you are looking for within minutes! You could live in a home that provides you with the space and organization that you require to create a well planned home. Use these simple techniques to begin your quest to organization today.

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