Friday, April 26, 2013

Summer Survival Calendar and Giveaway!!

Hey Friends!  Hop over to my other blog for a great summer giveaway.  The Confident Mom has created a fantastic Summer Survival Calendar just for moms.  You won't want to miss this one.

2013 Summer Survival Calendar

I am so excited to have discovered Susan Heid's blog The Confident Mom last fall.  I have been truly blessed by her blog, audio blogs and resources.  Since I found her after the summer was over I missed the chance to utilize her Summer Survival Calendar.  But not this year!  I am thrilled to experience the summer with my kids armed with a variety of activities and ideas.

Check out my GIVEAWAY!


Summer Survival Calendar- $5

10 Strategies for Your Best Summer Ever Action Guide- $3

Bundle- Both Calendar and Action Guide- $7


2013 Summer Survival Calendar

Buy your Summer Survival Calendar and Action Guide at

The Confident Mom



Monday, April 22, 2013

42 Days to Fit! by Brandy Ferguson

Are you ready to make a lasting and healthy change in a FUN way?? Brandy Ferguson from The Marathon Mom has 8 sons. Last summer she embarked on a journey of 42 Days to Fit. It was a huge success for her. She published a book on Kindle and now it is available as PDF for only $4.99.

42 Days to Fit has two challenges every week: Food and Exercise.

Material includes:
*Weekly sample menus
*Printable journey guides for each week
*Running tips for beginners
*Healthy, homemade snack ideas with links to recipes

Each week builds upon the next and you can track your progress.

You can get fit and stay fit for life! 

I am starting my 42 Days to Fit and I have lost 4 lbs in 4 weeks!  I feel stronger, and am not craving unhealthy food all the time.  I make better food choices and I'm having fun exercising.

I recommend anyone not sure where to start that this is a great book.  There are links to recipes, workouts, encouragement and more!

Get your book today:


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Working Women of the Bible by Susan DiMickele Book Review

Working Women of the Bible: Timeless Mentors for Modern Women by Susan DiMickele is a unique look at 13 working women who made a difference in their world and provide examples and principles for us to live by today.  Susan shares stories with passion, humor, practicality and understanding.  She goes beyond the story to discover the soul of each woman.  And she makes realistic parallels with modern day working women.  You will meet Eve, Rahab, Deborah, Ruth, Jezebel, Huldah, The Widow in Debt, Esther, Proverbs 31 Woman, Mary, Martha, Lydia and Priscilla.  These women of the Bible are true mentors for all women today.

This book took me by surprise!  I was highly impressed with Susan's perspective and retelling of well-known stories of the Bible about women I love reading about.  However, she dug deep to reveal "real" working women who faced challenges and frustrations that correspond to our modern life.  These women paved the way for all women to come.  She included both positive and negative examples and of course, the Timeless Mentor: Jesus.  Her writing style was like reading a novel.  I honestly couldn't put this book down.  And even though I am a Stay At Home Mom I realized that I truly am a working mom in need of a mentor to draw wisdom from.  I would definitely recommend this for a pleasurable and informative read.  

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers as part of their ACU Press Bookclub Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, April 15, 2013

April is Math Awareness Month: Crazy Math (Marriage) by Deb DeArmond (Guest Post)

Crazy Math
By Deb DeArmond

Marriage is a two-for.

You know what a two-for is, don’t you? You buy one, get one for free. When you marry your sweetheart, you actually get more than just one free. You get an entire additional family. What a bargain!

April is National Math Awareness Month. Apparently, some of us weren’t paying attention when that celebration rolled our way. Mama told me, “Marry the man, marry the family.”

But the marriage math doesn’t end there. “And the two shall become one flesh. Since they are no longer two, but one” (Mark 10:8 NIV). Do the Math Awareness people have that one figured out? I doubt it.

God planned this unique mathematical equation: 1+1=1. If it sounds impossible, it’s not. But it’s not simple, either. I’ve been married 37 years. When people ask how we’ve managed to stay together, happy all these years, I reply, “I travel a lot.” We joke that after all these years, Ron’s concluded it’s “cheaper to keep her.” A sense of humor probably doesn’t hurt either. We’ve agreed to take marriage seriously, and ourselves less so. It’s hard to stay mad when you’re laughing.

God knew it wouldn’t be easy for us to set aside our “me first” human nature and put things in biblical order. God expects to be first, and wants our spouse to be next in priority. Romans 12 reminds us, “in honor give preference to one another.” That puts me in spot number three in my life, running contrary to my selfish nature. But if I prefer my husband and he prefers me, we are each well cared for and the relationship is in order as together we submit to God. But if I get just one item out of order—my job, or friends, even my kids—the math equation begins to come apart.
The good news is that God is there when we forget how to add it up. And since He created marriage, He has provided the manual on how to care for it and how to repair it when needed.
So go to the author of the instruction manual on marriage. The one who believed it possible, if not easy, to create one from two. “Since they are no longer two but one, let no one split apart what God has joined together” (Matthew 19:6). Although this sounds like a warning against outside influences, it’s also a reminder to couples that even we do not have God’s approval to blow up our marriages when things get tough.
Marriage. Crazy math. Questions? Go to the great mathematician. He’s got it solved.
Deb DeArmond
Deb DeArmond Bio:
Deb DeArmond is an expert in the fields of communication, relationship and conflict resolution. A writer and professional speaker, Deb focuses on topics related to the family and women. Kregel publications will release her first book in early 2014, focused on relationships between women-in-law. Read Deb at

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