Oh-my-goodness! It has been SO LONG since I have posted & I do apologize!
I am pretty sure most, if not all of you can agree that life gets crazy.
You feel like you need 5 (or more) extra hours or 2 (or more) extra hands!
I have given birth to my 3rd amazing blessing since I have been MIA - my 3rd sweet boy!
Well, life can throw you CRAZY curve-balls!
Whether is the loss or change of a job
The beginning or ending of a relationship
The list goes on!
It has been a little bit of a challenge adjusting...getting everything done on my own everyday - I have unexpectedly become a single parent with a 14 year old, a 2.5 year old & a 3 week old. I have also been left without a vehicle while still running AOE Ministries with Tanika. I have been surrounded by some amazing people that I continually Thank God for!
It takes a village!
Well with so many things on my plate & so many hats to wear I figured with my 5 minutes of quiet time I would look for a few good time management tips & tricks. Feel free to share anything that you have found works for you.
Below are a few articles that I came across that have suggestions that have worked for them & others for time management.
This article relates to me quite a bit - Money Saving Mom, I have a nursing baby & a toddler!
"I was wasting far too much time on things that didn’t matter, and not finding time for the things that did. Something had to give. I needed to prioritize.
And then I re-read a story about a professor who held up a jar of rocks to his class. He asked them, is this jar full? They all agreed that it was. Then he took a bag of small pebbles and poured it into the jar. The pebbles filled in the space around the jar and he asked, now is it full? Everyone again said yes. He then took a bag of sand and poured it into the jar. The sand filtered through the rocks and pebbles until all the space was filled. What about now, he asked, do you think it is full? For the third time the class said yes. Finally he took a pitcher of water and poured the water into the jar until it was all the way to the brim and began spilling over the top. Now, he said, we can say the jar is really full. He then asked his class an important question: Do you think, he said, if I had started with the water, then the sand, and then the pebbles, there would still be room for the rocks?"
Read more at Living Well Spending Less.
"Keep the first things, first.
This is such an easy principle to lose sight of when raising young children. I have to continually remind myself that above being a business owner, volunteer, house cleaner, food preparer, friend, designer - I am a wife and a mommy. And those two things should always come first. Even being managing my time."Head over to The Flies Blend for the full article.
For me this would be God, my boys, AOE Ministries, etc. I am also really bad at making time for myself, however over the years I have come to realize that I NEED to! Working out not only has health benefits but can help with stress & so much more! I worked out today for the 1st time in what seems like FOREVER!!! Even sneaking 30 minutes was challenging but something I really need to do - the basket of laundry can wait for a minute!
"I have a confession.
The list of things I want and need to do is always much longer than the list of things I actually accomplish. I can’t do it all. I wish I could. I am constantly striving. But at the end of the day, I’m usually just a girl who drops more balls than I catch.
And I’m okay with that. Either you learn to thrive or it all falls apart.
Thriving does not, of course, equal perfection. My house is not always clean, my kids not always well-behaved, my laundry piles up, our bills are sometimes late, and occasionally we eat cold cereal for dinner. The overachiever in me gets frustrated by these failures, but the eternal optimist keeps hoping that someday it will all come together.
Until it does, here are ten tips for squeezing the most quality time out of every day"
Read more at http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/2011/02/16/10-tips-for-getting-more-done-each-day/#Q3mU0MYmswwplDrH.99
No matter what works or doesn't work for you - do your best to smile & enjoy everyday - the big & little things!
Life is short...
Sometimes a song can bring some sort of peace even with all the craziness life throws at you.
This is one of the ones that I just need to hear sometimes.
Whole Foods, one of the largest health-conscious grocery stores in America, maintains a list of “Unacceptable Ingredients for Food.” The store’s blacklist is 78 ingredients long and contains many well-known villains in the eyes of health-conscious eaters—aspartame, MSG, and high fructose corn syrup, to name a few. Though Whole Foods has grown over the years—it currently boasts more than 300 locations nationwide—it’s still a small operation in comparison to Walmart, which runs more than 3,000 food-selling supercenters in the U.S., making it the largest grocery store in the country and indeed the world. Walmart does not ban any of the ingredients on Whole Foods’ restricted list. In fact, approximately 14 percent of food items sold at Walmart could not be stocked on the shelves of Whole Foods simply because they contain high fructose corn syrup. When all 78 ingredients banned by Whole Foods are taken into account, roughly 54 percent of food items sold at a Walmart would be prohibited at Whole Foods.
If you’re trying to avoid unnatural ingredients you may not be a soda drinker. But let’s look at the seemingly more natural category of water. More than 36 percent of drinks that Walmart labels as “water” also have ingredients that disqualify them from Whole Foods’ shelves. While standard Aquafina and Aquafina FlavorSplash Lemon Water have similar packaging and might even be sold on the same shelf, the latter contains four ingredients (sucralose, calcium disodium EDTA, acesulfame potassium, and potassium sorbate) that would prohibit its sale at Whole Foods.
Of course, it’s important to remember that, while Whole Foods has attached a stigma to the ingredients it’s declared “unacceptable,” all of these ingredients are approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Whole Foods doesn’t offer much of an explanation on its website for why it has banned these ingredients. A representative from the company explained by email that the decision to prohibit an ingredient comes from “many factors including safety, necessity, manufacturing methods and compatibility with our overall core values.”
In addition to its restrictions on ingredients, Whole Foods also bans food items based on concerns about animal welfare, genetically modified organisms, and sustainability.
CLICK HERE to read the full article on Slate by Ben Blatt & to see a great 'slide show' of different foods that would be banned.
Unacceptable Ingredients for Food - List taken from Whole Foods Market
The following list contains ingredients that Whole Foods Market finds unacceptable in food products.
We reserve the right to change this list at any time. Please note that creating a product with no unacceptable ingredients does not guarantee that Whole Foods Market will sell it. This list is intended for illustrative purposes only. If you are interested in selling your product to Whole Foods Market, please contact a WFM buyer.
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Fresh asparagus - $1.79/lb
Palermo's Pizza - $3.
HT liquid bleach - $0.99
Dawn dish detergent - BOGO
Angel Soft toilet paper - 12 double rolls - 2/$10
Green peppers - 3 pack - $1.29
Baking potatoes - 5lb bag - $1.79
Baby carrots - 1lb bag - $0.59
Tomatoes on the vine - 24oz package - $1.49
Yellow onions - 3lbs - $0.99
Bag of salad - Italian or Caesar salad kit - $0.99
Pasta - 1lb boxes - $0.89
Tuscan Garden Italian dressing - $1.39
Caramel coconut fudge cookies - $1.79 (I was told these taste like the Girlscout version)
Nature's Nectar Juice pouches - $1.79
L'oven Fresh white bread - $0.89
Peanut Delight peanut butter - $1.69
Berryhill concord grape jelly - $1.59
Bon Italia beef ravioli - $0.69
Bon Italia pasta rings & meatballs - $0.69
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The following items at BI-LO are only on sale from 2/19 - 2/22
Boneless center cut pork loin half - $1.99/lb
Red delicious apples - $0.88/lb
Chicken of the Sea chunk light tuna - $0.69
Gain laundry detergent - $3.99
Publix Deli Italian whole sub - $4.99
Bertolli pasta sauce - BOGO
Mueller's pasta - BOGO
Pre-sliced bagels - 4 count - $1.00
CapriSun - $1.79
Powerade - BOGO
International Delight coffee creamer - BOGO
Wish-Bone dressing - BOGO
Kraft BBQ sauce - BOGO
Huggies diapers - $10.00 off purchase of 2 (check with store for details)
Johnson baby products - $3.00 off purchase of 2 (check with store for details)
My Essentials yogurt - $0.49
Taste of Inspirations greek yogurt - $0.89
Jumbo white onions - $0.89/lb
Sweet bell peppers - 3 count multi colored - $1.29
Whole carrots - 1 lb bag - $0.69
Green onions bunch - 2/$1.00
So much of what we see, what we hear & what we do is focused on material things
& what WE WANT:
...keeping up with the Joneses...
Some of the following may be disturbing to see, but
You can't spend your life turning a blind eye...
You can't fix what you don't see...
ALWAYS remember & do your best to teach your children that
WANTS are different from NEEDS!
"I WANT a new cell phone."
"I NEED to find ANY WAY to contact my mom in another state that is in the hospital...she isn't doing very well..."
"I WANT hibachi steak house for dinner."
"I NEED a piece of bread or a few crackers so my stomach stops growling."
"I WANT the new Jordan shoes that are coming out."
"I NEED a pair of shoes for my 2 year old - he is outgrowing his shoes...they have holes in the bottom & when it rains his socks get wet..."
"I WANT to re-do my bedroom."
I NEED a mattress for my kids to sleep on.
They can share one...I just want to get them out off of the floor."
"I WANT a new bathing suit for our pool party this weekend."
"I Need running water so my family can take a shower & flush the toilet."
"I WANT to move into a BIGGER house!"
"I NEED to move anywhere..."
So many of us are sheltered & many of us try to shelter our children.
We tend to feel more comfortable staying in our little bubble.
We tend to turn a blind eye to those that are different from us
those that are hurting
those that are hungry
those that are sick
those that are in need...
The sad reality is that people are hurting EVERYWHERE ...
...many times closer to you then you realize.
1:4 children are at risk for hunger - think about that...1 out of every 4 of your children's friends...
Most cities have 'tent cities' now - most of us are blessed to be able to turn heat on when we are cold & AC of fan when we are hot...
Look at how blessed you are with the many things in your closet...many people only have 1 or 2 outfits...some only have the clothes on their backs...
When we really open our eyes our world & the world around us changes...
hopefully our hearts will change.
Now you don't have to become crazy about all of this -
God WANTS us to enjoy our lives
and He WANTS the best for us.
But He always WANTS us to stay focused on Him!
He WANTS us to be joyful givers!
If we have things that we no longer want or need we need to GIVE those things to others!
AOE Ministries constantly distributes items that were considered
"one mans trash"
"another mans treasure".
If you would like to help AOE Ministries in ANY way please click the following link:
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor. - Proverbs 22:9 (NIV)
Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses. - Proverbs 28:27 (NIV)
Be generous to the poor—you’ll never go hungry;
shut your eyes to their needs, and run a gauntlet of curses. - Proverbs 28:27 (Message)
John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” - Luke 3:11 (NIV)
“If you have two coats, give one away,” he said.
“Do the same with your food.” - Luke 3:11 (Message)
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
- Acts 20:35 (NIV)
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them,
“Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
- James 2:15-1
What kind of legacy are you making...are you going to be leaving?
What kind of impact are you making...in your neighborhood, in your city, in the world?
What kind of example are you setting for your children & for future generations?
God Wants You to Share with the Needy.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
- Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
If we really understood how much God is pleased with us when we do volunteer work, offer a kind word, do a good deed, or donate to a worthy cause or charity, we'd do lots more of it.
Needy, hurting people are all around you.
Do something to make a difference today.
Lord, thank You for all the bountiful ways You have blessed me. Help me to be generous with others, as You have been with me. In Jesus Name, Amen.
*This last paragraph taken from Prayer Thoughts - to read full article CLICK HERE.
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HOW YOU CAN HELP!
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*Disclaimer - please excuse the language in the following picture.
I would like to start by apologizing that we were MIA (Missing In Action)!
We are both from the North so we are used to snow,
however this winter (in the North & South) has been a little bit out of control!
I know the South didn't get hit anywhere close to the North but we are not as prepared down here. The winter storm we had last week shut us down & locked us in from Tuesday afternoon until Friday evening. I was hoping this would allow me some time to get some blogging done, etc, but unfortunately it just didn't happen - SORRY!
Anyone that has children knows that it can be quite challenging being COMPLETELY stuck in the house for days at a time =
more "what can we do(s)?"
& even without children - CABIN FEVER!!!
As of right now I haven't heard any news about more snow in the South but I know the North is suppossed to get 3-5+ more inches tonight!
I'm hoping the round up below might help some of our northern friends & family make the days go by a little faster & maybe even help your kiddos burn some of their
pent up energy!
FYI - A bunch of these activities can be done even if you don't have snow.
Either way stay warm & safe & have fun!
Just click on the pictures below for the links back to the source & directions for each activity.
*Be sure to be careful with some of the activities
AOE will not be held liable for anything.
& just incase you want to get a little workout in...
Megan Mauk & Tanika Baskerville Co-Directors of AOE Ministries.