Monthly Archives: November 2012

Visual Theology

Visual Theology

These pictorial diagrams ARE AMAZING…. They would be great resources for a bible study, homeschooling, and personal study.

I saw this blog post from Tim Challies today and just HAD to share what he posted…

Here are some awesome resources to use for learning or teaching theology! SIMPLE. EASY. UNDERSTANDABLE.  I hope you will enjoy them as much as I am. Click on each one for a full version and to read Tim’s commentary on each.

I beg of you to read all of them the whole way down…down give up half way through 🙂

The Order of Salvation

The Order of Salvation

The Attributes of God

The Attributes of God

Books of the Bible

Books of the Bible

Think on These Things

Think on These Things

Awaiting the Messiah- The Promise-fulfilling Genealogy of Jesus Christ

The Trinity

The Trinity

To the Glory of God

To the Glory of God

The Message of the Tabernacle

The Message of the Tabernacle

The Fruit of the Spirit

5 pillars of theology

5 pillars of theology

One Another

One Another

Penal Substitutionary Atonement- Christ took our punishment

Penal Substitutionary Atonement- Christ took our punishment


leftover popcorn


It’s happened to just about all of us….we’ve popped a bag a popcorn and didn’t barely make a dent in it (doesn’t happen often here!) OR you’ve gone to the movies and gotten the big tub of popcorn and got a refill on your way out.  Either way you are sitting with uneaten popcorn staring at you from the counter.  I don’t know why I have a hard time throwing out popcorn, but today it bothered me enough to get me thinking….thinking of ways that we can salvage our uneaten popcorn…….monumental discussion I know with the election today 🙂

ANYWAY…here are some ideas for yummy or crafty things you can do with your leftover popcorn…or HEY you may be so inspired that you’ll go pop a new batch just to try out one of these ideas.

1. Make a popcorn craft!

Branches are blown paint.  Add trunk with brush.  Make popcorn while the paint dries.  Add glue dots to branches.  Glue leftover popcorn as blossoms.  C/O toddler approved (blog).

String popcorn for a decoration (Christmas or party)

Popcorn necklaces for kids


Popcorn ornament

1. Buy a clear glass Christmas globe 2. Paint unbuttered popcorn kernels green and red 3. Fill the globes half full with the painted kernels (after letting them dry) 4. Put them in the microwave for 30 seconds or so until filled with popped kernels (yes it's okay to put them in the microwave) 5. Tie a decorative string on the globe and you've got a homemade Christmas ornament :)

popcorn wreath


popcorn snowman

Popcorn Snowman Craft

2. Make something yummy!

pumpkin pie popcorn

Popcorn 1

caramel marshmallow popcorn

peanut butter popcorn


These 6 below (in order) are: Cinnamon Bun Popcorn, Pink Party Popcorn, Popcorn Brittle, Smores Popcorn, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Popcorn, Popcorn Trail Mix

Super sweet popcorn recipes - perfect for parties!

bunny bait


popcorn salad

Popcorn Salad Recipe

other interesting ideas….

-feed it to the birds and critters

-use it in place of packing peanuts

The gift of giving


Here are a few ideas that will hopefully help your creative juices when it comes to gifting…especially with Christmas just around the corner!

First I will share some general ideas and then I will list specific occasions with ideas below them. Some may overlap or could be applied to different occasions. Enjoy!

1. Don’t underestimate the dollar store!

For kids- coloring books, crayons, toys, crafting, books, play-dough. Make a gift basket (which you can buy a basket for a dollar while you are there!) with a theme: coloring book with colors and stickers etc. or a color theme based on the kid’s favorite color. Pick out 5 things and including the basket you have a $6 gift!

For Women- Spa package with soaps, candles and loofah or Crafty Basket with all crafting supplies and paper, notepads, pens and more. Kitchen gift set- towels, dishes, cups, glassware, etc. Gardener Gift Basket: pots, gloves, seeds.

For Men- Handy Man basket with tape measure, rope, hardware, pliers. Car Kit: cleaning supplies, towels, air fresheners etc.


2. Shop thrift stores!

I have purchased items new with tags at thrift stores that were perfect gifts. Watch for a thrift store in town that sells overstock or unsold products from a local store.

Buy something and re-purpose it! Picture frame into a hair-clip holder, old tea cups into candles, sheets into pillow beds, t-shirts into bags…find some diy ideas on pinterest and then head to the thrift store.


3. Have your extended family try something different this year: Pick names, have a gag-gift exchange, have a thrift store- bag exchange. (each person picks a name and has to spend $10 or less on their person and everything they buy within their budget has to fit into a paper bag.)


4. Shop 3-4 months before the occasion and shop the clearance racks. Target for example has great clearance items 70-90% off. Certain times of year you can find great deals especially on toys! I often buy clothes for my kids 2 seasons ahead because they will be on major clearance. Right now at Kohl’s for example shorts in my son’s size are $2!


5. Re-gift. Don’t cringe! I bet if we all took 20 minutes and went around our houses and grabbed out anything that looked new or was new that we aren’t using we’d all have a box full or more! Try it…go through your beauty stuff, clothes, toys, closets, kitchen gadgets and cupboards, decorations and make a pile. Also, look in your wallet- is there a gift card you got that you just haven’t used or probably won’t use- give it!


6. Bake! I don’t even really care for baking. But a good friend + a fun recipe = a good time and great gifts! For example: Popsicle brownies, Oreo snowmen, lady bug pretzels, cake balls, mixes in a jar. Buy some cute plates from the thrift-store and give yummy treats on them. Or you can buy little holiday bags for cheap and you can give goodies away in them. I saw a dear friend one time give stockings full of treats!


7. Crafting….have your kids make hand-print pictures for the family or another kid-friendly memorable thing to make. (a hand-print apron, ornaments, decorated photo frame with picture in it) Even if you don’t think you are a crafty person there are things you can make that are inexpensive and easy! (photos on wood, glass magnets, personalized notebooks, candles, framed scripture, chalk mugs)

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8. The gift of time – Here are some ideas for giving the gift of your time to your friends and loved ones (just print a certificate using an internet template)

-dessert of the month for 1 year (meal of the month, bread of the month…salad… you get the idea!) give them a certificate that entitles them to one delicious dessert the first week of every month. You can drop it by or have them over for it!

-day out with ________. (mom, grandma, sister, aunt….) take the person out on a day with you- pick places that you have coupons for or are free (i.e. the park)

-photo shoot- take your regular camera or borrow a nice one from a friend and take the person out for a fun-filled photo shoot full of clothes changes and beautiful or silly locations

-movie night in- buy them a movie and watch it with them that night- provide treats and popcorn and maybe even have a dress-up or pajama theme.

-offer of services (free babysitting for X amount of times, massage, painting, cleaning service) I don’t have a degree but am qualified to do house-cleaning so I could give a certificate for 2 hours of house cleaning a month for a year.

-Silly Crazy Fun Night- pay for a night out bowling in prom dresses, dessert at a restaurant dressed in 80’s clothes…etc. Be creative!


9. Gift cards with coupons– give a gift card of a lesser amount with a coupon for buy one get one free meal or $10 off a $25 purchase.


10. discount website certificates (groupon, living social, deal chicken) You can get meal, massage, adventure, hotel and more for 50%-90% off the normal price. They even have an option for printing as a gift!

I hope this has been a help or encouragement to you! Enjoy making or shopping for gifts and don’t make it a burden on you or your budget! Be a blessing to others in how and what you give.

Treasuring my home and giving!





Super Mom VS Abiding Mom



I saw this today on facebook and thanks to Confessions of a Homeschooler we can all have a printable version — just click on the image!


Print this off and read it often as a sober reminder of where our hearts as women and mothers should be focused!