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Virtuous – A Modern Day Film based on Proverbs 13

I’m SO excited to be able to share about this project with you! Hello fellow Christian bloggers!  I wanted to bring a film to your attention. It’s a movie FOR WOMEN and… in my opinion… it’s what Courageous was for men, but for us. I’m VERY excited about it and excited to be working with the production team. It’s a modern day adaptation and based on Proverbs 31. Please check out their FB Page. I would love for us to support a production company trying to bring us more Christian films and messages. We need to show that producing these movies IS valid and not just secular gets attention. I STRONGLY believe this movie will minister to and touch many women’s lives. Please join me in supporting this film, I’m hoping we can share it with as many women as possible, so it can reach and minister to as many as possible. They will start filming within the next day or two, and as of right now, it’s scheduled to be out for around Mother’s Day week/weekend. Please pray for this film and what God will do through it.

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Got Crafty last week…

We have been pretty busy and traveling so much that I have not been able to do a lot of the stuff I normally used to do for a long time now. This past week, we were able to be home with NO plans, NO agenda, Nothing but just do what we wanted to… which included the regular home schooling, which we do whether at home or on the road, but without the pressure of doing that along with everything else the girls do with their acting. This also allowed us to do a lot of the things we love doing, just don’t seem to have the time for lately. I even got to bake! 🙂

Activities to do with your child- making fudge. www.abettermedaybyday.comAcitivity to do with your child-making a pom pom puppy. www.abettermedaybyday.com

In the past week… aside from home school, the girls each re-organized their rooms, we cleaned out around the house and the garage and went through stuff for give-away. We managed to have enough to drop off a few bags and boxes (and even furniture) to our local donation spots a few times during the week. My youngest, who loves to cook, got to make some fudge with daddy while I helped her sister with homework one evening.  And, the oldest, got to get crafty and make a “pom-pom” puppy with daddy while I spent time with the youngest on the following evening.

We managed to clean out the coat closet, and re-purpose it as an “indoor doggie-house” for our puppies. I’m terribly allergic of our lab, but when the weather starts to cool down, we bring her in the house every night so she won’t be outside in her dog house. She has arthritis. Anyway, now that we have the indoor doggie-house for the dogs, it will at least contain them a bit and it will make the season a bit more comfortable for me… and the dogs.  I’m glad I can say the dogs LOVE it!

Thrift finds. Re-purposing. Clearance finds. Great ways to find treasures for much less. www.abettermedaybyday.com

I was also able to finish spray painting some wine bottles I got from my sister (I loved shapes of the bottles when I saw them), and after looking for the turquoise taper candles in about 5 different stores around town, I finally found them! I also found a great little tea pot lamp at a thrift store ($3!!!), and I just needed to get a shade.  I found a cute set of creamer and sugar containers for my collection of tea pot sets and accessories… for when the girls and I have our tea parties. 🙂

Coffee stand in progress from old entertainment unit. More about this and other projects at www.abettermedaybyday.com

Then I found an entertainment unit that was the PERFECT size for me to convert it to my new coffee station… it was $40 at the thrift store! It is still a work in progress project, as I’m not done with what I want to do with it, but I’m excited about what I was able to do over the weekend. It got a coat of white pain and I will finish the lacquer and turquoise details that will eventually go on it… to match the dinning table I had previously painted.

I also got an amazing deal on dining chairs! The dining table we have I got from Craigslist when we were stationed in San Diego. I got it for $25, including chairs that we no longer have because they were not in good shape at all. Eventually, we went through some other chairs, and lately we had actually been using some fold out chairs. I had been waiting for the right opportunity to get some new ones. This weekend was it! I was able to get 10 (yes, TEN!) dinning table chairs from a hotel, which had remodeled, for a grand total of $70. The table has leaflets and can sit up to 12 people if extended. I figured I can keep 6 of the chairs at the table on a regular basis and have the other 4 available for gatherings. I started painting the chairs white and will eventually also re-upholster the cushions. (I will be sowing some seat covers for the cushions in the meantime.)

Crafty and creative week projects. Things I worked on this past week including my new coffee stand I LOVE. Check out all the projects at www.abettermedaybyday.comTo wrap up the week, on Saturday, we even managed to catch a movie with our girls… go to church on Sunday morning, make some crepes for the first time, and then my husband took the girl park for a bit in the evening… giving me a few minutes to myself!

What an amazing week it was! I have completely enjoyed being at home and just getting to do stuff around here with the 3 most important people in the world to me. 🙂

I can’t wait to see what we’ll be able to do this coming week! I’m feeling amazing… and I pray all of you are ready for a great week as well. 🙂

Positively Gigi-3

 

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GUEST BLOGGER: 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Considering that I’m going back to basics this month and focusing on the main purpose for this blog… to work towards being “A Better Me Day By Day”,  I will be focusing most of the posts on this. Today I invite you to read up on a wonderful post prepared to us by Amy, a guest blogger. In this post, she helps us to work on resolutions we can all consider for our HOME.  So, relax, grab yourself something to drink as you read her article now:

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Every year, millions of people make New Year’s resolutions. At the top of the charts each year are health related resolutions. People vow to lose weight, to stop smoking, or to exercise more. Home related resolutions tend to be lower down the list, even though a clean and tidy home can really make a big difference to your wellbeing. This year, why not try one of these home related New Year’s resolutions. They’re designed to be effective, but quick to do, and easy to keep!

  1. I will streamline my life: The more stuff you have, the harder it is to keep your home tidy. This year, instead of resolving to do a huge spring-clean, promise yourself that you will consistently throw out things that you don’t use, and stop buying new things unless you really need them. If you stick to this promise, and gradually de-clutter, then by the end of 2012 you should have a clutter-free home.
  2. I will clean little and often: Set yourself a routine. Make Saturday morning the time you run through the house with your Vax vacuum cleaner. Make Sunday the day you throw out all the junk mail. Spend a few minutes every evening doing the washing up. When you write out the routine, it might look like a lot, but you’ll find that each task takes only a few minutes to do, and it’s much easier to run your vacuum over a clutter free floor than it is to play “dodge the pile of laundry”.
  3. I will put safety first: When was the last time you checked the batteries in your smoke detector? Have you had a gas safety inspection this year? If you’re not sure about the safety of the appliances in your home, get them checked out.
  4. I will look after the garden: Neat, well-tended gardens are a beautiful sight. If your lawn has seen better days, consider hiring a gardener to come round a couple of times a month. Or, if that’s beyond your budget, invest in some hardy, easy to care for plants so that you can enjoy all the joy of gardening, with a fraction of the work.
  5. I will treat myself: It’s easy to get so caught up in worrying about keeping your home clean and tidy that you forget about the most important thing: enjoying all your hard work. Make sure you take a day out every now and then to relax and unwind. Why not treat yourself to a massage chair, or a hot-tub add-on for the bath? Or, invest in a nice big TV for the living room and devote one evening a month to a real movie-night experience.

The above resolutions are just suggestions, and not all of them will apply to you and your family. The main idea was to get you thinking about your New Year’s resolution options. Whatever you resolve this year, I hope it works well for you!

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Amy is an online marketing executive at Nottinghamshire online marketing company, Boom Online Marketing. Amy writes both professionally and for pleasure. You can read more of her work at the Boom blog.

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