Saturday, February 25, 2006

Rona's TV Pick for February - 'Real Simple TV'

I 'accidentally' found this TV show on my local PBS station one night. I love shows that provided helpful, simple life solutions. The first show that I saw was how to save time and money in the grocery store. I also like the crisp, modern look of the show. The guests are friendly too.
Like the award-winning magazine of the same name, Real Simple television offers strategies to help make your busy life easier and better. The weekly half-hour PBS show — hosted by (from left to right) Cydnee Welburn, Rob Keefe, and Brooke Alexander — presents useful, smart solutions to everyday problems in an appealing, easy-to-follow way.

Want to know how to throw together a delicious last-minute dinner from whatever you have in the refrigerator? How to upgrade supermarket flowers into beautiful centerpieces? How to streamline your schedule? The answers are simple on Real Simple Television — a series unlike anything else on the air. To find out more, vist

This week, Episode 5 topics are how to figure out who and how much to tip, protecting your produce, how to make a marinara sauce and ways to support a sick friend.

Win a Spa Getaway and Maid Service at the Dial Clean Getaway

Dial soap products is giving you a chance to win a spa visit and maid service for the day. Just click here to enter. Good luck.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Grab Your Spouse and Celebrate Today!

Celebration is an important part of a healthy marriage. So why not commemorate your marriage vows at least once a month? Here are a few guidelines:

Don't invite your friends. Think how little you actually talk to your spouse and group events—let alone see him or her!

Take turns planning. Arranging and carrying out the adventure expresses your appreciation for your mate.

Keep it simple. Remember it's not the presents, dinner, or flowers that count, but the time together.

Be creative. Never repeat an activity more than once a year.

Do something your spouse will enjoy. Participate cheerfully, not grudgingly. You may even find your mate's interests are worth pursuing yourself!

Adapted from The Marriage Checkup by Dr. H. Normal Wright. (Regal)

Join CWAHM Online Bible Book Study Group

So many of us struggle with truly being content in our roles, relationships, and circumstances. We long for the greener grass of material things. We worry about thing beyond our control.

Join us beginning March 6, as we begin our online Bible study, "Calm my Heart" based on the book, "Calm my Anxious Heart" by Linda Dillow.

We are now forming the study group and purchasing our books.
Join us in faith and fellowship.

Our Bible Study Moderator will be Sarah Eiden and Jill Hart, CWAHM host, will be co-moderating. Visit the CWAHM website for more information and to sign up for the
e-newsletter. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Home Management Binder Update - Cleaning the Fans

I really am enjoying having a home management binder. I now know what cleaning jobs I'll do everyday. No longer do I feel like I have to do everything in one day. I also have a cleaning project per day. Today, I clean all the fans.

I plan on utilizing my binder with our Family Science curriculum. It not only has cleaning tips but homemade cleaning solutions.

Maybe I should make one for Marcus when he 'flies from the nest'.

Visit 'Getting Hitched...the Good, the Bad and the Ugly"

Topher and Emily have decided to forgo the wedding ceremony in Scotland. Now they are a rush to find a ceremony venue in Seattle. Visit their Blog, Getting Hitched..the Good, the Bad and the Ugly' and read more about their wedding plans.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

National Sticky Bun Day - February 21

Yesterday was National Sticky Bun Day. I had planned on posting a link to a sticky bun recipe but got very busy with the daily stuff. So even though it's a day late here's your simple and easy recipe, courtesy of Watkins.

Treat the family to these tonight or for a warm breakfast treat.

'Kids for King - Build the' Essay Contest

Kids in grades 1 through 12 can enter 'Kids for King' writing essay contest. If their entry is chosen they can win a trip to Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2006 to witness the groundbreaking ceremony of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial.

Submitted essays will receive a free 'Build the Dream' collector wristband. Visit the 'Kids for King' website for entry information. Deadline for entries if June 1, 2006.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Love Your Pet Day - February 21

Since today is Love Your Pet Day, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you an article that I recently read. "The 5 Important Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog" by Deanna Mascle. I hope that it brings you a chuckle and inspiration as it did me.

Click here to read the article. Enjoy.

Monday, February 20, 2006

'Law and Order' Marathon on President's Day

There's a 'Law and Order' Marathon on TNT channel, February 20 from 6am to 11pm. Visit TNT website for episode information. Watch Jack and Lenny go after the criminals.

Stop By 'Marcus and Me' - Post Office Birthday, Toothpick Patented and National Student Volunteer Day

Stop by my other blog, Marcus and Me, at, to read my posts regarding National Student Volunteer Day, Post Office Birthday and Toothpick Patented in 1872.

This blog is where I post kid, teen and family activities, news and interests. I post daily so feel free to visit often.

Clean Out Your Bookcases Day - February 20

Recently, I purchased the Home Management Binder to help me become more organized with my housework. I love the scheduling tips and natural cleaner recipes.

Visit MommyTips - the resource site for moms website for a variety of organizing articles. Topics that are covered are organizing your child's room to bill paying.

Since it's 'Clean Out Your Bookcases Day' that will be my project of the day.

It's National Cherry Pie Day!

I just love pie and cherry pie is definitely one of the top five. Visit Taste of Home recipe site for your pick of cherry pie recipes.

So get the kids together and start baking.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Enter The Homeschool Shopping Survey till February 28

Visit 'On The Company Porch' blog, at to enter the Homeschool Shopping Survey till February 28. If your name is drawn you could win a 2 year subscription of 'The Old Schoolhouse Magazine'.

Just post your answers at the blog, to the following questions. Good luck.

1. What time of year do you do most of your homeschool shopping?

2. Do you typically do most of your homeschool shopping all at once or at various times throughout the year?

3. Do you mostly shop online, from catalogs, at conventions or at local stores?

4. How do you learn about new homeschool products? (friend, magazine, see them in catalogs, etc..)

5. Are there any areas where you'd like to see more products? (algebra, weather, grammar for boys, etc...)

6. What will typically sway you to purchase from a particular company? (online sample lessons, helpful website, customer service, price, able to get most things there, free shipping, etc...)

7. How could homeschool companies better serve you?

8. What subject would you say that you spend the most money on?

9. Do you prefer things to be bundled together for convenience or seperated so that you can pick and choose?

10. When you are looking for the extra products (games, learning kits, etc..) what is most important about them? (fun, hands on, simple, educational quality, easy to use, etc..)

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