Saturday, October 07, 2006

Visit the NYChildren Project Today

Danny Goldfield, photographer, has an ambitious photo project that he has been working on for a few years. His goals is to photograph one child from each country that is currently living in New York city. You may have read about his project on Yahoo.com. The collection of photo are adorable, showing children as they truly are, innocent, curious and beautiful.

Stop by the NYChildren website today to see the various photos, volunteer opportunities and donations. It will warm your heart.

Friday, October 06, 2006

Borders Educator Savings 25% Off - October 12 to 17, 2006


You'll want to add this event to your calendar! Next week is Borders Educator Appreciation Week. Just bring proof that you're an educator (a homeschool support group ID card will do), and you'll get 25% off all of your purchases. Plus, on Friday, there will be a special reception at 4pm to 8pm at each of their stores. There will be food and prizes.

Stop by Borders website for more details.

Amish Life: Frequently Asked Questions

Due to the shootings of the Amish children there has been more interest in Amish life. I found a fantastic website, Amish.net that will address many of our curiosity's.

Here's a couple of points that I found interesting.

Did you know that the Amish life expendency is the same as any of other U.S. group?

Amish do participate in local and state elections.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Here's a tip that I would like to share with you ladies. When you schedule your mammogram also schedule your PAP smear. (if it applies) I find it very helpful so I don't forget to schedule either of them.

Visit the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation site for more tips.

Spanish Study Tips - Homework About.com

Our teenage son has been taking his first year of Spanish. So far he's really enjoying it. He has a great command of the language unlike his dad. (my husband is Hispanic) One of his study techniques is to make up flash cards with the word in Spanish and English on each side. We then show him both sides of the cards and he says the word in Spanish. He also has a DVD that accompanies the book. He can practice his punctuation of the words, in Spanish. The workbook allows him to work on his writing words and phases in Spanish.

Once a week he attends a Spanish class with kids from his Independent Study Program. The class last about a hour and a half. There they converse in Spanish.

For more tips stop by Homework/Study Tips About.com for more ideas.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Wordless Wednesday

Cup of Java - My Morning Routine

I've Been Taking a Parenting Class - ParentingMinistry.org


For the last 4 weeks I've been attending a parenting class, at church. This 8 week class, offered by Parenting Ministry, focuses on that the bible offers parents the principles of parenting. There's a workbook, video and discussion at each class.

Blended, single and traditional families are encourage to attend.

So far I've discovered that parents are ministers to their children, that we must have a strong foundation, and what love is not. Parenting, marriage roles and disipline are covered.

When our son asked me why I attend the parenting class I responded that I know I've made mistakes and I want to be a better parent to him. He looked at me with a shocked expression and said, "Okay Mom, I want that too."

This mom's mission is to raise our son into a man. I wish all of us the best in our job as parents. But isn't it great to have tools available to help us?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Rona's Weekly Blog Recommendation: The Telecommuting Coach.com

This week's blog recommendation is Nell Talierco's blog, The Telecommuting Coach.com. As a former telecommuter she has been mentoring telecommuters for a few years now. You may have heard her telecommuting segment on 'Work at Home Talk Radio, an Internet show.

At her blog telecommuting moms can visit, read and comment on her posts on a variety of subjects such as time management, balancing work and family, tax topics, and lots more. Nell also provides tips on how to find a work at home position, avoiding scams and organizing your home office.

Whether you're currently telecommuting or looking to, there's lots to be said and comment, on her blog. Please feel free to refer your telecommuting mom buddies.

October is National Domestic Violence Month

Visit the National Coalition of Domestic Violence site for more information on National Domestic Violence Month. You'll find resources regarding donations, seeking medical help, financial education and lots more.

I encourage you to get involved in this important issue. You can volunteer, donate money and even donate your old cell phone.
Also educate your child about acceptable relationship behavior. And if you're in a violent relationship please seek help immediately.

Dating Violence Tips for Parents

Monday, October 02, 2006

Tips for Overcoming Procrastination by Aurelia Williams

Tips for Overcoming Procrastination By: Aurelia Williams

I've been meaning to do a newsletter on procrastination for week now, but I just haven't found the time to get around to it. Now how could I have resisted an opening like that?

Do you frequently find yourself putting essential tasks off until tomorrow, later, or never instead of doing them today? If procrastination has worked its way into your life, it may be time to change the way you think about your tasks and goals and begin to utilize better ways of tackling those things you've been procrastinating on.

As you can imagine and probably know from personal experience, when you procrastinate it not only affects the task but it can also affect you emotionally and bring on feelings such as guilt, inadequacy and stress.

There are many reasons that you may procrastinate. Poor time management, anxiety about a certain task and being bored by a certain task are just a few of the reasons that people procrastinate. In the end, procrastination usually leads to more stress.

Here are some tips for overcoming procrastination and building momentum:

Can you approach the task differently? Always be mindful of how you approach tasks. Ask yourself: Do I need to use a different technique? Will a new way of approaching this task make me feel better? How can I get some JOY out of starting this project? We all work in different ways and are inspired by different things. Find what works well for you and go with it.

Be sure you have what you need: Make certain that you have the right information, equipment and energy level to enable you to complete the task.

Plan, plan, plan: Did I say Plan? The time we spend in preparation and planning to see a task to completion is imperative. Set a time limit for yourself. Put a deadline on your tasks and work to reach that deadline.

Break it down: Big projects can feel overwhelming. Break them down into the smaller subparts. You'll get more done if you can do it piece by piece. Even the most dreadful tasks can be done in small increments.

Boost yourself up: Give your own motivation a good boost. Trust in your strengths. Take a moment to reflect upon other tasks that you have accomplished and feel good about! Keep reminding yourself that you can be successful!

Reward yourself: Celebrate and let yourself enjoy the completion of your tasks (large or small). It is important to never minimize your accomplishments.

Overcoming procrastination can be done and it usually involves both better organizational and time-management. You can start overcoming procrastination now and in the process, feel much better about yourself. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be surprised at how much joy, exhilaration and sense of accomplishment is on the other side of procrastination.

Article by:
Aurelia Williams is the author of Journey To Joy, an inspiring eBook that explores many obstacles that women face. It also provides essential action steps, worksheets, resources and an hour long Balancing Your Life Audio!


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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Rona's Magazine Recommendation: Marriage Partnership

'Marriage Partnership' is part of the Christianity Today family. This is the publishing company that Billy Graham started in 1956! Besides offering helpful and realistic information for making your marriage work in our crazy world there's a companion website and newsletter. There you'll find poll questions, be able to provide feedback on articles and get book recommendations.

This is the only magazine that I don't share or throw away. I find myself re-reading the issues over and over. I love the magazine's focus on providing readers with articles on lifetime commitment, mutual respect, sexual fidelity, and an understanding of how faith is a foundation in a marriage.

If you haven't discovered this fantastic magazine yet, 'Marriage Partnership' offers a free trial issue. Stop by the site and don't forget to sign up for the free newsletter.

Handmade Laundry Detergent Recipe - The Frugal Shopper.com

I thought I would post a link to The Frugal Shopper.com site. There you will find 4 different laundry detergent recipes. I used the powdered laundry recipe but all of them are recommended.

If you decided to make a batch, include the kids and have fun doing the laundry.

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