Saturday, March 17, 2007

Pleasant View School Drawing - Hurry and Enter

Pleasant View School blog is giving away a very adorable elephant sewing project. Just visit her blog and leave your name and a link, in case you're picked.

Also, take a few moments to look around. She's a very talented seamstress.

Friday, March 16, 2007

De-Lurking Monthly Drawing at'BerryMorins Bits and Tips and 'Marcus and Me' Blog


When you leave a comment or two at 'Marcus and Me' or'BerryMorins Bits and Tips', you will be entered into a monthly drawing, for a Greeting Cake, frommy online store, Sweet Little Thoughts. These cakes make great gifts for yourself or to give to someone to make a special occasion.

I'll be selecting a name on the beginning of each month, starting in March. So, even if it's just to say 'Hello' you'll be enter.

Listen to This Week's Christian Work At Home Moment - Kristina Schweain of ZoeGirl

Jill Hart, Christian Work At Home Moment, speaks with Kristina Schweain, of ZoeGirl, about her music, the band. She recently started an apron company, named 'Apronique'. Her aprons are unique, hip and fun!

You'll also hear from Diana Ennen, for the 'Success From Home Segment'. Don't forget to stop by CWAHM.com to enter the Nativity Story contest!

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Slow Cooking Thursday - March 22 Slow Cooker Beef and Bean Burritos

Join us at Diary of a SAHM, every Thursday, for Slow Cooking Thursdays!
I'm making this one, this weekend!

Slow-Cooker Beef-and-Bean Burritos - courtesy of Cooking Light.com

From 1 (2-pound) London broil
1 (1.25-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
Cooking spray
1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 (4.5-ounce) can chopped green chiles
1 (16-ounce) can fat-free refried beans
12 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 1/2 cups chopped plum tomato
3/4 cup fat-free sour cream

Trim fat from meat; rub seasoning mix over both sides of meat. Place meat in an slow cooker coated with cooking spray; add onion, vinegar, and green chiles. Cover with lid; cook on low-heat setting for 9 hours. Remove meat from slow cooker, reserving cooking liquid; shred meat with two forks. Combine meat and reserved cooking liquid; stir well.

Warm beans and tortillas according to package directions. Spread 2 tablespoons beans down the center of each tortilla. Spoon a heaping 1/3 cup meat mixture on top of beans. Top each with 2 tablespoons cheese, 2 tablespoons tomato, and 1 tablespoon sour cream; roll up.

Yield: 12 servings
CALORIES 350 FAT 11.8g FIBER 3.3g

Celebrate Talking With Your Kids

Talking with our kids is an opportunity to connect with them. It's a time when we can just listen without being "a know it all". It let's them know that we're interested in what they have to say. This is especially important during those preteen and teenage years.

Here's some ideas for starting conversations:
*Ask open ended questions, "What's your favorite sandwich?" "What do you with $100?"

Ask them to look over your yearbooks with you. Marcus couldn't believe it when he saw his dad with sideburns and long hair. Or his mom in bell bottoms and platform shoes. "No way is that you!" he said.

Talk with your kids about what your first job, car or date was like. Preteens and teens will get a treat out of this one.

Ask them what they want to be when they grow up. Tell them what you wanted to be when you grew up. I actually remember my list...an airline stewardess, teacher or a mom. I got one of those off the list right.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Works-For-Me Wednesday - Assemble A Cleaning Kit


I really like this idea, make a cleaning kit to carry with you, as you tackle your house cleaning. For easier spring cleaning, fill a bucket with basics that need to be toted from room to room: all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays, a sponge, a toothbrush, a squeegee, a scrub brush, hopsacking, and terry-cloth towels in washcloth and hand-towel sizes. Between tasks, hang rubber gloves over the rim to dry.
I like to include my Swifter Duster and a refill. Try purchasing colorful rubber gloves, at your local grocery store. (my favorite color - hot pink)
I find that it makes the job a little more fun. Don't forget your timer, for focus cleaning.

Rona's Magazine Pick: '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.

Urban Homemaker.com Phone Seminar - March 15, Thursday 9pmET


Urban Homemaker.com Phone Seminar - March 15, 2007 - 9:00 PM ET


Guest: Lorrie Flem - TEACH Magazine -To Encourage and Challenge Homemakers and Homeschoolers www.teachmagazine.com Guest: Lisa Vitello - Editor of New Harvest Homestead Newsletter www.newharvesthomestead.com


Mark your calenders to join Marilyn Moll and the ladies, this Thursday night as they take a night out to encourage moms of all ages to keep on with the high calling of being a mom, a wife, and a home educator!


Date: Thursday, March15, 2007
Time: 9:00 PM EST (8:00 CST, 7:00MST, 6:00 PST) Adjust for your time zone!
Dial In Number: 1-620-782-8800
Participant Code: 754073


If you have never participated in a phone seminar before, here is how it works:


1. Dial in the phone number above to the seminar. (You pay only for the phone call.)

2. Key in the seminar access code.

3. Introduce yourself, it you wish

4. Bring a notebook to take notes, a cup of tea, and have your questions ready.

5. Don't worry about background noise, we will mute that out!


Please be sure to mark your calendar, tell your friends, post the information in your newsgroups, set your timer if necessary and join us Thursday.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Cost Effective Reasons For Growth in Virtual Call Centers


In USAToday.com, there is an article boasting of the reasons that companies are and will be increasing the growth of virtual call centers. Many of the reasons are obvious, such as the lower cost for training and overhead per employee and increase gas prices. If you are currently working in a call center, make a copy and present it to your call management department. Who knows, maybe you'll be able to join the growing numbers of Virtual Customer Service Reps. Click here to read the article.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - March 12

Please join us at Organizing Junkie, for Menu Plan Mondays!

Meals this week, will be prepared in no special order. Also, I thought I would let you know that leftovers are what we usually have lunch and on those nights nobody is cooking.
Thanks to Food Network's Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger for some terrific recipes! If you haven't seen her show, I'd like to recommend it. She presents healthy in a way that will be easy to incorporate in your family diet.
The Asian Grilled Fish is a Barefoot Contessa recipe. I'll link to their recipes.
Herb-Roasted Turkey, Broccoli and Brown Rice
Turkey Meatballs with Whole Wheat Spaghetti, Mixed Green Salad
Chili Rubbed Steak, Black Beans, Brown 'Fried' Rice
Veggie Soup and Sandwiches

Makeup Bag Project - Mainely Mom

Visit Mainely Mom's lastest sewing project, a makeup bag. I think she did a fantastic job.
You can also find some of her other finished sewing projects, now featured, in her etsy store.

Kudos to Mainely Mom for taking a love of sewing and making a home business with it!

St. Patrick's Day Quiz -Homeschooling About.com

First, learn some St. Patrick's Day History. Then have some fun today with the St. Patrick's Day Quiz, at Homeschooling About.com.

How did you score? I managed an 86%.