Tuesday, March 31, 2009

9-12 Project: Reverence

Week 2 - Reverence

Highlighting the 12 Values from Glenn Beck's 9-12 Project

"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence."

-Henry David Thoreau

What is reverence? It's showing extreme honor and respect for something or someone. It's having and showing a profound love and respect.

I found this beautifully written excerpt from Robert Morneau, Spiritual Direction - Principles and Practices. Reverence has been lost in our chaotic country. Reviving this virtue is key in bringing hope and prosperity back into our communities and lives.

"Living with reverence is an everyday challenge for all of us. It is so tempting to view our relationships with others in terms of how much we can get out of them, how useful they can be to us. When in business we look only at profit margins, with little concern for people, there is no reverence there. When we overpower the people with whom we live with our words and fail to listen to them, there is a lack of reverence. When we think that what we do to our bodies and what we do with our bodies is just our own private business, we have missed out on the meaning of reverence. When we stereotype all of the poor as freeloaders or “rif-raff,” we have lost a sense of reverence. When we ignore the sanctity of the life of another human being, whether it is a child in the womb or a person on death row, the virtue of reverence is missing. When we fail to appreciate the many gifts God has given us, including the gift of this earth, there is no reverence.

To live in reverence means to view life with a particular set of eyeglasses. Reverence enables us to respect and appreciate God, other people, and ourselves. This leads us to look at another person not as someone who can be useful to me, but as someone who deserves my respect. That other person is a mystery who stands before me, one who needs to be listened to, to be honored and respected even if I disagree with him or her. To live in reverence entails a particular approach to the gift of time, neither wasting time as if it had no meaning, nor rushing from one thing to the next. Reverence enables us to recognize particular moments in life that invite special attention and stepping back, like birth, death, pain, commitment, loss, victory. Reverence moves us to reflect on our patterns of consumption: to take what we need but not to live as if the whole world belonged to us or our worth were determined by how much we own. Reverence means that we learn to respect and appreciate ourselves, our intellect, our spirits, our bodies. To live in reverence means cultivating a sense of God’s presence, an awareness that God is with me at every moment and that he comes to meet me in the ordinary circumstances of my life. Reverence gives birth to hope, because it is based on a power greater than ourselves." (See Robert Morneau, Spiritual Direction, Crossroad Publishing, 101-109).

Be sure to stay tuned in for the NEW Cherish Bound 9-12 Project Journal that will be for sale soon....beautiful 5x5 hardcover journal to help you record your experiences and thoughts as you journey through the 9-12 Project. We're almost completed with the design phase and finishing up the final touches. Should be available soon!!

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Family Yearbook Challenge 2009 - Week 11

If you're new to the Family Yearbook Challenge click HERE & then HERE

Don't forget to leave a comment and check in...I'm keeping track of all the comments posted in the Family YB Challenge for a big giveaway at the end of the year....so go back and check in each of the FYBC posts if you haven't done so.

Spring! Easter! Passover! Vacations.....they've arrived! This week we'll capture our tradtioins, holidays and maybe some trips and vacations.

Homework March 30 - April 5:

1. With Easter/Passover just around the corner now is the time to share your holiday traditions. How do you prep for the holiday? Any fun crafts? Recipes? Family Traditions?

2. What do you and your family look forward to the most during Springtime? Do you go strawberry picking? Do you plant a garden? What do you do in the Spring?

3. Spring Break means VACATION for many families...where are you going this year? Any plans? Have you gone their before? Have you taken any trips this year? Any one day trips? Weekend getaways? Day trips? Tell about your 2009 Trips and adventures.

Now COPY and paste any photos that you have that go with these events and questions into a new folder titled April. If you'd like to rename the photos you can with Apr 1, Apr 2, Apr 3, and so on and so on. If you have any memorabilia that is NOT digital, scan and save as a jpg. minimum 300 dpi to your April folder, named and labeled. If you have "story" you can hand write it or "type" it into a document and save in the same folder.

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. ~Charles Dickens

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Confessions of an Ex-Scrapbooker #30 - I Ain't No Martha, but...

I ain't no Martha....but come on, you have to admit that many of her ideas are just blissfully charming... Well, if they are all her ideas, which I doubt. I'm sure she's got the MOST amazing crew of people digging up ideas and inventing everything up....but whoever is behind the scenes, I think they rock and when I grow up I'd love to be one of Martha's secret idea people... (LOL!)

I got my first FREE issue of Martha Stewart Living...yes, got an entire year for free thanks to one of my frugal blog moms...wish I could remember which one of you it was, but I think was I am Frugal...anyway, first magazine arrives and I'm drooling... Why? Because my FAVORITE THING is highlighted on the cover...

Decoupage.... AKA Mod Podge!

Easy Decoupage Eggs... Spring's Brightest Ideas - Fresh Take on Classics!

Did somebody say MOD PODGE? Yes, she did!

Look at these...

NAPKINS! Yes, use adorable napkins as egg decor???? Stop it! How cute is that!?

This is what I want my Easter brunch table to look like....the template for the little classic bunnies is on the site!

Most of these looked fairly simple and easy...and inexpensive! Can't wait to get my Mod Podge out and glam up some eggs! Click Here to head over there and get some ideas.

All images are from www.marthastewart.com

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Storytime ♥ Reading To Children Ages 1-2

Here's another great post by guest blogger, Heidi Rosenberg
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Now your child is really beginning to understand. Pick books with a couple of sentences per page. Keep acting out your stories. The stiller you are the more the child will like it. If you are reading about animals make animal noises. Most likely your baby will think this is really funny and start laughing, eventually your baby will start making the noise back to you. Ask them questions about the pictures. Ask them what the animal says?

As your child approaches the age of 2, they will have a greater understanding of words and may even be able to answer questions about what they see on the page. Point to a picture, ask them what it is, if they get it right make a big deal about it this will make them want to try again the next time you ask them a question. If they don’t get it right the first time don’t get upset, say what it is and help them sound it out, congratulate them when they try. Tell them the color of the object and ask them to repeat it then perhaps move to the next page and ask them to find that color on that page.

Remember that it is perfectly normal for a toddler to want the same book over and over again, it is reassuring for them and it helps with memory skill. As time goes by if you start leaving gaps in your sentences, your child will probably complete the sentence.

Many of our books include music CDs, what better way to reinforce words than singing along with the words. You could even play the music while you drive and let the child hold the book. My daughters favorite is the Animal Boogie. All her friends love to dance to it at playgroup. My sons who is now 21 months likes Portside Pirates.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ♥ MORE BUGS!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

9-12 Project: Honesty

For the next few weeks my Tuesday Traditions post will be replaced with lessons and ideas to help teach your family about the 12 Values from Glenn Beck's 9 Princples & 12 Values List

Week 1 - Honesty

Quote & Scripture:

Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.

- Thomas Jefferson

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.


I received this story in an email a long time ago and have hung on to in my saved files. I recently came upon it again and thought it fit perfectly in this post. I'm not sure who wrote the story, the history behind it or where it came from, but I love it!

Once upon a time, there was a Selfish Man. He liked everything to be his own. He could not share his belongings with anyone, not even his friends or the poor.

One day, the man lost thirty gold coins. He went to his friend's house and told him how he lost his gold coins. His friend was a kind man.

As his friend's daughter was coming from an errand she found thirty gold coins, when she arrived home, she told her father what she had found. The girl's father told her that the gold coins belong to his friend and he sent for him. When the selfish man arrived, he told him how his daughter had found his thirty gold coins and handed then to him.

After counting the gold coins the man said that ten of them was missing and had been taken by the girl as he had forty gold coins. He further commented that he will recover the remaining amount from him (the girl's father). But the father refused.

The man left the gold coins and went to the court and informed the judge there about what had taken place between him and the girl's father.

The judge sent for the girl and her father, and when they arrived asked the girl how many gold coins she found. She replied thirty gold coins.

The Judge that asked the selfish man how many gold coins he lost and he answered forty gold coins. The judge then told the man that the gold coins did not belong to him because the girl found thirty and not forty as he claimed to have lost and then told the girl to take the gold coins and that if anybody is looking for them he will send for the girl.

The judge told the man that if anybody reports that they have found forty gold coins he will send for him. It was then that the man confessed that he lied and that he lost thirty gold coins but the judge did not listen to him.

Object Lesson:

Have a volunteer in your family stand in the center of the room. Take some yarn and ask them to hold the end of it and then start circling around them and wrapping them in the yarn. Point out that at first the yarn is weak and loose and they could probably break free if they tried, but continue wrapping and wrapping them until they're restricted to the point of not being able to break free. Compare the yarn to lies. At first they don't seem like a problem...easy to break free and move around, but as a person begins to lie, whether big or Small, they will become trapped and bound by their own lies.

Finish of with a tasty Treat!

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup butter
1 cup powdered sugar
2 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup pecans, finely chopped
1 tsp. vanilla
Jam of your choice

Beat cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar in large mixing bowl at medium speed. Add flour and baking soda and mix well. Add chopped nuts and vanilla and chill for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Indent centers and fill each with 1 teaspoon of your favorite jam. Bake for 14-16 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Cool on wire rack. Use a variety of jams—the cookies will look beautiful on a serving plate.

Hollee Eckman and Heather Higgins, All That Jam, [Salt Lake City: Shadow Mountain, 2003] p. 73.)

Take the time to teach your children about honesty and make sure that you're an example of honesty too, whether you have children or not.

"Teaching children good values of honesty is just like having future good citizens of our country beholding the connotation that children are the hope of every nation. So it is a necessity for every family to teach their children good values most especially the value of honesty. But before introducing such value, it should start first with the practice of the parents as well." - Cheryl Dela Cruz

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Winner of the Cherish Bound Business Giveaway is....

Well, after 80+ entries the winner of the Cherish Bound Business Kit giveaway was selected by random draw....and the winner is....

Lolli from Life is Sweet!!!

Congrats Lolli girl!!! So excited for you....I was crossing my fingers for ALL of you. I'm so excited to work with ALL of you. Remember, everyone wins in this giveaway. If you entered the original giveaway please contact me at tarabrown at cherishbound dot com. I'm also going to be contacting everyone as well via email and blogs tonight and tomorrow so I can get you the updated information about starting your new Cherish Bound business because EVERYONE wins in this giveaway!!!

For those of you who entered the giveaway, please email me your contact info ASAP so I can get your starter kits in the mail by the end of the week first of next week. I want to start a series of conference calls by next week so we can "meet" and get all 50 of you on your way to Cherish Bound success! I'm so excited about what is in store for you and can't wait to share everything with you.

Thank you everyone!

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Family Yearbook Challenge 2009 - Week 10

March is almost over! Only 283 days left in 2009....think of the stories and memories that are waiting out in the horizon...and not to mention the 100's we've already lived this year. We've hit Week 10 in our Family Yearbook Challenge, which means it's catch up time! Use this week to catch on the past 9 weeks of the Challenge or get started!!

Homework March 23- 29:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5 (Catch up week)

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

Week 9

Family Yearbook/Story Info

Use this next week to catch up any missed events, organization of photos, scanning of memorabilia, etc. But if you have a specific event, story or just a simple little moment take the time to add it in now. Take the time to check spelling, grammar, type it into a Word-type document and save it in the correct files. Refer to the other posts for info about organizing your folders on your computer as well. A clean, neat system that will keep all your "homework" and info stored and easy to get to.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

♥ Ultimate Blog Party '09 ♥

Ultimate Blog Party 2009
Ultimate Blog Party '09
Welcome to Tampa, Florida!

It's a party! So I did some redecorating (about a month or so ago...), hired a new DJ (ok...changed my opening song ♥) and bought us some Diet Coke...and made my favorite cupcakes....oh and chips too! Grab that beach chair over there and scoot it closer....come on...I don't bite. Or stick your feet in the water, pop open your chilled DC and let's chat!

Welcome to my UBP! This awesome carnival is hostessed by our fabulous twin sisters over at 5 Minutes for Mom! Click HERE when you're doing indulging in my blog and visit 100's and 100's of other chick bloggers & don't miss all the Prizes over there to! My Prize is US 66! My wish list is at the bottom...

Welcome to my second favorite place on Earth...my blog! (First place, is my home...Luv my crazy home!) I'm so excited you're here and I know you want to move along quickly so I'll keep it short and sweet...

  • I'm 33, live in Florida (born/raised in Cali), a mother of 5 (15 yrs - 2 yr old twins) and married to Shrek... {Sighhhh ♥ that man!}.
  • I'm a National Founding Leader for Cherish Bound...You must check this out when you have time...Promise...YOU'LL LOVE IT!
  • I ♥ Diet Coke, Cool Ranch Chips, dark chocolate, meatloaf (seriously), McDonald's (at least once a week), pizza, and oranges.
  • My passion is to connect families through story...I love sports of all kinds, crafts, photography (rookie), history, religion and learning about my Savior, Jesus Christ. I love music of all kinds, but can't play a dang note.
  • I ♥ newborn babies, I think cupcakes are beautiful, I kill every plant I own, and hope to get my degree eventually...oh yeah, I HATE LAUNDRY...with a gosh darn passion!
  • Some of my projects on this blog: Family Yearbook Challenge 2009, 912 Project, Tuesday Traditions, Confessions of an Ex-Scrapbooker, Kingdom Chaos...are just a few
  • I love doing giveaways! Always have something going on... You must see MY BUSINESS GIVEAWAY... ENDS March 20th 11:59pm!
I won't keep you any longer...but I'm so grateful from the bottom of my ♥ for the opportunity I have had to meet and get to know so many amazing and wonderful women! You are one of them...So thank you! Come back and visit me....I love company and I'm always up for a party.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

912 Project - Putting It To Work!

Over the past week, I've witnessed a new passion intensifying across this country since Glenn Beck's 912 Project launched. You can click HERE and HERE to catch my other posts... I personally connect with this movement in so many ways...because it's not about politics, Republicans, Democrats or which side you're on. Glenn encourages families, neighbors, communities to turn inward to each other, look for spiritual guidance, and serve and help those around you. I've listened to his thoughts, ideas, and truths, and they're beautifully simple and familiar.

This is Cherish Bound's mission too! Our products, tools, and workshops encourage families, friends, communities to gather together, find themselves around the kitchen table again, and share their passions and dreams through the process of story. A perfect fit to help teach and instill the principles and values of the 9-12 Project.

You know when you just know you're supposed to pursue a thought, feeling, inkling...well, I'm having that "feeling" about this entire movement and so I'm acting on it...I'm not going to ignore it. My mind has been running with 100's of ideas...so I'm going to do something about it. I want to do it for MY kids, for YOUR kids, for our communities and ultimately this Country that I love dearly.

Putting It To Work...
  • Make time once a week to gather with family, neighbors, and/or friends on a weekly basis.
  • Pick a night, morning, day, whatever works with your schedule.
  • Schedule NO other activities or interruptions for that specific time every week.
  • Devote this time to teaching values and principles.
  • Talk, instruct, teach, pray, motivate, encourage, help, serve...
I will provide a themed "lesson" every week that I will post on Tuesdays, starting March 24. Lessons will focus on the 12 Values and touch on the Principles that are aligned with this project. They'll be appropriate for families with or without children, neighbors, communities, etc. Come here for your motivation, Q&A, comments, encouragement, a place to share your thoughts, ideas...Make this a standing appointment with your families, a new tradition.
Join me and let's inspire our families, strengthen our homes, and preserve our Country through Principles and Values. Leave a comment and let's me know you're IN! Tell everyone about it, invite your friends and family. Come back Tuesday to grab your first lesson and a button to put on your blog. Together we can make change!
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wordless Wednesday ♥ Florida Spiders!

They couldn't get enough of this weird looking thing...these spiders are all over here...harmless, but UGLY!
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

LUCKY DAY! Business Giveaway UPDATED!

Many of you have entered HERE to win a Business...a Cherish Bound Business! Well, ladies today is Your LUCKY DAY!!!! Wanna know why???

Our president and Co-founder, Carol Rice, read through your comments and realized that every single one of you would make our company better, and you all deserve the chance to have the Cherish Bound opportunity and make your life better!!!! Somebody Pinch me! I'm Serious!

So....Even if you don't win the $99 Kit, everyone who comments by March 20, 2009 @ 11:59 pm will become Honorary Cherish Bound consultants FOR FREE with the same benefits and rewards as all consultants...just as if you signed up the traditional way with a purchase of a kit!! Instead of having to buy a kit, you'll receive one Story Starter of your choice, a Cherish Bound DVD, a catalog, business materials, and ME.... FOR FREE!!!!

I'm so excited!!! I'm so happy for every single one of you who has poured your heart out to me!!! You have no idea what is about to happen and how this opportunity will change your life! So please go...


and enter if you haven't....if you already can you please leave me another comment with your email or email me tarabrown at cherishbound dot come and let me know you saw this update and you're ready to join me!

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Monday, March 16, 2009

912 Project

Maybe you saw my post on Thursday about Glenn Beck's 9 Principles and 12 Values....maybe you watched his show on Friday? I sure hope you did. Because it was an eye-opener for EVERYONE who watched. Glenn kicked off his 912 Project....an inspired movement that will create change...the change we need.

The 912 Project represents how America was on September 12, 2001. He opened our eyes to how we were September 10th, September 11th, and September 12th. Are we like the days of 9-10 with our heads in the sand? Or like 9-11 scared, angry, frightened? Or do we want to be like 9-12...when we were a united group of people standing together? We were all on the same page, promising ourselves that we would NEVER FORGET! As families, citizens, neighbors, communities, we found our way to each other without direction or without help. We did it on our own....

I believe that in order to "fix" our nation, we have to start within the home. I've always felt that way. The home is one of the most sacred places on the earth, and until we remember that, practice it and DO IT, we'll never fix a thing. Glenn's movement encourages us to start in our homes, with our neighbors and family, on our streets, churches, and in our communities. To talk. To share. To help and serve. He says, "We suggest that you start in your own homes. Talk to your family about the Values and Principles. Discuss the importance of what the Founders designed for America."

Just think what could happen if every home joined in.

I've been thinking about ways that I can teach my children the 12 values, in detail. We already sit down once a week as a family and enjoy our time together with no interruptions. It's our one time a week dedicated to enjoying each other's company and becoming closer. So starting next week, we're going to learn, teach and study each of the 12 values, one by one, week by week. If I can get my act together {sighhh-smile} I will post some ideas and ways you can teach your family about the principles and values that will help make a difference.

Visit the "Mission Statement" page to learn all about this movement, the mission and how you can join in!

"This is a non-political movement. The 9-12 Project is designed to bring us all back to the place we were on September 12, 2001. The day after America was attacked we were not obsessed with Red States, Blue States or political parties. We were united as Americans, standing together to protect the greatest nation ever created."

-Glenn Beck


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Family Yearbook Challenge 2009 - Week 9 & Roll Call

Just joining the Family Yearbook Challenge? Click HERE to see ALL the post!

Roll Call! Please leave a comment for those of you following this challenge through the blog!

Here's Part 2 of last week's Homework and a few others...

Homework March 16 -22:

No Pictures? No Worries! Part II

If you don't have a lot of photos but want to add images to your Family Yearbook, try using some of the following items to add that visual appeal. And of course...Don't forget to tell the story behind each one of those items. Here's 6 more ideas to help you out!

  • Awards, Certificates & Recognitions
  • Recipes
  • Covers from favorite Publications
  • Logos/Brand labels from favorite clothes, toys, etc.
  • Special birthday cards, or letters...any card or sentiment
  • Bills or recipes! Yes, how about a scan of your mortgage, major purchases...always fun to look back at thought huh?? The lessons and stories we could tell....
Now Scan your images and put into the March Folder. If you'd like to rename the photos/images you can with Mar 1, Mar 2, Mar 3, and so on and so on. Make sure to scan and save as a jpg. minimum 300 dpi to your March folder, named and labeled. *Always make sure of copyright

Here are few other memories to capture this week:

1. Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? How? Any traditions, food, or surprises?? Interview your children about this fun day.

2. Are you Irish? Or what are you? Start thinking about your family heritage....that's it. Just start thinking about what you know about who the heck you are. We'll poke around a bit later on in the summer about starting to fill our family trees.

Once again... Now COPY and paste any photos that you have that go with these events and questions into the March Folder. If you'd like to rename the photos you can with Mar 1, Mar 2, Mar 3, and so on and so on. If you have any memorabilia that is NOT digital, scan and save as a jpg. minimum 300 dpi to your March folder, named and labeled. If you have "story" you can hand write it or "type" it into a document and save in the same folder.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kingdom Chaos - Weekend Edition 3

Busy 2 weeks...so a little catch up on the Krazy Kingdom...

T-Rex went to the Florida State Finals for her DECA Entrepreneur Finals. She won first place in our district and then traveled to Orlando for the State Finals. Although she didn't win, she had an amazing experience. She developed and designed a company called "Going Green" from scratch...including location, products, financing, etc. Amazing class and club and I'm excited to see her learn about REAL LIFE!

Coop played lots of softball the past few weeks...Her team is prepping themselves for the World Series this year...it's the Ultimate goal that they've been planing for about 2 and 1/2 years! This is the summer, so keep your fingers crossed that you'll be seeing us on the road to the World Series in Oregon on this summer. She quite the "baller"!!

Z-man and daddy are quite the duo out on the baseball field! He's the youngest player on the team at the ripe age of 6, but probably the tallest.... he's also becoming slightly obsessed with basketball... WOO-HOO! He also built this Leprechaun trap this weekend...class project! Build a trap for the leprechauns that invade the classroom. Inside his trap are some rocks he painted with gold paint and cool little trap door on the top and homemade ladder. He did a fantastic job!! Can't wait to see what he catches....

Hurricane & Tornado have been enjoying life to it's fullest...breakfast by the pool in the morning seems to be the favorite thing this week. Tornado is quite the athlete and has his own obsession...he wants a bucket, filled with baseballs, a tee and bat at all times. One by one he puts them on the tee, and hits until the entire bucket is gone. Then fetches them all...and does it again, and again, and again....until he poops himself out!

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Confessions of an Ex-Scrapbooker #29 - Spring & Home Crafts

Just because I'm an Ex-Scrapbooker doesn't mean I don't like to get messy and crafty...I LOVE it! The warm Florida sun and beautiful days have got me in a "springy" mood! Here are some cute crafts I've run into...think I'm going to give them a shot. And the kids can join in too!

Easter Bunny S'mores!

**UPDATE I have officially made these....VERY VERY CUTE!! Recommend using WIDE mouth jars.

OK...how dang cute is this! Oh my gosh....I love it! Go over to Creative Gift & Party Ideas to see how SIMPLE this project is!

Tin Can Herb Pots

Found this cute idea over at Kaboose.com. Very Cute and EASY!!

DIY Wall Art

Have an empty wall the needs some sprucing up? This is a brilliant idea...and it involved my best friend.... Modge Podge! Woot-woot! This great idea came from EightCrazy Designs

And how about this...

F-A-M-I-L-Y Decoupage Letters!

Adorable!! Found this over at My Little Gems Blog...So adorable!

Okay...these projects should keep us busy for the next few days right?

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

9 Principles & 12 Values - You Are Not Alone

If you're visiting my blog through a search or a link from another blog/site, WELCOME! I'm going to be starting an entire series of lessons, ideas, and resources to teach your family about the 12 Values. Visit my blog and don't forget to check out Cherish Bound as we give you the tools and to help your family!


As I buzzed around bloggy world this morning I came up on Jerri's blog "Simple Sweet Home". I was caught up by this picture...

I was intrigued and continued to read... To my surprise it was about Glenn Beck (yep, I'm a big fan) and the "movement" he is starting. I totally related to her post because we both agree that we don't like to put politics and other world issues mixed in with our blogs. That's not what I like to blog about or what I want in my blog... But this is different. As Jerri said on her blog, this is an "independent/nonpolitical project". For me, this isn't about Republicans vs. Democrats, it's about what is right. So I'm sharing...for my own personal selfish reasons.

This movement "We Surround Them" is about real principles and values. The same ones that have been lost, corrupted and ignored...probably why things are falling apart. I'm one of those people that believes you can pass as many bills as you want, put whomever you'd like in office, but unless we have principles and values in place, NOTHING WILL HELP US!!! I'm a Christian, and I believe in God...and I know that in order for "change" to happen we must go back to the sacred basics this nation was built upon.

I'm a concerned mother, wife, and American. I'm worried.

Glenn is promoting "You Are Not Alone"...we can do something. He is encouraging Americans who believe in the same basic principles to come together and work together for the sake of the country and demand that government be accountable to the people again.

He says, "If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common."

The Nine Principles

1. America is good.

2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.

3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.

4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.

5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.

6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.

7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.

8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.

9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

Along with the 9 Principles he brings the 12 values back into the light:
  • Honesty
  • Reverence
  • Hope
  • Thrift
  • Humility
  • Charity
  • Sincerity
  • Moderation
  • Hard Work
  • Courage
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Gratitude
Make sure you visit his site, tune into his show weekdays @ 5pm on FoxNews and get involved. And don't forget tomorrow's kickoff, Friday, March 13, You Are Not Alone Special.

We Are Not Alone...

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