Monthly Archives: August 2010

Book Review: No More Christian Nice Girl

When Just Being Nice – Instead of Good – Hurts You, Your Family, and Your Friends
ISBN: 978-0-7642-0769-3
Price: $14.99
Format: Paperback
Publication date: May. 10 | Division: Bethany House

I recently read the book, No More Christian Nice Girl by Paul Coughlin and Jennifer D. Degler, PhD.

This is a hard one for me to review.  I rarely find books that I don’t like, but well, I found one in this.  Don’t get me wrong, I really like the idea behind the book, but I just don’t feel it was presented well at all.

The idea behind the story is that Christian women tend to be too nice….we worry too much about saying “yes” to everyone, and don’t know when to stand our ground.  I’ll give an amen to that, as I wholeheartedly agree!  This book offers practical advice for learning to say no when we need to, and to worry ourselves more with being “good” and Christ-like, rather than nice.  The life of Christ is illustrated to point out that Jesus was not ALWAYS nice, which is so true!  He stood up to those who needed standing up to, and His words and actions were sometimes quite harsh.  We, who call ourselves Christians, or followers of Christ, need to follow ALL of Jesus’ example, not just the one-dimensional “nice guy” that we tend to see all of the time.

Now, I agree with all of it, and I appreciated the points made in this book.  In fact, I could really use a self-help book just like this to help me learn to say no!  I say yes too often and end up feeling resentful when I have too much to do.  My problem with this book is in the presentation of the idea.  I felt that the authors spent too much time exhibiting sarcasm, and even immaturity as they made their points. For example, the talk of the woman in Samaria who was deemed unclean because of a “perpetual menstrual problem”.  Or the insinuation that when Jesus turned the water to wine, he was really being a show off who encouraged drunkenness, but that we as Christians ignore the reality.

I’m going to give this book 3 stars, because I do think that the idea behind it is a great one.  It just wasn’t MY type.
*I received no monetary compensation for my review.  I was given the book free of charge by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.  These opinions are mine, and mine alone!

5 Things 8/8-8/15

Oh my, as I look at last weeks’ list, I wonder where I’ve been all week….I was quite productive last week, but I certainly didn’t stick to THIS list:
  1. Make a menu plan for August using the food I already have in my pantry as much as possible. – NOPE, not even started.
  2. Gather Mary Kay that has not sold and prepare it to donate to a women’s shelter. – YES
  3. Do the back to school clothes shopping for both kids.  This one has a lot of potential…to be fun, or to be a complete disaster.- YES, and I’m pleased to report that it only was disastrous for the last 10 minutes!
  4. Plant the peas for the fall crop. – NOPE, decided not to plant since I’m revamping my garden as soon as harvest is over.
  5. Declutter and put at least 5 things/day into the “donation” bag. – NOPE, I think I may have decluttered 5 things total, though:-)
Looking at that makes me think I need to spend more time considering my lists.  If I’m going to change my mind halfway through the week and decide it’s not needed to do something, well then I’ve kinda wasted my time, you know?  So, here is my thought out list for this week:
  1. Make a menu plan for the rest of the month based on what is in the pantry.
  2. Re-organize kitchen – it’s time to make better use of my space….past time!
  3. Set up, try to enjoy, and later clean up the Relief Society Salad Social.
  4. Go to LION KING!!!!!  They are in town starting this week:-)
  5. 2 kids’ doctor appointments.

Since most of those are things I HAVE to do, this week should be more successful, eh?

Want to join in on the 5 Things challenge?  Go HERE to read all about how it got started, and to “officially” join in!

Frugal Friday: Getting Organized

I wish I had written a fantastic post about getting organized on a budget.  Unfortunately, I didn’t.  Just call me slacker! I do answer to it.

Anyway, check out THIS article written by Cynthia Ewer.  She shares all sorts of wonderful advice for organizing your home, and doing it on a budget.  The title is Frugal Order:  A Tightwad’s Guide to Getting Organized. 

Eating from the pantry? Pshaw!

I don’t need to eat from my pantry when I can eat from…..

MY GARDEN!!!

Wouldn’t it be sweet if we could really, truly eat 95% of our food from our garden?  I’d probably need a bigger yard for that.

BUT!  I have been enjoying eating out of my garden for the last 2-3 weeks.

Here’s what I picked today.  You can’t see it, but I also picked one whole blackberry…yeehaw!

I see that, and my mind and stomach scream that I MUST make a  potato fry meal.  Gosh, if I made that with the fresh eggs I get from my aunt instead of meat, it’d be completely “home grown”!!!

Yesterday I had a lot more tomatoes and a lot fewer potatoes.  I also had no carrots, so for breakfast today I made creamed potatoes and ate sliced tomatoes with it.  Very simple, but very filling and good.  And I love feeling that I’m finally getting back to nature in how I eat. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the next few weeks, as I’ll be sharing the recipes for all the garden stuff I’m eating.  I LOVE this time of year!!

Organizing my Library Stuff….

Who here loves their local library?  Anybody?  Anybody? 

So as you probably know, I use my local library.  A LOT.  As in, my family has a scheduled day of the week that we go.  (It used to be a scheduled time, but I decided I didn’t need to be so, what’s the word….Psycho? about it.)

Anywho, every week we check out new books, movies, and CDs for our entertaining pleasure.  With a 7-year old daughter who LOVES having her own card and checking out her OWN stuff, I have discovered that it is really important to be organized with what we borrow.  (I’m sure y’all can imagine “how” I made that discovery….NO movie is worth the fines you pay when you lose something!)

So, here’s what I do:

1. First of all, I organize my “wish list”.  Any book I hear about or want to read, I keep track of it.  Movies and music I want to borrow I put on the wish list on my library’s website.

2. When we check the items out, the very first place they go is here:

This is the top shelf of our living room’s entertainment center.  The kids books and mine ALL go here VERY FIRST THING.

3. Then, of course, we read the books, watch the movies, listen to the music, etc.  You know the drill.  As soon as we are done with the item, we put it here:

My handy-dandy reusable bag.  We have 6 chairs at our kitchen table, but only 4 family members, so this bag gets one of the extra chairs.  This way my daughter can reach it and put her used stuff away herself. 

4. Then when library day arrives, all I’ve gotta do is grab my bag and go. 

Okay, so maybe it’s not THAT simple.  I do, for example, look through the bag before we go and double check that everything is in there that should be.  But really, it’s ALMOST that simple! 
 

Share a blog Wednesday – Simply Stacie

 The blog I’m featuring today is a real goodie….I came across it about 6 months ago, and have been hooked ever since!  Stacie does a lot of reviews and giveaways, but also so many other things…a lot of PR stuff, and so many helpful hints for other bloggers!  Her blog is truly unique, full of fun, and helpful all at the same time!  So….check it out!


Simpy Stacie

Tell me about yourself:

My name is Stacie and I am a 32 year old mom of two girls. Olivia is 12 and Bridget is 5 (but will be 6 in October). I live in Nova Scotia, Canada but am originally from Eastern Ontario. I moved to the Maritimes last year after separating from my husband. I am a full time blogger now although I used to work as an accountant in a public practice firm. I left the work force in 2007 due to a chronic pain condition. I have been home ever since and am doing much better most days.

Please tell me about your blog:
Simply Stacie is a Review & Giveaway blog. I feature a wide variety of products including beauty, fashion, children’s, babies, books, green, etc…you name it! I also have a true passion for helping other bloggers and do what I can to share what I have learned along the way. I have a section on my blog called Blogging Resources where you can find tips to grow your blog and find products to review. I have a very active Facebook page and we have lots of interesting discussions on there mostly on blogging related topics.

What got you started blogging?
I had thought about starting a blog as an online journal for a long time before I actually started. I actually kind of fell into after discovering the world of blog giveaways. I had my own blog then and I was offered by a company to do a product review and it just started from there. I began it full force in December 2008.

Who is your blog targeted to?
My blog is mainly all women (although I do have the occasional male reader!). Many of them are moms and I am also noticing that many of my readers are other bloggers like me. 

What plans do you have for the future of your blog?
Where do I start with this! My mind is always working and thinking of different things I can do with my blog. I want to keep it fun and something that I enjoy doing. When its something you enjoy doing, it never feels like work. I love blogging and plan to continue on with what I am doing. I have so many ideas for events and things I would like to try. Watch for more events, more giveaways and more resources to help other bloggers on the way!

What is your blog address?


And lastly, but definitely not least, can you share one fun fact about yourself with us?  A quirk you have, perhaps, or a funny story?

I am a BIG FAN of 80s music and can name the year, song title and artist of most songs from that era!

Gallery of Giveaways 8/2-8/8

Check out my favorite giveaway going on this week:

Over at Canadian Natural Mama, you can enter to win a Schoolhouse Naturals Shape Sorter Bench by Maple Landmark.  Honestly, who DOESN’T love wooden toys?  They are safe, (usually) natural, NOT battery operated, and the kids get to use their imaginations when they play!  Go HERE to enter!!!  This giveaway ends on August 20.

You know the drill….let’s see what other giveaways are happening this week!