Moms Of Faith

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a-little-faithMy Precious Girls have discovered a new love: The Precious Girls Club, created by the brains behind Precious Moments. The Precious Girls Club is focused on helping our girls discover how wonderful it is to be precious. For me, keeping my girls innocent and “precious” for as long as possible is a top priority. I have found that already in kindergarten KG is being faced with many adult situations; boyfriends and cussing just to name two. I am thrilled to find that at least one company is doing all they can to help me, as a parent, keep my daughters free of these adult situations and innocent for as long as possible.

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Mom of Faith has been honored with a couple more awards, this time given to me by the most awesome Dawn from Painter Mommy.

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Now, as always, receiving a blog award means there are some rules to follow! The rules for the first blog award are; list 6 things that make you happy.

1. Listening to KG read out loud.
2. Reading to KG’s Kindergarten class.
3. Watching Life on Wednesday night (it’s awesome)
4. Making home improvements on our new house
5. Reading anything
6. Silence

The rules for the second blog award are to list 10 honest things about you.

1. If I don’t have to leave my house I usually wear my pajamas all day long.
2. I’m going to be 27 in April.
3. I spend way too much time on the computer, seriously. WAY too much time!
4. I am addicted to chocolate and McDonald’s French Fries.
5. I am a reformed drug user. Don’t judge me. I’m being honest.
6. I enjoy giving others encouragement. When I make someone else feel good, I feel good.
7. I am trying to get involved with Missions.
8. My natural hair color used to be blond, now it’s brown.
9. I was considered a FREAK in high school and didn’t much care for people.
10. My house is always a wreck after the weekend and it takes me til Wednesday to get it semi-clean.

Now, I have to return the favor and choose 6 blogs to pass these awards on to. Here are a few of my favs that I enjoy reading on a daily basis.
Like a Warm Cup of Coffee
Where the Blogging Moms Go
PoshPointofView

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handI can’t ever make through even one week without burning myself in the kitchen or on the iron. Last week was especially bad for my poor hands, I burned them twice on the stove and once on the iron…Luckily I had Burn Cream MD on hand in the kitchen.  When the representative for Burn Cream MD sent me the sample I jokingly told her I was constantly burning myself, so I would quickly be able to test this product.  She assured me I wouldn’t need to burn myself to try it out…but it never fails, I did.bottle

I was impressed by how quickly it soothed the burning/stinging from each burn and how clean, not sticky, it felt better immediately. It absorbed as quickly as it soothed the pain.  Made with Vitamin E, Chamommille Flower Extract, Aloe, and Arnica Montana Flower Extract, it cools on contact.  Using Burn Cream MD minimizes scarring and speeds up the healing process.  This has become a new ktichen staple for our family and I’m sure it will for you too.

wfmwI don’t know about you, but I’m busy. In fact, I’m not busy…I’m CRAZY busy. With two kiddos, homework, dinner…you get the idea..I don’t have a lot of time to clean my house. Unfortunately, a clean house is very important here. Our children have severe dust mite allergies, so our house has to stay clean and this requires work. To help me keep up with my cleaning I have found it’s most helpful to schedule my cleaning. I take a calendar and write out my schedule. It’s pretty much one room a day with the every day/monthly items added where needed.

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Money and Energy Saving Tips

Money and Energy Saving Tips

One of the biggest energy and money drains in your house is your bathroom.  So let’s discuss how you can reduce the energy use and put some savings in your pocket.

*Replace incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent lights, which use only a third as much electricity and last ten times longer than a regular bulb. Replacing five (5) bulbs can save you up to $27 each year

*Lower your hot water heater to 120 and drain any sediment.  Almost 10% of a normal energy bill is due to heating the water used by the shower and faucets.

*Add an insulation jacket to hot water heater and pipes.  This can reduce the cost of heating water up to 15%.

*Install faucet aerators or low-flow faucets and shower heads(like the ones in the Niagara Delixe Water EcoKit).  These use less hot water and, therefore, save money and energy.

*Buy Energy Star items, such as water heaters and ventilation fans.  Through energy rebates or tax credits, you may be able to save even more money.

* Install a quick-delivery pump/control unit under the bathroom sink or install a mini-water heater in each bathroom.  Many of these units include everything you need for an easy do-it-yourself installation.  These tiny pumps consume only about $2 of electricity over a years time and have a lot of energy savings potential, especially with faucets that are located far from the main water heater.

*Unplug the hair dryer, electric shaver and other electronic grooming items to save on stand-by energy costs and help ensure safety in the bathroom.

Implementing these easy to do tips could save you some money and quite a bit of energy.

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meeting-lizzy-front-cover-for-web-postsThough intended for the young adult genre, Meeting Lizzy is a poignant read for people of all ages.  Impeccably written, Meeting Lizzy tells the tale of two misunderstood and lonely teenagers thrown together in one on life’s most cruel circumstances.  Dating violence. As the mother of two young girls who will someday (a long time from now I hope) be dating this book is especially eye opening. I urge you to read this with your daughters, nieces, sisters, and friends. Share this book with everyone, the story is not a unique one…which is the scary part.

Meeting Lizzy tells the story of Cy and Eliza, two teenagers from seemingly different worlds. Eliza is ultra popular, smart, beautiful, and dating the star football player; while Cy is a freak, doesn’t apply himself (though intelligent), and a loner by choice. Both are missing the love of their mothers and their fathers are not around nearly enough. By chance and horrible circumstance they meet and both of their lives are forever changed.

One evening while watching a tv police drama, Cy is sure he hears a terrible noise coming from upstairs and goes to investigate.  He knocks on the door on the upstairs apartment to find “Beef Man” standing behind the door and a young girl laying motionless on the floor.  What follows is Cy and Eliza’s versions of a story with heart-wrenching detail.  Cy struggles to help Eliza escape from the massive abuse she receives from her boyfriend while struggling with his own identity; Eliza struggles with the fear and pain caused by the abuse, trying to break free from the cycle, and being pulled back in by a boyfriend who contributes not only physical abuse, but also psychological.

Follow along with Cy and Eliza as they struggle with their own personal demons and some real life demons too. SaraBeth Carter meets the challenge of correctly depicting the gross abuse in enough detail to be believable and drives home the importance of talking to your children about abuse. I would recommend this well-written book to everyone and plan to read it with my daughters in a few years. If you know a librarian or are one yourself, be sure Meeting Lizzy is in the library. This book could save a young woman’s life.

Read the teaser 1st Chapter of Meeting Lizzy here.

Larry John Wright Publishing has graciously offered to give away a copy of Meeting Lizzy to one reader here on Mom of Faith.  The giveaway starts today and will run until February 14. A winner will be chosen at 10 pm, Saturday, February 14.

In order to enter:

*Send five (5) of your closest friends the link to the sneek peek for Meeting Lizzy and CC amanda(at)momoffaith(dot)com


Gain Extra Entries:

*Sign up for email delivery of Mom of Faith

*Tweet this giveaway

*Blog about this giveaway, more than just a sentence and a link is required.

Good luck!

Photos courtesy of Sara Beth Carter.
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We have a winner in Mom of Faith’s Niagara Eco Kit Giveaway….drum roll please….brrrrrrrrrr ump…

#68-Lisa G.

Congratulations Lisa. You have received your email and your info has been passed on.  Please feel free to come back here and let us know what YOU thought about the kit.

Just to remind you what comes in the Deluxe Water Eco Kit:deluxe water Eco kit

* HANDHELD EARTH® MASSAGE SHOWERHEAD 2.35 GPM
* TEFLON TAPE
* LEAK DETECTION TABLETS AND TIPS
* KITCHEN SWIVEL AERATOR
* (2) BATHROOM AERATORS
* FLOW METER BAG
* TOILET TANK BANK
* TOILET WATER SAVER (Fill Cycle Diverter)

I urge you to head over to Niagara Conservation and order one for your house!

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