Saturday, April 16, 2011

Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic

Life Without Limits  Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life by Nick Vujicic

ISBN 978-0-307-58973-6
Doubleday Publishing

Wow! is the first word that comes to my mind about this book.  I was full of inspiration from the first page.  I continued to be inspired throughout the entire book.

Nick Vujicic, born without arms or legs, tells the story of his life.  Raised in a Christian home, he had a lot of doubts in God throughout his childhood, but he never gave up.  Today, as a devout Christian, he spends his life traveling the world giving motivational speeches.

His goal in writing this book is to encourage everyone to live their life to the fullest, and to find their purpose in life.  He is living proof that no matter what your circumstances or physical ailments, you do have a purpose!

I found myself to be very encouraged in reading through this book.  I've felt in the past that the little things that I do for others don't mean much....Nick tells us differently.  Once I thought about it, I know he is right.  The little things do add up.  And, if we all do little things to help others, that makes for HUGE things.

The middle of the book is 8 pages of photos.  They span his life from 6 months old on up.  One photo shares Bethany Hamilton teaching him how to surf.  I thought it was really cool that just after reading that section of the book and seeing the photo, I started seeing the previews for the movie Soul Surfer.  Soul Surfer is the life story of Bethany Hamilton, continuing on, and even surfing, after a shark ate her arm off.   Nick raves on what a great inspiration she is as well.

In fact, Nick shares a lot of stories of others who have turned bad situations into good for themselves and those around them.

The back of the book has a resources section.  This is a listing of different websites you can go to to donate, volunteer, etc to help others.  The information is there if you would so choose to help out that way.

I highly recommend this book to everyone!  It sure gets 5 stars in my book.  I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to read it.

Disclosure:  Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.  I was not compensated for my review in any other way.  All opinions of the book are my own.
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Shop Hop Saturday 4/16/11

Good Saturday morning to all! Sorry I've not been here for this post again for a couple of weeks. Saturday before last we had a garage sale. I did pretty well, at least for me! I intended to do a post last week even though I didn't have anything new to announce.

I'm working on a lot of projects all at once. I'm making strip quilt squares for the church sewing club. I'm crocheting double thick hot pads---half will be donated to my church for a fundraising craft sale, the other half will most likely be put out in our garage sales, but I might list some on etsy too. I'm in the midst of getting fabric bags sewn. I'm also making a rug for our basement floor. Since I jump around and take turns working on it all each day....takes awhile to complete anything. I also have a quilt that needs to be finished.

I completed 2 fabric bags this past week and they are now listed in my etsy store. Unfortunately, the price of fabric has gone up, so all new bags will be listed at a higher price. Still way under competing pricing for hand made items however.


Please join us at Shop Hop Saturday by clicking the button below. Thanks to Ruthi with abitosunshine for being our gracious host.
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Friday, April 15, 2011 Review

Hey readers! I rec'd a cute monkey t-shirt from in exchange for doing a review of their website.
You can see my daughter wearing the t-shirt:

The monkey on the front of the shirt shown in their logo. We were thrilled as we all love monkeys in this house.
The t-shirt I received is a high quality heavy cotton. It's been waashed and dried twice now with no shrinkage, and no damage to the screen printing. offers
*Competitive pricing
*Huge Selection
*Silk screen printing
*Quantities from 12 to 100,000
*Fast turnaround times
*Custom logos and designs

Products include:
Printed men's t-shirts
Printed Ladies t-shirts
Printed kids t-shirts
Printed Hooded tops
Printed sweatshirts
Printed vests
Promotional clothing and
Workwear offers different qualities of t-shirts to fit your budget. They even offer organic t's to help save the earth.

You do have to put in a minimum order of 12, but they do allow you to mix and match the sizes.
Pricing depends of the size of the order and the quality of the materials etc.

With over 20 years of experience in the screen printing industry, I encourage you to visit http:/ and take a look around.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Tomoson Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Squidoo Hopping 4/14/11

Hi everyone and welcome to this week's Squidoo Blog Hop! I hope you will hope along with us and add your link to the list at the bottom of my post. If you don't do squidoo, won't you hop along and support the lensmasters?

I didn't get as much done on squidoo this past week as I would have wanted to. I'm going to try to be more productive with squidoo.

I did update Our Homeschool Journey 2010/2011 Part 4. With that I got an idea of how I can also update all of the previous lenses like this as well! That will be on my to do list for next week.

I also built a new book review lens: Home-Ec 101 Book Review. This is a great book. I wanted to build the lens right away as I am so excited about the book even though I was only sent chapter 20 for my own review. As you will read on the lens, I can't wait to save and buy the book in it's entirety...and at that time I will be also updating the lens with my full review.

While I am here, can someone direct me to where I can really learn (in plain English) about the page ranking of lenses? I had thought it was tier 1 1-10,000, but think I read somewhere Tier 1 is 1-5,000? And, tell me if I am wrong, but can't there then only by just 5,000 lenses in tier 1? Currently I have one lens that is ranked 4,626. That is the lowest rank I've seen it at and it bounces around, sometimes going to 12,000 or so, then back down again. This, of course, is my highest paying lens all the way around. Thanks for any help you can give me in a better understanding of all of this!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

'Extreme Couponing' Clips - 1,000 tubes of toothpaste!

See what everyone is talking about, the 2.3 million total viewers from the premiere episode!

TLC has an all-new episode of EXTREME COUPONING airing tonight, April 13 at 9:30/8:30c

“Operation Feed the Troops”
Nathan shows off his wall of toothpaste. 1,000 tubes of toothpaste that stretch 4 feet wide, stacked 5 feet tall and weigh 400 pounds. Nathan’s cost? Only sales tax.

“We Bought them all Out”
Tai and Tarin have a brief panic attack and demand a price check. When they get an unexpected coupon they scramble to fit it into their plan but realize they had already bought everything out.

EXTREME COUPONING glances into the lives of the savviest shoppers as they plan and plot their way to unbelievable savings (up to 99%), while maintaining a stockpile, or sometimes an entire stock room, full of items that will keep their families fed for years to come.

Disclaimer: This information was sent to me by TLC-Discovery Communications PR to share with my blog readers.

WIP Wednesday 4/13/11

Good afternoon!
I sure can't say that I did all that much this past week as far as my crafts.   I did finish my friends hot pad and washcloth order, but didn't take a photo.

The pictures are of my table full of strips as I am working on the strip quilt squares for church.  At the same time I am also working on fabric bags, which are also on the table.
The other photo is of the rug I am working on for our basement floor.  It's not coming along very fast at all, but I hope to work on it each evening.

Hopefully next week you can really see the difference in how much on all of this is done!

Please join us with Every Day Crochet and share your WIP's each week, or just click the button to see what others have been up to as well!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

April is National Financial Literacy Month

Tom Henske, founder of the Money Smart Kids Program ™ at Lenox Advisors, says it’s important to focus on four pillars: (1) Saving (2) Spending (3) Donating (4) Investing, and provides the following age-friendly tips to teach children financial responsibility:

· Ages 1-4: Let children handle money, bills and coins, to become familiar with their look and feel. Give them a piggy bank to start saving.

· Ages 5-8: Get a library card for your child. It’s their first “credit card.” Start an allowance.

· Ages 9-12: Give child responsibility (and resources) to pay for some household expenses.

· Ages 13-15: Let children invest toward a vacation goal. Nature of the vacation (i.e. hotel vs. camping) could be tied to their success.

· Ages 16-18: Research various professions and determine those lifestyle budgets.

Thomas J. Henske, CFP®,CTS, ChFC, CFS, CLU, CLTC

There are 2 reasons you’ll recognize this name. First, Tom was a 2x All-American soccer player who played for the 3x National Champion University of Virginia Cavaliers. In their first outright national championship, Tom made several key saves in a penalty kick shoot-out which started the Cavaliers on their 3 championship run making them one of the best college soccer teams in the history of the game. He graduated from Virginia with the University’s Distinguished Student Honor.

After leaving the world of soccer, Tom started his current career of financial planning with Cowan Financial Group. While there, he started his own company, Henske Advisors which was acquired by National Financial Partners prior to their going public shortly thereafter. He is now one of 7 partners nationwide for Lenox Advisors, a wholly owned subsidiary of NFP. Tom holds professional designations of:

•Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC),
•Certified Life Underwriter (CLU),
•Certified in Long Term Care (CLTC),
•Certified Fund Specialist (CFS)
•Certified Tax Specialist (CTS)

With his clients and their concerns in mind Tom developed a revolutionary program, Money-Smart Kids™. Money-Smart Kids provides tools and information to foster independence, good judgment and responsible habits in children. The program helps to instill in children a sense that having money is not a right, but a privilege. And, like all privileges, it needs to be honored and protected. The program is age based. No matter where children are in their development, Lenox has gifts, tips, recommendations, resources, books and DVD’s specifically addressing age appropriate issues.

The program has struck a nerve both locally and nationally and as such Tom is frequently invited speak with the media and at events. In fact, Dow Jones is so enthused about Money-Smart Kids, it is allowing Lenox to provide the Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition to clients. It is the first and only exception to Dow Jones’s classroom only distribution policy to date.

Besides working with individual clients on their financial planning needs, Tom also oversees the marketing vision for the firm. He is a sought after public speaker on the topic of developing financial literacy and values with children and was a featured speaker at The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), attended by 10,000 people this past summer. Tom was also named to MDRT’s International Financial Literacy Committee. Tom is also a faculty member of the estate planning division of where a number of his videos can be found.

Tom recently completed writing a book, entitled "From Me to We," in which he details the practice management success of Lenox.

Disclaimer:  This information was sent to me to share through Lenox Advisors.

Giveaways Linky Tuesday

Monday, April 11, 2011

Mailbox Monday 4/11/2011

This week......all week all I rec'd besides hausernet mail was Dove for Men trial size bottles....then came Saturday.
3 issues of Entertainment Weekly
Sports Illustrated

Other mail:
several pieces of hausernet mail
Dove for Men deoderant and body and face wash trial sizes, including $1 coupons for each
Hormel Compleats for Kids kit from shespeaks
Dear Lemon Lima signed movie poster and t-shirt--prize from a gather win (I emailed to say I hadn't gotten the t-shirt, just the poster and next thing I know, I get a delivery that includes both even though I had already gotten the poster)
Vaseline Repairing Lotion sample with $1 coupon

In my church mailbox:  $50 check for cleaning in March

In my email:
$25 paypal from
$10 paypal from

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