Monday, December 28, 2015

Sample of Devotions for Dieters

With the start of a new year coming, and many making new goals, I thought I would share from another blog I manage:

Sample Devotion

January 1

1 Corinthians 6:19 - NLT Or don't you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself.

As Christians, we believe that God dwells within us. Our bodies become His home, and it makes sense that we should try to make His surroundings as nice as possible. The temple of God in Israel was kept immaculately clean and pure. Only the most clean and holy of men were allowed to enter it. It was revered by all. The temple was the most holy and special place of all. When we are told that our bodies are the temple of God, it is not an option whether or not we will take care of it; it is a duty. When we care for our physical being, we are making God's temple a holy and special place.

Today's Thought: We diet not only for ourselves, but for God!


Today's Tip:
Drink plenty of water or other calorie-free beverages. Before you tear into that bag of potato chips, drink a glass of water first. People sometimes confuse thirst with hunger, so you can end up eating extra calories when an ice-cold glass of water is really all you needed. If plain water doesn't cut it, try drinking flavored sparkling water or brewing a cup of fruit-infused herbal tea.


Berry Good Tea Recipe

2 parts elderberries
2 parts dried hawthorn berries
2 parts goji berries
1 part huckleberries or bilberries
1 part raspberry leaf Honey (optional)

Mix together all of the ingredients. Brew as an infusion, using 1 tablespoon of the herb mixture per cup of water, and steeping for 30 to 60 minutes. Sweeten with honey if desired.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Music I Grew Up On: 80's Christian Rock & Contemporary

It's interesting that we (I think a lot of people do this) crave and continue to listen to the music they grew up on, especially the songs during our teen years. I think I had almost all of these artists on cassette tape at one time or another, or my friends did. Those tapes are long gone now, but I've been lucky to find most of these artists' songs from the 80s on MP3. You'd be surprised at what is available at and I've added many of these to my Spotify playlist. The marked ones (*) are the artists I listen to most often today.

* Altar BoysThe 77s
Daniel Amos
Daniel Band
* Stryper
Elim Hall
* Degarmo And Key
Mad At The World
Lifesavers Underground
The Choir
The Servant
Rick Cua
Larry Norman
* Randy Stonehill
* Steve Taylor
* Lisa Welchel
The Imitators
Common Bond
Bash In The Code
David & The Giants
* Idle Cure
* Amy Grant
* Bryan Duncan
* Leslie Phillips
* Benny Hester
* Keith Green
* Russ Taff
* Gary Chapman



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Monday, October 26, 2015

Are You Appealing To All Five Senses In Your Daycare Or Home?

Are You Appealing To All Five Senses
In Your Daycare Or Home?
Written by Pamm Clark

What do you think of when you smell the Thanksgiving turkey? How about when you see and read your favorite childhood book? Is there a song that triggers a memory for you?
Now, ask yourself what trigger do you want the children you care for (and your own children) to remember you by? The smell of bleach? You're saying, "No, no!"? How about a certain painting? The smell of lavender? Kenny G music?
I began thinking about all five senses and what I want the children I care for to remember from my house. Keep in mind changes don't happen overnight. It took baby steps to change things; things are still slowly changing. Here are some of my thoughts:

Let's start with the walls. Look at your child care area. Chances are you have lots of primary colors on the wall as well as commercial characters from Disney, Sesame Street, Barney, etc. It seems child-oriented, but is it?

Think of all the marketing targeted to preschoolers through their favorite characters. There are videos, clothing, shoes, dishes, toys, books, etc. The kids are bombarded with this stuff all over. Well, I took a stand and will have much less of that on my walls! I'm working on weeding commercialism out of the toys and books and videos, too. I can't control all of their lives, but I can control what they are exposed to during the time they have here.
So what is on my walls? I'm currently looking for
posters of real art. You know, posters of paintings by famous painters. For now I have a flag poster with the Pledge of Allegiance, a few preschool posters (colors, numbers, and sign language), the children's art, and a poster of desert flowers. After taking that other stuff down, it's much warmer and more inviting.
Lighting is another area to work on. Try for as much natural light as possible. Lamps are good, too. Stay away from fluorescent lighting.
Use as much wood and wicker as possible. Try to stay away from bright-colored plastic stuff. I know this sounds contradictory, but these changes can soften up the mood of things. Use wood-toned shelving, tables, chairs, etc. Switch to wicker baskets for storage of art supplies, small toys, etc. Thrift stores and yard sales are great for this.
Bring in fresh flowers as much as possible. Even silk flowers and trees are good. Try to stick with earthy stuff. You will be surprised by the difference and the calming effect it has.

Record your child care for a half hour or more. What do you hear? The TV going? Radio? You yelling, "No, no! Stop! Quit! Quiet!"? Children's music? Babies' cries? Frustrated children? "Mine!"?
I turn off the TV more. I'm experimenting with background music. I want to try classical, jazz, etc. and not on the radio or TV--too much chit-chat.
Talk to and LISTEN to the children. Talk about what you're doing.
Sing, sing, sing. Sing church songs, children's songs, any song! Don't think of it as a performance, but sing to the air.

Think back to odors or aromas that trigger memories: Thanksgiving turkey, a favorite teacher's perfume, Pine Sol, new books on the first day of school, etc. When you're somewhere and you smell your favorite teacher's perfume it immediately brings you back.
What kind of memory do you wish to trigger? --Poopy diapers? Bleach? Of course not!
I went to the health food store and purchased essential oil of Lavender. I wasn't sure what to do with it, but I knew I wanted lavender because it is calming. I read about aroma therapy and found I could put 25 drops of the lavender to 16 oz. of water in a spray bottle. I spray this every morning all around the rooms we use for daycare and on the children's pillows and bedding. I do it again during lunch on the children's bedding. Sometimes I do it to freshen up things. (Also see Sleepy Time).
I also bought a Potpourri simmer pot at a thrift store. I was hoping to simmer the lavender and the whole house would fill up with great lavender scent. It turns out you have to use so much that I couldn't afford to keep doing it. I'm looking for inexpensive ways to simmer in the simmer pot. My husband peeled a lime and I threw the peel in there with some drops of orange oil and that worked better. So far I plan to try apples, orange peels, and lemon peels. I did try vanilla and my kids asked me all day if I was making cookies :). It's too expensive, also.
Commercial or chemical potpourri won't work for us. DH is allergic to that stuff. Besides, do I really want to expose these children to more chemicals?
Someone suggested to make a pot of coffee every morning even though no body drinks it. I have a problem associating coffee smells around children.
There are factory-made rings you can get to go around light bulbs and I know people put vanilla in there. That may work and take less vanilla and may be cost effective. I really don't have any lamps that it would work on.
I'm working hard on this search and hope to find more ideas that work.

I plan to serve the kids' favorite foods often and introduce new tastes. When the parents sign up I have them list some of their child's favorite foods. I try to serve as many as I can on their first day.
Something I'd like to try is to have the children bring a favorite snack. This encourages them to enjoy variety.

I try to provide toys of different textures. There are hard chairs and soft places to sit.
We used to have a little "couch" (it's a crib mattress with a king size pillow for a back). It was great for a place for adults and children to read a book together.
I try to provide a reassuring hug (or touch on the arm) often.
There are many activities with various things to touch: shaving cream on a table or in a baggie, play dough, sand play, water play, etc.
Sleepy Time

For nap I try to make the children comfortable using all their senses:

  • *Dim the light and draw the shades
    *Play an Enya or Kenny G CD
    *Spray lavender water on their pillows, bedding, and throughout the room
    *Provide a water bottle or cup if needed
    *Rub a few backs after providing soft, comfortable bedding
You can't expect little ones to fall asleep if you have a radio blasting. The same goes for a day when it's sunny outside and you don't attempt to darken the room. You need to set a mood for sleeping.
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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Easy Toddler Curriculum Option

Are you looking to start 2015 with a fresh curriculum for your toddler group?

This Toddler Curriculum from ECHO could be a good option.  It is written for a "Mommy & Me" type gathering, but I have successfully used it in a daycare setting, picking a couple of activities for each day.  I added Bible stories and songs from 100 Bible Stories, 100 Bible Songs .

Simplify your Toddler Program and get organized in 2015!



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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Go Paperless and Get Organized With Evernote: Your First Note!

The first successful function I did with Evernote was to make a grocery list.  It seems so simple.  I made my list on my laptop at home with  checkboxes.  I went to the store, opened up the list on the Evernote app on my phone, shopped and checked off the boxes as I shopped.

I'm not sure why, but I had tried a few list and note-type apps in the past and never had success like I did with Evernote.  With my new-found Evernote success, I got momentum with Evernote and started exploring what else I could use it for.

What will be your first note?  Go ahead, pick a device and a topic (grocery list, something you have on a post-it note, or anything) and create your first note.

Next, go to another device (your phone, tablet, laptop) and view the note there.  You will have access to the note at the store, at work, at home.



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