Tuesday, August 16, 2016

How can I Virtually Assist you? (Helping YOU shine!)

As I am a stay-at-home mom and a Pastor's wife, flexibility is the #1 thing needed in my family. You know where you are running late because you have a school function (say a concert where you have to bring a food item...), followed by a church function (because everyone will be there anyway...).

Barring those crazy times, I have free time where I love to assist people in tasks that they need to be completed.  In the past I have assisted a Medical Rep with his contact list, emails, booking venues and trucks.  I also managed his databases and created documents to keep track of supplies and inventory. (Did I mention that I LOVE Dropbox?) This was fun work for me!! I may have found a niche where I can help others and still be at home.

Here is a list of things I can do (but not limited to things I can learn...):
Create documents
Create spreadsheets
Create PDF's
Data mine and scrape from the internet info you are looking for
Organize your dropbox
create newsletters (I love doing the layouts!)
Charts and visuals
Power points for presentations and sermons
Clean out iCloud and take care of duplicates
Helping manage your Social Media outlets
And more that I can't think of right now...

Let me help you and make you shine like the star you are!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Camp Meeting 2016 - Junior division

I've just spent 2 weeks in a tent helping take care of 80-90 kids a day (with 120 on the Sabbath), doing, what I describe as "VBS 3 times a day for 10 days". In other words- FUN!! 

Here are some pics of our 'Kingdom Kids' in J1.

I spent weeks making things to put up in the room.

These shields were hung all around the room.
All made from recycled materials. 😉

Then I made the banner...

In progress...

See, I have proof we spent 2 weeks in a tent. 😁

Here is some of what I had to pack to take with us to Camp Meeting.

The building of a Castle.

Doesn't look like much yet...

90% done...

Looking better?

The kids loved it!!

Our prayer wall was used a lot too.

We had a super fun slip & slide 2 of the days during Camp as well.

We had some wonderful story tellers... Here is Ms Linda! 

Our cool 'Professor Wolf'!! Pastor EJ did a great job with fun science experiments for us.

Stanley Maxwell telling us stories in our Chapel in the Pines.

Our Sabbath welcome to J1.

And all that fun means... I crushed my step goals! 😄

See you next year in J1 for more fun at Michigan Camp Meeting!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

What I wore to church...

So, for about a month or so I've been taking a picture of my outfits for church...
I don't have a clue where my cloths are from, some are from South Africa, some are from a second hand store. 

I hope you enjoy!!

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Games We Love

My family really likes games - specifically board games!
We will often spend a Thursday evening (our family night) playing games, card games and board games... some of these games are harder (keeping in mind we have 3 boys aged - 9, 10 and 13) and longer to play that we have time or energy for. Because of that, I have found some ways to make the game fun, concise and still fulfilling in it's purpose. That said, here are a couple of our top games:

Catan Family Edition

This is a very fun game! Especially if you don't know the full version. LOL!  It's a reasonable game in length of play (about an hour or so), and it's only really been this year that the youngest is able to play by himself. It is a 4 player game and requires a bit of reading.

Basically, the object is to collect 10 victory points by building the most cities, the longest road and collecting some development cards. The rules are simple - and the keys for building roads and cities are all on a card that each player gets - so no memorizing or guessing needed.

Our next favorite is a train board game.

Ticket to Ride

We love this game! (Oh, did I say that already....)
As I said we have 3 boys and this game allows all 5 of us to play at once. Each player chooses a train color and play starts with the person who has travelled the furthest. Each player gets 3 destination cards and has to keep 2 of them to complete as their routes. To complete a route, say from Chicago and Pittsburgh then you would need to collect orange cards to get enough to lay all your trains from those two points. This is difficult to explain if you have not played... but it's not too hard and the game has some good strategy involved - and hopefully you don't get blocked by someone who is headed to a destination near or the same as yours. This game runs 1 - 2 hours too.

As fun as this game is the difficult part of the game is calculating the score. Each connection is a score, each completed destination is a score, and so on. Thankfully, I found an app to help calculate the score! Yay!!

Train Counter app

This is a great app for scoring - this is not so great for scoring while you play... but rather at the end of the game. (As we like too... )  It's super easy to use. You just tap the train on the app that corresponds with the segment you are counting and viola!! Calculations done for you. Love it! Plus it makes cute piano sounds as you tap the trains. My kids love it. 

Well, that is all I have time for today. 
I'll be back to add more later! Till then - make a family memory today. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

L'BRI review- lovely Skincare!

Wow! If you're looking for soft, supple, clean, glowing skin you have to try this skin care line!

Carol Umberger offered me a trial of this skin care for combination skin... And after trying almost all of it (I've not used the exfoliating scrub or mask yet), I love what it's done for me! My pores seem smaller and my skin more radiant.

As you can see, these are small samples... But there is enough in there for a weeks use. It's so potent that a little goes a long way! 

The Facial peel is easy to use - and I have had no irritation from it. I've never used a peel before and was worried that it would feel harsh or burn. I think because this is made from 100% natural ingredients there was no burn, and the peeling was light - with no after effects. Yay!

The toner or rejuvenating splash is wonderful! It's so light and spreads so well... I normally don't use a toner at all, maybe I should... I'm a cleanse and lotion girl. But I can easily get used to adding this into my routine.

The lotion is so silky! A little really went a LONG way - my skin feels hydrated and each pore seems smaller. I'd buy the lotion!!

I followed all the included instructions and really love how smooth my skin feels and how hydrated my skin looks too. The smell of this skin care is best described as a 'hint of something sweet and powdery'.

The main difference between the L'BRI line and others is outlined in an easy to ready brochure. They replaced all water ingredients with Aloe gel and only use herbs and plant botanicals.

I think I will look for a time I can have a  party to introduce this skin care line to my friends in the near future. Next, I'd like to try something for these pesky budding wrinkles....

Also, if you are interested in a home based business- you may want to look at this.  

Contact Carol Umberger on her facebook page and her L'BRI business page.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

"Handbag Workshop" by Anna Mazur Reviewed for NetGalley

Loved this book!
The step by step photos were so helpful and the walk-through of how to-s are spot on.
I have made some bags in the past, and SO wished that I had had this book earlier for making those bags. I am sure I would not have made silly mistakes, or struggled with the things I did if I had read this book before attempting to make a bag.

The use of fabrics and the notions are spot on! The help with adding lined pockets and 2 way zippers are invaluable. The different presser foots for the sewing machine and threads are also talked about.
This is so much better than an online pattern or a video tutorial as Anna covers all the little how-tos that make a bag special and professional looking.

Again, I am so happy to have this book!! And would happily recommend it to any bag sewers I know.

NetGalley did not do a good job of translating this book into a readable format for kindle. The photos are out of sync with the text and makes following the tutorials harder. Otherwise, it is a wonderful book.

5 out of 5 stars.

**This was a digital ARC book received from Net Galley. All views are my own, I received no compensation for my review. **

Review of "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall" by Sarah Ladd for Net Galley

I enjoyed this book - especially after reading "The Curiosity Keeper" also by Sarah Ladd.

Like a lot of us, Cecily Faire has a secret... one she carries with her and influences all the the thoughts and decisions she makes. This fact is laid out in the beginning of the book with a tumultuous scene with her father which splits the family and from her twin. Time passes and Cecily is introduced to Willowgrove Hall where she is to be a companion. Upon arriving she is introduced to Nathaniel Stanton - who is Willowgrove's Steward, has a secret that is thrust upon him and seems to rule his fate and keep him stuck in decisions not of his own making.

The tale is intriguing and most engaging! As Cecily grows closer to Nathaniel, his sisters, and the Mistress of Willowgrove whom she was to be companion to, she learns what family is really about and what trust is and how the past can rule you if you do not let it rest and move on.

I loved that in this book there were references to prayer and to faith. Cecily was given a book of the Proverbs and she comforted Mrs Tryst (to whom she was companion) and in turn found comfort in it too. This display of Christianity was not forced or focused on, but was a quite witness and reminder. 

This was a lovely read, with no drawbacks or negatives.
I would recommend this book to all my friends.

A lovely regency read!

4 out of 5 Stars

**This was a digital ARC book received from Net Galley. All views are my own, I received no compensation for my review. **