What Makes Me A To Do List Rebel

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What Makes Me A To Do List Rebel & Why It Works For MeI am a lover of a to do  list yet I am also a  to do list rebel.

I make a to do list almost daily, and most days I get a significant amount of what is on it done BUT I don’t make my to do list at the same time of day most  experts say to make it.

Time management experts will tell you to write out your to do  list  at night because it will clear your head and help you jump start your morning, knowing exactly what you need to do.

I tried making my list up at night, but as a woman who has a trouble winding down at night I found that making a to do list before bed only made me dwell on everything I had to get done the next day instead of putting it to rest. I found myself thinking, “well perhaps I should do …..before I go to bed so that I won’t have to face it tomorrow” or I think “I should do……first tomorrow”, and on and on it would go until I would look at the clock by my bed and realize I had lost an hour of sleep to thinking about tomorrow.

Eventually I gave up writing my to do  list at night, and switched to spending that time reading a devotional (Jesus is Calling is what I am using this year and love it) and writing in my homemade gratitude journal (don’t have time to make one, Crystal Paine has one available on Amazon) . These things help me switch my brain off and fall into slumber.

When I wake up I write my to do list first thing. It  takes discipline to write the list of what I have to get done first, since I am a early bird and wake up ready to go and to waste that energy on writing a list  instead of hitting the first thing on my mind to do,  seemed at first  like a waste of prime energy hours. However, when I make myself sit down and take about 2 to 5 minutes  to write a list of  all the things I want to accomplish in the day ahead it some how seems to make more time in my day to get those things done.

I believe it is because in writing the list I am forced to take a good look at my day and that helps me visualize where to do what more efficiently. For instance,  I might notice that my son has a soccer practice, and that means I will have 2 hours in a nearby town to kill, looking at my list of blogging things I need to get done I realize this is the perfect time to hide out at a restaurant with free wi-fi near the soccer fields and work on a post. I might also notice that it is going to be a busy day and if I want to workout I best do it first thing, or that I am going to be out of the house during dinner hours so I need to ask one of my teenagers  to cook dinner for us.

When I think all this sort of stuff out at night it stresses me out but when I do it first thing in the morning it makes me feel empowered to take on my day.

When do you write your to do list? And are you a paper list writer or an app user?

Curious about the Goals For Today grid seen in the picture above? It is available as a free printable over on this post about how I plan out my days. I have changed how I used it recently but still love it. Right now I use one square for appointments, one for chores, one for blog work and one for a verse that I found in my morning quiet time that I want to reflect on during the day.

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One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: July 28 to Aug 3

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one summer fun goal for the weekLast Week’s Goal

Last week was a flop.

Why? Well lets just say it ended with me going to the doctor, where I received 3 medications, 2 more appointments, and gave 3 vials  of blood for testing purposes.  So not only did I not get to go on the long bike ride trip my son and I have been planning for months but we didn’t get to do much of anything else either. Plus the doctor said I can’t bike ride for at least a month (super bummed about that :( ). Don’t worry so far all minor aliments but they are all making me feel really OLD.

This Week’s Goal

Take a me day

The Doctor and I had a little talk and it made me realize that I need a morning to night me day. I think it has been a year since I have taken one. These usually consist of me visiting a nearby city, enjoying lunch by myself, a bit of thrift store shopping, some reading or some writing in a coffee shop, and dinner by myself before hitting SAM’s for a good bulk food grocery shop up before coming home. Not exciting but needed for mental health.

What I Read This Week

I finished 1 book this week which means I have now read 40 books in 2014

The Search: Well developed characters, with real life problems and amazing stories of grace. (psst…got it from paperbackswap.com)

What I Am Reading

In Paperback Form

The Wholehearted Wife :   I am really enjoying this title so far. It is a great reminder that to love your spouse fully you must love yourself fully.

On My Kindle Paperwhite

How To Homeschool 9th and 10th Grade: (didn’t read a single page of it this week I am having problems letting go of summer time and preparing for the next school year) It is almost that time of year again and my second child will be entering 9th grade this August. I want to start off his highschool years on solid footings so I am looking forward to reading this title.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I  read a few more pages  of this title this week.

A Find I Want To Share
I have an allergy to aspartame, it causes one side of my body to go slightly  numb. I love chewing gum when I am deep in writing thought but I obviously can’t have the aspartame kind and the sugar kind sticks to my one and only crown which is why I am so happy to have found pur gum. It uses Xylitol to sweeten, tastes great, doesn’t stick to my dental work, and keeps its flavor for hours.

 

 

One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: July 21 to 27

one summer fun goal for the weekLast Week’s Goal

An extended time just me and my husband at the campground did not happen.

My husband ended up working late all week, including the Thursday night when he was finally coming out the campground. We also discovered that we some how missed that it was his turn to be on call for work starting at 7 am Saturday morning. We had friends out to the campground to spend time with us Friday afternoon and evening and we had a blast with them but that meant we really only got a few hours alone together Friday morning and some of that time was spent finding parts to fix a kayak so we could kayak with our friends.

We are not giving up on spending a weekend away though and already have another weekend marked on our calendar.

This Week’s Goal

I am going to set a hopeful goal and a backup goal for this week. I am hoping to do a bike trip with my son that we have been looking forward to for months BUT the weather forecast is currently not agreeing with our goal so my backup goal in case the weather does not change is to enjoy one or two little outings with my sons while my daughter is away.

What I Read This Week

I finished 2 books this week which means I have now read 39 books in 2014

1. Wish: A handful of tissues by your side at all times type of book. A story of facing a battle head on and winning yet being okay with not because you know you did everything you could. (psst…this was a Tyndale Rewards title )

2. The Waiting: A story of facing our fears, and our sorrows. A story of knowing who we are and who we are not. A story that had me laughing one page and crying the next. (psst…I got this title though paperbackswap.com)

What I Am Reading

In Paperback Form

The Search: This is the last of the Lancaster series books, and I am only on chapter 2 so far. Still figuring out the characters.

On My Kindle Paperwhite

How To Homeschool 9th and 10th Grade: (didn’t read a single page of it this week I am having problems letting go of summer time and preparing for the next school year) It is almost that time of year again and my second child will be entering 9th grade this August. I want to start off his highschool years on solid footings so I am looking forward to reading this title.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I  read a few more pages  of this title this week.

A Find I Want To Share

I got my first bottle of EO organic deodorant Lavender body spray for my birthday in March. I am now working on my third bottle and a 4th is on its way. When I cut out products with chemical based perfumes and parabens the one product I really missed was my body spray. I loved stepping out of the shower and misting myself all over with it. Now with EO  Lavender body spray I can do it again but this time with out the chemicals. The label may say deodorant but truly it is a body spray and does not replace deodorant. The sent is very subtle and not at all overwhelming.

One Summer Fun Goal Of The Week: July 14 to 20

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We did in fact go camping, but my preparation wasn’t what it could have been.

My families RV is currently set up about 20 minutes away from our home at a state park. For the most part we have been there for the week, coming into town just for church, and this week soccer and gymnastics. We took the RV out Wednesday afternoon. I went shopping for the groceries Wednesday morning after planning what we should eat Tuesday night. The last minute meal planning led to a lot more packaged food being ate all week than I would have liked. Live and learn I guess.

This Week’s Goal

Enjoy an extended time just my hubby and I at the campground

My hubby and I were planning on camping just the two of us the week our boys were a way at church camp but instead we ended up staying home and my husband finished the remodel of our son’s room while I blogged and watched our daughter. Since we missed out on date time at the campground that week we plan to make up for it this week.

What I Finished Reading

I always tend to read more when camping now that my children are older and entertain themselves more when camping so I read 3 books this week.

1. Life With Lily: I love The Adventures of Lily Lapp series. Yes I know they are meant for the 8 to 12 year old crowd, but the innocent stories of Amish childhood draw me in.

2. The Choice: One Suzanne Woods Fisher book was not enough for me, so I went on after Life With Lily to read The Choice in an evening and a morning. I thought when I started it that I have the book all figured out but then it took a twist I wasn’t expecting and then another, and I was hooked. So hooked in fact that I went over to Paperbackswap.com and requested both The Waiting and The Search, book 2 and book 3 of the series, and  I am anxious to get started on them.

3. A Life Of Miracles: What One Ordinary Family Gained When They Gave Up Everything To Follow God . I found this book fascinating. One family that sees so many of God’s miracles in a life time, from financial windfalls that come at just the right moment, to physical healing and amazing appointments that could have only been of God.

What I Am Reading

In Paperback Form

Wish: I am a few chapters in this Tyndale Rewards find, and I already know that I am going to need to carry tissues where ever I read it.

On My Kindle Paperwhite

How To Homeschool 9th and 10th Grade: It is almost that time of year again and my second child will be entering 9th grade this August. I want to start off his highschool years on solid footings so I am looking forward to reading this title.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I didn’t read a single bit of this title this week, I am however still pondering on what I have read so far.

A Find I Want To Share



Inbox Dollars
isn’t a high earning point reward program, but it is another great online point program that when added to a stream of other point earning programs can create a small steady flow of monthly income from your computer at home.

I have tried Inbox Dollars  out for the last few weeks, and I would suggest that if you don’t have a lot of time to spend you stick to doing  the conformation emails and the videos on a regular basis. From time to time  check out the offers section to see if you can find any quick to complete offers to add to your earnings. Inbox dollars also has a shopping section found under the “more” tab that allows you to earn points when shopping through their links at places like Old Navy and Walmart.

I would not recommend the survey section unless you can do it while doing some other mindless activity like watching TV, since when I tried a few  I was kicked out of all of them after several minutes and earned nothing.

Make sure to take the time to fill out your profile, as there is several easy money to be earned when you do.

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One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: July 7 to 13

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Last Week’s Goal

We had an amazing 4th of July Celebration with some of our closest friends.

My husband spent Tuesday with the children cleaning up the backyard while I worked on the blog then on Wednesday I got all the groceries in the morning with my daughter and then spent the afternoon cleaning up the house with all three of my children. Friday morning my husband prepared the backyard for the party with my daughter while I blogged, and then he left with all three kids for the parade while I did some last minute preparations and blogged a bit more. At 3 pm all our friends started arriving and we spent the afternoon and evening watching the kids play, eating, and finally watching our town’s fireworks from our backyard. We are blessed to live just up the hill from where our town holds its fireworks.

This Week’s Goal

Prepare for and then go camping

What I Finished Reading

I did not finish a single book this week.

What I Am Reading

In Paperback Form

Kisses from Katie: I just bought Kisses from Katie, through one of my favorite sources for inexpensive summer time reading,  a yard sale. I have heard great things about this book and am looking forward to digging into it. Still haven’t started this yet, since I have been reading off my kindle paperwhite lately.

On My Kindle Paperwhite

Don’t laugh…I am currently reading Life With Lily, yes I know it is a book for 8 to 12 year old girls, but I love stories of the carefree lives of Amish children so much that I couldn’t resit it when I saw it for free on Kindle a while back. I am really enjoying this book, it is a carefree summer time read.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I didn’t read a single bit of this title this week, I am however still pondering on what I have read so far.

A find I want to share

Paid Viewpoint The survey site where you are paid for every surveyI was researching point programs that are simple and effective when I found PaidViewpoint.com. Unlike most survey companies Paidviewpoint.com pays you cash for every survey you complete. Sure it isn’t much per survey, in the last few days I have been a member I have been offered one survey a day and each survey was worth .10 cents so far( the rest of the earnings seen in the picture above were for filling out my profile page).

However the surveys are short, most under 2 minutes, and you get paid something for each and every survey you take the time to complete (a lot of companies screen you out within the first few minutes of your time and you get paid nothing). I also like that they pay in Paypal payments once your account reaches $15.  You can use that cash for whatever you want, where ever you want.

Combine the tiny drip of income from Paidviewpoint.com with other point  programs and you could find yourself creating a small steady stream of money to help your families finances or to help pursue your passions, which in turn could help your families income.

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How Are Your Goals For 2014?

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Back in the beginning of the year I used the graphic above as an out line to write my goals out for 2014, with the year half over I thought it was time to check in with you so as to help me be more accountable.

Honestly the results so far are not good but  I am hoping to gain more speed the second half of the year.

3 Goals For My Mind

  1. Read 52 books this year : On task for this one I have read over 30 books so far
  2.  Memorize a bible verse a month: I thought I came up with a great way to memorize verses but it soon got lost in the house somewhere and the goal got pushed aside.
  3.  Watch the Children’s grammar series all the way through : Not a single episode watched.

3 Goals For My Health

  1.  Lose 10 pounds : I got as far as 5 pounds down and then the winter just got 10 times worse and I started hibernating. Now that it is warmer I am doing a bit better with this goal though. Charting calories more regularly, getting out for 10.000 steps at least 6 days a week and trying to make wiser choices in both eating and activity levels.
  2. Do a 1/2 marathon in the spring and a full in the fall :  I did not do a spring  half marathon since the cold icy winter made it hard to get out and run and I can’t seem to get my head past running 3 on the tread mill. Right now I am focusing on increasing my long runs by 5 minutes a week in hopes of doing  1/2 in the fall but I am giving up on the hopes of doing a full marathon this year.
  3.  Enter a bike race: Instead of a bike race I have been training with my middle child to do a 70 mile one way 140 mile round trip biking adventure. I think that is just as good as a bike race.

3 Spiritual Goals

  1. Memorize a scripture a month:  I memorized just one verse so far.
  2.  Read Jesus is Calling Devotional at night:  My husband bought me Jesus Calling for Christmas and I enjoy ending my day by reading it, so I am spot on for this goal.
  3. Continue reading through The Message:  I have been doing my word  study in the bible on fear , once it is done I will get back to this goal.

3 Goals For My Marriage

  1.  One “real” date with my hubby each month : Glad to say that I have upheld this goal.
  2.  One overnight each season: We got away in the spring and hope to get away soon for summer
  3. One 3+ night getaway just the 2 of us: Our plans for this fell through but we hope to try again later this year.

3 Business Goals

  1. Improve my grammar : As I stated above I have not watched  grammar DVD series yet.
  2.  Attend one blogging conference: I had planned on attending a Blogging Concentrated one day conference in January but the winter had other plans.  :(
  3. Write, have edited, and publish an ebook: Right now I am working on a “free when you subscribe to the blog” project as well as doing everything that was suggested to me in my blogging review by the Blogging Concentrated team, so an ebook idea is shelved for now.

set a wow goal (small)I also set one WOW goal this year after being inspired and convicted by Crystal Paine’s new book“Say Goodbye To Survival Mode”.

My wow goal is going pretty well, it is taking a lot of my time and energy which is probably why I have not made as much head way with all my goals listed above.

How about you? Did you set goals for 2014? How are you doing in reaching those goals?

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One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: June 30 to July 6

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one summer fun goal for the weekLast Weeks Goal

Okay so saying I spent an extended time one on one with my hubby would be lying although we did go kayaking and then out for a late dinner one night.

As I said last week the boys were away for camp for the week and we just had our daughter. She did go to a friends house over night later in the week but my husband and I so badly wanted to get our eldest son’s room done that we sacrificed most of that potential date time for renovating.

thomas room (blog)This is part of the room that sits under his 8 foot high in the air loft bed. You will notice the couch and the dresser are the ones I found at the yard sales I hit last week.

thomas study (blog)The other side of his room is his study area. The table was a yard sale found sofa table that my husband altered a bit to make it into a simple desk. The bookshelf and even the alarm clock/ CD player  and curtains were also yard sale finds. We painted all the yard sale found furniture to match. The chair was a Target clearance sale find.

I love how the room turned out and so does my son which makes it worth giving up some of our date time.

One fun goal for this week

Plan,prepare and then enjoy company for the 4th of July

What I Am Reading

I finished 1 book this week

It Had To Be You: Hockey players, romance and mystery all rolled into one really good book.

In Paperback Form

Kisses from Katie: I just bought Kisses from Katie, through one of my favorite sources for inexpensive summer time reading,  a yard sale. I have heard great things about this book and am looking forward to digging into it. (haven’t started this yet)

On My Kindle Paperwhite

Don’t laugh…I am currently reading Life With Lily, yes I know it is a book for 8 to 12 year old girls, but I love stories of the carefree lives of Amish children so much that I couldn’t resit it when I saw it for free on Kindle a while back.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I read one more chapter of this book this week.  WOW! If you want a book that will challenge you to live a life that truly represents Christ this book is for you.

A find I want to share

shopkick an app that pays you to check in and scan productsI was researching for an upcoming project I hope to release soon when I found the shopkick App. I have not used it yet (didn’t do much shopping this week what with all the renovating) but from watching the introductory video it looks like a pretty simple way to earn gift cards , to stores such as Target, Starbucks, Macy’s, JCPenny, Itunes, Old Navy and more.

It looks like you need to check in when you get to the store and then scan certain products as you shop. Now I wouldn’t want to use data for this, but I am thinking the free wi fi offered in stores like Target should let the  shopkick App do what it needs to without any cost to you.  I can’t wait to try it out and share with you what I thing. Click thru to shopkick to sign up and try it out yourself and make sure to watch the video explaining how it works.

If you use the shopkick App I would love to hear what you think in the comments below?

 

One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: June 23 to 29

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Last Weeks Goal

I did get rid of the last of the boxes in the dining room BUT I have to admit I sort of  cheated.

I was running out of time before my children’s birthday parties so I took a bit of my own advice and  I had my eldest son move all the boxes up and into my bedroom. Good thing is I hate a cluttered bedroom so now I will be more motivated to go through and find new homes for things from our once school room now son’s bedroom and get rid of others.

This Weeks Goal

Spend some extended one on one time with my hubby.

My boys are both attending church camp this week, meaning we just have our daughter at home. She has already been invited to stay the night with one friend and when she does my husband and I intend to spend some time together. If she gets invited to more events we also plan to make that time date time as well. I am seeing some Kayaking and perhaps some time spent cuddled up on the porch swing reading side by side on our agendas this week.

What I Am Reading

I finished 2 books this week

The Language of the Sycamores:  Lets just my husband came up to bed  WAY LATE to find me reading, when he decided to try and talk to me I put my hand up to silence him as I was finishing the last page. In my books that makes a great book. I am looking forward to getting the next book in the series, it is currently on my wishlist at paperbackswap.com

Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You. I have been working on this book for a while and really loved the core message of it. Here is one quote I really liked from the book ” Rename your life. It’s good . Because your life belongs to our good God, and he’s got you. Rename yourself, God has.” If you are holding on to guilt over something you have asked God to forgive you of, remember you are forgiven.

I am currently reading

In Paperback Form

Kisses from Katie: I just bought Kisses from Katie, through one of my favorite sources for inexpensive summer time reading,  a yard sale. I have heard great things about this book and am looking forward to digging into it.

On My Kindle Paperwhite

It Had To Be You: I am 25% of the way through It Had To Be You and am really feeling attached to the characters.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I read one more chapter of this book this week.  WOW! If you want a book that will challenge you to live a life that truly represents Christ this book is for you.

A find I want to share

I got one of these Thirty One large utility totes at a yard sale a few weeks ago and I have fallen in love with it. Mine has a brown background with a forest print on it. It is especially handy for community yard sale shopping when I park my car and hit a few sales in one block.  I place my purchases from sale to sale inside and can walk more and drive less, which comes in handy in traffic packed community sales. I  paid just $5 for mine at the yard sale and now realize that was a steal of a deal, these things are well constructed and fit a tonne of stuff.

Oh and one last thing

I was interviewed by wfmynews.com about how I pack our SUV for family road trips. 

You can watch the interview through this link. This was my first time doing a interview and I was really nervous but excited to have been given the opportunity.

What are your goals for the week?

How To Slow Down

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Being 40 years old and not having a parent left on this earth makes me realize, life goes way too fast. If we don’t make it a priority to stop and slow down and really build relationships with those we love, we will miss our chance to really make a difference in their lives.

How To Slow Down

But how? How do I slow down when there are... dishes to do? Laundry piling up? Dust settling? Bathrooms getting dirtied? Emails to answer? Social media accounts to update? Clutter to sort through? closets to organize? Books to mark? A school year to plan? Work to catch up on? A lawn to mow? A garden to weed? Dinner to make? on and on the list goes.

I think this quote that I found in the book Unstuff by Hayley and Michael DiMarco sums up perfectly my thoughts on how to make time to slow down when there is so much to be done.

A Phrase for slowing down.

Yes it is true “Letting things slide isn’t the end of the word” in fact it is quite the opposite letting things slide is the beginning of life because it gives us time to slow down, and life is lived best when we slow down.

Let the dishes remain untouched tonight and go take a walk with your hubby.

Let the laundry remain unfolded and actually cuddle with the children while you watch that movie with them.

Let the To Do list remain with a few things left uncrossed and go take the children to the park for the afternoon.

And while doing each of these things above take a moment to pause,reflect and soak  up the beauty of spending simple moments with those you love.

Children grow up in a blink of an eye. A marriage grows cold in a heart beat. Yet dishes will still be dirty if we let them wait, clothes will still be unfolded in a few hours and the To Do list isn’t going anywhere.

Chances are too that when you take time out to really focus on those you love, they will be so thankful they won’t mind helping with those chores you let slide while you were spending time with them.

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One Summer Fun Goal For The Week: June 16 to 22

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I did get all three of the children and myself signed up for the library summer reading program.

This Weeks Goal

Get rid of the last remaining pile of boxes in the dining room.

I know this does not sound AT ALL fun, but wait……two of my three children are having birthday parties at our home later this week and the dinning room table will be used for the serving of cake and ice-cream, and chips and pop and all sorts of other birthday party food and that is fun!

To make sure people can get to the food without tripping I need to get rid of the last of the boxes that got put in the dinning room when we started creating a bedroom for our eldest son out of what was our homeschooling room slash teenagers video game area.

What I Am Reading

I didn’t finish a single book this week. 

Busy week around our home, a second hand homeschooling curriculum sale, two church youth events, 5 different summer gatherings with friends, some community yard sale shopping, and that was on top of the regular day to day stuff so I didn’t get a lot of reading done.

I am currently reading

In Paperback Form

The Language of the Sycamores: Last week I said I really wanted to dig into this book but didn’t think I had the time, however I was so wanting to get further in this series that I broke a cardinal rule of mine, I read it in bed each night. Normally I only read magazines after my nightly devotions as I tend to get a bit too caught up in books and stay up way late wanting to make sure the characters are going to be okay. I am proud to say I am now maturing at 40 and managed to say goodnight to the characters by 10 each night and turn the lights out. So far I am loving this book just as much as I have the others in the Tending Roses series by Lisa Wingate.   (psst…. I used paperbackswap.com to grab this title)

On My Kindle Paperwhite

Becoming Myself: Embracing God’s Dream of You. I am still 75% of the way through Becoming Myself .  If you struggle with something that you just cannot seem to overcome, despite the amount of time you lay it at God’s feet, this is the book for you.

On My Kindle App

The Choice Is Yours: Life Happens: Walking With God Is A Decision.  I had a bit of waiting in line here and there all week and I managed to use it to read 3 chapters of this book. WOW! If you want a book that will challenge you to live a life that truly represents Christ this book is for you.

A find I want to share

I bought myself one of  these Anker portable charges several months ago and love it. It is so handy to slip in my purse along with a charging cord so that I can charge up my phone or my iPod on the go. It holds up to 3 charges in a single charge.I love that I can hold the charger in one hand and my iPod in the other and still shoot pictures and check email while it is charging.

The charger does take  4 or so hours  to charge up again, so what I do is steal one of the ones the children bought themselves while I am waiting for mine to charge up (hey don’t judge me my iPod is dying a slow battery death and is almost now completely powered by one of these chargers, which is less money than buying a new iPod or battery replacement :) ) . They go on sale for under $20 often and are totally worth every penny.

Thrifty tip: You could easily enough Swag Bucks for one of these portable charger in less than one month by following my $30 a month Swagbuck plan.

What are you doing this week?