Why I Think Swagbucks Is Worth It

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I think Swagbucks is worth it. Swagbucks has paid for many little splurges in our families life and I spend very little extra time on the program.

Why Swagbucks is worth it

Recently I received a comment on a post from a reader that was very dissatisfied with her personal Swagbucks Experience. She called Swagbucks a gimmick, and stated that the program was a string of long surveys with little payout.

I do agree that the surveys are very time consuming, which is why I personally do not do them, nor do I include them in any of my Swagbucks earning plans including

10 Steps To Maximize Your Swagbucks Earnings

How To Earn Enough Swagbucks Each Month To Pay For A Dinner For Two

Thrifty Bookworms & Swagbucks The Perfect Romance

How Starbucks & Swagbucks Go Together Like Cream & Sugar

How Swagbucks Can Make Your Music Collection Sway

These 5 plans above show people how to earn anywhere from $20 a month to as much as $75 a month and  not a single one include filling out surveys.

 Swagbucks is not a gimmick, it does provide a simple small source of monthly income for very little effort. Most earning opportunities are not time consuming, in fact most of the earning opportunities are things I would normally do every day for instance

1. I use Swagbucks toolbar for all my daily searches, instead of another search engines so that I can earn points randomly through out the day. Daily this costs me zero extra time.

2. When I shop online I make sure to enter my store of choice into the toolbar so that I can then click on the box that will track my spending and give me points for my earnings. Daily this costs me zero extra time.

3. I do by my daily deals through Swagbucks. This requires just one extra step that takes me under 30 seconds.

4. I do print coupons off the Swagbucks website. I don’t do this often but if I wasn’t printing them off Swagbucks I would be printing them else where so this requires zero extra time.

There are a few extra things I do to boost my earnings that take very little time

5. I do share what I earn from time to time with my Facebook friends (both now and before I had a blog). This takes under  30 seconds to click the button right the post and press send.

6. I do perform both the daily poll and the NOSO every day. This takes me just under or over a minute each day.

7. I do use the Swagbucks App. This takes me less than a minute to set up and then I glance at it from time to time to make sure it is still going.

8. I do takes less than 2 minutes a day to earn my daily Bing credits which I convert to Swagbucks.

The extra steps I take to earn Swagbucks on a regular basis add up to less than 5 minutes a day. Are my earnings worth 5 minutes a day, yes. We are a single income family on a tight budget, the amount I earn on Swagbucks increases our wiggle room.

So yes readers, Swagbucks is worth it, and no readers Swagbucks is not a gimmick, it is a point program that pays you to do things you normally do every day, as well as offer you options to spend more time on if you so desire.

Looking for more tips on how to earn money from home? Follow my Selling And Earning Tips board on Pinterest

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3 Essentials For Working Out At Home

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Although I do think that it is possible to get a good workout for free in the privacy of your own home, I believe that there are 3 gym essentials that will make those workouts more comfortable and perhaps even more effective.

3 essentials for working out at home

3 Essentials For Working Out At Home

1. A good pair of cross trainers

Sure you could join the barefoot revolution and skip the need for shoes , but I don’t think you will find it as  comfortable as doing jumping jacks in sneakers, and chances are you might slip from foot sweat while you try your hardest to hold a plank.

In general there are some great deals to be found online for athletic shoes, but my suggestion is that for your first purchase of shoes you go to the store and have someone help you try a few pairs on until you find one that feels comfortable, yet flexible (here are a few ways I save on in store athletic shoe purchases)

2. An exercise mat

You could fold up a blanket for extra cushion, but it is probably way easier to spray down an exercise mat after you sweat all over it than wash the blanket each and every time (better for the environment and your water and electric bill too).

A basic exercise mat will run you between $20 and $30, but it will last a long long time.

3. A hand weight set

You could start out with soup cans and work your way up to those 10 pound bags of  whole wheat flour in the back of your cupboard that you have been meaning to use to replace the white flour you currently use in all your baking, but that can get awkward. I think a set of hand weights is a great investment for anyone wanting to workout at home for the long haul. You save a bit of money buying a set of 3 and you can also start out light and work up to a heavier weight that way.

There are so many other pieces of gym equipment out there that you could add to your home gym but these are the three basic pieces I personally think all home gyms should have.

(please note I am not a fitness professional just someone who loves working out and sharing what she has learned)

Looking for more working out tips? Follow my Workouts You Can Do At Home board on Pinterest

Bad internet connection making it impossible to use free online workout videos? For under $10 Jillian Michaels DVD’s are a great back up (or primary) workout. I love her 30 day shred. You could let your Swagbucks to pay for a title of your own.

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Little Steps Lead To Big Things

If you join along with Snail Pace Transformations on Facebook then you might recognize the quote below. I shared it the other day on Facebook because I loved how it went along with my goals here at Snail Pace Transformations, to encourage you to reach your goals at a pace that you can endure rather than try to live out the all or nothing pace we often try to aspire to but get nothing but burn out from. Why? because little steps lead to big things.

don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do

It is a quote by the belated college basketball coach John Wooden. The quote was going through my head all day to the point that I had to do some research on him, and I found another quote that reinforced the first

 

it's the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen

Often women think, I don’t have ……….so why bother. I don’t have time.  I don’t have money.  I don’t have the skill.

I don’t have time to exercise for an hour each day 5 times a week so why bother. I don’t have time to declutter my home from top to bottom over the course of a weekend so why bother.

I don’t have the money to start my own business, so why try. I don’t have the money to pay off that debt in full this month, so why bother.

I can’t write like, so and so so why bother to write at all. I can’t cook like so and so, so why bother to try to cook at all.

Sure perhaps you don’t have ALL the time, ALL the money, or ALL the skill right now, but you don’t need it. What you need is the courage to push through all those excuses masking your fear of failure and just start.

True few of us can declutter a whole home top to bottom in a weekend, but I bet you could find 30 minutes each and every weekend to attack one area, a draw, a cabinet, a bookshelf. Over time those little 30 minute sessions will add up and by the end of a few months of dedicated work you will start to see huge improvements in the organization of your home.

Perhaps you really can’t exercise 1 hour 5 days a week, but that is no excuse to not get out there at least once or twice a week for 30 minutes and enjoy the health benefits even a little exercise can provide you.

You might not have all the money you need to start your business right now but you do have access to free resources on the web and your local library to research it further. You might not be able to pay your credit bill in full, but I bet you can squeeze one more week out of the food in your cupboards and use the money you save to make a dent in the balance.

No you don’t write like so and so, but I tell you what God did not make you so and so’s clone He made you, you for a reason, unique for His glory. He wants you to write like you, using all the skill you posses right now this day, and when you obey Him chances are He will provide you the light you need to improve.

You might not be a gourmet cook like your neighbor, but perhaps that shouldn’t be your goal, perhaps your goal should be to provide simple healthy meals for your family on a regular basis.

Stop letting the big picture overwhelm and defeat you and instead break it down into little manageable steps that you can have success with.

Stop spending time and effort on things that are not your God given talents and start concentrating on growing the talents He has blessed you with.

Looking for help and inspiration for reaching your goals? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Board on Pinterest.

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Need a bit of help with managing your time and priorities  so you can live life to it’s fullest? I highly recommend Say Goodbye to Survival Mode:9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life. Get out from under the feeling of despair and onto the mountain top feeling of living with passion with Crystal’s Paines live changing tips.

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3 Goals For This Week: March 17 to 23

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Last weeks goals

Really these are goals from 2 weeks ago that you can view here, since I took a week off for my birthday.

1.  I did manage to get all my blogging for the week done before my husband and I left for a full weekend away just the two of us. This goal took so much time that I did not manage to complete my other two goals but it was worth it 2 days completely off blogging really refreshed me.

2. I didn’t take another stab at creating a gift for my daughter’s friends.

3. I didn’t clean out the humidifier but the outdoor air has finally warmed up enough that I don’t need it..but I still do need to clean it and put it away till next winter.

3 goals for this week

1. Mail out a letter that has been sitting around our home a few days too long.

2. Work on reorganizing my small and getting smaller collection of coupons. The less processed we eat, and the more homemade cleaners we make the less I am using coupons.

3. Chart my calories and track my steps. (I took a week off from this )

3 pictures from our week

All week long I share photos on Instagram so be sure to follow me there.

my feet in sandalsWords cannot describe how good it felt to free my feet from socks and shoes and let them enjoy sunshine one day this week. The winter here in Indiana has been long and brutally cold.

me and my kids runningThis happened Friday and it was a proud mommy moment. Those are all the feet that once kicked my ribs from within my womb, and Friday for the first time all of them ran the local running trail with me. We have special family plans in the works that involve these feet,  I can’t wait to share them with you really soon.

the melting potMy closest friends and I went to the Melting Pot to celebrate my 4oth. I think it was the most expensive dinner my husband and I have ever had, but you only turn 40 once. The experience was amazing. It took over 4 hours from start to finish to work our way through the 4 course meal. Amazing food, amazing friends, amazing conversations all equaled up to an amazing night I won’t forget.

A post to check out

oatmeal breakfast bars (small)These Oatmeal Breakfast Bars are my husband’s favorite grab and go breakfast. They freeze well too.

A book a week for 2014

I made it my goal to read 1 book a week this year.

I finished: Further Still, Tidewater Inn and How To Make Money Blogging (I did a lot of reading during my b-day week)

I am currently reading

1. In real paperback form

Beyond Ordinary (psst…. got this book free from Tyndale Rewards)

2. On My  Kindle Paperwhite

Enough:Finding More By Living With Less

3. On my Kindle App

It Takes An Egg Timer: A Guide To Creating Time For Your Life

3 things I tossed this week

Inspired by The Clutter Busting Challenge I decided to toss, sell or give away three things each week and post a picture of it here for accountability.

tossedOne pair of  shoes went in the give pile, and 2 shirts with stains went in the rag pile.

Need some goal setting inspiration and know how? Follow the Goal Setting & Time Management Tips Board on Pinterest.

Linked to 10 Goals For This Week At Money Saving Mom

Disciplined Life (150)

Want to become better at setting realistic goals and breaking them down into manageable pieces? I recommend Crystal Paine’s ebook 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life.

 

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How Thrifty People Make Shoes Last Longer

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This thrifty trick that makes shoes last longer is not a new one. In fact I first read that others did it besides me in one of my favorite books on thrifty living of all time The Tightwad Gazette. I can’t remember the name the author gave it but I call it shoe rotation.make shoes last longer using this classic thrifty practice.

How to make shoes last longer with shoe rotation

I do this with gym shoes and sandals . I don’t do it with the runners I wear for outdoor runs mostly because I am a “heavy weight” runner (yep I know the pictures of me online do not indicate I am heavy weight but a runner over 150 pounds is considered heavy weight as far as running shoes go and trust me I am over 150 pounds) and I am also a heavy pronator so by the time I have ran 400 miles in my runners they are dead inside and out, and pretty smelly too.

My sandals and gym shoes however still have wear in them, and very little smell. I simply replace them because they can’t take workouts and long walks like they use too. The outside of the shoe also might be getting a bit ratty looking.

So my workout shoes after one year become my mountain biking shoes, and my one year old sandals become my beach or water park sandals.

Then after another year passes, my two year old sandals become my hot weather renovating shoes (painting and sanding mostly) and my two year old workout shoes become my winter weather renovating shoes.

By the time I throw out my workout shoes and sandals they are at least 3 years old. My sandals are sometimes older because I might wear them as every day  sandals for 2 summers in a row as I don’t walk in them as much as I do my workout shoes.

This practice keeps my good shoes looking good for longer, saving me money and it is good for the environment too as it reduces the amount of shoes I toss in the garbage.

This of article of course doesn’t address my dress shoes or boots but that is another post :)

Wanting to save money? Follow my Saving Money Tips board on Pinterest.

 Looking for a book on thrifty living that covers it all? Look no further than The Complete Tightwad Gazette. All three volumes of Amy Dacyczyn’s books in one. Cram packed with every thrifty tip you could ever need to reduce the cost of your every day living to as low as you can go .

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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

oatmeal breakfast bars

These oatmeal breakfast bars are something I created when I didn’t have all the ingredients for a recipe and had to improvise. What was suppose to be a sweet oatmeal cookie ended up being a mildly sweet yet very filling oatmeal breakfast bar, that my husband loves.

Which workouts out well because My husband does not like to eat breakfast. In fact he doesn’t eat much of anything until he has been up at least 2 or 3 hours. He knows it isn’t the healthiest, but he just truly isn’t hunger until he has been up and moving for a while. Perhaps it is because he is a night owl and mornings don’t come easy for him.

Since he now goes to work at 9 instead of 11 like he use to he isn’t at home when he finally does get hungry. This leaves me with trying to think of a few easy grab and go foods he can eat at work. Often it is dried fruit or nuts, but other days I like to send him with something more substantial so when it turned out that he loved these oatmeal breakfast bars it was great news.

These breakfast bars are simple to make, taste great and really fill you up. I make them with white wheat flour , but you could try making the with a combination of unbleached and wheat flour or with straight unbleached if you prefer.

Looking for breakfast ideas? Follow my Breakfast Foods board on Pinterest.

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Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups white wheat flour
  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or raisins)

Instructions

  1. preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. mix together applesauce and butter in a large mixing bowl ( I used my hand mixer)
  3. stir in sugar
  4. stir in lightly beaten egg
  5. stir in the remaining ingredients.
  6. press in a lightly greased 9 by 12 pan
  7. bake for 15 to 20 minutes (lightly golden brown around edges)
  8. allow it to cool and then use your pizza cutter to cut into 20 to 24 bars.
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40 Things You Might Not Know About Me

40 things you might not know about me

Today is my 40th birthday, and I thought it would make a great excuse to share with you more than I usually do about the woman who writes Snail Pace Transformation: Me.

I would love to find out more about you as well. So if you manage to make it to the end of this very long list, please leave a comment telling me one thing about yourself. It can be something quirky, or something common. I don’t care which, I just want to know who you are and a bit about you. I really do love getting to know my readers.

40 Things You Might Not Know About Me

These are in no particular order but just as they rolled out of my head and on to the keyboard.

1. I have a Tattoo.
2. I met my husband at 18 years of age.
3. I was married at 21 years of age.
4. I had my first child a few weeks shy of my 22nd birthday.
5. Yes that is right I have a honeymoon baby, born on Valentine’s day we like bugging him by calling him our love child.
6. I am a tad sarcastic (okay so tad might be replaced by extremely depending on who you talk to).
7. I love dark chocolate.
8. I love ginger anything. Ginger beer, candied ginger, chocolate covered ginger, gingerbread cookies….I could go on.
9. My favorite go to snack is a tablespoon of peanut butter mixed with a tablespoon or two of chocolate chips.
10. I am afraid of bats, butterflies and moths, basically anything that flutters.
11. I have ran 3 marathons, and am planning to run my 4th this fall.
12. I am a very annoying morning person just ask my night owl husband. I wake up perky and full of words.
13. I am pretty sure if I stopped dying my hair, that it would be about 80% grey.
14. My husband has on occasion thrown my running shoes at me and told me “go out there and run that poor mood away”, and it always works.
15. I am not good at sitting still, which is why I knit. If we ever meet face to face, and I start knitting as you talk, you are not boring me; actually I find you so interesting that I am doing all I can to give you my utmost attention and knitting helps me do that.
16. I might be good at grocery shopping for less but the actual gathering of it I hate.
17. Crowds make me break into a sweat.
18. I had a wedding of less than 50 people including the wedding party because of number 17, who wants to spend their big day sweating.
19. My husband planned our wedding, I didn’t do much at all. I dreamed only of the perfect mate never of the big day.
20. I was 45 minutes late to my own wedding (long story), and I would be again only because of the photo my friend caught of my husband sweating it out while he waited, every time I look at that photo it reminds me that he loves me deeply.
21. I did not get my first cavity until after my first child. I then got another one after my second child, and a third and final one after my third child. Apparently children give me cavities.
22. My biggest PMS craving is for cherry coke and cheeseburgers, yet the rest of the month these two things do not appeal to me at all.
23. I would rather spend my birthday spending every hour of the day with a different friend than have a large party. In other words I love one on one time much better than group gatherings.
24. During one of my marathons I sent a text to my husband to bring me a cherry coke, he never did and I still might not have fully forgiven him for that.
25. I once lost my pants in Costco. Well not completely lost them. I was pregnant with my first leaned over to grab a giant sized can of something when the button on my pregnancy pants popped and before I could drop the can of something the pants were near my ankles, and yes people did see it. Thankfully it was just one kind lady who took off and then came back with a safety pin.
26. For fun as a teenager I would drive my mountain bike off a steep river bank into the water several feet below and then coast down the rapids with my bike in hand to the shore line. Looking back I should have probably feared this more than the moths and butterflies I mentioned above.
27. As a working teenager I always volunteered to work on school dance nights if needed, again it was the crowd thing. Not my cup of tea.
28. I love all kinds of tea. Iced tea, green tea, black tea, herbal tea. I could go on I think I currently have 8 to 10 types of tea in my cupboards.
29. My favorite brand of sweet tea is Chick-fil-a of course if you follow me on Instagram you probably already know that as I share a picture of it practically every time I get it.
30. I love those new coke machines where you can pick your flavors. I always go for raspberry coke with a shot of vanilla (also works for point 22).
31. I can get a bit wrapped up in a fiction book, like to the point that I had to give up on reading fiction books when my kids were small since I tend to shut out all else when I read one. Now that the kids are bigger, if they see I am reading a certain author they all roll their eyes and say “guys it looks like we are making our own dinner tonight” (I promise I don’t do it to them often).
32. I measure the distances of road trips by how many dishcloths I knit while my husband drives. Do you know it is a 15 dishcloth ride from my home to Disney World? And that is just one way (kind of goes #15 ).
33. I am very into my routines. It drives my husband a bit crazy. I am trying to be more flexible, but at first I have to have my mini panic attack then and only then do I realize it is really no big deal if things don’t go according to my routine once and a while.
34. Every year when fall hits and the weather is the perfect temperature for a bike ride, I jump on the bike with my front pack holding my wallet and cell phone and just ride, not knowing where I will end up. Sometimes I am gone for 1/2 the day.
35. I get lost while driving a lot and my way of getting back on track to going to where I want to go is very unconventional.
36. When I was pregnant with my first child I broke everyone one of the chairs to my husband’s antique dinning room set that he bought for us just before we were married. I kept forgetting how big my rear end had gotten. I was definitely not one of those tiny basket ball out front pregnant ladies.
37. I gained 70 pounds during my first pregnancy and I blame it on the doctor that made me so afraid with her words of “if you don’t gain weight soon you will lose this baby” to my underweight self on my first prenatal visit. She scared me right into eating all the carbs I could find for 9 months. Oh, and I have not been under weight again since.
38. All three of my births were natural, not because I wanted them to be, but because I always progressed so fast that there wasn’t time.
39. I cannot stomach medical talk and yet my husband is a nurse, needless to say staff parties leave me queasy.
40. Becoming 40 does not scare me. God has given me so much to look forward too, and I can’t wait to see how it is all going to turn out.

Whew! Now that you know 40 things about me, leave me a birthday gift by telling me one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.

Want to get to know me even better? I love responding to comments left on my Facebook page, where I share not only post updates, but questions that help us get to know one another, quotes that inspire me, silly someecards that make me laugh and much more. Join the fun.

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How To Sew A Simple Kindle Paperwhite Case

How to make a case for your kindle paperwhiteJanuary 1st I set my goal for Swagbucks and Bing Rewards at earning enough Amazon cards by March 1st to pay for a Kindle Paperwhite. Why March 1st? Well I wanted it to arrive in time for my 40th birthday.

I ended up surpassing my goal by one week, and instead of waiting for my birthday to open it, I opened my Kindle Paperwhite  the day it arrived and fell immediately in love. It is so much lighter than the family iPad. The screen is amazing, it really does make the words look like they are printed on real paper. There is no screen glare.

I also love that because it is a simple eReader there are no other apps to get distracted by. I can’t pop over to Instagram, Email or Facebook whenever a status update scrolls across the top of the screen, because, there isn’t anyway they can.

Another great feature is that because it is so small and light it is perfect to pop in your purse or gym bag to read whenever, which created a problem. I needed a case for it, since I didn’t want to have the screen scratched by whatever else might be floating in my purse.

I  looked on Amazon for a kindle paperwhite case and although their leather cases look amazing $25+ dollars was more than I wanted to spend. I looked at Big Lots during their last 20% off sale, and had no luck.

Not wanting to wait much longer I decided I would try to make my own. I had an idea in my head of how to make a simple sleeve style case, with a fold over top and button with loop (so I could avoid making a button hole, one of my non favorite sewing tasks).

I dug into my yard sale purchased fabric  stash and found this beautiful piece of colorful material. I dug into my button collection and found a button that would coordinate. I dug into my hair elastics and found a thinner  one (you can use the round elastic that you can buy by the yard at the fabric store, but I just didn’t feel like going out and a hair elastic worked great).

Here is how I made my simple Kindle Paperwhite case

how to cut the fabric for a simple kindle paperwhite case.To decide how big I needed to cut the pieces I laid the kindle paperwhite down on the fabric, lining it up along the fold of the fabric. I then used the cutting mat and yard stick to decide where I would cut the fabric. In the end I left 2 inches at the top and half an inch at the bottom, meaning I cut the fabric to 10 inches in length. (please see my note at the bottom about what I would do differently next time before you cut)

deciding how to cut the width of the kindle paperwhite caseTo decide on the width of the fabric I placed the Kindle Paperwhite on the material and cut the fabric one inch wider. Meaning I cut a total width of 6 inches.

Cut 2 pieces of fabric same size for kindle paperwhite caseI cut another piece the same size (10 inches long by 6 inches wide).

turn fabric inside out for kindle paperwhite caseWith fabric turned inside out it is time to go to the sewing machine. I love my Janome new home (my model is an older one but here are their current ones)  It sews like a dream. Sewing up the sides and bottom of both the pieces took no time at all. I sewed the seams with the edge of the fabric being along the edge of the sewing machine foot.

cliping the corner of the kindle paperwhite caseAfter I sewed up the sides and bottom I then went around the seams using a zig zag stitch, not totally necessary but in my opinion it gives more strength so seams. I also clipped the corner a bit when I was done so that I would end up with less bulk.

folding down the top of the kindle paperwhite case.Next I folded down the tops  of each sack about a 1/4 inch. I used an iron or this just because it stayed in place better that way.

end to end kindle paperwhite case I matched  the bottom of the  two sacks seam to seam. Once this is done I  simply pulled one on top of the other so that wrong sides are facing each other and right side are facing out.

puting in the elastic closure kindle paperwhite case.Getting the elastic in just right is the most tricky part of this project. I had to do it twice so don’t get discouraged if you have to redo yours as well.  I measured half way in minus about 1/4 inch on both sides of the bag and pinned the elastic in so that half of it was in the bag and half of it was outside the bag. I thought of this afterwards but you could also simple cut the elastic in half so that you could get two of these bags out of one hair elastic.

Finally I sewed the top of the bag as close to the edge as I could get using a small stitch width, I used a 2 on my Janome New Home. I also used a stitch that had a bit of zig in it, just because I liked the effect, but you don’t have too. I sewed right over the pins so that the elastic did not have any chance to wiggle out of place, which is another reason I am in love with my Janome it is powerful enough to allow pins to glide under the sewing foot.

placing the button on the kindle paperwhite caseTo place the button put your Kindle Paper White (or whatever device you are making this case for ) inside the sleeve and then fold the top down and place the button where the center of the elastic loop falls. To make sure the button is centered correctly measure it and place the center of the button in the center of the case.

Next I sewed on the button and then it was done.

simple to make kindle paperwhite case

What I would do differently next time: Although I am super pleased with how my case turned out and have gotten several compliments on it I would change one thing if I make another one. I think I would add at least an additional 2 inches to the length of the case making it 12 inches long by 6 inches wide, simply because I think it would make the top fold over more neatly. This however would not make the case any more effective than it already is, it works great and looks great just as it is. I am just a fan of corners lying flat and a longer flap would make them do that.

Looking for  simple sewing projects? Follow my Simple Sewing Projects board on Pinterest and/0r my Simple Garment Sewing board.

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I love my Kindle Paperwhite. It makes reading free and low cost ebooks enjoyable. Easy to use, easy to store, easy on the eyes and easy on the hands.

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Decorating For A Birthday Party With Duplo

duplo birthday decorationsIf you are a regular reader, you might be wondering where my 3 Snail Paced Goals For This Week post is. Well, don’t worry it will come back next week. This week however, I am interrupting my regular posting with a short and simple post because this week is my birthday so as a birthday gift to me I am not worrying about doing any set goals. I still have to homeschool the kids, I will still be blogging, but I am not going to try and schedule my free time at all.

So instead of a goal post I wanted to give you a better look at the Duplo creations my daughter decorated our home with for my birthday

Decorating For A Birthday Party With Duplo

40th birthday cake in duploShe first came down the stairs with a big green Duplo cake topped with the number 40.

happy b-day mom in duploShe then added the words “Happy B-day mom”.

duplo spring flowersTo finish  the birthday display she added a huge assortment of Duplo flowers. She told me these are to help me think spring even though it has been very hard lately with the very snowy and cold winter we have had here in Indiana.

Want to see my daughter’s other Duplo creations: Check out her Duplo Christmas Creations, and More Duplo Christmas Creations.

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 Looking to either start or add to your Duplo creations this set of 144 blocks has great reviews on Amazon. Comes in a cardboard box and not a fancy Lego bin, but you are getting a large assortment of bricks. 

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10 Bible Verses Thrifty People Memorize

10 bible verses thrifty people memorize

My husband and I began our journey into God centered finances with a bible study by Crown Ministries. Each class began with reciting last week’s bible verse from memory (no books allowed to be opened) and if you could not recite the verse you could not comment on that weeks lesson. Seriously people, no talking! I am an introvert but one way I do love to interact, is discussing what I am learning with others, you can bet I memorized all those verses, and to this day they impact all our families financial decisions.

I have learned several more verses since that bible study years ago and today I want to share 10 of my most favorite verses on how to handle money with you.

10 Bible Verses Thrifty People Memorize

1. Stewardship

stewardship 1 corninthians 422. Self Control

selfcontrol proverbs 25283. Giving

giving proverbs 2294. Contentment

contentment 1 timothy 685. Coveting

coveting exodus 20176. Work Ethic

workethic ecclesiastes 910A7. Debt

debt proverbs 2278. Tithing

tithing Proverbs 399. Honesty

honesty verse 210. Rest

verse on restI think it is important for every christian who is looking to improve the financial state of their household to memorize scriptures on money. I am so glad I was forced to  all those years ago. I now memorize willingly as I really saw the fruit of having scripture deep within you heart and mind.

To help you memorize these verses I have a free printable available for you to download. This printable is plain and simple and is meant to be used as part of my simple memorization system.

 Download: 10 Bible Verses Thrifty People Memorize flashcards

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Linked to List it Tuesdays, Teach Me Tuesdays, WHW, Wednesday Link Party, Titus 2 Tuesday,

Your Money Counts is the book that went along with the Crown Ministry Bible Study I took so many years ago. I still refer to Your Money Counts several times a year for biblical sound advice on how to best handle my families money. (affiliate link)

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