Book Review: Leave Dating Behind

Posted By on May 31, 2010

Book Review: Leave Dating Behind by Christiana Rogers

Leave Dating Behind Book

Leave Dating Behind Book

I recently read Mrs. Sheldon Rogers book called Leave Dating Behind. This book is Mrs. Rogers story about her and her husband (Sheldon’s) courtship story. It is two people’s story about their road to marriage. I really liked that she didn’t say “Oh, it’s a sin to date, etc, etc,” she left it up to the reader to decide what he/she believed was right for them. Sure, she stated that dating was not biblical but she didn’t preach at you if you have dated in the past. I would not say that this book is a guidebook to courtship, instead it’s more of a ’story’ so to speak from someone else. She provided honest, funny, humorous, sad, and applicable things to courtship. She gave some helpful hints to following God’s way of living. I liked that even though she told their story she still brought Godly principles and hints to have a godly courtship. Even thought this book is not applicable to me at this time in life. It made me realize even more that I don’t and won’t date! That I want to be a daughter of our Lord and Savior and wait for my future husband! I highly recommend this book. Christian Book sells it for 7.99

Enjoy your day and happy reading!

Book Review: What Happened to My Life?

Posted By on May 29, 2010

I received the following book in exchange for writing a review. While I consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, my review is my honest opinion and thoughts of the book.

What Happened to My Life

What Happened to My Life? was written by Danna Demetre. It is a book about finding new passion, purpose and joy. Mrs. Demetre’s introduction includes these questions:

~ If you are discontent with your life today…this book is for you.
~ If you are bored, angry, or frustrated…this book is for you.
~ If you are stressed-out and running like a hamster in a wheel…this book is for you.
~ If you are unhappy, but don’t know hwy…this book is for you.
~ If you are discouraged beause life isn’t fair…this book is for you.
~ If you have had more heartbreak than one woman can handle…this book is for you.
~ If you have created more heartbreat than one woman should…this book is for you.
~ If you are living in mediocre complacency…this book is for you.
~ If you cannot find joy and purposse most days despite your circumstances…this book is for you.

In the first half of the book, Mrs. Demetre shares some of her personal story, as well as stories of about six of her friends. Their stories made my life seem like a piece of cake compared to what they have gone through. Yet parts of their stories I could definitely relate to and I am sure most women could.

The second half of the book is a 40 Day Journey or plan to reclaim your life. It is forty short devotionals that do require some effort on the part of the reader, but is meant to help us slow down, make wise choices, assess our lives, have more realistic expectations, recoginze the lies we are believing and start pursuing God’s promises with renewed vigor.

I cannot say that I have arrived, however, the book certainly made me think and I am convinced that the way I think is the biggest influencer in my life right now. Mrs. Demetre talks quite a bit about how God has changed her thinking patterns over the years and I believe it may be a life long process for me.

This is definitely a book to be read by those struggling with contentment or for any of the reasons stated in the opening paragraph from the introduction to What Happened to My Life?

“Available May 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Tips To Keep Bugs Away Part 1.

Posted By on May 28, 2010

We are Young Living distributors comment on our blog if you want more info about them! I got this from our Young Living e-mail updates from our friends. Enjoy!

I have to tell you about my Thieves Household Cleaner experience! I went out to my garden one day and to my utter dismay, found my beans absolutely COVERED with Japanese beetles….like there were TOO MANY TO COUNT!!!!! I ran back to my house, dumped some THC (Thieves Household Cleaner) (about ¼ cup) into a 32 oz spray bottle and added water and ran back out to start spraying. Well, after two quart bottles of the THC mixture and darkness falling, I determined I’d done all I could do. Next morning, I went out to check on things and …lo and behold….MANY, MANY, MANY DEAD BEETLES on the ground under the bean plants. Now I could actually count how many were still alive so I got me another spraybottle and sprayed the remaining beetles. When I found them on my blackberries and lounging around in the Marigold blossoms (!!), I decided I needed a bigger sprayer. I continue to spray my garden EVERY DAY with a generous amount of THC mixture; the plants look wonderful and I’m managing to stay ahead of the beetles. Love that THIEVES HOUSEHOLD CLEANER and all the other Thieves products!! ~ Abundant blessings, Elaine


Since we are on the subject of Thieves, I have a great testimonial regarding the new Thieves Cleaner. I have four fuchsia “trees” next to thesidewalk leading up to my front door. About a month ago I noticed that them leaves were curling and the plants did not look healthy. I took a fewleaves to the nursery and they diagnosed it as “fuchsia mites” and recommended a chemical pesticide. They didn’t know of any natural remedies to this problem. Since I am an organic gardener, I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it. When I got home, I pruned the plants of the curled/diseased leaves then I took a sprayer bottle and filled it with about an inch of Thieves Cleaner and the rest with water. I shook it really well and sprayed it on the top and under the leaves of my fuchsia plants as directed by the nursery for the chemical pesticide. I did this three days in a row. A couple of days later I noticed that the plants were not only looking healthy again, but there was lots of new growth! I have not seen any more curled leaves on my plants and the plants look healthy again. ~ Blessings, Karen Jenkins-Green



theives household cleaner

Theives Essential Oil


For plants infested with insects, use one of the following essential oils.
Fill a mist spray bottle with 4 oz. of water, add the essential oils and
mist the infested plant. Use as little as possible. Several applications, a
few days apart, may be necessary.

Spearmint: ants, aphids, caterpillars, black flea beetle,
gnats, lice, moths, and plant lice.

Peppermint: ants, aphids, bean beetle, cabbage root fly,
caterpillars, black flee beetle, flies, lice, moths, and plant lice.

Lemongrass: black flea beetle, fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks.

Tansy: black fly, carrot fly, fleas, flies, greenfly,
mosquitoes, and white fly.

Hyssop: aphids, cabbage root fly, moths, and slugs.

Thyme: bean beetle, cabbage root fly, cutworm, and ticks.

Sage: cabbage root fly, cutworm, nematodes, ticks, and white

Rosemary: cabbage root fly and carrot fly.

Patchouly: gnats, snails, weevils, and woolly aphids.

Pine: slugs, snails, and wooly aphids.

Sandalwood: weevils and wooly aphids.

Our all around favorite is Young Living’s Blend of Purification….we always
have it with us.

Purification: will not only help keep the bugs away, but when
applied to a bite or sting, will neutralize the venom. We have applied a
drop of Purification to wasp, bee, and yellow jacket stings and felt the
pain go away immediately and the swelling subside. The next day, there were
no traces of a sting. It works well for mosquito bites too.

Happy Gardening!

Hi, I have a little secret. It’s just THIEVES Essential Oil Blend! I have recently given out my plant care tips to a lot of my clients who love to see my assorted
plants. Some have actually brought their plants in for me to nurse back to health. My brother has me come in and take care of his plants at his stores also.
the truth is I’m really not that diligent when it comes to my plants. They just look great because I use a lot of Thieves. I use Thieves straight out of the bottle on house plants that tend to get fungus or mold from my kids over-watering the plants. I used to use it watered down but this proved ineffective against hearty molds in a warm house in the winter. They flourish beautifully. I also use cinnamon powder (no sugar folks) mixed into thesoil with some cinnamon oil, thieves or clove oil with Purification around my rose bushes and my other outside plants to get rid of annoying insects and aphids that eat away at my plants. My roses and flowers are always hearty and pesticide free. I recently got a quote for $850 to get rid of my termites and property, well I just put 2 bottles of each of the following oils in a bottle of V6 and the termites are all dead and gone. I figured that this is costly to buy the oils but it beats having to pay some
exterminator to come and make my soil toxic. To me it was worth the shot. I’m glad I did it because I had the engineer come back to inspect for them
because I was refinancing and wanted another loan to fix my house and my home is termite and carpenter ant free now! I used 2 of each Abundance, Thieves, Clove, Cinnamon, Purification, Lemon, Lemongrass and a large bottle of V6. I put the whole thing in a larger bottle and I squirt it all around the perimeter of my house and doorstep or anywhere termites or carpenter ants would love to hide. I also keep a bottle hooked up to my hose to spray over the base of the property. I just have to upkeep it periodically and I’m all good!! I use a lot of Purification on my dogs to keep off all the ticks and fleas. It works on my cats too. ~ Have a fun, bug-less, pesticide free spring, Nina


Posted By on May 27, 2010

I recently found an interesting article on the unhealthiest juices in America. It’s rather interesting to see what garbage they put in our food! But, it’s also rather sickening.

Young Woman With Juice

Photo credit of Petr.


Posted By on May 26, 2010

That is just awful what they put in our products!

Wordless Wednesday Interesting House…….Kinda Reminds Me Of Anne Of Green Gables!

Posted By on May 26, 2010

cute house

Photo Credit Of Here.

Book Review: A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart

Posted By on May 25, 2010

This past week I have been reading: A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart: By Elizabeth George. It is very good, and I have been enjoying it very much! Mrs. George talks about:

* Being devoted To God
* A Heart That Loves God’s Word
* Prayer
* Obedience
* Submitting
* Loving
* Caring
* Choosing Friends
* Loyalty
* Servanthood
* Purity

And much more! She lists many Bible verses, and many things that will help you grow in godliness. She is such a good author and uses the Bible for examples. If you have not read this book, then be encouraged to do so! So get your pen and paper, your Bible, and a heart that is willing to learn and get ready to go on an adventure!

You can order Mrs. George’s book at the following places:

Christian Here

Elizabeth Here

Harvest House Publishers: Here

For girls ages 12-18. Happy Reading!

Just A Little Reminder………

Posted By on May 24, 2010

If you live in Chicago or in IL this is just a little reminder that Shedd Aquarium and The Museum of Science and Industry’s free days are coming up! The Shedd Aquarium’s free days are from June, 14-18, 2010. And the Museum of Science and industry’s free days are from June, 7-11, 2010. Have fun! This would make a great homeschool field trip! We hope to go!


Who Knew?

Posted By on May 21, 2010

Who knew that you could grow seedlings in recycled containers like egg cartons paper and Styrofoam, toilet paper tubes, paper towel tubes, and really any paper tube! All you have to do is get some soil, <a title="Peat Moss” href=”” target=”_blank”>peat moss, and some worm castings. Mix these together than  place the mix into the recycled container and plant your seeds. Water and let sit in desired sunny spot under a plastic lid until desired transplanting height and age. These take a short while to grow you can plant the paper ones right into the ground but you cannot do that with the Styrofoam. Here are a few pics of our ever growing seedlings.

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Really Great Quotes!

Posted By on May 20, 2010

If you wish to know God, you must know his Word.
If you wish to perceive His power,
you must see how He works by his Word.
If you wish to know His purpose before it comes to pass,
you can only discover it by His Word.”
(C.H. Spurgeon)

“There is nothing so costly as ignorance.”
(Horace Mann)

“I used to ask God to help me. Then I asked if I might help Him.
I ended up by asking Him to do His work through me.”
(Hudson Taylor)

“To educate a man in mind and not in morals
is to educate a menace to society.”
(Theodore Roosevelt)

“Loneliness seems to be one price
the saint must pay for his saintliness.
Always remember this: you cannot carry a cross in company.
Though a man were surrounded by a vast crowd,
his cross is his alone
and his carrying of it marks him as a man apart.”
(A.W. Tozer)

“The most important thing in your Christian life
is fellowship with God.”
(Peter S. Ruckman)