Wednesday, December 30, 2009

10 Tips for Primary Children

© Rachelle J. Christensen

“Dear children, our Heavenly Father sent you to earth at this time because you are some of His most valiant children. He knew there would be much wickedness in the world today, and He knew you could be faithful and obedient.
Dear child, you are God’s gift to your parents, and the gift your parents can give God is to bring you back to Him sweet and pure and faithful.
He expects your parents and leaders to teach you, to walk beside you, and to be shining examples to you so that you will know the way you should go. They must spend time with you and love you and pray with you and for you.
Your leaders must call faithful men and women to teach you in Primary. We must provide experiences for you early in your life that will help you know how to live the gospel.
God bless the children of this Church. How I love you! How Heavenly Father loves you! And may we, as your parents, teachers, and leaders, be more childlike—more submissive, more meek, and more humble.” (Ezra Taft Benson, “To the Children of the Church,” Friend, Jun 1989, 3)

The Primary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is so important! Following are 10 tips to help kids get the most out of Primary:
1. Set the mood before church by allowing extra time to get ready. When you rush it is difficult to feel the Spirit. Play church music while you get ready or hum a hymn. Anything you can do to make feeling the Spirit more accessible in your home will carry over to church and make for a more pleasant experience.

2. Obtain a list of the songs the children are learning from the primary chorister or other member of the Primary presidency. Incorporate these songs into your Family Home Evening. Read through the words in the songs and talk about what they mean. Practice singing the songs using instruments, the Primary Children’s CD collection, or listening to the songs on LDS.org.

3. Family Home Evening is essential in helping kids learn and enjoy being a part of Primary. When you hold Family Home Evening, mimic the same style of opening exercises used in Primary to help your child become accustomed to being reverent and learn what to expect. For example, begin with a song, then prayer, scripture or article of faith, a family theme (primary theme), and then the lesson or talk. This is also a great time to teach your children about raising their hands before speaking as they will do in Primary.

4. Ask your children what they learned about today in Primary. To circumvent the famous, “I don’t know” answer which usually comes from a question like, “How was class, primary, or what did you learn from your lesson?” Instead ask your child, “What was your favorite part?”
You can ask them, “What are three things you learned today?” Or “What were your three most favorite things you did in Primary today?” This works every time with my kids to get them really thinking about what they enjoyed and keeps their mind on a positive wavelength concerning Primary. Talk as a family and decide what you could do to implement what was learned that day in Primary. Make a reminder note of a principle learned and post it on your fridge or calendar.

5. Give kids a chance to practice talks, scriptures, or articles of faith during family scripture study time or prayer. Reciting scriptures or articles of faith at the breakfast table can be a helpful way to get some extra practice time in. Talk to your kids about stage fright; help them recognize the feelings of nervousness. Teach them that it’s okay to feel this way so they will be less likely to freeze up when it’s time to participate. Explain that everyone feels nervous sometimes and think of ways to overcome these feelings.

6. Talk about reverence and what it means. How can we show reverence? Practice being reverent with a variation of the quiet game—whoever talks or moves first is out. Have an older sibling be an example or model to a younger child of what reverence means.

7. Get acquainted with your child’s teacher. Call them by name, Brother or Sister Smith for example, when you talk to your child about Primary. This helps your children identify who their teacher is with a name instead of just ‘teacher’. Another idea to help kids feel comfortable with a new teacher is to have a short visit outside of church with them or allow your child to take a small note or treat to their teacher.

8. Talk to your kids about using the bathroom during Primary. Discuss different scenarios, such as the water fountain or what they should do if they have a runny or itchy nose. Talking about situations beforehand will help your child avoid mishaps later.

9. If there is a child with special needs or even a child who is perhaps very shy in the class, make an extra effort to include them. Maybe you could invite them for a play date or have your child take them a treat and visit them. Talk to your child about how Jesus loves everyone and we are all special. Discuss scenarios of what your child could do if they noticed someone being unkind to another child in Primary.

10. Heavenly Father and Jesus love us so they created Primary. Remember how precious our children are—they are a gift from Heavenly Father! They can feel the Spirit. Give them confidence in the knowledge that they are sons and daughters of God. Encourage them to understand their individual worth. Encourage them to look forward to attending Primary and learning more about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I am a Child of God
And so my needs are great;
Help me to understand his words
Before it grows to late.


Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.
(Hymns, no. 301)

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Celebrating the Birth of Our Savior

I love this song! Amy Grant's Home for Christmas CD is one of my favorite holiday collections.
My friend, Nichole featured this on her blog and I wanted to share it with you. I'm going to play it for my family tonight during our Christmas Eve celebration.


I'm so grateful to my Savior, Jesus Christ, for His example, light, and love. I'm thankful to celebrate His birth at this beautiful time of year and remember His humble beginnings and the life He led. I know He loves me and each of you.
I hope you have a magical Christmas!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Santa's Reindeer

We've been up late wrapping presents and getting stuff ready for Christmas. I'm finishing up some hooded bath towels for my kids--far from professional but they'll love the colors. Pink, Purple, and Green.

I walked past my front room and saw movement out our big picture window. How fun to see six deer walking through the freshly falling snow right across the street!

We live close to the mountain so the deer are a regular occurrence (last year we saw them on Christmas Eve!) and we've had a lot of fun with that this month. I told my girls that Santa's reindeer were checking on them to make sure they were being good and that sometimes the elves ride the reindeer and peek in their window to make sure their room is clean and they are sleeping tight.

The girls have been behaving pretty good lately!

This is such a beautiful time of year and when I see things like that herd of deer wandering through the empty lot by our house, moving so gracefully through the silver-white snow, it reminds me of why I love this season.

I'm thankful I live in a place where I have reminders to help me stop, take a deep breath, and enjoy the spirit of Christmas.

Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 21, 2009

White Elephant Party

Last night we went to our annual family Christmas party. There's lots of good food and seeing family is great, but the highlight of the party is when we do our white elephant gift exchange.

We laugh, cheer, and steal each other's gifts. It's so much fun!

I had a little too much fun planning this year's white elephant gift. Last year I made a Hillbilly Handbag. I still laugh every time I picture the moment when my relative pulled the Hillbilly handbag out of the box. Yes, your eyes are in focus--that bag is made out of one pair of ginormous briefs!

So this year, not to disappoint, I made another special item from HillBilly International.


My hubby was kind enough to model this work of art for you, but his shoulders are a little too broad (flex those biceps, my muscle man!) I took a few extra pics to show off the creative genius of Hillbilly International!
I haven't got much sleep the past few nights and was up late instant messaging my sister and giggling so I even came up with a product information card for this new item.
The HillBilly Hunting Vest, M.D.
We at Hillbilly International(international within Kentucky) take our customer's needs very seriously. When Uncle DeLyle outgrew his 3X briefs he told his wife, "Bessie, these still have a lot of good wear in them. It's a shame they have to go to waste on account of your cookin'"

Well, Bessie called up her Aunt Mabel (she invented Mabelline, so she knew she could come up with something great.)
Mabel went to work and invented the Hillbilly Hunting Vest, MD. Through trial and some error (Uncle DeLyle got shot at too many times when she added the fake fur in brown and white tones to the neck line) we now are able to present you with our new and improved hunting vest. Please take note to the attention to detail Aunt Mabel created.

The Extra Ammo pocket is deep and able to hold several rounds of shells as well as a few candy bars.

The Hidden Pocket in the inside of the vest can hold up to a box of Gas-X for those times when you've killed and roasted too many squirrels.

The Gun Sling is positioned to take advantage of the reinforced lining of the leg holes on the briefs.

Mabel also added the stylish orange signal line around the vest because DeLyle complained that he was getting shot at too many times because the vest blended in with the snow and his hair apparently resembles a squirrel’s tail.

The HillBilly Hunting Vest, M.D. is just what the doctor ordered, but it’s not made by doctors. The M.D. stands for Mabel & DeLyle and we want to thank them for helping us increase our line. Please visit our website for information about our other products including the famous, HillBilly Handbag.


*Please note that since the production of the hunting vest DeLyle has outgrown size 4X so new products will be coming soon.
Product Disclaimer:
*This hunting vest does not increase hunting skills.
*Always use gun safety, don’t shoot at someone because you want their hunting vest.

Okay, I warned you I hadn't had much sleep. Hope you enjoyed this as much as we did.

The holidays are so much fun and I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Winner of The Bead Princess giveaway

Thanks so much to everyone who entered The Bead Princess Giveaway! There were lots of entries for these beautiful watch bands.

Check out The Bead Princess to see all of the incredible designs available and check back for new styles. I'm excited to announce the winner...

Kimberly of Scribbled Scraps

Yahoo! Kimberly will receive the square watch face and her choice of a watch band from The Bead Princess.

If you'd like to place an order, visit The Bead Princess.

Thanks again for your support and hope you have a happy holiday!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

How deep is the snow?


I live in Utah County and there is a ton of snow everywhere right now.

When I drove my daughter to school the other day, I said, "We live in a giant freezer." That was when it was 0 degrees for several days. Thank goodness it's a bit warmer today. But I think this snow is here to stay for a while.

Last week we were hit with a gigantic snowstorm that dropped 18 inches in one day in our little part of the city tucked up close to the mountains.
At dinner time we were talking about how deep the snow was.
Gracie said, "My friend said the piles were three feet tall."

I said, "Well, the pile out on the driveway where Dad shoveled is actually six feet high."

"Wow, could it get to ten feet high?" Gracie asked.


"Maybe," I said.

Maggie (4 yrs.) lifted her feet up on the table and said, "I have two feet."

Hope you have a happy holiday!

There's still time to enter The Bead Princess Giveaway--but hurry it ends tonight. Click here to see the post and enter to win! Contest now closed.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Grand Prize Winner and Counting Clicks for Charity

It's time to announce the winner of the Grand Prize EZ View Craft Desk from The Original Scrapbox!

During this giveaway we've kept track of visits to the website in our Counting Clicks for Charity Contest!
We just squeezed by the 12,000 mark and are so excited to have helped make it possible for The Original Scrapbox to donate an EZ View Craft Desk to the Friends of Utah County Justice Center. They are thrilled about this and can't wait for their new desk.

The Original Scrapbox set up the competition so that when we hit 25,000 visits to the website they would donate a second EZ View Craft Desk to a charity nominated by you. Even though we didn't quite reach the mark, the good people at The Scrapbox are still going to donate a second desk!

This is so exciting. If you'd still like to nominate a charity, we're reviewing them now. Please email me-- RachellethewriterAT gmail.com with your charity name, contact info and why you think they should get the desk.

There were 12 individual winners of an EZ View Desktop and a chance to win the Grand Prize!!

1. Julie Ann
2. Deborah (Baba)
3. Helen
4. Stitchinwitch- Tracey
5. Katherine
6. Penelope
7. Rebecca
8. Khrystina
9. Chelsea
10. Amy
11. Casey
12. Angela Holt

I used Random.org to select the grand prize winner from these 12 finalists.

The winner is....

#4

Stitchinwitch who won her entry into this drawing over at Priscillastyles

Stitchinwitch --Tracey-- you've just won the EZ View Craft Desk valued at $495.00!!


Congratulations! Please email me-- rachellethewriter@gmail.com with the color choice for your desk, either black or vanilla.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this fabulous giveaway and charity drive!
Huge thanks to The Original Scrapbox--this is such a fabulous company!
Stay tuned for many more good things to come on Rachelle's Writing Spot!
If you haven't entered my Bead Princess giveaway for a watch bracelet, there's till time. Click here to enter!

Giveaway results are final and contest is closed.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Winner of The EZ View Desktop from The Original Scrapbox




I'm so glad that I could be part of such an incredible giveaway from The Original Scrapbox.

I wanted to mention that you can still help give back and participate in our Counting Clicks for Charity Drive just by visiting The Original Scrapbox website. We're counting clicks until Monday, December 14th when I will announce the winner of the Grand Prize Giveaway---the $500 EZ View Craft Desk!! This desk will also be donated to the Friends of Utah Children's Justice Center when we reach 12,000 clicks.
There's still time to nominate a charity of your choice to receive the second desk. Please email me: rachellethewriter AT gmail.com with the name and contact info of the charity you'd like considered.

Time to announce the winner of this gorgeous piece of crafting furniture
The EZ View Desktop


And the winner is.....
Entry #93

Angela from Scrapjournalofangela

Thank you to everyone who entered! I read every single comment and loved hearing your ideas of how you'd like to use The Original Scrapbox products. Thanks for all of your support, for the fun comments on my other posts, and for all you did to make this a success.
Stay tuned for more giveaways and other fun stuff--in fact one going on right now from The Bead Princess, click here for details.

To receive $100 off shipping on orders over $200 enter this code at checkout: 100writes.


*Winner selected by Random.org. Contest is closed and entries are no longer viable to win the EZ View Desktop from The Original Scrapbox. You can only win one EZ View Desktop and entry into the Grand Prize drawing--if name is selected twice an alternate will be chosen.

If winner has not contacted me by Sunday, December 13th, a new winner will be chosen.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Click Below to Enter the Giveaway for an EZ View Desktop and Grand Prize Giveaway of the EZ View Craft Desk.

Giveaway is closed
You can still help give back by visiting The Original Scrapbox website. We're still counting clicks for charity until Monday, Dec 14th to give the desk below to a charity!

9,704 Clicks so far! We need 12,000 clicks so please visit the website and look at all of their fabulous products.
On Monday I will announce the Grand Prize winner here on my blog!



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Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Bead Princess Giveaway

This Contest is now closed
Giveaway entry period: December 10th--ends Tuesday December 15th at 11:59pm.

Have you seen those beautiful new bracelet watches--some people call them watchlets?
I've been looking at them for quite some time. They are so cute! The Bead Princess has fabulous designs in all kinds of colors with a variety of special beads.

I love wearing a watch because I like to know the time, but I often wish that I could be a little more stylish. With these new watch bracelets, I can be and so can you!
Look at the beautiful custom-designed watch band below that The Bead Princess gave me!

The Bead Princess has offered to do a special holiday giveaway here on my blog.
The winner will receive one watch band of their choice from the selection featured on The Bead Princess and this watch face--a special gift from The Bead Princess. This is a value of $35.00

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Enter to win:
You may earn 1 entry each for doing the following (Please make a separate comment for each entry-this helps me keep track of the # of entries.)Make sure your contact info is easily accessible so I can contact you if you win: No purchase necessary to enter. Entries that do not follow all of the entry requirements will not be considered.

Mandatory entry:
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This giveaway will close on December 15, 2009 at 11:59pm. I will announce the winner on the 16th and they will need to email me their name, address, and choice of watch band (it will come with the square face pictured above). Email me by December 18th or a new winner will be selected. Sorry, Christmas delivery is not guaranteed.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

10 Tips for Getting the Most From Sunday School, Relief Society, & Priesthood

© Rachelle J. Christensen

“In the ideal home, Sunday would be the happiest day of the week. We should look forward to its coming because it is the day we go to church together and then come home and discuss together what we learned in our various church meetings. Around the kitchen table at dinnertime would be an excellent opportunity to have [everyone tell about what they learned in their meetings]. How we observe the Sabbath indicates our feelings toward our Father in Heaven.” LeGrand R. Curtis, “Happiness Is Homemade,” Ensign, Nov 1990, 12

As we look forward to the start of a new year where we’ll be presented with new lessons and manuals to study at church, I thought these tips might be helpful to incorporate. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I realize there are many ways that we can get more from our church meetings, these are just a few ideas.

1. Read the lesson beforehand. This is important because it gives you a deeper understanding of the principles being taught. You’ll also be able to participate more readily if you’ve reviewed the lesson.
With a young family and many interruptions, sometimes it’s difficult for me to remember during the week to read the lesson and nearly impossible to do in one sitting. I’ve found that if I leave my manual out, I’m reminded to read bits and pieces throughout the week. If you can, make an effort to read the lesson for the next week after church, then you have all week to think about the principles to be taught.

2. Pray that you might be receptive and learn something to improve your life. We have been taught that when we do our part and pray with purpose, the Spirit will be with us and fill our minds with those things we need to be successful in life. The Holy Ghost is always prepared to sow seeds of learning in a fertile mind.

3. Participate in the lesson. Commenting is not the only way to participate. Make eye contact with the teacher, listen attentively and encourage your whispering friends to do the same. Volunteer to read scriptures or other materials when the teacher asks for readers.

4. Follow the promptings of the Spirit when you comment. Don’t monopolize the lesson by commenting on every thought that comes to your mind. Teachers love to have participation, but may find it difficult to complete their lesson materials when someone makes several very long comments during the lesson. It’s wonderful to make comments, but be mindful that there are other members of the class who may feel prompted to share as well. This is difficult to do if one person answers every single question and doesn’t leave time or opportunities for others in the class to participate.

5. Turn off cell phones and other electronic devices. If you are on call, keep your pager or phone on a setting to vibrate and do not make calls in the church hallways. Step outside, in the foyer, or make the call in your vehicle. While I stood outside the chapel with my fussy baby, I still had a desire to participate in taking the sacrament, but it was very difficult to hear the prayers because someone was standing in the hallway talking on their cell-phone.

6. Set the mood before Church. It is difficult to get yourself and the family ready for church and still find time to feel spiritual. I’ve found that getting ready for church can be so hectic that sometimes I arrive frazzled. One remedy is to allow enough time to get yourself prepared for church far in advance so that you can have time to concentrate on other family members, responsibilities, stay calm, and arrive at church on time.
Playing instrumental or church music helps to remind you and your family of the Sabbath day. Also preparing all lesson materials and other duties before Sunday will help you to enjoy the Sabbath more.
Setting the mood for church can begin on Saturday when you take time to prepare clothing and shoes for the family. Ironing and hunting down shoes at the last minute creates stress and frustration that can zap a good mood.

7. Write in your journal. Write thoughts about what you learned in your meetings and your plans to incorporate lessons into your everyday life. Keep a record of spiritual moments where you felt your mind was awakened to a new concept or understanding of a gospel principle.

8. Write a word or thought from your lesson for a visual reminder of what you learned. Using a whiteboard, mirror, strips of paper, etc. write your thought in a prominent area to remind you for the entire week of the enlightenment you experienced on Sunday. Keeping a small notebook handy during church to jot down these thoughts of inspiration ensures they won’t be forgotten by the time you get home.

9. Plan to do an act of service for someone during the week. Apply what you learned from your meetings by serving others. Perhaps you could share your Sunday experience with someone who couldn’t attend the meeting. Involve family or neighbors to help make Sunday an active part of your week by utilizing the principles you learn all week long, not just once every seven days.

10. Discuss the lessons. Talk to your spouse, family member, or neighbor about things you learned in Relief Society, Priesthood, or Sunday school. I’ve found that talking with others has often deepened my understanding and cemented certain thoughts in my mind. It’s nice to extend the Sunday experience from just a three hour block to something we live all week.

President Kimball taught how we might observe the Sabbath: “The Sabbath is a day on which to take inventory—to analyze our weaknesses, to confess our sins to our associates and our Lord. It is a day on which to fast in ‘sackcloth and ashes.’ It is a day on which to read good books, a day to contemplate and ponder, … a day to study the scriptures and to prepare sermons, a day to nap and rest and relax, a day to visit the sick, a day to preach the gospel, a day to proselyte, a day to visit quietly with the family and get acquainted with our children, a day for proper courting, a day to do good, a day to drink at the fountain of knowledge and of instruction, a day to seek forgiveness of our sins, a day for the enrichment of our spirit and our soul, a day to restore us to our spiritual stature, a day to partake of the emblems of his sacrifice and atonement, a day to contemplate the glories of the gospel and of the eternal realms, a day to climb high on the upward path toward our Heavenly Father” (Teachings, 216).

Monday, December 7, 2009

Running through the Cemetery

Yes, I like to run through the cemetery in my tiny town of Santaquin, Utah. I have a regular route which I've clocked so that I run a distance equivalent to a 5K.
I even ran through the cemetery on Halloween and it wasn't scary at all! In fact, I enjoy looking at different headstones, so many that have a gold pioneer emblem reminding us that they helped settle this rugged country.

All of the beautiful snow today means that I probably won't be running through the cemetery for a few months and that makes me sad. The treadmill just isn't the same.

But this post isn't just about running. I wanted to share some pictures that I took on Thanksgiving day when I took my family for a little walk to see our cemetery. A few weeks before on a sunny Saturday I ran through the cemetery and took a different path than I normally choose.

As I ran past the headstones,a large marker surrounded by several smaller markers caught my eye. I decided to stop and take a look.


I walked closer to the headstone and saw the names and dates for six children belonging to Roger and Elizabeth Openshaw.

As I read the birth and death dates, I was touched by the loss these parents suffered. None of their six children reached adulthood. The oldest lived to be 18, but the rest were much younger when they died.

The details of the children's lives were etched into the headstone and then each of their names had been carved into the top of the smaller headstones surrounding it.

There were only 5 small headstones, but 6 children had died.

When I showed my family, my older sister figured out that one of the smaller headstones was missing. We looked in the grass and found the piece of cement where it used to stand.

The child missing a marker was named Dora Edna.

I felt particularly drawn to this little family and my heart hurt for the anguish these parents must have suffered. I understand that death happened much more frequently in the 1800's, but I don't think it would have made it any easier for these parents to lose one child, let alone every single one of their children.

The saddest part was when I returned with my family on Thanksgiving and showed them this headstone. We looked and were able to find Roger and Elizabeth's resting place, separate from their children. They lived several more years after their last child died. If you notice the gold pioneer emblem on their marker--it says, "Faith in every Footstep." This indicates that they traveled across the plains as pioneers.


The sacrifice that they gave to come and settle Utah as pioneers is evident. I'd just like to say how thankful I am for them, for my own ancestors, for the founders of this great nation. I love living in the West. I enjoyed growing up hearing the stories of the pioneers and their sacrifice.

When I ran home that day, I felt immensely grateful to live today, for my beautiful children and my wonderful family. Life is so precious. I don't know Roger and Elizabeth's story, but they have touched my life and made me grateful today. I can't imagine the pain of losing a child and I felt sad when I thought about Roger and Elizabeth burying six children.
I try to pay attention to moments like these--reminders of what is most important in life.
I'm going to go hold my baby now.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Original Scrapbox Gives Back with the 12 Blogs of Christmas December 4-11, 2009 GRAND PRIZE WINNER announced December 14, 2009--Contest Closed



This contest is now closed, but you can read about our charity drive below and how you can still help.








There are 12 ways to win and 12 blogs to visit to enter with a special way to help The Original Scrapbox give back!

Enter to win a NEW EZ View Desktop and an entry in the Grand Prize Giveaway for a NEW EZ View Craft Desk from www.theoriginalscrapbox.com for FREE! Your entries will help The Original Scrapbox GIVE 2 of these desks to charity!
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One of the newest products at The O
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Enter this giveaway for a chance to win a FREE EZ View Desktop and for a chance to be put in the grand prize drawing for the EZ View Craft Desk. Contest ends December 11, 2009 at 11:59pm

The drawing for the EZ View Desktop will take place on December 12th.
The Grand Prize Drawing for the EZ View Craft Desk will take place on December 14, 2009.
How will The Original Scrapbox give back?

We will be tracking web traffic to The Original Scrapbox during the giveaway. When we reach 12,000 hits during our giveaway The Original Scrapbox will donate an EZ View Craft Desk to the Friends of Utah County Children’s Justice Center. This charity helps abused children.



‘Tis the season of giving and The Original Scrapbox wants to give back to a charity of your choosing. When we reach 25,000 hits during our giveaway they will also donate an EZ View Craft Desk to a charity nominated by you!!




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*Note: the contest will be open to residents of UK and EU countries as well as the United States and Canada.
You must at least do entry #1 to be eligible for this contest. Visit the website--every hit counts toward our goal to help The Original Scrapbox give back for Christmas!



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  1. Blog about this contest with a picture of the Workbox and the EZ View Craft Desk. If you have a private blog, it will not be eligible for this part of the contest. In your blog post, please use the tags: The Original Scrapbox, Scrapbook storage, Workbox, EZ View Craft Desk. If you would like to link back to me, http://rachellewrites.blogspot.com/ or any of the other 11 bloggers participating, I'd appreciate it.

There are 12 ways to win and 12 blogs to enter with a special way to help The Original Scrapbox give back!

There are 11 other awesome bloggers holding a contest to give away an EZ View Desktop (Yes, 12 EZ View Desktops will be given away—one from each blog!) and at each of these blogs you can also enter for the GRAND PRIZE-- EZ VIEW Craft Desk. Stop by their blogs and enter for more chances to win:






Get as many entries as you can by telling your friends about this contest and stay tuned to my blog for more incredible giveaways! Good luck and remember to follow the rules correctly to earn more entries in the contest.Contest ends December 11, 2009 at 11:59pm.

On December 12, 2009, I will announce the name of one winner of the EZ View Desktop available in black or vanilla color from my blog. That winner will then go on for the grand prize drawing of The EZ View Craft Desk. If you are the winner, I'll email you and you must respond by December 13th or a new winner will be selected to go on for the Grand Prize.

Then on December 14, 2009, I will hold a drawing using Random.org to select one winner from the 12 entries to win The EZ View Craft Desk!That winner will need to contact me with their shipping info by December 16th or another winner will be randomly selected. Sorry, there is no Christmas delivery guarantee.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Thought For You

You have to believe in yourself, that's the secret. Even when I was in the orphanage, when I was roaming the street trying to find enough to eat, even then I thought of myself as the greatest actor in the world.
--Charlie Chaplin

I loved this because as a writer, I'm constantly pushing myself to be better, to learn more, and achieve my dreams of becoming a successful published author. I have big dreams and next year I'll be taking the first steps of authordom as some of those dreams come true.

My first romantic suspense novel, Wrong Number, will be published June 2010 and my nonfiction book, Lost Children: Coping with Miscarriage will be published May 2010. To read more about these books, click on my handy-dandy tab above-- "My Books."

I purchased some beautiful vinyl stickers at the dollar store, of all places, and put it up on the wall behind my computer. It says:

If you can dream it, you can do it.

Write down your dreams, set some goals and become the you of your dreams!


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My EZ View Desktop



















I am loving my EZ View Desktop from www.theoriginalscrapbox.com.
The Desktop is part of a line from The Original Scrapbox called EZ View.

The EZ View Desktop is designed with a clear, glass-like top and three drawers with built in partitions for easy organizing on any home project. The desk is 36 ½ inches wide by 25 inches and it stands about 3 ½ inches high.




I've included some pics of my new desktop and it is so cool!


It can be used on any desk, coffee table, card table, even the floor.




Just set the desktop on a flat surface and it's ready to go. You can make your furniture organized and beautiful by adding the EZ View Desktop!



Monday, November 30, 2009

A week of Giveaways from Heather Justesen

Fun, fun! We all love prizes right?




Heather Justesen is offering a week of giveaways, so go check out her blog because the prizes are fantastic! And check out her new book too, it's awesome!
See the book trailer and review here on my blog.

My blog makeover

What do you think? Did you notice my new look?

I love my blog makeover!! Woo-hoo! I feel like a whole new me!

I wanted to give a huge shout-out and thank you to Jen over at jenieshell's Design Challenge.
I won this blog makeover from a raffle--thanks Leah!

and Jen did such an excellent job! I went from frumpy, boring, plain... to jump off the page, excited, and cute!

If you would like to learn more about all the cool blogging gadgets I have just jump over to Jen's blog. She has tons of tutorials and if you'd like her to design for you, drop her a line. She is so awesome to work with! Now go notice all of the awesome features on my blog-- notice my signature? Blog button, awesome tabs on the top, scrolling bar on my sidebar, my label cloud, my author website button with my tagline.

I'm so excited. Tell me what you think and happy blogging!

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