Thursday, May 30, 2013

Thursday Thought for May

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings.
--C. Archie Danielson

I love this! I think you must have equal parts of intelligence and ambition to achieve your goals and sometimes the ambition is even more important during the journey.

I hope you've had a fabulous May--can't believe tomorrow is the end and we're already heading into June. I have my garden planted and some fun plans for the summer. Be sure to check out my companion website MashedPotatoesandCrafts.com to see all the great things we're cooking up!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Do I Look Smart Wearing My FREE Glasses?

Why yes, free glasses always make people look smart, right? :)

I got my eyes checked after only, oh, about six years! I found that my eyes had actually improved, woot! Woot! So now the doctor recommended that I get some handy +50 glasses for working at the computer. That means you probably won't see me around in these glasses because I only wear them when I'm reading/writing at the computer.
Now you want to know how my glasses are free? There's this great company called FIRMOO who contacted me and asked if I would like to try a free pair of glasses. You can try your first pair free as well and they even have the nerd glasses which are all the rage, not for me, but hey choose what you like!
http://www.firmoo.com/free-glasses.html
They do have tons of fashion glasses and sunglasses which you can choose with or without a prescription.

I ordered Unisex acetate full frame eyeglasses - SD2242 which are normally $19.00, a bargain, but even better free! They come with a hard case and a cleaning cloth and they arrived quickly. I've enjoyed trying them out and can tell a difference--meaning less eyestrain, but they are lightweight and comfortable so that I forget I'm wearing them.


Here's what Firmoo.com says:
You will absolutely fall in love with the excellent quality, affordable prices, fashionable designs, fast delivery and the good service after trying them with paying shipping only! You even can get a refund/exchange if you are not satisfied with them. It's totally Risk free, so why not have a try?
We offer Virtual Try-On System. You can even try on with your own photos. 98% of our customers have found their perfect match glasses by this way.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Book Review: Parenting with Spiritual Power by Julie Nelson



 I'm grateful I have the opportunity to tell you about a wonderful new book, Parenting with Spiritual Power by Julie Nelson. This is a book that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will appreciate because it draws from both Biblical and Book of Mormon stories. Julie has done an excellent job of showing how prophets were parents who sometimes struggled just like we do to parent their children. She reminds us that we can learn parenting skills from these ancient parents.

I especially like the contents section of the book because it shows each chapter and a specific focus that you can go to quickly when in need or if you have a specific worry you need help with.

This parenting business is hard work and even though my kids are young I can see that there is so much emotional energy invested in each of our children's lives as we pray that they will make wise choices and that we can be the kind of parents to help them through their trials.

I encourage you to check out this book to gain support in your own parenting journey.
Available wherever books are sold and http://cedarfortbooks.com/ as well as Amazon.


Visit Julie's website www.nelsonjuliek.com

 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Thursday Thought on Writing

Hello! Happy Thursday!
I had a blast at the recent LDStorymakers Writing Conference and hope to be posting more about that soon. I'm a little crazy/busy around here because we're packing to move, but don't know where yet! Our house is under contract and the idea is to get closer to my husband's job but there are tons of options when you travel an hour away to work.

I read an excellent quote from the League of Utah Writers newsletter and I wanted to share it.

You must keep sending
work out; you must
never let a manuscript
do nothing but eat its
head off in a drawer.
You send that work out
again and again, while
you're working on
another one. If you have
talent, you will receive
some measure of
success - but only if you
persist.
-- Isaac Asimov


This is excellent advice and something I've been thinking about with a few projects that have been waiting for me to come back to them and let them see the light.

What about you? Are you working on your talents?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Family Ever After by Michelle H. Packard, My Review

 
Woo hoo! I'm so excited to tell you about this book! Almost every morning I walk with my friend Michelle Packard and we talk about all kinds of things and EVERY day I take strength from her wisdom and friendship. But I'm not telling you about this book simply because the author is my friend, I'm telling you because this book is excellent! In fact, read on and you will see my endorsement which graced the back cover.

 "Family Ever After is a must-read for every happily married Cinderella who wonders why she’s still holding the broom.
This book is an incredible reminder to be happy loving the ones who are most important in our life—our family. Through Michelle’s wit and wisdom, I found myself looking at my family with a clearer perspective of what happiness means in this reality we’re living. I ditched the rose-colored glasses long ago, but Michelle’s book provided the window cleaner I needed to see that it’s okay if everything doesn’t turn out right as long as we realize that happiness can be found within the simple things. And sometimes the simplest moments hold the most joy."

--Rachelle J. Christensen, award-winning author of Wrong Number and Caller ID

I encourage you to pick up a copy of this book! Read on for more details and to enter a giveaway!

Family Ever After: Simple Ways to Achieve Perfect Happiness in an Imperfect Family Women frustrated with their marriage and their family will find the help they need to achieve greater happiness and success in their family in the new book, Family Ever After: Simple Ways to Achieve Extraordinary Happiness with Your Ordinary Family by stay-at-home mom, blogger, and ordinary family leader Michelle H. Packard. Family Ever After uses the fairytale concept that once you find your prince charming life is happily ever after. Michelle H. Packard knows this concept, while romantic, is not realistic, and she provides a practical, poignant, funny, and moving exploration of the simple ways you can help find greater happiness and satisfaction in your marriage and family. Packard says, “While the idea of happy ever after is distorted, you can, in fact, achieve a Family Ever After.” Family Ever After brings time-tested and well-researched principles to family life to help you learn specific ways to improve your marriage and your family, whether that family is ordinary or extraordinary. Using real-world examples of best practices and helping woman readjust their media-driven perception of what happily ever after means, Family Ever After gives readers a pragmatic, helpful, and entertaining exploration of:
  • How happiness in marriage and family life requires a more educated, real-world perspective
  • How proper prioritization and defining what’s important in marriage and family is key to success;
  • Why conflict is part of an ordinary family experience and how to peacefully resolve it;
  • How to cultivate a sense of humor;
  • How to develop a thoughtful and sincere habit of complimenting each member of your family;
  • How to improve family relationships with extended family members; and
  • Learning how to love a family member in the way they understand and accept that love
More than another how-to-have-a-perfect-family book, Family Ever After helps you gain the understanding and the practical skills of what makes ordinary families successful. Family Ever After is an essential and beautiful resource for all women who want to put more happiness in theirs and their family’s life.  
More Praise:
"Michelle is open enough to have given readers an intimate look into her life and those close to her, allowing us to learn from both painful and sweet experiences. Her self-reflective style and meaningful insights, if applied, would clearly make a profound impact in the lives of readers." --Shawn Edgington Ph.D.  

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Author Michelle Packard Michelle Packard is a mother to her four very human and totally fabulous kids. Her oldest, Ella is always in charge and leads the pack with creativity and curiosity, Daniel follows with loyalty and loves tenderly, Julia is a doll and always buzzing over something beautiful, and Jackson could hunt down the last sharpie on earth to create art on your bathroom wall. She has been married ten years and is quite taken with her guy. Date night is her favorite and she dreams of weekend getaways with her man. She loves creating beauty through floral design, but apparently has no gift with living flowers (They end of upside down and pressed in books). She finds parties alluring. They beckon her to invite people over, spend way too much time preparing food for murder mystery dinners, and totally enjoy friends and family. Michelle holds a bachelors degree in Home and Family Science from Brigham Young University. She has spent a great deal of time working with children and young adults and finds her greatest joy is happy families.
   
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Friday, May 3, 2013

The Beginning of Better Days: Divine Instruction to Women from the Prophet Joseph Smith

 

 Just in time for Mother's Day I get to tell you about a brand new book for women.

 

Many of you know that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This book is directed to women of the LDS faith. I love how women are revered and cherished in my religion and this book is a good example of that. I am looking forward to reading this book and enjoying the message. If you need a gift idea for Mother's Day, here's a great one!

How important are women in the restored church of Jesus Christ? We learn something about the answer to the question from a simple historic fact: In 1842, the Prophet Joseph Smith took time to attend several meetings of the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo and give personal instruction to the women there. He did this at a time of great personal turmoil, when persecutions were raging and his responsibilities were heavy. He did it at a time when society barely acknowledged women as having any kind of status at all. On six separate occasions, he taught the women personally about their privileges, their opportunities, their obligations, and the blessings the Lord had in store for them in His kingdom.
The Beginning of Better Days includes Joseph Smith's six timeless sermons to the women of Nauvoo, along with personal essays from Sheri Dew and Virginia H. Pearce that help us better understand the sermons and their relevance for Latter-day Saint women today. "We have attempted to share a little about our own processes of discovery regarding the sermons," writes the authors. "This is what worked for us. What works for you may be similar — or it may be completely different. The important thing is to dig in."
Read the Entire Article: LDS Women's Book Review of The Beginning of Better Days by Mindy (Click Here)

 

Product Details


  • Pages: 134
  • Published: 07/2012

About the Authors

Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has authored several books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Presidents Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent books are God Wants a Powerful People and Saying It Like It Is. Sheri was named the president and CEO of Deseret Book Company in March 2002. She also serves as a member of both the BYU Marriott School of Management’s National Advisory Council and the President’s Leadership Council for BYU-Hawaii. In March 2003 the White House appointed her as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls at the United Nations.
Virginia Hinckley Pearce is the author of the bestselling book A Heart Like His: Making Space for God’s Love in Your Life, and has edited and coauthored several additional books, including Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley. She has served as a counselor in the Young Women general presidency and on the general Primary board of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She and her husband, the late James R. Pearce, have six children and twenty-six grandchildren.

 


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