Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A "Real Senior" Prom

Check out this sweet and heartwarming story about a group of High School students that threw a "Senior Prom" for elderly men and women in their community.

5 Tips for Great Grilling

John Stage is the founder and pitmaster of Dinosaur BBQ...a wildly popular barbecue joint in New York.    Here's a link to his list of the Five Most Common Grilling Mistakes and How to Fix 'Em as presented by CNN.com.


Friday, May 27, 2011

Kids Love the Carolinas

Second only to the Bible, Michelle Zavatsky's Kids Love North Carolina is the most read and referred to book in my home.  If you have kids and travel or take day trips, you really should have a copy of this book!

Here is a link to her website:  http://www.kidslovetravel.com/

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Getting the Best Block for Your Buck

I love it when products are both low in price and high in quality.  Fortunatley, according to Consumer Reports, there are several sunscreens on the market that fit that description.  CR tested the latest sunscreen products and for the second year in a row, Up & Up’s Sport Continuous SPF 30 -- a Target store brand --was named best buy, being one of four with top marks for effectiveness and costing just $0.88 per ounce.

For the rest of the ratings and the complete article, click here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/43140252/ns/health-skin_and_beauty/

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Got Money to Burn? Here are a Few Ways to Waste Your Cash

According to CNN Money, there are a whole host of ways to waste your money, some you may not have thought of.  So, if you have a surplus of money (and you've already made your faith promise to WBFJ) here are some ways to get rid of all those pesky extra dollars:


Friday, May 20, 2011

Ending the Messy Room Battle

Love, love, love this six-step plan by Psychologist and life coach Dr. Michael Mantell for helping your kids keep a neat bedroom, with NO arguing!

1. Clean your child's room the way you want it cleaned.

2. Snap photos of every area of the room, beds, desk, closets, bookcases, corners, etc.

3. Post the pictures at your child's eye level in his/her room.

4. Tell your child that you will check the room daily at a specific time.

5. Give your child a fair 15 minute warning that you are about to check at that specific time and then do.

6. Anything left out, or unlike the pictures, gets taken away for three days, NO MATTER WHAT IT IS

Read more about Dr. Mantell's advice here:

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What a Bah-gain!

Winston-Salem Rescue Mission annual Customer Appreciation Day

  Who: Winston-Salem Rescue Mission recognizes and thanks thrift store customers
What: Free homemade ice cream, popcorn, in-store discounts and contest drawings
When: Thursday, May 19, 2011
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Winston-Salem Rescue Mission Thrifts Store – corner of 7th & Oak Street

The Winston-Salem Rescue Mission thrift store operation generates approximately 25% of the ministry’s annual operating revenue. The Customer Appreciation Day event is one way the Rescue Mission can show its appreciation for the community’s support. In addition to free homemade ice cream (made on site) and free popcorn, items will be greatly reduced from their already low price: 30% off entire inventory (furniture, bedding, large appliances, clothing, household items, toys, collectibles, etc).

There will also be drawings for three ($100) gift certificates throughout the day. Come join the hundreds that turn out for this event each year.

Thank you for your coverage and support of this and other Winston-Salem Rescue Mission projects and events. For additional information, please contact Mike Foster at the WSRM.

What's Up with Your Hair?

Thanks to Lauren Faulkner, owner/stylist at Scissor Hands Hair Studio in Kernersville for joining the show this morning to talk about summer hair trends.  For more information or to make an appointment, call Lauren at 336-993-0777 or visit her website:  http://www.scissorhandshairstudio.com/

Also, don't forget about the Kids Night Out coming up at Scissorhands...here are the details:

Saturday, May 28 · 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Scissorhands hair studio
335 West Mountain Street ( house beside the post office)


- to watch the disney movie TANGLED
-have snacks
- make crafts ( crafts vary for age appropriateness,kids will be broken off into groups depending on age for crafts).
-Drop off is 6pm, the movie will start at 6:15.
-$10 a child for two hours!
-Take this time to relax,have dinner,run errand, don't worry kids will be watched by several professional and trust worthy adults! Some are trained in CPR certification.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Big Brother in the School Lunchroom?

Because of an apparent communication breakdown in my family, I found out last night that my son has been eating pretty much nothing for lunch for the past several weeks because he did not realize that I had put more money in his lunch account.  Well, that's not entirely true, actually his friend Jonathan has been giving him the wrapper from his muffin each day to chew on.  Before you turn me in to social services, keep in mind that my "highly gifted" son is in the 8th grade and I do expect him to take some responsibility for himself, like either making sure that he has money for lunch or has something to pack bring with him

On the other side of the lunchtime spectrum, parents of kids in five San Antonio, TX elementary schools can now know EXACTLY what their kids are eating thanks to a $2 million federal grant that has paid for cameras in these school's cafeterias.  The high-tech cameras take a picture of what each child put on the tray when they go through the lunch line and then what is left over after lunch.  Then, the pictures are analyzed and the nutritional content of what the child actually ate is calculated.

Seriously?  Our nation is facing a $14 trillion debt and were spending money on this? 


Thursday, May 12, 2011

25 Manners Every Kid Should Know

Also from Yahoo! Shine, is this list of 25 Manners Every Kid Should Know by Age 9.  For example:

Manner #7 Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.

Ughhh...do I have some embarassing stories about that manner being forgotton!  And, don't even get me started on manner #10

Manner #10

Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.

And, manner #19 may help keep chivalry alive...

Manner #19

As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

Most Popular Baby Names

Thanks to Shine from Yahoo! for these interesting tidbits today.  First of all, the Social Security Administration has released their list of the Most Popular Names of 2010.  Here are the top 10 boys and girls names.  For the full article click here.

Top 10 Names for Boys

1. Jacob
2. Ethan
3. Michael
4. Jayden
5. William
6. Alexander
7. Noah
8. Daniel
9. Aiden
10. Anthony
Top 10 Names for Girls

1. Isabella
2. Sophia
3. Emma
4. Olivia
5. Ava
6. Emily
7. Abigail
8. Madison
9. Chloe
10. Mia

Sunday, May 08, 2011

A Month of Sundays

Friends, I am so happy that this day has finally come!  You see, for several years I have been trying to compile a collection of some of my "Moment for Mom" devotions into a book.  Since I have been working on this whenever I could find a few spare hours, and since spare time is something that is almost non-existent for me, this has taken much longer than I expected!  

The book, "A Month of Sundays: 30 Days of Reflection and Inspiration" is finally a reality.  Praise God!  It is a collection of some of my favorite "Moment for Mom" devotions, thirty of them to be exact.   In addition to the devotional that you'd normally read here on the blog or hear on WBFJ, the book also includes a special prayer and some thought provoking questions to go along with each devotion.  I also have included several journal pages where you can add your own thoughts, prayers and reflections.  I hope that you will find each day's devotion to be like a mini-sermon, giving you something to think about and deepen your relationship with God.

The interesting thing is that, even though I did not select the devotions for this collection with any theme in mind, one has definitely emerged.  Many of the devotions in this book, although each unique in its own right, seem to center around staying faithful, focused and encouraged, even during life's difficulties.  I don't believe it to be a coincidence that this is the theme that has emerged.  Even though these devotionals were written over the past five years or so, the past year has been a very difficult one for me.  So, I believe that God is pointing out to me that he was preparing me for the trials I would face in my life far in advance, by
giving me these words long before I would fully understand their meaning.

I am selling the books for $18.00 each (+ $2.00 shipping/handling for online orders). Currently, the profit is going towards offsetting the high cost of printing.  As soon as that is covered, my intention is to use the proceeds of the book towards mission trip expenses and other charitable causes.  

You can order a copy right here.  Simply click the button below and you'll be directed to Paypal where you can securely complete your transaction using any major credit/debit card or your Paypal account.  You do not need to have a Paypal account...simply choose to complete your transaction as a guest when you get the Paypal website.  Your order will ship via USPS within 48 hours of reciept of payment.  Thank You!

"A Month of Sundays" Cover

A Peek Inside

Table of Contents

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Alabama Tornado Relief

Hope Outreach Church, located at 2800 Westchester Drive in High Point is filling a transfer truck with relief items to take to one of the hardest hit areas of Alabama. They are accepting your donations until Thursday, May 12. The following items are being collected and will be distributed to residents of Rainsville, Alabama by a local church.


For more information or to arrange a time to drop off your donations, call Gloria Swaim at 336-906-1896.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Cinch! Diet by Cynthia Sass

For more info about this simple and healthy diet plan, visit: http://www.cynthiasass.com/the-cinch-book.html
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