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“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.” -Proverbs 31:27

Friday, July 27, 2012

Finally Friday #4: Wahm Week in Review

It's Finally Friday! Yay! What are you planning on doing this weekend? How has your week been as far as writing or developing your home business?

This is the last week for our "free" summer break as I have to start thinking of curriculum and lesson plans and such.

J. hurt his foot in Karate yesterday so he'll be seeing the doctor.

N. is finally done with summer school but complains that life is just 'boring'. I suggest things to do but of course that's not good enough. Funny how when you complain about boredom you don't really want a solution.

Week in Review:


Squidoo:



Crochet Business:
On the final three days of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the 31 Days of Crochet Blogging challenge. I'll wean off of daily posting and be going to a 3/day a week posting MWF. I will be adding interviews on Friday's of current crochet businesses.
Momwithahook's Journal:

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Sara Duggan Blog:
Participated in a sponsored post - just had to write about a contest that Frigidaire was having and spread the word via social media. I wasn't paid for the post but I was entered into a contest for a gift card. My first assignment with the One2One Network was the BBQ social media sharing assignment. I did win the Grand Prize for that one. :)

Crochet with Mom Blog:
This week I talked more about crocheting in the round and linked to a really cool script that produces a perfect sphere.

Guest Blogging:
This week I was blessed to guest post over on SusanD's blog in which I shared a crochet pattern for a coaster using the picot stitch as a border. I'm accepting Guest bloggers for August if you'd like to apply at Crochet with Mom which is a site for sharing crochet lessons and tutorials.


Writing: 
Published my eBook "Hooking for Cash" on Kindle - 10 ways to earn money from your crochet blog. :) This brings me to my latest writing challenge. It is called the "Kindle Challenge" hosted by Tiffany Dow via her blog and her Facebook page. The goal is to write one page of content per day for the next 31 days. I started out a bit slow but now that I know where I'm headed I am moving along nicely.

Sara's Cool Sites of the Week:


  • A Great Writers Course - 15 habits of great writers, takes you through 15 days of lessons with the first being declaring that you are indeed a 'Writer'.  
  • A great little piece by a fellow blogger who is participating in the UBC (blog challenge) talks about how homeschooling can bring your family closer together. I really like his blog - it is pro-family and pro-relationship with tips on how to cherish and nurture your relationship with your life partner. 
  • Youth NaNoWriMo - a site I might have J. take part in this year for writing 

What have you done this week? Comment below and Join the Linky. :)



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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Cleaning the Kitchen #5 - The Microwave

This is part 5 in the Cleaning the Kitchen Series: Microwaves


Photo credit: ronnieb from http://www.morguefile.com
For stuck on food you want to fill a microwavable cup with water and heat for 2 minutes. This will loosen the food stuff. Heat a bit longer if it is still stuck on. Next, remove the plug from the electric socket. 

With your cleaning solution and a sponge or cotton dishcloth wipe the inside surface clean making sure to get the corners, top and sides. Clean the inside door, top and side corners. 

Finally, close the microwave and clean the front of the microwave as well as the sides and top. If you need to, dust the back.

If your microwave has a turn table, you can remove this and the plastic turning wheel. Wash by hand or if your glass turn table is dishwasher save, add it to your next load of dishes.

Learning from Pinterest: 

Okay, so now that I have this series all written up, I am finding other bloggers who have done the same thing - Note that last week I mentioned Jillee and her tips for cleaning the Dishwasher? Well, I found her again on Pinterest and this time for cleaning the microwave. I don't use vinegar but I might just try that. Also, learned something new - plain old rubbing alcohol makes for a great shine on just about all kitchen surfaces.


Practically Functional also has a tip - very similar about how she cleans her microwave:



Linking up with: Deep Roots At Home, Wise Woman Builds her Home, Raising Homemakers,

How do you clean your microwave? Comment below and let me know.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

5 Summer Stain Tips for Frigidaire by Tara Aronson plus Win a Front Load Washer and Dryer


Today I have a special post courtesy of One2OneNetwork.com. Frigidaire has a new washer and dryer set called the Affinity Collection. If you're a mom or even if you're a pet owner you know what it's like to have clothing with tough stains. Tara Aronson, a laundry expert, shares her tips for cleaning hard to treat summer time stains.

5 Summer Stain Tips for Frigidaire by Tara Aronson
Smudges, drips, drops and smears – no matter what their source, the key to keeping them from ruining your favorite shorts or T-shirt is to take quick action – before it gets a chance to dry.
For most fabrics, this means blotting up the excess or rinsing the discolored area with cold water (hot can set a stain.) Don’t rub: this spreads the spot and grinds it deeper into the fabric.
Summer spills are especially tough. Here’s how to remove the five most common:
1. Crayon.
Scrape off as much of the colorful surface as possible using a plastic picnic knife. Apply laundry detergent directly on the stained area. Gently rub the detergent into the fabric then let sit several minutes. Launder using the hottest water the fabric can handle - or the Sanitize setting of your Frigidaire Affinity washer. Dry as usual.
2. Iced coffee.
Sponge the stained area with cold water. Apply a pretreater to the blight. Wash as usual and air dry.
3. Grass.
Prewash the garment in warm water in your washing machine –the Rinse & Spin cycle on your Affinity washer – and a laundry detergent containing enzymes. Launder as usual (normal setting) with detergent and chlorine bleach if safe for the fabric. If the garment’s care label instructions advise against it, use oxygen (color safe) bleach instead. Dry as usual.
4. Juice.
Soak for a minute or so in cold water. Remove excess water, and then apply a pretreater directly on the stained area. Wash with detergent as usual. Air dry. Do not place in the dryer until the blight is completely gone – otherwise the stain is likely to set.
5. Chocolate (or chocolate ice cream).
Prewash the garment in warm water with a laundry detergent that contains enzymes using the Affinity’s Rinse & spin setting. Launder as usual, using the washing machine’s Normal setting. Dry as usual.

Giveaway Sponsored by Frigidaire:


  • Visit Frigidaire's Facebook and try out the movie poster app. (see my cute poster above?) It's pretty simple to use. 
  • Click on Adventures in Clean tab
  • Click Enter
  • Enter your information, upload a photo, and click Next
  • Click and drag photo to place where you like, choose from 4 different posters or keep the Adventures in Clean with ivy. 
  • Enter the contest, be sure to read rules and check if you'd like emails from Frigidaire (not necessary)
  • Download your poster or print it
  • You can enter daily, no purchase necessary
  • Contest runs 7/8/2012 to 9/23/2012
  • As an added incentive and just a really cool thing - Frigidaire will donate $1.00 per poster created up to $750,000 to Save the Children. (one entry per day)

What summer stain fighting tips do you have? Comment below and share. 


Disclosure: This post is part of a blogging relationship with One2OneNetwork. In exchange for me promoting this business partner I'll be entered in a drawing for 1/10 $50 gift cards. As always my opinions are my own and do not in any way reflect the opinions and business practices of Frigidaire or One2OneNetwork. 

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Friday, July 20, 2012

Finally Friday #3: Writing As Fast As My Fingers Will Move

This has been quite a busy week for me. We had lots of appointments outside of the house which meant I had to do some creative time management. J. had an appointment - pre-diagnosis for Asp. and then we had to meet with his Homeschool teacher to go over curriculum for the 6th grade. (Can't believe he's in middle school)

This Week in Review: (Yes, she really does get things done.)

Sara Duggan Blog:


I've been trying to regularly post here Wednesday's and Friday's. These linky's have helped me keep this commitment. I'm sure once school starts next month I'll be posting more as I usually do so for J.'s school work. I started a campaign with One 2 One Network - Hellmann's - to see how this works on this blog. Not quite sponsored posts but posts that do offer me a chance to win a gift card.

Momwithahook Blog:


Only got one post in this week but it does include a crochet flower pattern. (smile) I'm trying to teach myself how to read and write charts so did a bit of tinkering with Word and Photoshop. I think it looks okay but then not sure how crocheters will understand it.

Crochet Business Blog:

photo courtesy: http://freedigitalphotos.net

Going along with the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the 31 Days of Crochet Blogging challenge. Have been super blessed with visiting so many great business men and women. I even found a couple of new crochet and knitting blogs to follow.

Crochet with Me Blog:



So far I'm only posting to this blog once a week - Monday's. Eventually my goal is to have guest bloggers stop by to teach different techniques and stitches. The latest stitch I reviewed was the little scallops stitch with is great for blankets and face towels.

Squidoo:
I finally took the time to go through half of my articles (50+) and update the tags. I went to SquidUtils and did health checks on them and noticed I had a number of orphan tags. (not many articles shared these tags) I changed many of the primary tags as the ones I was using were pretty much useless. Hoping this will improve the ranks on these articles. I also added all my crochet patterns to Pinterest on a board of their own.

I did manage to get one new article made - Dorm Living - which I monetized with Amazon. I use the Wood theme for this lens and I love the way it looks.

Did you know that I am a Rocket Squid mentor? You wouldn't know it by my activity over there. I am really slacking when it comes to this. Note: Make time for Rocket Squids each day (15 minutes)

Hubpages:

Didn't get to write a Hub this past week but did earn a Accolade because I hit the 1,000 mark for views. Yay - I started with the intention this year to write more over there and it seems to be paying off. I do need to market these articles more. (Reality - so far for the month of July I've earned a total of 0.60 cents.)

EzineArticles:

Published two articles this week with links back to this blog. Hoping to increase traffic and get more people to participate in the linky's. Top 10 Garage Sale Tips for When You Need Cash Fast & Job Hunting Tips.

Webnuggetz:

I completely forgot I had an article writing account at Webnuggetz - I started writing over there when I was raising money for Compassion International. I no longer do that so I got rid of that page and updated the Math Curriculum review I had on there. I will be doing more homeschool topics as the year progresses.

Additional Assignments:


  • Assisting someone with blogging
  • Writing for HandmadeArtists.com - today I put together 4 articles while waiting for my husband and son to go shopping. Just need to post them. 

I am so hoping all this writing will net me profits at the end of the month. I did turn in my socialmoms.com points for a $20 PayPal Gift Voucher and submitted a proposal for an article that might be featured in August. (keeping my fingers crossed)

Just doing one more revision of the Hooking for Cash eBook before it goes live on the Kindle & Nook. So excited for that.

What did You accomplish this week? I'd love for you to share below. 



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What's Your Favorite BLT Sandwich?



Growing up we always had Best Foods Mayonnaise at the table. I didn't know until I moved out to Missouri that it also went by Hellmann's. Dryers Ice Cream is also called Edy's out there too.

I've tried using the other brands but find they are too sweet. I remember when I worked at a restaurant we used large jars of the sweet mayo for concocting the house dressing.

Which ever you prefer, the non sweet or the sweet, one thing is for sure you want the best for your family. (Not what I ate last night UGH)

Last night we made burgers with 3 types of cheese and added mayonnaise and some avocado. It was delicious.


Hellmann's made a commitment to animals by shifting how they are raising their chickens. In fact by 2020 they plan to use 100% cage free eggs in all their products. To spread the word about this commitment they are giving away a chance to win a trip to the Food and Wine Classic show in 2013 in their Real Matter's Sweepstakes on their Facebook page.


One more thing you might want to do is try their latest recipe The Turkey & Avocado BLT. It uses Hellmann's Mayonnaise, 1 ciabatta, 2 leaves of lettuce, some turkey deli slices, tomato, bacon and avocado. You can find plenty of recipes on their Facebook page including the classic Mayo Chocolate cake.

What's your favorite BLT sandwich? 
Comment below or add your comment at the Hellmann's Facebook Page

Disclosure:
I joined the One 2 One Network to review products and monetize this blog a little bit. This means that this post allows me to be entered to win a $50 gift card. All of the opinions are mine. I did have to include certain information about the details of the sweepstakes but all other details are solely mine. 

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Cleaning the Kitchen #4 - The Dishwasher


Photo credit: vilhelm from morguefile.com
The best way to clean a dishwasher is to use it. Be sure to pre-rinse dishes and to scrape all food into your garbage or compost bin. Check the spinning arms for build up and remove. Remove the drawers; wipe the inside clean with a mild liquid detergent and warm water. 

Clean the inside door making sure to get around the top and side corners. Replace the drawers, close the dishwasher and run the dishwasher in the rinse cycle. Will the rinse cycle is going wipe the outside of the dishwasher clean using liquid dish soap to remove grease.

Doing this process is a good habit to get into at least once per month. At the same time you can replace the rinse aid for your dishwasher. 


Learning from Pinterest:

Our first tip comes from Jillee - How to Clean Your Dishwasher





Linking Up this week with: Wise Woman, Thankful Homemaker,

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Finally Friday #2: Catching My Breath

It has been a busy week. I managed to publish 7 posts to my crochet business blog, a couple of posts to my crochet journal and even a couple of posts on this blog. I also wrote 10 articles (which I can't share) and updated a few Squidoo lenses.

Week in Review: 


Squidoo - Something I learned on the Squidoo group a couple of weeks ago is that the tags on Squidoo have nothing to do with Google (a little) but more to do with how Squidoo users find your article. So I went to SquidUtils and checked the tags on my top 10 lenses and I had a number of "orphan tags" or dead tags.

This means hardly any other article is tagged with that term which makes it difficult to find my lens. How come I didn't know about this sooner? I'm a "Giant Squid" after all. So, my task for the next week is to eliminate all those orphan tags in my articles.

On a happier note, my new page Polka Dot plants was featured last week on the home page. Yippee. Lots of great polka dot themed pages were highlighted last week featuring the new theme.

SaraDuggan Blog - This week I hosted the Keeping home linky (which I'm the only participating in so far). Don't have much traffic to this blog but I'm working on it. I also did a post on "Waiting on God" as part of the 40 Days Blogging for God challenge and linked up with the other members of the group.

Momwithahook Blog - This week I published I post featuring 25 Christmas Crochet Patterns for July. All of them can be found on Michaels website for free. I also linked up with a few blogs on Wednesday in which I shared a Flower I worked up from a pattern I found on Pinterest. I also completed a hat that will probably be a birthday gift for my sister. Finally, I joined a challenge on Ravelry where I and a number of other bloggers will challenge ourselves for an entire year to complete projects whether crochet or knitting. I'll be posting regularly for this each Sunday. Guess what? It's not crochet either- no, I'll be concentrating on my other fiber art love, knitting. I have a book I'll be going through and I'm praying that at the end of the year I'll know how to knit a pair of socks and a sweater.

Crochet with Mom Blog - I introduced the Tall Fans stitch. This is a rather simple stitch if you know the basics of crochet. It is worked with a shell (2dc, ch1, 2dc). I made a scarf pattern using this stitch which I'll share next week on my crochet blog.

Crochet Business Blog - I'm into my third week with the 31 Days of Crochet Blogging challenge along with the Ultimate Blog challenge. If you'd like to link up you can do so at any time. Last week I covered Social media for your blog. (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, email lists, Offering a Freebie and Crochet Keywords)

Although I wrote 10 articles I can't share them with you because they were for someone else. I'm glad I'm getting the experience of writing articles for others on keyword topics.

What have you been up to this week? Share with me below in the Finally Friday Link Up. 


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cleaning the Kitchen #3 - The Counters

Photo credit: kakisky from http://morguefile.com
For most counters you can use a mixture of vinegar and water to clean. Alternatively a paste of baking soda and water will help fight tough stains. Regularly wiping the counters down each day will cut down on hard stains. 

Granite – you can easily clean the surface with granite cleaner and a sponge. Just spray on the counter, wait 30 seconds and wipe clean with a paper towel or cotton cloth. Be sure to check out an alternative cleaning concoction I found on Pinterest that uses just three ingredients. Linked below.


Green Cleaning recipes to clean your counters - Vinegar and Baking Soda OR Kosher Salt and Water

Tips from the Thrifty Homemaker on cleaning your kitchen counters.


Clean eats in the Zoo shares a recipe for making your own citrus cleaner.


The Branches & Roots of Our Life shares her favorite Granite counter recipe which involves 3 ingredients - alcohol, dawn soap and water.

If you blog about keeping home whether it be cleaning the home or nurturing the people in the home, feel free to link up below.

Want more tips on organizing your home? Read Prayer Journal Organizer

Monday, July 9, 2012

Waiting on God: Live Like Someone Left the Gate Open

Waiting on God is one of the more difficult things I've had to learn in my relationship with Him. Waiting in general is not something I like to do. I tolerate waiting in grocery lines, waiting for children to tie shoes and for traffic on the freeways but I try to avoid it.

For the past 4 years I've been waiting on God and at times I'm like a little toddler who stomps her feet exclaiming "I want it now". I don't know the future so I can't say what God is doing but it is definitely not something I would have planned for our lives.

There have been two distinct times during this past 4 years where I was in the pits of despair and begged God to relieve me of this "life" - I was done and I no longer wanted to be a part of it. In these times I was comforted by the prayers of others who "waited" for me when I was no longer able to.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. 
~ Psalm 27:14
But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint 
~ Isaiah 40:31
Looking back on those tough times with a clearer mind and with God as my focus I can see now that they were used by God to teach me something. Just like when we teach our children to wait for something God teaches us to wait. It is for our benefit. It is out of love not hate that he asks us to wait. 

Has God ever let us down? Think about that. Sure we have expectations and we want things done a certain way in a certain time so when it doesn't go as planned we blame God and pull away from him stating he can't be trusted. But in all honesty it is us, his children who can't be trusted. At the first sign of difficulty or an "unseen future" we bail on him. 

Waiting is rough - it is a place of unknowing - it is a place of questioning - it is a place of honesty. It's you and your God. 

Remember the story of Jacob and his wrestling with God? Jacob would not let go until he was blessed. Sometimes we need to get down and dirty and sweat a little - not letting go for a second - until God blesses us - which according to his nature, which is LOVE - will happen. Trust that & Wait.
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.
Genesis 32: 24
I found on Facebook from :

Live like someone left the gate open

It reminds me to enjoy the life I have right now, this moment much like in the photograph above. I am the little girl sitting on the gypsy wagon playing her love songs to Jesus. It is this freedom, this honesty that I want to plug into more.

I want to enjoy life more on God's terms which means trusting him with everything, even our living situation and our employment situation. I even need to trust him with the callous remarks and judgments from others, knowing that it's God and I on this journey and he knows full well what he is doing and it is 100% perfect and Okay.

How about you? How has God tested your patience in waiting on him and his time and his plan? 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Finally Friday #1

Photo courtesy http://freedigitalphotos.net
This is my second linky for this blog. My first one I started last week - Keeping Home Wednesday.

I'm trying to consistently write articles each week and this is my way of tracking what I accomplish in a tangible way. If you'd like to join in add your link below.

Let us know what you accomplished in your writing or other wahm business this week.

Articles Completed, Published and Live:

This month I'm participating in a blog challenge so I'm trying to get traffic to that blog. I have a number of outlines completed for future articles and want to get these written up and live. I also started writing for a number of clients and that will be wrapped up by Monday.

EzineArticles: 

  • How to Crochet and Get Paid for It
  • Winding Yarn: How to Make a Yarn Ball
  • Crochet Business: Can Crochet Really Bring in Lots of Money?
  • Crocheting for Fun and Profit
  • Top 7 Crochet Jobs (being reviewed) 

Squidoo:

  • [updated] Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead - Changed title to include "Juicing" to see if traffic is better. Added some more health products and health related books. Had to update the juicer as it is no longer on sale.
  • [updated] Spring Daffodil Flower Show - updated the Amazon product and added some Posters of Daffodils
  • [updated] Christmas Gifts 2012: Cashmere Beanies - added a count down until Christmas meter and updated some products.
  • [new] Make Center Pull Yarn Balls - made for the 52 Challenge
  • [new] Polka Dot Plant - used the new Squidoo Polka Dot theme (quest)
  • [updated] Squidoo Lens Building - Crochet - Changed some links up and will need to be updated again soon.
  • [new] Quiz: Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? - made for RocketSquids Question (quest)
  • [updated] Squidoo 101: Adding the Etsy Module & Rss Feed - I added a tutorial on how to add your Etsy shop RSS feed to your Squidoo page. It includes examples of the various ways to use it as well. I added 2 short articles for Etsy shop owners as well.  
  • [updated] Squidoo 101: Signing up for a Squidoo account - I added a video tutorial to this lens. Still need to build this one up. 

I also have 2 articles yet to be published. :)

Seekyt:

How to Use the Internet to Turn Your Crochet Hobby into Cash

Hubpages:

Top 10 Crochet Communities Online
I also updated the Rss for all the hubpages as they were outdated. (blog no longer active)

Wizzley:

Nothing this week.

Additional Writing Jobs:

This week I'm working on a series of articles for a client. 5 blog posts for a health supplement. Just finished this up today. This weekend I'll be working on another 5 articles (500+ words) too.

As I sit here and review my week it shows me that I did indeed work this week. I didn't include the blog posts I wrote for my blogs (4) or the blog commenting or social networking. Maybe in a future check in I'll include that as well.

How did you do this week? Share your accomplishments below. 

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Cleaning the Kitchen #2 - Sink


Photo courtesy http://freedigitalphotos.net

Daily cleaning of the sink will eliminate having to deep clean grime and stuck on food. You can wipe your sink off daily and do a cleaning once a week or even once a month. 

Determine the type of sink you have and follow manufacturers instructions regarding appropriate cleaning products. 

Ceramic – You can use baking soda and vinegar to clean this surface. You want to close up the sink with the stopper, add some baking soda and then some vinegar. Wait for it to bubble and with a sponge or scouring pad clean your sink. Rinse it and dry.

Stainless Steel – Use a stainless steel cleanser and sponge to clean your sink. Make sure your sink is empty and all the food particles are removed. Add a bit of cleanser to your sponge, using warm to hot water scrub the sink in the direction of the finish, then rinse clean. Use a microfiber cloth to make your sink shine. To maintain your sink be sure to clean after each use and don’t let food stick to your surface. 
How to Unclog a Drain without Chemicals

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Want more tips on organizing your home? Read Prayer Journal Organizer

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Update 7/1/2012

Photo courtesy http://freedigitalphotos.net
June has past and I'm another year older. J. had a promotion ceremony in karate - so proud of that boy. Makes me feel very blessed to know I get to share these moments with him.

As my eldest shares a birthday with me, he is another year older too. It's kind of tripping him up - he was faced with the fact that next year he'll be 18.

Funny how when you're young becoming old never comes fast enough yet when your 'old' it comes too fast.

Next week we have to prepare for the next school year. I pretty much know the curriculum we will use, I just need to sit and do the lesson plans.

June in Review

June saw me engaging into writing again. I was able to write a couple of new squidoo lenses and articles. I updated quite a few lenses but didn't keep track of which ones I improved. I joined a facebook group for Squidoo and I'm trying to either make a new lens or update old lenses each day. 

  • How to sign up for a Squidoo Account  
  • Adding an Etsy Module 
  • Making your first Squidoo Lens
  • Free Crochet Slouchy Berpet Pattern 
  • Janet Baskets - part of the 52 lens challenge

Crochet Business blog is hosting the 31 Days of Crochet Blogging challenge this July. I'm also participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge alongside the one I'm hosting. It helps me stay focused and I'm praying I meet some nice blogging partners.

Momwithahook crochet journal is slowly getting back to 'normal'. I'm going to try to restart the spotted blog feature this month - but I'm pretty busy so we'll see how that goes.

Crochet with Mom is another blog I made. I know, another blog - not something I need. I have more free time because I'm not schooling my son however that won't last because school starts at the end of August. This blog will feature all my crochet tutorials and lessons. I transferred posts from Momwitahhook to this one.

Published a few new articles this month as well. A couple are still in review status but Cashing in on Crochet is live if you'd like to go read it.

Finances for June:

I can't say I earned any money this month - most of what I did earn wasn't accessible because I didn't reach the minimum payouts. Hopefully next month will be more profitable.

On a positive note, I participated in a tweeter chat (my second ever) and won a $25 Amazon gift card. (via SocialMoms.com) God is good because this is part of the funds I'm using for my 2nd sons birthday coming up later this year.

Prayers and Goals for July:

Keep praying for our family - my husband especially. He is so downcast because it's been nearly 4 years since he's had steady work. This weighs on him heavily.

  • I plan on making 4 product review lenses as part of the 52 lens challenge on Squidoo. 
  • Lead and follow through with the 31 Days of crochet blogging challenge
  • Promote the challenge via the new fb page and twitter account 
  • Comment on the Ultimate Blog Challenge participants blogs (min 3 per day)
  • FB and Tweet the UBC 
  • Participate in the Blogging for God challenge 
  • Sell 5 copies of Hooking for Cash eBook
  • Secure some article writing jobs
  • Write a crochet pattern 
  • Choose homeschool curriculum and plan lessons for 2012 - 2013 school year

1 John 4: 7-8 NKJV

"Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love."

John 13: 34 NKJV

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another."

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