Month: March 2011

Three in Thirty

Yikes! The month is almost up! I have NOT accomplished my blog scheduling goal.  (Although I did land an AWESOME interview w/AProverbsWife!) Where did the time go? I’ve been a little sidetracked… looks like April will have a carry-over.  I’m proud to say that I HAVE been able to do my scripture confessions regularly.  I’m also VERY proud to say that I have been getting to bed on time almost every night.

I’ve been filling up my daily to-do list with things that aren’t on my goal list.  I need to get back to the Maximize Your Mornings Mission Statement and be very selective about adding chores.  I’ve been too easily distracted lately with things that haven’t produced the fruit I’m after.

How’s your #3n30 going? Did you complete your goals? What has been your triumph? Your challenge? I love reading your progress- I’m always encouraged by your posts.

Three in Thirty

Yikes! The month is almost up! I have NOT accomplished my blog scheduling goal.  (Although I did land an AWESOME interview w/AProverbsWife!) Where did the time go? I’ve been a little sidetracked… looks like April will have a carry-over.  I’m proud to say that I HAVE been able to do my scripture confessions regularly.  I’m also VERY proud to say that I have been getting to bed on time almost every night.

I’ve been filling up my daily to-do list with things that aren’t on my goal list.  I need to get back to the Maximize Your Mornings Mission Statement and be very selective about adding chores.  I’ve been too easily distracted lately with things that haven’t produced the fruit I’m after.

How’s your #3n30 going? Did you complete your goals? What has been your triumph? Your challenge? I love reading your progress- I’m always encouraged by your posts.

A Proverbs Wife $$$ Tips & Links

I am super excited to have a guest interview today!  Saidah writes at AProverbsWife.com, where she shares her journey in modeling herself after Proverbs 31:10-31. She writes about how scripture molds her into being a better Christian, wife, and mother. You’re sure to be inspired by reading her blog. She also shares some really great coupons and bargains there. You can also find her chatting it up with her readers Facebook and Twitter.

How did you get started clipping coupons and participating in online surveys?

I began using coupons and taking surveys in 2008 as a means to stretch my husband’s income. Our budget was extremely tight and I decide to help my husband by being a better steward over our grocery budget. He was totally against me working outside of the home so, instead of trying to make money I decided to start helping us save money. Shortly after learning to use coupons I began investigating ways to make money from home. One of the ways that intrigued me was giving my opinion for compensation. I didn’t know if anyone could really make money taking surveys, but once I signed up for my first survey company, I was convinced that it was something I could do. I’d spend a little time each week taking surveys and then cash out at the end of each month.

How much time do you spend per week on the above? If you could put a dollar amount per hour that you spend, what would you estimate earning potential to be?

I don’t spend as much time taking surveys anymore because I have other streams of income that require my attention, but when I began I’d spend about 2-3 hours a week taking surveys. In this time I would earn anywhere from $150 – $200 a month. It’s not a whole lot, but it allowed me to help put the “budge” back into our budget. Now I make less. In February I made $50 taking surveys.

How do you balance your online activity with your other homemaking responsibilities?

My computer is on a great deal of the day from October – January, simply because there are so many amazing deals and I want my readers to be able to shop for Christmas a frugally as possible. I am a firm believer that with a little bit of planning Christmas gift can be paid for without breaking the budget. I know from experience that it can even be funded for FREE. The remaining months of the year, I pray a lot and talk with my husband about my schedule.

I never feel like I’m balancing well but I do have a schedule. I am a master schedule writer and chief life organizer (in my mind. However, I understand that no amount of scheduling will ever be perfect unless God creates it. This is why I pray regularly for direction and guidance about the way that I use my time, how I interact with my family and about my blog.



How do you find all those amazing deals?

I find many deals right in my inbox. I am partnered with some great affiliate companies and brands who send deals and offers to my inbox daily. I also have amazing blog friends and readers who forward deals to me as well. You’d be surprised to know that I find amazing coupons codes and FREE sample offers in magazines or while watching television. As a blogger who posts deals so often, I don’t look at everything the way most people do. I’m always looking for a deal. For instance, while watching a television ad, I heard about a new chicken sandwich variety, but at the end of the commercial I also heard, “Come on in and get a FREE sample”. When I find offline deals I usually make a note to confirm them and post the offer on my blog.

What advice would you give to newbies? 

To new bloggers I would say make the choice earlier on who you will worship. Blogging can be a popularity contest filled with many “in-crowds”. It can also be a field that can put you in a position to be idolized. This being the case, I advise choosing early on to honor God in everything you do. If you decide to monetize your blog never put money before your readers and if you do, be swift to apologize for any lapse in judgment.

What’s the most challenging part of your typical week?

The most challenging is balancing it all.

I love time with God.
I love time with my family.
I love homeschooling.
I love blogging.
I love homemaking.

These areas of my life threaten to overtake one another on a daily basis. That’s the most challenging part of my week. Keeping everything in it’s proper proportion.

What’s the most exciting part of your typical week?

It’s different every week. One week it could be learning that a company has decided to partner with me on a project. Another week it could be a surprise date night with my husband or a special quiet moment with the Lord. It varies and I’m easily excitable.

What excited me this week was my daughter scoring a 90% on her spelling test for the second straight week. This is huge because she is a delayed reader due to dyslexia. That’s what excited me this week.


What role does frugality play in your faith walk?

My family uses every opportunity to save so that we can give more away. We endeavor to be debt FREE because we know that God can’t use our finances as long as we are in debt. Our family goal is to live simply and pay off our mortgage so that we can be available for God’s use in the international missionary field.


What do you do for “down time” entertainment/ relaxation?
The ultimate downtime is reading the Bible and listening to Christian music. It is the one activity that leaves me rejuvenated and inspired. Other things I enjoy are spending time with my family and gardening. While I’m not that great in the garden, I just like being outdoors close to Gods creation. It humbles me to watch the growth cycle of the earth. Once you’ve experienced it, it’s hard to deny the sovereignty and existence of God.


Website: AProverbsWife offers inspiration, frugal tips and great conversation for living life as today’s Proverbs 31 wives & women!

On Twitter: @proverbswife

Visit her frugal community on Facebook

Three in Thirty

Whew! Is it just me or is March just flying by? So much to do…

I’m progressing well enough with my goals this month.  How about you? Truth is, I could so better…sometimes, though I have to remind myself that just DOING IT is good enough. It doesn’t have to be perfect.  I’m doing my scripture confessions almost every day.  I have not yet worked out a blogging schedule that works for me.  I have it on the schedule but life just isn’t cooperating with the written schedule! The good news (are you ready?  Get ready cause it’s good.) is:

I’m getting to bed at a descent hour EVERY night!
(Now that I’ve put it out there, I’ll probably be up til 2:00am! Let’s hope not!) 
Even if it’s not perfect, I’ve made progress.  This month that’s good enough! Take encouragement, #3in30 Sisters:

 “The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.” 
Richard M. Milnes 

Three in Thirty

Whew! Is it just me or is March just flying by? So much to do…

I’m progressing well enough with my goals this month.  How about you? Truth is, I could so better…sometimes, though I have to remind myself that just DOING IT is good enough. It doesn’t have to be perfect.  I’m doing my scripture confessions almost every day.  I have not yet worked out a blogging schedule that works for me.  I have it on the schedule but life just isn’t cooperating with the written schedule! The good news (are you ready?  Get ready cause it’s good.) is:

I’m getting to bed at a descent hour EVERY night!
(Now that I’ve put it out there, I’ll probably be up til 2:00am! Let’s hope not!) 
Even if it’s not perfect, I’ve made progress.  This month that’s good enough! Take encouragement, #3in30 Sisters:

 “The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize.” 
Richard M. Milnes 

Spring-time Super Savings

Saving money is high priority around here these days. I’m always looking for ways to make less do more.

NOLA2009-4 by agbayliss, on Pix-O-Sphere
photo from Amy Bayliss at pixosphere.com

I’m excited about some new ideas that I’ll be sharing with you soon.  In the mean time…here are a few links to some of my first posts on ways to save. What will you be doing with your savings?

Frugality is Godly
Ways to Stretch That Dollar! Part 1
Ways to Stretch That Dollar! Part 2
Ways to Stretch That Dollar! Part 3
Coupon Rescue

Spring-time Super Savings

Saving money is high priority around here these days. I’m always looking for ways to make less do more.

NOLA2009-4 by agbayliss, on Pix-O-Sphere
photo from Amy Bayliss at pixosphere.com

I’m excited about some new ideas that I’ll be sharing with you soon.  In the mean time…here are a few links to some of my first posts on ways to save. What will you be doing with your savings?

Frugality is Godly
Ways to Stretch That Dollar! Part 1
Ways to Stretch That Dollar! Part 2
Ways to Stretch That Dollar! Part 3
Coupon Rescue

You Are So Beautiful!

Someone (besides me) needs to hear this today: you are so beautiful and so very loved! Jesus gave so much just to spend eternity with YOU. The song below just touched my heart so deeply!  

This song has touched many hearts, click here to see how it touched my friend Teri Johnson at Keeping it Personal

I hope you enjoy…

To watch the video click below:

Here are the lyrics from Metro Lyrics:
The days will come when you don’t have the strength 

When all you hear is you’re not worth anything 

Wondering if you ever could be loved 

And if they truly saw your heart they’d see too much 


You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You are made so much more than all of this 

You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His 

You’re beautiful 


I’m praying that you have the heart to find 

Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight 

For all the lies you’ve held inside so long 

And they are nothing in the shadow of the cross 


You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You are made so much more than all of this 

You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His 

You’re beautiful 


Before you ever took a breath 

Long before the world began 

Of all the wonders He possessed 

There was one more precious 

Of all the earth and skys above 

You’re the one He madly loves 

Enough to die 


You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

In His eyes 


You’re beautiful 

You were meant for so much more than all of this 

You’re beautiful 

You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His 

You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You’re meant for so much more than all of this 

You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His

[ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/beautiful-lyrics-mercy-me.html ]o

You Are So Beautiful!

Someone (besides me) needs to hear this today: you are so beautiful and so very loved! Jesus gave so much just to spend eternity with YOU. The song below just touched my heart so deeply!  

This song has touched many hearts, click here to see how it touched my friend Teri Johnson at Keeping it Personal

I hope you enjoy…

To watch the video click below:

Here are the lyrics from Metro Lyrics:
The days will come when you don’t have the strength 

When all you hear is you’re not worth anything 

Wondering if you ever could be loved 

And if they truly saw your heart they’d see too much 


You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You are made so much more than all of this 

You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His 

You’re beautiful 


I’m praying that you have the heart to find 

Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight 

For all the lies you’ve held inside so long 

And they are nothing in the shadow of the cross 


You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You are made so much more than all of this 

You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His 

You’re beautiful 


Before you ever took a breath 

Long before the world began 

Of all the wonders He possessed 

There was one more precious 

Of all the earth and skys above 

You’re the one He madly loves 

Enough to die 


You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

In His eyes 


You’re beautiful 

You were meant for so much more than all of this 

You’re beautiful 

You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His 

You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You’re meant for so much more than all of this 

You’re beautiful 

You’re beautiful 

You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His

[ From: http://www.metrolyrics.com/beautiful-lyrics-mercy-me.html ]o

Three in Thirty

February Review and New March Goals for #3in30

Each month I am picking a goal that will help me grow in my relationship with the Lord, participate in social media, and get my home and/or personal life more organized. I was able to complete two of the three February goals.  I was able to read a chapter of Proverbs almost every morning.  I posted weekly on either this site or my other site Practical Faith for Everyday Life.  The 10:30pm bedtime was…well…pitiful, actually. I made it to bed by 11:00-11:30pm only three times. Evidently 10:30 is just not realistic for me at this time.

For March I plan to

  • Add a daily scripture confession time from my God’s Creative Power series by Charles Capps.
  • Adopt a set time in my schedule for computer/ blogging time.
  • Be in bed by 11:30pm.  If I am successful, I may back up the time by 15mins each month until I get to my ideal bedtime.
I am so glad to have the encouragement and support from my fellow #3in30 friends.  Good luck, Ladies!