Monday, September 29, 2014

Announcing the Homemaking from Scratch Conference - October 7-9



Ladies I have been so excited to share with you that I am speaking at the first annual Homemaking from Scratch Conference that will be held October 7-9, 2014.  What I am most thankful about is the affordability and convenience of this eConference.  No need to travel, get babysitters, worry about your family while you're away or put a burden on your budget.  This conference comes to you in the convenience of your own home and works with your schedule.  

The sessions are all pre-recorded and there are 4 scheduled for each day of the conference (12 sessions total).  When you purchase the conference the sessions are yours to keep -forever!  You can pause them, listen to them at a later date or go right along with the conference on those days and enjoy fellowship time in Facebook groups with each speaker too.  

During the conference, the speakers will be available to chat with and answer your questions through a live party going on in a private Facebook group for all attendees.  

The Homemaking from Scratch Conference is at a very affordable cost of $24.95 when you pre-register (register early to save $5) or at $29.95 once the conference starts.  

Homemaking From Scratch Conference 2014

When you pre-register for the conference you receive $200 in Homemaking bonus items (items like, cleaning schedules, prayer cards, eBooks and so much more!).  

Homemaking From Scratch Online Conference

You also receive a Homemaking From Scratch PDF Conference notebook so you can follow along with each session.  

Homemaking From Scratch Online Conference


Take a peek at the Sessions and Speakers:

Christin Slade: Joyful Mothering

· BiblicalMotherhood - A Heart to Heart

Was is the basis for BiblicalMotherhood? How can we parent with one foot firmly planted in Scripture? In this encouraging session, Christin reminds us of the overwhelming grace that God gives us to be godly mothers and examples to our children. Get ready to have a heart to heart with Christin on the basis of Biblical Motherhood,legalism, anger, and more!

Hilary Kimes Bernstein: Accidentally Green

· Making Healthy Choices in Your Home

Do you want to create a healthier,more natural home but have no idea where to start? Are you confused by all the ingredients in your beauty, skincare, cleaning, and household products and feeltotally overwhelmed? Hilary shares her story and how her family came to realize that the products within her house were toxic and dangerous! She then gives you all the tools you need to identify dangerous products lurking in your medicine cabinet, how to find healthy and natural alternatives, and how you can do all this while saving money! 

Marci Ferrell: Thankful Homemaker

· The Benefits of Simple Homemaking Routines

This session is your chance to learn from an older, wise, Titus 2 woman on what it means to be a Biblical Homemaker.How can we glorify God within our Home? Marci walks you step by step how to create smooth homemaking routines so that you can better gain control of your home, your day, and your life! This session is packed full of practical advice,wisdom from Scripture, and a heavy dose of Grace. Learn how to craft a homemaking routine and schedule that works for your family! 

Marlene Griffith - A Diligent Heart

· Keeping Marriages Strong & Growing

Keeping your marriage strong, and always growing, is really hard work! Sometimes, even the smallest communication can be hard.  In this session, Marlene shares from her own personal experience, what it takes to really keep your marriage going strong and growing in the Lord. She takes an honest look at what it means to have a Spirit-led marriage and how our willingness to be immersed in God's Word is so vital to our marriages. 

Dana K White - A Slob Comes Clean

· Decluttering- Tips and Tricks that Work in ANY Home

Clutter is often the #1 stumbling block to a clean home. Too much stuff all over means a messy house, a harder time extending hospitality, and a cluttered mind. Dana approaches this subject of decluttering from a Biblical perspective - why it matters - and why cleaning can become an idol. Listen to this session and you will walk away encouraged and equipped with hands on tools for delucttering your home and creating a better atmosphere for your family. 

Jolene Engle - Jolene Engle

· A Recipe for a Thriving Marriage

In the midst of the stresses,messes, and the mundane seasons of life, it's so hard to maintain a thriving marriage. In this powerful session, Jolene gives you some valuable tips for a thriving marriage no matter what season you’re currently living in. Every marriage goes through seasons. Seasons of stress whether it’s hardship or heartaches. Seasons of exhaustion or the dreaded overwhelmed schedule. Seasons of the daily rut that life can bring. Every marriage needs intentionality to thrive during all of these seasons. Jolene takes a walk through Scripture to give you the recipe for a thriving marriage. 

Jami Balmet (Opening Session) Young Wife's Guide

· What is a Homemaker and how can I glorify God in my role at home

What does it mean to be a homemaker?To kick off this conference on homemaking, Jami opens up the discussion by taking a look at what Scripture defines as a homemaker. The position of a homemaker is not dependent on marital status or occupation. God has called all women to this important and noble position. Take a walk with us and discover what it means to be a woman who glorifies God in her home.

Jami Balmet Young Wife's Guide

· Practicing Hospitality: The Biblical Art of Serving Others

Hospitality is about so much more than entertaining. Hospitality is about opening up your home, and using the resources that God has given you, to serve others. Jami starts her session focusing on the Biblical mandate of hospitality and then focuses in practical ways you can start extending hospitality to those around you - even when you live in a small apartment, don't have a lot of money, or feel totally inadequate. Hospitality is a command for all believers to fulfill - let's go on a journey and discover how easy it can actually be to fulfill this serving opportunity from within your home!

Kristy Howard - Little Natural Cottage

· Real Life Homeschooling

What does homeschooling really look like? The sticky floors, bad attitudes, lost school supplies, laundry piles and the many other day to day issues homeschooling moms face. A lot of us struggle with expectations, finding joy in the chaos, and feeling like we're somehow inferior to other homeschooling moms (you know, the ones who surely must have it all together). In this session, Kristy dives into her honest struggles in these areas and how she's discovered purpose and freedom.

Trisha Gilkerson - http://www.intoxicatedonlife.com/

· Gluten Free101: Essential Guide for Homemakers

Gluten-free living might seem like a fad, but there are real health benefits behind this way of eating IF done correctly. Trisha gives you a brief tutorial on what the problem with gluten is(in easy to understand terms) and help you navigate transitioning your family to this way of life the healthy way! If you are curious because friends and family are gluten free and you want to understand it better - or just starting this journey yourself - Trisha is there to explain it all and make it easy to understand! 

Katie Bennett Embracing a Simpler Life

· PrioritizingTime with God

Session description coming soon.

Lisa Woodruff - Organize 365

· Organizing the many facets of mom.

The ability to nurse sick kids, get the laundry done, shuttle kids from one activity to the next and cook a mean meatloaf are all in mom's bag of tricks. Is she can find her bag. Where did Iput that bag?! Professional Organizer Lisa Woodruff will help you understand how to get organized once and for all. Organizing the many facets of mom involves learning simple systems to organize your home, paper and time!

Alina Joy Dubios - Good Old Days Farm

· Getting Your Kids Involved in Chores 


What does God’s Word have to say about chores? Is it even worth it to go through the extra work to teach your kids how to do chores? What’s the right way to go about it? Alina Joy answers all these questions and more in her session on getting kids involved in chores.Starting with Scripture and continuing into practical advice and routines,Alina Joy equips you with the tools you need to get your kiddos involved in chores and your house running smoother! 


Conference Schedule: All times are EST

October 7
11:00 - 12:00AM - Jami Balmet (Opening Session)
1:00 - 2:00pm - Kristy
3:00 - 4:00pm - Christin
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Trisha
7:00 - 8:00pm - Marlene

October 8
11:00 - 12:00AM - Dana
1:00 - 2:00pm - Katie
3:00 - 4:00pm - Lisa
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Jami (Hospitality)

October 9
11:00 - 12:00AM - Jolene 
1:00 - 2:00pm - Hilary
3:00 - 4:00pm - Marci
5:00pm - 6:00pm - AlinaJoy
**Jami will close out conference with a quick 10 - 15 minute goodbye**


Click on the photo below for more information and to register:

(Remember to register early for discount pricing and to receive over $200 in bonus resources!)


Homemaking From Scratch Conference 2014




*Just a quick note for my readers.  I will not be present live for the Facebook chat time for my session.  Jami will take my spot as my husband and I are headed to Africa for a mission trip.  I am looking forward to sharing with you all more about the trip when we return.  Please keep us in your prayers over the next couple of weeks.  Much love, Marci


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Simple Iced Vanilla Latte


We have had quite a bit of fun trying to make our own barista style coffee drinks at home and this Iced Vanilla Latte has become a favorite for anytime of the year.

I did buy Starbucks Iced Coffee this time but usually make a batch of iced coffee to have on hand with the easy recipe below.

With only four ingredients and all real food items - it's almost a healthy drink - or maybe a healthy treat.

Here's the simple recipe and you can change your sweetener to sugar, stevia or honey too.

Iced Vanilla Latte

3/4 cup iced coffee*
1/4 cup half and half creamer (heavy whipping cream is yummy too)
1/2 t vanilla
1 T maple syrup

Pour over a glass filled with ice and enjoy!

*I have also cheated when I don't have iced coffee on hand but use a Starbucks instant coffee packet (or any instant coffee brand) dissolved in a bit of hot water and then fill the rest up with cold water.  It works well in a pinch.  

Easy Iced Coffee Recipe

This is the cold brew method and you can double it but it makes two cups of iced coffee.

1/4 cup ground coffee
1 cup cold water

Place in a container and let it sit overnight on the counter

In the morning add one more cup of cold water and I use our french press to strain out the grounds.  Store the cold brewed coffee in the fridge for up to two weeks.

I did recently purchase the Toddy Cold Brew Coffee System and love it.  It makes a larger quantity and comes with a handy container to store it in the fridge.



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Family Scripture Memory Made Easy with Seeds Family Worship Music



We all know the importance of hiding God's Word in our hearts.  God speaks to us through His Word. It is alive and powerful.  It corrects, brings change in our hearts, rebukes us, comforts us, teaches us, keeps us from giving in to temptations, guides us in God's ways - it is Truth!

The only way to walk in the way of truth is to know the truth.  Seeds Family Worship has been helping families to hide the truths of God's Word in their hearts in a way that is fun and memorable for the whole family.

I have most of their CD's and can tell you I listen to them without my grand babies here because I love the music and I love that I am memorizing scripture as I sing along.  This album has been played daily in our home and I love all the songs but the title song has become a favorite.

Here is a description of their mission:

What is Seeds Family Worship?
Powerful, Impactful, Rocking, Relevant, Passionate, Inspirational, Fun, Joyful, Energetic, Positive, Rhythmic, Encouraging Worship Music with lyrics directly from the BIBLE.

Join the Mission
Help families experience God’s Word through music
Teach parents to lead family worship in their homes
Provide awesome resources for family discipleship

Their newest Family Worship Album is called The Word of God.  

Here is a description of this album from their website:

At Seeds Family Worship we created this CD to especially bless and encourage everyone, young and old to plant God’s Word deep within our hearts so we can genuinely proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord!  We believe that no other book is “living and active, sharper than any two edge sword” given by God to instruct us and speak into our very own lives as nothing else can.
We appreciate Matthew West’s participation on this CD in “your life is hidden” to help realize our place as believers in Christ that we are “hidden”, protected from the world as we have new life in Jesus who frees us to set our minds on “the things above”.  In this CD God’s Word instructs us to “act like men” and become women who “fear The Lord”.  To be people who always consider God’s instruction through His Word when we get up and when we go to bed.  And to be not just hearers of the Word but Doers as we “Do what it says” so we can “impress” upon our children the Truth and wisdom of the ages.  
We are missionaries at Seeds Family Worship planting “seeds” of God’s Word to whomever will listen.  So...
We want to encourage and empower you to be a missionary! 
We have new packaging for this album. When you purchase The Word of God, you will receive two identical full-length CDs- each in there own package and individually shrink wrapped. One album is for you and one to give away!  We want you to be a 'seed planter' and encourage you to pray about who God wants you to share this second album with. 
We also believe that Bible verses set to music is an effective method to learn God’s Word in a way that is even more easily remembered than just reading it.  
Listening to Seeds Songs also create a wonderful opportunity to comfortably initiate teaching moments about The Bible verses in each song.
We pray that our songs are a priceless, joyful, energetic, and powerful way to experience God’s Word. 


Songs from The Word of God:
1. The Word of God (Hebrews 4:12)
2. Your Life is Hidden (Colossians 3:2-3)
3. Impress Them (Deuteronomy 6:4-7 )
4. Jesus Christ is Lord (Philippians 2:9-11)
5. Breathed Out (II Timothy 3:16-17)
6. Your Word in My Heart (Psalm 119:9-11)
7. Do What It Says (James 1:22)
8. Genuine (Romans 12:9-10)
9. Act Like Men (I Corinthians 16:13-14)
10. A Woman Who Fears The Lord (Proverbs 31:30)
11. Your Life is Hidden (Colossians 3:2-3)
12. H.E.R.O. (Philippians 2:9-11)



You can get your copy of The Word of God either on CD here ($12.98 - which I highly encourage as you get an extra copy to share with your purchase) or via iTunes here ($10.99).








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Sunday, September 07, 2014

10 Simple Habits to Having an {almost} Always Clean Home



I have a confession to make. I used to be a harried housecleaner - meaning I had major messes to clean up before anyone would come over and I would dread the thought of an unexpected visitor.  Having children and realizing I don't get any more hours in my day made me re-think and change some of my daily habits and routines.

Let me share some simple tips that have helped me to always have a home that is tidy - not perfect - but tidy.

1.  Start your morning off with some specific tasks to get your day moving in a forward direction.  Examples are get a load of laundry started, empty the dishwasher, make the bed etc.

2.  Always try to make your bed daily - it takes up 80% of the room and instantly makes the room feel tidy.

3.  Keep up with the dishes after every meal.  Try to go to bed without dishes in the sink (not fun to wake up to a sink full of dirty dishes).  It takes 15 minutes at most to clean up after a meal if you work together as a family.  With an automatic dishwasher it is probably even less.

4.  An obvious one but usually neglected is put things away where they belong when you're done using them.  Teach your children this skill when they are young too.

5.  Never let clothes pile up.  Put laundry away before the end of the day and put your clothes away at the end of the day.  No piles of clothes in the bedroom.

6.  Take the time to figure out a home filing system so paperwork doesn't clutter your counters.  You will have more peace of mind if you're not forgetting to pay bills or continually losing important papers.

7.  Have a spot at your backdoor where family members can easily remove shoes and coats with a place to put everything.  Teach your children to use it too :).

8.  Clean up as you go along through your day.  Spot on the counter, wipe it.  Spill, clean it up.  Crumbs on the floor, sweep them up.  It is much easier to do it as you go along instead of waiting until these messes become overwhelming and then you don't know where to begin. (If you're there now see - Where to Begin When You're Overwhelmed).

9.  Continually declutter as you are tidying areas.  Periodically clean out drawers, cupboards, closets and get rid of unused items.  When there is a place for everything it is easier to clean up and put things away. Remember clutter cannot be organized ;).

10.  Have some sort of cleaning system in place.  I do dust and vacuum weekly and you find me vacuuming several times a week. It takes minutes and keeps dust and dirt at a minimum.

And a bonus tip - this one's a favorite:  Before you leave a room take two minutes to tidy it up. (Fluff pillows, fold blankets, pick up books, toys, put games back, straighten tops of coffee tables etc.)


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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Three Thoughts on Encouraging Young Women in Preparing for Marriage & Motherhood



A sweet young friend from Facebook wrote me the other day and asked me:  


"What are the three top things you would encourage someone in my position to be actively doing to prepare for marriage, motherhood, and/or homemaking?"

I loved this question and as I am writing this post my hope would be all you "older women" would chime in on the comments and share with us your top three things you would share with a young woman to help in preparing her for marriage, motherhood and homemaking.



Please come visit me at Raising Homemakers to read my top three encouragements to young women at: 






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