Behind the Scenes of One Mama's Life

Many Hands Review and Giveaway

I’ve heard it said that the more hands you have the lighter the work. Sometimes with children, it’s easy to doubt that statement. I know that there are times when my children ‘help’ me and I end up with more work to do; or everything seems to take longer. I’m sure moms of young children know exactly what I mean!

As a member of the Gabby Moms team, I received a bundle this month called “Many Hands Make Light the Work” from Eternal Encouragement, and it was helpful in giving me a new perspective.  This bundle of six ebooks and four audios is a treasure trove of helpful information! I especially appreciated the specific tips and the reasons behind cleaning and organization. In fact, those ‘whys’ are powerful motivators in facilitating change. If we don’t own why we do what we do, then we are not as likely to do it for the glory of God.

Chores: Many Hands Make Light the Work

As I went through this whole bundle, I found so much that I could use! Mrs. Lorrie Flem included practical tips for getting organized, getting the children involved, having a cheerful attitude, and even getting hubby’s input! I really appreciated the lists of age-appropriate chores for the children and the all-natural cleaning product recipes. Then there’s the audios! All four audios are full-length ~ around 60 minutes each.

This is a set I will come back to multiple times!  Would you like to have your own set? Well, you can buy it here OR you can enter to win a copy of your own by filling out this form. It will ask the name of this blog – please enter Behind the Scenes.

Good luck!

* As a member of the Gabby Moms team, I received this bundle in exchange for my review.

Notebooking Pages Extension

I had to write up a quick post and let you know that the Notebooking Pages sale that I mentioned here has been extended through Monday. Yay! I am actually going to renew my Treasury Membership this weekend even though it does not expire until December. Why? I attended a fecebook party where Debra showed us a video of how the Notebooking Publisher is going to work. I can not wait to have access to this incredible new tool. Even my son is excited. He is actually looking forward to making his own notebooking pages next year – that’s saying a lot!

I have the video here for you too check out as well. Please note that there is no sound at first, but Debra will come on and explain how to use the Notebooking Publisher – Enjoy!



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Pursuit of Proverbs 31 Backwards Blog Tour – Don’t Compare Yourself

I have a special treat today! Amy Bayliss stopped by on her month-long blog tour celebrating her new ebook: The Pursuit of Proverbs 31: A timeless, biblical study of the modern Christian woman.

Comparing ourselves to others is really a dangerous place to be. We never consider the things of God when we do this. The fact that we have different circumstances, experiences, gifts and talents all play a large role in the lives of us and others. We cannot waste precious time and energy comparing.

Many of us are fascinated with, and at the same time terrified of, the
woman in Proverbs 31. This woman was a wife, mother, manufacturer,
importer, merchant, manager, realtor, farmer, seamstress, upholsterer, and
the list goes on and on. She is intimidating to say the least. I’ll admit I’ve
snarked at her under my breath on more than one occasion.
We still try to be like her though, don’t we? And when we fall short we
don’t want to face it. Instead, we try to hide behind strength and facades of
perfection. But, there is always the One who can see right through us. He
sees our hearts and our intentions. He knows what the neighbors would
have never guessed; we don’t have it all together.

I, too, thought I was conquering this short snippet of time called life. At
one point, I worked my fingers raw cleaning my home and crafting items
I had no interest in. I memorized Scripture so that I could quote it at the
next Bible study. I kept my hair in a trendy, but easy to manage, style and I
spent lots of money on fashionable clothing so I could look nice at church
functions. I smiled and laughed even on some of the worst days of my life.
I didn’t allow myself to be vulnerable or to break. I was more than superwoman.
I was super Christian woman. I can do all things, right?

Yet, even in the midst of wearing the superwoman cape I echoed the questions
that have plagued the hearts and minds of so many:

  • Why can’t I get it right?
  • How can I find more time to get it all done?
  • Why isn’t God helping me?

Aren’t those the kind of thoughts and emotions we go through? Life brings
us obstacles and we make it our responsibility to conquer them.

This is the result of comparing oneself to the Proverbs 31 woman.

If you’ve ever wanted to tear the 31st chapter of Proverbs out of your bible this book is for you. She is a wife, mom, business owner, seamstress, she serves the needy, speaks life and wisdom, and seems to be quite the major overachiever, perfectionist type. Except that…she’s not. [youtube] Come along and journey with Amy and take a look at the real woman of Proverbs 31. She isn’t as perfect as she seems. In fact, I think she is a lot like you and me. If you want the Kindle version, get it here: Pursuit of Proverbs 31. You can also download the free Kindle app on your PC, iPad, iPhone, or many other devices. For the downloadable, printable PDF version, get it here: Pursuit of Proverbs 31

Amy Bayliss

Amy is a small town Cajun girl living life in the big city. She and her husband Ryan have four children, all boys, ranging in age from toddler to teen! Amy is a full-time blogger and WP designer at My Southern Media. You can visit her at her personal blog, Cajun Joie de Vivre or you can follow her ramblings on Twitter and keep up with her mischief on Facebook.

Facebook Party

Have you had the chance to attend a facebook party? I had the opportunity a couple of times and really enjoyed myself.

What is a facebook party? Simple. A person or company decides on a time and invites people to their facebook page. There are posts, encouragement, and sometimes prizes or other freebies!

Well, it just so happens that there’s a new facebook party coming up from Eternal Encouragement. Check out the information below and I hope to ‘see’ you there on Monday!

Harmony Art Mom – Sketch Tuesday

Yes, I know it’s Wednesday… I have been watching Harmony Art Mom’s Sketch Tuesday program for a while now. I kept telling the kids we were going to start participating, but we never did. Until recently.

The idea is that each week Barb will post a simple idea for people to sketch. She collects the sketches and puts together a slideshow for everyone. It’s a great idea and a lot of fun. We dedicated a couple of sketch pads to Sketch Tuesday and began sketching. We’ve participated twice now and both Diva and LegoFan have enjoyed seeing their work in the slideshows.

The first time the topic was ‘something associated with the word athlete.’ Here’s what they did:

Diva drew four girls playing tennis.

LegoFan sketched Gold’s Gym.

This most recent week, we were to sketch ‘something that bends.’

LegoFan got creative and chose several things that bend.

Diva chose to sketch an arm.

Here’s a link to this week’s slide show. Check it out and join us – adults are welcome to sketch along with their children. Perhaps this summer I will pick up a sketch pad of my own and try a few.

Notebooking Pages

I know I haven’t been here in a while; and I am sorry. My life has undergone some major changes over the past few months; it’s been a very difficult time for my family. But God is good – all the time – and we will come out of this better off than when it all started. Perhaps I will blog more about it after all the dust settles…

But for right now, I just had to post this because I am truly excited about it! I love homeschooling my children – I get to spend time with them, watch them grow, see them learn, etc. It’s really quite a blessing! I am one of those homeschool parents who pieces together a curriculum rather than buying a pre-packaged one. One of the things I like to do is create notebooks for their various subjects. These notebooks give Diva and LegoFan a chance to express themselves in their own creative way.

One of the problems I have had with LegoFan’s notebooks is that he hates to write; one of the things his doctors have suggested was that he use the computer more. However, this didn’t always look good on pre-printed notebooking pages, and it was tedious to format. But that’s about to change – and I’m really excited about it. Even LegoFan likes the idea (and that’s saying a lot!).

Debra, over at Notebooking Pages, has developed a web-app called The Notebooking Publisher that will be available in June. This will be included in all active Treasury Member’s memberships!!! At no additional charge!!! The Notebooking Publisher will allow me to customize both Diva and LegoFan’s notebook pages. AND… it will allow LegoFan to type his pages and then print them out! This will truly enhance next year’s notebooks.

You can get in on this whether you’re a current Treasury Member or not. Notebooking Pages is coordinating the launch of The Notebooking Publisher with their Six Birthday Celebration. You can check out all the details below, and I can’t recommend Notebooking Pages enough.

Happy Birthday Debra and Notebooking Pages!

(This post contains affiliate links, but I am a paying Treasury Member of Notebooking Pages and use their products myself)

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