All-Clad Cookware

I spent the first 15 years of my married life always buying a new set of pots and pans every few years. Non-stick, Teflon coated cookware was all the rage in those days. However, they did not last very long if used daily.

I don’t care if manufacturers of nonstick cookware advertise that their product will stand the test of time, they just don’t. Nonstick pans have to be replaced every few years just because of the very nature of the nonstick coating that is sprayed on. By and by the interior of the pan gets scratched and then begins peeling. No one wants to use a piece of cookware that looks like that.

I found an alternative to all this mayhem.

All-Clad Stainless Steel Cookware! It is an investment; however, it is the best investment I have made in my kitchen. I use it every day, and it looks fantastic almost 17 years after purchasing. I bought mine from Macy’s and paid around $500 for the set. I looked online and found this similar set.

If you are in the market for a set of high-quality cookware that will not have to be replaced, I highly recommend All-Clad.This fantastic set of cookware will become a workhorse in your kitchen. It is so well made, it may well outlive some of us!.

Laziness

Years ago I heard a pastor share that his staff had sent a questionnaire out to parents of the youth asking them what their greatest fears were and consequently where they needed the most support regarding raising their kids. Drugs, premarital sex, all the usual suspects were listed, except for one that this pastor thought (especially for boys) could be their undoing.

I’ve already given away in the title of this post what this pastor thought could be the culprit in robbing young men of their futures, laziness. I wholeheartedly agree as I have had to watch this silent killer of dreams dismantle lives that had every ingredient to be both successful and a good example for others.

A sin young men are always being warned of is pornography. However, I would argue that the habit of laziness, whether it be physical, intellectual, or spiritual can be even more devastating to a boy’s life.

One of the reasons that I am not a fan of video games, other than the fact that they are addicting, is that no matter how long a video game is played there is rarely anything beneficial (to the boy and especially for others) that is ever produced. Another problem is that they can consume so much time, time that is not spent creating and physically playing.

I think the hard physical work (chores) that families commonly did for themselves are no longer a requirement for kids. Helping with housework, yard work, the family garden, taking care of any pets – these are done by parents now or hired out to others.

Physical work in which you work up a sweat is so necessary to young men. I have three sons and can tell you when your boys are physically tired they are so much less likely to get into or cause trouble. There is something noble about young men physically working that builds both physical strength and self-esteem.

What advice would I give to parents of boys? Limit their time online. Require them to do work outside, no matter if this means moving to another home that has some property, have pets that they must care for, plant a garden together each year with things they enjoy eating – tending it together during the gardening season.

There are always older folks in our communities that need help with things inside their homes and also caring for their yards. Find someone that you know, or through a local church, and help that couple or individual on a regular basis, taking your boys with you. Young men should learn how to care for others. It helps with self-centeredness.

I believe the best way to prevent intellectual laziness is to instill a love of learning through reading good books. We were at the library constantly as my sons grew up. Reading can be your child’s welcome relief to studying and personal family responsibilities.

Now, with Kindle, you don’t even have to make the trip to the library. Set aside time before bed or hot afternoons in the summer for reading time. If you want to bond with your kids, I know the secret. Read to them. Even if they are all in their rooms, resting on their beds, sit in the hall where they can all hear and read an adventure story. They will come to love this time and treasure it forever. I promise.

Finally, spiritually. Wow, this one is a tough one for me to talk about. I have learned the hard way that the best way (not a given) to ensure generational faithfulness in your sons is to sew seeds, not force feed.

When your child fails, talk about why their behavior missed the mark and encourage them to ask for forgiveness from their heavenly Father. Remember how often we miss the mark ourselves. Don’t require your children to live to a higher standard than you expect of yourselves.

Have a blessed day!

Philosophy Face Cleansers

I have used Philosophy Purity Made Simple and The Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash for many years. There are a couple of ways to utilize these fabulous face cleansers.

You can use Purity Made Simple at night to remove makeup and the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash in the morning. However, over the last couple of years, we’ve  been introduced to double cleansing. Double cleansing is first removing your makeup with a cleanser that melts it off (usually a cream or oil product) and then following with a second cleanse to remove anything remaining and also to exfoliate your face.

These two Philosophy cleansers work fantastic as a double cleanse duo. First use the Purity Made Simple to remove makeup (it gets everything off, even mascara). Follow with the Microdelivery Exfoliating Wash to gently exfoliate your face. I really think exfoliating is so important as we age so that our serums and moisturizers can penetrate our skin better.

The best price I have found, and the set I use, is this one at QVC. Sometimes they offer it on monthly interest-free payments which really helps. These bottles last a long time which allows me to use these wonderful products and still stay on my budget! Shop through Ebates to receive 6% cash back.

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(Maybe Not) The Happiest Time of the Year

I think marketing dictates so much of how we think we “should” feel. And when it comes to the holidays, we should feel all warm and fuzzy. At least, that’s what advertisers would have us think.

When our circumstances do not offer that, we often try to manufacture those feelings artificially. As many of us have realized at some point in our lives, you can’t artificially produce a sense of well-being.

The truth is Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. If we only honored that fact on a specific day each year being mindful of what that means in our individual lives and collectively as image bearers of God, it would be just fine to the One whom the day belongs to.

We, as women, try to do so much from Thanksgiving to the beginning of the New Year. Between trying to please our loved ones with gifts, we can both afford and that they will love, cooking meals, decorating our homes and countless other things we simply wear ourselves out.

I’ve concluded that it’s not only okay to simplify things, but it’s also totally normal to not always feel our best during the holidays. It’s enough just to be grateful, thankful for the true meaning of Christmas and all that means to you personally.

My present, if I had the power to give it, would be a profound sense of peace to all who are reading this post. Peace with your circumstances, peace in your relationships, and most importantly peace with your creator.

God bless you and yours!

Food for Thought

The following is an anonymous prayer that appeared in our Sunday Bulletin years ago, and I recently ran across it.

It speaks of the gift of life itself. I take that gift for granted most of the time. Each time I read this, it helps me refocus and think about what is important. Here it is ~

Father, open my eyes. Give me the eyes of a child again – able to see You, praise You, and thank You for the simple, essential things in life and the profound gift of life itself. Let me see Your enduring love in everything from the sidewalk to the sky so that the rest of my “grown-up” years will overflow with praise and thanksgiving. Amen.

God bless you!

Walmart Grocery ~ Shop Online, Pick Up at Your Local Walmart

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Our mid-size community has two Walmarts. One is close to our home, so I decided to try their new online grocery service with pick up at my local store.

First I have to confess, I am not a Walmart fan. I won’t go into why but let’s just say it is not my favorite place to shop. My curiosity, along with a $10 off code was just too much to pass on though.

I placed my order on the Walmart website. There is an icon on the upper right side of the Walmart homepage that says “Grocery Pickup.” This particular page is exclusive for buying groceries (food and miscellaneous items).

You just type in whatever is on your grocery list in the search bar and options for that particular item pop up. You then select your choice adding it to your cart and then proceed to the next item on your grocery list. Just click on the heart icon on any product page to make it a “favorite.” Next time you can choose to shop directly from your Favorites page. (You just click on the word Favorites on the upper right part of the Walmart grocery homepage.)

At the end of your ordering process, you will have the choice to select to have your shopper make substitutions or not. You then pay for your purchase and choose a day and time for pickup.

During the day and hour you want, you just call the phone number given to you on your order confirmation and let them know you are on your way. Once you arrive in the designated area, you only wait. In just a few minutes your groceries are delivered to your car. All you have to do is open your trunk!

You have to try the new Walmart Online Grocery Service and have I got a deal for you! Head over here and place an order of at least $50 and receive $10 off your first order.

Happy Shopping!