That Works For Me E-Book Review & Giveaway

For more than five years, the blog carnival, Works For Me Wednesday has been a hub of helpful tips for every area of a busy woman’s life. Hundreds of bloggers link up every week and thousands of tips have been shared over the past years.

I was really excited when I got an email a few months back asking if one of my tips could be included in a new e-book based on the concept of the popular blog carnival I had enjoyed linking up to in the past. I remember so many good tips that I learned from other bloggers who participated. The “That Works For Me” e-book has over 800 of the best tips and tricks that have been submitted over the years from parenting to cleaning to DIY crafts and everything in between.

I enjoyed looking through this e-book. The tips were all categorized so it was easy to find what I was looking for. I liked that I could click on links under each tip to be taken to the blogs they came from so that I could further explore all of the blogs. Some of my favorite tips included those on making freezer meals as gifts, organizing preschool activities, cutting onions {the secret to not crying is revealed!} and time saving tips.

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Giveaway ends on May 15, 2012 at 11:59pm Central time.

(Disclosure: I received a free copy of the e-book but all thoughts are my own. This giveaway is not associated with Facebook in any way.)


The 5 Minute Car Cleanup

On a typical day I spend a lot of time in my car and often leave stuff behind when I get out because I’m holding a child, a purse, a bag, and opening doors while trying not to trip on my three year old who is walking right in front of me. While driving today I realized there was an easy way to keep my car clean in between all of the running around that I do. Three times a week I sit in my car while waiting to drop my son off and pick him up from school. While you may not have this exact scenario, I bet you have a similar “wait” time in your car. Maybe you get to a meeting early. Maybe you get to the store before it opens. Maybe you have time while waiting for your child to get out of their sporting practice. Here’s a quick way to keep your car looking semi-decent.

At the beginning of each week put a trash bag and a foldable tote bag under your front seat. When you get a moment to clean your car just gather all the trash into the trash bag and all of the miscellaneous items that go in the house into the tote bag. When you get home the trash bag goes in the garbage can and the items in the tote bag get put in the rooms that they belong in. While your car won’t be completely spotless it will look a lot better than it did before (and I’m learning that “good enough” is the new perfect!)

Here’s what was in my car:

Trash: empty sobe bottle, napkins in the side of the door, fast food bag from lunch, open packages from trains that were opened in the car

Tote: duster that got left behind when the groceries were taken out, book from Sunday School, Jake’s backpack, two socks, a pair of pants, two pairs of shoes, and three coats

Hope this helps make things easier for you! What do you do to keep your car picked up?

Fun At The Doctor’s Office

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What works for this mom of two toddler boys is always having a snack for them to eat and activities for them to do. At the Doctor’s the wait can sometimes be over an hour and for a one and two year old that is a long time to sit and do nothing. For yesterday’s Dr. visit I had books, trains, paper and crayons, and a magnetic coloring board. The boys stayed entertained and out of trouble for the hour and a half that we were at the Doctor’s office.

Jacob coloring while waiting for the Dr.

Lucas playing with his magnadoodle while waiting to see the Dr.

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Think Outside The (Easter) Basket

Every Easter I buy baskets to put goodies in. I don’t just pick any old basket. I take my time. I choose the cutest baskets I can find. I then search multiple stores for yummy candies and fun toys. I buy the colorful Easter grass so that I can nestle the goodies in the basket. I organize the items in the basket so each one can be seen. Get my drift here? This Easter basket takes a few hours to prepare. Here is Jacob’s Easter basket last year (it was his first Easter basket):

Easter 2009

Wasn’t it cute? Jacob was young so not a lot of goodies but a decent amount. He loves the fridge DJ and the Thomas book. His dad and I enjoyed the candy. And the basket… well, I’m not sure where the basket is. It may be in a box in storage. It may have been given to Goodwill when we moved…. I just don’t know!

So this year we aren’t doing baskets. I just can’t stand the thought of spending $5-10 on something that we will not be keeping. And now that I have two children the cost goes up! So this year we are skipping the baskets and instead we are giving each of the children their “goodies” in these rolling toy bins that I found at Target.

Aren’t they wonderful?! They were more expensive to buy than baskets but I know that they will be used after Easter, too. We could always use more toy storage and these are sturdy, mobile, and have handles for easy lifting. I love them! :)

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WFMW- Prayer

So many of my friends and family members are hurting lately. They’ve experienced the death of a loved one, miscarriage, illness, job loss, divorce. So much pain that I can’t fix. Sometimes I wish I just had a magic wand and could make all of their problems disappear but, as far as I know, that wand doesn’t exist.

When I hear that a friend is going through a hard time I usually don’t have many words to say other than “I’m sorry”, “let me know if I can help” and “I will pray for you”. All of these words come with good intention and from my heart. I am sorry, I do want to help, and I will pray for them…. or do I?

I’m going to be honest here. Many times I found myself saying I would pray for someone and then making a mental note to do so and mommy brain attacked and I forgot. It’s not that I didn’t want to pray for their need. It’s not that I didn’t intend to. The fact of the matter is that a lot of the time I would plan to do it “later” and would forget exactly who and what I had to pray for. I would forget about the lady from my MOPS group that asked me to pray for her friend with cancer. I would forget about my friend’s cousin who was going through a nasty divorce. I would forget about a friend’s brother-in-law who was hunting for a job. All needing my prayer, all forgotten.

I decided that what “works for me” would be to STOP what I was doing and pray right then. Many times I am sitting at my computer and a prayer request pops up on Twitter or Facebook and I have found that it’s best if I pray when the request is fresh in my mind. I can then say “I did pray for you” and not just “I will”.

Along with this I started keeping a prayer journal to write down prayer requests. I bought a cute composition notebook at Target and keep it on my desk at home by my computer. It’s also great when you can see God’s answer to prayer (note: I said his answer which may not always be what we want it to be or think it should be.)

So what works for you when it comes to the topic of prayer?

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