Make A Note Monday: Give God His Time

I am pretty sure that I’ve said this before but I will say it again partly because I needed to be reminded of it!

When you give God His time He will multiply yours!

It may not seem possible but trust me it is! I had a ton of things to do today and I wasn’t feeling too good this morning when it was time for me to get up. Actually the Lord woke me up with plenty of time to get things done but I just couldn’t will myself to get out of bed. I was tired… So I began to pray for Jesus to help me today and I made up my mind that I was going to do my longer devotional before I left for my internship this morning…

So I got up immediately got dressed (which never happens) read the devotional materials and my Bible, posted my thoughts on our Bible Study page and while I was doing that I was listening to the songs for a conference I will be dancing at next weekend to make sure I had all the steps down (which I do)! I was still able to take a picture and read my daily devotional that I post to twitter (follow me my handle is @terribell85 to receive these). I finished with enough time to grab some items for breakfast grab my belongings and head out… not only was I on time I arrived early to my internship where to my delight the day flew by I got home was able to eat lunch, practice my piano before my lesson later today do stuff for work and write this blog!!

Source: George Bannister via Creative Commons
Source: George Bannister via Creative Commons

I say all this because I know that I wouldn’t have been nearly as productive if I hadn’t first given God His time. It was only 20 minutes but it was purely devoted to Him and He in returned allowed me to get everything on my to do list taken care of and then some! I encourage you, if you struggle with getting everything on your list done, start your day off in the presence of our King Jesus! What little your give will be multiplied… It always is!

Dove Advanced Care: A product that works!


So I had the opportunity to try Dove’s Advanced Care Deodorant from Influenster and I was actually surprised that it worked for me!! I like to say that I sweat like a man so I was kind of skeptical of using another deodorant after it took me years to find something that actually worked for me!

I will say that it even worked better than what I have been using! And I am sure that they are comparable in price because I usually pay close to $8 for my secret clinical strength…

So what don’t I like about it? The scent is super strong! So much so that my husband figured out that I had changed deodorants… But despite the strong smell the thing that will probably keep me from purchasing it is the fact that it’s a solid!

I know it shouldn’t matter but for me it does! I like wearing tank tops and other sleeveless shirts and I HATE when you can see white deodorant when I raise my arms!!! My secret brand is an advanced solid which goes on solid but becomes clear once it hits the skin and I ABSOLUTELY love it!

So if you don’t care about what your pits look like when you raise your arms I would highly recommend trying Dove’s Advanced Care deodorant!

** please note that these thoughts and opinions are my own and receiving the Influenster box was completely free and can be had by any one.**


Make A Note Monday: Take Me In…

It’s been a while… a couple of weeks of silence… I have been busy trying to stay on top of all of my 19 credit hours, internship, wife, and coaching obligations and duties. Needless to say blogging is low on my priority list but my husband told me I needed to post again… so here I am…

Although I am busy I am not too busy to have God stop me in my tracks to worship him! That’s exactly what happened when I heard this song about a week or so ago (I have been singing the chorus ever since)! It’s such a beautiful song about God’s love for us and is a great picture of the gospel and once I heard it I was just in awe of His goodness and every time I hear it I am sent into a state of adoration and pure worship for what He has done for all of us! So with that here is the song I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


Make A Note Monday: Sometimes you only have 30 minutes

I found this in my inbox this morning from! It is a simple way to keep your kitchen clean every day. I found it to be very useful for a busy wife and student especially around midterms. All you need is 30 minutes, and I am sure you can use these tips for other areas in your house/life. Good luck and let me know how these tips work for you.


35 Minutes to a Clean Kitchen…Every Day!

March 3, 2014 By 

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Every time I write a column for Homemakers Challenge, I have to giggle at the irony. You see, I hate to clean. Luckily, being a homemaker is so much more than cleaning. After 6 years of staying at home, I have finally nailed down the most elusive task in my house — the clean kitchen. Incidentally, it’s also the one my husband gets the most peeved about. Good thing he’s patient!

35 Minutes to a Clean Kitchen . . . Every Day!

0:00-5:00 Put away clean dishes

Every morning, the first thing I do is put away clean dishes. I empty the dishwasher & put away any dishes that were washed by hand the previous day.

5:00-10:00 Load the dishwasher

If you don’t have a dishwasher, you have my sympathy. If you do, load any dishes that didn’t fit when you ran it last night, breakfast dishes and every other dish you use as you go. Run it when full or after dinner, whichever comes first.

10:00-15:00 Hand wash dishes

Even though we have a dishwasher, not everything goes into it. Certain cups, measuring cups and all pots & pans are done by hand. I clean up in the morning (after rinsing & setting pans to soak overnight) because by the time we are finished eating, my son wants to nurse & sleep. He’s more amiable in the morning. Do what works for you.

When you are done, wipe out the sink if its not clean after washing.

15:00-20:00 Wash the counters & table

I love microfiber & your cleaner of choice. If you stay on them each day, it’s easier to do. If you are on them after each meal (you know, before the oatmeal turns to cement), its even quicker. I have a long counter and it still doesn’t take that long. If you have extra time, add a chair or two!

20:00-25:00 Clean the appliances

If you have a microwave, start by boiling a bowl of water & baking soda in the microwave — 4 minutes should do it, I think, but I always put mine in for 5-10, just to make sure it was steamy & hot in there :) .

If you’ve dripped pancake batter on the stove, clean it up. Stirred your burger too vigorously? Sweep it off. In fact, if you keep up on it daily, cleaning your stove top takes a minute, tops. Swipe the front of your dishwasher & fridge.

25:00-30:00 Sweep the floor

I never sweep until after I’ve cleaned the counter & table. I invariably have to redo it if I don’t wait. If you are in a hurry or have a large room, spot sweep. I know in MY house, food collects under my 2 youngest kids chairs as well as the counter where I do most of my food prep. If you have time, you could even move chairs and things, but I save that for days I mop.

Then go back to the microwave & use oven mitts to take out the water & wipe out the inside.

30:00-35:00 Pick Your Task

Is there something that you should to do regularly that I didn’t mention? Maybe clean & prep the coffee pot? Or put away/clean small appliances?

If there is nothing you can think of, set out a new kitchen towel & washcloth and grab a glass of water.

What is essential to consider your kitchen clean?