Grandma’s Apron

I don’t think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma’s apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children’s tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears…

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.

After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men-folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that ‘old-time apron’ that served so many purposes.

REMEMBER:

Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.

Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.

They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I never caught anything from an apron…But Love. 

(Author Unknown)

Heirloom Recipe Party

HAVE AN HEIRLOOM RECIPE PARTY AND MAKE AN FAMILY HEIRLOOM RECIPE COOKBOOK SO FAMILY RECIPES WILL NOT BE LOST AND FORGOTTON.

HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS PREPARE THEIR FAVORITE FAMILY RECIPE; BRING A COPY OF THE RECIPE TO THE PARTY.

THE HOSTESS PURCHASES 3 RING BINDERS AND DECORATES THE FRONT OF THE BINDER TO REFLECT THE FAMILY.

AT THE PARTY, THE HOME IS DECORATED WITH FAMILY MEMORABILIA; THE TABLE IS SET WITH GRANDMOTHER’S DISHES OR THE FAMILY FAVORITE SERVING PIECES PLUS LINENS. A FAMILY FAVOR COULD BE MADE BY GETTING COPIES OF OLD PHOTOGRAPHS MADE FOR THE FAMILY AND PLACING THEM IN AN INEXPENSIVE FRAME OR CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT FRAME. EACH FAMILY MEMBER CAN TELL THEIR FAVORITE FAMILY MEMORY WHETHER IT BE FROM A HOLIDAY MEAL OR A FAMILY MEAL. EACH PERSON SHOULD WRITE DOWN A FAVORITE FAMILY MEMORY TO BE ENCLOSED IN THE HEIRLOOM FAMILY RECIPE BOOK.

EACH PERSON BRING A FAVORITE FAMILY RECIPE DISH SHOULD BRING A GOOD QUALITY COPY OF THEIR HEIRLOOM RECIPE WITH HOLES PUNCHED IN THEIR COPY TO FIT THE BINDER. COPIES OF THE RECIPES ARE COLLECTED AND COLLATED BY THE HOSTESS AS THE GUESTS ARRIVE; AT THE END OF THE PARTY; THE BINDERS ARE DISTRIBUTED TO FAMILY MEMBERS AND THE COLLATED COPIES OF RECIPES AND MEMORIES.

THIS IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO SAVE THE HEIRLOOM RECIPE TREASURES THAT ARE SOMETIMES LOST BETWEEN GENERATIONS OF FAMILY MEMBERS.

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Idea found at The Parlor posted by msjodi. oldfashionedliving.com/forums/

Helpful Tips

Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces. No more stains.

Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator — it will keep for weeks.

Use Lifesavers candy to hold candles in place on your next birthday cake! Kids love them.

Poke an egg with a small sewing needle before hard-boiling, and the egg will peel with ease. And hold that needle in place with a magnet refrigerator clip.

Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips.

Zap garlic cloves in the microwave for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off.

Use a meat baster to “squeeze” your pancake batter onto the hot griddle to form perfectly shaped pancakes every time.

Always spray your grill with nonstick cooking spray before grilling to avoid sticking.

To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.

To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.

Use a pastry blender to cut ground beef into small pieces after browning.

Sweeten whipped cream with confectioners’ sugar instead of granulated sugar. It will stay fluffy and hold its shape better.

For easy “meatloaf mixing,” combine the ingredients with a potato masher.

If you don’t have enough batter to fill all cupcake tins, pour one tablespoon of water into the unfilled spots. This helps preserve the life of your pans.

To easily remove honey from a measuring spoon, first coat the spoon with nonstick cooking spray.

Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan. The marshmallow won’t stick to your fingers.

Mash and freeze ripe bananas, in one-cup portions, for use in baking later. No wasted bananas (or you can freeze them whole, peeled, in plastic baggies).

To use that frozen juice concentrate quickly, simply mash it with a potato masher. No need to wait for it to thaw. A wire whip works also.

To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing. (Try warming in the microwave oven too.)

To remove burnt-on food from your skillet easily, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stovetop; skillet will be much easier to clean.

Transfer your jelly to a small plastic squeeze bottle — no more messy, sticky jars or knives. This also works well for homemade salad dressing.

To aid in washing dishes, add a tablespoon of baking soda to your soapy water — it softens hands while cutting through grease.

Save store-bought-bread bags and ties — they make perfect storage bags for homemade bread.

When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead. No white mess on the outside of the cake.

If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it’s still cooking, drop in a peeled potato. It absorbs the excess salt for an instant “fix me up.”

Next time you need a quick ice pack, grab a bag of frozen vegetables out of your freezer — no watery leaks from a plastic baggie.

When making bread, substitute nondairy creamer for the dry milk — it works just as well.

Rinse cooked, ground meat with water when draining off the fat — this helps “wash away” even more fat! Use HOT or Warm water so fat won’t congeal.

Slicing meat when partially frozen makes it easier to get thin slices.

Instead of throwing away bread heels or leftover cornbread, use them to make bread crumbs. For use later, store them in the freezer.

Substitute half applesauce for the vegetable oil in your baking recipes. You’ll greatly reduce the fat content. (Example: 1/4 cup applesauce + 1/4 cup oil= 1/2 cup vegetable oil)

To ripen avocados and bananas, enclose them in a brown paper bag with an apple for 2-3 days.

Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful, glossy finish.

In recipes calling for margarine, substitute reduced-calorie margarine to help cut back on fat. Same goes with sour cream, milk, cheese, cream cheese, and cream soups.

Place a slice of bread in hardened brown sugar to soften it up.

When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corns natural sweetness.

When starting your garden seedlings indoors, plant the seeds in egg shell halves. Simply crack the shells around the roots of your plants & transplant them outdoors — the shell is a natural fertilizer.

To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh; if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

Keep the linings from cereal boxes — they make great substitutes for waxed paper!

Don’t throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

If you have problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

To get rid of itch from mosquito bite: try applying soap on the area for instant relief.

Ants, ants, ants everywhere … Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march – see for yourself.

Use air-freshener to clean mirrors: It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

Are flies or bees bothering you?
Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive.

Sealed envelope – Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.

Use empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords in. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won’t refreeze.

Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag dipped in baking soda. Comes of with little effort (elbow grease that is)!

Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!); rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical.
And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!

Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a way to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into the drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the lid!

Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works every time!

Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don’t wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

Spray a bit of perfume on the lightbulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.

Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like a charm!

To crumble hamburger, I use a potato masher while I am cooking it.

To make egg salad & other dishes that need chopped eggs – I use a pastry blender.

To slice eggs, use a butter slicer.

To make cakes rise more evenly & higher, bake them at 250° F until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center.

Use a piece of uncooked spaghetti in place of a fireplace match, if you are out.

To thicken stews/soups – use instant potato flakes instead of flour or cornstarch.

To make sour milk/butter milk for use in a recipe – add 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar in a 1 cup measuring cup then fill to the 1 cup line with milk. Let set a few minutes until soured.

**NOW LOOK WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH ALKA SELTZER**

Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.

Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.

Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.

Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).

Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.

**SUPER HINTS**
1. Cure for headaches: Cut a lime in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

2. Use of soap wrapper: Don’t throw away the wrapper after removing a bar of soap. Place it inside your shoe cabinet or shoe box. It’s a cheap way of filling the air with a nice smell.

3. If your polished furniture has small scratches: Try rubbing them with a shelled walnut. You’ll see the scratches disappear.

4. Are your shoes smelly? Here’s a solution. Put some tea leaves into a pair of stockings and stuff each into a shoe. Leave for a day or two and the smell just vanishes. Then make a pretty tea bag and give it to your in-laws.

5. If you have problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.

6. Tips for stamp collectors: Place the envelope in the freezer for a few hours. You’ll then be able to easily lift the stamps off with a pair of tweezers.

7. To keep buttons from dropping off: Dab a drop of clear nail polish onto the thread that secures the buttons. This will harden & make it more difficult for thread to break off.

A Tour of my Keeper of the Home Binder

Home is where the story begins…

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Daily Routines and Reminders

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It will be gone before you know it. The fingerprints on the wall appear higher and higher, then suddenly they disappear.

Morning Routine

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1. Rise and Shine

a. Make my bed as soon as I get out of it.

b. Get dressed.

c. Fix hair and face.

2. Kitchen

a. Eat breakfast.

3. Think About My Day

a. Clean up kitchen.

b. Check calendar.

c. Finish to-do list.

d. Hit hotspots if any.

e. Feed cats.

4. Think About Myself

a. Eat breakfast.

b. Take Medications.

c. Study Bible.

d. Exercise.

Afternoon Routine

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1. Sweep/Mop kitchen floor.

2. Check mail.

3. Start supper.

Bedtime Routine

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1. Clean Up House Before Bed

a. Den: Pick up and put away things, dishes, clothes, shoes

b. Kitchen: Clean it up, shine sink, lay out clean dish colths, and run the dishwasher.

c. Dining Room/Entrance: Clean the hotspots.

d. Review checklist to make sure nothing is forgotten.

e. Feed/water cats.

2. Think About Tomorrow

a. Check calendar for appts.

b. Start a to-do list for tomorrow.

c. Gather items for tomorrow and place at the door.

3. Flower/Water Garden

a. water plants

4. Reflect on Today’s Accomplishments

a. Write in journal

5. Focus On Myself

a. Shower

b. Clean face and brush teeth.

c. Get in bed and don’t forget prayers!

Then I have these for reminders: found at: http://myblessedhome.blogspot.com/2006/05/womans-rules-to-live-by.html#article

Rules for the Wife at Home

1.- Overlook husband’s faults, and instead focus on his better side.

2.- Never nag, or try to manipulate your husband into doing things your way.

3.- Trust God, and trust your husband. Pray for him daily.

4.- God first, husband second, children third, house fourth.

5.- Submit to your husband’s authority, and allow errors in his judgment.

6.- Allow him to provide for the family, and appreciate the money he brings in, and the provisions he provides for his family, no matter how little or how much.

7.- Spend your husband’s hard earned money wisely, and be frugal. Never sneak expenses behind his back.

8.- Do not wound his masculine pride. Instead, compliment him on his manly accomplishments, and show your appreciation of him every day.

9.- A modest, feminine appearance is important. As is feminine manner, nature, softness, gentleness, and a spirit of sweet submission and dependency on the husband.

10.- You have a God-given career that can bless you abundantly. That career is in the home.

11.- Cook delicious healthy meals, keep the home clean, and take wonderful, loving care of your children.

12.- Your duty is to be a “homemaker,” hence, your job is to make your house a home.

13.- Above all, the wife at home is to exude an attitude of happiness and joy. Rejoice in the Lord for the wonderful family He has provided for you, and never take your family for granted.

Rules for the Mother at Home in Training Her Children

1.- Obedience is absolutely essential to proper family government.

2.- Never give a command which you do not intend shall be obeyed.

3.- Never punish when the child has not intentionally done wrong.

4.- Never think that your child is too young to obey.

5.- Guard against too much severity. By pursuing a steady course of efficient government, severity will very seldom be found necessary. If, when punishment is inflicted, it is done with composure and with solemnity, then occasions for punishment will be very infrequent.

6.- One great obstacle is the want of self-control on the part of the parents. If you don’t have self-control, then your children won’t either.

7.- Be firm then in doing your duty invariably. Never refrain from governing your child because it is painful to maternal feelings.

8.- Do not talk about children in their presence.

9.- Do not make exhibitions of your children’s attainments.

10.- Do not deceive children.

11.- Do not be continually finding fault.

12.- Parents must make the Christian training of their children their own personal duty.

13.- Parents must have deep Christian devotional feelings within themselves.

14.-Present Christianity in a pleasant aspect.

15.- Utilize appropriate occasions for teaching the children about Christ, through the day, each day.

16.- Avoid introducing Christian lessons upon inappropriate occasions, such as when the child is angry, or right after they’ve done wrong. Christian lessons are best presented when the child is calm and in their normal routine.

17.- Make the Bible your text book in the Christian instructions of your children.

18.- In teaching children from the Scriptures, aim at interesting them in the moral truths and sentiments which the narratives convey.

19.- It is our privilege and duty to describe heaven to our children, as God has described it to us in His Word.

20.- Next to the Bible, as a means of Christian influence, we must place the careful culture of our own hearts.

21.- Dwell particularly upon the Saviour, in the Christian instruction of children.

22.- Pray with your children.

23.- Teach your children to pray themselves.

24.- Expect that your child will become a Christian.

25.- Do not speak to others of the piety of your child.

26.- Mother to have a devotional spirit.

27.- Mother to be cheerful.

28.- Mother to be kind.

29.- Mother to be polite.

30.- Mother to have the daily effort of pleasing God in the performance of every duty, small and great.

31.- Mother to guard her tongue and spirit.

32.- Teach your children to cultivate purity of mind.

33.- Teach your children to observe truth.

34.- Teach your children to forgive others.

35.- Cultivate in your children a taste for pure and noble pleasures, instead of a love of worldly gaiety.

36.- Know that mothers have as powerful an influence over the welfare of future generations as all other earthly causes combined.

37.- The subject of education must be attended to with persevering study.

Children’s Rules

1.- Eating between meals is not allowed.

2.- They are to eat the food put before them, or miss the meal.

3.- As children, they are to be in bed by 8pm.

4.- They are to do their chores with a good attitude of diligence.

5.- They are to subdue their self-will so that they might be open to God’s salvation.

6.- Teach a child to pray as soon as he can speak.

7.- Require all to be still during Family Worship and Bible study times.

8.- Give them nothing they cry for, and only that which they ask for politely.

9.- To prevent lying: punish no fault, which is first confessed and repented.

10.- Never allow a sinful act to go unpunished.

11.- Never punish a child twice for the same offence.

12.- Never punish in anger.

13.- Commend and reward good behavior. (But never bribe.)

14.- Any attempt to please, even if poorly performed should be commended.

15.- Preserve property rights, even in smallest matters.

16.- Strictly observe all promises.

17.- Teach children to reverence God.

Basic Weekly Plan

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Monday Routine

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1. Morning Routine

2. Declutter

3. Work in FlyLady Zone. http://www.flylady.net/pages/FlightPlan_Missions.asp

4. Water plants.

5. Weekly Kitchen Duties

a. Wash counters/cabinet doors

b. dust shelves

c. vacuum area rugs

d. wash drip pans

e. wipe out oven

f. clean out fridge

g. clean microwave

h. sweep/mop floor

7. Afternoon Routine

8. Bedtime Routine

Tuesday Routine

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1. Morning Routine

2. Declutter

3. Work in FlyLady Zone

4. Write letters, cards, mail

5. Weekly Bathroom Duties

a. polish mirrors

b. dust shelves

c. wash/vacuum area rugs

d. empty all trash

e. clean sinks, tubs, toilets

f. straighten cabinets

g. clean shower curtain

h. sweep/mop floors

6. Change vacuum bag/filter

7. Grocery Shopping

8. Afternoon Routine

9. Bedtime Routine

Wednesday Routine

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1. Morning Routine

2. Declutter

3. Work in FlyLady Zone

4. Clean Out Purse

5. Pet Care

6. Weekly Bedroom Duties

a. dust

b. Clean tv screens

c. Change/wash sheets

d. straighten closets

e. vacuum floors/blinds

7. Afternoon Routine

8. Bedtime Routine

Thursday Routine

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1. Morning Routine

2. Declutter

3. Work in FlyLady Zone

4. Plan menu and grocery list

5. Weekly Dining/Living/Family Room Duties

a. dust/polish furniture

b. clean tv/computer screens

c. clean computer desk

d. vacuum couches/chairs

e. vacuum floors/blinds/curtains

7. Afternoon Routine

8. Bedtime Routine

Friday Routine

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1. Morning Routine

2. Declutter

3. Work in FlyLady Zone

4. Work on websites

5. Laundry

a. wash/dry/iron/put away

b. clean laundry room

c. straighten cabinet

6. Play Room

a. dust/polish furniture

b. clean screens/windows/door

c. vacuum floor/blinds

7. Afternoon Routine

8. Bedtime Routine

Saturday Routine

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1. Morning Routine

2. Pay bills

3. Make bank deposits

4. Entry

a. Clean doors

b. Sweep porches

5. Car

a. get all trash out

b. wash windows

c. empty ash tray

d. vacuum

e. remove any items that don’t belong

6. Work in Flower/Water Gardens

a. trim

b. weed

7. Afternoon Routine

8. Bedtime Routine

Sunday Routine

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1. Morning Routine

2. Church

3. Spend time with family/rest

4. Afternoon Routine

5. Bedtime Routine

1. Morning Routine

2. Church

3. Spend time with family/rest

4. Afternoon Routine

5. Bedtime Routine

Emergency Quick Clean – step by step – http://myblessedhome.blogspot.com/2006/04/emergency-quick-clean.html#article

First things first – Go to each toilet in your house, lift the seat, and put in toilet bowl cleaner. Let it sit in your toilets, as you go through the next few steps. We’ll come back to the toilets later.

Go into your kitchen, and wash your dishes. If you have a dishwasher, then use it. It’s one of your many “servants”. 😉

Go to every sink in your house, and spray them all down with spray cleaner, and let sit. We’ll get back to the sinks later.

Depending on the amount of mess in your house, this step may be the longest one for you… Go through every room in your house, and throw away any trash, and put away things that have wandered away from their homes.

The hard part’s over. 🙂 Grab a washcloth, and a spray cleaner, and wipe down your kitchen/dining room table, kitchen counters, and bathroom counters.

Get back to those toilets and sinks! Time to wipe them down, the cleaner has been sitting in them long enough. 🙂

Almost done! Grab your broom, and do a quick sweep of your kitchen and bathrooms. This is a quick sweep – that means you just sweep the middles of the floors. Don’t worry about moving chairs, ect, just sweep around them.

Time to spot mop. Turn on the hot water in your kitchen sink, get your mop wet, then look at the floor for messy spots, mop over each messy spot. Remember, this is an Emergency Quick Clean, so we’re not mopping the whole floor, just the visibly dirty spots. Now do this in your bathrooms as well.

Quick Vacuum time… Vacuum your living room and dining room. Focus on the middles. Don’t worry about the edges, or under furnature, ect.

How to Declutter – http://www.flylady.net/pages/FLYingLessons_Declutter.asp

Detailed Cleaning Lists

http://www.flylady.net/pages/FlightPlan_Detail.asp

Online Sites and Passwords

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Grocery/Menu Lists

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Recipes

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Emergency Numbers

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chart from www.organizedhome.com

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Car Missions

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I got my car missions at www.flylady.net

Holiday Cruise (also at flylady)

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Pet Care

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I used clipart and graphics from www.cutecolors.com and www.pennyparker2.com

Proverbs 31:27-28:
She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.

To be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:4b-5

“The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself bringeth his mother to shame.”-Proverbs 29:15

“He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.”-Psalm 113:9