Friday, October 8, 2010

The time has come...

The time has come my little friends, to talk of other things...

There was a grand idea in my mind of having this parenting blog, but since I am full force already with my Coupon Makeover blog and teaching coupon classes...I think I have bitten off more than I can chew!

I will be posting in-frequently (kind of been my pattern recently anyway), and I already feel a load coming off my shoulders as I type. 
I pray that if anyone else out in bloggy land is feeling the "pressure" of posting, that you take the time to evaluate your time spent, and your family that is around your feet or right outside your office door. Make time for what is most important, and cut out the things that you can't seem to manage.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

RECIPE - The ABSOLUTE Best Topping for Hot Dogs!

Welcome to the Newsom Recipe Box!
I am not going to share with you a sincere recipe today, but a family hot dog secret...shhhh.

The absolute BEST topping for hot dogs is French's Fried Dried Onions. No joke!

Instead of cutting up an onion and having half of it left over in the fridge forever. Use these dried ones as a replacement. Now if you can get your hands on the cheddar ones - you will be in taste bud heaven:)

ALDI has a brand that comes in cheddar and regular in a bag for under $2. I just found these recently and was in love! They last a long time (if you do not allow snacking on them like chips to occur), and you only use a little bit at a time.

So enjoy our Newsom Family hot dog topping secret, and let me know how you like it, ok?

I am linking this to my other site - - a place where you can learn how to cut your grocery bill up to 75% and even get groceries for FREE!
You can see a plethora of fabulous recipes at
Tasty Tuesday,

Monday, October 4, 2010

FREE - Blue Behemoth Audios (10/4) - The Best of the 2006 Entrepreneurial Bootcamp and The Holy War Chapter 8

Building Your Team: Biblical Principles for Leading Your Staff
The Best of the 2006 Entrepreneurial Bootcamp 
Chapter XIII 

  The Holy War
The products listed are available for free download today from Blue Behemoth! 

Blue Behemoth has FREE downloads every day, most of which come from the Vision Forum catalog/site. 

There are so many cd's that I have wanted to get (but haven't had the money), and have been able to get them FREE on Blue Behemoth!!

If you are interested in life changing words on parenting, church issues, femininity, entrepreneurship, children's audio, and tons more...wait around and check Blue Behemoth EVERY DAY for their FREE audios for you and your family.

If you do not already have an account, you will need to create an account to download these items.

Free items change daily, so be sure to check back frequently for updates.
I have found that most of the items overlap daily, meaning that they will be available for 2 days - in case you forget:)

Homeschool Freebie of the Day - All the Year Round: Autumn Nature Reader

All the Year Round: Autumn Nature Reader (PDF ebook)
"Here's a classic nature reader compiled by Frances L. Strong way back in 1895, filled with engaging stories and poetry about plants, animals and insects as they go through the fall season, preparing for wintertime. Lovely illustrations, gentle text, great for read-alouds & nature study! Highly recommended!"

Go to Homeschool Freebie of the Day to download your FREE copy.
As with every special, it will only be available for a few days after posting (some are only available for THAT DAY ONLY) don't miss out!    

FREE Christian Audio - Dr. Gary Chapman's Love is a Verb

Christian Audio has a free download of “Love Is A Verb” by Dr. Gary Chapman for the month of October.

If you have never read his "Five Love Languages" book, it is a helpful tool to understanding what makes people "tick" when it comes to feeling loved. You may be showering someone with gifts when their "love language" is time spent with each other. This book will open your eyes for sure!

Dr. Gary Chapman also has "Five Love Languages" for Teens, Kids, and Pets...just kidding about that last one!

Click here to download your free copy.

(I am linking this post to my Coupon Makeover website - click on over and tell me what you like!)

Friday, October 1, 2010

Family Music Reviews - Celtic Lullaby CD

I have had this Celtic Lullaby CD by Eden's Bridge since my dd9 was born. We listened to it every night at bedtime when she got home, and we still listen to it today. It has been to the hospital with me for every birth and I would put it on repeat play in the cd player in my hospital room for some ambiance:)

This is a great gift for any expecting mother, mother of little ones, big ones, or anyone who has trouble sleeping!

 You can sample listen to all of the songs and even buy them in MP3 format...some of my favorites:
Coventry Carol   ,but I love every one of the songs.

While trying to find this on Amazon to post for you, I saw some other Celtic cd's that would be great for listening to at bedtime.

I love listening to Classical music during the day, but most of the Classical CDs I own will have some up-tempo arrangements on them and that doesn't cause sleepiness for sure! We try and get a good rotation of music in at night, but Celtic Lullabies has definitely been our favorite.

Our family has a ritual of listening to music at bedtime, and finding good cd's for calming the little ones and soothing the soul is a must!

What do you listen to at bedtime?

Homeschool Freebie of the Day - Starting a Micro Business: Creating a Business Plan

Starting a Micro Business: Creating a Business Plan (PDF ebook)
"Does your teenager (or you, the parent) want to earn some money by starting a micro business, but not sure where to start? Answer: You start by creating a business plan. A business plan will help you anticipate anything that might go wrong. By thinking through issues like who will buy your product and how to reach them, you will save time and money as well as avoid frustration. This ebook, Starting a Micro Business: Creating a Business Plan by Carol Topp,  is an excerpt from the Micro Business for Teen book series. It will help you put your thoughts on paper and covers the important issues in starting a micro business such as potential customers, your competition, start up costs, pricing and best of all, offers tips, advice and even examples from teenagers who have started their own micro businesses.
This is a business plan for a micro business, so you won't get bogged down in tons of details or fancy financial projections. It is designed for the teenage micro business owner, although it can be helpful to anyone.
"I wish I had seen the systematic business plan template that you have in the book when i started by businesses in the past"-Noah W., homeschool graduate and micro business owner."

Go to Homeschool Freebie of the Day to download your FREE copy.
As with every special, it will only be available for a few days after posting (some are only available for THAT DAY ONLY) don't miss out!   
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