From Frazzled to Fun

Helping moms create space for fun, family, and faith

A Thanksgiving Prayer

faith inspiration Nov 24, 2022

Oh, God, source and giver of all things, you manifest your infinite majesty, power, and goodness in the earth about us. We give you honor and glory. For the sun and the rain, for the manifold fruits of our fields, for the increase of our herds and flocks, we thank you. For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace, we are grateful. Supreme Lord of the Harvest, graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil, in union with Jesus, your Son, as atonement for our sins. For the growth of your Church, for peace and love in our homes, and for salvation for all. We pray through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Living God's Justice: Reflections and Prayers

 

God bless you and your family on Thanksgiving Day!

 

P.S. Have you marked your calendar for Coach Mom Live: Choose Joy, the retreat coming to sunny Phoenix Feb. 24-25, 2023? If not, what are you waiting for? The location is Arcadia City Church, and I want to see YOU there! Watch for more info!

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"Chain Smoker Syndrome" From Cleaning?

home organization Oct 29, 2022

Got asthma in your house?

I do.

And I recently learned something really important to know.

 

A 20-year independent study found that using national brand cleaners as little as once a week is as damaging to lung capacity as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years.

 

Why is this important to share?

1. In 2019, 44.3 percent of children ages 18 and younger suffered one or more asthma attacks, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation. Increasing in percentage each year, it is one of the most common and costly diseases in America, and can be deadly.

2. I'm all about teamwork being dreamwork in the home and that includes getting kids in on the cleaning.

3. I've learned of some practical changes that can protect asthmatics in your family by eliminating the toxin exposure from common cleaners like Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, Soft Scrub with Bleach and Fantastik. 

 

Mama, I do encourage...

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Urgent Call to Stand for our Children

parenting Oct 21, 2022

 Nearly a quarter of a million messages were sent to the CDC board about the vote to adopt the covid shot to the recommended schedule of childhood immunizations.

On Thursday, however, the CDC voted to add the covid-19 shot.

The impact of this decision is that every child in order to comply would be required to get this shot in order to enroll in a daycare, school, or play athletics.

Three of the concerns about this:

1. This does not allow a parent to make what they believe to be the best choice for their child.

2. There are still so many unknowns about the effects of the shot and good science in support of them is lacking.
 
3. Shot makers have been granted a blanket immunity from lawsuits stemming from adverse effects.

States often DO follow CDC guidelines, but are not required to.

 So let's make sure our states do NOT accept this.

Please pray with me:

Father, I pray that NOT ONE state would adopt this recommendation. Protect our children and pour out your wisdom on all...

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Beware of Animated TV Show "Little Demon"

parenting Sep 10, 2022

Have you heard about Walt Disney Company's latest anti-family move? Just this last year...

  • They posed strong opposition to a Flordia bill that would empower parents
  • They vowed to incorporate more LGBT characters and storylines into children's media
  • Now the FXX Network, controlled by Disney, is premiering the animated series "Little Demon" (showing on FX and Hulu).

According to pluggedin.com and other online reviewers, the first episode, titled "First Blood", included:

  • satanic imagery
  • full frontal nudity
  • sex talk, including references to bestiality
  • animated blood and gore
  • pentagrams
  • dismembered bodies and melting human flesh
  • satanic rituals
  • witchcraft portrayed as good
  • graphic violence, such as beheaded chickens
  • urination on corpses
  • extreme profanity
  • teens drinking and vaping
  • glorified murder

(All this in just the first episode....)

Yet, instead of terrifying, Satan is depicted as an average, middle-aged man with a "Mr. Rogers" look (sweater included!) And Hell isn't...

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Chore Chart Examples to Get your Kids Organized

home organization Sep 03, 2022

Feeling a little frazzled and trying to get into a good schedule for fall?

Coach Mom Tribe member Elena T. has got her crew organized and clipping along with these great chore charts she created.

She said I could share them with you!

Some things I love about these:

  • They are laminated, so kids can check tasks off as they complete them
  • Mom's words can now just be "Check your list"
  • Pictures make it fun and easy for kids to use
  • They are posted where they are seen and easily accessed
  • It provides clear instructions and expectations for the kids
  • It puts the responsibility in the hands of the kids

A big thank you to Elena T. for sharing.

Could you create something similar to keep your family organized? What jobs would you list?

Moms have the best ideas.

Sharing them helps us all move from frazzled to fun as we get our homes and families organized.

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Make Room for the Things you Use & Love

home organization Aug 13, 2022

What we'd love: 

The ability to get our hands on the things we use regularly with ease and plenty of space

The unfortunate reality:

Often drawers and other spaces are crammed full of so much extra stuff that it makes the regularly used items cumbersome to get to

Good news:

By using a system that moves the less-used items to out-of-the-way-yet-quickly-accessible storage places, we can move efficiently through our daily tasks and also be empowered to get to those less-used items within 2 minutes when needed.

It works like this:

  1. Gather storage boxes: cardboard boxes (file-box sized) or plastic containers (deciding ahead of time where you will store them will help determine this)
  2. Organize an area, keeping only regularly-used items in the easiest to access places.
  3. Fill each box with leftover related items (the ones you use less frequently, such as once a month or once a year.)
  4. Place a number on the box. (Using a Sharpie, or numbered stickers, etc.)
  5. Using "notes" on your...
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Happy 4th of July!

inspiration Jul 02, 2022

Celebrating Independence Day! 

I pray you have a blessed day full of family, spectacular celebrations, and lots of red, white and blue...all with gratitude in your heart to God.

Founding Father John Adams was one of the foremost proponents for America's independence, and later became our second president. 

A leader known for integrity and honesty, he was never afraid to speak out.

I want to honor him and share a couple of his quotes for us to ponder.

“I am apt to believe that (Independence Day) will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore."

“Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present Generation to preserve...

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Roe vs. Wade (OVERTURNED) Fireside Chat

faith Jun 25, 2022
 

Huge news yesterday.

I share my take on it in this short fireside chat.

  • Life is WINNING!
  • What does this overturn have to do with my son's birthday?
  • This is only one of the NEW THING breakthroughs coming! 
  • Healing for those with post-abortion grief and depression

 

His Kingdom come, His will be done! 

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Barbie: Setting a Trap for Your Child

parenting Jun 11, 2022

The battle between darkness and light is fierce these days, and it's out for our children.

In what many would have thought would have been a safe places -- first Disney, and now a major toy company -- they are promoting their perverted agendas to try and twist our children's minds.

End of May 2022, Mattel released a new Barbie doll, fashioned after actor Laverne Cox. "#TRANS IS BEAUTIFUL" is the new Barbie hashtag.

Trans actor Laverne Cox said the new Barbie doll in his image can be " a celebration of transness, and also a space for [children] to dream, understand and be reminded that trans is beautiful," he said. "That there's hope and possibility for them to be themselves."

In a statement shared with PEOPLE Magazine, Lisa McKnight, Executive Vice President and Global Head of Barbie and Dolls at Mattel, said the brand "couldn't be more excited" to partner with Laverne Cox on the transgender doll. 

(I wonder if this excitement would wane if we shared this with...

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Hat's off to Dads

home organization Jun 04, 2022

Dads do so much every day. Need some ideas for Father's Day?

Gifts can be very simple and meaningful at the same time, especially for men.

How do the dads in your life show love? That's probably the best way to show them love.

Here are a few simple ideas, along with the love language in parentheses:

  • Make his favorite meal and everyone give him a homemade card (gifts/acts of service)
  • Take his car to the carwash and have the kids help vacuum and wipe down the dash, etc. (acts of service)
  • Tuck random notes from you and the kids in his closet, car, medicine chest. (words of affirmation)
  • Do something as a family that he loves to do (quality time)
  • Make little coupons for free backrub, footrub, or backscratch. (physical touch)
  • Encourage older kids to write out 3 specific memories with their dad that were special. (words of affirmation/gifts/quality time affirming)

Remember, dads are typically low maintenance and these things -- homemade cards,  notes, coupons, etc. don't need...

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