Trash into Treasure

After Christmas I had a pile of wrapping paper sitting in my room and had no place to put it. I have also had this old fan in my garage that hasn't worked in a long time. So I turned my Trash into a Treasure (well more of a useful tool).
Have you recently turned any Trash into a Treasure? Share your link with me below, I would love to hop over and see it!

~The Versatile Blogger Award~

I'm so stinking excited to announce that 4MyKiddos has been awarded The Versatile Blogger award by In Love by The Beach!!! I encourage you to hop by her blog and take a look, it's super cute!

The rules for this award are:
1. Thank the person that nominated you with a link back to them. ( Thank you
again In Love by The Beach!!)
2. Tell 7 things about yourself. (see below)
3. Pass this award on to 10 newly discovered blogs and let them know that they’ve
received an award.

Seven things about 4MyKiddos:
1. I started this blog as a way to share some of our families creativity, share how being a WAHM has changed our lives and stay in touch with family. It has grown into so much more for me though!
2. I believe that in all things we do we should do them to our best ability to glorify the Lord.
3. We are currently in the process of our basement remodel, so I spend a lot of time hopping to other blogs that have done the same thing.
4. I believe everyone has the ability to change their futures and family circumstances if they make the commitment to do so.
5. I love riding horses, it's such a great way to free the mind and great exercise.
6. My favorite movie is The Little Mermaid. The girls love it too!
7. Today marks 5 years of being a Work at Home Mommy for me!
10 Blogs that I love and
awarded the Versatile Blog Award to are...
    I encourage you to visit each
    one of these blogs and congratulate them on being awarded the Versatile Blogger

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Mandys Bed Room - in the making...

We've been working on Mandy's room. It's framed, wiring in and in the process of drywalling. So we've been thinking ahead as to what she wants the decor to look like. Here are few of her favorite Pict's she has chose:She likes horses and the color blue on these two.
I think she likes this one just because of the cool bed!These two really could tie in together, love the lighting!It's so fun to find what her little personality likes. Now to get the room finished and all tied together!

10 Bible Verses Every Small Business Owner Needs

I found the below blog post and I love it. Each of the verses really speaks to me on a personal and professional level. Happy Reading :)

As a Christian and a family focused entrepreneur, I believe that faith is a key ingredient in small business success. In this current economy, the people of God must remember that if you honor God through your business he will direct your path.
Each year, I pick a bible verse as my theme for the New Year. As I considered which bible verse would guide me in 2010, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my favorites. Use these bible verses in the good and tough times in your small business.
1. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) Learn something every day. If you only lean on your own knowledge in your business, you will not be able to grow. You must grow yourself to grow your business.
2. “Behold, I am doing something new! It’s already happening; don’t you recognize it? I will clear a way in the desert. I will make rivers on dry land.” Isaiah 43:19 (GOD’S WORD® Translation) Sometimes your business will need to move as the market pulls you in a different direction. You might need to reinvent your business, and you should not be afraid. God’s always got your back.
3.”Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV) One of the most important things you can do for your business is to pray every day.
4. “Faith without works is dead.” James 2:26 (KJV) You can’t just pray for success. Develop a plan and work your plan. If you can do something about your situation, then do it. Stop making excuses, stop procrastinating, and do it!
5. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (NIV) There will be contracts that you really need that you will not win. There will be days when you drop the ball on your customer service, but you can not let that define you or your business. You will get another opportunity and even if you don’t, God is with you always.
6. “As I think in my heart, so am I.” Proverbs 23:7 (NKJV) Your thoughts can be your number #1 asset or your biggest liability. When you are alone in your office or back bedroom, your thoughts can easily turn on you. Your ability to stay positive, learn from all experiences and shake off mistakes quickly will be a big asset to you and your business.
7. “God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV) Making decisions in your small business based on fear is never helpful. For that matter making decisions in anger is not good either. Try hard not to be reactionary with clients, vendors or employees. Use factual information and up-to date financials to make sound business decisions.
8. “But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day.” Habakkuk 2:3 (TLB) You need to understand that God’s time is not your time. There may come a time in your business when you just know you have a contract, one that you really need and things fall through. Those are the times when you need to trust in the Lord the most. When we accept God’s timing, we can learn to live in hope and enjoy our lives while God is working on our problems.
9. “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding;” Proverbs 3:13 (NIV) You need to be a life long learner in order to be successful in business. You should constantly seek to improve yourself and increase your knowledge about the business of running a business.
10. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV) This is my new bible verse for 2010. It came to me watching a college football game. I believe I was only watching the game to see it.Remember, whether you are religious or not you can always pray about your business.

Special Shout out to Joyce Meyer Ministries for her book The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word which gave me guidance for this post and to Pastor F.L. Anderson who gave me some biblical wisdom for this article. Read his blog you have a special bible verse that has helped you in your business? Please leave a comment and tell me about it.WANT TO USE THIS ARTICLE IN YOUR EZINE, E-NEWSLETTER OR WEB SITE? You may, as long as you include this complete blurb with it:Melinda Emerson “SmallBizLady“, is a Veteran Entrepreneur, Small Business Expert and Social Media Coach who hosts #Smallbizchat on Twitter. #Smallbizchat is the trusted resource on Twitter to discuss everything entrepreneurs need to know about launching and running a profitable small business. Melinda’s first book, Become Your Own Boss in 12 months. A Month-by-Month Guide to a Business that Works will be released by Adams Media in March 2010.

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Re-Covered Bed Frame

We had this bed frame given to us. It honestly was not very appealing. It was covered in a green and white vinyl. So I took a shot at re-covering it. First time I've ever done something like this but it was pretty easy and inexpensive. Just a staple gun, a yard of material ($8.00's).
Here's an up close of the material we choose.

Happy Tuesday :)

How to Do Your Best Work - 3 Keys To Mastery - Robin Sharma

I came across this video (Robin Sharma) as I was visiting Micki Lessards blog, (Thanks for posting this Micki!!). And I walked away with some great tacticks to help anyone looking to do great work:
1. Do Something Difficult.
2. Exercise 1st thing everyday.
3. Make a Commitment to be Rediculously Good at what You do.
4. Avoid distractions and spend time devoted to Deep Work.
5. 1% wins!
6. Learn something new everyday. It's amazing what Knowledge can do for a person!!
7. Get Fit. I take this as Mind, Body and soul.

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Family Planner

I've just started my journey with a Family Planner to become more organized!! Organization is not one of my strong suits but I can see how it can save time and energy. 1 Corinthians 14:40 But all things should be done decently and in order.
This page is in the front of my binder. It has everything I need for a daily task sheet. And I've used those plastic insert pages. Here's why I choose to use them:
1. Keeps the pages safe and neat.
2. I can use my dry erase pin to write on the outside of the page and save paper :)

My binder includes tabs for all of our family tasks:

1. Family

2. Business

3. Meals

4. Cows

5. Mops

6. Financial

The above page is such a time saver for me! Each year when we start calving I have my own personal list of cows who have calved along with the birth weight, weaning weight and yearling weight. Honestly by using this one page it's really shown me the power of organization.

And this page is a list of all of my To Do's that need done that I don't have on my daily list. I've added some other pages for financial use, Bible verses and other topics that obtain to our family. Here are the links to the printables I've used:

Do you have a Family Planner? If so I would love for you to share your link in the comments section!

Can You Digg it?

Social Media is changing daily just as the Internet does. It's so hard to keep up on the newest trends and websites. On the other hand its so important to stay up to date and knowledgeable.

One popular new site is

Digg is a place for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the web. Such a valuable tool when it comes to marketing your blog or web page!

Here's the gist of it... Articles, blog post, how to guides, breaking news, off beat stories all can be published to Then readers have the chance to Digg (positive voting) or Dugg (negative voting) on the published post. The more people that Digg that post means the higher ranking it has and the more likelihood that that posting will make its way to the front page of

3 Tips to Become Good at Digging it:

  1. Spend time daily becoming friends with others in the Digg community.

  2. Spend time reading and voting on those friends stories.

  3. Study Digg to define what makes stories popular so you can recreate that likeness on your own blog posts.

By keeping up with the above 3 steps you'll gain a reputation within the community and therefor others will want to promote your stories that you post in the community.

Happy Digging!

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One of my favorite gifts I got for Christmas was this old window... So I dressed it up a bit...
And made this HAPPINESS sign to go with it out of a piece of an old picket fence that was in the burn pile. I love how it looks!

Christmas Vacation

Christmas Vacation is almost over, sigh! It's been so much fun, we've made lots of fun crafts, we've seen lots of family members and had fun get togethers but we're

all ready to get back into our routine.


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