Friday, February 19, 2010

My son

Maybe you are participating in Lent. Maybe you are searching for God. Maybe you are experiencing a desert and you just want more of God. Whatever, you are going through - may I introduce my son, Ken Jansen. He is the senior music pastor at Crossroads Community Church in Freeport, Illinois. I hope his journey to a closer walk with Jesus will help you in your own walk.

Crossroads Stories | The Reinvention of Ken Jansen from Crossroads Community Church on Vimeo.

Thank you Ken,


Tuesday, February 16, 2010


Hospice does so much more than just come along side a family when a loved one is near the end. Did you know Hospice is a branch of Medicare? Find out what specific assistance Hospice provides home-based patients and those caring for them. Learning about Hospice now may help you or someone you love avoid the stress that can accompany caregiving or the need for a care giver. Find out things like, when should one consider requesting Hospice services, can a Hospice patient who shows signs of recovery be returned to regular medical treatment, what equipment and supplies can Hospice provide and what does the Hospice process involve.

Come to the Maple Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, 5225 Library Lane for an informational seminar, Thursday, February 25th at 7pm. Hospice Care helps hundreds of families deal with illness, as well as, end of life issues. To register, visit or call (216) 475-5000.

This organization has been a real blessing to me in caring for my Mom.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Adding to the budget with coupons

I had a wonderful interview with Sara Steigerwald & Lisa Steigerwald about the value of saving with coupons.

Tell us about "couponing" and how it works.

Couponing is clipping coupons from newspapers, Internet, and store promotions – then waiting until a good sale comes around to best utilize the coupon. For instance – P&G put out 75¢ Crest Gel coupons in December – this week Giant Eagle ran a sale for Crest Gel 3/$5 – the 75¢ coupon doubles to $1.50 – making the toothpaste 17¢. If that’s not good enough – if you buy $10 worth (before coupons) – so you would need 6 – you get a $3 catalina (register tape for a money amount on your next order). So, you pay $1.02 and get $3 OYNO (on your next order). This ends today, but is a great example of having a great coupon and maximizing it with a sale.

Is this only for stay-home moms who have time to sift through, and cut out ads?

Couponing is not only for the stay-at-home moms. Although, I am on a child-care leave from teaching – I can coupon, raise a young family, and teach full-time. My sister-in-law, Lisa, who does this with me – works full-time. Organization is key to making couponing work with your lifestyle.

If someone has never taken the time to do coupons, discounts, etc. Where do we start?
Louisville Christian Church is offering a workshop this Saturday, February 13th. My sister-in-law, Lisa and I (Sara) will cover how to get started – where to get coupons – and how to organize. We will also talk about stores and policies. Participants will have a game plan to go out and execute right away.
Louisville Christian Church
1800 S Chapel.
Louisville, OH
8:30 am – coffee and a muffin; workshop 9-11am
Men and Women welcome, no childcare available
Coupon binders will be for sale – at cost!

How much money (on average) do you save with your method?

Having two children in diapers – I went from spending $145-175 monthly to spending $35-45 – still getting name-brand diapers. It’s just knowing how to maximize the sale with the coupons. An example at Walgreens right now for Huggies – Huggies are $8.99 subtract a $2 Internet or newspaper coupon, subtract a $1 Walgreens coupon makes them $5.99 – but then you get a $3 Register Reward (register tape for a money amount on your next order). So you can justify that you are getting your diapers for $2.99.

Groceries have been slashed by 70 to 80 percent. I usually pick my milk up at Walgreens or Rite Aid – MUCH cheaper. I also match up coupons with the sales. Starting tomorrow at Giant Eagle Post cereal is $2. Go to and get a $2 coupon – FREE! Yogurt packs are on sale - Yoplait Trix Yogurt – Must buy 4 for the $1.50 price
35¢/1= 80¢ pack
75¢/2 = 50¢ pack
Notice at Giant Eagle that the coupon doubles. This makes for some great deals!

What is the best bargain you've ever scored?

Any time I score free – I am happy! However, I was pretty pleased with getting my daughter a Leapster at Christmas time that I am holding onto until her birthday in March. Target allows you to use a Target coupon WITH a manufacturer coupon (as does Rite Aid and Walgreens). Target will also price match. The original price was $49.99 – ToyRUs had it advertised as $39.99. I used a $10 Leapster manufacturer coupon and a $10 Target manufacturer coupon – in the end I paid $19.99. Not bad!

What is best though is not paying for everyday items. Having your coupons, knowing what you have (organization) and utilizing them with clearance and/or sales allows for you to score free items or items pennies on the dollar -
Toothpaste Deodorant Soap Toothbrushes Lotion Lip care Cold care Baby wipes
Canned food/soups Razors Make-up Tissues

Couponing has not only allowed me to provide more for my family with less – it has also allowed me to help many of our friends and family affected by the economy – our church – and I have even adopted my own soldier.

We will be launching our site soon (2/15) – Sisters Shopping on a - couponing blog, coupon binders for sale, workshops and classes. We would love to be on sometime – feel free to contact us!

Sara Steigerwald & Lisa Steigerwald

Monday, February 08, 2010

The Vocal Artistry Seminar is COMING!!!!

MAR. 12th-13th
Christ Church
Columbia Station
Do you love to sing? Would you like to take your talent to the next level? Have you been thinking about serving God with your voice but just have not taken the step to join a praise team? Well this seminar will give you the training and boost you need and MORE!!! This is such an awesome experience and it is for the novice as well as the professional singer. My daughter, Beranda participated a couple of years ago and still practices what she learned. "Experience the vocal training method that's revolutionizing the way singers approach worship!

Internationally acclaimed vocal coach Tim Carson, has been featured at churches and conferences across North America, offering singers of all skill levels the tools they need to sing contemporary Christian music with freedom, strength, expression and style. Endorsed by Paul Baloche, Tim Davis, Rory Noland and more! Early Bird and group discounts available!" To register:

Register Now
Schedule: Friday 6:00-9:30pm Saturday 9:00am-12:30pm

Find out more about what we teach

Early Bird Registration: Individual Price: $99 (ends March 9, 2010 at midnight)
Group Price*: $79 (ends March 9, 2010 at midnight)
Regular Registration: Individual Price: $135
Group Price*: $120
*Group Rate available to 5 or more who register together

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Words Of Wisdom - A Great Reminder

This 4 category note was sent to me today and I really enjoyed it. I posted 2 categories here and will post the other 2 next week. Enjoy and share with your children!


1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and Dinner like a beggar.

3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy

5. Make time to pray.

6. Play more games.

7. Read more books than you did in 2009.

8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

9. Sleep for 7 hours.

10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.

14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.

16. Dream more while you are awake.

17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner of his/her past mistakes. That
will ruin your present happiness.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.

20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

23. Smile and laugh more.

24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Peeling potatoes

For those of you that hate to peel potatoes, here's a nifty way. It will set your hands free to work on the rest of your meal.


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Enjoy Challenges

Psalm 73:28
But it is good for me to draw near to God; I have put my trust in the Lord God and made Him my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.
Make it a choice to be excited about new tests. Close the door to the mindset of fear and dread. Decide daily to face every challenge with the knowledge that God will be with you to make your path straight and to prosper in everything you set out to do.

Restoring Touch Massage

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