Priceless Free Gifts According to Someone’s Personality Type

Gifts-for-PersonalitiesWhat to give someone for Christmas can be a difficult decision to make. Want some really cool ideas? Author Cheri Gregory has done something amazing! She’s given us some great ideas for gifts for Christmas that don’t cost any money and that are suited perfectly to your loved one’s personality!

Here are the links. Have fun!

Top 10 Priceless Gifts that Don’t Cost a Dime for a Melancholy / Analytic Personality  http://bit.ly/188FxQG

Top 10 Priceless Gifts that Don’t Cost a Dime for a Phlegmatic / Amiable Personality   http://bit.ly/1jhmiqv

Top 10 Priceless Gifts that Don’t Cost a Dime for a Choleric / Driving Personality   http://bit.ly/IDGZ1o

Top 10 Priceless Gifts that Don’t Cost a Dime for a Sanguine / Expressive Personality:  http://bit.ly/1k7FnZZ

If you’re not sure what personality type you are (or what personality type your recipient is), here’s a test to get you started

Apply Now to be Part of the Happy Habits for Every Couple Launch Team

In January, I’m launching Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space, but guess what? I’m also launching Happy Habits for Every Couple and you could be a part of our launch team!

Yes, I know…two books in one month! That’s how we roll!

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So could your marriage use a little tune up?

When was the last time you flirted with your husband? Was it before you had kids?

Does your idea of a hot date include a drive-thru and springing for the extra-large fries?

What would your marriage look like if for 21 days you turned your attention to happy habits that will better your relationship? Plenty of books describe how to improve a marriage, how to save a marriage, even how to ramp up intimacy in a marriage. In Happy Habits for Every Couple, Kathi Lipp and husband Roger show you practical, fun-filled ways to put love and laughter back into your marriage.

Here are just a few of the results you’ll see when you put Happy Habits for Every Couple into practice:

new levels of warmth and tenderness in your relationship
a deeper sense of security with your spouse
a marriage filled with fun and flirting

If you haven’t given up the dream of being head-over-heels with your spouse again, following this 21-day plan will give you just the boost you need to bring you closer together.

Standard game rules apply: love on each other; share hope, grace, and encouragement; read the book and write a review.

We are sending out copies of the book next week, so tell us why you’d like to be a part of our new family!

If you are interested, just take a moment to fill out the application below:

HAPPY HABITS FOR EVERY COUPLE LAUNCH TEAM APPLICATION!

 

 

 

Favorite Holiday Hacks to Make Your Life Easier!

Holiday-Hacks-#2It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Holidays are here! How’s everybody doing? Hanging in there? Remembering to breathe and focus on the real reason we celebrate this season?

Need something to make your life a little easier right now?

Here are some of the quick tips and time-savers we’ve come up with to help make this Holiday a wonderful time for you and your family!

If you missed this week’s podcast on our Top 5 Holiday Hacks, take a few minutes and listen in now!

Looking for something to give someone for Christmas who is having a hard time making ends meet? Check out our ideas!

Podcast 128 was all about saving money for Christmas without sacrificing the things that matter and making things less stressful!

Are you looking for easy gifts to give that don’t require a lot of (if any) wrapping? Check out this post!

And if things in your life are just too crazy, maybe you should check out my book Get Yourself Organized! 21 Steps to Less Mess and Stress! (This is an Amazon affiliate link.)

Have a great week!

Christmas Gifts For the Ones Who Are Having a Tough Time Making Ends Meet

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Christmas gifts for the person who is having a hard time making ends meet…

Let’s face it. This is a rough economy. There are a lot of people without jobs or who are behind on their bills. Movie tickets are fun or a gift certificate for a manicure is nice, but sometimes, practical gifts are more appreciated and necessary. What good are movie tickets if you have no gas to get to the theater? That manicure might actually stay nice for a long time when there’s no food to prepare, but well, you get the point.

Consider giving gift cards for grocery stores or all-purpose stores like Wal-Mart.  How about gasoline gift cards? Or restaurant gift cards for a special Holiday meal out of the house? This enables your gift recipient to choose just what they want, which might be simply what they need.

You meet a practical need by providing food or gas or even grocery money, but you are meeting that “you-are-awesome-here’s-a-really-cool-gift” target as well.

Consider a Safeway, Publix, Kroger or Ingles Gift Cardsafewaycard for groceries.

Another idea is one of my favorite sites, featured on my blog before.

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Grass fed beef.  Yum.  Practical, nutritious, delicious. You meet a practical need by providing some food, but you are meeting that “you-are-awesome-here’s-a-really-cool-gift” target as well.  My favorite place to buy? Open Space Meats.

How about you? Do you have any enjoyable gifts that can also meet a need?

Apply Now to be Part of the Clutter Free Launch

In January, I’m launching my new  book: Clutter Free: Quick and Easy Steps to Simplifying Your Space and you could be a part of our launch team!

If you struggle with clutter, and want some practical and real ways to deal with it once and for all, I would love to consider you for the team. We will be clutter freestarting great guns right after Christmas with a 21 Day project that launch team members will get a sneak peek at before the rest of the world – and of course, you’ll get the book ahead of publication as well.

 

We are looking for women who have some (not necessarily all) of the following:

  • An active presence on social media
  • A blog
  • A sphere of influence (part of a MOPS group, Lead a group, Women’s Ministry Leaders, etc.)

But here are a few things we are definitely looking for:

  1. Women who struggle to keep their clutter under control
  2. Willingness to share your feedback about the book on BN.com Amazon and other retail outlets
  3. Participate in our 21 Days to Kicking Out Clutter in 2015
  4. Reading though the book for quotes and ideas to highlight in social media
  5. Share some before and after photos
  6. Willingness to cheer others on!
  7. Share ideas on how to spread the Clutter Free message.

If you are interested just take a moment to fill out the application below:

CLUTTER FREE LAUNCH TEAM APPLICATION

 

8 Non-Stuff Christmas Gifts Your Friends and Family Will Love

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Are you looking for easy Christmas gifts for your friends and family?Our family is trying hard to be clutter-free in our Christmas giving this year. Here are a few things to consider if you’re trying to cut down on the clutter… (I’ve included the Amazon links to for ordering supplies…)

Try these ideas:

  1. Laundry Soap

My #1 post ever is How to Make HE Laundry Detergent (This list included Amazon links for the cheap ingredients). And my kids? They each love getting a batch. It’s cheap, easy to make, and gets your clothes really, really clean.

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  1. Hummus Kit

If you or your gift receiver love hummus, how about a hummus kit (I’ve sent this to friends who absolutely LOVE it.)

Here is a great hummus recipe and here is what I’d include in the kit: Lemon juicer(All included the Amazon links…)

Lemon Juicer

Dried Garbanzo Beans

Kevala Organic Tahini 16 oz

  1. Homemade Vanilla Kit

Here is my post on how to make homemade vanilla. (Including Amazon links, of course.)It’s too late to make it yourself to give to other people, but you could buy the ingredients, make up a huge batch and then attach a cute label that says, Use Me! (and then put the date six weeks from when you put the beans in the vodka.)

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  1. EBooks and Ebook Readers 

Ebooks take up no space and are great for travelers, late-night-in-bed-readers, and parents waiting for kids in minivans. I’ve had my Kindle for over five years and just now am replacing it with a Kindle Fire 7 because I want to be able to watch movies on it – if it lasts me another five years, that works out to be about $20 a year. That’s a pretty sweet deal to not have to lug multiple copies of books on a plane.

51e4ibUNgmL._UY250_The Get Yourself Organized Project is a great gift idea! December 1st only, Harvest House Publishers is offering this book at a special “sale” price of $1.99 through their eBook distributors—this includes Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, and the Sony Reader. Visit Harvest House today! http://harvesthousepublishers.com/ebook-deals

AFTER DECEMBER 1st, you can purchase it at its regular price on Amazon!

  1. An Audible Subscription

I love audio books – for long car trips, cleaning the kitchen, or walking the dog, I almost always have an audio book going. Audible is having a sale right now, and they also have subscriptions available.

  1. Add-On Parts

OK so this is “stuff” but I’ve found that adding on to something someone already has isn’t more “stuff” they have to manage usually.  Like this dough hook for my Kitchenaide. It made it so that I didn’t have to replace my bread maker – now I just do my dough in the Kitchenaide and bake it in the oven. (BTW – my rolls this year for Thanksgiving were To. Die. For.)

  1. Help

Last year, my daughter gave my mom the gift of time. Being a broke college student, Kimber didn’t have a lot of money, but told my mom that she would come to her house and work for five hours doing whatever my mom needed. They worked on organizing the garage and did some baking.  My mom was glad for the help, and Kimber had the satisfaction of knowing she was giving my mom what she wanted – help and company.TLOM low res

  1. I already mentioned ebooks and ereaders, I know, but here’s a book I want to introduce you to written by author Sherri Wilson Johnson. Her latest novel, To Laugh Once More, the second book in her Hope of the South series, is on sale for a limited time for $.99 on Kindle! This is a Victorian novel set in Georgia and deals with the struggles and trials of a young married couple. Lydia Scarbrough is trying to find her purpose in life and everywhere she turns, she meets obstacles. Check this book out!

 

15 Quotes and Prayers for Your Thanksgiving

15 Quotes and Prayers

Quotes

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. -Theodore Roosevelt

Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now. -A.W. Tozer

Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and how workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation to God and to one another. – John Clayton

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. – Henry Van Dyke

Dear Lord; we beg but one boon more: Peace in the hearts of all men living, peace in the whole world this Thanksgiving. – Joseph Auslander

Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude. -E.P. Powell

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Remember God’s bounty in the year. String the pearls of His favor. Hide the dark parts, except so far as they are breaking out in light! Give this one day to thanks, to joy, to gratitude! -Henry Ward Beecher

If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that. But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that? – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. – W. T. Purkiser

“Gratitude can transform common days into Thanksgiving, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward

Prayers

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into God’s presence with singing!
Know that the Lord is God! It is he that made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures for ever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who have pleasure in them.
Full of honor and majesty is his work, and his righteousness endures for ever.
He has caused his wonderful works to be remembered; the Lord is gracious and merciful.
He provides food for those who fear him; he is ever mindful of his covenant.
He has shown his people the power of his works, in giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy,
they are established for ever and ever, to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant for ever. Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
a good understanding have all those who practice it. His praise endures for ever!

We Give Thanks

Our Father in Heaven,
We give thanks for the pleasure
Of gathering together for this occasion.
We give thanks for this food
Prepared by loving hands.
We give thanks for life,
The freedom to enjoy it all
And all other blessings.
As we partake of this food,
We pray for health and strength
To carry on and try to live as You would have us.
This we ask in the name of Christ,
Our Heavenly Father.

– Harry Jewell

 

And just for giggles…

What we’re really talking about is a wonderful day set aside on the fourth Thursday of November when no one diets. I mean, why else would they call it Thanksgiving? -Erma Bombeck, “No One Diets on Thanksgiving,” 26 November 1981

 

Last Minute Thanksgiving Recipes Sure To Be Gobbled Up

There is enough drama around Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner that it’s best to keep some things very simple. The funny thing is, four of the five super simple recipes listed below are the ones that we get requests to make (and for the recipes… I end up emailing at least a couple of my kids or their friends the recipes every holiday season.

So here are  5 Quick Dishes To Make (or Bring) for Thanksgiving or Christmas. whether you’re hosting at home, or bringing these on the road, you’ll be thankful for a few appetizers and deserts you can make (mostly) ahead.

Artichoke DipQuick Dishes for Thanksgiving Artichoke Dip

8 oz cream cheese

1 c. Parmesan cheese – shredded

1 c. mayonnaise (low-fat or fat-free is acceptable) (pantry)

½ t. dill weed

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (pantry)

Preheat oven to 350

Cream the cream cheese, add the Parmesan cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed  and garlic. Mix well.

Fold in the chopped artichoke hearts and then spoon mixture into a 9×9 pan.

Bake for 30 minutes.

Serve with crackers, toasted baguettes, or toasted pita points.

Serves 8 as an appetizer

 

 

Goat Cheese BruchettaQuick Dishes for Thanksgiving Goat Cheese Bruchetta

Ingredients

2     tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2     tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as dill, parsley, or basil
Toasted baguette
Goat cheese

Prep

Add the balsamic vinegar and herbs together. Drizzle over slices of toasted baguette or other bread and spread with goat cheese. Finish with another drizzle of vinaigrette. Garnish with thyme.

 

 

Drive By Cheese PlateQuick dishes for Thanksgiving Drive by Cheese Plate

For those last minute party invites. Just grab a plate and cheese knife from home. You can assemble once you arrive. (Or, if you’re like me, in the backseat of the car while your hubby is driving…)

Grab at the store:

Camembert  or other artisan cheese

Carr Water Crackers

1 bunch of green grapes

 

 

Roger’s Pumpkin No-Bake CheesecakeQuick Dishes for Thanksgiving Pumpkin Cheesecake

2 sticks of cream cheese

1 Cup of sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

¼ Cup Pumpkin pie filling

Pre-made graham cracker crust

 

Blend until creamy and fluffy

Pour into graham cracker crust.

 

Garnish with

Cinnamon sugar  (makes it look baked)

Shaved white chocolate

 

Refrigerate for a few hours

 

 

Roger’s Cranberry No-Bake CheesecakeQuick Dishes for Thanksgiving Cranberry Cheesecake

2 sticks of cream cheese

1 Cup of sugar

1 Tablespoon vanilla

1 Tablespoon lemon juice

1/3 Cup Whole cranberries in jelly

Pre-made graham cracker crust

 

Blend until creamy and fluffy

Pour into graham cracker crust

 

Garnish with any (or all) of the following:

The remaining whole cranberries/jelly.  I put this just on the outside edge of the pie.

Orange peel zest

Shaved white chocolate

Refrigerate for a few hours

And don’t forget the TURKEY!

Here’s my recipe that you’re sure to love!Turkey in the Oven

 Now it’s your turn. Tell me your can’t miss, so simple it’s embarrassing, recipe that you pull out for the holidays in the comments below.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Perfect Holiday Turkey

Yikes! It’s almost time to cook the Holiday turkey!

Do you have turkey-phobia?

It can seem like a daunting task to make the perfect turkey, but I promise you, it isn’t. Try my recipe and follow my instructions, and you’ll have a table full of guests licking their fingers and begging for more. But beware, this turkey is so good, there may not be any leftovers for turkey sandwiches.

Turkey in the Oven

Kathi’s Brined Turkey

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon water – cold
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon crushed dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon dried sage
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 3 oranges, cut in half

 

Directions

  1. In a large garbage bag, combine the all the ingredients.
  2. Wash and dry your turkey. Make sure you have removed the innards. Place the turkey, breast down, into the brine. Make sure that the cavity gets filled. Place the bag in a roasting pan and in the refrigerator overnight, turning once.
  3. Remove the turkey carefully draining off the excess brine and pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  4. Cook the turkey as desired reserving the drippings for gravy. Keep in mind that brined turkeys cook 20 to 30 minutes faster so watch the temperature gauge.

Need a Little Bravery Today

focusonthefamilyFocus on the Family Photo Jim Kathi CheriAre you tired of feeling tied to your everyday way of living?

Are you trying to do something new in your life, but are scared to take the next step?

Boy, have I got something special for you today.

Today on Focus on the Family, my coauthor Cheri and I are talking with Jim Daly about the struggle each of us go through to fight perfectionism and live the life that God designed us to live.

Here is the link to our conversation.

And here is the the free download that we talked about – how to discover which of the four perfectionist bullies is beating you up and what to do about it:

The 4 P Bullies at a Glance

Cheri gets real and honest about her struggles with perfectionism (talking about stuff even I didn’t know) and what it led her to. You won’t want to miss this powerful couple of days.