The One Cup Challenge

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So many dishes in the house and we can’t keep up. Yes we have a dishwasher, by why do we have so many dishes? Well I’m moving to one cup. A few days ago I decided that if I could use only cup, I could reduce the dishes we have to wash. The exception to this is the Klean canteen I use for water daily. Eventually I would like to use one place setting at home as well. The problem with that is that we are a family of five. My wife is a stay-at-home-mom as well, so she is constantly using dishes to prepare meals and transition to meals. So if I only use one cup to drink out of all the time, that’s at least one or two less dishes to clean.

Setting Boundaries

Tired, burned out, not enough time. These are all concepts that we deal with. We feel that we cannot ever do enough for others or that there is not enough of us to go around. Well there is not enough of you to go around and you should not try to make more of yourself than you have. Live within your personal limitations and set boundaries. Checkout this article on how Jesus set healthy boundaries.

http://www.soulshepherding.org/1998/07/jesus-set-boundaries/

Downloading Videos from YouTube

ytdDownloading videos from YouTube is nothing new. There are lots of sites that allow you to do this and even extract audio from those videos. Which, honestly is a great way to build your mp3 collection. If you still collect mp3s. But I want to talk about the command line program youtube-dl. Now before you freak out about the whole command line thing, I assure you it’s a lot easier than you might think. In fact once you see how easy it is, you will use it as your constant companion to you tube. Continue reading

Sick No More

It turns out that coconut oil, honey and lemon juice is a good remedy for a cold. Next time you are starting to feel under the weather try these three ingredients together and see if you start to feel better.

http://altering-perspectives.com/2013/10/honey-lemon-coconut-oil-cough-syrup.html

How to Get Free Printed Books with Google

Let’s face it, Google is trying to take over the world. With that said, let’s also consider that their approach to indexing the internet can work to our advantage. You DO NOT HAVE TO BE A GEEK to be able to use the internet to your advantage. There is an abundance of data out there for the taking. I am not stating that all data is legally posted, but if it’s online, you can generally have access to it one way or another. Google allows for the use of operators in their search. One of my favorites is the “filetype” operator. This the one that we are going to use today to help you find books online. Let’s give it a try. Continue reading

Homemade Lemonade

Here is an easy and tasty lemonade recipe that we’ve been enjoying this past week.

  • 1 cup of organic sugar
  • 6 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup lemon juice

Mix sugar and 2 cups of hot water to make a simple syrup. Once the sugar is mostly dissolved, add an additional 4 cups of cold filtered water. Mix very well for about a minute. Next add the lemon juice and stir again for a minute.  Allow to sit in the fridge for about an hour or add ice and serve immediately.

The Simpler Way: A Practical Action Plan for Living More on Less

Have you ever looked for sunglasses that you eventually found on your head, or worse your face? We are killing ourselves trying to find what we already have. We are feeding each other a lie that was created and has us walking in circles. This essay by Samuel Alexander, Ted Trainer and Simon Ussher, from Simplerway.org is pure excellence in IMO.

“…working long hours just to ‘keep up with the Joneses’ leaves people with less time for the things that
really matter in life, like friends, family, community, and engaging in peaceful, creative
activity.This is the stuff that makes life worth living, and the interesting
thing is we don’t need to be rich to enjoy it all.”

This could change the way you relate to the world. Check it out!