Posted by: hugapoohlouise | January 20, 2016

Announcement! Listen Up Everyone

I have some exciting news for all my subscribers and readers.  Drum roll please….

Melissa’s Musings just found out that she has been accepted by Bible Gateway to be a Blogger Grid blogger.  I am over the top excited.  What does that mean for my subscribers and readers?  You are probably asking?

Well it means you will have great content provided to you by Bible Gateway and top bloggers in the country who love the Lord and want to see the gospel shared into this dark and twisty world.  You will be able to read articles that lift up your faith, strengthen your walk the Lord and lead you down a path of spiritual growth.

So why don’t you check it out today.  Visit the BG² portfolio  by clicking on the BG² anywhere within this post and you will be able to check out all the bloggers selected to blog with Blogger Grid and Bible Gateway.  

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | January 18, 2016

Q&A with Elizabeth Oates – Part One

Q&A with Elizabeth Oates

Author of If You Could See as Jesus Sees

Part 1

From the outside, she has it all together. She’s committed to her family, her friends, and her church. Her Instagram account is an inspiration. But behind every carefully worded post and perfectly posed picture is a woman tormented by the voice in her head: Am I pretty enough? Smart enough? Thin enough? Good enough? Success­ful enough? Am I ever enough? Author and speaker Elizabeth Oates knows that voice all too well.

Q: If You Could See as Jesus Sees was written to reach women who struggle with self-worth. How common is this problem?

A: I think most women—from ages ten to one hundred—wrestle with feelings of inadequacy, doubt, worthlessness, hopelessness, and even self-loathing at some point in their lives. We scorn our bodies, our faces, or our hair. Maybe we even dislike ourselves at our core: our personalities, our gifts, our talents, and our souls. So we spend days, if not years, comparing ourselves to our friends or media celebrities and daydreaming about a different life. Eventually, we morph into an existence vaguely similar to ourselves, yet not quite us. We alter our behavior to please others. We dress like our friends or emulate what we see in InStyle magazine. We may even change our appearance through plastic surgery. Before we know it, we are just an empty shell of our true selves, mere imposters of the women God created.

The details vary from woman to woman. Yet, for each of us, a common thread weaves through our stories: the grand story of the fall. Think back to Eve in the Garden of Eden. She lived in paradise with her loving husband, Adam, and her devoted God. They enjoyed constant fellowship with their Creator. Then the deceitful serpent entered the stage. Listening to his empty promises and twisted propaganda, Eve succumbed to his lies, and women have been believing those lies ever since. We view ourselves through our own distorted lenses of self-loathing, ugliness, shame, and discontentment instead of Jesus’ lenses of love, beauty, redemption, and generosity.

Q: The topic of social media comes up often in this book. How do Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and other social media sites negatively affect some women?

A: Have you ever mindlessly surfed Facebook, only to shut your lap­top, feeling lonely, useless, and discouraged? It’s tough not to succumb to jealousy, envy, greed—and even despair—when we are inundated with our friends’ vacation photos, dream homes, new cars, job promotions, and all the other exciting things people want to celebrate. We are left feeling as if we are living a less-than-stellar life. For the woman who already struggles with a negative self-image, those posts are a constant reminder of the many ways she doesn’t measure up. Social media has become a driving force in our culture, but it doesn’t reflect reality. It’s the highlight reel. We see people living life seamlessly—the perfect family, the perfect house, the perfect job, the perfect faith—and we wonder, “What am I doing wrong? Why am I not married yet? Why am I not pregnant yet? Why don’t I live in my dream home?” What we don’t see underneath those beaming Facebook posts is the crumbling marriage, the house in foreclosure, the credit card debt, and the I’ll-show-up-for-church-on-Sunday-morning-but-don’t-you-dare-ask-me-do-to-anything-riskier kind of faith.

If You Could See As Jesus Sees
Elizabeth Oates
January 2016 / 978-1-63409-512-9 / $14.99
Shiloh Run Press
http://www.elizabethoates.com

The content provided in this article was furnished to me by The Barnabas Agency and is solely their writing and property.

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | January 16, 2016

Don’t Forget! Evangelicals for Life Conference

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Even if you’re not heading to Washington, D.C., January 21–22 for the March for Life event, block out some time those two days because you’ll be able to attend some of the events in the comfort of your own home. Focus on the Family and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host Evangelicals for Life, a major pro-life conference held in conjunction with the March for Life event.

The event will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Evangelicals from across the country will gather to hear from leading speakers, such as David Platt, Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Kelly Rosati, and others—to be equipped and encouraged to become a voice for life! The event will also be simulcast for FREE so individuals, churches, and organizations from coast-to-coast and around the world can take part.

Speakers will encourage evangelicals to engage the culture on issues of abortion and end-of-life decisions, and the event will affirm the evangelical belief in the sanctity of life, that every life matters to God and is created in His image.


For more information, visit http://evangelicals.life/.

Readers of this blog will receive 15% off their registration by using the code FocusLife.



What Pro-Life Really Means

By Daniel Darling

It was a flippant comment by the spokesmen for a presidential candidate: “It doesn’t matter. They’re just Muslims.” But it made shudder.

This is how societies begin to dehumanize a people group, and every generation of Christians is responsible to face this thinking and fight it. This is what it means to be a pro-life champion.

We are pro-life because we are pro-human dignity. It is the uniquely Christian message that sees in every soul a person created in the image of God.

When Planned Parenthood and their allies say, “That’s just a fetus,” we say, “No, that’s a baby, a human life, that deserves dignity and respect.”

When corrupt profiteers look at vulnerable young girls and boys and say, “They are just a commodity to be trafficked for money,” we say, “No, they are boys and girls created in the image of God and deserving of dignity and respect.”

When eugenicists look at the elderly and say, “They are just burdens to be managed,” we say, “No, human dignity is not defined by utility, but is a unique gift given by God.”

When politicians look at immigrants and say, “They are a drain on society,” we say, “No, they are created in the image of God and worthy of kindness, welcoming, and respect.”

When ISIS brutally dehumanizes its victims—Christians, Muslims, Jews, and anyone who doesn’t subscribe to their ideology—and they say, “They are just infidels,” we say, by our acts of justice, “No, they are people created in the image of God and worthy of life and respect.”

When the disabled are marginalized, we say, “No, each was created in the image of God and is worthy of our full love and acceptance.”

Even in our discourse, even when we look across the aisle, across the screen, across the table at someone who doesn’t share our beliefs, we say to ourselves, “This person is worthy of respect and dignity because they too were created in the image of God.”

Human dignity, the intrinsic worth of every human soul, is not just a once-every-four-years mantra for voter guides and political scorecards. We live out the imago de as a way of life, and we seek justice wherever human dignity is compromised.

This is why ERLC and Focus on the Family join hands to help raise up a new generation of evangelicals who are passionate about the sanctity of human life. This why you should come to Washington, D.C., this January to the Evangelicals for Life event or participate via the free simulcast at your church or on your computer.

You should join Evangelicals for Life, not simply to make a powerful stand in the nation’s capital. You should come, not simply to be stirred by the gifted speakers. You should come, not only to fellowship and strategize with other champions for life.

You should be a part of of Evangelicals for Life because God is calling you, in this time and in your sphere of influence, to be a voice for human dignity.

Answer for yourself what it means to have a pro-life, whole-life vision. Discover where your gifts and talents best serve the kingdom of God in this way, and send a message to the world that your Christianity compels you to look every human being in the eye and not see what everyone sees. You see in them the image of their Creator.

Daniel Darling is the Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (ERLC), the co-sponsor of the Evangelicals for Life conference. Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in pastoral ministry from Dayspring Bible College and has studied at  Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Angela have four children and reside in the Nashville area. They attend Green Hill Church in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, where Dan serves as Pastor of Teaching and Discipleship.

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 31, 2015

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The hustle and bustle of what we’ve created Christmas to be here on earth has come and gone.  The whole world is looking forward to 2016 either with joy or dread but it is coming either way.

We celebrated the birth of Our Savior this Christmas with less commercialization and more of Jesus.  I really enjoyed the simple, yet regal ornaments that lifted up Jesus and downplayed the role of Santa Claus.  Me and the girls had a blast collecting, coloring and making ornaments that reflect a risen King, not a red-suited man with a beard.  I have to say it was also a challenge, until we found Adorenaments®.  But we had a beautiful tree.  We started right after Thanksgiving and finished up on Christmas Eve.

Our Christmas was a little different this year as illness struck our house.  It seems these last few months it has been one person in our family getting sick or diagnosed with some disease.  Which has weighed heavy on my heart.  I love my loved ones and when they suffer I suffer with them.  Our oldest daughter came down with the flu bug on Christmas Eve and then was running a high temperature all day Christmas.  So we had a small gathering to eat this meal prepared by our hands for the glory of God.  It was long after all the food was ate and dishes washed that the cook of the food became ill, yep, me.  So Christmas ended rather shortly as two of us were in bed sick.  I have to say my body needed the rest and I am pleased to announce that my other two kids were thrilled to be able to play uninterrupted with their new presents.

As the New Year draws closer and closer, we are mending.  Still with a fever some of us that goes away for one day and returns the next.  We wanted to wish all of readers, subscribers and followers and occasional visitor a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We wish you many blessings of health and that you would be a reflection of Christ in this year coming.  That when anyone looks at you they will see Christ.

At Melissa’s Musings, we are goal-setting and planning a New Year that will bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ.  I am searching His Word for a Word for 2016 these last few days.  Do you have your word for 2016?  I’d love to hear it and how you are going to implement your word through out this blessing of a New Year that we’ve been given.  I am planning for ways to go deeper with the Lord this year, I am planning my Bible reading journey, looking for a new plan that will help me immerse myself in His Word daily.  I am looking at ways to journal His Word so that it is always in the forefront of my mind.  Ways to chew on a Scripture that is relevant to my life over and over again.  To let His Words be more important to me than physical food.  To seek Him for the paths I need to be on this year and how I can honor and glorify Him best.  How about you?  What are you doing these last few days of 2015?

So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all and until next time,

M

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 28, 2015

And The Winner Is….

I want to thank each one of you who read, subscribed, liked and entered the contest for your very own set of Adorenaments®!

This was an awesome contest, and I apologize for how fast it was but due to the holiday’s and the review requirements it had to be fast.

Never the less, the drawing is over and we have a winner hand chosen by my birthday girl this month.   The winner is:

Annette Longerhorn

You have 48 hours to contact me at Melissa’s Musings with your mailing address so I can mail you your very own set of Adorenaments®.

If I do not hear from the person listed above within 48 hours a second winner will be chosen.

Until Next Time,

M

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 24, 2015

The Cultural Battle for Human Dignity | Evangelicals for Life

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Clear your schedules January 21–22, 2016, because Focus on the Family and The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission will host Evangelicals for Life, a major pro-life conference held in conjunction with the March for Life event.

The event will take place in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Evangelicals from across the country will gather to hear from leading speakers, such as David Platt, Russell Moore, Jim Daly, Kelly Rosati, and others—to be equipped and encouraged to become a voice for life! The event will also be simulcast for FREE so individuals, churches, and organizations from coast-to-coast and around the world can take part.

Speakers will encourage evangelicals to engage the culture on issues of abortion and end-of-life decisions, and the event will affirm the evangelical belief in the sanctity of life, that every life matters to God and is created in His image.

For more information, visit http://evangelicals.life/.
Readers of this blog will receive 15% off their registration by using the code FocusLife.



Russell Moore will be speaking at Evangelicals for Life. He is President of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is a theologian, ethicist, frequent cultural commentator, and author of several books. In the guest post below, he speaks to the importance of hosting the conference in the midst of the cultural battle for human dignity.


Why We’re Hosting the Evangelicals For Life Conference

By Russell Moore

As many Christians sat at their computer and watched a casual dinner conversation over the price of dismembered children, a lot of us probably thought: “But what can I do about this?” This is a question I hear often from pro-life evangelicals. Many Christians are utterly convinced in their heart of the personhood and dignity of the unborn, yet don’t know how to faithfully effectively advocate for life.

It’s important to understand that the cultural battle for human dignity doesn’t begin on Capitol Hill or on CNN. It begins in your family, in your local church, and in your neighborhood. In fact, many of the people we know most vulnerable to the abortionist’s rhetoric are not actually pro-choice, they’re just scared, scared to scandalize a church with their secret. The false gospel of the abortion clinic, which says, “We can make all your trouble go away for you,” is overwhelmingly seductive.

What these people need more than a lesson in embryonic development is to have the Gospel preached to their conscience. This means much more than simply offering “The Romans Road” or prompting a sinner’s prayer; it means speaking directly with the message of Jesus’ complete sovereignty of the universe, his righteous indignation on the murder of the unborn, and most importantly, his complete absorption of God’s wrath on the cross, and his invitation to mercy and fellowship and the imputed righteousness of the Son of God.

The Gospel disarms the appeal of the abortion clinic because it offers truth with love, judgment with mercy, and righteousness with grace. The consciences around us don’t believe what they’re telling themselves. They’re scared and confused. Shine a light on their conscience, and then present the Gospel of reconciliation.

Moreover, the pro-life movement has set an example worthy of our imitation when it comes to practical, holistic mercy ministry. For over 40 years since Roe v. Wade, those committed to defending unborn life have done much more than preach and teach; they have welcomed the scared, the vulnerable, and the wounded and loved them. This has looked like the establishment of crisis pregnancy centers all around cities. It has looked like adoption advocacy and building a culture of adoption in local churches. It’s true that our pro-life witness has a long way to go, but we do not, thankfully, conform to the caricature that says we believe life “begins at conception and ends at birth.”

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Questions like these are why I am excited to be a part of the Evangelicals For Life Conference in January. This conference exists to help evangelicals articulate a truly Christian doctrine on the dignity of all human life. Being pro-life, after all, means much more than being against abortion on demand; it means believing in the dignity of the elderly and infirm, and advocating for compassion and inclusion of the poor, the orphan, and the widow. No doctrine of human dignity that fails to speak to these cases is fully “pro-life.”

Sometimes Christians are encouraged to leave issues like this behind. Sometimes the fight for human dignity is portrayed as “culture war” baggage. For those of us that watched an executive from Planned Parenthood talk about the most valuable anatomy of dead children, we know this to be false. The stakes for human life and human dignity could not be higher, and the plight of those ignored by the world does not go unnoticed by our heavenly Father.

We have a Gospel word to speak to the abortionist and the unborn, to the orphan and those not considering adoption. Will you join me in Washington, on January 21-22, as we seek to speak this word?

This article was adapted from the original article posted on Russell Moore’s website.

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 22, 2015

Ever Thine Home Adorenaments A Product of FamilyLife

I received the honor from the Blythe Daniel Agency and Ever Thine Home and FamilyLife® to review His Royal Names Adorenaments® and be able to give away one brand new set of His Royal Names Adorenaments® in exchange for my honest review.  I absolutely love my job!

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You may be asking what are Adorenaments®? Adorenaments® are made by Ever Thine Home and a product of FamilyLife® and are products that help bring CHRIST back into Christmas!  As a mother of three girls, I have been looking for the opportunity to bring Jesus Christ Emmanuel into our home for the birth of our King.   Christmas decorations have gotten so far from the real reason for the season.  I know, I know, I have the heirloom decorations that have been passed down from generation to generation, but what does Snoopy have to do with the birth of Jesus, I know right?  I searched high and low for God honoring decorations and then I found Adorenaments® , Ever Thine Home and FamilyLife®!

So when I was offered the chance to review my Adorenaments® and help others find CHRIST back in Christmas, I jumped at the chance.  Stay tuned to the end of the review as I will be giving away a set of Adorenaments® to some blessed person.

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The Royal Names Adorenaments® set is nicely boxed and even tied with a ribbon.  No need to gift wrap, if you are giving these as a gift.  Just place under the tree and wait for the look on their face Christmas morning.  These high quality glitter brushed Adorenaments® add elegance and help you return your focus to the reason we have Christmas, CHRIST.  The Royal Names Adorenaments®  set includes seven royal names of Jesus.  Each of the seven names are etched into a unique silver crown with the royal name for King Jesus.  Each Adorenaments®  is also adorned with a   ribbon to add to the character of the Adorenaments®  and the name of Jesus.  The best part about the Royal Names Adorenaments®  is that it includes a devotional type book that tells us about King Jesus and His coming on Christmas morning.

I was blown away at the quality of these Adorenaments® .  They are a treasured item that will last for years and be the focal point of our holiday season.  I can pass them on to my own girls as they start their own homes.  Of course I think I will purchase them their very own set of Adorenaments®  as I really don’t want to part with mine.  I love that each ornament is unique and reflects a characteristic of King Jesus.  These Adorenaments® will always have a place on my tree.

Adorenaments®can be purchased from FamilyLife®, help for today, hope for tomorrow, by purchasing Adorenaments® from FamilyLife® you are helping FamilyLife® bring help and hope to orphaned children around the world. These beautiful Adorenaments® were the idea of Ever Thine Home, you can visit their home page by clicking on their name anywhere within my post.  Ever Thine Home has a blog that I am sure you will want to check out on a regular basis which helps you believe and beautify your home with God honoring content.  You can click on the words FamilyLife® and Adorenaments® anywhere within this post and be taken to these websites.

Now for the best part!  You can win your very own set of Adorenaments® from FamilyLife®, Ever Thine Home and The Blythe Daniel Agency.  Enjoy these Adorenaments®  for years and learn more about the Royal Names of Jesus.  I am giving away here on this blog one brand new set of His Royal Names Adorenaments® .  The giveaway will end on December 26,2015 and the winner will be announced within 24 hours of the drawing.  You have 48 hours to claim your prize or another name will be selected.  How do you enter?  Each of the following will earn you one entry into the giveaway for Adorenaments®  His Royal Names:

  • Visit FamilyLife®, and choose your favorite item from their catalog, return to this blog post and leave a comment with your favorite item.  One entry.
  • Visit Adorenaments® or Ever Thine Home and read about these God honoring products and return to this blog post and leave a comment about these two websites.  One entry.
  • Leave a comment on this blog post about your search to find God honoring ornaments for your CHRISTmas tree.  One entry.
  • Share this review and giveaway on Facebook, Twitter and tag one friend who would be blessed by these products and websites.  One entry.

So what are you waiting for I just gave you four reasons to enter and win!

Until Next Time,

M

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received a Adorenments Set from FamilyLife to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 11, 2015

Odyssey Adventure Club

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The holidays are a busy time . . . but life can be even more hectic! In the midst of work, after-school activities, grocery shopping, and business trips, how are parents supposed to find the time to build within their families a lasting foundation of faith?

Focus on the Family wants to step in and give you some tips. Sign up by clicking here for a free e-book called 101 Surefire Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Faith. With creative ideas on weaving faith into everyday conversations, turning family activities into learning opportunities, and having faith-filled holiday celebrations, this book is jam-packed with fun and interesting, easy, faith-building ideas for your family.

Another way to invest in your child’s faith is through the Odyssey Adventure Club (OAC). It offers safe and free content for everyone in your family, including an Advent calendar, a broadcast download with tips to create a memorable Christmas, AIO cutouts, and Christmas stocking stuffer cards. Membership to the OAC costs just $9.99 a month — or even less if parents make a six-month or one-year commitment. Enrollment provides more than enough content to keep kids engaged throughout the year:

  • Access to exclusive content and first looks at books and select Radio Theatre dramas.
  • On-the-go access to the OAC app for both iOS and Android users.
  • 24/7 streaming access to nearly 800 AIO episodes.
  • A new, members-only AIO episode every month.
  • A subscription to Adventures in Odyssey Clubhouse Magazine, and more.

Another fun way to build your child’s faith: have a family craft night and use it as a faith-building opportunity! Click the image below for a printable Town of Odyssey cutout set. Bonus points if you listen to an Adventures in Odyssey episode while you put together your town!

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To learn more about the Odyssey Adventure Club, visit www.oaclub.org, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received  free use of the Adventure in Odyssey Club in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | December 5, 2015

Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner Review for 2016

2016_DP_CoverI am so excited!  Sue Hooley of The Homemaker’s Friend sent me a 2016 Daily Planner to review again!  I have to say this is my all time favorite planner.  I use this planner more than any of the other planners sent to me over the years that I’ve blogged about products and wrote reviews.  I use The Homemaker’s Friend to plan my blog, my life, my family’s life and my work schedule.  I carry it everywhere.  It is my best friend and knows all my secrets, dreams and schedules.  I know most people have switched to digital planning but I am an old fashion type of person who loves the feel of pen and paper.  I will always plan this way as long as The Homemaker’s Friend is published.  Can’t wait to get your hands on your very own copy?  Click anywhere within this post on the planner name, Sue’s name and you’ll automatically be taken to her website.

I am going to try an explain why the The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner has become my favorite planner and why I feel totally unprepared when I do not have it by my side.  I have to tell you carrying a planner around for 30 days usually destroys most planners I am sent to review.  NOT the Sue Hooley’s Daily Planner.  It lasts the whole year the cover still looks great after 365 days of being used and abused and put in the black hole I call my purse.  As a planner addict and someone who depends on a planner daily this is an important thing.  I don’t want to pull some messed up, ratty, unraveling spiral thingy from my purse in a business meeting or Rotary meeting, do you?  NO!  I want the product I use to hold up and look professional.  So this is one reason I keep returning to The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner the sturdy cover and ring coiling that holds up to the test of time.

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Even though The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner is called a daily planner each planner includes a yearly calendar.  I love the fact that I can look at this calendar for months ahead and still be able to plan.  I like that this planner has all the pages I need to effectively schedule my home, work and business all in one and is not too bulky to carry with me each day. Each section has it’s very own tab so you can find what you need in a hurry.   Each The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner includes monthly calendar planning pages too.  I use this page for upcoming events.  Like right now I am scheduling for January, all the doctor, allergists, orthodontist appointments.  The next section or tab is the weekly planning pages which includes a section for each day of the week with a Monday start.  I love the task list on each page of the weekly planning pages.  This is the place that I list all the tasks I hope to complete or need to complete within that week.

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Another thing I just love about The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner is the other pages that it includes.  A Task List or note page.  I use this page for journaling and for notes that I need to carry with me and not forget.  There is also a Project Tab, an info Tab and a Shopping list Tab.  As you can see Sue thought of everything that a planner would need when she created the The Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner.  I also love the fact since it has become so popular I can decorate this planner any way I want.  I can use color coding with my ink pens.  I can use washi tape or stickers, I can stamp and not have it bleed through the pages.  It is very versatile and can be used in many different ways or formats.  I am sure you can find a use that will help simplify your life and get organized.

Please stop by Sue’s website and tell her Melissa’s Musings sent you.

Until Next Time,

M

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. I received a free Home Maker’s Friend Daily Planner from Home Maker’s Friend, Sue Hooley to use in exchange for my honest product review. There are No affiliate links (money-making ideas) included in this post. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255:“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

 

 

Posted by: hugapoohlouise | November 30, 2015

The Vary Unique Life Planner Review

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The Vary Unique Life Planner System comes from the series of Life Books by Be Vary Unique.  I was sent a trial copy of the The Vary Unique Life Planner with Daily Pages.  The actual name is Hopeful Life Book.  My trial copy included blank planning pages enough to planner for 45 days so I could use the planner and write an objective review.  The Daily Planner tends to be thicker than the other planners offered by Be Vary Unique, you’ll want to keep that in mind when making your ordering decision.    Dedrea of Be Vary Unique sent me a personalized copy with a front cover meant to encourage me on my daily journey of planning.  So you can personalize your Life Planners and there are many different covers to choose from too.  I chose the cover that has the word “Hope, Dream, Faith and Believe” on it to inspire me each day.

The Vary Unique Life Planner  includes the following:
WEEKLY LIFE PLANNER
DAILY LIFE PLANNER
CONTACTS PLANNER
NOTEBOOK
JOURNAL

Each Vary Unique Life Book features the following:
* Personalized cover with your name, or other topic.
* Customized with the color paper of your choice, I chose Orchid as my color because purple is my favorite color.
* Color coordinated spiral to match the cover;
* Sturdy laminated cover with clear pockets on the inside of both covers;
* Printed on 24lb bond (60lb text) paper full color;
* A “vary unique” cover with an empowering “vary” power word.  I chose my Name “Melissa” to be the power word and to help in case I misplaced my Daily Life Planner.

Since I reviewed the Daily Life Planner I will only share what is within the cover.  To find out what the other books in the Life Planning series you can visit Dedrea’s website by clicking on the name of the planner anywhere within the post.  My Daily Life Planner includes:
– finished size of 6″ x 9″ (cover) and 5.5″ x 8.5″ (inside pages);
– undated so you can began using this planner at anytime;
– 365 pages of life planning, 6 pages of “to do” lists, 9 pages of blank designer pages. (Remember I was only sent 45 pages or so, so the true Life Planner will be very thick.
– space for each day for daily schedule, action items, morning motivation, evening relaxation thoughts and notes;
– space to write your life compass goals each day.

I enjoyed using my Daily Life Planner.  I carried it every where within my purse and I have to say the laminated cover and pages held up very well under the pressure.  I loved the color of the paper inside my planner.  The font used within the planner to welcome you to your new planner and to guide you on how to use it was a little small for me.

The only other drawback that I experienced was the space to write in was to small for me.  I write very large and I was not able to fit everything in on one day, so I ended up using two pages per day.  It was kind of disappointing since I was only sent 45 daily pages so I didn’t quite get a chance to use it for the full 30 days that I like to give each product I review.  But I made it through.  I would change the size and go a little large for those like me who write very large.

Overall, I was pleased with the quality, durability of the planner.  I don’t think I will be buying a copy for my own personal use do to the size issue right now.

Until Next Time,
M

 

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