We Never Forget

14 years have passed since that fateful day, September 11, 2001, which changed our lives forever. My prayers go out to all those who have lost loved ones and for anyone who has been affected by the terrorist attacks in any way. And, of course, my prayers go out for the repose of the souls of the deceased.

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Image by Michelle (2013) via Pixabay,CCO public domain

Happy Labor Day!

Have you ever wondered what Labor Day was all about? For most people, Labor Day has become a ritual of sorts indicating the end of summer and time to go back to school or back into “work” mode.

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But it is really more than that. The Wikipedia defines Labor Day read more of it here:

Labor Day in the United States is a holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

This is a great definition because without workers: blue collar, white collar or no collar, we would not have a country. So today, as you barbecue or join in whatever activities you are doing today, take a moment to pray for all the workers in our country – including yourself!

Also, while you are at it, please say a prayer for all those who are unemployed or underemployed. There are so many people struggling to get by (us included) and to provide for their families.

God bless you and your family today and always.

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Image in public domain

Simple Online Productivity Tool: LeechBlock

Since the school year is beginning (or has begun) for so many of us, I thought I would share a handy online productivity tool discovered a while back thanks to Angie over at Real Life at Home. It is called LeechBlock.

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LeechBlock is a Firefox add-on that allows you to block certain sites for a specified amount of time. This can help you stay focused on the the work you should be doing online instead of wasting time on sites that suck up your time and productivity.

For example: If you are anything like me and “mildly” addicted to Twitter and/or Facebook { ๐Ÿ˜› }, it can be so easy to think that you’re just going to “check-in for a minute” and still be there 30 minutes or more later. With LeechBlock, you can block yourself from having access to those sites when you should be working.

Once you’ve installed the plug-in, it’s very easy to create different block sets (tools->LeechBlock->options) of the sites you want to block and to control the days and times you want them blocked.

Personally, I have been using LeechBlock for a few years now and I love it. It is also good for children. Andrew is 10 now and has just received a new-to-him computer (Michael’s old computer) which he will use for school. I plan to use it, in conjuction with parental controls, to hopefully help him stay focused and productive with his school work.

If you are using (or have used) LeechBlock, I’d love to hear your thoughts. What do you like/dislike about it? Does it or has it helped you stay productive online?

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Tweetable: Simple Online Productivity Tool

Make Over Your Mornings One-Day Sale!

Like I mentioned yesterday, today Crystal is holding a one-day only sale of her course, Make Over Your Mornings (aff). I am really excited about this because you can get the 14-day course for just $10!

This includes all the videos, work book, cheat sheets, access to a private Facebook page and more. I can promise you that the course is well worth the $10 investment. In fact, it is worth much, much more.

I don’t push or promote products aggressively, including my own, but I am pushing Make Over Your Mornings (aff) because it one product that has made such a huge difference in my life and I am confident that it will make a huge difference in yours!

Therefore, I encourage you to take a peek at the first day of course, and if you think it may be for you, sign up. You will not regret it.

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Aff stands for affiliate link, which means that when someone purchases the course through my link, I get a small commission, at NO extra cost to you. However, that is NOT why I am promoting this course. I am only promoting this course because I have benefited greatly from this course and I know that you can too.

Free Download and a Heads Up

If you have read my review of the Make over Your Mornings course, you know that I am a big fan. It has completely changed the way I approach my mornings – and evening.

Well, if you have been thinking about taking the course but just not sure if it is right for you, I have some good news. Crystal has decided to make the first day of the course (aff) free of charge. This will give you a chance to preview the course and see exactly what each day will look like.

Not only that, but tomorrow, there will be a special, one day only, sale. I will give out the details as soon as they become available. ๐Ÿ™‚

A Little Housekeeping and Saint Maximilian

Just a head’s up:

You may or may not have noticed that I have reposted a few “oldies but goodies” blog posts. The reason for this is because I have simplified and changed the blog design and now I am updating the links and images of some old posts. In the process, As I do this, I am reposting some of them (once or twice a week) that have remained popular over the years or that are still relevant (or “evergreen”). Therefore, you may see posts that are posted as “new” but have comments to them.

Speaking of which, today is the optional memorial of St. Maximilian Kolbe. He is a wonderful saint and I encourage you to learn more about him!

Please Take This Quick “Poll.” Thanks!

I need your input, please. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you were going to buy a Catholic journal/diary, would you want it to include:

โ‡’ Quotes from the Saints

โ‡’ Quotes from Scripture

โ‡’ Both

โ‡’ other (please explain)

Let me know your preference in the comment section. Feel free to include anything that would be in your idea of the perfect journal.ย  Thanks for your help!

Have You Seen These “Dolls From Heaven?”

They are so cute! Seriously, they make me almost wish I had a daughter. LOL!

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St. Therese

This doll of St. Therese is the first in a line of dolls to be created by the Kiczek family. The Kiczeks are a Catholic, pro-life family seeking to help raise up a generation of future saints! Besides the doll, there are even accessories, a book about St. Therese, and an additional outfit for purchase.

The additional outfit is an adorable “Sunday Best” outfit:

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The doll is affordable and no doubt will be a source of inspiration for your girls in helping them develop a relationship with the Lord.

You can preorder the book here and you can find more about the dolls here. (Make sure you watch the promotional video.)

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*I am NOT being compensated for this post nor am I an affiliate for this product. I am promoting these dolls because I think they would make a great addition to any Catholic family. I also love to do my part in supporting pro-life, catholic families. ๐Ÿ™‚

Want Some (Inexpensive) Catholic E-Books?

From Wednesday, June 24 through Friday, June 26, the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers will be hosting an e-book sale featuring 15 indie Catholic writers. All of the books will be 99ยข or less! For more information, and to help spread the word, go here.

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This sale is a great way to support Catholic authors and to get some great summer reads at the same time!

(P.S. I am not an affiliate nor am I getting any compensation for promoting this sale. I just genuinely want to support fellow Catholic bloggers/writers.)

Keeping Kids Safe on Youtube

Hat tip to Money Saving Mom for pointing me to this post by Jenae! As soon as I discovered this tip I knew I had to share it with you, especially for those who allow their children to watch YouTube videos.

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I use YouTube videos several times a week during Andrew’s homeschooling, and it can be such a burden. I am constantly having to beย  so diligent that he won’t see something inappropriate in the ads, suggested videos, etc. It is time-consuming, and sometimes I am not always successful in blocking everything.

So, what is this recommended resource? It is called “Viewpure.” I have used the site a few times already in the last couple of days, and I am very, very happy with the results! That’s not to say that I’m not cautious anymore, because I am, but Viewpure make the job just a little bit easier.

By the way, do you have any tips or ideas for keeping kids safe on YouTube or online in general? Do share in the comments!