Your Gifts Are Not Free | How to Start Using Your Gifts for Employment

Do you have a gift or talent you give away for free, but dream you could be making a living from it?  Have you talked yourself out of that dream and become scared to turn that dream to a reality? By the end of this post you’ll know why you should stop giving your gifts and talents for free. Plus I tell you how your gifts can be used for your employment.
Your Gifts Are Not FreeHey y’all! It’s been a minute since I’ve written a post primarily because I have been enjoying connecting with y’all more intimately in our group. The live chats, Bible studies, accountability and community seems to have been the key to helping you get over some of your biggest struggles. It’s been amazing seeing the growth and hearing the testimonies of the members.

Next month the new group kicks off, so if you haven’t registered make sure to do that here today.

This morning I taught a live class on how your gifts are connected to your income. A lot of people will try and get you to believe if you are a Christian and have a gift that it should be given away for free. That myth has some of you giving away for free, the very talent God gave you for your employment. People have you believing it is un-Christian to charge for something you are good at especially if it involves helping them grow in their walk with Christ.

In today’s video, I’m not only going to encourage you to stop doing that, I’m also going to show you in scripture where charging for your service is very much in line with what God has called us to do.


Do you have a gift for decor that you freely give to people you know, but deep down inside you’d love to make a business out of it?

Are you great a baking and everyone loved your cakes until you started talking about creating a business and selling them?

Does everyone come to you for advice on something unique, but when you began talking about charging for one-on-one mentorship, the stopped needing your advice?

Today I’m going to tell you how to get past your doubts about using your gifts and talents to make a living.

Your Gifts Are Not Free | How to Start Using Your Gifts for Employment


The Challenges of Meal Planning with a Large Family

Meal planning tips for large families on a budget.

Tackling the challenges of meal planning with a large family. Photo Credit: Saidah Washington

One of my goals for this week is to begin meal planning consistently again. I slacked off big time because planning three different types of meals was becoming annoying. But what happens on some days, is chow time rolls around and all of us are looking crazy because nothing is planned.

I’ll be the first to say, it’s hard agreeing on what to eat when everyone is hungry. The kids want pizza, Germaine wants anything with meat and I want a salad. Not planning just doesn’t work out.

I love the sense of order that comes with meal planning, but as a family, we need to figure out how to meet everyones dietary wants and needs.

That’s what I’m going to be working to do this month. The only way we’re going to fix the issue is by working on it and to date, I’ve just been ignoring it.

The very first thing I’m going to do starting this week is begin writing a full menu plan.

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How to Stop Losing Your Temper with Your Kids

How to Stop Losing Your Temper with Your Kids

It’s only moms who lose their temper and fly off the handle who will understand what I’m about to describe.

Your kid(s) are in another room carrying on, doing something you’ve asked them not to do. You’ve already asked them several times, today and on other days, not to do whatever it is they are doing.

First you begin getting frustrated because you don’t have the time, energy or patience to ask them to comply yet again. Then you begin getting angry and meditating on ALL THE WAYS they disrespect you.

Finally, you’re fuming inside and you’ve had enough. You are going to give them a piece of your mind and let the chips fall where they may, but then after yelling at them, you see the fear in their eyes. Although you’re still angry, you walk away feeling defeated as a mom because you’ve scared and possibly scarred your children.

Can anyone relate to this scenario? When my adult daughter was still young, this is the kind of mom I would become when I was fed up. I would see the tears and sadness in my children’s eyes and realize I’d gone too far. I hated this about myself, but I didn’t know what to do about it. I was as a praying mom and wife, but that alone wasn’t helping me deal with the frustration of mothering, then one day this happened.

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How Daily Planning Can Make You Better Wife and Mother

Why Use a Daily Planner

I’ve been a planner ever since I became a stay at home wife and mom back in 2008. My Daily Planner has changed over the years as my family dynamic has changed, but the purpose of it has always been the same. The goal of my planner is to get everyone in our home on the same page.

My planner not just for me, but for my husband and kids as well. Having a central location where everyone can see the plans for the day helps me be a better mother and wife. Having my planner out in the open keeps me from having to repeat information over and over again. Repeating myself is one of my anger triggers. Anger triggers are those things that make you frustrated and can possibly lead to communicating with your family in anger. I will write more about identifying anger triggers and how to master them, but for now, I’ll share how I master this trigger using my Daily Planner.

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Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Vacuum Cleaner

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CleaningUntangled #CollectiveBias

Simple Tips to Extend the Life of Your Vacuum CleanerOur floors don’t stay clean for more than twelve hours so everyday is pretty much floor cleaning day. If you are a new mom and think you’re failing at homemaking just because your home isn’t spotless, please know that your value is not tied to how neat your home is.

Our home has two floors with a combination of bare and carpeted floors. My children are 11,13 & 15 and my home still doesn’t stay spotless. Training them to help me keep the house clean has been and ongoing job since they were old enough to walk and it will continue until they move out.

Our floor cleaning is divided mostly between me and my kids with my husband pitching in when he’s not working.

I clean the floors in the rooms where my husband and I spend the most time relaxing. I clean these areas because I want them spotless and my kids rarely do a thorough job of cleaning.

My kids are assigned the common areas and their bedrooms. To clean our floors we use the Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal®, currently available at Walmart, which cleans both carpeted and bare floors.

My daughter’s bedroom puts the most wear and tear on our vacuum because she thinks her bedroom doubles as a beauty salon for her dolls.

Eureka Brushroll Clean™ with SuctionSeal®If she’s not brushing her dolls hair she’s cutting it and most time that hair gets trapped in the vacuum brushroll.

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Laundry Routine: How to Have Laundry with Long Lasting Scent

My #LongLastingScent laundry routine and shopping trip has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. 

Laundry Routine How to Have Laundry with Long Lasting ScentOur laundry routine includes the entire family pitching in and wash clothes as the laundry baskets become full.

We use a separate laundry basket for each type of laundry load. This makes starting a load of laundry so much easier.

Each of my children are assigned a task and are responsible for helping with laundry a few times a week.

  • My oldest son loads the washer.

  • My daughter transfers the clean clothes from the washer to the dryer.

  • My youngest son, transfers the laundry from the dryer to the folding table.

  • Everyone collects their clothes from the folding table.

When we wash clothes we use laundry detergent, fabric softener, in-wash scent boosters and bleach as needed.

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How I Use My $70 Grocery Budget at Aldi

I shared a video tutorial a while ago on how I create my menu and shopping list. I went through the process in under 15 minutes just to show you how easy it is to do.

Planning our meals and shopping based on those meals helps save money in the store and time in the kitchen.

In today’s video I will show you how I use my $70 grocery budget at Aldi and ideas on meals I will make.

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