Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Helping in the Harvest - miss elaini ous'

I don't know if you remember or not, but a couple months ago JOY Blog featured Miss Elaini here on the blog. She was featured both in "By Faith" and in "Helping in the Harvest". I would like to once again share with you the interview from May 2011 that I did with her for Helping in the Harvest. I would also like to encourage you to give to this cause!

In 190 days, this wonderful lady has raised $45,000 for orphans!!! Misselainious' goal is to raise $50,000! Please, consider helping her reach her goal by the end of the year!!!

You can do this by:

1. going to her website (http://misselainious.com/) and then going to the link that says "GIVE NOW".

2. Or Text ORPHAN to 52000 to give $10.

Please consider how you can be "helping in the harvest"!

Below is the link to both of the interviews that miss elaini ous did for JOY Blog. Also below is the Helping in the Harvest article! 

P.S. Make sure you check out her "12 Days of Christmas"!

 Interview with Miss Elaini
This is the "one dress"!
Photo by Christ Taylor***

Photo by Christ Taylor***
• Can you tell us what you are doing right now?
I am wearing one dress for 100 days to raise $50,000 for orphans in India. I am blogging the picture of each different outfit daily. :)

• Why did you decide to wear one dress for a hundred days?
I saw another woman Sheena from the Uniform Project (she wore the same dress for a year!) and I decided that she had a brilliant idea.

• Who are you helping?
I am helping orphans in India through Warm Blankets Orphan Care.

How to Help

• How can we help and get involved?
Please spread the word. I have no illusions that I can raise $50,000 on my own. Or if you are really ambitions do a small fundraiser (bake sale, music night, etc.) in your community and then donate the money to the project.

Photo by Christ Taylor***

• How can JOY readers pray for you and the people you are impacting?
Wow, thank you. Please pray for strength for me. Due to my health issues and a lot of responsibility I need grace. Pray that others would hear about this and give to hurting orphans. Pray for the orphans as they adjust to having a home and food. They have a lot of scars, pain, and insecurity. They worry if they will have food for the next day and often have to be given a loaf of bread to convince them to go to sleep.


Photo by Christ Taylor***
• How can JOY readers give to this cause?
Go to misselainious.com and click on the Give Now button and donate! Even a dollar matters and counts. Everyone has 4 quarters right?


• What is something that JOY Blog readers can do right in their communities to help?
Become informed about orphans and then tell others. We have been given so much and it is a joy to give back.

"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’  

“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:35-36 & 40 (NIV)

Website: http://misselainious.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Misselainious/163820663674079
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Misselaini

 Also, check out this month's By Faith for more on Miss Elaini!

***Used with permission from http://misselainious.com/

For the days after Christmas

Sometimes we get so catch up in Christmas that it passes us by and then there is the let down after Christmas... This song is for all the days after Christmas!

Day After Christmas by Matthew West 
From the album The Heart of Christmas

Happy "Day after Christmas"!!!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas JOY Blog readers!!!

I pray you have a blessed day filled with loved ones!

Here is a passage from the the Bible. It is found in Luke 2. Remember this is what Christmas is all about!!!

Luke 2:1-20 ESV

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

YOU - 10 Uses for Lemons – Part 2

YOU - 10 Uses for Lemons – Part 2

I found so many great things that I wanted to share with all of you that there has to be a Part 2! Check out Part 1 for more ideas if you missed that article!

Remember most of these you can use lemon juice for and you do not have to use a whole lemon.

The ones that I have tried are marked with a star (*)! The others I hope to try at some point, but be careful when you try them because I cannot guarantee that they will work! Comment below and let me know what you have done with lemons. Have you found any cool uses for them?

  • All purpose cleaning solution *(I haven’t tried this on everything, but it is nice on counter tops!)
    Add lemon juice, vinegar, and water in a spray bottle for a natural, all-purpose cleaning solution.

  • Clean your microwave - Got hardened food stuck in the microwave? Don't reach for harsh chemicals, use lemons instead! Add 1/4 cup of lemon juice to 1-1/2 cup of water and microwave on High for about 10 minutes. The water will boil and steam will condense inside the microwave. The icky stuff will easily wipe away with a paper towel or cleaning rag.

  • Lift tough grease stain - Put lemon peel in a water with some water in a blender. Apply the mash to the tough grease stain and scrub.

  • Brightens aluminum pots and pans - Fill the pot with water and add 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, then boil for 15 minutes. For the outside of the pots and pans, scrub with a half of a lemon.

  • Soften rough hands and feet - Soak in equal part of lemon juice and water. Rinse, then dry with a towel. Repeat daily as required.

  • Get rid of dandruff - Got itchy, scaly dandruff? Apply lemon juice directly to your scalp and massage it in before you hop on the shower. Then rinse away and wash your hair as usual.

  • Treat insect bites - Apply a slice of lemon onto insect bites to help soothe the irritation.

  • Treat acne and blackheads - Got blackheads? Dab lemon juice directly on the acne breakout once a day for several days until the condition improves.

  • Relieve a sore throat * - Either add lemon to Hot water, Hot tea, or just plain water to help with sore throat. If you are putting in hot water or tea, I recommend adding some honey, too. This will soothe the throat.

  • Air freshener - Put a mixture of lemon juice and water into a spray bottle. Voila! A natural and inexpensive air freshener. You can also put slices of lemon in a dish or a dish of lemon juice and baking soda mixture to help absorb bad odor and freshen the room.

  • Resources:

    (Or just google “uses for lemons”).

    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    YOU - 10 Uses for Lemons – Part 1

    YOU - 10 Uses for Lemons – Part 1

    “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade…” or you can do many other things with them! I found some fun things. The ones that I have tried are marked with a star (*)! The others I hope to try at some point, but be careful when you try them because I cannot grantee that they will work! Comment below and let me know what you have done with lemons. Have you found any cool uses for them?

    (Most of these will work with just lemon juice, too.)

    I found so many great ideas that there will be a “Part 2”!

    1. Clean your face
    A rinse with lemon juice and water will clean and exfoliate your face for pennies as compared to expensive facial soaps.

    2. Clean your hands *
    If your hands smell from peeling garlic or cleaning fish, rub your fingers with a lemon wedge to remove the odor. (Sometimes I use baking soda, too)

    3. Spa Water* (Just did this yesterday)
    For a nice, refreshing drink, fill a gallon (or quart or even just your glass) pitcher with water. Slice cucumbers and lemons and put them in the pitcher. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight. Enjoy your refreshing water!!! 

    4. Remove tough food stains (or tea stains) from plastic or glass *
    Slice a lemon in half (or just use lemon juice), squeeze the juice onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with water.

    5. Neutralize cat-box odor
    Cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room with the kitty-box, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh.

    6. Clean tarnished brass
    Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse.

    7. Polish chrome
    Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome. Simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.

    8. Prevent apples and potatoes from turning brown
    Simply rub them with half a lemon. Or put some lemon in the water that they are soaking in.

    9. Get rid of ants
    Squirt some lemon juice into holes and cracks where the ants are coming in. Place small pieces of lemon rinds or peels around the house.

    10. Soften dry and scaly elbows
    Make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda. Rub into your elbows to exfoliate and soften the scaly skin. Repeat daily as required.