To All App Developers: Why Users Uninstall Your App

Thousands of mobile applications are rising today, and millions of users are downloading those applications. Games, social media apps, messaging app such as Snapchat, media player like MX Player, and utilities are only some of the apps we have been downloading. And yet, we are not satisfied with one download. What we do is to try many different applications that will suit and match our taste and preference.

The problem with some of the applications is that it cannot provide the users with a convenience. Most of the apps crash after a few days of installing. Others are full of ads which can be annoying if pops up on the screen every now and then. Thus, users are left with no option but to uninstall, which is a sign of failure to the application and the developer.

If you are a developer or dreaming to be one someday, this post will help you in many ways. So, keep on reading to learn the reasons behind Uninstalling applications, and how to avoid it in the future.

Reasons Why Users are Force to Hit Uninstall

Here are the reasons why users keep on uninstalling the applications on their mobile phones. Also included here are the strategies you can make to make your application engaging and beloved by many people.

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In Conclusion

Not all applications are bad or a failure. Some of them just don’t meet the users’ expectations that leads to uninstallation. So, if you are developing a mobile app now, we hope that you learned from this post.

If you have questions and concerns, please leave them in the comment box below. We also appreciate if you can share with us any of your experiences with regards to uninstalling an app. Why did you uninstall it what suggestion can you give to the developer of that application?

Download and Install MX Player on PC Windows 7/8/10

MX Player is one of the top choices for video player on Android platform. It supports all of the video file formats and it even has its very own codec library. The codec app available from Play Store is to help low-end Android devices and even outdated Android operating system to play and handle new format versions of videos today. The sad part is there is no official EXE file to download MX Player for PC.

Note: We recently updated this article with latest resorces.

Download MX Player for PC

Since there is no proper MX Player released yet for Windows PC, there is another way to do that. It is by using an emulator. You can use BlueStacks, KOplayer, or NOX emulator to download the MX Player or any Android app from Play Store. Here is a step-by-step guide to help you through the process.

MX Player through an emulator

  1. Download BlueStack or any of your preferred Android emulator.

    Download MX Player for PC
    Download MX Player for PC
  2. Install your chosen emulator to any folder you desire.
  3. After the installation process, launch the Android emulator (Bluestacks in this guide).
  4. Do the usual logging in when you first open your Android operating system. This involves entering your Gmail address and some syncing options.
  5. Open the Play Store inside the emulator.
  6. Type the MX Player in the search section box and enter.
  7. Choose your preferred MX Player version (MX Player APK, MX Player Pro)
  8. Install and enjoy.

MX Player from Windows Store

The Windows Store for Windows 8.1 and 10 has released an MX Player for PC. It was a good gesture considering that the Windows mobile platform has no good video player. The native video player is not very intuitive and crashes most of the time. The worst part is it only supports a handful of video file format.

Download MX Player for PC

The experiences regarding the MX Player that comes from the Windows Store are not really saying many positive words. It’s been reported as laggy and crashing frequently. Sometimes it won’t even open.

Hopefully, future updates will be released and the concerns properly handled and addressed. The developers of MX Player should consider the fact that their app is needed in the community not just on Android but also to other platforms.

Thoughts on MX Player

MX Player has been reviewed by many mobile users. It was even branded as “Editor’s Choice”. Compared to other popular video players, MX Player delivers a smoother and minimal to zero lag when playing different video formats. And if your CPU hardware supports even the most intensive file format such as Matroska or .MKV, the MX Player will give the most satisfying performance with a very user-friendly interface.

Have you tried using the MX Player? How was your experience? Let us know what you think down the comment section.

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Microsoft Excel: The Necessary Cheat Sheet

Are you using the Microsoft Excel every single day? You must either be working for an office-based job or it is just really required for your personal use. Well, Excel is one of the most widely used applications from Microsoft. It is easy to use and pretty much compatible with other word-based processors.

How well do you know your Microsoft Excel? If your answer is not that much, then it is likely that you do not know about the entire cheat sheet. This is to optimize the full potential of your Excel app. Here is some good news for you: You are about to find out right about the next minutes.

Microsoft Excel Cheat Sheet

These shortcuts are to quickly access some of the most important features of the Microsoft Excel is a necessity. It is going to be useful for you if Excel is one of your must-have tools. What you should do is save this infographic and put it near your working area so you can view it anytime. This way you will be more familiarized with the codes and shortcuts.

Microsoft Excel

If you want more infographics such as this, just leave a comment down below. Also, tell us what other cheat sheets you want us to post on this site.

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Snapchat On PC: Download And Install Now

Can’t get enough of the Snapchat multimedia media app? If you are here then you are one of those millions of people who prefer the Snapchat app more than any other multimedia sharing platform. Probably because of its feature that makes messages disappear after a period of time. Or it just so happens that most of your friends are on this same platform that is why you love this app. But you are here so that means, you also want to use Snapchat on PC, right?

What is Snapchat?

The Snapchat app was created and developed by three Stanford University students, Bobby Murphy, Evan Spiegel, and Reggie Brown. It was first launched July 2011 on iOS platform. Shortly after that, Murphy and Spiegel tossed Brown out of the company.

On September 2011, the Snapchat app was relaunched and was released for Android platform the next year, October 2012.

Snapchat on PC

Sadly, despite the fact that Snapchat has been so popular for all mobile users, there was never any plan that the app will be released for Windows machine. So many users that spend their time on Windows PC but prefer using Snapchat as their main image and video sharing app is torn between two platforms.

How to install Snapchat on Windows

While it is a fact there is no app version for the Snapchat application, it does not mean that there is no fix for that issue. With today’s level of innovation and technology, porting the Snapchat app to work on PC is now available.

To do this feat, all you have to do is use an Android emulator and you can use the Snapchat or any Android app that you want. And it is as easy as installing any app on your Windows PC. Here is how to do it.

  1. Use your preferred Windows browser. It could be the native Internet Explorer, Edge, Google Chrome, or Mozilla Firefox. Open your browser and type BlueStacks.
  2. Download BlueStacks and run the EXE files. (You can also download bluestacks from bluestacksguides site.)
  3. Just follow the prompt that appears on your screen and it will tell you how to properly install the emulator.
  4. Once done with the installation, launch the BlueStacks.Microsoft Excel
  5. After the introduction prompt of the BlueStacks app, open the Play Store app and enter your Gmail login information.
  6. Once you finish entering your login information, search for the Snapchat app on the Play Store.
  7. Install the Snapchat app.
  8. Open the app and log in.
  9. You may now enjoy Snapchat on PC.

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Some reminders…

Using the BlueStacks app is safe. Just as long as you downloaded the software from its homepage or any legit sites you are good as rain. Do not worry because the download is free and you do not have to pay for a dime just to enjoy all your Android apps.

There are just some things you should consider before installing BlueStacks. The first thing is that it is best advised for Windows machine that has 4 gigabytes of RAM and more than 10 gigabytes of free storage. Typically, it can run on PCs with 2 gigabytes of RAM but if you are using your PC for some other purposes such as gaming and multimedia rendering then it will affect the performance of your Windows OS.

The second thing is that when you do open BlueStacks and run it with your favorite Android apps and games, avoid running other Windows software and application as it might cause overheating and overloading for some processor models.

Otherwise, you may enjoy BlueStacks or any Android emulator anytime you want. Let us know your thoughts about this article in the comment section. And if you have other preferred Android emulators, what would it be?

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes movie review

Movie Title:  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

PG-13, 2 hours 10 minutes

Now on DVD

Grade:  B+/A-

In a Nutshell: 

When I was young I went to a Planet Of The Apes Movie Marathon with my friends.  We got a kick out of the furry franchise, featuring the talents of Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell.  We knew the apes looked cheesy, but we still liked it.  Well, the apes sure don’t look cheesy in this newest edition.  In fact, they’re pretty doggone amazing.

This action-packed edition is a sequel to the successful 2011 reboot Rise Of The Planet of the Apes and showcases some truly amazing CGI.  Planet of the Apes purists will get to see some of their favorite parts: apes riding horses while toting AR15s, explosions, and plenty of human-ape conflicts.

The dystopian genre has been extremely popular these past few years and, I must admit, it was interesting to imagine what my old stomping grounds, San Francisco, would look like after a deadly pandemic hits the area, wiping out most of the human race.  The setting and mood of this film are exceptional.

Uplifting theme: 

  • Trust.
  • Power.  The humans were trying to get power…electricity to run their colony of survivors.  The apes were also trying to get power…control over humans.
  • Both sides, apes, and humans include those who see a future built on respect for the other, as well as those who are filled with hatred and prejudice. You’ll find yourself cheering for both sides.

Things I liked:

  • Those eyes!  Those penetrating eyes!  Outstanding CGI showcases super detailed facial expressions on the apes.  The monkeys were extremely realistic, although some of their movements were a little too human.  There were a couple of times when some apes fought each other and it looked more like a professional wrestling match in the WWE.
  • The tears and subtle expressions on the apes’ faces were so impressive.  In fact, those who shed tears in the movie (apes AND humans) do so in such a genuine way that it’s not overdone.
  • You get to see an adorable baby chimpanzee.  Adorable.
  • I thought the “head hug” between (NO SPOILER ALERT) the ape and the man were very sweet.  It reminded me of the movie 10,000 B.C.
  • I’ve always thought Keri Russell was so lovely.  I want a pair of her boots to tromp around in the woods.
  • Gary Oldman and Jason Clarke do a good job and the uber-talented Andy Serkis supplies the meaningful voice behind Caesar, the leader of the apes.
  • In the Mark Walberg edition of Planet Of The Apes, the apes almost had magical powers that enabled them to fly and jump to an absurd degree.  This film’s apes are more realistic and believable.

Things I didn’t like:

  • I know they have to make distinctions between the apes so that we can tell them apart, but I thought the hippie, beaded headband that Caesar’s wife wore was just silly.  There was also some other ape that always hung out with the wife who wore a completely bizarre face mask with dangles covering almost the entire face.
  • Why do they always put the dumb Bubbas in charge of the guns?
  • There were some inconsistencies in the story.  For example, Malcolm said about the apes, “They don’t need power; that’s their strength.”  However, when we go into the apes’ headquarter camp at night, they have hanging lamps.  It made for a pretty lighting effect but was illogical.  Why would the apes need lamps?
  • The movie takes itself a little too seriously.  There were a few, mildly humorous moments, but it could have used a few more.

Did you notice?

  • The symbol on the big rock in the apes’ headquarters.
  • The muscle serving as the guard patrol at the apes’ headquarters were a bunch of beefy gorillas.
  • I thought the sounds the orangutan made were really interesting and wondered if they were close to the real thing.
  • Did you know that the talented actor who voices Caesar also created the fantastic sounds and movement for Gollum in The Complete Lord of the Rings Trilogy, as well as the duo films for The Hobbit?
  • It was a female actress who voices the ape, Maurice.

Interesting lines:

  • “Fear makes others follow.”  – Caesar’s son
  • “Trust.”  – Caesar
  • “I see how much like them we are.” – Caesar
  • “Ape not kill ape.” – Caesar
  • “He saw things no kid should ever see and I’m not letting us go back to that.”  – Malcolm
  • “What are you doing?”

“Saving the human race.”  – Dreyfus

  • “Home.  Family.  Future.”  – Caesar

Tips for parents:

  Some profanity, 1 F-bomb, and lots of violence.  If you have kids who are learning sign language at school, they may enjoy watching the apes “talk.”  There are a lot of captions throughout the entire movie to help you understand what the apes are saying.

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies movie review

In a Nutshell:

Fans of The Hobbit will be mostly satisfied with the way the end is handled and how introductions are made to step viewers into the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as we go full circle.  I think J.R.R. Tolkien would have been very proud of the way Peter Jackson has presented both of his stories and especially impressed by how Peter Jackson was able to squeeze 3 entire movies out of his Hobbit tale.

I didn’t think The Hobbit movie trilogy wasn’t quite as awesome as the Lord of the Rings trio, but it’s still a fine companion in the storytelling and worth the visit to CGI Middle Earth.  Easily the most violent of all of the films in the series, the battle of five armies includes the army of fans who will see the final installment and make Peter Jackson’s movies go down in history as one of the most beloved cinematic stories.

Uplifting Theme:

  • “You should never underestimate dwarves.” – Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage)
  • “Don’t underestimate the evil of gold.” – Gandolf
  • What is your true treasure?
  • Cowardice vs. true bravery
    *    “Saruman believes it is the only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? I don’t know. Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage.”   – Gandol

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Things I liked:

  • The action starts exactly where it left off in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  If you missed Part 2, then the beginning of this movie and subtle plots and characters will probably be confusing for you. Better to start from the beginning.
  • The cliffs in 3D are magnificent and scary!
  • The landscapes are stunning.  The aerial views are just beautiful.
  • Smaug is magnificent.  I love it when his belly glows before he hurls fire at his enemies.  Did you see him as a guest on The Colbert Report?  Hilarious. While you’re at it, watch the recent Saturday Night Live skit of TheOffice: Middle Earth., hosted by Martin Freeman (Bilbo Baggins). Super funny.
  • Finally, Legolas (Orlando Bloom) actually runs out of arrows.  Haha
  • I can never get enough of seeing the gorgeous, majestic elves with their silky long hair, and elegant poise.  The moose that Thranduil (Lee Pace) rode was awesome.  Watching the synchronized army in battle was cool too.
  • The IMAX 3D version of the film offers incredible clarity.  If you’re a big fan of this trilogy, it’s worth it to pay extra for it.
    *    Aiden Turner (Kili) is so cute!  Former heart-throb Orlando Bloom (Legolas) is starting to look old because of the odd CGI work they did on his face.
    *    Two words: Benedict Cumberbatch.

Things I didn’t like:

  • I hate looking at Alfrid’s zit face.  He’s such a greasy little weasel that you love to hate.
  • Gandolf is such a helpless wizard.  Seriously, he rarely uses his wisdom and power until after suffering peril for a long time.
  • Remember the fake CGI scene in the last Hobbit movie when Legolas was jumping on barrels in the river?  Well, there’s some more of that awkward action, but this time there are rocks that are crumbling and falling down mid-air as he unbelievably climbs up them.  There are a few other times when the CGI looks more like a video game than cool imagery.  Whatever.  The movie is still visually amazing.
    *  Considering Bilbo is THE hobbit that this trilogy is named after, he played a somewhat minor role in this last film.
    *   While it’s always lovely to see Cate Blanchett, that green, psycho look on Galadriel isn’t becoming on her.  haha

Funny lines:

  • “I may be a burglar, but I like to think I’m an honest one.” – Bilbo
  • “Not every man is brave enough to wear a corset.” – Alfrid

Interesting lines:

  • “What is it you know?” – Thorin

“Nothing for certain.  It is what may come I fear.”  – Legolas

  • “It is your king’s command.” – Tauriel  (Evangeline Lilly)

“He is my king, but he does not command my heart.” – Legolas

  • “If this is love, I do not want it.  Take it from me.  Why does it hurt so much?” – Tauriel

“Because it was real.” – Thranduil

  • “If more people valued love above gold, this would be a far more merry place.” – Thorin
  • “I will not hide when others fight our battles for us.”  – Kili
    *     “You started this.  You will forgive me if I finish it.”  – Thranduil

Tips for Parents:

  • The title of this movie includes mention of five armies…let that be a warning to you…there are a lot of battle scenes, violence, and gruesome death scenes, including decapitation and burning bodies….kinda icky and scary stuff for young children!

Make a Kid’s Chalkboard Table with Benches

Little people matter too, right? Being a mom of eight, I am always on the lookout for projects that are fun for the kids but are practical as well. Here is a DIY chalkboard table for kids + how to make mini-benches. Enjoy!

Mini- toddler table with mini-benches. The table is a coffee table with chalkboard paint on top. ♥ My kids ages 8-1 fit great around it. Use as a coffee table in your living room or in the family room with the benches that fit around it perfectly.

chalkboard coffee table

Starting with the benches:

You need one 1″ x 8″ x 47 1/2″ long board, or measure according to the length of your coffee table*
2 pieces wood: 1″ x 8″ x 7 1/2″ for the legs…cut a v-shape on one end of each piece
1 wood piece for the center bracket: 1″ x 2″ x 42″
Jigsaw
Circular saw
Pencil
Wood screws
Router *Optional
Turquoise satin finish latex paint
Paint brush

Directions:

*If you want to push the bench under the coffee table, you’ll want to make these a little shorter and keep in mind where the legs stand on the coffee table.


Assemble the pieces as follows:

Take the center bracket and screw onto the center of each of the “legs”.

Router the long board {Optional} and set on top of the “legs”. Screw into place. {It always helps to make it a family affair: here is a picture of 3 generations working together.}

Finish by painting!

DIY Chalkboard Table for Kid’s

Find a coffee table that you love and one that you are willing to forever allow the kids to have fun with.

Sand the table. Paint the sides and legs of the coffee table. We used a turquoise satin latex paint.

Next spray paint the top of the coffee table with a primer. Then spray the top with chalkboard spray paint {find it at Home Depot}. Spray 2 coats for a good chalkboard.

Get out the chalk. Put the benches at the table and let the kid’s enjoy!

Tip for chalkboard lovers:

mix white vinegar and water to get it cleaned well without the chalk residue.

What did you think? Give me some comment {love}! ♥

When the Game Stands Tall movie review

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, I thought I’d post a movie review about gridiron glory:

Movie Title:   When the Game Stands Tall

PG, 1 hour 55 minutes

Grade:  B
  • In a Nutshell:  Inspired by a true football story and the book with the same title, viewers are reminded that there are more important things in life than winning some game.  I always love it when movies based on true stories include footage from the real people at the end of the film.  A clip of the real “Coach Lad” plays while the credits are rolling at the end, which explains the movie’s main idea.  He says “Growing up is painful.  It’s not easy. But that’s what our program is about, in case you haven’t figured it out. It ain’t about the football.  It ain’t about scoring touchdowns.  And it ain’t about the winning streak.  It’s about a program moving you in a direction that will assist you and help you grow up…so when you take your place out in the world and out in society and out in our community you can be depended on.”
Uplifting theme:
  • There’s no “I” in a team.
  • It’s not about how you fall, but how you get back up that matters.
  • Coach Lad always reminded the players that he didn’t expect them to play perfectly, but to give a perfect effort.

Things I liked:

  • I was impressed with the coaches who had each of the players writes down training goals and game goals on “Commitment Cards.”  They reviewed them together before each game so that the teammates could help each other.  What a great idea for success.
  • I loved Jim Caviezel in The Count Of Monte Cristo  In this role as Coach Ladouceur, it sometimes feels like he’s still playing Jesus in his most acclaimed role in The Passion Of The Christ Definitive Edition.
  • The movie briefly spotlights a teen couple who take a “purity pledge” to save themselves for marriage.
  • It was refreshing to see a coach and players freely talk about prayer and divine purpose, although critics say Coach Lad’s pre-game pep-talks sound more like Christian sermons.  It’s entirely appropriate, I think since the players attend a Catholic school.  Besides, some high schools’ religion is football!
  • I thought it was significant that the movie showed an obsessed dad (overacting Clancy Brown) who was really hard on his quarterback son (The Hunger Games Alexander Ludwig), saying “I want that record!”  When he became abusive, the coach warned: “He’s not going to get it with a broken rib.”  Later, the dad yells to the coach’s wife (Laura Dern), “Your husband is costing my son his record!” to which she wisely, and softly says “My husband is turning your son into a man.  You’re the only person who doesn’t see it.” While raising 4 sons, I saw a lot of obnoxious parents act like jerks towards their kids and their coaches.  I thought the movie did a pretty good job pointing out that there are more important things than “the game.”  Sports can do a great job helping kids develop truly important qualities like sportsmanship, dedication, discipline, teamwork, etc.  Those characteristics are much more important than any score.

Things I didn’t like:

  • I’ve always liked three-time Golden Globe winner Laura Dern ever since I first saw her in Jurassic Park.  She has a certain rasp to her voice, but in this movie, her voice sounds even more hoarse and I wondered if she was fighting a cold the entire time.  She was recently nominated for an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress in Wild.
  • Some may not be interested in the crunching violence of football.  Hey, this is a football movie.
  • It’s pretty formulaic and predictable with clichéd characters written with very broad brush strokes, but it’s still inspiring.
  • It’s a good football movie, but it’s not the greatest.  See my list below for other football flicks that I thought did it better.

Interesting lines:

  •  “Love means you can count on me in good times and bad.” – Coach Ladouceur
  • “Juniors, did you hear that?  That is a perfect commitment card: big goals that stretch his abilities, but are doable when giving the perfect effort.” – Coach Ladouceur
  • “We’re not asking you to be perfect on every play.  What we are asking of you and what you should be asking of each other is to give a perfect effort from snap to whistle.”  – Coach Ladouceur
  • “Family isn’t just blood relatives.  It’s anyone who loves you unconditionally.” – Coach Ladouceur
  •  “Don’t let a game define who you are.  Let the way you live your lives do that.” – Assistant Coach Teddy Eidson (Michael Chiklis)
  • “It’s not about the record.  It’s about the team.” – player

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Funny lines:

  • Do you know why they call me Buster?”   – football player on the Long Beach Poly team

“Cuz you’re stupid enough to let them?” – De La Salle High School Spartan player

Tips for parents: 

  • I appreciated the many situations where the players and coaches could have used profanity, but softened their words with substitutes like“heck”, etc.
  • This is a safe movie that the whole family can watch together.  It includes many teachable moments that can spark good family discussion.

Did you know?

  • De La Salle High didn’t win again until their 4th game, when they played Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, CA.  They didn’t even play Long Beach Poly that season, as depicted in the movie.
  • Film producer David Zelon loves inspiring sports comeback movies, such as Soul Surfer, which he previously produced.
  • The entire movie was shot in only 41 days in New Orleans.
  • Laura Dern’s parents are actors Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern.

Are You a Fearful Parent?

How to Recognize and Avoid Fear Based Parenting

Fear is the emotion behind all negative emotions. Parenting when we have fear, in my own experience, can create a lot of stress and worry. Most of my early years of parenting were racked with much turmoil because I had so much fear while my raising my children and hoping they’d turn out okay.

I love what Duane L. Ostler says about worry as he shares the scripture Matthew 6:25–34, beginning with “Take ye no thought for your life.” “In my case, I felt this meant not to worry about the multitude of comparatively little things that were occupying most of my thoughts and draining my emotional strength. If my children acted up in church, I could do my best to help them but not overreact or fret about relatively minor problems. If my wife and I disagreed on something, I needed to focus on improving communication rather than worrying about who was right or wrong. It seemed unproductive also to worry so much about my shortcomings; instead, I needed to focus on helping others.’

He goes on.

“When I worried about petty things, I was usually thinking of me rather than others; I was comparing myself to them or worrying about what they were thinking of me. But when I focused more on caring about others—especially my wife—life was more relaxed and pleasant for me and everyone around me.”

Checking Anger and Rage at the Door

It is important to stop and recognize why you have the trigger of anger you do. When my child or teen exhibits a certain behavior that reminds me of another child’s behavior that I don’t like, when I react to discipline I am fearful that he will become like this other child I didn’t want my child to emulate. When this happens my first reaction may be to punish my child more or harsher than I normally would because I’m feeling like I should stop this behavior now before it gets out of hand.

In the book Applesauce Needs Sugar, Victoria Case illustrates an example:

“She stood at the door watching them go, and saw that Mr. Reid was taking his cow down to the pasture as if he watched too. They had always been good children, but now, looking at them through Mr. Reid’s critical eyes, she began to see their faults.”

“The old gander, at the head of the flock, thrust out his neck, and threatened Bruce with hisses and beating wings. Bruce, laughing, kept him at arm’s length with a stick. Mr. Reid was watching.

In a panic, Mamma hurried down to the gate.

‘Do the geese bother you?’ Mr. Reid challenged her, with his eyebrows twitching.

‘Oh, no,’ Mamma said, jerking Bruce’s stick away from him. She flung it into the ditch. ‘They sound interesting, in a way. Don’t you think so? Alive and challenging like the geese that saved Rome.’

He made no answer. She hurried the children into the house.

‘Don’t you shake a stick at Mr. Reid’s geese,’ she told Bruce.

‘When he sees you hitting them he thinks we don’t know how to be careful with stock.’”

“Little Janey, almost four, was so frightened of Mr. Reid by this time that she cried when he spoke to her, and Mamma had to spank her for it. She and Bruce could hardly be induced to go after the mail. Mamma noticed that Mr. Reid was spending a good deal of time in his side yard, supposedly working among the gooseberries, but actually watching Mamma and the children. The little shack was close to his property line, so he didn’t miss much inside or out. Mamma grew frantic, remembering that he had no children, and had been a widower for years, with a reputation for being crotchety. The more she tried to keep her brood within bounds, the more faults they seemed to develop until she could hardly believe they were hers.”

Marmee in Little Women was the quintessential mother. After Jo’s manuscript was burned in spite by Amy, Jo’s temper and rage got the best of her. We all have our weaknesses and learning to master them is vital, especially while we are examples to our children as we parent them. We are raising the next generation.

“It’s my dreadful temper! I try to cure it; I think I have and then it breaks out worse than ever. Oh, mother, what shall I do? What shall I do?” cried poor Jo, in despair.

‘It seems as if I could do anything when I’m in a passion; I get so savage, I could hurt anyone, and enjoy it. I’m afraid I shall do something dreadful someday, and spoil my life, and make everybody hate me. Oh mother, help me, do help me!’

‘I will, my child, I will. Don’t cry so bitterly, but remember this day and resolve, with all your soul, that you will never know another like it. Jo, dear, we all have our temptations, some far greater than yours, and if often takes us all our lives to conquer them. You think your temper is the worst in the world, but mine used to be just like it.’

‘My child, the troubles, and temptations of your life are beginning and may be many; but you can overcome and outlive them all if you learn to feel the strength and tenderness of your Heavenly Father as you do that of your earthly one. The more you love and trust Him, the nearer you will feel to Him, and the less you will depend on human power and wisdom.”

When you get angry at your child, ask yourself, “What am I afraid of?” Then choose to let those beliefs, fears, anxieties, etc. go completely.

Avoid Assumptions

Never assume anything.  In the book by Don Miguel Ruiz called The Four Agreements, he says, “…whenever we make assumptions, we’re asking for problems.  We make an assumption, we misunderstand, we take it personally, and we end up creating a whole big drama for nothing.

“All the sadness and drama you have lived in your life was rooted in making assumptions and taking things personally.  Take a moment to consider the truth of this statement.  The whole war of control between humans is about making assumptions and taking things personally.”

I’ve found that most of the misunderstandings in our home come when one person assumed something about the other person or situation. Instead of assuming “they know” communicate or ask questions clearly and patiently your request or feelings. Often when we assume we are esteeming that person to be our enemy and purposefully doing or not doing something. When most of the time we were wrong in our assumption.

Should List

Years ago, I made a list of all the things I think I “should” be doing as a parent. Oh, that list was long, and I had a lot of silly stuff on there; that at the time, did not seem silly. Such as, I should play with my kids every day. I should go outside with my kids every day and play at the park. And the list went on and on and on. This list contained many good things. Deiter F. Uchtdorf reminds us, “Sometimes the things that distract us are not bad in and of themselves; often they even make us feel good. It is possible to take even good things to excess.”

You can always tell what you think of yourself by what you think of others. You can always see how hard you are on yourself by how hard you are on others.

Start today and let go of 5 expectations or demands that aren’t serving you or aren’t helpful for you and your life and relationships.

Simplifying our livers and expectations brings peace. Our weakness is in failing to align our actions with our conscience. There is always room for improvement. Let your motivation not be guilt, but let love be a positive driving force. When I look at my children with love, I have more patience

Wanted: A Mother for Hire

Our mother is rather tired these days and we think she needs
a proper replacement while she takes a holiday.

We want someone just like our mom to fill this role, so we’re going to have specific requirements.

Please only reply in person as we aren’t allowed on the internet very often.
Please provide references upon turning in your application

 Position Requirements:

Applicant absolutely must possess the following qualities:

She must be pretty to look upon and smell good.

She must be stern, but with a good balance of light-heartedness and forgiveness.

She must be creative and able to think quickly; we have many scrapes and problems needing solutions that require much creative thinking.

Able to discern the guilty party; all we know is WE DIDN’T DO IT.

She must have the ability to come up with 1001 chore systems as they tend to get old easily.

She must have a good memory. She needs to remember all of our full names + nicknames, 12 birth dates, 10 birth weights, 10 birth locations, all the details of the 10 births, her’s & dad’s social security numbers, passwords, bank account numbers, where she left the keys, where dad left the keys, who does what chores, who is in what grade, what chapter of scripture we’re in, what each child wants for Christmas, and anything else important that comes up. She is quizzed often, so she should be quick to recall.

She must have soft, slightly squishy arms. Arms strong enough to hold the baby all day, but soft enough for the young ones to hold, and knead, and squish, and pat when they feel anxious or in need of comfort.

She has to love the Lord. She must have a desire to take us to church, read scriptures with us daily, even when we don’t want to cooperate. She should know them well and quote stories and scriptures to us when we need correction or comfort and anything in between. She must do her own scripture study regularly for she must lead by example.

She should know in every incidence where to “spare the rod” & give grace to the child or give the child a punishment. (Just for the record, we never do anything wrong.)

She must have the patience of Job. She will be tugged on, asked questions, or consulted, or interrupted every 30 seconds of every hour of every day.

She must be okay with being thrown up on, spit upon, the occasional leaky diaper, being a napkin or even having the occasional toddler buggers gratefully wiped upon.

She must be okay with stretch marks and imperfections. While we don’t know much about that, we hear on rare occasions our mom worrying about how her body has aged from giving birth and carrying children. We never noticed such things. We just love her.

She must be able to tune out all the bad and annoying sounds/words. Crying babies, crying and whining toddlers, arguments, crashing dishes, etc. But, she must always have a listening ear when we need to tell her all of our problems and be quick to give us good advice.

She should be forbearing in hardship.

She should be able to endure sleepless nights regularly.

She must be a good teacher. She should have several different approaches to teaching new things. She must love teaching enough to teach us at home, but also teach us our religion, relationship skills, life skills, and everything in between.

She must be good at inspiring.

She must be the perfect shape for us to squeeze and have soft lips for kissing us generously, especially the baby. And to find ways to kiss and hug the unapproachable-at-times-teenagers.

She must be good at birthdays and holidays. She has to know what each of us likes and dislikes and willing to spend her time and energy to make each occasion special and unique.

She shouldn’t make nasty food. All the food must be nutritious, but delicious. She must have a menu that will be pleasing to all tastes, including the toddlers. She must know how much food to make for twelve people or more when we have guests.

She should easily and gracefully balance her personal needs, wants, and desires with those of the family. She is, after all, the person the family revolves around, so we need her to be there for us too.

Extra qualities are always desirable, but not necessary:

Good at economizing, interior design, fashion consultant, psychologist, energy therapist, homeopathic, herbologist, counselor, mind reader, librarian, special education specialist, doctor mom, good at finding things, professor of liberal arts, tour guide, historian, mathematician, professional chef, beautician, chauffeur, photographer, videographer, car detailer, mystery solver/sleuth, Mrs. Claus, Mistress Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, party coordinator, reader, professional cleaner, milk factory, nurse, nutritionist, nurturer, dj, wise, fortune teller, security guard, accountant, judge, jury, lawyer, story teller, good communicator, hardy, sense of humor, nanny, hard worker, crisis management, compassionate.
Payment will be rendered daily. You will receive a generous salary of room and board, hugs and kisses.

Sincerely,
The Ten Baker Children

Martin Luther and Johannes Gutenberg

Ninety-five errors are what Martin Luther found in the doctrine of the Catholic church or THE church at the time. He boldly put this list on the door of the church in Wittenburg. In consequence of this and other reasons related, the Diet of Worms (pronounced “Verms”) was held in 1521 for Luther to renounce or reaffirm his views and writings. Luther is said to have declared, “Here I stand, I can do no other,” before concluding with “God help me. Amen.”

Yesterday, my family and I went to view this Cathedral and talk about this event. We listened to his speech and his prayer the night before on the way to the cathedral. We discussed how his actions opened the door for other churches, including ours to one day be formed. It was a wonderful experience.

Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Gutenberg Cathedral

Ben and I: Johannes Gutenberg Cathedral

Here is a video of this speech:

I really like the movie Luther too.

 

Johannes Gutenberg

About half an hour from Worms, Germany is the city of Mainz (pronounced Mine-tz). This city is home of Johannes Gutenberg, the man who invented the printing press to print the Bible.  We visited the museum there and during the live demo (thank goodness the man spoke English too) Ben was called up to press a Bible page.

Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Gutenberg

Gutenberg museum

Johannes Gutenberg Printing press

We have Bibles and books printed in our homes today because of Gutenberg. He was inspired by the winepresses of his day. It was a tedious job to write a book and before Gutenberg, all the Bibles were handwritten and hand illustrated.

Some neat facts we learned:

Before Gutenberg, it took 3 years to hand copy the Bible.
Gutenberg only printed 150 Bibles.
Of that only 48 remain. 4 were in the museum that we saw. 10 in America, 1 in Japan, and the rest throughout Europe.
The paper that he printed on came from Italy.
It took 1 day to make one page.
The Bibles he printed were 1,286 pages.
It took 1,286 days to print one Bible.
The Bibles would then go to an artist to hand paint designs on the pages.
Because of Martin Luther and his translation of the Bible from Latin to German, the people could read the Bible on their own and in their own homes. Without his invention, the Protestant Reformation would not have been possible.

The Gutenberg Printing Press

How a Gutenberg Printing Press Works

Book Recommendations

Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton
Martin Luther: A Man Who Changed The World by Paul L. Maier
Luther: Echoes of the Hammer by Susan K. Leigh
Gutenberg’s Gift by Nancy Willard
Ink on His Fingers by Vernon Louise
Johann Gutenberg and the Printing Press by Kay Melchisedech Olson

It was a wonderful trip that filled us with gratitude for what was done for our freedoms and blessings today.

German Abbey Libraries

“A monastery without a library is like an army camp without an arsenal.�? ~Gottfried von Breteuil, around 1170

The Wiblingen Kloster (Abbey) is on the outskirts of the city of Ulm, Germany. Ulm is the birthplace of Albert Einstein. We live about an hour away and it’s beautiful to drive through the clean snow dusted countryside. During the winter, I often think about reading, so my inspiration for this trip was pure and simple: BOOKS.

The museum was modern and well-done and led us through a maze of rooms before we got to the actual library. It had to heat in the museum, but none in the library. No wonder the monks of old wore those heavy robes.

The library in this Abbey contains books so old they were made of wood and some were falling apart. I wish I could have climbed the stairs to the upper level, but that was a no-go.

This Abbey was founded in 1093 and was populated by Benedictine monks. It is nearly a thousand years old! I’m sure for many centuries it was a plain monastery until 1714 when it was renovated in the Baroque style that it is in currently. The library ceiling frescoes, painted by Januarius Zick, are considered some of the most important representations of this art form in the Württemberg region. Most monastery libraries held hymnbooks and a selection of other books.
When had a lovely elderly German man told us more history about the Abbey? The monks were driven out during the Napoleonic wars and Napoleon and his army used the abbey for quarters. They had an old uniform from that time and I foolishly forgot to take a picture. The abbey was also used to house soldiers during WW1 and later became a place to house misplaced people during WWII.

Next on the itinerary was the Bad Schussenried Abbey. This Abbey was in a quiet countryside near a quaint little village. Schussenried Monastery was founded in 1183 by Premonstratensian monks. This one is my favorite of the two as it was so light and a little larger than the former.

The books were not on display in this library, but behind the bookshelf, doors have hidden a collection that was, in its day, one of the most extensive. The architecture is a German Rococo. The ceiling painting was completed by Franz Georg Hermann in 1757 and depicts divine wisdom covering the Apocalypse, science, art, and technology.

The following are pictures of the museum and us having fun with the set of angel wings displayed.

We ended the day at the beautiful Wiblingen Monastery Church. The church boasts of owning a display that is said to have pieces of the original cross that Christ died on. It’s most likely a myth, but it’s an interesting idea.

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Gluten-Free for Health

Before gluten-free became a common term, our family was solid gluten-free for two years.  Now, many years later, for health reasons, we are gluten free again.  Sarah Chilton explains why this is becoming so common and why it is not a diet fad.

Enjoy reading her informative article today! Gluten-Free for Health.

“Have you ever considered going gluten-free, or at least cutting back on your gluten intake? I would like to give you a simple glimpse at how a seemingly “trendy” diet can actually bring great benefits to your health.

Many people in the world have sensitivities and intolerances to gluten. This is not just a fad or trendy thing. The symptoms and side effects can range from improper digestion and skin ailments to respiratory issues and infertility. Gluten is a protein composite which can be found in various wheat and other grass-based grains. The reason for the growing popularity in eliminating such an element of our diets could be due in part to the processes applied to our foods. The grains of today is not necessarily as healthy as the grains our great-grandparents ate years ago.

I have to tell you, part of my interest in gluten-free dietary exploration started because I have a few friends with Celiac Disease. To put it bluntly, anything with gluten can give them diarrhea. (Honestly, it is a lot more complicated than that, but for the sake of time, we will leave it at that). Not all gluten sensitivities are severe, but some could actually have symptoms that are worse. Since I love my friends, I decided to be a self-nominated tester of recipes whenever I came across something that proclaimed to be gluten-free, yet “tastes like the real thing.” I never really transitioned completely into a gluten-free diet for myself because I never really considered it a necessity.

Until…”
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A Map In Search of Self

Sigh… Isn’t life hard sometimes?  This month our theme is self-esteem and you are going to just LOVE this article by Silipa Smith where she gives you the map to find yourself.

“Defining yourself just may be the hardest thing on this Map in Search of Self. Why? Because this is the part where you are uncovering yourself, digging around and searching for pieces of the puzzle that make you who you are. Do not rush this process, and do not take the answers you receive as being set in stone. Your life is a journey, and the person you are today will be different than who you were in the past, and who you may think you may be in the future.” (Silipa Smith)

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Eight Things That Are Not Your Self-esteem

“Mark Twain once said: ‘The worst loneliness is to not be comfortable with yourself.’ Mark Twain was spot on.” And Elizabeth Laumus really hits the nail on the head in her powerful article Eight Things that are Not Your Self-Esteem.  She also reminds us to question,

“We as a society are very confused about what constitutes self-esteem. We are inundated with messages and images on a daily basis that can confuse us if we do not remain strong in our core and recognize these messages for what they are: false.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, self-esteem is: ‘Favourable appreciation or opinion of oneself.’ That definition seems pretty clear so why do we become so confused about this? Why do we measure our self-worth in strange and false ways? Why do we focus on various numbers and digits to measure our self-esteem?”

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Teach Self Esteem to Your Daughters

I’m raising 8 girls (and 2 boys), so I’m living first hand the daily life with a houseful of estrogen.  Donna Bush has a lovely daughter and writes so well the important things to remember to do to teach our daughters how to have a healthy self-esteem. In her article, Teaching Self Esteem to your Daughters, she gives us six valuable tips that mothers around the globe are sure to be grateful for.

“It’s hard to be a girl. If you’ve got daughters, you’re probably well aware that the more things change, the more things stay the same. It’s likely that when you were growing up, you felt awkward and unsure. And today, your daughter is likely to feel that way, too. Self-esteem is something we need to teach, and more importantly, a model for our daughters to help them through their adolescent years, and beyond.We place a very high value on appearance in our society. As bodies change and hormones accelerate, girls can feel uncomfortable in their own skin. But if you wait until puberty arrives to start talking to your daughter about self-esteem, you’ve missed the boat.”

Blender Parsnip Soup

This past year we’ve been using parsnips in our diet more and more.  I was thrilled when Melissa Price shared this blender parsnip soup with us.   Read the recipe: Blender Parsnip Soup

“Smoothies and milkshakes are very popular during the spring and summer months but don’t hibernate your blender just because the weather is colder. For a new spin on how to use your blender while waiting for fresh fruits to come back into season, make some homemade soups. Blending soups make for a creamier and smoother soup texture, and an all-around comfort feel. Tomato, pea, and squash soups are simply made better in the blender. Try roasted parsnip soup to begin (what will be) a new love affair with blending for all seasons. Your blender will love you for it!”

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Putting Joy Back in the Kitchen

“I go through jolts of enthusiasm with periodic slumps of dismay when it comes to my kitchen. This isn’t because I don’t love the kitchen itself, but the things that take place in the kitchen often become boring chores. Getting out of this rut it not always as difficult as you might think, but it does involve a lot of mind over matter positive thoughts and work.” (Sarah Chilton)

Sarah Chilton shares three positive ways to bring back the joy of being in the kitchen and the importance of your role there. How to make it yours, ways to organize your tools, and meal plans. Enjoy reading her inspirational article today! Putting Joy Back in the Kitchen.

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Internet Threats And How They Work

Spending too much time on the internet is not really a good thing. But if you cannot help it or your work depends on it, you might as well learn how to be cautious. There are many internet threats if you just click the wrong link or visit the wrong website.

Sure, there are antivirus and anti-malware available for downloads. Even the free version ones are as effective as the other paid ones. But you should remember that no antivirus is perfect. Sadly, even the best malware-detecting app you have installed can be bypassed no matter how updated you make it.

Know the internet threats

Now, if by some bad luck your computer happens to get infected by a malware, you should at least learn what they can do to your operating system. Some malware does not just disable some of your computing abilities but also spy on you. So try to read as much as you can and learn if the one that got your computer is one of the lesser things you should worry about or the worst.

Internet Threats

Source: Internet

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