Thursday, December 08, 2005


Annie's Fitness Group

Would you like help and support in weight loss? Join "Organizing Annie" members, and others, who are trying to stay fit! We will be using a pedometer (though it is not required for membership to this group). You will receive daily reminders to drink water, check your steps, exercise, and eat properly! This group is for women who would like to implement healthy lifestyles. "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." (I Corinthians 6:19-20) (Please consult with your doctor, before commencing a fitness program.) Let us support and encourage each other!

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Also newly listed under Yahoo Groups is......
The To Dos and Ta Das Homemaking Group
This brand-new Christian homemaking group is totally focused on "lists"! Flyladies, Side-tracked Home Executives, Messies and others, are welcome to join us!! Post your "TO DO" and your "TA DA" list here! This is a site for ladies who feel that accountability is important as a motivating factor in staying "on track". Feel free to post your "to dos" and "ta das" here!! You will receive TWO reminders a day, to post your "to dos" and your "ta das"!! We will NOT overwhelm you with oodles of reminders! You are welcome to join us! :) Copyright Organizing Annie 2005-2013

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005


I LOVE using my pedometer, while house cleaning! It is a wonderful motivator, as I track my steps by the hour! (It is recommended that people walk 10,000 steps a day, for good health!) Can you do it?
Here are some of the TOP RATED pedometers on the market today! My DH and I, each have the SW-700 model. It is pictured on our "Pedometer Ladies" website. The link to this U.S. based company is below:
The Canadian link to the supplier is: 
These make great Christmas gifts!! We LOVE these pedometers, which also come with replacement parts. (This saves replacing your entire pedometer,if your clip breaks, or your battery needs replacing, etc.) These are especially great pedometers, since their internal mechanism makes them 99% accurate. They are made in Japan. After doing a LOT of research on pedometers, I came across these made by YAMAX, and I have not found any that are more accurate, or have superior features. They also come with a "safety strap", which will save you replacing it, if it ever comes loose from your waist! I have used mine for almost two years now, and have never regreted purchasing it!
"The steps of a [good] man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way." (Psalm 37:23)
Our pedometer group would love to have you join us!!


Copyright Organizing Annie 2005-2013

Sunday, November 13, 2005


On Saturday morning, I was attending a Christian women's breakfast, and the keynote speaker was Judy Rushfeldt. She is the author of "Making Your Dreams Your Destiny", and had a profound and challenging message to the women in the audience.

Part way through the meeting, she decided to throw her latest book into the audience, and it landed right at my feet!! The gift was worth $21.99, and I am quite excited about reading it! Here is a link to the book:

"Judy Rushfeldt has been writing for 25 years.....She recently launched an online women's outreach magazine, and is on her way to reaching a goal of 500,000 visitors a month."

>>>free online subscription at this link!<<<

I thought that these links would be of great interest to you ladies, particularly the free newsletter. I have already subscribed to it, after being totally inspired and motivated after her speech! Judy speaks with great humility and respect for what the Lord has accomplished in her life, by surrendering her life in service to Him. Her messages are firmly rooted in scriptures, and all glory and honor is given to Christ alone, for the work that He is doing through this outreach!

To Him alone be praise!


Saturday, October 29, 2005


The words of Jesus in John 10:27 say:
"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me."

If we love Jesus, we will obey Him and follow Him. We learn to obey Him, by listening to His voice in the scriptures.

In "Devotions for a Sacred Marriage", Gary Thomas writes about how this verse relates to our marriages. If we love our husbands, we will listen to them.

Let us make it our goal to LISTEN more, and talk less. He quotes from Proverbs 10:19, which says that, "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise."

Let us see the positive effect, that using this scripture, will have in our marriages!

To find out more about Gary Thomas, and his books on marriage, you can check out this link at:


Copyright Organizing Annie 2005

Friday, October 28, 2005


I recently purchased, "The Purpose Driven Life" by Rick Warren, and published by Zondervan. This book came highly recommended to me by a dear friend of mine. It is divided into 40 chapters, symbolic of the number 40, which is a spiritually transforming number in scriptures. The author recommends that you read one chapter per day, ponder on it, and react to it. He recommends reading the book with another friend, so you can encourage each other, and discuss the books thoughts together.

He begins the book with DAY ONE: "It All Starts With God". His main point is, "To discover your purpose in life you must turn to God's Word, not the world's wisdom." (page 20) He quotes from a variety of translations,trying to select the best passage to illustrate the examples he has chosen.

"In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will."(Ephesians 1:11)

ISBN: 0-310-21074-7

The link to Zondervan's description of this book is at:



I thought today that I would share my favorite cookbook with you. If I had to narrow down my cookbook collection to one book, this would be it! I began using this cookbook when I had two preschoolers and one little newborn. They were not eating a lot of food at the time. The recipes are very easy to adjust, you only prepare the amount you need.This is ONE cookbook I will NOT part with!! "IT IS A KEEPER!!" I used the older version, which is now out of print. It was called: "The Complete Make-A-Mix Cookbook". The new book looks like it is also available on CD, but is available in book form as well. ALL the recipes that I can remember using, were "from scratch"......NO CANS, other than using a can of tomato sauce or something like that. I LOVE THIS COOKBOOK!! It is FANTASTIC!! It has a FIVE star rating on AMAZON. I was introduced to the book by a homeschooling mother of six, who was EXTREMELY organized!! I asked her how she did it, and she said that the cookbook REALLY saved her time. It was her "key" to survival in the kitchen!! She asked me to try it out for three weeks, (it takes 21 days to develop a good habit), and I was sold on it! The front and back covers of her book were worn off, which tells you how much she loved and used this cookbook!

The Make-A-Mix Cookbook: Easy Make-Ahead Mixes for Every Meal (Paperback)
This cookbook contains mix recipes, that will save you TONS of time!! It contains a large variety of mixes, that will provide you with an abundance of choices for your menus. I LOVE this cookbook!

Organizing Annie

Wednesday, October 05, 2005


I did not sleep well last night. I only slept a few hours. This seems to happen to me whenever something major is happening in my life! I kept thinking about the need to start up a women's group which was strictly to help women in their role as homemaker. Since I could not sleep, I put my energies into setting up this new website for homemakers, which will not allow the members to post. (It will ONLY send out messages.) It will be the same format as the other two websites I have set up previously, but will have no interaction among members, since some women do not want that option, and prefer to have fewer e-mails. So, I put my insomia to constructive use, and had a group of ladies signed up already this morning!

Introducing a BRAND NEW site..."Organizing Annie"!

Would you like to be more organized and "on top" of your housework and routines? You will be introduced to some routines and ideas, to make your life a lot easier! This site is ideal for any homemaker who would like to spend LESS time in the kitchen, LESS time cleaning and organizing, with MORE time to devote to those who mean most to her! So, come and join this growing group of committed Christian women, dedicated to serving their families! "We have only just begun!!! Today is our first day!" ....October 5, 2005

(This is a "no post" group. You receive messages.)

There are two supporting groups to "Organizing Annie". They are the following:

(You can post...similar format in this group.)

(This is a "no post" need a pedometer...similar format.)

© Organizing Annie

Tuesday, September 20, 2005


This item has been a huge help to our family in getting organized and staying organized! We use the plastic pamphlet holder containers that are found in the stationary store, and the children put their cards in there instead of the holder provided in the kit. The cards kept falling out of the original holder. We laminated all the cards, and created a few extras of our own! I attached the cards to a vinyl background, with velcro sewed onto it. This way the cards would not fall off! I had these plastic holders screwed onto their bulletin boards in their bedrooms, with (see photo) the "Choreganizer" chart beside it:

CHOREGANIZERS (by Jennifer Steward, Introduction by Gregg Harris)

"Devised by a homeschooling family wanting to get organized, this simple and ingenious system will motiviate children to do their chores cheerfully. Package of 44 colorful, smudge-resistant picture chore cards, one “How to” chart, one “Job” chart."

We have a FILE called, "Daily List of Activities for Children", which is a checklist that you can print off, with daily chores for each child.

It is my hope that you and your family will be blessed by these posts!

Organizing Annie

**DINNER'S IN THE FREEZER! (by Jill Bond)**

This is a helpful book to have, with some lifestyle changes that go with it!

".. Dinner's in the Freezer! by Jill Bond ... Fuller, author of Motivating Your Kids From Crayons to Career. Dinner's in the Freezer! is much more than a cookbook ..."

We made some "lifestyle" changes after reading this book! (Especially since we have a large family of 9!) This book is NOT just meant for large families, though!

a) We shop at a restaurant supply store to buy "in bulk" and save money!
b) We buy large bags of organic rice (in bulk) from a health food store, instead of small bags of brown rice (not organic), at the grocery store.
c) We use TWO microwaves, every day now, instead of only one. (This has made a HUGE difference in our food preparation time!)

Jill has some excellent timesaving pointers in her book, that will cut your
preparation time down, considerably! Though I don't use her book as much as the "MAKE-A-MIX COOKBOOK", I am SO thankful for the changes we made after reading her suggestions!!

Organizing Annie


I am quite excited to finally have the opportunity to show you these two photos on this website! The photos are of two tools I use, to clean my house!

a) THE CLEANING CART - It is a grocery cart with a dishpan in the bottom. I purchased it at Wal-Mart. I have attached two small pails to the sides. One plastic "kitchen catcher" bag is attached to each side of the cart to hold the following: (I use binder clips to hold them.)
1) garbage (in the bag on the side with the handle)
2) used cleaning cloths (in the bag on the front)
One pail has unused cleaning cloths in it, rubber gloves, etc. The other pail has tools, like brushes, scrapers, old toothbrushes,etc. The dishpan holds all the cleaning products.

b) THE DECLUTTERING CART - is a laundry cart, to sort laundry, that I also purchased at Wal-Mart. It has three main sections, and two extra sections attached to the sides. These are the sections from left to right, which are all colour coded:
1) The bag on the far left holds empty shopping bags, that I collect to be donated to the thrift store, or recycled.
2) Donations to the thrift store, in the "Blue Bag It" bags they ask customers to use at the Salvation Army.
3) Garbage goes in the dark bag. (It looks like a garbage bag.)
4) The orange bag holds recycling paper (mixed paper and cardboard).
5) The bag on the far right, holds newspapers and magazines that will be recycled.

You could organize a cart anyway you like! These carts have been HUGE timesavers!! I can move very quickly through a room, and sort through items, as a wheel it around. It is very lightweight! In closing, I would like to tell you that I found these ideas after prayer with a friend, for solutions to organizing my home. I went to Wal-Mart, and met a professional cleaning lady, who was shopping in the cleaning section! She taught me how to set up these carts, and showed me where to buy things, like disposable gloves for cleaning. It was an amazing answer to prayer! I'd love to hear if these will help you out! They have been a HUGE blessing to our family!

Blessings to you!!

© Organizing Annie


For those of you struggling with handling recycling materials, I have attached a photo with a solution that our family uses. We purchased large Rubbermaid bins and cut out a rectangular slot in the top. (For some reason, kids like to put the papers through the slot and "mail" them into the bin!!) I saw these type of bins used in a school, for recycling, and it worked extremely well! The lid kept the items from falling out, and had the label on the top, so kids knew where to put their recycling. (You can color code your bins, any way you like!)

METAL CANS & GLASS - green bin
MILK JUGS - beige bin
BOTTLE DEPOT - darker blue bin
MIXED PAPER - medium blue bin
NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES - blue recycle waste basket
I have attached a photo, so you can see what it looks like! Hopefully this will help some of you out, in putting chaos into order! (It helped us out a lot and the bins stack easily, to save space.)

For more housekeeping tips, please come visit us at:

We are a group of Above Rubies ladies, as well as some others, that are working hard to organize our homes and lives. You are welcome to visit us!

© Organizing Annie


The "ARMY WALK" is amazing! It literally MELTS the pounds away! If you can do it at least four times a week for 15 - 30 minutes at a time, it will really help to get in shape FAST! My father taught me how to do this walk, when I was a little girl, and late for school. (It was TOO far for me to run all the way!) He said, "DO THE ARMY WALK!" ....and away I went!! (He had learned to do it in the reserves, while he was a teenager. You can keep it up for long distances without getting tired!)


a) 50 paces of running (every time your LEFT foot hits the ground, count one)
b) 50 paces of walking (count the same way) ....this is your "recovery"

I searched for this method of running on the internet, and could only find
a few articles similar to it, called, "Fartlek". I found one at the link below:

Hope this helps you out!!

© Organizing Annie


Since several women were interested in the fitness programs I had used to get "into shape" with my seven children, I have posted links below. The book retailed at $12.89 and I recently discovered that it is no longer for sale at bookstores, but would only be available second hand, since it is out of print. I LOVE this program, since I do believe that women can do A LOT in 15 minute time intervals, and this exercise program will take you 15 minutes (maximum), to do each day! (I take one day a week off, as a day of rest from exercising.)

There has been renewed interest on the internet with these 5BX exercises (for men) and XBX exercises (for women). I found multiple websites that have referred to the exercises and have made modifications and some changes to them.

Ten minutes is a manageable target time to exercise. I used the ten minute XBX exercises years ago and found them to be just the right length of time for a busy day! There are PDF copies of both programs online at the following locations:

The RCAF XBX Plan for Women is at:

The RCAF 5BX Plan for Men is at:

A chiropractor that I saw years ago suggested replacing the "toe touching" with "toe raises", and the "sit ups" with "curl ups". This makes the program a LOT safer, since we now know that some of these "older exercises" can cause muscles injury or strain. For the "Leg-Overs" exercise, he recommended the "Rear Leg Pull", which is also called the "Donkey-Kick" (see the top left exercise) at the link below:

The 5BX Chart 1 is at this link:

If you "Google Search" the "RCAF XBX Exercises" you will be able to find more helpful links! Enjoy your pursuit of fitness, but BE CAREFUL! Make sure you have your physician's approval prior to embarking on the RCAF XBX Plan or any other fitness program.

Organizing Annie

Monday, September 19, 2005


This is a good way to "dejunk" our marriages! I recently read how Gary Thomas recommends turning our COMPLAINING energy, into something USEFUL, to BLESS others, especially our husbands!

"Experience the joy--perhaps for the first time in your life--of SELFLESS LIVING...Eventually, Satan will get the hint, but if he doesn't, your husband is going to feel really special! Either way, you win." (page 106)
"Devotions for a Sacred Marriage"(Gary Thomas)

His closing remarks are:

"What spiritual travail do you face that you can overcome by turning all the negative thinking and fretting into a positive act of love and affirmation.....If, like me, you have a difficult time keeping yourself from fretting, stop resisting and start substituting. Use every temptation to fret as a call to pray for, and act lovingly toward, your spouse. This week, revel in God's great escape." (page 107)

What a challenge!

Organizing Annie


On September 13, the "Pedometer Ladies" group just started up! This group was created especially for LADIES who use pedometers during the day. We track our steps, as we clean our homes! We set our pedometers at Zero, at the start of the day, and then log in our steps when the day is over!

The group description is below:

"We are a new group of ladies that wear pedometers to keep us moving! Using a pedometer while doing housework, is a GREAT motivator, to MOVE!! We monitor our progress, by counting our steps with our pedometers. We track 15 minute intervals, or 1 hour intervals. Our goal is to put on 250 steps in 15 minutes (1,000 steps/hour) for LESS ACTIVE jobs such as: cooking, dishwashing and ironing. Our goal is to put on at least 500 steps in 15 minutes(2,000 steps/hour) for MORE ACTIVE jobs such as: putting laundry away and putting other items away. So set your pedometer, grab your "Housekeeping Pedometer Chart", (in our FILES), your timer, and let's go!!"

The group site can be found at:

An excellent website to purchase pedometers from is "Steps Count Inc.":

Steps Count Inc. - Health Organizations - Canada's #1 Pedometer Company

"Biofeedback is an important part of motivating people when they are starting a physical activity program. ... number of steps can be inaccurate. Steps Count pedometers use a patented coiled spring mechanism that ... steps along the way."

© Organizing Annie


I found out about these posters, from a Christian chiropractor at a church we attended. He and his wife were in great shape, and he felt these exercises were safe for the back, neck, etc. They will work out every major muscle group!

Bruce Algra's Fitnus Series, Food Pyramid, Workout and Stretching ...
Bruce Algra's Health, Educational and Inspirational Posters. Featuring FoodPyramid Posters, Weight Training, Workout and Stretching Posters.

The also have prenatal exercise posters for women. This is the exercise poster place!! We put our poster, "SHAPE UP EXERCISES" on the wall in our rec. room. I made two exercise mats, about 27" x 72" long with 1" foam inside, and heavy vinyl on the outside. We made them so they could attach together, with velcro, like the school gym mats. You can also use them for camping! YES, it is GREAT for homeschooling!! We exercised using the "SHAPE-UP EXERCISES" together. Now that four of the seven are teenagers, they are STILL very "fitness" oriented! Children learn by example, even if we are not always consistent in our role modeling! My mother made me an exercise mat, when I was a teenager, so I did the same for my kids! Just passing on the tradition!!

Organizing Annie

Saturday, September 10, 2005


Natural Family Planning (NFP) has been a huge part of my life, over the past twenty plus years of my marriage. Having attended many workshops on this topic, as well as numerous conferences and couple to couple training sessions, I felt I had enough of a background to share this information with other women. Since the medical doctor, who delivered my first three children, was a medical advisor for SERENA CANADA, I naturally used the Serena method, throughout most of my married life. (She had also been on a Faculty of Medicine, educating resident doctors, about the benefits of using Serena.) These methods are safe, natural, and have no harmful side effects. Natural Family Planning has also been proven to be highly effective. Many Christian women prefer to use natural methods, since there are many risks and side effects associated with artificial birth control. They may need to delay or avoid pregnancy due to health related concerns, their medical histories, or other reasons. I have posted four new links on the website:

For those of you who would prefer to contact an organization, with personal feedback, and teaching on the Natural Family Planning methods, I would encourage you to contact the three groups listed in this blog. I have posted them below:

"Couples worldwide are choosing Natural Family Planning (NFP) for its healthful and marriage-building qualities, as well as its usefulness to plan or postpone pregnancy. Many couples are also grateful to use a family planning method that is in harmony with their religious beliefs."

"Serena is a Canadian organization of people who use and promote the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) of Natural Family Planning. "

"offers information on the Billings Ovulation Method of natural family planning, research papers, and teaching material."


"This is the ONE book you must read to help you on your journey to pregnancy. It is the Ultimate Guidebook for those who are seriously trying to get pregnant.Taking Charge of Your Fertility has helped literally hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, or simply gain better control of their health and lives. This book thoroughly explains the... FertilityAwareness Method."

THE OVU-TRAC (microscope with slides & a 28 page booklet)
This site contains a microscope with slides to test your saliva. This will help determine your peak day of ovulation. (Other artificial contraceptives are for sale on this site, as well, and I cannot personally endorse these.) Using the OVU-TRAC is a totally NATURAL method of family planning, to prevent or achieve pregnancy.

Hope this blesses you and your families!

Copyright Organizing Annie 2005

**Devotional Summary: "A SPIRITUALLY TIGHT MARRIAGE"**

This morning I finished reading a devotion by Gary Thomas from his excellent and inspiring book: "Devotions for a Sacred Marriage".

I would like to share a summary of his comments with you. He began his message by quoting from Proverbs 3:3. "Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart."

He reminds us all to:

1) Remain faithful to the wedding vows we made to our marriage partners, and be 100% faithful to that partner, with NO distractions! Remain mentally faithful as well!
2) Wear modest clothing, so that we "stay connected" with our own husband, and do not weaken the intimate "wall" that is there to protect our own marriages. Do not breach this wall!
3) Value fidelity! A woman's husband is her exclusive partner for life.
4) Be faithful to God's fornication, no adultery. "You shall not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14)

His closing comments are, "Become extreme. Throw yourselves at each other while becoming blind, sexually, to everyone else. Only then will you know God's full design and intentions for true sexual satisfaction." (page 104)

Hope you found this summary inspiring and thought provoking! Let us commit to "cleaning out the cobwebs" of our marriage, along with cleaning our homes!!

Praying for you ladies!

Organizing Annie

Friday, September 09, 2005


An amazing thing happened on the second day! I began the morning with devotions from my ONE YEAR BIBLE (The Living Bible Translation), and the devotion for that day, September 5, had a verse which literally jumped out at me! It was 2 Corinthians 8:11.....

"Having started the ball rolling so enthusiastically, you should carry this project through to completion just as gladly, giving whatever you can out of whatever you have. Let your enthusastic idea at the start be equalled by your realistic action now." (In the NIV it reads: "Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means." )

All I could think of, was wow!! This is amazing!! I had just finished posting a message to the Above Rubies ladies, that our group was up and "rolling"!! Here was a passage, using the same word "rolling", in a very appropriate context!! Reading this passage was a HUGE motivator to me, since it came exactly when I needed it! We were literally "up and rolling", with new members being added every day!! PTL for His faithfulness!! I am hoping and praying that these sites will be a blessing to many, in spreading the Good News of the gospel, and help us to bless others, as the keepers of our homes!

© Organizing Annie


The idea for beginning this group began years ago. I was never quite sure how to start one up! After searching through various support groups on the internet, for housekeepers, I decided to start up one myself! I had enough ideas and resources available to me, to share with other women. I have been particularly blessed with resources and people who have really improved my life in various ways. The website contains links and files, which I keep adding to daily. My first post, welcoming new members was at 5:47 pm on Sunday evening. Within 24 hours we had 10 new members! I began loading as many files and links as possible, since I knew that time is limited in reaching people. I am hoping that the links will provide answers to questions and problems that the women are struggling with. There is a balance of links, with practical and spiritual help available. It will take time to post them daily, but I am posting them "as the Spirit moves me". If I wake up, and feel the leading to put a particular link or file on the site, I do it! I am hoping to increase the sizes of the files and links, from what they are now. We hope the site has been a blessing to you! Please feel free to add your own links and files to this site. (They must be uplifting and beneficial to the ladies on the site. ) Please feel free to visit our site and join us! You are MOST welcome!! :)


Copyright Organizing Annie 2005