Merry Christmas!

On this Christmas eve, I wanted to take a few minutes to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. If you celebrate something other than Christmas, then I hope that is merry as well. I appreciate all of you who read my ramblings. I have great ideas in mind for the next year on my blog, so stay tuned. May God bless you all.

Lisa Weidknecht

Matthew 2:10-11 NLT
Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them...'Don't be afraid!' he said. 'I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!'


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Thinking about moving

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Nutrisystem Update - Six Weeks #NSNation

Thanks to Nutrisystem
I have lost 15 pounds
in just six weeks! 
If you are considering a weight loss program for 2012, I recommend you check out Nutrisystem. The foods are delicious (I had a double chocolate muffin for breakfast) and with the new partnership of Nutrisystem and Janet Jackson, the company is poised to launch a whole new program called SUCCESS. I've already had a sampling of their new Chef's Collection dinners and they are so good. 
I'm also excited to announce that I received my very first Nutribear! Upon reaching the goal of ten pounds lost, the company sent me Pound, the little red bear. I have him sitting on my desk to remind me that if I stay focused and stick to the plan, I will continue to lose weight and get healthy.
Want to lose weight and get healthy with me?
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FTC Disclosure: In exchange for blogging my progress, I am receiving Nutrisystem foods and services at no charge.


I Just Discovered NoMoreRack

Do you love deals? Would you like to save 75 percent on clothes and purses? Up to and over 80 percent on electronics? How about 100 percent discount on jewelry? Um, YEAH!!! I just discovered nomorerack Daily Deals and I'm so excited that I just have to tell you about it. Every day, for just one day only, nomorerack offers eight absolutely unbelievable deals, plus a charity deal. Today's amazing deals included free earrings, a watch at 88 percent discount, and fashion hair clips at 73 percent discount. I can hardly wait until midnight to see tomorrow's deals!

One of the deals each day is called a charity deal. It's clearly marked which deal is the daily charity deal by a red box when you hover over it on the site. I think this is such an amazing perk of this website. For each charity item that sells, a portion goes to support one of several charities, such as Family Giving Tree and Bloggers for Joplin. Today's deal is a gorgeous pearl bracelet that normally retails for $59.99 for ONLY $15.00!

Then, there are the Insanity Deals. Yes, the ones that are truly insane deals and totally unpredictable. There are 1,000 Insanity Deals randomly posted throughout the month. Like a $1200 Sony Bravia 52" HDTV for, wait for it, under $60. That's no typo. Sixty bucks. How about an Apple iPad for under $44? Yes, really. You never know when they are going to pop up, so check in regularly! You'll know the Insanity Deals by the purple box. When they sell out, the deal disappears. Most only last a few minutes!

Nomorerack scam worrying you? Don't stress! This website is "buy/safe inspected and guaranteed" and as an added bonus, shipping is $2. Yep, two dollars. I don't know how they do it. I don't care why they do it. I'm just glad they do it. Most of the products come from cancelled orders and overstocks that nomorerack snaps up at bargain prices. They are Paypal Verified, McAfee Secured, and a Verified Authorize.net Merchant. Still not convinced? Check out all the fabulous nomorerack reviews and see what you've been missing!

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FREEBIE - Digital Scrapbooking Kit

Thanks to MyMemories for providing a free download
Quick Pages Designer Pack
for Planet Weidknecht readers!
Click HERE to download your free kit!

These kits make it so easy and quick to create a page!
Look what I did with it in about two minutes:
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Oransi Ionic Air Purifier - Review

I am so excited to tell you about the Oransi Ionic Fridge Air Purifier because this little guy does a big job! I hate when my refrigerator smells funny and this purifier makes the fridge smell so fresh. All I have to do is put two batteries in, press the button and put it in the fridge. How simple is that?!
The Ionic Air Purifier for the fridge is smaller than a soda can so it hardly takes up any room. It is completely silent with no fans and there are no filters to change. It's received safety certifications and uses a high negative ion output to freshen your refrigerator without the harmful side effects of ozone found in standard ionizers.
The indicator light on the front lets you know it's working. The first cycle is 30 minutes long, then only runs 5 minutes every two hours, for a total monthly operating cost of about a dollar. It kills bacteria, prevents mildew, and even reduces food spoilage. This is a fabulous gift idea!

Coupons for Canada and Australia

Looking for coupon codes in Canada and Australia? At CouponCodes.ca those of you in Canada can find great discounts and deals. Save money on the top brands like Gap, Sony, Sears, and Dell. Canadian Coupons are sorted into categories so you can find what you need easily....computers and electronics, home and garden, jewelry, travel, and lots more! You can print coupons to take shopping with you and find promotional codes to use when you're shopping online. You can even sign up to get their newsletter delivered to your email inbox so you never miss a deal.
Australian Coupon Codes can be found at CouponCodes.com.au with bargains and discounts for the places you like to shop, including exclusive deals found only on their site! Check out their best savings on fashion, home appliances, art, and more. Find out how much money you can save today. Right now there are over 2700 coupon codes active, just waiting for you!

Looking for Coupon Codes?

Done with your Christmas shopping yet? I'm not. I will likely be scrambling around at the last minute again this year. I love Christmas time, but I try to focus on the spirit of it, rather than all those gifts I need to buy. Of course, I still need to go buy the gifts though. After I finish making my list of who's been nice, I'll look for Coupons and special savings. Plus, I found a wonderful website where you can find all kinds of different coupon codes for nearly everything you might need to buy!
I could use their Sears Coupons to buy some power tools for my husband or maybe some new video games for the boys. CouponCodes4U has the biggest selection of up-to-date discounts including free shipping offers! The deals on their site are amazing. I even found a huge Verizon Discount that includes a free phone. The website is easy to navigate and you can even sign up for their newsletter to get coupons delivered to your inbox. Be sure and stop by the website before you go shopping to save yourself lots of money and stay within your Christmas budget!

Working with a Personal Trainer

It's been almost 48 hours since my last workout with my personal trainer and I can almost move without pain now. Since I was sick last weekend I didn't meet with him. He was here working out with Johnny, but I slept the stomach flu off that day. Saturday, Will showed up promptly at 10a.m. He's always on time! Johnny and I had already stretched out so we got started right away. Johnny's fighting seasonal allergies right now so his energy level is down. I was still tired from working all week, so I felt rather sapped of energy too.
Will worked us through a challenging hour of exercises, keeping us motivated and laughing. As tough as it is, we know it's good for us and we're both so happy with the results we are seeing. I actually had more energy after I cooled down from the workout than before I started! I can definitely tell there are positive differences in my body since I started working out. On Sunday, I was excited to wear a pair of jeans that I hadn't fit into for a while! If you've been thinking you need to get moving more, then give Will a call.  He will show you how to get fast results that are tailored specifically to you with just a short workout a couple days a week!

Will Shoucair - PT3 Fitness - (512) 309-1783 
Twitter @PT3Fitness

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6000 Facebook Fans Giveaway

To thank all my 6000+ Facebook Fans, 
I'm having a giveaway!

You MUST be a Planet Weidknecht Facebook Fan to enter to win this fabulous prize, sponsored by VMInnovations.

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Buying Diamonds Online

You buy books online. You buy clothes online. You buy electronics online. You even order pizza online. Shopping on the internet is a fabulous way to save money because you can compare online stores without using your gasoline. There are no pushy salespeople following you around. You don't have to wait in line and you can shop in your pajamas if you like. Many people shop online for finer items as well. Wholesale loose diamonds sales and fine jewelry sales have increased in past years and Brilliance.com is a leader in the industry. You can shop online at your convenience with their graduate gemologists and diamond and jewelry experts available to you via live chat. Since there is no retail store overhead, they can save you lots of money! You will discover great customer service and quality diamonds with Brilliance.com.

Should Children Have Homework?

One of the biggest complaints I hear from parents today is the fight that happens over homework. I don't even remember having homework until junior high, other than the occasional big project for a class. Nearly all of our learning was done at school in the classroom. Even young children seem to bring home a huge load of homework every night these days! Then it falls on the parents to make the child work all evening on schoolwork. After doing homework all day, the children really need to relax and play, in my opinion.

When children say they don't want to do their homework, it's not because they are lazy; I think it's because they need a break from working. Yes, there are appropriate times for children to have something to do outside of the classroom, but for the most part I think early academic education should take place in schools. And moral education should take place at home and in church. When children are home-schooled, parents tend to find this balance naturally very early on in the process. If the learning is quality learning, then it doesn't take twelve hours to get through the work. Most home-schoolers usually finish formal classwork in just a few hours.

I remember regular nightly homework starting around 7th grade. My parents helped me as they could, but once I reached 9th grade algebra I needed math help that they couldn't provide. Instead I went to teachers at my high school for assistance. I ended up spending some of my lunch time every day getting math help from an advanced level algebra teacher because he was the only one who could explain it to me in a way I could understand. Then I'd have to go home and do homework all evening too. School was hard for me as a teen and having loads of homework every night was depressing. I cannot imagine how that could benefit a 7 or 8 year old.

Trying to make young children keep on working after they spent eight hours in school is just not a good idea. Kids would be much healthier and happier if they got to come home from school, have a snack and go outside to play or spend time with their family. The Center for Public Education website says there is no conclusive evidence that homework increases student achievement across the board. Some studies show positive effects of homework under certain conditions and for certain students, some show no effects, and some suggest negative effects (Kohn 2006; Trautwein and Koller 2003). I think children should not have homework until at least 6th grade, except for an occasional research project, book report, or science project.

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