Date Night On The Cheap

Date Night On The Cheap

Episode 253

Date night on the cheap is something both Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis have experienced. In this episode, Felice and Meredith share ideas that will help you leave the excuses behind. Date night can be fun and cheap!

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Meredith’s Ideas: Date Night On the Cheap

  1. Walks in the park: enjoy time alone at your favorite park. Make it your time and enjoy each other’s company. Cost, nothing!
  2. Surprise picnic lunch with nice plates, napkins, and fizzy drinks. Pack your favorite foods, or something simple. Use your nice silverware, plates and cloth napkins and tablecloths. Dress up and enjoy!
  3. Coffee in a beautiful hotel – Meredith shared that they couldn’t afford a meal in an expensive, yet very beautiful hotel nearby. So, instead, they decided to have coffee and dessert, going at an “off time” when the hotel wasn’t too busy. This is one of their favorite date-time-places on the cheap.
  4. Date night, dancing in the parking lot – crank up the music and enjoy dancing with your spouse under the stars. The ambiance is beautiful and the company perfect!
  5. Reading old love letters: what better way to have a date night on the cheap than by reading old love letters, lots of giggles, laughs, and kisses!

Felice’s Ideas: Date Night On the Cheap

  1. Walk on the beach – one of a favorite date night on the cheap. Gas to go, parking which is inexpensive and a few beach chairs and some drinks in a cooler. Watch the sunset
  2. Dinner, trying small out of the way places
  3. Home with the children making your meal
  4. Weekend deals – set up hotel alerts
  5. Recreating past dates

Books by Meredith:

Ready to Lead?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #056, Ready to Lead?In Ready to Lead? With Meredith Curtis, Episode #056, teens and their parents are challenged to heed God’s call to His people to rise up and lead! The world is crying out to see authentic leaders who lead with love and integrity. How can lead in a way that will earn the respect of others and win the favor of God. You can influence and inspire others no matter how young or old you are.



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Show Notes

Josh is filling out his college application. He is asked to list his leadership positions, as well as any awards, achievements, and honors.

People are Looking for Leaders

Colleges are looking for leaders.

Employers are looking for leaders.

Young people, old people; everyone wants a leader they can trust.

An Unlikely Leader

Tim was a young Christian leader whose Mom was a believer, but father was not. He was sent to a famous Greek city to choose elders for the brand new church there.

He had God’s anointing, but still he struggled with fear.

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. So do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord or of me his prisoner. Rather, join with me in suffering for the gospel, by the power of God. (II Timothy 1:6-8 NASB)

Another Young Leader

Dan was kidnapped from his hometown. He had to start a new life without his parents, temple teachers, or brothers and sisters. He did have some friends who loved God, too.

The place Dan was taken to was horrible, full of sin and idolatry.

Dan refused to compromise. Would this close the door on leadership?

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. (Daniel 1:8 NASB)

To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds. (Daniel 1: 17 NASB).

What is a Leader anyway?

A leader influences, challenges, and gives direction to his followers. A leader is someone that people follow.

The world is filled with some good leaders and many bad leaders.

In the world, leaders are up on a pedestal.

God’s Kingdom is an upside-down Kingdom. Leaders serve and lay down their lives just like Jesus did.

Leadership is Stewardship

All authority belongs to God

All responsibility belongs to God

He delegates responsibility to people and gives them enough authority to get the job done.

What authority isn’t for …

What authority is for …

What Does a Leader Do?

Leaders teach, instruct, and give advice.

Leaders get a job, task, or project done with a team of people.

Leaders care for people and help them through difficult times.

Leaders inspire and motivate people to do their best, to work hard, to stay loyal.

Leaders set an example for others to follow.

God’s Qualifications for Leadership

God has a plan to build His Kingdom, His Church, spread His glory as the waters cover the sea. There needs to be leaders to mobilize and lead the people.

God’s Qualifications for Men

Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him (I Timothy 3:2-4 NASB).

God’s Qualifications for Women

Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children,  to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. (Titus 2:3-5 NASB)

Can Anyone Meet those Qualifications?

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.  I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing! (Galatians 2:20-21).

How Can you Lead Right Now?

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. (Luke 16:10)

Faithful in Little; Faithful in Much.

Look for opportunities to serve, to lead in your home, church, job, and community.


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God bless you.

Setting Intentions for 2018 with Christy Montes

Setting Intentions for 2018I can’t believe 2017 is coming to an end. It seems just yesterday I was ringing in 2017 with family and sweet friends, including ASH A LEE. I remember last year, Ashley and I decided that FORWARD would be our word for 2017 and I think both of us lived out that word in our lives. As we thought about 2018, Balance kept coming to mind. I need balance in all areas… work, home, health, relationships. I plan to work on balance in 2018. My best girls, Christy and Ashley also decided to make balance their word for 2018. What is your word?

On this episode, Christy and I talk about setting intentions for 2018, deciding what our focus will be and writing it down. We talked about vision boards, journaling, good books, and daring to grow. Do you have plans to work on your self as 2018 approaches? If you need help, let me suggest some good resources:

1.  Brazen by Leanna Tankersley


2.  The Gifts of Imperfection, Braving the Wilderness, and Rising Strong by Brene’ Brown

3. Start Where You Are by Meera Lee Patel

Find some time to be quiet and reflect on 2017. After you do that, think about the next year. Plan some time for you, for you and your partner, for you and your family. I hope 2018 is your best year ever!

Happy New Year,



Find a way to #sayyes today.

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Jump Start Your Endocrine System with Homeopathy

Jumpstart Your Endocrine System with Homeopathy

In this podcast, Sue will talk about jump starting the endocrine system.  Join her as she talks about what the endocrine system is, what it does and how it works.  We are exposed to different things that our body doesn’t like and the endocrine system is supposed to be the response system.  Sue talks about what you can do if there is stress in your life that may be compromising your health.


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A Christmas to Remember

ChristmasrememberedA Christmas to Remember

Podcast #40

In this episode, Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn talks about the importance of passing on family traditions. Why it’s important to remember where our family traditions came from. This season, spend some time looking back on your family traditions and maybe create some of your own. It will be a special season of creating and remembering. Make this a Christmas to Remember.

Please join us as we travel along this journey on our podcast adventure. Let’s get connected! Learn more about the Florida Parent Educator’s Association and homeschooling in the beautiful state of Florida.

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HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

This week on HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!

Moldy, ancient novels: that’s what highschool Literature is, right?

Boring, meaningless lessons based on the old novel is highschool Literature, right?

Wrong on both counts!

Why read just because they are required to? Why not look at *novel* ideas for types of Literature? Teens can:

  • Read for connection (to the author, to life, to culture, etc)
  • Read to understand the author’s why?
  • Read to find their own why?

AND Literature is more than dusty novels. Lots of things can count as Literature!

Sabrina, Vicki and Kym have some NOVEL ideas for some lively, meaningful and fun ideas for homeschool highschool Literature. They share the thought provoking questions:


What can count as literature? Can it be something other than old novels? Here are some types of Literature that they have covered with their homeschool highschoolers:

  • Poetry (reading, interacting with it, memorizing it, writing it)
  • Short stories
  • Biographies
  • Autobiographies
  • Plays (try some Readers Theatre)
  • Movies

Listen and find out the answer to the BURNING question: Why did Shakespeare write in iambic pentameter.

In the meantime, check out these useful links for new ways to look at highschool Literature.

Cinema Studies for Literature Learning in your High School Homeschool Co-op

Homeschool Highschool Podcast Ep 14: Readers Theater Party- It’s COOL!

God is a Poet – Introducing Poetry to High School Homeschool Students


Vicki’s Pinterest Poetry Board (lots of famous people reading poetry…so cool!)

HSHSP Ep 89: A NOVEL Approach with Highschool Literature!


HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

This week on HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool.

HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

You don’t need to go it alone as a homeschooling mom!

We humans are created for community and we women, especially, to support one another. Some moms are extraverted and need lots of friends most of the time. Some moms are introverted and love alone time, but still need prayer support and a few trusted friends.

How do homeschool mom friends find friends?

Join Sabrina, Kym, and Quella the seeing eye puppy for an honest, heartwarming discussion about finding friends as homeschooling moms.

  • God’s intervention: They will share how, in dark times in their lives, God supplied their friendship with each other, then with the other moms who became
  • Prayer: Before seeing the intervention with God’s gift of friendship, Kym shares her story about praying for a friend.
  • Involvement: They share about being involved in their homeschool community had already made them acquainted with each other.
  • Serving: They share about seeing a need and being willing to help, which opened the door for friendship.

Homeschool moms, you don’t need to go it alone in homeschooling high school! God created us for community. If He created us for community, He will provide. Join us for this encouraging episode and look for God’s work in your life!

In the meantime, enjoy these encouraging posts and resources:

Confidence-Building Skills for Meeting New People

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The Importance of Homeschool Friends for MOM

Here’s a freebie download on how to truly help a friend during difficult times.

HSHSP Ep 84: Moms Finding Friends in Homeschool Highschool

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Where Have All The Heroes Gone?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #52, Here Have All the Heroes Gone?Where Have All the Heroes Gone? with Meredith Curtis, podcast #052 looks at the fascination with Super-Heroes in today’s culture, how they’ve changed, and why we love Heroes. Meredith discusses Christian heroes, how they can impact our personal lives, and how they can inspire us to greatness. As a special bonus, six Super-Heroes drop in to tell their story. You will meet Pope Gregory, Lady Jane Grey, Lottie Moon, Brother Andrew, Elisabeth Eliot, and Nicky Cruz. We will end with instructions to host your own Heroes for Jesus Party.





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Show Notes

There are so many super-hero movies out now. I have to stop and wonder what makes them so popular.

There are so many familiar heroes from my childhood, but boy; have they changed.

Different in values, morals, humility, respect for authority.

Relating to broken heroes and why we need heroes.

We are broken, but fixed by the One True Super-Hero.

Who are Christian heroes from the past?

How can they impact us?

How can they inspire us to greatness?

Let the Heroes Speak: Pope Gregory, Lady Jane Grey, Lottie Moon, Brother Andrew, Elisabeth Eliot, and Nicky Cruz.

One way that we learn about heroes is by having a Heroes for Jesus Party.

How to have a Heroes for Jesus Party: monologues, costumes, and games/activities.


Celebrate Our Christian Heroes by Meredith CurtisCelebrate Our Christian Heroes explains how and why to celebrate Christian heroes, as well as discussing reasons the author’s family stopped celebrating Halloween. Step-by-step instructions are given for planning and hosting your own Heroes For Jesus Party with monologues, costume ideas, and game/activity ideas for over 40 Christian Super-Heroes. A special bonus resource is the instructions and template to make your own Paul’s Journey to Rome Board Game! Enjoy!


Another resource is The Forgotten Podcast, a collection of hero stories that will inspire you!

HSHSP Ep 78: What are Colleges Looking for in Incoming Freshmen

This week on HSHSP Ep 78: What are Colleges Looking for in Incoming Freshmen.

HSHSP Ep 78: What are Colleges Looking for in Incoming Freshmen

Photo Credit: Murray State University

HSHSP Ep 78: What are Colleges Looking for in Incoming Freshmen

College-bound highschoolers want to know: What are colleges looking for in incoming freshmen? What will help the gain admission to college?

You and your teens need good information about what colleges are looking for when they look at the thousands of applications they receive each year. Your teens also need ideas for skills to learn in highschool that will help them succeed in college.

Join Vicki for an eye-opening interview with Dr. Renae Duncan, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Affairs of Murray State University (Murray, KY) about what colleges are looking for in Incoming Freshmen. Dr. Duncan is the sister of’s Vicki Tillman.

Dr. Renae Duncan Associate Provost of Undergraduate Affairs Murray State University

Click image for more information about Dr. Duncan and MSU. Photo credit Murray State University.

What are large state colleges want to see?

  • SAT/ACT s
  • Strong coursework
  • Volunteer work
  • Extracurriculars
  • Application essay at most large state universities

What do regional universities look for? 

  • Strong coursework
  • Good SAT/ACT (more flexibility with scores than larger colleges)
  • Not as much emphasis on service and extracurriculars
  • Often don’t need application essay

What about community colleges?

  • What are the benefits?

PLUS! Dr. Duncan gives insider tips for success:

  • WORKAROUNDS if your homeschool highschooler doesn’t do well on SAT/ACT type testing
  • Insider tips for college success
  • Thoughts on college search and choice.
  • Small college vs larger state college
  • College prep for highschoolers: What skills do they need for college success?
  • College prep for highschoolers: The difference between difficult highschool courses and courses that challenge your teen to think.

Homeschool-Friendly College: Murray State University

Click here for more information on college attractive transcripts and tips for college admissions.

Don’t miss this episode!

HSHSP Ep 78: What are Colleges Looking for in Incoming Freshmen


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