Thursday, January 31, 2013

Tons Of Healthy Living Resources For You!



***I WILL BE CONSTANTLY ADDING TO THIS LIST, 
SO PLEASE PIN AND REFER BACK TO IT!***


Healthy Eating: Grocery Lists & Tips:

Clean Eating Resources:
Gluten Free Resources:

Great Sites/Blogs For Healthy Living:
Battle Sugar Cravings/Lose Weight:
Recipes:
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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Writing Is A Craft


I love to write.  I grew up fearing it.  My left-handed-drag-through-the-pen marks left me despising the beauty of hand-written anything.  My hand writing is sloppy at best, and my black and blue hand gets old fast.  But not the written word, in theory.  Oh know, it has haunted me for life and its knocking has become relentless.

Just like the echoed tapping of fingers on curved vintage keys, it has tap tap tapped at my heart for years.

I'm thankful that this craft (because writing with words is a craft with wings) can never be mastered.  Us apprentices understand one another, yes?  We write, and learn, and grow... and use words to heal, change, and inspire.  

We write... and write... and write... because the written word upon our hearts beg us to take flight.  We release them, tied to balloons on a windy day.

Are you a writer?  Has the words within you been begging to be released?  Let those fingers flow... it just might bring your life some healing and joy!  Oh, and you don't need to blog to be a writer.  You were born one.  Scratch out those heart-string words on a good old fashion notebook; even if you are the only reader those words ever see!

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Monday, January 28, 2013

A Valentines Day Necklace Giveaway For 2 Readers

(COMMENT 38) Cynthia from Prayer Notes By Cynthia wins the molded heart necklace, and
(COMMENT 4) Tricia from The Keierleber Family wins the love never fails necklace.

***Ladies, please email me your mailing address TODAY so bonbon charms can get you your necklaces by Valentines Day!  Congrats, I'm so happy for you both!***





giveaway @ Ordinary Inspirations


You have the chance to win one of the follow 2 adorable pewter necklaces (molded heart and love never fails)!  Bonbon Charms believes everyone needs something sweet to wear.  Isn't that the truth!  Erica is just so creative!


These charms are molded by hand, cast in fine pewter, and then stamped with love just for you!

ENTER TO WIN:
To have the chance to win, do any of the following and leave a separate comment telling me what you did (don't forget to leave a way to contact you).  The more times you enter, the greater the chance you will be wearing one of these next week!

BONBON CHARMS:
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6) Tell me one thing you love from visiting Bonbon Charms.
7) Visit Bonbon Charms Prints and tell me what you liked.

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8) If you follow me on twitter.
9) If you follow me on pinterest.
10) Anywhere you share this giveaway will earn you a comment.

Random.org will pick 2 readers from the comment list this FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st!  Will it be YOU?  What a fun gift to yourself or someone else for Valentines Day!


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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Spice Up Your Marriage! "30 Date Your Husband From Home Questions"





You want to date your husband, but you are out of money, you can't find a sitter, or you are just plain sick of the same old thing?

TRY THIS FUN GAME!  No matter how long you have been marriage, this is one fun way to get you talking, thinking, and spending quality time together.  My husband and I tried this last night and it was so much fun!  Some questions I made up and the rest I found online and tweaked a bit!

HERE'S WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

1.Put the kids to bed.
2.Print out the following questions using the printer friendly button at the bottom of this post.
3.Cut up the questions and fold them two times. 
4.Put them in a bowl.
5. Take turns picking a question and reading it aloud to your spouse.  The spouse listening must answer the question being asked.

SO FUN!  Here are 30 suggested questions to try out with your spouse:

1. Tell me one thing that I did this past week that impressed you.

2. What is one thing you hope to accomplish in the next 5 years?

3. What is your favorite book of the Bible and why?

4. Name one person in your life that inspires you to become a better person.

5. What makes you most fulfilled or happiest as a husband/wife?

6. What makes you most fulfilled or happiest as a father/mother?

7. What are you looking forward to the most in the next year?

8. In what area of your spiritual walk would you like to improve on?

9. What do I do that pleases you the most physically?  

10. What was your very first impression of me?

11. If you weren't in the profession you are now, what would be your dream profession and why?

12.  Name 3 qualities that attracted you to me when we first met?

13. What is you dream destination and why?

14. If your house were on fire and you had a chance to grab only 3 material items, what would they be?

15. If you could have witnessed any biblical event, which one would you choose?

16. What is the best way for me to encourage you when you are feeling down?

17. What are 3 essential values we want our children to embrace above all others?

18. What can we do as a couple to change the world we live in?

19. What goals would you like us to accomplish in our marriage in the next 1, 5, and 10 years?

20. Whose marriage do you most consider to be a model marriage and why?

21. With so many marriages failing, what steps can you and I take to ensure that we stay close as a couple physically, emotionally and spiritually?

22. I like it best when you refer to me as ________.

23. The song that always makes me think of you is ______.

24. My favorite memory of our wedding day is _________.

25. I laugh every time I think of you doing ___________.

26. If you had a chance to jump out of a plane or bungee jump, which one would you choose?

27. What is your idea of a truly romantic evening?

28. What is one thing you want to do before you die?

29. What is one thing that might spice up our love life?

30. In our marriage, which do you think we need more of?  Kindness, quality time, or intimacy?

*If you don't have children yet, just change the ones that apply to kids.


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Friday, January 25, 2013

Again: Five Minute Friday


Again.  Another year.  Another birthday come and gone.  Like seeds blown and scattered, you puff, and new life has begun.  New seasons.  Again.  You change and grow and again, you amaze me.

You told me the other day you were ready to go to school and it broke my heart.  You are my little boy and there is something so tender about it; a mama and son bond.  They all told me with words and smiles full of, you'll know what I mean when you have a boy!  Now I know!

May you flourish and grow and do great things for God and others.  Like little white wisps that fly through the air... may your love spread wide and long and touch many.

May our love be limitless.  May we all, love like our Savior.  Psalm 86:15 "But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness."

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Monday Morning Meditation Psalm 91:1,4


There is safety in the cleft of THE ROCK.
You are my shelter.  I take refuge in you.  
Under your wings I long to abide.  
Your ways are perfect.  You desire the best for me.  
You are a shield from the cold winds and bitter nights.  
You hide me under your rock.  
I find safety and protection when I call you, my Lord.  
You have proven your ways are tried and true. 
I have tasted and seen and proclaim that you are a good and awesome God. 
 Lord, give me an undivided heart that I may praise your name and seek you alone.  
You ask me to be still before you.  
In Christ alone, my hope is found.  
I have seen that it is better to trust in you, than put my confidence in man.  
This earth is full of temporal and earthly promises that leave me wanting.  
In you alone, do I find my satisfaction.  

References:
*Psalm 5:11
*Psalm 18:2
*Psalm 18:30
*Psalm 31:4
*Psalm 34:8
*Psalm 46:11
*Psalm 61:3,4
*Psalm 86:11
*Psalm 118:8


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Friday, January 18, 2013

Cherish: Five Minute Friday

Cherished.  That's the way you make me feel.  With your words.  Your actions.  The way you cup my face in your hands, or pull me in close.

I was always told to marry someone who adored me.  I honestly don't think anyone could possibly adore me more.  Cherish and adore go hand it hand.

Even the way you play and tease and pick on me shows me that you cherish me.

When you told me those words last night in the dark, I never knew I could love someone so much, I smiled quietly and my heart soared; because I knew you meant it from the very depth of you.

Cherishing requires cultivation over time.  To cherish means to hold dear, to nurture, protect, treat tenderly.

These eight years of marriage, you've sheltered me with your love... and for that, I cherish you!

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Key To Being Beautiful


There is an awesome freedom I've discovered in Christ.  I am a child of the King of Kings and He thinks I'm beautifully and wonderfully made.  He knows me, inside and out.  He formed me, woven and spun, each detail... on purpose.  My confidence is in Him and I can live unashamed because He's my Savior.

How do I reflect Him?  It's all about making Him known.  He must increase, and I must decrease.  That's the key to reflecting His beauty.

So walk in that freedom.  Draw close to your Savior.  Love Jesus more than you love father, mother, husband or child.  Intimacy with the Father will bring you the contentment and joy your heart is longing for.  Don't be so concerned about pleasing man and meeting all of life's demands and expectations with perfection.  Perfectionism is the kill-joy of beauty.  Just walk hand in hand with your Savior, and seek to please and reflect His name.  You are beautiful, dear sister!  

Psalm 42: 1-2

"As a deer pants for flowing streams,
    so pants my soul for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
    for the living God."


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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

What's For Dinner? Remove The Chaos With These Easy Tips!

Most days around 4:00 I'm just beginning to think, what's for dinner?  By this time it's too late to do anything super healthy or profound, and once again, pancakes it is!  Are you with me?  Here are some tips we can all use to make dinner time an easier process:

#1) Make a schedule for the week.

Sit down for 20 minutes on a Sunday evening and write out 3-5 ideas for the week (factoring in leftovers).  Having some sort of plan will help you prepare for the week ahead.

#2) Plan ahead the night before.

Planning ahead the night before is key!  Do you need to pull out some meat from the freezer to thaw?  Do you need to put out your crockpot on the counter so you remember to put that roast in?  Do you need to marinade something?  This will make your life a whole lot easier!

#3) Get a binder.

Get a 3 ring binder and some plastic sleeves and put all your recipes, kitchen lists, and ideas in it!  Have it in one location (a control center) in your kitchen where you can easily reference it!

#4) Have an empty sink in the morning.

I know, easier said than done!  Many mornings (okay MOST mornings), my kitchen sink is full of dirty dishes.  Having a clean kitchen and an empty sink is a huge motivating factor for a successful food-prep day!

#5) Organize your cupboards and refrigerator/freezer!

I love doing this before I go grocery shopping!  Go through your cupboards and refrigerator/freezer weekly to get rid of purge outdated items and evaluate what you do have to cook/bake with.

#7) Keep produce within eye sight!

How many times do you find that green/bluish growth appearing on your food in the back of the fridge?  Keep your produce within eye sight so you can use it within its proper time frame.  There's nothing worse than throwing away perfectly good food just because you waited too long to use it!



Have you ever visited Jaime from Raising Up Rubies?  Oh my this girl is amazing!  She's oh so crafty (I'm so not) and she is super de duper organized (I'm so not)!  Check out her several posts about, Simplifying Your Kitchen.  They are amazing!


#8) Have a thankful attitude.

We are so blessed in America!  We can go to the grocery store, get pretty much whatever we want, and bring it home to use!  That's unheard of in many parts of the world.  Have a thankful attitude and be appreciative of the food you do have in your home!  Make dinner time a joyful experience because you have a thankful heart!


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

God's Promises For Boys & Girls Book Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOT CLOSED!  AMY YOU WON!  EMAIL ME YOUR ADDRESS.

                

I received these books in the mail from Tommy Nelson for my 6 year old girl and 4 year old boy.  They love them!  My son Carson hardly ever sits still while I read to him and he asked me to read the whole thing to him!

Share the eternal hope of God's promises with that special little girl and boy in your life!  Take a peek inside HERE and HERE.  The illustrations are seriously the cutest I've ever seen in a children's book!


Sample text:  Monsters. Spiders. Being alone. Do any of these things make you feel afraid? When you start to feel fear, hold on tight to these words: God promises to take your fear away!
"So don’t worry, because I am with you. Don’t be afraid, because I am your God. I will make you strong and will help you. I will support you with my right hand that saves you." Isaiah 41:10
To Enter To Win These Books:
1) Leave a comment telling me how old your children are.
2) Leave a second comment telling me why they might like these books.
3) Leave a comment telling me you like Ordinary Inspirations on facebook.
4) Leave a comment telling me you subscribe to my blog.
5) Leave a comment telling me you like Tommy Nelson on facebook.
6) Anywhere you share this giveaway you will earn an additional comment entry (fb, twitter, pinterest, blog, email,etc.)
7) Let me know you checked out all these free goodies.
I will draw a winner on Friday using Random.org.  It could be you! 


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