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I have discovered it is really hard to be Queen in a household with 3 princesses! Somebody is always borrowing my tiara! Well in between hunting my stuff down I am the proclaimed Queen in the Land of fluff (where my husband swears one day that he will die from glitter lung (you get the picture!) Besides that I am a dieting, exercising, crafting, biblestudying kind of girl.
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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The 1st Noel trying to be healthy

This is the first Thanksgiving through Christmas that I have tried to live a healthy lifestyle. Well let me tell you, it is tough!!
Now before you start shaking your head thinking "girl, you should just have some self control". It's not about just having self control. It's a lot about -scheduling!!!

After all if I am still trying to accomplish the following: get girls up, make lunch, fix 2 sets of girls hair done (that's not counting my own), chauffeuring 3 girls to school, hitting the gym, getting cleaned up, laundry, picking up the girls,homework, dinner & practice, trying to count my calories, drink more water and try to get 7 hours sleep ( so I can loose tummy fat) now the holidays are upon us, & now I am trying to add crafting, wrapping gifts, baking, cleaning, hosting celebrations, going to fun get togethers etc..).

Whew! I tell you what I have learned somethings that I will do differently next year.
1). Simplify some
2). Craft through out the year -do not wait to try to do it all in one month.
3). Make a plan!!
4). Make cute tags ahead of december.
5). Be prepared to take off only 2 days before company. But plan on an alternative exercise workout at home.

All those may seem so simple and so common sense to you all. However. I am used to trying to do it all, and I tell you you can not do it all ALL the time. You have only so many minutes in a day and you have to choose! If you want to have time to snuggle with your babies, dance with your husband, curl up and read a good book. (which I know I do!) You just have to Have a plan. It's ok I doubt your family thinks your super women, nor do they expect you to be. So take a deep breathe and make a plan. If you mess up-don't sweat it just get back up, "after all you don't get tackled sitting on the bench". ( I like that quote but I am sorry I do not know who said it).

I believe I can be healthy but it does take a plan, it takes a positive outlook, & persistence!!

How do I stay positive - I remember when I was taking in some 3xl size sweaters to a size Large. That makes me stay positive! I remember where I have come from.

So the 1st Noel trying to be healthy has had some speed bumps, I put on 3 pounds since Thanksgiving. (the scale goes up 3 pounds, down 2, up 1 down 3) But if I can keep it under a 4 pound gain I will be satisfied. I have to live and will hit it hard and tackle that last 40 pounds in 2012!!

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

What are you actually celebrating?

I am a horrible time manager! I know here I am a mom, wearing all kinds of hats (cook,chauffeur, social coordinator, wife, decorator, hostess, friend, daughter, etc..) My husband was kindly, very gently reminding me of the "important" things that I needed to get done, and to stay focused on what was necessary, or required to be done first. It made me start thinking "what is important", "what is needed", and "what am I really celebrating"?

I often relate to the story of Martha, (Luke 10:39-42) in the story of Mary and Martha. Oh, I desire to have a Mary's heart seating at the feet of Jesus - just once everything is clean, and ready so that I can focus on what he is saying. Does anyone relate?

It made me start to think, if actions speak louder than words, and my kids are watching what would they say I was celebrating this holiday season. I am afraid that my kids would answer that there mom was celebrating family get togethers and celebration. How sad. Christmas is not about family get togethers! It is about celebrating the birth of Jesus, that God loves us with a "never the less" kind of love!! How that made me stop and pause -which is shocking if you saw my "to do" list. A family is a "blessing. Webster defines blessing as:



Definition of BLESSING

a : the act or words of one that blessesb : approval, encouragement
: a thing conducive to happiness or welfare

I am blessed to have a family, that provides happiness, and encouragement. However Christmas time, my heart and my soul should be focused on celebrating Christ. Jesus Christ is the gift of Christmas. My soul should be at peace. So as I prepare for my family get together. I am going to keep my eyes on Christ, and hopefully my actions will reflect that I am lucky to have a family to get together with, but our "getting together" is not the be all, end all of the holidays, and if something is not perfect, well there goes the holidays. Nope, because Christmas is about Christ. It's not about finding the perfect centerpiece, having the perfect game to play, and keeping everyone else happy. So what are you celebrating this Christmas? Does your actions and the words of your mouth back up your answer?
Just some deep thoughts from a mom who had been busily trying to do it all, taking a deep breath and re-prioritizing what is needed. I think I am going to have to this daily! If not I get distracted and loose my focus. Hope you keep your eyes on Christ.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

17 years together!

Well I did some celebrating this last weekend. Me and my husband celebrated our 17th wedding anniversary-Woo Hoo! I have now known this man 19 years - whew! Such a weird thing to state, that seems like such a long time when you say it years. However when you are living it, it has gone by fast-super fast! We have had good times, and bad times, we have had our ups and our downs. However I love this man, and enjoy living life with him. I am blessed to be so loved! I am humbled by his commitment and dedication to our vows, impressed by how he fathers our children, and strengthened by his strengths. I look forward to what the future will bring our way!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

finding Christ this Christmas season

At this time of year, as we get out our Christmas ornaments and decorate the tree. We have a tradition that each child gets to hang their own ornaments on the tree. We laugh and talk about each piece as we decorate the tree. We remember how much each child has grown, and where we have been. (we also buy an ornament on each family vacation). (do you have any macaroni ornaments on your tree?)

This tradition in its own way reminds me the children of israel celebrated Passover each year. To celebrate the children of Israel escape from slavery in Egypt. The Passover celebration is celebrated with the asking of 4 questions, they remind the Jewish people where they have been, how faithful is God then at the end of the celebration it is concluded with them looking forward to the return of the Messiah. The promised one.

What would it have been like to have been a Shepard going through the routine of life and being startled awake by an angel announcing the birth of the messiah.
"That night, some shepherds were in the fields nearby watching their sheep. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them. The glory of the Lord was shining around them, and they became very frightened. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I am bringing you good news that will be a great joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in the town of David. He is Christ, the Lord. This is how you will know him: You will find a baby wrapped in pieces of cloth and lying in a feeding box.” Then a very large group of angels from heaven joined the first angel, praising God and saying: “Give glory to God in heaven,and on earth let there be peace among the people who please God.” When the angels left them and went back to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem. Let’s see this thing that has happened which the Lord has told us about.” So the shepherds went quickly and found Mary and Joseph and the baby, who was lying in a feeding trough. When they had seen him, they told what the angels had said about this child. Everyone was amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured these things and continued to think about them. Then the shepherds went back to their sheep, praising God and thanking him for everything they had seen and heard. It had been just as the angel had told them. (Luke 2:8-20 NCV)

Can you imagine being startled awake to such a sight, how bright they must have been. In the darkness of the night. I am sure the shepherds were shocked, did what they just saw and heard, really just happened!?! With adrenalin Pumping through their veins the got up and rushed to see if it was true. Oh how they must have marveled at the sight of finding Mary, Joseph, and the newborn baby Jesus.

So as we are going about our routine in the busyness of the season, remember to stop, pause and pick up the bible and find Jesus for yourself. Remember where you have been, and what Christ has done for you!

I hope you marvel at what God has done for you this Christmas. That you ponder and continue to think of what you have read. May Christ be real to you this Christmas!

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Paper wreaths

Ok I have been in love with some of the beautiful paper rosette wreaths I have been seeing on line like this one from http://thefrugalgirls.com/2011/10/diy-paper-rosette-wreath.html

Then this one from http://www.lovelycraftyhome.com/2010/12/20/paper-rosette-wreath/

So I decided I had to make myself one! After all I had some spare books, I had hot glue, I had me some time -almost a free craft, the very best kind of craft!
However 5 hours into making my own paper rosette wreath I have learned - Dang! It takes some time to make those cute paper rosettes! (see below some of my rosettes)

And I am FAR from having enough to make a wreath! Good thing I did not want to use the wreath until January. Whew! Well me & my hot glue burned fingers have some more paper rosettes to make. Hope you have a good weekend!

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Dog food container

I used a cheesy popcorn container (see picture below)

Instead of throwing it out, I sprayed a primer cost, then spray painted the container one color to cover up the snowmen. Then I used a circuit to cut the vinyl words "dog food" to make it a usable everyday storage container. Inspired again from Pinterest. Ahh, what would I do without all the great inspiration found there!

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Whose on your team?

As most of you know, the year 2011 has been a start of a weight loss journey for me to become more fit, and have a more healthy lifestyle.

Having people that support, encourage you, hold you accountable, and cheer you on is so valuable!! In January of this year when I started on this journey, had you asked me the question "whose on your team?". My answer would have been 1) my husband and 2) my mother. That's it. In fact, I was embarrassed to even tell others that I was getting ready to "try" to loose weight "once again". I did not want judgement, or attitude from anyone who had never struggled with a weight issues.
As my weight loss journey continued on I was surprised to find that "my team" grew. Nothing prepared me for this! When you struggle with weight you feel ashamed and feel very isolated, they say as a society we don't talk about money. However I can tell you overweight women do not talk, really talk about how they feel and the struggles they have with being overweight, and often those who lost weight seem to be proud of their success and can't even remember how hard it was to just start the first baby steps of this journey. (frustrating!).
Well I opened up on line and found some very sweet supporters on line! (Beverly buzz, Calamity, that's Baloney, 6 happy hearts, C'est la belle vie to name a few)
Then as I went to classes at the gym, trainers were very encouraging! (remember when I started I was often the only plus size lady in class). Trainers Lesli, Ginger, and Charlsea were encouraging and offered a friendly smile,a enthusiastic greeting and knowledgeable instruction.
So a few more people joined my team. Then as I became a "regular" at Sky Fitness Gym I got to know some of the other "regulars". Who offered me advice, encouragement, noticed if I missed, also noticed when I hit fitness goals. (below are pictures of me with some of those kind ladies).

(the above photos were taken after spin class, right before body pump class started. Excuse the sweat!)

This sweet lady learns everyone's name in spin class and always says "hi!". I tell you what, I enjoy spin class, but she makes spin class feel like The "cheers" song says "we want to go where the people go, and everyone knows your name".

So I want to encourage anyone out there who is thinking about trying one more time. Thinking that they might not have a support team. You might be surprised, as how your team grows as your commitment towards your goals grow!! Also who ends up on your team, you might not even know them right now. (I did not know one of those sweet ladies I am I the picture with in January.) Last but not least you will never regret traveling this road. It may get hilly, it may be slow, fast, slow but as long as you keep moving you will find yourself in a much better place than you were in!

If you find yourself needing support please leave a comment, and your blog name. I would love to support you and be on your team! I know losing weight is tough, real tough!! Exercising may seem impossible if walking is a challenge. Just remember you start where you are, and you move forward. Any progress is progress, this is your life, not a competition!!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Taking Christmas back!

Last year I had the privilege of being asked to talk to a wonderful group of ladies, about how our family has done Christmas, keeping our focus on Christ, and not on just material gain. I decided that I would post my suggestions and ideas. Some are my own, others evolved from some suggestions we had read, others were sparked and set off by watching a simple commercial about nothing related to Christ. However I feel that God is the God of creation and creativity and I do believe that any of these ideas can be used to help bless you and yours through the upcoming December. I hope you find at least one idea to help you teach your children or help yourself not get caught up in the rat race of a material Christmas.

I believe the Christmas season provides us as mothers, as parents, a wonderful opportunity to pass our faith on to our children. The holiday season allows us to take the time in our daily activities to impress upon our children’s heart that our God is God. How do I do this you might ask?

Well the bible says in Duet 6:4-9

4Listen, Israel! The LORD our God is the only true God! [b] 5So love the LORD your God with all your heart, soul, and strength. 6Memorize his laws 7and tell them to your children over and over again. Talk about them all the time, whether you're at home or walking along the road or going to bed at night, or getting up in the morning. 8Write down copies and tie them to your wrists and foreheads to help you obey them. 9Write these laws on the door frames of your homes and on your town gates.

Worship Only the LORD

Moses gives a lot of advice to us in this chapter on how we are to raise our children to love the Lord God our.

*In the book “Parenting beyond your capacity” it states “Moses is fighting for the something that is more important than a lifestyle or practice. He is fighting for the hearts of those who will follow. If you want to pass on a Legacy to the next generation it HAS TO BE TRANSFERRED RELATIONALLY!”

That’s why in Duet 6 Moses gives specific about the mundane, daily things in our lives- like eating, commuting, our downtime. How we spend those moments with our kids matter! What type of legacy do you want to leave your children??

This book I just quoted “parenting beyond your capacity” states “know what really matters. It would be heartbreaking if your children enjoy the benefits and the prosperity, of it really doesn’t matter what our kids know if they don’t a better lifestyle, live in a land flowing with milk and honey, and become experiential rich but never really know God.”

Well what does this look like, and how do we implement this into our lives?

Well this can look differently for each family, based on the age of your children’s, the sex of your kids, their likes and interest.

Here are some ways to implement a Christ focused Christmas.

If you have smaller children:

*it may be as simple as gluing cotton balls to a picture of a sheep and talking about the animals in the stable the night baby Jesus was born, or talking about the shepherds that were in the field the night baby Jesus was born watching the sheep.

*If they are really little it may mean practicing the animal sounds of the animal in the stable the night of Jesus’s birth.

*decorate wrapping paper together, or “wrap” a gift together. Talk about how the wisemen brought gifts to baby Jesus, or depending on the age of your children talk about how God gave us the gift of his son.

*talk about how God sent an angel to Joseph and told him that Mary was going to have a baby boy and what to name the baby. Talk to your child about what they were going to be named if they were born the opposite sex, talk about how you came up with their name.

*read the story of the birth of Christ, -make a baby book for baby Jesus of drawings of the different people and animals that were in the story. Get out your child’s baby book, and look at the pictures and talk about who came to see them at the hospital when they were born.

*Talk about how excited everyone was to see them when they were born, talk about how excited the shepherds and the wise men must have been to see baby Jesus.

*eat pepperidge farm gingerbread man and talk about they people in the story who came to see baby Jesus when he was born.

*decorate “Wise Men” hats and play in them. While coloring, stamping, or putting on stickers talk about the wise men who came to see baby Jesus. How they saw the star in the sky.

*purchase “playable” or at least “touchable” nativity sets for your kids to handle

*we had a manger that my dad had built that we brought out each Dec. with a very special doll – that only came out in the month of Dec. which was “baby Jesus”

*play christian DVDs’s about the meaning of Christmas.

*have a birthday party for baby Jesus

*eat animal crackers for snack and talk about the animals in the stable the night baby Jesus was born.

*make, color or decorate angel pictures and talk about the angel that appeared to the shepherds in the the field telling them the “Good News” about Jesus.

*put “angel” or “shepherd’s” dress us clothes in your dress up area for the the month of December.

*make star ornaments and talk about the star that lead the wise men to baby Jesus

*play hide and go seek, looking for the “Largest Star” – hide a bunch of stars around the kids to look for. Just like the wisemen had to seek and follow the stars to find baby Jesus.

*play the quiet game, like Zechariah who could not speak. (Luke 1:57-80)

**Now a word of caution here—Don’t become so “attached” to what you are doing that you can not move on once your child has grown past that activity (manger story)

**Remember - - “Why” we do something does not change, however “How” we do something MUST change.

--What does that mean, or what does that transition looks like to older kids?

Older kids:

*baking session making cookies in different shapes from the story, - talk about it.

*downloading the “star app” on your ipod/ipad and going outside and looking at the stars and talk about how the wisemen saw the stars and followed the star to find Jesus.

*each child gets a miniature manger and yellow strips of paper to write down the “kind things” they do for others, to help prepare our hearts for baby Jesus on Christmas. (This helps combat the case of the gimme’s me) Hopefully by Christmas the manger will be full.

*refuse to shorten the name “Christmas” explain to your kids why we find the abbreviation XMAS offensive.

*celebrate advent – have the kids participate

*make an origami nativity set as a family

*make a yarn nativity set as a family

*talk about the family tree of Jesus. And talk about your own family tree.

*talk about when Gabriel came to tell Mary about her having the son of God, how she trembled. What have we been afraid of that turned into a blessing?

*Ask your kids what is the most meaningful thing you do during the holiday season? Why, did they answer the way they did? You might find what speaks to the heart of each of your children or different things, because they are different.

Any age kids:

*listening to christian Christmas music

*read the “REAL” Christmas story as a family on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day instead of the night before Christmas or in addition to. *reading christian Christmas books

*participate if your family chooses in an angel tree, or give to a need, - but if so – Include the kids make them shop with your, or if older have them be in charge of the shopping, wrapping etc.. Even have your children give a portion of their allowance for the purchase of the gift. If your family has decided ahead of time on this.


What to do about Santa?

It’s a Big, Tough, Question! That can only be answered by your and your husband!

For us personally, this what we decide to do and why.


1 gift, and stockings.

(we try not to over decorate with Santa, we do have the kids picture taken each year with Santa out at the Christmas Train)

**We do not talk and “assign” Godly attributes to Santa (he knows when you are good, and bad, and he sees you when he is sleeping)

BALANCE is our key.

*The wish list

* then focus conversation on what they are giving, or what “we are giving” instead of talking non stop about what they want.

Now I do want to take a minute and remind you all.

About the Star in the sky that the wisemen saw and followed to baby Jesus.

*we are called to be lights in this world.

Matthew 5:14-16:

14You are like light for the whole world. A city built on top of a hill cannot be hidden, 15and no one would light a lamp and put it under a clay pot. A lamp is placed on a lampstand, where it can give light to everyone in the house. 16Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven.

I am sure your family, is like my family, your neighborhood is like my neighborhood, your friends are like my friends, and your kids friends families are like my kids friends families. –Not everyone knows God personally and some are trying awful hard to run from him, and other may have never been introduced to him other than in movies with the funny description as “sweet baby Jesus” well let me be clear Thank Goodness for baby Jesus but thank goodness baby Jesus grew up and died on the cross for our sins!

Now some of your might be breaking out into a nervous sweat thinking I am going to encourage you to walk up and hit people over the head – No!! I am not me personally the only real kind of sharing that I have seen that has made a difference in someone’s life is the that little thing we mentioned at the first “Relational” sharing!!

So what does that mean? Well take a deep breath I am merely suggesting that you have your home decorated in such a manner that it would witness for you. (the nativity set we talked about, maybe an open bible on a table turned to the Christmas story, etc)

A peaceful atmosphere of love that permeates your home. Keeping that in mind

*How are you during this holiday season?? Are you Joyful?

Are you peaceful?

Are you content?

Remember that you can not share what you do not have! So please be intentional and set aside alone time with God this holiday season!!!

Keep Christ as a priority and keep everything in perspective.

Remember there is no such thing as Wonder women. Only amazing women made by a Wonderful, Mighty God, Lord of all creation!!

And because I am female I know! I know! How crazy we can get about anything!! Anything!!

So I would like to read to you a poem reworded from 1 Corinthians 13

"First Corinthians 13 : The Christmas Version"

"If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family, I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family, it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child; Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse; Love is kind, even when harried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way, but is thankful they are there to be in the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of LOVE will endure."

May the joy of Advent bring God’s love into you life in a special way this Christmas! Seen below is proof we can all get along as we share love with one another!

Remember a priority is simply a pre-decision about your time!

So I encourage all your ladies to go home and during nap time, or your quiet time today –pray about your calendar and how you want to spend your time this December. Pray about the legacy you want to leave your children and those around you this holiday season.

Thank you for having me, and I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas

**This is the presentation that I posted last year. Of course my kids are another year older and I am trying to come up with some new creative approaches to help them and my husband and me to stay focused on Christ. I will post more on those as the month continues on.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

faux wrought iron window treatment

Well this pin caught my eye the other day on pinterest. (if you are on pinterest, look for me!)

I have an octagon shaped window that I never know what to do with.

However, when I saw this pin and went over to Blog "imperfectly perfect" http://tali-schiffer-oren.blogspot.com/2010/09/home-work-tp-flowerproject.html

I thought I could do this in that window.
So I started collecting toilet paper rolls. I marked off 1/2 inches then cut into strips.

Then I went to town glueing 5 pieces together to make flowers.

Then i glued all the flowers together and spray painted them black. To give the look of wrought iron.

Then placed the creation in the window (I placed it in between the window and the screen to hold it in place)

I love it! It gives the window character and it only cost me the cost of the black spray paint.

What have you been inspired to make lately?

I know creating something gives me great pleasure and helps me deal with stress, you should give it a try. Hope everyone has a great day!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Free, Well Thank you!

Well today I went to the hip little area in Tulsa known as Cherry street. That is where LuluLemons show room is located at here in Tulsa, Ok.

Above is a picture of the store front. Notice the cute flowers in front of the window.

LuluLemons is a store that sells athletic apparel along with offering free yoga classes to encourage an active lifestyle.

The workers even post their goals, for example: take spin class twice a week, etc.. This store even offers a free rooftop yoga class at sunset when the weather is agreeable.
Well I was nervous about going in today. I won, yes won! A free tank top from the store during a drawing for participants at a Body Pump launch party. As most of you know I have lost 60 pounds since January. (I have been holding this weight the last month! Ugh! I have 40 left to go). After I won the top I went on line and saw the size chart, there xl is a size 12. Which I am not -I am a loose 16 or a tight 13/14. I was a little scared of going in and being laughed out of the store. ( I could hear the mocking in my head) but I sucked it up, and told the very nice sales lady (I am horrible with names!) that I was fearful that I might not "fit" into the tank. She was SO kind, she said she thought this other style of tank that had a built in bra and offered more support might just work. Did I mention that she offered to swap out my win of tank style 1, for tank style 2.

I will be honest, I have not bought a workout tank for myself yet. I tend to stick to yoga pants and a t shirt. However, I really like the comfort & support of this tank!
I will look even better in this tank in 10 more pounds down! Ahh! That tummy is getting smaller but slowly! So 10 more pounds is what I hope to loose for this calendar year, then tackle the last 30 pounds to make my goal weight in 2012.

At times like when the scale won't budge I remind myself where I have come from.

New years eve dec 31,2010

Here I am at 222.5 pounds

Here I am at 202 pounds

Here I am at 189 pounds

I look forward to working out and burning calories in my new Lululemon tank!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

One holiday at a time

I enjoy the holiday of Thanksgiving. A time set aside each year to remember what we have to be thankful for. To pause a second in our crazy world, with our crazy schedules and take a deep breath and be thankful, count our blessings and let gratitude seep into our hearts and minds! Wow, the feeling of contentment and being blessed is overwhelming.

However in today's marketing blitz the need to sell us items for Christmas makes many stores overlook Thanksgiving. Which I feel cause people to "feel" stressed, panic, and overwhelmed with "agh! I need to get stuff, do stuff, more, more, more!". That is why I respect and appreciate Nordstrom refusal to jump off a cliff, just because other retail stores are (putting Christmas stuff out even before Halloween!).

- how different would Christmas be celebrated if people went into that season if the year with a thankful heart. How do you keep Thanksgiving?

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011


Don't we all want to feel appreciated sometimes? I know I do. As a mom, nobody usually comes home and thanks me for putting up laundry, or cleaning the toilets. (If your kids notice and tell you thank you please feel free to leave me advice in the comment section!).

As much as we all love a kind word of appreciation, how freely do we give or hand out thank you's? I know I am guilty of getting busy and forgetting to let others know that I appreciate at them.

The amazing thing about a kind word or sweet jester is that it does not have to be BIG or grand to make are day. Below is a photo of a sweet basket I found for me at church where I volunteer once a week. How very very sweet. The basket had my favorite pop, favorite candy, and a cute notepad along with a sweet thank you card. I tell you it made my day!! So it got me thinking, have I made anyone else's day lately? Well that is my challenge over the next few weeks is to try to find one person each week to bless with gratitude. How about you? Is there anyone that you should tell how much you appreciate them? Do you have a favorite way to tell others "thank you"? If you do I would love to hear about it!!

Isn't the Lara the lady I volunteer for a sweetie! It was so unexpected to find a sweet goodie basket left for me I wish you could have seen my face lit up with a big ol'e grin!

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Starting body combat

Oh, I have started a new class to try to shock my muscles. Oh, they are shocked all right!! For me it has been an awkward experience. I have never tried kickboxing before or anything remotely like it!!

- so here is a photo of how i "feel" I look during class. (you do feel strong during class. You feel in charge of your health)

However the above photo is how I really look during class. Sweaty, sucking air. It's fun, fast paced and HARD!!!!

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Hair has been the focus if my household this week. The oldest daughter decided to go brown this weekend. She has been blonde, then as her hair darkened up "assisted" blonde with highlights. But she decided to see what she would look like as a brunette.

The youngest has found the benefit of interest and enjoys looking at my pins to pick out how she wants me to do her hair for the next day. Below is a picture of the heart pigtails she wore yesterday and coordinated her outfit with it.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

Visual Reminders of God's promises

So Joshua called together the twelve men he had chosen—one from each of the tribes of Israel. He told them, “Go into the middle of the Jordan, in front of the Ark of the LORD your God. Each of you must pick up one stone and carry it out on your shoulder—twelve stones in all, one for each of the twelve tribes of Israel. We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ Then you can tell them, ‘They remind us that the Jordan River stopped flowing when the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant went across.’ These stones will stand as a memorial among the people of Israel forever.” (Joshua 4:4-7 NLT)

These are my "visual" reminder of God's promises to me over the years.

I primed the rocks, with a dark primer. Then spray painted the rocks the oil rubbed bronze. Then I used a gold paint pen to write the verse and year that God used the verse to speak into my life. A great visual to use as a natural conversation about our relationship with God.

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Thursday, October 27, 2011

A few of my favorite things....

Well I am a "Gilmore Girls" fan. I loved the shows quick banter, the characters of the small town, the relationships and interaction in between all those characters, it was a clean show so I could watch it with my girls. Well I think I have found a new show that is filling in the gap that Gilmore Girls left. It is called "The hart of Dixie" it's on Monday nights. Cute, funny, and so far pretty clean.

The second thing I can't get enough is this EOS lip balm.

Loving this!!! After reading Several reviews in magazines about how great they are I finally broke down and on impulse bought one. Now I am going to have to go back and buy several of them to store around the house and car where I store all my reading glasses. (I tried the mint flavor but I can't wait to try the rest!) i love when you try something out that has received good review and you agree with it! Hope you all have a wonderful Thursday!!!

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What's in your heart?

I love to post special bible verses around the house where I can see them, and hopefully learn them like the back of my hand. However, when I went to run my bathwater the other night this is what I found.

Needless to say, a little one had splashed it while playing in the tub. Hum! So I tried out the cricut machine, and cut out a special verse. So this is what I will now see when I sink into a bubble bath.

I am pleased with it. (it did take a little while to stick on each letter, but well worth it!)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Fall weekend Day trips

I love fall! It's my favorite season of the year. Charm sweaters, apple cider, hot chocolate, a trip to the pumpkin patch, colored leaves, brisk cool air. I just love it! What better way to enjoy Oklahoma than to pile into the car for a day trip. This last weekend we found ourselves in Clevland, Oklahoma. They were having pioneer days so the streets were pretty crowded so we decided to keep on driving. (However we did see a very cute large bulldog dressed in an OSU jersey with a large orange bow on her hair. She was adorable, but I forgot to snap a picture. We saw that Hominy, Oklahoma was 10 miles up the road and none of us had been there so we decided to "drive on!" was the vote in the car. So off we went.
Hominy, Oklahoma has a quaint downtown. Small with what looked like a sodapop and ice-cream counter store -just like in "It's a Wonderful Life" starring Jimmy Stewart. Where he works as a kid. Unfortunately for us it was closed. However we did spot a sign for a historical site in Hominy, Oklahoma for the "Drummond Home". Which for you bloggers out there might be familiar with that last name because the "pioneer woman" Ree Drummond" married into this famous ranching family of Oklahoma.

My girls were thrilled to stop by and take a peak around the historical home not because of the ranching history, nor the Oklahoma history that the home represents -sorry! (more info on the Drummond family here: http://digital.library.okstate.edu/encyclopedia/entries/D/DR007.html

But because the have tried a lot of the yummy recipes from her cookbook, and have seen her new cooking show on the food network with me.
Hominy, is proud of their Indian heritage and history because paintings were seen on almost every building side driving through the downtown area.

We did not find a place to eat in Hominy though I did see some sign about fried catfish, the kids out voted hubby and me. So we drove on into the town of Skiatook, Oklahoma where we ate at "Señor Salsa". Good prices, the food was however just ok, not memorable. Then we headed back home after some more site seeing, however that is a post for another day.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Isn't that pinteresting

Well I thought I would post about some of the things that I have tried from the highly addicting Pinterest site

I made the above cinnamon pull apart bread from plainchicken.com. My family loved it, I thought it was just ok, but my family would strongly disagree.

Oh my gosh!! The above dessert just may be the cure for PMS!! A girlfriend made this for girls night in, she found the recipe at kevinandamanda.com. It is so bad I did not even calculate the calories for it, any way I am sure it was calorie free since I had it on girls night in.

A perfect fall muffin: spiced apple sauce crumb muffin. The yummy recipe is from blueeyedbakers.com. A wonderful spice packed muffin to enjoy with a cup of coffee!!!

I spruced up the veggie tray at my daughters family birthday party. Just like the above picture shows the veggie dip in a bowl sat down into a hollowed out pumpkin.

I made the jalapeño bites from: aisletoaloha.blogspot.com. Family found them very yummy. I was however when made again, I would recommend just rolling them up for ease. (by the way I found out I was allergic to touching raw jalapeno's -ugh!! Effected my breathing scary! Needless to say, the hubby will be preparing anything that calls for jalapeño's himself from now on.).

I tried to re create the above spruced up 7 layer dip ,but ugh! I made my lines for the spider web the wrong direction. Thank goodness the mess up was on the sourcream level so I was able to fill in with sourcream and it was good to serve and no one but you know that I tried to make it fancy.

Now wasn't that pinteresting?

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Start of a bathroom re do

I decided to take down the wall paper in my bathroom and paint my "flat" wall instead of hanging more wall paper. When, what do my anxious eyes see- a texture in the drywall: Oh My!!

So below you can see a picture of me re-texturizing the wall as I smooth joint compound on the wall. Once it dried I went back over it with a fine piece of sand paper to make sure that the surface was smooth and flat. This was not hard, but VERY time consuming. Once the cabinets are painted I will finish up painting the walls and post a final picture.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

losing weight and step class -the low down

Well if you like to dance, if you love to shake your thing step class might just be for you. I love step class! However, It has taken me 60 pounds down to be able to really to be able to start taking step class without making my knees hurt.
The low down of losing weight and taking step class is this:

1. Try it! if it makes your knees hurt, stop!
2. When you lose 20 pounds try it again, if it still makes your knees hurt -stop, wait for another twenty pounds down and try it again.
3. you have to be comfortable with yourself to not try to keep up with aerobic barbie in your class, and just do what you are able to do. If it gets to hard, just do what everyone else is doing on the step on the ground.

(*now I will be honest with you when I first tried step class I was not at this place. So what resulted was my knees hurt, I could barely get out of bed the next day- which in the end cost me 3 days of moving my body and burning calories -ugh!)
4. Remind yourself "It is not about being perfect, It's about effort". Yes, I have to remind myself this fact oh, about 30 times about half way through class when I am sucking wind, and aerobic barbie is bouncing around like we just got started.
5. It does not matter what you look like while exercising all that matters is that you are moving your body, burning calories. You are getting stronger, and improving you!
6. If you start back up and your knees just barely ache, come home ice them while watching TV, and take a few ibuprofen and hopeful you will feel fine in the morning. That's the key, and when you know you can add something to your regiment. (Some classes I am still sore the next day, but as the day wears on the soreness works itself out then it is a good type of soreness.)

However, like the old saying goes "The best exercise is the exercise that you will do!" So if you try step class and it is not for you. Hey, it's not for you, go try something else! Just keep moving!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What is your purpose as a mom?

What is your purpose as a mom? You might be real quick in answering this, or you might be thinking, What do I mean exactly by "purpose"?

Purpose is defined by Webster dictionary as:

Definition of PURPOSEFUL

: having a purpose: asa : meaningful <purposeful activities>b : intentional <purposeful ambiguity>
: full of determination purposeful>
pur·pose·ful·ly adverb
pur·pose·ful·ness noun

So I ask you again, what is your "purpose" as a mom?

We went and watched the movie "Courageous" this past weekend. (see movie poster below)

"Courageous" is a great movie that challenges the men of today to stand up and be Fathers. I loved this movie. However one line that talked about are you being "Purposeful" in fathering or in my mind I switched the word to "parenting" or "mothering" your child?

So I went home and looked up the definition to purposeful. Was I parenting my child by being meaningfull (definition: having a meaning or purpose, full of meaning or significant) and two was I being intentional (definition: done by intention or design.) (by the way intention means: a determination to act in a certain way or resolve)

So what are you as a parent, mom, dad, or both maybe-

What are you by intention or design teaching or conveying or modeling for your child that has meaning, purpose and is full of significance?

I know for me, this has sent me back to the drawing board to look at
what I am doing:
1. Intentionally or by design?
2. The time spent each week to "Intentionally" convey or teach this purpose -is it enough time, or is more time needed to devote to this?
3. Is what I am trying to purposefully teach my children does it has meaning? Is it "Significant"?
4. Am I living out that "significant" or meaningful lesson in my own life? (after all if it is important enough for them, is it not important enough for me?)

Which to really give the time to live out what I want to be "purposeful" to my children to know. To convey to their hearts the significance and God. I need to focus on what the bible instructs in Deuteronomy 6:4-9
"4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.[a] 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the door frames of your houses and on your gates."

It's a day in day out activity. I am to model to my children how amazing God is, how I stand in Awe of what a mighty God we serve. How to love others through actions and deed, how to forgive other when our heart is bruised, how to give, how to put others first. How to glorify him, how to praise him, how to love a husband, how to be a mother, how to be a daughter, how to be sister, how to be a friend. I fall onto my knees when I realize what an awesome job I have been entrusted to. That God trust me enough to show and teach those things to my 3 precious daughters. Me, an imperfect, shallow, person to take part in this. I guess when your children who are always watching see your flaws, can really see the Glory of God when he shines through such imperfection and weakness of our own humanity.

I would love to hear what God has placed on your heart to purposefully teach or model to your own children? Or what you wished you would have been more purposefully of teaching?


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