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Spring is almost here. I get so excited because it is my favorite season of the year. Spring is amazing with the burst of new life and color. Vibrant blooms, butterflies & Spring cleaning get people into a new view after a long cold dead winter. I love putting a Spring wreath on the front door as one of my yearly Spring to do's. Below is a roundup of low cost yet stunning Spring wreaths all below under $20! I like saving money and looking good. Just click any wreath you like to take you to purchase it.
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One of the fastest ways to change the look of a room is to change the throw pillows. It is an old interior decorator trick that is a winner. I wanted to share with you some tips you may already know or you may of never thought of.
Below I have made a grid for you showcasing some examples I love of new throw pillow covers. Look around. There is even one that is cute for . 66 cents shown below. So go ahead change that look. Do it for cheaper than buying new pillows.
I have really developed a liking lately for modern farmhouse decor. I have found some great free farm house printables for you to print and frame. If you are on a budget this is a great way to save money when decorating. You could even get frames from the Dollar Tree or thrift stores for cheap and repaint to your liking.
I have to share with you my favorite site first. Out of all the sites I foiund The Mountain View Cottage is awesome. Her site rocks and she makes all original farmhouse printables.
Check out my Pinterest board for the rest of the 7 free farmhouse printables sites then simply Pin it! You know you gotta.
Check out my new and growing Best of Home Board in Pinterest. It will have some of the best deals I have found in awesome home stuff for you! There is even farm house pillow covers for .66 cents!
There was a time I was a single mom. I was young with two little ones to care for. I was working every odd job I could when my kids were at their dads on visitation those first few months. I had to work around my kids because I did not have the money for childcare that first year nor any helping hands on a regular basis. I had originally been a young stay at home mom all the years prior when my husband was working, with no college or skills. I had to budget every dollar wisely to get by those days as a single mom. Now before my marriage went to shambles God had been working in my heart on the subject of biblical stewardship and tithing.
Just because I was a single mom it did not mean I was excused from the test of tithing, this was what the Holy Spirit was laying on my heart. As I went to church one day at a new church I was attending, it was yet again heavy on my heart. He was actually in this personal test, asking me to give it all. I reasoned with the Lord that I only had seven dollars cash on me to last till my next pay whenever that may be. With two little ones to feed and to put gas in the car I didn't know how I would do it without the seven dollars. Now the tithe is giving a tenth but God wanted my faithfulness that day.
Malachi 3:8-10 [Full Chapter]
Can a person rob God? Yet you rob me. But you ask, ‘How have we robbed you?’ In tenths and voluntary contributions. A curse is on you, on your whole nation, because you rob me. Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house, and put me to the test,” says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.
Proverbs 3:9-10Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
9 Honor Adonai with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your income.
10 Then your granaries will be filled and your vats overflow with new wine.
I decided to trust God because of course it all belongs to Him. Why we would he prompt me to give and to actually give it all if He was not going to take care of me? God will not let his children beg for bread according to Psalm 37:5 . Faith is believing what you can not see Hebrews 11:1 and faith is action. So I set out to test Him on the tithe.
Malachi 3:10Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
10 Bring the whole tenth into the storehouse, so that there will be food in my house,
and put me to the test,”says Adonai-Tzva’ot. “See if I won’t open for you the floodgates of heaven and pour out for you a blessing far beyond your needs.
I will admit as I walked up to the altar to put my church offering into the basket I was a bit afraid but I made up in my mind to trust God more than I had fear. So I happily gave. I knew God would take care of us. I went about after that worshipping Him during the service knowing it would be ok. As I was leaving a sweet old lady whom I barely knew stopped me. She said God spoke to her heart to give me this. I thought she handed me a note of encouragement. I thanked her and hugged her and wished her a happy Sunday.
2 Corinthians 9:7Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
7 Each should give according to what he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.[a]
I went to my car to put the children in their car seats. I sat ready to drive when I felt I couldn't wait to read the sweet note. I opened the paper and there was no note but a check for 70 dollars! She did not know me or my situation. She did not know the test God was doing in me that day. Only the Holy Spirit knew. I sat crying. I sat crying at her sweet giving. I sat crying at my God who does what He says He will. God turned my 7 dollars into 70 within the hour and took care of me! He is always faithful.
In the average American diet we simply do not get all the nutrients a person needs. In this fast paced world who has time to get all they need in a day to be at optimal health? A great way to get healthy food fast is with green superfood. You can add superfood powder to cakes, smoothies and more. My personal favorite is smoothies.
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Are you a stay at home mom looking to help bring in extra money to the home? Are you a student needing extra spendable cash? At any season of life you may be, if you need extra money for what ever reason you can indeed make money as a freelance writer right now. This is a fast track to making free money now for yourself.
Now the tips I will be sharing are not full time income tips. But this is an entry level foundation to get you started making a little extra cash right now. This is not a way to get rich but to assist your wallet faster than you could get hired at the mall. Now if your good at it, it could infact turn into a full time income through these sources and others. It will all depend on what you put into it.
Let's say your not that great at writing. No worries. Any one can make extra money at writing. With auto correct for spelling you can do this even if you have Dyslexia like I do. Do not let anything hold you back. You can even have a friend or family member proof read for you if need be to find spelling mistakes. My family has helped me before.
You can start making money tonight with iWriter. At iWriter they offer different levels of pay for your ablities. So even if you are not good at writing yet you can make side cash now. The more you practise the better you will get and move up the ranks making more for your writing jobs.
There are people offering online freelance writing jobs on Fiverr with all types of gigs. You can even just offer to make comments on peoples web sites and get paid if you do not want to write anything else. You just set up a free ad gig and wait for the business to come in. I have made some money myself in Fiverr. You get paid via PayPal.
Another great place to get article writing jobs is Freelancer. You can find work based on your skill level. For more writing jobs online also visit Guru & Upwork. As I get more experiences myself in this field of online content writing jobs, I will update this article. So Pinterest this for later use!
If by chance you want to work from home doing this or you work outside the home already and need help making your day more productive or balanced then, I highly suggest these 14 day courses by Crystal Paine. I have taken these and they simply rock. But the education you learn in just a few minutes a day will only work if you apply it. So use what you learn.
Do you need help with your evenings? Your mornings? Or both? What about your whole year!
With this being a new year want help getting goals that are truly obtainable? Try Make Over Your Year as you start your new side business in freelance writing.
You might also want to consider reading books about freelance writing and educating yourself if you want to turn it into a full time income at some point. Check out the great books below that I recommended for you.
I wish you well in your new side business. Believe in yourself. You can do this! Come back and let me know how your doing.
Have you ever been to Olive Garden and had their famous Zuppa Toscana soup? It is truly amazing. I think it is fabulous! Well I tired my hand at making this copy cat version my self but making it lower in fat without giving up the taste by using Jennie-O Extra Lean Ground Turkey. This was so fast and fun to make. Every one who sampled my Olive Garden copy cat soup loved it.
What you need:
What to do:
Start the new year off right by eating healthier than you ever have. Make 2017 your best year yet. If you love fatty foods and want to eat better but not give up the taste then this low fat stroganoff recipie I developed will be great for just that.
Your supplies list:
1. Brown your Jennie-o extra lean ground turkey meat. Add salt, pepper, garlic powder & worcestershire sauce during the browning.
2. Mix in another pot one can of low sodium low fat cream of mushroom, 8 oz of low fat sour cream, 1 1/2 cups- 2 cups of low fat milk ( or almond milk) , & 2 table spoons of worcestershire. Mix on low heat until creamy and mixed well.
3. Boil one bag of yolk free extra broad egg noodles. Do not over cook. Only cook just until tender. Drain and let sit for five minutes.
4. Add the meat, sauce & noodles together and mix well. Warm on very low heat for 8- 10 minutes while mixing often to blend the sauce well. Top with pepper & parsely. Enjoy
Also try these other great posts by me to see new ways to eat healthy with turkey!
In 2017 where will your focus be? In 2017 where will your alignment be?
I know some will create new years resulutions. Some will create goals. But do you think of your center focus? Your partnerships and alignments? What will you focus on and what will you align with or whom?
At this moment this week I am experiancing a renewal with Abba Father. First I want to talk about focus. I want my focus to be what he wants it to be and right now that focus is on Him. I want my focus in 2017 to be that of what ever is true, noble, righteous, pure, loveable, vituous, or praiseworthy.
Philippians 4:8 [Full Chapter]
In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable or admirable, on some virtue or on something praiseworthy.
When your mind is set on things of the Father it is hard for negative stinking thinking to over take you. When you focus on him and good things it is hard for depression to cling to you and over take you. If you are a beliver in Christ Jesus your one day closer to meeting him, so why not rejoice for things to come even if at this moment you have had a really bad day! He will deliver you.
Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth.
Alignment according to the dictionary means a position of agreement or alliance. What are you coming into agreement with? Is it the troubles the devil has shown you lately? Is it depression? Is it finacial brokeness? Is it false peace? Is it realationship troubles?
Or are you aligning yourself with what God sees about your situations? He sees the victory and has already won it on the cross. He just wants you to align with him and he will guide you out of the darkness of the situation.
1 Corinthians 15:57 [Full Chapter]
but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah!
I want to align with and come into agreement with God's take on things. His take is what truly matters! Not letting the tempary before my eyes or hard moment overwhelm me. His will is the safest place to be on earth. Walking with the Father on his path is the right road period. Ask yourself what will you align yourself with in 2017. Make sure it is partnerships that will be healthy for your soul and future.
I choose to align and partner with God's plans for me in 2017. That is where true sucess will be found in all areas of my life. All glory and honor be unto God! I know when I make plans without God I fail. I want my partner to be God. Whom will you align with this year? Yourself, the world, or the most high God?
BMI is short for body mass index. It is a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height. Knowing what your weight is and what it actually should be for your height and build is good information to know. It will help you in monitoring and helping to ward of cancer, heart deisese, diabetes, and many other hosts of health problems that can arise by to much weight. Most say I want to loose weight or I need to gain weight but do not know a healthy target to shoot for. The body mass index is your guide to tell you just that.
Recently I was given a Blue Tooth Easy Home body fat scale. It is supposed to measure body weight, body fat, body water, muscle mass, BMI, BMR, bone mass and visceral fat. I received it free to review. Here are my bullet points on the product.
In summary I think the scale is still a great scale even with the app issues. It will do the job you need it to do. And if a scale could be handsome.... this one is in looks.
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I have faced many losses in my life. At this time of year it can be hard on many people for many reasons. Depression can run rampant for some. There has been years I let it ruin my holidays. Really for the average public it boils down to a persons out look. We can choose happiness or sadness. I ask myself this holiday which do I choose? I choose joy. I choose to not focus on the difficult year I have had, focus on the loved ones who aren't around anymore, the loved ones who are acting difficult etc.! I want to share with you my tips on finding joy this Christmas.
With the Holidays here there is so much to get done until the end of 2016. This year has been a busy year for many only to end the year staying busy with holiday preparations and celebrations. Self care has been something I am trying to work on in my life. It is important during all the busy to take time out for yourself, so why not take a relaxing bath? I will share with you some tips on how to make the most of your bath!
Tip 1: Start with a clean bathroom. Really who wants to sit in a dirty tub? Where there is dirty and clutter there is stress. Before you take time to relax really make sure your bathroom is clean. Plan ahead. It will make a big difference on the atmosphere and the mind as you relax. It is way more satisfying.
Tip 2: While the bath is running add some Epson salt. Add at least a cup or three. Mix well and allow it to dissolve. This will help you detox and relax those muscles.
Tip 3: Add at least 7 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil. Essential oils usefulness are endless. They will also aid in detoxing, skin care, aromatherapy and relaxing.
Tip 4: Light candles. Light candles with or without scent. Aromatherapy is a real thing and can aid in healing if you choose scented. So is ambiance of the atmosphere. It will make it more relaxing and send the signal to your brain that you are worth this moment. Don't skip this step!
Tip 5: Grab a tub pillow, some music or a book to enjoy while you rest. What ever will allow you to rest mentally during your bath escape do it. For me I wouldn't enjoy sounds but the silent personally to mentally relax my mind but it may be different for you. If you do not have a tub pillow just fold a towel up to rest your head on as you lay back in the tub. It is way more comfortable that way.
Tip 6: Consider upgrading your bathroom in the new year. No matter the size you could use Eco friendly W2 by WETSTYLE. This series is classically designed for the smaller bath to add elegance and an appealing comfort to your room. I love the tubs in this series so much. I plan on using these if I ever build a home or remodel.
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As the new year is approaching I have been thinking deeply. Reflecting on this past years goals and what will be the new years goals. One that I had for 2016 was to get in shape. I am not where I want to be. I will say that this year I did more than the prior year towards that goal through out the year, so with that said I will keep moving forward at what ever pace I can but at least it is going forward! I was asked recently to discover CycleBar in Raleigh. I thought the timing could not of been more perfect. I was wanting to try something new towards my health and wellness goal. And you know I love adventure.
Let's face it if you are not as active as you should be, going to a gym can be a little intimidating. This year I had been exercising at home. So most of my anxiety left when I walked into the door and saw the fun party like atmosphere. Instead of a feeling of I know I should do this yet feel dread I felt pumped! Really!
The staff was top noch amazing, helpful, bright and cheery. Which helped to take away the first anxiety I had about my new adventure. Now don't get me wrong I was excited too, just you know what I mean!
Now the first stop is the sign in wall. You sign in on the tablets. Next you pick out your shoe size. On the bottom of these shoes are clamps that lock into the bikes pedal to keep your feet on track and secure. You do not have to use these but I enjoyed using them to be more secure.
Next stop was the refreshment bar. They make sure before you go into the bike room you are hooked up with plenty of H2O. I was asked by this gentleman if I like my water room temperature or chilled. The Cyclebar water bottle are yours to keep or you can give it back.
The bike room is awesome. It is so many things to so many people. It can be a battleground to beat the spirit of laziness. It can be a sanctuary to retreat from stress. The staff helps you get the bike adjusted to your level of comfort before the session begins.
Your individual bike is equipped with everything you will need. From monitor, towel, water, weight bar it is all here. I was on the front row. See the large fan in the front of the class? It was funny, the instructor after pumping us a bit to get us going said you had to work for the fan! Great way to look at it and boy I wanted the fan. The music was motivating to get you going no matter what mood you may be in as you enter the room. The instructors say they are part educator, DJ, drill sargent, and motivator. Was it true? Yes! They are every bit of all that. I know without the instructors motivation I couldn't of done it on my own.
After your ride they have the refreshment bar with complementary drinks and fruit to recharge you. I forgot the mention they have lockers for your things, a shower, towels & shower gel all FREE for you to use and be heading on to your day. It is fantastic they thought of everything to make your ride as enjoyable and comfortable as possible.
This is the Cyclebar community wall, which I think is a great idea. It is the gathering of all to know.
Now one thing I did not mention yet, the instructors claim, is to come along side you and be a friend not just staff. This was my instructor Whitey. Her attitude is so contagious! She shared her story of why she is into the "ride". Her story mirrored mine in some ways. She found out she had heart problems and decided to take matters into her own hands to not allow the heart problem so to speak be a problem! Way to go Whitney and it is the exact motivation I need because I too have some minor heart issues. I want to be victorious over my health as Whitney has done. She also wanted to wake up everyday and be happy at what she does and she has accomplished that hands down. She loves sharing empowerment with others to lift you up and tell you, you can do this! I am excited to hear more of the stories of others encouragement and be a part of becoming a more empowered, healthier me on this journey.
They spoil you at Cyclebar. All the business swag you see is free as well. They really hook you up.
Any gear you may need on your fitness journey they offer for sale as well. In a non to shoppy way, the items are displayed gingerly around the lobby for your browsing enjoyment.
As I begin this journey at Cyclebar I look forward to it. I look forward to meeting new people. I look forward to a fitter me. I look forward to being more empowered over my health as 2017 approaches. What better way to start off a new year and end the old. This year has been a stressful year for me and it is time I set aside time for me and to have some self care. I think Cyclebar is the place to really do that.
I was provided a complementary membership to Cyclebar in exchange for my honest thoughts and opinions.
· CycleBar, the preeminent indoor cycling experience, is open now in Brier Creek in North Raleigh and is coming to Cary January 2017.
· CycleBar is a low-impact and high-intensity exercise method, offering an intoxicating sense of community in state-of-the-art studios with concierge-level service, premium amenities and pay-per-class options.
· The dynamic cycling classes offer a multi-sensory workout in a rock concert-like atmosphere, where experienced instructors take participants through a 50-minute high-energy ride.
· The studio features tiers for the bikes plus LED lighting, wide-screen graphics and state-of-the-art audio with a DJ booth.
· CycleBar classes are invigorating and fun, with themed rides for charity fundraising, Throwback Thursdays, artist-specific playlists and more.
· After a class, riders cool down with complimentary fresh fruit and enhanced water, while aromatherapy helps guests relax throughout the facility.
· Riders can also easily track performance data via CycleStats and download music used in the class session.
· To learn more about CycleBar in Brier Creek, visit briercreek.cyclebar.com, and for more information on the Cary studio opening in January, visit alston.cyclebar.com.
Ok who wants to spend the entire Thanksgiving day cooking when you can spend time with family and friends. So to make the holiday easier I have compiled a list of 10 awesome Thanksgiving hacks!
I will be using the Jennie-O Oven Ready Turkey! Yep Jennie-O has Cajun Style. This will be different for us this year trying the Cajun Style. I am so happy I will not have to thaw this baby. Last years oven ready turkey was simply amazing and took all the work out of cooking a turkey. Anyone could do this.
Check out My 17 Meals to Make with Turkey Breast for your turkey left overs!
Years ago one of the first ministries I heard of when I became a new chrisitian was Wycliffe Bible Translators. I would like to explain what they do but first share some facts with you.
Now with new technologies Bible translation has been on hyper drive! Below is a sample of the MAST system.
I loved seeing the technology displays and hearing the explanation of how they work in 3rd world countries out in the middle of a jungle for example.
This is the TNT. Tablets for National Translators. They have a team of local people help with the Bible translations by giving the team these tablets. It rapidly speeds up the process that used to take years. In a world of violent extremists who do not want people to hear the word of God speed is of the essence.
I love this mini POD (Print on Demand) before they would have to wait forever for Bibles to be printed in another country now they can get the word to them on the spot with this POD. The written word on paper instantly is better than nothing I say.
I heard two testimonies that night. One was a video testimony of a Bible translator leader. He was in a dangerous area that he could potentially lose his life. He had people on his team whom in fact did die for the cause. Another deeply moving testimony was the guest speaker Grace Fabian. Her and her husband spent over 20 years ministering, living & loving to the Nubuk people. They worked faithfully helping to get their people group's language into written form so it could be translated into the word of God. One day her husband was brutally killed by one of the Nubuck friends. She was first on the scene to see it. As she held her husband in her arms and pulled the ax out of his skull her life was forever changed. She struggled with finishing the call. But she rose again by faith after some time and with help finished translating the word of God to the Nubuck. Now that tribe and people group can have the word and know salvation. Grace forgave. Love won. The word of God coming to these unreached people groups does not come without a price at times. May God bless all the missionaries & those who donate to the cause! With out the Bible how will the people know of salvation or learn how to live in peace?
Visit Grace at www.gracefabian.com
I am so honored to of spent the evening with Wycliffe to hear what they are currently doing in the world and how far that God has taken this ministry over the years. It is projected to have all the people groups reached with the Word of God in their own written language by 2025! Please help make this goal possiable. There are many ways you can help by visiting Wycliffe.org