We all are truly so blessed. I want to encourage you if you know of someone in need of a Thanksgiving meal this holiday consider making a Thanksgiving in a basket!
I know a very young struggling couple who financially couldn't afford a Thanksgiving meal. So I made a blessings basket.
And that was it. It doesn't take much time or money to make a blessings basket for someone!
As a Jennie-O Switch Circle Blogger I was sent an oven ready turkey breast and decided to pay it forward and give mine away this year in the basket. I have had one before and they are delicious! There is no need to prepare it or thaw. Just follow the very few simple directions on the back and your all set for the easiest, juiciest tasting turkey you ever had. Jennie-O is my trusted source for turkey. Period and I have tired a lot of turkey brands over the years. Jennie-O truly does take all the work out of it for you so you can focus on whats most important, spending time with your loved ones and friends.
Need turkey, sides or appetizer inspiration? Be sure to check outJennie-O' s web site for some fantastic Thanksgiving ideas!
And by the way, don't forget to check out my post 17 meals to make with turkey to inspire you with those turkey left overs!
Have you ever been in a rut in life? Have you ever felt dry or thirsty deep within? The inner most part of you is your soul. It needs nourishing and attention. The best attention you can give your soul is the healing Word of God. Music can also be good for the soul. In this highly fun and interactive Bible study you get the Word of God and music together in a compelling dynamic duo. 13 songs come on a CD with the book. You also get digital downloads if you desire.
I have been enjoying the stages that are very doable time wise in each chapter. I stop at what ever stage I have done until I can do more. It is not just lessons to read but on the spot do! The approach I have seen in this book is unlike any other I have yet seen.
I think Scott & Ginger Tabot did an outstanding job creating this unique study. I am personally enjoying every single stage of it! They lead us to understand how to have Zoe. Zoe means life in Greek..... and Jesus came to give us life more abundantly. John 10:10. That is what this study is all about, restoration leading to understanding and acceptance of our God given Zoe life.
Not to mention the music that goes along with the study is point perfect! This Bible study speaks to me .... it truly can reach anyone. The tunes are catchy. The SoulFull theme song I kept singing over and over the rest of the day after my reading & doing.
You can do this study with or without the music but I highly recommend listening to the tunes!
Live SoulFULL is a music-driven, gospel-centered, interactive Bible study that’s all about how God fulfills your deepest needs. It’s a fun, yet challenging way to help you build a strong, confident faith in knowing God as the Giver and Filler of life. Each song and corresponding chapter work together to walk you through the Bible’s answers to some of life’s biggest questions. Recorded by award-winning Nashville musicians, the music ranges from up-tempo, roll-the- window-down grooves to passionate, heart-stirring ballads. As you listen, read, and learn, you will discover the fulfillment and joy that Jesus offers in the midst of everyday life.
It is that time again! I just love planners and I love even more giving them away free to people who want help getting organized. Here is this months offering! This sweet little binder planner. This & That.... is sure to please with it's sleek white and gold cover.
Not only that I am giving away this mega bundle for one lucky winner to enjoy.
This is a beautiful durable planner that will last you all year. This little organizer of your daily life is just what you need if you love to keep track of things the old school way.
It is provided with customizable weekly sections.
Customizable monthly sections.
A monthly over view of goals & important dates to remember.
You will an abundance of sticky notes and stickers for this planners. Enough to last the whole year long!
I will be providing customizable budget & fitness inserts as well.
And I couldn't forget the washi tape!
Tab sections for easy retrieval. This planner will help you maximize productivity and planning. It is just as good as the Happy Planner system, matter of fact it is a bit better in the sense you can jump in at any point without worrying about lost dates or waiting until new years.
Enter below to win today! Come back daily to enter to increase your chances of winning.
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Enter to win 4 tickets to see The Stray.
In a world that it seems so much is going wrong it is great to take the family to get away and go see this heart warming tale The Stray.
Based on a true story of a dog and his incredible life this movie was a heart grabber. Pluto the dog showed up in a families life at just the right time. In despair, the family was falling apart under many of lifes pressures. Needing change Pluto came to be the friend each family member needed teaching them more than they could of imagined.
The movie is of the special bond of the dog and the family and presents the brilliance of his life. Pluto was special in many ways saving them from difficult situations, but he even gave the ultimate sacrifice of his own life to save theirs in the end.
This movie is a celebration of a miracle dog who had a great mission in this life and is worthy to be seen. It will warm you and embrace you with awe in the abilities of man's best friend.
A must see I highly recommend.
Kielbasa Sausage Potato Skillet is a super fast, easy, & tasty one pan wonder for your whole family. I was given Jennie-o turkey kielbasa & sausage to make a meal. I shared the sausage with a friend and used the Hickory Smoked Kielbasa.
With 65% less fat than other kielbasa's, Jennie-O reigns supreme on giving you a healthier option than the market's other choices. And let me tell you they have a better flavor. A lot of low fat options lack in taste but with Jennie-o's offering you do not need to worry. You get both quality and taste.
For this simple yet hearty meal all you need is:
Just cut and chop your veggies in what ever style you desire. Coat the pan well with olive oil. I would add a little bit of oil to the veggies as well as your seasonings at this stage and mix together.
Jennie-O's top quality turkey meat is such a great way to ensure clean eating. The sausage is fantastic to work with and slice.
Add in your meat with the veggies together in the skillet. Cooked wrapped with foil in your 355 - 375 degree oven for 50- 60 mins depending on your oven.
This is a great clean easy meal.
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I have been missing in action as you can see. I have been on a journey on so many levels of my life. I have had crisis happening yet also at the same time new adventure, testing, faith, temptation, victories, discovery, adaption, learning, finding me again and peace in the mist of a storm. Life is strange but no matter the storm or the loss, life does go on.
If you feel sad or alone please turn to praise the one who made you. He is the only one who can fill every single whole in your heart. He is the one who can bring you balance most when you are out of balance. He is the one who sees your deepest pain in that mid night hour. He even rejoices over you in all stages of your life. Let his love penetrate you.
Zephaniah 3:17 (CJB)17 Adonai your God is right there with you,
as a mighty savior.
He will rejoice over you and be glad,
he will be silent in his love,
he will shout over you with joy.”
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Reason number one and I love this one.... are you ready? When you refer a friend and they use Groupon you earn $10 in free money per person to use at Groupon that could equal to free food, free trips, free eating out, free spa days, free local attractions and more.
Reason number two why you should use Groupon is it really can enhance your life by saving you money. Yes, saving to use towards the family budget is great, you can do that if you need to, but I have a bigger picture idea for you for. A bigger vacation you have always dreamed of some day. Where would you go? Why pay full price for something if you do not have to. Let's say you take the difference you save with Groupon each time you use them and put that money in an account and use it to invest in something to grow your money. You can literally grow your wealth by using Groupon. Then someday seriously take those dream vacations you have always wanted to take. It is possible if you set your mind to it!
Reason number three is they now have coupons. You do not even need to purchase a deal, join Groupon nor sign up for their email if you do not want to. You can use their coupons at your next trip to Wal-mart or Target for example online or offline in store.
I need to go visit family this summer and I will be going through Groupon to use coupons for Hotwire and Travelocity. Yes you can save money at those sites stand alone but why not save even more money by visiting them through Groupon using their coupons for those very sites! That is smart money. Smart savings.
This is a sponsored post. But all thoughts are my very own.
Ok y'all the last giveaway went so well I wanted to have an encore! To give you all another chance to win a planner. This one is the Recollections Creative Year Planner. It is the 2017 version but there is still months left of this year to try this planner out! If you missed my first giveaway and want to read the back story of why I am hosting this giveaway then head over here. It comes with the zipper planner binder, the 78 interior sheets with monthly and weekly calendar spreads, 12 too cute dividers with tabs. I love that is also has 2 folder tabs and 2 pen tabs! A lot is packed into this planner but it will also fit into your bag, easy.
Get organized for free! Enter to win below. Feel free to enter each day until the Rafflecopter drawing.
Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the best burger I have had this summer. The Cobb Turkey Burger. It is loaded with simple goodness. With it's 90 percent lean self, it gives you a low fat burger that will rock your world. Not to mention super healthy on so many levels. To get the best of taste and health you just can not beat that!
Head on out to your grocer to get Jennie-O's 1/3 lb. Smoke seasoned Turkey Burgers for this burger build. Add red onion, avocado,tomato, lettuce, fried egg. Add any condiment sauces you may desire and you have a burger that screams summer goodness.
Visit my most recent past post for my low carb series.
1. Low Carb Egg Roll In A Bowl
2. Summer Jubilee Turkey Salad
3. Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
4. Zucchini Lasagna Rolls
5. Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers
6. Philly Cheese Steak Stuffed Peppers
7. Ham & Egg Cheese Roll Ups
8. Skinny Chicken Fajita Soup
9. Mini Zucchini Pizza Bites
10. Baked Denver Omelet ( Family size!)
A year and a half ago a dear friend of mine Dawn over at Enthusiastically Dawn sent me an Arc Planner. I did not know any thing about the planner lifestyle and how such a simple tool would change my life. I was the pen and paper list girl. I would make my list each day of to do's. That was it. Uneventful and boring. But wouldn't you know it I would sometimes lose the list! Then I was up the creek without a paddle because I would forget something. If I didn't write it down when the thought hit me I would lose it a lot of times too. Well when my friend sent me her customized Arc it was amazing. It was fun. It gave me a fun creative way to get organize and let's face it, it was much harder to misplace a planner book. I used that planner for a year. It was amazing and I will never forget her sweet kindness that really helped me and gave me joy. I find it fun to plan and I even get creative with markers and stickers. It motivates me to be more organized!
So to pay it forward I want to give away a planner. Now this is a brand new Happy Planner but it is the 2016-2017 version. There is only 6 months left of this but if you have not tried a planner yet or you where interested in the Happy Planner system... this would be a great sample to try!
I love the bright encouraging messages all in this series of planner. I like the durable covers. If you accidentally spill a drop of coffee your planner is ok... it will wipe right off.
There is a reason it is called Happy Planner I guess because every single one of them I have ever seen makes me smile. I love the welcome page with the big ol' hello. And what lady doesn't like bright, cheery or polka dots. I wanted to show you that each month has a beautiful divider with a message or pretty print but I would love for it all to be a surprise to the winner. It has a month over view then also the daily, weekly pages in this planner. Even the daily is broken down in three sections you can label ever how you wish. I use mine for morning, afternoon, even goals. It has a goals and important dates section for each month over view. I had loved my Arc planner my friend had given me so much, when it was time to finally move into another planner I gravitated towards the Happy Planner because of the disks that are similar to Arc and it was what I was used to. I love how she customized hers. I liked that I could do the same with Happy Planner if I wanted too. I went with The Happy Planner because they offer so many useful and cute things I could do with it. And I loved using Micheals coupons to get 40 percent off things. You can customize the happy planner easy. They offer sheets at Micheals to add if you wish to add more or different types. They offer cute covers, cases, folders to put inside. But You can have fun with cute washi tape or stickers. If you want to use your own paper you can buy the punch to always make your own and use your planner forever if you wish. You can use it as a planner or a planner/ scrapish type memory book. This planner is great as stand alone as well. All you really need is right there above in the picture keep it as simple or creative as you wish.
So if your interested in trying this system and getting organized please feel free to enter! If you know someone who would benefit from this let them know. I will choose a winner at the end of this month which I hope will be a blessing to them. Feel free to come back as much as you want each day to enter. Each entry will count as 5 points. The more you have the better your chance of winning.
It will come with a couple of small surprises too. Giveaways are so much fun.
PLEASE enter via the raffle copter widget here. It will randomly choose the winner at the end of the month!
When it comes to splurging on some baby items, there is a list of the top items worth spending a little extra on. You want to get quality, but you also want to ensure that you make the mothers life a bit easier. This can be done through the right products for the money you spend.
Here is a list of some of the top baby items worth spending a bit extra on this year. Whether you have a baby already, or you’re about to have a baby or your giving these as a gift - these are the top items that are must-haves!
Spending a little extra money on the best baby monitor that allows you to not only hear, but see baby is a good investment to make. Not only can you use this one wirelessly, but you can change the lenses on it to ensure that you get the clearest picture. This set up comes with everything you need to make sure baby is safe and sound while napping or sleeping through the night, best of all the top models are WIFI enabled so you can view your baby from anywhere in the world.
These are quickly sweeping the nation, after being in Finland for so long and you can grab yours too! The Baby Box Co. is responsible for creating some of the best Baby Boxes out there. Skip the bassinet and go straight for something that is educating parents on safe sleep habits, while also being able to provide baby with something other than a bassinet to sleep in. It is definitely worth the price you pay.
Joovy Zoom 360 Jogging Stroller
This is one of the best jogging strollers in 2017 and worth spending a little extra on. It has all the right compartments on it, while also providing a smooth, safe ride for the little one. You can strap them in tightly with the five-point harness, while having the ultimate smooth ride, even over the bumpiest of roads. You can ensure that you (and baby!) will enjoy jogging around with this.
Dr. Browns Options Glass Bottles
There are highly rated when it comes to choosing a bottle that prevents colic and gas in babies. Whether you breast or bottle feed, these can be a great way to go. The glass bottles cost a little bit more than traditional plastic ones, but they’re a gift that keeps on giving. While reducing colic and even spit-up in babies, they provide a great way for the little one to enjoy a feeding and not have pain after.
Ergo Baby Carrier
This is a bit more expensive than some of the other baby carriers out there, but the money spend is well worth it. For an easy way to carry baby from birth through toddlerhood, they provide not only comfort for the little one but comfort on mom and dad. The baby comfortably fits in the carrier, while the carrier takes most of the strain off of mom or dads back. It is an ergonomically designed carrier that is also great when you want to protect baby’s little limbs or hips. They come in many cool patterns and colors too, so you can choose which one you like the most! It is a must-purchase on our list of baby items!
Of course, your selection does not have to be the exact ones on this list, spending a little extra on these items never hurts. You can ensure that you have the best possible quality when the time comes, while also being able to have a useful product at the same time. You want the best for baby, but now you can get the best for you, as well!
Hey sweet people. If you have taken the time to read this post at my blog thank you so much. I hope that this blesses you in some way. I would love to share with you one part of my journey. I am loving sharing with you more of my walk with Abba. I hope it encourages you in some way to reach for him even more in your walk. I know when I hear stories from others it indeed spurs me on as well. But ya know.... I have not shared enough of my stories in this world to shine for God. I can not sit silent anymore. I did that to much before. Every day that goes by we are all one day closer to meeting him. I want to bless his heart.
This journey took place about a year ago and half ago. How it changed me is this. The first time I decided to do this I said ok Lord I will make a date with you and on that date I will write for just you. I put it on the calendar for the very next day and treated it as if I was on a date. I wrote at such n such a time I'll have a date with Jesus. Well the next day came and I was busy about the house and dealing with the families needs and my own selfish ones too. I was standing after the time I scheduled a date with Jesus at my sink washing dishes... it was on my heart yikes I made a date with Jesus and I am late but I ignored it.
Yes he has feelings to. Yes we can talk to him any time but I was going to make this an actual date night for him. As I was running late I was thinking oh,,, it's the Lord he will understand why I am late. I'll get to him later. But I was standing there with other thoughts going through my head as I said I'll also do this task and this other one first. But I felt him remind me in my heart. I heard his gentle voice "what about me"? Three simple words loud and clear yet so gentle. I knew it was him.Your taking great care of your family but what about me I thought he was telling me in those three words. I felt like, oh no, the purpose of my goal of date night is to bless his heart and make him feel loved and important to me. I basically had said my dishes that can wait are more important than keeping my special date night with Jesus! I felt at that moment like Martha running about the house instead of Mary sitting at his feet. WOW. To feel his heart and know he was looking forward to it really blew me away. I stopped right away what I was doing and ran upstairs for my date. I even went and combed my hair for him and got dolled up some.
I had family all around me about the house and my room was a third story loft at the time so I did not have much privacy. So I put on some instrumental soaking worship music on my head set to drown out house noises. I also grabbed some paper and pen. I grabbed my blanket to put over me as a tent . I yelled to everyone I am on a date with Jesus so leave me alone. LOL. I sat in my little tent and apologized to the Lord and told him I was so excited to be on a date with my savior. I sat in silence and focused on him before I started to write his letter.. then I wrote what ever the first words from my heart to him was. I also cried tears. I wrote and wrote the words just flowed from my heart. I did not have to chase words or search hard. This letter is between me and the Lord only no one else so I didn't focus on it being perfect but I do have a goal to use this time soon to work on my penmanship for Abba while I write to him. I could indeed write better! LOL.
I knew with what he laid on my heart in the kitchen when he spoke to me "what about me", that he was indeed present. He is always present actually with us but this particular time I was aware of it. That's the difference. So as I wrote I stopped and closed my eyes at some point to rest and ponder him even more sitting still no writing. All of the sudden a vision flashed in front of me clear as a movie. Clear as in real life not foggy like a dream. I saw Jesus himself sitting on the edge of a rock, on the edge of the sea. He was smiling at me! Me? Yes me? I was like oh my. WOW. He is taking the time to smile at me? Is this real? Is this my imagination? I am stubborn and feel unworthy so I open my eyes and it is gone. I see within my tent. I was like is that my mind or really him? So I close my eyes again. Boom right away he is back. Smiling. He is looking me in the eyes but he is a good little distance from me. I watch him watching me from the edge of the rock he was sitting on sideways. I thought I know he is looking at me and I would love to see him up close better so like in a movie with zooming gently I was zooming in and coming closer to him he was doing it for me, he knew my thoughts. I was yet again blown away so I opened my eyes. Like a fool. I was not totally believing what was happening to me. I thought surely its my imagination this is to good to be true. Who am I that Jesus would visit me in this special way? So I tried once more. Boom he was there when I closed my eyes clear as day right where we left off as in real life just as good as a person sitting right in front of me clear as a bell. I gave in to his drawing me in closer and before I knew it we looked eye to eye.
He was still sitting on the edge of the rock on the edge of the sea looking into my eyes smiling at me. I was so blessed. He was in a white robe with an amazing sash around him. He looked perfect. He was so loving and so peaceful. His smile was captivating me. He spoke no words to me but said everything in his smile and stare. I felt him happy with me that I had made time to have a date night with him and happy I was writing him a love letter from my heart. Then I noticed something in particular standing out he wanted me to notice. I heard him communicating with me with out him speaking words. I noticed the sun was setting on this beach we where on. The sunset was on his face. I could see the rays of light and rays of dark. He would not allow me to turn to look but to only see his face. I looked and said Jesus your trying to tell me something with this sunset on your face aren't you? And he smiled at me. I told him how much I love him and I stared at him again then I opened my eyes. He was gone. I closed my eyes again and he was gone. The open vision was gone. But remember the number of conformation is three. To confirm I saw him I had tested it three times. On the fourth he was gone.
The visit was fast but so very impactful. I wish I had not opened my eyes so soon that third time so I could of been in that moment with him longer. But the messages was loud and clear what he was sending me. He was happy I was taking time to be with him. He made me feel so important those moments and helped me to feel loved by him. We all know if your saved that the Lord loves you but do you really feel it? I often do not because I have made so many mistakes in my life I often wonder how does he still love me? That is my fault, not his of why I feel this way. So that visit was important. He also was showing me three different things in particular. Remember three is confirmation. He was on the edge of a rock by the edge of the sea. Those are the first two. I saw the sun setting on his face, that was number three. He wanted me to pay special attention to that. I took many weeks after this visit to seek him on what he was telling me and I feel that it all pointed to that this world as we know it or life as we know it is almost up or on the edge of something big. The time is almost done here before he returns I now for sure strongly feel this. It is surely much closer that it was 2000 years ago! I can only hope that he is about to come for us. I am not saying that he is coming right off on any particular day but maybe very soon. The stage of the sun setting on his face was almost done! He was indeed showing me a sign to share with people. It reminds me of the story in Matthew 25: 1-13 take a look below. Remember we are the Bride of Christ.
Matthew 25 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)25 “The Kingdom of Heaven at that time will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went out to meet the groom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were sensible. 3 The foolish ones took lamps with them but no oil, 4 whereas the others took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 Now the bridegroom was late, so they all went to sleep. 6 It was the middle of the night when the cry rang out, ‘The bridegroom is here! Go out to meet him!’ 7 The girls all woke up and prepared their lamps for lighting. 8 The foolish ones said to the sensible ones, ‘Give us some of your oil, because our lamps are going out.’ 9 ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both you and us. Go to the oil dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 But as they were going off to buy, the bridegroom came. Those who were ready went with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. 11 Later, the other bridesmaids came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they cried, ‘Let us in!’ 12 But he answered, ‘Indeed! I tell you, I don’t know you!’ 13 So stay alert, because you know neither the day nor the hour.
I want to be ready for my groom. I want to be ready when he arrives for me! What about you? Will you dismiss looking for him to come? Will you be lazy in your watching for him or will you be ready? I want to be ready. I am not taking any chances now a days! I used to be lazy in my watching. Not any more. And his vision gave me such hope that it will be soon!
The act of writing to him or having this special date time is about how you feel about him. It not only blesses his heart, it blesses yours in so many ways. It is freeing. It is healing. It is loving and yet another great way to show love to him that some folks may not of thought of. The Lord is a real person. He has feelings just like us. When was the last time you made a date with Jesus? I do not mean or typical devotional time or seeking him in prayer for yourself or someone else needs. I mean showing up to simply focus on him and his needs and not our needs and bless him somehow? Remember he created us to fellowship with him! That's why the love letters are so good. I love to seal the letters once done with a special sticker never to be opened again. I already know he has been touched by my letter. I have not seen another vision of him since that day but I know he is watching and with me when I take the time for him and it's all about blessing his heart. I am so honored he did do something special for me on one of our dates maybe he will surprise you on one too.
I just love summer. But I also love being a Jennie-O Switch Circle Blogger. May's shipment brought a lot of joy to my family and others. I received these three turkey breast. Cajun Style, Oven Roasted, and Sun Dried Tomato. I did not want to keep all the Jennie-O goodness to myself so I gave two of them away to other people to try Jennie-O for themselves. As for myself I kept the Sun Dried Tomato turkey breast to create a brand new summer sandwich salad. A cool dish with a new twist. This was so much fun to think up and make.
I call it Summer Jubilee Turkey Salad. This was fun to create and simple. I wanted it to be bright, fresh, tasty and very easy to make. In the picture below is everything you need. Adjust the amounts of everything you use based on how much of course you'd like to make. I made a large bowl to share with others.
That's it. No other seasoning needed. It is low fat to the max. No mayo needed. This Summer Jubilee Turkey Salad is simple, easy, low fat and fantastic in taste. It is a great tribute to summer and it's colorful abundance. It is great for dieters yet perfect for anyone in love with flavor. Good clean eating at it's finest.