Seriously, I think we have all done this at some point and scratched our head wondering what to give as a gift, am I right? I have found the best gift idea for everyone... and I mean everyone on your list any time of the year. Something that everyone needs is socks. It is a very practical gift but it does not have to be boring. Why give a pair of socks once, why not give mom, dad, grandparnets, teens, neighbor, friends a cool awesome pair of socks every single month as a surprise. Not to mention at an affordable price. You will indeed be the coolest gift giver ever.
It would arrive at their door in a cool package with a message on it. How fun is that?! I think I would much rather have this than just a set of socks given to me once. Not only that, each set is a theme. Giving socks as a gift is no longer lame!
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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!
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!
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.
Will America be great again? I ask myself this often as I watch our nation spiral downward. But what changed my despair was the day I went to a Trump Rally. I felt such energy in the room from the people it was inexpiable. I attended the event earlier this year but did not write about it. I sat on sharing my views but now that I have rebranded my site and it is called Suzie's View why not. It is my view. This is still America and I have a voice. I was so encouraged as I saw hundreds lined up trying to get into the Amphitheater to hear Trump here in Raleigh, N.C. We stood in the cold waiting for a long time but I saw all sorts of good people who are fed up with the way things are in this nation. And to see us all coming together to huddle in the cold for hours to get into a building to hear what Trump had to say just did something to me. It revived me and the American spirit.
As we now sit months later on the edge of the election trail, waiting to see who will be our next President, I pray. I pray for a better America. I pray and hope for a better unity. I pray and believe for at least one last great revival. Before this years election I was becoming so disenchanted with America and the political corruption. Our government has become a monster, point blank. I do not want it continuing to get out of control. With it in bed with big pharma, baiting race wars that was not real, dabbling in foreign politics sticking it's nose where it does not belong, telling us how to raise our kids and educate them, not taking care of the vets who risked their lives for our safety and the safety of others. The list of sins goes on and on. It sickens me. But I see a movement opposite of what corrupt media reports.
I see a movement of people sick of it all, coming together to support each other and make a change. I see passionate people like Diamond and Silk who have such a fire for all people and equality for all. They are making their voice heard. Everyone's voice matters in this nation. I see Trump who is a successful man who wants to change what is broken in this nation for the PEOPLE and by the people! I have long admired Trump ever since I was a child. I do not like his past mistakes but we all have a past. We all make mistakes. But one thing Trump has done is persevered. He knows how to deal and knows America has been dealt a bad hand by it's leaders. Trump is smart. He is not a puppet. He can lead us back to prosperity and safety with God's help. Hillary is not what will be good for this country. She is part of the problem, People listen, years before Benghazi she has murdered. People I encourage you to dig and read on her. Really dig and get information. I have. Do you really want someone like that running our country? Stop being a sheeple and flowing the crowd. It is time for real change. We don't need any more puppets for people like George Soros & the elite.
As I have watched our media lie about Mr. Trump I have been seeking other news sources like Right Side Broadcasting on Youtube who will show the rallies live and show what main stream media will not show. They show the huge supporter turn outs for Trump that the Hillary camp media fails to show in their pictures or camera shots. I have seen it with my own eyes. It is totally disgusting the Hillary campers at our rally's disrupting Trump so rudely as he tries to speak. But you never find a Trump supporter at Hillary's dinky rallies making a fuss being rude. I saw one to many people make a scene and have to be escorted out. Let's not lay down and be doormats any longer!
Listen to this historic speech at Gettysburg, P.A. today. Be inspired. America can be great again if we the people stand up again! Make your voice heard! Stand up for what is right. Let's make America great again.
Hebrews 1:14New International Version (NIV) 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
I was about 3 years old on my way home from up state NY with my mom and dad. This was back in the days when you could ride without seat belts. I was in the back of a pick up truck sitting on a little seat that was not a proper truck seat because it was in a truck bed. With one of those fiber class covers on the back of the truck you would see in the 70's -80's a lot. There was also a LOT of glass bottles in boxes they were bringing back from NY to NC to collect cash on. Well I was so very young and so very little. I was very petite. Somewhere in PA I think it was they had a severe accident. My mother was pregnant with my little brother at the time. She was rushed to the hospital. I heard her yelling somehow or talking and she did not want to leave until they found my body. She was in very bad shape and had to leave. Now to get to my point.... I will now recount the events from my perspective as a toddler below!
I was having a good time keeping myself content as a little toddler could be playing with my little fake purse and the goodies it contained. I loved little tiny things to play with and a paper & pen. I was busy when all of the sudden I heard yelling and the most awful noises I had ever heard in my tiny life... I didn't know what the noises was I had never heard it all before but the moment I began to hear them I saw the truck bed moving in a direction I knew it was NOT to move and all the glass coming for me. I was in an instant more sacred than I had ever been so far in my young little life.... but in an instant I saw a flash of large light consume me. I couldn't see a thing but that bright bright blinding light. At first it startled me. It picked me up and threw me into darkness, the light was gone. This light was so amazing and I felt the most wonderful love, safety and comfort I had felt since the womb (If you did not read that story of what I remember life to be like in the womb please read it here.) It felt so familiar like I knew this light somehow.
Psalm 91:11New International Version (NIV) 11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
It was all so very very fast. I screamed mommy!! MOMMY I want my mommy as it was holding me. The voice I call it came while I was in the darkness. "You are safe" it said. I spoke into the dark who are you. It said " stay here, your safe" I said where am I (this place felt so tight). It said " I placed you in safety until they find you" I said ok Mr. I said what happen I am scared why do they need to find me? He said " a bad accident happen but you are safe " I said will they find me Mr. He said yes very soon. Do not be scared. I heard this voice talk to me while I was in the dark and it all happen so fast. I said I hurt Mr. I hurt. Why am I in a ball. He was gone.
He would not answer me I got scared. I realized as I had been talking to him it was not with my mouth somehow we spoke without words with our mind. So I began to cry with my mouth and I mean really cry! I cried and cried..... amidst my cries I heard all sorts of sounds on "the outside what ever that was" I heard loud crunches and crashes. I heard men voices. I heard yelling. I heard a woman's voice. None of these voices sounded like my mom or dad. I was so very scared so it made me cry all the more & louder. I realize now as an adult if I had not cried they would not of found me!! My cries so loud is how they found me. Suddenly I heard a voice say keep crying keep crying. I had no idea really that people was looking for me I had not fully in my young mind made that connection yet. I thought it was my bright light friend again but then I realized it was not his same comforting voice. But this voice said keep crying baby girl keep crying so we can find you! I didn't know I was in a wreck... my young toddler mind could not comprehend it. Every one was accounted for but me. The truck was totaled by a 18 wheeler. So I obey that strange voice and cried harder thinking I was doing good somehow. All the sudden a while later I felt a jult. I felt my body being tossed around. They had found me.... I was stuffed inside a large hard cased suitcase ( you know those from the 60-70-80's) laying safely inside on top of a pile of glass & twisted medal in the twisted up trunk bed.
One of the reasons they could not find me at first was when they looked in the rumble all they saw was metal, glass & luggage they did not know I was actually there some how in the suitcase. I had not started crying yet and they did not see my body. I had been upset the angel left me. But I realize as an adult now that had he not stopped talking to me to comfort me I would of never started to cry in fear. They wouldn't of found me in time. Because my mom's life was hanging on a thread and she wouldn't leave in the ambulance till she heard word I was alive. SO they thought I was gone somehow under it all. The angel I now know is whom I was speaking to when I saw a bright light consume me and pick me up and throw me in the dark place "the suit case" in an instant saved my life. I would of been chopped liver had he not done that for me. I remember even some of what the rescuers was saying.... O my God we found her she is here she is here and I heard loud cheers of lots of people. I heard my dads voice saying that is impossible. That suitcase was full and locked with a key.No one could explain what happen and how I got there but I knew. I tried to baby babel in my tears a nice man in light put me there. But I do not think anyone believed me. There was no time for me to of unlocked it and crawled in. I didn't even have the key and as a toddler not even realized it was locked or how to unlock one in the instant of a high speed wreck. I remember when the man in a suit of some sorts ( later I realized as I aged it was an EMT man.) opened the suit case and I saw the day light for that first time in what seemed forever. I knew something big somehow had just happen. He hugged me and said hey little girl your going to be ok. He climbed out with me as I heard some cheering. He handed me to my dad... I cried but my dad quickly handed me to a strange lady as he ran away saying take care of her.... he ran to the ambulance my mom refused to leave in her major condition till they found me alive. He said take her go go go go now,,,and I was crying for my mommy and wanted to see her. They said I had no time mommy had to go she had no time. I had no idea if I would ever see her again at that moment. I was then left with the strange lady for what seemed like a very long time until my Dad came back for me. I remember my auntie came up from hours away to take me home as my Dad stayed on with my mom. That is all I remember about the wreck. I felt honored to remember such detail at such a young age of this amazing event. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!!!! I can no longer sit silent holding these memories & experiences to myself. It is time to use them to recount the God things of God and bring him Glory!
We have all heard sermons on purging. This new growth post is not about those verses but a different angle the Holy Spirit showed me to share.
Matthew 7:18 Amplified Bible (AMP) 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
Matthew 7:18 is the verse God gave to me first when I was pondering the idea of new growth in a Christian's life. It made me really think. We should do all we can to be a healthy tree because we want to bare healthy fruit. We want good new growth. We do not want the new growth to be bad and unhealthy! So I ask what kind of tree am I? What does my fruit look like? What am I doing to make me healthy? What am I doing to prepare for new growth?
Philippians 4:7Amplified Bible (AMP)7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Philippians 4:7 was the next verse the Holy Spirit gave me. Really one of the ways to make sure we are healthy is to walk in the peace of God. Do we cooperate with him in this? Really people pray for peace all the time but it is already there if you are a follower of Jesus. We are the ones that walk away from it or allow the worries of this world to drown it out. But the word promises it is there. Living IN that peace He has for us is one sure way to guard ourselves and bare some good new growth!
Zephaniah 3:7Amplified Bible (AMP)7
“I said, ‘Most certainly you will [reverently] fear Me;
So Jerusalem’s dwelling will not be cut off
In accordance with all that I have appointed concerning her [punishment],
But they were eager [even rising early] to make all their deeds corrupt.
Zephaniah 3:7 was the next and we all know whom it is referring to yet it also applies to us today. If we want new healthy growth are we willing to accept correction? Are you? And we know that the good Father corrects those he loves!
Deuteronomy 24:7Amplified Bible (AMP)7 “If a man is caught kidnapping any of his countrymen from the sons of Israel, and he treats him violently or sells him [as a slave], then that thief shall die. So you shall remove the evil from among you.
Next was Deuteronomy 24:7 What I am getting from this is, if you want new healthy growth do not fill your environment with evil things, evil people, evil thoughts, evil deeds and so forth! Remove the evil from among you to prepare for your new growth. Ya gotta remove the junk so new growth can emerge! You don't want to squish it out & smother it!
What about you? What are your thoughts on new growth in one's life from a Biblical stand point?
I just love that quote you see on the wall above. Thomas Edison was such a visionary and I admire him so. Today things are certainly heading in the direction with more people in that manner, that Mr.s Edison predicted. I am guessing I am one of those heading that way!
I am starting a new journey series I will be sharing at times here in my blog. I want to share my journey here locally in Raleigh North Carolina as I learn more about alternative health means. I started sharing some of my health journey here at my blog a bit ago. I shared my story that I am BRCA 2 Positive. I have to be very proactive against cancer as we all should really. So in being proactive against cancer & other health issues it has led me down the path of discovering other ways to take care of myself. But I have only just begun. I am like a sponge for knowledge right now. There is so much out there to learn on the topic. It has led me to Ideal Life Style Advocates to help me some with doing just that. I have met so far with Dr. Mark Niemchak. The first meeting was to answer in depth health questions. Some to be honest I thought was very funny but he assured me that it all plays a part in the bigger picture of my health. The second trip was to do some light testing to pin point some things. The next meeting Dr. Niemchak will be sharing with me a plan he developed just for me.
At Ideal Life Style Advocates they bring 32 years of clinical experience in life style medicine. They look at the whole picture not just one thing concerning you. They truly believe there is more to personal care than prescribed traditional medicines and doctor reports. They come along side your situation and take a more holistic approach to everything not just one issue you may be having. It may be something else causing that one thing! In a world where you feel like just another number at most doctor offices, Dr. Niemchak took the time to truly listen to me so far. He seemed very warm & genuine. He was very encouraging & knowledgeable in his fields. His office manager Judi is just the ray of sunshine any office needs! It was nice to finally talk with someone about my health that seemed to actually care for my own interests, rather than push more drugs on me & radioactive testing as I was to do every six months,that may not even be necessary. I have had issues with doctors in western medicine not really listening to how I feel about my own body and seem to be looking out for Big Brother Pharma or their own pockets. I am not their guinea pig and another number to give them more cash flow. I saw how their ways did not help my mother who died. She died an awful death of Ovarian Cancer and I will tell you I think the regular way did not fully help her situation. There is other ways and I want to take the time to learn and equip myself with as much knowledge as I can so I can be proactive to make better choices for myself. When my mom died I did not know there was any other ways of helping your health situations, I used to believe everything doctors say to do. I want to do what is right for me and not be stuck in a cookie cutter system that has failed to many times. I am not saying that it always fails just in my case I have seen around me to many fails. Now Dr.Niemchak is not out to replace your doctor or knock what you feel safe doing with what your doctor says. I am just speaking back there on my personal thoughts. But he is there to come along side you and help enhance your regime. And who knows some of us who have this kind of help may not even need the old regime! As Mr. Edison said " the doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs but will rather cure & prevent disease with nutrition." I think I might of found one of those doctors Mr. Edison for spoke of, we simply shall see. So stay tuned for what I discover next with this new journey & my thoughts on it all.
Mean while please feel free to join me in visiting IdealLifeStyleAdvocates online. They offer consults locally and nation wide. Do not worry if you do not live in Raleigh N.C. they also offer help over Skype! Now how cool is that!
Ok readers I have been MIA lately due to a lot going on in my offline ( not my blog) business world. But I have not forgotten you! Just so very busy with the holiday season upon us. Just wanted to let you know why I fell off the edge of earth! Now meanwhile I wanted to share with you something I got in my email the other day. I normally do not share chain emails, BUT this one caught my eye and I am so very glad it did. This is a fantastic & true eye opening perspective on happiness. Please read & be blessed!
A 92-year-old, well-poised and proud man, is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock. his Hair fashionably combed and shaved perfectly, even though he is legally blind, moved to a nursing home.
His wife of 70 years passed away, making the move necessary. After hours of waiting patiently in the nursing home lobby, he smiled sweetly when told his room was ready.
I provided a visual description of his tiny room, including the eyelet sheets hung on his window.
I love it,' he stated.
Mr. Jones, you haven't seen the room; just wait..'
'That doesn't have anything to do with it,' he replied.
Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time.
Whether I like my room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged .. it's how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it.
'It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice;
I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.
Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I'll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I've stored away.. Just for this time in my life..
Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you've put in.
So, deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!
Thank you for your part in filling my Memory Bank.
I am still depositing.
'Remember five simple rules to be happy:
1. Free your heart from hatred.
2. Free your mind from worries.
3. Live simply.
4. Give more.
5. Expect less.
Have a nice day, unless you already have other plans.
I am not a swimmer. In the last couple of years I have learned to doggie paddle some. I have a fear of putting my head under water. I have a fear of water, deep water to be exact. This summer I was brave on many things. But besides moving forward with my surgery this was topic number 2 on list ... to swim on the deep end.
One day I went walking alone to the park last week. It was one of those it's just so perfect outside days. I was so happy to go walking alone with God to talk to. I had made the date with him & him alone the day before to do it. This summer has been one of the most stressful summers I think I have ever had. So it was truly refreshing to walk alone & is something I normally wasn't doing. Once I got to the park I sat for an hour knitting. I loved watching the people, hearing the leaves in the wind & talking to God. I have had a super hard time with regaining my energy back, since in surgery they took my ability to make certain hormones a lady needs. If you have been reading my blog for a while you will know why they had to. I am BRCA 2. Anywho... I was walking home and was so hot. I felt so much better after my short walk & knew the walk helped me to gain some energy! I saw the pool as I walked by and saw no one was there. I saw my opportunity to continue this alone time with just myself & God and I had the energy to do it. I went home threw on my swim suit and went swimming. It was the first time in my life I ever went swimming alone. It was so refreshing. The water temp was perfect. I had a blast! I was swimming around pretty well & floating well. Although I did not put my head under water. I still will not do that.
So.... I said God make me brave help me to swim in the deep end. I went over and did it. Four times! God empowered me to face yet another fear in the face and defeat it! He kept my head above the water and I floated around just fine. I was not fearful of what lay under me in the depths. I only keep my eyes on Jesus in my heart & he kept my head above water and and I did not sink.
It taught me so much & reaffirmed somethings. Life is so full of problems that might pull us down into the deep. The deep of worry, the deep of depression & so much more. We are to relax and simply put all our problems on Him and our eyes on him. He will help us keep our head above water of life. We must face fear in the face and not let it rule us. We are children of the king and all of what Satan throws our way is certainly under our feet as it says in Romans 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
Ok I love loom knitting. It's been so long since I shared about knitting and thought I would. I never took well to the traditional way of knitting. But I am knitting my little heart out on a loom!
With my recent surgery, I had the time forced on me to sit and get some knitting done. The above picture shows my work. I made a long very thick kids scarf, a kids cross body purse, a baby hat, a kids hat & a cream colored hat for me for winter. Other than my hat ( which I am so thankful to have one now) I will be donating the rest to kids over seas. The purse is a first for me. I have never made a purse nor knitted one. It was going to be a scarf then I stopped the plan at a certain length I thought it would be a great for a cross body purse! I made the long sturdy handle on the large end of a spool knitter ( or called french knitter).
I have a ton of yarn that just sat & sat. I do not have space for that. So as I have been purging I decided to knit up all my yarn! What a fun goal! Almost all projects will be donated. I will knit it all up and only from now on buy yarn when I actually have a project in mind to actually set forth in that time to do! I must admit I can be somewhat of a crafts hoarder but that has to stop. In my mission to de-clutter & keep things simple I can always go buy what I actually need when I need it and stop acting like a squirrel hiding nuts for a cold winter day!
There is something so calming & peaceful about knitting I just can't explain it. You ladies who knit know what I am talking about. So I am excited to purposefully knit all my yarn up to free up space!
In a post to come I will be sharing my fav videos on how to loom knit different projects!
The above garden is so special to me. It holds rocks from some past events in my family. It holds precious little gifts my kids hand picked for me in their younger days. Matter of fact they both recently went on a trip to the mountains hiking & brought me back some lovely rocks! In this post I want to share with you why I think rock gardens are cool.
Let's say you do not have a green thumb. But you want some sort of garden. Let's say you don't want the maintenance of watering a garden. You want one that is care free and needs no tending. A rock garden might be it for you! I truly love rocks. Rocks are free. You can collect them on hikes or trips! They will mean something to you. Then place in pots & such to display. Below are some very simple rock gardens I have on my patio at my townhouse. They are all rocks given to me at special times or ones I found I liked while walking. None are large but all small so they will not take up a lot of space.
I placed some in a small staggered pot set. I also started to add sea shells my kids collect here & there to give me. Why not mix rocks & shells. Actually rocks in these little pots are working better than flowers because water kept washing all the dirt out & my flowers wouldn't live long. So the weight of the rocks help and it still looks cute! I can't wait to add a few more to it in the future!
You can put them in containers if you wish. I have done that with most of my rocks because of living in a temporary townhouse apartment. When I move most of my rocks I can just pick up the container & move them. Rich soil beneath them helps the rocks to pop & stand out I think!
Or you can put them right in the ground. I did that in this little spot for decor. The large flat jagged slate looking rocks in the picture above & below , I randomly found buried in the dirt at my old house, I just had to bring the with me. I am slowly collecting rocks one by one to put here to fill it in more. I do plan on digging these up when I move.
( look at the pink flowers everywhere. The trees keep dropping pink! )
You can several rock gardens! You can mix them with real plants or if you have no time just use alone! The best advice I can tell you with your rock garden is have fun.
Today I am going to get a little more personal and sharing my heart in hopes to help someone.
I was driving recently actually for the first time alone since I had my surgery. I invited Jesus to be with me. I was thinking about stuff and life & what transition in life I am now going through. This month I was forced by surgery into menopause. Yes possibly 10-15 years before my time. But it was necessary. With the Brca2(read more about it here) mutation that I have that also caused my mom's ovarian cancer that she died of at age 54 I truly needed to do it. I had thoughts of doubt while I was driving and the seat belt was hitting my tender wounds in my abdomen from surgery. I cried for what all I have lost. I was doubting did I do the right thing? I wanted more kids at times. I wanted to grow old gracefully on my time. I wanted to have my own estrogen & progesterone that a womens body needs for balance longer in so many areas. I do not want to now fight bone density and moods etc. I sat and thought of all the new problems I have to face by NOT having my hormones & the ovaries that make them. They had to come out so I wouldn't face the same fate as my mom. I felt over whelmed. Then I felt Adonai gently remind me to move forward. He reminded me NOT to look back. Like Lot's wife who turned back against God's instruction and turned to a pillar of salt. God showed me the importance of not looking back but moving forward in an instant! So I pondered this all week. All of the sudden I felt Abba giving me excitement about things to come and not to worry about what I lost. I still feel loss in me on so many levels but,,, he can sustain my health, my hormones & such I need not fear. You see my doctor did not want to give me hormone replacement like most women would be able to get but with my mutation any hormone replacement I get will increase my risk again for cancers. My doctor agreed to let me have a very low dose and I will take it every other day instead of daily. So I will be functioning on lower than low levels until age 45. By then they say I MUST be off if not sooner. So my faith in Adonai is all I will have to help me in this time to fill in the voids. I am feeling the effects of loosing parts of me God designed me to have earlier this month but I can say I can tell God is with me helping me! I have seen his hand gently guide me & ease my fears. I have felt him tenderly speak to me. He is helping me over come some physical struggles I have already had. Something else I have learned. I am brave! I feel brave. I have had to face what killed my mom in the face and hopefully change a time line ( it is not certain what I did will totally prevent cancer but it did help my situation in so many ways to bring the percentage down). I could of kept going and not do a thing but I want to do more things on this earth. You see that's another looking back that day I was pondering I thought of all the mistakes I made in life. I was feeling guilt for not measuring up and not obeying God when I should of. For not reaching out to others when he said to & so on. Etc. But there again when he spoke to me MOVE FORWARD, Do Not Look Back, it spoke to every thought of failure in me. It spoke to every woulda coulda shoulda I was thinking on many levels of my life. His one statement in my soul ministered to so much of me! He guided my thoughts to you want more children? Love the ones who need love and be there for all my kids and even the forgotten ones. So many possibilities to mother and still be a mom! (My kids are older now, they still need me of course but it's not the same as when they where young that was a struggle of mine sometimes). He showed me stop thinking of what you didn't do for me but do something NOW. And I felt him guide me to what will you do NOW for me? I think God's feelings get hurt when we dwell on our failures or losses & our past sin. He made a way through his son Jesus ( Yeshua) for us to be redeemed according to John 3:16. I accepted that way so why on earth should I dwell on what He has already forgiven? He wants my eyes on the here and now and be ready to do what he says. I must stay focused for what is to come!
So I must obey and not dwell on the past & all my losses. I must focus my eyes on Him and move forward only remembering the blessings not the lacks,sins & the failures! Every day is a new day and a chance to shine for Him and live for what he made me to be in every area of my life. I hope at the end of my journey he will say well done thy good and faithful servant. So here I go in this new season of my life ready to move forward.
I have been enjoying researching natural health remedies and sharing it with you. Next I happily bring you information on apple cider vinegar. This is a miracle liquid! It tastes sour of course but there are things you can do to make it go down better. I have been taking for now 2 tbps a day in the evening or morning which ever. But I want to go to 2 in evening & 2 in morning every day at some point. For now I have been doing only 2 to see how my body does in experimenting. It has been amazing so far! Now listed below is a mixture of my own findings that this ACV has helped me, some are ways I have heard from others who use it and lastly some I have found in researching it. I am sure there is more to this apple cider vinegar but this is a great start! I look forward to writing about this again in the future as I learn even more about it.
Tip: Try to get apple cider vinegar that is organic and with the mother as shown for example in my picture above. That is the type I use and suggest. But if you can not find it where you live the type at Wal-mart will do some good too.
I love learning from other people, great tips of all kinds. I know this classy lady blogger who is just awesome. I wanted to share her video with you today. I seriously have never tired marinated chicken at home before. So when my good blogging friend Antoinette Blake over at dedivahdeals made this video in her continuing Brunch With Blake series I just had to try my hand at it too at some point. So this week I did it. She uses chicken thighs, which is much cheaper. But I like skinless chicken breast when I can afford it, so I thought let's do the same thing she did in the video but with a different cut of meat to see how it turns out.
So without further adieu let me introduce Antoinette & she will show you how to do this tasty meal. She can show you much better than I can. Then I will comment below how mine turned out.
She uses Washington chicken breading mix in the video after the marinate( you don't have to do this step but it is good) and I so wanted to try it but I searched all over Raleigh NC and did not find it. If any of you know where to buy in Raleigh please let me know!
Instead I used some seasoned bread crumbs you can buy in the flour ale at the market. I thought her idea of poking holes in the chicken and letting it sit in a large bag for hours to marinate was genius! And guess what? It worked! Why was I so afraid to try my hand at marinating before now?
I also did up some potatoes in foil like she did to go with it. I baked the chicken and potatoes in the oven as she suggested for 90 mins at 350 at the same time. WOW. It all turned out so good! I have never had great potato baked in the oven I always seem to do something wrong but I did exactly what she did and it turned out fantastic!
I just love my blogging sisters in the blogging community and I love to learn from them awesome things like cooking skills & such! Antoinette is one of my most favorite bloggers. I always learn something from her all the time. She is also awesome in showing support in the community. She doesn't just make you feel like a number at her blog but as a valued person. She is not one of the bloggers who never visit you back. She really interacts with her followers and I like that about her. She is so sweet & down to earth. You should check out her blog above & her YouTube sometime.
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