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So honored to be a guest writer for Positiviti.  Check out my post on “How to Defeat Your Inner Bully.”

What is Positiviti?

“Positiviti is a student-organized anti-bullying organization that offers emotional support to all students. Both students, parents, and devoted encouragers are invited to join our cause to lift up others and offer friendship to those who need it!” – Positiviti

Please share Positiviti with a teen you love!

 

 

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New Years Resolutions

is7 days into the new year and most of us probably have already given up on our new years resolutions.  Ahhh….but it was worth the try.  Right?  NO!  Perhaps you are setting goals that are not realistic.  It is important to set small goals and conquer them one by one rather then set a HUGE goal that sets you up for defeat before you even begin.  Or maybe you are just setting the wrong goal for yourself…you have not found the right jelly to go with your peanut butter or in my home Nutella.  Yes, you guessed it,  I’m hungry and I have just digressed myself into a food blog.  lol

Seriously, resolutions are truly another word for GOALS.  So start small.  Instead of setting a goal to lose weight this year, think smaller and set a goal of walking every day for thirty minutes or eliminating something from your diet.  Start Small!!!  It is easy to say my resolution is to lose 40 pounds this year.  But if you never set smaller goals you will never accomplish it and in 2017 you will be right back where you started.  Year after year the same goals and after the first week of the new year we are waving the white flag, pat ourselves on the back for good effort, and go back to our regular habits.  Does this sound familiar to anyone?

This year I sat back and thought about the resolutions I have had in the past and why I failed them.  And I realized not only was I thinking too big, but…I wasn’t letting God help me.  I never once thought to pray and ask God help me to fulfill my New Years Resolutions.  And why not?!  God should be in control over everything in my life.  God has walked with me through all my up’s and down’s and knows my deepest, darkest secrets.  Of course God would know the best resolution to fit me and how to see it through.  So this year my resolutions not only include taking family walks,  decreasing sugar and caffeine intake,  spending more time with family, and putting down the technology.  A while back my Pastor spoke of “BEING ALL THERE” for your children and loved ones and taking a break from the smart phone and FACEBOOK.  I have done well with this thus far, my phone does not stay on me at all times and I do not go online much when at home.  This year I am taking this a bit further and I will limit my tech time to an hour a week.  This gives me more quality time with my children and is a great stress reliever.  It is amazing how much one can miss when they are surviving in a virtual world and not the real world.

BUT ALSO…to pray more!  Spending more time speaking to Jesus.  Not just a couple times a day, but multiple times throughout the day.   Praying for my family, health, help with meeting my NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS, happiness, healing, peace, for our country and brave soldiers fighting for our freedoms, for Christians around the world, for strangers, for wrong doers, and everything and anything that comes my way.

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”  Isaiah 40:31

“But the LORD is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.”  Jeremiah 20:11

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31

Put Jesus in the driver’s seat this year and be blessed!

 

“Ugly” Christmas Sweater- DIY

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Have you noticed a new Christmas fashion emerging in retail stores?  The Ugly Christmas Sweater is a new trend that can end up costing you a pretty penny.  My daughter found one online for $75!   I am going  to show you how you can make one for almost nothing by using what you already own.  Not only will it be unique and in a class of it’s own, but you will have a blast making it!

Materials:

Old sweater or a long sleeve shirt (take it from the closet)

Christmas odds and ends…garland, stockings, ornaments, candy canes, etc…(found em in our Christmas decor totes)

Hot glue gun

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What we did:

Jammed out to our favorite Christmas carols and giggled as we 3 dimensionally designed our sweater.  Our sweater is actually a long sleeve shirt with sweater like arms.  It has a pink cheerleader image on the front, which was easily covered with our Christmas Trim.  Using hot glue and E 6000 we secured the stocking, fake snow, and ornaments in place.

My daughter designed her “Ugly” Christmas Sweater for a contest at school.  She was feeling very confident and very proud of her creation.

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Please share your “Ugly” Christmas Sweater pics

and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Storybook Pumpkins

Check out the storybook pumpkins my amazing kiddos created this year!  This is such a super fun idea and best of all very lil to no mess!  We use fake pumpkins that can be purchased at your local craft store so we can keep them for decoration the following year.

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Maleficent Pumpkin:

Natural colored pumpkin

Paint: green, purple, black, red, pink, and yellow

Black pipe cleaners for horns

E6000 for gluing horns to pumpkin

Black felt for collar

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Bad Kitty Pumpkin:

Black pumpkin

Yellow wiggly eyes

Black pipe cleaner for tail

E6000 for gluing tail and felt pieces to pumpkin

Felt: pink, black, and red for facial features

Black sharpie for mouth lines

I would love to see your Storybook Pumpkin creation, please share below or post on social media using #spookilypumpkin and #thecutecountrychick

Happy Halloween ya’ll!

Bring Your Bible to School Day- October 8th! reblogged from Focus on the Family

Reblogged from Focus on the Family.  Not my original work.  Sharing Bring Your Bible to School Day.

The Bible Should Be Celebrated—Not Banned!
Focus on the Family. Focus on the Family.
Students Shouldn’t Have to Hide Their Faith

A teacher “humiliates a fifth grader for reading the Bible during free reading time.”

“A student is fighting for students’ rights after a public high school banned them from praying, singing Christian songs, and discussing religious topics during their free time.”

“One couple says their daughter was banned from reading the Bible at school. … The alleged Bible ban isn’t sitting too well with parents.”

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Do you know students with a heart for God’s Word? Then they’ll love Bring Your Bible to School Day, a free-speech event for students on Oct. 8sponsored by Focus on the Family.
Download your free, get-started guide today!
That’s just a small sampling from television reports we’ve seen within the last year about students being censored or punished for their faith. Do you agree with us that students shouldn’t be forced to hide their Biblical beliefs when they walk in the school door?

The fact is, they do have the religious-freedom right to bring their Bible to school and read it during free time.

But the good news is, you can be a part of empowering and encouraging Christian students:

Let them know about Bring Your Bible to School Day™ on Oct. 8!

Last year, an estimated 8,000 students participated in every state in the nation. This year at least three times that many are expected to participate!

Will you be a part of making this a nationwide movement?

On this special day, students—from kindergarten to college—will celebrate religious freedom and share God’s hope with their friends. Help spread the word by taking three easy steps:

  1. Sign up; then share this link with other students and their families:FocusOnTheFamily.com/BringYourBible. Let them know that we’ve created Elementary, Teen and Pastor/Parent Editions of the downloadable guides.
  2. Share sample announcements with church leaders so they can let the youth in their congregation know about it.
  3. Join the conversation! Like us on Facebook® and follow us on Twitter®; VisitBringYourBible.org.

Thank you for your heart for empowering Christian youth across the nation and for working with us to protect religious freedoms for future generations.

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Free Your Cookie of the Bad Stuff with Among Friends Baking Mixes

Among Friends Baking Mixes were created by two friends, Suzie Miller and Lizann Anderson in an effort to design a mouthwatering cookie that wasn’t packed full of harmful ingredients.  The baking mixes are handcrafted using gluten free whole grain oat flour, baking soda, sea salt, and other all natural ingredients.  These sweet gals provided me with a complimentary sample of Phil’ em up Chocolate Cranberry cookie mix to taste test at my most recent house party.  I was surprised at how easy it was to prepare and my guests (including the kids)  absolutely loved the taste.

Among Friends Baking Mixes make baking in the kitchen easy peasy!  I just love the easy to tear package and all you need are three added ingredients!

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Add one egg, 1 tsp Vanilla, 4 Tbsp Soft butter.  We substituted coconut oil for the butter.

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Mix all the ingredients together.

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Make lil balls  (1 inch) and place 2 fingers (2 inches) apart on cookie sheet.

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So easy to prepare, even the lil fingers can help!

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Preheat oven to 350.  Bake in oven for 7-8 minutes

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And you will have yummy yummy yummy cookies!

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I would have to say that these gals have mastered the cookie!  Among Friends Baking Mixes are amazingly yummy!  Made with all natural and gluten free ingredients.  You will agree they are super easy to prepare and yummy to the tummy! I can not wait to bake more!  If you are in the Kissimmee area you can find Among Friends Baking Mixes at Publix Supermarkets.  If you are not in Kissimmee, FL and want to know where you can get these cookie mixes you can visit the Among Friends website and use the store locator.