Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Love!

Happy Monday to all. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. As much as I tried to avoid it I ended up getting the dreaded summer cold. My husband had it and I took as much precaution as I could but I wasn't careful enough. Wyatt got it too but not nearly as badly as I or Jessie.

I was determined to have a good weekend though. Friday night we went to a cook out at a fabulous farm with a beautiful pond with a fountain and a summer kitchen that was fit for a king. It was a really great evening. Saturday we spent the day with my dad and that night we went to two festivals that were going on around us. The Annie Oakley festival and also the Gathering at the Garst. The Annie Oakley festival wasn't very much fun at all. There weren't many vendors and there weren't even very many people there. We had to pay to get in and it was not worth it. The Gathering at the Garst was incredible. I wish we would've went there first cause a lot of things were closed by the time we got there but it was still much more fun. Sunday we had a cookout at my dad's. My brother and his fiancé were there too. It was a busy weekend and full of lots of fun. Being sick sometimes is mind over matter. Wouldn't you know it though I did not take one picture. Sometimes I'd rather just live the moments than capture them.

Anywho, I'm still feeling a little sick but much better after a good nights sleep and a detox bath. Thank heavens. I baked a fabulous zucchini bread. I found the recipe from my pinterest. Here is the link. I hope you all enjoy it.

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I also have a few shops to share from our lovely shop share idea. You can still get involved in the shop share if you want to. Just read this post for more info.
Shop #1 You can find signatures and watermarks and she also does custom orders. She has some really pretty designs.
Shop #2 isn't a etsy shop it is a lia Sophia associate who will hook you up! click here Her name is Shala and tell her I sent ya!
Also, here is a link to Sierra's shop (the gal who I'm teaming up with for the Instagram giveaway) she does beautiful jewelry and will also do custom orders! Don't forget to follow here Instagram so we can get our giveaway going. Anyone have any suggestions as to what they would like to see from The Paisley Girls in the giveaway?
That's all for now. I hope you all have a great week and enjoy your day!
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Monday, July 22, 2013

bloglovin switch. Pregnancy update. Etsy shop. Shop share. Instagram giveaway.

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So I know I'm a little late on this ( okay a lot ) but to be honest I was a little confused by all of the switching and rearranging and all the things that needed done to switch from google reader. I am still a bit confused by it all but I'm learning. Please bear with me. I did abandon my blog a bit and that's all I have to say about that. I'm back and ready for action. ( I think)

In other news, I know I fell off the face of the earth, not really, at the beginning of my pregnancy. I am still pregnant, 25 weeks and 4 days to be exact. And we are having a girl! I wasn't real happy about it at first cause I wanted another boy but we have a name picked out now and I can feel her moving and I'm very excited to have a little pink bundle.

I've also been very busy trying to get my etsy shop opened and tweaked to perfection. I love having a shop and the community. Come follow me. Check out what we have. I'd love to also follow you bloggers on etsy and view all your craftiness in action and perhaps make a purchase or two. Speaking of sales... I've made none. So I would like to make an offer with any and all etsy shop owners. Anyone wanting to share my shop on your blog, facebook, and or instagram I will gladly do the same for you. I believe it is important that we help each other out as much as we can. You can email me or contact me any other way to let me know you've shared and done your part and you have my word that I will do the same for you. All my contact info can be found at the bottom of this post for quick reference.

Moving on. I'm teaming up with Sierra over at nothing but glisten on Instagram for a giveaway from items from our etsy shops. Once Sierra reaches 350 followers on her IG the giveaway will begin. Fiori belle will also be giving something away from her shop which opens August first. Head on over to Sierra's IG shop and give her a follow; don't forget fioribelle and me to get this great giveaway rollin.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Give Credit Where Credit is Due

People take credit for things that they didn’t write and its called plagiarism. People take credit for using someone else’s sayings or buying that pair of shoes they saw a friend wearing and their called a copier. But when people take credit for things in their lives that have happened they are rewarded or someone tells them they’re proud. When really GOD DID THAT.
God puts you in situations that you will succeed in or fail. This is done to teach you lessons or maybe for someone else’s sake. Maybe they will be inspired or convicted through your works. We Christians are God’s hands and feet and he uses us to fulfill his eternal plan.
The big picture is something that only God can see. Our smaller picture is all we have to go by. The rest is FAITH!!! Just like there are two sides to every story, remember that there are two stories when it comes to God and us. Putting your trust in God will strengthen your faith. He knows what he is doing and its going to happen one way or another regardless of what you do. So let God work in your life and the rewards will astound you!
If you are going through a valley and you don’t understand why keep your eyes up! Give it to God. He has it all under control. Trust Him. If you are going through a peak let everyone know that it was by nothing you did. GIVE THE GLORY TO GOD!!!
Have a blessed day! :)
O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Lord, You hem me in — behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake I am still with you.
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Friday, April 5, 2013

Baby is as Big as a Lime

How far along: 10 weeks

Total weight gain: A few lbs

Maternity Clothes: some

Stretch marks: None

Sleep: yes please

Best moment of this week: Wyatt has learned how to feed the dog. He also turned eleven months old yesterday. It has been such an incredible journey watching him grow. What a miracle.

Miss anything: I don't miss anything this week.

Movement: No movement.

Food cravings: Nothing.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Have you started to show yet: Yes a little.

Gender: Dunno.

Labor signs: Notta!

Belly button in or out: inn-y

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy most of the time.

Looking forward to: knowing if it is a boy or a girl.

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Baby is the Size of a Grape

Week Nine was such a great turning point. I felt less icky and more like myself. Thank heavens. Week nine was also very busy for me. (hence the extreme lateness of my post) With all the Easter festivities going on and the opening of my etsy shop (see side panel and go for a visit) I had no free time to write this post. Here it is a week later.

 How far along: 9 weeks

Total weight gain: To be honest I don't really know because our scale is broken, which isn't really a bad thing. I do know that a lot of my clothes are starting to be snug.

Maternity Clothes: some

Stretch marks: None

Sleep: I am sleeping well but some nights I wake up because my dreams are so vivid and weird also I've had a terrible cold for what seems like forever and sometimes I wake myself up coughing or needing to blow my nose.

Best moment of this week: The sun came out to play and it felt soo good!

Miss anything: I miss not having a cold.

Movement: No movement.

Food cravings: Food in general is not appealing to me lately. I'm eating mostly fruit and whole grain crackers.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not anymore!

Have you started to show yet: Yes a little bit more each week. (duh)

Gender: No clue.

Labor signs: Notta!

Belly button in or out: inn-y

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy most of the time.

Looking forward to: knowing if it is a boy or a girl.

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Monday, April 1, 2013

Instagram Hop!

This is not an April fools joke. Welcome to the first hop I've ever hosted. I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and had wonderful memories made with your families on Easter. Get your week started off on a good foot and meet some new IG'ers and since you're here check out my Etsy shop that just opened today! You will notice it in the sidebar. Happy April and Happy Monday!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Baby is the Size of a Green Olive

I didn't really feel like taking pictures out in the snow this week so next to the cozy fireplace it is. Wyatt had to get in on the action too.
How far along: 8 weeks

Total weight gain: maybe a few pounds

Maternity Clothes: some

Stretch marks: None

Sleep: I am starting to not be so sleepy but I'm still pretty sluggish.

Best moment of this week: I didn't really have any particular moments that had to do with my pregnancy this week but I did get to witness Wyatt saying a cuss word after hearing his papaw saying it. Not really the BEST moment of the week but definitely a memorable one.

Miss anything: I miss sushi. :(

Movement: No movement.

Food cravings: I don't really have cravings per say but I totally only want to eat out. I was the same way with Wyatt. I'm not sure if it is because I just don't want to cook or ... yeah I'm pretty sure thats it.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No actual throwing up but definitely having icky feelings at times. Nothing a glass of water and some rest can't fix.

Have you started to show yet: Yes a little but it doesn't look like a cute preggo belly it looks like a beer belly. They say you show sooner on your second baby than with the first cause everything was already streched out.

Gender: Still no idea but I do still have strong feelings toward pink

Labor signs: Notta!

Belly button in or out: inn-y

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy most of the time.

Looking forward to: knowing if it is a boy or a girl so I can stop saying "it". We didn't get to hear the heartbeat at our doc appt Friday. The midwife said it was to soon. :( so I'm looking forward to that still too.

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Week 7


Wyatt is going to be a big brother! He is only ten months old and is already taking on the big brother role. Hubby and I couldn't be more excited about our growing family. This was totally unplanned but God has blessed us with another opportunity to be parents. My brother and I are 15 months apart and we are super close. When I think back on my childhood I don't think I would have had it any other way. My parents, on the other hand, were probably exhausted A LOT when we were babies (maybe even now) but I'm so thankful that it played out the way it did. I know Wyatt and his sibling will be the same way. Sleep is something that your body needs, obvy, but memories and love is something that your heart needs so the more the merrier! { :) }

 Anywho, Today marks week seven for the growing speck of love.

The sun was in my eyes somethin terrible. I promise I'm not mean muggin.
How far along: 7 weeks

Total weight gain: 0

Maternity Clothes: I've got a great selection of maternity clothes but they are on the hanger still.

Stretch marks: None

Sleep: I am sleeping like a crazy person. I'm tired ALL the time. Absolutely exhausted. (hence my absence lately) I only wake up in the night if Wyatt wakes up but that rarely happens, if it does I pee while I'm awake then drift back to dreamland.

Best moment of this week: I finally got used to the idea of being pregnant AGAIN. I'm so very excited and I forgot how much I love being pregnant.

Miss anything: I'm not really missing anything. I am thinking about all the sleep I will be missing once the new babe arrives.

Movement: They say on your second baby you can feel things a lot sooner; just not yet. I think I started feeling little Wyatt moving around at the end of month three so we will see.

Food cravings: I haven't had any cravings this week but before we found out we were expecting I ate almost an entire jar of pickles. (so cliche I know) I haven't touched them since.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No morning sickness for this gal. I was never sick with Wyatt either. Thank goodness.

Have you started to show yet: No belly yet but my jeans are getting a bit snug.

Gender: No idea. I have feelings that it is a girl though. I would prefer another boy but either way I'm already in love.

Labor signs: Notta!

Belly button in or out: inn-y

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Happy or moddy most of the time: I've been rather happy MOST of the time. Just the excessive sleepiness makes me a bit cranky at times. I've also been more emotional than normal.

Looking forward to: I know I have a few weeks but I'm looking to knowing the gender. Closer in the future, I'm looking forward to going to the doc and making sure everything is healthy and of course hearing the heartbeat.

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Make Time on Your Side


March is here ALREADY! Time goes by so quickly and there is nothing you can do about it except to make each day count for something. Don’t let life pass you by. You can control how you spend your time!
 Since March is just beginning lets start it off right. Why not make your time count towards your eternal self? Wasted time is something that you cannot get back. Yet time is so valuable to us. Life is precious, treat it that way. I am asking you, Christian women and men, to give this Christ-like challenge a try! It could change your relationship with God and the ones around you!
1.) Cleanse your home of all things you wouldn’t want Jesus to see if he walked into your house. Get rid of it! (bad/sinful movies, books, CDs etc.) You don’t want those influences/temptations readily available to you and your family.
2.) Make it a TOP PRIORITY not to say or think anything bad about anyone, either to their face or behind their backs. Remember; don’t try to remove the speck in your brother’s eye when you haven’t taken out the plank in your own. Instead, offer words of kindness and encouragement.
3.) Clean up your talk. (jokes, cursing etc.) Christian lives and behaviors are supposed to be their greatest witness. We are watched closely for hypocrisy by non-believers.
4.) Study your Bible, Christian novels, audio recordings or videos for a minimum of 60 minutes a day. It’s not that much time out of your day and it’ll change your life. Some people spend more time at the gym or getting dressed.
5.) Surround yourself with positiveness. Listen to uplifting Christian music, hang out with positive people who lift you up and encourage you, not discourage you, tape up or write encouraging Bible verses in places you see every day.
6.) Start witnessing to people. Whether it be family, friends, co-workers and or strangers on the street. Expanding the kingdom of heaven is our most important duty, time to step up to the plate Christians! Include in your prayers every night and morning for God to create opportunities for you to witness. You could also let your actions be your witness. Let people see these changes in you! They may ask why you’re so happy lately and that leaves the door wide open to tell them just how awesome God really is!
Do all of these things with a sense of urgency. The end is very near.
It is my hope that you will partake in this challenge and realize how important it is to not just say you’re a Christian but to live it in your day to day life and its entirety. When we say we are believers we automatically have everyone’s attention. We represent God and his kingdom and all of Christianity. Don’t be someone who misrepresents what we stand for!
Enjoy your day everyone! :)
Also feel free to email me your progress with this challenge or any testimonies you want to share!
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Happy Ten Month Birthday!

Dear Wyatt,

10 months ago today you were born on the island of Oahu. Your daddy and me spent the first two years of our marriage there together. I carried you for forty two weeks.

You and me walked around in the warm sunshine. I can still remember what the wind sounded like when it would blow through the palm trees. We went to Hunama Bay where we snorkled and saw all kinds of beautiful tropical fish. We walked through the shops of Waikiki and watched a hundred breathtaking sunsets; some were from our own back yard and some were from the beautiful North Shore. We heard the crashing tide and watched in awe of it's beauty and power. We watched your daddy get baptized in the ocean.

We made great memories with once in a lifetime kind of friends. We lived a beautiful life there. Your daddy and me couldn't wait to meet you and neither could our friends. The hospital you were born at was on top of a mountain with a view of the ocean on one side and a tropical forest on the other. We will take you back there someday. But for now we are here in Ohio where we are making more beautiful memories. Your daddy and me have watched you roll over for the first time, laugh for the first time, stand on your own for the first time and heard you say "momma" and "dada" for the first time. We found out last week that you were going to be a big brother. I can't wait to see all the beautiful memories that are to come with you and your brother or sister.

Wyatt, your mommy and daddy love you with all our hearts and we are already so proud to call you ours. You bring so much laughter and joy to our hearts. Before you came along I couldn't imagine what it would be like to be a momma. Now that you're here I can't imagine what it would be like to not be one. Happy ten month birthday baby.

Love always,
Your momma.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Stealing Joy


There are so many things surrounding us that try and steal the special joy that God has intended for you and I! It is easy to get caught up in these things. They range from finances, people, not having enough time to even something someone said or did that may have been hurtful. When we start to dwell on these things and we give these things our energy and thoughts and ultimately our joy this is when we lose focus on what is true and real. Philippians 4:8 says “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things”. Friends, God commands us to not conjure things up in our head and begin to believe the untrue. It is a sin to not obey God’s commands therefore, our thoughts are either right or wrong, they are either acceptable or sinful. I am telling you that it is better to focus on the blessings in your life rather than all of the abundantly negative things around us or the heaping pile of to do’s you may have. Don’t take the easy lazy man’s road and give your joy to things that do not matter. God is there with you and He has His own plan for your day and your moments. Seek joy in every moment because it is a moment that God has given to you and that is very special.
Worrying about what someone has said about you, not to you or thinking about what they may have been thinking is also untrue. Matthew 18:15 says “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.” This is saying to go to someone who has wronged you and speak to them about it in private and solve the problem, forgive them and be done with it. This scripture is also saying when other believers obey this command it means when we sin against others, they are to come to us in private and talk about it. This is great news! We don’t have to worry what other Christians are thinking or saying about us. When you obey God’s command here, you are setting yourself free of worry and you are freeing up your time and mind for more productive things such as furthering God’s kingdom!
I hope everyone has a beautiful day today and don’t let something steal the joy God has blessed you with! Count your blessings :)
If you love Me, keep My commandment. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him. John 14:15,21

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Etsy advice


Good morning everyone! It was almost sixty degrees here in Ohio yesterday and today its snowing! Crazy Ohio weather. We Ohioans say "if you don't like the weather today, wait till tomorrow" haha.

Anywho, I'm opening a shop at and I was wondering if any of you would mind giving me some tips on anything and everything etsy. I'm super excited about it and I can't wait for it to be open. So if you have any good advice and wouldn't mind sharing I would really appreciate it. Thank you and Happy Tuesday.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A Letter to Expecting Mommas

Dear momma to be,
Your life is about to change. Your kitchen won't be as clean as you once knew it to be. Your car won't look the same ever again. Your personal time will be ever so fleeting. Things will be replaced with new things. Things you never thought about will come up. Don't fight this stuff. It is going to happen and moments when you thought you were your strongest before will look like a day at the beach.
You're going to fall in love with someone you don't even know. When you're baby is crowning and the midwife or nurse asks you if you wanna feel your baby's head; do it! It isn't gross or weird. It is a beautiful thing. You are doing what your body was made to do. Remember that feeling. All the emotions you're feeling at that very second; capture them in your heart. 'Cause when your baby is older, and you have been up for hours trying to soothe him to sleep, that memory is what will keep you going.
When you're hopelessly trying to get everything done on your to do list and it just isn't happening; STOP. Give your time to something a little more meaningful. Play with your baby. Laugh at life. Chances are life is laughing at you.
When you are woke up at 3 A.M. by a hungry infant; love it. 'Cause One day you won't be able to sleep because your teenager is out on his first date and you're making yourself silly wondering how everything is going and when he will be home.
When you want to hurry up and get your baby to bed so you can watch TV or read your favorite magazine; don't. Hold him and twirl his curls around your fingers cause one day he won't let you.
When you're trying to climb that preverbial ladder at work or in life in general; stop. Think about where your priorities are.
When you don't want to take him over to see his mamaw and papaw who have been dying to see him and he's begging to go; take him. 'Cause one day his mamaw and papaw won't be around.
When his daddy has to work late cause he's busy making a way for his familly; thank him and wait up for him.
When your excuse not to do something with your family is "I'm to busy"; shut up. What is more important than family? 'Cause while "you're to busy" your baby is busy growing.
Look into your baby's eyes and know that God saw you fit to be that little treasure's momma. You have a responsibility and nothing, NOTHING matters more than that.
Life is a gift and taking it for granted is the closest thing to death than death itself.
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Friday, February 8, 2013

Instagram shop now open!

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WOOO HOOOO! We are just a few shy from 1,000 views. Thank you to all the "momma" readers out there. I'm so happy!

I opened up a instagram shop consisting mostly of clothes and jewelry but theres some random other stuff in there too, such as my hubby's clothes, things that I've made, home decor and I've got some great country records up for grabs right now.

As you know I am a country girl. I showed horses from age nine until age twenty one (when I moved out to Hawaii). Western stuff is my kind of style, although I like various styles, western is mainly my thing. So check me out. my shop name is cowgirlglitzshop. (link) I will add more things as frequently as possible. I hope you enjoy and maybe find something you like.

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Monday, February 4, 2013

New Name Coming Soon

Hey everyone! I'm changing the name to my blog. As loyal as you all are I didn't think it to be fair to just spring it on you. I don't know exactly what the name will be but i've got a few ideas. I'm also open to suggestioins. I want something that explains more of what this blog is about and also describes me a little better. When I first started this blog (not to long ago) I orginally had plans for it to just consist of momma things, but I've been posting things that are more than just baby babble and theres more to my life than just being a momma; even if it is a large chunk. So just as a heads up there will be some changes around here, good changes that is!

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A word from the wise to the wise

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As some of you may know I have another blog at tumblr. I'm trying to combine the two and it seems to be a bigger feat than I bargained for. I am just going to bring all my posts over. Here is one that has so much to teach.

This is an email I received from a really good friend! I hope we all learn a little something from this and us Christians speak on it. Maybe we could get our rights back and put God back in place in our country! Here’s to hoping.

Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late ! !
The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.
My confession:
I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees, Christmas trees… I don’t feel threatened.. I don’t feel discriminated against.. That’s what they are, Christmas trees.
It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, ‘Merry Christmas’ to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu . If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.
I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew, and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from, that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.
Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship celebrities and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him? I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where these celebrities came from and where the America we knew went to.
In light of the many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little different: This is not intended to be a joke; it’s not funny, it’s intended to get you thinking.
In light of recent events… terrorists attack, school shootings, etc.. I think it started when Madeleine Murray O’Hare (she was murdered, her body found a few years ago) complained she didn’t want prayer in our schools, and we said OK. Then someone said you better not read the Bible in school. The Bible says thou shalt not kill; thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said OK.
Then Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave, because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem (Dr. Spock’s son committed suicide). We said an expert should know what he’s talking about.. And we said okay..
Now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.
Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with ‘WE REAP WHAT WE SOW.’
Funny how simple it is for people to trash God and then wonder why the world’s going to hell. Funny how we believe what the newspapers say, but question what the Bible says. Funny how you can send ‘jokes’ through e-mail and they spread like wildfire, but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing. Funny how lewd, crude, vulgar and obscene articles pass freely through cyberspace, but public discussion of God is suppressed in the school and workplace.
Are you laughing yet?
Funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list because you’re not sure what they believe, or what they will think of you for sending it.
Funny how we can be more worried about what other people think of us than what God thinks of us.
Pass it on if you think it has merit.
If not, then just discard it… no one will know you did. But, if you discard this thought process, don’t sit back and complain about what bad shape the world is in.
My Best Regards, Honestly and respectfully,
Ben Stein

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Happy Nine Month Birthday Little Treasure

This is a letter to my son.

Dear Wyatt,

You have been such a beautiful blessing. I can't imagine my life without you now, nor do I want to. God saw me fit to be your mommy. A mommy to a little beautiful boy. God has given me two of the best gifts, one being my salvation through His son and our savior and two, you. You cant buy either one of these, remember that, little one.

This month you have really began to mimic me and you've started to make all kinds of funny noises. You've also began saying "momma" A LOT! You have the most precious voice and I smile every time you use it. I had no idea how I could care so much about someone or how much love i was capable of giving to another being but you showed me how. You have brought me more joy than I've ever known.

I started planning your one year birthday party last week. I don't know if I'll be able to make it through without being a little sad cause it means we're getting closer to the day you will be grown.
From the first time I felt your little kick in my belly I knew there was no greater feeling.

I love spending my days watching you grow and do your little wounded army man crawl. The experiences we've shared could never be replaced. You have accomplished so much in these nine months and I'm so very proud of you. I'm sorry you're sick on your nine month birthday. Hearing you cough makes me hurt.

Holding you in my arms is my favorite pass time. Your laugh brings me to laugh. Your cry brings me to cry. I wish someone would have told me that the connection between a mother and son is the strongest force and the bond is the strongest bond. Even though you're not physically a part of me anymore I still feel everything you do.

I no longer think of how things are going to affect me but I'm concerned about what it means for you. I've always got you on my mind. Life around here is very different because of you. Your daddy and me have become better people since having you around. We love you oh so much.

Love always,

Your momma

Friday, February 1, 2013

Happy Friday and Happy February

Hey Ya'll! Welcome to the month of hearts and XO's. You will be happy to know that I've been doing some rootin. I have gathered a list of free printables for valentine's day goodies and also a few others just cause I LOVE my readers. I hope you all enjoy and have a beautiful weekend.

This one I'm sure you've all seen floating around pinterest. It is from craftionary and I have printed off a few myself. It is definitely a great and extensive list.
This list has some that aren't for the day of love but it also has some that could be used for it plus some really great and really cute ones.
Here is a collection of 20. All of them are Valentine's day themed.
These are for mommas who want to give non-candy valentines to their kiddos. What a cute and great alternative!
There are literally THOUSANDS of free printables out there. I have a ton more on my pinterest board "Printables!" You can find me pinning my heart out under kacemichele. Be sure to thank the designers and bloggers for the free stuff  they worked so hard to give us. And read the terms of use that a lot of them have. A.K.A. give credit where credit is due.
Give your lovies some love and a great big smile. Skip the same ol boring routine of chocolates and a dinner. Spice up your life. ( I used to be a die hard spice girl fan. Can you tell? Ha! )

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Liebster Award

Well a very happy and blustery Monday to everyone! (It is snowing here) I'm so excited because I've been nominated for the Liebster award! I was so kindly nominated by jackiejade. Whom I just found out got engaged over the weekend! YAYY!

What is a Liebster award? The meaning: Liebster is German and means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome. And the award is for new and upcoming blogs that have less than 200 followers. First, can I just say what compliments about my work. Thank you thank you thank you! I'm so honored.

This is what happens now:

1. You must post 11 random facts about yourself.

2. Answer the questions by your nominator.

3. Nominate 11 bloggers (with less than 200 hundred followers) and link them in your post.

4. Create 11 questions for your nominees.

5. No tag back required, but leave a comment on this post with the URL to your Liebster post so I can learn more about you.

That being said here are my answers to Jackie Jade's questions

1. When was the first time you were on a plane? The first time I was on a plane was when me, my mom and my brother went to Texas. It was such a great vacation. We went to six flags. The mesquite rodeo. We visited the house from the show Dallas. We went swimming and did a lot of shopping too!

2. Did you have braces? Yes I did have braces for six long painful years.

3. Do you have a lucky number? Well I'm not superstitious but I have a favorite number and that is number 13. It was my dad's baseball number when he played and It's always been my favorite.

4. What was your favorite subject in high school? My favorite subject in high school was language.

5. Where is one place you really want to travel? I really would love to go to Mexico.

6. Are you a fan of scary movies? No. I don't like them one bit! I have terrible nightmares.

7. Do you have any pets now? Yes. I have a dog named Ozzie. He is a jack russell/chihuahua.

8. What is your favorite tv show? My husband and I are obsessed with Grey's Anatomy!

9. Why did you start your blog? I originally had a blog on tumblr. I still do and I started it before I was pregnant with Wyatt. I just wanted it to be inspiring and uplifting to others by sharing my walk with Christ and giving daily devotionals. Then I had my beautiful boy and I wanted to also share everything mommy. And here we are. I'm working on combining the two, currently.

10. How many siblings do you have?  I have eight total siblings. Seven are adopted and one is blood.

11. Do you enjoy cooking? Yes. I love cooking!

The questions for my nominees are:

1. What do you want your blog to stand for?
2. What is your favorite season?
3. Is the job you currently have the job you've always wanted?
4. What is your favorite kind of cuisine?
5. What is your all time favorite movie?
6. Cats or dogs?
7. Have you ever rode a horse?
8. What is your dream vehicle?
9. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
10. How long has it been since your last vacation or staycation?
11. Do you have any kids?

My Nominees:

Angie @

Kacie @

Jess @

Brittany @

Andrea @

Clara @

Tiffany @

Leti Del Mar @

Loni @

Sarah @

Allison @

Congratulations to you all and job well done! I'm looking forward to learning more about you.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Easy Chicken and Quinoa Fry

Isn't it beautiful!
There is a wide variety of ethnicities living on the islands of Hawai'i. This makes it a mecca for all sorts of food influences. From American to Vietnamese to Japanese and obviously Hawaiian. Living there for two years; I really got the chance to explore these different types of unique flavors. It was such a great experience. So much that it is starting to show in my cooking!

This is my first recipe I've ever been able to actually call mine. (YAY!) I've never written one before either so go easy on me. Please, if you try it, let me know how it turned out. I would really love to hear from you. Now, I didn't picture the stars of the meal because we all know what chicken and quinoa look like! The ingredients are highlighted and each step is bold and underlined.

The Co-Stars

First you want to brown the chicken in the pan. I used five chicken tenderloins and there was plenty for hubby and I plus he took a helping to work. I threw the chicken in frozen and let it cook on low until it thawed then turned the heat up to medium high and added some canola oil.
Second I coated both sides of the chicken with freshly ground sea salt and black pepper and also curry powder. I'm not sure what all the differences in curry powders are but the one I used is pictured.
Third I threw in some mushrooms and chopped garlic. This is also when I added my crushed red pepper flakes but if you're not really into spicy foods the diced tomatoes with jalopeno peppers brings a good measure of heat so add as much pepper flakes as you wish. Turn down heat. Let all of those ingredients get really acquainted. About a minute or so.
Fourth I added the spinach. About two handfuls. Add the juice of half a lemon. Some more salt and pepper. Turn the heat back up and let the spinach wilt.
Fifth Add the cooked quinoa. I had cooked mine earlier in the day and had it in the fridge just waiting for its big shiny moment on stage. At this point you may need to add a little more oil. I also added a half a can of diced tomatoes with jalopeno peppers. Let everything cook together for about two minutes and guess what... YOU'RE DONE!! Plate it up and add your chopped scallions.

Only twelve ingredients people and you've got yourself a healthy, filling and tasteful meal. I steamed some yellow and green wax beans as a side dish. Once they were steamed I added some chopped garlic, salt and pepper but you can use any side dish if you want. There really isn't a need for a side dish since the chicken and quinoa have everything in it but to each his own. Enjoy!
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Monday, January 14, 2013

Top Four Books for Mommas to Be


Good day to all! I've been busy composing a small list of books I recommend for new and or expecting mommas. I have come up with four that I don't think I could have made it through the first eight, yes, eight months without.

  • "The Baby Owner's Manual" by Louis Borgenicht, M.D., and Joe Borgenicht, D.A.D.
Oh my goodness this book! It is so entertaining and funny. Not to mention informative. Some of it is like "duh" stuff but still its so stinkin cute.
  • "The Happiest Baby on the Block" by Harvey Karp, M.D.
Well obviously it's good. It's a national bestseller. You're mommy reading would not be complete without including this. This book keeps your attention while educating you on amazing techniques to keep you and your baby happy, comforted and calm through your transition into mommy-hood.
  • "On Becoming Baby Wise" by Gary Ezzo, M.A. and Robert Bucknam, M.D.
Again, obviously this book is popular for a reason. The techniques being taught in this book work for a lot of families. Our babies don't know how to sleep through the night. They don't know when it is time to eat until they're to the point of crying. They must be taught.
  • "Infant Massage" by Vimala McClure
All natural approaches to relieve common problems babies face. Infant massage gives a chance for the mother, or father, and baby to get to know each other better and to benefit from the sense of touch. This book is a MUST and there is something in it for everyone.

Remember that nothing beats being prepared. You can't possibly be prepared 100% for being a parent but that doesn't mean you shouldn't try!

Take care.
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