Friday, August 15, 2014

Be Brave

Our MOPS theme for 2014 is to Be You Bravely... and that has gotten me to thinking as we've been planning for this incredible year to come.

Not only thinking about our group and the theme but personally. How am I brave?

I do have to say that becoming a parent has given me strength to be so much braver than I was pre-baby. But I want to instill in my kids that it's ok to be brave even when they are fearful.

Here are a few ways that I AM BRAVE:

1. I BRAVELY run through our sprinkler and run at a little yellow slip in slide to prove to my kids that I CAN do it and so can they.

2. I BRAVELY pray out loud so my kids can hear me speaking to my Father in times of praise and weakness.

3. I BRAVELY encourage others to empower themselves through adventures they never thought possible, something as simple as making a needed phone call to starting their own business.

4. I BRAVELY jump on a horse and let it run as fast as it can. (partly out of braveness and partly out of the love of it).

5. I BRAVELY help sort bulls off from the cows this time of year even though they scare me just a little bit.

6. I BRAVELY befriend someone new, although I'm afraid of rejection.

7. I BRAVELY try new recipes even after failing at a few.

8. I BRAVELY use power tools with a few imperfections.

9. I BRAVELY am an advocate for those around me who I know need me to be strong even when I feel so very small.

10. I BRAVELY love  my children with all of my being with a fierceness that I never knew existed until motherhood.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Simplicity of a Trip to the Park

 This summer is zooming by and has left very little time for blogging... but we are making memories!

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Monday, July 7, 2014

M&M Peanut Butter NO-Bake Cookies

It's in the high 90's here today - there's no way I wanted to turn the oven on but the girls wanted to make some cookies. Here's our alternative!  These super yummy No-Bake Cookies that took less than 20 minutes to make. 

I found a recipe via. Pinterest but wanted to add a little pizazz and really who doesn't like M&M's?! Here's what you'll need:
1/4 Cup Butter
1/2 Cup Milk
2 Cups Sugar 
3 Cups Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Peanut Butter
1 tsp. Vanilla
 Add your top three ingredients together in a pan.
 Here is my original recipe I wrote down :)
 You'll want to let the butter, milk and sugar boil - a roaring boil to be exact. I let mine boil for a few minutes while scraping the bottom a few times.
 Remove from heat and add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. Mix well.
 Drop by spoon fulls onto wax paper and let cool for 30 seconds before putting M&M's in.

 Don't forget to enjoy them with someone you love!
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Inspire Me

I love all 10 of these images and they all give me a little inspiration! Here is to an inspirational Thursday!

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Linking up today at Mrs. Laffins Laughings:
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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Hey Mom, What You Need To Know About Working From Home: Week 6

 Welcome back to our 10 weeks of What You Need to Know about Working from Home! So glad your hanging out with me this morning!

Working from home is a chore - but it's also incredibly rewarding! As with an outside of the home job there are ups and downs, excitement and frustration. Is it worth it? 100% YES!

I'm able to say I've never had to put my kids in day-care, never missed out on a school activity, never had to worry about missing out on a day of work because of a sick kid, never had to deal with angry bosses or deadlines.

That brings me to this week's topic: Your WHY!

It's pretty obvious that my WHY is to be present for my kids and be the one behind the camera taking pictures like these, not the receiving end of a text from someone taking care of my kids.

Here are 5 questions to ask yourself when determining your WHY:
1. Why do I want to work from home?
2. What kind of income do I need each month?
3. What will that do for our family?
4. What will I miss out on if I don't set or reach for my goals?
5. What do I want my life to look like in a year from now?

It's time to take action, put pen to paper and determine Your WHY!

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Monday, June 16, 2014

Home Made Pink Flamingo Play-Dough

 We made play-dough this past weekend and the girls we're SO excited! I have to say it smells a lot better than the stuff from the store, non-toxic, they can pick the colors of choice and a lot more fun. It also stores well.
 Here is my colorful Lilian helping to make hers.
 First you'll mix all ingredients in a bowl. This step I let all 3 girls participate in.
 Then you heat it on the stove and you'll see that it will start to form a ball.
 Once you have taken the heated play-dough off of the stove and let it cool to the touch, then you can manipulate it.
It also makes a great handmade gift! The girls each made a different color, named the color (we had Pink Flamingo, Bright Sky Blue and Awesome Green). You can customize and print labels at 
Have a great week!
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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hey Mom, What You Need to Know About Woring From Home: Week 5

 Can you believe we're in the 6th month of 2014!? It's Amazing how fast this year is going. If your building a business from home you should ask yourself this...
"What am I going to do for the next 6 months to look back on 2014 and know I made it a great year?"

If one of your answers is to expand your business, your in the RIGHT PLACE!
This week we're talking about Marketing!!!! This is one of my favorite topics. It's one of those things that has been a learning curve and is consistently changing yet brings such gratification as you see your business growing.

This short video share's 5 Way's that you can Market Your Website for FREE
Online Marketing is HUGE but don't forget you need to do other things as well:
1. Business Card Marketing
2. Paid Ads
3. Car Decal
4. Fliers

The main thing is to stay consistent. With that consistency will bring great rewards.
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