Here’s A Tip

July 2nd, 2015

Like the atmosphere on the dance floor or skating rink when the music slows down for “couples only”….I thought I’d drop it down a notch today and post some crazy good deals & tips I’ve found recently.

Are ya ready?

Got wrinkly clothes? No problem. This handy steamer is on sale right now for $18.49 (in WHITE ONLY)

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If you’ve never used one, you are in for a treat. Not to mention how spiffy you’ll look. Wrinkly clothes is just taboo.

Do you love Bath & Body Works? Me too. Right now they’re having a wild sale on a huge selection of their goodies. I spent a few bucks last weekend and all my bathrooms are outfitted for guests with delicious smelling products. 70% off is fantastic! So is smelling good.

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Through July 5th if you use the code YAYSALE you can get an additional $10 off of an order of $30 or $20 off of $50. You’re so lucky!

JC Penney is having their $10 off of $25 deal right now. You can use that to shop online too by using the code FIREWRKS. Go HERE and read more details.

If you love Vera Bradley, you are going to flip out over the great clearance sale going on right now. Deals as low as $1.99 and FREE SHIPPING (which never happens). You could clean house and stock up on several special gifts you might be needing to fulfill. Check THIS out.

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These sweet baby dresses with bloomers are on sale for $12.99 WHAT? Also, if you spend $35 you’ll get a sweet Vera Beach towel FREE!

Today only, Old Navy is having their 50% off Flag Swag sale. If your family loves to represent America in a comfy tee or tank, here’s your chance.

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Want to know 7 careers that women are paid more than men? Not sure how truthful it is, but this article seemed interesting.

For all you corn shucking gals, here’s a few ideas for cutting the corn off the cob. If you’re like me….you make a mess. Maybe these tips will help keep corn where corn belongs!

I don’t know a single girl that doesn’t want to be BFF’s with Pioneer Woman. Ree Drummond you’re one of the rare popular girls that’s not only a sweet lady but a danged good cook! Here’s Ree’s list of what to make for 4th of July! You’re welcome.

Sheila Gregoire is one of my favorite Christian authors. She tells it like it is (on every topic). When I saw her post on GRIEF, I knew I had to share it. What wise words. Never tell anyone to get over it.

This post is for you.

I can’t believe I’m even saying this, but….I haven’t been inside of Target in months. Like a loooooot of months. I don’t even know why, I’m not mad at them or anything. Just bored maybe. If you’re looking for a really cute maxi dress for under $25, here’s your deal!

I might need to make a Target run now.

Want to impress EVERYONE ever with some sweet jam? If you have a brain and a few hands, you can make this freezer jam. It’s sooooooo good! Love her for sharing the how-to post.

I’ve been “working” on a few of my hubby’s costly Polo’s lately trying to get the grease stains out and this DIY stain removal post popped up at the right time. Hope you pick up a few new tricks too.

How’s that for slowing it down today and wracking up some deals? I’m getting in to the 4th of July spirit – how about you? Hope your weekend is safe and fun filled.

The Land of The Offended

July 1st, 2015

I’m so sick of every little thing being offensive. What is this world coming to?

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We’ve accomplished so much….but we back up every time another cause is crusaded for that “offends” someone.

Are there folks simply claiming offense just because they can? I think so. Are there people blasting their poison minus a common filter of manners and respect? Uhm, YEA!

Every. Single. Day. I read or see another ridiculous offense bandwagon marching loudly down the avenue. The funny thing about it is that these offended parties are usually the ones who create the ugly in the situation.

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It’s disheartening.

Here’s an idea. If you’re offended, stop looking at or listening to or partaking in whatever it is that cranks up your offenderbender. Get away from it or them. Walk away. Hit the road. Leave Steve.

Like Kanye says, “I’m leaving America! Because it’s racist!”. Stop whining and go.

The latest issues for Americans to cry over just blow my old lady mind. And when I see CHRISTIANS posting junk about them, I just want to scream! Stop y’all, stop! Don’t fall into that game.

Just today, in my feed popped up a bigshot Christian author posting a photo of his daughter with a challenge to Donald Trump (as sarcasm for his offense at what The Donald said recently). Really? No, no dude. Just don’t. Your offense looks foolish. As a Christian, you need to reign that “funny” sarcasm back in. Your message….stinks.

Look, I’ll be honest. I get offended. I feel jabbed by comments, behaviors and actions that fall out of line with what I feel is Holy in God’s eyes. Am I always right? Probably not. Do I want to love without boundaries? Yes, even those who don’t see like me or feel like I do about the things that matter in this life. Each of us are created in the image of God (whether we believe it or live like it or try to strive to be the best at it) and for us to constantly be CRYING WOLF over every little thing is ignorant.

The world doesn’t rotate around one particular group of people. It rotates for all. Every one of us has a responsibility to be good humans. It’s probably a good practice to learn to overlook some things. But even more than that, it’s probably a good time to ask ourselves….

Is what I’m about to say hurtful or helpful? Saying something witty for laughs or likes isn’t always necessary. Use your filter and use your brain. Every foolish stance isn’t worth your two cents.

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Imagine a world, that thought through hateful and destructive words… Imagine a world that filtered offenses through the Word of God…
Imagine a world that loved like Christ…

No Soul

June 30th, 2015

Home means a lot of things to different people. For me, home feels homey when real life is going on there. Family crammed in to overflowing, smells of favorite foods cooking and all the creature comforts that make you want to stay and take a nap.

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On our way home from downtown Indy this weekend, hubby and I passed by a favorite area of the city and noticed an OPEN HOUSE sign. Curious, we zipped into the driveway. The house looked like something you might dream of; fancy winding driveway, neatly manicured sprawling lawn, privacy hedge trees all around, classic design, large sized and maybe even a little elegant. We both weren’t prepared for the inside after imagining something totally different from the driveway view.

We stepped inside and my mouth dropped open. The outside did not match the inside. The foyer was all business, plain business. The modern lighting, weird designs and cold empty welcome felt blah. The realtor hosting gave us the run down on price, acreage, famous designer/architect/builder (didn’t hang on to the name for more reasons than price) and invited us to look around.

So, we did. We wandered through room to room, not really saying much. It was so disappointing. It had lovely and very expensive woodwork. The decor was too sterile. Every room felt like a medical office. Upstairs, downstairs and into the kitchen…so many let downs. I felt sad the whole tour. Who builds a 1.4 million dollar house and ruins all the beauty?

We walked outside on the back porch and I said, “This house seems so cold. Like no one has ever had any fun here!” and my hubby agreed and said, “It has no soul”. Have you ever gone somewhere and felt that? It’s strange. Home is so personal, it’s so inviting and alive. It oozes memories, reveals flaws and screams LIFE! For many of us, the messes bring embarrassment or shame. But I challenge you, to love your home and fill it with YOU.

People will know….your home has soul.

Home is where you love the people in your life. It’s where you hide when you’re hurting or sad. Home holds you together when you feel like falling apart. Home is where your kids are and where they’ll come back after they’ve moved on. It represents the life you’ve lived. It protects your stuff, your family and your heart. Home is special and when strangers walk in, they’ll know if they belong there or not. Home is a feeling that even a guest can feel.

Are you making home……home?

Constitutional Right Doesn’t Equal Divine Right

June 29th, 2015

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The world is divided right now. More so than usual, honestly. The reaction to what has happened because of a small majority has opened the floodgates of frustration and anger. No matter what I say here, it isn’t going to change a single thing.

Only God can change what is or isn’t.

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Over the past few days, I’ve read post after post, article after article….side against side remarks – nothing has changed. People are still either celebrating or broken in two. Slinging around words such as hate or bigot just fuel the hurt.

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After reading posts from many (who claim Christ as their Savior) crying out about all the hate, I had to ask – Who is spewing hate? Voicing your sadness or disbelief of such a decision isn’t hate or hate-filled. Have we come to such a place that disagreeing equals hate?

I speak for me.

I don’t hate any person who thinks differently or lives a lifestyle unlike my own. Because of that, I can still disagree with the choice they’ve made. I have a voice just like anyone else. I’m free to use it, but I want to do so with love.

While homosexuality seems to be the big-in-your-face subject right now, let’s not leave out the fact that the world wants to minimize any and all sin as sin. The Bible is mocked continuously as a book of fairy tales or outdated craziness. It’s not rare to hear someone bash God’s Word or His design for a Holy life.

By the way, WHO wants a Holy life anyway? Right?

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This decision of a few lawyers is not the end of the world. A constitutional right is not the same thing as a Divine right. As usual, the fight isn’t really against flesh & blood anyway.

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As a believer in Jesus Christ, I can’t help feeling frustrated by the arguing and finger-pointing. Sin carries in itself its own misery.

Who’s saying anything to the adulterer?

Who’s pointing at the thief?

Who’s jumping up and down at all the fatherless children?

Who’s ready to wage war for the L O S T ?

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Enough is enough. Christians or anyone claiming to be so, stop screaming about all the hate.

This world is not our home. However, while we’re here…. we could do some good and love one another. We could stop shouting and listen with merciful hearts. (myself included) We could fight on our knees instead of on Facebook. We could lend a hand instead of pounding it on a table of self-righteous indignation (have I ever mentioned I AM A SINNER?). We could be salt & light (like we are supposed to be) instead of staunchy hard-nosed “Christians”. We can be Holy without being holier than thou.

Still, we can call sin…sin without being a hater.

50 Years Together

June 27th, 2015

I bet if I asked them, how did 50 years fly by so fast? My mother & father-in-law would say….it didn’t. We lived it, every day…in & out with intention and purpose, full of love and forgiveness and blanketed with precious memories at least a mile long.

June 28, 1965 in Tampa, Florida two young (they were in their 20’s) love struck dreamers tied the knot forever. I bet they didn’t imagine celebrating this milestone anniversary (so soon) but here it is, 50 years!

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I’ve only been around the last 26 or so of those 50 happy years but in that time, I’ve observed a lot. I’ve learned a lot. My in-laws do a great job of living out loud for God and they set a wonderful example of how to love one another. I had no clue how I was going to stick with my marriage for the long haul, seeing their commitment to each other and to their family has helped me hold tight to my own marriage.

They are leaving a great legacy.

What is it that binds a love like theirs for so long? Is it goodness, maybe. They’re both pretty good people, they’d be the first to admit they’re not perfect. Is it forgiveness? Could be. They’ve done a good job of getting over infractions and moving forward with a clean slate. Is it stubbornness? Perhaps a little. A marriage worth having is always worth fighting for, right? Is it mercy? You betcha! Relationships have no chance without it. Is it true love? Of course. What the world wants to tear apart, my in-laws know….that God wants to hold together!

Because of their love for HIM, they’ve been free to love and cherish one another. And I’m so glad that they’ve done both for the last 50 years!

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!

You are loved by your children and grandchildren. Thank you for such a Godly example of love and commitment. I love you both!

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DIY Coffee Creamer

June 25th, 2015

Guess WHO forgot to buy coffee creamer at the store yesterday? Yep, me. I remembered it late last night as I was falling asleep. Don’t ya hate that?

I woke up to the garbage trucks growling through the neighborhood and rain trickling down, so I nixed making a store run in order to have my one cup of coffee.

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Old habits die hard, ya know. I headed straight to the coffee pot and clicked it on….knowing I had nothing to put in it. I may be a “coffee” drinker but I’m a total fake coffee drinker. I like my coffee to taste like a treat or dessert. None of that black gold for me. Matter of fact, I’m such a coffee wimp that I only use light roasts such as breakfast blends or blonde….veranda. I’m a total lightweight.

However, I do still drink a cup EVERY SINGLE MORNING and when that doesn’t happen….I get a pounding headache around 1:30 in the afternoon. Just in time to remind myself that I didn’t have any coffee and it’s 4 hours way too late to sip one down now.

I wouldn’t be able to sleep until at least 3am if I tried an afternoon cup of joe!

So, my dilemma. No creamer. I remembered seeing DIY creamer recipes all over the Inet. In my desperation and the fact that I’m still in my nightgown, I decided to give it a try. What could it hurt? Plus, I’d at least get my one little cup of coffee in this morning.

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Success! I love it! It’s easy, made with stuff I had in my pantry and even tastes a little less processed (if that’s possible).

Vanilla Creamer (copy cat)

1 can low fat sweetened condensed milk (I didn’t have low fat)
1 1/2 C. whole milk (you can probably use your fave 2% or whatever)
1 T. Vanilla

Mix in the blender (condensed milk is thick) and store in a mason jar or whatever you have that’s shakeable and perfect in your eyes. Be ready to get your mind blown!

So good! Happy Friday eve, friends.

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