End of Summer Sale at Walmart: Snow Cone Cups, Straws & Syrups Only $1

Summer is over and school is back in session, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still have some fun!

I went to Walmart last night while my son was at his Karate class and ran across a clearance sale for Snow Cone Cups, Straws and Snow Cone Syrup’s in different flavors. Tonight we made some for dessert. These were so yummy! You could also make a slushie. We used our Ninja Blender to make the crushed ice. (Visit this link to see me make snow!)

End of Summer Sale at Walmart: Snow Cones Cups, Straws & Syrups Only $1End of Summer Sale at Walmart: Snow Cone Cups, Straws & Syrups Only $1

I plan to also go back Thursday for more clearance sales because Christmas will be here before you know it. I saw the cutest cel phone organizers marked down to $3.50. Thinking about picking some up for my daughters. They also had night gowns for only $5. Visit your local Walmart to see what end of summer sales you can find.

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Tactics, Trends, & Traits of the Enemy: Equipping the Believer to Fight Back

Tactics, Trends, & Traits of the Enemy: Equipping the Believer to Fight Back by Jermaine Gadson

We are in a Spiritual Warfare!

The Bible explicilty and clearly states that we have a spiritual enemy. All we have to do is look at the world around us to know that something is going on. Something deeper, darker and more sinister than most people are willing to admit or believe. But God’s word does not lie. It tells us about an enemy that we cannot see with our eyes, but certainly can see him at work in the world around us. Just turn on the news to see the unrest and turmoil going on in the world. 

Paul says in Ephesians 6:11-12 King James Version (KJV) “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” And in 1 Peter 5:8 King James Version (KJV) we read, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

To defeat your enemy you must know your enemy. You can’t fight a battle if you don’t know who your enemy is and that is exactly why Jermain Gadson wrote the book, Tactics, Trends, & Traits of the Enemy. He wanted to equip believers to fight back against the spiritual enemy, satan. He wanted to show exactly who our enemy is by exposing how he works. He also shows the reader how to fight back, giving scripture references to show you in the word of God how to handle spiritual attacks and battles.

Tactics, Trends, & Traits of the Enemy: Equipping the Believer to Fight Back

 This book exposes who the enemy is, what he has done, what he is doing, and what he will try to do in the future, as an enemy of God’s people. This book is written for the everyday believer to be able to understand and use.

I really gained a new understanding of how to wage spiritual warfare while reading this book. Gadson provides scriptures throughout the book as references to his teachings on and about the enemy and how he works and what we as Christians can do to fight back. 

In the book, Gadson covers many topics that we as Christians have all dealt with at sometime in our Christian walk.

There are 15 chapters in the book. 

Chapters: 1, Know Your Enemy, 2 Temptation, 3 Fear, 4 Accusation, 5 Lies and Deception, 6 Seduction, 7 Setbacks, 8 The Spirit of Heaviness, 9 Stealing Your Strength, 10 Sifting, 11 Stealing the Word, 12 Mental Roadblocks, 13 Sin Bondages, 14 The Spirit of Disobedience, and 15 The Spirit of Antichrist. 

He also includes a study guide so that you can use this book in your own personal bible study or for use at a Church group. 

I personally have been studying Deception in my own Bible study and the study guide that covers this topic helped me gain a deeper and better insight into how the enemy uses deception against people. 

Tactics, Trends, & Traits of the Enemy: Equipping the Believer to Fight Back would make a great addition to any Christians personal library. It will give you a greater understanding of how the enemy works so that you will understand and know how to fight back.

In summary, what are the keys to success in spiritual warfare? We need to use God’s power, not our own. We need to rebuke in Jesus’ Name and not our own. We need to protect ourselves with the full armor of God. And lastly, we need to wage warfare with the sword of the Spirit—the Word of God. Remember that while we wage spiritual warfare against Satan and his demons, not every sin or problem is a demon that needs to be rebuked. 

Jermaine Gadson is the pastor of Faith Ministries, Inc. in Birmingham, AL. He also hosts a local weekly television broadcast called, Interceding for the City. To learn more visit Jermain Gadson.com

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Coffee Review! Coffee Blenders Escape Dark Roast + Stress Relief K-cups

Coffee gives me that extra boost I need to get through my day. I start it off with a cup and end with a cup. Coffee is my go to drink when I need to sit and relax and just think my thoughts. I like to grab a cup and sit in my backyard swing to escape from the responsibilities of life just for a moment.

So when I was offered the opportunity to try out Coffee Blenders Escape Dark Roast and Stress Relief, I was like, yeah! Of course! I never turn down coffee! But what is this stress relief they are talking about?

Coffee Review: Coffee Blenders Escape Dark Roast + Stress Relief K-cups

According to the information on the box, Coffee Blenders Escape, each K-cup contains a full dose of L-Tea Active which is L-Theanine. It says it’s a safe all-natural ingredient that’s clinically proved to reduce minor or occasional stress without feeling drowsy. Okay! This sounds promising, but exactly what is L-Tea Active (L-Theanine)?

From my research I learned that L-theanine is a relaxing tea extract present in both black and green tea, although more common in the latter. It is responsible for tea’s relaxing effect. L-theanine is probably the most valuable tea component. L-Theanine may help the body’s immune response to infection by boosting the disease-fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells. Theanine increases GABA (gamma-amino-butyric acid), an important inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. GABA can be considered the brain’s natural sedative that brings balance to excitability that can sometimes lead to restlessness, insomnia, and other disruptive conditions. Theanine also increases levels of dopamine, another brain chemical with mood-enhancing effects.

Wow, after reading all this it sounds like a miracle cure for many elements. Of course, I no it’s not! But there are official studies that have been done to prove that it has many of these benefits. You can read more about the benefits on coffee blenders website or google it to read more about what others have to say about L-Theanine which is also called L-Tea Active for more information.

So when it arrived in the mail, I was excited to try it out immediately. The only issue I have is I don’t own a K-Cup Brewer so I was sent along with Coffee Blenders K-Cup coffee, a French Press.

Coffee Review: Coffee Blenders Escape Dark Roast + Stress Relief K-cups

Now I’ve never used a French Press before so I was kind of fascinated with it and definitely curious if it could compare to using a regular coffee brewer. The one I was sent was the Cafejo My French Press single cup brewer.

Boy could I have use this a few weeks ago when my carafe broke and I couldn’t use my coffee pot. Now I’ll have a backup. Also, I can see how the K-cups and the French Press would be a great resource to have if in a situation where you have no electricity or even while camping. You could just heat your water on a grill or over a campfire. It’s portable and light-weight. Also, the way K-Cups are packaged, they would be easy to travel with and will stay fresh for a long period of time. This would also be perfect if you’re a traveler.

Coffee Review: Coffee Blenders Escape Dark Roast + Stress Relief K-cups

 So now the taste test begins!

This is the only coffee I’ve tried that I didn’t need any creamer or sugar. It was dark and strong just like I like it, yet mild and not bitter in any way.

I used my Escape K-cup twice in my French Press since I’m known for being Resourceful. Also, the main reason is my mom who was visiting drinks coffee to, but she doesn’t like hers strong. So I just brewed two cups using the same K-cup. She throughly enjoyed the taste of the coffee, but did add creamer and sugar to hers.

My teenager tried it to. He occasionally will drink a cup of coffee, so of course he wanted to give it a try. We brewed his a little different. We used heated milk instead of water in the French Press. (You can also use your French Press to make Hot Chocolate). He also added sugar. He enjoyed the flavor of the coffee too! He also thought it was pretty cool you can brew K-cups using a French Press. No electricity required.

I give the Coffee Blenders Escape K-cup a 5 star out of 5, because it met my expectations of being strong and was not bitter. In fact, it was very mild tasting, yet strong at the same time! And it tasted just as if it had been brewed in a regular coffee brewer. The key was to get your water very hot.

I do believe the taste has to do with this being a quality product! The Coffee Blenders Escape is a made from the 5-star 100% Arabica dark blend that’s been hand-roasted and packaged within hours to deliver the rich full-bodied flavor that I tasted and enjoyed! It is cultivated in the fertile soil of South American mountain ranges and handcrafted by renowned sommeliers.

This was the first time I’ve ever used a French Press and I love it! This was also the first time I have ever used or tasted a K-cup coffee. I was very satisfied with the flavor of the Coffee Blenders Escape K-cup. I can’t wait to try out their other K-cups. This is one of my new favorite products along with the Coffee Blenders Escape K-Cups!

And, now you might be thinking, what about the stress-relief aspects of Escape?

Well, I can tell you this. My mom drank 1 cup and didn’t perceive a difference. My son drank 1 cup before we started our homeschool day and he claims it helped him to relax and not stress out over a test he was taking that day. I drank 2 cups and felt relaxed, but I admit coffee always does. So I make no medical claims about this product. But, I do feel that the benefits have been proven and after drinking my 2 cups I did feel relaxed.

I’m happy to add Coffee Blenders Escape Dark Roast Stress Relief K-Cups to my daily routine. I’m especially happy that Escape has an added benefit my regular coffee does not. The natural L-Tea Active which is used to help relieve stress. I mean who doesn’t need that? I know I do.

Please visit Coffee Blenders to learn more. Right now you can get the same French Press I used for this review when you bundle and purchase 4 Coffee Blenders K-cups Boxes together. You can choose from Lean, Focus or Escape K-cups.

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Fight Acne Bacteria & Control Breakouts with #AcneFree Deep Cleansing Duo

Breakfree from Acne with the #AcneFree Deep Cleansing Duo

Fight Acne Bacteria & Control Breakouts with #AcneFree Deep Cleansing Duo

For the Acne Free Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo Review, I asked my son to help me out. He’s struggled with acne since he turned thirteen and still has outbreaks. He uses all kinds of facial cleansers, but has never used a soft bristle brush to cleanse his skin so he was excited to try it out.

The AcneFree Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo we received for review came with 1 cleansing brush, 2 brush heads, 2 AA batteries and a 4 fl oz cleanser.

Fight Acne Bacteria & Control Breakouts with #AcneFree Deep Cleansing Duo

And we were surprised to learn, it’s waterproof so he can use it in the shower. How awesome is that!!

I gave the product to my son and asked him to review it. Here’s what I captured on camera.

Fight Acne Bacteria & Control Breakouts with #AcneFree Deep Cleansing Duo

Fight Acne Bacteria & Control Breakouts with #AcneFree Deep Cleansing Duo

Fight Acne Bacteria & Control Breakouts with #AcneFree Deep Cleansing Duo Fight Acne Bacteria & Control Breakouts with #AcneFree Deep Cleansing Duo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I also had my other 13 year old son try it. He’s not a fan of having his picture taken so I grabbed this one quickly. He really liked it. I’m so glad it came with two brushes.

The results: Refreshed and extra clean skin! So important to fight acne.

Product Details: The AcneFree Advanced Cleansing Brush features a two-speed rotating brush that is super soft and will not hurt or the damage the skin. The brush is also waterproof so you can use it in the shower! Love this!!! The AcneFree Advanced Cleansing Brush helps to gently exfoliate and deep clean your skin by removing dirt, oil and makeup trapped in pores. The ultra-soft bristles target hard-to reach places to remove impurities and minimize the appearance of pores.

The AcneFree Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser features advanced micro-benzoyl peroxide 2.5% to fight bacteria which helps with breakouts. Use the AcneFree Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo to wash away dead skin cells and oil and to help clear up and control your acne.  

Disclosure: I received the AcneFree Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest and objective. 

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Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

This week we started back homeschooling. It’s hard to get back in the groove of things after lazy day summers, but we did it. My son is taking the traditional 8th grade courses, but I am adding Home Economics. Our first project for Home Ec. was making homemade pizza dough and artisan bread. (Our bread lesson is our dinner, lol! We may do a cooking lesson everyday.) I also took the time to add in some scripture reading on Jesus being the Bread of Life. Isn’t homeschool so much fun! 

Now on to my back to school No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread.

There are many no-knead bread recipes available. I don’t know where this recipe originated since I’ve been using it for so long and only have it written down on a recipe card. 

No-Knead Pizza Dough & Bread Recipe

Flour: 3 Cups of all-purpose flour

Salt: 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt

Yeast: 1/2 teaspoon of yeast (Rapid Rise or Instant)

Water: 1 1/2 cups of water

This recipe is so easy! Just throw everything together in a container and mix. I used the one in the picture. After gently mixing ingredients together, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 12 to 24 hours. I let mine sit for about 24. We mixed our’s up the night before. I did punch mine down the next morning, and recovered until I was ready to use.

Back to School: Easy Peasy "No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread"

Gather your ingredients. All-purpose flour, instant yeast, salt and water. Now how much simpler can it get? Right! 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Mix up all your ingredients in a container. I use a large ceramic container. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Cover with plastic wrap and enjoy your day. No worries about what’s for dinner. Leave for 12 to 24 hours. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

This what mine looked like when I was ready to use.

Back to School: Easy Peasy "No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread"

I just pulled out some dough and placed it on greased pizza pan. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy "No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread"

Use a fork to spread dough out on pan. With this first batch I didn’t use a lot of dough, since we wanted the first two pizzas we made to be thinner. They are not perfectly round, but that’s okay. Using a fork makes it a lot easier to spread than using your hands. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Use whatever toppings you prefer. We used pepperoni, pizza sauce, and cheeses.

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

It’s almost a square and not round. LOL! But that’s okay. What matter’s is that it tastes good. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Bake in oven at 425 degrees for around 15 to 20 minutes. This will depend on your oven. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

This is what the crust looked like. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

My son likes his cheese cooked more than I do, so it looks a little brown, but it’s still delish! 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

My son eating his pizza. He’s at the age he doesn’t want his picture taken so I have to grab a shot when I can.

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Here’s our second batch of pizza’s.This time I used more dough to have a thicker crust. Because I used more dough, it was easier to spread out on the pan to make a rounder pizza. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Spread your pizza sauce on. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Add toppings.

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Ready to bake!

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Bake in oven 425 degrees. With a thicker crust it will take a little longer to bake. This pizza took around 25 minutes. Next time when I make a thicker pizza crust I plan on baking the crust for about 10 minutes before adding toppings. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Yummy pizza ready to eat! 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

No-Knead Artisan Bread

Now what to do with the left over dough? Artisan Bread, of course. I had made two batches of my no-knead pizza dough & bread recipe so I would have plenty of dough. If you’re only making one pizza you should have plenty of dough left over from one batch of the recipe to make Artisan Bread.

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Use some parchment paper place your dough on. I used some flour to cover my dough since it is sticky. Gently make your dough into a round loaf using flour to keep it from sticking to your hands. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

In your oven, pre-heat your iron skillet for about 10 minutes or so, along with a pan under it. We are going to use the second pan to pour water into to help the crust crisp up while it’s cooking.

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Carefully place your dough with parchment paper in your iron skillet.  Add water to your pan under it. Bake for around 30 minutes or until brown. 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Doesn’t homemade bread smell so good? 

Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread” Back to School: Easy Peasy “No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread”

Yummy homemade Artisan Bread. So easy! This bread is a great side dish for soup. You can use this thick heavy bread to sop up soup or use for dipping. 

I hope you enjoyed this recipe. I know we had a fun time making it together for my son’s Home Economics project. The No-Knead Pizza Dough & Artisan Bread recipe is budget friendly and super easy to make, even for the busiest family. 

Bread of Life Homeschool Lesson

Just as bread feeds our physical needs there is a bread available that will feed your soul & spirit. 

Jesus said in John 6:35, “I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.”

Along with our Home Economics lesson we studied the entire chapter of John 6 in the KJV about Jesus being the bread of life. There are many resources available on this topic. I will provide some helpful links below to aid you in your Bread of Life Studies. 

Youth and Adult Bread of Life Bible Studies

BibleGateway John 6

BibleGateway Commentary

Got Questions: Bread of Life

Kids Bread of Life Bible Study

Kids Talk About God: Why did Jesus say, “I Am the Bread of Life?” 

Bread of Life Activities for Little Kids

Sermons for Kids

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“Is Heaven a hope, or as real as the earth and sky?” #HeavenIsForRealMovie

Heaven for me has always been something I’ve believed in. You can call it a Southern Church thing, but talking about death and heaven for me was just a normal part of life.  

When I was a little girl, death was not something that was hid from me. It was just taught to me as a natural part of life. My best friends parents use to take us to wakes and funerals so often that for me they were just as normal as going to the mall or the store.

My friend and I would sign our names in the guest book upon entering using our very best cursive writing. Then would begin the long procession to the front with the adults leading the way, to pay our respects to the deceased. And afterward, we children would be sent out to play and eat. And play and eat we did. 

Living in the South, people would bring so many delectable and delicious food to the gatherings. My friend and I would gorge ourselves on pecan pies, ham, pasta salads, lumpy jello molds, cookies and homemade breads until our bellies were bulging. And after eating, we would play in the long hallways and sneak in and out of dark rooms where caskets were stored, playing hide and seek until the last mourner would leave.  

I know looking back, it does seem a little strange, but it normalized for me the reality of life and death. Death wasn’t something to fear. It was only the doorway to something more. And that something more is a place called Heaven.

We all one day will have to face our own death-bed however that may come. The uncertainty of what lies beyond the grave is a subject of much debate, but for me it isn’t something that worries me.

For what I know is that the Bible tells me there is a real literal place called Heaven. The Bible also teaches us how we can go there. By repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as a our Lord and Savior we gain entrance into Heaven because of what He did for us. And it is through Jesus death and Resurrection that I can receive eternal life in Heaven. This is why I don’t worry! 

So when I had the opportunity to review the movie Heaven Is For Real, I was like, oh yes! I love talking, watching and reading about Heaven. 

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The faith-based movie, Heaven Is For Real is based on a book about the true story of 4-year-old Colton Burpo who experienced visiting Heaven while having emergency surgery. In Heaven he saw God, talked with Jesus, listened to the angels sing, talked to his great-grandfather called Pops, and met his older sister who had died before Colton was born. He also tells about Jesus having a horse that was of many colors and describes Jesus as having markers referring to the marks in his hands and feet. 

Heaven Is For Real tells the story of the Burpo family, Todd, Sonja, Cassie and Colton. After Colton’s emergency surgery, Colton begins to reveal over a period of days, in such a realistic and nonchalant way, about his experiences in Heaven while on the operating table. As children are prone to do, he shares this information about what happened to him in bits and pieces over time. 

His father Todd, who happens to be a preacher, and you would think, the least likely to struggle with what has happened, wrestles spiritually with Colton’s experiences of visiting Heaven. Todd struggles with his faith while he processes what has happened to his son. 

As word spreads of Colton’s experience, the Burpos receive a wide range of responses, from curiosity and intrigue to skepticism and derision. 

Friends, Church Members and even the community question the validity of Colton’s experiences and want Todd to focus on the old way of doing things in the Church. Jay Wilkins and Nancy Rawling , church board members and Burpo family friends, deliver an ultimatum: more preaching and less Heaven or the church will find a new pastor.

Soon, even a frustrated Sonja implores Todd to focus on this life rather than the next one, especially considering the family’s severe financial struggles.

Yet, Todd believes his son experienced Heaven, and is further convinced when Colton reveals that he met a healthy, younger version of “Pop” – Todd’s grandfather who passed away before Colton was born. Colton convinces Sonja as well when he innocently mentions meeting his other older sister – the one who died in Sonja’s “tummy” – during his visit to Heaven.

With renewed faith and a desire to explore and accept God’s purpose for Colton’s experience, Todd invites the community to the next church service and delivers a much-anticipated message. Todd tells the congregation that, yes, God allowed Colton to experience a version of Heaven; that faith opens our eyes to eternal matters; that we are to love one another the way God loves us; that Heaven is definitely for real.

*At the end of the film, Todd sees a news report on TV about Akiane Kramarik, the Lithuanian girl who painted a breathtaking portrait of Jesus after experiencing Heaven herself. When Colton views the portrait, he is astonished; it is the only picture he’s seen that truly captures Jesus appearance. 

Bring the tissues. This movie will take your emotions on a roller coaster ride. It is a real tear jerker. You’ll experience the struggles every family goes through in life from how to pay the bills to dealing with sickness that seems to always hit at the most inopportune times. The movie delves deeply into what happens when Colton gets sick and almost dies. You’ll feel the highs and lows and travel through the adversity of dealing with a near death experience. If you’ve ever lost a loved one, be prepared for the emotions that may surface as you watch the story of little Colton’s sickness, then get ready to rejoice when he fully recovers.

Your beliefs will also be stretched as you explore along with the family about what happens after you die. Is there a heaven? What does Jesus look like? How old are people there? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this movie. And so much more.

I was especially surprised when Todd, Colton’s dad and a pastor struggles with what has happened to his son and wrestles with what he believes.I was pleased that they showed the progression of his spiritual growth as he fights the fight of faith. I mean don’t we all as Christians struggle with faith at times? I know I do even though I’m a Christian.

I did feel a disconnect with the mother in the movie after Colton’s returns home and begins to open up about his visit to heaven. She seemed almost indifferent at times, or maybe she just couldn’t deal with what had happened. I don’t really know, I just felt like if I had been Colton’s mother I would have wanted to know more about what had happened to him. I would have been more involved in asking questions and exploring the experiences he had in Heaven. But by the end of the movie, after Colton tells his mom about seeing his sister in Heaven that something broke in her. Whatever emotional wall she had built up around her heart came down. At this point I no longer felt a disconnect with her character.

The movie also explores how Colton’s experiences affect the community and the congregation where Colton’s dad preaches. Specifically, one woman who has become bitter after the death of her own son many years before. She asks the question in the movie, why did God give you your son back and take mine? I think this is a question that all parents ask when they have lost a child when another lives.

Heaven is for Real is an inspiring, unforgettable faith-filled movie that will leave you feeling hopeful and full of faith and love.

As we all know, movies are not always exactly produced word for word like the book, and this movie was no different. Yet, I think it stuck with the story line enough to convey the main message of faith and hope that there is life after death. That there is a real place called Heaven.

If you missed seeing the movie Heaven Is For Real when it came out in theaters, you can now watch it on Blu-Ray or DVD (July 22). I would also recommend that you pick up a copy of the book, Heaven Is For Real available online and at your local book store. 

The Heaven Is Real movie opens with a narrative asking this question. “Is Heaven a hope, or as real as the earth and sky? Colton’s story tells about a real place called Heaven. I believe Heaven is a real place, and I pray if you’re not a believer, this movie will be the catalyst to motivate you to explore the Bible to read the scriptures for yourself to learn more about Heaven and how you can be sure you are going there.

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“Is it possible to live slowly in a fast-paced culture?”

“Is it possible to live slowly in a fast-paced culture?” This is the question that Tsh Oxenreider explores in her book, “Notes From A Blue Bike”. She takes a thoughtful introspective look at the art of living intentionally in a chaotic world.

This book grabbed my attention just from the title, Notes From A Blue Bike. Let me show you why with a picture. 

“Is it possible to live slowly in a fast-paced culture?”This is my Blue Bike that my dad has kept in his storage building all these years. I rode this bike in the 70′s long before I became an adult and had responsibilities. I remember riding my bike for hours a day with not a care in the world.

At that time I didn’t have to give it much thought about what I would do everyday. I lived in a family where live was carefree and fun. My parents took such good care of me that my only worries were whether or not my room was clean and my homework was done. This was a time before social media and computers. Life was lived pretty slow, or at least in my world it was. We hiked on the weekend to pick blackberries, made homemade ice cream in the backyard with the neighbors and enjoyed watching Walt Disney World on Sunday nights.

Life was easy and simple and well, a lot slower compared to the culture we live in today. 

Fast forward to the 21st century, four decades later and we are bombarded with a world that is moving so fast. We live in a world that technology pretty much runs our lives. Our kids are involved in not 1 after-school activity, but 3 or 5 a week. Unheard of when I was a child. Our lives are lived online in a way that has never happened before in history so that we are venturing into unknown territories. There are no studies to show if by allowing our kids access to all this technology what the effect will be on them.  

Our personal lives have experienced a huge change too in the sense that no one’s personal life is private anymore. We have expanded our social circles from our own backyards and neighborhoods to the entire world.  We have instant access through technology to communicate with pretty much anyone in the world on the internet. The dangers of strangers is no longer a physical concern, but now a cyber one. We have more choices than ever compared to generations before us which can cause extreme stress from just trying to make the right decision.

Life is fast paced and always changing. This can take our breath away and cause us much anxiety if we allow it to control us. I’m not saying that all these changes haven’t been good. In fact, I think they have, but we need to learn how to use all the choices we have available today based on how it will bring meaning to our lives and what benefits it will have long term. 

This takes me back to the book, Notes From A Blue Bike, The Art of Living Intentionally in a Chaotic World.

Notes from a Blue Bike by TSH OXENREIDER

Tsh Oxenreider’s book is a memoir that takes you on a journey into Oxenreider’s life where she fleshes out with her insightful words what it means to live intentional in a chaotic world. Notes from a Blue Bike is part memoir, part travelogue, part practical guide where Tsh shares her journey through her past and explores the subject of slow intentional living. This memoir answers the question, “Is it possible to live slowly in a fast-paced culture?” This book will give you pause to think about the life your living and the choices you are making. It will help you to reflect on the life your living now and inspire you to make the changes necessary to slow down and make decisions based on what  your values and beliefs are. How to do that will be up to you, but Oxenreider will give you insight into how she and her family made those decisions and shares with you the effects it is now having in their lives. The changes necessary are not always easy. It takes hard work to be more introspective and to make the right choices to design the life you desire. It will be a learning process. It takes time, so be patient with yourself as you figure out how to build a life that is more intentional and purposeful. I would like to encourage you that if you’re feeling overwhelmed with life and have been looking for answers on how to simplify and find more meaning in a busy and sometimes chaotic world, pick up a copy of Notes From A Blue Bike. This just may be the answer you’ve been looking for. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in order to share my honest review with my readers. 

 

 

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Movie Review: “Ragamuffin” The Story Behind The Hit Song “AWESOME GOD” by Rich Mullins

 

I just watched the movie Ragamuffin and I’m an emotional mess. The movie Ragamuffin captured my emotions in a very deep and real way and took me on a journey from hope to despair and back to hope even though the ending was so very sad. But God’s will is not always the will of man.

Rich Mullins, Christian singer and songwriter was a man who loved the Lord, yet continued to struggle with his fleshly carnal nature. He certainly lived outside the box of what is expected of a man of God. He didn’t live a perfect life and struggled in many areas of his life, especially with alcohol, but even in his struggles he tried to use his musical talents to honor and praise the Lord and minister to people.

Movie Review: "Ragamuffin" The Story Behind The Hit Song "AWESOME GOD" by Rich Mullins

He did achieve a certain level of success as a Christian musical artist. One of his most successful songs was “Awesome God.” Yet, Rich Mullins was made from a different cut of cloth than most musical artists. He hated the spotlight and the applause of the people. What shocked the music industry that represented him, was that Rich Mullins didn’t care about the money. In fact, he only allowed them to pay him the same yearly salary of the average American. The rest he donated to charities. He had no motivation whatsoever to be a success in this world. His inward motivation was finding God and peace with God.

I enjoy movies that have a story within a story and this movie, Ragamuffin met that expectation. It is a story about Rich Mullins success as a christian artist and his spiritual journey and when both conflicted he always chose the path of God even though he lived a very flawed life living out his walk with God. 

The story of Rich Mullins life is not an easy one to watch. It will carry your emotions to the edge of a precipice where you are faced with your own flawed humanity and leave you exploring your own thoughts on what it means to be a human in this sin filled world. We all as humans experience trials and issues. None of us are perfect and Rich Mullins was no different from you or I.

This DVD copy of the Ragamuffin I received says Not Rated so I’ll give you my personal opinion. I wouldn’t recommend allowing anyone under 13 to watch. Only because of the emotional content that I think takes a certain level of maturity to understand the underlying tones of the spiritual struggles portrayed in Rich Mullins life story.

Disclosure: I received a DVD of the movie Ragamuffin to share my honest opinion. 

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Turn Your Canning Jar Into A Travel Mug or Lunch Box with #cuppow!

I love using canning jars for all kinds of things. Canning jars are easy to clean, made of heat-resistant glass, cheap, durable, and when sealed they don’t leak. I really do use them for EVERYTHING! Drinking out of, storing snacks, chips and all kinds of food in. So when I heard about the Cuppow company that are making canning jar drinking lids I just had to try them out.

Here’s a picture of my Cuppow lids on my canning jars.

Turn Your Canning Jar Into A Lunchbox and Travel Mug with #cuppow!

They come in regular and wide mouth sizes. So you can get the cuppow lid size you need. I have both sizes.

I love this product. Not only for how easy it is to turn any canning jar into a travel mug, but for the fact they are made in the USA! 

I make my favorite iced coffee using just a canning jar and the cuppow canning jar drinking lid. I just add all my ingredients, shake up and add my cuppow lid and I’m ready to head out the door with my eco-friendly travel mug. No having to stop at a coffee shop. No worries about spills. You can also can make your own canning jar cozy. They have so many designs for sale online or you can make your own if your crafty. 

Turn Your Canning Jar Into A Lunchbox and Travel Mug with #cuppow!

 The cuppow lids are easy to use. Just place on top of your canning jar and screw on your band. Now your ready to use your instant canning jar travel mug. 

Turn Your Canning Jar Into A Lunchbox and Travel Mug with #cuppow!

Turn Your Canning Jar Into A Lunchbox and Travel Mug with #cuppow!

Turn Your Canning Jar Into A Lunchbox and Travel Mug with #cuppow!  To learn more about the Cuppow Canning Jar Drinking Lids and the company, check out his video by The Grommet.

Cuppow also has another product I want to share with you. The Cuppow BTNO! This product makes it easy to turn your canning jar into a lunchbox.

Turn Your Canning Jar Into A Lunchbox and Travel Mug with #cuppow!

You can use the Cuppow BNTO, for your dips, dressings or snacks. I added some cut up celery and french dressing in my canning jar for an on the go snack. Many moms make up snacks for the week and place them in the fridge for their kids. All they have to do is just grab and go. Now what’s easier than that? 

Turn Your Canning Jar Into A Lunchbox and Travel Mug with #cuppow!

 You are unlimited by the what you can do using the Cuppow BNTO!

I highly recommend the Cuppow products as the ultimate Resourceful Mom Solution!

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26 Easy Hairstyling Hacks

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 I found this great resource online for easy Hairstyling Hacks at Buzz Feed DIY . These 26 Hairstyling Hacks are so easy to do. I’m not good at all when it comes to styling my hair, but even I could can do these. Save this link to keep on hand when you are looking for an easy stylish hairstyle.

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