Dinner Made Easy with Green Chef

7
Aug
2017

Green Chef - dinner made easy

I am over here all excited about making dinner – yes, that is really true!!  

I know as a busy mom you are like I am – getting really burned out on the standard dinner fare and meal planning every single week.  I have used different methods over the years, all great and have their season, but I was ready for a new dinner plan.

I decided to try a meal delivery service since my season of life living in a remote area with grocery stores few and far between is the reality.  I am an Amazon spoiled girl – if it can arrive on my doorstep I am SOLD!!

In steps my new favorite thing – Green Chef!

Green Chef is easy-peasy

Here is a video I did after receiving our second Green Chef box this past week – it will rock your world!!  

I have done other meal delivery services, but this one takes the cake for ease, variety of recipes, cost and being organic.

Check out why I love it so much!

If you are wanting to give it a try – click this link here – you’ll get great an awesome deal and I will get $25 too – remember, I will never share something with you unless I would be willing spend the money on it.  This my friends… is amazing!!!

5 Lessons from Small Space Living

8
Jun
2017

5 lessons from small space living

In September of last year we moved from a 3400 square foot home to a 500 square foot carriage house, thrusting us into small space living. This was an “eventual” plan of ours, to move to our vacation property full-time, but we put things into fast forward last summer and ditched city living for a slower pace.

It has been a huge season of change, building new relationships, finding a new church, learning to truly enjoy a slow pace, but most importantly learning to let go of stuff and live small.

We are preparing to build our dream home here at the beach, but for now, we are living in a small space, the three of us and our two doodle dogs.  You can view our home, which was highlighted on one of my favorite blogs House of Turquoise almost three years ago.   It is a small space and I will tell you – it looks pretty much like that even today -with us living in it!

What I have most enjoyed about this season, is realizing that living small is an amazing freedom and I’ve learned a few lessons that are pretty powerful.

Less Indoor Space Means More Time Outdoors

We moved to the beach to slow down and enjoy the little things more.  The frantic pace of suburbia and all the traffic was exhausting us.  Here at the beach, we spend way more time outside and this includes my seven year old.  He’s outside constantly – and he doesn’t mind the wind, rain or clouds at all.  We walk the dogs more, we find a reason to go for a bike ride – and really – do you need a reason?

I don’t need 28 sweaters

Moving into a small space meant I needed to clean out my closet – BIG TIME!! I realized I had clothes that I didn’t really love – and too many of them.  Truly – how many sweaters do you really need?  I have been de-cluttering my closet now for over six months.  It is freeing and so empowering.  It means less choices in the morning and actually looking forward to getting dressed because the clothes I have I really like wearing!  

Clutter Suffocates

This is not a new discovery – but I can tell you, having less in my home means I can breathe.  Its okay that not every counter or shelf has decor or something placed there.  It provides a sense of relief honestly.  In a small space you enjoy having less – it provides room to just BE.  We must make a decision about whether we are keeping something NOW, not put it aside and wait until another time and then decide after it’s been stuffed in a drawer for five years to purge it.

Less Stuff = Less Stress

Being purposeful about what we have in our home and what we treasure has provided a huge stress relief.  The guilt about getting rid of things that I felt I needed to keep has been conquered.  This can take a bit of time, believe me – I was having a hard time with old photos and such, but then we decided to scan photos and take pictures of memorabilia instead of keeping the item.    We you begin to experience the freedom in parting with things that are in boxes and not enjoyed daily, it begins to be much easier to make decisions for the future.

The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

I am sure you’ve heard this before, but it is true.  I have more time to spend doing activities rather than cleaning, picking up, organizing, storing, purging or doing upkeep.  We can visit friends, invite someone over, do an impromptu get together or get out of town at the last minute.  When you have a small space with less things, it provides time freedom as well as emotional freedom.

This is a season for us, we will be building a larger home and moving into a bigger space within the next year and a half, but this has been one of the best life lessons I have had – living small and learning how to determine what it really important.

Does living small appeal to you?

50 Years of Life, Motherhood & Marriage

19
Apr
2017

50 life lessons

I turned 50 earlier this month – a huge milestone.  

When we reach these milestones it gives opportunity to review our lives and really see what God has done and what he continues to strive to do in our lives.  Reflection brings many emotions as well as growth, and I thought I would share some of what I’ve learned over the past 50 years about motherhood, marriage and just life in general.

GRACE, GRACE, GRACE and more GRACE

I am learning I am the one I need to give more and more grace to.  I am certainly not perfect, but my expectations of myself certainly reach far beyond human capacity at times.  My husband is very good at reminding me of this.  I am not supermom, super wife, nor super friend and certainly make a ton of mistakes, but God’s grace covers it all.

Laughter is Healing

If you were in my daily life you’d discover I can be pretty darn serious.  I am learning to lighten up and find more fun in my life.  As a strong personality with huge goals, I can find it hard to relax and just have fun – but implementing a Sabbath is helping me keep balance in this area and have fun.

It’s Not About Me

This took me years to understand.  Many things in life really have nothing to do with me, but we can often take things personally.  Stepping back out of situations that arise and truly examining them has helped me in my marriage, motherhood and outside relationships.

Self-Care is Not a Bonus

In mothering especially, we give and give…. and if you are not filling yourself up, it will show in ugly ways.  For me, my temper is short and I tend to not be very positive.  Taking a run, getting a massage or coffee with a friend need to be scheduled by me!  No one is responsible for my self-care except me.

God is my Priority Daily

Things just do not go as smoothly if I don’t give my first few minutes of my day to the Lord.  Finding quiet to pray and get my head on straight for the day impacts myself and my family.  I’ve went through seasons where I’ve missed my morning quite time and they have been very lonely.

Apologies are Powerful

I am stubborn and it has taken me a long time to realize that an apology is so powerful in taking ownership of our actions.  I am still a work in progress in this area, but have come a long way.

A Smile Carrys Weight

When all else fails – smile.  I have been told I have a great smile and it makes me smile even more. I know I can shift an awkward moment by smiling, touch a heart of a friend who is struggling with a smile and give kindness to a stranger too.

Authenticity Trumps All

We’ve all lived in seasons where we try to not let others in, to see the ugly, messy side of our lives.  But it always – always backfires. I have found freedom in allowing others to see my messy side, the side that is not all that great and to know I am far from perfect.  I know God can use my ick for Him.

Never say NEVER!

When you think you are in control of your life, you’d better think again. We said we’d never do a few things – one is we’d never have more kids, however – here we are with a seven year old.  God did an amazing work in us to soften our hearts toward adoption.  We know now that our lives are for HIS glory, not ours and we are open to what He has in store for us – regardless if we think we are prepared, equipped or ready.

Take Care of Your Body

At 50, I am in the best health of my life – hands down!  After suffering from life-long depression and medicated for over 20 years and Lupus, an autoimmune disease, I have successfully found healing and restoration of my body. It took work, education and perseverance, but it was so worth it.  I now help others find that same power and it is pretty amazing.  I plan to live another 50 years and I imagine God will do amazing things with my life – all for HIS Glory!

Celebrating Easter as a Family

10
Apr
2017

easter celebrations as a family round up

This week is one of remembrance and celebration.  

Family time is where our focus is and I wanted to share some wonderful ways to keep the focus on Easter, Jesus and also add in a little fun.  

We do untraditional baskets, so I hope you will enjoy the post on how you can be creative without all the candy.  My seven year old is going to have fun making some lego easter eggs too.

I can tell you, I will be printing out a few Easter coloring pages and enjoying some quiet time – how about you?

#1: Having a Christ-Centered Easter: Ideas for Families

Having a Christ-Centered Easter: Ideas for Families

#2: Fun Easter Minute-to-Win-It Game Ideas

Fun Easter Minute-to-Win-It Game Ideas

#3: 41 Easter Crafts About Jesus

41 Easter Crafts About Jesus

#4: LEGO Easter Eggs and Basic Brick Building Idea for Kids

LEGO Easter Eggs and Basic Brick Building Idea for Kids

#5: Christ-Centered Easter Books and Resources

Christ-Centered Easter Books and Resources

#6: 250+ Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas: Themed Baskets For Kids of All Ages

250+ Unconventional Easter Basket Ideas: Themed Baskets For Kids of All Ages

#7: Easter Traditions for the Christian Family

Easter Traditions for the Christian Family

#8: You’ve Been Egged!

You've Been Egged!

#9: Free Easter Coloring Pages

Free Easter Coloring Pages

#10: 100+ Christ-Centered Easter Ideas

100+ Christ-Centered Easter Ideas

Sad News: Compassion Update

28
Mar
2017

Sad News: Compassion Update

For the past two years, we’ve been sponsoring six girls from India through Compassion with the affiliate commission I earn from Amazon when you make a purchase using my link.

It is with a heavy heart that I have to share our sponsorship with them has ended. Over the past few months I was made aware of a situation in India with the current government which did not look good for outside organizations who help the poor inside the country.  

Unfortunately, I got final word of the devastating news that Compassion must close its sponsorship program in India. It breaks my heart, but I have to believe God has bigger purposes. I choose to believe that. He will work it all out for good.

I sat down to write final goodbye letters to our girls and wasn’t quite sure what to say. Goodbyes are hard, but we wrote a short note and my son made a drawing on their letters.

Compassion Girls in India

I received final photos of the girls, which we will keep and I will continue to pray for them. If I could ask you to please pray that parents, especially those of these girls, will continue to put a priority on education and that they will be encouraged to attend school and not fall behind in their studies.  

This is a huge part of what our sponsorship did with these girls in India. They got a great education, which can make a huge difference in their future.

I wanted to update you all with this news and let you know I am currently working with Compassion to find six girls at another location that our blog can sponsor. I will share an update as soon as I get it.

In the meantime, please know that the funds collected through shopping through my Amazon affiliate link will still be set aside and given to Compassion. I believe in this organization and am proud to collaborate with them in helping to care for those who need it in all parts of the world.

Thank you so much for your faithfulness to use the Amazon link when you shop and to help make a difference in the lives of these girls.

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