Sunday, November 19, 2017

Kutless- Alpha/Omega

Kutless is one of those Christian groups that has been around for quite awhile but that I still love as much now as I did when I first started listening to them many years ago! 
They sing both rock AND worship music which is rare in the Christian music industry. 

Their new album, Alpha and Omega is fantastic! 
This album is a collection of rock and worship songs of both original and 
cover tracks that are true to who the band has been for the last 17 years. 
wanted to create a project that would engage the Christian 
community and have the greatest impact and boy did they ever!

 The songs are true to who the band is at their core - rock AND worship. 
ALPHA / OMEGA features a new version of “Strong Tower” 
 (which is one of my all time favorite praise and worship songs!) 

as well as the debut radio single “King of My Heart.” 

You can purchase this awesome album 
(it would make a GREAT Christmas gift)
at lots of retailers, all which are linked  HERE.

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Gratitude Quotes 2017 Part 3

I love the month of November for many reasons- one being that
so many folks seem to focus on being thankful during the month.
I'm a firm believer that counting your blessings is something
that can truly change your mindset when you are struggling or
feeling down and is something we should do DAILY!

I'm a huge lover of quotes and have a ton saved on gratitude and being thankful.
Over the years I've made some printables of my favorite thankful quotes
and am going to add some more this month and share them.

Because when I have my cranky pants on- sometimes just seeing a visual reminder,
can turn my stinky attitude around!




You can print your own copy HERE.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Good News: 11-10-17



I love happy stories.
You know- those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
{And there IS so much good in the world!}

I LOVE those so very much! 
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people.

Here are a few of my favorites from the past week!


The Kindness Effect is a project done by a TV station in Tulsa. 
Each week they bring uplifting stories in their community. 
LOVE this one! 

This story of a young man being reconnected with his father's beloved car had me in tears! 


The story of this brave man and his precious daughter is AWESOME!


This story about adoption is INCREDIBLE!

This Surprise Squad in Las Vegas does the most amazing thing! 
In this video they surprise folks in the grocery store. So awesome!












Thursday, November 9, 2017

Gratitude Quotes 2017 Part 2

I love the month of November for many reasons- one being that
so many folks seem to focus on being thankful during the month.
I'm a firm believer that counting your blessings is something
that can truly change your mindset when you are struggling or
feeling down and is something we should do DAILY!

I'm a huge lover of quotes and have a ton saved on gratitude and being thankful.
Over the years I've made some printables of my favorite thankful quotes
and am going to add some more this month and share them.

Because when I have my cranky pants on- sometimes just seeing a visual reminder,
can turn my stinky attitude around!



You can print your own copy HERE.

Adored: 365-day Devotional {Giveaway!}


If you have a teenage girl in your life I have the PERFECT gift idea for you!
is a precious book written specifically for teenage girls ages 13 and up. 

It helps young women tackle the many issues they face daily while being 
reminded how precious to God and how greatly they are loved by Him! 

Each day features a Bible verse and a short devotion. 
Each devotion is on a topic that is perfect for teenagers: 
bullying, social media, friendships, dating, etc. 

There's even journaling space for reflection and real-world applications. 

This book is full of messages that girls of all ages need to be reminded of every single day. 
Messages like: 




You can purchase a copy HERE
and even get a free 7 day download HERE if you want to check it out first. 
This book would make a fabulous Christmas present! 


GIVEAWAY: 
I'm so excited to be able to giveaway a copy of this precious book. 
To leave a comment telling me who you'd give it to if you won. 
Be sure you aren't anonymous and 
be sure to check back on Nov. 12th when I will pick and post the winner. 


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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Acts of Kindness Family Scavenger Hunt

I recently spoke to a precious mom's group at my church about being 
intentional in doing acts of kindness.  
I LOVE speaking to folks about easy, practical, simple, 
inexpensive ways to love others and it was a sweet time sharing 
how committing to doing RAOK had been a blessing in my life 
& what the Bible has to say about blessing others.  

A few of my favorite verses about kindness are: 

The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
those who help others are helped.
Proverbs 11:25
And let us consider how we may spur one another
on toward love and good deeds.
Hebrews 10:24
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit.
Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to
your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
Philippians 2: 3-4

I wanted to leave them with a little something to encourage them 
to do RAOK's with their children so I created an 
Acts of Kindness Family Scavenger Hunt.

The idea is simple- gather another family or two and set aside a few hours. 
Each family get a copy of the scavenger hunt list and a few hours to 
complete as many tasks as possible. 

The rules are simple: 
1. Be genuine in each one of the service tasks. Remember, this is a race, BUT the goal is to actually make someone’s day, not just be the first family to finish.
2. Put as much effort into each task as possible.
3. Be safe! Stick together and be smart about your service.
4. Take pictures along the way.
5. You have ______Hours to finish.
6. Have fun and enjoy serving those around you!





I even included little notes to print out and leave with your acts of kindness.

You can print out a copy HERE



{Last year when I spoke to this group I created 
some acts of kindness activities for them to use with their children for
 both November and December. 
I shared the November idea HERE and the December idea HERE.} 

 

Monday, November 6, 2017

Gratitude Quotes 2017 Part 1

I love the month of November for many reasons- one being that
so many folks seem to focus on being thankful during the month.
I'm a firm believer that counting your blessings is something
that can truly change your mindset when you are struggling or
feeling down and is something we should do DAILY!

I'm a huge lover of quotes and have a ton saved on gratitude and being thankful.
Over the years I've made some printables of my favorite thankful quotes
and am going to add some more this month and share them.

Because when I have my cranky pants on- sometimes just seeing a visual reminder,
can turn my stinky attitude around!

This is one of my favorites by John F Kennedy

and this is another of my favorites with no author attributed


You can print your own copy HERE.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

November Scripture Writing Plan: Strength

Happy almost November friends!
(How is it already November? Where in the world did October go?)
The new topical plan for this month is over
STRENGTH.

If you are tired and weary, this plan is for you. 
My prayer is that every verse in this plan is a reminder 
to you that we don’t have to walk through this life in our strength.
Thankfully, the Lord has given us HIS strength.
When we face impossible challenges 
(and we WILL face them)
we can turn to the all-powerful and all-knowing God.
I pray that you are reminded daily and find comfort in His word
 as you read what God has to say about strength.

I made the plan 31 days and plan to do that with
 all topical plans in the future so that they can be done any month-
not just the month I write them for.

You can find a copy of the plan in English and Spanish in the folder HERE.
{Just a reminder, don't try to print the images below or they will be blurry. Be sure to click the link to download a PDF copy!}

You can also find an iPhone lock screen with the plan on it HERE.


Below are the plans for the month of November from last year- 
over the topic of GRATITUDE. 
You can download a copy in the folder HERE.





Monday, October 23, 2017

Acts of Kindness Lunchbox Notes

Back in August I created a Lunchbox Note set and added it to my ETSY store.
It includes 48 little notes to put in a 
lunchbox, locker, or backpack to encourage your child.


{If you are interested, you can purchase the set HERE. }

This weekend as I prepared for a MOPS talk I'm giving in a few weeks, 
I thought.....Wouldn't it be fun to have some acts of kindness lunchbox notes? 
Each could give a suggestion of something kind for your child to do that day. 
So after jotting down a list of ideas, I created some! 


Being kind is something everyone wants to do but 
sometimes we all need a little help thinking of WHAT to do! 
This listing is for a set of 18 acts of kindness notes for your child.
This gives you 18 positive and motivational notes to print and give to your child-
each with an idea of something kind they can do for someone that day.




If you'd like to purchase a set, you can find them HERE

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Good News 10-19-17



I love happy stories.
You know- those happy, inspiring, tear producing stories that
remind you there IS good in the world!
{And there IS so much good in the world!}

I LOVE those so very much! 
I love them so much that I seek them out
daily to remind me of the good in people.

Here are a few of my favorites from the past week!

This sweet man is 99 and still working as an usher for the Pittsburg Pirates. 
He's worked there for 81 years!

This sweet father son reunion is precious and a sweet followup to another great story!

This video of this precious girl's excitement as she finds 
out she is being adopted is ADORABLE! 
True JOY! 

This teenage girl is doing laundry for folks in her community. 
So awesome! 

What a fabulous story of friendship and not putting limits on yourself! 
You can also watch the TED Talk HERE

Dr. Arabia Mollette is an aspiring woman who went from living on the street 
when she was 15 to becoming an emergency room doctor. 




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Chemo Fairies

I'm pretty sure every single person I know has been affected by cancer in some way. 
Either they, a close family member, or friend has been diagnosed 
and battled cancer at some point in their life. 
I had a dear friend in middle school/high school, Heba,
who battled cancer and died our sophomore year. 
My sweet mama was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2001 
and died in 2002 after battling it for 9 months. 
I have had countless friends diagnosed and battle cancer, 
some winning and some losing and some still fighting today. 
I myself even had a diagnosis earlier this year. 
I was lucky mine was caught early and only required surgery, 
not chemo or radiation but so many do. 

If you have walked with someone who has had chemo, 
you know the process and side effects are terrible and brutal. 
My heart truly broke for my mama when she had chemo- 
she was so very ill and had so many awful side effects. 

For my birthday this year I had friends and family donate money 
so that I could make chemo bags for our local Cancer Clinic. 
I finally finished them up a few weeks ago 
(it took awhile because I had to save some additional money in order to include all that I wanted in each bag) 
and delivered the 100 bags to the Cancer Clinic. 

The bags are from Thirty-One


and each included the following: 
(fuzzy socks, small throw blanket, water, lemonade drink mix, granola bar, mints, lotion, keychain, nail file, 
puzzle book or coloring book, pencil with positive affirmation on it, bookmark, prints of Bible verses, 
and encouraging notes I made and printed out)



They were so thankful for the donation and said I had 
no idea how much a treat of some sort made to their patients. 
They said that they had about 90 new chemo patients each month 
and approximately 100 patients receiving chemo each week. 
That number broke my heat y'all and as I drove back to work that day I thought, 
"What can I do? Surely I can do something for all those folks each week to remind them they are brave and strong and loved!"

Here's what I came up with.....
I often do little treats for different groups & send them through school mail
& I thought I could do something similar for the chemo patients each week!
Each would just be a little treat (usually something to eat) with a note 
that would be tailored specifically for those going through chemo. 
Just a fun little something to remind them someone cares and is thinking of them.
Honestly the treat isn't the main thing, it's the fact that 
someone is thinking of, praying for, and rooting them on in this battle!

I ran it by the folks at the Cancer Clinic and they loved it. 
I then asked any of my local friends to see if they wanted to join me in the fun 
and found several willing and excited. 
I named our group the Chemo Fairies and got to work creating some printable tags for them. 

I delivered the first set of treats on Monday and think they turned out so fun!

I've added the first 12 Chemo Treat notes to my ETSY store 
in case others would like to do the same in their town. 


The listing includes 12 treat tags, one each for the following: 
  • Chemo BLOWS {but you are awesome}: Blowpops
  • Just keep swimming {You are a warrior}: goldfish snacks
  • Chemo is stinky hard, hope this helps you ROLO with the punches: Rolo 
  • You are EXTRA amazing and brave!: Extra gum
  • In case you need a reminder today, you are seriously Marvelous & Magnificent: M&M's
  • You are so BERRY incredible and strong!: Fruit snack
  • Just be-TWIX me & you....You are amazing! :Twix
  • You are MINT to keep fighting so stay strong! :Mints
  • Cancer sucks, but don't worry, you are going to LICK IT! : lollipops
  • Because chemo is super stinky, you deserve a big BREAK! : Kit Kat
  • Hope you are feeling BUTTER soon! Don't lift a FINGER till you're well! : Butterfinger
  • You are one tough cookie! : cookies

If you are interested in becoming a Chemo Fairy and want to purchase 
the tags you can find them HERE.  

These tags would also be great to use for a gift basket for a friend going through chemo. 
I made a basket for my sweet friend Peggy's daughter in law this morning. 




Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Treat Tags

One of my favorite things to do is send
happy mail to folks in our school district. 
I actually put items on my calendar to remind me to 
do so and I've made an effort to do it for any meetings I hold as well.

It may seem silly to send folks little bags of snacks or treat with a cute note, 
but it's funny how something little bitty with a note reminding someone 
that they are loved and appreciated- can make a HUGE impact. 

I gathered some of the treat tags I've made 
and placed them in my ETSY shop HERE


The set of tags includes a set of 10 treat notes to print and attach to 
a treat for a teacher, friend, or employee. 
You will be provided with a zipped digital file (no item will be shipped)
of 10 images to print in any size 
(I typically print mine in wallet size). 

Treat tags included:
  • You are so BERRY Appreciated: fruit snack
  • DONUT ever forget how much we appreciate you! : donuts
  • There is absolutely, positively no way to HIGHLIGHT all the amazing things you do! highlighter
  • Just keep swimming: goldfish crackers
  • Just POPPING in to say no one is BUTTER than you! : popcorn
  • Have we told you REESE-NTLY how thankful we are for you? : Reese's PB cups
  • Thank you for your achieve-MINT, commit-MINT, invest-MINT, involve-MINT: mint
  • Thanks for the important ROLL you play each day! : Tootsie Roll
  • You deserve a big BREAK: Kit Kat Bar

Here are some examples of treats I've done using the tags: