Encourage a Mother with the Last Minute $1 Gift Idea

 

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Moms. What would we do without them? Today is their time to shine. No matter how they became a mom or who calls them mom, it’s a time to recognize their hard work. Here is a great way to encourage a mom in your life.

I host a brunch every month and last weekend I had my sweet ladies participate in an encouraging craft idea. I saw another wife do this for her husband one year. I thought how cool would this be to give moms or ladies a little encouragement throughout their days. I call them encouraging boxes.

What you’ll need:

  • Box/jar
  • Pencil, pens, color pencils
  • Scraps of paper
  • Bible/Quote book

This super easy craft is something that is sure to bring a smile to a mother’s face. As one of my ladies mentioned last week — it’s also kind of a personal gift to give someone. Something that takes some time and thought.

I made one for a dear friend of mine who is expecting her third child. She wasn’t able to attend the Lady’s Brunch, but usually attends. So we all put in a few quotes, scriptures and encouraging notes.

I like to think of the person and what makes them smile. Whether they like funny jokes from “The Office” TV show or enjoys reading scriptures and encouraging mommy quotes. I write them out on a piece of paper. I even draw little pictures on them with colored pencils. Then I fold it up and stick it in the box.

The whole idea behind the gift is that they only pull out a piece of paper when they need some encouragement. Whether that be in the midst of disciplining a child or dealing with a rude coworker. These boxes are so easy to make. Everyone needs encouragement. But we can’t always be there to provide it or know they are struggling.

For those last minute Mother’s Day shoppers this could be something cheap and easy to do for a mom. Whether they lost a child, struggle with infertility or are raising up toddler.

 

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What A $2 Valentine’s Day Gift Taught Me About My Marriage

“Marriage has the power to set the course of your life as a whole. If your marriage is strong, even if all the circumstances in your life around you are filled with trouble and weakness, it won’t matter. You will be able to move out into the world in strength.”

– Tim Keller

My husband and I knew going into Valentine’s Day that we wouldn’t have anything for each other. Life has been so hectic with foster training, work and other projects that we forgot to plan ahead. We decided to celebrate this weekend when we got to spend time together.

Yesterday, I had a cute story lined up about a dog and his new owner meeting for the first time. The former owners of the dog had wrapped his injured leg in duct tape. When the vet finally got to them his toes had to be amputated. It was the donations from this one consignment store that helped Ducky get the care he needed. So I went to the store yesterday to do the interviews. (It’s one of my favorite stores by the way). As I started to get video of the store I noticed some cool cups sitting on a shelf. One was a gold and white tea cup. I’m collecting them for my lady’s brunch coming up. I was so excited to see it cost $0.59. That’s when I started to look and see if there was a cool mug for my husband.

I knew I had a little over $2 in cash so I had to be thrifty. (We’re on the cash only system because we follow Dave Ramsey’s Financial advise). I almost gave up when I saw this one cup stuck between other mugs. It was a blue and gray striped mug. Perfect for Steven. He doesn’t have a lot of guy mugs so I wanted to get it for him. I was so proud that I could bring him home something for Valentine’s Day. Even if it was a small gift.

If you know Steven and I then you know drinking coffee together has been one of our things since we were friends. At first when I got these cups I was thinking about them just as gifts. But then I realized these cups represent our marriage and love for one another.

Some days in marriage I can’t give anymore. I am overwhelmed with work, life and taking care of Aurora. That’s when my amazing husband pours his strength into me. So when my tea cup is empty he is there to help me get back on track. The same thing goes for him. When he is tired and exhausted I am there to help him.

Now, there have been times we’ve had nothing to give each other. We weren’t keeping our cups filled. That’s when friends and family stepped in to help. Other times we have to fill ourselves up with God’s word just to get through the day. But we don’t stop giving.

These $2.25 cups represent the way a marriage and community should work. If you see your spouse needs to be filled and you keep the contents to yourself then you’re being selfish in your marriage. Marriage does not work when you are thinking about your own wants and needs. You are teammates not enemies.

 “Do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Most importantly as couples we need to be first filling ourselves with God’s word. We cannot help others if we have nothing to give. If you want to see your marriage improve then invest in your relationship with God. It’s there that you will find how to release those selfish desires and give to your spouse more each day. It’s in God’s word that you will see how you need to love your spouse unconditionally. Marriage is hard. It’s even harder when God is not the center of both of your lives.

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Paleo Skillet Blueberry Cobbler

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Cobblers are one of the staples in Southern cooking. I can remember countless of times my grandma and mother would quickly prepare a fruit cobbler for an after-dinner dessert. But when you’re trying to eat better, you can’t use 3 sticks of butter to make a cobbler. Yes, butter is amazing but there is a way to make it healthier.

What you need:

1 1/2 Cup of Almond Flour

1/4 Cup of melted Coconut Oil

1/4 Agave Nectar

3-4 Cups of frozen Blueberries (DO NOT UNTHAW)

2 Tablespoons of Cinnamon

Before you start mixing the ingredients make sure to preheat the oven to 350. Next, grab a skillet and grease it with coconut oil. Then pour the frozen blueberries into the skillet. If you use a large skillet then fill it up with blueberries at half the depth of the skillet. (You may want to double the topping recipe for larger skillets that feed more people.) Set the skillet aside.

*Side note* You can use any fruit including: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches or apples. 

* Apples will need to be in the oven for about 45 minutes to soften.

Next, pour the almond flour, cinnamon, melted coconut oil and agave nectar into a bowl. Make sure to mix well. It will turn into a paste like consistency. Then pour over the blueberries in the skillet. Spread across the top like a crust/topping.

Place in the oven for 30 minutes on 350.

Once the time is up, let it cool for about 5 minutes before serving. It also goes great with Halo Top Ice Cream. This dessert is very filling so you won’t need a big portion to satisfy your sweet hunger.

Leave me your pictures of this recipe below. Let me know what you think.

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How Tea Time Helps Me Stay Connected

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It was more than 2 years ago my husband and I moved to the Midwest. We were excited to head to a new place but leaving family was hard. Now, they live about 12 hours away. With our busy schedules it’s hard to stay in touch with family on a regular basis. As 2018 is about to start I decided I wanted to spend more time with my family. Even if it is over the phone.

Yesterday, I text my sister and scheduled an afternoon phone call with “tea time”. We both asked our husbands to watch the kids while we went into a quiet room to talk on the phone. My sister enjoyed a hot cup of Chai tea while I grabbed an afternoon cup of coffee. We talked on the phone for almost 3 hours. (We did not expect it to go that long). It was great. I loved just talking to her about what’s been going on.

My sister and I always enjoyed drinking coffee and talking ever since I can remember. When we lived in the same city I would go over to her house and talk all day. We even liked going out for Starbucks and making a girls day out of it. Sadly, those moments are far and few between these days. Again, the distance and the fact we’re raising kids of our own can make it difficult to spend time together.

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As I get older, I find myself seeing the real importance of life. People. I would trade everything to have more time with my family and friends. I also know we are not promised tomorrow. I want to make the best of each day. Last year, I struggled a lot with depression and anxiety. I had very few people who knew. Even fewer who reached out to  see how I was doing. Now that I am doing better I want to make sure the people that I love don’t go unnoticed. It’s so important for us to take the time to see others. To ask how they are doing. To stop and schedule some time to talk with a friend or family member.

That’s why in 2018 I hope to spend more quality time with family and friends. Even if it’s over the phone. By scheduling an hour to sit and talk is important to me. I’m hoping to add more of my friends and family to this new tradition. As my husband and I journey into becoming foster/adoptive parents I know we will need support. We will need to have strong relationships around us. No matter the distance.

What are some ways you stay in touch with family and friends? Is there someone you need to reach out to?

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Day 11 Giveaway: Pampered Chef

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The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway is almost over. But I still have a few more items for you guys. Today, you get a chance to win a 3 cutting boards from Pampered Chef’s Collection. This is a $17 value.

Stacy is the lady behind this gift. She donated this item for the giveaway. Here’s how Stacey decided to partner with Pampered Chef.

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“I’m a stay-at-home mom to 4 great kids whom I homeschool.  I was trying to find a way to help with the little extras at home but have fun while doing it.  One night, I hosted a Pampered Chef show in my home. My husband commented, “Hey you could do that and have fun too.”  Pampered Chef has great products that range in price. So yes some can be spendy but others aren’t.  The host and consultant benefits are great as well as the support system. ” – Stacey
You can follow Stacey on Facebook or checkout her Pampered Chef’s website.
Here’s how you can enter a chance to win.
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Day 9 Giveaway: MayeBelle Boutique

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The 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway is going strong.  And we’re not done yet. Today, the item up for grabs is a “Winter Wonderland” style top donated by Mayebelle Boutique. (The item is a $34 value).

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I first met owner, Marissa, through Business Boutique Community group. She was one of the many ladies who wanted to partner with me for the giveaway. I was super excited to add her to the list. Today’s giveaway wouldn’t have been possible without Marissa’s recent decision to start her own business. Marissa shares her story.

As a mom of 3, I look for clothes that make me feel good. I love a shirt that gives me confidence yet feels comfortable.  My aim is to provide clothing that allows you to feel the same way.

Even though I’ve always enjoyed fashion, it took me some time to make the leap to start my own business.  In the summer of 2017 Mayebelle Boutique was formed.  The name “Mayebelle” was created from combining the names of our two daughters.  Mayebelle Boutique is for any woman who is looking for fashionable affordable and comfortable clothing. -Marissa, Mayebelle Boutique

Now that you know about the item and a little bit about the amazing lady giving it away. It’s time to enter a chance to win. Follow the link below.

You can also visit Mayebelle Boutique on Facebook and Instagram. Just in case you want to buy something from her store.

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Day 8 Giveaway: Your Happy House Cleaner

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Here is the item up for grabs for Day 8. Ladies, this is a 2-for-1 type of giveaway. You can enjoy a relaxing bath and get jewelry in the process. Owner of Your Happy House Cleaner, Christina loves helping busy women stay stress free. Christina leaves little treats for her clients and this month it is a homemade bath bomb with a surprise inside! One client will get the surprise in theirs. This month it is a pair of earring from Ecuador made out of Acari berries and sold by a local artist here in Clarksville KY.

 

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“I own and operate “Your Happy House Cleaner”, a residential cleaning company that specializes in routine cleans to help working moms enjoy having a happy home to come back to and the end of a long day! We give back our clients their time with their family. Our company loves to support our local mompreneurs! We order as much as we can from local vendors. If you still need a day filled, we have a bomb with a pair of earrings inside for one lucky winner!” – Christina

You can check out Your Happy House Cleaner on Facebook or on their website.

Find how you can enter to win today’s giveaway below.

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Day 6 Giveaway: Creator’s Handiwork

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We are on Day 6 of the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway. I’m so excited to share with you today’s item. It’s a beautiful art print of President Abraham Lincoln in profile, 1864. This print is based off of an original artist Lauren Crowther drew freehand with pencil. It’s Just Pencil Strokes! Great for home or office! 8×10″ Print comes with 11×14″ white matting, ready to frame and enjoy! Made in the USA by Artist Lauren Crowther.

Lauren is the owner of Creative Handiworks. Is she’s talented or what?! Lauren tells us how her love of drawing gave her a new perspective on life.

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“I specialize in hand drawn pencil art, aimed to help you change the world by equipping hopeless children with the good news of Jesus Christ. My mission comes from Ephesians 2:10, ‘For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ Art holds a special place for me, because it’s through drawing that I found Jesus Christ. When I draw a custom order or package up your orders, I pray for you! Prayer is the backbone of Creator’s Handiwork. I’ve had the privilege of seeing God answer so many prayers and I love hearing stories of how God is using my gift to bless others!” – Lauren

You can learn more about Lauren’s mission by checking out her website.

You can also follow her on Instagram.

You’ve seen the item and met the artist. Now, it’s time to enter a chance to win this amazing item.

**IMPORTANT GIVEAWAY INFO**

Make sure you go to your email box and CONFIRM that you subscribed for email. If you don’t see it check your spam or junk folders. If you don’t then you will not be entered into the giveaway. So if your name is drawn I will have to pick a different winner. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for entering.

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Day 5 Giveaway: Grandma Bea’s

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If you struggle with dry and chapped hands during the winter, then you’ll want to enter to win today’s giveaway.

HEALING HANDS – An extensive treatment for severely dry, cracked skin. Designed with farmers, construction workers, beauticians and nurses in mind. People whose hands become so damaged by the elements that they have open cracks and sores. Healing hands has been created to help heal and prevent that damage. The natural ingredients and essential oils have also been associated with easing the effects of eczema. Lanolin, paraffin and tea tree essential oils are some of the healing ingredients used in this cream.

Debbie shares her story and why she wanted to start making a natural skincare line.

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“Grandma Bea’s Natural Products is a result of the simple country lifestyle that I was born and raised in and that I continue with my own family. All-natural products, essential oils and home remedies personally made on our family farm in rural southeast Missouri. I create the products in small batches using natural ingredients to insure quality and freshness. What started as a mom making her family’s skin care items and home remedies out of financial need and a desire to live more naturally, has now turned into a small business that helps other families live more naturally too!  Nothing artificial – just wholesome and homemade!” – Debbie

You can see Grandma Bea’s full line of skin care on their Facebook page.

Now is the time to enter your chance to win this free giveaway. It would make a great gift for men who work a lot with their hands.

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Day 3 Giveaway: Wortheymade

One way to enjoy the holiday season is heading outside to play in the snow. If you live in the Midwest like me then you know how important it is to have a great hat and scarf to keep warm. That happens to be what we’re giving away. This crochet bun beanie and necklace scarf were made with love by Tiffany, owner and creator of Wortheymade. (Together they’re a $35 value).

You can see by the pictures that Tiffany invested some time into these beautiful items. Here’s her story.

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I started my business in order to supplement our family’s income as a stay-at-home mom. I also wanted to enjoy a creative outlet where I can express myself while still raising two beautiful little ones. My business is named after my mom’s side of the family. I thought it would be a unique name and fun way to incorporate my heritage into my business. I specifically specialize in handmade crochet items, however I do occasionally branch out to upcycle other mediums depending on what I have on hand. Most of Wortheymade is built on custom orders but I also attend local events annually. – Tiffany

She’s continuing her families legacy by using her crochet items to provide comfort for her customers. Now, you know what today’s giveaway is and who made it. It’s time to enter a chance to win.

You can also checkout Wortheymade’s Facebook page.

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