February 21, 2013

Walgreens Challenge Week 7

Week 7 already!  I was pretty disappointment with last week, and this wasn't as exciting as I'd hoped, unfortunately I've found that my Walgreens sells out of the good deal items VERY fast =(.  But I HAD to use my $4 Register Rewards that was expiring on Monday.  So I got this Natural Dentist Mouthwash.  

It was priced at $4.99, so I paid $1.07 after tax and RR, and I filled out this form for a $5 Mail in Rebate.  So it's free, but I have to wait a long time to get that money back.  So with 1,300 points shy of my $5 reward, I'm not sure what next week will look like.  But that's part of the Walgreens Challenge Fun! =) What Did You Get?

February 20, 2013

We Snack (mostly) Raw Wednesdays: Apple Crisp

Winter is almost behind us!  Only one month and we will be into spring!!! I can actually feel the buzz in the air, the chirping birds and warm sun... it's getting so close! So to pay my respects to the lovely but fleeting autumn and winter months, here is one of my favorite recipes:

Raw Apple Crisp (link to Whole Foods, my version is below)

3 Apples
1 Pear
1 cup of Chopped, Mixed Nuts (I use Walnuts and Almonds usually)
1/4 cup Raisins (optional)
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
1/4 cup Orange Juice (optional)
1/2 cup Protein Powder (I use Perfect Fit RAW Brown Rice Protein), also optional

Blueberries are also a great addition.  Mix it up and make it a delicious Fruit Crisp!

Chop fruit, nuts and mix with raisins and spices (and protein powder).  Coat and combine.  Add any liquid and mix thoroughly.  Enjoy!!!

February 18, 2013

Warrior Chicks

You know you have really enjoyed a book when all the pages pretty much look like this:

I am trying to read one book a month this year.  I started with this awesome book by Holly Wagner, Warrior Chicks.  It was phenomenal. I finished, did the "homework" in the back and keep it out where I can see it everyday.  There are things still to be unpacked, treasures to uncover...but I find myself thinking about different aspects daily!!  Two of my favorite chapters spoke about the armor of God (in a way I'd never heard about it before) and "Staying Your Post."  UGH! I think about that chapter daily...it's such a challenge before me...and I love it! 

I highly recommend this book for every woman out there, no matter what your stage in life, you will love this read. 

February 16, 2013

Walgreens Challenge: Week 6

I'm pretty bummed! I went to Walgreens Thursday with my coupons and list of deals, ready to pay $2 out of pocket (plus $4 RR) and get $6 in RR back!!  Pretty cool.  But NONE of the items I was looking for were in stock =(.  I guess everyone else had the same bright ideas.  I'm so bummed.  I still walked out with 2 free Good and Natural bars (had 2 free coupons) and a red lipstick for Valentine's Day.  But all my grand scheming was for nothing. 
So now I HAVE to use my $4 Register Rewards by Monday 18th before they expire, hopefully next weeks sales are in stock for me!
Anyone else find any good deals?? Wanna jump in the challenge? Check it out HERE

February 15, 2013

Honest Company

I got all of this in the mail a week or so ago, and just paid shipping (around $6)!  Go here for more info, but be aware of the fact that you will have to call and cancel membership if you don't want to pay the monthly membership fee. I called the same day so I wouldn't forget, even though I am loving the products, I'd like to look into it and see if we can add their fees into our budget, and if it would work for us.  Their products are truly HONEST. =) Very clean and smell good, no harsh chemicals in their diapers...good company.  And they didn't give me trouble when I asked to cancel. Check it out, it would make the cutest baby shower gift too.

SSMT Verse 4!

I have been chewing over all my verses so far, and they have been my life saver at moments!  This is one of my favorite things to do, memorize Scripture!  It keeps your heart and head focused and it's amazing how God's Word can come alive when you think about it all day long. =)

My next verse is Proverbs 14:26 (NLT):
"Those who fear the Lord are secure; he will be a refuge for their children."
I like this verse, never really has it stuck out at my before.  But I am really excited to dig into it a little deeper.  =)  What are you memorizing??

February 14, 2013

Throwback Thursday: LOVE Your Enemies

Originally posted on February 21, 2011

Love your enemies, yes!  No, I'm not talking about cupcakes and chocolate.  But wouldn't it be nice if that was what the Bible meant!  Most of us don't have real "enemies" these days.  Typically we just have those few "difficult personalities" (and "diet thwarting sweets") to deal with, whether in the family, workplace, or church.  The best thing to do whenever we are trying to change our old thought patterns, go against our nature and become more like Christ is to stand on His word.  So please take 2 minutes and read the next 5 verses, and let them really sink into your heart today:
"You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer,for then you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do that.If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that. In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you. " - Matthew 5:43-48 (The Message, emphasis added).
"Live out your God-created identity."  Don't let ANYTHING get in your way of that, not even a stubborn personality.  "Live generously and graciously toward others..."and how do we do that?  "...the way God lives toward you."
Think about (or study) the way God thinks of you, I know that He loves you so much He sent His ONLY Son to die for you, so you could be with Him for eternity (John 3:16).  I know that His thoughts about you are so numerous, you could count every star in the sky, every grain of sand on the earth, and He still thinks about you more (Psalm 139:17-18).  Even before you were born, He knew you, He formed you (Psalm 139:13-16).  He thinks you're good (Genesis 1:27, 31).
Whew!  That's a lot to live up to, and not easy to do, but I believe if we are just willing to try, slowly we will become more like Christ.  And hey, it may even get easier to love our enemies with practice (chocolates and all)! =)
Love you ladies (and you male readers too)! Thanks for letting me share my thoughts with you again and again!

February 13, 2013

We Snack (mostly) Raw Wednesdays: Valentines Day!

I am so excited for Valentine's Day. I must say, it's a lot of fun with four little princesses to spoil. One thing I am trying to do is limit the sugar and candy. So I am making dairy free chocolate pops for the girls and the rest of their goodies will be cute stickers, jewelry, dress up stuff and things like that. Here is what I made for them (and I know, these are not raw at all, but keep reading for some Raw Vday Recipe ideas).

Heart-Shaped Chocolate Pops
Favorite Chocolate (we used Enjoy Life, dairy free chips)
1 tsp of Coconut Oil
a few drops of Vanilla Extract
Lollipop molds and sticks (bought these very cheap at Hobby Lobby)
Toppings (shredded coconut, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, crushed pretzels, etc.)

Melt chocolate with extract and oil, pour into molds (following directions). Place stick into melted chocolate, sprinkle with your choice of toppings and refrigerate for 10-15 minutes (again following directions on the molds).  Gently remove and I stored in the fridge.  I have to make a few batches for all my girls to get hearts, I may make a few extra to store for treats later.  It always makes me happy when my dairy-egg allergic chocolate lovers get to have a fun treat that won't make their eczema flair up. =)

Alternative Options!!!

I found some GREAT recipes on Whole Foods Blog here, and one of my favorites is Banana NiceCream (picture above).  I love the idea of adding coconut milk (canned) to this recipe, cannot wait to try it! Below is a favorite from a while back that I haven't tried yet, but looks so cute, and RAW!

Raw Cookie Sandwich check out this link for the recipe!  Prep time is 10 minutes! And the ingredients aren't crazy, hard to find or pronounce items either. ;)  Let me know if you try any of these!!!

February 12, 2013

Walgreens Challenge Week 5

So I skipped week 4 because we were in Colorado, but I snagged these Energy Sheets for free! =) Used my previous register rewards and got $4 more in RR for next week (which is this week).  Can't wait to show you the deals I get this week, they should be really good.  Any of you taking on the Challenge??

February 11, 2013

Travels and Tissues

Dj and I were so excited to head out to Colorado 2 weeks ago for a songwriting workshop of sorts with Jared Anderson. We both went on a ten day social media fast just beforehand so I didn't get to post anything while we were there, which was actually really freeing. We enjoyed two days of traveling there and relaxing. We got to see some beautiful sights and eat some delicious foods too. But it was more exciting hanging out with some really cool people and getting to cowrite some songs! It was an awesome unforgettable week.
As soon as we drove home Dj got bronchitis, a sinus infection and the flu. My youngest baby girl and I also got sinus infections. So we spent all of last week with tissues, tea and Lysol. Ew. It was quite a long few days. But everyone is healthy again and that makes for one very happy mamma. That's a little bit of life that's been going on around here the past few weeks. =)

February 1, 2013

SSMT Verse 3!

Siesta Scripture Memory Team, we are on verse 3! Be sure to check in on Living Proof Ministry Blog (Beth Moore's Blog) Here. This is my verse: 
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…” - James 1:19 (NIV)
Check out my previous verse here and more about SSMT here.  

For accountability I'm posting my previous verses below from memory:
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You O Lord, my rock and my redeemer." - Psalm 19:14 (NLT) 
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." - 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
What is your next verse?  Post in the comments below, and your previous ones for accountability if you'd like!
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