The Winter Before The Spring

We are currently in the season of Winter. The coldest season of the year. 
 In Greek, the word winter it is: Cheimón ( pronounced Khi-mone) which means storm or rainy days. 
 We’ve all been in our season of winter. We’ve all had to go through our own storms. However, on the other side of that storm is your perseverance.
 

During your season of winter please remember to:

 

  • Meditate on his word, planting it in your heart.

  • Pray continuously, fighting on your knees.

  • Have faith that our father, El Shaddai, the all-sufficient one will provide you with the comfort and peace that you need, as he always does.

 
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Press on towards your purpose.

God has given you the authority to stand on the head of the enemy. 

 

I DECLARE that you:

 

  • Inhale confidence, exhale fear.

  • Choose joy, and love yourself, as God loves you.

  • Have faith that things will always work out for the good, because God is so good. He is your strong tower.

 
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In Ezra 10-4, we are commanded to rise up,

take courage, and just do it.

We should do the same.

 

It takes a God-fearing woman, 

a Strong woman,

a Fierce woman,

a Brave woman

to walk through the storm with her eyes fixed on the Lord.

 

Don’t give up, my dear sister in Christ!

 This year WILL be your year! 

 Declare it!

Claim it!

Receive it!

in the name of Jesus, Amen!

Blessings and Lessons Of 2017 & Year in Review

 

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This past year was a year of breakthroughs. This year I have felt stronger and braver than I ever felt before and since have felt unstoppable.  

 I’ve learned that my growth comes when I step outside of my comfort zone. When I learned to become obedient to God, and His word, things started to change in my life. There was a shift and I was suddenly thrusted into this new world where fear no longer was in control, and I could stand in my skin with confidence. A place where I felt joyful, and at peace. It was something I had never felt before. 
 I’ve learned to exercise my God-given authority against the enemy’s strongholds. I’ve struggled with depression for years. I was caught up in pain from my childhood, and I carried my pain with my through my life. I’ve struggled with my identity. But God changed all of that for me. I learned how to speak love over myself, and I began to speak life into my soul. My negative thoughts turned into positive ones, and all of a sudden, everything changed for me. I became mentally and emotionally stronger. 
 I can tell I was in a new season in my life. God had broken chains, and set me free. Free from depression, free from debilitating fear, free from despair. I have come into my identity in Christ. I am who I am. A powerful, loving, strong, God-fearing woman with peace in her heart,  with the Holy Spirit filling her body, and with the authority to stand on the head of the enemy.

 I stand firm in the truth of the word, because the truth of the word has changed my life. 

 God has made the impossible, possible in so many ways throughout this year. 

 2017 has been a year of change, growth, breakthroughs, and opportunities:

 I cut my hair off. Something I hadn’t done in about 10 years. It was time, It was a freeing, and such a beautiful moment for me. 

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My goal this past year was to intentionally grow in my relationship with God. To know Him more, His many names, His character, His ways. To seek Him and know more about Him. To pray more. to learn to be still more, and I did just that. 

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His mercies were new every morning, so I got to open up my eyes 365 times in the last year. I am beyond grateful!

I graduated from my Paragon Discipleship class, and was honored to become Valedictorian. This was a first for me!

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Because of Paragon:

I’ve opened up my bible and study it more in the last year and a half than I ever have in my entire life. I’ve learned so much, but still, have so much more to learn. It’s exciting!

Chains were broken, I was able to receive forgiveness, as well as forgive others. 

I received healing through journaling due to the in depth homework, and because of that I was healed from my depression. 

Because I learned that God did not give me the spirit of fear, I was able to face my biggest fear, which was speaking in front of people 

I wrote my first speech, and gained the courage, through God’s strength, to share my testimony in front of others. 

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My second son graduated high school, and he got his licence. I’m proud of the young man he has grown into. He’s been an ease kid to raise. I cherish these milestones on this amazing journey that I call parenting. 

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 My girls participated in a purity conference at our church. 

 I got to watch both of my girls be apart of two huge productions at my church

We had an amazing year of visits from family. All the grandparents got to visit within months of each other. We had an epic family Thanksgiving where my hubby’s entire family came to stay with us, and we got to celebrate family, birthdays, and we all had a great time. I soaked up every moment of it!

My youngest and I got to competed in our first cupcake war at our church. She won second place!

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I attempted and was successful at making homemade yogurt for the first time. It’s was delicious! 

I got the opportunity to participate in my first paint night and terrarium night. I enjoyed both!

I got an opportunity to sew and work on costumes for the Easter production at my church. It was such an honor to be be able to share my passion for sewing with others. 

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I had an opportunity to run, and host a craft table for kids at a super hero 5K hosted by my church

I was able to celebrate 22 years together, and 16 years married with my hubby and bestfriend in Mexico

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I was also given an opportunity to join hubby on a business trip to China and Taiwan. It was a blessing!

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My prayers were answered when I asked God to bless me with intelligent, compassionate, and loving women in my life who had a passion for God, and wanted to grow in Him. Women I could building amazing relationships with.

I was blessed with the opportunity to join the women’s leadership team at my church. Something I had been praying about for some time. 

I was also blessed with an opportunity to start and co-leading a morning ministry where I get to share my passion for God, homemaking, caring for family, uplifting other women, and being a Proverbs 31 Woman that honors God. 

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I got to started Bible college. I’ve learned so much, in just a few months so far about leadership, God, and the history of Hid word.  

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I was given an opportunity to work along side other women to decorate for the women’s conference at my church. It was the biggest event that I’ve ever decorated for. I learned how to make a balloon columns to build a photo booth. I loved it! Everything turned out amazing.

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 My oldest son bought hubby and I a gift with his own hard-earned cash this past Christmas. His first, our first. Another parenting milestone for us. 

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One of the biggest thing I learned in 2017 was to embrace, accept, and love myself as I am.

 I’ve spent too many years being my own worst critic with my mind telling me all the ways I failed to live up to societal, spiritual, or self-help focused ideals.
 I’ve learned to appreciate myself exactly the way God created me to be, and stopped trying to reach idealized standards. I started listening to my soul, and took authentic actions to bring my life into integrity. Self-care is self-love. I took steps to do one kind and joyful thing for myself everyday that feeds my soul. I started to pay more attention to all I had to be grateful for. 
Through the authority that God has given me I was able to gain the courage to make the decision to step out of the darkness and into the light that God faithfully shines so brightly on all of us daily. 
 I discovered one simple truth that brought me everyday inner peace: That I am enough and I am because God created me to simply be me. In that truth, I reclaimed my soul and authentic life. A life that I strive to honor God with.
 2017 was the year I overcame my battles, the year I learned to love myself as God created me to be, The year I stepped outside of my comfort zone, and into God’s grace. The year that chains were broken, and fears were faced. Through it all, my relationship God has become intentional, and has grown tremendous. I am forever grateful to our Lord and savior for saving me and setting me free from burdens that were never meant for me to carry. 

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2018!

Happy New Year to you all! I pray God blessings your family, your home, your careers, your relationships, your life. May your family be loved, and may your friends be blessed. I pray that your heart opens up to God, and you remember to put him first in all that you do. May your worry disappear. May your trails and tribulations be less. I pray an overflow in your finances, may they multiply. I pray that you have the courage to say no when you need to. That you have the strength to stand in who God created you to be. That you make time to do the things that make you heart sing. I praying abundance in all areas of your life. That you have a year full of God’s grace, blessings, good memories, and love. Amen! 

DIY Framed Earring Holder

A few years ago I came across this neat idea on Pinterest, on how to make an earring holder out of things I had laying around my house. I’ve share this idea several times during my craft parties. It’s a popular craft.
With the holidays approaching, I thought it would be a good time to share this simple yet inexpensive craft that anyone can make on their own.

You will need: 

  • Picture Frame
  • Fabric or Scrap Paper
  • Mesh Material (Found at Home Depot)
  • Sponge Brush
  • Scissors or a Rotary Cutter 
  • Modge Podge or Hot Glue Gun (Not Pictured)

DIY Earring Holder

Step 1: Separate the frame pieces.

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Step 2: Measure by placing the frame onto your fabric and cutting around the frame. 

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Step 3: Cut out the fabric, leaving some extra fabric around the frame. 

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Step 4: Line your cut fabric piece up with your mesh material and cut accordingly.

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Step 5: Now, grab you Modge Podge or hot glue gun, and glue your fabric onto the backing of your frame.

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Step 6: Fit the mesh piece into the frame and add your fabric backing. Cut off any  excess mesh and fabric. 

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And that’s it! Your finished Framed Earring Holder is done! 

 

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Isn’t this idea a cute way to have one’s earrings on display?

An awesome gift idea for the up and coming holidays!

 

 

Finding My Way To God

Overcome:

To succeed in dealing with a situation.

To face it and conquer it. 

My last post was an example of me searching for peace during a time where I was struggling in a situation that I was in. 

I had a friend who needed a place to stay. Bless his heart, he came at a time where I was nose deep into my emotional and spiritual battles. A time where I was tired of fighting with my thoughts, and I was ready for more joyful and peaceful thoughts in my everyday life. A time where I made a decision to surrender to God, and grow with Him.

My friend was never a mean house guest. He respected me and my home. But I struggled with him living with me, due to his dominate energy that didn’t sit well with my sensitive energy. The whole situation became hard for me to handle.  It was hard for me to give up my space, my comfort zone. I felt invaded and attacked in my own home. I was fighting off depression, I was having bad panic attacks, nightmares, uncontrollably crying moments. I struggled to keep myself together during that time. Trying to keep my emotions under wraps because I didn’t want it to effect my family.

Through it all, I cried out to God everyday for strength. I reached out to grab God by the hand for protection. I held on to his hand so tight, like a kid holding her daddy’s hand crossing a street. I went to God more than I had ever done before in my life, I prayed harder than I had ever prayed before in my life, I got deeper into His word more than I had ever gotten into before in my life, and just focused on intentionally growing with God.

I truly believe that having my friend stay with me pushed me to go to God and rely on Him as my comforter, my safe haven, and my strong tower. Being in that place mentally, I was struggling to fight off the enemy, but I was also determined to not let him stop me from growing and walking this journey that God placed me on.

I stayed the course, and pressed toward what God had planned for me which was to:

  • Put Him first in all that I do.
  • Have faith in him, trust in him, obey him, and most of all love him. 
  • Finally love myself for who He created me to be. His daughter, His masterpiece, His creation
  • Honor him by being the being the best mother that He entrusted me to be, and the best wife that He called me to be. Homemaking is my number one ministry, and I am forever grateful for the opportunity He has given me.  
  • Glorify him by letting the Holy Spirit use my God-given gifts and talents that only HE could give me, to share God’s love to others and to serve others.
  • Obey his will, and go out into what my Pastor calls, the mission field, and bring people to Jesus. Go out and share the word, and make disciples that will be apart of the body of Christ, and work together to build up the Kingdom.

I thank God for giving me the strength to overcome a HUGE obstacle that I faced. I thank God for putting me in a situation to where I was pushed to trust in Him more. I Thank God for my friend, whom, without evening knowing it, had a hand in pushing me to a greater relationship with God. 

Through those tough months I learned that:  

  • I am stronger than I thought I was. An Overcomer! The enemy told me I couldn’t handle it.  Every time I told myself I couldn’t take it anymore, I went to God, and he told me I could. Because remember, All things through Christ gives us strength. (Philippians 4:1)
  • That through my trial I gained perseverance and a better understanding of my connection with God, and grow in my personal relationship with Him.

God is amazing! He never leaves our side, He’s always there to give you the strength, the courage, and the wisdom to get through those though days. Days when you feel like you just can’t take it no more, He comes in like the wind and swoop up your worries, leaving you with the peace that only He can give provide.

  • He is a mighty God  
  • A powerful God
  • A ‘ won’t leave you in your puddle of tears’ kind of God  
  • A God that can set your free. A’ break the chains’ kind of God.
  • A God that will dress you in compassion, kindness, and gentleness.
  • A God that will set fire to your soul from within.
  • A merciful God that gives you a new day every morning.
  • A God that deserves your honor, your glory, and all the love that you can give Him. Why, do you ask? Because he loves us, and only wants the best for us.

When things get heavy, just know that you can always count on God to help see you through it. That God gave you the power to overcome any obstacle that dares to comes your way.  

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Peace Be Onto You!

I’m going to be totally transparent with you when I say that I have been struggling with having peace in my heart for a few months now. I have been so wrapped up in being unsettling in my circumstances, that I have failed to focus on the greatness of God in my life. 
 
When things feel like they are falling apart, we are to go to God, and let His supernatural peace settle our hearts.
 

“Security during turmoil equals God’s peace.” -Pastor Kerri, CWC

 
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We are to fall to our knees, and pray when things get out of hand, because the world can become too much at times. But our God says that he got us, and only He can bring us internal peace as long as we have faith in who he is and all that he CAN do.
 
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With Christ’s peace in our hearts, we have no need to fear the present nor our future because the Holy Spirit is deeply rooted within us. Only God can bring us long-lasting, internal peace that the world can’t provide.
 
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We should expect trials and tribulations while we live in this world because this world is troubled. But, when we focus of God, we can expect our relationship with Christ to grow and produce peace and comfort over our lives because we are growing our faith in Him, and not of this world. We are to become christ-like, and in doing so we are gifted the fruit of peace. 
 
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Through the good and the bad we are to praise God. These days may be tough but our God is tougher. We are to focus on him, his promises, and believe that things will work out for the good of him. We have to believe that whatever we’re going through it won’t last forever. That it too shall pass. We are to cast our cares and anxieties on God because he cares for us, and will never forsaken us.
 
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My Flesh tells me that everything is impossible but my God says all things are possible. I can choose to drown in my sorrow, my worries, and my anxiety and let it consume my life or I can put on my armor of God and step out, and face my troubles with confidence knowing that God is in control. I can have peace knowing that this life can get crazy, but if I stay the course, and keep my faith in God, I can receive that inner peace in my heart that will allow me to stand firm, in him and his promises when everything seems to be falling apart. 
 
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Paul didn’t say if we face trials and tribulations but WHEN we face them we should have a positive outlook on the situation. That we should try to see the light in the dark, or better yet, be the light in the darkness of your troubles. Instead of dwelling on how bad things are in your life, choose to focus on the good that’s around you. Choose to remind yourself that this tough season won’t last, because, in actuality, it won’t. Your trails and tribulations won’t last forever. God’s love, grace, mercy, and peace will carry us on until the ends of time. 
 
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 How do you handle your circumstances when times get tough? Are you allowing God to bring peace in your heart, in the midst of your troubles? 

What I Love Most About Marrying Young.

 

usweddingblackwhite (1)Today, we are celebrating 16 awesome years of marriage, and 21 wonderful years of being together. We’ve been together so long that we joke about how we can’t even remember what life was like before we started dating. It’s crazy! But I wouldn’t have it any other way. In honor of our anniversary I wanting to share a few things I love most about marrying my life partner at such a young age. 

We get to spend more years together.  

We love being in each others’ presence. We talk all the time about how much we enjoy simply being together, and miss each other dearly when we are apart. The younger you get together, the longer you have to be together. We are partners for a lifetime, and I look forward to growing old with him, and telling our grandkids stories about us from when we were teenagers. 

We didn’t have to deal with the craziness of the dating scene. 

Dating looks like it would be exhausting. I’ve watched others struggle as they try to maneuver through the dating world. I’ve watched my friends deal with the dramas of dating. I’ve seen people build up unrealistic expectations of how they think things should be in a relationship or the type of person they feel they should be dating. Sometimes, even bring in baggage from the past which ends up effecting how one conducts themselves in their current relationships. We started dating so young that when we came together we had no expectations of each other, and no past relationship dramas. 

We Support Each Other.

When my husband decided to follow new job, I supported him 150%. When I decided I wanted to go to college, he was my number one supporter. We are each other’s encouragers. It’s nice to always have someone by your side, cheering you on, and pushing you to reach your goals. 

When you struggle to together, you learn to become finally stable together.

We started out with nothing. We’ve gone from living with family members, to getting our own place, to being homeless, to moving across the states together. We’ve seen our fair share of tough days. However, over the years, we progressed, slowly but surely, to where we are now. We aren’t rich, but we never asked to be. We simply wanted to live a stable life. We learned to love each other during our toughest times, and in the end, we appreciate how far we have come now. We look back with amazement sometimes at just how far we have become. We feel blessed, and we take nothing for granted. 

We Get To Share Big Milestones and Achievements Together

From his promotion at work, to the kids’ graduations, to buying our first home. We’ve got to enjoy a lot of milestones, and share our biggest moments in life together.

We started our family young.

I’m just going to be honest, I can not even fathom the thought of having a baby in my 30s. Being a parent in my late teens and early 20s was perfect for me. I had the energy to be up all night for feedings, and run after toddlers all day. Everyone around us is settling down, and starting their own families now. Our kids are old enough to take care of themselves, and we are able to focus on nurturing our relationship a bit more. 

Safe Sex.

What can I say, sex is fun. Even more so when done with the person you love in a committed marriage. We can have fun without the worries of STDs. There are no expectations of how I should look naked in front of another person. Being without someone who loves every inch of your body is a confidence booster. With no worries of judgment we can openly communicate with each other our wants and needs. Our marriage is a safe zone for physical and emotional intimacy.  

We work to overcome the odds stacked against us. 

While we had a decent amount of support, we also had some family and friends that doubted our relationship. We knew statistically young marriages tend to fail. We understood that a young age coupled with immaturity would make things complicated, but it didn’t mean that we were doomed to fail, (as one friend stated to me). There are people who wait to get married, and still have problems that lead to a divorce. Divorce has no age limit. What works for us our love and mostly importantly, our commitment to each other. Never saying the word “Divorce”, and agreeing that divorce is NOT an option. 

Like any other marriage, we have had our ups, downs, and turnarounds. However, even at a young age, we knew that marriage was going to take our commitment to each other to making things work. We decided at the very beginning to go through the tough times together, and keep our focus on the things that we love about each other and our relationship.
Marriage is not for everyone, no matter how old or young you are. However, the chances of you having a long-lasting marriage are greater when you love each other wholeheartedly, you commit yourself to each other, and you stay loyal to one another. When you value your commitment to each other, your marriage can thrive, and grow into something amazing.us2016blue 

10 Simple Ways To Spice Up Your Marriage

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Everyone needs a little spice in their marriage. Whether you’ve been married for one month or for 50 years, It’s highly important that you invest in keeping the spark alive between you and your spouse. 

I know all too well how life can get a bit hazy. Between working, paying bills, taking care of kids, and keeping the household running, it can all take it’s tool on a couple’s marriage. You feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and just not in the mood to do anything but sleep.  All too often we allow the craziness of life to take over, and we forget that we need to stop, come to our spouse, and make our marriage a high priority.

With it being the month of all things love, I thought it would be the perfect time to come up with a list, and share with you a few simple ways to add a little spice into your own marriage. 

10 Simple Ways To Spice Up Your Marriage:

  1. Take A Shower Together. Showering together is a great way to spice things up, and get intimate. You can soap each other up, caressing each other bodies, and just be close. 
  2. Buy Some Lingerie. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Maybe some new sexy underwear, or buy some fishnet stockings. If money is tight, put something together with what you have. You can put it under your clothes, and give him peeks here and there when the kids aren’t looking. The point is to surprise him, and have fun with it. 
  3. Take Sexy Dance Classes. Lap dancing or pole dancing classes are available everywhere nowadays.  You can go in, get a few tips, and give your man a little show. Youtube has lots of videos that you, and get some inspiration from.
  4. Date Your Partner. Take each other out from time to time. Hold hands, and give each other kisses. It so important that you make the time to just be together.  
  5. Take Care Of Yourself. Yes! Taking care of yourself will help to spice things up a bit. Maybe, instead of wearing sweats or yoga pants, put on a nice dress. Do your make up, if that’s what your husband is into. Exercise, drink water, eat right, and just all around love yourself. 
  6. Make Your Bedroom A Sacred Place. Keep your room clean. Make your bed everyday. Say no to kids and their toys. I love my kids, but I don’t allow them into my room. They know that Mom and Dad’s room is off limits. Only because it’s “our” place to unwind after the kids go to bed. It’s our sanctuary. It’s harder to have a moment with your partner if you allow the kids to run a muck in your room. No work is aloud in the bed either. My husband’s job has him working from home from time to time. We agreed that he was to keep his work in his office. It’s where it belongs. Not in my bed of love. 🙂 
  7. Give A Massage In Your Birthday Suit. Rubbing his skin down while you are in you are naked. It’s sexy, it’s sensual, and your partner will love you for it. 
  8. Go To Bed In Your Birthday Suit. I’m not kidding! Get naked, and get in that bed! There is nothing like skin on skin contact. It’s sexy. It’s a great way to connect and cuddle. It may turn him on. The more you do it, the morning comfortable you become in your own skin, which is a plus within itself.
  9. Love Notes.  Stick them in his car, briefcase, or even his pants pocket. A few words of love, pray, and even affirmation can go a long way.
  10. Laugh Together! My husband has a great sense of humor, and I consider myself a nutcase lol. We are always laughing and making jokes together. It’s a great was to bond. They say, laughter makes your heart grow fonder, and I believe it to be true. 

Is there anything you could add to the list?

If you like this post, then check out:

Finding Love At 16

 20 Ways I Show My Husband Love

Strawberry Brunt Almond Cupcakes

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True Story! 

I woke up at 2 am this morning for no reason at all. Just up with my eyes wide open like I didn’t have things to do today. I laid around in bed for awhile thinking about all of the food I had made this past weekend for a gathering I threw at my house. I had some friends over, we sipped on some drinks, and I cooked a lot of food that was slammin’, per usual.  

One of the things that disappeared from my countertop quickly were my Strawberry Brunt Almond Cupcakes. I swear, I brought them out, sat them on the counter, and within seconds, they were gone. I didn’t even get a chance to grab one for myself or my hubby, because they went so fast.

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So, while everyone else was sleep this morning, I was up bake some cupcakes when I know, for a fact, that I should have be sleep my dang self. I told myself sleep will just have to wait, because my stomach told me these cupcakes could not. 

Strawberry Brunt Almond Cupcakes

Strawberry Brunt Almond Cupcakes

Ingredients

    Cake
  • Your favorite White Cake Recipe (Or a box of white cake mix)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Strawberry jam
  • Frosting:
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese, soften
  • 1 Stick Butter, soften
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Cups Powdered Sugar
  • Roasted Brown Sugar Butter Almonds:
  • 2 Cups Sliver Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, melted

Instructions

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  1. Mix your cake recipe or box cake mix.
  2. Add almond extract
  3. Add vanilla extract
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes. Sticking at toothpick in, and see if it come out clean.
  5. Let it cool completely.
  6. Once cooled, use a teaspoon to scope out the middle of the cupcake.
  7. Fill the hole with strawberry jam
  8. Frosting
  9. Cream together the cream cheese and the butter using your mixer.
  10. Add the almond and vanilla extract.
  11. Add the powder sugar, one cup at a time, until it's smooth like frosting.
  12. Frost your cupcakes. Be careful not to let the jam come out as you smooth your frosting over.
  13. Roasted Brown Sugar, Butter Almonds
  14. Turn your broiler on.
  15. Dump your almonds into a baking dish.
  16. Mix in the brown sugar.
  17. Add the butter, mix well.
  18. Roast for about 5 minutes.
  19. **Keep an eye on it or you will burn your almonds.**
  20. When the almonds are done, let them cool for a couple of minutes.
  21. Grab you cupcake and lay them face down into the roasted almond.
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While I won’t say how many I managed to stuff in my mouth before I went back to bed for a couple of hours, let’s just say, I ate more than I should have, because sometimes, I have no self-control when it comes to food, lol.
How about you? Have you ever woke up in the middle of the night and starting cooking? Crafting? Painting? What are some of your remedies for sleeping at night?

Almond Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

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I was up late last night watching tv when I started craving something sweet. I promptly went downstairs to see what I could find to munch on. I came across some ice cream inside my garage refrigerator. With my spoon in hand, I grabbed the ice cream, and was ready to dig into some yummy neapolitan ice cream.

However, to me devastation, I found out the ice cream was too soft. I guess the refrigerator’s freezer compartment was not cold enough to keep the ice cream solid. I personally, can not stand soft ice cream, and I couldn’t bring myself to eat it. So, I put the ice cream in our deep freezer in hopes to make the ice cream more solid, and continued my search. 

Bummed, and still craving something sweet, I did what I do best, and rummaged through my pantry to see what I could come up with. I knew that whatever it was, had to be quick. No baking, or anything that took too long. I was too lazy to wait around on cookies. So, I decided to make some oatmeal, and add a few other ingredients to satisfy my need for sweets. 

This ingredients that I grabbed were:

  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal 
  • 1/2 Cup + 1 TB of Almond Milk  (You can use any milk)
  • 1/2 Tea Almond Extract
  • 1/2 TB Brown Sugar 
  • 1/8 Tea Cinnamon 
  • 1 TB Silvered Almonds
  • 1 Tb Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Added all the ingredients to a small saucepan. 
  2. cook until oatmeal until done. About 2-3 minutes. Stir if needed.
  3. Put in a bowl, and pour 1 Tb almond  milk over the oatmeal.
  4. Top with the chocolate chips and almonds.
  5. Eat.
 

Chocolate Chip oatmeal

Almond Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Almond Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup + 1 TB of Almond Milk (You can use any milk)
  • 1/2 Tea Almond Extract
  • 1/2 TB Brown Sugar
  • 1/8 Tea Cinnamon
  • 1 TB Silvered Almonds
  • 1 Tb Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Added all the ingredients to a small saucepan.
  2. cook until oatmeal until done. About 2-3 minutes. Stir if needed.
  3. Put in a bowl, and pour 1 Tb almond milk over the oatmeal.
  4. Top with the chocolate chips and almonds.
  5. Eat.
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This Almond, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal was not only delicious, it was easy to make. A better choice than a candy bar. I’m glad I picked something warm to snack on instead of eating something that would have made me cold anyway.

I’m a huge fan of oatmeal, and being that January is National Oatmeal Month,  I figured I would share with you some of my other oatmeal recipes below.

 Tell me, What are some of your favorite ways got eat oatmeal? 

10 Simple Tricks To Beating The Blues

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Having A Tough Day Today?

You know, those days where you feel like nothing is going right? Maybe you are in a rut, and feel moments of feeling like you are a bad mom? Maybe your laundry is out of control, your sink is full of dishes, the baby is crying, all while you are trying to pay a bill on the phone. Maybe you feel overwhelmed with trying to balance your families’s needs, the household, and your 9-5 job. Are you working so hard to take care of everyone else that you forget to take care of yourself?

Can I just tell you, my fellow mom, that you are not alone.

Most days, I wake up in a positively energetic mood. Motivated to get things accomplished, and I’m highly focused, and get things done. Then, there are the other days. Days where I’m not as chipper as I would like to be. I’m an emotional wreak at times, becoming my own worst critic about everything that I’m doing.

I know that I’m not alone. I know that we, as mothers, are always trying to be superwomen for everyone else. So much so, that we tend to become dissatisfied when we feel like we are falling short of the high exceptions that we set on ourselves. We become disappointed, discouraged, and sometimes feel defeated. 

I know all to well about the crippling effects of sadness, and how it can affect the productivity of your day. So I listed below a few simple tricks that I have used myself over the years. 10 ways that I hope can help you during those days when you feel the blues are trying to creep in. 

1. Create A List Of Good Things.

Write down a list of your accomplishments. Things you have done that you are proud of. Write down things you are good at. Are you are good listener? Are you good with your hands? Are you a good cook? Write down things that make you happy like the sun rising, or the smell of coffee in the morning. Writing a list down can take just a few minutes for you to do. Tape it to your wall, and read it out loud whenever you start to feel like you may not be good enough.  

2. Dance Around The House.

I do this often simply because I love to dance. Find you some good music, turn it up loud, and go for it. And, if you feel like taking it up a notch, try dancing in your birthday suit. It may sound silly, but I promise you, it can be quite exhilarating. 

3. Do Something For Someone Else. 

Named the Helper’s High, performing a small, selfless, random acts of kindness can lead to lifting your own spirits. The act can be as simple as calling someone to say hello, or telling them how much you appreciate them. Buy some flowers for a friend, and leave it at their door step with a little note of love. Send someone words of encouragement thorough text, email, or even on someone’s fb wall. By doing so, you will not only set off the happy vibe within yourself, but you just may make someone else’s day as well. Sounds like a win, win to me. 

4. Exercise. 

Exercising is a great way to get the brain going. Moving around releases endorphins that trigger positives feelings within the body. I know most people don’t like to exercise. So I don’t recommend doing something that you dread. Instead, find an exercise that you would enjoy. Something like yoga, hull hooping, or suing a jumprope. I personally love to go roller skating around my neighborhood from time to time. It’s a fun, high calorie burning exercise. I’m also a huge fan of running. It helps to clear my mind, gives me energy, and gets me back on track for the day. 

5. Invest in a coloring book. 

I’ve always loved to color. It’s a relaxing activity. Adult Coloring books have become a trend in the last couple of years. There are some great adult coloring books out there like this one, this one, and this one. For those of you who are fond of foul words, check out this swear word coloring book that I found on Amazon. 

6. Journaling. 

I am a avid fan of writing in journals. I’m have been journal writing since I was kid. I would write stories about me and my imaginary friends. I would write about my emotions, my days in school, or even stories about my parents. I wrote about anything and everything that was going on in my mind. I do they same now as an adult. I write about my passions, and my goals. I write about my good days, as well as my bad ones. Jotting down my testimonies and my triggers. It’s a way for me to release stress, and getting things out on paper so they don’t fester in my brain. Writing in my journal helps me to stay in tuned with myself, helping me to be aware of my thoughts and emotions. 

7. Laugh.

They say laughter the best medicine. I believe it to be true. Even on my worse days, all it takes is for me to see or read something funny, and I instantly feel better. Find something funny to watch. Maybe a funny movie, or some stand up comedy. Something that can lift your spirits up, and makes you laugh those blues away.

8. Play Music. 

I love music. It speaks to my soul. I tend to be emotionally attached certain songs. Songs that are inspirational. When I’m having a tough day, I play uplifting dance music to get me going around my living room, or I play worship music that praises God to get me out of my funk. Try making a play list, and play it during those moments that you need a bit of encouragement. 

9. Praying

I Pray, and Pray some more. Seriously. When I feel like I’m going through it, sometimes I just have to stop, drop, and pray. I pray for clarity in my mind, joy in my heart, and peace in my soul. I am no expert at praying, but I can say that I am a woman who wholeheartedly believes in the power of prayer. When something is weighting heavy on your heart, close your eyes, have faith, and give it to God.

My top 3 verses about the power of prayer. 

  • Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
  • Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
  • And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matthew 21:22

10. Reach Out To Someone.

Whether it be a friend, a pastor, or even a therapist. Talking to someone about what you are going though.  Someone you can trust, someone that you know, and  someone that won’t judge you. Someone who will listening to you, and who will support you when you need it.   

Having tough days can be perceived as a weakness making it hard for people to share themselves with others. If you are having a day, know that it’s ok, know that you are not alone, and know that with the right tools you can move forward, and still have a happy and productive day.