Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thankful Thursday

"Studies tell us that we move toward what we consistently see.  You should keep something in front of you, even if it's symbolic, to remind you of what you are believing for."

~Joel Osteen, You Can, You Will


Happy Thankful Thursday!  I'm so glad that the weekend is almost here because I'm ready to sleep in.  While I have been going to bed earlier instead of staying up until the wee hours of the night, JJ has taken to waking up around 3 AM.  He's not hungry or anything and usually goes right back to sleep if I rock him or bounce him on my knee.  The only issue is that sometimes it can take him a while to drift off into a sound sleep and other times I find myself restless after I've put him to sleep.

This week I'm thankful for my vision board and for it serving as a constant reminder of what I'm striving to achieve.  I'm keeping something in front of me to keep me motivated to move forward.  It can be discouraging at times, especially when you're trying to achieve career and professional goals.  You'll find yourself asking is it really worth it as you try to jump over hurdle after hurdle.  I can't answer for y'all, but for me the payoff will definitely be worth it.

I'm thankful for the ability to say "No."  There are so many offers that come flooding through my inbox.  It's tempting to say to yes to them all, but I'm determined to stay true to myself and not take on more than I can handle.  I'm determined to be picky about the brands and companies that I work with.  I'm at a point where I'm not looking for a one time deal,  I want to work with brands who looking to establish a partnership.

Also, this week I got to Skype with a friend who is a blogger as well.  We had a great conversation catching up on our latest projects, discussing how we can better support each other and even tossed around some blog ideas.  I'm grateful we had this talk because I will be unveiling a new series here on YUMMommy this Spring!  I'm really excited about it and can't wait to share what it is with you guys.

The finish line is coming into sight with one of my books (yes, I'm writing more than one at once) and I couldn't be more thrilled.  There's been a few things going on behind the scenes in my personal life that kind of stifled my creative juices.  However, I prayed hard and have just made the effort to sit down everyday and write something.  I'm not worrying about it being perfect yet because that's what the editing phase is for.  Right now, my goal is to "get her done" and off to beta readers for feedback.

I think that JJ has gotten the hang of using small phrases.  He's getting better at adding please to end of requests.  He's working harder to hold conversations with us and I love it.  Looking back at where we started on this journey, I felt like we'd never get here.  It truly has been a walk of blind faith and just trusting God to help move whatever was blocking his speech.  I'm so grateful to see him gaining more independence as his speech gets stronger and stronger.


Before I go, I unveiled my new smile earlier this week.  While you're over there checking it out don't forget to enter in my giveaway!  Also, as you can tell from the quote at the top, I'm reading You Can, You Will by Joel Osteen and it is an awesome book so far!  Very inspiring.  You can click on the picture (affiliate link) below to buy a copy from Amazon.  I'll definitely be writing on official review here in the coming weeks.



What are you giving thanks for this week?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

New Year, New Smile With Smile Briliant

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Smile Brilliant.  I received a free professional tooth whitening tray creation kit.  However, all opinions expressed are 100% my own and do not necessarily reflect those of the brand.



One of my personal goals for this year that I got a jumpstart on last year was improving my self-care.   After all with the many hats I wear, it's easy to for self-neglect to set in. But alas, 2015 will be the year that I kick self-neglect to curb.  I mentioned to y'all that I was taking the plunge and trying out a teeth whitening tray creation kit from the awesome folks over at Smil Brilliant. (See post here).  And so far I don't have any complaints.

Creating My Whitening Trays



Lets talk about the process of getting my trays created first.  The first thing you want to do is floss and brush your teeth. So, in the kit pictured above you will notice there are six containers of paste- 3 white and 3 blue- plus two blue teeth trays that kind of resemble mouth guards.  You mix one container of the blue paste with the white paste and place it into one of the trays.  Now, you will want to be fast about mixing the paste because you don't want it to harden before you've made your imprints.  You'll have about 30 seconds to work with.

Once the paste is mixed well, place it into one of the trays and insert the tray onto either your upper or lower teeth.  DO NOT bite down on the tray or wiggle it.  Instead you will use your fingers to help press the tray and putty into your teeth. You'll want to hold the tray against your teeth for at least 2 minutes, then gently remove it and repeat the process from start to finish with your second tray.  Now I wasn't too gentle with removing the first tray from uppers and ended up having to use the spare containers paste to recreate it.

I did allow my trays to sit out overnight.  The next morning, I placed them in the prepaid envelope that comes with each kit and dropped it off in the mail. (Don't forget to place the information card that comes with the kit into the envelope as well.)  A few days later, I received email notification that my imprints had been received and were on their way to being made into whitening trays.  It didn't take long for the trays to ship back to me and I was ready to start my teeth whitening process.  

Check out the picture below of the plaster of my teeth they created using the imprint trays to create my whitening trays.  Pretty cool right?!  I may or may not have used these to play a prank on the kids.  Afterwards, Moo thought they were cool and asked if she could get a pair made.  Check out this article, Dental Impression Pointers, for more information and pictures on creating your imprints.




Whitening My Teeth

So, once I received my trays back the process of actually whitening my teeth was pretty simple.  Again, you want to make sure that you brush and floss beforehand.  It'll also help if you use a toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth because some people can experience some sensitivity when it comes to using teeth whitening products in general.  After teeth are brushed you can then squeeze a thin layer of the teeth whitening gel onto the front inner surface of your trays. 



More is not going to be best in this case.  So, please make sure you don't squeeze a lot into your trays.  You'll end up doing more harm than good.  Instructions do come with the kit and they do have a picture that shows you how much you should use if need a visual.  Then, you just insert your trays and carrying on about your business.  Trays should stay in for at least 15 minutes, but can be left for up to 3 hours at the MAXIMUM.  Again, longer session times will only do more harm than good to your teeth.

Once, you're ready to remove your trays, take them out, spit out any remaining gel and rinse both your mouth and trays thoroughly with water.  For the next step, you'll need your teeth to be as dry as possible.  I opted for sweeping mine with a cotton ball after I rinsed.  You'll then move on the phrase two which is applying the desensitizing gel.  This gel will help to protect your whiter smile that you have just worked hard to achieve.  (Ok, so we didn't work that hard, but you get the point).  It will also help strengthen your enamel and reduce your tooth sensitivity. 

Things To Keep In Mind
  • More or longer is not better.  Follow the instructions to the letter when creating your molds and using the actual whitening system
  • Be realistic in your teeth whitening results expectations.  As I mentioned in my first post, teeth whitening products are designed to get you close to your original tooth color.  If you didn't have perfectly white teeth as child, don't use this product with the expectation that they will get perfectly white.  Also, if you smoke, drink coffee or eat foods that stain, these all factor into how white your teeth will get as well.  Be sure to read Teeth Whitening Expectations for more info.
  • Keep your trays clean.  Remember these go in your mouth. You don't want to pick up a ton of germs.  Rinse them after each use and make sure they dry before you store them back into your case.
  • Keep gels and trays out of reach of children.  I know this is a no-brainer, but still... Don't leave these hanging around your bathroom counter because little fingers get into everything!
  • Spread the word!  Chances are you're not the only one who's looking for a great teeth whitening system.  So, why not spread the word about Smile Brilliant if you like it?  I did!
My Results

I was thrilled to be able to see some results after my first use.  During my first treatment, I did experience brief discomfort for about 10 minutes (I timed it) and then it went away.  In my personal opinion, I think the discomfort came from my teeth and gums getting used to the tray because I only felt discomfort on two of my upper front teeth.  Even then it was more in the gum area between the teeth.



BEFORE


AFTER

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With Natural Light
Smile Brilliant works folks!!  As you will see from the photos above, my teeth whitened a noticeable amount and are definitely pretty close to how naturally white my teeth were when I was a kid.

Thanks to Smile Brilliant, one of you awesome readers will get the chance to try out your own whitening kit.  They are offering a prize of a $139.95 gift card to their store.  However, you can order whatever you like.  So, maybe you already have the kit, but need to buy more of the whitening gel, you can totally use your $139.95 for that.  Please keep in mind that if you go over your $139.95 store gift card, you will be responsible for paying the difference.  Common sense I, but better safe than sorry. Head on over to this giveaway link to enter!  Giveaway ends February 10th.

I'm very impressed with my results and how easy the entire process has been.  Having a whiter and brighter smile has given me more confidence.  I'm not quite as self-conscious now taking pictures of myself and it is my hope that if any you of decide to give the teeth whitening creation kit a try that it will do the same for you!


Keep Smiling!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

#DisneySide @Home Celebration Kit Unboxing

Disclosure: I received free products in order to host a Disney Side @Home Celebration.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

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I was in junior high when we first got satellite television.  Up until that point, my television sessions were non-existent with the exception of Disney movies.  My mom was and still is a die hard Disney fan.  The Lion King is her all-time favorite Disney movie.  She even got a chance to catch the musical at Disney World one year when she chaperoned my baby brother's band trip.

So, it was no shocker that when we got our satellite we were only allowed to watch three things: the Disney Channel, the news and Oprah!  For the most part we stuck to this rule; occasionally we watched things that we weren't supposed to because our peers were watching it, but not often.  I remember falling in love with shows like The Famous Jett Jackson (RIP to Lee Thompson Young), Lizzie Mcguire, and being introduced to a mischievous and bothersome Shia LaBeouf, who played the role of Louis Stevens on Even Stevens.  He's definitely come into his looks since then, but I digress.

I remember enjoying cartoons like PB & J Otter, JoJo's Circus and more with my baby sister who was just starting elementary school.  No longer feeling like we were missing out on all of the IT tv shows for teens made me feel like I was finally part of the In crowd.  My mom was a single parent and so cable and satellite tv were out of her budget for a while, but we definitely appreciated her getting it for us once we could afford it.  Whenever Disney would advertise casting calls, she would always encourage me or one of my siblings to try out, but we were too shy and unsure of our talents back then. 

Here I am years later with two kids of my own and I'm proud to say they both love Disney just as much if not more than my siblings and I do and did when we were their ages.  I'm honored to have seen and celebrate the creation of the first African American Disney Princess, Princess Tiana from The Princess & the Frog.  I'm even more excited that I have my first opportunity to partner with Disney via Disney Parks and MomSelect by hosting a Disney Side @Home Celebration!  Moo's eyes about popped out of her head when I told her we had a package from Disney coming.

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Looking back, I'm kind of wishing I had waited until it arrived to tell her.  Okay not really, but she asked about it EVERYDAY.  The first words out of her mouth in the mornings would be, "Is my Disney package coming today?"  When I picked her up from school she would ask, "Did the Disney package come?"  And during our nightly family prayer when I'd ask if she had anything she wanted to pray for she would respond with , "Lord, help our Disney package hurry up and get here." LOL.

Seeing her excitement and joy over us getting the chance to do something special like a Disney Side @Home Celebration has been refreshing and magical for me.  I can only imagine this is the same excitement I exuded to my mom when I was younger and got excited about receiving or getting to watch the latest Disney movie.  I had the biggest obsession with Pocahontas and went nuts when my mom was able to get my the braiding Pocahontas doll for Christmas after the movie came out.  I cherished that doll and played with it for years until my little brother chewed one of her hands off and then broke off her head. 


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We were selected for the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse multigeneration kit, which is great since JJ loves Mickey and Moo and loves Minnie and Daisy.  Our kit came with the following goodies:

  • Disney Side invitations
  • Mickey Mouse Clubhouse cups, napkins, plates, tablecloth and decorations
  • Minnie Mouse and Daisy snack supplies
  • Disney party favors: stickers, pencils, Mickey Mouse tattoos, and information packs with luggage tags for the adults
  • Disney themed activity sheets: Bingo, trivia cards, word search puzzles and more
  • Mickey Mouse cake mold
  • Duff Goldman Tie Dye cake mix and sprinkles
  • HP Create Memories You Keep Packs
  • Snuggle Fabric softner (sample size)
  • All Mighty Pacs (full size)
  • Wisk laundry detergent (sample size)
  • Two Disney Princess Palace Pets toys
  • Disney Princess nail polish set (18-count)
  • Coupons
  • Disney Vacation Planning DVD


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Moo with her faves from our kit
Do I even have to tell y'all what Moo's favorites from our kit are?  I think the picture above says it all.  She's in love with Nuzzles and Matey.  I haven't let her crack into the nail polish yet since we're saving that to do our nails with the day of our party.  JJ's favorites have been the stickers, pencils and huge Pin-the-Smile-on-the-Mickey cutout. 

My favorite is the cake mold because I can use it for parties for years to come.  And I'm ready to try out the Duff's Tie Dye cake mix.  I heard it tastes really good.  The Mr and I will enjoy that since it's not gluten-free.  We've decided to host our party next month and have decided on a Family Togetherness Day theme filled with family, food, games, Disney movies and of course talking about our upcoming Disney World trip.

Be sure to check out our kit unboxing video below.  And yes, I know that my head is half out of the frame for most of the video.  We filmed it at 1 AM and this tired mommy meant to move the camera back, but I went to check on JJ and then forgot to move it when I came back.  You still get a full view of Moo, who served as my lovely assistant!  Also, drop by The Best Crowe's Nest and check out my friend, Kelley's Disney Side @Home Celebration Box Reveal.



Do you or your child have a favorite Disney character/show?


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thankful Thursday

"Everyday is a new beginning, take a deep breath and start again."

~ @Oprah_World, Twitter


Good day YUMMs!  Happy Thankful Thursday.  Definitely giving thanks for new beginnings.   I've really been working hard to allow each day to be its own blank slate and not rolling over issues and negative energy from the day before.  And yes, taking a deep breath does help.

I'm thankful that Moo has officially recovered from her flu!!  However, she did get a stomach virus on Monday.  Tuesday night was the roughest.  Let's just say our carpet got some special cleaning attention.  But she's back on the mends again.  

Stomach bugs are always short lived.  I'm giving thanks that JJ didn't catch her flu or stomach bug!  One sick child is handful enough for me.  The Mr and I have made sure to remind Moo more frequently to wash her hands at school and ask her teacher for sanitizer often.  Her poor immune system has taken so much of a beating since she's started school.  She's literally been sick almost every other week.

She's a trooper though and has handled it all with grace.  I know God has been and will continue to look out for her.  We're hoping to get through 2015 without any trips to ER or stays in the hospital.  We had a close call with her flu and asthma last week, but again, God came through.

I had a package from a sponsor get lost in the mail last week and I am grateful that they were awesome and offered to ship me a new one.  It arrived Tuesday and I can't wait to share what it is with y'all.  Earlier this month, I announced that I had been selected to host a #DisneySide @Home Celebration.  Well, it's been such an awesome and exciting experience connecting with other bloggers through this project.

The support and love that my fellow #DisneySide hosts and hostesses have been displaying in our Facebook group, on social media and each other's blogs and vlogs is so inspiring and motivating.  I'm so grateful to Disney, Disney Parks and MomSelect for bringing us together.  I definitely feel like I've made a few more blogger friends and look forward to getting to know everyone more.  Be sure to follow the #DisneySide hashtag on social media to see how we're showing our love of Disney and Disney Parks and how that love is allowing us to bond with our families and friends.

JJ has officially graduated to using sentence fragments and two word phrases!!  I'm super excited and proud of his progress.  We actually went to the library this morning and picked out some books.  I read to them every night and we do his flashcards, but now I'm ready to get him started trying to read to me and Moo.  My goal is to start slow with getting him to read one page a night using the repeat after me method.  Then a month from now, we'll increase to two pages and so forth until he can read at least five pages in one setting.

I'm also thankful that JJ's fourth birthday is coming up.  That means I'm getting closer to starting my TTC journey for baby 3!  There is a small to do list that we still have knock out to make sure we're fully prepared for a third child like buying second car that is family friendly and has a lot of trunk space, but isn't an uber gas hog.  I'm thinking a hybrid suv will be a good fit for us.  If anyone has any recommendations on a great one leave it below.

And as always, I'm grateful for those who continue to support this blog.  Thanks for reading and sharing.

What are you showing gratitude for this week?

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Love Gently Falling

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this review.  All opinions expressed are 100% my own.


"We know that for those who love God all things work together for good . . ."

~Romans 8:28

It's no secret that I love reading.  There's just something about being able to escape reality for a little while.  For a year now I've been a fan of author Melody Carlson.  Last year I read Once Upon a Winter's Heart, a great Valentine's Day read, and loved it.  So, when I was asked if I'd like to review her latest Christian fiction, Love Gently Falling, I was thrilled. 



In Love Gently Falling, Rita Jensen, the main character, has been enjoying her life as a Beverly Hills hairstylist and living with her two roommates, Margot and Aubrey.  Then, her world shaken when her dad, Richard, calls her with the bad news that her mom, Donna, has suffered a stroke and that her brother, Ricky, isn't taking it very well.  She hops a plane from sunny California  to her hometown, Chicago, in a rush to be by family's side during this difficult time.  Once in Chicago, she's immediately reunited her former classmate, Johnny Hollister.

Johnny is tall, handsome and the perfect gentleman in almost every sense of the word.  Although, Rita is instantly attracted him, she's involuntarily hesitant to let herself even think about him a romantic way after being put off by his profession.  (You'll have to read the book to find out what it is.)  Planning only to stay for two weeks, Rita is soon finds herself reuniting with other people from her past- some friends, some foe.  Also, she comes to realize that her mom needs her help and support with than just recovering from her stroke.

Donna's salon, Hair and Now, is nearly on its last leg.  Rita soon discovers that she's going to have put in more than a little elbow grease to make the salon profitable again.  And while her brother points out that the odds seem to be against their family, Rita reminds him of Romans 8:28, their mom's favorite scripture and life's motto, that everything will work in their favor if they just keep the faith in God.

But will it?  And as Rita sets her plans to rescue her mom's salon in motion, she finds herself more drawn to Johnny.  However, there's just one glitch, her teenage nemesis, Zinnia, has had her sights set on Johnny for years and is not the least bit fond of the attraction that she sees blooming between the two.  Combine that Zinnia's jealously over Rita's family dynamics and the fact that Rita is fixing up her mom's salon and things soon come to a head.

Will Rita end up with Johnny? Can she overlook his less than appealing profession or has Zinnia already charmed Johnny for her own?  Are Rita's efforts enough to her reinvent her mom's salon by Valentine's Day?  I won't give away any spoilers.  You'll have to pick up the book to find out for yourself.

What I will say is that this book really hit home for me in more ways than one.  If you've been reading my blog from the beginning then you already know that almost five years ago I loss my Ma (my aunt) due to complications from a stroke that she never recovered from.  Definitely, reading about Rita's mom and all of the issues she faced after her stroked reminded me of that dark time in her life.  Couple that with the fact that the time periods during which Rita's mom suffers her stroke is the same time that my Ma suffered hers and this book definitely stirred up some emotional wounds for me.

In addition, my aunt's stroke was what helped to reunite me and my husband.  It was a very dark and difficult time for me after her passing.  We put aside our differences and ended rediscovering our love for one another.  

I loved the message of Romans 8:28 that was implied and embedded throughout the book.  Like Donna, it's also one of my favorite scriptures and a motto that I try to live by and teach my children to live by.  As long as we love and remain faithful to God, no matter what storms come our way, He will work things out our favor the way they are meant to be.

Melody Carlson, author


Love Gently Falling is definitely a book worth reading.  Melody Carlson knows how to Christian fiction that is relatable, inspiring, and romantic without pushing the envelope or being too preachy.  Her characters are real people who will remind you of yourself or loved ones.  And her messages are subtle but clear and motivational.



For more information on Melody Carlson and her books feel free to check her out on Facebook and Amazon as well as on her official website



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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thankful Thursday

"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel."

~Unknown


Happy Thankful Thursday YUMMs!  These last few days have been some of the longest, slightly scary and sleep deprived days that I've had in a long time.  Saturday, we went to a private screening of Paddington (review coming soon) and then that night, Moo started feeling sick.  She had a fever of 104 by nightfall, but then Sunday morning it had gone down and was down on Monday morning as well.  So, I sent her off to school thinking it was just a common cold and that it had run its course.

I was so wrong.  We got a call from the school nurse a few hours after I had dropped her off that she had a fever of 106.5! And she was having trouble breathing and complaining of chest and hip pains.  Needless to say I was freaking out big time because she seemed fine earlier.  I'm grateful that we have great pediatricians and they allowed us to bring her in as a walk-in.

Turns out she had caught a one of the more severe cases of the flu.  So, they kept her for observation and ran more tests because she's asthmatic and we couldn't get her breathing to stabilize even after a breathing treatment.  By the grace of God though, it finally got to normal and we were able to go home with medicine and strict instructions to take her straight to emergency room to be admitted if her breathing got out of control again.

I got zero sleep Monday night because I was too scared to doze off in case she had an asthma attack.  While it was a difficult night for her, we didn't have to visit the ER.  Her fever came down to 103 and pretty much stayed there until yesterday morning.  I've been feeling so awful these last days beating myself up on writing this off as just a regular cold.  I don't even want to think about what would have happened if she hadn't asked to see the nurse, but would have tried to make it through school.

I don't like being that mom who has to take her children to the doctors for everything, but with their allergies and other health issues, it's just too much of a risk not to.  Lesson learned.  The silver lining in all of this is that we got to spend some time bonding and cuddling.  We talked about how she's enjoying school, her goals from her vision board, what theme she wants her next birthday party and our excitement on waiting for our Disney Side @Home Celebration kit to arrive!

This week I'm also giving thanks that JJ is continuing to improve in his speech.  Y'all he's getting so good at picking up new words and phrases.  We need to work on his fully pronouncing the endings of certain  words, but still you can make out what he's saying better now.  He's counting and five and ten are his favorite numbers.  He knows and can identify his colors as well as his shapes.  We're going to start learning how to write letters and working on reading this weekend.

Also, I'm giving thanks for awesome sponsors who are understanding that my family comes first.  Needless to say, I have some serious catching up to do.  No worries I'm not going to bombard y'all with a ton of sponsored posts, but I do have a nice giveaway coming up!  

Lastly, I'm thankful that YUMMommy turned 5 years old TODAY!!!  Thank y'all for hanging in here with me.  All of the support has been and is still greatly appreciated.  I'm grateful to have connected with several of you beyond this blog.  Looking forward to making Year 6 even greater.





What are you giving thanks for this week?


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thankful Thursday

"Life is full of give and take.  Give thanks and take nothing for granted."

~Unknown

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Hi YUMMs!  The quote above couldn't be more fitting today.  Winter finally decided to kick in and it's absolutely freezing outside here.  I bundled the kids up- heavy coats, layers, gloves and hats- and JJ's hands were still super cold when we got home from taking Moo to school.  Last night, I couldn't help but think about all of the homeless residents that have to brave these frigid temperatures.

There are hundreds of families who have a place to stay, but still don't have proper heating and can't afford proper clothing.  My heart goes out to them as well.  As I walked Moo to her classroom this morning, I couldn't help but glance at all of the children I saw and be thankful that they had a warm  and safe place to spend most of the day.  I don't know their situations, but for some it was evident that things at home are tight.

I got kind of emotional about it.  Actually, I'm still a bit emotional about it because I grew up in a home where things were very tight.  We weren't the poorest and thankfully we had family members and family friends who knew our need and helped here and there.  However, some families don't have that and today was my reminder to not take anything for granted- my family, our car, having warm clothing, etc.  It's these reminders that keep me humble and keep me grounded.


Psalm 46- YUMMommy
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I stumbled across this scripture Tuesday night and it's been on my mind constantly ever since.  I had to create this printable so that I could print it out and place where I can see it daily.  I'm grateful for the reminder that God has destined us to succeed!  Life can be discouraging at times, especially when things don't go as we plan, but it's all part of His plan to lead us to our greater success story.  You can download a copy for personal use ONLY using the link above.  If you share it, make sure you link back to this post!

Also, this week I'm giving thanks that yours truly was selected to host her first Disney Side @Home Celebration!  The kiddies and I are beyond excited.  I wish that I had recorded Moo's reaction when I told her.  It was priceless and she's been asking everyday when I pick her up if our kit has arrived yet.

Lastly, I'm grateful that Moo is really passionate about her faith.  Her enthusiasm about our daily morning and evening prayers is contagious.  We read a devotion every night before storytime and she requested that we move it to the morning so that she go to school feeling more empowered!  When I say that God is moving in my child, I mean He's moving y'all!

I can't and wouldn't dare take all the credit for her being as compassionate as she is.  I know that this comes from a power much higher and greater than us.  My prayer and hope is that JJ will become just as passionate and interested in our faith and God's word as Moo is.

Be blessed YUMMs and keep warm!  Don't forget to donate used (or new) coats and other warm garments if you have them.  I've rounded up some of the kids old clothing (some used, some never worn) and will be donating them this week to help clothe families in our community.


What are you giving thanks for week?


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