Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Book and a Mug Swap Results!

Book & a Cuppa Swap at Chaotic Goddess Swaps

I was paired up with Mandie from WI. Check her out at

I got some tea, some cute stickers, warm fuzzy socks and a book that I couldn't put down (I've already finished it!!). Thanks Mandie!!

Thanks to CGS for doing another fun swap. Until next time!!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Book & a Cuppa Swap

Yay! I was chosen to do my favorite SWAP again.

A couple of things that describe me perfectly would be my love for coffee and reading so it's like this SWAP was made just for me. If you throw in Jesus and caramel and/or coconut, I am in heaven!

Join us for the fun:

Thursday, December 17, 2015

I don't understand...

I don't understand... how people can be so hateful.
I don't understand... how people can be so rude.
I don't understand... how people are OK making others question their value.
I don't understand... why people can't just be respectful.
I don't understand... where this horrible bullying comes from.

What happened to treat others like you want to be treated? What happened to watching what comes out of your mouth (or through your fingers since a lot of it is online)? What happened to courtesy?

I am tired of seeing people brokenhearted over stupid things. You don't have to like everyone, but you need to be kind to everyone. I am tired of seeing people feel their worth comes from others when it ONLY comes from the Lord. I am sad to see the kind of world we live in where people can't just be nice or stay out of the way.

Lord... I lift the brokenhearted up to you. Let them feel Your goodness and comfort. Let them get their rest in You. I lift those who don't know you up to you. Let them know you Lord. Turn their hearts and their minds so they see their actions are not of You. Let there be peace Jesus. Let there be comfort. Let there be love. In your mighty name, Amen.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Regarding Cecil the Lion

I keep thinking about this story in terms of what we experienced going to South Africa last summer... When you go out of the country for a hunting trip, you have to trust 100% in your guides. You'd have no way of knowing details about the land or animals that they would. You trust that they will get all the permits and do the right thing if you are paying them the money to take you out hunting. If they lead you astray and you didn't know what you were doing was wrong, I don't believe that is your fault in this type of situation. There are so many other things going on in this world that should get some attention rather than the death of a lion. Hunting a lion isn't something new, its a pretty common thing in the hunting world and for this guy to get death threats over it is just crazy to me. What would happen if even half of these people would be up in arms about finding a cure for cancer or what planned parenthood is doing? Just my 2 cents. :::stepping off my soapbox :::

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Thanks Influenster... I am loving my new Dove deodorant!

@Influenster sent me a new product to test complimentary, the new deodorant from #Dove. I am enjoying my #dove48hour #contest!
Advanced Care Original Clean Antiperspirant Deodorant
It's the advanced care antiperspirant deodorant that lasts up to 48 hours. The smell is nice, doesn't seem to get on my clothing, and keeps me smelling fresh. The one I am using is Caring Coconut. It's truly #loveatfirtswipe!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Raising Teenagers in 2015

I'm going to be completely honest here... as a parent of preteen/teen age kids, I am scared. How did we get to a place where we talk about suicide daily? How did it happen that we need to have suicide prevention training? How do people throw around the words "Go Kill Yourself" and think it won't have an impact? These are not conversations I ever had 20 years ago. 

My heart is breaking for my community. For the depression. For the stress to be perfect. For all the death that's happening at people's... children's... own hands. It seems like every week I hear of another teenager who has taken their own life. 

What was so bad?! What were they going through that caused them to do what they did? I am not judging... I am seriously just asking. I want to know. No, I NEED to know. I have a 15 year old and a 12 year old in my house and I need to know how to protect them. I am TERRIFIED of this life and these ways. 

As a believer, we are not of this world. I understand that day to day life can wear on us, but in the big picture, those little struggles we are going through won't mean much in the end. I spend so much time in prayer every day... praying for my children, their friends, our community. That they know they are loved... that they are worthy... that there is a purpose for their lives. 

Any moment that one of my kids starts to act differently or seems blue, I panic. I couldn't imagine either of them doing something to hurt themselves .I want to be observant but not overbearing. I want to teach my kids it's OK to be sad at times and give them healthy ways to deal with it. I want them to recognize signs of depression in their friends, but I don't want to plant ideas in their heads so they start seeing things that aren't there. I want to know how to speak with them to know if it's just a moment they are going through or something we need to get help with. 

I don't want to assume I know all the answers. I don't want to blow something off as "attention-seeking" that could be more. I need divine intervention to tell me the difference between moody and suicidal. 

I know I cannot change the world... and I know I am not alone in this struggle. I just want people to be nice to each other. Quit the bullying. Quit the harassment. Stop picking on people and just love them. No one needs to be perfect, we were never called to be. Love people for who they are, not what you expect them to be. 

Please read through this great page I found... it has so much helpful information. Help save a life. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Mug O' Comfort SWAP Reveal!

Thanks, I couldn't have been paired up with a better partner. I loved getting to know Cindy at From my very first email with her, I knew that our meeting was a God thing. We have a common love for God and coffee, we are a match made in heaven.

She completely spoiled me!! I am so thankful for each and every thing she sent as I could see her heart on every item. Thank you, Cindy... I am so grateful for this new friendship of ours!

a JOY coffee mug with a bible verse.
a box of Caramel Starbucks KCups
a "My God is an Awesome God" block that's sitting on my desk at work
Notes with my initial
a heartfelt letter
little notepads
a basket
a teal organizer
a Faith plaque (that's hanging on my wall at work)
a journal that has bible verses
a devotional book
a devotional CD
a spatula with a bible verse
little bookmarks with bible verses