Finding Balance

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Balancing…toes pointed as she slides her feet gracefully across the beam. Each step is cautious and careful. Arms spread out, breathing in through the nose, out through the mouth. She knows she can do this, she’s done it a thousand times, and yet today feels so different. It’s as if the whole world is watching…waiting for her to slip. The beam seemed wider during practice than it does today. Focus…

Do you feel like you are walking a thin balance beam? Maybe you’ve done something over and over in your life with no problems and all of a sudden you are struggling? We all struggle with something at some point in our life. The struggles are what makes us stronger. In our moment of struggle we can not see anything other than the struggle. We focus on the struggle. Don’t give in to the struggle.

Focus on the beam. Focus on the victory.

Slide your feet gracefully across that beam. Head high. Toes pointed. Arms spread from the east to the west.

Now breathe…in through your nose, out through your mouth.

You’ve got this.

All of a sudden, when we are focusing on the victory…

Things feel achievable.

We’ve done this a thousand times.

Show the world that YOU’ve got this!

Are You Drinking Enough?

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Dehydration isn’t necessarily something we think about. I admit that I have gone throughout the day with fairly little water consumption. The amount of water that needs to be consumed is said to be between 8- 8oz glasses of water or the amount of ounces that is in half of your body weight (in pounds). For that last example, say you weighed 100 pounds, you would need to drink 50 ounces of water. No matter how you look at it, your body is in need of water and we need to make sure we are providing.

Signs that your body might be dehydrated…

Feeling tired and having no energy

Not being able to lose weight—bloated

Bad complexion

Constipation

Getting sick often

Joint Pain

Poor Mood

Now, think about that. By simply consuming more water you can have more energy, feel less bloated and lose more weight, not be constipated, have better immune system, less joint pain, clearer complexion and a better mood! Why wouldn’t you want to be drinking more water? What a simple way to make your body look and feel better!

Sometimes it’s the simple things in life…

Brandye’s Testimony

First off I just have to thank Mandee for inviting me to guest blog over here at She Blogs It. It is such an honor. I think of Mandee as a mentor and to be writing on her blog is so exciting for me!!! Now to why I’m writing :) …..

I actually had something almost completed that I wanted to share, but then the last 3 days happened….

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My husband took a new job, which required us to move (that’s a whole ‘nother testimony!). We are finally settling in and a new school year and football season is upon us. This is the busiest time of the year for us with 6 of our children playing different sports and my husband is a head high school football coach. I have taught kindergarten at a private Christian school the last several years and so with all of us running in so many directions, it keeps us moving! This season isn’t much different, except with the move that meant I had to quit my job and I haven’t found anything yet. I had a few opportunities at a school to apply as a paraprofessional and a couple of other positions. The problem we found with me doing that was childcare. We have 7 children and we have been very fortunate that we’ve been able to make cuts and small sacrifices in order for me to always either be home with our children or work where they could be with me. The positions at a public school meant that my littles couldn’t come with me to work.

So I prayed about it. And I asked that God would open my heart to where He wanted me….where He could use me for His glory. That sounds very “strong Christian” as I write that. But the truth is, I have been scared to death with that prayer! First off, sometimes God pushes us to do things that are out of our comfort zone and when you pray for Him to control your heart, you’re kinda telling Him you’ll do it! Secondly, I did NOT want to leave my babies with someone else. And telling Him that I would work wherever He put me meant that I would be willing to find childcare for them. I seem to thrive on control and praying that you follow God’s lead means ya gotta be ready to trust the unknown….SCARY! And so just as quickly as those doors opened, they closed. And I was left with the option of providing in-home childcare. I have truly felt as though this is what God wants of me.

And as the last few paychecks have come in from my salary for last year, I began to worry.  I began to absolutely question my decision to do in-home childcare. It’s hard to do that without kids and even as I’m writing this post, I have no children signed up for the school year. That means that our already tight budget has now nearly become impossible. Well, impossible for me. :)

I found myself over the last week really focusing on questioning if I’m doing what I’m suppose to be doing. I began worrying A LOT about how are we going to eat and make the house payment with me not working. Finally, I said to God, “I don’t know how we are going to eat. I have no kids signed up for the school year but I trust that things are going to fall into place in your time. Please take my worry about the food budget and help me know that you’ve got this.” That was Wednesday morning. Wednesday evening I came home to my neighbor’s pickup truck in my driveway with a truck bed FULL of sweet corn! Then once there was time to talk with my husband that night, he told me that a gentleman we have met twice at a church that we have checked out, said that he had some food for us. He gets food from several different places and since we live in an extremely rural area, he prays over the food and then provides it to those where God leads him.  On Thursday after practice my hubs stopped at the gentleman’s home and picked up the food. It took my husband and 3 of our children to make several trips from the vehicle to the house to bring in all the food. There were boxes and bags full of canned goods, snacks, pastas, and other goodies. And as I stood there, my tears began to flow. I looked at my husband and said, “Wanna see how God answers prayer….look at our packed kitchen with fresh sweet corn and zucchinis and then all the stuff you just brought home!” I began to explain about my worries and how I finally just said, “I will trust You Lord.” And He promises to care for us and provide what we need and He always does just that in His perfect timing! We both stood there and laughed because sometimes when God is pouring out such a blessing, you can’t help but laugh and rejoice.

I still had the burden of making the house payment next week. And in that moment I prayed and thanked Him for the food and I understood that we would not go hungry.  I said that I had no idea where or how the money  would come and that I was sure He would use a very unusual way to provide it because answered prayers seem to come in quite unconventional ways lately, but I knew He would make it happen. Last night there was a school/fall kickoff event. We had a great time! My husband was introduced just before my daughter’s soccer team was about to take the field for the first time and he was able to introduce his team. We enjoyed hotdogs, a great soccer game that my parents got to watch too, meeting new people, getting the kids all set up with school schedules and school supplies. The athletic department had a fundraiser last night as well. It was a “cow patty drop” fundraiser. For a donation to the athletic department you got a square on the field where the cow would “do his business.” If the patty dropped on your spot, you won the grand prize. I won!!!!! I absolutely could not believe it! When we got home and things were quiet, all I could do was giggle. House payment is taken care of….because of a cow patty. LOL LOL LOL Ok, if that’s not unusual, then I don’t know what is! I’m still laughing this morning as I’m sharing with you. I can honestly say that I didn’t see that one coming. J But it reminds me that God has a sense of humor and that I don’t need to see what is around the next corner. I just need to remember that my God has already gone before me and taken care of all my needs. He just wants me to trust that promise.

Matthew 6:25-26

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?

About the author:

Brandye is owner of the blog, Giggles Boogers & Chaos. Check it out! brandye2

I’m a mama to 7 bright lights and a wife to a very sweet football coach. I began blogging as a way to share my experiences and thoughts with other mamas in hopes of making a difference. I grew up in the hills of eastern KY, but I currently live in central Ohio on our “mini-farm” with my family, 2 dogs, 2 kitties, 2 roosters and 16 chickens! I love to write, sing at the top of my lungs in my car and be my family’s biggest cheerleader. I have learned over the years that my plan was not God’s plan…His was much better!

Finding Peace

Gazing out my window I see the slight movement of the leaves as they dance back and forth upon their branches. The sun is shining but that slight breeze causing the leaves to sway back and forth is providing the perfect sense of relief. It was a stressful day and all I could think about were the tasks at hand and the obstacles I was to overcome. Overwhelmed with the stress of the unknown. Fear was setting in, but that tiny brisk breeze blowing in through my window was enough…enough to relax me for just a moment. A moment long enough to take my mind off of the fears…the unknown.

Suddenly I was starting to see things in a different light. My mind was turning and as the light shown in through the window onto the wall in front of me I knew…I knew there was a light at the end of my  dark tunnel. At that very moment it hit me that I was no longer in control of my situation, I never really was to begin with. How quickly we forget that we are not in control. How quickly we forget that even when it’s dark and all doors seem to be closing, there is always a bright light. We just need to wait in the hallway and open that door when the time is right!

But how do I know when the time is right? How do I know when I’m going to feel that peace, that sweet peace that overcomes my body and leaves me with the most serene and calm feeling? When will I be overcome by peace? And then my mind started to wonder…

But it didn’t take long for that breeze to sweep in through my window. It catches my attention and leaves me thinking…wondering…mind in motion…

In an instant…a sudden instant, my fears, my worries…they seem to disappear, because it is in that instant that I realize I haven’t truly given my worries to God. For had I given my worries to God I wouldn’t be struggling to understand the things that just don’t make sense. And in that moment I hit my knees and I was overcome with peace…sweet peace.

When life is just to hard to stand…kneel.

I pray that you find that peace. I pray that you are overcome with a peace and understanding. I pray that you can be the bright light to others that are struggling with finding their peace.

(Storytelling is something I love to do. This short version was written by Mandee).

Are You Disciplined?

I was thinking about how I was raised and how I felt about it as a child. I lived with my mother and step-father and my step-father was a very strict man. I say very strict lightly because he wasn’t over the top strict, but he was much more strict than we were used to when we visited with our father. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that my step-father was strict only because he loved us and cared about us. He wanted good things for us, and he didn’t have to be like this because we weren’t his biological children. You know what, he knew God placed us into his life and he was determined to do whatever it took to take care of us, he loved us.

God is the same way. He’s our Father and He’s loving and caring and kind, but He also wants discipline for us. He wants us to fear Him and not want to do wrong or stray from Him, just like we fear what our earthly father will think if we do something wrong. We want to impress and live up to what our earthly father wants of us, why are we not constantly seeking to impress our Heavenly Father as well?

Proverbs 3:1-2

My child, never forget the things I have taught you. Store my commands in your heart. If you do this, you will live many years, and your life will be satisfying.

Proverbs 3:5-8

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones.

Proverbs 3:11-12

My child, don’t reject the LORD’s discipline, and don’t be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.

Now I know that was long, but WOW! Isn’t it powerful!? Right there in the Bible (God’s love letter to us), it says to fear the LORD and shun evil. It also goes on to say, do not despise the LORD’s discipline and do not resent his punishment because the LORD disciplines those he loves just a father delights in the son he loves.

Just like my step-father was strict on me when I was a child, the LORD is disciplining us, his children. When discipline is done in love it is for the good of the one being disciplined. For with no discipline in the world today the world would be a different place.

But I Don’t Like to Wait…

sky cross-blog Sometimes when life is going really really well I forget how much I don’t like to wait, but then when things aren’t going so well I’m quickly reminded of the wait…

Life is full of challenges, ups and downs and all sorts of turns in the road. It can certainly be a journey, to say the least. Learning to trust in God and lean on Him can also be hard, especially when you don’t like to wait.

One thing I’ve learned is that oftentimes when you feel like nothing is happening THAT is when EVERYTHING is happening. You don’t get the rainbow without the storm, right?

The next time you find yourself caught up in the wait, just remember that something BIG is about to happen and God has this. Not only does He have this, but He’s had this from the very beginning. He knows exactly what you NEED and He’s already got a plan. Before you even asked, He knew. Before you knew what you wanted, He knew. Sometimes we think we know what we want and we are so anxious to get it that we forget God knows so much better than we do and He has a plan for our life that is so much greater than anything we could ever think in our minds. When you think He’s not listening or He doesn’t have a plan for your life…when you are waiting…take time to pray, reflect on God and the miracles he has done for those in the bible and those here on earth today. Remember that our time and God’s time are not the same and He knows what we need and when we need it.

I pray blessings come your way!

All Natural Recipes for Summer Essentials

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We thought we would share a collection of all natural recipes that are great for summer! Why waste your money with boxed products from the store that are full of toxic chemicals when you can make all natural products at a fraction of the cost!

Bug Spray Recipe

Ingredients:

55 drops TerraShield doTERRA oil

25 drops doTERRA Purify oil

1/4 cup witch hazel (to help the oil emulsify)

Spray Bottle

Directions:

Mix essential oils and witch hazel in spray bottle, fill with water.

Spray head to toe.

Geranium Facial Wipes

Ingredients:

2-3 tablespoons witch hazel extract

5-8 drops Geranium, Frankincense, or Melaleuca essential oil (We use doTERRA oils)

4 paper towel pieces quartered

1 tablespoon Fractionated Coconut Oil

Ziplock bag or small Tupperware container

Directions:

Mix essential oils, witch hazel extract, and Fractionated Coconut Oil together.

Soak paper towel pieces with mixture in container of choice.

Wipe face for a quick refresher or use as a makeup remover.

(You can also reuse fabric pieces if you prefer, instead of paper towels).

Salt Water Spray

Ingredients:

1 cup hot water

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon hair gel

1 teaspoon Fractionated Coconut Oil

4 drops Lavender Essential Oil (We use doTERRA oil)

4 drops doTERRA Rosemary essential oil

Spray bottle

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a spray bottle, spray hair, scrunch and enjoy!

Fashion Forward: Chevron Love

For those of you that haven’t heard, I started an online boutique. As if I’m not busy enough already, right? I now have 2 blogs, a boutique and I work at my children’s school. Did I mention that I have 5 boys!?

My love for clothing and my desire to shop without all of the guilt is what led me to start my boutique. You see, as a Mom of 5 I have often felt guilty when making a purchase for myself. I have no problem spending money on LEGOS, cleats, Nike shoes, blocks, cars and more, however when I wanted to splurge on myself I couldn’t get past the price tags…gulp. This got me to thinking…what if there were a store where other women like myself could shop without all of the guilt? What if someone were to sell trendy high quality clothing at a fraction of the cost? And that is when I decided…why can’t I be that someone!? And that is how The Paisley Hanger was born. If you haven’t yet visited the site please do so. I would love feedback (good or bad) as we are always looking at ways to improve.

What I would like to do is share my love of fashion with you all on a regular basis. I plan to do a post with different styles I have tried. We encourage you to share your thoughts and share what you like with your friends!

Today I share my love of Chevron (I’m a little obsessed at the moment)!

Paisley Hanger Chevron

I can’t wait to share more photos with you soon!

Oh….and we have more Plus Size clothing coming next week! They are SUPER cute!!!!

Be sure to check out my boutique, The Paisley Hanger. I would love to have you all follow me on social media as well…

Twitter: PaisleyHanger

Facebook: The Paisley Hanger

Instagram: The Paisley Hanger

We like to run Specials on Instagram, so be sure you are following us! :)

Guest Post: Freezing Your Own Herbs

First of all I would like to have a huge shout out to Mandee for allowing me to guest blog over on her blog! Thanks for all your guidance in the never dull blogging world and for allowing me to share my cooking wisdom for your readers.
Without further ado, my name is Aimee and I blog over at Captivating Corner Blog.
Come over to the blog and say hi!
 I am a 20 – something blogger who primarily blogs about food, crafts and family friendly activities. I have recently started hosting giveaways as well so those are thrown in between. Captivating Corner is geared to creating “take-away” knowledge to be able to implement in your own captivating corner of your home.
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Today I am going to provide you with knowledge about freezing your own herbs.
Grazing down the grocery store produce, I can hear the “ching” of the cash register adding up my bill and with each fresh produce item that I see, I cannot get away from the price!
While it’s common knowledge that fresher food is healthier for the human body, it is not easy on the wallet.  Herbs are the prime example of a food item that can be grown, frozen and saved for later. When herbs are frozen,  you can enjoy them all year long and still be able to enjoy the same fresh taste.
Coming from the viewpoint that you already have the herbs if they are store bought or home-grown, these next steps will guide you to the preparation of freezing them.
First of all it is important to wash and cut up your herb. Once they have been washed it is super important to make sure that they are dry. This can be accomplished by either pat drying them with a paper towel or place them on a drying rack.
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Next place them in a food processor  and add a teaspoon of olive oil.  Pulse them until in small cooking friendly sizes. This size is different based on each person so customize it. For each batch of herbs that are added into the food processor add a teaspoon of olive oil. If you have a bigger food processor then I recommend that you add 2 teaspoons of olive oil.
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Once the herb of your choice has been “pulsed” then fill each compartment of the ice cube tray with the herb. Place in freezer. Once the herbs have become solid, then it is best that they are placed in a ziplock bag to preserve the freshness.
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That’s it. Simple & Budget Friendly. Enjoy!

Self-Love…What Does It Mean to You?

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What does Self-Love mean to you?

Have you ever taken a minute to really contemplate on the way you look at and think about yourself? Far too often we think about the way others see us, or simply don’t even think about ourselves because we are so focused on taking care of the needs of others that we are exhausted and could care less about ourselves. Being that it’s Valentine’s Day we wanted to take a minute to talk about Self-Love and hear from others about the love YOU have for yourself (or lack of love), and how you plan to improve this year—Yes, this year!

The dictionary meaning of self-love: regard for one’s own well-being and happiness

Now that you know exactly what the meaning of self-love is…How do you regard your well-being and happiness? Do you worry more about making others happy then yourself? Do you take time out to make sure you are being taken care of and healthy?

As a mother to 5 children I feel extremely blessed beyond measure, however I will admit that I don’t often take the time that I KNOW I need for myself. There have been many times that I have gone without in order to please my children (not because they had to have something, but because they wanted something). I’m sure many of you can relate. There are also times when I given up things that I love or skipped going someplace or purchasing something simply because of the guilt for spending the money or doing something that might please me. This, I know, is wrong.

In order for others to love us, we must also love ourselves. The way we treat ourselves can certainly be seen by others, and having a good self-esteem and loving ourselves is very important. We are the hardest on ourselves. Take the way we look at ourselves—many times we will look in the mirror and see less than beautiful. We see all of the flaws, however when we look at our friends who may have the same flaws as us, we don’t see them…we see them as beautiful. This is because we lack self-love.

I challenge you to give yourself a compliment every day. I don’t care if you are just saying, I’m happy to be me and happy to be alive…any compliment is better than no compliment. Smile at yourself and start loving yourself!

Live, Laugh and Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!