Overcomer

It’s Saturday! Went to bed dreaming of sleeping in and resting today—not a chance! My youngest woke up coughing and if you follow my blogs you already know when this happens somehow it can easily turn into an ordeal if it goes to her lungs. Of course we have already started the necessary precautions but my heart is always overwhelmed when any of our kids aren’t 100%! Definitely not a foreign feeling to most moms, you all know how what I’m talking about.
But whatever you are facing today—maybe it is a sick child; maybe it’s finances; your marriage; issues at work—did you realize that You are Already equipped to Overcome it? Doesn’t that alleviate the stress, the worry?

We are more than conquerors through Jesus Christ! (Romans 8:37)

Whatever you are facing in this day—you already are equipped to overcome it! 💞

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Know Who You Belong To?

You are the child of the Most High; You are highly favored and You are meant to live life in complete abundance—there is freedom in Him! Start today off knowing who you belong to in the Kingdom!🌟

In His Time

“He makes all things beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

Rest

I needed this today! These past few weeks have been one thing or another. From one sick kid to the next, schedule adjustments, lack of sleep, being pulled in very direction possible, getting up and doing it all over again–I’m exhausted! 

Can anyone relate? 

I need rest! It’s assuring to me in this moment while I even share this with you all–there’s a way to find that rest that I do seek! ❤️

How Grateful Are You?

Let’s count our blessings? What are you most grateful for? Do you know that the more grateful you are the happier you are? Focus on the negative and it’s simple–you feel sad/tired/drained! 

So count your blessings–name them one by one! Write them down; say it outloud–and you will see how good the Lord has been to you! 

I will start–I am grateful for my family, I’m grateful for a husband that supports me and encourages me to be the very best version of me; I’m grateful for my three little girls that we were blessed with; I’m grateful for the opportunities I get to minister and encourage other people;  I am grateful that God is the center of my family’s life and He is leading our way! 

I know I can keep going on and on…but it’s really quite easy–just start small and you will see the day will get brighter as you focus on the goodness in your life! 

Now your turn…

Rejoice!

So up bright and early this morning!!!

Last night, Dan and I organized “us.” I set everything out: made the girls lunches, they set out their uniforms, I knew exactly what I had to wear, book bags perfectly placed, Dan and I already planned for who was dropping off which girl, got our calendar up and organized for the month–I even had time to sit and just be! I was ready for today!!!

Then–the littlest decided to wake up and come in to our room this morning. Boom a change in the set schedule! Here we go–15 minutes before the alarm clock goes off— my feet hit the ground and it’s time to choose  how my day was going to play out. From the tears of crying about her socks, to brushing her teeth–I have to say outloud in my head today, “I will rejoice in this day!”  

It may not be exactly what we planned and our schedules definitely get out of whack sometimes but choose to rejoice! Let’s be honest guys, this morning could have definitely gone a very different way of me panicking, yelling, rushing down the road but by simply choosing to rejoice in this day and choosing peace, I even found time to write this blog to encourage others. Make it a great day friends–Rejoice!

Chicken Fajita Salad


Per Serving: 1 leaner, 1 healthy fat, 3 green, and ~3 condiments

Pam spray

1 lb raw boneless skinless chicken breast

1 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

¼ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon chili powder

½ teaspoon cumin

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons olive or canola oil

2 tablespoons lime juice

¼ teaspoon chili flakes

3 cups chopped romaine lettuce

1.5 oz sliced avocado

PREPARATION

Heat pam in a pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken, bell peppers, onion, salt, chili powder, cumin, and garlic powder for five minutes, stirring constantly. Flip the chicken, and cook for another five minutes, until chicken is cooked and vegetables are slightly soft. Remove from heat and slice the chicken into strips.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, lime juice,splenda, chili, and salt, stirring until evenly mixed.

In a large bowl, toss the romaine lettuce with the chicken, peppers & onions, avocado, and dressing. Serve!

Pesky Mosquitoes

Summer is practically here! Summer cookouts, picnics, beach and pool days, going for walks, taking the kids to the playground and the list goes on!  But one thing that can put a halt to all that fun are those itchy, pesky bugs that attach themselves to you and before you can even think to swat at them, more than likely they have already started to feed on your blood!  Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded “mosquito!”
My girls and I were headed out for a walk a few days ago as our plan was to get in some exercise while spending some time together and our local news station approached us randomly to interview us on nonetheless: Mosquitoes in our area! That definitely inspired this post and you can find the news clip below.


They come out of nowhere–the bites itch at night and they keep popping up here and there and everywhere! So what are some ways to make prevent these bug bites?

Here are a few tips I found that works and some that I will be trying throughout the summer:

  • Bug Repellant Spray: Spray liberally before heading outdoors!
  • DynaTrap: this has been a life saver for us! This device emits UV light to lure the mosquitoes in.  After a week or so, check and empty the device.
  • Grow your own mosquito repelling plants (citronella, catnip, basil, peppermint)
    You can crush these leaves and rub the oils on your skin–the natural oils they emit will keep these bugs at bay!
  • Get rid of any standing water in the outdoor areas. (make sure gutters are not clogged so that the water can drain freely from the top of your house) Mosquitos thrive and reproduce in warm, humid and dark areas.
  • Refrain from wearing heavy perfume/cologne or scented body lotions–the sweet smell attracts mosquitos.

How to STOP the itch?

  • Apply apple cider vinegar to bug bites to help stop the itching.
  • Vicks Vapor rub is said to ease the itching. (definitely helps)
  • Honey to soothe the area.
  • Banana peel–rub the inside on the bite for a few minutes.
  • Peppermint oil–a dab on the bite and it relieves the itchiness (TRUTH)
  • Rubbing Alcohol–the cooling effect of the alcohol immediately soothes the bite, reduces the size and swelling. (works for me)

What are some of your methods that works for you and your family to help with these pesky bugs?

 

Preschooler Learning in the Kitchen

Our almost 3 year old was up earlier than her two older sisters this morning…so she and I decided to make breakfast together. A little one-on-one time with just mommy  and some added fun with learning, that mommy totally snuck in! 

Who says making pancakes can’t get a preschooler’s mind going?! 

She got introduced to measurements, a review in shapes/colors and there’s lots of fine motor being used! 

What are some fun ways you are keeping your preschooler’s mind busy this summer?

Alaina Tales…



In our home everything turns out to be a teachable moment as I’m sure most of you do with your children.  I do find that in these moments that our kids do understand the point quicker and the life lesson is far more valuable than just reading it from a book, per say. 
On Valentine’s Day my hubby surprised me with–a four course meal. Ofcourse the three girls are with us as but Dan set the stage pretty well. There were roses and cards for all of us, our China was laid out, the dinner candles were lit and all us girls sat patiently awaiting the yummiest food. Dan told the girls that it was a special dinner and he pretended it was a fancy restaurant. As he served us, we both taught the girls about how we would behave in a very fancy restaurant. We talked about where you would keep your napkin, which fork to use, how to stay in your seat, how to cut your meat, how to order, using manners, the conversations you can have at a dinner table and the list goes on! 

Dan happily took his time serving each one of us and played the role of “waiter” pretty well. The girls got a kick out him adding salads to their plates or the appetizers and even Aliyah got into it by making her own choices–it was a blast! 

It was time for him to sit and enjoy the delicious food with us as we celebrated Valentine’s Day as a family. But

I looked across the table and there is my five year old staring at me. I asked, “Alaina what’s wrong, don’t you like the food?” She shifted her eyes slightly to the side glaring at her daddy while slyly pointing at him and says quietly at the table (because we do not raise our voices in a fancy restaurant), ” I don’t know if I can eat; why is this waiter eating with us?” 

Ofcourse, we all erupted in laughter and that teachable moment went a different direction that night. More tales of Alaina to come as she has been developing into her own little personality! 

Happy Friday Everyone! 


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