Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Homemade Bread Day

I recently read that November 17th is homemade bread day. Now I don't know if this is really a thing or if someone just made it up because they like bread. I love homemade bread.

Last night I made cinnamon swirl bread with my kids. This will be our breakfast today. They love helping mommy cook and bake. I love keeping them busy it keeps them out of trouble. I also love watching them learn and enjoy learning. Besides what better way to teach them then by letting them get some hands on experience?

We normally make banana bread because it's easy to make and everyone in our house loves it. Banana bread also freezes well. When we're ready for another loaf we just thaw it on the counter and about an hour or so later it's ready.

We recently discovered a recipe for homemade bread sticks that we absolutely love. They are AMAZING!!!

What are some of your favorite bread recipes? Will you be celebrating homemade bread day by baking some of your favorite bread today?

Friday, November 13, 2015

World Kindness Day

It is be something as simple as holding the door for someone. Smiling at a stranger who might be having a bad day. When was the last time you did a random act of kindness? I recently learned that there is an actual holiday celebrating world kindness. World Kindness Day November 13. Here is a list of free or cheap ways you can share some kindness with others today.

  • Send someone a card in the mail. Even if it's not their birthday. It's always nice to know that someone was thinking of you, or better yet, let them know you have been praying for them.
  • Pay for someones order who is behind you in a drive through line. Pay it forward. 
  • Bake your neighbor cookies, or a pie. Everyone loves a sweet treat!
  • If you see a homeless person, buy them a meal. Or better yet you could put together zip-lock bags of water, non-perishable foods, and personal hygiene items (gender specific) to pass out when you see a homeless person. You might also write a card with encouragement to put inside. Bible verses, etc. Everyone needs hope. Dollar tree sells bibles and new testaments for $1.00.
  • Donate any unwanted gently used items to a homeless shelter. 
  • If you coupon and get items for free you could get a few extras to donate.
  • Also if you coupon and something that you normally don't use is going to be free or almost free, you could get it and donate it as well.
  • Leave a note of encouragement on someones car in a parking lot. (bible verse, or inspirational quote) You never know what someone may be going through, and we can all use some encouragement every now and then. 
  • Help someone carry a load. A mother with her hands full, or an elderly person who deserves a break.
  • Offer your seat to someone else.
  • Offer someone a hug. 
  • Compliment someone. So many times we go through the day and no one says anything about how we look, or how well of a job we did. Mom's you know what I'm talking about. Have you ever gone out of your way to look nice and it seemed if no one noticed? It stings a little bit right? Give someone a compliment. It might just change their day. 
  • Visit someone who might be lonely in a nursing home. My mom works in a nursing home. We used to go there often when my grandma was there before she passed away. You would not believe the amount of people who are forgotten. Their family puts them in a nursing home because they can't take care of them, then life gets busy and they barely come to visit. Some of them don't have any family left. Some nursing homes will let you volunteer in the activity rooms and visit residents. 
  • Volunteer. There are many opportunities. Just like a nursing home, you can volunteer to help a neighbor or friend in need. You can volunteer in an animal shelter, a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen. Some churches have volunteer programs. If you can't find a program, create one! My church does missions in Haiti. Our women's sewing class got together to make draw string back packs for the children in an orphanage we help support.  Food pantries are also looking for volunteers. Another church we went to a while back had a food pantry we volunteered at. I will never forget the feeling of packing each grocery bag for someone in need. The feeling of delivering each bag was amazing. 

There are so many more ways you can be kind to others. These are just a few ways. What are some ways you can think of, or even ways you have been kind and helped others? I can't wait to hear your stories.
My challenge to you is do one random act of kindness. Watch how others react. Pay attention to how it makes you feel.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day

To any and all veterans today I would like to take a moment and express my deepest gratitude. Thank you! It's because of your bravery and your sacrifice that we live free today. I also want to thank the military families. I've been there and had my loved ones deployed and it's HARD! Thank you for your sacrifice as well. You too play a very important roll, for it is you who keeps things running back home while your loved one is deployed. It is you who takes the time to put together care packages, and write letters, and pray for the safety of your loved one.
To the veteran who is reading this, or to the loved one of a veteran who laid down their life protecting our country THANK YOU!
I am proud to be an American. Our country may have it's fair share of issues, but we live FREE! Let those words sink in. We have the freedoms that many do not. We have so many freedoms that we take for granted each and every day. So I urge you, not only today but anytime you see a soldier, Thank them for their service. Because freedom isn't free!
Some gave all and laid down their lives, freedom has costs many precious time with their families, missed birthdays, graduations, and some even miss the birth of their children. Long after they come home they deal with the effects of how war has changed them. Some are lucky to be able to put it behind them, but most come back with nightmares, mood swings, and so much more. They have to learn to live their lives with P.T.S.D. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Some are never the same again. They may have physical injuries that prevent them from walking, using both arms, talking, hearing, or even seeing. Take the time to say thank you and say it like you really mean it. Unless you've lived through it yourself, you really have no idea what it's like.

I'd like to introduce someone very special to me. My father retired Sargent First Class Shannon Gilley.
In the picture below he was only a Staff Sargent. This was taken during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
My dad served 26 1/2 years in the United States Army. His career began in the Army Reserves and National Guard, then transferred to active duty status. Some of his tours include:
  • Operation New Horizons
  • Task Force Bravo
  • Several Humanitarian Missions in Central America.
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003-2005.  
He served under the command of the 1st Infantry Division while in Iraq. He retired from Fort Knox, Kentucky June 12, 2006 Mike Co. 1st Cav. Armored Div.
Thank you for your service to our country dad. You make me very proud! Happy Veteran's Day!

With that being said. I hope each and everyone of you have a Happy Veterans Day! Show some respect and remember freedom isn't free. I am sharing a youtube video in honor of all the veterans. I do not own any rights to this song or video. Hope you enjoy.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Some of my favorite books that I highly recommend


I love to read. I don't have as much time to read now that I'm a mom of 3 very busy boys, so I have to pick my books wisely. While I definitely read more than this short list of books, I thought I would put together a list of books that I highly recommend.

  • Organize Now   A week by week guide to simplifying your space and your life. By: Jennifer Ford Berry. This book has helped me so much. I love the way it breaks each room/ task down. It even gives you tips to help keep you organized. You can buy the book here
  • Creative Correction    By: Lisa Whelchel  A guide to disciplining your children with a twist, I've used a few of these on my kids. Get the book here
  • The Love Dare  Based on the movie Fire Proof. A day by day guide. By: Stephen and Alex Kendrick with Lawrence Kimbrough. Get your copy of the Love Dare and other resources here
  • Say Goodbye to survival mode  A wonderful book that I am very thankful to own. By: Crystal Paine  Crystal will show you tips and tricks to change your routines and make your daily schedule simple, help you achieve your goals, and show to how to say goodbye to just surviving every day. Buy the book here
  • The power of a praying wife By: Stormie Omartian It is very important to cover your husband in prayer daily. Get your copy
  • The power of a praying parent By Stormie Omartian Don't forget to cover your children in prayer daily as well. Get it here
  • Jesus Calling Enjoying Peace in His Presence 365 Day Devotional By: Sarah Young  While it should never replace you actually reading your bible, there are some days that are so busy I feel like I can't fit anything else into my schedule. That is why I love this devotional. It's perfect for busy moms on the go who will want to get into God's word. Order your copy today
  • Laughing in the Dark A comedian's journey through depression By Chonda Pierce   Chonda shares her very personal real life story with her journey through her depression. She shows a great example of how to hold onto God even in the darkest places and lowest valleys in life. You can order your copy here
What are some of your favorite books? I can't wait to hear all about them and how they have helped change your life.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Airheads candy fun and review

As you may already know, I am a smiley360 Agent. Recently I received and got to try for free the airheads crafting kit. Basically we get free candy and tools and all we have to do is play with our food and show step by step how we made what ever we crated. Easy right? My kids and I had so much fun and honestly we ate way too much candy. However it's good to have fun and indulge once in a while. So as you can see in the pictures below these were our creations. I hope you enjoy!
The pumpkin sucker 
Cyclopes man with rainbow scarf on a stick
Christmas tree with gifts 
Pot of gold and rainbow 

I would totally do this campaign again. My kids and I had so much fun. We laughed at our silly creations, and spent some wonderful family time together and made some great memories. Thank you Smiley360 and airheads.