DO NOT READ THIS BLOG!

Nah ~ Just kidding ~ Read away!

In our first few years of marriage, when we had only two young children ~ we had no computer, no internet, no wifi, no cell phone etc.  No one did.  There was no such thing way back when.  We also had no TV. Back in the day when I would load up our two toddlers and all our laundry including cloth diapers into our wagon and head off to the laundry mat at our apartment and do laundry.  Life was simple.  That was our normal.  We lived in a two bedroom apartment and our end table was a cardboard box with a bed sheet covering it.

Not that we need to go back to a cardboard box end table and no TV but the thing I remember the most back then was time.  I HAD TIME!!

God desires our time.  Our family desires our time.  And we have plenty of it for the important things.

We’re being overloaded with blogs, posts, opinions, tweets, emails, pictures, ads and more.  Not that all of those things are bad, in and of itself.  In fact, these are awesome tools for communication, outreach and convenience.  We need to rely on the Holy Spirit to pace ourselves so we don’t overindulge.  Too much of it can take away from our family and replace God in our lives without us even realizing it.

I have to ask myself daily what is truly important and overlook the rest as the temptation to sit idly and read or browse on my phone or computer can be considerable.  I have to deliberately focus on the important stuff and let everything else go.


4 things to consider before getting lost online


Spend time with God first

Even if it’s your job to keep on top of emails, texts and notifications, set aside time to spend with God, reading the bible, praying and meditating on HIM, first thing in the morning or whenever the Lord is leading you that will bless you and Him. Set aside a specific time to do your business or ministry.  Don’t let it spill into your personal time, if it doesn’t have to. I know everyone’s situation is different so there is no answer that’s right for everyone, but the Holy Spirit will guide you as to what is right for you. Seek Christ and He will show you.

Spend time with your husband

Arrange a time to spend talking with your husband when he gets home from work.  Maybe just 15 minutes before dinner.  When my husband gets home from work each evening, I turn off whatever I’m cooking, tell the kids to be good (HA!), and go spend 10-15 minutes talking with him. Sometimes we debrief about our day and sometimes we just sit in silence. But we spend time alone just being with each other.  It’s short enough to not mess up dinner and something we’ve always done so the kids are used to it.  If this is something you’re not used to doing, you may have to remind your children that you and daddy are going to take 15 minutes to talk and not to interrupt.  Of course, it’s trickier if you have little ones who can’t be left alone for that long.  We just brought them with us at that point.

Spend time with your children

I know this is all common sense but as easy as it is to get lost in technology, it’s worth mentioning.  Take time each day to really listen to them, watch them, play with them, hug them and SMILE at them!  Teens may say this is creepy but when they grow up and have children of their own, they will have learned from the best on how to love their children well.

Spend time tending to your home

Yep~ like cooking, cleaning, paying bills etc.  Make this a priority and don’t neglect it.  Don’t look around your house and feel guilty, just take 15 minutes right now and work as quickly as you can to do SOMETHING that will make your house look cleaner.  You’d be surprised at what 15 minutes will do.  Same thing with cooking and finances.  If you’re frustrated with cereal for dinner or the amount of debt that you’re in, do one thing that will move you in the right direction.  Plan just one meal next week.  It will be one meal not eating cereal OR eating out which will kill two birds with one stone, so to speak.  You’re helping your finances AND planning something besides cereal.  (Just a random example.  Cereal for dinner is a blessing sometimes!)


We’re all in the same boat here.  I’ve learned, I’ve forgotten, I’ve gotten into good habits, then bad habits, then good, and I’m learning still.  I’m sharing the things that I’ve learned and forgotten and relearned or learned new.  It’s all about being intentional every single day to bless God and bless your family, even if it feels messy and imperfect.  It’s still AWESOME and you’re making a difference!

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7 Tips For Encouraging Teens To Wear Happy Pants ~ Not Grumpy Pants

OK ~ so your teens always have their happy pants on and you don’t know what I’m talking about.  So do mine, mostly, but I figured that someone somewhere has teens who are sporting their grumpy attire.

Since our children are now 23, 22, 16, 14 and 7 ~ which means I have a teensy bit of teen experience ~ I thought I’d share my perspective on the subject of happy pants.

Truth be told ~ my teenagers aren’t a problem.  In fact, they’re a huge blessing.  The problem that I have is with ME!!  There is something about my little babies maturing into young adults that stirs the worried mama in me.  When my mini-adult babies radiate the slightest bit of immaturity and inexperience it makes me nervous and makes my fear and anxiety issues flare up ~ often resulting in panic.

When mama reacts or overreacts ~ then out come the grumpy pants.

With two teens in the house and a little one who won’t be a teen for sometime ~ this is a great reminder for me now and will be valuable later since I’ll have teens in the house for the next 13 years.  YIKES!!  YAY!!

So here are 7 ways to promote a positive attitude among teens.


1. Be Cheerful

In other words ~ mom ~ put on YOUR happy pants!  After our children informed me several times that I’ve been grumpy or in a bad mood, I decided to check myself before I uttered a word.  I found that I show frustration and annoyance more than I thought I did.  So I try to be extra cheerful and pleasant and make it a point to smile at our children and enjoy them.

2. Be Cool

Meaning ~ BE YOURSELF!  You were cool before your children were born and you still are.  Don’t let your groove die because of embarrassed adolescents who think you’re not hip.  Be who God made you to be.  YOU’RE AMAZING ~ and you are teaching your teens how to be amazing too.

3. Be Observant

Listen to what your teens have to say.  Be attentive to their likes, their dislikes, what makes them happy, sad or angry.  Listen to the things they say and what they don’t say.  You can learn a lot by being quiet and watching your children.

4. Be There

Hang out with your teens.  Spend quality time with them doing the things they like to do.  If they’re hesitant, tell them that they are special and you really want to spend more time with them.  Take them out on dates, play games, watch a movie or just sit and talk.  One more thing ~ while there is a time and place for discipline, spend time with your teenagers without training, lectures, or interrogations.

5. Be Healthy

With vitamin deficiencies, food allergies, ADD and hormone imbalances so common these days, it’s important to make sure your teen is living a healthy lifestyle.

  1.  Avoiding all caffeine is a must.  Cutting out soda and coffee will help prevent mood swings, insomnia and other health issues.
  2.  Eating a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, salads, berries along with a healthy balanced diet is necessary for good health.
  3.  Everyone has different nutritional needs but taking vitamins and minerals may also help curb health problems.  A doctor or nutritionist can help.  Ask me about the special vitamins I take that have a one of a kind patent technology for high absorption of minerals and protects antioxidants from losing its potency.
  4.  Vitamin C is good for the immune system.
  5.  Omega-3 Fish Oil is good for brain health.
  6.  Probiotics are good for gut health.

These are all exceptional ideas for healthy teens.

One day I’ll be doing a blog about how a healthy brain and healthy digestive system can significantly impact your life.  You can also read about gut health in my blog ~ “How I Cured My Food Allergies!”

6. Be Vigilant

We live in a world of electronics, technology and instant communication with friends.  While these things can be an important part of our teen’s lives, they should be limited and supervised.  I grew up in the 70’s and 80’s and had two of our children in the 90’s so I’ve seen the best of both worlds.  Too much screen time and too much social media isn’t healthy.  A little bit goes a long way so put limits and restrictions or don’t allow it at all.  They won’t die ~ I promise!

No judgement here ~ mama ~ as every family is different ~ but with screen time and social media ~ I find that less is more.  Encourage your teens to go outside, read a book or find a hobby that they’re interested in. Less screen time will encourage content and happy teens!  No two families are alike ~ I get that ~ do what’s best.  But if you’ve hit a brick wall and don’t know what to do ~ try eliminating some screen time.

7. Be Faithful

Urge your teens to spend time meditating in God’s Word and praying everyday.  They will receive peace and joy that will get them through stressful days.  This is something that we all should do regularly and set an example for our children.  This is really important!

Psalm 1:2-3 ~  But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.


Seeking God daily ~ praying ~ and focusing on having a good attitude myself encourages a healthy atmosphere in our home. It also helps foster happy pants apparel among our teens.

Thank you so much for reading my blog.  I hope you find these tips helpful.  Let me know what you think ~ I’d love to hear from you.

Psalm 118:24 ~ This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.


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Hooray For 3-Minute Pizza

The only thing better than homemade pizza is homemade pizza that cooks in 3 minutes.  Yes, you heard me right!  Gone are the days when homemade pizza includes 10 minutes of precooking the crust along with another 15 minutes to cook the dog-gone thing ~ with prep and everything making it one hour.

 

 

My funny family loves to ask right after I get started~

“Is dinner ready?  It’s been 3 minutes!”  HA HA

Not quite ~ family ~ but soon ~ VERY SOON!

  • Before I get started, I want to say that it is very important that you get everything completely ready to make your pizza first before cooking (toppings, sauce, cheese, hot pads.)  It cooks hot and it cooks fast.  If your not ready you’ll be serving a very black and crispy pizza for dinner.  OK ~ I’m exaggerating ~ but still ~ be ready.

INGREDIENTS:


For the Crust~

1 cup warm water

1 Tablespoon (or packet) yeast

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 Tablespoon oil

1 teaspoon salt

3 cups flour


Pizza sauce (I don’t have an impressive recipe ~ sorry)

Mozzarella cheese

Favorite toppings (we like pepperoni, black olives, red, yellow, orange and green bell peppers, onions and jalapenos.)


DIRECTIONS:

Put oven on broil.  Get your cast iron pans hot on the stove by turning it on high for a few minutes.  If it starts to smoke ~ turn it down or off.

By the way:  I tried this recipe with my regular cookie sheet and it worked fine.  The bottom of the crust wasn’t as crispy but it was good just the same.

For the Crust~

~ Put water in a mixing bowl and sprinkle yeast on top.

~ Add sugar, oil and salt ~ whisk until dissolved.

~ Add flour.  Mix and knead well and set aside while you get the other ingredients ready.

~ Grate cheese, chop veggies, get toppings and sauce ready.

Double check to make sure everything is ready before starting the next process.  Clear the area of little munchkins and stay close while it’s cooking as it’s very hot and goes fast ~ THE BEST EVER ~ YAY!


OK ~ Here we go!

Divide the pizza crust according to how many pizzas you’re making.  Roll them out to fit in your pans.  Roll up the sides so the sauce will stay on the pizza and place on your hot cast iron pan.  Put crust in the oven for 30-60 seconds.  THE TIME MAY VARY SO WATCH CLOSELY UNTIL YOU KNOW HOW YOUR OVEN COOKS YOUR PIZZA.  

 

Add the goods ~ pizza sauce, cheese, toppings, then top with a little more cheese.  Cook on broil for 3-minutes and ENJOY!

Easy ~ Fast ~ Delicious ~ Amazing!

Tell me what you think!

 


 

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Calling All Overworked & Under-appreciated Moms (4 Reminders)

 

Hey mama – Are you tired, exhausted and overwhelmed?  Are you always cleaning but your house is always a mess?  Do you spend a lot of time managing and organizing chaos and clutter?  Are you tired of the grumpy and complaining children living in your home?  Meal planning and money stress got you down in the dumps?  You don’t have to worry anymore!  There is help and there is hope for any and all moms out there!

YOU ARE LOVED

When you realize just how truly and deeply loved you are, and that you don’t have to handle life’s stress and obstacles on your own, you will begin to feel good enough to tackle any day to day work, day or night.  The Creator of the Universe paid the penalty of your sin ~ mama ~ so that you can have freedom to live a wonderful life for Him.  So don’t let exhaustion wear you down.   There is absolutely nothing that can separate you from God’s love for you.  God is so rich in His mercy and He loved you so much that even when you were dead and deep in sin, He gave you life when He raised Christ from the dead.

Zephaniah 3:17 ~ For the LORD your God is living among you.  He is a mighty Savior.  He will take delight in you with gladness.  With His love He will calm your fears.  He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

YOU ARE FREE

You can be free from the bondage of dirty dishes and endless laundry.  You are free from the prison that keeps you from moving forward because of feeling like you need to be perfect all the time trying to please everyone. You don’t have be a prisoner to chaos and clutter anymore.  Mama~ your job is so much more than being held captive to a mess.

Galatians 1:3-4 ~  May God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Jesus gave His life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live.  

YOU ARE IMPORTANT

You have the most important job on the planet.  Not only that ~ you are so important to your family and you are important to the Creator of the world who made you.  Has the Lord forgotten you, has He forsaken you?  NEVER! Can a mother forget her nursing child?  Can she feel no love for the child she has borne?  Even if that were possible… God would never forget you!  You are too important to HIM.  You are created in His image.  He has plans for you for a good future and hope.  God paid a ransom for you to save you from the empty life you inherited from Adam.  It wasn’t paid with silver or gold or anything that will lose value, but with the precious blood of the Messiah, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.  You are important and you are capable of loving your husband and children like no one else.  You have the living God who is crazy about you and your family, living inside of you, ready to do amazing things through you to bless the socks off of your people.  You can do it mama.  Don’t lose heart!

YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

You can change the world by being an excellent wife to your husband and pouring your life of Jesus into your children (and grandchildren.)  A life centered around Christ will transform your family like nothing ever will and you have the power of the Holy Spirit working in you to bless your family and impact those around you.  Our world needs these kinds of families.  Families who are living for the Lord.

 

YOU ARE MAKING A DIFFERENCE!  KEEP IT UP!

Galatians 5:22-23 ~ But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.  


Take a deep breath and take inventory on what is truly important.  It’s so easy to get caught up with all the stuff that we “have” to get done every day.  It’s impossible to do it all.  If everything is a priority then nothing is a priority.  Stop doing it all and focus on what is important.  You’ll end up destroying yourself and tearing your house down in the process.

Proverbs 14:1 ~ The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands. 


 Don’t let distraction take you away from your important work.  There’s plenty to pull you away from your priority and it’s easier now than ever to get interrupted and side tracked.  Silence everything that the world has to say for just a minute and focus your attention to what the Word of God has to say should be important.  You will find peace and joy that goes beyond anything you could possibly imagine.

God’s word has a lot to say about getting things in order so you aren’t drowning in your day to day life.  Money, organization, clutter, and kids ~ it’s all there!  There’s hope and power in knowing Christ ~ Look to Him this very minute ~ Don’t wait!

~ PS.  My other posts below also has helpful articles about how I dealt with clutter, finances, health, recipes and more.  Check them out and share with others!


AND REMEMBER:

~ You are loved

~ You are free

~ You are important

~ You are making a difference


Thank you for reading my blog.

B L E S S I N G S  to you and your family!


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The Time I Gave Up Social Media For Lent (Part 2) (Most recent)

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4 Things to Remember When Things Don’t Go As Planned

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Kindergarten is the Hardest! (Part 2)

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Chicken Noodle Soup

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