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Reclaiming Peace When The Storm Blows You Off Course

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Journaling Journey

Living with chaos is extremely stressful to me. It takes nothing to blow me off course. Let the winds shift and my sails change direction, and away I go, in totally the wrong direction.

For anyone who has followed me for a while, you can tell, based on my writing and how often I post as to whether my life became chaotic and whether it shifted courses.

My Friend, does this happen to you as well?

Do you just plug along doing everything the same way, but one day you wake up and your spouse or your child is sick?

Maybe one day you go to work and you find out your position is no longer needed or you have been fired, but you have no reason or clue as to why.

I have had similar situations happen to me, but the later happened to my husband. These life events rocked my world and have the power to still shift my sails sending me in the wrong direction.

I want to encourage you today, if you too have experienced life changing events that left you feeling like you are treading on the water just praying you will survive, I am here to encourage you with this truth, you will survive.

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I found three keys to this survival are God, family, and home.

God will give you the strength to sustain you during this difficulty. He promises to never leave or forsake us in Deuteronomy;

“Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread offor it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.””

Deuteronomy 31:6 ESV


No matter how tough you find your life to be or how chaotic it has become, God will give you the strength to sustain you circumstances.

I also found that despite how stressful our life becomes, it is imperative to keep your family together. I know how strained your relationships can become, but you need to remember the importance they are despite the difficulty of your situation.

Do not allow the wedge of difficulty to damage or destroy your family relationships. They will be there when life calms down and the chaos resolves.

Be sure to take the time to still invest in your relationships. Take the time to talk (and listen) with your heart. Take the time to hear how they are affected or impacted by your circumstances.

Take some time to reconnect on a regular basis and they will be there when the winds blow you back on course again.

Lastly, a lesson I recently learned was the power your home has to giving you a safe haven to be when chaos tries to consume you.

I found by investing in cleaning, organizing, and decorating, it has given me a renewal for finding my place of contentment when life spins out of control.

My friend, if you invest love and energy back into your home, it will offer a healing of your mind and body because it will help to distract you from the stress and chaos you may be living and will offer a safe haven from the world as well.

I found tremendous truth to this quote by an unknown author;

A house is built by hands, but a home is built by heart.

Invest your heart today into building your home. You will experience a release of the stress and pressure you have been carrying. In turn you will also be investing back into your family because they will have a safe and loving place to live in.

It is my hope and prayer if you find yourself in a season of chaos and difficulty that you will find some peace today.

Do not allow your circumstances to consume you. Give your every concern to God today and allow Him to carry the weight you have been carrying. You will be thankful if you do.

Enjoy your day today!

Comfort, Decorating, Holiday, Inspiration, Journey, Keeping It Real, Life

Sharing Fall Vibes

This image is my favorite fall display. It is on my counter by my kitchen sink. I spend a lot of time here and just love the coziness of this little corner.

Hey Y’all, I am popping in to share quickly some simple fall decorating ideas with you.

Do you like to decorate for fall, but get lost in the feeling you have to go over the top, so you choose to do nothing instead?

My friends, I want to remind you that sometimes the simpler you decorate, the prettier your room will be.

This is a simple decoration I have on my little table at my communication area. This is a simple but sweet decoration whether it is during the day or at night. See next image for what it looks like when the lights are on.

I went through my house the other day and took a few pictures of some simple things I have done, and wanted to share them because bring such a sense of peace to my home.

I shouldn’t tell you this, but it took me three days to decorate. One night I put my decorations out just to put it out and then spent the following days rearranging to my decor to get the look I was striving for. So if you do the same, you are not alone.

It took me this long because my life was crazy busy that week. I took small opportunities to rearrange my decor as I had the time to do so. So if you find yourself in the same situation, be comforted because you can still decorate even if you are busy. Just do it as you have time.

This is an image of what my simple little jar looks like with the lights on.

It is better to decorate over a few of days than it is to get frustrated and not do it at all.

Lastly, do you have a concern that you can’t decorate because your money is tight ? If the answer is yes, then be comforted to know you can decorate with what you have laying around the house.

I used my canning jars with a strand of mini lights and a few leaves and created this look. I showed a picture of what it looks like without the lights on an here is an picture of what it looks like with the lights on.

This simple display is beside the chair I sit at in our media room. It provides a soft and festive fall feeling in the darkness of night.

This display to the right is similar to the above image because it too uses a large jar that I use year round and simply added lights and a few flowers and simply added some flowers and pumpkins to the table beside them.

These are a couple examples of how you can decorate for fall using everyday items as well as a few flowers, leaves, pumpkins, and lights to make a beautiful fall display.

Consider thinking outside the box and your fall decor will be simplistic, but still beautiful.

My favorite fall sent in cleaning supplies this fall is Acorn Spice.

I will attach a few of my favorite fall cleaning supplies as well as my favorite fall tart scents.

Fall Cleaning supplies would be Mrs. Meyers Acorn Spice  12.5 Oz Hand Soap, 16 Oz Dish Soap, 16 Oz Multi-Surface Cleaner, 4.9 Oz Candle.  Be sure to order quickly as their supplies are running out quickly. You can also purchase these in your local Target as well. 

My favorite seasonal Tart this fall is this; Better Homes & Gardens 2.5 oz Mahogany and Sandalwood Scented Wax Melts. “This fragrance is filled with the smell of warm mahogany, aromatic birch wood, crisp juniper berry, and fresh green balsam shimmer with fragrant herbs, touches of sparkling citrus, and smooth sandalwood, all wrapped around sage and sweet moss.” (Walmart.com description) This is a sweet smell when surrounded by the comforts of your fall decorations and creates a warm and inviting setting.

Disclaimer, I am not being sponsored by either Grove Collaborative, Walmart, or Target by promoting the above products. I am simply sharing these products because I am extremely pleased with them at this time.

Cooking, Easy Recipe, Healthy, Meal, Recipes, Supper Ideas

Ribs and Veggies

Here is another simple, yet healthy meal to consider this summer.

Grab a package of ribs, grill them and add simple vegetables such as tomato and cucumber and blueberries.

You will walk away satisfied, while skipping the full feeling.

Cooking, Easy Recipe, Home, Meal, Supper Ideas

Summer Burger

Do you need a fresh supper idea?

Try this one. Grilled angus burger topped with cheese. Place it on a bed of lettuce and add a fresh tomato to the side.

Do not be afraid to add a few baked fries seasoned with garlic salt, onion powder, and basil.

Lastly, add a few slices of fresh watermelon.

It is a filling meal, but not as bad as a traditional hamburger and French fries.

Enjoy this lighter twist to a traditional summer meal.

Appetizers, Baking, Comfort Food, Easy Recipe, Home, Journey, Recipes

Bacon and Spinach Dip

Delicious Bacon and Spinach Appetizer

Are you looking for an easy and delicious appetizer and you love bacon? Try this one. I made it for my family and they loved it.

Ingredients

    • 1 package of bacon
    • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
    • 3 tablespoons flour
    • ½ teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
    • 1 cup chicken broth
    • 1 cup almond milk
    • 1 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella & Parmesan cheese, divided
    • 1 1/2 cup shredded Queso Quesadilla cheese, divided
    • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
    • 1 (8oz) package cream cheese
    • Fresh parsley
    • 1 Roma tomato
  • 1-2 Fresh Baguettes

Directions

  • Preheat oven at 365 degrees.
  • Place package of bacon on baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Whisk in flour until smooth.
  • Add salt, dried parsley, cook for 1 minute or until smooth.
  • (When bacon is cooked, remove from oven and pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.)
  • Add chicken broth and almond milk to skillet, whisk until combined.
  • Cook over medium heat, whisking often until thick and smooth.
  • Stir in 1 cup of mozzarella and fresh Parmesan cheese and 1 cup Queso Quessadilla until melted.
  • In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth.
  • Add Alfredo sauce and beat until combined.
  • Break up cooked bacon and mix until blended.
  • Add remaining cheeses and mix until blended.
  • Add 2 cups of cut up spinach and mix until blended.
  • Place mixture in an oven safe baking dish.
  • Top with fresh parsley.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and garnish with cut up Roma tomato.
  • Cut and serve with fresh baguette.
Anxiety, encouragement, Journey, Life, Rawness, Real, Weariness

Breathing Through Daily Life

Journaling Journey

Sharing The “Real” of Daily Life

What will my day look like? I have so much to do. Where do I begin?

Do you struggle with this some days? The list is just so long that it is overwhelming to even know where to begin.

Today I am feeling overwhelmed by my business. I am trying to still set it up so I can make extra money for our family. I have a couple of projects I need to create, start, and finish for orders. I need to work on my website. I need to do some accounting work. I just made a logo image which I needed for my website. I need to create some Easter products to sell and the list just goes on and on.

Then there are the house chores that need to be done. I need to get my laundry going. I have no clue what supper will be so I have no idea if I will need anything at the grocery store or defrosted from the freezer. I need to tidy up and clean the bathroom and dust before this gets any worse.

I have spring yard work that needs to be done before it gets ahead of me. Oh this list is just crazy.

I feel as though I should never complain about this load as I do not work outside of my home, but my blog is about being “real” and sharing my raw and real side so today I am doing just that. It is my hope and prayer it might encourage you to know you are not alone in experiencing the frustration of everything piling up on you. 

The struggle is real. It is not pretty or elegant, but it is real.

I know I do not work outside of my home, but this is just so much to do. I wish my husband’s health would allow him to help me outside. I know he works, but a lot of people do and still manage to do yard work. If I did not have yard work, I wouldn’t feel so overwhelmed, but it is what it is.

It is time to break out my planner and start sorting and planning out my responsibilities.

Do you get overwhelmed like this? It seems like when you do not work outside of the home that time should be plentiful, but for me, it is not. There is never enough time in the day to get everything done.

I am just thankful we did not have any doctor appointments this week. We are always appreciative for weeks like these where we can breathe again.

So where do I begin? Laundry… that is where I will begin and then get on my computer and do some business work as I think this is what is pressing me the most. I can take breaks and tackle home stuff. Time to take small bites and whittle away at the big piece of this puzzle.

I hope you all have a great day.

Today is a good day to be a good day!
Comfort Food, Easy Recipe, Healthy, Humor, Journey, Lunch, Meal, Soup

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Soup Made Out of Leftovers

Are you looking for an easy recipe to make with left over chicken and spaghetti noodles?

This soup recipe is an easy one and great for a lunch or a supper on a cold rainy or snowy day.

Ingredients

Left over chicken (or fresh) (amount is your preference)

Left over spaghetti noodles (or fresh) (amount is your preference)

Carrots (match box sticks work best) (amount is your preference)

1/2 onion diced

1/2 tsp garlic salt

1 tsp parsley

3 cubes of chicken broth with 4 cups of water (or) 4 cups of liquid chicken broth

Directions

In a medium sauce pan on medium heat, add either the water with bullion cubes or the chicken broth to the pan. Cut up chicken into small pieces then cut spaghetti noodles into soup sized pieces. Add a handful of carrots into the broth as well as all the seasonings and onions.

Allow to cook until the carrots are soft for approximately for 20 mins.

Turn down to simmer and serve warm.

Serve with either a baguette, chips, or crackers.

Comfort Food, Cooking, Crock Pot, Kitchen Helper, Meal, Recipes

Homemade Chili

img_9819Ingredients

1 lb ground turkey

1 lb ground pork

1 green bell pepper

1 medium diced onion

1 minced cloves fresh garlic

1 10oz can diced tomatoes with green chilies

6 oz can tomato paste

1 package of mild chili seasoning mix

1 tsp garlic salt

2 tsp chili powder

1 cup of water

1 Tbsp sour cream

a sprinkle of cheddar cheese

Directions

Place all the ingredients into a crock pot and stir well. Place on high and cook for 3 hours.

Place on a bed of riced cauliflower and add a dollop of sour cream some sprinkle cheddar cheese on top.

Anxiety, Challenge, Depression, Designs, Discouraged, Journey

Make Today A Good Day

Encouragement Today and Motivation Monday

Today’s motivation was inspired by his simple quote,

Today is a good day to make it a good Monday.” Author Unknown

Do not spend your time consumed by it being a difficult day, that you are not able to see the blessings that may be hidden it,

Your Monday’s are all in how you look at them.

Your challenge today is to make a good one.