The next two weeks we are taking a break (kind-of) from the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. However, you can link up to three new posts (not the same ones you linked up last week) on last week’s link-up as we are leaving it open. We will continue to pin every post that is linked up! Go HERE to link up.
It’s been two crazy weeks since I’ve done our weekly review. So that means I get to try to cram two very busy weeks into one post! I think you will just get an overview!
Here is what we were doing the past 2 weeks:
- A ton of baking! I try to get all of my baking done by the third Sunday in December so that we can pass out our tins of goodies before everyone goes away for the holidays. We did make a childhood favorite, Double Decker Fudge, tonight. [Read more…]
I make most of the desserts for Thankgiving and Christmas at my side of the extended family’s Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. Everyone just makes the dishes that they normally do, and dessert usually falls to me. I enjoy preparing the desserts, and I have some standbys that I make quite frequently. However, I sometimes get bored making the same ‘ole, same ‘ole! So this year, I decided to try something new. Here are three new recipes I tried for Christmas this year: [Read more…]
I have been thinking about this “Goals” post for at least 3 months. You see, I have not done goal setting in a few years, and my life has gotten a little out of whack.
I don’t know if you are like me, but I know that there are many people who are like me: I try to do too much, and it’s nobody’s fault but my own.
Everybody has their own busyness, and I understand that, but here is mine: I have 5 children, a husband who is an assistant pastor, I babysit 4 days a week up to 3 children under 2, and I started a blog.
So, I need to prioritize. I knew that, and I so asked back in September in a group that I am in and then on my blog’s facebook page who wanted to do posts about their goals once a month in 2014 and help each other stay accountable. Several said they were on board; so we started our own facebook group, and this is our first post!
That group was the start, but then something really great happened. A fellow blogger told us about the opportunity to “apply” to read Crystal Paine’s (Money Saving Mom) new book, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and to help promote it. I applied, and prayed that if it was God’s will for me to be part of that group, that I would get in. And I did! I was so excited, and this book has been just what I needed in this initial phase of goal setting. I have read it entirely almost once, and now I am going back through the book and applying Crystal Paine’s steps and ideas in making my own goals.
One of the first ideas that Crystal suggests everybody does in goal setting–or to determine what is most important so that you can stop surviving and start thriving–is to create your own Personal Priorities List. She says to ask the following questions to figure out what you want on this list. So I got out a yellow legal pad and wrote these questions (based off her book) at the top to keep me focused:
- What is most important to me?
- Where do I see myself in 25 years?
- At the end of my life, what do I want to look back on and have accomplished?
Does that boil down everything to the nitty-gritty, and help you see what is fluff and what is really important? I know it did for me!
Under those questions I put the following 5 categories, and started listing some ideas under those categories that answered those questions above. So here we go–I’m going to share with you my personal priorities in light of what is important to me long term, and then I’ll set littler goals under those personal priorities. But I know I will have to keep going back to these personal priorities and asking myself, “Do these activities help or hinder my personal priorities?” And if they are a hindrance, then they may have to be cut!
I made one of my favorite cookie recipes last night!
It is so easy, but good! [Read more…]
As I studied on God’s attribute of lovingkindness for a couple of hours, I realized that I could study for hours and not totally grasp everything there is to grasp. So I’m going to keep it simple, and just share with you how I am so thankful for God’s lovingkindness to me. [Read more…]
Today, I am guest posting for Jill at Called to be a Mom.
As today is the day before Thankgiving, we ought to be thankful! However, Friday starts the mad dash of buying gifts. So I tried to incorporate both thoughts of being thankful and buying gifts into the guest post of “Expressing Thankfulness Without Breaking the Bank.” Here are a couple of the pictures from the post! Please go to her site to read the post! [Read more…]
My mom and I both found this recipe one year in the Sunday coupon inserts in our newspaper. My mom tried it out first and really liked it. So it is one now that she will request sometimes for her birthday dinner. I made it just like the recipe said for her last birthday except that I quadrupled the recipe and doubled the shrimp! Yeah, we have a big family! [Read more…]
This post is a part of the Fantabulous Christmas Favorites blog chain put together by a great group of bloggers. The theme this week is Favorite Christmas Traditions. Be sure to check out all the great ideas shared at the end of this post!
Tradition! Can’t you just hear the father from Fiddler on the Roof singing?
Well, all of us have our traditions. In fact, when I considered writing this post, I had a hard time narrowing down what I would write about. [Read more…]