Luck of the Irish $50 Paypal/eGiftCard Giveaway (ends 3/10)

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Welcome to the Luck of the Irish $50 of choice Giveaway!
 
Hosted by: Southern Mom Loves

 
One winner will receive $50 via Paypal cash or an eGift Card of choice!
Giveaway begins on 2/9/16 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 3/10/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open Worldwide (void where prohibited.) Once winners are confirmed, they will be added to the Winner’s List here.


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Giving Your Children Wings Book Excerpt

Wingstourwings digital booksTo Dream The Impossible Dream of An Organized Home

Does the idea of organizing and cleaning your home seem like an impossible dream? Homeschooling mother of six Tami Fox shares how she uses routines in her home to make it a haven for her family. She’s taught her children these routines, so they’ll be able to take their wings and fly into life as prepared adults. She shares positive methods for organizing and cleaning. Tami wants to help you give your children wings, so they can FLY, too!

Marla Cilley, The FlyLady –

 “Tami has taken FLYing to a new level! Not only has she educated her six children well and eliminated CHAOS, she has not lost herself in the process.”

Excerpt:

A natural result of the amount of time we spend at home is that we work together to bless our home and keep it orderly. I start including them from young ages to help around the house. A two-year-old can fold washcloths and pick up things, especially toys they got out to play with. Teaching children in small steps to clean up behind themselves is a habit that they will carry with them. You want to do it in a positive way so they carry a positive attitude with them, too.

Paperback / Amazon for the Kindle Reader / Apple Store for iBooks / Barnes and Noble for the Nook

Tami lives in rural North Carolina with her husband of more than twenty-five years and their children. She has beenTami - 5x7_fox-4553 a home educator since 2000. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Information Systems and uses her education to be a better teacher for her children. Tami is a writer and speaker to encourage moms. She writes reviews and other details about her life with her family at www.TamiFox.net.

She is in the trenches just like you and takes life one step at a time with mercy and grace. You can contact Tami through her blog or through email at Tami@TamiFox.com.

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Pray Without Ceasing

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In the time of Daniel (as in “and the lion’s den”), people who didn’t like Daniel convinced King Darius to issue a decree forbidding prayer to anyone or thing other than the king for the next 30 days.  The punishment was to be thrown into – you guessed it – the lion’s den.

Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. (Daniel 6:10)

Daniel made a conscious choice to pray, and so do we – every day.  It is important to set aside special time every day to consciously praise God for His wonderful works, thank God for everything we have been given, confess to God the things we have done wrong or left undone and ask God to meet our needs and the needs of our neighbors.  The bravery Daniel showed by consciously praying at an open window during such a time is undeniable.

But there is another aspect of prayer – the breath prayer.  As a wise woman once told me, “Prayer is like breathing: you don’t think about it; you just do it.”  If we keep Scripture and Godly music in our hearts, then many times throughout the day as situations arise, a verse or song lyric may just pop in our heads and remind us of God’s love.  That is also a prayer – the kind of prayer Paul talked about when he exhorted us to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Pray without ceasing Think of prayer as the breath in our lungs and the blood from our hearts. Our blood flows and our breathing continues ‘without ceasing’; we are not even conscious of Jesus keeping us in perfect oneness with God but if we are obeying Him, He always is. Prayer is not an exercise; it is the life of the saint. Beware of anything that stops the offering up of prayer. Maintain the childlike habit of offering up prayer in your heart to God all the time.” Oswald Chambers (My Utmost for His Highest: Updated Edition)

I don’t know if I could be as brave as Daniel if faced with something as horrific as the lion’s den.  But I like to think that my breath prayers would continue, as automatically as my breathing, no matter what the circumstances.

January Bulu Box Review

bulu box review

This is the second month of my three month Bulu Box subscription (see my December review).

bulu box reviewFor those who are not familiar, with this service, Bulu Box is a monthly subscription that provides you with samples of vitamin, supplement, health and weight loss products!  You can choose from the regular Bulu Box or the Bulu Box Weight Loss.  After you try the samples, you can review them on the Bulu Box website.  You earn 10 points for every product you review and you can use your points towards the purchase of full-size products in the Bulu Box store.

My Review

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This is what was inside the box when I opened it up:

Once again I thought the box had a nice variety of products.  There was a full size box of buckwheat honey packets, a little pot of cracked skin creme, a packet of sleep water powder and a sample of chocolate peanut butter whey protein.  There were also a few different types of supplements.  I do think there is a little bit too much focus on energy products in every box, but Devin loves the stuff, so I can’t complain.

For a cost of only $10 a box, I find Bulu Box to be a worthwhile investment and fun way to try new products.  Two thumbs up!!!

Right now, Bulu Box has the following offers for my readers:

Get a 3 Month Subscription for just $15 (regularly $30)! at Bulu Box – Use code WOWZA

I received a promotional item in exchange for this blog post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Green, Eggs and Spam Quinoa Muffins

green eggs and spam

It’s no secret that my new favorite grain is quinoa (see my recipe for Cranberry Quinoa Muffins). It’s high in protein, fiber  AND iron.  Plus, it’s gluten free. What’s not to love?  I’m always on the lookout for new quinoa ideas, since we mostly eat it steamed, like rice.

Recently I bought a big bag of kale so I could make my Tasty Kale Chips.  Unfortunately, I was too busy that week to babysit roasting kale (believe me, you don’t ever want to smell BURNT kale).  So the bag just sat in the refrigerator.

Saturday morning I was preparing to cook my traditional hot weekend breakfast and remembered the bag of kale.  What to make? I had already tried kale in a frittata (Butternut Squash Frittata with Crispy Kale).  Super delicious, but I’m always itching to try something new.

I’ve been tired of my weekday breakfast (yogurt and a fiber bar).  I don’t have time to make anything before work, so I needed something I could make ahead, that would be easily reheatable AND portable.  Looking at the kale, I remembered my quinoa muffins and decided it would be fun to try my hand at a savory quinoa muffin.  A little bit of Spam  and half an onion later, I had my recipe.  I hope you like it as much as I  do!!

Green, Eggs and Spam Quinoa Muffins

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa

3 eggs

1 cup kale, spines removed, torn into bite size pieces

1 cup shredded Mexican four cheese blend

1/2 cup diced Spam

1/2 an onion, diced

2  Tbsp. grated Parmesan  cheese

Directions:

Cook quinoa according to package directions.

Preheat oven to 350F.

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix thoroughly.

Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray.  Spoon mixture into wells in muffin tin, until they are filled to the tops.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.

Let cool for at least five minutes before removing from pan.

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Enjoy!!

These yummy little muffins are great fresh and piping hot, but they also freeze well for later reheating.  Once cooled, flash freeze them on a cookie sheet, then throw them all in a resealable bag.  You can pop out one or two at a time in the morning, zap them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes on high and  there’s your healthy breakfast!!  So easy!!