Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thank You God

On this week of thanksgiving God gave me the precious gift of true Thanksgiving.

At my bible study the other night the song Temporary Home was played. The last section of it talked about an old man in the hospital saying good bye to his loved ones. In that moment I was brought back to my grandfather’s deathbed a few years ago. Even though it was a while ago I was brought right back to that place of grief and loss.

At the end of the study another song was played. I don’t even remember what the song was. I didn’t really hear it. While I was sitting there listening to the song God gave me a beautiful picture.

My heart heavy with sadness, I could feel it a hard lump in my chest. When all of a sudden God reached down and touched my heart. It began to rise and lighten. It bloomed like a flower and I emerged from my grief. I flew up to heaven straight into God’s arms. As I hugged God I turned into a small child safe in my father’s arms. God hugged me close to him and told that everything would be ok, he would always be with me.

This season of life has been very overwhelming. I have been busy, overworked and under-able. I have been feeling constantly like I need a break, but don’t have much time for one. I have found ways to cope, taking a little time for myself here and there, trying to get things done so that I could mark them off my list, but it is not enough. I need God now, I can’t get through a single day without him. I can’t do anything without him. Tonight he reminded me of that, and lifted me out of my problems in a very special way and I am so thankful for it. I am thankful that he gave me the gift of peace, and thankful that he gave me the gift of thankfulness.

When this happened I knew that he had not given me this gift just for me but to share it with others too. I know that this season is busy for a lot of people, and many of you may be dealing with grief both fresh and resurfaced. So this picture is for you too. God is there for you always holding out his arms and holding you in his arms. Always there for you.

God Bless You

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Christmas Owl Book Blast and a $50 gift card giveaway! Sponsored (ish)

I was provided with an entry for the giveaway in return for posting this.

I am joining with several other wonderful bloggers to let you know about an awesome book and bring you a great giveaway. Enjoy!

About the Book 

Title: The Christmas Owl
Author: Angela Muse
Illustrator: Helen H. Wu
Publication Date: November, 2013
Publisher: Independent - 4eyesbooks
Number of pages: 36 Recommended age: 3+


A Barred owl becomes injured and must ask others for help. He promises to give back to those who have a generous heart and he is true to his word. Also check out Lil Glimmer, The Nutt Family: An Acorny Adventure, The Pig Princess, The Bee Bully, Eager Eaglets: Birds of Play, Cactus Charlie, Suzy Snowflake and Monsters Have Mommies by this author.

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** You can download a copy of "The Christmas Owl" for only 99 cents from NOW through to November 14, 2013 on Amazon!! **

About the Author: Angela Muse

I was born in California to a military family. This meant that I was the "new kid" in school every couple of years. It was hard always trying to make new friends, but I discovered I had a knack for writing. I began writing poetry in high school and really enjoyed expressing myself by using pen and paper. After becoming a Mom in 2003, I continued my storytelling to my own children. In 2009 I wrote and published my first children's book aimed at toddlers. In 2012 I am set to release several more children's books. Check out what I'm working on by visiting my children's book blog. Writing is such a wonderful creative process and I look forward to sharing more of my stories with lots of new little readers!

* $50 Book Blast Giveaway *

Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner's choice)
Contest runs: November 12 to December 11, 11:59 pm, 2013
Open: Internationally
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Ultimate List of White Elephant Gifts for Women! #Sponsored

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mont Bleu for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Christmas is just around the corner. We put up our decorations this weekend. It is also Christmas shopping season. We buy presents all year when we find a good deal or the perfect present but there are always more presents to buy. One of those presents that I used to forget to pick up is white elephant gifts. So I put together a list of great white elephant present ideas to help us all put together a fun present. Putting several of these in a basket is also a great idea!


The Ultimate List of White Elephant Gifts for Women (works for young women too)


Body Pampering


Bath Salts

Bubble Bath

Body Scrub

Body Spray



Electric Spa Wrap

Neck and Shoulder Wrap


Face Pampering

Facial Mask


Lip gloss

Refreshing Wipes

Compact Mirror


Hair Pampering

Hair Mask

Hair Clips

Stylish Bobby Pins


Bun/ Braid tool

Head Massager

Bath Pillow


Hand or Foot Pampering

Nail Polish

Nail Polish Pens

Nail Glitter / Rhinestones

French Nail Kit

Nail Dotting Pen

Nail Stamps

Nail Stencils

Nail Buffer

Pumice Stone

Fuzzy Socks


Foot Mask

Foot Spa



Pedicure kit

Manicure kit

Facial Kit

Homemade Spa Kit

Hot Chocolate kit

Coffee Gift Basket

Date Night Kit

Family Movie Night Kit




Specialty Coffee

Hot Chocolate

Apple Cider


Sparkling Juice

Fancy Fruit

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Fancy Candy


Foreign Candy

Fancy Cookies

Fancy Jams

Homemade Baked goods

Homemade Candy

Dried Fruit




Granola Bars


Stemware (wine glasses, martini glasses, etc.)


Gift Cards

Amazon Gift Card

Target Gift Card

Restaurant Gift Card

Spa Gift Card

Starbucks Gift Card

Really Any Gift Card :)






Craft Supplies



Essential Oils



Homemade scarf

Fluffy towels

Cute Hat

Christmas Ornament

Picture Frames





What are your favorite White Elephant Gifts?




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