Black Friday faves…

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Black Friday faves…

20141127-233139-84699027.jpg1.)  Glasses–imperative after working through the night and staying up all day.

2.)  A Piko Shirt and Leggings with Boots—my “eat as much as you can” attire of choice…

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3.)  Thanksgiving dinner—unplugged.  Phones left in the vehicle for hours.  Most glorious thing ever.

20141127-233140-84700248.jpg4.)   Mary & Martha makin’ the friday faves edition once again, and exciting the BLACK FRIDAY FAVE edition.  Check out these sales!!  If you’re local I’m saving you shipping.  And I can still get you a half price item for every $100 spent.  It’s an awesome weekend to shop with “the girls”!

20141127-233140-84700416.jpg5.)  So this text BLESSED me more than anything this week–hands down.  So, if you don’t know Meg, she is my cousin’s sweet little 4 year old.  Who’s obviously been to a few Mary & Martha gatherings in her precious young life.  Oh my goodness.  I just love her.  Look at little Miss Thang!!!

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6.)  The Mary & Martha popcorn boxes are just PERFECT for sharing the “all you can eat” popcorn at the theatre.  Come to think of it, we had a family movie Saturday afternoon last weekend.  And we NEVER go to movies on a Saturday afternoon.  It rocked.

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20141127-233237-84757486.jpgAnd I especially love it when popcorn counts as dinner.  SCORE!

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20141127-233237-84757963.jpg7.)  Black Friday shopping with my computer.  Who knows?  I may run around a bit this afternoon…but for now, I have NO WHERE TO GO.  And I am loving it.

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**linking up with Andrea and friends**

black friday sneak peek…(and PRE-ORDERS!!)

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I don’t know about you, but I have never participated in Black Friday shopping.  My girls just BEG me to go.    But we never have.  They think the thought of getting up (or never going to bed) and joining the craziness sounds like a blast.  I think it sounds miserable and am super excited to stay in my flannel pants, slippers, and drink coffee while shopping from my computer.  And for those of you who love Black Friday shopping?  Power to you!!  There’s something about getting a great deal and the thrill of the hunt, and Starbucks, and shopping with your friends.  I can totally see it.  But, I’m staying in.

  That being said, I DO participate in BLACK FRIDAY with my Mary & Martha business and WILL be taking orders and pre-orders this week!!

Mary & Martha just announced the BLACK FRIDAY SPECIALS running not only on Black Friday, but all through the weekend!  And one of my guests favorites has made the list.  And I think it’s going to sell out first (just my humble prediction) and therefore, I feel the need to offer pre-orders for the best chance at getting your items.  Is the suspense killing you yet?  What exactly are the Black Friday Mary & Martha Specials?

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What would be your guess at which will sell out first?  Which item do I sell at least one of at every gathering?

That Jute Tablerunner.  I’ve got to admit.  It is awesome.

And so is the Cookbook Stand for those special cooks in your life.

And the Kitchen Caddy.  Who doesn’t love that Kitchen Caddy?

 

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As with any FLASH SALE goes, quantities are limited.

So, the BEST possible chance you have at getting what you want, is to PRE-ORDER with me.  (And if you’re local, you’ll get to save on shipping too)

Or, get your order in ASAP once the sale begins on Friday.

And don’t forget…our guest special is still in effect through this FLASH SALE.

10682241_869591576393544_8118021851462059898_oWouldn’t it be fun to get this for HALF OFF and set out this year for Christmas?

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Contact me to PRE-ORDER today.  620.386.0203 call/text or email ssnkklk@gmail.com

Business page in links to order directly.

ten men

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Ten men came to Jesus, ten men, ten men.

They said “will you heal us?”–ten men, ten men.

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One, two, three, four, five…

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Six, seven, eight, nine, ten…

 

Jesus touched their lives and they were well again!!!

Then they all got excited!!! And they all ran away!!!

But ONE turned around.  And what did he say?

“Thank you, thank you Jesus. Thank you, thank you. Thank you, thank you Jesus, thank you, thank you.”

It’s so, so easy to take all that we have been given for granted.  Just like in the bible story, ten men needed and asked for healing.  And ten men were healed, but ONLY one thanked Jesus.  There are BIG things to be thankful for and there are little things to be thankful for.  How often do we miss the opportunity to give thanks?   As we approach this week of Thanksgiving, what have you thanked Jesus for?

simple friday faves…

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simple friday faves…

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`1.)  Basketball.  Can’t beat it.  It’s in full swing for all four kids.  Thankfully half of our kids play on the same team and it will be that way for 3 years.  How sweet is that?

And finally we took advantage of last year’s Christmas gift and got Landon some personalized basketball shoes.  They are supposed to arrive December 22nd.  What I wouldn’t give for him to forget about them so I could wrap them up and put them underneath the tree for him this Christmas.  Think that will work?

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20141120-232622-84382287.jpg2.)  The tribe surrounding my girls continues to bless them weekly.  Last week, it was supporting all three of them at the musical The Music Man.  Speaking of musicals, I loved it.  If I could watch a musical every weekend for the rest of my life, I would be ok with that.

20141120-232621-84381422.jpg3.)  My house is ready.  Bring it on.  Love the comfort, sights, smells, and sounds of Christmas.

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20141120-232624-84384027.jpg4.)  Nothing quite as satisfying as having your dinner cooking away first thing in the morning.  And this crock pot?  I am in love with this appliance.  I polish it.  I’m not kidding.  It is a workhorse in my kitchen and will continue to be through these winter months.

s20141120-232623-84383173.jpg5.)  So these Mary & Martha square cups have been a favorite ever since they were first introduced this fall.  But I had never baked in them.  Until this week.  They are PERFECT for cornbread muffins.  And I have the PERFECT cornbread recipe.  It’s one of those recipes that I have in my head and my “go to” for cornbread.  It’s about 30% cornbread and 70% pure dessert.  And all you need is a yellow cake mix, jiffy cornbread mixes, eggs, oil, water and the Mary & Martha square baking cups.  I am linking this recipe to the Weekend Potluck because it’s just a great basic recipe.

Cornbread Muffins

Yellow Cake Mix

2 Jiffy Cornbread Mixes

4 eggs

1 cup water

2/3 cup milk

4 TBSP vegetable oil

Mix all together until just combined.  Fill your Mary & Martha square baking cups 2/3 full.  Place cups directly on baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 22-25 minutes or until middle of muffin cup is set.

Serve with butter, honey, or white corn syrup.  But honestly, they are good and perfectly sweet just on their own!

20141120-232626-84386051.jpg6.)  Mary & Martha has been a favorite this month for me and my hostesses.  The lanterns have been so much fun to decorate for fall and now Christmas.  And I can’t even tell you how much I LOVE to see this come across my facebook page…

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You can’t beat that testimony.

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it’s all about the light.

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it’s all about the light.

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Yesterday, I gave in and devoted the whole day to getting my home ready for Christmas.  The more I got into it, the more I realized–it’s all about the light for me.  The warmth it brings.  The comfort it provides in your home.  I realized it wasn’t the Christmas stockings or my wreaths or my pillows—although I love all of those things too.  But more often than not, I tried to figure out how to incorporate more light. 

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Psalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

Matthew 4:16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

John 1:5 And the light shines in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 8:12 Then spoke Jesus again to them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that follows me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

John 12:35 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness come on you: for he that walks in darkness knows not where he goes.

Ephesians 5:14 Why he said, Awake you that sleep, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss, neither shadow of turning.

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;

1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from all sin.

Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

20141120-055255-21175103.jpgPerhaps the reason I am looking to add more light whenever I can is the simple fact that Jesus is Light.  Perhaps the simple reason I keep looking for more ways to light up this home, is that very same desire to bring Jesus into it.  The way light warms my heart and home is the way Jesus wants to warm our heart and home.

It’s all about the LIGHT.

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celebrate good times, come on!

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celebrate good times, come on!

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Isn’t it great when a super deal comes along? We are excited for our FLASH SALE that begins TODAY at 10:00 am CST. 20141118-061411-22451614.jpg
What are the things YOU are celebrating in your life right now? Besides Christmas cards and pictures soon to be coming your way, what are other ways you can use this Celebrate Cardholder?

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Check out this darling idea displayed at a baby shower…

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And my all time favorite way is to use as a blessing for teachers as a class gift—each student writing a note of appreciation. How cute is that?! Sunday school teachers, coaches, a coworker’s promotion, the possibilities are endless!!

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Our FLAsH SALE is just that. It’s here and gone in a flash—quantities are limited!! My first order is going in at the earliest possible time. And we cross our fingers from there!! Let us help you finish up your Christmas shopping with a meaningful gift for only $20!! (Local customers—I’m saving you shipping!)

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Link to purchase your own is in comments—-remember—begins at 10:00 am CST today!

it’s rough when you can drive…

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it’s rough when you can drive…

Unless of course you are the mom and don’t have to get out in frigid temps!! But we are going to have to see a bit more promptness I’m afraid if this is ever to happen again for Landon.

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Sometimes I get glimpses of her dad in her. And it makes me laugh…

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Guessing there wasn’t a “goodbye, Landon–have a great day. I love you” for him this morning at the drop off.  What do you think?

Apple Cider Nog

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Apple Cider Nog

 

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Doesn’t this picture just say it all?  If it doesn’t say it to you, let me just tell you.  This Apple Cider Nog is the best drink to have ever touched my lips.  I am not kidding you.  It is so delicious.  And I will be the first to declare that you “don’t drink your calories”.  But with this drink?

I. didn’t. care.

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Apple Cider

Aspen Mulling Spices

Half and Half

Milk

Eggs

Cinnamon

Cinnamon

Vanilla

Salt

Cream

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you know it’s gotta be good.

20141114-054803-20883882.jpgI changed this recipe up just a very little bit by adding a couple of tablespoons of these mulling spices that are my absolute favorite for apple cider.  And, a bit of vanilla–because it sounded good.

I will say—MIX YOUR INGREDIENTS WITH A WHISK BEFORE PUTTING ON THE STOVE AND KEEP ON VERY LOW HEAT WHILE CONTINUALLY STIRRING.

If you don’t, you will get a curdled mess.  It happened to me and I figured it out on my third attempt.

But, it was so worth it.

This is a PERFECT holiday drink.  And if you want to add rum, you can do that as well.  Sharing today at the weekend potluck party!!

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This is absolutely delicious.

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