Monthly Archives: November 2013

I’ve got the —

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MacJammerz –the Journey @ McPherson ‘s kids worship team met this morning in preparation for Jingle Jam<e (Christmas edition Of Kid Jam) a family production we do each month to introduce and teach the “life app”—the virtue we focus on and teach each month.

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I am beyond excited for our new life app. Mostly because it’s a perfect one for this time of the year…

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Can you guess what it is? And no, it’s not donuts. Although this life app could be a direct result of donuts.

Join us tomorrow evening at the McPherson Middle School for JInGLE JAM! Show starts at 4:30. Chili at 5:30.

Wear red and green and get your Christmas spirit on—and get ready for Jingle Bells like you’ve never heard it before!

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black friday love.

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Know what I love about Black Friday?!  That I am home in my warm, quiet house, in my robe, drinking coffee, listening to Christmas music, mentally preparing for decorating, AND filling orders…

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Never before have I ventured out to do the Black Friday thang…but I sure do have a daughter who wants to see what it’s all about today. Basketball practice to the rescue! And I avoided another one…

I would love for us to live every day and every month like we do the month of November and Thanksgiving day.  When our many blessings and gratitude are in the forefront of our minds.  Where we focus on our many blessings and how amazingly fortunate we are.  And I am thankful that I can be thankful.  There is nothing holding me back from this.  Sure, there are things for all of us that try to creep themselves in the way of this.   But let them do their purpose— great reminders and opportunities to draw closer to God and redirect your focus…

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More than anything today I am SO THANKFUL for a clear schedule, free of any commitments for the next couple of days—outside of intentional family time.  A gift of slowing down before we race through the month of December and wonder where in the world did the time go?  For this day and this moment, time is on our side and I can’t wait to savor it.

split-pea soup.

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So a few months ago, a couple of friends and I begin planning a trip to celebrate a particular age that isn’t particularly an age any of us wanted to celebrate.  That make perfect sense?  And for a November trip, we were thinking that some place warmer than our sweet state of Kansas  would be our preferred choice of destination.  And right we were to get away from Kansas as we headed to the airport one of the coldest days of the year with a potential winter storm moving in.

So where did we go, you ask?  To the land of blissful sun and warm days…

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Picture of warmth, eh?

San Antonio surprised us with a cold snap and some of their coldest days of the year.  Which you guessed it, led us to maybe a bit more shopping than we had anticipated (not that I am complaining or anything…) And most likely, we shopped a bit differently than we would have had it been a teeny bit warmer.

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We declared the weekend, the weekend of “the scarf”. Can you tell why?

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A weekend of yummy food and fun. A slumber party with popcorn, M&M’s, pretzels, trail mix, apples, and hot chocolate for dinner one evening. And an afternoon of appetizers on top of a tower that slowly revolves giving you many views of the city.

And then this happened…

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The SPLIT-PEA SOUP.

After miles of walking the River Walk loop, looking at menus, deliberating our choices, we end up at a diner off the beaten path.  Due to the cold, we were all thinking a soup and sandwich shop would be just perfect.  And guess what?  Their specialty was their SPLIT PEA SOUP.  I was thinking this would be a great way to end the day and warm up.  And we all placed our order for the big bowl, not just the little cup…

Repressed memories of green pea baby food came flooding back and I remembered the taste, which as a baby, I am sure I spit out of my mouth and let run down my chin.  Perhaps I even blew and spit it back out at my mom?  I do not know.  I DO know, that I never served these types of peas to my own children.  And this soup confirmed what I already knew.  I had just wasted $3.95.  I am ashamed to say, I took one bite of the soup and could GO. NO. FURTHER.  Meanwhile, avoiding eye contact with our server until he called me out and asked me if I didn’t like the soup?  “Um, no.  I’m sorry.  I guess I don’t like split-pea soup”.

To which he replied “I don’t like it either.”

And THOSE are the things that make vacations memorable.  I will forever remember this trip with the girls and you betcha, the split pea soup and scarves definitely defined a lot of this trip.  Along with girlfriend time, relaxation, and shivering…

winner, winner!!!! And another deal–what?!

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Congratulations to two very deserving girls….

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Again, thank you all for being such wonderful customers. I am abundantly blessed by all of you. And apparentlyMary & Martha
are blessed by you as well. They just sent out ANOTHER amazing deal for this Thanksgiving weekend.

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Interested in taking advantage of this deal?—-basically talk about Christmas gifts and shopping like you would normally and then whip out some Mary & Martha product and gift giving guides (from me) and let it do it’s magic….but, don’t try to sell the Blessings Cardholder—because you all bought them out!!

Contact me if you’d like to give this deal a try. I would need your orders by Saturday noon at the latest! All it takes is $250 in orders to DOUBLE YOUR REWARDS!!!!

tuesday.

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***from the Mary & Martha announcement board***

Friday, November 22:

7 pm We are sold out! Thank you for an amazing sale!

Thank YOU my amazing customers for getting your orders in as early as possible!!  You guys rock, you seriously do.  You’re on top of things.  You’re not procrastinators.  You’re thinking ahead.  You’re using your resources.  You have good taste.  You know when you smell a deal.  And you know how to meet a goal.

You are the best customers.

Ever.

Tuesday morning can NOT come soon enough for me.  Each Blessings Cardholder sold receives a raffle ticket.  So some of you are in on the drawing multiple times!

TWO of you are going to get the highly coveted, super cool HOME TRAY!!!!!!

Who will it be?

Winners posted Tuesday morning.

(unless I get too excited and draw when I get home from San Antonio–would not be unlike me.)

prepare.

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How many of you do Advent activities with your children?  Any other traditions that begin to surface as the week of thankfulness approaches?

I really do love family traditions.  There is just nothing more cozy than bringing your family together doing things they love that have become something they look forward to doing each and every year.  (and maybe some things they DON’T look forward to–ha!)  Advent is definitely a love of mine.  Advent means “the coming or arrival, especially of something extremely important.”  That sure helps bring the perspective of the Advent season.  What is more important than the coming of Jesus as a baby—our Saviour, King, and Lord?  That’s right.  There is nothing.

It is so very easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season.  I thrive on busyness.  I do.  It energizes me and fills me with joy to plan caroling parties, Christmas programs, Christmas Lights Night, teacher gifts, and the list goes on and on.  Yet, there is one thing that slows me down and makes me reflect on what is coming.

I just can NOT wait to begin our Advent activities this year.  And I get to add more to the list!  We have an awesome devotional/book I am excited to share with you all, but for today, I want to talk about Mary & Martha’s Advent Puzzle Tree. 

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I am in love with it.  Now, as far as I am concerned, the “putting together” portion of this tree is perfect for adults and older children.  It takes some time and is a great challenge for kids.  What I am looking forward to MOST is the hanging ornaments on the tree adorned with an activity for each day on one side and a verse to memorize on the back side.  Brilliant!!  And the activities are easily doable.  Which is even more enticing.  I really think we will get all of these activities done!!  And that makes me even happier.

One activity is making cookies to take to bless someone with.  And because it’s FRIDAY–and because Tonya’s Weekend Potluck is my love, I am sharing a very quick and simple yummy cookie / goodie recipe for you all as you prepare for your holiday season.  These are so good and so addictive and have become a favorite around these parts—-only to be made for this season!!!  A sweet friend of mine at work gave me the recipe and I’ve been singing her praises ever since…

Easy Oreo Truffles

36 Oreos

1 block of cream cheese

2 bags of white chocolate chips, softened

Crush oreos in food processor, reserving 1/2 cup for sprinkling

Mix together with cream cheese.

Roll into small balls and place on parchment paper lined pan.

Freeze for 30 minutes until hardened.

Meanwhile, melt white chocolate chips in candy melter or microwave.

Drop and cover frozen balls into chocolate.

Place on parchment paper until hardened.

Sprinkle with extra oreo crumbs if desired.

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We did these for teacher gifts last year and they were a cinch to put together and tasted like YUM!!!  If you’re looking for something easy—this is the goodie for you!!

Besides this yummy recipe, I have something else to share with you all.  I have 5 Advent Puzzle Trees available for the guest promotion price of $15.  (this is a deal, folks–normally $44!!)  I would love for your family to be blessed by these and start a new tradition as we anticipate the celebration of Jesus’ birthday!

You know the drill.  Message, comment, call, text, Facebook.  It’s first come first serve—and should be available for you to begin the Advent season on December 1st.  And just think?  You’ve got the cookie recipe all ready to go…

do you cartwheel?

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Raise your hand if you love to find good deals?

Raise your hand if shopping with coupons gives you a major headache and the work to use them sometimes doesn’t feel quite worth it?

Raise your hand if even though coupons don’t always feel worth it, when you DO use them and save, it makes you feel like a total rock star?

Raise your hand if you have ever browsed Target for a date night?

Raise your hand if you love to shop at Target?

Raise your hand if you use an iPhone or other smart phone to navigate your way to addresses, find deals, retrieve your emails, check your Facebook–Instagram–Twitter—snapchat, and feel like you left your brain at home if you don’t have it?

Raise your hand if you have awesome friends who let you in on awesome deals you would never find on your own?

I will tell you that I answered yes to every one of these questions. And am so thankful to a friend of mine who led me to cartwheel

Raise your hand if you know what I am talking about?

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I saved a ton of money with my new Cartwheel app for Target and I want to share the news with you!!

In this season of holiday baking, gift giving, and entertaining, who wouldn’t want to save some $$ especially when it’s just a phone scan away?

This one little app has given me much joy this week and has changed my life as I knew it at Target. Check it out!

You’re welcome… 😉

woo hoo!!!–another FLASH sale!!

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Mary & Martha has done it again.  So fun when FLASH sales come across!!  I knew something was coming, but didn’t know what.  But now I do—and SO DO YOU!!!!Blessings_WallHanging

I do have to tell you, that I am a tad bit stressed with this one.  I am going to be traveling and out of state during this flash sale.  And wasn’t planning to take a laptop.  But, with this going on–I’m going to have to, I believe.  I don’t want anyone to miss out on this opportunity.

I’ve been thinking about all the ways you can use this and have read about different things other consultants use theirs for and how they are gifting it this year.  And I have to share, because they had some really cool ideas!!

  • Give with greeting cards attached for them to use throughout the year
  • Give to grandparents and family members with pictures of your kids and family
  • Give with your favorite recipes written on recipe cards for newlyweds.  Perfect for wedding and shower gifts as well!
  • Give to a teacher.  Have each kid bring a gift card to attach! (LOVE THIS IDEA!!!)
  • Handwritten notes and pictures from kids to grandparents
  • And of course, a super way to use it is to display the Christmas cards that will be coming your way soon!!!

I have a goal I have set for myself to sell 12 of these.  When I reach that number, every Blessings cardholder sold will be given a raffle ticket for your chance to win the highly coveted HOSTESS ONLY gift—

The HOME TRAY!!!! 

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retails for $96

This means for each cardholder you buy at the sale price, you get an entry for the Home Tray.  I can’t wait to give this Home Tray away!! Absolutely have had more comments on how to get one of these and disappointment that it’s a hostess only item.  I understand that hosting doesn’t work for everyone—so here is your chance to get one!!

I’m taking orders RIGHT NOW!  Message me, email, comment on facebook, call—let me know.  And also remember, you will be eligible for a guest promotion offer with a $40 order.  That’s 3 bags of coffee for only $20!! And the Advent Puzzle tree for only $15—just an awesome month of specials!

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****for my local customers, I am putting a big order as early in the morning on Friday that I possibly can.  You will save on shipping making your total $18 (with tax and shipping.)****