Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Me & The Pampered Chef

Thanks for stopping in today. I'm sharing my business with you today. Visit my personal website by clicking HERE
         

I don't think many people know about the rewards and benefits that Pampered Chef gives you for Hosting and being a Guest... Here are some of the upcoming month's specials. 

August Guest Special 

September Host Special --Dinner Essentials. 

You don't want to miss this one ! There are so many choices like 
-Executive Stir-Fry Skillet 
- Executive Square Grill Pan and Press 
-12' Covered Skillet 
-Deep Covered baker
-Covered Roaster

September Guest Special  

October Host Special - Stoneware -- It's My Favorite !!! 

October-December Guest Special

(*the pictures represent The Pampered Chef's offered special... ask me for more details)
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Contact me with anything Pampered Chef HERE


I really didn't start my Pampered Chef Business on purpose or because I had all this free time to take on one more thing. The Pampered Chef really has changed my life, in more ways than one, I love my time spent in the kitchen now & Emmett loves helping too : ) 

Find my full story here.

I'm so glad I joined, the perks, pay, products and benefits are amazing. There are too many to list. 
The big reason I wanted to be a Pampered Chef Consultant is I wanted EVERYTHING, but who can afford that ?! So I started with the $159.00 kit, which included over $600. worth of products. 

Since then I've received tons for free things... just of submitting two shows each month you get a free item or items. Just last weekend, a huge box of NEW FREE Fall products. Pampered Chef came out with some really cute, new items that I'm so excited to share with you starting September 1st : )  

There is also an option to start for $99.00. 

Is it for you? 
Are you ready? 

Maybe Not ? 

OK, just Hosting or placing an order is an awesome start !

I hope you enjoyed your visit. Did you learn anything today? I would love to know how many of you are new to Pampered Chef. Or if you didn't know about all the rewards! 
Let me know if the comments : ) 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

the tv

The TV also known as the television, the boob tube, the family entertainment box. Let's talk about the television for a few minutes.



My relationship with the TV is very love/hate. I love it because when by body is too exhausted to go on yet my brain isn't ready to shut off just yet... I can "plug- in" and watch something semi-meaningless and escape from reality. Some of my favorite TV shows include: Switched at Birth, Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Criminal Minds, The Bacholor and Bachlorette, just to name a few. I traditionally don't watch TV during the day for two reasons: 1. The day always ends in nothing getting done & 2. I don't watch much TV that isn't previously recorded... I like to save time with no advertisements.

My hate's are much less complex. The bill is way too high. I feel like all we watch are cartoons, and when I get into a show, movie or season I tend to really like I watch in (even if I like or love the program), I still could of been doing something more productive.

Some of the shows that Emmett likes are Bubble Guppies, Peppa Pig, Mickey Mouse, Paw Patrol, and Wallykazam. Steven loves all things military, history and marvel (which I tend to get into with him). When we attend the 'actual' movies 90% of the time it's to see the newest Marvel release. Some of my favorites are Iron Man and The Avengers.

You have just witnessed a blogger challenge. I was challenged to write about one thing in the room for a set amount of time, and I choose the TV. 

What do you think about your TV? Love it? Hate it? 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday - Time to Catch up

Going through my camera card, made me realize that I am way behind on actually developing photo's. I will have to get right on that on pay day. : ) I wanted to share some catch up photo's from what's been happening in life around here.

My Grand Opening Pampered Chef Show 

Following by the boxes and boxes of products...

All of theses items were my FREE : ) for hosting !!! 

I love Pampered Chef, even without the business and pay check it has changed my life. 



I now love cooking of ALL kinds : ) 
Some of my favorites is the grill (that I'm not scared of anymore), and making homemade fresh dressing in the matter of seconds : ) 

I even felt it necessary to join a Sam's Club 

Evidence from our first trip !!! 


Finally My little man, Emmett, he wanted to do some "cheeses" this morning. 

I'm enjoying this new chapter of life with Emmett and Pampered Chef. I can't believe in just a few short months he will be 3. We are thinking about Potty Training soon, and enjoying the nice weather. We are ramp'ing up for fall and fires on our new entertaining/relax area. 



Thanks for stopping by, I'm glad you came ! 

I Peter 3:10 (ESV)
"For Whoever desires to love life and
see good days, let him keep his tongue
from evil and his
lips from speaking deceit."

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Philippians


For the past 7 weeks our messages have been on Philippians. Let me tell you if you want to be encouraged. Loved, Challenged and grow closer to God... You want to study the book of Philippians. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AS-IS

I've mentioned before about the life of an oil field wife family being much different and not so openly accepted in all social settings. And I have again been absent, and as I'm tempted to list the reasons why I've been gone I'm not going to... in short LIFE happens...

I'm not going to settle and bring myself down to explaining my every little failure... Yes I said it failure. I feel felt like a failure... for so many years, and I'm still not completely over it.

Me: "I'm a failure." 

My friends: "No you're not."

Me: "You don't understand, I've never finished anything well in my life, I'm a epic failure." 

My friends: "You know what that attitude you are going to be a failure." 

My Heavenly Father: You are not a failure, you are the one I love, the one I sent my son to die for on the cross. You are the one that can change the world if you want to, don't dwell in your past failures move on and shout out your victory so that the world will know who your God is..." 

I'm so thankful that God made us individuals and loves us all individually.

Are you struggling with thoughts of negativity? Have an all or nothing, I'm not good enough attitude? I know I did and do, I'm not prefect, but God's working on me : )

Our victory is in Jesus. (I Corinthians 15).

And yes I am posting this 'AS-IS'.... I was going somewhere else with the oil field - life thing.. BUT that post is for another time... Praise God He is in control of our timing. 

I hope you are encouraged to trust God when He tells you that you are worthy and loved. Because YOU ARE... 


Go and be Blessed

Thursday, July 17, 2014

why I've been absent

It's been two weeks since my last post, and so much has happened since then, but that's not really what I want to write about today.... Today I'm going to let you in on the reasoning why I haven't been online as much as I once was, and why this blog has not got the attention it deserves.

I'm sure some of you might of thought it was because we are busy changing up our house, and while that is true; so many not so positive thoughts encompass by brain about blogs and the blogging world. I used to think that it was great to sit and read other people's blogs and see how they lived life. But recently I've been slightly disturbed by the post's I've been reading. I've actually been avoiding writing this post for almost 2 weeks just because I didn't want it to be wrote in anger or haste.

I'm sure you've seen them, the perfect mom blog.... she gets everything done, all her pictures are 'picture' perfect, her house is always clean, her husband is always home at a decent hour, family dinners are so pleasant & each moment of their perfect life is plastered on the family blog for all the world to see.
**Granite: I've posted some and will in the future where things look good, and it maybe LOOKS like we have our ducks in a row, but reality is life is messy. Pictures are just moments in time, where time stood still. Maybe the kids were sleeping or at Nana's house and the house was perfectly clean for 10 minutes. Or you just finished a project and it's photograph ready... But perfection after perfection, not even a 'toy' in the back ground of one single picture.... COME ON !!! Let's get REAL !!! 

My sister calls me the Pinterest Mom, and I'm very honored but I don't want every moment to be pin-able, I want my life to be memorable. 

I just wanted to clear the air and get that out there while I still can explain myself... I'm looking forward to editing and posting a lot of post's I've written in the last 2+ weeks, not worrying about what people have to say. And probably in the fall will put together some project update posts... I will do what I can here at livinginhismercyandgrace... Our plate is full and that's how I like it, God has been good to us and keeps us going in the right direction to bring his glory and will to surface in our lives; and we are so thankful for that.

What was the straw that broke the camel's back ?
This video:


I thank my Pastor for sharing it on Facebook

Sunday, June 29, 2014

dear teenager

Dear Teenager:

You may think it's weird that I'm writing you now, for I wish a person like me existed and wrote me this letter before my junior year of high school. I guess I'm just a pile of emotions right now. {No I'm not pregnant with your twins yet it's just very humid in these parts lately}.  You see I've been out of school for 10 years now and it's REALLY hitting me that I'm an adult, I know slow is the nice word you are thinking right now. Baby's in our family are starting to graduate and move away and on to the next chapter in their lives, people are moving entirely too fast to know which direction they are to turn next and Amy graduated from college and is getting married in a few months. So I'm allowed to be emotional for no reason.

But trust me if I could of wrote you sooner I would, I think this is just God's time. I've learned that EVERYTHING is in God's time. If I would of asked you 10 years ago what you think you would be doing you probably wouldn't say I think I would be happy being a stay-at-home-mom. But the truth is I truly love my life.

I know you think you are going through a 'hard time' right now, but can we stop and put things into perspective a little ? Something I feel like I will be doing a lot more this summer and on through the rest of my life. You have to take these stupid tests for school that you really don't think you need or are learning anything in the classes you took for the test in 'real' life. Would you even have remembered that you took those stupid tests if I wouldn't of reminded you ? Just a word of advice, in 10 years your not going to think about those tests, or the time spent studying (or not) or the fights that may or may not of happened while walking through the halls. You're not going to remember or care about who talked to who or which 'click' you were in or if you were the most popular stick figure in your class.  NONE of that matters, please do yourself a favor and just forget it all and be happy.

No one remembers any of their or your tiny problems, the world is much bigger than you. Were you in Israel when the suicide bomber killed 29 people on March 27th? Was your best friend Amanda Dowler, who was abducted in broad daylight on her way home from school, on March 21st? Did your parents die within a year of each other right before Christmas? Did you house burn on Thanksgiving?
NO the answer to all of these questions is NO !!!

You are still alive and are close to very few people who died in a tragic accident.
You have no idea what it feels like to have someone missing and not know if they will ever return. You yourself will not be abducted. No you are safe.
And you will not feel the lose of not one but two parents before even graduating high school (in two years), and you most certainly don't know what it's like to lose all your possessions in a fire; let alone the joy of the holiday's be stolen away from you.

You're offended? How do I know you don't know.... I know because It's me. I'm you. I'm that person you were are...I mean were... I don't know... who I am but wait let me take that back. I'm a sinner saved by God's grace and I'm worried about these people I'm worried because it's now 12 years in the making of bad news and things don't get any better.

In the first WEEK of this year there were 44 people killed from 'falling' of off cliffs or buildings, and within the first month of the year it was reported that 20+ MILLION credit cards were hacked.... and that was just in ONE country... 

I don't like to watch the news because I can predict what going to be on there... someone stole, raped, beat or got away with murdering a child.... and some people in the big city are having a tiff because there dog bit another kid and they don't want to have to put it to sleep.
I just Google-ed top news and the story a Texas mom keeping the body of her daughter in the fridge came up and there have been 31 incidents of shootings in schools so far THIS YEAR, 13 of which were all in January.

There is violence everywhere.... The world doesn't revolve around you and your problems so pull up your boot straps and get over yourself and stop being angry at whom ever you are angry and and go do the work for the Lord that you know you were called to do. You don't want to be like me a wife, mom and almost 30 and trying to find yourself. You need to find your calling and your identity in Christ now. THE TIME IS NOW.

Ephesians 2:10 (ERV) 
God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God mad us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.

Psalm 85:10 (ERV)

God's love will come together with his faithful people. Goodness and peace will greet them with a kiss. 

Psalm 98:3 (ERV)

He has kept his promise of love and loyalty to the people of Israel. People everywhere have seen our God's power to save. 

God will meet you were you are when you are ready. If you are backsliding and you don't know where to start just start talking God will understand... Can't talk to God, he knows what you are thinking anyway, but go to someone... Someone you trust and look up to they are probably just waiting for you to come to your senses and live free in God.

And let me just add, you are beautiful just the way God made you. And just because some really unfortunate happenings occur in 2004, 2008 & 2011/2012 doesn't mean they have to change you FOREVER. DO NOT let them change who you are and what you know about The Lord and your friends and family. There is no need to hide in fear The Lord is and always will be with you.
Don't live with regret, what's done is done. It's okay to take a nap it doesn't mean you are weak. It's okay to delete people off of Facebook because you've clumped them into another group and they got clicked on because of guilt by association, it's okay to get rid of those people that are being the negative nancy's... You need to be uplifted not worrying about petty stuff. Literally EVERYTHING happens for a reason and in God's time not yours. Your life is precious and you are blessed to not have had to life through the tragedy's going on around you and your world. Embrace it. Attack it. Act for God. Don't let the negative opinions of others stop you from completely fulfilling your calling...
I'm sure I'll be seeing you around : )

With Love,
28 Year Old You

{{Yes this peculiar letter you just read was to my 16 year old self.... oh how I wish I could go back and light the world on fire from 2002 till now (and part of me wants to say it wouldn't of made a difference, but it would of), I'm so grateful God is still here and will always be with me in all my little moments of 'oh my the world is crashing down because I.......' He doesn't laugh or push me away like some of those friends may in the high school (and beyond) years, He's there waiting for me to listen or listening to me talk, He is the one that helps me up when I am down, He is my rock. And I'm so glad his fire never went completely out in me and He has led me up to this very moment in life and brought me to the right people and places to form who I am today. He knows who I am going to be and that I do make a difference}}.

I pray that this post was both enlightening and encouraging to you in any season of life. God has really put a calling on each one of you reading this today. It could be as simple as taking care of your children and home, or it could be as big as traveling all over the world telling everyone about the God that died to save our sins. No matter what you are doing - know that if you are doing it for The Lord it matters now and it will matter in 10 years. I look back at all the moments I sat in worry... what a waste of time... it's those moments that don't matter and aren't remembered. Praise God 
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