Wednesday, February 7, 2018


I am a big fan of fresh fruits and vegetables! Not only are they healthy for you but they are so much better fresh rather than canned in my opinion! 

Let me share just a few of my favorites and why I like them!

Strawberries:


These are my top favorite fruit! You can do so much with them! From just a snack to smoothies they are the best! My boys love them as well! These are also great to cut and freeze!
If you notice yours are about to go bad I have learned that making them into jam is super good! They are much sweeter right at that almost going out point and work great for jam!
Around here I try and wait till they are in season to buy them! There cheaper then and I find they are fresher!

Avacado:


We eat so many of these in my house! A healthy fat and oh so good for you! I love to slice them and put on salads or on hamburgers! We eat a lot of tacos as well and do allot of guacamole too! 
A tip I just learned not long ago is if you get hard avocados you can put them in a paper bag on the counter for a few days and they will ripen!

Raspberries:


I LOVE these in yogurt! These are so healthy for you and I love the tang they have too! These are also wonderful in jam or even smashed with some sugar heated on the stove them put over waffles!

Carrots:


I love how sweet a cooked carrot is! I love to just roast them with some salt and pepper. I also love to chop them down and add some honey and brown sugar to them!

Here are a few other favorites!


                                              


I can not wait for spring to get here so I can plant a garden this year! The best is fresh from your own garden for sure!

What fruits and vegetables are your favorites to use?

She Is.....
Joanna







Monday, February 5, 2018


I am super excited to have my first ever guest post today! I have known Whitney for a little over a year now and I asked her to share what planner she uses and the things she loves about it!
There will be more guest post like this to come so keep watching!
So without further delay, I will turn this post over to Whitney! Enjoy!

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Hi, Y'all! My name is Whitney Berber! I am a stay at home momma to my two year old, full of sass, but oh so incredible daughter! I’ve been married to my handsome guy for nearly 4 years now!
 I love to plan out and organize everything going on in my life, from playdates, church events, meal plans, and more! However, no matter how hard I try, my 24-year-old self just cannot figure out how to work technology well enough to utilize any sort of apps to schedule everything! So, I keep myself organized and scheduled using the good old pen and paper route! I use a planner called the Happy Planner by a company called Me & My Big Ideas. I absolutely love it! 


The style of Happy Planner I have is called Faith. There are a few different styles, including basic, student, and teacher. I chose Faith because I just love the scriptures throughout, the encouraging words, and the cover page for each month! I love to look back and see where my heart was during a certain month, to be able to see what I was praying for, and how those prayers were answered!


 So how in the world do I use this thing? I’ll tell ya! When I open up my month at a glance page, I like to have it decorated. I like to use washi tape (which I purchase from a mixture of Amazon, Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s!) to decorate the page up, I also use stickers (which I purchase from Amazon, I use the Me & My Big Ideas brand, but various different books of them), and different colored pens to help keep me organized! 


The Happy Planner also has a week at a glance feature, where I can utilize three separate sections per day to schedule out my crazy life! I don’t always have something going on, so some days, my days seem pretty empty, but a couple of things that you will always see on each day’s schedule is my scripture of the day (SOTD) for me to use to do my scripture writing and my dinner menu! Because I make the same thing for breakfast most days and I heat up leftovers for lunch, dinner is typically the only meal I need to plan!


 Speaking of meals! That is another one of my FAVORITE things about this planner! There are different extensions you can purchase to add to your planner! I have a couple! First, let’s chat about the notes extension! I purchased a note paper extension on Amazon, it was fairly cheap. It included 20 sheets (front and back) of regular note paper, like you’d see in a journal, and 20 sheets (front and back) of graph paper! I use the note paper for taking notes, writing out scriptures, even writing down songs we sing at church or reminders to schedule something. It’s been a great help in having something to write down my thoughts as I have them, instead of hoping I’ll remember them! 


The graph paper, I use for recipes! I love to cook, just ask anyone who knows me. You just had a baby? Let me cook for you! You want to bring your kids over for a playdate? Sure thing, but I’m going to cook for you! It’s just what I do! However, while I love cooking, I have so many thoughts during the day, I can’t possibly remember all the recipes for all the things I love to try! So I grab some washi tape and some colorful pens, and when I find a recipe that I’ve tried and loved, I write it down! It’s like my own personal, take wherever I want to go, handwritten cookbook! Which is fun when I travel to visit family because when we want to try something new for dinner, my cookbook is already with me!

 The other extension I have in my planner is a budget planning extension. I also purchased this on Amazon, also the brand Me & My Big Ideas.


 I utilize this one to keep track of the bills I need to pay, the income our family receives, any expenses we have, whether it be a need or a want, and a savings plan.


 This helps to keep our family budget on track and remembering how much we can actually save by only purchasing things we need, not things we want.


 In closing, I just want to say, if you are like me and hate trying to figure out technology, in my opinion, the Happy Planner is the way to go! I purchased mine from Michael’s!
 The Faith planner isn’t a traditional January to December planner. You actually purchase the kit and are given stickers to start with whatever month you choose, so my planner actually goes from September to August!
 I hope that you’ve learned a little bit about how to utilize a traditional planner and how much fun you can have with it! 

Have a blessed day!
Whitney!

Thursday, February 1, 2018


If you have all boys or even just one boy I am sure you can relate to this post!
The picture above is of a t shirt I have! I love it cause it is so true! For me I only have 2 boys! So there is not bows, frills, Barbie Dolls, and such like that around my house!
Instead I pick up Hot Wheel cars and my son runs at me growling like a Dinosaur because they are his favorite!
We do rocks, sticks, dirts, and puppy dogs allot in this house!
Would I love a girl? Sure, and maybe some day I will have one! But for now I love being a Boy Mom!


As a boy mom I am shaping a future Husband and Daddy! I may not be teaching makeup or how to braid hair but we learn about bugs, we study sticks, and we play in rock piles!


Here are a few things I have learned in my short time as a Boy Mom:

We Eat Allot!
Sometimes its a million snacks a day! Other times its cleaning the plate and wanting more! And most the time we love Dino Chicken Nuggets! Favorite snacks are almost any flavor of cereal!

We Are Always Dirty!
Yes,even me! Between dirt, food, drool, boogers, and dumping the dogs food and water bowl over for the millionth time I change allot of cloths! And then that also tells you we do allot of laundry!

Everything Must Make Noise!
The cars and trucks have to make noise even if that means you make the noise for it! Dinosaurs rawer, doggies bark and so on! There is a noise for everything!

Outside Time Is The Best!
My boys love to play outside! We carry sticks around, pick thru rock piles, and inspect the bugs!


I love the bugs,dirt, boogers and more! But the real reason I love those things is because I love the sweet boys that are behind them! I would not trade being a boy mom for anything!
So if you are a boy mom out there struggling with the dirt and bugs, remember you are not alone and all the dirt and bugs are just what makes your sweet boy!!

She Is...
Joanna




Monday, January 22, 2018



When you're working on being healthy, water is a big big thing! But sometimes plain water gets old and you want to spice it up some!
I love fruit infused water! Its yummy, healthy, and has so many great things it can help you with!
Depending on the fruits and herbs you add to it, they can do different things for you!!
Here are a few combinations for you!

*Blood sugar Support and Digestion - Cucumbers, Strawberries and Kiwi.
*Appetite Control - Cucumbers, Lemons, Limes.
*Immune Booster - Lemons, Oranges, Mint.

Here is a recipe that sounds super yummy!


I made some up this afternoon! We have a Water Pitcher with a infuser in it and we have really enjoyed using it! 


I cut up half of a grapefruit and a whole lemon. I suggest rolling them around a bit before you cut them. This gets the juice really stirred up and makes for a heavier infused water!


I stuffed the infuser as full as I could before I put it in! Then put the pitcher in the fridge to let the water get cold and infuse it even better!


This combination is very fresh! I love the taste! It has a very tart taste but the grapefruit really come thru! I would have added mint but did not have any in the house!
If you use a pitcher like I have you, can refill a few times! Just keep an eye on the fruit! Another great way to drink these would be to just throw the fruit directly into your glass, mason jar, water bottle or pitcher!


What fruit infused water combination have you tried or think would be good? I would love to hear what you think!

She is....
Joanna 




Saturday, January 20, 2018


I have been a momma for a little over 3 years now! My oldest is 3 years and my youngest is 17 months! I have always wanted to be a mother and most days I love it! But if you are a mother or have been a mother you know that some days can be harder then others!

Motherhood can be long sleepless nights, crying demanding tiny humans, snot, poop, and puke! Sometimes as mothers we put ourselves aside, hair, makeup, and showers, to take care of the little ones! 



Some days it is hard to decide between washing the pile of dirty dishes or taking a nap when the kiddos are down for naps! Sometimes we just want to sit down and watch our favorite show on Netflix and not worry about the clothes that need washed and folded!
We can be torn between a clean house and spending time with the kids before they grow up too fast right before our eyes!

Babies don't stay babies for long and we watch them change before us in the blink of an eye! I have many days as I put them to bed at night and wonder if I have done enough with them that day! Did I read enough books with them? Did I tell them I love them enough? Did I give them enough healthy snacks? And the questions keep going!



But this is something I am learning myself so I want to share it with my fellow Momma's out there! 
You are doing amazing! You are a good mom! Your kiddos are well taken care of and they see how much you love them! The effort you put into them and the love you show them is amazing! 
Sometimes we criticize ourselves more than we should! We are the best at looking at other mom's and trying to be more like them! We think we have to get it all together just like they are!
Yet we forget those Facebook photos are taken so that you don't see the load of laundry on the couch, there is a filter added so you don't see the dark circles under eyes, and she may feel just like you most days! As they say "The grass is always greener on the other side!" We cannot compare our story with the next mom! We each struggle with something and each feel like the other mom is doing better!


I want to suggest a change! Let's work to encourage other mothers around us! Something as simple as a comment on their photo on Facebook telling them something encouraging, sending them a message or a text! Whatever it may be, let's rally to encourage those moms!
The more we step out and build other mothers up, the Momma community is blessed more!

To the Momma's out there who read this, You are amazing and are doing a great job!

She is...
Joanna





Friday, January 19, 2018



I have always been a big fan of accent wall's in the living room! I finally got one up in my living room and I love it! I wanted to share it with everyone! Hope this inspires you!

I love the floating box shelves! My Father in Law found these for me! They are older and have so much character to them! My husband and my Dad put them up on the wall for me! 

So this used to be centered with my couch, since this was put up we have moved the couch so it is now just centered with the room! I love that this is versatile no matter where my furniture is!

I collect Willow Tree Figures so this has been a great way for me to display them!



These where my husbands great grandmothers! I love them!


I also made a shelf with a picture from our wedding,unity candle and my flowers!



 We will be moving in about a month and I am excited to set it up in the new house!

I would love to do more posts of decorating and organizing in the home! What rooms would you like to see me post about? Leave me a comment!

She is....
Joanna




Thursday, January 18, 2018


The quote above speaks volumes!
I feel like so often we as women place how we view ourselves by what others think of us! We want everyone to like us and if they don't that must be saying that there is something wrong with us!
We have diets, weight loss plans, skinny models, and body image pushed at us from all sides! We are told we have to fit into some mold and must be apart of some "clique" or "group"! We wear are emotions on are sleeves and they get bumped and bruised! And for what? To feel accepted!

For years I have wanted people to like me! I have wanted friends and I hated when friendships did not last! I found that I was the one who was trying to make the friendships/Relationships work! I was putting allot of effect into forcing something to happen!
Something I am learning and think is so important for others to understand is that what you put your effort into is what will be your focus! I learned that I was putting so much effort into keeping these relationships going that I was not taking care of me, my family, or my close friends who where putting effort into me!
It was so freeing to let go of those relationships and not worry about them! I felt so much better about myself and started to surround myself with the people who wanted to be there!

Don't forget that you deserve more! Don't feel like you have to be doing it all! A relationship takes effort on both sides!! Choose to love you for who you are and find the people who love you for you as well!!

She Is....
Joanna

Wednesday, January 17, 2018



My husband and myself are trying to eat better, we are so bad at eating breakfast and that is something big we are trying to change! Since I am not a morning person I figured it would be best to find some stuff that could be done super fast and easy in the mornings! 
Granola is so good! And it can be used so many ways! So the other night I made my first batch! 
I wanted to share it with y'all too! I will link the original recipe at the end of the post!


The recipe called for chopped almonds but I did sliced!!



I used this local raw honey! A sweet mommy friend of mine does this business with her husband!
Love's Apiary will ship honey too! You can click there name for there Facebook link!

 

Dry Ingredients
  1. 3 cups rolled oats
  2. 1 cup raw almonds, chopped
Wet Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup raw honey
  2. 2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
  3. 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients in a glass baking dish and toast them in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While the oats are toasting, combine the wet ingredients.
After the oats are toasted (they should be very aromatic), drizzle the honey mixture over the oats. Stir until well combined.
On a baking sheet lined with wax paper form a single layer of the oat mixture.
Place the baking sheet back in the oven and turn the over OFF. this will allow the granola to finish toasting without burning. Let it sit in the oven for 5-8 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool completely.


Link to original post!

Please leave a comment with what other recipies you would like to see on the blog!!

She Is...
Joanna







Welcome to She Is Powerful!

My name is Joanna and I am the face behind the blog!


I am a wife to my husband of 4 years, and a momma to 2 sweet boys who are 3 and 18 months! I have the joy to be able to stay home with them and I love that!
I always say I was born a Northern girl (born in PA) ment to be a Southern girl (moved to TX when I was 19)!
I also am the Owner and Founder of The Empowering Woman Tribe! We are a group that is a safe place for women in any walk of life! Married, single, kids, no kids, we are there for any lady! This is been a passion of mine for years now and it has been fun to see it start! You can click are name above and join are facebook group! I have a great team of admins and we would love to have you!

My hope for this blog is that it will bless you! I have allot of great plans and cannot wait to see how they all work out!!

This blog will be an extension of the main The Empowering Woman Tribe page but will also have recipes and such some men may be interested in!

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Joanna 



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