Monday, July 23, 2018

If you are alive and breathing at some point in your life you have looked for or had a friendship! Even if you don't have any friends right now you did have them at some point!
Friendship is such a big part of the world today! It connects us to other people! Some are just like us and others are total opposites but do us so much good!

But I have also found that friendship can be one of the hardest things ever!
Think about it, how many of us can say that we are still friends with the people we grew up with or went to school with? Some can say that for sure! And some are still best friends with the person who they were best friends with in high school!
But the majority of what you find is that most people grew up and grew apart from those friends!

And then there are the friends who are in your life for a season! They are there when you lived in that big city during your first 2 years in your brand new career job! They helped you set up your first apartment, laughed and cried with you through those first few rough years and so on! You called them your best friend! You shared your heart with them and them with you! But then life changed and when you moved the friendship did not move with you! You may still talk to that person some but they're not the best friend they were in years past!
Those people are not bad! They came into your life when you needed them! You learned so much from them and can look back and smile on those great times!

My favorite type of friendship is the friend who came to you later on in life and has stayed with you!
I have one of these!
She became my friend when I left everything I knew in PA and moved to TX! I had no friends and moved from the North to the South! A ton of big changes at one time!
We were both singles at the time and connected in so many ways! Her birthday is 2 weeks after mine and we even went on a big 21st birthday road trip together!
She stayed with me thru several moves, me finding a guy and dating, she was a bridesmaid in my wedding, stayed with me as I became married and had kids! She is still single but has stayed with me thru it all! 
Our friendship has changed a ton thru all those things, but always still been there!
When one of us is having a bad day and needs to talk about it we set aside time and listen!

Something I have been learning a lot lately about friendship is you have to prioritize! There will be friends who you will try and make into good friends and you will just be pulling teeth! I have learned with those people that I will take the time to check in with them, see how they are, encourage them and chat! But I do not put all my effort into it! I am still being genuine and real but I am putting more of my efforts into those who will give back as well! 
Friendship is not just about you encouraging and filling others up but others being willing to give back to you as well!

So find those friends and realize where they fit! Don't try and make every single friend be a good good friend that you share your entire heart with! They all won't be that way and you will burn yourself out very very fast!
I know what its like to feel lonely and want to make someone a super good friends because of that! The friend I talked about above does not live super close to me so I want local friendships allot and have found myself a few times trying to make people that super good friend! I am learning to take the few I have found and invest in them! The others I encourge still tho!

Friends I ,hope this post encourges you no matter where you are at in your friendships!

Share with us in the comments a friendship tip or something you have learned as well!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

First I want to start this post out by saying these are just some tips and such that I have found to help me!
Also, I am not the best at Meal Planning! I have the best of intentions and get started on a meal plan and end up never finishing and go off it very quickly!
I have been doing better each month and one these days I will have it down good! 

On to the Meal Planning Tips we go!!

1. Make a List of Meals You Love
I usually sit down and write up a list of meals my family loves! Those can be Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner!
If you plan to make meals that are loved you will be better at sticking with it!
We have started doing Taco Tuesday in my house so that is a must-have on the list for us!
Also when you are thinking of meals your family loves just scribble them down! No need to try and write it all fancy or come up with sides to go with it and all just yet!

2. Pull Your Recourses Together
The next thing I do is clear off my Dining Room table(you could also do this before you make your list and just work from there from the start), set my laptop up, and pull all my cookbooks and cooking magazines out!
I like to pull recipes from Pinterest and other online sources and also from the cookbooks and magazines I have!
Any new things I want to try from these resources I write down there name and were to find them when I need it for that meal on that day!

3. Make Your Calander Meal Plan
So something like the photo above is great as well as just a plain notebook paper and break down the dates and such!
I write mine down in my planner as well!
Putting the meals down on paper for each day will help allot! 
Make sure you write down sides and all! This helps you not feel lost with just a main dish and then throw it all out the window!

4. Make Your Grocery List
I usually try and look at my pantry and see what I have and then make my list from there!
I shop for a month at one time so I usually have a big list!

Cut and wash your fruits and veggies when you get home and start putting them up! This helps allot and I have found that I use them much faster so they don't go bad on me!

What are some Meal Planning Tips that you have? Share them with us!

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

My sweet friend Janine recently asked me to do a review on her upcoming children's book and of course, I had to say yes!

I have not had the privilege to meet Janine in person yet but we got connected thru social media as we both have a passion for supporting and encouraging women! I have gotten to know Janine for a bit now and love her passion and courage! I was very happy to do this review for her! She sent me the ebook and I was blown away!

But first, before I get carried away let me tell you a little about Janine!

Janine Hernandez is a well-renowned author, speaker, mentor, and world changer. Janine is the CEO and Founder of Purpose Driven Initiatives LLC and PDI Publishing. She focuses on the advancement of women in the capacity of women empowerment events, book publishing and motivational speaking. Her mission is to be the light that pushes you to your purpose and is passionate about helping others and motivating them to succeed. Janine loves to give back to the community and help underprivileged youth as she was honored to be awarded the 2011 Mitch Akin Mentor of the Year Award (New Pathways Program). She holds a Master of Arts in International Business Management which has helped fuel her entrepreneur spirit! 

Also here is a little about the book (not my words) to help you understand it better! I will share my review of it next!

Feathers in The Sky is a tale about a girl named Juju who sees different color feathers along her path. Each feather represents something different and has a different meaning. Juju encounters some bullying but with the help of her aunt, she is able to overcome her situation. This book is meant to empower and uplift our youth by spreading love, joy, kindness, and gratitude."

When I read this book I was blown away!
The graphics are amazing! Bright colors and simple and short text on each page are sure to keep even the young reader entertained!
I love how feathers are used in this book! The Whymsical part they play is great for children but can be used even for older kids as well!
This book would also be great to help your child learn to pay attention and find things! Your child can be told to find the feather on each page! My 3 year old loves to search for things in books and I had him find the feathers! He loved it!
This book would make an amazing gift and could even be given along with a pack of bright colored feathers as a hands-on bonus!

The book is set to be printed in August 2018 and shipping out in September 2018!
There are different levels you can pledge or buy in at that can give you signed copies and all!

Right now Janine is running a Kickstart program! You can buy or pledge your amount and that secures your book or books! They will be sent out hopefully in September if the kickstart gets the fudning needed! Dates are subject to change depedning on how funding goes!
This kickstart is something you want to be apart of and dont want to miss! Be sure and use the link below to get in on it!

KickStart Link:

You can also follow and connect with Janine on her social media sites!

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A BIG thanks to Janine for sending me the ebook and giving me the time to do this review! I really enjoyed it!!
Please feel free to share this post link with your friends! We want to get this kickstart funded so we and everyone else can get are hands on this book!

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Here in East Texas, we have hit the 90-degree mark for 2 days! If that does not feel like summer then I am not sure what does!
When its hot like this I love to try and turn the oven on as little as possible! We have not had a grill since we have been married and this past weekend we got one! The perks of not living in an apartment anymore are great and this is one of them!

We have grilled out twice since then and are planning to grill out tonight for supper! We have done steak, hot dogs, and tonight plan to do hamburgers! 
I can't wait to grill some chicken breast soon and I snagged a pack of Classic Braughts the other day and plan to use them soon as well!

I love to grill veggies too! There are so many ways to grill them!

A nice soft char on some veggies is just oh too good! Corn is the best on the grill!
Peppers are also another great one to lay directly on the grill and get a char on them!

I want to try and grill some fruit soon! Peaches would be super yummy! The sugar in the peach would help crisp them up some and you could pull them off and eat it with some ice cream!

How do you like to grill? We got a propane grill and that is what we prefer but allot of people love to charbroil grills! 

Leave us a comment letting us know what your favorite thing to grill is!

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Taco's are a staple in my house! We live in Texas and there is a Taco truck on every corner it feels like! Plus we have your normal big chain taco stores!
But to be honest with you there is nothing better than a good homemade taco!

I grew up with build your own taco nights and that is what we do in our house now! It is an easy and quick meal but also super filling and yummy! I set all the ingredients out on my counter and everyone can snag a plate and make their tacos how they want! 

This is my go-to meal for when company comes over as well! I love it cause if anyone is not a fan of a veggie or such they can just choose to leave it off!!

We use both flour and corn tortillas! I love flour and my husband loves corn! He does like the flour when I fry them tho!

We sometimes will get hard shells as well! That is usually more for my husband but I like them too sometimes! What are you favorite shells?

I love to chop stuff up to put on the tacos! We usually always have chicken or a beef plus then all the good veggies! 
I love to have a few lemons and limes around for taco night!
We also love chopped tomatoes, avocado, and a good purple onion!

Usually, we have salsa and sour cream to top things off! 
I always try and have chips out and then we do salsa or guacamole to dip!

What are your favorites for Taco night at your house? Is there something that is a staple for it that you cant go without on your taco?

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

*All opinions in this post are my own! I was given a 3-day free sample but was not paid for this post*

I was given a 3-day sample of Revital U to try! I loved the idea of opening a packet and just dumping and mixing and I was done!

I tried mine with both cold and hot water and liked them both ways! I do not like crazy strong coffee and these were so good!

You can get this is a tub like shown above or in these cool packets that are already set to go! You can carry them with you wherever!

Revital U is 100% Arabic Coffee and has allot of great ingredients including some that are found in Green Tea as well!
Revital U has been known to help with energy and weight loss! I only had a 3-day sample so I cannot say that this was true for me but they do suggest that you take it for 14 days to see best results!

There are some yummy ways to mix this up and not just be a normal coffee drink! Let me share a few with you that I found sound super good!

If you are interested in trying a sample or even jumping in and going for a 14 day supply please feel free to contact Sabrina Drewery! All her contact info is below!

Sabrina thank you so much for the samples and letting me test this product for you!
Yall should contact her and get some samples!! It's really good stuff!!

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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!


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!


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!


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!


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?

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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!

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!!

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A Lesson On Friendship

If you are alive and breathing at some point in your life you have looked for or had a friendship! Even if you don't have any frie...