Getting my Mojo Back

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Getting My Mojo Back

So, that just happened, standing there minding my business after volunteering for five hours at a Children’s consignment sale and an innocent man asked, “When are you due?”  This question is the kiss of death for a recently postpartum mom’s. For a Mom like me who has been struggling for a year to lose the gainwaytomuchduringpregnancyeventhoughsheknewbetter weight this was the nail in the coffin.This man didn’t know that I had been running in the hamster wheel for 2.5 miles, four days a week to no avail.  This man didn’t know that I then power walked every evening, crunched myself into oblivion, removed all the carbs out of my life and beat myself up for every indulgence and eating blunder.  He did not know that although my Instagram feed tempted me...

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Chocolate Peanut Buttercups

Homemade Peanut Butter Chocolate Cups

These are so easy after making them twice I no longer need the recipe.

This recipe was adapted from Beyond Fit Mom

Makes 12

4 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp brown rice syrup or honey (I made these the second time with honey and think this was the better sweetener)

2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder or carob powder

4 tbsp peanut butter ( homemade or natural)

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Directions
1. Melt coconut oil in a double boiler. Whisk in Brown rice syrup or honey then add unsweetened cocoa powder or carob powder.

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2. Mix until thick (VERY IMPORTANT) if it is very thin it is probably unsweetened chocolate which makes for a very nasty peanut butter cup (trust me!!!)

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3.  Line mini cupcake pan with cupcake liners. Pour into liners till 1/3 full. Then freeze for 15-20 minutes.

Lined Chocolate Cups

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Giving Glory not Seeking Attention

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1 John 2:15-17 (NIV) 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

The Wrong Road to Success

When I was in the world, I constantly sought acceptance and recognition from others. Striving to keep up with the Jones’ to prove to others I was equal to them and their success.  Never measuring up to the constantly raising ceiling of status and fearing mediocrity.  Then, I accepted Jesus who unconditionally loved me whether I was poor or rich...

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Journey Girls Anniversary

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Today, I got to do something I rarely get to do. Enjoy the company of my middle daughter by herself while traveling with the Journey Girls to Italy.  Celebrating the Journey Girls 5 year anniversary in true Italian style.  Tasting some Italian delicacies and desserts.

Journey Girl 5 year Anniversary

Packing for our trip with the latest doll fashions designed by Jenny. Who helped us change the girls outfits. I have to say the journey girls wardrobe is chic and cute doll clothes. I also love the price point of the doll considering the quality of there hair and eyes.

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The event was memorable for my seven year old as she decorated luggage tags, made cannoli’s and took commemorative pictures with Tap n Snap green screen.

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Placing her at Italian monuments like the Leaning tower of Pisa...

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Modesty doesn’t define faith

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“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.” Matthew 5:13

This is typically not the Bible verse used when discussing the way Christian women should dress. I think that since we are representing ourselves within society that it could appropriately be considered as part of what God calls us to do. He appointed us to be the means of preventing or curing the growth of that corruption which prevails in the world, and of seasoning people’s minds with wisdom and grace.* Typically, when discussing the way women should dress;
1 Timothy 2:9-10 (NIV) I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate...

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Birth of a Calling

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Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

Eighteen months ago a baby was born;  Faith fueled Mom. God had put this on my heart a few months before my third daughter was born. We will be celebrating her first birthday on Friday, July 3rd.  Being the Mompreneur for 10 years prior, when I received the idea for FFM I had instantly decided that it could be a new business venture.  (Haha can you hear God laughing?) I quickly drew up the business plan, pieced together a logo, created a make shift website and BAM! I would add this to my plate too.

Then, I actually became a mother for the third time and unexpectedly my life changed. Unlike, with my other daughters this time I resisted this life change...

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If Gathering

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If: Gathering

As a mom, I don’t get the opportunity to dress up like I used to.  Typically, leggings and a long shirt, sometimes I may even do my hair and makeup.  My church isn’t the dress up kind of church, so I will typically wear something nice but I don’t get to get “fancy”. When I go invited to the IF: Table I was excited for multiple reason, one being the women fellowship and another I would be able to break out some “fancy” duds ( not necessarily fancy but get a little dressed up).

Dressing for your body, today

Grace Boutique with Premier Jewelry

Going through my closet was discouraging, I am still at that awkward stage of postpartum.  Too small and so tired of maternity and not small enough for my former size 6 wardrobe (although I am working diligently to get back).  I don’t want to buy clothes in this size...

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My Need for Discernment

This Or That Way Directions On A Wooden SignpostAccording to the dictionary, discernment means “the quality of being able to grasp or comprehend what is obscure.” This is not a strong trait of mine.  That saying, “can’t you just take a hint?” NO! I am very black and white; concrete thinker. When it comes to picking up on clues that’s what I need God for.  I have to pray everyday for his help in this department, sometimes several times a day depending on the day that I am having.

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Now we (and I am referring to saved Christians) know God leads we follow, whether we actually follow that is another blog post.  Some of us stumble along and others confidently go on our way.  He opens doors we graciously or reluctantly walk or bump into them. I wish there was always a clear cut path to take.  I struggle with this in parenting too...

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Wild Caught Hazelnut Crusted Salmon

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2 lbs of Wild Caught Salmon

1/4 c. Panko

1/4c Hazelenut

1/2 tsp Lemon Zest

1/2 tsp Thyme (fresh)

Salt & Pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

1. Slice Salmon into 6 oz pieces or ask butcher to slice it at store

2. Mix all ingredients on a plate or shallow dish
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3. Place salmon skin side down in shallow dish and press and cover with breadcrumb, hazelnut mix.
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4. Place on cookie sheet with parchment paper brushed with olive oil.

5. Bake in oven for 20 minutes.

6. Remove from oven and serve. Serves 4

Nutrition Facts:

215 Calories

8 g fat

33g Portein

3g Carbohydrates

1g dietary fiber

74mg cholestoral

401mg sodium

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Father’s Day Gift Dilemma

In my house of 3 little diva’s I have to say that my husband is pretty much the king. He has three little daddy’s girls and I am pretty fond of him myself. This week of father’s day and with the chaos of end of school, baby’s first birthday party planning, garden harvesting and of course the everyday task of maintaining my household. I am at a Father’s day gift dilemma. I usually plan a little something and I have gotten his Father’s Day card while I was out and about; but I like to give meaningful memorable gifts to my husband.

He is an amazing father and for not having any guidance from his own he is simply a natural. Raising a tween, 7 year old and baby girl is a hard task and his infinite patience and attention to detail...

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