Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

Even when you’re too broken, too sad, too tired to pray, God STILL hears you.

I have a really hard time putting things into words… like how I feel, what I think, etc… everything I say comes out quite blunt and confusing. For years I have felt a huge disadvantage as a christian b/c I “don’t know how” to pray. That is why Justin is the pray out-louder and I am the “amen to that”-er. In marriage counseling, our mentor helped me to see that although I may not be able to put things into words or express my feelings in an eloquent manner like some other people, God still hears the whispers of my heart and he knows my needs. Prayer doesn’t have to be what everyone thinks it sounds like, it could simply be how you talk to Jesus throughout the day like you talk to your best friend. Not only does he know what I think I need but he knows what he KNOWS I need. All I have to do is TRUST him and have a sincere heart. This thought just came into my mind for a few different reasons, but I want people to know that when you tell someone you are going to pray for them, please do it. As soon as you say it or type it, close your eyes for 2 seconds or 10 minutes and talk to God, right then and there. It might sound like a jumbled mess to you, but God hears you, and he knows the desires of your heart, and he asks us to pray for each other, and PRAYER WORKS. As a side note, my soon to be husband has the most beautiful prayers and I am slightly jealous, but that is just his Godly gift!

 

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I LOVE THIS QUOTE FROM MAX LUCADO!max lucado

 

I only have a second,

but I had to put in my two cents worth for this mondayish wed.!

I am under a lot of stress right now, but you know what?? The older I get the more I realize that the perfectionist lifestyle I imagine in my head is just simply not the way it will EVER be. Life is a journey and you have to take it one day at a time. This was a difficult realization for me recently but truly relieves stress because I am learning to deal with life’s curve balls as they come! You can never be prepared “enough”.

Life is hard and you gotta be tough and deal with it and take care of it, whatever it is! A friend reminded me yesterday that at the end of the day I am still FREE and there are still people who can’t even imagine how fortunate we all are!

Take care of your health – mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually!

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Are you ready to make a lifestyle change?

There are not enough hours in the day are there??!! I am burnt out, tired, bored, and ready for a change! Who wants to try something new?? I am spending hours getting prepared to run my upcoming (virtual) challenge group! This is what it includes:
1. Workout regimen of your choice (I’ll help you choose) Most are only 30 minutes and all of them are from home.
2. Meal plans and recipes
3. An private app and a facebook group for you to check in with fellow challengers daily
4. Superfood packed shake meal SUPPLEMENT (or replacement if you’re like me and have it for breakfast)
5. My daily support and dedication to helping you reach your goals

it doesn’t matter if you are already exercising and eating well or if you are currently doing nothing for your health! We will find a fit for you! I will help you love your life and love your body!

And this goes beyond fitness! This is about mindset, and being a healthier version of you in all ways!

I am only taking FIVE spots!

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I have an oil for that!

I just had to share my recent experience with Doterra essential oils! Everyone is talking about essential oil use and I can attest that they truly work wonders!  The uses are ENDLESS!

I like to use them for calmness and to promote sleep.  Bedtime is the scariest part of my routine because I know I am going to lay down and have terrible anxiety about not being able to fall asleep, and having a miserable day the next day.  This is a struggle for me EVERY SINGLE DAY due to my anxiety and muscle spasms! I decided to give essential oils a shot and see what that does for me.

The first one that I tried is the Lavender because lavender is tremendously helpful with muscle calmness and relaxation, among many other endless benefits!  I was surprised to find out how well it actually works.  I include this in my nightly routine every single day!  Grayden uses it too and I think it even works better for him than it does for me lol. He loves it! He asks me, “Where is that stuff that helps me sleep, momma?”.

And you won’t believe what essential oils did for a friend of mine that I work for with severe asthma.  I have worked in this office for 6 years and she has been using her inhaler several times daily since I have been here until she tried Doterra Breathe which is a mixture of laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, melaleuca, lemon, cardamom, ravintsara, and ravensara.  SHE DOES NOT EVEN USE HER INHALER ANYMORE!!! She puts a few drops of breathe on a tissue and inhales it when she feels like an attack is coming on.  Breathe clears your airways and helps fight allergies, even asthma allergies!  It also helps you to get a good night of sleep! There is nothing worse than having a slight cold and having to sleep straight up so you can actually breathe!  This is amazing for newborn babies as well!

The possibilities are boundless.  For example, do you use scentsy candle melts?  I have a ton of those and still use them occasionally, but after they are on for a few minutes my nose starts itching constantly and sometimes it is so annoying that I have to turn it off.  I have also read that scentsy is actually really terrible for your body, especially if you have babies in the house. You can put essential oils in a diffuser and get that same effect AND the health benefits that come with it!

A friend of mine told me recently that she uses the lemon essential oil to mix with other things and use as a cleaning product.  The lemon smells amazing too and is one of my favorites.

You can even cook with it! Check out the recipes on Doterra’s site!

Essential oils can be used aromatically, topically or internal (depending on the oil or compound oil you are using).

You can purchase an introductory kit with Doterra that will give you a chance to experiment with a few of the most popularly used oils.

What kind of oils do you use? Comment below and help readers expand their essential oil knowledge 😉 Thanks!

Chore chart for kids

Ok so I decided Grayden could benefit from a chore chart with little star stickers he can earn to put money in his wallet. He is so proud of the wallet he got from the Easter bunny and loves earning money to put in it! Kids are never too young to learn responsibility and this is a fun way!

So this is Graydens chore chart (he is 5)


So I then thought that I could benefit from my own chart and Grayden could see that grown ups also have to do things they don’t always feel like doing, or that they can’t seem to make a habit and stick.. so here is my chore chart😂

Caramel Iced Frappe Shakeology

1 scoop Vegan Vanilla SHAKEOLOGY

1 cup iced coffee (I like Starbucks medium roast or blonde roast – 5 cal)

1/2 cup almond/coconut milk (35 cal per serving)

1/2 teaspoon caramel extract

Whip Cream + sprinkles 🙂

Sometimes I freeze the iced coffee into cubes and add more milk instead

 

 

 

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hutch makeover (dark walnut stain & linen white chalk paint)

BEFORE:hutch before

When my fiance and I got our first place together, our little apartment, we used an inherited breakfast nook as a kitchen table.  It was cute but small, and if I had known then what I know about bringing old pieces to life I could have really made it into something neat. Anyways, I finally bought a hutch and kitchen table from a consignment furniture store. We finally had a table big enough to comfortably dine at with plenty of seating and a hutch to store all of my junk and add some character to our otherwise very dull first home (and oh how I miss that cozy apt – you learn to enjoy the moment as you get older and stop wanting more, right?).  It was out of date and not very pretty, but a heavy, timeless piece.  I prefer to pay less for an old, ugly piece that will withstand years of wear and tear to a new, pretty piece that won’t last and is expensive. And you can always make something old and ugly look new and beautiful 🙂

Ok, so fast forward a few years and here we are, we just purchased our first home together, and we love our new home except for that our old furniture sticks out like a sore thumb. So we start searching for new furniture and realize that it is all very expensive and not made near as well as what we have now, so we decided to go out on a limb and bring this old furniture to life.  DO NOT BE AFRAID TO PAINT YOUR FURNITURE! This was our first time doing this, we made a lot of mistakes, there are imperfections, but all in all it turned out beautiful and beats paying an arm and a leg for a new table & hutch. So today I am only going to show you how we did the hutch.

First of all, the new chalk paint craze is ALL THAT IT IS CRACKED UP TO BE! You literally do not have to do any prep with chalk paint, although we did because our furniture had a very thick varnish that has had since 1970 something to stick to the wood surface real good.

STEP 1: SANDING

Mistake #1: I let the man do this part, but no that was not the mistake. Not the mistake because trust me, sanding is the hard part 😉 The mistake was leaning over him and screaming to sand harder because we have to get down to the bare wood. Having never sanded furniture, I did not realize how easily you can ruin the surface by sanding too hard, and in the wrong direction.  Don’t do this – you will end up with sand spirals on your piece and you can’t paint over it. The best you can do to fix it is to keep sanding over it and it creates a ton of unnecessary work, and you can’t fix it once you have messed it up. Your best friend in this process is a palm sander. //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00ZWJDN5S&asins=B00ZWJDN5S&linkId=3ee3c7f5318f81816f03c4fc9d043e7d&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true or //ws-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&OneJS=1&Operation=GetAdHtml&MarketPlace=US&source=ss&ref=as_ss_li_til&ad_type=product_link&tracking_id=mominmississi-20&marketplace=amazon&region=US&placement=B00MLSS1SW&asins=B00MLSS1SW&linkId=908ef9414caf1bda4122b21cd16eedbd&show_border=true&link_opens_in_new_window=true.

When using a palm sander, let the sander do its’ job and don’t apply extra pressure.  Be sure to read your palm sander manual for tips to get the best results, and watch some you tube videos 😉 VERY IMPORTANT: Begin with a coarser grit and move SLOWLY down to the finest grit.  Don’t sand with a coarse grit and then immediately switch to a fine grit. It won’t look good.

Mistake #2: Sand in a well ventilated area, use goggles, and I highly suggest wearing a dust mask.  Seriously!

Mistake #3: Don’t try to stand detailed areas of your furniture with the palm sander. For this, you will need a sander sponge.  Sand paper will do, but sand sponges are specifically made for furniture with spindles, crevices, etc.  These sponges

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Okay so once again, sanding is not necessary when using chalk paint, but if you are dealing with old furniture and thick glossy varnish, or you just want the paint to stick and stay for a long time, it won’t hurt to sand it a little.

STEP 2: PAINT!

Annie Sloan paint is all the craze right now and it is good stuff but I think Rustoleum chalk paint is very similar and gets the job done beautifully.  We used Rustoleum Linen White Chalk paint.

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It is SO EASY to use!  I found that you can use any type of paint brush to get a different result.  You can find a brush designed specifically for chalk paint to get that rustic look, you can use a mini roller for large surfaces, you can use cheap dollar store brushes, or even a sponge which I personally like best.  Each brush will give you a different look and/or texture.  Here is the thing about chalk paint – the first coat is not going to cover much.  You can leave it like that for a distressed look or you can put 2 and 3 coats like we did for full coverage.  I like both looks, but for my dining room I wanted a more sophisticated style, completely covered with no distressing.  The initial coat looked pretty neat though.chalk paint hutch

So the painting part was super easy and hard to mess up and after a few coats, we had this.

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For the top of the bottom piece and the shelves we used Dark Walnut Wood Stain – which I absolutely LOVE and will definitely use again.

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As with chalk paint, you can apply the stain with a brush or a sponge.  I prefer the sponge for evenness and no streaks.  They are only $1.

TIP: Sanding IS necessary for the staining part of project.  It is best to sand to the bare wood for staining because you want the stain to soak into the wood not coat the surface of the wood and you definitely don’t want bubbles on the surface of the wood.

For the final touch, we removed the old hardware and replaced it with knobs purchased from Hobby Lobby.  They have a large selection of hardware you will LOVE.

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And that was all it took to transform our old hutch 🙂 We listened to music and enjoyed a bottle each, I mean a glass of wine together and enjoyed seeing the look of our dining room completely change 🙂 Keep in mind this was our very first paint project, so it is not perfect, but we are very satisfied.

If you want to try this for yourself, please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you at all! Thanks so much!!

UPDATE: See below pictures of our dining table, which were done following the hutch project and basically done the exact same way with the same materials, except  A LOT more sanding for the top of the table to prepare for staining.

TIPS: Sand sponges work very well for chairs with tons of spindles 😉 & used several dry old rags for staining instead of brushes and sponges. You don’t need to “paint on” the stain. Just allow the stain to soak into the wood and stain, but do not make the mistake of coating the surface with a thick layer of stain. Start light and add more and more coats after it dries to the desired darkness. MOST IMPORTANTLY, WIPE OFF ALL OF THE EXCESS EVERY SINGLE TIME.

 

FINAL OUTCOME:

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Left to do: Add cushions to the chairs, need centerpiece (thinking big white vase with big white flowers), Add decor to each side of hutch and possibly accent chairs and/or accent tables. Add a rug (thinking a flatweave or natural fiber rug, tan color to match curtains) Will blog about all that 🙂 Stay tuned!