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My Dirty Little Secret

I.  Love.  Popcorn.

Not just any popcorn.

Air popped or stove popped popcorn.

Not just any air popped or stove popped popcorn.

Stale popcorn.

With a schmitz of butter….a pinch of garlic…some white cheddar powder…some nacho cheese powder and smothered in parmesan.

I eat this, alone, in my bed almost every night…….

It is freaking glorious.

Now, back to your regular lives.

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Dear RAD:

I absolutely, positively hate you.

Disregards,

Brandi

“If you restore all my privileges, I’ll be good.”

“Yes, this is the rule XYZ, no I did not obey it because I did not want too.”

“Brother spies on me and then gets me in trouble.  I hate that.  Yes, I did exactly what he said, but I wanted too and I did not want you to find out.”

“I won’t do what you tell me to do because I do not have too.”

“You must respect me.”

“I don’t care what you think, I can make everyone believe you are crazy.”

“I need attention….I demand attention and I do not care how I get it.”

“No, I did not eat that last roll…these are crumbs from this morning when I ate cereal.”

“There is no chocolate shoved in my pillowcase…..it is caramel.”

“I lie because I can.”

“If you would just listen, I can explain why I stole sister’s tablet and looked up ways to murder you all in your sleep.  I was learning proper technique.”

“I did not steal the money, just the change.”

“I do not want to obey because it is not fair to do my chores.”

And the music goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on…..tis a day in the life.  This is how my week is going and it is only Tuesday….hope everyone else is having a spectacular week.

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Depression Really Sucks

When you have never struggled with depression, you will truly not understand it, no matter how I can describe it.  For me, when I get in a funk, I fall into self doubt, I like to sleep, not get out of the house, I do not answer the phone, I do not get dressed, I feel like I am in a well and when I look up, I can see a faint light that looks like it has a bit of a fog over it….I get angry.

I had a great childhood.  My parents, extra parents, and grandparents were wonderful.  My feelings began to come to light in grade school.  I couldn’t seem to keep up with my school.  I struggled and was isolated by my teachers because of my struggles.  I was separated from my peers and put in a “special class” and that caused them to treat me way differently.  I was made fun of, a lot.  I was picked on….laughed at….No one wanted to be a friend to the girl in the “special” class.  When we got into middle school, I was further ostracized.  I didn’t wear the right clothes, say the right things, belong to the right group of people, therefore, I was targeted even moreso than I was in grade school.  High school was even worse.  I became very bitter and angry. Some things had come to light, in my life, and I harbored such anger and bitterness towards my parents and pretty much anyone that was around me.  I retreated into my own little world.

I really have no desire to tread anymore into that aspect of my life because I do not want to hurt anyone and I’m teetering on the edge of falling into that pit, so I am listening to myself and stopping.

I can, however, say that depression has moved into my adult life and it has wreaked havoc on days, months and even years.  The loss of children, the loss of my granny, loss of jobs, friends, churches, raising a difficult child, so much.  My husband does not understand.  In our early years, he ignored it…then he tried to fix it…now, he just lets me be and hugs me when I need it.  It hurts him to see me hurt.  He has been deeply concerned for me, at times in our marriage.  I hate that I put him through that and my children.

I now use medication, writing, talking to him and my Lady to keep myself on the up and up.  I still have days (or weeks) that I’m in a funk, but I try to take that depression and focus it outward.  I try to find someone to serve to get my mind off of myself and onto helping others.  I listen to praise and worship music (or 60s music).  I hibernate in my room on Sundays and I do not parent that day.  I pray, I read the Word….I am blessed that i know myself so much better now and I can see the triggers, I can feel those feels when they are coming and I can either allow myself to wallow in it or I can grab the rope and hang on.

I stumbled on this lady’s vlog awhile back.  Her name is Itsjustkelli on youtube and I watched this vlog of hers…..I sat and watched it. I cried and agreed with everything she said and was feeling.  It is only about 30 minutes, but it gives you insight into the minds of those who struggle with depression.  Insight into Depression

Depression is real.  It does not care about your social status, your money, your color, gender, sexual orientation, or your age…..people do not talk about it because of the stigma that surrounds it.  Stop judging those who are having a bad day.  They may look like they have it all together and then underneath the surface, they are unraveling.  Be gentle and kind to others and if you notice something is not right, direct them to a counselor, friend, or pastor….this is the suicide hotline number.  It is open 24 hrs a day.  Live, love, hug, we are all trying to do life together….no one should suffer depression alone.  Be a friend.

Call 1-800-273-8255
Available 24 hours everyday
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A Hiatus from My Hiatus

Well, after taking a blogging break in 2016 (with the exception of the many great giveaways)….I am back 🙂  I have realized that writing is very healing and therapeutic for me, so I am determined to get my blog rolling again.

Our New Years Eve was good….we made a bunch of soups and finger foods, because I didn’t want to “cook.”  I had all 7 of my kiddoes, with one of my bonus girls and my oldest daughter’s person.  We also had some friends over, who have 4 kiddoes of their own and we ate, laughed and played games.  It was so nice to just enjoy the company and the good food.

2016 had some incredible highs.  Our family spent 10 days traveling to the east coast.  My kids got to see the Atlantic Ocean.  We adopted our 7th child.  Our oldest had a big year, graduating college, getting a new car, getting a new job, and getting engaged.  Our second daughter finished high school and did fantastic her first semester in college.  Our oldest son is flying through his sophomore year and he has had the opportunity to work with a friend, who is a contractor, so he is been able to earn money, save it, and spend it.  Our second oldest son is reading so much better and he is doing so much better in school.
We were able to get him an official dx, so that has helped to guide us through his education.  Our next son, has blossomed in sports (baseball and basketball).  He was approved for a bone conducted hearing aid, so he will have that surgery at some point this year.  And our baby is growing like a weed…he is such a joy.  We have also found our forever home church wise.  And to top it all off, my Lady is doing wonderfully!  There have been lots more highs…but that is just a beginning.

There have also been some significant lows….one of our daughters is still struggling and we have had to make big decisions regarding her future.  It has brought lots of hurt and tension to our home.  Our adoption of our 7th child did not come easily and the circumstances around his adoption are still tender.  My daddy had a stroke this past summer…thankfully, he is doing well.  We had to put 2 of our beloved pets down, Sadie and Little Buddy. That is always difficult.

This year is full of promise.  Full of intention.  Full of purpose.  365 days to make a difference for the Kingdom of Christ.  I do not make resolutions because, frankly, I think they are super stupid.  I do, however, make some changes and more times than not, I stick through them and then they become a habit.  This year, I plan to stop making excuses for myself or my family. I plan to start saying no.  I plan to stop apologizing for who I am and how I do things.  I just want to live.  I realize that 1/2 my life is over…done….I cannot get that part back.  Now, what do I want my second 1/2 of life to be like?  I want to love my family without abandon.  I want to be intentional with my relationships with my siblings, nieces, nephews, parents, husband, and children.  I want to love my husband more and submit more to him.  I want to dig deeper in the Word and see what new jewels Jesus is waiting to show me.  I am going to plan a wedding 🙂  I’m going to send a kid off to a school that can help her.  I want to get involved in our church.  We are going to Hawaii, so I need to plan for that plus our family vacation.  So many possibilities and so little time!

365 days….what are you going to do with your new year?

 

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When My Feels Have Feelings….

Good gracious…..I love giveaways and I am always blown away by the things that I have the opportunity to review…but this one….geez Louise.

My first thought, upon hearing the title of the book, “When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette,” I thought this book was on coveting…jealousy and how to overcome it.  I was mistaken in a huge huge, like BIG way.  This book….again…I had feels all over my feelings when I read this.  I was surprised and in awe of how Jesus spoke to me through this author and his experiences.

When I was suffering through my Master’s classes…one professor said something that still sticks with me and has shifted my mindset.  She said “we are to be Jesus with skin on.”  I never saw myself as that because Jesus is the only perfect Person to walk the face of the earth and I will never be perfect…like ever.  Then it resonated on me that to be “Jesus with skin on” means that whomever I am around, I am an ambassador for Christ and I may be the only person, who knows and loves Jesus, that some people may encounter in that day.  How am I going to best represent Him?  This is what this book is about.

One thing that the author says is “What could God do if we just gave Him what we have?  What could He do if we game Him…our faults and failures..our circumstances…our struggles…our prisons…our one finger.”  He talks about Jesus reaching into the deepest darkest parts of us and revealing His plan and His glory and His Name is always glorified.  Our job is to give credit where credit is due….it is all about Him and not about us.

God can take what He has allowed…what He has ordained….and our freewill and He glorifies His Name through it all.  Nothing catches Him by surprise.  Nothing.  There is nothing that you have done, are doing, or will do that He does not have knowledge of, but if we allow it…He can and will create something beautiful.

This book………dangit people………just dangit.  I will be drawing a name on Monday, December 26, 2016 for someone to win this book….if you do not win it…buy it.  If you cannot buy it, go to your library.


 

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About the Book:

When Jesus Was a Green-Eyed Brunette weaves heartwarming and miraculous stories of Jesus showing up in ordinary people, revealing that He knows us and is fully present in our everyday circumstances, especially in our difficulties. Those hurting and weary from worn-out religion are longing for a fresh touch from the living Jesus. Best-selling author Max Davis challenges us to do more than simply receive God’s grace—we need to allow grace to soften, change, and shape us. As you read this book you will laugh, cry, and come face-to-face with the living Jesus, much like Davis did, when he found Him living in a green-eyed brunette. As Davis puts it, “Jesus is very much alive today and still does incredible things—sometimes supernatural things—through us!”

List price: $15.99

208 pgs.

About the Author:

Max Davis is the author of over 20 published books and has been featured in USA Today and Publishers Weekly and has appeared on The Today Show and The 700 Club. He holds degrees in Journalism and Biblical Studies and is a much sought-after speaker for churches and organizations worldwide. He and his wife, Alanna, live on 50 beautiful acres in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana.

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Product URL: http://worthypublishing.com/books/When-Jesus-Was-a-Green-Eyed-Brunette/

Here are the winner guidelines for you to use in 2016:

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the
Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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Journal? Scrapbook? Color?

If you do any of these things…then this giveaway is FOR YOU!

My artsy fartsy side of me was much like a giddy school girl when I received this product to review.  I mean….I embarrassed my children because A) I squealed B) I hugged the UPS man C) I colored all day in my Bible and journal D) I squealed when I revealed my final masterpiece to my husband.

They.  Were.  Mortified.

Do I care?

Uhm, no…not one bit.

So…here it is :

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YAHOO!!!!!  I will be drawing a name for this product on December 10, 2016!

About the Product

Create a work of art on the pages of your favorite Bible. Draw, color, or journal your thoughts, dreams, and prayers. Highlight your favorite verses or the encouragements that speak to your heart with pencils, stickers, and tabs. Kit includes:

·         4 sheets of word stickers

·         4 sheets of alphabet stickers

·         24 tab stickers

·         8 colored pencil twists

·         1 journaling pen

·         1 pouch with adjustable strap to fit Bibles of all sizes

·         1 ruled page protector mat with tracing lines

**Bonus: As part of this promotion, they are going to be hosting their own giveaway and are going to be giving away 5 different kits.  Head on over to this link for more details: http://bit.ly/BibleJournalingKitGiveaway (The link also offers free downloads of several coloring pages, which might interest you).

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“CHRISTMAS LOVE LETTERS from God”

Hello.  My name is Brandi.  I am addicted to books…..especially PHENOMENAL and HANDS ON books.  This fits my bill on both levels.  I was eager to get this and open it and, selfishly, I wanted to put MY name to personalize it….but I didn’t…I restrained and chose my child over myself…shocker, I know.
The illustrations are beautiful, which is such a good point for me and my kiddo. The flaps are durable and hard to tear (per experience of having a 2 year old).  There is a letter from God in an envelope after each story where you can put your child’s name on to personalize it!  I think that is really neat cause God sent his son for each one of us!  If you are interested in this, I will be drawing a winner on November 30, 2016!

CHRISTMAS LOVE LETTERS from God:

Written for children ages four to eight, Christmas Love Letters from God cleverly combines both prose and poetry as the story of Jesus’ birth unfolds. The book includes seven stories, beginning with Isaiah’s prophecy and ending with the visit of the wise men. Following each story, the child will find his or her own letter from God, folded into a small envelope attached to the page. Each letter begins with a space in which to write the child’s name, so each one can be specially addressed to the child.

Written as if God is speaking, each personalized message gives the young reader a sense of wonder as they discover anew the Christmas holiday and the birth of Jesus. A very special Bible verse, entitled God’s Perfect Promise, also accompanies each story and letter as God’s personal words of love, promise, and hope.

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GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29491916-christmas-love-letters-from-god?from_search=true

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Blessings of Unity

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Marriage is TOUGH.  It is really tough…whoever says it is easy is NOT married….or they are still on their honeymoon.  It takes work and if Christ is not at the center of your marriage and He is not at the top of YOUR food chain, you should very well just stop now and call it quits.

It took a long time for me to understand my food chain.  First, I placed me on top, Bart next…then we had kids.  Kids came to the top, friends came next, then me, then Bart….can you see where I am going with this?  The Lord, graciously, took every friend out of my life, He moved family away (this is when you still had to make a long distance call)…there I stood…alone…with “no one.”  God replaced those people with an unnatural love for my husband and for Him.  He taught me, during these times, to look to Him to fill all the crooks and crannies of my heart and then to look at the GIFT that is my husband.

My daughter is embarking on this winding road and I hope I have instilled in her to love God and solely look to Him to help her through any and everything. Go to the guide book, The Bible, for the daily “how to’s” of living….then look across the table at her GIFT that He gave her, in her future spouse.

Awww…………….if I knew then what I know now………..

 

About the book:

The Blessings of Unity offers insight and ideas for creating godly unity in our marriages centered around two key concepts:

1) Abiding in the Vine and walking in the Spirit, and

2) Learning and applying the concept of unity.

Unity is achieved when a man and woman strive for agreement with God by processing His Will on every decision and in every issue. Through Biblically-centered discussions of discord, division, unity, discipleship, and prayer, and through exploring Biblical examples of unity, Richard Case offers husbands and wives practical and spiritual advice for working together in unity in the Spirit so that they can more perfectly present themselves to God for his divine approval.

($13.43 on Amazon, paperback)

About the author/ministry:

Before his current role in developing retreats and serving this ministry, All for Jesus, Richard Case worked for many years with Fortune 500 companies in management and consulting roles. He holds a BS in Management and Finance from Bradley University, an MBA from the University of Southern California, and a seminary Masters degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Richard has been a featured speaker at conferences and seminars; he has hosted a radio show and is a published author. Richard and his wife, Linda, answered the call from the Lord to Abide in Him through the Spirit. Together, Richard and Linda have started up several churches that remain strong today, and have served as interim pastors of troubled churches, bringing reconciliation and new vision to these situations. Richard and Linda began conducting marriage retreats in 2001. Richard and Linda currently live in Castle Rock, CO.

Amazon link to this GREAT book

**Added bonus to my giveaway, which the drawing will be on 11/24/16, cause that is my girl’s  21st bday is that you can get this:

Also with this, you will be getting a link to a free ebook, Unshakeable (6 pgs), material that will help and support growth in Christ, from the All for Jesus ministry: http://allforjesusunshakeable.gr8.com

 

 

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Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles

Parenting:  14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Anyone who thinks parenting is hard, raise your hands!!!!  There is not one person, on the face of the planet that will tell you…the bliss when you decide to start a family…..the coolness (mostly) of being pregnant….the holding that fresh new life….will become a constant battlefield that places in your mind until the Lord calls you home.  No one tells you that.

Here I am, telling you that!  I have 7 kids, you would think I would have figured it out or I was trying my best for a “do over” in the parenting department.  Parenting is tough.  The early years are wrought with sleep deprivation, vomit, and projectile poop.  The toddler years are strictly survival mode. The teenage years is like nailing jello to a wall and the young adult years…..oh, that just hurts your heart.

The Bible is your “go to” for any parenting question.  It, absolutely, lays it out in black and white (and red).  Turn to it.  Lean on Jesus. Learn and then teach others from your mistakes.  We all need to take a moment and stop shaming ourselves and others for their parenting moments.  We are all learning as we go…so calm the heck down, stop judging and go hug a mama (or a daddy).  We are all in this together!

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.
In this life-giving book, Paul Tripp offers parents much more than a to-do list.  Instead, he presents us with a big-picture view of God’s plan for us as parents.  Outlining fourteen foundational principles centered on the gospel, he shows that we need more than the latest parenting strategy or list of techniques.  Rather, we need the rescuing grace of God – grace that has the power to shape how we view everything we do as parents.
Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.  I will be drawing a name on November (gasp…it is almost November) 13 (cause that is my birthday LOL) for a chance to win this book.

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