Under the Rainbow Giveaway Hop!

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Welcome to the Under the Rainbow Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network!

From March 1st-17th, you’ll have the chance to win plenty of prizes from over 50 bloggers to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

So after you enter my giveaway, make like a little, green Leprechaun and hop around to all the other blogs participating in the Event!

What will YOU find Under the Rainbow?!

Mothers Heavenly Armor is offering 2 Original 8 x 10 Barn Photographs from J.L. Winsted Photography!

These two photographs will compliment any room with a rustic theme! They are originals that were taken in the Beautifully Lush Oregon Willamette Valley. Valued at $30.00.

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**Of course your copy would not be watermarked, just for copywrite purposes online**

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Enter to win HERE:

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Also please check out these blogs below that have some amazing giveaways going on as well!

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Please read over my giveaway disclosure. Contest open to USA residents only. According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Under the Rainbow participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

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Seriously..I Have To Wash These Dishes By Hand?

Do you argue with yourself in the morning before you even step out of bed?    Examples:

Wake up promptly when your alarm goes off to get a good start on your day. -VS- Press snooze just one more time (after 4 times of pushing it, which then quickly accumulates to 30 minutes) because I really deserve a few more minutes of sleep.

My bed is so comfortable and warm. -VS- The house is so cold I don’t think I can even attempt to stick my leg out of the blankets without catching a cold.

This morning was no different for me. I was exhausted, cold and not having the best outlook on the day ahead of me. Once I was up and started sipping my coffee things got a little easier. Kids were up, fed and off to school without a hitch, my day was turning around and it was only 8 am! That is until I decided to get some housework done and realized my dishwasher was broke and I had a pile of dishes that were not going to clean themselves. SERIOUSLY?? I have to wash these dishes by hand…by myself..

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This image, was the perfect picture of what I was feeling. The only thing different is I was saying these words out loud. Why..me..why today…why, why, why, why?

After carefully staring at the broken dishwasher and dirty dishes for about 5 minutes and coming to the realization that they were not going anywhere, I began to fill up the sink with soapy water…(just saying that, I feel so nostalgic)

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Out of the corner of my eye I saw my nook tablet sitting on the counter and I decided to turn a little Pandora music on to add a little mood to my sad sob story. Instead, to my surprise it was set to my station Worship You Forever Radio.  I am telling you…Casting Crowns came on and before I knew it I was washing dishes like a mad women. Right in the middle of my jam, Kaydence (my 3 year old daughter) came up to me and said “Mommy, why you playing in the sink? Can I play with you?” Glancing down at her and thinking about her outlook on what was just a moment ago something I was going to make completely ruin my day, was amazing. In her eyes there was no troubles, just mommy having fun playing…the more I think back on it she knew exactly what I needed to hear.

God is so amazing how he works through everything, including my 3 year old this morning. Her fun loving worry free outlook is exactly how I would feel if I were putting my burdens on the lord consistently. Wow, what an amazing feeling it must be!

Please go out today, and find that peace. Do not let the worries of your day hinder how important it is to look at the brighter side of your life, and all your current blessings.

~Jennifer

Creative Bioscience 90 Day Challenge!

Have you ever heard of Creative Bioscience? Well I never had until I was introduced to there amazing line up of products. First and foremost they are a MADE IN THE USA product! I want you to join me and my husband on a 90 day weight loss adventure. Out of all the wonderful products this company offers, we chose their Raspberry Ketone 1234 supplements. This supplement appealed to my husband (whom is going to do the 90 day challenge, as I interview, measure and track his progress) not just because it is all natural, but because of the interesting science of how it is designed to work. He is always cautious to any “rapid” weight loss supplements, diets or fitness routines. Jeremiah is a true believer of actually having to work hard, eat right and do it at a pace that is comfortable to your body. The Raspberry Ketone 1234 is designed to promote fat burning and help fats and sugars pass through your body without being absorbed and stored like it normally would, this is huge to him having a family with a pattern of heart disease. This product has also proved to boost energy as well..now who wouldn’t want extra energy when they are trying to loose weight?

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I am excited to offer my support and assistance to my husband during this journey together. I encourage you to check out Creative Bioscience’s website and check out all the wonderful products they have to choose from. We are awaiting the shipment of the Raspberry Ketone to arrive, but when it does you will know!

Handmade from the Heart Giveaway!

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To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’ve joined the Blogging Mamas Network in the Handmade from the Heart Giveaway Hop!  This Event is all about the Love for Handmade things – each blogger involved, including me, has a great prize for you to enter to win!  After you enter my giveaway, be sure to hop around to all the others.

And you definitely don’t want to miss the Grand Prize

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Mothers Heavenly Armor is Offering Beautiful Handmade Jewelry, crafted by:  Bead Trapper

Glass bead necklace ( and earrings ) with Black Onyx beads. About 17 inches long , glass pendant hangs from chain is about 1 1/2 inches square. The design is beautiful and hangs nice. $28.00 value.

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Check out all the amazing giveaways you can be a part of! Click the links below to enter.

According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, and the Handmade from the Heart participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

10 Ways To Take Your Days At Home From Boring Routine To Exciting & Serene!

Why is it that every morning takes me by surprise  as if I thought it was going to be totally different? The same boring routine, every day. It is almost like I am forced to go through with it like it is a life sentence  After careful reflection on the reasoning to why I have ended up in this almost “by the book” routine, I felt totally out of control, but why? I am in control of my choices what is holding me back? I will tell you NOTHING but myself and lack of motivation. So, lets go over some ideas to spice up your regular housewife, full time mother days and turn them into your own homemade version of a bravo real housewives lifestyle, just a bit more private and minus the drama.

First and foremost, set some goals. Household goals and personal goals that you would like to reach. Abide by them, you must first get control over your house, meaning organization. If you are anything like me you cannot relax in a messy house. Your home needs to be your special resting place not only for you but for your family. Once that is in place here are some easy affordable ideas to spice up your days at home.

Click on the Images below to get step by step instructions!

Idea #1 ~ Get Healthy, Simple Exercise Ideas;

Try this simple workout program suggested by Women’s Health Magazine: Chris Powell, from the ABC hit show Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition takes us through a 5 month total body transformation.

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Idea #2 ~Start A Beauty Regimen;

Here are a few examples of some great beauty ideas you can do regularly to help you feel better about yourself and your body.

Lemon & Honey, Pore Cleansing, Moisturizing Regimen from Stylebees website  This is something I have personally tried, it is easy and it works!

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How about a simple Detoxification Bath, using 2 simple ingredients Epsom Salts & Baking Soda from Healthy Living.

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7 Do It Yourself Body Scrub Recipes from Chick Rx, pick your favorite!

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Idea #3 ~ Challenge Yourself For Someone Else;

Step out of your comfort zone and try a self improvement challenge, this particular one I am going through right now.

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Idea #4 ~ Craft Time, choose a craft that is simple, and beautiful for you or your home.

This simple idea by The Purple Carrot will have guests applauding your creativity!

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Or you can try something a little more time consuming like this;

Pick out some affordable frames, and some of your favorite scrapbook paper and frame it for a unique look in any room!

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Idea #5 ~ Try A New Makeup Application Method, or Tip;

Try this Nude Smokey Eye Tutorial by Make-Up Artist Me!

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Or try out a new nail look, you can do all by yourself!

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Idea #6 ~ Create A New Look Using your Hair!

You could go with a look that is up or down, this site iknowhair.com has so many to choose from. Try a simple one first then the next week learn a more difficult one!

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Idea #7 ~ Start Planning to Create A Special Place Just For You!

Find a spot in the house that you can create a relaxing place just for you to enjoy! Check out this Idea from apprentice extrovert for an outside spot!

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Or this idea from the Glass Doctor, simple and easy mess free Bathroom Remodel Ideas! I know I enjoy my time alone in the bubble bath, let make it more relaxing with these ideas.

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Idea #8 ~ Whip Up Something Healthy and Yummy!

It is time to try a new recipe, check out this great site for 7 easy healthy slow cooker recipes for your family. I know I love my crock pot but always cook the same things in it. Let’s be adventurous and try something new!

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Idea #9 ~ Join A Book Club!

A book club is a great way to learn, and meet new women with constructive communication. This book club Hope For the Weary Mom has caught my eye. I just may try it, check it out for yourself!

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Idea #10 ~ BLOG!

Either create your own or Follow some of your favorites. They are a great way to feel involved, share stories from other women that may be in the same walk of life as you. There are many ways to find blogs to follow, you can Google your interests or get on Mom Central for a list and description of hundreds of blogs out there to follow!

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These 10 ideas can really help bring some excitement to your days, as well as adding some peace and serenity. I dont know about you but it sure sounds like something I cant wait to wake up to!

If you have an additional idea to add to my list please share it below.

Fear, Faith & A Little Bit Of Caffeine

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It’s funny how one venti cafe mocha along side of a Starbucks perfect oatmeal can significantly improve your outlook for the day ahead. After weeks of sickness encapsulating my home I finally have a second to redeem a gift card I have been holding hostage in my purse for so long.  I’ve learned the last couple of years to really appreciate the smaller things in life. An hour I can spend all by myself to write and reflect lately is no “small thing” per say but is so appreciated. I am finding out I struggle in finding a happy medium between “my” time and spending every waking minute with my kids. As a stay at home mom who dabbles a little bit in photography and writing in my spare time I tend to feel completely consumed by my everyday  tasks of housework and caring for my children. This battle I seem to be loosing reminds me of a retreat I went to last year. It was titled “Who’s Holding Your Reigns”, and the speaker was Kim Meeder. In my notes I wrote down a few phrases from her message. One was find an activity that gives you peace, peace with him doing something you love. This would be my writing and photography, both activities that do not cost me a dime to enjoy. So I ask myself, why do I not find time? The second phrase was don’t let Satan steal another day. Wow, that one touched my soul when I read it.  This is exactly what I am doing by making excuses. I have to remember “impossible”  is not in God’s vocabulary, it shouldn’t be in mine either.

It is so crazy how when I am feeling so low I can open up my bible, notes from past speakers, my prayer journal or browsing the internet for inspirational scripture and instantly feel renewed and full of promise. In Jeremiah 29:11 the Lord says “For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord ” plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”. I must trust in him and put him in control of my life. The only thing I control is my choices, and I must lean to him when making those choices. Fear and faith do not occupy together, therefore if I have fear it takes complete control, in result I am not putting God first.

As I sit here sipping the last bit of my latte left, I have to ask myself if I am taking his advice and putting it in my daily life. Am I seeking him first? Really the bottom line is the trials in our life are really blessings in disguise,  I must embrace every one of them knowing he is in complete control. I encourage you to do the same and take a minute alone to reflect on what is important in your life and ask yourself if it should be.

~ Jennifer Winsted

Join My Respect Dare Challenge! 40 Days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband!

 

 

 

 

Join Mothers Heavenly Armor in Completing The Respect Dare, 40 days to a Deeper Connection with God and Your Husband!

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When: Begin Anytime Between  2/5 to 2/10!

How: Either go to your local book store and purchase the hard copy or download the eBook!

Barnes & Noble Prices: Paperback $11.38 eBook $10.39!

Why:

“A long and happy marriage.” It sounds like the end of a fairy tale—an illusion that modern times have exposed.

And it is, if marriage depends on a constant stream of romantic emotion, or even on copious amounts of time or money. Thank the Lord, none of those are necessary. Two thousand years ago, Paul gave women the key to a successful marriage, and it can be summed up in two words: unconditional respect. It’s not popular. It doesn’t sound fair. It can be hard to imagine.

But it works.

Nina Roesner has led countless women through this practical and life-changing journey, and in The Respect Dare she offers you the hope that so many others have found. Day by day, true stories and thought-provoking questions will help you apply biblical wisdom to the most important relationship in your life.

Give it forty days. Experience the intimacy God intended and discover what he can do in your heart and in your marriage when you choose to show respect his way.

Join Us:

If you would like to be part of this challenge please join us this week! I will be posting a weekly update on my journey in unconditional respect, the good moments and the challenging ones. We can all create a dialog weekly on our progress and a questions & advice, if you want to..it is not required. My goal is to start this journey with many moms who care to become closer to their God and Husband.

“Like” our facebook page, and I will have dialog, scripture, and questions/polls for you to participate in!