Word-full Wednesday: virtuous

“Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31: 10

Recently, I’ve been sharing a quote or a word each Wednesday that means something to me. This week, I feel led to share the word “virtuous.” I’ve been taking a different direction in a lot of areas in my life lately (or at least making a good attempt to do so) and I’ve been thinking a lot about Proverbs 31.

Basically, living as a Proverbs 31 woman entails these qualities:  (source- Nora Conrad)

Nora Conrad, writer of “Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman,” says it better than I could ever hope to say it:

  • Remember that you are worthy of God’s grace.
  • Be truthful and faithful.
  • Love others, be good to others and pray for others.
  • Work hard in everything you do.
  • Wake up early and start the day with God. Pray every day and praise our Lord.
  • Study and learn. Enrich your life with knowledge and understanding and become well rounded in your skills.
  • Take advantage of opportunities in business, helping others, and caring for others.
  • Be strong and endure hard times. Put your faith in God to help you when you feel lost.
  • Love and honor yourself; dress well, exercise, behave well.
  • Find a husband who shares your values and love of God.
  • Fear God and honor him in all things.
  • Remember that you are praise worthy and will be rewarded for your work.

I have been thinking a lot about these verses lately, because I know that I have fallen short in many of these areas in recent years. There have been plenty of moments in recent years when I should have served others more. There have been plenty of moments when I haven’t honored God in all things. There have been many days when I didn’t pray. I haven’t studied as much as I should have. And I haven’t done a fantastic job of enduring struggles and putting all my faith in God.

When I examine areas in my life, I know there are lots of shortcomings and lots of areas where I need to do better. Almost every area where I’ve personally struggled in the past few years is outlined in Proverbs 31. It was almost like a bell ringing in my head: “this passage of Scripture is what you need to be working on. This is what you need to live.”

I am going to print off and frame the graphic I created for this blog post. I invite you to do the same.

Have a wonderful, “word-full” Wednesday.

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Kitchen hacks: grease disposal

I enjoy cooking, but with two little children and one with homework, it isn’t always easy.

Lately I’ve been thinking of sharing some life hacks I’ve learned along the way.

When we cook, we often drain away the grease to make the meal healthier, but also to enhance the flavor. Browned hamburger meat with too much grease tastes bad!! ūü§Ę

You don’t want to put hot grease in your trash can and you should never pour it down your sink.

Here is what we’ve learned to do:

Take a colander and put it on top of a bowl.


Pour your meat out of the skillet and into the colander. 


Stir it up a little and all the grease will fall into the bowl.


Gross, I know. But at least all that grease isn’t in my dinner…or my tummy. Yuck! 

Then, you can wait until the grease cools to put it in your trash.

Stay tuned for more kitchen hacks!!

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Make-it Monday: DIY Faux Succulent Planter


I have recently gotten into chalk paint.


I’m a little late in the game, but before I decided to go big and chalk paint some furniture, I decided to start small.

I also had a small mason jar and a faux succulent.

One thing led to another and then I ended up with this:


I got out some floral foam and cut it to size.


Then I put them all together. You’ll also need some moss to help hide the foam.


Doesn’t it look cute on my desk?


I can’t wait to show you what I did with these two jars.


Happy Monday!

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Sunday Scripture: Lamentations 3:22


Lamentations 3:22: “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”

This verse is special to us for a number of reasons. ¬†We have dealt with a few trials, and as bad as we’ve hurt at times, we have always felt the Lord beside us.

After the loss of our second pregnancy, I was depressed and upset. I did a lot of crying and hurting but I also did lots of praying.

I recall driving to work one morning and asking the Lord if I’d ever have another child. I can’t explain it but I felt this peace wash over me.

The Lord is faithful, and great is his faithfulness. I thought you might like these two Printables to help remind us that God’s faithfulness is GREAT!!

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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Weekend Reading: Add some farmhouse style to your home

Hi, all! I hope you have had an amazing week and that you are having a wonderful weekend. This weekend we are spending time with family and going to a few birthday parties.

Here is what I am reading this weekend:


Adding farmhouse style to your kitchen

This is what Mr. Darcy actually looked like

HGTV magazine: A house full of $5 finds

Image property of Library of Congress

Delivering on a Dream: The Civil Rights Act
I hope you all have a wonderful week. I can’t wait for you to see what’s in store for you next week.

 

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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Farmhouse Style at Target


Welcome to Farmhouse Friday! Today I am finishing up some projects around the house, so I thought I’d share a round-up of some super cute farmhouse finds at Target.

Let me preface by saying that I want ALL of these things!!

1. Boxwood Wreath


This wreath is lovely and it happens to be on sale for $38.24 this week.

2. Faux succulents in frame, $6.98


3. Galvanized olive bucket, $19.98


4. Medium galvanized orb lantern, $19.99


5. Small galvanized lantern, $15


6. Wood framed double sided chalkboard, $57


7. Decorative Wood Bowl, 29.74


8. Decorative metal hooks, $13


I hope you’ve enjoyed this farmhouse round-up. Happy Friday!!

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How to stay organized 

Last week, we discussed why it is important to be organized, and how being organized positively impacts your health. This week, I am going to share some tips for getting organized, but also maintaining it.

  1. Sort and purge

The first step to getting organized is to pare down and simplify. I like to make three piles- one pile of things to keep, one pile of things to trash, and one of things to donate.

2. Categorize, categorize and categorize

I like to dump everything into a really big pile and sort it into piles with like objects. Then, store all the like objects together in a bin or basket…. and pop a label on it.

Make sure the label indicates exactly what’s in the basket or bin, and that nothing else gets put in to the basket.

3. A place for everything

Use some boxes, containers, or bins to corrall your newly “categorized” items. Make sure you have a specific place to put everything.

4.  Regularly re-organize

Keep a regular “maintenance” schedule so you can make sure you’re staying organized. If something isn’t working for you, restructure it to meet your needs and then try again. Go through your bins and baskets regularly to correctly put away things that might have gone into the wrong basket. Throw away things you no longer use or need. Donate things that you don’t use anymore.

6. Pick up and put away

This is where we struggle in our home. When you get something out, return it to its proper spot when you’re finished with it. Grab a basket and walk around your home before bed each night, and pick up anything you see that isn’t put away. I feel a little silly writing that since it seems like a given, but it’s definitely something we struggle with here.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our tips for cleaning and organizing your home!

 

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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Word-full Wednesday: resilience

I wanted to find a quote to create a cool printable like I did last week. Truth be told, we have had a difficult week and my heart just wasn’t in it. I just couldn’t find a quote that resonated with me.

I kept coming back to one word, though: resilience.


Resilience. My mama is a great example of resilience. When I was five and my dad was sick for the first time, my mother balanced two jobs, college classes, raising a kindergartner and caring for a sick husband.

My grandmother is resilient. She survived the loss of my grandfather and my uncle.

I’ve seen one aunt and her children survive the loss of my uncle, and stand up, resilient. I’ve seen my uncle and my cousin grieve for the loss of my aunt and show remarkable resilience.

As many examples of resilience as I have in my family, I have no greater example than my Daddy.

In the past three years I have watched my dad endure radiation, several rounds of chemo, seed therapy, several surgeries, septic shock, and lots of hospitalizations.

He never complains and never gets bitter. Even when he feels horrible, when you ask how he’s feeling, the answer is always “I’m fine.”

While I’m aware that he isn’t as strong physically as he used to be, I’m aware that his faith and his spirit are still strong.

While I wish I could change our current situation, I’m grateful for his resilience.

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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Re-purpose Round-up: New uses for old Gerber Puffs containers


I’ve repurposed a ton of baby food jars and plastic baby food containers in my time. What I haven’t repurposed a lot of are Gerber puffs containers.
I have found a few ideas on Pinterest for repurposing Gerber puffs containers.


(Source)
How cute would this duct tape vase be in a playroom??


(Original source unknown)

I really like these snowmen, and they’d be super easy to make.


(Jeff and Erin Terry)
How about a super cute bowling set?


Or some sensory toys for baby?


Or some organizers?

The possibilities are endless!! Check back next week to see what we’ve done with our puffs containers.

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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Recipes: Trim Healthy Mama Mufflets 


We began our Trim Healthy Mama journey last year after having our youngest daughter. Since then, I’ve been trying to perfect some of the recipes. Recently, we made mufflets. The recipe below is based ¬†on the mufflets recipe in the THM cookbook.


To make, you need eight large eggs, one cup of egg whites, a tablespoon of heavy cream, a cup of browned sausage and a cup and a half of cheese. You’ll also need cooking spray and some muffin tins.


First, brown your sausage. Later, you’ll need to mash it up with a fork.


Next, combine eggs, egg whites, cheese, heavy cream, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix it up.


Get a super cute little kid to help you cook. Actually, that’s optional, but way more fun.


Line the muffin cups with chopped sausage. Spoon 1/4 cup of the mixture on top of the sausage.


Bake the mufflets at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.


Mini muffin pans make toddler sized mufflets.


Which are a real crowd-pleaser.


See what I mean?

Linking to¬†Stonegable,¬†Worthing Court,¬†Cedar Hill Farmhouse,¬†Confessions of a Plate Addict,¬†The Turquoiseaquifer and Home,¬†A Place of My Taste,¬†The Happy Housie,¬†The Blissful Bee,¬†My Pinterventures,¬†The Lady Prefers to Save,¬†The Kolb Corner,¬†Craving Some Creativity,¬†¬†Let’s Get Crafty,¬†Diane and Dean DIY,¬†¬†Starfish Cottage,¬†Bluesky Kitchen, ¬†Potentially Chic, ¬†McCall Manor,¬†and¬†Odds and Evans,¬†¬†The Quintessential Mommy,¬†Christine Everyday,¬†¬†Little Miss Dexterous,¬†D√©cor To Adore,¬†Poofing the Pillows,¬†At Home With Jemma,¬†White Spray Paint, ¬†and¬†French Country Cottage!

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