Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Facebook....It's destroying relationships (Part 1)



   Several years ago I might have told you something like "I think Facebook is great! You can re-connect with friends you haven't seen in years & it's a great way to keep up on people's lives." Today I'm telling you "Facebook is destroying us!"

 Facebook is the instigator of stupid fights, jealousy & procrastinating. Now, let me first say I really do enjoy Facebook at moments. I love seeing pictures of my family & close friends that live far away, it's a great way to know who needs prayer even if their hundreds of miles away ...but beyond that I don't see it doing much good.

  First, people become either really brave or dumb behind the computer screen. Your Facebook page is your page, you are at liberty to post whatever you want...as am I on my page. What I don't get is when someone posts something on their page that may be slightly controversial, the battle it ensues.

  I might post something about why I don't let my kids cry it out at night, or an article on natural medicine versus traditional. It never fails that someone, and typically the same people, will rudely comment about why I am wrong. I get that people have their opinions, obviously I have mine too or I wouldn't have shared said article. However, the majority of people would not get so rude and self righteous in a face to face conversation. Behind the screen though...it's like they have no filter at all.

  Sometimes I just don't need to know that you disagree with me...because truth of the matter is, if we're close I probably already know you disagree and still love you. For example...I was talking with my husband's cousin about this recently..she is a big supporter of gay marriage, I'm 100% against it. We know this about each other & love each other through that. If she posted an article for gay marriage, I wouldn't say a word...and vice versa, because we already know where the other person stands and there is nothing helpful about arguing about it. So..stop starting meaningless debates behind your computer screen! It's dumb.

   Second, 99% of people have incredibly perfect lives. I mean, their kids are getting straight A's in school, their husband is cleaning the house and buying flowers "just because" , their house looks like it came out of Better Homes & Gardens and dinner looks like they have a professional chef. I mean..behind the screen anyways.

   Reality is, at least in our house...before we started school for the day my 6 year old pouted and whined that he didn't want to do it, I lost my temper...then I had to ask forgiveness ( do you know how humbling it is to ask your kids to forgive you? try it), then we prayed together and finally got started! My husband..yep he's cleaning house but just yesterday I told him that I was tired of picking up after him & our kids spouses will be so happy that I didn't go around picking up after them all the time, because they will as grown adults know how to pick up their dirty underwear. My house...well it's never spotless...my couch has a marker spot or two that I can't get out, there's almost always cut up paper on the floor because my boys are obsessed with scissors and paper & someone has probably spilled a drink and forgot to tell me. Oh...and dinner, yep I love to cook, but let's be honest most nights we're scrounging around last minute figuring out what to throw together.

 So when I jump online and see pictures of your newly decorated home, or your extravagant vacation pictures.... maybe a picture of your kids schoolwork with #gifted or a picture of your husband and you one date night #besthusbandever ...maybe I get a bit jealous. I've done some of these things before..and I'm trying to be more aware for a few reasons.

   I know not everyone cares that we're having pasta with homemade sauce and homemade bread for dinner. Not everyone cares that I think my son is doing amazing in school & some people think I'm self righteous over the fact that we homeschool (p.s. I'm not, I think we're incredibly blessed to be able to do so). I am learning that sometimes a wife so desperately wants a date night with her husband, but he hasn't asked...or they can't get a babysitter.

   My life isn't perfect...so why should I pretend it is behind a computer screen, to hundreds of people who really could care less?  When I talk face to face to someone, I don't like debate...I don't stoop to name calling & I would hope as an adult you don't either. For this reason, I don't debate on FB..actually if someone debates with something I post I end up deleting the thread all together; I despise controversy that much. So when I see you call someone a "moron" or some other silly name because you disagree with them, it does nothing but make me loose respect for you. I mean for me elementary school was 20+ years ago, I have no desire to relive it.

   Lately before I post my thought has been "does this benefit anyone?" , "is it true & loving?" if not then chances are it doesn't need said...that's what we're taught in real life, right?  "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all?" Most of us follow this in day to day living, so why is it so different behind a screen? You're still you and you're called to be a light, to love others.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Glazed Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread




   It's safe to say that I've gone a little crazy making applesauce this year. I tend to do that when I figure out how to do something new....I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing, but in this case I'm thinking of it as wonderful! My kiddos love applesauce and there are so many great recipes that you can use it in.

  My kids love special breakfast treats, their content with cereal or eggs, but make something a little different and they are thrilled! One of my favorite things to make for our first meal of the day is muffins. I love how versatile they are. We love serving muffins with yogurt or a hard boiled egg, it makes a great start to the day.

  What I typically don't enjoy is baking breakfast breads...I don't know why but I just feel they usually don't cook well. However when I stumbled upon a recipe over at Lovely Little Kitchen that called for applesauce, I knew I had to give it a try.

Glazed Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Bread

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup vegetable oil 
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 
1 cup applesauce
1/2 tsp vanilla

Glaze:
2/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup applesauce

Pre-heat oven to 350 and grease two loaf pans. 

In a large bowl mix sugar, oil, eggs, yogurt, applesauce & vanilla. Then stir into dry ingredients
until combined.



Divide batter into two pans and bake for 43-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.



Remove from the oven and whisk together the glaze.



When the bread has cooled for a bit, remove from the pan onto a cooling rack & spoon on
the glaze. Allow the glaze to set before serving.



  This bread was so easy to toss together. I did make a few changes, I used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil. I also used vanilla greek yogurt instead of plain since that is what I had on hand. I also decided to omit the vanilla extract, since I used the vanilla yogurt. 

    I only had one loaf pan, so I used the second half of the batter to make muffins. Both turned out great! The bread has just the right amount of sweetness, it screams Fall with the delicious apple taste.




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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Beauty and the Beet Review




  Many of you know that we are big fans of Veggie Tales in our home. I'm really not sure who gets more excited when a new movie comes out , me or the kiddos.  It can be so hard to find shows that are friendly and appropriate for little ears, so we greatly appreciate the lessons of faith that come with each of the Veggie Tale movies.

  The newest movie from Big Idea is Veggie Tales: Beauty and the Beet. If you've been a fan of Veggie Tales for long, you'll know that most of their movies are loosely based off of a more popular film. I was thrilled when I heard the title of this one. It's obviously going to be around the same idea as Beauty and the Beast, which is one of my favorite movies!

  Beauty and the Beet is all about a lesson in unconditional love. In this story you'll meet Mirabelle (voiced by Kellie Pickler) and her family band, the VeggieTones. In their journey for big time success they get snowed in at a resort. The manager is Mr Beet , the VeggieTones sing and clean for their stay and learn that Mr Beet is quite the beast.



  This movie runs about 45 minutes long, which seems to be the perfect length for my kiddos. The mixture of laughter and Bible based lessons that are found in Beauty & the Beet make this a hit with all of my kiddos.



 You can purchase this film for your family to enjoy, on Amazon for just $14.97 (right now it is just $9.94).

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

BlueLounge Giveaway - $170 Value



Welcome to the BlueLounge giveaway hosted by Housewife on a Mission 

and sponsored by BlueLounge!



BlueLounge is an award-winning international design studio known for innovative and sleek products created for consumers seeking relevant and honest solutions with a forward design aesthetic. BlueLounge electronics organization products are now available in select Target store locations nationwide, and to celebrate we are are giving away a prize pack to one of our readers, thanks to BlueLounge!


Rolio-- transforms your Apple Lightning charger cable into a super-portable wall dock. Wind up that excess cable slack, thread the USB end through the center of the spool and plug it into your Apple adapter to make your own iPhone wall dock.




Kii-- is a compact charger that fits on a keychain for ultimate convenience, accessibility and mobility. Kii is as lightweight and inconspicuous as any other key and allows users to plug in to charge or sync devices from any computer without having to carry a charger or tote around a cable connector.

(Images adapted from bluelounge.com)

Casa-- The Casa is the ideal place to rest your iPad. Either horizontally where the rubber lining cushions the backside, or vertically where the hidden cradle slides out and holds it in place. The always useful Casa is a compact solution that is an unobtrusive asset on any desk, next to a laptop or bedside table. When not in use, it blends into any environment as it cradles your keys, USB and other small necessities. Casa is a harmonious balance between style, practicality and value. This multipurpose product has heaps to discover and offer. It is compatible with iPad and iPad 2.



Cool Feet-- The Cool Feet package includes two tall feet and two short feet allowing user customization in three different angles and positions.


(Images adapted from bluelounge.com)


CableBox Mini-- Under the desk, next to the computer, or near your appliances, cable management has never been more fun or easy. Accessory cables will always be tidy and dust free. Simply plug your device into the supplied surge protector then stow away the surplus cable lengths and close the lid and done! With cable outlets either side, CableBox Mini is ideal for hiding the cords, adapters and small hubs.





CableDrop Mini & CableDrop-- Fixed behind your desktop, on your nightstand or even onto the wall, anywhere you wish to keep cables temporarily held in place, CableDrop and CableDrop Mini provide the perfect solution to keep your cables where you want them. CableDrops gently grasp your power and peripheral cords so they do not fall off your desk every time you unplug.



CableClip (Small + Medium)-- Cable management is essential in our modern day lives. These multi-purpose clips keep all sizes of cables tidy and untangled. For the home, office, workshop and traveling, CableClip manages your cables in a simple and fun way by keeping cables accessible and organized. Perfect for stowing away all surplus cables.





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Win: One lucky reader is join to win a BlueLounge prize pack, valued at $170!


Prize Pack includes:
1 CableBox Mini (White)
1 CableDrop Mini (White + Black)
1 CableDrop (White + Black)
1 CableClip (Small + Medium)
1 Casa 
1 Cool Feet
1 Kii (Black)
1 Rolio


Open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+ and ends on 11/01/14 at 11:59PM EST
Enter using the simple Giveaway Tools form below. Good luck!


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Friday, October 17, 2014

Dr Brown's Gia Nursing Pillow Review & Giveaway





   Many of you know that we are preparing for baby #4 , of course by now we do have the majority of items we need. However we also we're debating on being done after #3 ...so we got rid of a few things after our Sweet Pea was born.

   As a nursing mom one of the most important items to have on hand is a good nursing pillow. We've had the chance to try several different pillows , some we've really liked and others we quickly passed along. With Sweet Pea we found our FAVORITE nursing pillow.

   The Gia Nursing Pillow is so unique , unlike any other pillow I've seen. The pillow has a patented angled design that positions your baby at an incline. Sweet Pea had horrible reflux , but I quickly learned that when I used the Gia Pillow her spitting up greatly decreased. The Gia pillow is also wider than other pillows I've used in the past making it so much easier to comfortably position your little one.



  Nursing a new baby can be a challenging time, so any item that makes it easier is very welcome in our home. The Gia Pillow not only makes feeding times easier for baby & mom, it is also easy to care for. You can toss the whole pillow into the wash, but they also have some adorable covers. We received the Sloane and the embroidered monkeys are so cute! I love this cover, especially since we don't know if baby #4 is a boy or a girl, it is the perfect neutral design.



   You can purchase the Gia Pillow from Buy Buy Baby for $34.99 and the covers are $19.99. One of you will win a Gia Pillow of your own. Please fill out the entry from below for your chance to win, this giveaway ends on Friday 10/31. Good Luck.

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