Monday, November 4, 2013

Something Yummy For Fall

Hi Blog friends.  I know it's been awhile since I've shared a post. Time away has been good for me though.  Free time has allowed me to research some more topics I was interested in, as well as given me a clear perspective for the New Year which is approaching quickly.

Today I'm sharing a fun recipe with you for Fall
I hope you'll enjoy this simple recipe.  I have a sweet tooth, so I always enjoy something warm and sweet in the cooler months of Fall.

Your Ingredients needed are as follows:

1 Can Canned Crescent Rolls
2 Tablespoons Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
2 Teaspoons Sugar
1/4 Teaspoon Clove
1 Apple

For preheat temp consult your canned crescent rolls :)

In a small bowl mix butter, sugar, clove and cinnamon together.  Your butter should be soft, but not melted for best results.
Slice apples in small thin pieces.  When using a medium sized apple, I had about half a bowl of additional apple slices left over.

When oven is preheated open and separate your crescent rolls into sets of 2.   Coat each crescent roll on the inside with your butter mixture, then place several slices of your apple inside and mold your dough into a square pocket around your ingredients.
If you use 2 crescent rolls per pastry this recipe makes 4 pretty squares like pictured above. 
When pastry's are shaped you can use any additional butter mixture to coat the top and sides for a sweet and crispy crust.  Also feel free to garnish the top with an apple slice.
I allowed my pastry's to cook for a good 20 minutes, but cooking times may vary.  If in doubt start with the recommended cooking time as instructed on the crescent roll package, and check them to see if they are at the desired consistency. 

These are super yummy and very easy, If you give them a try please let me know what you think.

                                                                Happy Monday Xoxo

Monday, July 29, 2013

What does your Fitness look like?

Happy Monday blog friends!

 Weight is something I've struggled with since I was a child ,so I wanted to share a little bit today with you all about my journey, and what I've found that works for me.
Most of us have heard, and seen all the preconceived notions of beauty in our world.  What one person thinks is beautiful, another does not. 
As a little girl I was told I was pretty often, so I never had issues with body image until around age 11. 
On a trip to the doctor for a annual check up I was informed that I was overweight for my age and height, and that I would have to lose weight.  Knowing the issues being overweight causes, I'm happy that my doctor was straight forward in his approach.  I remember the changes we made to my diet, no more soda/candy, and mandatory exercise everyday.
I started waking up at 5am every morning for 1-2 hour workouts, and I made more "healthy" choices regarding food.
I can't recall the amount of time it took me to get back to a healthy weight, but I remember being consistent through middle school and high school in my workouts.  My diet in high school was horrible though, lunches of just pretzels or carrots, and skipping meals due to lack of time and poor judgement was the norm.

Looking back now I can see my view was warped.  For me it was always more about looking like the girls in the magazines then it was about being "Healthy".  The truth is that our bodies changes as we age, the truth is that there is a lot of false information regarding the world of health and fitness.  Different things will work for different people. 
One thing I will tell you I have learned..There is no magic pill.  If you want to be "healthy" which means you will improve your strength and endurance, you have to make better choices regarding what you eat, and you have to get up and do some kind of physical exercise.
It's going to take some time to see the results, but I can tell you that if your training the right way, you will start to feel better after the first two weeks.
Are you taking vitamins?  Have you considered incorporating supplements?  Do you have a workout buddy?
All things you may want to consider if you've struggled with weight.

For exercise I am doing HIIT training 3-4 times a week, along with eating 5 times or more a day.  I am doing meal replacement/protein shakes and using a multivitamin, along with supplements.
HIIT training is guaranteed to produce results in 30 days, if done consistently with good eating.  I also encourage you to check out clean eating.  Know what is in your food. Processed ingredients, and chemicals are not good for our bodies.
Do you know that studies have shown that people who suffered from depression after changing their diets and incorporating exercise have been taken off of their meds?  Your body produces "happy" endorphins when you do physical activity. 
Don't deprive yourself of things you love, just reduce the portion size. 
 Drink plenty of water,  If your a caffeine drinker you probably aren't getting enough water. Last but not least, focus on being healthy, rather then looking a certain way.  Don't believe all the hype, do a little research, and be consistent.
If you have questions about anything please don't hesitate to ask.
 I know it's not easy, but it does not get any easier as you age.  So I encourage you to be diligent about making some changes today.

Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own 1 Corinthians 6:19

What do you need to change about your eating or exercise habits?

Thanks for stopping by! XoXo

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The 4th & Freedom

Hello Blog Friends.  I hope July is starting off nicely for you. 
Many of you are probably gearing up for July 4th.  I've seen many posts about food, and activities for the holiday.  Today I even saw patriotic themed make up ideas on Pinterest.
 While I do appreciate the theme of the holiday, it feels a little bittersweet to me this year. 

Ronald Reagan said  "If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves."

 Our constitutional rights are so precious friends.  They are the basis for everything our ancestors fought for when they traveled here.

So in spite of the fire-works, lake time, and cook outs.  Please remember what our ancestors fought for.
Treasure your freedom, and remember that it cannot be taken away from us, unless we allow it to be.

     Surprisingly, this is not fireworks, it is a photo of neon lights taken while riding in the car.

                                        Have a safe & fun holiday friends.  God Bless!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Battle is Not Mine

"and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me." Psalm 50:15

"Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise."
James 5:13

"For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock." Psalm 27:5

I've had to take a few days to really step back from everything.  The bad weather, and tornadoes seemed to just keep coming and I felt so many emotions.  From Anger, to fear, to sadness.  I've been learning to praise him in the storm, to rejoice in times of trouble.  It's not always easy for me, in fact I find myself  having this same set of emotions almost  every time something really bad happens.  Maybe it's harder this time, because it's a similar circumstance ?

Whatever the reason what strikes me as somewhat comical about it all, is that just a week before the devastation our pastor did a sermon about how being a Christian is not about being "comfortable".  There is this big misconception that when you take up the cross to follow Jesus, that life will be "trouble free".  That's not the case.   "In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted" 2 Timothy 3:12 
There are other verses too that talk about hardships, and I know that all of us have gone through things that were not easy.
In my own life I could not have overcome the struggles I faced on my own. 

I'm just glad that I do have someone to call on
 That I can ask him for peace
 That my hope in him reassures me that things can and will get better.

Many places are facing devastating weather, flooding, and fires.  My dear friend Erin @SweetnessItself wrote from a great perspective about the fires in California, that have been too close for comfort to her family.  If you'd like to read her post, and offer words of encouragement and prayer, I know it would be greatly appreciated.   Prayer changes things. 

We are fortunate to not have flooding where I live. The rain has made everything grow, and bloom .  My flowers are starting to bud too, so expect some photo's of those very soon.  If the weather cooperates this week I'll have some new photo's up of projects I've completed. 
I hope your Monday has been great, and I thank so many of you who have offered kind words and prayers. 
If your facing hardships and need prayer please be sure to leave a comment.  I would be happy to pray for you .
Take care until our next chat XoXo

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

Hi there Blog friends.  Sorry I've been somewhat absent this week from writing, and sharing posts.  Lack of sleep, allergies and bad weather have left me a bit upside down in regards to organization.   The drastic temperature drop that we had following a cold front on Tuesday coated everything with a nice layer of ice.  Tuesday my electricity and my Internet were in a frenzy for the majority of the day.  It was somewhat magical to see everything green and blooming covered in ice, but it was melted by the end of the day and completely gone this morning.

                                             Icy Trees

The trees in the photo were so weighted down from ice that they lost a few branches, but I think they will survive and thrive for many more years.

The  hair bow I started working on for a client is coming along nicely and should be finished by tomorrow.  So I hope to get a nice picture of it taken, so I can share that with you all. 
The quiet this week really has been lovely, but I have missed writing.  The forecast is calling for warmer temps and sunshine this coming week, so I will be putting my "focus Daniel Son" mind set into action. 

                                            Hope to see you all again very soon! XoXo

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Hayley's World Hoop Art Product Review Vlog

Happy Thursday friends :)  Friday is in site, and Easter weekend is quickly approaching.  I uploaded a Vlog today with a Product review on a lovely Hoop Art I received from Hayley @ Hayley's World  If your in the market for some hoop art, mug rugs, hair clips or dish towels go check out her Storenvy shop.  Her items are super cute, well made,  and very affordable.

Hayley's been listing some precious Easter themed hair clips so if your in the market for something cute to spruce up your hair then give those a LooK.

I'd also like to give a warm welcome to all my new followers.  Thank you so much for your love and support!!  
All Items in my Etsy shop are on sale thru March 31st, Just enter coupon code  "DEALS4HEELS" at check out for  40% OFF your item purchase.

 The Giveaway over at Ange @Hairspray & High Heels blog is still up, so be sure to head on over & get your entries in to win a set of slider bracelets from my shop. 

Here's a look at some new listings that went up this week too!



This set has been sold
Thanks so much for visiting.  Please be sure to Visit Hayley, and let her know you appreciate her shop and adorable items.  Handmade businesses don't survive without the support of viewers like you.
Have a Wonderful Day XoXo

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Guest Post @ Eat, Pray, Read, Love

                                               Sunset from my porch

Out of all the places I've been I have to say that Oklahoma has some of the most beautiful sun rises and sunsets I've ever seen. 
Friendships have many of the same qualities of a sun rise or sunset.  You find new beautiful colors, a tone that speaks to your mood or has similarities to your own, a shape that delights your eyes.  Each sunset and sunrise is different and new, just like friendship. 
Since I started blogging I really have been blessed to meet some wonderful, beautiful people.  It was such a sweet reminder to me that there are still good people in this world, who love without judgement, and who are willing to help in whatever way they can.

Kelli is a new friend, but she has really been excellent to me.  She invited me to share on her blog so I hope you'll go read my guest post titled "Hope In Silence". 
Be sure to check out Kelli's space, she is a ray of sunshine.  You will be encouraged, and find humor in the posts she shares.

Thanks again to new and old friends for making my life more beautiful everyday XoXo