Thursday, September 17, 2015

15 Amazing and Cute DIY Halloween Costumes ( Kids Edition)


Halloween is less than two months away! Do you have a costume yet?  There are lots and lots of awesome and creative homemade Halloween costumes out there..If you are like me Pinterest is my number one source for inspiration. If you have a creative bug, check out these 15 Amazing and Cute DIY Halloween Costumes.





1. DIY Minion Costume from Craftaholics Anonymous



 2. Chicken Costume from Living the Swell Life.


3. Penguin from Make it and Love it.


4. Cabbage Patch Doll from Costume Works


5. Gumball Machine from A Casarella


6. Monarch Butterfly Wing from Buggy and Buddy

http://buggyandbuddy.com/monarch-butterfly-wings-tutorial/

7. "Airing out Laundry Costume" from Coolest Homemade Costume



9. Clark Kent from Geek Tyrant

http://geektyrant.com/news/2011/10/26/kid-geek-cospaly-awesomely-cute-clark-kentsuperman.html

10. Thing 1 and Thing 2 from A Bountiful Love

http://www.abountifullove.com/2013/11/halloween-is-over-and-i-must-say-we-did.html


11. Dart Vader from The Nesting Spot

http://thenestingspot.com/2012/10/19/halloween-costumes-2012/

12. Yoda from The Nesting Spot


13. DIY Ursula Costume from A Bountiful Love

http://www.abountifullove.com/2015/07/diy-ariel-and-ursula-costume.html


14. DIY Ariel Costume from A Bountiful Love

http://www.abountifullove.com/2015/07/diy-ariel-costume.html


15. DIY Headless Costume from Nature for Kids

http://natureforkids.net/2012/09/14/diy-halloween-costume-using-deuter-backpack/




Tuesday, September 15, 2015

CAPTIVE - Review and Book Giveaway


Do you remember Ashley Smith? Does anyone remember her story from Atlanta in 2005? Ashley Smith made headlines around the world when she was held hostage in her apartment overnight by an escaped killer,she ends up reading portions of the book, THE PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE to him and it saved her life! This very touching and inspirational  story is now being made into a movie. Movie releases in theaters on September 18th!



 CAPTIVE, based on a miraculous true story that drew the attention of the entire nation, is a thrilling drama about the spiritual collision of two broken lives.  When Brian Nichols - on the run as the subject of a city wide manhunt and desperate to make contact with his newborn son - takes recovering meth addict Ashley Smith hostage in her own apartment, she turns for guidance to Rick Warren’s best-selling inspirational book, The Purpose Driven Life.  While reading aloud, Ashley and her would-be killer each face crossroads where despair and death intersect hope.

How about you? What is your purpose?

Ashley, despite all of the darkness and difficulties she endured in her own life, she found her purpose. She declared God's abundance of grace and redemption.

I vividly remember a guest pastor sharing his thoughts on the quote " God will not give you problems that you can not handle". The pastor said, the truth is, God will give things that sometimes seems like we can't handle, or will often send us on a road less traveled.

Why? Because God wants us to know that we can lean on Him. He will deliver us.  He did deliver Ashley that day.

As for me, I may not  yet truly know my purpose.. but for sure I find my purpose in :

Serving the Lord, giving glory to His name in any way that I can.. by loving on my family, my husband and our girls. .reaching out to others , to ones who needs to know our Savior and how great our God is.


I am happy to offer a  free copy of the book, Captive.

 
"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.

ENTER TO WIN THE BOOK, CAPTIVE by Ashley Smith with Stacy Mattingly.



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Monday, September 14, 2015

Salmon Cakes

  The hubby is not really a huge fan of fish. I can eat fish everyday but I really do not like the "fried fish" smell that it can leave in your house. This very simple and yet tasty and healthy salmon patty, surprisingly doesn't smell that awful. Maybe because of the creole seasoning and the veggies.

  Even though my husband can live without eating fish, I must say that he  loved this recipe! If I haven't told you yet, I have a very good relationship with Sriracha Sauce. I just love that sauce. Make these patties with Mayo Sriracha Sauce..and I promise you that it is goodness in every bite.



Ingredients:

1 lb  fresh salmon or one 7.5 oz of canned salmon
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 egg
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 cup to 1 cup breadcrumbs ( use homemade wholewheat breadcrumbs)
olive oil for frying
1 tsp creole seasoning
salt and pepper to taste

water and lemon ( if poaching)

Sauce:
1 tbsp Sriracha sauce
1/2 cup mayo




Directions:

If using fresh salmon, remove the skin and poach your salmon first.


Using a fork, flake your poached salmon. If using a canned salmon, remove any skin , drain and flake the salmon.


Add the spicy brown mustard.


If using homemade breadcrumbs , using a food processor blend about 4-6 pcs. of whole wheat bread.


Mix the vegetables, seasonings, crumbs and the salmon together.


Shape the salmon mixture into patties. Heat oil and fry the patties for about 6 minutes or until browned.


 For the mayo sriracha sauce, mix a tablespoon ( or more) of Sriracha Sauce to a 1/2 cup of mayo.


Whisk until well incorporated.


Serve the  delicious salmon patties with  the mayo sriracha sauce and mixed green salad!


You can also serve it with tartar sauce.


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Friday, September 11, 2015

The Biggest Story Book( Giveaway - closed)

More than likely, most kids think of the Bible , as a big book with lots and lots of smaller  stories.. just a collection of great stories. Our girls know the story of Adam and Eve, Noah and Daniel. But do they know the BIGGEST STORY? The biggest story that connects all those smaller stories.

I am in awe with the very colorful and impressive imagery in this book. Yes, it is not the usual illustrations that you find with a beginner Bible book. The author, described the imagery as allusions. The story behind the imagery may not be as obvious as in other Children's Bibles but that's what I love about it. It can be a point of discussion with our kids.


The Biggest Story , How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back To the Garden , is the book that you will want to read..over and over again to your children. It teaches how those "smaller stories" in the Bible play a part in The Biggest Story -- on God's plan on redeeming His sinful people . Jesus (the snack crusher) was sent as the best gift from God.

The Bible is full of stories. Gods' enormous love for us, His unending mercy and overflowing grace. I love how the whole book has the colorful garden theme . As the author said, " It is not a coincidence that the biblical story starts in a garden ( GEN 1) and ends in  a garden ( REV 22). The Biggest Story, is a story of how rebels or sinful humans ( Adam and Eve) got kicked out of the garden. Because of God's enormous love for us , He made promises and kept those promises ( Noah and the flood , as one example). He sent Jesus Christ, His one and only son to redeem us.



This book definitely should be on your book shelf. It should be a part of your bedtime story routine or even a "read to me -cuddle time" with your kids. If you are homeschooling and you want to incorporate the Bible in your curriculum, you definitely have to include this book in your list of must have, must read.  Yes, the book was amazingly illustrated ( and I love colorful things..) but because "the Bible's biggest story -- the story of our snake crushing King and our destined to die Redeemer -- IS THE BEST, EVER STORY THAT'S BEEN TOLD".

And because my family loves this book, I am very happy to offer one copy as a giveaway ,


Disclosure :  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.

About the book:
Hardcover: 132 pages
Publisher: Crossway (August 31, 2015)

In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung - a best-selling author and father of six - leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heave and new earth.  With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling of the Bible's core message-how the Snake Crusher brings us back to the garden-will draw children into the biblical story, teaching them that God's promises are even bigger and better than we think.  

About Kevin DeYoung:
Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan.  He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books, including Just Do SomethingThe Hole in Our HolinessCrazy Busy, and Taking God At His Word.  He lives with his wife and their 6 children in Central Michigan. 


About Don Clark:
Don Clark is an artist and the co founder of Invisible Creature, a widely respected and award-winning design studio in Seattle that has worked with clients such as Target, Nike, LEGO, and WIRED magazine.  He lives with his wife and their 3 children, 4 goats, 12 chickens, and 1 crazy dog on a farm just outside the city limits. 


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----WINNER : CAROLYN ----
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Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Simplest Way to Cook (fluffy and perfect) Couscous

   So what exactly is couscous? Couscous is a coarsely ground semolina pasta. When you get tired of your usual rice, couscous is a delicious replacement. You can spoon it over stew or serve it with other meals such as kebabs and fish. Actually, couscous can be paired with any main course.



Ingredients:

3 cups couscous
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt


Directions:

In a large pot, boil 4 1/2 cups of water. Add the salt and olive oil into the boiling water.

Meanwhile, pour and spread your couscous in a large casserole dish , (I used glass). Spread it as thin as possible.



Add the boiling water ( please, pretty please be careful) and cover it nicely with a plastic wrap.

You will notice that the water will be completely absorbed by the couscous . Using a fork, fluff the couscous.

As simple as that. Serve it with stew , grilled salmon , grilled chicken breast. 


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Spinach and Lentil Soup


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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Chocolate and Oats Muffins






   You can pretty much assume that I am a muffin kinda girl. I love making muffins and eating them too. I love muffins on school days, I love making  the mixes in batches. Since I have a very good relationship with muffins, I can guarantee you that I will do my best to make it healthier. I will tweak it so I can justify eating them. But of course, there are some muffins that I have made in the past that I- just-can -NOT tweak.

  Like this Nutella Oat Muffins or Caramel Apple Muffins and oohh the Layered Banana Muffins! I must warn you though, I did a mean Chocolate Zucchini Muffin that our youngest daughter ate! She ate it! That's a big deal because she refuses to eat anything green at the age of 3.


Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups Old fashioned Oats
1/2 cup unsalted butter or olive oil ( I used Olive oil)
2 2/3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup Chocolate chips
2/3 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups milk ( I used 1 %)


Directions:
Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease your muffin tins or line with paper muffin cups.
Luckily , I already pre made my mix. Otherwise, In a mixing bowl combine all the dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips . ( flour, sugar, baking powder and salt if using)

In a separate bowl, mix the eggs, milk and oil.


Mix in the wet( milk egg and oil) mixture into your dry ingredients. Mix until well incorporated but DO NOT OVER MIX.

Fold in chocolate chips.


 Fill in your muffin tins with the batter.   Just for a beautiful effect, I like to put several pieces of chocolate chip on top of the batter. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


 Serve with milk or coffee. A great addition to your back to school lunches too!




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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

90 minutes in Heaven Movie and a Book Giveaway

90 Minutes In Heaven will be in theaters everywhere September 11th. This is an incredible true story of a family that overcame life’s biggest obstacles.

I have always been fascinated and inspired with stories about heaven. I have read a handful of books about heaven and watched some movies too. It is not because I needed reassurance for my faith, but it is an anchor of hope that inspite of all the everyday stress and craziness in today's world..there is that place waiting for us. Our true home..

The book, 90 minutes in heaven is a must read . whether you believe in Heaven or not --but if you would love to know more about God, his love and how he uses people as an instrument.  His experience in Heaven alone, will make you happy. Don Piper can not even find the right or exact words to describe his time in Heaven-- because it is just that beautiful , peaceful and joyous.



Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don's body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don's soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he'd never known before.  Don was in Heaven.  

When another pastor's prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven's bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family's incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life - and death - will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it. 

About the movie presented by Giving Films:
Releases in theaters everywhere September 11, 2015
Rating: PG-13 (for intense accident and injury images) 
Starring Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith), Kate Bosworth (Remember The Titans, Blue Crush) Michael W. Smith, Fred Thompson, Dwight Yoakam, and Jason Kennedy, 90 Minutes In Heaven is based on the inspiring New York Times best-selling book that has sold 7 million copies. 
 
About Giving Films:
Giving Films is passionate about sharing hope-filled movies and donating ALL of their profits to charities and ministries who serve those in need.  Beginning with their first film, 90 Minutes In Heaven, Giving Films is allowing all of us to be a part of making a difference.  Anytime you go to a Giving Films movie in theaters, visit http://www.givingfilms.com and select which charities you want to receive the profits from your ticket.  Their charitable organizations are Christian Alliance for Orphans, Faith Bridge Foster Care, Hire Heroes USA, Hope International, Life Water, Street Grace, and World Vision. 

Watch the trailer here :
 


About the book:

Paperback; 245 pages
Pastor Don Piper died January 18, 1989 when a semi-tractor truck crushed his car.  Declared dead by the first rescue workers to arrive on the scene, Don's body lay under a tarp for the next 90 minutes.  Don's soul, meanwhile, was experiencing love, joy, and life like he'd never known before.  Don was in Heaven.  

When another pastor's prayers helped bring Don back to life, he became a living miracle!  Yet this is one miracle Don wished never happened.  Heaven's bliss was replaced by excruciating pain and emotional turmoil.  With the support and prayers of his beloved Eva, their three kids, and friends near and far, Don clings to his faith in God and fights to regain a semblance of his previous life.  The Piper family's incredible true story of perseverance and overcoming the challenges of life - and death - will bring hope and encouragement to all who see it


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Now onto the giveaway, One of my readers will receive a copy of the book 90 minutes in Heaven.


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. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Open to US and Canada only.

* if you are having a hard time entering the giveaway, please do leave me a note in the comments section so I can manually put you in. Thank you!

WINNER : Robyn L.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mango and Strawberry Popsicles

I made these homemade Mango and strawberry popsicles together with the Mango Coconut Cream Popsicles. I was on a homemade popsicle "mass produce" kinda attitude. Yes, I did not share the recipe right away and no I wasn't holding back sweet treats from my sweet readers. I just don't want to overload you with mini healthy and delicious treats. Here's another easy and  just simply the best Mango and Strawberry Popsicle




Ingredients:

2 1/2 - 3 cups diced fresh or frozen strawberries
1/2  - 1 cup almond milk
2 tbsp sugar or honey
2 1/2 cups diced mango
1/2 cup pineapple juice

Directions:

Start by making your mango puree, Using a food processor or just a blender , blend the mango and the pineapple juice.


Blend until it is thick and creamy.


Pour into popsicle molds and freeze for about 10 to 15 minutes. Until it is somewhat frozen for your next layer.

Meanwhile, make the strawberry puree by blending the almond milk, sugar and strawberries.

How pretty!


Blend until smooth or pulse if you prefer texture with your popsicles.


After about 10-15 minutes , Take your somewhat frozen mango out of the freezer and pour the strawberry puree layer. Freeze the pops for about 10-15 minutes again and repeat the process.  Freeze until completely frozen.

Did I tell you that it is just so good and refreshing?


love the colors too!






Looking for more homemade popsicles?


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