Monthly Archives: February 2012

Spring is in the Air

Just a few days ago I saw my first robin of the season.  To me this has always been a SpEcIaL sign that spring is on its way.  When I taught first grade I always loved watching the excitement on the faces of my students when we would spot the first robin on the field outside of our classroom.  I would let all of the kids get out of their seats and look out the windows to count how many robins they could see throughout the large playground and field behind our school.  Besides the robins, it has been staying light out later, the sun has been coming up earlier, and the temperature has been climbing.

With all of these changes I can’t help but get excited for the upcoming spring season and all it has to offer.  Playing in the yard with my kids, working on my outdoor craft projects, and barbecues just to name a few!  If the winter months have found you a little down, rest assured…BrIgHtEr days are just around the corner!

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Don’t Get Caught Up in the Catch Up

How long is that to-do list of yours?  2 pages?  20 items? How many times have you made pRoMises to your loved ones that as soon as your list is marked off then life will be better and you will be able to FINALLY give them your full attention?

Having lists can be a good thing.  I am a list person.  But, I’ve learned that how you HANDLE your list all comes down to how you LOOK at your list.  Do you really think that once you check off every item your “to do’s” will be obsolete?  We all know that as soon as the LIST is complete, the next page is already full of new tasks to work on.

Folding clothes, cleaning out the car or running errands will always be the norm, but does that mean I have to get them all accomplished today?  No!  Some things are more pressing than others, but if we truly eXamiNe our lists we will realize that most things can be pushed off until later.  Doesn’t your list contain mostly materialistic things anyway?  Is that really worth stressing over?  Last I knew you can’t take those things with you to eternity, so why fret?!

If you are getting overwhelmed by having a continuous to-do list, change yor way of thinking.  Treat your list as a GUIDE to keep you on track with things you want to accomplish.  Don’t allow it to be something that weighs you down because you haven’t marked it off yet.  More importantly, if you spend more time doing the things that matter most—time with family, quiet time, etc—there is no reason to feel bad about putting off your materialistic “to-dos”.  Shouldn’t those be the items as the top of your daily to-do list anyway?

~Lara

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Peace With Food {Over Rating Self-Control}

Boy, I messed up this past weekend and lost “PeAcE WiTh FoOd”.  {Sigh}  Here’s the story, maybe you can relate.  I went to the grocery store to get some items for dinner.  My kids had been begging me to have hot-dogs.  So, hot-dogs and turkey burgers it was.  As I was getting the items I picked up some chips {they were baked, but still, they provide a temptation if I’m not careful}.  I knew as I was picking them up that this was not a good idea.  I was having one of those days.  You know what I’m talking about, right?   One of those days where you just want to turn your brain off and go on AuTo PiLoT?  I went home and as I was preparing the meal I opened up the chips to snack on.  {A recipe for disaster.  What was I doing?  I know better.}  Normally, when I want to munch on something during meal prep I like to have carrots or veggies, because even though I’m not crazy about raw veggies, if they are there I will eat them.  But this time, it was “forget the veggies, I’ll take the chips.”  Well, needless to say, things only went down hill from there.  But it was InEviTabLe as I disregarded a principle I have learned a long time ago:

“Use WiSdOm where wisdom is needed and self-control where self-control is needed.”

It is so easy to think that all we need is self-control, when in essence what we really need is wisdom.  Self-control is GrEaT, but many times we use it as our first line of defense, when really it should be the 2nd.  Had I used wisdom in the grocery store I would have decreased the likelihood that I even had to use self-control.  I wouldn’t have even put myself in a tempting situation.

This applies in all areas of life, not just eating and food.  Where do you struggle with self-control?  Exercise, spending, gambling, drinking, shopping, gossiping?  These are just a few of the things that people struggle with.  Have you taken the 1st step and AppLiEd wisdom?  If you are wanting to exercise early in the morning it is not wise to think that when the alarm goes off you will be ready to work out if you don’t have a plan in place and maybe even an accountability partner.  If shopping is your weakness, thinking you will be able to say “No”, once inside the store is setting yourself up for a fall.

Where are your temptations?  Take the first step and get yourself out of those situations ASAP.  Remove as many temptations as possible.  That’s wisdom.  And the amazing thing I have found is that many times once I have taken the 1st step of wisdom, self-control just kicks in automatically and I really don’t have to exert much effort.

Does this mean that self-control isn’t important?  Not at all, but it sure gives you the AdVanTaGe and puts the odds in your favor of winning the ViCtOrY.

:)

Robynn~

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{Addicted To Thumbs Up}

Let’s face it.  We love people’s ApPrOvaL.  Not only do we love it, but if we are brutally honest, we may have to admit we’re addicted to it.  So much so that it can dictate our life.  But ultimately, there is really only one “ThUmB’s Up” that really matters.  It’s God’s.  And I have to ask myself, how am I faring in that category?  Am I doing what I know is right even when it is lonely, when there is no applause, no AcCoLaDeS, no thumb’s up?

And most importantly is God giving me a “thumbs up”?

:)

Robynn~

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{Breakfast Hot Ham & Cheese}

My sister-in-law, Jaena, gave me this recipe and although I typically go for the sweet breakfast dishes, I loved this SaVoRy one.  If you love Hot Ham & Cheese Sandwiches, you have to try this breakfast version!

Breakfast Hot Ham & Cheese

Ingredients

  • 12 slices of bread
  • 1 /4 pound thinnly sliced ham {I like Walmart’s Party Time ham sliced as thin as they can so it is falling apart}
  • 1 pkg. shredded cheddar cheese {14 oz.}
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 pkg. cream cheese {at room temperature}
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. dried mustard

1.)  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.

2.)  Place six slices of bread on the bottom of the pan.

3.)  Layer bread with sliced ham.

4.)  Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheddar cheese.

5.)   Cover with six more slices of of bread.

6.)  In a small bowl cream the softened cream cheese, add eggs that have been whisked, milk & dried mustard.  Pour over top layer of bread.

7.)  Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese over the egg mixture.

8.)  Bake for 45 minutes.

Slice each sandwich diagonally two times, so each sandwich has 4 triangles.  Enjoy!!

:)

Robynn~

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LIVING IT: Exterior Home Makeover

Check out a completed “Live-It List” item from one of our readers!

I wanted a new look for the exterior of our home.  Check out what I did!

I ordered the supplies from Dyebrick (http://www.dyebrick.com/) After looking at their color panels we decided we would try staining our brick Rustic Brown. Starting out we ordered a “Sample Pot” which is roughly $11.00 plus shipping. Once the sample pot arrived and we tried it out in an conspicuous area we were ready to order enough for the front of our house. We then ordered the Brick Tinting Kit which is around $55.00 plus shipping. With no dilution the Brick Tinting Kit is 20fl.oz which can cover 162.5 sq.ft.

We ordered 2 and had some stain leftover. It took us around 15 hours to do the front of the house. If you have someone helping you, the time could be cut almost in half. It does take some time since you must stain one brick at a time. The stain is permanent and is guaranteed to last a lifetime so it’s definitely worth your time. We are 100% satisfied!

Hidden Live-It List question:

What is the furthest distance you will have to travel to check off an item on your Live-It List? (feel free to use a screen name)

Click here for “Live-It List” details.

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{Table It!}

Isn’t it amazing what you can find in StOrAgE?!  I was looking for a little side table, so my mother-in-law took me to her storage unit.  This is what we found…

 PeRfEcT!  I’ll take it!!

CoTtAgE-y bLuE table is what I am thinking I would like.  To get a distressed look, I only covered it with a couple coats of paint.  This left dark streaks which is exactly the effect I was after.  Here’s how it turned out….

ExActLy what I was going for!

:)

Robynn~

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