Just Another of Life’s Comical Situations

I will not gripe because I am practicing gratitude for my home, but I do have to express one of the joys of multi-unit living that I experienced yesterday. Maddie was on the floor playing while I was getting dinner together. I had just broken up some sausage and scooped it into the pan. I used my arm to turn on the faucet to wash my meat infested hands and lo and behold…..nothing. No drips. Nada. What to do?

It was almost comical how terrible the timing was. Not only did I have my hands full of raw meat and no running water, but I had a baby on the floor that I didn’t want to go near until this was remedied. What to do?

The first thing I did was assess the situation. Do I have any water? I had the Keurig container’s blue light shining at me so I knew I had that option, but then I would have to wash the outside of the container too. Hmmmm…..should i just stick my hands in the toilet and wash them first. Is that any better? Which is worse – raw meat hands or toilet hands? It disturbed me that I was even thinking these things. Finally, I remembered we have lots of baby wipes around so I “washed” my hands as best I could with the wipes. Then I extracted some water from the Keurig and went to the bathroom where I proceeded to wash my hands as best as I could with soap and the cup of water.

Once the water came back on I washed again. It was quite the unusual predicament! I guess there was an emergency water shut off, so no signs were posted. At least dinner came out good!

Have you ever found yourself in a similar predicament? What did you do?

Humans: Created in His Image

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Image courtesy of ddpavumba at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

What makes us human?

What a loaded question! Some would have you believe that we are just evolved animals, that somehow time and evolutionary anomalies have created an intelligent species such as ourselves. I find this extremely hard to believe, and not just because that’s not at all what the bible teaches. I find it hard to believe because humans are so different from animals that I don’t have the faith to believe that time alone could create the differences. Continue reading

Creation Shouts Creator

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Image courtesy of By Idea go at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

As a child I wanted to be a scientist. First I think it was an astronomer, then astronaut, then marine biologist. I just really loved science. I nixed the astronaut thought after space camp and science and I grew apart as far as a career goes, but my fascination has never ended. I think what I love most is that the more we learn about the world around us and how it works, the more amazing it becomes. The intricacies of the universe are simply astounding. And I find it impossible to believe it was an accident. I am ok with not knowing everything because there are some things that are just impossible to know with 100% certainty. But I do know that there had to be a Creator.

I also know that it takes way more faith to believe this was all some random accident billions of years ago. I don’t know exactly how God did it. Did he create the world in literal days, or over lots and lots of years? One day I’ll ask Him. All I know for certain is that He created it and He created us. We did not evolve from any animal, but more on that in another post. Continue reading

My Review: Tazo Chai Tea

Did you know that the word Chai means tea? So essentially when we say Chai Tea we are saying tea tea. Kinda redundant if you ask me but I didn’t make up the name. This is one tid bit of info I learned in reading about the line of Tazo Chai teas that I received samples of from Smiley360.comtazo2

I am an avid tea drinker so I was excited to try them out. From the chai I have had in the past it is definitely not my favorite kind to drink but I thought I would give it a shot anyway. Sometimes it takes a bit to get used to something. I was not disappointed. While I don’t think Chai will ever become my favorite, I did enjoy the spicy flavors of fall in each cup. Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, cloves and pepper are the basis for most flavors.

I tried each flavor by itself first and then I added in some vanilla almond milk. I had to try them in the morning because they are all black teas and I didn’t want caffeine close to bed time. I definitely liked them better with the milk added. The creaminess gave the tea a cozy consistency. By far, my favorite was the Vanilla Caramel Chai, followed by the Regular Chai, and then the Chocolate Chai. tazo

They also make latte concentrates so you can just add milk and don’t need to brew any tea. I look forward to trying that out with the free coupon I got. They do have a Pumpkin Spice Chai for the season as well. If you like pumpkin pie it’s probably really good. And they do make a decaf Chai as well, just not in the vanilla caramel flavor. Sad. Oh well, I guess I can have my vanilla caramel chai in the morning and then something decaf later in the evening. I don’t love winter, but I do like warm drink season.

Making Money Online: Swagbucks

swagbucks_logoUsing Swagbucks is a really simple way to earn money online. You won’t earn a fortune, but without much effort you can you earn $5+ a month. It just takes a few minutes of time. Everyday you can earn a few points by completing a few short tasks and if you a do a few searches a day you can also earn more points.Screen shot 2014-10-06 at 10.57.46 AM

There are multiple other ways to earn as well: playing games, printing and using coupons, special offers, online shopping, surveys and watching videos. If you use google chrome and download the extension it will alert you of opportunities to earn points while you are shopping online or if a special code is posted on facebook.

It’s amazing how fast the points add up. 500 points is equivalent to $5 and there are a wide array of gift cards you can redeem it for. Personally, I only redeem it for amazon gift cards because the ratio is 450 points for $5. I get a little more for my money and I use amazon alot for various purchases. It’s especially helpful for Christmas shopping, which I can’t believe is coming up in a few months.

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Just a small sampling of gift card options available

Also, if you use Bing to earn points too, you can redeem them for 500 Swagbucks as well. As previously noted, this works out great if you redeem them for amazon gift cards because you get a little more bang for your buck.

All in all I have loved this site. It took me a little while to get used to it, but now that I have I average between $10-$20 per month. I’ll take it!

If you don’t believe me check out my post on How I used surveys, Bing and Swagbucks to purchase an i-pad mini.

Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies

In honor of the fall season now underway I have been experimenting with different pumpkin recipes. First I made Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes, which were delicious.

My second Pinterest recipe is for Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies.psc before

The batter was easy to get together and one thing I found extremely interesting was that there are no eggs at all. I don’t know of many cookie recipes that don’t call for eggs. But if you are all out, but have other baking staples on hand – this is the recipe to try.psc done

I was so happy with the way these turned out. They were very moist and chewy and not overwhelmingly pumpkiny. They had just the right amount of sweetness, softness and fall flavor to get me in the mood for changing leaves and a cup of hot tea. I will definitely be keeping this recipe and making it again!

Pinecone Research Accepting New Applicants

Pinecone Research is accepting new applications for survey participants. This is one of the better companies to do surveys with as every survey pays $3. They give you points now that you have to redeem, but one survey is the equivalent of $3. And you can redeem it straight to your Paypal account. There is no minimum.

The surveys are more limited. I probably take 1 every couple weeks. But I do like the payout for anywhere from 10-20 minutes of my time. I have also had a few product tests from them as well, which are always fun.

If interested, register here.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

I have been slow to use Pinterest too much, but have some stuff on my boards that I have been meaning to try. I also recently added some pumpkin recipes in honor of the fall season.

The first recipe I have tried is for Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes.pumpkin pancakes

I made the batter, covered it and put it in the fridge to use the next few mornings. I knew with Maddie around there was no way I was going to get the batter and all the pancakes made in one day. But over the course of 3 days we got them done.

They came out good. I think I put too many chocolate chips in. Some would probably disagree that is even possible. Also, the batter is really thick, so use sparingly when you scoop into the pan. Because of the thickness they cook just slightly longer than a regular pancake, but they were tasty and I would make them again if I had leftover pumpkin.

Next I am going to try  Pumpkin Snickerdoodle Cookies.

What are your favorite fall recipes?

I’m Not That Mom

fussySome people make parenthood look easy. If you think that’s me, you are wrong. Some moms seem to enjoy every moment of every stage of their kids lives. Again, that’s not me. Some moms have wanted kids since they were kids. Yet again, not me. Do I love my daughter? You better believe it! I wouldn’t trade her for anything in the world. Do I miss life pre daughter? Yes. Yes I do. And I’ll tell you why in two words.

I’m selfish.

There, I said it. Continue reading

30 Day Praise Challenge – Thoughts from Day 30

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Day 30: Enables us to Persevere

God’s timing is impeccable. On the last day of the challenge, the one that covers perseverance, I was the most the tempted to just skip today all together.

It was a rough day for Maddie and I didn’t get to much of anything so it would have been really easy for me to skip out. But as she took a cat nap on my lap this evening I read through the challenge and had a little time to praise God for helping me persevere through the praise challenge and through the day in general. I had to really stop and find ways to praise God this evening, because I didn’t really feel lit. I felt exhausted and spent. So I started where I was. “Lord, thank you that Maddie has lungs that work, even if they are driving me crazy right now. Thank you for the cookies I will get to eat, even though making them feels like another burden at the moment. Thank you for the food we ate that created the dishes in the sink I need to wash. As I said, I started small, but even those small prayers of gratitude helped steer my heart in the right direction and calmed my spirit.

This 30 Day challenge has been just that, but I am so thankful I took the time to go through this book and hope that I will continue to practice praise every day. It was a great reminder that I need to praise God, not just because He deserves it, but because it lifts my eyes to where they need to be and helps me focus. It calms me and gives me the peace I so long for.

As the challenge draws to a close I would like to say thank you for taking this journey with me. I hope that it has been challenging and rewarding to you, and I hope you will continue the practice of taking time everyday to praise God. We can never run out of ways to praise Him!

Feel free to share anything you have learned, liked or disliked from this challenge.