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SUMMER 2021

I hope you all are having an amazing summer! We have had a lot going on, graduations, moving, new cousins, new puppies, tournaments, and starting a new church!

After this year, I’m hoping this summer will be a summer of transition into something great!

Goodbye summer! hello new beginnings!

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Flags that Could Signal a Behavior Disorder

www.parents.com/health/mental/pink-flags-that-could-signal-a-behavioral-or-emotional-disorder-in-your-child

Mental Health is so important and this year more than ever I learned how much mental illness or disorders can affect our children. Genetics plays a role in the mental health of our children, as do other factors such as stress, abuse or a traumatic event. If one of these occurs it can trigger a mental health illness (or crisis) who has an inherited susceptibility to it. for more information around Mental Health check out: WebMD

And if you or someone you know EVER, EVER has a Suicidal Thought tell someone, seek help or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 800-273-8255, they are open 24 hours a day, they also have a newer chat function.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
1-800-273-8255


Take care everyone! Blessings, Christy Jo

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Koevs Doodles 2nd Litter

Only 3 this litter and all girls 💜💜💜

Proud mama Molly 🐾
Daddy Cooper 🐾 almost 7 years old

We needed some positivity and puppies definitely do that! 😉💜 #beyondblessed

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FATHER’S DAY…COMING SOON

Don’t forget Fathers Day is Sunday, June 20

My dad believed in me, even when I didn’t. He always knew I could do this.”

Taylor Swift

8 Fun Ways to Celebrate Father’s Day During the Pandemic

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, you can make Father’s Day 2021 special with these gift ideas and safe activities that Dad will love.

Also check out these Craft Ideas from Parents.com

My favorite is the Desk Organizer; I am not too crafty and even I could do this one. I also thought this was nice for all the dads that now have an office at home!

Help Dad sort office supplies in style with this neat desk organizer made with aluminum cans.

Also my favorite gift is a personalized mug or calendar; I can usually do this through Walgreens and pick up that day – great for a last minute idea!

More Gift ideas can be found through Good Housekeeping this article is Full of unique ideas to celebrate your husband, dad, grandpa or another father figure in your life.

60 Best Father’s Day Gifts for Every Type of Dad

Hope this helps! Have a blessed day, Christy Jo 🤟🏼🙏🏻

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Camping Tips – Tent to Table Ideas

Dinner Camping Ideas – Explore 3 tips for healthy camp food from a hospital dietitian who knows.

Check out the whole article Health Beat magazine.

Camping trips brim with healthy fun. We hike, swim and paddle. We run until we’re breathless. We get close to nature, inhale fresh air and gaze at the stars.

All those outdoor activities require fuel. And with a little planning, the camping menu can be just as healthy—and fun—as a day at the beach, says Angela Fobar, RDN, a Spectrum Health dietitian.

To sign up for the magazine check out their website: https://healthbeat.spectrumhealth.org/

Plan a camping trip and try a new recipe!

Blessings, Christy Jo

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Scripture

Everywhere I turn I see these messages about “turning to scripture” or “we need to be in the Bible”! I have never seen this message so much as I have lately! Anyone else? I feel like God is truly speaking to me because that’s the message I need to see/hear to have a Hope that only God can provide!

I become so Discouraged looking at our country today and all the Evil that surrounds us! God is speaking to me “be in scripture” ! And I am sharing that message and speaking to you – BE IN SCRIPTURE! Get into God’s word, this is our ONLY truth in today’s society and the the only Truth we can trust!

This was an email; I received today from Roy Graham speaking about a devotional from his father Franklin Graham and the importance of the Bible and being in Scripture:
“That’s why it’s my fervent hope and prayer that we will have a resurgence of interest and esteem for God’s Word. Any renewal or revival movement must have the Bible as the centerpiece, for ‘faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ’ (Romans 10:17, ESV). God saves us from sin, and He does so as the truth of God’s Word is clearly proclaimed. – Roy Graham

If you need some guidance – check out this Podcast “The Bible Recap” it takes you through the whole Bible in one year for just a few minutes a day. I’m loving it and it’s so simple and short that I can do it on a quick break at work or driving the kiddos to school. You can also go deeper in it if you’d like, they have a few different plans.

I pray you have time today to be in the Scripture, even if it’s for a few minutes, try and make this priority and I will too 🙏🏼 🤟🏼 Blessings, Christy Jo

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More Cleaning Tips

www.instagram.com/p/CJ3mSLIgiO8/

I love checking out new tips to try and keep my home clean 🧼🧽🧺

https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/tips/new-cleaning-habits/?utm_source=instagram&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=bhg&utm_content=like2buy_2021011009&utm_term=curalate_like2buy

Better Home and Gardens always has good ideas and I hope you find something useful!

Have a great rest of your weekend! Blessings, Christy Jo 🤟🏼

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Some Facts about Dogs

Here are just a few shots of KoevsDoodles 🐾❤️

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Work At Home (WAH) tips

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Check out this list above ⬆️ for the basic tips or “rules” when you work at home. So many are working from home since COVID-19 hit, so being organized and having a plan is Key!

Keep working hard! Hope you all had a marvelous Monday 🙌

Blessings, Christy jo

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Apple Crisp (EASY)

Apple picking with KC 💙🍁🍎🍏

Apple Crisp is a dessert that I love to do with my kids, well at least this little man pictured above (my girls aren’t really interested in this right now🙄) but this recipe, is from my mom and family favorite – Thanks Mom! 😘

Ingredients:

  • 4/5 cups of peeled and sliced apples
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar

Topping:

  • 1 Stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup flour

Butter or spray a 9×9 pan. Add apples and pour the water over. Sprinkle with cinnamon (to taste) and brown sugar over apples and mix in a little.

Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over apples.

Bake at 350 degrees for an hour.

⚠️ ⚠️⚠️WARNING – makes your house smell AMAZING and you might just want to eat the whole pan 😬 😉

Have a great weekend everyone! Stay safe and take care! Blessings, Christy Jo 🤟🏼

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Puppies – Koev’s Doodles (update)

They are F2B Goldendoodle Puppies and wow we are learning so much 🤓 some good and some bad!

Right now they are 5 weeks old and so much FUN! Perfect amount of play and nap time 😀 check out our pics below

We have Raven, Kona, Hulk, Loki, Jonny, Fin and Thor. Raven and Kona are the ladies 💜

Have a wonderful rest of your week! I am super excited I have the next 2 days off of work 🥳🙃 Take care, Christy Jo

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Self Affirmations for the Kids

starttoday.com/blogs/lifestyle/how-to-practice-self-affirmations-with-kids

I thought these totally applied to myself as well 😉

Kids need to learn to believe in themselves and they need to see us believing in them as well ❤️

God bless, Christy Jo

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Politics

twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1314017484262047745

I cannot get over the lies I heard last night from the debate.

God be with our nation, we need You! Only You can help us! Only You; God can save our country from politics and the Covid pandemic 🙏🏻

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Puppies!!!

Molly had 7 puppies last week! 5 male and 2 females. Mama and puppies are doing great! This is her (and ours) first litter and it was amazing to see a dog’s natural instinct take over as a mama and care for her puppies 💕 #molly#cooper#koevsdoodles#goldendoodlepuppies#goldendoodles#koevsd🐾dles#family#newadventures

May these adorable pictures make you smile 😊 Blessings, Christy Jo

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Dog Breeding – Another Adventure Begins

Koev’s D🐾dles

These are our Golden Doodles: Cooper (almost 6 years old) and Molly (1.5 years old) and we are getting ready to breed! Cooper is an F1, male and Molly is an F1B, female.

I’ll try and keep you updated on how this adventure is going! We have never bred dogs or any animal before so it’ll be a learning process.

And Just realized that between this new adventure, kids going back to school, being a room parent, working full time, “wifeing” “mommying” being a missionary for JC…. I have a lot going on all of sudden 🤦🏼‍♀️💪🏼🤪 BUT I am blessed 🙏🏼

Goodnight and have a blessed week, Christy Jo 🙏🏼🤟🏼

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Taking Care of YOU – Self Care

yeah YOU!! How do you take care of yourself? Do you take care of yourself? I’ll be honest, I don’t. I just don’t. I do not do much for just myself and if I do, it usually has something to benefit those around me. I’m 37, oh wait 38 years old, lol and I am just starting to learn to do something, just a little something for myself. I have had to really look and ask myself what I like/enjoy because over the years of having children, being married, being a leader,I focused on what others needed.

What has worked for me? I set a reminder to do some type of self care each day, it has really helped. I only “schedule” like 5 minutes for this because this has been a struggle for me! I always felt like as a working mom, if I wasn’t working then I needed to be with my kids (hello mom guilt) 😥So my hubby and I rarely go on dates, in that case, we have never even taken a vacation just the 2 of us! So self care is something I don’t do and I have noticed that 5 minutes in prayer, deep breathing or actually watching something I like to watch, just helps give me a little boost! try it and let me know how it helps you!

Self -Care Ideas from Hollis Co – please check these out! And even better, they are all FREE!

Have blessed Friday! Remember schedule just a few minutes of self care this weekend, Christy Jo 🤟🏼

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Summer Update

We added a boat to our summer adventures! I will be honest I did not approve this purchase. However, the purchase was cheap enough that if we have some Covid, summer fun with it, it’ll be worth it!

So here are a few pics of that fun adventure and a few other!

I hope and pray you all have some type of fun and relaxation this summer season!

Didn’t realize that Fall is right around the corner!

Blessings to you all, please Take a moment to breathe deep and soak up some sun rays ☀️ even if it’s 5 minutes ~Christy 🙏🏼

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IT’S SUMMERTIME 2020

Lets not forget that it is SUMMER!! what fun things do you have planned for the summer? anything? okay, I do not feel like it is summer and we continue to have this Covid cloud over us, like we all want to go out and have a summer party but can’t . . . Well, shouldn’t because of the spread of Covid.

I’m trying to not be discouraged, because it is SUMMER! and Summer has always just been a time to spend with family and enjoy the “free” schedule. being a Working Mom, it has always still been a little stressful because I am working all day and my kiddos kind of have to fend for themselves…I mean not really, they are well taken care of but it’s just harder. unfortunately they are on technology most of the day, much to my despise 😦 but that is another topic for another day…back to SUMMER 🙂

This Summer will be different, because so many things are closed like zoos, petting zoo, some beaches, parks, trampoline parks, and many more that keep our kiddos active and things we would typically do in the summer.

this summer will be a little more low key…but is that so bad?? I CHOOSE not be discouraged because I can’t it – this summer WILL BE DIFFERENT! and that’s okay and we’ll have to adjust – adjust our train of thought and adjust the attitude!

3 THINGS I WILL BE GRATEFUL DURING THIS SEASON:

  • 1. My faith in God, the only thing truly constant
  • 2. My health and my family’s health
  • 3. The summer SEASON, even if it is different

Check out the link (click the picture) below for some ideas to do with the family from the Parents magazine:

My favorite:

Construct a backyard obstacle course with hula hoops, jump ropes, sticks, stones, hoses, and other materials from around the house. Your kids can take turns completing it—and the person with the fastest time wins a prize! 

We’ve done this obstacle course before and the kids are great at setting it up themselves! Not only an active idea but also creative too 👍🏼

This is hard, I know, let’s try to help one another to be encouraged! We’re all in this together! Take care, Christy Jo 🤟🏼

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Good News

www.instagram.com/p/CDhKPzUj9xueSUw4Wn3JKbeF4nvbaVPob8hHxw0/

Couldn’t help but had to share with as many as possible!

🤍🤎🖤💜❤️🧡💛💚💙

Have a blessed week, Christyjo 🤟🏼

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Feeling Anxious?

 

Here are a few simple things you can do every day to lessen the stress and anxiety you’re feeling right now:

  • Breathe in and out – deeply and slowly
  • Focus on the things you can control
  • Write down your feelings

For more information please follow the link below:

starttoday.com/blogs/lifestyle/feeling-anxious-try-building-these-simple-habits-into-your-routine

For more check them out @ starttoday.com

So many of these “tips” about anxiety and stress, we hear time and time again; However, every time we read something we may learn or “hear” something we didn’t quite absorb last time.

Keep going friends! We got this!

Blessings, Christy Jo 🙏🏼

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Building a Routine

If you’re feeling a bit anxious or overwhelmed right now, we get it. There’s a myriad of things happening right now that are hindering us from feeling our 100%. We believe there are a few things you can do to help you look and feel your best. Which ones are you already doing?

starttoday.com/blogs/lifestyle/habits-to-build-into-your-routine-to-look-feel-your-best

Thank you Start Today for sharing simple, practical steps to try!

For more check them out @ starttoday.com

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Strawberry Summer Salad

Simple summer salad with of course my favorite; strawberries 😋 so simple, lite and healthy! You can personalize to your liking, enjoy!

Ingredients:

  1. strawberries
  2. spinach ( I like baby spinach)
  3. salted peanuts (I no longer do peanuts because of an allergy)
  4. sunflower seeds
  5. dried cranberries
  6. raisins
  7. poppyseed dressing

There is not really a “how to” you kind of throw it all in and enjoy! You can add as little or as much as you want of each ingredient.

Hope you are all having a great start to summer ☀️

Blessings, Christy Jo 😎

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Strawberry Summer Salad

Simple summer salad with of course my favorite; strawberries 😋 so simple, lite and healthy! You can personalize to your liking, enjoy!

Ingredients:

  1. strawberries
  2. spinach ( I like baby spinach)
  3. salted peanuts
  4. sunflower seeds
  5. dried cranberries
  6. raisins
  7. poppyseed dressing

There is not really a “how to” you kind of throw it all in and enjoy! You can add as little or as much as you want of each ingredient.

Hope you are all having a great start to summer ☀️

Blessings, Christy Jo 😎

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Your Life Rocks podcast- 10 tips

10 tips for working at home with kids

some great tips that I had not heard yet… and trust me I’ve been checking out everything, because I am riding the struggle bus with this topic :/ between helping kids with homework, everyone home and this mama still working its chaos!

One thought that has been keeping me afloat is that EVERYONE’s situation is different right now! So we shouldn’t compare our situation with the next WAH mom.

Please take a minute to listen to this podcast, its a short one but has some helpful hints that can be easy to incorporate.

My favorite I am going to try – Pomodoro timer – http://pomodorotimer.com/#

Podcast – 7. Covid 19 Bonus: 10 tips to Help You Work At Home

And above all else, I love the idea of “bringing God into your career” !

Hope this helps you out in some way! And if so please share 🙂

Blessings, Christy Jo

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Keep Your Sanity

5 Small Sanity Savers – check out the whole article here.

“As we’re entering into another week of sheltering in place, we know that many of you are feeling all sorts of mixed emotions right now ” Start Today Blog

Pray about it! No matter what “it” is – bring it to God!
Start journaling! Either in something cute like this from the Start Today Brand or a 15 cent notebook you bought for school supplies.
It’s all about the perspective! We all have stress, however some stress is okay and can bring us to where we need to be, stress is not always bad.

I love to share articles, podcasts, etc whatever I find, to share with you, in hopes it’ll bring out the best in you! And “help” you in some way to discover new information that you may be have not heard before…I just like to share 🙂

Blessings to you all, Christy Jo

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CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Through this Pandemic I have struggled with the News – I love to watch the morning news, but feel overwhelmed from the whole focus on Covid19 (and some personal opinions I don’t care for from the anchors) I want the FACTS! Not what everyone on the news channel thinks about what is happening, I don;t really care about their opinion, I want the NEWS. And we all know that news channels strive for the most viewers and will talk about what the audience wants to hear, let me clarify the Majority of the audience. If you are not part of that Majority then, you;ll hear a whole bunch of crap you don’t want to hear or agree with!

so I stopped watching the news in the morning, I had to stop! not only because every segment they reported on was very much falsified but also because it was so doom and gloom. Yes, I know we are in a Pandemic and this is awful, it truly is. However, there are some good things happening, there are! For instance; what about the people that have recovered from Covid19 or all the people helping and donating $, food, etc. and our country coming together to help others (yes this is happening in some parts of the country) 🙂 There is good out there, lets share that too!

Anyways, back to the Facts! I want the facts remember?! For the facts I went to the CDC website, these are up to date facts about symptoms, testing, traveling, how to stay healthy and keep others healthy, etc. – so much reliable information. These are the facts! They have a dedicated page to Covid19/Coronavirus Disease 2019 with a TON of helpful information!

Please take a minute to check it out! you can also sign up for an email for regular updates.

One area I found really helpful is that they have this whole section about our daily life and a specific link on “Stress and Coping”.

I hope you found this helpful – in a world of news overload it feels good to go to the facts and get the info I want.

Take care and stay healthy! Blessings, Christy Jo

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Journaling for the Whole Family

“Kids have a lot of big emotions and sometimes struggle with how to express them. Of course, as parents it’s our job to listen and be supportive, but sometimes kids need another way to blow off that emotional steam

Parenting Magazine

Check out: Guided Journals for Kids

Journaling has so many benefits:

  • Anxiety reducer
  • Provides Clarity
  • Provides Focus
  • Peace of mind
  • Easier way to communicate
  • Renewed mental energy
  • inspiration

I found some amazing products @ ErinCondren website, so many cool products to encourage our kids and ourselves to journal more! They have fun pens, markers, post-it notes, stickers, book marks, etc. You have to check it out, they have something for everyone!

I also love the Christian Planner team – check out what they have and how they started, their story is pretty cool:

The Christian Planner: HOW WE STARTED

Victor Delacruz is the creator of The Christian Planner. After 4 years of military service, Victor moved to Manhattan to attend graduate school at NYU, and also, to chase his dreams as a jazz musician. The pressures of the Big Apple quickly got to him and depression soon followed. The anxiety caused by the pressure to be successful was suffocating. He was lost. Victor created the Christian Planner as a way to schedule time with God in his own routine. He quickly realized that including Christ in his daily goal-setting, planning and journaling routine made him more productive, more focused and less prone to stress and anxiety. He decided to start Christian Planner to help other Christians put Christ at the center of their daily routines and experience the same benefits he did.

Try and set some time aside to journal for a few minutes and share the experience with those around you! Blessings, Christy Jo

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Earth Day 🌎

50 year Anniversary for Earth Day!

A few thoughts I came across on today’s media:

1. Theme this year: Climate Action – No Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable. For more info check out earthday.org

2. What to watch for Earth Day

3. Robert Irwin “Happy #EarthDay ! Today we celebrate our planet, the wildlife we share it with & our precious natural environment. There are big issues facing the world & our affect on the environment has never been greater but together we can make the world an even better place for the future.🌏

4. Associated Press: https://t.co/IDLBp2g9rx

5. EARTH DAY TIPS more than 40 tips to make a difference

6. Your beliefs! I believe God created this Earth and He put us here to take care of it, so do your part!

Take care of yourself and our Earth!

Blessings to you all, ChristyJo

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Ham and Swiss Sunday Sliders

INGREDIENTS (can be doubled)

  1. 12 oz package Hawaiian sweet rolls (12 rolls)
  2. 2 teaspoons poppy seeds
  3. 1/2 cup (8 Tablespoons or 1 stick) of melted butter (salted or unsalted your preference)
  4. 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
  5. 1/3 lb thinly sliced deli ham
  6. 1/2 lb thinly sliced Swiss cheese

Let’s prepare, bake and EAT!

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  1. Combine the melted butter, Dijon mustard, and poppy seeds.Whisk together until well blended.
  2. Cut each roll in half ( if needed) add as much ham as desired and top with 1/2 slice of Swiss cheese. Replace the top of the rolls and add then put them into a baking dish, arranged tightly together.
  3. Spoon the butter mixture on top of each roll, covering each completely
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake 2-3 minutes until tops are slightly browned.

Alternate Options: if you like mayonnaise or miracle whip you can spread some on beforehand. Or add pickle slices or onions.

Once you make this a few times, you can modify to your liking and they are still amazing warmed up!

Enjoy and have a blessed Monday! 🙏🏼

Christy Jo ☀️

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Rachel Hollis “Four Things I’m Doing to Live Well, Even During Quarantine”

It’s been one full month since our family has been quarantining (is that a real word? Let’s go with it). Dave, myself and four kiddos all in one …

Four Things I’m Doing to Live Well, Even During Quarantine
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Joy List

There is no doubt we all have challenges…however we all have something that brings us JOY as well; cup of coffee, our Bible, clean water, our jobs, our kiddos, a good song…when we start the day with some type of gratitude practice, we’ll learn to look for joy throughout our day.

Below is something that came out today in a challenge I am participating in “next 90 days” with Rachel and Dave Hollis. If you’re interested or want to learn more, check out their website or follow the on FB or Instagram.

Have a blessed week and try to look for the joy, Christy Jo

https://thehollisco.com/

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Bye Bye Norwex

Happy Friday everyone! Not sure about you, but I am starting the day with a grateful heart and beyond thankful that I see the SUN!! I’m working today but can see the sun through m office window and just want to sit in the sun and cry… okay anyways why I am writing today.

Unfortunately, I will no longer be a Norwex consultant, therefore not selling any more Norwex products. I have loved getting to know these products but financially I can’t keep it up anymore.

So I have a few products left (that I want to sell) and will still be using the product just not selling. I defiantly have some Norwex staples in my home that I LOVE!

What changes are you making during this Pandemic? What have you learned? Honestly, Positive or negative, we will not be the same after this is all over and I pray for you and that you will make Positive changes!

Lord, be with each one of us and grant us what we may stand in need of!

Blessings to each of you, Christy Jo

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Times of Uncertainty

Anxiety! Anxiety, Stress, Worry – these levels are through the roof right now for so many of us! Worry about if we’ll have enough food, enough money for that food, who will get the food, what will happen if I test positive for Covid-19, will I still have a job, etc, etc etc. We ALL have some type of worry – whether it is large or small, we all have worries. But what we don’t all have, is the comfort of Jesus Christ and the belief in Him! the belief that whatever happens, He’s got this! He is in Control!

Throughout the Bible God speaks on anxiety more than once! He LOVES us and he will take care of us! However, we need to trust Him and tell Him/Give Him our fears and worries. Cast your cares upon Him!

Matthew 6:25-27  “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”

Psalm 55:22  Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved

2 Thessalonians 3:16  Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Psalm 23:4  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

I hope and pray you all are somehow blessed through this uncertain time, Christy Jo xoxo

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Time to Organize

Check out these ideas from Real Simple magazine:

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There are easy, simple and affordable ideas! I already ordered the pot and pan organizers, I can’t even explain what a mess those cupboards are right now😳 …. it’s very sad 😢

Have a blessed week ✝️

Christy Jo

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Confidence

4 ways to build your Child’s Confidence

  • Be Realistic
  • Dig Deeper
  • Watch Your Words
  • Focus on Personal Growth

Confidence is such an important part of who we are and having confidence as a kid sets us up for the rest of our lives. If we have that strong confidence as a kid, we build a platform and as we grow, it can get beat down or we continue to build upon it. But if you have something as a base, that’s the first step! And as parents, its our responsibly to help instill this in our kids. Attached to this blog are a few articles that may help you along the way 🙂

  • CONFIDENCE is a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.
  • SELF – CONFIDENCE is a feeling of trust in one’s abilities, qualities, and judgment

Another great article from Working Mother site – 10 Tips on How to Build Confidence in Kids

Instill that confidence! BLESSINGS,

Christy Jo xoxo

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Skin Cancer Awareness

Today, February 4th, 2020 is World Cancer Day – to spread awareness on social media use hastags #IAmAndIWill and #WorldCancerDay By tagging your posts with the official hashtags, supporters around the world can follow the conversations happening on social media.

Check out their official website to learn more – World Cancer Day

This Working, Blessed Mom

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Have to share this article about the different types of skin cancer, I read a lot of them but found this simple and easy to understand, with some nice pictures (that I always find super helpful 😉) So Please read and consult your provider with ANY concerns.

“Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States, with more cases diagnosed every year than all other cancers combined.”

It’s important, be aware and Take care of yourself!

Blessings, Christy

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Smashing Cancer

This 17-year-old; Henry Dai, celebrated his remission by destroying a replica of the tumor that once grew in his chest.

This a great article about determination and strength! Cancer is not always a story about physically beating or “smashing” cancer but it also includes emotional, mental and spiritual healing.

We wanted to signify the destruction of this evil he has been fighting

said David Hoogstra, MD, a doctor in the pediatric hematology-oncology fellowship program @ Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

Shortly before the celebration, Henry and his parents met with Dr. Hoogstra to discuss the results of his recent PET scan.

He showed them two scans, side by side. In the one taken before treatment, the tumor appeared as an orange blob near his heart. In the one taken earlier this week, the tumor was gone.

To read the full article check out Crushing Cancer, a HealthBeat article from Spectrum Health.

Stay encouraged! Blessings, Christy

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Christmas Blessings

Good morning everyone!

I have not written in a few weeks and honestly I have missed it! Writing, sharing and reading other people’s blogs is something I think I long for, writing is an outlet for me, not matter what it is about and so obviously that’s why I have a blog 😉But anyways, I hope and pray you all had a WONDERFUL, BLESSED Christmas and New Years!

So much negative going on in our world that it is important to make sure we look for and share the good!

So my good is my 3 kiddos (and hubby too ❤️) we had a nice Christmas with family and I am beyond blessed for what the Lord has blessed us with, HE is so good…ALL THE TIME!

Can’t wait for this New Year! I have to look back and see how I ended with my previous goals 🤔 but for some reason I have a feeling it is going to be a good year, I will make it a good year!

We’ll talk soon! Blessings!

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Children and Stress

March 28 – This article has a whole different meaning now because of the Covid-19 crisis happening – our kiddos are 13, 10 and 6 and they all process what’s going on in our world a little differently but one thing is consistent and that is they all FEEL the stress and anxiety.

Everyone can experience stress no matter what the age. So if you, as an adult, has some stress; imagine what it can feel like as a child to try and handle it.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about stress in children, and information about how you can help your child:

Parent’s Magazine article on kids coping with Stress

Hope this article was helpful ❤️ have a blessed rest of your week!

Thanks to Parent’s magazine for all the helpful information! Check out parents.com

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Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup (another “dump and go” recipe)

This recipe is from a friend that brought our family a huge batch when my dad was in Hospice and it was a hit! 

What I love about this soup recipe is that it is for the crockpot and being a working mom, I absolutely LOVE my crockpot!🥣👍🏻 Another added bonus, everyone in the family likes it (rarely happens :/ )

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of cream of chicken soup

  • 1 package of 90 second Chicken flavored rice ( I like the Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice Roasted Chicken)

  • 1 box of Mrs. Grass extra noodle soup (use both sides of noodles and flavoring)

  • 2 cups of chicken ( I just use 2 cans of canned, cooked chicken) or if I have leftover chicken from earlier in the week, I chop that up too.

  • 2 cans of carrots

  • some chopped onion

Put all in the crockpot, stir, add 10 cups of water and stir again. Then just wait for the yumminess of this delicious soup in 4 hours on high or most the time I use the 10 hours on low.

This is a great leftover for later in the week! Enjoy!

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Healthy Halloween

Healthy Halloween you ask?? well maybe … check out these tips below.

below is an article that has some wonderful tips to at least try and aim for it be somewhat healthy! 😉

Spectrum Health Health Beat – 5 tips for a healthier Halloween

And then information for those kiddos that have allergies, they can enjoy it too, just helps when the parents are prepared:

Spectrum Health Health Beat – 6 tips for an allergy-free Halloween

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October 31st (otherwise known as Halloween)

So over the years Halloween, has become my least favorite “holiday”. I’m not sure why, I used to love dressing my kids up in costumes and getting FREE candy! But the more I see  Halloween decorations, it feels like it just gets more “evil like” every year and I am not into that.

So below are some options to try and maybe start a new family tradition:

  1. Movie Night – check these out! some for the real young ones and some for your older kiddos. And if you are looking for even cheaper, head to your local library and find them there.

2. Hotel – this really only works well when the 31st falls on a weekend, but go to a hotel for the night that has a pool or water park.

3. Visit a pumpkin patch, pick up a pizza, then go home and carve the pumpkins out.

4. Have a family game night! This is defiantly a budget friendly option $$$

5. Camp out and tell scary stories! Vote on whose was the scariest!

Here is a link to a post about tips on how to tell the scariest (of course, know your audience and if there are young kids, keep it G rated…just a suggestion for your future self 😉  Trust me, you’ll thank me later!

http://positivewriter.com/how-to-tell-a-scary-story/

6. Visit an orchard – many will have specials for Halloween night, that don’t require dressing up. Check you local orchards and farms. 

7. Check out your local churches! There are great opportunities to take advantage of a fun,clean environment with lots of great activities! Typically they have a snacks or even a free dinner – talk about budget friendly! 🙂 $$$

7. My favorite – have a date night and leave the planning to the babysitter 😉

Have a blessed week friend! No matter what you decide to do this week, look for the blessing!

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CROCK POT DINNER – Potatoe Soup

oh yeah, another soup 😉 I love crockpot soups because most the time you dump the ingredients and go – dump and go – and that’s all I really have time for most days. And my family’s favorite about soup night is the fresh homemade bread, which they think is a miracle I can make and honestly I remove the frozen bread dough from the freezer, place in a grease loaf pan, let it rise and bake…. shhh…don’t tell them that, I like to be thought of as a miracle worker sometimes 😉

Another thing I try to take into consideration this time of year is our families schedules – we are a basketball family so this is a busy time of year, our girls both play on 2 teams, our son is “playing” his first year (he’s 6 so you know how they “play”) and then upon that; my hubby coaches/assist 3 of the teams and this year he got hired as the freshman girls basketball coach at our school’s high school!! (Congrats hun ❤️) So we rarely eat all together and I like to have it ready so you can eat before you go to practice/game or when you come home. Otherwise if I don’t have anything prepared we eat out and then eat out again and so on….it’s a vicious cycle because it’s just so easy and convenient to run through the drive through. But my goal is stay AWAY from that!

INGREDIENTS:

  1. 30 oz bag of frozen potatoes ( I use the
  2. 1 can cream of chicken soup (10.75 oz)
  3. 28 oz Chicken Broth
  4. Chopped onion – I use about a 1/4 cup
  5. salt and pepper to taste
  6. 8 oz package of cream cheese (set out to soften)

Mix all ingredients above EXCEPT the cream cheese. Dump in crock pot, stir just to mix a little and cook on low for 8/10 hours or High for 4/6 hours. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, stir in cream cheese bar. Might have to stir this a few times after adding cream cheese. Then top with some cheddar cheese, bacon or broccoli. It is so yummy, hope you enjoy as much as our family does! It’s this is an easy win for mom 👊🏻

This recipe came from a few different versions but I think the original was From a Paula Deen recipe, thank you Miss Deen! I also found some of her corn casserole that I would love to try, maybe next time ✌️

Have a Blessed week! Christy Jo

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Chocolate/Oatmeal Energy Bites

This is a Gluten Free option when you use the Gluten Free option oats, which I see everywhere.

This Working, Blessed Mom

This is simple, chocolate go-to snack! And they are pretty healthy too, so that’s a bonus!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of Oatmeal (dry)
  • 1/2 cup  peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup of chocolate chips (try mini chips)
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

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Another option is to add 1/2 cup of flaxseed.

I will typically estimate how much of each ingredient and mixing together is the best part for my son 🙂

Mix all ingredients together. Roll into bite size balls, refrigerate and then enjoy! This little treat is a blessing in my day

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

It really is the best! 🙌 so good and so easy! We’re starting to have a few more teenagers in the house and this is easy, cheap and makes a nice amount for company 🙂 or if it’s just you, that’s alright too… it warms up really well! 🍴

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Take care and blessings to all, Christy jo 🤟🏼

Skin Cancer-Know the facts☀️

Please check out the website for the details and all the facts! There are so many myths about skin cancer; that to help prevent it, you need to be aware and need to know the facts!

The Skin Cancer Foundation Official Website

3 Major Focuses of Healing for Optimized Mental Health

Concentrate on the Individual The focus of recovery ought to be on the person or the specific and not the procedure of treatment. There is a constant…

3 Major Focuses of Healing for Optimized Mental Health

Clean Home – habits of those who always seem to have a clean house

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Great ideas … makes me tired just reading the list 😴😉

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