Sunday, May 29, 2011

What I'm Reading: Strike it Rich with Pocket Change

Okay, I can't believe I am about to admit this, but I spent three hours looking at all the change in my crayon bank. This book is so neat. It helps a non- coin collector learn the tricks and trades of coin-collecting. This book helps train the unfamiliar eye in collectable coins that can be worth thousands of dollars. At first I was hesitant to write this review, but after spending three hours checking to see if my coins were worth money, I began to enjoy the journey of this book. 

This book is a great guide for the beginner coin collector. The title " Strike it Rich with Pocket Change" is not a get quick rich scheme. It is more of a guide, but is very simple for the begininer to understand. I give this book a 4/5 stars. 

I received this book complementary of booksneeze. They did not pay me for this review and this is my own opinion of the book.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Storm's Awesome Goodwill Bargains

I love Goodwill. If you have never shopped at Goodwill, you have no clue what you're missing!
This evening, I took a visit to our local Goodwill and found some awesome deals.

First, I found this Pyschotheraputic Game for Children: The Talking, Feeling and Doing game for $1.99, which will be awesome for my social work career. I found it on EBAY for $99.95!! My game is brand new and appears to have been played once. It has all the pieces and what a deal for $1.99!!
I then found some awesome books by my favorite author, Robin Jones Gunn! I am collecting "The GlenBrook Series" and I was able to buy "Wildfires and Woodlands". I paid a $1.99 for each of them and they retail at $14.99.
I also found two fun games for 99cents. One is " Go fish" and "The Lorax Game". I love small card games because they are easy to fit in my bag when I go to school. I was so excited about these, they are in such great condition. They retail for $7.95.

Finally, I found this awesome Buncha Beads kit, which are great sensory tools for kids who have sensory needs. They are good for motor skills, pattern recognition and a great distraction for angry kids. They were $1.99 and so colorful. They retail for $17.95
Such great deals! All of these items make me so excited for a real school social work position. I love my growing collection of social skill items!

Monday, May 23, 2011

SURPRISE: Our Anniversary Desination

Drew and I have been babysitting a countless amount of hours including children and pets to pay for this 1st Anniversary vacation. Let me be clear, DREW REALLY wanted to go, he practically begged me and I am not joking. I think he is more excited then I.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Mr. Obama responds to the Storm

Back in November, I wrote Mr. Obama a letter about "our" situation involving student loans and how we feel our country needs to look at education differently. The White House receives 65,000 letters a week 2500-3500 phone calls a day, 1000 faxes and 100,000 emails a week. Crazy!

Everyday the President reads and responds to 10 letters, which I think is pretty cool. He feels the need to continue to connect with Americans. Whether one agrees with his politics or not, he is still the President, the individual protecting America and I think it is pretty awesome to receive a signed letter from him. I am honored and humbled.

Has he forgot me in the amidst of a Storm?

Do you ever feel forgotten? Do you ever feel like your prayers go answered? Do you ever feel like you might lose your patience? I am begining to feel this way. I am asking God to help me be content, but I am losing it. 

How I would just love a Social Work job in a school. Don't get me wrong, I love my current job, but I know that I was made for so much more. I am trying to be content, but I am having a hard time. I apply for many different jobs and I hear nothing. I sit and think, What is going on God? I have two degrees, some experience and I'm young, which equals CHEAP wages!!

Has God forgotten me? I don't think so, but I am trying to be content right now. How do you stay content amidst the storm?

Friday, May 20, 2011

What I'm Reading: Dug Down Deep

Joshua Harris, author of "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" has written a new book entitled "Dug Down Deep." In his new book Josh sets out to explain about theology and doctrine and how it is vital to the Christian faith. This book is written in a very clear format, step by step about what theology and doctrine and in a clear explanation of why it is important.

However, I found this book to be a bit boring. I believe this book is great for new Christians and offers a lot of good information, but it didn't really hold my attention. This book is a great starting place for many new Christians and offers real life experience from Josh as he seeks a deeper knowledge and understanding of doctrine while explaining to readers difficult concepts. In addition, this book includes an in-depth study guide, which makes it even more understandable for new believers. 

In one part of the book Josh states, " I know from experience that it's possible to be a Christian but live life on the surface .The surface can be an empty tradition. It can even be doctrine without application." These quotes challenged me to go to a deeper level, but again, I believe this book covers many basics of the faith. It was a great refresher, but not a book that I truly enjoyed.

Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah publishing company for providing me this complimentary book to review. These opinions are my own, they did not pay me for this review.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

What I'm Reading: We Shall See God

"We shall see God" written by Randy Alcorn and Charles Spurgeons is a devotional on Heaven.  The devotional is broken up into fifty days, with small readings. I would say on an average it took me about 10minutes to read the devotional and reflect on the ideas of Heaven that were presented. Randy Alcorn took classic sermons from Charles Spurgeon, London preacher, and compiled them into a devotional.

 This devotional is inspiring and makes me excited about Heaven, but also makes me sad for those who are not going to be in Heaven. This devotional is very thought provoking, while I am no where near completing this devotional, I am enjoying my readings. The devotional is challenging, uplifting and insightful. 

I encourage those who are seeking to find answers about Heaven, to read this thought provoking book. This book was provided courtesy of Tyndale Publishing Company. These are my own thoughts. They did not pay me for this review.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Storm's Faithfulness

How faithful are you to reading your Bible daily? I must say, I really struggle with this. I always have good intentions and tell myself to pick it up, but I never find the motivation to sit and be still. I am such a busy body. I always find excuses saying the apartment isn't clean, the bed isn't made, the bathroom is mess, I have laundry to do, lesson plans,ect. How many of you have a hard time? How do you find time? What do you??

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Garage Sale Bargains

I've always been a person who believes in preserving life's precious memories. Ever since I was a teenager, I can remember taking photographs and saving ticket stubs, programs and cards from events. Over the years, preserving memories has turned into a hobby of scrapbooking which has led me to spending a great deal of money. I have over 20 scrapbooks filled with memories and my bookshelf continues to expand with many more albums.

Last week I scored some awesome deals on Creative Memories Scrapbooks. If you are unfamiliar with Creative Memories, it is a home party company that sell extraordinary albums. While I am not a fan of their stickers and paper because it tends to be bland, although getting better, I LOVE their ALBUMS! I bought 5 brand new Cover Set Albums for $40 at a garage sale, which equals $8 a piece!!!!! I was so excited about this steal, I had to tell you about it. I cannot wait to fill these books with more pictures and life long memories. How do you preserve your memories?
Luckily, Garage Sale season is just starting and I am hoping to find a bike. What kind of deals are you finding in your neck of the woods?

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Praying for Mr. Right

As little girls, most of us dream about our future husband and our perfect wedding day. We dream about "the one" and wonder the kind of person he is, where he lives and what kind of husband he will be. We wonder the type of Wife we will be? What does he look like and will he want a family? This book challenges young women to pray for their future mate while God prepares their hearts.

Authors Robin Gunn and Tricia Goyer share two different accounts of the way the Lord brought their husbands into their lives, both different, but inspiring filled with bible verses and inspiration. I enjoyed this book because it looks at relationships differently for teens. Robin and Tricia challenge teen readers to look forward to fulfillment in a future relationship and to long for the desires God has. It is so encouraging and inspiring, but also a quick read for teens. It is

I would recommend this book to young teenage girls, youth group leaders, moms of teens, college age girls. This book would be great as a devotional study for girls. It has pages to write in the blanks, questions and a "list" of future qualities a woman may want in a husband. This book will allow you to feel content where God has you, but will help you to look forward towards a future in a godly relationship. It also challenges to reader to look at oneself and pray about areas in which one struggles with in dating relationships.

I received a review copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah for my honest review.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

101 in 1001 Progress Update

101 in 1001

101 Goals in 1001 Days
I have goals for my life and I will mark the progress of these goals over the next two years. I challenge you to join me in the journey.

Start Date: March 27, 2011
End Date: December 25, 2013 

1. Finish my Social Work Limited License (4000 hours) Close to completing 2000

2. Pass my Licensure Exam
3. Get a school Social Work Job

4. Develop and Design a workbook on Anger for Kids

5. Learn photo shop
6. Blog every day for a month
7. Host a giveaway on my blog

8. Inspire someone else to do 101 in 1001 day

9. Purchase a new Desktop Mac Computer

10. Organize bathroom and find a new, efficient way to store towels.

11.  Hang 5 pictures on the wall

12. Keep the kitchen floor clean for 1 week

13.  Learn how to use the grill

14. Try to cook 30 new recipes (1/30) Greek Yogurt Recipe

15. Cook homemade meals for every weekend for a month.

16. Organize my computer files

17. Get rid of unnecessary items filling clutter

18. Go to bed at 9pm for a week straight

19. Fit comfortably in a size 6  (Currently, between an 8-10)

20. Lose 30lbs (15 down)

21. Run a Marathon

22. Drink only water for 2 weeks.

23.  Inspire someone else to lose weight.

24. Get a flatter stomach

25. Eat breakfast for a week straight.

26. Be confident in a bikini.

27. Count Weight Watchers Points faithfully for 1month
28. Finish writing my children’s book.
29. Learn how to use my Digital SLR Camera
29. Make our wedding Scrapbook

30. Buy a sewing machine.
 31. Learn how to use a sewing machine.

32. Make up my own social skill activities for 8 lessons (3/8)

33.  Send 30 cards to people expectantly (6/30)

34.Rent/ Watch 50 new movies (10/50
Despecable Me
The Back up Plan
Christmas in Wonderland
How do you know?
Christmas Cottage
Grown Ups
Denis the Menace Christmas
Christmas Dogs
It's the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown 
Mall Cop

35.Go to the Library 1x a month for 6months (1/6 March 26, 2011, April 22, 2010, May 6, 2010)

36. Try 5 new restaurants

37. Go to a Hockey Game

38. Go on a date with Drew each weekend for a month (0/4)

39. Stay home for entire weekend without leaving

40. Read 100 new books
1) Life without Limits
2) Love at Last Sight
3) Chocolate Diaries
4) Max on Life
5) Unleashed
6) Sister Chicks Sombreros
7) Departures, Sierra Jensen and Christy Miller
8) A Cowboys Touch

41. Read my Bible every day for a month

42. Read “1000 Gifts”
43. Pray together with my husband at least 2 nights a week for a month.

44. Go on a girl’s vacation with Rachel & Mom

45. Have professional pictures taken of Drew and I 1x every year (0/3)

46. Meet 5 new people

47.Play a board game

 48. Go on a family vacation with my parents

49.Go to a museum

50. Go snorkeling with fish

51. Go to 5 different states

52. Go out of the country

53. Take a Cruise

54. Send Children’s Book to Publishers

55. Cook out of a cook book for a week

56. Pay off three more student loans (Would like to become completely debt free at somepoint)

57. Stick to a monthly budget for 6months

58. Buy Curtains for our living room

59.Build a Snowman

60. Call in Sick to work (not to be sick, but just to take the day off)

61. Go to a Bingo hall and play Bingo

62. Buy and re-read a book from my childhood

63. Visit a Zoo

64. Organize my book shelf  (April 2010)

65. Buy a new car( new to me, can be used)

66.  Buy a lottery ticket for fun

67. Read 4 self helps books

68. Sleep a week straight without getting up in the middle of night

69. Cut and Color my hair

70. Organize my scrapbooking supplies  (April 18, 2011)

71. Stop biting my nails

72. Paint my fingernails 1x a month for 6months (March 18, 2011, April 22, 2011, May 8, 2011)

73. Buy new lipstick

74. Wear makeup for a week straight

75. Clean up my language

76. Go Christmas Caroling

77. Stop being critical of myself

78. Get Life Insurance

79.  Give my blog a transformation ( April 9, 2011)

80. Get a diagnosis for my passing out episodes

81. Go Ice skating

82. Keep my email inbox to 0 emails

83.  Complete my “Wreck this Journal”

84. Complete a coloring book

85.  Do a random act of kindness for 10 people (1/10, March 26, 2011- Huge Tip for Waitress at Fridays, )

86. Finish a 1000 jigsaw puzzle

87.  Fly a Kite

89.  Get my picture taken with Santa

90.  Get a new cell phone

91. Make Monkey Bread

92.  Paint on a Canvas (May 4, 2011)

93. Visit Disney World

94.  Make a family Tree

95. Go to a Casino

96.  Learn to French Braid

97. Donate $1 to Charity for each item I do not complete on this list

98.  Buy an expensive camera lens

99. Change my name

100.  Have a pampered chef party ( May 6, 2011)

101. Give up candy for a month ( as I am eating a bowl full of jelly beans at the moment)

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Mother in Law Dip

My Mother in law makes this wonderful cheese dip and I thought I should share the recipe... I took a picture, but it looks terrible in the picture..

1cup Hellmannise Mayo
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1T Parmesan Cheese
1/2 tablespoon Sugar
1 tablespoon Accent
1/2 tablespoon Garlic Salt
1 Tablespoon Parlsey Flakes
1 Tablespoon Minced Onion
2 Cup Shredded Cheese

Mix altogether and Chill

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The O

If you haven't heard, which I imagine most have, if you don't live under a rock, Osama Bin Laden was killed this past weekend.

While I imagine many individuals involved in 911 and in our military forces are relieved, I am left feeling a bit unsettled. This man was very evil and was behind many terrorists acts against our country, while I am not condoning his acts, I can't help but feeling a bit uneasy.

I definitely do not agree with his actions against our country and know that our government is protecting our people. I am all for protection of America and it's people, I just feel like he was a person too, an evil person, but regardless a human too. I know that many of his people are very happy and I know our country can move forward after 11 years + of searching for him. 

Praying for those who have fought for our country, their families and those who have lost their lives searching and fighting for our freedom. I am grateful for your serving hearts and years of service to protect the Home land.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Surprising a Storm can be Tricky

My wonderful husband decided to throw me a "surprise" birthday party. Unfortunately, I knew about the entire party. I am a pretty hard person to surprise. I kept bugging Drew about the event and he held his game face pretty well. He did not want me to find out. 

Regardless of knowing about the surprise party, we had a great time with friends and family. We spent the day stuff our faces with cake and pizza, then off to some major competition in Go-Kart Racing. I couldn't have asked for a better time.
 So thankful for such a long time friend! It was a riot!
 I have such good parents and might I add, young ones. My dad is always reminding me that he is still young and competitive on the go-kart track.
Leslie, such a kind person, everyone needs a Leslie.

Thanks to the rest of my family and friends who also came! It was a great day, filled with lifetime memories.