Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Storm has Praise Moves

Have you ever heard of Laurette Willis? She is the author of Basic Steps to God and a fitness specialist who is the founder of Praise Moves! I have been lucky enough to review and work out to "Praise Moves, The Christian Alternative to Yoga" and I love it!  I cannot even being to describe the tranquility and peace that comes over my body as I listen to scripture being said while working out. I have always wanted to try Yoga and this video is great for beginners or intermediate. Each Yoga pose is biblically based and can be modified to fit an individuals needs.

Praise Moves reduces stress and helps improve circulation in the body. When I come home from work, I put this on and immediately I feel the stress leave my body.  This DVD contains a 60 minute work-out and 20 minute workouts.  I love this this DVD because it helps remind me to glorify God in everything I do.

Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for allowing me to review this. You can find out about the wonderful resources and other products by visiting here!!!

Has anyone ever heard of this?? Have you tried any of her other videos? Let me know! I am hooked!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday

On Black Friday, Drew and I went to Kohl's and what a mistake that was. It was crazy busy! I made the mistake of not purchasing the items I wanted online before they sold out, so out to the store we went! It was crazy busy. The check-out line was wrapped around the store. It was crazy nuts! We waited in line for about two hours, but slept comfortably on our new foam pillows! They are beautiful! They are so cozy! I am glad we waited in line for them and then I bought a cozy comfy snowman blanket!
Happy Black Friday shopping! Good luck on finding some deals!
What good deals you get for Black Friday?

Max Lucado and The Inspirational Reader

Author, Max Lucado, has been a part of our lives for over 25 years pouring the Word of God to us in various books, through the medium in which he is able to convey essential truths to our lives.

The Inspirational Reader is a book composed of quotes and stories from all of his previous books, which are organized by topic. This is a great book to have and is a devotional book that you can read here and there. You don't have to read it cover to cover, but can refer back whenever you want or even on a specific topic. Some of the chapters included are Encouragement, the Bible, Comfort, Faith, Family, Miracles, Peace, God's love, Second Chances, forgiveness, purpose, salvation, Hope, Heaven, Grace and many more.

I love that I can turn to a topic and read a little bit on it. This would make a great Christmas gift!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, November 24, 2011


Drew and I went to my parents house for Thanksgiving! We had a great time with my parents and I even took a semi-nap, which is so wonderful. I cannot even remember where the day went, but it went away quick. In the evening, my Aunt and Uncle came over to see me.. They wanted to see how I was feeling, which was very nice of them to stop by on their Thanksgiving! 
Thanksgiving was a great day of thankfulness.
I wanted to remember what I am thankful for... Here is my list
I am thankful for.....
1.) A tiny 1 bedroom apartment ( it helps remind me to stay humble)
2.) My husband (One of God's best gifts to me) THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING :)
3.) My family- Very supportive and helpful
4.) Money in the bank to take care of our needs.
5.) Health, even though I haven't had a lot of good health this past year. When I have had good health, it has made all the difference.
6.) Friends- friends who invite us to dinner, send us out to dinner, pray for us, send us cards, and love on us.
7.) Reliable cars even though we need to purchase a new one soon... YIKES.. God help us!
8.) Food, water
9.) Clothes on our back
10.) The blood that was shed to pay for my sins, Christ.

What are you thankful for?

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Taking it Easy

Well, it's true! I only have half of a thyroid left. Surgery seemed to take forever. I wasn't really nervous, but more anxious about the whole processing of getting there and then waiting for it to happen. When I arrived, I had a crew of people waiting for me during surgery and then they returned later on last night.. It was great to have a ton of visitors.

 My throat is very sore and I am trying to save my voice. I am starting to eat normal foods again! Thank goodness! You can only eat some many jello's and puddings before you want to hurt someone. I am very tired still. I apologize if I haven't called you or returned your phone calls. I am very tired still and getting on my computer is taking a lot of energy. 

I appreciate all of your cards, balloons, flowers and 
cards! Thank you so much! Will update soon!
For now, I will rest! Love you,

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Surgery, Surgery, Surgery

Tomorrow, is the big day and I am excited to say, I cannot wait. I cannot wait to start feeling better. My body has been attacked for a while now and I am ready to start feeling good once again.

I am getting part of my thyroid removed. If you keep me in your prayers, I would so greatly appreciate that!
Thank you!
Blessings for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The adventure never stops..

THIS morning I got a phone call from my kid sister telling me to rush home. Apparently, my mom had went to get something out of the closet and the iron hit her on the head, iron nose down..  The point of the iron went into her head.. YIKES!!

Well, when I arrived at the sceen, she was bleeding and talking a little funny, so off we went to the Emergency room.
When we arrived to the Emergency room, we realized she would probably need stitches, but instead they did staples. They actually used a staple gun.. so weird... it gave me the heebe geebbes.. The sound was awful.

Mom is okay, but has a bad headache....

I didn't take picture for fear of grossing me and you out.. But prayers for a speedy recover!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

What I'm learning in this 90 day Weight Challenge

1) Natural Food- if it doesn't come from the ground or doesn't have a mother, don't eat it!
2) I am not drinking enough water. According to my body weight, I need to be taking a daily intake of 77 oz. Currently, I drink close to 48 oz.
3) Reading food labels is  time consuming, but can be beneficial in a weight loss. Plus, it's the key to knowing if the food companies are putting sugars in foods, but using a different term. 
4) We should only consume 2300 milligrams a day, and I know I go way over that.
5) For women, you should not go below 1200 calories and men, 1800. If you have been consuming to many calories, you slowly decrease your calorie intake. 
6) A serving of fruit or vegetable- size of your fist
Meat, fish or poultry- the palm of your hand
dried food- golf ball
cheese- a dice
peanut butter- tip of your thumb.
Also, a food journal is a must... 
Good luck!

Monday, November 14, 2011

90 day Fitness Challenge

It is no secret that I have been trying to lose weight. I especially want to keep the weight off during the holiday season. I have been reading "90 day Fitness Challenge" written by biggest loser contestants Phil and Amy Parham. This book is teaching me a lot about changing my habits and my brain patterns. The book gives great information and then goes through 90 days of trying to lose weight. 

The best thing about this book, it invites the reader into actively taking the challenge. You have to measure your body in various parts, calculate your BMI, BMR and weight.  This book also holds you accountable as each day you have to write down what you have eaten. My goal is to lose 22 pounds by May, which is a healthy goal. That gives me at least six months. I know with the holidays around the corner, I did not want to be un-realistic, but I want an obtainable goal. This book is going to be in poor shape when I am done with it. It already has lots of writing all over and highlighting in many spots. As I go along this journey, I will share my knowledge with you! Let's kick off this 90 day challenge and see where God takes me!! If Phil and Amy can lose 256 pounds, surely I can lose 22! They both started out at a combined weight of 560lbs!!! 

Also,  they have created a dvd too, but I have not had the opportunity to review it! I would love to review it and share my experience with you. Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for allowing me to review this book. You can find more information about this book and other books by going to here
Enjoy and happy weight loss!

I spy

Did you grow up loving " I spy" books or "Where's Waldo?"

I made an " I spy" bottle for my angry kids at school.  I used rice and a coke pop bottle. I filled it was random things I could find around the house like paper clips, flowers, buttons,  Tigger figurine, penny, fake money, letters, and other scrapbooking things. I love it! It was such a cheap make and I know my kids will love it!! You make your own "I spy" too for a Christmas gift.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Story of your life

Recording artist, Matthew West invited people to share their stories with him as he spent two months in cabin. His intentions were to write a new album, but little did he know that his intentions would also allow him to write a book.

He asked people to send him their life stories, in hopes of using their story for his music. He received over 10,000 responses from twenty different countries. 

After his time in Tennesee, he was at a conference and shared his experience with author, Angela Thomas. Angela Thomas is well know for her best selling book, "Do you think I am beautiful?" Angela told Matthew he needed to write a book about these stories. So the two began work on this beautiful project. This book is composed of 52 stories, from ordinary individuals who God has taken and made whole. 

One story that touched my heart and will touch yours is the story of Eric. Eric, 24 years old killed Meagan and Lisa as a result of drunk driving. Both girls were only twenty years old.  All three families were devastated by the accident. But the story doesn't stop here. Lisa and Meagan's family chose to forgive Eric. They even appealed to have his 22-year prison sentence reduced to 11 years. Meagan's father has gone around the country to tell teenagers about forgiveness and the reason for this is because Eric accepted Christ as a result of the Meagan and Lisa.  What a powerful message!

This book will bring tears to your eyes and will capture your soul.

What is your story? How do you want to share your story with others? How is God using your story? 

Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for allowing me to review this book. You can find more information about this book and other books by going to here!

We got ourselves a little Christmas Magic

This year, we had a bit of a dilemma when it came to deciding when to get out the Christmas decorations. You see, on November 21,(Monday of Thanksgiving week) I am having surgery. I am getting part of my thyroid removed. We did not know if I would be up to getting out the Christmas decorations that week. ... 

We really wanted to save any and all energy I might have for black Friday shopping.

So, the choice was either this weekend or next weekend... Since next Monday I am having surgery, we thought it might be easier to do it this weekend and not wait until next weekend..

The tree is up...
 ( I could not get this photo to up load right.. ugh)

 Hanging up ornaments in my pjs.. (We always decorate the tree in our comfy cozy clothes)      Love our Disney theme tree..

                                          (Tigger, my favorite Disney Character)

I have a feeling something is wrong with the photo uploader.. No matter how many times I tried, I could not get this the right way.. My real favorite character is the this kid!

What are your Christmas traditions? Will post more holiday decor in the near future!

Friday, November 11, 2011

How to Handle Anger in REI

As I have mentioned in previous post, I am keeping an online documentation of my social skills lessons. My students have been working on how to handle their anger and let be honest, emotionally impaired students have a difficult time with this. Many of my students can verbalize how to handle their anger, but actually using the coping skills, well that is a completely different story.

In each classroom, I made these posters as great reminders on how to chill out. Frequently, I see kids looking at the posters to help them make good choices. I wanted to remember this because when I get my own office some day, I want to post them on the wall. 

Christian Counseling

As a social worker, I value this book so much! I believe anyone who works with people, should own this book. 

This Encyclopedia has wide variety of topics varying from how to deal with disorders to different types of counseling theories. It has a biblical approach, but has a wealth of knowledge and could be used in a non-christian environment.  This book also can be used for an individual who is just learning about counseling. I love that it has topics on skills like communication dealing with non-verbal, modeling, reflecting, using open-ended questions, role playing and visualization. This book has been very good for me to go back and read. In my masters degree program I learned about many of topics presented in this Encyclopedia, but this has information on Pre-Marital, Marriage and Family counseling, which I am not very familiar with. 

Also, this book contains a great deal of information on legal issues such as confidentiality, informed consent, Self care, burn out, documentation, records, continuing education, and research methods.
I love this book! This is a resource that I would never get rid of it. It has a wealth of information in one place. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS!!! 
Thank you to Harvest House Publishers for allowing me to review this book. You can find more information about this book and other books by going to here!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Checking In

I thought I would post about some social skills activities that I do in our REI classrooms. Since my blog is a big online archive, I thought it would be helpful to remember for when I get real School Social Work job.
First, I wanted to post about our Check-in system. I work with students who typically have a difficult time controlling their anger and have explosive behaviors such as hitting, swearing, throwing things, punching things, people, ect.  Since our program is a regional program, our students come from area surrounding districts and can have bus rides as long as 40 minutes.

I developed a check-in system for our students because you never knew how the student woke up at his or her house. You never know who was at home in the morning or who wasn’t.  You never know if the student got on a fight with his or her parent. You never know how the student is going to enter the school building.
My check-in system allows the student to check in, but not be required to verbalize their frustration, unless of course they want to tell a teacher.
On the top column is …..
Cool as a Cucumber (stands for being calm, cool, non-aggravated)
Middle Melon ( Not cool, but not angry, just in the middle)
Hot as a tomato (Angry, ready to explode)
Each student gets a ticket for school store when they check in, so most of them do it every day.
 (classroom reward system)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Two Tickets to the Christmas Ball

I can't even begin to tell you how much I loved this book! It took a while to get into, but once I was in, I got hooked. Sage street is part of town that few often see or do not even know of its existence. Most walk pass it and barely notice this part of town. Sage Street has a toy store, hotel, candy shop, costume store and book stored called Werner. When Cora Crowder ( main character) tries to find a book for her Uncle to finish her Christmas shopping, she finds a unique surprise at the book shop.

Simon Derrik goes to the same book shop and when he returns home, he finds a ticket tucked into his book to the Wizard Ball. Cora also finds a ticket in her book too. The magic begins when the two discover the tickets. I will not spoil anymore about this book.  I could not put down this book and was thrilled when I was able to review this book for WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing, especially since I love Christmas books! This is a definitely must read for the upcoming Holiday Season. 

Feeling Yucky

I am tired of being sick.

My immune system feels shot and isn't staying strong. It's really annoying trying to work when you don't feel good, especially when you know that you have a surgery in a few weeks and will already have a few days off. 

Went to the Dr. Friday and was prescribed some antibiotics to treat bronchitis. 
I am finding that the medication is not helping and I am feeling worse.. Does that mean the medicine is doing its job? Or am I wrong medication.. 
 Either way, I hope to get better soon. Your prayers are vital.

Friday, November 4, 2011


I had the awesome opportunity to review a new bible study curriculum called "Stuck" by Jennie Allen. How many of us get stuck? Stuck in sadness of loving a job, a loved one or a dream that never manifested? How much of get stuck in our job, life, marriage or spiritually? 

God wants to fix these broken spots in our lives. He wants us to be on a journey with him and others to be honest about our places of brokenness, in an effort to let God restore us. This kit had deep discussion questions, eight dvd videos, a leader guide and a study guide.  The eight dvd sessions are short, but would provide great discussion for a Bible Study. I love how the study goes through emotions. As women, we tend to be emotional about things and this devotional curriculum goes through the emotions a woman might feel or not being aware of, especially as she is seeking to be honest about the areas in her life where holes may be present. 

I really think this is a great Bible study  and it biblically based. 
Thank you booksneeze for allowing me to review it!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

I love Kelsey

I love Kelsey. Nothing more needed to say.
She is the best. We always have a blast when we're together.
Speaking of being together.....

 The cat is chasing the mouse...

The cardinal would like to fly south for the winter....

 and the penguin, she prefers Antarctica.

All in all, neither of us got lice from trying on all these hats. I was a bit concerned, but I think we got to the store before they became popular and everyone else tried them or at least that's what I am telling myself.. lol...