Easy & Healthy Monday Morning Breakfast

I am quite impressed with KidzShake. I’m a skeptic by nature, especially when it comes to all things health. Labels tend to exaggerate, things that say 100 percent organic aren’t really 100 percent, “all natural” are just buzz words…You know, a skeptic.

So when I first came across KidzShake I was pleasantly surprised. Not only do my kids enjoy it but it truly is full of some good nutrition. If you want to learn and read more about this company and product we used click here.

Postpartum Depression: 5 Things to Save a Life

“I am a mom of three. I am someone who is happy, full of life, spontaneous and loves making memories. I love to make people laugh even though it’s usually at my expense. I like this person. I miss this person. You see, recently I have been infected with postpartum depression and this person I once was has been hard to find. Often times I refer to postpartum depression as feeling trapped inside my own body. Every day it takes work, hard work, to live life as my mind feels tortured with obsessive fearful thoughts. Postpartum depression is not a matter of will but a chemical imbalance that needs to be taken seriously…” Read the full post here

Originally Posted from Her View From Home

Postpartum Anxiety & Depression: How to be a Good Friend

“My friends, this is something very real that is often overlooked or made light of because let’s face it, we tend to think if we have enough will power we can just “will” our way out of this. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but there is no amount of positive thinking that can fix this disease. We aren’t talking about a bad day or bad week, this is a mental illness and women who suffer from postpartum anxiety or depression are, every day, waking up to fight a battle of the mind. My last piece was for you, the woman silently suffering through this disease. Today, this piece is for you, the friend of the woman suffering from postpartum anxiety or depression. Below are three ways you can be a good friend and love your friend well during this time of suffering she is experiencing. Don’t underestimate these three action steps because you just may help save her life…” Read the full post here

 

Originally Posted from Her View From Home 

Knowing Jesus in Grief

Knowing Jesus in Grief

Jesus Wept (John 11:35)

The shortest verse in the Bible is John 11:35, “Jesus wept”. I find this verse fascinating because it “blows the lid” off the idea that Jesus came to conquer death and was unemotional about the whole thing, or that he was somehow so eternally minded and 13015523_477290579147727_9211636762972567866_nsaw the bigger picture that he was un-phased by death. It’s also amazing that the passage that records “Jesus wept” was recorded at the loss of his friend, Lazarus. I guess, I would think these words would be suited better for when he was on the cross or when his friend, Judas, betrayed him. Although weeping had to have also happend at these times, the scripture that records it is here, in John 11, at the loss of his friend.

If you are like me, you read those words and translate it to mean, “Jesus was kind of sad so he shed a few tears”, except that’s not true because that’s not even the definition of weeping. Webster defines weeping as, “expressing deep sorrow for … by shedding tears, to pour forth (tears) from the eyes, to express passion (as grief) by shedding tears”. Jesus didn’t have a few tears over Lazarus’ death,The Great I Am was pouring forth tears, expressing passion in his grief. But this beauty of Jesus doesn’t stop at the reality that he grieved over his friend …

Jesus wept even though he knew he was going to raise Lazarus from the dead John 11: 11 records. In fact, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus died, just to raise him from the dead (John 11:4, 17).  Jesus knew Lazarus wasn’t going to die but live. Do you understand what these verses are revealing about Jesus? Jesus wept because of death, even though life was coming for Lazarus, is still painful. Christians often miss this and miss out on loving a grieving person well because they fail to understand that one simple, yet impactful, reality: death is painful for the ones left behind even if life awaits for the ones who died.

Jesus’ response to someone’s pain of grief is the perfect example of how to love well in the midst of someone experiencing loss. Jesus showed “all his cards” to those who looked at him as the Messiah. He let people in to see that he, even as the Messiah, weeps for us (John 11:36). Jesus didn’t try to be “tough” but showed compassion. Jesus wasn’t arrogant as if these people were missing who he is and what he came to do, he saw their pain and felt it. Why do we try to do anything different for our friends and loved ones grieving? Weep with them and let them feel the depth of their pain because it’s there that their faith takes deeper root.

If you want to get a little guts about you, feel their pain and then go to your Father in Heaven, and be on your knees for them in prayer. When Moses parted the Red Sea, in Exodus, he had to keep his arms lifted in the air or else the sea would collide together again and the Israelites would. I can only imagine that this process got long, tiring, emotionally wearing, and nearly impossible for Moses to do alone. If it wasn’t for Mose’s friends, Hur and Aaron (Exodus 17:12), who came and held up Moses’ arms (one on each side) so he could continue to do the work God had for him. Your grieving friend needs you to be the lifter of their hands while God lifts their head. You cannot “part the waters” for them. This is where God has them and it’s not for you to try and figure out why, but as God lifts their head, you be the lifter of their arms. Be willing to be tired and weary, speak the truth in love, and hold up your brother or sister’s arms.

5 Ways We Survived 2 Weeks of Hand Foot and Mouth

Tis the season of colds, flus, and hand food and mouth (and all together the mamas cringe). My little dude got it first and shared the love with his sisters, so we spent 2 weeks cooped up in our house. The kids were miserable and antsy to get out of the house, so mama scoured Pinterest and found some things we could do to help survive 2 weeks of hand foot and mouth (and can I just say, thank goodness for Pinterest). I sure hope you and your little ones don’t get it but if you do, have no fear because this blog post is here!

 

1) I loaded the kids in the car, headed to our favorite dinner location, 800 Degrees, and picked up some Xisco Pops (don’t worry, I kept the kids in the car)! They have some new fall flavors out and the girls loved them (“mmm pumpkin. I love pumpkin, Mom” … straight from the mouth of babes).

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2) You guys, this made me think of something my mom would do with me as a kid so this one was special. Out of complete desperation, I was thinking of something (anything) we could make into a party, so we had a tea tasting party and it was a blast! I got out my mom’s fine china, we tasted different types of teas, and ended up talking about my mom and I got to share more about her life. It will be a treasured memory.

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3) We tried new snacks. I’m not one to just whip something up (and it turn out) but this did! So let’s talk about it, eh?! I made the most amazing cashew dip and the girls enjoyed dipping their apples in it. I’ll share the recipe in a later post, ok? ok! and you guys, don’t you kindof want to sing “when I dip, you dip, we dip”? No? Just me?

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4) We made play dough! Thank you Pinterest. You can check out the recipe we used here.

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5) We painted pumpkins. I love this because it’s so simple, yet the kids think it’s the best thing in the world. Quite frankly,  I enjoy painting pumpkins more than carving them. Out of all the activities, this one held their interest the most (well, minus any of the food activities).

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Here’s to hoping you will never have to use these activities for hand foot and mouth, but instead simply for having some fun and making memories with your kids!