Archives for June 2013

Inspiration

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Today I spent my day working at a place that was my full time employment until about 3 1/2 years ago. I was in the chapel doing a group and sat once again in awe of this beautiful mural. When I left this employer I wasn’t sure if I would be back, so I made sure I had pictures to help me remember what it looked like. Luckily I am there every so often and I always make sure to go and spend some time gazing at this beautiful sight. I wish that I had more detailed history to give you. But I can tell you that it was brought over piece by piece from Italy and restored in this chapel. I like to think that it gives the clients there a lot of peace and serenity- I know it does me. I’ve included a couple more pictures to help you see close up what an amazing work of art this really is!! Be inspired!

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I hope you are having a peaceful and blessed weekend!

Julie

Feel Happy Music

I have a play list of upbeat songs on my phone that I play when I need a little pick me up.  They are what I call “feel happy” songs, you can’t help but feel better when you listen to them.  This is one of those songs.  I discovered this Christian artist when I heard this song on the radio one day.  I hope you enjoy it and it kicks off your weekend with a smile.

How about you?  What “feel happy” songs are on your play list?  I would love to add to my list!

~Jen

Weight Watcher Friendly Butterfinger Dessert

So simple…so good!

Serves 15 ( 5 points +)

1 package sugar-free instant vanilla pudding
1-1/2 c. skim milk
2 ( 8 oz) containers Cool Whip Free
4 regular sized Butterfinger candy bars, crushed
1 angel food cake

Spray a 15 x 9 baking dish with cooking spray. 
Whisk together pudding and milk. Fold in Cool Whip. 
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Crumble half of angel food cake into the bottom of the 13 x 9 pan.
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Top with half of the pudding mixture and half of the Butterfinger crumbs. Repeat.
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Cover and refrigerate until serving.

Stretching Video

My main form of cardio these days is running.  It is a great form of exercise for me, I feel like I get maximum benefits for minimum time.  Over the past few months though, I have noticed that my muscles are really tight and my flexibility has been suffering so I’ve made it a goal to try to increase my flexibility this year and hopefully do away with some sore muscles!  I found a lot of great stretching videos on You Tube for free.  Below is a Yoga stretch video by Kathy Smith.  I’m not a big fan of the “new age” type yoga with meditation ect. but I have found quite a few “sporty” type yoga/stretching videos out there.  The focus is on stretching and flexibility. This video is broken into two parts, each about 10 minutes long.  You can do both or just one if you are time crunched.  She offers some great modified options (which I am currently following).  I hope that if I stick with it, I can eventually move on to the regular moves.  Another benefit I have found with adding stretching/yoga to my exercise routine, is the calmness and stress relief it brings me.  If you have never tried this type of exercise before, I encourage you to give it a whirl, I think you will be glad you did.

How about you?  Do you have any fitness goals for this year?  Do you have any stretching exercises or videos you like?  I would love to hear about it.

Here is to a happy, healthy day!

~Jen

 

 

 

10 Ways to Carve Out “Me Time”

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As women we often put ourselves at the bottom of the list. There is housework, and kids and homework (more housework) and for a lot of us jobs. As a therapist I work with a lot of women, and if you were to ask any of them what is a major question I ask, everyone would say, “what do you do for fun” or how often are you having “me time.” Sadly enough many of them say they either don’t know, or they just aren’t making time to do it. I am here to tell you, it is important!!! Carving out time for yourself helps you to recharge! Have you ever heard the saying, “if momma ain’t happy, then nobody’s happy!” None of us, woman or man was put on this earth to be martyrs. We must take care of ourselves and we must have fun! Fun can never be taken out of the equation. So I am going to help you out with 10 suggestions of things you can do to incorporate fun, or “me time” into your life. Most important when attempting any of this, do it guilt free!!! Please, feel free to share with us what you do for fun or for me time!!

  1. A hot cup of tea and a book!
  2. A nice walk outside. Fresh air is good for us and helps to clear the head!
  3. There is nothing like a nice hot bath with some special bubbles or sea salts (door locked of course! Remember….this time is for you!
  4. Engage in a hobby. Whether it be knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, photography, crafting, cycling, sports, star gazing, bird watching, or dog walking. Find what you like to do and engage in it. Remember, you don’t have to be Martha Stewart. Keep it simple and have fun!
  5. Music!! My favorite. Sometimes it just feels good to blast your favorite music, or relax to a soothing melody. Music can be fun, healing and therapeutic.
  6. A nice small group bible study can be a really nice way to get out of the house and engage with other women. Our church used to have one with daycare which was awesome!
  7. Find something funny to laugh at. Laughter is healing.
  8. Call up a friend just to chat. While Facebook and emailing or texting can be convenient, good old fashioned conversation can’t be replaced! My cousin and I used to talk for hours after the kids were in bed. It helped us both get through some rough parenting times!
  9. Try a new exercise, or commit to doing a small bit of exercise every day. Even 10 minutes can be beneficial!
  10. And last but not least and sometimes my favorite! DO NOTHING! Just breathe, relax, and breathe again. Make your down time really count by doing a whole lot of nothing.  Sometimes a few minutes of quiet time can save a whole lot of frustration!
  11. Ok, this is a bonus one and one I used all the time when my kids were little. NAP, NAP, NAP!! When my kids napped, I napped. Probably saved a lot of ugly moments from happening!!!

 

Good luck in your endeavors!

Julie

Bible Memory Verses

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I wanted to have the girls start memorizing Bible verses.  I think it is so important for them to have verses committed to memory so they can recall God’s words when they need them, whatever the situation might be.  Their Sunday School classes do not have a formal memorization program, so I decided to create my own.  I have a  plate that you can write messages on with a dry erase marker, so I wrote the verse on the plate where it is displayed on the kitchen counter for them to see every day.  I give them two weeks to memorize the verse and they are “tested” on it at the end of the week.  Both girls took it very seriously and have so far memorized four verses.  Now, I am not above a little bribery to make the whole task a little more fun.  They each receive some kind of prize (candy, a donut, stickers for little one, nail polish for teen daughter). They don’t know ahead of time what the surprise will be.  I have a terrible memory and have been trying to re-learn some verses along with them.  Also, I have tried to pick verses that I think will apply to the things they are both dealing with in their daily lives.

So little by little, as they are learning these verses, they are putting on the “armor of God” which will help them as they prepare to go out and live in this big world!

How do you memorize scripture?  I have a poor memory and would love to hear any tips or tricks!

Blessings,

~Jen