We are halfway through the week!  I hope it has been a good one so far!

I recently read something in  Guideposts Daily Devotional that really struck a chord with me.  The author of the devotion talked about something J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote, that one aspect of God’s image in us is our ability to create.  To me this was a really interesting and inspiring thought.  Genesis 1:27 talks about us being created in God’s image and to think that our ability to create is part of that image is a very exciting idea!

I have always loved to write, draw, paint and craft.  Maybe it is a mid-life crisis (ha!), but recently I have felt the need to find more time to work on the crafts and projects that bring me peace and joy.  Jules has written before about finding or making time for a hobby and I think it is great advice!  So one of my New Year’s resolutions is to find time each week to do something creatively.  As you might remember reading in a  previous post, Jules is a “stoner” or rock collector.  She has bags and bags and boxes of rocks!

She has convinced me that painting these rocks is a lot of fun and so I’ve been trying it out and she is RIGHT !(shh-don’t tell her I said so!)  It was fun and relaxing. We ordered gel pens from Amazon for painting and they come in lots of fun colors.   Here are some pictures of some of my recent attempts.




So how about you?  Do you enjoy expressing your creative side?  What hobbies do you enjoy?  If you haven’t tried rock painting, I would highly recommend it.

Have a great week and remember to find some time to do something that brings you peace and joy!




Not Your Grandma’s Coupon Site!

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Going in a little different path today, but I really wanted to share this with you. Last week a friend introduced me to a website called Hip2Save. This website shows you ALL of the top deals for most of the major stores including online, such as Amazon…my favorite shall I say!!! In addition to the daily specials it links you to all sorts of coupon sites, tells you who has the best price for redeeming those coupons and advice for saving money with coupons. I have found this to be a “one stop shop” for deals and coupons. As an example last week I bought a $60 John Deere dump truck for $25 through Amazon. You can also set it up so it sends alerts of the really good deals to your phone. With the holiday season fast approaching, I have found this to be a very handy site, and it is very user friendly. Check it out and I hope you get some great deals!!!