Sunday, November 30, 2014

Caine's Arcade


Don't know how I missed this one, but this is one of the best videos I've seen on +YouTube in a long time!  My Mom showed me this over the weekend and I was trying to hold back the tears while watching it.

Awesome boy :-D






You can visit Caine Monroy's website at cainesarcade.com and donate to his scholarship fund.

St. Jude Greetings


Order your St. Jude tribute cards here and get started on your Christmas card list.





Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What's Hot Now: Losing Sleep


BIIM is back!

Check out their new song, "Losing Sleep"






Side Note: Hubby and I got to meet Boyz to Men a few years ago after one of their concerts :) Check out the picture we took with them here.

#NFL + Twitter + Turkey = #Thanksgiving


This is for the football fans and a little advertising for #Twitter ...

Yesterday I saw this quote:

"Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence." ~Erma Bombeck





Use the hashtag #NFL on Twitter


+NFL 

What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?

I used to love watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on +NBC !

10 Ideas: Giving Thanks in Everything


10 Ideas: Giving Thanks in Everything

by: Mary May Larmoyeux of +FamilyLife® 





We’re told in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, "In everything give thanks."

It’s easy for me to give thanks when I run my hands through a grandchild’s hair … or smell the damp earth after a spring rain … or gaze out of a frosted window at the new fallen snow.


But what about the life of a newborn baby snuffed out before she took her first step … or the ears of my mom that can’t hear my words … or a loved one shaking a fist saying, “I don’t love you.”



Why should I thank God for those things?



I think it’s because giving God thanks for all things demonstrates a recognition that He is a good God (Psalm 118:29), regardless of whether I consider something to be a blessing or a burden.


Giving thanks expresses my trust that God has a perfect plan. I believe that He is working all things for His good purposes (Romans 8:28), whether I understand or not.

So, what am I thankful for? Here’s my list:

1. Faith (Galatians 2:16; John 3:16): Almighty God, thank You that I don’t have to earn my way to heaven. Thank You for the gift of faith. I know that I have been made right with You because of my faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. My salvation is secure.


2. Family (1 Timothy 5:4): Thank You, Father, for creating families. Thank You for giving me parents, siblings, a spouse, children, and grandchildren. Family is part of Your plan and I’m so grateful for my loved ones.


3. God’s Word (Hebrews 4:12): Jehovah God, thank You for giving us the Bible—Your Word. It guides me, comforts me, and gives me hope.

4. Creation (Revelation 4:11): Lord, as I see a golden sunrise filling the morning sky, watch a hummingbird outside my kitchen window, or gaze from the top of a mountain, I can’t help but praise You. How great You are! Thank You for the beauty of nature and the promise that the best is yet to come.


5. Love (1 Corinthians 13, 1 John 4:7, 1 John 4:16): Abba Father, when I read that love is patient, and kind … not jealous or boastful … not seeking its own … keeping no record of wrongs … I feel so inadequate. But when I remember that You are love and that You will love through me, I have hope. You are love itself. Thank You for wanting to shine through ordinary people like me.



6. Daily problems (James 1:2-4): Jehovah-Jireh, You are my provider. If I didn’t have problems, my focus would grow inward. I thank You, by faith, for the trials of this life because they draw me to You and remind me that this Earth is not my home.



7. Suffering (1 Peter 2:22-24; 1 Timothy 1:8): El-Shaddai, most powerful God, why is there suffering on this Earth? How could a good God allow helpless children to endure great hardships and faithful saints to be persecuted?



O, Lord, I know the answer. It’s in Your Word. I only have to look to Jesus (1 Peter 2:22) who committed no sin; yet, He was crucified for our sin—for my sin.



I need only look to the apostle Paul (2 Timothy 1:8) who accepted his suffering for the gospel, knowing that he could endure hardships through the power of God, believing that You would work it all for Your good purpose.



8. My inadequacies (Proverbs 20:24): Lord, there is much about life that I don’t understand. But You didn’t ask me to understand, did You? You asked me to trust You, and You are trustworthy. You promise that You are working all things out—right now. I do trust in You, O Lord.



9. Prayers of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:26-27): Sometimes I just don’t know how to pray, Lord. I don’t know what to ask for and I don’t know what to do. That doesn’t surprise You, does it?



Thank You that the Holy Spirit understands my weaknesses and that He prays for me according to Your perfect will.


10. I am not in control (Psalm 103:19): Jehovah-Nissai, the Lord our Banner, You go before me, and I am so glad. You know the many times I’ve prayed for specific things only to be grateful later that You responded, "No."

You have the big picture. So often You’ve answered my prayers with something much better than I could have ever imagined. Thank you for being in control—and not me. Thank You, Sovereign Ruler over all.


This Thanksgiving Day, and every day, I want to give thanks.


Give thanks in everything.


(This article is by Mary May Larmoyeux)



Sunday, November 23, 2014

Fun Ideas for Christmas


Can you tell that I'm excited about Christmas?!

Here are some really nice ideas I saw on #Pinterest to make Christmastime even merrier.

This year, I'm going to try doing some of these things and maybe I'll make it a tradition. We'll see :)



Awww! Love this first idea ♥ This photo can be done for an engagement, wedding or baby announcement, Christmas greeting cards, or just for fun memories. The black and white really makes the lights pop! 


A Christmas tree of appetizers - great idea for a party! 


Red and Green peppermints in a candleholder.  Simple homemade Christmas decor. 


I so want to do this to my car!  I want to find the reindeer eyelashes for the headlights too.


How cute are these ninja turtle ornaments?!  Very creative and a fun craft for kiddos :)


Another idea to decorate your home - take some jars and fill them with wrapping paper bows, candy canes, etc. I mentioned in a previous blog how you can use these same jars all year round. Just fill them with different things to fit the current season or whatever the occasion may be. It's perfect!


I'm sure you've seen this idea making its rounds on the internet, and for good reason. This is a great way to start a family tradition with your children. Let them open this present on Christmas Eve. Fill the box with new pajamas they can wear that night, a Christmas movie, hot chocolate, popcorn and snacks for the movie, etc.


I saw this candy cane vase idea on The Real.


Click here to see how to make this fun treat.


How about having an ugly sweater Christmas party?  A lot of popular stores have started selling ugly Christmas sweaters just for this purpose.  I also saw a company on #SharkTank called Tipsy Elves that sells ugly Christmas sweaters. Check out their website at www.tipsyelves.com.

Tip: Do a gift exchange at the ugly sweater party too. And if you don't want to do a "Dirty Santa" theme, then that's okay!  I don't like that either :)  Put a monetary limit on the gift (e.g., $20 or more) so everyone will get a nice present.


I like the idea of hanging a wreath on the inside of the house.


Cute nails!


What a great idea to put bows on pillows! 


Okay, these Grinch kabobs are too cute! 

What you need: 
  • toothpicks 
  • green grapes 
  • bananas (slice) 
  • strawberries (cut the tops off) 
  • small marshmallows 


If you have some extra Christmas tree ornaments, put some in a bowl for a nice table centerpiece. 


Upside-down Snowman :) Be different. 


Host a gift wrapping party.


Click here or on the above pic to see how to make this DIY "Santa's Belt" Decor.

Which ideas do you like the best?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Christmas Background Pictures






Season's Greetings!

Here is an early Christmas gift from me to you.

  If you like to change your computer desktop background, then check out my #Pinterest board below. 

I found some awesome holiday pics on the internet. 

Suggestion: Save several pictures and make your personalization settings so that the background randomly changes every 15 - 30 minutes or so.  It's a quick way to add a little holiday cheer to your workspace.

Follow Blessed's board Christmas Background Pictures on Pinterest.

+Pinterest 

Martin Thanksgiving Episode






Martin is one of my favorite TV shows!  I love watching the reruns on +MTV and +TVOneOnline .

Here is part of the funny #Thanksgiving episode.  Enjoy!



Friday, November 21, 2014

Toys for Tots





From the Toys for Tots website:

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.





See other great Christmas commercials in this previous blog.

(Also, I follow the +Oklahoma City Thunder and I saw that the Durant family has a Christmas toy drive as well. Visit www.duranttoydrive.com for more information). 

Commercial Success: Rice Krispies



#HappyThanksgiving

Jam of the Week: Just Got Paid


TGIF!



A classic by Johnny Kemp. . .

"Just Got Paid"