December 2nd: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on Candi from Deal Finding Family’s, Fireside Christmas Coffee.

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This is a delicious recipe for Fireside Christmas Coffee. This is wonderful to enjoy at home, but even better to give as a gift.

Be sure not to miss out on Mandy from Odds and Evans, Magical Christmas Bath.

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If you have littles at home this looks like a FUN bath time idea! Merry Christmas!

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December 1st: Countdown2Xmas

Be sure not to miss out on JoAnn from Whimsicle’s, Grandma’s Lemon Bars.

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 Tart, sweet and dusted with powdered sugar, every bit of this lemon bar is delicious. These are the perfect Christmas treat for a cookie tin or as a snack for Santa.

Be sure not to miss out on Krista from The Quintessential Mommy, DIY Macaroni Ornaments.

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Check out these fun easy macaroni ornaments that you can make with your little kiddos!

Be sure not to miss out on Mandy from Almond Place, Be Merry: Painted Sign.

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Check out how Mandy made her own painted sign and make one for your home. It could say anything you wanted!

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“What Students Really Need to Hear”

Be sure to watch the following video if you are a student, teacher or parent!

I found this video on another teacher’s blog at the beginning of this school year. I found it at just the right time. My students were giving up, stating I was being too hard on them and asking why I care. I played this video for them and they were all in awe! One of my students actually asked “Do you really stay up late at night?” I then responded that I don’t have sleepless nights but what happens in the classroom does effect my the remainder of my day. I received this video in two different emails today so thought I should share with my bloggers about this amazing video and what really students are saying about it. After watching the video I had my students respond to the video about what they felt.

Here are some of their responses:

  • teachers do care about their students and don’t hate them
  • teachers want students to move up and become excellent and smart students
  • good to know that teachers care that much about us
  • school isn’t just about learning it’s about the struggle of life and having to deal with it
  • this video is like a wake up call
  • it isn’t about homework and classwork and exams or even midterms its saying don’t give up on yourself
  • try your hardest instead of giving up or quitting
  • it inspires me to act like a man and take everything serious
  • the video made me feel that there are people looking out for me
  • every time I take the easy way out i am distroying my future
  • this video motivates you to do better and try harder
  • you should never quit because the world just keeps moving with or without you
  • students should always fight to do there best and to never give up

Here is one students reaction to the video:

I am one of these kids. I am a kid that doesn’t do anything but somethings I do do, but most of the things I dont care about. I didn’t try that hard in middle school or 9 grade because I really didn’t care about school,  but now I see what will happen and I need to pick it up and try. I will be one of thoughs people that try and that succseed in life.

Hope you enjoyed some of the students responses to this AMAZING video and message!

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Love Dare: Day 18

 

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Well if you are following along and completing the LOVE DARE you should be on day 18!!!!! Congrats! I have not been following along doing every dare but I have done a few along the way. The dare for today is to:

“Prepare a special dinner at home, just for the two of you. The dinner can be as nice as you prefer. Focus this time on getting to know your spouse better, perhaps in the areas you’ve rarely talked about. Determine to make it an enjoyable evening for you and your mate.”

I am not going to lie I LOVE TO COOK. We tend to stay in during the week where I cook dinner and we eat together. We head out for a nice, fun dinner on Friday night or over the weekend. I suggested to my Fiancé that we go out for a nice dinner and enjoy ourselves. So we did. I had planned in my head that we would go out to a nicer dinner and intentionally leave our phones at home on the kitchen table. So, we decided it was a Friday night after a long week we would head out to Zipps.logoWe love eating at Zipps for their happy hour. They have great specials and there is some kind of sport on TV. So we head out for dinner. When we arrive my Fiance trys to pull his phone out but he has left it at home. Inside I am jumping up and down. I had forgotten that we would leave them home. We had a great dinner where we recapped our weeks and talked about things that if we both had our phones we would not have. After coming home I reread the Day 18 chapter and dare where I then noticed that at the bottom of the page in small print it states “for a list of questions related to today’s are, see the Appendix, page 206.” I then turned to that page and was bummed I didn’t see the questions earlier. I think that we will be going back and redoing this dare. I am curious what his answers are to the questions in the back of the book. If you do this dare please don’t feel like you HAVE TO do it tonight. Just be sure that you make time for your significant other. I have included a few questions for you to ask your significant other if you have not purchased the book! If you do have the book there are several more questions in which you can ask your spouse.

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Tip: Try to keep the mood and focus positive. Listen more than you talk.

Personal:

  • What is your greatest hope or dream?
  • What three things would you like to do before the nest year passes?
  • When was the last time you felt filled with joy?

Marital:

  • What are three things that I do that drive you crazy?
  • What things in the past do you wish could be erased from ever happening?
  • What words would you like to hear from me more often?

Let me know if you complete this dare by commenting below. If you did complete the dare was it helpful and insightful?

Peace and Love

 

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Journals

Last week on Monday night I attended an AWESOME night of praise and worship. After listening to the guest speaker and singing worship songs you are able to pick a “lab”/breakout session. There was a room FULL of women worshiping the Lord. It was incredible. I was blessed and got to go with a good friend of mine Amber (When is Nap Time). She is an amazing mother and an even more amazing writer. Please check out her blog if you have children or are just looking for some uplifting words. The lab we decided to choose was a journaling lab. I am not very good at journaling but was interested in it enough to go with my friend. There was an AMAZING speaker and she gave several tips, tricks and ideas to us. For an overview of what we learned check out Ambers Journaling post HERE! I decided instead of giving you a run down of the class I would give you some of my favorite ideas from Pintrest!

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10 Different Journaling Ideas:

Loving this “Currently I’m” list………Let me know if use it on your blog.

Take an old book and turn it into a work of art!

Love this video about the AWESOME smash book I got as a gift from a dear friend!

If your interested in making your OWN journals……Check this out!

Have a place you can store all your materials if you are taveling!

I am LOVING this journaling BIBLE!

Create an ART Journal.

Print these AWESOME “Library Cards” and start a 365 Journal.

Check out THIS blog for more great photos of journaling ideas!

I have a goal to start my own journal. Do you keep a journal? What do you find works best for you?

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Day Seven: To Read/To Be Read

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I am joining Brave Love to blog every day in September! I will be linking the post with her daily link up! I challenge you to participate in the blog-tember challenge.

 

Day 7: What’s on your current reading list? Or what have you read that you recommend?

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Here is my list of recommended reads:Bridge

Christmas Letters by: Debbie Macomber

Bridge to Haven by:Francine Rivers

Until I Say Good-Bye  by:Susan Spencer-Wendel

Crash/Bang/ Gasp by: Lisa McMann (this is wonderful edge of your seat trilogy)

The Longest Ride by: Nicholas Sparks

The Selection/The Elite/ The One by: Kiera Cass

Where’d You Go Bernadette? by: Maria Semple

Kisses From Katie by:Katie Davis

Current Reading List:

I have a LIST of books that I would like to read. The list I feel like just keeps getting longer as new books come out. I made a goal for myself in January that I would read 50 books this year. The year is half way over and I am not even close to half way through the books! As I finish books I post pictures on my Instagram so be sure to follow @urbanannebags so you are in the know about what I am currently reading. Also, come back every Friday so join in on the Friday Reads Book Club link up!

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Friday Reads Book Club: Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

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Welcome to another Friday Reads Book Club this week Joann from A Whimsicle Life is  reviewing Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe, by Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson. I am hosting this weekly affair along with two other amazing Arizona bloggers, Sarah at Neroli Blossoms and Megan and Joann at A Whimsicle Life.

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Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe

By: Sarah Mae & Sally Clarkson

Have you ever thought, “I just can’t be a mom today?” I have. That is why I am so thankful for this book. Desperate: Hope For the Mom Who Needs to Breathe is written by two wonderfully different women. Sarah Mae is a young mama trying to find her way through the motherhood jungle. God placed Sally in her life at a time when she was depressed and losing the joy that being a mommy should bring. Written in two wonderfully complimentary parts, Sarah Mae starts each chapter by sharing her letters to………read more of this review at A Whimsicle Life.

We encourage you to:

  • Visit the host’s blog, check out each week’s book review and leave a comment with your thoughts.
  • Post your own book review in our linkup. (Please link back to us on your own post when you do!! Also, grab our Friday Reads badge to let everyone know you are participating!)
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  • Visit other blogger’s reviews that are posted in the linkup and leave a comment on their post.

 

Have a Great Weekend! Love and Peace!


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Friday Reads Book Club: The Way of Kings

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Welcome to another Friday Reads Book Club this week Sarah from Neroli Blossoms is  reviewing The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson. I am hosting this weekly affair along with two other amazing Arizona bloggers, Sarah at Neroli Blossoms and Megan and Joann at A Whimsicle Life.

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The Way of Kings

By: Brandon Sanderson

I need to preface this review – I love classic fantasy. Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter – you’re speaking my language. But outside of that, I really haven’t read much in the genre. I love the idea of fantasy stories, but there is so much junk and smut out there that I’m very hesitant to pick up any other fantasy book. The Way of Kings came highly recomended by Goodreads and Amazon ……… read more of Sarah’s review at Neroli Blossoms.

We encourage you to:

  • Visit the host’s blog, check out each week’s book review and leave a comment with your thoughts.
  • Post your own book review in our linkup. (Please link back to us on your own post when you do!! Also, grab our Friday Reads badge to let everyone know you are participating!)
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  • Visit other blogger’s reviews that are posted in the linkup and leave a comment on their post.

 

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Friday Reads Book Club

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Welcome to the new Friday Reads Book Club! We are hosting this weekly affair along with two other amazing Arizona bloggers, Sarah at Neroli Blossoms and Megan and Joann at A Whimsicle Life.

This “book club” is intended to create a community where we can all share fantastic books that we read and want to recommend to others. Each week, one of the blogger hosts will write a review of an outstanding book. We will also have a linkup each week where fellow bloggers can post book reviews and recommendations.
We encourage you to:

  • Visit the host’s blog, check out each week’s book review and leave a comment with your thoughts.
  • Post your own book review in our linkup. (Please link back to us on your own post when you do!! Also, grab our Friday Reads badge to let everyone know you are participating!)

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  • Visit other blogger’s reviews that are posted in the linkup and leave a comment on their post.

For our first Friday Read:
Where’d You Go Bernadette?

by Maria Semple

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Head over to A Whimsicle Life to check out our first review!


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