Praising in the Storms

Be Happy! ๐Ÿงก Iโ€™ll be honest, Itโ€™s been difficult this last week to focus and be happy when you know many dear friends have lost & are losing Loved Ones from this world we are only passing through.

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Give Thanks! ๐Ÿงก Thereโ€™s ALWAYS something to be grateful for. My 8 loads of laundry behind and unorganized closets are NOTHING compared to the Big Problems Others close to me are experiencing this year!ย 

Pray Always! ๐Ÿงก Last Friday night the 1st evening of Jacinda Stetlerโ€™s Stay in the most Glorious Mansion Of Heaven, I heard this new song on the radio that Iโ€™d never heard before.ย 

The lyrics fit so perfectly with everything going on around me.ย 

Iโ€™ve Felt God near in so many ways and especially the fact that ITs OK to ASK GOD WHY! I think sometimes as parents we get annoyed when our kid ask us โ€œwhy mommy, why canโ€™t I do this or thatโ€ and we use the old fashioned phrase, โ€œbecause Iโ€™m the mom thatโ€™s why!โ€ย 

But Understanding that when our hearts ask WHY only means we are childlike and donโ€™t understand and thereโ€™s Nothing Wrong with asking Why When We KNOW the One we are Asking! When we TRUST that one for the answers and even when the answer is not what we want, we TRUST anyway.ย 

Thank you for reading to the end. Iโ€™m grateful to all you for following my heart posts. FB is like a โ€œDear Diaryโ€ to me. Enjoy this song on this Thanksgiving Day and Be Grateful we can Run to the Father with our Whys. ๐Ÿงก

#grateful #blessed #thankful #praiseyouinthestorm #whyGod #behappy #givethanks #prayalways #creativecleanlivingย 

Pumpkin Cuties

We were on the list to bring a Fruit for Thanksgiving Class Parties so these girls got busy doing exactly what mommy instructed! THEY peeled the oranges, cut the celery an inch & 1/2 & inserted in center belly button of the cutie ๐Ÿ™‚ย 991F159A-6DF2-402F-BF2F-DEB49C101F7D

I love my Creative little tribe ๐Ÿ‘ญ๐Ÿ‘ญDidnโ€™t they turn out Adorable!? ๐Ÿ™‚

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And the Indians loved EATING โ€˜em too ๐Ÿ˜‰

Follow @Creative Healthy Kidz Facebook Page for more Fun Ways to get your kids eating things that are good for them!

#creativekids #creativecleanliving #cutieoranges #fruitideas #healthytreats #eatyourvegetableskids #creativecleankids #happythanksgiving2019ย 

The Toilet Paper Gift

๐ŸŽ The Toilet Paper Gift ๐ŸŽย 

This Morning Natalie Woke Up, Used the Restroom, and Excitedly Brought her latest Creative Idea to me. (How many Of you get brainstorms in the bathroom??๐Ÿ˜‰) ๐Ÿคฃ

Today is her Grandpa Paul E. Gagnonโ€™s 70th Birthday and she wanted to do something special for his milestone birthday.ย 

โ€œSo mom, How bout I use a roll of toilet paper and number each square up to 70 and write a memory for every year about grandpa?โ€ย 

I thought it was a FABULOUSLY CREATIVE idea! And YES, it was a CLEAN New Roll Of Toilet paper, for those wondering ๐Ÿ˜‚!!ย 

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It got us all reminiscing about grandpas many years as a child, teen & adult and realized we had MANY questions. Many Squares were left blank for grandpa to expound on, but Iโ€™m thinking it needs to be a BOOK โ˜บ๏ธ๐ŸŽ

It certainly helped us all to remember that no matter how many mistakes weโ€™ve made in life, they canโ€™t be erased EXCEPT for the grace of God! Our Lives arenโ€™t Flushed Away to No Good! They are made Clean! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜‡

#GodisFaithful #CreativeCleanLiving #toiletpaperlesson #toiletpapergift

Q-Tips in My Car!?

(No Judging my โ€œMomMobile Life on the Go Crumbsโ€!)
THIS is the Honest Truth moment I realized the HORRIFIC Scary TRUTH! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

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I DID NOT CLEAN OUT MY EARS
After Washing my Hair This Morning! ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿ˜œ

Have You Ever Done This? ๐Ÿคฃ

I mean, I did EVERYTHING ELSE after ushering daddy & daughters out the door for school! ๐Ÿ’จBesides running a mile & a half, I feel my brain has already ran 10 and itโ€™s only 9am!!!

So I was at a Stop Light and Iโ€™m noticing my ears feel Wet inside ๐Ÿ˜›TMI RIGHT? ๐Ÿคฃ ๐Ÿ˜

(Well letโ€™s face it! I think most of us donโ€™t do all the necessary โ€œself careโ€ steps in the morning ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธWeโ€™re lucky to have 2 matching socks!!!!) Amen?

So at that 30 second red light as Iโ€™m thinking about all this; Trying to cut myself a little slack for forgetting my EARS for crying out loud; ๐Ÿ™„my left leg itches.
As I reach down to scratch; what to my wandering eyes should appear!!? But Q-TIPS in the Door pocket Just for My Ears!! ๐Ÿฅณ

๐ŸคฃOut loud I literally said โ€œWOW!โ€ and SMH!! ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธIโ€™d NEVER used them before, nor know how they got there! (Likely Robert tucked them there for our summer road trip! I PROMISE I Have cleaned the van out since July, but these were just left!!) ๐Ÿ˜…

To be Honest, It was almost as if God himself chuckled along side me and said, โ€œYup! That thereโ€™s CREATIVE CLEAN LIVING DARLINโ€™!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜…
Then it was like I saw the little lesson…โ€Remember I Got ALL YOUR BATTLES! So when Youโ€™re Up to Your Ears in Deadlines, Projects, Goals, Laundry, Dishes, Or Hot Messes; Just Remember The Creative Author Of Clean Himself Is Writing Your Life Story! Just Keep Walking in the path I lead you and Use Every Gift Iโ€™ve Given you thatโ€™s In your Hand.โ€

So This morning, dirty ears & Q-Tips in my Van Door Pocket was the Little Reminder my Heart Needed and maybe you did too! Share if so!! ๐Ÿ’š

And Yโ€™all let me know when ya need a Q-Tip! ๐Ÿ˜‚

How do you Cope with Back to School Worries?

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž Your ๐๐š๐œ๐ค ๐ญ๐จ ๐’๐œ๐ก๐จ๐จ๐ฅ ๐‚ARES? ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ
Iโ€™ll tell you What some of ๐Ž๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ were for the 1st Day of Back to School… for 2018/19

K4 ~ Kyleigh = โ€œ๐˜‰๐˜ถ๐˜ต mommy, ๐˜ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏโ€™๐˜ต ๐˜ฌ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ธ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ฎ๐˜บ ๐˜ˆ๐˜‰๐˜Šโ€™๐˜ด ๐˜บ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต!โ€ ๐Ÿ“

2nd ~ Natalie = โ€œIโ€™m going to use the bathroom NOW before I leave so I donโ€™t have to use the hall bathroom! ๐“˜ ๐“ญ๐“ธ๐“ทโ€™๐“ฝ ๐”€๐“ช๐“ท๐“ฝ ๐“ฝ๐“ธ ๐“ช๐“ฌ๐“ฌ๐“ฒ๐“ญ๐“ฎ๐“ท๐“ฝ๐“ช๐“ต๐“ต๐”‚ ๐“ฐ๐“ฎ๐“ฝ ๐“ต๐“ธ๐“ฌ๐“ด๐“ฎ๐“ญ ๐“ธ๐“พ๐“ฝ๐“ผ๐“ฒ๐“ญ๐“ฎ BY MYSELF!โ€ ๐Ÿšบ

5th ~ Kalena = โ€œI HOPE people & my own friends Donโ€™t ๐“ถ๐“ช๐“ด๐“ฎ ๐“ฏ๐“พ๐“ท ๐“ธ๐“ฏ ๐“ถ๐“ฎ in my ๐“ƒ๐‘’๐“Œ ๐‘”๐“๐’ถ๐“ˆ๐“ˆ๐‘’๐“ˆ!โ€ ๐Ÿ‘“

๐ŸŽšRobert = โ€œLETโ€™s GO girls! I need to Be there ๐“ž๐“ท ๐“ฃ๐“ฒ๐“ถ๐“ฎ to greet my high schoolers and ๐’ฒ๐‘’๐“๐’ธ๐‘œ๐“‚๐‘’ them on their 1st day!โ€ โฑ

Me = โ€œAm I ๐‘…๐‘’๐’ถ๐“๐“๐“Ž
going to have ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…ž ๐Ÿ…œ๐Ÿ…ž๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…” ๐Ÿ…š๐Ÿ…˜๐Ÿ…“๐Ÿ…ข ๐Ÿ…—๐Ÿ…ž๐Ÿ…œ๐Ÿ…” โ€œ๐Ÿก ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ช…

Just as we Encourage our children ๐Ÿ‘ซ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฑ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿผto ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿฝโ“‰โ“”โ“›โ“› โ“คโ“ข when something is ๐Ÿ…‘๐Ÿ…ž๐Ÿ…ฃ๐Ÿ…—๐Ÿ…”๐Ÿ…ก๐Ÿ…˜๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ…– ๐Ÿ…ฃ๐Ÿ…—๐Ÿ…”๐Ÿ…œ… ๐ŸคจIโ€™m so ๐–Œ๐–—๐–†๐–™๐–Š๐–‹๐–š๐–‘ we Can. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโ‚ตโ‚ณโ‚ดโ‚ฎ โ‚ณโฑ โฑ  our Cares on God ๐ŸŽšbecause He ๐•ฎ๐–†๐–—๐–Š๐–˜ ๐Ÿ’šfor ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿฝ แ‹แ‰แ‹แ’แŽฉ. Sฮนษณษ ส…าฝ. Care!

Fast Forward a year Later….

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Kyleigh learned All her ABCโ€™s in K4 and sheโ€™s excited to Learn to read in Kindergarten. ๐Ÿ™‚

Natalie conquered the bathroom fear within her 1st 2 wks Of School and recognizably gave God the praise for helping her with that Fear. ๐Ÿ™‚

Kalena Enjoyed the compliments from her peers about her glasses. ๐Ÿ™‚

Robert got to school on time and built relationships . And Now heโ€™s the Principal of the School. ๐Ÿ™‚

Me… I discovered a โ€˜new kind of normalโ€™ Focusing on My Own Health & Well-being. Discovering that when I have a schedule of exercises, bible reading & prayer – those are the life blood of my Joy, Productivity and Goals for my Family. Whether itโ€™s healthy meal prep, cleaning the house (or someone elseโ€™s), DIY projects, or Mentoring & Leading Women on my Team or not on my team. I have done a lot of cleansing this past year. Body, Mind, Soul & Environment. Iโ€™m so thankful God doesnโ€™t give up on us.

Matthew 6:33 PROVED SO REAL to me last year, & I claim it again DAILY this year as well! Seeking Him 1st – especially when we Are Casting our cares on Him – has PROVED itself time & time again to WORK!! So if youโ€™re CONCERNED about โ€˜all these little annoying or overwhelming things, problems, worries or caresโ€™ then your ANSWER is to SEEK JESUS 1st.

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#SoGrateful ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŽš๐Ÿ’• #castyourcares #castyourcaresonhim #firstdayofschoolthoughts
#lenasheartspeaks #inspiration #dailywords #reallife #backtoschool #backtoschool2019 #selfcare #devoted #creativecleanliving

Feeling Overwhelmed?

I admit! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ Iโ€™m a mom/wife, who felt a bit overwhelmed yesterday!!

I admit ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธIโ€™ve Not met all my goals Iโ€™ve set out to accomplish over the summer! (Iโ€™m a high achiever & expect a lot out of myself. (Usually more than others expect of me.) ๐Ÿ˜ฌAnd now here it is… Back to School time. I wanted desperately to to have EVERYTHING done So I could focus on my Business Goals As soon as the kids go to school – when Iโ€™ll have the quiet hours back in the day..

I sent a text to a trusted friend & older woman mentor of mine, to โ€œSOS Pray for me todayโ€.
She sent me this verse To Encourage Me & prayed with me. (Which I believe a Trusted Friend, Prayer & Godโ€™s word make ALL the difference, if you haven’t discovered that yet, try it!

So THIS is the verse she sent me:

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I thought Iโ€™d make a meme of this in case anyone else needs the reminder to Give WHAT OVERWHELMS YOU to God. Take a step back & realize itโ€™s the Enemy that wants to Steal, Kill & Destroy and he will ALWAYS come in like a flood BUT GOD Will lift up that standard, that barrier, that protection Up FOR us AGAINST Satan.

#praisingHim ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’š

How I Fed 5 with $6.50

I needed something QUICK tonight since we just got home from our summer trip! The refrigerator is sparse and tomorrow is grocery shopping day. ๐Ÿ˜…

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SO I grabbed a 1/2 lb chicken from the freezer & threw it in the crockpot with 1 cup water & some PC Chipotle Seasoning on it – figuring it would be some sort of taco thing. ๐Ÿ˜…

After helping a client till 4:30, I stopped at the local Mexican Store and was fortunate to have gotten the LAST pack of hot corn tortillas for 1.50! ๐Ÿ˜

Then I felt the urge to run across the street and stop at the local Mexican Food Truck for some of that amazing green Salsa Verde from my friend Liz! ๐Ÿ˜‹ (My kids even love it!) Sweet Liz gave me the Verde Free so I couldnโ€™t help but buy a Large order of Beans & Rice. I thought I would save myself time but I realized it might not be enough for 5 hungry Mexican loving Boothies ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I cooked up 2 cups of brown rice, added a pk of Sazon to make it the same orange color and then did my own pinto beans PuertoRican Style since Natalie thought I shouldnโ€™t mix em with the mashed refried Mexican style. โ˜บ๏ธ So, everyone enjoyed dinner tonight as we all chatted about Godโ€™s Goodness on our family and mommy was happy for the Quick dinner that was only $6.50 out of pocket today ๐Ÿ˜‰ Not too shabby ๐Ÿค‘

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#creativecleanliving #homemadetacos #fastmeals #dinnerideas #quickdinnersolutions #momonabudget #authenticmexicanrecipesย