Your Needs Will be Supplied

I was listening to Philippians in the Bible app this morning… got a call from a friend to tell her good news that was in my inbox to connect these 2 friends in a possible Partnership that would benefit both of their businesses…. and when I hung up; THIS VERSE was SPOKEN!! ๐ŸŽ Amen!! What a PROMISE !!ย 

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Someone from Jupiter Island whom Iโ€™ve helped refer people of service to her over the last 20 yrs, told me last week that I should Charge Money for this Referral service. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I said, โ€œok Iโ€™ll send you a bill!โ€ She said, โ€œoh but not me!โ€ Lol!!!!

no- Iโ€™m So happy God can use me to be His hands and feet extended and refer others to each other. โค๏ธ Itโ€™s beautiful to watch God provide in others lives. He just wants us to USE WHAT IS IN OUR HANDS!! Sometimes what I have to offer may not be the right fit for someone BUT Iโ€™m sure I know someone that can help ๐Ÿ˜

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#godsupplies #godwillmakeaway #trusthim #accordingtohisglory

486077EE-9406-4661-BEB7-4ACB2010F1CC๐Ÿค”DO YOU USE or ever THOUGHT of Making a Switch to METAL STRAWS to reduce plastic??

I just got some and Iโ€™m excited about them!

Iโ€™m enjoying my little porch all decorated for Christmas and working on a New YouTube Episode to show you my Decorating hacks on ย a budget.

But as I sat there I realized Yet again the IMPORTANTANCE of little yet very POWERFUL & Beautiful things that Fuel my Morning to Empower me to Run Strong for another day! I think we all need that space in our lives. We can fill our days with so much planning, running, working and helping others that we forget to be grateful for the little things that truly fuel us for Clean Living.

Yesterday it was a new found appreciation for my Spode Christmas Glass, A New Metal Straw, a Chocolate Protein Amino Shake, combined with an Empowering Word from the Lord… โ€œI will never leave you nor forsake you!โ€

May the Christ of Christmas be the CENTER of your Fuel for Going that you need during this busy beautiful season !

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We FELL out of FALL too Quickly!!

I know Fall & Thanksgiving is Over now, but I thought Iโ€™d share my Creative Living Tips for Redecorating ย my front porch in colors Iโ€™ve never used for fall before. My inspiration was a rug that I found last year I had a white, tan and seafoam blue pump again on it. This year I added some extra touches buy painting some ย Orange pumpkins the same blue collar, touching up old rod iron pieces with fresh white paint and utilizing some antique blue ceramic & glass pieces that were given to me.

The โ€œGive Thanksโ€ Pumpkin ย was the wooden piece I found at Ross for less for $2.99 in spray paint in the same blue with accents of aqua to make a little darker.

My husband found perfect Square slip covers for pillows I already had on my front bench Online ~ ย through eBay which was fun getting extra Loyalty Dollar money for Free Home Goods Products.

A great little store I discovered had the rectangular pillows for only $7.99 each so I was happy to realize my whole porch makeover was right at $50.00!

I know many ย people pride themselves on top name brands in quality but I find great joy in finding nice quality things a very Great price especially when itโ€™s next to nothing!! I believe thatโ€™s part of the proverbs 31 woman To be a wise spender.

So there ya have my Fall porch ideas just in time for Christmas!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚#blamingmomlife

CAN YOU GUESS WHAT COLORS Iโ€™LL DECORATE THE PORCH FOR CHRISTMAS IN?

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More Blessed to Give

When MOM is Working Extra Hours To Help Others Thanksgiving Week But The TO DO LIST is STILL THERE for Thanksgiving Day; She Pays the Mommy Helpers and they get shopping money for Friday!ย 

#winwin ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿค‘ย 

SIDE NOTE ~ Natalie came home from School yesterday & saw this board and got SO excited! She dropped her backpack & said โ€œI AM ON IT Mom!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚ then she said โ€œMom this is really cool because today there was a boy at school who said he needed a dollar and I wasnโ€™t sure if I should give him my dollar but I did because he needs it worse than me. And now I get to get more than my dollar back!โ€ ๐Ÿ˜

๐Ÿงก๐ŸงกThisย was a great teaching moment for me to share How When God Lays it on our hearts to bless others, even when it may be ALL you have left, He Often Opens doors or Repays us in Greater ways than we imagined! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿงก

– In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lotd Jesus how He Himself said, โ€œIt is more blessed to Give than to Receiveโ€ Acts 20:35

Junk Picture Frame converted to Functional Family Fun Board

Iโ€™m sure ย youโ€™ve got those projects that LOOM over your mind stored in your garage donโ€™t you? You grab a great deal at a yard sale in hopes to transform it into something unique but it goes back into the garage for months and maybe years. You just canโ€™t part with it because you know ONE DAY you will get to it! THATโ€™S ME!!! Lol!

 

Iโ€™ve been attacking projects little by little because I see them as 3 things:

1. An opportunity to spruce up my house a little bit. 2. Create my home to be a functional and positive place for my children to Thrive.

3. Take advantage of the teachable moments for my girls to learn how to be creative on minimal budget. (I never know where God will lead them! It could be a foreign mission field where they need to make picture frames out of Sticks & branches for all I know! I donโ€™t know ๐Ÿ˜… but equipping them the best Creative way I can is what I see as the Proverbs 31 Woman.

In our latest YouTube video, youโ€™ll see How we converted a $5.00 yard sale Frameย  into a Functional Family Chalkboard to keep the kids looking forward to FAMILY FUN TIMES ~ daddy daughter dates, mommy daughter dates, grandparent dates, and Yes, when mom & dad get to have a date too! ๐Ÿ™‚ย Itโ€™s so simple ~ I know you can create one too!

Hereโ€™s HOW:ย https://youtu.be/qOQ69Ht8jQs

Our girls tend to be โ€œplannersโ€. ย Every night before they go to sleep they want to know what is happening tomorrow in the schedule. The older ones are asking what is happening on the weekend when itโ€™s Monday. Haha!! So I thought it would be fun to make a board that would visually give them a schedule of when they get to do fun things with whom. We are grateful to have both sets of grandparents nearby so grandparent date nights get to go on the board as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

Iโ€™ve always loved BEFORE & AFTER stories! Yard sales & Thrifting have always been great ways to Save Money. Consequently my garage is Full of โ€œprojectsโ€ just waiting to receive an Extreme Makeover!ย 

Feel free to comment YOUR Latest Makeover, share a link to your makeover or family channel and Share this post with someone who enjoys before & afters or needs something this practical on their wall. Be sure and leave a comment if this post has inspired you to dig out an old piece and get crackin! Have fun being creative!

AB

xoxo

Truth about Laundry…

 

Itโ€™s ENDLESS!!! Period!

And Once you โ€œLet it Goโ€ as Elsa would suggest, it feels impossible and Overwhelming to โ€œcatch upโ€!

Trust me! Iโ€™m the expert on this laundry procrastination stuff ๐Ÿ˜‚. No Iโ€™m not proud of it, but I imagine thereโ€™s other moms and dads out there that feel the same way. (Donโ€™t even pretend youโ€™re perfect at this laundry business and you have 2 consistent loads a week that you wash on a Monday from 8am-10am and theyโ€™re in drawers by 10:30. ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿคฃ)

So the other day I ran into WinnDixie grocery to grab my Almond milk and I went down an isle I NEVER go down. The dog food isle. Lol! (We donโ€™t have a dog) but what stopped me in my tracks is these 62 CENT (yup you heard me! .62 Each!)bright laundry baskets!

So I thought…Hmmmm would these be ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜’๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ณ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ญ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ BRIGHT FUN laundry baskets. ย  โ€œif laundry has to be done, we may as well make it more fun to LOOK at right? And maybe these colors will make it more FUN?! (A fingers crossing hope, I know! Haha!) so until we get some nice higher end baskets with chalk boards stating each kids names…

here we have basket 1 of Clean, folded & sorted laundry for Kalena, Natalie & Kyleigh to March ย upstairs with them when they get home from school and put away nicely. ๐Ÿ˜ I figure if mommy has to do the washing, folding, sorting, and organizing then the kids can PUT IT AWAY!

Do you agree?? What are some of your mom or dad laundry hacks? (Comment Below will ya? And Follow while youโ€™re at it ๐Ÿ˜‰)

Btw… the stack to the right is the โ€œget rid ofโ€ pile. This purge seems to have to take place once a month!! Lol!

Jesting aside…. I AM Super GRATEFUL for my little family and the provision of good clothes to wear, NonToxic laundry soap to wash it all in and able bodied healthy family to wear it!! I love my family and Iโ€™m proud to be the CEO and Domestic Engineer of this Home as we endeavor to Enjoy Creative Clean Living ๐Ÿ’š

 

How Shopping Walmart cost me my iPhone

DO YOU USE WALMARTโ€™s Online โ€œPickupโ€ Service? I havnโ€™t tried it yet! But after My iPhone screen shattering in the store, Iโ€™m thinking twice about using it!! Hereโ€™s What happened….

I havnโ€™t shopped Walmart in Literally MONTHS & Truly like only 4x in the last 2 yearโ€™s and I used to go weekly dragging all my kids, enduring the begging for EVERYTHING and walking out spending DOUBLE my budget because I gave in to impulse buys & inceasive kid begging :-/

But The other night I needed some big bins for the Kinetic Sand my kids are making and OF COURSE I ended up with 6 other things I saw ๐Ÿ™„that I TOTALLY had NO intention of buying but HAD to have! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

So of course I do the self checkout so I can get out of there and wouldnโ€™t ya know I get all the way home & realize I PAID for my big bins but forgot to take them out to the car with me! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜…

So the Next night (last night) I go back to Walmart Only to check if they have them at the customer service. They donโ€™t, so they tell me to go get some off the shelf. So I march all the way back with my daughter and she is excited to see the lid color is her favorite color (yay! ;)) so she & I reach for the bin off the shelf at the same time and I lost grip of my iPhone out of my hand landing 4 ft face down….๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

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You guessed it!! I did NOT have my thick n sturdy case on. Kids convinced me to put a Pretty one on. ๐Ÿ˜ญโšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธโšก๏ธ

I KNOW I CANT CRY OVER SOILLED MILK BUT NEEDLESS TO SAY I WISH I HAD DONE THIS PICKUP SERVICE!!! ๐Ÿ˜ขHahaha!!ย 

So let me know YOUR thoughts on it. It canโ€™t be too hard to figure out! So Iโ€™m Gona have to figure it out for those RARE moments I need an item from Walmart LOL!

Are you a Procrastinating Perfectionist?

I was having lunch with a friend last week and she was sharing with me how shั” wฮฑs ฮฑ pั”rfั”ctรญฯƒnรญst… Iย was sharing with her that I feel likeย ๐ˆโ€™๐ฆ ๐š ๐๐ซ๐จ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐š๐ญ๐จ๐ซ!

Anyone else out there feel like you are BOTH?

Heres what I see; ย ๐™ž๐™› ๐™„ ๐™™๐™ค๐™ฃโ€™๐™ฉ ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™๐™„๐™ˆ๐™€ ๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ข๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™™๐™ค ๐™– ๐™ฅ๐™ง๐™ค๐™Ÿ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™›๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™„ ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ซ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™จ๐™๐™ค๐™ช๐™ก๐™™ ๐™—๐™š ๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ฌ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™ž๐™ฉ ๐™Ž๐™ƒ๐™Š๐™๐™‡๐˜ฟ ย ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™  ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ ๐™š In ๐™ข๐™ฎ ๐™๐™š๐™–๐™™, ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™„ ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค put off ๐™™๐™ค๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ž๐™ฉ altogether!

Which IS NOT the right I know!

Remember THIS: ๐–˜๐–™๐–†๐–—๐–™๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ ๐–˜๐–’๐–†๐–‘๐–‘ ๐–Ž๐–˜ ๐–‡๐–Š๐–™๐–™๐–Š๐–— ๐–™๐–๐–†๐–“ ๐•น๐–”๐–™ ๐–˜๐–™๐–†๐–—๐–™๐–Ž๐–“๐–Œ ๐–†๐–™ ๐–†๐–‘๐–‘.

Tonight I made a To do List after everyone was in bed. My head was swimming with things I wanted to do in the remainder of September. ย Since May, Iโ€™ve become quite reliant on my google Calendar to set up appointments, Phn calls, family time, cleaning clients, Coffee&teawithLenaB hours, school events, date nights etc!

Iโ€™m finding just this ๐• ๐•Ÿ๐•– ๐•๐•š๐•ฅ๐•ฅ๐•๐•– ๐•ฅ๐•š๐•กย helps to Manage my Time more wisely.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿฝย โ“Œโ“กโ“˜โ“ฃโ“˜โ“โ“– โ“ฃโ“—โ“˜โ“โ“–โ“ข โ““โ“žโ“ฆโ“.

Come to think of it… maybe THATโ€™S WHY the laundryโ€™s piling up! (Haha!!) ok ok Iโ€™ll put laundry on the calendar ;-P lol!

Are you a woman on Facebook? Youโ€™re invited to ย  แ•แ‹แ‹ แ‚แŽงแ‡ we are together going through a 24 week series breaking down 12 steps to becoming a more organized woman. I do a Live video In the private group at 8am est. (of course the replay can be seen anytime.) Join the Coffee&teawithLenaB commmunity. Love to have you ladies ๐Ÿ’•https://m.facebook.com/groups/1578721635565442

Do you STUFF stuff?

87BE30E0-A4F1-4308-B482-5A36CFD044DFBelieve it or not, STUFFING stuff could reflect how CLEAN we are on the inside.

โ€œIf you kids donโ€™t get your room cleaned up youโ€™re not going to XYZ!โ€

If I had $5 for every time I said that to my girls, Iโ€™d be Retired! ย And yet, when I go to their room after they INSISTED everything is picked up…. it APPEARS everything is good on the outside.. but once I open that closet door, drawers, or under bed.. Iโ€™m sure weโ€™ve all found the same horrors greeting us! THE STUFF STUFFED!!!

If youโ€™ve never done the โ€œQuick Cleanโ€ because you Just found out a couple minutes ago that a guest is arriving or your parents are popping over… then this blog might not be for you! Because although I love nothing more than perfectionism and having a place for everything, I know Iโ€™M NOT PERFECT and I wonโ€™t judge a single man or woman who isnโ€™t. I get it! Life is crazy busy!

But what does Matthew 6:33 tell us.. โ€œSeek First the Kingdom of God and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS and ALL these things will be added unto you…โ€

I Wish that meant…โ€™ok so if I spend my morning time with God and I put him first then I donโ€™t have to clean my house. He will have angels come and knock on my door and they will do all of my work for me so I can use my time to dwell at His feet eating chocolates.โ€™ ๐Ÿ˜‚

Unfortunately that has NOT happened for me yet ๐Ÿ˜‚But What HAS HAPPENED is; I have more patience with my children when I see theyโ€™ve stuffed stuff into their closet! I see my blood does not run as hot when I discover My 4 yr old has been experimenting and has cookie crumbs and juice in her play kitchen sink where swarms of ants have gathered for the feast! ย Lord help us!!!

When I have taken time to Be in the presence of King Jesus 1st, even if itโ€™s listening to the Bible app scripture audio instead of music while doing my hair before rushing out the door, ~ or Talking to Him to invite Him to sit next to me in the car & Be Present with me in every encounter He knows will take place today. It is then that I notice HIS PRESENCE IS CLEANING THE LESS OBVIOUS PLACES of my Heart and Soul and setting the pace for a Cleaner Day of Living!

Try it & tell me about your experience ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿพ

Are you a daily devo pro or saint? Tell us a tip thatโ€™s helped you when your house has a buzzing daily schedule! โค๏ธ

 

Welcome to my Blog!

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Hello there! Thank you for stopping by my Blog!ย Iโ€™m Arlene Booth and Guess What!ย ย Iโ€™m back at it!

I haven’t blogged for about 10 yrs and thatโ€™s how old my ELDEST Daughter is…๐Ÿ˜… yep! You got it! Diapers, potty training, talking, walking… Iโ€™m turning 42 this month and Iโ€™m happy to say Iโ€™m OUT OF THOSE STAGES!!

I used to think, โ€œWho reads blogs anymore these days anyway! Everyoneโ€™s moving to social media platforms to share their life ventures.โ€ Such as YouTube Vlogs ~ See mine here ….ย https://youtu.be/4EGVLMmoUtE

Despite my years of procrastination, Iโ€™ve realized the last couple years that most writers and leaders DO HAVE A BLOG. Besides the fact that some day I plan to Author books; a Blog is actually more of aย great platform to EXPRESS & CONVEY MORE! (Maybe more for those detailed people who enjoy hearing the bigger picture rather than the punchline like we see on Facebook & Twitter.) lol!

So with the guiding finger of my Creator God in my back ~ the ONE who inspires all things beautiful, creative and clean within me… who has forgiven and redeemed me of many mistakes and regretful sins and called me to a higher undeserved calling…

It is with humble fingers and grateful heart that I bring you the inspiration of Creative Clean Living. Hereโ€™s what you can expect to find:

~ My motherly thoughts & tips & resources for raising CLEAN godly girls in a dirty world.ย (Lord knows we need all the help we can get there! And you MOMS OF BOYS > This blog is for YOU too!! Because as Iโ€™m preparing my girlsโ€™ hearts for a young man someday; I pray thereโ€™s a mother out there doing her best teaching her boys to live clean in a dirty world too!)ย 

~ Who likes DIYโ€™s? Itโ€™s an exploding phenomenon but Iโ€™ve always enjoyed turning junk (and usually free!) treasures into something amazing so expect to see them along the way.

~ How about recipes to inspire Healthy Cleaner Eating? ย I know, I know! ๐Ÿ˜…Thereโ€™s a TON of foodie blogs & channels out there! And Iโ€™m not about to takeover them!!! ย But the last 5 yrs Iโ€™ve come realize that we women have the SAY SO for what foods our family is eating. We may let the fast food slide and chalk it up as โ€œIโ€™m too busy to cook!โ€ But if we donโ€™t get creative with cleaner eating in our day, our familyโ€™s WILL suffer in the future. (Thatโ€™s another whole post for another day so Iโ€™ll wrap this up! Youโ€™ve been reading long enough) ๐Ÿ˜…

~ Last but not Least, youโ€™ll find Inspirational and Spiritual truths for Cleaner Living in 2018 and even Motivational Mindset for the working woman.

Iโ€™m ALL ABOUT PRACTICAL and yet all about SEEING the beauty in Every little thing… yes, even the broken life pained with heartaches, abuse, addictions, sleep loss, financial stress, anxiety, depression and a multitude of Stresses that cripple the beautifully ย created human God intended us to BE. I donโ€™t claim to be a professional counselor but Iโ€™ve had years of practical experience in the ministry field to this day to know that Godโ€™s blueprint for clean living ย is available to Anyone who seeks it. It is with prayer I bring you CreativeCleanLiving and hope to convey through every post SOMETHING you can take with you to enjoy a more creative clean living in 2018 and decades to come!

Youโ€™re welcome to share this blog with anyone you feel Would appreciate it. ๐Ÿ’•Thank you so much for reading to the end my lengthy 1st post. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰