My Word of the Year for 2017 plus Cents of Style Tee 50% off!

At the beginning of every year, I love to set goals.   It’s important for us moms to set goals to create vision and promote growth in every area of our lives.  Recently, I shared on my YouTube channel about goal setting and how I use my Life Planner to help me stay focused on my new year goals.  Something else I started to do was pick a word of the year.  It’s something I always wanted to do, but wasn’t intentional about it until this year.  I share about this more in depth in my video below.

The beginning of 2016 was amazing but the end of 2016 was tough.  I faced sudden health challenges in late 2016.  My digestion system and stomach became inflamed and in one week of going to ER, I couldn’t eat or drink anything I was used to anymore.  My life changed drastically.  At times, I felt I was going to die.  I felt alone.  I felt deep pain.  I felt like I couldn’t go on.  I felt like a new tomorrow would never come.  Then, I realized something about myself.  All those long nights screaming in pain, curled up on the floor in an embryo position, I prayed.  I prayed harder than I ever  prayed.  In desperation, I prayed three simple yet powerful words, “Jesus heal me”.

All I could do was trust that He was holding me in my unknown pain.  That night, I had something to hold onto. Although I felt like giving up, there was that part in me that was saying, “keep going!”.   I continued to pray every day and read a special book I checked out from the library during that time by Robin Jones Gunn called Victim of Grace:  When God’s Goodness Prevails.  In this book, she also encouraged women to pick a word for the year.  Excitedly, I felt compelled to do this although I felt like I didn’t know if 2017 would come fast enough for me.

Ruben and Hadara continued to pray for me during those long nights and many people around the world were praying for my healing every day.  I felt bathed in God’s love and mercy.  My faith grew stronger and I began to fight violently for my life.  I took every stupid thought and lie captive that tried to combat my mind, telling me I was going to die.  I chose not to believe it, but I stood on God’s promises.  I continued to decree that He has a plan and a purpose for my life.  Although in that season, life was tough, but I was tough too.  I fought back!

Sometimes, there’s a point in our lives, when we need to contend for what belongs to us.  Whether that’s a healing, a prodigal child, a lost dream, a broken marriage.  NO matter what, life is tough, but so are you!  And you know what?  God is even tougher.  He’s tougher than any situation or any hard season you many face!

It’s been four months since my last stomach flare-up.  I’m slowly feeling better.  I even started to workout again.  I trust I am healing and know my new tomorrow has come.  I’m not going to lie and say this process happens quickly, for it takes time to heal.   Whether it’s our broken body or our broken heart.  So, as I left 2016 behind and overcame fears, and wrong mindsets.  I enter 2017 ready to BLOOM.  Ready to flourish from the seeds that were watered and tested through the hard season of drought and winter.  I’m ready to bloom in the garden and see others bloom with me.

With this blooming, I began 2017 with launching a 2nd YouTube channel of our family vlogging our daily life.  I’m officially a vlogger now!  I also just added health as a major category to this blog and my blog YouTube channel.  Hey, I even started filming my own workout videos on my channel this month to help moms like you get fit, healthy and strong.  Talk about blooming!  Something I always wanted to do, but never had the guts to do it until now.  Yes, 2017 is the year for me to grow and be the woman God intended to me.  The real me-quirkiness and all.

Today, I celebrate by wearing my favorite inspirational word tee from Cent’s of Style.   Lately, I wear it as my workout tee and It’s also perfect with jeans and a blazer.   The best thing is Cent’s of Style has this tee in other word affirmation styles plus different colors to fit your word of the year.  The coupon code is INSPIRE17 and it will take 50% off the lowest marked price + FREE SHIPPING. The code is valid 1/20 through 1/22

Be sure to watch my video below and please let me know if you have a word of the year and what it is in the comments?  I’d love to hear your tough story.




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Free W.O.W. {what I am willing to do within one week} Weekly Plan Sheet

Happy Monday! 
Do you need help organizing your week? I love all the plan sheets out there, but I needed one that fit my life.  So I created one and that means I’m sharing it with you.  Yay!
I have two FREE printables just for you because you are so awesome!

I’ve been working feverishly on new projects to share with all of you.  So much to do in so little time.  Be looking forward to more bible encouragement in the near future.  

Today, I’m sharing my weekly W.O.W. goals with you.   

W.O.W. stands for “what am I willing to do within one week”.   

MY WOW’S  {What am I willing to do within one week}

My Time

Keep on track with my Eat Yourself Slender plan
Continue with my workout plan, BB Mommy Challenge.  I’m on Day 41!
Research more flour less recipes.  Less stomach bloat everyday = motivatation not to eat bread!
Go to bed by 10 pm,  (I wake-up at 5:30 a.m. now to make breakfast for hubby and myself).

Book of the Week/Month
Begin Love Amid the Ashes by Mesu Andrews.  I’ve been wanting to read this and now I will.
 -Thank you little brother for passing it on.

Bible Study
John G Lake 90 day morning devotional
Torah portions and Brit Hadashah readings for Shabbat

Names of God by Laurell Hubick

Teach (homeschool)
Hebrew-memorize days of week
Spiritual warfare, armor of God with home church kids
Names of God- we are on Jehovah Rapha- God who heals.

We began to read A Messianic Bible Study as a family for our weekly devotional during breakfast or lunch.  My hubby’s work schedule changed so now he’s home with us on Wednesday!  We love the extra day together and can’t wait to get started!

Save money for Princess birthday coming up in March.

Work on taxes and budget for March

Commit to one cheap date
Planning our anniversary (so better schedule a sitter now)

So what about you?  What are you willing to do in one week?  

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Make it a W.O.W. week! 
Blessings and Shalom, 

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How to Teach Kids About Money and Starting a Business

Got a little entrepreneur on your hands? Great!  Making a craft and selling it is a great way to teach your children about money with the benefits of making a few extra dollars.

My daughter Hadara and I were brainstorming ideas on how to raise some money for her piano lessons and to give to our local congregation for children’s ministry.  I immediately thought it had to be something easy to make.  We can’t spend any extra money on the craft.  

Finally, it will need to be cute enough, yet be marketable. 

I looked through our craft closest for a spark of creativity.

I then made a list of things my daughter was good at doing like drawing, art, music, and writing.  Then, we brainstormed a few ideas and came up with our list.

Hadara decided to make homemade Bible bookmarks and flower hair clips.  

She was so excited as she made each bookmark.  

I helped Princess hot glue and that’s about it.  

The Bible bookmarks came out very pretty and the different materials, laces and embellishments we used were vintage finds from my Grandma’s remnants.  This made it even more special! 

 We decorated a coffee can to display them-so shabby chic! 

Hadara sold all the bookmarks in one night to our congregation.  The next week she sold her flower hair clips.  I was so happy for her.  Of course, I know our customers were friends who wanted to help, however, her Bible bookmarks were pretty too.  She was so excited when she met her selling goal for the week.  I don’t have a photo of the hair clips to show you.  They sold out before I could get a pic!  Wow!  

She was able to donate a percentage to the children’s ministry and have enough for her 1st month of piano lessons.  She even had a little extra to go shopping just for her!  I was so proud of her as she collected the payment for each and did all the selling including the math on her own.  

Why is it a great way to teach kids about money?

  • Smart biblical wisdom for finances starts at home
  • Giving and Receiving 
  • Kids love concrete hands-on activity
  • Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, need I say more!
  • Goal setting 
  • Teaching business/marketing/profit
  • Appreciating the value of money and working hard
  • It’s fun!! 

How do you get started? 

1. Find out what your child is interested in or great at doing.

2.  Make a list of those interests that can be marketable.  

3.  Decide on a fair price that will give you profit for the valuable time you put into your product.  We sold our items for $1 each, but it depends on how much time and the cost of your materials. 

4.  Have fun and get going!  You never know where this could lead. 

Most of all, this is a a great opportunity to teach our kiddies about math.  I think it would be a great project for a big family or if your children are interested in business.  I believe the Lord gives us inventions and creative ideas and they can even pay our bills.  Right?! 

Have you started a kid biz or have some other creative ways to teach math?  
I’d love to hear your ideas! Please comment and post them.  

Keeping on, keeping it simple and keeping it creative! 

Blessings and Shalom

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