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#SmallSeeds of Creativity

AUTUM QUOTE

So, it’s been awhile since I have posted some Small Seeds. Although, sharing links to bloggers changing the world right where they are is important; I thought I would switch it up a little this month and share Small Seeds of Creativity, a.k.a. seriously creative bloggers.

The girls and I are always looking for fun, crafty ideas to try out. Since I introduced Alex to Pinterest…well, we’ve been crafting a lot more lately! And, with the holiday season fast approaching…only 9 Friday’s until Christmas, to be exact, maybe you will see something that will inspire a crafted gift this year. My friend can’t help announcing to all of us in the office how many Friday’s are left until Christmas. You’re welcome.

pirate fairy

Halloween preview: Pirate Fairy. Never heard of one? Well, now you have.

SMALL SEEDS OF CREATIVITY

CREATIVE BLOGGER #1: Jennifer Jangles  is the “maker of happy things”. She offers whimsical sewing and craft projects for all ages and skill level. Running low on time? She even has an Etsy shop where she sells kits of her designs. Check out her free pattern of these whimsical pin cushions8 free Christmas patterns…and these Happy Scrappy Scarves.If her designs don’t bring a smile to your face, you should probably get that checked out by a doctor, stat!

CREATIVE BLOGGER #2: Uppercase Magazine is stuffed full of creative ideas for calligraphers, graphic designers, fabric artists, pottery artists, surface pattern artists, basically anyone who is “creative and the curious”. Why have I just discovered this magazine? In a world when print seems to be a lost art, Uppercase publishes this beautiful magazine four times a year. Its design is modern and clean, has gorgeous photography, and features artists who are sharing their art with those around them. Actually, if you read about publisher/editor/designer Janine Vangool’s story, she is pretty inspiring too.

CREATIVE BLOGGER #3: Dear Little Pin Cushion Studio, please move to Colorado. Please. This little studio offers sewing classes for kids…which looks like a blast! Tell me this class doesn’t look like a creative mess. But, unless you live in Virginia, you’ll have to live vicariously through their blog.

CREATIVE BLOGGER #4: What creativity list wouldn’t be complete without a food blogger? Half Bakes Harvest fits that bill! Beautiful photography, modern design, decadent food, did I mention the beautiful photography? Seriously, check out this Salted Caramel Apple Snickers Cake…or Chile Lime Salmon Fajita Salad with Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette...or No-Churn Caramel Peanut Butter Cup Soft Pretzel Ice Cream Sammies with Hot Fudge (What the holy yum!). Tieghan dishes up food that is so sinful some of us can only look at the pictures!

So, there ya go. Go. Check out some creative bloggers today.

Want to Live Happier? Practice Gratitude

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  • Dinners al-fresco on the back patio.
  • Long walks after dinner.
  • Flipping burgers on the grill in the pouring rain.
  • Acupuncture treatment by a friend.
  • My little sister’s encouraging words.
  • Woohoo’s from Parker at gymnastics.
  • Great books that make you think.

These are just a few of the things on my 1000 Gifts list. Typically we give thanks during the November/December holiday season. It’s a down-right tradition.

Like a hearty bowl of soup on a cold, damp autumn day, giving thanks fills us up. So, why reserve the attitude of gratitude for just one time of the year? What if we gave thanks year around?

Happy people actively exercise gratitude and choose to live with an attitude of gratitude.” ~MindBodyGreen

Simply put, expressing gratitude makes us happy.

Need more incentive than “just being happy” to express your gratitude? How about better sleep. Would you take that?

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You Know You’re Addicted to Starbucks When…

You know you’re addicted to Starbucks® when you write a poem about their caffeinated drinks!

*This poem was written by my 12-year-old daughter, who is in love with Starbucks®. She wants her first job to be as a Barista. Maybe she’ll get me a discount?

Starbucks poem

Starbucks…
The flavor is the sweet smell of a red rose.
Rich, creamy whipped cream.
Buttered croissants.
Unsatisfactory…never.
Cookies and cake for everyone!
Kindness comes in every drink.
Strawberry cake pops,
A shower of sweet sensations;
Favorite flavors just for you.
Frappiccinos topped with caramel and
Every size fits you.

I hope this made you smile today. Maybe you are craving a drink now?

50 Creative Date Night Ideas for Your Marriage

I remember when my husband and I first started dating. We were so infatuated with one another. We wanted to fulfill each other’s needs. We listened to one another. We spent a lot of time together connecting. But after 18 years of marriage, kids, careers, and basically, life, it has gotten harder to find time to connect.

Somewhere along the way there was a disconnect.

Disconnected from each other. Disconnected from intimacy. Disconnected from love.

In the book “The 5 Love Languages – The Secret to Love That Lasts”, author Gary Chapman explains the distinct language we use to express love to one another.

He boils it down to these 5 love languages: Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gifts, Acts of Service, and Physical Touch. Although I think we both fall into more than one of these categories, there is one overwhelming category for each of us.

My love language is Quality Time. He says his love language is Quality Time and Physical Touch. (FYI hubby… quality time leads to physical touch.)

Once we understand the love language of ourselves, and our spouse, we hold the key to love that doesn’t fade way.

Do you feel disconnected from your spouse? Want to put some spark back into your marriage? The first step is spending time with one another. The way you did when you were dating…before life got in the way.

In honor of February, the official LOVE MONTH, here are 50 creative date night ideas to put that sweet love back in your marriage.

Date Night Ideas for Married Couples

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3 Women Inspiring Change Everyday | January

Women inspiring change I read a lot of blogs. And when I say, “a lot”, I mean I currently have somewhere close to 100 blogs bookmarked on my iPad.

I may have an addiction.

I don’t read these 100 blogs everyday. Geez, I wouldn’t get anything done! These blogs fall under the category of Faith, Quilt Love, Craft Love, and so on…

What I really love is when I find a blog that inspires me. I love reading about women who actually admit to not having it all together (gasp), along side the rest of us. I love well written words, good design, and doing good.

Years ago I featured Women Inspiring Change posts. I would like to bring that back and introduce you to some wonderful women around the blogasphere. These women write about different subjects, but they have one thing in common: they are doing good in their little world. Maybe they aren’t solving the world peace thing, but they are changing lives…right where they live, and where God calls them. Don’t we all want to do that?

I hope you will find them as inspiring as I have.

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Awesome Gift Giving Guide That Does Good

‘Tis the season to give…right? So, what do you get friends and family who have everything? Or, say, “I don’t need anything.” Which is true.

Most of us don’t need a thing. Not so true for others around the world.

The dilemma of the season: Give something special to our loved ones, because we love to give, but also give to those who are in need. The solution? Give gifts that give back in some way.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking this holiday season…drum roll, please… my Awesome Gift Giving Guide That Does Good:

charity gift giving guide

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MERCY HOUSE |  Mercy House Kenya provides a safe place-a guarded home with 12 maternity beds, maternity care for young women with no place to go, provide rape and abuse counseling, spiritual support, job skills and living skills education, women can stay 2-4 years, but the goal is to help the girls get “one their feet”. Full disclosure: This is a charity I support regularly.

GIVE BACK | “Online shopping through the GiveBack Mall provides cash-back to your foundation account for purchases from over 500 online retailers. Merchants reward GiveBack members with 2 to 40% of an item’s purchase price into their account.”

PHILANSHOPIT | “Philanshopit was born when two friends wanted to combine their love of fashion and their passion for philanthropy. Hanna and Aubrey founded the company to allow customers to purchase socially responsible items without sacrificing style.”

HEADBANDS OF HOPE | “Right before my 20th birthday in the summer of 2011, I did an internship at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina.

 
During my internship, I saw that girls loved to wear headbands after losing their hair to chemotherapy. Being a young girl presents many struggles with self-esteem already and losing their hair as a result of a life-threatening illness is traumatic. Not only do they have to face the risk of losing their lives, they feel that they lose a part of their feminine identity. ” Founder, Jessica (Jess) Ekstrom. Buy a stylish headband and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer.

ROOZT | “We exist to inspire, empower, and connect brands with everyday people to be catalysts for positive change through online shopping… Because changing the world should be fun!” You can handpick your own collection of items you love, supporting a cause you are passionate about…creating your own movement. Or, visit other like-minded people and purchase a special gift. My movement for Women Empowerment can be found here.

WORLD VISION | World Vision “…provides emergency assistance to children and families affected by natural disasters and civil conflict, work with communities to develop long-term solutions to alleviate poverty, and advocate for justice on behalf of the poor.” Sponsor a child, provide medical care, give a goat, chickens, ducks, clean water, a well, and so much more.

LIVE FASHIONABLE | “The fashionABLE mission is to create sustainable business for Africans so they aren’t dependent upon charity, but instead earn the dignity of a job. We offer opportunity to everyone, with a primary focus on empowering women. When we invest in a woman, statistics demonstrate that she will have a life-changing impact on her family and community… and herself.” Also have an awesome blog for the hip and trendy.

FEED A MOTHER | “Mali is one of the least developed countries in the world. In rural areas, over half of the people are living in poverty and are food insecure. When hunger strikes, women and children are affected the most. Malnourished mothers give birth to malnourished children, draining them of the potential to develop into healthy and productive adults.”  Your gift will feed a pregnant or breastfeeding mother in Mali for an entire year so that her child can grow up healthy and strong.

TOMS MARKETPLACE | Because TOMS believe commerce can be about more than profits, they created a Marketplace for other social entrepreneurs to showcase and sell their products that make a difference.

TOMS SHOES | One for One®. You buy one pair, they give one pair. Pretty simple. They now have winter boots. “On their own, shoes have a limited ability to change a life. But when combined with programs run by our Giving Partners, they can become a powerful tool in helping create opportunities for a better future.”

Although I  post about many different things in my life, the underlining theme of Got2havefaith is faith and giving. It is two things that I try to keep constant in my life, because nothing else is constant in life. I may not talk openly to family and friends about how or where I give.

I give quietly.

But, my desire is always to give back. I have many blessings in my life; and what better way to celebrate and give thanks for that than to help others. Every year I look for unique ways to do that. I hope that you find inspiration in the Awesome Gift Giving Guide That Does Good I have provided above.

There is Black Friday, Small Business Satruday, Cyber Monday and now…Tuesday is #GivingTuesday. Thank you.

*I was not paid for endorsing any of these wonderful do-gooders.

Peel hard-boiled eggs easy-peasy

Okay, okay…that sounded a little hokey, but check this out…

I am thinking ahead to Easter and making deviled eggs. We eat organic, cage-free eggs (cause they taste the best), but once boiled they can be hard to peel. Well, I came across this genius tip for brain-damage-free peelingseriously, it will change your life! I had to try it out just to be sure it would work as well as she claimed.

easy peel boiled eggs

Easy Peel Hard-Boiled Eggs from The Cozy Old Farmhouse

Parker was being awfully quiet…too quiet. I found her in the tub with pillows, blankets, stuffed animals and her Kindle. She said she needed “some alone time”.

Parker in tub-blog

“Alone Time”

Um, I hope the tub was clean…

It’s called Plum Crazy Purple

Here it is…the 1972 Dodge Charger back from restoration! Warning to all the car purest: it was not restored to original factory specs. This is our little “fun” car.

****BEFORE****

dodge charger

Glenn bought his ’72 Charger in the fall of 2006 from a dealer on Ebay. The dealer was located in South Carolina, so we had to arrange for the car to be delivered via trailer. He got the Charger for $6,800 plus $800 for shipping. A real bargain! The car needed a lot of work though. It had rust, the interior needed to be redone, and the passenger side door was crush from where a deer hit it. Glenn waited 3 long weeks for the delivery and walked 2 miles to meet the driver at a local mall to drive his “new” car home.

dodge charger

****AFTER****

dodge charger Although when we purchased the car it was painted Plum Crazy Purple, we discovered that was not the original color. It was Banana Boat Yellow. We decided to keep it Purple.

72 charger

Car Guy Details: 383 motor, 9.25 inch police interceptor rear end with sway bar, air shocks, custom 6-way electric seats including a fully redone interior, custom rear wing, custom billboard graphics, & pistol grip shifter.

dodge charger Custom 383 billboards in satin black paint.

72 charger Custom Dodge Scat Pack decal on hood.

1972 charger

When hubby bought these seats, they were white. Jack (a.k.a. resoration guru) used a fabric paint to change the color to black. He painted the metal Charger emblem red and mounted one in each seat to carry the red throughout the car.

dodge charger

Custom wing. Don’t hate us for it…

There is probably a lot of details I am leaving out…but that is it in a nutshell. And hubby has a punch list of things he still wants to complete or add to the car. Good thing we built a garage for the Charger sleep!

Give Thanks Project

Every year we create a project to “give thanks” in November. Not that we aren’t thankful all year long. But, November is a good time to reflect and be mindful of what we have before the “I wants” of the holiday season begin.

thanksgiving

Using small gifts bags, decorate with stickers, bling and ribbon. (“Be Thankful” stickers and coordinating “Give Thanks” banner from Michael’s.)

thanksgiving

Hang in a prominent area of your home. If I had a fireplace these would be hung on the hearth. Instead, we hung this in the dining room where the kids usually hang their artwork from school.

thanksgiving

Cut leaf shapes from cardstock in autumn colors. Every day in the month of November write something you are thankful for. The autumn moon, the warm weather, Grandma coming to visit…there is so much to be thankful for.

thanksgiving

Shhhh, don’t tell anyone what you wrote. Then, put the “thankful leaves” in your bag. On Thanksgiving open your bag and read out loud all that you were thankful for this month.

thanksgiving

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It’s never too late to join in the “November Joy Dare”.

Sunsets and frozen yogurt.

So, I haven’t used my camera in a while. Just not in the mood I guess. On Thursday it was usually warm here in Denver. 70 degrees warm. I took my camera and the girls to the park just before sunset. Gorgeous!

I love living in Colorado.

I slept for 12 hours this weekend. Don’t judge. Obviously I needed the sleep.

One happy 5-year-old!

I treated the girls to Smart Cow Yogurt Bar today. They have been craving Smart Cow all winter. If you haven’t the pleasure of having one in your town, let me explain. It’s not the old frozen yogurt shop of the 80s… It’s a frozen yogurt bar gone cool. When you enter the door, you grab a cup and fill it with any flavor of frozen yogurt that your taste buds desire. Go simple and classic with Tahitian Vanilla and Dark Chocolate or go crazy with flavors like Pomegranate, Thin Mint Chocolate, Birthday Cake, or Red Velvet Cupcake.  The price is based upon how much the cup weighs; and they give back a portion of sales to local schools (so cool!). Parker loves Watermelon with gummy bears.

Sitting on the modern sofas watching the Disney Channel (ugh!). A little NatGeo wouldn't kill ya, Smart Cow.

They offer any topping you could ever want including fresh fruit. Alex’s favorite is cookies and cream. But today, they were out, so she went with Tahitian vanilla with cookies on top…and gummy bears. I choose the peppermint, chocolate mint and a little vanilla, and chocolate sprinkles. Yummy!

I want to take one of those little white chairs home with me! (Source: Yelp!)

In the summer months they will open the garage door and we sit at the bar and let the cool breeze blow on us.

Tonight: We’ll be veggin’ on the couch watching Frozen Planet on Discovery Channel.

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