Saturday, February 25, 2017

Soul Searching & $25 Lifeway Giveaway

Have you heard of CNN's Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery?  The upcoming second season of Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery premieres on CNN Sunday, March 5 at 9 PM ET/PT.

The first season of this hit series captivated audiences as well-known Pastors, theologians, and archaeologists examined famous religious artifacts and brought to life the places, pilgrimage sites, and people from the Bible and ancient world.  In this second season, one of the episodes focuses on Jesus' disciple Thomas, otherwise known as "doubting Thomas."  There is a lot to his life story.  His journey to overcome his doubts and fears and to redeem himself by spreading the Gospel far and wide is truly inspirational.

When I have doubts and challenges in my life, leaning on my faith is crucial.  It has been almost a year since A and B were in a tragic homeschool accident that left them badly burned.  It has been a hard year full of changes and challenges.  I have had doubts - about everything!  Am I making the right decision homeschooling my kids?  Could I have prevented this tragedy if I wasn't?  Am I spending enough time with my kids?   Are we doing too much as a family?  Are we not doing enough as a family?  You get the idea!  And yet, God has been right there with us every step of the way.  He has blessed us in so many ways and used so many people in our lives in the last year that I had never experienced before.  And for that, I am truly thankful.  It's encouraging to remember that God uses us - everyday, ordinary people - even people with doubts.  How do you lean on your faith when you have doubts and challenges in your life?

Check out the Finding Jesus Trailer below and be sure to enter the giveaway below.

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Disclosure:  I received my own gift card in exchange for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Chick-fil-A DIY Upcycling Challenge (Travel Jewelry Box) #chickfilamomsDIY

It's no secret that my family loves Chick-fil-A.  I have been privileged to be a part of a Chick-fil-A Moms panel for a few years and I love having the opportunity to give my input and hear about upcoming events and ideas in a company that I truly believe in and love.  Recently, I was given a challenge to upcycle my Chick-fil-A soup containers.  The older girls and I thought about it for awhile and then we had a great idea - a travel jewelry box!  A and B are super excited about this because it is a great way to bring along some of their earrings, necklaces, etc. when we are out and on the go and they have them if needed.

 Chick-fil-A serves both chicken tortilla soup and chicken noodle soup.  Above, you can see the chicken tortilla soup I ordered for lunch.

And now you don't see it - yum!  After I ate my soup, I cleaned my soup container with hot water and soap.

I also used a push pin to clean any residue that was left along the edges of the CFA logo picture to get it extra clean.

I used the push pin to create small holes in the lid to serve as earring holders for our jewelry box.  After making the above pattern, I decided to make a few more on the top and bottom of the lid.  

There is a lot of flexibility here to create the design and pattern that you desire.

 Here is another pattern that we made.

Ready to paint.  After creating all the holes for earrings, my container was ready to paint.

I found this beautiful Turquoise Paint on Amazon and thought it would be perfect.

I decided to use painter's tape to keep most of the lid clear; however, I wanted the logo turquoise.

Now, the lid is ready.

I set up an area on my front porch and painted the top and bottom of my soup container.

I love the color!

 After letting both parts completely dry, I brought them back into the house.

 The bottom of the soup container no longer, now the bottom of our jewelry box.

 My soup container lid no longer - travel jewelry box lid now!

 After removing the tap - I love how it looks.  You could easily paint the entire lid if desired.

 We did this for our second pattern to show how you can really customize your box.

 B chose some of her earrings to go on the box in the earring holders.

 Our jewelry box so far.

 And a side view so you can see the turquoise on the bottom.

 A side view of our second option.

 We decided to use a few Chick-fil-A straws to help out our new jewelry box as well.

 We unwrapped the straws and cut them so that they could serve as necklace detanglers.  Straws can help keep your necklaces from tangling with each other when placed together.

 A few necklaces with straw pieces

 We put the necklaces in the bottom of our jewelry box and we were done.

 Side view of our completed travel jewelry box!

 And of course, a top view!

 Our second option as well.

I love it!  I am so proud of what we created.

What do you think?  Do you have other ideas on how to upcycle your Chick-fil-A soup containers?  I would love to hear about them.  Please feel free to leave a comment or link to your own DIY post and I'll check it out.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day 2017

I love homeschooling my kiddos.  Yesterday we were able to attend the Austin Area Homeschoolers Valentine's Day party which is such a fun event.  This is our second year to attend and the kids have so much fun making Valentine's Day boxes and valentines to hand out to all the homeschoolers.

A with her box.

A loves all things Star Wars lately so she choose to make an R2D2 "trash can" Valentine's Day box and Star Wars inspired valentines with Smartie light sabers.

Aren't these so cute?  Thanks so much to Busy Creating Memories for this free printable!!

B with her box.

B loves all things emoji lately so she choose to make an emoji Valentine's Day box and emoji valentines with heart candy eyes!

I thought these turned out so cute.  Thanks so much to A Girl & A Glue Gun for the free printable!

C with his box.

C chose to make dinosaur valentines with jokes.  We purchased a bulk bag of plastic dinosaurs on Amazon and they worked perfectly.  I found this fun 3D puffy dinosaur sticker set at Walmart for C to use to decorate his box.

I thought these were so creative.  Thanks so much to Wine and Glue for the free printable!

D with her box.

D chose to make rock valentines.  We ended up having to hot glue the eyes because the sticker jewels did not want to stick on their own.  However, the heart mouths did just find on their own!  She used the extra rocks to decorate her box.

I love the personality in the rocks!  Thanks so much to that's what she said for the free printable!

E with her box.

E made valentine's with erasers on them.  We bought 12 packs for $1 at Dollar Tree!  We also purchased jewel stickers and heart wrapping paper for her to decorate her box with.

I love the way they turned out.  Thanks so much to Liz on call for the free printable!

F with his box.

I found some cute puffy stickers in the dollar section of Target and F gave these out this year.  A and B helped him make a fun box with wrapping paper and markers.

He loved that they puffed out.

Baby G at the Valentine's Day party!

We had such a fun morning.  We always decorate the table for the kids on Valentine's Day with special surprises and David usually makes a yummy treat for breakfast.  This year, the older kids, had some surprises of their own.  A and B bought everyone plush and made special heart cards along with decorations and confetti.  I thought they did such a great job.  Even C make everyone a homemade card and he gave everyone their age in cents - I thought that was awesome.

 C and F each received this fun fish.

 My card from C.

David gave each of the kids a fun heart pillow!

The girls even remembered a special heart shaped breakfast for Stevie dog.

 I hope you had a great Valentine's this year!