Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Morning

It froze pretty hard last night (-7 C) and everything was covered with frost this morning. We're supposed to get some flurries today, but so far it's blue skies and no clouds with beautiful sunshine.  
This morning I'd sat on the kitchen floor while eating my breakfast and the kids congregated around me... after playing for a bit I did special time for each of them, encouraging the others to join in and help me be nice and gentle to each one.  They all wanted to have 2 turns, but I had to feed Tabitha again and when I got done the boys were playing happily in their room, so I didn't disturb them. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Are you lifting or are you knocking?

You know what's heartbreaking?
When a woman takes on something that can better her family and she receives zero support from her family and friends.
Do you know how much courage it takes for a woman to decide to take on an additional thing in her life? To actually better her family. Whether it be Plexus, Younique, Pampered Chef, or any business or other part time endeavor?
I have heard way to many times. How their spouse, friends or family have laughed at them. When they receive a commission of $15. They say what's $15 going to buy? Well it could buy a carton of milk, bread, cheese, and fruit which will feed her family. Or... $15 a month for 4 months could pay for a haircut she's bypassed for years because she can't afford it.
I bet you have no idea how amazing she felt when she received her very first commission of let's say $15. Don't take that feeling away from her. Support her. Give her props. Tell her "Nice job" but don't tear her down.
So if you're a friend, a spouse, a sibling, a parent, a neighbor, or an acquaintance of someone you know who owns a small business, send them a message RIGHT NOW and tell them how proud you are of them and really lift them! Right now is the best time! Just do it!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

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Would you like some water?

Sharing this because I found it super interesting....I'm not judging those who drink cokes (or other sugar and caffeine drinks)... I've always been a water person, as sugary, caffeinated or carbonated drinks almost always give me a horrible stomach ache and headache.
From Brooke Hemingway!
💖💖 It's all worth the read! 💖💖
"Water or Coke? And I'm not judging because I used to drink Diet Coke 1-2x a day....but, this is eye opening. Maybe for you it's not Coke, but your crawling to your coffee pot or energy drinks, equally stressful on your adrenals.
1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is often mistaken for hunger.
3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as much as 30%.
4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.
5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.
6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.
7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.
8. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%, and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer.
And now for the properties of COKE ....
1. In many states (in the USA) the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the truck to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.
2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of coke and it will be gone in two days.
3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the “real thing” sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.
4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.
5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.
6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Applying a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.
7.. To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of coke into a load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains.
Now the question is, would you like a glass of water or coke?"

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Due to circumstances and business I am unable to continue sending out the Ives family newsletter. Thank you for understanding. 
Does it surprise you to know that research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation?
Once. A. Minute.
Research also shows that repeated
complaining rewires your brain to make future complaining more likely.
Complaining and negativity comes in many forms but every one of those is an ungrateful slap in the face to God as He graciously provides all day every day (all day every day!!).
Look at the phrase below.
How do you read it?
"God is no where" or "God is now here"
God is now and always here. It doesn't matter if you dont know how you're paying your next bill thats due, it doesn't matter if you see a growing necessary home project list, it doesn't matter if youve been sick and unable to accomplish your work, it doesn't matter...stop fighting the stress and anxiety battle that only exists within your own mind. Be still...and don't have to worry...or complain...or stress...or be still and know God is already here and already has a forward moving and successful plan of action.
God is now (and always) here.
Be still.
Be grateful.