School Year Prayer

It’s crazy that school has already started in many places. Our first day back to school was yesterday. After I dropped off my son at school I came back to my house. I drank my coffee while sitting in my rocking chair. I prayed on my front porch, which I normally do every day. My prayer usually consists of a little bit of everything, but because school started for us yesterday, my prayer was a little different.

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School Year Prayer

Lord, I thank you for allowing me to have another day. I pray for all children, college students, teachers, coaches, administrative workers, parents, grandparents, and all who work in the schools. I pray you will be with each and every person. I pray you may guide, direct, and lead each person in the right direction. I pray for protection over each and every school in this world.

Heavenly Father, I ask you to be with all of the teachers/coaches. Give them patience and strength. Being a teacher is not easy and I ask that you may help them throughout the school year. Give them the wisdom that they need to handle any situations that come their way. Help them to have a loving heart for each child. Help each teacher/coach to remember the importance of school. It’s not the STARR test, but it’s children learning and growing. Help the teachers to remember to laugh and to remember why they became a teacher.

Lord, I pray for all parents, grandparents, and anyone that are raising children. I ask for guidance in raising our children. Help us to be able to listen to our kids. Help us to be in their life and not be too busy to ask them questions. Help parents to slow down and enjoy their children. Lord, please direct all parents in how they discipline. Give them strength.

Father, I ask you to be with the college age young adults. Help direct them to the right path. Help them to be able to listen to the Holy Spirit. Help them make wise decisions. Father, help them to be able to juggle life, school, and relationships in a healthy manner.

Lord, thank you for all that you are doing and what you are going to do. I ask this in Jesus name. Amen!

Thanks for reading,

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DIY Farmhouse Benches

We built a farmhouse picnic table several months ago. See post here. We weren’t for sure if we were going to make chairs or what. We finally decided to make two benches to go with it. Now, it’s an actual outdoor picnic table and I love it!

Here is what you need:

3 ten foot 1 by 6 teated deck boards

2 twelve foot 1 by 4 treated

1 eight foot 2 by 4 treated

1 ten foot 2 by 4 treated

2 ½ inch high quality deck screws

Saw

Tape Measure

Square

Paint and brush

Sander

Pencil

 

Step 1 – cut all the wood to length.

Cut the deck boards 56” making 6 – 56” boards that will be used for the top of the bench. (3 boards per bench)

Cut the 1 by 4 boards into 4 – 54” sections and 4 – 15 1/2” sections (these will be the frame of the bottom)

Cut the 2 by 4 boards into 8 – 15” sections for the legs and 6 – 14” sections for the bottom bracing.

 

Below are the blueprints that we used to screw it all together once everything was cut to length

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Step 2 – Make the frame first. Set everything up on a hard level surface. I started with the 4 – 2 by 4’s I used for the legs and stood them upright on the floor. I then put the 3 – 2 by 4 by 14” braces down and then put the 1 by 4’s down around the outside to made a rectangle. I used a square to make sure the corners were 90 degrees and then I screwed it all together to make the frame.

 

Step 3 – Screw the 1 by 6 deck boards to the top of the frame to finish the bench.

 

Here is a picture of the bench before it was sanded and painted.

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*Note* Spend a little extra on some good, high quality deck screws. We bought cheap galvanized deck screws when we built the table and when the treated lumber dries some of the cheap screws broke allowing the tabletop to warp. Lesson learned.

 

Here is the finished product!

 

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Thank you for reading,

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Encourage Your Kids, Encourage Yourself!

It was the beginning of the summer and we had it all planned out. We were super excited for the summer and we were relieved to have some time off. Have you ever been really exhausted and you fell asleep, but when you woke up you thought it was still nighttime, but it was morning time? Well, that’s how I feel like how our summer was. It whizzed past us. This week we are trying to get ready for the new school year. I don’t know about everyone else, but it is always nerve-wracking for us. Thoughts of uncertainty pops in my head. Is our son going to like his teacher? Is he going to have friends in his class? Is he going to do well this year? In the six years of my son going to school I have learned this one word, encourage!

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You will always have worries that are never-ending. You love your child. You want your child to do well, and to have a smooth year. You don’t want your child to be bullied, and you don’t want your child to struggle. You want your child to be happy. You can’t worry about what you don’t have control over. You can encourage your child. Be positive. Also encourage yourself. Sometimes it can be harder for the parent. Stay positive and do the very best for your child.

You might ask; how do I encourage myself? Encourage yourself to wake up earlier to spend a little extra time in the morning with your kids before they go to school. Encourage yourself to be involved in the school year. Encourage yourself that every morning is going to go smoothly and to slow down. Enjoy watching your child learn and grow throughout the year. Parents need encouragement too! When we as parents have a good attitude so will our kids.

 

 

Thanks for reading,

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16 Ways To Make Your Spouse Feel Special

When you are married life gets busy. You have your daily life routine from work, kids, cleaning, running errands, and etc. We sometimes forget to show our spouse how much we love them on a daily basis. Here are some ways you can show your spouse that he or she is still very special to you.

 

  1. Send a random text. (I love you) (I miss you) (Have a great day)
  2. Leave a note in their car.
  3. Greet him or her at the door with a kiss.
  4. Take your spouse lunch.
  5. Bring your spouse a coffee.
  6. Flirt with your spouse by whispering something sweet.
  7. Think of something that you normally don’t do and do it. Ex. If you normally give a regular kiss then French kiss.
  8. Smile at your spouse for a long period of time.
  9. Tell your spouse thank you for going to work today.
  10. Give your spouse a compliment.
  11. Hug your spouse daily.
  12. Send your spouse a love email.
  13. Pray with your spouse before going to work.
  14. Make your spouse laugh.
  15. Hold your spouses hand.
  16. Dance with your spouse.

 

Life isn’t more important than your spouse. No matter how busy you are, take time to show your spouse how special they are to you. Life is too short not to. It may seem like work to do this for some people, but if it becomes a habit then it will no longer be work. A happy marriage isn’t just going to happen by itself, you have to create a happy marriage. You may have heard “live like it was your last day.” Well, it’s the same thing with your marriage.

 

 

Thanks for reading,

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White Summer Fashion

Several weeks ago my friend Val Around Town asked me to model for an event that she was a part of. The event was about White Summer Fashion. There were three models including myself. We modeled a total of 18 outfits between the three of us. We used one shirt and showed several ways you can wear that one shirt. We also modeled a couple of ways to wear a travel look. I wanted to show you some of the looks.

Outfit 1: White laced shirt with a denim skirt, yellow heels, and a brown purse. This is great to wear for going out!

 

 

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Outfit #2: White shirt, skinny jeans folded, red heels, purse, and sunglasses worn on the head. This is more of a casual look. This would be great to wear on a lunch date!

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Outfit 3: Travel look with a long white dress, sunglasses, floppy hat, and white sandals. This look screams beach! It’s also a cute outfit to wear shopping with the girls!

 

Outfit 4: Second travel look:White dress, striped shirt tied around to the front, red purse, bracelets, and brown sunglasses. This look is preppy. I could see this being worn to a nice resort or even out to brunch with your friends.

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DSC_08334I wanted to thank Stacey Garska Rodriguez (The Soccer Mom Blog) for taking the pictures!

A white shirt or a white dress is great because there are many ways you can style it. Adding jewelry, a hat, heels, or sunglasses can change up the look completely. This was a great experience and I think many of us learned something new about fashion. A special thank you to everyone involved, especially Valerie!

Have a wonderful Friday,

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Feel Good & Get Energized

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I have been having a hard time feeling good and energized throughout the day. I am a mom and a wife, I work, I clean, I do laundry, I run errands, and that’s on a regular basis. A lot depends on us women getting things done. By the end of the day I’m exhausted, especially when that time of the month comes along. Do any of you other women feel the same way?
I’m not sure if it’s because I am getting older or what, but I am always in pain, I feel bloated, I’m drained, and I just don’t feel like doing anything. I needed to do something different so I decided to do yoga in the morning. I can’t tell you the difference it’s made me feel.

I don’t do a long routine. I do these 8 simple poses to stretch me out and believe it or not I feel energized afterwards. I hold each pose for about 10-15 seconds.

 

Pose 1. Child Pose

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Pose 2. Bridge Pose

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Pose 3. Warrior Pose (Bend both right and left leg)

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Pose 4. Tree Pose (Switch legs)

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Pose 5. Sitting right twist (Do left twist too)

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Pose 6. Upward facing dog

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Pose 7. Pigeon Pose (Do both legs)

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Pose 8. Perfect Pose

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This yoga routine really helps with my cramps and somehow I feel great all day. The only thing that worries me is leakage. That’s why I trust Stayfree® Pads. They are flexible, breathable, comfortable pads that move with your body and it keeps away moisture to keep you dry.

 

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I do the 8 pose yoga routine in the morning. It helps me to start the day off right and to feel better. I always remember what my abuela says, “cuídate mas” (take care of yourself more) when it’s that time of the month.” So, I thought it would be great to ask other women what they do to feel better during that time of the month. This is what they said.

 

“I like to drink a healthy shake to get my day started.”

-Tiffany Williamson

 

“I used to put a heating pad on my stomach.”

-Linda Shafer

 

“I like to take a warm bath.”

-Rachel Simmons

 

“I like to take walks”

-Tiffany Williamson

 

“I drink ginger tea to relieve some of the cramping.”

-Valerie Carmona (Val Around Town)

 

“Allow yourself time to rest. You need it and deserve it!”

-Stacey Garska Rodriguez (The Soccer Mom Blog)

 

 

Thanks for reading,

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Mom On The Go Fashion Part 2

The summer heat can be extreme and sometimes I feel like stripping down naked because it’s so dang hot! In the summer time I like to wear soft fabrics that are comfortable to wear. Being a mom, I need something that I can slip on easily. If you haven’t realized yet, I love rompers. These two rompers below are my favorite ones because they are perfect when I need something cute to wear, but I want to feel cool and comfortable at the same time.

I got these rompers from New York & Company. One is turquoise and the other one is navy blue.

Romper #1 

I styled this romper with a turquoise and gold necklace, a gold and turquoise bracelet, white sandals, and a half up messy hairdo.

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A slightly different look: Wear your hair down and add some sunglasses.

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Romper #2          I styled this romper with a light blue and silver necklace and white sandals.

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I love the back of this romper! If you wear your hair up then you can see how cute the back of the romper is.

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This is great to wear to go get coffee with a friend.

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What’s great about a romper is that you can dress it up or dress it down. You can wear some KED shoes to dress it down or you can wear some heels to dress it up. You can mix and match jewelry, add a purse, and change sunglasses to have a completely different look. You can wear a messy bun, braid your hair, or just wear it down. I have a lot of people tell me that they don’t have time to dress up, or they don’t have anything cute to wear. This look is easy, fast, and cute. It’s perfect for the mom on the go!

Happy Friday,

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Preparing For A Road Trip

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There is one good thing about living 7 hours away from family and that’s making a road trip out of it. Have you ever felt like getting up and just driving wherever the wind blows you? We have an end destination, but between our home and our final stop the possibilities are endless. Road trips are a lot of fun. I love going to new places and experiencing new things. The last thing you want while away is an unfortunate surprise, so being prepared and planning ahead are a must.

One of the things that worry me while going on a road trip is my car breaking down. My car has over 100,000 miles on it. With proper care my car will last a lot longer but there are things that could leave us stranded. I could have a blow out; I could run out of oil, and etc. First thing I like to do is to make sure my oil is changed. I use Pennzoil® High Mileage. You can get the Pennzoil at $39.88 on Rollback to $35.88 (June 15 – September 28).

I like to go to my local WalMart Auto Center where I can get everything checked off of my list, and I know my car will be taken care of. One less thing to worry about before a road trip the better. While I’m waiting to get my oil changed, and my tire pressure checked; I can shop and get everything I need for the road trip. I am able to save money and time by stopping at one place.

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Click here to receive the printable road trip checklist

 

 How to prepare for your road trip

 

  • Oil Change
  • Make sure you have windshield washer fluid
  • Check tire pressure
  • Check air filter
  • Bring a travel size cooler
  • Lunches/Snacks
  • Ice
  • First Aid Kit
  • Four-Way Wrench
  • Jumper Cables
  • Sunshade Visor
  • Phone Chargers
  • Books, music, coloring books, I-Pads, & etc. for entertainment in the car.
  • Clothes, bath and hygiene items
  • Pillows and blankets for the car.
  • Make sure you have cash with you incase of toll roads

 

 

5 Essential tips that will save you time and money.

 

Tip 1: Save money by packing lunches and snacks, drinks, and etc. This can save up to 100 dollars daily depending on your family size.

Tip 2: Save money by uploading the app Gas Buddy. This tells you where you can find the cheapest gas station nearby.

Tip 3: Book your hotel in advance. Proper planning can save a lot of money. Look for discounts. Usually through Priceline, Expedia, and Airbnb, you can find great deals!

Tip 4: Use Groupon for any activities that you may want to do.

Tip 5: Set a daily budget in advance and stick by that.

 

 

Here is a picture of our car all packed.

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The extra time spent planning and packing was well worth it and made me feel at ease. We were able to enjoy our trip without having to worry about our car or forgetting something. Check out a couple of pictures from our trip.

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The picture above is a bridge in Waco, Tx

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West Texas sunrises are gorgeous!

 

 

 

Thanks for reading,

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