Sunday, March 31, 2013

Katie's Craftations American Girl Doll Food Review

Gracie received Marie Grace and Cecile American Girl dolls for Christmas and asked for some food and their table so that she would have more play options.  We had gone to purchase the table and chairs set above in December, but it was sold out in-store and online.  We were all disappointed.  Then I found it on the back end of their website and took a chance during free shipping, and attempted to order it AND IT WENT THROUGH!!!

I was positively giddy.  I started shopping for food for the dolls, and came across Katie's Craftations on Facebook.  She had several options, including some really great holiday packages.  Plus, she was offering 20% off!  Her Cupid's Arrow collection was just too cute to pass up.  Plus, I had 'liked' her page and therefore would be getting a free donut.  I was super excited and placed my order!

I couldn't wait for it to arrive, and it came very quickly.  I was so excited when I received this in the mail:


I love pink and I didn't expect the package to even be so pretty!  I set it all up for Gracie, who had no idea any of it was on the way.  She still thought the table and chairs were sold out.  I put it all on a side table in the school room.  I wasn't sure what to do with the lollipops, so I put them in an AG mug we already had.  When the dolls came to tea, they held them.  Everything was so well made and SO cute.







The scale of American Girl accessories is supposed to be 1:3  (1/3 the size of normal items we use).  The Katie's Craftations items looked on the smaller side, more like 1/4 or 1/5 but they actually fit perfectly in the doll's hands.  I think if they had been any bigger, they wouldn't have fit and the play value would have been lost.  As you can see, Gracie was thrilled.


Katie's Craftations is not offering 20% off right now, but if you private message her and mention Status Of My Heart in your order email, you will receive the 20% off!  Don't forget to like the page to get your free donut.  

I did not receive anything in return for writing this review; after I received my order, I loved the products so much that I asked Katie's permission to review them on my blog to share with other moms.  Enjoy!!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Spread The Goodness

How many people have been reached with God's love by Starbucks boycotts and public outrage at this or that? How many gay people would feel like coming to church tonight based on what Christians have shown them? How many abortionists would accept an invitation on Sunday when the last five believers they met called them murderers instead of offering encouragement and God's love? God did His business with the likes of Zacchaeus and the woman caught in adultery, yet the most anger and outrage we see from Jesus in the New Testament was directed NOT at them but at the money changers in the Temple and the Pharisees. The people who were already in church and considering themselves set apart for God and His work. Let's extend God's love to everyone. The goodness of God compels people to Him. Are we spreading the goodness?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Proper Care and Feeding Of The Caregiver



After 13 years together, John knows me well.  A few years ago, he realized that when I am crabby, it is because I have not eaten.  99% of the time if I am overwhelmed or frustrated, he'd ask me when I last ate- and it was usually two meals ago.  Of course the kids had eaten and life had been well maintained for even the dogs- but I had let my self-care fall by the wayside.

After that happened more than a few times, I realized that it does not do my kids any favors for me to 'put my needs aside' to the point of neglect.  It wasn't serving anyone.  Do I put aside a lot for my kids?  You bet.  But there has to be balance.  It's funny how that word rings through my mind sometimes.  So much seems imbalanced.

Moms seem to suffer from unbalanced give/take.

What if once a week, we sat down and read a little bit?  I miss reading.  I don't do it often enough.  What if we put the kids to bed and put on a movie?!?  I don't mean 'put on a movie' and then you run around the house starting the washing machine and cleaning the kitchen.  I mean sit down and just watch the movie!  I can't tell you how many times I have tried to do this, and John will walk in and say "So what's this about?" and I will say "Oh.  I don't know- I got distracted doing _______."

Moms are tired.  Dads are tired.  We have a whole new 'sandwich generation' who are now caring for their parents AND their kids at once.  That is exhausting.  People are tired and unbalanced and overwhelmed.

Let's all try to proactively properly care for ourselves so that we can be better human beings and caregivers.  I'm going to work on this myself.  Eat breakfast! Take a walk!  You will benefit and I will benefit and those we care for will certainly benefit.

 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Steubenville


The Steubenville case has been very hard for me, and has brought back a lot of really horrible memories. I tried to avoid reading about it, but when the image above was shared with me, I stopped avoiding and decided to do something, even if it's a small action- by sharing it.

Someday, I hope that women who were victimized (statistics say 1 out of 3 women will be a victim of sexual crime) already will stop being further victimized by peers, authority figures and the media.  


Saturday, March 16, 2013

I Solemnly Swear...

To never decorate my home with toilet paper rolls.  #notpinterested

To never wear leggings as pants.  They are not pants.  You're welcome.

More later....


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Immensely Blessed

In many ways, the past year has been immensely hard.  I have dealt with loss, sickness and disappointment on a scale never before experienced for me, and that is saying a lot, given the fact that I joke often that my life story would make a great Lifetime movie script.

But all of this ick has shown me something else.  More than all of that, and in the midst of all of it, I am immensely blessed and ever thankful.  The joys in my life abound and I am surrounded by so many beautiful people and experiences.

Thank you, Lord.

Free St. Patrick's Day Printable

Here's a free St. Patrick's Day Printable!  You can click here to download it.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Free Printable Philippians 1:6

I loooooooooove printables!  So I decided to start making them.  And now I am going to share them!  I made this one for my kitchen.  Download it here to get it watermark free!  It's sized 8x10 so it is easily resizable.




Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Noise

John and I were discussing last night how I can no longer stand noise for the sake of noise.  I like music and movies, but they don't just play constantly in my home anymore.  My mind gets frazzled when too much is going in at once.  I don't think we were intended to have so much vying for our attention all the time.

My dishwasher, for instance, is a nuisance.  Who would have thought that a simple household appliance could cause so much chaos in my mind?  When it is running, I have to retreat upstairs.  Nobody can be heard when it is running, and I can't even gather my own thoughts.

I don't know if the issue is age or maturity, but I value quiet more with each day that passes.  I value when the only sounds I hear are the crackling fire, or the birds that make weird noises on my roof, or the kids playing.  

We live in a noisy world and when I carelessly (and unnecessarily) add more noise to it, life loses a little sweetness.  

I am looking forward to my quiet life in 2013.  A quiet life filled with the sounds of God talking to me, and my kids giggling and the soft snoring of our black Lab, Lady.


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Shazam App Recommendation (Free)

I hate it when I am listening to the radio or watching a movie and hear a song I love, then can't find.  Then someone pointed me to Shazam.  I wouldn't call it my favorite app, but it is one of my top picks.  You open the app, the press a button and it listens to what you are listening to, then gives you the song title, artist name and a link to purchase.  It also keeps a record of songs you have 'Shazamed' (my term, not theirs, ha) and if you are like me you will Shazam a song 3 or 4 times before you remember the name.  Or you will think "What was that song I heard last week and Shazamed and wanted to hear again?"  It will even play a clip for you!

Just for fun, the last songs I Shazamed:

Clair De Lune
One Headlight
Do you Feel Like We Do
Background
Bitter Sweet Symphony
Because Of His Love Brian McKnight


Why am I telling you about my favorite app?  Well first of all, I hope to share book, music and movie recommendations on here occasionally.  I figure if you are reading my blog, you are here by choice, whereas all of my Facebook friends have added me because they love me, but might not want to know all the minutiae I like to discuss.  Second, my Dad and I were discussing apps and he hadn't heard of Shazam and was asking for useful app recs.  I realized that we all have our favorite things that we use every day but haven't considered sharing with our friends and family!

What is your favorite app that your friends might not be using?