Church and Family <3

I have been working over the last year or so to improve my relationship with God and get myself in the right place.  If you don’t know- I was pretty much raised in the church, I think I had more days I was at the church than wasn’t growing up.  I can thank my grandpa for that lol.

As most young people did, I stepped away for a while and came back once I had Colton.  Marriage and then divorce made me feel lost of where I belonged in the church.  When I met David, we so in line with things like church, family and religion that it helped me to get back.  We found an awesome church in Florida and attended there with family.  I loved this church, the pastor is awesome and the church family is friendly- they are all just really great people and I miss not being able to go there.

Since being back in Ohio, my grandparents mentioned that they started going back to the church that our family went to and they really liked the new pastor there.  In search of where I was going to take Colton to church I decided to check it out and see if they were right.  They definitely were right on.  Pastor Patrick has a great message, and while the congregation is small in numbers, I feel big things happening in the church and I am happy to be a part of it.  I finally feel at home again.

I have to say that going back to the same church that I was dedicated in 27 years ago, and seeing Colton go to Sunday School in the same classroom I was in just melts my heart.  So many memories in that church and I am happy to bring him here.

Just tonight at Bible Study my old Sunday School teacher started tearing up when she was talking about how she had me in her class for so many years and how heart warming it is for me to bring Colton to my church home.  It really is heart warming and I am really happy that my grandparents are going back to this church.

In fact tonight my grandpa surprised me and came to Bible Study.  It is funny because my grandpa used to go to bible study every Wednesday night and would bring me to the children’s church (it was a bible study for kids called Missionettes for girls and Royal Rangers for boys).  He hadn’t been going to Wednesday night bible study because he goes on Thursday to another small church- well since I have been going he decided to go :-)  (so maybe me going to the church is good for him since he is getting involved more too)

I also love that going to church together has also brought Colton closer to my grandparents.  He looks forward to seeing them every Sunday and having lunch at their house after church.  It is great to see him have this bond with my grandparents :-)

God First
Family Second

How to make Pumpkin Veggie Heads

Veggie heads

Veggie Pumpkin

Create a colorful clan by securing surplus garden produce onto pumpkins with toothpicks. If the pumpkin’s rind is too tough for toothpicks to pierce, drill holes for them with a metal skewer.

Thank you Family Fun Magazine for sharing this fun craft!

Mighty Spideys a fun #Halloween Craft

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Marching down the dining table, long-legged visitors add arachnid appeal to a Halloween meal. Their twisty limbs can also cling to furniture, banisters, or any other place that could use a little creepy-crawly cool.

To make each spider’s head and body
1. Use tacky glue to join a small and a large black pom-pom
2. Glue 2 small jewels to the smaller one for eyes
3. Then set the pom-poms aside to dry
4. Use wire cutters to cut 4 equal lengths of 18-gauge paper-wrapped floral wire and carefully straighten the wires.
5. Set them on waxed paper and apply black acrylic paint with a brush, and let dry.
6. Twist the strands together at their center points to create an 8-pronged starburst.
7. Bend the joined wires to resemble spider legs, as shown.
8. Glue the spider body atop the legs’ center point and let it dry.

Thank you Family Fun Magazine for sharing this fun craft!

Witch-Topper Poppers #Halloween #Craft

Witch-Topper Poppers


Packing the punch of piñatas without the mess and tears, these spellbinding little hats spill goodies when the tags are pulled. Display them on hooks or a branch. When it’s time to pop them, take each hat down, then hold the cone in one hand while pulling the string with the other.

The Brim
1. Trace a 3½-inch lid on black construction paper and a 1½-inch lid once on cereal-box cardboard and twice on white paper. Cut out all the circles, then stack the black and cardboard circles as shown, securing them with a glue stick. With a pushpin, pierce a center hole.
2. For the pull string, knot a 10-inch length of baker’s twine to make a loop with a 1-inch-long tail. Thread the loop through a yarn needle and pull it through the brim’s center hole. Tape the tail ends down as shown.
3. Write Boo! on the white circles. With the twine between them, adhere them back-to-back with glue.

The Cone
1. Trace a 9-inch plate on the black paper. Cut out the circle, fold it in half, and cut along the fold.
2. For the hanger, knot a 10-inch length of twine into a loop. Tape it to a halfcircle as shown. Roll the paper into a cone with a 2¼-inch opening and secure it with tape.
3. Roll a 30-inch length of black crepe paper streamer and cut fringe through all the layers.
4. Starting at the cone’s bottom edge, use a glue stick to attach the fringed streamer, winding it around and slightly overlapping it as you go. At the tip, trim the excess. Glue the end down.

Set the cone in a paper cup, pointed side down. Fill it with treats. Add a line of white glue around the cone’s edge and add the brim, with the tag side out. Let the glue dry before hanging.

Thank you Family Fun Magazine for sharing this awesome craft!

Supporting Families with Disabilities: Everything You Need to Know

Disabilities can affect anyone. Family life can be affected by disability. But, there is help at hand. You don’t have to suffer the emotional and financial impact alone. On the contrary, there are a number of people and organisations that you can turn to if you are the parent of a disabled child. The key is to remember that you are not alone. If you need support, there are many places that you can go for this.

Here is a breakdown of factors that you may need if your family are supporting an individual with disabilities.

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Practical Help
Practical help is always needed with families that have a disabled child. Charities are on hand to assist families with all of the practical help that they need. This may mean customising your home so that your child can move freely or use the toilet. In some instances, they can provide equipment to help your child live a normal life. Your home may have to be made more accessible. But, this kind of support and practical help can be sought from a number of charities.

Emotional Support
Emotional support for both parents and children is vital. Many parents feel exhausted being on hand to care for their children all of the time. This can have a detrimental effect on your emotional well-being. The key is to remember that there is emotional support at hand. Groups, charities and online forums can prove to be an emotional crutch during this time. A simple internet search will retrieve lots of results. This can help you find the support that is right for you and your child.

Financial Assistance
In the US, you can find a number of outlets that can provide you with financial assistance. The cost of medical care can be expensive. But, the loss of income can also be difficult to deal with. Social security family benefits can be sought. You need to make sure that you apply early and that you eligible for these benefits. Social security claims are often approved. This means that you can get financial assistance for you and your child. Family benefits are also available to those with disabled children.

Benefits will not only be paid to the disabled child, but the family will be paid for caring for the child too. This means that you and your spouse will be assisted, financially, with the care of your child. When you are in receipt of disability benefits, you may be able to claim for financial assistance with other children too. There are legal services that can provide more information on this service and what you are entitled to.

You will need to be able to provide evidence of your child’s disability. You will also need to provide information regarding their social security number. In some instances, you may be asked to provide a birth certificate.

Families with disabilities do not have to go through this alone. With an extensive network of support and financial assistance available to families, you can ensure that your family has everything that it needs.

Emily Ellyn Serving Up Retro Rad Fun on Epcot Food and Wine Culinary Demonstration Stage

Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival is known for its amazing tastes of the world. Not only do guests have the opportunity to enjoy flavors from across the globe, they can have some up-close-and-personal time with some professional chefs. The Festival Welcome Center Culinary Demonstration Stage is home to exclusive cooking demonstrations, at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. and seats are $15 per guest (tax is included; alcohol will only be served to guests over 21).

Wednesday, October 22, retro rad Emily Ellyn (Next Food Network Star finalist, Cupcake Wars winning team member, World Food Championships judge) will be on stage at both 3 and 5 p.m. cooking up her Chocolate Tea Cake Filled with Rose Water Frosting a.k.a. “I’m a Little Tea Cake”, served with Banfi’s Rosa Regale. Also on the menu: Zucchini Limoncello Curd and Ricotta “Whey” Tea Sandwiches with Avero Limoncello from Campania, Italy.

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Chocolate Tea Cake Filled with Rosewater Frosting
Courtesy of Emily Ellyn —
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 — 35 minutes
Total Time: 26 – 50 minutes
Serves: 24 mini sized cupcake or 12 classic sized cupcakes

Tea Cake Ingredients:
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
¾ cup cocoa powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup buttermilk, shake
½ cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 teaspoons Garam Masala
1 cup fresh brewed black tea (Brew Strong 4 bags to one cup water)

Rose Water Frosting:
1/2 cup (1 stick)(114g) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/8 teaspoon rosewater, or more to taste
Pinch of salt
Few drops pink food gel coloring (optional)

24 candied rose petals from Fresh Origins

Directions For Cake:
Preheat the oven to 350°F degrees.
Line a mini-sized cupcake pan or classic-sized cupcake pan with 24 mini cupcake liners or 12 classic cupcake liners.
Sift the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, Garam Masala and salt into the bowl of the mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and mix on low speed until combined.
In another bowl combine the buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla. With the mixer on low speed, slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry in three additions while mixer is running.
With the mixer still on low, add the tea and stir just to incorporate (do not over mix), scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula.
Fill 24 mini cupcake liners ¾-full with batter and bake for 11 minutes or fill regular-size cupcakes 3/4 –full with batter and bake for 30 minutes, or until baked through. Cool the cupcakes completely.

Directions for Rosewater Frosting:
In mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine cream cheese and butter on low, for about 2 minutes. Work in the sifted sugar until smooth and then add vanilla, and mix on low speed for about 2 minutes.
Add salt, rosewater and pink gel color, and mix on medium-high for 2 minutes.

For Service:
Gently place the cooled cakes on a pedestal or plate.
Pipe Rosewater Frosting onto cakes with a pastry bag fitted with star tip.

Garnish Notes:
Garnish with a candied rose petal.

How to Feel Good About Yourself During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, you might feel down about your changing body. Some days you’ll feel sick, others you’ll feel fine – just HUGE. Many women say they miss their bump after giving birth, so make sure you make the most of yours. Although this time is exciting, it can also be hard to feel good about yourself at the time. These tips will help you feel amazing during your pregnancy:


Do Your Hair and Makeup
Don’t let yourself go just because you’re pregnant. Do your hair and makeup the same as before. Your skin type may change, so beware of that and use products accordingly so you don’t end up with any spots or imperfections. Speak to employees at a beauty counter or salon for help if you need it. Your hair will also grow way faster than before, so you may want to visit the hairdressers to keep it under control. Remember, it’ll feel thinner once you’ve given birth and you’ll probably find it everywhere. Make the most of it while you’ve got it!

Wear Nice Clothes
You should be able to find some maternity clothes that suit you. Wearing clothes you like will make you feel good about yourself despite your bulging bump. Not all maternity clothes are frumpy, so give them a chance! Buy things that you can easily interchange, so you don’t have to buy too many items. Once you’ve given birth, it’s a good idea to stop wearing maternity clothes. You’ll want to feel comfortable, but if you want to continue feeling good make sure you wear flattering clothes. Don’t wear your best clothes though – they’ll get covered in baby sick in a matter of minutes.

Read Self Help Books
If you’re feeling confused about who you’ll be once you’re a mother, make sure you read self help books to sort your head out. They can also help if you’re scared about giving birth, and don’t know what to expect. However, remember that nobody will be able to predict what your pregnancy will be like. Each one is different. Read as much as you think will help you. You may also want to watch programs on TV.

Treat Yourself
Why not treat yourself every now and again? Pregnancy isn’t easy; you deserve a treat or two! Consider heading over to Houston jewelry store Whiteflash to see if anything appeals to you. You can then move on to makeup stores and anywhere else you like! It’ll be all about the baby once they’re born, so take this opportunity to get yourself a treat.

Get Pampered
Pregnant ladies love getting pampered, but it isn’t easy to do it yourself because of the enormous bump in the way. You could run yourself a nice bath with candles and bubbles, but why not head to the salon? You could do this right before you give birth, have some waxing, tinting, and nail treatments. You might not feel great while in labour, but you can sure look good.

Good luck!

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Great Gifts for Your Crafty Kid

Do you have a child who loves arts and crafts? Great, they may grow up to be a clothes designer or painter! It’s important that you nurture their skills from a young age. The following gifts are perfect for crafty kids, as they get to be creative and have lots of fun:


Legos are perfect for creative boys and girls, as they can make anything that their imagination allows. You can find lots of tutorials online, as well as how to’s and books that can help them make creations they would never dream of creating. For some people, this is a lifelong hobby that gives them much fulfillment!

Play Dough
Play dough is suitable for kids of most ages, and it’s so much fun too! The great thing about play dough is that it can be used again and again to make all kinds of fun things. You can even make your own non toxic play dough using flour and food colouring.

Magic Sand
Magic sand makes it simple to make colourful sand castle creations and more in your own home. You don’t need to go to the beach in order to build something great from sand! This can get messy, so make sure you have things ready to protect your furniture.

A Selection of Felts and Pens
A selection of felts and pens are great for just drawing. Drawing can be a real joy, and a great way to de-stress. Some people do this as a hobby, right into adulthood. By getting your kids the tools now, you could be transforming them into an artist! Whether they prefer to use a Zebrapen gel pens set or a standard pencil is irrelevant – just encourage them to draw!

A Sewing Project
There are sewing projects out there for people of all ages – even you, if you’d like to join your child! You’ll need to supervise them with the needle, and they may need a hand with the thread, but other than that they should be fine doing it alone. They could sew a picture of their favourite cartoon character, for example. Knowing how to use a needle will help them when it comes to all kinds of other crafts.

Paints, a Canvas and an Easel
This will allow them to feel and look like a fully fledged artist. Why not take them somewhere beautiful with them paints, canvas and easel and encourage them to have a go at painting it? You could do it alongside them too!

A Scrapbook
Scrapbooks are great for kids, as they let them keep bits and bobs that mean something to them in one place. They can glue in notes from friends, pictures, newspaper clippings…anything they like!

Beads and Fabric
For the budding jewelry maker, beads and fabric is a great choice. They can make all kinds of creative pieces with these simple things!

Your child will love these gifts if they love all things crafty! Don’t forget, you may need to supervise with certain things. Enjoy!


8 Crazy Things Nobody Tells You About Pregnancy

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When you fall pregnant, your body and life will change in ways you can’t even imagine. For many people, pregnancy is a trying time. There are a lot of things to get your head around when you are preparing for a baby. You have things to plan and prep for your new arrival, and you need to do all this while your body morphs into an alien being. It is not going to be easy, of that you can be sure, but you will get through it. There are loads of myths about pregnancy, and you’ve read them all by now. There are some things, though, that people fail to tell you. The reality of being pregnant is not as idyllic as you first believe. There are many weird and wonderful things that will happen to you during this period. Here are eight crazy things nobody tells you about pregnancy.

1. Pregnancy causes constipation
Perhaps nobody tells you about this, because it is a little gross. When you are pregnant, your bowel movements will change. That means that you may suffer from severe constipation. That constipation will make you uncomfortable. Many women suffer from the problem during pregnancy, but few talk about it for obvious reasons. If you have the problem for more than a week, you should consult with your doctor about it. He or she should prescribe something to help you.

2. You’ll have little control over your bladder
You will need to wee all the time. It may sound ridiculous, but it is true. Doctors believe that the reason for you needing to urinate is because the weight of your baby pushes down on your bladder. That means that you will need to go to the toilet several times throughout the day. Make sure that you are never too far from the restroom if you go out. Having no control over your bladder can also mean that you’ll have little accidents now and then. Carry some clean underwear and a change of clothes in case the worst should happen.

3. Everybody will want to touch you
When people see a pregnant woman, their first reaction is to try and touch that woman. Usually, people think it is not okay to touch a complete stranger, but when that stranger is pregnant, they seem to think it’s fine. If you’re not okay with people touching you, you need to let them know. People will likely ask you before they grab your tummy. Just say no. You may feel as though you’re a little rude, but so are they. Just because you’re pregnant, it does not give people the right to invade your personal space. Have the confidence to tell people not to touch you. After you’ve done so once, you will find it easier.

4. Losing baby weight is hard
When you give birth, you will still have your pregnancy stomach. People often make the mistake of thinking that baby weight just drops off when you give birth. It doesn’t. In fact, if you want to shift those pounds, you need to work at it. There are many exercises you can do that will help you lose that excess weight. Look for an exercise routine that is specifically for new mothers. When you’ve just had a baby, the last thing you will feel like doing is exercising. Remember to take things slow. Do ten minutes exercise a day. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but it will make a huge difference to your body.

5. Your emotions will be insane
When you’re pregnant, you have many different hormones surging through your body. It is normal that you will have mood swings and become emotional for no reason. Remember, people will understand when your mood changes in an instant. They will understand if you start crying at a TV show. You should not let your emotions embarrass you. Everybody has wild emotions when they are pregnant. The great thing about that is that your friends and family will expect you to act a little strange. Don’t hide the way you feel, but know that your hormones might be affecting your emotions.

6. Everybody will give you baby advice
Everybody thinks they know best when it comes to pregnancy and babies. Your friends and family (and even people on the street) will try and give you advice about your new arrival. Remember, you don’t need to take everybody’s advice. You should be polite and listen to what people have to say. That doesn’t mean what everybody says is right. Take the time to figure things out for yourself. Read tips online at and find out what works for you. People are only trying to help, and so you shouldn’t let their advice annoy you.

7. Your hair gets thicker during pregnancy
When people say you get more attractive when you’re pregnant, they are right. During your pregnancy, your hair will get thicker, and you will glow. Many people think that getting thick hair is a myth, but it’s not. Your hair will appear thicker and more luscious than it was before you fell pregnant. Don’t get too used to your new hair, though, as it won’t last forever. Once you have given birth, you will notice that you start losing your hair. Your hair might come out in thick lumps when you brush it. Don’t worry that is normal.

8. Morning sickness can happen all day long
Just because it’s called morning sickness, that doesn’t mean it only happens in the morning. People tend to think that pregnant women are only sick in the early hours of the morning. If that is the case, you are lucky. In most cases, women will be sick throughout the day. The hormones in your body make you sick and you will start to feel ill when you are pregnant. In extreme cases, you can get some tablets to help you with the sickness. Morning sickness is no fun, but it is a natural part of pregnancy.

How To Make An Awesome DIY Fireman Halloween Costume

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With Halloween on the horizon, it is time to start thinking about what to do for your children’s costumes. Don’t spend loads of money on expensive store-bought costumes, when you can make a costume at home. There are many wonderful creations you might want to make. All you need is a little imagination, and you can make almost any costume in the world. One of the things you might want to consider making is a cool fireman costume. Here is an easy guide to making an impressive DIY fireman costume.

You will need:
- A Large Box
- Acrylic Paint (Red, Black, Silver and Orange)
- Glue
- Two Mini-Torches
- Two Strips Of Black Material
- Scissors
- A Sewing Machine
- Spare Material

1. Prepare your box
You will need a large box for this costume. You can get a box from your local department store. See whether they have any spare boxes to give you. Make sure that the box is large enough to make a fire truck, but not too big that it will be uncomfortable for your child. Cut a hole in the top and bottom of the box. Make sure that the gap is big enough for your child to fit inside. You might want to have your child try the box on at this point to make sure that there is enough space.

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2. Seal your box
You need to seal up all the edges of the box. Use the glue to seal up all the sides of the box so that it keeps a solid structure. This step is important as the costume will take a lot of wear and tear when your child wears it. Leave the box to dry for a couple of hours.

3. Paint your box
This step is the hardest part of making the fireman costume. Make sure that you draw an outline on the box before you begin painting. Draw two large windows with a fire brigade logo in the center. Much of the painting is block color. Do the largest area first and then add detail later. Again, leave the box to dry for a couple of hours.

4. Install your torches
The two mini-torches will make the headlights for the firetruck. Fix the two torches to the inside of the box. Cut two holes at the front of the box so that the lights shine through. Your child can turn the lights on from inside the box.

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5. Sew your material strips
First you need to make sure that the material strips are the right length. Have your child hold the box at hip height, while you measure the material. The strips will go over your child’s shoulders and hold the fire truck in place. Once you have measured out your strips, you need to sew them. Doing so will make sure that the sides of the straps don’t fray when your child is wearing his or her costume. Use a Serger sewing machine to make seams at each side of the straps.

6. Fix the strips to the box
You can use glue to fix the straps to the box. Again, it is important that you leave the glue to dry for a few hours. Make sure that the box is secure. You don’t want the box to break when your child is wearing it.

7. Finish the look
Finish the look with a cute fireman outfit. You can buy a whole range of fireman outfits online. Make sure that you get an outfit in the right size. Sizing online can be unreliable, so it is wise to buy a size larger than your child needs. Your child will look like he, or she is a fireman driving the truck when the costume is complete.