my blog is moving…

Well, I’ve enjoyed having this blog – even though I haven’t kept up with it as much as I wanted to!
However, the more familiar I’ve gotten with all of this, I’ve discovered that I can do more on another site. So, I’m moving my blog. Hope you follow me! The new blog is: myarielview.blogspot.com
Come see my new home!

Add a comment May 30, 2010

Book Review

I recently received another book from BookSneeze to read and review. I am so very glad I chose this one, it came at a perfect time in my life!


Beautiful Things Happen When A Woman Trusts God – Sheila Walsh
This was a wonderful and inspiring book about trusting God, even when we don’t understand exactly how or why. Sheila shares her own personal journey as well as explores stories from the Bible of others trusting God.

I was so excited to read this book, it came at the perfect time for me. I really needed some encouragement and to know that others understood my discouragement. Sheila was very open and honest in this book about her own struggles and long journey to get to the place God desired her to be. She also shares the stories of characters from the Bible who also struggled in their own lives to trust God no matter the situation.
I loved the conversational way of her writing, it was as if we were sitting and talking to one another.
There is also a helpful discussion section included. It would be perfect for a small group of women to do together, or simply for you to use as you read the book yourself.
I highly recommend this book to any woman who is struggling with her self worth – in the world or in Christ. It is such an encouragement that you are not alone – there are others who understand what you are experiencing and who want to help you find your way back to where God desires you to be!

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishing as part of the BookSneeze program in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

Add a comment May 26, 2010

Mother’s Day Giveaways

Tomorrow, there are a few sites that are doing a Mother’s Day Extravaganza all day! I will be out and about most of the day, but hope I can catch some of them from my phone! I believe each site is doing a giveaway every hour.
Here’s the list of sites to check out tomorrow (and other days) starting at 7am central time:

The Happy Housewife
The Thrifty Mama
Balancing Beauty and Bedlam
Faithful Provisions
Hoosier Homemade
Tatertots and Jello
Alice.com
BlogFrog -be sure to check out their BlogFrog pages for more giveaways!

Add a comment May 5, 2010
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a healthy lifestyle

So, about a year and a half ago, I went on a diet. Well, it was supposed to be a lifestyle change – but I didn’t stick to it. The information and plan came from my Maximized Living chiropractor. He is in a network that has great information and wonderful resources if you’re trying to get your whole body back on track!
It’s called The Healing Diet – there are two “tracks” – Advanced and Core. The Advanced diet cuts out all sugar and all food items that turn into sugar. It allows your body to break its addiction to sugars and start actually burning fat. It was intense, but worth it. I lost the 30 pounds I wanted to lose and I felt great! Then I got pregnant, and didn’t stick to it as well. Now, I’m back to where I want to get the rest of this baby weight off and start feeling better again. This diet was designed for people with health issues such as diabetes or those who really need to lose weight and can’t, because your body is just burning the sugars and not the actual fat. After you have reached your weight goal, or health goal, you can start to add in healthy carbs one at a time to see how your body tolerates them. This brings you to the Core diet, it gives you a little more freedom with some good complex carbs. You can find more info about this health plan and whole body wellness here.

Also on the note of changing things, I have often wondered over the years about having a gluten allergy (Celiac disease). About four years ago a relative of mine was diagnosed and when I heard her symptoms, I felt like she was talking about me! I’ve always had problems with my stomach and intestines, but I never got around to getting tested. I noticed when I was on the Healing diet, my body was doing so much better. I started thinking about it again today, when I found this article and realized (again) that I have seven of those symptoms listed.

All that to say, next week I’m starting the Healing diet again! I need to get my body back in shape and kick my addiction to sugars! I’m starting next week, because I’ll be going grocery shopping this weekend. :)
I’ll let you know along the way how things work out – and feel free to jump in and join me or ask questions, I’m no expert, but I’ll do what I can!

2 comments May 4, 2010
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A busy weekend

Sorry, I’ve been missing this weekend – it was a bit crazy.
Saturday morning I went to a Beth Moore simulcast conference. It was her newest book, “So Long, Insecurity”, which I haven’t read. Now, this was the first conference I’ve been to with her. I’ve done several of her studies though. I have to say (just personal preference) I really like her studies more. It may be just cause I really wanted/needed something more in depth that what we got on Saturday, but I didn’t get as much out of it as I was hoping to. I only got to hear the first half, since I had to get back home to Lydia and I was told that the second half was cut off due to the weather (lightning was messing up the simulcast feed). She made some great points, and I did enjoy it, but I really like digging deeper with her studies! One of the things that stood out the most, was when she said that insecurity and humility are on two different planes. You can be secure in who you are- as a Christian, a mom, whoever, and still be humble in Christ. But also, insecurity is a form of pride. When you are living your life second guessing everything because you are insecure in yourself, then everything rolls back onto you – therefor you are self focused, not God focused.

Saturday evening was spent celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday. We had a great time but made the mistake of letting our already overtired 3 year old have some brownie and ice cream. He was up every hour until 1am with night terrors. It was horrible. He has had them since he was about 3 months old, but it has been so long since he had any problems. I should have known though, that it was not a smart idea to give him sugar right before bed. Even though I controlled the amount and gave him only 3 little bites, it was still enough to mess him up. It is a terrifying experience and I pray he grows out of them. I remember the first one he ever had, we were having a bible study at our house and he had fallen asleep after nursing. About 15 minutes later he just started screaming – an odd, piercing scream that he’d never made before. It scared everyone in the room. I spent the next few minutes trying to wake him up and console him, then trying to get him back to sleep. He had a few off and on over the next year or so, then they slacked off. He had another when he was around 2 1/2 – that one was equally as horrible as the first one, because instead of just screaming, he was calling out for me and reaching, kicking…it was bad.
This last time was so sad, because he would wake up crying and screaming, but didn’t know why. So, then he would cry because he was sad and didn’t understand why he woke up sad. Needless to say, it was a long night for all of us!

Sunday was church and catching up on sleep missed Saturday :).

Monday, our 7th anniversary…another post, it’s too long for this one :)

Add a comment April 28, 2010
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new recipes

We tried two new recipes this week, both of them were a great success, so I decided to share them!
The first one, the Tangy Ranch Chicken was sort of an accidental meal. We were supposed to have a ground beef dish, but as I was cooking, I discovered my beef was no good :(. I get grass fed beef from a local farm and unfortunately my order came in while I was out of town, so by the time I was able to pick it up and get it home to cook, it was bad. Lesson learned and I am so thankful that I had this recipe and all the ingredients! It only took about 30 minutes – I thawed the chicken in a bowl of cold water and made my mashed potatoes and green beans while waiting for it. Then it cooked very quick, thankfully, since we were all hungry by that point! Leo raved about it so much (and it was delicious!) that it has now become my “in a pinch” recipe.
Tonight, we tried the Tetrazzini. I love tetrazzini, so I was a little wary about this one. But, I had some chicken left from a roasted chicken I had picked up earlier this week and didn’t want to waste it. I was a little short on chicken and ranch than what was called for, but it was more than enough for us! It was so good – even Ethan ate two little bowls! We added sweet snap peas as a side. I put cheese on top of mine and I think next time I will experiment with other additions – bell pepper, onion, etc.!
Here are the two recipes for you to enjoy – I got the Tangy Ranch out of a magazine and the Tetrazzine printed with a coupon, I have listed the websites for you to find more great dinner ideas!

Oh, I put in parentheses any changes I made to the recipes. Enjoy!

Tangy Ranch Chicken:
2/3c Ranch Dressing
1/3c Yellow Mustard
3tbsp. brown sugar
4-6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (2)

mix dressing, mustard and sugar

heat oil in nonstick skillet. saute chicken until browned, about 10 minutes.
stir in sauce. cook, stirring until chicken is glazed. (I added the sauce and turned the chicken a couple times, spooning sauce on either side. I also cut the chicken -to see if it was done- and added sauce inside!)

Super easy and so good – we didn’t need as much chicken as it called for, so I put the extra sauce on our green beans – also yummy!
For More Recipes check out www.frenchsfoods.com
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Chicken Ranch Tetrazzini
1pkg/8oz. linguine
3c shredded cooked chicken (I didn’t measure, just used what I had left from a roasted chicken from Target)
1 1/2c Ranch Dressing (I only had a little more than 1c and it worked fine)
1/2c dry white wine or chicken broth (I used broth)
1 jar/4oz.sliced mushrooms, drained
1/4c buttered bread crumbs-melt two teaspoons of butter, mix with breadcrumbs til evenly coated
(I added cheese)

Cook linguine according to directions
Drain and combine with chicken, dressing, wine/broth, mushrooms. (I mixed all those together while the pasta was cooking and then added the pasta when it was ready)
Pour into a 2qt casserole dish (I used a 1 1/2qt since I had less chicken and ranch, also used less pasta-about 1/2 the package)
Top with crumbs (and cheese! :) )
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until bubbly around the edges

www.hiddenvalley.com

Add a comment April 22, 2010
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coupon/recipe center

Ok, So I decided that having my laptop easily accessible was a little too tempting, and it was not very convenient when I needed to print something. So, I rearranged a counter space in my kitchen to house my laptop, printer, coupon binder, printed recipes folder, magazines and library books.
Here are some before pictures:

As you can see, it was our “drop off” point for everything we brought through the room, it was always cluttered!

Here are the after pictures:

After I cleared off the counter, Ethan walked through the kitchen and looked around. He said, “Mommy, what a beautiful room, it’s so clean!” Such a sweet boy, considering I had simply moved it all to another counter to sort through! (That counter is now clean too :)! )
So far, it’s working out great, we’ll see how it works long term. I tend to rearrange every few months; in fact, because of moving the computer and printer – the living room got moved around too! My husband loves me :)

2 comments April 21, 2010

where did my motivation go?

Well, I was going to start my project for the week today, but I’ve had a headache all day. No motivation to do anything that needs to get done, so definitely nothing extra. Hopefully it will get started tomorrow! On top of that, Ethan has been very, um…threeish? today. Needless to say, it’s been a long day!
Until then, go check out Faith, Family, Frugality, Alissabeth has another great giveaway! I could use some pampering today!

Add a comment April 19, 2010
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a new favorite site :)

Ok,

I found a new site that I’m loving! I don’t even remember where I found The Happy Housewife. I think it was while trying to find organization tips. Anyway, the point is, she has a great site going! Read her Our Story tab to learn about where she started trying to be a happy housewife. I will definitely be checking the blog fairly often! I noticed that she is doing a challenge with another blog, called 730/365. They are clearing out 730 items from their homes in 365 days. While that sounds like a fun challenge, it’s not one that I’ll be joining in right now. At the moment, my goal is to get organized. I really like the idea of having “stations” set up in various places, according to what I need. I will be focusing on one project a month (or more, if it’s a small project). Right now, for example, I am creating a coupon/work station in my kitchen. My laptop usually stays in the living room so I have easy access to it. However, I don’t want to be tempted to spend too much time online during the day, when I should be cleaning or playing with my kids. So, I’m moving my laptop and printer to a section on a counter in my kitchen. I don’t really count this as part of the kitchen space, cause it’s on the other side of the room, and right now is a “catch all” for books, papers, anything. I will post before and after pictures as I work on it, to give you a visual of what I’m doing. It will house my laptop, printer, coupon binder and supplies, recipes that I clip out or print, mail, library books and also be a “prep” station for the next day’s activities. Such as: on Saturday night, laying out Bibles and books, etc. needed for Sunday.
Anyway, hope that rambling made some sense! I’ll get pictures up, probably Monday, as I start this new project!

1 comment April 18, 2010
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The night is gone, a new day has come…

Time for a little venting :)…

Those of you that know me, know that I’ve been in a bit of a funk. I mostly blame it on the bleak winter coming right after my baby was born. Baby blues + dreary weather = not a happy mommy. Add to that mix a toddler adjusting to a new sibling, and a husband traveling alot more than usual. Needless to say, the past few months have been different. Now, I know that we all go through phases and seasons of our lives; we all have challenges and times that make us refocus. This has definitely been a time like that for me. Now, I wish that I could say that I grew stronger in my faith, closer to my family and learned a great deal from this time of shadows (it wasn’t all bad, so not darkness). Unfortunately though, while I did learn a great deal about myself, I learned that I close myself off when I’m afraid. I tend to slowly and quietly push people out, rather than openly share my feelings. And sadly, I did the same with God. I knew that I needed to trust Him with my feelings of inadequacy and frustration. I know that I would have come out of it alot sooner, if I had not been so stubborn. But I was, and it took months for me to wake up from the fog I was living in.
This past month of sunshine and newness has shown me just how lost in myself I really was. I am getting things back in order in every aspect of my life. So, with that, come changes to this blog. I know I’m not the only one who has struggled with feelings of frustration and drowning in the everyday :). I need to get back on track with my savings, and I’ll continue to share deals and finds with you. But there are plenty of great blogs where you can find better info! I want to do more here, even if it’s just for me to have a place to share “out loud”. So, you’ll get more of a glimpse into my life. I’ve started exercising again – I have 20 pounds to lose! I’m starting to get back to a healthier diet :) (that’s a slower process, but getting there!) I’m getting my house back in order. And most importantly, I’m getting my walk with Christ back on track.
I used to write all the time, it was my release outside of the theatre. I wrote poetry, songs, stories, letters. This is my new pen, my new journal. Feel free to come along, join in, or run away :). The choice is yours, but I’ll be here, offering an honest look into my *new* season of life.
Many years ago, I wrote a short story about the Resurrection titled The Night Is Gone, A New Day Has Come that’s how I feel now. I’m starting a new day-feel free to join me!

Thanks for letting me get that out :)

3 comments April 16, 2010
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