Welcoming a New Puppy!

20
Nov
2014

Milo

We are a dog family.  And to take it two steps further we are a two dog family.  :-)

I grew up with dogs but never really considered myself a dog person, until we got our first dog after I was married 7 years ago.  We brought Molly, a Goldendoodle into our house and with it a lot of joy into our life.  

A few years later we got another puppy, Riley and unfortunately he had some medical issues that just were beyond what we could care for. You can read his amazing story here, grab some tissues, but it ends all good!!

It has taken me a year to grieve the loss of our Riley dog.  I know he is being well cared for and loved even more than I can imagine, but my heart still misses him.  I used a lot of essential oils to help me through the emotional up and downs, as well as just talking about his wonderful sweet soul.  He was such a good dog, and finally…. finally… I can talk about him without bursting out in tears and sobbing.

We’ve known we would eventually get a new dog to join our family and it so happened the logistics of it developed quickly.  We called some breeders on Halloween, chose a puppy the same day and picked him up to bring him home on November 11th.  

The timing was perfect, as my hubby is home for the entire month on vacation, so we are able to put in the ‘over-time’ needed when you are puppy training.

So without further ado….. here is Milo, our newest member of the family.

Here we are taking him home – not all of our kids could join in the pick-up, but they were home waiting when we arrived!

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He is an Australian Labradoodle and will grow to be about 45-50 pounds.  Our family loves the ‘doodle’ mixes and this was a good fit for us this time around.  

I am not interested in starting a debate or argument for shelter dogs versus dogs from breeders, so please do not begin that here.  This route was the right decision for our family and that is the most important thing to consider.  When getting any dog you need to make the best decision for your family.

So enjoy some fun photos of our new guy and the silly puppy stage.  And you know where I will be, as his little goofiness has captured my heart!

Maybe I will share a top 10 post on new puppy tips soon, I would sure have it fresh in my mind.

He has to get the very last drop of food and the only way he seems to be able to do this is to hug his bowl!

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Puppy’s sleep a lot!

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Making a Difference with Compassion

13
Nov
2014

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I was thrilled to open three letters this week – all from the compassion girls we sponsor here on The Confident Mom, with your support through making amazon affiliate purchases.  I can hardly believe that we are ready to take on another sponsor child!!  WOO HOO!

For those who are not familiar, a few months backs I felt the urge to allow this blog to make a difference in another way by providing support for a sponsorship of a Compassion child.  I attended the Hearts at Home Conference back in March and it all began there.  Our first girl from India, Shine.

As I shared that challenge to use the amazon affiliate link when shopping on amazon, our amount earned each month grew – in just a short time we were able to add two more girls to the sponsorship!

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Well, I have exciting news again…… you all have AMAZED ME – and we are at the point where we can add another Compassion Sponsorship to The Confident Mom’s little “global family”.

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Judith Sheeba

She is from the same area in India as the other girls, which is really a blessing.  She is sixteen and her birthday is in March.  As soon as I learn more about her I will be sure to pass it on.  So excited to be sharing more blessing with this village!

It is the season where people tend to do even more online shopping (or is that just me??  I hate going to the mall!!)  So in your regular purchasing or gift giving, when you are looking to shop on amazon if you would take a minute and click through this link or the graphic on my homepage, you will hep add to this amount and be helping sponsor these girls.  It is amazing how we can all help and make a difference with just a few addd seconds of our time.

Purchasing using this link does not cost you any more, it does not add anything to the price of the items you are already purchasing, but it does have the impact to make a much larger impact in the world.  I know these girls are thrilled to have you sponsoring them.

Here is the update on our girls:

Shine

Reading books, playing football and playing hide and seek are her favorite things to do.  She recently had a birthday and we were able to send a birthday gift amount and she purchased a “trolly-bag” and NIV Bible and some chocolates.  (That sounds like a perfect gift to me!!)

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Her school recently had a sports day where they had many events to participate in and also danced.  She also had a birthday recently and was able to purchase 2 sets of slippers, a hand bag, a pouch and some chocolates.  (hmmm…. I see a trend!)  She also sent a beautiful picture on the back of her letter.

Hannah

She was sharing how her cousin recently had gotten married and had a baby, which she sounded excited about.  Her favorite Bible verse if Psalm 91 –  (love that!!)  She shared a bit about the sports day as well, which is fun….all three of the girls to know each other.  There was also a nice drawing on her letter too.

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Thank you so much for taking the time to use the amazon affiliate link so we can bless these families on the other side of the world.  It is amazing how we can each do a little bit to make a bigger impact!

If your family is interested in sponsoring your own family, here is information to make it quick and easy.  I  know you will find it just as rewarding.

 

Ultimate Christian Living Bundle – Wisdom for Moms

5
Nov
2014

bp-faith-love2Who among us doesn’t want to lead a life worth emulating?

With great kids, a loving marriage, a successful career or business and a closer, faith-filled walk with the Lord. But for many of us, making that a reality is big challenge!

Balancing life’s priorities can seem a bit overwhelming at times. The pressures of work, the need for finances, the demands of parenting and the resulting strain on marriage can leave us weathered, weary and wondering what really works in life?

That’s where the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle comes in. Ultimate-Bundles.com called in some best selling authors, leading experts and top business professionals to address the most common challenges faced by families and individuals today – all from a solid, Biblical foundation.

For the ridiculously low price of just $34.95 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of over $1,140 that addresses these issues with stunning clarity and practical application.

For the family…

The bundle contains 10 wonderful books focused on incredibly inventive ways you can craft the marriage you signed on for. To complement that subject, they added 8 more books focused on parenting and passing on your faith to your kids.

That wouldn’t be complete without books just for kids so they also included 8 children’s books that parents can read with their children.

To close out the content for family life, the highly praised Singing Bible MP3 version was added (a $25 value all by itself). It actually teaches children the story of the Bible not just random stories. 

For your professional life…

You will find John Muratori and Michael Pink’s six -hour Christian Wealth Building course ($77 value) which was complemented with Bob Lotich’s 31-day devotional Managing Money God’s Way. There are a total of 14 business related books and courses including Zig Ziglar’s powerful Born To Win course (that Seth Godin and Dave Ramsey rave about), Dr. James B. Richards, Wired For Success – Programmed For Failure and Untold Secrets for Creating Wealth by Brig Hart and John Beehner. You’ll even find one of the best selling Christian business books of all time, The Bible Incorporated – In Your Life, Job & Business.

To ignite your faith…

Rounding out the package, Bridge Logos and Moody Press made a series of classic Christian literature available from generals of the faith like Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, A.W. Pink, E.M. Bounds, Calvin, Wesley, Edwards and more who wrote about grace, prayer, faith and an overcoming life.

In addition to these wonderful classics, the Ultimate Bundles team snagged 12 heart-stirring devotionals from authors like A.W. Tozer and Nancy Leigh DeMoss that speak to matters of faith that are sure to inspire. Let’s not forget Gary Chapman’s Extraordinary Grace or Ray Comfort’s Way of the Master for sharing your faith with others. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, don’t miss Philip Cameron’s, They Call Me Dad, the story of one man’s fight to save orphans from human trafficking.

So as you can see, the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle is an extraordinary value.

But it still gets better…

The Ultimate Bundles team asked several sponsors to step up to the plate and with no strings attached, provide meaningful BONUS GIFTS. One of the first to step up was Dayspring Greeting Cards who offered a choice of heart-warming gift card packages to choose from.  Another, is a downloadable DVD workout series for getting in shape and maintaining health. With a retail value of $62.99 it includes a Biblical study guide for stewarding your health. Bonus gifts alone have a total retail value of over $160

So now you know…

For as little as $34.95 you can receive over $1,140 worth of valuable eBooks and eCourses that address the issues of life most of us face at one time or another, from a profoundly Biblical worldview. The BONUS GIFTS alone are worth more than four times the price of the bundle! So, if you want to ignite your faith, strengthen your family and help your professional life, there’s no better place to start! All the hard work has been done for you…

The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, November 10th.

But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 18,500 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day guarantee: you have a full month to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s life, you’ll get your money back in full!

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

What? 75 eBooks plus eCourses and more, PLUS over $160 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth over $1,140, and it’s yours for as little as $34.95. Sweet deal, right?

When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?

Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of included resources.

Business & Personal Finance

Christian Classics Series

Christian Living

Devotional Life

For Children

Inspirational Novels

Married Life

Parenting

Reaching the Lost

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post.  I would never recommend a product or item that I would not have paid full price for myself.   Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Paleo Turkey Bacon Meatballs from eMeals

30
Oct
2014

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As many of you know, I LOVE eMeals! I have shared over the years yummy recipes and how I use eMeals to help me stay organized, eat healthier, save money and have more time OUT of the kitchen!

eMeals is a meal planning service that sends you a weekly list of recipes including side dishes with a completed grocery list. Love it!!

Right now you can get 2 FREE weeks of eMeals to try it out for yourself! If you decide to stick with it after the two weeks, you can enjoy your choice of over 60 meal plan options including breakfast, lunch and dinner.

And, as a bonus right now all eMeals’ members get a FREE Comfort Foods menu that features all kinds of fall-friendly menu items to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Check them out now!

I wanted to share with you the yummy PALEO Meatballs I made for dinner last week, they were easy and really good.  It was a filling recipe and easy to serve with some sautéed spinach and roasted cauliflower.  You can grab this recipe below!

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Paleo - Turkey-Bacon Meatballs with Tomato Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 4 slices bacon
  2. 2 lb lean ground turkey
  3. 1 (8-oz) package sliced fresh mushrooms, finely chopped
  4. 1 large onion, chopped
  5. 1 T Italian seasoning
  6. 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  7. 2 T coconut oil
  8. 2 (14.5-oz) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes
Instructions
  1. Place bacon on a paper towel-lined plate; microwave on HIGH 1½ to 2 minutes or until crisp. Crumble bacon. Combine ground turkey, bacon, mushrooms, onion, Italian seasoning and egg; shape mixture into 1-inch meatballs. Heat oil in a large deep nonstick skillet over medium heat; cook meatballs 4 minutes or until browned and no longer pink in centers, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet, and keep warm. Add tomatoes to skillet; bring to a boil, and simmer 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Add meatballs to pan; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated.
  2. Recipe Serves 6
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Practice Making Wise Decisions

28
Oct
2014

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I have been known to procrastinate a time or two…..or maybe ten or twenty!  UGH!  It sometimes really amazes me I have made it this far in life because of how paralyzed I can be at times – not knowing what to do, so I do nothing!!!

Do you ever feel paralyzed?  Just fearful of making the wrong decision so much that it just keeps you from doing anything.  I get that way, I avoid and I think if I just don’t think about it, said “it” will just not be there the next time I turn around.  But, it is.  And causes me more anxiety in the process.  

From big decisions to little ones, I can get bogged down with the details so much that it prevents me from moving ahead.  ACK!  I hate admitting that, but it is true.  I can feel lost and flailing and I am so glad that Lysa shared the three questions that we all can and should consider when we are looking to make any type of decision.

  •   Have you been reading and praying through God’s Word lately?
  •   Have you been applying God’s Word in your life lately?
  •   Have you sought Godly counsel and insights from wise people who know specifics about your    situation?

“We have to put our hearts and our minds in places where wisdom gathers, not scatters.”

I love feeling empowered to make decisions that are good when I incorporate knowledge, insight, and discernment by using the above questions as a guideline for myself.  I love knowing I can grab hold of those questions the next time I am feeling a bit underprepared for making a decision, which I am sure will be within the next few hours.

When Lysa shared her experience of having to navigate the decision a to whether they would open their home to a friend….. I could relate to those feelings she was sharing.  I loved that she added four more aspects to making a wise decision:

Physically – can you say yes in this area?

Financially – can you say yes in this area?

Spiritually – can you say yes in this area?

Emotionally – can you say yes in this area?  (this is the one I rarely even consider, although it seems it may need to be closer to the top of my considerations!)

I tend to over-extend myself in the area of “emotions” – thinking I can do more or give more than what I realistically can handle.  This is an area I need to be very aware of especially since I know that my depression and hopelessness can stem from being bankrupt emotionally.

A few things to consider this week from the Study Guide: 

I loved this suggestion and wondered if anyone else would be up for the challenge?  I often am doing a lot, but my motive is not from the heart and I can be bitter about being put out.  I want to work on this area, so won’t you join me?

  • Be servant-hearted.  Do something for another person without grumbling.  Trust that God sees, God knows, and through this act of service, God will develop your character to match your calling.

Truth is always something I need to focus on rather than my feelings.  This is an area I need to be reminded of.

  • Stand in assurance.  Trump your feelings with truth. Just because you feel incapable/offended/insecure doesn’t mean you need to be incapable/offended/insecure.

My words can often be short and snarky – yes – I know.  In the haste of daily routine I can get an attitude or feel overworked and my words show that.  Here is another area to be mindful of.

  • Tuck wisdom into your life.  Practice it in the things you say and in the things you choose not to say.

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