Thursday, November 27, 2014

Give Thanks to the Lord!

Happy Thanksgiving Friends! 

Our family will be taking a few days off for the weekend, so I wanted to send my Thanksgiving greetings to you and your family. 

I'm hosting this year.  It's been a few years since I cooked everything, so I'm excited.  The yummy aroma of turkey baking fills the Little Pink Casa this morning.  We will have my parents and niece and nephews over.  It will be a fun day filled with kid's tables, thankfulness and cherished memories.  

Not every year can be the same, so embrace the moment.  Time flies by fast and soon the kids will be grown and life will be different.  Give thanks for every moment you have with your family.  In the good times or bad, give thanks.  

We are truly thankful to the Lord for He is good and His love endures forever.  I am reminded of a old song by Don Moen that says it so clearly:  

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, "I am strong"
Let the poor say, "I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us"

Give Thanks

May your family have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving! 

Blessings and Shalom, 

Looking for some fun Thanksgiving activities for your kiddos?

Thanksgiving Bible Lesson Pack

Thanksgiving Bible Coloring Pages 

Thanksgiving Ideas for Kid's Table

Testimony Time:  What are you thankful for this year?  Leave a comment.  

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Testimony Time {Lord, I believe You're My Healer}

Testimony Time! 
This past Friday my daughter Hadara came down quickly with a high fever and started to show signs of flu.  Ruben and I watched her fever and took care of her all night Friday and Saturday.  We noticed a funny dot on her cheek so we were off to the Emergency room Saturday afternoon.  Here we are at hospital waiting for doctor to come in with results.  Well, all her tests came up negative and they sent us home with a virus diagnosis.  By Sunday, yesterday she was so much better.  Her fever was gone.  

Friday when her symptoms first began, I messaged friends and family to start praying.  Some of those were you.  You know who you are!  Well, Praise God!  The Lord is good and prayers work.

 It's always hard when our children are sick short term or long term. Yet, it's the Lord Jesus who gets us through these hard times and sad times. We saw a movie on Saturday evening called, The First of May on TBN. It was so good. I recommend you see it.  Well, there was a line in the movie and the boy asks the Grandma, "Why doesn't happiness last?".   She answered him, "there are happy and sad times.  If we didn't have sad times, we wouldn't recognize how great the happy times can be, so enjoy the happy times while you can".  

This blessed me so much because it's so true. Enjoy our children in good and bad.  Loving them unconditionally, which is hard to do sometimes.  Yet, the Lord has taught me through Hadara's neck injury this summer and even times like this how much I really love my daughter and how a mother's love can go and grow so deep.  Imagine how much more our Father God loves us.  Deep, down from His heart.  So, just wanted to let you all know, Hadara is doing better Praise the Lord for He still heals today.  He is a Living God!

Blessings and Shalom, 

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Friday, November 21, 2014

Fashion Friday {cupcakes + ballerina pink + magenta}

Today is Fashion Friday . . .   where I create a Fall outfit from my closet to inspire you to get fashion creative.  This week, my daughter and I were inspired by ballet pink, cupcakes and magenta.   

Wednesday is our busy day.  We run errands, take Hadara to her piano lessons and go visit the chiropractor.   Sometimes, it seems that there's no fun, but this Wednesday we plugged in some family fun time.  We headed to the mall to eat dinner and check out some products before the black Friday rush next week.  The mall was empty.  Didn't surprise me.  It's like the quiet before the storm which I won't be a part of next Friday.  

We strolled into The Children's Place and found some great deals, so I had to take advantage of the ability to find sizes and great selection.  I know after this weekend, the busy rush will begin and most of those good items will be gone.  We scored $50 worth of clothing and jewelry for only $23.   

Ballerina Pink and Cupcakes
I just love the new cupcake top Hadara is wearing today for Fashion Friday.  She paired it with gray leggings, a white ruffled skirt and ballet pink leg warmers she already had in her closet.  Her gold ballerina flats shimmer and sparkle.  Hadara loves to bake cupcakes, so this top fit her to a tee . . . no pun intended.  :) 

Hadara created this outfit on her own.  I love it!  She knows how to be a ballerina princess for sure.  

Magenta Harmony 
For my outfit, I took a magenta flared sheath dress and added a vanilla cardigan.  Keeping my legs warm in dresses and skirts is easy with tights.  I'm wearing charcoal gray textured tights by Hanes with black slouch booties (about six year old booties).  A patent leather black belt ties all the colors together.   I have to admit I started with a grey skirt, but changed it because I felt like adding a vivid color to pop.  I just love color!  During the colder months don't be afraid to add some color and mix it with neutrals like grays and black.  

Have you started your Christmas and Hanukkah shopping yet?

Are you shopping on black Friday or Thanksgiving?
(You know I'm not, but I do cyber monday shop in my p.j.'s.)

I hope Hadara and I inspired you to create a pretty Fall outfit from your own wardrobe.

May you have a great Friday and restful weekend!  Keep shining for the Lord and pass the love around.  Keep warm.

Blessings and Shalom,

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

My Eventful Day {the photo shoot that nearly killed me}

This week, I had a very eventful Thursday.  Hadara and I were off on a walk to grab some Fashion Friday photos.  We were very excited about our photo shoot.  Then, some where between our walk and the first photo, I was bit by a bug on the top of my hand.  Still not sure what bit me.  I was concentrating on capturing the best images of my little girl and not paying any attention.  Pretty sure, I ruled out mosquito within the first 10 minutes when I began to experience a severe reaction.  Although I had no pain, my hand swelled up, arm turned red and a rash appeared.  By the time, we walked home and got through the front door,  I felt tightness in my chest.  My stomach started to feel yucky and drowsiness came over me.  I began to get concerned.  You think? 

The next thing I knew I was calling 911.  Yes, I didn't want to do it, but at that moment, I knew something was definitely wrong.  As I waited on the phone to talk with a dispatcher, I prayed.  I asked the Lord to take care of me and not let anything bad happen to me.  I was hoping help would come since it was only Hadara and myself at home.  Ruben was at work and it would be a while before he got home.  

The paramedics arrived and checked my vitals.  I was doing alright, but they wanted to get me to the hospital.  I told them I was concerned about my daughter and they all were so nice and considerate.  The firefighters offered to drive my daughter down to the hospital as I was being transported in the ambulance.   I had a candle lit in my kitchen to blow out and had to find my keys, but the paramedic helped do all that for me.  Seriously, they were the most patient and empathetic medical team ever!  

God Takes Care of His Children
Hadara had a fun drive to the hospital with the guys.  They gave her a fire hat, a water bottle and some cookies.  They showed her everything in the fire truck and told her how it works.  She got V.I.P. treatment.   They really made Hadara feel so special and comforted.  I am so thankful for that.  I'm so proud of her because she really kept calm and helped me.  When, we met up at the hospital, the paramedics told me how well mannered Hadara was and a pleasure.  I wanted to cry, but I held my tears.  

At this point, it had been an hour since the bite and my reaction symptoms were starting to subside.  My parents along with my niece and nephews got there and helped take care of Hadara while the medical staff treated me.  I could feel the Lord's presence surround this whole situation.  Everything was moving along so smoothly.  

The crazy thing is that I chose to go to the closest neighborhood hospital.  It didn't really matter to me.  Yet, God whispers to us in times of trouble and when we listen, it all works out.  Read what happened next! 

While talking to the doctor, she told me that the same thing happened to her last week.  What?!  I know!  Crazy, but not coincidence.  She totally understood my condition and diagnosed me with a allergic reaction to the bite.  She did have an EKG and blood work done to check all bases.  Everything came back normal and great.  By the time, Ruben got to the hospital, my swelling had gone down and I was discharged.  

God's Plans are Better Than Our Own. 
The Lord is good.  You see, the afternoon started out with a plan.  We had plans to take some photos. Yet, the plan turned sour.  However, God turned it around for my good.  My Lord took care of my daughter and I through all this craziness.  The nurse who took my blood said something to me that struck me when I shared my story.  She told me it was a good thing, it wasn't my daughter who got bit.  Yes, so true.  We were standing in the same place. . . . under the same tree.  By the photos today, you can see the tree and the area.  Who knows what it was?  A spider?  Whatever it was, it doesn't matter any more.  God is always looking out for His children.  

I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.  Luke 10:9 
At one point, during the phone conversation with 911,  the Holy Spirit showed me the Word of God in my mind.  I remembered how I continually confess the scriptures over me and how powerful it is.  I knew at that moment and believed who could be against me?  No one or nothing!   I believed the Word of God over me is true.  

FAITH in Action 
I instantly felt calm and I knew that everything was going to be okay.  I knew that my Father wasn't going to let me fall.  I stood on His promises.  It works.  Faith in action.  What good is it to read the Bible and study the Bible and memorize the Bible, if we do not believe it or put it in action?  We can see the proof in the pudding.  When life is scary, emergency situations come, do we believe or doubt?

We cry Emergency!  Emergency!  God help me and He does my friend.  
 . . . Call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.   Psalm 50:15 

I'm so thankful for His protection and His covering and sending His angels to take care of my daughter and I during that emergency situation.  He provides and turns everything around for our good.  Amen?

Although, I type on the keyboard to get this post out today with puffy fingers, I am alive.  I am good.  Praise God!  I can use this story to encourage you today.  

Do you have an emergency situation in your life?   Maybe one is coming around the corner.  We never know what life may throw at us.  However, God wants to see our faith alive and put into action.  He wants to see that we will stand on His Word and BELIEVE it for all things in our lives.  All things are possible to them who believe.  

The Lord is with you today, my friend.   If He's done it for me, He'll do it for you.  

He'll do it again! 

Blessings and Shalom, 

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Fashion Friday {Crochet Chic}

Today is Fashion Friday . . .   where I create a Fall outfit from my closet to inspire you to get fashion creative.  This week, my daughter and I were inspired from crochet pieces in our wardrobe.  

Crochet clothing is so vintage and has really made a come back.  I'd love to learn how to crochet one day.   I have always loved crochet clothing from vests to sweaters.  It's a great piece to add to your fall/winter outfit that adds texture, comfy coziness, and warmth!  

I just love this minty crochet cardigan I found at a antique shop about ten years ago.  Seriously, I think it's from the 1950's and I can imagine it belonging to a sock hopper paired with a poodle skirt.  I love mixing patterns with texture.  A cream/navy pattern blouse is layered underneath the cardigan.  The blouse's scarf is an added bonus.   Mint earrings pop with color.  Neutral stone capri pants are disguised under knee high stud suede boots from Dollhouse.  I snagged the boots on Beyond the Rack during last year's Black Friday sale.  They are so warm with their fur lining.  Totally worth it.  

Hadara wears a scallop crochet poncho she's had since she was two years old.  Yes, it still fits her! She chose to wear it over a long sleeve white shirt paired with dark blue skinny jeans from Justice.  She couldn't wait to bust out her black suede boots we found at Burlington Coat Factory.  A hot pink headband and girly bracelet show her personality.  She's getting so tall.  

As you can see here in the valley of the sun, we don't have many colorama trees to shed those pretty leaves.  We have to drive up to Northern Arizona for those beauties.  Although, we did have a a cold front move in this week, so hopefully we'll start feeling more like Fall soon.  

Overall, our photo shoot turned out to be very eventful.  Wait til you hear about it tomorrow! It's the photo shoot that almost killed me.  Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating, but that's how it felt.  Today's post is late, for that reason.  You'll have to come back tomorrow to read all about it! 

Do you have a favorite crochet piece in your wardrobe?  

Do you know how to crochet?  

Until tomorrow. 

Blessings and Shalom, 

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Monday, November 10, 2014

MM: Marriage Monday {Our Love Story + Tips on How to Find a Good Spouse}

It's MM:  Marriage Monday at the Little Pink Casa and today is extra special because Ruben, my husband joins me for the very first time.  
Was it love at first sight?  Today's marriage post is a video teaching where Ruben and I share our love story and how we first met.  We also give marriage tips on how to find a good spouse and how to keep a Godly marriage.   

You'll also get to know us a little better and see some tears, but happy tears.  You'll have to watch it to see!  Grab your Bible and a cup of joe . . . it's time to be encouraged, inspired and filled with joy.  We hope it helps you remember your own love story.  

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Thank you so much for taking time to watch this video.  We had so much fun filming this together and working as a team.  

We love your comments and please tell us what you thought of us together? 

Where did you meet your spouse?  

Do you think you and your husband are starting to look like each other?  (inside video joke)

Blessings and Shalom, 

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Friday, November 7, 2014

How to Fall Refresh Your Child's Closet on a Budget

How would you like to refresh your children's closet without spending a cent? Whether you live on a budget or want to save money, I have some great tips for you.  In today's Fashion Friday video, I show you how I fall refresh my daughter's wardrobe in a fun and easy way.  Got kids?  Then, this video is for you! 

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Fall Fashion Friday
Let's begin. . .   just to let you know . . .  all the items I'm wearing, I already had in my closet.  

Today's fall outfit of the day is inspired by the American country side.  It's a little bit of daisies, classic denim and pin stripes.  Brown riding boots kick up some dirt.  A vanilla cardigan wraps up this casual chic look.  

Hadara's outfit is pink bling country!  A hot pink sequin top with the words LOVE totally expresses her personality.  Her matching hot pink leggings and silver ballerina flats are so fun.

What are some ways you refresh your children's closet on a budget?  

Are you inspired to put together an American Country fall outfit?  

May you have a lovely restful weekend, from all of us at the Little Pink Casa.  

Blessings and Shalom, 

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