Booklook Review: It Will Be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst

Little Seed and Little Fox are unlikely friends, but both encounter change and have to face fear. Together, they learn that they can trust the Farmer; he is good and kind. While neither Little Seed or Little Fox like their new circumstances, they recognize that they are okay, and the Farmer cares for them.

Children experience a lot of change as they grow up. Often this change is accompanied by fears, whether real or imagined. The story of Little Seed and Little Fox is a great example of how even when facing a new situation, they can learn to trust God and in the end, it will be okay because God is always with us.

“It Will Be Okay” is a children’s gift book written by Lysa Terkeurst, illustrated by Natalia Moore. Lysa’s words pair perfectly with the beautiful textured art by Natalia Moore. Each page is so full of expression and engages the reader.

When I saw this book as an option to review, I knew that we had to get our hands on it. Fear is something everyone struggles with, child or adult. While I haven’t read any of Lysa’s other books, what I have seen from her is Biblical and poignant. “It Will Be Okay” met my expectations and went even further-I was delighted with not only her story-telling abilities, but also the illustrator she chose to bring that tale to life! Both author and illustrator paid such attention to details, with every emotion being conveyed through color, type, and rhythm of the story. I know that Maddy will love this book, and that we will be able to have some solid, truth-based conversations about fear and God’s care for us as a result of reading it together.

I would recommend this book to anyone with children. Even if your littles are babies, they will be at reading age soon and you can enjoy this story together, along with the powerful and simple truth message it carries!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Recipe: 21 Day Fix Approved Egg Salad

I feel like all I eat these days is protein! Oh, the joys of pregnancy and the importance of protein! One of the easiest ways I fit in more protein is with eggs, but I don’t particularly like them hard-boiled. However, when you can have a simple meal (or snack) of egg salad, crackers and a pickle, I’m ALL about it. Mason says I’m SO pregnant…because pickles are pretty much the best tasting thing I’ve eaten in months!

Bake-off

Here’s what I do to keep this clean.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Hard-boiled eggs
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Salt/Pepper

Directions:

  1. Peel and place in a small bowl. Mash the eggs with a fork.
  2. Add in Dijon Mustard to your liking, mixing well. Season with Salt and Pepper to taste, and enjoy!

*To keep this 21 Day Fix Approved, enjoy with the appropriate amount of whole grain crackers, bread/toast, or even with a side of sliced green peppers or another veggie of your liking.

*You could also add in 1 tsp of olive oil mayo and count that as a teaspoon or part of your orange container.

All in Attitude

It was one of those mornings where I could tell that I would set the tone. My attitude and flesh rose up in my chest, and if I didn’t do something about it, our entire family would soon have a rough start to the day. Thankfully I leaned into the Spirit, and instead of diving into the morning and making a mess of everything, I grabbed a glass of water and my journal and began writing.

Well, less writing and more griping…at God. I like to call it, communicating my frustrations so that I feel heard by my Lord. :) He cares how I feel, right? Well, I figure there is no one better for me to complain to, because He will ALWAYS respond to me with truth and in love. And, He doesn’t like me to wallow in pity parties, so what better way to acknowledge where my heart is and take steps to change my perspective.

So I wrote…

and wrote…

and wrote.

As I neared the end of the first page, I felt my burden lifting. The simple act of writing down what weighed on my heart was enough to transfer it to the Lord’s hands. My attitude adjustment was also coming, because I was about to read in Philippians. Sure enough, I opened my Bible and began digging into the first few verse. There was so much I couldn’t read very far.

As I read Philippians 4: 1-7, this is what the Lord emphasized to me:

stand firm [in the Lord]

live in harmony [in the Lord]

REJOICE in the Lord always…again…REJOICE!

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men

(because the Lord is near)

Be anxious for nothing,

but in everything by prayer and supplication

with thanksgiving

let your requests be made known to God.

… (THEN…after all of that)…

the peace of God…will guard your hearts & your minds in Christ Jesus!

When the peace of God is guarding your heart and mind, your attitude will follow and not only does this certainly set your outlook in the right direction, but each and every choice is then affected. Wow-I love how God’s truth transforms our every thought, action, and word!

Booklook Review: Brave Mom by Sherry Surratt

Every mother struggles with fear, and Sherry Surratt not only “gets” that, but has some great insight and tools for how to work through your real mom-fears to be brave! Sherry is not only the CEO at MOPS International, but is also a wife and a mother who has experienced what each and every mom faces. Fear is a very real part of life, but also something that God has given us the tools to face and work through.

In Brave Mom, Sherry not only shares her own experience, but also the top fears that a majority of mothers will face throughout their “Mom Career”. Also included are Sherry’s tips and godly wisdom on how to deal with these fears. Each chapter ends with key questions and action steps to help you process your own circumstances and to progress towards becoming the Brave Mom God has called you to be.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I would really enjoy this book, but I figured it was one of our MOPS theme books for the year, and since I am a part of our MOPS Leadership Team, it would be a profitable use of my reading time, even if just to aid in discussion as we talk about “Be You, Bravely”. I was blown away by the depth and quality of this resource. I say depth, but please don’t be intimidated by that. Sherry writes in a very down-to-earth manner that is easy to connect with and flowing with grace!

This is an invaluable resource for moms! Sherry’s chapter on “Facing Your Emotional Monsters” will save you $$$$ in therapy and counseling if you will just implement the simple steps she has laid out. Maybe still get a good counselor you can confide in, but start doing these things and you will be so much further along as a healthy and balanced Mom-your family needs it! I absolutely loved her section about “Building a Better You”, with top 7 habits that “Better Moms” have made a priority.  I’m telling you, GREAT content here for every mom, no matter your age or stage in life!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

FAVE: “For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way?”

“For what is each day but a series of conflicts between the right way and the easy way?”

Recipe: Peppermint Chocolate Shake

peppermint chocolate shakeI have been seeing all sorts of fun and festive seasonal milkshakes recently, and let’s be honest, when you’re pregnant, the power of suggestion is pretty strong! ;-) I especially love the peppermint chocolate combo, so Chick-Fil-A (and others have been teasing me in the last few weeks). I knew that indulging in one of those shakes would make me feel pretty lousy afterwards, so instead I opted to make my own healthier version at home!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (we use Shakeology-Vegan Chocolate or Regular Chocolate)
  • 1 drop Peppermint Essential Oil* OR 1/2 tsp Peppermint Extract
  • Ice as desired

*Should you choose to use Peppermint Essential Oil, PLEASE be sure you are using a high quality oil that is safe for ingestion. We use Young Living Essential Oils that are not only therapeutic grade, but safe for topical and internal use.

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend! If you want a thicker consistency add more ice and enjoy! If you want this to be a little “lighter” you can skip the milk and just use water, but you will give up some creaminess in taste and texture.

 

If you are curious about Shakeology, email me [marlastanley@beachbodycoach.com] I would love to send you a FREE Sample (available to anyone currently without a Beachbody Coach).

It’s Official!

It’s about time that our news is public, since it’s gotten a bit hard for me to keep this secret myself. So many times I have nearly posted something on Facebook, so I’m glad this one is finally revealed. Figured I should do the same here!

final baby announcement

Baby Stanley #2 AKA “Challenger” will be joining our family in June 2015!

 

 

 

 

 

Recipe: Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Shake

You know I love my Shakeology, so making it fun and festive is something that I do for every season. Since it’s fall and I’m feeling like pumpkin spice goodness is in order, I have been blending this frequently!

choco pumpkin spice shake blog

I love this recipe because with the pumpkin I get in a good serving of veggies along with all the other goodness Shakeology contains.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin (if you are using canned, the ONLY ingredient listed should be pumpkin!)
  • 1 scoop chocolate protein powder (we use Shakeology-vegan or regular)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger (optional)
  • Ice as desired

Instructions:

Add all ingredients to blender (liquids first, then follow down the list) and blend! If you want a thicker consistency add more ice and enjoy!

choco pumpkin spice shakeI like this shake with a LOT of “spice” flavor. If you like less, opt for just the cinnamon and nutmeg for a chocolate pumpkin pie style shake.

If you are curious about Shakeology, email me [marlastanley@beachbodycoach.com] I would love to send you a FREE Sample (available to anyone currently without a Beachbody Coach).

QUOTED

Working through my latest review book from Booklook BloggersBrave Mom: Facing and Overcoming Your Real Mom Fears by Sherry Surratt.

“The process of becoming you is a lifelong pursuit.

It’s the nature of a mom to sacrifice, but good moms don’t have to be martyrs to motherhood.

The healthiest and happiest moms I know are the ones who see motherhood as a complement to their identity instead of the focal point.”

-Sherry Surratt

-It's the nature of a mom to sacrifice,

FAVE: Orientation of the Home

This video so accurately displays how SIMPLE it is to keep your house in order. Husbands, passionately pursue God and if you have a God-fearing wife, she will naturally follow (and so will your children). Authentic faith is hard to turn away from!

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