Minted – You’re Gonna Love it!

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Who doesn’t love it when a box shows up at the front door? I almost squealed when this one came because I knew what was inside.

During the summer, I was contacted by the company Minted to review their site and products, so I spent a lot of time combing through their site. And I have to tell you I was impressed with what I saw.

First let me tell you about the company. Here is what their site says:

Minted is a global community of independent graphic designers and an online store that prints and sells the best of their designs in the form of paper goods.

Minted sells birth announcements, Christmas cards, thank you cards, business cards, stationary, wall art, journals, wedding invitations, bunting banners, gift tags… the list goes on. They have picked designers from all over the world to contribute, so they have a wide variety of styles. Even their packaging was cute!

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After pouring through the invitations, stationary, Christmas cards and birth announcements, I was drawn to the wall art and the journals. The artwork was ADORABLE! You could even customize some of it with your own pictures or family name. I chose a print called “My Favorite Things” and customized it all about me and Alan.

photo 5I also ordered some cute thank you cards. They are business card size with enough room to write a little note – just right for putting on top of a plate of cookies for the kids’ teachers. 🙂

photo 1 copy 4But my favorite thing was the journals. I love to journal! I have prayer journals, quiet time journals, journals of cute things the kids say. You name it, and I have a journal for it. My hardest decision was picking out which design I wanted. In the end, I picked two.

These would make great gifts. They are only $16. You can even customize the inside cover with an inscription or your name and address. The paper inside is your choice of lined, graphed or blank. I chose lined. This would be a great gift for a student. Know someone who just started college? High school? Middle school? This would be precious packaged with a cute pencil or pen set and tied with a ribbon.

photo 2 copyAren’t they adorable? Yes, that’s me and Alan kissing on the front of one of the journals. 😉 I guess I should write love letters in that one. LOL.

For all you bargainers, I did notice Minted has a refer a friend program. If you send your friend an email from their site and they decide to purchase something, they will get $25 off of $50 and you will get $25 deposited into an account for you! HERE is the link to refer a friend.

If you have a few minutes, go click around and see what Minted has to offer. You can always pin the stuff you want to buy on your Pinterest board. I don’t benefit anything from your visit. I’m just genuinely telling you friend to friend – I like them. 🙂 If you purchase something, you’ll have to let me know what you selected. I know I’ll be back for more journals.

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Carol

He Loves Me…

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There are times when my husband sends me off with girlfriends just so I can get away. Times he shoos me out the door to go to the mall or get coffee or anything away from people calling me “mommy” for just a while.

Some days he pampers me. He rubs my feet and brushes my hair and just listens as I talk.

I’m not going to tell you about one of those days.

Nope. I want to tell you about the day he came home late – 7: 30 p.m. He collapsed on the couch. And when I returned from the grocery store at 10 p.m. he didn’t even raise his head. But when he finally did raise his head, it wasn’t to help me unload groceries; it was to scrounge through the bags for a Star Crunch and return to his spot in the den.

As he headed back to the couch, I said, “Hey! I thought you were coming to help me unload the groceries. You were just getting a snack?”

He mumbled, “Yep,” and collapsed again, quickly falling back asleep.

I stood for a second, watching him, wondering if he knew how frustrated I was with the kids that day, how tired I was from running errands, doing homework and going to Kroger at 9 p.m.

But the longer I looked at him the more I thought, “I couldn’t love you more.”

You see, while watching him on the couch, I started asking myself, “Why is my husband lying there? He normally is so helpful. Why is he so tired tonight?”

And then I remembered hearing his alarm that morning in the early dark– 4:30 a.m. to be exact. I knew he drove downtown a little before six to get to a convention for work. I recalled the stress in his voice days before as he told me his concerns and responsibilities for the event.

The man who usually calls me during the day to see how I’m doing never once checked in that day. He was too busy to do so. He didn’t make dinner with the family. He arrived late and headed straight to the couch to lie down.

I peered over the sink, eyes brimming and realized my husband loved me just like Christ loved the church.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. Ephesians 5:25

The Message says it like this:
Husbands, go all out in your love for your wives, exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting. Christ’s love makes the church whole. His words evoke her beauty. Everything he does and says is designed to bring the best out of her, dressing her in dazzling white silk, radiant with holiness. And that is how husbands ought to love their wives. Ephesians 5:25-28

Alan had been broken and poured out for me – for our family. He worked hard to provide for us, and the man was completely spent. I couldn’t have asked for more – for a man to love me more than that. He had given himself up for me. The knowledge of it was overwhelming.

Watching him go out the door each morning for work, I thank God for a man who loves me so.

That night, I walked close to the couch, leaned over to kiss his head and whispered, “I love you.”

“I love you, too,” he mumbled never opening his eyes.

I know you do, Alan. Oh, how I know.

Carol

Satisfied with Partial Success

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It’s my cakes.

While I always try to make super creative, jaw-dropping, Martha Stewart-ish cakes, they always turn out looking a little homemade. I’ve taken a cake class. I know the tricks of the trade, so why don’t I have super smooth icing and perfectly peaked decorations? (Need I remind you of the Slug Cake?)

Can I be honest? I’m usually so focused on getting it done, I’m happy with good enough. My kids are usually impressed, so what does it really matter? Right?

Want to know how this relates to my spiritual life? Click HERE to read the rest of the devotion today at the Internet Cafe.

Carol

No Substitute

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Over 50 million students are headed back to school in America. Millions of students mean millions of teachers. Unfortunately, of those teachers, some will need to call in sick…

Are your kids headed back to school? Mine started a little over a week ago. Click HERE to read today’s devotion at The Presidential Prayer Team.

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Colin is starting 7th grade.

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Faith is starting 4th grade.

By the way – have you ordered your copy of Couch Rebels: Because Stories Like These Aren’t Told by Potatoes? It was released last week and is already an Amazon best seller! It is $9.99 and only comes in an e-book form. But you can get a free Kindle app for your tablet or smart phone. By purchasing the book, you will provide clean water to 3 people in Africa for a whole year through Blood: Water Mission.

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Click HERE to order the book. I think you’ll be blessed by all the stories and don’t forget – mine is one of the stories included!

*Just a reminder: The link to the devotion is only direct today, 8/20. After today, you will have to select 8/20 from the drop down menu on The Presidential Prayer Team’s site.

Carol

Courage on a Camel

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Often the setting of adventure stories, the Sahara desert has a reputation for danger that is no exaggeration. So why would 20 men choose to load up camels once a month and cross the world’s hottest lands?

Join me at The Presidential Prayer Team to find out. Click HERE to read the rest of today’s devotion.

I was inspired to write today’s devotion after reading an article in a magazine I get from Voice of the Martyrs. Do you realize people are still persecuted for their love of Christ? In many places in the world, Christians are not free to worship.

Voice of the Martyrs is a great organization that brings light to those imprisoned for their faith and gets people like you and me to join forces in prayer for them.

“I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:36

You may not be able to physically go to prison halfway across the world, but you can  lift these Christ followers to God in prayer. If you visit the VOM website, you can sign up to get a FREE subscription to the magazine, too!

photo copy 2What a great way to help others! Perhaps you aren’t physically able to “go into the world,” but all of us can pray. 🙂 HERE is the link for the free magazine subscription. I hope you’ll take the time to visit the site and say a quick prayer or two for some of the martyrs you find there.

*As a reminder, the link for the devotion is only direct today. After today, you will need to select 8/13 from the drop-down menu on The Presidential Prayer Team’s site. 

Carol