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Here are some date night and at home date unique ideas you can try.
I’m always on the look out for unique ideas for my husband and I. We’re both very different people and trying to find something we both like, affordable and fun takes creativity. Here are some Ideas you can try and get the creativity juices flowing.
I have a new Hobby Lobby grand opening in my area and everyone is excited. I know you can attend one of the DIY classes, they have schedule. This would be a great Date night idea. Even Michaels have cake decorating classes you can check out and have fun.
Attend a Concert
At my church, there is always a Christian artists playing and new artists playing. In April The Newsboys will be playing at my church. Also, there’s the Winter Jam concert. It is a concert that features top Christian music artists, and comedians. Click here to search where you can find Winter Jam in your area.
Star gazing is FREE and I got this idea from my husband, he actually likes to do this. There’s a small club that meets on Fridays, in my area that meet together and share a common interest in star gazing. My husband actually helped me put a video together when there was a solar eclipse last year, He was so excited. Romantic and you get to learn new things about the universe.
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Tour an Ice Cream Factory
The tour in our area includes a hay ride, tour of a milking barn, processing building, petting calves, sample of ice cream, have a picnic lunch before or after the tour and a small gift as a thank you. I’m always up for something new, I’ve never done before.
For the LOVE of food
When it comes to dinner as a couple, I’m always on the look out for something different. I found it! There is a small spice boutique that makes fresh spices blends and Rubs and gives a cooking demonstration that features their fresh spices. Also, there’s a food truck festival that happens every year in my town and this is always a good opportunity to check out the local restaurants in the area.
My husband and I used to do Jiu Jitsu together. It was so much fun. We would learn new moves at the gym and practice at home. It was so much fun and bonus, getting exercise together as well, as made it fun for me. Choose that sport you would do with your spouse and have fun.
Back Yard Fun
My husband one day asked me if I would be interested in camping with the family in our back yard. If you have small kids (depending on the age), you and your spouse have one tent and the kids have their own. Below is a video of the kids and I at the state park going camping together it was definitely an experiencing, but fun as well.
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My husband was not excited about this when I first brought the idea to him, this was at the beginning of our marriage, now we’ve been married for 12 years. At the time, I surprised him. We got the couples massage and he actually enjoyed it. It’s one of those dates we still talk about today. (Take that risk and do it!).
Paint your own Pottery
Most of everything I shared is local businesses and not the typical store chain, you will find in most places. I love to explore new places in areas I’ve been before. Paint your own pottery is an affordable DIY pottery where you can create anything you want. I LOVE mugs and it would be special to make His & Her mugs that you both created. You can create his and he can create yours as something fun to do. Always look for special discounts as well.
Walk around a book store
My husband and I like to read different books. We have a ton of local book stores in my area and popular ones like “Books-a-million”. This one includes a coffee area which is perfect to sit and discuss books, you both are interested in, while drinking coffee or tea.
This idea of creating Unique date for couples was sparked because I’m always looking for fun and different ideas to have with my spouse. If you are like me and always on the look out for date ideas, I also have a printable you can use as a checklist or ideas to tailor make it special for you and your spouse. Below is a video of myself and hubby of a 3 day weekend we spent together.
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I have three children and all of them go to school. I LOVE to make healthy lunches for them and I’m always looking for creative ways to make lunch fun for them. Here are some ideas I came up with.
My two older children just turned 13 years old and food goes so quickly. Coming up with fun ways to make lunch for them is fun for me. My kids love peanut butter and jelly but I came up with a fun lunch idea. PB Crave is Gluten free, sweetened with honey and Has five fun peanut butter flavors, Raspberry White fudge & Dark Chocolate, Chocolate chip cookie dough, Chocolate banana, Sweet & Dark chocolate, and coconut milk chocolate.
The Riess family’s passion for food inspired them to create a peanut butter that was not only delicious, but also gave back to the local and global communities. PB
Crave gives a minimum of 2% profits from every jar sold to Project Peanut Butter, an organization that sends ready-to-use food worldwide to treat malnutrition. In
addition to making a difference, PB Crave makes sure that they source only the best ingredients. They use all natural U.S. grown peanuts, Brazilian organic honey, Belgian
chocolate chips, and other premium ingredients in all of their flavors.
My kids we’re so excited to try the flavors, I made a fun peanut butter and Raspberry White fudge & Dark Chocolate sandwich.
Then I made a Turkey meat & Cheese roll up…
Then I made a Banana, Peanut Butter Raspberry White fudge & Dark Chocolate milk shake
and as a snack, I used Chocolate banana flavored peanut butter with slices of apple, used a rubber band to tie the apples together to prevent the apples from turning brown.
PB Crave believes in producing products that incorporate the cleanest ingredients possible, so they choose to sweeten their peanut butter with honey. It’s natural, very sweet, and allows PB Crave to have a sweet taste without too much sugar in it. PB Crave is sold in retailers nationwide, such as: Jewel, Albertson’s, Safeway, Hy-Vee, and Vons. To find a store near you, visit: pbcrave.com/locator.
Growing up I was used to eating greasy plantains, as a side dish with a hearty meal. Plantains can be found in many caribbean households and other parts of the world. It is normally served as a side in a meal. Plantians are large banana like vegetables. Bananas and plantins are similar but both are VERY different. Plantains are larger, more starchier than bananas and less sweet. Bananas are very sweet and can be eaten when it is ripped. Plantians must be cooked before eating. They actually have more potassium than a regular banana which is used as a natural remedy for high blood pressure, calcium, helps regulate your digestive system and is high in fiber.
Also, the biggest difference is the color, Plantains are large, green, some are yellowish with black spots. A banana that is yellow with black spots can be seen as its getting spoiled but with a plantain, it is either ripped or getting to that point. Plantains are very vertical and can be added to different types of meals such as soups, stews, in place of potatoes and can also be eaten for breakfast.
Here’s how to make healthy air-fryer plantains to jumpstart your healthy routine in 2018:
You will need an air-fryer. An air-fryer is an appliance that circulates hot air evenly around the food, which provides uniform cooking and gives it a fried taste without the added fat or calories. You can use this air fryer for making sides like onion rings, plantains or fries, as well as main dishes such as steaks and chicken. It also gives off no oil smell and is designed to prevent splatters and messes. This appliance is easy to use by simply setting the temperature and timer and then letting it do the cooking. I have used this to make many recipes, here is one recipe I used to make an all purpose coffee rub for chicken wings that was super delicious. If you would like to get one of your own air-fyer, clicked the link above.
After you have pulled out your air-fryer (Or if you don’t have one you can still use the oven), Start cutting the plantains and put them into a bowl and set aside.
After cutting the plantains and you have set aside inside the bowl, I used coconut oil. It was about 2 Tsp of coconut oil covered over the plantains
After you have covered coconut oil on the plantains, set your air fryer on 320 degrees and set it for 10 to 15 minutes and you are DONE.
Let me know in the comments below if you have tried it or have tried plantains before. I LOVE it is a great healthy snack for the new year.
The negative self talk we give over ourselves has to stop. I’m here to help you overcome them.
Negative self talk has been consistently when ever I’m doing anything new. I’ve learned that there HAS to be a place in your home that you see every day. It could be your Journal, your bathroom mirror, your planner, etc. Something that you will face everyday. Below is an example of where I have positive sayings around my home.
This picture is hung on my bathroom door.
Psalm 62:6- “He only is my rock and my salvation He is my defense; I shall not be moved.”
Here are some Negative Self talk, the lies we put on repeat in our lives and minds:
“I can’t do it”
“I don’t know what to do first.”
“No one care’s what I have to say?”
“I’m nervous, I’m scared, I’m fearful”
“Money is the problem, I can’t move forward.”
Insert the issue…
Here are the Positive self talk, the truths that will combat and conquer the negative lies:
“You can do all things through Christ.” (Philippians 4:13) – As you are moving forward in God’s call for your life God will sustain you and lead you as you move.
“Pray & Start with what’s in your house.” (2 kings 4:1-7)– Pray and ask God to show you want to first and/or start with what you already have: Message, product, blog, YouTube channel, where do you feel God leading you?
“There are people other in the world, waiting to hear what you have to say.” (Matthew 5:16-MSG) You are unique and different from other people, show that.
“God has not given you a spirit of fear.” (2 Timothy 1:7). Even if you are nervous, you have to do it afraid. You won’t know the outcome until you start moving.
“God supplies all of your needs and you CAN move forward.” God WILL supplies your needs. (Matthew 6:25-34). When God told Abram to go, God didn’t give him a particular area, He told him to go and the next day he moved (Genesis 12).
“Whatever the issue… God is there to Lead and Guide you” (Psalm 31:3).
What are some negative self-talk you have played in your mind? Let’s overcome in 2018.
Any question you may have, the bible has the answer to it. Specifically, when it comes to success in your business, the bible has the answer.
A few years ago , I didn’t know that God even cared what I was doing in my business. I thought He only cared whether I was following Him. When I went through a rough time in my marriage and business, it rocked my whole world. I Literally asked God to show me, exactly what steps do I need to take and what exactly do I need to do as an entrepreneur, mom, wife and everything in between.
That Journey led me to write my book: SMART GOALs for Christian Entrepreneurs. A foundation to help others that we’re like me, doing business the way every one else is when God calls us to operate under a different set of rules.
In this post, I want to show you, just 3 reasons why the bible is the answer to not just success in your business but everything in life. If you’re still not convincted then I have 7 more reasons why the bible is the answer to the success of your business when you sign up to my newsletter, you will get more encouragement and tools to help you in your entrepreneurship Journey. Click Here.
The Bible is tried and true
In the bible there are so many examples that show how God’s desire for us is to partner with us in our everyday lives including our business. He wants to be involved. Why would God give us the desire and then leave us to figure it out on our own? There’s a partnership, God desires, He wants to bless us, gifted us and He wants us to make a difference in the world but with His help.
We see an example of this in 2 Kings 4 when a widow approaches Elisha pleading for help. She lost her husband and was about to lose her two children to slavery, but rather than giving her money, God responds THROUGH Elisha and puts her to work!
God uses what little she had, a jar of oil, to help her create a profitable business which in turn allows her to pay her debts, keep her children out of slavery, and live on the surplus.
God is for us in our business. He desires for us to use our gifts and experiences in the marketplace as an act of worship no matter how insignificant they seem.
We serve a God who used a few drops of oil to launch a successful business, for a woman who was about to lose everything. God loves us and wants us to glorify Him in everything we do.
God already paved the way for success
God’s word literally says: “He has plans to prosper you.” (Jeremiah 29:11). It also says in (Psalms 32:8)- “The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” To get to the success your looking for, it involves doing things His way, the way He does things. An example is in Luke 5:1-11, where Jesus literally showed a group of Fishermen (Business), who worked a hard and disappointing night of not catching fish. No fish met, no money for their family. Then Jesus shows up to scene and tells Simon to throw the net back in… In Business doing something the same thing over and over again is called…. Insanity. You don’t fish in the middle of the day and there are no fish, Simon and the other fishermen tried unsuccessfully all night.
In Luke 5:5- “Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.” There’s a difference when God tells you to do something versus what is the logical thing to do in Business. Following God’s way of doing things is always better.
God wants to see you succeed
Like a parent that wants to see their child, win at games, pass a test that they studied hard for or just because you love them and what to give them something to make them smile. God is the same way. The Scripture says In (Matthew 7:11)- “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
These truths are in the bible for you to learn and live by. There are more reasons why the bible is the answer to success in your business when you decide to do things the way God has set them up. Going into 2018, Let’s purpose ourselves to live my what God says and what seems like the “things to do” in business but seeking first God’s kingdom in doing business.
Setting goals in the beginning of the year is always about achieving or accomplishing something by the end of the year. I’ve learned that choosing a word or theme and then adding a scripture verse will give you vision, keep you focus and direction for your year. To get the results you are looking for.
Here are some steps you can do to choose your word for 2018…
How to choose your word for 2018? || A Purpose Driven Wife - YouTube
Seek God First in prayer.
God can do a better job at showing you His plans and purposes for the season you are in and are going into. Just asking God what is it, He wants to do this year in your life will guide you on the word to help keep you focus and lead you in the months to come.
Take a note of the previous year.
Having a Journal and writing down what your mistakes, failures or anything you didn’t get a chance to do, Make a note and bring that to God. See if this is the area, God wants you to work on and start from there.
Write the word.
After praying about it, seeking God’s face and writing down your mistakes and failures, what word is God showing you? As you read His word and living your life day by day, what word is He showing you. For me, the word for this year is Faith, Risk, Brave. These are the words I keep hearing in my everyday life.
I feel God calling me out and having step into a new season, I don’t know what that looks like, I know that the events in my life is leading me to step out. When you are seeking out your word, ask God to show you what He’s doing. I took a quiz from Dayspring called find your word to see what will come up and its BRAVE. Right in line with what God has shown me and I’ve been experiencing in my life.
Once you have it, create some graphics for it, print it and frame it. Post it in several places to remind you of what God is doing in 2018, for your life. Journal about why you chose the word and what it means to you.
To find a scripture to go with your word, go to OpenBible.info/topics
You can also go to Dayspring and take a quiz that will help you in finding that word. The quiz is a series of 7 super easy questions, you answer and at the end of the quiz they will present you with the word for 2018.
After you take quiz and the word resonates with you, then go to Openbible.info for the scripture to go with it. Find that scripture that hits you right between the eyes or hits you in the heart. This is how God speaks and the direction He may be leading you.
Now, you are complete with the word and direction in scripture in 2018. Put this word always before you, so you don’t forget. Let this be the guide to help you move forward into walking out your purpose in 2018.
Let me know in the comments below your word for 2018.
It’s that time of year again, where I share my top 7 most popular blog posts of 2017.
This year has been AWESOME! Not because I’ve met every goal, I actually failed it. It was Awesome because I’m content, in every area of my life (Marriage, Business and Life). I feel fulfilled and at peace in my heart and mind. When You purpose in your heart to allow God to drive in the driver’s seat, Your goals are very different. My goal is always to live purposefully in following God and not what I want.
I’m always up for trying new recipes, new foods, new things and more. I LOVE how the bread came out and if you we’re wondering if you can make bread in the crock pot, here’s a way you can try it out. For my family, I love that it makes my house smells wonderful and my family happy. Now… why would I want to make bread in the crock pot and not in the oven? Because, I never made bread in the crock pot and wanted to try it.
Now, why are they instant? It’s because all you have to do is add water. I’m all about quick and easy, nothing too fancy, just straight to the point and these fluffy pancakes deliver all that and then some. You can modify this recipe any way you want. I sometimes add chocolate chips, cinnamon, blueberries, etc. the list goes on. In this recipe, I made chocolate chip, its my husband favorite. My whole family loves chocolate. This mixture lasts me months. We don’t have it everyday. Probably once a week, on Saturdays as a family.
While I’m working out and trying to get my summer body back, I’m on the hunt to finding healthy breakfast and snack ideas. Here I created a healthy muffin you can eat for breakfast and still stay on track. I have some leftover frozen cranberries. Whenever I make bread with cranberries I need to have orange juice with it, So I created Cranberry Orange Protein Muffins.
This was a favorite and fun post. Creating this routine took a lot of trial and error. I did not grow up wanting to be a SAHM mom. It was not model to me and it wasn’t even in my mindset. I wanted to go to college and work at a business company in wall street. I also didn’t know the Lord until after I had my twins and even then I struggled a lot with wanting to stay home with them. When my husband and I got married we decided that it would be financially better for us that I stay home with the kids, while he worked. At first, I was all for it but then He started going on deployments and I was not happy about that. That is when I started looking for jobs that would pay for daycare, gas, and any other extra things I wanted.
Currently, my life is pretty busy. I’m currently in school, I’m taking a few classes to finish my Business degree, Working part-time, building my YouTube channel and this blog. My Pastor at the church I attend is teaching about Marriage from the book Song of Solomon.
It has been a while since I wrote about deployments, almost 4 years ago and A LOT has changed. While, I am still thankful for deployments and have experienced quite a few while married 10+ years to my Marine, at times it can be overwhelming. Recently my husband went on a month deployment and I thought this would be a good time for me to get my school work done (in peace!), I can finish up some blogging and work on my YouTube channel, etc. No… Things have gone crazy and I completely forgot how crazy it can get while hubby is away.
Another favorite. Here’s a little bit of prediction of what I know. I know I have roots in Africa (probably Nigeria) but don’t know exactly where. I also, knew I may be mixed with Irish, due to my maiden being Collins and the origin is from Ireland. So, I share this story with you, to share, the background of why I have no idea what my heritage is and how this was such a God blessing for me. Having the opportunity to know my Heritage will answer so many questions for me and I fill in the gaps in my life. Below is a video of my results you can watch.
This year I wanted to continue to reach my goal of having 1,000 subscribers. So far, here is my 7 most popular video on my YouTube channel
My top 7 most popular videos of 2017 || A Purpose Driven Wife - YouTube
One of my goals was to spend more family time, focus and achieve goals. Well… Let me share with you my goals for 2017 and you’ll see why.
Here we’re some of my goals…
I wanted to reach 1,000 subscribers, on YouTube by the end of this year of 2017, I’m only at 756.
My blogging reach, went down quite a bit, from last year.
I’m still not 100% sure on the direction God is taking me.
Here’s why I’m so excited!!!
I know what works and what doesn’t. Quitting is not an option for me, I can’t stay silent now, with all that God has done in my life and where He’s taking me, lets me know that I’m on the right path.
I have a list of popular videos on my channel, so I know what content to share. Also, still sharing my God inspired Journey as well. It is still possible to get to 1,000 Subscribers. So I’m still uploading videos everyday in the month of in December 2017.
The reason why my reach has gone down quite a bit, is I haven’t been writing blog post and sharing it. I took some time away and it was much needed. I’m still led by God in what I do, so my blogging reach has nothing to do with my effectiveness, I’m moved by God only.
God will reveal the more I continue to step forward. God is God and He will reveal in His perfect timing. I trust that.
God is calling me to do BIG things in 2018. One of the things He’s calling me to do is… Start a conference. This is HUGE! I’ve never done a conference before. I’ve put on events, I’ve even done bible studies before but starting a conference is HUGE and I’m not sure if i’m ready. I’m scared but excited at the same time.
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So what is next…
I’ll take it one step at a time, I’ve completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Business. The next step is taking it one day at a time. Seeing where He leads. Below is a recent video on my channel on What a success routine looks like for anyone in business.
Scripture to Remember:
Psalm 37:23- “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.”
In 2018, I’m stepping into a new season and I am leaving behind ways that are blocking my full potential to success.
I’m taking a good look at 2017 at some of the things I failed and leaving that behind. I recognize ways I found that was blocking my full potential… and here’s how you can to.
“Take a good look at 2017, take note and step into 2018 like never before” Click To Tweet
Fear of… Insert the fear. Fear of success, Fear of what others will think, Fear of failure, etc. I no longer want to be stuck where I am, just because other people don’t know what is going on. I had a tough time growing up and always being questioned on what I could and couldn’t do, so every time I stepped out, I was judged negatively and it stayed with me for years and allowed it to hold me back. NO MORE, starting NOW!
Making excuses! I can be the queen of excuses. I was just talking with my mentor and as we we’re talking she let me know to own the title God has given me. I wasn’t speaking, that I was an Author, a Speaker and writer. I was questioning it along the way, instead of owning the title. I would say things like “I can’t do this or that” when, the bible says, I can do all things through God (Philippians 4:13). The word of God is true and the REALITY that I need to be speaking and not what I can’t do.
Neglecting self-care. Self care is something I am very mindful but can sometimes forget. I can get so excited and caught up in the day-to-day activities and ignore the aches and pains. I know, personally, I cannot be on my feet for long periods of time, so I time my self and created systems in place for my home that creates an atmosphere of love in my home.
Negative thinking. As I sated above I am the queen of making excuses and Fear of (insert fear), which can turn into negative thinking. I grew up with a lot of negative energy and took that with me growing up, the negative thoughts in your head that says: “You can’t do this or that” “You can’t do a conference” “You won’t have the money” etc. Again as I stated above the bible is the REALITY and what is True, I can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13) , God is the supplier of ALL MY NEEDS (Matthew 6:25-34) I don’t have fear because God didn’t give it to me, What He did give me is power, love and self-control (2 Timothy 5:7).
These are some personal areas in my business and life, that I’ll be working on in 2018, I can only talk about experiences that I’ve gone through in life. I LOVE to share my testimonies and sharing the goodness of God. This is not just head knowledge but something I’ve gone through and experience God’s deliverance in my life and I HAVE to share.
How about you, what are some areas you will be working on?
I LOVE the holidays, especially Christmas. I’ve always been obsessed with coffee flavors that are hot and yummy. Christmas blend is one of the flavors I LOVE, here’s how to make it.
This interest started when I was searching for Holiday flavored drinks and I saw that Starbuck had tons of different holiday coffee beans but no k-cups or even grounds. I was preparing for a week or 2 of relaxing and binge watching Christmas movies and Netflix shows. Making bread, cookies, drinks and more, you know… the typical holiday traditions.
Since I was not able to find a Christmas Blend flavored coffee in grounds or k cups, I decided to create my own. When I did research on making a “Christmas Blend” recipe all kinds of things came up. Pumpkin spice, Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cardamon, the flavors of Christmas and the holidays. I literally just used what I had on hand, tried it and FELL IN LOVE. Here’s how you make: “Christmas Blend flavored coffee”
My mother-in-law gave me a French Coffee Press for Christmas and I’ve been using my new toy ever since. This recipe can be used in a K-cup or a regular coffee pot. I typically, like my coffee strong, so you can adjust according to your taste. Below is a video of how to make the “Christmas Blend” flavored coffee.
1 to 2 tbsp of medium ground coffee
2 tsp of Nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp Allspice (optional)
You can create this with just cinnamon and allspice or any spice’s you have on hand. I sometimes add all spice and cinnamon or just nutmeg alone, it is all up to you. These spices remind me of the holidays and you can create a blend all your own.