Monday, May 25, 2020

Happy Memorial Day // Orange Mango Smoothie

"Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt 

"Most of them were boys when they died, and they gave up two lives- the one they were living and the one they would have lived. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for our country, for us. And all we can do is remember."
~ Ronald Reagan 

I hope you all have a wonderful day as we remember those who have fought and died for the freedoms Americans enjoy today. To all those who have served, I say THANK YOU. 

 We had a fun day listening to patriotic music, and celebrating with family. Here is a delicious drink recipe I made today I wanted to share. It is called....

Orange Mango Smoothi

What You Will Need:
Orange juice
Ice (optional)


Peel and purée the mangos, and add a small amount of water to make the juice a little thinner. Add about 3/4 part mango in a blender and the rest orange juice. Blend the mango purée, orange juice, and banana(s) together. Add bananas to your liking. Cool in the refrigerator for a few hours or serve over ice. And there you have it!  This is a super easy drink to make, and you can easily modify it to make a large or small amount. 

(I didn't measure anything, but I made this drink for our party, and I used 3 bananas for each blender full, 6 bananas altogether. Of course if you would only like one or two servings, I would use 1 banana, 1 mango, and orange juice to your liking.) 

Did you celebrate Memorial Day in a special way? I would love to hear about it in the comments! 

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Happy Birthday to Someone Special

I want to wish my dear mother a very happy birthday today! I hope your day is a sweet and special one, mom.  Love you lots! ❤❤
Feel free to leave a birthday wish for her in the comments below. 😊

Never Say Goodbye ~ Book Spotlight & Blog Tour

Happy Saturday! 
Sarah Grace, author of Live Without You, has written a new book and I am glad to be a part of the tour for its release. 

About the book: 
They say time heals all wounds. But he was finding it a poor painkiller.
Tyler Collens has seen grief and loss in his years of experience as a paramedic—but he never expected it to touch his life in such a personal way. The death of his wife eighteen months ago shook his steady world and changed him in more ways than he can count. Time and routine have steadied his feet, and he looks toward the future as he raises his infant daughter—but the past has a tighter grip on him than he knows.
Alyvia Emmerson has never been certain of who she is or where she belongs. Her dad’s abandonment as a teen broke a fragile piece of her heart, but ten years later, she has moved on. Living on her own, she at last has a project to devote herself to: revitalizing a shabby bookstore. But she didn’t count on her dream job revealing the shattered pieces of herself she thought mended long ago.
In this sophomore novel featuring beloved characters from Live Without You, Sarah Grace Grzy explores themes of grief, hope, and second chances in a story that touches both the heart and spirit. 

About the author:
Sarah Grace Grzy is a voracious reader, and if it weren’t for this crazy thing called 'Life,' she’d be tempted to spend all her days in front of a wood stove, book in one hand, coffee mug in the other. A lover of learning, she finds enjoyment in many things and has more hobbies than she knows what to do with. Sarah Grace is a freelance web and graphic designer, and when not working, spending time with her ever-growing family, or reading, she can be found painting, playing the piano, or fangirling with her sisters and friends. Sarah Grace inhabits the State of Great Lakes, and wouldn’t want to live anywhere else—unless it meant she could have a baby penguin, in which case, she’d gladly move to the South Pole.

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Book tour schedule for May 2nd-30th:

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Monday, May 4, 2020

Open Heart / Open Home ~ Book Review

About the book:
Hospitality is one of the most powerful ways to reach out into the neighborhood and into the community. It is a basic Biblical concept that forms the building block for both fellowship and evangelism. And yet there are many gates which often shut us off from this opportunity. This book, Open Heart, Open Home, opens these gates. 

My thoughts:
This book is one of my favorites I have read on the subject of hospitality. The author differentiated between hopsitality and entertaining, which is something I hadn't thought of before. Opening your heart to those around you, your neighbors, friends, co-workers, people in your church, etc. and inviting them to your home can bless both you and your guests. You don't have to have a spotless house and a huge spread of food to be hospitable.You can start now, with whatever you have. I liked how the author shared personal experiences as well as some helpful tips on hospitality. She also highlighted often how hospitality can be used as a ministry and can be a very effective way to spread the gospel and encourage other believers.  
I think anyone who reads this book would benefit from it, and would highly recommend this read.