Monday, May 22, 2017

Beyond Measure- only 10 days...

There are only 10 days until Wyatt turns SEVEN. That's big stuff....SEVEN!!! Obviously this time of year is always tough. There is so much joy but we also have the sadness that lingers over us as we remember Ryder as well.

Christ is with us every step we take, each day that goes by...a few years ago a friend asked me to share a little about how God has worked through our situation. At church today this video came to mind and I felt lead to share it with you.



I hope you take a second and watch what the Lord has done...












Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Mama always said...

I have mentioned before how my mom sends me e-mail of devotions, verses, etc. that she finds that I might need/want. It's usually spot on with what's going on in my life or situation. Mama's always know, right?!?!? I save them until I get a few that I want to share together in a post. Today's the day!!! I hope you take time to read, listen, and let it all soak in. ;)


"I want you to think of somebody who irritates you — maybe somebody you’ve got a strained relationship with or someone who just rubs you the wrong way. I have two questions for you: Do you pray for that person? Or do you just complain and grumble and nag and nitpick? If you prayed more, you’d have a lot less to grumble, complain, nag, and nitpick about. It’s your decision."
Read the rest of the article HERE


"One of the signs that envy is in your heart and you need to eliminate it is that you constantly use this phrase: “It’s not fair.” “It’s not fair that he gets to do that and I don’t!” “It’s not fair that it’s easy for her and not for me.” “It’s not fair that their kids got the award and mine didn’t.” “It’s not fair that they can afford that vacation and I can’t.”  
Envy is actually a battle with God. You’re in a war with God every time you envy. Because what you’re saying is, “God, you blew it. You didn’t do it right. You didn’t have the brains enough to make me the way I ought to be. Because if you really loved me, you wouldn’t have made me me. You would have made me somebody else.”*the rest can be read: HERE


The number one question I’m asked as a pastor is, “Why is this happening to me?” I’ll tell you why: It’s to help you grow up spiritually. Everything in life is designed to help you grow up spiritually — the good, the bad, the ugly, the stuff you bring on yourself, and the stuff that other people do to you. God is not the author of evil. But God can bring good out of bad things.
Instead of saying, “God, why is this happening to me?” say, “God, what do you want me to learn from this?” Every situation in life will either make you bitter or better. It’s your choice how you choose to respond to it.
Every problem has a purpose, and the purpose is to help you grow up spiritually to be more like Jesus Christ. *You can read the rest HERE
You’re tired. Fatigue is not a foreign word. You know all too well its fruit: burning eyes, slumped shoulders, gloomy spirit, and robotic thoughts. You are tired.

We are tired. A tired people. A tired generation. A tired society. We race. We run. Workweeks drag like Arctic winters. Monday mornings show up on Sunday night. We slug our way through the long lines and long hours with faces made long by the long lists of things we need to do, gadgets we want to buy, or people we try to please. Grass to cut. Weeds to pull. Teeth to clean. Diapers to change. Carpets, kids, canaries — everything needs our attention.

The government wants more taxes. The kids want more toys. The boss, more hours. The school, more volunteers. The spouse, more attention. The parents, more visits. And the church, oh, the church. Have I mentioned the church? Serve more. Pray more. Attend more. Host more. Read more. And what can you say? The church speaks for God.

Every time we catch our breath, someone else needs something else. A taskmaster demands another brick for the newest pyramid.

If you want to make an impact with your life, you’ve got to do one thing: You’ve got to get control of your time. Your time is your life. If you don’t learn to manage your time, you won’t go very far in life. 
Ephesians 5:15-17 says, “Be very careful how you live. Do not live like those who are not wise. Live wisely. I mean that you should use every chance you have for doing good, because these are evil times. So do not be foolish with your lives. But learn what the Lord wants you to do” (ICB).
We all have the same amount of time every week: 168 hours. It’s what you do with it that counts! You only have a certain number of days you’ve been allotted in this world, and if you blow them, you’ve blown it! If you waste time, you’re wasting your life. If you kill time, you’re committing suicide. Your time is your life. You have to stop and ask, “Is this the best use of my time? Is this the best use of my life?”
 A favorite article of mine-You can read the rest HERE


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Weekend Recap- loads of fun edition

Another weekend has come and gone...it was a busy one for sure! I knew I would be too rushed to post this yesterday so I hope you didn't miss my post all about Erin's  Faces. She is WAY TOO good to miss. ;)

It was a late start for Sloane so we made it one for Wyatt too. ;) What's a tardy when there are only 8 days left of school!?!?!? We enjoyed breakfast together at Dunkin Donuts.


Friday was preschool picnic for Sis. She had so much fun! It had rained the night before so the field was closed. Thankfully they had bounce houses and fun activities set up on the black top for them to play.


My sister was away for the weekend so we had the pleasure of keeping sweet Willa. We adore her and she was such a great baby! Obviously everyone was IN LOVE...




Friday night we had a birthday party at Sky Zone. It was an awesome place. I am pretty sure Mark is still sore today, LOL! I can't wait to put that place on our rainy day list of places to go during the summer. 



Saturday morning Mark played in a golf tourney while we all spent time hanging out with Willa. We even made a trip to Target together plus a few more errands. ;) Mark finished and him and Wyatt made a trip down to Jackson...for my NEW CAR!!! Best Mother's Day EVER!!!! A big thanks to my BIL for so much help through the entire process. While Mark was doing all that driving...we had friends swim with us.  The weather was perfect and we soaked up every bit of sunshine we could for the day. Well, except for baby Willa who played in the shade. 



Sunday morning we woke and all made it to church on time! It was a great service celebrating mothers. 


Mark's sister and husband hosted a Mother's Day brunch for his immediate family. It was so sweet of her...we had a great time together! 


After brunch we stopped into the mall to do a little shopping before heading back to "pool it" again. ;) The rest of the evening was great with pool, sunshine, and Chinese food!!!! 


An amazing ending to an AWSOME weekend!! 


Monday, May 15, 2017

AMAZING find...Erin's Faces

Phew, what a weekend! I can't wait to share the fun we have had this weekend. Baby Willa is the GREATEST...I couldn't be more thankful to get to spend this time with our little niece. (Thanks again Sister for trusting us with her for the ENTIRE weekend!!) Since the recap is taking a little more time than usual I thought I would take time to chat about a few new items I have added to my life. Yes, I said it...LIFE!



#1. Apps- "Think Dirty" and "Healthy Living" Both of these apps are designed to tell you the good, bad, and ugly of products you are using in your home, on your body, etc. They are both AMAZING! Be careful as you begin to scan because if you are like me you wanted to run out and change EVERYTHING and that just isn't cost effective. LOL! Slow and steady is my motto. ;) Download the apps....you (your body) will thank me later.

So that leads me to my second point....

#2. If you have followed for any length of time you know I am not someone who has to have a full makeup face before walking out of the house. With that said I was a little hesitant when Kelley had a party where Erin would talk about her line of skin and body care. I thought there wouldn't be anything I was interested in at all. Boy, was I WRONG! It been almost 2 months since my introduction to Erin and I LOVE her so much. EVERYTHING about her is amazing. **You can scan any of her products on those apps and they are CLEAR...they are GOOD for your skin and body!! **
I have been slowly purchasing items as I add them to my daily regimen and/or running out of my old stuff (that was NOT SO GOOD for my skin). Erin has no clue I am writing this post or even sharing some of my favorites. I am doing this because I love the product so much!

Erin lives in NYC and does red carpet makeup. She knows her stuff! She is beautiful inside and out!! I have had so many questions since the party (where it all started) and she is so quick to answer. I follow her Instagram, @erinsfaces , and keep a running wishlist on her website too.

The night of the party I purchased this serum because it was an easy "add" to my nightly face wash routine. It was also something that overtime can take the place of my moisturizer. This is because of my skin type but I was super excited about it. ;) Since I am officially over 30 I am really trying to be MROE proactive in caring for my skin.  This is lightweight and can be used morning and night...PERFECT!


Another HUGE one for me is sunscreen, face and body. We are outside A LOT!! Between the kids and I we have made it a practice to apply sunscreen pretty much daily. This is a habit I want my kids to carry from childhood onto their adulthood. I purchased this and it's awesome. It's not heavy and rubs in so nice. We have tried lots of different natural, organics, etc types of sunscreen and I couldn't ever find one I loved. Sis has really sensitive skin. I don't like it if it leaves white on them. I don't like to rub FOREVERRRRRR either. I mean, who has time for that!?!?? LOL! This sunscreen is awesome. I apply after my serum daily and plan purchase one to carrying in my purse for reapplying as well.  *Erin also discussed facts about the higher SPF's not working any better than a 30 SPF. I don't know if she has any YOuTUBe regarding her sunscreen but I am currently seeking one and/or asking her for one. ;) It's amazing...sunscreen is a good one. Go ahead and scan the barcode on the back of your current one and see how it ranks. Clean or Dirty?!?!?!? 



Lastly, the lipbalm. I decided to only share 3 items so you don't think I am crazy. Ha! I have replaced my chapstick, Sis's chapstick, and even my Dad's with Erin's. An average person eats over 7 sticks of chapstick in their lifetime. That's a lot! With that said...what do you want to eat?!?!?! It's clean, clear, and goes on so smooth.


Erin is great!! The price point is RIGHT on AND the product is GREAT! I really encourage
 you to download those apps and take a second to look at what Erin's Faces has to offer. I promise it won't disappoint!! 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Favorites


It's Friday again and I am so excited! Willa, my niece, is spending the weekend with us. We are all super excited. What fun times we will have together!!! It's been a crazy week full of school activities. I slacked in the picture dept. again ;( so I don't have a lot to show for this week but it didn't disappoint.


Wyatt's school field day was this week...I volunteered and had so much fun! After a few rain outs it was good to finally get to have it! I can't believe he is almost a 1st grader. #boohoo


Show and Tell Tuesday's topic was memory lane. I enjoyed writing about some of my past memories I have since getting married. 

Speaking of 1st grade...this one enters Kindergarten next year. I have been soaking up EVERY last second of one on one time I have with her. This week we got our nails done together. I pray she is never too cool to go with mama to get her nails done. ;) 


Wednesday's topic was vacation planning/packing. It was perfect timing because I recently wrote one of my favorite posts about how How we pack...


Lastly, yesterday was summer b-day lunch at school. Any student with a May (or summer b-day) could have food bought in by their parent's. It was so fun to sit and chat with Wyatt and his little friends. Sis and I even got to hang out throughout recess as well. #thesearethemoments

Now...BRING ON THE WEEKEND!!
#oneweekclosertosummer



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Working' It Wednesday: Summer Vacations


It's Wednesday and I am linking up with Shay today. ( Erika is currently headed to China to become a family of SIX! ;)) Each month there are topics where we share how we are "working it" in different areas of our lives.
I discussed Marriage Strong and Spring Cleaning in past Workin It Wednesdays. 

Today is: PLANNING/PREPPING FOR OUR SUMMER VACATIONS

Packing:


I recently posted about how we pack for vacations. It's pretty much the same routine whether we fly or drive. When I know we have a washer/dryer it does change a little of the clothing we pack but not a lot.

PLANNING:

As far as planning goes I am pretty old fashion. I like to break each day up into morning, noon, and night. ;) Even if I write BEACH, BEACH, and BEACH on all 3 sections on the day I like to have it down. Finding fun restaurants and even reserve a night to fining a local place we haven't tried I like to write it down. It helps me to see it that way...

And as I am creating this post I decided  I need to write some more posts about certain parts of vacations we have taken...not just an overview of our trips, so those will be coming. ;) I can't wait to read about others tips, tricks, and how they plan/pack for trips.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday - Memory Lane


It's another link up with Andrea...and it's Show and Tell Tuesday - Memory Lane...this one was tough. I really wasn't feeling digging back through old pictures and such right now. It's just wasn't "setting" right. I love looking back so I was able to pull up a few AMAZING memories...







When we found out we were having TWINS!!! 


30 weeks pregnant with a baby GIRL


Baby girl is here!! 
Sloane's birth story


Wyatt's 1st trip to Disney World




Orlando Vacation with my family


The first of many Disney World trip with #schmitzpartyof8furdisney


A trip to CA with Mark's family to celebrate his parent's 60th B-day!!!

We have made so many more memories since then but goodness....this is a long enough post for today. I have walked enough down memory lane for one day. ;) Hope you enjoyed!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Weekend Recap-soon to be summer!

Phew, we are one weekend closer to summer break and this Mama is HAPPY! It was beautiful weather and we tried to soak up every moment we could be outside. Wyatt and Sloane had a 1/2 day school Friday. Since it was Cinco De Mayo we picked them up and headed to a local Mexican restaurant for lunch. We got there right before the lunch crowd came it...Perfect timing! We spent the rest of the afternoon outside. The kids took a LONG bike ride while Mark and I walked with them. We ended the evening with a movie night as a family! It was GREAT!

Saturday morning I had quite a few cookie orders to fill so I spent the morning baking. Mark and the kids were outside ALL morning. They were able to get all their fun outside toys out including some fun bubble items they got for Easter.

They also played in the hose as well...since the pool was WAY to cold! Ha ha!!! After lots of sweating and soaking wet kids it was bath time. We all got cleaned up and met Mark's brothers family at the movies. It was our first time at "Fork and Screen." It was AWESOME. It's officially the only way I ever want to view a movie again.



Saturday night we let the kids stay up late and hang out outside. It was a true summer test and I think they passed! We looked at the moon through Wyatt's telescope and sat by the fire pit together.



Both Wyatt and Sloane fell asleep snuggled with me outside and church came early Sunday morning. We got ready and made it...we would have even been on time but had to take a long route due to flooding.  We had lunch together after church before Mark headed off to golf. We ended the weekend celebrating my BIL's b-day together! 

Now...onto another week which means we are another week closer to SUMMER!!!! 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday Favorites



It's finally Friday...phew, what a week! It has been crazy around here. If you watch the news at all you know flood water here in STL has been CRAZY! I am linking up with the ladies again today to share some favorites of the week.

I saw this and had to LOL...it's so true with the weather/flood around here this week.


This week I posted about the tissue banner I made for Juli's baby shower.  It took a long time but turned out so cute. 


It's been a fun week doing stuff for the teachers at Wyatt and Sloane's school. I shared some things I found on Pinterest. They all turned out so cute! 


Sis and I had a few hours together yesterday...we had so much fun. She is such a sweet little girl. I can't believe she starts Kindergarten next year.  I am soaking up these last few Tuesday/Thursday's I have with her before summer comes!!! 


I can't believe it took me so long to share about our art cart but it was a hit! IKEA does it again...I really want to find something else to use the cart for so I can go get another one. LOL!!! 


The sun is shining and it feels so good! It's amazing what a little vitamin D will do for you after days without it....
Happy Weekend!!! 



Thursday, May 4, 2017

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation is fast approaching...I am excited to put together a few fun items for teachers. I searched Pinterest, put together my resources/contacts, and used my creative side a little bit as I planned something for each day.

We love our teachers and all they do each day for our children. There really isn't a price tag that can be put on what teacher do...but with that said I wanted to come up with something for each day. With that being said I couldn't go crazy- 5 days and 20 teachers....here is what I came up with:

Monday: Donut day, who doesn't want to start a Monday with donuts. A few years ago I brought a few boxes in the teachers lounge with a fun printable. When planning this year I really wanted to do something personalized for each day so this is what I found. How cute is that?!!?



Tuesday: Red box code, A patient gave this cute little gift to Mark for Christmas. It's so thoughtful but easy to out together. You can use the Redbox website to purchase the codes then just add them to a fun movie night card. I purchased a fun popcorn container from the $Tree and then put a bag of popcorn in it, tied it with a little gift tag with creative wording and DONE! Super cute gift...and the best part!?!!? The code does NOT expire!!!! 


Wednesday: I love a good personalized gift! I have talked about GB Designs before but goodness she outdid herself this time. She made a keychain for each teacher with the school logo on them in the school colors! They are AMAZING!!! She was super quick and even put them in individual bags so all I had to do was hang them out. Below is a picture of some she has done with monograms...


Thursday: Flower day, I love flowers and Wyatt and Sloane love to plant. ;) This one was a no brainer! The "help me grow" printable is all over Pinterest. This gift was fun for all 3 of us to complete together. We talked about teachers as we planted. Such special memories as we strive to teach kindness and thoughtfulness to our children. 



Friday: Yahoo for cookies! Me, myself, and I (aka The Royal Dozen) made little bags of "teacher" cookies for each of the teachers. I wrapped them individually with a little bow...


Phew, what a FUN week!! I had so much fun gathering these ideas together. It really didn't take much time each night. I am so happy to make teachers feel loved...after-all they love on our children ALL. YEAR. LONG. 




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