This is for all the Trim Healthy Mama followers. When I first heard about the Shrinker last year and the huge benefits of it I hunted down the coveted oolong tea. I made my first drink and poured it down the drain.

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The Shrinker Recipe

It. Was. Awful. The Fat Stripping Frappe and Big Boy Smoothie were much more up my alley.

Fast forward to a few months ago. I was purging all the expired items from our pantry from the move. And there were boxes of unopened oolong teas. Boxes I was tempted to throw in the trash or plead for a friend to take them. Alas, I tried one last time to make the Shrinker in the hopes of a change in taste buds. And oh-my-gosh was it amazing! Here’s a heads up to those who don’t have cayenne pepper powder. Don’t use hot sauce!! That is why I didn’t like the first drink I had made. Yup, lesson learned. Just don’t substitute, ok?

While out shopping one day we came across a wonderful little tea store. And would you believe they had rows of oolong tea? My husband graciously picked me up some magnolia oolong tea.

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When I opened the bag it smelled exactly of magnolias. Oh so beautiful.

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I scooped out 4t of the tea leaves and put them into a 32oz mason jar. Then filled the mason jar with about 12oz of boiling water.

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It was fascinating watching the leaves swell in the water.

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To strain the hot tea I place a Flour/Sugar Shaker lid upside down into another large mason jar. It fits perfectly!

Pampered Chef Flour Sugar Shaker

I put the leaves back into the empty mason jar and fill it, again, with 12oz of boiling water. You can steep oolong tea more than once. The tea shop I frequent encouraged me to steep it multiple times. And I have to say, I am not disappointed in the taste even after three steeps.

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I then follow the directions from the Trim Healthy Mama recipe and enjoy a healthy and energizing chai-like tea. I’ve heard of fellow THMers drinking it hot but I haven’t tried that yet. Sounds divine though, especially given the record cold temperatures these days. By the way, I’ve grown to adding more cayenne than when I began. I highly recommend it.

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Blessings!

 

 

 

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Do you know the lyrics to “Let it Go?” Or how about the lyrics to the Fresh Prince theme song? When you’re young it’s so much easier to memorize. Children are like little sponges. Which is why we should always watch what we’re saying around them. “Be careful little ears what you hear.” And this is such a great time in life to fill their hearts and memory banks with the scriptures. Instead of your child being able to repeat word for word the lines of a movie how amazing would it be for them to be able to repeat the scriptures?

How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. (Psalm 119:9-11 ESV)

Our children thrive when they go to AWANA and memorize verses there. They have a great time with friends and there’s this little seed of competition to see who can memorize the most. And what is most amazing is that when the year is over, they still have their verses memorized. But AWANA takes breaks {winter and summer breaks}. And it’s only one day a week. We’re talking about 28 days a year our children gather to memorize scriptures. So we looked for other ways to help our children memorize verses and we couldn’t find anything “fun.” Something that would excite their little heads.

So for over a year we have been working on a project that will help you and your children to memorize scripture. Introducing Josiah Cards.

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We have a Kickstarter campaign going for the next few weeks with the hopes of raising the money needed to start mass producing the sets. Right now we have two packs prepared: 1-30 and 31-60.

We are praying that children all over the world will benefit from the learning game of Josiah Cards. You know the Pokemon cards? Yeah, this is similar. Instead of imaginary characters on the cards you’ll have a different Bible character on each card with a memory verse.

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I love my children. And I am so thankful that Yahweh has blessed us with each and every one. As their mother I long for their hearts to be knit with His. To live by His word. When they come to a valley in their life I want them to hear His word speaking to them, guiding them. When they are walking with a friend I want them to be able to speak life into them. I want them to be able to share the gospel with the lost.

that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3 ESV)

That is our hope and prayer for Josiah Cards. That you will be sewing God’s word into their hearts with help of this fun game. That they will be memorizing scriptures from a young age. Mama’s, these children are our art and the scriptures are the glitter that makes them shine. Encourage your children to shine in a dark world. Prepare them now. Be Christ to your little ones.

Please join us in our Kickstarter Campaign and help His word get out and into the hearts of the young.

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Blessings!

 

 

When I’m older and my children have all left the nest I imagine a day where I’ll sit with my husband and we’ll cruise through the photos of yesteryear. That tears will fall as we remember the toddler giggles, the sweet smell of our newborns, the feel of their tiny bodies heavy against our weary arms, the laughs that echoed throughout when Dad would tell a joke, the running to mama leg hugs from the littlest ones, the struggles and successes of homeschooling, the hiking in the mountains as the youngest would stubbornly not allow us to hold him/her, first toes being licked by the ocean, excitedly waiting in line for Rapunzel’s autograph, fitting those growing bodies into their ever shrinking car seats, filling up another sippy cup. Continue Reading…

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Is Pinterest not the grandmother that we have always wanted? You’ve read the Laura Ingall’s books and all that she created. You see how all these rustic toys and clothing and decor is making such a huge comeback.

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Pinterest. We love you.

Thank you so much television for ruining our creativity. And Target? I mean, why sew our own curtains when we can just buy some? It’s so heartbreaking to see so many people not know how to sew a button back on. Or how to even use a sewing machine to sew a straight line. We throw money down the drain every time we take the easy way out and allow somebody else to create for us. Continue Reading…

How to Forgive

December 18, 2014

Yesterday we talked about how to apologize. Today let’s focus on the broken side of forgiveness.

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Forgiving another is tough. Especially dependent on how you were wronged. If you are apologized to immediately it is vastly different than if you are apologized to ten years later.

So do you forgive? Should you forgive? Continue Reading…