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Family Winter Travel & Leisure 2018

The beauty of winter brings adventures in the snow!  If you’re like me you love winter sports,  outdoor activities, and scenic mountain getaways!  The great thing about California is that you can enjoy both the Ocean and the Mountains all in one day if you like.  I love the ocean, it’s one of my favorite  places to relax but so are the mountains!  The snow covered mountains of wintergetawys are fun for the entire family!  We’re counting down the top 5 winter destinations of 2018!  The best locales for skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, and snowboarding!  Of course no winter getaway would be complete without a cozy cabin retreat after a long day on the slopes!  Each location has plenty of local hotels, some within walking distance to the slopes, but for the whole family nothing beats a log cabin in the snow! I’ll share some pics from our winter getaway when we return!

 

Heavenly Lake Tahoe Search: Tahovacation guide.com

Lake Catherine Utah Search: lakehousevacations.com

Colorado Winter Park, Search Coloradomountaincabins.com

Blue Ridge Mountains Search blueridgerentals.net

Big Bear Mountain California Search: bigbeargetaway.com

  • Shopping

  • LodgingWhen traveling with the kids instead of getting two or three hotel rooms for multiple days to accommodate all of you.  Pack up the whole gang and do a cabin, so that you can all be together!  It’s smarter, more practical and saves money.

 

Author’s Note: 

Shout out to January Birthdays!

My Grandfather Thomas Newman January 6th

My Cousin Tinea Blue January 5th

My birthday January 13th

Charles Newman January 13th

 

Happy Birthday to SCW Publisher Monique!

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Prosperous and Successful New Year

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In American culture New Year’s resolutions are tradition.  It’s what well-meaning good folks do.  However, usually by the end of the first week of January we’ve either fallen short or given up on those resolutions leaving us feeling defeated and disillusioned.  Why must we torture ourselves this way?  Insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result.  Should we not try to better ourselves from year to year progressing forward in life?  Absolutely you should, but it’s the way you’re going about it that’s hurting you.  Essentially when we make New Year’s resolutions, we are trying to carry out those goals by relying on will power ( your power).

When instead you should be being led by the Spirit.  Because in and of ourselves we have no power!  As Christians we have to be infused with power by God to do all things.  Take myself for instance, it’s not that I’m so wonderful and so great at what I do.  No.  I give God all the credit!  It is Him that allows me to be a good Christian, a good wife, a good mother, a good student, businesswoman.  I lean on Him to do ALL things!  And you know what?  It makes things easier!  I’m only human!  I’m going to mess up, I’m going to fail sometimes, I’m going to make mistakes!  I’m not going to always get it right!  But it’s okay because in those times of not getting it right, I learn!  I learn how to readjust and make things better!  Anytime we try to do things in our own human power without taking God with us, we struggle!!!!!

Their came a point in my life where I didn’t want to struggle anymore, I wanted help, needed help figuring out this journey called Life! Matthew 11:28, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”   So I humbled myself, and ask God to come into to my heart and help me make the changes in my life that I needed to make!  Because whether you know it or not you can’t do it without him.  John 15:5 “I am the Vine you are the branches and if you remain in me and I in you , you will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do no thing!!!!”  But with Him, He will Fight for you, He will love you and protect you, He will guide you and bring you into Good success!  And I don’t mean the world’s definition of success.  I’m talking about the kind of success that the world didn’t give you and the world can’t take it away!

When God is for you no devil in hell can stop it!!!  Psalm 27:13 “Though an army encamped against me my heart shall not fear. though war rise against me in this I shall be CONFIDENT!”  He blesses those that bless you!  He will curse those that curse you!  A friend that sticketh closer than a brother.  He won’t run out on you when times get hard!  Acts 1:8  “Ye shall receive power!” and grace to  deal with whatever you need to.  The power that is for you is greater than the powers against you!  So what should you do instead of making a resolutions?  Speak power out of your mouth!  Simply say!  I can do All things through Christ which strengthens me!

Now you have changed the game because your no longer relying on yourself you’re relying on God and the holy spirit, (the helper), to come alongside of you and help you get to the place that God wold have you to be!  So you tell yourself, I can do this!  With God’s help I can do all that I need to: Get out of debt, lose weight, recover after a divorce, get healed from sickness, close relationship with family, get help for a troubled child, take care of aging parents, get through school, change careers, go into business for yourself, buy a house, strengthen your marriage, raise a child etc….  Whatever you need to do, you can do it!  Through Christ that strengthens YOU!!!!!!!!!

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Mathew 14:25-27,  Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them walking on the lake.  When the disciples saw him walking on the lake they were terrified.  It is a ghost they said, and cried out in fear.  But Jesus immediately said to them: take courage! it is I, Do not be afraid!!!!

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Christmas Holiday Decorating and Entertaining

We’re Counting down the days to the big day!  There’s still time left to tie up those loose ends and pull it together! Nothing says Holiday entertaining like decorating the house for the holidays.  This was a tradition in my family we spend hours, days, decorating and providing just the right  atmosphere to give your guests that warm and welcoming feel.  Depending on your budget you may opt to keep it simple and that is just fine.  Depending on the number of areas in and around the home you plan to decorate, decorations can add up in a  hurry!  So by all means do what you can afford  and avoid overdoing it.  The lights alone can cost a bundle.  Hopefully SCW’s list of holiday decorating and entertaining will give you plenty of ideas to get started.

  • Outdoor decorations

  • Outdoor lighting decorations with Christmas is my favorite holiday, I love an elaborate display.  But be prepared for the high electric bill.  Your lights don’t have to cover every square inch of your house to look festive and you don’t have to only decorate with lights, there’s garland and wreaths some people use them all.  Whatever you like that’s what you do but the point is that you don’t have to overdo it.

  • Invitations

  • Ornaments

Do it yourself ornaments.  Inexpensive, easy to make, and creative

  • The tree

  • Who doesn’t love the fun of going and picking out a Christmas tree with your family. This is my family’s preference.  We prefer a real tree for the smell.  It has a great holiday smell that goes throughout the house.  Of course you have to maintain a real tree by watering it, maybe spritzing the pine needles with water every week.
  • An artificial tree is the tree that keeps on giving.  They are more expensive but you get a lot of use out of it for years to come.  It just comes down to deciding what’s best for your family.

 

  • A well-appointed table (the centerpiece of holiday gatherings)

  • Holiday drinks and treats

Festive nonalcoholic holiday drinks are the way to go for guests who prefer not to drink, they look delicious and are easy to make.  Recipes can be found online simply type in the name of the drinks that interests you and viola! your easy to make recipe awaits.  Have fun!  For me I’m not much of a drinker so a little wine is fine and of course a little champagne for new years.

Gingerbread cookie mocha creme

Cranberry ginger ale spritzer

Virgin chocolate peppermint martini

  • Treats to Go

Chocolate and Vanilla cupcakes with sprinkles simply wrap in plastic tie with a bow and cupcakes to go!

  • The Food

 

Author’s Note: My dear readers and followers around the world!  From my family to yours We love you!  Thank you for reading SCW.  My hope is that Christ will find his way into your hearts and homes this season.  God Bless you! Wishing you happiness in the new year and the whole year through!

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Couples Christmas Gifts 2017

Looking for a Christmas gift for that special couple in your life?  SCW’s list for couple’s Christmas gifts will generate some ideas for you.  Again couple’s gifts don’t have to be super expensive just because you’re buying for two people.  Think meaningful gift.  Something they’ll like and something they will remember.  It could be something as simple as having a picture of them framed.  Be creative  and have fun! Merry Christmas!

 

  • Personalized coffee mugs

  • His and hers pillows

  • Do it yourself, date night movie gift basket – these are fun to make.  You get to decide what you want to put in it.  A simple basket is relatively cheap. Add a couple DVDs, popcorn, snacks, drinks, and viola!  The perfect couples gift basket, they’re really popular this year.

  •  Keepsake ornaments

  • His and Hers Mac machines

  • Keepsake engraved jewelry

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Christmas Gift Guide 2017 & Thriving through the Holidays

If you’re gearing up to hit the mall this holiday season, Shop smart!  Make a list, create a budget and control your impulses.  As shopping online increases, it gives shoppers more options.  Not to mention the great online deals.  There’s also Cyber Monday to look forward to.  I love the busyness of the holiday season and being out amongst the other shoppers at specific times which is usually during the week, when crowds are fewer.

I think shoppers are more savvy now and know that some of the best deals will be closer to Christmas day.  Retailers have to get rid of all their Christmas inventory to make way for the new year so late shopping has become smart shopping.  Best of all have fun and make smart purchases rather than frivolous ones.  And for that person that has everything or is impossible to buy for there’s always gift cards!  Happy holiday season!

  • Cologne

  • Gifts for Dad

  • Cosmetics and perfume

  • Parents

 

Gift Basket (I actually like the DIY baskets) so that you can put what you want in it.

 

  • Tech Gifts

  • Hot Deals!

Asus VivoBook (Best Buy 279.00)

 

HP Stream Laptop ( Staples 229.00)

  • Toddlers, Kids and Teens

  • Rocket skates

  • Video games

  • Tech

While we are out and about shopping, spending our hard earned money let’s not forget, who the provisions come from.  God allows us to be prosperous.  The real reason for the season is to celebrate Christ’s birth, and his love for us, and not just during the holidays but all year long.  Answering our prayers, keeping us safe, healing us, sheltering us, giving us direction and blessing us.  Psalm 68:19, “Praise be to the Lord, to God our savior, who daily bears our burdens.”  In my house it’s about celebrating the goodness of God and survival!  When I think of the goodness and all He’s done for me my soul cries out Hallelujah!  Have a blessed Holiday season!

Try as you might it’s nearly impossible to maintain control of your weight during the holidays!  So you opt to just throw out the rule book and co crazy.  I had two dinner plates and three small pieces of pie.  If there’s anytime to abandon your diet it’s now.

Then it’s the after the holiday blues to look forward to when you see how much weight you’ve gained during the holidays.  We want to avoid the blues and enjoy the food guilt free.  Reconcile in your mind that you deserve this.

It’s much easier to have control when health and fitness is a lifestyle.  Because you can enjoy those rich foods knowing that every now and then is okay.  If you’re trying to lose weight this season or simply keep your weight in check it’s absolutely doable it just takes a little extra effort and planning.

Drinking a glass or two of water an hour before a meal will help you to not overeat.

Portion Control.  Don’t over pack your plate.  But if you do and start to feel full, its okay to stop there.  Wrap your plate and reheat it later when you feel hungry again.

Supplement your appetite with healthy low-calorie snacks between meals. For example if your going out for Thanksgiving dinner you don’t want to arrive hungry.  Between breakfast and the time dinner is served if you haven’t had an in between snack chances are you’re going to be very hungry and eat a lot more.

Schedule some time for exercise during the holiday.  It may not be your usual routine in terms of length of time, but be consistent.  It will curb your appetite, decrease, stress, and give you more energy.

 

The Holidays are full of delicious desserts.  Pies and cakes etc… you have to treat yourself.  Treating yourself doesn’t mean a whole pie.  To stay in control choose one dessert and have one or two guilty free slices.

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Thanksgiving Planning Guide 2017

Happy Holidays Everyone!  Anyone who’s been following SCW knows it’s my favorite time of year.  The weather, the blessings, entertaining, the love, the cheer, and most of all family and cherished friends.   Entertaining can be so much fun but it’s a lot of work depending on the number of people you serve.   Planning and preparing for big meals decreases the stress and takes the guess-work out of the day.  When you’re armed with a plan things go a lot smoother.
Make a list, create a budget for the number of people you have and how much you want to spend.  Plan the time of day you want to have your dinner.  Let guests know when dinner will be served.  If you are cooking your turkey for instance early thanksgiving morning, remember it takes about five hours to cook which is why some opt to cook it the night before.  You do what works for you.  I’ve prepared several videos for your main dishes as well as dessert.  Refer to the videos as often as you like.  Have fun and enjoy a stress free holiday.

 

 

 

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Check out what’s new in Christian News : “Hercules” actor Kevin Sorbos and his wife Sam Sorbos, a Christian family man has brought to the big screen “Let their be Light.”  A Christian Film in theaters now.  He has a very refreshing viewpoint.  Check out this video, for more info visit the website, “www.lettherebelightmovie.com”

Coming up in December:

Christmas holiday entertaining and decorating

Christmas gift ideas for everyone on your list

New year’s eve entertaining and safety tips

 

Author’s Note: The blessings of the Lord are upon us.  Thank you for your prayers and well wishes.  I will continue to pray for my beloved readers and followers that God will touch your heart and bring change in your area of need.  Joshua 1:8 “Thou shalt have good success.”  What are you thankful for?  I’m so grateful and thankful for all God has done in my life and especially in the lives of those that have been touched by SCW.  Leave a comment tell us what you’re thankful for and what your looking forward to in the new year.  It’s a busy time for me.  Those of you who’ve been following me for some time now know that I’m working on my second degree!  And I’m almost there, about 80% of the way praise GOD!  I’m preparing for exams.

Thankfully we have the Thanksgiving break coming up.  I’m looking forward to some much deserved rest and time with family.  Continue to pray for me and my family, as I will pray for you that God will give you the desires of your heart and bring you to the place He has for you on your journey.  We all have different hopes and dreams but it is God will that will succeed.  So we’re in it together!  We know that “All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

 

 

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Weekend Read: Cultivating Good Spending Habits & Nurturing the Nurturer

The Holidays are on the way!  And it’s a great time to take control over unhealthy spending habits!  This is the time of the year when we spend the most money shopping.  Women are big shoppers anyway even without a holiday.  We shop for ourselves, we do the shopping for the household and we shop for our children and families.  It’s a blessing, to be able to shop.  That being said, what causes spending habits to be unhealthy?

Spending habits are unhealthy when it causes you to have stress and anxiety about paying your bills.  For me it kinda takes the fun out of it if I’m worried about finances.  So what can you do?  Remove the stress in your life by not overextending yourself.  This is something you can get control of with time, patience and consistency.  This season let your focus be your family and the blessings of the Lord instead of stressing about the ton of bills that the new year will bring with it.

  1. Maxing out your limit and paying the minimum on credit cards.  It costs you the most interest and lowers your credit score.  You’re almost guaranteeing yourself that you will never be out of debt.  The goal is to build credit by paying bills on time, before time and keeping the balance due down.

  2.  Shopping without a plan.  You go to the mall armed with credit cards or lots of cash, or both,  and no plan.  Just you and your money being tossed to and fro never keeping account and spending like there’s no tomorrow.  Make a list of what you intend to purchase at what store.  You know what you’re going out to buy.  Stick to the plan.

  3. Avoid last-minute purchases that make for impulsive shopping.  If it’s last-minute you don’t have time to think it through or shop for deals.  So you want to avoid impulsive shopping.

  4. There’s always another sale.  Buy now!  Shop before it’s too late.  Lies!  Don’t buy into the lie that you’ll never see a sale like this again.  Especially at holiday time.  There are store marketers who stay up nights putting together the perfect sales to get you into the store.

  • Be Smart.  Make a list monthly of what is coming in and how much has to go out.  After expenses what you have left is what you keep.  Each month will be different because of life’s unexpected incidences … a child may get sick, car repairs, etc…  Your knowledge of your situation is most important because how can you control your spending if you’re not keeping account of what you have.  Also it’s biblical to be good stewards of the resources God gives us.  If you want God to increase you, you have to do well with what you have.  Luke 16:10, Amplified Version: “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.”   My husband is very good at this, he’s a very good money manager.  It’s great because it’s his job as head of the house. “Listen up independent ladies”  It doesn’t matter how much money I make it does not change his “position” as head of the house.  God has placed him in leadership!  I love a man in charge!

 

  • Start Saving!  If you already are great!  Keep it up!  If not get started.  If you’re constantly removing and never putting anything back it will result in a deficit.  You should be saving now right up until retirement.  Checking and savings go hand in hand.  Checking account is for expenses.  Savings account is money you keep.  Start small and build.  If people in the depression can save so
    can we!
  • Make a realistic budget and live within your means.  You can’t just always spend more than you have and hope that things will work out.  Make a promise to yourself that you will no longer set yourself up for disaster.  Create a budget that has breathing room for fun.  Fun doesn’t have to mean something big and expensive.  Whether you have a family or are single there has to be some recreation.  Maybe on the weekends the family likes to go bowling for instance.  Or you’re single and you treat yourself to a movie at the mall and some window shopping.  Write the vision and make it plain, Habakkuk 2:2

 

Mom is an awesome resource!  She’s a resource of love, caring, understanding, and wisdom.  God created her to be a resource to her family.  In the modern world we live in, mom’s role often extends outside the home to career and community.  It’s a lot of different hats to wear and can get very tiresome trying to be all things for everyone.  At the same time it’s extremely fulfilling and rewarding for those that relish being a mom!

One of the drawbacks is that you can be so focused on others that you often neglect yourselves.  The result of that is a mom who is exhausted and resentful.  Can’t have that!  Mom’s need nurturing and caring too.  Moms must treat themselves well as a lifestyle.  There needs to be time that is set aside just for you.  Non guilty, uninterrupted time.  Location or finances is not important.  It can be time to yourself in your own home.  But you need mom downtime to regenerate, otherwise you’ll just be burned out.  We want mom happy, we want mom healthy, beautiful, and radiant!  Let’s learn the art of relaxation for Mom!

If you are able to get away to the spa at least once a month for a complete day that’s awesome, I highly recommend it.  They have various treatments and massages to relax and pamper you.  This is of course aside from your regular pedicures and manicures.  A woman has a lot of maintenance and when a woman takes care of herself it shows.

DIY home spa.  Spa atmosphere is about creating a mood to relax you.  That means peace and quiet and time for yourself for whatever block of time you allow.  If it’s just an hour or two.  It’s not relaxing if the kids are banging on the door.  So this time alone thing will take some planning but be well worth it. You can give yourself a pedicure at home with the foot spa.  They are only about $20 or $30.  I think it’s great to have a foot spa at home anyway to take care of your own feet between salon visits.

Get a facial.  Facials are great, they clean and replenish the skin removing dead cells and revealing a fresher layer of skin.

Catch up on your sleep. Sleep deprivation causes premature aging.

A mom at peace and relaxed is a better mom.

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