February Cards Of Encouragement

Happy Valentine’s Month!

I would like to send YOU a card of encouragement in the mail!

I did receive some responses to my survey last month and I mailed out cards as promised!

Everyone loves to receive good old fashioned mail every once in awhile. With our age of internet and texting, personal mail is rare. So, every month I am going to send out cards of encouragement to whoever sends me their mailing address. I know that this means you have to trust me with your mailing address. For those who know me personally or who have been following my blog for awhile that will not be a problem. Please know that no one other than myself will have access to your personal information. Also, this is just an experiment. I will see how it goes for the next few months and then decide if I will continue doing this or not.

If you are interested in receiving a card from me, please click the link below and take a few minutes to fill out the information survey. This will record your mailing address so that I can mail you a card. Other questions are asked to help me customize the card to you and so that I know how you came to follow my blog. Feel free to share prayer requests, goals, areas that you need encouragement, etc. I will post this link every month so that if something changes, you can edit your information.

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Thank you all for following my blog. I sincerely hope that my posts are inspirational and encouraging to all of you who read them!

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Mama Needs A Do-Over – Free Book Giveaway!

This book by Lisa Pennington is subtitled: “Simple Steps To Turning A Hard Day Around.” The back cover captures the intended audience perfectly:

“Dirty dishes overflow the sink. Your two youngest kids just began their third round of hand-to-hand combat today. And now the washing machine won’t start. Visions of putting a home-cooked meal in the oven while the family plays happily in the living room evaporate amid scramming, complaining, and slammed doors–and that’s not even counting what the children are doing!”

The author gives personal stories, practical advice, all mixed with a dose of humor! At the end of each chapter, there are “simple assignments” which may consist of questions, instructions, scripture to look up and read, charting, journaling, etc.

To be honest, I am not a huge self-help book fan. I accepted the opportunity to read and review this book because the title was intriguing and it turns out that this book is a good read! There was not a whole lot of new advice that I felt I should follow, however, there were plenty of reminders of tools that I already knew but haven’t practiced in awhile. For a mom who has not had the opportunity to be mentored by experienced women, this would be a great book to glean practical advice and tools! The author’s humor and positive attitude made this book an easy read (even though I can’t relate to the desire of tearing apart a kitchen and remodeling it on my own)! I also loved how she sprinkled scripture throughout her chapters which was very encouraging! I can definitely see how this book would be especially helpful to a busy mom of young children (and/or many children) but it could be helpful to all moms in various stages of parenting!

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that David C Cook provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Mama Needs a Do-Over: Simple Steps to Turning a Hard Day Around

By Lisa Pennington / David C. Cook

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My Vision Board

As some of you may know, I am a Independent Sales Consultant with NORWEX. This past weekend, I attended the Norwex Leadership Conference in Dallas, Texas. I had an amazing experience connecting with new friends who share the same passions. We learned so much about the Norwex company from a global perspective and great tips, tools, and steps that will help us be successful in our businesses. There are several things that I want to share with my blogging community that I think are great tools for any home business or of great importance to every day life (whether or not you are familiar with Norwex). So, I will be blogging about them on occasion this month!

For those of you who have never heard of Norwex, the Norwex mission statement is as follows:Mission_Statement_Web_Design

One of the things we heard over and over at the conference, is to dream big and set goals. I am sure that these two things are mentioned at any direct sales business conference but these apply to anyone in any situation. If we have dreams and goals for our lives, then we will actively pursue them. We will work harder to accomplish the things we want to accomplish. During one of the sessions I attended, the speaker suggested creating a “Vision Board.” Basically, something that you will see every day that will be an encouraging reminder of why you do what you do and a reminder of the goals you have. You do not have to have a business to create a vision board. Maybe you have a family goal, or a workout goal, or a vacation goal. A vision board could be created for pretty much any type of dream or goal you have. Right now, my goal is to be successful in my Norwex business so that I can provide financial “extras” I want for my family.

I have a large bulletin board already mounted in my office/guest room. I decorated it in a similar way for both of my exchange students that we had. I just left it a blank canvas for them to do what they wanted with it. First, I chose wrapping paper and ribbon that matches the theme I am going for. In this case, blue and green since they are the colors of the Norwex logo. I cut the paper to fit the board and stapled it only around the edges (you can use a knife to trim the edges after you staple the paper). It does not have to be perfect because the ribbon will cover any imperfections on the edges! Then, I cut the ribbon to create a border. I use a 1 inch ribbon because I know it will cover up the staples. I use flat push pins to pin down the ribbon. This allows for easy change if I decide I want a different color at some point. Then I cut several other pieces of ribbon and pin them in a crisscross pattern. I weave them over and under the other ribbons. I used regular push pins to pin where the ribbons cross. This gives me something to hang things on. You can use all the same types of pins or mix them up!

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After the foundation of the board was complete, I started adding things that I thought would be encouraging for me to see every day!

My name badge from conference:

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My immediate financial goals:

[Side Note: In case you are wondering, I over estimate for trips in case there are financial set backs such as car trouble, airline delays, extra hotel expenses, etc. If I have money left over from a trip, it transfers over to the next financial goal. So if we only spend $750 on our Iowa trip then the left over $250 will go towards our Tennessee trip.]

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Lyrics from my all time favorite hymn:

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My Career Plan:

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I am a Sales Leader and my goals this year are to work towards Executive Sales Leader and Senior Executive Sales Leader:

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And some other little things to complete the project!

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I did leave some room because I am planning to add the Norwex mission statement and a family photo since they are the reason I am pursuing my business goals. With this type of set up, I can continue to be creative by adding or changing out things like ribbon color or Enviro cloth color. There is plenty of room to do whatever I want to do with it!

Do you have a vision board?

I would LOVE to hear about yours! Comment below!

Send photos to have the opportunity to be featured on my blog!

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Experimenting With Cookie Decorating!

My oldest daughter (almost 9 years old) and I went to a cookie decorating class in December! We had so much fun learning how to decorate cookies with royal icing! Before now, I have always used a powder sugar glaze on my sugar cookies. Now, I am loving the look of the royal icing.

Here are the cookies I decorated at the class:

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And these are character cookies that I was just experimenting with. Chewbacca is my favorite! My husband wanted me to try and duplicate his patch and that obviously needs a lot of practice.

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It has been fun! I will post more photos whenever I experiment again. There are a ton of Pinterest ideas that I want to try!

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The Golden Braid

This book by Melanie Dickerson is a stand alone book but carries the themes and some characters from the author’s other stand alone fairy tales. Her books with these connections include:

The Merchant’s Daughter (Beauty & the Beast)

The Healer’s Apprentice (Sleeping Beauty)

The Fairest Beauty (Snow White)

The Captive Maiden (Cinderella)

The Princess Spy (Princess & the Frog)

and this book:

The Golden Braid (Rapunzel)

All of the above mentioned books have themes that can be related to the fairy tales that we all know and love. However, the author gives her own unique telling that makes each of these books their own story. In this retelling of Rapunzel, there is the well known story of Mother Gothel raising a child that is not her own and sheltering her from the outside world. When a local farmer asks Rapunzel to marry him, Mother decides to move them to another town again. During the journey they are attacked and one of the Duke’s knights, Sir Gerek, comes to their rescue. Through a series of circumstances, Rapunzel realizes that she needs to explore living away from her Mother so she goes to the castle in search for work. There she makes friends and encounters a mystery that could drastically change her life. When the castle is attacked, Rapunzel does her best to remain strong and help the ladies and staff held hostage. Later, she is kidnapped by her Mother Gothel and held captive in a tower. Sir Gerek sets out on a quest to find the woman he has fallen in love with.

I have read (and own) all of the books listed above. I absolutely love fairy tales. This author does an excellent job of retelling these classic stories in a way that makes them unique. She weaves romance, mystery, and adventure together well. I like how the books can be read on their own but I love that they are connected by characters and themes that make me anticipate the next books! The author also weaves Christian themes throughout her stories but not in an overwhelming way. One of my favorite parts of this book is that Rapunzel wants to learn to read and Sir Gerek starts teaching her to read using his costly Bible.  This book is marketed toward Young Adults but I would recommend this book (and the other books written by this author) to anyone who loves fairytales and the medieval era.

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that Tommy Nelson provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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The Golden Braid

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Jesus Helps Me- Free Book Giveaway!

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This book by: Callie Grant and illustrated by: Missi Jay is a board book geared towards ages 0-5 years old. It is a part of Graham Blanchard’s Learn Absorb & Praise Collection; this book is and Learn book. This book focuses on John 12:44-77 NIV Bible verses. It is filled with vibrant colors and photos of birds. There are many “Did You Know” facts about the birds featured in the photos and the facts are tied in with the scripture and how to apply it. For example, starting with verse John 12:44 “Whoever believes in me…,”

“Baby swans are born knowing to stay close to their mother. They trust she will take care of them. Your are able to know God by staying close to Him. You start by believing in Him.”

There is a place on the first page for the child to write his/her name. On the last pages, there is a message for grownups and “What do you think?” questions for your child.

I really like the simplistic design of this book. It is thought provoking but easy enough for a young child to understand. They will be attracted to the colors and beautiful photography. It will also grow with your child from baby to toddler to child stages! I would recommend this book for anyone who wishes to start instilling the truths of God’s Word at an early age.

The publishing company, GrahamBlanchard.com, has parent and teacher resources to help inspire young children to praise and have a relationship with God. There are also several other books available and a mom blog.

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission I am required to disclose that GrahamBlanchard provided this book for free in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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1. Entries will be accepted until midnight Saturday, January 9, 2016. One (1) winner will be chosen at random from the entries submitted.

2. On Sunday, January 10, 2016 the top of this post will be updated with the announcement of the winner and I will attempt to contact the winner by the email they provide.

3. Winner must e-mail me with name (first & last) and mailing address within 5 days of announcement otherwise the book will be sent to a new winner. hearttreasurescontact@yahoo.com

Disclaimer: Remember this is a free giveaway at my expense, therefore, Heart Treasures Blog is not responsible for loss or damage of the giveaway item(s). Giveaway open only to residents of the United States (unless you have a US Military address such as APO, FPO, etc. -OR- I know you personally.)

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January Cards Of Encouragement!

I am trying something new!

I would like to send YOU a card of encouragement in the mail!

Remember my 2016 goal of writing more cards and letters to send to family & friends? Everyone loves to receive good old fashioned mail every once in awhile. With our age of internet and texting, personal mail is rare. So, every month I am going to send out cards of encouragement to whoever sends me their mailing address. I know that this means you have to trust me with your mailing address. For those who know me personally or who have been following my blog for awhile that will not be a problem. Please know that no one other than myself will have access to your personal information. Also, this is just an experiment. I will see how it goes for the next few months and then decide if I will continue doing this or not.

If you are interested in receiving a card from me, please click the link below and take a few minutes to fill out the information survey. This will record your mailing address so that I can mail you a card. Other questions are asked to help me customize the card to you and so that I know how you came to follow my blog. Feel free to share prayer requests, goals, areas that you need encouragement, etc. I will post this link every month so that if something changes, you can edit your information.

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Thank you all for following my blog. I sincerely hope that my posts are inspirational and encouraging to all of you who read them.

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