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Honey Dripping Down Sweetness From Above

Spent some time looking at my past posts tonight.  I especially liked the post titled Cell Phone Cameras.

The picture of the bee on cacti in that post reminded me of my recent bee photograph.

These images together inspired the following Haiku poem.

Honeybee on dandilion

My Divine Nectar

Honey dripping down,

Sweetness from the Lord above,

My Divine Nectar.

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Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Art


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Seven Reasons (E-Books) to Try This Today!

Last week I mentioned a great bundle of e-books coming out.

Well TODAY is the day!  Woo-hew!

Let me tell you why I am excited.

I am a big DO-IT-YOURSELF(ER).

I love the thrill of providing for my family in new ways.  Most of all, I like using what is in my environment and staying away from harmful, toxic substances.  I tend to make all of my own health items; body soap, toothpaste, deodorant, and face wash.  I use coconut oil for absolutely everything!  It is the main ingredient in all of my personal care products. I cook my organic eggs in coconut oil in the morning for the whole family. I also drink a cup of hot lemon juice with coconut oil, chia seeds and honey every morning to detox and hydrate.  You can click on each of those products to order the same products I use, directly from Amazon. Yes, they are affiliate links and help to pay for my blogging activities.  So  please support my blog by using these links for the products you want to try. But I digress!

Back to The Ultimate DIY Bundle!  There are seven reasons (e-books) why I want this bundle.  Actually there are over 70 reasons I want this bundle, but I will tell you about seven e-books I really want for my home collection. Let me tell you a little about them:


1. A Beginner’s guide to Homemade Personal Care Products by Shaina Olmanson.

Even though I already make all my own products, I LOVE to tweak the recipes.  I am always looking for a more effective ingredient that will be gentle on my skin and teeth.  Plus I am still looking for a homemade shampoo.  I have only had disasters in the realm of shampoo. Please don’t bring up the NO-POO method.  It was the greasiest month of hair disaster I have ever had.  Period. But I am still hopeful.


2. Natural Beauty Guide by Wellness Mama.

I LOVE the Wellness Mama’s blog.  I have been following her for awhile now and I absolutely value her articles. Connect with Wellness Mama on FB! The best part about buying these bundles is I get to support other bloggers while checking out subjects I want to know more about.


3. Clean and Simple by Stephanie Langford.

I want to use cleaning practices that are good for the environment, my family, and pets.  I typically use vinegar for most of my cleaning needs.  But I am always looking for better methods and ideas.


4. DIY Herbs at Home by Karon Grieve.

I love gardening and reaping the fruits (or herbs) of my labor!  It is really frustrating to me when I spend a whole season growing herbs only to loose them when trying to preserve them.  Any help in this area is greatly welcome.  I so need this book!


5. 21 Inspiring Thrift Store Transformations by Jami Boys.

Who doesn’t love going to the thrift store?  Better yet, who doesn’t love transforming that thrift store find into something so chic that everyone wants one?  Enough said!


6. Make It! Hardware Store Decor by Curbly.

This one is a guilty pleasure for me AND my husband. We both LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hardware stores. Spending a day or two in a favorite hardware store dreaming about updates to our home is a guilty pleasure. Anything that supports that endeavor is a must have in my collection!


7. Scripture Memory Cards by Melissa Beaver.

I saved this one for last.  I am always looking for more ways to get scripture into our home.  Beautiful memory cards to use with my children and to be a daily reminder for me is invaluable!

There you have it.  My seven reasons to own The DIY Ultimate Bundle.  

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 2 days – from 9am EST on Monday, March 31 until 9am EST on Wednesday, April 1.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $71.95 Value), a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 69 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by 9am EST on Wednesday, April 1!

This amazing deal ends in just…

Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

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Posted by on March 30, 2015 in Art, General, Reviews


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What Are My Actionable Steps?

Incredible Sunset In Mexico 2013

A blogger friend of mine, Zachary of Quick Me Ups, recently posted an article that really spoke to me. It was called Dream Big then Make it Happen.  He spoke about a common problem that I had been contemplating for some time.  The problem of living life without following your dreams.  As I have been following my dreams in the entrepreneurial world, I would insert creative passion.

“Today’s message is to allow yourself to Dream, and then to take actionable steps to achieve this dream.” -Zachary Reid

This resonated with me. It is so easy as a working mom to get caught up in the daily grind. Take for example, I love to cook. It is my main creative outlet these days. But I have been so busy starting an online business to support our income needs that I have not cooked for at least a week. Now don”t worry! I am eating great meals. My husband is an awesome chef. The kids and I are not lacking in that area. But I do notice a difference in my outlook when I am not being creative on a daily basis.

Another area I would like to be more creative is with physical, artistic endeavors. I miss sewing, painting, more serious photography, sculpture, and making music. Before becoming a Business Manager, Wife, and Mother I spent most of my free time doing these things. I do not regret who I am now or the things that take my time. I love spending my after work time with my children. I also love that my work time for The MNV Journey involves taking my children into parks and wildlife refuges! It is amazing and I get to spend lots of time with the boys. I wouldn’t change that!

Thomas Elihu Taking Actionable Steps

Thomas Elihu Taking Actionable Steps

But I have made a decision to get more creative in 2015. What are my actionable steps? I have committed to carving out time for me. Just a few minutes here and there, hopefully daily.That is why I am excited to sign up for a FREE Creativity E-Course. It is taking me through four easy steps to become more creative in 2015. I just got the first e-mail and it had some thought provoking questions. I am looking forward to the next lesson. If you”re interested in getting this FREE course, then click this affiliate link.

It is a free course, but I will receive credit as the person who sent you to the course. If you decide to buy any products I will get a small kickback. Enough to keep me in tea for my late night blogging. Hey,that is one area where I have stayed creative! I do still write and ghostwrite some really neat articles. I love to write and my blogs are a fun way to be creative. You can check out my other blog here. I am also starting a sister blog to this one. It will be up soon and I will share the link then.

Oh yeah, if you are already a creative type and like to buy DIY books, there is an Ultimate-Bundle of DIY e-books coming out in a few days.  It will be on sale for three days only! I really want to get this bundle because of seven specific titles that I will share in another post.  But the bundle has over 69 books and some really cool bonus gifts, like a free class from Craftsy!  Check out the affiliate link below for more information.

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So what creative endeavor do you want to pursue?

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Posted by on March 28, 2015 in Art, Motherhood


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Prayer Answered


Last night I posted about cell phone cameras.  I also mentioned how I take dozens of photos per day with my iPhone 4s.  Today was no different except for the fact that a butterfly came to visit me!  This was especially important to me as I have been struggling with wanting to see a certain area of my life change.  I asked God (of my understanding) to show me a butterfly so I knew the change was coming.  Prayer answered. Check out the amazing photographs below.











One of the hardest things for my Nikon camera to do is focus well enough to get detail in the eyes.  The iPhone 4s captures the eyes really well.  I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them.


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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in Art


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Cell Phone Cameras

Like most people today, I have had my share of cell phones. When I purchase a new one, which isn’t that often, I check out the camera first.  Over the past decade I have purchased three phones.  They were/are:

  1. LG Chocolate (2005)
  2. Blackberry Curve (2011)
  3. iPhone 4s 32 GB (2012)

I thought I had lost the LG and was pretty sad as it had a fairly good camera.  I was incredibly happy when it was relocated a few weeks ago.  It had approximately 4 GB of photos stored on it that I was very happy to have returned.  The photo quality tends to be pretty good on that cell phone.  It was a first edition of the LG Chocolate….that’s right, it was not a touch!

Here are some photos from that phone:




The Blackberry Curve was purchased as a backup phone while traveling internationally.  I was never really impressed with the camera.  I was especially disappointed with the camera considering the price of the phone.  It was a brand new edition at the time so I paid a premium price.

Those photos are really not worth showing.

However, the iPhone 4s has surpassed my expectations in cell phone cameras!  I actually like it better than my Nikon for taking photos in any type of lighting.  It also has a new upgrade that allows it to take panoramic photos.  It is unbelievable!

Here are a couple of my favorite pictures from this camera:



These are just two of thousands of examples I have.  Really.  I take dozens of photos everyday.  If I don’t have the iPhone, my husband does.  We believe in capturing the moment for ourselves and for our children.

My question for you dear reader is: What is your favorite cell phone camera?

Feel free to post your favorite cell phone pictures in response.  Please label what phone you are using.

Thank you and happy picture taking!

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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in Art


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