Monday, March 30, 2015

Holiday Time

Hi friends!

If you're wondering where my Weekly Menu Plan is, I'm sorry! I'm taking a little time off this week. Yes, we're still eating, of course, just not posting about it. I may post some things this week or I may not. It's Spring Break week for us, and I'm trying to take advantage of the actual "break" part of that term. We're not actually away on holiday. We're home and doing more of a "staycation" kind of week. I have a few extra projects lined up for myself around the house, as well.

If you're on Spring Break, as well, have a great one! 

Blessings and love. xo

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I Wore - Eleventh Avenue Fashion!

Good morning, Lovelies! It's a rainy day here in Virginia and a little on the cold side, but we are keeping our hope that the warmer temps will soon be here to stay.

Check out these fabulous fashion deals from Eleventh Avenue!

Heathered Midi Dress

Grey Skies Tunic Dress

Gold Triangle V-Neck

Pencil Skirt - 15 colours

Crochet Elbow Tunic - 4 colours

Floral Button Down Blouse - 5 colours

Cadet Hats - 7 colours

And I just have to share a few adorable things for the younger crowd . . .

Be YOU Tiful Tee - 3 colours

Girls' Puff Sleeve Shirts

Reversible Superhero Capes

And for your home:

Spring/Summer Reversible Blocks

Vinyl Chalkboard Stickers

For all my fellow Cinderella fans - Have Courage & Be Kind

Linking up: Jersey Girl Texan Heart, The Pleated Poppy, Sweet Haute

Blessings and love. xo

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Easter Stories {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

About the book:

383 pg / multiple authors

Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.

Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you may never have heard before. 

Illustrated with original woodcuts.

My thoughts

I was interested in reviewing this book, not because of it's title, but because I didn't know most of these stories. And I love to celebrate "Easter", or rather the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, every day, not just one Sunday in the spring, so these stories could be great to read for yourself or to your children or grandchildren at anytime. 

Here are just some of the 20+ story titles:

The Coming of the King by Laura E. Richards

The Church of the Washing Feet by Alan Paton

Robin Redbreast by Selma Lagerlof

John by Elizabeth Gouge

Two Old Men by Leo Tolstoy

The Death of the Lizard by C. S. Lewis

The King and Death by Ger Koopman

I enjoyed reading these stories and will encourage my children to read them at their leisure. One story that I appreciated was The Church of the Washing Feet by Alan Paton. I had never read or heard this one before and it was very touching. It takes place in South Africa and is a beautiful lesson in forgiveness and the desire for unity. 

Another new one to me was Two Old Men by Leo Tolstoy. It is a poignant story about putting aside our own plans and desires to simply see the people in front of us and act in love and compassion. Sometimes we think our plans are on track or even that God requires a certain thing of us, only to find out that He just wants us to breathe His life to those whose faces are in the dirt and who are without hope. This one will stick with me for a long time.

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Giveaway Details:

To enter this giveaway, simply comment with your favourite author or what you are enjoying/will enjoy about spring. Please include your email address.

This giveaway is open to anyone, 18 years or older, in the USA or Canada. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Update on giveaway: I am leaving this open one more day, as some people have apparently had trouble commenting. Please try again and I will close it at 11:59pm ET tonight (3-28-2015).

Blessings and love. xo

Weekly Menu Plan {23 March}

Good morning! How was your first weekend of spring? We had a nice one, visiting with friends and neighbours, getting geared up for a new soccer season and watching a little March Madness. 

Here is our plan for this week:

Monday - Our Favourite Grilled Chicken, broccoli, rice, salad

Tuesday - BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizzas (with leftover chicken from Monday), salad

Wednesday - Baked Ziti, salad

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Crock Pot Pinto Beans, cornbread

Saturday - Burgers on the Grill, pasta salad

Sunday - Snack-y supper

Linking up: Menu Plan Monday

Blessings and love. xo

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

What I Wore

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Hello, friend! How is your week going?

I have some great fashion finds to share with you this morning. Did you see my post last week with the exciting news that Groop Dealz is now Eleventh Avenue!?!! Don't forget that they offer FREE Shipping on all orders of $75 or more!

Here is what I have to show you today:

Kimono Cardigan - 2 colours 

Solid Long Leggings - 16 spring colours

Spring Flower Top - 2 colours

Capri Leggings - Regular and Plus Sizes

Malibu Linen Pants - 6 colours

And I just have to share a couple of things for your little ones:

Polka Dot Teepee Tent - 50% off! 

Elephant 2-piece Organizer Pouches - 3 colours

Don't forget that some of these deals will end in a matter of hours and others in a day or two. Don't miss out on your favourites!

Linking up:
Jersey Girl Texan Heart
Sweet Haute
The Pleated Poppy 

Blessings and love. xo

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Speaking Life Series - 2

Good afternoon, lovely friend,

In case you missed the first post in this series, go here.

I have several other passages of Scripture to share with you today. Let's speak these truths over our lives and continue asking the Father to teach us about our correct identities. We are His well-loved children and He delights in us! Don't agree with the enemy if he is whispering anything else into your ear. It's time to stand and fight!

Psalm 149:4 NIV
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.

Romans 8:14-17 TLB

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. And so we should not be like cringing, fearful slaves, but we should behave like God’s very own children, adopted into the bosom of his family, and calling to him, “Father, Father.”  For his Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we really are God’s children. And since we are his children, we will share his treasures—for all God gives to his Son Jesus is now ours too. But if we are to share his glory, we must also share his suffering.

I John 3:1 MSG
What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it—we’re called children of God! That’s who we really are. But that’s also why the world doesn’t recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who he is or what he’s up to.

Psalm 147:10-11 NIV

His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Let's continue speaking life over ourselves, our families and friends, our churches, over our circumstances and our towns/cities. It is our honour and privilege to do so and it will change the atmosphere!

Blessings and love. xo

Monday, March 16, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan {16 March}

Hello and happy new week!

Here is our menu plan for this time around . . . 

Monday - Turkey and Dressing, green beans, cranberry sauce (We didn't make this last week, so I'm adding it again.)

Tuesday - Irish Stew and Colcannon (Happy St. Patrick's Day!)

Wednesday - Chili, cornbread

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Mom, The House Smells Great Chicken, buttered pasta

Saturday - Bean Burritos, guacamole, salsa, chips

Sunday - Snack-y supper

Linking up: Menu Plan Monday 

Blessings and love. xo

Friday, March 13, 2015

No Longer a Slumdog {Review and Free Book}

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from FlyBy Promotions in exchange for this review. Opinions are all my own and not influenced by monetary compensation. 

There are some books that make you smile, some books that teach you about the world, some that pull at your heartstrings and some that are just downright difficult to swallow. No Longer A Slumdog by K. P. Yohannan is all of those things and more. 

About the book:
Those with no voice—the suffering children of Asia—tell their stories. And as you listen to them, you share their anguish and rejoice in their triumphs. The whole world seems to stop as you look on.

"You girls stay here. I’m going to get something to drink.” But after a few minutes, the train started moving again, and Mom still wasn’t back! Our hearts were racing. The train kept going faster and faster. Where was Mom? 

Hope is growing in the hearts of those who never knew such a thing existed. In this truly gripping narrative, K.P. Yohannan shares their stories— stories of lives transformed, of families learning to love, of entire communities flourishing with new life. Witness as this next great wave of transformation sweeps the nations.

About the author:
K. P. Yohannan 

Dr. K.P. Yohannan, founder and international director for Gospel of Asia, has authored more than 200 books, including Revolution in World Missions, an international bestseller with more than 3 million copies in print. He is on the board of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), and his Road to Reality radio program airs on more than 900 stations worldwide. He and his wife, Gisela, have two grown children, Daniel and Sarah, who both serve the Lord with their families.

My thoughts:
I had read another book by K. P. Yohannan and knew of his heart for the people of India, so when I had the opportunity to review No Longer A Slumdog, I said yes. I have never been to India (yet!), but I have spent time with orphans in Russia and street children in Venezuela. I know that people in other countries do not have the luxuries we have and often take for granted in the United States of America. I know about the caste system in India but have never understood it. I have watched the Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire and know that it was based on the true picture of extreme poverty in certain parts of India. 

This book took the story further. It gave example after example of the Dalits in India and their desperation and hopelessness. I honestly had to put the book down a time or two to take a break from the heartache. I felt the weight of the sorrow and sadness and sometimes had to take a breather. But I cannot walk away completely. Compassion is at the very heart of our heavenly Father. I need to know these stories, the names and faces of those who have suffered greatly and have experienced the metamorphosis of becoming new in Jesus Christ. 

I think the most important thing I take away from this book is what the Bridge of Hope Centers are doing in the lives of thousands of precious people in India. Children are being cared for, getting not only their basic needs of food, clothing and education met, but also they are learning about the incredible love of God. They are learning that they are not forgotten. And they are going home and sharing this love with their families. Entire families and even entire villages are being transformed by the love and grace of Jesus!

It only takes $35 per day to give a child what he or she needs - school supplies, a nourishing meal, medical checkups and more. Please order your free copy of this book (see below) and pray about how your family can help one of these children.

S O C I A L • C O R N E R

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K.P. Yohannan’s FACEBOOK

K.P. Yohannan’s TWITTER

Blessings and love. xo

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What I Wore

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Good morning, Lovelies! 

I have some fun and exciting news to share this morning. If you've followed my WIW posts lately, you know that I have been an affiliate with for awhile (and huge thanks to all of you who have purchased through my affiliate links!!!). Well, groopdealz has grown and evolved and made a huge change which I get to tell you about today! They are now *drum roll, please* Eleventh Avenue - A Handpicked Boutique Marketplace with so much to love! Hop over and check out the fantastic new look and see what you might like to add to your wardrobe or home. 

And today on get 11% off with promo code: 11avenue

And I'll still be bringing you some of my favourites each week, such as these items:

Lace Trim Tunic Dress - 5 colours

Elephant Embroidered Long Sleeve Top

Linen Pants - 9 colour choices

Long Sleeve Striped Top - 3 colour choices

Capri Leggings (75% off!) - 30 styles

Basic V-Neck Tee - 5 colours

Spring Lace Tunic (These were hugely popular last year!) - 4 colours

Rose Camera Bag by Jo Totes - 4 colour choices

See anything you like?! Don't forget that these deals are only for a limited time, so act quickly if you plan to make a purchase!

Linking up: The Pleated Poppy and Sweet Haute

Blessings and love. xo

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan {9 March}

Good morning, Friend!

I have so much on my heart this morning. I know some of us are experiencing great struggles and challenges in our lives. I know some are feeling hopeless. This is not what I usually write about on my menu plan posts, but I just have such a strong desire to encourage us (myself included) this morning. As a believer in Jesus, I cannot look at my circumstances to determine ANYTHING. My surroundings may look bleak, even impossible at times, but I choose to fix my eyes on The King. I am learning more and more about who I am in Jesus, more and more about The Kingdom which cannot be shaken and my place in that Kingdom.  I hope to write more on this soon. 

If you are in a place of despair, do not give up. The Father sees you and knows you and is for you! He will never leave you or forsake you! Declare His truths over your life. Stand strong in faith. The best is yet to come! And if you'd like me to pray over you, please feel free to say so in the comments or email me (scarlettroyce(at)gmaildotcom). 

Here is our menu plan for this week:

Monday - Easy Rice and Lentils (something similar to this recipe)

Tuesday - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, tomato soup

Wednesday - Crockpot Chicken, rice

Thursday - Leftovers

Friday - Turkey and Dressing

Saturday - Mexican Baked Beans

Sunday - Snack-y supper

Linking up: Menu Plan Monday

Blessings and love, dear one. xo

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What I Wore

Good morning, Lovelies!

I have quite a few fabulous, fashion finds to share with you this morning, so let's get right to it. Are we ready for spring?!

Floral Trimmed Dress - 2 colours

The Boho Fringe Tunic - 3 colours

Traveler Necklaces - 3 styles

Spring Midi Skirt - 5 colours

Striped Denim Tunic Dress - 2 colours

Best Selling Palazzo Pants

And for your little fashionista . . . 

Little Girl's Perfect Easter Dress

Remember that all these deals are only for a limited time! Pop on over to to see what else you may be interested in!

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy and Sweet Haute.

Blessings and love. xo

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