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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Showers, Birds, Flowers and Rainbows ~ These Are The Things of Spring....So Are These Tasty Rainbow Inspired Treats! Would be great for St.Patrick's Day too, ya know the whole Luck O the Irish pot of gold at the end of the rainbow thing =)

Just Try to Frown While Eating These Rainbowlicious Sweets, Dare You! These colorful treats will have you grinning from ear to ear, promise!

Fairy Bread Sandwiches
Inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem “Fairy Bread” in A Child’s Garden of Verses, this treat is popular at children’s parties in Australia, New Zealand, and other parts of the world. Recipe Here

Rainbow Cake in a Jar
You could even make individual rainbow cakes, baked inside mason jars! Recipe Here

Rainbow Sugar Cookie Pops
Any food is more fun served on a stick. Combine bright lollipop sticks and rainbow cookies to impress your guests with double-the-fun at your next party. Recipe Here

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Decorate Your Home with These St Patricks Day Home Decor Ideas

Felt Shamrock Pillow ~ Update a pillow for every holiday with easy-to-make felt cutouts. A simple shamrock and flower appliqué add a splash of green to your home's decor for St. Patrick's Day.

Green Glass Display ~Gather a collection of green glass for an easy centerpiece. We've adorned our bottles with twists of copper wire, but you might also use the bottles as vases for stems of white flowers with tall grasses.

Burlap Wreath ~ If you can tie a knot, you can make this wreath. A glittering shamrock adds a little glam to this simple decoration, while neutral burlap fabric is versatile enough to display the wreath throughout the year.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, Nobody

"Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins." James 4:17

Years ago I heard a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. In the end, Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

I once read about a shocking incident that shows the principles of this story at work—tragically—in real life. In 1964 Catherine Genovese was stabbed to death over a period of 35 minutes while 38 neighbors watched. Their reaction was described as cold and uncaring, a result of urban apathy and alienation. Later, research by Latane and Darley revealed that no one had helped simply because there were so many observers. The observers looked to one another for guidance on what to do. Since no one was doing anything, they determined that no one should be doing anything.

People are less likely to receive help in time of need as the number of by-standers increases. A student appearing to have an epileptic seizure was helped 85 percent of the time when only one bystander was present, but when several people were standing by and watching he received help only 31 percent of the time. This study proves that the more people do nothing, the more people will do nothing, but if even a small group of committed people will begin to reach out to others with care and love, smiles and compliments, appreciation and respect, the movement can and will grow.

We are affected by the actions of people around us. We look to one another for direction, often without even knowing it. Most people will agree with the majority even if they really don’t agree. If, as Christians, we want to demonstrate love to the world around us, we must become examples to others instead of merely following the crowd.When you have the ability to help someone, don’t assume somebody else will do it. Do it yourself ~ God will be with you!

Lord God, thank you for your love and help me to love others around me, today and everyday. Put before me people that need my help and help me be a beacon to someone in their time of need. In your holy precious name I pray, Amen.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids ~ Great for School and/Church Parties

Sweet Spot Hearts
Snip candy hearts for an entire class in a snap, simply cut a heart from a strip of candy dots, and glue it to a piece of construction paper. With scalloping scissors, cut construction paper to create a border around the heart.

Valentine's Day Treat Packages
To make these custom treat packages, cut out a picture of your child, scan it, and print onto heavyweight matte paper. Cut tags using pinking shears for the bottom edges, draw hearts, and stamp or write a message on each one. Fold the tags and tape them to cellophane bags filled with sweets.