Thursday, March 12, 2015

A letter to a stranger...


Dearest twenty-something,

I couldn't help but overhear you as we sat in the Cancun airport eating our food at the table right next to you, as you spoke to your friend. My assumption is that you just graduated college and you were there to celebrate. Perhaps, a celebration after finals? A pre-Spring break uptown funk?

As I listened to you explain to your friend about the 8 different guys you are currently dating while flipping through pictures on your cellular device. I felt saddened. I know that times have changed and at the old age of 35 I am very much not "with it". You see, when I was dating...it was really called "dating". We didn't flip through pictures on a phone giving "winks". We didn't have to make a profile for "man shopping" that was very obviously exaggerated. I hear you complaining about "Joel has family in town this weekend so although he wants to meet up with me, I am going to tell him NO...we can meet up the following weekend. And then I will go out with Jason in the afternoon...cause ya know a girls gotta eat. Then make Antoine take me out at night. OH MY WORD, Antoine has a body like no other. I mean when he winks...he WINKS." WHAT does that even MEAN?! I feel so sad for you. Sad that you will never know what it is like to work towards a REAL and meaningful relationship. Sad that we complain about men exploiting women, yet here you are. Doing the same darn thing.

If you are basing love off of the houses he owns and the car he drives. You have no clue what his heart is trying to say. Is there an app that tells you what to say, how to dress, what to do and when to say "I love you"? Do you know what "I love you" even means? Or are you so blind you can see past the screen on your phone. I mean, I do love me some Facebook. Throw in some Instagram and from time to time Twitter. But stop. Look UP from the phone and see the world around you. Mr. Perfect...very well could have been at the resort you left. But you would never know because you were too busy telling Nick he had a hot body. A guy you most likely have never met in person, yet this day in age there is this thing we call lighting and photoshop and we can send pictures to people standing in certain positions to make our bodies look slim, toned and completely not like your frumpy self at all.

I know it is NOT my place to judge. And I am not trying to. But when my husband mentions your convo after we paid for our food and walked away...my heart hurt for you. You need a hug. You need a reality check and girlfriend...you need to find Jesus. REAL bad. This is a reminder to me to help my children put their focus on LIFE. On the world. On speaking that way about objects, not a person. I want them to feel butterflies when they are going on a walk and their arms lightly brush up against each other. I pray they take the time to memorize the twinkle in the other person's eyes and connect over coffee and scrabble. When the finally do kiss, I don't want it to be on the first date. And when their clothes come off...it damn well better be after he puts a ring on that finger and their love has formed a covenant. Love is not just a word. It is a feeling. Love starts with a like. Forms an affection and turns into an attraction. Love is a gift from God. There is nothing in the world like it. Yes, there are varying degrees of love. I love my best friend differently than I love my husband. I love my children differently than I love that book. But love is powerful. It brings sunshine on a cloudy day. Love is the only form of perfection we have in the likeness of God. Love is...one of a kind.

To find love, you must first love...yourself. Take time to find out who YOU are. What you want out of life and the type of person you are. Step out of your comfort zone. Speak to someone...while facing them. Take a leap of faith and live life. Make memories and seek laughter. Stop lying to others...you are only hurting yourself.

I will be praying for you. And your friend.

With warm regards,

A blessed wife and mom of 4

Monday, February 9, 2015

Nourished - book review and giveaway


I picked up the book 'Nourished A search for health, happiness, and a full night's sleep' because of the name really. I mean, could a book start out anymore perfect? I cannot tell you the last time I have had a full nights sleep. And unfortunately I feel as though its like bigfoot. Heard of but rarely seen {if at all, see what I did there?! Huh, huh?! COME ON. You know I am right!}


Rachel is a lot like me in the book and in all honesty Becky is a whole lot like my mom! We are complete and utter opposites striving for the same path. The same solid foundation that fills our cup and makes us feel revitalized. Rejuvenated. Whole.


When reading this book you will laugh. You will nod your head and mutter at the pages. Truly it is though they tapped into my own in home reality T.V. show...except my reality T.V. show isn't making the big bucks and have a built in laugh machine. Maybe I should install one to lighten the mood a bit? They tackle the top 10 stressors for women (here are just a few!):

Cluttered Surroundings (can I get an AMEN)
Time-starved Marriages (no comment)
Crowded Schedules (I need to reread this section...don't even ask to see my calendar!)
Exhaustion of Parenting (and now we know why my barista's know me by the sound of my voice!)
Feeling like a Spiritual Slacker (let it go, girls!)
Negative Body Image (it starts way too young)

Any of these sounds like something YOU think about? The word nourish means- 1. Provide with the food or other substances necessary for growth, health, and good condition. 2. Keep (a feeling or belief) in one's mind, typically for a long time. Rachel and Becky have come up with practical tips to design a nourished life that fits each one of your personalities. Yours, hers, my friends, your neighbor. We will learn to embrace "nourishing compromises" and never put happiness on hold again. 



OK loves, you excited?? One of you gets to win a copy of your very own! Bust out your highlighters, fold over them pages and go to town on embracing the "nourishing compromises". To enter you must be a U.S. or Canada resident. Winner will be drawn on Valentine's Day!

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 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Sunday, February 1, 2015

35 Random Acts of Kindness


So...my birthday is approaching! February is my FAVORITE month. Not because of my birthday but. It just sounds pretty "February". I love the way it rolls off the tongue! Valentine's day...need I say more?!

This year I wanted to do 35 Random Acts of Kindness...spread the cheer a bit. BUT I would really like to have YOU involved too! Would you join me?!!


Click HERE for the printable version.

I am doing 1 a day and then on my birthday (February 25th!) I will be doing the last 11. I am not going in any order...just what I feel like doing that day. Doing something nice for a kiddo...is for each of my kiddos! When you do one, link it up to the hashtag #Aleishas35RAOK

Today I tipped the waiter the same amount as my bill. The look on his face was priceless! I will be adding the tags below so they can check in too! Hoping they will post when received/found!


Wanna use them too? Click HERE to print and attach!

I am over here batting my eyelashes and saying "pretty please...won't you join me?" Let's spread some love this February!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

It's a campout! #PopSecretForts


Once upon a time...
There was a tired mom of 4. Some days it was all she could to pull her tired tookus outta bed and slide into her uniform of leggings, knee high socks and the comfiest shirts you could find. UNTIL one day...she set the laundry aside. Left the mess on the floor, loaded up the kids and they headed out the door. To what to their mystical eyes did appear? Why Target of course, and they shed a few tears. Up to the isle with movie in hand. To the popcorn and goodies then back to their van.


I am going to share a little *POP* secret with you! Whenever I see this blue box it brings me right back to my childhood. Popcorn and movies, snuggles on the couch and of course special surprises in the bowls. My kids are HUGELY into fort making and currently have spoken nonstop about how they want to go camping. Every now and then an idea comes to the ol' noggin and today was one of them! We made a couch tent!


I removed the handle from the broom...stuck it into the couch and covered it with a quilt! The kids LOVED it!! OH and of course we had to have a bonfire...so...


A family favorite...we use licorice for wood, mix in Pop Secret and then throw in random candies for the flames! Since we had a theme my big picked out Tale Spin {please tell me the song is stuck in YOUR head now too!} and we had ourselves a good ol' fashioned couch fort party!



What is YOUR favorite way to build a fort? Pop Secret is your perfect snack companion on trips into the uncharted reaches of your imagination. Popcorn fight anyone?!

Pop Secret knows that fun, like popcorn, is better when it’s shared. Send Pop Secret your pillow fort stories and pictures on Facebook. You can upload them right to the Pop Secret timeline and tag them #PopSecretForts. They might just share a little something back! OH and while you are there get a $1 coupon towards your next Pop Secret purchase!







The moral of this story. Play more...chores can wait! Gotta love a last minute "Staycation"! I can't wait to see your forts!


Thank you Pop Secret for sponsoring our "camp out" and for the super rad snacks! Although this post was sponsored the love for this popcorn is all my own!




Wednesday, January 7, 2015

A Love Letter From God...Book Review and Giveaway


Well this picture MAY just be a spoiler alert...cutest book ever! My soon-to-be two year old can't get enough. She loved poking her fingers through the holes as we turned the pages and the rhyming made her giggle with glee. The drawings are bright, fun and capture you and truly I cannot say enough good things about this book!

The authors intent is to write a "personal letter to your child" as if it were from God. It takes you through the park, the playground, fields and even the beach. "I love you, My child! What more can I say? To Me, you are perfect in every way!"


I am excited because not only are you able to WIN this book for a child you love...but for the month of January, every book from Ideals Books with the word "love" in the title will be 20% off! Be sure to search "LOVE2015" for a complete list of books.


To enter you must be a U.S. or Canada resident...winner will be drawn on Monday January 12th, 2015.

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"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.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Everlasting memories



I have this friend. She taught me that each day is a gift. Draw close to the Lord in your heartaches, your happy tears and your every breath. Her life verse Psalms 18:2 - The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the thorn of my salvation, my stronghold. We found out earlier this year that my friend had inoperable, stage 4 stomach cancer. She went to be with our heavenly Father yesterday. Our hearts go out to her parents and her sweet daughter.

With her loss I am reminded at how short our time is. But reminded that there are no tears in heaven. Do not take your days for granted. Make everlasting memories with those that matter the most to you. Wake up and thank God for another day. Remember to praise HIM in the hardships and reflect in all the good that is, that was and is to come.

When you are having a bad day...just cuddle. Eat that cheeseburger you're craving...send flowers to that friend you have been praying for. Smile more and treat those around you with kindness. 
Dive head first into the word. Draw closer to HIM. Surround yourself with everything you love. Call a friend and tell them you love them. If you see something that reminds you of someone, get it. Send it. Package it with care, just so they know you are there. Keep change in your car and dollar bills in your pocket. Do not be greedy, but share. Pass along to someone you don't know just to let them know...they are important. They are loved. They are not alone.
Laugh at the hiccups and take pictures so you can laugh again later. Breath in life. Exhale negativity. Be perfectly imperfect, just the way God made you. Accept a helping hand. Return favors and show gratitude. 
Try new things, make friends wherever you go. Open a book...then read it. Do something because it's messy. Then clean it up the next day. Lay on the floor and color. Wear clothing that is comfortable and don't take yourself too seriously.
Step out of your comfort zone. Wear that red lipstick you have always wanted to try...but never found the courage to. Take a deep breath, then exhale. Compliment others, for they are fearfully and wonderfully made. Pay it forward every Friday. Change the world around you and change your attitude.
Surround yourself with love and leave a legacy that will be remembered for generations beyond the short years you lived. You are sitting in a field by a trickling stream. You are watching down upon us and you are smiling. You were loved beyond comparison. You taught us compassion and taught us to be fearless. You made us smile and although today we are crying. You live on within us. Forever and always. Galatians 6:2 - Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. Rest in peace my friend. You are greatly and deeply missed. 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Susie's Hope - a Tail of compassion

Susie's law. Ever heard of it? I hadn't either until I had the opportunity to watch the movie and let me tell you I cried like a baby. I am REALLY passionate about animals. If I didn't have a fear of being bitten, I think I would have been a vet. (true story, I was attacked by a black lab in High School and he almost tore through my arm...while I was wearing a Winter jacket!) The commercials that come on TV about neglected animals that have people like Alanis Morissette on them suck me in every time. I immediately run over to one of my cats and snuggle them, apologizing for being the evil big person who accidentally caught their tail in the dishwasher when I was opening it. Animals cannot speak for themselves and its so sad. I am super glad that there are wonderful people in the world like Donna.


You see Donna recovered from a horrific incident and then saved the life of Susie. She created and had a law passed on behalf of other animals, like Susie. Who cannot speak or defend themselves. Her organization is phenomenal and she is a light for these animals. I pray her light always shines.

A move was made called Susie's Hope. It talks about both of their stories and you will be in tears. My daughter has been begging me to let her watch it, but a few scenes are too intense for her young heart (8). I loved it, well...hated seeing what had happened but loved the outcome! AND you get to own it for yourself too! As always, you must be a U.S. or Canada resident to win. I wanted very much to post the trailer for the movie here, but it's not letting me SO! Go HERE to peruse the website and watch the movie trailer! But don't forget to enter!

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"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.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”

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