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Chocolate Cake Marriage

Cake and Marriage

A few years ago, I got to listen to this amazing speaker at my MOPS group one morning, who likened marriage to cake. Now, if you know me well, you KNOW I have a sweet tooth, so any mention of cake and I’m all ears…

The short version of the talk: How well you follow the recipe for a cake determines how your cake is going to turn out, and your marriage is the same! It’s only going to be as good as what you put in to it. I loved the visual impact of this, because she even brought two cakes — one gorgeous, yummy chocolate cake, and one that looked like a pile of lumpy goo. Everyone could relate to this concept (hello, we’ve all messed up a recipe before… oh, and it’s CAKE), and she blessed us with many tips and ideas from a Biblical perspective that we could use to improve our marriages.

Chocolate Cake by @Stickelberry
Did someone say cake?

Fast-forward to early this year, when a great friend of mine called and put me and that same speaker in touch to format and publish a book for that very same talk! I can’t tell you how thrilled and just honored I was to be given the opportunity to help get this amazing message from Michelle Sullivan out into the world.

As I started to dive in to formatting, of course I read the book as I worked. My eyes were opened and my heart melted at Michelle’s story, how she was inspired and CALLED to write the book, and even more, I could see how I have failed to follow the recipe for my own marriage.

The Angel Made Me Do It - Chapter 1 from Chocolate Cake Marriage by Michelle Sullivan.
Called to Write

What a blessing this book is — it has spoken directly to me and my marriage, and I know it will speak to yours, too. It is full of so much wisdom, references to scripture, insights on how men THINK, ways to rekindle what brought you together with your husband in the first place… we are talking some REAL content here, topics that you might blush about, but that we ALL need to read.

As real as it gets, ladies.

And as a bonus, you’ll see some of my photos of chocolate cake and even a recipe for Michelle’s famous Mud Pie at the end! (did I mention CAKE?)

Back Cover

Don’t hesitate, get yours today and start reading the recipe every woman needs to get their hands on. God is doing some amazing work through this gifted soul, and is going to bless so many women and their husbands through her work.

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Gifts With Love from Zazzle

Gifts, with Love

Gifts with Love from Zazzle

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Did you know that not only can you get your Valentine’s Day cards from Zazzle, but you can also find the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for someone?

I wanted to share a few ideas that I think are great for Valentine’s Day, or for any other special occasion — Birthday, Thank You, Mother’s Day, etc.

 

These are all customize-able in some manner, which makes them so much more thoughtful!

I love to write and sketch and doodle all the time, so one of my favorite things in the world is a great notebook. I have QUITE a collection! Since I love them so much, I like to share my love with others as well, so a customized notebook and a great pen or pencil, or a set of coloring pencils, makes a sweet gift.

I fell in love with the image on this one – the colors spoke to me! Gifts with Love from Zazzle

The Zazzle notebooks are great because you can customize them — you can put a name, initials, a subject, a monogram…whatever you want on them. Gifts with Love from Zazzle

You can even create your own from scratch using your own pictures. SUCH a great GIFT!Gifts with Love from Zazzle

 

Gifts with Love from ZazzleDo you have a dog lover in your life? I have a collection called Lab Lover, because, well let’s face it, I love my Lab. This is Jaeger, my 8 year old, blind as a bat, Chocolate Labrador Retriever. He’s my first baby, he’s huge and thinks he is the king of this castle, and if you have a dog or you have friends with dogs, you know all about the love between a gal and her pup!

If you know a Lab Lover, this mug of cuteness makes a great gift! Gifts with Love from Zazzle

I like BIG mugs because I drink a LOT of coffee — and I love the two-toned look on the handle and the inside of the mug! Gifts with Love from Zazzle

You can find a whole collection of Dog Mugs on Zazzle, and customize them for the dog lover in your life!

Okay, I am saving the best for last. Ready?

WHAT IF you could customize your own chocolate bar? And I don’t mean the wrapping on the outside of the yucky chocolate bar…. no, I’m talking about customizing the ACTUAL CHOCOLATE BAR.Gifts with Love from Zazzle

This is my new go-to gift idea, people. Meet Chocomize — the Zazzle seller that will create a special chocolate bar with the ingredients of your choice. I mean, I could literally do a whole blog post just about THIS!Gifts with Love from Zazzle

Anything from marshmallows, teddy grahams, any kid of nut, dried fruits, candies…even gummy bears. 69 INGREDIENT OPTIONS! AND you get to choose up to 5! Gifts with Love from ZazzleDon’t tell anyone, but I’m gifting these to the kids teachers for Valentine’s Day! Isn’t the packaging great, too? Love the gold foil logo! Gifts with Love from Zazzle

So my friends, when in doubt, shop Zazzle for all of your gifting! Be sure to always check out the coupons page so you get the BEST deals!

Love to you all this Valentine’s Day!

XOXO, D

 

PS> I am Zazzle affiliate, which means I will make a small commission from any purchases made via my links. I wouldn’t post about it if I didn’t love it!Share This! Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Gifts for Dad – The Grill Master

Bye Bye, May and Hello June! Summer is coming and so is Father’s Day, which means it’s time to start looking for some great gifts for Dad. What better gifts to give YOUR Grill Master than these personalized BBQ accessories I found on Zazzle — which, by the way, are on SALE, RIGHT NOW!

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Accessories

Take advantage and shop now to save 30% on all Father’s Day gifts + 15% off all orders now through June 4th, 2015. Use Code ZFAVORITEGUY at checkout.

My husband, the father of my children, believes himself to be an expert when it comes to the art of grilling, and has therefore dubbed himself The Grill Master. Well, a Grill Master needs an apron like a King needs a crown – it’s a necessity. I love the style of this one, very bold but still classy, and you can put whatever name you want at the top.

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Apron from Zazzle

It is very well made – a nice thick canvas fabric to hold up to his grilling shenanigans.. which usually involves the dog jumping on him at some point, and at least one shout of, “FIRE IN THE HOLE!”

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Accessories from Zazzle

Does your Grill Master have a secret sauce? Mine does – or so he says! It IS a bit of a mystery, I’ve never actually watched him to see what he puts in it, but it usually tastes pretty darn good. It could very well be just a regular jar of BBQ sauce. But I like it, the kids like it, and that’s all that really matters.

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Sauce Bowl from Zazzle

I thought a special bowl just for his top secret sauce would make him smile, so I designed this one with him in mind. This is customizable too, you can change “Dad” to any name! It’s actually a chili bowl, but I thought it would be better than a regular bowl since it has the cool little finger handle. 🙂

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Accessories from Zazzle

Every time MY husband gets his grill on he comes running in to the house in a panic at some point, saying “I NEED A PLATE!” and I scramble to find him one that he can’t destroy. Paper plates are too flimsy and I’m terrified he’ll break one of my ceramic plates — not that losing the plate is a big deal, it’s the shards all over the ground for a blind dog and a 1 year old to walk on that scare me..

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Plate from Zazzle

…well now he can have his very own plate, and a towel to match. A very classy design on both with his initials; the plate is melamine so it can take a beating (no shards!)…

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Towel from Zazzle

..and the towel is absorbent enough to handle his messes! I like the black towel, it will hide any stains that are sure to come from his secret sauce, and it looks great on the grill.

Gifts for Dad - BBQ Towel from Zazzle

 

Our Grill Master just got a new grill, so I think these gifts will be a big hit! Don’t tell him I used it as a prop for my photo shoot.  😉

 

Our Grill Master

Take advantage and shop now to save 30% on all Father’s Day gifts + 15% off all orders now through June 4th, 2015. Use Code ZFAVORITEGUY at checkout.

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*I am a Zazzle Affiliate and will be paid a tiny bit of commission for any products purchased via these links. But hey, I wouldn’t share ’em if I didn’t love ’em!

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