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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

Valentine’s Day Wrapping Paper – Click to Purchase!

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

Labrador Love Collection

Labrador Love

Jaeger aka Pooh BearHappy National Dog Day!! You may or may not know, I am not only mother to two crazy boys, but also to this guy — this big, beautiful and completely blind boy named Jaeger (Jaeger der Wunderhund Von Stickel, to be exact).

I have a huge place in my heart for all things furry, especially big slobbery dogs. In fact, it wouldn’t be a stretch to say I am more fond of them than people… which is why I am SO excited to try to do my part to help these guys out.

 

Labdrador Rescuers The Labrador Rescuers of San Diego is an amazing charity that helps foster, rehabilitate and relocate Labrador Retrievers to find their forever home. They are amazing! I’ve teamed up with them to donate a portion of the proceeds from my new collection, Labrador Love, to help support their efforts.

I have all kinds of goodies available that are super cute and will help you show your love for your fur-baby, while also supporting a fantastic cause for our four-legged friends. We all have at least one crazy dog lady friend, there are lots of great gifts for her, too!

Here are a few of my favorite items that are available, but do check out the Entire Collection Here. Be sure to check out the Zazzle Offers page to see if there is a coupon code for one of the items you might be purchasing first!

Lab Lover Tote Bag

Lab Lover Tote Bag Labrador Wine Tote

Labrador Wine Tote — also available with the full Lab Lover logo. Labrador Love Dog Bowl

Labrador Love Acrylic dog food or water bowl! Lab Lover T Shirt

Lab Lover T-Shirt — available in several styles. Sweatshirts, hoodies, baby and toddler shirts also available!

And many more goodies, like leashes and collars, coffee mugs, blankets, etc., available in the shop — go Check it Out and support Labrador Rescuers today!

pooz

— D & Jaeger :o)Share This! Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail

Toddler Easter Candy Free

Candy Free Easter Basket, Eggs & A Gift Idea for Teacher!

Toddler Easter Candy Free

Candy Free Thomas the Train Easter Basket

Toddler Easter

This guy LOVES Thomas. It’s all Thomas the Train, all the time. Sadly, I know all of the character names, all of the songs, and every movie in existence right along with him. Such is the life of a toddler mom! So, when it came time to put his Easter basket together, I HAD to put some Thomas goodies in there. The Easter Bunny couldn’t mess that up, right? So using my super-sleuth shopping skills I found a plethora of Thomas goodies at Target to fill his Easter Basket with.

 

 

We live by the beach and spend many days there throughout the year so the trunks, rash guard and sunglasses were a must.  Thomas the Train Easter Basket

I realize the Cars socks from the One Spot don’t exactly fit with the theme, BUT the kid has another, yet slightly less, obsession with McQueen. Thomas the Train Easter BasketSome movies, a book and some containers filled with stickers to finish it up. I just shoved it all in a big yellow bucket with some tissue paper. Easy Peasy. Thomas the Train Easter Basket

Yeah, he totally rocked the Thomas gear. I wonder what he will be into next year?All Thomas All the Time

Candy Free Eggs

Logan’s school has a no-candy policy for their Easter Eggs so I decided on bubbles and stickers. What toddler doesn’t love bubbles and stickers?! I found this cool set of eggs with a handy-dandy giant carrying egg at Target, along with the bubbles and the pad of stickers. Candy Free Easter Eggs

I cut up all the stickers – – make sure you’re comfy, this takes a while.Candy Free Easter Eggs

Stuff those eggs!Candy Free Easter Eggs

And we’re ready to go!Candy Free Easter Eggs

What are some other fun little candy-free things to pack into these eggs? Some of the things Logan got from his friends: Temporary tattoos, shaped crayons, and those parachute men!

Personalized Easter Gift for Teachers

Target always has the greatest things in the One Spot (the dollar bins!). I found these adorable tin baskets and post-it notes and thought they would make really cute gifts for the teachers at Logan’s school. Personalized Easter Gift for TeacherOf course, I added some chocolate and a Starbucks gift card… had to make it worth their while! I wrote their names using a Sharpie paint pen, and added a cute little tag to make it complete. Personalized Easter Gift for Teacher

What are some other good gifts for teachers? Share your ideas! Something like this can really be gifted at any time — like teacher appreciation, valentine’s day, end of school year, christmas, etc.Share This! Facebooktwitterredditpinterestlinkedintumblrmail