Friday Fun Facts #21

1. January was all about simplifying my home. February is going to be about simplifying my food choices. Be prepared for recipes, rants about sugar cravings, and raging headaches due to lack of caffeine.

2. Speaking of caffeine, our electric coffee grinder broke the other day and I was desperate for some coffee. One of my sisters had given me an antique manual coffee grinder as a bridesmaid gift, and we really weren’t expect it to work. Well, I dusted that puppy off and figured out how to grind coffee with it! It was a great accomplishment. Plus, look how cool it will look on the counter? And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t like things on her kitchen counters.

coffee-grinder

3. The weather here has been gorgeous lately. We’ve been spending lots of time outside, and my boys love to pick ALL the flowers they can find. They are so sweet and picked flowers for me, their dad, baby Sarah, Nana, Pops, Grandma, Grandpa, and the mailman.

isaac-flowers

4. This past Saturday I did yoga for the first time in years. I used to think that yoga was this easy peesy workout… Y’all, the next day there were muscles hurting that I didn’t even know I had. If you wanna get ripped, go to yoga.

5. Speaking of yoga, have you ever tried using essential oils along with your routine? I wanted to be able to come with a clear mind, and not be worrying about the stresses of life. I rolled doTERRA InTune on my wrists and it really helped to keep me grounded.

yoga-intune

Munchin’ on Marigolds

This past weekend we went to our friend’s birthday party and my friend, Angie, made a salad with edible flowers. Of course, many of us know there are edible flowers, but have we ever tried them? I hadn’t tried them before and was very curious! Well, that’s a lie. I had tried flowers once before when I was probably 4 years old and had just watched the movie Bambi. There’s a scene in the movie where the rabbit, Thumper, is eating flowers, and after that my sisters and I searched our backyard and probably ate every Texas wildflower we could find. So, other than that, I had not tried edible flowers.

There was quite the assortment of flowers, and they gorgeous of all colors: green, orange, pink, and bright red. They were so pretty you almost didn’t want to eat them. But I did! I was curious so I tried almost all of them. Here’s my review.

marigolds

The marigolds were kind of zesty and spicy, similar to arugula. A lot of people at the party didn’t care for this one, but I liked it. I’m also a fan of arugula. Marigolds have some cool health benefits to that I found out on livestrong.com. They are high in antioxidants and have been shown to help fight cancer. Not only do they help fight cancer, but they help to prevent the regrowth of cancerous cells!

The mums were pretty bland and earthy. They can easily blend in your every day salad. Mums are known to help improve cardiovascular health. They can also help relieve high blood pressure and some symptoms of high blood pressure like headaches or insomnia.

Lastly, I tried the dendrobium, which are the pretty pink orchids. I thought that these flowers actually had a slight sweet taste to them, and were also pretty mild. I just popped the whole thing in my mouth without any sort of seasoning and had no problem with the flavor. It was pretty tasty! According to webmd.com these flowers are known to help boost the performance of a workout, and act as a stimulant.

What do you think? Are you willing to give edible flowers a try? Do you have a favorite already?

Disclaimer: I am not a physician. I am just a mom on a mission for wellness and sharing cool facts as I come about them. These flowers are not intended to cure, treat or prevent disease. If taking prescription medication, you may wish to consult a physician before consumption of beautiful flowers.

Submission and Provision

This Saturday will mark my husband, Nathan and my 6 year wedding anniversary.  So, I wanted to re-post a topic from my old blog in honor of this occasion.  This was something I learned the hard way our first year of marriage.  I tweaked the previous post a little, but the lesson is the same.  I hope you enjoy.

This was a lesson I had to learn the hard way in my marriage. But first, a little bit of background to better understand the circumstance… My husband and I are complete opposites: he is an extravert and I am an introvert, he is a feeler and I am a thinker, he voices his dreams and I prefer to only voice them if I can see a possibility of it happening right now (would that even be considered a dream? Or just a wanted reality?). Anyways, it was an interesting first year of marriage to say the least. Fast forward almost 6 years later and we understand each other so much better!

But here is the lesson I want to share. Soon after we got married I can remember freaking out, yet again, over our finances. We had two ER visits in a month and were sick and constantly in the doctor’s office. I couldn’t seem to let go of my tight rein over the cash in our envelope system (we adopted some of Dave Ramsey’s recommendations which works for us, but remember you gotta figure out what works best for you and your family), always asking him exactly the dollar amount spent on things, and constantly checking our bank account online, afraid of an overdraft that wasn’t even going to happen, ect. It was getting ridiculous.

My worrying and obsessing over our budget was definitely sinful, and I realized that at the time… But what I didn’t realize was  another sin I was committing at the same time: my lack of submission that was ultimately brought on my lack of trust in my husband in this area of finances. And then I also realized this later: My lack of submission and trust in my husband was an indicator of my lack of submission and trust in the Lord.

Ouch.

So I swallowed my pride, my sinful desire to control my marriage and my husband, and I confessed to him and to God of this realization and asked for forgiveness. My husband is amazing and full of grace, and we have been so blessed in our marriage to be faced with obstacles that forced us to see that God, not a paycheck, is our Provider. As long as we do our part by working hard in whatever job it may be He has called us to (minister, stay at home mom, teacher, police officer, ect) and stay obedient with our giving, He will provide.

Here is my favorite Scripture to reflect on about this subject:
Matthew 6:25-34 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil, nor do they spin, yet I say to you not even Solomon in all of his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying ‘What will we eat?’ Or ‘What will we drink?’ Or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly see all these things; for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Did you catch the last couple of verses?  You should have, but I emphasized them for you.  This is not a prosperity Gospel teaching by any means, but a reminder that if we truly seek God first He will provide our daily needs.

So, this is a side note, but I love that my wedding bouquet had stargazer lilies in it.  See?

bouquet

Ah, how refreshing! What a good reminder! Now I challenge you, truly search your heart and ask yourself: Is there an area I am not trusting God with completely? Feel free to share and I would love to come alongside and pray and encourage you.

Let go and prepare for the journey ahead.