Friday, October 24, 2014

The heart of the problem!

This heart is OK
  "The heart of the human problem is the problem of the human heart" - J. John

I heard this quote today on my way home after my walk/talk with my bestie... (in our talks we fix the problems of the world, we laugh, we ... well.. I am not going to go into details but I can tell you that today we even heard an 80's country song) so... during our walk today I had a few moments of "self-discovery" ... I was left thinking about the things I do and say... (oh yes... we go deep!), as soon as I got in the car I heard this "heart" quote and I was so thankful, God always finds ways to let me know He is listening, He cares and He knows of my struggles or shortcomings... I liked the quote so much that I thought I had to share...  The human heart is deceitful indeed, that's what the Bible says... the core, the source of all issues lies within the human heart. Every problem can be traced back to it... Whether it is an addiction, our self-image, etc... when the focus is on self and not the Lord, when we follow the "listen to your heart" advice we fall into the biggest trap! It sounds good to "trust the heart" but the heart is not that cute thing we draw, the heart is not that beautiful Valentine cookie of the picture... the heart is  "...deceitful above all things..." Jer. 17:9 and how could we trust the very thing that gets us in the most trouble? How can we trust the very thing that has failed time after time, generation after geneartion!?

Society tells us to "follow our heart" or "do what we think is right" ... it even sounds like a "new thing", like a "wise thing" but humans have been following that very "modern" concept since the beginning! we find time after time in the Bible, generations that were completely destroyed for "doing what was right in their own eyes", strong men of God completely destroyed for "listening to their heart" and going after the wrong woman, kings leading the people of God after false gods, fathers hurting their children for letting them do as they wanted, battles lost for following "intuition" rather than God's voice....

And yet... we want to "re-write history" and we think this "follow your heart" thing is going to somehow "work for US"

I, like you, will continue to struggle with things... just like everybody else... But today my prayer is that I will listen to God... rather than my heart.  May God continue to transform me where my focus is more and more on Him and less and less on me... less and less on others. May I listen to His voice rather than my own. May I continue to grow as He continues to complete His work in me.



© Paloma K.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Because I can... Guilt free Pumpkin Muffins!

Good day everyone! I am really excited to report that I have some great healthy desserts to share with you... But before getting there let me invite you to do something... would you please check Torch Coffee out? I am not being compensated in any way to do this... this is just a personal recommendation... when you go through their different choices pick your very favorite one (or two) and come back on Monday when I'll have an amazing discount exclusive for my readers. I have fallen in love with their company and what they do for people through their business.... but more on that later... for now just check out their page and start thinking what you're going to get when I share the promo code ....

And now... the dessert... Well... it's fall! Right? And even when in Texas is just starting to feel like "Summer feels in Wisconsin" at least it's not unbearably hot... plus, my newsfeed is filled with all things pumpkin! So one would think it is impossible to be a good girl with all that temptation around! Well... think twice! If you're already a part of the Trim Healthy Mama movement then you know what I am talking about... It IS possible to eat healthy, stay trim (or get there) and ENJOY LIFE! If you don't know what I am talking about then go ahead and start following these ladies that are losing so much weight by adding more butter to their food (I'm not kidding!) Facebook THM ... Now... if you are not on Trim Healthy Mama and do not care about weight loss but only eating healthy, avoiding gluten and sugar, etc... this recipe is for you too... here it goes:

Ah! Fall.. I am ready for you!


Right before going in the oven

Pumpkin Muffins - THM Style (S dessert)
Slightly adapted from: Empowered Sustenance

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (I like this one )
  • 4 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (unsalted butter is good too)
  • 7 Tbs. pumpkin puree (I use Libby's, whatever you use make sure it is unsweetened)
  • 2 Tbs. Real Birch Xylitol -make sure you measure your xylitol, then grind it - xylitol is already granulated but grinding it right before using it helps incorporate it and sweeten evenly. (You can use Honey or Real maple syrup instead if you're not on THM or trying to lose weight)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease or line 10 muffin cups.
  2. Stir together the coconut flour and eggs, whisk until there is no dry coconut flour, it should look like a smooth paste. Stir in the coconut oil (or butter), then the pumpkin puree and sweetener of choice (xylitol or honey). Then mix in the spices, cider vinegar and baking soda.
  3. Divide evenly in prepared muffin pan. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, until golden and the top springs back when lightly pressed.
I've been so happy making these! I've been even carrying them with me when having breakfast at church for our Ladies Bible Study! I enjoy them with a cup of coffee knowing that I am still on plan while at the same time enjoying with friends! Bye-bye deprivation! Hello Thanksgiving Dinner! I am ready for you!

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did.

© Paloma K.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Best Work From Home Job ever!

 Hello everybody! As some of you may or may not know a couple of months ago I was looking for "work-from-home" jobs... I was getting quite frustrated because even when I have the skills to land a good paying job as a translator I found that there are sites to get this kind of jobs but everybody in the world can apply to them, sounds great but it ends up making the paying rates really really low (as for some people that live in other countries, working 24 hours for only 10 dollars is an actual good pay but it wasn't what I was needing).

I decided I wouldn't give up in trying to help with the finances here at home, so I went to my closest library and I found all about couponing and THAT is where I found MY new job! It does require time and diligence... but it has been very rewarding... Today I just want to share with you some of the great deals I found... If you're in Texas, those deals apply to you too! I just want to share in case it helps somebody else as much as it has helped me!

So... here's just a few of the great deals you can find at Kroger and they're good through midnight Tuesday, October, 2014

So... look some of the things I got:


I want to help end some of the myths most people have about couponing (myths that I used to believe)... most people think that couponing is just for "junk food" and people who eat healthy 'can't save' any money through couponing... I do try to eat healthy... I can't always afford Organic but I try my very best to eat the best choices within our budget... I would say that "the worst" thing I got this time are those Honey Nut Cheerios that I was not even sure I should get but then I thought it would be ok for a snack because if you've SEEN my girls you might think they don't eat much but if you KNOW them, then you know they eat as much (or sometimes more) than their mommy and daddy! So... I have to fill them up somehow and since we don't do candy here and I haven't baked much I am ok with my decision to buy this for them. If you don't like that, you do not have to buy them of course.

So... let me now explain to you how I purchased this and how much I spent:
 (I get most of my coupons through my Sunday Newspaper )

Honey Nut Cheerios SALE 2x $5.00 - $1.00 coupon = 4.00
EGGS (Cage Free, Natural Eggs) = FREE with the purchase of 3 participating items (Silk Almond, Soy or Coconut Milk, Kashi Go Lean Cereal, Pizza, Entrees & Waffles)
Silk Almond Unsweetened Milk SALE $2.99 - $1.00 coupon = 1.99
Silk Chocolate Almond Milk SALE $2.99 - 0.75 DIGITAL coupon = 2.24
Kashi Go Lean Crunch SALE $2.99 
Suave Professionals Shampoo SALE $1.49 - 1.50 coupon = FREE
(32oz.) TRESemme Shampoo SALE 3.99 AND TRESemme Conditioner SALE 3.99 - $5.00 coupon in the purchase of two TRESemme Items = 1.49 each. (2.98 for both)
Nature's Bounty Fish Oil BOGO SALE - $1.00 coupon = 10.29 for TWO!

For the items mentioned in the list above I paid a total of: $24.49

All these items combined have a total regular value of $52.98 - Total Savings over 50%


It's just a matter of looking for the deals! And yes, you can still eat healthy! I also got Bob's Red Mill Pearl Barley on Sale and Organic Carrots 2 lbs. for 1.48, Organic Granny Smith Apples $1.48 (All prices are WITH Kroger Card), etc. So... run to your nearest Kroger and take advantage of these and more deals! You can also search for coupons on the Kroger.com site and load them to your kroger card, I will be providing you with coupons here also!

Yesterday I also went to Randall's! I got a lot and all within my budget! Matching Store Deals with Coupons IS the way to go! Randall's has great sales on Friday that you cannot miss! I will be RUNNING over there again early tomorrow morning! let me just give you an example:

Randall's, right now, has a SALE on the "Crystal Farms Natural Slices of Cheese" for $3.69 ... oh, you think that's an "ok deal?" well... Friday gets JUST PERFECT! you will be able to get 2 of those packaged slices of natural cheese for only 5.00! so ... only $2.50 each! If you buy natural cheese you know it is expensive! So ... this IS indeed a good deal!

I used to always think Randall's was way too pricey ... and IT CAN BE if not looking for coupons/deals (Note: Always check out their meat aisle, you might find amazing things that get a price cut by the manager) ...


Let me just show you my receipt from yesterday:



The original total was 139.60 - Total Savings of 66.73 I saved 48% ... You can go to Randalls.com  and create an account (you'll need a member card from the store) and you can load coupons and discounts directly to your card as well!


See that? ... it was pretty amazing! They even have a deal with some participating items/brands (glade candles, pledge, scrubbing bubbles, lysol, etc.) and if you buy 3 of those (MIX&MATCH) you get $3.00 in savings... and that's already good BUT if on top of that you happen to have your own coupons for each of those items... well... you end up with a lot of great savings! It is REALLY, REALLY COOL!

So... yes... I got a job! And it pays off! It is work indeed! Lots of work! But it makes me very happy when I see my bill go from 140.00 to 70.00 or... like... at CVS... that they have a Sale for Tide for only 5.94, sounds good but 5.94 is too much for me to pay, so ... I had 2.00 cash rewards + a coupon of 2.00 for Tide Detergent... Yes... the result is 1.94... now... that's more like it! Don't you think? Stay tuned for more tips and great deals! Now let me go do my happy dance and take a sip of my Torch Coffee that I got with a 40% discount, you want some too? Well... I'll be sharing a code exclusive for my readers with an AWESOME discount for you to try it!

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© Paloma K.