DIY Christmas Wreath

Love this Christmas wreath! Here in Australia it is unusual to have wreaths on our doors. Although some people do but not many. I actually can’t ever remember seeing a wreath on a door at anytime of the year. I did enjoy seeing holiday wreaths on doors when we lived in the USA. It was beautiful. I would love to make this Christmas wreath sometime… so cute! Oh… for an amazing tutorial click the photo and it will link you to the clever, talented and original blog from “Little Birdie Secrets”
~ Sarah xxx

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CHRISTMAS IDEAS

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Hi Ya,
Here is a photo of our families Christmas stockings hanging on a ladder. I handmade our stockings (cross stitched names and pictures & used quilting and lined them) they are super strong for heavy items. I have extra stockings for guests and more hooks on our ladder for as many people as we have over. Below is a list of some of the things I have put in my kids Christmas stockings. Now they are older they still love it and it has become a family tradition. We often have guests visiting at Christmas and they get the same gifts too. Christmas is summer vacation time and kids are out of school. The visitors seem to enjoy the stockings and giggle as much as the kids still do.

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Christmas Mini Treats

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A picture paints a thousand words so above is a photo of Christmas Mini Treats. They look like mini Christmas puddings. So cute! I made them for family and friends last year. There were lots of people and by the time the photo was taken the mountain had become a little mole hill. So the little Christmas mini puddings certainly went down a treat. This recipe is so easy it is ridiculous!
Enjoy ~ Sarah

Ingredient:
100g white chocolate
12 mellowpuff chocolate biscuits (cookies)
12 Jaffas (candy)
Spearmint leaves, cut into smaller leaves (OR green snake lollies OR green Jube lollies cut to size)

Method:
Place the white chocolate melts into a heatproof bowl. I melted mine in a pot on the stove. You can also use a microwave on Medium/50% power, stirring every minute until they are fully melted.
Spoon the melted chocolate either just with a teaspoon or put chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and snip one corner of the bag to make a piping bag. Pipe enough white chocolate on top of the biscuits, allow to drip down the side to resemble custard flowing over a Christmas pudding.
Place a Jaffa on top and a small spearmint leaf (or green snake or jube lollie) each side of the Jaffa and secure in the melted chocolate.

Variation:
You can use the same ideas with still using white chocolate (melted) with Jaffas or Round Lollies and mint leaves or green snakes or jubes sliced on top of your homemade or purchased chocolates.

Below is a fun YouTube Video of a Jaffa lollies (candy) rolling event. Where we roll thousands of jaffas down one of the steepest streets in the world which is Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand.

FYI: Our family use to live in Dunedin and even some cars can’t get up the steep street. Our car could but half way up we would lighten the load by everyone BUT the driver jumping out of the car. Also the brakes start smoking. This amuses the children no end. Doesn’t amuse the parents so much. There is a water fountain at the top of the street which doesn’t come soon enough!!!!!

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Prayer …

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“Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises.” ~ James 5:13

When a Christian person prays great things happen! There is no right or wrong way to pray. If you want to deepen your prayer life then you will need to spend time in prayer. You don’t need to prepare to pray or read about prayer or even go to University of Church studies or talks on prayer. If your mind wanders don’t worry God knows your mind. He created you to be a thinking person, just get back to the point of prayer. And the whole point is talking to God, sharing your heart and listening to Him.

Do what works for you! Do you have a quiet space to pray in? Maybe you pray in your garden? Perhaps you play music when you pray? Some folks only pray when they are inspired. And if you are inspired every day, then great. But if you aren’t inspired everyday then you may need to press on and still pray.

Then there are times when prayer can be a struggle. I would like to suggest that if your prayer life is a little lacking or inspiration isn’t flowing daily then praying through a Psalm in your bible will really help. King David was a man after God’s own heart. He was flawed and a sinner and his prayers were awesome, they read like poetry. God loves to hear from His children, even if all we can pray at times is just a few words. He know’s our heart better than we do.

Below are some scriptures talking about prayer. ~ Sarah

“Pray with thankfulness and praise in your heart Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philipp 4:6

“For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.” ~ 1 Pet 3:12

“Pray with honesty and sincerity The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” ~ Psalm 145:18

“Pray with faith And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.” ~ Mt 21:22

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” ~ 1 John 1:8-9

“If I regard iniquity in my heart, These Lord will not hear.” ~ Psalm 66:18

“These sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD, but the prayer of the upright is His delight.” ~ Prov 15:8

“Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him.” ~ John 9:31

“But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” ~ James 1:6

“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” ~ Mark 11:24

“Pray with God’s will in mind Now this is the confidence that we have in God, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.” ~ 1 John 5:14

“Pray in Jesus name. {A prayer which is TRULY “in Jesus name” will be the same prayer that Jesus would pray if He were in your place, facing the situations you are now facing.} {Jesus said…} And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” ~ John 14:13

“Pray earnestly. Persist. Never lose heart. Never give up! Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving” ~ Col 4:2

“Then Jesus spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart.” ~ Luke 18:1

“Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” ~ Acts 12:5

“Pray without ceasing.” ~ 1 Thes 5:17

“Rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.” ~ Rom 12:12

“Pray with boldness, because your High Priest is Lord Jesus.We do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” ~ Heb 4:15-16

“Pray with humility. Humble yourself before God. Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.” ~ Dan 9:3

“Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth and humbled myself with fasting. When my prayers returned to me unanswered, I went about mourning as though for my friend or brother. I bowed my head in grief as though weeping for my mother.” ~ Psalm 35:13-14

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” ~ 2 Chron 7:14

“Therefore by Him {Jesus} let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” ~ Heb 13:15

“Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” ~ Col 4:2

“Pray in privacy for your deepest, most personal needs. When you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” ~ Mt 6:6

Make Your Own Reed Diffusers

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Hi Ya, Here is a link on how to make your own reed diffusers. After shopping I was completely blown away by how much good reed diffusers cost. It was $44.00, yup I did say $44.00. Yes it was quality and yes it smelt beautiful. And sure you can get cheaper ones but they give me headaches and well can be just yuck. Soooooo it got me thinking. I could make my own much much cheaper plus have it all natural and organic and exactly the aroma I like. A beautiful smelling house and no headaches or migraines… sounds good to me! Link for the original article is at the bottom of this post.
Enjoy ~ Sarah xxx

Original Article HERE

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