We’re big on vitamin C in this house, in any form that it comes. Our immune systems need all the help they can get this time of year, so bring on the vitamins and antioxidants! I’ve been looking into all sorts of extracts and supplements to help our immune systems this season in hopes that the flu doesn’t make its rounds on all of us! Elderberry extract is certainly something I read up about, which you can find more about here, but there are plenty of things on the market to keep your immune system strong. Jamieson Chewable Vitamin C is always in our vitamin cupboard mostly because it’s the most delicious way to take vitamin C 😉 but it’s also Canada’s #1 trusted vitamin brand with almost 100 years of experience.
Now, this is fun! Jamieson is giving consumers the opportunity to help create a new chewable vitamin C flavour. And watch out folks, cause I have some good ideas! The contest is currently running at this link. If bragging rights that you were the creative mastermind behind a vitamin flavour wasn’t already enough the top 3 flavours will be chosen and those participants will each win $1,000. (Heyyoo!!!), The winner will receive $5,000 (Heyyoooo X5)!
My ideas so far are Pina Colada, Elderberry, Lavender and Matcha. Not bad, I know! So, bring it on, and you better not steal mine 😉
Starting September 2019 you can vote for your favourite flavour and the flavour with the most votes will be crowned the next vitamin C chewable flavour to launch!
I am a lonnnnng time lover and devoted shopper of Etsy. I think I was in middle school when my Dad actually said “Have you ever heard of a site called Etsy?” Mind. Blown. Fast forward 13 years and I still love searching all of the shops on there.
In case you haven’t had the love affair with Etsy that I have, it is a marketplace filled with thousands of handcrafted goods. As Salesforce can tell you, e-commerce/online shopping has become exceptionally popular over the years and Etsy is one of the major success stories. However, it’s not just Etsy that has these handmade goods. Shopify is also one of the best e-commerce platforms these days for small business owners to try and sell some of their products. I have a friend who sells her handmade crafts on Shopify, and she’s been experiencing a lot more sales recently thanks to enhanced SEO marketing strategies from companies like Victorious (https://victoriousseo.com/verticals/shopify-seo/). That company has helped my friend to experience more customers and leads, helping her to make more money from these products. Shopify is also a great place to find handcrafted goods, but my favorite is Etsy. I’m going to share with you some of my favorite shops & products for clothing, accessories, and home goods. You can also shop all the items through the widget at the bottom of the post.
First, let’s start with vintage Levi’s, the one’s I’m wearing here are from this shop. I wear high rise Levi’s all the time and it’s probably the main thing people ask me about on the ol’ Instagram. There are tons of authentic vintage pairs available on Etsy.
To fill frames around my house I’ve purchased instant download photography prints, it’s super easy to get them printed and I find it’s the most cost friendly way to put art on your walls. I shared links to a few of my current favourites below.
In my kids rooms I have framed banners I made with their names on it, I get asked all the time about where I go those banners. All I did was order felt letters on Etsy, the exact letters are no longer available but I found some that are super similar.
I’m currently reading another book by Brennan Manning, my third of his in a row. He just has a super refreshing perspective on faith. I would love to copy out the entire the last chapter I read in The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus and put it in this blog post but instead I’ll just say you should read the book and post a summary of a list he created.
I’ll start with this excerpt to give the theme of this chapter.
“Christianity is not an ethical code. It is a love affair, a Spirit-filled way of living aimed at making us professional lovers of God and people. To continue to eye God primarily in terms of laws, obligations and town ordinances represents a retreat to a pre-Christian level of thought and a rejection of Jesus Christ and the total sufficiency of His redeeming work. As church history abundantly proves, one-sided emphasis on the courthouse has domesticated Christian freedom, “Churchified” Jesus, distorted the Gospel into a dull, drab affair made a mirage of the freedom and glory of the children of God. The call of freedom is changed into the call of a religious party…. Ghandi once said, “I like your Christ but I don’t like your Christians… They are so unlike your Christ.”… Unless and until we have pioneers who respond to the call of freedom, who live by inner dynamism of the Spirit, human torches aglow with the fire of love for Christ, the Christianity of the courthouse will remain a musty antique from a medieval past.”
Side note… Last week we watched the new Michael Moore doc “Fahrenheit 11/9” (no I don’t mean 9/11) of course the whole thing is to be taken with a grain of salt, but the one thing that really bothered me, and actually kept me up at night was the way that Christianity is connected to certain values and people and the impression it has left on generations of people. It made me sick. Not that I don’t hear and see this perspective on the regular it just left a stronger impression on me last week.
This chapter “Freedom under the word” really helped put my feelings into words on that subject.
Anyway, the reason I started writing this post was to share this list. Inspired by Jesus farewell address “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
Here is a summary of some requirements of love that he lists to question yourself on: 1. Have I failed to take the initiative in working for Social Justice on a local level? 2. Had habitual contempt for others: less educated people, people of different ethic, racial, economic or religious groups? 3. Dismissed senior citizens as medieval? Never tried to make them feel their worth as persons? 4. In any way stifled the personal development of another? (My own note here… I think this is something women have to try extra hard not to do. We have to be so intentional to encourage the personal develop of each other.) 5. Sought to be respected without respecting others? 6. Often kept others waiting? 7. Carelessly forgotten or not kept a date? 8. Been difficult for others to reach or too busy to put myself at their disposal? 9. Not paid attention to the person speaking? 10. Kept silent when I should have spoken out? 11. Responded only to those whose friendship might prove profitable? 12. Blackened the character of anyone by harmful remarks, false or true? 13. Betrayed a trust, violated a confidence, involved myself in others’ affairs through indiscreet words and actions?
“Once and for all, I give you this one short command: love, and do what you will. If you hold your peace, hold your peace out of love. If you cry out, cry out in love. If you correct someone, correct them out of love. If you spare them, spare them out of love. Let the root of love be in you: nothing can spring from itbut good.“ – St. Augustine
We like to go pretty full on with Christmas in our house. Some years I could take or leave the decorations, movies, and outings. But not David, he looks forward to it all year. Now that Poppy is old enough to be making memories too it’s extra fun.
As an ambassador for IRIS they asked me to share some Christmas memories so I figured it would be fun to go back through our Christmas cards since Poppy has been around and share with you my favourite Christmas movies & playlist!
If you follow along on facebook or Instagram stories IRIS is doing Christmas advent giveaways and sharing tips & recipes for the holidays. So if you need last minute inspiration go take a look!
Okay, let’s talk Christmas movies! I’m a little embarrassed by how many we’ve watched this year. But here’s my must watch list:
The Family Stone – This one is my favourite, I save it for Christmas Eve every year.
The Holiday – This is always our season opener.
The Family Man
It’s a Wonderful Life – #sobfest
Home Alone – Such a classic. Poppy watched it with us this year and loved it!
Elf – Duh…
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation – “Merry Christmas. Sh*tter was full!”