Monday, November 24, 2014

Homemade Spice Set Giveaway

In honor of the holiday season I'm going to be doing giveaways through the end of the year.

Since I recently opened up my Etsy store I thought I would giveaway a set of my homemade spices! My spices are made with fresh dried herbs and seasonings to create a perfect mix of flavors.  There are no preservatives or additives like what is included in those that you buy from the store.

I have worked on perfecting these blends over the last few years and I always hear great things from people that try them.  Trust me, once you try these you will not want to use store bought spices again!

I currently sell Taco Seasoning, Chili Seasoning, Ranch Seasoning Mix, and Pie Spice.

This giveaway is for 1 set of my spices and is open to anyone. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter. 

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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Fog Will Clear

In my last post I shared a little bit about what has been going on in my life this last year.   B and I have been through 5 long years of infertility and I became very angry & bitter at God and the world. I didn't (and still do not) understand how two people that want something so bad and have been given no medical reasons why having a child should be difficult can not have kids! Watching others around us getting and staying pregnant so easily and then 9 months later have a beautiful baby to hold is so hard to endure. The last 5 years has been a constant reminder of what we can not have and it is hard to stay positive.  I am always happy for everyone around us that are growing their families and I'm never upset with them.  It is just so hard to see everyone else's dreams of a family coming true and our dreams are not.

The last 6 months have been the most difficult part of the journey and at the same time amazing, which doesn't always make sense.  As I said in my previous post, this year has brought me to my knees again in prayer.  My anger is subsiding and I am learning that the Lord has a plan for my life, it just might not be what I pictured.  This does not mean that our dream of biological kids has disappeared, we both still really want a child that is our flesh & blood! But I can not do anything to make that dream a reality right now.

Even though I am reminded almost daily that there is a plan, I still battle with my anger at the world and God. It is a daily struggle.  Every pregnancy and birth announcement reminds me of what B and I will never have.  We still have the disappointment that we will probably never have biological kids of our own even though we both want and desire that so much.  But through all these tough emotions, thoughts, and realities I am learning to trust the Lord again and believe that he has a plan for me and my life.  I may not know or understand his will or timing, but I have to trust.

It is amazing how the Lord brings people into our lives at just the right time and how he uses friends to share things that were laid on their hearts for me.  I have had several instances over the past few months of people sharing stories, verses, or just encouragement.  They always are just what I need at just the right time! 

Casey, who cuts my hair, is amazing and has become a good friend.  Our talks during my haircut are just not long enough for us to catch up!  Anyway, during my last haircut she told me a story about one of her clients and she felt she needed to tell me the story.

There is a woman who has plans to adopt a little boy.  Her and the little boy know each other, but the boy does not know of her plans to adopt him.  He is going through a tough time and really wishes he knew what his future held.  During one encounter the two of them had, the woman gives the boy a hug and tells him that everything is going to work out.  This is just how God sees and comforts us. We do not always know what our future holds but the Lord knows and he is in control.  

I do not know what awaits me in the future. But the Lord is comforting me and carrying me through this time just as the woman comforted the boy with a hug, knowing she had his future in her hands. The Lord has a plan for me but I have to be patient and take it a day at a time.  

Yesterday while I was driving out of town it was very foggy and the visibility was limited.  I could not see that far ahead of me and it was tough to see what I was driving into.  This is kind of how I'm viewing my future right now.  I do not know what my future holds for my family or children.  I've been taking it a day at a time and eventually the plans the Lord has for me will come into view and become reality. My future might look foggy and cloudy right now, but I know it will eventually be clear!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

10 Months Later....

It has been 10 months since I blogged!

The last year has probably been one of the hardest years I have ever experienced in my life.   If you follow me on other social media outlets you know that B and I went through our first round of IVF in January. It was a rough roller-coaster for several months as we navigated this crazy, amazing, marvelous medical procedure.  B gave me at least 1 injection a day (most days it was 2-3 injections) for several months throughout the process.  Two embryos were transferred and I became pregnant with twins. I have always wanted twins and never thought I would be pregnant with twins since I was more then likely a twin.  I was excited for about 1 second before the roller-coaster began its huge decent down the steepest hill and did not stop till I hit the ground REALLY hard.

We are not sure what happened but I lost the twins about 1 week apart.  The Dr still has no answers to why I keep losing pregnancies.   He has 1 more test to run but is recommending I not try again unless this test surprises him and comes back looking good.

Losing the twins was devastating and tough on so many levels. There have been several other things that have happened the last year that has made my life almost unbearable some days. There were days I did not know if I would survive because my heart was breaking so bad.  Through the last year I've learned I can survive and endure a lot, and these trials have made me stronger.  I have had a lot of anger towards God through the last several years of infertility issues, but the last 6 months have brought me to my knees again and allowed me to put my trust in the Lord again.  I can not change and control everything, sometimes things just have to happen in the Lord's time.

I'm still working on picking myself up off the ground and shaking the dirt off.  I have a long road of healing ahead of me with no end anytime soon.  My family & a few great friends have been amazing during this difficult year and have been so supportive.  I have needed them more than they will ever know!

As part of my healing I have been focusing on things I love again--blogging, baking, reading, crafting, and more. And speaking of crafting, my Etsy store, A Modern Hippie Boutique, is open!
Currently I have wreaths and spices for sale.  Here is a sneak peak, but go check out my store to see everything I have for sale.

 I'm having a grand opening sale for a limited time, 15% off your order.  
Just use code "grandopening"

For all the locals that read the blog, I will also be at a couple craft shows this season selling my wreaths, spices, laundry soap, and more.  Stay tuned and I will let you know where and when!  

I'm also selling baked goods again, so if you need your fill of sweet treats let me know! I will deliver to locals and mail to those that love my baked goods but are not close enough for me to deliver. Just email me if you want to order anything. Please go "like" Andrea's Perfectly Blended Bakery Facebook page to stay up to date on my baking business.  

Thanks for listening and I'm so glad to be back from my long blog vacation.  

Til' next time

Friday, January 24, 2014

Random Acts of Kindness

I love random acts of kindness...paying for the person behind me in the drive-thru, sending snail mail to friends just because, giving to someone less fortunate, donating money and time to worthy causes, making goodies for the neighbors, and so much more. 

Udi's Gluten-Free mailed me a big box of goodies to share with others. Udi's Gluten Free has so many options that are gluten free and delicious. Unfortunately, I have not been 100% gluten free since we moved back to Kansas, but that will be changing very soon! Prior to moving back to KS I strived to eat gluten free all the time and the one thing I miss when eating gluten free is the yummy baked goods. Udi's has some great treats that help when you just need some baked goodies to satisfy that craving!

I decided to share some of the treats with my cousin and her family. They also try to eat gluten free. Her two boys look like they were enjoying those cookies! 

I love taking treats to work, so I decided I should take some of the products to work so others can try some good gluten-free food. Everyone was very impressed with how good everything tasted. I took the blueberry muffins, snicker doodles, chocolate chip cookies, and brownie bites to work. All of it was a hit, but everyone really enjoyed the brownie bites. I highly recommend these if you need some chocolate brownies but need to avoid the good!!!

Some may think I'm weird, but I drive about 1.5 hours to get my haircut every 4 weeks. Casey has cut my hair for years and I always look forward to our great chats during my haircut. So, I just had to take her some cookies to enjoy last weekend. Casey, I hope you and your kids enjoyed them!

When I received the big box of goodies B was quick to point out what he wanted to try....Jalapeno Cheddar Grain Chips. He loved them and actually wants to try some of the other flavors.  These will definitely become a regular item in our house.

I really had fun passing all these treats out to friends and family.  If you have not tried Udi's Gluten Free products, pick some up the next time you are at the store.  You can find Udi's on Facebook and Twitter.  Check out their website for all the products they offer.  

What random acts of kindness have you done recently?  If you have not done a random act recently, I challenge you to do something for someone this month and then let me know what you did.  I could always use some great ideas!

Small Print: I received product samples from Udi's to share with others. Everything shared in this post is my own thoughts and opinions. 

Friday, October 25, 2013

Fundraising Friday 10.25.13

I am back after two amazing, crazy busy, stressful, and inspiring weeks.  I have wanted to blog many times over the past two weeks but have not had a second to sit down and type anything!  A couple weeks ago we announced about our plans to do IVF and our fundraising efforts we are calling Make A Baby Fund. If you missed the posts, go check them out so you get caught up on our news.

I have been brought to tears and just amazed at what has happened over the last few weeks with our fundraising. Things have happened that we would have NEVER dreamed! 

We set up a Go Fund Me site because we had a few people ask how to donate money without having to buy any of our fundraising items.  So we set up the site thinking we would not have much activity with donations.  We were SO WRONG and have increased our goal 3 times in a little over 2 weeks. For everyone that has so graciously donated via our Go Fund Me site, we can not say enough about how thankful we are for your donation. 

The past few weeks I have been busy getting ready for the craft shows I am doing as another fundraiser.  I will be selling my homemade laundry soap, chili seasoning, taco seasoning, ranch dip/dressing mix, and pumpkin pie spice, t-shirt scarves, wreaths, and more.  I'm excited to get everything finished up for my first show on November 2nd!  

I have been incredibly amazed and thankful for some of the things that have happened over the past few weeks as I have prepared for the craft shows.  There have been numerous friends + family volunteer to donate items for the craft shows, help out with making displays, and so much more. Even more amazing to me are the strangers that I meet that offer their help and services.  

My "Bun In the Oven" bake sale is going great, but I have time to make more goodies so if you are local please share about our "Bun In the Oven" fundraiser. If you need things for any of the holiday festivities I can help you out! 

Besides selling items at the craft shows, I am also selling those items outside the craft shows. I hope to get an online shop set up, but not sure if I can get that accomplished! If you need great little gifts for teachers, family, friends, or even yourself check out what I have available.

Pictures of my baked goods and other items will be up on the Make A Baby Fund FB page within the next week!  Please go "like" our Make A Baby FB page and share it. There will be a giveaway of some of my spices as soon as we hit 100 "likes"! 

I am offering sponsorships on my blog now with 100% going to our Make A Baby Fund.  I have two wonderful women on my sidebar right now. Go click on their ads + check out their blogs.  Click on my Sponsor page and buy an ad to help us out so you can be on my sidebar!  

I want to thank everyone that has donated, volunteered to make items for us, shared things the Lord has placed on their hearts for us, shared our fundraiser with others, & prayed for us.  No one will ever really know how blessed + thankful we have felt the past few weeks as so many amazing things have been happening.

THANK YOU + HUGS to everyone who has stepped up to help, donate (money + items), pray, and so much more!  All of you will always hold a dear spot in our hearts, as you are helping us get our baby (maybe babies!) we have dreamed about for years.  

Delight yourself in the Lord and 
he will give you the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4