Tuesday, August 30, 2011

More and more

Have you checked out my giveaway that Agape Love Designs & Phtograpy is putting on? Check out this post where I talked about it and showed you new pretties on my etsy shop, brightlyshines!

I have posted a few more wonderful things on etsy and wanted to show you some of those items! 

I have another new ring and  hairclip up as well, so check it out and let me know what you think! I will get back to more real posts tomorrow, I promise!

Linking up with Casey:

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Head over to my friend, Maria's blog: Agape Love Designs and Photography and enter [this] giveaway! This one is pretty cool because you could win something from ME! Yes, you can win some awesome headbands and a pair of earring made by me, three items in one giveaway! Here is the link again! Kim's Kreations first giveaway!

Be sure to check it out! Also, I wanted to show you some new items you can find on my etsy {brightlyshines}

I added a few more goodies, so go check them out for yourself! Let me know what you think.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Crock Pot Recipe

For all of you "on the goers" or just people who LOVE to use their crock pots (who doesn't?), this is a fantastic crock pot recipe with just a few steps! I got this idea from a good friend, Jenna, and have since made it my own! Thanks Jenna!

I call it Jeremy's Salsa Dip :

1. Get the crock pot out. (The picture above is what mine looks like and I love it! Thank you great grandma for the awesome wedding present!)

2. Put in a pound of turkey meat (or hamburger meat, whichever you prefer.)

3. Add salsa of choice. I usually use the whole jar, but if you want to make a smaller portion just cut everything in half. Example: 1/2 lbs. of meat, 1/2 jar of salsa, etc.

4. Throw in some Velveeta Cheese. I've used a block of cheddar cheese instead of Velveeta and it is just as good. The only difference I've found is the Velveeta Cheese melts a lot faster and has a smoother look.
Put your crock pot on high and stir occasionally. I'm not sure how long this process is, but I want to say it cooks for about an hour and a half. I will be making it in the next few days and I will update this time when I do. 

Once the dip is done, get some chips and enjoy! I am a very picky eater, so I do not enjoy this recipe; however I make it for my hubby and he loves it (thus the reason I have named it Jeremy's Salsa Dip.)

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Buzz about Me #3

1. What was the first concert you attended?
 Backstreet Boys! 

2. Who was your celebrity crush{es} when you were younger?
See above, also JTT (Jonathan Taylor Thomas)

3. Who is your celebrity crush{es} now?
Zac Efron, he can sing, dance, act. I'm also a big fan of Justin Long.

4. What is one of the strangest/unique things about you?
I love to clean and organize! I'm told that is pretty weird. 

5. What are three fears you have?
I don't want pictures of my fears: Spiders, most bugs that fly, and children feeling unloved. 

6. What is one question that you have been asked so much that if you are asked one more time, you will punch someone?
I won't actually punch someone and this answer may seem weird. However, I have a hard time not being annoyed when kids ask me, "Can I have a drink of water?" First, they ask at really inappropriate times, such as nap time, when they know the answer is no. Or they will ask when the answer is obviously yes, such as when we are running outside or when everyone else is lined up to get water. :)

7. What nationality/nationalities are you?
A better question would be, what nationalities am I not? haha, but the one I claim the most and feel most connected with is: 

8. What is one physical feature you like about yourself?
I like most things about me :) God made me exactly who I am and I love it!

9. What is/was your favorite three reality shows?
I don't have TV, so these all are a was for me- 
Keeping up with the Kardashians, Celebrity Apprentice, America's Next Top Model

10. What three celebrities are you guilty of liking that everyone else seems to hate?
Probably the Kardashian sisters, although I also think they are crazy and total drama. I also like Tyra, whereas most people don't. :)

Linking up with:

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Encouragement. What a simple word. Is it simple to encourage others? How about when you are discouraged? How about when the person who needs encouragement has hurt you and discouraged you in the past? Is it simple, easy, to encourage others? It takes effort to encourage. It takes energy. It takes strength. It sometimes takes being humble. Sometimes it means being forgiving, empathetic, understanding. The greatest thing is that God calls us to lift others up, if we seek Him first, then He will help us be what we need to be to encourage and help others. God wants us to help others, to fellowship with other believers, to love people as He loves them. God, creator of the world, forgave and forgives me, understands me, is my strength, encourages me on a daily basis. Who am I to not put effort in doing the same for His children?

I hope you take time to read some of my most favorite verses, they truly are better encouragement than words I can come up with:

"You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand when I awake, I am still with you."     Psalm 139: 1-18

Linking up with :

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Strut Your Stuff Linky Party

Linking up with:

My 3 favorite blogs:

Rachel from No. 17 is amazing! She is a writer. A mommy. A wife. A lover of God. She is a beautiful woman who writes from her heart. Every time I read her blog, I feel like I am catching up with a true friend.


Maria-Isabel from Agape Love is one of my best blog friends! She writes from her heart, features others on her blog, shares her photography, DIY projects, and many other fun things. She makes beautiful creations, like headbands(which I own one), hair clips, jewelry, and much more!

Ashley, Little Miss Momma, is a wonderful blogger! She does DIY projects, shares blog tips, writes from her heart, and is an all around down to earth fun loving girl! Reading her blog always brightens up my day.

All these women are fantastic and their blogs are amazing reads! I always leave their blogs encouraged and usually inspired to create and do. I hope that you check them out and let them know Kim from Kim's Kreations sent you! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Buzz about Me

1. If you could live back in any time period, which one would you pick and why?
The 1950s, except I know that I would be the total rebellious 1950s type of woman, but still I love the idea of wearing dresses and being the perfect housewife! Who doesn't like June Cleaver? 

2. What is your favorite color?
turquoise, of course! 

3. What is your favorite fruit?
Strawberries, although I do not like strawberry flavored things, like ice cream or candy. 

4. What is your dream car?
I have a newer Toyota Corolla and I LOVE my car! However, when I see older cars like this one in town, I do a double take and dream of owning one like it someday.

5. What is/was your favorite Disney movie?
Beauty and the Beast, of course. A close second is a newer one, Tangled! 

6. What is your favorite genre of movies?
I'm sappy and I love the romantic comedy type of movies where the good guy always wins.

7. What's the last movie you watched?
Tangled :)

8. Busy city life or simple country life?
Can I choose small town near the country life? 

9. What is one thing you tell people about yourself that they just don't understand?
I'm not always bossy, I just like to be in charge. I am a go getter and I want to get things done and do them right. It can sometimes come across the wrong way, if I am not careful how I present myself.

10. Did you ever want to change your name when you were younger & if so, what did you want to change it to?
I've never wanted to change my name, which is kinda weird now that I think about it. 

This post is linked up with:


Are you tired of Giveaways? I'm not! I LOVE them and think people that put them on are crazy cool and the ones doing the giving are amazingly wonderful!

So here is a CRAZY, ridiculously awesome giveaway for you!

Go check out Bella's blog and see what is happening! It is great!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Inspiration Thursday

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Now with a button! (If it works) So, I am going to try and do a "link-up party" with this weeks Inspiration Thursday and possibly other Thursdays in the future. I want to see this grow in the blog world, so I hope you will take the time to write about what inspires you and to link it back up here!

What inspires me today(and always!) are my kids at the preschool where I work. We have a summer program and it is ending this week and the new school year is beginning next week. A lot of my kids are leaving to go to different kindergartens and to first grade and my heart is so full of sadness and happiness at the same time.
At church on Sunday the message was on having a childlike faith. Which doesn't mean acting childish, but really coming to God with the awestruck wonder children have. We also talked about how we are not to make people(or children who are in awestruck wonder of our God) stumble and fall. I took this as a total burden and inspiration and conviction all at the same time. I work with children EVERYDAY! Everyday, I have the opportunity to tell these beautiful children about our amazing Jesus OR to crush their spirit and make them stumble. Clearly, I choose to encourage, love, help, and to teach! However, so often as believers we don't encourage, love, help, or teach. I am no different.

"At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,  and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me; but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea." ~Matthew 18: 1-6

These verses, my faith in Jesus, my passion to further His kingdom, my love for the children that He loves inspires me to make a difference. To not bring children (and people) to a crashing stumble to the ground, but to lift them up in love, encouragement, teaching, and to experience the kind of awestruck amazing love and faith they have in our wonderful worthy God!  

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Buzz about Me

 Today I am linking up with From Mommy to Calm Insanity and her The Buzz about Me weekly posting!

1. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a singer and an actress!

2. Most people go through several phases in life. What is the one phase you went through that you now look back on and wonder what in the world were you thinking?
My goth stage, although it wasn't an extreme goth stage. However, all black and depressing and yuk.

3. Have you ever been in a long distance relationship?
I had a boyfriend in Maryland and we did the long distance thing during summers and winter breaks when I came home to California. That is as close as I ever came.

4. What are five inanimate objects you can not live without?
I lived without my phone for a long time, but now that I have it I don't know how I did it! Chapstick of course, coffee, my bible, and my teddy bear that Dad gave me! 

5. Are you superstitious?
I don't believe in a lot of it, however I don't think we should "test the waters" I'm not superstitious in the black cats, full moon type of way, but I do believe in spirits that aren't of this world and I'm not one to mess with that sort of thing.

6. What is one of your talents?
I would say that I have the talent to create things and to make old things come to life again. Being an artist in every shape and form runs in my family. I love it!

7. What is your favorite animal?
My two brats of course :) Tay and Batman! 

8. Heels or flats?
Flats, I work with kids flats are the only way to go!

9. What's you favorite season?
SUMMER! Although, I now have an appreciation for all the seasons and love them all for their own reason.

10. Out of all the places you have lived, what has been your favorite?
I love Canada and would love to visit there every year! I also love Michigan and it is my second home, since my parents live there. :) However, my fav place is Maryland and I would love to go back there someday! 

Also linked up with
"If I am in a position to punish, chances are very good that I am also in a position to teach. Today I reduce the odds that punishment may be necessary by taking the opportunity to teach." ~Anonymous~

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