Friday, December 19, 2014

Work At Home

Hi everyone! Over the past few weeks I have been researching and applying for legitimate work at home jobs. With these jobs you can make $13-$18 an hour. You act as an independent contractor and need a land line and high-speed internet. You make your own hours except for the training portion. So far I'll be working to at two agencies: LiveOps and Plieo. I have applied to others but these worked best for me and what I feel most comfortable with.  

Pleio GoodStart® is a practical adherence support system that helps patients improve their medication routine. Esstentially you will be making cold calls and reading from a script (somewhat). They require some medical and customer service experience. Each call made needs to last 5 minutes and you will earn 3 to 4 bucks a call. This company does have opportunities for advancement and you will continually be learning new information for a variety of contracts. Anytime you have the chance to learn about a new contract and take the class do so, that way you have the opportunity to extend your 12 week mark. 


Basically liveops is a virtual call center that host a variety of contracts. Your customers see a product they would love to buy off TV, in a magazine, or a shopping network. You will guide them through the process and offer additional services for a great cost. Customer service is vital for this company. You will feel comfortable once you understand your customers needs. You will get .20 to .25 per call. That comes to $13-$15 an hour. The most agents have made with this company averages to 1,500-2000 a month. 

Another interesting company to work for is Lionbridge they are an ad accessor company. You would make 13.50 an hour. They would like you to work at little as 10 hours and a much a 20 hours per week. 

The last one I would like to mention is Virtual Bee, you have to pass their typing assessment and mark in the 100th percentile. It's a data entry position and you get paid for every piece you do. 

If your interested in other job opportunities checkout the website, she will also let you know who has legitimate work and who does not pay. The only downside of being an independent contractor would be paying for your own background check, also you get taxed at 33% and have to do your own taxes.  I will keep you updated on my experience with this company. I should start taking calls after the new year due to the holidays and such.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Four Keys of Wisdom: Part 4

Sorry for the lack of post, the past week has been difficult at best with illness and a family emergency. Although God provided and covered us with His healing strength and power. I can only be humbled by His timing and how He works in our lives. Today I wanted to finish up my Four Keys of Wisdom series. This devotional came at the right time and could not be more true. Enjoy!

Proverbs 30:24-28 "There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces."

"Conies are rock dwelling rabbits. They are only mentioned two other times in the Bible. Leviticus 11:5 marks them as unclean animals under the Old Law. Psalms 104:18 simply states that they take refuge in the rocks. Going back to Proverbs 30:26, we also learn that conies are feeble creatures.
The conies are considered wise because they take refuge in the rocks. A refuge is a safe place. The conies use the rocks as a fortress to protect themselves from predators. The rocks give these feeble animals strength and utilizing that strength is their wisdom.
We, being feeble creatures, must also be weary of predators. In 1 Peter 5:8 Satan is likened to a roaring lion searching for someone to devour. That text also identifies him as our enemy. We must be watching for our enemy's advances. Matthew 26:41 says to watch and pray so not to enter into temptation. If we resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7).
We, being feeble, need the strength of the Rock to protect us from Satan. Christ is that Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4). Christ is also referred to as a Corner Stone (Ephesians 2:20), the base for which all other stones are laid. Jesus likens those that follow him to a man that builds his house on a rock foundation. Those that do not follow are likened to a man building his house on sand. The solid rock foundation supports the house as Christ supports us. The other house, however, collapses onto the sand when the storm of temptation comes (Matthew 7:24-27). If we build our lives on and take refuge in Christ, the solid Rock and Foundation, we will stand strong when the storms of temptation come. We will still, however, face temptations and have the choice to fall or to stand firm. Christ is our Rock, our Foundation, our Refuge and our Strength." -

Monday, December 8, 2014

Christmas Treat Extravaganza

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is making homemade sweets and treats for my family. There are some recipes I mix up every year that surprise and delight their taste-buds . While others steal the show and are expected. Honestly these recipes are gathered from online using All Recipes and Pinterest but I think you will enjoy. This year will be a little different because I'll have some gluten free recipes, diabetic friendly recipes, and sweet and savory recipes.

Adult Treats:
Buckeyes (A peanutbutter truffle dipped in chocolate)
Oatmeal Cookies w/ Cranraisens and White Chocolate (I use cranraisins instead of raisins and add white chocolate. You can add anything to oatmeal cookies. It's just like Christmas bark have fun!)
Christmas Crack
Sweetened Pecans

Rice Krispies dipped in icing I use the original recipe and melt white chocolates. Once chocolate is melted I make two smaller balls and mix in red and green food coloring. I sprinkle the red and green over the white. 
Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
Christmas Crack

Diabetic Friendly:
Oatmeal Cookies
I use Splenda as a substitute and leave out the white chocolate 
Sweetened Pecans
Chocolate Candy Clusters 
Chocolate Chip Cookies

Gluten Free:
When buying all the ingredients for Christmas this year I made sure to pick up Gluten Free cereals, peanut butter, marshmellows, and chocolate. Kellog's has a variety of cereals that are gluten free. Just make sure you pick up the right box. Always read the labels. Food Lion also specializes in Gluten Free with condiments (extra side note). Make sure to check your seasoning, salt, and every item you use. I typically bake everything separate or only the gluten free items first so not to contaminate their food with gluten by accident. I also do this for the diabetic treats. 
Hersheys Chocolate 

Buck Eyes
Candy Clusters (marshmallows, pecans, chocolate)
Gluten Free Brownies 
Sweetened Pecans.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Wedding Vendor Showcase

Hi everyone! Sorry for the evening post,  usually I like to have them ready first thing in the morning but I digress. Today I wanted to showcase my all time favorite companies I worked with throughout the wedding. Also I do apologize for the fonts and the style of the post today I was having trouble with coding and getting stuff transferred. Just click on the name of the vendor and everything will pop up regarding their business.

Paula Jean is a lavender farmer and artist. Her  farm is located in a pretty river valley near the small town of Paradise, Montana. She specializes in  dried flowers arrangements, crowns, and anything concerning your wedding that needs a floral arrangement. Not only are her arrangements beautiful but they smell amazing. Furthermore you can send her a picture of how you want your bouquet arranged and she will make your dreams come true.  I was able to get 7 bridesmaids bouquets, bridal bouquet, flower crown, and 600 stems of lavender for around $300. Compared to local vendors that wanted to charge me over $1000.
Michelle Saimui is based out of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. When my bridesmaids ordered from her store I was worried that it would take a month before they would receive their dress. To my surprise I received text after text about the girls getting their dresses in as little as 2 weeks. Her dresses are simple yet elegant with a variety of colors to choose from. Also the style she specializes in are the infinity dresses where your bridesmaids have the same essential style but their tops can go a variety of ways. Now you are paying around $88-$100 per dress but the convenience is definitely worth it. My issue was I had bridesmaids that lived in different states and no where near me. So I needed something easy and efficient. I contacted Michelle and she created a page so my wedding party could request a dress and send their measurements in. Also her dresses look amazing on any figure. I  
wanted my girls to feel beautiful and look 
beautiful on my special day.

Morris Productions is ran by an amazing duo, Josh Morris and Amber Tyson.  I’ve had the pleasure of watching Josh grow in his craft as he falls more in love with the work he does. So far I’ve had a few pictures released from their company and I’m more than satisfied with their work.  I’m still waiting on the remainder of my pictures which I will post as soon as I get them.  I would like to say they are a perfect team.  I told them exactly how I wanted my pictures, and what images and styles I loved best.  They were affordable but you will need to message them concerning pricing information. I’m sure if you live out of state they would be interested in assisting with any of your photography needs.  I plan on using them in the future for holiday and family photos.

For amazing embroidered items check out Personalized gifts by J.  I ordered totes for my bridesmaids at the last minute and was worried about getting them on time. To my surprise I received beautiful embroidered totes in as little as 2 week. This vendor is quick, talented, and able to get what you need at no extra charge.

Dress Baby Beautiful
I had the hardest time trying to find the same dress to fit both of my flower girls. I looked in stores, over the internet, and nothing. I decided to go with Dress Baby Beautiful because I was able to give her my flower girl's measurements and she created a beautiful dress that looked amazing on each flower girl. I did accessorize with shawls, cowgirl boots, and a lilac ribbon to give it some umph. When ordering, make sure you give her at least a month to get everything ready and delivered to your home. (Better pics coming soon!)

Andrea Sauls

Word's can't express how much I loved my cake, the cake stand, and how the cake table was decorated. Andrea not only makes your wedding cake but she has a gift for decorating and organizing weddings.She teamed up with my maid of honor when it came to decorating the church and reception hall. All I have to say is, I was blown away at how naturally wedding inspiration comes to her.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Four Keys of Wisdom: Part 3

Proverbs 30:24-28 "There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces."

 Solomon begins by stating that ants are "not strong." In comparative terms this is true. After all, I can simply step on an ant and crush him! Although the ants have amazing strength. Have you ever watched an ant carrying food? I remember in Environmental Biology having to collect these tireless creatures and watch as they gathered copious amounts of food for their colony. Their tireless and strong. In fact, ants can carry ten to fifty times their own weight! More importantly Solomon want’s us to see how ants are constantly making preparation for the future. They never rest and our in constant motion. In Proverbs 6:6-8, the "sluggard" is warned to pattern himself after the ant:

 "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest."

 Furthermore ants are armored by a thick outer shell called the “chitin” which protects them from their surroundings and is a contributor to their overall strength.Similarly, as Christians we are told to “take unto the whole armour of God” in Ephesians 6:13.

 "...take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" Ephesians 6:13.

 Like the ant, we must constantly prepare. We must tirelessly go about the work of the Lord. "I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work" John 9:4.

Four Keys of Wisdom Series
Part 1
Part 2

Monday, December 1, 2014

My Favorite Chili Recipe

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday and enjoyed your travels. Matthew and I had a small Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday and hit the open road to visit loved ones on Thursday. I'm thankful for these moments especially snuggling up with my nieces and nephews whenever the opportunity allows. On another note this weekend was the beginning of Advent. I love our church and the congregation, they take so much effort in helping the community and enjoyed celebrating Christ birth and presenting the "Hanging of the Greens." I wish I could load all the pictures from our visit to our first Christmas tree but I wanted to share a few. Enjoy the pictures and the recipe it's a go to when we want comfort on a cold and relaxed day

2 lbs ground beef, turkey, or chicken
1/2 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14.5) can of diced tomatoes
1 can of diced green chilies
1 Large can of kidney beans (optional if you're on a low carb diet)
1 14 1/2 ounce can beef broth (or half a 32-ounce box)
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 cup chili powder
3 tablespoons of minced garlic
2 Tablespoons cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
1/2 tsp black pepper

Saute onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a large pot over medium heat. Once onions are translucent add ground beef. Drain and rinse once meat is browned, and return meat to stock pot Add remaining ingredients and simmer at least 2 hours on stove top.

I typically have hash-browns or a pot of rice cooking. I love pouring the chili over-top and adding cheese with sour cream. Matthew and I love this recipe because it’s even better served as leftovers. I would definitely suggest making this on a cold day when you can stay inside and watch Netflix.