Monday, March 23, 2015

This One Weird Trick That Keeps Your Water Bottle From Freezing

   As you know, life in Alaska means that it is very cold at times. And if you leave any liquids in the car they may freeze overnight. Which instead of water...and of course it will take forever to melt.
   And since winter is still lingering in some parts of the world (not Alaska, hehe) I thought it would be an opportune time to share this!
    I'm really good at leaving my water bottle in the car, so one would think that I would learn not to.
    Nope. One thing I did notice though, is that the water wouldn't always freeze. This started happening when I would leave my bottle in the seat with my extra jacket.
     So I experimented. (And yes, it went well!) As long as I kept my water bottle under some sort of clothing or bags, it wouldn't freeze. If I left it in a cup holder, I would find ice.
     The moral of the story is, if you're too lazy to bring your bottle inside, yet still desire it unfrozen, throw something over it.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Letting Loose

    I had a conversation (it may have been mostly one-sided) with some women at my church yesterday morning. We started discussing the complexities of being on the stage in the choir, yet the pastor encourages (read: *ENCOURAGES*) us to "let loose" during worship. Which may mean certain extremes. Which means moving....and...well....
   This topic eventually led us on the path of women "letting loose" people get moving, we pondered women's shoes flying potentially into the congregation (or whacking the music minister in the head while he's playing keyboard). Obviously these scenarios can be hazardous to everyone's health.
    So I created a solution for this potential hazard: hot glue-gun on stage to glue women's hosiery to their know, so their shoes won't fly off, but they will be at liberty to move however the Spirit leads. As in.... "Sister Sally, are you glued in today???", "I'm sorry, but I can't allow you on stage until you've been glued.",  "Let's get our glue on!!!", "Oops. I forgot to glue!"
    If you have a problem, BlondieChell has a solution!!! Moral of the story: don't "let loose" until you've been glued in!!!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Things To Do When Running Solo Outside

    This morning I have a list of tips for you of things you can do while running solo outside. (Note: performing these tasks while running indoors on a treadmill may make you seem like a crazy person):

     Things To Do When Running Solo Outside:
 1. Talk to someone via microphone headphone or bluetooth. I get in some great conversations this way, and I'm multitasking.
 2. Pray
 3. Butt-kicks. Because I can't get Jillian Michaels out of my head.
 4. Talk to an imaginary dog. Because it's all about talking while running which means expanding your lung capacity.
  5. Skip. Because changing it up is good.
 6. Sing really loud to your music In your opera voice.
 7. Crochet. I haven't attempted this, but I'm tempted to.
 8. Take selfies at crazy angles (you may need to stop running in order to do this...not that I'm speaking from experience or anything...haha)

   Have a great week!!! And tell me how these tips work for you!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Violence Is Sometimes Okay....

    This weekend it occurred to me that a lot of things that happen in the spiritual realm that we consider positive encounters are actually quite violent....
    Like...wanting to be "on fire for God". In reality, being set on fire is a bad thing. A VERY bad thing. You kind of die.
     Or you want "the Spirit to crash over me like waves". Ever seen a wave?? They can be pretty destructive. We associate the word "crash" with them. CRASHING WAVES. Nothing that crashes is calm or serene. It too is violent. Yet we choose to associate those words with God and things of the spiritual realm.
      And we wonder why people look at us like we're crazy. "No, I don't want you to throw a lit match at me-I want to be set on fire by GOD!!!". Yep. Crazy. Train.
      As these thoughts flooded into my head this weekend, I discovered that, perhaps the reason why violence is prevalent in the scripture is because we are at war. A spiritual war. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places " (Ephesians 6:12).
       And somehow...that makes it all okay. Because I know that God has my back, no matter what may come.
    May the spirit of God crash over you like waves so that you may be set on fire. Have a great week!!

Saturday, February 28, 2015

#BuluBox #Review #Sponsored #Healthy

    Have you heard of subscription boxes?? There's basically one for everything nowadays. There's even a website to help you launch your own subscription box service! The possibilities are endless!!!
     The folks at BuluBox sent me a free box to try and review, so here we go:
    Bulubox is the subscription service for you if you want to try out health products but don't want to spend $$$ on full-sized products you may not like.
    They have a few different options and I chose the weightloss box (I may have put on a few pounds or so over the holidays)
   My box included: Cellucor Alpha Amino (endurance, recovery and hydration formula), Cellucor C4 Extreme (energy formula), Dollar Shots Club Energy Shot, NeoCell Beauty Infusions drink mix, Met-Rx Prime Bar (protein bar), and VitaPerk (vitamins to add to your coffee).

   Would I buy these products on my own?? Of course not!!! It would cost me over $150 to obtain these products in their full sizes, but why would I invest that much $$ without knowing how I like the product?? That's where BuluBox comes in-letting me sample products I wouldn't normally purchase. Now I can try all of these fantastic products, but without the hefty $$ commitment!

   I love the product card they sent me with my samples because not only do I have easy access to a product's name, but now I also know how much of the product I would receive for the price. Also, the back of the card has a place for you to write notes about the individual products like how you felt before and after using the product.
    Since I signed up with BuluBox, I keep getting emails with discount codes, so I recommend signing up with your email first in order to get a discount on your first purchase!

    Disclaimer: I received my Bulubox complimentary in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions states are my own.

Monday, February 23, 2015

BlondieChell's Original Small Group Game Idea

     Remember's last week's post about my special talent?? Well, the following Monday, I felt like God was telling me to bring toilet paper in addition to a snack to the small group. Looks like I was just meant to be that "one weird girl".
       So I did. And I was reluctant, for obvious reasons. Thanks, God. 
       I showed up (ON TIME!!!) with my toilet paper and snack. Needless to say, the Honey Buns were well received. The bathroom tissue on the other hand?? Accepted with as much gratefulness as I had expected...with questions. Yep. That's me now. The girl who brings TP to Bible Study. 
      I dodged questions by answering with "I...can't tell you". But by the end of our time together, I found the boldness to share my story with the wife of the small group leader and another attendee.
      I explained to them how I was pondering the small group, and what to bring for snack. More specifically, I thought to myself "What would happen if I was hosting a small group? What would I want people to bring??" Top of my list was toilet paper. Because these people use your toilet, their kids dump your rolls in and...well, I think it just makes sense.  After these dwelling on these thoughts, I couldn't decipher if they were from God or just my own random ramblings. 
      Since I've learned to "go with God" (aka: trust the Holy Spirit), I brought the toilet paper. Well, the ladies enjoyed the story enough for me to suggest a new game idea, called "Who can bring the weirdest thing to small group?" (Patent pending)
     So game on!!!! What am I bringing this week?? I'll tell you later....Meanwhile, give me your suggestions for the next few weeks below! The only rule we have (so far!) is that it *has* to have been in your house for at least 30 days-that means no buying something brand new....hhhhhmmmmm.....

Monday, February 16, 2015

BlondieChell's Special Talent

      Gods has granted *this girl* a special talent. Now, don't be jealous-this skill has taken years to perfect. Are you ready to find out what it is??
   I have this *innate* knack for showing up at in opportune times, making things more awkward than they already are and (drumroll, please....) not being needed when I seize an opportunity to help. I don't have a name for it, but maybe you can help me choose one! So here's my story for you:
   A few weeks ago our church was spreading word about their small groups and passing out info. I think they called it "Light it up Sunday" (i.e. the "lights" are the church's ministries). Now, even though Hubs and I have been attending this church since last summer, we haven't taken part in a small group. So we felt like now was our chance. And we picked one. About raising kiddos God's way...and the time frame worked for us.
    Since I like to know what's going on before I commit to things, I asked one of the leaders a series of informational questions like what to bring (snacks, anyone??), time constraints, ect. The most important thing I said was, "So we just show up Monday?" and of course that elicited a "Yes!"
    Monday came. Due to other circumstances God wanted us to take part in, we were running late. And the McDonald's drive thru ensured we would run even later.
    We showed up about 15 minutes after the scheduled start time (of course by this time I am fully embarrassed and trying to shush the kiddos outside because they sound like a herd of elephants) and rang the doorbell. Expecting a warm welcome and "Oh, we're elated you could come!" We were greeted with "What are you doing here?" ,"Why are you here?" , and shocked expressions.
    Me: "Um....Hi! I'm here for the Bible study...for small group....Monday nights....right??"
   Them: "Oooooohhhh.....The 'Alternatives to Beating Your Kids' (or whatever it is called) starts *next* Monday night."
   Fantastic. So they invited me in and we swapped life stories. Love this talent! Good times.