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Lent 2020: Day Two

Today's post is brought to you by...COFFEE.  I'm not going to lie, I really did consider giving up coffee for Lent, but when I mentioned it to one of my best friends, his response was "well, I'll see you in 40 days!"  I was kind of shocked at his lack of support, but then I read a post that was shared with me regarding Lent and some "food for thought" and one of the bullet points read "Don't give up coffee. Jesus will forgive you, but your family might not."  Well---I heard God loud and clear on that one.  Don't give up coffee.  And I'm so very glad I did not.

See today, I had a TON of things to accomplish.  We're gearing up for a big weekend and I had quite the laundry list to do.  Not only was my laundry list (and my laundry basket) huge, but I didn't sleep well last night.  I had a very restless husband, so I put myself out on the couch.  Which wasn't terrible, but it wasn't exactly great, either.  So I already s…
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Ash Wednesday 2020

Every year, for as long as I can recall, I always gave up something as a "penance" for Lent. It has been as simple as giving up soda to as challenging as giving up all meat. This year, I struggled with a new "penance" to Fast for Lent. I couldn't think of something I could really sacrifice for Lent. I considered doing meat again, or alcohol, or even coffee (my family vehemently said NO!) but those weren't really true sacrifices (well, the coffee would have been, but I imagine even God will forgive me for that one). While I struggled and I saw that Ash Wednesday was rapidly approaching, I did the only thing I could think to do--I prayed. I prayed for guidance on what to Fast this year. And the answer that was placed on my heart was incredible.

Intention. It means to do with purpose and intent. Purpose. What is my purpose? My purpose is to do God's work. But how can I effectively and INTENTIONALLY do God's work if I'm not spending time WITH God an…

Podcast Episode 4: Accountability

How many of you feel like you're on a never-ending hamster wheel, just running and running and running?  Do you blame the wheel for moving too fast or too slow?  Do you blame the cage for not having any space?  Or do you figure out that you need to stop, get off the wheel and get out of the cage to endless space?

I think we all have those seasons in our lives where we easily blame the wheel or the cage.  And the difference between staying on the wheel and blaming it for staying on it and stopping, getting off and getting OUT is our ability to take accountability.

Take a listen to this week's podcast and let me know if it inspires you to stop running on the wheel and instead, figure out how to stop, get off the wheel, and get out of the cage.


Podcast Episode 3: Lenten Reflection

Happy Easter, Friends!

Today's episode is a little bit reflection and a lot a bit my view on Lent and what it means to me.

It's reflection upon what I consider the worst week of my life!  Ha!  It was so bad, check out this funny "Unsolved Mysteries" synopsis that my friend, Rachel, wrote for me on one of the nights I threatened to disappear:

"Tonight, the disappearance that shook Council Bluffs, Iowa. Devoted and loving mother of 2 who disappeared while her husband was on a business trip. His alibi checked out, and there’s no reason to suspect foul play. She had recently given up wine for Lent, which may have been a reason for her rash behavior, along with the sudden and unexplained illness that ravaged their house."

So now you know what I battled this week, I'm also going to share my reflection upon the deeper meaning behind this week and how it correlates to my annual "fasting" of a luxury item for the Lenten Season.

Lent should be about reflec…

Podcast Episode 2: Parenthood

Hi Friends!

I had a difficult time trying to decide what to speak about today, but once I figured it out, it just formed so organically, I even impressed myself!  Ha!

If you're a parent---Mom, Dad, Stepmom, Stepdad, Foster; even an Aunt, Uncle, Grandparent, this podcast is dedicated to you---enjoy!
Let me know what you think in the comments below on on my Facebook Page (and while you're there---give me a "LIKE"!)

Have a Sparkletastic Week!


Live--Champagne & Conversation

Exciting News!!

As I mentioned before, this year was a Year of Adventure.  I embarked down a new pathway with Sparkle & Fizz, changing direction, and before I knew it, I was propelled forward on a journey that I literally only dreamed of.

Today, I'm launching the next component of my Sparkle & Fizz Adventure---Podcasting!!

To say the least, I am nervous as hell, but, Episode One is complete and LIVE now!

Check it out here:
Don't forget to find me on Social Media & Connect!  (See the Contact Me Page for how and where.)  I want to hear your thoughts and feedback!  What do you want to talk about in the future?  Who would you like to hear come on board (I'm talking local, my friends...I can't make any celebrities appear!)?

I'm so excited and now exhausted!  I think I'm gonna go take a much deserved nap!




Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, my friends!  Can you believe it's now 2019?!  I seriously can't.  Not to mention, it's going to probably be March when I'm finally used to writing "2019" on everything.  Sheseh!

I'm sitting here, writing this post, my hair is in the messiest bun I think it's ever seen, I'm working on my second cup of coffee, and my kiddos are watching a movie with their daddy.  It's heaven.  Well, at least heaven on Earth.  And I realize that motherhood is truly one of the greatest adventures I've taken.  Yeah, the days are long, but the years are short---super short---and I have literally blinked and the kids are already three and four!  How!?  And that got me to thinking...

Now, some people have "resolutions".  Some people have "goals".  Some people choose to work on their "bucket list".  Some choose to do nothing at all!  I've been in one of those groups at least once in my lifetime.  But this year, I&#…