Tuesday, 1 April 2014

We are finally home! Elias is so precious.

So after the mix up the other day with Elias’s blood going for the wrong test, we finally got the results. Elias does have Downs Syndrome. After we got the news we did have a time to grieve for the hopes we had for our little one. That said, we still have lots of dreams for him, they just look a little different and we love him just the same as if the test’s results had come back that he didn’t ha...ve Downs Syndrome. Even though Elias has Downs Syndrome, we know God has big plans for this little guy. We love him to bits and trust we will be able to walk with others who may walk down this same road we have been on one day. 

  Please don’t feel sorry for us, but instead we do ask that you would continue to keep us in your prayers as we adjust to what we will need to do to move forward in this journey. We will have our ups and downs, but we look forward to our future with Elias. We love him so very much even though it’s only been almost a week since his birth. 




We so much want to thank you all for walking with us to this point in our journey. The many prayers that have gone up on our behalf have not gone unanswered they have just been answered in a different way that may not be clear at this very moment. We were so blessed by friends that were so very willing to watch Summer as we were in the hospital as well and the meals we have received. We appreciate it all!

We praise God that right after Elias was born he nursed right away with no problems and continues till today. That alone has been a huge blessing. Also with regards to his hearing. We had thought Elias could not hear. Today we had another test and the results came back that his left ear at the moment can’t hear, but, his right ear can! With medicine today there is still hope for the left ear after some more testing to see exactly where the issue may lie. We were told that with infants many time these problems can be corrected because they are caught early.

With his heart we will be going in for some more testing at Women’s Hospital in Vancouver in the following weeks to see where we are at and what the next steps will be.

Thanks again for caring for us,

For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord,”plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:10-12

Monday, 31 March 2014

Think Healthy, Eat Healthy Stay Well and have fun with NuNaturals (Review and Giveaway)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. I received no financial compensation for writing my review. This is my completely honest opinion and may be different from yours.

I got an opportunity to try out NuNaturals products. I have heard about NuNaturals products before and I am so excited for this opportunity. I love that NuNaturals products are prebiotic ingredient. Prebiotics feed probiotic bacteria like acidopholis found in yogurt. They help the good bacteria in the digestive system multiply. They also help to reduce Carbohydrates in our diet. NuNaturals products are FOS Free. They won't create gas or other digestion problems.



I got to try many NuNaturals products. One of them that I just used for my family lunch today is NuStevia Reb99 Pure Extract Powder 1 oz. It is a pure extract of the Stevia plant. I usually cook our family meals without sugar but sometimes my food doesn't taste right. So today I substitute sugar with NuStevia instead. My husband said it taste really good!

Came with all these products, I also got great healthy recipes that I can use NuNatural products with. There are many of them that I think I could turn them into a recipe book. However I used Lemon NuStevia Liquid, 2 oz. bottle with one of my favorite recipe, Yogurt Cake.

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon lemon extract
2 1/4 cups Gluten free all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt 1 (8 ounce) container lemon flavored yogurt
6 drops Lemon NuStevia Liquid

Directions
1.Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease and flour a 10 inch bundt pan. Mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

2.In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the lemon extract. Alternately beat in the flour mixture and yogurt, mixing just until incorporated.

3.Pour batter into a 10 inch Bundt pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely.

My cake turn out really good. I actually baked this recipe for my husband birthday this year and everyone loves it. I am sorry that I didn't have a chance to take a picture. As some of you may know that I just got back from the hospital with our new born baby. The cake went fast and I didn't have a chance to bake another one yet.

If you are interested in NuNatural products, make sure to visit their website. They have many deals and coupon codes to give you awesome discount! Special for my readers, use coupon code "BLG0614"  and receive 15% DISCOUNT on the ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL  JUNE 30, 2014. Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding   $35.00 after discounts.



Giveaway!
4 of my lucky readers will win (1) one bottle of each of the Lemon / Cherry Vanilla / Peppermint Flavored Stevia Liquids, PLUS a 50 pkt box of our NuStevia White Stevia Powder packets. Each of the 4 winners will receive the complete product selection of all 4 items with the retail value of $ 48.00 , PLUS A FREE BONUS PRODUCT ! This giveaway open worldwide. No PO box address.

Monday, 24 March 2014

God's Amazing World Children book Review and Giveaway! #ShareAMoment

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. I received no financial compensation for writing my review. This is my completely honest opinion and may be different from yours.

When I was contacted by Ideals books to review children book for them. It was difficult to me to choose one of them. They are all books that I want my daughter to grow up with. So I let me daughter chose which one that she would like to read the most. She chose "God's Amazing World!", written by Eileen Spinelli and Illustrated by Melanie Florian. She was so excited when the book came and want me to read it to her right away.

God's Amazing World!

The story is about Gracie and her cousin Bo. Bo came to visit Gracie one day. Gracie was coloring on the deck. Bo asked what was she doing and Gracie told Bo about God's creation, God made the world in 7 days.

I really love that the book has very colorful and cute pictures. Each page fills with cute little characters in the story. The story also made my daughter to be able to understand the story in the Bible easily. My daughter really enjoys this book. I have to say that she made a good choice chosen this book.



If you are interested, you can order it on Ideals books website for $15.99. This is a hardcover book with jacket, 10 x 10, 32 pages and recommended for children age 4 to 8.

For one of my lucky reader, you can win this book by enter the form below. This giveaway open to US and Canada Only.

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