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Confessions of a Shopaholic

I was pleasantly surprised by this movie as I was very reluctant to watch it at first. It didn't seem like my sort of movie but since there weren't many options on this particular evening I decided to give it a try. This movie delivered a strong message on the trap of credit cards and dealt with shopping addiction in a very humorous way. I always enjoy clean movies and this movie came very close to a family friendly seal by Dove , only one small scene caused it to miss out! In a nutshell: " Rebecca Bloomwood is a sweet and  charming New York City girl who has a tiny, little problem that is rapidly turning into a big problem: she's hopelessly addicted to shopping and is drowning in a sea of debt. While Rebecca has dreams of working for a top fashion magazine, she can't quite get her foot in the door-that is, until she snags a job as an advice columnist for a new financial magazine published by the same company. Overnight, her column becomes hugely popular, tu

The Baking of the Cake!

Luxury Chocolate Cake

I am so excited about Eric's birthday this Sunday and all I can think about is cake so I thought I would share our favourite recipe with you. Cake: 200g dark chocolate 200g butter 1T instant coffee 85g self-raising flour 85g plain flour 1/4t bicarbonate of soda 200g light Muscovado sugar 200g golden castor sugar 25g cocoa powder 3 eggs 75ml milk (or buttermilk) Break chocolate and melt into butter Mix coffee in 125ml cold water and pour into pan Warm over low heat until melted Mix both flours, bicarbonate of soda and sugar into big bowl Beat eggs in separate bowl and stir in buttermilk Mix everything together Bake at 160 for 1 1/2 hours, leave to cool in tin Icing: 200g chocolate 284ml double cream 2T golden castor sugar Melt chocolate and mix everything together Add your favourite recipe here too if you like or see some of our other favourites ! We have even published a little recipe book called Family Favourites which is available on Amazon . Lov

Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

Insecurity makes us hold others back and limit their potential just so that we can feel better about ourselves. Insecurity makes us jealous of what others have. Insecurity makes us say horrible things about others so that we feel better about ourself. Insecurity makes us competitive and keeps us comparing ourselves with others Insecurity sounds like really hard work don't you think? That amount of struggling and striving will definitely lead to a frustrated, unsatisfied life! If you struggle with insecurity why not tackle it now so you can be free? We can't walk around being insecure women, our identity needs to be placed firmly in our creator because we are made in His image . We are a reflection of Him. If you notice some of the above characteristics in you, why not ask the Holy Spirit to help you change them from today? No matter how much you might want to be someone else, you simply can't be. God has created you the way you are. He has given you uniqu

August Rush

It's been very cold and rainy this week so I thought it would be good to recommend a movie to you! August Rush has become one of our family favourites. It is rich with unusual music and takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotions. Best of all it was on special at Sainsbury's this week for £2.99 so now we own it - yay :) In a nutshell from Dove "August Rush tells the story of a charismatic young Irish guitarist (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and a sheltered young cellist (Keri Russell) who have a chance encounter one magical night above New York's Washington Square, but are soon torn apart, leaving in their wake an infant, August Rush, orphaned by circumstance. Now performing on the streets of New York and cared for by a mysterious stranger (Robin Williams), August (Freddie Highmore) uses his remarkable musical talent to seek the parents from whom he was separated at birth. " It would be great to hear about movies that you like or dislike, leave your thoughts

Incorruptible Beauty

Do not let your adornment be merely outward, arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel, rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. - 1 Peter 3:3-4 These beautiful women in the photo are my mother, Rosalind, and grandmother, Letty! I want to honour them today as woman who have lived a big part of their life already and can teach younger women about what really matters! Incorruptible speaks of integrity and not being subject to physical decay! Now I don't know about you but not being subject to physical decay sounds really good to me, do you think God was trying to tell us something here? That if we spend more time tending to the hidden person of the heart we are actually also taking care of our external beauty and how we age? Perhaps we were being given a beauty tip that goes far beyond "arranging the hair or putting on fine apparel". It s


Jordan makes me a very proud mommy, she is only 14 years old but once you have met her you would never believe it. She is lively, bubbly and loud but also a very caring friend when you need one! There is never a dull moment when Jordan is in the room, you are sure to have a good laugh. She leaves you feeling great about life. Jordan is very wise and extremely talented with words. Not only can she write the most beautiful poems and stories but she can also manage any form of public speaking with total confidence perfect diction. Watch this space, Jordan is doing amazing things in this world and is a beautiful ambassador for Jesus! She doesn't hold back and use her age as an excuse, she just accepts each challenge as it comes her way and gets on with it. Did I mention how proud I am of her... You are doing a great job with your life baby girl, keep shinning so brightly for Jesus. I love you xx

Be A Change Agent ... Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway... Who Cares What People Think!

Today I have some random thoughts to share with you. They are a combination of Eric's message yesterday, Holly Wagner's God Chicks * and a recent message from The Vine **. Yesterday's message was really powerful, we have to realise that we are 21st century women for a purpose! I love technology and all the things we can do these days and all the people we can keep in touch with - it's really fun to be able to do so much! But we have to remember that we were born in this time to be a CHANGE AGENT . I am not here only to enjoy all the benefits of being alive in 2009 but also to actively use all these tools to make a difference. Too often I hear excuses from people for doing nothing! Two of these excuses are fear and people's opinions. "Feel the fear and do it anyway! It's not that the warrior princess is's just that she keeps on going. Every person who ever did anything amazing started out just a bit afraid, it is always a risk to try s

17 Again

I have had a real interesting movie experience recently so decided to share my thoughts with you... 17 AGAIN A fantastic movie which I really enjoyed! It's got all the ingredients of a great movie and leaves you with a nice warm fuzzy feeling - which I quite like when leaving the cinema hehe. Definitely something I would buy on DVD and watch again. Eric was a bit reluctant to see it as he thought it was another Freaky Friday sort of movie and said that's been overdone now. But after seeing the movie he did agree with me that it was really good and not another "Freaky Friday" movie. The story in a nutshell, "A former high school basketball star gets a second shot at life when he's miraculously transformed into a teenager and offered the opportunity to redefine his future." I LOVE YOU, MAN Oh my goodness where do I start... mmm... terrible, horrible, bad, please don't go and see this! I am not exaggerating, it was so bad that I walked out of t