Mother’s Day Poem: “Motherly Love”

Motherly Love

Happy Mother's Day - May 11, 2014
Happy Mother’s Day – May 11, 2014

She cries and travails
For the child in her womb
The mother and the father
Wants the child born soon

She pushes and breathes every minute and hour
Thinking back on the moments of the baby shower
9 months of labor, tears, and pain
Suggesting and coming up with the child’s name

A newborn baby, a new life to see
A mother’s birth amounts to something
She nurtures and watches her child grow
Respect and dignity she faithfully sows

A mother’s reflection can be seen through their child
When everyone’s given up, she’ll go the extra mile
God blessed her and made her fruitful with her spouse
They also play an important role in the house

Mother’s Day is not one day, but everyday of the year
Her words and her love remains sincere
For mothers living, for mothers dead
They’ve all made sacrifices to see their children fed

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you!
The tears shed, the prayers, and for all you do!
May each and every child one day discover
The overall purpose and love of a mother!

©Carl McKever

Cute Cats–Cool Gift Ideas for Cat-Lovers

Da Vinci was most certainly right when he said that the smallest feline is a masterpiece! I mean, who wouldn’t stop and stare in googley-eyed awe at the sight of a kitten? Likewise, cats are a popular subject for online entertainment. From YouTube to blogs, nearly everyone everywhere is showcasing or parodizing the cat’s personality and antics in some form or fashion. More popular and successful works have been published, publicized, and franchised—which is convenient if you’re stuck trying to find a gift for someone who adores cats. There are a few cute and cool cats on the internet that I know which also have some of their own merchandise! Their comic craftsmanship and charming nature will make them the gifts you’re looking for to give to that cat-loving friend or family member!

Simon’s Cat—Simon’s Cat is a delightful cartoon phenomenon from YouTube! Hand-drawn frame-by-frame, this feline is aesthetically simplistic, but lives the hilarious and crazy life all cats lead!  Just recently produced for Simon’s Cat are a brand-new cartoon book, an animated short, and even a few iPhone apps!

Pusheen the Cat—Pusheen the cat is a cute, plushy GIF character that lives on Tumblr! In addition to being a blog-able statement, Pusheen is quite a fashion statement too as she is on a number of apparel and accessories.

Gemma Correll—Gemma Correll is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist. Her artistic interests are a wider range beyond just cute pets and her style, especially those of her cat cartoons, is satirical and sketch-like. Her cats can be found on several of her nick-knacks and in her book “A Cat’s Life”.

Naturally, felines are beautiful and graceful creatures. Artistically, they are even more ingenious as a statement on their dispositions is expressed for entertainment! Any feline-fan will appreciate a gift with any of these internet sensations this holiday season! They’re each a masterpiece in their own right, and totally the cat’s meow!

Objects With Purpose

Objects With PurposeMost everyone can appreciate the smell of a candle or the ambiance that they create, especially during the Fall of the year! However, what most people do not know is that most candles are toxic, that’s right, they are harmful to use. How then are you supposed to enjoy the benefits of a candle or give one as a gift and enjoy it with a clear conscience? The answer is simple, you need an alternative. Luckily, one business by the name of Objects With Purpose is working to make candles that you can enjoy in more ways than one and candles that are not harmful in the least!

How exactly is a candle from OWP different than a normal mass produced candle? For starters you can use them for more than just burning. You can use it as a candle (obviously), a body butter when they are warm, and a solid perfume when they are cool. Talk about a versatile product! Now onto what they are made of. Essential oils along with organic renewable coconut shea and apricot butters are what make up these candles that serve more than one purpose.

One very important for any candle though is how it smells. Don’t worry about the smell lacking because it doesn’t. In fact the scents are comparable to that of high end boutique candles and to be honest they smell even better than those. You can tell that thought was really put into these candles, from the scents to the uses of them. These aren’t just candles you burn once and throw away, these are the kind of thing that you want to give as a gift and perhaps get one or two for yourself while you’re at it. This holiday season don’t settle for a boring and harmful store bought candle, light something that will make memories and fill the air with cozy scents, then enjoy the other benefits that these candles offer. Do it all with a clear conscience knowing that you and your loved ones won’t be harmed by these candles.

For more information or to place an order be sure to check out ObjectsWithPurpose.com or their Etsy Shop!

Cozy Leaf Artisan Loose Leaf Tea Blends

Cozy Leaf TeaCozy Leaf is a tea company that might just be your next favorite place to buy tea! They specialize in selling a large variety of loose leaf teas. Offering most any variety that any tea lover could want, this seems like the natural choice for anyone who enjoys a cup of tea now and then. What really makes Cozy Leaf special is their option to create a custom blend of tea!

There is also a really neat option on the Cozy Leaf website that allows you to subscribe to their Tea Club and receive a different and unique blend of tea each and every month in the mail, this can also be given as a gift subscription! The Tea Club offers two options, the Caffein Tea Club and the Herbal Tea Club.

The aurora that the teas from Cozy Leaf emit are awe inspiring and will fill the air with delicious smells that will have everyone around you wanting a cup of what your having. The flavor of the loose leaf tea offerings is second to none. Don’t worry about getting a package of tea that has been mass produced by a machine, the teas from Cozy Leaf are hand blended and the attention to color, flavor, and smell are evident.

If you are looking for your next favorite blend of tea, chances are you will find it at either the Cozy Leaf Website or their Etsy Shop. If you’re not quite sure what to try or are new to the world of delicious hand blended teas, may we recommend getting their sampler, you are sure to find a blend that you will fall in love with in their sampler. Cozy Leaf truly lives up to their inviting name by creating the perfect cup of tea to help you relax and get “cozy” with every cup of tea that you drink.

Tea and Sensibility

Tea and SensibilityNothing says that fall has arrived quite like a nice hot cup of tea. One company, Tea and Sensibility, sells organic and aromatic teas that are sure to make any tea lover feel like they’ve found their dream cup of tea. With a variety of flavors and the option of either whole leaf or bagged tea there’s something for just about anyone.

When you get your order in the mail you truly feel like something special has arrived, and that’s because something special has. The packaging is tremendous and really shows that the people at Tea and Sensibility really care about their product and want you to have the best cup of tea possible. Another great thing about the teas coming in such cool packaging is that they are ready for gift giving and this holiday season is the perfect time to spread the joys of tea.

The main thing that you will notice upon opening your new teas is that they smell just as amazing as they taste. The blends of natural herbs in the teas from Tea and Sensibility are very aromatic and make the experience of drinking a cup of one of their Tea and Sensibilityblends of teas even more special. If you are like us and love the smell of a great blend of tea just as much as the taste, then this is just one more reason for you to order a special blend of tea from Tea and Sensibility.

It’s rare that you find a company that cares so much about their products and their customers, and on top of that has a product that is truly worth bragging about. Tea and Sensibility is one of those great places to buy tea from that makes you feel special in every way from the packaging to the last sip you take of your perfectly blended cup of tea! Be sure to check out their blends of teas this fall season and enjoy one of the best cups of tea you’ve had in a long time!

You can visit their shop online at Etsy or their Facebook page for more information.

Greeting Cards with a Different Spin

Tis’ the  season to begin looking at greeting cards, and as always, we see the same round and frosty snowman or jolly Saint Nick with his reindeer and sleigh. Once in awhile we’ll see the serene nativity scene wishing us a merry holiday, but what if we want something a little less traditional and a little more creative?

Wrenay Gomez Charlton obviously saw the need for something new and provides a breath of fresh air to the greeting card world with her unique prints, cards, and calendars. Each one contains the silhouette of an animal, and within the animal is a road map from the state the animal is indigenous to. Maps have been used as décor for quite some time, but never before have they been displayed in such a way.  Each card is beautifully imaginative and would be a wonderful way to say Happy Holidays, Happy Birthday, or even to just let someone know you’re thinking of them. Just checkout the Wrenmade online shop for more information and inspiration!

Songs of the Season

Hark! The herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King!
Sleeping in Heavenly peace on a silent night
in oh little town of Bethlehem
He has come to bring joy to the world!

Mary, did you know that the child that you deliver
Will soon deliver you?
Holy infant, so tender and mild
God and sinner reconcile

Joyful all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies,
with angelic host proclaim,
Go tell it on the mountain
Over the hills and everywhere,
That Jesus Christ is born.

These are the carols that we sing,
During Christmastime
These tunes are more than just holiday rhymes,
They tell of God’s love divine

Frosty and Rudolph and snow days are nice,
But they cannot compare to God’s sacrifice.
He sent His Son, Jesus, for the world’s sin to die
And for the gift of eternal life even Santa can’t supply

Christmas trees are fine to see,
But I prefer what the angels sing:
Peace on Earth and the first Noel,
Good will to men from the King of Israel.

This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing!
Salvation from sin will come from this Heavenly being!
Fullness of God in a small child
So God and sinners reconcile

by Katharine Johns

Unique Gift Ideas For The Holidays

Are you at a loss as to what to get someone for Christmas this year? Well, we know where you’re coming from. It may just be you are wanting to give a really cool and unique gift instead of the normal gift card. We have compiled a small list of some really cool things you may want to look into. We give you the product name, website you can buy it at, and the price. Always keep in mind you can search Amazon.com for these items and they may be cheaper there. Just click the image below to view them!

Black Friday 2011

So many of you are preparing for a sleepless night at the stores in regards to your Black Friday shopping. Well, I am here with a little advice that could possibly save you the crowds, sleep, and a nice chunk of change! Amazon.com has already started their Pre-Black Friday sales, and their deals are nothing short of enticing. This is Amazon’s way of drawing you to their site on a daily basis leading up to Black Friday itself. The main thing to remember is that while these deals are pretty good (ex. Buy a PS3 get a $50 Amazon.com credit) you may still find some of the deals on things such as DVD’s and music to be better when Amazon begins their actual Black Friday deals. To be honest the deal on select game systems where you get a free $50 Amazon credit to use on pretty much anything, except most digital content, is almost too good to pass up.

So how do we propose that you avoid the Black Friday madness this year? Check out the online Black Friday deals, because you may just be surprised at how much time you will save and of course avoiding the crowds is always nice! Amazon.com seems to be the place to look this year for amazing deals this holiday season. You will probably find many websites that have much better deals than the stores do this year, just make sure you are online at the right times because some of them only run deals certain times of the day or until their supply is all bought out. So save time, money, and enjoy the holidays a little more this year by doing your Black Friday shopping online!

Nintendo 3DS This Holiday!

Since the release of the Nintendo 3DS in America on March 27, 2011 it has had a few great games come out. Like Star Fox 3D and Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D these games show of the fancy 3D action of the system. This Holiday is looking to be a great season for Nintendo with some huge titles coming out. Super Mario 3D Land comes out next week and is another game in the Super Mario Land series but this time it has 3D landscapes which from what’s been shown it looks amazing. Coming out next month is the seventh game in the Mario Kart Series. This game is looking to show off what the 3DS can really do. Taking the original games and making this one the best in it’s series.

Mario and Zelda have already took advantage of the new 3DS and this holiday you will see the two new Mario games in action. Looking towards more of next year you will get to see more of the promising projects that companies around the world are working on to use the 3DS features. In February, Resident Evil Revelations comes out and this games brings a new story to the series bring star characters Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield back.

Famous game director Hideo Kojima is bringing out Metal Gear Solid 3D Snake Eater and this game will be one of his best projects since MGS 4. Luigi’s Mansion 2 is making a return to the world with another title since the first one on the Game Cube. Paper Mario, and Kid Icarus are the next big titles coming out next year as well. Kid Icarus looks to be the best game on the platform and the graphics and story looks amazing. So rather your buying games this Holiday or the first quarter of 2012 your going to be having a lot of fun using the different types of 3D functions.