A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Love Thy Neighbor

Easier said then done. Am I right?

I believe now more than ever people need to know that they are thought about, cared for and loved. I’m sure we can all agree that 2020 has kinda stunk. People are feeling isolated and alone and that’s not good for anyone’s mental health.

And neighbor doesn’t necessarily mean the house next door. It can mean anyone that is put on your heart to reach out to. Even that grumpy person that never smiles when you wave to them. Especially that person. *smile*

I just thought I’d share a few easy ways to reach out to people without being a freak.

But first a quick backstory. I started walking my street just over a year ago as a means to get more exercise in. Long story short, I have gotten to know a lot of my neighbors this way. So in light of how 2020 is going I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to show God’s love to these people. To show them that not everyone is bad. Which is what you start to think if you listen to the media too long.

So here’s what I’m doing. I am crocheting little pumpkin treat bowls and making handmade cards and handing them out to a few of my neighbors that I’ve gotten to know over the course of this year.

Here’s a few that I have ready to go. I’ve already handed out one and I’m making a couple more.

Now if you don’t know now to crochet, that’s okay. Here are a few simple ideas that don’t involve being crafty at all.

  • A card and a just a cute bag of candy tied with pretty ribbon.
  • Pumpkin spice coffee and a mug
  • Special Autumn flavored tea and a mug.
  • A card with a $5.00 gift card to a nearby coffee place.
  • Or you could simply give them a nice card or even just a treat bag of candy. One or the other. 

The idea is to not overthink it and to not make it too expensive that you can’t afford to. Simple is best and I believe that even the simplest gesture will not go unappreciated. AND here’s the bonus part, it keeps YOUR mind off all the garbage that’s going on in the world and helps you focus on others, which in turn makes you feel a lot better!

So what do you say? Are you going to reach out to someone around you? Even if it’s ONE person. That one person matters.

If you do something please come back and share. If you’ve already done something please share and kudos to you! Also if you have ideas to add please do so in the comments so others can see. :-)




Monday, September 7, 2020

My Daughter's Etsy!!

 Hello everyone! I thought I'd get on here and show you some of the cute things my daughter is making and selling in her Etsy shop. She's kinda my hero because she has 3 kids 5 and under and is pregnant with her 4th that's due next month. AND has managed to restart her Etsy store and offer all these cute items and more!

Take a look at some of the Autumn/Fall items she has available. And if you manage to make it to the end of the post there is a little surprise for ya!

This crocheted pumpkin slice is ADORABLE!!! It's one of my favorite items.




These pumpkin earrings are perfect for ushering in the pumpkin spice season. AmIright?



How cute are these fox earrings?



She's also got a little something for Halloween. But these are too cute to be scary.




If you're interested in seeing what other things she has hope on over to her Etsy shop MarywoodMarket and check it out. 

And how cool is this? She has a coupon code just for my readers. Put in HOMESTEADERSHEART upon checkout for 15% off your order. Whoop! Whoop! Now go shop. Also if she's sold out of something she usually gets things back in stock rather quickly so check back often.

Have a wonderful day my friends!



Saturday, September 5, 2020

Stay Away!

 I don't know about you, but 2020 has been exhausting. Mentally, spiritually, physically, emotionally. You name it, it's exhausted me. It was getting to the point that all I could talk about was what was going on in our country. All the chaos and confusion. And I'm here to tell you something, I was plum wore out! I knew I couldn't go on that way. If you feel the same way, I'm about to tell you the simple solution that has helped me over the course of this week and hopefully moving forward.

Stay away from social media and the news. The End. But seriously, it's just that simple. I haven't looked at Facebook or Instagram and I for sure don't watch the news, and you wanna know what? I started to laugh again and think about other things again. I was spending more time in the word. (super important) I felt like crafting again and decorating my home again. I basically found myself again. I'm a happy person at the core. If you've been here long enough you already know that, but I was so bogged down with all the things that I somehow lost myself in the midst. 

Now I'm not saying that everything on social media is bad. BUT! It seems that for as much good, there is as much negative and I couldn't maneuver my way around it all so I just took a complete break from it. I encourage you to do the same. Maybe for you it's once or twice a week, but I at least encourage you to do something. Stress is terrible for your health and believe me, you probably aren't missing much. So do yourself a favor and stay away. Take the break. Do the things you love. Be around the people that make you happy. Read a good book. But most importantly stay close to the Lord because He's the only way we're going to make it through to the very end. 

I love you all and I sincerely hope you are all doing well. Tell me how you've been keeping sane.



Friday, February 28, 2020

Gooseberry Patch Cookbook Giveaway!!

Get excited people!!! It's giveaway time! Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Brenda Peterson and Barbara Ann!!!

Those of you who have been following me for awhile know that I used to review and giveaway Gooseberry Patch cookbooks ALL. THE. TIME.  I'm a little ashamed to say that these should have been given away a long time ago but they got tucked away and forgotten about for far too long.
But better late than never I say.

Here are the deets for the cookbooks you have a chance to win.
The first one is: 303 Simple and Satisfying Recipes. This is basically 3 cookbooks in one. You'll get all the recipes from 101 Easy Everyday Recipes, 101 Slow Cooker Recipes and 101 Cupcake, Cookie and Brownie Recipes in this one cookbook. Woot! Woot!

 The next cookbook is: 303 'Round the clock Recipes. In this one cookbook you'll be getting all the recipes from 101 Breakfast and Brunch Recipes, 101 Soups, Salads and Sandwiches and 101 Cozy Casseroles

 Now for the fun part. Read carefully so you know of all the ways to enter. It's actually really easy.
1. Leave a comment on this post and you're entered.
2. Leave a comment on my Instagram post and you're entered. 
3. Leave a comment on my Facebook post and you're entered. 
You can leave a comment on each post so you will have up to 3 entries total. 
There will be 2 winners chosen randomly. One book per person. I will decide who gets what book. And just for fun, I might throw in a fun little surprise. 😁
Unfortunately I need to restrict the entries to the U.S. Most importantly please make sure there is a way I can contact you in case you win.You have until Sunday at 6pm EST. I'll announce a winner on Monday March 2.
Good Luck!!

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