Thursday, April 23, 2015

When Calls the Heart- season 2 premiere

Thanks to Flyby Promotions I'm one of the newest Hearties, which means I totally binge watched the first season of When Calls the Heart that's on the Hallmark Channel.  I fell in love with this series and think you will too (if you already aren't swooning over it).  I'm a little bit obsessed with everything including the impressive wardrobe from that time period.

 A couple of days ago I was fortune to be in on a live conference call with Erin Krakow, the actress that plays Elizabeth Thatcher, we were able to ask her questions and hear her thoughts on the new season.
A special thank you goes out to Heidi over at Heidi's Head for asking this question.

 Your wardrobe on the show is fabulous, but I’m curious if the dresses are constricting and hard to work in?  Do you have a favorite dress that you have worn on the show?

  Erin clued us in that the dresses are very constricting to work in and that she does indeed wear a corset under those gorgeous gowns.  Erin mentioned that this was one of her favorite dresses while working on this season of WCTH.  

As a young teenager I read  Janette Oke's book series Love Comes Softly series and loved it.  So I was excited to find out that When Calls the Heart is loosely based on a series of books by the same name.  

About the series:
The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the scenes from the new season!

Be sure to tune in and watch the season 2 premier of When Calls the Heart on Saturday 4/25/2015 at 8/7c

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Be sure to tune in if you can during the live premiere (April 25th) on Hallmark Channel — there will certainly be activity on Twitter amongst the hearties!  I'll be Tweeting live and would love for you to join in I'm @JustWedeminute on Twitter and you can look for hastags #hearties and #faithTV to join in on the fun!

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Canvas Pop review and giveaway


 I know that I'm late to this whole canvas picture thing that I keep seeing on my friends walls.  I've just never got around to doing it until I received a message from CanvasPop asking if I'd like to do a review and giveaway of their canvas products.  I said sure, why not!

I worked with a guy named Steve to set everything up.  He was great to work with and really quick to reply to any questions I had. OK so far so good.  I'm all about customer service and if they give good or amazing service and wonderful products I will sing your praises!  In this day and age you can pretty much go anywhere and get a canvas printed from your favorite picture but many of them are cheap looking and of course I wanted more for one of my favorite memories.  I looked around and decided I wanted to have my very last memory of Orange Beach, Alabama hanging on my wall so we can remember those amazing days laying on the beach and just hanging out.  I looked through all of my pics and found this one and if you notice it's square which means I had saved it from Instagram.  I thought oh no what am I going to do?  I looked around for the original and couldn't locate it (remember we've moved 4 times in the past 2 years).  Steve said no problem we can do a square canvas for you and it won't even be pixilated.  Hmmmm my first thought was ok I guess we'll give it a try, I do have some pretty cool Instagram pics that I could have printed in the future if this one turns out ok.
The next day I received an email with the proof in it and I ok'ed it and was told it would be 10-14 days before they would ship my canvas.  Much to my surprise I received another email from CanvasPop the very next day saying that my order was shipping.  What??? Are you kidding me?  That was a quick turn around time. Very efficient!

CanvasPop has a wide variety of shapes and sizes to choose from.  I knew that my Instagram friends would be happy to hear about this square size.  Another exciting option is the triptych.  You supply the picture and they can print it on 3 different canvases.  Look how amazing this wedding photo looks printed as a triptych.
love triptych example red

In only a couple of days this package arrived on my doorstep.  I couldn't wait to tear into it and see how our last memory from Orange Beach had turned out.

 They had it all wrapped up nice and neat in bubble wrap and even included the nails and hangers so you had everything you needed to hang it.  Now that's what I call some amazing customer service.

I absolutely love it and we're so please with the finished product.  It's not cheap looking at all, they offer gallery quality prints.  I'm not kidding they are AMAZING!!!  CanvasPop was very generous and has offered all of my loyal readers a 35% discount if you use code WEDEMINUTE35 and it's valid for 2 months from today April 21st, 2015.  They're also giving away a 16x20 with 0.75" wrapped canvas to one of my lucky readers!

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Friday, April 03, 2015

Stuffed Portobello mushroom-whole30 day 11

Everyday since starting Whole30 I've been posting a picture or 2 on Facebook and Instagram.  I started posting the pics to keep myself accountable and so my other friends that are on it or have finished it can help me out. Yesterday, I received a lot of comments asking for the recipe for my stuffed mushrooms but I had just made it up as I went so no recipe.  I decided this would be a good place for me to post my recipe so I can remember it for next time.  I'm kind of forgetful sometimes.  My kids say it's old age but what do they know?  Oh, BTW my kids are both teenagers now Kylan's 13 and Kenzie's 14, I can't believe my babies are young teens now.

I started off with a large portobello mushroom that was just a little smaller than a salad plate. Next, I pulled off the stem and chopped it up. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees and then put your mushroom on a pan (make sure it has edges or some of the liquid will drop on your oven bottom and start smoking).   Just a heads up people, no need to make a mess like I did!  I baked them for about 10 minutes stem side down while I was working on the next step.

Next, I got my cauliflower rice out and fried it up with some garlic. I wilted some spinach and also chopped up a yellow squash and threw it in the pan.  Now, I needed some protein and couldn't decide what to add so I grabbed some leftover salmon and diced it up and added it to the mixture. I pulled the mushroom caps our and turned them over.  I just filled each mushroom cap with the mixture and popped them back in the oven for about 15 minutes.  They were to die for!

I saw someone used portobello's in place of hamburger buns.  Has anyone done this?  Sounds good to me!

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Whole30 day 2

I made it through yesterday with no slip ups of any kind, yeah for me.  As I was perusing The Clothes Make the Girl's blog (once again) I found this savory recipe for cauliflower rice.  I'd never heard of such a thing until I started this Whole30 lifestyle.  Notice I only have that little tiny chopper so I had to make it in really tiny batches, but 1 large cauliflower head did make a lot.  I put it in a Lock and Lock container or as it's known in my family a Lincoln Log...long story and you have to know my crazy-fun sister in law Connie.  Enough about that here's the Oven Roasted Cauliflower Rice link so you can get started on it.  I really think this is a staple with the Whole30 and you must have it in your fridge at all times. BTW you don't have to roast it in the oven you can fry it up in a pan. Hmmmm that reminds me of a song about bacon.  Speaking of bacon, it's hard to find with no sugar in it!  I'm on a search for no sugar bacon and you know I'll find it eventually.

For dinner I baked a sweet potato and ate it with nothing on it. Shocking I know!  Where's the butter, brown sugar and marshmallows?  Nope, nada, just a creamy, melt in your mouth sweet potato that needed nothing on it and I savored every bite. I need to work on filling my plate with veggies but hey it's only day 2 I'm still working on it.  You also see the cauliflower rice, chicken, avocado and tomatoes. Day 2 is done!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It Starts With Food-My Whole30 adventure

Over the past couple of years I've tried to get healthier by eating better, working out, taking my supplements and I even started using essential oils.  I just started this new adventure of "eating clean".  I know this probably isn't new to some of you but whoa, it's a huge step for me!  I didn't even know where to start because lets face it I love sugar, dairy, grains and legumes.  With Whole30 you cut those from your diet for at least 30 days.  I watched friends posting on Facebook and speaking a new language like Paelo, cauliflower rice, coconut flour, no nitrites (not new to me), spirilizer and veggetti. What do all of these things mean and how can I get them?  Do I need them?

I decided to share my adventure with you because I'm such a newbie and it's a whole new world.  Maybe I'll helps someone.  I've found some AMAZING websites and I draw a lot of inspiration from them and also printed out a notebook full of their recipes.  My 2 faves so far are

Nom Nom Paleo

 and The Clothes Make the Girl 

she even has some amazing Paleo cookbooks

I started by reading the book It Starts with Food by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, You should buy it and read it or you can head over to their website they have downloads, videos, recipes, a blog and a whole support community.
 Front Cover EatWhole30-Instagram

I never ever would have dreamed that I would want to try this type of "diet" but it has been so easy for me!  I love it and will probably transition to Paelo which is very similar to Whole30 but not quite as strict.  Whole30 resets your metabolism and your taste buds, totally amazing!

Ok so today is DAY 1 of whole30 and this what I had for breakfast a spinach, onion and tomato fritatta and it was delicious! I found this recipe at Whole Life Eating more great recipes on his blog.

I hope you'll follow and encourage me on my Whole30 journey!

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

4 moves in 2 years

Closing Day!

I can't believe it's been over a year since I've blogged.  Oh my goodness where has the time gone?  If you were following us you probably knew we sold our house and moved 4 times in less than 2 years.  Here's a re-cap

1. Moved in with my in-laws for 5 months

2. Then we were house sitters for our friends the Rowdens.

The Rowdens went to Uganda to adopt their lil' guy and were gone for 2 months. It was a huge blessing to house sit for them while they were out of the country.

3. Next, we moved into my brother in laws house and took care of it while he was going through all of his cancer treatments. I'm thankful to say that he's in remission and doing pretty good!

4. While living at his house we found a house in Tulsa that was partially built, we were able to pick out all of the colors and make some minor changes to the floor plan.

Front of our house with stone going on this was the day we signed the paperwork to say we wanted it.

Some friends helped us write scriptures on the cement floor throughout the whole house. We prayed over the house and our family and  we feel so relaxed and at ease here.

We love our big kitchen and have enjoyed hosting lots of friends and family.  We're so thankful for our new home!

Here it is all built and with our cars in the driveway

We moved in on May 2nd, 2014 almost 2 years after selling our house.  WHEW that was quite a ride!  God knew what He was doing throughout everything, it was like a puzzle trying to figure out what would happen next.  I'm happy we had that journey because we learned a lot but I'm equally happy that it's finally over.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Asia: It's People and History (Giveaway and review)

About the Book:
Our family just happens to know quite a bit about Asian countries and cultures because both of my children are Asian.  They were adopted from South Korea so we attend the Asian festival in Tulsa every year.  We also have many friends from several different Asian countries.  Although we know a lot it was still fun to learn more.  We had fun exploring Vietnam but Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, and Iran are all countries that are included in this unit study.

Each country study starts off with a story and then some discussion questions. Next, is the Let's Talk about...(whatever country you are studying).  This goes over the history of the country, what life is like for Christians, and then a fun activity like a puzzle or mapping.

Each unit is pretty short but packed with a lot of information.  Since my children are in 6th and 8th grades we went to the library and found several books that went along with each unit so we could extend the study.


About the author:
The author is Bonnie Rose Husdon, she writes for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® and as a curriculum creator and editorial assistant. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by and meet the star of her children’s series at Exploring with Jake (, look through the 10/40 window of the world and join others in prayer at Looking Out the 10/40 Window (

What is the 10/40 window?

The 10/40 Window is a geographical area of the world roughly between 10 degrees north and 40 degrees north latitude. The significance of this area is that it is home to over 4.5 billion people, over 8,000 different people groups, and some of the largest groups of unreached people in the entire world. More than 80% of the world’s poorest people live in the 10/40 window. It is an area that many people are taking intentional steps to pray for and reach out to the people who live there. You can read an excellent description of the significance of the 10/40 Window on (HYPERLINK to this page, please:

Format: e-book
Age Range: 8-12
Price: $6.95
You can buy this book on Amazon at the below link or here Smashwords

To learn more click on any of the following links:

Twitter: @WriteBonnieRose
 I get to giveaway 2 PDF copies of the bookTo enter, simply leave a comment as to which country you’d like to see included in Volume 2 of Asia:  Its People and Its History.

I plan on using a random number generator to choose the winner. The giveaway closes on midnight on 3/7/14


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