Easy smoothies

Easy smoothie recipes | Misselainious blogHello friends!  Years ago my family started our own juice bar where we made smoothies and fresh juice. (That’s another story for another day though.)  They were amazing and I loved trying all the varieties we had.  Since that time I’ve never stopped making up easy smoothies and so I thought it would be fun to share some of my go to combos and links to other yummy looking easy smoothie recipes.  Enjoy!  Also I’ve created a list just for you of easy add-in ideas to make your smoothie even better/healthier!  You’ll want to pin this one for those hot days when you need a refreshing drink or even if you just need a quick pick me up snack/lunch.

1 cup plain or honey yogurt
1 cup mixed frozen berries
1/2 a banana
1 tablespoon honey

1 cup plain or honey yogurt
1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup orange juice (more if it’s a little thick)

10 ounces of honey yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoon lime concentrate
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
16 ounces ice (preferably crushed ice…)

Here are some more yummy sounding ones I want to try!

Easy Peach Fruit Smoothie

Pineapple Paradise Spinach Smoothie

Raspberry Coconut Smoothie

All this talk of these easy yummy drinks are making me hungry…I’m off to make one of these folks!  I love learning new smoothie combos so if you have a favorite please share it with us in the comments below. And don’t forget to get your free list of add-ins here! :)

Posted on April 27, 2016 by | Comments { 0 }

Tiny victories

Tiny victories | Misselainious blogShe walked in the door and I could see that it had been a rough day.  Tears were close to the surface.  It was one of those days you dread but you know you have to go through anyways.  She’d done the hard thing though and I was so proud of her for it.  Victory

Another friend called almost in tears she was so upset about some relational things going on in her life.  But she’d made it through the week and I was proud of her.  Victory

I sent a birthday message to a sweet friend and I knew it was a hard day because another birthday for her just marked another year still sick.  I was so proud of her for persevering.  Victory.

I’m part of this awesome blogging group on Facebook.  Someone posted today that her post had been pinned by someone else.  She was excited and rightly so.  Day after day I get on there and I see people celebrating things like getting to 400 followers on Instagram or figuring out how to run a new part of their blog.  Everyone joins in on the fun.  Here’s what I’ve realized through all these posts.  I’ve realized that celebrating the little things is super important.  I’m learning that we need to celebrate even the seemingly tiny wins.

So when my friend walked through the door almost in tears (and after a good long hug) I pulled out some fancy glasses and a bottle of Martinelli’s.  “We’re going to celebrate!”  “Celebrate what?”  “We are going to celebrate the fact that you did something that was really hard for you even when you didn’t want to do it.  And we are celebrating that it’s behind you!”  “Now?”  “Yes, now!”  So we poured the Martinelli’s and immediately her demeanor started to change.  We may have even pulled out some chocolate too since we wanted to make sure we really celebrated. 😉

Tears turned to laughter.  My friends, life is hard and messy and can cause a lot of pain.  Sometimes it’s easy to just get bogged down in all that but today I hope you don’t.  From here on out I hope you find the little things to celebrate even if it’s just getting out of bed.  For some people that’s a huge accomplishment.  (I know from years of being sick in high school or from others who’ve been through depression.)

You see it’s the little things that go unnoticed that actually end up making the most impact in how you live.  To some people having 400 followers on social media or making it through the week might not mean much but to others it could actually mean a great deal.  Instead of always wanting the next big thing what if we celebrated the little victories right were we are?  What if we chose to see that all the little victories add up to a life that celebrates that we get to be here.  You can either look a the glass half empty or half full but I hope you look at is as half full of Martinelli’s.  I hope you keep a bottle of it in your fridge at all times so that you’re prepared to celebrate the little wins.  I promise it will change your perspective.  Find something to celebrate today.  Find a friend that needs some encouragement and celebrate them.  It really is the little things in life that make the difference.  Cheers!

P.S. I just want to say to any Christians that since Jesus defeated death and we are now his there is ultimate victory in what he has done.  Let this fact cheer your heart today!

Posted on April 25, 2016 by | Comments { 6 }

Quotes

"Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?" ~ A.A. Milne | Quotes 4-22-16 Misselainious blogHope you’re all enjoying this spring weather! Here are some quotes to help you pause and reflect.  Feel free to pass them on and encourage someone else today! :)

“In each of my friends there is something that only some other friend can fully bring out. By myself I am not large enough to call the whole man into activity; I want other lights than my own to show all his facets… Hence true Friendship is the least jealous of loves.” ~ C.S. Lewis

“Painful as it may be, a significant emotional event can be the catalyst for choosing a direction that serves us – and those around us – more effectively. Look for the learning.” ~ Louisa May Alcott

“Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?” ~ A.A. Milne

“We live in a world of wants ads.  Some of them are printed on pages; many more are unspoken.  Wanted: A woman who is a perfect friend, mom, wife, coworker, housekeeper, cook, driver, thinker, encourager, and more.  Messy, real, in-progress people need not apply.  God has a very different idea in mind.  Wanted: A woman who is imperfect, in need of grace, gloriously gifted, flawed, and beautiful and who dares to believe she’s loved through it all by a God who has an amazing purpose for her life.  No need to apply.  You’ve already been chosen.”  ~ Holly Gerth

“Lord, let me make a difference for you that is utterly disproportionate to who I am.”  ~ David Brainerd

“Instead of fighting against weakness and trying to escape vulnerability and transparency, we should stand in the middle of it until we see Jesus.  And as a woman of influence, invite others in, as it’s a chance to let others see God through our weakness.” ~Ashley Proffitt

“We won’t be distracted with comparison if we are captivated with purpose.” ~ Bob Goff

Posted on April 22, 2016 by | Comments { 0 }

Half up top knot

Half up top knot | Misselainious blogHalf up top knot | Misselainious blog -2“My hair hasn’t been washed in two days…okay maybe three.” “Perfect!”  My friends this half up top knot hair style is literally so easy and is the perfect option if you haven’t washed you hair in a few days.  In fact it’s so simple I threw my hair up too while shooting these pictures and we snapped one of me.  Thanks to my lovely friend Michelle for modeling this look for me! (I have the prettiest friends!)

Step one:  Section off the top part of your hair starting about the highest point of your eyebrows.

Step two:  Pull that section into a ponytail and on the last pull through only pull a tiny bit through sot hat you have a little loop.

Step three:  Wrap the ends around the base of the ponytail and secure with some bobby pins.  The messier the better! That’s it! So easy my friends.  If you want to add a little softness to this look add some flowers. :)

If you try this I’d love to see it so please tag me on Instagram with #misselainioushair.

Posted on April 20, 2016 by | Comments { 0 }

When someone gets exactly what you want

When others get exactly what you want | Misselainious blogYou know that moment when you open up social media and there in front of you is someone with a post showing you exactly what you want but don’t have and they do?  I know I’m not the only one that’s had this happen!

Recently this happened to me in such a specific way that it pierced my heart.  A sweet girl had accomplished a dream that was so crazy similar to mine that it was hypothetically spelled out the same way.  I’d worked toward that specific dream a few years ago only to have door after door shut in my face.  It wasn’t the right time.  It wasn’t the right season.  But seeing her accomplish what I had longed for and had fought for was painful in that moment.  To top it off the opportunity had been dropped in her lap.  It’s hard for me to admit this to you.  Yet the reality is I was resentful.  I wasn’t upset with her but I was upset that I didn’t have it too.  It’s not that I didn’t want her to have it but I wanted both of us to.

People will get what you want and you wont.  That’s the simple fact.  But what do we do when someone gets exactly what you want?  How do you deal with that?  I’m not here to say I have all the answers on this one but I do hope to encourage your heart.

What happens to be the best story for one person isn’t always the best story for another.  As a Christian woman I ultimately believe that God is in control yet so often my life shows otherwise.  Typically I like my life as long as it’s going according to my plan.  God graciously reminds me again and again that his plan while different is always best.  He doesn’t just do things for my good but my best! That’s really amazing if you think about it.  If you trust Jesus with your life then you can rest assured that the God that knows every single outcome is picking the best one for you.  Let me clarify, this doesn’t mean that it will feel best.  As my mom says, “Lord can you please give me a blessing and not one in disguise?”  The reality is that sometimes blessings do come in painful ways.

So what do we do with these painful circumstances and denied desires?  We are longing.  Every one of  us is longing for something and even if we do get it then it will be replaced by a new longing…unless we are satisfied.  Those longings can remind us that we are ultimately longing for heaven and Jesus.  He allows denied desires to point us to him.  Because he’s the only thing that can satisfy.  He’s the infinite good we’re looking for.  He’s the ultimate purpose we crave.  He’s the beauty our hearts seek.  He’s the worth we are trying to find.  Let those denied desires draw you close to the heart of God.  Let those longings turn your gaze to the One who can actually satisfy them.

The story isn’t over.  This isn’t the ending.  Sometimes God allows us to eventually get the desires we see others getting and sometimes he doesn’t.   Either way we can calm our hearts knowing that he loves us enough to do what’s for our best.

Posted on April 18, 2016 by | Comments { 10 }

Have a beautiful weekend!

Link Love 4-8-16 | Misselainious blogHave a lovely weekend everyone! Here’s some fun link love for you to read, watch, or make. :)

If you don’t have a green thumb this will help! #plantcare

Haven’t had a watch in years (always use my phone…) but I like this one a lot.

British Library offers over 1 million free vintage images for download.

You can sleep a little better knowing these pjs help women in India escape the sex trade.

These look beautiful and I bet they smell amazing!

Could you do this?  (It’s actually a lot harder than it sounds… Also the older couple in this is too funny and cute!)

Ack! Please say these things things aren’t getting “lost”…maybe I’m old fashioned…

I actually made something off of Pinterest and these brownies were surprisingly simple and quite yummy.  (They don’t have any unhealthy ingredients which means you can eat more right?

 

Posted on April 15, 2016 by | Comments { 0 }

Invisible

Invisible | Misselainious blogThis week on my walk I had an experience that I just can’t stop thinking about.  It stopped me in my tracks and honestly let me feeling a touch of sadness.  “I’m invisible.”  Those were the words he spoke.

It started with my mom and I doing our normal walk route.  Part way through we saw a small group of four people chatting and admiring the most gorgeous huge white haired dog.  We smiled and kept going but a few blocks later we met the same man and his dog.  It was hot out and we were in a hurry to get home but due to the way we crossed paths the dog stopped us and we politely petted him.  We made small talk about the dog and my mom asked the dog’s name.  We’d made eye contact with the owner and exchanged pleasantries.

Somewhere in our conversation he said that short phrase that broke my heart, “I’m invisible to most people.”  I asked him his name and his jaw fell open.  “Not once has anyone asked my name when I’m out,” he responded.  And then I’m pretty sure my jaw fell open.  When I reached out to shake his hand the look of complete shock was something I hope I never forget.  This man thought he was invisible to people.  And that’s not okay.

It reminded me of another time last year when I was standing in line at an event and while I was waiting I asked the man who was helping orchestrate things how his day was going.  He just looked at me surprised and said I was the first person (at the end of a line of 200 people!) that had asked him anything about himself that day.  That’s not okay.

How many times in my hurry and rush do I forget about people?  How many times do I not stop to see those who are right in front of me.  Because honestly it only takes a few seconds but it matters.  People shouldn’t be invisible.

I can’t remember where but I do recall reading an article that talked about how sales people are often just asked questions about things all day and rarely does anyone even say hi first.  They just dive in with their questions of “what aisle can I find this?” or “can you help me with…”  I know I’ve done it.  Ever since then I’ve tried to remember to say hello first and even ask how their day is going.  One time I forgot and just started in with all my questions to the check out lady and then remembered mid sentence and stopped and said, “You know I didn’t even say hi, hello!”  And she thanked me because she said most people don’t.  See the theme here?  People because invisible to us so quickly.

Maybe you feel invisible today.  Maybe you feel like everyone else’s life is going beautifully and you’re just over there feeling unseen and plodding along.  I want to tell you today that you are seen and known and NOT invisible.  The God of the universe knows your name and he cares.  You’re not forgotten.  Your life matters.  So today this is my little love note to whoever needs it to say I’m so glad you exist.

And for all of us I hope that whomever we come in contact with will know that we truly see them.

Do you feel invisible?  If so please leave a comment below so I can give you a virtual hug!

Posted on April 13, 2016 by | Comments { 2 }

How to be a good guest

How to be a good guest | Misselainious blogHere’s the second part of our hospitality posts and this one is on how to be a nice guest!  If you missed how to be a good hostess you can read that here.  I love to travel and many times that includes staying in someone’s home.  I want to have people invite me back so I try to follow these tips my momma taught me!  Keep in mind most hosts don’t expect these things (although some tips are just common courtesy) but I know from experience as a host that it’s always an added gift to have awesome guests.  (And we’ve been blessed with some of the world’s best guests so a lot of the ideas here I’m just borrowing from them!)

Don’t leave a mess
My parents have always taught me that I’m supposed to “leave things better than when I found them.”  While sometimes I struggle with this at home (I’m thinking of some dirty clothes left in the bathroom at the moment…) it’s nice to leave your space looking clean if at all possible.  If you have your own room and bathroom where you’re staying then this isn’t as important but when you leave make sure it doesn’t look like a tornado went through.  If you can’t leave it looking as clean as you found it at least leave it tidy.

Offer to help
I know, I know…you’re on vacation or on a tight schedule but if you are spending a long time at your host’s house then offer to pitch in and help with dishes if you eat meals there.  Assist with food prep or anything else you see your host needing assistance with if you’re able too.  If you’re out but coming back for a meal it’s always nice to offer to pick items up at the store for dinner (granted you have a car and such).  Helping out can be as simple as asking the hosts if they would like you to take the sheets off the bed before you leave on the last day.

Offer to pay for things
Did your host drive you around?  Offer to pay for gas or metered parking if possible.  Maybe treat them to coffee if you’re out.  This isn’t necessary but if you have the money it can be a nice thing to do for your host/hostess.  A lot of times when I’ve been traveling I’ve been broke and haven’t been able to do these things so this one is more just a trip by trip basis.  If you’re there more than a few days offer to pay for some groceries.

Bring things you’ll need
We one time had strangers come to stay at our house.  They were here for a speech and debate competition and just needed a place to crash for the nights.  I’ve never seen someone come so prepared.  They brought sleeping bags and towels and pretty much everything.  They were some of the easiest guest we’ve ever had because they came so prepared and there wasn’t even any clean up after they left!  They drove so this was possible.  Those strangers turned into sweet friends who we always want to have come back.  We’ve told them they really don’t need to bring their sleeping bags anymore…

Be flexible
Remember those guys that came last minute and spent the night?  One of the things that made that possible is that they were flexible with the time and where we could put them.  Since there were more people than we usually host we had to put some on couches in the basement and they were 100% cool with that.  We’ve had other strangers come stay who understood that our schedule was busy and they were super flexible with it.  They were awesome guests!  When I’ve traveled I try make sure that my hosts know that they should just go about their lives as normal.  I try to make sure that my hosts know that I don’t need to be entertained.  By all means go do things if you’re in a new place but don’t make your hosts feel like they need to plan it all or do it all with you.

Communicate
If you roughly know your itinerary keep your hosts informed of when you’ll be there and when you won’t.  If you’re visiting friends let them know if you have any preferences.  Let them know if you need anything.  Most hosts would rather know what you need than feel like you were too shy to say!

Be thankful
It always amazes me how welcoming people are and so kind to open up their homes to me.  It’s always a gift when someone lets you into their homes and lives even if it’s a short amount of time so express your gratitude to them.  One lost art that is that of a thank you note.  Write the thank you note people!  Just leave a note on your pillow or their counter or send one in the mail when you get home.  Verbally thank your hosts as well but that letter writing is always thoughtful.

Bonus points for bringing a gift!
Like I mentioned earlier some of the time when you’re staying in people’s homes it’s because of a lack of funds so bringing a gift may just be out of the question but if you can it’s always nice to bring flowers or a little gift.  I’ve made a list of quick of hostess gifts here if you need some easy ideas!

What are your favorite things to bring as a gift?  Have you had any funny stories from staying with people?  Please let me know in the comments below so I can laugh with you. 😉

And don’t forget here’s a list of items to bring for your hosts!

Posted on April 11, 2016 by | Comments { 4 }

Quotes!

Smile. Breath. Today is a new day. Quote 4-8-16 | Misselainious blogIt’s that time again for quotes! I love quotes so much because it gives us a glimpse into other people’s thoughts.  Quotes can also be very encouraging.  Enjoy and have a great weekend friends!

“Use what talents your possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” Henry Van Dyke

“Wonder interprets life through the eyes of eternity, while enjoying the moment.” ~ Ravi Zacharias

“Grown ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.” ~ Antoine De Saint-Exupery

“Failed plans should not be interpreted as a failed vision.  Visions don’t change, they are only refined.  Plans rarely stay the same, and are scrapped or adjusted as needed.  Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan.”  ~ John C. Maxwell

“May you refuse to let your emotions dictate your perspective.  You have Jesus.  You have His presence.  And you have His promises!  When what your eyes see is different than what your heart deeply desires, look up and pray, He invites you to walk with Him, talk with Him and involve Him in every detail of your life.  If you’re in the ‘not yet’ season, take time to worship God because He’s God; take time to thank Him too, because He’s been good.  And dare to ask for the impossible, because He’s a wonder-working God.  Your story is not over yet!” ~ Susie Larson

“Rest is the conversation between what we love to do and how we love to be.  Rest is not stasis but the essence of giving and receiving.  Rest is an act of remembering, imaginatively and intellectually, but also physiologically and physically.  To rest is to become present in a different way than through action, and especially to give up on the will as the prime motivator of endeavor, with its endless outward need to reward itself through established goals.  To rest is to give up on worrying and fretting and the sense that there is something wrong with the world unless we put it right; to rest is to fall back, literally or figuratively from outer targets, not even to a sense of inner accomplishment or an imagined state of attained stillness, but to a different kind of meeting place, a living, breathing state of natural exchange…”  ~ David Whyte

“You have made us for Yourself, and our souls are restless till they find their rest in You.” ~ Augustine

“Relying on God has to begin all over again everyday as if nothing had yet been done.” ~ C.S. Lewis

Posted on April 8, 2016 by | Comments { 2 }

How To Be A Good Hostess

How To Be A Good Hostess | Misselainious blogRecently my mom and I were discussing what makes a good hostess and what makes a good guest and so we thought we’d share a few tips with you in this two part series.  Today we are going to share a few points on how to be a good hostess when you’re having people stay at your home.  And let me just reassure you that I need to work on both of these areas!  I certainly don’t have it all figured out but we’ve been blessed to host a lot of people as well as be guests in strangers/friend’s homes.  We also realize that people have different styles of hosting and that’s totally awesome.  Think of these as “guidelines” 😉

Be calm
This one speaks for itself.  Someone who is rushing around like a chicken with their head cut off will not put their guests at ease.  Instead it makes them feel like they are imposing.

Be welcoming
I know this probably seems like a given but have you ever been at someone’s home who wasn’t warm and welcoming?  It’s not fun.  Your countenance will set the tone.  People can tell if you’re not thrilled to have them.  So be excited when they arrive!  I think this also goes to say that if you just don’t feel like you’re up for the task of hosting people it’s okay to ask people to come at another date or even just say no.  We’ve had times when we’ve let people come at the drop of a hat though.  Which leads me to my next point.

Be flexible
I can’t stress this one enough probably because if you aren’t flexible you will end up being stressed!  Remember how I said that we’ve had people come at a moments notice?

Well last summer my cousin showed up in town with four other guys and they ended up crashing at our place for the night.  I literally found out a few hours before they came.  Thankfully they were awesome guests (that’s the next part of the series) and we wished they could have stayed a little longer.  Because we were able to just run with it we ended up having a great time but if you’re stressed about feeding people or where they will sleep it makes for a bummer of a deal for you and for them.

Part of being flexible also means letting go of expectations for how you want things done.  This may mean ditching your idea of a beautiful dinner and instead ordering take out when guests come to town.  If you want to be a good hostess be flexible.  One time my brother brought some friends home for Christmas and it was a last minute deal.  We didn’t know them at all and weren’t sure how it would all work out but in the end we had one of the best Christmases we’ve ever had.  While it’s okay to say no to having people in your home you may be pleasantly surprised when you’re flexible enough to let people stay.

Be prepared
Yes, be flexible but if you know guests are going to be arriving take some time to be prepared.  Is your guest joining you for dinner?  Prepare ahead of time something you can just pull together quickly that way if you’re out all day sight seeing or having adventures or even just coming from work things will flow smoothly.  Buy extra toilet paper.  Always have fresh linens and towels ready.  These are the sorts of things that help make for an enjoyable time being a hostess.  If you want a more detailed list on how to create a guest basket and help people feel at home in your house then you can check out the list HERE that I’ve made of practical ways to do so. Plus there is a sweet FREE welcome printout (like the one above) and a wifi printout too!

If you have a stranger coming through town that just needs a place to stay:
You can still use the tips above but also feel free to go about your life.  Tell them to make themselves at home.

If you’re having a friend for the weekend:
Let them know your schedule beforehand so that they can know what to expect from you time wise.  If you have the entire time blocked off to hang out with them then have a blast!

If you’re having a long term guest (more than 2-3 nights):
Don’t feel like you have to entertain people the whole time.  Hopefully they’ve come with a plan and if not feel free to suggest things and explain the public transportation.

Psst. Here’s those freebies to help make life a little easier and prettier next time you host guests! Enjoy, friends!

I hope that this topic on how to be a good hostess was helpful! What are your best hostess tips? Anything you’d add to this list? Do you have a beautiful or horrible tale to share with us about a time you hosted guests? I’d love to hear you stories in the comments below!

Posted on April 6, 2016 by | Comments { 2 }