Saturday, December 9, 2017

Winter Formal Night




Via http://thecakeblog.com/2015/12/whipped-cream-cubes.html

Cute idea, right?



Neela in her pretty gown. She was The Belle of The Ball  at Winter Formal ❤️



Check out the homemade Wreath! 






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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Crackle Barrel Adventure

I described my typical work week to a friend. When you say it out loud or even write it down ---it can sound very exhausting. Enough to make your head spin. Not like in a Linda Blair kinda way. I just aged myself. If you don't know who she is , google her or just picture head spinning in a very unnatural and unattractive way. Where was I? Oh yeah, It's a lifestyle I manage yet so many others effectively manage the busyness of their day, as well. I'm very structured and realized just today , I don't leave a margin for spontaneity. My calendar runneth over so to speak.



Once again,my daughter,Julia (18) has taught me another lesson. She didn't come with instructions , yet came with such an amazing heart and sense of adventure. At a young age she was always running away from me at the mall. Even now at Parkway Plaza its hard to keep up with her. I either use Sprint locator to ping her or check her bank transactions to find her. Where was I ? Oh yeah, there are days that call for a spontaneous adventure. She and Nathan recently drove to Crackle Barrel for breakfast. Awe, yeah , in Yuma ,AZ . A 3 hour road trip to eat a meal. That's 6 hours round trip. My body aches now just thinking about sitting for 6 hours in a car. Yet, Travel memories will last a life time. I haven't even visited a local Chick-Fil-A ! That's right , I have never been inside a Chick-Fil- A. I heard there is one in La Mesa. In reality ,an adventure for me is driving to The Goodwill in Point Loma. That's an amazing date night with myself. It works for me. I'm a cheap date and can afford me. Plus, I like my East County neighborhood. I really enjoy my structured little life. Travelling stopped appealing to me when gas prices went up and don't get me started on how many people forget their manners when getting behind the wheel.
In my Christian life, I don't allow myself to get too comfortable or too at ease in my walk. I'm always learning and taking it all in always wanting to be a baby Christian. I need to do the same socially. I tend to stay in my comfort zone. Same routine. Same comfort level. Lately,in my walk ,I have stepped out into the uncomfortable. Praying more with people, sharing my faith more. Holding steadfast to an accountability partner who I share every fiber of my life with. Trusting God more.
It dawned on me today, I need to branch out more outside my social cocoon and live a little. Add room in my calendar for a spontaneous combustion of sorts. You know, like find a Goodwill store pass a 100 mile radius from East County, Live a little.
I bought a 2018 $3 Calendar at Target. I'm planning on setting my sights for an adventurous New Year.
How about you?

Rachel Rose Mercantile Est .2017


My little logo I made on Canva


Found a clothing line ,Gospel in a Jar that I really connected with. Here's their logo:






Well, I decided early on to acquire my re-sellers permit so I could purchase the clothing wholesale. The saying on the shirts and tees go like this: 

Grace Upon Grace 

Amazing Grace How Sweet the Sound 

Faith it till you Make it 

It is well 

She has fire in Her soul & Grace in her heart 


This wholesale/retail  process is in the early baby stages yet will one day come to fruition . 

I named the company "Rachel Rose Mercantile" to leave it open for a variety of merchandise. 

We shall see where this journey takes me. 
I can  vision a retail store , co-op type to help cover operation cost. 
I picture a retail website on Amazon to cover plenty of territory. 
Again, this is in the baby stages so I'm planning on writing a business proposal to keep me held accountable. 

Have you dreamed lately  of something that seems unattainable? Unreachable? 
Have you done any steps to help it along?  
Share your dreams and thoughts in the comments. 
I'd love to hear them.

Rachel  




Monday, November 6, 2017

Plexus ❤️


Have you heard of Plexus? 
It's a Wellness and Health Company that's life changing . For me, it's helped with inflammation, sinus headaches and pressure. Dropping a pant size is just an added bonus.

❤️❤️









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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Decorate and escape to Paris

















Sent from my iPhoneWanted to share pictures of my Paris escape. Those mornings you daydream of a vacation .
How about you ? Where is your escape zone?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Money Making Mom by Crystal Paine







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Ever come across a book that resonates to the bone ? That's exactly what happened this afternoon during a break at church. Came across New York Times bestselling Author Crystal Paine book, Money Making Mom . How every woman can earn more and make a difference.
Listen to this on page 12. Maybe you are a single mom and juggling three jobs for chump change is simply not cutting it. Then it goes to ask what does financial freedom mean to you. To think about it . To really think about it. This stopped me in my tracks because after completing Financial Peace University last summer, I'm reminded of the basic principles of budgeting. I still continue budgeting however it's always so discouraging with the three jobs and still struggling. I'll write a series soon in what Julia and I have recently done and changes we are planning .
Do you do a monthly budget?
Any changes brewing?
Are Holidays stressing you out?
Share with us❤️

Friday, September 8, 2017

Imperfectly Happy


via: http://imperfectlyhappy.com/amish-life/



For a little over a week, I've been living in a motorhome without electricity. 

We are in between moving  and it's amazing how resilient you become. From using candles, showering at the gym, eating out and basically just making do to sleeping in new surroundings while insuring your not attacked by  neighboring coyotes . Overall, it's been an adventure. 
What adventures have you been on lately? Or would like to be? 

I'm imperfectly happy. Are you? 





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Thursday, September 7, 2017

When Nutella Sustains me



What is your go to item?







With  the move and not taking time off this has been a hard season. I used to find comfort in worldly things yet as I am older I see the simple things giving me comfort. Quiet time for prayer and Jesus. Connecting with friends. Green tea and coffee.

Nutella. This has been my go to place.

Yummy.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Via Holly Gerth




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Starbucks Stress Diet



How are your eating habits? How are you encouraged? Refreshed?





I  noticed during this move I haven't been eating right. I'm actually calling this my Starbucks Stress Diet. Not having electricity in the motorhome while waiting for the trailer relocation there hasn't been a kitchen available. I count this Iced Pumpkin Spice as 2 meals. I'll eat dinner somewhere. It's amazing how we adapt and become resilient to our surroundings. This moving season has been wrapped in the enemy trying every thing imaginable to circumvent this a a smooth transition. This adventure started 3 months ago and it's finally coming to fruition. God is good. We are blessed.
The Skyline Slimdown Class featuring the book Made to Crave class is starting up again next week at our church. Getting back to food basics and a routine will be encouraging and refreshing.

New Season, New Beginnings




While in transition in our moving adventure Julia and I have stayed in different places while the trailer was ready to be placed in its new home. Through God and new found friends we are moving to an area I've missed. Jamul, CA.
Julia's resume will include Nanny and I, her assistant. Not sure how much I can share since we will be with a family who I'm sure would want anonymity and rightly so. I'll share pictures and adventures with keeping privacy in mind. I'm still keeping my other 2 jobs at church and gun shop so there will be lots to talk about.
What are your new adventures? Anything in the horizon?

Monday, September 4, 2017

Autumn Drink Happiness

My first Autumn drink of the season. Iced Tall Pumpkin Spice. Is it wrong to wish it was a little sweeter? Can't believe it's September!
Julia started her first week at SDSU. Learned a lot about financial aide. The red tape involved to prove she was my dependent when she was actually 17 deemed absurd to me however you are at their mercy. It cost $860 to just start a payment plan. In retrospect things are worse in other areas of the country. We count our blessings. A lot of changes this season.
What are looking forward to this season? How do you take your coffee? Sit down with me and let's talk ❤️
SDSU Mom
Rachel


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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I'm a Plexus Girl #2575695

Morning! My friend Lindsey shared this on her FB page. Plexus transparency of possible income earnings speaks volumes. It amazes me how Plexus makes me feel healthier then I've ever felt and actually works! With hard work and dedication Plexus gives you a return on your health investment . I waited 8 months to try Plexus. With being a single parent I managed to fit it into my budget. ❤️ Its August 1st, Think about your budget for the month, pray and see if Plexus can help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. ❤️❤️❤️

The Maxwell Leadership Bible

Doing a little nighttime reading. Reviewing The Maxwell leadership Bible. It's lessons in leadership from the word of God by John C Maxwell. My daughter Julia gave me this Bible a few years ago and I still read it to this day.
Right now I am perusing page 67, on when God chooses a Leader.

It reveals how Moses provided a great case study on how God calls a Leader out of a crowd to perform an assignment.
Here are 8 key components:
1. He gives a leader an emotional investment in the work.
2. God affirms leaders through others.
3. God gives the leaders mentors.
4. God builds on leaders strength,experiences and background .
5. God often refines the leaders character in obscurity.
6 God instilled in the Leader the value of hard work .
7. God sustains that leader with the powerful vision.
And lastly 8. God brings others along side the leader to compensate for their weaknesses.
Pretty good stuff, right?
Are you in any form of Leadership?
If so, In what capacity ?

What night time reading 📖 is on your night stand?