Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Top 10 Travel Essentials 2019

I have been on a few trips since May and wanted to share some of the my top 10 travel essentials for 2019 with all of you.  All of this can easily be purchased from Amazon so if you have a prime account you will even receive your shipping for free.  If you don't have Amazon Prime you can sign up below and you can try it for free for 30 days, and for me it is will worth it just for the free shipping. There is another Link for a discounted Prime membership at the bottom of my list, so I am offering you a couple of choices and you can decide which you like better.  I am an Amazon affiliate and if you buy something that I have recommended I will receive a small commission, but it will not cost you anything extra.

Now, onto my Top 10 Travel Essentials for 2019.  These are products that I use all of the time, and not just for traveling, but these are my absolute favorite travel items.  These are things I take with me everywhere.  Anything to make life a little easier and more like home when I travel.


I started using this backpack this summer and I absolutely love it. It doesn't get too heavy and it holds everything.  I also have another travel purse that I bought from Amazon a few years ago which I also love.  I may do another post or an Amazon shopping page of that purse on it also in the near future.


I love this little popsocket. I use it as a phone stand on flights and it makes holding my phone a little easier. I also love that it reminds me to Trust God.  It makes watching my phone so much easier.


This is my all time favorite soap. I buy 2 to 3 bars at a time in several different scents. I also love the Wavertree & London Persimmon & Red Currant scent and the Wavertree & London Sicilian Orange bar. I take it with me everywhere. Sometimes when I use it at night and I get into bed and I just love smelling my arms, because it smells so good.  I pack it in a soap bar holder in my makeup bag.


I bought this mineral sunscreen this spring on the recommendation of a YouTuber that I follow. I have been loving it. I changed over to a mineral sunscreens because I have been trying to move away from chemicals on my skin. This works great and does not leave a white undercast.  This is a very large bottle and this sunscreen can also be used on your body, not just your face.  I put it in little tubs to take in my carry on, or if I am traveling for longer I will take the whole bottle.


I bought these Amazon Fire Tablets last summer on Amazon Prime Day for travel in our RV. We do not have TV's in the bunks and I wanted my granddaughters to be able to watch movies on Netflix and these worked perfectly. My daughter and here husband stayed in the bunks one night also and they used them too.  Since they link into my Amazon Prime Account they can also read books and magazines on them with my Kindle Unlimited Account. These are also great for plane flights, because you can also watch movies on them.


I am loving these water bottles for plane flights, I have two of them since I normally buy two bottles of water for flights.  They are easier to carry on a plane and I am not buying plastic bottles any longer.  Less waste, and after what I watched the news this week, this is probably the way to go, since some airlines and airports are stopping the sale of plastic bottles.  They do come in different sizes.


This Procella Travel Umbrella is the greatest umbrella that I have found.  It is windproof so it will not blow inside out.  We live in Florida, but have been to Denver, Tampa, and Hawaii since May and these umbrellas worked out great.  We had heavy rain and wind and they did not blow inside out and kept us dry.  They were also great in Dublin last year.  Perfect for rainy Dublin days.  They also fit in my purse, so they were easy to take with me.


I love this new weekender bag that I bought this summer.  Again, this was at the recommendation of a vlogger.  It works perfectly.  It slides over the handle of my carrry on bag, and it holds my purse and also my tablet, cords, phone, books, magazines, and ipod, and it still fits under the seat in front of me. It is one of the best things that I have bought for traveling with this summer.  My mom got one also and she feels like it is a little heavy to start with and because I can put so much in it, I would not want to just carry it through the airport, but I always carry a small suitcase on the plane, so it works great for me.


I love these H2X cups.  We all have them in our house and they go everywhere with us.  They keep everything cold and the ice will last forever in these cups.  I recommend them to everyone, so now our friends, kids, and cousins all have them.  I now pack it in a suitcase to take with me, because sometimes I want more then water when I get where I'm going.


Kindle Unlimited is the number one thing that I love when I am traveling.  I am able to put all my magazines and books on it that I want to read each month and it is great.  The reading material that I get from Kindle Unlimited are different from what I can get from the library, so they complement each other.

This is one last thing.  If you don't have Amazon Prime, here is a link to try it out.  I would recommend giving it a try.  It pays for itself every year when I order Christmas gifts and the shipping is included.

I hope that this list helps you out a little.  I always love seeing what people are packing to make their travels easier.

Have a great week and safe travels.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Joy is a Gift

Joy is a gift from God. It is one of the gifts that we receive when we are filled with the Holy Spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance
Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV

We are also told to count it all joy in James 1.

Consider it nothing but joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. Be assured that the testing of you faith (through experience) produces endurance (leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace.)  And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed (in your faith), lacking in nothing.

If any of you lacks wisdom (to guide him through a decision or circumstance), he is to ask of (our benevolent) God, who gives to everyone generously and without rebuke or blame, and it will be given to him.  But he must ask (for wisdom) in faith, without doubting (God's willingness to help), for the one who doubts is like a billowing surge of the sea that is blown about and tossed by the wind.  For such a person ought not think or expect that he will receive anything (at all from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways (in everything he thinks, feels, or decides).
James 1:2-8 AMP

I don't know about you, but sometimes I have a hard time with this one.  I have faith and I know that God had got all of my problems taken care of even before I ask, but when I don't see results right away, or maybe it even takes a year or two, I feel like it may never happen.  I still need to count it all joy, consider it nothing but joy, because this testing of my faith will lead to a spiritual maturity that I now lack.  Isn't that one of the things we are striving for in our walk with God and our faith is spiritual maturity and inner peace.

One of the reasons that I have not written much over that last year and a half is that I fell and crushed my left ankle.  It has been a true struggle.  When I broke it, I sang the song Way Maker by Sinach over and over quietly as they took me to each surgery, every test, and even in a hyperbaric chamber.  God is so good.  He placed me in the hands of an amazing trauma surgeon who was able to piece me back together,  I lost the feeling from above my ankle down.  I have neuropathy in my foot that is being taken care of pain treatment specialist,  He diagnosed me with something called Sympathetic Nerve Syndrome, which basically means that the nerves and blood vessels in my ankle and foot are confused and sending pain signals to my brain. In the meantime, I know that this struggle will result in a spiritual maturity that I did not have before.  So I am counting it all joy.  I know it sounds strange, but God is using this for something to benefit me in the end.  To bring me closer to Him, and also to benefit His Kingdom.

So as you move through life and you are dealing with difficult things in your life, remember to consider it all joy.  He doesn't promise us a tribulation free life, but He has the strength to help us move through these tough times.

Have a blessed week


Sunday, November 25, 2018

Help Me Lord

Have you heard the Natalie Grant song More Then Anything?  I was in the shower this morning, and the song was playing over and over in my head, but what was I was really focusing on was Help Me Lord.  Some of the words in the song are; "Help me want the Healer, more then the Healing, Help me want the Savior more then the Saving, Help me want the Giver more then the Giving, Help me want you Jesus more then anything."1.  I've posted the video below, so that you can hear it.  It's so beautiful.

I have't been able to get this song out of my head recently.  As I was singing it this morning, what God shared with me was Help Me Lord.  Jesus is all of the things she sings about: the Healer, the Savior, the Giver, and we always ask Him for what we need.  Isn't that what we are supposed to do?  Yes, He could wave his hand and take all of our pain and suffering away, but want would we have learned.  Would we have learned to give Him our troubles, without trying to take them back and solve them ourselves?  Not if He just waved His hand and made it to easy.  What I heard Him say this morning was that we need to make sure we want Him in our lives (all of the way in), not just what He can do for us.  Without Him wholly in our lives, He can't accomplish what we are asking Him to do.  What I mean by this is that, if we haven't invited Him into our hearts, and turn our problems over to Him to take care of He can't do it, because our faith will not be strong enough.  If we don't turn healing over to Him, He can't heal us.  If we don't accept Him as our Savior, He can't save us, and if we don't ask Him to be our Giver, He can give us nothing.

So this morning as I was singing this beautiful song, the phrase "Help me Lord" became part of what I was singing, even thought it isn't part of the song.  "Help me Lord to let You into my life, to release You and Your power into my life, so that You can be all of these things to me."

What will it take for you to let Him into you life, your heart, your soul?  Maybe you already have, but maybe you need that extra bit of conviction and faith to totally surrender to Him.  Whatever it is that you need from Him, I am praying for you to let Him help you.  For through Christ all things are possible.

Today, I am asking you if you need prayer?  If you do please contact me and I will be happy to pray with you.  Remember to make sure that you are not a no-reply comment blogger.  You will need to change that or send me your email address, so that I can reach you.

Have a blessed day.

1. Songwriters: Becca Mizell / Samuel Mizell
More Then Anything Lyrics Copyright BMG Management

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Who Do You Say I AM

"Who do you say I AM?"   That is what I heard on October 22, 2018, on the way to Bible Study.  God was pretty insistent that night.  He asked again, "Who do you say I AM?"  This is the conversation that I had with God that night, and I wrote it down, because I knew I was supposed to share it with you.

My answer, "God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit."
"Do you recognize the signs?"
"Did  they recognize the signs, the people of that time?"
"What  were the signs?"  
"Did  the Apostles know?" 
"What  are the signs now?  Because we know He is coming again."
"Are  we ready, are you ready?"

God's questions were so insistent that night.  Insistent that I remember and share this with all of you.  He is coming and there are signs that are being fulfilled all of the time, and we must know what they are so that we can be ready.  

The next part of the conversation went like this.  "Who do you say I am?"  Me not Him.  

"You know me.
Every hair on my head.
My name before I was born.
You sent Jesus for my salvation.
You say I am a Child of God.
You say I am loved." I answered.

Our job, yours and mine is to know the signs.  How do we do that?  We must know the Word, we must read the Bible.  It is so important, because we do not want to be asleep at the wheel.  God loves us all and does not want anyone left behind.

Have a blessed day.

He said to them, "But who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter answered and said, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

Matthew 16:15-16

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Sherpa Photo Blanket Review for

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but I did receive this Sherpa Photo Blanket from in exchange for a review.  All content and opinions are my own, and I will not receive any compensation if you purchase something from their site.

Product reviews are not something that I normally do, but when approached me, I checked out their site, it looked like a good product, and something I would be comfortable sharing with all of you.  I received a photo blanket as a gift from my kids several years ago, and it was an amazing gift to receive.  I thought if this turned out to be a nice blanket, it would be a good suggestion for your Christmas gifts this year.  As you can see below, it is adorable.

We took a trip this past summer with our two older granddaughters and my mom in our RV  What a fun trip it was!  We went to the Kennedy Space Center, St. Augustine, Savannah, Dollywood in Pidgeon Forge, Tn., The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, St. Louis, and ended in Denver.  We even got to see Dolly Parton in a parade at Dollywood, which was a treat.  She is only there twice a year, so we felt very fortunate.  We also took pictures of our youngest granddaughter and my mom when we were in Denver, so I was able to get pictures of my mom with all three of her great grandchildren.  We had such a fun trip and  I took so many great pictures.  I wanted to be able to turn the pictures into a photo book, which I will do at some point, but when this opportunity arose I decided this would be a fun way to commemorate this trip.

I decided to make the blanket a gift for my mom's birthday, and I am so happy with the way that this Sherpa Photo Blanket came out.  It is so cute. let me design a 50 x 60 inch sherpa throw which retails for $159.00.  It is made with a plush arctic fleece which is super soft and cuddly.  Their website is very user friendly.  They have many templates that you can choose from to put your pictures on the blanket or you can do a custom template.  There are also many different backgrounds to choose from besides just plain white, I chose this rose pattern for my mom.  The blanket was here in about 1 week from the time I ordered it, which I thought was very fast.

I love the way this blanket came out and my mom loved it also.  Right now is offering a sitewide sale with 50% off, use the code Fall50 at checkout to receive your discount.  This is a great way to make one of a kind gifts for your loved ones this Christmas or Hannukah.

Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope that you are able to use this code to get some of your holiday shopping done early.

Have a great week.