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Harry Potter Inspired Baby Shower

Our little wizard will be arriving soon now and we wanted to welcome him with a magical Harry Potter inspired Baby Shower! From entering through Platform 9 3/4 to dining on Honey Dukes delights, this little celebration was straight out of the pages of Harry Potter.

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We started with the decor. I added handmade, and printed, details around the house to really bring the wizarding world of life. I created the above banner out of felt and card stock. I added little owls around the room as well.

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We even added a few traditional games with a magical twist. For the late night diaper game, every participant wrote something silly on the diapers and hung them from a twinkling strand of lights coming of out of Harry’s trunk. Once everything was hung, it gave a similar vision of Hogwarts letters flying out of the fire-place.

Every visitor was also divided into a house and carried a wand for the “Don’t Say Baby” game. Our Diaper Raffle was even transformed into a mini goblet of fire.

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Harry Potter snake sandwichesThe food was one of the main highlights. From a custom cake to Harry Potter inspired snacks, the menu was awesome.

We had a Slytherine snake sandwich, Hufflepuff chips, Golden Snitch candies, Licorice wands, Butter Bear, Poly Juice Potion, Ollivander’s pretzel wands, Professor Sprout’s vegetable garden, an owl inspired fruit platter, Drooble’s best blowing gum, Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Jelly Beans, Nimbus 2000 chocolates, Candy Apple muggle treats, and gummy worms.


I even left candy bags for everyone to take home some extra treats.

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Every person was also given a baby mandrake pot to take home with them at the end of the party. We made this with real mini flower pots, chocolate cake and pudding.

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What baby shower themes have you tried for your little bundles of joy?


Homemade Sushi (Yes you can do it too!)

I love sushi. All your can eat is one of my favorite date nights. My husband and I love to go to this tiny restaurant just off the freeway and indulge on occasion. Since being pregnant, I’ve of course avoided this premium delicacy. But my husband had one request for Valentine’s Day, homemade sushi.

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Now, I have zero Asian heritage so I went straight to Pinterest for some pregnant friendly recipes. There are actually quite a few, and off the wall ones, that came up. For my date night in, I decided on a modified Volcano Roll, imitation crab roll, and a stacked shrimp roll. (all fish is cooked for the baby’s safety)

First you start with cooked rice mixed with rice vinegar. This is what makes the rice sticky. Then you spread the rice all over a sheet of seaweed paper. Be sure to cover the edges or else corners of the seaweed will not moisten.

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Next, spread your favorite foods inside. For these roles, I used cucumber, cream cheese, avocado and crab. But your options are endless! I’ve seen fruit only options or even breaded seafood options. You can make these as unique as your taste buds.

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Then, you roll the whole thing up and slice it. I laid everything out on a bamboo cutting board covered in plastic wrap. The plastic allowed me to capture any lost pieces and keep the roll nice and circular. You can always choose to use a tradition bamboo mat.

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I topped the volcano roll with shrimp and sriracha mayo and topped with other with crab and a little soy sauce. After you’ve finished rolling and cutting, place on a tray and enjoy!

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Sensory Gift for Anyone on Your List

We’ve all seen it. The five senses gift that has been dominating Pinterest for Valentine’s Day. Personally, I think it’s perfect. You have to be a little creative, but you can make this theme work for anyone on any occasion.

My husband and I have known each other for 10 years and unique Valentine’s gifts get harder and harder. This year, I put my creativeness to the test and gave him a sensory Valentine’s gift. His gift included a record (hear), a photo cube (see), chocolate (taste), Poo-pourri (a little smelling gag gift) and a bath bomb (touch – yeah, he’s a bath guy).

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Let me know what you put in your gift bag when you give this idea a try!

I can begin to optimize my Kingdom vision by…

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making tiny changes to my daily habits. Instead of shoving ear buds in while waiting for a drink at Starbucks, I can allow myself to be open to having conversations with people. Instead of vegging out on my couch, (although pregnancy has made this a must), I can get out of the house and work on relationships with friends and see what God is doing in their lives.

These minor switches can turn my daily objective from selfish to selfless. And like anything, practice makes perfect. Of course meeting a friend after work for a devotional can seem exhausting after a long day. But when it’s over, we will both feel refreshed and hopefully more focused on God’s will and not ours.

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” – Matthew 18:20

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I’m not optimizing my Kingdom vision when…

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I choose to go my way. In my previous post, I defined Kingdom Vision as the plans that God has for his Kingdom and people. When I set myself up for positions in which I am choosing God first, I am putting the Kingdom first as well. But when I choose the easy way out, my way, I’m forcing God to take a back seat on his own plan.

Imagine mapping out an intricate scavenger hunt. You specifically decide where the user will stop, what they will find, and the optimum path for them to get to each target. Now imagine going on this hunt with a player who decides to throw out your entire map and just wing it. How frustrated would you be? You spent hours finding the best path from point A to B, but the player thinks they’re smarter than the designer and messes everything up.

In life, God is the designer and we are the players who ignore the map. Our objective is to get from treasure to treasure our way. It doesn’t matter that our way may set us back years or make us miserable and lonely at times. To us, the path doesn’t matter. To God, the journey means everything.

Every step along the way, God puts us in situations to be molded and transformed to look more like Jesus. Each windy road collides us with people who challenge our character but also allow us to grow in our faith. Now, I’m no perfect follower. Many times, I see the treasure and sprint through a short cut. And in those moments, God takes that time to show me over and over again the vision for my life and His Kingdom.

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To me, Kingdom Vision means…

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the plans that God has for his Kingdom and people. In Jeremiah 29:11, God tells us “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Long before the creation, God mapped out individual plans for all of our lives. He created an intricate design of what our lives should look like. Then, He gave us the free will to choose to follow Him.

A Kingdom vision to me is living for God’s purpose. When I choose to follow Him and the ideal path He created, I am walking with the intention of prospering the Kingdom of God and helping others find Him along the way. A Kingdom vision is selfless. It’s about surrendering and putting God’s needs first. It’s about choosing to go where God calls you instead of staying where it’s comfortable.

Keeping a Kingdom vision at the forefront of my decisions means that I am constantly asking myself, how will this help God? How can my everyday interactions lead others back to God? How can my lifestyle show what God has done for me?

At first, the concept of a Kingdom vision seems daunting. But when you’re living for God, it becomes simple. As we’ve been discussing at my church, our purpose is to first love God, second love others and third make disciples that make disciples. Everything we are called to do grows God’s kingdom in so many ways.

Mark Lewis does a great job at breaking down even more of what Kingdom Vision is. Checkout his post here. 

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An aspect God has revealed to me about living boldly is…

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sharing the gospel and my life with more people. When I was going to UNLV, it was easy to walk up to a stranger and invite them to bible talk. I didn’t think twice about asking my classmates or sorority sisters to a volleyball or sports night.

As I graduated and moved into the working world, religion at work almost felt taboo. So many people I’ve worked around live lives completely opposite of a disciple. It’s uncomfortable to sit in a conversation and feel isolated because I cannot relate to their wild lifestyle. Although rebuking in those moments isn’t the right decision, I struggle with trying to find the right place and time to share the word.

One new married couple at my church gave a great example of how they are reaching out and sharing the word. In their neighborhood, they’ve made a deliberate decision to get to know their neighbors and invite them over to dinner. By sharing a simple meal, the couple had the ability to talk about their story and how God brought them together.

Now in Las Vegas, getting to know your neighbors is almost nonexistent. You may offer a wave here and there but block parties are a thing of the past. This couple’s boldness to break those barriers has inspired me to invite more people to do life with my husband and I. We may not agree with every lifestyle choice they make, but that’s for God to judge not us. The more opportunities we have to physically show our scars and how God has healed them, the more opportunities we give to God to bring them home.

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I can begin to live more boldly by…

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“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”  2 Timothy 1:7

In my walk with Christ, my boldness and confidence can be like a rollercoaster. Sometimes I feel so on fire I can’t contain myself. I can walk up to anyone anywhere and share the good news. Some days it’s easy to be an ambassador for God.

But then, there are the difficult days. Those are the days when I’m afraid to read my bible in public. Those are the conversations where I doubt all of my biblical knowledge. But as the scripture reads above, God did not put a spirit of fear in me but he gave me a powerful ally in the Holy Spirit to speak and act boldly.

I can live more boldly by throwing out fear, timidity and self-reliance. My boldness does not come from my own strength, but comes from the all-powerful Alpha Omega. I can share my faith more. I can stand up for what is right. I can choose to love other above all else.

“The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, the righteous are as bold as a lion.”
Proverbs 28:1

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Baby’s First Image Las Vegas

3D and 4D ultrasounds are such an awesome experience to have during pregnancy. With so many places to choose from in town, it’s hard to decide which studio is right for you. I was able to visit two different offices, one in Henderson and one in Summerlin, and I would highly recommend Baby’s First Image.

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Baby’s First Image 3D/4D Studio is located at Russell and Forte Apache, just off the 215. The studio has one tech, Maria, who has been with the company for several years. My family first met her when my sister was pregnant with her now 3-year-old son!

Maria warmly welcomed us into the comfortable studio. The lobby is small, just big enough for a large family to wait, but the viewing room was enormous! There was a large wrap-around couch and multiple comfy chairs for family and friends to watch your baby on the big screen.

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If your baby is anything like mine, it may take a while to get them to show their face. My little guy kept hiding his chubby cheeks behind his hands and feet. However, Maria was very patient and coaxed him to move a bit and  was able to show us his whole face.

The main packages offered at the studio include printed photos or a photo cd. Since my baby wasn’t photogenic the entire time, Maria offered to give us four printed photos and over 70 digital images on a cd without any extra charge! My husband and I didn’t miss out on any snapshots.  We even got to take group and individual photos.

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Every customer also receives a mommy package filled with coupons and samples of formula. If you’re looking for an amazing studio to get your 3D/4D photos, I highly recommend Baby’s First Image.


A Necessary Evil Book Review


Wonderful World of BreeA Necessary Evil  can be categorized as a modern thriller with twists around every corner. The story is told by a handful of characters whose relationships intertwine in very unpredictable ways. Each chapter is written in the perspective of a key character in the story, beginning with Collin, the assumed biggest sociopath and serial killer in the book.

Author, Christina Kaye, throws her readers into the mind of psychopath from page one. Collin begins the book with his final stalking and kidnapping of 19-year-old Mollie. Kaye allows him to describe his devilish 30-year plan to get revenge on the murder of his late, also serial killer and psychopath, father.

Every decisions Collin makes prior to the story beginning draws a parallel to the disturbing life his father lived. Both men stalked pretty young girls, kidnapped, raped and then murdered them. It’s unclear where they bodies were disposed of except for the one victim that ties every character together, Addie.

In 1977, Collin’s father, Julian, kidnapped Addie – twin sister to Detective Kurt Jamison and girlfriend to Franklin Cartwright (Mollie’s gangster grandfather). In response to this gruesome murder, Franklin Cartwright spends over a year tracking down Julian, torturing and murdering him for the death of his girlfriend (whom we find out later was secretly pregnant) and robbing Julian’s newborn son of his father. A pretty heavy story so far for a less than 300 page book, right?

This murder, over 30 years, is the center point for the entire store. 50 percent of the story is told underground where Collin has Mollie held captive and chained to wall. The other 50 is split between Franklin and Kurt trying to beat each other to Mollie. The competition between those to is so fierce because prior to Addie’s murder, they considered themselves blood brothers. After her death however, Franklin chose the crime filled dark side and Kurt joined the Army and then the police force. Their entire relationship is a comparison of good vs. evil.

Eventually, which the reader expects, Franklin finds his granddaughter and holds Collin hostage to await a trail by his criminal peers and innocent Mollie is returned to her distraught mother. Up to this point in the story, Collin is presented as a complete monster – stalking, kidnapping and killing young women for the sake of preparing for his big date with Mollie. At some point, you start to feel sorry for this guy as he openly shares about his tormented childhood and Daddy issues. Mollie, who also grew up without a father, is seen as the bastard child who chose the right path and suffered love and loss at no fault of her own.

Since the capture of Collin and release of Mollie, the suspense has been building. Kurt is desperately trying to track down Franklin before he kills Collin; Collin is attempting to escape, and Franklin is having a field day allowing his cronies to decide whether Collin will be drugged, burned or mutilated to death.

All characters come together in an epic death scene when Kurt figures out that Franklin is holding Collin hostage on an old farm owned by Franklin’s ex-wife. Franklin’s team decides to drug Collin, eliminating the function of his body, and then burn him alive. Unfortunately, the evil genius doctor overdoses Collin causing him to seize and die.

At that moment, Kurt bursts into the room “catching” Franklin in the act (clean knife in hand) and attempted to put him under arrest. Both men are described as well past middle-aged so it’s easy to image two grandpas trying to tackle each other to the ground. Kurt seems to have the upper hand, then BANG! He’s shot and killed by the biggest master character of all, Mollie.

At this point, I was completely confused. Mollie’s character had been presented as childlike and innocent – not a murder.  The final chapter gives some clarity on this shocking turn of events. Kurt’s partner, Lonnie, finishes up the book with Kurt’s funeral and the discovery of Mollie’s confiscated diary. After looking through just a few pages, Lonnie discovers that Mollie is no angel at all, but fits right into her crime family.

Lonnie reads a page from the anniversary of her late boyfriend, Dalton’s, death, whom we are told in the beginning of the story committed suicide. Mollie admits on these private pages that she shot Dalton in the head for cheating on her and somehow managed to convince everyone it was suicide. Lonnie even continues to find out she was not naive to her grandfathers line of work as we all assumed. Mollie paints the real picture of her hidden dark side, even down to killing innocent animals her mother keeps buying her.

Reading these words was the biggest twist of them all. I was completely caught of guard and left speechless. Those entire 200+ pages I thought I had this story and characters figured out, but really had clue how it all would end.

After reflecting back on this full story, I believe I can see the major theme. Everyone has skeletons in their closest and will do just about anything to protect them.

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Christina Kaye released her latest book, A Necessary Evil, December 2017 and I was privileged enough to read her latest work. Her previous work, Like Father, Like Daughter, was named Suspense Finalist for the Indie Excellence Awards.

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