What Jesus Would Say To Christians About Gay Marriage….

I recently read an article titled 5 Things Jesus Would Say to the Gay Community- the message was okay but it also had an agenda, the agenda. You know the one…it’s okay for me to sin because I’m straight but you’re gay so there’s a better way. Well, I have to tell you…I am straight and I am Christian and I am liberal…this is what I THINK Jesus would say to Christians about Gay Marriage…but I could very-well be wrong.

I love you- I realize you think it’s okay to cast the first stone, protest, bash and beat down an entire community of people…I still love you. I love the sinner, hate the sin- doesn’t matter what sin that is.
You see, Jesus preached love, acceptance and He loved those who persecuted Him- just like you are persecuting people in same-sex relationships.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

He who is without sin cast the first stone- Back up, you are a sinner my friend (see above) and when you are sin free then you can start throwing shade. Jesus is the only SINLESS man…ever. He said it back in the day and He would say it now- if you are without sin then you can start throwing stones, but you aren’t…so stop it!

They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!”

I understand rejection- Once upon a time people turned their backs on me, it hurt. They nailed me to a CROSS, whipped me, and put a crown of thorns on my head- there was a mere handful of people who came and mourned me, who watched me as I died, and walked with me when I rose again. I was rejected by all those I helped, and I felt abandoned by my Father. It hurts, stop. Rejecting these people based on what you think of their choices sounds a lot like my persecution. We have all heard the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection- it’s hideous and painful. I don’t think He would condone us rejecting others in the same, hateful way.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,
a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces
he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

I too was tempted- I lived a life filled with temptation…can you imagine being me? I was given every.single.opportunity to tell the tax collector, the prostitute, the cheater, the sinner what a complete douche canoe they were. I could have told them to go to Hell- they were the reason for the end of the world. You know what I did instead? I SHOWED THEM MY LOVE! Why don’t you try that? Show everyone you meet how much you love me by loving them.

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

If you believe I am who I say I am you’re saved. With my death condemnation is gone. It doesn’t matter what the sin is, when it’s committed, I am pure, I died for you, for them, for anyone who believes in me so that they may have eternal life.

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,

Jesus loved the sinner not the sin. He showed his followers, and those who didn’t follow him unconditional love! I don’t know what has been lost in translation since his death but we need to back up and reevaluate how we treat others.

The #SemiColonProject and My Battle with Mental Illness

I don’t have a semicolon tattoo. I wish I did, and maybe one day I will. Today I don’t. What I do have is an ongoing battle with Mental-Illness- one that I should not be ashamed of, but, sometimes I am. It’s not short, it didn’t ‘pop up’ in adolescents or my 20’s, it’s not from postpartum hormones. I have fought with depression and anxiety for 25 years. I will turn 29 years old in August.

I fantasized about suicide as a young child.

I vaguely remember it, I was in my counselors office (I was there because I had put my entire family to be in our toy house and proceeded to shoot everyone) and I gazed down at a picture I was drawing of my neighborhood, family, and friends. My house was black and I was scribbled out. I wanted to die, I had said it before, shit, I was 3 the first time I told my mom I wanted to go to heaven. She assumed it was because my uncle had just died and he was in heaven, but it wasn’t the last time I thought it. I thought about, envisioned really, my body swinging from rafters all throughout my teenage years. And why wouldn’t I? My dad was dead; my mom was a mentally ill, pill poppin’, alcoholic; my brother had tried more than once to kill himself and I had friends who had succeeded in ending their lives. Yet there I stood, alone and lonely.

As an adult my suicidal ideation is no longer a creeping thought, it’s no longer a fantasy, or the last thing I think about at night. I don’t want to die anymore. I also don’t struggle with depression any longer.

I struggle with anxiety. It’s an anxiety that was born out of that depression. The world is bigger than me and I can’t control it. If you ask my family, the majority of whom struggle with ‘real’ mental illness, they will tell you it’s all in my mind. That I don’t have mental health issues, I’m the anomaly because I am NOT bipolar, I don’t have highs and lows. It’s true- I am not bipolar. I can go from totally fine to feeling as though the world is spinning out of control and I can’t breathe in a heart beat. It sucks.

So today this is my semicolon project post. I get it- and I can tell you without a doubt that you deserve a semicolon and not a period. You deserve to pause, take a breathe, and look for help. You will be okay, even if it doesn’t feel like it now. As a mother, a business owner, a wife and a woman I have to take a pause, I have to use my semicolon and step back, because sometimes it’s too much. Sometimes the screaming baby, the bored kids, the frustrated husband, the clients who need me, the dogs who are barking, the house that is never clean, the day planner I can’t find, the time I don’t have, the perfection I can’t achieve, the food I don’t eat, the food that I do eat is all too much, a perfect storm.

And I can’t catch my breath.

Please, reach out and ask for help. It’s humbling, and it hurts but that one text, tweet, phone call may be the semicolon you need.

Creating An Office Space For Under $100

This blogging thing has taken me on a wild ride…and since starting in 2008 I have grown and so has my career. I now work from home running my own marketing company (sosmarketingco.com), we build websites, rock at graphics and I am the kick-ass marketing ninja (surprise). My issue wasn’t finding clients, or enjoying my job…it was where am I going to work?! With 2 dogs and 4 kids and a self employed husband and 1000 square feet bungalow my options were limited to say the least.

I decided my dungeon was my best bet. It was dark, dirty and may have some uninvited inhabitants. :eww:
This is the transformation
This is the before picture..a total disaster!
before- dungeon
After clearing out the space I knew this was the right choice- how? Because, I found a book my grandma had given me 10 years ago- that was her husbands and is nearly 100 years old!
I also scooped up the #HashtagLight for only $12.99 at Marshalls (originally 59.99 at Kohls)

I was starting to fall in love with this space (versus it being where I had to go to work!)!
Next I busted out the curtains and went a little crazy hanging them, and hiding the rest of the basement from myself
CJ and I painted cork board for a fun Pinterest-y feel!
This is also my giant vision board//brainstorm space//client note center :smiles:

This is the final view!!
I am absolutely in love with my space now! I wish I had done it sooner, but, meh! It’s done now and I feel like a total boss bitch!

Healthy Ice Cream Shouldn’t Taste This Good

If you haven’t noticed I took a break…well, more than a break! I was prepared to leave this blog the way that it was- and never come back. It was a debate that I had with myself for a long many months. I had sold out to blog-for-pay and I wasn’t living a frugal lifestyle. I felt like a poser, and I am not a poser! Yet, here I am, because I can never stay away for long…

I am no longer blogging for pay, which means you will see less reviews and giveaways and more quality content. You’re welcome. I am on a quest to lose the baby weight…and they other weight I have gained…sorry not sorry…I will be blogging about that, including a ton of a great, yummy recipes! I will also be writing weekly recaps of my life, because my life has changed, radically, and I can’t wait to share it with you.

Clean Ice Cream
Here is my amazing recipe for this week…
Cookie Dough Ice Cream
Cookie Dough
•1 TBS butter, softened
•1 TBS Peanut Butter
•2 TBS brown sugar
•1 TBS Vegan Protein Powder *Vanilla
•1/2 tsp vanilla
•2 TBS milk
•⅛ tsp salt
•6 TBS flour
Combine, separate into small balls and refrigerate.

Vanilla Ice Cream
•1 cup Almond Milk
•2 cups Heavy Cream
•3/4 cup granulated Sugar
•Pinch of Sea Salt
•1 tbsp pure Vanilla Extract
Mix, chill in fridge for 20 minutes, pour into turned on mixer.
After 10 minutes of mixing add cookie dough balls and 1/2 cup of chocolate chips.

This ice cream turned out amazing! This entire ice cream and cookie dough recipe is egg free <3 I used a vegan protein powder made of green proteins and honestly this recipe was to die for! I am so excited to drop these whopping 55 pounds!

Deviled Eggs That Will Leave Guests BEGGING For More!

I absolutely love to host parties, but inevitably I mess something up. Usually food, I have to have a fall back, for me those are Deviled Eggs. They are delicious and easy! I love that you can dress them up or down and they take very little effort to look flawless! I wanted to share my go-to Deviled Eggs as well as two other recipes that will wow a crowd!
Deviled Eggs
6 Eggs
1/4 Mayonnaise
1 TSP White Vinegar
1 TSP Dijon Mustard
1/8 TSP Salt
Paprika to Garnish

Hard boil your eggs
Remove shells from your eggs
Cut length wise in half
Remove yolks
Mix Yolk, mayo, vinegar, mustard and salt
Pipe mixture into the center of eggs
Garnish with Paprika
Chill and Serve

This recipe is simple and elegant, but also absolutely divine! My daughter loves it (and she tends to shy away from anything new, or unknown). It is ideal for both the palate of children and adults and will leave guests requesting the recipe.