Happy Easter my Friends!

On April 20, 2014, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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What an amazingly, incomprehensible gift we can share, today! .. Romans 5:8  -  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Luke 24:1 – 8  -  “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they […]

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What an amazingly, incomprehensible gift we can share, today!

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Romans 5:8  -  “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Luke 24:1 – 8  -  “On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”

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The Romans Road

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Jesus died to save us, so that we wouldn’t have to pay the price of our sin, and so we can be assured of eternity in His presence.  If you feel led to know more about how to accept Christ as your Lord and Savior, the Bible shows us a simple path to understanding what that means and surrendering our lives to His leading and direction.  Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions; and if you accept Christ, today, let me know that, too, so I can praise Him with you and add you to my prayers, for you to continue to grow in grace and knowledge.  Have a blessing-filled, Easter!

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Romans 3:23  “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

We all have sin in our hearts. We were born under the power of sin’s control.

Step 1 – Admit that you are a sinner.

 

Romans 6:23a  “…The wages of sin is death…”

A holy and righteous God cannot tolerate or be in the presence of sin.  With our sin we have “earned” death – a spiritual death that ends in eternal separation from God, from His love, from light – from anyone or anything – eternal emptiness, loneliness and despair.  Hell IS a reality.  We will ALL live for eternity.  The question is where will we spend it?  You decide that for yourself, when you decide if you will accept the free gift of Christ’s sacrifice to pay your sin debt.  God will never drag anyone kicking and screaming into heaven.  It is your free choice — a free gift.  Recognizing and accepting responsibility for your sin has to be your decision.  He won’t force you.

Step 2 – Understand that you deserve death for your sin.

 

Romans 6:23b  “…But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

It’s free!  You can’t earn it.  You and I can never be “good enough”.  Without Christ living in us, we could never keep the holy and perfect standards of Almighty God.  Even with Christ in us, as long as we live in this fallen world, we will still fall and have setbacks.  The promise is that Christ has already paid the price of those missteps and made a way for us to get up and begin, again, striving each and every day to become more and more like Him, through His amazing gift — not by anything we could ever do on our own.  When we recognize our sin we become so grieved by it, we just need to confess it, ask forgiveness and get it out of our lives. The word repent means “to turn away from”.  Repenting involves not just being sorry, but making a conscious turn away from our sinful habits.  Through Christ we WILL be strong enough to do that.

Step 3 – Ask God to forgive you and save you.  Tell Him your desire is for Him to lead and direct your life.

 

Romans 5:8,  “God demonstrates His own love for us, in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us!”

When Jesus died on the cross, He paid sin’s penalty. He paid the price for all sin, and when He took all the sins of the world on Himself on the cross, He bought us out of slavery to sin and death! The only condition is that we believe in Him and what He has done for us, understanding that  we are now joined with Him, and that He is our life.  He did all this because He loved us and gave Himself for us!

Step 4 – Give your life to God… His love poured out in Jesus on the cross is your only hope to have forgiveness and change.  His love bought you out of being a slave to sin.  His love is what saves you —  not religion, or church membership.  God loves you!

 

Romans 10:13  “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord  will be saved!”

Step 5 – Pray in Jesus’ name.  Ask Him to save you.  Jesus tells us that no one comes to the Father except through Him. 

Romans 10:9,10  “…If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved; for with the heart man believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting  in salvation.”

When Jesus is “calling” you, it’s unmistakable.  Sometimes, we try to ignore it.  But, I promise, you won’t be able to get it out of your mind, no matter how hard you resist or try to forget Him. Once He opens your eyes and heart to the truth — reveals Himself to you — you WILL know it to be true.  You may have heard the Gospel dozens of times and, now, for the first time, it makes sense.   Jesus pursues you, because He loves you.  He wants a relationship with you.  

Step 6 - If you believe that Jesus died for your sins, was buried and rose again on the third day to redeem and save you, ask Him to save you, pray for forgiveness, turn away from your sin (It doesn’t mean you’ll be magically perfect, but because He is perfect and sacrificed Himself for your sin, you will be forgiven. You will be consciously choosing a new way of living — turning away from past sin and moving forward in a new direction with Christ leading the way.)  Ask Jesus to be Lord of your life, showing you how to, and giving you the will to, live a life that is pleasing to God.  He WILL hear you.  You WILL immediately be saved!  You will become a brother, or sister, in Christ, adopted into the family of God and have eternal salvation!   

 

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Beautifully, Unique and Delectably Delicious Easter Candy and a See’s Chocolate Give Away

On April 3, 2014, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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Chocolate is an Easter candy MUST at our house!  Chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate bars, chocolate….well…..everything!  lol  and chocolate is plentiful during Easter season.    Most any store you enter will have at least a small display of chocolate sweets to stuff into bright-colored baskets filled with cellophane grass. Once in awhile something truly special […]

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See's Easter Candy in a splatterware bowl

A splatterware bowl lined with ivory burlap is more my style when it comes to creating Easter baskets. The baskets are DEFINITELY not the focus of attention, when they are filled with beautifully treats from See’s!

Chocolate is an Easter candy MUST at our house!  Chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies, chocolate bars, chocolate….well…..everything!  lol  and chocolate is plentiful during Easter season.    Most any store you enter will have at least a small display of chocolate sweets to stuff into bright-colored baskets filled with cellophane grass. Once in awhile something truly special is called for, though.  I always have a great deal of fun filling “baskets” for our children and grandchildren.  I use the term “basket”, loosely, as the containers vary from year to year and tend to be an item of practical use for the time after the treats are gone — mugs, bowls, water bottles, etc.  They aren’t necessarily glamorous or as festive as commercial Easter baskets, but I find they are usually as welcome as the treats inside.

See's Easter candy - Bunny Hop Box

This sweet Bunny Hop Box contains about 12 pieces of fine assorted chocolates from See’s. It is only $7.10 and the sturdy box can be reused for decorating or to hold Easter treats, next year.

I have discovered that I can marry my desire for practicality with festive and decorative containers, by gifting specialty boxes of chocolate from See’s Candy.  They are especially appealing when sending a gift to loved ones who live far away and won’t be able to share the holiday with us.  The decorated and sturdy boxes that delicious See’s candies are packaged in are perfect for storing treasures, when the treats are gone and I love using them in decorative displays and centerpieces, no matter what season or holiday.  See’s has always created beautiful holiday boxes for their confectioneries and Easter is no exception.  If you are looking for wonderful Easter candy, packaged beautifully to share with friends and loved ones, this Easter, look no further than See’s.  Use their sweets to create your own custom baskets at home or pick from their wide selection and have them shipped as a surprise for those you want to send a special rememberance.

See's Easter candy - Easter Treasure Egg

The Easter Treasure Egg from See’s is a beautifully decorated egg-shaped box (6 inches tall) filled with samples of their most delicious sweets! Again, it is a container that you will reuse and decorate with, and a fantastic value at only $11.20 for around 20 pieces of premium See’s candies.

 

See's Easter candy - Happy Easter Box

The Happy Easter Box contains Mini Milk Chocolate Bunnies, long-lasting lollypops, colorful Sugar Sticks and creamy Milk Chocolate Eggs. Decorated beautifully, it would be a delight in the hands of any child and they will be able to use the box for storing treasures when the candies are gone. It’s a bargain at only $6.80 for about 16 pieces.

 

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What are your favorite ways to treat family and friends?  Are you an Easter basket traditionalist?  Or do you, like me, “think outside the basket”?  If so, there is plenty of time to avail yourself of See’s gloriously pretty and scrumptious Easter treats.  Check out their  Easter offerings and pick your favorite.  Leave a comment on this post telling me the name of the one you’d most love to try and then register your comment in the Rafflecopter form, below.  One lucky Busy-at-home reader will win a $25 See’s Candy Gift Code to purchase premium chocolate for themselves!

 

See's Easter Candy - Jelly Beans and Milk Chocolate Eggs

Milk Chocolate Eggs and Jelly Beans are Easter Basket staples and these generous bags of sweet treats from See’s would be welcomed by anyone on your gift list.

 

See's Easter candy - Easter Celebrations Box

The Easter Celebration Box bosts 2 white chocolate truffles and an assortment of fine See’s chocolates (approximately 14 pieces). This elegant, sturdy and oval-shaped box of premium chocolates is $13.30.

 


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Inspiring Easter Smiles with “Baskets” from Grandma

On April 8, 2012, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile have probably figured out that there is a fairly large age-span between our kids.  They’re 10, 15 (almost 16), 19, 25 and 27.  Is it just me or do they never get to old for Easter baskets?  -lol-  We have added two fabulous son-in-laws […]

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Those of you who have been reading this blog for awhile have probably figured out that there is a fairly large age-span between our kids.  They’re 10, 15 (almost 16), 19, 25 and 27.  Is it just me or do they never get to old for Easter baskets?  -lol-  We have added two fabulous son-in-laws and three extraordinary grandkids to our clan and I still love making Easter baskets for all of them.  It’s really hard that our second daughter and son-in-law live in California, this year.  It’s odd not to put one together for them.  Maybe I should just make some and mail them….hmmmm…  Some traditions are just too fun to outgrow.  It’s a small thing and has absolutely nothing to do with the meaning of Easter or why we celebrate it, and yet, it is a fun part of the day that young and old, alike, look forward to.  So, I have assembled nine Easter baskets this evening, instead of 11 (Yes, I made one for my husband.  :) ) and I’m looking forward to everyone gathering at the house  for dinner, after church, tomorrow.  Everyone will enjoy their baskets, but the grandkids and our ten-year-old will be the most excited.  It will be fun to watch them discover the candy and surprises.

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Easter "baskets" for our grandkids! Purple grass for Katie, pink for Lydia and a blue bowl for Hudson.

I take a slightly different than average approach to assembling Easter baskets.  The main difference being that I refuse to put them in baskets.  -lol-  I have a strong dislike for the flimsy, woven things that hit the shelves at Easter time and then end up crushed at the bottom of the toy box a week later, or strewn here, there and yonder around the house.  They’re not sturdy, they’re awkwardly shaped making them hard to store and can get pretty pricey.  In short, I hate wasting the money.  I have been known to simply bag up candy and surprises in ziptop bags, but usually our kids find their Easter “baskets” are actually a cool mug, storage container or cereal bowls.  I choose whatever my kitchen is short on or is in need of replacing.  Even as the kids have gotten older and moved out on their own, I have continued this tradition, which adds some new items to THEIR kitchens.  So, as I planned my list for Easter basket supplies I perused the cabinets to see what we really needed.  My intention when I headed to the store was to get some nice, brightly colored cups for iced tea, this summer.

I headed to our local Walmart to pick up the supplies I would need.  After looking over the selection of large plastic cups, I didn’t find anything that seemed just right, so I decided to check out the seasonal aisle where our store often displays tableware in colors that fit the holiday or season.  I found these bright colored tableware options, that looked like they would do nicely.  The cereal bowls seemed a little small for what I had in mind, since the Easter grass would take up a lot of the room, so I grabbed the slightly larger bowls which will be awesome for popcorn on movie nights.  Green, blue and orange made their way into my cart and on the end cap of the next aisle I  grabbed pink, purple, blue and green Easter grass.

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These bright colored bowls will be fun AND practical. The kids are never interested in the container, beyond the time that the contents are gone, so I'm careful to make "baskets" in something that I can use in the kitchen, later.

Now, to fill them!  Candy is a given and really the “main feature”, but, at least for the little ones, I wanted to add a little something extra.  With all the sugary sweets they’d be eating, I thought that cute toothbrushes seemed like a fun and a practical choice.  It’s never too young to start teaching children about taking good care of their teeth and adding cute toothbrushes to their Easter baskets would make learning about it much more fun.  I knew that I could find all sorts of character themed designs.  So, I headed over to the health and beauty department and browsed the aisle with all the oral hygiene products.  It’s been awhile since I had to buy dental care items for toddlers.  I was amazed that they have an entire section devoted to products JUST for young children!  The number of options was mind-boggling.  Every brand had specialty products designed to amuse, care for and fit the small mouths of even the tiniest children and I had to decide which ones to choose.  I decided to stick with Colgate, since that’s a brand I had trusted with our own kids.  They have tons of products made specifically for little ones.  You can find out about all they have available, as well as specials, coupons and new products by following Colgate on Twitter and Facebook.

just for kids

I was shocked at the variety and types of dental hygiene products being designed specifically for small children. Ours is not a huge Walmart and yet, they had quite a large section of these specialty products. I couldn't fit all of them into one picture!

 

dispensers

Colgate makes pre-portioned toothpaste dispensers. I couldn't decide if this would solve some messy problems or create some new ones, so I decided against the electric Dora and Spongebob toothpaste dispensers, but it was fun to discover such a thing existed.

 

manual tooth

Manual toothbrushes in tiny sizes and every possible character design. Colgate had Dora and Sponge Bob on these, too.

 

electric toothbrushes

Tiny electric toothbrushes! Who knew?

 

tubes of toothpaste

Toothpaste, specially formulated, to be safer for young children as they learn to brush their teeth and occasionally forget not to swallow it.

 

So, besides a cart full of candy, I picked out some Colgate Dora and Sponge Bob toothbrushes and toothpaste for our grandchildren’s Easter “baskets” and headed home to put baskets together for everyone.

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Enough candy for 9 baskets (and a little left over for Grandma). :)

 

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The Colgate products I selected for the grandbabies' Easter baskets. There's some Easter grass covering it up, but that's a Sponge Bob toothbrush on the right.

 

So, the “baskets” are done and will hopefully inspire lots of Easter smiles.  I’m looking forward to our day, tomorrow.  We’ll all attend church together.  I’m so blessed to be able to fill a row each week with children and grandchildren who love the Lord and to be able to worship with them.  After church we’ll head home to eat David’s delicious grilled pork chops, my “world-famous” potato salad and of course, LOTs of deviled eggs!  The kids will likely hide and hunt plastic eggs several times throughout the afternoon and we will all enjoy sharing some time together, to laugh, visit and enjoy a relaxing day.

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias #EasterSmiles  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own.

Decorating Easter Eggs for the Make-a-Wish Foundation with PAAS and Heinz

On March 30, 2012, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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More than 180,000,000 eggs!  That’s a lot of egg salad — AND the number of eggs that Americans typically decorate for Easter.  It sort of boggles the mind, doesn’t it?    Paas Egg Decorating Kits and Heinz Vinegar are as much a part of that tradition, as the eggs.  We were using both, even, when I […]

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All you need for an afternoon of egg decorating fun with the kids!

More than 180,000,000 eggs!  That’s a lot of egg salad — AND the number of eggs that Americans typically decorate for Easter.  It sort of boggles the mind, doesn’t it?    Paas Egg Decorating Kits and Heinz Vinegar are as much a part of that tradition, as the eggs.  We were using both, even, when I was a child.  You know — back with Abe Lincoln and the dinosaurs.  :)  It was always a fun part of our family Easter tradition and something we looked forward to doing.  Today, it’s still a budget-friendly family activity!

egg decorator app

An iPad screen shot from the Egg Decorator app.

You can keep up your family tradition, and this year, you can add some new fun, while you help the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Paas and Heinz have teamed up to create a FREE app for the iPad, called “Egg Decorator”.  Just search iTunes for Paas/Heinz and download the app.  These generous companies will donate $1 for each egg that is decorated and shared, up to $25,000!  So, go decorate some virtual eggs and start a new tradition of fun and giving with your kids, for Easter.

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We used a Classic Kit from Paas. Here's what was inside.

Once you’ve shared the virtual fun, gather the family in the kitchen and break out the Paas Egg decorating kits and Heinz Vinegar.  With eight new kits available, you can have a decorating bonanza!  You can try out the new Go Wild kit, with trendy animal print patterns or the 3D Eggsplosion, that allows you to view your designs in 3D.  There are so many other great kits and they’re easy to find at your local grocery stores, retail stores and markets.  Give it a whirl.  You and your kids will have a blast!

egg bands

We decided to try a couple of new techniques, so wrapped rubber bands around some of the eggs before dying them, to create stripes and designs in the colors.

 

crayon

We also tried drawing designs with a wax crayon,so that it would work as a "resist", before dying the eggs.

 

paintbrush

We also tried dripping designs onto the eggs with a paintbrush and several colors. This was a little messy, but the eggs turned out so cool!

 

finished eggs

Beautiful for decorating, yummy for eating and a fun activity for the family! Grab a Paas Egg Decorating kit, some Heinz Vinegar and enjoy the fun with your own kids!

 

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Heinz and PAAS and received a Heinz Vinegar bottle, a PAAS Egg Dyeing Kit, and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.

 

Wordless Wednesday: How it Looks to be Blessed – Our Easter Sunday

On April 27, 2011, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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This is my first Wordless Wednesday post.   I get the concept, but seriously; did you really think I would be totally wordless? -  lol-   Maybe I’ll start calling it Mostly Wordless Wedneday. I love these people and the only ones missing from this day were our daughter and son-in-law, who were just married […]

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This is my first Wordless Wednesday post.   I get the concept, but seriously; did you really think I would be totally wordless? -  lol-   Maybe I’ll start calling it Mostly Wordless Wedneday.

I love these people and the only ones missing from this day were our daughter and son-in-law, who were just married and now live in a distant land called California.  :)  I’m putting in a picture of them, anyway.  I also realized that our son-in-law, Jason, cleverly maneuvered himself to not be included in any pictures on Sunday.  He’s sly like that.  :)  So, I am also including a snapshot of the portrait the kids gave me for my birthday, last August.  Jason is in it.

Lacy and Eric, our distant kinfolk!

Our oldest daughter, Tia and our son, Michael. We celebrated his birthday, too. Note that height has nothing to do with age, as he towers over nearly all of us. :)

Our two granddaughters with their new Barbies!

David and our youngest daughter. She'll always pose for a picture, he just wants some lunch! :)

Our grandson. Is it dinner, yet?

There was one moment of dissension about the appropriate sprinkling process for paprika on the deviled eggs. It all worked out. :)

...and I want a "doubled egg", please. :)

Enjoying her "doubled egg".

Posing with Aunt Jenna after enjoying her "doubled egg".

Posing with Aunt Jenna.

More posing with Aunt Jenna. Can you guess who managed my camera all day? :)

Michael and Jenna.

Michael making his baby sister look very short. :)

Me and our resident photographer. :)

Last August, the kids had this portrait done for my birthday. Jason is in this one! :)

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