Easter Weekend

Happy Easter everyone!

I was in a crafty mood so I suggested that the boys make some crafts for Easter, but before we did all this, I made sure to read them “The Easter Story”, which tells about Jesus’s time just before his death on the cross, and all the steps up to Easter Sunday. There is so much joy in sharing the Gospel with them and feeling their own wonderment at Jesus’s love for them. And hearing them sing God songs when I wake up in the morning, and they are playing makes me feel so happy. It really is music to my ears.

Well, this Easter, our boys decided to do different things – my youngest decided to colour a picture from Sunday school and to make a sign using stickers and writing, “Happy Easter”.

He is Risen

My older son decided to use an egg carton and some Kinder Surprise eggs to make little egg people of our family and one of his friends. They turned out so cute!

Easter egg peopleI love crafts! And in case you’re wondering, yes, I’m like a big kid! So I get just as much enjoyment doing this stuff as they do. I have another idea of something to make for Easter, we’ll see if I get around to doing them, but in the mean time I have some baking to do!

Today we went to Good Friday service at our church, Riverwood Church, and it was very special to sit there with our oldest child and really reflect on the meaning behind today. There are so many significances to what happened in Jesus’s life, and throughout Easter, but we are just scratching the surface of what really happened. We do know that what Christ did for us on that cross was no easy matter. Even though he was God and man combined, he chose to take the ultimate wrath from His Father God, all for our sakes, that we might not have to be disciplined for our sins. And boy am I thankful He did. Try to think of how you react when someone treats you badly or doesn’t listen to you – does it make you want to bless them or be mean? I know that I have trying times, and it’s those times when I choose to obey God and show love instead of anger, that I know He smiles down upon me. It’s all too easy to react in anger, but to show grace as He has shown us… wow. Only through His Holy Spirit am I able to walk in His Ways. There are just so many things my heart is feeling today, but His Love is at the top of the list. Even though times are tough, and I don’t know what lies ahead, I can rest in the knowledge that my Father in Heaven is watching out for us, and I need not worry. When doubt creeps in, as it has these past couple of weeks, I must remember that He is here. Blessed are we, who believe in the Lord Jesus!

May you all have a wonderful Easter weekend, and I pray that God will reveal Himself to you in a very powerful way. God Bless you!

Love,

Roxy

21 Days of Clean – check!

Clean

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Hello again,

So here we are, the end of week 3 of my cleanse (on the Clean Detox program), and boy was that tough, but it was worth it! I’ll say it again, “It was WORTH it!” And not in the shallow, ‘Let’s lose some weight by eating less’ kind of way. No, even though I lost about 5 pounds, which is nice, I will say, it was a good lesson in self-discipline, and it taught me a lot about healthy eating. Yes, I already knew a lot about what to eat in general, but I wasn’t very educated on what was actually good for you due to added chemicals/genetic engineering. Yes, organic foods are what you stick to on this diet, (insert groan here), and no, it’s not cheap, but it sure made a difference in the way I feel healthwise.

Today was actually my first day trying out wheat after 3 weeks off, as the 4th week after your cleanse, you’re supposed to slowly reintroduce other foods to see if you have any adverse reactions, and hence, find out if you’re allergic to them. For me, I already knew at least two foods I have a slight allergy to, but they also happen to be 2 foods I love, and I knew about this for a long time now. Those two foods are tomatoes and bananas, but I’m okay with having them from time to time as they are healthy and yummy, (hopefully my allergy always stays minor).

Anyhoo, just wanted to share that even though this diet cleanse is not easy, (at least for me it wasn’t, especially the 2nd and 3rd weeks), I think everyone should try it at least once to cleanse their bodies, and if you’re so adventurous, try to do it once a year. It not only helps detoxify your body, but it also helps clear your head (you actually feel less cloudy in the brain after doing this), plus you feel lighter inside, since there’s no more junk messing you up inside, and you may even lose a few pounds. Anyhoo, I just gotta say, I REALLY missed my bread! ;p I had one piece of toast with almond butter today and it was like eating a chocolate bar for me (almost as good anyways). Though now, I can’t wait until I have some chocolate (the sweet kind)! Yup, there’s nothing like being able to have your favourite foods… Speaking of food, I wanted to share with all of you some of the meals/desserts I tried on this diet to give you an idea of what you may want (or not want) to eat.

Pho soupPho Soup with thin-sliced lamb (I don’t normally eat lamb, but I got a bit carnal on this diet, and was desperate for some meat to have with this)

healthy cookiesHealthy cookies made with coconut oil (not the tastiest, and super dry/crumbly)

smoothySmoothy with berries, avocado, nectarine, apple, vegan protein, ground almond, grated ginger and coconut water (tasty)green soupGreen soup – I can’t even remember what this one had in it, definitely some spinach puree, but it was tasty yet super thin

So there you have it – the best and the worst of our diet (well I conveniently forgot to add a picture of the healthy brownies I made). They tasted very chocolatey as there’s cocoa and unsweetened chocolate in them, plus almond butter, but not much sweetness, so I was very disappointed. Apparently the stevia did not do much for flavour, though I didn’t add a lot to it either. In my efforts to bake some healthy desserts, I didn’t do too well, at least with the recipes I tried so far from the Clean detox support website. I have to admit that I really miss my regular baking and look forward to making some tasty cookies for Easter dinner on Sunday. It also makes me thankful that I have food to eat, as there are sooo many people in the world who do not get to choose what they eat on a daily basis as there is only 1 or 2 kinds of food available. So in all these things I say thanks to God for providing meals for my family.

And thanks to you all for continuing to come back again and again to see what’s new with me and my family. I adore you all for taking time out of your day to show your support, and quite frankly, I’m very shocked at the great amount of readers that have joined me so far. I hope that this continues as it further adds to fuel my desire to blog more each week. It’s also a great way to share new ideas and reviews. So thanks again!

Yours Truly,

Roxy

Clean Detox diet (week 2 close)

Hello again readers,

As I reflect on the 2nd week of this cleanse, I realize just how much self-control I’ve had to have, and I’m quite shocked at how well I’ve done so far. I mean, yes, it’s hard not snacking, especially on things that I crave like sugar and chips, but what’s even harder for me anyways, is the fact that I have to have soup for supper every single day! And normally I’d be fine having soup most days, but I’m one of those people who just really enjoys hearty soups – soups with some meat to them. I like potatoes and tomatoes, or to thicken soups with flour/cornstarch, but I can’t have any of those things on this diet. And last night was no exception – I finished off some spaghetti squash soup from the night before, and yes, it’s tasty because it has some sweetness to it, but either the texture or the sweetness made me feel like throwing up. I think I’m reaching my limit  in terms of the soup thing, so I may have to resort to smoothies for suppers as well as my morning ones. I just really like thicker/heartier soups and this weak, all-veggie stuff is getting me down. Other than that, I’m happy to report that I’ve lost some poundage – 5 lbs to be exact. And that’s fine by me. I realize that I need to do more exercise in order to tone up more, but so far, I’m pleased that my pants are fitting me better. I’m still not down to what I was last january (before I got pregnant and had a miscarriage), but I’m getting there. My body just needs to get back to it’s normal metabolism/pace and I know the pounds will melt right off. At least that’s the way it’s always worked with me. I’m usually pretty good about eating healthy/keeping snacking in check, but I had gone through much depression last year, so it is even more significant to me that I’m doing this cleanse as it’s further motivation to keep eating right and to exercise more. I spent enough time feeling bad, which is fine, as everyone needs time to grieve, but now it’s time for change. I’m also in a transition phase of where I’m trying to earn some extra money for our family, through our book cover design business, and by trying to find work. Please pray for us that everything works out soon, as these are tough times and I am trying to keep faith that things will improve. I’m doing my part to move forward, I just need some extra help from above. Thanks!

God Bless you,

Roxy

Book Covers for Less

Book Covers for Less

Hello Everyone,

How are you today? Awesome? Not-so-awesome? Well, I want you to know that however you are doing, God is with you, and He Loves you no matter what. :) Right now, I’m going through a transition phase of going from stay-at-home mom, to trying to earn money for our family, so I decided to get the word out for my hubby and I’s book cover design venture! We both have been part of the self-publishing world for years, my husband being an author and publisher for Coscom Entertainment, and now we’re offering our services to others for book design.

From our website:

“Book Covers For Less is the husband-and-wife team of A.P. and Roxanne Fuchs.

A.P. Fuchs has been involved in the publishing industry since 2003, when he released his first book, A Stranger Dead. In 2004, his company, Coscom Entertainment, published its first titles and it was then he began designing the book covers for the catalog as well as contributing to it with numerous novels of his own. Since then, as a publisher he’s published over 100 books, having designed the covers for nearly all of them. In 2010, he and and Roxanne launched a joint imprint called Torn Veil Books, which focused on Christian Romance. A.P. provides the cover design for some of the titles.

No stranger to art, he is also a comic book artist and animation school graduate. His webcomic, Axiom-man, is also available in print and A.P. handles all of the design for the series as well as the writing and drawing.

Roxanne Fuchs has been part of her husband’s publishing journey since the beginning, handling things behind-the-scenes like website design, book trailers, book cover design assistance, interior formatting assistance and more. Also a cartoonist–her webcomic, Fuzz Society, like her husband’s, is also available in print and she handles all the design aspects for it as well as writes and draws it–she brings years of art experience.

It is their hope that in an age where independent publishing is flourishing, they can bring their combined experience to the field and ensure other authors have book covers that are professionally designed.”

If you or someone you know needs a cover designer, or just wrote a book, why not check out our website and see what we have to offer you? We believe in putting out quality books and designing with the market in mind. As well, first-time customers receive 10% off their first order! *Bonus!* So along with our fair market pricing, (both for single covers and packages), you’re looking at great savings, and a great book cover! ^_~

I enjoy design, and have always wanted to be in this business, so this is a dream come true to be able to pursue it, and with my experience working in Adobe Photoshop, it’s even more fun for me! It’s such a blessing, and I hope to continue doing this for years to come.

Ttyl,

Roxy

Clean Detox Program and Other Things

Hi Everyone,

How are you doing today? As for me, I could use a bit of a boost as I wait upon the Lord to come through for us, but I know well enough to know that He will provide. There are times when life gets so crazy you don’t know what to do other than pray, and right now is one of those times where I just have to say, “Okay Lord, I know You’re in control, and You Love us, so I will keep praying and trust in You.” I think most of all, it’s important to keep trusting, and to be obedient, doing so because you love God of course, and not for the wrong reasons. And right now, to top off the craziness, my hubby and I are doing the Clean detox program, to help rid our bodies of any unhealthy junk that has built up over the years. It is a combination of proper eating and meditation/rest, and expelling said toxins through our skin via sweating/soaking in a tub, and regular bodily functions. ;p So far I’m on day 4, and it’s been a bit rough (moreso the lack of certain favourite foods), but really good for my brain. I seem to be able to think clearer, and have more energy. The first few days are the hardest, though it’s tough being tempted every time I go to a grocery store or preparing meals for the kids since they are not on the diet and can eat normal stuff. It’s worth it though if this will help my body to heal the way it was intended, as through talking to people and reading, I’ve heard so many good things about this diet. It’s up to you if you do the 1 week, 2 weeks or 3 weeks diet for complete detox, but so far I’m working on the 1 week plan. I have yet to lose any weight, but apparently it’s more common to lose weight in the second week. And I know I need to exercise more, as I am out of shape, though with only about 10 lbs to go, you just know those are the hardest ones to lose, (raise your hands ladies if you know what I’m talking about)! It’s a choice that I’m happy with though, and even excited to see the outcome of as I have never done a formal diet such as this, just the regular exercise routine/cutting out sugar and midnight snacking at times.

I’m hoping my seasonal/pet allergies will be reduced and that my asthma will be gone completely (I haven’t had bad issues lately, but it does act up around animals and dust). Especially if at some point we get a dog (our kids want one and I wouldn’t mind having one around again, once we have a bigger yard), it will be good to not have so many allergies.

But this program has also taught me much about staying informed about the chemicals that are in the foods we eat and in the air we breath, not in a paranoid way as it might for some people as I know that God blesses our food to our bodies’ use, but moreso in a way that encourages healthy choices. And in this day and age, making healthy choices in any area of our lives seems to be getting more difficult. I mean from keeping in touch using all the online devices (staying connected to the net at every turn instead of maintaining relationships in person), to eating processed/restaurant foods, to living a more sedentary lifestyle and spending less time with God, it’s no wonder our society is going downhill. And I struggle with all of the above at times, so I’m not saying I’m perfect either. I just recognize the need to go back to a more organic type of lifestyle. And I’m happy to say, that lately moreso, I’ve been finally finding peace with just being thankful for what I have/who is in my life and not trying to keep up with the Joneses’ (something I don’t actively do or care about, but something that my sinful side bothers me with at times).

I think it’s important to keep perspective with regards to our relationships and what really matters. And if you struggle with this, ask yourself, “If I were on my deathbed today, what would I care about most?” It’s a simple question anyone can ask themselves to see how their life lines up with the things of importance, and if not, to question why it doesn’t. For me personally, I know I need to work on my relationships and on getting back to being me, hence I’ve been trying even harder lately to do so regardless of what society thinks. I know that not everyone agrees with my lifestyle choices or how I approach things, but that’s okay. I’m finally learning that it’s okay for people to not agree with what I think, even when they blatantly say it to your face (or online). I’m learning that so long as God is okay with me, then I’m okay with me. I’m also listening to some Joyce Meyer cd’s on healing and proper thinking, which are great btw, and trying to work on a better schedule at home. In the end, I just want to make sure I’m pleasing to my Creator. Something to think about perhaps? All the time. ;) God Bless you all!

P.S. – I’ll try to keep you in the loop with this diet thingy ;p

~Roxy~