Saturday, December 7, 2013

Rewind Clutch *Winner*


Chosen at random by Rafflecopter.com, the winner of this gorgeous
Noonday Collection Rewind Clutch, valued at $58 is...
 
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Thank you to Momster Kris for offering this giveaway. 
If you haven't read it already, learn more about the story behind this clutch HERE.
 
There's still time to purchase some Noonday Collection Christmas gifts!  Visit Kris's website at www.krisjosue.noondaycollection.com and do some shopping while helping uplift others out of poverty. 
 
{{'Tis the season, shop for a reason! }}
 
 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

'Like', What's the Big Deal?!

 
What's the big deal with that Facebook 'Like' button, anyway? 
From what I gather, it's a lot of fancy schmancy mathematical, algorithm jargon that goes over this not-a-fan-of-math gal's head.  What I do know...the more 'Likes' and shares a post receives, means more people will see the post.  If I want every single person who has already liked the Momster Mash Facebook page to see a post, I would have to fork over some $$ to Facebook!
 
So here's my plea...
 
If you see a Momster Mash post on Facebook and you happen to like it, would you *pretty please* click that little 'Like' button?  Perhaps even share it on your Facebook page or with a friend you think will appreciate it? 
 
 
You see, the more women who see a Momster Mash post through Facebook, the more women who will be directed to the Momster Mash blog, and the more women who will get the chance to be encouraged by a fabulous Momster!  It just might be THE thing they needed to read that day.  My goal with this blog is to create an online support group of sorts, not only to encourage and inspire readers, but for this to be a place where we can uplift and encourage each Momster of the Month as well.  There can be so much negativity, competitiveness, and judging between moms, and I want this blog to be the counter attack to that nonsense. 
 
This is not your typical "mom blog", in my opinion, because it's not all about me.  I've only been at this mom job for about 18-months and need all the help I can get.  Also, I'm pretty sure no one cares how I curled my hair for the day (most likely that didn't happen anyway) or what I'm wearing and where I got it (sweat pants from Gilly Hicks if you do care, I'm super fancy today).  I want this blog to be filled with valuable words of encouragement and tangible ways to reach out and support one another, not filled with fluff we're already being bombarded with on Pinterest - and I do appreciate the fluff, by the way, that's just not what this blog is about.
 
I am truly grateful for each and every Momster and the community that is slowly growing around this blog!  Thank you so much for sharing the Facebook love, for supporting my mission with this blog, and for helping me uplift every mom who has a computer! :)
 
 
 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Kris: Part 4 - Everyday Purpose

 
I'm late on getting Kris's final post up, but you know that whole "Thanksgiving Day" thing sort of took over our life for an entire week!  We had a fabulous time visiting with my family whom live three hours away, so it's always nice to get some time to hang out.  I hope you all had such a great Thanksgiving, counting your blessings with your loved ones. 
 
To wrap things up, I asked Kris how she stays grounded in this hectic world.  It's difficult for anyone to find ways to keep themselves grounded, but add a child into the mix and it's a baziliion times more difficult.  Kris says that she stays grounded by connecting with her purpose, and let me tell you she has some words of wisdom on the topic of purpose!  I know many people, including myself, who have struggled with finding their "purpose" in this world.
"If you don't know what your purpose is... it is what you do, where you are with what you're given.  I believe that purpose is not something that we pursue.  It is something that is given to us.  Every day. We often associate purpose with doing that which makes us happy.  Happy is an attitude, and it doesn't mean that if you're not happy doing what you do that you're not living your purpose.  Remember the King who died on the cross?  I wouldn't be happy if I had to do what He did.  I bet He wasn't happy about that either, but He fulfilled His purpose...He did not flaunt His power or abilities, did not doubt the life He was given...He was grounded in His purpose; lived it one day at a time."
Are you feeling convicted yet?  I am!  Sometimes is takes a friend to remind us of these things in life.  It's easy to get so wrapped up in making sure we're feeling "happy" and "fulfilled" that we miss every day opportunities to live out our true purpose right where God has us.
 
One last word from Kris regarding "purpose" in our hectic world:
"...connecting with our purpose is putting our mind where we are at the moment, and recognizing that you already possess everything necessary to do what is before you that day.  'Give us this day...'  You are equipped to do what you are put on this earth to do every day."
Kris and I share the same love of devotionals.  If you're searching for some new ways to find encouragement and lift your spirits every day, Kris and I both highly recommend the daily devotionals at Proverbs31.org and the book  Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.  I've blogged about both of these HERE.
 
Kris's favorite Bible verse?
2 Timothy 1:7 "God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind"
 
Final words of encouragement to YOU from Kris:
"There will be times you will seriously doubt your capacity or adequacy and value.  When that happens - whether as a mom, a worker, a wife, a friend - tell yourself this 'how dare I doubt what God has created me to be or what God has equipped me with.' Then, stop listening to that voice in your head that's beating you down.  Instead, call a friend and ask for encouragement.  Ask for prayer.  Read scripture.  Listen to a voice other than your own."
Kris, thank you so much for sharing your family, your passions, and your words of wisdom from personal experience.  I truly value your insight and thank you for the reminder to live my purpose every day!
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Be sure to enter to win Rewind Clutch Kris has generously offered! 
Giveaway ends this Saturday

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Rewind Clutch {{Giveaway}}

Through the month of November, we've had the chance to get to know Momster Kris and her connection to Noonday Collection.  Noonday Collection is changing lives through sustainable jobs and living wages, and you can be a part of all of this, just by shopping their beautifully handmade products on Kris's Noonday Collection website

AND...Kris has generously offered the Rewind Clutch to one lucky Momster!  I own this clutch, and I love it!  It's perfect for a casual or fancy night out, and it generates some beautiful sparkle and compliments...which will give you an opportunity to share the mission of Noonday Collection and the story of the Rewind Clutch...

The Rewind Clutch ($58.00 value) is made by up-cycled VHS and cassette tapes, which give it that eye-catching sparkle.  It is made {with love} by the hands of adults with special needs in India, providing them with dignified work and fair wages, which allow them to afford medical care and therapies they may not have otherwise been able to provide themselves. 
"Our rewind clutch is made by a very special group of artisans in New Delhi, India. They belong to the international organization formerly called Very Special Arts, which focuses on working with children and adults with disabilities. The project focuses on bringing out the creative skills in these special artists and at the same time preparing them to become financially self-sufficient and self-employed. By teaching adults how to make bags, they are ensuring that they will have the skills necessary to survive in the world. They are also able to raise money to keep the program going, ensuring people with disabilities get a chance to express themselves and participate in society."  -Noonday Collection 
Treat yourself with this clutch and show it off at that Christmas party or New Years Eve celebration that's just around the corner, or you will receive it in time to gift it to a lucky lady in your life for Christmas.  Giveaway is open through this Saturday, and the winner will be announced Sunday (December 8th).  Sign into Rafflecopter below to enter!
 

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