Della Devoted!: 2018

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer Scavenger Hunt


Summer is here and that means it's time to enjoy it all that we can. I always try to think of all kinds of fun things for Raylan and I to do. It seems like I'm always planning something for us to do, but there are times that I run out of ideas. I want him to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, so a Scavenger Hunt is the perfect solution to bring his boredom to a halt. Scavenger Hunts are a great way for children and families to enjoy nature and bond together. They are also great for when you are on a budget. The ideas  of Scavenger Hunts are limitless, you just have to get creative. Here is my Summer Scavenger Hunt List that I've put together for Raylan. You can use mine or create your own, either way you and your family are sure to have a blast. Happy Hunting! Have Fun!

Friday, June 8, 2018

High Five For Friday



Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

1) This has been a beautiful week. The weather has cooperated and hasn't rained much, so Raylan and I have tried to enjoy it as much as we can. We have had backyard picnics, read outside, took long walks, played in the sand and have had so much fun together.

2) We finally got our swimming pool put together and filled up. We've been in it a time or two but the water is still pretty cold. This weekend it's supposed to get up in the 90's so the water should feel pretty good then. 

3) Raylan and his little friend got to go do crafts and watch the Lion King this week at our local community center and movie theater. The crafts were so much fun and the movie was free with a purchase at the concession stand. It was such a great event! Every Wednesday all throughout June they play free movies for kids. I can't wait to go back!

4) My aunt was in from Florida all last week and it was so good to get to spend some quality time with her. I hardly ever get to see her except for maybe once or twice a year. She definitely spoiled Raylan while she was in. We were sad to see her have to go back.

5) It's also been a great week for water balloon fights. Needless to say, I did not win those fights. Raylan and Justin had me soaked! I love spending time with my little family and having simple fun!



1) 7 Simple Water Activities for Kids by Erin from Simple Purposeful Living 

2) New York City Day 1 by Tanya from The Other Side of the Road

3) 4 Easy Ways to Style a Striped Dress by Savvy Southern Chic

* Don't forget you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week and you can still drop your link for a Friday 5 post!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to link-up below. Have a blessed and safe weekend!




Tuesday, June 5, 2018

45 Fun Things to do this Summer



I can't believe it's June already, can you? That means summer is right around the corner. Kids are on break and it's time for some fun in the sun. I love doing several things throughout the summer and making as many memories as I can with my little family. I have rounded up 45 Fun Things to do this Summer. Most of these activities are free or budget friendly which is always a great thing, so there really is no excuse not to have a great summer. Get started in on the fun now! Have a blessed, happy and safe Summer!

What are your plans for Summer?

Monday, June 4, 2018

TBB Asks - Summer Lovin Edition


Happy Monday Everyone! I can't believe it is already June, can you? I'm excited  for all things summer and all the fun things that come with it. Today I'm linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog and sharing with you some of my summertime favorites. I would love to hear what your favorites are too!

1) Walk or Bike Ride? I love walking, especially out in nature. It's just so calming. It's good for the body and mind.

2) Favorite Picnic Food? Grilled Hot Dogs with onions and peppers. I also love any kind of fruit!

3) Pool or Lake? I love seeing the lake, but I prefer to swim in the pool.

4) Favorite Flavor of Ice Cream? Vanilla

5) Ice Cream Cone or in a Dish? Ice Cream Cone

6) Flip Flops or Slides? Flip Flops

7) Jean Shorts or Jean Capris? Jean Capris

8) Favorite Summer Fruit? Watermelon

9) Corn on the Cob or Cut off the Cob? Cut off the Cob

10) Favorite summertime song? All Summer Long by Kid Rock

11) Favorite summertime activity? Swimming and sitting by the firepit at night

12) Favorite Berry? Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry or Blackberry? Blueberry

13)  Bikini's,  tankini's or one pieces? Tankini's or One Pieces

14) Dresses or Skirts? Dresses

15) One Word to describe Summer? Fun!


Have a blessed, safe and fun Summer! Be sure to make lots of memories!



Friday, June 1, 2018

High Five For Friday: Counting My Blessings





1) I have learned that there are some truly kind hearted people in this world. This week my family and I have been surprised by random acts of kindness from several people. These people have truly been blessings from God and it's proof that good people still exist. 

2) This kind of goes along with number one, but I'm still in awe of God's blessings. It's amazing how God blesses us  and provides for us at exactly the right time. His timing is perfect and far better than what we could have planned. 

3) I've finally started on a new book. I feel like I haven't read in forever. I definitely need to start reading more often like I used to and learn how to relax. I'm currently reading Meant to Be by Melody Grace and it's such a great book. I've also gotten to enjoy coffee and have a good bible study on the porch early of the mornings and that has been so peaceful. I love front porch sitting especially of the mornings.

4) My husband had his second surgery yesterday. He is home but he is in a lot of pain and is pretty sore. The doctor said the surgery went well considering all that he has been through. I'm thankful for God's protection during his surgery. These few weeks have been so rough, but God has brought us through it this far and I know he will continue to do so. God is so good  y'all! Like the image above says, we should count our blessings not our issues.

5) My neighbor is currently putting up  Raylan's swimming pool that my dad bought him. I'm so excited and cannot wait to get to relax in it. I know we will have a blast in it this summer.

Instead of continuing with a featured blogger each week, we have decided to switch things up a bit and pick out our 3 favorites posts that we have read from our bloggers each week. Mine are below.. Don't forget to check them out!


1) Best Affordable Shorts for Mom by Erin from Simple Purposeful Living.

2) 2018 Summer Capsule Wardrobe by Cute Capsule Life

3) Gingham Edition by Andrea from Living on Cloud Nine.


* Don't forget you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week and you can still drop your link for a Friday 5 post!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to link-up below. Have a blessed and safe weekend!













Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Have Yourself A Spiritual Reset



Some might think that because someone is a Christian, that they won't have bad days. This is simply not true. Too often, people assume that Christians should always be in a good mood. However, there will be days that a Christian is in very low spirits even when striving to be faithful and passionate. It is completely normal for a Christian to feel this way at times. Life is not perfect and neither are Christians. We can't always be happy and outgoing. When we have those low times in our lives,  this is when Christians need to have a Spiritual Reset. 


Some tips to having a spiritual reset are the following:


-Go Outdoors

  • Spending time in God's creation, walking in Nature can be a calming experience. Praying outside in God's splendor is very uplifting
-Pray
  • Sometimes it is as simple as opening your Bible and praying to the Lord for direction. Maybe you are being dragged down by hardship, and Encouraging Bible verses can help.
-Daily Devotional
  • While turning to the Bible daily is normal, keeping up with a daily devotional or journaling daily with the Word keeps you on track, focused, and you might just get a perspective you weren't thinking of to reignite your spiritual fire inside of you.
-Interact and Help Others
  • Often, by being there for someone else who is in need or feeling down, whether family, friends, or fellow church members, you can lift yourself up. 

-Watch Christ-Centered Movies

I hope that you find these tips to be beneficial for you. A Spiritual Reset is much needed for Christians so that we can strive to do the work of Christ to our best abilities. God needs us to be on top of our game and if we need to take a reset, then that is perfectly okay. God wants his followers to be happy and healthy. We can't give God or anyone else our best if we aren't at our best. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

High Five For Friday



Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

This has been a very rough and trying week. I picked Justin up from work last Saturday and took him straight to the emergency room. Well they transferred him to another hospital via ambulance and he had to have emergency surgery. He had two large Kidney Stones in each kidney that had his kidneys completely blocked off. The doctor said that he was almost in Kidney failure. They placed in stents in each Kidney to allow his kidneys to drain  and allow all of the swelling and inflammation to go down. He will have to have another surgery on the 31st to take the stents out and burst up the kidney stones, so please keep him in your prayers.

1) I'm so very thankful that God spared my husbands life and his kidneys. Even though he is in terrible pain, things could have been much worse. God is so good and such a wonderful protector.

2) I'm also very thankful for the wonderful prayer warriors who have prayed for Justin and for those who have checked on him this week.

3) My roses have been in full bloom and they are so beautiful. I love God's beautiful handiwork and I love beautiful flowers. They just brighten everything up!

4) My dad bought Raylan a pool and we are so excited! We can't wait to get it up and get to enjoy it soon. I know we will have a blast this Summer. Isn't it crazy how much grandparents spoil their grandchildren?! I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful dad. Not only for what he does for us, but for the wonderful man that he is. He has the kindest and most caring heart of anyone that I know. He is so good to everyone.

5) I have totally been obsessed with the Royal Wedding this week. It was such a beautiful wedding.  Meghan and Harry are so adorable together and you can really tell the love that they have for one another. She was such an elegant and gorgeous bride. I just love her! 



Instead of continuing with a featured blogger each week, we have decided to switch things up a bit and pick out our 3 favorites posts that we have read from our bloggers each week. Mine are below.. Don't forget to check them out!



1) Caramel Filled Oreo Brownies by Danielle from A Sprinkle of Joy

2) Memorial Day Menu by Stephanie Spring

3) Home Decorating on a Small Budget by Whitney from Come Home for Comfort



* Don't forget you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week and you can still drop your link for a Friday 5 post!


Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to link-up below. Have a blessed and safe weekend!





Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Graduation Snack Cups


Last Tuesday, Raylan graduated from his Story Time Program at our local library. This makes the second year that he has attended. Each year that a child attends, they hold a special graduation ceremony for the children. Story Time is such a great program and has been so good for Raylan. He has learned so much and has made many new friends from the program. I knew I wanted to make a snack to represent the graduation, but needed it to be something easy with as hectic as things have been lately. So, I made these adorable Graduation Snack Cups that were a big hit with all of the kids. 

What you will need:

Applesauce Cups 
Construction Paper
Plastic Googly Eyes
Yarn
Glue
Markers
Staples (optional)

Instructions:

I made approximately 21 Snack cups, be sure to make plenty enough to go around.  First, turn the cups upside down so that the lid is facing down. With each applesauce cup, I hot glued plastic googly eyes on the cup. You can also use glue sticks or regular white glue for this. I found that hot glue was the easiest and quickest way for me. If you don't have googly eyes, you can always draw eyes on the cup. I drew on the nose and mouth. For the hat, I cut out square  pieces of construction paper and glued on one square hat for each cup of applesauce. The tassel was probably the hardest task of the whole project. I cut off just enough yarn and doubled it up to make it look like a tassel. I stapled a little section together at the top so that the rest would dangle like a tassel should. You don't have to staple it together, but I feel like it makes it look better when you do. I hot glued the tassel about half way on top of the construction paper hat. I left just enough room so that the tassel would dangle over the side.





The kids had an adorable graduation ceremony and had delicious snacks afterwards. These snack cups are super easy to make and healthy too. You can also use cups of fruit, jello or pudding. There are just so many possibilities.  So if you're looking for a preschool or kindergarten graduation snack idea to make, these represent the occasion perfectly. They look like the little tiny graduates that they are.

Friday, May 18, 2018

High Five for Friday



Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

This has been a super busy week but a great week. Here are my favorites...

1) On Saturday, we went to the race track as usual. Raylan had several kids to play with which made things a lot easier for this momma. He is just like his daddy, he loves to watch the cars go fast. I'm sure Justin will have him racing before I know it. 

2) I had a great Mother's Day. Justin let me sleep in while he got up with Raylan. I even woke up to a good hot cup of coffee and two homemade cards that they had made me. I also received some beautiful flowers and we ordered Pizza. This momma got to relax all day which was much needed and appreciated. 

3) Our local extension office hosts a Happy Healthy Playdate once a month. We attended it for the first time on Monday and it was so much fun. Raylan got to plant me some beautiful Marigolds all on his own. He also got to read books and play games with other children and have a healthy snack. It's such a great program! I wish I would have been taking him all along.

4) Tuesday, Raylan graduated from Story Time at our local library. We have had so much fun these last two years. We're going to miss it so much since Raylan will be starting preschool in the fall. It has been such a great program. Raylan has learned so much and made so many friends.  I recommend that every child get to attend a story time program. 

5) This week has been Food Allergy Awareness Week. I have done my best to raise as much awareness as I can. Please take the time to read my most recent blog post of A Day in the Life of a Food Allergy Mom. 

Instead of continuing with a featured blogger each week, we have decided to switch things up a bit and pick out our 3 favorites posts that we have read from our bloggers each week. Mine are below.. Don't forget to check them out!



1) 10 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me by Shelly from The Queen in Between.

2) 8 Summer Recipes I Couldn't Live Without by Whitney from Polka Dotty Place.

3) Washington DC Part 1  and Part 2 by Nicole from the Diary of Nicole Alicia


* Don't forget you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week and you can still drop your link for a Friday 5 post!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to link-up below. Have a blessed and safe weekend!







Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A Day in the Life of a Food Allergy Mom



We've all heard of Food Allergies, but probably haven't given the term much thought and consideration. I was the same exact way. I never actually took the term seriously until my son was diagnosed with Severe Life-Threatening Food Allergies. When Raylan was only 15 months old, a simple bite of chinese food landed him in the Emergency Room with rashes from head to toe. He also had another incident that brought on a full blown Asthma Attack which also resulted in another trip to the ER. It was then that his pediatrician decided to order blood work to find the cause of such reactions. The blood work revealed a Peanut Allergy. We were then referred to an allergist who also did blood work and Allergy Skin testing. It was in fact a Peanut Allergy but also Tree Nuts too. On a scale from 0-5, with 5 being the worst; Raylan's severity is a 4 which is really severe and potentially life threatening. When Raylan turned 3, we  learned of another food allergy that he has developed. He is also allergic to several types of Fish so we try to stay away from all types of Fish for the risk of cross-contamination.

Being a Food Allergy Mom has not been an easy task at all, but as hard as it has been for me I cannot imagine how hard it is for Raylan.  We carry two Epi-Pen's everywhere we go and Benadryl as well. You never know when he can react to something. He is also skin contact allergic and has had outbreaks from people simply not washing their hands well enough. I feel like I am constantly having to stress good hand washing measures to people explaining that they have to wash with soap and water. Hand sanitizers do not do the trick when it comes to food allergies. There are so many things that he cannot eat. People assume that just because a food doesn't have nuts in it that he can have it, this is not true. So many food are made on the same assembly lines and have been processed in the same facility where peanuts and tree nuts have been. He must stay away from all of these types of food because the risk of cross-contamination is so great. Let me just say that the list of foods that he can't have is much longer than the ones he can have.  This momma has the list of foods memorized by heart.

Parties are hard for us to attend. I always make his birthday cakes, because a lot of cakes from bakeries and deli's  have been made on shared equipment where nuts have been.  If he attends a friend's birthday party, he usually can't have the cake. I always try to bring him a snack  to a party, so that he doesn't feel left out. There have been times that I have forgotten to bring him a snack and he could only eat one or two things at the party. Foods that you would never dream of contain nuts or have cross-contamination from nuts and it's not just desserts.  He's been to Story Time at our local library and other events that have snacks and it has absolutely broke my heart to see other kids being able to eat something while he can't. He has asked me over and over again why he has food allergies and why can't he have a certain type of food when others can. That hurts my heart so bad! However, most people have been so mindful and understanding of his allergies and always try to make him feel included. I can't even begin to tell you how happy that makes me! I wish everyone were like this! There is a lady in our county at our local dairy drive in that is so awesome! She has alerted her staff of his allergies and they always take such careful precautions when fixing his ice cream. She has even fixed him up his own nut-free trick or treat bag. Story Time parents have also fixed him nut-free things for holidays and that has meant the world to us.

We carry snacks everywhere we go because most places and events have things that he can't eat. It's hard for people to understand that something so harmless as a bite of food could attack someone's body. I feel like I am constantly having to explain  and repeat his allergies to everyone. I also have to research restaurants and their menus before going, so mostly we stick to the restaurants that we know and feel comfortable with.

As a food allergy mom, I have a lot of anxiety and it is crippling. I'm sure that all food allergy mom's can relate.  I really dread when he starts pre-school in the fall. There are so many precautions that I have to inform the staff of as well as leaving an Epi-Pen and Benadryl on site for Raylan. School is going to be a long journey for us, but I do feel comfortable with the school that we have chosen to send him to. I've heard such  great things about their school being nut-free and the precautions that they take for other food allergies as well such as his fish allergies. The school is a longer drive for us, but I'm willing to take the drive to ensure Raylan's safety.

Being a food allergy mom is scary and lonely. It's hard being the only mom who has to bring extra snacks to a party. It's also hard when you're at an event where children's plates are being made and you have to speak up and say that you have to fix your son's plate yourself because of his food allergies. When we want to swing through a drive thru instead of cooking, we usually have to make another stop for Raylan's food because he can't eat at the restaurant where my husband and I want to get our food from.

Like I said, being a food allergy mom is super hard, lonely and scary. I always worry that Raylan will be bullied or excluded and I pray for his safety daily. The allergist said that with the severity of his allergies, it is not likely that he will outgrow his. I pray that God intervenes and takes his food allergies away. I love my son with all of my heart and soul and I would never change anything about him, except for his food allergies.  His food allergies are not a disease, but it is just as life threatening. My hope is to spread more awareness and shed light on food allergies. People need to be more informed and take food allergies seriously.  Some people have gotten upset because they couldn't eat their Reese Cup around Raylan, but my child's life is far more precious and important than the snack that person wants to eat. My child should not have to feel excluded and he deserves to have fun and enjoy life the same as everyone else does.

This is my son Raylan...Age 4



Please take the time to gain some knowledge and understanding on Food Allergies.  Food Allergy Mom's aren't trying to be difficult, we are only trying to protect our children. We want them to be happy, healthy and feel included!

Please visit the following websites for more information on Food Allergies 
https://www.foodallergy.org
http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org 

Friday, May 11, 2018

High Five for Friday





Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

1) I had a wonderful weekend! We decided to celebrate Mother's Day early for me because I usually go to church on Mother's Day and then we celebrate with my mother in law that evening. So I was treated to some delicious food and some beautiful flowers from Raylan and Justin. They got me some hydrangeas to plant and some zinnias. 

2) This has been such a busy but beautiful week. I have enjoyed being outdoors and planting my beautiful flowers that my little family got me. My dad also got me some tulips and some hanging baskets.  Raylan also got to enjoy the inflatables outside before speech therapy.

3) My friend Melissa and I was able to meet for lunch this week. It had been way too long since we got to have some girl time. A girl always needs to make time for their friends even if it is just once a month or so.

4)) Raylan  and I met  his little friend Eliza Jane and her mom Candice at the Park for a play date. We all had so much fun! I can't wait for us all to get together again!

5) Raylan got signed up for Preschool this week. I seriously can't believe he is even old enough for school. It breaks this momma's heart, but I know he's going to love it. He's excited to go!

* Don't forget you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week and you can still drop your link for a Friday 5 post!


Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to link-up below. Have a blessed and safe weekend!








Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Easy Maxi Style for Spring









When I think of Spring, I automatically think of pastels including beautiful pinks and mints. When I ran across this gorgeous Maxi Skirt last season, it had to be mine!  I don't know about you, but I love anything in the Maxi Style. They are just so comfortable and can be styled so easily.  Warm days of Spring are finally here in Kentucky, so I like to keep my style easy, cool and comfortable.  With this Pink and Mint Maxi, a basic white tank is the best way to style this look. I find that if you mix other colored shirts with this type of skirt, it takes away from the look. So a white tank is basic and easy, yet it allows you to still look classy.  A long necklace to match the shades of Mint as well as a pink bracelet and sandals completes the look. Sometimes the easiest looks makes for the most stylish of outfits.  I think pops of colors in the accessories and shoes are what makes an outfit. Do you agree? What easy styles are you sporting this Spring?


Shop this look:

Tank// Target
Skirt// Rue 21 (Similar)
Sandals// Rue 21 (Similar)
Necklace// Premier Designs
Bracelet// Thrifted

Monday, May 7, 2018

Entertainment: TBB Asks

Happy Monday Everyone! It's also the first Monday in May, so I'm linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog for this month's edition of TBB Asks. This month we are talking about Entertainment. Please feel free to join in on the fun!


1) Comedy or Drama? I'm a comedy type of girl. I'm always ready for a good laugh.

2) Fiction or Non-Fiction? Fiction

3)Movies in Theater or At Home? I love a good Popcorn and Movie Night at home with my crew. Movie Nights are my favorite.

4) Musical or Play? Plays...I've always loved to watch them.

5) Which Meal of the day is your favorite to eat out? Dinner! I enjoy having dinner with my family and hearing all about their day.

6) Favorite Book Ever Read? The Bible and my second favorite is The Notebook

7) Game Night: Yes or No? Yes! My little family loves having game nights, especially my son.

8) Favorite Outside Game to Play? Cornhole 

9) Favorite TV Series Ever? Justified

10) Sitcoms growing up or Sitcoms today?  Sitcoms growing up most definitely!

11) Miniature Golf or Bowling? I like them both, but probably bowling.

12) Favorite Movie Theater Candy? Reese Cups

13) How do you like your popcorn? Plenty of Butter and a little salt.

14)  3D Movie with the glasses; Yes or No? I prefer no glasses since I already wear glasses. Those 3D glasses annoy me anyway.

15) Favorite Genre of Books to Read? Romance





Friday, May 4, 2018

High Five For Friday


Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday.

“We would like to announce that the H54F linkup is evolving. Since before we were co-hosts, H54F has been a place for posts about your top 5 moments for the week. Beginning next week, however, the H54F linkup is expanding to where you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week. Of course, you can still drop your link for a Friday 5 post, but we want to make this a platform for our followers to discover a variety of fun new content each week.” *

1) Last weekend was such a great weekend. My little family went on a long ATV ride and we also had a picnic out amongst all of the beautiful scenery. Days spent with my family are my favorite kind of days.

2) I made my second ever wedding cake for Justin's cousin. It was a beautiful Spring themed wedding with all pastel colors. Making cakes is a lot of work, but it's worth it when you see the end result and the smiles on their faces. 

3) We celebrated Justin's birthday this week. We had a low-key celebration at home with Pizza and cake, but sometimes those are the best kind of Birthdays. Justin never wants a big celebration for his birthday. Women, on the other hand want to go all out for theirs lol.

4) It's been a beautiful week and it actually feels like Spring. Raylan and I have made sure to get out and enjoy the sunshine. I've managed to get some work done to my flowers beds and that makes me oh so happy. 

5) We used the fire pit for the first time last night. I love sitting around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and having a good conversation. It's just so peaceful and relaxing. 


This week's featured blogger is Kayla from Sweet Southern Charm. Kayla is a wife, mom, and paralegal. She has a love for entertaining, party planning, fashion and baking. She has a great blog that you would enjoy.  Please stop by and say hello to Kayla.

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to link-up below. Have a blessed and safe weekend!