What can a smile do for you?

What can a smile do for you

What can a smile do for you? It can make a world of difference!

What can a smile do for you? A simple smile doesn’t seem like much. A simple smile makes a world of difference. It speaks volumes. Our smiles have a huge impact in the lives of those around us, especially our little ones. The greatest gift you can give your children in a constant smile! This unspoken action shares so much!

The smile we render to another conveys many different expressions of love. It says, “I love you.” ” I’m proud of you.”  “You are special to me.”  “I am happy to see you.” “It’s going to be OK.” “I am here for you,” just to name a few. Simply put, a smile validates another. 

So today I want to share some things that make me smile and hope that it reminds you of a few things you that put a smile on your fact too!

  1. The outdoors
  2. Another smile
  3. An act of kindness
  4. My Family
  5. How much God loves me and is always in pursuit of me.
  6. Food, I love food!
  7. Deep conversations
  8. Country roads
  9. Horses
  10. Families that love fully and have fun! 
  11. Joy essential oil!

A couple other posts on the impact of smiling that you might enjoy are, 9 benefits of smilingand 11 surprising reasons you should smile everyday.

Be the change the world needs one smile at a time. Start with you family! Smile at your husband, kids, and extended family often. Use a smile to express to them just how important they are to you, so they too, can learn how to share with world kindness and love. 

Get to smiling dear friends!



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How to make Homemade Kefir

How to make homemade kefir

How to make your own Homemade Kefir 

I have to say, that I’m thrilled you are here right now and want to learn how to make homemade kefir! One of my passions in life, is sharing with others how they can feel better by adopting healthy habits. Daily drinking homemade kefir is a healthy habit your body will love! Kefir is a secret weapon, a liquid gold for your gut. Your whole body will thank you for incorporating this drink into your everyday diet. 

90% of our immunity is based on gut health. If we don’t have a healthy gut, our whole body suffers; our mental health too.

Typically, about 50 stains of “healthy” bacteria are found in kefir. This is amazing because each strain imparts unique health benefits to our body. Standard yogurt only provides about two stains of “healthy”bacteria unless labeled otherwise. This is why homemade kefir is far more superior to anything you can buy in the store.

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 A Healthy Gut equals Happy Humans………90% of Serotonin is produced in our gut as well. When your gut is unhealthy it affects your body’s ability to do it’s job.

What you will need:

  1. Glass quart jar.
  2. Sprouting Lid or coffee filter and rubber band.
  3. Kefir grains.
  4. Organic Grass-fed whole milk that is non-homogenized or raw (my preference).
  5. Mesh strainer.
  6. Wooden spoon.

How to make homemade kefir

How to make homemade Kefir:

  1. Place 1 Tbsp. of kefir grains in your glass quart jar. As your grains multiply you can work up to 1/4 cup per 4 cups of milk.
  2. Add 4 cups of milk.
  3. Cover jar with sprout lid or coffee filter.
  4. Ferment for 12-48 hours at room temperature (out of direct sunlight).
  5. Pour the kefir through a fine mesh strainer into another clean glass jar. Use a wood spoon to help it strain faster.  
  6. Chill in the fridge for best taste (keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks).
  7. Start the process over, or rest you grains. To rest your grains, put them in a clean glass jar. Cover them with milk, place and airtight lid on the jar, and put them in the fridge (your grains can rest for 6 days in the fridge before they will die).
  8. Enjoy plain, or blend up and make a smoothie with fresh fruit.

Some basic Homemade Kefir making guidelines:

  • These grains are live organisms, they must be properly cared for and tended to.
  • It is really hard to mess it up.
  • You can ferment it to personal taste. I like mine quite tart and tangy.
  • The longer the ferment, the more probiotics.
  • There is less calories in probiotic drink than in milk. The grains eat up the sugar in the dairy.

Lastly, I hope you enjoy the taste & health benefits! As your grains multiply, share the “healthy gut love” with friends and family so they too can experience abundant health!



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How to make homemade kefir

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3 Steps to Being Real with Yourself through God

3 steps to being real with yourself through God

3 Steps to being real with yourself through God


Ok, first off God knows everything. He knows our past, present, and future. He knows our hearts, our deepest fears, and desires. He knows how we think, I mean he created the human race, right? He has seen generation after generation do the same things and go through the same things we are facing now. Nothing is new to Him. 

So, while I stood in my pain and sorrow, with tears and fits of anger I looked to God for help. I prayed incessantly. Except, I was doing it more to get out of my situation, to get what I wanted because “I deserve it”. I felt like I had every right, I hadn’t been all bad. Man did I get it all wrong. There was more to me than I could see. While I focused on the things that I wanted I didn’t realize that I was in a place to give God what He wanted.

1. God wants you to be real with Him, after all, He already knows but He wants you to realize it too. When you start building a relationship with God you have to come face-to-face with yourself. It’s scary to get down to the core of your heart, it’s scary to know yourself. Asking God to reveal the things in your heart that aren’t pleasing is to reveal things that you need to work on. Sometimes you know who you are or at least the not-so-nice things in you but don’t want to admit it because it’s embarrassing or shameful. Let’s get real, I was an awful person. Yeah, I looked nice and tried to talk nice and be nice. Inside, I was dirty. I was an angry person, impatient, envious, insecure, passive aggressive, prideful…oh this list goes on! But through the grace of God, I overcame that bad character I had built. It was through God and his Holy Spirit’s revelation that I was able to work those things out, not by myself but with Him. 

Galatians 5:22
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness

2. Pray, repent, and practice. After praying to God, repenting, and then practicing living Christ-like I was made new! I was no longer a negative person. I was no longer that awful person from a paragraph ago. I’m patient, understanding, caring, I look to others for wisdom and guidance, I am not quick to judge, I’m happy, I’m positive, I have faith in God! I’m a new person and I must say…I LOVE IT! There are days when old Jessica steps into the picture but I quickly shoo her out of here, because she is in the PAST and I am living in the NOW, with the NEW AND IMPROVED JESSICA.

Romans 7: 18, 25
18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. 25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh, I serve the law of sin.

3. Renew your mind everyday. Because we are of flesh we have sin in us, it is in our nature to sin. It’s normal. The difference is realizing it, repenting, and coming to God with that. As I did my devotional today, God revealed the verses above to me and then at that exact moment I had a clear example of it. I was on my Instagram and saw these two beautiful women with perfect husbands, baby bumps, kids, images, lives…they have everything great! I started to feel envy creeping in my heart. I quickly responded to the Holy Spirit’s tap on my shoulder saying, hey hang on there what are you thinking? Instead, I went on to ask God for forgiveness and prayed blessings upon them. I reminded myself that I want to love others unconditionally and rejoice in other’s happiness and accomplishments.

Thank you God, for your amazing revelation, you are awesome!

Being real with God can be scary because you’re being real with yourself. But God is never-ending love and He loves you just the way you are. He just wants to help get rid of the not-so-nice in you and impart a beautiful spirit and heart in you. All you have to do is literally SPEAK UP and let Him reveal to you!



Jessica’s faith blog, To Love and Hope, was created to remind us that even in our worst circumstances God’s love is enough to give us hope to persevere. Her goal is to share God’s beautiful love with the rest of the world. Jessica Villarreal is a full-time graphic designer living in Southern California with her husband and their two kids. She loves spending time with her family, watching a good movie, and enjoys eating burgers and fries. She believes everyone has a unique story and would love to hear it!

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DIY Hand Pump Lid for Mason Jars

DIY Hand pump Lid

DIY Hand Pump Lid for Mason Jars 


I’ve been wanting to try this do-it-yourself Mason Jar hand pump lid since it was popular… three years ago… but I’m just now getting around to it. 😉 Now that I’ve done it, I’m not sure why I waited so long. It took me all of ten minutes and now I have a cute way to store some of my diy natural products that require hand pumps.

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Just so you know, if you are not the diy type, but love the look, you can purchase the lid/pump topper on Amazon for pretty cheap. (While you are at it, make sure you check out all the other cool accessories and hacks that go along with mason jars.)

Since I knew the exact purpose I was going to use for this project I went ahead and purchased labels. I found some re-positional chalkboard labels that work great if the container needs washing. And instead of using chalk with these labels, I used a white paint pen to do the lettering (avoiding any potential chalk smudging).

DIY Mason Jar Pump

Materials Needed:

  • Mason Jar with two piece lid
  • Hand pump from another bottle (I used an old Burts-Bees bottle pump because I was using a 16oz jar. If you are using a pint sized jar you can use pumps from hand soaps, sanitizers, or things of that nature.)
  • Permanent marker
  • Hammer and poking tool (I used a  nail punch)
  • Pliers
  • Superglue
  • Spray paint (optional)
  • Labels (optional)


  1. Take your marker and place a little x in the middle of your mason jar lid. Secure the lid to the jar.
  2. Use your hammer and nail punch to make a hole. (the hole does not have to be perfect, just big enough to set the pump piece in so it sits nicely on top.
  3. Remove the lid from the jar. With the Pliers, secure the sharp edges to the under-part of the lid.
  4. Spray paint the lid.
  5. Trim the pump straw if it is too long. (You want it sitting very close to the bottom of the jar, but not touching.)
  6. Insert the pump and superglue it to the top of the lid (give it a little time to dry).

…and Voila!


Hi! I’m Jessica. I’m a Christ-follower, full-time mommy of three, and have been married to my sweetheart for almost twelve years. While I’m knee deep in housework, dirty diapers, and wet kisses I like to spend nap-time snacking on chocolate, and sharing life with other moms. Thank you for taking the time to read one of my posts, I hope it can be an inspiration to you, is some small way today!

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OR Face Everything and Rise. – Unknown


I discovered this quote almost two years ago and it power punched me in the face!

The play on words immediately took me a few years back to a church service where a leader I greatly respected approached me saying,

“Amanda, I see you as a Lioness with a great voice. You have a gifting that will bless a generation, However, you have lived enclosed in a cage for far too long. In times when you have attempted to step out in faith, paw to the soil, you cower back into your cage. You were meant to run free, to influence and to let your roar be heard for generations to come” 

*Jaw Drop*

I remember being blown away that someone could see into the depths of my soul (mind, will and emotions). It was in that moment I realized I had cut off the oxygen supply to my dreams and passions.

I began questioning everything like, “When did this happen? When did I take an extinguisher to the fire in my heart? And why have I allowed certain experiences in my life to dictate my future?”.

You know what I discovered?

I found that brokenness had led to fear.

Fear of failure, fear that I was not enough, and fear that my spirit would be crushed once again under the pressure of ill words by envious hearts. Instead of pushing forward with tenacity and faith in my abilities, I allowed myself to crumble.

Now, fast forward to the present.

It has been a process. Hard. Emotional. A process of healing & self-discovery.

Having learned from this journey called life, I refuse to let anyone or anything stop me from my pursuit to share with the world what has been divinely placed within me ever again. Every day is not perfect. My tender heart must choose to press forward when it would be easier to regress. But that is why it is important to take courage and place one foot in front of the other.

My hope is that you will face your fears NOW and not allow years of influence to be wasted because you spent your days caged up in defeat as I had.

I want to say to you, “RISE BEAUTIFUL ONE”.

I believe the self-doubt and running away stops here! We must tap into our inner strength and believe that we are conquerors. No matter where we have been and no matter the Giants that stand before us, WE WILL RISE!

Inadequacy will rule no more!

May we become the Lioness no longer confined, operating in her gift, leaving her unique paw print on the world.

Lastly, I must say as a new mom, this principle is at the forefront of my mind everyday. It is important that I not only do this for myself but for my baby boy as well. It is important to me to pave the way for bold and brave living. As I go before him I want him to know that fears conquered can have a ripple effect for generations to come, and it starts with OUR choice to rise when it would be easier to run. It is by setting this standard that I know the legacy will not be lost.

Let us FACE all that is before us, RISE empowered having conquered our fear, and be relentless in the pursuit of the passion within.

The time is NOW….

FEARMandy Limon lives in Northern California with her Husband and Son. Her passion to empower women is the heartbeat and inspiration to her personal Blog titled “Melodic Rhythms of Hope”. Her Motto is to live Bold and Brave, embracing your unique story with Great Faith. Mandy loves the creative arts, serving her community and spending time with her family. The beach is her happy place with a cup of coffee hand. She loves meeting new friends and hopes to connect with you! 

To read more about Mandy and follow her beautiful writings, head on over to her page right here! Also, follow her on instagram @melodicrhythmsofhope

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