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Making the Most of Monday: Refreshing the Spirit with Your Spouse Part 1



If you are new to the magazine, Making the Most of Monday is a regular part of our features. Mondays  signify one important thing, a fresh start. It's like a new years resolution at the start of every week.

Hopefully by Monday you've taken some off time during the weekend to rejuvenate, spend quality time with loved ones and friends, which makes Monday your chance to really get to work and make the most of your week.


Well hello lovelies, how are you on this fine Monday? You remember I love Monday's right?

I'm thrilled to be back with Making the most of Monday today. It is often very hard for me to only talk about materialistic things here at VI, so I'd like to get a little personal with you every once in awhile. Is that alright?

My husband and I attended a conference this weekend. No kids, just us.  Three days of getting into God's word together and learning about love, respect, honor and meeting each others needs. Although at times, certain parts of it were hard to swallow, we all want everything sugary sweet right? The most important part I took from the conference was living our marriage according to God's Will and not ours.

I needed that nudge, that subtle reminder that everything in life can be found in the Bible. He's created a road map for marriage if we just seek it. I was so inspired by the weekend that I plan to do a personal Bible study myself to refresh my spirit on what the Bible says exactly about my role as a wife and my role in our marriage.

I'm pleased to say my husband and I are happily married. We're going on eight years this year and every year that goes by it gets a little easier. We start getting more and more comfortable communicating what we want/need from each other and often times we sail through weeks with no disagreements. Let's get real though, we're not perfect. We're not Adam and Eve before the fall. We're descendants of Adam and Eve and therefore not perfect. We were created in His image, but we didn't stay that way.  Our job is to realize this and build and grow a strong relationship with our spouse once we've figured that part out. 

I encourage you to think about a couple of words I mentioned earlier. Love, Respect, Honor. What do they mean to you in your marriage? Are you meeting your spouses needs? Are you living your marriage according to God's plan or someone else's ideas of what that should be.

Ladies if I may pick on you for a moment. We need to take a hard look at how we show respect for our husbands in front of others. Have we talked bad about him behind his back? Are we showing honor to him when he's not around. Do your friends dislike your husband because you've made him out to be something he's not. Whatever the case may be, we need to take back respect for the husband/father role in family. Hollywood has done its best to cast a poor light on the dad as being the dummy and I'm frankly sick of it.

Take a stand for your man. Start giving him the respect he desires and watch him melt your need for love.


Here are a few scriptures to get you started.

Matthew 19:6 NIV

6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

Ephesians 4:29 NIV

 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Hebrews 3:13 NIV

13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

xoxo Gabreial

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Organic & whole Living: Purple Cow "Green Smoothie"

After yesterday's post on dehydrated banana chewies, I'm in the mood for more healthy yummy treats and  apparently so are my boys. Today they requested a peanut butter smoothie. Now before you get all excited, they know that there is healthy green ingredients in every smoothie I make. This one just happens to come out purple.


Purple Cow Green Smoothie
I have to admit, I eyeball every single ingredient that I use to make our smoothies and taste test a couple of times before serving it up.


2 Frozen Bananas

1-2 Cups of Almond Milk

6-8oz Filtered Water (give or take, I add more to get the consistency that I want)

1/2 Cup Frozen Mixed Berries

3T Chia Seeds (a superfood packed with fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and antioxidants)

1/4-1/2 Cups of Peanut Butter ( I had organic crunchy on hand so that's what I used)

1/4 Cup Frozen Purple Grapes (makes for a great sweetener)

2 scoops Amazing Grass Green Superfood (you can see my past review of Amazing Gass here.) It is full of ingredients like Organic Wheat Grass, Alfalfa, Spirulina, Spinach, Broccoli, Chlorella, Acai, Maca, Carrogt, Beet, Raspberry,Rose HIps, Pineapple, Green Tea,Acerola Cherry, Fax Seed Powder and more!

Blend everything in your blender adding more milk or water to make it as thin or thick as you'd like. Boys verdict, " This is so, so good mom".  xoxo Gabreial

Organic & Whole Living: Excalibur Dehydrator Review

Dehydrated foods, what's the point? Well, I'll tell you what's the point. We love dried apple rings in this family. To us, they're like candy. A nourishing, yummy, chewy, satisfying candy! Anything to exchange the processed sugar variety makes this momma happy.

I've been on a health mission for over three years now. Not just the loose weight, mission but the healthy gut mission for everyone in my family. We've really been digging down into the nitty-gritty of what we eat and why we eat it. I'm realizing that the majority of the things we used to eat, were only things that satisfied hunger and not provide the nourishment that our bodies needed (1).

I was completely thrilled when Excalibur agreed to send me a dehydrator for review. I've been having so much delicious fun with it and so has my family.

First up, we made the most yummy snacks! Dehydrated Bananas.

I'm not talking about the hard crunchy often "deep fried" banana chips you get at the health food store. I'm talking about banana chips and chewies. Oh my, they are so, so good. My boys call them little slices of banana pudding. Doesn't that sound good. Banana pudding without the heavy cream, pudding and nilla wafers.

Banana Chips and Chewies are so easy to make, especially with the Excalibur Dehydrator. For crunchier banana chips you're going to want to slice them fairy thin, but not so thin you can see through them. For a more chewier texture you're going to want to slice them a bit thicker.

Simply line them on the dehydrator tray, and turn on the temperature to 125 degrees. The Excalibur has an easy dial system with temperatures marked making it easy to set.  I've read a lot of conflicting advice about what temp to dehydrate foods so that they don't loose their enzymes and I'm comfortable with starting out at 125 degrees for two hours and reducing that to 115 degrees for four hours, although times will vary based on humidity and temperature in your area and home. Another great feature of the Excalibur Dehydrator is the timer. You can set for as long as 26 hours.

Really though, it all depends on the texture you are trying to achieve with your bananas. We could hardly keep our fingers out of these and ate some in between, they were still a little moist but really yummy.

The bottom right picture shows our batch (that didn't get eaten) of dried banana chips that were sliced a little thicker. Do you see how the edges curled a bit? That shows the chewier texture. If they were thinner and dried they would be more flat.We aren't worried about color in this family, brown fruit doesn't bother us, it is only natural, so I didn't feel a need to douse them in lemon juice.

Needless to say clean up was a breeze, I hand washed the Excalibur Dehydrator trays in warm soapy water and that was it. I have four bunches of bananas waiting to be dried this weekend so we'll have some yummy snacks for on the go.

I have a lot to say about the Excalibur Dehydrator and all of the yummy healthy treats you can create with it. I'll be back with more recipes and an interview with Excalibur's CEO Shauna Verkade.


(1) Seven Tips to Enhance Digestion


Truth in Review: Excalibur. did provide me with a dehydrator free of charge including shipping. I was not paid for the review or require any certain context within my review. All reviews posted by me are truthful in content and not bought. Gabreial Wyatt, Editor Visit our Disclaimer/Disclosure  for more info.

What You Make of It: Vintage Coloring Book Totes

What You Make of It: Vintage Coloring Book Totes

By Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko

Coloring books were, for many of us, our first foray into the wonderful world of artistic expression! When I was a child there was no better treat than a new coloring book from the Woolworth’s Store and sometimes, if I was very lucky, a new box of crayons. I saved many of my childhood coloring books and recently I pulled them out and was amazed at the colorful and whimsical graphics. If you don’t have any of these vintage coloring books, they are easy to find at on-line auctions, estate sales, and flea markets.

Coloring books

Inspired by these delightful pieces of my childhood, I re-purposed the covers into totes. 


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You don’t have to get as elaborate as I did with my tote, as there are simpler methods for the non-sewer. The main supply you need is computer printer fabric.  You can find packs of these 8-1/2 X 11 inch pieces of cotton fabric with a paper backing in the quilting notions section of your favorite craft or fabric shop. The brand is frequently use is Computer Printer Fabric by June Tailor. You can purchase the “sew-in” variety (what I favor) or the “iron on” kind. The instructions for use on the package are super simple.   If you get the iron on printer fabric, you may iron your printed image to a pre-made canvas tote with out sewing! Easy!


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Elizabeth Holcombe Fedorko, aka Bethsbagz, began her checkered crafting career when at four she realized using paste on paper was better than eating it. Inspired by vintage dime store treasures, vintage fabric, and a no-fear attitude toward color, Beth crafts totes, pin cushions, wreaths, and corsages into her Dime Store Chic creations. Beth would love you to take a peek into her whimsical world at her blog.

Teach Me: Midwest Homeschool Convention March 31-April 2, 2011 Duke Energy Convention Center Cincinnati, Ohio

First, I want to mention I have no affiliation with the Midwest Homeschool Convention, other than the fact I've been and I love it and I'm going this year.


Cincinnati Homeschool Convention


If you plan to attend the Midwest Homeschool Convention March 31- April 2, 2011, I suggest registering soon as prices will continue to rise.


March 31-April 2, 2011 Duke Energy Convention Center Cincinnati, Ohio

We are excited about the next Cincinnati Homeschool Convention! Look forward to:

  • Huge Exhibit Hall
  • OUTSTANDING Speakers
  • Information Packed Workshops
  • Curriculum Shopping
  • Worldview Teen Track
  • Encouragement, Fun and Fellowship

…and More!!


Stay tuned for a helpful printable next week that will help you maximize your time at the convention. Oh, and if you haven't purchased your Tim Hawkins tickets, I say go right now and do it. I laughed so hard last year, I made myself sick. It was truly refreshing!


My Vintage Pad: Home Tour Heather Dutton in Kennebunk, Maine of Hang Tight Studio


My House

  Where do you live? 
       For the last 9 years I've been living & working in the beautiful town of Kennebunk, Maine.

What is your favorite part of each room?

       Oh boy! That's a difficult one to answer :) Since I work from home & I spend a lot of time in my studio, I filled that room with some of my all time favorite pieces. My desktop is chock-full of fun little tid bits, like a vintage cast iron mini muffin tin, which I used to hold all of my binder clips, push pins, ect.  

Studio Bits and Pieces

 One of my other favorite pieces in my studio is a vintage baby wooden shoemakers mold. I was giddy with excitement when I found it & was even more excited when I realized my pen/pencil fit in the opening perfectly

Studio pencil holder

Storage is a big problem throughout my house, since I only have a few small closets to work with. When I say small, I mean SMALL! I guess people in 1850 didn't need closet space like we do now. I've always had a bit of an obsession with vintage suitcases, lockers & old metal office/medical cabinets, so it was a no-brainer to fill my house with a variety of them. Not only do I love the way they look, they're also a great for storage! It's a win win in my book

Living room suitcase stack
Studio filing box

Studio storage


A few of my other favorite pieces throughout the house would have to be the incredible turquoise vintage fan, tv & old refrigerator I have on my back porch

  3season porch fan
Dress form

my coveted vintage dress form... which sits in my front hall, the vintage typewrite that I hung on my bathroom wall & my collection Le Pop Shoppe bottles


  Where do you find inspiration for decorating your home?

       For as long as I can remember, I've loved going to antique auctions, thrift stores & flea markets. It's hard not to get inspired when you're wondering around places like that. There's a character & history that vintage items have that you just can't get from new or reproduced stuff.

I also find inspiration from eclectic design books. Some of my all time favorites are:  "Decorating Junk Market Style" (by: Sue Whitney & Ki Nassauer), "Found Style" (by the super genius Amy Butler & her husband David), "On Display" (by Lesley Dilcock) & "Nest For Two" (by Allison Serrell).

  How do vintage things play a role in your room/home?

       Vintage items play a HUGE role in my house! Every room has a dash of vintage in it, if not more. I've always been drawn towards vintage pieces, so when it came to "decorating" my house, it was kind of a no brainer. Your space should be filled with pieces that you love & for me, that love comes from vintage goodies.

  Any advice on creating your look?

       I think the most important thing to keep in mind when you're decorating your house is to fill it with pieces that speak to you & things that make you happy to be around. If you do that, then a "style" will develop naturally. There aren't any rules to follow or mistakes you can make if you go with your gut & surround yourself with things that you love :)

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Mod Pod Gift Tag Set from Hang Tight Studio

  I love your website and designs. Can you tell us a little bit about Hang Tight Studio?

       Thanks! I started my surface design business (Hang Tight Studio) a little over 11 years ago, after working as a fashion designer in San Francisco for a number of years. I spend my days designing surface graphics & textile designs for companies across the US & Europe, which is pretty cool for a girl who's obsessed with design! I've been fortunate enough to work with some pretty spectacular companies, such as: Pottery Barn, Smith & Hawken, Real Simple, Tupperware, and Red Envelope.



In addition to the designs I create for various companies, I've also been working on developing & marketing a collection of my own designs. I honestly can't imagine doing anything else & sometimes I have to pinch myself that I actually get paid to draw all day :) It doesn't get any better than that!


Thanks so much Heather for sharing your home and vintage goodies with us!


The Daily Swank: Mary Had a Little Party

I can't believe my baby is going to be six years old. I can hardly stand it. I blinked and he grew three feet! We're hosting a family party here and then off to the skating rink. If I had my way, I'd be planning cute little birthday parties with matching decorations and streamers for every one until they move out.

I would definitely enlist the help of Mary Had a LIttle Party, can you say ADORABLE!


Mini Vintage Valentine Banner


Vintage Plane Birthday Party!


Find all of these materials for a perfect Vintage airplane party at Mary Had a Little Party.

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Storkie offers a huge assortment of wedding invitations, save the date cards, bridal shower invitations as well as holiday cards. With wedding season just around the corner it is a great time to show you some of my favorites from their collections.


Simply Sublime Save the Date


 Vintage Floral II Save the Date

Many of their "Dynamic Designs" are easily customizable with graphics, color combinations and easy to do yourself with drop-down menus under options on each product page.



Scent of Spring II Wedding Invitations with Foil.

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Vintage Valentine: You Anchor Me

I heart lockets. I'm embarrassed to say I don't even own one. I'm just now starting to build my jewelry collection. Before I fell in love with handmade jewelery, to me there wasn't any jewelery out there worth buying.


Find this beautifully hand embroidered silk thread anchor on antique linen at Stella Saves the Day.

I know it's cheesy, but this is how I feel about my husband.

(in case you're reading hubby, I love this necklace)

Sorry there folks, can't stop love right? Even if you don't celebrate Valentine's Day, which we really don't around here, to us it's just a reminder to hug the necks of the ones we love a little tighter.

xoxo Gabreial

Kentucky Life: New Restaurant Review El Jinete Taylor Mill 41015

For all of you who don't live in Kentucky (Taylor Mill area) please disregard this post or you may get very hungry.

New in town is the family owned and operated El Jinete Mexican Grill. If you know me, you know I adore Mexican food. Whether it is Americanized or not, I couldn't tell you, but I love spicy, crunchy and good Mexican food.

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I was thrilled when El Jinete opened up in my old hometown of Taylor Mill Kentucky. In a small strip of shops, along Old Taylor Mill Road.

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Surprising to us natives this particular restaurant used to be a Skyline Chili that moved up the sidewalk a bit, into a larger location. The inside has been completely changed, updated and sleek might I add for a strip restaurant.



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The restaurant was empty when we first arrived, but I think it was due to the random lunch time on a Sunday. (It is also very new). It was extremely clean and the staff was eagerly waiting to serve us.

The food, I know you're wondering about the food. Well, I realized that I wanted to write a feature after we had already started to chow so I don't have any pictures for you but I can share our thoughts with you.

If you're going to have a Mexican restaurant you have to have good chips and salsa in my opinion. This is key. My husband and I usually rate a Mexican restaurant on the chips and salsa (almost entirely). After all it is the start of what a great Mexican dinner should be.  It needs to have flavor, a spice of jalapeno and definitely cilantro. I found all three of these things during our lunch. However, I think the salsa could use just a little more flavor/heat. The chips tasted fresh and were thin and crunchy! The rest of the food was just as delicious. I had the chicken fajita taco salad (yum, with additional hot sauce), hubbs had a beef burrito and enchilada. Both boys enjoyed beef and chicken tacos. All in all, it was a delicious meal at a decent price. We give this restaurant a 7 out of 10.

Support family owned local restaurants like El Jinete.

5062 Old Taylor Mill Rd
Taylor Mill, KY 41015
(859) 360-1767


What's a good Mexican restaurant in your neck of the woods?




Teach Me: Easy Watercolor Valentine's Day Banner


Step 1: Gather your materials.

1. Hearts Template. We searched on-line for a printable hearts template. There are many out there to choose from. I liked the one we found since it has many different sizes of hearts. 

Heart Templates

2. Watercolors & Brushes.


3. Newspaper or covering for your work surface.We used brown craft paper that came in a package mailed to us. A great way to use and recycle packaging materials. 

4. Water & Paper Towels.

5. String for hanging later on.

Painted Hearts

Step 2: Paint your hearts in a collection of colors. We chose to go with reds, pinks, a white and one blue. The boys ended up experimenting with color blending and came up with a great purple and other colors from this family.


Step 3: Wait for your watercolor to dry, apply a second coat if you like dark colors.


Step 4: Cut out each heart.


Step 5: Measure you length of string, we chose some triple ply embroidery thread. Attach the hearts to the string. We used tape and placed hearts of different sizes and colors in a row down the string.

Watercolor Banner
Fridge Love
We decided to use leftover hearts to give the fridge some love.

Happy creating!


Organic & Whole Living: Light at the end of the flu tunnel...

Thanks to my efforts for getting more organized and planning my weeks better, you had no idea my whole family was down with a rough case of the flu last week. I had features all ready to go, which is was totally out of character for me.  It was a blessing in disguise.

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There is light at the end of the tunnel and as soon as we all kick these horrible coughs we'll be back to normal. I can hardly wait! This flu lent itself to plenty of home remedies to try. We tried everything from tumeric and honey to boiled onion to open up sinuses.

The best part, my husband made a delicious batch of Jordin Rubin's Chicken Soup. We did cook it for the full 24 hours and it was delicious. Our throats were raw, but the warmth of the soup soothed and I started feeling a little better. Next time, we will omit as much of the fat as possible as this seemed to make it somewhat greasy, but other than that a great soup for the flu.

After a week of major coughing, aching and sore throats I was craving anything cold on my throat. That's when I remembered popsicles (I had forgot about them, after all it is winter), but better than that frozen berries! These were wonderful. My youngest love and nursed frozen juicy red raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. They were great for getting some antioxidants back into your systems as well. The flu is tough, and I'm thankful it has passed and I think we've had our lifetime share.

What about you? What do you do to soothe the flu naturally?