Wednesday, March 30, 2011

~*~ Rest ~*~

Sharing some of my favorite verses on rest, and resting in our Savior. I know there are many others out there but here's just a few.

"And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done."
Genesis 2:2

And He said, "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest."
Exodus 33:14

"Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope."
Psalms 16:9
"Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass."
Psalms 37:7
"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest."
Matthew 11:28

Blessings on your week!

♥ Tabitha

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Thankful Tuesday #5

Thankful Tuesday again! : ) These are just a few of the m.a.n.y things I'm thankful for.

42. Spring!
43. Mountains
44. Family
45. Roses
46. Balls and Toys - all over
47. Fluffy white clouds
48. Our Faithful and everlasting FATHER
49. All knowing Savior
50. Inspiring books
51. Precious little people. :-)

Blessings on your week everyone!

Monday, March 28, 2011

*CLOSED* Suuthe Lip Balm & Skin Repair ~ Review & Giveaway 4/11

How Suuthe came about:

Our Story - suuthe all natural, pure skin repair products for damaged skin Suuthe by Mari is a mother-inspired line of skin products that nourishes and repairs damaged skin. Born from a mother’s need to help repair and relieve her baby’s skin conditions such as eczema, Suuthe skin products are made from high-quality natural and organic, food-grade ingredients that have been used for thousands of years to provide fast, effective, natural relief for sensitive and damaged skin. Read more here.

Skin Repair:

Product Description (from their site):

We are proud to offer for sale our damaged Skin Repair by suuthe. Skin Repair is our flagship product and the reason we are in business today. Our Skin Repair is a synergistic blend of some of nature's most magnificent healing ingredients. Mari developed damaged skin repair when her son was suffering from very dramatic eczema. She could not find a skin product on the market that helped him so she decided to make her own Skin Repair product. Our Skin Repair is naturally anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and anti inflammatory. Our damaged Skin Repair is equally effective for all kinds of skin issues from rashes to open wounds and stretch marks to arthritis. Skin Repair is also baby safe. No home should be without it!

What is in our Skin Repair?

Pure Emu Oil, Shea Butter, Organic Olive Oil, Bees Wax Essential Oils: Lavender, Lemon, Chamomile Flower Extract-German Blue

Lip Balm:

Product Description (from their site):

We are proud to offer for sale this Soothing Lip Balm by suuthe. Today's extreme weather conditions cause dry chapped lips, dry cracked lips, and sore lips. Using our proven Skin Repair formula, we created our Soothing Lip Balm to battle these lip ailments. This lip moisturizing product not only works on chapped lips but also hydrates and repairs sensitive skin around the mouth. Our Soothing Lip Balm is a 100% natural lip balm. Soothing Lip Balm is also a beeswax lip balm using bees wax in the proven formula.

Our Soothing Lip Balm is available in Original, Peppermint, and Unscented. The packaging we chose for our natural lip balm is designed for anyone 'on the go', it easily fits into a small pocket or handbag.

What is in our Soothing Lip Balm?

Emu Oil, Shea Butter, Organic Olive Oil, Bees Wax, Essential oil blend: Lavender, Lemon, Chamomile (German Blue), Peppermint Essential oil for peppermint variety lip balm

My Review:

I was so excited when the folks over at Suuthe said they’d send me some of their products to sample. I received a nice package just a few days later with 2 lip balms and 1 skin repair along with 3 sample size skin repairs to share.

They sent me an Original & Peppermint Lip Balm – I’m allergic to mint of any sort and my husband isn’t very fond of it so we passed that one on to family. The lip balm is smooth and works well. It has an abnormal shape; though I do like it. I told my husband that it looks like a miniature deodorant stick. :-) Just a few days before receiving the samples, my hands were starting to get real dry and cracking. I don’t normally have trouble with dry skin. I put some skin repair on my hands where they were dry and cracked and the next morning they were re-hydrated and healing already and super soft. So far we’ve been blessed with no injuries since receiving these products so I haven’t been able to test the skin repair on how it works on scrapes, etc.

Buy It:

Suuthe’s Skin Repair and Lip Balm along with many other All Natural skin care products can be purchased directly from their website.

Win It:

Suuthe has graciously offered to giveaway their Skin Repair and Lip Balm to one of my readers!


Go visit Suuthe and leave a comment letting me know one of their products you’d like to try.


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This giveaway will start Monday, March 28 & end April 11,2011 at midnight CST. Please make sure there is a way I can get your email so you can be contacted if you win. The winner will have 2 days to respond before a new winner is selected.

**Disclaimer - I received a sample from the company Suuthe for review purposes only. All opinions expressed here are my own.**

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sense & Sensibility ePattern Giveaway Winner!

The winner for the
Sense & Sensibility ePattern Giveaway is comment #9 - Stefanie!

Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it!

Thank you to all who entered! This was a lot of fun!

Hope you all are having a blessed weekend!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thankful Tuesday #4 on Wednesday *barely*

Hi Everyone!

I've been just so busy these last few days. It just hit me now that today is Wednesday and not Tuesday so I guess I'll do my post today for yesterday! :-) I don't know why I thought it was Tuesday though...we are leaving tomorrow on a trip to visit family and for weeks I've known it was a Thursday we'd leave on. I've been pretty busy preparing and getting ready to be gone from our home for 2 weeks.

Here's my list of the things I'm thankful for today:

32. My beloved family
33. The many different way to travel.
34. Encouraging promises in the Word of God
35. A new Washer and Dryer
36. Warmer days & spending time outside.
37. Painting our kitchen! Oh, it's so much better. Our house is older and all the walls are brown paneling... So, we decided -kind of on a whim - to paint our kitchen yellow. We started Saturday afternoon and finished on Monday. (Pictures to come...)
38. Electricity
39. Safety on the road for family
40. Teething gel :-)
41. The Love Dare - my husband and I are reading it together right now and have been so blessed. It's such an encouraging devotional to build 1. your relationship with God first and then 2. to build your marriage stronger. We've only been married for just a few months over a year now and we don't have any problems (to God be the glory!), but I think I can say for both of us that this book will make a difference in our walks with the Lord and together.

I hope your week is going well and you have been blessed!

Blessings to all!


P.S. Only a couple days left to enter the ePattern giveaway I'm hosting...enter here!

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Conversation with God ~ Book Review

A Conversation with God -- If You Could Ask God Any Question What Would It Be?

by: Alton Gansky

A front row seat to a fascinating conversation between God, Jesus, and other biblical characters answering important questions about life and faith.

A Conversation with God allows readers a one-on-one dialogue with God, his son Jesus, and other important men and women from the Bible as they respond to questions and concerns relevant to the Christian faith. The questions, in some cases hard-hitting, cover issues that have troubled believers and seekers since the beginning of time. Each answer is based on Scripture and written with the warmth and intimacy of a Heavenly Father relating to His child.

From the back:
Have you ever looked into the night sky and asked, "Why?"
It's not unusual to ask questions, but it is rare to find reliable answers since so many of our questions involve difficult issues or mysteries too great for our comprehension. But there is One who knows.

A Conversation with God was created because life is challenging and your heart longs to understand. Within these pages you'll find fifty-five of life's greatest questions and the answers you're been seeking about the past, the present, and the future. Join in an engaging conversation with God, Jesus, and key Bible characters who answer questions such as...

God, are we really living in the end times?
How can we believe that You created us?
If You love us, why do we suffer?
Can I lose my salvation?
What is Heaven like?
What will we do for eternity?

Every question and answer in A Conversation with God has been prayerfully drown from the Bible, where God has revealed Himself, Each topic comes with scriptural references so you can explore the Bible verses for yourself.
You'll discover the many promises God has for you, including, "You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart."

My Review:

My Husband & I have read this book together and enjoyed it immensely. The pages are thick and strong too & I'm sure it will last a long time. One thing my husband and I really enjoyed about this book was that while reading it you know that everything is straight from the scriptures, many passages that we are all familiar with. Many times while reading it we would stop and talk about the passage of scripture Mr. Gansky was quoting. Each section has several chapters covering that topic. The topics covered in A Conversation with God are:

The Future
Pain and Suffering
Kingdom of God
Heaven and Hell
Christian Living
Today's World

Each chapter isn't too long making it easy to read any time of the day. At the end of the book is a large section (about 50 pages) of notes. Here all the scripture references are so you can look them up in your Bible and study these topics further.

The questions are answered in a conversational manner through the perspective of God, Jesus, Abraham, Solomon, John, Paul, Titus along with many other people who walked with God in the Old and New Testaments.

Overall I found this book to be a great addition to our bookshelf and I plan to read it again sometime. I think its written easy enough to read to your children to help answer some of those really hard questions like: Why are some people rich and other poor? or Why is there disease? I would highly recommend this book to most people!

Disclosure: I received this book through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Homemade Natural Deodorant

With family history of Alzheimer's on both sides I have always tried to stay away from aluminum products. My husband's grandmother has the disease and so does my grandfather. :-( We don't use aluminum foil and I've been using natural deodorants for years. I just realized the tortillas I was buying had aluminum in them so now I'm going to be making them. :-/ (My hubby is happy!) I buy baking powder that is aluminum free too and read all the ingredient labels before buying things.

When my husband and I got married he switched over to natural deodorant as well but couldn't find a one that worked for him. He would either have flaming red underarms after a couple days of using it or find they didn't really do anything. We tried one after the other with no good results. I didn't want him to have to use the stuff that we all know is bad for us but we were running out of options, then I came across this recipe here and thought I'd give it a try. I thought it was pretty simple and if it didn't work I wouldn't be losing much! So far I'm very pleased with it and so is my husband. It didn't give him a bad rash either which is a great improvement too! It's such a simple recipe and easy to make!

Here you go:

6-8 Tbsp Coconut oil (solid state)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch (arrowroot is preferred but I didn't have any on hand).


1. Combine equal portions of baking soda and arrowroot powder.
2. Slowly add coconut oil and work it in with a spoon or hand blender until it maintains a firm but pliable texture. It should be about the same texture as commercial deodorant, solid but able to be applied easily. If it is too wet, add further arrowroot powder/cornstarch to thicken. I used a spoon and it took a little bit before the coconut oil was mixed in well.
3. Scoop this recipe into your old deodorant dispenser or place in a small container with lid and apply with fingers with each use. I found it sets best if placed in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes. Makes about 1 cup. This recipe lasts about 3 months for two people with regular daily use.

You can add your favorite essential oils to this recipe too if you want. I didn't have any on hand this time when I made it but I hope to add some next time I make it. I've read about them and there seems to be many favorites commonly used for deodorants. Tea Tree Oil sounds like it would be a great option and it has great antibacterial qualities.

Feel free to leave a comment if you've tried this recipe, how it works for you and if you have any suggestions!

Hope you all are having a blessed week!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Deuteronomy 10:21

Thankful Tuesday #3

Praise the LORD! Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Psalm 106:1

I'm feeling especially thankful for:

22. Celebration! Tomorrow is my 2 year anniversary to when my Husband & I got betrothed (engaged) & a special friends birthday!
23. Smiles
24. Ice cream (yes, I'm slightly addicted to it)
25. A fast approaching vacation to visit dear loved ones
26. Sunshine
27. Morning cuddles
28. Spring around the corner!
29. Memories being retold
30. Health to our loved ones.
31. Prayers going up for special little people and knowing that our One Lord and Savior is listening to us!

Please keep praying for Lucy and her family!

Rejoice in the great things the Lord has done for Bennett and continue to lift him up in your prayers!

What are you thankful for today?

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Friday, March 11, 2011

**Sense & Sensibility ePattern Giveaway**

I'm so excited to be hosting my first blog giveaway! How fun!

I have sewed and loved it for the last 7-8+ years! My wonderful Mom taught me how to sew using simple patterns and making doll blankets. I owe all my sewing knowledge to her. She spent countless hours helping & teaching me to cut fabric the most frugal ways, sew, re-sew, re-sew, re-sew, & yes re-sew again, iron, adjust patterns, etc. It was a long rough road those first years but now I'll be forever grateful for her help. I still remember those first projects with her by my side helping me along, what wonderful memories!

Now, today I can sew and I can't wait for the day when I'm blessed to teach my future daughters (only have Mr. T - 7 months - right now...) how to, just like my Mom taught me. I pray that I'll be just as patient and hardworking as my Mom - juggling all her daily tasks and helping a little girl learn how to sew...

Now on to the giveaway!!! :-)

Romantic Era Dress Pattern
I like the detail of this dress and have always liked the way dresses with buttons down the skirt look. : )

Jennie is a wife and stay at home mom to 9 children. (Love that! I'm one of 10!!!) Here's a little piece from the About me page:

"As a stay-at-home wife and mother, I never planned to devote eight hours a day to my sewing or pattern designing. While I thoroughly loved sewing for others, I was also committed to my family and did not want to rob them of precious time that could not be recaptured when my children were grown. With the arrival of our third son in 2001, I took time to refocus my plans and efforts for Sense and Sensibility. Many customers had asked me to sell copies of my patterns.

Girls' 1780's Portrait Dress Pattern

At first I wasn’t sure about drafting patterns for a wide range of sizes, but I finally took the plunge in 1998, introducing my Regency Gown Pattern. The immediate success of that pattern convinced me that there was a market for wearable, historical patterns that evoke the grace and charm of times past. I developed subsequent patterns slowly over a period of five years, and today I have 20 patterns available. I am so delighted to have met ladies from all over the world who share a passion for lovely, feminine designs. Read more..."

I was given this {below} pattern to review. I haven't had a chance to make this doll dress but I hope to soon. I'm hoping to make it for one of my younger sister (there's 4 of them). I've done lots of sewing before and really look forward to making this. I've read the instructions and looked over the pieces and have been really impressed with the effort put into them.

Doll's Romantic Era Dress ePattern
Jennie from Sense & Sensibility Patterns was so kind and has offered a FREE ePattern of their choice to one of my readers!

Mandatory Entry:
  • First follow A Restful Place via Google Friend Connect and then go over to Sense & Sensibility Patterns and tell me which of Jennie's patterns is your favorite (don't worry you can always change your mind if you win). Please leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. :)

Extra Entries:
  • Leave a comment with your favorite sewing tip to share with A Restful Place readers. (1 entry)
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This giveaway will end March 25, 2011 at midnight. I'll plan to post the winner the following day, Lord willing!

Happy Sewing Ladies!

*** I was given this pattern for review purposes from Jennie at Sense & Sensibility Patterns. All opinions expressed here are my own.***

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wise Woman Link-up


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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Have we Forgiven Them?

I heard this song the other day for the first time and was blessed by it.

Have we forgiven those who have wronged us? Are we forgiving them over and over again? We need to be.

Below are the words and a link to listen to it.

7 x 70
I’ve been living in this house here
Since the day that I was born
These walls have seen me happy
But most of all they’ve seen me torn
They’ve heard the screaming matches
That made a family fall apart
They’ve had a front row seat
To the breaking of my heart

7 times 70 times
I’ll do what it takes to make it right
I thought the pain was here to stay
But forgiveness made a way
7 times 70 times
There’s healing in the air tonight
I’m reaching up to pull it down
Gonna wrap it all around

I remember running down the hallway
Playing hide-and-seek
I didn’t know that I was searching
For someone to notice me
I felt alone and undiscovered
And old enough to understand
Just when I’m s’posed to be learning to love you
Let me doubt again

7 times 70 times
I’ll do what it takes to make it right
I thought the pain was here to stay
But forgiveness made a way
7 times 70 times
There’s healing in the air tonight
I’m reaching up to pull it down
Gonna wrap it all around

I lost count of the ways you let me down
But no matter how many times you weren’t around
I’m all right now

God picked up my heart and helped me through
And shined a light on the one thing left to do
And that’s forgive you
I forgive you

7 times 70 times
If that’s the cost I’ll pay the price
7 times 70 times
I’ll do what it takes to make it right
I thought the pain was here to stay
But forgiveness made a way

7 times 70 times
There’s healing in this house tonight
I’m reaching up to pull it down
Gonna wrap it all around
I’m gonna wrap it all around

I’ve been living in this house here
Since the day that I was born

Listen to this song here:

Be Blessed!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thankful Tuesday #2

I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
Psalm 69:30

11. shoots of grass peeking through the ground
12. encouraging books on our shelves
13. sunny days just around the corner
14. hearts of mustard :-)
15. grace & like-minded fellowship
16. uplifting music filling the air
17. dishes
18. playpens
19. travel bags
20. words - how we can explain our hearts and be encouraged through them.
21. Salvation

What are you thankful for today??

Monday, March 7, 2011

Cream Cheese Brownies

Cream Cheese Brownies

4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
1 cup butter or coconut oil
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
4 eggs
1 ½ cups flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts

Cream Cheese Filling - below

Heat oven to 350. Grease bottom and sides of rectangular pan, 13 x 9 x 2 inches, with shortening.

Melt chocolate and margarine in 1-quart saucepan over low heat, stirring frequently; cool.

Prepare Cream Cheese Filling; set aside.

Beat chocolate mixture, sugar, vanilla and eggs in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat in flour and salt on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl occasionally. Beat on medium speed 1 minute. Stir in nuts. Spread half of the batter (about 2 ½ cups) in pan. Spread filling over batter. Carefully spread remaining batter over filling.

Bake 45-50 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into 2 x 1-inch bars. Refrigerate any remaining brownies.

Cream Cheese Filling
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 egg

Beat all ingredients until smooth.


"And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you,
because you obey the voice of the LORD your God."
Deuteronomy 28:2

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Thankful for My Many Blessings Tuesday #1

"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name."

Psalm 100:4

I'm going to try to post 10 things or more every Tuesday that I'm thankful for.

1. My Husband and his love for me.

2. My Son - Little Mr. T - his beautiful eyes, chubby hands, adorable smile & contagious laugh!

3. The rain and sunlight, making the grass grow.

4. Family and friends - the ones we love & cherish.

5. Baby toys on the floor.

6. Food on our table.

7. Clean air to breath.

8. A house to live in. Warm in the winter, cool in the summer

9. A happy smile after nap time.

10. Piles of laundry - they seem to never quite be done, more like rolling hills, up & down, up & down......

What a you thankful for this Tuesday?
If you want I think it would be fun and a blessing to others if you posted them on your blog and left a link here so the rest of us can read them too.

Tuesday Blessings To Everyone!

"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful."

Colossians 3:15

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