Food for the Soul ~ Romans 8:1

Hi Friends. I thought you might be in need of some encouraging words today. If you as a Christ follower find yourself struggling with guilt and unable to let go of the failures of the past, these words are for you...


Free yourself from the burden of letting mistakes define who you are. Christ has paid for all of them and you are free to live the abundant life He promised you! Live life to the full! Have a blessed week!
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Creative Ways Link Party #24 and Features

Hi Friends! Welcome to this week's Creative Ways Link Party! I'm so glad you've stopped by to check out what your buddies in the blogosphere have been up to lately...and I'm thrilled that you're here to show us what's been keeping you busy too!


Do you want to see what made my heart go "pitter pat" from last week's party? I'm loving all the fall inspiration... it goes nicely with the chilly evenings and crisp mornings we've been enjoying ;-)

Oh my goodness! I need to make some of this Sugar & Spice Snack Mix by So Much to Make...ASAP! Seriously awesome fall flavors going on in this mix!

I love how creatively this Fall Subway Art Pumpkin was put together by Canary Street Crafts! Just adorable! 

This Quick Chicken Orzo Soup by Linda at With a Blast looks so yummy! The perfect end to a chilly evening. I'll be making up a batch of this real soon!

Surroundings by Debi showed us her secrets for Painting Faux Pumpkins... she sure fooled me. They are beautiful!

Nothing says "fall" quite like apples. I can't wait to whip up a batch of these Brown Sugar Apple Muffins by Love, Pasta and a Toolbelt

I love a good repurpose project and this post is full of them. Bohemian Junktion did an amazing job in her Craft Room Reveal.

Angela of Kiwi Services gave us The Best Kept Secret to Cleaning Tile and Grout before the holidays are upon us! I see some "floor time" in my future ;-)

If you missed these wonderful posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! What have you been working on this week? I can't wait to see!

Link Party Guidelines
  • Please link up to 3 of your family-friendly DIY Projects, Crafts or Recipes...your Creative Ways
  • Please link to a specific post on your blog, not just your home page.
  • Please do not link up Etsy shops or giveaways
  • Please follow Posed Perfection by clicking on one of my pretty, colorful buttons on the sidebar, and let me know so I can follow you back.
  • I'd love for you to add the party button to your post, a visible link back on your post, or a link on a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
  • Be sure to visit at least 2 links and leave some comment love. 
  • By linking up to this party, your are giving authorization for your projects/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog.
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    Are you following me on Facebook? If not, I'd be thrilled if you popped over there to "like" my page. To have a better chance of getting my posts into your Facebook feed, leave a comment or like a post when you see it too.  I can't wait to see all your Creative Ways!

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    Food for the Soul ~ Isaiah 33:2

    Hello, sweet friends! I'm so happy to see you've stopped by for a visit today. I trust you've had a good week. If it's been a difficult one, however, I pray your heart is encouraged by God's Word to lean on Him and His strength.

    Pumpkin Vase with Isaiah 33:2 Bible verse

    Too often I try to do all things in my own strength, not even realizing it. It's only when the balls that I've been juggling come crashing to the earth that I recognize I haven't even given the Lord a passing thought. Yet, when I stop in the morning, thank Him for His provision and ask for His strength to make it through the day, He graciously gives me mercy upon mercy. I may still have difficult days, but I don't end up spiritually depleted at the end of the week. Praying you have the kind of week that reflects the beauty of His goodness!
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    Creative Ways Link Party #23 and Features

    Happy Wednesday, Peeps! Have you had a good week? I have to say, ours has started off much better than last week. I give God all the glory on that one! He has been so gracious to me this week. It just makes me want to celebrate...I hope you are ready for a fun party...'cuz it's time for the 23rd Creative Ways Link Party!


    Before you show us all the awesomeness you've been working on, I just want to mention something about this party. (No scolding, just a friendly reminder.) I hope you find it to be not only a place to showcase your work, but also to encourage other bloggers in their creativity. We've had some good weeks with a lot of click throughs, and then we've had some weeks where not many links get visited. I know we all like a little encouragement, a pat on the back, a virtual warm hug every now and then. Let's do that for each other this week, okay? Find at least 2 link ups that you can visit, and leave a kind word if you feel led to do so. I guarantee you'll make someone's day a little brighter. Okay, now.... here were some of the posts that caught my eye as I was scrolling through all the great links from last week:

    I love the industrial chic look of this Pipe Shelf by House of Hipsters. Super cute way to style it too! I think I need a vase filled with arrows!

    This Candy Corn Oreo Bark by The Simple, Sweet Life  just screams "Fall" to me. Love the bright colors and the yummy treats all rolled into one delicious creation.

    A Little Bit of Everything showed us her Updated Computer/Sitting Room... I love how all the spaces are defined. It's so pretty and organized!

    Simply Suzanne's at Home brought these yummy Cocoa Streusel Mini-Cakes to the party. I can't wait to try these...I love streusel and I love chocolate. Putting them together is pure genius!

    Paper & Fox shared some pretty Painted Pumpkins. I love the look of the giant monogrammed pumpkin!

    Pumpkin Snicker Doodle Cookies by Mom 2 My Crazy 2 baked up a winner with these sweet treats. Pumpkin anything is right up my alley!

    Finally, this DIY Boo Bag by Michelle Lea Designs is just too cute for words. Love the patterns she chose to embellish this fun bag!

    If you missed these wonderful posts, be sure to click through their links to check them out! What have you been working on this week? I can't wait to see!

    Link Party Guidelines
    • Please link up to 3 of your family-friendly DIY Projects, Crafts or Recipes...your Creative Ways
    • Please link to a specific post on your blog, not just your home page.
    • Please do not link up Etsy shops or giveaways
    • Please follow Posed Perfection by clicking on one of my pretty, colorful buttons on the sidebar, and let me know so I can follow you back.
    • I'd love for you to add the party button to your post, a visible link back on your post, or a link on a party page. We want your creative friends to join us too!
    • Be sure to visit at least 2 links and leave some comment love. 
    • By linking up to this party, your are giving authorization for your projects/recipes to be featured with a photo and a link back to your blog.
      Posed Perfection
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      I would love for you to start following me on BlogLovin' to ensure you get the latest posts. I can't wait to see all your Creative Ways!

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      How We Kept Our Kids Cavity-Free All Through Early Childhood ~ Heroic Habits

      I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for LISTERINE. I received samples for this review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

      Routine, glorious routine! How I've missed you over the summer! We are in our 6th week of school and things are finally starting to move to the beat of an even rhythm... a glorious routine. We tweak it every once in a while, but there is something so powerful about routines. Everyone seems to have an idea of what they are to be doing at a given time during the day, and they often do it without nagging from me. Take brushing teeth before bed, for instance. My kiddos have been doing this since they first had teeth. It is rarely questioned and almost always done proficiently.


      Establishing healthy routines early can mean the difference between good dental health and poor dental health. Heredity plays a role too, but isn't it great when we can train our children in heroic habits, especially related to their health?


      So far, knock on wood, neither of my kiddos have had to go through the unpleasantness of getting a cavity filled. I truly believe it's because we started healthy habits early on. Here was our plan of attack for keeping them cavity-free:
      • As soon as they sprouted baby teeth, we were brushing them. 
      • After they finished breastfeeding by about 6-8 months old, they both drank lots of milk up through about year 5, which provided a fair share of calcium.
      • We began taking our children to the dentist every 6 months from the time they were about 3 years old. First, so they wouldn't fear the dentist, and second, so they would be coached and encouraged in keeping their teeth healthy. 
      • We limited sugary snacks during the day, and never let them eat after brushing their teeth before bed.
      • As soon as their molars were ready, we had the dentist put sealants on to keep those grooves nice and protected. So far, they've been successful. 
      • They always brush their teeth before bed (this healthy habit and the next are currently in the process of being enhanced)
      • The kids floss their teeth occasionally ( I know we need to do better with this one.)
      (Obviously, every family is different and you should consult your own dentist to keep your family's teeth in tip-top shape...this is just our experience.) Up until now, this routine has been sufficient for us. However, now that we are into the middle school years, I know we need to up the ante. My kiddos had great spacing between their baby teeth, so flossing wasn't really an issue... meaning we did it half-heartedly. Now that they are older and most of their permanent teeth are in, we have crowding. This means that there are more spaces for bacteria to grow and damage teeth if left unchecked. Not only that, but they both indulge in sugary, sticky treats more frequently than they did when they were little. Keeping on top of the plaque is key!


      Our son is in braces, so it is even more important for the habits of flossing and rinsing with a protective mouthwash to be instilled. As soon as he is out of braces, our daughter will be getting some as well. While my husband and I are good about brushing our teeth at least twice a day and flossing regularly, our routine could definitely stand to be improved with a good quality mouthwash and more frequent flossing.


      LISTERINE is known for their outstanding mouthwash and other dental hygiene products, so I was thrilled to have the opportunity to put some of them to use as we improve upon the habits we have already begun. Here are the ones I am most excited about including in our dental routine:

      LISTERINE HEALTHYWHITE Sodium Fluoride Anti-Cavity Mouthrinse - years of coffee drinking have done a number on my teeth. This rinse will gently remove and prevent stains on our teeth, prevent cavities, and kill bad breath germs.

      LISTERINE HEALTHYWHITE Mint Floss - Again, coffee stains don't limit themselves to the fronts of my teeth. There are plenty of stains in between too. This shred-resistant floss easily glides between the teeth, allowing me to get to particles under the gums too.

      LISTERINE SMART RINSE- Just another layer of protection to reduce the chances of tooth decay for the kiddos.

      LISTERINE ULTRACLEAN Access Flossers- The perfect tool for reaching in-between the back teeth and all the other hard to reach places.

      Finally, the LISTERINE POCKETPAKS are the perfect on-the-go weapon against the germs that cause bad breath.


      Just as we seek to instill healthy heroic habits in our families by providing solid nutrition, plenty of opportunities to stay active and ample rest, it's important to keep our smiles healthy too. So, as we strive to improve our dental hygiene in the coming months, here are the habits I'm hoping to instill in our family's routine:

      1. Brushing teeth at least twice daily, if not more. Hubby and I are already doing this, but the kids typically only brush at night...mom fail, right? I need to help them make brushing their teeth in the morning a priority also. They don't smell like sweet babies anymore and neither does their morning breath.
      2. Flossing every day...not just when we have something wedged between our teeth, or right before the dentist appointment.
      3. Use LISTERINE  mouthrinses to help prevent cavities and minimize stains.

      Are you needing to revamp your dental hygiene routine too? You can find LISTERINE products at these locations. Also, check out their Youtube page featuring Healthy Habit Heroes!
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      I'm linking up at some of these great parties and