Wednesday, February 29, 2012

simply beautiful jewels: my personalised necklace

It is no secret that I love jewellery.
I wear it every single day.

Today I am stepping out of my comfort zone and sharing one of my new 'simply beautiful' blog posts. I decided to call it simply beautiful as I like to look beautiful every day and I also like to keep it simple. I wanted to share some of the jewellery I wear and hopefully give you some ideas as well. I love jewellery as it helps me to feel happier and I love accessorising my outfits. 

One item of jewellery I have always wanted to own is a personalised necklace. Something special to represent our family. The chances of me ever having some spare cash to get one made up for me has been very slim lately. So I decided to improvise and am delighted with the results.


I created my own personalised necklace when I found these charms on sale in Diva for $2 each. I grabbed one to represent each member of our family. I then added them to a necklace I already owned and I loved that it has the same look at the charms. Perfect match.


I can now wear each family member close to my heart. Total cost being $18. I am happy with that bargain personalised necklace. As far as wearing it goes, it does not sit flat against my chest but hangs more in a bunch. I love the look of it and I love to wear it with stripes or even sitting nicely underneath a shirt. It is also a fun necklace as when I am wearing it my cherubs come up to find which letter they are and get excited that 'they' are hanging around my neck. It really does become a personal necklace.


Wearing the actual necklace. I think I need to smile more next time!
  
By the way: I am very, very excited to be a Mix Apparel Blogger. 
Check it out HERE!

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

celebrating and embracing the good we do


So often as women I find we talk down the good things that we do. 
We do not celebrate or embrace enough the good achievements that we make in our daily lives.

It is like it is not allowed. That it is wrong that we speak positively of our achievements in our home or to others. It drives me crazy that it is seen as bragging and boasting of our achievments instead of embracing and empowering ourselves for what we have done. I dislike that in trying to share some of these moments that women often can come away feeling ashamed and made to feel embarassed for speaking up and believing in themselves.

I believe we can and should celebrate our strengths and positive {motherhood} moments we have in life. Some of these moments are tough to get through and the only praise we receive from getting through them comes from ourselves.

There is nothing wrong with saying, 'You know what, I did an awesome job of getting everyone ready for school this morning' or 'Wow! I actually handled that situation really well. I cannot believe I did not lose my temper!'.

Personally, I had a really difficult situation with one of my daughters last week. It was a horrible time. At the end of the experience I was amazed just how calm I stayed through the whole process. Sure I got a little fired up, sure I felt I was going to explode but when it came time to talking to my daughter I was calm, cool and collected! I gave myself a pat on the back and allowed myself to feel happy with how I handled the situation.

To embrace this problem and encourage a little celebrating of the good that we do I wanted to see if you could share with me some of your great moments you have had lately. It can be at home, at work or in any situation in life. Let's celebrate today how awesome we are and start today off feeling good about ourselves.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

My creative space and where I write


Just in case you were wondering where I write and blog.
Where my creative space is.

Here it is.

Yes, my lounge room wall is blue.
Yes, I like a clean desk.
Yes, I have a spare chair next to me for cherubs.
Yes, I made those flowers on the wall.
Yes, I love spending time here.

So now you can see where I normally sit to write.
Nothing too exciting but I love it.

Simple, blue and uplifting for me.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, February 24, 2012

dark and light of motherhood


I wrote this post 2 years ago and never published it.
I was worried it was a little too heavy for my blog.

This morning I decided, well it's my blog and today I like heavy.
So here we go!


During the week I had an appointment in the city and took my 2 year old daughter on the train with me. On this trip she taught me some valuable lessons about motherhood and helped me to see things with a different perspective.

As we were riding the train my daughter stood up on the chair to look out the window and she was surprised to see everything go black as we entered a tunnel. She loudly yelled out,
‘Dark mummy Dark’ and I said ‘Yes, it is dark outside’.

As she turned back to look out the window the train came out of the tunnel and she was delighted that she could now see out of the window. She smiled as she saw the scenery wizzing past.
“Light mummy light’ she yelled out to me.
“Yes, you can see the trees and the cars now’ I replied.
She was very happy that it was light and that she could enjoy the view on the train.

Shortly after that experience my daughter looked out the window and saw a train go past that had carriages filled with dirt and spray paint all over the outside of them. She looked at me and said, ‘Dirty mummy dirty’. Then she looked at the train we were riding in and lovingly rubbed the walls and said, ‘Clean mummy clean’.

Even though this was a small simple experience, I was impressed that my 2 year old daughter knew the difference between dark and light and it was obvious that she loved the light. As I pondered this moment I was reminded of the sacred role of being a mother, of the responsibility I have to continue to teach my daughter to love the light, to look for the light in her life and to also understand that the ‘light’ is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I was also surprised that at such a young age she could clearly define the difference between dirty and clean. Oh! How I love that she cares to be clean. As her mother I know it is my responsibility to teach her how she can live a life that is clean and to teach her gospel principles.

{I want to insert here that I really believe that a clean life is a life that is lived by being kind, loving and considerate of others. It is about respecting yourself, your body and that of those around you. It is about being modest in speech, thought and action. I know my children will not be perfect at living a life like this and neither am I, but I want to teach them the best I can to live a life that is clean in purpose to save them from so much sadness that I see immodesty brings.}

As mothers we hope that even if our children find themselves in the dark and in situations where they may feel dirty or disappointed with choices they have made, that they can remember what we have taught them and know where to turn to find help. I want to always be available for my children, to help them in the dark and light of life and to love them regardless of whether or not they feel dirty or clean.

I know that there will be times when I myself will feel lost in the dark as a mother. That the trials we will go through as a family will feel like we are stuck in a tunnel with no hope of reaching the light. Such is life in a family. When we have had times like this we have clung to the light, we have hoped to see the light and we have kept moving forward until we reached that light, together. It has come through continual moments of sacrifice, service, and love.

The experience on the train helped me to see that even from a young age children can recognise the difference between dark and light, between dirty and clean and that teaching my cherubs to live the best life they can is such a worthwhile use of my time.



Tuesday, February 21, 2012

overcoming happiness obstacles


On the journey to finding happiness we face many obstacles. 
Some of them we put there ourselves and some of them are put there by others. 

How much we desire happiness in our life is determined by how well we overcome these obstacles.

I have been on my happiness journey for a while now. On this journey I have discovered many new things that I love to do and I have also discovered many new things about myself as well. Some of these discoveries have been good and some have been like receiving a real smack in the face! Along the way I have faced some obstacles that have stopped me in my tracks and some obstacles that have made me more determined to work harder at feeling happier.

Some obstacles that can stop us from find happiness are:

Our own mind and thoughts,
Self doubt and belief that we can find happiness,
A busy schedule so that we have no time for ourselves,
Fear of failure so that we do not even try or participate,
Trying to control the situation so that we forget to feel and enjoy,
Anxiety for what may happen or come from trying new experiences,
Fear of spending time with ourselves for what we may discover and
Lack of self worth to believe we are worth the effort and time.

Some tips for overcoming obstacles are:

Give yourself time and be patient with yourself,
Do not give up and keep trying new experiences,
Set aside regular time just for you,
Start small and set simple goals,
Involve a trusted friend or family member to encourage you,
Start with what you know you enjoy and love,
Be positive and speak kindly to yourself and
Know you are worth investing in and ask others to remind you.

So often to find happiness we feel it needs to be all encompassing and a big event. Happiness can start with finding small moments each day that are just for ourselves. The combination of all of those small moments lead us to feeling happier and more content with our lives. Obstacles are there to test us and can even work out to be beneficial and a blessing in helping us learn more about ourselves.

In my ebook, Pockets Of Happiness, I help you plan out and find time for creating meaningful moments. In my experience, having something just for me gives me something to look forward to and planning in that time makes it easier to overcome obstacles in my path.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Finding Religion Part 2


Part one: Finding Religion
Continuing my story.

After spending a short amount of time during my teenage years doing some light Bible reading, I put away my Bible not to touch it for about 4 more years. Religion crossed my mind several times during this period as I often stopped to chat to anyone who was promoting a certain faith or church.

As I talked to people from other faiths I enjoyed what they had to say. I agreed on many points of their teachings but in my heart they never felt quite right for me. I continued on my journey of life and my thoughts started turning towards finding a religion that I knew in my heart and mind was for me. Strangely enough during this time I did not remember seeing any young men in suits. 

I moved out of home at 17, enrolled in University, found a job in the city and lived a busy and full life. I found friends, I went out on the weekends, I danced my heart out, I dated, I shopped, I studied and I tried my best to keep up with what a normal young adult would do at that time and stage of life.

After completing several years of University I took a year off to work full time. I wanted to save a little more money and to think more about what direction I wanted to take my life. The more I started to think about where I was heading the more depressed I started to feel. 

I spent about two months feeling deeply depressed. During this time I wanted to end my life. I spent all of my day writing out my thoughts and reasons for not living. I planned it all out. How it would happen, who would find me and even set a time and date for when ending my life would take place. 

It consumed my thoughts constantly and I simply could not see any reason to keep living. 

One night, very late at night I had an experience that changed my mind. The only way I can describe it is that I had a moment where I could see clearly, it was if I had pure knowledge. It was taught a simple truth.

Into my mind and heart came an impression or concept.
It was that there is life after this Earth life. That there really is a place to go to.

It touched me. I had never pondered it very much before. I had heard people talk of heaven but I had never personally applied it to myself. How it would affect me.

I clung to that knowledge. I pondered over would happen if I ended my life. The emotional and mental state that I would be in if I ended my life right then. It scared me. I did not want to go to that next place as messed up as I was feeling, I wanted to go there as a happier, stronger person.

I then made the decision to do whatever it takes to get myself better.
That simple truth and knowledge saved my life.

I quit my job. I enrolled back into University more determined to finish my study and to follow my dreams. I slowly started to make changes that agreed with what I was feeling.

Story to be continued.

Have you ever had an impression or experience that changed your life?

Friday, February 17, 2012

Negative Self-Talk


I have always tried to be a positive person and felt that I was doing a great job looking for the good in my life. I was positive when I spoke to other people and naturally have the disposition to want to uplift and encourage others. 
It is something I enjoy doing.

Then one day I decided to really listen to what I was saying to myself as I went about my daily activities around my home. 
I decided to pay more attention to my self talk. 

In doing so I was shocked to discover that I have been bashing myself up daily. 
Serving up a dose of negative self talk on a silver platter.

Sounds blunt and maybe over the top but in reality it is true. 
I cannot think of any other way to describe it.

Every day I found I was internally, emotionally and mentally bashing myself up for not living up to my own standards and values. Scolding, criticising and talking down myself in unkind ways.

I don't get angry or swear at myself. I discovered I am critical in small subtle ways.
Short sentences repeated daily in my mind loaded with negative expressions.

I constantly found myself saying sentences like:
'You have done it wrong again.'
'You always make the same mistake.'
'Nobody is listening to you, you have no influence.'
'You are a failure as a mother.'
'Don't bother to try it, no-one will like it.'

Once I started to recognise these sentences I made another discovery.
I was taking my own negative advice!

I allowed myself to listen, to stop myself, from being better and progressing.
Who needs enemies when you have your own negative self talk!

Here is what I have found:
Bashing yourself up does not motivate you to make changes
Bashing yourself up actually makes you feel worse and stops your progress.

It was like one of those light bulb moments!

What I came to see is that I needed greater kindness and compassion...from myself.
I needed to love myself more. I needed to speak positive to myself more.

Learning to self love can be a slow journey and struggling to see any good in yourself takes patience and time. 
I am now spending more time listening to myself in a new way.

When the negative self talk starts to happen I now question myself.
Is the situation really that bad?
Am I really as bad as I think I am?
Is what I am thinking really true?
Am I the only one who is thinking this way?

By questioning myself I find I can see the situation in new light.
I can see that a lot of the time I over dramatise the situation and it really is not as bad as I thought.

Changing your negative self talk takes more energy and concentration during the day.
The benefits however are empowering.

I feel happier, more motivated and peaceful within myself.
I more connected to who I am and more confident in following my dreams.

I would love to know what you do to help with negative self talk.
How do you change your thinking?

Thursday, February 16, 2012

win year of stationery John Sands giveaway

I don't know what it is about stationery but whenever I see a lovely, quality stationery range my heart starts to flutter and I get really excited about owning it! Nine times out of ten, when I see gorgeous paper or cards in a shop they always end up coming home with me. I can't resist. They are either saved to send off to someone special with a note or placed in a frame to display around my home.

John Sands recently contacted me regarding the Papyrus stationery range. It is a stationery range that is versatile, in that it caters to the need of all stationery lovers and enthusiasts. There are cards, bags, note sets and gift giving accessories that will delight kids and adults. They print a stylish selection that will appeal to females and males, including a huge range of designs such as contemporary, luxurious, traditional, playful, cute and humorous. 

When I received my selection of Papyrus products to review I opened the boxed and gasped! Yes, my heart started to flutter and I slowly, carefully removed every item to inspect and enjoy. I really appreciated the many boxed sets of 'thank you' cards as I have so much to be grateful and thankful for right now. I also loved the embellishments and details on each card and each set comes with a lovely gold embossed hummingbird sticker. I was sent a HUGE selection of Papyrus stationery to review and now have enough to last me a whole year! I am in total stationery heaven!

Below are some of the gorgeous cards, bags and stationery accessories I was sent. 
Brace yourselves:
I know...colourful, gorgeous and creative.
You want to see more...don't you?
Check out some more below:

I just love the colour and the variety.

Papyrus has been in Australia for about one year now and I really think it is here to stay with the fabulous collection they have available ranging from custom printing, greeting cards, stationery, invitations, gift wrapping, ribbon and selected gifts that are all wonderful for those special moments such as birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, baby showers or just because. I now have a basket on my desk loaded with cards just an arms reach away ready to send off with a special note or letter to someone I care about. Delightful! 

Now seeing as Papyrus believes that life is a celebration, let's do a little celebrating ourselves with a giveaway shall we? Yes, I think we shall. John Sands has for a lucky Seven Cherubs reader a years worth of Papyrus stationery to giveaway. 
I hope your heart is fluttering? Woo Hoo! 

Below is an example of what you will receive:

The Seven Cherubs reader will receive:
Gift Bags: - 4 x $9.99 - 2 x $11.99 - 1 x $7.99 
Greeting Cards: - 4 x $6.99 - 4 x $8.99 - 2 x $10.99 - 1 x $12.99 
Gift Cards: - 2 x $2.99 - 1 x $3.99 - 2 X 4.99 - 1 x $5.99 
Boxed Stationery: - 1 x $14.99 - 2 x $16.99 - 1 x $21.99 - 1 x $24.99 - 1 x $29.99 - 1 x $39.99 

This gives you a total of a $363.00 prize pack.

{Colours will vary from the image above and some of the items are not included in the giveaway}

Giveaway open to Aussie and New Zealand residents.
To enter you need to like John Sands on facebook and fill in 
the information below. Good luck xx

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

preserve your family


Often I worry about our family and all my cherubs. I worry about 'the influence' that seems to creep slowly into our home. As a mother I want to preserve our little family as much as I can. I am thankful I have a wonderful husband to support me.

The bad language, the music lyrics and the images that seem to be beamed right into our lounge room from the television worry me. I try to protect, to shield and to uphold our family standards and values as best I can. I know I cannot protect my cherubs from everything and I want them to realistically be aware of what they will face in life but what I can protect them from I will.

I am finding it is becoming increasingly difficult. It is taking more time, more effort and more skill to keep updated and educated on latest trends and latest influences that set out to disconnect families.

There are many clever techniques used to target children and parents.

I believe deeply and actively in the family and the importance of taking a stand against bad influences aimed towards our children. I try to keep our family focused on good influences by making sure we have dinner together, making time for heart to heart talks and by working on a keeping a strong healthy relationship with each child.

My relationship with Matt is key in protecting our family. Working together as a team allows us to back each up, to be a second witness of principles we are teaching our children and it gives the children a reliable, supportive source to go to with questions or concerns.

We try to prioritise our relationship and to love each other deeply from the heart. In this way working on preserving our marriage allows us to care for our family and to be there for them when they need us. I know I am very, very blessed to have an awesome, handsome, supportive husband. I love him dearly.

He encourages me to work on preserving our family and to protect it.
He knows that being a parent is hard work and appreciates all the effort I put in.

I love that he supports me being at home.
I love that he shares the same vision as me in raising our cherubs.

As my cherubs are now entering the teenage years, I am finding I am becoming more aware, more concerned and more worried about what they will face. I am not saying I want to wrap them up in bubble wrap to protect them but what I am saying is that I just hope we have been teaching them enough.

That when they face challenges, they will be able to be educated enough to see clearly what decision to make. That they will remember that we roll-played that situation at home or that we talked about that issue and what to say if you ever were in that position. I know they will make mistakes, we all do, but I just can't help worry about what is ahead for them.

As you go about your day, what ways do you try to preserve your family?
Do you worry about your cherubs like I do?

Monday, February 13, 2012

joy rising


I had trouble sleeping last night.
I was so full of joy.

A great problem to have, I know.
Last night we finished the facebook auction for Lisa.

We raised over $12,000!

The past couple of weeks has been an incredible experience for me.
I simply had no idea it would be so amazing.

In the past two weeks we have managed to raise over $45,000 for Lisa and her boys.
That total makes my heart burst.

We have well exceeded my original goal of raising enough funds for head stones
for Aaron and Noah. 

We have now allowed a single mother to stay home with her cherubs to help them.
To allow her to focus on healing and loving.

That is an amazing gift to give. 

I simply wanted to say thank YOU...
for your support
for spreading the word
for your wonderful donations
for your wonderful messages
for your sacrifices in your homes and families to help another
for simply loving another person you do not know
for allowing your heart to be touched
for sharing in my joy
for your kindness
for your excitement
for your charity

My joy has been rising the past two weeks.
I am bursting with joy from what we have achieved. 

Thank YOU so, so much.
My heart will never be the same.

Lisa sent me a thank you message to share with you all:

I would just like to thank everyone so much for their love, support, kindess and generosity shown to me and my boys over the past couple of weeks. After our son Noah passed away, we knew we were facing one of the hardest times in our life as we had to learn to live without him. To then lose Aaron less than four months later, can not even be compare, and we are still very much in shock and not believing it is real. 

To have so many people (especially Naomi) show us so much love had given us so much strength. It is so nice to know that so many people from all over the world and also close to home, care so much. I haven't been following things going on with the fundraising very closely as I'm dealing with lots of things going on at home, but when I do have a chance to sit down and take a look I'm blown away. 


Thank you to everyone who has donated money and also goods for the online auction. It is so nice to know that we do not need to worry about finances right now as it's the last thing we want to think about as we come to terms with what has happened. The first thing I will be doing is getting headstones for Noah's and Aaron's graves sorted out and I'm so grateful that I don't have to worry about the cost of them at this time. Thank you from me and my boys from the bottom of our hearts. I don't think I will ever be able to thank everyone enough, but hope that everyone knows how much it means to us. 

Lisa, Jalen, Harri and Kobe King XOXO

This week I will be connecting winners with companies to get items sent out.
Please be patient as I try to balance this around my family.

From Lisa, her boys and from myself. We are full of joy. Thank you so much xx


Saturday, February 11, 2012

bedtime story tradition



We have a bedtime story tradition in our house that the children have decided and determined themselves. They love it when Matt tells 'real experience' stories to them and when I tell 'made up' stories to them. I personally kind of love it and I kind of hate it as well.

I love making up stories and having a blast letting my imagination and that of my cherubs run wild, but when I want to tell them a real experience or story they do not want to hear about it. They insist that only Dad (Matt) is allowed to tell those type of stories. Sigh!

Even though I feel this way one of my favourite night time rituals I love to do, is to tell my cherubs bedtime stories. I tuck them into bed and then begin the story. I love to make it up as I go. I start with whatever pops into my mind and then go crazy leading my cherubs along on an unbelievable (on so many levels!) story experience before they fall asleep.

My favourite experience is when I start telling one child a story and then by the end of it I have all of my cherubs in the room listening and wanting to participate in what crazy story line we are creating.

I love to include characters in my story that represent my children and my cherubs love to discover which character they are in the story. Often there is loud yelling at me accompanied by eye rolling when they discover this moment as I sometimes create a character that loves the same things as a certain child but the character may have a really big butt or lips that were so lovely that every girl wanted to kiss them!

Often when I am telling a bedtime story I have to stop in the middle of it as I am laughing so hard at the next line I am about to share and this normally causes hysterics from my cherubs as well. I also love to involve my children in the story making process. I will often stop in the middle of a sentence and point to a child for them to finish the next line. This leads to some hilarious stories being told and helps to trigger my mind along a whole new line of thinking.

Strangely enough, I tell my best stories when I am really tired. My cherubs tell me I am funnier when I am tired and I think they love that there really is no limit to the insaneness that can come out of my mouth when I am having trouble staying awake.

Now that my children are getting a little older, I am finding I can have more fun with my story telling. I can take an experience I know happened that day and turn it into a hilarious adventure that we all enjoy and my cherubs can drift off to sleep knowing that having a sense of humour and having a good laugh is an important part of life.

Bedtime stories have become a tradition that we all enjoy and a way to bring us closer as a family. One day I will have to write out one of our crazy stories just to show you how nuts we really are!

Do you tell bedtime stories in your house?


Thursday, February 9, 2012

KING FACEBOOK AUCTION


This week has been a crazy week, a wonderful crazy week I might add. My inbox has been overflowing with offers from companies and business' wanting to donate for the 'KING FAMILY AUCTION' we are having on my Seven Cherubs facebook page tonight to raise a few extra dollars for Lisa and her boys.

I have been so touched by the many kind, heartfelt messages that have accompanied these emails and for the kind donations offered up to auction. I love that there is a great variety of items and experiences available to bid on and look forward to the fun and excitement that the auction will bring.


If you are interested in popping by the guidelines are above. There has been so much excitement about the items that are listed that I have already had to delete some bids that have been placed! I will be uploading a few more items today just to add to the excitement.

It has been wonderful to see so much support and love for Lisa and her boys. Thank you so much for all of your bids and the generosity from business' and many talented women who donated items to sell. It has been an incredible experience for me and I have loved the opportunity to try something new and to work with so many kindhearted people.

If you have won an item in the auction there are 2 ways that payment can be made:

1. You can pay through the fundraising page HERE. Please leave the reference number of the item that you won and your name so we know you have made payment.

2. You can direct deposit through the bank account set up for Lisa. Please leave the reference number of the item that you won and your name so we know you have made payment. The details are: 

Naomi Ellis
Suncorp Bank
BSB: 484799
Account Number: 204 067 630

Please allow time for the funds to transfer and then we will contact the people and companies who donated items and tell them when they can post the item out to you. Please remember that payment needs to be made within 3 days or it will be offered to the next under bidder. If you have any questions you can email me at: lisakingdonations@gmail.com

So far in our fundraising efforts we have raised over $32,000!! An amazing effort and we so appreciate your kindness. You have made a huge difference with your funds.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

let it slide


Do you have days where you just let it all slide?
Where you break free from your normal routine and escape the house?

Every so often I need one of those days. 
I leave the washing. I leave the dishes.
I leave it all behind and get outside.

I breathe deeply. I go slow.
I connect with nature and I connect with myself.

If you haven't had one of those days for a while.
Grab your keys, leave it all behind and walk out that door.

It will still be there for you when you get back.
A fresh change will help you tackle those tasks with a better attitude.

Go on try it. You know you so deserve it!

Monday, February 6, 2012

raising twins

When I first found out I was having twins I was shocked. I cried many tears and wondered if I would survive the experience of raising twins with my mind still in tact. The jury is still out on that one! I was amazed to be able to have a wonderful delivery of my twin boys and treasured the opportunity to have them both in my hospital room with me. I held them close, I let my eyes and heart take in every single inch of their bodies and thanked God for the gift I knew they were to me. 


As they grew and developed I loved them more and more. Sam and Eli have taught me so much about love. How as a mother you can love more than one child at the same time, for the same reasons but also for different reasons. They have always been so darn cute and have made me laugh just about every single day. I have loved watching them develop together in similar ways but also in individual ways. They simply make my heart burst when I see them.

Every. Single. Day.


Along with the great love they have taught me they have also exhausted me, tested me and taught me so many things I did not want to learn! Sam and Eli have taught me that I have an inner strength and determination to be a good mother that I never knew I had. These cute, handsome, gorgeous boys helped me to dig deep and I mean really, really deep many days to keep going, to be consistent and to stick to my guns. Consistency has been the key, for me and for them.


The trouble they have caused. Plentiful. 
The joy they bring. Priceless.

Raising twins. Precious.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The power of a blog post


Writing a blog is a joy to me and I love to write from the heart. I enjoy writing and connecting with other women in a way that I normally would not get the chance to as a stay at home mum. As a blogger I have always believed that having a blog can allow you to have a powerful influence in the lives of other's and that often we have no idea the effect we are really having. Although, some days as a blogger can be really depressing as you wonder if anyone is actually reading your blog posts and you wonder if you really are making a difference by what you have to say. This week I have seen that writing a blog post, just one blog post, can make a huge difference to help someone and that if you are able to help one person, it is worth all of the time and effort. On Saturday I decided to write this blog post. I was touched and shocked by the pain that Lisa was feeling and felt that surely I could use my blog to help make a difference. You see, I belong to a wonderful community of bloggers here in Australia and I also have a wonderful community of women on my own blog here at Seven Cherubs. Since that time we have managed to raise over $30,000. I am not saying that this happened because of me, it is a testament to me of how wonderful Lisa and Aaron are, but what I am saying is that you never know who is reading your blog, you never know who you can help by what you have to say and you never know what influence you can have for good. If you have a blog, keep it up, keep writing and sharing and influencing. You might be surprised by what you can do, who you can help and what might come from it. I know right now...I am beyond surprised!

Friday, February 3, 2012

a charity fundraiser


I had a moment yesterday. I spent the day deeply pondering over what to do about all of the offers that keep pouring in to have a charity fundraiser for Lisa and her boys. In pondering over the thought of running an auction to raise money for Lisa I am concerned about asking people for more money when I already feel that people have been exceedingly generous with their donations.

I do not want the same people donating a second time when they have already given so much. By running an auction I had to ask myself if I am really going to reach new people? Am I just going to add more pressure to the same families who have already donated and sacrificed so much to help.

I have never done this before. I have never co-ordinated an online charity auction. The donations have already exceeded any expectations Lisa and I ever thought was possible. We are just so thankful and so overwhelmed by the kindness. Speechless this morning we are nearly at $29,000!!!

After talking about this with other women on facebook I have decided to give it a try. It could end up a nightmare, it could end up totally awesome! It could help pay for the boys schooling, it could help Lisa stay at home with her boys a little longer to help them through this time so she does not have to work and it could help is so many endless ways! I am mindful that many of the donations that have been made have come from families who have really sacrificed in a way to show some love at this time. I hope you do not feel that I am asking more of you and adding more pressure.

So I have decided to give it a try. We are holding a charity fundraiser facebook auction. Please only be involved if you can financially afford it and are serious about donations. Here is the information:

Seven Cherubs is hosting a “KING AUCTION” to fundraise money for Lisa King and her three boys after the tragic loss of her son Noah and her husband Aaron.

100% of all money raised will be donated directly to Lisa King.

The auction will begin at 7:30pm (Queensland Time) Thursday, 9th February and end at 8:30pm (Queensland Time) Sunday, 12th February on my Seven Cherubs facebook page. Please check time differences for the state you live in to participate.

As this is the first time we have held a fundraising auction we will be starting with a capped number of items to auction. If your item or product is not included in this first round please hold onto it as we might be holding a second fundraising auction. Eeek!

To donate an item for consideration for the ‘KING AUCTION’ please read the following guidelines:
* Auction is open to Australian residents only and Australian business’ only
* Please only contact us if you genuinely have an item or product or service available to donate
* Individuals/companies/business’ are responsible to pay for the postage of the donated item
* Postage must include a tracking method to ensure bidder has received the product
* We will mark each item as ‘Paid’ and donors are responsible to mark each item ‘Posted’ on the auction page when each item or product has been sent.
* Considerations of donations to be auctioned will close on Tuesday, 7th February at 9pm.

Please send an image and full description of the item/s for donation to: lisakingdonations@gmail.com

Thank you so much to Nicole from The Cupcake Fairy for helping me out.

Thank you so much for all of your wonderful messages and support.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

a fundraising miracle


I believe in miracles.
I also believe in the power of social media and blogging.

I am delighted by the fundraising miracle that has taken place.
Since Saturday morning we have raised over $20,000 for Lisa and her family.

Incredible.
Amazing.
Unbelievable.
Inspiring.

Is has left me speechless many times over the past few days.

You have helped to make a huge difference with this miracle.
I know this will not take away the pain or sorrow.

It will help to ease a few burdens and a little pressure.
Bless you my blog friends and my new friends.

My heart is so touched and tender from your kindness.
Thank you for making this miracle possible.


Thank you:
 for helping to spread the word
for your kind donations
for your sacrifices
for your uplifting messages
for your support
for  your love
for your hearts
for your prayers
for your tears
for your influence
for your belief 
for making this happen.

I am thankful to be able to play a small role in making this happen.

BUT, I know that the real reason this happened was because of how wonderful
Lisa and Aaron are, not me. 

THANK YOU
THANK YOU
THANK YOU

If you are still interested in donating you can read about the 3 ways to donate HERE.