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What I’m Reading

I get asked quite often about the huge bag or backpack I’m always seen carrying around church so I thought I would share its contents … as well as some articles I’ve read from the inter-webs. It’s safe to say I’ve been in a blogging “slump” and haven’t posted much recently, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t thought about the posts I will eventually draft and publish at a later time.

Wesley Study Bible / Common English Bible – One of the most important lessons I’ve learned while reading and studying The Bible is the importance of a good translation. I wholeheartedly believe that if you do not understand the language in which a book is written, you’re less likely to want to read what’s inside. For me, the King James Version is impossible. The Common English Bible is written on or about a sixth grade reading level, making it incredibly easy to read and understand. This particular CEB Bible includes study notes and insights from Methodist founder, John Wesley. It’s truly a personal preference and I encourage everyone who asks about my study Bibles to read multiple translations for themselves. A great place to do so is BibleGateway.com. You can read any verse or Scripture passage in multiple languages and translations … a great resource to “try before you buy” your next Bible!

Harper Collins Study Bible / New Revised Standard Version – I purchased this Bible a year ago from the recommendation of my pastor as it was the Study Bible he used throughout seminary and his journey to becoming an ordained minister in The United Methodist Church. My only regret in buying the paperback version is having to glue cardboard to the front and back covers for additional support and I’ve also added a custom Bible cover. The fact that this particular Bible also includes the Apocrypha gets my nerd juices really flowing. Though there is controversy surrounding the non-canonized books, I think they are worthy and interesting nonetheless.

Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge – This is one of two women’s studies I am currently facilitating at church. This particular book and companion study is much different from any of “Bible study” I’ve ever done before. It’s deeply personal and thought-provoking; making me acknowledge and admit things about myself that I would rather sweep under the rug and ignore or deny. It’s not easy admitting there are skeletons in my closet, but God’s grace is bigger than my earthly circumstances, issues, or situations. I give Him thanks for this book, study, and especially the group of women who are willingly exposing their true selves alongside me every Sunday afternoon. I feel like we’ve enclosed ourselves in a cocoon like a caterpillar and, eight weeks from now, we’ll emerge as beautiful butterflies joyfully proclaiming the beauty and power God has bestowed on us. Perhaps one day I’ll be brave enough to share the transformational power of this study and some of the skeletons that I have shared in my small group … maybe.

Seamless by Angie Smith – Voted the top women’s study of 2015 by LifeWay, Seamless connects the people, places, and events of the Bible into one continuous love story between God and His beloved creation: humanity. From Genesis to Revelation, God pursues us and desires a personal relationship with us, despite our fears, doubts, and mistakes. Angie Smith is an amazing writer and presents lessons with authenticity and transparency – she is not afraid to expose her own weaknesses or admit her faults. She is definitely someone I could spend an afternoon with sitting in a porch swing drinking some sweet tea!

Passionate Church by Mike Slaughter and Karen Perry Smith – I had the pleasure of meeting Mike Slaughter back in March when I attended a special event hosted by the Central Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church at First United Methodist Church in Hurst, Texas. Then, in April, I met Mike again, along with his ministry sidekick, Karen, when I attended the Change the World conference at their church in Ginghamsburg, Ohio. As I continue to mature spiritually and develop into a rising leader at my church, it’s important for me to engage in Scripture, meet with mentors, and continue to serve those around me. Passionate Church is an excellent read about the successes (and failures) at one of the largest and fastest growing United Methodist churches in the U.S., plus it is encouraging to know that we are doing great things at our local church. We are also challenged to step outside our comfort zone to reach our neighbors and share Jesus Christ with our family, friends, and neighbors – wherever they are and whatever they look like.

What I’m reading on the inter-webs:

It’s not everyday that you can say you know someone who climbed Mount Everest, but now I can! I’ve known Gary Ervin and his family for many years – I was a nanny and golf instructor for his two sons during high school and college. On May 15, 2016, Gary reached the top of the world and stood at the summit of Mount Everest. Can you imagine the view?! I’m so incredibly proud of him – he is one of the coolest and most humble people I know – and thankful to God for a safe return home because two of his climbing mates perished on the mountain.

I cannot say my child is actually speech delayed but he is definitely a late talker and this article resonates so much with my heart.

An excellent reminder on the importance of applying Colossians 3:23 in my daily life.

Every book or study bag needs:

InkJoy gel pens – These are my new favorite pens! I love how smooth they write and the gel is quick-drying, so there is minimal smearing. And because I’m a notetaker and margin-doodler, I’ve got to have all the colors!

Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils – Speaking of color, I am in love with twistable colored pencils. In fact, I no longer use highlighters when reading and studying the Bible or other books. My only word of caution: don’t drop them or the lead will break and I’ve not figured out a way to repair them.


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2016 Resolutions Update // May

If you missed this post where I shared photos of the Tippit Family, check it out. I’m proud of the photos and even more proud of the extended family I married into and their connection to U.S. history. It’s also been an exciting week at the Hutchison Household as we celebrated Kamden’s first year of pre-school and attended the JUMPS spring program. The younger kids danced and sang their favorite songs they’ve learned in Chapel and Kamden did not disappoint …. he’s front and center, of course. At the end of the night, 36 children graduated from Pre-K. It’s hard to imagine, but Kamden will be graduating from JUMPS three years from now.

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As for this resolution list, I have a really long way to go if I’m going to accomplish at least half of it!

FOR MYSELF

Participate in the Read Scripture project Definitely behind but I will catch up … promise!
Keep a prayer journal, such as this one
Write a few sentences every day in a journal (I already have one of these.)
Read the Bible … again (using this plan) Still behind on this too.
Learn “Inductive Bible Study” and attend a PUP course
Create one Bible Journaling page a month January: no page; February: no page; March – no page; April – no page; May – nope.
Finish Believe study SUCCESS! I finished Believe on Wednesday, May 11. It’s still hard to believe my small group has completed two year-long studies.
Forgive “S” because holding a grudge is weighing me down
Walk/Jog/Run in the Wicked Wine 5K with Mom-Tribe on March 26 FAIL – did not happen.
Get photos printed and display in our home
Utilize health coach and benefits (i.e. pedometer, reimbursements, etc.)
Wear size 16 pants

FOR OTHERS

Lead this Bible study
Start a small group
Host a meal with Mom-Tribe every month March 17 – Celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a Toddler-Mommy party at our house.
Continue writing for Sweet Jesus Ministries Things with SJM are going very well – I feel like I have found a niche for my passions: Bible study, women’s ministries, and blog writing.
Potty train Kamden It’s hit or miss (no pun intended) with Kamden’s potty trips but he did go number two while I was away at a church conference in Ohio. It’s the first milestone I think I’ve missed – but Daddy celebrated and cleaned up the mess!
Move Kamden to a big bed SUCCESS! Kamden got a full-size bed on May 20.
Take Kamden on a train
Celebrate Husband’s 40th birthday
Donate unwanted books DONE!

FOR FUN

Find three hobbies: one to make money, one to stay in shape, and one to be creative
Host “Games with Friends” and play this, this, this, this and this!
Use Skype
Photo editing “workshop” with Becky
Sell the Camry
Save money earned from photography sessions to invest in new equipment
Publish a blog series
Go on a family vacation
Create my family tree with Ancestry dot com

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Exercising
Dates with Husband
January – Husband took the day off so we could go shoot while Kamden was at school. Unfortunately, it was too cold and windy to shoot at the outdoor range and the indoor facility was reserved for a private event. But we enjoyed lunch and being alone for couple of hours.
February – no date with Husband
March – went to the gun range and ate lunch at Schlotzsky’s
April – no date
May – another trip to the gun range and lunch at Schlotzsky’s (are you beginning to notice a pattern here?!?!)

Sleeping
Picture-taking
Housekeeping and organization
Rounds of golf Played in the Glen Lake Classic (benefitting Glen Lake Camp) on April 8; my team shot 7-under (64).
Snail mail
Reading
Blogging
Meal planning (helpful printable)

MONTHLY GOALS

January – Log 1,000 minutes of exercise for the #SJM1000MinuteChallenge. FAILED. This is a big disappointment because I was the person responsible for coordinating the event with Sweet Jesus Ministries. I ended up with 865 minutes of exercise for the month of January, which is well below the goal I had for the month.

February – Embrace role as spiritual mentor. This is going well! Go to the gym three days a week or more. Semi-failure as I have been inconsistent some weeks. Coordinate small group with C8M. Fail. Start organizing “City on a Hill” event on behalf of the church. Semi-failure. I’ve only talked to a few people about volunteering.

March – I guess I didn’t set a monthly goal; whoops.

April – Obtain a sponsor for new volunteer t-shirts at church before April 15. SUCCESS – I got three (3) sponsors for the t-shirts!
This wasn’t a published goal but definitely an answered prayer: I’ve been waiting forever it seems to catch my neighbor outside with her children. We’ve passed each other on the road for 9 years but never formally introduced ourselves. I saw her in the yard and stopped and introduced myself …. and invited her to church and women’s study this summer!

May – Drink 100 ounces of water every day. Doubtful I did this every single day, but I was close. Prepare the Summer Studies Series (Bible Studies for adults) by May 20. Our summer studies have begun and are off to an incredible start. I’m leading a small group of event every Sunday afternoon as well as a larger group every Wednesday morning. Each group is compromised of different women from different backgrounds and the studies are completely different, but one thing is for sure: I could not do this life without genuine women and their friendships. I am truly blessed and they teach me more than I could EVER teach them!

June – Sell the Camry (at least get it detailed inside and out and post pictures online). Enroll Kamden in a summertime activity. Schedule a trip to Kentucky.


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Tippit Family Photos

Before I share photos from an amazing session last weekend, I feel the need to give you a brief history lesson on my extended family:

I married Husband. His dad is Don, who has three sisters: Cathy, Debbie, and Betty Jo. Betty Jo married Curtis. Curtis is the youngest son of JD and Marie Tippit. JD Tippit was a Dallas Police Officer. On November 22, 1963, less than an hour after the assassination of President John Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald fatally shot and killed Officer JD Tippit.

Last Saturday, I got to meet Marie Tippit. She is a beautiful lady with a radiant smile and more stories and memories than you could shake a stick at … and she gives great hugs. I’m proud to say I’m related to Marie and I’m incredibly thankful to the Hutchison and Tippit families for accepting me as one of their own.

Now for some pictures!

Curtis and Betty Jo have eight children, two boys and six daughters:

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Four of their children are married and they have one granddaughter plus two more grandchildren on the way!

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Here is Curtis and Betty Jo with his mother, Marie, and sister, Brenda. He has another brother named Charles, but I’ve not met him.

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Now, this is not ALL of the Hutchison clan, but it’s a big chunk of them. If my math is correct, there are 39 Hutchison’s and 21 are pictured below, plus two babies still baking in the womb!

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On this Memorial Day, I can’t think of a better way to honor and remember those who have served and sacrificed in the line of duty than to share pictures of the Tippit Family. To all of our armed forces and service personnel, past and present, thank you.

To Betty Jo, you have a TRIBE of support behind and beside. You will not fight this cancer alone!

 


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God Is With Us, Always!

I’ve had so many questions for God lately:

Will that person return to church? Will that person get pregnant? Will that job opportunity come to fruition? What effects will General Conference have on local churches? Are my friends in Haiti and Jerusalem safe? Will I be a strong leader this summer? Will that person get another interview? Is private school in my son’s future? Are we making sound investment decisions? Who am I called to mentor and invest my life in? Who am I called to shadow and learn from? Will that person realize the value of a personal relationship with God and prioritize their faith development? Will that person accept my invitation? How can I help that person realize they can never run away from God? Does that person know she is worth so much more? Should I trust that person?

As you can tell, I have had a lot of questions about a lot of people and situations in my life. I’ve had moments of hopelessness and weak faith. I’ve been disappointed and discouraged. I’ve been inpatient and restless. When I’ve wanted to give up, I have felt a nudge to keep going.

Despite all my questions for God, I know one thing is for sure: I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know WHO holds tomorrow and I trust Him. Oh yes, sweet friends, I trust God! And to make sure I don’t forget He is with me, the song He Is With Us by Love & The Outcome played on the radio today. It was nothing short of divine intervention – a truffle of heaven, a taste of His sweetness for me to savor in a sour moment. Listen to the lyrics – they are powerful and true.

We can trust our God
He knows what He’s doing
Though it might hurt now
We won’t be ruined
It might seem there’s an ocean in between
But He’s holding on to you and me
And He’s never gonna leave, no
He is with us, He is with us

I am so thankful God continues to speak to me through His Word and reveal truths and encouragement to me every time I seek Him. Look at these 13 instances where God is with his people in the Bible:

Don’t be afraid because I am with you.
Genesis 26:24 (Common English Bible)

God has been with me.
Genesis 31:5

Because the Lord your God, who is with you and among you…
Deuteronomy 6:15a

May the Lord our God be with us, just as he was with our ancestors. May he never leave us or abandon us.
1 Kings 8:57

Because we sought the Lord our God and he sought us and surrounded us with rest.
2 Chronicles 14:7b

The power of our God was with us; he saved us from the power of the enemy and ambushes along the way.
Ezra 8:31

The Lord of heavenly forces is with us!
Psalm 46:7a

But God is with us …
Isaiah 8:8

Don’t fear, because I am with you.
Isaiah 41:10a

They will attack you, but they won’t defeat you, because I am with you and will rescue you, declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 1:19

I am with you, says the Lord.
Haggai 1:13b

Look! A virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel. (Emmanuel means “God with us.”)
Matthew 1:23

Glory to God, who is able to do far beyond all that we could ask or imagine by his power at work within us.
Ephesians 3:20

The God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:9b

Throughout the Bible, God continues to remind me that He has been with me in the past, is with me now, and will be with me in the future. So when my hope is lost, my faith is shaken, and I wonder if I’m going to make it out of dark times, I remember He is with me.

Come what may, I am not afraid because God is with me.

Amen!


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2016 Resolutions Update // April

I have not watched a single minute of Star Wars, but may the fourth be with you! Here’s what I did (or didn’t do) in April:

FOR MYSELF

Participate in the Read Scripture project Definitely behind but I will catch up … promise!
Keep a prayer journal, such as this one
Write a few sentences every day in a journal (I already have one of these.)
Read the Bible … again (using this plan) Still behind on this too.
Learn “Inductive Bible Study” and attend a PUP course
Create one Bible Journaling page a month January: no page; February: no page; March – no page; April – no page
Finish Believe study
Forgive “S” because holding a grudge is weighing me down
Walk/Jog/Run in the Wicked Wine 5K with Mom-Tribe on March 26 FAIL – did not happen.
Get photos printed and display in our home
Utilize health coach and benefits (i.e. pedometer, reimbursements, etc.)
Wear size 16 pants

FOR OTHERS

Lead this Bible study
Start a small group
Host a meal with Mom-Tribe every month March 17 – Celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a Toddler-Mommy party at our house.
Continue writing for Sweet Jesus Ministries Things with SJM are going very well – I feel like I have found a niche for my passions: Bible study, women’s ministries, and blog writing.
Potty train Kamden It’s hit or miss (no pun intended) with Kamden’s potty trips but he did go number two while I was away at a church conference in Ohio. It’s the first milestone I think I’ve missed – but Daddy celebrated and cleaned up the mess!
Move Kamden to a big bed
Take Kamden on a train
Celebrate Husband’s 40th birthday
Donate unwanted books DONE!

FOR FUN

Find three hobbies: one to make money, one to stay in shape, and one to be creative
Host “Games with Friends” and play this, this, this, this and this!
Use Skype
Photo editing “workshop” with Becky
Sell the Camry
Save money earned from photography sessions to invest in new equipment
Publish a blog series
Go on a family vacation
Create my family tree with Ancestry dot com

MORE

Exercising
Dates with Husband
January – Husband took the day off so we could go shoot while Kamden was at school. Unfortunately, it was too cold and windy to shoot at the outdoor range and the indoor facility was reserved for a private event. But we enjoyed lunch and being alone for couple of hours.
February – no date with Husband
March – went to the gun range and ate lunch at Schlotzsky’s
April – no date

Sleeping
Picture-taking
Housekeeping and organization
Rounds of golf Played in the Glen Lake Classic (benefitting Glen Lake Camp) on April 8; my team shot 7-under (64).
Snail mail
Reading
Blogging
Meal planning (helpful printable)

MONTHLY GOALS

January – Log 1,000 minutes of exercise for the #SJM1000MinuteChallenge. FAILED. This is a big disappointment because I was the person responsible for coordinating the event with Sweet Jesus Ministries. I ended up with 865 minutes of exercise for the month of January, which is well below the goal I had for the month.

February – Embrace role as spiritual mentor. This is going well! Go to the gym three days a week or more. Semi-failure as I have been inconsistent some weeks. Coordinate small group with C8M. Fail. Start organizing “City on a Hill” event on behalf of the church. Semi-failure. I’ve only talked to a few people about volunteering.

March – I guess I didn’t set a monthly goal; whoops.

April – Obtain a sponsor for new volunteer t-shirts at church before April 15. SUCCESS – I got three (3) sponsors for the t-shirts!
This wasn’t a published goal but definitely an answered prayer: I’ve been waiting forever it seems to catch my neighbor outside with her children. We’ve passed each other on the road for 9 years but never formally introduced ourselves. I saw her in the yard and stopped and introduced myself …. and invited her to church and women’s study this summer!

May – Drink 100 ounces of water every day. Prepare the Summer Studies Series (Bible Studies for adults) by May 20.


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Jesus Was Never Too Busy

TOO BUSY - Three 31I’m busy.

I arrived home two nights ago from a two-day conference for church leaders in Ohio. Mom and Dad are driving from Kentucky today and staying a week … and my house is not exactly ready for the parental units. I’m in the final weeks of a year-long Bible study and leading three short-term studies this summer. I’m coordinating a group of unpaid servants for a community festival next month and a women’s retreat in September. I am mentoring a teenage girl going through confirmation and a woman who is new to The United Methodist Church and helping her navigate and read the Bible, a book she never owned until three weeks ago. Did I mention I’m also a wife and mother of a two-year-old?

Too often, I feel distracted and suffocated by my to-do list. And, more often than not, I am “too busy” with meaningless and mundane tasks. Please tell me I’m not alone here!

In our instantly gratifying and consumer-driven society, it’s easy to become distracted by the trendy and lose sight of what is eternal.

Despite the lack of technology and smartphones in Biblical times, Jesus still suffered disappointment, dealt with fear, anxiety, and stress, and he was tempted with worldly desires. But Jesus was never too busy to reconnect with his Father.

Jesus came to live among us on earth and speak the word of God because he is the Word of God (John 1:1). He provided us the perfect example of being in an intimate relationship with God by not only studying and sharing Scripture, but engaging in prayer, serving others, and, ultimately, sacrificing himself for those who believe he is Lord.

It is spiritually fatal to reach a level of busyness and become so distracted that we leave God completely out of our daily activities.

Have you ever considered Jesus’s ministry on earth and how he was never too busy to meet people where they were no matter what he was doing or who he was with?

  • Jesus was never too busy to heal the sick … even a woman who simply believed she would be healed by touching the hem of her Savior’s shirt. (Luke 8:44)
  • Jesus was never too busy to dine with friends … even though one of them would betray him. (Matthew 26:21)
  • Jesus was never too busy to teach parables … even the chosen 12 had to pay the cost of discipleship. (Luke 14:25-33)
  • Jesus was never too busy to go away and pray … even though friends, family, and strangers demanded his attention. (Mark 1:35)
  • Jesus was never too busy to save … even while dying on the cross, He promised a robber a seat at God’s heavenly banquet. (Luke 23:32-43)

Amongst large crowds, constant interruptions, teaching and equipping the 12 disciples, mourning the death of a close friend, and celebrating miracles, Jesus always made time to connect with his Holy Father and minister to the sick, poor, and oppressed. His priorities were right: love God and love people — Jesus kept the main things the main things!

One of the most beautiful things about the resurrected Jesus is that he continues to seek us even when we are “too busy” to seek him.

So, dear friend, if it’s been a while since you’ve connected with God and his kingdom, I encourage you to make today a day of new beginnings.

  • You don’t have to limit your worship to Sundays, read a devotional or listen to praise music.
  • If it’s been a while since you’ve had a conversation with God, spend a few minutes in His presence and engage in some divine dialogue. I promise you, if you seek Him, you will find Him!
  • If it’s been a while since you’ve opened your Bible, read one of the four Gospels. Or James. Or Ephesians. Or Jonah. Or Philippians. Or Ruth. Or 1 John.
  • If it’s been a while since you’ve talked to a friend or mentor, send them a quick message or give them a call.
  • If you’ve been absent from a small group for several weeks or months, make it a priority to attend the next gathering.
  • If you can serve someone in need, don’t miss the opportunity!

If Jesus is our ultimate model for how we are to live life on earth, we cannot be “too busy” to follow His example.

Awesome and perfect God, settle our souls, quieten our minds, and restore peace to our hearts. Free us from the fast pace of this world and meaningless distractions that impede our view of you. We place our calendars and to-do lists in your offering plate. Help us distinguish the significant from the insignificant and keep the main thing the main thing: you. We pray that the next time we say “too busy” it is in the context of being in worship, prayer, study, relationship, and service to you and your kingdom.

Amen.

 


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A Toddler-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day with #GerberLilBeanies

This is a sponsored post for #GerberLilBeanies written on behalf of The Women Bloggers in association with @KendalKingGroup and #SoapboxInfluence; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I love hosting get-togethers because it forces me to clean our house, prepare lots of food, and decorate for the holiday or season. During spring break, Kamden and I hosted a toddler-friendly, mom-approved St. Patrick’s Day party featuring Gerber’s brand new snack, Lil Beanies. If you’re familiar with Gerber snack products, you know the quality is top-notch. Kids love the taste and parents love the nutritional value and wallet-friendly price. In our house, we believe:

#GerberLilBeanies are tasty.

Kamden’s tastes have been all over the map lately. I blame 1% of it on outdoor allergies and teething and the other 99% on being a cantankerous two-year-old. His orneriness aside, Kamden is a BIG fan of #GerberLilBeanies. During the party, Kamden always had a can beside him!

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#GerberLilBeanies are perfectly sized for toddlers’ small fingers.

When Kamden started eating solids, I was the paranoid first-time parent afraid of him choking on a grain of rice. I grew out of that quickly (thank goodness!) and trust that #GerberLilBeanies are safe for snacking. They’re easy for little fingers to grab, handle, and share with their buddies – and perfect for school lunches too!

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#GerberLilBeanies on Three31

#GerberLilBeanies are less of a mess.

You know that ridiculous orange powder that sticks to every surface when eating those “other” cheesy snacks? Yeah, well, forget about that orange powder because #GerberLilBeanies are a less messy snack option. Your kiddos won’t be leaving orange fingerprints all over your house, car, or dining table when eating these!

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#GerbeLilBeanies are found at Wal-Mart and priced right.

I have a confession to make: Kamden and I had to buy more canisters of Lil Beanies before our St. Patrick’s Day party because we ate most of the canisters provided to us! We totally got into them beforehand and enjoyed several afternoons of uninhibited snacking while playing at the park. Priced at just $1.86 per canister, Lil Beanies are economical.

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#GerberLilBeanies are nutritional.

Lil Beanies do not contain preservatives, artificial colors or flavors, or GMOs – you can’t say that about other snacks! They are made with navy beans and rice flour, providing protein and fiber in every serving. Lil Beanies are available in TWO great flavors: Original (sea salt) and White Cheddar and Broccoli. Both of them were a huge hit at our party – notice the empty canisters!

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The “big kids” enjoyed #GerberLilBeanies too!

If you like cheesy and crunchy without the mess, you’ll love Lil Beanies. Like I said, they are approved by toddlers and adults alike!

I have the best group of friends on the planet because they love me, love my son, and accept my crazy ideas to whip together a last-minute party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and try new Gerber snacks! I’m so thankful for this bunch and grateful they’re not as crazy as I am (yet).

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This post wouldn’t be complete with details on all the food I made with excessive amounts of green food coloring and the most adorable mini chalkboard easels I found in the clearance bin at Michaels:

Spinach salad with goat cheese, crumbled bacon, candied pecans, and maple vinaigrette
Green Veggie Tray (cucumbers, broccoli, celery and bell peppers) with Avocado Ranch dipping sauce
Chicken Salad on Homemade Yeast Rolls
Chicken Nuggets

Spinach Dip
Blueberry Muffins
Margarita Cupcakes (non-alcoholic, of course!) made by the lovely Celeste
Macaroons, made by the talented Britton
Vanilla Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Buttercream Icing
Leprechaun Punch

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#GerberLilBeanies on Three 31

#GerberLilBeanies on Three31

Friends, head to your local Wal-Mart right now and grab a canister (or 10) of Lil Beanies! Little hands love them and parents approve too.

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