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Have you ever seen someone walk into a party that looked scared to death, unsure of themselves, and then watched them slink off to an obscure corner? Their body language screaming, “I wish I was anywhere but here!” Entering a room full of people that you do not know can be intimidating. I get that. Yet, your entrance is important in displaying overall confidence and portraying a strong image.

When attending a party, there are certain expectations we have of our hostess. We will enjoy and appreciate everything she has done, but we do assume there will be food and drinks. We would also like a clean bathroom and a home that does not smell like the local pet store. What some people forget is there are also expectations of the guest.

Giving a party, of any type, requires a great deal of work. If you have been fortunate enough to be included in a festive soiree, it is nice to arrive with a gift for the hostess. The typical present will cost between $15-$30, but there are less expensive things you can find at the local discount store.

Attire: Shabby Chic; Razzle Dazzle; Cowboy Couture


Word to hostesses: when listing the attire on the invitation for your party, make it clear. Do not let your creative thoughts have you writing a description that requires an interpreter.  We do not want to force our guests to solve a riddle to understand what is expected of them. There is a phrase I like to quote, “To be unclear is to be unkind.”

There is something special we feel when we receive an invitation. It is the anticipation of a celebration, the excitement of choosing what to wear, but more importantly, it is the affirmation that tells us, “I was chosen!” We know a hostess has responsibilities to ensure her party is a success, but did you know there are expectations of the guests? And your first job begins when you receive an invitation that says RSVP.

Do you believe there is a creator behind this painting, or did it create itself? I believe if I polled 1,000 people, 100% would say, “Of course, there is a creator. That’s common sense.” Do you believe there is a Creator behind this picture? If I polled 1,000 people with the same question, stats show I would not receive 100% agreement that there was a Creator behind this picture.

People are returning to work, which means many of us will be navigating changes that would otherwise seem mundane. Elevator etiquette? Did you know there was such a thing? Below are 9 basic reminders when riding the lift. I have thrown in a few exceptions while we live in a COVID world. 

Throughout history we have seen God place people in power that made us say, “What is He thinking?” Yet God clearly reminds us in Isaiah that the way He thinks is far beyond what we can sometimes understand. In a child’s eyes, a parent giving her yucky medicine when she already feels poorly can seem cruel. “Why would Mommy make me take this?” The child lives in her “here and now” moment of life, yet the parent sees the big picture. The mother knows what is best for the child, even when the child does not understand. 

Our 4-part series on living as Christians in a political world was written in response to questions I have been receiving on knowing how to separate truth from lies, when to engage in our political system, and the most effective way to stay informed. In Part 1 we learned the biblical formula for seeking truth. In Part 2 we discussed the importance of knowing your foundation. In this post, Part 3, I will provide you with 7 practical tips I use to find truth in our news driven world. 

We are living in a time where many do not know who or what to believe. It seems our national 24-hour news media seeks ratings more than they seek truth (regardless of which way their bias leans). Many journalists receive bonuses based on how many clicks their story receives, and companies earn more advertising revenue if they can show a high click-through rate on articles. It has become too common to read endless bait-and-switch headlines.

“How do I know what is real? How do I know truth when I see it? I want to stay informed, but where do I turn when I feel every news source is somehow deceiving me?”

Giving you tips on hosting a Halloween party during COVID is sure easier than tackling subjects on news, politics, and finding truth. Yet these are the questions filling my inbox. 

Does this blog seem early? Did you know we only have 10 weeks before we move into December? It is time to start planning!
1. Decide how much you can spend. If you have a $500 budget and 10 people you need to give gifts, then you can only spend $50 a person.

Halloween in 2020 will be different than past years, but there are still ways to enjoy this festive start to the holiday season. This blog may seem early, but October 31st is only 7 weeks away! It is time to start planning. Below are my top 10 ideas for a jovial and happy start to your fall celebrations.

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3 Tasty Coffee Substitutes

Coffee is one of the most commonly consumed beverages around the world. From the ritual of preparing the brew to the caffeine kick in the morning, it is popular for a good reason. Though I love coffee, some mornings my body does not feel up to the highly caffeinated beverage. If you ever have issues with the acid in the drink or dislike the jitters that can accompany the brew, look no further than these three concoctions that are delicious without the negative side effects.

Creamy Matcha Latte

Matcha is my go-to morning pick me up. There is a plethora of health benefits to the powdered green tea leaves. I love the flavor of matcha and find that the caffeine does not cause me to crash or have jitters. I like mine best with oat milk but you can substitute any variety of milk. I am currently adding in lions mane mushroom powder which supports cognitive function. However, I have used ashwagandha powder and reishi powder in the past and reishi is my favorite. I love adding adaptogens into my drinks to give my body some added support.


*1/2 cup (ish) of milk

*1 cup of hot water

*1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder

*1/4 teaspoon of lions mane powder

*1 scoop collagen peptides


*Add water into kettle to heat

*Pour milk into cup and microwave for 30 seconds

*Add all remaining ingredients to milk and pour in hot water, stir with milk frother

Black Tea and Milk

This recipe is super simple but incredibly delicious. I use either an Assam Tea, Chai Tea, or Earl Grey. Mix it up and add in collagen, cinnamon, honey, or turmeric. This tea is a blank canvas that is as tasty alone as it is with add-ins.


*1 teaspoon loose-leaf tea (or 1-2 sachets)

*Splash of milk


*Boil water

*Steep tea

*Add splash of milk

Golden Milk Latte

If you want something creamy and caffeine free, this latte is a great choice. Anti-inflammatory turmeric and healing collagen peptides both provide extra support for your joints at the start of the day. I love adding in a scoop of butter to get some healthy fats. This drink is also great for sipping in the evening.


*1/2 cup of oat milk

*1/2 cup of hot water

*1 teaspoon of Golden Milk powder

*1 scoop of collagen peptides

*scoop of butter (add however much you like, I slice a little chunk off)


*Boil water

*Heat milk for 30 seconds in the microwave

*Add in golden milk powder, collagen peptides, scoop of butter, and hot water

*Let butter melt and then stir with milk frother

I hope you enjoy these morning coffee alternates. Dress them up anyway you want and most importantly have fun experimenting in the kitchen!

Alina Gersib

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