Monday, July 6, 2015

Do you have time for a quick survey?

Hi Friends,

I am going to get back into the blogging mode. I really am. I already have some great things to share with you.

But first, would you mind taking a quick survey?

Whether you've been around to read The Scarlett Thread for 5 days or 5 years (or longer), I'd love to have some feedback from you. (If you're on your mobile - here is the link: )

Create your own user feedback survey 

Many thanks! Blessings and love. xo

Saturday, June 20, 2015

bloom: A Journey to Joy (and Sanity) for Homeschool Moms

(Disclaimer: I was given a product in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains my affiliate links, which means that if you choose to purchase through my links, I will make a small commission. Thank you!!!)

***This course is only on sale through tonight (Saturday, June 20, 2015) and will not be available again until sometime in 2016. Please make your purchase today!***

I want all my homeschool mama friends to know about this new online course called "bloom"! It's an 8-week video course that comes with a corresponding At Home Discovery Packet, which includes 88 pages of charts, exercises and writing prompts to get you thinking about how to have more joy in your life and subsequently, in your homeschool. The videos are pre-recorded, which makes it nice to be able to watch anytime, at your convenience. The sessions are about 20 minutes each, so nothing that requires sitting for hours and hours. You could listen/watch while you fold laundry or while you're sitting on the deck with a cup of coffee or even while cooking dinner for your family. 

Please forgive my tardiness in getting this information to you. I had agreed to review and promote "bloom" what seems like "way back" in April. It's crazy how things can change so drastically in a matter of just a few days or weeks. For many years now, I have held the belief that joy is a choice. I've even written in the past about my thoughts on encouraging more Christians to be happy. I believe Heaven to be the happiest place in existence, and we, as believers, are ambassadors of Heaven. So, while I believe happiness and joy go hand in hand, there are those times when life provides more opportunity to purposefully press through in choosing joy more than at other times. My experience these past 7 weeks has been a path of choosing joy. 

In the past couple of years, there has rarely been a time when I didn't blog on a weekly basis, and most of the time, I was posting several times each week. I had gotten into a nice groove. Until last month, when a friend's death, a severe sports injury in our family and some additional circumstances have left me needing more margin and rest. Life can throw some curve balls, and sometimes those curve balls require stepping back, praying more, re-evaluating, listening and waiting. So that's where I've been. That's really where I still am, and although I feel eager to move past it all, I know there is still a need to take a break and rest. 

This course goes right along with pursuing more of that joy that I've been talking about. I believe life can be filled with joy, even amidst the hard places and dark times. And Alicia does a wonderful job in the course to encourage us as homeschool mamas to evaluate what may be keeping that joy at bay in our daily lives and how to put pillars in place to keep it there. 

Here are the class titles to give you a better idea:

  •  Class 1: The Big Fat Lies (and the Truths That Set Us Free)
  •  Class 2: Firm Foundations: Building Rhythm Around Daily Pillars
  •  Class 3: Steps to Simple (and Rest-Filled) Days
  •  Class 4: Homeschooling Joy Stealers: Part 1: The Perfectionist Vice
  •  Class 5: Homeschooling Joy Stealers: Part 2: The Comparison Leech
  •  Class 6: Homeschooling Joy Stealers: Part 3: The Anger Monster
  •  Class 7: Needs and Opinions: How to Not Drown in the Tidal Wave
  •  Class 8: The Path to Perennial (not Annual) Joy
The awesome thing about the “bloom” course is that the learning is three-dimensional: First, you learn the information in the video classes; second, you process and apply the information through the at-home exercises; and third, you have the opportunity to discuss these issues in real time with other women going through the course via our general “bloom” Facebook group or one of our “bloom” Community Groups (hosted by other top homeschooling bloggers). In addition, the resources are always there, so you can always go back to a class and use the tools again and again to gain more wisdom as your life circumstances change.

Please let me know if you have any questions . . . you can contact me directly at scarlettroyce(at)gmail(dot)(com).

And don't forget that today is the very last day to purchase!

Blessings and love. xo

Friday, June 19, 2015

Rest in Peace

Photo credit: Yahoo News

Cynthia Hurd 
Susie Jackson
Ethel Lance
Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor
Hon. Rev. Clementa Pinckney
Tywanza Sanders
Rev. Daniel Simmons Sr.
Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton
Myra Thompson

(You can read more about their lives HERE.)

To my dear Brothers and Sisters of the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina:

I am heartbroken and grieving over your horrific experience and the loss of the nine beautiful brothers and sisters who were killed on Wednesday. Neither my heart nor my mind can truly comprehend that such evil exists in the world and that your congregation was the target of such evil. I am so very sorry, and I stand with you. Please know I am praying for you with all my heart. 

I love you and am asking Jesus to help us heal and be one in Him. 

Your sister and friend,

Here is the precious son of one of the ladies who was killed. His heart and grace make me weep.

Jesus died a passionate death for us, so our love for Him should be as passionate. 
- Sister Jean German Ortiz
(Taken from the Emanuel AME Church website)

Blessings and love. xo

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

EMPIRES by Hillsong United {Review and Giveaway}

Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting for providing a sample of this product in exchange for my honest review. I received no other compensation. All opinions are my own.

You guys, I haven't been this excited about an album in a long time! Wow. EMPIRES is just so completely honest, and I cannot pick a favourite song.  I am listening to the whole album over and over. Maybe, because of what we've been through in the past four years, I can relate to so many of the raw, heart-cries on this album. Lines like, "Even when my strength is lost/I'll praise You/Even when I have no song/I'll praise You/Even when it's hard to find the words/Louder then I'll sing Your praise" from "Even When It Hurts." Whoosh. These could have been written for me (or even by me, if I was a song writer - ha!). 

Another one I absolutely love is "Say The Word"! I won't share all the lyrics here, but here's a taste: "Say the word and there is light/Say the word and dead bones rise/Every start and end hangs on Your voice/For Your word never returns void." Yes! Hearing Father's voice has become so important to me in the past 10 years, and this song beautiful portrays my heart in knowing and honouring His Word, both the Logos and the Rhema. 

Here are the song titles:

01. Here Now (Madness)
02. Say The Word
03. Heart Like Heaven
04. Touch The Sky
05. Street Called Mercy
06. When I Lost My Heart To You (Hallelujah)
07. Even When It Hurts (Praise Song)
08. Prince of Peace
09. Empires
10. Rule
11. Captain
12. Closer Than You Know

Last week I had the privilege of participating in a Twitter chat with worship leader, Taya Smith, whom most people know as the voice of Hillsong United's "Oceans." She is completely delightful, and I loved hearing her heart. She shared that the Beatitudes, from Matthew chapter 5, is the basis for the album. The Kingdom of God is so completely counter-cultural to what the world tells us to do. One thing she said: 'To be honest, we only truly find ourselves, our purpose, and true joy when we're actually not focusing on ourselves, when we're looking at Jesus.' That is directly contrary to the world and ultimately, the bottom line for us as Christians, eh? I love her real-ness, her humour, the Scriptures she shared and her heart for Jesus. I think you will love hearing and worshipping with her beautiful voice on EMPIRES.

S O C I A L • C O R N E R 

Twitter: @HillsongUnited

Instagram: @HillsongUnited

Check them out on tour this summer:

- Here’s a video of their performance on the TODAY show in case you missed it last month:

Buy it now:

Giveaway Time:
A big thank you to Propeller, LLC for providing a copy of EMPIRES for one of my readers. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller/FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Open to residents of the US and Canada, age 18 or older.

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Blessings and love. xo

Monday, May 18, 2015

Encore Day - The Essential Oils Revolution!

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There's still time to get in on the incredible education that's been going on this week with The Essential Oils Revolution! This summit is non-branded and no oils are being advertised or sold. This is strictly a teaching event. I have had so much fun learning more about oils this week.

Take a look at the Encore Speakers . . . 

And if you're just now hearing about this summit or if you've had to miss out due to your busy schedule, you have the opportunity to purchase all the talks, so no need to worry. You haven't missed out after all! Woohoo!

Go HERE to see make your purchase now!

Blessings and love. xo