Inspire Me Monday – Week 140

Inspire Me Monday

Welcome to Inspire Me Monday
A place to share your creative inspirations
Sharpen your creative vision and
Showcase your creative talents!

I invite you to inspire others and
Nurture your creative spirit by
Joining our Creative Blog Hop!

To participate, simply join my creative community and
Follow the guidelines at the end of this post!

What’s Inspiring You This Week?
Here’s What’s Inspiring Me!

September Is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

This month, I am proud to be part of the Book Launch Team for
Never Ever Give Up – The Inspiring Story Of Jessie And Her Joy Jars!

It is the inspirational story of a young girl who was diagnosed with an
Inoperable and incurable brain tumor when she was 11 years old –
But who was more concerned about the care and welfare of the other
Young patients around her than her own personal needs!

Never Ever Give Up

As a result of one simple question –
“What can we do to help them?” –
A simple act of compassion has grown into a foundation that now is
Impacting the lives of children with cancer around the world!

Please stop by to learn more about Jessie’s story and childhood cancer at
Never Ever Give Up and help spread the word about this wonderful book!

This is just one of the many fabulous books I’ve read as of late!
Click the link for more fabulous Book Reviews (and a few Giveaways)!

Ramona – With All Of My Heart Card

What have you crafted this week?
I created a colorful heart-themed card for a very special friend!

Shaunta – 52 Weeks Of C-H-A-O-S

52 Weeks Of Chaos

Do you dream of living in a beautifully organized home
But feel that your environment is more chaotic than clutter-free?
If so, enroll in Shaunta’s FREE 52 Weeks Of C-H-A-O-S Series
(Complete Home Overhaul System for the Born Disorganized).
It sounds fabulous and there’s no time like today to start!

Jamie – Curried Egg Salad

Curry Egg Salad

A Curried Egg Salad with apples and a healthier brand of egg…
Sounds as irresistible as it looks!

Jordan – Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Salad

Whether you are trying to improve your family’s health –
Or you just like the taste of refreshing salads –
Jordan’s easy-to-make salad is sure to keep the taste of summer
Alive well into the Autumn season!

Sarah – Bourbon Banana Cream Pie

Bourbon Banana Cream Cake

Are you still in the throes of a summer heat wave and
Looking for a cool refreshing dessert to chill you down?
Sarah says everything is better with a little booze in it!
Who’s game for a slice of her Bourbon Banana Cream Pie?

Chris – Faux Caramel Apples

Faux Caramel Apples

While some of us are still experiencing heat waves –
Others are beginning to see the first signs of Fall!
If you’re ready to begin Autumn a little early,
Check out Chris’s Faux Caramel Apples!

Music To Inspire You – Downtown Train

Welcome to Music Moves Me!
This week, Danielle of Royalegacy has chosen an unusual musical theme:
Songs about trains or songs with the word train in it!

I’m always in the mood for a good love song –
So my pick for the week is Rod Stewart’s version of Downtown Train –
A song he took to #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989, and
Number 1 on the Adult Rock and Adult Contemporary charts!

He also went to #1 in Canada with this song –
Made the Top Ten Singles Chart in the UK –
And earned himself a Grammy Nomination for Best Male Pop Vocalist!

What’s your favorite Train-themed song?
Share your picks in the comments –
Or better yet, share your video pick at the party!

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Join us for Wordless Wednesday and Friendship Friday!

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Inspire Me Monday – Week 139!

Inspire Me Monday #140 – Week Of September 7, 2014

Inspire Me Monday

I like the idea of Inspiration Monday.
Monday’s often get the short end of the stick
But they are fraught with potential!
Judy Palmer

Now it’s time to share your inspirations! You can participate in Inspire Me Monday in the following ways:

1) Share “What’s Inspiring You” by creating your own Inspire Me Monday post! You can include any creative challenges you’ve discovered – any books or quotes you love – any bloggers who have inspired you – anything that has inspired you and will inspire us too!

2) Share your creative projects with us! You’re welcome to link up your Arts & Crafts projects – your Recipes – your DIY, Home Décor and Organizational Ideas – your original Writing, Music & Photography – you get the idea!

3) Visit the participants – share some comment love – let them know what’s inspired you!

When you link up, be sure to include the Inspire Me Monday button and a link back to this post on all of your entries so that your readers can join the fun! The blog code is on the side bar if you need it!

Be sure to link directly to your Inspire Me Monday Posts and Creations using the permalink to the individual posts – not your blog’s home page URL – so that participants can easily find and comment on your creations!

The party will remain open all week so have fun sharing – inspire me with your comments – and please, use the social media buttons below the post to spread the word!

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  1. Dawn Paoletta (@breathoffaith)
    Twitter: breathoffaith

    Oh I need that organized home one! On a mission!

  2. Mary Hill
    Twitter: MaryHill16

    Thanks for letting us know about this important cause for children with Cancer. I can’t imagine. The featured little girl is so inspirational. Her story is so moving.

  3. FABBY says:

    Thank you so much for hosting lovely lady.
    Have a great week ahead.

  4. Thanks for the great features & for hosting & God bless!

  5. Karren Haller
    Twitter: Myllls

    Great party I found some great recipes. I took care of a little girl with leukemia when I was about 11 years old and was at a time they did not talk about the disease and kept it hidden.

    At the time I did not understand why they stopped having me sit with her, it was only a short time before she passed. I still think about her. Thanks for sharing her book, Jesse’s story will help many and Joy Jar’s will comfort many children.

    Have a great week,

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      One of the wonderful things about blogging and social media is that it gives individuals and families who are dealing with chronic and terminal illnesses a chance to connect with others and to bring their situations out into the light.

      Jessie’s story is so inspiring… I feel privileged to be a part of the launch team for this book!

  6. XmasDolly
    Twitter: Xmasdolly

    Oh yes, there are so many train songs with our theme this week it’s unreal. When you first think oh no, the theme is songs about trains etc. and you think… oooo that’s hard. There is really quite a few once you think about it. Here’s another I know like the back of my hand that I didn’t think of, but am sure glad you did. Way ta go girlfriend, and i hope you brings some friends with you. Let me grab your logo for my blog. Thanks for joining us today. Hugs and you’ve definitely ROCKED THE HOUSE THIS WEEK! WOO HOO!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      Marie, I had exactly the same thought process that you did when I saw this week’s music theme!
      I thought it was going to be hard to come up with train songs – and then, I ended up coming up with such a long list, I narrowed it down to the one I liked the most (hoping that it would be one that everyone else wouldn’t choose!)
      Anyway, this ended up being a really fun theme – and I enjoyed hearing Sheena Easton’s song, which I also love (and missed on my list of train songs!)

  7. momstheword
    Twitter: momsthewordfun

    Ooooh, lots of great links to check out. Thanks for hosting again this week!

  8. Poppy says:

    A touching video, inspired by a young girl with so much strength and positivity.

    Thanks for hosting Ramona. Hope you have a lovely week.


  9. stevebethere
    Twitter: bethere2day

    Nice post I want some of the curried egg salad & the cinnamon apples heheh!

    I really like Rod Stewart always thought his version of this was excellent 😉

    Have a appletastic day will pop by tomorrow heheh!

  10. I almost picked Rod Stewart’s music video for this morning’s theme. I was surprised to find so many train themed songs that I not only knew, but liked. I love your all of your inspiration here today. The fake caramel apples and the decluttering tips particularly grabbed my interest. Have a tunetastic week!

    PS: Can you please keep my FIL in prayer. He’s not doing too well. Ever since my MIL passed in June, he has taken a sharp decline in his health. I just don’t think he’ll be with us much longer at this rate, but I know where he’s heaven bound. Thanks!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I am sorry to hear about your FIL Cathy and will certainly keep him in prayer.
      Perhaps you could encourage him to join a local grief group?
      I’ve participated in a wonderful program called GriefShare in the past (they are national) – but there may be others in your community as well.
      Having a place to share your losses with others who understand can be just the balm he needs!

      So glad you enjoyed this week’s inspirations as well!

  11. Debbie @ Bible Fun For Kids says:

    Thank you for hosting!

  12. Thanks for hosting! I can’t wait to check out the faux caramel apples. I’ve always loved them, but hated making them.

  13. Susan Carol says:

    Thanks for hosting and all the goodies to look at. And thanks for the invite to share here 🙂

  14. LadyD says:

    I hope they find a cure for cancer one day. We have been praying for 14 yr. old daughter of a pastor who has brain cancer. She is very brave and this story is so inspiring, thank you!

    • Create With Joy
      Twitter: CreateWithJoy1

      I had a very dear friend who had a brain tumor – fortunately she survived.
      Praying for your pastor’s daughter and family.
      Perhaps you could share this book with them?

  15. BeBetsy says:

    Awesome party, thanks for hosting! Love all of the yummy recipes.

    Denise & Aubrie

  16. Lisa Isabella Russo
    Twitter: artbylr

    What wonderful and some quite delicious looking inspirations! Thanks for hosting!

  17. Jill says:

    Thanks for hosting. Hope you have a fabulous week!

  18. Trish says:

    Thanks for hosting this awesome party. I am now cohosting The Southern Special and would love it if you would stop by. Have an awesome week.

  19. I didn’t know this month was childhood cancer awareness month. Thanks for sharing.

    And curried egg salad is a new one.

    And how could I forget Rod’s train song!

  20. Michelle says:

    Thank you for the party! Hope you are having a nice week.
    I have my eye on those faux caramel apples–we are supposed to get our first taste of fall this weekend!

  21. Thank you as always for the opportunity to share and to meet new people

  22. Thanks for another terrific link party!


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