Review: Not of this World by Lisa Chan

I recently had the pleasure of previewing Lisa Chan's upcoming bible study DVD entitled 'Not of this World'. I popped in the DVD not sure what to expect and was instantly drawn in to Lisa's gentle and compelling reminder that this life I'm living now is temporary. Living life with eternity in mind is often easier said than done, but this study is a reminder that it is possible. We live in  a culture were people are privileged to live out their life as Christians, in peace. But often times the lives we live show nothing of our professed love of Christ. Somewhere in the midst of the day to day grind some of the most defining characteristics of Christianity (self-less love, sacrifice, humility, generosity, etc) get lost. Even myself, with the best of intentions, forget that my life is a living display of Christ love here on earth. Lisa challenged me to keep in the fore front of my mind that even though my time here is limited eternity is in fact Forever. 'Not of this world' shares beautiful Read more [...]

Ramblings and so on: What I’ve been up to

Ramblings: Where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. Confession: I have fallen completely off the blogging wagon. I was doing so well for a second there. I was inspired by the thought of successfully reaching the masses so I began researching my craft: blogging. I started looking towards some of the more successful blogs and really digging into what it takes to engage a reader and build a brand. The more I uncovered about successful blogging the less interested I became. There is so much behind the scenes that you never even imagine as a reader. So many rules, regulations, blog specific etiquette, and so on. It was such an overwhelming amount of information that all my blogging fire fizzled fast! Honestly, I’m a free-willed, free-spirited, creative type. Too much black and white literally oppresses my mental faculties. So I’ve come to the conclusion that I will instead get back to doing what I love most, and sharing it with you. These last few months have been quite hectic. Read more [...]

Victory:How I lost 60lbs. in 6 months by accident

If you've read any of my previous post you know by now that I like love to eat! So it's no secret that my weight has definitely been a struggle for me since I graduated high school. I hit a real difficult patch in life around the age of 19 and gained 60lbs in about 6 months. Yes, 60lbs of cookie dough and mac & cheese.  From age 20 to 30 I wrestled with losing those 60lbs and spent most of that decade hovering between 200- 205 lbs. At 5'4 and 205 lbs I always knew I had gone too far down the wrong road and I needed to get on track fast, but I really didn't know how. Once in that 10 years I did manage to lose about 40lbs, but gained it all back quickly after breaking my ankle in 2007.   (pic above: Me in high school) Fast forward to 2011:Two pregnancies - 20 months apart - 2 C-sections - and a combined pregnancy weight gain of 70+ pounds. After the birth of my son I weighed in a devastating 240lbs. I was delighted with my little bundle, but knew there was no way that Read more [...]

About Me

Linda Edwards (verb) : Passionate : Opinionated : Loving: Loyal   Thank you for stopping by my little corner of the web. Hopefully in the next few paragraphs you will get to know a little more about me and what you will see here at Queen by Design (click here to learn more about QBD) . I love interacting with all of you so please feel free to leave me a comment or email! I am a Christian wife, mom, and writer who is currently living in the suburbs of Los Angeles, C.A with my hubby and three beautiful babies. I am a thinker. I think A LOT! About EVERYTHING! I think things through in such an elaborate manner that I should seriously be paid for it (I’m working on that)! I have embraced myself as a 'thinker –througher- of- all- things', Ever. On this blog you will see a sampling of the thoughts that go on in my mind. Faith, Family, and Fun are the main categories you will find here because these are the most important aspects of life to me. Faith: My faith Read more [...]

Rainy Day Blessings

Nap time is hands down my favorite time of the day. Most days I lay down with my little ones and nap too. Days like today when the air is crisp and the rain is singing a perfect melody, I take a moment cuddled up in my blanket and bask in thankfulness. I’ve wanted children as far back as I can remember. While most kids dreamed of being doctors or astronauts, I dreamed of becoming a mom. I had long list of baby names scribbled all over my childhood notebooks. I’m sure that may seem weird to most, but it was the perfect dream to me. kennymatic / / CC BYSo here in the peace and quiet of this hour I am grateful. I have two very happy, beautiful, healthy babies. I have a wonderful and loving husband. We have everything we need, lots of what we want, and even some of what we desire. Amidst the never ending diaper changes, feeding schedules, and general chaos that is my day, I know that God has answered the prayers of a daydreamer. I know that in this season of ABC’s and Read more [...]

Super Cheesy Spinach Dip

I wanted to share this awesome recipe just in time for Super Bowl. I came up with this by accident in attempt to use the last couple of pounds of spinach I had left from the Farmers Market. The result was this super cheesy, really delicious spinach dip! I used things that I already had in the fridge/pantry for this recipe.I enjoy the flavor of fresh organic spinach as opposed to frozen which I see in a lot of recipes. Even though I would love all the ingredients to be organic, this recipe is never lets me down. I used about 1.5 lbs of fresh spinach ( approx. 1.5 16oz. containers) And Lots of Cheese I also used Salsa Casera (found in the mexican food section) I really like the simple ingredient list   I serve this warm with my favorite Tortilla Chips. This is a definite crowd pleaser! Enjoy! Scroll All the way down for the entire recipe.     Read more [...]

Power Words: Voice of a generation

Words have power. There is more confirmation now than ever about the impact and influence words have on our lives and the lives of those around us. Our thoughts are seeds that become our words, which become the very fruit of our lives. I try to be very careful with the words that come out of my mouth, and this is not always an easy task. I’ve learned that my words can be sweet as honey; making everything they touch better. Yet they can also be harsh and deadly knocking down anything in their path. As cautious as I am with my words, I find myself guilty of speaking negatively about the current generation of kids. I tend to join in on the conversations about how horrible and hopeless “the kids of today are”. How with the current economy, or failing education system “these kids just don’t stand a chance”. With the violence on TV and vulgarity of modern music “these kids will never amount to anything”. Not long after a conversation with two very beautiful, intelligent, Read more [...]