Tuesday, November 5

LIFE | Happy Birthday, Birthday Dessert and Surprises

Before you go jumping to conclusions...this is NOT a Banana Split.
In fact...this dessert is completely sugar-free. I couldn't believe it either!!

I celebrated my birthday this weekend and when Clara mentioned wanting to come up with a creative birthday dessert for me that didn't have any sugar in it...I reminded her that watermelons weren't in season so she couldn't do the Fresh Fruit Cake I normally create for Ema's birthday.

She said she had something different in mind...and I was definitely intrigued.
Nothing could prepare me for what her and Ema created on Sunday.

This birthday dessert is made of nothing but fruit. 
The "faux scoops of ice cream" are really peeled apples, cored, cut in half, and meticulously covered with homemade sugar-free whipped cream. (the girls even took the precaution of sprinkling the apples with lime juice - we were out of lemon - to prevent the apples from browning)! 

The apple ice cream scoops are sitting on top of a banana cut in 1/2, surrounded by fresh fruit, drizzled with a raspberry puree and sprinkled with crushed nuts. I even LOVE that the girls got out my piping tips to squirt on the decorative whipped cream to put the candles in. The details blew me away!!

I'm all about presentation and I'd say they hit a home run with this one!
I love that they used one of my favorite Gail Pittman serving dishes that I've had forever!!
Creative...am I right? 
I'm sooo impressed (and proud) of their efforts. I LOVED it!!

Now...before I was presented with this amazing dessert on Sunday, my birthday weekend began with a last minute dinner with J on Friday night...a surprise spa day on Saturday...a birthday breakfast J and Ella made for me on Sunday morning, a birthday dinner I didn't have to cook and then this fabulous birthday dessert on Sunday evening with my family!
It was a weekend filled with family and beautiful weather and I really couldn't have asked for more.

Feeling so grateful...I've been inspired to get you involved in my birthday celebration...
by doing something special for YOU!

As an ambassador for Compendium Inc. I was sent a copy of one of their beautiful, new, inspirational books...

Fight On...

"Just because your miracle doesn't look like the miracle you were expecting,
that doesn't mean it isn't the one you've been waiting for."

"You were made for something special. Be Patient. The world is rearranging itself."

"At every moment, the world is whispering opportunities. Listen closely."

As with all Compendium books...this new "Fight On" book is empowering!! The motivational quotes that fill the pages have a way of making you stop and listen. There are some quotes that jump off of the page at me...and others that draw me in closer. I'm in love. And more importantly...I'm inspired. I love that! I want YOU to be inspired too!!

I actually have 3 copies of this book.
I'm wrapping up one of the copies to send to my aunt - an incredibly strong woman who's been faced with a handful of intense back-to-back trials over the past 4 months.

The other copy I'm considering keeping for myself, although I have two other people in my life I feel could use this book.

And then I've got one other copy I'd like to send to one of YOU!!
In addition to the book...I'll be including a set of these adorable Pop-Open Window Cards too!
They remind me of the little pop-open lunch notes I used to pack in my girls' lunches...
but these are an "adult" version.

30 little cards in each box...
each box with a different focus/theme...
each card with a different message...
and each box...a little treasure box filled with gold nuggets of inspiration!
I think the pretty packaging and cute design make it a fun, quick way to be inspired.
On top of that...these make such a sweet, simple gift!!

I actually gave Clara the "Be Happy" box and Ema the "Dream" box.
The morning after I gave Clara her box she was heading out the door to school and mentioned to me she'd opened her very first card that morning and it was exactly the inspiration she needed for the day! LOVE hearing that!!

So anyway...back to my gift to YOU!!
It's easy to enter to win. Just use the Rafflecopter app below!!

I'll pick a winner on Saturday, November 9th.
That's it!!

I hope you'll check out all of the amazing products on the Live Inspired website!
They have so many beautiful gifts for every person in your life - including CHILDREN!!
I love that I can't keep up with the new things they are always adding to their site and there's nothing I don't love.

You can check out the Live Inspired Blog too for more inspiration.
Or just go straight to the Live Inspired Website!

As a long-time lover of Compendium Inc. products...I continually feel blessed and grateful to be a Live Inspired Ambassador and it's with sincere thanks and appreciation to the Live Inspired team for making these giveaways possible...and for constantly reminding me to live inspired! *wink*

Remember the Family Reunion I went to over the Summer?
My aunt and uncle from Boone, North Carolina are the ones who hosted it.
The same aunt I mentioned I'll be sending the book to.
She's had an incredibly challenging time over the last 4 months...and so has my uncle.
My uncle ended up having emergency back surgery right after the reunion and she's been helping him recover from that.
Soon after, she lost her very best friend.
She then had to put two of her beloved dogs down unexpectedly.
And then...just a few weeks ago...my uncle had a stroke.
My heart aches for her...for them. This book will be a simple way to reach out and do "something" even though we are miles apart!! (Love you Joyce and Michael)!!


Magali November 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM  

Thank you for the chance to win and for sharing this book with us :)

"you have everything you need, it's here, in you, always" Love that..

Happy belated Birthday to you!

Magali November 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM  

Thank you for the chance to win and for sharing this book with us :)

"You have everything you need, it's here, in you, always" Love that...

Happy belated birthday to you!

kansasgirl1 November 5, 2013 at 1:53 PM  

I love the quote about being patient, the world is rearranging itself for me. It's really telling me to keep working toward my goal, I'm on the right path, it just takes time for change. Thank you for the inspiration. And your birthday dessert looks so good! What a lovely gift from your daughters!

Stephanie Y.,  November 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM  

The quote that spoke to me was "If you knew how capable you are you'd stop worrying and start amazing yourself". I tend to doubt myself quite a bit and this quote jumped out at me. The book looks like wonderful motivation!

Thank you for the contest!

Melissa,  November 5, 2013 at 4:36 PM  

The quote that spoke to me was "you were made for something special. Be patient. The world is rearranging itself."

Emily F November 5, 2013 at 5:24 PM  

Jessica, I love reading your posts. Your thoughts, your ideas and your pictures are always so beautiful!

Since I struggle with patience more often than I'd like to admit, "Be patient. The world is rearranging itself." seems fitting for me!

I love the ideas you share about your girls. If they are anything like you were when we were growing up they are wonderful young ladies!

Thank you for sharing so many positive, insightful messages. As the holidays approach, I wish you and your family much happiness and many loving memories.


iLa,  November 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM  

"Just because your miracle doesn't look like the miracle you were expecting,that doesn't mean it isn't the one you've been waiting for."

Angeline at Compendium November 6, 2013 at 7:14 PM  

What a clever idea! Your daughters certainly had me fooled with the sundae!

I hope you had the happiest of birthdays. :)

Jessica Kirkland November 7, 2013 at 5:26 AM  

Thanks Angeline! The dessert completely fooled me too! It was a great day!!

Andrea November 7, 2013 at 10:45 AM  

Love the quote: "You were made for something special. Be Patient. The world is rearranging itself." We are always in such a hurry for the next thing, sometimes we just have to be patient. Thanks Jessica!

The Party Suite at Bellenza November 8, 2013 at 8:00 AM  

That all-fruit dessert looks amazing! So sweet of your daughters. And those pop-up cards would make such inspiring gifts!

~ LaVonne November 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM  

"you already know the answer"
My grandma says & always has said that to me when I'm struggling for clarity.

~ LaVonne November 8, 2013 at 9:44 AM  

"you already know the answer"

My grandma says & always has said that to me, whenever I'm struggling for clarity.

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