Hope and Cancer

The word “Hope” is such a wonderful word used with those facing cancer, and I just love that the word for our relay for life this year is “Hope”.

By definition hope means: a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen, or a feeling of trust.  Isn’t this just what a person battling cancer needs, hope!

I have 6 items with “hope” on them I want to share with you.

1. The Family Tray. This BIG tray has hope on one side of it!
Measures 287/8″L × 21″W × 31/2″H. This white distressed, oversized wooden tray has many functions. Use it as a decorative centerpiece on your large family table, use it on an ottoman to act as your family room catch-all, or use it on your bed to hold your breakfast and enjoy your quiet time. Message reads, Family, love, joy, peace and hope. Measures 287/8″L × 21″W × 31/2″H.

2. Hello Hope Foldover Clutch.
Measures 12″H (flat) × 8″H (folded) × 10 1/2″W. Carry your necessities in this striped foldover clutch! Message reads, Hello hope. Romans 5:4 TLB. Made of premium canvas and faux leather. Printed cotton lining on inside of bag. Stitched message on inside reads, beyond beautiful. Zipper closure. Measures 12″H (flat) × 8″H (folded) × 10 1/2″W.

3. Hope Pouch.  This little bag is so adorable!
Measures 4″H × 613/16″W × 11/4″D. Store your loose coins and gift cards in this adorable zippered pouch. Message reads, hope. Made of premium, printed canvas. Zipper closure. Printed cotton lining on inside of pouch. Stitched message on inside reads, beyond beautiful. Measures 4″H × 613/16″W × 11/4″D.

4. Hello Hope Ring Dish. I have seen so many cancer rings… that on this hello hope ring dish would make such a meaningful gift.
Measures 51/4″D × 4″H. Hold your rings, earrings and other small pieces of jewelry with our Hello Hope Ring Dish! Gold foil message reads, Hello hope. Measures 51/4″D × 4″H. Ceramic.

5. Hello Hope Canvas. Comes in 4 colors!
Measures 10″ square. Hello Hope. How refreshing these two words are together. We hope this canvas reminds you of the ever present hope you have in Christ! Message reads, hello HOPE. Measures 10″ square. Printed in the USA. Choose from 4 colors: Mint, Curry, Peach, Black.

6.  Hope Bundle. Lots of goodies to bring encouragement and hope!
Each bundle includes a DayBrightner, journal, encouragement notes, Scripture cards, and booklet with stickers. Each bundle inspires with courage and hope! Great gift for anyone, including you!

Hope for today, tomorrow, and always. Here is my prayer of Hope for you and anyone you know going through cancer. 

How can I pray for you?

Rustic & Vintage Styled Tray

I love to watch the TV show “Fixer Upper, and their inspiring ideas to use inside and out. The vintage, rustic, and farmhouse looking pieces gives us that loving, traditional, and nostalgic look from out past, making a house into a home.

So when I seen this rustic and vintage styled Family Tray it reminded me of one of those pieces I often see on Fixer Upper.

This Family Tray is big (28″ x 21″) as you can see in this picture! 

It is white distressed, and the message on it reads, Family, love, joy, peace and hope. There are so many ways to use this tray, such as on a table as a centerpiece!

Or how about on a coffee table or ottoman!

Or even on a mantel it looks pretty!

Such a fun piece to add that vintage farmhouse look into your home, and with a message of love! You will be sure to treasure this for years to come!

Where will you put the Family Tray in your house?

Retro Caddy

There are so many ways to use a caddy! I have several all around my house, and this retro one will be next! It is called the Gather Together Kitchen Caddy  but can be used so many ways other than in the kitchen! It measures 101/2″W × 7″D × 5″T, is metal, and the message on the tag on it reads, Gather Together.

It works great to use  this caddy as a collect all on the countertop, to hold greeting cards and other desk top items, on the bathroom to hold beauty supplies, or as a caddy with fun birthday plates, cups, and silverware!

It also works great to create a gift basket, hold coloring books and pencil colors, as a centerpiece with flowers, or candles!

Which is your favorite way to use the Gather Together Kitchen Caddy?

Retro Tea Towels & Recipe Cards

Mary and Martha has a wide variety of tea towels and recipe cards but there are 2 sets I especially love! Let me show them to you!

1. The Sweet to the Soul Collection has a retro vintage look that just screams little girls! And because of that, big girls love having it as a reminder of their past or to share with their daughters too. It is great for a Birthday gift, Wedding shower gift, Teacher gift, or for anyone who loves to bake!

Sweet to the Soul Tea Towel.  This towel is approximately 29 ”L x 30” W

Message reads, Make it sweet, Served with love, Gracious words are…sweet to the soul…Proverbs 16:24. Each measures approximately 29″L × 30″W. 100% cotton. Machine wash cold, tumble dry on low.

Sweet To The Soul Tea Towel
Sweet to the Soul Recipe Cards.  These matching recipe cards are 4”H x 6” W and packaged in an organza bag. This recipe card set contains 20, 4″H × 6″W, cards in 2 colors, 10 cards in each color. On each recipe card, the message reads, Sweet to the soul. Proverbs 16:24.
Sweet To The Soul Recipe Cards

Sweet to the Soul Apron.  This matching personalized child’s apron is just adorable!

It measures 24”H x 18” W and message reads, Sweet to the soul. Proverbs 16:24. Apron measures 24″H × 18″W. Sized for ages 3-6. 100% cotton. Machine wash cold, tumble dry low. One line personalization. 12 character limit.

2. The Kitchen Essentials Collection has a retro vintage look also that may bring back memories of the past, or being to create those memories now! Great also for a Birthday gift, Wedding shower gift, or to anyone who loves to bake!

The Kitchen Essentials Tea Towel. This tea towel is approximately 29 ”L x 30” W.

Message reads, We’ll share with you all the blessings the Lord gives us. Numbers 10:32 NLT. Measures approximately 29″L × 30″W. 100% cotton. Made in India. Machine wash cold, tumble dry on low.

Kitchen Essential Tea Towel
The Kitchen Essentials Recipe Cards.  These matching recipe cards measure 4”H x 6” W and are packaged in an organza bag. This recipe card set contains 20, 4″H × 6″W, cards in 2 colors, 10 cards in each color. On each recipe card, the message reads, Feed them with the abundance of Your own house. Psalm 36:8 NLT.
Kitchen Essential Recipe Cards
A fun way to give these either of these collections are:

  • Use the tea towel like wrapping paper and tie around a gift inside
  • Tie a favorite recipe to the tea towel and wrap up ingredients for the recipe within the tea towel as a gift idea!
  • Another fun Wedding shower idea would be to have everyone write out a recipe cards when they arrive? It makes a special long lasting gift to have in all everyone’s own handwriting!

Which set is your favorite?

This Mug!

This mug, is one everyone loves!
Message on it reads: begin each day with a grateful heart.

heirloom-mugIt is a customer favorite, and makes such a wonderful gift!
Put come candy in it, package of hot chocolate, tea bag, coffee sample, or give just as it is!

Great for a teacher, friend, daycare, parents, grandparents… or someone who is ill, struggling, or a person in your life you are grateful for! It’s one of those “gift closet” gifts you’ll be glad to have on hand!
To order your mugs, click HERE! 

You’ll not only make someone happy with your gift, but give them a loving message a gratitude they can read everyday!



Christian Music Decor

Lyrics For Life

I love Contemporary Christian music! There so many great artists who know just the right words to sing, bringing us to our knees in tears, or dancing in praise! And sometimes in the same song!

Do you have that song that just reaches out and touches your soul that you know has impacted and possible changed your life? Is there a lyric of that song that you remember and love? Or is it a lyric you would love others to know and cherish as you do?

The Lyrics For Life are plaques of those music lyrics we have grown to love!


The Lyrics For Life are 2 for $20, and are 5 1/2″ square. They have a keyhole on the back to be hung, or a peg to stand on a desk or shelf. Some are even embellished with glitter! The 8 featured songs are:
1. Father’s Love Hymn,
2. How He Loves Us (here sung by David Crowder),
3. Better Is One Day (sung here by Matt Redman),
4. My King (sung here by Newsboys),
5. The Revelation Song (sung here by Kari Jobe),
6. I Will Rise (sung here by Chris Tomlin),
7. Everlasting Song (sung here by Lincoln Brewster).

See how pretty they could be in your home!
Lyrics for Life

A great gift for a friend, music teacher, ministers or clergy, bible study, or just for yourself!

Which is your favorite Christian music song?

Lyrics for Life

Chalkboard Home Decor Ideas

Fun chalkboard tray used many ways

Chalkboard this and chalkboard that… you see chalkboards everywhere right now! The chalkboard tray I am about to show you is very versatile as you are able to use it multiple ways. With an understated elegance, this tray, with a deep wooden edge, quietly displays your gratitude with the message: Give thanks to the Lord for His goodness. PSALM 107:8 NKJV. The chalkboard finish allows you to share a favorite Scripture, the daily menu, or a personal note delivered with coffee or tea. You will love it!

The Mary & Martha chalkboard tray can be hung or used several ways. 
1. As a tray. Write on the tray what you are serving. It is fun and takes the guessing out of what is what… for example, you can list out hot, medium, or mild salsa for a taco bar.
2. On the wall. There is a flat keyhole hanger on the back of the tray so you can hang it easily on a wall.
3. Hung vertically. Use one of the rungs to hang it from a ribbon on a wall.
4. On a pedestal. With a large pedestal (not included) you can display and use it in many areas of your home.

Mary & Martha Chalkboard tray can be use several ways!

The Mary & Martha chalkboard tray can be decorated several ways.
1. Put above a high cabinet to display your families name “The _____ home.”
2. Use as a memo board to write a meaningful message or note.
3. Use as a tray with no writing. Makes a beautiful centerpiece just by adding a few items on top of it.
4. Use as a wall decor. Add a bow or greenery for a holiday touch!

Mary & Martha chalkboard tray decorated several ways

The Mary & Martha chalkboard tray can be customized for each season.

Here are just a few seasonal designs! The options are endless!

Mary & Martha can be customized for each season

The Mary & Martha chalkboard tray can be use in photos.

Here are just a few ways to use this chalkboard tray in family photos!

Mary & Martha chalkboard tray for photos

As you can see this chalkboard tray is very versatile and can make a great gift!
It is a great Christmas idea for older children, parents, babysitter, or family gift exchange. It could also be given as a wedding gift, birthday gift, house warming – the list goes on and on!

Tell me, which is your favorite way to use the Mary & Martha chalkboard tray?
Here is mine!

Mary & Martha chalkboard tray

Why Not Now?

join a company and community of women

Whenever I see “God Bless Our Home” I think of my Grandmothers. It hung in a picture in her home along with many others. When you walked into her house, Christ was alive and the messages there spoke. Even 40+ years later I can still see them… can you relate with something similar?

Women, we need to do the same in our generation, so other generations follow suit. The things we bring into and display in our homes have powerful life long impact.

If your home is full of constant activity, schedules, rushing here and there… the best way to bring peace is to fill it with items of faith. The messages and scripture on those items grounds us, remind us, and keeps our faith alive. They have a purpose not just for us, but our families.

This also is important in the gifts that we give. I have several gifts with scripture on them that I treasure. It reminds me not only that the one who gave it to me loved me, but that God loves me also… can you relate with something similar?

Well Mary & Martha has taken what women are doing everyday into a company all about sharing. Founded by DaySpring and owned by Hallmark (two respectable companies) they have found a way for us women to combine our faith with our work, and created a community of women who celebrate God’s love in our lives!

Would you like to belong to a community of women that is positive, and share with others items with faith filled messages? Or would you just like to have your home be like that and knows it needs a change? Well them this may be an opportunity you have been looking for.


In June there is a great $79 enrollment kit special! Consultants can join Mary & Martha by purchasing a starterdeluxe, or $99 kit. The $99 kit is valued at $245 and will consist of spring product and business supplies also, so you will be all set to start your own business!

To see the kits and such better just click HERE.

Why join now?

1. Mary & Martha a still a ground floor company and I don’t want you to miss out! There are many companies I wish I would of been a part of in the beginning… can you relate?
2. The best time to join is in the fall, with the Christmas shopping season upon us. We have lots of great gifts, and Christmas items too.
3. I love to see women grow both in their faith, confidence, and business, and I want to help you!

So why not now?


It this a saying,  “The best time to plant an oak tree was 100 years ago. The second best time is today!”


Pray on this please! Now is the time!

Want to see more about how this works? Check out this blog post: What it’s all about!


What It’s All About

Mary & Martha Consultant

Who is Mary & Martha? And what does it mean to be a Consultant?

Mary & Martha was founded by DaySpring and is owned by Hallmark. We are a community of ladies who share the faith based gift and home decor items this company offers through in home parties called Gatherings. We also can collect individual orders or orders via online shopping, and have online Gatherings. There are about 1500 Consultants, so a small but growing company. It is impossible to tell you how loving, prayerful, and supportive Mary & Martha is. You really have to see it and belong to believe it!

Join for FREE, let me explain

    When you purchase a kit, you become a Consultant.  Y
    ou can choose one of the regular spring kits which are $125 or $175. With any of the kits, the items are about $9 each, it’s just a matter of which items you like, and how much you want to spend!

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  • To purchase the kit and enroll, you click JOIN.
  • The next page allows you to see the Consultant Agreement and Policy & Procedures. Check mark the boxes indicating you seen them.
  • The next page shows you the 2 kits options and allow to select the one you want!
  • The next steps will continue the enrollment process.
  • The banking information is requires is cause that is how we get paid, through automatic deposits. We get paid every Friday.
  • You can immediately set up your own website which is FREE the first month, and only $10 there after. It will look like mine which is www.mymaryandmartha.com/klitz  but your own picture and story can be added.
  • You will receive an email with information to log into the “back office” where we place our orders and receive company information.


Next it is ideal for you pick one or two dates to have 2 of your OWN Gathering or party within the first month. Why? So you can earn a promotion only offered to new Consultants called Great Starts. If you have $500 in sales before then end of the next month (average party is $500+) you would earn $150 FREE product credit. If that $500 grows to $1000 in sales you receive another $250 for a total of $400 in product credit. You can use this to get items you desire, as you get to select what you want! And if anyone you know joins Mary & Martha you also will get a $50 CASH!


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Plus you are earning all the hostess rewards that $500 party gives you:

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Consultants also get a commission on the sales, which is 25%. If you have over $1200 in sales a month, you get another 5% too! This is the career plan.




Mary & Martha has a very reasonable quota to stay active, $400 in sales every 6 months. When you join you have basically 6 months to try it, and if in those 6 months you do not have $400 in sales, you become inactive. This allows you to choose to work very part time, or full time. The choice is yours! I just want to help you be where you want to be. I’ve learned a lot over my past 5 years to guide you!

You just don’t know where God will lead you with Mary & Martha, or how He will bless you until you take a step of faith, follow His nudge, and JOIN!

Let me know if you have any questions!
My email is aliceaklitz@gmail.com or call/text 402-380-3303.




Make a memory… clean up later

A great Thanksgiving gift!

Are you going to Thanksgiving at someone else’s house this year? Do you want to bring them a little something to thank them for all their work in preparing the meal? This bristo apron would be an excellent gift! Let me tell you why!


On the pocket it reads: Make a memory…clean up later. And on the bottom it reads We have shared together the blessings of God. Philippians 1:7.

Is that not a great Thanksgiving message? It’s perfect! 

It measures 26″H by 38″W with straps that are 37″ long, so can wrap to fit anyone! And the brown color makes it great for guys or gals!

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Let them know how thankful you are to be invited, and skip just bringing a bottle of wine this year and give this useful bristo apron. Whenever it gets pulled out an worn again, the memory of that day will be there. It’s a gift that will be treasured!