Jul 262016
 

As I sit here loading the word document to write I notice that the sky outside looks like cotton candy and I spring to life at 9:30pm wearing my pj’s and grabbing my camera once again to capture a couple of glimpses of the sky that God painted just for me.


I have seen a lot of amazing sky’s out of this window while sitting on my bed. It’s amazing how different it can look from window to window only to be the same exact moon and stars that we all get to see. It is fun to talk to a friend 18 hours away and both be looking at the moon or hunting down the big dipper. Somehow the universe as we are able to see it, seems so big, and I feel so small and yet I know that my place in this world is exactly where I was created to belong.


I’ve been feeling more like me than I was at the beginning of the month. I think it’s fair to say I was having some sort of mini-breakdown, if they can be mini… I think I had a dozen or more cold showers in the midst of panic attacks over nothing, almost always in the night.


The past week I have been picking up the pieces here and there. I am still behind but things are getting done. I’ve been dusting and vacuuming and lighting candles again. Cleaned off some surfaces, switched my purse to a different one for the first time in a couple of years, and I even made myself iced coffee. When I am feeling bleh I don’t drink coffee for the most part, so having a homemade iced mocha made me feel human and gave me a good 14 grams of protein along with the caffeine!


I am currently burning a blueberry scented soy candle that is tucked inside of my REDEEMED holder, reminding me that “Everything is beautiful in its time” and that while I fell behind on household tasks there is no reason that I can’t just hop right back in and tidy up and do what I can while doing my best to take care of myself and not risk burn out again. You can check out DaySpring for inspirational home décor, cards and so much more. I have purchased most of my décor from them as well as a purse and makeup travelling bag! You can also earn up to 6% cashback through my Swagbucks link and right now you can save an additional 25% sitewide during the customer appreciation sale with coupon code THANKYOU

I LOVE these wooden letters and this Bible cover has enough space for me to tuck in extra papers, small bible studies and so much more!


Apr 062016
 

It is spring which means it is wedding season and while you are finishing up on planning your wedding you may still be wondering which rings to get, we all get it, the little things that are really the BIG things get pushed to the back, especially when it comes to time and money. But this little thing is your wedding band, a symbol of your love and devotion for all of your days. Maybe that sounds a bit scary, but think of Grandma and Grandpa celebrating their 50 and 60 year wedding anniversary… The ring, it has to hold up and last and be timeless just like your love for one another

Joy Jewelers platinum wedding band offers amazing styles to suit any theme, style, budget, and need! How exciting is it to know that it’s not too late to choose the band that you will wear for the rest of your days and to know you have chosen well?

Platinum is the new gold. It is a stronger type of metal so it won’t wear thing and fall off, it won’t easily succumb to scratches or damages and it is both modern and classic. And yes, those wedding rings that you wear day after day, that wash babies and do dishes wish do wear down, they wear right through sometimes because unlike our clothes it doesn’t get changed with the seasons, or even with the days, many never remove theirs.

If you are getting married this year I am soooo excited for you!! I see quite a few engaged couples hanging around on the internet whether it’s Youtube, Twitter or on blogs just like mine. Pinterest boards filled with the perfect wedding images as a lady plans out a dream she has had since she was a little girl.

Make your dreams come true; make her dreams come true.

Mar 252016
 

As some of you may know I have been having serious financial issues, like feed my kids or pay the bills. I have never been in this position before and I am honestly humbled by it and I am definitely getting more creative with shopping and making things go further.

Earlier this month I saw the Maybelline Dream Velvet foundation in my local Walmart, and then I saw the price and knew that I couldn’t afford the 12 dollars and still be able to pay for my medications and feed the kids. Kids eat a LOT for some reason.

Since my Walmart doesn’t have testers I wasn’t even sure what color would match me to ask for it for a birthday or risk the splurge. After moping (literally, I was sad) about the financial situation and not being able to treat myself to something that makes me feel beautiful and feminine I reached out to Maybelline Canada and explained my situation and asked if they had a sample. They said yes and asked me what color I was, I explained that I wasn’t sure what shade I would be and said that I am a neutral fair. They said that was great and that my sample was on it’s way.

I was honestly only expecting a couple of those tear out samples you get from magazines but instead I got a package from them and I literally cried when I opened it because this company who clearly doesn’t need to advertise to sell their products was beyond generous to me and gave me so much. If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen a photo I took the other day while playing with some of these products!

Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation in 10 Porcelain Ivory


Maybelline Master Conceal by FaceStudio Camouflaging Concealer in 10 Fair


Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in 101 Very Black

Maybelline Colorblur by LipStudio Cream Matte Pencil and Smudger in 50 I Like to Mauve It


Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Gloss in 15 Fuchsia Flicker


Maybelline BrowDrama Pro Palette in 250 Blonde


Maybelline Color Molten by Eye Studio in 304 Sapphire Mist

Maybelline Master Hi-Light by FaceStudio Hi-Lighting Blush in 30 Coral

I am beyond grateful and beyond words for how excited I am that a company would go out of their way like this to help out a struggling mama, helping a mama to feel beautiful and uplifted! It really amazed me to find out there are still companies in the world who care about the individual. I am so excited to put together looks and try out these products. It has been well over a year since I have been able to purchase anything for myself and I am so happy that Maybelline Canada decided to bless me in such a way! Even my 11 year old boy was excited for me and was amazed that a company would just send me so many things!!

Thank you Maybelline!! You really knocked this out of the park. I have used most of the products so far and they all worked perfectly and without causing any irritation to my sensitive skin!

Mar 102016
 

About 30 days or so ago, I received my very first Influenster Voxbox in the mail. Influenster is a fun website where you can review products of all sorts, from beauty to dog food and cleaning supplies and snacks. It’s pretty much all there waiting for you to share your opinion on it and since I started out as a book reviewer/blogger I thought it could be fun. Then, I got an email saying my FREE Voxbox was in the mail and that I had been selected to try out the L’Oréal Paris Hair Expertise shampoo, conditioner and leave in treatment called Total Repair 5, in exchange for my honest review.

I did make a YouTube video (or two) about the products and how much I love them. Because I REALLY DO. Which I did NOT expect at all. You see, I have fine, limp, easily damaged, long hair that is not color treated. In the past year I have used OgX Coconut Water shampoo and I have used Mane and Tail shampoo. Conditioners were just weighing my hair down so I was at a point where I just wasn’t bothering and my split ends showed the damage.

The Total Repair 5 claimed that after 15 washes I would have hair that was pretty much damage free. Which is a HUGE claim to make.

I washed my hair and after the very first wash I saw fewer split ends, less damage and my hair did NOT feel weighed down. My scalp also didn’t go into freak out mode and cause extra oils or anything like that which I had fully expected since I was changing all my hair products at once. As my hair dried I realized the brassiness was gone and that my natural color was corrected.

My 13-year-old DD saw the change in my hair and before I could even get in my second try she was using the products too. She has been a die-hard Herbal Essences fan forever. She has extremely easily matted hair that is super thick and almost course. She doesn’t color treat her hair either but it was going from her natural blond to a darker shade that she didn’t like and she was beginning to discuss the possibility of having it brightened with dye at a salon because she was not happy with her dirty color.

After ONE USE she had her blond hair back. So much so that my brother asked if she dyed it. She also hasn’t had more than a few small knots and can run a brush through her hair in a few seconds without shedding tears in the first time in her life.

I wasn’t going to blog about these products because I had already done a first impression review on YouTube and I had posted my review on the Influenster site, but seriously, when it changes your child’s life it is worth speaking about.

I braid her hair each night before bed so she has wavy/curls without the heat and after her first wash we were actually worried that her hair was too soft and wouldn’t hold a curl. WRONG! Her hair the next day was perfectly curled and had no flat spots, was full of body, shine and her natural high and low lights were awesome. She looked like she had spent hours on her hair when really all she did was use the L’Oréal Total Repair system while in the shower.

SOOO, if you aren’t happy with your current hair, have tangles or you are considering color correction, this may be the line for you!

I love the Mane and Tail shampoo I was using before but not having to cut out split ends every single day has been amazing.

 

Instant smoothing and nourishing oil serum.
$20.00 USD
Mar 082016
 

If you know me in real life you know that I try to dress modestly and I prefer to wear skirts or dresses so when I got my affiliate email showing me some of the sales going on at Jane I just had to share because most of these fit my personal standards for modesty.

This tank/tee for example has a nice high neck and is loose fitting, no bra strap to worry about hiding and perfect for bending over as the neckline won’t gape and expose you! That’s what I call an awesome shirt! Plus, it’s on sale! Would be perfect alone or under a cardigan as a layering piece. Also looks comfy enough to be a pj top if you love to sleep in a tank!

Was $26.99 – Now $13.99 – Heathered Boyfriend Tank, S-XL

Again, this top also hits on the modesty for me. It has a high neck and covers the chest while remaining very fashion forward, It has a longer-short sleeve to cover those upper arms that many of us ladies don’t care to show and it comes down long enough that you can easily reach up and not have to worry about it showing off your bare stomach! Fresh, fun and classic all in one!

Was $40.00 – Now $19.99 – Perfect Polka Dot Tee!

These are listed as perfect for bridesmaids and they really are a nice dress. They appear to cover the thigh and chances are these models are like 7 feet tall so they would likely come down to the knee or farther on the average or petite woman. They have a higher neckline that safely allows for bending and reaching without being exposed and that mid length short sleeve to cover up the arms without getting in the way! Great for a night out with friends, the Mr or a formal event.

Was $44.99 – Now $29.99 – Lace Dresses | Perfect for Bridesmaids!

I love how the neckline on these also goes higher up and doesn’t exposed the bust, I am not too sure about the side but I think with a good layering shell these would be a fun pop of color to the wardrobe. Again, they are long enough to either be tucked in and will allow for reaching up to worship or clean without having to worry about exposing your tummy. Plus, they appear super comfortable.

Was $42.99 – Now $21.99 – Embroidered Tank

Kids! Yes Jane has kids things and look at how cute these little fellows look! Perfect clothes for a day at home playing with siblings or friends, or dress them up with those sweet button up shirts that are perfect for church! Great prices that mean when boys are boys and get covered in muck you won’t be TOO upset about them messing up their good clothes! I am really loving the look of the unbuttoned shirt over the colorful tee especially for this time of year where its too hot to be cold and too cool to be hot!

Was $24.00 – Now $14.50 – Personalized Boy Athletic Name Tee’s & Onesies! 3 Colors!

Feb 192016
 

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This Smashing Pumpkins guitar is absolutely beautiful, don’t you think? This electric guitar is a fresh design with classic elements and is simply begging to be played. Seriously, did you look at it? She is really is pretty!! The write up on the Musicians friend describes this piece as “The Reverend BC-1 Billy Corgan Signature Electric Guitar has a fresh design with classic and modern elements that come together in a unique way. The raised center section with thinner wings and strategic chambers under the pickguard add resonance and reduce weight, while a string-thru body bridge provides maximum sustain and percussive attack.”

While this work of art carries a somewhat hefty price point it makes the perfect gift for your favorite guitar player and is not only a statement piece, but an heirloom to be passed down.

Jan 052016
 

Calling all of my natural, clean eating, no dyes or preservatives, make your own detergent, and use #essentialoils {CRUNCHY} blogging reader friends who won’t touch Plexus with a 10 foot pole because you think it’s not safe!
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Read this! I think you’ll be able to appreciate it!

Kim Wallar shares~~

“If you came to my house right now, you would see that we use coconut oil for everything, we eat paleo, I love my essential oils, we don’t do food dyes or artifical sweeteners and we haven’t been to the doctor in years (except our naturopath.) I am painting a picture for you of the way we view our bodies and what we put into them. Why does this matter?? We are a Plexus family and their products line up with our family’s decisions about health. Plexus Slim is a natural product for the masses that doesn’t artificially make you feel good from caffeine and stimulants. It is sweetened with stevia and is gluten and GMO free. Do I wish we could get all of our nutrients from food? Yes!! But the reality is that we need supplements to fill in the missing spaces of our diet. Sometimes diet and exercise aren’t enough. I tried it for years, and still struggled with gut issues and exhaustion.
I do not advocate quick fixes or diets…I advocate taking control of your health, resetting the body and balancing blood sugar. This is my 24th month using Plexus products and my body has never been healthier.”

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