In My Feelings

Aside from loving God and praising him in your home, one of the greatest things a parent can do for their child is simply show up. I can remember as both a child and teen, nothing made me happier than scanning the crowd at one of my many extracurricular activities and spotting my parents cheering me on.

Despite Andrew’s career as a pilot, he has always shown up for us. The picture above is an exhausted Andrew cuddling his two week old baby boy and baby Finn. He truly is exhausted in that picture, and yet it will always be one of my favorites merely for what it represents.

For two solid weeks, he was playing both Mama and Daddy and taking care of me because I physically could not take care of myself or Tuck. I went days with an undiagnosed and untreated spinal fluid leak before being readmitted into the hospital, only to find out I also had preeclampsia too. With Andrew and our three day old baby in tow, we moved back into the hospital for 24 hours to first treat the preeclampsia then the spinal fluid leak. I could not get out of bed or even sit up; therefore, Andrew was doing his best to give Tucker the care he needed while nursing me. By nursing me, I mean bathing me, helping me with postpartum care, and towing me to three different doctors because he was so concerned about my heath. I was scared and overly emotional because I could not even hold my precious baby boy. Once my hospital stay was over, he juggled doctor appointments for both Tuck and I, my postpartum care, new born baby care, and my newly acquired postpartum depression (which lasted almost a year.)

This man never complained. He showed up for us daily. He took care of a new born baby all by himself for almost the entire first month of Tuck’s life outside the womb. He was scared, tired, and clueless yet he persevered. He changed his share of diapers. He washed and prepared his share of bottles. He bounced, read to, cooed, and cuddled our precious baby. He snapped all the pictures and made all the videos of Tucker when I couldn’t. He cleaned the house and cooked multiple meals. He comforted me the numerous times I cried because my dream of breastfeeding was shattered from zero milk supply. He reminded me I wasn’t a failed mother. He reminded me of Tuck’s perfect health. He provided me constant reassurance I was doing a good job. He made me feel beautiful. He made sure I knew I was loved. He ensured I received proper rest. He prayed over Tucker and I daily. He did all the things all while working a full time job, which often had him away from home. He went above and beyond for us then and he still does to this day.

Just to give you a glimpse into our reality, below is a picture Andrew snapped of me an hour or so after delivering Tuck. I was in indescribable pain from the spinal fluid leak and swollen. You’re looking at/reading a screen shot of our message thread.

Setting the scene for the moment I read this text, Andrew was in another state for work and randomly texted me this picture. Tuck was 3 months old, and I was knee deep in postpartum depression. I was sitting on the couch feeding Tuck his bottle when I received the message. Upon reading Andrew’s words, I cried happy tears and decided to screen shot the conversation so I would never forget that moment.

Andrew has been the man of my dreams since I laid eyes on him. His intentionality and constant presence makes me love him even more.

He is showing Tuck without even realizing what it means to be a God loving, and faithful dad. He is unknowingly shaping Tucker into a good man and one day a good father.

The coolest most expensive gift in the world will never outdo the memories I have with my parents playing catch, tickle monster, reading a book, or seeing them sitting in the stands of an event I was part of. The way one parents their children looks different during different seasons of life; however, showing up for your child will always be one of the best gifts a parent can give. I thank God everyday for a husband and father to our son that shows up and shows out 🙂


Verse of the Week

“Behold I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

Genesis 28:15

In this verse, God is speaking to Jacob in a dream. He is telling Jacob to leave all he knows and venture to a new land. Jacob is probably experiencing fear for what the future holds. God is reassuring Jacob that no matter where he sends him, he will be with him and fulfill all his promises.

To prove God’s faithfulness even more, Jacob was Abraham’s grandson. God promised that Abraham’s lineage would spread all over the world and would be blessed. One of Jacob’s sons was Joseph, who was the second most powerful man in Egypt under Pharaoh. You can read more about God’s presence/promises/faithfulness to Abraham, Jacob, & Joseph’s lives in Genesis.

Just as God made this promise to Jacob, he makes it to all who believe in him. We do not have to feel lonely, unloved, or fearful for our future because God is ever present. We just have to allow him to be an active part in our lives.


OOTW

  • All these flavors and you choose to be salty” tee from God’s Grace Boutique. The owner is local to Fayetteville, and her business can be found on Facebook.
  • Skirt: J CREW
  • Sandals: sorry :/ they’re so ancient I cannot remember where I purchased

As always, thank you for reading!!! My prayer is you read my posts and feel inspired some way some how. Enjoy the rest of this beautiful week!


This website/ Blog is created by the author (myself) for both entertainment and informative purposes. The information provided within this blog post is designed to provide helpful information to readers based on my point of view, experiences, and/or opinion. Please use your own discretion and do your own research before committing to information from this post. Any additional quotes, references, or links to other sites, blog posts, or web pages that may be shared on my blog posts are meant as additional references only, based on my opinion of the shared links and its relative content. I do not claim ownership to any shared references or links that redirect readers to other blog posts or web sites. I also do not claim ownership to any quotes referenced from other authors.

In My Feelings

Aside from loving God and praising him in your home, one of the greatest things a parent can do for their child is simply show up. I can remember as both a child and teen, nothing made me happier than scanning the crowd at one of my many extracurricular activities and spotting my parents cheering … Continue reading “In My Feelings”

Botox and Lip Filler- My Personal Experience

This post may not appeal to the masses; however, I received close to 30 direct messages from friends asking questions. I tried to answer them all; however, if I missed you, trust it wasn’t intentional. Below is a full, honest description of both my experience and results.

Keep in mind, this post is based off of my personal experience alone. I cannot guarantee you will have the same results or if pricing will be the same for you. Our bodies are all unique, and what I wanted or needed for my skin may differ from your needs. As with anything, do your own research. Read the fine print. Research multiple businesses offering the services you’re considering, check credentials, and research different types of procedures. Again, this post is not to persuade you, but to ONLY inform you of my experience. Also, I am NOT being paid for this post. I just felt compelled to share my results and experience.

This photo was taken about 2 hours after my appointment. I am rocking zero makeup and a sore forehead and set of lips. It hurt to smile, so a smirk is all you get.

One of my all time favorite quotes is from the southern female icon, Dolly Parton, “It costs a lot of money to look this cheap.” After turning 30, I’m seeing signs of aging creeping up on my body. I am not afraid of growing old. In fact, I am looking forward to sitting around with my girlfriends talking crap and making my kids angry at how I over spoil my grandkids. I refuse to ever look or act my age 🙂 That being said, I recently took some steps to postpone wrinkles and give me those hot mama pouty lips Kim and Chloe Kardashian flaunt.

Here’s the deets on what you REALLY want to know:

  • Where I went: Skin Pharm located in Nashville, TN.- Follow them on Instagram for access to their website and to subscribe to their monthly news letter. @skinpharm.co Definitely look at the before and after highlight reel on Insta. The website will fill you in on what procedures they offer, any discounts happening, and prices. You can also book a consultation via online. They offer more than Botox and filler! They have a skin care line that you can purchase online without an appointment; however, I recommend an appointment so an expert can guide you in getting the best for your skin.
  • Who treated me: Madeline Stoffer-She is a nurse practitioner and has a few other certifications you can research via the Skin Pharm website. My time with Madeline could not have been any better! She was kind, informative, honest, and knowledgable about their products. I was nervous going into the appointment, and she completely eased my nerves almost immediately.
  • What procedures I had done: I went knowing I wanted Botox on my forehead, lip filler, and a consult about my rosacea.
  • How long everything took: I recommend having an idea ahead of time what you want to ensure the best from your visit. The latter is why research of their website and what they offer is necessary. I booked my appointment via phone call, and we set aside 45 minutes for everything which was plenty of time.
  • How to prepare for appointment: Again, this is where research comes in on your part. Look at their website to get a general idea of what you might be interested in. Be sure to ask whoever you speak with when booking if there are any special steps you need to take prior to your appointment like limited sun exposer. I would show up to the appointment without makeup, especially if you are wanting a skin consult to improve scarring, acne, redness, or dryness. Take your current skin care items to your appointment. They will examine what you’re currently using and educate you and what is working or what might be better options for you. They will also recommend better over the counter options based on your needs.
  • Cost: Again, cost will vary per person based on what procedure/s you have done, what your face needs or what you want, and if any special pricing is going on during your visit. I happened to time my visit during a special being offered on Botox pricing. You too can time your visit according to specials, simply follow them on Instagram. My grand total for consultation, Botox, lip filler, and cream to treat rosacea was $1,024. Happy Mother’s Day, Anniversary, and Birthday to me 🙂 When you call to book an appointment, they require a $125.00 booking fee that goes toward any product or procedure you have done. I paid the $125 when I made my appointment and $899.00 the day of my actual appointment upon leaving.
  • After care for Botox and Lip Filler: During check-out, I was given a post care sheet reminding me how to care for my face after my procedures. The main care tips given to me were: no high heat or intense sun for 72 hours after treatment, no manipulating treated areas by touching or massaging, no strenuous exercise for 24 hours. There were other minor instructions, so make sure you receive a post procedure sheet.

Lip Filler FYI

The below pictures were taken the day after my lip filler appointment.

I was a little sore and swollen between my top lip and nose. I had minor bruising around a few injection sites, and two lumpy feeling places under my top lip. I was warned of all of the latter at my appointment and was told all was normal and would dissolve in a few days after appointment, which it did. Days one and two, it hurt to chew. Biting into anything was not happening. Also, kissing my husband didn’t happen for 2 days…

We did not use all of the filler on my lips this appointment. I was worried I would be shocked at results and not be happy with a major change in volume. The filler keeps for 8 weeks after appointment for any touch ups. Because I am not a local to Nashville and there wasn’t a lot of filler left, they allowed me to use the filler to help smooth my laugh lines. There was not enough left to completely make them disappear; however, I could see a significant and immediate difference. Also, results from lip filler was immediate. I wish I was smart enough to have remembered a before…maybe next time….

The below pictures were taken 7 days after my appointment. Soreness, bruising, and swelling is completely gone. I do still have one small lumpy feeling place under the right side of my top lip. It is not visible and does not bother me. I am 100% happy with my results and experience and will be going back for more once this wears off. Skin Pharm’s website will fill you in on an approximation for how long filler will last and the cost. This was the most expensive of my procedures.

If you do get fever blisters, be sure to tell whoever your appointment is with. They can prescribe you something to keep them from appearing. I do get a fever blister once or twice a year so I mentioned it to Madeline. She prescribed me something as a precaution. Luckily, I did not need the prescription, but it was nice to have just in case.

I was also given this stuff to put on my lips to help with bruising. I applied it several times on days one and two. I normally bruise easily; therefore I give this stuff credit for my lip bruising being very minimal.

Botox FYI

The below pictures were taken a few days before Botox, one day after, and 7 days after I received units to my forehead.

There is a filter on this photo; however, you can see the faint lines well in this photo.

I received 17 units of Botox, 8 to my actual forehead and 9 between my eyebrows. Together, Madeline and I decided to go easy my first round. I have never had anything done to my face before, and we wanted to see how my body accepted the Botox. Plus we went with less my first time in order to better know what my face would need round two.

I was informed it would take 3-5 days after treatment to see results, and it took a full 5 days for me. 9 units was plenty between my eye brows; however, lines are still visible on my forehead. Next time, we will probably do 10 units for my forehead. My forehead lines are incredibly smaller and less visible, and I am happy with the results. I was VERY self conscious of the wrinkles on my forehead so having those almost completely gone is a major confidence boost for me.

It’s funny to me because I can barely lift my eyebrows. I don’t notice the latter until I am doing my makeup. Before Botox, I naturally kept my eyebrows lifted causing creases in my forehead when applying eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara. Now, those lines are almost gone. Andrew has informed me it is not odd I cannot lift my eyebrows and says he doesn’t even notice. I trust him to be honest. He has never told me anything just to make me happy, which I have always appreciated about him.

The day after receiving the Botox injections, I was no longer sore on my forehead. I did have some redness around injection sites; however, they looked like tiny pimples. Makeup easily covered the red places and by day 3 they were gone.

Rosacea Treatment FYI

I have self diagnosed myself with rosacea since I was old enough to know what it is. During my consultation with Madeline, she confirmed my diagnosis to be accurate. I have never wore blush because my cheeks and nose always have a red tint. I have never felt confident going makeup free because my face has always looked sun burned. Madeline suggested two methods to treat my rosacea, a cream they offer at Skin Pharm followed by a light treatment. I decided to try the cream first to see if it will help with the redness before opting for the more expensive light treatment. Also, the light treatment required 2 weeks of little to no sun before the treatment and two weeks of little to no sun after treatment. The latter was not an option given the time of year. I was instructed to use the cream once a day for a week to see how my skin reacts to it. If no issues occur then I move to using twice a day. I have had zero negative reactions so I increased to twice a day. I have not been using the cream long enough to see significant results yet; however, I will keep you posted via Instagram stories.

All in all…

I am thrilled with my results! I will 100% be using Skin Pharm for all of my face care needs from now on. The care was top notch. The facility was easy to find and clean. All employees I interacted with were kind and very helpful. The one treatment I wanted was Botox for my forehead wrinkles. Again, I have been VERY self conscious about them for a long time now. To have that small boost in confidence has felt so great! The lip injections and face cream were just bonuses that day. I was shocked at how affordable the Botox treatments were. I never once felt pressured to purchase anything during my appointment. All decisions were fully up to me, and I appreciated the latter more than anything. If you have any questions that I failed to answer in this post, please message me here or via Instagram or Facebook. I will do my best to give you an accurate answer or point you in the right direction.

Again, I am not being paid for this post; however, if you decide to use Skin Pharm in the future, I would appreciate you mentioning me as a reference 🙂


Verse of the Week

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:14

This verse is so beautiful. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made, custom designed by God himself. When we think custom designed, we think top of the line craftsmanship, detailed, and unique. Think how boring the world would be if we all looked, talked, and acted the same.

I am thankful for God’s design of me. I am like no one else, created in his image. I realize this post might be somewhat counterintuitive to this verse in a sense, but God’s design of us is beyond skin deep. It took me many years to love the person God created me to be. I struggled for years trying to be someone I wasn’t, trying to fit into a crowd I didn’t belong in, trying to make someone love me that didn’t deserve my love, trying to make everyone but myself and God happy with the girl I was/am. The second I grasped hold of this verse and started both believing it and living it, my life began changing for the better. People pleasing became less a priority. I was exhausted from trying to fit in where I didn’t belong with people that didn’t appreciate me for me. Accepting this verse allowed me inner peace and rest. Accepting this verse allowed me to open my heart and led me to my husband who is exactly the man God had in mind for me all along. Anxiety I felt from peer pressure and comparison began to diminish. I began loving myself as Christ loves me and that is true freedom. I am not perfect and sometimes fall into old patterns, but this verse can always give me the reality check I need.


A Few of my Favorite Makeup Products

Because this post is mostly about the face, I decided to share a few beauty products I am loyal to. These are all products that I use almost daily and ones I have used anywhere from 3 months to a year.

I purchased this set about 3 months ago from Ulta. I bought on a whim because it was part of their sale for the week. I have been more than happy with the results. I use all 3 products 1X per day usually at night before bed. I apply spray, peptide serum, then Vitamin C in that exact order, allowing about 3 minutes between peptide serum and vitamin C. The vitamin c is my favorite of the 3. I helps with my really dry skin.
The same blogger that taught me how to properly apply Shape Tape concealer also influenced me on this TULA brightening stick. I use this as my highlighter. Because my face is round, I rub a small amount on each side of my hair line at top of forehead, above my top lip, and on edges of my cheek bones closest to nose. After applying brightening balm, I use my fingers to gently blend.

Here’s a close up after applying these products during my makeup routine.


Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment or private message any questions you may have in regards to my recent Botox and Lip Filler appointment or skin care/makeup routine. I am happy to answer your questions, and if I can’t, I’ll point you in the right direction to find answers.


This website/ Blog is created by the author (myself) for both entertainment and informative purposes. The information provided within this blog post is designed to provide helpful information to readers based on my point of view, experiences, and/or opinion. Please use your own discretion and do your own research before committing to information from this post. Any additional quotes, references, or links to other sites, blog posts, or web pages that may be shared on my blog posts are meant as additional references only, based on my opinion of the shared links and its relative content. I do not claim ownership to any shared references or links that redirect readers to other blog posts or web sites. I also do not claim ownership to any quotes referenced from other authors.

Hoop Wreath DIY

This past week, I worked hard sprucing up our front porch for spring/summer. Throughout this post, you will see some of the upgrades. FYI, nothing new was recently purchased for this project. Andrew and I used materials we already owned, saving us some serious moola. Before you begin this project, plan to evenly distribute the … Continue reading “Hoop Wreath DIY”

Homemade Mango and Avocado Freezer Pops

Last week, Tuck finished the last strawberry & blueberry freezer pop so I decided to play with some stuff in our kitchen to come up with a new recipe. I wasn’t sure how the mango & avocado concoction would turn out so I didn’t plan to take photos for a post. To my surprise, they tasted great! I took a few quick pictures to share here, but some of the ingredients were already used.

Ingredients:

  • 4 small individual vanilla yogurts
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Avocado peeled and pit removed
  • 2-3 Cups chopped frozen mango
  • 1 Cup pineapple juice

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in blender and mix until completely pureed/ smooth
  2. Pour into popsicle molds
  3. place in freezer

This recipe makes enough to fill 16 popsicle slots. We have somehow lost two lids to the molds so only 14 for us. I asked my little dude for some pictures of him enjoying his freezer pop. Below are the results of our little photo shoot. I think he likes them, and I hope your family does too!


Verse of the Week

“then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being.”

Job 33:26

When is the last time you could feel God’s presence? Sometimes when I pray, truly isolated in calmness and quiet, I get lost in communication with God and can feel his calmness poured over me. I say “sometimes” because for me, I need calm and quiet to feel like I’m really connecting with God. When I pray randomly throughout the day, I know God hears those prayers but often I’m praying while busy with several other tasks and or distractions. Theres nothing better than one on one uninterrupted prayer.


When the issues with COVID began, I decided to postpone my “Favorite Things” and “OOTW” portions of the blog. No one could really shop so there was no point… YAY! Everything is slowly beginning to open back up so maybe I will have some inspiration for you all soon.

In the meantime, I hope you all are doing well! Please reach out if you try the recipe. I love hearing feedback both good and bad. It helps me improve and keeps me motivated.


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Sausage Pinwheel Recipe

This recipe is sure to please. Best of all, it’s one of those super quick recipes with ingredients you most likely already have in stock. This particular recipe will easily feed a family of four. If feeding more, just double recipe. I have served this for breakfast and carried it as a side dish for … Continue reading “Sausage Pinwheel Recipe”

Unpopular Opinion

As a Christian, I have realized that my opinion on most subjects is in the minority. I don’t always agree with politically correct, you do you, or I’ll believe it when I see it mentality. What I do believe in is Jesus, who speaks forgiveness, equality, abounding love, freedom, and everlasting life. I have been … Continue reading “Unpopular Opinion”

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie

I have procrastinated sharing this recipe for a few weeks, only because I’ve been too lazy to type (ha! ha!). Social distancing has had us out of routine, but we have been able to catch up on some much needed family time.

This smoothie was a real hit in our home with the boys. I am not a huge peanut butter fan; therefore, I left it out of my smoothie. I make these as a treat. There’s not enough protein as a meal replacement.

Ingredients:

Servings: Will make 3 small smoothies or 2 large

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into blender or smoothy maker and blend until smooth.
  2. Enjoy!

Don’t you just love a quick & easy recipe? I hope you and/or your family enjoy these as much as mine! If you try it, feel free to leave a critique in comments. As always, thanks for reading!


Verse of the Week:

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

2 Corinthians 3:17 KJV

I was almost ready to type this portion of my post, and began wondering what verse I would share this week… Almost instantly, I was reflecting on the liberty and freedom that comes with salvation. My mind then went to gratitude for forgiveness of my sins both past and present. I know that this wasn’t all me. God planted those thoughts for me to share.

Being honest, I do not have this verse memorized nor did I come across it in my recent Bible reading. I googled Bible verses about liberty in salvation, and this verse is one that popped up.

Jesus is redemption from ALL sin. He is the most forgiving presence in existence. Can you imagine if you or I decided who was qualified enough for forgiveness? Speaking for myself, there would be a lot less people in heaven. Because we are human, it’s harder to forgive and forget. We tend to hold onto things. Jesus provides non biased, pure, and real love and forgiveness. He provides freedom from sin and shame and eternal life in heaven.

Receiving liberty from the above verse means allowing Jesus into your life. It means realizing you can’t maneuver this earthy life alone and allowing God to step in and help. Psalm 54:4 reminds us, “Behold, God is my helper;
The Lord is with those who uphold my life.” (NKJV) God is not pushy. He gives us freedom to choose. If you choose to allow God into your life, you have completed the most important step of salvation!


This website/ Blog is created by the author (myself) for both entertainment and informative purposes. The information provided within this blog post is designed to provide helpful information to readers based on my point of view, experiences, and/or opinion. Please use your own discretion and do your own research before committing to information from this post. Any additional quotes, references, or links to other sites, blog posts, or web pages that may be shared on my blog posts are meant as additional references only, based on my opinion of the shared links and its relative content. I do not claim ownership to any shared references or links that redirect readers to other blog posts or web sites. I also do not claim ownership to any quotes referenced from other authors.

You Do Not Have to Have Your Life Together To Be Enough for God

A friend of mine recently joked, “Jesus can’t even help this,” in reference to herself. She was joking at the time, but that comment had me thinking, “How many people truly believe they are too far gone for God to redeem?” You don’t have to have your life together to be enough for God. Sin … Continue reading “You Do Not Have to Have Your Life Together To Be Enough for God”

Hoop Wreath DIY

This past week, I worked hard sprucing up our front porch for spring/summer. Throughout this post, you will see some of the upgrades. FYI, nothing new was recently purchased for this project. Andrew and I used materials we already owned, saving us some serious moola.

Before you begin this project, plan to evenly distribute the weight on your wreath. I knew to do this, but for whatever reason forgot. I had to use floral wire to keep my wreath somewhat level on the hook.

What you need:

  • Hoop wreath-Any size works and looks cute. I just wanted a bigger style so the wreath could be seen from our neighborhood road.
  • Stain– This is not necessary. The hoops look just as cute in the original color. I just wanted to try something different since we had the stain. I used Dark Walnut.
  • Floral Wire– Used to secure flowers
  • Wire Cutters or scissors you don’t mind dulling – (to cut artificial flowers) Floral wire is thin; therefore, scissors will cut it easily.
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Some type of burlap or ribbon– I recommend using burlap or ribbon that has a wire edge. The latter forms a prettier bow and maintains shape. I didn’t have anything with wire so I used a very wide pink burlap.
  • Hot glue gun and sticks

If you don’t have a statement piece for center of the ribbon, buttons or an extra fluffy bow always looks pretty.

Directions:

  1. Stain hoop-I wore a pair of yellow rubber gloves and used a shop rag to stain wood. I did not separate the rings. Allow to dry a few hours before continuing.
  2. Cut flowers desired length and separate into two sections. Place on hoop, overlapping the ends. I recommend doing a small gathering on top left and bottom right corner of wreath or just a small gathering only at the top or bottom of hoop for proper weight distribution. If you don’t do the latter, you will have to tie your wreath to the hook to hold it properly. See pictures below for examples.
  3. Once you have decided how to place flowers, cut a long piece of floral wire and begin TIGHTLY wrapping it around flowers. Begin in the center and work your way to the ends.
  4. Once flowers are secure, make your bow. Follow the picture tutorial below. Cut a long piece of floral wire to tie in center of bow. Make sure wire is long enough so you can use it to secure bow to hoop.
  5. Wrap wire from bow around center of flower sections. See pictures for examples of where to place bow if you decided to go with a top left and bottom right floral design or all top /all bottom design.
  6. Hot glue your statement piece into center of bow.

Different Options for Flower Placement

The pictures below are before using wire to secure flowers to hoop. You have to use some imagination to visualize final look.

upper left & lower right side placement
Top placement
Bottom placement

Simple Bow Tutorial

1. Start by cutting your ribbon/burlap approximately 36 inches long and lay flat
2. Loop one side of ribbon over
3. Loop opposite side over
4. Pinch in the center with fingers

How to Place Your Bow

The pictures below are unfinished. I used different materials to give you another example. I have not fastened materials together with glue and wire yet.

1. Top left, bottom right placement with flowers and bow
2. Top placement idea
3. Bottom placement idea. You could add a few bigger flowers to bottom potion if you don’t like simplicity or if floral wire is visible.

Here’s Our Finished Front Porch Makeover

The green blur on the picture is me marking out my address. I’m not fancy enough for editing material yet :/ For your imagination, my address is displayed with yellow spray painted numbers that match my bench. Earlier this year, we installed new lights from Lowes, and I bought the white flower pots when TJ MAXX first started putting spring items out. The first day the temperature was above 50 degrees, I spray painted my once black plant stands white. I also made the pillows placed on the bench back in February.

Here’s a before picture of the plant stands before painting and a picture of the yellow bench without pillows.


Verse of the Week:

When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.

In God, whose word I praise—

in God I trust and am not afraid.

    What can mere mortals do to me?

Psalm 56:3-4 NIV Bible

During a time of uncertainty and fear, it is comforting to know we can put our trust in God. It is okay to feel fear. It’s okay to feel hopeless, uncertain, or worried. God made us human and humans experience a whirlwind of feelings/emotions. We can still feel feelings of fear, stress, worry, or uncertainty yet still put all of our trust in God. I’m thankful for a God that can handle whatever burdens we may be carrying. He has the ability to calm us during the storm, even better, remove the storm completely!


This website/ Blog is created by the author (myself) for both entertainment and informative purposes. The information provided within this blog post is designed to provide helpful information to readers based on my point of view, experiences, and/or opinion. Please use your own discretion and do your own research before committing to information from this post. Any additional quotes, references, or links to other sites, blog posts, or web pages that may be shared on my blog posts are meant as additional references only, based on my opinion of the shared links and its relative content. I do not claim ownership to any shared references or links that redirect readers to other blog posts or web sites. I also do not claim ownership to any quotes referenced from other authors.

Easy BBQ Chicken Dinner

Let’s all agree we love a quick and easy meal! This one, my friends, is probably one of the easiest meals I’ve prepared to date & also one of my husband’s absolute favorites. WIN! Serves 2 What You Need: Crock Pot for chicken Pot with lid for steaming broccoli Pan to bake sweet potato fries … Continue reading “Easy BBQ Chicken Dinner”

Tis the Season

For whatever reason, the holiday season normally brings out the best in people. We are more likely to donate to charity, help someone in need, tithe a bit more, and/or volunteer between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. There is something spectacular about Thanksgiving and Christmas that generally places individuals in an inviting and giving spirit. … Continue reading “Tis the Season”

Keeping Positive When the Struggle is Real

Above is a picture of Tucker & I eating out after my gym class, when social distancing wasn’t a trending topic and necessary. I’m still sweaty. My hair is dirty. I was tired and ready to be home. Tucker was hungry, and I didn’t feel like cooking so we decided to eat out. Even though I looked rough and was tired from the day, I’m thankful I went against my desire to go straight home. The evening turned out to be perfect. Our waitress gave us extra butter crescents at no charge (which is exactly what you need after working out.) Tuck and I got to have a little one-on-one date. We played with the mini legos he brought. We laughed at each others silliness. We chowed on some delicious food. I’m thankful I didn’t allow my anxiety over my appearance and exhaustion to take that dinner away from us. Given the circumstances we are in globally with the need to stay home, I am looking forward to a relaxed dinner out with my family SOON.

Bare with me guys I’m getting to my point 🙂

Yesterday morning, I was reading Tuck his “God Story” as he calls them while enjoying breakfast. The topic was Daniel and his trip to the lions den. For those unfamiliar with Daniel’s story, you can read it in detail in Daniel chapter 6.

Here’s my version of cliff notes:

The story of Daniel and his trip to the lion’s den begins when King Darius was ruler over Babylon. Daniel worked as a satrap, which means he was a local ruler designated by the king much like a governor or mayor in comparison to present times. Daniel was a trustworthy, law abiding man of his time. The Bible describes him as “extinguished” and “exceptional.” King Darius was fond of Daniel and planned to give him authority over the entire kingdom. The latter made Daniel’s coworkers (other satraps) jealous, leading them to search for grounds of misconduct in how Daniel handled government affairs. When Daniels coworkers could find nothing against him, they decided the only way to prosecute Daniel would have to deal with the law of his God.

Daniel’s sneaky little coworkers went to King Darius and made his head swell. The other satrap’s and government officials began worshipping the king, reminding him of how magnificent and powerful he was. They convinced him in the midst of their bowing, to establish a law forbidding everyone in the kingdom to worship anything or anyone other than King Darius for 30 days. If a person was caught disobeying, they were to be thrown in a den with hungry lions.

Daniel learned of this new law, went straight home, and got down on his knees praying to God. He prayed three times a day, seeking God’s help in what seemed a helpless situation.

Daniel’s coworkers knew Daniel would not abide by the new law; therefore, they snuck onto Daniel’s property and caught him worshipping God. The little tattle tales probably ran back to King Darius exclaiming their discovery and demanding the King follow his decree by tossing Daniel into a den of hungry lions.

The news of Daniel’s disobedience stressed King Darius out. He loved and respected Daniel. Darius spent the entire day trying to figure out a way to save Daniel from the den. In conclusion, the other satrap’s won the argument, and Daniel was tossed into the den with a heavy stone covering its opening. The last words King Darius spoke to Daniel were, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” (Daniel 6:16 NIV)

King Darius’ conscience got the best of him, and he spent the night without food, entertainment, or sleep. As soon as morning came, King Darius sprinted to the mouth of the den calling to Daniel. To the King’s surprise, Daniel answered his shouts praising God for sending an angel to close the lion’s mouths. When Daniel appeared from the den, he was completely unharmed, no scratches to be found.

Now this next part is quite gruesome, but it’s part of the story…The King acknowledged the satrap’s and other official people’s attempt to set up Daniel and had them and their families thrown into the lion’s den as punishment. Obviously, they didn’t make it…If you like gory go read the Bible’s description of the latter :/

In the end, King Darius came to acknowledge God as God of the universe decreeing that all those in his kingdom must fear and reverence (deep respect) the God of Daniel.

What’s My Point?

Many might think my main point from this story is, “Jealousy does not reap reward.” While the latter statement is so true, my main focus is on Daniel’s faith.

  1. Daniel did not care what King Darius decreed. Daniel knew that Darius’ law forbidding worship to anyone other than himself went against the laws of God. He trusted God to hear and answer his prayers for help in the situation. I feel Daniel prayed unselfishly, seeking help for all those in the kingdom that worshipped God. Daniel prayed to God three times a day without fail until he was caught and prosecuted. I’d be willing to bet Daniel never ceased praying to God. I bet the entire time he was dragged before the King, questioned on his actions, and sentenced to the den of lions Daniel kept seeking his heavenly father. I’m thankful I’m allowed to worship God freely and openly to my family, friends, and the world. What if all Christians presented themselves with Daniel’s boldness and confidence? The latter is readily available to us and very relevant given our current social distancing circumstances.
  2. There’s zero details in the book of Daniel about Daniel’s experience while in the den other than his statement about an angel appearing and closing the mouths of the lions. In my mind, Daniel was tossed into that den, probably scared, but never ceased praying. When his body bounced across the ground, he opened his eyes to a bunch of large cats starring at him with their heads cocked to the side. In my mind, God’s angel sealed the mouths of those lions before Daniel ever had time to go into fight or flight mode. By the end of the night he was probably tossing pebbles to the lions for them to pounce on and pat around like kittens. God protects his children and provides knowledge and confidence during trying times. Christians simply have to seek God’s help and he always provides.

God showed how big his power is by rescuing Daniel from the lion’s den. This story is an example of how God rescued the world from sin and death through his son, Jesus. Our world is in a global pandemic literally. It’s time for Christians to be the church. God has given all his people direct and immediate access to him whenever and however we want and/or need. I urge all of God’s people to have the courage of Daniel. Pray to God three or more times a day. Seek his help, advice, and protection over your family and those punching this pandemic directly in the face. God does not give his children a spirit of fear but a spirit of HIS power, love, and sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

Following the CDC’s recommendations to self contain has been eye opening to me. I’ve realized how precious my freedom, good health, and family are. I’ve realized how often I fill my day with meaningless junk verses focusing on the things that matter most. I have noticed that the good in humanity trumps the bad. My eyes have opened to all the things I have to be grateful for, and I’m looking forward to relishing in those things now and even more so when our world gets back to normalcy. Social distancing and self containment will not be our new normal. This is temporary friends. Daniel’s situation appeared hopeless; however, he served a God of hope. The very God of Daniel’s time is still in existence today. I am thankful for my faith in Jesus. I’m thankful for prayer, and I encourage you to join me in praying for our world. God is our refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1). God is my answer to keeping my head up when yes, the struggle is real.


Verse of the Week

“Then king Darius wrote to all the nations and peoples of every language and all the earth: “May you prosper greatly! I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. Foe he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.””

Daniel 6:25-27 NIV

Just as God rescued Daniel, he will rescue us from the fear felt during this time in our world.


OOTW

I know we can’t physically get out and shop right now, but let this outfit be some encouragement for Spring/Summer 2020. Things will level out soon and life will feel normal again.

  • Shoes purchased from ROSS
  • Top- @allureclothingboutique
  • Earrings from TJ MAXX
  • Jeans from Old Navy-I literally wear these ALL the time!

Favorite Things

My favorite thing this week happens to be part of my planner set (journal and pen pictured) purchased from Dollar General last weekend. Best $5 I’ve spent in a while 🙂 The planner set came with a travel size planner, planner stickers, journal, and rose gold pen. During the quarantine to help stop the spread of COVID-19, I have been doing lots of Bible reading and prayer. One of my recent morning devotionals asked me to figure out a way to express gratitude daily even in the midst of struggle. I decided to put my journal to good use and begin a daily gratitude journal. Each day, I write one thing I’m thankful for down. I’m on day 4 and committed to write in this until the new year 2021 or until I run out of pages.


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Sausage Pinwheel Recipe

This recipe is sure to please. Best of all, it’s one of those super quick recipes with ingredients you most likely already have in stock. This particular recipe will easily feed a family of four. If feeding more, just double recipe. I have served this for breakfast and carried it as a side dish for brunches with friends or to potlucks.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tube Pillsbury Crescent Rolls-or you can use Phyllo Shells
  • 1 lb. mild or spicy sausage (purely preference)
  • 4 oz. light or reg. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1 T dry basil

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°
  2. Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat
  3. Warm cream cheese in microwave for 30 seconds for easy mixing
  4. Add basil and mozzarella to warmed cream cheese and stir
  5. Once sausage is fully cooked, add it to the cream cheese mixture and stir well.
  6. Unroll the crescent dough onto either a cutting board or parchment paper spreading thin with a rolling pin.
  7. Evenly spread sausage and cream cheese mixture over the dough.
  8. Beginning from either end of the dough and roll into a cylinder shape, keeping ends pushed in as you roll.
  9. Use a sharp knife to slice dough into thin pieces about 1/2 inch thick.
  10. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes or until your desired crispness. You can spray baking pan or put down parchment paper to keep from sticking.

I hope you and your family enjoy this super simple recipe!!!


Verse of The Week:

“For the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”

Isaiah 41:13

This verse spoke to me as I was preparing to type this post. Our entire world is in panic mode over the Corona Virus-19. While God does give us wisdom to take proper precautions to protect not only ourselves but our neighbors; he also reassures his people to not fear because he is the ultimate helper.


OOTW

If you follow my Instagram or Facebook accounts then this OOTW will be old news, but it’s just too good to not share again! The shoes are a RECENT purchase (last week 3/3/20) from Walmart for around $17.00. I wore these all day long recently and had zero issues. They were super comfy and did not stretch out over time. I normally wear a 6.5 and bought a 6.5 so I feel they run true to size.


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Fall DIY

I read a meme recently that stated, “Fall in the south: pumpkins, mosquitoes, humidity, flip flops, shorts….Okay, so it’s basically summer, but with pumpkins.” -unknown author I like to imagine a southern fall as beautiful foliage, 50-60 degree nights, outdoor fires roasting smores, and pumpkin decor. I’ve mentioned it before, but fall is hands down … Continue reading “Fall DIY”

Unpopular Opinion

As a Christian, I have realized that my opinion on most subjects is in the minority. I don’t always agree with politically correct, you do you, or I’ll believe it when I see it mentality. What I do believe in is Jesus, who speaks forgiveness, equality, abounding love, freedom, and everlasting life.

I have been called prude, small minded, snooty, and judgmental. I have had individuals feel the need to belittle or attack my faith in an effort to make themselves superior all because I may be moving in a different direction or because my beliefs don’t match those around me. I’ve been in groups and because individuals know I’m Christian, they will try and provoke me to arguing so they will have an opportunity to try and prove me wrong.

Three to five years ago, I would have and have fallen victim to the latter traps set up by Satan. Now, I understand that often times the ones pressing the subject or realness of Jesus are the very ones searching for an answer to their problems that they know deep down comes from more than a quick fix. I also now understand the importance of Biblical knowledge over my opinion. We have all heard the popular phrase about opinions stinking and well, that’s fact. I have expressed my opinion verses Biblical truth and ended up in deep doo doo before.

I am changing my mindset to believe that those questioning my faith are not attacking me personally but are curious about Jesus. It is up to me to provide insight like Jesus or react in a way that leads them to believe their assumptions true. I want my words and actions to speak truth, to speak Jesus.

Belief in Christ is not something that can or should be forced. It’s not something I can prove by yelling or arguing my side. Christ is available to all but must be freely accepted.

I’ve been asked, “What if when you die, you’re just dead and all the things you chose to miss out on were wasted? What if you just rot after death, and theres no heaven or hell?” My response was and still is, “Is it really worth the risk?” If I just rot and there’s no heaven or hell then I won’t know I missed out on anything because I will literally no longer exist. If heaven is real, then I will be face to face with Jesus one day, and the first things I will hear are enter into the glory of the Lord or depart from me I do not know you. If I choose to not believe in Christ, then my eternal life will be spent in miserable hell. My eternal life is not worth the risk. Plus, the endless gifts God provides to those who believe are much greater than short lived worldly pleasures.

Some of the best ways to explain Christ is simply by prayer, living like Christ yourself, and being a constant presence.

  • Prayer- God hears our prayers and knows the sincerity in our hearts. Consistent prayer shows God you acknowledge whatever it is or whoever it is you’re praying for is beyond your abilities and you need God’s help. God wants all humans to reap the benefits of his gifts.
  • Living Like Christ- The life we live and our testimony is proof of our faith and Jesus’ unending grace. Our actions, thoughts, and words will reflect our faith in Christ on the daily, and trust me others are watching. Sharing your testimony of how Jesus changed your life and is still working in your life reminds us we are not alone.
  • Constant Presence- Sometimes people just need to know you’re there, a constant presence. Consistency, or not giving up on someone is often times a true example of God’s unbiased, nonjudgemental, and consistent love.

Just because I am striving to take actions that I feel are making me better physically, mentally, and spiritually does not mean I am criticizing or snubbing those that are not doing the exact same things as me. In fact, the place I am in right now took almost 33 yers to get there. It was not an immediate change, and I still have a lot of growing left to do. My goal is for my actions, words, and thoughts to line up with Biblical teachings verses my own opinion or the world’s opinion. I want my life to speak Jesus inside and out. Obviously, I mess up. Sometimes I speak things I shouldn’t. Sometimes I think things I shouldn’t. Sometimes I do things I shouldn’t. Thank you Jesus for forgiveness and second chances. Thank you friends and family for your grace. We are all a work in progress. I’m thankful for each new day that I’m given to be better and do better than the day before.


Verse of the Week:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

Romans 12:2

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 6:23 NIV

“For if you believe with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Romans 10:9 NIV

“For if we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

OOTW:

According to some popular boutiques I follow, blazers are making a come back and will be a hot trend for 2020. Not sure if this is sad or not, but I still own the exact blazer I purchased when I graduated college. At the time, I thought a black blazer was necessary for all interviews. I’ve had this blazer on a handful of times in the past 10 years. I’m bitter sweet over the fact I’m old enough to see trends recirculating but thankful I’m a pack rat and keep my clothes forever. I have given you 3 ways to style.

Blazer: so old I have no clue where it came from but Amazon and Target always have cute and affordable options

This style would be perfect for Saturday brunch with the girls, errand running, or lugging one to multiple kids wherever. It’s comfy yet gives a “put together” appearance.

Tee: from @mission_931 a local boutique, It says “kindness is so gangster”
Leggings: Spanx & yes they’re heaven, I purchased mine from @poppyiesboutiquetn At the time they were on sale for 30% off which put the price well under $100! Call their store to see of sale is still running and what sizes are available. They do ship!
Shoes: a last year purchase from @shopdressup
This outfit screams casual Friday! Jean Friday was always a favorite treat I looked forward to when teaching. Why didn’t I bust my blazer out way back then???

Shirt: TJ MAXX find
-Jeans: Old Navy high waisted and my absolute favorite. I actually adore all Old Navy Jeans.
Shoes: Dr. Scholls and a recent purchase from Amazon, so so comfortable and run true to size
This is a dressier option. The dress could easily be switched for dress slacks or a long romper.

-Dress: Old Navy last season
Booties: Michael Kors find from TJ MAXX

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“Women Who Pray”

There’s no denying we all could increase our conversations with God. If we are being completely honest, most of the time we find ourselves praying before bed (which is great we are praying) but we drift off to sleep before we truly get started. Many times, when we do truly break down and converse with … Continue reading ““Women Who Pray””

The Struggle is Real

This week’s post may be familiar to those that have been reading my blog for a while; however, don’t stop reading yet… I’m writing about something I have struggled with since before marriage plus a child so you can imagine the struggle now. It’s also a spin off from my last post titled, “Summer Time … Continue reading “The Struggle is Real”

Roasted Red Potato Recipe

If you have been reading my posts for a while, then you know I love a good and quick recipe. This week, I wanted to share one of my staple recipes that always seems to be a hit anytime we have company. I love this recipe because it is quick and easy. I can mix everything together and throw in the oven without worry.

Roasted Red Potatoes

Cook Time: 30-45 minutes depending on your preference of crispyness

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound petite red potatoes washed and cut in half (if you want left overs use 2lbs. potatoes)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Tony’s Seasoning
  • 2 tsp. Italian Seasoning

(Can add 1 package Prosciutto Ham, 1/2 a red onion, and 1 clove of garlic for extra pizzazz)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and slice potatoes in half.
  3. Place potatoes in large mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients.
  4. Stir well with spoon then dump in a glass casserole dish.
  5. Bake for 30-45 minutes. We like ours with a little crisp so I leave in oven 45 minutes.
  6. If choosing to add Prosciutto, onion, and garlic, spray bottom of casserole dish with cooking spray or add a drizzle of olive oil to keep from sticking

If you try the recipe, I’d love some feedback no matter positive or negative.


Verse of the Week:

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 30-31 NIV

This verse was inspired by a message preached at our church this past weekend by Colonel Oliver North. The title of his message was, “Why Me?” He asked us to reflect on the question, “Why me,” and think back to a time when we asked God or ourselves that question. He mentioned it could have been a positive time in our life or a desperate time. He later quoted the above verse from Isaiah as a reference to explain why we are placed in certain circumstances and why we have the ability to come out better from whatever circumstance whether positive or negative at the time. If a believer in Christ, we have the ability to soar daily. We have access to an unexplainable strength through Jesus that allows us to run without tiring. On days when our bodies seem tired, our sprit can prevail.


OOTW:

Outfit inspired by both Valentine’s Day and my recent ageelife101 social media post about color mixing. Color mixing is an easy way to get yourself away from the desire to be “matchy matchy” with your outfits. It’s also a bit more subtle than pattern mixing, which is a huge trend from last season that is extending into this year as well.


Favorite Things:

  • Note cards made by Isabel Massey: I happen to be friends with Izzy’s mother, Jana, who has encouraged Izzy to establish independence through her new photography business. I purchased the note cards with sunflowers on them because sunflowers are my absolute favorite flower. They remind me of home. I went with notecards because I am “old school” and love to send thank you notes. Izzy has more options on her page. You can read more about Izzy and why her photography journey and skills are so special from a card I received with my notecard order. I would encourage you to follow her on Instagram @findyourisness to both order and follow Izzy on her photography journey.
  • Grow Fragrance: I cannot take credit for discovering this company. I follow @holistichappinessblog and she shared the info a few days ago about a cleaner option for room and fabric sprays. I’m always looking for cleaner options for cleaning so I was thankful she put in the research leg work. Search for @holistichappinessblog on Instagram for her link to the company. I purchased through her and received a discount and free shipping. My order for two bottles was around $20. I purchased the scents recommended by her and some of her other followers. Both smell great, and I am pleased with my purchase. See picture below.

Thanks for reading this week! As always I hope you received something useful from this post and continue to come back.


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Summer Time Busyness

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see the shadows.” Helen Keller Since summer began, I have been rather slack on posting blogs. So slack that I went grocery shopping this week and noticed aisles of school supplies popping up. Technically speaking, there are 4 weeks until school cranks back up I … Continue reading “Summer Time Busyness”

Judgy Mama

I’m jumping on a trendy topic this week…mom shaming. My main reason for the “Judgy Mama” topic stems from my experiences with mom shaming and/or guilt. I see posts all over Facebook and Instagram almost daily of someone judging someone else’s parenting style and/or decisions (breastfeed vs. don’t breast, vaccinate vs. don’t vaccinate, Republican household … Continue reading “Judgy Mama”

Taco Salad Recipe

Did you know that Friday, June 21st, is the first official day of summer? Instead of sharing my summer time bucket list, I decided to share one of my go-to summer meals. I cook taco salad at least twice a month, especially during summer. It is hands down one of my favorite meals, not only … Continue reading “Taco Salad Recipe”

Closet Organization and Tour

If you prefer to not read all the details, here’s a direct link to my video closet tour. It is a more detailed tour than what I was able to type in post.

I finally have my dream closet, and it truly is a dream. About 6 months ago, I took the time to organize and spruce it up some. When we moved into our home, Andrew and my dad just unloaded my stuff and placed it where ever they could find a spot. I’m not complaining because I was thankful for the help. After living in our home for over 2 years, I finally decided it was time to better organize and utilize my space better.

Originally, all my purses were piled in a large bucket, scarves and belts shared a basket, and hats were stacked in a corner. I had empty hanging rods, boots lumped on the floor, and clothing dispersed between both my closet and our master bedroom. I had a massive closet space, yet no organization whatsoever.

My goals included:

  • Get as much as possible off the floor
  • Brighten up with paint and a new light fixture
  • Have all of my clothing in one location vs. spread out in different rooms
  • Get rid of some stuff I haven’t wore in years (Literally years, I keep stuff forever and ever.)
  • SPEND AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE

First…

I removed every single thing out of my closet and added anything in dresser drawers in our bedroom to the mix. As I was removing items from closet, I also downsized my clothing and accessory selection.

I then used white paint we already had in our garage to paint the walls, which were originally a light shade of green. Andrew removed a massive black ceiling fan that took up the entire ceiling space and put it in our guest bedroom. I selected a more modern and brighter light fixture from Lowes to hang in my closet.

Next…

I purchased a closet organizing system from Lowes with 2 drawers to store my tee shirts, jammies, socks, and undies. I needed something to fill a huge gap of unused hanging space.

Third…

I needed to get creative on how to get items off the floor yet visible so I could see everything I owned. I decided to hang purses and tall boots in unused corner nooks. I purchased small hangers for bags, scarves, and hats to mount on the inside walls of the corner slots. Andrew also removed the very top shelf of my shoe storage to give me room for taller boots to sit. Look closely at the pictures, you will see a weird hanger thing that is located in one of the corners. I have no clue to this day it’s purpose so I just use it to hang all the belts I’ve accumulated over the years.

Last…

I had to better organize my clothing so I could locate items easily and not constantly feel like I have nothing to wear. Seeing how much stuff I own, you’re probably thinking I’m crazy for ever saying that…BUT when you cannot see your stuff then you don’t know or forget what you have to work with.

  • I placed all my pants and shorts on hangers that were already custom too the closet when we moved in
  • I purchased hangers specific for hanging multiple skirts on one hanger to hang skirts
  • I purchased drawer organizers from Walmart to organize leggings, undershirts, and bras in drawers: leggings are rolled and packed standing up, bras are folded with cups inside each other, and undershirts are folded according to color
  • I purchased velvet lined hangers for sweaters and anything that would get a dimple in the shoulder from hanging. Everything that was hangable, I put on a hanger with exception of tee shirts.
  • I took every metal hanger we owned to the recycle center.
  • I grouped my clothing together when hanging: skirts, rompers, dresses (short sleeve together followed by long sleeve), summer tops, quarter length tops, long sleeves, and sweaters, followed by vests and jackets
  • I used totes and baskets I already owned for over night and larger bags, bathing suits, and winter accessories (toboggans, gloves, ear scarves).
  • I had an empty corner nook, where I put our suitcases and larger bags.

I truly believe you can have a more functional closet space with proper organization. If you want pointers specific to your space, please email me some pictures of your current closet, and I will give you some thrifty tips on making it more functional for you. Ideally, you want to work with what you have before purchasing new items.

kla515@yahoo.com

If you skipped the video closet tour at the beginning, here it is again.


Verse of the Week

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Philippians 4:6-7

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Matthew 5:43-45 NIV

These verses really resonate with me this week. For a while now, I have been dealing with someone relatively close that has caused great anxiety and hurt in my life. I have allowed this individual’s actions and words to get into both my head and heart. I have had to really pray myself through this situation on countless times. I have allowed myself pain in order to keep peace. I am still praying about how to properly end the anxiety without causing permanent damage in the relationship so please add me to your prayers.


OOTW

This week’s OOTW is inspired by posts I occasionally do where I take one article of clothing or accessory and show you multiple ways to style. I didn’t want to bombard this post with too much content so be checking Instagram & Facebook for more ways to style this basic cream top. In the pictures below, I’m wearing the exact same items with different shoes.


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Not a Fashion Blogger

Before I even dive into this post, I want to stress and stress some more how much of a fashion blogger I am NOT. In fact, most days I rock the stereotypical stay-at-home-mom attire of zero make-up, messy hair, and some type of workout attire. The only time (and I’m being honest) that I ever … Continue reading “Not a Fashion Blogger”

Embarrassing Moment

Embarrassment is where growth happens. Jaylen Brown Recently, I was sunning while reminiscing about a vacation with a friend and her son several years ago. I instantly burst out laughing at the thought of an embarrassing moment that will always make me shed tears in laughter. The latter took place on a Spring Break vacation … Continue reading “Embarrassing Moment”

Life in Perspective

As I was scrolling my phone photos searching for pictures to post for Mother’s Day of my mom and I, I came across a screen shot taken over a year ago. The shot was of a text message Andrew sent me one night while he was away for work. While searching for photos to brag … Continue reading “Life in Perspective”