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FAITH: A Biblical Perspective on Why I Quit Fashion Blogging

Back in 2007-ish, when I religiously followed StyleBytes, Weardrobe, Flickr's Wardrobe Remix, and Style Bubble, I started my first blog.  At first, it was silly ruminations and random writing, but soon enough, I began sharing my daily outfits.
The term we now know as "fashion blogging" was called "style sharing" back then.  For the most part, it was a small community of teens and early 20-somethings without money who shared their creativity in making the most of their wardrobes.  We did this by thrifting, fast fashion (Forever 21 and the likes), DIY-ing, and trading closets with one another.  We taught each other to wear dresses backwards, cut up tights to create makeshift sleeves, and how to borrow from men's (and sometimes children's) departments in order to have more (inexpensive) options.
The style sharing community encouraged individuality, money saving, and how to have fun with what one already has in their wardrobe.  I learned that my personal…

FAITH: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
Want to know the Lord's will, thoughts, commandments, etc?  Open up your Bible!



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CLEAN BEAUTY: Rupam's Herbals Dental Soap

Our teeth are alive (unlike our hair and nails – which can be clipped off without us feeling it) and have the ability to heal and strengthen. This is why I love Rupam’s Herbals One Drop Only Dental Soap & Tooth Elixir.  Because Rupam offers up dental care that helps our teeth to heal and strengthen.  This is a sharp contrast to most dentists saying that our teeth are in a state of perpetual decay (aka - we have no chance of having healthy teeth and gums with traditional toothpastes, mouthwash, fluoride-tainted water, and a sugary western diet).

Rupam's website states that,
“…organic trace minerals, flower essences and essential oils is formulated to rebuild minerals in the tooth enamel, increase circulation in the gums and reduce bacteria in the mouth. One Drop Only is free of fluoride, sodium laurel sulfate, artificial sweeteners, abrasive agents and vegetable glycerin.”
I love this dental soap and have been faithfully repurchasing when I run out. It even passes the suspicious s…

FAITH: The Perfect Christmas Gift for Paul the Apostle

Paul the Apostle was a man of great faith.  He gave up prestige and a respected reputation because he loved Jesus.  Paul worshiped God with his life and he glorified the Lord at every opportunity.  If Paul was able to walk with us in 2016 western life, this is probably what his Christmas wish list would look like... 
1. You to take a day off work and hang out with him at the DMV.Together, you'll both minister to the all the people waiting in line.You'll lay hands and ask God to give sight to those who failed their eye exams.Matthew 20:16 will be preached to those who have speeding and road rage tendencies.But you're not there just to be salt and light, Paul is also at the DMV to fill out a name change form.
2. Great walking shoes for those cross country, gospel-sharing hikes.  There's a possibility he'll feel more at home in Vibram five-toes.  Bonus points if you get him a shoe shine kit as well.  Not as many people are barefoot these days, but Paul will probably sti…

FAITH: Please Be My Strength - Gungor

"But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, then be comforted in knowing that God is your strength.



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FAITH: You're Dirt and That's Okay

Dirt doesn't do much, nor is it appealing. It doesn't taste good. It isn't much to look at. Most people can't wash it off their hands and clothes fast enough. Dirt totally lacks potential to be anything. Because. It's. Dirt. However, dirt has the opportunity to play a part in something great. Under the right conditions, when roots take hold, dirt can play a part in providing encouragement, nourishment, comfort, shelter, and beauty. You're just like me - dirt.
First of all, we should feel right at home being in dirt because quite literally, we're made out of it. In Genesis 2:7, the Bible teaches us that "...the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being." Remember, dirt is dirt: don't think you're better than any person, we're all made of dust and dust is where we'll return when we die (Genesis 3:19). Another thing, just like dirt, we can't do an…

FAITH: Genesis 2:21-22

Right?!  Let God tell you when He has someone for you.  Not the other way around.  All the Lord wanted from Adam was for him to sleep while God prepared his wife for him.
"So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and he brought her to the man." Genesis 2:21-22 (NLT)



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LaVanilla Laboratories Deodorant

Most deodorants contain aluminum which is a neurotoxin. Read about the dangers here. The problem for us sweaty folk is that it’s very difficult to find an aluminum-free alternative.
I already mentioned that I’ll swipe witch hazelunder my arms. Also, I find that a swipe of rubbing alcohol does the trick as well. But when I want to feel a bit more “normal,” I use Lavanilla Laboratories Solid Stick Deodorant.
My favorite scent is vanilla, so this is a no brainer, but when I spotted this Starlight Deo Trio, I was curious to try some of Lavanilla’s other scents. Here, we have Vanilla Snowberry, Pure Vanilla, and Vanilla Amber. All of which smell amazing! Snowberry has a hint of fruitiness and Vanilla Amber is more musky.
I highly recommend Lavanilla deodorants (I’ve repurchased numerous times) because they’ll have you smelling sweet, but be warned, no aluminum means no dryness after a while. I’m able to get past that knowing the benefits far outweigh the costs however.
Have you tried Lavanilla…

Aaron Roberts - Shout to the Lord (cover)

I don't think I've mentioned it here before, but Aaron is a phenomenal singer, song writer, and musician.  I wanted to leave this (old) rearrangement cover he did of "Shout to the Lord" with you today because really, God is worthy of our praises all day everyday.



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Bluecorn Naturals 100% Beeswax Candle

I’ve always loved candles but I keep coming across too many articles saying that most candles are actually not good for our health.

After doing some research, I’ve found that 100% beeswax is where it’s at. Not only is it clean burning and you’re avoiding carcinogens, but it releases negative ions and actually purifies the air.

I ordered my candle from Bluecorn Naturals and was so excited over how quickly it arrived. I find its subtle scent is universally appealing. Everyone who visits loves the smell. It’s sweet yet fresh. Plus, the beeswax burns slower, so my candle lasts way longer than its paraffin counterparts.

I’m sold. I’ll definitely never go back to paraffin. Regarding what I want out of a candle, the beeswax checks off on all accounts: healthy, natural, long lasting, and of course, great scent.
Have you tried beeswax candles?


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Hindsight is Blurry

Here I am back in 2010 in my last apartment as a single person.  Because I lived alone, my place smelled like sweet vanilla, was quiet, and clean.  Nowadays, thanks to marriage and motherhood, I live with three males.  It goes without saying that my current home looks, sounds, and smells nothing my former. This morning, I found two pairs of dirty socks within the couch and later, I stepped on chewed up apple in the office.  After cleaning up carpet apple, I came across this photo of myself sitting on my former couch.  So pristine and white and sockless. Despite the blurriness, I stared at this photo with envy.  Here's the problem, when I'm full of complaint, it's easy for me to get sentimental, even wistful of my former home, former life. When we're unsatisfied, our memories get blurred just like this photo.

Matthew Henry says that, "discontent magnifies what is past, and vilifies what is present, without regard to truth or reason." When I looked at this pho…

Pai Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil

I was recently sent a two week sample of Pai's Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil.  Normally, I don't mention samples because they run out before I've been able to give them a long enough test run.  But oh. my. goodness!  I saw significant results within just 24 hours of using this oil. I wasn't expecting too much, because like I just said, I'm used to products taking longer periods of time to show me results.  Without a doubt, I saw and felt a noticeable difference almost immediately.  Good quality rosehip oil is known for its anti aging properties and Pai's version is the best I've come across so far.  Unlike most of my oils, the smell is not awesome, but I know that rosehip oil is not known to smell pleasant to most people.

After the slightly smelly scent, the next thing I noticed was that this oil is not oily.  It soaked in pretty well.  It left me moisturized, but without the oily, greasy feeling I normally expect from facial oils.  The instructions say to on…

Song of Solomon

"I sleep, but mine heart waketh, it is the voice of my well-beloved that knocketh, saying, Open unto me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for mine head is full of dew, and my locks with the drops of the night." Solomon's Song 5:2
Have you ever chosen to walk away from Jesus even though you love Him?  When I was a child, I asked Jesus into my heart and as a teenager, I walked away from Him. Until I opened that door for Him again, I was the most miserable person in existence.  Even though I fell asleep at night, my heart was always awake, missing Him and listening for His voice just like in this scripture. I knew His voice so when He gently knocked on the door to my heart, I immediately recognized Him. In Song of Solomon 5:2, the husband knocks on the door and speaks so sweetly to his beloved even though she kicked him out and defiled herself.  Like Jesus, the husband asks for her to open the door. He points out that he's been outside for a while - hence the …

Five Photos - 12/02/16

Christmas is approaching and I hope you will remember those who are lonely or distressed during this time.  We have a lot to be thankful for in that Jesus offers us all eternal salvation.  We just have to take Him up on His offer. We may not have time nor money to give, but we can always deliver the greatest message of all… Romans 10:9 "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Throwback to one year ago, yesterday, to the sunset we watched in Carmel.  Nature sings praises to the Lord.

I baked these cookies again.  They're full of healthy ingredients and zero processed sugar so it's pretty much manna, right?

Aaron changed Miles' diaper right there on the floor and when they were done, Miles decided to just stay there and relax a bit.  This kid cracks me up!


Enjoying my honey lemon water with the latest Domino magazine.
I hope you have a great weekend!  Jesus loves YOU.



Woul…

1 Corinthians 6:14

lol!  That's right!

"You say, 'Food was made for the stomach, and the stomach for food.' (This is true, though someday God will do away with both of them.) But you can’t say that our bodies were made for sexual immorality. They were made for the Lord, and the Lord cares about our bodies." 1 Corinthians 6:14 (NLT)



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What I'm Reading

I'm always reading several books at the same time so I thought I'd share one today.  This one will open your eyes to the U.S. education system and it's approach to "education."  If you or your child are unsatisfied with school or considering/undergoing homeschooling, or just simply relying on school to educate, I HIGHLY recommend you this book.  It's a short book, but packed with eye-opening information that will change the way you think of education and schooling.

Kitchen Window

Here's our kitchen window (complete with my boys' rock collection). While I'm cooking or doing dishes, I have a full view of the street and our front yard. Long before people knock on our door, I've already watched them approach. Through this window, I've watched parades, skunks, busses, trick 'o treaters, and horse drawn carriages. 
Here's the problem; You see that crooked window covering up there? It's wonky. So much so, I'm unable to open it myself. That tempermental covering requires a special touch that I, for some reason, don't have. 
If I get to the kitchen in the morning before Aaron, I have to settle for the florescent light and obstructed view until he raises the cover. No busses, skunks, observing the neighbor's dog chasing cars, nor natural light for me until Aaron opens that window covering. 
My window covering struggle is not unlike our spiritual walk. If we're not tuned in with God, we're unable to properly see the wo…