It's about that time - watermelons are now ripe! I love blended watermelon as a juice base. One of our favorite summertime juice blends consists of watermelon, strawberries, a couple tablespoons of homemade elderberry syrup, half a lemon, and a bit of honey. Tastes like a Jolly Rancher minus the corn syrup, processed sugar, and artificial dyes. So delicious and refreshing!
When I was in my teens and early 20s, I was extremely immodest. While I was getting ready to go out, my goal was to look as hot as possible and collect as much attention as possible.
I thought that if I could be the hottest woman in the room, I would be able to capture attention and it would be mine for as long as I wanted. It didn't occur to me that the kind of attention I was seeking is a fleeting kind. In other words, it didn't matter if I was the most beautiful woman that guy had ever seen. The kind of guy who appreciated my immodesty had zero standards whatsoever. He'd hang on my every word until someone else's skin flashed by. He'd flirt with me and then turn around and flirt with every other girl as well. This guy didn't care about whose makeup was better, who was witty, who had better legs, who was nicest, etc. The kind of guy who is attracted to immodesty is only interested in one thing and that's not your heart. This dude has no other standards an…
Push Up popsicles are interesting. In order to eat more ice cream, you need to literally push up the stick that's connected to the platform in which the ice cream sits.
My toddlers both lack the strength and dexterity to push up their Push Ups, so I have to make myself available to help them out. One of my boys understands this. As his ice cream dips below the cardboard container, he'll eagerly hand his treat over so I can push the stick upwards and he can continue eating. My other boy doesn't yet understand why he needs my help. He'd rather chew at the cardboard than willingly hand over his treat for two seconds. Whenever it's time to push up his ice cream, he grips it tight and puts up a fight against me even though my motive is completely for his benefit. I never take the ice cream for myself, I only obtain the Push Up in order to make it possible for my boys to have more ice cream. So they don't have to resort to gnawing on soggy cardboard.
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…
“A newly married man must not be drafted into the army or be given any other official responsibilities. He must be free to spend one year at home, bringing happiness to the wife he has married.”Deuteronomy 24:5 (NLT) Prior to marrying in 2011, Aaron and I received lots of confirmation from the Lord that we were created to walk this earth together. So when we got married, we were arrogant in thinking that marriage would naturally be easy for us. We were under the impression that the”honeymoon phase” would be the easiest, most magical time of our marriage. It turns out, that first year was the most difficult. The both of us had quirks and emotional scars that went unnoticed until marriage. Also, you don't begin to really get to know someone's ins and outs until you live with them and are forced to work together on day-to-day issues. I wish we had studied Deuteronomy 24:5 because this verse imparts great advice. Moving into the same home with your husband is a huge eye opener and …
Here's my medicine cabinet. As you can see, I'm a big advocate of clean beauty care. Not pictured is my beloved apple cider vinegar which I use for facial toner and hair conditioner. I keep a jar of Bragg's out on the bathroom counter so I forgot to include. You can get read my blog post on ACV here.
"Just as the Lord had commanded Moses His servant, so Moses had commanded Joshua, and so Joshua did; he left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses." Joshua 11:15 (AMP)
Obeying the Lord in total is the only way that we should get things done. Just obeying a portion of God's instruction is sinful. We must do exactly what the Lord wants us to do when He call us to do something.
Our household is constantly being forced to purge items that could lead to sin because the enemy is always trying to get in. For example, going through our DVD collection, we find ourselves continually tossing movies that have that one inappropriate word or that one inappropriate two second scene. We've thrown out our favorite films or awesome movies that are otherwise innocent save for that one thing about them. But we have to because at what point will we say "no" to sin? The enemy deserves NO foothold in our house and yours.
Today, we are talking about five things women need to do before they get married.
1. Enjoy the single season. This is your opportunity to learn independence. In my opinion, I believe that women and men need to learn how to be comfortable with just themselves. Because if you don't like being alone with you, why would you expect someone else to enjoy being alone with you? You might marry someone who needs some quiet time or needs to take a walk alone in order to think or meditate on the Lord and if you're not okay with just being still, being silent by yourself, there's a good chance you're going to drive him nuts. Learn some independence right now. It'll help. It'll pay off.
2. Make a list. Make a list of things you want to do before you get married. Like a bucket list before you tie the knot - so, like a "knot list." Make a list of new things you want to learn and experience before you get married…
I'm going through the First5 online study and we're currently in Joshua. In coming upon the twelfth chapter of Joshua, we find it reads a long list of king's names who were defeated by Israel. It's easy for our eyes to skim over this chapter but we must consider that it's here for a reason.
It's good for us to take detailed lists of praise reports and victories in Christ. Reason being, when we're in a valley and unable to see past our enemies, we can remember the great things the Lord has already done. We can be encouraged that He's going to keep us moving forward and that the troubles we're currently facing are puny to Him. Remembering our past victories with the Lord can give us hope for the future.
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.
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…