Friday, July 25, 2014

Oh hey, Friday! It's been a better week!

Hey friends!  I so appreciate all of your prayers for me, Kevin and our friends lately.  They are really being answered!  And thank you for the sweet have truly lifted me up and encouraged me.


Kevin is feeling a lot better!  He still doesn't have full range of motion with his shoulder but it's definitely improved since last week.  He heard a loud pop in it the other night and it's been so much better ever since.  It apparently wasn't all the way back into place.  So yeah, I have to learn how to pop a shoulder back into place in case that ever happens again....ugh!  There's a reason I'm an accountant, not a nurse!

I should have sent this to Kevin.  So he wasn't wrestling a bear...softball is manly, right?!


Today is a huge day!  I mean, really HUGE for us!  Our house officially went on the market yesterday so showings begin today!!!  Please please pray that God will bring along the right buyers.  We're anxious about it but trying to trust the Lord.

Here's a little glimpse of some of the rooms...

I've been wanting to do a post on Kevin's man cave/Rangers Room/office.  It's amazing!  There was more Rangers stuff up, but the stagers made us take it down.


In not so important news, I am in LOVE with the Essie Turquoise and Caicos!  It's been on my toenails all week.


So I learned about this awesome vegan protein from Sunwarrior on Kristal's blog during mine and Mia's Monthly Faves link-up.  I ordered some on Amazon and LOVE it!  Vegan protein powders always taste a bit weird but they don't have crazy chemicals in them and don't upset my stomach. 

And don't forget...our next Monthly Faves link-up will be on Wednesday, August 6!  It's the first Wednesday of every month.  Start working on your posts now!


Come back on Tuesday for a fun giveaway from me and my blog bestie, Tiffany from A Touch of Grace!  You won't want to miss it!

Have a great weekend, friends!!! XOXOXO

Linking up with The Farmers Wife and September Farm today!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

More Than A Paycheck

Hey friends!  Today I'm guest posting over at Lauren's blog, Bound by Love!  I'm talking about how your job is your ministry no matter what you do.  Head on over and check it out!  Have a lovely Thursday!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

July Ipsy Glam Bag

I was pumped to get my second Ipsy Glam Bag in July!  I got it last week so I've had a chance to use everything.  This month's theme: Sensationally Sunkissed!

First off, isn't that a cute pink bag?!

I'm excited about this one!  The company claims to not use any harmful chemicals including parabens and fragrance (Caroline, Allison and Jen! wink wink).  I've always used Neutrogena's daily moisturizer and it feels really similar.

bareMinerals READY eyeshadow 2.0

I don't normally venture away from brownish earth tones because I'm boring like that and love the natural look.  So this INSPIRATION combo was new for me!  These are Muse and Passion.  I tried it the other day though and loved it!  They blended well!

Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm in Unique Pink
I love how this stuff feels on my lips!  I'm not crazy about the color but it's not too bold...really just shiny.  Use that link and get 25% off of your next Pixi order!

derma e BB Creme in Light Tint
I was pleasantly surprised with this BB Creme.  It feels lighter than my Aveeno BB Cream and provides good coverage.  AND it has SPF 25 in it!  Take that sleezy skin cancer!

Pop Beauty Sunkissed Bronzer in Secret Sunshine
This bronzer is a tad too dark for me but I put it on lightly.  I actually kind of like it better than my Rimmel Bronzer.  I might have to start buying this one!

My July bag was totally worth my $10!!!  I will use all 5 of these items OFTEN!  I highly recommend signing up for an Ipsy Glam Bag - I mean, it's only $10 and doesn't require a commitment at al.  Totally worth it!  I love trying new beauty products!  Use my link HERE and I'll get points and be oh so grateful!

Check out my June Ipsy Glam Bag HERE.

Have a lovely Wednesday, friends!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Oh hey, Friday! It's been a tough one!

Hey folks!  Let's be real here...this has been a TOUGH week!  So much so that I wasn't going to post today, because I don't have wonderful things to say about this week.  BUT, you know what?  I could use your prayers!  I'll just do this chronologically...


Last weekend, a sweet little 13-year-old angel went to be with the Lord.  Our dear friends who had a 13-year-old daughter and a little baby boy, lost their little girl.  It breaks my heart that any parent would have to lose their child.  My heart is completely broken for that family right now.  I just don't understand why the Lord lets certain things happen but I DO know that He will make something good come out of it.  Please keep Jason and Janie in your prayers!  Pray for comfort and peace!

My best friend's grandmother passed away this week as well.  She was a sweet lady - the epitome of a southern woman...especially the accent!  I grew up knowing her and am sad, but happy that she's in Heaven.  Pray for my best friend, Tracy....she took care of her in the last few years so it's hard!


Then I went to my hometown (about 5-6 hours away) to drop off our dogs with my parents.  It was wonderful to see my mom, stepdad, dad, sister and friends!  I took a couple days off of work and worked from home the other day.

I agreed to do my personal trainer friend's boot camp and HOLY MOLEY...I am STILL sore today!  It wouldn't be so bad if I did that every day but I don't!  My core and hamstrings are more sore than they've ever been.  It was a beautiful day though quite hot.  We met at the city park...


Beautiful day at my parents' ranch...

Clouds started rolling in this very day...

And it started pouring rain.


Peaches grow well in the Texas hill country.  I stopped and bought some from a local farm.

And my dad's girlfriend just got the cutest Corgi in the world...his name is Turbo...

I was so sad to leave our pups, but we're putting our house on the market next week!  They can't be there while we show it so they get a vacation at the 'rents ranch.

{FIVE} on Tuesday evening, I was at my dad's girlfriend's house when I received a phone call from a church friend that we play softball with.  I looked at the was 7:15...the softball game was from 6:30 to 7:30.  My heart stopped because I knew it had to be about my hubby.

Yep, they were in the ER.

Apparently he dove for a ball and his shoulder popped out of socket and was hanging 4 inches below where it should be.  Ouch.  They put him on morphine and popped it back into place.  We're not sure if he tore his labrum was torn in the past from pitching and he had surgery on it in 2012.  I felt so helpless being that far away from him.

So he's still in a ton of pain.  Please please pray for him and his healing!

We're super stressed, trying to get the house ready to sell and now my little muscles are all we have for a while.  A friend is coming to help me this weekend which I so appreciate.  We're anxious about what to do about selling, moving, etc.  Pray our home sells!!!  Pray that I'll trust the Lord with it all!

Have a great weekend, y'all!!!

Linking up with The Farmers Wife and September Farm today!

Oh!  And don't forget to enter the Kitchen Sophistication Anthropologie Givewaway HERE!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Anthropologie Giveaway Reminder!

Don't forget to enter the Anthropologie Kitchen Sophistication Giveaway!

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Homemade Deodorant

So I've been on a journey, my friends!  It's a journey I'll be on all my life.  It started with this - I believe that so many of our health problems stem from unhealthy diets, the chemicals/pesticides used in our foods (even when it says organic) and beauty/health products, and medicines.

If I could, I'd live on a farm, raise my own animals and grow my own produce.  I really believe that it's the only way to live clean, but it's unfortunately, not realistic.  So I'm doing what I can to minimize the chemicals that enter my body.

Do I buy all organic foods?

Absolutely not.  I wish I could, but it's so expensive and you don't even know if you're truly getting organic.  I buy them when I can, especially the ones that are most likely to absorb pesticides.  I love farmer's markets and Greenling!

Am I completely against medicine?

Nope!  I think that some are necessary.  I just think that we tend to over-prescribe and take medicines when there are natural alternatives such as essential oils and eating more fruits and vegetables.  I blogged about getting off of my allergy medicine HERE.  Three months ago, I was taking three medicines and now I'm taking NONE!  I also think that many medicines damage us more than they help.  Just do your research before taking them.  Side effects can be horrible.

One step that I am taking is making a lot of my own beauty/health products.  I've dabbled in making my own lip balm, makeup removing cleanser, hand soap, body wash and deodorant.

Let's talk deodorant!  I've read claims that say antiperspirants have aluminum and can cause breast cancer, Alzheimer's, kidney problems, etc.  I'm not sure if that's true, but I don't want to chance it!  So I looked into making my own so it would be aluminum-free and cost effective.

Using THIS recipe, I made my own deodorant about a month ago and I totally didn't expect it to work.  I thought, "I'm going to be smelly and sweaty."  I had tried Toms brand and it did NOT work.

And I'm happy to say HOLY COW!  This stuff really works for me!

1) It keeps me from sweating.

2) It keeps me from getting smelly.

3) It doesn't get on my clothes.

I have used Dove or Secret for years and I can honestly say that my homemade deodorant works better than either one of those for me.  Everyone's body is different so different recipes may react differently to your body.  I'm just lucky that the first one I tried worked!

How to make your own natural deodorant:

First, I cleaned out an old Dove deodorant container thoroughly and let it dry.  If you don't have one to use, you can order them on Amazon.

Then I gathered these ingredients:

1/4 cup organic virgin coconut oil (I order mine HERE)
3/4 tablespoon beeswax pellets (I order mine HERE)
1/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup cornstarch (or arrowroot powder if you have sensitive skin)
5 drops each of lavender, lemon and frankincense Young Living Essential Oils (I can help you get these if you don't have any...just email me -

Melt the coconut oil and beeswax together completely in a saucepan on low heat.  You can also put them in a glass container and set it in a pan of boiling water.

Remove from the heat, once melted, and add baking soda and cornstarch/arrowroot.  Mix everything together until smooth.  It'll look like a creamy white liquid.

Add in the essential oils.  I truly believe that these are what make the deodorant work so well.  

Mix everything together with a spoon and then pour into empty deodorant container.  Let it solidify and it's ready to use!!

NOTE: Depending on the temperature where you store it, you may have to apply it using your fingers.  If you want to rub it on, store it in the fridge.

Let me know if you make it and what you think of it!  I love hearing feedback!

More natural recipes to come!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Weekend Fun + Anthropologie Giveaway

Happy Monday, friends!!!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Mine was great!  Today I'm linking up with Biana!

Friday night was Baylor night at the Texas Rangers baseball game.  I went to Baylor University so of course we got tickets!  We got a free Rangers hat with Baylor colors - green and gold!  Sic 'em!

that's a bear claw for those of you who aren't familiar with Baylor :)

There were fireworks after the game and we watched them from the parking lot.  It was really really cool to see them over the ballpark.  There was a full moon too!  We normally stay inside the ballpark for the show but this was even better!  It was honestly one of the best nights we've had together in a while.  I felt like a giddy little dating couple!

Saturday I had some much need girl time with some awesome girlfriends.

You are going to love this giveaway!  I seriously want to win it, but I'm hosting!

These awesome girls and I are giving away a gorgeous Anthropologie apron and two oven mitts. Talk about kitchen sophistication. Love them!
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