Monday, September 29, 2014

{Guest Post} Being Single

Hey there my lovely friends!  I'm back from Hawaii!!!  It was a blast and I took about a billion photos so it's going to take me a while to go through them and pick ones to share.  I'll post about it soon!

Today I'm celebrating my hubby's birthday and am just not ready to get back into the swing of things.  In fact, this Wednesday is my last day of work in Dallas so this is a really weird week for me.  We officially move out of the city on Thursday.  We'll be staying with my parents until we find jobs and somewhere to live in San Antonio.

So today my awesome friend, Kendra, from Kenji Is Here is guest posting on A Deeper Joy!  I have just LOVED getting to know Kendra while doing the No Other Gods study with her and Kayla.  LOVE her passion for the Lord and her ability to always stay positive.  

In case you don't already know this about me...I got married when I was 30 (one year ago) so, oh Lordy, did I have my fair share of being single in my 20's.  God taught me so many things and really grew my relationship with Him so I'm passionate about this subject.  Kendra is talking about her walk through this time and I just love it!  Hope you enjoy!

Take it away, Kendra...

I've had off and on boyfriends for a while now. Gone on too many first dates, but at the end of the day I'm what an application would call "single." Holla! I am definitely proud of being single. I in no way resent any ex boyfriend and am in no way trying to rush into a relationship. I've learned a lot being single and I wanted to share the top five things with you today.


1// Being single does not mean you are un-loved.  Where my single girls at?? Guess what? You, you are loved so much! By God, by your family, by your friends, and by that stranger who thinks you're a hottie. cat call anyone? But seriously, you are loved. Are you loved by the man of your dreams, maybe not..but that's okay because right now you are focusing on you and your goals and that is just fine. Prince Charming comes later on.

2// I have learned not to settle. No way no how, call me picky, call me what you want, but I just won't settle. You shouldn't either! Why? Because you have standards. Does it mean you'll be single longer? Maybe, but isn't it worth taking the time and being single than settling with the next available guy just to break up 3 months down the line? I think so. I've been single for a while now and in that time I have settled and it's never worth it. Ladies you are worth something. When you think you're worth nothing, you are wrong. You deserve the best! You deserve to be loved, truly loved!

3// I will never be able to be in a relationship when my faith is rocky.  What do I mean by that? I mean those times when life is happening and church and praying somehow get to the back burner..that is when I can't be in a relationship. That is when that little voice sneaks up and says "Kenji, you're lonely, go find a guy." Yeah, no. I know better. Any guy that enters my life will enter it through God. This is important to me. My relationship with God is #1. In those moments of weakness, nothing good can come. God first.

4// There's nothing better than being my own boss. I don't have to ask permission. I don't have to tell anyone where I am. I don't have to be home at a certain time. I don't have to worry about pleasing someone's family member that aren't my own. I am me, and I am in charge of me. I'll do what I want, when I want. This is perfect. I am independent and this fits my needs right now and it's perfect. Freedom.

5// The most important. I won't be single forever.  Even though there are days where I have a pity party of 1 and talk about how I will be an old cat lady hoarder one day, it won't happen. I won't be single for the rest of ever, and neither will you! One day my prince will come...or something like that. But seriously girls, I promise you all. We will look back on these times and laugh at how we thought we'd be single forever.

All I want to say is enjoy being single while you're single. It's a beautiful thing. Yes, a relationship and marriage and a family are wonderful things, but why try and rush what shouldn't be rushed. If you're down in the dumps just come over to my spot in the world and we'll have a single girls party and drink wine and watch movies all night. It'll be perfect!

Love yourself ladies!
Friday, September 26, 2014

{Guest Post} Finding Joy During Tough Times

Hey friends!  I'm getting back from Hawaii today!  I'm thrilled to have Caroline on the blog today.  If you don't already know her, I know you'll love her as much as I do! I know Caroline in person too and have loved getting to know her through our blogs as well!  She is always so encouraging and I learn so much from her!  Go for it, Caroline...


I’m Caroline and I blog over at In Due Time, which I started back in April of 2012. In 2011 my life changed for the better when I got married to my sweet husband, Colby. Besides working as a financial analyst, I enjoy spending time with Colby, friends, watching football, and attending various small groups and bible studies. I'm a health nut, who enjoys working out and eating healthy. I take every chance I can get to travel with my husband. I have a passion for those who are going through trials, especially those who feel like they are waiting on God to answer their prayers. I was overjoyed when Kelli asked me to post and hope you find it encouraging to read. Thanks Kelli for the opportunity to share about how I find joy during tough times. 


You can follow Caroline here:

Kelli and I met years ago at a friend's party, but lost contact until this past year when we found each other's blogs! I am so thankful we have reconnected and have been so blessed by her friendship. I love the title of her blog: A Deeper Joy.

Colby and I have waiting to expand our family now for 2.5 years and finding joy and contentment in the hard times is a topic I'm passionate about sharing with others. I love Nehemiah 8:10, which says, "the joy of the Lord is your strength." This verse really summarizes the past few years for us. We desire children so strongly and haven't had them yet and are in a place where ALL of our friends are parents already (or so it seems), but we still are full with joy.

But, how? Jesus! We know that Jesus is the only person who can solve what we are longing for. It won't be babies, a job, a husband, or money. It's God alone. I believe when we truly realize how blessed we are, we find contentment. Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of what you already have. There is purpose to every trial and every waiting period and God's purpose isn't for us to grow bitter, angry, or jealous. He wants to use the trial to refine us. He wants us to be content in ALL circumstances. Even though you might not understand the why or understand the what, continue to trust Him. Let His strength be your joy. Allow your trial to be used for God's glory. Let it be a time where you find hope and joy from Him, not from what you are waiting for.

So what are ways to find a deeper joy while struggling? Read the word. Spend time with Him. Instead of focusing on what you want, but don't have, celebrate and thank God for all the blessings that you do have. You will find that when you shift your perspective, you will be renewed with a new joy that only the Lord can give!


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

{Guest Post} Beauty Tips and Tricks

Hey friends!  Today, one of my newest blogging friends is taking over the blog.  Lily from Beauty with Lily is so helpful in teaching me about beauty tips!  I won her giveaway a while back and now like red lipstick...crazy!  I'm excited to have her post today...hope you enjoy!

Hey ladies! I'm so happy to be guest posting on Kelli's blog today! I was so excited when she first asked me, I immediately started brainstorming and the idea of blogging about my top beauty tips and tricks popped in my head. Perfect! Who doesn't want to learn about new techniques, products that are multitaskers, and then some!

My name is Liliana, but please, call me Lily! I have been blogging for over a year, over at Beauty With Lily...there you'll find tons of beauty and fashion related posts.

Thanks again Kelli, I have really enjoyed getting to know you through your blog!

Image from Google Images
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

{Guest Post} Blogging, the real story..

Hey friends!  Today I have Kayla from Mississippi Mrs on the blog!  I've gotten to know Kayla through a Bible study that we're doing together and I just love her heart.  She's so passionate and loving.  Hope you enjoy her post!  Check out her blog as well!

Hi! I'm Kayla and I blog over at Mississippi Mrs.  I'm so thrilled that Kelli let me take over her blog today, so I'll try not to disappoint her!  If you've never been to my blog, then I write about my daily life as Brian's wife, random events in our life, and throw in a recipe and DIY every so often.  Oh, and I am addicted to coffee. 

So, blogging.  This can be a topic all in itself, right?

PRO / CON


I've worked up a list of the Pro/Con of this beloved blog world.  All opinions are my own, of course.


PRO
+ friendships.  This is my far my favorite aspect of blogging.  There are several ladies that I email / text with on a daily basis. 
+ networking. This applies much like friendships, but I am speaking more brand directed with this point.
+ inspiration.  Almost daily I see a cute DIY or recipe that I had to my ever-growing "to do" list!

Blogging is such a great way to keep up with friends / family or just make new friends!  It can allow a creative outlet to form and great friendships develop.  Keep a positive attitude and the blogging world will be YOUR friend back.


CON
- time-consuming.  Blogging takes a lot of time, if you are a serious blogger. 
- stressful. Staying on your A game and up to date with the latest trends can, in fact, be overwhelming.
- addictive.  While reading blogs for fun can happen, sometimes we as humans get too consumed with "everyone else" in life and miss out on our own great moments.

Staying at the top of the "best bloggers" list isn't in my cards, but it is so many.  These people end up failing because they aren't being true to themselves.  Write honestly.  Speak freely.  But if you miss a day or are having writer's block, don't stress.  It's just a blog and I promise it will be there later when you are feeling more creative. 

What are some of your pros/cons of the blogging world? I would love to hear!
 
Monday, September 22, 2014

{Guest Post} Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Happy Monday folks!  I hope you had a fabulous weekend!  Since I'm still on vacation, my wonderful friend, Tiffany is taking over my blog today with a delicious recipe.  Tiffany blogs about her adorable daughter, family activities, food and fitness.  I do her booty workout often!  Such a short workout will make you super sore the next day!  She also has a new found love of essential oils which you know I love!  Can I just be sappy for a second?  If you would have told me that you can become such close friends with someone you've never met through your blog before I became a blogger, I would have thought you were weird.  Now I know it's true and NOT weird!  Tiffany is one of my closest friends now and I so value her friendship.

Take it away Tiffany...



Hi y'all!  I'm Tiffany and I blog over at A Touch of Grace.  I am so excited to be here sharing this super easy and yummy recipe with you while Kelli is off gallivanting around Hawaii.  Lucky girl!

I know how much Kelli loves bundt cakes, so I thought this would be the perfect recipe to share!  I originally found this recipe on Shay's Mix & Match Mama foodie blog, but wanted to change it up a bit and try my own version.  I love chocolate in moderation, so making a whole chocolate/chocolate chip bundt cake was a lot of chocolate for me.

I also don't normally use boxed cake mixes, but I thought I'd stick with that and see how the cake turned out. And it was goooood.  Real good.




Ingredients:
* 1 yellow box cake mix
* 2 small boxes of vanilla instant pudding
* 1/2 cup vegetable oil
* 1 1/4 cups water
* 4 eggs
* 1 full cup chocolate chips
* Powdered sugar for dusting

Directions:
* Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease your bundt pan.
* In a stand mixer with paddle attachment, or large bowl, combine all the ingredients except the chocolate chips and powdered sugar.  Mix until smooth.
* Fold in the chocolate chips.
* Pour into your prepared bundt pan and bake 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
* Let cake cool in pan for 10-15 minutes, then flip over onto a serving plate.
* Dust lightly with powdered sugar.



The cake is super moist (worst word ever) and not overly sweet, which I love.  So much so that I usually eat 2 pieces in one sitting.  Oops! :)

Thanks Kelli for having me!  Have a great day everyone!

Friday, September 19, 2014

{Guest Post} How To Tangibly Support Friends in Times of Need

Happy Friday!!!  Today is my first full day in Hawaii so I'm probably sitting on the beach having a Mai Tai right now.  While I'm gone, some of my lovely blog friends are going to be posting here at A Deeper Joy and I'm so happy to have them.  We're starting off with my dear friend Cassie from Sage.  If you don't know her, GO CHECK HER OUT NOW!  Her faith blows my socks off.  I love her story about coming to know Jesus!  It's what first intrigued me when I starting reading her blog.  I know you'll love it too!

Hello lovely friends. I am so excited to be here with you all today while Kelli is off enjoying her MUCH deserved vacation! My name is Cassie and I blog over at Sage where I ramble about life as a newlywed, my faith, and lots of the in between! I have a passion for community and fitness. If you follow my Instagram you will also notice I am totally a crazy cat lady and I AM NOT ASHAMED. I hope you will stop by and say hello or connect with me on social media!

Cassie Sage the Blog

I mentioned that I have a love for community. Our church does what are called "missional communities" each week where we gather around a meal and live out the gospel together. Recently, a couple from our missional community (or MC) has been going through a really hard time. I immediately began to pray for them. However, do you ever feel like prayer isn't enough? Like you should also be moving in their lives instead of just expecting God to? I'm completely guilty of this. So, in praying for them, I began to ask God how I could tangibly support and encourage them during this trying time. While praying this prayer, I began to wonder how many other people also wonder how they might be able to support their friends in tangible ways during times of need. With that in mind, I have created a list of ten ways to provide tangible support.


1. Send a card, text, or e-mail. Sometimes people can have a hard time letting others help (I know I do). Sending something simple like a card, text, or e-mail to let the person know you are thinking of them and praying for them is a simple way to bring some light into their day. ASK them how you can tangibly help, send them an encouraging verse, a funny photo, or tell them how much you miss them! Sometimes they just need to be reminded that people care.

2. Send a care package. Often times self-care is low on the list of priorities when life gets crazy. Send a care package with a thoughtful note, new nail polish, or a good book you read recently. You can also nominate you friend for Happy Heart Box, a great service created to simply remind those in need how much they are loved, valued, and cared for by the Lord.

3. Treat them to a pedicure. I mean, you ladies know how quickly a pedicure can make you feel refreshed and confident. Doesn't everyone just deserve to feel like this every once and a while?

4. Bring them a meal. My church uses a website called Take Them A Meal to create food rotations for new mothers, people struggling with their health, or just because we want to show them we love them. It can be a great way to help as everyone needs to eat and often times during hard times, cooking and eating can be the last thing on someone's mind.

5. Grocery shop for them. Similar to above, having food in the house can be someone's last priority when they are really struggling. Simply running to the grocery store for them, or picking up a few things while shopping for yourself can be an immense help.

6. Give them a hug. Sometimes there are no right words to say in a situation and sometimes all anyone really needs is a hug anyways.

7. Take them out for coffee or drinks. Get them OUT of the house. Distraction can be one of the best things for someone that is really struggling. Offer to talk to them about what is going on or simply just listen. Make sure to let them know that if they don't want to talk about it that is perfectly OK too.

8. Offer to watch their children. Trying times can be exhausting and I can imagine even more so when you have little people that depend on you. Give your friend a break and offer to take the kids for a day or stay after they are put down for bed so that they do not have to worry about it. Give them some time to take care of themselves.

9. Pray with them. There's something about others praying over you that can bring light to even the darkest of days. Be intentional about making time to pray with them.

10.  Be consistent. Don't just drop a care package and assume it made all of their problems away. Continue being intentional about checking up on them and asking if you can do anything else for them.

Would you add anything to this list? I'd love for you to leave suggestions in the comments.

A huge thank you to Kelli for having me today. I hope this encourages you to go seek out your friends that might really need you and provide some tangible support!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

I'm headed to Hawaii!

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Hey friends!  I'm heading to Hawaii today for a nice, relaxing vacation so I'll be away from the blog for a little bit.  I have some very lovely ladies that will be guest posting through next week so make sure you come back to read their posts!

Aloha, my friends!!
Friday, September 12, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!

Hey friends!  Thank you for still loving me through this craziness! I know I have not been a great blogger and I apologize.  I haven't been able to keep up with all of my blog reading so I haven't been commenting on all of your blogs.  Please forgive me.  I live with a friend right now, at work we're meeting a September 15 deadline and I'm applying for jobs in San Antonio.  Life will still be crazy for the next few months as we're in transition but eventually it'll slow down.  You friends mean so much to me so thank you for being patient!


{ONE}

I have a confession.  I had never had a macaroon before last weekend!  I know...crazy!  Nina probably can't believe it with all of her macaroon/outfit matching.  Well I went to a local market with my friend last weekend and there was a local bakery there called Bisous Bisous Patisserie that was selling French macaroons.  I got a mix of flavors - caramel apple, salted caramel and chocolate.  OH MY GOODNESS they were amazing!  I had some with a glass of wine that night!



{TWO}

So we moved out of our house last weekend and are now officially without a place to call home.  My sweet friend is letting me stay with her and the hubs is spending time with his grandpa.  I miss him a ton!  I will say...it's been kind of fun to be girly lately...wine, manicures, late night talks, etc.

We had to take some "last photos" of the house that we'll always remember as our first home as a married couple!  It was sad though we're excited about the future!



And HOW did we fill this thing up even after giving away and selling a bunch of stuff!  We are motivated to get rid of even more now!!



{THREE}

Last Friday, I got to hang out with my friends that I introduced that later got married and have a sweet little girl now.  We got burgers from my favorite burger place in town - Twisted Root Burger Co.  AMAZING!  They have adult milkshakes so I had to try one!  It was butterscotch schnapps with vanilla ice cream - I don't think I can explain how amazing it was!



{FOUR}

So apparently I win things in twos!!!  A couple weeks ago, I won Lily's Blogiversary Giveaway!  It was a ton of makeup/facial products in a cute Clique makeup bag.  I was so excited to win!


I think Lily has convinced me to like red lipstick after trying that Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie.  Can you believe it?!  I'm so not a red lipstick person and I love this!  I talked about it in my August Favorites.  

Something else I talked about in my August Faves was the NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee.  LOVE!

I've also tried the Sation Nail Lacquer and Simple Cleansing Wipes and like both of them! I have the pink nail polish on my toes now.  I can't wait to try the other stuff.

THEN, I won Jaelan's eShakti giveaway!  Woo hoo!  Lucky streak! I haven't ordered anything yet with my credit but need to get on it!  I really need some better work clothes.  New job soon!!!  Here is the eShakti dress that I reviewed on Monday...



{FIVE}

While the hubby was away this week, I got some awesome girl time!  It was pretty fun!

I went to a farmer's market, Whole Foods and Sam's with Sonja...


Y'all, I am going to miss her so much when I move!  We met in our newly wed small group and we've gotten close fast!

I did manicures with my friend, Laura, and her sweet friend...


Thank you everyone for helping me pick my color on Instagram!  I'm going to miss Laura!

And I also went to a friend's house for dinner this week but I forgot to take photos.  She made us biscuits and gravy....breakfast for dinner!  Yum!!!  I'm going to miss her and her husband a ton too!

This hanging out with friends thing is making the move harder!

I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!

Linking up with The Farmers Wife and September Farm today!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Euro Trip: Germany


It has been AGES since I did a travel post!  I have so many trips that I still want to share with you.  Today I'll continue with the study abroad trip that I took in college to Europe.  You can catch up on my Euro Trip posts here:


Next up....Germany!  Summer 2004.  On our way to Munich, we stopped at the Neuschwanstein Castle.  Two fun facts about this castle:

1 // Walt Disney based Cinderella's Castle on the Neuschwanstein Castle.

2 // Tiffany at A Touch of Grace got engaged there!



Then we headed to Munich for some sight-seeing...






German beer at the Hofbrau Haus...






We might have had too much fun at the laundromat...



This was really tough for me...I couldn't make it through the whole thing.

And because it was a study abroad trip, we did a tour at the largest BMW manufacturing facility in the world and had to write a paper about it.



Thanks for joining me on that little walk down memory lane!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Fun in my new blue dress!

*eShakti sent me this dress for free to review but the opinions are honest and my own!*

I was thrilled when eShakti contacted me about reviewing a piece of their clothing!  I first heard about eShakti on Jaelan's blog and I won her giveaway....more to come on that.  Ironically, they contacted me about a review and I was happy to do it.  I was excited to test it out before I spent my giveaway $ on some clothing.  I still can't make up my mind on what to get because so many dresses look cute!

My favorite part about eShakti is that they allow you to customize your piece of clothing.  I have been wanting some cute dresses that I can wear to work AND for fun on the weekend.  I chose a fun, blue dress...




Dress: eShakti / Necklace: Kendra Scott / Wedges: Target (on sale)

First off, I am NOT a model and I feel super awkward posing for photos by myself! Haha!

Isn't that dress cute though?!  

How eShakti works:

1 // Pick a dress

2 // Pick a size based on your measurements

3 // Select your height

4 // Select sleeve type, dress length and neckline

5 // Pockets or not pockets

Things I love about my eShakti experience:

I love that you get to customize your dress!  I love sleeveless dresses in the summer, the wide deep scoop neckline, above the knee length (totally work appropriate) and the waist line.  The cotton material is very nice as well.

I also love the pockets!!!  Perfect for carrying my lip gloss!

Things I would change about my eShakti experience:

Because I am so small up top, the chest is quite roomy for me.  If I had more "up there" I suppose I'd fill it in.  Next time, I would order a size down since the bottom of the dress is loose.  Seriously y'all, I'm like a 4 up top and a 8 or 10 on bottom.  I've got junk in the trunk! 

I may try to get it altered down on the top.

Check out eShakti if you're looking for some cute custom clothing.  It's affordable!  Thank you, eShakti for the dress!  I'm still loving it!!!
Friday, September 5, 2014

Big Changes in Life!!

Happy Friday, friends!!!  Today is not my typical Friday post and it has fewer pictures.  Please just stick with me!  I'm sharing my heart and my life with you today.

There has been SO MUCH going on in my life right now that I haven't been able to fully talk about but now I can!  Today I want to share with you about what God has been doing in mine and my hubby's lives.

Where do I start?

I guess I should start with priorities.  Kevin and I have been evaluating our priorities before we were even married.  We both agree that God is first - His calling is what matters most.  We also agree the family is up there right after God.  Our little two person family is the bomb and we're excited to add to it someday!  In fact, we would like to in the near future, but want to be closer to my family when we do that.  Here are some of our requirements for raising children:

1 // Be surrounded by family - grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.  We want our children to have great relationships with their families and it's possible to do from far away but difficult.  We'd much prefer to be closer!


2 // Have some land for our children to play and roam freely.  I grew up with this.  My siblings and I made forts in the woods, threw rocks and sticks, hiked with my dad, went camping, and pretty much had to keep ourselves busy instead of watching TV.  I want my children to have this as well.

3 //  Live in a laid back culture.  Specifically, we love the Texas Hill Country.

4 // Live in an area with great schools so that we have that option if we choose to not homeschool our kids.

I understand that we don't always get what we want or have that opportunity but we've been praying about what that means for us.

We have felt the Lord nudging us to consider moving away from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  We always thought we'd end up in the Texas Hill Country where my family is but thought it would be many years from now.

don't hate me, Dallas friends ;-)

A few serious events have made us consider doing it sooner: our home selling super fast, my hubby wanting to leave his job and us wanting to start trying for children.  We were so surprised that our house sold so quickly!  We thought, "oh, we'll have plenty of time to think about what's next" but oh no no, 2 days on the market and we were in contract!  We also hated leaving our brother-in-law and sister-in-law here but now they are moving!  Perfect timing!

After lots of prayer and time with the Lord, we feel a peace about moving down to the Texas Hill Country - specifically the San Antonio area.  We need a slower pace of life and love the feel down there.  We want to be outside of the city.

Can I just tell you something???  We can stress and stress and stress about our lives but it does us absolutely NO good.  God has reminded me not to stress and I'll admit, it's been really difficult.  We just sold our house after selling my condo one year before.  I had just gotten settled in the house AND marriage!  We're only 10 months in, folks! :)

On Monday evening, I spent some time in the Word while doing my No Other Gods study that I'm doing remotely with Kendra and Kayla.  I read Numbers 13 about the Israelites still wandering in the desert, hoping to eventually make it to the Promised Land - the Middle Eastern Hill Country, Scripture says.  Moses sends some of the leaders ahead to check out this Promised Land to get the scoop.  They definitely find a land flowing with milk and honey - full of abundance - but it's occupied by "giants" and a large number of people.  They come back afraid and discouraged.  The Israelites start complaining and groaning and saying they wish they were back in Egypt where they were slaves.  Really?!

The Lord PROMISED them this land, yet they let fear get in the way.  They were choosing slavery over God's promises.  I am SO guilty of this!  In this whole process of moving to San Antonio, I've let fear drive me.  I'm afraid to leave my friends here, I'm afraid of leaving our church, our small group, my great job, our little neighborhood.  I see milk and honey ahead yet I fear what it takes to get there.

It was in this moment that God told me to stop worrying and to be at peace about moving to San Antonio.  HE would provide, HE would get us jobs, HE would give us friends.

So after 9 years of living in the DFW area and Kevin being here all of his life, we're stepping out on faith and moving 5 hours south!  I'll be continuing work in Dallas until October 3 (with a little vacation in the middle) and Kevin will be spending time with his awesome grandpa up in Oklahoma.  It'll be tough to be away from him but it makes the most sense right now. Kevin quit his job this week and feels such a relief!  I'm excited for him!

We have financially prepared for this and are 100% debt free now that the house is sold!  Woo hoo!!!  We have AMAZING friends that are letting us live with them in this time of transition.

We're sad to leave the DFW area as we have so many amazing friends up here and the most amazing church ever.  Gosh I hope there's a church like IBC down in San Antonio!  Shoot...Kevin and I met at IBC...my life would be very different without it.

I ask for your prayers in finding jobs down there - we're already searching though we won't be down there until mid-October.  Once we do that, we'll find a place to live.

This is one of the biggest changes in my life besides becoming a Christian and getting married.  I'm anxious but so excited about what God is planning!  Thank you for your prayers and encouraging words!!!

Simple Moments Stick

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

August Favorites: Beauty Edition

Hey friends!  Sorry I've been MIA lately.  Life has been totally crazy.  I can't wait to share more details with you about what's going on.  There are big changes going on for us right now!

Mia and I are back for the Monthly Favorites link-ups!  Today I'm sharing my beauty/health favorites with you because August just seemed full of beauty products.



I'll be honest...I got this for $20 and was super impressed with myself.  Now I'm reading that there are a lot of fake ones so it could be fake.  I analyzed it using THIS site and still can't decide.  Regardless, I love it!  The natural colors are so pretty!




I'm loving this eye shadow.  I have the gold medal one (the one on the left).  It actually goes on pretty smoothly.  It's pretty shimmery so be expecting that!




If you know me at all, you know that I'm not a red lipstick kind of person!  I am so excited though!  I won Lily's fun giveaway (which I'll write more about later) and part of the bundle was this Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Berry Smoothie.  I actually love it!  It adds the perfect amount of color to my lips without being too much and it's so smooth.  I'm in love!




Back in July, I got the NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel in my Ipsy Glam Bag.  I loved the way it felt but didn't like the color - just a little too pink for me.  I got this Creme Brulee one in my package from Lily and I LOVE it!  The color is perfect for my lips!


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