Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What You Wish Wednesday #23

Welcome to What you Wish Wednesday!
Come link up and read some great posts :)

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Now for this week's features….
Please check out Serving from Home: Purchases that Make a Difference ! this is so much of my heart in my The Christmas Challenge Series
Moms Teaching Olives wrote about this breastfeeding subscription box.  The nursing mama in me fell in love… this would be a great gift for a new mom!
ANd last… Little goodies wrote ablaut some fall favorites.  I am always up for fall inspiration! 

If you were featured this week, or have been featured before, be sure to grab a button below! :)

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Time to link up! :)

Link-up details. It's too easy not to join in:

*share a recent post of your choosing (link-up at very bottom of this post)
*it would be great if you would include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post
*check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: StasiaLeslieNikkiMelissa and Amanda 
*check out a few posts and share the love (pinning your favorite post is a great way)
*check out our bran new WYWW Pinterest board!
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Follow Your Hosts….
Stasia:    BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST BLOGLOVIN'
Leslie:    BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | BLOGLOVIN'
Melissa:  BLOG | FACEBOOK TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST BLOGLOVIN'
Nikki:    BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM PINTEREST BLOGLOVIN'
Amanda:    BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | BLOGLOVIN'

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What We Wore Wednesday

Stopping in to share what we wore this past saturday.  We like to support UGA even from afar.  

So here are our fall game day outfits!


The Little One's Outfit

*Black Chevron Dress Picked up at the local farmer's market.
*Black shoes picked up at a local consignment sale


 The Big One's Outfit

*Black Scarf that I got from Kenya almost 10 years ago
*White shirt I got for my birthday from the hubs
*Red pants from Ann Taylor Loft that I found New with Tags at Goodwill
*Short black boots



What about y'all… do you have any fall weather football outfits???


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Monday, October 20, 2014

The Christmas Challenge: Give as much as you spend


When God first started tugging my heart about our Christmas habits, one of the first things I was convicted about was how much we give during the Christmas season.  To be honest, our family does not go crazy during Christmas with our spending.  We have never spent thousands of dollars or wracked up credit card debt, but we have never really given much either.

As I have been processing all of this, God has been tugging at my heart.  

Stasia, you should be giving at least as much as you are spending.


For me (and others I suspect), I get caught up in a string of excuses with this…
"I give my 10%."
"We don't have that much to give."
"I will give when we have more."
"But we are still living with my in-laws." (okay… this one probably only pertains to us)
etc etc etc

As these excuses have run through my mind, this scripture hit me 

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7~ (read in context here)

It is not about giving 10% and it is not about giving comfortably.  It is about giving cheerfully and sacrifically.  Tweet this!

So, where does that leave us?

We have a budget for Christmas… and for every dollar we spend we are going to give away at least a dollar.  To church, to missions, to charity.  

So where, where does that leave you?

Won't you join our family in the joy of giving this year (and maybe, just maybe it will run into other times in our lives:))?  Pray about it and join the challenge… 
Give as much as you spend this year! Tweet this!

Week 2: Shop stores that give back!
Week 3: Shop Local/WAHMs!
Week 4: Make gifts!
Week 5: Serve!

Want to see the whole series???
Follow along….
Stasia:    BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST BLOGLOVIN'
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Friday, October 17, 2014

5 on Friday…

Wait… how is it already Friday?  I had Monday and Tuesday off this week.  Such a blessing, but that made this this the quickest week ever! :)

One

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw how our little BD was just the cutest flower girl this weekend.

Two

Everyone loves fall. And I like it… but I am REALLY looking forward to Christmas:) My coffee always tastes better in a Christmas mug!  

Three

Have you read my introduction to 
The Christmas Challenge Series?
I don't think I have ever been so excited about a series of blog posts.  Please check it out :)
Can't stop, won't stop.  I will plug this series every week!

Four

This…

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:5-8

Five


There is an awesome giveaway going on that ends on Wednesday!  These Lilla Rose hair clips are awesome.  If you have not had a chance, hop over here and enter.  Plus you will get to see some cute pics of the little one and I.  ]
Always a plus right :)?



What is going on for you this Friday?


Side-note… have you linked up with What You Wish Wednesday yet?  If not… you should.  It is a fun and encouraging link up that goes live very Wednesday morning.
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

What We Wore… {Giveaway}

It is so fun sharing what the little one and I wear on a regular basis.  Especially because I love to show how you can be stylish and NOT spend a fortune on clothes.  I always say I am going to do what we wore posts more often and then forget.  Maybe this is a step in the right direction!


We are trying to embrace fall and stay cool considering it has been above 80 degrees this week!

The Little One

*Gap shirt purchased from a thrift store for $2 (love a bargain)
*Baby jeggings (a cloth diapering mama's best friend)
*Salt Water Sandals
*Pink Bow (otherwise she would look like cousin it)

The Bigger One ;)

*Simple Black Shirt from a local boutique
*Vest from Old Navy like 10,000 ago (okay, like 7 years ago… but still)
*Favorite pants ever from my Stitch Fix (worth the splurge… I only wear them like every other day)
*Salt Water Sandals




Got my hubby to snap the all up and half up styles...

AND… the awesome news is I am getting the chance to share one of these awesome Lilla Rose Hair-clips

First of all, Melody is the "keeper of the clips" and she is a mama to 4. She is the one that suggested me try these out and share them!

So let me tell you about the hair clip… 
I am not going to lie, when Melody first came to me about the clip I was like, "Eh." I don't even wash my hair but once a week and almost never blow dry it, it would be wasted on me.  Plus I am just so simple… always just use a pony tail holder.  
The very day Melody came to me I saw a friend wearing the clip!  So I asked- do you like it?  is it worth it? And the answer was a resounding yes!  She said it was so easy and did not leave a mark in your hair.  If you know me, you probably know I was sold at easy!

So I got my clip and tried it out for a month or so…
This one is super simple… just my style! 
And I have loved it.  I just either throw it in my hair in the morning or throw it in my purse so that I can wear my hair up later in the day if I so desire!  


Besides the ease and cuteness of these, one of the biggest selling points for me is the fact that they support a fellow mama.  :)

Want to win one of you very own?  Please enter here :)


Want to buy one fore yourself… or for Christmas presents… this is a great deal!

Have you tried Lilla Rose Hair Clips?  Which Style do you like best?


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***I received a product in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own! :)***

What You Wish Wednesday #22

Y'all… 116 link ups last week??? I am so pumped.  I hope that you are finding as much encouragement  here as I am!  Please keep linking up and checking out other bloggers :)
ourlifeonabudget

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Now for this week's features….
Still in need of some fall decorations?  Check out Lisa Loves John: DIY Gourd Candles
Feeling a little stressed- Hope Artists: When Emotions Rule

If you were featured this week, or have been featured before, be sure to grab a button below! :)

ourlifeonabudget

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Time to link up! :)

Link-up details. It's too easy not to join in:

*share a recent post of your choosing (link-up at very bottom of this post)
*it would be great if you would include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post
*check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: StasiaLeslieNikkiMelissa and Amanda 
*check out a few posts and share the love (pinning your favorite post is a great way)
*check out our bran new WYWW Pinterest board!
ourlifeonabudget
Follow Your Hosts….
Stasia:    BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST BLOGLOVIN'
Leslie:    BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | BLOGLOVIN'
Melissa:  BLOG | FACEBOOK TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST BLOGLOVIN'
Nikki:    BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM PINTEREST BLOGLOVIN'
Amanda:    BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER | INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST | BLOGLOVIN'
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Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Christmas Challenge: An Introduction

Some of you are probably pretty offended right now… you are just getting a chance to sip on your pumpkin spice latte and here I am talking about Christmas?  Just not allowed, right?

While is seems early, the commercialism and rush of the Christmas season is about to be upon us, and I feel like I need to get a slight head start.

Sometime back in May, God started working in my heart on this.  Stirring me. Challenging me.  Causing me to ask questions about the way we give at Christmastime.  

It has been exciting as I have began to explore where God is leading me in all of this, but it has also been overwhelming.  We love gifts. We love Black Friday.  To be honest, we love to spend money at Christmas. And no worries, I am not going to say stop our gift giving all together… there is something so special in it when done in love and sacrifice.   I am just going to say we take time to reevaluate.  To take a look at how we are giving.

And this is our journey too.  I have a general outline for this series… but to be honest, it has yet to be written. It may even change as we go! I am learning here and excited to share with you along the way!

So here is the plan… 


Week 1: Give as much as you spend!
Week 2: Shop stores that give back!
Week 3: Shop Local/WAHMs!
Week 4: Make gifts!
Week 5: Serve!

I hope you will make it back each week… her are some ways to follow along :)
Stasia:    BLOG | FACEBOOK | TWITTER INSTAGRAM | PINTEREST BLOGLOVIN'


And I will just leave you with one more thing- this video from the Advent Conspiracy… please take a minute to watch, it is awesome!


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