Wednesday, July 23, 2014

WYWW #10 and Featured!

Welcome to 
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Where are we at this week?
Moving
Job Searches
Job Decisions
Etc. Etc. Etc.
In other words, this week is bananas- and in light of that I am sharing this photo of my little.
Her shirt actually says it- "This is bananas"
With out further ado… I will share my faves from last week!
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Features….
For Encouragement- 
An Almost Perfect Picture: Social Media and Self Control
This one reminded me of my own blog post about Getting Social Media Use Under Control.  Love her perspective… had to share!
 For the Crafty- 
Dollar Store Clip Boar Craft
The teacher and budgeter in me is in love!
For the Budgeter- 
Why I love the latte factor 
An interesting perspective… I have never been an everyday latte girl, but I do like on occasionally!  This is a good strategy to save even on the occasional latte.
For the Fashion Savy- 
Summer Dress and More Haul
I love a dress… and these picks are great! :)
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Monday, July 21, 2014

The Desert Road...

As many of you readers know, God has really been stretching and teaching our family lately.  I wrote about it here and here.
Long story short…
My husband took a one year internship this past year.  We ended in May, and have to be out of our apt by the end of this week!  We have been applying, waiting, interviewing… all since January.
And we are still waiting, still deciding.  This has been a true testing of our faith in 
God's Timing Not Ours!
All that to be said… I don't have any juicy tidbits about exactly what we are doing this next school year, though I know all of you are on the edge of your seat, just waiting for the announcement (I kid, I kid).  But I do have another little bit of encouragement that I have learned through this.
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I have been reading through and studying Acts. Yesterday I was really caught by Philip's story in Acts 8.  The church had just started really getting persecuted after the stoning of Stephen and as a result they were scattered through Judea and Samaria.  Fortunately, what was being done to hurt the movement for Christ actually helped because Christ went with them and was proclaimed wherever they went.  That brings us to Acts 8:4-8
Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city.

From what I can tell, Philip was rocking it in Samaria.  I mean people were being impacted for Christ.  Now skip ahead to Acts 8:26
Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”



God was using Philip in great ways in Samaria.  And then BOOM, angel, and that desert road command.  How appealing is that?  What if someone said to you, "I know everything is going good here, but I want you to walk down that desert road, into the unknown."  Well, Philip had to go, it was pretty clear considering God had sent an angel and everything.  The rest of Acts 8 goes to share how he met a Ethiopian eunuch, who was pretty important guy in his area.  Philip shared Christ with him the eunuch became a believer, was baptized and then Philip was suddenly taken away (that part is amazing to me too) to preach somewhere else.

Philip obediently left a ministry that was working to go down a desert road.  This probably felt unknown, or even like a demotion.  But God used this.  That Ethiopian eunuch that came to Christ, thus creating an "in" that brought Christ to a new place!

I think about where we have been in the past.
Coming to Statesboro in the first place, not really our plan.   Another year of an internship after the hubs had already been an intern for the past 3 years.  To be totally transparent, it just didn't seem right.  But we were obedient to God's call.  This past year, we have built relationships, shared Christ, learned… it is an experience we could not have foreseen and now would not trade!  God really used it in big ways for his glory!

I think of where we are now.  Unknown, choices, risk (yea, I know I am being vague, but you are just going to have to go with it).  We have come to realize, we don't need to choose what seems safe or secure, we need to step out in faith down our desert road.

Where are you today?  What desert road God calling you to go down?
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

WYWW #9 and What We Wore

What You Wish Wednesday at the end of the post!
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My wonderful hubs and daddy to BD did a little photo shoot for us yesterday!  I love the pictures even though they were taken on my iPhone (my regular camera is already packed)!
*BD is wearing a white wrap dress that I wore when I was little, with a red bow and her brown Salt Water sandals.

* I am wearing a custom eShakti dress, red bubble necklace and Kenneth Cole shoes.

A while back eShakti  contacted me about doing a product review for an item from their website.  So I went and checked it out and found out that they are an online clothing company that specializes in custom clothing at inexpensive prices.  And when I say custom, I mean custom.  When I picked this dress (which took me a while because there were so many cute styles ranging from casual to dressy) I got to tell them everything.  I told them all my specific measurements, I had options for pocket or no pockets (pockets, duh :)), neckline and length.  My dress arrived and fit like a glove because it was made for me!

I particularly love that I got to choose the length.  I don't know if you have noticed, but the selections for dresses right now are short and shorter.  Being that I am already 5 '10' (ish… maybe more), I currently can't find dresses that are not too short.  For this dress I opted for a much longer cut so I could have no worries as I chase after and pick up BD!

The other thing that was awesome about the custom dress for me personally was the waist. Because I am tall, the waists on dresses always hit above my waist.  I thought that was how it had to be, so I have always just accepted awkward fitting dresses.  But because of my measurements the dress hit my waist just as it was supposed to!  

Anyways, I am loving this dress and company!  I think it would be great for bridesmaid dresses (under $100 with no alterations? Yes please), everyday dresses, tops, skirts and more!

I think it is definitely something worth checking out.  If you do here is a coupon code 'stylebudget'-  exclusively created for my readers to get 10% OFF when they shop at eShakti – 
valid from 07/11/2014 – 08/11/2014
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Link-up details. It's too easy no to join in:


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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Guest Post: Do it Yourself Refinished Chairs!

My blogging friend Lauren is stopping by today from Sincerely, Lo… her blog inspires me in my marriage and home!  She did an awesome DIY project to share here with my readers today!  

Hello! I'm Lauren, the lady behind Sincerely, Lo

I am a follower of Christ, a wife to the man of my dreams, a fur mama of four and a lover of sweet tea, interior décor and some DIY projects!
Stasia has been so sweet and generous by letting me stop by and share one of my DIY projects on her blog today!

I love home decor. I mean I LOVE home decor. I constantly move furniture around to make our home look fresh, I constantly think of new décor ideas for our home and I love taking junk-y furniture and making it beautiful. I love decorating and making a cold space into a warm, cozy place that I like to call my home. 

If you think you may like the idea of remodeling furniture, GO FOR IT! Seriously, I just started remodeling an old china cabinet one day for the heck of it...and now I cant stop. I am constantly paining or coming up with new ideas for every single piece of furniture I have.
Also, if you are wanting to start remodeling furniture, go to some yard sales! Don't worry about quality. Most of the time when I buy pieces from yard sales, they need some tender loving care with some sandpaper. But, yard sales are a great place to find all types of furniture and it is always so important to stay in a small budget!

These two chairs I purchased at a yard sale about a year or so ago.  I paid only $ 7 for both which I thought was a steal!

What you will need
- chairs that need to be refurbished, painted and made beautiful
- sandpaper to make the chairs smooth
- any color paint that you would like (just go for the quart size, you will have plenty!)
- any fabric that you choose
- a screwdriver to take the seat off of the chair
- a staple gun to attach the fabric to the seat cushion
- your favorite tunes to listen to
- oh, and a glass of sweet tea. because you can never do a project without it :)
Starting out, they were old looking with horrible seat fabric. Just blah and boring. But, they only needed a good cleaning and I was able to get to work pretty quickly :)
PS- Please forgive me for my lighting. I have no idea what was going on with my camera. 
First, I removed the seats from the chair. If you have a chair you have been wanting to fix up, this is very simple. Just take a screwdriver, flip the chair over and unscrew the bottom screws. 
 I am pretty sure it took me thirty minutes to pick out a paint color. 
I am one of those people who will take ten minutes to order at a fast food place because I think it has to be the perfect choice. 
Yes, horrible.
For this, I just chose a small 32 oz can of a very, very baby blue. To some it may look white unless you really take a hard look at it. 
I then took a trip to Hobby Lobby for some fabric. It took me what seemed like 40 minutes to pick out fabric. But they have SO MANY CHOICES. So I had an excuse this time :)
After the painting, I let it dry and then took a staple gun and surrounded the existing fabric with the new fabric. Sometimes, people completely throw out the seat and start fresh with a new seat but the seats on this chair were in great shape so I felt no need to completely start over with a new seat.  
I LOVE the way the chairs turned out!
 They now have a new home in our very front room. 
.....and then my OCD self had to do something with that small table in the middle.
Plus, who doesn't love some pale pink?
PSS- Also, please excuse that light outlet back there. Currently searching for new ones
PSSS- For some reason my lighting made the chairs look splotchy and unfinished on the bottoms. Please ignore :)
There you have it sweet ladies! Super simple and a wonderful first project to start on!
Thank you so much to Stasia for allowing me to share my DIY today!
I would love for you to head on over to my lifestyle blog and travel along with my husband and I as we take on this huge adventure that we all call life :)

XOXO
Lauren
Sincerely Lo

Friday, July 11, 2014

Thoughts from a semi-sleepless night...

*"Days are long, but the years are short."  Totally feeling this quote right now, but it would be rewritten "the nights are long when your child does not wish to sleep, but it is all still going by to fast and I still love letting her sleep in my arms."

*In light of the prior quote I am writing at 4:00 am… and should probably be sleeping.  
*I am so excited for Cow Appreciation Day at Chick fil a that I am trying to get my husband to do it twice (breakfast and lunch:).
This day one year ago… can't believe how much BD has changed!
*We are moving, like soon, and don't know where yet.  Everyone has been asking and our responses oscillate between "We have faith in God's timing," and "If another person asks…" We are trying to stick with the first response!
*Reading If I Stay
kind of reminds me of The Fault in Our Stars
I am enjoying it!  Next I am reading Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
Excited to be squeezing in some summer reading! :)

*Studying through Acts- being stretched.  Reading through Psalms- being encouraged.  Reading through Proverbs- seeking wisdom.

*I should probably get some sleep now :)

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

WYWW #8 and Features

What another sweet summer week!  Hope everyone is having a great summer.  God is really using this summer to rock my world… I am not ready to share all about it right now… just though I would let you know :)
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At the bottom you will find the link up with LeslieNikki, Melissa and I for What You Wish Wednesday!
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With so many good posts this week, picking my features has been seriously hard!  But I guess it had to be done;)!
*Loving these simple 4th of July decorations…. you could either pin this and save it for next year or adapt the ideas to other holidays!

*More of Christ, Less of Me over at The Contented Wife.  This just resonated with me this week.  Such an encouraging post!

* When is picky too picky?  Have you ever had the doctor or NP tell you something you were not too sure about?  I know I have!  Sometimes it is hard to sort through all of this!  It also reminded me of our journey with Baby Led Weaning… which we love FYI :)

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Now it is time for you to link up and share!  As usual you can linkup just about whatever you wish!

Link-up details. It's too easy no to join in:


*share a recent post of your choosing (link-up at very bottom of this post)
*include the WYWW button and/or a visible link-back to this post
*check out the hostesses' blogs and follow along: StasiaLeslieNikki, and Melissa

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