April 17, 2014

if he had not called me

"Oh, if He had not called me, where would I be?" -Charles Spurgeon

April 14, 2014

DFW locals: Grand Prairie Premium Outlets

This past weekend, I had a great opportunity to attend a bloggers shopping even at the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets. Even though they're right down the road from me, I'd never made time to stop in, but I'm so glad I did this past Saturday.

Grand Prairie Premium Outlets spoiled us with a catered lunch and a $100 gift card, and what's a momma to do with a gift card but...spoil her son. I did pick up some Bare Minerals makeup for me and I'm so glad I did after seeing all of you rave about it on Instagram! 

Isn't that "Lettuce Turnip The Beet" t-shirt the best? I love shopping local and support our local economy. I have a little bit of my gift card left, so I think I may go back later this week and buy more of the bareMinerals line. 

Do any of you DFW locals have favorite places to shop?

April 8, 2014

a budding artist gift set

I'm always looking for unique gift ideas for kids. I appreciate unique ideas and things that help keep my son away from the TV or the iPad, and knowing other parents probably feel the same, I recently put together this fun gift idea for the budding artist in your life. 

The great thing about this gift is that in many ways it's customizable by age. Include water paints and construction paper and you have a gift perfect for a toddler. Include clay and watercolor pencils and you have a gift much more suitable for an elementary school student. And my favorite thing to include in the supplies to make it extra special? A personalized art smock!

The personalized art smock from StuckOnYou is easily my favorite we've come across. We've purchased several different art smocks in the past -- some are too thin and paint bleeds through onto your kiddo's clothes, some are a non-absorbent, easily wiped clean material that quickly transfer any paint, marker, etc. from the smock onto other items it touches -- and have never really found one we love. But, the StuckOnYou art smock is thick, absorbent, and machine washable + you can customize them by color, design, and name font. 

Do you have any favorite go-to gifts for kids?  

DISCLAIMER: I was provided items for review for this post. However, all thoughts, opinions, and gift ideas are mine.

April 4, 2014

what i think i deserve

I'm currently writing this post from the glider in Gunner's dark bedroom. I can hear him lightly snoring from his bed. I'm learning that you do what you have to to get things done and to get your kids to sleep.

We're still fighting the sleep battle. I don't want to bore you with all of the details and ten thousand different things I've tried over the past three and a half weeks now, really I don't; but, if you've gone through sleep issues you probably know how tired we are. Gunner is exhausted too, really. Poor kid just doesn't realize he's the one furthering the problem. 

Pretty much daily I have this inner dialogue with myself about how I "deserve" a full night of sleep or how I "deserve" to have a nap time where I don't have to sit 100% still hoping not to wake him. And I'm not saying that we don't all desire to have a little time to ourselves and we don't all benefit from it, but I am saying that when I flip my lid because I lose these things, it says a lot more about who I am and less about the actual issue at hand. 

I know I've written about this before, but gosh, am I selfish. And I know that there's grace there, from God and Gunner, but it never hurts to be reminded how far off you still are.

Motherhood is this incredible lesson and example of how to live like Jesus -- dying to my own selfish desires and sacrificing it all for the good of someone else I love. It isn't convenient for me to spend an hour each night trying to get Gunner to fall asleep in his bed. And it certainly isn't convenient to wake up so many times with him in the middle of the night that I wave the white flag and just join him in his twin size bed, but, for right now, it's what's good and right for him. And I'm learning to die to what I feel like is "right" and what I deserve for me.

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count other more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men." --Philippians 2:3-7

March 31, 2014

Retreat goodies

You might remember that earlier this month I posted about the Thrive Moms online conference + my role in it, and today, I am super excited to share with you some Retreat goodies that are now available. These items are not things that you HAVE to buy to attend, but I promise you'll want to have them! 

Your purchasing of these items helps cover the administrative costs to cover the online conference and keeps the conference FREE for you.

The journals are a Retreat guide for note taking + a 10 day devotional to encourage and inspire your hearts as you seek the Lord as your Hiding Place. And the mugs? What a beautiful reminder to seek Him...as you guzzle down your morning cup ten cups of coffee.

Orders will ship April 23rd!

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