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28 June 2013

High Five for Friday!

1. So excited that the Prestonwood Student Choir CD is officially finished! Arranged and produced by my amazing husband! 

2. We had our end-of-the-year choir party this week and they created these adorable (but actually, kind of creepy) pictures of our husbands on sticks for the photo booth area!

3. Since reading The Circle Maker, Carson and I created these prayer stones to help remind us to pray for specific things. It's been a great help to see them in this little mason jar in the bathroom and remember to talk to the Lord. 

4. I have rediscovered My Utmost for His Highest, it has been amazing to see how applicable and full of truth each day has been. Love this devo!

5. I have recently become a Brand Partner with Nerium International! I not only love the product, but I love the business, I'm so excited to be a part of this great company! 

Linking up with Lauren Elizabeth today for my H54F post! 

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Thanks for stopping by! God bless!

27 June 2013

The "Better Bun"

So if you know me, you know that I'm a big fan of the sock bun. 

I used to have much longer hair and the sock bun took me literally 5 seconds in the morning. So naturally, I wore that thing allll the time. I had my hair cut about shoulder length and could not pull off my beloved sock bun. 

Now that my hair has grown a little, I can not only pull off the sock bun but I can also pull off my new favorite bun....the BETTER bun :) 

I love it so much, I wanted to share with you the source of the "better bun", found on Pinterest (of course). Click HERE to see the blog post about how to achieve the "better bun". 

Below is the youtube tutorial (by the blogger mentioned above) that gives step-by-step instructions! 

Hope you enjoy this easy go-to hairstyle as much as I do!
Thanks for stopping by! God bless! 

26 June 2013

Oh How Pinteresting!

It's been awhile since I've done an OHP post, but they are my favorite kind, so here it goes! Hope you enjoy some of my favorite pins from this week! Thanks for stopping by, have a blessed day! 

20 June 2013

Jewelry for a Good Cause

Stella & Dot has some of my favorite jewelry, ever! I might even be guilty of sending links to my favorite pieces to my hubby during Christmas-time :)

Today I wanted to share with you not just an opportunity to purchase Stella & Dot, but also the opportunity to help a family adopt a child in the DR of Congo! What a great cause! 

If you've had your eye on a specific piece from S&D, now is the best time to purchase so we can help the Vogt family during their adoption process!

Click here to shop online and help the Vogt family!

Here are some of my favorites!

Go check out the Stella & Dot online trunk show for the Vogt family and get your favorites and help the family with their adoption process!

Thanks for stopping by!

17 June 2013

Making Cirlces

Some friends and I decided to start reading through The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson and follow along with the online videos. If you've never heard of this book, I encourage you to check out his website (and even watch the introduction video below for more background).

I started reading this book last year and never finished it but I started defining success for my life, as prompted by the book. 

Right now we're focusing on circling our "Jerichos"; those impossible things in your life that you're praying about. I have some very personal Jerichos, but I am also praying for things like a second car, the ability to save more money, and a legacy of faith (to name a few). 

No one knows your "Jerichos" except for you. Mark encourages us to define them, write them down and pray boldly and expectantly to God. 

Mark also goes on to say that "the goal isn't getting an answer, it's establishing a prayer habit". That's huge. 

Admittedly, I've never had an excellent prayer life. I used to journal my prayers and have slacked off as life got busier. If you aren't reading anything currently, I encourage you to check this book out!

I'm excited to become a woman of prayer. I believe that God can change my heart and He is already revealing promises in Scripture that I have just "blown over" in the past. Here is a screen shot of the promises that, in just the past two days, the Lord has already reminded me of in Scripture (I set them as reminders on my phone so that they go off every morning).

He is going to do great things, and I hope that my selfishness doesn't stand in the way. The following passage makes me so excited to start praying bolder prayers; 

 "for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humbled yourself before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your words." Daniel 10:12

14 June 2013

A Treat for the Tea Tree Obsessed Father

Father's Day is literally right around the corner (Sunday, June 16 for those of you who have been hiding under a rock somewhere)! So I thought I'd share some gift ideas that my husband (although not a father!) has been loving!

My husband is a little bit obsessed with tea tree scented products. It's probably all my fault. He never went to the salon until we got married and my hair stylist used this tea tree shampoo on him, and we've been sponsoring his habit ever since! 

We recently made some great tea tree discoveries at the Body Shop (new fav!) and I wanted to share them with you! So if you have a man in your life who enjoys a little pampering now and then, keep reading!

This is the shampoo that started it all! Pretty masculine packaging, so that's always a win! My hubby loves this stuff! He also used the conditioner, but Ulta was all out! This Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo smells aaaamazing. Whenever he showers with it, the bathroom smells invigorating and fresh! A great product to splurge for the Dads in your life!

This is another staple for my man! He's not picky about most products and doesn't really splurge on anything, so it really surprised me when he HAD to have this particular hair cream. But if my man likes it that much, it's gotta be amazing. This forming cream from American Crew leaves a very natural shine (almost matte) finish to the hair, while still holding style all day! Another great splurge for the Dads in your life! 

You could even create a gift basket for your man, with all these products! 

These are our great finds from the Body Shop! My husband saw "tea tree" and went right over to check out these face products! Now, my husband is NOT a face product guy. He uses a face scrub in the shower, but nothing fancy. But he has been loving these tea tree products! He uses them every night before bed and usually comments about how invigorating it feels on his face. He's also commented about how clear his skin looks and feels! Definitely a win for Dad! 

Hurry on over to the Body Shop for half off all of the products mentioned in this post!

This last product was included in the set mentioned above, you would use this product on any blemishes or acne. Since purchasing the Tea Tree Oil, I became interested in the different uses for it. I came across this article from WebMD (that's legit, right??) and now I feel like we own some new miracle product! haha I have actually used it on the front of my scalp for dry skin and dandruff and it has worked wonders! Another splurge for Dad! 

And of course you can't walk into a store without getting a little something for yourself (or the Mothers in your life that deserve to be celebrated on Fathers Day as well!). I am in loooove with these lotions from the Body Shop. There were so many to choose from, it may or may not have taken me way too long to decide on these two. The one of the left is the Pink Grapefruit Body Butter and the one on the right (probably my fav) is the Moringa Body Butter

Thanks for stopping by and God bless you! 

11 June 2013

Direction + Hair

I realize I have been kind of MIA in the blog world lately, it truly makes me sad! I wish I could chalk my absence up to insane busyness, unfortunately part of it is that I just don't know where I'm going with my blog.

I've read some amazing blogs since I've joined this little world. And I so desperately wanted my blog to take on this life of its own and just have all this direction and personality. I stopped blogging for awhile because I wasn't sure if I wanted my little place here to be about cooking, fashion, make up, personal or spiritual things.

After a conversation with another fellow blogger and real-life friend, I have come to terms with my hodge-podge blog and look forward to posting new make up finds, outfits, recipes and whatever the heck I want ;-)

For today I will share with you my summer hair must-have hair products! 

The first product is really the biggest staple for me, Suave's keratin dry shampoo (available at practically any store), it's really an ESSENTIAL for me. Most hair products I can switch brands, but not my dry shampoo. My dry shampoo MUST be Suave and it MUST be the keratin kind. I have picky hair. 

I'm a big believer in not washing your hair every day. It may or may not be because I'm lazy and don't want to fix it every day. So I use this stuff to freshen up my roots and even add volume to my clean hair! It's truly amaaaaazing.

The second hair product is not brand sensitive for me, I picked up this Bumble and Bumble surf spray at Sephora (mostly because a very nice, but slightly too pushy, B&B representative approached me asking if I had "second day" hair and told me that he had a product that would take dull and lifeless "second day" curls and make them look fresh....so apparently my curls were dull and lifeless. Awesome). 

ANYWAY, I love sea salt (or surf) sprays because they add texture and wave without making my hair feel weighed down with product. I spray this stuff in my "second day" hair (let's be honest, if I curl my hair, I'm making that thing last like 4 days) and it refreshes my hair instantly. I've also used Paul Mitchell's sea salt spray and have really loved that as well!

Thanks for stopping by and God bless!