Monday, November 30, 2015

Review | Heart Blossom Jewelry

Hey y'all!  Christmas is just around the corner! Yay!  Which means it is also time to do some shopping.  I'm thrilled to share with you my amazingly, awesome, best friend, and sister-in-law, Gina Wright's new, handmade, jewelry business!  She calls her business, Heart Blossom Jewelry.  I really, really, really, LOVE her jewelry!  They would also make excellent Christmas gifts for sisters, mothers, and friends.  All of her jewelry is high quality, affordable, and beautiful.  Here are just a few to get y'all excited:
Long Dangle Arrow Earrings

Earth Toned Green Boho Dangle Earings

Long Wooden Carved Leaf Dangle Earring

Elvish Leaf Dangle Earrings

Woodland Dangle Key Earring

Long Nautical Anchor Dangle Earrings

Golden Rose Dangle Earrings

I personally don't have pierced ears, but she
also makes them as screw-ons or clip-ons.

"She is clothed in strength and dignity"
Proverbs 31:25a

Which are you favorites?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Celtic Knot // Hair Tutorial

Hey y'all!  It's been way too long since I posted a hair tutorial here.  Today's hairstyle is one of my very very favorites, the Celtic Knot.  Since I'm of Scottish and Irish decent, I've always loved Celtic hairstyles and braids and this one is super pretty and not terribly difficult once you get the hang of it after some practice. One thing that's really amazing about this knot, is that you don't have to pin it or anything. It just stays!  If you're worried about it though, you can use a couple of bobby pins to secure it a little more.  So without further-a-do, here's how to tie a Celtic Hair Knot:

Collect a group of hair from both sides of your head.  lake the one on the left and loop at as pictured above with the end crossing in front.
Next take the right strand under the loop.
make the right strand cross over the left's tail and pull it up behind the hair coming from the left.
Lastly, have that tail cross over the top of the loop, onder the strand in the middle of the loop, and over the bottom peice of the loop.  Straighten and tighten evenly. Voila! A beautiful Celtic knot!
Just keep practicing and I'm sure you'll get the hang of it in no time. :-)

(I hope all of that made enough sense)

And thank you to my best friend and sister-in-law
Gina Wright for being such an awesome hair model!

Are there any specific hairstyles that y'all would like a tutorial on?

What are some of y'all's favorite Celtic hairstyles?
I'd love to know about them!

I hope y'all are having a very blessed day. :-)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Outfit Post // Navy Blue Nautical Midi Skirt & Cream "Creating a 'home' not just a 'clean house'"

  Hey y'all!  My life as of late has been fairly simple and repetitive (except for caring for a rescued newborn kitten that the dog dragged up :/ ).  Mostly consisting of never-ending housework and the raising of our little boy.

  Cleaning house is not always the most exciting job around and we can sometimes get stuck in the feeling that we as wives and mothers have a boring, ongoing task that never seems to get done.  Life continues and your house may seem to never be all the way clean, but our roles as wife and mom is about sooooo much more than just creating 'a clean house', but creating a 'home', a safe haven for the family, a happy, pleasant atmosphere.

  Yes cleaning is a major part, but our job is so much more than just having 'clean house'.  We should be diligent in our work, willingly serving others, and also joyfully and cheerfully caring for the needs of our family. We should strive to put a smile on our face first thing in the morning and happily greet our households with joy throughout each day!

In Proverbs 31:27 it says,"She looketh well to the ways of her household."

  We don't all have to be naturally good at everything like decorating, cooking (definitely doesn't just come natural to me), hospitality, or cleaning, but we can learn most of these with a little effort.  You are generally responsible though, as the wife and/or mother, for your home's atmosphere.  My desire is to make my home's atmosphere one filled with love, joy, peace, kindness, and a safe haven for my family to come home to; a place full of laughter and encouragement.  So don't get caught up in the feeling that your's is a job of worthless housekeeping, but rather a great ministry of homemaking.  Creating a "home" which is a work of great worth!!!

I love this midi skirt because it is so comfortable, really cute, and very easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion.  This is what I wore to church yesterday and it worked quite well since it is still warm outside, but the longer sleeves were nice for the chilly breezes in the shade.

Heart Blossom Jewelry
This BEAUTIFUL pair of earrings was made by my amazing, best friend, and sister-in-law Gina Wright.  She has just started a handmade jewelry business called Heart Blossom Jewelry which I will be doing a review on very soon.  I don't have pierced ears so hardly ever wear earrings, but she also makes them with the option of screw-on (like the ones pictured that I'm wearing) or clip-on's.  Aren't they completely gorgeous?  I certainly think so. :-)

// outfit details \\
Shirt: Walmart
Tank: Sears
Skirt: Walmart
Flip-flops: (I can't remember)
Screw-on Earrings: Heart Blossom Jewelry

Remember, our job as homemakers is so worth it!

What are some of the ways that y'all stay motivated?
How do you find joy in housework?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

"Practice Makes Perfect" - Outfit Post // Green, Brown, & Boots

   Hey y'all!   I don't know about y'all, but we've had a very busy week or so over here, with things like digging a ditch to run water to our house site (for any of y'all that don't know, my husband and I are building a log home), making and posting new products for our Etsy Shop, running our sawmill business and our online resale business (both of which are constant ongoing tasks), preparing our yard to plant grass, fixing the chicken coop, and so much more!

   And this list doesn't include all of the normal, daily home chores that must be done like cooking, washing dishes (never ends), laundry, teaching and guiding our little son, etc..  It is such a blessing to have so much to do!
   Something that I've personally been thinking on a lot lately is, practicing on purpose, joyfulness and gladness when the going gets rough.  It's easy to be joyful when nothing is hard and life is going smoothly, but what about when everything goes wrong, or when everything gets stressful?

   Something I heard the other day is the saying "practice makes perfect" and that what you practice is what you'll perform.  They used the example of musicians, which I understand well having played piano since I was barely six-years-old along with many other instruments.  When you start learning an instrument you practice playing the notes over and over and over until, without even thinking about, your fingers just do it.  It's become such a habit that you really don't think about anymore at all.

   It is the same with your attitude.  If you are practicing thinking thoughts at everyone and everything of irritation, discontentment, bitterness, or "oh poor me" then, when you are put under pressure, those are the notes that you'll hit without even thinking about it.  But if we practice thinking thankfulness, joyfulness,  and merriness, not just when we feel like, but on purpose all the time, and replace our bad thinking with joyful, thankful thoughts, then when put under stress we will respond in a calm state of mind and the little things just won't annoy us anymore.

   We are what we practice.  Proverbs 23:7 says it so clear, "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he". None of us want that "ugliness" to fly out of our mouths, but if we are constantly practicing a habit of unhappy thoughts, then that is exactly what will come out.  "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" (Philippians 4:8).

   So let's start practicing, on purpose, to have a thankful heart which produces joy.  Be thankful. Count your blessings. Smile.  Randomly throughout the day just put a big smile on your face and say "thank you God for _____ ".  You'll be more happy and joyful in no time!  Cheerfulness is very attractive; nobody wants to be around a moping grump (and for us wives, no husband eagerly awaits being around a grouchy complaining wife), but a lady with a glowing, cheerful countenance is very beautiful, lovely, and quite attractive (and our children love to be around, and want to please, a smiling, joyful mama).  Two of my very favorite verses are,

"A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by the sorrow of the heart
is the spirit broken" (Proverbs 15:13) 
"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations"
(Psalm 100).  

  Joy is a fruit of the spirit; so as Christians joy ought to be very visible in our lives! "But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law" Galatians 5:22-23.  So ask yourself, what are you practicing?

This is an outfit that I wore to church a couple of weeks ago
and is one of my favorites!  It was a rather rainy day, so the boots
were a perfect addition, but of course, in my country girl opinion, boots
are always an awesome addition to any outfit. :-)

French braiding the front of your hair to the side is a really nice
way to wear your hair down, but away of your face.

// outfit details //
Shirt: thrift store
Tank: Walmart 
Skirt: thrift store
Ariat brand boots: local boot store

What did y'all wear last Sunday?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

21st Birthday Outfit Post // Peach & Lace

 Hey y'all!  First off  I want to say thank you so much to everyone for
all your prayers and kind words as we went through a miscarriage.  The Lord has
been so good to us and has definitely given us the comfort and peace that only He can.

I know this is a late post, because my 21st birthday was back in July, but
I thought maybe that this outfit that I wore could possibly give y'all some
inspirational ideas for your own wardrobes.

My husband took Gavin and I to the beach for my birthday!!!
I'll be posting about our vacation really soon on our farm blog.

We also got to go to Stone Mt. Georgia, see some old
southern plantations houses, and visit an old fort as well!
Tons and tons of pictures about that to come on our farm blog.

This was such a pleasantly comfortable outfit to wear on the
breezy coast!  I found the shirt on clearance, while at
the beach, for only $4.00.   I absolutely LOVE the color and
elegant feel that the shirt has.

 My mother-in-law gave me this gorgeous, white lace, maxi skirt
as a birthday present.  It's one of those instant favorites that
I know I'll be wearing for years to come.

// outfit details //
Shirt: Walmart
Undershirt: Belk
Skirt: A Gift
Sandals: Walmart (years and years ago)

What types of summer outfits have y'all
been enjoying lately?

Saturday, July 18, 2015

A Prayer Request

We would like to ask everyone for your prayers for physical and emotional healing. We have had a miscarriage and faithfully look to the Lord to give us comfort and use our family to His glory as we praise Him in this time of trouble.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

"Fourth Of July" Outfit Post // Red, White, and Blue

Hey y'all!  I apologize for it having been a while since I posted here.  We've been going through a lot lately, I'll post more about that real soon.  Anyway, did y'all have a good weekend?  I know we had a wonderful time.  Here are some pictures of what I wore on the 4th of July.  Sorry, for the pictures being so dark, but we took them on the porch since it was raining.

I tried to wear something red, white, and blue, but couldn't find anything red in my closet at all.  So I just cut this little strip of red, gingham fabric and tied it in my hair.

// outfit details //
Undershirt: Belk
Shirt: Walmart
"Capris" (actually just jeans
with the legs folded up): Walmart

Also, we made this really cute shirt for Gavin!
Go check out our farm blog to see more about it click here.

What did y'all do this 4th of July?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Exciting News!!!

Hey y'all!  We've got some big changes coming to our little family.  Go to our farm blog to find out, but I'll give you 2 hints:

- the picture above

- and I'll probably be posting a whole
bunch of maternity outfit ideas in the near future

Friday, April 10, 2015

Five 5 Minute Hairstyles

Hey y'all!  We've been so busy around here lately that I haven't put my hair up very fancily the past few days.  Here are some of my favorite "go-to" styles that I do all the time which take less than 5 minutes, and are awesome when you're in a rush to get ready, or for busy moms like me. :-)

#1 (is the one pictured a above)
Half up - Half Down Braid

#2 Headband with a Side Braid
I really like this style because it is an easy
way to decorate a normal everyday braid.

#3 Topknot
This is a really simple updo that is very quick to throw
together when your in a hurry, or for chores around
the house to keep the hair off of your neck.

#4 Half up - Half Down
This without a doubt is my main
"go-to" style for many days of the week.

#5 Flip-Through Ponytail
And lastly, a fast and simple way to dress up a ponytail!
The other styles are pretty self explanatory, but I'm
going to go ahead and include some "how-to"
pictures for this one.

 Staring with a high ponytail,
 split the hair above the elastic band,
 flip you hair up,
 and pull it back through the gap that you made.

I hope that some of these ideas are helpful
for when you need to style your hair in rush. 

What are some of y'all's favorite 5 minute or less hairstyles?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Outfit Post // Peach + Denim - Nursing Friendly Spring Maxi Dress

Hey y'all!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.  Here is what I wore last Sunday for Easter and it's just one of those outfits that are new, but quickly become a favorite that will definitely be around a long time as a regular "go-to" style.

I found both the dress and the jacket at an unclaimed baggage store, while we were out on our 2nd wedding anniversary, and both were great deals.  The dress was brand new and still had the original price tag on it that said $98.99, but we got it for $13.85! Yay! And the jacket was only $5.99 so I was very excited about these finds.

I am still nursing my little boy and have a difficult time finding dresses that are also nursing friendly (click here to see an older post about another nursing friendly dress).  This one is actually strapless, but you can't tell it and that makes it perfect for nursing.
I'm rather tall (5' 11"), so whenever I find a dress that is long, I always get super happy about it! :-)

Dresses like this are so multipurpose, since you can dress them up for special occasions or give them a rustic, country feel (my favorite style) by adding denim, like I did here.  Also, I love peach colors mixed with navy blue, especially a dark denim; it just makes the colors pop.

// outfit details //
Dress: Unclaimed Baggage
Jacket: Unclaimed Baggage
Flip-flops: Walmart

Do y'all have any favorite Spring dresses?
What did you wear last Sunday?

If any of you nursing moms have suggestions on making dresses nursing friendly I would definitely love to hear them!

"Jesus said unto her, 'I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:  And whoesoever believeth in me shall never die.  Believeth though this?' "  John 11 25-26 KJV

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