29
Apr

You Really Can Change the World {Rhinestone Jesus Review} #yesinmymess #rhinestoneJesus

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I almost gave up. For some reason, the voice of discouragement worked its way into my heart, and I began to buy the lies that only “certain” people could change the world. People with lots of power, blog followers, employees, huge organizations… but certainly not someone like me. I’m just a normal person. A face in the crowd. A mom. A tired one. And one without a clear “calling” flashing on a billboard. So I stood at the edge of the pit of discouragement and peeked over the edge. Just as my foot began to...

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24
Apr

Fun Spring Decor and Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Can you believe that Mother’s Day is almost here?! This year is flying by! If you would like to get your mom a nice, unique gift that is also budget friendly, check out Collections, Etc. Even though I’m a techy-geeky girl, I LOVE paper catalogs. I just love flipping through the pages of magazines and catalogs. I discovered Collections, Etc. through their Christmas catalog because they have tons of really great Christmas decor and gifts (that are very inexpensive)! However, I just discovered all of their great new spring items they...

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22
Apr

A Peaceful Ride is a Safer Ride #EvenfloPlatinum

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I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. I was thrilled to have the opportunity to test the Evenflo Symphony DLX Platinum Convertible Car Seat  — trying out products and giving my opinions brings out my scientific side which I really enjoy!   My favorite thing about this car seat is that is accommodates children ranging from 5 to 110 pounds, making it the only car seat you will ever need! (Which saves money — hooray!) The car seat can be used in rear-facing mode...

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21
Apr

Family Fun at the Chattanooga Zoo!

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Family Fun at the Chattanooga Zoo!

Over spring break, we had a wonderful trip to Chattanooga, and I wanted to share with you some of our favorite places to visit. Of course, being a Tennessee girl, I encourage you to visit my great state! There are so many cities to enjoy! Chattanooga was only a few hours away, so we hopped in the car and set off to explore! I have to share the highlight of my youngest son’s trip to the zoo — he got to ride a CAMEL!!!!! I worried that he would be scared, but not a chance. He was absolutely thrilled to ride the camel and is still...

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12
Apr

I don’t have time … to be (un)healthy

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I don’t have time … to be (un)healthy

It’s that time of year when we pack away the bulky sweaters that have so conveniently hidden the evidence of the Christmas cookie overdose that took place during the “polar vortex” (ahem) and get out lighter, less forgiving clothes like those pesky sleeveless tops. For many people, looking great in a swimsuit is motivation to get healthy. However, this girl has not and will never be caught dead in a bikini. So, that is not high on my list of priorities. However, being healthy has to be my priority. Last year, I tried to...

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08
Apr

Shadows, Stress, Survival… and other ramblings

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For some reason, I keep thinking about the shadows. Those hot summer nights were many years ago, in a time of lightening bugs captured in glass jars, open windows, no air conditioning, and sleepovers with friends. One of our favorite games was making shadows with our hands and letting the light from my little white and pink lamp cast shadows across the wood-paneled wall. My friends and I would take turns facing the wall with the light to our backs and trying to guess what the other friend was creating. My specialty was the butterfly or swan....

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17
Mar

The Cancer I Walked Away From…

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At first, I called it curiosity. After all, I had always secretly wanted to be a private investigator after reading one too many mystery novels. Looking up certain people on Facebook, I even reasoned to myself, was done out of my concern for them. However, this curiosity soon made a dangerous turn down a path leading to the comparison trap. Facebook photos of perfect white smiles, exotic vacations, an amazing wardrobe, and flawless skin made me cringe. Suddenly, my “innocent curiosity” turned into the overwhelming need to compete...

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10
Mar

I Love to Learn about YOU! {… wanna see what I’ve learned so far?}

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Thank you so much for those of you who took the time to fill out my website survey! I love to learn about YOU and want to keep learning! So far, this is what I’ve learned (see if this sounds accurate to you). Most of you prefer to read blogs either in the evenings or on and off through the day as time allows (me too, by the way). Your favorite types of post tend to be devotions, encouragement, or family posts: The most requested types of posts are more devotions, encouragement, family posts — and surprisingly, several people...

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03
Mar

You Will Never Guess What My Name Means {and how it has shaped my life}

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You Will Never Guess What My Name Means {and how it has shaped my life}

Did you know that today is “Fun Facts about Names Day”? This is a holiday that is new to me, but it sounded like fun so I thought I would jump in…. and you will never guess what my name means! Fun Facts About Names Day encourages you to learn about the historical meanings and influences behind your name and the names of your friends and families. Uncover historical and religious influences, who you were named after, and see how name trends have changed over generations! There are so many beautiful, inspiring name meanings...

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02
Mar

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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Would you please do me a HUGE favor and fill out this very short survey? It should take under 10 minutes and the responses are completely confidential (even to me!). I would greatly appreciate your feedback. Thank you!   Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire...

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