Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Am workout vs. pm workout

Working out is a big part of my day, however finding the right time of the day can be the tricky part.  I work out in the early morning and here are my reasons.

Why Do morning workouts work for me? 

1+  I get up every morning about 4:45 and get to it. Yes, it is really early and yes, it takes a bit for me to wake up, but it's the right time that works for my husband and I.
 I work fulltime from home and my day starts 7 and ends at 4. With 3 children involved in something at night, I have no time to even think about working out. 

2+ working out in the am gives me the energy to go full force during the day.

3+ I like burning calories in the morning. Sometimes I like to sneak a little treat , so knowing I burned calories makes it easier to enjoy the bite. 

4+ after a long day of work and kids getting  home from school and dinner and activities, I have no desire to get a workout in, so knowing it is already finished is relief.

5+ my workouts are also a time of devotion for me. I pray when I work out and just endure the peacefulness and blessings around me.  I have a couple devotion apps on my phone, so I read those while working out and reflect on them.

 This is what works best for me in the season of life I am in right now .  In the years to follow it may change.

I would love to hear if you have a workout routine. 

Monday, March 30, 2015

DIY Easter surprise straws

I have so many of these cute paper straws and I never know what do with them. 
I knew that  Pinterest would give me idea. It always does right? 

These are perfect for Easter baskets. 

All you need is paper straws, I got mine from the dollar section of target for $3 a tub. Sticky washy tape in bold designs or colors. I used tins, but any container would work. 

I just put nerds and small jelly beans in them and then wrapped the tape around top and bottom.

So easy and so cute! I cannot wait to give these to the kids next weekend in their basket. 
I would love to hear what ideas you have with straws

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Shop dear Nicole giveaway

I love when I see something that is unique and customed made. I am all about supporting handmade shops.
Nicky jack is the proud owner of the shop 
She makes customized leather cuffs.
I adore leather cuffs and a person with a nickle allergy ,I can wear them without any breakouts.

  Nicky is giving away 1 customed cuff. 
You will love it! 
You can enter below. Good luck!
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Spring wreath + tutorial

I have been waiting to hang a wreath in my front door because I could not find the one. I wanted one just simple and easy to make. 
 I saw a wreath posted on Instagram and it seemed like something I could do and like. 

     Grapevine wreath 
     Assortment of flowers 

  1+ I cut the stems off . Just the thick Long ones.

2 + I just started pushing the stems into the wreath. The good thing is it did not have to be perfect because it blended right in. 
I kept adjusting the flowers until it was a look I was happy with.

 3+ after theflowers were arranged, I attached the ribbon. 

 I tossled back and forth about adding a letter C to the other side. 

What do you think? Should I add a C.

This project was something I did during nap time. My kind of project.

Friday, March 20, 2015

My top 5 peices of clothing for spring

Since spring is so moody as far as temperature goes , I like to layer. It can be so cold in the morning, but then really warm by afternoon.
I have a few favorite peices that are a must in my wardrobe.

1+  chambry shirt . This shirt is so versatile. I can button it. Layer it with a tanktop or under a sweater or cardigan(another favorite of mine) and leave it open, Tuck it in. He best part is it will go with any color bottoms.  My favorite way to wear it is wih a pair of colored shorts. 

2+  I adore colored shorts. They just add a splash of color to any shirt or outfit. 

3+        Boyfriend jeans are the bomb. I love how they are baggy. I do not have to worry about how my bootie looks because it's baggy in the back. They feel so much better than regular jeans. I can wear them with short boots when it is cold. Flipflops or flats when it is warmer. I love everything about them.

4+  I wear tank tops almost under everything for 2 reasons, warmth in the cold months and length. I rarely tuck shirts in and the tank top  covers my belly  with other shirts and I like the layered look. I will tell you, that a lot of the girls/ women's  tank tops are just to fitted for me. The long ones are the perfect length, but just to tiny for me, so what department do I go to? The boys/ men's department. I usually get a small or extra small. The boys/men's are a looser fit and still have the length. Hanes are good ones. 
You can usually get 3 in a pack for cheap.


I added a bonus because I could not decide.
I love a good pair of canvas shoes or slip on shoes, now don't get me wrong, flip flops are a must, but my feet need a little more support. If I know I will be walking A lot, I will wear a more supportive shoe. I love converse shoes and go walk from sketchers. They are so comfortable. If you follow mix and match momma, she  will tell you how much she loves her go walks in hot pink. I like gray... They go with most things.
Well those are 5 of my favorite peices of clothing, but I have many more I cannot live without.

What are some of your favorites/must haves?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Proud mama

Kendric and Cadence had there spring concert last night. It just melts a momma's heart to see your kids singing away having so much fun!

It's these moments, that I  just sit and watch and know that they are mine and God gave me these kids.
They rock my world and moments can be tough and draining, but I  am a mom, their mom.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Do not bend

Do you feel bent over with burden, worry, stress tiredness? There are so many other things that could make you feel you will just bend. I know I do and some days, I feel like I will just snap!

 I Was not familiar with the story of the bent woman. The story is in Isaiah 58:6-14
And Luke 13:110-17.
 The bent over women was a woman who came to worship in a synagogue for 18 years. 
This woman was bent over . She had a twisted and sore back. No pain meds to take.  She could barely see anything except the ground beneath her. Just plain  walking hurt her. 
Even though she came to sabbeth for over 18 years , no one knew her name, no one greeted her. She strayed away from others.
 The condition she had was considered a punishment from God, work of the devil.

One day she was in sabbeth and God spoke to her . Took her pain away and her bent back went straight. How Awsome would that be. She finally recieved the name daughter of Abraham.

When I was reading  the story , I thought about real life. The burdens we feel, the point of almost breaking in half. The stress of jobs, kids, sickness. LIFE!!
 We cannot forget our faith and Jesus . We can give all our burdens to him, he can release them from us. 
Whatever your situation, God is there, calling you into his kingdom, release your burdens to him. 
As I was researching this story, I found this poem.

 By Anna Murdock

Oh woman, dear nameless woman, how your heart must long

to look into the eyes of others once more;

to seek hope and acceptance and love. But alas, you cannot, can you? Your head cannot be lifted.
For whatever reasons, it is bent low. You see only the dust of the streets
and the feet of those who 
 he dust of the streets
and the feet of those who step over you and around you and on you.
Oh woman, dear bent-low woman, God has brought you to this place ...
to this synagogue ... to this person who is teaching freedom from bondage.
On this day ... yes, on this very Sabbath day you will be set free
and will stand tall once more.
He has called you ... not by name, but “Woman”. Even before his touch,

even before you might stand tall, he proclaims that those things that had kept your head low and your back so bent

be gone forever.

Did you hear his words, dear woman? 

When women notice you and they tell you to keep going, fighting, don't bend, it's a reminder to all to be that kind of person . Don't bend. Hold true to what you know the truth is. Fight off the enemy, do not let him take away you or your freedom. Keep the gospel close.