Wednesday, November 28, 2012
These ladies are EXTREMELY lucky, in my opinion! I am so excited for them. Here are the winners of the Starling Night giveaway... *The winner of the Personalized Baby Blanket is - Katrina F.* The winner of the Love Tree Painting is - Monica* The winner of the Cowl of Choice is - Stacy C.* CONGRATULATIONS, LADIES!!!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
I can truly say that I have never been more excited and even a little honored to share an Etsy shop and its owners with you. Amanda and Heather (the owners and talented creators of the pieces at Starling Night) are two of the sweetest girls ever, I'm sure of it! Not only are they sweet, but what I like best about them is that they love the Lord. How could I not be excited to work with and share about two beautiful sisters in Christ?! They are the most generous and giving girls as well and I am downright giddy to tell you all of the fabulousness that I have experienced while working with them and that you are now also going to share in. It all started when I came across their shop and saw the coziest, cutest, prettiest, adorablest (ok, now I'm making up words...and any other awesome words you can think of) crocheted pieces. Once I started looking around and saw the incredible wreaths they make too, I was in awe of their talent. Since I started talking to them several weeks ago, they have even added a bunch of other cool things like paintings to their shop! Ok, but I'm getting ahead of myself...let me back up a bit. I had contacted them to see if they would be interested in being featured on my blog and the response I got back made my heart and soul smile. These girls were so excited at the opportunity and even told me that they had been praying for opportunities to get their shop known and then my message had come to them! Isn't God just amazing like that?! In fact, their mission for their shop is "We want to be able to craft full time. More than anything we want to glorify God." I LOVE that! Please take a moment to read this to really hear about their passions and vision for their shop. They felt blessed by the opportunity and so did I. That began our little journey to here today. It has truly been such a blessing and a joy to me and I am thrilled to be able to help them in getting exposure for their amazing shop. When they told me what their plans were for what they wanted to do for me for review pieces, I was a little overwhelmed by their generosity and even almost tried to talk them out of it. I just couldn't believe they wanted to share so much with me! They ensured me that that was what they really wanted to do though and of course I was humbled to be given such an opportunity. They asked me to choose my favorite cowl from their shop and told me that they were going to make a special set for me. How incredibly exciting!!! It took me a long time to decide, but I just kept being drawn back to a lovely cream and white cowl. It was just so pretty and snowangelish (again, making up words, but I can't find any real words that seem to express what I'm thinking). When the package arrived in the mail I thought I was going to burst with excitement and I had to immediately try everything on. In fact, this is what I wrote to Heather and Amanda after I had tried everything on and checked it all out..."That cowl is so snuggly and cozy and just gorgeous! I have never had fingerless gloves before, but when I put them on, I realized exactly what it is that people love about them and I know I'm going to love them too! And the hat, that awesome hat...it is the perfect amount of slouch and those buttons are the perfect touch. I have never had a hat that looked that good on me! I seriously am so excited, I could explode over here!" Now, take a look for yourself and you'll know why I was so excited! This is the lovely Amanda, wearing the set. Starling Night website and create their own custom baby blanket. This means choosing colors, thickness, embellishments, embroidery, or whatever you want. They want to make you the perfect blanket! Here's an example of something you could choose. Starling Night and get your entries in so that you have a chance at being one of the lucky winners! a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: I was given the mentioned items for review purposes and was not compensated in any other way. All views and opinions expressed in this review are mine alone and were not influenced by any outside party.
Monday, November 5, 2012
I am in sparkle bliss from the gorgeous bracelet that I was blessed with from a great Etsy shop called Faith Hope Inspire! I found this shop while looking on Etsy for faith inspired jewelry and was so excited to see the sparkly joy they offer. When they told me I could choose an item to review, I had to go to the one that just kept catching my eye over and over. How could the colors of the rainbow represented in sparkling crystals not catch my eye? The beautiful Covenant Bracelet is a reminder of God's covenant with us when He sent the rainbow as a promise that He will never again destroy the world by flood. So, not only do I have a beautifully colorful bracelet to adorn my wrist, but a reminder of one of God's promises to us. What could be more beautiful than that? Just look at how gorgeous it is even in this picture. a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: I was given the mentioned item for review purposes and was not compensated in any other way. All views and opinions expressed in this review are mine alone and were not influenced by any other party.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
As you all know, I'm a Christian and since there is nothing I love more than Jesus, it only makes sense that I love to share Him and His love with anyone I come in contact with. Now, I'm not one for the shirts that are a play on popular products and things like that and frankly, I find them corny and don't feel that they are effective in reaching others...they really are one of the things I was totally annoyed by before becoming a Christian. Anyway though, I love to wear jewelry and things that make it obvious that I am a Christian, without being weird. LOL When I found Forever Lasting Faith it was EXACTLY the kind of stuff that I love. Simply stated, simply designed, simply wonderful. I was so incredibly fortunate to be able to choose a t-shirt to review and I knew right away which one I wanted. I have lived in fear of a lot of things for a lot of my life, so when I saw their "Let Faith Be Bigger Than Fear" shirt, I knew it was the one for me. a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: I received the mentioned item for review purposes and was not compensated in any other way. All views and opinions in this review are mine alone and were not influenced by any other party.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
If you're looking for fun jewelry at a really great price, you will love Lemoree! I was instantly drawn to the colors when I came across this etsy shop. Everything is just so happy and bright and who doesn't like that?! I was given the opportunity to choose anything from the shop to review and I chose these awesome Vintage White and Red Dangle Earrings. I loved that they were set in a gold setting as opposed to silver. It just gives them that vintage feel and when I put them on, they actually look very artsy. They are the type of jewelry that can be dressed up or down and I love versatility like that. I'm thinking I'm going to get a lot of use out of these babies! a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: I received the mentioned item for review purposes only and was not compensated in any other way. All views and opinions stated in this review are mine alone and were not influenced by any outside party.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
I have the most awesome reviews/giveaways coming up. I am seriously so excited. I have the most generous etsy shop owners who want to share their incredible handmade goodies with all of you and I could not be more happy to help them do just that! Keep an eye out because this will be the perfect opportunity to get yourself some seriously sweet stuff or even get hooked up with some free Christmas presents to give to your favorite people!
Monday, October 15, 2012
A couple of women and I have recently started a little Bible study together on Monday nights and it is filling my soul in so many ways. Studying and discussing God's Word together is just such an amazing experience and it's just incredible how God speaks to each of us so personally, even when we're all reading the same exact thing! Not only is my soul being filled with His Word, but it's being filled with the joy of intimate friendship. I'm talking the kind of friendship that I have always wanted. Tonight will only be our 4th night together and yet we have laughed, cried, and prayed together on such an incredibly close and sweet level. I am truly blessed and overwhelmed by this group of women. I was able to share some of the deepest and darkest details of my life with them (I only became a Christian about 5 1/2 years ago, so I had many years of darkness to divulge) and was received with such grace and love, it was just incredible. We are doing a study through a fabulous blog called Good Morning Girls on Colossians and I am enjoying it so much and learning so much too! I thought I would share it with any of you who may be interested. They use the S.O.A.P. method which is S = Write out the Scripture, O = Observations, A = Application and P = Prayer. It has helped me really dig into the Word and I think it's such a great method to use. Oh, and I forgot to mention the delicious snacks and goodies we've had at these Bible studies! I'm talking candy bars, homemade salsa, caramel apple cake and this delicious German Chocolate Lava Cake from Six Sister's Stuff blog that my sweet friend made just because I had mentioned that I wanted to try it! Just look at this stuff! And yes...it does taste as good as it looks!
Friday, October 12, 2012
I've been kind of MIA for a little while, but it's only because great things are going on for myself and my family! I'm fortunate enough to have been able to return to being a full-time homemaker and I am absolutely blissful over it! You would think I should have all sorts of time on my hands then, right? Well, I do...and I've been putting that time to good use. I've been doing thorough cleaning jobs throughout my house, that were majorly neglected while I was working. I've finally been hanging things on the walls in my house that we've now lived in for a little over a year. I have been cooking up a storm, which my husband and boys love...my waist doesn't, but eh, who cares. I've been working on craft projects that I was dying to try. There are just so many things I've been able to enjoy now that I'm not working outside of the home anymore. One of those things being my sanity and lack of feeling overwhelmed, stressed and rushed all of the time. With 3 boys (2 in elementary and one in middle school), we have a lot of activities going on and it's nice for me to be able to be home to keep the house up and have meals prepared so that even on rushed nights, my family is being fed well and not coming home to a disaster of a house. There is more relaxed time for homework after school and sometimes even a homemade snack to enjoy while doing that homework. It's just been beyond amazing and it's only the second month of school! Anyway, I thought I would share a couple of the projects/treats that I've been working on around here and maybe you'll find something I've had going on that you can enjoy too! I absolutely love to crochet and there's a great site called ravelry where you can get a ton of crochet and knit patterns for free, as well as ones you can purchase. Pretty much anything you can think of that you might want to make...you can find a pattern for. I have a couple projects going right now, but since they are gifts and our family's Halloween costumes, I can't show you just yet. You'll definitely want to check out the site though, if you're a crocheter or knitter! Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Cake from Six Sister's Stuff blog and it was AMAZING! It's already been requested by mom Mom and sisters (Brian and the boys too) to be made sometime during the few days we all spend together at my Mom and Dad's at Christmas time.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Sparkly ears, sparkly ears...I have cute little sparkly ears. Thanks to Silverthaw Jewelry's awesome jewelry artist, Erin! My ears are adorned with a pair of her lovely Raspberry Shimmer Stud Earrings. Aren't they so pretty and sparkly?! a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: I received the mentioned item for review purposes only and was not compensated in any other way. All views and opinions stated in this review are mine alone and were not influenced by any outside party.