Self-employment is the dream for many people. “I want to be my own boss,” they say. And that’s a great dream, until work slows down or something stands between them and a job. Self-employment is hard. It means long hours, sometimes not being able to pay yourself adequately, and wondering where your next job will come from. Over the past few months, it has tested me and my husband in many ways. But you want to know something beautiful? It has also strengthened our faith. Isn’t it funny how God works? He uses things that stress us to draw us closer to Him and build our faith. Self-employment strengthened my faith, and I want to share that story with you.
Pregnancy is an absolute blessing! There is a precious little life growing inside your body and you get the joy of feeling kicks and flips and hiccups. It is the most joyous of occasions. But you know what’s not so joyous? Spending $45 on a pair of maternity jeans that you’ll wear for approximately 4 months. But with that ever-growing belly, do you have another option? YES! Maternity clothes can be expensive, but not if you know the right places to shop! Keep reading to find out my top 9 places to buy cheap maternity clothes!
Pregnancy is a beautiful, magical, special time in a woman’s life when she has the honor and blessing of growing a sweet baby inside of her. At least that’s what they want us to believe. 😉 In all seriousness, pregnancy is an absolute blessing and a wonderfully special time, but it can also be really rough on your body. Between morning sickness, exhaustion, and stretch marks, just to name a few, you can feel beaten up and worn out before your baby is even born. That’s why it’s so important to practice self-care during pregnancy. You need to take care of your body so that your body can take care of that sweet little baby growing inside of you. As I enter into my third trimester, I want to share with you 8 of my favorite tips for practicing self-care during pregnancy.
“Fear not,” said the angel to the shepherds in the field. “Be strong and courageous,” said the Lord to David. “Peace I leave with you,” said Jesus to His disciples. God calls us to a calmness, a peace, and yet all too often, we choose chaos and fear. I’ve seen it far too much in America over the past few months. When the presidential election was looming back in November, I felt a complete peace. When Donald Trump was elected, that peace stayed. And as he is inaugurated and our nation begins to change, I still feel a peace. Why? Because I know it’s all gonna be okay.
My husband is a filmmaker, and we love movies, but it can be hard to find a movie that’s clean, family-friendly, and not super cheesy! However, we feel that as Christians, we need to prioritize our faith over our entertainment, so we make it our goal to search out and find these movies! It’s not easy, but it’s definitely worth it! Interested? Scroll down for a list of 8 family-friendly, non-cheesy Christian movies, and I’ll even tell you why you need to see each of them!
I love the holiday season! We spend time with family, experience the wonder of Christmastime, and eat lots of good food! LOTS OF FOOD. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s all within six weeks of each other, I understand why people always set the resolution of getting back in shape and eating right. There is so much food available during the holiday season, and most of it isn’t healthy. Pies, cookies, cakes, and popcorn top my list of favorite holiday treats. Much to my body’s despair, I also don’t have much time to exercise during the holiday season (plus, it’s COLD). So needless to say, it can be hard to drag myself back to my healthy routines after the holidays are over. But don’t despair! It’s not impossible! We can do this together! I’m going to walk you through some simple ways to get back to healthy after the holidays!
At the beginning of 2016, I created an insane challenge for myself: go 365 days without buying clothes (although technically, it was 366 since it was a leap year. Bonus points.). As I’ve said before, I’m not a new year’s resolutions kind of person, and I don’t generally create challenges like this for myself. I like myself the way I am, and unless God makes it clear as day, I don’t see a need for big changes in my life. So why did I go 365 days without buying clothes? How did I do it? What did I learn? Keep reading for those answers!
Welcome to 2017! It’s a new year, full of new dreams, new goals, and new adventures! 🙂 I started many new adventures in 2016: marriage, homemaking, pregnancy, and home-ownership, just to name a few. Though each adventure had its own beginnings, one thing that each of them had in common was that we started them with prayer and Scripture, and I believe that is what made each of them wonderful. To start 2017 in the best way, let’s follow the lead of our 2016 adventures and start it with prayer and Scripture. I want to share with you 13 verses to pray over the new year.
I’ve never been a New Year’s Resolutions kind of person. I tried calling them goals one year; I set 3 goals, accomplished 1, and threw the paper away sometime around June. 😉 As I was thinking about the coming year, one that will be filled with new adventures and excitement, I came across an idea that I like much better than resolutions: a focus word of the year. After talking to my husband and praying over it, we chose a word for 2017: intentional. Let me tell you a little bit about why we chose this word, how we’ll live it out, and how you can join us in living intentional in 2017!