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  • kelseys365challenge

    June 10, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I have been asked all the same questions as well. I think it’s funny that because we were raised in a generation where you go to college and work, if we have the option to stay at home it’s always a problem. I remember when my husband was about to start his job the plan was I stay home and go to school full time after 7 years of community college and not being able to take more than 1 or 2 classes at a time and full time work, my in laws kept saying you need to get a job, you have to work and I was like, does nobody care that I want to finish school. It’s ridiculous how involved people think they need to be in your life. I totally understand!

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 10, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Our generation is definitely different than the ones before us, I agree! Thankfully, both our families were very supportive about our situation, or it would have been even more difficult. If something works for you and your family, and you feel like that’s what God is leading you to, then I say go for it! If finishing school is what was right for y’all, then way to go! πŸ™‚

  • tpadams40toes

    June 10, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    All I can say is continue to be obedient! I took a break from the classroom to now a living room of four children and a husband. It’s the best job I’ve ever had!

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 11, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Thanks so much! That’s an awesome story! πŸ™‚

  • thenaughtybun

    June 17, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Well done! You could take a look at sashiko. Japanese mending and reinforcing done by hand. Often uneven stitches, variations in fabric (though usually indigo, at least historically), very utilitarian and always beautiful. Simplest stitches, great results.

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 17, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Thanks, Berte! That sounds really interesting and easy! Haha always a bonus! I’ll have to check it out! πŸ™‚

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  • afastpacedlife

    June 20, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    A little pizza never hurt anyone.

    False fire alarms are annoying. The one time I had a grease fire in my oven the alarm didn’t go off.

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 20, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Hey Elle! I absolutely agree about the pizza! I’m even craving leftovers today! πŸ˜‰ Oh my goodness, that sounds just like a smoke alarm! Never actually working when you need them! I hope no one was hurt!

      1. afastpacedlife

        June 20, 2016 at 1:54 pm

        My husband put out the fire in a few minutes. Our dinner was ruined but a small price to pay for being safe and nothing else damaged.

        1. abbeylauren4

          June 20, 2016 at 2:01 pm

          Wow! What a story! I am so glad your husband was able to put the fire out and keep everyone and everything safe! Dinner can be replaced, but people sure can’t!

  • bequietkate

    June 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Thanks for the follow! Your blog is so pretty!

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 22, 2016 at 8:01 pm

      Thanks so much, Kate! I’m looking forward to enjoying yours! πŸ™‚

  • meetruchisharma

    June 22, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    Very nice..love your totilla story before the recipe…:)..i make tortillas to though not that frequently…recently made them for quesadillas. .turned out pretty good πŸ™‚

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 23, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Thanks, Ruchi! πŸ™‚ Quesadillas with homemade tortillas are the best! πŸ™‚ I’m actually having that for lunch today, with some fried ham tossed in. I’m excited! πŸ™‚

      1. meetruchisharma

        June 23, 2016 at 10:29 am

        Awesome πŸ™‚

  • fitandflawed

    June 23, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    I love your essential oils post. I’ve always been super interested in oils but haven’t made the leap yet.

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 23, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Thanks so much, Harley! I absolutely love my oils and they work for everything! I got some mosquito bites the other night, put melaleuca and lavender oil on them, and by morning, they were totally gone! If you ever have any questions, I’d love to answer them (or at least try to!). πŸ™‚

      1. fitandflawed

        June 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm

        Have you ever used doTerra?

        1. abbeylauren4

          June 23, 2016 at 4:34 pm

          No, I haven’t. I use Melaleuca because that’s where get all of our health products and I am confident that their products are high quality. I haven’t done much research into doTerra.

          1. fitandflawed

            June 23, 2016 at 4:36 pm

            I’ll definitely look into it! Thanks! πŸ™‚

          2. abbeylauren4

            June 23, 2016 at 5:01 pm

            Awesome! No problem! πŸ™‚

  • SvenGoddess

    June 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm

    Nice! A very colorful blog! πŸ™‚

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 29, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thanks so much!! πŸ™‚

  • rgolden75

    June 29, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    I love your thought that beauty comes from within. That’s so true and it’s so easy to forget in today’s world. It’s nice to be reminded of that every once in a while. πŸ™‚

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 29, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Thanks, Rachel! I think that’s something that God wants to reveal to us in days like this, that beauty comes from what He has placed inside of us! πŸ™‚

  • bequietkate

    June 29, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    This post really resonated with me.

    Two years ago, I enrolled in law school. I come from a family of lawyers so it was pretty much a no-brainer that I’d follow in their footsteps. I did well, but I lacked the excitement that you talked about, the feeling of peace with my decision despite being scared and uneasy. Then halfway into my second year, a got a job offer with the foreign ministry of the country I live in. I was scared about quitting law school – I was REALLY scared – but I was also excited because foreign service was what I originally wanted to when I graduated from college. So I felt all of that, scared, uneasy, afraid, and a dozen other synonyms for fear. But I also felt a measure of peace because I knew that this was what I wanted. So I did it. I quit law school and took the job and I am SO much happier now.

    Thank you for writing this. β™₯

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Oh, Kate, what a beautiful story! I absolutely relate to your story! I come from a family of educators, so teaching seemed to be the perfect career! Many were surprised when I chose to leave, but it was the absolute best decision for us! πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Dana Peller (@Pellerini)

    June 29, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    This was my favorite quote:β€œRather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit…” This post really resonated with me – I love it!

    1. abbeylauren4

      June 29, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks so much, Dana! That is one of my favorite scriptures! I am so glad that this post resonated with you! Feel free to share with others who you think would benefit from it! πŸ™‚ I think it’s an important truth for our world today!

  • meetruchisharma

    June 29, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Yours is so similar to my story….loved reading your bit here…i live by this motto too πŸ™‚

    1. meetruchisharma

      June 29, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      https://ahomemakersworld.wordpress.com/straight-from-my-heart/home-is-where-the-heart-is/

      Do read my story from the link above…i too took the decision of taking up homemaking fulltime and quit a consulting career….my decision attracted lot of discussions and questions….i cared the least and now love where i am and what i do…love being a homemaker like you πŸ™‚

      1. abbeylauren4

        June 30, 2016 at 9:28 am

        Wow, what a story! I’m glad to hear that your mother is doing better. That couldn’t have been an easy choice to make, leaving your job, but I’m glad that it made you so much happier! God has great plans for all of us, and those look different for everyone! πŸ™‚

        1. meetruchisharma

          June 30, 2016 at 9:52 am

          Absolutely correct…and thanks for reading my post πŸ™‚

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  • Emily @ Em Writes

    July 5, 2016 at 8:31 am

    I love these! My favorites are “enjoy the honeymoon stage” and “say I love you.” I’m so obnoxious about saying it to my husband 1,000 times a day. And I always want kisses! But I feel like that’s what keeps the love alive in a way, and I want him to know how much I care about him.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Thanks so much, Emily! I’m the same way with my husband! πŸ™‚ I absolutely agree that it keeps the love alive! And it’s super fun! πŸ™‚

  • Kym

    July 5, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    I absolutely love this! I’m nowhere near that stage in my life, but I’ve pinned this for future reference! Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned from this exciting time in your life, and congrats on 100 days!

    Kym
    Hellokymberlyann.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 6, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Wow, Kym! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad that God could use what we’ve learned to impact you and others! πŸ™‚

  • Cristina

    July 6, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I love all of these! I definitely plan to have communion at my wedding πŸ™‚

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 7, 2016 at 7:41 am

      Thank you so much, Cristina! It’s a beautiful time of worship! πŸ™‚

  • Andrea | Happy Careerista

    July 7, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Loved this cute post! I can’t say I know much about marriage. I’m far from married and have no married parents to look up to. But I think that’s why I’m interested in how to make relationships/marriage work πŸ™‚

    http://www.happycareerista.wordpress.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

      Thank you so much, Andrea! I hope that you can find some great role models in your life that will exemplify a wonderful marriage! God has great plans for your future marriage, I’m sure of it! πŸ™‚

  • Emily @ Em Writes

    July 7, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Great tips! I was on vacation for most of June and I struggled with making healthy choices. Sometimes it’s hard, especially when you’re on the road for many hours! I usually just try to watch my portions and, when I can, choose the healthier option. For example, at McDonalds, I’ll get a fruit and yogurt parfait instead of the sausage McMuffin!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 7, 2016 at 11:53 am

      I totally agree, Emily! It is a struggle, especially when driving!! Portions and healthy choices are where it’s at! When we have to stop to eat somewhere, we try to stop at Subway or somewhere they offer mostly healthy options! It helps us make smart choices! πŸ™‚

  • Catherine

    July 7, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    Walking! This is why I love vacationing in large cities. I find it the hardest when we’re spending a lot of time in the car or possibly visiting family where you tend to spend time “hanging out”.

    http://ashortblonde.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 7, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      YES! Perfect, Catherine! πŸ™‚ We love walking, anywhere and everywhere on vacation! That is so hard when it’s a long trip, and you’re right about family! I love ’em, but I gotta move! πŸ˜‰

  • Rachel G

    July 8, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Happy 100+ days!! I believe the honeymoon stage doesn’t have to end, but I certainly plan on enjoying it for years to come. πŸ™‚ I actually published a post titled “Marriage Is Easy,” inspired by something my husband always says, some months ago. I can’t stand the “just you wait” kind of attitude, the seeming inevitability of falling out of love. It’s not inevitable. Love is a choice, and it’s a choice I keep making–it’s the fun choice, after all. πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 8, 2016 at 11:05 am

      Thanks, Rachel! I absolutely agree! You can stay in the honeymoon stage as long as you want! πŸ™‚ It’s disappointing that so many people think that marriage has to be this hard, unhappy union. It doesn’t! It’s meant to be great! I love your thoughts on this! πŸ™‚

  • Abby @ WinsteadWandering

    July 8, 2016 at 9:41 am

    These are all great! I’d add that it’s important to talk through things that might seem smaller because you have the rest of your lives for those things to potentially grown into big things. It’s important to try to discern what really is little and can be let go, but what needs to be discussed.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 8, 2016 at 11:06 am

      Absolutely, Abby! That’s a great point! πŸ™‚ We try to talk through everything because if it ends up not being a big deal, then that’s an easy conversation. But if it is important, then we need to take care of it! Great point! πŸ™‚

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  • Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    July 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    I love this! I’m a newlywed, too. We got married in November. A lot of these points ring true for us, too. I especially love what you said about #6, don’t stress the little things. I read the book “Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Got Married” by Gary Chapman and he has a chapter about those little things and how instead of getting bitter and angry about how your spouse never closes the dresser drawers or puts his shoes away, you should just decide it’s your job and happily put them away. My husband does small things like that but I’ve made a conscious decision to not let it get to me!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 9, 2016 at 10:14 am

      YES, YES YES! I 100% agree, Jenna! Perfect! That is wonderful advice! In the words of Elsa, just let it go! πŸ˜‰

  • Haley

    July 8, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Such a sweet post! Congratulations on 100 days!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 9, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Aw, thank you so much Haley! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • ADHD Mum of Three

    July 10, 2016 at 10:27 am

    What a lovely post, it looks like everything is pretty blissful so far! Great tips and congratulations on finding someone to share your life with! God Bless x

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 10, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you so much, Emma! It has been wonderful! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • Steve Patterson

    July 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Awesome list! Thanks for sharing these. I love these songs, actually Christian Music is all I listen to. Stars from Skillet also has a catchy beat to it too. Did you know there are sources to be able to some free Christian Music? I have compiled a list at http://www.courageouschristianfather.com/free-christian-music-downloads/
    God tells us to not be afraid. We shouldn’t fear what man may do to us. He will never leave us nor forsake us. I do like 2 Timothy 1:7. That was a Bible verse theme for VBS a couple years or so ago. Again, God Bless and thanks for sharing these songs.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 15, 2016 at 4:47 pm

      Thank you for your kind comment, Steve! You’re exactly right, we shouldn’t fear man, even when the world is a scary place! πŸ™‚

  • Chari

    July 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing Abbey! I love to listen to calm my angry spirit when I get angry. Especially with the things that are going on recently. God bless!

    http://charitsinspirationalcreations.blogspot.com/

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 12, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Thank you so much, Chari! The songs have been especially pressing on my heart lately!

  • ashley

    July 11, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Great picks! I recently came across a song called Thy Will or something like that. Love it!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 12, 2016 at 9:32 am

      Oh, Ashley, YES! That song is by Hillary Scott, and it is BEAUTIFUL! I love it, too! πŸ™‚

  • Emily @ Em Writes

    July 13, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    I really love this post. I’m just about to begin my 2nd year of teaching high school English (fingers crossed – currently job hunting), and I agree with these lessons. Especially how words matter and character counts. I think it’s important for teachers to lead by example by being kind, positive, and steadfast. I strive to embody those characteristics, and I hope they can rub off on my students.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 13, 2016 at 1:54 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Emily!! πŸ™‚ It sounds like you have a beautiful heart for your students! Teachers can make a huge difference in the lives of their students, and I believe that is absolutely true for you! Good luck job hunting! πŸ™‚

  • Dani

    July 14, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    I can’t believe I stumbled upon this. I literally just quit my teaching job last week to pursue my blog & writing & am experiencing the same questions right now. This post was so well-written. Thank you for sharing! – Dani

    http://www.daniellealexandra.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 15, 2016 at 9:22 am

      Dani, that’s a beautiful story! Thank you so much! I pray blessings upon your new venture; I know you will be successful! πŸ™‚ Stay focused and passionate, and people will start to understand (hopefully)! πŸ™‚

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  • Taylor Mobley

    July 18, 2016 at 11:37 am

    What a great thing! I’ve never heard of it — but I am checking it out!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 18, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Yay! Thanks, Taylor!! I hope it works for you; I love it! πŸ™‚

  • Katie Murray

    July 18, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    I’ve never heard of this but I’m going to have to check it out! It would really help me pay off my student loans a little faster!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Oh Katie, that would be so wonderful for you! I hope that you’re able to do it and that it works well for you! Thanks for stopping by! πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa

    July 18, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    I have been wanting to check into medical transcriptioning so I could be home with the girls instead of being out of town for 3 to 4 days a week!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 18, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Aw, Vanessa! That would be absolutely fantastic for you! I see Rev as a part-time gig, but I bet if you were doing medical transcriptions for a company that specializes in that, you would make even more! πŸ™‚

  • Angie Scheie

    July 18, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Yes! I have been looking for something like this. I actually was trying to find a good transcription service but it seemed like many of them I had to pay a bunch of money up front for. Does this one require anything like that? It’s pinned though for when I have some time to apply!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 19, 2016 at 8:43 am

      I’m so glad this was helpful for you, Angie! πŸ™‚ This one doesn’t require you to pay anything, ever! And it’s really easy to use! I hope it works well for you! πŸ™‚

  • Emily @ Em Writes

    July 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

    This sounds like a great side hustle! I’ve tried doing some freelancing on Upwork, but I wasn’t sure I could trust it. Rev sounds similar, so I’ll have to check it out. It would be super useful during the summers, when I don’t work, to bring in some extra cash.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 19, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Emily, this would be perfect for teachers to do during the summer! πŸ™‚ I’ve never heard of Upwork, but I know that Rev is very reliable and trustworthy! I’ve had no problems with them! πŸ™‚

  • Latonya

    July 19, 2016 at 8:17 am

    I haven’t transcribed for Rev In awhile, but you are right it is a nice side hustle for small expenses. I like the flexibility, and that your position is always there no matter how long of a break you take.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 19, 2016 at 8:45 am

      It’s so great to meet a fellow Revver, Latonya! I love all of those things about Rev, as well! I didn’t use it for three years, but I just picked up right where I left off! It’s wonderful! Thanks for stopping by and commenting! πŸ™‚

  • Bree Hogan

    July 19, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Sounds like a great, flexible way to make some extra dough on the side. Nice!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 19, 2016 at 9:43 am

      Thanks, Bree! It’s been great for us! πŸ™‚

  • Jill

    July 19, 2016 at 11:28 am

    Wow! Thats fabulous! I haven’t heard of Rev before… I’ll have to check it out!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 19, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Awesome, Jill! I hope it’s a perfect fit for you! Thanks for checking out my post! πŸ™‚

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  • Debra

    July 20, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Totally awesome and what a great opportunity to earn extra money for your family while still being home.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 20, 2016 at 1:30 pm

      Thank you so much, Debra! I agree! πŸ™‚

  • Tiffany

    July 20, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks for these great song recommendations. I’ve got something going on in my life right now that is scary, and something big happening next week where I’m trying to put my trust in God and have peace, but it is hard not to fear. I just went through and listened to each of these songs. I really like that last one! Thanks so much!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 20, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Oh, Tiffany, I am so glad that these songs could touch your heart! You are so welcome! I pray God’s peace upon your life! “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of love, and of power, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7

  • Grady

    July 22, 2016 at 9:17 am

    So neat! I’ve heard of this but wasn’t sure if it was actually legit. Really cool post!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 22, 2016 at 9:26 am

      It sure, Grady! Completely legit! I hope you check it out! πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading!

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  • Ashley

    July 22, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    This is great! Congrats on finding an awesome side hustle! πŸ™‚ Working on launching a new business to help fellow boss babes do the same!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 22, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you so much, Ashley! πŸ™‚ Your business sounds great! Shoot me an email at abbey.phipps4@gmail.com if you want any help or input! πŸ™‚

  • Aleksandra

    July 22, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Genuinely very interesting. Here in the UK second jobs are much less common but this looks interesting.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 22, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thank you, Aleksandra! πŸ™‚ I’m pretty certain that this can be done anywhere in the world, so you might look into it if you’re interested! πŸ™‚

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  • Brittany

    July 25, 2016 at 9:12 pm

    The devil is such a liar! I am so glad that God takes away our fear and gives us peace. I love this.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 26, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Thank you, Brittany! πŸ™‚ You are so right! God is so good to us!

  • Edith

    July 26, 2016 at 3:55 am

    Beautiful! Thank God for that revelation you’ve had of how to kick the fear out. It’s so true that we shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free. You’re forever a victor in Christ, beloved.

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 26, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Thank you so much, Edith! Those are such sweet words!

  • Rachel @ Countdowns and Cupcakes

    July 27, 2016 at 8:21 am

    That looks fantastic! Pinterest is always a dangerous place for me to visit because I want to re-do everything in our house as well! I’m looking forward to more of your projects!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 27, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Thanks, Rachel! I totally feel ya! I have to stay away from Pinterest most days; at least the home section! πŸ˜‰

  • Emily @ Em Writes

    July 27, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I love how this turned out!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 27, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Thanks, Emily! πŸ™‚ We love it, too!

  • Jess

    July 28, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I love pinterest and your dresser looks fab as a entertainment center. Painted white it looks so nice and fresh, well done πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 28, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks, Jess! Who doesn’t love Pinterest?? πŸ˜‰

  • Laura

    July 28, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I love Desert Song by hillsong. Or Never Alone by barlow girl!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 28, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Oh, both of those are so wonderful!! Thank you for sharing those, Laura! πŸ™‚

  • Andrea Shannon

    July 29, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Oh this sounds great! I’ve been working for a side hustle for awhile! Lol thanks!

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 30, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Yes, you gotta do it! It’s been so great for us! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel G

    July 30, 2016 at 6:00 am

    I’ve heard of people doing this occasionally, but I think it’s really cool how you made it into a true side job that pays for a need within your budget! When I was in college I had a variety of random little side jobs–writing articles for magazines and ironing clothes for a lady (she hired separate people for other cleaning jobs–my one job at her place was ironing clothes for a couple hours a week). I’m not the fastest of typists, but I’m a really good and fast ironer (with 9 people in my family, and no dryer when we were growing up, I had a LOT of ironing experience, haha!).
    These days I guess doing private tuition is my ‘side hustle’–although I feel like I do it more just because so many of these kids could really use the extra help than for the income. I tutor English and SAT prep–we live in SE Asia and a lot of teens are trying to prep to go to college in English-speaking countries and they have a lot of work to do to get ready! I love connecting with the teens and sharing my love for English grammar and obscure vocabulary. πŸ˜› This school year I already have 4 nights a week of tuition penned into my calendar–and the school year hasn’t started yet so I’m kinda hoping no one else asks me because I don’t like saying no….but I don’t want to be too crazy busy…

    1. smalltownsoul

      July 30, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Thanks, Rachel! That’s so awesome that you’ve been able to find those side jobs! πŸ™‚ You’re one step ahead of me; I can’t iron to save my life! As a former teacher, I love that you’re doing private tutoring and getting them ready for the SAT! Education is so important, and you are making such a difference! πŸ™‚

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  • Emily @ Em Writes

    August 1, 2016 at 9:40 am

    What a great post! It is bursting with amazing resources and tips!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks, Emily! I’m glad you found it helpful! πŸ™‚

  • Brooke

    August 1, 2016 at 9:48 am

    These tips are so helpful – thanks for putting this together! I really love Blogilates too and I’m excited to do her workout calendar for this month.

    XO, Brooke
    https://livethepreplife.blogspot.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks, Brooke! That sounds awesome! I’m glad you’re getting active and loving what you’re doing! πŸ™‚

  • Miss F

    August 1, 2016 at 9:58 am

    This was an amazing post. I love how you organized it and the number of bloggers that were involved.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks, girl! Thanks for being a part of it, too! πŸ™‚

  • Rev. Bosco Peters (@Liturgy)

    August 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks, Abbey. Some great ideas here & to come back to.
    Just a hint/question: please can you translate (24) for those of us outside USA. There is no way we understand the eccentric way you measure things. Do you weight yourselves in stones or something? And how big is an ounce? What is the calculation for the rest of us who use the simple metric system?

    Blessings

    Bosco

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 1, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Bosco! Thanks for reading! Here in America, we weigh ourselves in pounds! If you’re looking for a conversion, you can go to Google and type in the amount of ounces, tell it what unit you would like it to convert to, and it will tell you exactly how much you need! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren @ Glitter & Grandeur

    August 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I love this post! These tips are so helpful! Having them consolidated all in one place is such a great idea and a very valuable resource! Also, thanks for the shout-out, love!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks, Lauren! I was honored to include your advice! πŸ™‚

  • Kristyn

    August 1, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Thank you so much for featuring me and my advice. Eating healthy is more than half the battle…and so hard after a long day at the office. When I can cook 3 meals in a week, I feel so good about myself and my diet. I feel in control (we eat leftovers some nights), yet not like I’m killing myself.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Kristyn, your advice was awesome! Thanks for contributing! That is so great! It’s all about finding what works for you! πŸ™‚

  • Ademola Olajumoke

    August 2, 2016 at 1:11 am

    This is a wonderful post. I absolutely love it and i actually paused for a minute to download ine the apps you mentioned, two actually. Thank you so much for sharing this….

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Thank you so much, Ademola! I’m so glad that it was so meaningful for you! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    August 2, 2016 at 8:21 am

    Such a great post! So detailed, love it!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Thank you so much, Elizabeth!

  • Vickie Munton

    August 3, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Found your lovely blog through The Peony Project! Love it!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Thank you, Vickie! I hope you continue to enjoy it! πŸ™‚

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  • ashley

    August 3, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Great post! <3

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Thanks so much, Ashley!! πŸ™‚

  • Amelie

    August 3, 2016 at 8:40 am

    I absolutely love this post! I had never seen things that way, and now you made me see Netflix in a completely different way!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 8:41 am

      Thank you so much, Amelie!!! I hope you can use some of these things to grow your awesome blog even more! πŸ™‚

  • Brooke

    August 3, 2016 at 8:48 am

    This was such an interesting post! I’m like Amelie, I never saw Netflix as a useful lesson until now, but I’m glad I read this post because it gave me some perspective.

    XO, Brooke
    https://livethepreplife.blogspot.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Thank you, Brooke! I really hadn’t thought of it either, but it just came to me one day and I thought others needed to know! πŸ™‚

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  • Alyson

    August 3, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    This was such an interesting post! Thanks for sharing!
    XO Alyson | My Life as Alyson

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 3, 2016 at 2:40 pm

      Thanks, girl! I’m glad you liked it! πŸ™‚

  • Chelsie

    August 3, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I love the spin you took on this post! There are definitely a lot of businesses like Netflix that we, as bloggers, can learn from!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thanks, Chelsie! I absolutely agree! They’re such a great business model! πŸ™‚

  • Shann Eva

    August 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Awesome. I, of course, love Netflix, but never have thought about so many ways us bloggers can learn from it. Really great points and smart advice.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thanks, Shann! I hadn’t thought of it either, but it just came to me one day! πŸ™‚

  • Sam

    August 3, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    Wow this is super chocked full of great tips and tricks! I love how you say to start with one area because overhauling your whole lifestyle can be a bit overwhelming. But I love living a healthy lifestyle and I know once you tackle one area you won’t be able to stop! πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Thanks, Sam! I totally agree! I love living a healthy lifestyle as well! It’s such a great feeling! πŸ™‚

  • Ty Rakestraw

    August 3, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    The best way to manage eating smaller meals more frequently is to learn to eat when you re hungry, stop eating when you re full and refrain from eating out of boredom or stress.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:52 am

      I totally agree, Ty! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Jehava

    August 4, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Wow what a great and helpful post! I couldn’t agree more with all of your tips! Thanks for sharing!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Thanks, Jehava! I’m glad it was helpful for you! πŸ™‚

  • Michaela

    August 4, 2016 at 8:11 am

    This is all so true. I never thought about Netflix in this perspective.

    XOX
    shorelifeofm.blogspot.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Thanks so much, Michaela! I found it interesting! πŸ™‚

  • Cristina

    August 4, 2016 at 8:41 am

    This is such a fun post! I love Netflix and I never thought of what I could take away from it as a blogger – awesome!

    X,
    Cristina / cristinawashere.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:53 am

      Thank you, Cristina! They’re definitely a great business model for us bloggers! πŸ™‚

  • Lora Armendariz

    August 4, 2016 at 8:42 am

    It was fun to go through this list. Some of the habits I already own (that made me feel great) others challenged me. What a wonderful collection of quotes, tips, and recipes. Thank you!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 8:54 am

      How wonderful, Lora! Thanks for reading! I’m glad that you’re already progressing on your healthy journey and that you’ve been challenged to go even farther! πŸ™‚

  • Aleksandra

    August 4, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Not sure why people ever get angry with Netflix for their price. I mean, it is like Β£5 in the UK, right? Your cable TV would never be that cheap.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      I agree, Aleksandra! It’s around $8 in America, so that’s pretty similar! But I guess some people have just had some issues with it in the past! πŸ™‚

  • Nicole

    August 4, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Such a great post! Never would have put these ideas together, but I love blogging and I love Netflix so, of course, I loved this post, too πŸ™‚ Really awesome way to describe blogging and help bloggers start working on branding and thinking of their blog as a business. XO, Nicole // http://www.empirestyles.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! I sure hope that it can help bloggers grow their businesses! πŸ™‚

  • Candis Barbosa

    August 4, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    This was a really interesting post. When it comes down to it, blogging and Netflix are all about the content creator and the target audience. Netflix has done a lot of amazing things. Really curious what they will do in the future. I’m a huge fan of Full House and Gilmore Girls, so I’m so happy they have rebooted both on Netflix. Looking forward to A Series of Unfortunate Events coming to Netflix this year.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 4, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Thanks for reading, Candis! I absolutely agree about the content and the audience, and Netflix so gets that! They’re coming out with such awesome things that I know their future is bright! I haven’t checked out Fuller House yet, but I’m so excited for Gilmore Girls!! πŸ™‚

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  • Rebekah

    August 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Wow, I never thought of Netflix like this. I always thought it was a way of wasting precious time in bed when you should be doing other productive things, but at least now I can claim it’s for blogging research, haha!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 8, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Haha, that’s what I’m talking about, girl! πŸ˜‰

  • Brittany

    August 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Our sermon this Sunday was about this very subject! Our culture makes it seem like we are weird if we don’t go with the flow but we have to answer to God and do what is right in His sight. Thanks for sharing this great reminder.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 9, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Talk about spot on, Brittany! You’re absolutely right about answering to God! That’s what we have to focus on! πŸ™‚

  • ashley

    August 8, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    This is a great post, it makes me realize I do need to sit down and look at the bigger picture. I stopped watching Game of Thrones and Orange is The New Black BUT I still watch shows like The Bachelor and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. I know I can not pick and choose. I need to have a serious convo w/ GOD! πŸ™‚ lol.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Thanks, Ashley! It’s such a hard change to make, so any progress is good progress! Don’t be discouraged, but definitely consider what God wants for you! πŸ™‚

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  • Rebekah

    August 10, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I think it’s a great idea to always be looking for the positive in a situation. I know it helps get you through the not-awesome aspects of life! I can’t wait to use the hashtag!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 10, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Thank you so much, Rebekah! I agree! It can be so helpful to get us through the tough times! πŸ™‚ I can’t wait to see how you use this new hashtag!

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    August 10, 2016 at 9:30 am

    I will definitely be using this hashtag! Love it!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 10, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Wonderful! Thanks, Elizabeth! πŸ™‚

  • Adaleta Avdic

    August 10, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Ooooh what an incredible compilation of information all in one place! xx Adaleta Avdic

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks so much, Adaleta!

  • rachel @ athletic avocado

    August 10, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I love this so much! Found your blog from a stumble upon group and I’m in love! Thank you for sharing this and spreading the word <3

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 10, 2016 at 2:29 pm

      How wonderful! Thank you so much, Rachel!! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren @ Glitter & Grandeur

    August 10, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    This is great! So inspiring! I always try to help my readers find the joy (or find the awesome, as you say) in their daily lives. It is so important to find positive aspects in even the worst situations. Otherwise, it is too easy to let the sadness and torment overwhelm your life. Life is too short to not celebrate the awesome! My hashtag is #SpreadSparkle and I think it parallels well with your #findtheawesome. I will definitely be incorporating that hashtag into my social media this week. πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm

      Thank you so much, Lauren! I do believe we’re on the same page! We absolutely need to spread the sparkle and find the awesome in every situation! I’m excited to see how you use the hashtag!! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany

    August 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    This is so inspiring and encouraging Abbey! After my downer post today I definitely needed a reminder that things aren’t so bad!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 10, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thank you, Brittany! Your post just made my heart for you, but just know that there is good in every situation! It’ll all be okay! πŸ™‚

  • Emily @ Em Writes

    August 10, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    I love this movement! It’s so important to cling to what is good in this world. What a great way to look on the bright side.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you, Emily! I agree that the bright side is the place to be! We can do anything when we have the right attitude! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel G

    August 11, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    Love this attitude! I will try to remember to use your hashtag on instagram sometime! ‘Awesome’ is one of my most-used words to begin with, so I really appreciate this kind of focus.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 12, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you, Rachel! I’d love to see you use the hashtag! I use awesome all the time, too! πŸ™‚

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  • Fillia Barden

    August 12, 2016 at 9:05 am

    It is how we train our perspective. I believe in everything God works for our good. Even on our bad day..there’s always something to learn. And my latest post is about 5 ways to capture beauty on a lousy day. Have a read anytime 😊

    http://www.womanofcourage.co.uk

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 12, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Fillia! I absolutely agree that God works everything for our good! He’s always moving in our lives, we just have to see it! πŸ™‚

  • Megan

    August 13, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I love this so much! There is always so much to be thankful for and there is always goodness in every day.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 15, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Absolutely! Thanks so much, Megan! πŸ™‚

  • Susannah

    August 15, 2016 at 10:25 am

    I really love this perspective! I’m gonna work hard to find my awesome in every situation too! <3

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 15, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Thanks, Susannah! Sounds like you’re on the right track! πŸ™‚

  • Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    August 16, 2016 at 9:34 am

    That verse has always been one of my all time favorites, but I don’t know why…I needed to see it here again like this this morning. Thank you, Abbey. Finding the awesome today!

    Coming Up Roses

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 16, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you, Erica! It’s such a wonderful verse! I hope you succeed in finding lots of awesome today! πŸ™‚

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    August 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

    What a sweet letter! I so miss college – it was such a pivotal time for growth and changes.

    xoxo, Jenny

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 17, 2016 at 9:24 am

      Thank you, Jenny! It is such a beautiful time in life!

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    August 17, 2016 at 10:20 am

    I went to a Christian college but this still all relates! It’s insane how many people broke away from their faith or were there because their parents sent them so I struggled to find friends that genuinely loved God. But finding those good friends made college so fun and memorable!

  • GIlian

    August 17, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Great tips. I’ll be sharing this. =)

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 17, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks so much, Gilian! πŸ™‚

  • Emelia

    August 17, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    What great insight and comparisons…really made me think about connecting with my readers. Love this!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks, Emelia! I hope it can help you grow your blog! πŸ™‚

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    August 17, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    What a great post. Brings back tons of memories. Loved college, kind of! But it was also the toughest times of my life as I learned how corrupt a Christian college can be. Love this encouragement!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 18, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you, Summer! College can certainly be a tough time, but it provides wonderful opportunities, as well! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel G

    August 18, 2016 at 3:48 am

    I went to the fair advertising student clubs on my first day of college and signed up for a Bible study and a missionary kid club–best decision ever. Those two clubs affected my life so much in college, and to this day. Plus, I’m married to the guy who was advertising the Bible study at that fair so that was a bonus. πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 18, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks for reading, Rachel! That is so awesome that you found two clubs that were perfect for you! And you and your husband met there; that’s so adorable!! πŸ™‚

  • Alexis Luu

    August 18, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Great letter to keep new college students grounded and making good life decisions. πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 18, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Thank you, Alexis! I pray that it touches their lives! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany

    August 18, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    This is so sweet! I absolutely hated everything about college but maybe if I followed this advice it would have been more fun!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 19, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Aw, Brittany, I’m so sorry you had a bad experience! But at least those years are behind you now! πŸ™‚

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    August 22, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    This is such a beautiful reminder – thank you!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 23, 2016 at 1:01 pm

      Thank you, Cristina! I’m glad it touched your heart! πŸ™‚

  • Megan

    August 23, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I’m right in the middle of my college semester but I’ll never say no to some encouraging bible verses.

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 23, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      I like that attitude, Megan! I hope they touch your heart! πŸ™‚

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    August 24, 2016 at 9:07 am

    I have never tried string art but I have always loved how rustic is looks and the different textures! I love the two signs you used at your wedding, so beautiful!

    1. smalltownsoul

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      You should give it a try sometime, Elizabeth! I think you would really enjoy it! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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    August 24, 2016 at 9:21 am

    How adorable! I love this. Just saw a video of an artist in Greece who makes famous portraits with string art. It’s incredible!

    1. smalltownsoul

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    August 24, 2016 at 9:30 am

    So cute! This is so simple! I actually think i could do this.

    1. smalltownsoul

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    August 24, 2016 at 3:48 pm

    What a fun project! I’ve always wanted to try one of these!

    1. smalltownsoul

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    August 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    I love this! It looks so great but it looks really simple too, I’m going to have to give it a go.

    1. smalltownsoul

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      Thanks so much, Alison! It’s really simple and you’ll love it! πŸ™‚

  • Terryn Winfield

    August 25, 2016 at 7:16 am

    I did this a few years ago with my kids for Valentine’s Day and they loved it. You’ve inspired me to try it out again, thanks!

    1. smalltownsoul

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      Aw, that would be so much fun to do with kids! πŸ™‚ Thanks, Terryn, I hope you try it again and love it! πŸ™‚

  • Anna

    August 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Love this, a really good perspective xx

    https://aklfreebeauty.blogspot.com/

    1. smalltownsoul

      August 30, 2016 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks so much, Anna! πŸ™‚

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    I’ve always heard such good things about transcription, but never about a specific company! I was a big MMO gamer for several years and got reallllly good at typing fast too lol Thanks for sharing this secret with us!

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    September 8, 2016 at 12:48 am

    Wow! This sounds great for me! I’m going to check it out for sure. Thanks for the heads up!

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    September 8, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Look at all these fun new changes! Congratulations to you on BOTH! Such a fun time in your life! Enjoy every bit of it!

    1. smalltownsoul

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  • Marette @ Floradise

    September 8, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Congratulations! So many wonderful changes.

    Floradise: http://www.maretteflora.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 8, 2016 at 11:00 am

      Thanks, Marette! Wonderful changes, indeed! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Ann

    September 8, 2016 at 6:18 pm

    Congratulations on the new baby and house! So excited!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 9, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Thank you, Elizabeth! We are so excited! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel G

    September 8, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Congratulations on both parts of the big news! How wonderful for you guys! Your life is definitely getting more exciting!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 9, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Thank you so much, Rachel! Yes, life is getting more exciting by the minute! πŸ™‚

  • Shann Eva

    September 8, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    Congratulations! So much excitement! I love your pregnancy announcement…it is the coolest. I can’t wait to follow along on your new journeys as home owners and parents.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 9, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Thanks so much, Shann! We worked really hard on that announcement! Haha πŸ™‚

  • Kristin

    September 9, 2016 at 11:30 am

    That’s awesome, Abbey! So happy for you guys on both counts! Your announcement is so cool!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 9, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Thanks so much, Kristin! We thought it was pretty awesome! πŸ˜‰

  • Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    September 10, 2016 at 9:02 am

    WHOAAA CONGRATS, Abbey!! A baby is DEF a huge announcement. ANd I lovelovelove how you went about it, too – so creative and fun!

    Coming Up Roses

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 13, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Yay!! Thanks so much, Erica!!! We loved getting to create this announcement!! πŸ™‚

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  • Laura

    September 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

    These are really great tips! We’re looking at houses now and drawing up areas and “needs vs wants”.. so much to think about!

    I like your final tip best I think, more and more people are going realtor free so it’s an important one to remember!

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Thanks, Laura! There is definitely soooo much to think about, and it can be so overwhelming! But once you get through the process, it’s such a great feeling! Good luck on your house hunt! πŸ™‚

  • Kelsey

    September 13, 2016 at 10:21 am

    These are all great tips!! Buying a house can be stressful but if you do it the right way it’s so fun when it’s complete!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 13, 2016 at 4:44 pm

      Thank you, Kelsey! I agree 100%! πŸ™‚

  • Samantha @ Momma Wants Java

    September 13, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    These are great tips! Before we bought our house, Hubs and I talked about what we wanted vs. needed in our home. It made the searching process so much easier because we already knew what our deal-breakers were. Congratulations on your new home!!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 13, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      That is awesome, Samantha! It certainly makes the house hunt much easier! Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    September 13, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    These are great tips! When my husband and I bought a house we made sure to stand firm on how much we were willing to spend. Neither one of us wanted to be house poor. We ended up with the perfect house God had for set aside just for us! Thanks for sharing!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 13, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      That is PERFECT, Elizabeth! Absolutely wonderful! God is so faithful to provide! πŸ™‚

  • Kseniya

    September 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Great post! Loved the tips!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Thanks so much, Kseniya! πŸ™‚

  • Alyssa

    September 13, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    I’m SO pinning this for later. I’m getting married next year and one of my goals is to spend as little time as possible stuck living in apartments. Thanks for sharing!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Awesome, awesome, awesome! I hope that you’re able to find your perfect home! Thanks, Alyssa! πŸ™‚

  • Catherine Short

    September 13, 2016 at 7:17 pm

    Congratulations on the purchase of your first home! When we were first pre-approved I was so surprised at what our max loan amount could be…No wonder the housing crisis happened.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 8:47 am

      Thank you so much, Catherine! It’s very exciting! πŸ™‚ Oh, absolutely! It’s crazy what *they* think we can afford!

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    September 13, 2016 at 8:26 pm

    Awesome post, Abbey! I hope we can buy soon.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Thank you, Summer! I have no doubt that your time will come and it will be such a blessing to you! πŸ™‚

  • Dana

    September 14, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Great tips! I think it is super important to make sure you know what you can afford (without going house poor as you mentioned) before looking for that new home!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Thanks, Dana! I absolutely agree! You’re the only person that knows your finances, so you’ve got to make that decision yourself! πŸ™‚

  • Abby @ WinsteadWandering

    September 14, 2016 at 8:03 am

    Great advice! I especially love the third one. Just because a bank or mortgage company says you can afford it does NOT mean you can. A car dealership once wanted to finance a $40,000 car for my husband and I when we weren’t even making that much combined in a year. Yeah, no. It’s your responsibility to know your own finances.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 8:50 am

      Thanks, Abby! Yes, girl! Absolutely! πŸ™‚ Haha oh I feel ya there! Only you know what you can afford and it’s so important to stick to that! πŸ™‚

  • melanie

    September 14, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Great tips! I was lucky enough to inherit my grandmas house but I’ve had so many friends get the most expensive house they could afford only to lose it because they couldn’t make those ridiculously high payments for 30+ years. It’s always wise to live well within your means πŸ™‚ Congrats on the new house btw

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 8:51 am

      Thank you, Melanie! That is wonderful that you were able to inherit a home. Sadly, so many people do go house poor and aren’t able to stay in their homes. It’s so important to make wise financial choices in the beginning! πŸ™‚

  • Tanea

    September 14, 2016 at 9:08 am

    We’re buying a home soon so these are great tips! Our city is very expensive and it’s so tempting to get into a big pretty house. But you’re right, it’s so not worth being house poor. I wanna be able to decorate our home and buy things we need! Thanks for this πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Thanks, Tanea! Glad I could help! It’s definitely worth it to be reasonable with your budget and have money to still lead a good lifestyle! πŸ™‚

  • GiGi

    September 14, 2016 at 9:13 am

    I am so scared about the prospect of buying a house – especially in LA where I live. The market is terribly expensive, and the offerings are NOT what I want. I am being insanely picky, which I think is a good thing, I don’t just want to throw away money… But at times I feel like the fiance gets really impatient because he is dying to settle down and have projects.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 9:22 am

      It’s definitely one of the biggest decisions that you’ll make! Look for places you could compromise and hopefully you’ll be able to find a house that fits all of your needs and most of your wants! πŸ™‚

  • Paige @ An Uncomplicated Life Blog

    September 14, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Yes to don’t go house poor! Everything costs far more than you think, so if you can barely swing a $250k mortgage you actually truly can’t afford the house because when your water heater, HVAC or main water line goes out, you’ll have no money in savings to pay for it. Love your tips! They’re spot on.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Amen, Paige, amen!!! That is so vitally important, and it’s a lesson that lots of people unfortunately have to learn the hard way! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • cara

    September 14, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    I love the advice on thinking ahead! Regardless of where you are at in your life, it’s always good to plan for the future. Great post!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      Absolutely, Cara! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    September 14, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    “Don’t go house poor” – DEFINITELY so true!! My fiance and I were so conscious of that…we KNEW we wanted to do other things and truly live and not just be attached to an empty house for years!

    Coming Up Roses

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      Yes, Erica! That is so smart of y’all to be thinking ahead! πŸ™‚

  • KP

    September 14, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    These are great tips! I bought my first home late last year and I wish I had come across your post then – some of these things I had to learn the hard way, haha!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      Aw, I’m so sorry that you had to learn those lessons the hard way! But at least if you ever do it again, you’re well-informed! πŸ™‚

  • simi

    September 14, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Thanks for sharing this – I am getting ready to start this process myself and your tips will definitely come in handy

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 8:17 pm

      That is wonderful, Simi! I hope that they help you greatly in your search! πŸ™‚

  • janella

    September 14, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    With the poor economy here in canada, these are some really great tips that people should really pay attention to. Thanks for sharing

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 14, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks so much, Janella! I hope that these tips can definitely help people out! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany

    September 14, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Yes, these are so important! When my husband and I were looking for a home, I could not believe how much the bank “approved” us for — it was definitely an amount we could not have truly afforded based on our budgets! It’s so important to not be romanced by that number. Good for you for making a wise decision!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Thanks, Brittany! πŸ™‚ Isn’t it crazy how much money they’re willing to give you even if you can’t afford it?? Sounds like you made a wise decision, as well! πŸ™‚

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  • melanie

    September 15, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Great ideas! I need to look into swagbucks a little more. That sounds like something I’d be interested in πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 15, 2016 at 9:41 am

      Thanks, Melanie! I love Swagbucks because they’re just little things that add up to big points! πŸ™‚ I hope it works out great for you!

  • Tayler

    September 15, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I love using Teachers Pay Teachers! I taught for three years and put a lot of my lesson/unit plans on. It’s a great way to make a passive (pocket-change worth) income.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:48 am

      That’s awesome, Tayler! I taught for two years and I’m just now working on uploading my lessons! πŸ™‚

  • Wendy

    September 15, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I’m definitely going to check out REV. I’m in the UK so it will be interesting to see if people hear can use this service. I thnk this would be an ideal option for clients who are just starting out in business.

    Affiliate marketing is definitely a great way to boost your income.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:49 am

      That’s great, Wendy! As far as I know, you should be able to be a part of Rev in the UK! πŸ™‚

  • Becky @ Disney in your Day

    September 15, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    I’ll have to look into Rev! I’ve had Swagbucks for awhile but haven’t figured out a way to make much off of it.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:55 am

      I hope Rev works out for you, Becky! I don’t make a lot of money with Swagbucks, but I’ve earned quite a few Amazon gift cards! πŸ™‚

  • Marette @ Floradise

    September 15, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    These are great ideas!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Thanks so much, Marette!

  • Kelsie

    September 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Congratulations on your baby!! When are you due? We are expecting our first in March! So exciting. I think we’re going to take the leap to Etsy, and your post about getting paid to type out transcripts is super interesting! Thanks for sharing!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:56 am

      We’re due in April! Yay! That’s awesome, Kelsie! πŸ™‚ I hoping Etsy will take off and really be a good source for us! I know y’all can do it, too! πŸ™‚

  • Kristin

    September 16, 2016 at 8:01 am

    I definitely am going to check out Rev! I use Swagbucks but I need to use it more.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Yes, definitely check out Rev, Kristin! It’s great! πŸ™‚ Swagbucks can be a pretty good way to earn a few gift cards! πŸ™‚

  • Zoom

    September 16, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I love SwagBucks! In fact, I’m doing it right now in the background LOVE IT! You might also want to check out “Mechanical Turk” – I do that every morning πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 16, 2016 at 10:01 am

      That looks really interesting! I’ll check it out! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany

    September 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    These are great ideas! I have good luck with Swagbucks whenever I put the time into it. I make most of my money online through freelance writing but I also do a little bit of teaching through VIPKID and it’s good money as well!

  • Sarah

    September 17, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    I recently learned about Rev and want to apply. I would also UserTesting too. You can review websites and give feedback on your experience, and they pay you $10 for a 15-20 recording of you participating. I’ve made a few hundred dollars the past few months with it.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 19, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Rev is awesome! I hope it works out for you, Sarah! I’ll have to look into UserTesting! πŸ™‚

  • Laura

    September 20, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Forgiveness is a tenant we preach but don’t take seriously enough in our modern society I think. We need to spend more time looking at people’s hearts when they make mistakes, then judging them solely on the weight of their actions

    Thank you for a lovely post πŸ™‚
    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 20, 2016 at 9:58 am

      That’s a great point, Laura! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚ God’s heart is so forgiving towards us when we turn and come back to him!

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    September 20, 2016 at 10:57 am

    David has always been one of my favorite people in the Bible. We can learn so much from his story, and I’m ever striving to have a heart like that. It’s comforting to know that even though he screwed up so much that God still accepted him back. God sees our hearts and can see if we’re being genuine or not. Needed this encouragement today!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 20, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      I absolutely agree, Summer. God’s love is so good to us! I’m so glad that this touched your heart!

  • Megan

    September 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    That’s actually so cool. I’ve never thought of it like that before, that having a heart like David is about returning to God.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 22, 2016 at 8:49 am

      Thank you, Megan! It definitely touched my heart! πŸ™‚

  • Poorva

    September 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    this was a great read, very thought provoking!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 22, 2016 at 8:48 am

      Thanks so much, Poorva!

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  • Alanna @ Alanna & Company

    September 22, 2016 at 9:32 am

    Mine is probably to stop getting gel manicures and pedicures all the time! I can probably do all these myself but I like pampering myself.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 22, 2016 at 9:36 am

      It’s the little things that get us! Haha maybe you could set aside specific times to get those, and then do it yourself the rest of the time! πŸ™‚

  • Kelsey

    September 22, 2016 at 10:21 am

    This is a great post! I never thought about that verse like that before but you are so right!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Thank you so much, Kelsey! It was a new revelation for me, as well! πŸ™‚

  • Joules (from Pocketful of Joules)

    September 22, 2016 at 10:35 am

    For us, if we just commit to packing our lunches and snacks it makes a HUGE difference. All those little stops/purchases really add up.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 22, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Yes, absolutely! That is so true! Great idea! πŸ™‚

  • Falon

    September 22, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    I’ve never heard about Cricket, I’m going to look into that! I think buying the new phones as soon as they come out is crazy, I always wait until they go “on sale”.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 23, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Good idea, Falon! I definitely recommend Cricket! We have had perfect service and it’s cheaper! πŸ™‚

  • Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    September 23, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Reusing printer paper is so smart! That stuff is so expensive.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 23, 2016 at 12:19 pm

      Right?? Which is ridiculous, because it’s paper. Haha

  • Maddie

    September 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I feel like whenever a new iPhone comes out everyone needs to drop the phone they have and upgrade! It’s crazy how much money we put into technology these days. Great post- thanks for sharing!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 24, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Isn’t that just crazy?? Thanks so much, Maddie!

  • Mischelle Sandowich

    September 26, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Praise God that He continues to draw us back to Himself. He forgives and restores, even though He disciplines. And then He sees us as holy. Thanks for sharing.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 26, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Amen! Thanks so much, Mischelle!

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  • Mistle

    September 26, 2016 at 9:54 am

    All great points. I believe that it is important to align with whatever you feel is right due to your beliefs. That’s awesome that you are staying true to your beliefs when it comes to entertainment.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 26, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Absolutely, Mistle! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel G

    September 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    I think there are things to be said on both sides of the entertainment debate for Christians–and you have to do what you’re convicted is right. My beliefs about entertainment might be slightly different–I watch something for i’s message, for its truth, and if there happens to be swear words or something I don’t want to hear/see, I’m okay with ignoring some things in favor of a truly worthwhile message.

    I have Christian friends who walked out of the movie “Les Mis” when it came out in theaters, saying that they couldn’t believe the kind of filth Hollywood produces these days, that the movie glorified sin and glorified a sinful life. I’m a Christian, and walked out of the movie (at the end), in tears because of the beauty of the undeserved grace that the priest showed Jean ValJean and how it changed his life–and how Javert was lost because he couldn’t understand grace, he could only understand law. To me–yes, “Les Mis” portrays devastatingly sad, abusive, unjust, vulgar times, which really happened in the French Revolution, but in the midst of the darkness, it shows the power and light of grace.
    In another example, I have Christian friends who borrowed our copy of “Schindler’s List” and then gave it back to us, telling us they were horrified and unable to watch the movie because of the nudity of the prisoners in the camp. To me, that movie is a heartbreaking story of a not-very-good man who was able to set aside his self-interest and save many, many people from certain death. It’s a good story and a true one. And, it’s a horrifying thing that prisoners during the Holocaust underwent many shameful and horrifying things, one of which was being made to strip out of their clothes–movies shouldn’t whitewash the Holocaust, they shouldn’t make it easier to watch or more palatable, at least in my opinion–it’s good that they remind us how truly horrifying that part of history was–something that should never, ever be forgotten.
    To me, the message matters a little more than the specifics. Both “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The Hangover” portray horrifying, sinful things. But I’ll watch the first and allow my heart to break over the plight of street children in India, and I’ll learn what I can about the beggars that live on my own streets and how best to help them. The other…I’ll never watch because there’s no beauty, no genuinely good message or story, it’s just stupid sin.
    For me, my faith definitely affects my entertainment choices–but it doesn’t always mean that I won’t watch something that happens to portray something yucky–to me, there’s a difference between portraying and promoting/glorifying. Some movies definitely promote/glorify sinful lifestyles–in my opinion, “Les Mis” is not one of those, thought it definitely portrays horrific happenings. And I’m with you on “How I Met Your Mother” or “Big Bang Theory”–to me, neither of those portray truth beautifully or only include vulgarity in a necessary or real way–to me, there’s no good reason to watch either show.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 8:51 am

      This is a BEAUTIFUL comment, Rachel! Thank you so much for sharing your insight! I struggle with watching movies that portray sin, whether they’re glorifying it or not, but I love your point about overlooking those things to take in the message of the film. The message is what truly matters about the movie, and it is what we should take to heart. This has challenged me, and I thank you so much for your words! πŸ™‚

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  • Merisa

    September 27, 2016 at 9:35 am

    I was seriously just sitting at my desk thinking of what I was going to scrape together for breakfast and now I want blueberry muffins! They look amazing! Thanks for sharing xx Merisa | Monogrammed Magnolias

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 27, 2016 at 9:43 am

      You should totally make them now! Haha thanks girl! I hope you try some of these and love them! πŸ™‚

      1. Rachel

        September 27, 2016 at 10:15 am

        Abbey, I am drooling! I already ate breakfast, but now I am thinking about brunch or brinner!

        Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

        1. smalltownsoul

          September 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

          Thanks so much, Rachel! These recipes are definitely delicious any time of the day! πŸ™‚

  • Casey

    September 27, 2016 at 10:13 am

    That quinoa bake sounnds ah-mazing! Making that this week!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 8:52 am

      It is soooo good! I hope you love it, Casey! πŸ™‚

  • Allie

    September 27, 2016 at 10:39 am

    If you decide to breastfeed, you will be ahead in the game! Oatmeal is great for increasing your milk supply!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Ooooh, that’s awesome to know! Thanks, Allie! πŸ™‚

  • Kiara

    September 27, 2016 at 10:43 am

    Those oatmeal muffins look incredible! Thank you for sharing all these options!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 8:59 am

      No problem, Kiara! They’re delicious! πŸ™‚

  • Becky

    September 27, 2016 at 10:50 am

    Thank you so much for including my zucchini bread! And, man, you sure put together a great list of recipes! I can’t wait to try some of them! Happy Tuesday – I hope your week is off to a beautiful start!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Of course, Becky! It is absolutely delicious! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Neely

    September 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I am for sure trying those blueberry oatmeal muffin cups! YUM!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

      Go for it, girl! πŸ™‚

  • Amelie

    September 27, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    These recipes all seem so good! I’m definitely going to have to try them soon!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 9:00 am

      They certainly are! You won’t regret any of them, Amelie! πŸ™‚

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    September 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Those apple oatmeal bars are calling my name!! Apple season is the best!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 9:08 am

      I love all of these, but those are definitely my favorite! πŸ™‚ Another reason to love fall!

  • Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine

    September 27, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Those apple oatmeal bars look delicious! You have me craving all sorts of home baked goodies πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 9:01 am

      I ate one for breakfast; they’re definitely amazing! πŸ˜‰ haha well go make you some, Amanda! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren @ Glitter & Grandeur

    September 27, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    These look so good! I have been wanting to try zucchini bread (or brownies haha) but have not had the chance. This might be my sign to stop being lazy and try it!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 9:02 am

      You will love it, Lauren! Definitely give it a shot! πŸ™‚ It’s really pretty easy!

  • Kristin

    September 27, 2016 at 7:55 pm

    What’s so funny is that back when I had no idea what I was doing with my blog, I made apple oatmeal bars very similar to the one’s you listed (but with a horrible image). It’s out there floating around on Pinterest somewhere :p

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Oh my goodness! Haha that’s awesome!

  • Ashley

    September 27, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    I think I lived on zucchini as a kid! These are great!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 9:03 am

      I never cared for it much until I was an adult, but now I love it! Thanks, Ashley! πŸ™‚

  • Melanie

    September 27, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    These look great! I’m going to try the quinoa bake with flax in place of the egg!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Thank you, Melanie! That sounds great! πŸ™‚

  • Keating

    September 27, 2016 at 11:08 pm

    Those blueberry muffins look delicious! I’ve been wanting to get into more breakfast foods. I was never a breakfast person growing up, but now that I’m older, I realize just how important it is. I’ll have to try to make some at home sometime.

    xo, Keating | Mimosas and Manicures
    http://www.mimosasandmanicures.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Isn’t it funny what we realize when we get older? πŸ˜‰ These are definitely great breakfast foods to start with! They’re easy and delicious! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    September 28, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Oh my goodness! I’m going to have to try these! Thank you so much far sharing!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Go for it, Elizabeth! πŸ™‚

  • Leah

    September 28, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Those apple cinnamon oatmeal muffins look so good! I’ll definitely be making a batch of those for the week some time soon. They seem like a great breakfast to pack on the go.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 10:48 am

      They are perfect for on the go! πŸ™‚ I hope you love them, Leah!

  • Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    September 28, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Lovelovelove this – I’m always in need of fresh breakfast ideas to mix it up! Loving those first cups…I just might make ’em next week!

    Coming Up Roses

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Awesome, Erica! πŸ™‚ You can’t go wrong with any of them! πŸ™‚

  • Rebekah

    September 28, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    These looks SO good- I was just thinking about finding new breakfast options!

    xox, Rebekah
    RebekahBlogs.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 28, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      They’re super delicious! You’ve gotta try some of them, Rebekah! πŸ™‚

  • Alyssa Dawson

    September 28, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    These look delicious! I’m not a fan of eggs so I’m always looking for alternatives.

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 30, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      I got you covered, Alyssa! πŸ˜‰

  • Brittany

    September 28, 2016 at 4:19 pm

    Oh yum! I just can’t get enough of oatmeal! I love these oatmeal muffin ideas. These would be great to make and freeze before baby arrives, or to take to a nursing mom! Oats are supposedly good for milk supply, and I’ll use any excuse to eat them. πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 30, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Oatmeal is so good! I just found out it was good for milk supply, and that gets me excited for when baby comes! πŸ™‚

  • Greta

    September 28, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    I’m always trying to think of new things to make for breakfast! These recipes look perfect!

    Greta | http://www.gretahollar.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 30, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Awesome! Thanks, Greta! πŸ™‚

  • Allison

    September 28, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    I LOVE breakfast and recognize how important it is but always get so bored with the same ol options! (there are also so many unhealthy ones out there). Just bookmarked the blueberry oatmeal cups and zucchini bread – they look amaze!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      I totally understand getting bored, Allison! Those blueberry cups and zucchini bread will definitely brighten up your breakfasts! πŸ™‚

  • Mackenzie

    September 29, 2016 at 8:59 am

    I love a good savoury breakfast of eggs but that apple cinnamon quinoa bake looks like it might convert me. Great post!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 30, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      I still love my eggs, but that bake is fantastic! Thanks, Mackenzie! πŸ™‚

  • courtney

    September 29, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    I LOVE blueberry muffins too and both of those recipes look incredible but I think the greek yogurt on sounds delish!

    La Belle Sirene

    1. smalltownsoul

      September 30, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      It’s my absolute favorite, Courtney! πŸ™‚

  • Farrah

    September 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Rev sounds right up my alley! I type fairly quickly, so this would be pretty cool to help supplement my livelihood if I have a little spare time! Thank you for this post! πŸ˜€

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      That’s wonderful, Farrah! I hope it’s a perfect fit! πŸ™‚

  • Emily

    September 30, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    Zucchini bread! I love zucchini bread and muffins and breakfast bakes and all that deliciousness. Thankful I found you through the Peony Project.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 3, 2016 at 2:36 pm

      Aw, thank you so much, Emily! πŸ™‚ I’m a big fan of baking with zucchini myself! And baking in general! πŸ˜‰

  • Beth

    October 1, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Those all look delicious! I want to try them all, but I haven’t ever baked with quinoa, so I think that will be the first one I try.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 3, 2016 at 2:35 pm

      That’s a great one to start with, Beth! πŸ™‚

  • The Perfect Way To Make Your Spouse Feel Appreciated Every Day – Small Town Soul

    October 4, 2016 at 8:09 am

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  • Elizabeth Johnson

    October 4, 2016 at 10:26 am

    Thankfully my husband and I are very good at telling each other how much we appreciate them. Another way to show appreciation is by saying “Thank You”. Even for the smallest task. It really does carry a lot of weight. πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 4, 2016 at 10:35 am

      That is wonderful, Elizabeth! And it is so important to just say thank you! Our words have such power! πŸ™‚

  • Jasmine

    October 4, 2016 at 11:28 am

    I’m not married (yet) but these are some great tips to keep for future husband. πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Absolutely, Jasmine! Thank you! πŸ™‚

  • Lecy | A Simpler Grace

    October 4, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Aww, I love seeing some of your wedding photos! You guys make a great pair! This is fantastic advice. Communication is so important in any relationship and often times, just telling someone you appreciate them can go a long way!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you so much, Lecy! That is so sweet! πŸ™‚ I agree that appreciation is important in any relationship! Great point!

  • Mummyitsok

    October 4, 2016 at 12:34 pm

    It’s true the smallest gesture can really go along away! I think it’s especially important when you have children too as there’s less time for one another πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm

      Absolutely! That’s a really good point! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Kelsie

    October 4, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    I love this so much and couldn’t agree more! I find that Aaron just lights up when I praise him or thank him for something. He’s a huge words of affirmation guy!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you, Kelsie! Caleb is the same way, and I love being able to speak that life into him! πŸ™‚

  • Melanie

    October 4, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Telling them is so important but also showing them through little things. Me and my sweetie are on different shifts but I always bring him a coffee when I come home in the morning and on the weekends I try to have breakfast made before he wakes up. Good post😊

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 6, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      That is so sweet! Showing them is also important, especially when you know what makes them happy! Thank you, Melanie! πŸ™‚

  • Poorva

    October 4, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    lovely post πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      Thanks, Poorva!

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    October 4, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    This is a huge huge factor! So important. We’re always telling each other how much we appreciate each other.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 6, 2016 at 12:42 pm

      That is wonderful, Summer! I agree that it’s a big deal! πŸ™‚

  • Kristin

    October 4, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Appreciation (and showing it) is so important in marriage. I love your story about the butter. Great reminder of loving through the little things πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 6, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Yes, Kristin, absolutely! It is so often the little things! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel G

    October 4, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    This just goes to show the power of good words!! πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 6, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Exactly, Rachel! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren

    October 5, 2016 at 10:35 am

    My husband is really amazing about putting a cup of coffee in the fridge for me before I wake up or the night before. I like my coffee cold but I hate to wait for it to cool down for me in the morning. We try to tell each other how amazing the other one is every day. <3

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 6, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      That’s really sweet, Lauren! πŸ™‚ That is so, so important!

  • Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    October 5, 2016 at 10:49 am

    You’re so right, Abbey. Marriage isn’t hard…so long as the love and respect and appreciation is CONSTANT. Appreciation is SO huge…you just have to take the time to show that you really do care endlessly! It’s so powerful.

    Coming Up Roses

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 6, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      Thanks so much, Erica! You are absolutely right! πŸ™‚

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  • Megan

    October 11, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    This is such a good point. Sometimes if I get into bed kinda late and know I don’t have long to read before I conk out I pick up my devotional book instead of the bible (guilty!!!)
    Sometimes the bible can feel a bit heavy and requiring too much concentration…but I know that it is the most valuable thing we can read.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 11, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Thank you, Megan! I think there are certainly times, when we’re tired or running late, that the devotional can suffice until we have a chance to read the Bible. It’s just when it becomes an everyday habit that I think it’s more of a cause for concern. It can be so difficult to dig through, but God is so willing to speak to our hearts. And all because He loves us! That’s what makes it so worth it! πŸ™‚

  • Mistle

    October 11, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    Great points! I think there should be a healthy balance between reading devotional books and the bible.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 13, 2016 at 9:51 am

      I absolutely agree, Mistle! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

  • annette @ Fish ‘n Cans

    October 12, 2016 at 6:50 am

    I stopped using devotionals ages ago. I found them irritating when they plopped a scripture down on them that had nothing to do with what they were talking about. I wanted that real connection to God’s word.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 13, 2016 at 9:56 am

      I can completely understand that, Annette! Your desire for God’s word is a wonderful thing! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany

    October 12, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Love this! I feel like I did this a lot whenever I was using devotionals that were on my phone. It was just easier to grab my phone instead of my Bible, but it’s a terrible habit.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Thank you, Brittany! Oh yeah, I used to use them on my phone, too, and that’s even more of a temptation!

  • Derick Dickens

    October 12, 2016 at 10:29 am

    Good advice. Thanks for the appropriate reminder.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 13, 2016 at 10:06 am

      Thank you, Derick!

  • David Soemarko

    October 12, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Devotional materials has its place, but yes, we need to return to the Bible!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 13, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Thanks, David!

  • Mischelle Sandowich

    October 12, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Very good questions. I have enjoyed the use of devotionals from time to time, but find the most encouragement from Scripture. I like to journal what I am learning. This is almost like a personal devotional that is based on what God has taught me through His word.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 13, 2016 at 10:07 am

      Thank you, Mischelle! I journal through my quiet times, as well, but I never thought of it as a personal devotional! That is beautiful! πŸ™‚

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  • Scott

    October 13, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Hi Abbey,
    When I saw the title from your post, my first thought was, “I hope she mentions how often people read devotionals instead of God’s Word” and it was your first point :).

    At times I’ve compared devotionals to nutritional supplements: they aren’t meant to replace the “real” food.

    While I can appreciate the place devotionals have played in people’s lives at times, it’s unfortunate how people will at times only read them, wanting something someone has already consumed and reproduced for them.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

      I’m glad I didn’t disappoint! Haha thanks, Scott! πŸ™‚ I absolutely agree that they don’t replace the true Word of God! As you said, they have a place, but they can’t be our only nutrition! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel

    October 14, 2016 at 8:38 am

    Great tips Abbey! I haven’t tried any of these yet (well I’ve been an affiliate on a few things, but definitely have a lot more to learn and try!) so will definitely have to check out!

    Rachel | http://www.theconfusedmillennial.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Thanks, Rachel! πŸ™‚ You should definitely check out Swagbucks first! πŸ™‚

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    October 14, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Really good stuff! I have so many mom friends that are so crafty and talented – I have no idea why they don’t sell their goodies on Etsy!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 9:40 am

      Thanks, Chrissa! They should definitely go for it on Etsy! πŸ™‚

  • Rebekah

    October 14, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Great post! Id never heard of Rev! Going to check it out πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Thanks, Rebekah! I hope it’s the perfect fit for you! πŸ™‚

  • Adriana Renee

    October 14, 2016 at 9:37 am

    Swagbucks sounds like such a fun way to make money! Like surveys and watching videos? Yes, sign me up!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Go for it, girl! It’s awesome!

  • Trish

    October 14, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Great ideas! I am an Etsy person and want to look into your other suggestions, too. Thank you!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Awesome, Trish! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • Kendra

    October 14, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Im definitely going to be checking out some of those items you have listed!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      No problem, Kendra! πŸ™‚ I hope they work out for you! Swagbucks is one of my favorites! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    October 14, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Such a great post! I have never heard of Rev. I’ll have to check it out!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Rev has been great supplemental income for our family! πŸ™‚

  • Angela

    October 14, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    Rev sounds awesome!! One day I’ll be able to check it out!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 14, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      I sure love it! Hope it works for you when you get a chance! πŸ™‚

  • Sarah

    October 16, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks for the post about this – I have thought about doing something like this before but it always sounded like it was hard to get your foot in the door to any kind of decent or regular work. This one sounds like they are really addressing that issue. So thanks for the share!

    Also, side note – you may consider having a ‘popular posts’ on the side bar so people can find things. It looks like you have a lot on here but outside of the very recent or the end of each month listed, it’s not that easy to find older things. I came across this post somehow and when I came back to your website I almost thought it was the wrong one because I had a hard time finding the link (and therefore the name of it!)

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 17, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      Thanks, Sarah! You’re right; Rev is doing a great job of making it easy for people to get started! It’s one of the things that I love about them and I think you’ll enjoy it as well. πŸ™‚ Thank you for that suggestion; I’ll get to work on it soon! I definitely want to make my site as easy to navigate as possible! πŸ™‚

  • adriana

    October 16, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    These are great ideas! Etsy is HUGE! Love this!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 17, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      Absolutely! Thanks, Adriana! πŸ™‚

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    October 18, 2016 at 9:02 am

    I miss bonfires so much! Living in an apartment is no fun…haha. But I do love making fall treats – apple pie, apple crisp….mmm!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

      Aw, that’s a bummer! But YES to apple anything! πŸ™‚

  • Casey Capra

    October 18, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Hikes are my faves!!
    Allergic to apples, so I’ve been trying to find fall desserts/treats that are still fall-y without being apple!

    Great post:)

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Thanks, Casey! I love hiking too! πŸ™‚ But allergic to apples??? How sad! πŸ™

  • Jenna Graziani

    October 18, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Fall hikes and baked goods are my FAVORITE! I just came up with a Paleo apple crumble πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 9:08 am

      I’m with ya, Jenna!! Ooooh, that sounds good!

  • Jannine

    October 18, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Baking fall treats is one of my favourite fall things to do. Pumpkin carving and seeing a haunted house/corn maze/apple picking is another great way to create some fall memories <3

    xo Jannine | http://www.happystylishfit.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Mine too, Jannine! πŸ™‚ Oh I do love corn mazes! And I’d love to go apple picking! πŸ™‚

  • Samantha @ Momma Wants Java

    October 18, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    This is such a great list! I’ve always left seasonal decorating for Christmas, but I definitely see how much fun it could add for other holidays as well. It’s about time for this family to hop all over that! πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 9:10 am

      Thanks, Samantha! I’m not too good at decorating for fall, but my sister in law rocks it! I think it would be so fun! πŸ™‚

  • Maggie

    October 18, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    This post has me so pumped for fall! Thanks for sharing!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Thanks, Maggie! Me too! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany

    October 18, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I’ve cooked with pumpkin a lot this month, but I’m also really an apple fan. Apple cider is my favorite. I loooove this list. It has everything on it that I want to do.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Thanks, Brittany! They’re my favorites, too! I’m not a huge pumpkin fan, but it definitely has its place! πŸ™‚ I LOVE apple cider! πŸ™‚

  • Kristin

    October 19, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Love this, Abbey! The first sentence of this post sums up exactly how I feel about Fall too!
    Taylor and I actually have a perfect spot for bonfires, and we need to have one. Unfortunately, the Fall weather keeps taunting us and them leaving us. It’s 85 today :/

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thanks, Kristin! Fall is so great! πŸ™‚ I understand that; we’ve had a lot of warm weather too. It’s such a bummer!

  • Ashley

    October 19, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Fall is our favorite time of year. It’s the one time we all gather to visit my parents in West Virginia so we definitely do festivals and bonfires then. It’s always so much fun!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Aw, that sounds so fun, Ashley! Fall is beautiful! πŸ™‚

  • Courtney

    October 19, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Baking is always a big fall must for our family. Getting everyone in the kitchen is priceless time together. Love your list!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 19, 2016 at 10:46 am

      Thank you, Courtney! Family baking time is so much fun! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    October 19, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Great post! I hope to have a family fun day soon. Every Fall we make my husband’s grandmother’s pumpkin bread recipe. It is so delicious and it doesn’t last long!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 9:51 am

      Thanks, Elizabeth! I hope y’all have so much fun! πŸ™‚ Oooooh, that sounds amazing!

  • Angela

    October 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    I love your decorating photo! So awesome!! I wish I had a spot for a bonfire! Bonfires are perfect for fall! One day! Great list!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Thanks, Angela! That was actually my sister-in-law’s decorating for Thanksgiving a few years ago; she’s really good at it! πŸ™‚ And yes, bonfires are my favorite!

  • Bridget

    October 19, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Thank God, a realistic post on making a little extra cash. If I read one more post about blogging about something for money, I might scream. This list actually has things I can do without writing blogs to no one (because no one would read my blogs). Thanks for the tips!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 9:52 am

      Haha, no problem, Bridget! πŸ™‚ Blogging can make money, but there are definitely lots and lots of other options, and some of them are even better! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany

    October 19, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I love this list! My husband and I try to do many of these things each year. Fall treats, bonfires, and giving thanks are nonnegotiable! We also try to go on a fall holiday each year, but this year we didn’t get to it.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Thank you, Brittany! That’s so great! A fall holiday sounds beautiful, but I’m sure you will still enjoy your time at home! πŸ™‚

  • Pam

    October 19, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    We’ve already done a few of these including baking sweets together and a bonfire! Can’t wait to make more memories πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Aw, that’s wonderful, Pam! Memories are a beautiful thing! πŸ™‚

  • Ashley

    October 20, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I LOVE decorating the house for Fall! The smells especially make me fell like it’s really Fall.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 9:54 am

      I completely agree, Ashley! The smells of fall are simply amazing! πŸ™‚

  • Jannine

    October 20, 2016 at 9:37 am

    That coaster is hilarious, and I know someone who would love the axe. I’m definitely going to refer back to this list as it gets closer to Christmas

    xo Jannine | http://www.happystylishfit.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 9:55 am

      Isn’t it?? I want it for myself! Haha I’m so glad it’s going to be useful for you, Jannine! Best of luck in your shopping! πŸ™‚

  • Joy

    October 20, 2016 at 9:57 am

    FUN gifts!!! Gosh I struggle so much in figuring out gifts for my husband, but these are honestly off the beaten path of “typical” guy gifts that are usually really lame. That wood wallet *heart eyes*

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Thanks, Joy! I’ve been in the same boat as you; that’s why I wanted to make a different kind of list! Yesss, the wood wallet! Amazing, right?? πŸ™‚

  • cara

    October 20, 2016 at 10:07 am

    These are such great ideas! Baking in the fall is a definite must in my family!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 10:43 am

      I love baking, too, Cara! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • cara

    October 20, 2016 at 11:40 am

    What is it about men and their gadgets? Haha my husband loves getting stuff like this. Lots of great ideas here!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Girl, I gotta admit, I love gadgets, too! Haha I want some of the stuff on this list! πŸ™‚ Thanks, Cara!

  • Rachel Lynn

    October 20, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I baked pumpkin spice snickerdoodles with my boyfriend a week or two ago and we had so much fun goofing off and ‘testing’ the dough. πŸ˜› I really want to go to a pumpkin farm/apple orchard and I also want to build a bonfire. Those are all such quintessential fall activities πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 11:52 am

      That sounds yummy and super fun!! πŸ™‚ I’ve never been to an apple orchard, so I think that would be really fun! Thanks, Rachel! πŸ™‚

  • Laura

    October 20, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Love all of these suggestions! I live in Canada so thanksgiving has come and gone, but at the beginning of November my Boyfriend’s british family will be celebrating Guy Fawkes with a big bonfire and fireworks!

    Haven’t been to market (yet) but those are fall memories ready to be made

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

  • Megan

    October 20, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    This is such a great idea. Men are so hard to shop for! I love that watch, it looks awesome.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 2:03 pm

      I agree, Megan! Thank you so much! Caleb has that watch and loves it! πŸ™‚

  • Becky @ Disney in your Day

    October 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Lots of fun things on here! My husband has that first belt on the list and he absolutely loves it. I have flipbelt myself for running and it’s so convenient!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm

      Thanks, Becky! Oh, that’s great! I’ve thought about getting one of those belts for my husband! And the flip belt looks so great for running! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    October 20, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Such a fun guide! My husband has a flip belt and he LOVES it! He uses it all the time!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 2:01 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth! That’s awesome! I want one for me! πŸ˜‰

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    October 20, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    Loving that wood watch! Super unique and practical. πŸ™‚ Great round-up!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 20, 2016 at 7:52 pm

      I agree, Summer! Caleb loves his! πŸ™‚ Thanks, girl!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    October 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

    I got my hubby a TreeHut watch for our 5th year anniv (traditional gift is wood). I was unsure if he would like it, but he LOVED it. I even had it engraved. Such a great gift idea!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 21, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      How cool, Chrissa! I got my husband his for our wedding, and I was surprised that he loved it that much, too! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel

    October 21, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Fun picks! Guys can be tough to buy for sometimes.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 21, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Absolutely, Rachel! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth

    October 21, 2016 at 10:59 am

    These are such great ideas! I love that Star Wars Catch Phrase!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 21, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Thank you, Elizabeth! That was one of my favorites, too! πŸ™‚

  • Kayla Aimee

    October 21, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I love that jacket, thanks for the idea!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 21, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      Isn’t it great?? Thanks, Kayla! πŸ™‚

  • Courtney

    October 21, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    We’re huge Star Wars nuts so I know Michael would love the Star Wars game. Cute and fun picks!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 24, 2016 at 10:32 am

      My husband loves Star Wars, too! Thanks, Courtney! πŸ™‚

  • Kelsie

    October 21, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Oh YAY! How did you know that my hubby’s birthday is next month ??! Love it! These are great for Christmas too.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 24, 2016 at 10:32 am

      I got you, girl! πŸ˜‰ Thanks, Kelsie!

  • Brittany

    October 22, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Men are just not easy to shop for! Thanks for sharing these ideas.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 24, 2016 at 10:32 am

      Amen, Brittany! Amen! Haha no problem! πŸ™‚

  • Heather with WELLFITandFED

    October 22, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I desperately need some ideas like this. Thank you!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 24, 2016 at 10:33 am

      No problem, Heather! Thanks for checking them out! πŸ™‚

  • Amanda Rinehart

    October 22, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Thanks for the ideas! My husband is always so hard to shop for!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 24, 2016 at 10:34 am

      You’re welcome, Amanda! I hope these come in handy! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren

    October 24, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Our family does a “thankful” tree every november, where everyone in our house has to list things they are thnakful for everyday and we hang them up…It’s awesome! I agree, nothing beats a fall hike. We want to get out on another this weekend!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

      Aw, that is such an AWESOME idea, Lauren! Thank you so much for sharing that! πŸ™‚

  • Laura

    October 25, 2016 at 8:17 am

    THIS! I have the hardest time buying for the men in my life, seriously, why are they so hard to buy for?

    The adjustable dumbbells and the pizza cutter are genius, definitely on the list!

    xxox
    Laura @ http://www.cookwineandthinker.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 25, 2016 at 9:53 am

      I feel ya, Laura! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • Jasmine

    October 25, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Reasons why I love making Fall Bucket Lists because we can take pictures of the things we do as a memory keep sake πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 25, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Yes, that is so wonderful, Jasmine! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel G

    October 25, 2016 at 6:31 pm

    That Star Wars Catch Phrase game is cool! I’m probably going to get my husband a belt for Christmas–his current one is in sad shape, haha!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 26, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Isn’t it neat?? Oh, that’s always a good gift! My husband really likes the one on this list! πŸ™‚

  • Keating

    October 25, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    So many great ideas!! I never would have thought of some of these. Buying gifts for men can be so challenging sometimes. Also, I am super excited to see gift guides already. I have couple planned for next month so now I don’t feel like I’m posting Christmas topics too soon haha

    xo, Keating | Why Hello Lovely
    http://www.whyhellolovely.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 26, 2016 at 10:19 am

      Thanks so much, Keating! πŸ™‚ I know, some of them are pretty cool and unusual! Can’t wait to see your gift guides! πŸ™‚

  • Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    October 26, 2016 at 9:57 am

    All beautiful choices, Abbey! I love Peace Song by Kye Kye and Power In The Name Of Jesus by Ascend The Hill. πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 26, 2016 at 10:21 am

      Thank you, Summer! πŸ™‚ I had never heard Peace Song, so I just listened to it, and it is SO GOOD!!!! And I LOVE Power In The Name of Jesus! πŸ™‚

  • Aishwarya

    October 26, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I’m downloading all these right away! I usually listen to ‘Fight Song’. Thanks for this list. Would be very helpful! πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 26, 2016 at 1:55 pm

      Yay, that’s awesome! I hope they speak to you deeply! πŸ™‚ Oh, I love “Fight Song”!!

  • Kelsie

    October 26, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    Ooooh I love this! What a great post. So relevant in this time of life, with pregnancy and all. Adding to my list. Thanks, friend!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Wonderful, Kelsie! I’m glad I could help! πŸ™‚

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  • Sheila Jo

    October 27, 2016 at 8:15 am

    The mermaid tail blanket looks fun, and I always love cute socks!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 27, 2016 at 8:46 am

      Me too, Sheila Jo! I love the socks! Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

  • Nicole DaRosa

    October 27, 2016 at 9:14 am

    I would love if someone gave me washi tape as a present!! Lol such a cute idea

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Girl, me too! Haha thanks, Nicole! πŸ™‚

  • Heather with WELLFITandFED

    October 27, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I love how fun and well curated these are. I can see your personal style peeking through here!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you, Heather! I have to say, I’m not real subtle. πŸ˜‰

  • Bria | Tendril Wild Blog

    October 27, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Hmm, I think our tastes are somewhat similar – I like so many things on your list! That keyboard and mouse are beautiful, I agree! And I can literally never have too many planners, haha. (Even if I don’t use them all that often…they’re just so pretty, I have to buy them all!)

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:32 pm

      That is awesome, Bria!! πŸ™‚ And I’m right there with you on planners!! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany

    October 27, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    I love the Mermaid blanket. So cute!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      It’s so neat, isn’t it?? Thanks, Brittany! πŸ™‚

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    October 27, 2016 at 3:49 pm

    These gifts sound amazing! What a great gift guide!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Thanks, Elizabeth! πŸ™‚

  • Megan

    October 27, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I’m obsessed with those socks. I love socks way too much. I’m so excited for Christmas and giving gifts to everyone.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      Yes, girl, YES! I LOVE socks and I am so excited for gift giving this Christmas!!! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren @ Glitter & Grandeur

    October 27, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    I can’t believe it’s almost time for Christmas! I need to start saving so I can afford gifts. AHH!!! Anyway, I love this post! The gifts are all so unique yet practical. Great job coming up with this list.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Isn’t it crazy, Lauren?! Haha we’ve started saving too! πŸ˜‰ Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Kelsie

    October 27, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Love it! Those mermaid blankets are the cutest thing ever. Yay for gift ideas!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:34 pm

      Aren’t they adorable?? Thanks so much, Kelsie! πŸ™‚

  • Beth

    October 27, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    I can never have enough cute socks! Every year for the holidays I ask for socks, and now my daughter does too.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      Me too, Beth! πŸ™‚ Aw, that is so awesome! What a fun tradition!

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    October 28, 2016 at 10:10 am

    I want that KeepCup!! My mugs are so sad and dingy. This is a cool list of unique items!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      Isn’t it beautiful?? Thank you, Chrissa! πŸ™‚

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  • Angela

    October 28, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Aromatherapy Necklace sounds like a neat idea! I also love the state coasters! That’s an awesome idea!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 28, 2016 at 1:36 pm

      I think so too, Angela, on both of those! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Christy F

    October 28, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    These are great gift ideas! It’s crazy that Christmas will be here before we know it! I really like the mermaid blanket!

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 31, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Thanks, Christy! I thought the mermaid blanket was pretty cool, too! πŸ™‚

  • Jenny

    October 31, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Do many great gifts here! I can’t believe that the holidays are so close.

    1. smalltownsoul

      October 31, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Thanks, Jenny! πŸ™‚ I know, isn’t it crazy??

  • Lindsay

    October 31, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    I just posted a gift guide and was of course interested in yours – I LOVE your list and will be doing some shopping off it it. I particularly love that little yellow camera.

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 3, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Aw, that is awesome! Thank you so much, Lindsay! πŸ™‚ I love that camera, too!

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  • Kristin

    November 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    This is such a great reminder, Abbey and I completely agree. We don’t pray together every day, but I think making it a together-daily-habit is a wonderful idea. We try to read the bible and pray together but its sporadic. Thank you for the reminder of how important this is!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 1, 2016 at 1:43 pm

      Thank you so much, Kristin! I believe it’s something that has impacted our marriage in the best way, and I hope it does the same for y’all! πŸ™‚

  • Lori

    November 1, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    What great advice…my husband and I have been married for nine years and we still don’t have this down. You are off to a great start! My best advice for engaged couples/newlyweds is usually regarding communication and conflict resolution. I think we have always done really well in this area. Thanks so much for sharing!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

      Thank you, Lori! I absolutely agree with your advice about communication; it is sooo important! πŸ™‚

  • Heather with WELLFITandFED

    November 1, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    We do not have this one figured out yet. It is great that you do. I am still super happily married. Fifteen years!! But seriously great foundation for you two to start on.

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 2, 2016 at 9:54 am

      That is wonderful, Heather! Fifteen years is awesome accomplishment! What a beautiful journey! Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Leah

    November 2, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Love the reminder to pray together every night. It’s SO important to grow in faith together as a couple. Keep doing what you’re doing πŸ™‚
    -Leah

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 2, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Thank you, Leah!! Growing in faith is part of the sweet journey of marriage! πŸ™‚

  • Jessica

    November 2, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Hi Abbey! While I don’t agree that marriage isn’t hard (I think it’s one of the hardest things we’ll ever do, but the work is worth doing and the reward is so great!), I do agree that praying together each night is one of the best things a married couple can do. It protects us from going to bed angry and from falling out of touch with each other and it points us back to God! I know our nightly prayers are mostly expressing gratitude for the gifts of our day and I love this habit we’ve built our marriage on. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 3, 2016 at 9:04 am

      That’s a beautiful thought, Jessica! Thank you so much! I absolutely believe that prayer is one of the best foundations for a marriage, and I’m so glad that you are seeing that in your marriage as well! πŸ™‚

  • Grady

    November 2, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Such a beautiful message, Abbey! I’m glad to have read it πŸ™‚ I completely agree that God is what holds a marriage together!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 3, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Thank you, Grady! πŸ™‚ He is definitely the most important part of a marriage!

  • Catherine Short

    November 2, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    I’ve been married for 8.5 years + together for 11. Eeek. I totally agree — I’ve always said life is hard, not marriage. The actually act of joining in union and living life with my husband has never been the hard part.

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 3, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Aw, that is wonderful Catherine! πŸ™‚ I agree that living life with my husband is the great part, not the hard part. Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel G

    November 2, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    Glad you are enjoying newlywedded life! Our six anniversary is in a month and my husband and I would still say marriage is easy. πŸ™‚ We like to have our prayer times together in the morning before he heads off to work.

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 3, 2016 at 9:06 am

      Thank you, Rachel! πŸ™‚ It is certainly a blessing! Aw, congratulations! Praying in the morning would be a wonderful way to start the day!

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  • Cole

    November 3, 2016 at 9:52 am

    This is great! I’ve been trying to get back into running and this list totally makes me wanna get going. I don’t really have any friends who like running, but I know I’d love any of these gifts!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 4, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Thanks, Cole! I say buy them for yourself, then! πŸ˜‰

  • Erin

    November 3, 2016 at 9:54 am

    That’s awesome! I love that you and your husband have found something that works so well for your marriage. My husband and I aren’t religious, but similarly, we spend some time each night laying in bed talking before we go to sleep πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 4, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Thanks so much for reading, Erin! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel @ Countdowns and Cupcakes

    November 3, 2016 at 10:27 am

    This is a great list! I too have fallen off running lately, but would still want all of these under my tree!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 4, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Thanks, Rachel! Me too, girl! πŸ˜‰

  • Becky @ Disney in your Day

    November 3, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I have so many things on this list haha! But I’m super intrigued by the earwarmer headphones, I may have to add those to my Christmas list!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 5, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      That’s awesome, Becky! Haha I loooove the earwarmer headphones! You definitely need them! πŸ™‚

  • Neely Moldovan

    November 3, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Love that pullover! These are great gift ideas!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 3, 2016 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks, Neely! I have that pullover and it is definitely awesome! πŸ™‚

  • Alexis

    November 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    These are great gift ideas! My dad is a big runner and some of these would be perfect for him. I love the half zip sweatshirt for myself!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 4, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Thank you, Alexis! Aw, that’s awesome! I hope you can find the perfect gift for him! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany

    November 3, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    These are great ideas!! Just reading this has me missing running — the gear is so much fun. πŸ™‚ I especially love that Nike pullover top. I don’t know that I’d ever want to take it off!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 4, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Some days, my favorite part of running is the gear. πŸ˜‰ Thanks Brittany! I have the Nike pullover and it’s AMAZING! πŸ™‚

  • alexandra @ my urban family

    November 4, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Love this list! I have that same pepper spray (and almost added it to my own gift guide!)

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 4, 2016 at 10:14 am

      Haha, awesome! πŸ™‚ Thanks, Alexandra!

  • Silvia

    November 4, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Wow you have so many great ideas! I love the mug! I know exactly who I would give it to. πŸ™‚

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 4, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Thank you, Silvia! That’s wonderful! πŸ™‚

  • Rachel

    November 4, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Great suggestions! My cousin loves to run and I never know what to get for her!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 5, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Well I’ve got you covered, Rachel! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for checking it out! πŸ™‚

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  • Jenny

    November 7, 2016 at 11:13 am

    I’m afraid of the election, but I understand why you aren’t. It’s definitely going to be an interesting 4 years haha.

    xoxo, Jenny

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 7, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Thank you, Jenny. It will certainly be interesting, but God is good!

  • Crystal

    November 7, 2016 at 11:18 am

    This is one of those things I know, but have to remind myself of ALOT!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 7, 2016 at 11:57 am

      I completely understand that, Crystal! I’m the same way!

  • rachel @ athletic avocado

    November 7, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    thank you thank you thank you so much for this! I have to admit, I have been living in fear over this election but this reminded me that God is in control no matter what!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 7, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      I am so glad that God used this to touch your heart, Rachel! Have peace in Him. πŸ™‚

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    November 8, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Perfect words + perfect playlist for today. I was feeling fearful and anxious upon waking up this morning, so this was a much needed reminder.

    Coming Up Roses

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 8, 2016 at 10:40 am

      I am SO glad that it was encouraging for you, Erica!! Thank you for sharing that with me! πŸ™‚

  • Leslie Soto

    November 8, 2016 at 9:52 am

    Amen! You have said it well my friend! I am not afraid because God is in control. He will prevail and he will protect us. I am not as afraid as I should be either because my faith and trust is in him.

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

      Thank you so much, Leslie! That is exactly how I feel! God is so good. πŸ™‚

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    November 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

    WOW I am sooooo on the same mindset you are. I’ve been praying daily for our next leader, and know ultimately God is in control. It is a comforting feeling to put your faith in something that matters and that is true and real,

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 15, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Yes, yes, yes! Thank you, Chrissa! My faith has given me such comfort during this season! πŸ™‚

  • Moll

    November 9, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    This is such an important post! You are inspiring me to continue healthy habits in the fall/winter. Often I get lazy! Something I need to do a lot more of is to drink more WATER! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Keep smiling!
    Molly | http://www.stylemissmolly.com

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 15, 2016 at 10:34 am

      Thanks, Molly! I’m so glad I could inspire you! Water is so, so important and it’ll make you feel much better! πŸ™‚

  • Vanessa K

    November 9, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    This is an excellent roundup! Thanks for putting this together πŸ™‚ I found that drinking a glass of water before my coffee in the morning really helps me stay on track. Also, because I’m breastfeeding it helps me get more water into my day as well!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 15, 2016 at 10:35 am

      Thanks, Vanessa! πŸ™‚ That’s a really good idea! I don’t drink coffee, but I try to get in two bottles of water before lunch! Having a goal like that is so important!

  • Mistle

    November 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    So many great ways to be healthy!!! I am a water lover. I drink a lot of water everyday. I can’t go without it! I need to check out several of these recipes. I have been on a journey to getting myself into better shape. Thanks for sharing these!!!

    1. smalltownsoul

      November 15, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Thanks, girl! πŸ™‚ I’m definitely a water lover, too! It helps me feel so much better! I hope you love the recipes!

  • Kelsie

    November 9, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    These are such great tips! I love love love working out, it’s just the eating part of it that is sometimes more difficult ha. Great tips!