How I Style It: Christmas Colors

December 7, 2016



Welcome to How I Style It. This is a themed monthly blog hop that a few other bloggers and I have put together to show you how we style different outfits for different themes. My blogging buddies and I came up with styling Christmas/Holiday colors so of course I had to pull out my most comfortable Christmas appropriate long sleeve plaid tunic top and wear holiday red lipstick.
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Sunset Girls with Shiloh Z Boutique

December 5, 2016

*Products were gifted by Shiloh Z Boutique in exchange for a post but all opinions are mine alone.

Sunsets are so beautiful and a miracle for everyday just like my girls. With the time change and the sunset happening earlier finding evenings to do something as a family can often be challenging. Last week we spent some time by a river, playground and a walking trail before it darkened and grew chillier. This time in the evening allowed for stunning photos with my girls as they share some recent goodies they received from Shiloh Z Boutique.

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8 Reasons to Support Local Businesses

November 30, 2016



Recently my family and I visited our local farmer’s market and local coffee shop and had a blast. My husband got his hands on a Carolina Reaper and Scorpion pepper from a local hot pepper business and the kids got cookies and apples. There is something about supporting local (even small) businesses that does the heart good. It feels like there are so many out there I just want to support them all. This post will highlight the reasons why you should support local businesses.  Running any kind of business can either kick off slowly or right off the bat and do well. My husband ran a handyman business for a year and while he had regulars there were times we didn’t know who the next client would be.  God always brought the right people or referrals along and we made it with four kids, but that business ended due to a new job (with employee benefits I might add).

Now that I run this blog as a hobby with some compensation from time to time and LipSense (the smudge proof, kiss proof long lasting up to 18 hour liquid lip stick) I know the pressures of the unknown but it’s definitely rewarding and fun. There are probably hundreds of reasons to support local businesses that I probably won’t touch on but I welcome your input or your take on why YOU should support them. The reasons below are my personal opinions or thoughts.

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What Makes Me Happy Collaboration & Link up

November 29, 2016



Hey everyone! I hope all my blogging friends in the US had a good Thanksgiving last week, we sure did. Unlike other Thanksgiving years past this one was actually low key. Normally we have like 4 or more Thanksgiving gatherings it seems but this year just 3 (with my family, in-laws and church). The outfit in this post was actually worn on Thanksgiving day to two of those Thanksgiving gatherings. This made for the perfect low-key and comfortable look that just makes me feel happy. Today I have teamed up with two other bloggers to share with you our “Happy Outfits”  to share a few things in life that make us happy, including what we wear and why. I also included at the end of the post a few quotes from a few other bloggers that contributed from this post here on what makes them feel happy or confident.

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5 Ways to Ease a Cold: With Bonus Checklist

November 28, 2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TeaProudly #CollectiveBias


About a month ago it seemed like the whole household (myself included) was battling seasonal changing colds. The coughing, sore throats and overall body aches was unpleasant for us all. During these times of colds it is very helpful to have certain items around the house that can help ease the uncomfortable cold symptoms. In this post I will highlight 5 ways to help ease colds and have included at the end a printable checklist you can print of possible items to buy and keep handy during the flu or cold seasons.

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My husbands Christmas gift & Link up

November 22, 2016

*This post was in partnership with JORD wooden watch whom provided the watch in exchange for a post. All opinions are mine alone.


Christmas is coming up and gift shopping for my husband is the HARDEST. Gifts to him mean little but sometimes there are past gifts he can still recall that meant the world to him at the TIME (no pun intended) and most often these were watches. When he was a little boy he received a Tasmanian Devil character watch and wore it all the time. This past year he also received his first wood watch from JORD wood watches that he had been gifted during a very difficult time in our lives (read post here for the story). My husband has had nothing but good things to say about the watches he received in his life, especially his recent JORD watch from months ago.

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$10 Target Budget for November & link up

November 21, 2016


Today I have joined my good friend Becky and a few other bloggers for a blog hop where we buy “fun” or “splurge” items at Target with a budget of $10 for the month of November. This does not include Starbucks, groceries but rather items we consider fun or perhaps had on our wishlists.

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3 Reasons to Take Your Girls to Get their Nails Done

November 16, 2016
*This is a sponsored post with Groupon. All opinions are mine alone. #Groupon #ad
At least once a month I try to make some “just the girls” dates with my two little ladies. We have gone and shopped at Target, our local mall and on one special occasion recently I took the girls to get their nails done. It was my little Elizabeth’s first time getting her nails done in a salon and she really enjoyed it. I thought I would share with you three reasons why you should take your girls (or nieces or goddaughters etc, if you don’t have kids yet) to get their nails done.

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Inexpensive Beauty Gift: DIY Lip Scrub

November 15, 2016



Every winter my lips suffer from the intense cold. I have tried so many lip balms, Vaseline and nothing helps soothe and smoothe my lips. My hands are the same way. At least two instances I have been given DIY hand scrubs that help make my skin feel soft and smooth and pampered and it gave me the idea to try making my own DIY Lip Scrub. With the holidays coming and gifts being bought (or made) I thought I would share this inexpensive beauty DIY (Do it yourself) as a possible gift.

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