Mothers Day surprise & First fruits

May 11, 2015

Hello and happy Monday! I hope many of you had a great weekend celebrating your moms or being a mom. I was blessed to find out Saturday afternoon (after the Birthday party of my three toddlers) that my hubby had arranged a night of allowing me to do what I wanted as well as plan for my sister to babysit well in advanced. I not only got to choose where I wanted to go but I got to shop as well. I choose to go to Target (where I ended up buying a LOVELY dress for my Birthday) and Old Navy (where I bought another eyelet navy blue dress for mothers day) and of all the other places I choose I suggested Starbucks and Chic-fil-a. Yep! chic-fil-a for dinner as a mothers day date. I guess I wanted the bulk of the night to be centered around shopping with my hubby instead of waiting for dinner at a fancy restaurant.
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I wore the outfit pictured in this post out with my hubby on date night. We took the photos outside of our local Macy’s and while starting the photo shoot my pastor and his wife/my blogging buddy Susan came out and commented ” Guess I will be seeing this on the blog right?”  I was laughing but also embarrassed. Ah the life of a fashion blogger! Which brings me to my next topic or conviction so to speak.

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I love blogging and having a “fashion” niche but lately I have been reading my Bible at night and finding verses on topics such as righteousness and not living as the world does and then I came upon this verse “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21.

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I know sometimes I can be worried about how do I look? Will “this item” make me feel happy or complete? when really my conviction is more than that. As a blogger I have done less to promote what God has been showing me or revealing to me. What God has lately been showing me is that I spend more time storing up treasures on the next big collaboration or outfit post, pleasing other bloggers or companies, promoting a brand or blogger across social media, but where is a mention of God and His works in all of this- almost no where.  This is where I feel like I need improvement or to reflect on bettering my promotion of Him and his blessings.
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I talked with my husband about my feelings and he had a brilliant idea. As I mentioned in this post here I am a firm believer in tithing our first fruits from whatever money we make, whether from gifts, income, blogging income, etc. Tithing is giving to God 10% or more of earned income. My husband and I give immediately when he gets paid or we get paid a gift, etc. My husband suggested that I start the week off each week blogging about what God has been doing or showing me and sharing scripture, etc so as to begin the habit of sharing and promoting God through the first post of the week or first fruits until I can come to a place of sharing about God almost daily.

Let me know what you think and how you spent your mothers day? My hubby allowed me to sleep in today as he took care of the children and put Nevaeh on the bus.

Also the winner to my Mint Julep $25 gift card giveaway was Sarah S. Congratulations!

Outfit details:Shirt: Old Navy (gift, similar here)//Pants: via Marshalls (similar here)//Wedges: thrifted (similar here)//Purse: Michael Kors (same here in different color)//Bracelet: c/o My Arm Charms (same here for only $10)//Earrings: Kendra Scott (same here).

Linking up with: Charnelle, Lisa, Melissa, Rhea, Lauren, Tuesday Talk, Thursday Fashion Files, Turning Heads Tuesday, What I wore Wednesday, Pumps and pushups, Cherie, Whitney, Bless Her Heart Ya’ll, Trendy Wednesday, What I Wore Wednesday, Because Shanna Said So

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  • Teresa May 11, 2015 at 9:34 am

    It’s great that you’re going to be sharing your faith on the blog. Go girl! Pretty earrings too.

  • Andrea Nine May 11, 2015 at 9:51 am

    What a sweet husband! Love your bright stripes and fabulous wedges!!! Hope your day and your week are fantastic!!

    livingoncloudandreanine.blogspot.com

  • Tatiana May 11, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Loving the casual look! Great striped top and white pants combo. I hope you had a great Mother’s Day weekend. <3
    -Tatiana
    We Shop in Heels

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom May 11, 2015 at 11:28 am

    I need to share my faith on my blog more… I love the bright pinks in this outfit, in the stripes and those lovely earrings. I have been wearing my white skinnies a lot lately, too. Sounds like your husband knows just what you need. And, oh do I love me some Chic-fil-a!

  • Denise May 11, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Sounds like you really had such a lovely Mother’s Day! So happy that he surprised you and you got to go shopping! I love your outfit, so simple, yet so fun and feminine! I love the top! Hope you had such a lovely weekend.

    Denise | Fashion Love Letters

  • Audrey Allure May 11, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Cute outfit! Love your bag.

    – Audrey
    http://audreyallure.blogspot.com

  • Hannah May 11, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I don’t blame you for getting fast food! Waiting at a restaurant takes so much time! Love your shirt!
    -Hannah
    http://www.sweeterthanserenity.com

  • Becky @ bybmg May 11, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    What a wonderful date! I would have chosen similar places!

  • Shannon May 11, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Aw what a sweet hubby! Sounds like the perfect Mother’s Day! Chick fila and all! Yum!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles
    

  • Lisa May 11, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Happy Mother’s Day!!! You look beautiful XO! Thank you so much for sharing with #linkupwithlisa @ http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/2015/05/linkupwithlisa-16-happy-mothers-day-xo.html

  • Amy Ann May 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Sounds like a great Mother’s Day. I think it’s hard to find the right balance about faith and blogging. Glad your finding something that works for you.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Maria G May 11, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    I think that’s a great idea to share your faith more! I’m always so encouraged by scripture and other faith-related posts I read in the blogosphere 🙂 Sounds like a wonderful way to spend Mother’s Day! We have a Chick-Fil-A about 30 minutes from our home, so whenever we are in the area we always make an excuse to go! So yummy!

  • Susan May 11, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I am glad you had sch a great weekend! That pink is an amazing color for you! Susan

  • Sarah @ Bows and Clothes May 11, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I need to share more biblical stuff on my blog also. I think that it is a difficult task for a fashion blogger and commend you for trying to share your faith more.

    This outfit is cute! I love stripes!

    Happy Monday!
    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

  • Kathleen May 11, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day! Love this bright top on you, so pretty!
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

  • Jacqueline May 11, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Such a great classic look!
    xo,
    Jacqueline
    Stylin In St. Louis

  • Grace May 11, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I know you will have a great mother’s day! You have great husband and kids! In our mind, you are always cute and beautiful. But I do love this outfit very much! They are so cute on you!:)

    Grace
    http://colorandgrace.com

  • Charnele May 11, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Great casual weekend look!

    http://www.chachathefashiongenius.com/

  • jamie May 11, 2015 at 11:54 pm

    lovely outfit specially your purse! 🙂

    http://lovepeaceandshimmer.blogspot.com/

  • kelsey bang May 12, 2015 at 1:26 am

    looking lovely in stripes! I love those pink earrings!
    kelseybang.com

  • IRENE May 12, 2015 at 4:05 am

    how nice looks like you are one lucky woman!
    you look lovely! this tee is perfect!
    Irene
    http://www.thedailylace.com

  • Jill May 12, 2015 at 6:50 am

    Sounds like a perfect Mother’s Day! Love your bright stripes with the white jeans!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  • Kishina May 12, 2015 at 7:53 am

    Rachel! I love that idea and that verse is so fitting for me as well right now. I have been storing up treasures with blogging and not sharing my faith as well. God has convicted me in my heart for this. Thank you for sharing this as I hope to incorporate more of my faith as well 🙂

  • Jess May 13, 2015 at 10:36 am

    Hi Rachael, I think it is great about sharing your faith, sometimes one can get lost with small things in life that arent important. I love the pink top and white jeans are so in right now! lovley

    Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  • Nicole Mölders (@HighLatitudeSty) May 13, 2015 at 11:03 am

    I love the softness of this outfit

  • Happiness at Mid Life May 15, 2015 at 12:58 am

    What a nice treat! You look beautiful in pink!

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    Stop by & join TBT Fashion link up.

  • LauraOinAK May 16, 2015 at 2:33 am

    What a wonderful idea to tithe through writing on the blog. I go in spurts on mine with faith filled posts and things that are more mainstream.

    And, I love that your husband was willing to go shopping with you on Mother’s Day.

  • Ada May 19, 2015 at 6:30 am

    It looks like your Mother’s Day was fantastic, Rachel. I own that same striped neon tee from Old Navy. Looks like I must wear it with my new white skinnies. Those earrings are gorgeous and I want them.