25 March 2015

Maribelle Stud Giveaway!


Hey ladies! If you haven't heard, I'm helping to host a pop up shop for Chloe + Isabel this week & today there is a pretty sweet giveaway going on! Every order today will be placed in a drawing to win a pair of these beautiful earrings!! So what are you waiting for? Get to shopping :)


And don't forget to enter for your chance to win $25 your purchase of $75 or more  and see our favorite pieces while you're at it :)

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24 March 2015

Styling Made Simple with Chloe + Isabel | And $25 off!

I love jewelry that makes a statement without being over the top, which is one of the reasons I adore Chloe + Isabel. But more than the fact of it meeting my style, I love that I can find something for everyone dear to me from my mom, to both of my sisters, to my mother in law, and the variety of styles of my friends! There really is something for everyone!  Here are some of my favorite pieces, and there's a chance to enter below for $25 off your purchase!

Sculpted Feather Leather Wrap Bracelet & Leather and Crystal Chain Bracelet | shop this look

Heirloom Crystal Necklace | shop this look

Heirloom Crystal Necklace & Heirloom Tortoise Link Necklace | shop this look

Heirloom Tortoise Link Necklace & Sculpted Feather Pendant Necklace | shop this look

I love that I can mix and match all of these pieces together for a variety of looks! And that's what's so cool about Chloe + Isabel - most everything is convertible or easy to pair with for your own unique style!

Enter below for your chance to win $25 off your purchase!! And don't forget to link up for #TuesTalk with us while you're here, and check out the Pop Up Party on Pinterest :)


Becky from BYBMG | Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls | Chelsea from The Contented Wife 
Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things | Tara from Mrs.Coach Sims | Keri from Living In This Season 
Sarah from Abiding In Grace | Lauren from Simply Free | Andrea from Mitchael Journey 
Jessica & Katie from Sweet Little Ones |  Mandy from Almond Place | Teressa from Teressa Jane 

Disclosure: I was provided these items for review purposes, however each item was chosen and styled by me, and all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
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23 March 2015

Chloe + Isabel

You may have notice a fancy new button over on my sidebar with some beautiful jewelry on it recently - well I am super excited to introduce a fantastic jewelry boutique to you today and invite you to a special pop up party through the end of the month! Say hello to Chloe + Isabel.
Simply Free
Founded in 2011, chloe + isabel is a dynamic and socially innovative jewelry brand designed to connect women through a modern-day social-shopping experience. A destination for fashion-loving, creative and confident women, chloe + isabel believes that today’s women deserve jewelry as exceptional as they are.
You'll be able to shop through this pop up party until the 31st so be thinking of those perfect accessories for your Easter best, Mother's day, or just gearing up for spring!

Head over to Pinterest & get to shopping on our favorites! And check back tomorrow for some of my favorite pieces AND a special giveaway!!


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17 March 2015

Puppy Treats

We love our animals, and we certainly treat them like family. So when it comes to treats and toys, our fur babies are not lacking! And Riley, our not so little anymore German Shorthaired Pointer, will do just about anything for a tiny snack. So when we get her treats, we want to make sure that what we give her is going to be good. That's where Chewy.com comes in!
So easy to order from,  and you can't beat it when it gets shipped right to your door. I like being able to have small treats to use with Riley and these Orijen Freeze Dried bites are perfect. They are 100% meat so I know exactly what she's getting, and that's one of the reasons she gobbles them down. What's great about Chewy.com is that they even have options for diet restrictions, small or large dogs, and cats too and the prices are great! And with our little ones being very active, I want to keep them healthy as possible, so knowing we have a great place to get healthy treats is a must! I will certainly be checking out the kitty treats, and exploring all the options for dog treats as well! Head over to Chewy.com for yourself!


Where's your favorite place to get treats for your furry friends? 

Becky from BYBMG | Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls | Chelsea from The Contented Wife 
Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things | Tara from Mrs.Coach Sims | Keri from Living In This Season 
Sarah from Abiding In Grace | Lauren from Simply Free | Andrea from Mitchael Journey 
Jessica & Katie from Sweet Little Ones |  Mandy from Almond Place | Teressa from Teressa Jane 

Disclosure: I received this treats from Chewy.com to review, however all opinions are my own based on my experience with Chewy.com and their products.


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10 March 2015

Empowering Women

This past Sunday marked International Women's Day. A day to celebrate the strong women in our lives, and recognize that their accomplishments. To say I have been blessed with incredible women in my life would be an understatement. I can't even begin to speak to all of the women who are beautiful both inside & out that have touched my heart and impacted my life for the better. As I continue to grow up, the need for these women in my life continues, but also the need for me to be that women to the girls in my life is evident. In some small way, it is my goal to encourage them that they can make a difference. That they can excel in more than one area. And most importantly, they matter.
You've heard me mention before the importance of literary characters that build women up, and provide a good example that girls can look up to, both in and out of the movies and books.

Ones that are brave, intelligent, strong, courageous, talented, independent, caring, loyal, and that can make a change in this world. The world has enough people telling them they need to be stick thin and can only be successful if they cling to a man, we need women who will fight for equality and that will be bold enough to declare that women, along with me, are capable of making a difference in every aspect of the world.

So what better way to share than by listening to someone who is doing just that? Who is not letting age get in the way. Who is utilizing her platform for good. And who is paving the way for women around the globe through the UN Women and HeForShe.

I encourage you to join in, whether male or female, in advocating for human rights in all capacities. Gender. Race. Religion. Diagnosis. We are all people.

Check out the full interview below or view it in shorter segments via these links:





How are you fighting for gender equality? Join in & let us know! 

These women are each making a difference in their towns and I am blessed to be a part of such an encouraging group of ladies who are willing to pour out their hearts and creativity for the world to share in. I would encourage you to visit each of them below, and check out the ladies who have linked up with us today, as I can assure you that you will come across someone incredible.
Becky from BYBMG | Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls | Chelsea from The Contented Wife 
Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things | Tara from Mrs.Coach Sims | Keri from Living In This Season 
Sarah from Abiding In Grace | Lauren from Simply Free | Andrea from Mitchael Journey 
Jessica & Katie from Sweet Little Ones |  Mandy from Almond Place | Teressa from Teressa Jane 

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06 March 2015

Stress Less. Enjoy More. | RESCUE




I always thought that once I was out of school, I wouldn't be as busy. I'd have "more time" to get everything done. And surely I'd know how to balance everything in life by the time I was an "adult". But low and behold, here I am, almost five years out form grad school, and stress still pops up in my life! In this current season, while I am quite content, I am busier than ever, and balancing a full time job, numerous boards, teaching multiple small groups, and maintaining relationships with family and friends can certainly cause stress and sometime be exhausting. I always viewed stress as a negative thing, but honesty, it really how you respond to those stressful situations in life that can make or break you. 

One of my favorite ways to de-stress is to take a bubble bath, walk through our prayer labyrinth, or drink a hot cup of tea, but this isn't always an option, especially during the work day or on the go, and I have been on the lookout for ways to help relieve stress more regularly, while trying to keep with more natural remedies for stress release. So I was pretty excited when I came across the brand RESCUE. Stress less, enjoy more. I mean, I can get on board with that kind of motto. 
Not only do these products help you stress less, but they can assist you in staying calm and in control. Another thing I really like is that the RESCUE products are natural/homeopathic, and non habit forming. I've really been impressed with the RESCUE Pastilles. I can take them when needed and all I feel is relaxed, calm, and less anxious. Plus, the black currant is such a soothing flavor! Perfect for winding down after a long day at work or an evening full of board meetings. I've always been afraid of trying anything to help me sleep (as in, stop the excessive thinking about all the things and get to sleep), but after trying the pastilles, I can't wait to try out the Sleep Liquid Melts for those nights when a solid nights' sleep is a must!
Aside from helping to keep calm, I can't help but love how convenient and easy RESCUE is - and not to mention that it comes in a variety of forms that you can throw in your purse, in your glovebox, or tuck into your nightstand for easy access at bedtime. 
  • RESCUE Pastilles
  • RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts
  • RESCUE Pearls
  • and more...
I even found some RESCUE gum that is quite heavenly and perfect for a pre-meeting calming! 

RESCUE stress relief products are available now in the US at CVS, Walgreens, Whole Foods, Sprouts and wherever you find natural products! And, if you're like me, you want to check out the coupon as well over on the RESCUE site. 

Find RESCUE on social media as well:

How do you relieve stress naturally?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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03 March 2015

The Casual Vacancy | Review

If you've been here for more than a moment you'll have realized my not so secret love for all things Harry Potter. So naturally, when her first "adult" book came out, I just had to read it. And let me tell you, I was pretty surprised.
I tend to read pretty quickly, and this was no exception. 500 pages fly by when you are captivated by good writing mind you. While I had no doubt that her first novel post HP would be brilliant, I must admit I was a bit taken aback at just how adult it was. Don't get me wrong, I read David Sedaris on the regular so not much shocks me, but I couldn't help but feel like like a bit of the vulgarity was anything but natural. It seemed a bit forced at points and rather like she was trying to prove that she is more than just the creator of the wizarding world we all adore.  

Now in five hundred pages, a slice of language or sexuality is seemingly insignificant, however the lack of necessity for the story line is what made them stand out to me. Perhaps it was my own connection between her name as author and the story at hand, but there was just this creeping thought that the book could have easily have had the same effect with about 400 pages and been a lot more language friendly.  I say this however, to also speak about the choice of verbiage in general. An inordinate amount of intense vocabulary words and British slang that kept my phone by my side to make sure I was inferring the correct contextual meaning all too often.

Now you might be saying right about now that this is one book you'll likely just skip. But here's where I tell you you shouldn't! Despite what I have mentioned above, this was quite the captivating tale. So much so that I read it in two days at the beach. But more than the story itself, this book got me thinking. Obviously about the fact that I seriously need to brush up on my vocab skills post grad school in other areas than just ABA. And intensely about wanting to revisit England and bring the hubby along with me. But oddly enough, it also made me think about our perceptions of others, the boxes we tend to put people in, and the ones we confine ourselves to. It made me realize that we allow ourselves to be defined by our accomplishments, and all too often try so hard to prove ourselves to be so much more than them that it comes off forced. When we lack the courage to be ourselves for fear of failure, or simply for fear of being labeled a stereotyped idea, we lack the ability to genuinely connect with those around us. For when we are trying to be something we are not, we fail to see the beauty in who He created us to become.

Which is why you should totally read this book. Not because you're going to have some grand spiritual revelation. Or really even learn some useful fact to share. But because this is a story about life. And a story that makes you think. And after all, that's what the best books do. They stay with you, and they change you.

Grab your own copy & see what you think over on Amazon. My bet is that you won't be able to put it down either.

Do you have a favorite author?
Becky from BYBMG | Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls | Chelsea from The Contented Wife 
Elizabeth from All Kinds of Things | Tara from Mrs.Coach Sims | Keri from Living In This Season 
Sarah from Abiding In Grace | Lauren from Simply Free | Andrea from Mitchael Journey 
Jessica & Katie from Sweet Little Ones |  Mandy from Almond Place | Teressa from Teressa Jane 

Disclosure: I was not compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own, and are based on my experiences with this book and all of J.K. Rowlings' other work.
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