14 April 2015

What's Your Brew?

Perhaps you've seen this floating around on Instagram or Facebook, posts ladden with the hashtag #whatsyourbrew & then twenty facts about a person you likely never knew before. If you're lucky, you've seen honest, genuine, and riveting stories unfolding as people begin sharing their hearts and the tidbits that make up the story of their lives.
Sweet Tara, the founder of The Brew shared this wonderful idea and I couldn't help but get on board! Hope you'll join us and share in the month of April what makes you uniquely you. So today, as part of #WhatsYourBrew I'm sharing 20 less known facts about moi.

My desire is to really believe that I am enough.
My dream job would be to travel the world and write about it. Basically be the female Anthony Bourdain.
Sarcasm tends to be my love language.
I've never appreciated life more than the day my tumor was removed and the word benign was breathed over me.
If I could pack up my bags and move anywhere it would be Spain or Latvia.
My biggest fear is not making a difference in the world.
I can't start my day without a cup of coffee. Obsession is an understatement.
While I despise being the center of attention, I thrive under pressure & in leadership.
If I could meet anyone it would certainly be Emma Watson, who encouraged my love of knowledge, and affirmed that women of any age can pursue their dreams and have an impact.
I dream of one day writing a book. Or several.
While I am incredibly organized & OCD about it, I am a huge procrastinator.
Appetizers & desserts are my specialty in the kitchen.
College sports (especially SEC Football) are my jam.
I’ve always told people I wasn't into fashion because I was athletic and never thought I could be both pretty & sporty at the same time.
I believe scars are a beautiful reminder of healing and triumph, and tell the story of your experiences.
I’m definitely a night owl, and usually get my second wind around midnight.
I lived longer in the town I went to University in than any other place in my life.
As evidenced by my use of "university", I secretly wish I were British.
Scented candles can be found in every single room of my house, at every point of the year.
I still write everything down in a paper agenda & to do list.
My weakness will always be a bag of Haribo Gold Bears.

So What's Your Brew?
There's no better way to explain than to share this from Tara's site:
The definition of a ‘BREW’ by Webster’s terms is “a mixture of events, people, or things which interact to form a more potent whole.”
Our definition on The Brew is the same, yet different, and goes like this, “The Brew is a captivating blend of flavourful and encouraging tidbits designed to inspire dreams and to stimulate purpose.”We all have different experiences, dreams, testimonies and a story to share with the world, someone-somewhere could be changed + inspired by you, sharing yours. I’d love for you to join us throughout the month of April to share your story, in one post, on Instagram or Facebook, in ten-twenty bullet points using the hashtag #WhatsYourBrew. Strip away the labels and let your light shine. Give the world an opportunity to get a glimpse of your heart, who you are, and what ingredients make up your ‘BREW’ [story].
If a ‘brew' is a mixture of events, people, or things which interact to form a more potent whole -#WhatsYourBrew?

Join in with the movement using the hashtag #WhatsYourBrew & link up with us for #TuesTalk below


Becky from BYBMG | Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls | Whitney from Polka Dot Place
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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07 April 2015

Arms High & Heart Abandoned


What does that look like? To stand so strongly for something that you would surrender your soul and abandon your heart for one reason? For one cause?  Is it a reflex to lengthen your arms in praise or a choice? an action simply shaped by our environment or one we have elected to do through free will?

The other night, someone said these words and it shook me the wrong way. "We are not called to change the world." It shook me because I think we are. We are called to go to the nations. We are called to be the change we want to see. No it will not change overnight. No we can't impact all of humanity by one action. But by no means should we sit back and accept what this world has thrown at us and lay down and take it. We should stand. And fight. Fight not for the sake of fighting, but to defend what is right. What is true. And fight for the greater good.

While we sit here waiting on the world to change, we pass by every opportunity to start the movement ourselves. "We cannot do great things. Only small things with great love." Mother Teresa hit the nail on the head.  We must start small. Grassroots movements can cause a ripple effect. Sure you may only change your behavior. But then someone notices. Soon you have impacted the people closest to you. And then the people closest to them. And then the community. Then the town. The state. The country. And eventually, the world.

What would it look like if the church were to jump into such a movement? As a body, what an impact we could have. If across this earth we were fighting for the same thing? You tell me it can't change. You tell me it won't. I say, what if MLK thought that way? I say, what if Einstein thought that way? What if Jesus thought that way?

Jesus came not to save but to serve. For what? So that he could be crucified on our behalf subsequently to watch us sit on our leather sofas in our houses that are too big for our needs, fiddling with such frivolous and indeed superfluous materials, eating our Big Macs while we claim that the control is out of our hands to make a difference in even the smallest of things that plague our own society, let alone the dealings of the soul? I choose to say no. I choose to acknowledge that we can contribute to the change we want to see...

To change behavior you must change the contingencies surrounding it. Rearrange the environment. Alter the consequence. As seemingly impossible as that may sound, it is indeed accomplishable. Have we not already the knowledge of a "better" consequence? One such thing that comes to mind is in regards to taking care of our bodies. The all encompassing flesh that we dwell in daily from whence comes our words, our actions, and the embodiment of our very souls. For example, do we not already know the benefits of healthy eating? Yet why do we continue to consume the things that are harming our bodies in the long run? Eat this value meal now, or not have a heart attack later. We don't look at that way. We live in a society where instant satisfaction always wins. Where profit is concerned rather than heath. Where the majority is out for number one and not his fellow man. And all the while, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and all things organic are reserved for those who can afford to lavish themselves in the unnecessary flares of this life. Leaving the over-processed, mass produced "nourishment" as the only option, all the while ever fattening the stomachs of the population on one side of the ubiquitous arches, and the wallets on the other.

A question was posed that as the human body has changed over the years, much in height and overall build, that if being originally created as omnivores and not the vicious carnivores we are today, would we not change to "accommodate" for the growing proportions of fat and meat in our diet? Essentially are we evolving to adapt to our environment? The answer to that question would be both yes and no. And clearly not in an ambiguous sense. Yes, humans are continuing to evolve, adapting to our environment. No, the fast food meat and fat heavy diet is not what we are adapting to. More disease, shorter life-spans, and various complications in heath leading to death are correlated with this lifestyle, dare I say in most every case, causal. If this trend continues, I fear that as a population, we will soon be extinct given our behaviors. We are caving to immediacy. More than an issue of health, this debate draws more on our tendencies as humans to place selfish desires above all else, and if we do it when it comes to our food, how much more our we as a people going to worship anything else that brings us immediate gratification? To avoid the call to change because we are just one person. Because everyone else is doing it. Or no one else is. And mainly, if we're honest, because it isn't easy. And hard work takes too much energy when we feel like we don't see a change.

So where does this leave us? Broken and helpless to change the world? Or empowered to do small things to start the movement? To stand so strongly for something that you would surrender your soul and abandon your heart for one reason means surrendering to something greater than yourself. For the One cause that is more than everything in this world.  It is a reflex to lengthen your arms in praise, an overflow of what lies within. A choice to give to the furthering of something so much bigger than we can imagine. A choice to stand, with arms high and heart abandoned, in awe of the One who gave it all.

What choice will you make?

Join in for #TuesTalk & share what you have to say!

Becky from BYBMG | Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls | Whitney from Polka Dot Place
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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31 March 2015

MORE | Messes to Miracles

Y'all know my love for books runs deep, so when I have the opportunity to share with y'all ones I've recently read I jump on it! Like this space, my reading tends to span a wide variety of topics, and even within those topics I tend to have some diversity. So I was excited to read Tammie's book More: From Messes to Miracles.

We are all created to crave more. And Tammie shares, through her story, of moving from the messes we all too often find ourselves in to the beauty and the miracles that the Lord has in store for us. Of moving to the "more" we find when we are in relationship with Him. I liked this book because it felt like listening to a friend. And sometimes, the way in which the gospel is shared most convictingly is through the voice of someone just like us - broken, struggling, human - rather than through deep theological rhetoric. In a time where I am continually pouring into how to remove the hurry from life that separates me, and makes life messy, MORE was an avenue for the Lord to speak into me that I too was created for so much more than I can even begin to imagine. 
One of the things I loved most about the book, was at the beginning of each chapter there was an adorable and empowering quote to set the tone. A beautiful way to continually remind us throughout he book that we are meant for so much more. I'm so excited for y'all to see a glimpse into the heart of this woman who has conquered so much through Christ, and join us for a Q&A below:

Q & A with Tammie

1. What do you want readers to learn from reading your book?
People everywhere are looking for something more. Churched and non-churched alike. They're in the grocery store aisle behind you, in the nail chair beside you, singing praise songs in front of you, and perhaps in the mirror staring back at you. People feel messy; plagued by looming feelings of ineffectiveness, indifference, depression, and purposelessness. However, all of us were made for more than surviving. Old stale religion never satisfies. Neither do the solutions the world has to offer. What all of us need is an encounter with God that reveals truth and sets our hearts ablaze. I have seen this in my own life as well as in countless lives around me.

2. Your life was a bit of a mess before you came to know Christ. How has He used your story to advance His kingdom? 
I have watched God use my story repeatedly as a tenderizing agent for hardened hearts toward God. People cannot believe what God has done for me. In turn, I have also been privileged to lead many people to Christ, to the One who changed me. People are glad to know God loves and pursues even the messiest of people. 

3. What encouragement do you have for men and women who feel like their lives are too messy for God to use? 
If God can use me, He can use anyone! But even more profound than "He can" is this: He wants to! God specializes in taking the most broken of lives and turning them around for His glory. The Bible is full of broken men and women who, after encountering the Lord, were used dramatically by God and for His kingdom.

4. What encouragement do you have for men and women who are yearning to have more in their lives? 
The more we're longing for, at the end of the day, is God. More of His presence. More of His love. More of His power. And so on! What I want men and women to know is God wants "so much more" of us than we could ever want "so much more" Him. The deal is, we must risk making more room for God. The key is sitting with Him, soaking Him in, allowing Him to minister to us on a deep level and, lastly, deeply surrendering our lives to Him day-by-day. 

5. What are some resources for readers who are ready to take the next step and start living for more? 
I have written a Bible study called Duty or Delight: Knowing Where You Stand with God. I think that would be a great resource for digging deeper into more of a relationship with God. 

Another way to start that process? Grabbing your own copy of her story today! And be sure to enter for a chance to win your copy!! What's your newest book that you're eager to share? Join us for #TuesTalk and link up and share!

Connect with Tammie via the links below as well :)





Becky from BYBMG | Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls | Whitney from Polka Dot Place
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 for this post but did receive this book to review, however all opinions are my own based on my experience with this book.
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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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