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Wednesday, October 22, 2014


*Today I am thankful for my mama, who wrote through her grief and are helping others through theirs. Her book, Refined By Fire (by Mary Potter Kenyon), was released yesterday!!!
*I'm thankful to everyone who came out to celebrate at the book launch party! It was a wonderful mixture of people and I knew it was something my dad would have organized had he been here. 
*I'm thankful for all the guys who came out to the Winthrop Library in celebration of Star Wars Reads Day, but also in memory of Jacob. All of them are awesome people!

*I'm thankful that my brother and his girlfriend (and their doggie) are okay after their house had an electrical fire last night. We are still waiting to hear the extent of the damage; this was my Grandma's house so holds many memories to us all. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Patch

Saturday was warm and sunny and just too nice to stay inside. So that means we headed to the pumpkin patch.
Climbing the hay bales, sliding, tire swings, hay rides...
Pictures with their new friend Gus (this picture cracks me up - I have no idea what Joe was pointing at and Amy was staring at!)
Amy picked out a pumpkin the perfect size for her.

The kids just love it and are already begging to go back this week. We shall choose a day when school is in session so that we have the place to ourselves! :)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October IPSY Review

I always get excited when I see the pink IPSY mailer in my mailbox each month!

The theme this month is "Beauty Candy" and the colors are just brillant!
Each month there are about 20 variations of products and your bag will contain 4-5 of those.
This month my bag contained:

*Ecru acacia Protein BB Cream for hair (Can't wait to try this out!)

*Jesse's Girl Mineralized Baked Powder Eye Shower (what a beautiful color!)

*Figs & Rouge Hand Cream (love this!)

*City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino

*Skyn Iceland Cleansing Cloths (love having these on hand!)

*An awesome makeup bag

I was so happy with this month. At just $10 a month it's an amazing way to experience different types of beauty products on a budget. And a fun little surprise each month! 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


*It's rainy, grey, and cold. One of the trees outside my window is already bare of it's leaves. It went from green, to yellow, to bare within just a few days. 

*My newest Hip Mama Magazine arrived, with my article in it. :) This is a very radical, alternative parenting magazine, so don't click the link if your senses are assaulted by that type of thing.  

*My children are turning into string beans! All of a sudden the sleeves and length of Becca's shirts are too short. And Joe's jeans have become capris! No wonder they have been eating us out of house and home. 

*Hot tea, candles (today it is Pomegranate Cider from Yankee Candle), and piles of books have been on my "must-do" list! There is an upside to the dreary Fall days. :)

*My S.O.S challenge is still coming along nicely. Another update on that later this week.

*I need to work on another "Favorite Things" post. I'm always finding new favorite things. What is your new favorite thing this month? (Something pumpkin flavored, perhaps?!)

*My Bible Study this week is on friendship. Real friendship. It's a topic I am focusing on for an essay for a book, so came at the perfect time. Funny how that works sometimes, isn't it?

*An article about Jacob, Star Wars, and friends is in a local paper this week.

*Enter to win a copy of my mama's newest book, Refined by Fire,  set to be released next week!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Experiencing the Loss of a Family Member

Who wants to have the need for a book like this? Yet, in our lifetimes we will all experience a loss of some type and Experiencing the Loss of a Family Member by H. Norman Wright is a very good resource for anyone stuck in the mire of grief. From losing a parent, child, sibling, and even pet to helping children with their grief or knowing what to say to a friend.

I got a lot out of the losing a child chapter and was so glad to see that even a year out all my feelings are normal and just a part of grief. The feelings of fog, isolation, memory loss, passing of time. Yep, it's all there and it's all normal. The fact that H. Norman Wright lost a child makes it an even better resource...I know that he knows exactly what I am experiencing. I plan to purchase his book Missing the Child You Love.

I plan to pass this on to someone who experiences a loss in their family as I feel it is helpful to anyone grieving.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

365 Pocket Prayers for Mothers

This is my new go-to devotional! It's a tiny little leather bound book that is perfect to slip into a purse, diaper bag, book bag, or drawer for daily scripture reading and encouragement. 

It can be read straight through (once a day for a year) or searched through for the perfect scripture for a particular day. Touching on subjects such as satisfaction, grief, reward, mercy, refreshment, intimacy, and so much more (literally 365 topics!). All topics that mamas need encouragement in from time to time.

Each devotional is a page or less so can be quickly read and then pondered on throughout the day. The days lesson includes a Bible verse as well as a paragraph or two of wisdom on one particular topic.  I find even just grasping a piece of God's word in the morning can make the whole day run a bit smoother. 

Once I've spent a year with this book I plan to pass it to another mama...and hope it goes through many mama's hands and blesses them in the process.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday Thoughts

Lots of randomness today! 

*I'm burning a "Candy Corn" Prize Candle and it smells delicious in here. Not like candy corn, but some type of baked goodie. Delicious and very October-like!

*I'm halfway finished with Christmas shopping for the kids, and it's not even the middle of October. This "Something you want, something you need, something to wear, something to read" is awesome and easy! I also have a fun idea for handmade gifts for my family and friends, I just need to get some supplies ordered soon.

*Do you need some Fall/Winter clothing for your kiddos? Finish up clothes shopping online at Moxie Jean! With this link, only available for a few days yet (expires Oct. 15th), you can get $15 off your first order (and shipping is free over $50!). You can see my previous review here. I've never had a bad experience with them and there customer service is the best! Halloween costumes were just listed too, along with coats, winter wear, and boots!

*The 4 winners of the NuNaturals packages were randomly drawn by Rafflecopter and are: Babsi Bee, Kathy, Elizabeth S, and Antonia M. All have been contacted and the packages will be sent out soon! Thank you for entering!

*I'm dropping several subscription boxes. :( Birchbox, which I loved, is the next to go. I'm still keeping PopSugar and Ipsy for sure though!

I'm following Jennifer for Thursday Thoughts!

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