Tuesday, February 12, 2013

First Stitch Fix coming!!!

About a month ago I found this website where I can have a personal styling consultant for $20 which also applies toward credit of anything that I buy from my Stitch Fix!  Well, less than a month of being on the waiting list, I have scheduled my first Stitch Fix to arrive on Monday, Feb 25.    I am SO excited to see what they have picked out for me.  I plan to go through 2013 with a better outward appearance as well as my inward beauty!  I can't wait to share what I receive in the mail!

Check out Stitch Fix and see if this is something you are interested in.

Here is how it works:
  1. Sign Up and Complete Your Style Profile After signing up you can start immediately on your Style Profile. We need to know your size, shape, style, price preferences, and lifestyle to get your Fix right. It’ll take about 10 minutes.
  2. Schedule a Stitch Fix Pick a date, and we’ll send you a box of 5 clothing and accessory items we’ve hand-picked just for you. Schedule monthly, or as often as you like—it’s your call. You pay a $20 styling fee up front, which serves as credit toward anything in your Stitch Fix shipment.
  3. Try it all on Try on everything we send you—you never know what you’ll like until you see it on. Pair it with items already in your closet. Each item includes style cards with ideas and inspiration on how to wear it.
  4. Decide Take 3 days to decide what you’ll keep. Pay for just what you want to keep, return the rest in our pre-paid mailing bag at any USPS mailbox. Keep all 5 items and you save 25% off the entire shipment.
  5. Check Out Give us feedback on your Stitch Fix shipment—our secret (styling) sauce gets better over time if we know what did and didn’t work for you. 
Sign up for Stitch Fix today!!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Two Marriage Ebooks that I Recommend

Valentine's Day is this week.  There are so many opportunities to show how much you love your husband.  I have found two books that are very helpful for my marriage.  I actually gave one of them to my husband for Christmas this year and we have been reading it together.  Both books are fun and interactive.

Why not check these out and see if you can pep up some area of your marriage this year?

31 Days to Great Sex

For the past year I have been subscribing to To Love, Honor and Vacuum by Sheila Gregoire.  She is fresh, funny and does not mince words.  She is imaginative, direct and encourages women and men to pursue the best marriage they can possibly have.  I loved her series last February "29 Days to Great Sex."  And in the fall she created an ebook for married couples that I bought and printed off into a book.  "31 Days to Great Sex for Married Couples" is a fun book that has short chapters, talking and active exercises and will really help you discuss this topic in a relaxing and comfortable way.  Get a copy today and give it to your husband on Valentine's Day.  He will love it!


Another great book written by a husband/wife team is Healthy Marriage Tips from A to Z by Matt and Laura Coppinger.  Do you need practical ideas to make everyday a great marriage?  Check out this sweet couple's thoughts and ideas and you will be inspired to have an active and healthy marriage.

Healthy Marriage Tips from A to Z

Friday, February 8, 2013

Courting Cate by Leslie Gould Book Review

Courting Cate by Leslie Gould is the story of Cate Miller, an Amish girl, who has a no-nonsense personality, interested in books, writing and wants nothing to do with marriage.  She raised her younger sister, Betsy who longs to get married to Levi.  Their father has put the law down: Betsy may not get married until Cate does.  This presents a problem until Pete Treger breezes into town and starts working for Cate's father.  He and Cate have a combative friendship, but eventually seem to enjoy each other's company until Cate finds out it was all an act.  Or was it?  Then her sister tells her news that causes Cate to seal a quick marriage to Pete which she immediately regrets and is stuck in a loveless marriage living with her workaholic in-laws. Cate comes to realize that she has fallen in love with Pete, but she is not sure if he feels the same.  Will Cate and Pete have the marriage that they both long for?

I truly loved the beginning of the story when sparks flew between Cate and Pete.  I identified with Cate in so many ways except that I did want to get married.   However, Cate was very strong and opinionated and I thought she was a great match for Pete.  This story has been retold in many ways namely the play, Kiss Me, Kate and the newer contemporary version in a movie, 10 Things I Hate About You.  I knew the general plot, but I after Cate got married, it seemed that Pete immediately turned off his charm to her and she was manipulated to work like a maid for his parents.  The last half of the story wasn't very appealing to me, but I understood the concept of the plot.  But overall, it was a good read and not a typical Amish novel.

*This book was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House for purpose of this review. This is my honest opinion of this book and no monetary compensation was received for my opinion.*

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Jessna is 21 Months old!!

This little girl is now 21 months old!

She is my busy girl through and through. I can never sit down when she is awake.

She is so curious and gets into everything. She follows big brother around all the time, but she also will sit down and look at books or tear them (library books, of all things!).

 She wants to color and we have done a little of that. She is messy as can be and still puts anything into her mouth like purple crayons!

She is saying lots of words and has a really silly giggle.

 She can be picky about food and cry the entire meal time or gobble it all up.

She wants to put on her coat and shoes and go places.

She is not shy with strangers and she loves being picked up.

 She still takes 1 nap and sleeps through the night.

She loves her baths and can put her clothes in the laundry and put other things away when I ask her.

She can walk up and down the stairs (not crawl!).

She is independent and very different from her brother. I have my hands and heart full with these two crazy kids!
Mmm, chocolate pudding!
Purple crayon tastes good too, Mom!
Sweet baby girl
Crafts with Shrade

Watch Jessna play peekaboo!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Frumps to Pumps Challenge Week #1

Welcome to our first week for our  Frumps to Pumps Challenge  We will spend the next 20 days in this motivotional by Sarah Mae that is very inspiring.  Every day there is a short devotion with a challenge.

This week we are going to find out who we are, our "why", why we need to dress differently to act differently, prophesying hope for ourselves and making the decision.  Are you as excited as I am?

Please watch this short 1 minute video of what I plan to do for my challenge.

My goal: Take a shower and be dressed before 8am.  I will let you know my progress next week.

Are you interested in joining me?  We will start February 4 and end March 1.  We will only do weekdays (M-F).

Here is what to expect from this little challenge: Read the daily motivotionals, follow the challenges and check in here weekly!  I'd like some accountability and every Monday so I will blog my progress.  I will also have a link up if you want to share as well.

Prize:  Anyone who completes the 20 Day challenge using Frumps to Pumps will be entered into a drawing for $20!  You must check in EVERY week on the form I provide to be considered for the prize.  Be sure to sign up this week in order to be considered for the prize.  I will accept sign ups through Wednesday, Feb 6.

Sign up for the challenge HERE

I will send a short newsletter with all the information that you need.  Be sure to pick up your ebook for this challenge- Frumps to Pumps by Sarah Mae.

If anyone is joining me, you can link up right here and share what your goals are for these 20 days.