Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Why I Don't Shop The #NSALE + Link Up

The other day on instagram I was feeling spunky and decided to do a "try on sesh." With the Nordstrom sale going on, that's about all my feed is. MUST HAVE jeans and MUST HAVE shoes and XXXXXXS sizing. I am honestly just sick of it and ready for my instagram to go back to normal :)

During my "try on sesh" I was sporting a maternity tank and some Nike running shorts. I did it as a fun poke at the fact that I'm not presentable 99% of the time. I wanted in on the "try on sesh" action.

Well, little did I know that y'all LOVED it and were cracking up with me! 

As I got to thinking about it, I really felt a pull at my heart to thank God for keeping me focused on the things I NEED in life. I NEED shelter and food and my family. I NEED water and fellowship and a good support system.

What I don't NEED is an 80th pair of jeans or another MUST HAVE blouse. Do I want all those things? YES! 100%! But, I don't NEED any of it.

As a society, we are followers. We follow everything, but the one most important thing we should be following (in my opinion) gets lost within all the #NSALE, #tryonsesh, #bloggingworld.

Jesus had followers without shoes, clothes. He had people follow him when He looked his worst. He saw the best in everyone and gave His life for us to live freely!

When I think about NEEDING things, I can't help but get a pit in my stomach thinking about the people who think they do NEED a new white tee, or a new pair of shoes. If you want it, cool, but I highly doubt anyone NEEDS ripped up jeans or a cardigan with a hood. We all can live without it.

Honestly, it takes a lot of self control to not go crazy and buy things. Of course I want these cute booties that everyone and their mom is buying and the cardigan that is as soft as a baby's bottom! Of course I want those things! But, I truly have plenty. I have enough and I'm living with that because I want to put my money and time into things that are not going to go out of season next year.

On the other hand, it is a bloggers job to promote their "product." Their job is to try on and "buy" (then they usually return 90%) clothes and show them off. You, as the read, buy it, they make a commission, etc. I seriously commend them because being a blogger, much less a fashion blogger, is hard work!! I love that they get to make a living doing what they love!! I truly love that!

What I pray for is that this world we live in stops NEEDING new things just because they're on sale. Or NEEDING something just because someone they idolize has it. I pray that little girls who follow people on instagram have enough self confidence to grow up and know that they can wear Nike shorts and a tee shirt and still have the same worth as someone decked out in designer clothes. 

If you've been a reader here for awhile, you know I did a YEAR OF NO SHOPPING back in 2013 and it was, truly, a life changing experience. I didn't buy a single piece of clothing or shoes for the entire year. Through that challenge I matured into knowing that my worth doesn't come from Earthly objects. What I wear didn't matter and what I had was (more than) enough! 

I am thinking about doing another no shopping challenge! I spoke about it on an instagram story and many of you seemed really interested! If I start up a challenge group, who would be interested?? We would start no shopping for three months, but eventually I'd love to go another year!

So, because I'm a blogger who isn't shopping the sale because all I NEED is my Nike running shorts and a maternity tank, here are my favorite picks if I were shopping the #NSALE!

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Graham || 15 Month Update

Holy cow! Where has time gone? How do I have a tiny tornado of a toddler?? With all the craziness, I will say that if I could birth (ouch!) a 12+ month old, I would! Babies are cute, but toddlers are FUN!

Here are some of G's stats from his 15 month appointment.

Weight: 27lbs 5.5oz - 95%

Height: 31.5 inches - 58%

He currently has eight teeth and is cutting four more. #fun

Food: Graham is an eater, obviously. He loves most foods and will eat anything we are eating. He prefers water to milk and will eat a billion raisins a day if you let him. He loves fruit and loves throwing all his food to the "PUPPIES!!!!"

Activity: This boy is ALL boy and ALL over the place. One day I looked over and he had climbed up his highchair and was standing in it sooo proud of himself. He loves play falling off the couch and we catch him, but one day I know we will miss.

Sleep: Graham is a rock star sleeper. He LOVES his sleep! When it is nap time, I will ask him if he wants to go night-night and he repeats back, "nih, nihhhh." I walk in the room, give him a kiss, plop him down, and he goes right to sleep! Same goes for bedtime. WE say it is night-night time and we give him a bath, read tons of books, kiss him, and plop him down! Chris is dying to get him to nap with him (he loves cuddling), but G loves his routine and his bed too much!

Sign language: All credit for this goes to G's pre-school! I feel like I can have full conversations with him in sign language. It is amazing! His new favorite thing to sign is "more please" to anything and everything he wants more of! Swinging, swimming, name it, he signs "more please!"

Personality: Graham is a HAM! We do not have a shy boy on our hands. At a minor league baseball game last week, we were sitting in the second row and G kept standing on my legs and YELLING, "HIII!!!" to everyone behind us. When we go to restaurants he waves to anyone looking his way. He is so sweet to others and isn't too clingy to me at all!

He loves to make you laugh! If you laugh at whatever he is doing, he will laugh with you can keep on doing it to make you laugh.

He loves to dance and can really get a good sway going.

Right now Graham is enrolled in ISR swim lessons. He is doing SO good and he has become a little fish! Anytime we go to the pool, G loves to jump in and swim to anyone and everyone.

Words: My family is loud and Graham definitely inherited that. He is a loud talker and gets very demanding, very quickly. Take water for example. When he wants his "WAAAAA-WAAAAA" he wants his water and he wants it now! He will repeat "WAAAAA-WAAAAA" over and over until he gets his water!!

He also says mommy, daddy, nannnn-uhhh (banana), puppy, Mimi, Bailey, thank you, please, fish, ball, WOW, and a slew of other words we can only decode occasionally.

This has been the best age!! Watching G discover new things and communicate is the best thing ever. He is my little bestie and watching him grow is so stinking fun! I love his chubby feet and dimpled hands and pray he always loves giving me a million kisses before bed!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Vlog #1: Life Update

Hey y'all! So today I did my first ever vlog! I am not tech savvy at ALL, so it is basically just a video (ha!), but there are some really FUN updates I'm excited to share with y'all!!

I'm excited to hear what y'all think and can't wait to do more vlogs in the future!

Here is my before and after using a wrap! I kept it on for 1.5 hours and was TRULY amazed by the results!

If you're interested in anything mentioned in my video, you can look at all the products here. AND, until July 23rd, they are running an amazing special for two AMAZING products! 

Happy Thursday, friends!!

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