Saturday, December 28, 2013

Movie review: Anchor Man 2 + Wolf of Wall Street

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues


Cast: Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, Christina Applegate, Meagan Good
Favorite Character: Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) is the most random character ever and I love him!
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Star Rating: 4 stars. Anchorman 2 is the continuation of Ron Burgandy's antics. This movie did not disappoint! I laughed the entire time. If you enjoy mindless (silly) humor Anchorman 2 is definitely worth your time. 

Wolf of Wall Street


Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler
Favorite Character: Donnie Azoff played by Jonah Hill
MPAA Rating: R (in my opinion it should be rated X!) 
Star Rating: 1 Star, this movie is based on the true story of how Jordan Belfort made millions on Wall Street through corrupt trading practices. Despite what I consider to be a great cast, this movie was terrible! There were naked women (and men) in almost every scene, along with drugs, alcohol and bad language. The debauchery was so distracting that I couldn't even enjoy the storyline of the movie. This movie is 3 hours long and I still can not understand why it needed to be that long. This movie was so distasteful that about an hour in I wanted to leave (despite how much money we paid to see it at iPic Theatre!) but my 
husband convinced me to stay. I give this movie 1 star because Jonah Hill was dependably funny. I beseech you not to waste 3 hours of your life watching this movie. 

Have you seen these movies yet? What did you think??

Friday, December 27, 2013

Gold Rush: What I'm Loving Fridays Linkup

Wow, Christmas came and went quickly! I pray that each of you had a tremedous time celebrating the birth of Christ with your families.  Our Christmas was lovely (despite the fact that my hubby got the flu!).
As I was packing to head to my parents house for the holidays.  I realized something... I'm falling in love with Gold!!! That is huge for me.  My entire life I've been a silver type of girl.  Everyone in my family knows to never buy me gold jewelry because I don't like it. I cannot pin point exactly when my heart started to soften towards gold.  It could have been when I purchsed this Michael Kors Rosegold watch. 
 When I bought it, I thought it was pretty and trendy.  But when I wore it for the first time, I fell in love!
I'm thankful that my husband and my sister, unknowingly, encouraged my new love with these lovely Christmas gifts!
                                                                       Michael Kors Gold Jet Setter Tote          Cheetah Print "Bling" Iphone 5c Case
I find myself gravitating towards gold accessories more often when I'm shopping these days. So what about you, what are your feelings about gold accessories??
Monday, December 23, 2013

A Few Sweet Gift Ideas

It’s Christmas Eve Eve, can you believe it??? I was very intentional about starting my shopping and wrapping early this year so that I wouldn’t end up frantic on Christmas Eve.  And yet, still, I have wrapping left to do! I am however, done with all my shopping, so I will celebrate that victory!
I am one of those people that enjoys buying gifts for EVERYONE I’ve ever met (ok, perhaps I’m exaggerating, slightly), which has been challenging for me this year since my hubby gave me a Christmas Budget (yuck!).  I especially wanted to do something nice for the lovely ladies in my church life group and a few of my friends at work.  There are 13 ladies in my lifegroup and about 5 coworkers that I wanted to bless with something special.  So trying to fit 18 extra people in to the Christmas Budget seemed nearly impossible, BUT thank the Lord for fellow bloggers and Pinterest.

For those of you that may still be searching for something small and sweet (pun intended) for your friends/family here’s what I chose!
For the ladies in my life group, I put together cute Facial Scrub bags.  What woman doesn’t love a great exfoliator?? And this one is edible! It was super easy and only cost about $12 to make 12 bags.

*Clear cellophane bags
*a few tsp of sugar
*small Ziploc bag

I used the snack size Ziploc bags and rolled them to fit in the cellophane bags.  However, if you can find the tiny sealable jewelry bags that would be ideal.  It would also be a nice touch to add a cotton round to the bag. I think they turned out pretty cute.   

I found this facial scrub on one of my favorite blogs, Maskcara, which is where you can find the cute tag.

For my coworkers, I decided to find an edible gift. Although, I do not like fudge when I saw this White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge, I thought why not?? 
This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge is so smooth, so creamy, so rich with the refreshing zip of cranberries! |
 This was my first time ever making fudge and I’ve heard it can be tricky.  Maybe white chocolate is different, because I thought it was pretty easy! The recipe and ingredients are listed here. Unfortunately, I still don’t like fudge, even the white chocolate kind, just too rich for my taste. Per my husband, it turned out delicious! I will say that I liked this fudge more than any I have ever tasted. And it looks so pretty and festive!  
Hope these ideas help you out in the final 48 hours before Christmas!!

Linking up with #fundaymonday.
still being [molly]
Friday, December 20, 2013

Movie Review: American Hustle

What I'm loving this week... movies.  I actually love movies every week.  My husband and I are avid movie watchers. At least 75% of our entertainment budget is spent at Cinemark.  We are not picky movie goers, we will watch almost anything assuming it isn’t overly offensive.  Last night, while waiting for the previews to end, I decided that it may be fun to add movie reviews to the blog.  I watch so many, surely, my opinion could be useful to someone.  I will rate them on a Star System (as any good movie critic does) as defined below.
5 stars – Excellent, Must See
4 stars – Good, Enjoyable Evening
3 stars – Average, Worth the Price of Admission
2 stars – Bad, Skip It
1 stars – Horrible, Waste of Time

Well, folks, here goes my first blog movie review…
American Hustle
Last night Josh picked the movie, American Hustle. Although the movie had a stellar cast, I went in with fairly low expectations.  American Hustle is the story of a con-artist and his seductive partner that end up working for an FBI agent. 
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner

Favorite Character: Rosalyn, crazy wife, played by Jennifer Lawrence.  I thought Rosalyn was quite hilarious and she was certainly my favorite! Jennifer Lawrence won my heart in the Hunger Games but boy-oh-boy she does a great job playing a “crazy lady.”
MPAA Rating: R- quite a bit of foul language

Star Rating: 4 Stars, I thought the movie had a good pace throughout.  There was an interesting story line that kept me engaged the entire 138 minutes (Josh, however, did fall asleep at least once).  The ending, although slightly predictable, was creative enough to not be disappointing.  Although, Jennifer Lawrence’s character was my favorite, all of the actors were great.  Overall, I thought it was a good movie and provided a fun date night with my honey.
Have you seen American Hustle yet? If so, what did you think?

Linkin up with Lulu, What I'm Loving Friday.
Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas in New York!

This week, I am thankful for the Lord reminding me of His sovereignty.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a planner, I love to plan.  It actually brings me great joy.   I plan everything, in detail, including vacations. I completely understand this little trait could drive many people crazy but thankfully my family and friends are extremely accommodating to my intense desire to plan. 
You can imagine my response when my friend asked me join her on a Birthday Celebration Trip  to New York! Her desire was to spend a long girls weekend in New York City enjoying all the Christmas sights.  We only had a few months to plan but that was not a problem.  Our departure date was Saturday, Dec 7 and by Dec1 we had all the major components booked and a detailed itinerary in place.  All that was left to do was be excited (and pack)! Nothing could stop us!
But then... the weather in Dallas turned on us. The temperature dropped from 80 to 28 in less than 72 hours and then came the rain and the ice and the news reports of hundreds of cancelled flights. Our high spirits were quickly sinking.  In the midst of trying not to worry that our well planned vacation may be cancelled, my thoughts drifted to Proverbs 16:9, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps." Despite all of our planning, the only One truly in control is the Lord. I accepted the fact that there was a possibility our girls trip would not happen.  I was disappointed but content with however the Lords plan unfolded.  As it turned out we did get to go! There were some hiccups along the way including multiple cancelled flights and delays but we made it there and back safely and had a great time! Here are some highlights from the trip.

 Our hotel, Room Mate Grace, was super cute and modern located right in Times Square.
View from Central Park
Times Square at Night

We explored the City via Subway!

One of my favorite parts of the trip was the Holiday Lights Tour.  This is one of Macy's several gorgeous window displays.
                                           Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree 
              We met SANTA @ Macy's Santaland.  Talk about an extravagant display, beautiful!!

The Rockettes Christmas Spectacular absolutley lived up to the name.

The finale of the show was a living nativity scene complete with a real camel!
The weekend in New York was really fun and I am so thankful that the Lord provided for safe travel so that we could create such wonderful memories!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Most Wonderful Time of the Year!!

I absolutely LOVE Christmas and the whimsical/magical feeling that lingers in the air all around us each day of December.  It makes my heart glad each time I smell pine and cinnamon in a craft store, see the sign for peppermint mochas at Starbucks, and I squeel with excitement each time I notice new shimmering Christmas lights wrapped around houses and trees in our neighborhood.  I'm drawn into the sparkling christmas trees in every store and it takes every ounce of self disciple for me to wait until after Thanksgiving to start playing Christmas music.  There is sheer joy in my heart almost every moment to be honest.  Joy that I am anxious to share with everyone around me.
However, in the midst of all the "commercial/manufactured" joy that comes along with this season, the greatest possible joy any person can have is a lifelong personal relationship with Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World!! I was contemplating what a special time of year this is for most people but especially for believers. This a chance to openly celebrate and praise our Savior.  I've decided to make it a top priority for me to share share share the GOOD NEWS of Christ this holiday season because He is the true Joy of the season.  I believe that during this time of year people's hearts are softened and more open to hear about Christ.  So look for every oppoortunity to tell the people in your life what you are really celebrating during the most wonderful time of year! 

How do you plan on sharing the Gospel of Christ this Christmas season??
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Right Around the Corner

Today's post is inspired by our post dinner adventure.  

As Josh and I walked up to his truck, it was glaringly evident that one of the tires was very low on air. No need to worry, there was a gas station around the corner that we could easily stop at to fill the tire up and be on our way in mere minutes.  Off we go to the 7-11 around the corner.  I rummaged in my purse for quarters as we drove so Josh would be prepared to feed the pump.  We pull up only to discover an "Out of Order" sign on the air pump.  Hmmm, not what we had expected but, again, not a problem.  We decided to head back towards the house and stop by our usual gas station.  We pull up to the Shell station to discover another "Out of Order" sign on the air pump! Ummmm, ok... definitely NOT what we expected.  At this point, Josh commented that, "this is some serious bad luck." At the moment, his words struck me but I wasn't exactly sure why.  I didn't like him saying that because neither of us actually believe in luck but I couldn't bring myself to disagree with him.  I've never seen an air pump "out of order" before, let alone 2 in a row!  As Josh slowly pulled out of the parking lot he had an idea.  My favorite car wash was right across the street, perhaps they have an air pump?? We pulled up as they were closing but we circled around the parking lot just to make sure we didn't see a place to fill up.  Nope, nothing.  In a last ditch effort to find air, we asked one of the workers at the car wash if there were any air pumps.  He didn't speak English!  After a few minutes of really bad sign language, he understood what we were asking and pointed right behind us.  We circled around the parking lot one last time and saw the most lovely air pump (in the most unlikely location)!! And the best part... it was FREE!

I don't tell you this story to make a huge celebration about (finally) finding air for Josh's tire or because we saved 4 quarters in the process.  I think this story is symbolic of life.  Often times, we have a plan and go after something but when it doesn't work out the way we want the first time, we give up.  Perhaps you're really persistent and are willing to give it a second try and things still don't work out.  Well, if we had stopped looking when Josh decided "this is some serious bad luck" not only would we have not had air, we would have missed the FREE air.  Which, I think was a sweet little blessing! How many sweet little blessings (or sweet BIG blessings) do we miss out on every day because we didn't keep pushing long enough?

No matter what the circumstances may look like, keep pushing... your blessing may be right around the corner!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The Race

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful." 2 Timothy 4:7

Wow, what a powerful verse!! I pray that each of us would be able to confidently proclaim this, as Paul did, at the end of our lives. Not that I have accomplished every goal I set, or won each race I ran but in the end The Lord would say "well done, my good and faithful servant, WELL DONE!" This beautiful poem was recently brought to my attention and I think it beautifully describes the race of "life."  For all of life is like that race, with ups and downs and all. And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall. Take some time to read the poem and keep in mind that "winning" doesn't always mean first place or living a perfect, sin-free life but "rising each time you fall."

The poem is rather long, so just incase you would rather watch/listen, here is a great video!

The Race
by Dr. D.H. Groberg

Whenever I start to hang my head in front of failure’s face,
my downward fall is broken by the memory of a race.
A children’s race, young boys, young men; how I remember well,
excitement sure, but also fear, it wasn’t hard to tell.
They all lined up so full of hope, each thought to win that race
or tie for first, or if not that, at least take second place.
Their parents watched from off the side, each cheering for their son,
and each boy hoped to show his folks that he would be the one.

The whistle blew and off they flew, like chariots of fire,
to win, to be the hero there, was each young boy’s desire.
One boy in particular, whose dad was in the crowd,
was running in the lead and thought “My dad will be so proud.”
But as he speeded down the field and crossed a shallow dip,
the little boy who thought he’d win, lost his step and slipped.
Trying hard to catch himself, his arms flew everyplace,
and midst the laughter of the crowd he fell flat on his face.
As he fell, his hope fell too; he couldn’t win it now.
Humiliated, he just wished to disappear somehow.

But as he fell his dad stood up and showed his anxious face,
which to the boy so clearly said, “Get up and win that race!”
He quickly rose, no damage done, behind a bit that’s all,
and ran with all his mind and might to make up for his fall.
So anxious to restore himself, to catch up and to win,
his mind went faster than his legs. He slipped and fell again.
He wished that he had quit before with only one disgrace.
“I’m hopeless as a runner now, I shouldn’t try to race.”

But through the laughing crowd he searched and found his father’s face
with a steady look that said again, “Get up and win that race!”
So he jumped up to try again, ten yards behind the last.
“If I’m to gain those yards,” he thought, “I’ve got to run real fast!”
Exceeding everything he had, he regained eight, then ten...
but trying hard to catch the lead, he slipped and fell again.
Defeat! He lay there silently. A tear dropped from his eye.
“There’s no sense running anymore! Three strikes I’m out! Why try?
I’ve lost, so what’s the use?” he thought. “I’ll live with my disgrace.”
But then he thought about his dad, who soon he’d have to face.

“Get up,” an echo sounded low, “you haven’t lost at all,
for all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
Get up!” the echo urged him on, “Get up and take your place!
You were not meant for failure here! Get up and win that race!”
So, up he rose to run once more, refusing to forfeit,
and he resolved that win or lose, at least he wouldn’t quit.
So far behind the others now, the most he’d ever been,
still he gave it all he had and ran like he could win.
Three times he’d fallen stumbling, three times he rose again.
Too far behind to hope to win, he still ran to the end.

They cheered another boy who crossed the line and won first place,
head high and proud and happy -- no falling, no disgrace.
But, when the fallen youngster crossed the line, in last place,
the crowd gave him a greater cheer for finishing the race.
And even though he came in last with head bowed low, unproud,
you would have thought he’d won the race, to listen to the crowd.
And to his dad he sadly said, “I didn’t do so well.”
“To me, you won,” his father said. “You rose each time you fell.”

And now when things seem dark and bleak and difficult to face,
the memory of that little boy helps me in my own race.
For all of life is like that race, with ups and downs and all.
And all you have to do to win is rise each time you fall.
And when depression and despair shout loudly in my face,
another voice within me says, “Get up and win that race!”

This post is dedicated in loving memory of Rena Tarbet, Mary Kay Independent Senior National Sales Director Emeritus .

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Can you carry out orders?

“I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 5:30
John 5:30 has such a simple message that many of us have heard so often it is common place to blurt out “not my will but your’s Lord” in the midst of any challenging decision or circumstance.  But do we mean that when we say it or does it just sound good? And if we really mean it, then why wait for the big/challenging issues to use this train of thought?  What if each and every day we started our day off by speaking this verse out loud and meaning it from the depth of our souls?   What if the moment you sat up in bed each day, the first words out of your mouth were, “I can’t do a solitary thing on my own: I listen, then I decide. You can trust my decision because I’m not out to get my own way but only to carry out orders.” (the Message)
How much easier every moment, every mundane task and decision would be if we completely removed our own will and selfish ambition and exclusively consulted the Lord and upon His answer, we immediately “carried out His orders.” Are you able to simply listen and carry out His orders?

Challenge: Each morning this week, recite John 5:30 when you wake up and throughout the day as you make big and small decisions.  I would love for you to check back in and let me know how it went!
Friday, June 7, 2013

Welcome Back, Me

So, I took a not-so-brief, completely unplanned hiatus from blog land.  I wanted to pop in today and say Happy Friday and Welcome Back to Me!  I’ve missed writing, but somehow I suddenly slipped back into my “old ways” of utter busy-ness. I am proud to announce that in the mist of all the busy-ness, my life does feel quite balanced and I love that. 

A few updates:
  • My hubby and I have really been focusing on living a healthier lifestyle with the help of a local food and fitness facility, Utopia, and it is going great. More Details to come!
  • We were accepted as a Cares team by apartment life last year and we were (finally) placed at an apartment community in April!!!  This has been a huge part of my busy-ness and why I’ve been MIA for a few months.  We are entering our third month of serving this property and it has been a blast so far! For more information about Cares, click here.  If you are interested in serving as a team contact me at and I would be glad to answer any of your questions.  
  • As I mentioned, I have missed writing you and I am excited to get plugged back in with everyone! I’ll be checking in at least once a week.
Before I wish you a fantastic weekend, I have to share this video with you.  I watched it yesterday and I was so incredibly blessed by it that I NEEDED to share it.  It’s completely in line with my updates above, Health and Balance in your life (and mine).  Enjoy.

 Now… Have a Fantastic Weekend!!!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Last month, I had the great pleasure of participating in a Cara Box exchange for the first time ever!  I am so glad that I did.  The theme for February was #ClubSexy, appropriate for the “red” month, don’t you think??   I was blessed to be matched up with Gayle from Grace for Gayle.  Not only am I thankful that I found her blog, it’s super awesome, but I’m thankful that I actually had the chance to meet Gayle for gelato last week! I will call her my first official blogger friend since she is the first lady I’ve met in blog world and in person.   I really had a great time chatting with her and getting to know about the woman behind the blog.
So, on to the juicy details about my Cara Box, Gayle’s #ClubSexy challenge was to create the perfect date night for me and she did a great job!! The “box of relaxation” included:

Dark Chocolate Covered Pomegranate
(delicious, one of my new favorite snacks)
Glade Candle and Candle Lighter
 (I LOVE all things smelly and this candle smells so yummy)
Aloe Infused Socks
(like walking on clouds)
Note Cards
Red Velvet Cake Body Wash
(certified #clubsexy win)
Vanilla Lotion

The items were beautifully packaged!

Super big smile, I was excited.

Thank you so much for the wonderful Carabox, the sweet note, and the fun girl time!

I prepared a special box for Jessica at Wonder What's Next. You can visit her blog for details on what I included in her #clubsexy package, here!

Cara Box

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Unexpected Collision with Character

I love mid-week dinner dates!  Josh and I are pretty busy and rarely have a night at home together in which neither of us has a meeting or conference call or rehearsal (etc etc) to attend.  Last night, was one of those rare occasions when we had the evening "off" so we headed to Spoons, one of our favorite restaurants.  We enjoyed a nice conversation over breakfast (at dinner time, love that).  After a leisurely dinner, we briskly walked back to my car (it was chilly out last night).  As we approached the car, we both thought the glare from the street lights was playing tricks on our eyes.  My car seemed to have a big dent in the side of it.  Hmmm, must be the light.  We stopped talking and approached the car (walking even more quickly than before).  No tricky lighting, there was a LARGE dent in the side of my car.  My heart sank but before I would allow the self pity to set in I began to convince myself that whoever hit my car left a note.  I was desperately hoping they had but only scarcely believing they did.   I peaked around the windshield and was flooded with relief... a note fluttering in the breeze.

Praise God for integrity.  The parking lot was moderately well lit and fairly secluded.  I'm confident when he backed into my car "no one was looking," but he chose to do the right thing in spite of the consequences. Titus 2:7a instructs believers to, "Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works."  This stranger's actions are a perfect example of modeling good works and integrity.  I am thankful not only for his insurance company covering the cost of the damages but also, for a reminder of what integrity looks likes.  So a great big Thank You to the nice man that backed into my car last night for the reminder. For the record, I'm not being sarcastic, when we spoke with him, he was a very nice guy!

So, how will you model good works and integrity today for those around you?
Thursday, February 14, 2013

Burning Passion

Happy Valentine's Day to each of you!  I absolutely LOVE Valentine's day.  OK, confession... I pretty much love every Holiday but Valentine's is special.  Love is supreme and often difficult to define, describe, or explain.  Nevertheless, love is certainly worthy of celebration.  So, today, celebrate!  What better way to celebrate Love than with the most beautiful love poem I could find straight from the greatest book ever written.   Before you read this, think of the person that ignites a burning passion within you.
"Hang my locket around your neck,
wear my ring on your finger.
Love is invicible facing danger and death.
Passion laughs at the terros of hell.
The fire of love stops at nothing---
it sweeps everything before it.
Flood waters can't drown love,
torrents of rain can't put it out.
Love can't be bought, love can't be sold---
it's not to be found in the marketplace."
Song of Solomn 8:6-8
The Message Translation
The man that ignites a burning passion within me is this guy! I love you Joshua Currie.
Photography By: Team Howard Photography
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I Heart Weekends!

Here's a recap of my oh-so-fun weekend!

(1) Friday, I arrived home to my first ever Graze box delivery.  I LOVE getting packages in the mail so that was way exciting! Graze is a subscription snack delivery service.  For $5 per week, they package and send 4 healthy snacks right to your door.  So far I have only tried one of the snacks and it was really yummy!

(2) I started off my Saturday at the hair salon, as usual with Tangie B.  Just curious, does your hair stylist get you surprise gifts just because??? Mine does! She gave me the cutest blinged out coffee cup and starbucks coffee!  She’s trying to encourage me to be a good financial steward and not stop at starbucks every day.  Yea, love her.  If you need a great hair stylist in the Dallas Metroplex definitely give Tangie a call. 
Saturday night, I had the extreme honor of celebrating one of my friends by surprising her in a flash mob! It was so much fun and I got to cross that one off my 30 bucket list!! You can read more details and watch the flashmob video on Team Howard Blog.
(3) Sunday morning I broke the Daniel Fast over breakfast with Josh.  It was so delicious!! Boy oh boy am I EXCITED to have coffee back in my life!  Overall, the fast was really great.  I certainly had challenging days but the primary goal for me was to draw closer to the Lord and I feel like that was accomplished.  Let me be completely honest and say that trying to take on OTN90 and the Daniel Devotional simultaneously was a bit of a stretch for me.  I was not able to maintain both reading plans, however, I am still on track with the Old Testament reading.  I will complete the Daniel Devotional when, I reach Daniel in the OTN90 reading plan.  My greatest takeaway from the fast is the importance of prioritizing God in my life.  Denying myself the foods that I love was one small way to consistently choose God throughout my day.  This is something I should be doing each day well beyond the fast.
(4) Then, I was blessed to hear Josh share a message with the youth at church about biblical dating.  I LOVE to listen to this man talk about the Lord! 

Last, but not least, we enjoyed the Superbowl/Beyonce Concert with friends to close out the weekend. Josh is a lifelong 49ers fan and was quite disappointed at the final score.   I was fairly disappointed with the quality, or lack thereof, I saw in the superbowl commercials.  However, I really loved the Budweiser Commercial.  It made me smile and say, “Awwwww.” I also really liked the “So God Made a Farmer” Dodge commercial.  It reminded me of my dad.
Make it a great week friends!
Friday, February 1, 2013

Winner x 2!!

The winner of my Mary Kay Satin Lips Giveaway is *drum roll please* Bernadett Rauski.  Congratulations!! I will put it in the mail asap, I hope you love it!! 

If you can take this much excitement in one post, I have one more winner to announce... ME!!! I won Jan's Giveaway from The Comfort of a Safe Place.  What did I win??? These gorgeous earrings.

I absolutely adore accessories and I can not wait to wear these! Thank you Jan, I love winning.
Thursday, January 31, 2013

Cry About It or Dance About It

This little guy has gotten a lot of attention in the last few days, so you  may have seen this video.  If not, DON'T miss this opportunity to WATCH the video.  I watched this for the first time yesterday and immediately thought, I must share this with everyone!  He is just as cute as a button and quite hilarious, but once you get past that, the words he speaks are so TRUE!  Take a look and really consider the message.

So many great one liners in here it's challenging to pick just one but I love it when he says, "you can cry about it or dance about it."  Ummm, yes! What a great way to look at life. I'm also really considering his question, "What will you create to make the world more awesome?" Today, my goal is to help make the world more awesome in 2 ways: 1) SMILE at every single person I make eye contact with today, 2) Pray for each person my shadow touches today.
So, How will you make the world more awesome today??

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Update: Daniel Fast + OTN90

Praise the Lord, I’ve made it to day 11 of the Daniel Fast (that’s half way)!!! So far the fast is going very well. It is so perfect that the fast is paired with the OTN90 reading.  This keeps me focused on the word of God and not the food.  

I have completed Genesis, Exodus, and Ruth.  Today, I am wrapping up the book of Ezra. The verse that has stood out to me the most in all of my OTN90 Reading so far is Exodus 34:6-7.

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Everytime I reread these verses, they penetrate deep into my heart.   I am delighted to know that God is unchanging and he is filled with unfailing love and faithfullness!  What truth about God’s character do these verses speak to you?

Daniel Fast Lessons:
1.       Temptation is real.  Usually, meetings at work are food-free, with the exception of lunch-and-learns.  Since the fast has started, almost every meeting I have attended has either included cookies or coffee! Ummm, seriously?? Praise God, I’ve declined to partake in each circumstance.

2.       Spirit is stronger than Flesh.  I have a deep deep love for coffee and drink it every morning.  I am so proud to declare, I have not had a drop of coffee since the beginning of the Daniel Fast.  This is truly a work of the Lord.  It has not been easy but one of my favorite parts of fasting is seeing that my flesh is not superior to the Spirit when I am willing to fully submit myself.

Danny Foods I’m Loving, yummo.
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That's all for today! Those of you that are fasting and/or reading, I'd love to hear what you're learning and what foods you're loving!

7 Days left to enter my giveaway!! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Liebster Award!!

I am so excited to announce that I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Angela from Selfless Ambition. I am so honored to be nominated by Angela because she is truly one of my absolute favorite bloggers.  If you do not follow her blog, you should certainly stop by and check it out. 
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So, the Liebster rules are:
  • Share 11 Facts about myself
  • Answer 11 Questions from my nominator
  • Nominate 11 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) for the award
  • Create 11 questions for nominees to answer
Facts About Me:
  1. I LOVE to dance and started taking ballet when I was 2 years old.
  2. My favorite food is pizza.  Yes, rather childish but I can’t get enough.
  3. I broke my nose in 2nd grade.
  4. I am deeply thankful that God created taste buds.
  5. I love pretty much anything that sparkles.
  6. I think pearls match everything (tshirt and jeans or my most elegant dress).
  7. Makeup is awesome and I almost never leave the house without at least a quick “dash out the door” look.
  8. I like rules and schedules. 
  9. I’m naturally fairly introverted but I’ve learned how to be extroverted (when necessary).
  10. I only own 1 pair of tennis shoes.
  11. I have 1 sibling, my younger sister, Casey and we are 9 years apart.
Angela's Questions:
  1. If you were stranded on a deserted island with 1 other person, who would you want that person to be & why?  My husband! He’s funny and cute, we could definitely make it on an island together forever.  J
  2. What is your best memory from the past 12 months? The day I found out I passed my Engineering Licensing Exam.
  3. Your fave movie? Tombstone
  4. Your fave candy bar?  Reeses Peanut Butter Cup (does that count as a candy “bar”??)
  5. Name 1 person in your life that has influenced you the most.  My parents.
  6. What is your take on J.Crew? Love it & shop there often OR cute but way overpriced? Cute but way overpriced
  7. If you could have anyone design your home (and money was no object), who would you choose?  Ummm… no idea. I guess if money was no object, I’d have some research to do to discover which interior designers match my style the most.
  8. If you could be on any reality show, what would it be?  So You Think You Can Dance! Of course this would require me to quit my job and train for 12 months before the show but hey, this is fantasy right?
  9. Describe your ideal vacation.  Romantic city with lots of great historical or significant sites to visit.  Fabulous hotel with a great spa.
  10. What is your middle name? Nicole                                                  
  11. What is your fave song? This changes very frequently, but today I think… A Thousand Years by Christina Perri. I think this song is so romantic and sweet, and yes, it is from the Breaking Dawn soundtrack!     
My Nominees:
Questions for My Nominees:
  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Favorite actor?
  3. Favorite color?
  4. If you could relive any day of your life which one would it be?
  5. Coffee or Tea?
  6. Describe the perfect date night.
  7. Do you have any phobias/irrational fears?
  8. If you could have any superhero power what would it be?
  9. Who taught you the true meaning of love?
  10. What is your favorite holiday?
  11. What is your favorite thing to do when you have free time?
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