Improving My Marriage With Lists To Love By | Book Review

Can a list a day keep marital complications away? Perhaps not, but thanks to the Lists to Love by Books by Mark and Susan Merrill, I’m happy to say that my husband and I feel better equipped and that we are even more intentional about keeping a happy marriage. The Lists to Love By Books were sent to me for review and I must say, I am quite impressed with what we’ve read and with the effect that it has had on our marriage. In two small books, one intended for busy wives and the other for busy husbands, the Merrills have taken even the most complex marital issues and have provided insight and wise counsel to encourage couples to continue to move forward by honoring their marriage the way that Christ intended. What I appreciate the most about these books is that they are faith-based and if you acknowledge that […]

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It’s Time To Forgive Yourself

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Life is complicated. Sometimes the things that we’ve said we’d never do, or the people that we said we would never hurt, unfortunately, become a part of our story. For what felt like at least a year or two, that was my reality. I made mistake after mistake and these weren’t just any mistakes. They weren’t like Oh, I locked my keys in the car. I made life-altering mistakes—some of which I still feel the effects of today. After most of the damage was done and the smoke cleared, I could barely look at myself. There was no one to place the blame on, no one to be angry with, and no one to reconcile with. I needed forgiveness for myself. We’re so used to hearing sermons on the importance of forgiveness of others, but what about forgiveness of self? Forgiving the people that have wronged us is equally as important but […]

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3 Easy Ways To Spread Love This Christmas Season

So, we are less than a week away from Christmas and like most of us, I’ve been busy with trying to get everything done. I’ve been concerned with Christmas dinner, with making sure that every gift is wrapped and marked, and if I can be honest—I’m tired. As an adult, the holiday season can be exhausting, stressful even, and it wasn’t until a few days ago that I realized that I had gotten caught up in the very thing that I criticize every year. Christmas has become so commercialized that we (myself included) have forgotten what Christmas is all about: love. Jesus’ birth was literally the embodiment of God’s love for us. I think it’s time that we all get back to the heart of the matter and make Christmas about love—genuine love that brings joy to the heart of Christ. I know everyone has their hands full so here […]

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Holiday Gift Guide 2016 | All Things Inspirational For Her

The holiday season is finally here! Can we all just agree that this is the most wonderful time of the year? We celebrate the birth of our Savior, we come together with family, we eat the feast of a lifetime, and we have the chance to show our love through meaningful gifts. If you’re anything like me, finding the perfect gift for our mothers, sisters, and friends can be pretty tough. So, I’ve taken out some of the guess work for you and I’ve created the ultimate gift guide for this year’s holiday season! The best part–every gift is under $30! I’m a lover of all things inspirational. If it has a scripture or cute motivational message, a dash of glitter, and some bomb calligraphy, it’s a must-have. In this gift guide, you’ll find my hand-picked, personal favorite inspirational gifts for the mother, grandmother, bestie or cubicle sister in your […]

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How To Create A Beautiful Workspace for Under $100

Everyone deserves a creative space. It doesn’t matter if you write novels or piece together puzzles in your spare time; there is truly nothing like having your own space. Recently, I decided to create my own.  It’s simple, it’s chic, it’s feminine, but the best part is that I paid just shy of $100 for everything. Here’s how to create a beautiful workspace on a budget: Find Inspiration  I don’t know about everyone else but I look to Pinterest for just about everything. When I knew that I wanted build a nice office area, I immediately looked up office decor pins. I envsioned a simply neat, bright, and refreshing space. Once I had my idea of the perfect workspace in mind, I went shopping for the best deals that I could find. Shop in Discount Stores For those of you that live life on a budget, discount stores like IKEA, […]

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Forget Everything That Social Media Has Taught You About Marriage And Children

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I had a great laugh with one of my best friends the other day about a meme with two toddlers staring outside of a glass door. The caption read something like, “Imagine coming home to this every day”. Albeit, the children were beautiful but I have to be honest. While I would momentarily swoon over their undeniable cuteness, I would immediately wonder 1) what type of mess would be waiting for me on the other side of that door and 2) what in the world their daddy allowed them to get into while I was gone.  This is the reality of parenthood. My issue is not necessarily with the portrayal of happiness or the great moments of parenting. It’s the fact that these memes are sometimes painting an unrealistic picture for my fellow twenty-somethings and young hopefuls that are excited to start a family in the future. As someone that […]

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Enjoying Family Time Locally| Art Walk

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Like most people, I am really big on family time. Whether I’m kicking back on the couch watching a good movie or taking a trip to the closest park, I always try to include my family. Those moments that we spend together are priceless—especially since our children are growing like weeds. One of our favorite things to do (particularly since we’ve relocated to a small town in Southern Maryland where there are no malls or major activities) is check out the local events. If you’ve ever needed a good reason to attend the events in your community, here are a few: 1) They are usually free or very inexpensive 2) They are usually in support of or created by small businesses 3) They are almost always family friendly This Friday, we had the opportunity to check out First Fridays in Leonardtown, hosted by the Leonardtown Small Business Association, and this […]

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