12.17.2015

Upcycled Shelf



Hi friends, just dropping by to share a fun little adventure I have recently started! Head on over to Instgram and check out Upcycled Shelf where I will be selling some of my used books for CHEAP. Everything will be between $5 and $8 (includes S&H) based on size. Books ship to the U.S. only.

I also have a great giveaway going on. Visit the first image posted on the account, tag 3 friends (as many times as you want), and you will be entered to win one free book from my collection! Can't beat that.

I'm looking forward to simplifying my shelves and sharing some of my favorite reads with others in the meantime! The shop will open when the account reaches 100 followers and we are already over half way there! Spread the word!

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12.16.2015

Lurap Tricolor Anna Top Review

Lurap Clothing Tricolor Anna TopLurap Clothing Tricolor Anna Top
Disclaimer: I received this product for free in exchange for my review. All opinions are honest and 100% my own. 

Remember that time I had a really horrible experience with an online clothing site that made "custom" clothing? Well, I'm here to report I had a much more pleasant experience with a similar company. Lurap is an online custom clothing company for women that aims to ensure their customers are provided with the best fitting clothes possible at an affordable price. They offer a variety of styles and sizes (i.e., regular, plus, petite, and odd sizes) that can be tailored as needed to their customer's preferences. For example, you can play with the sleeves to make them longer or shorter, or even change the neckline.

I chose to review the Tricolor Anna Top, which was honestly a little out of my comfort zone, but then again most of the options were. I'm normally pretty basic. That being said, I really ended up loving the top once it arrived. I chose the short sleeve version.

Lurap Clothing Tricolor Anna TopLurap Clothing Tricolor Anna TopUnlike the review I link to above, this Lurap top actually fit me correctly, was incredibly comfortable, and survived a trip through the washer and dryer. It is made out of t-shirt material, so it does wrinkle but not super easily and it's nothing that can't be fixed by an iron or a few extra minutes in the dryer. It's also really easy to dress up or down, which I appreciate.

It was a tad on the pricey end ($48 without customization), especially compared to what I normally spend on tops. I probably would not have purchased this at the current price, even though I really loved it. The company ships internationally to the U.S. and Canada, which also adds some time between ordering and arrival. BUT, if you have a hard time finding clothes that fit you, Lurap is a great custom-sizing option!

Lurap Clothing Tricolor Anna Top

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12.11.2015

Parts of My Life I am Happy with Right Now



Amy has really encouraged me to fight back against the offness in my life right now by sharing some of the things in my life that I am happy with right now. Fighting back isn't something I have done a lot of lately, and I know I really need to speak truth to myself right now. So, I'm taking stock of the things in my life that are happy and joyful right now:

I'm happy with... 

+ The hope that comes with advent and God's promises for us.
+ The friends that have been a light to me lately.
+ The new tattoo I got for my birthday (take a peek!).
+ Our upcoming trips out of the country. Yes, PLURAL!
+ The free time to pick up a book for pleasure instead of for work.
+ COFFEE.
+ God bringing new people to our church.
+ The fact that classes are over until next semester.
+ My husband being a gem during a few particularly rough times this past month.
+ Rachel for helping me to cleanse my social media accounts.
+ This blog for giving me a place to be real and unload.

What things in your life are you happy with right now?

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12.09.2015

Advent and Hope



I've only been a believer for 3 years and I never really understood Advent until last year when our church did a topical series on it. This time around, I feel like I walked into the season feeling particularly hopeless and, honestly, depressed. I'm not sure if it is the tough personal things I've been dealing with lately, having one of my toughest semesters yet, seeing friends hurt, the regular mass shootings, or the things rocking my home town that have resulted in my current mental state, but regardless there has been this sense of "offness" I have been feeling lately. A sense of offness that is leading me back to therapy, more because I'm scared of how this could escalate as school just continues to become more challenging in the coming months.

I'm getting off track.

The point is, walking into church to hear our first advent message last Sunday (I urge you to listen, it's pure GOLD), I was feeling lost. My relationship with God has been consistent and I feel connected to him, but I'm realizing that I forgot one of the most basic truths about Him. That he is our Father. That He brings hope that all broken things will one day be restored. He never promised us contentment in this world. But he did promise us hope. Sometimes he asks us to walk into things that hurt us and challenge us, but with greater purpose because He is good.

So, if you're walking into this holiday season feeling off or tired, I urge you to remember the hope that you have in Jesus. I urge you to guard your heart in whatever way you need, whether that's taking a break from social media or just simply saying "no" to family or friends and "yes" to God.

How do you stay focused on God's promises this time of year? A time when culture tells us we need more things instead of more Jesus?

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