Monday, May 19, 2014

What I Wore {Teal Striped Maxi Dress}

This is the outfit that I wore to church yesterday; it was a beautiful warm spring day!

Top: Energie, from a thrift store
Maxi dress: Route 66, from K-mart
Shoes: Montego Bay Brand, from a department store

I also attempted to curl my hair, but was not too successful!  (This was my first time!)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

22 Things About Me {And a Few Blog Awards}

Recently, Chloe from Blooming Maiden gave me 3 blog awards. Thank you, Chloe! I decided not to nominate anyone for these awards (even though the rules state that you're supposed to) because I'm pretty new at this and I'm not really too familiar with many blogs yet. Also, I didn't want anyone to feel obligated to participate. If you'd like to participate, consider yourself nominated! You can find the questions at Chloe's blog. :)
Also, because there were so many questions, and quite a few of them didn't even apply to me, I decided to pick and choose the ones I wanted to answer, and I eliminated the others. I decided to state 11 random things about myself and then answer 11 questions about myself.
11 Questions...

1. Who was the first person you talked to today? My brother Ian.

2. What was the first thing you said today? "Good morning".

3. What is your greatest dream? To be a woman who is dedicated to God and who is a shining light in a dark world.

4. If you could hop into any film which would it be? That's a really hard one!  Probably Anne of Green Gables.

5. If you could become best friends with any fictional or real character, who would it be? Anne from Anne of Green Gables (except she already had a best friend.:))

6. What was the funnest thing you did this week? Recording a song that my sister and I wrote.

7. What are you most looking forward to in the next month? Going camping!

8. What is your favorite food to eat? Ice cream!

9. Do you keep a journal? If so, how often do you write in it? Yes, I do keep a journal, and I try to write in it at least once a month.

10. Would you rather be baking cookies or eating them? Baking them, totally!  I actually prefer baking stuff for other people to eating it myself.  Weird, I know.  :)

11. What is your favorite song...or top three if you can't decide? I can't decide, so my top three are Forgiveness by Tobymac, Remain by Royal Tailor, and Born Again by Newsboys.  

Now for 11 random things about me...

1. My favorite color is hot pink.
2. I love Subway sandwiches (without the spinach.)
3. Almost all of my favorite clothes are striped.  (Stripes are beautiful.)
4. I adore tiered skirts.
5. My least favorite animals are pigs. :)
6. I am five feet and seven inches tall.
7. I survived the Wildfire roller coaster at Silver Dollar City-and as a result I do not like roller coasters. :)
8.   My favorite ice-cream flavor is chocolate-caramel.
9. I love coffee, although I don't drink it on a regular basis.  
10. Summer is my favorite season.  
11. I prefer running to walking. (Most often.)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Week in Skirts

Hey y'all! Today some blogging friends and I are joining together to bring you some fun "Week in Skirts" posts. I'd like to especially thank Libby at A Noble Calling for coordinating all of this!

Here's what I wore last week: 

Monday
  • Top: Aeropostale (My sweet grandma bought it for me at a thrift store.)
  • Skirt: Local discount store (you can't see it too well in this picture since my adorable dog was wanting some attention :))
  • Flip flops: From a local department store   

Tuesday
  • Top: Aeropostale (from a thrift store)\
  • Skirt:  A local discount store
  • Sandals: Walmart
  • Hair accessory: Lilla Rose 


Wednesday
  • Top: Aeropostale (a Christmas gift)
  • Skirt: Bongo, from a local discount clothing store (I actually shortened it just to make it easier to wear around the house:))
  • Shoes: Land's End (my grandma couldn't wear these, so I ended up with them. :))

Aren't these hearts beautiful?! :)

Thursday
  • Top: Aeropostale (yes, again!  This was also from a thrift store.)
  • Skirt: Faded Glory (I got it from Ebay several years ago.)
  • Flipflops: A local department store

Friday
  • Top: Bobbie Brooks (I got it from a local dollar store just because a wanted something yellow, but I later found a much cuter yellow shirt for a better deal at a local department store. :))
  • Undershirt: So (from a local discount clothing store) 
  • Skirt: Banana Republic (also from a local discount clothing store)
  • Necklace: My parents gave this to me as a gift for my fourteenth birthday.  I wear it almost every day; it's a great reminder in my music and in everyday life!
  • Hair accessory: Lilla Rose


Saturday
  • Top: Aeropostale (from a thrift store)
  • Skirt: Natalie B., from Ebay

This is my sister's bicycle, but I decided to take it for a spin while she wasn't around. I LOVE orange. :)

Sunday
And, finally, Sunday.  You can see my beautiful well-used guitar case and my blue handbag behind me. :)

Top: Aeropostale (from a thrift store)
Skirt: She's Cool (from Zulily)
Shoes: Montego Bay brand, from a local department store

My sisters and I sang a song at church that we wrote for my precious mother on Mother's Day.

Thanks so much for stopping by here today!


Be sure and check out the other "Week in Skirts" posts at these blogs:

Caroline at Life as Caroline
Abigail at Jubilant Joys
Rebekah at Lively Laughter
Libby at A Noble Calling
Libby and Emmy at The Dutch Umbrella

Friday, May 9, 2014

Looking for Cute Maxi Skirts?

Skirt Image from Zulily

Today we have a guest post from my sweet mom! She blogs over at Artful Homemaking. Thanks, Mom!


Since we wear skirts most of the time, it seems like we're always on the lookout for cute maxis. They used to be really hard to find, but now it seems like they're popping up all over, which is really nice! We wear knee-length skirts, too, but sometimes there's nothing like a maxi skirt for modesty and comfort. And, they're super cute!

One of our favorite places to find cute maxi skirts has been Zulily. Zulily is a daily deals site. You have to sign up in order to view their products, but I have found so many cute skirts and dresses there that signing up was well worth it to me! Here are just a few of the cute skirts currently on the Zulily website:
This skirt (below) is on its way to Elyse right now--I knew she would love it!
I recently received this skirt (below) in the mail, and it is so cute and comfortable. It's one of my new favorites:
Elyse and I both have one of these Downeast Basics skirts (pictured below), that we found on sale at Zulily a couple years ago. Mine is black, and hers is blue.
In addition to all the knit skirts, they also carry lace, denim, and chiffon maxi skirts. In order to find the skirts, I just type "maxi skirt" in the search box, and it will bring up many of the skirts they currently have available. Some of them are priced as low as $14. Sometimes the size selection is limited, and they often sell out very fast.
Another place with cute skirts is Deborah & Co. I've had my eye on this skirt since last summer:
At Deborah & Co., you can also have a skirt custom made for you! And the above skirt can be shortened for you if necessary.

When I was in Walmart recently, I noticed that they have a skirt similar to the one above, at a very inexpensive price! You can see it here. They also had several other cute skirts available for about $12.

We've also seen some nice skirts at Kosher Casual. They sent me one to review earlier this year, and you can read my review of their company here.

So, here's a complete list of all the places we've been able to find maxi skirts recently:
  1. Thrift stores
  2. Ebay
  3. Maurices
  4. Cato
  5. Downeast Basics (sometimes they have a few)
  6. Walmart (very occasionally)
  7. Target (occasionally)
  8. Kosher Casual
  9. Deborah & Co.
  10. Zulily (our favorite source for the past couple of years!)

Do you have a favorite source for skirts?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Kisses From Katie {Book Review}

Kisses from Katie, written by Katie Davis, is a book that's all about self-denial and putting Jesus first!  The book reveals Katie's life in the US where she had it all, according to the world's standards.  A boyfriend, success and popularity, cute clothes and designer cars...you name it.

But after a trip to Uganda, Katie's life was changed forever. When you completely surrender your life to Jesus, amazing things happen!  For Katie, total surrender of her life meant giving up "everything" in the US and moving to Uganda where she adopted thirteen girls and has an amazing ministry reaching out to those without hope, and shining the light of Jesus into their lives.  

Katie says, "I never meant to live in Uganda, a dot on the map in East Africa, on the opposite side of the planet from my family and all that is comfortable and familiar.  Thankfully, God's plans also happen to be much better than my own."

I was inspired and challenged reading this book.  I found myself asking, "Would I be willing to give up everything to move to a foreign country where I didn't even know the language?  Would I be willing to do whatever God called me to do, even if it meant leaving all that is familiar and comfortable behind me?  Could I see these people for who they are, people created in the image of God, souls that will live for eternity, and look beyond the filth and illness and poverty?

I encourage you to read this book and think about these questions as I did.  When we surrender our everything to Jesus and follow His leading, allowing Him to direct us, even if it means leaving our comfort zone, as it did for Katie, we choose to place ourselves in the hands of a God who holds the world, and that's not a bad place to be.  Not all of us are called to move to a foreign country and adopt thirteen children, but we are all called to pledge our full allegiance to Christ and allow Him to use us for His glory.


For more about Katie and her book, watch this video:

Monday, May 5, 2014

Blueberry Muffins

This past week, I made these delicious big blueberry muffins, and they were a big hit. I doubled the recipe, and they were gone in just about a day and a half!  My four younger siblings had an outdoor tea party and I couldn't resist snapping a couple of pictures!  (Unfortunately, you can't really see the blueberries in these blueberry muffins, but they were in there.:))  As you can see below, I modified some of the ingredients to make them a bit healthier.  

Big Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 teaspoons sugar (I used part Rapadura and part xylitol for the batter and just used white sugar for the topping)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup blueberries, rinsed and dried


Directions:


  1. Put the butter in a small saucepan and set over medium heat.  Stir with a wooden spoon until melted, 1 to 2 minutes.  Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool.  (You can also melt the butter faster in the microwave.)
  2. Preheat the oven to 375.  Put paper liners in 12 muffin cups.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, and salt.  Mix with a table fork.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, combine the milk, egg, and vanilla.  Using the same fork, beat until well blended.
  5. Add the milk mixture, melted butter, and blueberries to the flour mixture.  Using a rubber spatula, stir gently until the ingredients are just blended.
  6. Spoon equal amounts of the batter into the muffin cups.  Sprinkle the extra 2 teaspoons sugar evenly over the tops.
  7. Bake the muffins until they are golden and have risen nicely, 18 to 20 minutes.  Use a toothpick to tell if the muffins are done.  If it comes out clean, the muffins are done.  Cool on a cooling rack.  Let the muffins cool for at least 15 minutes before removing them from the pan.
Enjoy!