Morning, girls! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week and that your Monday is going great! I was a little sad to send my kiddos back to school today. I loved having them… More
Happy Wednesday, friends!! Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I am so excited to get together with our families for lunch and then dinner.
This month has flown by!
As always, on the last Wednesday of every month, Sheaffer and Shay host a link up where everyone shares what’s going on right now. As Shay says, “It’s a little food, a little family, a little what we’re wearing, a little what we’re doing, a little what we’re watching and a little bit of everything else all in one post.”
So let’s get started!
1. WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:
Turkey, turkey and more turkey!
On Thanksgiving day we always go to Joseph’s Nana and Papa’s house for lunch and then do dinner at our house with my family.
My mom makes her traditional turkey. It’s delicious! Every year, my dad would have us take his picture of his first bite.
Gosh, I miss him so much!
2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:
These pictures popped up in my Facebook memories from three years ago! Look how sweet they are!
3. WHAT I’M LOVING:
Lately I’ve been going by Sonic and getting a Coke Zero with Lime in it. Have you tried it? It’s sooooo good!
I talk about these candles all the time, I just love them. They last a long time and smell amazing!! Winter White is my current favorite.
4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:
We finished up Track and Soccer and went straight into basketball! Three kiddos and their practice and game schedules will keep you busy, busy!
5. WHAT I’M DREADING:
I’m dreading my kiddos going back to school. Don’t get me wrong, I am so thankful that we are still in school doing face to face learning. But I sure do love it when they are home and sports practices aren’t taking up every single night of the week.
6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON:
A couple of ladies and I started this Advent study this week. I’m hosting it virtually and with a couple of ladies in town. So far I am loving it!
7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:
We had family pictures a couple of weekends ago and my friend and photographer sent me this sneak peek.
I love it so much and I can’t wait to see the rest!
The day started off so dreary and foggy. I was super bummed that the sun wouldn’t be out, but it made an appearance and it was beautiful!
8. WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:
This book right here. I am so thankful for it. It is speaking directly to my heart and it’s exactly what the Lord knew I needed.
A couple of nights ago, I saw this series on Netflix and started watching it. I remember watching it as a kid but I know I missed a lot of episodes since we didn’t have DVR back then. Oh my goodness! I didn’t realize how risqué it was!
I think I’m liking it more as an adult than I did as a kid.
9. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:
This podcast episode was so good. It’s Annie interviewing Lysa TerKeurst about her new book, Forgiving What You Can’t Forget.
The truths they share and just the wisdom they give is amazing. I’ve struggled with some hurts in the last couple of years that I still have a hard time with. And this podcast spoke straight to my heart. I can’t wait to read the book!
This was another episode that I loved. Sadie Robertson interviewed Kari Jobe about her new album, The Blessing. Oh my goodness. Y’all, go listen to this episode. They talk about the story behind the song and it’s so awesome to hear how it all came about.
Speaking of Kari Jobe, have you listened to the new album? Soooo good!!
10. WHAT I’M WEARING:
It’s finally sweater weather around here so I’m wearing lots of sweaters. But this is pretty much my everyday mom uniform, ha! The fast and free Lululemon leggings are my favorite. They are actually on sale right now!
This sweater from Target is so fun! I love the color. I also bought it in a really pretty Christmas green!
I am also loving these boots! I am so excited that knee boots are back in style.
I wore this dress a couple of times this month. It’s so comfortable! You can throw a chunky sweater over it during the cooler months. I also wore my dupe Golden Goose shoes with it one day.
Here are the boots, again!
I am so excited about this dress! Loverly Grey shared it on Instagram and I bought it immediately. Y’all. This dress is less than $40. It’s so fun and something you can wear to your Holiday parties.
11. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:
I bought a new foyer table so I’ve been trying to shop for items to go on it. I’m also working on a couple of small decor additions and changes around my house.
12. WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:
Everything that December brings. I’m looking forward to embracing the season and celebrating the true reason of the season.
13. WHAT ELSE IS NEW:
I think I pretty much covered it all!
If you’re still reading, thank you haha!
I hope you have a fantastic Wednesday!!
I’m always looking for quick and easy ways to pour scripture into my children’s hearts. And as I scrolled through Instagram I found this calendar by Homelife Magazine.
It has a verse each day to read along with a question or two that you can use to discuss.
You can download the calendar here. They’ve also included some scripture art that you can print out and put in a frame to hang around the house.
I think it’s so important to read the Bible with our kids and talk about what the verses mean. I don’t do enough of this, but I’m trying to be better each day.
How do you incorporate scripture at home?
TRAIN UP A CHILD IN THE WAY HE WILL GO AND WHEN HE IS OLD HE WILL NOT DEPART FROM IT Prov 22:6
***This post was supposed to go live this morning, but I’ve been having some crazy technical difficulties. My video I did this morning isn’t uploading and then my blog wouldn’t upload either. Ugh. It’s not wanting to cooperate at the moment so I decided to go ahead and publish this post. Keep an eye out on my Instagram for the video. It’s been uploading for a couple of hours so maybe at some point it will finally post.***
I am so excited to start this study and I’m happy that you’ve decided to join me. Whether you are joining me virtually or in person, I pray that your hearts will be prepared for this season of Advent. I pray that whatever season you find yourself in, that God will renew your hope and faith in Him.
Each week includes an introduction, five days of personal study, activities to do with kids, teens or friends and family and group discussion questions that we will go over each week.
On Mondays, I’ll write a recap of the week, make a short video and include the group discussion questions on the post. I encourage you to to answer the questions you feel comfortable answering in the comments each week. If you are local, we will discuss the questions in person, but I encourage you to comment on the post as well to hopefully create a discussion with the ladies joining us virtually.
This is the first time I’ve ever done an Advent Bible Study. To be honest, I never really thought about Advent until this year. So I had to look up what it meant and why it was celebrated.
Advent means arrival. And it’s where we remember how God’s people waited for the promise of the coming Messiah.
Traditionally, it begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas and goes until Christmas Day. There’s a guide in our book on page 142 if you want to do it with your family. Each week it tells a different part of the Christmas story leading up to the birth of Christ.
Below are this week’s discussion questions. Feel free to leave your answers in the comments below.
Group Discussion Questions
What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?
Are you familiar with Advent? Did your celebrate it growing up? Do you celebrate it now?
During Advent we remember how God’s people waited for the promise of the coming Messiah. When have you experienced a long season of waiting? What emotions did you fell during that time? Anticipation? Impatience?
Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick.” Describe a time when your hope was deferred. What did God teach your through that experience?
I’ve posted a short video recap and prayer on Instagram, today. You can watch it here once it uploads, But other than that, I am so excited that you are joining me!
I hope you have a GREAT Monday, friends!
Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week? I am so excited to have my kiddos home for a week!
This kiddo had his first official game of the season this week. Basketball is one of my favorite sports he plays and I’m excited to watch him grow this season.
I know I’ve told y’all before, but I LOVE Sand and Fog candles. This one is currently my favorite.
It smells soooo good! I buy them at TJ Maxx, Homegoods or Marshalls. The bigger ones are normally $12.99 and they last a long time.
A couple of weeks ago, someone asked me about my skincare routine so I thought I’d share what I use for anyone that’s interested in knowing.
I wash my face twice a day with Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap. I’ve used this for almost 10 years.
Then I use Clinique’s Clarifying Lotion. It’s meant to be used twice a day, but I normally only use it at night unless I have any active breakouts.
I always moisturize after. Right now in the mornings, I’ve started using Cetaphil’s Deep Hydration Healthy Glow Daily Face Cream. After my facial a couple of weeks ago, my friend Taylor mentioned my skin being a bit dry and suggested I moisturize heavily. So far I’ve loved this one and can really see a difference in my skin.
In the evenings I’ve started using, Mario Badescu’s Protein Night Cream. I’m loving this one as well. I feel like the combination of both moisturizers has really helped my skin.
For my skin, consistency is key. As long as I am washing my face in the morning and evenings, my skin stays healthy. I do have occasional breakouts here and there but it’s normally because I’m not washing my face or drinking enough water.
Our FAVORITE babysitter got married this weekend. I wrote all about it in my Weekend Wrap-Up post.
I’m reading a couple of books right now, but this one is my current favorite.
I am also sooooo excited about this one!
I can not wait to start reading it.
And that wraps up this week’s Friday Favorites! I hope y’all have a GREAT weekend!!
PS – this post contained an affiliate link… thank you so much for reading and supporting my blog!
16 years ago, I went through one of the darkest and scariest seasons of my life.
On my way to see Joseph one night, I experienced what would be the first of many panic attacks.
I honestly didn’t realize it was a panic attack, I thought I was maybe getting sick and didn’t think too much of it.
But then it happened again a couple of days later. I started feeling nauseous and like I was going to throw up. My hands were sweating, my heart was racing and I felt like someone was sitting on my chest. I was in my car again when it happened and pulled into a gas station to grab some water and see if I felt better.
This became my normal every time I’d get in my car and I quickly developed extreme anxiety whenever I drove anywhere. After several weeks of this, I felt like I was going crazy. My stomach was always a wreck, I was on edge. By now, Joseph and I were married and what was supposed to be marriage bliss was a total nightmare.
The anxiety and panic attacks caused me to fall into a deep depression that I didn’t realize I was in.
I fought this life for years. Years. And for a long time I lived my life trying to put up a front and tried my best to keep the fact that I was falling apart hidden from everyone. I was embarrassed and felt like a total weirdo. I know that’s a strange word to describe the way I felt, but I completely felt like a weirdo. Like something was wrong with me and I was defective.
It took years for me to heal and finally feel somewhat normal. I still remember all of the late nights I would wake up crippled with anxiety wishing that God would just take me because I literally felt like I was going crazy.
As hard as this journey was, God never left me. And He brought me through it stronger than I ever was. He placed people in my life to carry me through my hardest days and His Word was my comfort during those late nights I felt I couldn’t keep living.
I wish I could tell you that I never experience anxiety anymore. I wish I could tell you that one day, the anxiety miraculously disappeared. But that’s not my story.
I still struggle every now and then. Not the way I did back then, but I have my moments when I feel anxious.
Last night was one of those moments. I’m not sure why, but I kept waking up through the night feeling so anxious. But the difference now is that instead of wishing God would take me, I cling to Him for strength. And I did that last night.
1 Peter 5:7 says, Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
And that’s what I did. I kept repeating this verse saying, “God, you tell me to cast my anxiety on you and that’s what I’m doing right now. I’m casting my anxiety on you.”
The anxiety didn’t go away completely, but I was comforted that no matter what God was taking care of me.
When I woke up this morning, I felt like God wanted me to share this with you all today. I don’t know if you find yourself crippled with anxiety or depressed, but I want to take this opportunity to tell you that you are not alone.
Stop trying to do this on your own and give it to God. Cling to Him. Take Him at His word and declare it on your life.
I know it may feel like it’ll never get better, but it will. The biggest thing I learned was to take my life day by day.
Matthew 6:25-34 tells us not to worry about tomorrow. For tomorrow will bring its own troubles. It tells us there’s no reason to worry about the small things because God takes care of us. Just as He feeds the birds of the sky and the flowers in the field grow, we will be taken care of. Because are we not more valuable than the birds and the flowers? And worrying won’t add a single hour to our life. So stop worrying and give it to God.
Consume yourself with God. Write out verses on notecards and put them in places that you will see them. Surround yourself with Christian friends and prayer warriors that you can reach out to. When we are going through something like this we are so crippled that even praying isn’t possible. There were so many times when I was so anxious, I couldn’t think straight. But I had people in my life that I could text or call at 3:00 AM and they would pray for me.
Stop fighting in secret and tell someone about it. You are not weird. Stop thinking that there’s something wrong with you. You are a child of God. You are weak, but He is strong, you are weary, but He will hold you up. You are not enough, but He is!
Don’t let the enemy win. Don’t let him convince you that sharing your struggles will make you look weak. Find someone to share them with that will commit to praying for you and with you.
Choose to fight. God is on your side.
Take your Bible right now and read Romans 8. Read it, believe it. You are more than a conqueror.
I hope this helps someone today. I always say that I hate that I still struggle on random days with anxiety. But sometimes I think it’s for a reason. Because experiencing it allows me to help others going through the same.
I pray that if you are struggling that you will choose today to trust God and cling to Him. Believe in His promises and declare them over your life. He loves you. He cares for you.
I love y’all.
Happy Wednesday, friends!
Today I am hopping on real quick to give you a quick lunch idea. As you know, I follow the “if it fits your macros” plan (IIFYM). Instead of counting calories, I track macronutrients (protein, fats and carbs) everyday. I’ve been doing this on and off for almost four years and find that this is what works best for me.
You can adjust your macros depending on your goals. I love the flexibility of being able to make my food work for me if that makes sense.
I do work with a coach. I haven’t always worked with a coach, but I find that it keeps me accountable and guides me in the right direction. My coach is awesome. She provides a food plan that I can follow on days that I don’t want to figure out my own meals. But most days, I love being able to decide what I want to eat and how to make it “fit.” This gives me a little more freedom when we are busy and eating out more.
Every morning, I input all of my food into the My Fitness Pal app and it calculates it for me. This helps me plan out my day and stay on plan.
I often get asked what I eat because it sounds like this would be a hard plan to follow. But it’s actually quite simple once you get the hang of it. And it’s amazing to see how the science behind it really does work!
I’m currently on a reverse which is when you gradually increase your calories throughout several weeks or months to help boost metabolism. In addition, the reverse can help normalize hormones. After cutting food for so long, your body begins to adjust to the number of calories you are taking in and it will plateau. Like I said, science behind this is incredible. I shared a little bit of this on my Friday Favorites post a couple of weeks ago.
So far the reverse is going great! My coach shared a post on Instagram earlier this week with a small spotlight and my before and current pictures. You can see it here.
It’s amazing how I’m eating double the calories from when I first started working with her and I’m seeing some crazy results. It really makes me excited for cutting season!
But anyways! I shared allllll of that to share with you a quick and easy meal that is on repeat at my house. It’s delicious, super easy to make and fits in my macros perfectly.
It’s nothing glamorous, it’s just a rice bowl! Depending on what you need to hit your macros you can add or take away some of the ingredients. You can replace the rice with shredded lettuce which is what I do when I have less carbs in my numbers. You can also add black beans if you need more carbs. The avocado can be added or taken away depending on your numbers as well. It’s very flexible!
Here is what I used to make this one:
I actually suggest using basamati rice. You can get more rice for less calories. But because I have more calories at the moment, I used jasmine rice. Y’all. You put this in the microwave for ONE minute!
I add rotisserie chicken. I buy two of these at a time and they last me a couple of days. It’s great to have it on hand on days when I am rushed!
I add in avocados and lots of lime!
And then top it off with this salsa that is so good!
If you need some extra fat and protein you can add shredded cheese.
I’m always hesitant to share these easy meals because I assume everyone already knows about them. But then I think about how they help me when someone shares them.
Eating healthy isn’t hard. Actually, it can be quite easy! Even if you aren’t ready to count macros or calories, you can still make positive changes in your nutrition that can make a huge difference!
What are some of your favorite easy meals??
I didn’t have a specific subject so I thought I’d dump a couple of randomness on you🤪.
We were up bright and early this morning to head towards Hilton Head for a couple of days. We are closing on the sale of our condo and purchase of the new house tomorrow.
It’s definitely bittersweet to think about. We’ve put so much love and time into our condo and have made many wonderful memories. But I’m also super excited about this upcoming project and can’t wait to see it all become a reality.
Our partners, Wes and Jackie are teaming up with us on this project and that makes me so happy!
If you’re curious to see our condo transformation you can read all about it here:
And I can’t wait to share our new project with you! Here’s a sneak peek:
Y’all. This house has such great bones. I am so excited to see our vision come to life!
And that’s my randomness for today! I hope y’all have a GREAT Tuesday!
What. A. Weekend.
Y’all, we drove a total of seven plus hours this weekend. Needless to say, it was a crazy busy one!
Saturday morning, we had to be up and out of the house by 6:15 AM to get to Milton for a soccer tournament.
We had to miss the second game because we had to get back home to get ready for a very special wedding.
On the way home, we stopped by Target to pick up some shoes and a belt for Jojo and then headed home to pick up the big kids.
We had about two hours before we had to leave to head towards Dillard which is about 1.5 hrs north of our home. But, we made it with about 15 minutes to spare 🙌🏼.
Almost 10 years ago, a very special teenager started babysitting our kids. Little did we know she would become family to us. Miss Ansley, was the best. And still is.
I’ll never forget the first time she babysat for us. We came home to the kiddos in bed and then I noticed she had washed the dirty dishes in my sink and put them away.
She always went above anything we would ever ask of her and she quickly became our Miss Ansley. She’s loved on my babies, disciplined them when needed and shared so many wonderful memories with us.
From the traditional night of babysitting while Joseph and I took care of some Christmas shopping to traveling with us to the beach. Miss Ansley will forever be so special to our family.
We are so thankful that God brought her to our lives and we are so unbelievably proud of the woman she’s become.
Saturday was so special and an honor to be able to witness her marry her best friend.
I’ll never forget the night she texted me at 3 AM asking me if I was awake. She was in college, homesick and going through some anxiety.
We spent months talking and praying. And one Sunday, she realized that she wanted to give her life to Christ. And I had the honor of praying with her.
I will never forget that day.
This girl has come so far! I can not even express how proud of her I am.
Our Miss Ansley is now Mrs. Ansley and I could not be happier for her. I can’t wait to see what all the Lord has planned for her and Drew.
Can I also say, the Eterno crew cleans up well after a morning of soccer?! Ha!
I can’t believe how grown my kiddos look!
Sunday morning, we headed back down to Milton for soccer again. Sadly our team lost so we were out of the tournament.
But our day was not over. We had to get back and get ready for our family picture session that afternoon.
It’s the one time a year that my crew wears what I tell them to wear and they give me about 45 minutes of smiles and cooperation, ha!
I can not wait to see how they turned out. Karen has already sent me a sneak peek and I am sooooo excited!
It was a crazy weekend, but a special one for sure. Life with these kiddos is absolutely crazy some days, but I am so thankful for the life that God has given us. Together is the best place to be and as long as we are doing things together then that’s all that matters.
How was your weekend? Was it crazy busy like ours or more laid back? Whatever it was, I hope it was great!
Now, let’s get this week started, babes!
And it’s the 13th.
That’s all I’ve got to say about that 🤪.
Let’s do this!
I am slowly putting up my Christmas decorations. For me, this is super early but as everyone is saying, “it’s 2020 and everything goes!”
I bought this flocked tree last year from Walmart. I always said I’d never have a flocked tree and I’m so glad I went back on my word. I have to add burlap to the foot of the tree and decide if I’m decorating it this year. I loved it just like this last year. Something about the simplicity of it is just beautiful to me.
How do you decorate your flocked tree?
Jojo and my nephew had their first basketball games this past weekend. I just love seeing them grow up together!
I mean look how much they’ve grown!
I just love their friendship so much!!
This girl rocked it on the soccer field this weekend! She played three games, one of those for the age group above hers and scored a total of nine goals!
I love her heart for this game, but most of all I love how much she loves her teammates.
She also loves having her family there to watch!
Thank you Papa, Nonnie and Aunt Kathy for coming!
Yesterday I shared my Christmas Gift guide for teachers. I asked my teacher friends on social media to give me some of their favorite gift ideas and they boy did they deliver! You can read all about it here.
On Wednesday we honored Veterans with the Hero WOD,
21-15-9-9-15-21 reps for time of
225/155 pound Deadlift
This workout was done in honor of “U.S. Army Specialist Donald L. Nichols, 21, of Shell Rock, Iowa, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry Regiment, Iowa Army National Guard, based in Waterloo, Iowa, died April 13, 2011, in Laghman province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Roger and Becky Poock; his father and stepmother, Jeff and Jeanie Nichols; and his brothers, Nick and Joe.” (crossfit.com)
Hero WODs are always tough but some of my favorites.
Especially when I get to do them with my favorites!
I started CrossFit almost five years ago. I’ve had my ups and downs with it, but I am finally finding myself in it again.
I am still loving my lululemon leggings and wearing them almost everyday! I have them in several colors. The reason I’m sharing them today is because they are $30 off their regular price! Y’all. These are the best leggings. They stand the test of time, I workout in them and basically live in them. They are definitely worth the investment.
Speaking of good discounts. This dress from American Eagle is 60% off! It’s less than $25 after the discount.
It’s so versatile and wearable during every season. It’s still hot as you know what here in Georgia so I wore it without a sweater or jacket. But you can definitely layer it with an oversized sweater or Jean jacket. It’s super comfortable, too! I bought a small which is my true size and it fit great.
Well babes, that’s all I have this week. Thank you so much for reading.
I hope you have all have a wonderful weekend and I will see you back here on Monday!
WE LOVE OUR TEACHERS
Our teachers are absolutely amazing. I am always so thankful for all they do for our kids. During the holiday season, they are top on my list, but I always struggle to know exactly what to buy for them. So I went to social media and I asked them to give me their favorite Christmas gifts. And boy, did they deliver! So without further ado, let’s get started.
Believe it or not, gift cards were at the top of the list. Specifically, Amazon gift cards. One of my teacher friends said that everyone thinks they aren’t personal enough, but she truly loves them.
When deciding on a gift card, I would choose one from a store that offers a variety of items. For example, not all teachers love coffee so a Starbucks gift card wouldn’t really be something they would use.
Another gift that many said they loved was a handwritten card. My sweet Mackenzie loves to write her own cards so it made me feel happy that I let her do her own instead of buying a generic card from the store. This is a great gift all around and especially if you are on a tight budget. A handwritten note with a bag of baked cookies or Christmas Crack would be perfect!
Ornaments were also on the list! One of the teachers that commented said she has a tree for all the ornaments from her students. I love giving ornaments! I’ll make some Christmas Crack and put it in a cellophane bag and tie the ornament around it.
“I truly appreciate any gift given. Gifts are special because of the giver! I have a tree that I put ornaments on given to me by students. I can still remember each student and see their faces when I decorate that tree!”
Who doesn’t love a candle?!! I know that some can be very expensive, so I recommend hitting up Bath and Body Works during their sales! I get most of mine, if not all, from TJ Maxx and Marshall’s. The Sand and Fog candles smell amazing! You can add a pair of fuzzy, warm socks with your candle!
Coffee mugs!! Oh if you know me, you know I love my mugs. This is the easiest gift. Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s have great and fun options. Add some fuzzy socks to this as well or if you know they love coffee, you can add a Starbucks gift card!
Y’all. I love these pens! And apparently teachers do too. You can buy a bigger pack and give each teacher two or three along with a gift card, ornament or a candle!
Do we need to say more? Ha! One year I gave our teachers a gift certificate to Public Square Wine Market with a Yeti wine tumbler. They loved it.
“Something for self care or something towards a date night. Teachers give their absolute all daily, spending their own money on their students and often have little left to give their families or themselves.”
The Foot Palace is a great option for this! They offer 30 minutes for $25 and 60 minutes for $35. If you have more than one teacher, you can round up a couple of parents to pitch in!
I think the most important thing I heard from all the teachers was that we don’t have to buy them anything. They all truly love our kiddos. And it means so much to them that we would want to give them a gift. I think we can overthink it and try too hard. So don’t feel the pressure to go out and break the bank. Especially middle school and high school mommas with multiple children who have multiple teachers. It can get quite expensive.
“Not just saying this, but seriously, anything means so much that you even thought to get us something!!! We love your kids so much!”
I hope this guide helps you in your shopping this year. I’d love to hear from you and what you normally give your teachers. Do you want have any fun items to add to the list?
I hope you all have a GREAT Thursday!