Friday Favorites {3.19.21}

Hi, friends! I am a little late getting this post together. We overslept this morning and then I had an early meeting in Suwanee. So needless to say, our morning was a blur! But, thank goodness it’s Friday right?! I hope y’all had a great week!

As always, on Fridays, I’m linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites!

The real estate market is so crazy right now. This past weekend, we worked all weekend. Showing houses to clients and writing offers. Right now every offer we write is going up against multiple offers from other buyers.

You have to have representation more than ever right now, and I know I may be bias but our team is pretty amazing! This weekend, Joseph and I were able to get two of our clients under contract. We went up against multiple offers on both, but we were able to advise and negotiate and win!

This year, I’m hoping to work with more sellers and buyers. I normally only take on one or two here and there because I do more of the marketing and operations. But this year, I want to dive in a little more.

So if you are in the market to buy and/or sell, give me a call! I would love to represent you and help you on your home journey.

On Sunday, we went to brunch in Athens and had Joseph take this pic. I just love downtown Athens! I really love this sweatshirt I bought at Target recently. It comes in so many different colors. It’s lightweight and can be worn with jeans or shorts. You can view all of the details, here.

I wore it again on Tuesday! See! I love this top.

So many colors to choose from!

Monday at practice, Mackenzie ran up to me and brought me a flower. It took me back to when she was in elementary school and would pick flowers during recess, put them in her pocket and give them to me after school. Gosh, I love her so much!!! You can read the post I did on Instagram, here.

Time sure does fly, y’all!

These no show socks are the bomb! Seriously!

This lip gloss is also a current fave! I struggle with chapped lips. And this lip balm has really helped with that. I love Mario Badescu’s products.

Alright y’all, I’m out! I hope y’all have a great weekend!

XO

Throwback Thursday {10.12.20}

Morning! Today’s Throwback Thursday is from last October. If you are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, I hope this encourages you today.

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This weekend I finished The Fight to Flourish by Jennie Lusko. I know I sound like a broken record, but I loved this book so much! As I finished it this weekend, this journal entry Jennie shared really spoke to me. And I think it will speak to you, too.

“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:4

Jesus defeated the power of death. But on THIS day, death will die.

Today:

  • Have confidence in Christ.
  • Walk close to Jesus.
  • Don’t let anything be wasted.
  • Be a good wife.
  • Be a fun mom.
  • Take your role seriously, but not yourself.

Lord, have your way in me today. Open my eyes to see how you see.

This is my prayer for today and I encourage you to make it your prayer, too. Lord, help us be confident in you, walk close to you and make the most of every moment we have. Help us be the wives and moms you call us to be and to have fun while doing it! 

If you are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed today, stop and breathe. Girl, you are doing an amazing job! We are so hard on ourselves and we are our own worst critic. Today, see yourself as Jesus sees you. You are special, loved, His masterpiece, His daughter. You may not be strong, but He is. You may not feel like you are enough because you are not. No one is. But we serve a God who is more than enough!

Rest in Him, embrace your journey, love those around you and stay close to Jesus.

XO

Let’s Look: A Perfect Night In!

Hi, friends! I’m a little late getting my post out today. I’m telling y’all, daylight savings kicks my butt every year. I’ve been waking up an hour late. Hoping I can adjust back soon. I miss my “me” time in the morning!

Today is the March edition of Let’s Look. Once a month, I link up with Shay and Erika and “look” at different aspects of our life.

In January, we looked at our coffee bar areas.

In February, we looked at our love languages.

And today, we are looking at our PERFECT NIGHT IN!

As a kid, my daddy made his own pizza crust and every Friday night we would have a movie night and eat pizza. His pizza became quite famous. It’s delicious and everyone that tried agreed.

He would make it for us anytime we had friends over. He made it for our teachers, for my sorority sisters. He made it for everyone. He loved sharing it with others.

When dad passed away, I asked my mom to teach me to make the pizza crust. I wanted to learn so that I could make it for my family. I’m not a great baker, so for me, it was hard.

One night, it took me three tries before I finally got it right. I’ve been persistent and I think I’ve become quite good at it.

And we do the same thing I did as a kid, eat pizza and watch a movie.

So of course, my perfect night in involves dad’s pizza!

During quarantine, we did this multiple times a week! It was so awesome. And we’ve continued to do it more even after we’ve gone back to almost normal.

I make the pizza. We eat. Then we pile up in the living room with blankets and watch a movie. It’s our favorite thing to do!

How about you? What’s your favorite way to spend a night in?

Next month, we will be “looking” at our pantry and fridge. Ummmm it’s gonna take me a month to clean them and organize them 🤣. Making a mental note now, to make sure I get that done.

I hope y’all have the BEST day!!

XO

Tuesday Talk: My Favorite Praise and Worship Songs

Morning, friends! It’s Tuesday Talk!

Once a month I link up with Erika and Ashley and share a little randomness with you.

In February, I updated you about my Five in February Challenge and shared with you how I use my planner and make lists. You can read it, here.

In January, I told you all about my new pair of Spanx Faux Leather Leggings and how much I loved them. You can read that one, here.

Today, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite worship songs that I’m listening to right now.

I shared about this one yesterday…I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of it. The Blessing is an amazing song full of scripture and truth.

This song came on my google home in the morning and I loved it. I Came For You is all about welcoming the Holy Spirit.

I heard this song on Sunday and it has been on repeat. Sinking Deep is soooo good!!

If you want an upbeat and energizing song, then Man of Your Word is a good one!

I’ve shared this one before, but I still listen to it every single morning. It’s actually an arrangement of two songs, Raise and Hallelujah and Surrounded. Individually they are great songs, but together…wow!!

And up last, is The Battle Belongs. So powerful!!

I love worship music. I love turning it on first thing in the mornings. When I’m feeling anxious or scared…it’s the perfect way to be reminded of God’s Word and His promises.

I hope y’all enjoy these! Let me know what you think.

Have a great day, friends!

XO

Monday Musings: A Blessing For You

Good morning, friends! I hope you had a great weekend. Ours was truly wonderful!

This morning I was catching up on my Bible reading. I wasn’t able to read my chapters this weekend, so I had a couple more than normal to read. If you’ve ever wanted to read through the Bible, I am loving The Bible Recap. I know I’ve shared about it before and I’m sure this time won’t be the last.

One of the things I’ve noticed so far is that God continuously reminds His children of what He’s done for them. In Deuteronomy 5, He reminded them of how He brought them out of Egypt, the land of slavery. And then in chapter 8, He reminds them of how He led them through the wilderness for 40 years.

This isn’t the first time He reminds them. We’ve seen it all throughout scripture how He constantly reminds us of who He is and what He’s done for us.

I’ve done a lot of remembering myself lately. Especially thinking back about this time last year and how uncertain everything was. Yesterday as I heard the song, The Blessing, I was reminded of how God truly took care of us.

This song is so special to me. This blessing, these words were spoken over me daily by my daddy. He prayed this over us and anyone he knew. Every prayer he prayed, he closed it out with this blessing.

When I first heard the song, it was a couple of days before the world shut down. Such perfect timing because it was my saving grace during those days to come. I remember running our neighborhood with this song blasting in my ears on repeat as I fought back the tears.

As I listened to the song yesterday, I thanked God for His blessing in my life. In the most uncertain of times, His presence went before me, beside me and all around me. He was for me not against me. And today, all of that remains the same.

Things were so crazy a year ago. No one knew how things would turn out. But God did.

I don’t know what your year was like, but I encourage you to think back and look for God in all of those moments. Remind yourself of his goodness. Don’t forget the way He brought you through.

I think that’s why He constantly wants us to remember what He’s done. We tend to forget, especially when we are going through hard times. As humans, we focus on the now and when the now is hard we can’t think of anything else. When we remember, our trust is strengthen because we know that if God did it then, He will do it again. He is our unchanging God. Always present and constant in our lives.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8)

He is for us. He is not against us. He goes before us. He protects us. He wants what is best for us.

So today, I invite you to receive this blessing. I love how Kari Jobe said, It’s the heart of the Father for His kids. This blessing is for you. For your children and their children.

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

I love you, friends!

XO

Friday Favorites {3.12.21}

Happy Friday my awesome friends! I hope you’ve had an incredible week. And if you’re week hasn’t gone so great, I pray that today will be better.

This week was a tough one for me. I learned that I’m thankful for friends who step in and a husband who knows when you are crashing down.

This week I was also reminded that no matter how bad we may think we have it, there’s always somebody who has it way worse. And that even in the midst of pain and trouble, we can keep a mindset of gratitude and joy. And the only way that I can even do that is because of Jesus. He is where the joy is!

Today I’m linking up with Andrea to share our Friday Favorites for the week. Let’s get started, shall we?!

Last Sunday, we went to church and then to visit our friend’s property to see the progress on their house that they are building.

Afterwards, we went to lunch and then Mackenzie finally got to go to the range with her daddy and hit golf balls.

She was so excited! She asks to go play every time Joseph and Jojo play, but she needs to learn the game a bit better. She starts lessons next week and I can’t wait to see how it goes.

A couple of weeks ago, I ordered some pieces from Walmart’s new clothing line, Free Assembly. So far, I give them all a thumbs up!

This skirt is probably my favorite of all of the items I purchased. Skirts are normally to long because I’m short. This one is the perfect length and gives me the ability to wear it with flats or sneakers.

I loved this entire outfit and I for sure will be wearing it on repeat this spring! You can dress it up with heels, wedges, sandals. You can also wear it with a white tee and a denim jacket or a graphic tee. There is so much you can do!

Next up, this shirt dress. It is $18 and I really liked it. I wish that I would’ve sized down as the fabric seemed to stretch some as the day went on. I received so many compliments on this dress. It’s lightweight and can definitely be a transitional piece in your wardrobe. If you need another layer, you can throw on a denim jacket or cardigan.

I’m also loving my gold bracelet stack. I purchased these at different places and one of them was a gift. But I linked similar items, here.

I am loving this trend! Local ladies, Polished Chic sells similar ones. They have necklaces, too!

I love beauty products, but they can be quite expensive. So I love finding affordable alternatives that I can purchase at my local drugstore or at Ulta. Sadly, sometimes affordable means the quality isn’t great. So when I find a product that I love, you better believe I’m going to share.

I’ve always loved the NYX Cosmetics lip glosses. I was out of setting spray while we were in Hilton Head a couple of weeks ago. We were at Target and this one was in a display. I’ve used it now for over a month and love it. I also notice that less makeup gets on my mask when I use this.

To see all of my favorites, click here.

And that’s all I have for today! Oh! Don’t forget to Spring Forward on Sunday. Who’s ready for longer days?! I know that I am!

I hope y’all have the BEST weekend!

XO

Throwback Thursday {10.9.19}

Morning, friends! I hope y’all have had a great week so far. We are almost to the finish line.

Today’s Throwback Thursday is probably one that I’ve shared before. If you find yourself in a waiting season, this post is for you!

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Wait

I think it’s safe to say that we have all found ourselves in a frustrating state of mind at one point or another.  Maybe you are in a season of waiting, a season of heartbreak, a season of dealing with a three-year old toddler or a rebellious teenager.  In every season, there are ups and there are downs.

During this particular season of my life, I found myself frustrated and running out of patience with my situation.  I began praying for something months before and tried my best to keep a positive outlook, but everything seemed to be against me.  There was no light at the end of the tunnel, there was no glimmer of hope and this situation seemed to get worse and worse by the day.

I was tired, frustrated and ready to give up, but I wasn’t going to do that without a fight.  Let’s just say my Latina, as my husband calls it, was about to come out.  I was about to take matters into my own hands and handle the situation my way.  The enemy was trying hard to convince me that my situation wasn’t at the top of God’s list and I was entitled to take matters into my own hands.  I needed a quick fix and God wasn’t giving me the quick fix I needed.

I was bombarded by my thoughts, insecurities, feelings and frustrations.  As I sat there about to lose it, I looked over at my devotional book and picked it up.  I turned to the reading for the day and read the following:

“Dear Lord, Don’t let me give into my fears.  Instead, stand in front of me and let me see the peace I crave.  Amen.”

I put my book down and went on with my day.  Later in the afternoon, something happened that allowed me to experience a glimmer of hope and see a little light at the end of the tunnel.  God didn’t answer my prayer that day, but He did give me hope through the means of a conversation.  This conversation allowed me to see that I was about to make a huge mistake.  And God knew this.  He knew that I was about to possibly make my situation much worse than it was and He stood in front of me and reminded me that I needed to trust in Him.

When we grow weary we begin to take our focus off God.  As for me, I realized that I was letting fear rule my heart and my life.  I feared what could be.  Feared that the end result would not be what I wanted.  I was fixated on my situation and I imagined all of the worst case scenarios.

God made me see that day that He is still at work around me.  He is working all things for good no matter how hopeless a situation may feel.  I took this as His response to continue to wait and so that day, I backed off.  I thanked God for standing in front of me and letting me see the peace I needed.

Dear friend, I don’t know what your situation is.  I don’t know what season you find yourself in.  But I get it.  I may not be going through what you are going through, but I’ve experienced my share of pain, regret, loss, financial hardship, rejection and so much more.  I know how it feels to beg and plead God to answer, only to feel like He isn’t listening.

I think of the story of Hannah.  As she poured out her heart to God, Eli watched her and thought she was drunk.  In 1 Samuel 1:15-16 she replies,

“I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord.  Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.” 

I’m not sure the exact number of years that Hannah prayed for a son, but God did grant her request.  He answered at the right time.  And He will do the same for you and for me.  I know we are human and if you are like me, I can be very impatient.  But instead of taking matters into our own hands we need to stop and ask ourselves, “what is my focus on?”  Turn on the worship music, read the Bible, pray and give Him thanks!  Surround yourself with Jesus and ask Him to bring you the peace you crave.  Don’t look at your situation as the end.  Look at it as the means that God is using to make you an incredible woman.

As my devotional said, “

I think it’s safe to say that we have all found ourselves in a frustrating state of mind at one point or another.  Maybe you are in a season of waiting, a season of heartbreak, a season of dealing with a three-year old toddler or a rebellious teenager.  In every season, there are ups and there are downs.

During this particular season of my life, I found myself frustrated and running out of patience with my situation.  I began praying for something months before and tried my best to keep a positive outlook, but everything seemed to be against me.  There was no light at the end of the tunnel, there was no glimmer of hope and this situation seemed to get worse and worse by the day.

I was tired, frustrated and ready to give up, but I wasn’t going to do that without a fight.  Let’s just say my Latina, as my husband calls it, was about to come out.  I was about to take matters into my own hands and handle the situation my way.  The enemy was trying hard to convince me that my situation wasn’t at the top of God’s list and I was entitled to take matters into my own hands.  I needed a quick fix and God wasn’t giving me the quick fix I needed.

I was bombarded by my thoughts, insecurities, feelings and frustrations.  As I sat there about to lose it, I looked over at my devotional book and picked it up.  I turned to the reading for the day and read the following:

“Dear Lord, Don’t let me give into my fears.  Instead, stand in front of me and let me see the peace I crave.  Amen.”

I put my book down and went on with my day.  Later in the afternoon, something happened that allowed me to experience a glimmer of hope and see a little light at the end of the tunnel.  God didn’t answer my prayer that day, but He did give me hope through the means of a conversation.  This conversation allowed me to see that I was about to make a huge mistake.  And God knew this.  He knew that I was about to possibly make my situation much worse than it was and He stood in front of me and reminded me that I needed to trust in Him.

When we grow weary we begin to take our focus off God.  As for me, I realized that I was letting fear rule my heart and my life.  I feared what could be.  Feared that the end result would not be what I wanted.  I was fixated on my situation and I imagined all of the worst case scenarios.

God made me see that day that He is still at work around me.  He is working all things for good no matter how hopeless a situation may feel.  I took this as His response to continue to wait and so that day, I backed off.  I thanked God for standing in front of me and letting me see the peace I needed.

Dear friend, I don’t know what your situation is.  I don’t know what season you find yourself in.  But I get it.  I may not be going through what you are going through, but I’ve experienced my share of pain, regret, loss, financial hardship, rejection and so much more.  I know how it feels to beg and plead God to answer, only to feel like He isn’t listening.

I think of the story of Hannah.  As she poured out her heart to God, Eli watched her and thought she was drunk.  In 1 Samuel 1:15-16 she replies,

“I haven’t been drinking wine or anything stronger. But I am very discouraged, and I was pouring out my heart to the Lord.  Don’t think I am a wicked woman! For I have been praying out of great anguish and sorrow.” 

I’m not sure the exact number of years that Hannah prayed for a son, but God did grant her request. He answered at the right time. And He will do the same for you and for me. I know we are human and if you are like me, I can be very impatient. But instead of taking matters into our own hands we need to stop and ask ourselves, “what is my focus on?” Turn on the worship music, read the Bible, pray and give Him thanks! Surround yourself with Jesus and ask Him to bring you the peace you crave. Don’t look at your situation as the end. Look at it as the means that God is using to make you an incredible woman.

As my devotional said, “choosing to trust God changes my perspective and gives me the strength to persevere.” Choose to trust Him, friend. Even when the odds are stacked against you, even in the pit you find yourself in, even in the regret, heartbreak and loss, choose Him. He is there for you. He will turn your mourning into dancing and lift you up again.

Dear Lord.  Thank you for standing in front of us and keeping us from making some of the greatest mistakes.  But also, thank you for loving us when we end up making the wrong decision and find ourselves living out the consequences.  You are so good to us.  You are faithful in your promises and gracious to forgive us time and time again.  I pray for my sisters who find themselves in situations that may seem hopeless.  I pray that you will stand in front of them and go before them.  I pray that they will turn their eyes back to you and ignore all of the whispers from the enemy.  Help their unbelief and allow them to see you in every situation.  In Jesus name, Amen.

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

to trust God changes my perspective and gives me the strength to persevere.” Choose to trust Him, friend. Even when the odds are stacked against you, even in the pit you find yourself in, even in the regret, heartbreak and loss, choose Him. He is there for you. He will turn your mourning into dancing and lift you up again.

Dear Lord.  Thank you for standing in front of us and keeping us from making some of the greatest mistakes.  But also, thank you for loving us when we end up making the wrong decision and find ourselves living out the consequences.  You are so good to us.  You are faithful in your promises and gracious to forgive us time and time again.  I pray for my sisters who find themselves in situations that may seem hopeless.  I pray that you will stand in front of them and go before them.  I pray that they will turn their eyes back to you and ignore all of the whispers from the enemy.  Help their unbelief and allow them to see you in every situation.  In Jesus name, Amen.

“When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3

XO

One Dress, Three Ways

Happy Wednesday!

I love this yellow dress so much! I like to invest in pieces that can be worn more than once and and in different ways so that you don’t look the same each time you wear it.

The first way to wear it is by itself! Obvious, right?!

You can also change this look up, by switching up what shoes you wear. Dress it up with heels or make it more casual with a pair of fashion sneakers. You can see some of my favorite ones, here.

The second way is to throw a sweater over it. You can do this with any dress in your closet. It’s the perfect way to transition a dress from winter to spring.

And again with the footwear. Dress it up with a pair of booties or wear it more casually with fashion sneakers. I’m telling y’all, fashion sneakers is where it’s at! I am really loving this trend.

And the final way that you can style this dress or really any dress is to throw a denim jacket on!

I chose fashion sneakers to make this a more casual outfit. But you can certainly throw in a pair of wedges or booties for a dressier look.

I also loved tying my denim jacket around my waist.

It’s so easy and fun to make one piece so versatile. You can try this with any dress in your closet. Regardless of how you decide to wear it, you will look amazing.

I hope y’all have an amazing day!!

XO

SHOP THIS POST

Rest

It’s something that I don’t do well. Honestly, I thrive on the thrill of constantly being on the go. But lately I have felt so worn out.

I normally try and keep things positive around here, but today I’m struggling. And I feel that, maybe, you may be struggling too.

Life at the moment is so crazy. If I could only tell you what all is on my plate, you would probably tell me that I’m insane.

And today, it’s weighing me down and I’m just trying to hold it all together.

You probably have many hats you are currently juggling. Between being a good wife and making sure your kids get to where they need to be, the laundry (ugh), the meals, the cleaning, the doctor’s appointments, the homework, the grocery shopping…etc. And then if you work from home or outside of the home, you have responsibilities there as well.

For the most part, you keep it all together but every now and then it collapses and you just need to step away and take a day.

I’m here to tell you that it’s ok to step away. It’s ok to stop something you are doing. We have to reevaluate and re-prioritize sometimes. When responsibilities are added to our plates, we may need to let something else go.

We may need to learn to say, “no”.

If you are currently feeling overwhelmed with life, I want to take today and pray for you.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I just want to lift my sister up who is currently at the end of her rope. She is balancing all of her plates and one of them is about to fall and break. She is giving her all in too many things and it’s leaving her exhausted, frustrated, drained and completely empty. She doesn’t have much more to give. I’m asking you Jesus to give her the rest she desperately needs. Help her step back and see what is causing her stress. Allow her to pull back from anything that is not bringing her peace at the moment. I pray that right now you will give her strength. Your word says that you are our strength when we are weak, and Lord we are so weak. You give rest to the weary and today, we need that rest. We need your peace. I pray that today, she will be able to feel your presence in a way that she’s never felt it before. Help us get through our day. Allow us to do the things that we need to do. Help us find that joy that can only be found in you. Help us rest in you, today.

Friend, I’m with you. I know how you feel. I understand you. Don’t lose sight of who you are. And especially don’t lose sight of God. Keep Him as your focus. Rely on Him. Talk to Him. Pour it all out.

I loved this quote I shared on Instagram last night…

“A strong woman loves, forgives, walks away, lets go, tries again, perseveres… no matter what life throws at her.”

But I want to add to that quote. The only way that we are strong is through Christ. And because of Him, we can do all of those things.

I hope you have a great day. You know that you can always reach out to me if you need anything.

XO

Happy Birthday, babe!!

Today is this guy’s birthday!!

Babe,

I am so thankful for your life.

You are my best friend,

my confidant,

my business partner,

my travel companion

and running partner.

You’re the best dad.

You make life fun!

You push your kids to be the best they can be.

You’ve show them that anything is possible.

You teach them and pour into them everyday.

We are better because of you, Joseph Eterno!!

Happy birthday to our favorite!

I hope this is your best year, yet! To the moon and back, we love you!!

XO