Amazon Dresses

Hey, Hey!! Happy Thursday, friends!! These weeks are flying by, aren’t they?!

We’ve had another busy week, but it’s been a good week. I kept my sweet niece yesterday because my little sis was having a baby. He is absolutely perfect! They are both doing great.

With Easter right around the corner, I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite Amazon dresses.

Last year, we all wore pajamas for a Easter! Do you remember that?? What a year we’ve had! But here we are. Getting ready to be able to attend this Easter in person. God is good!!

Alright, let’s do this!

I bought this one back in the fall. This style dress comes in many patterns and colors. I actually just purchased another one this morning.

Here it is in white with yellow flowers. Super cute and fits great. I purchased my normal size and it fit well. It was a little snug across my chest so if you have that issue, I recommend sizing up. You can add a denim jacket if you need to! Georgia weather is never predictable!

The next two are long-sleeved, but they are lightweight. They also come in different colors and patterns. You can wear them with boots, booties or cute wedges.

I love the green! It also comes in a pretty pink color that would be perfect for Easter.

Do you color coordinate your family? I used to until the kiddos finally vetoed me, ha!

I’m linking all below! The good thing about Amazon is that you can order and have them on your front porch in a couple of days! I’m also linking some of my favorite sandals that would go perfectly!

Alright, I’m off to do something totally out of my comfort zone! I am going to learn to play pickleball 😬. Wish me luck, guys!!

I hope y’all have an amazing day!!

XO

Baby Duty

Morning, friends!! Today is baby day for my little sister!! We are all so very excited to finally meet baby Luka!

Joseph and I are on baby duty today so we have the cutest little sidekick with us.

Isn’t she the cutest?!!

We were quickly reminded how old we are when we had to YouTube how to break down the stroller…haha!

YouTube for the win!

Please say a prayer for my sister and baby Luka. Praying for a quick and smooth delivery.

I hope y’all have an amazing day!

XO

Where is God in our Pain?

Morning, friends!! I hope you had an amazing Monday and I hope your Tuesday is off to a good start.

This weekend I heard an amazing message about why we go through painful experiences and where is God in those situations.

The speaker said something that I’ve repeated in my head over and over again.

The presence of pain does not mean the absence of God. Read that again, the presence of pain does not mean the absence of God.

So many times when we go through things and we ask ourselves, where is God? Why am I going through this?

The answer is SIN. Because of the whole Eve ate the apple event, sin came into the world. We could unpack that, but we will leave that for another day.

What I want us to really focus on this morning is, where is God in our pain?

The speaker used the story of Lazarus. Mary and Martha were so upset and told Jesus that had he been there, their brother would not have died. As Jesus looks around and sees everyone so upset about the death of Lazarus, we find the shortest verse in the Bible, John 11:35, Jesus wept.

He wept. He felt their pain. He knew what he was about to do yet He still wept. He was moved by their heartache. He was right there with them.

And friend, that’s where Jesus is in your pain. He is right there with you. At times you may not feel Him or see Him moving, but His Word is true and it tells us that He will never leave us or forsake us. He tells us that we can take heart because He has overcome the world.

Sin brings sorrow, pain and heartache, but Jesus brings joy, comfort and peace. And the best thing is that He promises us a life without pain. A life where we will live forever with Him.

Revelation 21:4 says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Yes, sin came into the world but God loved us so very much that He gave us a Savior. A savior who conquered death! We may experience pain here, but we do not experience it alone.

God does not leave us in our horrible circumstances. He’s with us every step of the way. Hold on to Him. Do not let go and do not take your eyes off of Him. Believe Him at His word that says in Genesis 50:20, “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.”

It doesn’t mean that your pain is good, it means that goodness will come from your pain. Your pain will not be in vain. Trust Him.

The speaker also said at the end of the message that he knew his message was intellectually satisfying, but not emotionally satisfying.

I know that the “christian answer” many times doesn’t comfort us. But I think that’s when we have to dig in deep and force ourselves to trust God. And how do we do that? We get in His word, we fall on our knees and pray and we surround ourselves with other people who are like minded that will pray and encourage us in our pain.

Life is hard. I know. Don’t do it alone.

How can I pray for you today? Head over to my instagram and send me a direct message or comment below.

I hope you all have a great day!

XO

What Are You Picking Up?

Morning, friends!! Today I want to share a devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries by Arlene Pellicane.

I read it this morning and talk about conviction. It’ll only take a couple of minutes! You can read it, here.

I am so guilty of this and truly needed to read this today. I hope this challenges and encourages you today.

Have a GREAT Monday!!

XO

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