Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Inspiration for your Bathroom


We recently have made one of those big decisions in life:  We bought a house! 

It has taken us about two years since starting, but here we are.  We could not have been more happier with this new home. 

 We love that it is in the woods and more rural than our other alternatives.  My husband fell in love with the garage, and I fell in love with the kitchen and the rather spacious bedrooms!

 It does not take much for me to get inspired with doing a makeover.  With empty rooms and nothing on the walls--it is a fresh canvas.

  One area that I hope to be able to save up money and recreate is our bathrooms.  They are basic and serve its purpose.  I am thankful we have bathrooms, but with everything it can use a bit of beautifying and upgrades.  We have two of them.  One thing that I am not used to by any means is having two bathrooms.

 I am still wrapping my mind behind the whole idea.  We were in a small apartment with one bedroom and one bathroom.  It is dawning on me how much of a blessing it is to have not one but TWO bathrooms! 
Bathroom

Master Bathroom

For one thing, having a bathroom a few steps away from the master bedroom is simply divine.  Secondly having a second bathroom solely for visitors and my daughter has its benefits.  I am growing quite fond of decorating and updating my bathroom, but as in everything in life we must do it in baby steps.


Updating and decorating a home is a process. Step one in the process of updating and decorating is dreaming and becoming inspired with ideas!

First off is Bathroom Faucets:
I would gladly uproot all of our faucets and replace them with something that is water efficient with a touch of elegance.  Saving water is something that I am all for.  As new homeowners, I can feel the effects of wasted water hit our wallets.  For both our guest and master bathroom I have fallen in love with this bathroom faucet which deems itself in my eyes elegant and modern!  We found this Antioch Faucet on Danze.com.  They have some really beautiful faucets to choose from.  The color Tumbled Bronze is just beautiful and to me, and is full of rustic charm.  Given our bathroom counters are a lighter color we would most likely go with the equally stunning brushed nickel.  If we did ever upgrade to darker countertops or a deep colored vanity--Tumbled Bronze by Danze would be perfect.

Antioch™ 
Two Handle Mini Widespread Lavatory Faucet

http://www.danze.com/two-handle-m-widespread-lavatory-faucet/

Secondly Upgrade our Countertops and Vanity:

In an apartment I shared with three other girls we had two sinks.  It was great.  Simply adding a sink in my dream bathroom makeover could not hurt, could it?  I feel like my husband needs something more neutral and guy friendly, and this would be perfect!  The slate marbling is still chic, and modern.  Having a His and Hers sink with the bathroom faucets we have pictured above would make the bathroom more of "ours" rather than just mine.  I feel like he needs to have his own sink.  The cabinetry holding up the countertop is something I would love to have whenever we get around to updating and remodeling. The drawers here have a nice clean look to them as they are painted a clean crisp white.  The framed mirrors I would replace with maybe one big one.  The look is just inviting and fun to me!  I like how it also caters for more of a neutral look for my husband. 



Thirdly something organically artful.
What I hope for is something to fill in this extra space spot next to our bath tub on the right.

 I feel like something of earthy organic artful entertaining is to be placed here. A plant that offers a splash of color, and a neat dresser or cupboard that stows extra towels?  It may be a bit contemporary, but I love the vibrant colors.  I may go for other neutral earthy tones, but I love the inspiration that stems from this picture!

Photo Credit Polly Eltes

As we make this house a home, I cannot but be excited at the possibilities of what we can make this become.  I hope that you can be inspired to recreate a lovely bathroom. 


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Three days left and counting {Ultimate Christian Living Bundle Sale}

As a book reader I love deals.  Our local second hand bookstore is one of my favorite places to go.   I find really good deals on books.  But I do have to hunt things down, and sometimes sadly have to walk out of the bookstore with nothing because nothing catches my eye.  There is always sweet gratification at finding books that appeal to me.  

The Ultimate Christian Living bundle is that for me--a set of books that appeal to me at a great price!  The fact that these are books are geared towards different aspects of a Christian Life make this unique! And...available without hauling my kid into the store is just a plus!

This Christian Living bundle has everything from Parenting to Witnessing and Reaching the Loss, from Marriage and Children related books to Devotionals.  Find out more on the bundle here.

  Two books that are catching my eye right now is Extraordinary Grace by Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry and Team Us: Marriage Together by Ashleigh Slater  Here is a little tidbit of what Extraordinary Grace is all about!

Do you feel like a broken branch on God’s famly tree? Do you feel like God chooses the super spiritual and the “perfect” but you’re on the outside looking in? Are you afraid he won’t accept you because you’re not perfect? God is not looking for perfect people. He’s looking for those who need his extraordinary grace. In this encouraging book, Dr. Gary Chapman and Chris Fabry explore the lives of people who abandoned themselves to the love and mercy of God.
God is ready to forgive, restore, and give an abundant life. He wants to showcase His mercy and love through you. If you long to connect with God at a heart level, if you’re struggling to understand your brokenness and how past and present mistakes can be forgiven, this book will encourage you. When you hear this good news and truly experience it in the heart, you’ll discover the path to spreading God’s grace to others. Discover the hidden treasure of God’s Extraordinary Grace! Perfect for small group discussion or individual study.

 Here is a little bit of what Team Us: Marriage Together is about:

What are you agreeing to when you say “I do”? When a couple promises “I do,” they agree to more than just a shared last name, a joint bank account, and no more dateless nights. This husband and wife duo forms a new team. “Life together” becomes their mantra. Nothing can come between them. At least, that’s the plan.
But then real life sets in. With it come disappointments and frustrations. If the couple isn’t intentional in their day-to-day interactions, that once enthusiastic “we” can slowly revert to “you” and “me.” Before long, the couple’s left wondering what happened to their team spirit.
Team Us: Marriage Together offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. Author Ashleigh Slater shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment, and exercise grace on a daily basis. 

These are just two books from the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle...Read on to find out more about what is in store for you!

With a total of 75+ ebooks valued at over $1140 and bonus gifts from companies like Dayspring and Tyndale you can get it all at $34.95!

  --------------------------------

 Who among us doesn’t want to lead a life worth emulating?

With great kids, a loving marriage, a successful career or business and a closer, faith-filled walk with the Lord. But for many of us, making that a reality is big challenge!
Balancing life’s priorities can seem a bit overwhelming at times. The pressures of work, the need for finances, the demands of parenting and the resulting strain on marriage can leave us weathered, weary and wondering what really works in life?
That’s where the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle comes in. Ultimate-Bundles.com called in some best selling authors, leading experts and top business professionals to address the most common challenges faced by families and individuals today – all from a solid, Biblical foundation.
For the ridiculously low price of just $34.95 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of over $1,140 that addresses these issues with stunning clarity and practical application.

For the family…

The bundle contains 10 wonderful books focused on incredibly inventive ways you can craft the marriage you signed on for. To complement that subject, they added 8 more books focused on parenting and passing on your faith to your kids. That wouldn’t be complete without books just for kids so they also included 8 children’s books that parents can read with their children. To close out the content for family life, the highly praised Singing Bible MP3 version was added (a $25 value all by itself). It actually teaches children the story of the Bible not just random stories.

For your professional life…

You will find John Muratori and Michael Pink’s six -hour Christian Wealth Building course ($77 value) which was complemented with Bob Lotich’s 31-day devotional Managing Money God’s Way. There are a total of 14 business related books and courses including Zig Ziglar’s powerful Born To Win course (that Seth Godin and Dave Ramsey rave about), Dr. James B. Richards, Wired For Success – Programmed For Failure and Untold Secrets for Creating Wealth by Brig Hart and John Beehner. You’ll even find one of the best selling Christian business books of all time, The Bible Incorporated – In Your Life, Job & Business.

To ignite your faith…

Rounding out the package, Bridge Logos and Moody Press made a series of classic Christian literature available from generals of the faith like Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, A.W. Pink, E.M. Bounds, Calvin, Wesley, Edwards and more who wrote about grace, prayer, faith and an overcoming life.
In addition to these wonderful classics, the Ultimate Bundles team snagged 12 heart-stirring devotionals from authors like A.W. Tozer and Nancy Leigh DeMoss that speak to matters of faith that are sure to inspire. Let’s not forget Gary Chapman’s Extraordinary Grace or Ray Comfort’s Way of the Master for sharing your faith with others. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, don’t miss Philip Cameron’s, They Call Me Dad, the story of one man’s fight to save orphans from human trafficking.
So as you can see, the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle is an extraordinary value.

But it still gets better…

The Ultimate Bundles team asked several sponsors to step up to the plate and with no strings attached, provide meaningful BONUS GIFTS. One of the first to step up was Dayspring Greeting Cards who offered a choice of heart-warming gift card packages to choose from. Another, is a downloadable DVD workout series for getting in shape and maintaining health. With a retail value of $62.99 it includes a Biblical study guide for stewarding your health. Bonus gifts alone have a total retail value of over $160

So now you know…

For as little as $34.95 you can receive over $1,140 worth of valuable eBooks and eCourses that address the issues of life most of us face at one time or another, from a profoundly Biblical worldview. The BONUS GIFTS alone are worth more than four times the price of the bundle! So, if you want to ignite your faith, strengthen your family and help your professional life, there’s no better place to start! All the hard work has been done for you…

The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, November 10th.
But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 18,500 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!

You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day guarantee: you have a full month to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s life, you’ll get your money back in full!

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

When? 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 5 until 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, November 10 (or until 18,500 bundles are sold)

What? 75 eBooks plus eCourses and more, PLUS over $160 worth of bonus products you’ll really use!

Where? Purchase the bundle HERE.

How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth over $1,140, and it’s yours for as little as $34.95. Sweet deal, right?

When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.
Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

Fall a perfect time for Fall Reading {Ultimate Christian Living Book Bundle Sale}


https://us154.isrefer.com/go/cbundle/a2830/

I have to say that Fall Reading is far from me as a Spa day some weeks!  But I know that as a mom of a very energetic 4 year old, that I do need some time to reboot and glean from the Bible or a good book that just gets me grounded back into Him.  This year as my daughter seemed to only exponentially grow in wit, speech, and boundless energy--I have felt my nerves on more than one occasion hit their breaking point.  And my time for gaining strength from the Bible or a good book is ever more desperate!





I have to admit family are the ones that see every fault and ugliness that the public eye never sees.  Oh I am so thankful that even though I lose my temper and start yelling from the bottom of my lungs, that there is forgiveness for me.  I close my eyes and I feel the shame of having my child's eyes grow big from the bellowing.  I take a sigh and feel like the world is caving in.  How did we get into this rowdy mess?  How did doing an art project or playing with my kid become irritating and frustrating?  What happened to me being fun?  I hate being stressed, yet here I stand in front of my family, stressed.  Stressed over an excessive usage of glue.  

Art Project  that turned out great inspite of WAY too much glue!

But God is good.  Grace and Forgiveness are right there.  After taking pride and selfishness down, I kneel down at eye level and ask forgiveness from my daughter whose eyes are uncertain from the "bellowing" mother I was a few minutes ago.  Children are so quick to forgive and love.  Praise God!  My husband though I know I do push his limits, is so gracious to forgive and always love me even in those dark moments where I feel like I am at my tipping point.  I am so blessed by these two being in my life!


I feel that this year as I examine my own life of marriage and parenthood, I can see a gradual upward trend towards me "losing my cool".  I want to change from that, and I am glad that I am not alone in this!  How do I know this?  Well...not only from my friends who are mothers too, but the fact that there are books written regarding this.  And that is why I am excited about the round of books that are in this Ultimate Christian Living Bundle that has some really great books that appeal to me as a mother and wife. 



Did you see it? Can you pinpoint some the books that have my interest?  

You got it!  Even-Tempered Mother, From Grouchy to Great, and yes a third, the Unwired Mom.  These are just a few books that I have been eye balling on Amazon, yet here they are!

 I feel like this Ultimate Bundle of books has such a great combination of such great titles that will be perfect fall reading books to inspire, encourage, and refuel us as mothers.  There are great gems in this bundle.  I love that it is tailored for Christians as it includes books that concerns Reaching the Lost, Married Life, Devotionals, and much more. . .







 Another favorite of mine in this bundle is the Children's books included in this set.  There are books that can make it easy for a mom to tune into a specific topic for teaching.  I also love the Holiday books for Christmas and Thanksgiving!





This is just the tip of the iceberg.  In calculating certain books that I like in this bundle alone I find myself saving a lot more money than if I were to just buy individually from Amazon.  I hope to pass on the savings onto you. Browse the titles and find what would be your Fall and Winter Reads this year there are so many wonderful authors and books included.

When you are done browsing be sure to take advantage of the sale and don't forget to grab it as it ends November 10th!





Who among us doesn’t want to lead a life worth emulating?

With great kids, a loving marriage, a successful career or business and a closer, faith-filled walk with the Lord. But for many of us, making that a reality is big challenge!
Balancing life’s priorities can seem a bit overwhelming at times. The pressures of work, the need for finances, the demands of parenting and the resulting strain on marriage can leave us weathered, weary and wondering what really works in life?
That’s where the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle comes in. Ultimate-Bundles.com called in some best selling authors, leading experts and top business professionals to address the most common challenges faced by families and individuals today – all from a solid, Biblical foundation.
For the ridiculously low price of just $34.95 (for the PDF version) or $39.97 (for the eReader version), you can get access to a carefully curated collection of eBooks and eCourses with a total combined value of over $1,140 that addresses these issues with stunning clarity and practical application.

For the family…

The bundle contains 10 wonderful books focused on incredibly inventive ways you can craft the marriage you signed on for. To complement that subject, they added 8 more books focused on parenting and passing on your faith to your kids. That wouldn’t be complete without books just for kids so they also included 8 children’s books that parents can read with their children. To close out the content for family life, the highly praised Singing Bible MP3 version was added (a $25 value all by itself). It actually teaches children the story of the Bible not just random stories.

For your professional life…

You will find John Muratori and Michael Pink’s six -hour Christian Wealth Building course ($77 value) which was complemented with Bob Lotich’s 31-day devotional Managing Money God’s Way. There are a total of 14 business related books and courses including Zig Ziglar’s powerful Born To Win course (that Seth Godin and Dave Ramsey rave about), Dr. James B. Richards, Wired For Success – Programmed For Failure and Untold Secrets for Creating Wealth by Brig Hart and John Beehner. You’ll even find one of the best selling Christian business books of all time, The Bible Incorporated – In Your Life, Job & Business.

To ignite your faith…

Rounding out the package, Bridge Logos and Moody Press made a series of classic Christian literature available from generals of the faith like Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, A.W. Pink, E.M. Bounds, Calvin, Wesley, Edwards and more who wrote about grace, prayer, faith and an overcoming life.
In addition to these wonderful classics, the Ultimate Bundles team snagged 12 heart-stirring devotionals from authors like A.W. Tozer and Nancy Leigh DeMoss that speak to matters of faith that are sure to inspire. Let’s not forget Gary Chapman’s Extraordinary Grace or Ray Comfort’s Way of the Master for sharing your faith with others. Both heartbreaking and inspiring, don’t miss Philip Cameron’s, They Call Me Dad, the story of one man’s fight to save orphans from human trafficking.
So as you can see, the Ultimate Christian Living Bundle is an extraordinary value.

But it still gets better…

The Ultimate Bundles team asked several sponsors to step up to the plate and with no strings attached, provide meaningful BONUS GIFTS. One of the first to step up was Dayspring Greeting Cards who offered a choice of heart-warming gift card packages to choose from. Another, is a downloadable DVD workout series for getting in shape and maintaining health. With a retail value of $62.99 it includes a Biblical study guide for stewarding your health. Bonus gifts alone have a total retail value of over $160

So now you know…

For as little as $34.95 you can receive over $1,140 worth of valuable eBooks and eCourses that address the issues of life most of us face at one time or another, from a profoundly Biblical worldview. The BONUS GIFTS alone are worth more than four times the price of the bundle! So, if you want to ignite your faith, strengthen your family and help your professional life, there’s no better place to start! All the hard work has been done for you…
The Ultimate Christian Living Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 8am (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59pm (EST) on Monday, November 10th.
But don’t wait until the last moment – there are only 18,500 bundles available and once they’re gone, they’re gone!
You can buy with confidence because your purchase is covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day guarantee: you have a full month to enjoy all the books and courses in the bundle, and if you don’t feel like it’s made a huge difference to your family’s life, you’ll get your money back in full!

Here’s what you need to know about the sale:

  • When? 8 a.m. (EST) Wednesday, November 5th until 11:59 p.m. (EST) Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).
  • How much? Well now, that’s the best part. The entire package is worth over $1,140, and it’s yours for as little as $34.95. Sweet deal, right?
When you’re ready, you can either buy here directly, or right through the website. It’s fast and easy, and you’ll have your bundle sent to you via email within minutes.

Click here for more info or to buy now.

Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

Want to know exactly what’s included in the bundle?
Take a look through the categories, as well as the full list of included resources.

 

Business & Personal Finance

       

      Christian Classics Series


           

          Christian Living


               

              Devotional Life


                   

                  For Children


                       

                      Inspirational Novels

                       

                      Married Life

                       

                      Parenting

                       

                      Reaching the Lost


                      Click here for more info or to buy now.
                      Remember, this bundle is available for 6 days only, from 8 a.m. (EST) on Wednesday, November 5th to 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Monday, November 10th (or until 18,500 bundles are sold).

                      Disclosure: I have included affiliate links in this post. Read the fine print about this bundle and read the answers to frequently asked questions about the bundle.

                      Thursday, November 6, 2014

                      Every Bitter Thing is Sweet by Sara Hagerty {Book Review}

                      Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book.  My opinions are my own.  I was free to give my honest review whether positive or negative.  This post contains affiliate links.

                      Simply, wow.  In this book one will find a balm for troubles, hardships, and pain.  And hope.  Hope in a God that loves us and desires for us to live life in its fullness of joy!  With each hardship and seemingly bitter frustration, Sara learns that all the unraveling of herself gives way to the birth if new life.  A newness of life and living that she has yearned for in the inner most parts of her being.  She writes with such vulnerability that I find her book really transparent and fresh water reading to me.  I love that I am enjoying this book!  I find it encouraging as Sara shows us how she came to discover God more deeply and intimately.    Each chapter opens up little by little unfolding the messes and hardships Sara faces in her life.  Her unraveling becomes a place that my heart stirs within me, for I can relate to unravellings in my life.  Her honesty with her faith and how she lived life before coming to an end of herself are encouraging as I feel that most avoid bearing weaknesses.  She writes with a freshness and ease that makes this book one of the "stay up and read all night" kind of books for me.  I would definitely pass to on to friends and family.  

                      Interested in reading this book, you can find this book on Amazon:
                       Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in All Things

                      Tuesday, November 4, 2014

                      Nature's Sleep 50% off sale and code

                      Nature's Sleep is offering 50% off our entire site with the coupon code: BEARS50. As always, this deal includes free shipping. Valid in continental US only

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                      This post contains affiliate links.

                      The Holiday season is wonderful, but it can be exhausting as well. You are kept busy with work and the kids' end-of-the-year school activities. Your days feel longer, and your nights seem shorter. Nature's Sleep can help you make the most out of those nights! Try one of our memory foam mattresses to get the rest you deserve. Our mattresses' ergonomic design can help prevent tossing and turning. Treat yourself to a new memory foam mattress! Until December 16 you can get 50% off Nature's Sleep entire website! To make the deal even sweeter, you get free shipping too! Use coupon code BEARS50. Valid in the continental US only.

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                      So what are you waiting for? Shop now, and start getting the best night's sleep of your life!




                      Monday, October 27, 2014

                      Mary Lambert-Heart on My Sleeve {Album Review}

                      Order her latest album
                      * iTunes:    http://bit.ly/MaryHeart
                      * Amazon:  http://bit.ly/MaryLHeart




                      Mary Lambert was an artist I have never heard of until recently.  Her songs are really raw and truly emotional.  Lambert's style is one that seems to be a mix of Adele and a bit of Missy Higgins without the rock.  I would easily play this in my car for long drives and as I read books.  I can easily imagine a song such as "Wounded Animal" and "So Far Away" with its mellow tone and catchy words playing in a coffee shop.  Heart on My Sleeve is easy listening for the most part.  There are songs that have some words that are inappropriate for my four year old's ears, but apart from that, I think it's enjoyable. It reminded me of Missy Higgins' voice and style as I listened to Lambert's song "Monochromatic".  I really love her soulfulness and transparency in her music.  It is evident she has gone through a lot of trials and  hardships and she does indeed bare her Heart on her sleeves.

                      It is really awesome listening to an artist who comes from Seattle, near where I live! 
                      My favorite from her new music album is Monochromatic and Wounded Animal.   

                      * Official Mary Lambert Website – www.marylambertsings.com
                      * Twitter – @marylambertsing
                      * YouTube –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqqqV50zaAc
                      * Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/marylambertsings   


                      Disclosure statement:  I participated in the Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.