Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Get your reviews here!

Ok, so as part of me learning my limits, I know that posting 5 days a week was extreme dedication. It's becoming harder and harder for me to do 5 posts a week, so what do you say about 3 posts a week? Sounds like a good compromise, right?

So today, I'm going to catch up on all my reviews in one post! I had a couple of books to review, as well as an Influenster box. Honestly, it was a happy mail month! * I have received the following products for complimentary testing purposes in all review materials*

  Let's get this bowl rolling, shall we?

First up to the plate is from Blogging For Books. (You REALLY need to check this company out, they're awesome!)

The book I chose is The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka. This book weighs about 5 pounds, no kidding! It feels like one of the cookbooks that are passed down from your Grandma and will still be in good shape to pass down to someone else. The recipes are super easy to follow, and use basic ingredients. No searching the speciality stores for hard to find ingredients. And the best part is, all of the recipes are low fat/low calorie, and healthy for you! They all have the nutritional information on the bottoms of the pages! I love this book!

Next book is from Tyndale Publishers. Again, really good company to review books.

The book I chose is Awakening to God by Gerard Long. This book might be little, but it is powerful. Part of the back cover summary says, "Do you find it hard to believe that God wants to use you to do something extraordinary? Are you struggling to figure out your purpose?" Yes, yes and yes! Gerard Long speaks to me, through this book, like very few have. It really hits home in points in my life and forces you to deem yourself worthy of God's plans. If you had doubt before that you could not be "Fishers of Men" this book banishes them with every word. You won't regret reading this one.

And finally, I received the Vidal Sassoon Vox Box from Influenster.
This came with-
Personally, I like Vidal Sassoon. No, they are not a brand I normally buy because I am trying to go more green and get natural ingredient soaps and shampoos. But, I do love the quality of the items. The shampoo and conditioner made my hair feel extra silky, and I love the heat protecting spray for the days I blow dry and curl my hair. Who couldn't use a little extra protection, and especially with the winter months coming up? I know, for a fact, that I will use every drop of this heat protecting!

What product review companies do you use? Comment below!
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Monday, October 27, 2014

Grateful Heart Monday

Happy Monday! Folks, I come off of a couple of really nasty weeks where, I'm not even going to sugar coat this, my life was tossed up and I had coming from everywhere, what felt like-  monkey at the zoo flinging poop more often than I'd like to admit. I didn't even open my bible and do any sort of study since being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, or dealing with monkey poop,  I was headed down the rabbit hole, and my name isn't even Alice.

THANKFULLY, I cracked open my bible last night and dived in for a good 2 hours before bed. I awoke this morning to a room full of a pink sunrise and a new appreciation on life. I will not let this diagnosis be the end all of my happiness, nor will I let monkey poop spoil my days. These days are not guaranteed, and folks will not have that power over them.   I know that I can't do it alone, but now that I am passed the anger stage, as my physc. major friend explained to me via Skype, now I can finally have some breathing room and wash all the monkey poop off me. :) (Grossed ya out, didn't I? But, you know it's true, monkeys do that.)

OK, on to the post! This is my first time linking up with Emily for Grateful Heart Monday where you just start out the week being grateful for the things in your life. Simple enough, and I think it's awesome to just pause and say, thank you.

Ember Grey: Grateful Heart

Here we go, in no particular order:

+ Coffee, yes, this will be on my list every week, bank on it.

+ My friends and family that know me well enough to know what a huge blow I've been dealing with, and that I haven't been myself, and that they care enough to show me (and Chris, because this changes his life too) love and support. It truly means the world to me, and shows me who's really in our corner.

+ My bloggie friends! You guys are the reason I drag my sleepy self to the computer and type out this stuff! You are all awesome, and I cherish our friendships more than you know.

+My Ginny, her love for her humans is immeasurable, and God knew, without a doubt, which dog we needed to adopt.

+Joann's Fabric store having so many coupons and sales that I've built my fabric stash to probably last until I'm 50... or through the Winter... maybe...

+ This lovely pink study bible. I know a bible is a bible, but when it's also cute and pretty, and the texture is so soft, it just puts that extra little kick in my step!

+The Prayerful Bloggers group... I will admit, I've been slacking here too. And that's unacceptable! I'm so thankful for these ladies and really love our group. I don't care if we have 500 or 5 group members, it's not about the numbers, it's about the realness and the authentic folks we have that make it so special to me.

+ My hubs who is the strongest man I know, (aside from my Dad).  The Mr. has had heaps of monkey poop thrown at him too, and still manages to talk me off the ledges and calm me down. He is my one true love, and the other soul God put on this Earth for me, and if there was any doubt, he's proven himself time and time again, over the last few weeks. He is my most prized possession, relationship, most prized anything... and I'm eternally grateful for him.

Whew, that got deep for a second!

So tell me, what are YOU most grateful for today?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday, folks! We've made it through another week! Although, I'm not ready for the weeks to pass and Winter to come, but such is life!

Today, I link up with the incredibly talented Aimee from This Darling Day for Finding Beauty! Link up with us if you have captured beauty in your photos this week!

Finding Beauty Link UP

This photo was taken while I was on top of an Appalachian Mountain with my Bestie last week. We *not so boldly drove up past signs and found this amazing overlook. It was freezing, she was in high wedges and a skirt, but we carefully made our way down-hill to the outdoor classroom porch thing they had set up to snap some photos. The rest will be next week, but I just had to share this one with you. And the scripture is a huge reminder to me that no matter what is thrown at us (monkey throwing poo at the zoo style is how I feel lately) God is with me and I should always stand firm.

Hope you guys have an easy Friday! Any big weekend plans? Comment below!

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