Philippians 4:8 is a thought-provoking verse in the Bible. It reminds us that we must remember to be conscious of our thoughts and also that we must ensure that we are focusing thoughts in the proper direction. Sometimes our minds can wander and get unfocused, causing us to seemingly forget what we know to be true. I’m surely guilty of this. The mind can begin to then feel cluttered and be completely unfocused with tons of things running through it, sometimes even simultaneously. We may find ourselves constantly [Read more…]
Have you ever felt confused as to what direction to take on a decision that needs to be made in your life? I sure have. When uncertainty sets in, some people tend to worry while others tend to do nothing out of fear of possibly making the wrong choice. Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, made it so that we don’t have to live being worried, confused, or afraid to make choices in life! It is important to know that confusion and fear are not from God. These two emotions are tactics used by the enemy to get us off course by making us distracted from God’s plan for us. God’s nature is to be loving and to make things crystal clear for us so that we take hold of the peace that is available to us and then also live in this peace that only He provides. The plans that He has for all of us are prosperous, hopeful, and positive! We just have to stay close to Him so that we can hear when he gives us guidance in our lives. Whenever we worry and fear, we are actually showing a lack of faith, which hurts God. [Read more…]
Autumn finally here and it’s been quite lovely weather where we live so far! It’s nice to step outdoors to take in the crisp and cool autumn air, but sometimes it’s great to be able to enjoy the scents of the season while being inside your home without having to always burn a candle. The scent that this CrockPot recipe creates always leaves me feeling nostalgic and it is the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. Everyone in our household really loves the aroma this gives off once it simmers for a bit. Below you’ll find a quick, simple, festive, and yummy smelling recipe for an Autumn CrockPot Potpourri. There are lots of variations of this recipe out there, but I happen to prefer the way this one smells the best. Another plus is that for this recipe, most of the ingredients are probably already in your kitchen! This finishes up smelling like warm apple pie or pumpkin pie throughout your home depending on which of the two is used. The smell is delightful and I thought some of you might like this too! The recipe is below.
There are so many things I like about the Fall time: rich and moody colors, the fashion, the fabulous boot options, leather moto jackets galore, fun scarves, warm fall drinks, and the inviting feel of Fall home decor are just a few. I really like to experiment with nail polish and I go between using an at home gel system and actually polishing my nails with traditional polish. With the new season quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to share some of my picks for great Fall 2015 nail colors. You’ll see a couple of “oldies but goodies” and also some that are from newer collections. All are equally pretty awesome colors. If you try any of these recommendations, just be sure to use a good base coat such as CND Stickey Base Coat and good fast dry shiny top coat such as Seche Vite when you polish your nails. These two really make polishing your nails a breeze, whether you’re a mommy or are simply one busy lady 🙂 It only takes 15-20 minutes to do your nails start to finish with the fast dry topcoat. Just be sure to apply it to wet polish for it to work effectively. Try them all, and you’ll be glad you did! Enjoy!
- Tom Ford Toasted Sugar– this is so gorgeous to me! It is a great nude shade that will provide a barely-there polished look to any outfit worn this fall.
- Butter London Lovely Jubbly – this is such a fun glitter polish for all year round, but I particularly like the idea of wearing this with lots of black layered pieces and a good scarf this fall to really showcase the blue, pink, and purple glitter.
Houseguests want to feel warm, welcomed, and invited to come in to your home. Our front porch style choices give visitors an idea of what’s to come once they are actually inside the home. I had held off on really doing much to my front porch because I wasn’t thrilled about some of the styling options I had seen in stores around me. Also, I have been so focused on the inside of my home over the years, that the front porch sadly got a little neglected other than us adding a simple fleur-de-lys doormat that often got accessorized only by the occasional FedEx package delivery positioned off to the side of it…SO not exciting and SO not what I wanted for that space! I knew early on that I wanted to incorporate this existing rug in my design process. I was beyond ready to fancy the front porch up a bit. I started by brainstorming exactly how I was going to fix up this small transitional space that leads into our home. I kept these ideas in mind so that I got the outcome that I had dreamt up:
- I wanted a cheerful look that reflected the family who lives inside and the design style of our home collectively.
- I wanted a simple and chic set up with a unique piece or two.
- I wanted something I could use all year round, no matter the season or upcoming holiday. I love being able to keep the same staple pieces and add fun themed accents and colors based on what season it is or upcoming holidays we have.
With these wants being my focus, I began “dreaming and visualizing” what I wanted my porch to look like. I immediately thought how cool it would be to have black and white striped pots! Black and white stripes are not only chic, but are classic as well. In fact, I love this lovely duo so much that I have accents in this loved pattern scattered here and there throughout my home. I couldn’t find black and white striped flowerpots anywhere, so I decided to DIY them. I thought: How hard could it be? Just a few inexpensive items totally transformed the solid black plastic planters found at my local home improvement store! It was really easy since the base color of the pots was already black. All I needed was the black flower pots, white glossy spray paint, clear protective sealant, and some masking tape. Once the stripes were all done, I decided to add a pop of color with some yellow mums. Last, I added a DIY burlap and lace wreath with some fun accents that can be changed out based on what season it is or what look I want, and an oh-so-cute “hello.” decal for that cheerful finishing touch. Here’s the before and after.
To say I love how my little weekend DIY project turned out would be an understatement… it is all exactly what I wanted! Once I finished, I began to get even more inspired and thought for a different look, the option of fun black and white harlequin patterned flowerpots clustered with these would be just dreamy. Another idea is to cluster fun black and white geometric smaller scale pots to complement these. Oh, and just think how fabulous RED accents, such as a few red smaller fun shaped pots and some red flowers instead of yellow would look with these stripes??? Drooling!!! Bottom line: The styling possibilities are endless…and I like that 🙂 I can’t wait to try out some more looks with these striped pots of mine!
I’d love to hear from you! What fun items do you use to spruce up your front porch?
Have a great day!