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Always Enough, Never Too Much

Lies. In your head. We all have them. Don’t pretend like you don’t… you’re human, after all.

Sometimes they just pop out of nowhere and you find yourself going to The Dark Side (yes, Star Wars reference – Mom of BOYS, remember?). You get caught up in picking at and pointing out all of your so-called flaws, and forget that EVEN AT YOUR WORST, you are still loved and adored.

So this devotional caught my attention – for myself and for all of you! Sometimes you feel like you’re never enough, sometimes you feel like you’re just too much — so this devotional helps you get back to reality on both fronts (literally – it’s double-sided!).

From the publishers:

We’ve all been there. We know that sneaking, small voice in our heads all too well—you’re too loud. Too quiet. Too young. Too old. Too unimportant. Too ugly. Too silly. Too serious.

You’re not as successful as she is—look at her perfect family, look at her high-powered job, look at her great hair and size 4 skinny jeans. Why can’t you be more like her—be more in general? Why do you expect so much from everyone? Why can’t you take up less space? Ask for less? Be less?

The lies track well-worn paths in our minds and our hearts, wearing us down and making us question our role in God’s kingdom.

Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan, bestselling authors of Wild and Free will help you replace those lies with God’s truth. This devotional flip-book is designed for you, the woman who feels like she can be both too much and not enough—sometimes in the same day. When you  banish lies and insecurities and find your identity in Jesus, you can embrace these truths: You are always enough. You are never too much.

I love the topics for contemplation, they are so relatable! We have ALL had these thoughts..

… and these!

Such a great devotional to have on your nightstand to remind you that you are indeed just the way you’re meant to be.

Purchase yours HERE or click below to enter to win one of five copies!

Blessings,

-D

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Let your Light Shine Bright

“This little light of mine…” – and now you’re singing!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas. This year we tried to really focus on the reason for the season and celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Savior. Truly the best gift ever, right?

For our friends we made these solar light jars to help remind everyone to always let their light shine bright, even in the darkest times.

They were super easy to make since the solar lids already have the lights attached to them. Logan (5) really enjoyed putting the lights in the jars and screwing the tops on, and of course testing out the lights!

I used a paper punch and a hole punch to make the tags, some cute twine to tie them on and voila! Instant night light or light for the backyard.

Found the perfect sized jars at the grocery (best deal!), and the lids come in sets of 6 on Amazon* here: http://amzn.to/2DtnoOA

Go forth and make your own – such a great gift idea… and don’t forget to let YOUR light shine bright in 2018.

Blessings and Happy New Year!

-D

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Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science

Indescribable: 100 (Super Cool) Devotions for Kids

Wouldn’t it be nice to find a really great devotional for kids that spoke to them at their level, and related everything they know about God to everything they know about science in a fun and engaging way?

Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science

FOUND IT!

(Read on to learn more, and you’ll have an opportunity to win one for yourself, too! )

I was recently given the opportunity to check out this new book, Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science, and let me tell you, I was NOT disappointed. I love it, and the real audience (my crazy, geeky, science-loving boys) loves it even MORE. It has been such a blessing for us ever since it landed on our doorstep, and I want to share it with you so you can be blessed by it, too!

We’ve been reading it every night, and you know it’s good because they aren’t satisfied with just reading one devotional; we have to read and discuss at least 5, and they are always so bummed when it’s time to put the book down and go to bed!

Indescribable

First of all, it’s gorgeous — beautifully illustrated with bright colors, so eye-catching it is irresistible. Who wouldn’t want to open this book, it begs to be opened!

It’s even better on the inside. Each devotional is two pages, featuring scripture and a science topic that ties to that bit of scripture perfectly……

… filled with interesting facts and how it all relates to God and the reader. It ends with a lovely prayer to tie it all together.

Our favorite part is the “Be Amazed” section — from which I get a lot of “WHAT?!?” and “No Way!” responses when I read!

The author, Pastor Louie Giglio, invites kids to think about the questions they encounter in day-to-day life and to find God’s glory in creation.

Some of the topics covered:

  • Creation
  • Evolution
  • Animals
  • Dinosaurs
  • Space and the universe
  • Molecules and tiny matter
  • Medical science and medical miracles
  • Our amazing bodies
  • Geology and fossils
  • Weather and the atmosphere

This devotional is unique, engaging (so fun!), and beautifully designed — a must-have for any Christian family, and it would be a great addition to any Christian elementary school classroom, as well!

So here’s the fun part — want to WIN a copy of this AMAZING book!? Just Click Here:

Win a Copy of Indescribable: 100 Devotions About God & Science

Can’t wait? Want it NOW? You can get yours on Amazon Right Here!

Indescribable on Amazon It is already a #1 Best Seller in Children’s Christian Prayer Books

From the publisher:

It’s impossible to out-imagine God. He orchestrates time, creates light, and speaks things into existence—from the largest stars to the smallest starfish. God is a powerful, purposeful, personal, unparalleled Creator. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens tell the glory of God. And the skies announce what his hands have made.” Indescribable displays the majesty of creation with scientific findings, photography, and original illustrations.

Hope you enjoy as much as we do — it’s brilliant.

Blessings & Happy Holidays!

Vaughn LOVES this book!

-D & the Boys

*Affiliate Jargon — I was provided the book to review by the Frontgate Blogger Network, but the thoughts are entirely my own! If you proceed with purchasing on Amazon, I will make a few pennies to help keep my blog up and running. Thank you for your support! 

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Yarn Tree

Things Uncommon

Uncommon Goods Meditation Box

Meditation Box from Uncommon Goods

Uncommon: Unusual, rare, exceptional.

I’ve mentioned before that I LOVE gifting — I get so much joy out of the whole process: searching, buying, wrapping, giving, and watching their expression. SO FUN. In my opinion the best gifts are always unique, as in something they’d never expect or have never seen before, OR something handmade.

When time doesn’t permit me to whip up a gift (because KIDS), I often check my favorite source for unique gifts, Uncommon Goods. So full of unique, creative pieces – sourced from top quality makers, they do such an amazing job of supporting artists and curating the coolest stuff!

From their website:

Uncommon Goods

I’ve been a fan for years, ever since I received their first little paper catalog in the mail. I use them often for Wedding and Anniversary gifts because they have some of the sweetest things that can be personalized. Great ideas for baby showers, too!

Since this blog centers around creativity, I thought it would be cool to share with you some of the fun crafty items they have that make great gifts for your creative friends and family, or even just fun things for yourself!

Ya’ll know I sew… do you? Do you know someone that does? They want this. I WANT THIS!

Sewing Station from Uncommon Goods

Sewing Station from Uncommon Goods

So simple, and so darn cute – it’s the perfect little holder for your basic sewing needs, which is really all I want to have on my desktop for when I need to do some hand sewing.

Opened Sewing Station

Opened Sewing Station

And it OPENS! You can store notions INSIDE!  Add this to my Christmas list, please.

If you’ve been following my sewing posts for a while, you know I use felt flowers ALL THE TIME. Pretty sure I’ve even posted about my happy place being the felt flower aisle at the craft store. So, my new happy place will be my desk, because..

Felt Succulents

Felt Succulents

..they have a felt flower kit. Felt SUCCULENTS to be exact (even better). They are so pretty!!! And you get to MAKE them!!!

Felt Succulents Kit

Felt Succulents Kit from Uncommon Goods

This would be such a fun thing to do with some girlfriends and wine. “We could MAKE those!” — an often spoken phrase that turns in to an expensive night full of mess and laughter. At least with this KIT, it won’t be expensive and you can’t mess it up!

Any knitters or crochet mavens out there? I LOVE yarn almost as much as fabric, and have a large stash to prove it. But what to do with that tangled mess of a ball once you get going on a project? Especially towards the end it’s just a mess! So imagine my squeal when I saw this yarn bowl the other day..

Yarn Bowl

Heart Yarn Bowl

Isn’t it lovely? No tangles here. And how about that gorgeous shade of blue? It’s even prettier on the inside..

Heart Yarn Bowl Inside

Heart Yarn Bowl Inside

Such a beautiful and thoughtful gift, I can think of a few crafty ladies that would love one of these!

We have the holder chosen, how about something to do with the yarn? I found two super fun projects that are simple enough for anyone, even the non-crafty type.

First, this weaving loom! These are awesome because they knit without you having to know how to knit (score!). That means you can make endless amounts of handmade scarves for your friends and family – which they will LOVE, btw.

Weaving Loom

Weaving Loom from Uncommon Goods

Second, this Yarn Tree kit! How fun would it be to yarn bomb this tree – I don’t care how old you are, or how un-crafty you are, you KNOW this would be fun and probably pretty therapeutic.

Yarn Tree

Yarn Tree

This is easy enough for kids to do, too – perfect for rainy days.

Yarn Tree Kit

Yarn Tree Kit

And then when done, use it to display jewelry or just as a decoration for their room. I totally want this for MY jewelry, ahem.

One last item I fell in love with, not as crafty but I love the idea and the use of COLOR in this Wishing Wall!

Wishing Wall

Wishing Wall from Uncommon Goods

Such a sweet and thoughtful idea for a wedding or a shower, right? Send them off with sweet wishes from their nearest and dearest! I can also see this being used for a teacher gift from the whole class, or a going away or retirement gift from co-workers.

I hope you like the fun crafty things I found at Uncommon Goods! Be sure to bookmark them, and add them to your favorites — if you’re on Pinterest or Instagram you can follow them there to get great gift ideas in your feeds!

Happy Crafting ~ D

*Imagine my surprise and glee when Uncommon Goods contacted me to collaborate on a post! This is sponsored by them, but these choices are my own, and I was ecstatic to share the company and the products with you.

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