Wednesday, December 7, 2016

With Grit & Grace: December & An Announcement

 It wasn't long into November that I realized my goal for the month should have been to simply get through it and that we did! December I have much more reasonable goals for myself all focused on simply enjoying this season of our lives. It is my favorite time of year, might as well relish in it!

November Goals Recap:

- Daily business hours
- Daily reading or audio book
- Daily prayer time 
- Organize office space
- Family pictures
- Order Christmas cards
- Finish Christmas shopping

December Goals:
 
- Decorate our home
- Wrap gifts
- Bake Christmas cookies
- Reflect on 2016 and thank God for our Blessings
- Make memories 

And now the news! We are moving With Grit & Grace to the LAST Wednesday of the month. I am thrilled for this move! This way it feels more natural to reflect on how things have gone and prep for the next month ahead! So the next With Grit & Grace will be on January 25th! Hope to see you there!



Callie of Through Clouded Glass | Christina of Waltzing in Beauty
Emily of Morning Motivated Mom | Keri of Keri Lynn Snyder

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

December Currently...

Happy December! I love this time of year, don't you? It is so full of family and fun, so I'm just popping in to share what we've been up to!

Doing...
 my best to stay away from holiday stress! I love this time of year, but all the expectations can just add anxiety to a joyous season. This year I am being intentional and embracing the fact that our holiday traditions are going to grow just like our family. So our "family tradition" may just be to decorate the house together and not visiting a seasonal display, but I know from my own family I remember decorating the tree more than I do the Nutcracker.

Enjoying...
 watching our son army crawl! I do not think it will get old watching him try with all his might to crawl properly and then realizing that creativity pays off!

Cooking...
 soup, stew, chili...liquid gold during the cold weather!

Wrapping...
wrapping up my Christmas shopping! My husband is the easiest to shop for and paradoxically the hardest. He loves board games. If I get him a board game, he will be over-joyed. If I get him a board game I feel like I barely even tried to please him, because it was just too darn easy! Note- this is much more my problem than his.

Playing...
Christmas music all day! I get warm fuzzies thinking about it!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Blessed, Not Stressed Christmas Giveaway for Moms


It's the most wonderful time of the year...but it can get a little stressful too!  Shopping for and wrapping all the gifts, falling snow and temps, making Christmas cookies, getting your house cleaned and ready for all of the family festivities...and the list goes on!

So I've teamed up with 8 other authors and artisans to bring you a little joy this Christmas!  We're excited to host this giveaway to bless one lucky Mama and relieve a little bit of her stress this holiday season!

We're giving away 3 wonderful books for moms that are all about living in joy in the middle of the ordinary, 3 fun accessories that would make any lady smile, a beauty product to pamper you, and 2 Christmas decorations to beautify your home this holiday season!  (The total value is $165!)

Click on any of the links below to view the prizes and shops up close.  Then, scroll to the bottom of the page to enter the giveaway!


"Be Merry" Painted Wood Slice Ornament by Kelly at Lilypad Printables
 A chalkboard wood slice ornament with red and white baker's twine tied off in a bow and ready to hang!  It's hand-lettered with the words "be merry" with holly sprinkled around the wording.


"O Holy Night" Print by Jessica at Sweet Little Ones Shop
This beautiful 8x10 Christmas print has a dark blue watercolor background dotted with little white stars.  "O Holy Night" is written right next to the gold star which leads us ever closer to Him.  (The winner will receive the physical print!)


The Bible Study: The Glorious Ordinary by Sarah E. Frazer
This Bible Study is an invitation to study God's Word in your everyday life.  Don't wait for a season of normal - look for peace today.  God is even in the darkness.  This is about walking one day at a time.  Even though walking is so ordinary, don't get discouraged.  In this book, you will walk through whatever circumstance you are facing one day at a time.  (This book comes with several printables, including Scripture cards, and several beautiful cell phone lock screens!)


Two Hair Bows by Karissa at The Tiny Mustard Seeds
These are two fun bows to add to your accessories!  One has a clip on the back and the other has a flexible nylon headband that is one size fits all.


Essential Oils Diffuser Necklace by Maria at Ave Maria Faith Crafts
This beautiful necklace is made with Mookiate Jasper gemstone chips.  The lava beads that surround each copper toned metal cross are naturally porous so they will absorb and hold essential oils that are poured into them.  Just a drop or two per bead every few days will work! 


Personalized Socks by Victoria Hile at Blue Eyed Girls Designs
When you know it's going to be a long day - these socks will make you smile (or send a distress signal to your spouse!)!  They can be personalized to any phrase you want and are available in pink or black.


The Book: Count to Nine by Ruthie Gray at Rear. Release. Regroup.
This book is a Scripturally sound, methodical approach for taming the temper, based on a tested group of young mothers.  Moms are finding victory, new hope, and support through the encouraging method of actionable Scripture verses and prayers.  (This book also comes with a printable journal, Scripture cards, and thankful cards!)


Arbonne Hand & Body Lotion from Christina at Waltzing in Beauty*
Even ordinary days deserve to be extraordinary!  Moisturize your skin with our luxurious lotion and enjoy the light scent of Arbonne's Shea Butter.  This is one of Christina's favorite items and she's so excited to bless you with a little bit of daily indulgence!


The Book: Why Just Survive If You Can Thrive by Keri Lynn Snyder
Are you tired of living in survival mode?  If you have grown weary of just getting by, a word of hope is just what you need.  Motherhood holds so much joy.  In Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive, Keri shows you how you can live a thriving life as a mom.  In just eight chapters, you will receive the tools you need to move forward into the abundant life that God has called you to as a mom.  (This book also comes with printable Scripture cards!)


Winner will receive:
Total value: $165

Enter the Blessed, Not Stressed: Christmas Giveaway for Moms below!
Good luck!

The fine print: This giveaway will run from Thursday, December 1st through Wednesday, December 7th at 11.59pm and is for U.S. residents only.  The winner will be verified.  Shipping is not guaranteed by Christmas, although more than likely the winner will receive it by then!

Happy Holidays! Love, Christina 
*Arbonne is a botanically based health and wellness company dedicated to providing products that are pure, safe, and beneficial.  Christina Nicholson is an Arbonne Independent Consultant.  Waltzing in Beauty is her personal blog and is not affiliated with Arbonne International.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Our Top 5 Baby Must-Haves

The must haves for baby...everyone has their own list. Eight months in and here is what we could not live without in our house.




Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle Cloths

These Swaddles are amazing! They are baby soft and the patterns are lovely.Not only can you use them to swaddle the baby they are perfect for a blankie, play matt, nursing cover, burp cloth, and in a desperate scenario, a baby toga (not that I've had experience with the toga...always have extra clothes in the diaper bag and the car for good measure, just sayin'). We carry one at all times.

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes

I did not think much about this toy when we received it as a gift at our shower, but it was not long before we realized it would be on our favorites list. Some musical toys have annoying little chintzy tunes. This toy plays classical music accompanied by dancing lights. Baby is mesmerized by it! And as he gets older he can hold and teeth on it more. It is especially handy in the car at night. The music and lights offer just enough distraction to provide time to remedy whatever uncomfortableness occurring.

ABC Arbonne Baby Care

We love all our Arbonne Baby Care products. Botanically based, without the fragrances and chemicals, Baby stays squeaky clean while smelling like Baby and not the product. The Diaper Rash Cream clears up any redness quickly (within a few applications at most is what we've found).

Philips Avent Pacifiers

We have what we call a little Binky Boy in our home. From early on Philips Avent were the only pacifiers he would take. I loved the clear ones, at first, because you could still see Baby's face. That advantage was quickly overshadowed by the fact that we were constantly loosing them while staring right at them on the ground (tired parents, I know). So we quickly replaced the clear with colors. And speaking of lost binkies, I just discovered their nighttime pacifiers! What's the difference? You may have guessed it; they glow in the dark!

Dr. Brown's Lovey Pacifier Holder

And saving the best for last, is a little fellow we affectionately call: Hercules. This was another baby item I wasn't sure about at first. When Baby was little and drop the pacifier out of his mouth, Hercules was just heavy enough to keep it nearby and Baby could get it back in his mouth. Now that Baby's older, Hercules still gets lots of cuddles, slobbery kisses, and teething back massages.


Exhibit A for the glories of Hercules and necessity of colored pacifiers.

You can bet at our next baby shower the new Mama will be receiving a few of these items to help celebrate her new little blessing...or we might throw in Baby's new favorite thing...



Speaking of blessings and new moms...you will want to come back on Thursday for a Blessed, Not Stressed Christmas Giveaway! Eeek! I am so excited, but until then: on to the link up!



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