When I had Eli, my first son, I was able to get to the gym and work out and lose the weight and then some. I was even able to go down a pant size, but with Micah, I havent been able to get the weight off as well. I gained a lot more in the chest area and with not working, a gym membership isn’t something that is on our list of things to buy. I have tried to be motivated to work out at home, but with handling a toddler and a newborn all day, they don’t give me much time to do that. Eli will try to work out with me, but he gets in the way.

I have also tried losing weight with just eating right, but that didn’t work either. I tried Nutrisystem for a month and didn’t really see any results. I haven’t eaten the best because I am just too tired to cook or just don’t feel like it. I got some groceries ordered for today and I got some healthier foods and I am going to try to get back with my eating better.

My struggles with fitness/eating reminds me of God. We are constantly disappointing ourselves and not doing what we set out to do, but the great thing with God is that he accepts us, flaws and all. He loves us whether we are fat or skinny. I guess that I feel like I need to try harder with my fitness because God calls our body a temple. I want to take care of what he has given me, so I am going to keep trying.


Bible Journaling and Notes- Genesis

I bought a Jesus Bible awhile back and I wanted to take more notes and Bible journal, so I bought a Journal the Word Bible so that I could habe more space to take notes. When I got my new Bible, I copied everything I had from my Jesus Bible and continued to take notes and journal in it. For this post, I thought I would show some of my notes and journaling. Up until a year ago when I bought my Jesus Bible, I didnt really write in my Bible, but now I write in it as much as I can so that I can have notes and reminders throughout.

I made this note for the front of my Bible. I underline and take notes in these colors. Green are verses of encouragement or verses that don’t fit under another category. Red is for people of the Bible. So when it tells about Deborah or David, I underline and take notes in red. Pink are verses I want to remember in my marriage or how to be a good wife, etc. Purple are verses about children or how to raise children. Blue is for verses about works or jobs. Orange is for verses about enemies and how I should act or treat them. Black is for verses that I can apply to my life or show people if they have questions about a certain topic (ex- should they go on ghost tours during Halloween, etc)

I have shared this before, but I love this. I also have one that is for my war binder. I found these on Pinterest.

One thing I do is I like to draw pictures and take notes on sermons I watch on TV or listen to. These are just a few notes I took on a sermon I watched on TV.

I wrote this as a reminder for what the rainbow stands for. It is a reminder of God’s covenant. I wanted this because I stand for the true meaning of the rainbow.

This is just some notes about the fall and how Satan is still making us doubt and wonder about our faith in God. I wrote and underlined in black because it is something I can apply to my life now.

When I dont want to fill up the side of my Bible on one topic, I save room and put post-its on it too. They can be moved when I read the Bible and that gives me room to write about other topics in the verses I read as well. These notes were from the book, Why Her? by Nicki Koziarz. Highly recommend this book, by the way.

Another thing I like to do is make lists. For example, I have the days of creation at the beginning of Genesis, the 10 Commandments, the plagues, etc.

These are just a few things I have added to my Bible from the book of Genesis. I love finding ways to take notes, journal, and study.


Favorite Beauty Products

I haven’t been able to post as much as I want, but I am wanting to put more time into this blog. I had an Instagram for B4Blog too, but now it is faithblog18, so I focus more on faith-based posts there. I will still post some things on here, but I thought I would post some of my favorite beauty products. Many of these are drug store brands, but are very good for the price.

I have had the Clarisonic Mia 2 for years. I couldnt find the charger for a long time and I finally found it (hidden under a ton of beauty stuff in my drawer, of course). When I had used it before, I used it with the face wash it came with, but I tried it with my Aveeno face wash and it did just as well. I would recommend this product. It is a little expensive, but totally worth it, especially if you wear makeup or have been sweating. It gives your face a deep clean and leaves it feeling smooth and fresh. If you put moisturizer on afterward, it feels amazing.

My husband’s cousin was wearing this brand at a family get together one day and said she had been wearing the same coat for over a day (she had a dark color on, so it stays even longer). I decided to try it. I bought the color shown and a more pink/peach color. These lipsticks stay on for a long time. I want to get more colors because of how well they stay on. The only downfall is because they are a “stain,” they dry out the lips. I put on a sheer gloss and it still stays on for a long time.

Because I am not working, I needed a new foundation that wasn’t too expensive. I had a few recommendations for this one. I have really dry skin and am really never able to achieve that “dewy” look. I bought this thinking I wouldnt be able to get the dewy look and I am able to every time. I almost have to use a powder to tone it down some, even with my dry skin. I love the finish gives and the smoothness it gives my skin. The only downfall is, is that it doesn’t stay put all day, at least for me it doesn’t. It is okay though because I usuaally wear it to go out for just a few hours, which is long enough for no touch ups. I love this stuff for the price.

These are my favorite bath bombs! Some bath bombs I have tried are $5 a bomb and just last the one bath. In this package you get 6 bombs and they are about a dollar or less per bomb and they still make your skin feel really soft. They also smell really good and you can get them at Target.

These are just a few things I love right now. I will probably make some more posts of things I love…. I feel like Oprah and her favorite things list. My list is a lot more affordable though.


Wal-Mart Beauty Box

The only box I still subscribe to is the Wal-Mart box because it has drug store brands and right now, that is what is in my budget. I got some of the same samples, but they are good ones.

I have gotten this before. Garnier is a good brand for drug store brands. It does a pretty good job. I will be using this next time I wash my hair.

I like Nivea, so I will be using this. It also has aloe Vera, so I may save this for the next time I am in the sun.

I recently bought the face wash for this brand and was not too impressed, but I like my face wash to have a clean scent and this brand didn’t. Maybe the eye cream will be different.

These are always nice to have in the purse for the kids or for me. I keep wet wipes and use them for everything! You can’t go wrong with this sample.

I just used this and had a hard time keeping it on my mouth. After it was done, I didn’t notice much of a difference.

Not impressed with this. I was expecting an actual mask with the product, but it was just a gel you put on your face. The gel didn’t dry intoa mask, it just felt wet. The gel smelled okay, but my face isn’t feeling “refreshed” like it does with some other masks.

Another sample I always seem to get, but it is a decent mascara. I always keep it in my makeup caddy for a backup.

I have ewally been getting in to Mabelline products lately. I will probably be using this one to try it. (Sorry for the blurry picture, I couldnt get a good picture of this one.)

This is a charcoal mask. It says good for oily skin, so I probably wont try it. The last time I tried a face product that was for oily skin (I didnt know it was for oily skin) my face broke out into almost a sunburn type rash. It was horrible!

These are the products that came. I like the beauty box from Wal-Mart because it is a good value for the price and I can find drug store brands that are affordable.

Brawn, Food


Over the years I have tried so many different diets and tried to lose weight. After I had Eli I had joined the gym and was able to lose weight and even go down from a size 6 to a size 4. That may not be a big deal, but I can’t remember the last time I was a size 4. I got pregnant with Micah and even though I didnt get quite as big with him, I am still trying to get those extra pounds off and get back in those 4 jeans.

I have been reading more and am able to get trough a book in a day or two, but for the past few days, I have gotten in to the book, Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire with God, Not Food by Lysa TerKeurst. I have been underlining and taking notes in the book and then writing down my answers to her reflection questions at the end of each chapter. It is taking longer, but I am so inspired to make changes in my life. No program with snacks and shakes or points will help me lose the weight. It has to be a lifestyle change that doesn’t cost $400 a month. That is how I lost the weight before, and that is how I will lose it again.

God not only gave us good food, he wants us to move our bodies too. That is one area I have struggled in since I am not going to the gym. I enjoyed being with other women and working out in my classes. It brought a sense of empowerment and accomplishment. I loved seeing the different sizes and how no one judged each other. It was great. Now that I am on my own, I am having to rely on my willpower and motivation and that is hard.

I am committed to making some changes and I need to stay focused and it will happen


Life Update

I have been a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) for a few months and while I have enjoyed being home with my boys, I have a void sometimes. I sometimes feel like I have lost my purpose. Last year was the hardest year of my life in terms of my career. I was dealing with a lot. I won’t go in much detail, but my job was literally sucking my happiness out of me. God must have known I needed this time to restore my spirit and my sanity. While I still struggle with staying home, I have found joy in several things that I took for granted before.

1. Seeing Eli learn more, even while at home. He asks so many questions (I am a teacher by heart, so I don’t mind all the questions) and we are able to learn and do crafts together. Micah is laughing, smiling, almost rolling, etc. I cant believe he is 3 months old!!

2. I am able to get more into my Bible studies. I am able to have more peace about my situation because I have been able to study and talk to God about it more.

3. I am able to take the boys to see their grandmas more. I want them to see them as much as possible before we don’t have them anymore.

4. I am actually enjoying doing laundry more. We have a new washer and dryer and I like having Eli have me load the laundry and sorting out all our clothes. I am having to do laundry more often since Micah is around (spit up is the culprit), so luckily I am starting to not mind as much.

5. Showers/me time means so much more because I don’t get much of it. I am so blessed to have a husband that will parent with me and allow me to have some alone time to relax each evening for a little bit even though he has worked all day.

6. My MOPS group wouldn’t probably happen if I had a job. If you don’t know what MOPS is, it stands for Moms of Preschoolers. It is a faith-based group that meets at different locations and it is just moms who get together and have some time together. It can be a curriculum based meeting or a fun meeting. They meet every other week and you can go to a morning or evening meeting. I have been to two so far and I am really enjoying it.

Sometimes we don’t understand why things happen, but God is preparing us for something big. I have learned that through everything I have gone through this past year or so. God has a plan!


Style Encore Finds

I am pretty addicted to Style Encore and Chris asked if I wanted to stop by today. I wasnt going to go, but he took me by. Iwasnt planning on buying anything, but I found a few things I couldn’t pass up.

I have been wanting a pair of booties with fringe and I saw these and couldn’t pass them up. They were only $10!!

You can’t have too many flannels. I didn’t try this on until I got home and it was too small, but I will wear a shirt under it and leave it open until I get my reduction surgery.

I wasn’t going to get this, but when I went to the register, I had $10 off $50 and I was $10 short, so I got this for almost free. You can wear it as a cowl neck or kind of off the shoulder. I thought it was different.

I liked this because it was long and could be worn with leggings or jeans and a scarf. I like long sweaters that aren’t too chunky and heavy. I also liked this because it isn’t my usual black.

Not pictured: old navy skinny jeans. I am still losing weight, but I found a pair of dark wash skinny jeans that fit tightly but are comfortable. I like to wear tighter jeans with long sweaters and boots. I also love dark wash jeans. They are so versatile.

Let me see some of your fall finds!