Makeup Vanity Setup

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For the past several months, I’ve been working on creating a little nook – a little makeup/vanity table.  I looked at about a million images on Pinterest, searching for inspiration for my setup.  It was so interesting seeing so many different takes, seeing people’s personality shine through in something as simple as how they organize and store their get-ready-in-the-morning stuff!  I wanted my space to blend in a way into the room – the room is primarily gray with a bit of blue and brown, so I wanted it to be pretty neutral in color.  I knew I wanted to incorporate some weathered/farmhouse elements, but also some feminine/elegant touches.

A mirrored vanity table seemed the perfect thing…  Except …mirrored surface….makeup….  that just seemed like a bad combo!  Haha.  However, I’ve found that it is super easy to keep clean – yes, it does get makeup and powder on it, but because it’s mirorred, you can see it and it’s easy to wipe off.  The Pier 1 Hayworth collection mirrored table is gorgeous, but that price was definitely more than I wanted to spend.  I nervously purchased THIS table (hopefully, it comes back in stock soon).  Most of the reviews were promising, but I was worried about the quality.  Not having seen the Hayworth desk in person, I can’t compare them, but I was thrilled with my mirrored table.  It was easy to put together and just looks so classy!  I was also wondering about if my legs would fit (some people added risers), but at 5’3″, I find the height absolutely perfect to fit my legs under.  I already had the faux-leather tub chair, and while I can’t keep the chair under the desk because of the arms, it is comfortable and works just perfect for the space (the tub chair and 2 pillows were from Big Lots).

This makeup/desktop  weathered-finished wood organizer c/o Gianna’s Home fits in the style of the room so great!  I am currently using it to store my hair bands, Lilla Rose clips/U pins, and Lipsense colors in, but it will be so useful for so many things in the future I’m sure.

The clear organizers were from Amazon (there are a ton you’ll find), and I also really like how it organized my makeup and doesn’t take up too much space.

The mirror on the wall is from Walmart.

Overall, I am loving how this little area turned out – the mirrored table actually makes the space there seem a little bigger since it reflects light, and I love having my makeup displayed yet organized and not messy looking or all jumbled together.

Spand-Ice

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BACK PAIN – ACHE – DISCOMFORT – OUCH!!!

I’ve mentioned many times over the years that I have a bad back…  A bad back meaning for many years, I was basically bed-bound, floor-bound, and my back pain ruled my life.  I would have some good moments where I would feel almost like a normal human, but they were interspersed more often than not with the really bad pain.  I tried so many things to help.  My chiropractor (who I think is awesome, really like him!) became like my second home.  But I still didn’t feel normal…  It was still just managing the pain to a “livable’ level.  See, the hard part about chronic pain is that at times you can hide it (many times, you just can’t, and those were the times I’d stay home).  You smile, and people don’t realize just how much pain you are in.  Anyways, enter Plexus.  It was *the* thing that finally truly helped my pain.  After being on Plexus products (I started with the TriPlex Combo and then also added in the Ease caps) for several months, I was no longer living at, or even visiting, my chiropractor’s office.  It is the only thing that changed in my life, and so I have no question about it being the thing that worked.  So my back pain – instead of being a normal everyday 6-7/10 on the pain scale with flare ups (very often) of 10/10 pain, is on the whole now maybe a 1-2/10 in my every day normal with a few days here and there of maybe 7-8/10 pain.

While my pain level is very low these days, I do still get some back pain here and there.  That’s why I was excited to try Spand-Ice when I was contacted about trying it out for a review.  Anything that helps the back, that is good for pain, is something I love to try.  So what is Spand-Ice?  Well, it’s something I had years earlier wished was in existence – I would get ice packs or warm packs and try to hold them in place, which worked while sitting, but as soon as I’d stand up, I’d have to hold them in place and it was just awkward.  This is a tank, that also gives a bit of support as well as securely and comfortably holding the ice/warm packs.  It zips up and can be worn as a vest, or you can wear a top as an extra layer beyond that if you don’t want it to be the focal point.  I have worn mine several times, mostly as ice instead of heat, but the heat does feel nice.  I think it’s a great option if you are wanting something to help aid in annoying pain/irritation and also as just a tool for recovery and injury prevention.

It is comfortable (I got a size L, and I’m glad I did – it is snug, but I think you want it to fit fairly snugly, but I know a M would’ve been too small on me).  I would guess that I could wear a L or an XL, and that someone who buys the S could also wear a M.  Besides their Revive Tank, they also have wraps, as well as tanks for pregnancy!  And not to leave out the men, they also make the wraps and the tanks in men’s sizes as well.  And there are extenders if that’s needed.

Here is a video of the founder sharing how to wear the tank plus showing just how long it stays nice and hot/cold (and that you aren’t tied to your couch, but can get things done at the same time!)

Know The Word Study Bible

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KJV Know The Word Study Bible (Thomas Nelson, September 2017)

Gain a greater understanding of the Bible book by book, verse by verse, or topic by topic.

The study of God’s Word can be easy and rewarding if you break down the Bible into easy-to-understand segments. The KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers three easy ways to begin studying Scripture and helps individuals transition from being a casual reader of the Bible to becoming a regular student of the Bible. You can choose to study the Bible book-by-book, verse-by-verse, or topic-by-topic; each path offers powerful insights that will help you develop a daily routine of Bible study.

The book-by-book series of notes leads you through the main points of each book of the Bible. The verse-by-verse notes help you to dig deeper into God’s Word. The topic-by-topic articles, which cover 21 theological topics, guide you through a series of insightful notes and give you a thorough biblical understanding of each topic. With the beautiful and timeless text of the KJV translation, the KJV Know the Word Study Bible offers you choices of how to study Scripture and grow in your relationship with Christ.

Features include:

—King James Version Bible text
—Three easy approaches to study the Bible: 1. Book by Book; 2. Verse by Verse; 3. Topic by Topic
—Insightful introductions for each book of Scripture
—Words of Jesus in red
—Beautiful two-color interior page design
—Comprehensive list of theological notes
—Concordance
—Full-color maps
—8-point type size

Learn more and purchase a copy.

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This Bible is a nice gift-giving Bible or one to get for yourself if you are wanting to dig a little bit deeper into the Bible, to understanding more so that you get more out of what is being said.  This isn’t the “studiest” Bible out there, for sure, but it seems to do a good job of going beneath the surface and helping one to – as its title suggests – know the Word better.  I personally enjoy ESV or NKJV for Bibles the most, but the KJV is a standard and what many people read.  There’s really nothing about this that I didn’t enjoy, and I wouldn’t have any issues recommending it to you if you’re interested in picking up a study Bible!

[As a Litfuse blogger, I was sent a copy for review purposes.  As in all my reviews, my thoughts are my own.]

Christy book review

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Christy (50th Anniversary Edition)(Evergreen Farm, October 2017)

New edition of Catherine Marshall’s inspirational classic!

The train taking nineteen-year-old teacher Christy Huddleston from her home in Asheville, North Carolina, might as well be transporting her to another world. The Smoky Mountain community of Cutter Gap feels suspended in time, trapped by poverty, superstitions, and century-old traditions.

But as Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home, some see her — and her one-room school — as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove.

Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?

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I took a little trip down memory lane with this book!  Not because I had ever read it before (I had not) and not because I ever remember anyone else reading it to me (I don’t), but because the Kelli Martin TV miniseries is engrained in my memory whenever I hear the title “Christy”.  I couldn’t help myself – I even Youtube-d a few of the episodes and was reacquainted with the characters as I was reading through the book.  I don’t know if it’s because of Catherine Marshall’s amazing writing ability or the fact that my first exposure to the story was through TV, but the book read like a movie.  I was there.  I was Christy, navigating this place that while not that far away from home was like another world and the people with their own unique traditions and ways of doing things and yet with a strong sense of love and community.

Sometimes, I am reluctant about reading books when I’ve seen the movie, or about seeing the movie if I’ve read the books because one or the other almost always disappoints.  However, this is a story I believe is just right either way you’re first exposed to it, and while of course the made-for-TV version isn’t entirely accurate, it is remarkably accurate in its portrayal of the characters, and I really enjoyed reading the book even more because of that.

This is such a classic, and if you haven’t read it as I hadn’t before now, add this to your TBR pile right away!  No excuses! (The larger format of this edition makes it a breeze to read, also).

Learn more, get a free map of Cutter Gap, and purchase a copy. 

[As a Litfuse blogger, a copy was sent for review purposes.  But true to all my reviews, the opinions are my own truthful thoughts]

‘Christy’ Giveaway, Blog Tour, and Facebook Live Party

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Some stories are evergreen, their themes and lessons standing the test of time and connecting with readers generation after generation. Reconnect with Catherine Marshall’s beloved Christy as it celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new edition! As nineteen-year-old teacher Christy struggles to find acceptance in her new home of Cutter Gap, some see her-and her one-room school-as a threat to their way of life. Her faith is challenged and her heart is torn between two strong men with conflicting views about how to care for the families of the Cove. Yearning to make a difference, will Christy’s determination and devotion be enough?

Celebrate the new 50th anniversary edition of Christy by entering to win one of TWO $50 Visa cash cards (details below) and by attending a Facebook Live party on December 5!

TWO grand prize winners will receive:

  • One copy of Christy
  • One $50 Visa Cash Card

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on December 5. The winner will be announced at the Christy Facebook Live Party. RSVP for a chance to connect with authors who’ve been impacted by Christy and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word-tell your friends about the giveaway and Facebook Live party via social media and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!