May 20, 2015

My Future Fur Babies

The Mamas Tell All (#MamasTellAll) Linkup is meant to cultivate a community of supportive women that provide insight and advice on topics that relate to motherhood. I can't believe that this is our last week together but with that being said there's still time to join the conversation. Follow all he lovely ladies below and make sure to share the link to your blog. If your not a blogger share your thoughts in the comment section below.
This week is all about pets - fur babies - little love bugs - your adorable besties. The missing piece of our family *sad face*. 

I grew up with dogs and I have so many amazing memories with them and that's something I desire so much for growing my family. The adorable wagging tail that happily greets you at the door each evening, the sometimes spastic terror who would prefer to hide in the closet during a thunderstorm, the cuddly comforter when your sick, the vacuum cleaner (let's be honest this has to be awesome with a toddler), and the summer-time pond swimmer. Dogs can truly add so much love and value to your life and sometimes you don't recognize their power over you until they are gone.  


Up until this point we've had to put off adding a furry friend to our family because of our crazy work schedules. Once I made adjustments to my work commitments we learned we were expecting baby #2. Adding a family pet is a huge commitment and I want to make sure that our family can commit the time and love necessary and right now we honestly just can't make that commitment. One day we will pull the trigger but the time has to be right. 

I would also like to note that I lean toward furry friends of the dog variety but I think a pet of almost any type can add a lot of value to a family dynamic. 

Do you own a pet? If so please let me live vicariously through you and share all your fur-ball stories. 



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May 19, 2015

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #4

Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 118th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!

Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!

The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.

The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!
There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)

Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!


***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.
Meet your hosts:
The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'
Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'
Meet this week's co-host:
PicMonkey Collage
Bekah @ Resolve
Brittany @ Everyday Thoughts

***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:
Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
...on to the Winner!
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A Cowboy's Life

Hi friends! This is Tiffany this week! I fell in love with these pretty DIY Shabby Chic vases from A Cowboy's Life blog! Chastity's blog is so adorable! I love all her posts and she graduated with a degree in photojournalism! That is my dream!

Check out her blog! She is super crafty and creative and takes beautiful pictures. I plan on making these vases someday. They would be perfect centerpieces for an event!

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit!

May 18, 2015

Only God Can Make A Kitten by Rhonda Gowler Green, Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant


A beautifully written children's book, Only God Can Make a Kitten by Rhonda Gowler Green and Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant, explains that the world's natural wonders, like the trees and rain, are all special gifts that only God can provide. The story is articulated in a simple and poetic fashion so that children of almost all ages can quickly understand the message. Reading this lovely book allows children to build their faith knowledge and captivate their love of reading.


I absolutely loved this book and so does my son! The amazing story paired with the sweet, child-friendly illustrations captivate us each time we read it. Laced throughout each page of the story you learn of God's beautiful vision by highlighting his wondrous creations. Before reading it, I thought the story would be aimed more toward little girls but it's truly a story with universal reach. My little guy loves to read and this quickly became a bedtime favorite. We read it daily and since he's become familiar with it we often go outside and I'll ask him, "only who can make a flower?" He's learned from the book that only God can make the flowers and he's quick to respond and share that new-found knowledge. I highly recommend this faith-based book for your toddlers and littles.


BookLook Bloggers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.

I'm always looking for great faith-based book suggestions - please share if you have any personal favorites.

Be Blessed,
Brittany
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May 13, 2015

So You Want to Date my Son?

He stands less than three feet tall and yet still I think about his future incessantly. Will he be a baseball player or an engineer? Will he be a picky eater or an adventure seeker? I don't know the answers to these questions but the one thing I can guarantee is that no matter what my little guy grows to love, I will always love him. I am after all his Mama. I'm the #1 women in his life, at least for now.



Before long another someone special will claim a piece of my son's heart and while my place as mom will remain, my priority in his life will change. I know that one day I will simply be there to love and support him while he loves and supports his new someone special but before that happens I have a big job on my hands. I have to teach him to be a man worth dating, a man worth knowing and loving, a man like his daddy, his Popa and his G-Bud.

First and foremost I need to teach my son to be a man of God. A man who prays in the privacy of his home on his knees in the dark and still has the courage to pray openly for those who might desperately need to hear the Word of God.

I want to teach my son the virtues of integrity, honesty, humbleness and courage. I want him to know what it's like to suffer great lose and the effervescent feeling of victory. I hope that I teach him that hard work is one of the most valuable assets he has to offer the world but the gift of loving, supporting and providing for others is his duty as a man, a lover, a father and fellow human being. I don't expect for his life to be easy but as long as I'm living he will have my unwavering support. That support doesn't always mean I'm going to be his best friend or agree with his decisions. It means that I will do my best to unconditionally love him through all his ups and downs.

Before my son finds someone else to take priority in his heart I want him to explore the world and see the faces of different cultures and the landscapes of multiple continents. I want him to ask questions. I want his wisdom to grow just as vast and as quickly as his curiosity for life. I want him to see a Broadway play, a college football game and eat an exquisite meal. I want him to swim in multiple oceans, I want him to indulge on art and music and compete in a sport that will forever challenge him. I want him to seek out and find friends that are worth having for a lifetime. I want him to think about his legacy and the mark he will leave on the world and understand the heritage on which he stands and the roots that have given him life. I want him to know that his word is worth his weight in gold and that anything that he commits to is deserving of his endurance and unwavering efforts.

I plan on teaching my son that his family is his backbone. That love isn't easy. That affection is a necessity and that death is a reality.

When he meets that special someone I hope that my husband and I have provided him with a strong, positive example of marriage and life-long love. I pray that he loves and respects, adores and praises, hugs and kisses and remains faithful in all ways to his new #1.

If you want to date my son I hope you hold him to high standards. I hope you cherish every inch of him as much as I do. I hope you realize that he is my greatest achievement and life-long love project. I have poured my heart and soul into his character. I couldn't love anyone or anything more and if he chooses to love you, you my dear will in turn be immensely loved by me. So until the day comes when you take my place I will work diligently to provide you with the most amazing man I can possibly raise, my own flesh and blood, my boy, my son.

The Mamas Tell All (#MamasTellAll) Linkup is meant to cultivate a community of supportive women that provide insight and advice on topics that relate to motherhood. We'd love for you to join the conversation. Follow all he lovely ladies below and make sure to share the link to your blog. If your not a blogger share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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Here is the schedule for upcoming Mamas Tell All topics (we only have one more week left):

May 20: Last Year We Bought a Zoo (or Not) – a discussion on pets in the family - do you have any? why or why not?

Check out previous posts from this link up here:

Be Blessed,
Brittany
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May 12, 2015

Let's Be Friends Blog Hop #3


Welcome to the Let's Be Friends Blog Hop!

A blog hop is a set time frame for current or aspiring bloggers to find new blogs and quality content. It is a great way to make new friends and find inspiration! It is also a fabulous way to promote your own blog and posts.

Dear Friends,

What a day to celebrate! This is the 117th week of the Let's Be Friends blog hop! Thanks for joining us on this special day. Chelsee and Tiffany are extremely delighted to see the way this hop has grown and love to see your faces each week!
Join us every Tuesday at 7am (MST). This blog hop focuses on content. LINK UP YOUR FAVORITE POST from last week in this fun content-sharing blog hop! I love the idea of blog hopping, but I love the idea of reading posts and quality content on new blogs I've never been to even more. Instead of simply linking up your blog button, you are now able to link up your favorite post you recently wrote. Have a delicious recipe to share, DIY tutorial, or heartfelt post? Share it with us! All hosts and co-hosts put up some unique and fun content from the past week. Make sure to check them out. P.S.- you may still link up your blog button and blog name, but it is encouraged to link up your favorite post instead. You will get more page views and interest if you do so! Some of the most successful blog hops I have participate in focus on content rather than just exchanging follows. You never know who will become a loyal follower or pin that delicious new recipe you posted!
The BEST part of this blog hop? Each week there will be a WINNER! That's right, each week we will choose one lucky blog to feature from the previous week's hop. This hop receives thousands of page views every week, so your blog will have the chance to be center stage for free. You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win. Only those who link up a specific post are eligible to be featured! *You must follow all the hosts and co-hosts in order to win.
The last exciting change is that the co-host spots will now be available to all sponsors of The Dwelling Tree or Southern Beauty Guide. If you are interested in co-hosting the blog hop, email Tiffany or Chelsee about sponsorship opportunities and how to co-host the weekly hop!
There are a couple of great giveaways going on right now at Southern Beauty Guide and The Dwelling Tree. Go check them out! :)
Let's Be Friend's Blog Hop Guidelines
1. Link up your favorite post from your week.
2. Follow your hosts and co-hosts.
3. Grab the button and post it on your blog so we can share the love.
4. Visit 3 other blogs, comment, and follow them along!
5. Tweet about this blog hop, using #letsbefriends
6. Pin the button on pinterest so we can spread the news!
***Once a week, one blog will be chosen to be the featured blogger from the previous blog hop.
Meet your hosts:
The Dwelling Tree: Blog, Bloglovin'
Southern Beauty Guide: Blog, Bloglovin'
Meet this week's co-host:
PicMonkey Collage5-8
Bekah @ Resolve
Brittany @ Everyday Thoughts
Christine @ So-Called Homemaker
***This weeks featured post from last week's hop:
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Thank you all once again for continually linking up at our blog hop. It is such a fun time and I am so impressed each week with all the amazing posts. Please continue to link up an actual post instead of your blog. We want to keep reading your content and it makes it more fun to pick a winner!
Is there anything we can do differently or better? Please share in the comments!
...on to the Winner!

Hi friends! This is Chelsee this week! I am all about making my blog better and when I saw this post from View from in here I thought it was interesting and decided I had to share it with all of you. I find this post contains tons of resources for those looking to better their blog in many ways.
I personally would love to go from 0 to 50 comments on posts and I intend on reading how to do this from the link in the post. If you are looking for a great blog resource, make sure you stop by and check out Nikki's blog!

Keep posting awesome content! You make it so fun for us to read all your posts! If you can, please link up a specific post. It makes it easier for us to come and visit!

May 6, 2015

The Green-eyed Monster



Jealousy is a dangerous drug. It's human instinct to compare ourselves to others and it's challenging to keep envious thoughts at bay. They seem to sneak up and take over like a nasty infection. Even more challenging is that jealousy can rear its nasty head at any stage of life. You might have first experienced jealously in grade school when a classmate had the newest toy, or middle school when your grades didn't compare to the smartest kids in the class. You weren't the the prom queen? Maybe that brought up feelings of inadequacy or envy. It might have been there when the "perfect" sorority girl showed up in the gorgeous dress and stole all the attention from your male counterparts. Maybe now you see the mom that can do it all and compare her wonderfully structured life to your own perfectly messy reality. There's always going to someone that's smarter, stronger, faster, more organized... but that doesn't mean you aren't perfect. 

God created you perfectly - in his image. When you have envy in your heart find solace in the Lord and his plan. But I realize that is much easier said than done. 

I can tell you I struggle with jealousy daily. I look at other mothers who seem to manage impossible schedules, hold down full time jobs, they look like they've stepped out of a fashion magazine every morning, their children are sparkling images of happy, healthy children and all the while they keep a beautifully organized home. How is that even possible? My true life is so far from that reality. My house is almost always in shambles. Those rare pictures I have of myself require the very generous, hands-on efforts of my husband so that I can brush my teeth and actually blow dry my hair - most days I'm rocking a top knot and glasses and some kind of sweat pants and t-shirt combination. 

In my own eyes I'm not perfect but I try to remind myself that my son adores me, my husband gives me a special look when he is truly content and happy with life, my parents are proud the women I've become and my sister looks up to me. This isn't to say I'm not without my faults. But my earthly family loves the women and mom I am and my heavenly father created me perfectly. 

For all you beautiful mamas out there you are amazing. You are hard working, beautiful, smart and above all you have little ones that you love and adore beyond your own comprehension - that is a wonderfully perfect thing. 

Tell us about your struggles with jealousy and envy in this week's Mamas Tell All (#MamasTellAll) Linkup. Follow the lovely ladies below and make sure to share the link to your blog. If your not a blogger share your thoughts in the comment section below.


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May 13: Dating my Daughter/Son – spending special time on “dates” with our kids
May 20: Last Year We Bought a Zoo (or Not) – a discussion on pets in the family - do you have any? why or why not?

Check out previous posts from this link up here:


Be Blessed,
Brittany
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