Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What's Up Wednesday!

Hey, everyone!

We are halfway through the week. I'm still dragging from my little weekend getaway. Sometimes you need a vacation to recover from your vacation!

Today we are linking up with Shay, Sheaffer, and Mel for our montly

What's Up Wednesday!

1. What I'm Reminiscing About...

We had a great time at the family reunion/camping weekend getaway. Peanut had his first boat ride and loved every minute of it. I enjoyed seeing family I haven't seen in years since before Mom went in the nursing home, and we all just enjoyed relaxing by Lake Enid!

2. What I'm Loving...

Fresh summer veggies from Dad's garden!

3. What I've Been Up To/Working On...

My website! I've been working on getting my personal website for ministry and speaking engagements up and running for the last couple of months, and it officially goes live 

Stay tuned for details!

4. What I've Been Watching/Reading

Boyfriend and I went to see this one in theaters when it came out, and it was so sweet. Read the book first!

(You can see my book review of it here.)

I really enjoyed reading Annie Downs's Looking for Lovely last month, so I'm looking forward to cracking this one open soon.

I read Silver Girl while on vacation, and it was a fun read. I love Elin Hilderbrand's books.

5. What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...

Another weekend getaway - this time to Pensacola with my girl tribe! Love my gals so much and soooo looking forward to this trip.

What are you up to this Wednesday? I'd love to hear from you in the comments!


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

June Book Review!

Hey, friends! It's time for another book review!
I read several good books this month and couldn't wait to share them with you. There's a good mix of fiction, Christian inspo, and one on entrepreneurial success. When you're a blogger, you love to find those little nuggets of info that can help you succeed in your own business as well. 

First up...

Dear Mr. Knightley  -     By: Katherine Reay

Dear Mr. Knightley

I stumbled across this one in the bargain section of Lifeway and thought I would give it a try. It read in a series of letters to a Mr. Knightly and told of an orphan's journalistic success in college and beyond. It was such a fun and light read. I highly recommend it!

Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel  -     By: Kelly Minter

Wherever the River Runs: How a Forgotten People Renewed My Hope in the Gospel

I loved this story. Kelly Minter is one of my favorite Bible study writers and in this book she shares her stories of traveling to the Amazon of Brazil. She reminds us that the gospel is what we are truly here for and nothing else quite compares.

I Don't Wait Anymore: Letting Go of Expectations and Grasping God's Adventure for You  -     By: Grace Thornton

I Don't Wait Anymore: Letting Go of Expectations and Grasping God's Adventure for You

I picked this one up on the spur of the moment and it turned out to be quite good. I related to Grace, the author, as she shared her struggles of being in her early 30s and still wondering what she should be doing and where she should be going. When all of her friends were married and having babies and living down the street from their parents, she longed for more. And she found out why. This is SO just like me.

Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments That Matter   -     By: Annie Downs

Looking for Lovely: Collecting the Moments That Matter

I love Annie Downs and her writing! She is so relatable and easygoing. Her storytelling completely enraptures you and gives you the inspiration you need at the same time. I can't say enough good things about this book!

When Breath Becomes Air

I was looking forward to reading this book. It was very - intellectual. I'm kinda glad I've watched Grey's Anatomy all these years so I could understand some of the medical terminology flying around. The writer is in his 30s and in his final years of his surgical residency when he gets diagnosed with an incurable lung cancer. He dies while writing this book (that's not a spoiler - it's on the back!), and his wife finishes it for him. It was good once, but I doubt I reread it.

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

This was a cute, fun, lighthearted read. If you're even remotely from the country you can relate. A young lady from Sweden travels to Iowa to meet her book-loving pen pal and falls in love with more than just books. If you're a lover of books, you'll love this book!

The Glitter Plan

I read this one for fun and encouragement on how to build my brand as a writer and speaker. I love me some Juicy Couture, so it was fun having the creators as mentors for me as well. I wouldn't recommend this to read if you aren't looking for business inspo, but if you are...absolutely!


Pretty Little Liars Book 11                       Pretty Little Liars Book 12

And last, but not least, I'm still working my way through the Pretty Little Liars series. I'm getting closer and closer to the end.

What have you been reading lately? Do you have any suggestions for me?


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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday - Pets Edition!

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Friends, I cannot tell you how excited I am about today's post! 

For some reason, Andrea at Momfessionals thought talking about our pets would be a great 

Show and Tell Tuesday post, and I couldn't agree more!


(Like y'all needed an excuse for me to talk more about Peanut, right?)

*For those of you joining us from the Link-Up, welcome! 

My bestest little friend, 

Peanut James Monroe

I would also like to share that for 14 years, this little girl held my heart. I grew up with her.

Meet Chandler Grace

If she could talk...

I miss her so much. There is nothing quite as devastating as the lost of a pet.


I adopted Peanut in December of 2013, and he was an answer to a prayer I didn't know I had prayed. God brought him into my life at the most perfect time. We have bonded so well. He's the perfect little friend. I have become that girl. The stereotypical blonde girl with the stereotypical blonde chihuahua. He doesn't ride in my purse, but he does travel with me quite often.

He sleeps right next to me on the bed, just like a little human. 

And he let's me dress him up! He's always been a big supporter of Alzheimer's awareness, hence his purple bow-tie. 

Here he is at the Alzheimer's Pet Walk.

On this occasion I put him in a "kissing booth" and let the kids from church get free kisses at the Halloween festival. He was a HUGE hit!

(And he got the best bath of his life that night!)

I bought him a doggie snuggie, and he didn't quite know what to do with himself. He sits on his behind like a human quite often.

He loves going to the bank's drive thru cause he knows he will get a treat! 
Side note - he gets quite upset when he doesn't get one at the pharmacy drive thru! (Hint, hint!)


He sits in Santa's lap every year - this time at Ace Hardware! 
(P is so photogenic!)

But not always. Sometimes, he flat out sticks his tongue out at the camera. How many of your dogs can do that, huh? Huh?!

One of the best/scariest photos of Peanut of all time! My brother took this the day I left him dog-sitting Peanut when I was on work trip. I wonder what was going through his head that day...!

Peanut is always ready for story time.

It's a hard process of getting him up and going, but a good tummy rub usually does the trick!

Like I said, the dog is photogenic. He literally posed for the camera this day. I mean really...
The first b/w photo was used for magnets that "Peanut" gave away as Christmas gifts last year as gag gifts. I kept one. I'm a chihuahua mommy after all!

Ok, so maybe he doesn't always pose for photos...

I made him a prisoner and put him in jail for a carnival for the nursing home. He was a BAD DOG.
(Well, I think I'm clever and witty, anyway...!)

He dressed up in fatigues for Veteran's Day.

I may not have a kid but that didn't stop me from dressing up on twin day!

He was a hit at the Tacky Christmas Sweater Party.

Posing with Santa again last year.

Did I mention he could play the keyboard?...

My little elf at Christmas.

He wore his Christmas flannel pjs on Christmas Eve to my dad's.

And he dressed up as "Santa Baby" for the nursing home residents. 


All in all, I think I have a pretty awesome little puppy!

I can't wait to check out some of yours as well.

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