Wednesday, September 17, 2014

gel lab review

 photo IMG_6555_zpsb9d2545d.jpg

So about two weeks ago I bought the gel lab from deborah lippmann, I was told it would last about two weeks, and that I could use any nail polish of my choice. I don't like to do a bad review on a product because I believe what doesn't work for me may work for you and vice versa. Below are how my nails looked after 4 days, which is still two days longer than using no gel lab. I'm at home so I am constantly doing dishes ... and by that I mean after every meal time, so maybe this is why I can't get anything to stay? I would give this 3 out of 5 stars because with the gel lab the polish did dry very fast, the application was easy, and it was easy to remove. I didn't try the gel lab with a deborah lippmann nail polish because I figured if it did last longer then 4 days it wouldn't really matter because I don't want to buy nail polish from only one brand for the gel lab to work. (although their colors sure are pretty!) However, I am curious to try out their other nail care products. If you do decide to try it out and it does work for you please let me know. Go check out more of their products here. Till then the hunt is still one for a polish that stay on for at least a week!

 photo IMG_6679_zps6641080c.jpg

 photo IMG_6680_zpsf695a8b1.jpg

 photo EllyBrown_zpsb9202f4c.png

If you are faithful in the little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won't be honest with greater responsibilities. - Luke 16:10

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A crazy beautiful mess

 photo overwhelmedschedule_zps5c6405a0.png

Motherhood is crazy, hectic, busy, tiring, over whelming, feeling like your not enough, and beautiful all at the same time. Just when you think you’ve got it down, something new happens and leave you feeling like you don’t have a clue to what your doing. Some days are great, kids are on their best behavior and you’ll actually start to wonder if they’re even your kids.

For the past two months or so I have been in a rough rut. It has been hard, overwhelming and exhausting and a lot of other things. Same thing everyday, the kids are screaming and crying and so am I. A few weeks go by and I feel like I have nothing left to give.

Being at home is a lot harder then what I would imagine it would be. You have little people continually wanting your attention and wanting their needs to be meet, all a while you haven’t even showered or brushed you teeth yet and its noon. To be honest most days I feel like a complete failure. And I all I want to do is either go back to bed, or just hide.

Don’t get me wrong I love my kids. I always wanted kids, and I still want more. (Crazy huh?) But the last few weeks, God has been speaking to me on motherhood and he’s reminded me of several things:

1. I am NOT a failure. He doesn’t create failures, and I am his masterpiece.
2. My job as a mother is important. That I am raising two boys to be leaders in Gods kingdom. That every diaper change, and every feed matters.
3. To slow down. Now this has been a big one, so much that he has spoken to me in more ways then one. I’m rushing too much and to busy to actually enjoy the moments with my family because I’m so wrapped up on the next thing that needs to be done. I need to learn to enjoy the mess and the noise. (Side note go check out this video when you have time, Lysa TerKeurst has a new book out and it’s pretty awesome.)
4. To rest in Christ. Another big one because, I don’t know how to rest at all.
5. That I am right where I need to be. That I was created for this, and that my family needs me.
6. I am enough and most importantly, that God is enough for me, and has equipped me with everything I need.

With all this being said I wanted to write this, and encourage a momma out there that is feeling exactly what I felt the last few months. Don’t let the enemy’s lies take root into your heart. You are not a failure, your job is important. Learn to slow down in the craziness of life with kids and appreciate the mess and noise. Remember to take care of yourself, and the most important one is to rest in Christ, take refuge in him, and allow him to comfort you.

 photo EllyBrown_zpsb9202f4c.png

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" - 1 Peter 5:7

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

August Favorites

 photo Untitled1_zps85dc6e7e.jpg

1. KARAMEL KRENE SELF TANNER. This stuff is great because it doesn't have that self tanning lotion smell. I apply it to my tanning mitt to get a flawless and even look.
2. CLARISONIC MIA 2. I know $150 is a lot to spend on a device to clean your face, but this is worth the investment.
3. ELF LIP EXFOLIATOR. If you wear a lot of lipstick, this sucker will be your best friend. Your lips will feel soft and smooth.
4. BANILA CO. CLEAN IT ZERO . This stuff is AHHHHHMAZING, I will never ever buy makeup remover again because this stuff just washes everything off. Even waterproof makeup.
5. THE SCULPTOR. I don't really like using powder makeup for countering, so this is perfect especially if your new at contouring like myself. 

 photo EllyBrown_zpsb9202f4c.png

Don't just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. -Romans 12:9-10

Monday, September 8, 2014

Altuzarra for Target

 photo Untitled_zpsa3c0c774.jpg

Mark your calendars, September 14th this amazing collection by Joseph Altuzarra will be available at Target and the best part everything is under $100. Yup you read that right. There are more pieces available for you to preview here. I can't wait! What's your favorite piece?

 photo EllyBrown_zpsb9202f4c.png

 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 
-Colossians 3:14

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

ILY Floweret sale

 photo Untitled_zps76fd5c9f.jpg

This beauty is on sale for $18 AND free shipping. That saves you $38. Check out more colors here.
Just use code FLOWER18.

 photo EllyBrown_zpsb9202f4c.png

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! -Galatians 5:22-23

Thursday, August 21, 2014

H&M for the family

So a few weeks back I did my top picks from H&M for women. Below are my top picks for the rest of the family. Their sale ends TONIGHT, so you must hurry.... like now!
Enter the sale codes at checkout.
 30% off purchase of 100+
25% off purchase 75+
20% off purchase 50+

Happy Shopping!!!

 photo hampmmens_zps47031da3.jpg canvas parka

 photo hmgirls_zps5138e9cb.jpg

 photo EllyBrown_zpsb9202f4c.png

Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. - Matthew 5:16

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Seven Basic Needs of A Husband

I stumbled across this very old piece of paper while going through a box of old keepsakes from Jordan's parents. Written on this piece paper was "Seven Basic Needs of A Husband". After reading them I couldn't help but think how each one was on point. I have mentioned it before how a women's role is so vital in her husband’s life, you can make or break him not only with your words but also with your actions. I googled it to see who had written this, and it was Cliff Palmer who was a Pastor at South Heights Baptist Church. I hope this challenges and inspires you like it did me. So here it is ..

1. A Husband needs a wife who respects him as a man. 
2. A husband needs a wife who accepts him as her leader and believes in his God-given responsibilities.
3. A husband needs a wife who will continue to develop inward and outward beauty.
4. A husband needs a wife who can lovingly appeal to him when he is going beyond his limitations and wisely respond to those who question his ideas, goals, or motives.
5. A husband needs quality time to be alone with himself and with the Lord.
6. A husband needs a wife who is grateful for all he has done and is doing for her.
7. A husband needs a wife who will be praised by other people for her character and her good works. 

 photo EllyBrown_zpsb9202f4c.png

Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. - Proverbs 31:11