Book Giveaway – Gospel Centered Mom

February is that limbo between Winter and Spring. In Texas, the weather cannot make up its mind one day to the next. While we continue to fight off a cough and the dreary weather, I decided to make some Hot Cocoa on this lazy Sunday afternoon. Epicurious has the perfect recipe for a single cup of happiness.

 

 

 

I feel like I haven’t done much these last few days. Adjusting to a puppy feels a lot like having a 1 year old in the house (potty training x2)

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With the word “Intentional” being my mantra for 2018, I’ve made some amazing choices and progress in areas that I always used to “wish” about. One of the things I said I wanted to change was my Beauty Routine. Normally I would think it was too much of a task to return to natural and non-toxic products. This time I took it one step at a time and did what I could when I could. I am now about 95% of the way there! The key is to continue to go in the direction I started. One of the things I did was to purchase some mascara from Root Pretty. A friend of mine was one of their models in 2017 and I kept “wishing” I could buy such wonderful make up products. Then I  JUST DID IT. The prices compare to Sephora and I am way happier with my choice. I also received a sample that I am beyond excited to try. 28276113_10215144635630236_680301918_o

Being a Mom is exhausting and scary, even after all this time. What do kids REALLY need? Do I have what it takes? How do I handle this situation? I feel alone.

You are not alone. Brooke McGlothlin wrote an amazing book to help you through this season. “Gospel Centered Mom” The Freeing Truth about what Your Kids Really Need is a great addition to every mom’s libary. In this book she will help you embrace your moment-by moment need for Jesus, help you to release the stress of believing everythin is your reponsibility, learn to fight FOR rather than AGAINST your child, believe that the story God is writing with your life is worth the sacrifice, practice the daily disciplines that lead to Gospel-centered parenting.

At the end of each chapeter is a Hard Truth and a Beautiful Truth to help you focus what you have read and learned.

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I am currently doing a GIVEAWAY on my Instagram for this book!

 

 

 

 

 

Have a great week!

~Stacie

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Book Review – “A Poison Dark and Drowning”

I love reading business books and self-help books, but sometime I just need to escape to a world of fantasy and forget about responsibility for a minute (isn’t that why we all watch Grey’s Anatomy?) In “A Poison Dark and Drowning”, Jessica Cluess does an amazing job of bringing into the world of Henrietta Howel as she becomes the first female sorcerer in centuries and faces the challenges of magic, love and friendship. It is sure to keep you reading for more as page after page of adventure unfolds. So grab your favorite cup of tea and curl up on the couch with this jem. 8F061A29-1E75-4D09-80C7-F699ECDA0A05.png

Own It – The Power of Women at Work by: Sallie Krawcheck

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It isn’t easy being a woman in the working world. The children’s needs, laundry, monthly cycle, cooking, and relationships don’t just STOP and WAIT as we run our businesses and pursue our dreams. It can feel like a balancing act, with never enough hours in the day.

 

Sallie Krawcheck shows women how to play to their strengths and use the way the business world is evolving to their advantage. Technology and being able to work from home is enabling more and more women to be able to perform jobs at a capacity that they may not have been able to before. Networking and emphasis on gaining gender equality are also things that our mothers and grandmothers didn’t have in the professional work environment, and we can now bank on. Today, more than ever, women are taking control of their finances and their future. That is a good thing! For themselves and their children.

There is one chapter, “The Flexibility Without Shame Conversation”, that hit home for me. I cannot tell you how many times I felt guilty that I had something else in my life to do besides work on a weekday (or weekend). In the last few months I have learned that I can be a mom, a boss, and a wife at my own pace. If I am 100% when I am in each role, then I can do all of them well. Blending and balancing every aspect and taking the day as it comes.

 

 

 

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review**

Book Review – Instant Happy Journal

We all get busy, stressed, focused. Sometimes it can suck the life, energy, and happiness out of us. We don’t necessarily mean for it to, it just happens. Studies have shown that a positive attitude can improve performance and overall quality of life. So with all the stressors in life, I am excited to be doing the “Instant Happy Journal” by Karen  Salmansohen. 12106819_10207512750597880_6851931739064209330_n

Each page has a prompt, whether is be to reflect on the day, begin the day with a good intention or just a quote to get your brain on the right tract. 12109109_10207512751277897_1737405093135460480_n

I already see the improvement in my outlook of life. I realize that I need to give more positive feedback at work, instead of only commenting when they need correction. I am learning to see the good in my personal life as well, and appreciate it.
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For the next 365 days I look forward to becoming more grateful, aware, and happy! Join me on my journey of #365Happy on Instagram and Facebook.

 

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**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**

Book Review – Trim Healthy Mama Plan

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am to be reviewing this book! “Trim Healthy Mama Plan” by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison is the easy-does-it approach to vibrant health and a slim waist line. Their motto, “Keep it simple, keep it sane”. Diets don’t work for me. Exercise plans and groups haven’t worked for me, but this Plan blows all that away and makes room for success!

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My friend Sarah has read and tired their previous book, “Trim Healthy Mama” and loves it! She said, “I’ve already lost 5 lbs… It’s really not that hard once you get going [and] it’s easy to do on a budget.”

Sarah is no a mother, but the great thing about this Plan is that it is for Women of all ages and stages of life.

If you have read their previous book, you will notice this one is much more concise and not so bulky.

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FOOD FREEDOM! They guarantee 0 pounds lost in the first month. Why? Because if you focus on food freedom instead of pounds, you will be so much more successful and less likely to loose your joy and become discouraged. It is also designed to be unique to YOU, that is why it WORKS! If you’re looking for a list of rules and lists, this isn’t for you. BUT, if you are like me and looking for real information on how to properly fuel your body for its specific needs to become healthier in a realistic way…read on!

First Chapter: Getting to Know You. They take the time to help you see where you are in the world of food and eating.

Second Chapter: The Basics. They break down “how this thing works”, and help you decide if you want to 1.) loose weight, or 2.) maintain your healthy weight, They explain the two primary fuel sources: Fat and Glucose, and how your body uses them.

Chapters 3-6: Explain how to build meals based on what your body needs. Satisfaction, energy, fuel pulls, etc.

Part Two of the book puts the plan into action and tackles snacking, drinks, sweets, fast food, and incorporating this into a family setting. It also dives into affordable superfoods, eating well on a budget.

Part Three is my favorite. Here is where they break it down for different “types” of mamas. I fall into a few of the categories (working, nursing, fast food Mama). It gives you a 7 day idea menu to get you jump started into the Plan as well as some great snack ideas. Recipe suggestions are from the new “Healthy Mama Cook Book” (which my MIL has!!!)

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Part Four ends the book on a great note, talking about exercise, attitude, hormones,skin care and balance.

If you are ready for a Plan that fits you, is affordable on a budget, family friendly, and explains the science behind why it works… Trim Healthy Mama Plan is for you!

www.trimhealthymama.com

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**

Book Review – “Thresholds” by Sherre Hirsch

I read a quote the other day that I felt was very appropriate to where I am at in my Career right now.

“We operate in one of three zones – our comfort zone, our panic zone, or our stretch zone. We tend to hang out in our comfort zone and try desperately to avoid our panic zone. But what about our stretch zone? It’s where we push ourselves to move beyond what’s comfortable for us, but not so far that we end up feeling panicky. It’s where we try new ideas and activities and test our boundaries. As we operate in the stretch zone, we actually begin to increase our comfort zone.”

11952021_10207238313057113_8494868586241541288_nLater after a conversation with my Husband about the 3 “zones”, I picked up Rabbi Sherre Hirsch’s book, “Thresholds”. In it she talks about the hallways of life, where we cross over thresholds into new “rooms”. Those transitional moments. Where we grow, change, and move across those “zones”. In order to thrive through life’s transitions, you must face your fears. Fear is such a motivating factor in life, that it cannot be ignored. Throughout the book Sherre talks about the journey of getting to that place of a thriving life, opening up your vision to see more possibility, and how we must always move forward.

The year I graduated, during the ceremony they had a huge door frame prop on the stage. After receiving their certificate, each graduate walked through the door, over the threshold, into their new adventure. That is the way we must learn to see thresholds. Not as scary changes, but as doorways to new and exciting things.

No matter where you are in life, you will come to thresholds. You will be subjected to changes. You will benefit from her wisdom within these pages.

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**

Book Review – Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach

I think this is one of those books that could not have come out at a better time. I know it will most likely get misconstrued in one way or another. I also assume that it will hit like a wave and become the latest Christian Book Store fad for a few months. After all of that, I also know that it will plant a message in the hearts and minds of those who read it. The message that “all people are messy”.

Caleb speaks from the experience of growing up in the LGBT community. As he shares his personal stories you will see how as a pastor with gay parents, he learned to love others without sacrificing conviction.

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“being unloving to gay people in your life is a sin”

This book goes even deeper than just the LGBT community. It is how we should love and see EVERYONE.

People have depth. Homosexuality is about far more than sex. People are more complex than that. Get to know them for who they are and where they are.

Later in the book Caleb talks about how the church should be somewhere we can discuss the “messy” things. Finances, marriage issues, porn, gossip, homosexuality, greed, etc. Messy should be normal, not something we are afraid of and unprepared to deal with.

Jack Graham say, “Messy Grace is pure truth spoken in love and will help you relate to every person in a way that pleases God.” and honestly I couldn’t agree more!

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Messy Grace by Caleb Kaltenbach is available for purchase October 20, 2015.

You can pre-order it at messygracebook.com

**I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my review**