4th of July Roundup

Around our house, 4th of July is kind of a big deal.  We live in a neighborhood that lines the streets with flags and sets out their chairs practically a month in advance for the annual 4th of July Parade.  My kids have actually been talking about it for months if that gives you any sort of idea the impression it left on them.  Anyway, I'm always on the lookout for adorable American paraphernalia, and this year has not disappointed!  Here my list of 2018 finds that have me pumped for a day of fun and American spirit!

1. Stars and stripes trucker hat by Roxy.  Because you know you ain't having a good hair day sweating your butt off at that parade!

2. Arbonne fizz sticks and/or complete hydration!  Exactly what you need to get you through a hot eventful day and guess what?  I'll even throw it into my vodka/water for a healthier version of poolside cocktails!

3. Target tanks!  I'm loving these Rose in the USA and Freedom Sparklers options. Casual and festive are always the way to go!

4. Ruffle chic sandals.  Perfect not only for the holiday, but for the rest of summer as well!

5. A red lip!  I have a few in stock available for quick ship! Message me to grab yours at some severely discounted prices.

So what have you seen that's getting you geared up for Independence Day?  Post your own finds in comments below!

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3 Things to Ask of God Every Morning

I’d say I started this journey a couple of years ago… the transition from selectively participating in church to actually developing a deep relationship with Christ.  I know I’m only scratching the surface, but I finally GET IT.  I understand that there are bigger powers out there just begging to be tapped into, and not just when you die and kick the bucket.  I used to think that life was a waiting game until you finally could escape this earth and get to know God, but that’s dead wrong (pun intended).  It’s in LIFE that he wants to know us and USE us, and that’s why I’ve started asking three very key things of God every morning… the things that open my heart and my mind to accept blessings and live life to the fullest.  And I promise you if you do the same, your life will transform too. 

1. Ask God to put the RIGHT people in your path today.  I can’t tell you how many times He’s come through for me on this one, the trick is to be open about the WHO and the WHEN and know that you’re expectations may be different from His.  I wish I'd learned this lesson way earlier in my man hunting days because it probably could have saved me a lot of heartache.  I used to have prayers like “Please God make this specific boy call me today” and they never worked.  I was forcing and begging for things that simply weren’t mine, instead of trusting God to place a perfect match in  my path.  Still, despite my incessant begging, He placed this funny and handsome man behind me in line at the gas station even though we had zero mutual friends and did not live anywhere near one another.  It was purposeful and at the exact right time and the man is now my amazing husband.  I truly believe it was God intervening that we even met, with several guardian angels to help (more on that another day).  

2. Ask God to show you WHO you can HELP today.  Sometimes we think that serving Christ means doing everything for everyone and never serving yourself, but that’s wrong again.  We aren’t meant to be all things to all people.  But we ARE meant to be placed in the path of others and used in the same way that we ask God to put people in our paths.  When I ask God to show me, I have a clear understanding when I see an opportunity to help someone. I hear a clear voice in my conscience telling me to reach out, to offer help, to even alter this persons life in some way.  It doesn’t happen all the time, and that’s ok.  But when it does, I can do so with the confidence that I’m working through Christ and serving Him even in just small ways. 

3. When in doubt, ask God to show you WHAT TO DO.  This is huge I know.  And as the queen of indecisiveness, I’ve felt anxiety over a LOT of decisions in my life.  Constantly weighing the pros and cons and letting self doubt consume me.  When I find myself getting to the point of confusion, I’ve stopped putting the pressure on myself to figure it out.  Instead I ask God to step in and show me where He wants me to turn, and he almost always does.  The signs may be subtle and could go unnoticed to most, but when you’re asking God for them, they feel like loud screams from the universe, and you can be confident without a doubt that you are doing the right thing.  If you’re experiencing anxiety in your life right now, give this a try.  If He doesn’t respond right away, keep going.  He’ll show you when it's time to make a turn.  

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