Enduring All Things: January 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Liebster 2.0

I am so blessed and honored to have been nominated for the Liebster award again. Not only have I been nominated again, I have been nominated twice in the last month! That's pretty crazy and I am beyond honored that bloggers want to praise me and want others to get to know me! Thank you so much to Jessy from The Artsy Cajun and Donna from Grace & Galoshes both of these ladies are wonderful bloggers and have become great friends and supporters of my blog! Please go check out their blogs. Also, you can read my post from my last Liebster nomination HERE. And just a fair warning, I may get a little long winded with these questions.

First, a little about the Liebster Award:
The word liebster is German for sweetheart or dearest. The award is given to up and coming bloggers with less than 200 followers who show potential. It is not given by judges or anything like that, but rather it is given by blogger peers based on your blogging personality.

So here is what I get to do now that I have been nominated:
  • Thank your nominator! Include a link back to their blog with your appreciation
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator
  • Post 11 facts about yourself
  • Nominate 5-11 other up-and-coming blogs with less than 200 followers for the award--no tag backs!
  • Come up with your own set of 11 questions for your nominees to answer
  • Let your nominees know you nominated them so they can pass it on
Donna's questions:
  1. Where is your favourite place to eat out? This is a tough one. I just love food so much. I really like all the new places we found since moving here {Piada, Skyline Chili, and Donatos} but I think my favorite is still Panda Express.
  2. What is your favourite social media site? Twitter. I love interacting quickly with blogger friends. I wrote a post about how much I love Twitter HERE
  3. If you could shrink any animal down to pocked sized and keep it as a pet what would you choose? zebra! I have always thought zebras were really cool. I love that they are striped because most animals have lots of variations on coat color and stuff but all zebras are black and white striped.
  4. Who is your favourite TV character? That's another tough one... If I had to pick my all time favorite show, it would probably be Full House so who is my favorite character... well that depends on the season. Ugh this is so hard. lol Ok I'm gonna go with "I don't have one"
  5. What is your favourite name? I used to really like the name Elizabeth but I really haven't given much thought to it in a while. If we have a little girl one day I want to name her Carson because it is sorta a combination of both of our names. Charlene + Pearson = Charson -> Carson. And I like it better for a girl then a boy.
  6. Would you rather never brush your teeth again or never shower? Gross! Neither. If I never showered, could I sponge bathe maybe? I can't stand to go too long without brushing my teeth. It is always the very first thing I do when I get up. So I guess I would rather never shower but that is really gross too!
  7. How would you spend $5,000 right this second? I would buy the Samsung Chromebook I've been eyeing... Then I would probably pay the rest to my student loans to help get them paid off faster.
  8. What do you order when you go out for coffee? Usually a seasonal drink. Pumpkin Spice Latte, Gingerbread Latte etc. But other than that, I like anything caramel.
  9. Do you believe in love at first sight? No. Love is a choice to do everything in your power to make the other person happy even when it is not easy. There is no way someone can make that choice after seeing someone for the first time. I believe people may think they are in love at first sight, but it is not the same thing.
  10. Would you rather own an expensive piece of jewelry or an expensive piece of art? I actually think I would go with the art on this one. I love jewelry but it goes out of style so fast that I don't like spending too much on it. Also, I am less likely to lose or break a piece of art!
  11. How do you relax after a long day? Sometimes I indulge in a bubble bath and a good book, but usually I sit on the couch with my laptop and blog or read while my husband does homework.
Jessy's questions:
  1. What is your driving force in blogging? The community. I love all the friends I have made through this blog and all the support I get from them.
  2. Dogs or cats? Dogs! Hands down!
  3. What is your favorite, go-to bible verse? Isaiah 41:10 "fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
  4. How has blogging changed your life? Again, it's all about the community. I have met so many wonderful women and leaned so much from their life experiences. It's a weird concept for non-bloggers, but I feel like I have known some of these girls all my life.
  5. What is your favorite down-time activity? Reading. Especially fantasy novels.
  6. When you think back, what is your favorite childhood memory? I think that would be going to Disney World with my extended family. We had a lot of fun exploring the parks with the cousins!
  7. How do you balance work, blog, and family? It's hard. I try to only blog when my husband is either at work/school or is doing his own homework. I try to get a lot of blogging done on Saturdays when the hubby has to work and schedule posts for the rest of the week but that is easier said than done!
  8. Favorite song at the moment? "Let it Go" from Frozen
  9. Describe your perfect day? It would definitely involve cuddling, reading, and coffee. Oh and musical movies.
  10. Where would you like to travel next? Really anywhere in Europe! I have never been across the pond and have always dreamed of going. More specifically (but still not very specific), I want to explore Germany, Spain, and Italy.
  11. What is your best piece of advise for new bloggers? Network! Use social media to connect with other bloggers. Get your name out there and make friends by being yourself.
11 facts about me:
I think I am going to cheat and skip this one because earlier this month on my birthday I shared 24 random facts about me. I don't want to repeat some of those so if you want to read that post click HERE.

My nominations:
  1. Heather @ A Beautiful Ministry
  2. Danielle @ Simply, Faithful
  3. Amanda @ Notes from a Newlywed
  4. Rachel @ My Wholesome Home
  5. Ashley @ From A to Z
  6. Samantha @ Happily Whatever After
My Questions:
  1. If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why?
  2. If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?
  3. What songs would be included in the sound track to your life?
  4. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?
  5. What physical quality do you look for most in a guy?
  6. How are you doing on your New Year's resolutions?
  7. Why did you start blogging?
  8. Who do you look up to the most in your life?
  9. If you could have any super power, what would you want to be able to do?
  10. What is your go-to favorite meal to cook and eat?
  11. Describe your perfect Saturday.
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

What If I Time Traveled Here From 2006?

Sometimes I like to imagine myself as my high school self who just time traveled to this moment in my life. Would I be surprised to see myself married and starting my third year of a real job at a real company with a real salary? What would I think of my blog? What would I think of my dog? Would I be impressed with how my life turned out? I even wonder what I would think of what I'm wearing and how I decorate my apartment.

I cried on my 16th birthday because I didn't want to grow up. I wanted to go backwards a year and celebrate my 14th birthday again. I was scared of growing up and having so many responsibilities. I didn't want to drive. I didn't want to move out in a few years. I didn't want to have to make my own decisions and spend my own money.

While my attitude toward growing up changed rather quickly after that (because I started dating Pearson-but I'm getting ahead of myself), I think that high school self would be very intimidated yet impressed if she saw me working a salaried job, putting my husband through grad school, taking care of a fur child and living 500 miles away from my parents.
A month after that little episode on my birthday, I discovered that I had a crush on a boy. I really liked this boy and I was stoked to find out for sure that he liked me back. BUT this was simply a high school crush with the hopes of turning into a relationship. I never would have thought I'd marry that boy one day.

A few months, lots of phone conversations, and one movie theater date later, that boy and I were officially dating. Again, I never would have thought I would marry that boy one day. We were simply teenagers in a relationship that would probably last only a few months. 

Two years later, that boy and I went to college together. I had wanted to go to Harding University since I was born. And I hoped to find my life partner at Harding {yes, it's a marriage factory- number 16 and 2 on these lists}, but I didn't know I would start there as a Freshman already attached to that life partner.

Growing up, I always thought I would get married one day, and in high school I hoped it would be to the boy I was dating at the time, but I certainly did not think for a million years that I we would end up in Ohio after we got married. I am the first member of my family for as far back as anyone can remember to live above the Mason-Dixon line. I'm telling you, this girl has some SOUTHERN blood running through her veins. Ohio was one of the LAST places I pictured myself living after college.

All in all, I think my high school self would be impressed with my life right now. It hasn't turned out exactly as I imagined, but I wouldn't change a single thing!
Girl Between the Lines Link up
How did you picture this part of your life when you were younger? Go link up with Hayley and Lauren!
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Reasons Why I Love... Working From Home

So it's kinda ironic that I am posting this today because this week I am not working from home. If you don't know, after I graduated from college, I moved back in with my parents and started working for a fantastic company in Georgia while I (patiently) waited for Pearson to graduate and (even more patiently) waited to know where he was going to go to grad school. When we finally decided that Pearson would attend The Ohio State University to study for his PhD and that we would be moving to Columbus after we got married, my wonderful manager told me he wanted to keep me. He talked to the higher-ups (the president and VPs of the company) and made it work. So now I work remote from my home in Ohio every day... except that they fly me to Atlanta every couple months to work for a week in the office so that I can have actual human interactions with my coworkers. That week happens to be this week.
Anywho, lets get on to the reasons I love working from home!
  1. I get up at about 7:59 to be at work at 8
  2. I can work most of the time in my pajamas.
  3. Most days I don't put makeup on, but when I do it isn't until the late afternoon or evening
  4. If I have a video conference for work, I'll put on a nice shirt, but sweatpants stay on.
  5. Sometimes I will have the dishwasher and/or the dryer going while I am at work.
  6. I don't have to get out in freezing Ohio weather if I don't want to.
  7. I still get to work for M3 Hotel Accounting Services (a fantastic company) even though I live in Ohio.
  8. I didn't have to look for a new job in Columbus when we moved.
  9. I have the satisfaction and self-confidence that comes from the fact that my manager valued my work enough to go through the trouble to accommodate my working remote every day.
  10. I can clean and do other chores on my lunch break.
I know I am very lucky to have this sweet deal. Don't think for a minute that a day goes by that I don't thank the Father for how blessed I am and for taking care of us financially through this job.
For anyone else who gets to work make money from their home, what would you add to my list?
Thanks for reading!

Also, here are some great tips for how to make remote working work for you!
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Monday, January 27, 2014

#TheKidsNeedToKnow

I saw this amazing video the on Friday and I wanted to share my thoughts.
Isn't Kid President great? He and his crew are using their talents to spread love through the internet. If you don't know Kid President {if any of you still exist}, CLICK HERE to watch some more of his videos. Especially his PEP TALK video which went viral last year.

At the end of the above video {if any of you didn't take the time to watch it}, Kid President asks us to share some things that the kids need to know. Everybody has someone younger than them watching and learning from their actions. We need to be careful in what we do and say. Here's what I think.

Kids need to know...
  1. This world is a big place, but don't be overwhelmed. Like Kid President said, you aren't alone. We are all trying to make it through together.
  2. If it feels like you have nobody on your side, it's because we want you to learn from your mistakes. If you rely on us to carry through life, you will never be your own person.
  3. Everybody makes mistakes. Don't beat yourself up about it. Take the situation as an opportunity to learn and be better next time.
  4. Justin Timberlake {or any celebrity} is a person just like you. You are worth just as much as he is. You put your pants on the same way as everyone else every morning, so don't compare yourself to anyone else's success.
  5. You can make a difference in this world. All you gotta do is love. Even when someone doesn't deserve it, "treat them like it's their birthday" just like Kid President said.
  6. Other people will bully you. It's life. But don't return the favor. "Kill them with kindness" instead.
  7. Help other's when they need it. Wouldn't you want them to do that for you? You are not too busy.
  8. Tell your loved ones that you love them. It's not always natural to say, but make it a habit early.
  9. Don't worry about what other people think about you. Are you happy? Are you doing what you can to love other's like Christ did? That's all that matters.
  10. And lastly, you are awesome!
What do you thing #thekidsshouldknow? Tweet it! Instagram it! Get it out there. Or better yet, tell the kids that look up to you. Tell them in person.
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Friday, January 24, 2014

I Have a Pretty Great Life

This week started off not so fun but it ended pretty great. I fought a cold all weekend. Then, when I got better, we entered Polar Vortex 2.0. But I still have a pretty good life, you know? A wonderful husband, a great home and tons of friends and family that love me. I don't have much to complain about. Anyway, enough of my rambling. Lets get to this week's re-cap count down!

5 things I've loved this week

  1. My Broadway playlist on Spotify
  2. Simply Orange juice. Since I was sick this week, I got some orange juice to boost my vitamin D and this stuff is delicious! I pretty much drank it all before I could take a picture.
  3. My owl toboggan. A friend gave it to me a few years ago, but I rediscovered it this week.
  4. My other new UGA T-Shirt that I got with the rest of my birthday Amazon gift card. (see the first one from last week here)
  5. The 2 hour season finale of Sleepy Hollow on Monday! That was intense and may have made up for the rest of the mediocre season!

4 blog posts/articles I've loved this week

  1. Pinterest is the New Black {via Venus Trapped in Mars} Sarah shares some tips about making your blog Pin-friendly
  2. Zero is NOT a Size {via Simply Clarke} Marquis talks about how we are all different and we should find our identity in Christ, not clothing size.
  3. If You Only Read One Thing Today, Read This {via funclypickens.com} If you read this one, be sure to have tissues nearby.
  4. An Honest Look at Life after Baby {via Wifessionals} I admire Kaitlyn's honesty and ability to warn me of all the changes yet make me want to have a baby one day anyway.

3 confessions

  1. I am really behind in my Bible reading and it's only January
  2. I failed at eating well and working out this week
  3. I've had some interesting dreams this week that include celebrities {both real celebrities and blogger celebrities}

2 posts I wrote this week

  1. How to Argue in Marriage {Monday}
  2. The Book That Has My Heart {Thursday}

1 reason to celebrate

  1. I got some free jewelry for hosting a Premier Jewelry party on Friday! {I'll post what I picked out when I get them in the mail}
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Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Book That Has My Heart {TGBTL #7}

We all have certain possessions that mean a little more to us than what the item actually is. Do you know what I mean? We have items that symbolize something spectacular like our wedding rings. Or we have items that aren't worth any money but they are invaluable to us because of who they're from. Kinda like all the letters I have kept from Pearson over the years.

Today I want to talk about a tangible item that has a lot of intangible value in my eyes. My bridesmaids gave me and Pearson a Bible the night before we got married. It was out first family Bible. They had it engraved with "Mr. & Mrs. Maugeri" which means a lot to me to begin with. This was my first possession with my new name on it!
But more importantly, all of my bridesmaids underlined their favorite verse in the Bible. This means so much to me because all of the girls in my wedding are wonderful God-fearing women. They all have their own stories of faith and they all have passages that speak to them in different ways. They shared that with me.
These girls all live far away from me. Lets see, I had seven bridesmaids and three junior bridesmaids. All three juniors and two bridesmaids live in Georgia. Three bridesmaids live in Arkansas, one lives in Tennessee, and one in Alabama. I miss them all like crazy every day! But when I pick up that Bible, I can flip through the pages and find a verse that one of these wonderful ladies underlined and I feel that much closer to her. Sometimes I find a verse, think of that girl and say a little prayer for her. Other times I may be struggling with something and I'll turn to a passage in this Bible that I need to read and I'll see one of my best friends' name. It's pretty cool because when I need to trust God with what's going on in my life, I turn to Proverbs 3:5-6 and I see my best friend's name, it is cool to know that she finds comfort in those verses as well.
After we got back from our honeymoon, Pearson and I brought this Bible to church and had some of our other friends underline their favorite verses in it. We were moving away in a couple weeks and we wanted to remember these friends through this Bible as well.
Now the Bible sits on our coffee table. It is a centerpiece of the room where we spend most of our time. In the evenings sometimes we will pick it up and read from it. Or we will flip through it and remember our friends. I love this Bible and I am so thankful to my maid of honor for this wonderful idea and to my bridesmaids for making it happen!
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What is something tangible that you own that has intangible value? Go link up with Hayley and Lauren!
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Reasons Why I Love... Columbus

I'm gonna be honest with you guys. When Pearson got into The Ohio State University for grad school and then decided to go there for sure, I wasn't too crazy about the idea of living in Columbus. His last two options were Florida State and Ohio State. While I am not a huge fan of the state of Florida, the idea of living in the Great White North was even less appealing. There were many many factors that went into our decision, but alas, we ended up in Columbus. And I am so glad we did!
I love Columbus because...
  1. The size of the city is perfect. Not too big or small.
  2. The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!)
  3. Lynd's Fruit Farm
  4. The Ohio Theater (Where we saw Wicked)
  5. We attend a wonderful church with great people
  6. Piada Italian Street Food
  7. Red, White, and Boom
  8. There are lots of community theaters. We have seen several productions of Shakespeare in the Park and Worthington Community Theater
  9. They know how to clear the roads of snow, unlike they did in Georgia and Arkansas.
  10. Skyline Chili
  11. Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (Only the best zoo in the US) and Zoombezi Bay.
  12. They play country music all the time here. Even though it is not the South! (this is something I was worried about before coming here)
  13. Jeni's Splendid Ice cream
  14. Fall is BEAUTIFUL here.
  15. Easton Town Center (especially at Christmas)
  16. Donatos
  17. COSI (Center of Science and Industry- We haven't been there but we keep wanting to)
  18. German Villiage is a cute little neighborhood where not many of the buildings have changed since Germans settled there many years ago. (We love Schmidts, Schiller Park, and The Book Loft)
  19. Half Price Books
  20. South Drive-In
What do you love about your city? Or, if you live in Columbus, what should I add to my list?
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Monday, January 20, 2014

When You Start Threatening Your Husband {How to argue in marriage}

Fighting is inevitable in marriage. In fact, if anyone were to tell me that that they don't ever fight with their spouse, I would either a) not believe them at all or b) be very concerned for their marriage. Fighting in marriage is good and healthy if done the right way. And yes there is a right and wrong way to fight. For instance, you shouldn't threaten your husband to get him to do what you want because he can most likely come back with a bigger threat, like one time when we were in Target and Pearson left me. I had no idea where he was so...
Ok we weren't really serious about this, but you get the idea. Fighting in marriage is not about "winning" or having the better argument, threat, or ideas. It's about letting the other person know what upsets you and working through it together. Lets look at some tips for how to fight clean and healthy.

  1. Don't bring up past arguments. Pearson and I attended a weekend marriage seminar at Harding when we were engaged and this was one of the big points. The couple presenting this point said that after they have a fight, they flush the argument down the toilet. Literally. They write the problem down on a piece of paper throw it in the toilet and flush. This somewhat ridiculous gesture helps them remember that the issue is over and will not affect future conflicts. You see, when you unnecessarily bring up old arguments, it only fuels the fire and doesn't help anything. Everybody makes mistakes, but we learn from them and move on.
  2. Stay in control. Controlling a temper is a real problem for a lot of people. Sometimes we need to take a step back and look at the big picture before we blow up about a little issue and regret it later.
  3. On that note, go to bed angry if you must. I lot of people say to never go to bed angry, but sometimes you need to sleep on it and you'll be more rational in the morning.
  4. However, do talk about it eventually. Don't just let it go and never talk about it because the issue will come back and probably worse next time. Your spouse is not a mind reader. Talk about what is bothering you after you've had time to calm down and think about what the real issue is.
  5. Listen and try to see his or her perspective. Sometimes anger clouds our judgement and we can't see any other sides to the argument. If you can stop and put yourself in the other's shoes, you just might realize you are not right on this one. 
  6. And sometimes, there is not really a "right" and straight forward answer., so be willing to compromise. Maybe the best solution is some sort of combination of your two ideas that makes you both happy.
  7. And the most important thing is to go to God about it. If I am angry over something Pearson said or did, I try to stop and pray before I say anything. I ask God for the guidance to know what to say and how to express my feelings without crushing my husband and causing an unnecessarily huge controversy.
How do you handle arguing in your marriage? Do you have any more tips to add?
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Saturday, January 18, 2014

You're Beautiful {Guest Post}

I'm excited today to show off another one of my wonderful sponsors to you readers! Heather is a young mom and wife who tries her best to follow Jesus. I just love reading her blog and I know she has a treat for us today! Take it away, Heather!
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Women with curves and tats

Happy Thursday  lovelies, Firstly I want to thank Charlene so so much for inviting me to her blog.. Isn't she amazing??

 Today I want to talk with you about something that has burdened my heart.
When you ladies get up in the morning and  look in the  mirror do you ever feel instant insecurity about your appearance?
Or when you look at the cover of a magazine about the sexiest women alive or something like that? Do you feel not as pretty?
Do you know where those lies are coming from? The enemy. The king of lies.
You see, those are lies I heard so much during my teenage years. So much that I started to believe them and claimed them as my own. 
I thought I was ugly, I thought I was fat and I thought I was stupid..
All this because of a little lie.... A little lie that I let have a bigger impact on my teenage life  then it should have.
I'm honestly not sure if I actually had a minor eating disorder or not.. But regardless, the mindset I had wasn't healthy.  There were days where I skipped meals, went a day without eating and took weight loss pills.. Healthy right?? Nope.. 
I was such a people pleaser and so focused on fitting into smaller jeans I was desperate..

I actually still have to remind myself to eat to this day. Not for the sake of loosing weight but I'm just not a huge eater.. One thing I have learned though about focusing too much on outer appearances though is that whether you are overweight, curvy or on the thin side people will always have a negative side. Kinda just like pregnancy.

"You're too skinny to be 30 weeks pregnant"    "Are you eating enough"  "You need to like go home and eat now!"

When I was in my early stages of pregnancy I was really sick. I couldn't hold nothing down as much as I tried. Not even water. And ended loosing 20 pounds from the whole experience. And because of my long torso it made me look even skinnier.. Though people may have meant for those comments to be considered as compliments it was hard for me not to take them as a slap in the face.. Especially when this one lady asked me if I was eating enough. I was so upset about that due to my earlier years..

Continuing in my pregnancy it was very rare when I got a "You look great!"  (Which is a comment I'd prefer. and it makes the comment a lot less awkward!

After I gave birth to my darling baby girl.. I was able to get back into my pre pregnancy clothes within a few weeks and then they ended up being too big for me. I guess with the weight I already lost from morning sickness and the weight loss from constant nursing made me underweight. Leaving me a little insecure once again.. And the comments I received seriously made me feel worse..

"You're so skinny."  Where did your butt go?"  "Man, I'm so jealous"? "You don't even look like you had a baby!" "Girl, you lost your curves, you looked so much better with curves."

How do you respond to those kinda comments? To me it makes the conversation totally awkward. "Thanks?"   I feel like if I were to say thanks it would  make me sound vain or if I were to say nothing at all I feel like I'd be rude..


I'm telling you these things not because I'm complaining about my physical body. Because I finally love my physical body. Do you know why? Because it's no longer my focus.

I have realized  that body type is such an obsession these days where being skinny is dangerously desired  and to some who aren't skinny either don't think their pretty or they believe their prettier than thinner women..

I read this quote the other day that I didn't take fancy of at all..

 "Real women aren't a size 4 ladies, Real women have curves".
I know and understand that this quote is meant for the media's models and all but seriously? Do we have to go as far as calling them fake women? The only thing fake about them is their body on the magazine what was Photoshopped...  And you know some girl's can't help the fact that they are size 0's 4's 6's 24's  Some women can't help their size due to circumstances or it's just the way they were created. Beautifully.  
Darlings.. Whether you are overweight, underweight, curvy or thin.  I just want to tell you that you are beautiful. Maybe the media would disagree because of the zit on your face or the stretch marks, or the freckles but you know what. Who cares what they think?  My question to you is "Who are they to tell you that you are ugly when God has already spoken that you are beautiful? After all,  He created you perfectly and completed you with His Son Jesus who defines your beauty.
So sisters, let today be the last day that we agree with the lie that was told.. The lie that told us we are not worthy, that we are ugly, that we are fat, that we are skinny. But instead let us believe the truth that will set us free. We are beautiful! Not because of who we are but who Our Beloved Jesus is in us..
Lets stop with these worldly desires to lose or gain weight just to fit in with the media's  Photoshopped beauty. And desire only to be healthy. The way it's meant to be!
And please... Can we stop identifying and labeling people as skinny or curvy.. A "You're beautiful" would be perfect and even more perfect is "Your heart is beautiful!" 

                                   Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
                           But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.

                                                     -Proverbs 31:30

                                             Love you, beauties!! XOXO  -Heather

 
Heather Leigh blogs over at  A Beautiful Ministry where she  writes about her need and love for Jesus and journeys as a young Wife and stay at home Mama.
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Friday, January 17, 2014

It's been a great week and will be an even better weekend!

Happy Friday everyone! We made it! So, I kinda got the idea for this post from Lisa @ Two Martinis and Elizabeth @ Life in Cadence, but I didn't copy exactly. I made it my own and it was actually pretty fun to write. I might start doing it every Friday. Or most Fridays. But don't quote me on that. Anyway, here's how my week has gone....

5 things I'm loving this week

  1. Downton Abbey! I have been waiting patiently for a very long time for season 4 and it is finally airing in the US!
  2. Special K cereal. It's been my breakfast all week.
  3. Folgers Gourmet Vanilla Biscotti coffee. It is so good. (which is sorta a problem for my "resolution" to eat healthier)
  4. Awards Show Season. I love awards shows. I love keeping up with the nominees and winners. I love the red carpet fashion and the awkward acceptance speeches. It's great!
  5. The new UGA t-shirt I purchased with (part of) the Amazon gift card that the in-laws gave me for my birthday. It has a cute vintage look and it is so soft!

4 blog posts/articles I loved this week

  1. How do you handle being a wife when your husband disappoints you? (Quiet Magazine) My bloggy friend, Rachel wrote this article and I think it hits the nail on the head about loving your husband even when he's not lovable. It is a great reminder that marriage isn't always fun and perfect and she gives some helpful tips for how to handle that.
  2. Operation Beautiful (Whispering Sweet Nothings) Every week, Shane will share some bloggers' take on the simple things that make them beautiful. I love the idea and have signed up to be one of those featured bloggers!
  3. Loving When it Matters Most (Life According to Kenz) A beautiful post about loving unconditionally as Christ did and still does.
  4. I'm quite sure this is NOT a gluten allergy (Two Martinis) I had to include a funny one. Lisa rants about how there is no way women can go a whole pregnancy without knowing they are pregnant! P.S. Yay, Lisa's pregnant!

3 things I'm looking forward to

  1. I'm hosting a Premier Designs Jewelry party tonight!
  2. My book club is meeting tomorrow to discuss the entire Divergent series! I can't wait!
  3. We have our monthly Sing Night tomorrow night. The college and young adults group from church all go over to someone's house and sing praises all night. It's always a fun and uplifting time!

2 posts I wrote this week

  1. 24 Years. Adult or Child? (Monday)
  2. Who Cares What Other People Think (Thursday)

1 thing I'm proud of

  1. I have eaten really well and exercised in some way every day this week.
So how was your week?
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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Who Cares What Other People Think? {TGBTL}

Once upon a time, I was a middle school geek. I was not a popular kid by any standard in any time of my life, but middle school was the worst. I was in smart classes. I had braces, freckles, big ears, and glasses {which I promptly switched out for contacts asap}. My mom still practically picked out my clothes and I was just an all around awkward person. I was shy and I worried so much about having friends that I didn't make many. I was not happy with my day-to-day life. I hated going to school just hoping I could find someone to sit with at lunch who was possibly just as awkward as me. I constantly wondered why I didn't have a boyfriend or why none of the popular girls wanted to talk to me. 
On a field trip to the zoo in 7th grade.
Now most of these things haven't changed... I still have freckles, big ears, and glasses contacts. I am still awkward and shy. And my mom still buys me clothes she thinks are cool {but I'm not complaining about this one}. What has changed is my attitude about the whole thing. I used to constantly worry about what my peers thought of my looks, the way I dressed, and the things I said or did. I would oftentimes pretend to like or do something just because everyone else did it. {Shocking, right?} 
Me and my wonderful brother
It wasn't until I went to college that I really started to grow out of my anxieties about fitting in with the cool crowd {or any crowd, for that matter}. A lot of factors went into this change. I was more mature. Everyone around me was more mature. I had friends and a boyfriend who boosted my confidence. I was studying something I liked and I wasn't the only "nerd" around. I found my place in a social club and a working as an RA. But when I think about my change in attitude, my mind always goes back to words I heard countless times from both of my parents growing up; You shouldn't worry about what other people think of you.

Just stop and think about that for a minute. I'm sure most of you have heard that sentence or some variation of it, but I want you to contemplate it with me. First of all, why would you care what other people think in the first place? I mean I get why one would want to have friends and not be lonely, therefore we think a lot about how people will accept us. But worrying about is just ridiculous. If you can't be your worry-free self around friends, then they shouldn't be your "friends". Secondly, the only person we should be trying to impress is God. We should be thinking less about what our friends think of our clothes and more about whether our outfit honors God. Is everyone going to that party on Friday? Sure! Would your cool points go up a little if you go? Probably. But will they be doing wholesome things at this party that line up with the life you are trying to lead while following Christ? Most likely not, and that's what really matters. And if your "friends" don't respect your decisions, you don't need them! So just stop worrying and find new friends. Simple as that, right?

Except it's not simple. It's hard to do things to honor yourself and God without other people's thoughts and opinions in mind, especially for a middle schooler among bullies. It took years of my parents telling and showing me this concept before I finally got to a place where I can say I really don't care what other people think about me. Actually, scratch that. I'm not there yet. But I am a lot closer than I was in middle school. Really, I don't know if I will ever be there, but I am getting closer and closer every day. I have many people in my life to thank for this but my parents are first on the list.

Mom and Dad, I was listening. I was listening to every piece of advice you gave me. It may not have seemed like I was listening back then, but I see the wisdom in your words and actions more and more as I grow up and experience new things. Thanks for loving me and blessing me with your knowledge {and please don't ever stop}!
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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

My Letters to the World {number 2}

The week of Christmas I wrote a post of my letters to the world. It was a really fun post to write and I have had a few more "letters" on my mind (especially being in the midst of award season) so I thought I would try this again.

Dear Justin Timberlake,
I like your music, and I have thought you were cute since the N'Sync days, but how are you dominating the music industry so much right now? I just don't see it.
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Dear Jennifer Lawrence,
Keep being awesome yourself. Well, really those two words are synonymous. But seriously, keep being awkward and real. Don't let Hollywood get to you and make you crazy like other stars around your age. And keep on being a superstar (BEST ACTRESS at 22 years old!?!?) You are an inspiration.
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Dear person who invented the first frozen microwaveable meal,
I salute you. You are brilliant. Your invention makes life so much easier and I still get to have good warm meals when I don't have time to cook!

Dear Ohio Weather,
Seriously? This girl is a true Georgia Peach, and Southern Belle. I don't do well in the cold and snow. Last year you didn't snow till after Christmas and you know what, I was OK with that. I expected snow and last year we got a lot in my opinion. But this year, we've had snow on the ground consistently since the middle of November. Just stop.
Dear SnapChat
At first I didn't understand you and thought you were dumb. Now I think you're fun. Especially when my friends send me hilariously funny pictures while on medication for their wisdom teeth! And when my brother does that on a normal day.

Dear People Who Live in the Apartment Above Us,
Please tell you pet elephant to stop stomping around late at night and/or early in the morning. We like to sleep at normal sleeping hours down here.

Dear Candace Cameron Bure,
You go girl! You are another Christian star caught in the media's spotlight being criticized for your beliefs. It is so sad. Keep on keeping on. I pray that you stay strong through all this. You are such a great example for other young Christian wives!
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Reasons Why I Love... Marriage

I have been married to the one and only, wonderful and amazing Pearson Maugeri for a year and a half today! It has been the best year and a half of my life and I wouldn't trade a single moment of it for anything. I thought I would share why I love marriage so much with all you lovely readers.
I love marriage because...
  1. Every night is like a sleepover with my best friend.
  2. I now have 2 wonderful families to spend holidays with, learn lessons from, and who love me.
  3. I have a wonderful, trustworthy, Godly man to make life's hard decisions with. We make big decisions about us and our future together, but I can also consult him about anything because I trust him with my life.
  4. I love having someone around who knows me better than anyone else. He can tell when I'm upset or happy before I even say a word.
  5. I always have someone to cuddle with
  6. I feel safe with him. I love that I know he will always protect me.
  7. I have someone who loves me no matter what. He loves my faults. He loves my emotions. He loves my past, my insecurities and my interests.
  8. I love fulfilling the role of my husband's "helper". 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” -Genesis 2:18
  9. I get to spend a whole lot of time with the man I love doing whatever we want because we are grownups!
  10. I somehow seem to love my husband more and more every day and I can't wait to see where that puts us in the future. "Love is often the fruit of marriage." -Moliere
  11. Being married boosts my confidence. I haven't don't always think highly of myself, but my husband constantly compliments me and lifts me up.
  12. I have a wonderful husband to be so proud of. I love being able to follow behind him and say "he's mine!"
What do you love about marriage? Did I miss anything?
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Monday, January 13, 2014

24 Years. Adult or Child?

So this question has been on my mind a bit lately since I just had a birthday: Am I officially a grown up yet or am I still a kid? I thought I would spend a little time today looking at this a little further.

First, let's start by looking at my last Christmas and birthday presents. Or at least the ones I was most excited about.

My 'biggest' Christmas present was a luggage set. Other than that, I got mostly clothes.

For my birthday, I got a coffee maker and an amazing drying mat. Seriously, this thing is so great it almost makes me want to do dishes!

Now I did get a few 'fun' things like jewelry and DVDs, but there are no more toys. There are no more American Girl Dolls and accessories. I didn't get a bike or a scooter. I don't even get video games anymore.

So, I guess it's official. I'm an adult...

But wait, another thing to look at is how I spend my weekends...

I spent the Fandango gift card I got for Christmas to see the latest animated Disney movie.
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I have indoor picnics because it's too cold outside.
I build forts in the living room.
I sleep on an air mattress all weekend with my husband.
I watch new found fantasy mini series' on Netflix.
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Hmm... Maybe I am still a kid.

What do you think? At 24 am I an adult yet? Or am I still a child?
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Saturday, January 11, 2014

VHS's, Emerald green, and Shortbread Sundae Bites

I have another treat for you readers today! I want to introduce you again to my lovely sponsor Jess from Stamp in my Passport! She sponsored me last month as well and you can read that Sponsor Spotlight here.
Jess graduated from Harding University (my alma mater) last month so she is currently transitioning into the real world. And I think she is doing a great job!

Anyway, I asked her a few silly interview questions to share with you guys so without further adieu, here's Jess:
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  1. What is your favorite family memory of all time? One of my favorite family memory would have to be the Christmas I received the backyard playhouse that everyone else had (you know the one with the kitchen?) and as I was making my way down the stairs to see what Santa had brought me, I was quickly sent back upstairs to come back down again because my parents forgot to turn on the video camera. We were a home movie family and they are all still on VHS tape, so I'm not sure what exactly will happen to all of them once VHS tapes are as obsolete as records.
  2. Did you make any New Year's resolutions? If so, what are they? I did set some goals for 2014. This year I want to take more trips, both big and small. I'm also going to be getting my first apartment, so I want to put all of my Pinterest boards to good use decorating it. 
  3. If you were a crayon, what color would you be and why? If I was a crayon, I would be emerald. I couldn't get enough of the color last year when it was Pantone's color of the year. Plus, it's one of the colors that looks great on my pale skin :)
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Friday, January 10, 2014

How is My MIL Always so Calm?? {TGBTL}

I have said this before, but I married into the best family I could ever dream of. They are fun and faithful. They love me like I'm one of their own and I thank God every day for them. I know other wives are not as lucky as I am in this.


I really look up to my mother-in-law in a lot of ways. The biggest thing I admire about her is her relaxed, laid back, and calm personality. It truly astonishes me. She raised/is raising 3 wonderful boys and one fabulous girl. Her house is never quiet whenever I'm there and I am sure it never has been yet, she takes it all in stride. She really doesn't let little things get to her. There is so much happiness, love, and respect in her household, yet they have fun all the time. She disciplines her children when they need it but she shows them her patience when they need that too.


She knows how to laugh. She knows what is most important in life. And she doesn't dwell on the other, less important things. If something in her house is broken, she doesn't worry. She just laughs it off and does what needs to be done. If her kids are fighting over stupid things (unless it is really serious) she simply makes fun of them for the way they are acting. (It's all in jest and hey, it works!)

Basically, she is the complete opposite of my worrywart self. I loose sleep over the silliest things. My shoulders get all tense and have to make lists and schedule everything. My stomach gets all upset if I have to make an important phone call and if my house isn't perfect when someone comes over, forget it. I can only imagine how I will be when I have kids.

I want to be more like my MIL. I want to stop worrying and to laugh things off. I want to let things roll off my back and not worry what other people say. Easier said than done, right?

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

24 Things You May Not Know About Me

Well folks, today is my birthday! I'm pretty psyched about it. Except for the fact that I turn 24 today. 24?! I can't be. Now, I am not saying 24 is old by any means. It just sounds weird to say that I am 24, you know? Anyway, I don't think we are doing anything special today. We may do something this weekend to celebrate. But I am excited to host some girls from the Harding Chorus in our home tonight after the preform at Church tonight! Oh and we have kept our Christmas decorations up till my birthday because I was away for work for a whole week in December and didn't get to enjoy them.

Anyway, on to a post I've had planned for a long time. Since I turn 24 today, I thought I would share 24 things about me that you might not know. Here we go...
  1. I hold the Georgia state record in bench pressing for girls age 14 to 15 in the 123lbs weight class. Sadly, now I probably couldn't bench the bar... Also sadly, I would definitely not fit in that weight class anymore...
  2. I hate mushrooms and olives.
  3. I know the words to many, many songs, but I cannot tell you who sings them or the title of the song.  It's like a curse!
  4. I love driving., especially on interstates. Therefore, I actually enjoy long road trips, which is good because we live so far away from all of our family!
  5. I love musicals (though I don't think this is a secret).
  6. I like to read and I wish I could read faster because there are so many great books out there and I don't have all the time in the world.
  7. I played softball from the time I was 8 until I was 18. I went to two world series tournaments. One of which we finished in the top 10%. In the other one, we won "Best Dressed" in the opening ceremony. Too bad I couldn't find a picture of the outfit.
  8. I played collegiate women's ultimate frisbee in college. Go Abbatoir! 
  9. My biggest pet peeves include; biting fingernails, crowded grocery stores, grammar mistakes, and people who claim to LOVE a movie series but have never read the books (Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games, Chronicles of Narnia... The list goes on).
  10. Kay Robertson is my role model. I admire her and want to be a loving, Christian wife and mother by her example.
  11. I love big cities.
  12. My 3 favorite actresses are Helena Bonham Carter, Julie Andrews, and Jennifer Lawrence. They probably couldn't be more different from each other.
  13. I am the first person in my family to live above the Mason-Dixon line for as far back as anyone can remember.
  14. I am addicted to coffee.
  15. I have seen every episode of Full House at least 4 times. I am not exaggerating.
  16. I hate sneezing.
  17. I keep clothing items for way too long before I finally try to give them away. Usually the people I give them to don't even want them because they are so old.
  18. I actually HATE spending money. I only buy things I need. Though I'll admit, sometimes I alter my definition of the word, 'need', but usually even then I talk myself out of it.
  19. I love country music.
  20. I have only been out of the country twice. Once on a mission trip to Nicaragua in 2008, and the other time on our honeymoon in The Bahamas in 2012.
  21. I am a Solitaire pro. Seriously, I play it all the time. It is certainly an addiction.
  22. I LOVE weddings. I have teared up during the brides processional of every wedding I have ever been to. No joke.
  23. I currently have a woman crush on Idina Menzel. She is DA BOMB!!
  24. I am allegedly related to Mary Todd Lincoln (Abraham Lincoln's wife) through my mom's side of the family.
So there you have it. 24 facts about me that you maybe didn't know. So did you learn anything?
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