Enduring All Things: September 2015

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What I Learned in September

Well, here we are. On the last day of September.

Can you believe it? There are less than 3 months till Christmas! But that also means there are less than 3 months till winter... But let's not dwell on that, okay? Instead, lets take a look at what I learned this month!

This month I learned how to give thanks in all circumstances. I also learned that a lot of people, including me, don't treat their religion like a religion.

While reading through Acts with Good Morning Girls, I learned that the reason Ananias and Sapphira died was not simply because they lied. It was rather because they were hypocrites without a changed heart. They were examples of phony Christians and other new Christians learned a lesson through them.

From Pearson's answers in this month's Guys Behind the Blog post, I learned that his dream job is a college football coach! I was kinda surprised at first that he would rather be a coach than a player, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense. He loves the game and knows so much about it. Maybe playing would be too difficult on his body. Also, I think he likes college football more than pro football and being a college player is not technically a job.

I've learned that I love makeup! I'm developing a love for trying new products and looks. It might not be so good for my checkbook. I also learned that I buy more stuff from Zulily in the fall than any other time of the year! They have great fall clothes, Halloween products of all kinds, and Christmas gift ideas! I also re-learned that I really miss football in the off season. That is all.

I attended Helene's free webinar, Get Paid to Blog at the beginning of the month and I learned a lot! I learned that I and my blog have worth because I am unique. I learned that it's okay to reach out to companies and ask to work with them. I learned Helene's biggest money makers. Basically, I learned a lot but I'm not going to share too much because you should totally sign up for when she does the webinar again.

Also, she's doing ANOTHER FREE WEBINAR tonight at 9 pm EST called Get Noticed Now! I am so excited for this because Helene really know what she's talking about and her first free webinar was so much fun and I learned a ton (as I've said like 3 times now)!

Other people/things:
I learned that September is Alopecia awareness month thanks to Laura Jean! I learned how to make a fall burlap wreath.

I also learned that the best time to go grocery shopping on the weekend (just in case you can't go during the week) is during Ohio State football games. That place was deserted! Just make sure you don't accidentally go during half time. That's when everyone rushes to the store. Oh and NEVER go grocery shopping when you're hungry. I "learned" that one a long time ago but for some reason I can't ever remember it.

What did you learn this month?
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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Why Communication is so Important in Marriage

A couple weeks ago, I published a post about how it's perfectly okay to need your spouse. The more I've thought about that post, the more I've realized it needs more. Yes it is absolutely perfectly okay to need your spouse, but it's very important to specify what exactly we need. If I just tell Pearson "I need you" all the time, it may make him feel good, but it could also get old pretty quickly. And he probably doesn't really know what it means if I'm not more specific and if I don't show him.

Last week, while I was in Atlanta for #MrsMaugeriInTheOffice I just didn't feel like Pearson and I were communicating very well. I won't give you the details, because that's private, but we were both at fault. I decided to just straight up tell him what was bothering me over the phone, without sugar coating anything. If I had waited a couple more days till I got home, I probably never would have told him and it would just continue to be a problem. Likewise, the issue probably wouldn't really get resolved if I sugar coated it either.

Sometimes that's just what you have to do for the sake of your marriage. Sometimes arguments will happen. Sometimes feelings will be hurt. But if you tell each other what you need and want in you're relationship and you're honest about stuff that bothers you when it comes up, you will be so much better off in the long run!

During that phone conversation, Pearson told me that he had no idea I was feeling this way and that he was so glad I brought it up! He had no idea! At first I was really surprised because it was very obvious to me. But then I remembered that Pearson is not a mind reader, he's a different person from me, he values certain things differently, he reacts to certain things differently, and we just aren't that much alike in a lot of areas. And that's okay! Our marriage would probably be pretty boring if we were exactly alike!

But this is why it's important to communicate in marriage! Marriage, by definition is two different people coming together as one flesh. Two different people from two different backgrounds with different personalities, different experiences, and different wants, desires, likes etc are now trying to live one life. There will be disagreements. There will be misunderstandings. But through it all, you have to communicate with each other and help each other understand what's going on in each of your worlds.

Yes, I know it's easier said than done. I've been there. And I'm certainly not perfect. If you've been reading my blog for any amount of time, you know I really struggle with telling Pearson things that bother me. I would usually rather keep them bottled up inside instead of bothering him with the problem. I almost didn't even bring up this issue last week. But that's not good!

Next time you get frustrated in your marriage, remember that your husband is a different person and communicate your needs to him in a loving and respectful way!

Have you ever had trouble communicating in your marriage? 
How has communication helped you work out issues?
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Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday 5: Favorite Things From September

Well, there's less than a week left of September and it's official; this year is going way too fast. BUT it's almost October! My favorite month of the year! While I'm super excited about next month, let's talk about this month and all my favorite things from September!
e.l.f. Studio HD Mattifying Cream Foundation - I love this stuff! I've never used cream foundation before and I love how it has good coverage but still feels light weight. It's only $6 so it's totally worth it!

e.l.f Studio Stipple Brush - I've always known e.l.f. has great brushes for the price! So I ordered the stipple brush to use with the cream foundation and it's fantastic! It's only $3!

Duchessa Music Notes Italian Printed Leather Journal - I had my eye on this journal for over a year and couldn't get it out of my head. So I finally broke down and bought it last month even though it was pretty pricey. I LOVE it!

Dancing Through Life - I started reading Candace Cameron Bure's latest book this week and I'm loving it! I've always admired her and I love Dancing With the Stars. So I'm really enjoying reading through her experiences behind the scenes and how she handled persecution and stuck to her convictions.

Nail-Aid 3 Minute Artificials and Gel Xtreme Shine - Last week Helene wrote a post about these nail polishes and how to get a gel manicure at home. I bought them and tried them and sure enough, it's like gel! My nails are hard and the polish isn't chipped!

So what things have you loved this week?
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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Thankful Thursday Party - September 2015 {link up}

Hey guys! As you know, yesterday was the first day of fall. As you probably also know, or at least could guess, fall is my favorite season! So for Thankful Thursday today, I am thankful for fall.
Fall is my favorite for a lot of reasons (football, Halloween, boots & scarves, cool weather, changing leaves, bonfires - just to name a few), but the biggest reason is the beauty. Isn't God a fantastic artist? I mean I love to see the leaves change colors and feel the crisp cool air as I take a leisure walk with my husband. There's just something about it, you know?

Really, I like it when the seasons change any time because it's just a little extra reminder of God's power. When I start to notice the air getting cooler and the leaves changing (or the air getting warmer and flowers blooming in spring etc.), I'm reminded to pay attention to God's artwork.

When you think about it, that's all creation is really for, right? For us to enjoy. And to show God's awesome power. I'm thankful for that. And today, I am particularly thankful for fall and how it reminded me of how awesome our God is!

What are you thankful for this month? Be sure to link up below!
Thanks for reading! 
We have so much to be thankful for and a lot of us take that for granted. Lets change that! I bring you the #ThankfulThursdayParty linkup with Charlene @ From Bisons to Buckeyes where we can write about what we are thankful for and link up on the last Thursday of every month. I would love to have you and can't wait to see what you're thankful for in your life! 
  • If you're interested in co-hosting, please send an email to Charlenemarie11@gmail.com.
  • Also, if you aren't getting the email reminders about this link up and would like to, please let me know in the comments or send me an email for that as well.
Host: Charlene - Blog // Twitter // Instagram // Pinterest 
Linkup Rules (Guidelines):
  1. Follow your host and co-host in some way
  2. Link up your Thankful Thursday Party post, NOT your blog URL
  3. Use the hashtag #ThankfulThursdayParty when you share on social media
  4. Grab the button and display it on your blog so others can join the party
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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial

How to make a fall fluffy wreath out of burlap

Happy first day of FALL!!!

I have a special treat for you today! A few weeks ago, I discovered a wreath tutorial on the Nia's Nest youtube channel. I thought "I can do that!" And I was so excited! I looked easy and I wanted to try. So here's what I did...

First, here's what you need:
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
  • An 18 or 20 inch wire wreath frame. You can get them at Hobby Lobby in the floral section. I accidentally got a 24 inch one... More on that later
  • 3 rolls of burlap ribbon. I also go this at Hobby Lobby.
  • Anything you want to decorate the wreath with. I got a big bow in fall colors, a sparkly pumpkin, leaves and corn.
  • A hot glue gun and hot glue sticks (not pictured)
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
The first thing you'll do is unroll one of the rolls of burlap and put the end under the wreath frame. Then fold the tip into a point.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Put that tip over the bottom rung (the one closest to the center of the wreath), under the next one, over the third, and over the last one (the one farthest to the outside). This is simply to hold the burlap in place as you "wrap" the frame.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Now start making the ruffles. Pull the first ruffle up through the first (closest to the center) and second rung.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Pull another ruffle through the next two rungs and a third through the last two. That is your first row of ruffles. Each section of the wire frame will have two rows of ruffles putting six ruffles in each section.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Keep going all around the wreath. Below is three rows of ruffles.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Once you get toward the end of the first roll of burlap (about as much as I have left below) stop and turn the wreath over. This was a problem for me though because my frame was bigger than what I planned for. I stopped here but I had to go back and use some more of each roll to make it fit all the way around the frame. I hope that makes sense.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Anyway, you take your left over burlap and twist it...
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Then stick it under the first and last rungs to keep in place.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Next, start a new roll of burlap exactly like you did with the first one. Create a point and weave it in and out of the rungs.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Continue creating ruffles all the way around the wreath using all three rolls of burlap.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Once you've got the entire wreath covered, work your way around fluffing the ruffles out until it looks symmetrical and full.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
I attached the bow to the spot on the wreath where the last burlap roll ended and there was a little gap. I used the twist ties at the back of the bow.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Then I fluffed up the bow.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
The pumpkin I bought had a long stem, so I just stuck the stem through the burlap and the wire frame and bent it around the frame a couple times (the second picture below).
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Then I cut the stems off of the ears of corn and the leaves with a wire cutter.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
And I placed them around the pumpkin where I wanted them.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Then I hot glued them down to the burlap.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Make sure you put something down under the wreath in case the glue goes through the burlap. I used the cardboard backing from the bow.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
Here's the finished product. Or so I thought...
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
When I put it on my door, I thought it needed something more because it was so big around. So I added this 'M' that I had. It was already wrapped in fall ribbon from a wreath I made 2 years ago. So here's the real final product.
DIY Fall Burlap Wreath Tutorial
What do you think? How did I do for my first time making a ruffle wreath? Have you made a wreath like this? What other fun fall DIY projects have you done? Link to them in the comments! I'd love to see them!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Guys Behind the Blog - August 2015

Well guys, Betsy and Laura Jean's Guys Behind the Blog link up is Thursday, but as you know, I publish my Thankful Thursday Party link up on the last Thursday of the month. I usually do Guys Behind the Blog on the Wednesday before, but I have something fun planned for tomorrow since it's the first day of fall. So alas, you get to enjoy Pearson's answers today! You should be excited. I sure am! 
So let's see how he answered this month's questions, shall we?

ONE || What is the silliest thing you and your significant other have needed to compromise on? I keep going back to that argument about leaving appliances like the dish washer or dryer running when we're not here. But that's not really that silly. (I couldn't think of anything either)

TWO || If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three must haves would you bring with you? A satellite phone. Chemistry glassware to build a distilling thing so I can distill my own urine. Um... Do they have to be real objects? Can I say a gun with unlimited bullets? NO! A 3D printer!

THREE || Talents aside, what is your dream job? I don't know. College football coach. At a smaller school without a ton of pressure.

FOUR || What are three things on your bucket list? Go to the Olympics. Learn to play the Cello. Write a novel.

FIVE || What kind of date is your favorite to go on with your significant other? (romantic, fun, spontaneous, etc.) I like going to book stores if that counts as a date. (We go on dates to bookstores a lot) I liked the scavenger hunt thing we did.

I'm curious to see your guy's answers so be sure to link up on Thursday!
Thanks for reading!
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Monday, September 21, 2015

Literary Ladies Summer Book Challenge Final Check

Well, the Literary Ladies Summer Book Challenge is over today... And while I did finish my personal, smaller goal within the challenge, that's all I finished. Last month, I had hopes to finish at least one more book than my goal. But I honestly didn't read a word (from a book) for like two weeks. I was busy blogging and watching both Gilmore Girls and House of Cards.

Alright so below is what I read and what I didn't get to. I'm glad I met my personal goal but I'm still sort of disappointed in myself. I'm reading Candace's Dancing Through Life right now, but after that, I don't think I'm going to continue with this list of books. There are too many other things I want to read. And I need to get serious about my New Year's Resolution about reading that I set in January.

So here's what I read:
  • A book written by a comedian or celebrity: Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham.
  • A YA book (mandatory): The Fault in our Stars by John Green (Which I found out is actually a TEEN book, not YA. Oops)
  • Non US author (mandatory): Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
  • A book that was recommended by a blogger (mandatory): The Happy Wives Club by Fawn Weaver (recommended by Amberly)
Here's what I did not read:
  • A book that has been on your TBR list for a year or more: The Princess Bride by William Goldman
  • A book with a kick-butt female character: Dancing Through Life by Candace Cameron Bure. I changed this one because I ordered it from Amazon and now I'm very eager to read it. I think it fits this category, don't you?
  • A book that will be a movie (or TV show): The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
  • A book with a one word title: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • A suspenseful book - a mystery, a thriller, a book about revenge: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • A book about Summer, with Summer in the title:  That Summer by Lauren WIllig
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Friday, September 18, 2015

Fall Watch List 2015

Well, it's that time of year again! 

Time for all our TV shows to come back on. And time to discover some new ones. I wrote a post listing our favorites two years ago, but not last year, for some reason. A few have changed since then, so lets take a look, shall we?


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - Premiers September 29th on ABC
"The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division." (IMDB)

I think this may be my favorite of all the shows we watch. We've watched from the beginning and is so fantastic! I love how the Marvel Cinematic Universe is so intertwined. The show takes a break when one of the movies comes out, and when the show comes back, they reference things from the movie! Anyway, there was a huge cliff hanger at the end of last season! AND I'm super excited to see how Daisy turns out this season!

Once Upon a Time - Premiers September 27th on ABC
"A woman with a troubled past is drawn to a town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed." (IMDB)

This is probably my second favorite. I started watching season one on Netflix a few years ago when season two was about to premier. I watched the Pilot and then Pearson happened to watch the second episode with me and surprisingly loved it. We caught up on season two before we got too far behind and haven't missed an episode since! It's so intriguing. I love it! I can't wait to watch #DarkSwan unfold this season and I'm super excited to meet Merida from Brave!

Supernatural - Premiers October 7th on The CW
"Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth." (IMDB)

Ok, we are probably some of the most faithful Supernatural fans still out there! This show is starting season 11 this fall! Pearson and I watched the first 6 seasons on Netflix in the first 3 months of our marriage. Yeah. Maybe I shouldn't admit that out loud. We had just moved here and didn't really know anybody yet and Pearson wasn't deep into his studies and long hours of working. Anyway, since then we've been hooked. It's so good! I mean, obviously it's good if it's been going strong for 11 seasons!

Sleepy Hollow Premiers October 1st on FOX
"Ichabod Crane is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers." (IMDB)

We started watching this from the very beginning but it just wasn't that great. But the first season's finale was FANTASTIC! They really did a good job with it and it *almost* made up for the rest of the season. So we stuck with it through season two which wasn't so great either... until the finale! So we'll be watching again this fall. Hopefully the whole season will be good this time!

Gotham - Premiers September 21st on FOX
"The story behind Commissioner James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival." (IMDB)

When Gotham premiered last year, I wasn't so sure about it. But naturally, Pearson was excited. So we gave it a try and let me just tell you, it sucked me in! I can't wait for season two!

The Big Bang Theory - Premiers September 21st on CBS
"A woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory." (IMDB)

Okay, wasn't this the craziest season finale for a sit-com like, ever? Okay maybe not ever. But for TBBT for sure! I've been dying all summer! Ugh!

Dancing With the Stars - Premiered September 14th on ABC
"U.S. reality show based on the British series "Strictly Come Dancing," where celebrities partner up with professional dancers and compete against each other in weekly elimination rounds to determine a winner." (IMDB)

I wasn't going to watch this season because nobody I really care too much about is competing. (I've watched the last 3 seasons for Candace, Sadie, and Willow - Who all happened to dance with Mark Ballas). But I watched on Monday and I'm hooked! And again, my favorite is Mark's partner, Alexa PenaVega! Go #TeamBeaga!


Grandfathered - Premiers September 29th on FOX
"A confirmed bachelor discovers he's a dad--and a grandfather." (IMDB)

John Stamos. 'Nuff said. No, but seriously. This looks so good! I'm super excited!

The Muppets - Premiers September 22nd on ABC
"The Muppets return to prime-time with a contemporary, documentary-style show. For the first time ever, a series will explore the Muppets' personal lives and relationships, both at home and at work, as well as romances, breakups, achievements, disappointments, wants and desires." (IMDB)

I was a bit skeptical when I first heard there was going to be a new Muppets show, but when I found out that it was going to be documentary style and would go into the Muppets' personal lives, I was intrigued! I love when shows and movies create an entire world (like the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and this is sort of like that. I was bummed Kermit and Miss Piggy split, but it will be interesting to see them working together on this after the break up.

So there you have it: My Fall Watch List

I'm super excited to get back into all of these. Summer break is always too long to wait between seasons. But then again, maybe binge watching shows on Netflix has ruined me.

Are you watching any of this? What shows are you excited for this fall?
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