I'm back today with my February Currently post. I always enjoy updating y'all on my life happenings.
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Facebook Live on Hometalk!
In March I am going to be on Facebook Live sharing one of my crafts from last year... in fact, one of my TOP posts of last year! I'm working out the details with them, but I will be sure to let you all know the date and time that it'll be live and I'd love LOTS of hearts and support!! My husband has kindly volunteered to be my 'camera man' and let's say... it's going to be lots and lots of FUN! Nothing like stepping out of my comfort zone to do something new, RIGHT?!! ha! :)
This Weeks Meals (As Seen on IG Stories)
I am starting something new on Instagram Stories (follow me on Instagram HERE). From time to time, I share what I am cooking for dinner on Instagram Stories and some of you are always asking me for the recipe. Since it takes me extra time to look it up and type the link into Instagram, I thought it'd be easier for me to start a Pin Board on my Weekly Meal Recipes!! Brilliant, right? I will keep 2-3 weeks of recipes in there, so if you see me cooking up a dish and don't have time to look up the recipe right away... it'll be there for awhile! After a few weeks go past, I'll move the recipe back over into the correct food board. I'm SO excited about this... so, go right now and JOIN my Pin Board HERE so you can try out the recipes I love to make for my family.
SoCozy Curly Products + $10,000 Vacation GIVEAWAY!
As most of you know, my sweet daughter has naturally curly hair like me! With the humidity coming back as we start to get some warmer days, I've been working hard to keep her hair smooth and frizz free. SoCozy products have saved me so much time and I don't have to fight with her hair anymore! Next month I'll even be sharing some hair tips with SoCozy's new sensitive products and a hairstyle with my daughter, so stay tuned for that!
I also want to share an unbelievable giveaway for a vacation for your family, for up to $10,000! Enter the sweepstakes HERE and find out all of the details about what it includes HERE. The giveaway ends Feb. 13, so ENTER today!
StriVection Active Infusion Youth Serum
StriVectin just bursted my bubble with this AH-mazing new product, Active Infusion Youth Serum, that has NIA-114 technology in a super concentrated form! With each pump, pure NIA Spheres burst on demand, giving your skin a cocktail of high-potency suspicion ingredients to target all of those problem aging spots! Who doesn't want to rewind the effect of time? I know I do, especially after a long and drying winter!
AND, I just went to Ulta for the first time earlier this month and look what I saw on the shelf. :) You've got to check this product out!
DevaCurl BuildUp Buster
I also have this THIRD Product to share with y'all. I seriously was sent a lot of great products this month to review. This product is really unique and I've never tried anything like it. This is DevaCurl's new BuildUp Buster, which uses micellar technology to remove the buildup that some products may leave on your hair. It does this without stripping your hair of essential moisture and even has abyssinian seed oil in it to help boost shine and jojoba to moisturize. I like to use this product when I'm using a Shampoo that does not have a huge lather to it or when my hair is just feeling weighed down from a lot of products. It really does make your hair feel SO clean and manageable- I just love it!
Not a whole lot to report, but I've been doing all of my half training runs on the dreadmill and I'd like to get outside to run once a week once the weather warms up a bit. I have been doing all of my runs at 8:50 pace, so I am working hard towards that sub 2:00 finish time! I've also been adding incline to .35 of each mile, so I hope that will help once I get back outside to train. I've been doing my Jillian Shred workouts twice a week to break up the running and to workout my core. I've also been sort of interested in starting to work on pull ups, Brian has a bar downstairs I could practice on. My upper body strength is pretty weak compared to my legs! So, sorry... no pretty outdoorsy photos to share! I also miss my training group, I decided not to sign up for winter training with them. A lot of others skipped out on the winter training, too... I would like to do half summer training with Fleet Feet again (not full!!). It is amazing, though... about 30 people from Fleet Feet just finished up a RUNNING Cruise! I had never heard of such a thing, but they got to run on a lot of different islands in the Caribbean! How fun is that? I must say, I was a little jealous!
Ten Things I've Learnt About Love - Sarah Butler
This book was a little different and sad... I wish it had ended differently. This book takes place in London, a city I hope to travel to travel to in the near future. It is about Alice, who has been traveling aimlessly for years and comes home to her dad and two sisters. She comes home, because her dad is in hospice. However, the story also introduces Daniel, who is a homeless man that has been trying to find Alice for years. Alice is in fact his daughter, yet she does not know this as it has been a deep family secret kept from her. In this book, you'll find how Daniel tries to find Alice and develop some sort of a relationship with her, so he can tell her he's her father. This book is written beautifully, everything little piece is described in such vivid detail... it is as though you're looking at a painting.
Out of the Spin Cycle: Devotions to Lighten Your Mother Load - Jen Hatmaker
This is a devotional book for moms that I have been reading on Mondays and Fridays while I wait in the pick up line for the kids at school. There are 40 devotionals total and they are about 5 pages long each. I'm on devotion 9 right now. These are just a delight to read and I only read these twice a week, so I have a little time to ponder what I read. So, I read this book on Mondays and Fridays, on Tuesdays and Thursdays I read a chapter in the Bible... for instance, right now I am reading through Revelations. Then, on Wednesday I read Jesus Calling. I've already read through Jesus Calling once, so once a week has been nice for now. I have the Jesus Calling with Evening Devotionals, too, so I may try and do those once in awhile.
Here are a couple of passages from the book that I've loved so far:
"The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough." (this is verse 33 from Matthew 13)
"For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him." Matthew 12:34-35
Jen then goes to say... Goodness in equals goodness out. No goodness in equals no goodness out. That speaking with kindness, leading with patience, etc. is GOOD in. Motherhood is hard, that is why we need God. If nothing good is store up in us, how will we ever draw patience or grace? This was in Devotion 7, one of my favorites so far!
I have been wanting to read Jen Hatmaker's book For the Love and I will definitely be reading it once I finish this devotional!
Bread and Wine: A Love Letter to Life Around the Table - Shauna Niequist
This is a book I read last year, but I've recently decided to start trying out recipes that are in the book. My goal is to make one recipe each week until I try all the ones that interest me. The first one I will be trying out this week, the 'Simplest Dark Chocolate Mousse'! I plan to make this on V-Day for my hubby. I can't wait and it only has 3 ingredients! :) Has anyone else tried any of the recipes in this book and which ones are your faves? Please let me know in the comments!
Lauren from Mom Home Guide is also sharing her Currently post today!
Full Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. SoCozy, StriVectin and DevaCurl gifted me products in exchange for this post. All opinions are 100% mine.