Saturday, October 25, 2014

Magnolia Must Reads | 31

I don't know why, but I've been having the weirdest, most vivid dreams every night this week. I had a horse growing up that I had to sell when I went off to college, and one night I dreamt I randomly found him and it was like we lived happily ever after. Last night I dreamt about my grandpa, who passed away when I was in eighth grade, and also that I was pregnant. So strange.

Jacob and I have had a jam packed week with commitments, and it's just the start to fall's craziness. Saturdays will definitely be treasured from here on out, to say the least. I hope you get at least a few moments of down time today, as well. And if you do, be sure to check out these links that I loved this week!

+ Becoming a better blogger giveaway
+ She's giving away a ticket to the Influence conference!
+ 10 Ways to stand out.

+ 5 ways to decorate on a budget.
+ 10 Ways to decorate your walls.

+ Bible reading for the modern woman.
+ Need a cookbook? Look no further.
+ Her favorite & least favorite books of 2014.
+ Thoughts on "borrowing happiness."

What you may have missed
+ Golden Tote review & my new favorite sweater.
+ 5 Steps to a gorgeous fall centerpiece.
+ Lets All Be Brave book review.
+ Layers on layers, please.

I'd also love to introduce you to my sweet friend Rebecca. It's funny, because Rebecca and I actually have mutual friends in real life, but I didn't meet her until we "met" through blogging. She blogs over at Caravan Sonnet and has an Etsy shop full of the sweetest Scripture buntings and albums.

I've asked Rebecca to answer a few questions, and I really don't think there's any better way for you to get a glimpse of who she is than to just read her words as they are. So rather than me giving a little summary, stay with me and follow along as you get to see a glimpse of her kind heart:

What is one of your favorite quotes?

A quote by Elisabeth Elliot has been a challenge and encouragement in my journey of becoming primarily bedridden and fighting Advanced Late Stage Lyme Disease and Cancer. She states, "The pain of loneliness is one way in which He wants to get our attention. We may be earnestly desiring to be obedient and holy. But we may be missing the fact that here, where we happen to be at this moment and not in another place or another time, is the place that we may learn to love Him- here where it seems He is not at work, where He seems obscure or frightening, where He is not doing what we expected him to do, where He is most absent. Here and nowhere else is the appointed place. If faith does not go to work here, it will not work at all."

What is your preferred drink?

Last year, after going on my first cruise, I was stuck in the airport for over 12 hours. At that time another passenger who was going to be on my flight and also stuck in the airport (there were only about 15 of us) suggested a drink from Starbucks that I have fallen in love with and has become my "treat reward" once a week after completing all of my doctors appointments and treatments for the week. It is a soy-vanilla bean frappacino with no whip cream add a pump of vanilla syrup and triple blend it. Seriously y'all So delicious!

What is one of your dreams that you are working on?

Being sick and fighting for my health I think that there are tons of dreams I have and yet there are so many that I think the Lord is growing softly and quietly during this season. One of the main dreams that I have is to be married and become a mom (and I would love to foster and adopt! so I would love a ton of kiddos!). Another dream would be to have my health back and to be able to "fully live life" and yet I am learning to live fully in the moment that the Lord has me in. Recently I completed a dream that I have which was to write and have a book published, and I am so excited to see how the Lord has opened so many doors for this to happen. It will be coming out in 2015 and I have recently completed the rough draft for my second book. Another dream that I had (which grew out of the experiences from the last couple of years) came true in August when I started a ministry called "SEEN Gathering," which exists to encourage the hearts of those who struggle with Chronic Health Conditions. I love how the Lord puts dreams in our hearts and brings them to fruition!

As you can see, Rebecca is truly a treasure. Some of my favorite posts from her blog, Caravan Sonnet, are Show Up in Hope, 12 Things to Pray for Someone Struggling with a Chronic Health Condition, and the ever-informative What is Lyme Disease?.

You can catch up with Rebecca here:  BLOG  |  SHOP  |  INSTAGRAM  |  TWITTER  |  FACEBOOK


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Golden Tote Review & my favorite new sweater

I'd be lying if I told you I didn't wear that sweater for three days straight when I pulled it out of the mail. I basically pulled it out, squealed, put it on, and changed the shirt I wore underneath it every day after that. I'm basically obsessed, but can you blame me?!

To be super honest, when Golden Tote contacted me to review their box, I was skeptical. I didn't like the idea of not knowing what was coming, especially if I had actually purchased the box! But then I got this sweater, and I was over the moon.

So, what is Golden Tote?

Golden Tote is a subscription box with two options - $49 for 2-3 items or $149 for 5-6 items. For the first box, you select 1 item you want and the other 1-2 items are a surprise. For the second box, you choose 2 items you want and the other 3-4 are surprises. You fill out a style profile beforehand, to determine your sizes, what you like to wear and what you would never wear. Golden Tote uses this profile to select your "surprise" items.

The catch? You keep it all or you return it all. It's all or nothing here. That's where it's different from StitchFix, where you pay for each item individually.

However, there is a Facebook page for Golden Tote where you can trade items with or purchase items from other people who have bought totes. So even if you keep an item you don't love, you can possibly trade it for something you DO love on that page.

There is a new box every month, but you can choose which months you do or do not want a tote once you go on to see what their new merchandise is for the month.

What do you think, would you try Golden Tote?

** I received this Tote in exchange for an honest review. But rest assured, all opinions are my own. Golden Tote did not tell me what to say or how to say it.