Sunday, September 25, 2016

Blog-tember, Day 25: How He Loves Us by Illustrated Faith

If you've spent any time around Love Bailey Jean or my Instagram, you'll probably have heard of a lovely little thing I like to call Bible journaling. Actually, I don't call it that, thousands of women call it that. When it came time to choose something to review, I knew I had to share the latest Illustrated Faith Kit: How He Loves Us. Get ready for the pretty, y'all!

Sunday, Sept. 25: Review something! 
A place, a book, a service, a product. Anything at all!

Every month, Illustrated Faith + Bella Blvd + Dayspring come out with a new 14-day devotional kit, and every month I am more and more inspired by the words and the contents sent my way. This month's kit was called "How He Loves Us" and was written by the sweet Stephanie Buice. She and I were both on the Illustrated Faith Creative Team together for a while, and I simply love her heart! Her designs are stunning as well, and this kit has already been encouraging and challenging. 

The title "How He Loves" took me back to one of my favorite worship songs from college by The David Crowder Band (which has since been re-recorded many times over). Check out the version by John Mark McMillan and Kim Walker Smith HERE

This month's kit comes with quite possibly my favorite stamp kit yet, including hearts, paint swipes, spots, and the phrases "Thank you," "amen amen," and "father," bookended by some super fun arrows and typewritten words. Each devo comes with coordinating scripture cards, washi tape, and a stamp backer with images you can cut out and put anywhere you like. The tabs are especially cute this go-around, and the ink pad that's included is PINK! BE STILL MY HEART!

There will be a closer look at a few of the devotional pages and my journaling Bible up on the Illustrated Faith blog this week, so stay tuned for those links!

If you're brand new to Bible journaling, I highly recommend starting with a devotional kit. It sets you up with the basics, and is a great deal. Bible journaling can be as simple as setting a pen to paper, but it's so much more fun to make a mess in the margins in my opinion. 

The How He Loves Us devotional kit by Illustrated Faith + Bella Blvd + Dayspring is part of my daily routine this month, and I may even linger in it a little big longer. 

Have you ever tried Bible journaling?
What are you going to share with us today?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Blog-tember Day 24: Pinterest Perfect

It may still be in the 90s here, but I am determined to begin dressing for fall anyway. Luckily my classroom is always 60 degrees or below, so I can bundle up once at school. It's walking out to my car in the heat where it gets rough... For today's prompt I'm showing you my latest Pinterest-inspired outfit, a go-to look for this fall.

Saturday, Sept 24: Recreate an outfit or a project from another blogger. Be sure to link back to the source!

The first image is from The Everygirl's article 9 Ways to Style Your Little Black Dress. I have several styles of the little black dress in my closet, and I love that tossing a cardigan or my green army vest on over it can change the look entirely. And I love the pockets in my army vest. They're so handy!

The image on the right is from 20 Style Tips to Wearing Your Army Jacket, which I found equally as helpful! The stripes add some sass and style to the green, which suits me just fine, and the gold accents are spot on.

My attempt at a combination/recreation is in the middle. I have linked the items or similar ones below.

Prepare to see this outfit pretty often in the coming months! I'm just in love with it!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Blog-tember Day 23: Bailey Jean's Banana Caramel Pie

September 23rd has a special place in my heart, y'all. You know why?! Because it's my 7th BLOG-IVERSARY! I started blogging seven years ago today, and little did I know what I was getting into. A cross-country move, three conferences, three (and a half) blogging challenges, a half-dozen PLUS meet-ups with strangers from the internet later, this little world has blessed me 100 times over! It will never cease to amaze me, and I can't imagine life without it. You're my people, y'all. And I'm so thankful.

Today deserved a celebration in my opinion, and it definitely influenced my decision about which recipe to choose. Just so you know, this isn't my recipe. It's my mom's. And I have no idea where she got it from, but it is a staple at family gatherings and for holidays. But enjoy!

Friday, September 23: A family recipe (if grandma allows, of course)!

2 bananas
1 graham cracker pie crust
1 tub of Cool Whip
1 can of sweetened condensed milk

1. Remove labels from can of sweetened condensed milk, then boil for two hours.
2. Set aside the can of boiled milk (now caramel) until it is cool to the touch.
3. Slice 2 bananas, layering evenly over graham cracker crust.
4. Cover bananas with the entire can of caramel.
5. Finish with a layer of 2/3 the tub of Cool Whip.

Voila! A show-stopping banana caramel pie!

NOTE: Do NOT use the cans of sweetened condensed milk with the pop tab on the top! Also, it is VERY important that you wait for the cans to cool completely before you open them. Otherwise they will explode.  I typically boil 3-4 cans at a time to save a few for later, especially if I'm doing it in late summer/early fall when the boiling water makes my apartment so warm. I also recommend that you check the pot every 20-30 minutes to make sure the cans remain completely covered by the boiling water; add water as necessary.  Lastly, be sure to refrigerate the pie before serving. I think it's best served cold!

It's only five steps and four ingredients to the PERFECT holiday pie that will delight and surprise your friends and family. It's SO rich though that one piece will last me several days. You'll have to let me know if you give it a try! I can't wait to see what you think!

Which recipe(s) are you sharing today?


Thursday, September 22, 2016

Blog-tember Day 22: Favorites of Fall

Whether the weather reflects it or not, it's FALL! Today is the first official day of one of my favorite seasons (arguably my actual favorite because, let's face it, in Texas fall doesn't really show up until winter...), so today's prompt is well timed! I came across this collage I made in the FIRST Blog-tember Challenge back in 2014, and you know what? It still gives me all the heart eyes! Enjoy!

Thursday, Sept. 22: Fall favorites. Share your must-haves for this season.

Fall Favorites:
Leaves changing colors. Crisp breezes on the way to class.
White pumpkins. Hot chocolate weather. Curling up with a book.
Christmas anticipation. Thanksgiving. Dinner parties.
Decorating with burlap. College football. Boots and sweaters.
Candlelight and fireplaces. Wearing layers.
Carving pumpkins. Cozy blankets. You've Got Mail.

Just for fun, here is my fall playlist from the 2014 Blog-tember Challenge:
"Wrecking Ball" by James Arthur
"Dream" by Roy Orbison
"Rockin' Robin" by Bobby Day
"When I'm With You" by Ross David
"A Kiss to Build a Dream On" by Louis Armstrong
"Hold You In My Arms" by Ray LaMontage
"Stormy Weather" by Etta James
"Long Way Home" by Norah Jones
"Harvest Moon" by Neil Young
"Claire de Lune" by Claude Debussy
"Scarecrow" by Alex & Sierra
"This I Know" by Sam & Ruby
"Your Hand in Mine" by Explosions in the Sky

It's YOUR turn!
What about fall is your favorite?
What are your must-haves for the season?


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Blog-tember Day 21: Ice, Ice (Cream) Baby

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! Now how many of us started off our posts in that way today? ;) The temptation was too sweet to resist.

I absolutely LOVE ice cream, and as any good Texas girl does, I love me some Blue Bell. Seriously. I mourned its absence when I lived in the Pacific Northwest, and I grieved the disappearance of it in the Blue Bell Famine of 2015. But we survived it, we made it to the other side, and new flavors have arrived! With a prompt like today's for the Blog-tember Challenge, I simply had to pick a new Blue Bell Favorite.

Wednesday, Sept. 21: If you were a flavor of ice cream,
 which flavor would you be? Why?

If I were a flavor of ice cream, I would be the Cookie Two Step. It's two classics rolled into one: cookies and cream + chocolate chip cookie dough. I chose the Cooke Two Step for several reasons.

1. It's Blue Bell. Duh.
2. It's multifaceted! Two personalities, two favorites, combined.
3. Look at that fun blue tub color! If I'm not wearing black, I'm wearing blue. And I love it.
4. In my family we two-step. And swing dance. And a combination of the two.
5. Last but not least, it's just so darn sweet. Like me ;)

It's your turn to choose?
Which ice cream flavor is your favorite?
Or which flavor best represents you?


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