Work Wear Wednesday {July 31}

Hey y'all,

Another week is almost gone this summer and I cannot believe it is almost August! Each week I share what I wore to my casual office as a way to make me really shop my closet and to maybe help you discover some pieces you love or some ideas for items to look for whether that is out shopping in a traditional store, consignment shop or resale website like Poshmark or ThredUp. If you work in a more business casual office (I did for over 5 years before this position) I think you can easily swap the jeans for dress pants and sandals for flats. Voila!

I have even started looking for the exact item on sites like ThredUp or Poshmark and have linked those as well as similar items if I purchased the piece a while ago. As a reminder, you can look at my previous work wear posts here.

Also, my office tends to be freezing in the summer due to the A/C. It makes sense since some of our equipment produces a lot of heat and needs it's own A/C units. So even though we have been in the 80s and 90s, I tend to either have a sweater on or just opt for long sleeves.

top: Lilly Pulitzer (old, new patterns, exact on Poshmark)/ jeans: Old Navy/ earrings: Laura Cox Collection/ bangles: Kate Spade (exact & exact, similar)
top: LOFT (old, similar, similar)/ cardigan: Leith from Nordstrom (old, exact, similar)/ jeans: Old Navy/ earrings: Laura Cox Collection (opens back up 8/1 at 10am)
 top: Gibson from Nordstrom Rack (similar)/ jeans: Old Navy/ scarf: old (similar)/ earrings: Lisi Lerch/ necklace: Kendra Scott/ shoes: Jack Rogers
top: Bobeau from Nordstrom/ jeans: Old Navy/ necklace: Vestique (old, similar)/ earrings: Kate Spade (old, available in the NSale)
work bathroom selfie
top: LOFT (old, similar)/ jeans: Old Navy/ earrings: Anthropologie (old, similarsimilar)/ Necklace: Kendra Scott/shoes: Target (this year's version)

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway for a set of Cultivate What Matters Bible Book Tabs on yesterday's post here.

Best,

10 on Tuesday {Faith Resources}

Hey y'all,

A while back I asked for comments for posts you would like to see and I received one regarding sharing my faith and faith resources. I am a Christian and I attend a Southern Baptist Church here in the Triangle called The Summit. I attend a weekly small group from my church where we study the Bible, build community, and discuss various topics like accountability. I would highly recommend finding a church where you can plug in.

I have a group of friends who all serve the same service in different roles (myself in the kids ministry) and we get together after church to discuss the sermon, eat dinner (we attend on Saturdays) and enjoy one another.

Here are 10 resources that might help you in your personal study of the Bible.

one. A bible you enjoy.

I love both my She Reads Truth Bible (on sale for under $30) and my ESV Study Bible (currently on sale for under $25). Both the ESV and CSB translations are easy to read and understand in my opinion without becoming an interpretation of the text. I would recommend looking at different translations through the Bible app or bible.com to find the translation that works best for your personal study. You can also read this page from Christianbook.com on translations.
I love the SRT bible since it is the text with wide margins to add a few notes and it does not have any notes on the page. Some of my bible studies in the past reccomend using a bible without study notes so you study the word alone before looking at the "cheater notes." The SRT bible is my go-to daily bible and the bible I take with me to church and small group.

I do however, like having the ESV study bible for those days I want to dive deeper in the historical context of the text. There are often images, maps, etc. in the notes section that can add to my personal study.

two.Val Marie Paper prayer journal.

I received my first VMP prayer journal for Christmas 2017 and loved walking through 2018 writing down prayers through the monthly section's guided prompts. I didn't use the notes or gratitude section often though. This year, I have been using the notes section for my weekly sermon notes or small group notes and I have loved having them compiled all in one place especially if the sermon sparks a reminder for prayer or a prayer request, I can quickly add to that month's list. I am still working on using the daily gratitude section. The 2020 journals go on sale for pre-order in August if you need to prompt someone for a gift.

three. Cultivate What Matters write the word journals

I have been using the CWM WTW journals since they originally launched back in 2015. I love this simple way to start my quiet time. You simply write out the verse listed and then there is a page to journal on. I often write reflections from the verse, prayers, or add notes from the other readings I complete in my quiet time.
Yes, I keep my journals in rainbow order with the first three being the original Volumes I-III

If you do not want to purchase a journal, Shannon puts out monthly scripture writing plans on her blog. She has plans going back to 2016 and you can easily select months based on the topic, like March 2019 - Waiting on God.

four. journal for notes.

My favorite journals for notes for sermons or if I am doing a scripture writing plan are the May Designs journals. They can be personalized, are a great size, and I can typically fit a year of sermon and small group notes in each journal so they can all be kept in one place. I get the lined journals and I like that I can easily fold them to write on each page. They are also not bulky when placing them on top of my bible when sitting in church. Here are some of my journals from the past.

five. books of the Bible tabs.

I picked up this set of Bible tabs from Illustrated Faith in January and it has helped tremendously in quickly turning to the word. I think it can be intimidating to flip through the bible especially when you can only remember if a book is in the Old or the New Testament. I have been that girl looking at the index to find Nehemiah in my bible. These were easy to put on and also come in a neutral and uniform size set if that is more your style.
When I recently ordered my new Cultivate What Matters journals I did receive their new bible tabs and added those to my study bible. This set is all uniform in size and includes a Old and New Testament tab.
Giveway: I am giving away a set of the new Cultivate What Matters colorful bible tabs to one lucky reader. All you have to do is comment on this post and you will be entered to win. The giveaway closes on August 7th at 12:00 pm EST. I will announce a winner on August 9th in my Five on Friday post.
Colorful Bible Book Tabs

six. personal study guides - apps

My favorite faith apps are the Bible app/You Version and the First 5 app from Proverbs 31 ministries.
The Bible app allows you to quickly find the text if you don't bring your full bible to church or small group and even has reading plans. I have started the chronological plan on the app but I always get stuck in the Old Testament but I plan on picking the plan back up soon. You can also do the plans with friends and comment on each day's reading on the app.
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The First 5 app is from Proverbs 31 ministries and gives you a daily reading and short devotion. The premise is that you should devote your first five minutes of each day to the Lord.
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seven. personal study guides - websites.

There are a lot of good personal studies you can easily find on the internet for free or very little cost. I have enjoyed studying with Good Morning Girls, Proverbs 31 ministries, She Reads Truth, and Love God Greatly. You can also find some of Jen Wilkin's studies available online for free. I am currently reading through the Foundations of the New Testament with this plan.

eight. personal study guides - books

I highly recommend every woman read Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. This book has really challenged my faith and was a helpful reminder that I need to know the word deeply myself so I can spot truth or false teachings. My small group just finished Jen Wilkin's None Like Him as a group and I also enjoyed that book delving into attributes of God.
Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds
I am not a devotional fan since I often times feel like you are reading one or two verses out of context and then a lot of reflection. I prefer delving deep into the text directly.

Christian authors that I enjoy reading as a supplement and not in place of my bible reading include Annie F. Downs, Rebekah Lyons, Lysa Terkeurst, and Liz Curtis Higgs.

nine. worship music.

I am a big fan of praising the Lord through worship music. I listen to both KLove and His Radio in the car but I would also recommend checking out a few Spotify playlists (Top Christian Contemporary, Mandisa radio, BSF PPL Pt 1, and Worship at Work. I often turn on Spotify on my Amazon Fire Stick, light a candle, snuggle under a blanket and begin my quiet time on the weekends.

ten. local bible studies.

I love the accountability of having an group of women to study the bible with weekly. I would suggest looking at your church's events to see if they have a women's weekly study you can join. My church has our small groups as well as women's discipleship bible studies. I also have enjoyed studying the Old Testament last year in Bible Study Fellowship (BSF).

Let me know if you have any favorite faith resources in the comments so we can all learn together!

Best,

Five on Friday {July 26th}

Hey y'all,

It's the weekend again! I am excited for a calmer weekend that last week. I have plans to pick up Chinese food tonight, snuggle under my new favorite blanket, and read this evening. The rest of the weekend will be filled with grocery shopping, Barre3, babysitting for twin boys, church, and the Pre-K class at church. As always, here are five things I am loving this week:

one. Peaches.

Friday after work last week I went to the For Garden's Sake nursery to grab some Georgia peaches from the Georgia Peach Truck. I picked up the 25lb box and I have enjoyed them in my fruit salsa, at breakfast, and as a snack. I have also frozen 4 quart sized bags and I still have a handful or peaches in my fridge that will be prepped and frozen this weekend. If you are on the east coast, you can check out their schedule on their website here.

two. Barre3 Then Brunch.

On Saturday, Maryscott and I brought our friend, Laura to Barre3 Chapel Hill for a killer class and then we went to Elmo's for brunch. It was a fun time working out together and then enjoying a yummy meal. I had not been to Elmo's in years and it is still a great brunch place if you are in the Chapel Hill or Durham area. However, Rachel W's class was very tough and we were all feeling it on Sunday morning. It was rough since she retaught that same class when she subbed in on Sunday morning for my class before church. Let's just say it took a day or two to walk at a normal pace.

three. None Like Him.

This week my small group at church finished our summer study of Jen Wilkin's None Like Him. The premise of the book is ten attributes of God that we humans do not posses, essentially, what makes God, God and ways we attempt to take on those attributes. We had a great discussion each of the weeks I was able to attend. If you are looking for a great study for your quiet time or bible study group I would highly recommend it. There are scriptures, questions, and prayer guides at the end of each chapter to help guide a discussion or personal study.

four. Disney Soundtracks.

This week I did a throwback to Disney soundtracks for the background to my work in the office. I have been loving the Best of Country Sings the Best of Disney and the Hercules soundtrack a lot this week. I have to thank Krista for storying about Disney soundtrack sing-a-longs in the car since my family enjoys a good sing-a-long to Disney or musical soundtrack.
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five. Joy for Charlotte.

On Wednesday, July 31st, there is going to be a kindness movement in honor of Charlotte Robson who was diagnosed with Leukodystrophy, a rare, incurable, and terminal condition on July 31, 2018. You can read more about the kindness day and examples to participate here. You can keep up with Charlotte through the instagram Charlotte's Joy here.
Link up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea

Also linking up with Tif, Becky, Della, Whitney, and Whitney.


What is your favorite Disney song?

Best,

Thyme for Thursday {Fruit Salsa)

Hey y'all,

I don't know about you but one of my favorite things about summer is all the fresh produce. I grew up with a mother who can bring plants back to life and we have almost always had a garden no matter where in the world we were living. Summer typically means fresh tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden and quick easy dinners without turning on the oven.

Here is one of my favorite summer dishes that I was inspired to make thanks to a friend at a book club gathering. Fruit salsa is a finely diced fruit salad that is perfect as a dip with cinnamon pita chips or graham crackers. It is also the perfect topping for ice cream or yogurt in the summer.

Fruit Salsa.

Ingredients:

3 kiwis
1-2 peaches
1 container of strawberries
1 pint blueberries
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 pint raspberries

cinnamon pita chips or graham crackers for dipping

Steps:

1. Dice all fruit into small pieces. I typically cut the blueberries in half, then dice the other fruit.
2. Place fruit in a bowl together.
3. Stir to mix fruit.
4. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour.
4. Serve with cinnamon pita chips or graham crackers.
5. Enjoy.

See told you this dish is easy. I don't add any sweeteners since the fruit is so sweet and will macerate without the additional sugars. Please let me know if you decide to make this dish.

What's your go-to summer dessert?

Best,

Work Wear Wednesday {July 24}

Hey y'all,

With pet/house sitting last week I did not capture any of my work wear so here's a collection of some of the outfits I have worn over the past few weeks. Also, as a reminder you can find my former work wear posts here. I work in a tech marketing office so we have a casual dress code.
dress: Old Navy (old, similar, similar)/ jacket: Old Navy (old, similar)/ necklace: Carrie Grace Shop (old, similar)/shoes: Jack Rogers
 
top: Bobeau (on sale for under $30)/ leggings: Ann Taylor (old, similar)/ earrings: Kendra Scott/ initial necklace: J.C. Penny's (old, similar)
Top: Gibson (old, similar)/ scarf: Lilly Pulitzer (old from Poshmark, exact pattern, new pattern)/ jeans: Paige/ earrings: N&S
dress: LOFT (old, similar, similar, similar)/ jacket: Old Navy (old, similar)/ earrings: N&S/ necklace: Kendra Scott/ shoes: Sam Edelman
jeans: Old Navy/ top: Target (old, similar)/ cardigan: Barefoot Dreams (exact in other colors)/shoes: bridesmaid gift (similar)/earrings: J.Crew (old, similarsimilar)

What's your go-to outfit in all of this heat?

10 on Tuesday {What I Purchased From the Nordstrom Sale - What Worked and What Didn't}

Hey y'all,

This is your one and only Nordstrom Sale post from me. I have now received all my items and have made my final decisions and returned the items that didn't work out for me. I really kept only a few items after a lot of things were likes not loves or didn't completely fit my style.

Kept.

 Live In High Waist Leggings, Main, color, GREEN PONDEROSA
one. Zella Live In High Waisted leggings.
I grab a pair of Zella leggings each year. I love the high-waisted style better than the original style but I have both. I work out in these leggings and since they are a thicker material I even wear them with long sweaters in the Fall/Winter. This year I did pick up the emerald green color and the grey ombre print. I also love the Zella leggings since I can throw them in the dryer. I am very protective of my Athleta leggings and they are hung to dry but my Zellas have held up through wash after wash.
 Iridescent Lagoon Candle, Main, color, 800
two. Anthropologie Iridescent Lagoon Candle.
I love the Capri Blue candles from Anthropologie and Lagoon has a nice light scent. I loved the iridescent jar so this candle made the cut and is on my TV stand right now.
SMALL WHITE MERCURY CANDLE
three. Anthropologie Small Mercury Glass Candle.
This is in the sparkling grapefruit scent. Don't be fooled by the "small" description. This is a rather large candle but it does come in a medium and large size. For under $20 this candle smells amazing, is a huge size, and is now hanging out on my coffee table. Once completely burned, I might use this for a short vase for flowers like hydrangeas or peonies.
 CozyChic<sup>â„¢</sup> Lite Long Cardigan, Main, color, SILVER
four. Barefoot Dreams long cardigan in Olive.
I have a few BFD cardigans from previous sales but this is the first year I grabbed a color. I have a silver, brown, black, and grey cardigan in three different styles (circle, long, and island). I love these cardigans for lounging around my house but also for work. I have even found a few on sale at Nordstrom Rack for under $70.

Returned.

WOVEN RUCHED YOKE TOP
five. Gibson Print Ruched Long Sleeve Blouse.
I had hopes for this top as a work wear piece since I typically love Gibson tops. This top was ill fitting on me and very short. I don't consider myself having a long torso but it was all kinds of wrong for me.

SOFTLY STRUCTURED TUNIC
six. Free People Softly Structured Knit Tunic.
My favorite sweater from last year was the Free People Ottoman Slouch Tunic so I thought I would try out this style.This sweater is so soft. However, the color didn't work well with my coloring and I am not a fan of a full turtleneck. I messed with the neckline for a bit then decided it was a like not a love so it became a return.
seven. Free People Flowers in Her Hair Smock Detail Tunic Top.
I picked up this tunic in both the cream print after seeing the top on Andrea's stories. It is very billowy and tight around the neck on me. It was beautiful but not my style so back to the store it went.
SLEEVELESS PRINTED FIT N FLARE
eight. Eliza J Print Sleeveless Fit & Flare Sweater Dress.
I saw this dress first on Krista's stories. This is a beautiful sweater dress that just didn't hit me in the right place. It is perfect work wear attire for those in a more formal office than my current position.
 Citrine Textured Cotton Blend Top, Main, color, 001
nine. Free People Citrine Textured Cotton Blend Top.
I am really lacking long sleeves tops in my wardrobe so I thought I would give this top a try. This top was too tight in the arms for me and then very voluminous on the bottom. It wasn't my style so back to Nordstrom it went.
 CozyChic<sup>â„¢</sup> Throw, Main, color, DOVE
ten. Barefoot Dreams blanket.
This was actually grabbed for a Christmas gift for my Mom. I got her a BFD cardigan last year for Christmas and she loves it. However, this color ended up not working out in regards to her living room furniture. I'm returning it since the Saranoni blankets were on Amazon prime during prime day and I snatched up one of the XL blankets for under $80.

What did you purchase in the sale?

Five on Friday {July 19}

Hey y'all,

We made it to Friday! I am so glad we made it to the weekend, between covering for a co-worker, on boarding meetings, and pet-sitting I have had a hectic week. This weekend is not going to be a slow one but it is filled to the brim with lots of fun! I am excited for some barre3 and brunch with friends on Saturday, then Sunday my book club and supper clubs are meeting so I will be seeing lots of friends and completing laundry, grocery shopping, and giving Max Cat all the snuggles he missed out on while I was away this week. Here are some things I am loving this week.

one. Book Swap.

On Wednesday night I attended a sweet book swap hosted by Emily. The event was really well done and I got to chat with one of my sorority sisters and reconnect with a girl from my high school.
Each woman brought at least one but up to five books to swap. We then wrote out cards with questions like 3 words to describe the book and who I recommend this book to and placed the cards in our books.
The books I brought
They were then categorized into fiction, non-fiction, and miscellaneous. After everyone arrived, completed their book card and had snacks, we all introduced ourselves, answered a bookish question and pitched one of the books we brought. Then the swap began. You grabbed the same number of books you brought.
The books I snagged.
We went home with our books and sweet book worms as a parting gift.
 

two. McAlister's Free Tea Day.

Yesterday was the annual McAlister's Deli Free Tea Day. I love iced tea and it is always one of my favorite days to stop in and grab a free drink and dinner. Even though free tea day is over for the year, I highly recommend their ice tea or celebrating this week by making a gallon of iced tea at home to enjoy with this very hot weather!

three. Coffee dates with friends.

One of my friends is now working 10 minutes from my office. This week we met up at Starbucks during lunch with another one of our mutual friends who works in the same area. It was a nice break during such a hectic work week. I also tried out the guava iced tea lemonade and loved it.

four. Shelby.

My sweet friend Shelby is off on an adventure. Yesterday she started her journey abroad to teach at an international school for the next two years. I cannot believe that she will no longer be just a 7 min drive from my place for a quick dinner, tv night, or ice cream run.
Shelby is actually one of my grandlittles from PBX and I have been blessed by her friendship. Luckily we have technology like Whats App and Skype to keep up with each other even with the time change.

five. Air Conditioning.

It is very hot and humid here in NC right now and I am loving the A/C especially since my floor of the office was without air for most of Monday. I luckily was wearing a dress rather than my go-to long sleeves in the summer and borrowed a fan from a co-worker who is on vacation.It really makes you appreciate some modern conveniences when the heat index is over 100.

Link up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea

Also linking up with Tif, Becky, Della, Whitney, and Whitney.
What does your weekend look like?