Sunday, August 31, 2014

{Book Review} Messy Beautiful Love

You all know I love a good book.

When I got the opportunity to get an advance copy of Darlene Schacht's new book, Messy Beautiful Love, I jumped at the chance. I love books about marriage and how to make it better, so I was SO excited to read this one.

It did not disappoint.

MBL is full of not only solidly biblical marriage advice, but personal stories and practical application. Schacht is funny and approachable in this book, but she also lays it all on the line. Her personal experience adds so much to this topic; you definitely know that she's been there and lived it.

This book covers everything from choosing kindness to biblical submission. I particularly loved her chapter on stepping back and allowing your husband to lead, an area I often struggle with. She writes:

"You see, I knew in my head I was called to submit to my husband, but I hadn't taken it to heart because doing so would have meant that I had to lay down my life as I knew it for the good of my marriage. It was easy to be submissive in some areas of my life - and I did so joyfully - but I wasn't ready to let go completely. When I finally realized that my marriage was crumbling under the weight of my sin, I understood that it was not only worth fighting for; it was worth dying for. If I was going to make this marriage work, I'd have to give up my silly notions that I know what's best for my life and trust God with my future. Free-falling into the arms of my Savior, I chose His will over mine." -pages 79-80

I could share so many more snippets like that one, but for now I'll just encourage you to read it. Messy Beautiful Love comes out September 16, but it's available for pre-order now. When you pre-order, you also get a pack of awesome freebies, including other great books! Head over to this link for all the details. And be sure to look through her awesome blog, Time Warp Wife!

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for promoting it. As always, all opinions are my own.

Friday, August 29, 2014

August in Review

August buys
Striped and Grey Tees from Old Navy; Rest is Thrifted
August buys
All Thrifted

Total: $23

Yeah, I hit it big at the thrift store this month. I'm not entirely sure I'm going to keep the green plaid tunic in the top photo. Upon getting it home and wearing it I find it's a little too big, and I feel like I'll ruin the shape by taking it in. Otherwise, I'm super happy with everything I found. I also got some great stuff on the clearance rack at Old Navy. Even my husband found a few things on that trip.

I have a few more things coming too. I found a great deal on eBay for a lot of 3 Hue leggings for $25 (a brand I've been wanting to try forever!), and a tee I bought on vinted ($8). I also placed an order today for 2 tees from Everlane ($33)...another brand I've been wanting to try for a while. We've finally reached that point in the year where we have money again so I can do a little shopping. :-)

I also did a lot of closet cleanout this month. Most of it's for sale or swap on vinted. I feel like I could still do more..I have so many tops and I just ordered a few more! And yet I feel like I still find myself reaching for the same dozen or so all the time. Must. Stop. Buying. Tees.

How was your August?

Linking up with Franish!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bruno: 5 Months

Stealing this adorable post idea from Today's Letters.

Likes: Cuddling, running fast, stretching out on his belly.
Dislikes: Car rides and other dogs in his yard.

Bruno at 2 months.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Summer Rundown

pink skirt, striped tee, denim jacket

Self-Made Skirt (similar)
Thrifted Everything Else (jacket here, similar shoes)

Oh hey there little blog. Nice to see you.

I haven't worn this skirt all summer because for some reason I thought it was too short. How wrong was I. Maybe too short to wear to an office, but perfect for a casual day of church and thrifting.

Here's a rundown of life lately:

1. I painted my kitchen yellow. It's bright and happy and I love it.
2. I joined Vinted. No, this is not sponsored, I'm just addicted.
3. My poor ankles have not been digging the humidity. See exhibit A: the above photo full of swelling.
4. Today I'm starting on a gluten-free experiment that will last 2 weeks. I've had a lot of vague symptoms over the last 6ish months and it's time to start seeing about feeling better.

How's your summer been?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Enjoy the Day

little black dress, scarf, sandals

Target Dress (here)
Walmart Scarf (similar)
Shopko Sandals (similar)

I wore this over the weekend to do some thrifting and hit up the MSU Dairy Store with my husband. School starts in a few short weeks and we're trying to hit up all of our favorite places around MSU before the students come back. We're old and enjoy the peace and quiet while it lasts. Another one of our favorite places is the horticultural gardens. It's lovely in the summer, the perfect place to take a long walk and enjoy the day.


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