beth moore's new study: entrusted

A little back story...before I tell you about this launch team I'm on....when I had my first son, (who is now 4), my world was rocked. As I'm sure every other woman has experienced with their first child! I was working full time, trying to be a mom, and still trying to be a loving wife! Needless to say, it felt like efforts were getting nowhere, the baby blues had beyond set in...and I was just done with life.

It was then the love of God helped my mind refocus. I have been a Christian for many years, but the importance of daily time with God, in His Word, had not been a priority. I shifted my priorities, and realized making Him number one on my "to do" list will cause the other things in life to fall in to place. I started doing Beth Moore studies, on my own. I did jump in to a few studies with my church's women ministry as well. But I spent more time studying on my own.

Fast forward to today....and 2 kids. I now have such a passion for women's ministry - specifically young moms & working moms of preschoolers. Life is tough. Raising toddlers is no joke. But putting yourself on the backburner is not the remedy to "getting through" everything. If you're not healthy, how can you raise healthy kids? If you're not focused on your relationship with God, how can you teach your children to be? Questions I battle every day.

So when the opportunity came up to help launch Beth Moore's new Bible study, Entrusted, I jumped on board!

Here is a video with some teaching snippets, and Beth explaining the study & what it is about.

Here is a quick video on the study, and how it will be formatted....with different options to suit you.

I can not wait to jump in to this study. I'm currently walking through the Armor Of God study by Priscilla Shirer, and facilitating a discussion group with some fellow women whom I love, at my church. I plan on jumping in to the Entrusted study once we break.

So tell me, are you going through a Bible study? Looking to start one? 

stella & dot: fall launch

*Please note, this post contains links which will direct you to my Stella & Dot boutique. If you already have a stylist you work with, consult with him / her for as how to change your stylist setting back to them.*

The fall line from Stella & Dot just are my top picks for updating your accessories wardrobe!

3 in 1 versatility
"Semi-precious amethyst, sun stone, rose agate, and grey agate beads create a beautiful stationary strand. This versatile piece mixes the movement of a vintage gold tassel with a beaded strand. Wear all together or each strand separately." - Stella & Dot

If you don't own ear climbers, you need to get a pair stat!
They have become such a "go to" piece for me. 

"Our Gilded Path Ear Climber lines the earlobe with vintage gold and a pop of jet black pave." 
- Stella & Dot 

3 in 1 versatility

"Semi-precious amazonite pendant hangs from a shiny silver delicate chain. Wear alone as a feminine pendant or together as a set." - Stella & Dot

If the idea of stacking bracelets causes you stress, mainly in having to figure out what to stack, how to stack, and what piece to get....this bracelet is for you! It's the layered look, but only 1 bracelet!

"Semi-precious hematite, metallic, and shiny silver beads or shiny gold coil wrap bracelet with alternating beads add dimension and interest to this coil wrap bracelet. Finished with delicate mini tassels." - Stella & Dot

What do you find yourself in need of when it comes to your accessories? Gold earrings? Rings? Bracelets? Black bag? Sound off in the comments!

beat the heat: style roundup

Florida is not know for it's "four season" weather. We have hot, hotter, and hell. In July, there is no point in wearing make up...unless you like it melting off.

Since the heat is so bad, the a/c units are kickin' it over time trying to cool us sweaty pigs off. But, we all know what happens when you're dripping with sweat, and you go into a building that is 70 degrees, or under.

You end up freezing!

So, here is my round up for how to beat the heat via your accessories....

Evy's Tree Hoodies

These have become my FAVORITE hoodie. I retired my PINK least wearing them in public...and have now been rocking the Evy's Tree brand. Yes, the price point is higher, but the quality is TOP NOTCH. Store one of these in your work bag / car / backpack, for those days when you will be inside after battling the heat. They are SUPER light weight, and come in such fun colors & designs!

You have a dress code everywhere you go - - so while you want to be naked because you can not fathom wearing any clothing in this 110 degree weather, it's pretty much frowned upon everywhere. (Well, with the exception of certain zip codes that have the "free spirit"'ll have to find those on your own.)

Here's where Kaiya Designs comes in. They have the most comfortable clothing. The pants are my favorite. They look like you bought them at a high end store, but they feel like yoga pants! The material is very light weight & breathable. (I even wore a pair to Disney World!)

The clothes can literally be for casual or dressy occasions!

And the best part? You can customize your inseam on the pants, length on blouses, and sizing on jumpsuits/rompers!!! (Tell Marcy - the designer, I sent you!)

I wear these for Pure Barre, but I LOVE these for layering outside of working out, as well! They are light weight & breathable. A MUST for Florida heat!

You need a dressy, non-flip-flop, shoe. Sorry, welcome to the real world. Luckily, these sandals are dressy enough for work, but also easily dressed down for play. (And they are on sale!!!)

Okay - now here are my 2 cents for the guys. My guys LOVE their Under Armour gear. 
Here are their top picks:
1. For my "big guy", he loves his UA pants
2. The 2 littles LOVE their tshirts
3. The 2 littles also wear the UA shorts a TON!
4. The 'big guy' swears by UA underwear....
    but I was recently told by ESPN radio to check out 
Tommy John the men's underwear company...found them on sale HERE
(if you miss the sale, you can receive 15% off your first order by signing up for emails on the TJ website)

What is "your go to piece" for tackling the heat? 

streamsong resort - part3

Catch up on part 1 & part 2...

We got to SLEEP IN! I almost forgot what that was like.

We took our time getting ready & then headed downstairs to catch the shuttle to the clubhouse. The resort recommends the shuttle versus walking (it's 2.2 miles away, which isn't far by any means), but the habitat & environment is less than conducive for walking :)

Restuarant Fifty-Nine is where we ate breakfast.

Omelet for me....

Brioche French Toast & bacon for Matt

View from the back of the clubhouse looking out towards the property & golf courses.

More views from the clubhouse...

Spotted another gator!

We headed back to the resort (via the shuttle) to catch up with our tour guide for our bass fishing excursion!

Once we got to the resort, we followed the path past the pool to the boat dock.

I got in without falling in to the lake! YAY!!!

We headed out on the lake....snapped this picture of the resort from the lake...

Eric, the guide, took us to his favorite spot for fishing. And of course, the guys were off within minutes catching them bass!

For it being NOON in JULY in FLORIDA....this fishing trip was already a success. 

It was freaking hot.

Matt & Eric both caught another bass.

I did not.

But I did take another selfie...

5 bass, and 2 sweaty hours later, we called it a day and headed back in.

We had just enough time to race up to our room & take a quick shower before checking out.

So here's my 2 cents....
  1. The resort & the amenities are awesome! I can't really fathom staying there longer than a weekend.
  2. If you love to golf, it's definitely for you! The property boasts 2 golf courses with another currently being built.
  3. If you love nature, you will love this place! 
  4. It is not a "family vacation" - - I would not bring my 2 boys here. It would take the serene & tranquility environment to chaos & disturbing. However, if you have kids older than 7, that enjoy golfing, go for it!
  5. The resort also has sporting clays & archery!
  6. I could have rung up a major bill in the spa. 
  7. This is a great "kid free" vacation!

steamsong resort - part 2

You can catch up on part 1 here...

So, we got checked into our room on the fourth floor. The best part of our room was definitely the view! 

Here are some shots of the accomodations....

When you enter you walk right into the sitting area

Keurig & mini fridge

Shot of the bed from the sitting area. The room has 2 televisions, so you can watch from bed or watch from the couch. (Perfect for his & hers!)

No blinds or curtains to close, just push the shutters closed!

Dual sinks, very spacious bathroom!


Potty with pull door for some privacy ;)

While I was snapping pics, MattyB found some books!

A surprise knock on the door, delivering some wine!

and a fun new hat....

We got changed for the pool, and headed down to the spa! I am not gonna lie, this was what I was looking forward to the most. A visit to the spa! I seriously heard angels singing. 

You can read more about the spa HERE, but the AcquaPietra spa was pure bliss! We got down there about 45 minutes before our appointment, in order to utilize the amenities! 

It looked like a cave! This is where the soaking pools are, all ranging in temperature from 74 degrees to over 100 degrees!

We were clearly excited for our massages! Robes & all! 

After our massages :)

We both received samples & a hand written note from our masseuses! How sweet!

Next up was the pool....the infinity pool to be exact!

(photo courtesy of press kit)

I was lounging while Matt was in the pool. The view was superb!

And of course, it was afternoon so not long after this shot the thunder cracked & the lightning alarm was going off.

After the pool we headed back to the room to change & get ready for cocktails & dinner.

Cocktails & dinner were in the Pegasus Room, which had a spectacular view of the sunset!

Dinner was delish! It was themed "Taste of Streamsong", and featured top dishes from each of the 4 restaurants on property.

Stay tuned for part 3!

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