Announcing my New Ebook!

Yayyy!!!! After alot of time and alot of work, I am so excited to announce my new Ebook, The New Mama’s Guide to Staying Sane and Free!

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Motherhood comes with so many new joys, fears, and challenges. When I became a new mama, I was shocked at all the changes this tiny person brought into my life.

The two questions I desperately wanted answered were:

How can I maintain my sanity as a new mama with no idea what to do?

How can I have the freedom to live the adventurous lifestyle I want while enjoying my baby?

These 5 tips I share in this little book are the secrets I have learned along the way that answer those two questions.

To get your own copy, click the link in the right side bar to sign up for my newsletter and you’ll immediately get your copy!

Thank you for all the love and support!!! I am so blessed by you!

Half Up Braided Messy Bun {Hair Tutorial}

Hi Everyone!!

We are continuing our weekly hair routine today with day 4 in the series!

So we’ve already gone through:

Day #1 –  Easy Overnight Waves
Day #2- Half Up Fishtail
Day #3 – Half Up Side Fishtail

And Day #4’s style is the Half Up Braided Messy Bun!! Thank you Lauren for helping me come up with this weekly hair schedule, and Jasmine for taking the photos!!

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So continuing with the last hairstyle, the Half Up Side Fishtail – you can easily turn this into a new style by undoing your braid and pulling your hair into a messy bun!!

Now I know your half up braid is going to be pretty messy at this point, but that’s ok cause that’s the look we’re going for with this style!

Step 1:
Wake up with hair already in the Half Up Side Fishtail from the day before.

Step 2:
Undo side braid gently.

Step 3:
Pull loose hair together at the nape of your neck. With a strong hair band, pull half your hair through, then twist and pull the rest through.

Step 4:
Secure with bobby pins. You’ll probably need ALOT of bobbies! 😉 Secure the poking out pieces on your half up style as well.

Enjoy running out the door with this quick, simple, sassy hairstyle!!!

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Top Book You Should Read Right Now: A Praying Life by Paul Miller

Do you want to grow in prayer?

Do you want to have more intimacy with God?

Do you want to have more confidence in how to pray?

Then you would be blessed by this book. I have read a few books on prayer and this is by far one of my favorites.
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So right now I’m simply going to share with you why I recommend this book to you, because it has truly changed my life.

Three things I walked away from this book learning how to do:

1. I learned to pray continually

I learned to practically have a conversation with God throughout the day. This has grown my joy tremendously! It has also helped me see my own inadequacy and how much I depend on God for His grace moment by moment.

2. I learned to bring the real me to God

Have you ever sat down to pray, but a few seconds in you feel guilty because you don’t feel like you’re praying “right”? Or have you started praying only to have your mind wander to something else, which then shows you how worldly you really are, so then you feel guilty again and don’t know if you should spend the rest of the time asking God’s forgiveness or keep on praying – only to get distracted again? I learned how to view this when it comes up in my prayer life, how to get around it, and how to keep praying, with joy and humble dependence.

3. I learned a greater awareness of God’s amazing work all around me

Oh friends, if I could convince you to read this book for even one reason it would be this! When you get to know the heart of God, you start seeing His amazing hand at work in all of your life. This has made me grow in my adoration of God and desire to please Him in all areas of my life because He is so amazing!! God tenderly cares for His children and is working His sovereign plan in our lives for our good. Did you get that part? For our good. How unbelievable that the God of the universe cares about little old me, and little old you.
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So…. I just started reading A Praying Life again, and if you want a book buddy, and to read it with me, simply comment below!! I would LOVE to have you read it with me, and I know you will be encouraged.

You can pick up your copy here.

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