Month: March 2013

Next Door Savior by Max Lucado

Next Door Savior by Max Lucado

Happy Easter!! I thought that it would be fitting on this day that we celebrate Jesus death and resurrection to also celebrate his amazing and world shattering life-and that’s exactly what Max Lucado does in Next Door Savior: Near Enough to Touch, Strong Enough to […]

It’s a Treasure Hunt!

It’s a Treasure Hunt!

We all know that the kiddos are having lots of fun hunts this weekend involving Eggs, Chocolate, Bunnies & Baskets. (remember, Amber and Tyler have had 3 already!!) Well I thought that it might be fun for you to get a chance to do some […]

The Gospel Centered Woman by Wendy Alsup

The Gospel Centered Woman by Wendy Alsup

Many Biblical books written for women cover the topics of being a mom and wife and focus on passages of the Bible like Proverbs 31 and Ephesians 5. In The The Gospel-Centered Woman
Wendy focuses on these topics and passages, but brings a fresh perspective on these well known passages by viewing them through the lens of the Gospel.

 What she does is explain how Jesus should be the person we try most to emulate through our lives–even as women! His life, death, and resurrection is the foundation of our faith and our lives should be lived as such. Her writing is easy and practical while pointing out many hang ups that we as Christians tend to stumble on in our lives. A great example of this is the passage below:

“Instead of seeing myself as connected to Christ at all time, I used to view my relationship with God in terms of intersecting moments during the day. The more times my life intersected with God in a given week, the more “spiritual” I thought I was. In that paradigm, God went on His way and I went on my way until we intersected at some corner on some future day. Instead I have learned to think of myself walking with Jesus continually, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Our daily walk together is not just parallel but actually intertwined….the more I am aware of it, the more stable I am emotionally and spiritually.”

She also delves into our self image and the fact that we desperately need to learn to find our fulfillment to our longings and needs in God, yet we so often turn to others-especially men, in particular our spouses,  to fill a void that they cannot fill.

From women who are struggling in their marriages to women who are struggling with being single, for Moms who are exhausted with young children to women whose arms are achingly empty–The Gospel Centered Woman explains why, and how, the gospel is relevant to you in your life, all of the time and I’d highly recommend it!!! It was huge a blessing to me and helped reinforce many things that God has been working on my heart about, I will be buying this as a gift for friends in the future, and it would make a wonderful Bible study alone or with friends as there are discussion questions in the back!

Don’t just take my word for it! Hop on over and check out the reviews on Amazon
 (it has close to 5 stars so far!) and make sure to visit the rest of the Bloggers on the Book Tour!

Nicole Elliott

Spring Clean Your Style with a Custom Made Dress!

Spring Clean Your Style with a Custom Made Dress!

Next week in Organizing in Small Spaces I’ll be covering how to organize your closet in less than one minute a day! Since this week is Easter, however, first I wanted to do a post on Spring Cleaning Your Style–because it makes no sense to […]

Sweet Spring

Sweet Spring

Flowers Picked by Amber ~ “Just because I love you” Nicole Elliott

Spending, Splurging, & Dial Coconut Water Body Wash

Spending, Splurging, & Dial Coconut Water Body Wash

One of the things that has been keeping me so busy over the past several weeks is attending a Couponing for the Kingdom Bible Study each week that is taught by my “in real life” blogging buddy from Thrifty Texas Penny. 

In it we’ve been going over everything frugal living and couponing–something extremely useful for me on our college budget right now! While I’ve always been great at finding huge deals (hello Amazon and Groupon) and am a recently converted garage sale addict (my MIL and Pinterest did me in for that), I have never been able to get into couponing and the “Drug Store Games” left me with my eyes crossed. (Any CVS or Walgreens lovers out there???)

 Over the past few weeks I’ve learned a bunch and started  to work my new found knowledge to product “magic” at CVS. I now love to come home and brag to my MIL–LOOK! I got these 9 awesome products for under $1 a piece!

In the class we also talked about everyone needing to have their one “splurge” area. Maybe you love to have fast food but you can buy cheapo toliet paper, maybe you’re not brand loyal for makeup but you must have a certain kind of Kleenex. Everyone has their caveats! (Some of mine? My Macbooks and eating at fancier sit downs–Hello Outback and Red Lobster!)

One of my “splurge” areas has always been body & bath products. While I love me some affordable makeup there is something about body washes and lotions that leaves me always gravitating back to my high end specialty store brands.

While I was staying with my mom over Christmas she mentioned that they’d tried several body wash brands lately that they had picked up at Walmart but had that specialty body & bath feel. I was a little surprised and said I’d have to check them out.

& Dial Coconut Water Body Wash

When I was sent a bottle of Dial Coconut Water Body Wash I had high hopes that this might be just what my mom had been talking about! The androgynous look and smell would make this body wash be perfect for the entire family if you wanted it to be–but the subtle notes of floral make it just a touch girly with an overall really fresh, light, and clean smell to it. I was very happy with how much it lathered up–that’s usually my biggest complaint about big box store brands–they just don’t have that  delicious foamy lather! As you can see in my picture, however, Coconut Water Body Wash provides a thick and creamy foam that’s just perfect for scrubbing up all over!

All this for a product I’ll be able to use some of that CVS and Wal*mart magic to get for next to nothing! Looks like I might be changing my must have splurge items after all!

Even better! Right now Dial® is running the Healthier Skin. Healthier You.® Sweepstakes featuring Dial® Coconut Water Body Wash!

One lucky grand prize winner will receive $1,000, while 250 second place winners will receive free Coconut Water Body Wash. Awesome right??!!

 But don’t worry–even if you don’t win the sweeps One Lucky Reader from my blog will get to try out Dial Coconut Water as well!

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Nicole Elliott

Mamavation, Motivation, & Makeup!

Mamavation, Motivation, & Makeup!

This week’s “selfy” wearing a fun Spring dress and modeling Iman’s new BB Crème  This week my slim & trim quest continued along with the norm of juggling all it is that I do and trying to adjust my schedule as new curve balls my […]

nuNAAT GOGO (Give One, Get One) Giveaway!

nuNAAT GOGO (Give One, Get One) Giveaway!

You might remember my recent rave about my Lovely Locks if not go check it out so you’re up to speed! Enter for your chance to win TWO sets of the products (link to your nuNAAT review) I just recently tried and LOVED from nuNAAT […]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu Ray (my geeky heart rejoices)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu Ray (my geeky heart rejoices)

So, as I’ve admitted before though you might not tell by looking at me (I mean–I am pretty fabulous right?? 😉 ) I’m really a total closet geek!! I mean I’ve even played World of Warcraft (up to level 85, Blood Elf Fire Mage, Baby!!!) For crying out loud!

But where my geeky heart really shows up is in my undying and never ending love and passion for Lord of the Rings. The movie series has been my #1 favorite since it came out–and probably will always remain firmly in my top 10 no matter what movies may come–I just love them that much!

So naturally when The Hobbit came out I went and loved every minute of it with my even geekier than me little sister–it was AMAZING!!!!! As hubby said, “Well, it was copy/paste LOTR all over again.” Well, yes–that’s why I loved it so much! I really love how they’re splitting it up into three movies because I felt like they could really dive into the storyline and even add in some of
J. R. R. Tolkien’s fabulous back stories instead of having to chop and hack the book’s plot like most movies do–can’t wait for the next one to come out!

So I’m SUPER excited to bring all my lovelies the chance to win The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Blu Ray!

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Nicole Elliott

Friday Food ~ Campbell’s Go Soup

Friday Food ~ Campbell’s Go Soup

I love the Go Soup hilarious packaging and all the different flavors they offer! If you’ve been around these parts for long at all you’ll know that while I love providing my family home cooked meals  I also love me some “cheat night” dinners! Monday’s […]