When God Says Go, Listen

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When God Says Go

Today my friend sent me some pictures which documented our life together 3 years ago. Our children were babies. They were so little! My oldest was two and one-half and my youngest at the time had just turned one. She had two of her own. In the pictures they were eating breakfast together and playing outside in a little pool. So cute! What the pictures don't tell you: My friend had JUST moved into that house from another state. Overnight, she became Mama to two additional littles to … [Read more...]

Charlotte: FREE Halloween Portraits, Trick or Treating, and Movies on the Green

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Portrait Innovations Halloween

 Every year we search through the dress-up box and find costumes. Every year my husband works late so the only pictures I get are either in our house or in the black of night. This is about as good as it gets in our house. But it doesn't have to be that way! If you live in Charlotte, you are invited to a FREE event on Friday, October 24th! Portrait Innovations is offering parents with children dressed in costume FREE portraits during the Trick ‘r Treat event taking place at the Promenade … [Read more...]

Clean Water for You {Win a Royal Berkey}

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My guess is that you are blessed with access to clean running water. We don't really worry about getting parasites or other waterborne diseases when we turn on our tap. But while we are blessed with clean water coming through indoor plumbing, are you aware of some of the environmental contaminants that are frequently found in that water? Traces of heavy metals like mercury and aluminum, pesticide residues, and volatile organic compounds can be found in our drinking water! This is why … [Read more...]

Peace in the Process

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Peace in the Process Kristin

Sweet friends, I want to introduce you to a dear friend of mine today. If you've read Infertility: A Silent Struggle and a God Who Hears, you probably recognize her. It's funny how God works sometimes. I went to college with several of Kristin's friends from high school. Small World! I am honored for her to post on Beauty in the Mess today to share a part of her story and how God gave her peace in the process. Thanks, Kristin! I remember when we started talking about a second … [Read more...]

5 Fall Themed Books {and a Giveaway!}

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5 Fall Themed Books

Fall is my favorite. Crisp air. Crunchy leaves under foot. Beautiful colors painting the trees. Warm jackets. Apple cider. I love it all! What better way to share my favorite season with you than to tell you about 5 great fall themed books AND host a GIVEAWAY!! YAY!! 5 Fall Themed Books 1. The Pumpkin Patch Parable. I love the Parable books by Liz Curtis Higgs. This charming story shows children of all ages how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a beautiful sight. In the same … [Read more...]

Update Your Wardrobe Without Breaking the Bank

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Update Your Wardrobe Without Breaking the Bank

While I may not be super fashionable after having four children, and my closet looks like it should be on an episode of What Not to Wear {why isn't that still on?}, I haven't lost all hope. There's a little something called a scarf. It's my secret weapon, and I know how to use it. Scarves help me pull together outfits. Some scarves are large enough to double as a nursing cover. But more times than not, scarves help me hide unsightly stains and spit up.   They also … [Read more...]