snakeskin blazer & pushing forward in stress

About this Blazer:

Can you tell I’m a fan of snakeskin?! Yes, it’s trending right now, but I have to say I love it no matter what! I never met an animal print I didn’t like as long as it’s done in a classic way! and what is more classic than this $22 blazer?! (ps. if you can’t find the blazer with my link, use search ID 628289).

Use code SH4131 for %15 off, no limitation, valid until march 31st, 2019!

Shein has one of the best selections of animal print that I’ve ever seen and this blazer is just one of the many items I own and love of theirs! Yes, I agree that if you’re looking for classic pieces on their site, sometimes you have to wade through a slew of neon, barely-there “party dresses,” but I’ll tell you it’s worth it!

My favorite way to search is from their homepage and go to the dropdown titled “CLOTHING” and “Blouses.” Then select from the “elegant” or “preppy” categories, though the casual section hosts many great options as well.

I also like to browse their “casual,” “maxi,” and “elegant” dresses because they have great options for everything from hot summer days to fancy weddings.

Speaking of animal prints, my Leopard Print *actual art print* is just $20 over on my shop!

Life lately:

Have you missed me? Yes, I’ve been a bit MIA, but it’s because I’m constantly working on a secret project. So far, I will say that it’s honestly the biggest, most difficult, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done in my entire life — other than motherhood. In my mind, I keep comparing the work I’m putting into it on the time and effort I spent on my Master’s degree, which scares me a little because that stress reminds me of grief.

If you knew me back when I lived in Sweden or afterward, you would know how important Sven was to me. He was an orange rag doll who behaved more like a dog than a cat, and I cared for him like a child. So when he suddenly passed away one Friday morning — in the midst of all of the work, writing, teaching, and research — I grieved very hard.

So now when I have times of intense stress, sometimes my mind reacts by feeling like it should go into grief or survival mode. Instead of focusing on the next steps I need to take, sometimes I start worrying about the what ifs and the future. I’m no psychologist, but I know that’s unhealthy and unbiblical. God’s Word tells us to not worry about anything… to not worry about things because God loves us even more than we imagine and He’s like a Father who wants us to run to Him so He can protect and teach us.

It’s a conscious decision for me to focus on my tasks at hand instead of worry, but I know it’s the right decision.

What makes you worry? How do you actively work to combat those negative thoughts and press on toward your goal?



meet Lemon Drop Love, the cutest online shop ever!!!!

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EDIT: use code LEMON for 20% off your order!!!!!! 🙂

Hi all! Today I’m sharing about a new online shop that I’m completely obsessed with! It’s called Lemon Drop Love & it was started by a family friend, Nancy, who now lives in Colorado! I watched her start up her shop and it was so exciting to see her put together such a great collection of cozy tops and, of course, the “sock party,” what a genius idea!!!!!!!! I can’t wait to see what she does next!!!

[Scroll to the bottom to see a few of the socks, click the images for links directly to them!]

What I love about her Clothes Line is that the pieces are completely wearable for women of all ages and all stages of life. I also love that everything looks (and feels!!) so cozy! This sweater is almost sold out so shop it now here before the last one’s gone!

If you missed out on the top I have, another shirt from the shop that I’m really loving and recommend to you, it’s their peplum “hoodie” in chestnut because it is so flattering on everyone! And at just $28 it’s totally affordable and worth it because you will wear it all the time!

They also have adorable garlands that would make the cutest Christmas tree ever!!!! In fact, they sent me a garland and I think it’s going to go on Wellesley’s tree in her room this year!!!!

This is what she sent!

And I think this would be so cute on the curtains in a girl’s room… or on a cherry themed Christmas tree!

I had my husband take this photo because I NEEDED y’all to see the incredible stitching detail on the sleeves!!!! They could have just made it simple and boring, but this is seriously great!!!!!

dog is not for sale, lol