Always Enough | Never Too Much

Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan, bestselling authors of Wild and Free, walk you through the gift of truly knowing who you are in Christ in Always Enough, Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding, and Start Living Wild and Free.  

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Daily devotional books are some of my all time favorites, I love the size. Devotionals generally pack a HUGE punch of everything you need for your morning. When I’m in a hurry I often toss a devotional in my purse and go (there have been many times when we’ve been running late and I have to rush to get the kids to all their classes) once everyone is settled I can sit in the coffee shop by their school and have “my” time with God!
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One of my current favorite devotionals is Always Enough, Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding, and Start Living Wild and Free! This devotional is AWESOME! Let me ask you a few questions, have you ever felt like you’re just too much for some people? Yeah me too. Have you ever felt like you’re just not enough. Yeah me again. Whether you feel like you’re too much, just not enough or both you have two amazing friends in Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan who are there ready to love, encourage and uplift you. “Always Enough, Never Too Much” is a super unique flip-book devotional! Read the book one way then flip it and read it the other way! One direction focuses on “always enough” the other direction focuses on “never too much”. It’s like having two amazing books in one!

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How I like to use Always Enough | Never Too Much!

I read a devotion from the Always Enough side, then pray, ponder & journal what I just read, the I Flip the book to the Never Too Much side and do the exact same thing. I like reading from each side because it’s the perfect balance! As women we’re always going through something and this book can truly help so much…no wonder the subtitle is “100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding & Start Living Wild and Free

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I HIGHLY recommend this to every woman in your life who needs a daily dose of encouragement! This devotional will speak to your soul and give you the pick me up your heart needs, as well as giving you wisdom.

By the way if their names sound familiar, well it’s because Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan are the authors of WILD AND FREE {one of my faves!}

Discover God’s wild freedom as you find your identity in Jesus with 100 devotions that will help you target and banish lies and insecurities. Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan, bestselling authors of Wild and Free, walk you through the gift of truly knowing who you are in Christ in Always Enough, Never Too Much: 100 Devotions to Quit Comparing, Stop Hiding, and Start Living Wild and Free.  

We’ve all been there. We know that sneaking, small voice in our heads all too well—you’re too loud. Too quiet. Too young. Too old. Too unimportant. Too ugly. Too silly. Too serious. You’re not as successful as she is—look at her perfect family, look at her high-powered job, look at her great hair and size 4 skinny jeans. Why can’t you be more like her—be more in general? Why do you expect so much from everyone? Why can’t you take up less space? Ask for less? Be less? The lies track well-worn paths in our minds and our hearts, wearing us down and making us question our role in God’s kingdom.

  • ISBN-10: 031009156X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310091561
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10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs

Embrace your time with the Lord, no matter how busy you are with 10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms

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After falling in love with 10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs I knew I needed the Psalms edition as well!

10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms does not disappoint, I loved it from the very beginning, the very first devotional page is
“You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his Holy mountain. Psalm 3:3”

The book of Psalms has been there for me in many times of fear, heartache and struggle, I know for many of you it has been there from you as well. It seems like no matter the situation the book of Psalms can bring you closer to the Lord and being such comfort and hope. This devotional does an amazing job of giving you exactly what you need in small bits to digest and get the most out of it!

10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms is not only filled with so many truths and comfort, it’s also the perfect size to take with you anywhere! It’s beautiful white and blue striped hardcover isn’t too shabby either!

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This book contains 46 devotionals, each includes:
•The Devotional verses
•1-2 page devotional
•Reflection
•Prayer

I just as the Proverbs edition this too is a companion devotional, so each day your are given an excerpt from the section but you need your Bible to read it all and to complete that devotional day!

10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms is fantastic and takes about 10 minutes making it perfect for your alone time with God time or family devotional time.

I definitely recommend this book for any believer in your life!

Embrace your time with the Lord, no matter how busy you are! 10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms offers encouraging insights and meaningful reflections in just 10 minutes. For the days when you most need the presence of God, 10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms is the perfect way to grow in your faith that fits into your busy schedule.

This devotional invites you into the Psalms, a place of praise and reflection. Realign your heart with God’s as you read through the Scripture and spend just a few minutes with Him. Whether you’re on a quick lunch break, between classes, or relishing some peace and quiet during nap time, 10 Minutes in the Word: Psalms gives you what you need to keep going. Just 10 minutes a day will guide you into Psalms, helping you feel closer to God and His Word.

  • ISBN-10: 031009125X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310091257
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Early Morning + Summer Workout

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These hot summer days can make it extremely difficult to get a workout in, especially if you workout at home and not a gym! Heat is so exhausting and can stop you in your tracks even if you have the best intentions.

If you have been plagued with the “too damn hot” summer woes then her are a few tips that might help!

EARLY morning!
If you are not a morning person then I know you just cringed! I used to HATE getting up early. I used to tell people I’d “NEVER” be a morning person! I used to dread morning workouts. Then one day my husband and I decided that we needed some more time together. With all the kids activities and our busy schedule we were in desperate need of us time! I mean time to talk not fall asleep on the coach (I know you know what I mean). We decided to start getting up at 5:45 to do a morning 2 mile walk. We loved it from day one and surprisingly within a few days I was a morning person. We now get up at 5am six days a week and have zero regrets! The first Saturday we got up at 5 was amazing! By 9am we had done a 5k, did outdoor painting, did our weekly shopping trip, went to Starbucks and cleaned the pool!

Not sold on early? No worries the workout below is the perfect “wake up” workout! You can do it anywhere (so if you travel it’s great) and you can do it according to your schedule!

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Want to be extra challenged?
Complete the workout 3-6x
Do the workout as fast as you can with short breaks between each set.

You can also write down how fast you do each set and try to beat your time each day!

It’s summer so be sure you STAY HYDRATED! I recommend this Hydro Flask! It’s amazing and keeps water icy cold all day long even in the hot sun.

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Kids + Golf = SO MUCH FUN!

Golf in one of those sports that you can do forever and its loved by so many young and old!

My son Simon {our HE of our b/g twins} LOVES Golf and spends every day working on his golf game! Currently, twice a week his dad takes him to the Golf Club right by us!

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Here are a few quick tips to make Golf fun for you and your young or beginner kids!

Let them be kids and call the shots:

We all want our children to learn the game right a way, we even have our own thoughts on the right way to play, but for little children they can easily become inundated and overwhelmed. When you take your child to the driving range let them lead the way and ask the questions they want to ask. Don’t worry the correct grip, stance etc. will happen…maybe not the first few times but it will come!

Celebrate:

Simply sharing the joy of good hit will work wonders for your child’s golf game! s12Enthusiasm will not only fill your child with joy and pride, it will grow your child’s desire to learn and excel in golf! So don’t be afraid to act like a kid again, jump up and down and be excited! You will have fun {which your deserve} and your child will LOVE it!

Don’t Criticize:

When it comes to children, they’re pretty easy to understand, either something is fun or not fun, and something fun can quickly turn to not fun when a child thinks they are doing something wrong. Kids also can misread correction as criticism and disappointment. When your child hits a good shot tell them “good shot” when your child has the right stance they them “great stance” they will thrive! Maybe your child doesn’t have a great hit or putt, don’t point out what was wrong about it, instead say some like “That was so good, next time try to_______” .

Let the short game shine:

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Simon also LOVES chipping and putting, he is always practicing and to be honest the putting green has instilled so much “Golf Joy” in him.

Play with some teaching, not teaching with some playing:

Lessons last between 30-45 minutes. We spend maybe 10-15 minutes of actual teaching then the rest of the time playing! We also love to just go to the driving range and hit a bucket of balls, it may take 20 minutes or 1 hour and its fun!
SAFETY: 

Golf is so much fun but be sure to keep your children safe!

  • Locally children under six are not allowed on most driving ranges for their safety (be sure to check the age requirements of course you plan to go to)
  • Make sure to ALWAYS keep your child in your line of sight.
  • When you are on the range always have your child in front of you, not behind you.
  • Before you get started make sure your child knows the boundaries that they should stay in or behind.
  • NEVER let your child drive the cart to prevent injuries to themselves or others.

This post is based on our own experiences.

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10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs

Embrace your time with the Lord no matter how busy you are with 10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs

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I absolutely love Zondervan gift books…they are always gorgeous and I have yet to be disappointed in any. 10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs is no different, not only is it lovely, with a beautiful white and green striped hardcover, it’s the perfect size and has the same high quality of writing that you would expect from Zondervan.

It is a wonderful devotional and contains 46 devotionals, each includes:
•The Devotional verses
•1-2 page devotional
•Reflection
•Prayer

I absolutely love that this is a companion devotional, meaning each day your are given an excerpt from the section but you need your Bible to read it all and to complete that devotional day!

Since each day takes about 10 minutes it is perfect for your alone time with God time or family devotional time, our kids love it!

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10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs, has become my favorite devotional, I have loved the book of Proverbs since I was a child so this is perfect!

I definitely recommend this book for any believer in your life!

Embrace your time with the Lord, no matter how busy you are! 10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs offers tangible reminders of God’s wisdom and meaningful reflections in just 10 minutes. For the days when you need help discerning direction, 10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs is the perfect way to engage with God.

This devotional invites you into Proverbs, the book of wisdom. Realign your heart with God’s as you read through the Scripture and spend just a few minutes with Him. Whether you’re on a quick-lunch break, between classes, or relishing some peace and quiet during nap time, 10 Minutes in the Word: Proverbs gives you what you need to keep going. Just 10 minutes a day will bring you closer to God and learning His Word.

  • ISBN-10: 0310091942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310091943
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Sparkle Bows Cheer OBSESSED!

Do you have to do cheer to be obsessed with Cheer Bows? Ah, no way! Do you have to be in dance to love crop sets? No way! Gabbi only does gymnastics and let me tell you she LOVES cheer Bows and crop sets!

We have partnered with one of the best shop ever! It’s called Sparkle Bows Cheer (adorable name right) this shop specializes in all the cute and glitzy you could ever want! Gabbi and I are SO EXCITED to share some of the great items they have in the shop!

Rainbow Poop Emoji Cheer Bow:

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We cannot get over the cuteness overload this unicorn rainbow poop emoji bow has! Gabbi about lost it when she saw it and has been wearing it a ton! Everywhere we go people ask about it! Not only is this bow cute but it is probably the most well made cheer bow we’ve ever had! Its super sparkly and has the perfect amount of stiffness (this is a very important feature!) It has not lost any shape despite accidentally being shoved in a drawer!

Tailless Cheer Bow:

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This bow…oh man…look at it! It’s gorgeous, classy and tailless, so no more tucking tails or bow tails falling in your face! Just like the above bow this one is equally well made! There is just something about this bow that makes Gabbi feel so beautiful! She loves wearing it when we’re at home, when we are out and about….anywhere! So many people love this bow. I personally think it’s perfect for all ages not just little girls! Its not too big {wait can a bow be too big?} or too small!

Let’s talk pony!
The ponytail band is different than any other cheer bow we have instead of being a elastic ponytail tie (like a goody) its actually a soft seamless elastic band…meaning will not snap! I LOVE this feature…I have had to take apart so many bows and replace the elastic!

What about the price?
These bows are a STEAL at between $8-$10 (for most) that is a fraction of most cheer bow shops! We cannot wait to get more!

In addition to those two gorgeous bows Gabbi also got two ridiculously adorable Unicorn Crop sets

The first crop set is this ADORABLE Black Unicorn Love with Rainbows Crop Top and Shorts!

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I know right? You can’t get over the cuteness! Gabbi is obsessed with this set! What’s not to love Unicorns + Rainbows!

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She pretty much lives in this, she only takes it off to change to the other set 😂 She’s even been sleeping in it! Its just that comfy I guess!

Next up is the equally as adorable Blue Unicorn Love Crop Top and Shorts!

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This is just the cutest set ever! The blue is such a gorgeous shade! Gabbi loves wearing this one with her favorite denim overall shorts, she also has a high waist white skirt that goes so cute with this!outfit2 In addition to these two adorable set Gabbi also got these super cute stretchy black shorts!black_shorts

These are awesome and go with all her existing crop tops making a bunch of new outfits! It’s amazing how useful a pair of basic black shorts can be! Gabbi has been wearing these everywhere. They are perfect with any shirt and great under dresses and skirts!

All three pairs of are so soft and comfortable and fantastic for the gym! Gabbi loves wearing them over her leotards at Gymnastics practice.

Sizing info for the Crop Tops and Shorts:

  • One Size fits most 4 way stretch
  • Ages (5-10)
  • Fabric: Polyester (92%), Spandex (5%), Nylon (5%)
  • Soft and breathable moisture wicking fabric that moves the way you move.
  • LIGHTWEIGHT UV PROTECTIVE

*Crops and shorts are sold separately.

Clearly we love Sparkle Bows Cheer and we think you will too! Head over and check out all the amazing Bows and other crop tops they have!

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I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Kathy at Sparkle Bows Cheer for the adorable gifts!

*Although  Sparkle Bows Cheer did send me a thank you package for partnering with them I was not compensated or persuaded to write anything I do not mean-  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Sparkle Bows Cheer.

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