A Love Letter Life {book review}

 

IMG_8789

Over 2 million people watched as Jeremy and Audrey married on TLC’s hit show Little People, Big World. I have to be honest I have never seen an episode of Little People, Big World, but I have followed Audrey Roloff’s Instagram account and personal blog for some time and I just adore her! She, Jeremy and their precious daughter the cutest! I absolutely love reading real life love stories, so I was so excited to read A Love Letter Life. Having been married for nearly 20 years I have was curious to read their advice for couples as a couple with a much younger marriage than my own.

Upon first glance I thought this book was geared toward married couples, but quickly realized that it in fact is a perfect book for dating couples full of great advice. Within the pages Jeremy and Audrey retell their dating story and give great advice such as encouraging you to stop settling for convenient relationships, they share both male and female differences in dating, cover tough topics like purity, give their nine rules for fighting well.

This book is a must have for your dating children or your own dating journey. It shares practical tips, relatable struggles, hard lessons, and a beautiful devout commitment to your beloved, all are extremely important lessons and tips for all dating couples. Even as a long time married woman I found this book, lovely and encouraging, it will absolutely be handed down to my teenage son once the time comes…such a weird thought!

 

 

From the Publisher: In A Love Letter Life, Audrey and Jeremy share vulnerable insights from their own journey, encourage readers to stop settling for convenient relationships, offer perspective on male and female differences in dating, tackle tough topics like purity, give their nine rules for fighting well, suggest fun ideas for connection in a world of technology, and provide fresh advice on how to intentionally pursue a love story that never ends.

As Jeremy and Audrey write, if you can fall into love, you can fall out. True love is something you choose to live out each day through your actions, decisions, and sacrifices. To find and still seek, that is love. From the moment you meet your potential spouse, you can be intentional about shaping a beautiful love story, uniquely written for who God created you both to be. A Love Letter Life will equip you to pursue an intentional, creative, and faithful love story from your first date to “I do” and beyond.

ISBN: 0310353629 ISBN-13: 9780310353621

 

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions are 100% my own.

Connect with me on

Instagram:  @itsmebritni | BOOKBUB | PINTEREST | SUBSCRIBE | TWITTER

sigg1

 

 

A Standard of Grace: a guided journal

See the source imageI first discovered Emily Ley when I received Grace Not Perfection before its release from her publisher! I was immediately hooked and LOVED her…we both have an older son and boy/girl twins!! How cool is that! Anyway, If her name sounds familiar but you haven’t read her books you probably know her from her HUGHLY popular Simplified Planner {Its AMAZING!} But today we are here to talk about her newest creation A Standard of Grace a guided journal!

234EFA2E-01BA-4C4C-8A34-B722912632D4

Not only is it STUNNINGLY gorgeous but it is awesome…more about my thoughts in a sec, but first lets hear from the publisher!

Are you standing in the middle of opportunity and being overwhelmed of crazy when you really need calm? Not sure where to start to simplify and bring grace and peace to your home?

A Standard of Grace is a gorgeous four-color, joy-inspiring guided journal designed to help you nurture your dreams, discover your hopes, and pay attention to those things you hold dearest to your heart.  With quotes, journaling prompts, and Scripture, bestselling author of Grace, Not Perfection and A Simplified Life Emily Ley, encourages you to reach for the life of you want—all while holding to a standard of grace.

Both gorgeous and useful, A Standard of Grace will make a lovely gift and keepsake as well as be a powerful tool for both embracing where you are while reaching for your goals and dreams. Through practical, easy-to-follow prompts for journaling and reflection, Scriptures, and inspiring imagery, you’ll find an accessible, inspirational journal that to enjoy personally and to share with friends.

There have been quite a few “Guided” journals out recently and honestly most have fallen flat, but A Standard of Grace is not like all the others. It’s perfect for this busy mom who has very little time to herself. A Standard of Grace is broken down in 52 weeks, each week focuses on one or two journaling prompts…I LOVE this aspect, some times I find daily prompt journals to be a bit overwhelming or underwhelming, the fact that this one focuses on less means that we are really able to mull over what you are writing in your journal!! Each week starts with a VERY meaningful Bible verse {LOVE} and a little paragraph where Emily shares her thought, feelings or just an observation {again LOVE} It truly feels like you are journaling with your friend who cares and deeply loves you!

Lets just talk a moment about the prompts, so are way easier than others, some you can probably write with your eye closed, other prompts however may truly take the week to do, invoking emotions that you maybe didn’t know were right there. This journal just came out so of course I haven’t finished it but I have thumbed ahead and I feel like Week 10  “Surrendering Control” and Week 32 “Grace for the Guilt” may be a bit difficult and emotional.

IMG_7928

I LOVE this Journal so so so much and I cannot wait for you to get it too! I want to get this for my sweet BFF Sara who is also a twin mom with not much time on her hands, but I know would LOVE it! 

I HIGHLY recommend A Standard of Grace and all other Emily Ley books, I will be ordering her newest planner soon so keep an eye out for that review!

Here is a bit about Emily:

Emily LeyAuthor of Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy, A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living, and A Standard of Grace: Guided Journal
  • Founder & CEO of Simplified

Job Title: Design guru. Mama bear. Lover of stripes.

Favorite color: Kelly green – since I was a little girl!

What’s on your desk: Wireless headphones, pics of the littles we prayed long and hard for, my Simplified Planner with lots of scribbles and notes clipped in, and a half eaten bag of gummy bears.

Favorite quote: “Love is patient, love is kind.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

Secret talent: I can stay awake and in a remarkably good mood for an obscene amount of time. That’s what three kids under seven will teach you.

Thank you to Booklook Bloggers for the opportunity to read and review this e-book!

Connect with me on

Instagram:  @itsmebritni | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter Subscribe

sigg1

 

 

Hazli Parents 4ft Beam!


Hazli Collection - Your Gymnastic Store
IMG_6903.jpgI’m SO excited to introduce you to the newest addition to our home gym! This amazing 4ft beam is from a company that to us called The Hazli Collection {Hazli Parents on social media} Their mission is to “make Play the foundation of Learning, to teach the WHOLE child.” Recently they introduce this 4ft beam and a 8ft folding beam that has honestly taken social media by storm! EVERYONE in the gymnastics community is talking about Hazli!
We were BEYOND thrilled when we were asked to test it out Hazli Collection 4ft Beam!!
Here’s some beam info for you:
  • Size specs: 4 feet length, 4 inch height, 4 inch wide top ( like competition beams) that tapers down to an 8 inch wide & stable base.
  • Awesome hook & loop system, meaning you can easily lengthen with a second 4ft Hazli beam to make it 8 feet long.
  • Hazli beams are filled with a soft and supportive EVA foam and covered with abrasion resistant artificial leather.
  • Hazli beams come in the pretty pink color and the traditional tan beam color.

Gabbi loves that she can carry her beam anywhere because its so incredibly light. It may be tiny but it is mighty! Its soft and squishy yet firm making it perfect for any level from toddler to advanced. Because of its light weight it can easily be toted to the park or even grandmas house to show off beam skills! I absolutely love this because Gabbi loves showing off to her grandma that she adores but sometimes my mom can’t make it to our house or to her practice, the Hazli beam is so perfect, we may even pick up another one for her house.ggps2

Honestly beam was probably Gabbi’s least favorite event and of course we can all understand why, your up high on a four inch wide plank! This Hazli beam has help her confidence SO much! You might be thinking its only 4ft what could you possibly use it for?

Gabbi  loves working on:

  • Handstands
  • Back Walkovers
  • Back Bends
  • Turns
  • Leaps
  • Press Handstands

I think this would be awesome for young beginners who need to work on balance!

The Life in Bloom has been featuring workout equipment since 2011 and gymnastics gear since 2017 so its no surprise I often get emails asking about gym equipment, one of the most common gymnastics emails I get asks about gym equipment {specifically beams} that will not take up a ton of room and fit in small living spaces. In the past I have had a difficult time answering such emails, oh my gosh guys this beam is perfect! It’s perfect for literally any size home because it can easily be stored in the closet, under a bed or wherever! 

We are SO impressed with Hazli and want to get the Pink Folding Beam so that Gabbi can use it to work on her entire beam routine! Gabbi also REALLY wants the Pink Delicious Home Gymnastics Mat.

I HIGHLY recommend heading over to Hazli and checking out all the awesome items they have!!

Be sure you follow Hazli on Instagram

Instagram:  @itsmebritni | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter Subscribe

sigg1
ALL images are © The Life in Bloom 2009-present and may not be used without written permission.  

Shop Girl Power Sport at Nordstrom!!


Shop small brands |vote for made in USA at Nordstrom

Did you know that Girl Power Sport is sold at Nordstrom? Check out all the new styles GP SPORT has at Nordstrom!!!
Right now The NORDY Club is doing double points!!!

 

2 points per dollar – as a Nordy Club member

4 points per dollar – with a Nordstrom debit card

6 points per dollar – with a Nordstrom credit card

*

Points Are Poppin’
March 13–17

""
Get all the points info HERE!

Girl Power Sport is one of our most favorite companies! It’s Washington State based and has a singular, simple belief:

GIRL POWER can change the world through KIDNESS, by GIVING BACK to the society which allows them to compete.

The Power to Play. The Power to Change. The Power to Thrive.

Girl Power Sport has increased their sewing production and are partnering with an amazing non-profit from Seattle, Refugees Artisan Initiative. Some of their sewing is now being done by refugees and immigrant women who are in the Seattle area! They plan to continue to work with these wonderful ladies, it is a great organization! Click here for a short news clip about the Artisan Refugees

DON’T FORGET to

Enter my GIRL POWER SPORT GIVEAWAY 

HERE

ggps

Do you have a GIRL POWER story? Tag Girl Power Sport on Instagram and use #girlpower_sport

 

Instagram:  @itsmebritni | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter Subscribe

sigg1
ALL images are © The Life in Bloom 2009-present + Girl Power Sport and may not be used without written permission.  

Tumbl Trak Addie Beam!

See the source image

We have been in love with Tumbl Trak since we got the skill builder set and tumbling mat. So it’s no surprise that when the opportunity arose to get a balance beam and not just any balance beam but the Addie beam we jumped at it!

Of course the beam arrived while Gabbi was at school so I waited to open it until she got home. She was so excited to open this huge box!

IMG_0668

IMG_1366She squealed as we set it up!  Gabbi is because like many gymnasts she struggles with beam confidence, it’s not that she’s scared but she just isn’t totally confident in her skills.

The Addie beam has become a absolute ‘must have’! It sits on the floor with purple rounded feet, which we LOVE! Gabbi adores the Addie beam and loves working on skills like turns, leaps, handstands and cartwheels.  She is so proud, so confident, and ready to conquer the world!

IMG_0657

I HIGHLY recommend checking out the Addie beam {at any level}, especially if you have a competitive gymnast that needs to practice more at home!
What we love:

  • The Addie beam is competition width, so no learning and relearning skills because of different beam widths.
  • Its the perfect home size at 8ft!
  • Its low to ground so she can safely practice new skills at home!
  • Gabbi loves that the beam is slightly “cushy”! It has the perfect amount of padding and is so soft.
  • The Addie is PERFECT for all skills at all levels!

The Addie Beam features:

  • Its only $179
  • 8 ft long and competition width (10 cm)
  • It has the look and feel of a competition beam
  • Its covered in synthetic suede
  • It has a wood core
  • It has rounded top corners
  • The support legs are rubberized to help protect little feet

IMG_1406

The Addie beam can easily behind and couch or under the bed. When Gabbi is not using her Addie {pretty much when she’s in bed!} we like to put it here in front of our fire place. When we have guests we just move the beam to the twins room. Though it is fairly heavy, Gabbi {little miss independence] can move the beam to where she wants it by herself. She moves one end at a time…its adorable.IMG_0764_1

Did you know that Tumbl Trak is more than just gymnastics, they have tons of great equipment in all price ranges and their customer service is AMAZING!

Connect with
See the source image
I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Stacy, James and Tumbl Trak for sending Gabbi this equipment.

*Although Tumbl Trak did send me the Addie Beam to feature I was not compensated for this post or require to give a positive review.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

Connect with me on

Instagram:  @itsmebritni | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter Subscribe

sigg1

The Secrets of Paper and Ink {Book Review}

 

The Secrets of Paper and Ink  -     By: Lindsay Harrel

Today I’m excited to share a book that I absolutely loved in the month of February! It’s called “The Secrets of Paper and Ink” {e-book version}

The Secrets of Paper and Ink follow the follow the lives of three women Sophia, Ginny and Emily. Although they have completely different lives they end up being very linked.

After a horrible situation Sophia seeks refuge in Cornwall, England, for the summer. Finding the perfect place to stay and a wonderful summer job at a little bookshop, she ends up befriending the also suffering book store co-owner Ginny. When Sophia accidentally finds of a 150-year-old journal written by Emily, it sends her on an unforgettable journey of finding herself and helping Ginny along the way too!

Sophia, Ginny and Emily’s stories are shared with detail creating a connection with all three women. My guess would be that ANY reader will identify with one or all three women.

This book shows how heartbreak and loss can turn into hope and joy…and there is some very sweet romance too. I love all the characters in the book and really hope for a squeal!

Grab The Secrets of Paper and Ink asap! Guys this is a perfect book to read in front of a fire or on a beach! In my opinion it is a great book for any woman who needs a bit of encouragement through a difficult time.

Thank you to Booklook Bloggers for the opportunity to read and review this e-book!

Connect with me on

Instagram:  @itsmebritni | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter Subscribe

sigg1

 

 

Girl Power Sport GIVEAWAY!

The power to play. The power to change. The power to thrive.
Psst! There is a giveaway at the end!!

Today I am SO excited to share one of our most favorite gymnastics companies!! It’s called Girl Power Sport , its local to us {in Washington State}. I am confident once I introduce you to them you will love them as much as we do!

ggps2

ggps4We first became acquainted with them after Gabbi last year and immediately fell in love with their company and mission! Not only do they have the cutest leotards check out how cute this USA Swing Top and #GIRLPOWER capris leggings are! Oh SWOON over this team USA red star jacket!! This outfit will be absolute perfection on the 4th of July!ggps3

Fun Fact: Girl Power Sport is made in the USA and proceeds from every sale goes to charity!

Girl Power Sport also specializes in beautiful and unique fabrics that you don’t see with other companies!

One such fabric is the ridiculously adorable Gym Cat Leotard! Gabbi loves cats so of course it has become one of her favorite leotards and the fact that one cat is doing a back handspring it the CUTEST!

Not only is this leotard the cutest darn thing I’ve ever seen, it’s so incredibly well made! Quality is the most important thing when I buy my daughter leotards, honesty too often we buy Gabbi leotards and they fit great in the torso but are so darn baggy everywhere else that they just look ridiculous! Girl Power Sport has done a fantastic job on their leotard cut!

ggps1

Generally Gabbi is not a fan of leotards with more one fabric…she hates the seams, but this Girl Power Sport leotard is different! The seam between the kitty fabric and the pink fabric on the sides is very soft and she doesn’t even notice it! Also the pink fabric is shiny, often times that means that the inside of the fabric is rough, this fabric is not!

Guys we are absolutely loving this leotard and cannot wait to get her more, in fact…

There are so many GP SPORT lovelies on Gabbi’s wishlist:

GP SPORT Stella Space Cat Leotard, Main, color, BLUE

A bit about Girl Power Sport:

Girl Power Begins!  As a mompreneur, I wanted to create a company that encourages girls to be strong, active and goal driven.  I was born with a heart defect that limited my activity level.  After a number of heart surgeries, I set a goal to have an active lifestyle. So far, I have beat the odds and have run 21 marathons and 1 50k.  I want my children to learn the importance of hard work and perseverance on the field as an athlete as well as all aspects of their lives. I have used coaching as a way to encourage and impart the things I have learned that ultimately, you can overcome the odds. Through dance, gymnastics and sports, girls learn to be assertive, work as a team and test their abilities and strength. In the words of Shalane Flanagan, “Keep your head up, keep your heart strong,” I want girls who wear my products to feel pride, feel assertive, feel the sense of team and above all, feel they can beat the odds while maintaining a sense of kindness for others.

We are thrilled to be collaborating with Girl Power Sport to giveaway a Gym Cat leotard to one lucky winner!

ggps

We are going to do this giveaway old school!! Entering is easy!

Yep it’s that easy!

This giveaway will run until March 20th and I will select a winner using random.org

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Lisa at Girl Power Sport for the adorable leotard!

*Although GPS did send a leotard for partnering with them I was not compensated or persuaded to write anything I do not mean-  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

Instagram:  @itsmebritni | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter Subscribe

sigg1
ALL images are © The Life in Bloom 2009-present + Girl Power Sport and may not be used without written permission.