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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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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Garland Activewear {gymnastics leotards}

Custom made Gymnastic Leotards in St Augustine, Florida

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Who doesn’t love leotards {especially gymnastic leotards} I love that they have the ability to radiate a personality 100%! Such is the case with my Gabbi and her Under the Sea Mesh Back Leotard from Garland Activewear!

This stunning leo is the embodiment of my little girl, sparkly and bold with a whole lot of Mermaid sprinkled in!

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I am THRILLED to be collaborating with Garland Activewear. I cannot wait to tell you all about the Leotards and people who make Garland Activewear!

It seems like everywhere we go we check the leotard rack {because you can’t have too many right} so Gabbi has a pretty good size collection from pretty expensive to very inexpensive and I’ve learned that not all leos are created equal so I honestly had no idea what to expect from Garland Activewear {since this was our first leotard from them} When Gabbi’s Under the Sea leotard arrived it was packaged so nicely and secure, the leo and matching scrunchie were neatly folded and placed in a clear plastic protective with a card to both Gabbi and me {the card was NOT a printed form card…it was hand written to us! AMAZING right!} When I took the Leotard out of the bag and felt the impeccable quality, I turned and told my husband “from now on the is our go to brand!” I’m not just saying that I was and still am serious!

Take a look at this beautiful leotard!

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My husband was equally impressed with the quality but as a Business Quality Analyst for the past 15 years the personalize card stood out more than anything to him and made us feel like Garland Activewear is a company we WANT to buy from!

And Gabbi…oh Gabbi! She gasped when she saw it and squealed the entire time she was getting it on! She looked at her self in the mirror and about lost it when she saw the mesh back because she loved it so much. She immediately asked if she could wear it…to the store, to play basketball with her brothers, skateboarding, in the sprinklers, to grandmas and to bed {yes that was all in the same breath and I’m sure I missed a few things!} Needless to say she was in love!

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The leotard fits her sleek which is exactly how she likes it. She can jump, roll and flip all around and it stays perfectly in place. You may think “duh of course it stays in place” but that isn’t always the case. Gabbi is very slim {she will be 7 in just a few weeks and wears 3t comfortably…she’s too tall for 3t but the waist fits perfect} Often she gets the “gymnastics wedgie” and a 6 she is not subtle about it 🙂 With her Garland Activewear leo it doesn’t happen because of the perfect cut. She can also wear regular panties with it, which if you are familiar with leotards then you know this is not always the case. She is comfortable wearing this leotard without shorts over it and both her daddy and I are too. Garland leos have wider crotches, and as a mother this is something that is very important to me, I want to make sure my daughter is covered and protected. She has a leo that has an extremely narrow crotch and she does not wear it outside the home and she prefers to wear shorts over it even in our own home. Although the crotch is wide it does not make red pressure marks in her thighs at all…I think Garland Activewear just has the magic sizing!

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The mesh back is comfortable and not scratchy. This was something I was a little worried about as Gabbi is EXTREMELY picky about fabrics, but she said it is very soft and “cozy”! As I mentioned above the quality is impeccable, there is the perfect amount of stretch and the stitching is beautiful. All the seams are sewn perfectly, this stood out to me because recently we purchased a fairly expensive leo for her and I was really disappointed in the bunchy stitching, it almost seemed like a 2nd quality, this is NOT the case with Garland Activewear!

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The best part! The beautiful Under the Sea Leotard with matching Scrunchie is $35.50

{Garland leos range from $27.50-$37.50 – they also do custom orders!}

Sizing: When purchasing from Garland Activewear I would recommend ordering your child’s clothing size for a sleek fit or one size bigger for a “room to grow” fit. This is my personal thoughts, if you have questions about sizing I would suggest getting in touch with Garland Customer service, I know they can help!

I have yet to wash it, I do hand wash and lay flat to dry all her leos {many have sparkles} but I see no reason for it to not wash and dry beautifully!

WHY WE LOVE GARLAND:

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Customer Service: The people at Garland are so friendly with great communication! Big shout out to Abbie and all her hard work. She is so sweet and extremely prompt in her responses!

The Pricing: As I mentioned above Garland has great quality couple that with great pricing and you have a match made in heaven! The quality is that of leotards that range from $70+!

The Website: Garland Activewear has a very easy to use website {this is not always the case} it’s easy to navigate and it’s always very easy to make quick order.

I think it goes without saying that we TRULY love this company and couldn’t be more happy with our Garland leos! They have new Ombre Leotards that we LOVE!

*Repost from 9/2016

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Custom made Gymnastic Leotards in St Augustine, Florida

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Abbie and Garland Activewear for sending the beautiful Leotard!!

*Although Garland Activewear did send me these products to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. ALL images are ©The Life in Bloom & Garland Activewear

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What I’m Reading | June | Wild and Free

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Do you want to live “Wild and Free”? In the their new book Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan takes us back to God’s original plan for women, a beautiful life living wild for God and free from the expectations of this world. How many times have we or other women/mom we know buckle under the pressure of specifically social media pressure? It’s sad that so many women are living backed into a corner because of expectation…many times unattainable expectations. These lovely lady sharing their own stories of feeling not enough, being too much and everything in between, it speaks to your soul with inspiration to live life Wild and Free, like wild horses ❤ {when you read the book you’ll get it}

Whether you are a shy observer like Hayley or bold go getter like Jess, you will be spoken to and I know your heart will be touched, and more than likely you will find your self identifying with one or both of these ladies. I found my self stunned as they shared their  stories…my story! I absolutely love that throughout the book we’re reminded that we are not alone in our struggles, but we are blessed to have a community of women who long to live this wild and free life as well. Are you like me and have a hard time allowing the shackles of shame break and let people in? They help you embrace the community that God has uniquely put you. Thought this book it is reiterated that you are just as you are, because the you that you are is perfect. Don’t forget that you are completely loved and worthy.

This book is something that I think all women need in their lives! Looking for a gift for a woman in your life? Consider this book! This would also be a great book for a women bible study!

*Although I did receive this book for free to review I was not compensated for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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DOLLY PARTON’S COAT OF MANY COLORS

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Growing up my mom loved Dolly and I did too! I loved her amazing voice and her bubbly personality! I’ve always loved that she was from a big family, I’m the youngest of 9! She always made me smile. She is not only an amazing singer but a fantastic actress! My favorite version of Baby its cold outside is the duet with Dolly and Rod Stewart, it seriously doesn’t get better than that!

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So, months ago when I heard that there was a new movie coming out about Dolly’s upbringing, I knew I wanted to see it. Over the years I had heard bits and pieces about her life as a young girl and her family but nothing like what the movie would bring! This is a beautiful movie perfect for the whole family. Have you ever wondered how Dolly went from “dirt poor” {her words} to where she is now? Or how she started singing? This tells the whole story and I highly recommend it! Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors was released on May 3, 2016

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“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton’s remarkable upbringing. This once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes place inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Parton who she is today.

The film is set in the Tennessee Great Smoky Mountains in 1955. It is neither a biopic nor a musical about Dolly’s whole life and performing career, but rather a family-oriented faith-based story about the incidents in her and her family’s life around the time she was nine years old.

Alyvia Alyn Lind will portray nine-year-old Dolly Parton, with Jennifer Nettles as Parton’s mother, Ricky Schroder as her father and Gerald McRaney as her grandfather.

“Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors” is written by Pamela K. Long. She executive produces with Sam Haskell and Dolly Parton. The film is a production of Magnolia Hill Entertainment and DP Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Source: NBC

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DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Coat of Many Colors: Bringing the Song to the Screen (Featurette) – This featurette explores the early life of Dolly Parton, the “Queen of Country Music.”  Ms. Parton talks about the origin of her hit song “Coat of Many Colors” and the journey of bringing this story of love and forgiveness to television.
  • Deleted Scenes

DVD BASICS

  • Price: $19.98 SRP
  • Street Date: May 3, 2016
  • 1 DVD-9
  • Audio: English (5.1)
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16×9 Widescreen
  • Running Time: Approx. 180min. (2 x 90min) /Special Features: Approx. 20 min.
  • Catalog # 1000596788
  • UPC #  883929538409
About Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in order to maximize current and next-generation distribution scenarios. An industry leader since its inception, WBHE oversees the global distribution of content through packaged goods (Blu-ray Disc™ and DVD) and digital media in the form of electronic sell-through and video-on-demand via cable, satellite, online and mobile channels, and is a significant developer and publisher for console and online video game titles worldwide. WBHE distributes its product through third-party retail partners and licensees.

 want to extend a HUGE Thank You to Warner Bros. for sending my family this wonderful DVD!!

*Although Warner Bros. did send me this DVD to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own. 

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TKO Running Belt

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As I have mentioned in the past I love TKO! So when I was approached to do a review on their Running Belt I was thrilled.

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TKO was founded by Garry Kurtz in 1996, and what started as a boxing equipment company has evolved into a brand that offers everything from health and fitness equipment to accessories and apparel.

The TKO Running Belt is very affordable $12.99 and comes in four trim colors it’s

  • Water Resistant Design
  • 2 Expandable Pockets
  • Adjustable Waist Band
  • Reflective Trim
The TKO Running Belt is similar to the FlipBelt except instead of being a band the TKO has a buckle so no pulling it up or pulling it down over you head making it more functional in my opinion.
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The TKO Running Belt is made out of very stretchy spandex/lycra type material. There are two zipper pockets, the smaller one can easily hold ID, debt cards, a snack bar {or what ever you fancy} the larger pocket can fit my iPhone 6+ {this was a concern when the belt arrived because it honestly doesn’t look like it could possibly stretch that much…but it amazingly does!}
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Let me be honest with you for a minute…as soon as this arrived in the mail {it was actually lost and then delivered to another house in our neighborhood…thankfully we have great neighbors who brought it to us!} My husband totally took it over he is a long distance runner so he loved it at first sight! We hike a LOT and it has been a great addition. Before he would carry our full size camelbak backpack, which is great when we are doing serious hikes but when we are just doing a quick 4 miler it seems a little excessive, that’s when the TKO fitness belt comes into play. It also is awesome for HIIT workouts! With the zipper pockets you know your phone is secure no matter how much jumping, burpees or running you are doing!
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The belt fits very comfortably, you almost can even tell you are wearing it because it’s so slim. It also has reflective bands and is water resistant! This is a fantastic feature especially for those hot summer runs and hikes.
The TKO Running Beltis not only awesome for runners but any type of activity! This belt is slim fitting so you could even where it instead of carrying a purse or a wallet. I honest think this would be a great accessory to maybe take to a theme park to Disney. This would also be great to use during international travels…a passport fits. Many years ago I traveled to Russia on a missions trip and really had a difficult time concealing my passport and visa {there had been a rise in them being stolen} unfortunately another person on the trip did have their passport and all their money stolen 😦 I can’t help but think that have this handy dandy little accessory would have prevented a lot distress, anger and frustration.
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Grab your TKO Running Belt from amazon today! **Update after a ton of people asking about my iPhone case here is details: its from Case Mate and was purchased at Best Buy 

I want to extend a HUGE Thank You to *Lipton Publicity and *TKO for sending me this great running accessory!

*Although Lipton Publicity/TKO did send me this product to review I was not compensated  for this post.  All thoughts + opinions are 100% my own.

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