March 29, 2013

Blog Crush: Inspired Living

   I love finding new blogs to follow don't you? I don't browse around as much as I used to because ya'll know I just had Levi and well juggling three kids, a blog, a home & everything else is tough! I don't have much time to browse like I used to (boo!). Anywho there's a blog I found back when I was preggers with Levi and I fell in LOVE with it! I happily clicked that little "Follow" button, I was so excited to have found it! Dawn's home is gorgeous! If you've never visited Inspired Living then go NOW! Here are just a couple sneak peeks of what you will find...
Isn't her home GORGEOUS? Oh I'm so jealous! 
To view more pictures of her gorgeous home visit Inspired Living.

Oh and you might recognize her from my giveaway, she was one of the winners!
You might just see a little design update over on her blog soon! ;)

Have a lovely weekend friends,
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March 26, 2013

Winners

    I meant to post this yesterday but I had a couple things to do and didn't get a chance. We have our winners for the "Pimp My Blog" giveaway! Thank you to those who entered and also those who voted! Here are our winners in order...
GRAND PRIZE WINNER:
(deluxe package blog design)
Tausha

RUNNER UP WINNERS:
($50 credit towards any design service)
Janay & Dawn

If you won please e-mail me at cinsarah@gmail.com 
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March 21, 2013

My Disappointment with Land of Nod

Yes those golden dotted sheets are gorgeous! They're perfect.....wrong! I was so excited to purchase these sheets from Land of Nod. I saved up to buy these and the crib sheet for Levi's crib to finish the shared nursery makeover only to find the sheets were a complete disapointment! After just two washes the dots faded significatly and not only that they were SUPER stiff and thin. I have a pair of sheets I bought for my daughter for $15 at Ross and those sheets are 100% better than these. I took a picture to show how badly the sheets faded. The only thing I didn't wash was the top sheet. I washed the pillow case & the fitted sheet...
Here is a close up...
   I did end up getting my money back and returning the sheets but I felt I needed to write this post because a lot of people have been asking me where I got these and I only felt it fair to warn you that these $80 sheets are not worth it! Sure they're cute but why would you pay $80 for disposable sheets? I had written a review on their page before washing them and I tried to go back and write another but they never published it so if you've been thinking about getting these DON'T! I wish you could all feel how stiff and thin these sheets are! 

   I really wanted to LOVE Land of Nod. Their stuff online is SUPER CUTE! This was my very first purchase from them but after this experience I don't think I will be shopping there anymore. 
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March 19, 2013

WSW - Rocker Girl

I'm starting something new. I love looking through "What I Wore" posts but sadly I don't put a lot of effort into what I wear (It's kinda hard when you're a mom of three). I love dressing my mini me so I thought I'd do a "What Sarah Wore" series. I will post what she wears once in a while. There won't be a definite day, just whenever my little model is feeling nice enough to let me photograph her! lol She loves dressing up but she doesn't always love taking pictures. She hates standing still.
I seriously can't believe how big she's gotten! She's turning FOUR next month! 
Pretty soon she won't be letting me dress her so I'm gonna take advantage now that I still can... 

Green Lace Top: Arizona Kids (JC Penney)
Skinny Jeans: Gap
Black Jacket: Gap
Gray Booties: Zullily 
Scarf: DIY (I made it from an old cardigan I had)
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Trendy Little - Sunny With A Chance of Sprinkles 

March 18, 2013

Pimp My Blog Giveaway - Voting

THANK YOU to those who entered my "Pimp My Blog" Giveaway! 
Voting begins today! So whether you're a reader or not you can vote for the blog you think deserves a makeover! You can look through each of their posts and view their blogs and decide.
Here are seven blogs that entered....

FROM THE HEART

JANAY HONEYCUTT

ELMINA LOVES

INSPIRED LIVING

TAUSH. O

THE NERD SIDE OF ME

VINTAGE ZEST

Voting is on the same blog post with the linky party just click on the little star under the blog you choose...
CLICK HERE TO VOTE
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March 13, 2013

Being A Martha

A couple weeks ago I gave a bible study at our monthly women's bible study on Martha. Who is Martha you ask? Well Martha is Mary's sister, both of them along with their brother Lazarus (whom Christ resurrected) were good friends of Jesus. I have A LOT in common with Martha. I am what you would call a Type A personality kind of person. I am a list maker, I like to plan ahead and I don't like when things are out of order. You might even say I'm a bit OCD which is a whole other blog post that I want to write up and share soon. Here is the passage I focused on when studying about Martha...
 
 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42
Yes I am a Martha! I worry too much about EVERYTHING. I overanalyze things and I stress out easily. I wish I could be more like Mary. Being a Martha isn't BAD necesarily the bad thing is when our chores and to-do lists become a priority over our relationship with our family and more importantly with our God. This is something I struggle with. Especially after having Levi, it is SO HARD to see my home disorganized, dirty dishes in the sink, piles of laundry and I don't have time to tackle it all. I have to remind myself that I'll ALWAYS have dishes to clean, clothes to wash and a house to clean but I won't have a baby for too long. I want to enjoy him as much as I can but the Martha inside of me won't let me sometimes. (Yeah that sounds a little crazy! lol) As I was studying this I felt convicted. How many of us have put our blogs first over family time? I know I have!  

When I began designing blogs it was hard. Not the work itself but the time, the time I spent working was taking time away from my kiddos and I was stressing out BAD. Until my husband suggested I start a waiting list. Now I work with less people, I DO NOT work weekends or afternoons so that I can spend that time with my family. I work when I have time so I'm not on the computer all day. I am TRULY thankful for my customers because they have ALL been very understanding when things come up such as when my newborn son was in the hospital a couple weeks ago with a fever. 

Finding a balance isn't easy but it's a must! If we don't have a balance between being a Martha and being a Mary we will either stress out too much or just not care at all. It's something I struggle with everyday. Tell me... do you identify yourself with Martha? or are you more of a Mary?
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March 8, 2013

Levi - Two Months

   Levi turned two months yesterday but because of the giveaway, I wasn't able to share this post until today. Levi is growing so fast! He gained two pounds in a month and also grew an inch. He's a happy boy! He started cooing and smiling these past couple of weeks and I love it! I love that he's starting to recognize his big brother and sister. He starts smiling and cooing when they get near him. It's the cutest thing! Levi is a pretty easy kiddo except when he's hungry! He will start grunting and within a matter of seconds he'll be screaming. He sleeps on the swing at night because he got used to it and I'm not to proud about that but momma needs her sleep! Mornings he sleeps in his bouncer and at night he will sleep in the swing and eventually he'll end up in my bed from about 3am till morning time. We started tummy time this week and here is a picture of him during tummy time...
His hair just keeps growing and growing so I'm thinking baby boy will need a haircut soon or they will be confusing him for a girl like they did with his big brother Josh! lol 
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March 7, 2013

Pimp My Blog Giveaway 2013

HAPPY BLOGAVERSARY TO ME!!
   Today my blog turns TWO! It's been an awesome two years. This blog has been a true blessing and I want to thank those of you who've been following me along by having this awesome giveaway today.

You can find more details for this giveaway here.
You can find rules & timeline for this giveaway here.

PLEASE READ THE RULES & DETAILS BEFORE ENTERING

GRAND PRIZE:
Deuxe Blog Design Package ($160 Value)
Includes: 2 or 3 column design, custom header, simple or pattern background, color matching, up to 2 blog buttons, signature, favicon, about me graphic, social network buttons, navigation bar (with page installation) & sidebar titles (unlimited).

(2) RUNNER UP PRIZES:
$50 Credit
toward any design service from Blessed Design Studio

TO ENTER:
   Write a post telling me why your blog needs a makeover. Write details of what you would like your blog to look like. Include any graphics that will help such as color palettes you like from Design Seeds.
Once your post is published you can link it to the linky party below. 

You can enter the giveaway by linking your posts below...
Please make sure to inlude this button in 
your post or on your blog somewhere...
BLOG MAKEOVER
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March 6, 2013

Pimp My Blog Giveaway Rules

If you missed my post last week then you might want to check it out here.

GIVEAWAY TIMELINE:
Giveaway begins MARCH 7, 2013
Link party closes for entries MARCH 18, 2013
Voting will begin MARCH 18, 2013
Voting ends MARCH 25, 2013
Winners will be announced MARCH 26, 2013

GIVEAWAY RULES & DETAILS:
1. You must write a blog post in order to enter the giveaway and link it to the link party tomorrow. You can write about why your blog needs a makeover. Include graphics, color palettes and anything else that reflects your taste and what you would like your blog to look like. 

2. Your blog must be on Blogger. (I currently do not work with Wordpress blogs)

3. By entering your blog into the giveaway you agree to let me go into your blog and install a design of my choice. Your blog post will give me a guide as to what you like and I will do my best to stick to it but the end result will be a complete surprise.

4. Prizes are non transferable. 

5. Grand Prize winner will receive a complete blog makeover ($160 value) and 2 runner up winners will each receive $50 in credit towards any design work. 

6. Your blog post must include the giveaway button that I will have up tomorrow

7. You must be a follower of Cinsarah via GFC or Facebook or both.

I can't wait to begin reading your posts! 
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March 1, 2013

FREEBIE FRIDAY - MARCH

I'm starting up something new! Every first Friday of the month I will have a freebie on my blog. It can be anything from an iPhone wallpaper (such as today) to an art print or maybe even a blog graphic. March's freebie is actually a two in one. I love this passage in the Bible:
"God gave these two things that cannot be changed and God cannot lie. We who have turned to Him can have great comfort knowing that He will do what He has promised. This hope is a safe anchor for our souls. It will never move. This hope goes into the Holiest Place of All behind the curtain of heaven."
Hebrews 6:18-19 NLT
These verses talk about God's promises. I love where it says "this hope is a safe anchor for our souls" If our soul, our heart rests in God's promises it will be like an anchor and we will not be moved. For we know that ONLY our God will TRULY keep his promises. For what he says... he will do. Many people will fail us but there is ONE who NEVER will! Let us place our trust, our soul & our heart in him. Let him be your safe anchor. I created this wallpaper to remind myself of God's wonderful promises. What better way to remind myself than by putting it on my phone which I see every single day. I created two wallpapers: one for your lock screen and a matching one for your home screen...
To Download just click on the images and save to your desktop then e-mail them to yourself. Then check your mail on your phone, save the images to your phone and I think you know how to do the rest. Or if you are viewing this from your phone you can simply save the images to your phone. 
I would LOVE to know if you end up using my freebie! If you have instagram, upload your screenshot and tag me or use hashtag #cinsarah. 
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