When God uses the ordinary

Anybody addicted to magazines? I used to be. Going to the grocery store in my sweats & no makeup & pickin up people magazine to see what J-lo is up to or how beyonce lost the baby fat. I’d look that good too if I had a personal trainer, worked out 6 days a week & had healthy meals for my family delivered to our door THREE times a day. Whaaaaa?!?! (Mothers day gift? Matt? No? Ok 😩)
Anyways, I’d always Compare myself to these women. “Her voice is so much better than mine. i wish i could sing like her” or “I wish I had her eyebrows”
you know. all that. I know you mommas feel me. You look down & your sweats are faded & you realize you have two different shoes on. Yikes.

I started thinkin.

I’ve always been “ordinary”
I’ve always been “okay” at a lot of things & not really great at anything in particular. I’m okay at singing. I was okay at soccer in high school. I’m okay at cooking. You get what I’m saying.
Nobody is putting me in Vogue or People anytime soon unless they’re doing a special on how many ways you can wear sweatpants (HOLLAAAA)

But for the past couple of months I’ve been taking a break from reading those magazines & websites & you know what? God has shown me how much He loves me & how He loves to use regular people to do awesome things THROUGH HIM!
Say what?!?! That’s what I’m talkin bout! God can use little ole me to do things for Him.
What an HONOR. Seriously.
I’ve been looking through the Bible & taking note of some ordinary people God has used to do some pretty incredible things:

* David. Just a Shepherd. Just a boy. But God saw so much more. A warrior. A King. A man after His own heart.

*the disciples. Just ordinary men. God used them to spread the gospel & change the WORLD.

*Joseph. Just a carpenter. No one super special. But God chose him to help raise His precious son.

*mary. Not a beauty queen. Not a famous actress. Just a young girl with a love for The Lord & a willing heart to do whatever He asked of her.
& He chose her to birth & raise our SAVIOR!!

These are just a few of the many. But see? When we are willing to give our lives to Jesus, no matter how ordinary we are, He can use us! Through Him we are made strong. Through Him we are equipped. Through Him we can do anything He calls us to do.

Sometimes being ordinary is pretty …extraordinary. ❤

"Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:26-31"

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Makeup fa dayzzzzz

So one of my best friends (Abby) & I are obsessed with really like makeup YouTube videos. We subscribe to these “makeup gurus” & keep up with their videos. It’s really funny because I didn’t even wear makeup til college (sorry I didn’t listen to you, momma 😒). My high school pics are awful. Lol
I know, I know, “beauty is on the inside.” I know my identity is found in Jesus & He made me just the way I am & I’m thankful! But makeup is fun to me. I don’t “have to have it”. Although I’m sure my husband appreciates it. Lol. So anyway, all that to say, I thought I’d share my favorites that I’ve learned about through YouTube this year! Ill list my fav beauty gurus at the bottom so y’all can check them out. 💃

Okay I’ll start with the skin stuff:

1) Estée Lauder face products. All of them! They are amazzzzzinggggg. I Don’t want no wrinkles up in hurr. Ya feel me?! 😏

2) sigma flat top kabuki f80 brush.
Say that 5x fast! Ha! But fo realzies. This brush is the BEST liquid foundation applicator in the whole wide world. Boom.

3) I have a lot of foundations, but my fav pricey one is
*lancome 24 hr
& my fav cheap one is
*loreal lumi
Both are thaaaa bomb.

4) bronzer. I love my hoola bronzer! So pretty & looks good on most skin tones. Plus I love the brush!

5) blush. Now… My fav pricey blush has an embarrassing name so just go to sephora & ask what Nars blush is the top seller & they’ll tell you! Lol
My fav cheap one is hard candy “honeymoon” (the brush I use for that is just a cheap one from ulta)

6) highlighter. I use the physicians formula highlighter from cvs. Beautiful & stays!

7) eyebrow pencil. A lot of people like Anastasia brow wiz pencil but I didn’t like it that much. My FAV is este Lauder brow pencil. Sooooo pretty

8) mascara.
I’m cheap. You know? Butttt I have spent a lot of money on makeup. So sue me. (No don’t sue me. Jk jk)
But I have not found a better mascara than good ole loreal voluminous. 7$? Yes please. 😮

9) eyeliner. For the lid i use maybeline gel liner in blackest black & for bottom water line I use too faced black pencil liner.

10) eyeshadow. Ok I have a problem. I’m an eyeshadow hoarder collector. I just love them tooooo much! But I guess if I Have To pick favs they would be
Amber rush by loreal
Naked 2 urbane decay
Swiss chocolate, texture & saddle by Mac

11) & last but not least, lipsticks/lipgloss!
Lipstick fav:
Kroma in the flesh
Lipgloss fav:
Benini by revlon

Anywayzzzzzzz y’all may not even care about all that. If you don’t wear a lot of makeup, just try Mascara & lip gloss. It’ll be a blasty blast. 💃

Y’all have a fun weekend! 😎

Fav YouTube beauty guru channels:
Jaclyn Hill
Melissa Raymond

Quit crying over spoiled milk

How many of y’all out there have a gazillion sippy cups like we do? Seriously. It’s bad. Every time we go to the store a certain someone (okay, me) forgets the cups. So then I end up buying another one. And almost always, they end up hiding them. In toy cars. Under beds. In the cabinets. Under car seats. Etc. etc.
and THAT. Results in

Spoiled. Milk.

Ewwwwww.
You moms know that experience.
You get in the car & that awful smell hits you & you just know.UGGHHH. They did it again. Hidden nasty sippy cup!!!! Nooooo!!!!! 😭

So yesterday Malachi comes up to me holding a sippy cup that I’ve been looking for for, like, 2 weeks!
So then the convo goes like this:

Me: Malachi give me that cup. It’s nasty.
Malachi: mommaaaa!!!! Pweaseeeeee!!!! I want my cup!!!
Me: baby I know but the milk is spoiled. It’s gross & not good for you.
Malachi: but I want it!!

Then he proceeds to cry!
Over SPOILED milk!

So before I have him a spanking for throwing a fit
(GASP!! She gives her kids SPANKINGS?!?!
Yes. Yes I do! 😏)
I let him sip it.
I let him see the nastiness he was fighting so hard to drink.
Of course he takes a drink, gags & starts coughing.

Then he let go.
Gave it to me. &
After he got a spanking for the fit throwing, I gave him the clean sippy cup with the tasty chocolate milk he loves so much.
Then as he went on, I thought about how God feels when we fight so hard for things that are harmful or not good for us. God knows better than we do. We can’t see down the road but HE can.
He is FOR you.
He wants the best for you.
Are you willing to let go of whatever He’s telling you to let go of?
Maybe a certain sin?
Maybe a certain relationship?
Whatever it is,
Don’t fight God.
HE sees the nastiness. Even when you can’t.
So are you ready?
Ready to taste the goodness of sweet chocolate milk?
Or do you wanna cry over Spoiled milk?

Proverbs 3:5–6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

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“Must haves” for the”after baby stage”

I posted this as a status on fb a couple of days ago & some of my friends thought I should start a blog so I decided this would be my first post. Hopefully ill get a little more creative lol

I’ve had a lot of new moms & preggos ask me what my “must haves” are for the “after baby” stage. Well here it is

1) SPANX seriously they are my best friend. I wear them almost every day. They even make them for when you’re preggo. Did you know that? Yep! They’re called power momma Spanx & they are amazeballzzz!

2) rockaholic groupie texture spray.
It makes your hair smell amazing for those days when all you have time do to is get you & your kids dressed.

3) sweat pants. All different colors. I have a LOT. Just throw on a cute shirt, boots, braid your hair & be done. BAM

4) a curling wand. Why you say? It cut my hair time in half. Seriously. Best thing ever.

5) a “go to” makeup look that you can throw together in 5 min when you’re late ( I always am)

6) a cute purse/diaper bag that’s washable . I use mine as both. Boom.

7) lotion & dry shampoo. When you don’t have time to shower, throw those on & go!

last but not least, maxi skirts. confortable & stretchy. enough said.

Hope that helps! ::))