Monday, January 20, 2020

Recent Amazon Finds: Valentine Heart Sweaters, Leopard and More

Hello friends! I'm excited to be back with another round of Amazon finds. Y'all know I absolutely LOVE a heart print piece! I have two more adorable heart print sweaters to share with y'all today. Also included is the best leopard pullover that's so easy to dress up, lounge around in and put on for an after workout top. I'm also sharing one of the cutest leopard detail sweaters EVER, a red and white stripe sweater, the cutest pink and red cami and a super fun faux leather jacket. I'm SO pleased with the quality of all these. Let's get started :)

I will include sizing info for all of the pieces below as well. I also wanted to go ahead and link a few other non-Amazon pieces I'm wearing in the post here: 



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Distressed heart sweater - TTS, Wearing Small (also in grey)

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Recent Amazon Finds: Valentine Heart Sweaters, Leopard and More - Something Delightful Blog #ValentineSweater #ValentinesDay #AmazonFashion #AffordableFashion #Hearts #WhatToWear
Distressed Heart Sweater - TTS Wearing Small (comes in five colors)

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Leopard Print Pullover - TTS Wearing Small

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Leopard Sleeve Sweater in "Peacock Blue" - TTS Wearing Small (Comes in six colors)

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Striped Sweater - TTS Wearing Small (Comes in five colors) // Heart Mug

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Leopard Cardigan // Pink & Red Cami - TTS Wearing Small 

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Faux Leather Star Print Jacket - TTS Wearing XS (also here)

That's about it! I'll be sharing a try-on of these pieces over on my Instagram and will save it to highlights once it expires :) Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Delightfully Yours,

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Recent Amazon Finds - Valentine/Heart Pieces, Dresses & Sweaters

Hi friends! :) It's been quite a while since I've rounded up some fun Amazon finds for y'all. And I'm so excited to be sharing my first Amazon try-on of 2020. This one is packed full of lots of great pieces that would be perfect for Valentines Day. I absolutely LOVE a heart print piece! Madeline and I have this thing where we put our hands together to make a heart and say "hearts mean I love you." That's something she actually started saying on her own a ways back, and it has just grown my love for all things with hearts on them even more. Last year I had so much fun sharing Valentine inspired looks with y'all, and y'all seemed to enjoy it. So I'm extra excited to share more this year! I have rounded up several really adorable heart print pieces that are all amazing quality and super affordable. I found twinning pieces for your little one with most of them as well. I also have two dresses and three new sweaters to share with y'all. Let's get started :)

I will include sizing info for all of the pieces below as well. I also wanted to go ahead and link a few other non-Amazon pieces I'm wearing in the post here: 

Necklaces (1 // 2) // Heart Earrings

Recent Amazon Finds - Under $30 Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day - Something Delightful Blog #AmazonFashion #RecentFinds #Hearts #ValentinesDay #AffordableFashion
Heart Sweater (TTS, Wearing the small, Comes in several colors)

Recent Amazon Finds - Under $30 Heart Sweater for Valentine's Day - Something Delightful Blog #AmazonFashion #RecentFinds #Hearts #ValentinesDay #AffordableFashion
Heart Sweater (TTS, Wearing the small, Comes in several colors)

Recent Amazon Finds - Under $30 Heart Print Blouse for Valentine's Day - Something Delightful Blog #AmazonFashion #RecentFinds #Hearts #ValentinesDay #AffordableFashion
Heart Blouse (TTS, Wearing the x-small, Comes in several colors)

Recent Amazon Finds - Under $30 Heart Print Sweatshirt for Valentine's Day - Something Delightful Blog #AmazonFashion #RecentFinds #Hearts #ValentinesDay #AffordableFashion
Heart Pullover (TTS, Wearing the small, Comes in several colors)

Recent Amazon Finds - Under $30 Heart Print Cardigan for Valentine's Day - Something Delightful Blog #AmazonFashion #RecentFinds #Hearts #ValentinesDay #AffordableFashion
Heart Cardigan (TTS, Wearing the small, Comes in several colors, Wearing "Stone")

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Leopard Print Cardigan (Wearing the "Brown", TTS, Wearing the Small) // Kids Leopard Print Cardigan (Madeline has the "Brown" and is wearing the 3-4)

Recent Amazon Finds - Under $30 Little Red Dress perfect for Valentine's Day - Something Delightful Blog #AmazonFashion #RecentFinds #Hearts #ValentinesDay #AffordableFashion
Red Ruffle Hem Wrap Dress (Wearing the small, Comes in several colors)

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Tunic Sweater/Sweater Dress (TTS, Wearing the small, Comes in several colors)

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Sam sweater styled with belt

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Same sweater styled over leggings

Recent Amazon Finds - Under $30 Pink and Grey Color block Sweater - Something Delightful Blog #AmazonFashion #RecentFinds #Hearts #ValentinesDay #AffordableFashion
Color Block Sweater (Have the color "Grey", TTS and wearing the small, Comes in several colors)

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Color Block Sweater (Have the color "White", TTS and wearing the small, Comes in several colors)

Recent Amazon Finds - Under $30 Brown and Blue Color block Sweater - Something Delightful Blog #AmazonFashion #RecentFinds #Hearts #ValentinesDay #AffordableFashion
Color Block Sweater (Have the color "Brown", TTS and wearing the small, Comes in several colors)

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Madeline's Pieces: Leopard Cardigan // Heart Pullover + Skirt Set // Mini Hearts Sweater // Grey + Ivory Heart Sweater // White + Red Heart Sweater (not Amazon but almost perfect match to adult version)

That's about it! I'll be sharing a try-on of these pieces this afternoon and will save it to highlights once it expires :) Thanks for stopping by, friends!

Delightfully Yours,

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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Hidden Treasures

Hi friends and happy Wednesday! I am really excited to be sharing this post with y'all today. I actually wrote this post roughly three weeks ago. I have no idea why it's taken me so log to share it, but here it is!

 If you follow me on Instagram and tune into my stories, then you may have heard some about this little story I will be sharing today. If you did, then I know it may seem like "Okay Rachel, why are you still talking about this?!" haha. But if you missed it, I hope reading this story today encourages your heart. I told this story on Instagram the day it happened to me, but since then, I have not only found a verse that spoke to my heart through this, but have also bridged some connections together. I am just so very grateful for the ways the Lord has opened my eyes through this. And one last thing before I get started, I decided to put all of this into a post because one, this is a way for me to document it (almost as a journal entry), two, maybe encourage your heart today as well and lastly, share these connections I've made through the entire experience.

The Story

Back on December 2nd, I was summoned to jury duty. Now to be honest, I was absolutely dreading it!!! It had been a burden on my back ever since I received the notice in the mail weeks prior. I prayed and prayed that maybe I could find a way to not have to go. I have to also add that this was my fourth time being summoned since I had Madeline! FOURTH! That's just crazy to me because so many I had spoken with had never once received a jury summons in all their years. After telling the story over on my Instagram, several messaged me saying I could have gotten out of it since I'm the parent/primary caregiver of a child under a certain age. Yes this is true, but that is how I was excused the first two times I was summoned. And when I put it down for a third time, I received a not-so-pleasant phone call telling me that they would excuse me one last time for this reason but the next time I would have no way of being excused and must serve. Well, sure enough I received this fourth summons and had no way of being excused. 

Yes, I know it's my civil duty to serve. I know if it were my loved-one in that courtroom, I would hope that individuals would be kind enough to show up and serve on the jury. I also recently saw something on our local news about a gentleman not showing up for jury duty after being selected for the panel and was arrested (yikes!). So I knew it was serious business. 

I know y'all are probably like "okay Rachel why are you going on and on about being summoned to jury duty? We get the point!" But I have to tell this little back story in order to even barely put into words the meaning of what all happened that day. So back to jury duty, the weeks and days leading up, I was so very burdened about having to serve. It has been quite the past few months with so much going on. With family members, some other big things going on behind the scenes, all of that leading me to feeling like I'm just falling behind, not doing a good enough job and just weary, to be honest. Then with all of that stress comes the everyday questioning myself of if I'm being the best mama I can be for Madeline, etc. I feel like my brain has been in a thousand places at once for quite some time now, and all I could do was say of all the individuals they could have chosen, why did they pick me?! On top of the things going on behind the scenes, the week of December 2nd was going to be such a busy week! I know they state that you need to clear your schedule of all responsibilities to be able to serve the week you're summoned, but it was kind of impossible. I had collaborations I had already signed and agreed to do for that week, being the prime holiday season (Cyber Monday to be exact haha), I had so much work and things to share that day, We were heading out of town the end of that week and Madeline was sick to top it off (the night before I had to show up, she couldn't sleep due to not feeling well and I ended up getting three or so hours of sleep). Not to mention, how do you "clear your schedule" of being a (single) mom?! So I woke up that Monday morning I had to show up feeling weary, overwhelmed, and quite honestly pretty bitter over the fact that I had to go. It was that feeling of being angry because I was being MADE to do something I didn't want to do. And on top of all this, I just do not like the courthouse environment. I won't go into detail, but to say the least, my heart wants to put up a wall towards all of that. SO, all of this to say, I showed up that morning to serve feeling angry. I couldn't help but be mad. With everything going on I just didn't understand why the Lord was making do this. I had told myself, "there is absolutely nothing good that could come out of me having to show up that day." But goodness, did the Lord prove me wrong! It was like he said, "you just wait and see Rachel". 

I have this distinct memory from a ways back of walking up to the courthouse steps feeling uneasy. It's kind of funny because I had that exact same feeling in my stomach when arriving that day for jury duty. A flat out feeling of uneasiness, a lump in my throat. I had just hung up the phone with my mom, checking in on Madeline from not feeling well, also telling her that I was walking in and silencing my phone. About that same second, I heard a sweet lady (also on the phone) telling (what I later found out was her husband) that she had arrived safely, she was walking in, silencing her phone, etc. After hearing her talk (because her voice had such a sweet, calming tone to it), I couldn't help but turn around to see who this individual was. Sure enough, she was decked out in leopard print! And when I say decked out, I mean covered! I think I finally met someone who loves leopard print more than I do. She had a leopard jacket, earmuffs, phone case, shoes, wallet, etc. So of course that love for leopard + the sweet, calming tone to her voice made it to where I couldn't help but strike up a conversation! It was like a magnet haha. I couldn't help but speak to her. After complimenting all her leopard, I said "Are you heading in for jury duty as well?" And that's all it took for us to end up sitting together and chatting for the next two hours. I still think back to that memory I have of arriving at the courthouse steps but this time, arriving there with a sweet soul to accompany me. She said she was also there for jury duty and it was her first time serving in Georgia! 

It's funny how we can start to play out scenarios in our head before they even happen. It's something I'm always trying to get better at, but it can be quite difficult at times. Again, I was feeling so bitter about all of this, especially driving there that morning. I told myself in the car that when I got there, I was going to make known that I did not want to be there haha! Which is so unlike me. I'm all about giving smiles, showing kindness always, trying to uplift others, etc. But this morning my feelings got the best of me, and I all of the sudden forgot that yes, there would be other individuals I'd be showing this attitude to, and it's not even their fault that I'm having to be there that day! I had told myself that while walking through security, I would NOT smile and just be a grouch lol. BUT, this sweet lady I had met quickly turned this around for me. We walked up those (dreaded) steps together, walked through security together. And the pure joy in her voice, the kindness she showed to everyone working there getting us securely checked in, even the jury clerks in the jury duty room, she gave them each the biggest smile, told them she hoped they were having a blessed day. etc. And seeing her attitude made me feel so silly for planning out how I would act before even arriving there that day. Her attitude also reminded me to let go of that grudge and greet those individuals in the same way. Even though she wasn't exactly crazy about being there as well, her kind, thankful, joyful heart had impacted me as well, and for that I'm so grateful! Also such a powerful reminder of how a kind, grateful, joyful heart has the ability to impact others in such a strong way. So just as my silliness of planning out my walking into the courthouse that day to be a grump, the Lord was like not so fast missy! 

SO fast forward, after getting checked in, we ended up sitting together and talking with one another for two whole hours. Of course we talked about our love for leopard print haha. What was so funny is that she was even wearing one of the leopard shirts I have from Amazon! She told me a lot about her life, how she moved to Georgia with her husband just a few years back after living in one place for years and years. How she was a school bus driver for 30+ years, how she was 60+ years old, about her 24 grandkids, and what sticks out to me that most, her dreams of one day owning an ice cream truck! Which that dream was going to come true for her spring 2020! Her husband had just bought her a truck, and it was even decked out with leopard paw prints. Thinking back on her story and the things she was telling me, I can't help but smile and just be in awe of having the opportunity to talk with her that day. She asked me some about my life. I told her all about Madeline, that I was a single mom, about my business and more. Then we both shared how being there that day wasn't the most pleasant place for either of us. But what stood out to me the most was her heart for Jesus! It was then that she started to share some with me and I with her. She even told me how she never leaves her home without bringing her devotional with her, and I showed her how I had mine with me that day as well. We shared our devotional reading for that day with each other. And goodness it was such a blessing. From her love for leopard print to her joyful, kind heart that was just overflowing with the love of Jesus. It was such a special experience that I will never forget. 

Just as I was feeling so bitter and dreading that day, playing out all the scenarios in my head, the Lord was like hold up! Just you wait and see what I'm going to do for you when you go there. I'm going to send someone, you have no idea about, to be with you. And there she was! This sweet soul and how we could bond over our love for some leopard print and Jesus haha :)

I also couldn't help but think about how fast paced our lives are. What a neat experience it was to be able to just sit down and talk with someone I had no idea about. How I got to know her heart. It took me being (basically shut up haha) in a jury duty holding room with nothing to do but talk to someone, to have this opportunity to get to know a stranger. And how many opportunities like that surround us if we could only just slow down to see them. To get to know other beautiful souls like the one of this lady I met that day. I wish so badly I could have gotten her last name, her phone number, someway to be able to contact her again. Just to let her know what a blessing she was to me and my heart that day. All I know to do it pray for her and pray that maybe we will cross paths again someday. But y'all better believe come summer 2020, Madeline and I will be on the lookout for this precious lady and her adorable ice cream truck :) 

The Lesson

As I mentioned, I got on IG stories the night I had been to jury duty. But the day after, I started to unpack this whole thing. And again, I know y'all may be saying, "okay Rachel, we get it! How much more could you possibly have to say about this?" haha! But as I was reading my devotional the next day on December 3rd, something hit me! I started to bridge together all these connections of how the Lord worked in my life that day before. How he showed me that he is always with me! How he worked in a mysterious way. How he used detail to catch my attention. And how he laid a verse on my heart that made me realize it was all from him! Let me share a little more :)

God is with us

The first takeaway I realized after this whole experience happened was how God is always with us! Not just in the good times, the bad times, the easy times, etc. He's with us ALL. THE. TIME. Just as I had this entire scenario played out in my head, before I even arrived to the courthouse, I tricked myself into thinking absolutely nothing good could come of this (something how toxic thinking in that way can be, as the devil uses it to steal our joy). But just like that, the Lord showed me it could. He knew my heart, my anxieties, the way I was worried about leaving Madeline sick, the obligations I had on my list that week and more (Psalm 139:2-3). He knew I was burdened. He knew my feelings on being back there that day weren't exactly the most joyous ones. And just like that, he sent this sweet lady to be by my side. To walk with me (literally). To remind me of how our attitudes need to be an outward display of Christ's joy and love. To help me remember I wasn't alone. 

God's Timing is Perfect

Again, I didn't realize this until the next day, but y'all, I am still in awe and brought to tears with thinking on this! I mentioned earlier in this post my a vivid memory of walking up the courthouse steps into the main entrance. How it left a not-so-pleasant feeling, a knot in my stomach, a weight on my shoulders. Well y'all! I was thinking back on this, and believe it or not, the second I began talking to this precious individual was the very moment I was stepping up onto the first courthouse step. I had dreaded walking up those steps, walking through security then not knowing where on earth to go in that huge building. And in all honesty, I don't remember any of this one bit. As I was talking with this sweet lady, noticing all her leopard print pieces (haha!), realizing her display of Christ's love, I didn't pay one bit of attention to the steps, the security gates, and she even showed me where we needed to go. I am still brought to tears on this as it is such a display of God's love. Even when we are not the easiest to love. I was arriving that day with such a grudge in my heart, yet the Lord wrapped me in his loving arms. I truly believe that the Lord directs our paths, and he directed me at that perfect time, as I was taking that very step, to strike up a conversation with this lady and distract me from my feelings. His timing is perfect!

Hidden Treasures

Hidden Treasures - A Story That Changed my Life - Something Delightful Blog Isaiah 45:3

My next takeaway was from Isaiah 45 verse 3. I was thinking on the whole experience, and it was like the Lord brought this verse into my heart. I haven't really thought on this one very much, nor have I heard many quote it. But goodness is there power behind it! It is the verse Madeline and I have started learning, and as I was sharing it with my mom, she reminded me of how this verse was brought out in one of our favorite books, Just Enough Light for the Step I'm On, by Stormie OMartian. That evening, I opened up the chapter in this book and what was so special was to re-read how Stormie applied this verse in the very same way I was applying it to what had occurred the day before. Since this book truly applies it in the perfect way, I thought I'd just quote some from the book:

"God wants you to be so convinced of His presence in your life that even when you can't feel it, sense it or see it, you know He is there." "We're in the dark until we see His light in it. He wants us to reach out for Him so we can walk together in the same direction." And in the darkness "there are treasures to be found there." "The treasure we find in the darkness is Him." And "God will use these situations to increase our knowledge of Him.""His presence and His light are there for those who open their eyes to see it." All wise words by Stormie Omartian. 

But to bring all of this to meaning, this verse was so on point with what happened to me that day. Even though my anxiety for that day seemed to be blocking my thoughts of his presence, he showed me His light in it, and I was quickly reminded how he was right there with me. And through this, he showed me a hidden treasure, this sweet lady, and through this treasure, I saw the Lord's presence there. It most certainly increased my knowledge of him. And through this, I am certain that these "hidden treasures" lie in so many of the situations we face on a daily basis. I don't know where they will always be. But I just know that I don't want to miss them! And after this, I will most definitely be looking for them.

We Serve a God of Detail

And one more takeaway I want to share is that fact that we most definitely serve a God of detail! I mean just think about it! Look around you. Look at creation. Notice the amazing, intricate detail of everything around you. Not only does he know the number of stars but he also "calls them each by name". His thoughts outnumber the grains of sand on the seashore. Think about the ocean. How it is just the perfect salt level to be able to inhabit the ocean life whithin. How amazing our bodies work! Each tiny cell. Every single process that goes on within our cells to all work together. The list could go on and on. But overall, I truly believe that we serve a God of detail. And it is in this exact manner of intricate detail that I believe he works in ways where we will know without a doubt He was working in our lives. Through this detail (even the littlest of things), it was from him! 

Now this is going to sound crazy comparing the amazement of the ocean, our bodies, etc. to leopard print. But I can't help but think about how this sweet lady was decked out in all her leopard print. Y'all know I love me some leopard haha, and as silly as this sounds, it's like the Lord knew all her leopard print would catch my attention. That very detail. That was the first thing I noticed about her and what truly led us to chatting. So I can't help but think that the details of what she was wearing that day were the Lord's way of getting my attention, to notice her, to be comforted by her, and in the end, see how he looked after me in such a way.

I know this post has been ridiculously long. And if you made it to the end, I applaud you! I also want to mention that I know there are so many other (bigger) things going on in this world, much bigger than a little jury summons (trust me, I feel them going on in my life now!). But I also truly believe that the Lord allows us to go through such experiences, big or small, to prepare us for other experiences. And overall, experience his love and care for us.

Whether you are being faced with a scenario you are dreading, a place you have to go, a person you have to face, a much bigger circumstance that is weighing you down, no matter how dark the road may seem...I encourage y'all to look for the "hidden treasures". Don't fall into the darkness and stay there. Instead, look for your loving Savior's hand in that darkness and you will find his presence. He will meet you there with hidden treasures. He will show you his presence, in his perfect timing, through even the tiniest details. And you will in turn see him. The hidden treasures are there. You just have to look for them :)

Thanks again for taking the time to read friends! Love you all so much! 

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Reflecting on 2019

Hi friends! I simply cannot believe that we are to our very last day of 2019. Whew this year has absolutely flown by!! For all of y'all who have been reading my blog for quite some time, you know I like to close out my year with a special post reflecting on the year. I'm also excited to share these New Years photos with y'all. We were sick at the time we were supposed to do out Christmas card photos this year, so instead, we turned our looks into NYE ones and are sending our New Years cards instead (and honestly I kind of love this even more since I'm not stressing as I normally would be with Christmas cards)! I wish I could send out a card to each and every one of y'all, so this post is also a way for me and Madeline to just send a nice big hug and a happy New Years wish your way.

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This year has overall been a great one! But it's had its ups and downs for sure, and through both the good and the not so easy, I've seen the Lord's love and mercy like never before. 

We pretty much hit the ground running in 2019 and I honestly feel like we haven't stopped ever since. I'm sitting here now writing this and thinking "how on earth was that a whole year ago?!" All of y'all who have been following along since the beginning of the year probably remember that my sister got married March 2nd of this year which was truly one of the happiest days ever, seeing my radiant big sissy marry the love of her life. I not only had the privilege of standing by her side as her MOH, but I also planned her entire wedding. So, my 2019 (literally the morning of January 2nd), started off with the business of the final two month countdown to her wedding. Making sure everything was in order, meeting with vendors (not to mention it was a destination wedding), final fittings, hair and makeup trials, bachelorette weekend in Nashville, hosting her bridesmaids luncheon and oh so much more! Through that, I also found my passion for event/wedding planning which I'd love to pursue some day.  But I think the best two parts of my sister getting married was one, my bond with my sister (as if I didn't think it could get any closer) grew more than I ever could have imagined. And two, I gained another brother who I love so very much! Hannah and Trey - together - have been such a stronghold in mine and Madeline's life this year and I'm just so very grateful for them both. And how happy this year was with how it started with preparing for their happily ever after.

Once the wedding came and went, I immediately (and I mean the day after getting home from their wedding) began to plan Madeline's 4th birthday. She had her Fancy Nancy party, which was just so...her and incorporated all her favorite things. It's always so special, yet so bittersweet, with each birthday. Planning her parties is always so fun, and I just can't believe how quickly my girl is growing. I so truly wish I could just freeze time! 

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We got to do some fun traveling this year to our favorite places. Our three weeks in New Smyrna Beach, Florida this summer were some of the best three weeks of the year. I'm so thankful that I have a job where I can pretty much work from anywhere. I basically moved my little office to the beach and made so many memories during those weeks. NSB means family to me! It holds such a special place in my heart, and at the heart of this beach is my family. The memories I've made being there with them over the years are precious, and that especially holds true for this year.

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But the best part of my 2019 was most certainly another year of being Madeline's mama. What an absolute blessing this girl is! Having the privilege of raising her in the Lord, watching her grow into a precious little lady and truly seeing her flourish has been such an absolute blessing. She started preschool this year, and seeing her love for learning has been so incredible! We have met lots of sweet, new friends through her co-op preschool class, and then being able to homeschool her along with that has been such a blessing. Her caring, sweet personality just shows in all she does! She has always had a love for playing nurse/doctor, but this year, I feel like she connected that with her love for animals. She tells me each and every day of her dreams of becoming a "sea veterinarian". She wants to pray every day and ask God to help her follow her dreams of becoming that when she grows up, and it's just the sweetest thing! We have learned about pretty much every shark species imaginable this year, and she can tell you lots and lots of shark facts haha! She's pretty much obsessed with sharks. I also feel like this year, she not only is my precious daughter, but she has also become my little best friend. This year, we've had conversations so deep that I have to remind myself I'm talking to a four-year-old. She has taught me so many important lessons and is always a reminder to slow down and cherish every single second. Every sweet moment together, the secrets we share and the many adventures we've gone on have made this year such a special one. Overall, she is just such a precious little girl. Her giggles and smile are contagious. Her personality can just light up a room! I find myself every day just holding her and thinking to myself "these are the moments I'll treasure forever." It's hard to believe that it's been almost five years since she made me a mama. And goodness how the Lord has blessed me beyond measure by allowing me to be the mama to this precious girl. This year has also been a one of realizing how important it is for me to grow her in the Lord's love and Word. Being an example to her. Teaching her the power of prayer (and goodness has the Lord showed this to both of us). Memorizing Scripture with her. And so much more. She is just such a bright spot, and I pray each and every day that she will be a light for Jesus in this world! That her love for Him will shine so bright and that she will know that wherever life leads her, she can always cling to Jesus, holding to the truths of Psalm 27:1. 

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Reflecting on 2019 - NYE Style - Pink Sequins, Burgundy and white faux fur - Something Delightful Blog #NYEStyle #ReflectingOn2019 #SparkleInTheNewYear #MommyandMe

I am also so very thankful for another year of Something Delightful. Honestly this year, I feel like the Lord gave me confidence I have never felt before. Confidence of who I am in Him. And with that, the promise of With God, all things are possible. This year, He has given me the confidence that I could truly turn this space I'm so passionate about into my job. And let me just say, being able to share my love for fashion, being a mama, my faith and just life in general with y'all is pure joy!!! Something I love so very dearly and will never take for granted. To be honest, over the past few years, I've really had to re-build my confidence. To be really honest, about five years ago, I really didn't have any at all. So many days, I'd beat myself up over the smallest things (and trust me, I still do at times), but through my relationship with the Lord, I've been able to find my confidence of who I am in Him. I also just want to say that I've also been able to find this confidence by all of y'all who allow me to be a part of your day (I want to share a blog post more on this later on)! Especially if you follow me on Instagram and tune into my Instagram Stories (hey, stories fam :D), I just want to say THANK YOU! Thank each and every one of y'all for trusting me and allowing me to be your friend. This year, I feel like I'm finally getting over my fear just opening up and sharing my heart. Not caring about what everyone will think because as long as it can encourage someone, it's worth sharing. Not needing to be "perfect". Sharing the good, the bad and everything in between. Sharing everything from what the Lord is teaching me on a daily basis to a new eyeshadow palette I'm loving haha. This year, I feel like I've made so many friends (I love getting to talk with y'all) and although some may see it as "silly" to just talk to your screen haha, I feel like I'm sitting down to have coffee and catch up with friends when I do. Getting to share things with y'all is such a privilege and I just want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you for allowing me to share with y'all, for trusting in me and just being my friend! Because I truly believe that community is what matters. Having a community where we can all come together, whether it's over a love for some good Amazon finds haha, a little beauty tip to make your life easier, a funny story that will make your day a little lighter or most importantly, come together on our love for Jesus...just that feeling of "we're all in this together" can be all the encouragement you need to get you going (or keep you going). So THANK YOU! From the bottom of my heart. I don't know what the Lord has in store for my platform, but I will continue to give it all to Him. The guidance and confidence He has given me is all I need to get me going for 2020, and there's lots I can't wait to incorporate for this new year. I have so much I'm excited to share and just being able to share it with all of y'all makes it so very special. 

I also have to give a shout out to my mother who has been my number one encourager from day one and continued on through 2019. The times when I have felt discouraged, she has reminded me to carry on and wait on the Lord's perfect timing. She is always ready to shoot content, send her creative ideas my way, offer suggestions, proof read, whatever! With all she balances in her life, she is always here for me and Madeline. Again, not only my mother but my best friend. 

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Reflecting on 2019 - NYE Style - Pink Sequins, Burgundy and white faux fur - Something Delightful Blog #NYEStyle #ReflectingOn2019 #SparkleInTheNewYear #MommyandMe

But on top of sharing some of my highlights of 2019, there are some lessons I've learned that I want to share with y'all. Although these things I've mentioned from my year have seemed "big" to me, there's always that little voice in the back of my head that tries to lie and cause me to think "hmm nothing that big happened in my life this year." No huge milestones, no "big announcements", etc. But honestly, I feel like each year, the Lord is continuing to tell me to "Be Still". It's not just the big things in life that matter, but also the little things. And honestly through the Lord teaching me the importance of being still and going at a slower pace, He has taught me that the little things seem just as big as what some may refer to as the "big things". And through the "little things" I've been able to see Him in a closer, more personal way. I've been able to grow closer to Him, truly cling to Him. For example, I started 2019 off with a goal of reading the Bible all the way through. This time last year I thought to myself, this time next year, I'll be able to say I read through the whole thing! Well, I'm just now starting the book of Psalms. Although I could look at that and say there's a goal I didn't complete, I instead look at it and say "wow, that's nineteen books I've been able to study". And through this slower process, I've truly been able to meditate on this more and come to know the Lord in an even closer way. Instead of my "I'm going to read the Bible through in one year" mindset, I've switched to "I'm going to read the Bible through at my own pace" because that way I can truly take it all in. And that's just a little example of this "Be Still" mindset the Lord continues to teach me. Simply take things One. Day. At. A. Time. Because when I look back over the last few years, all the "little things" are piecing together to seem pretty big, if you ask me. I definitely don't have all the answers, and I still feel like I'm in a waiting game sometimes, but I look back at things a year or two ago and now can say "Wow Lord, in your perfect timing, this is starting to make sense." Being still can be difficult at times, but the Lord is continuing to teach me that His perfect timing is the only way I want it to be. Starting off a new year with this mindset brings such an assurance of peace. So, I will continue to "be still" as I don't want to miss the "little things" that are working together for His plans for mine and Madeline's bigger picture.

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Something else I have learned this year is the power of trusting in the Lord. Through His love and mercies, He has shown me that He is truly is the "stronghold of my life." I have learned that trust = peace. I start off every single day saying, "today, I choose to trust." And that along helps me know that whatever goes on in my day, I can turn it all over to Him. I have read so many times through Scripture this year the power of trusting. And goodness y'all, have I seen it in my life. The peace I have felt through knowing I can trust all things, the big, the small, the good and what seems like the not so good, brings about so much certainty among all the uncertainties. 

"You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you."

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I know this post is getting lengthy, so I'll stop there. But again, I just encourage y'all, to go into this New Year with a mindset of "being still" while keeping your eyes on Jesus, and allowing Him to keep you in perfect peace. You never know what amazing things He can bring your way this year as he can do exceedingly more than we could ever ask or think. He can do amazing things in your life, just when you're least expecting it. And in the midst of it all, continue to be still as you trust in Him. Just image that! 

Thanks again, friends, for helping to make 2019 such a special year! I love you all so much and am wishing you a blessed 2020 filled with more than you could ever ask or think. 

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

50 Gift Ideas for Kids

50 Gift Ideas for Kids of all ages - Something Delightful Blog
50 Gift Ideas for Kids of all ages - Something Delightful Blog

If y'all are like me and still finishing up some shopping, I've put together a guide of 50 gift ideas for kids! On this list are a lot of great ideas for both boys and girls, kids of all ages, outdoor activities, gifts to grow their artistic passion, learning games, Frozen II and more! 

Several of these items I'm featuring above are ones on Madeline's Christmas list (including lots and lots of American Girl things). But as always, I like to highlight several of these featured. I can't say enough good things about the Amazon Fire (#1 and #2). Madeline received hers for her birthday this past year and we have loved it! Now for #3, #4 and #5...Madeline LOVES and collects Maileg Mice! They're on her list for sure this Christmas. #7 is the kitchen Madeline received for her second Christmas and still plays with it every single day. We have been so pleased with it! Not to mention, it has gold hardware and a farmhouse sink (Yes, Please!). Madeline also has the "Madeline Vanity" (#9)  and LOVES it! She sits at it every day, and has asked for some "real" makeup (#8) this Christmas as she has figured out that the makeup set she has now is wooden haha. How CUTE are these snuggly robes for girls and boys of all ages (#12 and #13)?! I just love the classic pink gingham and navy/white stripes. Ugg boots (#18 and #19) are great gift ideas for kids as well. The Micro Kickboard Scooters are amazing (#14 and #15)! Madeline has this one and loves it so much! #16 this Seesaw is a great gift idea, especially if you're giving one gift to two kids. This cat bank (#17) is the cutest thing! My friend gave it to Madeline, and she has had so much fun with it! Basically, you sit a coin on the cat's plate, and the cat pops out of the box and pulls it into the bank. I also had to feature a charm bracelet and charms set by Charmits (#20). This is the charm bracelet Madeline has, and she has so much fun with it! It's a great gift for girls of all ages. I also had to feature #24 this snowball set! Its SO fun, especially if you're giving it to a child that doesn't normally see snow. They're so fun because the snowballs actually have the texture of snow, and you can put them in the freezer/fridge to make them cold. My parents are giving Madeline a Karaoke machine (#28) this year because she loves to sing! This bluetooth microphone (#27) is also so cool! If the kid's on your list have Frozen II toys on their list, like Madeline does, I featured several Elsa and Anna gift ideas. I love Corolle babies (#35) because they're vanilla scented and never loose their scent! #37 this umbrella is so cool! Madeline has one with flowers. The print it white, and when you take it out in the rain, the design changes colors. I'm surprising Madeline with this math toy set (#43) because she enjoys addition and subtraction activities. I featured this shark set (#44). Madeline is fascinated with sharks, and I'm surprising her with several models of her favorite shark species. How neat is this hand operated drone (#46)?! And a dear friend gave Madeline this magnetic ice cream set (#45) which has been a favorite of hers as well. I also wanted to touch on #50 because it is so cool! What's so neat about it is how it's water art! You fill the markers with water, and after awhile, the water dries and the mat is ready to draw on again! 

I hope these gift ideas have been helpful for y'all :) Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday, December 9, 2019

50 Gift Ideas for Men

50 Gift Ideas for Men for Every Guy on your list - The Traveler, the chef, the griller, the organizer, neat men's gift ideas - Something Delightful Blog
50 Gift Ideas for Men for Every Guy on your list - The Traveler, the chef, the griller, the organizer, neat men's gift ideas - Something Delightful Blog

If you're still in need of some gift ideas for the guys in your life, I've got you covered in today's post :) Here are 50 gift ideas for all the guys in your life. In this list, I've included gifts for all age ranges, lots of different interests/hobbies, and most of them are affordably under $100. I am gifting many of these gifts above to the men on my list. I will list some categories of these gifts out below:

The Traveler

If your guy loves to travel, there are quite a few ideal gifts on the list. #4 is perfect for traveling organized with all the device chargers. #5 is also great as it is so many contraptions in one pen. #17 is great for traveling with watches. I love the #18 personalized backpack along with the #22 and #24 personalized luggage. I feel like headphones are a must have for traveling as well #49. And I never leave the house, especially when I'm traveling, without my portable device charger (#46). #9, the 50 States 5000 Places book is also a great book for a traveler. And I had to include #28, the scratch map to mark off all the places traveled to. Perfect for the world traveler!

The Sports Fanatic

If your guy is into sports and has a favorite team, definitely check out the Hover Helmet (#44)! I have one as a gift last year, and I'm giving three this year! They're SO cool. They come in pretty much every college football team, pro football team, baseball, hockey and more. The college team dart cabinet is also really neat and a fun surprise for the sports fanatic. It also comes in several team options. And I just had to add #27, this mini putting green pen set haha! My brother for one, loves gold and is a college student. I think he will love having this while studying. So cute!

The Music Lover

If your guy loves music, set of headphones (#49) are a great idea for sure. Have y'all ever heard of a "Kilamba" or a "Thumb Piano" (#39)? I hadn't until last year, but they're the coolest thing and make a great gift. My brother is an amazing pianist, so I have him one last year for Christmas, and he LOVES his! My dad isn't a pianist but just loves music. I gave him one for Father's Day, and he loves his as well. It isn't difficult to play at all, but makes the coolest sound! Another great gift for the music lover is an in-shower waterproof speaker (#40).

The Chef/Grill Master

I feel like so many guys fall into this category! Whether it's experimenting in the kitchen, a love for cooking or just being the ultimate grill master, I featured several gift ideas above! #29 the ultimate grill set, #30 grill lights for grilling at night, #34 the ultimate spice set, #35 meat shredders, #33 a breakfast sandwich maker and more. I have a set of #31, the corn cob strippers, and y'all they are such a life saver and another great gift idea. I also thought #32 is a great gift idea and so useful for draining pots.

The Well-Dressed/Well-Groomed Guy

I had to include a few closet staples. I'm giving a pair of men's Uggs (#15) to a guy on my list this year. Perfect for comfort and staying warm! #23, the Old Navy puffer vest is super affordable and amazing!!! Several on my list are getting these as well. I love both this corduroy jacket (#1) and this puffer jacket (#48). And of course I love this plaid tie (#45). and for the guy who takes pride in his facial hair haha, #20 the beard comb is a great one and also the in shower mirror (#43).

The Organized Guy

I feel like gifts for starting organized are great for the guys as well. #4 the charger organizer for traveling, #6 the key organizer, #8 the money clip wallet, #17 the watch box, #25 the charging dock for charging all devices in one place, and #38 the tie hanger. 

All for Comfort

I also listed a few comfortable gift ideas. The Ugg robe (#16) looks amazing, and a guy on my list is receiving this one. #41, the ultimate cozy throw. And again, men's Uggs (#15).

Extra Neat Gifts

I feel like so many of these are neat gifts that are out-of-the-box ideas, but I thought I'd just list a few: #3 the shelf outlet (perfect for charring laptops), #5 the not just a pen pen haha, #6 the key organizer, #8 the money clip bifold wallet, #10 the best back massager (my dad says this is the best gift I've ever given him),  #11 the bluetooth scan tool, #13 the nail holder wrist band, #19 Yeti Coffee Mug, #25 multi device charging station, #27 mini putting green golf pen set, #28 scratch map, #31 corn cob stripper, #32 snap 'n strain, #38 tie hanger, #39 thumb piano, #42 car vacuum set, #44 hover helmet and more!

I hope these ideas are helpful for y'all :) Thanks for stopping by!

Delightfully Yours,

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