Della Devoted!: 2018

Monday, December 10, 2018

Merry & Bright: What Brings Me Joy!

Christmas is almost here and I can't wait! My son and I absolutely love Christmas. It truly is the  most wonderful time of the year. It is so beautiful and peaceful too.  I always try to make the most of the Christmas season with my little family and make as many memorable experiences with them as I can. Christmas is such a joyful season.  Today I'm linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog to tell you What Brings Me Joy during Christmas!

  • Celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
  • Decorating the Christmas tree with my son Raylan
  • Spending time with my family
  • Watching  Raylan's face light up with excitement on Christmas morning 
  • Hearing  Raylan laugh 
  • Reading the true Christmas Story about the birth of Jesus
  • Baking Christmas Cookies
  • Making Christmas Crafts with Raylan
  • Driving around to see Christmas Lights
  • Listening to Christmas Carols
  • Peppermint Bark
  • Peppermint Hot Cocoa
  • McDonald's Holiday Pies
  • Tins of Popcorn
  • Watching Hallmark Christmas Movies
  • The glow of the Christmas Tree
  • A hot cup of Coffee
  • Seeing snow on Christmas
  • Christmas Fashion
  • A warm Blanket
  • Making homemade gifts
  • Making a new homemade ornament with Raylan each year
  • Taking Family Christmas Photos
  • Mailing Christmas Cards
  • Wearing a Ugly Christmas Sweater
  • Hosting an annual North Pole Breakfast for Raylan
  • Taking Raylan to see Santa
  • Watching a Christmas Play
  • Spreading Christmas Cheer
What brings you Joy during Christmas? It's the little things in life that bring me the most joy. 

Friday, December 7, 2018

High Five For Friday

Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Becky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday. We would also like to announce that we now have two new co-hosts joining us. Please help us give a warm welcome to the newest members of High Five For Friday which are Whitney J @ Polka Dotty Place and Whitney P @ Come Home For Comfort

1) We finally got around to having our Christmas Family photo taken and I absolutely love how it turned out. Christmas photos are always my favorite. If we don’t take photos all year long, I at least have to have a Christmas Family Photo each year. 

2) Saturday, we spent a family day out Christmas shopping and Raylan ran into Santa. He was so excited! He made sure to tell him what was on his list and wasn’t bashful at all about it. 

3) If you haven’t watched the Christmas Chronicles on Netflix yet, you need to soon. It is so good! We had a family Christmas movie night and we all loved it. It kept Raylan’s attention the whole time. 

4) I made some Christmas Candy and cookies over the weekend. I love Christmas Time and all of the delicious desserts that go a long with it. 

5) Raylan and I had another snow day this week. We had such a great day. We spent the day making Christmas Crafts and watching Christmas Movies.  I love making memories with my little guy.

That's a wrap for my week. How was your week?

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

How to Stay Motivated in Life - Starting Today

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If you are trying to achieve something in your life, or if you are going through a tough time then you will know how hard it can be to stay motivated. At times you may stray from your path and you may also punish yourself for it as well. if this sounds like you then there are a few things that you can do to try and give yourself more support.

Don’t Assume it’s All About Money

A lot of people think that money alone will be more than enough to motivate them. This is never usually the case. If you are doing a job that you hate to try and earn money, then money alone won’t be enough to give you the happiness you need. No amount of money is worth you being unhappy, and for this reason, you need to make sure that you find your true passion in life. Be true to yourself when setting your goals and never focus every aspect of your life on money.

Your Friends

Think about it, do you really want to achieve the goals that you have set out in your life right now? Sometimes you may find that you set goals based on what you think you should do, rather than what you actually want to do. This can be difficult and it can also put you in a bad situation as well. The last thing that you want to do is base your goals on what other people say. You should always focus your goals on what makes you happy and you should also try and go after your own dreams rather than the dreams that other people have for you.

See the Results

It is so important that you are able to visualise the end result. This will make you feel way better about what you have achieved and it will also help you to stay excited as well. This will fuel you on the days when you don’t feel like working and it will also help you to feel more confident in the decisions that you are making. If you can’t visualise your results then take the time to plan out if this is the goal you actually want to achieve. You should also base your goals on the things that excite you as well, because if you don’t then you will really struggle with your motivation.

Break Down your Goals

If you can, you should break down the goals that you have into smaller, more manageable tasks. You should also set yourself some deadlines so that you can push yourself to get it done. For example, if your goal is to organise your closet then start out by taking care of your shoes, then your tops, and then finally your jeans and pants. This is just one example but it can be applied to nearly every aspect of your life. If you want to change your career then don’t quit your job right away, instead, train for the job you really want and then see what positions are available. When you have done that, update your CV, test the waters and then take the plunge.

Utilise the Energy of Other People

You really do need to surround yourself with positive thinkers. You need people who can boost your positive energy as well.  If you feel as though you are surrounded by negative energy or even people who genuinely don’t care about your wellbeing, then it is time to eliminate these people from your life. When you do this, you can then begin to rebuild your social foundation. Sure, this is easier said than done but when you have managed to do this, you will feel better as a result and you may even find that you are happier in yourself. If you are feeling lost in life and need some additional support then you can find out more info about that here.

Get Organised

It’s a good idea for you to take the time to sit down and really organise your thoughts. When you work on a huge project for example then you may feel over-stimulated and you may also have a very cluttered mind. Instead of doing this, you need to sit down and change the process that is in your head to a written format. This will help you to visualise the things that you need to do and you can even schedule specific times to accomplish each task as well. This is the key to getting what you want.

It’s All About the Bigger Picture

It’s so important that you keep your top-tier goal in mind. If you are going through a week where you just don’t feel motivated to do the work then remember that your goal isn’t about getting the
work done. It’s about working towards something bigger and it is also about looking at that bigger picture. When you are able to do this, you can then begin to get the most out of your work and you can also push yourself much harder yet much more efficiently as well.

Don’t Worry

You need to stop your mind from telling you what you can and can’t do. Stop telling yourself that you can’t do something, and don’t worry about the “what ifs”. When you do this, you can then let your worries go and you can also start focusing on yourself way more as well. Little things like this can make all the difference to your life and it can also make it much easier for you to focus on achieving your goals. Sure, worry will get the best of you from time to time, but it’s how you deal with this that determines the outcome of your efforts.

Seek out Positivity

It’s also highly recommended that you seek out positivity every single day. If you are able to fill up your mind with uplifting and even inspiring information, then this will really help to keep you motivated. It will also help you to focus on what really matters too. Don’t be afraid to go to the bookstore and pick out something inspiring, and also don’t be afraid to pick out positive reminders of what you are working towards.

Leopard Print Maxi Dress by Eva Trends

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I love Leopard Print! I really do, in fact I own several fashion items and accessories that are in leopard print. I even have a pair of leopard print shoes. So, when I saw this Roonie Leopard Print Maxi Dress by Eva Trends I just had to have it! A maxi dress is the perfect fashion piece to have in your closet, especially if it's in leopard print.

This leopard print maxi dress is a dress that every woman can feel confident in. It's beautiful and very stylish. It's lightweight and doesn't crease. I also love how the belt cinches in the waist to create a flattering shape. The maxi dress even has pockets which is always a win for moms like myself. Honestly, it is the most comfortable dress that I have ever worn.

Since, I'm a big fan of leopard I also had to include my leopard clutch. With it being Christmas time, I also opted for pops of red accessories to match with the Christmas season. I think Red goes so perfectly with leopard print.  All in all, I think it's a great look to wear for any Christmas gathering. Leopard print never goes out of style and can be worn with any color, especially red.

Every woman needs a dress like this that boosts their confidence, that is stylish, sophisticated and so very comfortable. So if you're looking for a new dress for Christmas or to wear at any time, this is the dress you need. You can get a 15% discount at Eva Trends if you use the code "DP15"

To Achieve This Look:

Leopard Clutch // Purple Peridot

Heels // Walmart (Similar)

Monday, December 3, 2018

TBB Asks: Holiday Edition

Happy Monday Friends! It's officially the 1st Monday in December and I'm so excited! December is my absolute favorite month of the year. I love celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love the beautifulness and the peacefulness that the Christmas Season brings.  I also love all of the fun activities to do during Christmas time, especially now that I have my son. I always try to make as many fun memories with him as I can for the holidays. So today, I am really excited to link up with my friends from The Blended Blog to bring you this Holiday Edition of TBB Asks. 

1) Candy Canes?  Yes, I love anything peppermint. I also love to hang candy canes on our Christmas tree.

2) Christmas morning early riser or sleep in? I love to get up early to enjoy my coffee, read the Christmas story and wait for everyone else to get up so that I can see the look on their faces when they see what is under the tree. 

3) Did you shop on Black Friday? Yes, my friend Tif from Bright on a Budget and I always make it a annual tradition. We always have so much fun!

4) Christmas Tree up in November? Of Course! I put ours up around the 1st of November so that I can enjoy it longer. I love looking at the lights and watching Christmas movies. It's just so peaceful.

5) Do you get Holiday ideas from Pinterest? Yes, I love Pinterest!

6) Christmas Glam or Ugly Sweater? Both. I like to wear my Ugly Sweater on Christmas Eve and Dress up on Christmas Day.

7) Stocking Stuffers: Wrapped or Unwrapped? Unwrapped, that's just too much work to wrap all of those. 

8) Traditional or Modern Christmas Songs? Traditional

9) Fruitcake? No Way!

10) Is your Christmas Shopping Finished? Almost

11) Is there Snow in December where you live? Yes, last year we had snow on Christmas which made it so magical.

12) Classic Show: A Charlie Brown Christmas or Rudolph? Rudolph

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to join in on the fun! I would love to hear from you! Merry Christmas and God Bless You!

Friday, November 30, 2018

Living Your Best Life in 2019: Step by Step

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In the closing months of 2018, it's natural to reflect on how your year has gone and ask yourself if you could do better next year. With a clean slate in front of you, what could you achieve? Have you really been living up to your abilities and your own expectations and making the life you want a reality? The ability to undergo transformation is a gift, and with each new dawn we truly can make our lives into want we want - with a little effort. So if you’re dreaming of living your best life, get your head out of the clouds and start doing. Make a concrete plan so that you can hit 2019 running and truly make it worth remembering.

Boost Your Career

Whether you’re just starting out in your chosen field, or you feel you’ve hit a bit of a plateau, examine whether you need to revisit your career plan next year. It can sometimes be easy to coast along without really paying attention and find that you haven’t been making progress. Set yourself some easy small career goals for the beginning of the year, and you can build upon and expand them further down the line. Start by making over your resume - update the information, making it snappy and showcase your achievements. Then upload it to LinkedIn, where you can join some professional groups, get networking, and get seen. Find a few events to go to for your own learning and development, and the chance to make fresh contacts as well. Set yourself a goal such as attending one per month and see where it takes you.

Sort Out Your Finances

What sort of shape were your finances in this year? Things such as our personal budgets can slowly creep out of shape without us fully realising, especially at Christmas, so take the chance to re-evaluate. A budgeting app can show you where that monthly salary is really going, and illuminate areas of overspending you may not have been aware of Then you can work out how to start saving money. Define what goals you have for the next 12 months - it could be to pay down debt or save up money to go travelling or begin on the deposit for your own place. Be clear about what you want to achieve and how much it costs, then break the amount down into a manageable monthly target. Set this amount to automatically transfer from your account the day after you get paid, so you can’t accidentally overspend. You can make your money work hard for you by using price comparison sites for everything from utilities and insurances to clothes shopping to make sure you always get the best deal - and pocket the difference!

Overhaul Your Lifestyle

If you’re feeling run down, it could be that you aren’t looking after yourself and prioritising your wellbeing. Remedy this for the New Year by doing a quick assessment of your lifestyle and health concerns. If you have low energy, excess weight or bad stamina, it could be time to turbo-charge your mornings with a quick 15 minute High Intensity Interval training session. Using body weight exercises, you can achieve great results for your fitness without needing an expensive gym membership or lots of spare time. Find a good playlist of YouTube workouts and follow along at home. Overhaul your diet by picking out 5 healthy delicious recipes and learning to cook them in rotation. If you’re short on time, set aside a couple of hours on a Sunday to batch cook, bag up and freeze your portions so they’re ready to go. Try to include a rainbow of fruit and veg to make sure you’re covering all the bases with different vitamins and minerals, or buy in a supergreens powder to add to your morning smoothie or glass of orange juice. The right nutrition will help you to be more productive and feel more energetic.

High Five For Friday

Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Becky @ BYBMG   and myself. We're glad you're here! High Five for Friday is where we come together to share five highlights or five favorite things from the past week each Friday. We would also like to announce that we now have another co-host joining us. Please help us give a warm welcome to the newest member of High Five For Friday which is Whitney @ Polka Dotty Place.

1) My family and I had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It was a great day filled with much needed family time and wonderful food. We truly are blessed.

2) Tif from Bright on a Budget and I went on our annual Black Friday shopping trip. We scored some awesome deals especially the Ryan's World Giant Mystery Egg for Raylan and Kane. That egg was number one on my list.

3) Tif, our friend Beth and myself along with all of our children had an Impromptu Friendsgiving at our local Pizza Stop. We all had such a great time especially the kids.

4) We went to see Christmas lights at two different locations and both places were decorated so beautifully. Going to see Christmas lights is one of my favorite Christmas traditions and memories. My parents would always take my brother and I every year when we were little.

5) Raylan and I had our first snow day this week and needless to say, we were very excited even though we didn't get much snow at all.

That's a wrap for my week. How was your week?

* Don't forget you can drop links for up to 3 of your posts each week and you can still drop your link for a Friday 5 post!

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to link-up below. Have a blessed and safe weekend!