Della Devoted!: 2018

Friday, August 17, 2018

High Five For Friday


Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ 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.

1) Raylan attended Open house for School. At first he was overwhelmed, but then he ended up enjoying himself. He was ok once he got warmed up to everyone and got to see his classroom. He says he is excited to go now. He starts Monday. I really hope he loves it and stays excited to go. Pray for this momma. I know I will be a total mess.


2) Our church had a cookout and waterslides on Saturday. It was so much fun! I always enjoy being around my church family and all of the fun events that they have.

3) Raylan got to watch his daddy race some over the weekend. Now that he is old enough, he loves to try to help Justin. He says he is a race car guy and part of the pit crew. I love watching Raylan cheer his daddy on.

4) I am officially on the Substitute Teaching list now. I'm excited and nervous to be back working. Many changes are coming mine and Raylan's way with him starting school and me working part-time, but I know if I stayed home while he's in school I would be bored out of my mind.

5) Raylan and I found some of the cutest Fall d├ęcor at the Family Dollar and Dollar Tree. I can't wait to start decorating! Is it too early to decorate for Fall? Asking for a friend lol


1) 101 Things to do in the Fall by Danielle from A Sprinkle of Joy

2) Dave Ramsey When You Don't Have Money by Deanna from This Kitchen Table

3) Let's Do Coffee Together by A New Lens

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

S'mores Popcorn


Y'all I love S'mores! Like I really really love s'mores. My husband and my closest friends can attest to this. My favorite thing to do during Summer and Fall nights is sit around a fire roasting marshmallows and making S'mores. They really are my favorite sweet indulgence. My husband doesn't care much for them, so I often make them in the microwave as a small snack for myself. However, a person can get burnt out on eating the same things over and over again. So, I like to switch things up a bit to keep things from getting boring. I present to you S'mores Popcorn!

What you will need:
1 bag of your favorite kind of Popcorn Popped
1 Hersey bar ( I melt 6 pieces in the microwave to drizzle over the popcorn and leave the other 6 pieces whole to place in the mixture)
Mini Marshmallows
Honey Graham Crackers broken up into several small pieces.

Add popcorn, mini marshmallows, graham crackers and whole pieces of candy first. Then at last drizzle chocolate over entire mixture.






It's the perfect combination of a sweet and salty snack. It really is such a delightful and easy treat to make. It's the perfect party mix. This snack will be great for any occasion or just to munch on at home. S'mores or Movie Nights will never be boring again!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Cheerful Summer Look








I love styling my look to match the seasons! When I think of Summer, I am reminded of bright cheerful colors. Mostly colors that remind me of the beach, so hot pinks, blues and greens come to mind. Bright colors always cheer me up, so whenever I'm having a bad day I like to get myself dressed up in bright bold colors. Lately I have been down and out because my baby will be starting school next week. I know all you momma's feel me when I say it's very hard to let go of your baby. I'm so excited to see all that he will learn and do, but my heart is breaking at the same time because my baby is not so little anymore. It's just bittersweet. Anyway, this outfit is the perfect pick me up look and it's one that I feel like I can be productive in and get things accomplished.  Do you have an outfit like that? No use in wallowing in self pity, get yourself dressed and take on the day. I'm a firm believer that a good outfit can change your mood completely and cheer you up. Throw in some colorful accessories too and have yourself a great day! So here is to many more cheerful outfits before Summer ends.

Mint Jeggings // Walmart
Sandals (Similar)  // Target 
Flamingo Clutch (Won from Giveaway) // Old Navy
Sugarfix Earrings (Won from Giveaway) // Target















Friday, August 10, 2018

High Five For Friday



Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ 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.

1) Sunday was such a great and relaxing day for my little family. After church, Justin took Raylan and I out to dinner and then for ice cream at our favorite local ice cream shop. Then we swam the rest of the evening and got caught up on our Netflix shows. I love days like that! They rarely happen so when they do I take full advantage of them. 

2) This has been a fun week for giveaways. I won two Facebook giveaways. I was so excited and shocked because I Very rarely ever win anything. 

3) I scored a letter board at Family Dollar for only $8. I've been wanting one for a long time. I love finding a great deal. Now I can decorate the house with some adorable sayings. 

4) Some church friends gave me some pumpkin spice coffee, latte and cappuccino k-cups because they know my love for all things pumpkin spice. I'm getting myself ready for Fall! I can't wait!

5) Raylan got the most adorable hair cut ever this week. Now he is almost ready for school to start. I still can't believe my baby is old enough for preschool. Where does the time go?



1) S'more Brownie Bowl By Danielle from A Sprinkle of Joy

2) Create a Homework Drawer by Erin from Simple Purposeful Living

3) White Blouse and Kick Flare Jeans by Cheryl from Cheryl Shops. 



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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

5 Back-To-School Bible Verses


Seriously, how is it August already? I'm definitely not ready for August because that means my baby will be starting school this year. This will be his first year of school and with that I have so many mixed emotions. It really does break this momma's heart, but at the same time I'm excited for him. I'm excited to watch him learn, make new friends and hopefully enjoy school.  I just worry though like all moms do.

I know all moms are probably experiencing some anxiety right about now about their babies starting back-to-school. School starts this week in several counties around me, and Raylan will be starting on the 20th. It's just all too soon! Anyway, God does not want us to be fearful or anxious about anything. He is with us,  for us and will protect us. This also means that God is always with our children at all times and will protect them and keep them in the safety of his arms. We just need to Trust God! So try not to worry, and when you do please remember these 5 Back-To-School Bible Verses. These verses will bring comfort to the parents and bring reassurance to the child. These verses will also remind children that they can do anything as long as they have God on their side. 

Have a great and safe school year everyone! God Bless You!

Monday, August 6, 2018

August Party Edition: TBB Asks


How is it August Already? Summer has really flown by so fast. I'm not ready for Summer to be over  because it means Raylan will be starting school near the end of this month.  My heart isn't ready for my baby to start school just yet, but I know he has to. Where does the time go? Anyway, it's the start of a new month and that means I'm linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog to bring you this month's edition of TBB Asks August-Party Edition. Let's get right to it...

1) Favorite Birthday Party as a Child? We always had our birthday parties at home but I would say my favorite party was when I was in 5th or 6th grade and a few of my close friends were allowed to come and sleepover. 

2) Do you like to entertain? Yes, I love to entertain! Just ask any of my friends and they would tell you that when they visit my home, I have meals planned out and things for us to do whether it be crafts or movies.  I also love planning parties. I would love to be a party planner. 

3) What kind of parties are your favorite? Halloween and Christmas Parties are my favorite! You can really get creative with those and do different things than what you can with traditional birthday parties.

4) Big or Small Parties? Small, much more simple and definitely less expensive. 

5) Favorite thing to do at parties? Eat!

6) Party Food Favorites? A variety of finger foods. I love fruits, veggies, cheese ball, dips, little smokies and anything of that nature. 

7) Favorite Flavor of Birthday Cake? Vanilla and Strawberry 

8) Balloons? Yes or No? Not really! They are too much work!

9) Best Party Song? Party in the USA

10) Do you like to dance? Yes, even though I'm not very good at it. But as long as I'm having fun that's all that matters!

What are your favorite kind of Parties? 



Friday, August 3, 2018

High Five For Friday



Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ 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.


1) Justin and I finally were able to sneak in a date day over the weekend. It had been way too long since we had had a date with Justin and his dad being sick over the Summer. We definitely need to make more time for that. Date Days and Nights are always so wonderful aren't they?

2) We celebrated my dad's 59th Birthday this week. He also received his power wheelchair this week which was the perfect birthday present. It's so nice to see my dad be able to go outside and enjoy fresh air without falling.

3) This has been such a rainy week. It literally has rained every single day! So needless to say, I've gotten caught up on a lot of reading and housework.

4) With the rainy weather, it has been cool and has felt just like Fall. So I've been burning my Fall scented candles and getting so excited for all things Fall. I've been pinning away on Pinterest.  I just can't wait! It's my favorite time of year. 

5) Our pumpkin plants are really growing good from all of this rain. I really hope they continue to grow so Raylan can have some pumpkins for Fall. It would be nice to have our own little pumpkin patch. 



1) Lunch Inspiration for my Picky Eater by Danielle from A Sprinkle of Joy


3) 15 Back to School Money Saving Tips by Erin from Simple Purposeful Living

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Ark Encounter

Recently our church blessed it's  members with the opportunity to visit The Ark Encounter.  I have wanted to see the Ark ever since I first learned of it's opening in 2016. All of my life I had heard and read about the story of Noah and the Ark many times, but did not fully comprehend it until I saw The Ark. After seeing the Ark, it puts everything that I have ever learned about the ark into perspective and brings me to a whole new level of understanding.


In order to get to the Ark, there is a shuttle bus that takes everyone from the parking lot to the Ark. It's not that far of a drive, but just enough to where you wouldn't want to walk it. 


I had imagined what the Ark would look like, but seeing it in real life was far greater than what I could ever expect.


 The ark is MASSIVE! It is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high. It has 3.3 million board feet of timber and is the biggest timber-frame structure in the world. It has 3 full decks filled with things to see plus a ground level gift shop that also has an Amazing Fudge Shop! It even has two theaters inside. 



These doors represent the doors of the Ark that were shut so that no one could get in or out once the flood began.


All throughout the Ark, you will find several historical monuments to read. They are so interesting! There are so many, that I simply didn't have enough time to read them all. I took several pictures of the monuments so that I could go back and read them once I got home. Some of the readings include how the ark was built, what life was like before the flood, after the flood, some talked about the Tower of Babel, The Ice Age, God's plan of Salvation and much more.


There were several wax figures. I really liked this one of Noah and his family in prayer.


There were also several extinct animal replicas that represented the types of Animals that Noah had on board back in the day. 


And of course, there were live animals to see on board as well. There are two of each kind just like the bible states. 



Some parts of the ark showed how they stored food, cooked it and met together to eat. The ark also showed what their living quarters were like. 




Other parts of the Ark showcased what the woodworking and blacksmith Technology might be like. It was all just so neat to see.



I love how they represented how Noah would send the dove out to find dry land and how it had on Olive Leaf in it's mouth to represent that the flood was finally over.


The Ark also has Ararat Ridge Zoo outside of it, there you can visit animals such as Kangaroos, Yaks, and Ostriches. They also have a petting zoo. Raylan absolutely loved petting and brushing the goats. 


They also offer Camel and Donkey rides. Raylan chose to ride the Donkey and as you can see, he had the best time.



 Inside the ark are snack stations and the outside has several places set up to eat such as BBQ, Pizza, Ice Cream and Kettle Corn. There are stations for refreshments such as coffee, lemonade and snow cones. There is also Emzara's Kitchen that you can dine at which has a buffet and specialty foods to enjoy. There is a Village Market to shop at and there is also Screaming Eagle Zip Lines and Aerial Adventures. The Ark offers so much to see and do! So in case you are still debating on visiting the Ark, you simply must go! Plan for a full day of sightseeing because it takes a while to tour everything. You will learn so much more about God than you ever thought possible while having an Amazing Time. My little family had the best time and are so thankful we were blessed with the opportunity to go. We would love to go back again in the near future.  The Ark Encounter is such an unforgettable experience! I promise you will love it!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Monthly Favorites: July Edition


How is July already almost over? It's like I blinked and Summer is almost over. That means that school is getting ready to begin for my little guy, and this momma is definitely not ready for that. If you haven't noticed, I began a new monthly favorites series last month. It's mostly a way for me to reflect back on all the fun things that we have done during each month and blogging  it is kind of like a keepsake for me. Here are some of my favorites from July!


  • Watching the 4th of July Fireworks with my little family and watching Raylan's face light up when he sees the fireworks is always priceless. 
  • Getting to spend time with my lifelong bestie and her son, whom I only get to see maybe twice a year. 
  • Playdates to the park and to feed the fish with Raylan and his friend Eliza.
  • Going on the Ark Encounter is by far my favorite thing that we have done all summer long. It was such a great experience and I would love to go back.
  • School Shopping with my little guy.
  • Attending Birthday Parties.
  • Justin and I celebrating our 9th Wedding Anniversary
  • Watching Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. 
  • Ice Cream & Park dates with Raylan.
  • Taking a Painting Class with my friend Melissa. We painted our first Canvas and it was so much fun!

Thanks for stopping by! What are your favorites from July?

Friday, July 27, 2018

High Five For Friday



Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday link-up hosted by Tif @ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of TeaBecky @ 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.


1) Justin, Raylan and I enjoyed having dinner at Giovanni's Pizza and watching Jurassic World:Fallen Kingdom over the weekend. It was such a good movie, but I believe I like the first movie the best. I look forward to weekend family time with my favorite guys.

2) Raylan had his first dental checkup this week and he did awesome. He is a proud member of the no cavity club. The tooth fairy paid him a visit for doing such a great job at the dentist.

3) We finally finished the remainder of school shopping this week. Now , Raylan is all set to go to school in a few weeks.

4) My post of 9 Favorite Photos from 9 years of marriage was featured on The Blended Blog's Friday Loves last Friday.  That was so exciting and very much appreciated!

5) We have been having cool mornings and evenings here in Kentucky. It's been bad for my allergies but the weather makes my heart so glad. It feels just like Fall weather and y'all know Fall is my absolute favorite. I'm already getting excited for Fall. I've been burning my pumpkin scented candles lately.


1) 15 Statement Shoes to Step It Up In by Nicole from What Nicole Wore

2) 3 Fresh Peach Recipes for Summer by Whitney from Polka Dotty Place

3) What to Wear with a Leopard Print Dress by Cheryl from Cheryl Shops.


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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Ocean Water Punch



Raylan and I have had such a fun summer swimming in our new pool! We've also had a trip to the lake beach closest to us. We've had playdates with friends  feeding the fish at the lake.  In fact, almost everything that we have done this summer has been water related. I love making fun themed foods and drinks for Raylan, so I thought that an Ocean Water Punch Drink would be the perfect treat to represent our fun Summer and for a pool party day!

If you would like to make this same Ocean Water Punch, all you need is these 3 ingredients plus some ice...


 A 2 liter or a small bottle of Sprite. I used the cheap Lemon-Lime Crisp Brand from Save-a-Lot.
1- 20 oz bottle of Gatorade Frost Glacier Freeze
Sweedish Fish in any color

First add ice, then add a few Sweedish fish on top of ice. Next, fill half of the glass up with gatorade. Then, fill the remaining half of your glass up with Sprite. I prefer to actually use more gatorade than sprite. The combination between the two gives it a sweet and tangy punch like taste. Last, add a few more Sweedish fish on top of the punch to make the drink stand out. The whole point of the drink is to make it appear as if the fish are swimming through the Ocean.








Raylan and his friend loved this Punch at their Pool Party. They drank every bit of it and asked for seconds. Their favorite was the Sweedish fish. They kept trying to catch the fish with their straws long before they ever finished their drink. This is the perfect drink for Beach or Pool Parties and it represents Summer so well. It will certainly be a hit with all the young children at any party. It's also a great way to brighten up a gloomy rainy day and It's super easy to make. Just be warned that once you make it, your kids will ask for it every day!