Della Devoted!: 2018

Monday, April 23, 2018

Spring in Kentucky












Spring has had a late start in Eastern Kentucky, but I feel like it is finally here. This makes my little heart oh so happy. I love all of the beautiful colors and especially the warm weather. The Sunshine and vibrant colors are good for the soul. My favorite things to do during Spring is enjoy coffee on my front porch in the mornings, go for long walks, drive around to see all of the beautiful scenery, and take my son Raylan to the Park. I also love to photograph all of the beautiful flowers, trees and birds that Springtime brings. These are just a few snapshots of what Spring looks like in Eastern Kentucky. I do apologize if the quality is a bit fuzzy on some, that is due to taking a quick photo with my phone.  At any rate, Spring is absolutely gorgeous in Kentucky! What does Spring look like where you are from?

I'm linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog to bring you this Spring Edition.

Friday, April 20, 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) Last Friday was such a beautiful day, so we enjoyed a picnic and played at the beautiful Paintsville Lake State Park. It was much deserved for Raylan since he had his 4 year shots the day before.

2) Saturday, my little family attended opening day for the race season. Race Season has officially begun for the Preston Family. I can't wait to watch Justin race and cheer him on this year!

3) Tuesday, Raylan and all of his Story Time friends had a pinwheel ceremony at Story Time. They planted pinwheels on the lawn of the library for Child Abuse Awareness Month. 

4) This week was full of crazy weather and delicious homemade foods. On the cold days I made Veggie Soup and on the warm days I made Fruit Pizzas and Grilled hot dogs. Kentucky Weather is so confusing this Spring.

5) Have you started your Spring Cleaning yet? I have started on mine. I have a Spring Cleaning Checklist up on the blog. You can read it here. It will give you some motivation to start cleaning if you haven't already. 


This week's featured blogger is Sarah from Foxy's Domestic Side. Sarah is a lifestyle blogger. You can find Home Renovations, Organization, Fashion, Marriage, Recipes and so much more.  Sarah has a great blog. Please stop by and say hello to her!

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









Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Spring Pattern Mixing










Even though Spring has been here almost a month, it definitely hasn't felt like Spring. In fact, it feels more like Winter in Eastern Kentucky. However, I'm not letting this cold weather kill my vibe. It may be cold, but I can still dress in beautiful bright colors. I try to bring a little sunshine to such cold days with my outfits. I'm loving this yellow and white plaid cardigan mixed with this black and white striped tank. The colors and pattern mixing remind me of sunshine on dark and gloomy days, hence the "You are my Sunshine Song." I felt like jeans was the perfect contrast for this look to keep from having too much of the same colors, but I continued with yellow and black colors for the shoes and accessories.

Do you like to Pattern Mix for Spring? What outfits do you like to wear to make it feel more like Spring on Cold Days? I love bright colors! The brighter the better! 


Shop the look
Crown & Ivy Cardigan// Thrifted (Similar)
Merona Striped Tank// Target
Amethyst Jeans// Kohls (Similar)
Polka Dot Flats// Cato Fashions
Earrings// Plunder Design
Necklace// Poshmark
Bracelet// Gifted

Monday, April 16, 2018

Spring Cleaning Checklist



Even though it doesn't feel like Spring here in Kentucky, it's time to get myself motivated and begin my spring cleaning. One day it's warm and the next day it's cold. Today they are forecasting snow showers, but I know the cold can't last forever. With that being said,  I have put together a Spring Cleaning Checklist to start on so that I can get my cleaning done and out of the way. I want to be able to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and warm sunshine without having to worry about what needs to be done inside.  Cleaning can be so overwhelming, so I prefer checklists like this to help keep me on track. Hopefully this checklist will help motivate you too and give you a sense of where to begin on what to clean. Happy Spring Everyone!

Today I'm linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog for the Spring Cleaning Edition. Don't forget to stop by and see what tips they have for you as well.

Friday, April 13, 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.

Hooray! I'm glad it's finally Friday! This has been such a busy week and a rough week which included an ear infection for me and Raylan had his 4 year old shots. I sure hope next week is better. Let's get to my favorites from this week...

1) Last weekend was cold and snowy, so my little family stayed home and ate some delicious homemade Veggie Soup. I love a good hot soup or chili on cold snow days. It's so comforting!

2) While being stuck inside all weekend from the snow and my ear infection, Justin and I started watching Riverdale on Netflix. It's so hard to find a new show that we actually like, but we like this one. Have you watched it? Do you have any Netflix recommendations?

3) My single Red Tulip is out in full bloom and beautiful birds have been to the bird feeder several times a day. It gives my heart hope that Spring is almost here for good. I'm so over this cold weather. They are forecasting snow again for Monday, but I know this cold weather can't last forever. 

4) Raylan had his 4 year old shots and did so well with them, so that called for a treat. I took him out on an ice cream date after the shots.  He was a happy camper then.

5) I'm in search for a new book to read. What is everyone reading lately?


This week's featured blogger is Kasey from Days of a Wife. Kasey is a Christian, wife, teacher and fashion enthusiast. She loves home decor, scrapbooking, cooking and disney. Kasey has a great blog. Please stop by and say hello to her.

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










Monday, April 9, 2018

Reintroduction: 2018 Version of Myself


I'm sure you all know that I am Della by now, hence the blog name Della Devoted. I've been blogging for nearly 4 years now. You may have read a little about me from the About Me Section of the blog or may know me in real life. However, I would like to reintroduce myself to my faithful and new readers. So if you will allow me, I will get right to it.


  • I am 30
  • I am a Christian and have been since I was 8 years old
  • I am happily married to my high school sweetheart Justin We have been together almost 14 years and married for almost 9 years
  • We have a 4 year old son named Raylan
  • We also have twin angel babies in heaven
  • I am stay at home mom
  • I am also a student with a major in Elementary Education 
  • I am a coffee addict 
  • I love having my coffee on my front porch during the morning, just having quiet time with God and enjoying the fresh air.
  • Making my bed in the mornings is the best way to start off a productive day.
  • I am also addicted to Pinterest
  • I am passionate about Photography
  • I am a Nature Lover and love photographing it
  • I am also a cake and cookie decorator
  • I love to read
  • I have an old soul
  • I prefer flea markets and thrift stores over malls anyday
  • Hobby Lobby, the Dollar Tree and Rural King are my favorite stores
  • I am currently loving all things Farmhouse style and would love to redecorate my home with the farmhouse look
  • I love date nights with the hubby, however I'm just as content with takeout and Netflix
  • My husband is a drag racer, so you will find my little family at the race track almost every weekend cheering him on
  • I love to Target Shoot with my husband.
  • I enjoy fishing
  • I love going to the lake and having Picnics. This is one of my favorite things to do with Raylan.
  • My favorite thing to do is go on long drives with my family with no particular destination in mind.
  • I love the Beach, but Gatlinburg, Tennessee is my favorite vacation spot.
  • I love all things Fashion and Beauty
  • I love comedies and Disney movies will always have my heart.
  • I have always wanted to own my own Bistro 
  • I am more passionate about getting healthier and helping my family get healthier than I've ever been.
  • Spending time with family and friends is my favorite.
Today I am linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog to bring you this reintroduction of myself.


A Photo of my little family on Easter 2018



Friday, April 6, 2018

High Five For Friday- Easter Recap


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) Saturday, our church had an Easter party for all of the kids. It consisted of Pizza, Easter Baskets for the kids, Inflatables and an Egg Hunt. It was so much fun! Raylan had a blast, especially on the inflatables. 

2) We colored Eggs at my dad's house and had a delicious Turkey Dinner on Saturday before the church Easter Party. 

3) Easter Sunday was so wonderful. We are so very blessed to have a savior who loved us enough to die on the cross and rise again so that we could have eternal life in a heavenly home. Sunday was extra special because Justin went to church with Raylan and I. Let's all pray that he continues to go with us. 

4) Sunday evening consisted of two egg hunts. One at my dad's house and one at Justin's parents house. It also consisted of yummy food too. The diet has definitely been blown this week lol.

5) I snagged me two pairs of cute Bermuda shorts  for Spring at Goodwill this week. I also thrifted me an adorable purse.  Who else loves thrift stores?


This week's featured blogger is Whitney from Polka-Dotty Place. Whitney is a Christian, Wife, Mom and Teacher. She shares recipes, DIY projects, toddler activities, parenting tips, decorating ideas, organizing ideas and so much more on her blog. You will love her blog! Please stop by and say hello to Whitney!


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





Monday, April 2, 2018

TBB Asks: Spring Edition

Happy April Everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Easter yesterday! My little family had a great Easter. We are very blessed and so thankful for what Jesus did for us so that we could have eternal life.  Can you believe it's now April? I'm so ready to enjoy Spring, especially the warmer temperatures. Today I'm linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog to bring you this month's edition of TBB Asks- All about Spring. Here are my favorites...


1) What 3 colors remind you most of Spring? Pink, Yellow and Green

2) What is the first thing that you add to your wardrobe in Spring? Pops of Bright Colors, especially Pink.

3) What is the first Wardrobe Item you ditch in Spring? Boots

4) Who mows the grass where you live? My husband and uncle

5) What is Spring like where you live? Absolutely Gorgeous! I love the tulips, tulip trees, pear trees, dogwoods and cherry blossoms!

6) What's your favorite thing about Spring? Beautiful flowers, birds chirping  and warmer weather. 

7) Are you a Spring Cleaner? Yes!

8) Are you a baseball fan? No

9) Tulips or Daffodils? Tulips!

10) Favorite Outdoor Spring Activity? Taking my son to the Park and Photographing Nature.

11) Flowers in the ground or in Pots? Both

12) Favorite Bird? Cardinal

13) Car Wash or Wash Vehicles at home? Wash Vehicles at home. It gets them much more clean and it saves money.

14) When do you pull out your sandals? My mom always made me wait until Easter to wear Sandals, so I have continued the tradition. I wore Sandals for the first time this year yesterday on Easter Sunday. 


I would love to hear your answers. Please join in on the fun! It's a great way to learn about each other. Have a blessed day!




Friday, March 30, 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.

Happy Good Friday and Easter! He is Risen!

1) Raylan and his friends got to see the Easter Bunny at Story Time this week. They had the cutest little Easter Party and also hunted eggs. Raylan said it was the best party ever! I'm so glad that he wasn't afraid of the bunny this year.

2) We had a big Spring Snow on Saturday. We had probably around 4 inches. It was so beautiful but it sure was scary to be out on. Snow is pretty to look at, but I hope this is the last snow that we get. I'm more than ready for warmer temperatures. 

3) I had my hair cut and colored. I cut about 4 inches off and went for a reddish brown color with beige blonde peekaboo highlights. I was way overdue for fresh color. I love it! It's perfect for Spring! 

4) Speaking of Spring, I have put together my Spring Bucket List. You can read it here on the blog. Have you made a list yet?

5) My hairdresser gave me a recipe for Olive Garden Chicken, so of course I gave it a try! I love anything from Olive Garden. It was so delicious! You have to try it. It was a big hit with the husband. You can grab the recipe here.


This week's featured blogger is Danielle from Young, not Powerless. Danielle is a lifestyle blogger, wife, mom of three, a believer, foodie and lover of DIY projects. She has a great blog. Please stop by and say hello to Danielle.

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





Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring Bucket List






I am so excited that Spring is officially here. It seems like we have been waiting on warm weather forever. Kentucky weather has teased us with a few warm days here and there, but I'm ready for warmer temperatures for good. I'm ready to get out and enjoy the beautiful sunny days and break free from Winter Cabin Fever. So with that being said, here is our family Bucket List for Spring. Let all of the fun activities begin!

What is on your Spring Bucket List?

Monday, March 26, 2018

Makeup Must-Haves for Spring 2018


I have always loved makeup! I have worn it since middle school, but just stuck to the basics. However, I have stepped up my makeup game within the last couple of years. I used to never wear lipstick or do anything to my eyebrows, now I can't go without lipstick. I guess you could say that the older I get, the more I step out of my comfort zone when it comes to makeup.  I still don't do the contouring or highlighting, but I think I still wear a good amount with a full coverage look. I love changing my look up with each season, especially my eyeshadow and lip colors. So now that Spring is officially here, I'm sharing with you my makeup must-haves that will brighten up your look and have you ready for those beautiful sunny days.  These are all the products that I am currently wearing this spring.

3) Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette (By Far My Favorite Palette!)
6) Milani Baked Powder Blush (shade Luminoso) 
7) Lipsense - (Bombshell and Peace Pink Shades are perfect for Spring)

Do you change your look up with the seasons? What are your favorite makeup products for Spring?

Today I'm linking up with my friends over at The Blended Blog for their "All About Makeup" Beauty Edition.


Friday, March 23, 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 and his friend Jake had their first trip to Chuck E. Cheese and they had the best time! Chuck E. Cheese is about an hour and a half drive from where we live, but it was so worth the drive just to watch them play and have such a good time. 

2) I got to meet Tif from Bright on a Budget's sweet baby Karoline. She is beautiful and oh so precious. I can already tell that she is going to be a little Fashionista just like her momma. I can't wait for more baby snuggles when they come back in. 

3) Once again, Kentucky weather has been crazy. I was able to wash my car and decorate outside for Spring on Monday, but on Tuesday it was cold and snowy. Not a good way to kickoff the first day of Spring. 

4) Now that it is actually Spring, I can't wait to get started on my Spring Bucket List.  I just wish it would hurry and warm up so we could enjoy it.  However, more snow is in the forecast for this weekend. I hope Easter is warm next weekend.

5) I'm getting my hair done today and I'm so excited. It's been way too long since I've been pampered. What should I get done to my hair? I'd like to do something different for spring.


This week's featured blogger is Jess from Just Jess. Jess is a follower of Christ, Southern Belle, Bookworm and Bargain Hunter. She blogs about Food, Faith, Fitness and Fashion. She has a great blog. Please stop by and say hello to Jess.

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




Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Makeup Cash Giveaway


Happy Tuesday everyone! Today my friend Brandi and I have teamed up to offer you this fabulous giveaway  for $25 Younique cash that can be used on any Younique product purchase of $25 or more pre shipping and tax. The winner must redeem their cash and order through Brandi's Younique Beauty shop. If you haven't tried Younique beauty products before, here is your chance! I love all Younique Products, especially their mascara. It really is fabulous! You will love Younique too!




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Monday, March 19, 2018

Favorite Hair Care Products & Tips




Happy Monday Everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. Today I'm sharing my favorite hair care tips and products with you. I'm also linking up with my wonderful friends from The Blended Blog, so don't forget to stop by and say hello to them. My favorite hair products are listed with links below.


From time to time, I like to switch up my shampoo and conditioners. These two below are my second favorites that I use when I switch up.


If you can't already tell from products above, I use volumizing products. I have very fine and oily hair so volumizing products are a must. Even though I have oily hair, I do not wash my hair everyday. Washing your hair everyday is really hard on your hair, especially for thin hair like mine. I try to wash it every 3-4 days. I have found that the Aquage Uplifting foam has really helped with volume and the more volume I have, the less I have to wash my hair. When my hair lays flat on my head it tends to get oily quickly. I also use dry shampoo when my hair is getting oily on the last day before washing again. Dry Shampoo is also great for adding back volume to limp hair.

I also sleep with my hair up in a loose bun. Laying on my hair at night makes it flat and oily. I have also found that if I curl my hair instead of straightening it, I have more volume and my hair doesn't get oily nearly as fast.

Last but not least, I only have my hair colored or highlighted about 3 times a year. My awesome hair stylist Ginger does peekaboo highlights  and doesn't color the part of my hair so that the regrowth is not nearly as bad. I am due for new highlights and color but my hair still looks fresh from when I had it done back in the fall. It hasn't faded and you can't even tell that I have regrowth. Ginger really is awesome! My hair has grown so much and has gotten so much healthier since I've been going to her these last two years.

I would love to hear from you! What are your favorite hair products and tips?





Friday, March 16, 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 has been very sick for the last week. Thankfully he is on the mend now. He was finally able to enjoy a day at Story Time this week with his friends.  They had the cutest little St. Patrick's Day Party. Look how adorable he is in the St. Patrick's Day hat!

2) We had a decent amount of snow this week which was very unexpected. We had probably 3-4 inches. Snow is beautiful but I am more than ready for Spring.

3) I had my first ever trip to Rural King this week and I must say that I love that store. I fell in love with their porch furniture and Raylan fell in love with the baby chicks. He wanted to bring them all home with him. He also loved the fact that you get free popcorn there with every visit.

4) Since Spring is so close, I have been pinning and planning overboard. Does anyone else feel the urge to want to redecorate when warmer weather is near?

5) Today I take my math portion of the Praxis Exam for the teaching program. All of your prayers would be greatly appreciated.


This week's featured blogger is Christina from The Patricio's. Christina is from California. She is a wife and a mom of two. She is a lover of Disneyland, holidays, food, fashion and celebrities. You can find travel tips, recipes, home decor and so much more on her blog. Please stop by and say hello to Christina. 

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



Monday, March 12, 2018

6 Must-Have Skin Care Essentials


Happy Monday Friends! I hope you had a great weekend! Today I'm linking up with my lovely friends from The Blended Blog and talking about Skin Care.

My skin is usually always dry, but during the Winter months it tends to be much worse. It gets so bad that my hands get severely dry and cracked. Often times my hands get so bad that they bleed. My lips get chapped and my feet also tend to get dry and cracked. It's miserable and oh so painful. So in order to survive the harshness of Winter, I turn to 6 of my favorite skin care must-haves.

1) Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash
2) Eucerin Original Healing Soothing Repair Lotion
3) Blistex Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm
4) Vaseline Intensive Care Hand Cream
5) Avon Foot Works Healthy Intensive Moisture Foot Cream
6) Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Stress Relief or Recharge Body Butter.

I use the body wash, Eucerin Repair Lotion and Lip Balm on a daily basis. I also use the Eucerin Repair Lotion as a moisturizer for my face. I use the hand and foot cream on an as needed basis when my hands and feet tend to be extra dry. I love love love the Aromatherapy Stress Relief Body Butter by Bath and Body Works. It is probably my favorite!  It is perfect to use on those very stressful days that all moms have from time to time. The great thing is that it really does help to relieve some of the stress and gives you a sense of relaxation. I also like the Recharge Body Butter by Bath and Body Works. 

These 6 Skin Care Essentials are tried and true and have became Must-Haves for me. I use them not only during the winter, but all year long.  What Skin Care Essentials are Must-Haves for you?



Friday, March 9, 2018

High Five For Friday: 4th Birthday Party




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) On Saturday, we had Raylan's 4th Birthday Party. He wanted a Disney Car's theme and it turned out so cute. Raylan and his little friends all had a great time. I love seeing my baby laugh and have such a good time with other kids. I still can't believe that I have a 4 year old!

2) Raylan finally has a new car seat. He had been needing one for a while, so we decided to get him a 5 point Harness Booster Seat. It is much more comfortable for my big 4 year old. 

3) I've been attempting to organize all of the toys that Raylan got from his birthday party this week. That's been a huge job lol! I took an over the door shoe organizer and turned it into an organizer for transformers, darts and dart guns. It was a pretty neat idea if I do say so myself.

4) I've started a new Bible plan called A Jolt of Joy. It is such a wonderful plan! It really does make a person realize that we have so much to be thankful for no matter the circumstances and that things could always be worse.  Do any of you read bible plans from the YouVersion Bible App? I love that app!

5) Raylan and I have been under the weather for the last few days. I hate that we have both been so sick, but I have gotten quite a bit of snuggles from my little guy. Snuggles are rare these days, so I'll take them any chance I can get them. I wish I could keep him little forever. The older he gets the less hugs and kisses I get. It breaks this momma's heart. 



This week's featured blogger is Elizabeth from Southern Sagittarius. Elizabeth is a southern lifestyle blogger, youtuber and a daughter of a librarian. She shares what she is reading, watching and adventures with her family on the blog. Please stop by and say hello to Elizabeth!

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