Della Devoted!: January 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018

High Five for Friday: Snow Much Fun!

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) This week we got a little over 3 inches of snow and Raylan has loved every minute of it. You can see the pure happiness on his face when he was making his snow angel. I do believe this is my favorite photo of him. It's just so precious! I love making memories with my favorite little guy. 

2) This photo is my second favorite. Raylan just had to get his power wheels out in the snow as well. Raylan reminds me of an Ice Road Trucker in this photo. He said his Dune Racer can drive on anything and I guess he was right. 

3) Since we have been snowed in all week and haven't been able to go anywhere until yesterday, Raylan and I have been super creative to keep from getting cabin fever. We have made edible play doh and edible slime. A blog post is coming soon about the slime. We have also played several board games and even had a puppet show. 

4) My best friends mom is getting married in two weeks, so we have been doing quite a bit of planning. I love weddings! I would have loved to have been a wedding planner. I'm also excited that she chose me to make the cake and to be the photographer. 

5) This week has been a good week to catch up on some reading. What are you all currently reading? I would love some book recommendations. 

This week's featured blogger is Monica from Curls and Cocktails . She has a lot of great posts and yummy recipes. I'm especially loving her recent post on Throwing a Totally Awesome 80's party. Please stop by and say hello to Monica. 

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

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cozy Vest for Winter

Winter is beautiful. I love when God blankets the earth with a beautiful coating of fresh white snow and everything seems to slow down for a moment. Even though the season is beautiful, it is frigid at times. With Kentucky Weather, you don't really know how to dress during the winter. One day it's cold and the next the temps are up in the 50's and 60's.  However, I still prefer to dress cozy because you just never know how quickly the weather will change. I've never been one to wear vests but I'm loving this Black and Hot Pink Vest I snagged at Aeropostale. It has the perfect contract of black and pink to brighten up a cold winter day. I thought that this basic  stripe top was a good fit because I didn't want anything to take away from the beautiful colors of the vest. I opted for pale pink accessories and skinny jeans with tall black boots to complete this look. My main goal was to make the pink in the vest pop and I think this outfit does just that. It's a cozy yet stylish outfit that can be worn several times throughout the winter.  It's also an adorable style that can be worn  for Valentine's Day.

Shop this look
Vest//Aeropostale (Similar)
Stripe Top//Gap (Similar)
Jeans//JC Penney
Boots// Thrifted
Bangle// The Navy Knot

Friday, January 12, 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) The weather has been crazy in Kentucky this week. Over the weekend, it was down to 0 degree at night and only in the teens during the day. Well these last few days have been in the 50's and 60's, so Raylan and I have made the best of it. He finally got to test out his new Dune Racer Power Wheels that he got for Christmas and he has been on cloud 9. He loves it and it will keep him busy during the warmer months. This weekend we are supposed to get quite a bit of snow. I wish we could just keep this warm weather.

2) Story Time started back at the library this week and Raylan was so excited to go. He loved seeing all of his little friends. It is so good for the children and very educational too. 

3) Justin and I have been eating healthier and counting our calories. So far it is going well. It helps to be doing it together. I just hope that we can stay motivated to continue on our journey to a healthier us. 

4) I have been trying to do better at keeping a cleaner more organized house since the start of the New Year. Does anyone else feel like they have their life together when their house is clean? I know I sure do.

5) Raylan has began wanting to plan for his birthday party next month. He has already picked out the theme and the cake that he wants. How is my baby almost 4 already? I wish time would slow down. My heart can't handle my little man growing up so fast.

This week's featured blogger is Jess from To Sparkle Punch. Jess is a lifestyle blogger. She is very inspiring and also very witty. She tries to see the good in everything and keeps everyone laughing. She is also a cat lover. Please stop by and say hello to our good blogging friend Jess. You will love her!

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

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

20 Winter Boredom Busters for Toddlers

Winter is beautiful but it is so very cold. You are stuck inside most of the time during winter, especially if you have young children. This always results in cabin fever after a few days. Cabin fever is hard on everyone especially toddlers. Toddlers are always on the move and need something to keep them occupied. They tend to get bored very fast. So to keep the kids and the parents happy, here are 20 Winter Boredom Busters for Toddlers.

  1. Create an Art Center Station
  2. Daily Learning Activities
  3. Play Doh/Slime
  4. Costume Character Dress-Up
  5. Popcorn and Movie Night
  6. Create a race-track for Hot Wheels 
  7. Indoor Bowling Games
  8. Board Games
  9. Indoor Scavenger Hunts
  10. Hide and Seek
  11. Blocks/Legos
  12. Crafts
  13. Read Books
  14. Karaoke/Dance Party
  15. Inside Picnic
  16. Bake Cookies or Cupcakes
  17. Puzzles
  18. Coloring Books
  19. Hand/Finger Puppets 
  20. Doctor Kits- Let them doctor everyone up
These are tried and true ideas that keep my almost 4 year old busy for hours. It keeps him happy, so this momma is happy and not nearly as stressed out. So let's get through this Winter without being bored to death with these 20 Boredom Busters. You and your toddler will be thankful for these ideas. 

Monday, January 8, 2018

TBB ASKS: New Year, New You

Happy Monday Everyone! Today I'm joining my friends from The Blended Blog for this month's edition of TBB Asks. These posts are always a favorite of mine and so much fun to participate in. So here we go.

1) Resolutions or No Resolutions?  I don't like to do resolutions because more than likely I won't stick to them, but I do like to set goals that I would like to see myself achieve. 

2) Love Snow or No Snow? It's beautiful to see, but I don't love it. I only like to see a light covering of snow. It's so dangerous for everyone to have to be out in.  However, I would like one good snow so that Raylan could build a snowman.

3) Name a New Place you want to go this year? It's not new to me, but it would be new to Raylan. I would love to take Raylan to the beach this year.  He's old enough to enjoy it now and I know he would love building sand castles. I would also love to see The Ark Encounter. I haven't seen it yet and it's in my very own state of Kentucky. 

4) Would you rather have a new Hair cut or a new Hair color? A new Hair color! I feel so refreshed when I get a new color. I feel like a new woman lol. 

5) Name one special thing you want to do for yourself this year? I want to go get a massage this year. I've never had a professional massage before.

6) Least favorite thing about January? The cold! It's been miserably cold already.

7) Most favorite thing about January? A New Year and a chance for New Beginnings.

8) When do you take down your Holiday decorations? I take them down on January 1st or 2nd. That was my mom's tradition so I like to continue it. 

9) Do you diet in January? Sometimes I do. I currently am attempting to diet and make healthier choices. I definitely need to cut out the junk food. 

10) What area of your home do you want to organize the most? Raylan's room and toys

11) Favorite Winter Comfort Food? Chili

12) Favorite Guilty Pleasure? Reese Cup, but those are few and far between. I can only have them  when Raylan is with a babysitter because of his severe nut allergies. 

Thanks for stopping by! I'd love to hear some of your answers from these questions too. Have a blessed day!

Friday, January 5, 2018

High Five For Friday- Happy New Year

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 New Year Everyone! I hope you all have had a great start to the New Year. Raylan had the flu during New Year, but hopefully he is on the mend now. We have been home all week so we haven't done much, but here are my favorite highlights from the week.

1) Since Raylan was down with the flu, our little family stayed in all weekend long and did our best to relax. We ordered yummy Pizza Stop pizza, nursed a sick child and watched netflix.

2) For New Years, I tried a new recipe from Pinterest and it was absolutely delicious. Click here to grab this One Dish Queso Chicken Bake recipe. Seriously, you will want to make it asap.

3) The Christmas Tree and all of my decorations are down and I'm not sure how I feel about that. I love Christmas and I always hate to see my Christmas Tree go back down. Everything looks so bare now, but I am glad for the extra room.

4) Since we have been home all week, I have done a lot of organization in my home. There is just something about the start of the new year that makes you want to get motivated.

5) Justin and I have started trying to make healthier food choices. I wouldn't really call it dieting, but we are trying our best to not eat as much junk food. We have started making better choices when it comes to snacks.  I have also started a 365 Day Bible Plan and a Daily Scripture Writing Plan. I hope to stick with all of these plans, including the healthier eating.  I would feel so much better in all areas of my life if I could.

This week's featured blogger is Ada from Elegance and Mommyhood. Ada is a wife and mom who blogs about her personal style and her journey as a mother. She also features some mommy and me styles with her daughter. Please stop by and say hello to Ada. She is a sweetheart. 

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

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Word of the Year

With every New Year, I choose a word that I would like to adhere to throughout the whole year. This year, my word choice is healthier. 

Not to lose weight, I just want to be healthier and I want my family to be healthier too.

It's no secret  that 2017 was a rough year for my family. Healthwise, it seems like everyone in my family had health issues. I even had a few health issues myself. My dad has been sick for a few years. He is on kidney dialysis, but 2017 also brought on other issues. My husband had several health issues last year, and our son Raylan has a very weak immune system. He seems to catch everything that comes and goes. 

So for 2018, I plan on making healthier choices for myself and living a healthier lifestyle. I also plan to help my family do the same. I want everyone to be healthy, not just physically but in all other areas as well. We all need to be healthier and happier. 

What would you say that your 2018 Word of the Year is?

Monday, January 1, 2018