Della Devoted!: July 2018

Friday, July 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.

1) My friend Melissa and I had the best time at our first paint class last Friday. I've always wanted to take a painting class, so now that is checked off of my bucket list. I'd love to take some more classes especially around the holidays. After the class, we treated ourselves to Mexican for dinner. It was so good getting to have a girls day. Those rarely happen anymore.

2) My dad got me a gas grill as an early early birthday present. I absolutely love it! We have used it all week long. Summer is so much better when you can cookout.

3) Raylan and I have had so much fun in the pool this week. He is improving so much with his swimming. Hopefully next Summer he will be able to swim without his puddle jumper. 

4) This week we enjoyed lunch on the lake. It's always nice to enjoy lunch out in nature and see all of the beautiful scenery. 

5) This has been a lazy week which has been much needed. Sometimes a person just needs to relax and not do much of anything.

1) Pin Worthy Recipes by Shelly from The Queen in Between

2) 8 Easy Ways to Save Money on Vacation by Whitney from Polka Dotty Place

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

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Striped Summer Dress + Learning to Love Myself

If you would have asked me last Summer to wear this dress, I would have told you no! In fact, last Summer is when my mother-in-law bought this dress for me. I tried it on, but that is as far as I got to wearing it. I hung it up in my closet and that was the end of that. However, this year things have changed for the better with me. I have stepped out of my comfort zone a lot. I am now much more comfortable in my own skin. I wouldn't have worn this dress because I didn't like my wide shoulders. I have always felt that my shoulders and arms were just too big for me to wear many sleeveless shirts or dresses. I also wouldn't have worn a criss cross front top or dress for fear of someone thinking that it might be too low cut and someone judging me. I wouldn't want someone to think that I wasn't being modest. With that being said, I have learned to love myself more within the last year. I've realized that I will never be a small person.  I've always been big boned and there is nothing that I can do about that. I am who God made me to be. God loves me for who I am. Afterall, he created me in his own image. So, I certainly need to love myself because God doesn't make mistakes!

Sure I could stand to lose a few pounds, but that won't change the fact that I will still have bigger shoulders and arms than I would like. It's just who I am. I will also probably never have an entirely flat stomach and that's okay too. Afterall, I am a mom! I have many stretch marks, but they are just proof that I received the greatest blessing that I could ever receive which is my precious son. Also for the criss cross front part of the dress, there will always be someone judging you even if you wear a turtleneck. It doesn't matter what size you are or what you wear, people are still going to judge. I've learned in the last year that someone will always have something to say no matter what you do or what you wear. It's just people who are miserable and unhappy with themselves. Wear what you want, be who you want and live your best life.  As long as it's nothing vulgar and too revealing, I don't see an issue with what anyone wears. Modest is always much more attractive anyway! This striped dress really isn't very revealing at all. I don't know why I ever thought it was. As a Christian, I would never wear something too revealing. This dress is too pretty of a dress to let it sit in the closet and not be worn. Plus it certainly is perfect for this miserable heat wave that we've been having this Summer.  Step out of your comfort zone and wear what you want. Don't ever think you can't wear something because of what size you are or what someone else might think. Clothes are made in your size to be worn, not hung up in a closet and forgotten. Be yourself and love yourself! I'm so glad I decided to wear this Striped Dress this Summer because it certainly is a confidence booster. A special thanks to my husband who encourages me to wear dresses like this and never makes me feel bad about my shape or size. He always makes me feel beautiful no matter how I look or what size I am.

Striped Summer Dress// J.C Penney (Similar) & (Similar)
Necklace//Rue 21 (Similar
Sandals//Target (Similar)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Perfect Summer Pasta Salad

Do you have a go to favorite Summer food that you like to fix for most meals? Mine would be Pasta Salad. It's great for Cookouts, Family Picnics, Church Dinners and etc.  My husband could seriously eat it for dinner on a daily basis. I have grown tired of the same old boring pasta salad over the years, so I've learned to perfect the recipe. My husband says that he will never return to the basic bland Pasta Salad and I don't blame him. This recipe is far from boring. You may have even tried it yourself before, but this is my spin on the Perfect Summer Pasta Salad. Keep in mind that this recipe is enough for a double batch. I always make extra so that I can give some to my dad and brother as well.

2- 12 ounce boxes of Tri-Color Rotini (You can also use spaghetti noodles instead of Rotini)
1- 16 ounce bottle of Zesty Italian Dressing
5 cucumbers , cubed and chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped or diced
1/2 cup of Green Olives stuffed with minced pimentos
About 15-20 Slices of Pepperoni cut up in small pieces
1 small onion chopped in small pieces

* You can also add bacon bits and shredded or parmesan cheese. I also like Green peppers in my pasta salad as well. The more ingredients, the better!

Cook Rotini for 11 minutes according to directions. Gradually add half of the Italian dressing. Toss in the rest of the ingredients. Pour the remaining dressing over the salad.  Chill for at least an hour. Serve and Enjoy!

Friday, July 6, 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 Eliza had a fun-filled day feeding the fishes, playing at the park and enjoying yummy grilled food. I don't know who gets more excited over playdates, Raylan or me. I get excited to have some adult interaction and join in on all the fun with the kids.

2) I had such a proud mommy moment Saturday. Raylan finally let go of me in the pool and started swimming all on his own. He had his puddle jumper on of course! He's been afraid of the pool all summer and I would have to hold him the whole time I was in the pool. He just decided he was going to be brave Saturday and it made this momma so proud. 

3) I finally got to spend some time with my childhood best friend and her baby on Sunday. I only get to see her about twice a year, so it was so good to get to catch up with her and enjoy the baby.

4) Our little community had their fireworks celebration on Sunday night. It's always such a good event with a parade, delicious food and beautiful fireworks. Raylan and his friends sure enjoyed the fireworks and festivities. 

5) This week has been a week of delicious food and fun fourth of July Celebrations. I love celebrating the holidays with my family and friends. I especially love making memories with my favorite little guy Raylan.

1) 4th of July Crepe Paper Flag Table Decor by Brenda from Chatting Over Chocolate

2) Red, White & Blue Dessert by Lisa from Coast to Coast

3) Cobalt & Coral by Mariah from Like Honey Blog

* 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!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Classic Patriotic Look

    Happy 4th of July Everyone! I hope you all have a great and safe Independence Day. I love what the holiday stands for and I have always loved celebrating it. However, it is also extra special to me because it's the day that Justin and I had our first date 14 years ago. Yes, we started dating July 4th, 2004! We were high school sweethearts.  I love getting all dressed up in my festive looks year after year to celebrate both occasions. 

    As for this outfit, I have had this dress for a few years. It has always been a go to favorite of mine. It's one of those classic dresses that you can wear time and time again. We all have one of those fashion staples in our closet. Keeping it simple is best with this type of dress, so I chose to add a few pops of red with my accessories. I didn't want to go overboard for this look. It's also a great nautical look too for summer. The possibilities are endless with this dress.

Dress// Dress Barn (Similar)
Shoes// Walmart (Similar)

Do you love getting dressed up for the holidays? What are you plans for Independence Day?

Monday, July 2, 2018

Summer Vacation Edition: TBB Asks

Happy July Everyone! I hope everyone has had a great start to July already. Our little community had our fireworks celebration last night and it is always such a fun event. I love attending it and making memories with my little family. July is also the time we usually take a vacation if we take one, so with that being said I'm linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog to bring you a Vacation Themed Q & A. Let's get right to it!

1) Will you go on a Summer Vacation this year? We won't get to go on a full vacation since my husband was so sick in May and had to use most of his days. However, we do plan on taking a few weekend trips before Summer ends.

2) Do nothing but relax or pack it all in vacation? We like to pack everything in on our vacations because it's the only time of year we get to see different scenery and do different things. We can always catch up on our sleep at home.

3) What month do you like to vacation? We always prefer July because it is our anniversary month, so it's kind of like a anniversary celebration too.

4) Cruise: Yes or No? I've never been on a cruise but I would love to one day.

5) Favorite Vacation Tradition? Going to Gatlinburg Tennessee or the Beach.

6) Most Memorable Vacation? Taking my mom on her last vacation to Gatlinburg before she passed away. We made so many wonderful memories that I will always cherish.

7) Pack light or Pack it all? Pack it all. You never know what you will need or what you will want to wear.

8) Hotel. Condo or House? I've only vacationed in Hotels and Cabins, so I would say Hotel. I love the pools and free breakfasts.

9) Favorite Things to eat on Vacation? Anything! I'm not picky at all. I love trying out new restaurants.

10) Warm or Cold Destinations? Warm. There is so much more you can do outside and see when it's warm.

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear your answers!