Della Devoted!: November 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cozy + Casual Thanksgiving Outfit







Can you believe that next week is Thanksgiving? Fall is quickly turning into Winter. I'm loving this time of year  right now though because all of the leaves in my area are so beautiful. Most leaves have fallen from the trees and are such beautiful shades of gold and brown. On my drive to church Sunday morning, the golden leaves covered the entire road. It was such a beautiful sight to see. It looked like something you would see in a magazine. It really was a perfect picture of Fall. That's where the inspiration from this photoshoot came from. However, by the time these photos were taken most of the leaves had blown off of the road. With Thanksgiving being next week, it's time to start planning our Thanksgiving Day Outfits. I'm opting for this Cozy yet Casual look for Thanksgiving. I love a good cardigan with a tank under it. A cardigan will make any outfit look casual and dressy at the same time. Leggings are an absolute must on Thanksgiving. I know I sure can't eat all of the Turkey I want in jeans lol. I'm loving the combination of white, burgundy and olive green for this outfit. To make the outfit scream Fall, I added this gorgeous Bear Paw Button Wrap that I used as a scarf and also added brown boots. The wrap is so warm and cozy. It's the perfect Fall Fashion staple!  With this look, you are sure to be cozy, casual and stylish this Thanksgiving.


Shop This Look:
Cardigan//Target
Camisole Tank// Walmart
Leggings//Walmart
Button Wrap Scarf// Bear Paw (Similar)
Boots// Rue 21

What will you be wearing for Thanksgiving? 




Monday, November 12, 2018

Gratitude: Who and What I’m Grateful For


Thanksgiving is fastly approaching and it is time to reflect upon all the things that I'm grateful for. However, we should always be Grateful not just one time a year. I'm always so very thankful for my many blessings but it seems like Thanksgiving makes me reflect upon them more.  I always like to make a list of what I'm grateful for each year so that I can reflect back on it the following year. Here is who and what I'm grateful for.
  • God
  • Salvation 
  • A country where I can attend church freely and worship the Lord
  • The Bible
  • Prayer Warriors- It’s so nice to know that someone out there is praying for you. 
  • My Husband
  • My Son
  • My Dad
  • My Brother 
  • I’m grateful for the 18 years I was able to spend with my mom and all of the wonderful memories we made together. 
  • My extended family 
  • My in-laws
  • My friends
  • Employment- I may not have reached my goal of becoming a teacher yet, but I’m thankful to be substitute teaching and helping to shape small minds and making a difference in their lives. 
  • My husband’s job 
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Our home
  • Transportation 
  • Our Soldiers
  • Blogging - all of the wonderful friends I have met and the opportunities that I have received from blogging
  • Books- I love to read and so does Raylan. 
  • Education 
  • Internet- When it is used the proper way
  • Pinterest
  • The good that is still in the world 
  • Random acts of kindness 
  • Kind souls and smiling faces 
  • Family Traditions 
  • Photography- I love having photographs of my mom to help me remember her and having photographs to help me enjoy all of the wonderful memories that I make with my son and the rest of my family. 
  • I’m thankful for the beautiful world that God has created. 
  • I’m thankful for the beautiful seasons, especially Fall. It’s my favorite!
  • A good hot cup of coffee!
  • Medical Technology- My dad is on Kidney Dialysis and I’m thankful for the advances in Medical Technology to help his kidneys. 

I'm Thankful, Grateful and Blessed! God has been so good to me and my family. I really have no room to complain about anything. Happy Early Thanksgiving Friends! What are you grateful for today?

Friday, November 9, 2018

Why I Begin Celebrating Christmas Before Thanksgiving: H54F


                                                        



If you know me at all, then you know how much I love Christmas. I get so giddy when Christmas time is near. I'm such a big kid at heart. When I was a little girl, my mom would always put our Christmas tree up the day after Thanksgiving. However, now that I have a family of my own I like to have our own traditions. Yes, I put my Christmas tree up before Thanksgiving. Why? Because it brings me joy and my 4 year old son joy too. I love the sense of peace and happiness that Christmas brings. There is also something so relaxing about sitting near the Christmas tree curled up with your favorite book or watching a Hallmark Christmas movie. I love having all of the lights turned off in the house with only the glow of the Christmas lights shining. Having our Christmas tree up reminds me to take a step back to relax and to remember the real reason for the Christmas Season.  If it wasn't for the birth of Jesus, we wouldn't even be celebrating Christmas. Jesus is the true reason for the Christmas season. Christmas is also a time of togetherness and it just makes you feel more close to your family and friends. I love Thanksgiving but to me Christmas is more important. As a Christian, I am most thankful for my salvation and that comes from Jesus Christ. I don't forget about Thanksgiving at all. I celebrate it and always remember to give thanks. However, Christmas is also a time we should give thanks that Jesus was born to save the world. So therefore, I put my tree up early. I enjoy all of the beautiful decorations and I still enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday. I can enjoy my Turkey around my Christmas tree,  Now that I work and Raylan is in school, we are not home as much to enjoy our Christmas decor. There is a ton of work that goes into decorating for Christmas, so why not put your decor up earlier so that you can enjoy it longer. Christmas brings me peace, happiness and Joy. I can celebrate the two holidays together just fine and I can give thanks during both holidays. And for the record, I do not get tired of looking at my Christmas tree or all of my decor.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

5 Things To Do This November



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November is the time of year when most of us start to dig out our winter coats and slip into a state of hibernation, in that, with the darker nights and shorter days there’s something all too tempting about staying indoors with a warming soup and a good film.  Whilst that’s a nice thing to do from time to time, it can lead to people feeling a little down in the dumps, and many people are affected by the condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) which is known to trigger a state of low mood in people.

Therefore, finding ways to embrace the start of winter and enjoy the month of November is a must, and in that sense, this article covers five of the best things to do this November to ensure your spirits are kept high.




  1. BLACK FRIDAY SHOPPING
Whether you’re in the market for Black Friday carseat deals or flat screen TV’s, everyone has this newly created discount day etched into the back of their minds as we approach Christmas.  In consideration of the enormous discounts some retailers offer, it makes a lot of sense to buy your gifts from the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.  

The thing that perhaps makes less sense, however, is that of queuing up in freezing temperatures from the early hours of the morning to be pushed up against the shop doors as consumers stampede their way into the shops to grab the best bargains.  The ferocious nature of this experience is akin to the sort of thing you might find in a rock club mosh pit, late on a Saturday night, yet somehow even the most gentile people can turn into pirate like characters as they fight to get their hands on the best deals.

In this sense, it might be a lot wiser (and certainly more efficient) to enjoy the sales from the comfort of your laptop!  This way you can get around a lot more shops too - and it’s as simple as clicking your mouse from the comfort of your warm bed.





2. THANKSGIVING
For many, thanksgiving is a time for cosying up with family and great food, much the same as Christmas Dinner, though if you’re wanting something a little more extravagant, you could head to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which is well regarded as the official start to the holiday season.

Held in New York, this is the largest parade in the world, which combines huge fifty foot tall balloons, floats, marching bands, cheerleaders, performers and more - with the special guest of Santa along with his reindeers and elves… this is a great place to celebrate the start of the festive season and the whole of New York seems to get in the spirit.  That said, perhaps not the best option for those that don’t like crowds.

There are many alternatives to New York, however, as most small and large towns throughout America have their own celebrations - big and small, with many people focusing on the feeling of gratitude and togetherness.




3. MAKE THE MOST OF THE COLD WEATHER
There are many wonderful places to go ice skating at this time of year, and if you’re in an area where there’s snow - what better way to enjoy the winter weather than going sledding or building a snowman.  Just be sure to wear warm clothes and take sensible precautions, for instance, when having a snowball fight, ensure you’re not picking up snow with anything other than snow it, and when sledding, make sure the incline isn’t so steep you’ll end up sliding into a road at the bottom of the hill for instance.





4. CUDDLE UP IN FRONT OF A FILM
Today, the majority of us watch the TV or a film with one eye on our mobile devices, indeed, the world seems to have gone a little ADHD when it comes to settling down and cosying up in front of a film with your family.  Winter is the perfect time to bake some biscuits, cook up some creative creations, pop some popcorn and cuddle up with your family.

Indeed, spending quality time together in front of the TV can be “quality time” if you turn it into an experience of connection and cosiness.




5.  HAVE A WARM BUBBLE BATH
There’s something overrated about the efficiency of showers in the sense that sometimes it can be really nice to soak yourself in a warm bubble bath with a few scented candles and your favorite music.  Taking time out for yourself is important, particularly as we approach the holidays, and a nice hot bubble bath is one of the cheapest and most convenient ways to pamper yourself.




In summary, there are plenty of things you can do this November to lift your spirits and almost hibernate into yourself with the familial warmth that comes from this time of year - just be sure to take a walk in the sunshine from time to time in order to maintain your mood and combat the effects of the colder days and longer nights.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

5 Ways To Save Money This Christmas


I love Christmas! I love celebrating the true meaning of Christmas which is the birth of Jesus Christ. I love the beautiful colors and all of the fun festivities. I also love the peaceful feeling and togetherness that it brings. However, Christmas can also bring a lot of unwanted stress. It can become a very expensive holiday if we allow it, therefore, making the Christmas season not as enjoyable.  Here are 5 Ways to save money this Christmas and to make it much less stressful.

1) Narrow down your Christmas list- Tell your friends that you are only buying for your close family this year. Explain to them that with everything being so expensive this year, it's just hard to make ends meet. They will understand and chances are they will be relieved that they don't feel obligated to buy a gift as well. If you feel that you absolutely need to get them something opt for a baked or homemade gift such as cookies or get them a tin of popcorn. My friends and I have agreed to have a Christmas movie fun night which includes maybe ordering pizza, bringing cookies, watching Christmas movies and making Christmas crafts with the kids. I would rather have a night of togetherness than to spend money on gifts. You can also do like Tif from Bright on a Budget  and I do. We buy gifts for each other only on our birthdays instead of Christmas, so that it makes Christmas less stressful.

2) Take your own Christmas Family Photos- I know we all love a good Christmas Photo, but the price to pay a photographer is just so expensive. Christmas mini sessions definitely are not cheap and I don't have the extra cash to spend on photos during Christmas. Last year, I had my brother use my DSLR Camera and take them for my little family. I just set out a few Christmas props for the background. I used the photos on a Christmas Card and they turned out great. You can check out last years Christmas Card Photo here. If you don't own a DSLR Camera, your smartphone  will also take great photos. There are plenty of parks that are decorated for Christmas that would make for a beautiful background.

3) Save on Christmas Cards- I like to buy Christmas Cards on sale after Christmas, but If you don't get to do that you can always find cheap boxes of beautiful cards at the Dollar Tree, Walmart or Target. This year instead of printing out photo cards, I'm going to print out our Christmas photos and mail them in with the Christmas Cards I bought in a box. You can get prints cheap online at places like Walmart for as low as 9 cents.  If you really want to purchase photo cards, wait until Black Friday and order them online. They are so much cheaper that way.

4) Shop the Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales- I cannot stress this one enough. Tif from Bright on a Budget and I shop the Black Friday sales every year and we save so much especially at places like Bath and Body Works. We actually shop in store because our local Bath and Body Works allows you to stack coupons which leads to tremendous savings. We also end up saving a lot at Walmart too. Be sure to use any coupons if you have them. Coupons can be your best friend during the holidays.

5) Do a Christmas Decor No- Spend Challenge- I love Whitney from Come Home for Comfort's idea of a Christmas Decor No-Spend Challenge. She stresses the importance of not purchasing anything unless it is an absolute must such as Christmas lights that have gone bad or wreaths that are worn and tattered from years of use. She is challenging herself to not purchase any other Christmas decor until the after Christmas sale and I will be doing the same thing.

What ways are you saving money this Christmas?

Monday, November 5, 2018

TBB Asks: Giving Thanks Edition


Hello Friends! I can't believe it is already November, can you? I'm getting so excited for the upcoming Holidays! My favorite months are October through December. This truly is the best time of the year! Today I'm linking up with my friends from The Blended Blog to bring you this month's edition of TBB Asks. It's all about Giving Thanks and I think we can all agree that we have a lot to be thankful for. We should always be thankful, not just during the holidays.  Let's get right to it...

1) Have you ever kept a gratitude journal? No, but I certainly need to. I have a lot to be thankful for and this would be a great reminder to always give thanks to God for my many blessings. However, I have kept a prayer journal before.

2) Hosting Thanksgiving at your house? I would love to but our home is too small to fit everyone from my family and Justin's family. So, we have dinner at my dad's house then go to Justin's parents house.

3) Favorite Food from the Thanksgiving Meal? Dressing/Stuffing and Dinner Rolls. However, I love it all! Turkey, ham and everything lol.

4) What is one thing in Nature you are most grateful for? Beautiful, cool Fall Days. Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love the beautiful colors and the temperatures are just perfect. 

5) Pumpkin Pie: Yes or No? Yes, I love anything Pumpkin!

6) Traditional Cookbook: Yes or No? Yes, my mother's cookbooks are my most treasured possessions. I love her recipes and all of the memories I have of us cooking together. 

7) Oven Baked or Deep-Fried Turkey? I've never tried Deep-Fried turkey so it's oven baked for me.

8) Thanksgiving Leftovers: Yes or No? Yes, of course!

9) What is one household product you are most Thankful for? Paper Plates, plastic utensils and anything else that I can throw away so that I don't have to do as many dishes. 

10) Are you most grateful for home cooked meals or restaurant meals? Home cooked meals. There is nothing better than sharing a good home cooked meal with your family and friends.

Thanks for reading! Please join in on the fun. I would love to hear your answers!  Remember, let's give thanks always not just during the holidays. 







Friday, November 2, 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, we took Raylan to the famous Griffith Pumpkin House. He was absolutely amazed. Every year the house has more and more pumpkins. There are over a 1000 pumpkins carved/painted and lit up. It is such a beautiful sight to see. We took Raylan when he was smaller, but he was really able to enjoy it this year.

2) On Sunday, our church had their annual Homecoming. It's a service that I always look forward to. We had a wonderful service and always great food.

3) Raylan had his first Halloween Party at school this week. They had a Spooktacular Ice Cream Party and it was the cutest little party. I'm so thankful I was able to attend on my lunch break. He also got to Trick or Treat at the school. I'm so glad they make school fun for the kids. 

4) Halloween and Trick or Treat was a ton of  fun this year. Raylan and I dressed up as Vampire's and we had the best time. Justin went with us but he couldn't dress up because he had to go to work afterwards. Raylan got so much candy that he said he was tired and didn't need any more.

5) Raylan's first school pictures came in and they are so adorable. Now I just need to figure out which background I like the best and get them ordered. I still can't believe my little guy is old enough to take school pictures.



1) The Retro Mini Skirt by Mariah from Like Honey Blog
2) Favorite Halloween Books by Jennifer Lambert
3) Floral for Fall by Hello Katie Girl


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