April 2016 - Della Devoted

High Five For Friday

Hello everyone! Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday linkup hosted by Tif@ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of Tea and myself. We're glad you're here!

This week's featured blogger is Kelsey from The Peacock Roost . Kelsey has a lifestyle blog where she blogs  a little about everything. You can find posts about faith, marriage, recipes, fashion, DIY, event planning, organization tips, etc. Her most recent post is about her bathroom renovations. I love how she decorated her bathrooms. Her post has inspired me. Kelsey has a great blog that I know you will love too! Please stop by and say hello to her!

This has been a great slow paced week. I have done some much needed cleaning and relaxing. Not to mention, being outdoors a lot with Raylan enjoying the beautiful weather. Let's recap some of my favorites from this week.

Why I Love Rocksbox

A few months ago, I decided to give Rocksbox a try. I had heard such great reviews on it, but I was hesitant to pay a monthly fee. I love jewelry but I also love saving money. I decided I would give it a try, after all, I could always cancel my services if I was displeased. What would it hurt right?

In the Kitchen with Toddlers - Easy Bake Pizza

Life seems so busy anymore. There is always somewhere to go and something that needs to be done. Add a two year old little boy who is into everything into the mix, and I am one tired wife and mom. On days that I am super busy, I like to fix something quick and easy for dinner. I fix Easy Bake Pizza...

High Five For Friday

Hello everyone! Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday linkup hosted by Tif@ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of Tea and myself. We're glad you're here!

This week's featured blogger is Nina from A World of Dresses. Nina is a late 20's blogger who loves people and fashion. Nina uses her blog and dresses to connect and empower women. She wears dresses every day and at one point and time documented over 50 dresses in her closet. Nina is a part of  Dressember  which is a campaign in December where women raise money for organizations working to end human trafficking. She has a great sense of fashion too. Please stop by and say hello to Nina!

This has been such a wonderful and relaxing week! Thank the Lord! It was exactly what I needed. I'm so thankful God gives us rest in our time of need. God is so good. Let's rewind to my favorites from this past week.

Favorite Affordable Specialty Coffee

*Shuffle Bean Coffee was provided to me in an exchange for a review, however all opinions are my own.

As a mom of a two year old little boy who is always on the go, I run off of Jesus and Coffee. Jesus and Coffee are both must-haves to get me through the day. I love my coffee and if I don't have it, let's just say that it's usually a bad day. One of the best parts of the day is putting a Keurig Compatible cup pod in my Keurig and brewing myself a delicious cup of coffee.

Fun Weekend Outfit

Have you ever had a Fun Weekend Outfit? One that you feel comfortable yet stylish in. An outfit that you can wear anywhere and have fun in. An outfit that makes you feel confident. Well this is my Fun Weekend Outfit...

Over the weekend, Raylan and I cheered on Justin at the races. We were hoping for a win, but we are still very proud of him. Anyway, this was the perfect outfit to cheer him on and have fun at the races in. It was a warm day but this outfit surprisingly kept me cool.

I love how cool this basic tee kept me. I paired it with this beautiful Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace in Bright Red. I love how the pop of Red adds the perfect touch to the neon.

and let's not forget about this fun pom-pom clutch! Aren't all the colors gorgeous? It matched so perfectly with the whole outfit.

These Freedom Flex high waist jeggings were perfect to pair with this neon tee. Might I add that these are oh so comfortable too! The stretchy material of the jeggings is what makes them so comfortable.  I love how you can also cuff the legs for hot days.

Overall, this is my favorite look that I have worn this spring. It is a vibrant look that will look great on anyone. It's one that you will want to wear over and over again.

Do you have a favorite fun weekend outfit for spring?

Outfit Details:
Neon Yellow Tee: Walmart
Freedom Flex High Waist Jeggings: Rue 21
Sandals: Shoe Show (Similar)
Pom-Pom Clutch: @francescas 
Kendra Scott Rayne Necklace: Rocksbox
Perry Street Willow Stud Earrings: Rocksbox

For a free month of Rocksbox, use code DELLABFF3

High Five For Friday

Hello everyone! Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday linkup hosted by Tif@ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of Tea and myself. We're glad you're here!

This week's featured blogger is Stephanie from Lexie Loo, Lily, Liam and Dylan too. Stephanie is a wife and mom of four. She loves taking pictures and creating fun activities and meals for kids. She is a parenting and lifestyle blogger on a mission to show the world that Down Syndrome is nothing to fear. She also posts some amazing recipes like this one of Paprika Chicken and Dumplings. Stephanie has a great blog. Please stop by and say hello to her.

This week has been a good productive week. I have done a lot of spring cleaning and I am more organized. I feel so relieved now. I couldn't stand all that clutter anymore. Please continue to pray for my dad. He is still having a lot of health issues. With God all things are possible! Let's rewind to my favorites from this past week. 

1) Justin's mom watched Raylan on Saturday, so we had ourselves a date day. He took me shopping which was so sweet because if you know my husband, then you know he hates shopping. We stopped and ate Chinese which is a luxury for us because Raylan can't eat that due to his nut allergies. So we only get Chinese if we have a baby sitter. The same goes for steakhouses. 

2) These are two of my favorite pictures from this week. I love the expression in Raylan's face! I wonder what he was thinking?

And I love this picture of Raylan wearing Justin's race helmet. Raylan is ready for the races this weekend. 

3) My favorite dessert order that I made this week was these delicious Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwiches. I wish I could have kept them all for myself lol 

4) If you're like me and love makeup, but hate the price tag, then you need to check out this week's post of  Makeup Favorites Under $20Beauty products don't have to be expensive. You can look great with budget friendly makeup without your wallet having to suffer. 

5) Also don't forget to view my most recent post of How to deal with a Budget Reduction.  There are some pretty great tips in this post but number one is the most important. God always provides for his children. God is good all the time!

Well that's it for me. Have a great, safe and blessed weekend. Thanks for stopping by! God Bless you!

How to deal with a Budget Reduction

Times are hard for everyone nowadays. The economy is not doing well and people are struggling, my family and I included.  My husband was a Coal Miner and when his mines shut down, he was forced to find another job. With the new job, that meant less hours and lower pay. But we manage and we don't go hungry. God is good and he always provides for his children. This is how we deal with a budget reduction...

1) First and foremost, I pray about everything and give God the praise. Things could always be worse, so I am thankful for what we have. I know that all of our blessings come from God and he always provides. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17

2) My husband and I traded in our newer model vehicle to an older model vehicle. This saved us about $5,000 on what we owe. We now have a lower interest rate and a lower monthly payment which has been a tremendous help. 

3) We don't go grocery shopping until we have used up what we have. Now of course we run to the store for milk, bread and a few other necessities, but I cook with what we have. This is a good way to get creative with your meals as well, so that you don't get tired of eating the same things. 

4) Make things to sell- I love to bake and decorate cakes, cupcakes and cookies. I have been blessed to have some recent orders and I am so thankful for my loyal customers. Like I said, God is good and he always provides. On occasion, I make deco mesh wreaths to sell, but I'm not the craftiest person around. 

5) Sell things that you don't use - Everyone has things laying around that they no longer use, so why not sell them and get paid for them. Clothes, purses, books and etc.  I have sold on ebay, Poshmark and Thredup. My husband also sells car parts and etc that he no longer has a use for.

6) Save money any way that we can- I sometimes use coupons, but not all of the time. A lot of times I just plain forget to use them. I wish I could remember to use them more often. If we make online purchases, we use Ebates which gives you cash back on some of your orders. I also like to use Walmart Savings Catcher.  With Walmart Savings Catcher, you scan your receipts and they compare the prices to other stores. If a lower price is found, you get the difference. 

7) Make simple changes- I love my coffee and enjoy using my Keurig, but k-cups for the Keurig can get really expensive. So I stopped buying k-cups and started buying coffee in bags or cans. You can get more bang for your buck this way. I just fill my reusable k-cups up with coffee and enjoy. My husband and I love to go out to movies but the late movies are pricey, so we switched to watching matinee movies when we can get a babysitter. Matinee movies always save a few dollars. We also don't eat out as much and cook more at home. We have also been having family game nights with friends and their children as opposed to going out and spending money.

8) Bargain shop -  I like to price match groceries, and shop where the best deals are. I also love to shop at the Dollar Tree. There are so many things that you should always buy at the Dollar Tree instead of other places. I love to wear make-up but I don't like the price tag that comes along with it. I have a post here on some of my Makeup Favorites Under $20Beauty products don't have to be expensive. You can look great with budget friendly makeup without your wallet having to suffer. You just have to search for the best deals. Poshmark and Thredup have really great deals on new and used clothes too

9) Stay home more often- Now this may seem boring to most, but I can assure you that I very seldom get bored. My two year old son keeps me busy so does homework and housework. There is always something to do! I always try to do fun activities with my son or spend quality time with my husband. I try to make the best of any down time that I have as well. Staying home has saved a lot on gas and fast food. Now that Raylan is potty training, we have saved a lot on diapers and pull-ups. When we are home, we use cloth training pants and that has saved a lot on those expensive pull-ups.

These are just some simple changes that have helped us deal with our budget reduction. We haven't saved a ton of money, but we have saved some. These changes have helped us and God has and is still getting us through the tough times. When there seems to be no way, God always makes a way. God is good!

What are some ways that you like to save money?

Makeup Favorites Under $20

Like most women, I love makeup. However, I don't love the price tag that comes along with it nowadays. I enjoy getting fixed up and feeling confident, but refuse to break the bank trying to do so. I would much rather spend money on my two year old son than high priced makeup any day. I have recently found four favorite beauty products all for under $20 that I absolutely love and I'm sure you will too...

1) I recently purchased the NYX Love in Paris Eye Shadow Palette in the shade of Let Them Eat Cake for only $5 regularly $10. It has 9 beautiful shades that are richly pigmented. This eye shadow lasts all day long and does not fade. This is definitely my kind of eye shadow. I have not once had to re-apply. NXY still has the sale going on. It's the perfect deal!

2) I have always been a big fan of the NYX butter gloss. I love the vibrant colors and how the gloss goes on so smoothly. So when I found this new shade of Strawberry Cheesecake Butter Gloss, I knew I had to have it.  It's has a warm pink tint and provides medium coverage. It's the perfect shade to wear at all times. The best part is that it's only $5 too!

I absolutely love this shade of pink!

3) COVERGIRL Intensify Me Eyeliner in 300 intense black - This is my favorite eyeliner of all time. It has a paddle tip that provides two looks in one. One side is for the thick and dramatic eyeliner look while the other side is for a thin and simple look. It's perfect for a day or night look. It's a liquid eyeliner that is very versatile. Only $6.99

4) Last but not least is the elf Waterproof Lengthening and Volumizing Mascara for only $3-  First off, let me just say that this mascara is definitely waterproof, which is awesome!  Even though it's only $3, it does a great job at making my super short eye lashes look longer and more full. I am always very picky when it comes to mascara because of my short lashes, but this elf mascara far exceeded my expectations. I love how it lasts all day without smudging or flaking. It's a win in my book.

So here you have four fabulous makeup products all for under $20. It's a perfect deal that doesn't disappoint. Beauty products don't have to be expensive. You can look great with budget friendly makeup without your wallet having to suffer. 

What are your favorite budget friendly makeup items?

High Five For Friday

Hello everyone! Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday linkup hosted by Tif@ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of Tea and myself. We're glad you're here!

This week's featured blogger is Tanya from The Other Side of the Road. Tanya is a stay at home wife and mom. She was a former high school teacher. Tanya and her family recently moved back to Texas after living in the UK for three years. She blogs a little about everything including recipes and travel. Today makes her 2000th blog post, which is awesome. Congrats Tanya! Please stop by her blog and say hello.

This has been a really good week. It has been a relaxing week, which is exactly what I have needed. I have even had the chance to take a few naps and go to bed early, which rarely ever happens. Anyways, lets recap some of my favorites from this week.

1) The weekend was a busy weekend for baking. I had two dozen of cookies that someone ordered for a baby shower and then I had these two birthday cakes for twin 13 year old boys. I thought it was cute that they had their own separate cakes. I was worn out from all the work but I was glad to get the orders. I truly enjoy baking. 

2) One single red Tulip was in bloom the other morning on my mom's grave. She loved Tulips so much and red was her favorite color.

3) It's very rare that I can get Raylan to smile anymore for a picture, so I took advantage of this picture this week. I love this picture of us both looking and smiling. He truly is my best friend.

4) Tif from Bright on a Budget is collaborating with Kentucky Brewed Tees to bring bloggers a Blogging Shirt. I absolutely love it. You can click here to place your order. You know you want one!

5) Did you catch this month's How I Style It: April Shower's Style? You can see that post here.

Well that's it for now...Have a joyful and blessed weekend! Thanks for linking up!

How I Style It: April Showers Style

Welcome to the April installment of our "How I Style It" Blog Hop!  This is a monthly Blog Hop where we all get together to show you how we style our favorite fashion trends, and invite you to join us in showing off your passion for fashion as well!  While this was a link up for several months we felt that it was time to discontinue the link up and move towards a fresh new collaboration.

Today we are sharing our April Showers Style

April is usually rainy all month long, so far in Eastern Kentucky we haven't had any rain. We have just had chilly weather. I think I would prefer the rain over the cold. Anyway, it usually isn't very warm in April so I still like to dress in a warm like fashion. I also like to dress prepared for rain, because you just never know when a rain shower will pop up.

Here is how I would style a rainy day look... I like to keep my rainy day looks very relaxed. Who wants to be uncomfortable in the rain?

Of course I would be wearing my plaid Sperry Boat Shoes. They are absolutely perfect for rainy days or for being on the boat. They provide a great grip for slippery areas and are designed to repel water. Not to mention, they look great with any outfit. I would also wear a Chambray Popover shirt and dark denim flared jeans. Flared jeans are back in style this year! Yay! I have missed Flared jeans. The blues in the outfit remind me of the gloominess of a rainy day. However, I added a Lilly Pulitzer All Nighter Tank to add a pop of spring color to brighten up the outfit. To complete the look, I added some Premier Designs jewelry. This whole look is definitely an aquatic look. It's perfect for a day out in the rain or on the lake! Always remember that April Showers bring beautiful May flowers!

Outfit Details:
Chambray Popover: Rue 21 (currently unavailable)
Flare Jeans : Maurices 
Lilly Pulitzer Tabbie Tank -All Nighter / Gift
Sperry Boat Shoes: Rack Room Shoes
Accessories : Premier Designs Jewelry 

Now join in to see how the other fashionistas in this blog hop styled their outfits for April Showers and check out their links below:

Garay Treasures
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Bright on a Budget
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Della Devoted
What Nicole Wore

The Blogged Tee

*This shirt was provided to me by Kentucky Brewed Tees, but all opinions are my own.

If you are a blogger, pretty much everything is blogged. Blogging is your life story and it's your creative outlet. Blogging is a way that you can truly be yourself. So when I heard about Tif from Bright on a Budget collaborating with Kentucky Brewed Tees to bring bloggers a Blogging Shirt, I was more than ready to place my order. After all, I blog about my life, faith, family, food and fashion; so why not wear a shirt about blogging. I present to you the Blogged Tee from Kentucky Brewed Tees...

I love the fact that it says Blogged because with my life, pretty much everything is Blogged. Lexington Lettering did such a wonderful job on the hand lettering that is displayed on the shirt. It simply is beautiful.

This tee is the prototype tee in light gray and it pairs well with everything, including skirts. I love this shirt, however, the sizing is not my favorite. Since the sizing was off on these shirts, Kentucky Brewed Tees now has a unisex fit that is slightly a darker gray available to order. You can find the link to order at the end of this post. 

I paired it with a simple black skirt and a red statement necklace. The necklace really makes the shirt standout!

and I added these gorgeous Perry Street Charlotte Earrings that I purchased through Rocksbox.

and finished the look off with a simple pair of black stiletto heels. It's a cute, fashionable look that makes a statement. Normally I don't wear tees with skirts, but this tee pairs so well. I just love how you can style it with everything. 

Outfit Details:
Skirt: Walmart (similar)
Heels: Walmart 
Necklace: Rue 21 (no longer available)
Earrings: Rocksbox
For a free month of Rocksbox, use code DELLABFF3

 Do you want your own Blogged tee?  They are now up for sale on the KBT website! The tee is priced specially at $18 for sizes S-XL, and $20 for size XXL (coupon codes will not work because of this special price).  The tee is a tri-blend tee, which means it's super soft.  Now, unlike the tee I'm wearing,  the actual production tee is a UNISEX fit and is a regular gray color, not light gray like in my pics.

DESCRIPTION FROM WEBSITE: A tee for bloggers, by a blogger. Kentucky Brewed Tees and Bright on a Budget have teamed up to bring you this awesome tee. Bright on a Budget suggests wearing with your favorite distressed denim or skinny black pants. Unisex Fit. Triblend tee.  Purchase here

High Five For Friday - Easter Recap

Hello everyone! Welcome to the weekly High Five For Friday linkup hosted by Tif@ Bright On A Budget, Katie @ Cup of Tea and myself. We're glad you're here!

This week's featured blogger is Beth from Our Pretty Little Girls. Beth is a wife, stay at home mom and home school mom. She is a follower of Christ and loves photography. She blogs about her faith, parenting, DIY projects, homeschooling journeys and so much more. She is also co-host of several different link-ups. Please stop by and say hello to Beth!

This was a great week but has ended kind of rough. However, I'm thankful for the wonderful moments that happened this week. I truly enjoyed Easter with my little family and making so many wonderful memories with them. God is good all the time even through the bad times. Let's rewind to my favorites from this week.

1) On Saturday, our church hosted an Easter party for all the children.  There was food, inflatables and of course an egg hunt. Raylan had so much fun along with his little friends. We had a great turn out! Tif from Bright on a Budget was there with Kane as well. 

2) We had such a wonderful Easter Sunday. We went to church to serve and praise our Risen Savior and then Raylan had two egg hunts. We also had a family dinner. Raylan is becoming a pro at egg hunting.

3) It is officially spring time around my area. We have had beautiful weather all week long and flowers are popping up everywhere. I can't remember the name of these flowers but they were by my moms grave this week. They are such beautiful flowers.

4) Since spring is here and it has been so nice out, I figured I would celebrate by making some spring themed cookies. Spring time just puts a person in such a good mood. 

5) Don't forget to check out this week's post of Photography tips for a Holiday Shoot at Home.

Thanks for stopping by and linking up. Have a joy filled and blessed weekend!

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