Living the 40 Hanger Challenge

I have been living the 40 Hanger Challenge since February 1st and it was suppose to end on February 28th. I felt it needed a little more time. Not totally sure how I feel about this but I am doing it anyway.

Here’s what I’ve discovered. Some of the pieces I thought I would wear a lot never came out of the closet. I have been replacing those items with ones I want to wear. Weather in the Phoenix (AZ) metro area in February is wacky. Trying to predict what the best items for this was and is hard. Although March/April will stay in the 80’s mostly. It is also hard to get me photographed before I am running out the door or changing in to “mommy clothes”. You know the “mommy clothes”, the ones a mom wears when making dinner, cleaning, doing bathes and taking care of sick kids.

Here’s some photos of what I have put together.

I am continuing this challenge into April. Wish me luck. Transitioning the closet to spring is the next step. I’ll take a group shot of the current 40 before I move things out.

Are you about to pull out your spring wardrobe?

Progress – Empty Shelf Challenge

I am excited to share that I have been able to read a couple more books.

My big boy and I have been enjoying the Dragonbreath series and had finished every last one last year. For Christmas daddy found the most current book in the series. C boy wouldn’t let me put it on my empty shelf. He doesn’t think it counts, but I read every word. 🙂 If you have a 1st/2nd grade boy in your life I would bet they’d enjoy this series.

My son doesn't think this should count. But I read every page of it.

My son doesn’t think this should count. But I read every page of it.

This book was a Birthday gift from a sweet friend. On relationship marketing. I really enjoyed it and hope to implement some of the ideas soon. Another easy read in story form.

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Birthday Gift

The book I am currently reading is really good and is challenging me to thinking about what it means to bless others. Not going as quickly as I find myself really thinking about what I am reading. That’s a good thing.

Have you gotten any further on your reading?

A New Year – Full of Hope & Promise

A year ago I decided to start blogging. It was a fun adventure with ups and downs and LOTS of learning curves. I am sorry I have been MIA lately. Some family and health things have kept me from taking the time to sit down and pour out my thoughts on fashion, food and family.  I hope you will forgive me.  I have a plan for the New Year and hope to have some balance in this area. I miss it and you.

Praying for a year full of hope, promise, blessings and health for you and yours.

Faith – May Photo a Day (16, 29)

16. What you’re reading  Part of the “requirements” for my mastermind group has been for us to read a book of Proverbs before each time we meet. This is the one I was reading the week of the 16th. This is my favorite portion:

What you’re reading – Proverbs

29. A Number  One of the most important numbers… John 3:16. This number gives me my faith, hope and salvation. It is a number of promise.

A Number – 3:16

What is your favorite verse?

Faith – May Photo a Day 1. Peace

Happy Day! I have made it into the same month which the photos have been taken. Happy Dance.

1. Peace  When I really need to feel peace or I am seeking peace I head to my Bible and look for a quite moment.  With two little boys this is not always easy.  The angel was a gift from a friend. It is a book mark I keep it in my Bible.

Peace – From God.

Where do you find peace?

Faith – April Photo a Day – Something Your Grateful For

I am grateful for a great many things. On tough days I don’t always remember all of them. I do remember how grateful I am for my faith. That I get to practice my faith and beliefs safely. Talk about and display it openly. I would not be very far if I didn’t have my faith.

24. Something your Grateful for  My Faith. The Bible. Jesus.

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What are you grateful for?

Faith – March Photo a Day – 20. Before & After

Today (March 20th) was Testimony Day at Mom’s on a Mission. I find it funny that the theme for today is Before & After. My dear friend Monica shared her story and it happens to be a before and after kind of story, a story of transformation. The whole morning was very emotional as the leadership team shared some before and after thoughts about what they were/are going through. Hearts really opened up and allowed for more sharing. The theme was Beautiful.

Here is one of the things the mom’s received as well as a mirror with “You are beautiful! Love God”

Before and After

I think I was really suppose to for the Istagram challenge post two photos as one, but I don’t know how to do that yet. 🙂

Here are more photos of the day.

Writing our promises

The mirrors were used so each mom could right God’s promise about her on it as she looks in the mirror. Example: I am beautiful for I am a child of God

Back drop w/ more mirrors

The Verse

Decor for the morning.

Cookie again with decor behind.

Faith – Dream Board

it has been a long time since I have been able to “finish” making a dream board.  With my busy boys running around and me being spent by the end of the day doing one at have has not been a priority.  I got the bug to do one in Dec. but just couldn’t seem to finaggle it.  I had a meeting with a friend of mine (An Occasion to Remember) right after the new year and I shared with her that I wanted to do a dream board. Turns out she did too. I met with a mutual friend of ours (Spirit Led Life Coach) to see if we could make this work for us and a few others.

I am a visual and tactile person so Dream or Vision Boards really speak to me. I have led my team through creating their own several times but it was so nice to have someone else lead me through this years.  I would greatly encourage you to create one yourself.

Here is how mine turned out this year… different from ones in the past.

Dream Board

Here’s what you need to do your own:

  1. Poster Board ( you choose the size)
  2. Magazines that vary in subject (ex fashion, business, travel, home)
  3. glue stick or something to adhere your pictures to the board
  4. scissors (fun or plane) I like fun.
  5. Most importantly, a somewhat clear vision of what you’d like to see in your future. The more specific the better. Somehow you will find pictures or words that will translate over for your board.

I like it best to do this process with friends. You can support one another and then when you share you can celebrate.

Before I begin I am prayerful about what I really need and want. My hope for you is that “He grant your heart;s desires and make all your plans succeed.” Psalm 20:4 (NLT)

Faith – February Photo a Day 2. Words

Words are a constant in my life, written and spoken. I read to my boys and to my self daily. And the spoken word is non stop at my home with these busy boys we have.  I have these words displayed in a prominent place in my home so I can remember them daily. It is one of the most famous verses from the Bible used at weddings. “Love is patient….” I was once taught to try and put my name in each time the word love was used… so… Jackie is patient, Jackie is kind…. and so on. Well, as much as I might try, that is just not soo all the time.  Now, put Jesus in place of love… it is completely interchangeable.

I made this plaque with some great friends at a mom’s group. It means so much to me.

Love is....