My Honest Review of Annmarie Skin Care

My Honest Review of Annmarie Skin Care

As y'all might know, we try VERY hard to only use non-toxic personal care products. For several years, the idea of using non-toxic products was appealing but not a priority financially. However, it became absolutely necessary for me when I started having severe eczema in my mid 20’s. With lots of research and the help of my naturopath doctor, I found that what I was putting ON and IN my body was having a huge impact.

The problem was, most of the natural skincare and makeup options that I found in my budget didn’t work worth a darn. A lot of the products either just made me a greasy mess or were so ineffective that it was a waste of time and money to even use them. Honestly, I’ve tried so many products that didn’t work at all or made my skin worse. When I do write and say I found some that I love, I really mean it.

I recently had the chance to try some Annmarie Skin Care products and I was SO excited. (I keep a running list of brands that I would love to try and they have been at the top for quite some time.)

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An Open Letter to My Single Friends

An Open Letter to My Single Friends

Dear singles,

Never have we been in a more confusing time for singles. Online dating? No dating? “Just talking”? The average age for marriage is on the rise , less people are even getting married, and now people believe they can choose their own gender. It’s a MESS and honestly, I believe that doing singleness right is probably harder than ever. 

Top it off with this unspoken attitude in much of the global church that marriage is the be all end all goal next to Jesus. Nobody comes right out and says it, but it’s there. Please hear me correctly here. I actually DO believe that it is God’s will for 99.9% of people to get married and have an amazing, God centered marriage. “two are better than one” (Eccl 4:9)  "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.(Gen 2:18) “be fruitful and multiply, (Gen 9:7)

These and lots of other scriptures indicate that marriage is God’s idea and part of God’s plan for your life. But marriage cannot be the primary goal of your existence if you are to truly honor God with your life. 

 

 

That being said, here are 5 things to help make singleness and marriage better.

(P.S. there are some nuggets in here for my married pals too) 

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To The One Who Is Grieving

To The One Who Is Grieving

Grieving is one of those things that nobody really wants to be good at. Because if you are good at grieving, it means that you’ve gone through some loss in your life. I am NOT a “grief expert.” I have, however grieved enough in my life to have learned how to do it fairly well. I have walked with friends through losses and seen grief that is effective and grief that is not. 

This is NOT an article on the psychological stages of grief. This is instead, if you will, some loving advice from a heart that has grieved and healed (and is still healing) and learned. This is encouragement from my heart to yours to help you heal, grow, and draw closer to your Father’s heart in the midst of sorrow. 

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How to Avoid Discouragement When You Have a Crappy Day

How to Avoid Discouragement When You Have a Crappy Day

The other day I was having kind of a rough morning. The kid woke me up in the night for no apparent reason, so I was running low on sleep (which if you know me, you know makes a BIG difference).

 Because of that my whole morning routine was messed up. I decided to sleep in and missed my morning workout, didn’t have solid quiet time before the kiddo got up for real, several of my daily goals we already shot and overall I just felt really “blah”.

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10 Things That Will Keep You From Reaching Your Goals

10 Things That Will Keep You From Reaching Your Goals

If I could sit down and have a cup of coffee with all of you, chances are good that we might end up talking about your goals. It’s really one of my favorite things to learn about a person! (And not just because I’m nosey, lol!) I truly believe that we will be most fulfilled and effective in what WE are called to do in this life when we are actively pursuing our God given dreams and goals.In our love for goal setting and achieving, its something that we have read, watched, studied, and meditated on a LOT! 

 

Here are the top 10 things we’ve found (some of which we’ve learned the hard way) that will keep you from reaching your goals:

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Each Year

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Each Year

“an unexamined life is not worth living” ~Plato

 

For years I have loved this quote, and honestly, I think that making a habit of reflecting and re-evaluating has been crucial to our personal development and spiritual growth. It’s hard to grow or meet goals without reflecting and evaluating.

 

As we close out the year and prepare for a new year, here are some great questions to ask yourself, journal about, and even discuss with your inner circle peeps. Oftentimes, they will see an area of strength or weaknesses that we might not otherwise catch.

 

Remember to do this with a posture of mercy, grace and humility. God’s first response to our mistakes is mercy. If you’ve done really poorly in an area, repent, ask for God’s grace to help you do better, get up and go on. If you have done great in an area, Praise God for his help there and make sure to keep a teachable and pliable attitude. God is even more invested in your growth than you are, and He is committed to see it through to the finish. Also know that God longs to speak to you through His Holy Spirit, our counselor. He longs to give you encouragement, correction, direction, and strength. 

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