Looking for a beautiful and meaningful Christmas gift? You've found it! Ellie Claire launched three stunning devotional journals that will keep your loved ones inspired for the entire year!
I was asked to review these three lovely devotional journals, ”Peace Begins with Me,” “The Earth is the Lord’s and everything in it,” and “Turn Your Eyes on Jesus,” and was really excited because it's a bit different than what I normally review. I'll admit, it's been years since I've journaled and I wasn't sure how much I’d enjoy it.
I started by cracking open "Peace Begins with Me," because I could sure use more peace in my life! With baby number four about to make an entrance, and still being unsure of where I’d actually deliver the baby, plus anxiety about what life would be like with four little ones under 6, I knew I needed to be intentional about soaking in a fresh dose of daily peace.
I opened up the first page and read the entry, and it was exactly what I needed to hear:
…If I am feeling anxious about my circumstances, then my anxiety is not from God. It’s either from my own circular thinking or from the pit of hell…”
And I knew this devotional came in the perfect season!
Each book presents readers with a different theme:
I honestly can't pick which one my favorite is. They're each unique, filled with inspiration, and the cover art is absolutely beautiful! They'd make such a thoughtful gift that would encourage your loved ones daily- what could be better??
In case you haven't heard- we welcomed a brand new bundle of joy into our lives on December 5th!
It sure felt like Porter took his time to join us. I had been expecting him to come closer to the 37 week mark than 41 weeks... but he arrived perfectly, healthy, weighed 8lbs 8 ounces and was 21 and 3/4 inches long.
I've been on bed-rest since, and have been loving almost every minute of it.... [Somehow, I never thought I'd actually miss doing laundry!}
Frank's been taking wonderful care of everyone and everything- and we've been super blessed by friends dropping off amazing meals!
Each child is adjusting and reacting to the change in their own ways... and at random times! I'm constantly reminded that in this season, my only mission is to stay present and keep loving everyone where they are at... Life's a journey and we're excited for the next adventure!
Funny story: my two-year-old has been waking me up 3x a night and I'm still 9 months pregnant.
Ok, that wasn't really funny, but when you hit a certain point, you just have to laugh…
Like most moms, the first thing I do in the morning is to start brewing my coffee. After it's poured, and that wonderful fragrance fills my kitchen, I add a splash of milk and a scoop of Naked Collagen Powder.
Why? And what is collagen? Well, those are choices I made years ago when I was far more rested!
Collagen is an important building block for the body’s connective tissues, helping them maintain strength and elasticity (1). The anti-aging beauty market picked up on the concept years ago, creating a plethora of collagen creams and products to help minimize wrinkles, but applying collagen topically only treats the symptoms instead of helping our bodies where it’s needed the most.
When we eat collagen-rich foods or supplement collagen in our diets, we help replenish our bodies with the type of protein found most abundantly and a crucial component for healthy skin, ligaments, muscles, and my personal favorite: gut health. Unfortunately, most diets are severely lacking in this essential nutrient. Drinking bone broth is a common way to boost collagen intake, and as much as I Iove soup and drinking plain broth, you have to consume A LOT of it to get the recommended dose and I can only cook so many bones...
My journey with collagen began nearly two years ago when I got really sick for an extended period of time. I ended up taking 5 months of antibiotics which helped fight various infections, but the medication wreaked havoc on my body. Every joint hurt, I was so tired, and just didn't know how to get through a day.
On a whim, I ordered a popular collagen and figured it wouldn't hurt. After putting the first scoop in my green drink, I was amazed at the energy boost, and gradually my joint pain vanished and I began to get my life back [and even noticed old stretch marks improving]. There were two downsides to that product: taste and clumping. Everything I added it to tasted a little like chicken, with clumps… but I overlooked it for the results!
Recently, I was asked to check out Naked Collagen. Unlike what I've used in the past, this collagen is from grass-fed cows who are cared for humanely in England. And it doesn't clump or have a taste! THAT'S AMAZING!
I’ve found it really easy to add a scoop of Naked Collagen into my coffee in the morning and in my afternoon green drinks [note to self: when you blend collagen, it expands a bit, so leave room!]. One scoop of Naked Collagen adds 9 grams of protein to anything it’s mixed in- and you can't taste a thing!
That’s definitely an easy choice you can feel good about inside and out!
To learn more or try it for yourself- check out Naked Collagen Peptide Protein Powder
What are some of your favorite ways to stay healthy and keep your energy up??
is a writer & tired homeschooling mom of five.