It's the Holidays! What Do I Wear?

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The holidays are right around the corner, and with it comes tons and tons of holiday parties! But, if you're like me, you never can really figure out what to wear, either because you have no clothes or simply because you just don't really know how to dress (I can fall into this category a lot, so I understand the struggle).

Well, struggle no more, my friends, because help is here! I have come up with some helpful tips to help you stay in fashion and looking good all season long!

I'm not a big fashionista or anything like that, but I do have a few tips to share about dressing for holiday parties, like:

1. Be Comfortable

No matter what you decide to wear, always make sure you're comfortable. If you don't like short skirts, don't wear a short skirt; if it's cold, don't wear a thin shirt or don't take a coat. If you're flat-footed (like me) maybe skip the heels or go for a wedge or kitten heel. Always make sure you're comfortable first so you can enjoy the festivities!

2. Wear Festive Colors

It's Thanksgiving or Christmas - wear some Thanksgiving or Christmas colors! Wear reds, greens, oranges, yellows, etc. It's fun and helps the mood of the party!

3. Be Brave

Always be open to new fashions and ideas. Play with colors or prints you don't normally wear or try out a different style of blouse. Don't be afraid to experiment!

If  I can't teach you anything else, keep those three tips in mind!

I was lucky enough to come across this amazing style guide from The Black Tux on how to dress for the holidays! If interested, feel free to check out their new holiday collection for style inspiration!

What are some of your favorite tips from the style guide? What are your go-to fashions for the holidays? Let me know in the comments!

Get more free gift cards during November Swago with Spin & Win (US)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

The digital rewards site Swagbucks is celebrating Thanksgiving early with another big "Swago" promotion starting Monday, November 6th at 9am PT and running until Monday, November 13th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case, you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:

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Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.

You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, November 13th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.

Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.

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The 2017 Swagbucks Holiday Sale!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Swagbucks is offering double cash back at dozens of different stores (like Macy's and Target) during their 2017 Holiday Sale. Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping. There are

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Forever Salty (Jonah Bible Study - Chapter 4)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Aaaand, we're back!

Today we're covering the final book of Jonah! Sorry about the delay - I'm just now starting to feel like myself again, but I'm back at it!

If you haven't already, make sure to check out Chapter 3's commentary so you'll know what we're talking about. And, if you haven't been on the ride all this month, be sure to check out Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 as well.

Now, on with the study!

So, if you remember from chapter 3, Jonah just got finished telling the citizens of Nineveh that God was going to get them if they didn't get themselves together. 

You would think that the story would be finished there. The people are saved, Jonah finally did what he was told, and he can go back home, right?

Nope. That ain't all, my friends.

What is the first thing Jonah does after ministering to these people? He gets angry and prays to die (verses 1-3)! Why?

Because the citizens of Nineveh were spared!

...yes, you read that correctly. The man who just helped over 120,000 people return to God was upset that He didn't destroy them.

This idea really confused me at first. Was he just the type of person who liked to see others fail? Did he think that he stalled long enough and it was too late for God to save them? What was the problem? Why did he feel this way?

I have the Dake's Annotated Reference Bible, and the thing I love most about it is that is gives footnotes on the side, detailing what's going on in the story, why certain things were said, what words mean, etc. And what my Bible detailed next to verse 2 was that "Jonah was deeply patriotic and put this above the souls of men and the will of God."

Deep stuff, isn't it? But it makes sense. Jonah was going to talk to the Assyrians in Nineveh, and he probably felt like he was committing treason because Palestine had been getting pushed around by them for a number of years. So in his mind, he was probably like, "What I look like trying to minister to the folks who have hurt and killed my people?" And that's completely understandable. But, waaay in the back of his mind, He knew that he couldn't run from his mission and that God was, and still is, a merciful God. He knew all this and still acted crazy before, during, and after!

Ain't that crazy?!

Then he decides that he wants to wait around and see what becomes of Nineveh. He decides to basically camp out and wait to see what God does (verse 5). 

I don't know about you all, but I would have been afraid! I would have done what I needed to do and gotten my behind out of there! But that's just me, though.....

So God was like, "You wanna play? Let's play!" So He gave Jonah a tree to sit under to shade him from the sun! Jonah was all happy and satisfied until two things happened:

1. God took the tree away and sent a beating sun and a strong wind to shake him and bake him a little.

2. God didn't do anything to Nineveh.

You know Jonah was too mad! But he knew he was wrong! God allowed him to save over 100,000 people from Judgement and all he could do was sulk! His mind wasn't on the bigger picture! He was so worried about all the stuff in the physical that he didn't even consider what was at stake in the physical.

Sometimes, there are going to be people in our lives who do us wrong or we just may not like that much. But that does not mean that they aren't important to or loved by God. So if God gives you a word for that person or instructs you to do something for or with that person, we can't trip. You never know how you can sow into a person's life. This is what happened to Jonah. His people had been bullied for years by this city, but Jonah's simple warning changed the whole city's life! You don't know what that could have done for his people! His actions literally altered the course of history, and Jonah knew it!

But he was mad the whole darn time about it and made sure God knew why! AND he was ready to go ahead and die with all that darkness in his heart! A mess. You were a mess, Jonah.

The story ends there, so we don't know what became of Jonah after that, but at least we have the lessons to learn from. 

So, to recap, what can we learn from Jonah in all four books?

1. Just be obedient. God doesn't ask for much from us. Just at least try to do it and He has you. Stop being difficult.

2. Don't be all in your own head. You don't know God's plans - God knows! So let Him lead the way. Don't do stuff your way because you think it's best. You'll fail every time.


4. Have mercy on others just as God would have mercy on you.

Aaaand, there you have it, folks! That's Jonah! I hope you enjoyed this Bible Study - I know I did! I honestly wouldn't mind doing this again, but we'll see. You never know. ;)

Have a suggestion for a book to study next? Have questions about Jonah? Let me know in the comments or shoot me an email! I'd love to talk with you!

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Swago: Shopping Edition Is Back! (US)

Friday, October 20, 2017

The holidays are close and the online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save while you spend.
Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a bingo-inspired promotion run by Swagbucks, a website that rewards you with points (called SB) for completing everyday online activities. You can redeem those SB for free gift cards. If you've never used Swagbucks, participating in SWAGO is a great introduction to the site and an easy way to earn a good amount of points quickly.

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Here’s what you need to know to get your 200 SB Bonus (and don’t worry, you don’t have to make a purchase to complete a pattern):

Shop Swago will begin on Monday, October 23rd at 9am PT/12pm ET, make sure you hit “Join” otherwise you won’t get credit for completing the action items. Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete.
Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete.
You have a limited amount of time to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely.
Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value - up to 300 SB - enough for your first $3 gift card.
Once you’ve achieved a pattern the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely.
The game ends Friday, October 27th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT. So make sure to hit “Submit” on the pattern you wish to submit. If you don’t hit “Submit” before the game ends you won’t receive your SB bonus.

Also, if you sign up through me this month, you'll get a $10 rebate when you make your first purchase via Swagbucks Shopping! You can activate it in the "Swag Ups" area of "My Account."

Review: 'Seven Days' by PARTYNEXTDOOR

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Artist PARTYNEXTDOOR released his EP 'Seven Days' on September 29th. I'm a big fan of his, so I was really excited about it. That's why it's unfortunate that I'm just now listening to it....but that's not the point.

PARTYNEXTDOOR, to me, is an artist that likes to experiment with different genres and sounds, but never loses his street 'cred. So I was excited to see what new things he did with this EP.

Sounds pretty interesting, huh?

I thought so too until I listened all the way through...

I have to be honest, I'm a tad bit disappointed. First off, I feel like he sounds a bit like Future in each song, which turns me off because I'm not a big fan of his. Secondly, I caught myself skipping through most of the songs. I'm not sure I listened to many of them all the way through, which stinks.

I didn't think the entire EP was terrible. I did enjoy at least 3 songs out of the 7. "Damage" featuring Halsey was a fun, pop-ish kind of tune that's upbeat, with lyrics describing an interesting type of relationship. I'm still trying to decide if they're kind of describing a relationship where they feel addicted to each other or if it's just a "Friends with Benefits" thing....not sure. You can never really tell these days.

I also enjoyed "Better Man" featuring Rick Ross. I'm honestly shocked I liked the song because I typically shy away from anything with Rick Ross in it, but I liked this. It gave me a 90's R&B Male Artist kind of vibe. And when I read the lyrics, I realize that it kind of has a 90's R&B tone - the man realizes that he did his woman wrong and wants to do better. Classic, but with a modern feel with the addition of Rick Ross. I like!

And lastly, I did like "Love Me Again," which kind of did the same thing "Better Man" did with the 90's vibe, but this one was more unique to me and more PND's style. I liked the futuristic beat because it makes you feel like he's singing and running after the girl to win her back. He still slightly sounds like Future to me in this song, but I can take it.

I give an honorable mention to "Never Played Me" and "The Right Way." These two seem like good songs, but I need to let them grow on me. I'm just not a slow song person, so I'm going to need some time for "The Right Way," but we're getting there. And "Never Played Me" is good, but I just am not really feeling the production on it. It doesn't feel as clean to me as the others, but that's just my opinion. I'm not a pro, so don't hate on me for that comment. Lol.

But there you have it - my review of PND's 'Seven Days' EP! Have you listened to it? What were your thoughts? Share in the comments below! And if you have an album, song, video, or EP you'd like for me to review, just let me know!

Try a Little Obedience (Jonah Bible Study - Chapter 3)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Hello again!

I'm back once again this Sunday to discuss the book of Jonah with you! We are now on chapter 3! If you missed my commentary on chapter 1 and chapter 2, please be sure to check those out before you start with chapter three!

Chapter 3 of Jonah is short like chapter 2, but gets straight to the point. There isn't as much to take from this chapter as there was in the first two chapters but it's still highly important, nonetheless.

In this chapter, Jonah has finally gotten some act right and heads on to Nineveh to do what God had been asking him to do. Upon arrival, Jonah wastes no time and tells the citizens what God needs them to hear, which is a warning that the city was going to be destroyed in 40 days (verses 1-4). Thankfully the citizens of Nineveh took heed to Jonah's words and decided to hold a city-wide fast - the king even ordered all the citizens to fast, not feed their animals, wear burlap, and to pray (verses 6-9). God saw this and wound up sparing the people (verse 10).

That's pretty much the gist of chapter 2, ha. Sweet and simple.

What I find really interesting about this chapter is the fact that, once Jonah finally went on and did what God asked of him, everything went smoothly. Jonah wasn't mocked, beaten up, assaulted, anything. He said what he had to say, the people listened, and they were spared! I'm sure some folks may have looked at him crazy, but they listened!

Here's my point: If Jonah would have just gone ahead to Nineveh in the first place, he could have avoided all that extra trouble and still would have had time to go back to his hometown! And just think if Jonah wouldn't have talked to the people - so many lives would have been lost. The chapter stated that the city was so big that it would have taken 2 days to see it (Jonah 3:3) - look at how many people he saved, simply by being obedient!

Again, we've all been there. God wanted us to do something, but no, we couldn't do it. We get backed into a corner and we finally decide to do what He says. Once we do it, everything seems so much better and we feel better. That's how it always goes.

I can imagine Jonah was scared to speak up but once he did, I can imagine he walked around with such a puffed up chest, knowing that he helped save a whole city of people! All it took was him getting caught in a storm, being tossed overboard, and spending 3 days in the belly of a whale to do it....

Life would be so much easier if we would listen the FIRST time and not the TENTH!

And that's all I have to say about chapter 3! Lol! Be sure to join me again next week for the last book of Jonah!

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