Friday, January 31, 2014

thrifty huge mirror transformation {with annie sloan paint!!}

Have you ever walked into a thrift store, had something from across the room immediately catch your eye, and it took every fiber of your being to restrain yourself from sprinting to it? :P

That's what happened when I saw this mirror. :)


Since we are trying to pay off our house this year, I haven't bought much in the way of decor in the last few months, but I knew this was one item that was worth the $19.99 price tag! :)

I knew what I would do with it as soon as I got home: paint it bright turquoise green! :) {you know me... I have a history of painting thrift store mirrors aqua, heheh.}


I used Annie Sloan's chalk paint in "florence"{pricey, but goes soooo far!} to transform it in one coat:


I didn't need any primer thanks to the consistency of chalk paint, and I haven't waxed it or distressed it yet because I can't decide if I want to. :) I liked the chalk paint because it is very vibrant and coated well, but I think you could totally get a similar effect with regular paint and more coats. 


I'm estimating that I used about $5-$6 worth of paint, which means I got a huge funky turquoise green mirror for less than $30! I think it would have run between $75-$150 at Hobby Lobby or Home Goods. 

Saving that kind of money makes for an exciting day around here. :)


Thrift store shopping is like treasure hunting, I tell you. :) You never know what you'll find!


Have you ever used Annie Sloan's chalk paint? Verdict?

Don't you love cheap mirrors too?
One of my first Valentine's presents as a married girl was this mirror for $100 at Hobby Lobby. I think it may be one of the few mirrors we've paid full price for {along with this one}.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

homemaking hack: spreadable whipped honey


Do you ever keep honey until it gets all grainy and crystallized at the bottom? No one likes to eat it like that at our house. We sometimes warm it up to make it gooey again, but usually by the time it crystallizes it just sits even longer in our pantry.


I read somewhere {so long ago I couldn't find it} that you can whip honey. I looked up creamed/whipped honey this week, and it turns out that the official way to make it is a totally different process than what I did, but I decided to experiment anyway and see what my chunky honey would turn out like if I whipped it in my mixer without adding anything else. 

So this is kind of my cheater version of whipped honey. :)

Here's the before:


And here it is after several minutes {5 minutes or more} of whipping on high. You can just turn on your mixer and go do some laundry. :)


Keep mixing until most of the crystals have dissolved...at least 10 minutes or more. If you are patient, you can see just how creamy it will get.

I was surprised that the texture completely changed from hard crunchy crystals to a light, spreadable honey. There were still some crystals left in mine {probably because I was impatient and stopped too soon}, but it was so cool to just see how creamy it became and how thinly the honey spread- it's the perfect texture for spreading on a sandwich. And it was way better than the original super-crystallized version! :)


It also seemed to make the honey stretch- I didn't use much to whip, but what little I did went pretty far! I saved the rest in the fridge for the kids to put on their almond butter sandwiches. :)


Here is another recipe I found later after I did mine that calls for 1/2 portion of liquid/regular honey, and 1/2 portion crystallized honey. I didn't have regular honey to add to mine, so you could try either one! You might have even fewer crystals in your honey if you do half new and half old.

I'm always amazed when the internet shows me new ways to use what I already have! ;) We are so blessed to have all of this crazy information. And really, we're blessed to even have honey sitting in our pantry, aren't we? :)


Have you ever tried whipping old honey? 


Ever bought the real creamed version from a beekeeper?



Favorite honey recipe? :)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

free A to Z Scripture memory verse cards

Freebie find of the day: If you are interested in doing Scripture memory with your kiddos, you might enjoy these free A to Z memory verse cards for kids from Jenae at I Can Teach My Child! :)



You can download them over here! :)

Monday, January 27, 2014

do, read, learn, and be goals: Jan. 27


Here are my do, read, learn, and be goals for this week:

do: 
learn and launch BODYCOMBAT 58
wash bouncer seat
work on February budget
take pictures for a closet pop-up sale :)
take vitamins each day
write encouraging notes to Rob and Elijah
go to bed by 11-11:15 p.m.
organize desk clutter
find a trash bag full of clutter to give away

read:
Proverbs 13 + 14
James 1-3
Psalm 119
The Pursuit of God* by A.W. Tozer {love this so far!!!}





learn:
We are still learning this together as a family at lunch and dinner while we clean up {we fell behind!}:
download the free printable!
be:
renewed. 
I've been feeling pretty tired these days. I am not sleeping well or feeling like myself lately, and for some reason it didn't occur to me until recently to ask God to help me figure out what to do about it.

I think it's partially physical- a combo of not sleeping enough or deeply because of the baby, my muscles re-building/weight changing around, not eating the right or enough carbs, and not taking vitamins regularly. Mentally/spiritually, I really want my heart to be set on God and not distracted by the wrong things. I am asking Him to show me what I need to change physically, and give me the strength to do it so that I don't grow weary in this season. It's been feeling like a marathon lately. :)

meals on the menu:
pinto beans + rice x3
butter noodles, salad, homemade bread
black bean + corn tacos + rice
almond butter sandwiches + blue corn tortilla chips and salsa
baked potatoes + sour cream/ cheese, salad
tilapia + rice + broccoli
dinner out



I just realized only one of our meals has meat in it- totally unintentionally, but I was curious to hear how often you use meat in your meals?
I guess we are back on the Dave Ramsey plan- rice and beans, and beans and rice...hehe. :)

What are your goals for the week? 

Anyone decluttering with me this month? :)





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Friday, January 24, 2014

playing catch-up :: friday to-do list

Friday is usually a school day at our house, but we are only doing a half day today so mama can catch up on things around here. We've had a busy week so naturally the laundry has fallen way behind. :) {side note: I'm not sure if having so many clothes is a good thing- on one hand, less clothing means less laundry...but then again, what would they all wear on weeks I fall behind like this one? What would it be like if we only had two sets of clothes? I'm tempted to hold an experiment...wouldn't that be interesting! I think I could be okay with it... :)}


Anyway, enough dreaming... ;) On my to-do list for today: 

1. Replace this IKEA couch cover with a clean white one:


2. Light the candle. {already done!!! man, I'm fast...}


3. Learn BODYCOMBAT 58 tracks for practice at 3:30 today:


4. While multi-tasking, of course... ;)  because I have this mountain of laundry to conquer:


5. I'd also like to spend some special time with these little humans. We might go to the library and for ice cream if we can. :)


6. And hey, if you aren't playing catch-up like me today and have extra time, you might be interested in reading the Mombassadors interview I did with Abbie over at M is for Mama {you still have a few hours left to enter to win the candle/Bible giveaway}, or checking out what's on her heart this week.


7. {just because it's a good number!} wish you happy weekend, sweet friends! 

I am blessed to know you! :)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

the most important video you will ever watch

This is the most important thing you will watch on video:


Oh friends, I want to live in this truth. I so want to be what God wants me to be- His love is overwhelmingly good, and I am so undeserving of it. I love Him so very much. He is so very good, and  the more I know Him, the more I see how much I am not good.

Truthfully, the last few weeks have been pressing on me. My heart keeps going to places I'd never expect, in a hard {and good} way. I can only tell you from my own experience, but Jesus has been so very good to me to lead me to places where I didn't want to go, and hold my hand and walk me through it all.  I wrestle with fear and anxiety on a daily basis, but I know it isn't from God. He is so kind to give me peace when I seek Him. Every single time, He is faithful, yet so often I forget to do it. 

I want Jesus to be at the forefront of everything I do in this life. I am so sad to see how selfish I am, and how much I cling to my flesh and the ways I know and love, but I know that the things He has prepared for me are so much better than my silly plans and fleshly pursuits. I long to walk in Him in these few years I get to live, and oh, how I long for the same for you. 

Before we know it, our short days will be over, and what will we have left? It is on that final day that we will fully understand what Jesus has done for us. I want to rejoice with all my heart that I ran the race well on that day. Oh, that we would walk in Him and have faith in the work of Jesus on the cross while there is still breath in our nostrils...

Oh, friends. I want to give up all of this world for the pearl of great price. 
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. Matthew 13:44

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

winners of the Holly Lane Designs giveaway



Here are the two winners of the Holly Lane Designs Giveaway, as chosen randomly by a number generator:

What a wonderful site!! I love the God Around Us Ring, so unique! i9jadei9...@.....com
Such beautiful jewelry; the corresponding scriptures make it even more beautiful. I can't decide between the Birds of the Air oval necklace or the City on a Hill pendant. nathanandbecky (at) .... com

I've emailed you both! :D Congratulations to the winners!

If you didn't win, and were interested in their jewelry, don't forget Holly Lane Designs is offering 15% off for Biblical Homemaking readers through next month.
Use code: "BHBlog15" before February 28, 2014 to receive your 15% discount, and of course, you can always sign up for their newsletter to find out about sales exclusive to subscribers. :)

Right now they are also offering free first class shipping on all orders over $25 dollars! {No code needed, select at check out.}

Jesus gives victory over death: finding healing after abortion


Today, January 22, is the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It is the anniversary of one of the darkest days in our nation.

It is so easy for me to get lost in the numbers, in the sadness of millions of deaths, and the grief of it all, but the thought that I am dwelling on today is this:


He already won this battle.

Right now I see a culture- generations of women who are carrying the weight of their decisions with shame.  Women longing to know what true peace is, and what forgiveness in Christ could be.

Oh, that they would truly know His sweet mercy. That they would give all of their burdens to Him, and know His overwhelming love. 

He knew all of the things that we would do before we were even born. And yet, while we were still sinners, Christ died for each one of us. He died so that we could live in Him.

Jesus is my only hope. My only salvation. The only source of truth and forgiveness comes from believing in Him, and I long for the women who have lost part of their hearts to abortion in the last 41 years to know Him and His sweet love. He is good, and merciful, and so gentle with the broken-hearted. Psalm 147:3 says this: He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

If your soul has been wounded by the effects of abortion, I long for you to find healing in Jesus too. Through His blood, we have been given a new heart and white robe of righteousness that covers all of our sins. He takes what is broken and makes it new again. It is too incredible for words, but I know it is true with all of my heart. 

Sin steals our joy and robs us of life. Things kept in the darkness become wounds that fester and never heal, but when we bring them to the Light who is Jesus, their nature of shame and death has no longer has power because Jesus defeated death on the cross. Through faith in Him alone, sin no longer has any power over us! Isn't that amazing? We are no longer condemned when we believe in Him:

John 3:16“For God so loved the world,i that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.18Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

If you don't know Jesus, the Son of God, I long for you to know Him. If you want to know Him, please email me. I would love to walk through it with you.

And if you have walked through abortion, I want you to know there is so much forgiveness, healing and comfort through the Holy Spirit because of the gift of salvation. In Christ we have hope, and we can give Him all of our shame, because "He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not."

He was despised by men. He knew what it meant to be rejected. He knows our grief so very well, and yet He promises to bear our burdens each day. We can give them all to Him. We can bring our pain and sins to the light, and find forgiveness in Him. There is so much freedom in Christ, and we can give these burdens to Him, and it is so encouraging to know that others who have walked in our shoes have done the same. And even more amazing- we are never alone in Christ, because His body of believers is a living extension of Him.

I am so thankful for all of you- thank you for praying and fasting with me for the little ones, and for God to do great things in our culture, and for these women who are healing from their past. I know He can and will do it if He wills, and that whatever we ask in His name, He will do. 

It is such good news, isn't it? We have so much joy because of what Jesus has done for us! 

And even on the darkest of days, when the sting of death and sin is ever so present in the world, we hold on to this hope- that Jesus gives victory over death:

1 Cor. 15:56: The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

All glory and praise and honor be to the Lord Jesus Christ, for He is worthy. He has overcome the world. Oh praise our merciful Lord, for He has saved us and redeemed us from our sin.






If you're looking for an intimate Bible study setting, there is a one called Surrendering the Secret happening all over the nation. I would love to hear your experiences with that if you have been through it before.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

5 things you can do about abortion as a believer

Tomorrow, January 20, 2014 is our day of fasting and prayer before God for Him to change us. 

I think it's important to realize what is happening around us- what we are asking God to change as we go before Him. {These statistics are from here, unless noted.}
  • About 1.2 million abortions happen every year. {When you break that down, it is over 3200 abortions happening per day...137 per hour...which is more than 2 babies dying every minute, of every day.}
  • More than half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and about 4 in 10 of these are terminated by abortion.[1,2] Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.[2]
  • At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and, at current rates, 1 in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, 1 in 4 by age 30 and 3 in 10 by age 45.[4,5]
  • Nine in 10 abortions occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Here is a broad cross section of U.S. women who have abortions:
  • 58% are in their 20s;
  • 61% have one or more children;
  • 85% of all abortions were performed on unmarried women (CDC).
  • 69% are economically disadvantaged
  • 73% report a religious affiliation.
  • minority women were disproportionately represented among women obtaining abortions and had higher relative abortion rates than all women {credit}
  • The reasons women give for having an abortion underscore their understanding of the responsibilities of parenthood and family life. Three-fourths of women cite concern for or responsibility to other individuals; three-fourths say they cannot afford a child; three-fourths say that having a baby would interfere with work, school or the ability to care for dependents; and half say they do not want to be a single parent or are having problems with their husband or partner.[7]
Did you realize that almost 1 in 4 pregnancies end in abortion? I didn't. And the rates are now trending toward 1 in 3 pregnancies.

More than 3200 babies are dying every day. That is like a World Trade Center attack every single day for more than the last three decades.

As believers, we are called to rescue the dying:

Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “Behold, we did not know this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who keeps watch over your soul know it, and will he not repay each man according to his work? Proverbs 24:11-12

For so long, I've felt inadequate to stop this sadness from happening- like somehow it was removed from my responsibility because it was so widespread, but I feel convicted that this is not the case. How can I love others and not care if the lives of the most innocent people are being thrown away around me? I don't think I can.

But what can I do?

I feel like God has been so gracious to show me what I need to change. Maybe we can all do these things for the glory of God, with His help. I know if we seek Him, He will show us where we can do His will.



1. Pray and fast.

Tomorrow {Monday}, I am asking you to join me for a day of prayer and fasting for God to change our hearts, to change the hearts of everyone to see what abortion really is, and for us to do something about it.

We'll be praying and fasting on January 20 for God to change us first. That He would humble and change our hearts first. That he would show us our own sin here, our own apathy and participation, and clean the hearts of His people first. That He would do mighty and powerful things, and that His people would be willing to risk our own comfort and convenience to share the Truth, even if it means being hated by the world. That He would give us the strength to stand against evil with the power of the Holy Spirit so that lives can be forever changed.

Scripture is filled with examples of His people being personally convicted of the sin of their nation, and praying and repenting before God for it to change, and HE ANSWERS them in a very big way! We can have faith that He can and will convict us to repent so that He can change the hearts of many.

Pray for the mothers, the fathers, for the doctors, and legislators and all family and friends involved. Pray that they would come to know the Truth, and find hope in Jesus.

2. Repent.
I don't know about you, but I realized this week that I live in a bubble. I have become apathetic and the fact that innocent blood is being shed, and that mothers and fathers all across the nation are lost and without Jesus has become far removed from my heart and my mind most of the time. I know I need to repent from apathy, from caring more about myself than the lost, from not loving those who need Jesus like I should. I need to repent from not caring enough to do anything about it.

I'm so encouraged that Nehemiah repented {himself}, and mourned and fasted over the sins of his people:
Nehemiah 1:4: As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven. 5And I said, “O LORD God of heaven, the great and awesome God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6let your ear be attentive and your eyes open, to hear the prayer of your servant that I now pray before you day and night for the people of Israel your servants, confessing the sins of the people of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Even I and my father’s house have sinned.
I'm so amazed how God was willing to change a nation through Nehemiah! I pray that He will find in us that heart of mourning and grieving over our nation's sin.

3. Ask God for opportunities to shine light into the darkness of someone's life.

This is so powerful:
Abortion is one of the darkest works of the human race – it is child sacrifice. And the only way it can survive is for darkness to survive. Wherever the light of truth and love comes, darkness flies away. Therefore it is one of the great callings of the followers of Jesus to let their light shine in both ways: to do good deeds and to expose darkness. The aim is partly negative: reveal the error hidden in the darkness, but mainly positive: to bring people to love the light and be made light in the Lord Jesus. John Piper “The Darkness of Abortion and the Light of Truth” - January 26. 2003
Pray that you get a chance to speak that love and truth directly into the life of a soul who needs Jesus. Pray that God would show you an opportunity to show them the light, and to help them walk in it. We have all sinned, and fallen short of the glory of God, and this sin is no different than ours- but maybe God will give you a chance to save the innocent life of a baby before it is ended. There is grace for all- we are all the same in Christ Jesus! If you have had an abortion in the past, there is absolutely grace and mercy and forgiveness for you. We are all sinners, made clean only by the blood of Jesus. He is so good, and so merciful to us. I would love to pray for you, and email with you if this is your story. {email me at mandy @ biblicalhomemaking dot com}

If you're at a loss for who to reach out to, remember the statistics I mentioned in the beginning- the girl who probably needs you the most is the poor, young single mama. She needs your support, she needs your love, she needs Jesus.

And what about teenagers- the next generation? How can we as a Gospel community pour into the lives of teenagers today? How can we show them the love of Jesus and preach the Gospel to this next generation, before they make that same mistake? And this is true for the teenage boys as well- they need to see the light of Jesus to change their hearts to love. They need to see examples of what marriage should look like, and what a man is called to do for his family. How are we reaching outside of our bubble to shine the light in this area?

4. Seek out ministries who can help, love, and change our culture.

There are so many ministries who could use your help. You could volunteer at a pregnancy crisis center, help someone pay for their adoption, or you could help fund a ministry for helping single moms financially with groceries and diapers.

There are even ministries sharing the Gospel at abortion clinics you could go and love someone by sharing the good news right there as they go to make one of the worst mistakes they could ever make. Maybe sacrificing your time, your money, or your comfort could help stop the innocent blood that is being shed every 30 seconds.


5. Share the truth using the platforms God has given us.

Do you have a social media account? You can share the truth. It is encouraging to see that hearts can change by simply understanding the nature of what is happening. There is hope for all, and we can share the truth in love, remembering we are all the same- all in need of Jesus, and we can show them the light of God's love without being afraid of being hated. No matter how nice you are, if you stand up for the truth in love, expect that you will be hated.

Remember, the perfect example for us of walking in the Spirit was the most hated of all. But we never know what God might do with the words He gives you the boldness to share. It might be that we are pulling some out of the fire. We need the Holy Spirit to give us courage to speak and to love on every platform we have been given.

Here are two great resources to share and watch:




Here is an 
excellent resource on the Biblical mandate to do something about abortion


I hope that you will pray with me for God to change us tomorrow, and for Him to show us where we can shine His light into the darkness.  I know our God is so big, and if we pray to Him He will hear us. God gave us a second chance through the blood of His Son, and one of our highest missions in this life is to share that Good News so that some might be saved. 

Oh, Father God, please help us to do that for your Glory.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

super GW score: new fossil tote bag + 3 rules for thrifting

A couple of weeks ago we hit up my favorite Goodwill on the planet. :) It's in the DFW area {and it's so good, I can't tell you where it is unless we're related by blood... :P}. 

I think my shopping habits are definitely changing these days. I've set three standards for buying bargains that set the bar for my purchases a little higher: I have to either absolutely LOVE the item, buy it as investment, or already have a need for it in my house right now.

This usually keeps me from buying something just because it's a good deal or it may fit me someday {like the three pairs of designer jeans that I knew I wouldn't wear or sell quickly}.

So with my newer rules in place, I walked out of my favorite GW with just one item- this Fossil key per tote:


It fell into category #1- I loved it, and I knew it could also be a category #2, because I could resell it for at least what I paid after I finish using it.

It was brand new, with a few little flaws in the shiny patent polka dots on the back, FGW written inside, and a tiny cut in the bottom they do to every bag to prevent returns:


Other than that, it still had the wrapping on the zippers and was perfect. The original retail price for it was $118, and new ones have sold for $62+ on eBay, but I was happy to find mine for all of...


$10.  :D

I walked out of GW with my one happy item, and went on my way. :)


It's fun deals like these that always make thrifting worth it. 


Even when you leave with just one good item. :)


How do you decide what to buy when it comes to bargains?

What do you do with the money that you save when you buy secondhand? 
We have a big goal we are saving for right now. I hope to tell you more about it soon! :) 

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interested in thrifting? you can find more thrifting tips and finds here:

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

quick + easy party DIY: the reusable sharpie pennant banner


I used to think I was into quick and easy projects back when I had four kids {all of five months ago :P}. Then baby #5 came along and the words "quick and easy" took on a whole new meaning. :) Tiny hands are now grabbing everything I have within reach, and my hands-free time when I'm home is usually less than 15 minutes, or when daddy is free. {I'm totally typing this one-handed now!}

I helped a small bit with a baby shower for a friend last week, and my part in decorating for it was making a banner. I knew I wanted something personal and reusable for after the baby grows into toddlerhood, so I decided to use tiny clothespins on ribbon so they could change decor as he gets bigger. I found all the supplies I needed at Hobby Lobby {unfortunately not on sale, just with a mobile coupon}. 


I found cardboard chipboard letters and these pre-cut pennant shapes near the scrapbooking section {I may or may not have squealed when I found them}. Next time I might plan ahead a little and cut out my own shapes out of an old drop cloth, but then it wouldn't be as quick and easy, would it?... :P

Step 1:: Center and trace your chipboard letters in pencil {be sure to check beforehand where you need to position them all if you need wide letters like "M" and "W"}: 


Step 2:: Fill in your traced letter with sharpie color of your choice.


I wanted mine to look a bit grayed/vintage:


I freehanded two elephant ones to add to each end for the theme {don't look too closely ;)}:


Step 3:: Clothespin them to your extra long ribbon. {I think this clothespin attachment would also be great for a generic "happy birthday" or "welcome baby" banner so that you could easily switch the ribbon out for each party's theme!}


And like that, you're done! You have a personal, reusable banner that you could make with what you have on hand, or even for just a few dollars at the store.


The whole project took me about an hour, but that's probably because I worked on it a little bit at a time. I'm slow, but hey, that's just how we roll these days. ;)

Are you a party banner person?
When I was a kid we had that metallic happy birthday on rivets, and I put it out for every birthday I could. I think I've always loved them.  :)

Favorite childhood birthday memory?
Birthdays were always so fun at our house growing up. My mom always did a good job of making us feel special for our birthday. My favorites were the hayride/harvest party sleepover for my 13th birthday, a huge skating party when I was little, and getting flowers delivered to school when I was in elementary. And that time my dad dressed up like a clown for my 5th birthday was priceless.  :)

How do you like to celebrate birthdays at your house?
One tradition is that we let the children pick anything they want for dinner and dessert on their birthday.  We always have fun with that one! :)

Monday, January 13, 2014

huge giveaway to holly lane designs christian jewelry :: 2 winners!


I think you're going to enjoy this giveaway! I had never heard of Holly Lane Designs before a few months ago, but when I visited their website I was really impressed by their unique designs! Their silver jewelry is beautiful, but what really stood out to me most about their company was the way they based their designs off of Scripture. Their mission is to spread the Gospel with their hand-crafted jewelry, and it's so thrilling to see how the purpose of God's glory can be the mission of a company today!

They generously sent me my very favorite item of theirs to review, this sterling silver birds of the air ring:



I loved the style of the ring- how comfortable and oversized and unique it is- but I love the Scripture behind it even more. It came with this verse inside:


Oh you guys, I'm am such a worrier. I hate that part of me. I know that worry is not believing my God is in control {and sadly, I think I can control it by worrying more?}, and yet it is still one of my biggest daily/weekly/monthly struggles.

God feeds the birds! I know this with all of me, but in the secret places of my heart, I sometimes fear He will leave me to my own devices. I know the truth of His Word, and it is that sword wielded by the Holy Spirit that makes the devil flee. Am I not much more valuable that the birds? What good does it do to worry about what man thinks of me, when the Lord is the only one I will stand before in the end?


I've only worn the ring on my right hand for a few days now, but like my wedding ring, it is a constant, visual reminder of the Love that has been shown to me. It stands out and reminds me before I even worry! A reminder of the words of Jesus not to worry has been so sweet. Scripture is AMAZING like that- just remembering its words brings life and peace because of the power of the Holy Spirit. 

I am so thankful for this little ring. It seems very well constructed, and I think it would make a precious gift. I actually like it so much my husband said he was sad he wasn't the one who bought it for me. ;) They also have lots of other items in the birds of the air collection too, if you're not a ring person. And of course, other themed collections too! ;)


about Holly Lane Designs:

Holly Lane Designs is a Christian jewelry company with the sole purpose of creating pieces to spark conversations about Christ and encourage those who wear them!

Hand-crafted from the highest quality sterling silver, every piece of Holly Lane Designs jewelry is paired with a Story Card™, a small printed note sharing the verse or sentiment that inspired the piece.


who's Holly?
Holly isn't a person, it's actually a place! Founded in 2003 by homeschool mom of five, Tiffany Scott, Holly Lane Designs began in a basement on a street called Holly Lane. Our jewelry is the fruit of Tiffany's creative passion and desire to serve God through her work. You can learn a little more about Tiffany here!





find them here
You can find their retail locations here, and sign up for their newsletter or follow them on Facebook to get notified about their sales and new jewelry! :)

the discount
Holly Lane Designs is offering 15% off for Biblical Homemaking readers! 

Use code: "BHBlog15" before February 28, 2014 to receive your 15% discount, and of course, you can always sign up for their newsletter to find out about sales exclusive to subscribers. :)

Right now they are also offering free first class shipping on all orders over $25 dollars! {No code needed, select at check out.}

the giveaway

Two lucky winners will receive a $50.00 gift card to www.hollylanedesigns.com.

This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian residents, and will close Thursday night, January 16 at 11:59 CST. 

To enter, simply hop over to their shop and tell me the item you would purchase if you won in the comments below! :D 

{please make sure you leave your email address for me to contact you:)}

disclosure: I received the item above in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are 100% my own.  Which means I really and truly liked this ring and recommend it! :P
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