Friday, December 22, 2017

Friday Favorites #39.

Happy Friday before Christmas!! 

Today I'm linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea for Friday Favorites and sharing some of my favorite things from this week!



School is OUT (finally) or at least it will be at 10:15am when we peace out of those class parties! So that's the first part of favorite #1. Part 2 is that Matthew is over his little stomach bug.  He hasn't thrown up since Wednesday night (whoop whoop!) and felt fine all day yesterday but was super bored sitting around at home.

At one point, I walked into the living room and found him doing the stretches and warm-up exercises they do in PE.  He was using his iPad to set a 30-second timer so he could do each exercise for the right amount of time.  And that's his cup of Cheerios next to him.  ???


Jumping jacks.


And again...all I want for Christmas is to be able to have a rug in my living room again.  #olddogs #newrugs #dontmix

After his little workout session, he put his shirt back on and we sat and watched some funny cat videos.  He loves animals and is so tender-hearted.  I think we may have a future vet on our hands.  He perks up whenever I mention that to him.


But all the one-on-one time I've gotten with this cutie over the past couple of days has definitely been a favorite.  I hate that he was sick of course, but loved the extra snuggles.  I'm just so thankful that it came at a time when I could provide all that extra attention.

I just love him.


Eeek!  This came too fast but my Etsy shop is open again!!  HOWEVER, the turnaround time will be 1-2 weeks which means I don't have to jump back in immediately and start stressing again.  My stressful season is over until teacher appreciation time comes around.  ;)

I'll be adding new items to the shop over the next day or two so if you'd like to see what's coming, be sure to follow me @thatinspiredchick on Instagram!

This is my first new addition!  The 20oz skinny stainless tumblers are such popular items that I thought y'all might like these 22oz tumblers as well. These are a little bigger and the lid is black instead of clear but they are still perfect for keeping your drinks cold for 24 hours and your drinks hot for 12.  (Seriously though, who takes 24 hours to finish their drink?  #justsayin)


These, of course, can be personalized however you want.  I put the believe you can design on this one because it's so popular on my water tracker bottles.


But you can also do a name or a monogram.

(This is my favorite patterned vinyl and font Eyes Wide Open)

I also have these in stock in hot pink and will be adding them to the shop today.  I should be getting them in more colors soon!

And in case you forgot, here's a little taste of what else you might be able to find in my shop!








*The new yellow color will be added soon too!  Isn't it cheerful!?!


So hop on over to the shop HERE and you can use the code WELCOMEBACK10 for 10% off!  Offer expires Dec. 24th so think about who you might need to buy for soon (Valentine's Day?  Teacher Appreciation?) and knock out those gifts ahead of time!  Don't be like me and wait until the absolute last minute.  ;)  #biggestprocrastinatorever


On Tuesday night, our Bible Fellowship Group had it's annual Christmas Party and Andrea did a fabulous job (as always) at planning the games!  It's always boys and against girls and "12 Games of Christmas" style.  (Think Minute to Win It)  

This year, the girls DOMINATED and there were some extremely competitive guys who were not too happy.  ;)

We also had terrible lighting for our group pictures but I did my best to lighten it up.



The guys teased us with how we posed for our own picture.  They are a pretty hilarious bunch.  But don't tell them I said that.


And someone put Guys Lose up on the board but one of the guys quickly got rid of that...  #heshallremainnameless  ;)



I LOVE doing life with this group. Is that cliche?  Yeah.  It totally is.  But I don't care.  Because every time we're together it's nothing but laughing until our cheeks ache.  Good times.


If you missed my review on the Fleur De Vie makeup and skincare company from Monday, check it out HERE.  

Thankfully, this stuff did not suck.  Far from it!!  Check out the review!!  #girlpower


And speaking of posts from this week, did you catch my thoughts on Home Alone from yesterday?!  Clearly, I am not alone in this.  ;)



We all know I love funny stuff.  So I dedicated Favorite #5 to all the Christmas funnies.

It was 75 degrees here yesterday so there's this one...


Good news?  The high is 46 today!  #ofcourse

And then there's this one that made me laugh because it's so true!!

At this point, I'll do anything to fill out the gifts under the tree.  Even if it means wrapping toothpaste.  Most of the fun of Christmas morning is unwrapping stuff.  So I'm definitely that mom who wraps every single thing separately just so it looks like there's more stuff under the tree.  This includes socks, underwear and batteries.

And then this one...


I feel like I need to be friends with the person who did this.  It's just genius.

And speaking of genius...


This had me laughing so hard!  I'll be filing this one away.


I am wearing this sweater today so I'll try to update this post with a pic but it's on sale at this very moment and I don't want you to miss it!  Erika posted it the other day and I grabbed it because it looked so cute on her!  But let's be honest.  EVERYTHING looks good on her.  #nofair  #supermodel



Anyway, it is SO soft, so flattering, so cute and so comfortable.  And for only $24, you need this!  Grab it HERE while you can.  I got the black in a size small.  And it's so much cuter than this in person.

UPDATED:

I wore it today with my favorite jeans and my red boots to Mason's school party because it has been raining all day!  And Matthew is sick again.  Sigh.  But look how cute the sleeves are!  They are bell sleeves with a slit on the underside.  Love them!



I've been in a binge-watching phase lately so I've only read/listened to a couple of books lately.  Seriously...Family Matters is so much funnier than I remembered.  

But if you are looking for any new books to check out in the new year, make sure you take a look at my reviews from this year!




Books for the new year include:


I remember reading several of the Walsh Family Series10 years ago and loving them.  I want to re-read them in order again this year.  Love Marian Keyes!!  She never disappoints.

So that's it for today!  I hope you all have the best Christmas EVER!!  And if any of you local girls are looking for an amazing Christmas Eve service, please join us at First Mckinney!!  Services will be at 9:15, 10:45, 3:30 and 5:00.


HE is the reason for the season and it is so easy to overlook that sometimes.  I pray that we all stop and really really think about the real Christmas story.  Put yourself in Mary's shoes.  An angel comes to tell you that you'll be giving birth as a virgin to God's son?!  I'm pretty sure I would pass out COLD.  And I can only imagine she's thinking...why me?  Why was I chosen?  What if I mess this up?  What if something goes wrong?  I've got to not only give birth to the son of GOD but I've got to raise him!?! Can you imagine the anxiety she must have been feeling?  But can you also imagine the crazy amount of confidence God had in Mary?  Now THAT would be overwhelming.

But like I've mentioned before, there is a peace that surpasses ALL understanding when you are a believer.  When you have true, unwavering faith.  When I am anxious or stressed or nervous or scared and I ask for that peace and comfort to flood over me...IT DOES.  It is a PHYSICAL response.  And that's how I feel Mary got through all of this. She felt that peace wash over her even though she knew she was giving birth to the Savior of the World.  Can you even imagine?

I can't.

If you aren't a believer already, I beg you to explore it further.  Just let yourself imagine for a minute that your time comes and you pass away...and you find yourself face to face with God himself.  You are shocked and scared and bewildered because you lived your whole life thinking it was just some fairy tale or made up story.  But now He's standing between you and Heaven and you and Hell asking you why He should let you into the gates of Heaven.  And all you're doing is wishing you would have listened to those crazy Christians while you were still alive.  Isn't it worth it to not just write all this off?  To maybe give it a real chance?  Because what if you're wrong?

Jesus is the reason for the season, friends.

Have a very very very Merry little Christmas and I'll be back again next week to wrap up the year.

To follow our Christmas fun, you can find me @amandanall on Instagram and HERE on Facebook.

Big hugs to you all and MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


















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10 comments

  1. I just love all of your tumblers and water bottles!! Hope your little guy is on the mend! My daughter started break with strep..at least its not on Christmas right?!
    Jaclyn
    Www.coffeepancakesanddreams.com

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  2. Eeeeeeks! So many good things in one post!! Give me ALL the cute cups!!

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  3. You are too funny! If you could see me now straight out of bed, you’d disagree. Haha! I was telling people about your Home Alone post yesterday. It changed me! How’d I not know that ticket got thrown away? Gotta go-I’m off to wrap up some toothpaste! ;)

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  4. OMG that happy birthday wrapping paper had me LOL'ing!! You all are so lucky to have such a great group of friends to do life with!!! Merry Christmas to you and your family Amanda!! xo

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  5. So excited to check out your store now that it's back open! Those cups looks amazing!

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  6. I walk every day. Miles. Like 6-7. so I finally jumped on the audible train yesterday. I am excited to see how that changes my walking! Merry Christmas!

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  7. We love watching the screaming goat videos; you need to check them out.

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  8. Love the Happy Birthday Jesus meme lol! Merry Christmas!

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  9. Merry Christmas to your family!

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