Friday, March 30, 2012

Let It Be So

Source: Designers Food

The other day while we were doing our prayer my son asked me why do we say Amen after we pray.  Do you know I didn't know!  But thanks to the magic of Google I found out that it's Hebrew for "let it be so". 


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

In Pursuit of Girliness: Manis and Mavenhood!

My Nails w/ Julep's Meryl
One night I asked my husband if he thought I was "girly".  He says, "yeah, you're girly."  I told him I didn't feel like it and he asked me why not.  At first I couldn't figure it out and then I said, my nails... I feel like if my nails aren't "done" I'm not as girly as I could be.  After that conversation I made a vow to myself to keep my nails painted and to try out some new nail art.  I started a Pinterest board specifically for Beauty and have posted a lot of cool nail art on there I want to try.

Since then I've been getting a bi-weekly mani and pedi at my local nail salon.  So, when I heard about the Julep Maven program my heart skipped a beat!  For just $19.99/mth I could have a box of non-toxic nail polish and mani/pedi treats!  This could both help my budget and my pursuit of girliness! 

What is a Julep Maven?
The Julep Maven program to gives you access to the beauty editor Sneak Peek Box Julep creates every month.  As a Julep Maven, you will have access to the hottest trends in nail color and the latest Mani Care and Pedi Care products - delivered right to your doorstep, just like the beauty editors do.  And you'll have access to these trends and products before anyone else.

In order to tailor and customize your box each month you take a fun and easy Julep Maven Style Quiz to help Julep understand your style profile. I was pronounced, BOHO GLAMThen each month, Julep sends you an email to let you know what they've curated for you in your customized beauty editor Sneak Peek Box.  If you don't like what you see, you can try a new style or choose to send your Sneak Peek Box to a girlfriend as a gift - every month's set comes beautifully packaged and ready to gift.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

Motherhood Mondays: Trayvon Martin

Sometimes you can’t write the baldest truths. They will not flow from brain through pen. The stay with you to hurt or scent or massage. They are unbelievable and too tangy and substantial to capture. - Danyel Smith

The case of Trayvon Martin has really hit home as the mother of two young black men.  It pains me to know that some will see my sons as "others" to fear or worse harm because of the color of their skin.  My eldest son is smart, the only one in his pre-school class who can read, compassionate, and sensitive, but to some he will always be a threat or a menace because of his race and I can't protect him from that.  My youngest is fiesty, funny, and extremely loving, but will people see that or just see that he is a young black man and want to harm him?  As a mother this hurts too much to articulate well, so I will post some links to others who have done the subject justice.

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Friday, March 23, 2012

UNPLUG: National Day of Unplugging

I am addicted to Words with Friends, Hanging with Friends, and Word Scramble, much to the chagrin of my husband who now rolls his eyes ever so slightly when I pull out my iPod. I admit that there are times when my eyes are so glued to the computer that I don't sit down with my lovely children and play cars, but instead am pinning things to Pinterest like a pinning fool. NO MAS! (No More!)

I was reading Minimalist Mom this week and found out about The National Day of Unplugging which is sundown March 23-sundown March 24.

The National Day of Unplugging is a respite from the relentless deluge of technology and information. With roots in Jewish tradition, this modern day of rest was developed by Reboot as a way to bring some balance to our increasingly fast-paced way of life and reclaim time to connect with family, friends, the community and ourselves. Shut down your computer. Turn off your cell phone. Stop the constant emailing, texting, Tweeting and Facebooking to take time to notice the world around you. Connect with loved ones. Nurture your health. Get outside. Find silence. Avoid commerce. Give back. Eat Together.

And something CLICKED!  I need to unplug, for my family, for myself, I need to UNPLUG!  I'm constantly saying I don't have time for this or that, yet I always tell my mother when she says she doesn't have time to exercise that everyone has the same 24hr day.  Well, I need to take my own advice and decide what in life is REALLY important to me and focus on those things and RECLAIM my 24hrs!  I am vowing to make the below things my priorities:
  • WRITING (my novel and this blog)

Is There Another?  Will You UNPLUG this Sabbath?

Thursday, March 22, 2012

One Bite at a Time: Establish an Evening Routine

Last week I spoke about the book One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider. Well, I've bought it, read it, and now I'm ready to get started on my first bite!

It was a hard decision because I was wavering between "Establish an Evening Routine" and "Establish a  Morning Routine". You see I have neither unless you call collapsing in front of the TV & watching reality shows a nighttime routine and running around like a chicken with her head cut off as a morning routine. First I was going to try and "aim high" aka fail miserably and try and do both this week, but in the spirit of the book I've chosen only one.

And the winner is, "Create a Bedtime Routine"; I chose this one because I think it will be easier and will make it easier to tackle the morning routine once I have a nighttime routine down.

Current Nighttime Routine:
  • 7:30 Start getting the kids ready for bed
  • 8:00 Sing to the kids before bed
  • 8:15 Run upstairs to see why the baby is screaming his head off
  • 8:20 Lay down with the baby so he'll calm down
  • 8:35-8:40 Go back downstairs
  • 8:40 - 10:00 Watch shows I DVR'd w/ the hubs
  • 10:00 Go upstairs to bed
  • 10:30 Go to sleep

New & Improved Nighttime Routine:
  • 7:30 - Let husband get the kids ready for bed Wash my face (yes I sometimes forget to to do this before bed)/beauty routine & get the kids clothes out for tomorrow.
  • 8:00 Sing to kids
  • 8:05 Lay down w/ the baby (Why put off the inevitable)
  • 8:30 Go downstairs to watch shows I DVR'd w/ the hubs
  • 9:30 Go upstairs to bed
  • 10:00 Go to sleep

Yes, it's a subtle difference, but this new routine gives me time to have some me time and enables me to get to sleep earlier which should help with my mornings, along with picking out the kids' clothes the night before.

What's Your Current Nighttime Routine?

One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler
Broken down into manageable chunks, One Bite at a Time provides you with steps, tips, links, and motivation to slow down and simplify. Here’s the thing: I bet most of you know what to do to simplify. You’ve heard most of the little tips and tricks to slow down life and make tasks less frustrating. It’s just overwhelming to know how to start. With this book, I’m giving you permission to focus on just one thing at a time, until you’ve got that task down—and then you can move on to the next one. 52 tasks. Practical. Do-able. Given to you in a one-at-a-time, take-a-breath format, for you to tackle at your own comfortable pace. You know what you should do, you just need a handbook.


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Spring/Summer Wardrobe Wishes

I just bought an awesome cobalt and gold necklace from justfab and it’s led me to want to live in  bold jewelry coupled with white t-shirts, jeans, and maxi skirts this spring and summer. 

My favorite white t-shirt is Target’s Mossimo Supply Co. Juniors Pocket V-Neck Tee, they’re only $8.00 and come in lots of fresh colors as well as white.

Here's a gorgeous example of a white t-shirt, maxi skirt, and bold accessories!  Can you believe that she sewed this skirt on her own, it's a Butterick pattern.

And jeans and a white t-shirt is always classic and casual as shown here by Jen Aniston, imagine this with a bold necklace!

Source: via Clara on Pinterest

What items will you be living in this Spring & Summer?

Monday, March 19, 2012

Motherhood Mondays: Weekend Thru Instagram

The weather was lovely here and we had an awesome weekend riding bikes, well the baby rode his Harley!  The big boy lost his first tooth over the weekend and he was overjoyed this morning to see that the Tooth Fairy came and visited him. 

How was your weekend?

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Project Simplify Week 2 - The Kitchen Results

Okay, so if you were on twitter or instagram this weekend you saw my before and after pics of my kitchen, but if not here goes!





Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, the other side of the kitchen still looks like the 3rd "BEFORE" picture because we didn't have time to go to the dump and our trash pickup isn't until this Wednesday.

So did you do any decluttering this weekend?  If not, you can join in for Project Simplify Week 3!


Friday, March 16, 2012

Project Simplify Week 2 - The Pantry & The Fridge

Unfortunately I heard about Project Simplify too late to do Project #1, which was to declutter a Kids Space, but in moving we have set up a playroom for the kids and it is in good shape, except that there are more items we need to unpack. I might snap a pic of what it currently looks like and post it this weekend. This week's project is THE KITCHEN!

And what a great week for this project because our kitchen currently looks like a tornado blew through it. We currently have boxes everywhere, cleaning supplies, and things that belong in other parts of the house in there. Happily, yesterday I did make some time to put away most of our dishes and organize somewhat, but it's still a mess!

My plan for this week is to:
  1. Relocate things that DO NOT belong in the kitchen.
  2. Put away all pots, pans, bowls, etc.
  3. Organize the fridge.
  4. Create a command center for keys, cell phones, etc.
 You can see the after pics here on Monday or on Twitter & Intstagram (user name: knicole_79) this weekend!

What does your kitchen & pantry look like right now? 

If you'd like, you can read more about Project Simplify Week 2 on or view others' before & after pics, here!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

One Bite at a Time: Simplifying My Life

This past weekend, in the midst of moving I downloaded a sample of the book One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simpler by Tsh Oxenreider. If there is one thing that will get you thinking about simplifying your life, it's MOVING! We ended up throwing away 8...EIGHT....contractor bags full of "trash"! And we made a total of 5 trips giving stuff to Goodwill! Why was this stuff even in our house???

The description of the book states:
Broken down into manageable chunks, One Bite at a Time provides you with steps, tips, links, and motivation to slow down and simplify. Here’s the thing: I bet most of you know what to do to simplify. You’ve heard most of the little tips and tricks to slow down life and make tasks less frustrating. It’s just overwhelming to know how to start. With this book, I’m giving you permission to focus on just one thing at a time, until you’ve got that task down—and then you can move on to the next one. 52 tasks. Practical. Do-able. Given to you in a one-at-a-time, take-a-breath format, for you to tackle at your own comfortable pace. You know what you should do, you just need a handbook.

I am challenging myself to do this for 52 weeks. Maybe you're like me and feel the need to simplify your life as well, if so join the challenge as well so we can hold each other accountable.

Here are the 52 Projects, you can jump in and start wherever you want. I'll be documenting my projects each week here on the blog on Thursdays!


Oh, I also joined this challenge...gutton for punishment, I think so!

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Motherhood Mondays: Quote

This week I will be unpacking, so posting will be light!  Thank God for Pinterest!

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Living Authentically

I am currently at a place in my life where I want to live as authentically as possible.  For me this means getting closer to God, listening to my inner voice, inspiring myself and others, and getting off the ENVY TRACK! 

The ENVY TRACK also known as the RAT RACE and KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES is something that I struggle with, sometimes massively sometimes subtly.  In the past I've had a problem with comparing myself to others.  What they have, where they are in life, what they look like and whenever I do I take myself down an ugly winding road from which no good can come.  Happily, it's been a good while since I've stepped on the ENVY TRACK and in its place I've sought out things that make me feel fulfilled in which I am not comparing myself to others.  I have learned to measure my contentment with my own internal values and not against others.

To that end I've compiled a list of blogs that I read every day in my Google Reader under the heading: INSPIRE_LIFE.  Maybe they can be as uplifting to you as they are to me.

Beautifully Rooted
Beautifully Rooted was created by Heather Hamilton of Life Made Lovely and Rachel Reeves of No.17.  Born out of a true desire to create an inclusive place where each woman could come, be inspired & creatively think, Heather and Rachel set out to make a site that highlights a woman’s uniqueness, in and through Christ.  Heather and Rachel believe that each woman is a beautiful individual and has been created especially for a purpose. Only when we're deeply & beautifully rooted in Christ can we each unlock our journey through Him.  Each day you will find several posts to inspire you in the area of home, parenting, nourishment, faith and beautiful creative inspirations.

Makeunder My Life
Is a place where Jess Constable share's her journey towards the simplified and intentional life. Her goal for the future is to share the MML mission worldwide through web, books, video, you name it! She writes about her journey to design her life, career, business, and thoughts with intention.

Sweet & Sage
Sweet and Sage is a place for kind advice for everyday life attempting to make our lives a little bit easier, whether that’s helping you get out of bed in the morning or stay sane while traveling.

Tiny Twig goes Out on A Limb
Inspiring Women to Create Lives of More Passion and Less Fuss (easy-peasy description).

*I just bought her book The No Brainer Wardrobe because one of the areas I struggle with is clothing. 

Jen Hatmaker
Author of an incredible book 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess, she is just awesome and if I could be/do half of what she is/does I'd be happy (and that's not envy talking, that's straight up ADMIRATION)!  She is an author, speaker, mother, Christ Follower, and she's adopted two children from Ethiopia (one of my fervent wishes - prayerfully, waiting for the hubs to get on board).

Welcome to The Glint of Life!

Welcome to my new home on the web.  I want to say Thank You to all of my readers from Cre8tive Rookie and Babyhead Diary for following me over here and Welcome to all of my new readers!  I decided to merge my two blogs to get a better and more holistic picture of who I am and to also connect with all of you who have a myriad of passions just like I do.  As a woman, I am a wife, mother, daughter, and sister, along with all of the other ancillary roles that come with those titles. 

My passions range from home décor to parenting to fashion and  I wanted to be able to have a space where I could talk about all of my passions without alienating those who came for a specific purpose. 

In order to not confuse my dear readers and to make it easy to navigate these new waters I have headers directing you to the various types of posts. The Cre8tive Rookie Header houses my Home décor/Crafting posts *coming soon*, Babyhead Diary includes Parenting/Kid-centric posts, Fash & Sass contains my Beauty/Style posts *coming soon* and Life on Purpose will be a weekly (Friday) post on living life more authentically and with intentions!

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