Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alex Tries Warby Parker


After talking about trying Warby Parker for new glasses for months we finally did it.  Well, Alex did. And just so you know, this is not a sponsored post.  We just really like glasses over here.

For those not familiar with Warby Parker, it's an online glasses store.  Their shtick is you pick out 5 frames, they send them to you for free so you can try them on and think about it for 5 days, then you send them back, for free.  If you found one you liked then you can order it with your prescription, if not, no worries and you're not out any money. 

We spent hours on the website trying to decided which 5 frames Alex should try.  And it was so exciting when they came and he actually got to try them on - a nice little activity to liven up a winter's day.  Here are his selections.  He wants opinions! So let us know which one you like the best!

1. Theo. Ok. Pretty normal. Felt a little narrow.

2. Downing. Looked crooked no matter what.

3. Burke. I thought these were my favorite until....

4. Seymour. .....I saw these. Now I'm torn. 

5. Oliver. What can I say? They're glasses. 

This was the ottoman I was standing on whilst taking Alex's pictures.  When I was done Johnny decided he had to try and that it was the coolest thing in the world. He stayed up there for like 20 minutes.  




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Monday, February 9, 2015

// L E N T E N G I V E A W A Y //




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We're coming up on my very favorite liturgical season, Lent. And it's not because I love to punish myself. It's because I tend to be selfish and self-centered, and Lent, which calls us to penance, fasting and alms giving, calls me out of my selfishness to forces me to focus first and foremost on the cross of Christ, and the very great sacrifice He made to open the way to salvation for us. Lent also forces me to look and my spiritual life, what does my daily prayer look like? Am I being generous with my time and with the gifts I have been given? Am I putting the needs of others before my own?

We start these 40 days of lent with ashes on our foreheads and the somber reminder that "from dust you came and to dust you shall return." Humility, seeing God as He is: the Author of Salvation, and me as I am: dust. That's another thing I love about lent.  It puts me in my place.

Because Lent is my favorite season on the Church year, I am throwing a little giveaway to hopefully get you all pumped up about Lent! Blessed Is She has done it again in offering a beautiful journal to help us get more out of lent, and by doing so have a more amazing Easter. I am pleased to offer a very lucky one of you one of these journals along with some other goodies to say thanks for reading and I hope you have a Lent that draws you out of yourself and deeper in love with Jesus.

In this bundle:

A Blessed Is She Lenten Journal; "Only One Thing"



A Downloadable Inspiration Print of your choice designed by Elise at With Joy Caligraphy



A PDF of a 2015 Catholic Through the Year Calendar from Martina at Catholic Sistas



A St. Therese hair bow for your daughter/neice/favorite little girl out there from Holy Hairbows, also made by Martina.




A set of 10 Insperational note cards (blank inside) made by Aubry from Aubry Rose Designs




And A Mini Embroidery Hoop Necklace of your choice (up to $15 value) made by Jenna at Call Her Happy

A Big Big Thank You to the lovely ladies who contributed to this giveaway.  Be sure to check out each of their shops and to show them some love. Now get entering! Giveaway closes Friday at midnight. 


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

5 favorite sugar free treats


linking up with Jenna at Call Her Happy

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Some of you may already know that I gave up sugar for the month of January, and this post is proof that I lived to tell about it. I eat way too much sugar, and after the sugar overload the holidays, baked goods and treats from piano students and stocking-stuffers I just felt gross. I knew I needed to take a little break from the sweets and learn to realign my cravings.  It was hard, it was painful, I had some nasty headaches and was crabbier than usual the first couple days.(ok, the whole month.) I may have cheated on the weekends (oops), but eventually I did get used to not eating sweets all day long. And, surprise, surprise, I feel way better because of it.

I didn't give up ALL sugars. I still ate fruit and dairy and other foods that contain naturally occurring sugars. I really just gave up desserts, sweets and treats. Because I wasn't eating my usual copious amounts of chocolate, scones and ice cream everyday I had to come up with some new favorite snacks and treats. And here they are. 

1. Dates and other dried fruit. I love dates all the time. But when I'm not eating sweets dates become the most wonderful delicious after dinner treat in the world. Also good are dried cherries and apricots. That's what I used to treat my withdrawal headaches. Be careful though, some dried fruit has sugar added to it. Check labels!


2. This tea:


It's a decaffeinated black tea with vanilla in it. So it smells sweet but doesn't actually have any sugar. I put some cream in mine and it's almost (actually not really) like having a cup of hot chocolate at the end of the day. 


3. Plain yogurt with fresh fruit and my favorite granola recipe



4. Cashews. Five weeks ago you would not have found any nuts on my list of treats. But cashews are actually a pretty sweet nut.  They're good and filling too, so they really help satisfy cravings.


5. Toast with this jam. 


This jam is totally sugar free. It's so good. And eating toast with jam and a cup tea just feels so good and British. Amiright? 

So, there you have it. Now it's February. Praise the Lord! I'm still going to try to take it easy on the sweets, especially during the week. But I did make this cake from The Pioneer Woman for a Super Bowl party we went to and have been happily eating the left overs all week. 

Who else is cutting back on sugar? What have you been snacking on?

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