29 June, 2017

{{Book Review}} On Edge by Andrea Petersen

*Disclaimer* I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.

A celebrated science and health reporter offers a wry, bracingly honest account of living with anxiety.

A racing heart. Difficulty breathing. Overwhelming dread. Andrea Petersen was first diagnosed with an anxiety disorder at the age of twenty, but she later realized that she had been experiencing panic attacks since childhood. With time her symptoms multiplied. She agonized over every odd physical sensation. She developed fears of driving on highways, going to movie theaters, even licking envelopes. Although having a name for her condition was an enormous relief, it was only the beginning of a journey to understand and master it—one that took her from psychiatrists’ offices to yoga retreats to the Appalachian Trail.

Woven into Petersen’s personal story is a fascinating look at the biology of anxiety and the groundbreaking research that might point the way to new treatments. She compares psychoactive drugs to non-drug treatments, including biofeedback and exposure therapy. And she explores the role that genetics and the environment play in mental illness, visiting top neuroscientists and tracing her family history—from her grandmother, who, plagued by paranoia, once tried to burn down her own house, to her young daughter, in whom Petersen sees shades of herself. 

Brave and empowering, this is essential reading for anyone who knows what it means to live on edge.

*My Review*
I have had anxiety for as long as I can remember (about 5 yrs old). I wasn't officially diagnosed until a few years ago & I've been trying to understand what going on biochemically & physiologically. This book has helped me quite a bit. I suggest this book to anyone with anxiety, or with a loved one who suffers from anxiety.

26 June, 2017

{{Crafts}} | DIY Bathroom Tower Decor


Crafty | DIY Bathroom Tower Decor


We recently moved into a new apartment. I absolutely LOVE our new master bathroom. It's gorgeous (will post pics soon of the whole bathroom).


I saw something on Pinterest (duh...where else would you get ideas for things), and I fell in love with the idea & decided to post a DIY of how I made our little tower.



When I went into one of our local dollar tree stores, I went straight for the items that I needed. Now, I will share with you! You will find the photos above the directions for each step. :-) 


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Happy Crafting! 


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Materials needed:

1- Large plate, 
1- 1 Smaller plate,
1- Bowl,
2- Candle Holders (I used the "oil warmer" ones).
1- Tube of superglue 


Materials needed.


Once you have the above items (or like items) take the tags/stickers off of the candle holders/oil warmers, & the plates & bowl. Take the large plate & place it on your work surface (mine was my bathroom floor. lol), & one (1) candle holder/oil warmer. 

Large plate & first candle holder/oil warmer.
Place the candle holder in the center of the plate where you want to superglue it in place (use a well vented room/area). Let dry for 10-15 mins (may need more time depending on how much glue you have used).


Now that the first candle holder/oil warmer has time to set, put glue around the top of the candle holder/oil warmer & place the smaller plate/bowl (depending on what design you are going for) making sure to place it in the center.

Glue smaller plate on top.
view of the underneath

Let the smaller plate set on top of the candle holder/oil warmer for 10-15 mins (or until dry) & then place 2nd candle holder/oil warmer in the center of the smaller plate & glue into place. Let dry.
Place bowl on the top of 2nd candle holder/oil warmer.


Almost done!!! Are you still with me here? Put some glue on the top of the 2nd candle holder/oil warmer and then place the bowl on top & let dry. I really liked using this oil warmer because the bowl fits perfectly onto it. 



Finished!

Placed on my counter with pretties.

That my friends is it! How simple was that?! It would have only been $5 + tax, but I didn't have any super glue, so I had to pick some up while I was there. I actually plan on making a 2nd one for our girls/guest bathroom. 

There are SO many more things I plan on making soon, so stay tuned!

Have you ever made a tower decoration like this? Share pictures below.

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19 June, 2017

Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life

*Disclaimer*
I received a copy of this book free to review. I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this book.



Family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege, but it ain't no picnic!Being a mother isn't easy. Sometimes it's hard to experience a personal connection with God and community when you are caught up in the chaos of just "doing family". 

Independent and self-sufficient, author Betsy Singleton Snyder lived a full and busy life as a pastor, missionary, and wife to a husband who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She had her first child at age 44, then at 47, she found out she was carrying triplets. Suddenly finding herself overwhelmed is an understatement.

Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It's a comical story of one woman's realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.



*My Review*
"Stepping on Cheerios" by Betsy Singleton Snyder is Insightful, clever and well written. 
This book is a great way to look at the real life struggles to keep God in the craziness of our family lives & careers. 
Anyone who has had children can appreciate this book. I have three daughters and I loved this book so much that I couldn't put it down.



About the author:

Betsy Singleton Snyder, author of Stepping on Cheerios, is a pastor, a former missionary to the arts community, writer, and blogger. She and her husband, Dr. Vic Snyder who formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, live in Arkansas with their four sons, Penn (10), and triplets Wyatt, Sullivan, and Aubrey (8). Visit her online at WomenadeStand.com.

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17 June, 2017

Sharkarosa Wildlife Ranch

*Disclaimer*
I received free passes for myself and my family in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

           
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