Christmas is around the corner and I’m sure many of you have purchased your gifts through Amazon during the Thanksgiving weekend. I sure did. There are a few people left on my list and are particularly difficult to shop for because I’m not too familiar with the types of gifts they enjoy receiving.
I have super exciting news! It’s been my DREAM not only to be a published writer, but to host my own podcast and both dreams have come true! 😍 You can listen to my brand new podcast on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Anchor, Stitcher, and bunch of other places.
Basically, it’s a podcast that hopes to ignite the passion to pursue God, seek His kingdom, and glorify Him in all that we do – guided by scripture and inspired by Matthew 6:33
In my first episode, I share some juicy details about the past two years of struggle and how my faith helped me through it.
I would be so grateful if my friends subscribed, rated it, and left a review.
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We talk a lot about working mothers juggling daily tasks or the difficulty of being a stay-at-home parent…but what about the work-from-home mom? What about the work-from-home mom with children still in diapers?
A book signing is an important part of publishing a book, but most authors don’t realize that they are not only the writers, but the salesmen. Promoting a book is hard work and when I was asked to join the Threshold’s annual author event, I spent weeks preparing. Here’s a little look into the event that happened yesterday.
Hi, I’m Samantha and I have an eating disorder.
I grew up with a father that used food as a tool for manipulation and control. I was never overweight, yet my own father called me names regarding my weight and looks. As a healthy teenager, I joined weight watchers because I believed what he said. I restricted my calories down to an unhealthy amount, I hid food and binged when he wasn’t around to tease me, and I tried wearing baggy clothes to hide my curves. I also deleted as many pics as possible.
This post was sponsored by Felix Gray. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I’ve always hated wearing glasses. Finding the right fit is so hard, Google searching “what type of glasses look good on my face shape” is conflicting, and honestly I’ve never found them comfortable.
The last pair of glasses I got in 2016, I was prepared to wear these 24/7. I needed to wear them, I didn’t want to wear contacts, and I figured it was time to jump on the glasses trend.
My husband and I went to VisionWorks and the experience was average. The issues I had with the eye doctor is a completely different story I’ll share another time, but I went home with thin frames and paid extra for the glare protection.
They were comfy, looked decent for the price, but within a few weeks the glare coating started to peel off! They said it was a user error and I had to deal with brand new, peeling glasses that gave me awful headaches because I worked on my computer a lot. And then my 1 year old bent them.
Before I decided to look for new glasses, I had become a fan of Felix Gray glasses – wonderful reviews of computer glasses that protected your eyes from staring at screens all day. I never pursued it because they didn’t offer prescriptions until just recently.
When I started my search for new glasses, I considered checking out Warby Parker but heard they didn’t really treat influencers and bloggers very well. I started talking to Felix Gray about their frames and unique lenses, and ordered a pair of Kepler frames.
They were so cute! I love them but they were a tad too small, so I was able to do a free exchange for their largest frame, Jemison, in “Whiskey Tortoise”. The customer service was amazing and both glasses were shipped quickly. I had no problems for my first time ordering glasses online.
Here’s what the Felix Gray glasses look like…
Not only do I think these glasses look beautiful, they are so comfortable and I have not had any headaches or eye strain. I’m not sure if I’ll ever want to own another brand of glasses aside from Felix Grays.
There have been a lot of people who have told me how strong and brave I am for starting to speak out against the abuse my biological father inflicted on me, but honestly, I have always felt I was hiding behind my blog/book. It’s easier for me to write down my feelings – it comes as a second nature. Speaking, however, is extremely challenging. I didn’t fail my public speaking class in high school, but sharing my feelings verbally is…well, it feels impossible most days.
Last year, I wrote a letter to my dad that I never sent. Now that I finally want to, I know he isn’t going to read it and he isn’t going to care, so I recorded myself to share with you all. When I first wrote the letter, I made the choice to not spend any more time thinking about my dad because he doesn’t deserve my time. So, this video is not for him, despite the title. It’s really for anyone who has gone through the same things that I have – to show that there is hope, to prove that you can find the strength to face your abuser, and this is for my sisters who are still living with my dad.
I love the idea of gardening and I’ve spent plenty of hours on Pinterest dreaming of the day I can follow in my grandmother’s footsteps and try out my green thumb. This year, I’m not letting my current living situation hinder my dreams. I took on my in-law’s yard to create a beautiful flower garden! And planted a few herbs…oh! and my first vegetable. Take a look…
It’s been two weeks since the video went up and everything is going amazing so far! The flowers are huge and vibrant as ever, my mint and lettuce have grown so much. As for my cabbage, I’m super proud of making sure it doesn’t die, but I have a little critter eating the leaves for breakfast! I’ll share some photos when I can.